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  1. This is one of their older offerings. There aren't many parts outside of the road wheels and some are simplified, such as the exterior fuel tanks, which fit miserably by the way. I glued the two front and back halves together and then had to file and sand quite a bit to get rid of the large ridge that resulted between the two. I then scribed a groove at that point to simulate two separate tanks and added handles to their ends. The instructions are rather vague as to how the lower hull parts go together. Do it one way and they are too narrow, do it another and the bottom part is too long. I gav
  2. The kit says the markings are for an a/c from No. 2 Squadron in 1944. As to the orange on the wings, that's a poser. There are no instructions on what colors are what, rather you just have a color picture to go by, thus, you are at the mercy of the printer's inks. I have seen photos where these look more yellow than orange, but I was going by the kit illustrations, which are definitely orange.
  3. Here's another trip down memory lane. This kit dates from 1970. For those not familiar with FROG, they were making wooden model aircraft kits as far back as the 1930's and were one of the first to transition to all plastic kits. The name, FROG, stands for "Flies Right Off the Ground", as most of their early rubber band powered models did. I had to do a little research as I knew little about this a/c. It had an Allison engine instead of the later Merlin and came with two 20mm cannons, although the British models exchanged these for four 50 cal. mgs. From what I read, it was not intended to be
  4. I was working on the Airfix Buffalo kit with the jeep 'passenger', but I wanted to do the Buffalo as an ambulance vehicle, so I needed to figure out what to do with the jeep, if anything. Then it hit me, why not a Jeep ambulance? A quick internet search produced a score of possible variations on this theme, so I chose one and had at it. The stretcher support frames are plastic rod stock with the exception of the curved one in the front, which is from brass wire. I sistered in a dash panel from another kit as the Airfix one is blank, a different steering wheel and column, brake, clutch and acce
  5. Remember when kits had maybe a dozen or so parts? Remember when there were actual instructions that used real words to convey how to put together the model? Remember how nothing fit right? Well, here's a prime specimen. I got this in a sort of 'grab bag' purchase and after a few frustrating outings on more modern kits, I decided to just build it and have a little old fashioned modeling fun. It's OOTB with two exceptions. One is I sanded off all the raised panel lines. The second is that I blanked off the inside of the nose intake so you can't look all the way through the a/c. Fit was as you wo
  6. This oldie dates back to 1966. I did it mostly just for fun, but it went together surprising well, and doesn't look half bad. The decals had not yellowed, but I was afraid they would shatter when put in water, so I coated them with MIcro Liquid Decal Film and they worked fine. I posed it on the Matchbox base provided in the Monty's Caravan set just for the photos.
  7. I got a couple of this series released by Aurora back in the 60's (63 to be exact for this one) and decided to do it as a nice desk model. It doesn't come with any landing gear, so that was actually and easy decision. Of course, in 1/175 this was a very basic kit with rather large trenches for panel lines. I filled all those and sanded everything smooth.The finish is Alclad polished aluminum. The decal were a total loss, so I just cobbled some together from my spares. I dressed up the base a bit in the hopes that it will be a bit more stable as it's pretty wobbly on it's own. I included a sho
  8. They also do one in 1/35. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/rpm-35017-samochod-zwiadowczy-mmgs--179468
  9. RPM is a company out of Poland. The scale is 1/72. As you can see, the plastic thickness in this scale is way off. You could rebuild the upper body and thin the fenders et. al, but that was more work than I was willing to do. The British used these on the Western Front mostly in Flanders in the early, more mobile, period of the war. After the continuous trenches closed the front, they were less useful, so they moved to the Near Eastern Theater. Notice it is right hand drive, even though it's an American make auto.
  10. A quartet of Airfix airfield support vehicles. Thompson three wheeled fuel truck (repainted Oxford die cast), Austin Crash Tender, Commer GP dogsbody, Coles Crane, and Bedford fuel truck converted to carry jet fuel.
  11. This is the RPM kit of a Ford Model "T" equipped with a Vickers MG and used as a Scout Car. The kit is pretty basic and the instructions, which are printed on the back of the box, are quite inadequate to do the job. Parts float in space along vague arrrows and magically land in place, but there are few, if any, locator pins or rib or anything like that. Getting the chassis in place under th body so the wheels line up with the wheel wells requires patience and care. There are no holes to accept the headlight mounts, so those need to be drilled and the bed of the truck has a rather defined 'step
  12. This is from the old Airfix Refueling set. Between this model, with has the twin axel in the rear and the earlier Airfix Matador with the 5.5" gun, which has a single axel, you have all sorts of possibilities for conversions. This one, however, is pretty much OOTB. I did replace the rear doors out of sheet plastic as the kit ones would have looked out of armour plate. I also "busied up" the pumping equipment as that supplied with the kit is a little sparse. Only other additions are headlights, which the kit omits, and glazing for the windows.
  13. Try Shapeways for 200 scale helos. https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace/miniatures/aircraft?facet[pdcId][0]=143&facet[pdcId][1]=490&facet[price][from]=1&facet[price][max]=2500&facet[price][min]=1&facet[price][to]=2500&q=&sort=popularity
  14. Here are the steps I used in finishing the model 1. Paint. 2. Gloss coat. This is necessary to keep the wash from staining the paint rather than just settling in recesses and provides a smoother surface for any decals. 3. Black water color wash over whole model. NOT acrylic. Acrylic will stay where it dries and you will not be able to remove it. Model will look terrible at this stage. 4. After dry, remove wash from unwanted places with damp paint brush rinsing brush often. This will leave the wash in recesses and around detail and will give a more uneven color finish to th
  15. After I finished a major project, I was casting around for something easy to get into. Poking through my stash, I came across my Airfix Emergency set with a K2 ambulance and Austin K6 Crash Tender (firetruck). At the same time, my eye fell on a box of left over 'stuff' from my Airfield Resupply and Bedford Truck sets. I had not used the long bed in the Bedford truck set, so I checked to see if it could be mated to the Austin K6 frame and, what you know, it could. It took a little doing, like lengthening the wheel wells and some other things, but it fit nicely. I also found a short bed in the R
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