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Lootenant Aloominum

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  1. Protar 1/9th scale Montesa Cota 247 trials bike

    Action photos up: A big step in Tessa's trials riding career: Every day is a big hair day for Tessa:
  2. Protar 1/9th scale Montesa Cota 247 trials bike

    Hi Pat, you might be interested in my off-road bikes page, which has some Bultaco Sherpa photos: https://everardcunion.wordpress.com/off-road-bikes/#top I will add that as a link at the bottom of my Protar Montesa page when I get a moment. I am hoping for some sunshine at the weekend to get some 'action' photos with this bike. It is such a contrast to the Triumph 3HW of 30 years before...
  3. Click for full article The Protar (Italy) 1/9th scale Montesa Cota 247 trials bike is no ordinary plastic kit. Despite its age, it ranks as an engineering masterpiece. For example, the steering head and wheel axles, although made of plastic (some later motorcycle kits have such items in metal) they screw into place. The plastic is strong enough to take the torque that I sometimes found necessary to apply with pliers to finish the screwing in. The flexible plastic chain works (after a fashion). That is, when the rear wheel turns, the chain rotates and turns a sprocket hidden under the engine cover. Even the suspension works! Full article on my web site: Viva Protar
  4. Italeri 1/9th scale Triumph 3HW motorcycle

    I had some more info along those lines, which I posted in this sub-page: Engineering development then and now.
  5. Italeri 1/9th scale Triumph 3HW motorcycle

    I don't think the front mudguard is on backwards. It is just that it was rotated too far forwards in the earlier photos. I rotated it back a bit... I added some more photos, including another of the rider in pieces after she got blown over in the wind outdoors. Here are two of the new pics: Larger image Larger image These and rest are on my web site. See Mentioned in dispatches. (Not safe for work because Dawn is showing a boob in some photos.)
  6. 1:35 meng D9R

    The sand on the blade looks both 'real' and to scale, which is a rare and fine achievement. An amazing model.
  7. Italeri 1/9th scale Triumph 3HW motorcycle

    (Can't seem to add my reply when I quote someone...) On the vinyl seat question, I washed both seats (the rear one hardly qualifies as a seat) with washing up liquid and painted them with Humbrol acrylic #85 satin coal black. It looks hardly any different from the original vinyl, if you ask me. For the rivets, I used Humbrol enamel 'polished aluminium' because that is the shiniest in my set of paints. I knew something was wrong with the front mudguard. One thing is it is free to rotate (somehow) which is obviously not good, although I have now positioned it a little better. I will have another look at fixing it and taking replacement pics (if it stops raining). Agreed about the thick cables.
  8. Italeri 1/9th scale Triumph 3HW motorcycle

  9. M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle

    Me neither, but it looks to me like something out of Thunderbirds, but better. There are some great videos online showing how that thing on top with the angled lid works. Spectacular!
  10. Larger image Not really an armoured fighting vehicle, but I guess it goes in this section. This is the Italeri 1/9th scale Triumph 3HW of World War 2. Building this kit taught me something that I sort of knew already and I find it a bit disturbing. It is that there was something radically primitive about the engineering design of motorcycles of this era. (Even my first trials bike, a 250cc Greaves of the 1960s, incorporated design elements that no rational mind would include on a trials bike.) It is not just that this or that component shows signs of being added as an afterthought. It is as if everything, from the bottom up, has been added as an afterthought. For more, see Mentioned in dispatches on my web site. (Not safe for work because Dawn is showing a boob in some photos.)
  11. See Duck à l’orange -- my Airfix 1/76th (OO) scale DUKW with scratch built hang gliders (page on my web site) Not strictly a military vehicle, but I figured anyone interested would be more likely to find it here than in the non-military vehicle section.
  12. You’re never alone with a drone Revell 1/48th scale General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Predator B More on this page of my web site: https://everardcunion.wordpress.com/plastic-models/#Drones
  13. Tank girl 1/9th scale resin

    Googling images for 'tank girl' finds some that resemble this model. There is even a movie from 1995, although the tank girl in that does not much resemble the kit. Here is a clip:
  14. Tank girl 1/9th scale resin

    Leftenant Aluminium here with my new 1/9th scale 'tank girl' made of the hard plastic unaccountably known as 'resin.' More pictures and description on this page of my web site: https://everardcunion.wordpress.com/plastic-models-land-vehicles/#TankGirl
  15. Airfix 1/24th scale De Havilland Mosquito weekend edition

    Thanks guys. Yeah, the strings... One day we will just use magnets to make it hover where you want it to. My Top Gun modeling technique (...the need for speed) does produce some rough edges when you look closely, Some of the work in progress builds by others here are clearly an order of magnitude more refined than mine, but, yes, I agree that there is a place for model aircraft in 'flying' mode.