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Tim R-T-C

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  1. Superb WIP updates, really interesting detail and useful reference. Looking forward to seeing more.
  2. A delightful project to watch and definitely the sort of scenes I really enjoy. Looking forward to seeing more.
  3. To be honest, at a provincial UK show the competition sections are pretty small with broad categories, so you are not going to get strictly followed guidelines, its more down to judge's personal preferences. I did help with judging at an event once and it was just a discussion between the judges allocated to that category to pick a winner, no specific guidelines followed. Diorama is a particularly hard category to judge as some of these scenes can be gargantuan with hundreds of figures.
  4. My modelling bench has been rather quiet of late, but I'll lend support to a 2024 bid.
  5. Excellent work to recreate the weathering on the real thing and that must be a pretty good sized bit of hardware to go on the shelf judging by the markings on your cutting mat!
  6. I thought these figures might have some interesting post-apoc type potential - after a little head swap with some Zvezda mountain troops, this was the result
  7. Infinity plus one for me I have heard these Humbrol bases mocked before as not being for 'proper' modellers, but I have used mine for two years (although rarely cleaned it) and find it quite useful for keeping some stuff more easily to hand, holding instructions as well as being more comfortable as it lifts the modelling surface higher on my table. Since I mostly use Vallejo and AK 3G paints, none of them fit anyway!
  8. Quite remarkable. An often attempted subject on model railways but never captured so well.
  9. I had a nice place opposite my work when I was in one of the colourful parts of Leeds - turned out it had a 0 health rating! The 'lamb' schwarma was nice though Looks like an interesting build, seen this kit advertised a few times but never yet seen anyone actually build one.
  10. For me aside from the usual mix of contemporary Boeing and Airbus types, the most interesting was the 1980-built Airbus A300 on an Iran Air service from Schipol to Tehran in 2016. Definitely a very retro experience from booking the tickets via a dodgy German travel agency, to manual checkin at an unbranded desk, the welcome aboard non-alcoholic beer, 2-4-2 seating and genuine leg room! Funny think is that when I booked the flight, lots of people said I was crazy to risk Iran Air and I should have just gone via Turkish Airlines. However on the day of the trip was the "coup" in Istanbul that closed the airport and cancelled all flights. Therefore we made it through fine but my fellow traveller ended up rerouting via Aeroflot on a hideously expensive ticket!
  11. Somewhere in Korea, Autumn 1951 A pair of M4A3E8s in convoy slowly make their way through heavy mud. 1/144 scale Arrowhead Minatures whitemetal tanks and jeep. Read more in the thread
  12. The Armstrong Whitworth F.K.10 was possibly the only quadruplane to ever enter production. Built in 1916 to compete with the Fokker Triplanes, the RFC ordered 50 before discovering that its performance was inferior to the Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter that was already in combat use. So only 5 were built for the RFC and only used for training, as were a small handful that ended up in RNAS use. The model is a 3d print from Decapod. https://www.shapeways.com/product/2QWFXCY2T/armstrong-whitworth-fk10?optionId=167258515&li=shops It comes as a single piece except for the prop and is nicely detailed - a seated crew are moulded in, avoiding worry about painting the interior. I definitely wouldn't relish the challenge of making up a quadruplane kit, particularly with etched struts like the Valom 144th scale biplanes - although the single piece model did add the challenge of painting the wings through the small gaps provided. It terms of paint and finishing I didn't have much to go off - the handful of photos of the type show a few different variations and obviously give no hint on colours. Profiles online vary between khaki and green so I went with the latter. I decided to go with an early model on a test flight near the Armstrong Whitworth factory in Jarrow, a photo believed to be from then shows the aircraft with roundels but no serial number. Decals are from a Blue Rider RFC sheet and spares from some Valom kits. Of course I had to rig it, again based on the photos and a couple of large scale models seen online - it appears as though one of the bracing wires passes directly through the middle of the wings so I decided this would be near impossible to replicate well, but I did try to represent all of the other main wires visible. The truck is a Leyland 3 tonne from Ray Rimes models. https://rayrimesdesigns.com/shop/ols/products/leyland-3-tonner A lovely detailed 3d print that comes as a single piece with mimimal cleanup required. Painted in War Department green. Some Brengun etched tools add fine detail. The figures are Preiser unpainted model railway staff who are suitably dressed to be RFC officers.
  13. Alas this one got delayed but finally completed now with addition of some prototypical loads, ladder and crewman. Weathering was with brown Oilwashers. Unfortunately I was not able to pose the cockpit open as planned as the Academy transparancy only covered the glass part of the cockpit - the second, metal, portion was moulded into the kit body. If I had realised at the start I probably could have cut this out but it was too late so I just sealed it up. Crewman is from Heroes Models and steps are from the Brengun MiG-21 accessories set.
  14. I did finish this one up a few days after the GB ended but finally got it into the photo booth last night.
  15. I am primarily a brush painter and I've started transitioning to the AK 3G range. A proper aqueous acrylic range it is easy to brush with slight tap water thinning and I understand sprays well with their own brand thinner. The paints are available in some handy boxings linked to a particular theme, including WW2 Luftwaffe and RAF, various AFV paints as well as figure and flesh tones and fantasy sets which makes them easy to pick up and store together too.
  16. I don't think we brought it, so we had to collect another instead
  17. I love the crew set that NeOmega do. I used the mopping man on an airfield scene and he definitely was a tricky extraction!
  18. I'll be displaying my vignettes on the SIG144 table, do come see them in person - magnifying glasses may be required
  19. Thanks for fun GB, it got me two builds to add to the display collection which will be doing the model show circuit this season.
  20. A fun GB, sadly an unhealthy amount of real life stopped my contributions but great to see plenty if varied Fishbeds in the gallery. I'd definitely back an all MiG GB.
  21. A little bit of scenery texture brings the base to life Add a little stowage?
  22. Terrible shame. We had great fun at the show on our first visit there. Loads of space, good layout and large parking area. Sadly this seems to be an ongoing issue - my local club has seen fees at our previous show venue increase absurdly as well. They'd rather lose most bookings and instead make extra profit on the few that remain.
  23. I've not really got much experience with armour, or heavy weathering, so I started with a dark filter using Oilbrushers to add an overall layer of grime and dirt which I think has worked very well Work has also started on the base. I am using my 'trademark' canvas - in this case a 10x10cm canvas board. To add substance I have cut up a cork coaster and then blended the scenery using this Duluxe Materials paste which is some sort of premixed plaster which is very easy to apply.
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