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  1. … Continued after another long intermission: My aim is now to add a small platform which isn’t in the kit (probably added later in the real stuff) and which support some sort of air-conditioning device (pumps, exchanger and flexible hoses) The platform: Building the platform out of plastic card and beams: [ For the top anti-skidding plate I used a double layer of kitchen aluminium foil scribed with a small rivet-tool: Finished with railing from spare: Now, the hoses. I wanted to reproduce their crushed surface. I used Magic Sculpt (1) I formed in cylinders (2) and then calibrated to 2mm in diameter (3). I rolled theses cylinders on talc covered, creased double aluminium foil layer (4) and formed the parts to desired shape before curing (5) The heat exchanger is made of Evergreen plastic: A loooong step now: fitting numerous cables to those structures. Cables are white covered, about .2 to .4mm in diameter. I used .3mm brass wire and copper wires from a small multi thread electronic cable. After a slight sanding, wires are painted off-white (Humbrol gloss enamel, more flexible than acrylics in this case), cut to lengths, bent and glued. The first stage umbilical mast: The second stage large umbilical mast. Note small canvas covers from aluminium foil. The left tower: The right tower: And the two towers finished: Front: Rear: To be continued….
  2. Small news for this month's end: 1:350 scale vehicles Mercedes L3000 : http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-mercedes-benz-l3000-c2x18483240 1:700 scale vehicles French utility vehicle set of the 1940's http://www.larsenal.com/1-700-set-vehicles-of-france-c2x18483128 _Bruno
  3. 1:700 scale vehicles Matador : Ref: http://www.larsenal.com/1-700-matador-x9-c2x18322207 1:350 scale vehicles Opel Kapitan : ref: http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-opel-kapitan-x10-c2x18322182 1:350 scale naval accessories Mooring buoys x6 ref: http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-assortment-of-mooring-buoys-c2x18322260 Seasoned Mooring Buoys x6 (Barnacles included !) ref: http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-assortment-of-mooring-buoys-with-seaweeds-c2x18322272 US style mooring dolphins x6 ref: http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-assortment-of-us-mooring-dolphins-c2x18322283 Seasoned US style mooring dolphins x6 (Barnacles included!) ref: http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-assortment-of-us-mooring-dolphins-with-seaweeds-c2x18322297 and now... drum rolls... THE SCOOP You've been dreaming of it, l'Arsenal 2.0 designed them: Following our 1:350 scale Arromanches Mulberry Harbor (awarded Model of the Year by ModellFan at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Feb. 2015) we're proud to introduce... the 1:700 scale Arromanches Mulberry Harbor! To be available for Xmas _Bruno
  4. At last! After lengthy preparations our 1:700 scale kit of HMS Sheffield is now available. This detailed kit includes not less than 274 resin parts, 338 PE parts and 29 brass turned parts from Master: everything that was needed to do justice to this magnificent ship. Sheffield is depicted as during the Battle of the Barents Sea (December 31st, 1942) when she fought in company with cruiser HMS Jamaica. Sheffield was then in her "mid war" configuration. This kit will be soon followed by HMS Jamaica (same date). ETA is by early Fall. Available here : http://www.larsenal.com/1-700-hms-sheffield-c2x15951720 _Bruno
  5. Continued… After a long (professional) break my project is again on course for the last phase (at last I hope!). Finishing equipping the two service towers: electric cable ducts, platform suspension cables, a long but very straightforward step. The two towers : The left tower: The right tower : Here I reached the detailing limit as supplied in the kit. Thanks to numerous high resolution pictures available on the internet I’ll start now further detailing. …to be continued…
  6. 1:400 scale ship : Large cruise submarine « Redoutable » or « 1 500t » class (including « Casabianca”) (Code: 400 20) http://www.larsenal.com/1-400-1500-t-class-submarine-c2x16326008 1 :350 scale ship: French 1940 style harbor barges, set of three (Code: AC 350 193) http://www.larsenal.com/barges-1-350-c2x17224606 1:72 scale aircraft conversion : Conversion kit for Revell Tigre helicopter. Includes dust filters, exhausts and shield plates for both cockpits. Suitable for Tigre used in desert operations (Africa, Afghanistan). (Code: KC 72 03) http://www.larsenal.com/kit-de-conversion-pour-l-helicoptere-tigre-de-revell-1-72-afghanistan-c2x16597384 1 :48 scale aircraft conversion : MATRA LM37A pylon (Code: AC 48 71) http://www.larsenal.com/pylones-matra-lm37a-1-48-c2x17224626 1 :350 scale AFV : Set of five German half-tracks Sd.Kfz 250/9 (Code AC 350 195) http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-sdkfz-250-9-c2x17224681 Set of five German half-track tractors Famo 18t (Code: AC 350 196) http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-famo-18t-c2x17224709 Thanks for your attention _Bruno
  7. Thank you for your messages. Well... I'm experiencing an unexpected delay. I tried to fit the Newware Soyuz TMA to the LVM launch pad. A very challenging operation. Clean fitting is rather hard to obtain and I had to improve/ alter some parts which, for good, will not show on the finished model but are firmly holding the rocket suspended between the four arms. Some frightening moments last Saturday, I took a big breath and all ended very well. Hope to make decisive progress next week end. I wish I could build the same stuff for my Apollo Saturn 1B, Apollo Saturn 5 and planned 1:144 scale Ariane's (these last scratchbuilt). At last, launch pads are funny additions to build, believe me! Dave: yes you're right! _Bruno
  8. Thank you Sir for your kind comment. Yes, resin parts are somewhat tricky to separate as they're not very distinct from the resin sprue below. However, the resin used isn't very hard and "surgical"cuts are possible. No trouble encountered at all. I was afraid regarding the 60 light bulbs but separating these from the sprue went nearly perfect. The quality and accuracy of PE parts is excellent. The PE is by far the best part of the kit indeed. Fitting is easy and very smooth. To bend the metal part I used three methods: - Using a folding machine when the folds comes too close to the part edge to get a sharp, angle controlled edge. - Using a flat metal rule and/or a cutter blade for small easy foldings. - Folding between fingers only for very large truss parts: LVM designed these as being very easy to bend this way, thanks to a calibrated half deep cut inside the fold with the proper width to "stop" the folding at the designed angle. I folded the long truss parts between my palms. My Soyuz will find its place tonight and I expect to finish the whole build early next week. _Bruno
  9. Thank you Folks for your kind replies. Next week-end I hope to have this build completed, so stay tuned. My Soyuz launcher (NewWare excellent kit) is waiting for its pad... As said RichO you really should try Leon's excellent launch pad kits. Cheers! _Bruno
  10. Continued…. Now I'm starting the assembly of the two large service and access towers which “sandwich” the launcher and are opened and folded horizontally hours before the launch. Each tower is built around a square truss core which serves also as a lift well: The two towers: A tower top showing underside overhead crane: This is the truss structure which holds the large tower folding actuators: Both towers with their access platform and folding base. The blue lift cabins are dry fitted: My workbench: After watching a lot of Soyuz preparation videos I decided “my” green wasn’t appropriate and I airbrushed the whole stuff again with a “better” green: Detailing this build, I designed, drew and printed some decals, including the security circle around the pad (black and yellow on a white undercoat) and some markings I noticed all around. The four “petal” arms are now finished. I couldn’t resist a dry fit to have a look on what will be going later: The two towers are now being equipped: Gluing the numerous yellow protections on access platforms: An underside view which shows the numerous lighting bulbs under each platform: Assembling the counterweights. Each moving part is equipped with highly visible yellow counterweights. The two umbilicals: The four “petal” arms: The two almost fully equipped towers. Fore view: Rear view. Note the cuts to allow access for the umbilical arms: To be continued…
  11. Continued… Lower arms assembly. These arms hold the launcher from below and allow access to the engines: A dry fitting of these arms on the pad. Note the annular brass plate which will hold the other arms: Arm bases are being screwed and glued to the base plate: Now is the turn of the four holding arms which support the launcher just above the four boosters. These “petal” arms open to free the rocket when nominal power level is reached during lift off: This finely made brass photo etching is .15mm thick and a pleasure to work with: Making of the four “counter-arms” which free the rocket during launching: A small aesthetic improvement to the photo etched folds which are bonded with white glue to hide the void between faces. When painting I opted for down toning the original colour for scale effect. I follow my usual method, by adding 12% of white to the original colour. 12 is the square root of the scale under figure (144). Almost no weathering: pictures show the whole metallic part of the pad appears very clean and freshly painted. The four “petal” arms are now equipped with top platforms: Their articulation bearings: Now is the turn of the small umbilical arm which services the central core (second stage). This naked structure will be equipped later with a lot of cables: Following is the large umbilical which services the third stage. This spectacular, one piece build is quite challenging to shape and glue: To be continued…
  12. Hello Folks! Following is my assembly of LVM Studio’s magnificent kit of the Baikonur Soyuz Launch Pad. A really big kit (resin, photo etching) which will host my NewWare kit of Soyuz TM. http://www.forum-maquettes-spatiales.com/t1282-lanceurs-r7-vostok-et-soyuz-tma-new-ware-1-144-montage-de-bgire I first discovered this kit on the LVM Studio’s stand in Telford Scale Model Show four years ago. It took all this time to decide to start this huge project. The cardboard box is really big and includes many parts and assembly instructions (a CD): Inside, many photo etched sheets (.15mm brass), numerous resin parts and 4mm thick styrène plates for the concrete base: Starting with the « concrete base ». This reproduces only part of the real, huge platform built above a big trench in Baikonur. The top plate and inner cylinder are moulded parts, the rest is made of 4mm styrene plates. Meanwhile photo etched plates and resin parts are airbrushed (army green on white undercoat): Finishing the “concrete” base: The numerous service arms basements are secured with screws from the bottom of the base through the top plate, mainly because of their reduced surface which are insufficient to hold them: To be continued…
  13. l’Arsenal 2.0 New Products for May, 2015 1:48 aircraft accessories: French Air Force Ground Power Unit MEA CF6 http://www.larsenal.com/1-48-mea-cf-6-c2x16420190 Set of two 1/48 MATRA LM38 underwing pylons for Mirage F1C. Includes one right and one left pylon. Designed to carry the MATRA 530 AA missile in its two versions. These pylons weren’t jettisonable http://www.larsenal.com/1-48-matra-lm-38-underwing-pylons-c2x16597383 To equip your dioramas: 1 :350 AFV : Panther German tank (short gun version) http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-panther-c2x16597376 Jagdpanther German tank http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-jagpanther-c2x16597372 Type 95 Japanese tank http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-japanese-tank-type-95-c2x16597379 Type 97 Japanese tank with two different turrets [ http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-japanese-tank-type-97-c2x16597381 British Artillery Tractor AEC Matador (3 versions) http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-aec-matador-c2x16597434 Set of 1940’s French trucks. Includes Peugeot DK5, Citroën U 23 (two versions), Citroën 45 (two versions). http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-set-of-french-vehicles-c2x16597374 And still available soon, by the end of May: 1:400 Naval ship: Large French submarine of the 1,500t type Casabianca http://www.larsenal.com/1-400-1500-t-class-submarine-c2x16326008 1 :72 Conversion kit for aircraft: Conversion kit for Revell Tigre helicopter (desert theaters): includes dust filters, exhausts and shield plates for both fore and rear cockpits. http://www.larsenal.com/1-72-helicopter-tigre-conversion-set-c2x16597385
  14. Thanks to the Britmodeller forum for hosting us. This month batch of new products from l'Arsenal 2.0 of France includes: 1:700 AFV German armor set http://www.larsenal.com/1-700-german-armor-set-2-c2x16420188 Includes: fifteen resin German tanks: - 5 Sturmgeschütz III Auf F/8 version with the early mantlet style - 5 Sturmgeschütz III Auf G version with the saukopf rounded mantlet - 5 Jagdpanzer (38t) Hetzer Japanese medium tank set http://www.larsenal.com/1-700-japanese-medium-tanks-set-c2x16420186 Includes fifteen resin Japanese medium tanks of WWII: - 5 light tanks Type 95 Ha-Go - 5 medium tanks Type 97 Chi-Ha modéle A - 5 medium tanks Type 97 Chi-Ha Shinhoto 47 1:350 Diorama accessories Modern pallet set http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-moderns-palets-c2x16420184 Includes 57 4' pallets. Pallets were designed in America by the late thirties. In the early forties Capt. Charles D. Kirk and Lt. Walter T. Shelton from the Brooklyn Navy Yard fixed their dimensions and use by dividing a standard wagon platform in 4’ squares. The aim was to fill the maximum space in a wagon. This kit includes 57 pallets and will be suitable in sceneries for Allies powers from 1942 on. 1:24 Spacecraft: First in a new series of 1:24 and 1:48 scale spacecraft/ spaceships: 1:24 scale NASA/JPL Lunar probe Ranger 8 (launched in February 1965) http://www.larsenal.com/1-24-ranger-8-c2x15952704 ANNOUNCEMENTS: 1:200 Accessories: The long awaited Yamato 1:200 Secondary turrets should be available before next Summer. We'll be taking preorders later. Stay tuned. 1:400 Naval ships: The French ASW frigate Georges Leygues (D640), (F70 type frigate, launched in 1976 and decommissioned in 2014) will be available by year's end. Price should be in the 100-120euro range. Preorder can now be taken. You'll be charged 1euro + postage and the complemnt will be asked when the kit is ready to ship by the end of 2015. http://www.larsenal.com/1-400-georges-leygues-frigates-c2x16420206 Leading ship of a series of seven ASW frigates, the Georges Leygues stood in service in the French Navy ranks for about thirty years and was decommissionned in 2014. The upcoming 1/400 model from L'Arsenal has been CAD designed, with prototype parts printed with the best 3D printers on the market. The kit will contains many resin and PE parts, it will be possible to put the stern sonar in either the stored or operational position, and a very realistic Lynx helicopter will be provided. The kit represents the frigate as commissionned, it is scheduled to release the other versions in the months to come. The French "1 500tons" fleet submarine (Redoutable class, not the nuke but the prewar one) will be available soon this Spring. This 31 boat class, the largest in the French Navy in the interwar years included some of the most famous boats who fought in WW2 where they paid an high price... on both sides (Free French and Vichy). The most famed of all was the Casabianca, who miraculously escaped the Toulon scuttling in November of 1942 and spent an exciting career carrying intelligence, weapons and spies to the coasts of Corsica and Provence in 1943-44 in preparation of the Allied landings. Resin an photo etching. Length 230mm. More to come on these subjects later. Stay tuned. Our website and store: http://www.larsenal.com/ _Bruno
  15. First: thank you All for your comments and support. Yes, this is a hobby build: I'm NOT professional. My main job is professor in a mid-size college near Bordeaux, France. I managed an agreement with l'Arsenal and my friends who own this company. In short: - I select the model I want to build. - I start the design and when it's done and ready to print I propose it to l'Arsenal for a limited run. - If they accept, they do the 3D printing and part casting and sell a batch of 30 (corresponding to the moulds working life) for their own business. - I get three kits "free" out of this limited run, build it/them... and start another project. With that method I can get 3D printed parts and professionally cast copies for "free" kits I had designed myself. L'Arsenal gets a new product without spending money for design. A good bargain to say the least. Next week I'll start my next project on the same basis (plenty of suggestions in the queue). _Bruno
  16. Hello Folks! Here's is my latest space project. I designed and built a 1:24 scale model of NASA/JPL moon space probe Ranger 8. In February, 1965, just fifty years ago NASA launched its eight (out of nine) spacecraft from the Ranger programme. The aim: after a direct trajectory journey Ranger was to crash on the Moon. Just before impact a set of six TV cameras was to take pictures of the Moon ground as far as possible and broadcast them to Earth. These pictures were needed to prepare for the following Surveyor landers and ultimately the Apollo manned programme. Only Ranger 7 to 9 succeeded. Ranger 8 crashed in the Sea of Tranquillity, not far from the Apollo landing site, four years later. I started my project after Telford 2012 and focused on a 1:24 scale kit with mixed media (resin, photo etching, turned brass) and full 3D CAD. Originally I started this project for my own use but Jacques Druel, the owner of l’Arsenal soon proposed his help and to decline this project into a kit on a limited run basis for 28 kits. This kit has been designed using CAD (Rhino 4, then 5) from the original NASA blueprints which are excellent. Following is a résumé of my project and build. A complete, more detailed version is available here (in French): http://www.forum-maquettes-spatiales.com/t1201-sonde-lunaire-ranger-8-prototypage-3d-1-24-montage-bgire#9986 Now let’s introduce the original, which spans 4.6m for a 3.6m height and weighted circa 370kg. I worked from the original NASA blueprints (sample here): For about 130 hours of CAD work I designed the probe: Drawing finished. Here are some renderings: Next step: preparing the parts for 3D prototyping (stereo-lithography) A few months later the beautifully printed parts arrive at last: Meanwhile I’d designed two PE sheets. One for improving the master parts, the other for using during the assembly. The first one: And the second one: From this point, l’Arsenal began producing a limited run of 30 kits with excellent quality, as always. Next came the first try for the PE sheet: By summer of 2014 I received the first batch of parts. About 1 500 parts to check and sort out... amongst them... my kit! An impression of the whole kit: Being involved into the project with a planned sale, I worked on the assembly instructions. I choose to have them in great detail burned on a CD which includes: - Assembly steps designed from my original 3D drawings. - Prototype assembly step by step pictures to help the builder. - A bunch of picture of the original probe, including Ranger 7 which can be seen in Washington Air & Space Museum. - Some NASA public domain footage of the original Ranger By that time (July of 2014) I found a solution to a recurrent challenge: how to render the parabolic shaped fine mesh of the high gain antenna? The solution came via an article in Airfix Magazine on a 1920’s era car build with details, including a front grid made of brass woven mesh. Eurêka! I ordered a 50TPI mesh from Eileen’s Emporium and this made my day. I ordered from Master of Poland a set of specially turned brass rods for the “base ring” braces. By January, 2015 I was ready to assemble the prototype. Here is a résumé of the assembly. I used the opportunity to correct and improve the assembly instructions. A sample from assembly instructions: Now the prototype assembly: The six TV cameras in place: Mid course correction engine with its tank and support: The same fitted inside main bus: Viewed from below. The engine with its protective cover: The twin platforms for attitude correction sub assembly (motor, tank and command electronics): The six main “legs”: Some painting work (gloss black under coat and aluminium Alclad2 finish): The completed payload. One can see the side cut for the six cameras block with a downward oblique orientation: The two solar panels: Fitting the ten brass braces. Each one has two resin plugs to fit into the legs: Attitude orientation plates fitted on the main bus: Various connectors are fitted to the base ring: Then comes the time for the very complex antenna driving gear. This includes thirteen tiny parts and is “functional”: the antenna can be rotated from folded to working position and the star tracker sun shield even rotates accordingly. Then came the first challenging step: antenna assembly. I confess I was rather afraid because of the thinness of parts. The step worked well: Second challenging step: fitting the formed woven mesh grid. I designed a two part forming jig which allowed to form each sector into a parabolic shape and determine their outline. Done at last! Last challenging step: assembling the four tiny tripods which hold the panels folded during launch phase. Each is composed of tubing bolted to special jigs. The original drawing was: Tripods were made each with three legs (9, 10 and 11.5mm, .4mm diameter brass rod). Resin parts involved were: I was worrying before but I soon realized the rods perfectly “clipped” into the microscopic resin parts. The tripod even stood “on their own” before bonding them with CA super fluid glue. Fitting the helium feed pipes to attitude control thrusters (.3mm brass rods clipped on resin parts) Fitting the six rest pads which hold the antenna folded during flight: And I’m done! Fifty years after the original mission, three years after I started my project. So let me introduce to you.... drum rolls... RANGER 8 Some further detailing to be done (various pipes and cables) This build spans 189mm and is 136mm high with antenna deployed. It includes 167 parts. Thank to Jacques Druel from l’Arsenal for helping, sustaining the project and endorsing the risks. _Bruno
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