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  2. Beautiful work, Stix. I just love your attention to detail.
  3. Today
  4. Tiger ‘131’ is probably one of the best-known Tiger 1s and is currently the only operational Tiger 1 in the world. Captured by the British in Tunisia, in April 1943, it is now at The Tank Museum at Bovington, UK. As part of this project for the MTO II GB, I wanted to include some figures representing some of the crew and possibly their commander. There is still and air of mystery around the crew and some sources suggest that at least some of the crew survived the war but their identities have not, as far as I am aware, been revealed yet. My vignette is set before the capture of "131" and I was wondering what it must have been like for the crew as they were preparing for their encounter with the enemy. I have tried to show them planning their next move. Kit: Dragon 1/35 No.6820 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by brush Weathering: Paints plus Vallejo Thick Light Mud and Light Splash Mud Extras: Stretched sprue aerial, Lead wire for smoke launchers Base: 4 MDF, Filler, Vallejo Thick Light Mud and Light Splash Mud, Army Painter tufts, Dragon DS Cacti Figures: Master Box WIP thread: Here "131" on its own RFI: Here I also took a few with a desert backdrop: This final photo kind of represents what I wanted to achieve. I wanted to do one of those scenes that looks a little staged but didn't want the crew just looking at the camera. It would be interesting to know what happened. Thank you to everyone who contributed to my build thread. Kind regards, Stix
  5. Thanks Weavers Warbirds, i used air drying clay for the ground work, the sand texture is actual sand that I brought back from Iraq from my many trips.
  6. Weaver’s Warbirds

    Lat 32* 05'N Long 23* 59'N

    Wow!! I love the weathered vehicles and very well done buildings. What did you use to produce the sand texture for the groundwork?
  7. Yesterday
  8. Having read this book in January, it gave me an idea for my entry in the MTO GB. a map of a he ground covered to reach the objective, the SAS were to take out a radio mast, the LRDG were to hit an airfield leaving the SiG and the Commandos to head to Tobruk to free the POWs from the cages and hold the harbour for the seaborne attack. The diorama depicts a scene from Kufra oasis, this is the town in Libya the SiG LRDG and Commandos met up.
  9. Thanks for checkin' back in Sarge. I'm getting ready to start some vehicle production. Check back soon!
  10. Dimitris Vasilopoulos

    1944 - Somewhere in France

    Hi Sairou - Yep you're right, he is pointing at a battle plan diagram. It was difficult in the beginning to create it because i tried to do that on the mud but you could not see it very clearly and then i decided to add a little bit black colour, so it will be more perceived. Hi Steve -Thank you for the nice comment.
  11. dcrfan

    Scratch building Ideas for Practice?

    Regardless of the subject you choose take it in small steps by choosing small simple subjects first so you can actually finish them without loosing heart.
  12. Sgt.Squarehead

    Launch 14 - Cooper's Rocket

    Just caught up Rich.....Man that's some spectacular work! Still think those vehicles could use some TLC, especially the tractor units.
  13. Last week
  14. stevehnz

    1944 - Somewhere in France

    This looks nicely done & has quite a lot of atmosphere about it. I reckon the chappie with the field glasses is just asking for someone to take a shot at him if he hangs around up there too long. Steve.
  15. Derek A

    Delivering Monty's Tank

    Right the vehicles are now just about finished, I've painted the trailer, add decals to the Grant and weathered both, may need to do a bit more but I'll get them on the ground work first. I also need to add the tie downs for the Grant but I'll do that towards the end! I've also added ballast to the truck, thanks for the advice Andrew Jones!
  16. Sairou

    1944 - Somewhere in France

    Is he pointing at a diagram of battle plans? Very nice.
  17. Hi Manfred, The Service Tower Floors are fun to build as long as I build one at a time with a day or so in between. The painting is an old fashion rattle can, and the rod is .75mm
  18. roma847

    Launch 14 - Cooper's Rocket

    Hi Rich, great progress with the Service tower levels. BTW, it looks like you're airbrushing these parts now and not paint by hand, right? How thick are the rods which you used for the hand rails?
  19. Hey Guys, This week was very intense and satisfying. I had to come up with some sort of idea about how to handle the individual floors for the inside of the tower. I only have a few photos of the floors, and these are not so good for references. The card cutout is the shape of the floor. Then transferred to a styrene sheet, at size, for layout, and start the beam work. The main issue was to design a scaffolding to support the floors. I can barely see any support beams in this photo below. So I came up with a design that supports the floor and still fits around the rocket and transporter, and is Revell simplified. In the photo below you can see the layout of the support beam design and the two front gates. I just pulled this out of my thrust nozzle, but it all works fine, and looks good. This is where the first floor is located. Actually this is the fourth floor. This is the first floor that has the front gates. The floors below this are much simpler to build and are just a "U" shape. These will go around the Rocket Support gear. It actually fits. Always test fitting. Now you can see how the floor fits onto the support frame. With the floor in place, the whole thing looks much cleaner. Still wet in the paint shop. I learned a valuable lesson when I painted the floor. I painted the main floor part and set it on the window sill to dry, and a gust of wind took it out the window and lost for days. I was so bummed out that I didn't work on the floor for a while. I found it by accident in the garden this morning three days later. Don't put the parts on the window sill to dry! This is the start of the hand rails that go around the front of each floor. These are the front gates finished, and the bend for the main hand rail. Ready to be painted... The first floor finished, gates down... The first floor finished. Gates up... A bit more minor work and this floor is ready to install. Now I just have to build 13 more floors. I'll be back with what ever's next. Thanks for looking!!
  20. Surprise, surprise, I've made a layout change. I decided that the longer layout, whilst providing a nice backdrop across the rear of the dio, would mean having to cut off and leave out some of the ruin. Also, being a backdrop, it would mean that any detailing of the rear of the building would most likely not be seen. (Unless the dio were placed on a table/plinth with an all round view.) So, the new idea is to model the entire extent of the ruin and to place it on a diagonal either to one side of the diorama, or more centrally. I've yet to decide which. I have now fixed the 'staircase' wall to the main structure. But first I had to make sure that everything was square and true. I knew that some of the wall sections didn't quite sit right when placed together - a consequence of plaster shrinking and warping, poor filing and sanding on my part, and the use of only basic tools and measuring instruments. So, I set the main building up on lined paper (graph paper would have been even better) and then dribbled thin CA around the bottom of the building to fix it to the paper. This sheet of paper then became my datum for checking right angles and parallel lines etc. I then positioned the 'staircase' wall, as in the photo below, using the lined paper as a guide, and also for the first time employing a set square to ensure it was true to the vertical. Again, thin CA was then dribbled along the bottom of the wall, to fix it to the paper. Unfortunately the 'good fit' which I had thought I'd made between this wall and the main section, wasn't. It turned out that once on the true vertical, there was a gap between them. Still, I had anticipated this and it will be a simple job of filling in the gap with plaster. I was going to have to rework the join with plaster anyway as this is needed to carve and blend the stonework. Witht the staircase wall fitted, I can now go ahead and fill in the gaps, blend in the stonework and finish off the window and door apertures. The 'T' section of wall will be the most heavily damaged part of the building. I will be extending it a bit, mostly with more damaged bits. I still like the idea of a barn door type thingy in this part of the building. TFL Badder
  21. Dimitris Vasilopoulos

    Bombed SU-15 1/72

    Very interested job... I loved the way you ''burn the aircraft''
  22. Dimitris Vasilopoulos

    1944 - Somewhere in France

    ACADEMY Tiger 1 (1/35) + German Crew (1/35) 1944 - Somewhere in France What do you believe guys?? Thank you for the comments!
  23. Thanks a lot Svedberg! Before I started I wasn’t sure if I can build it from scratch. But I got it somehow. It is not that complicated, just very time consuming! Best, Mark
  24. Thank you goon, very friendly of you! Best, Mark Many thanks Pete! I am still very busy with both Snowspeeders:
  25. Doesn't that girl have a home to go to? Such a simple theme but so nicely executed & quite nostalgic. I'm liking it a lot. Steve.
  26. You built this from scratch!? Amazing, and really cool
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