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  1. 36 points
    This is HB981, a Republic P-47D-22-RE Thunderbolt attached to 135 Sq. RAF in Burma during 1945. At 04:45 on 2nd May 1945 it was taking off from Akyab Main to provide "cab rank" support for the Operation Dracula landings at Rangoon, when it lost power and ground-looped off the end of the runway, tearing off both wings in the process. Its relevance to me is that the aircraft contained my father at the time it performed this unplanned evolution. After the aircraft had come to rest, he popped out of the cockpit unharmed, then popped back in again to retrieve his parachute, since it was a chargeable offence to lose a parachute. Then he jogged back to the end of the runway, sat on the parachute, and waited for a vehicle to come and get him. At which point he cadged a cigarette off the driver. Shortly after that, he had his photograph taken, posing on the wreckage. (The photograph, you'll see, also had a fairly hectic later life.) The story is retold amusingly in Roger Freeman's Thunderbolt: A Documentary History Of The Republic P-47. (The squadron number is wrong - 135 Sq. didn't renumber to 615 until slightly later in the war.) Paints are Tamiya, LifeColor and Alclad. The 150-gallon (US) drop tanks are filched from a Tamiya P-47M kit, but the Hamilton prop (and its decals) came with the Razorback kit, although it's not required for either of the aircraft detailed in that kit. SEAC roundels, flashes and the tail number come from an Xtradecal "Yanks with Roundels" sheet. Eduard photoetch detail and placards, Squadron wheels, and an HGW Sutton harness which I found almost unusable. Finally, a comparison of the Thunderbolt and Hurricane, showing what a brute the Jug was in comparison. (My father used to take great delight in relaying the old RAF joke about how the easiest way to avoid enemy fire in a Thunderbolt was to release your harness and run around in the cockpit.) Possibly the drabbest Jug ever modelled. Sorry about that.
  2. 34 points
    Hi all, My last build for 2018 is a Revell 1/72 Boeing B-17F which I have finished as an RAF Fortress Mk.II operated by 206 Squadron in June 1943, in fact on 11th June whilst flown by Wing Commander R.B. Thomson she attacked and sank U-417 South East of Iceland but was herself brought down by return fire from the U-boat. All the crrew of the B-17 were rescued 3 days later by an RAF Catalina after a US Catalina crashed trying to rescue them, the US crew were rescued a few days later. The Revell kit is excellent and has great interior detail from the box but I have had to scratch build the ASV aerials for the nose and under the wings from brass rod, they are not perfect but they look okay to me. I used decals by DK Decals which are excellent and went on with no issues at all, I just wish their instruction sheets were bigger! Anyway enough waffle here are the pics; I've built this as part of the ongoing (and excellent) B-17 STGB which you need to check out as there are some great builds going on there. For those of you interested here is a link to my build; Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. A Happy New Year to you all. Craig.
  3. 23 points
    Just about managed to get this one finished and photographed before 2018 is done. The scheme is taken from the Xtradecal BoB decal sheet and represents "Black 8" flown by Ofw Bernhard Lempskemper. The airfix kit went together very well along with some Eduard etch for the cockpit, wheel wells and air intakes. I tried to replace the slightly sorry looking moulded guns on top of the nose by scratch building some out of thin stainless tube - not sure there's much improvement though in the end... The aerial wire is from stretched sprue with little coiled bits of wire to add interest. I airbrushed on Mr Color RLM04, 65, 02 and 71, thinned with X-20 and they went down a treat, especially the yellow! Weathering was mostly done with brown, black and white oil paints and I added a few random chips with a fine brush and silver paint. The paint job was then protected with a coat of Vallejo flat varnish. This was my first go at riveting and mottling a Luftwaffe aircraft and overall I'm pretty pleased with the result - she looks good alongside the Mk1 Spitfire. WIP is here if you'd like more details: Thanks to those who helped along the way and Happy New Year!
  4. 16 points
    This started off as a hairspray chipping experiment, but I decided to push on and finish the model before the end of the year. I don't "do" New Year so have used the time today finishing this off. There's a replacement bomb on the way for it and I will improve the bomb cradle and add them both later - but this is it for now. I hope you like it. I gathered a lot of photos of beaten up USMC operated F4U-1s and 1As in the Pacific and have tried to take inspiration from a number of them. The 100 mission markings on the particular aircraft here indicates that it was quite a well-used machine and indeed the photo I found of it online indicates likewise. I've been asked via a social media page post already what I used for this colour-wise so here are the main ones shown. The dark blue wasn't used as-is but instead was blended with ACUS08 - ANA608 Intermediate Blue to fade it towards a blue-grey.
  5. 14 points
    My dear modeller friends, a lot of time passed before I could finish this work. But I've just finished!! It was my intention to finish the diorama for the anniversary of the Pearl Harbour attack, but personal problem took me out of my intentions. Anyway, let me present you my last work, my first 1/700 model and, last but not least, my first maritime diorama. I never tried to work on a so little model, as I was afraid for the very little pieces and difficulty on working with them, but after seeing a lot of your works, I tried. I bought the 1/700 Dragon USS Arizona winning an auction on the "bay", then during one of my trip, I found on sale the 1/700 Flyhawk USS Ward and the idea of a diorama come up. My intention was to replicate the day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, when the battleship USS Arizona was lying down on the harbour mooring quays, and USS Ward destroyer was starting her duty on patrolling the bay. The USS Ward was the first US Navy unit to fire to a Japanese unit that was trying to enter on Pearl Harbour for a torpedo attack The 7th December 1941, during her patrolling duty she discovered a Japanese mini submarine, she attacked firing and sinking it, she also gave the alarm to the US command but her Captain's alarm was ignored. Then the disaster arrived! On reality the USS Arizona was sided with a working ship, the USS Vestal on her renoval duty, but I couldn't find any model of this scale, and so I decided to replicate a "near reality" diorama! Anyway this is my interpretation and realization.... IMG_20181231_155851 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20181231_160140 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20181231_155949 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20181231_155256 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20181231_155222 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20181231_155112 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20181231_155104 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20181231_155019 by Franco Segato, su Flickr Hope you like it. I also wish you a very very pleasant and happy new year to all of you. Franco
  6. 11 points
    More "building up" was done today.... Thanks Massimo! As mentioned above, I spent a couple of hours mulling further the problem of the bomb bays. Namely how to get the framework in the right place (along the spars, nit at the edges of the cutouts) and how do I thin the remaining panels to be realistic. The answer, it may not surprise you, was to remove more plastic. You can see here the thickness of the plastic which needed thinning, and the locating peg which hinders the task. More drilling and joining of dots followed, and the panels were removed back to the flap at the rear, and the leading edge panel line at the front. That left me with an open box to fill. Much easier! The panels I removed will be replaced with 10thou sheet so no need to thin. After adding a 10thou false floor to the underside of the upper wing I made a start on boxing in the area at the outer and rear edges. The outer edge has been fitted under the wing part so it's flush, and the rear part will provide an attachment point for the panels. These were blanked off on the actual aircraft so it's accurate. The forward edge and between the bays will be framework, again leaving it slightly short to provide attachment point for the panels to be refitted. Needless to say I decided not to faff about adding the ribbing on the inside of the wing skin. That's all for now, thanks for looking in! Ian
  7. 10 points
    Hello Please allow me to show my Airfix Ariel Arrow to 1/16 scale. Once again, built to support the Car and Motorcycle SIG at Telford and just slipping in for 2018 due to lack of pics. As finished for the SIG stand it was lacking the screen - I've managed to get that on now so more or less done. Another model that's been in the stash for far too long. Bought by housemates as a birthday present back in 1982 and part assembled. I tried to "chrome" the exhausts using cigarette packet foils which worked quite well - then I realised I stood not a cat's chance of doing the wheels in that, so it got shelved while I thought about it. As with the Zodiac, things have changed a bit over the years, skills have improved and products are available that just weren't around then or, at least, I knew nothing of. So, the kit is fun and remarkably detailed when compared with the real thing. For the paint job I used AK Xtreme Metal Gold and Zero Paints white with Zero prethinned lacquer. An assortment of silvers were used including Alclad Chrome and Molotow pens. Kit markings were used and behaved remarkably well after they had been stuck to a sunny window in the summer. A bit of wiring was added and a garment tag gave itself up for the fuel line down the left side. Anyway, enough chat from me - here's the bike, hope you like. C+C welcome! Thanks for looking - see you all next year! ATB Rick
  8. 10 points
    Good afternoon to you all, hope you've all had a good Christmas! I thought I would share my latest builds that were finished yesterday. Earlier in the year I picked up this for a good price and felt the need to build them straight away: Both went together without any effort. They were both OOB builds and the only deviation I made was to leave the nose caps off the fuselage until after painting was finished in order that I could pop the exhausts in at the end rather than having to do a lot of masking. Mr Paint was used for the RLM 78 and 79 with all other colours being Tamiya. A Mig blue grey wash was used over the 78 and Tamiya brown panel line wash over the 79. Here is the first one; Bf 109F-4/Trop 4./JG27 El Gazala, Libya 1941 And if your eyes aren't bleeding, here's the other one: Bf 109G-2/Trop 1./JG 77 Bir-el-Abd, Egypt 1942 Look forward to your comments as always and here's wishing you all a wonderful New Year! Howard
  9. 9 points
    Latest Build. Added aftermarket interior and decals. Painted with craft paint. Mark DSCN3326 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3324 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3325 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3327 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3328 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3DSCN3330 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr329 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3331 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3332 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3333 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3336 (2) by mwsfly9, on FlickrDSCN3337 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3339 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3340 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3341 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3323 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr Thanks for looking. Mark
  10. 9 points
    No messing about... I'm going to try to make this build fairly prompt as I'm aiming for a May deadline. I reckon today has been a productive day and I'm hoping for another update tomorrow evening. Not much to say really, most of today's efforts have been very simple. Just cutting out various geometrical shapes of different sizes and shapes. I've been using the bandsaw... a jeweller's saw... and the disk sander quite a bit today. In addition I've had to cut out a couple of thin sheets of plastic to form the boat deck and bridge deck using the usual combination of scalpel and scissors. Here's where I'm up to so far. Please note that the reason the ship is sitting so proud above the 'water' is that I've intentionally cut the hull to a line about a centimeter below the true waterline. This is to help me embed the model into the sea that I will be making for her to sit in. Here's the view from astern. So far I reckon I'm making good progress and am feeling confident about May. But we shall see... Steve
  11. 9 points
    Happy New Year everyone. Have managed to get some stuff done, including painting, over the festive period in between food and drink consumption. What seemed like an eternity, I finished off the masking. This is a “one I did earlier” midway through shot where I’m just beginning to mask the side windows. I then got the front turret settled in after giving it a coat of black. The cowl did not fit right and was a proper faff requiring me to add a slim piece of strip below to close the gap. It took a lot of persuasion to hold it in place while the glue set. Finished article. One casualty I busted off the front guns, stuck em back together then busted em off again sigh! They will remain off until completed. I should’ve known better really. My advice would be to go for the brass aftermarket jobs. They look much better and as you most likely glue them on at the end, won’t get busted off. Another obvious addition is that I gave the canopy a coat of cockpit green. This is Colourcoats RAF interior green and the stuff went on like a dream, so step by step I will be replacing my Humbrol enamels with Colourcoats enamels. The new formula HU 78 is in the bin with all the other festive detritus awaiting collection and deposit to the local incinerator, Birmingham bin strike permitting. With that done it got a coat of primer – Tamiya Fine out the rattle can: Well pleased with the outcome thus far. I had to do a little more sanding on the fuselage spine which I re-primed with Alclad grey primer. Dark Earth and Dark Green at the ready. The Dark Green is Humbrol old school so no grief anticipated. Anyroad just about to have a big greasy full English fry up then it’s off up the pub for my customary New Year lunch time brandy…
  12. 9 points
    Although she never bothers with my modelling, Merry can't resist my wife's jigsaws Happy New Year to cat lovers everywhere. Dave G
  13. 8 points
    Just an old fashioned Stirling With old fashioned ways A fuselage tattered and torn. Four Hercules engines keep chugging away She's flying from midnight to dawn. Though she don't go so fast, No great height does she claim, Sure there's something that makes her divine When she flies there on high She's the Queen of the sky She's that old fashioned Stirling of mine Taken from Stirling Wings by Jonathan Falconer - song often sung in the sergeants mess at Lakenheath where 149 Sqn were based in 1943 After 10 months of slogging away the Stirling is finally done. By far, this has been my most challenging build to date, the first vac formed kit I've ever completed (first attempt ended up in the bin!), the first time I've vac formed my own canopies if crash moulding doesn't count and first time soldering parts! The overall shape of the Sanger kit is pretty good, however there are a few noticeable errors, the first being the wings formed upside down and the second being the squared off rear fuselage when it should match the profile of the FN20 turret. It's built as a dedication to Ron Middleton who was posthumously awarded a VC for his bravery on the night of 29th November 1942 when he sadly didn't return from his 29th mission to Turin. Hit by flak over the target, he lost his right eye but maintained control of the aircraft and managed to get it back to the coast of England. 5 members of the crew bailed out, two others remaining to help him fly the aircraft but it lost control and crashed in to the sea taking the three crew members with it. There are two build threads to this because it was started by @Mike way back in 2008. After several years of me pestering him to finish it, he sold it to me and I picked up the gauntlet to get it to Telford as part of the 1/48th Bomber Command SIG VC display this year. The build continued here. There's lots of people to thanks for their help in this build, John @12jaguar for his wealth of knowledge and reference photo's, Nick @SleeperService for sending me a Wellington nose turret of which was used for the basis on the front turret in the Stirling, Alain @corsaircorp for sending me some resin parts that got used in the cockpit including the instrument panel and Chris @stringbag for his 1-2-1 soldering lesson and incredible drawings that were critical to get the complicated wing and undercarriage structure aligned. I'd also like to thank Megas Tsonas for his truly amazing 1/48 Stirling build that you may of seen in air Modeller, however this also proved to be a demotivator because I could in no way achieve the results he did! My goal was to get it finished in 2018 (well actually it was to have it ready for Telford but didn't quite make that!!) and I've just about squeezed it in! It's by no means perfect Anyway, enough blurb, here's the piccies. Hope you like her. Thanks for looking Neil
  14. 8 points
    Hi all and forgot about posting this one here from earlier in the year. Built for the Carriers GB here on Britmodeller. Mostly OOB but with some corrections to make accurate for the type - full build thread if you're interested is here ! Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (1) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (2) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (4) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (7) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (14) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and Happy New Year to you and yours. Cheers, Dermot
  15. 8 points
    Fortified by Anil's sage advice, a glass of champagne, and a half-litre of Dr Pepper (my first caffeinated soda in almost two years, more on the reason why in a jiff), I tried again for my first modelling of 2019. Greetings to all of you already firmly ensconced in the far-future year of 2019. Can it be worse than 2018? One would hope not, but the last few years have certainly seemed to indicate that the arc of human history bends downwards on a pretty much permanent basis these days. Sometimes, of course, things must get worse that they might grow better, but cold comfort to those living through the tumult. We spent the last week or so in Michigan, a part of the United States so not unlike Finland that large numbers of Finns left their homeland to experience the same extremes of temperature in a country where vowels were in rather shorter supply. (Mrs P's family, however, are of Quebecois and Romanian extraction. Incidentally, I've often thought a fascinating book could be written on Romania's consistent failure to pick a geopolitical winner to throw its weight alongside throughout the twentieth century.) It was cold, I'm heavily implying, and I should know, as I walked 51 miles over the course of the week, mostly in 8-mile circuits around my in-laws' house, listening to an audiobook of Leo McKinistry's Lancaster; I had initially started with Big Week, by James Holland, but the narrator had one of those weird raspy American accents that're supposed to sound manly but sound instead like a chap manfully struggling to talk through some gas which may prove to be horrifyingly more without making a mess of himself, and it make it hard to keep moving, or indeed to want to do anything but curl up and die in the snow. We were supposed to head home yesterday, that is, the 30th of the previous year, but Mrs P's heart is closed to joy and she retires for bed at 9 PM on NYE, so sees little reason to be home in a rested condition for it, and she also wanted to stretch out the amount of time she could fob the children off on her parents before spending a long week of Quality Time home with them when I returned to work. (She also said she feared that I'd just sit on the computer all day and ignore them; I had been unaware this was an option, but I confess I was intrigued by the notion.) So on the morning of the 31st at 5 AM local time (Michigan is an hour ahead of Chicago), we packed up our children into the Subaru and began our 360-mile trek home, arriving at 10:30 AM Chicago time almost on the nose. Through a comedy of errors I then totally failed to get a chance to take the nap I was promised for acceding to this request, so I took the opportunity to catch 90 minutes of shut-eye when I put Winston to bed. ("May I have the pillow too?", he meekly asked me.) Then it was off to my parents' house to find that they'd totally forgotten about me (which shouldn't have been a surprise going on the last thirty-five years of my acquaintance with them) and waiting in the rain on the stoop for about an hour. Splendid. Anyway, that all sorted, we rang in the New Year with the aforementioned champagne (sparkling wine, technically, since it was made in Britain*) and I returned home at 12:15 AM in the grim future year of 2019. Naturally, now was as good a time as any to try and do stupid things with models, so using much, much much thinned Colourcoats, I -- well, fixed might be too strong a word, so -- confused the mottling on the flanks enough that I think it's passable. Far from perfect, but I trust you will agree, enough of an improvement that we can all get on with our lives. I also did the wheel hubs: Just need to do the gear legs and gun barrels. And for the spinner, all that remains is to mask the prop blades and spray the metal of the prop hub, then assemble the whole kit and kaboodle. So here we are. Hope you have a great year, I'm certainly hoping against evidence for one. *
  16. 7 points
    well, this is klasic short rur . And very nice fighter. I feel the smelth of Corcair ,-)
  17. 7 points
    I like this fighter. Generally, fighters from 20-30 May something.
  18. 7 points
    Happy New Year all! I hope you had a good evening and here's to a happy and prosperous 2019! We walked to a nearby pub/restaurant and were treated to one of our local characters playing 'Scotland the Brave' on his bagpipes while everyone sang 'Auld Lang Syne'. He's English. Very eccentric, but he's part of the character of the area. Castleated house and all. Yes, he'd been fuelled up. 10 pints apparently. No I didn't match him. More Nimrod to come but I'll bet it won't be later in the morning...
  19. 6 points
    My DWI Wellington now completed, great feeling finishing a model for a change. Conversion made by myself available at Aerocraft Models. http://www.aerocraftmodels.com Decals are from DK decals, excellent decals. see http://www.dkdecals.cz the ones used here are on sheet 72069, another DWI is on sheet 72063, however tail turret cover is slightly different, but the rest of the conversion is the same. I issue a warning though if you purchase one of these or both as I did of these decal sheets I know like me, you will be tempted to purchase more kits as there are some great options to be built. Pictures not the best as the daylight is not that great in Scotland at this time of year so had to resort to some 'lights' hope to get some better ones in a day or two.
  20. 6 points
    I loved building this as part of my model clubs group build: T101 (101 years of Tangmere Airfield). XV408 is currently resident at Tangmere Military Aircraft Museum, which is home to my club: Tangmere Sector Modellers IPMS. It is being lovingly restored to its most famous 'blue' scheme that 92Sqn had done in homage to the blue Hunters that the Squadron used for their display team. This is the Hasegawa 'blue special' kit with Aires resin cockpit, Radar, electronics bay, allycat seamless intakes, scratch built parachute compartment (and other bits). Painted with Vallejo Model Air insignia blue.48
  21. 6 points
    Last one for 2018. The depended all Hasegawa Phantom FGR2 in 74Sqn scheme. Built for the backseat of this particular aircraft. Extras included eduard photo etch and armament. Paint is Vallejo Air. Happy New Year and look forward to seeing more outstanding builds in '19.
  22. 6 points
    So the last model of the year. Just finished this one build oob. It was kind of an experiment as i tried for the first time the Hataka acrylic paint Orange serie for brush painting. It turned out quite good. Morlot was killed on the 15/5/40 by either Lt Bock or Uffz. Vollmer from 3./JG 3. Cheers Jes
  23. 6 points
    Don't worry Ben - with current politics in Britain even the geology is confused now.... So. Last post of 2018! Did that seem like an exceptionally quick year for you lot as well? I spent a large chunk of today unexpectedly having to help my youngest with installing a new gfx card in his PC - he's an able lad at such things but the damn thing refuses to act as the primary display despite the OS recognizing it and all drivers and BIOS assignments being sorted according to manufacturer's instructions. We'll have anbother roll of the dice tomorrow, otherwise it's heading back for a refund. As therapy then I became increasingly obsessed throughout the day with getting the nacelle in a finished state - at least as far as adding any more bits of metal to it is concerned. You're probably getting a bit sick of seeing it at this stage but thankfully this phase is nearly done now. If you have a look at the opening in the nacelle in this shot: ...you can see that inset strip and screw points running around the edge of the opening that the removed panel fixes onto. Do you see that guy lurking underneath the aircraft behind the oleo? I swear he wasn't there the first time I posted this photo back in August! It's a prominent enough detail in such views that I felt obliged to have a go at creating something like that 'lip' out of some scrap runner from the PE set, seen here tinned and ready for use: I started with the engine bearers first, a strip of the PE added around the firewall and then the fixing points tacked on each side: Tucked back into the nacelle briefly to check positioning: Next up was to add the inlay to the nacelle itself, using the same ingredients: These sections were a lot harder to do due to having to solder inside the tunnel with the iron turned right down to the lowest setting, but the results are worth the effort I think in terms of building up the visual 'busy-ness' of this region of the aircraft: The rear fixings then got some attention. Some 0.8mm tubing was soldered on to the rear of the bearer for strength and then some holes drilled into the brass disk that will act as the spar mounting squirelled away inside the nacelle: It made more sense to drill and mount like this so that the exact position of the bearers could be jiggled about before being permanently attached to it. Just as well because on test-fitting into the nacelle, I had to snip of a section at the top of the disk to get the bearer to run parallel inside the nacelle: The forward firewall is however meant to be at an angle like that - just in case you think it looks odd! That looks and feels now like a good solid method of keeping those innards fixed in place, though of course they'll all need painting-up before being inserted finally and soldered into permanent position. Fixing the oleo inside there can wait until next year now.... It only remains for me to wish all my friends on here a: Catch you in 2019! Tony
  24. 5 points
    RMS Carpathia In 1912 Harold Thomas Cottam was the RMS Carpathia's wireless operator. Early in the morning of 15th of April, whilst Carpathia was Eastbound in the North Atlantic, he was about to retire to bed following a long but entirely routine shift. Instead of going to bed however, purely on an impulse, he decided to send a courtesy message to Titanic regarding some undelivered commercial messages that he intended to relay on his next shift. Instead of receiving a polite nod of thanks from Titanic - he received this... 'Come at once. We have struck a berg. It's a CQD OM.' CQD = 'All Stations - Distress!' Carpathia's Captain - Arthur Rostron - was immediately alerted and, despite the extraordinary improbability of the events that were unfolding, he quickly grasped the situation and realised that he was within range to help. He turned Carpathia toward the Titanic's last stated position and ran her at speeds exceeding the ship’s nominal maximum through hazardous waters known - self evidently - to contain dangerous icebergs. Carpathia arrived at the scene of the disaster approximately four hours later - just before sunrise. Heartbreakingly she was too late for the 1503 souls that died that night. She was however able to recover 705 survivors and following a harrowing journey deliver them safely to New York city. Of the several ships associated with the Titanic disaster Carpathia was really the only one with her reputation enhanced in any way. For this reason it is perhaps a little surprising that she is not modelled more frequently. After all she is the hero in the most famous episode in maritime history. Right now however, as some of you will know, I'm in the middle of scratch-building an Avro 504k in 1/32 scale and I'm greatly enjoying the challenge, Here's the WIP if you are interested. So why am I sitting here writing about Carpathia? Well, the Avro project is going well but is progressing very slowly and is about to enter, yet another difficult phase involving cockpits and struts and rigging and what-not... I was hoping to have the Avro ready for the Western Australian Model Expo in May 2019 but, frankly that's looking very unlikely. So I've decided to have a crack at a quicker build that, for the time being, will take priority - RMS Carpathia, Scratch built in 1/500 scale. Here's a book on the subject - just to prove I can read And here are the plans - enlarged from 1/1200 scale from John Bowen's excellent publication 'More Miniature Merchant Ships'. And here is the first cut in the entire project. And the wood selected for the hull - superb stuff this - maybe even as good as bass wood for carving... When doing fuselages and hulls and other symmetrical things I like to temporarily glue two even halves together at the start of the project. This creates a natural centre line to work from but I'm still be able to split the two halves apart later on if need be. For example when it comes to fitting the masts and other centreline accruements. If you follow the thread you'll see what I mean. I've decided to cut the sheer first. The sheer - nautical term that! It means the lovely curve along the top of the hull. I'm using a bench sander for this job as the thickness of the wood is just a whisker too great for my little bandsaw. Besides - belt sanders are fun! It leaves this effect. A nice even curve running the entire length of the hull and a smooth top surface onto which to stick... This! Note how the join in the wood allows us to get the plan's centreline dead in the middle of the job. And now we can cut this... (using a bandsaw of course) and use the bench sander to sand the correct rake on the stem of the ship's bow. Fire up the bandsaw again to start shaping the Carpathia's beautiful 'counter-stern' - which I fear is going to be one of the tricky bits in this build. A bench sander is essential for this kind of work - perhaps even as important as a bandsaw! After about two hours work we have this roughed out initial shape of the Carpathia's hull. Not a bad return on a minimal time investment I reckon. I'm going to try to complete this model quickly. I don't want to mess around too much. 2019 is shaping up to be a hectic year for me so on the brief occasions I'll get out into my 'factory' I'm aiming to get a fair bit done. This is a labour of love - but it's not going to be the work of a perfectionist! Hope to see all my old maritime mates back showing an interest in this one! Very Best Regards, Bandsaw Steve.
  25. 5 points
    Hi everyone, happy new year!! Not to many sore heads this morning I hope So had a good go on the model yesterday and i’m pretty much there, a few minor little fixes to do but otherwise th build is complete. I’ll do some proper images during the day to day so not sure if I add them to this post or put them in a ‘finished’ section? Anyway overall a good fun build, the Dragon did prove to be a more intricate and detailed build than I am used to but the quality of the mouldings and the extra detail certainly are noticeable. I’ve provided a comparison with my recent Tamiya Ausf J build below. Never had so many parts left over, looks like i’ll need a bigger spares box I’m not sure what the rules are for doing a second build, but may well do another PzIV before the end of the time limit, I want to do a DAK scheme and practice some colour modulation also keen to try out the new Tamiya desert yellow to see how it compares to XF-60. It’s been a great experience and hopefully my WIP posts will improve over time I will be following everyone’s builds with great interest.