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  1. Hello, Chris. I did. A friend lent me a copy made in resin, I made a mold to duplicate the model, and I arranged the thing by looking at pictures: @Ian: Thank you for your comment Regards, Eric-Snafu35 PS: you can see the size of the cletrac: Note that the saussages are my fingers!
  2. Hello, gentlemen. I discover this post, and I allow myself to share with you my few achievements, all at 1 / 72nd. I saw a lot of things that make you want, on this topic! I like to build dioramas on this scale. To start, I used kits that exist , such as this Toyata truck starter from Hasegawa : Or this chevy G7107 tractor from PST (The trailer is neither a 5tons nor a 10tons, but I'm happy with that): I tinkered with another Chevrolet G7107, still on PST basis; I started with this box: And here is the result: I built several Chevrolet M6 Airfix too: I built an Airfix control tower, but I later realized that the measurements of it did not quite match those that were built on airfields loaned to the Americans. So I redid one, with cardboard and plastic: with many jeeps: I made a roller too, for an airstrip in Normandy: And an AEC CLUBMOBILE which will pleasantly decorate another diorama of the Mighty Eight: I let you discover the interior of this dollhouse, which is offered by the French craftsman RETROTRACKS: On another diorama, I used Dodge WC 54 ambulances, and an Austin K6 Fire tender: but i discovered later that this kit is wrong. So I replaced this AIRFIX fire truck with a Fordson WOT Fire crash tender: I scratchbuilt it : I built Cleveland Tractors out of resin: Of course, we find on US airfields the AIRFIX Austin K2 ambulance which served as a reverse lend lease: and the 2 ½ GMC truck (Heller or Airfix) appears everywhere: I made an US 2 1 / 2ton 6x6 Airfield fuel truck on PST base for a future diorama too: Here is the Airfix Autocar U7144 with a F1 trailer: Finally, in historical pictures, we more often see a Federal 605 truck towing an F1 trailer; I made a master of this truck which is now offered in resin by the French craftsman DESkit/ At last, here is a project that needs to be completed: US 600gal trailers These service trailers will soon be available from the French craftsman DESKit most of these vehicles are installed on dioramas (which take up space!): I'm sorry if I bothered you, but I'm an incorrigible talker, so proud to show you my little jobs! Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  3. Good morning, Neil. I knew I shouldn't have shown my photos! You have completed this kit, and in what a beautiful way! Transparent parts look so shiny, And the traces of the exhaust fumes appear so realistic! Congratulations for your great work. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  4. Hello, Ratch. when I see your work, I tell myself that you like the B17, like me! your achievement is very pleasant to watch, there is life on your diorama. I am newer than you on the forum, and I do not know your philosophy of model making. But your achievement is sure to attract. I appreciate the complementarity with two flying fortresses that bear the motifs of the same unit, and the work you provide to take quality photos. Well done! Regards, Eric-Snafu35 (B17 lover! : https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235096307-a-172-b17f-revell-which-is-on-german-news/ )
  5. Hello, Russ. Constructions always neat, and superb painting, what else? I am absolutely a fan of your accomplishments and the themes you have touched on. The dosage of the juice in the lines of panels is always delicate on an aluminum paint. What did you use? Thank you for sharing. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  6. Hello, Jackson. Thanks for your message. Wohou, Shep 'Payne was my inspiration when I built my first 1/48th Monogram model kit. I kept the leaflets that presented his dioramas. I often think of his dioramas when I contemplate my B24 Monogram on my showcase. I'm honored to think he's looking over his cloud to see my dioramas. But he may be saying to himself: can do better! Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  7. Hello, happy modelers. Thank you all for your comments. To begin with, I remind you that I am only a man. (Finally I think so ) And I am also an enthusiast. Like you. ESPECIALLY NOT, unhappy! I joined you so that we all play together, I don't want to be alone! Thanks, Farmerboy, but not too painful anyway? You know, there are definitely imperfections, and the diorama helps to hide the mistakes. You can see under my avatar that I'm a bit crazy. unrecoverable kid. And I don't want to take care of myself. So me, an artist? Thank you for your message, Jason. But unfortunately, I am especially passionate about the Mighty Eight and the pin-ups that adorn these bomber fuselages. (I'm a naughty French! ) But why not, because there are only fools who do not change their mind! My dioramas are stored in crates in my garage . Thank you, kapam. I will not say that I have devotion to this airplane, however the subject fascinates me. This bomber has transformed many cities (I live in Brittany, France, and historic cities like Brest, Lorient, Saint Nazaire have been pulverized during WWII), but it seduces with its charm and power. The B24 looks more brute. And I did collect a bit of literature on the subject .I continue to collect on this forum, through your discussions and by some connoisseurs ( as tombrobert ). Hello woody, Thanks for your comment. Getting around between France and Great Britain is a bit more complicated now. And I hope my things don't end up in the trash . I live near Normandy, there are many museums. But the French do not have this sensitivity to keep like the British. No big deal, because they're just bits of plastic!. Regards, Eric-Snafu35 PS: here is a teaser for the following one:
  8. Good morning. I finished the construction of a B17F Revell whose assembly is here: This is my latest diorama, which is also a bit of a way to remember all the airmen who have been shot down. This B17 bomber was shot down on February 21, 1944. His pilot belly landed his plane because he was injured, his co-pilot and upper turret gunner KIA, two engines out , a destroyed oxygen system and a ragged rudder (among other battle damage!). The victorious hunter, Heinrich "Heinz" Bär, came the next day with other pilots to inspect the wreckage. A Propaganda Staffel team was also there to film the scene. Figs are Preiser's ones. I dressed the Germans with paper coats The pilots came in a Kubelwagen (Italeri): and the kriegberichter in a Kfz15 Horsch (ACE) The German pilots unpacked the rescue kit consisting of a dinghy: I made this raft with paper tubes, which I covered with Mister Surfacer and which I painted in Humbrol Matt24: I crushed the paper dinghy to make it look deflated To furnish the boat, I made the "Gibson Girl": This radio transmitter is so called because of its shapes, of course! Some battle damages: I like the funny details: The Luftwaffe technicians thought they could recover the wreckage, but a flight of P51 strafed it. The unfortunate Miss Ouachita found herself in aluminum ingots to supply the German factories. Here is a new B17 in my collection. Well, I think that I will run out of space soon!: Thanks for watching. Regards from France, Eric-Snafu35
  9. Hello, Jackson. Thanks for watching. I wondered how to create this dinghy. to do sculpture seemed risky to me, and I thought of the model makers who use paper. I found a picture of the boat on the internet: I brought this image to scale: and I made cylinders of paper that I glued to each other. I can crush the paper to make it look deflated. I stiffen the boat with a layer of Mister Surfacer. I first used a shiny yellow, but the result is more plastic than rubberized canvas: So I used Humbrol 24 yellow to approximate the true color: Good painters would give more volume to my creation. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  10. Hello, Thanks for your comment, -alf . The construction of the first B17 is completed, now, and I am currently working on the german vehicles. I added a homemade dinghy ( I warmly thank Geoffrey Sinclair for his help about finding the dimensions of the gadget): The propaganda staffel is filming: while the winner inspects his trophy: The next post of this topic will be in the section ready for inspection. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  11. Hello to you, compatriot! Those strange English people have a knack for attracting us! where our choices diverge, it is that you make the armored vehicle and the figurine. Note that I am also starting to make armored vehicles on my airplane dios. Nobody is perfect! Welcome aboard! Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  12. Thank you, Charlie and Thom. Major Heinrich (tomato ) Heinz Bär is visiting his hunting trophy: vehicles are under construction. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  13. Hello Geoffrey, I thank you very much for your response, and I will not sink into despair tonight, because your help is really very precious to me. I found the first link you suggest, in the absence of any other information on the web, and I admit that my library is not that rich!. So I took my decimeter, observed photos, and by empiricism I had determined the following measures: 45mm long and 20mm wide on 1:72 scale. 8 feet by 4 means 33mm long and 17mm wide on 1:72 scale. I was not present that day, but apparently Miss Ouachita was shot down on February 21, during mission number 228 (the 113th for the 91BG), and the" winner" visited her the next day, February 22. Happy modeling, Eric-Snafu35 Edit: "the A-3A weighed only 36 pounds net; it measured 98 by 60 inches in size". in https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/AAF/VII/AAF-VII-15.html
  14. Hello, all. I am looking for the dimensions of the life raft that was on board the B17 Flying Fortresses. https://wwiisurvivalequipment.com/life-rafts-usaaf. This is because I will represent the raft on the wing of Miss Ouachita. Thank you for your answers. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  15. Good morning, For fun: It will not be the definitive representation of Miss Ouachita, because the tail of the model does not touch the ground. The B17 "breaks its back" when belly landed; the ball turret smashes the structure of the cell with its frame if it has not been dropped before. This photo of a B17 landed in a polder shows a break and different angles for the ends of the plane: Never mind, it is time to have fun! Regards, Eric-Snafu35
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