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  1. Thanks LM I'm not usually into diorama's but I didn't want to leave the large base half empty so I came up with this idea and was surprised how it turned out. Regards Kevin
  2. Hi David I'm always glad to hear from anyone who wants to take their model building to another level by adding lighting and having a kind of plan in your mind is exactly how I approached this build so I have uploaded some more pictures which may help to guide you and the link to that is below. Sorry this is short but I have a lot on at present but I will come back to you as soon as I can with any other info I feel may help. Good luck, enjoy and you will be happy with the result. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmX9y8wm Kind regards Kevin
  3. Hi Spiny. Thanks for your kind comments about this build. I too remember the good old days on the farm when H & S didn't exist and, as kids, you could hang on to the back of tractors or even sit on the rear wheel guards, as well as spending hours trying to get the things started. Young farmers today must need degrees in computer science Kind regards Kevin
  4. Hi, Kevin. I am in the thick of constructing a 1/24 Routemaster with some scratch mods and lighting. Would have been interested to see your pics and how you approached some of the inevitable challenges. It is a level 5 kit out of the box, after all, and trying to improve it with lights, a reworked front chassis and a sliding door which opens for a driver gave me few headaches.

    I, too had problems putting photos on this site, but I wonder if you can now?

    Kind  regards Martyn.

    1. ukmodeller


      Hi Martyn

      Sorry about the pictures but Flickr have been taken over and changed all of their sign in details and I cannot now access my pics. I am in the process of uploading them to a new Flickr account and this kit was the first one I did. The links to both albums can be found below (the second one is how I built the bus).
      I have built the kit twice now, once out of the box and the second with the lighting, but I am seriously considering getting another one as I have new idea's and ways to do the lighting better. 
      I will say that it is one of Revell's best kits as it fits together so well and there are so many possible modding opportunities for it and I know some of it was hard work and very fiddly but the end result is worth it but I'm glad to hear that you are pushing the boundaries to add more realism and hope to see the pics posted. Good luck with your build


      https://flic.kr/s/aHsmX5th6b (finished)

      https://flic.kr/s/aHsmX4mYfk (Build)


      Kind regards



    2. Nytram


      Hey, thanks for the links, which work perfectly. Your bus sets a very high standard, but I have reached the stage when most of the lights are working and powered through a mini jack and adapter via the battery compartment. No brake light or indicators yet, and only a driver - no passengers!

      I'll post picture links later.

      Kind regards, Martyn.

  5. I watched a video of this tractor and it is unbelievable what technology it has installed. Everything is computerised with satellite technology, etc, so you could probably set it up on the edge of a field and set it off on its own to do the work while you lay in a hedge supping a nice pint of best ale..................
  6. Thanks Alan. I think I would be looking that miserable if I was in the middle of a muddy field and thinking how much this piece of equipment cost me
  7. Thanks John. I did consider some weathering on this but decided to leave it in showroom condition as it will be in full view in my display cabinet with he other Hasegawa construction kits. I do tend to weather most of my kits when I feel it would improve the look.
  8. Hi Fellow members. I love these Hasegawa kits as they are usually of good quality and have plenty of nice details with minimal flashing or anything and this kit is no exception. The parts fit nicely with plenty of nice chrome parts that really emphasise the details and there is a nice little figure included to go with it. The sprues are of various colours and I suppose you could assemble this kit without painting it but I always think it best to paint them yourself, picking out all of the small details. Thanks for looking and I always appreciate any comments you may have. A video can be found HERE
  9. Thank you, Sir. I really appreciate your kind comments on my build. I have made a few of these ships/galleons now and though on this one the instructions left out a lot of the 'down' lines from the masts I decided to add most of them. As you said these ships seemed to have hundreds of lines going all over the rigging and I would just love to see a video of them getting all the sails set out ready for a voyage because it must have been something to see. The last time I saw the Cutty Sark was when I was about 12 years old (I'm 62 now, lol) so I must be long overdue for another visit, especially now they have cleaned it up after that tragic fire. Take care now
  10. Thank you Bertie. I sure went through that alright and did end up seeing stars at some points
  11. Thanks, Beefy. There were times that I wondered if it was worth it but I'm glad I did as I learned a few new skills after almost 50 years of building kits. Keep safe now
  12. Thanks for your kind comments and it sounds like you may have had some experience with this kit? Compared to the Revell ships this was like being given a model you had to build while blindfolded I must admit when reading through the written instructions that I dozed off now and then. Thanks, Steve. Appreciate you looking
  13. Hi everyone. This is my build of the Lindberg Sea Witch in 1:96 scale which was sent as a challenge from a great friend in the US and what a challenge it turned out to be. I watched my friend build this kit and managed to learn most of the shortfalls from him and that helped a great deal as it allowed me to approach things differently. This made it a lot easier and I changed a few things that just didn't seem right on a ship like this. One of the worse jobs to do was to drill out all of the holes for the blocks (ranging from 3 x 4 mm to 5 x 4 mm) and you will need a lot of spare thin drills on stand-by as well as plasters, antiseptic wipes and a cloth to wipe the tears. Be sure to remove the swear box if you have one otherwise you will end up living on the streets. Luckily I had a lot of blocks left over from previous builds and did not have to drill too many of the blocks. A GOOD REASON TO KEEP THOSE LEFT-OVERS AND SPARES! You also have to drill holes in the masts, hand rails and virtually everywhere else they should already be pre-drilled during moulding. For this you will need rubber drills because the angles you have to drill are just crazy! The next worse job for me was hand making all of the rat lines and was something I'd never done before. They are not brilliant but they will do for me. Overall, the actual ship itself, the masts, etc, are fairly straightforward but every part does have a mould join line so be prepared for a lot of cleaning throughout but assembly was good and the parts fitted well. I did like the way the masts are passed through the decks and locate into a section in the bottom of the hull to give then the correct angle and stability. My friend made his with furled sails and they looked really good so I had to give it a go. Most pictures I found of furled sails show them fairly loose and hanging a little but when I read up on it for that era it stated that when in port the sails were tided tightly and that is what I went for in the end. As a first attempt I don't think they look that bad. Anyway, on to the pics now which are shown below but for more pictures of this and my other builds just click HERE. Thanks for looking and showing an interest.
  14. Thanks for the information about the lights. I had both lights lit for when you view it from either direction and for the photographs. I wasn't planning on adding lights at the beginning but as I started building the undercarriage I saw the potential for them and thought they would create a nice atmosphere. This was a great model to build and 1:35 scale is about my limit now as I struggle with anything smaller.
  15. Thanks, Dave. I really appreciate your kind comment. I bet the tram museum was amazing to visit and very interesting. When I was gathering information regarding this build I was surprised about the many different variations there were of this model and others. Like the way this model inspired you to visit the museum, it inspired me to create a scene that could have been quite common back in the old days.
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