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JockMcPlock

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  1. A very splendid job you have done on this! The efforts over the years have clearly paid off.
  2. On the 24th of August 1944, this aircraft along with 11 others from 158 Squadron took off from RAF Lissett to deliver their payloads at targets in Brest, France. Exert from the Pilots logbook: ‘Just because we were knocking poo-poo out of the German submarine pens in Brest, they took umbrage and decided to knock poo-poo out of us. They did to a certain extent but with much reference to Jesus, God and a lot of sweat, we were seen by two Mustang fighters who were in the area and saw we were having a problem. They escorted us back across the Channel to the English coast and we got home half an hour after we should have done. Everyone else had gone! Much beer was consumed that night (again). Splendidly well made that chap! Edit: poo-poo was not in the logbook, this forum has changed the word. Ha Ha
  3. This looks absolutely superb! As an A-6 fan you get a big ole thumbs up!
  4. They're all good examples of different levels of complexity. Certainly useful and food for thought.
  5. This is a little checklist for what I have and what I want for the shelves. I'm sure we all have something similar and just getting back into this I thought I would start somewhere with a wee list. There obviously is included a couple of very large projects, and no helicopters added yet, but hopefully this list will alter over time. OWNED 1:48 4 x Handley Page Halifax B.III B-17 - 'Memphis Belle' B25 Mitchell - 'Doolittle Raider' 8 x A-6E Grumman Intruder - 'Flight of the Intruder - VA-196' 1:72 47 x Handley Page Halifax B.III Warrior MCV - '1 Highlanders No.23' 1:200 USS Missouri BB63 1:350 HMS Campbell - 'The Greatest Raid of Them All' 1:670 USS Voyager NCC-74656 1:720 USS Enterprise CVN-65 STILL TO BUY 1:48 Avro Lancaster - 617 Sqn Dambuster C47 Spitfire - Malta Sqn Spitfire - Battle of Britain Nightfighter Spitfire - Battle of Britain Spitfire - 602 Sqn Spitfire - Eagle Squadron Handley Page Hastings C1 - 511 Sqn Avro Anson - RAF Cark LT146 Avro Anson - Southern Rhodesia Tiger Moth - Southern Rhodesia T6 Harvard - Southern Rhodesia Hurricane - Battle of Britain Hurricane - Battle of Britain Nightfighter Hurricane - Malta Nimrod Lysander - Special Duties Avro Shackleton B-24 Liberator B-29 Superfortress - Enola Gay Vickers Wellington Beaufighter - Malta Typhoon - 183 Sqn JR383 Seafire Seaharrier - Falklands War Buccaneer Tornado Tomahawk - Hawaii Dec 1941 Stuka A10 Warthog 3 x Sea Gladiator - N5519, N5520, N5531 Whitley Stirling F117 Nighthawk AC-130 Spectre Gunship C-130 Hercules Handley Page Victor Avro Vulcan - Falklands War Unknown Scale HMS Hermes - Centaur Class HMS Invincible - Invincible Class HMS Fearless - LPD HMS Intrepid - LPD HMS Bristol - Type 82 HMS Sheffield - Type 42 HMS Coventry - Type 42 HMS Glasgow - Type 42 HMS Cardiff - Type 42 HMS - Exeter - Type 42 HMS Glamorgan - County Class HMS Antrim - County Class HMS Brilliant- Type 22 HMS Broadsword - Type 22 HMS Active - Type 21 HMS Alacrity - Type 21 HMS Antelope - Type 21 HMS Ardent - Type 21 HMS Ambuscade - Type 21 HMS Avenger - Type 21 HMS Arrow - Type 21 HMS Andromeda - Leander Class HMS Argonaut - Leander Class HMS Minerva - Leander Class HMS Penelope - Leander Class HMS Yarmouth - Rothesay Class HMS Plymouth - Rothesay Class HMS Endurance - Ice Patrol Ship HMS Conqueror - Churchill Class HMS Courageous - Churchill Class HMS Onyx - Oberon Class HMS Valiant - Valiant Class HMS Spartan- Swiftsure Class HMS Splendid - Swiftsure Class
  6. Let me clear this up... Truly if it was a case of "how hard can it be" then I don't presume I would have had a need to ask for advice or assistance initially and create this thread. The poor insult of "truly spoken as a home handy man who has watched a youtube video" was pretty uncalled for given that you know nothing about me and degrading to those who produce their youtube video guides to assist others, of which you will find many with suitable step by step guides producing very impressive works of art, and they are works of art. You may find that you're inadvertently causing offence to many others yourself. Just be friendly and a little less on the negative.
  7. Well this is the problem with reading text, you read it in the manner that you choose, and not the manner in which it was written.
  8. Hence the respirator, but we all die sometime, you might as well go doing something you enjoy. "Bob died today making a scale model" Heard on the evening news... never.
  9. I would say that I've never made dioramas before, but "how hard can it be". That site is much cheaper than the Coastalkits boards you can buy, the only thing I would say is that it's a little limited on types of surface and for me, since accuracy is important for me, I couldn't use the generic stuff they have on there. I will have a look around for some of those other sites you mention to see if they have the surface type that I need.
  10. I was just thinking about getting one, but when I saw they were £80.00 and over, I thought, A cardboard box is pretty cheap. Buy a respirator for £15.00 and Bob's your uncle and Fanny's your Aunt!
  11. It may have to be those CoastalKits, though at £25.00 each for a flat dispersal pan, plus whatever extra, this could turn out to be quite expensive. I really like how you've used fine grit sand paper for concrete! The dioramas I need will not be so overwhelming with so many intricacies, but I wonder if there's a diy way to produce many from bulk material.
  12. Hi, I assume you’re talking about snap VCPs, so everything for them, you would have to take with you. In NI you would have a sign in either direction ‘Checkpoint Ahead’ or words to that effect. But you would literally have just your two or three vehicles and a section or multiple of eight or twelve men respectively dismounted. You might also consider a stinger hidden behind the controlling vehicle for fast movers running the CP and a cone or two. For the Middle East, let’s say Iraq, HESCO arrived much later on during the conflict, by which point, WMIKs were not used for VCPs. WMIKs generally were only used up until mid to late 2004 when the threat changed from man on man to IED’s and the unarmoured WMIK was restricted to the like of internal wire QRF. (Someone breaches a fence at the airport). WMIKs were more used in Afghan as fire support vehicles for companies clearing compounds. I would say, the use of WMIKs, RAF Police and RAF Regt doing snap VCPs is highly unlikely. They would have more established checkpoints at say Basrah APOD with Jersey barriers then T walls (the big ones) with sangers. If you switched from the RAF angle and went for the Royal Marines or Para Regt in early 2003, then WMIKs were everywhere doing snap VCPs, but you wouldn’t have much checkpoint apparatus. Perhaps just a battered up Toyota or Mercedes from the 80s in the old white and orange taxi colours.
  13. So much detail in such a small space, and to occupy five and a half years, that's dedication to the cause.
  14. Dioramas! Never made one but I've seen a couple of short videos on YouTube about them, and the seem quite involved to say the least. I'm going to be looking for a few, and specifically a circular RAF dispersal pan from WW2 for a Heavy Bomber in 1/72 and 1/48 scales. I was wondering, what is available out there, made and ready to go? I have seen the sort of flat rectangular cardboard types (not really a fan of these), but what do people know about others with texture, foliage and a little bit of undulation etc? I was also wondering if there are companies, or people on here that will commission and create dioramas to a clients request? What experience do people here have with either of these avenues and the cost implications? Would be great to see some images from anyone that has made or bought some of these dioramas!
  15. Thank you very much. I have a few outbuildings, one of which I can renovate in to a display building. We have a selection of military history throughout the generations so it would be a fine idea for the family to have our own museum as such.
  16. Thank you for the heads up. If that's the route to go, I'll need to find an artist to do the pre leg work as that's beyond my skills.
  17. Thank you very much. I only started on this forum yesterday and already people have stepped forward and offering to lend a hand and doing some research for me to get things moving. Humbling Sir, humbling.
  18. Oh I've collected old and new, Airfix and Revell. I have considered doing what i've been doing, picking them up for £10 a piece on eBay, or just placing an order somewhere for the remaining 30 of a new kit that may be better made. Do you have any thoughts on that? I didn't originally start out with this as the plan in mind. I have a terrible eBay addiction and so from buying one, it turned into many, and with so many, I thought I would put them to use rather than sell or leave in the vault of stuff. I actually have a tonne of other models too that I have no idea when I'll get round to.
  19. Thank you, and that's a great momento to remember their time there.
  20. Thank you very much. They certainly will take up a wee bit of space, but now i have an excuse to renovate one of the outbuildings. I will give that place a buzz and see what they say.
  21. Thanks very much! I tend to get over ambitious but I'm determined on this front.
  22. Very nice final product with that decal. Out of the 52, as far as I know, just 11 of them have nose art and one of those is already produced with kits. 'Friday the 13th', so that saves a job on that one. The images are small in size but you can work from them. Without knowing what is too small to work from or indeed the actual process of creating the image, I couldn't say for sure if they're suitable enough, though I have shown them to someone on here and they believe it should be possible. I've just tallied the serials and letters needed - 112 serials and 1073 individual letters
  23. That might not be such a bad idea infact, to have the masking sets. Very good point! I have about twenty 1/72 Halifaxes that I've gradually picked up from eBay over the last two years, and not spent more than £10 per kit, so i'll continue to trickle them in that way until such time as I run out and need to pay a little more to get more through the door. The four 1/48s I have were a little more expensive at about £200 a kit. I still have the individual dioramas to think about...
  24. Yes it would seem that for those who know how, the serials and codes will be fairly straightforward and for a company, if they only look at things in excess of 100 sheets of duplications, then someone a little more bespoke is needed. I'll keep you in mind if I have no joy. Hi Dave, It is 158 Squadron from summer to winter 1944 sporting the Halifax III's. I do agree that it may turn out to be quite mundane and I had thought of perhaps considering doing a factory line process and construct multiple at once. I'm also considering having other interested parties construct a few for a fee if that can reduce the numbers. There's also individual dioramas to consider amongst this also.
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