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About TimV1969

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  1. I'd like to enter this group build with the 1/72 Sud Aviation/Alouette Alouette III, which I notice no one else has picked yet, and I think is eligible as according to Scalemates it was first released in 1980 so is a Classic? Looks like new parts were added for the civilian versions in 1989 but I won't be using them anyway. I've just bought a recent re-boxing of this (from Creative Model's bargain 'damaged box' category on eBay): but perversely, even though it comes with a nice-looking modern decal sheet for the Gendarmerie (much the best I've seen in a Heller kit), I
  2. There's MD Hobbies and Leisure, fairly close to the railway station - reasonable range of Airfix and Revell last time I visited, last year. They seem to be having problems with their shop website at the moment though! http://www.mdhobbiesandleisure.com/documents/contact.html
  3. S&M Models have already done an FV432 in 1/72 scale, and I'm sure at Telford last year they were talking about doing an Abbot based on the common parts, but no sign of it yet...
  4. Phew! finished in the nick of time. The matt varnish did its job and was dry and ready for working on this morning. I finished spraying the rotor blades with Humbrol 163, and once that was dried, fitted them to the rotorhead (to which I'd added a few pipes from reference photos:) painted the inside of the tail position light with Tamiya translucent red (as reference photos showed it was a red bulb not a red light), put a dash of Molotow Chrome on the tail where that and the rear-most clear light were to be fitted, and mounted those: masked and painted the b
  5. Whew! Finished, in the nick of time... Airfix 03021 SA330 Puma, with Rotor Craft composite rotors, a light/lantern from an Airfix Sea King HC4 and a few scratch-built 'lumps and bumps. Main colours are Xtracolor RAF Dark Green and Lichen Green overcoated with Humbrol Matt Varnish, various other Humbrol and Revell enamels used for other details (Humbrol 163 for the Rotor blades to give some contrast with the Xtracolor shade, for instance). The only decals I used from the kit were the red lines around the door, home-made decals for the 'Danger' markings on the tale and the RAF logo on the d
  6. Lots of catching up to do here! Thought I'd posted at least one update after I assembled the fuselage, but apparently not. So, here goes: Fuselage assembled, HF aerials added on port side (borrowed from a Matchbox Wessex), and the 'handle' type aerials replaced with brass wire (but before I realised these were in the right position for a French Puma, or an HC2, but too far back for an HC1...): Then various late-HC1 'lumps and bumps' (to use the technical term) added, the glazing masked and added, and everything in Halfords grey primer: Then Xtracolor Li
  7. ... so, onto the cabin interior. I sanded down the outside of the cabin windows, to eliminate the sunken hole, then polished them back to a shiny surface, and went round the edges with a Sharpie before fitting them into the fuselage. To represent the cabin insulation, I first stuck some plastic mesh to a flat surface (an old CD) to make a mould for it. Then, I just painted on some acrylic craft paint, waited for it to dry, peeled it off, and had an imprint of the mesh pattern in the still-pliable paint. This I could then cut into strips and shapes, and use to form the cabin insulation: (ph
  8. Catching up from the last couple of weeks, have had enough spare time to work on the kit but never quite enough each evening to do any updates here, so here goes: A comparison of the wider-chord composite blades with the metal original - unlike the Sea King, you can't easily convert between one and the other! Initial painting of the cabin seats - I used Humbrol 230 with a dash of 52 to give a metallic-y effect to try to replicate the nylon(?) originals: assembly and painting of the cabin and cockpit floors, the bulkhead between, assembly (including substi
  9. Absolute bargain, I felt a bit guilty about it when I got it home and saw how good it was. Still, the two RAF museums have done alright from me money-wise over the years, even with free entrance... And yep, pretty flash-free, only real flaws are sunken holes in the cabin windows (something my Kamov Ka-25 also suffered from, and now I check, my Heller boxing of the Puma too, so that must have been a common fault in the 80s.
  10. Hopefully I will have time for a second entry in this group build - and it's a kit I picked up for all of £2.50 in the RAF Museum at Cosford's shop last year. For that money I wasn't even expecting it to be complete, but it was, so with my notional savings I splashed out on the Rotor Craft composite rotors for it, and I'll be adding those for this build. I also have some spare Merlin HC3 photoetch, which will probably contribute at least the cockpit seatbelts, and some left-over Sea King HC4 bits (if I decide to do an HC2 the armoured seats might be right? need to check that). I will be build
  11. Scorpion Light Armoured Reconnaisance Vehicle (1975) Finished mostly in humbrol paints (102 and 33 for the camouflage), and Pan Pastels for the weathering. Decals from the kit, plus aftermarket Union Flags. Commander figure is from the Matchbox LRDG set with different legs, and added headphones. A relatively painless build, except for having to scratchbuild an extra track tread each side, and super-glue them in place...
  12. A bit of weathering - mostly pan pastels - over the tracks and lower surfaces, and a wash over the commander's DPM to tone it down a bit, and I'm calling it done. It's been a fun build (and reminds me of building one when I was a kid, I think I might have won second prize in a model-making competition at our local department store for that one!), so much so that I bought another one on ebay while I was building it, for a future project - maybe converted into a Striker or Samson? Anyway, for now: And, because I haven't got a suitable 1970s diorama or backdrop for photography,
  13. Made a bit of progress last weekend - aided by the miserable weather outside! - and fitted the tracks, eventually (I'm not the first person to find out they're not long enough, and I ended up scratch-building an extra link each side, and supergluing everything in place, to get them to fit. I also had to mostly repaint the tracks after fitting them, my plan of using Halfords Plastic Primer didn't make the paint stick at all. I then added a random black pattern: I then picked out the metal parts of the moulded-on tools in satin black, scratch-built some wing mirrors, added some headl
  14. Quick update before disappearing for a long weekend (Cambridge Folk Festival!); sub-assemblies primed: and then body airbrushed with Humbrol 102 (my favoured approximate match for IRR green) and tracks brush-painted Humbrol 53 as a basis for further washes and painting: (apologies for picture quality on that one - combination of a camera phone and low sun...) so those base coats will have plenty of time to dry before further painting, etc.
  15. Didn't have time to do anything during the week but then a wet weekend gave me loads of opportunity so I: Considered whether I needed any internal detail and decided that all that might be visible was the inside of the turret if I left a hatch open with a crewman in it. Obviously to do that properly would mean opening up an actual turret ring, mounting the turret differently, etc, so I decided the easy route was an optical illusion. So I painted the turret interior white, then masked a hole in the centre and painted that dark grey, to give the illusion of the shadow of an actual interio
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