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About modelman182

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  1. Great work Clive. I almost fell off my chair laughing when I read "copious quantities of crushed chinchillas"! Truly funny description! Cheers Kev
  2. Next up - something with a choo-choo...

    Thanks for that Badder - but the 'tidiness' is a deliberate act for the camera. If you saw the rest of the room, you'd see something much more familiar I was saved too much trouble with the gauge because the loco came with tracks that fitted it. The lucky part was getting two railcars for the dio that ALSO fitted the tracks. It was just blind luck, though. I had no way of knowing whether it would all work until the models arrived (one from the UK and the other direct from Ukraine). I'd highly recommend the JLC 'Anniversary' edition razor saw. That gives you the single blade saw PLUS the spacers, longer screws and second blade for the parallel blade setup. I also bought both the mitre blocks for the saw - all were sourced from Modelling Tools (aka Little Cars) whom I would also highly recommend. Progress has been temporarily interrupted to do a quick build for someone at work. Hope to be back on the railway diorama after the weekend. Cheers Kev
  3. 1/24 london bus diorama

    Looks like it's a single 'string' of fibre optic illuminated from one end by a blue/white LED. You can see that the 'legs' of the letters are made up of individual runs pushed through from the supporting fascia. Of course, I could be wrong... Kev
  4. Next up - something with a choo-choo...

    Ahhh... I was never interested enough in that scale to find out before. N gauge is the scale for me though I have none of it left, these days. Cheers Kev
  5. Next up - something with a choo-choo...

    Hi bar side (a nickname that begs the question "which side of the bar are you on?") Interesting point, so I got out the 1/72 scale track (as supplied with the loco, and also purchased separately) and got to work with the digital calipers. It turns out that the track, which happily works with all the 72nd scale rolling stock and Locomotive, scales out to a true size of 1.5 metres (actually measuring 20.84mm between the rails at the contact inner edge). This is between the two possible track gauges I would have desired for this diorama. As far as I'm aware, German railways used the Standard track gauge of 1.435m and Russians used a slightly wider gauge of 1.524m. This means that my diorama is incorrect for both possible depictions, so 'artistic license' prevails. HO for Std Gauge would be 16.494mm and 17.512mm for Russian, whereas OO would be 18.882mm and 20.053mm respectively. I wonder what HO/OO gauge is? Not sure how they compromise for that one, but it's unlikely to be any closer to 1/72. Cheers Kev
  6. Next up - something with a choo-choo...

    An update on the dio... First thing that needs doing is separating the nice sleepers from the moulded ballast... This is a multi-stage process. From Left to right (above) the original ballast banking with rails slid partially into position (just as an illustration) then the base with the sides separated (using the large razor saw at the top of the pic) to give a flat section containing 15 sleepers then the tortuous sawing out of each sleeper (pic below) which finally need sanding on all four sides to tidy them up. The clamp holds everything nice and steady while I use the 'Anniversary Edition' of the JLC razor saw which, coincidentally, gives exactly the right width of cut when you use all its spacers. The piece of square plastic section (2.5mm, I think) keeps the clamp from damaging the delicate three prong rail guides. The aim is to end up with about 80 separate sleepers which can then be lined up (jig already made, but I forgot to include it in the photo - will photo it later) and then ballast can be added as shown below. That'll keep me busy for a little while In the meantime - I've built the Jaboschrek (30mm Flak Gun) and very nice it is too... ...and here it is mounted on the partially constructed Tender of the Br52... Coal and Ballast are both from Javis Scenics (HO/OO scale). Cheers Kev
  7. Next up - something with a choo-choo...

    Nice Idea, Kallisti. One should, of course, never let the facts get in the way of telling a good story... so the Typhoon idea could work - though personally I'd prefer a Mosquito or a Mustang (both equally improbable in that time frame, of course) to be doing the attacking. Might keep that idea on the back burner, if you don't mind? Cheers Kev
  8. Next up - something with a choo-choo...

    Well, Badder, I'm even more impressed with your work now. Your diorama is a work of art and (obviously) pure will. I've just finished building the Jaboschrek (30mm Flak gun) and I must admit that even I'm beginning to question the decision to do this all in 72nd scale! I forgot just how small everything is, made somewhat worse by the beautiful detail rendering of the kit. To make the gunsight for the Flak Gun a separate item consisting of five distinct parts must have been some form of torturous humour on the part of the designer of this lovely little kit. Will take some pics soon. Kev
  9. Next up - something with a choo-choo...

    Thanks Will The suggestion is a great one, but I'm trying to keep the depth of the diorama down to allow for shelf display in my LHS, hence the rather 'flat' presentation. Hey Badder - surely nothing in this lot would phase you? Looking at your excellent (if never-ending - hee hee) work, I'm sure this lot would be a "walk in the yard" for your talents! Cheers Kev
  10. Hi Guys Having spent some time admiring many of the dioramas depicted here, I've finally decided to try and tackle something with a bit of complexity (and, coincidentally, something that covers most of the subject matters on this site). I picked up the final part of the puzzle this morning: And the above will be added to the following that I've already 'collected': The plan is to do a layout as follows: From L to R (top) - Railcar with Panzer; Pilot Car with 'dismantled' 109; Br.52 Tender with Jaboschrek mounted at rear; Br.52 Locomotive From L to R (bottom) - SdKfz.7 with 88mm; Kubelwagen; BMW R-12 Also 19 figures (from various sets) labelled Tx for Troopers, Ox for Officers - plus a train driver (modified from an infantry figure) Total size is anticipated to be 640mm by 180mm. Using 'artistic license' this scene plans to represent a railyard somewhere between Germany and Russia circa late Summer/Autumn 1941. Pics to follow over the weekend. Kev
  11. 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
  12. Roman General 1/9 Bust - MMM

    That's a wonderful result, Giorgio - and it was interesting to follow your processes (some of which I shall probably use on the figures that I have in my stash). Thanks for the great photos and thorough descriptions. Really enjoyed this one. Kev
  13. Stonehenge - a staged study for my LHS

    Hi Badder Just noticed your last reply (OMG, was it really three weeks ago?). Your words strike a horrifyingly familiar chord (if you'll forgive the pun), I'm sure to have done something just as bad at least once in the last fifty years! Almost bought a bass yesterday, but had a quick streak of rationale and ended up buying some Alclad instead (gotta love a market hall based model shop that has a second-hand musical instrument source across the way!). My playing days are long gone, retirement is just around the corner and it's time to get my stash prepared for a concerted onslaught. Cheers and beers Kev
  14. Airbus A400M, Revell 1:72

    Lovely job - I think I need to get one of these, though I will struggle to produce such a nice end product as yours! Cheers Kev
  15. Revell P51D

    I think you should listen to the dog, mate! I've got the old Revell 32nd scale MkIII in my stash and it looks just as much of a 'bear' as that old 48th scale one. If you're going for an NMF then I'd recommend trying Alclad's lacquers - if you can, that is. They also do a black base colour for their metallics which would help with the 'pre-shading' idea. If you're tied to using Tamiya's acrylics then I'd try using some satin (X-18) or gloss (X-1) black for the pre-shading and then a base of X-11 (Chrome Silver) which can be mixed with some X-19 (Smoke) for emphasising selected panels. HTH Kev