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  2. Building a wartime Watch Office

    Similar yes ... but that is the general idea ? To show the Diversity of markings off this is what im planning. i have several versions and angles of this photo shoot. This has either been colorized or is original ? Not sure ? But this is Debden according to the wiki page for the 8th Fighter command.
  3. First things first, I decided not to fix the hedgerow to the 'firewood', but to a length of machined wood instead. This machined baton will fit along the top rear edge of the firewood baton, forming a flat surface for the hedgerow to 'grow' along. But before fixing the clump to the baton, I decided to add some more plants around its base. I came up with the idea of making something akin to cow parsley, and for the two clumps of cow parsley I again used fishing line, only lightly singed at the ends, which I dunked in medium CA and then Woodland Scenics Soft Flake Snow. The results are okay, I think. These clumps of 'cow parsley' were then glued around the clump using medium CA sprinkled with Dil Tops. Another 'fishing line' plant was added to the rear. The clump was then fixed to the baton using PVA. Next I fixed a section of metal gauze along the rest of the baton. I screwed it down to hold it securely, then applied plaster of paris over the top. The gauze serves two purposes: to improve the bond strength between plaster and wood, and to act as the earth for further applications of static grass (I attach the crocodile clip to an exposed corner of the gauze) For the grass I will use Woodland Scenics Static Grass (light green) and Peco Scene Static Grass (straw) I made myself a static grass applicator last year, from an electrified bug-zapper - the tennis racket style one. For something costing less than 8 quid, including batteries, and taking only an hour or so to make, it was well worth it. The majority of the grass will be applied using this applicator, either for mass coverage, or in patches. As the first clump was already glued directly onto the baton it required that I made patches of grass to fit around it. Here I used a mix of both brands of grass, roughly 9/1 in favour of the Pico Scene grass Fascinating, the colour differences between the grass in the photo above and below... which are of the same grass and taken within seconds of each other. The patches were placed upon medium CA in the first instance so that I could position and then hold down the patches with a wooden stylus. Once set, I trickled thin CA around the edges allowing capillary action to secure the patches absolutely. Some more tufts of longer grass, and some scatter will finish off this particular clump for now. TFL Badder
  4. Building a wartime Watch Office

    Is that King's Cliffe?
  5. Building a wartime Watch Office

    Is this similar to your photograph?
  6. Building a wartime Watch Office

    Mancunian airman ... not quite but similar. I have a Photo of the 8th Fighter Command group commanders at a meeting circa August 1944. I am attempting to Recreate the Flightline Photo that shows all the 16 groups represented. There were 11-P-51's, 4-P-47's, and 1-P-38 in the lineup. I already have a few of the planes done. I also will have the watch/control tower, several Ground vehicles, and possibly in a distant background of parts of Debden and the other equipment used there. The photo shows this line up. What was occuring was the weekly meeting to coordinate the commands weekly activities. These meetings would float. Each week would be hosted by a different group. I chose Debden for three main reasons. First it was the photo's location. And second was the fact that Debden was home to the 4th Fighter Group the former "Eagle Squadrons" that had come from the RAF. Finally Three because i believe it would look very good to pose all the Variations of identifying nose and other colors and symbols used to identify each group. Im hoping in the long run to maybe eventually donate the whole build to a museum.
  7. Building a wartime Watch Office

    In 1955 the ROC were given the new role of monitoring and reporting fallout as part of the UK Warning and Monitoring Organisation, funded by the Home Office. At that point posts began to be relocated underground though the reporting platforms lingered on for a while afterwards: I think I can remember a rusty relic on the peak of a wet and misty hill at Black Rock, Camborne. The aircraft reporting role died out in the early 1960s. Members of the organisation continued to wear RAF uniform and, perhaps as incentives to perform a grim role, jollies in aircraft from various RAF stations continued, in my father's case RAF St Mawgan and RNAS Culdrose. The organisation was stood down in 1991 as part of the "peace dividend" (remember that?) in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For anyone walking the South West Coastal Path there is a preserved post, lovingly tended by ex-ROC members under National Trust protection at Veryan on the south coast of Cornwall. http://www.roc-heritage.co.uk/england.html
  8. Building a wartime Watch Office

    Peter Scupham wrote a great poem about a disused Observer Corps bunker: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=36195 "...a summer where the bad light stopped..."
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    They do as you state appear to be of American origin . . . (Slightly off topic) We in Britain had the Royal Observer Corps, (ROC), who manned observation post all over the country. Situated primarily on the coast they were soon appearing in-land and after the Blitz, they soon began to be used to locate our own aircraft when they were returning to 'Blighty' and in trouble. Any RAF or USAAF station could notify the ROC to be on the look-out for their particular aircraft and relay info as and when. In some old Black.White films you see British observers on tops of high buildings or in green fields. There are still some disused wartime Observation post still in situ here in Lincolnshire and although I dont know the full details/history, the ROC also had underground bunkers throughout the 'Cold War' for the original purpose of 'observing' Ian
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    do we have any resources for "airspotter's sheds"? they were the civilian equivelant. some here: http://northerncatskillshistory.com/nchnew/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Jefferson-Spotters.pdf http://colebrookhistoricalsociety.org/PDF Images/Air Spotters of WWII.pdf http://colebrookhistoricalsociety.org/PDF Images/Panorama Hill.pdf these are all from the US
  11. Stonehenge - a staged study for my LHS

    But.... This is the globe? 8-D
  12. 'Defiance'

    Thanks for dropping in. Glad u like it.
  13. Amazing your daughter is very talented
  14. Building a wartime Watch Office

    Here is a Link to a listing of towers and Debden is here . . . http://www.controltowers.co.uk/Dlist.htm and this is the photo of the version you need There were so many difference types that there really wasnt a 'standard size' Will you be building something like this I wonder ?? I hope this helps . .. Ian PS You may be able to get a site plan of the airfield from the Royal Air Force Museum (RAFM) Hendon London. I dont have the full address but the Internet search should provide such along with other details of the service.
  15. Stonehenge - a staged study for my LHS

    Have to agree with you, but we both know that that won't dissuade the 'believers'. Funny thing, how stubborn people can be in the face of solid evidence. Never heard it, but know of Gong. My preference would be "Singring and the Glass Guitar : An Electrified Fairytale" by Todd Rundgren's Utopia Sorry to hear about the ailment that cut short your joy of drumming. My problem was 'trigger-finger', a pre-arthritic condition that causes fingers in both hands to lock in position. I'm still fighting it today (fortunately, with some success). Long strap? Sheer heresy , man! Strap it tightly across the chest and you have all the control you need (just remember - not TOO tight - you still need to breathe!) As for my blunt old fingertips - you have a good point, but I can still handle tweezers (just! LOL!) Cheers Kev
  16. I bet it all smells fresh baked.
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  18. Fantastic build - your daughter has got a real talent there.
  19. Kowalski's Bakery - Fantastic Beasts

    4 Hot cross buns and 6 of those Pink Doughnuts, please cos they sure look tasty Fantastic work
  20. Shame,it could be the start of something big
  21. Building a HAS

    Think the three amigos will look ok when done. The F-111 looks ok in this pic, but trust me its little more than EDSG primer. I experimented with doing the lining in sharpie which I may regret if I paint over it, but the lines showing through isn't an issue as they will need painting in anyway That trio make RAF jets of the time look positively dainty. Only the Canberra is bigger and that won't fit in the HAS. And a double check on fitting the A-10 in the HAS Looking forward to seeing it (her? A-10s don't seem very female) inside the has with all of the accessories around it.
  22. Hi Gorby, no this is as far as she is taking it.
  23. Wow! amazing job. Is she going to add some of the films characters or beasts to it?
  24. Absolutely brilliant. Your daughter is very talented. The baked goods actually look real!! Very impressive. Kind regards, Stix
  25. Thought I would just share this with the BM Crew. It is my daughter Sophie's latest miniature creation and this section seems the most appropriate to show it off!! For those in the know its her interpretation of the bakery out of JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts. Construction is mainly mounting card and paper with some clear film for windows, it stands about 15cm high. The goodies inside are all individually hand made from oven-bake clay then painted. The stencilling on the windows is all hand painted. I would like to say she is a chip off the old block but I'm not that talented! Thanks for looking.
  26. Building a wartime Watch Office

    Very good job i like your watch office. Would you know if that is a standard size ? Im starting to collect Info and Materials for a large diorama of a WW2 USAAF/RAF Airfield. It will eventually incorporate 15+ aircraft and associated vehicles and ground equipment. These watch offices would you have something for RAF Debden ?
  27. Building a wartime Watch Office

    What a fantastic resource you've created!
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