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About laurencecassidy

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    Model making (obviously), Classic Honda motorcycles, Classic trucks, buses and aircraft.

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  1. Hej Tiking, this is absolutely stunning, I am into weathering on trucks myself, but this is way beyond anything I have seen before. I aspire to be able to do something like this. Very well done. Laurence.
  2. Gentlemen, thank you for your kind words. Just to confirm the model is 1/35th scale and the basic kit was the IBG QLD cargo version. The QL was not a large vehicle by todays standards, but was quite large in its day. But stand it next to a Matador, and the Mattie dwarfs it, its a real big boys toy!!
  3. Hello all, continuing my interest in wreckers and recovery vehicles, here is my latest conversion. It is bases on the IBG Bedford QLD, with some modifications and with a scratch built Harvey Frost type crane. The design of the crane was from a photo on the internet, and dates from 1936-8. However it would not be unusual for an ex wartime vehicle to be fitted with an older, refurbished crane. Most of the frame and crane on the model were built from evergreen plastic product. The gears and cogs are once more from my favourite place, the insides of an old travel alarm clock. The garage name on the model is real, it is where I did an apprenticeship in the 1960's, before going to work for a large and well known oil company in their research centre. I have always worked around vehicles and engines all my working life, maybe this explains my interest in HGV and military vehicles (along with classic motorcycles, buses and cars). We did have a recovery truck at the garage, the first one was an old Bedford O series with a hydraulic crane. I intend to make this sometime using the 1/24th scale Emhar Bedford. We had a QL which was later turned into a snow plough along with an ex WD Ford forward control 4x4 with a V8 petrol engine. The later trucks (after my time) were on Bedford TK chassis with hydraulic cranes. All of these were in the dark blue with a white roof. The same garage later had a fleet of Volvo trucks under the name of Berkshire Vale Transport, and they were the same colour. The model is painted with Tamiya acrylic paints and weathered with Humbrol powders. I always use Halfords plastic primer, and have recently tried their matt lacquer, which for a rattle can gives an excellent finish. Recommended. I have two more wrecker kits in the stash, the IBG Scammel and the new Mirror Models Chevrolet CMP light wrecker. One or both of these will be in civilian guise. Many thanks for looking.
  4. Hi all, I have taken a break from making wreckers from military vehicles, (although another one is nearly finished- a Bedford QL), and wanted to do something else. I have had this Revell Maultier in the stash for some time so I thought I would just do it out of the box. It does go together reasonably well, I think this is not actually a Revell tooling but is "box engineering" as they say. I think it might be a Zvezda offering, correct me if I am wrong. Anyway, there are some small fiddly parts and the carpet monster claimed a few, but I finally got there. Sometimes I think I should cut off all the small parts from the sprue, door handles, grab handles and the like and just throw them all on the carpet, as that is where they seem to end up. What I can then find OK- the rest I will have to make! I normally like to include a load in the back of trucks, as I think it is more interesting. In this case I had a BMW sidecar outfit in the stash, and a Zundapp solo motorcycle. So they went in. It is finished with Tamiya paints and weathered with Humbrol washes and powders. At some point in the future I might make a base for it. My modelling days will need to take a backseat in the next few weeks as the better weather arrives, as I have a 1 to 1 scale Honda CB400 four to get sorted for the summer. Apologies, some of the photos have gone in twice, which demonstrates how I am good at doing things that I do not know how I did! Anyway all for now and thanks for looking.
  5. Andy, I have to agree with all the other members, this model is truly outstanding. I have one of these and was going to start it in the new year, and if it looks half as good as yours, I will be pleased. This is my kind of model, very well done to you sir!
  6. Hi all, on a wet and windy Wednesday afternoon in August, (what do we expect, it is the school holidays after all!). As mentioned in one of my previous posts, here are some (mostly older) models that have been modified in some way. The first, which is the oldest, is a Model T Ford converted to an ice cream van by scratch building the body with plastic card. It is the old Airfix car kit, which in itself is basic but lends itself easily to make vans, trucks etc. It is completely hand painted as there were no options to print decals when I made this. The most remarkable thing about it, is that it still exists after being made in 1979. The second is another breakdown vehicle. This one was converted from the Airfix/Max 1/32nd CMP gun tractor kit. The original intention was to cut down the armoured body, but Airfix supplied the original type cab, so I used that instead. The crane and body are scratch built, and most of the markings were hand painted, but it has gone through a small restoration recently, so the "White Horse Garage" is now decal. But the white horse is again hand painted (like it was on the Albion breakdown truck I posted recently). This was made in 1980, and a photo of it appeared in Scale Models magazine. Last, although the kit is old, I only made this a couple of years ago. It is a breakdown vehicle converted from the Airfix "Monty's Humber". The body and crane are again scratch built. It is attending to a broken down Triumph Herald, also an old Airfix kit. The figures are modified from the ESCI partisans resistance set, also quite long in the tooth! Well its still raining so I can get out of cleaning the windows for now. Many thanks for looking. CMP Breakdown Humber light recovery. If nothing else this proves my skills have not got much better in over 30 years of modelling!
  7. Hi all, this is the first Meng kit I have made and I must say it went together very well, with hardly any filler required. I would have liked to have seen more detail inside, although there are seats in the back with belts. It is painted with acrylic paint, (unusual for me-I prefer enamel paint) and weathered with Humbrol powders and wash. The tyres are horrible rubber ones (with Michelin spelt incorrectly!) but I was not prepared to buy resin replacements. Anyway a nice model to build. Thanks for looking.
  8. By reply to Razzie43, of course I am not mad at you or anyone who makes good suggestions. The tarp is made with tissue paper soaked in dilute pva glue. The tissue paper is the type that you get wrapped around a new pair of shoes in the box, for example. Cut a square then either drape it over what you want it to cover, then lightly brush on a 50/50 mix of PVA glue and water. when dry, just paint it what colour you want, darken the creases with some dilute black ( or black mixed in the colour of the tarp), and dry brush over the highlights with a mix of the tarp colour and white. Cheers, Laurence.
  9. Hi all, this is just to see if I have mastered downloading from Flickr. The inspiration for this vignette is from when my wife and I drove from Boston to San Francisco a couple of years ago. When we were travelling across the praries in South Dakota, Wyoming and the high desert in Nevada, we came across very many small farms and homes where all the time expired vehicles were lined up outside. These included trucks, cars, tractors and other farm machinery. I am not sure if they were for sale, but most likely had no value so were just left outside. The truck is a very old (1950's) model by Revell. I had one when I was a youth, and in those days did what we all did, threw it up in the air, squirted tube glue at in and it fell on the table made (sort of)! I picked this one up at a model show as I was interested in seeing what it was like. As per most old kits it is very basic, having no windscreen or glass, and not much in the way of detail. So I decided to make it as a derelict, unloved, weathered vehicle covered in bird muck and rust. You cannot see some of the smaller details in the photo such as the spring sticking through the seat and the bald patches on the tyres. You can just see the wire hanging from the broken headlight. The car is the Tamiya staff car which I believe is a Ford but correct me if I am wrong. This is made straight from the box and weathered like the truck. Thanks for looking.
  10. Hi everyone, just checking to see if I can download an image from Flickr. Success! More to come.
  11. Thank you all for looking and replying, when I have some time I have some more conversions to put, a couple more wreckers and an ice cream van. By reply to sprucecutter (Richard C), I doubt I will make it to Telford this year. However you could always come to our club show, they and lots more will be there. Its Abingdon IPMS show on Saturday 30th September, at Larkmead School, Faringdon Road, Abingdon OX14 1BB. If you do come to the show, make yourself known to me. Cheers, Laurence
  12. Hi all, continuing my interest in converting military vehicles into recovery trucks and wreckers, (Matador BRS recovery and Diamond T wrecker in 1/35th scale), I looked at the Airfix refueller and thought it would make a nice early post war recovery truck. The model is as per the kit for the cab and chassis, with a plastic card body. The Harvey Frost type crane was also scratch built using evergreen products, and was to date the most difficult I have made due to the scale. The decals are home made and white horse is hand painted with a fine brush and mapping pen, using white drawing ink. The white horse itself is the one on the Berkshire downs at Uffington, near Wantage. There was a white horse garage locally but they did not have a recovery truck. The floor of the base is cork, and the wall is a thin piece of plywood, sandwiched between sheets of brick pattern plastic card. The clutter by the wall is typical garage, somewhere to junk the exhaust pipes and other bits. I have also made a Bedford light recovery from the Airfix kit Thanks for looking.
  13. Lee, you are a man after my own heart, I love this sort of modelling and I am very impressed with your work, even more so given the scale. The truck is very nicely weathered and I really like the junk that you have put into the background. I feel this sort of thing makes viewing more interesting. My personal view is that I would like to have seen something on the load bed, maybe a rusty old car or something covered in a tarpaulin, but that is my own preference and in no way detracts from what is a superb model. Very well done! Laurence.
  14. Hi all, this is the Mirror models Diamond T wrecker in 1/35th scale. I have to say it is not the easiest of kits to assemble, the main problem for me being the very thick sprue between the runner and the part. Even with some of the very delicate parts, the sprue was so thick that it meant using a razor saw to very carefully detach from the runner, as side cutters would invariably result in the part being damaged. The general fit of parts was ok (ish), but you got to know that when a part has a small locating pin and matching hole, it is not going to fit, so all locating holes had to be opened up. I feel sometimes that there are a lot of un necessary parts breakdown to some components of some models, and this was no exception. I wonder if it is to increase the parts count so modellers feel they are getting good value, as some parts are so small and fiddly and just make the model more complex. Anyway, it eventually got finished. I was originally going to do it in standard US Army colours, but looking at images of T wreckers on Google made me change my mind and do a civil one instead. The kit is basically standard except for the lifting bar at the back (which is used to lift and tow articulated trucks), which was scratch built. Some extra details under the bonnet (or should I say hood) are added. Even though I tried to get all of the six axles to sit level, after the body was added it seemed to give the chassis a slight twist, resulting in the front off side wheel slightly raised. No matter what I did I could not correct it, so took the easy way out and showed the vehicle with that wheel jacked up and a mechanic doing some maintenance in the garage yard. It is finished in Humbrol enamel paints, and weathered with powders and washes, the decals being home made. Although the T was a large vehicle, when you stand this model next to the AEC Matador wrecker I made (and was in these pages in July 2015), the Matador is significantly larger. Who says the Americans always make the biggest! Anyway, thanks for looking. Laurence.
  15. Gentlemen, thank you once again for your comments. By reply to green puffin (6th September): XB267 was delivered to 47 squadron at Abingdon on 14th March 1956. She remained at Abingdon for all of her career and was delivered to 27MU on 15th November 1967, where she was declared NEA (I think this is Non-effective Airframe) and was scrapped in 1969. This information is from the book, The Blackburn Beverley by Geoff Gladstone.I think there was a very good chance your Dad flew this aircraft. By reply to AMB. When I said the decal sheet was superb I actually meant the quality. All the decals stuck down without any problems and with no silvering evident, although I did use a little decal solution. You are correct about the actual errors etc. The crane motive on the fin was not on 267 in 1962 when she wore day glow. The motive in the book photos is slightly different anyway with some wavy lines behind the crane, which I think may have been blue. The style on the decal sheet was used much later I believe. I was also disappointed that the sheet did not contain the Abingdon coat of arms, which all Abingdon based aircraft wore on the nose. I know it would have been very small, but would have been better than the hand painted job I had to try to do, along with the blue cheat lines. Once again thanks and happy modelling.
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