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tomprobert last won the day on December 25 2015

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    WWII aviation - especially the Eighth Air Force, Commercial Aviation, Vacforms and Scratch-building

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  1. Really good result there, Neil. Having this kit in my stash and stalled in the very early stages of the build, I know what a battle this kit put up. Love the weathering too - beautifully subtle and in-scale with not a preshaded panel line in sight - wonderful! Tom
  2. Greetings all, This rather large box somehow appeared on my doorstep this week - how these things happen I shall never understand... I love the 8th Air Force and the B-17 and B-24 in particular, so decided to have a go at the recent HobbyBoss release of the B-24, or the 'crate the B-17 was delivered in' if you spoke a B-17 crew. Not very fair really, especially when you consider it could fly farther, faster and with a greater bombload than the Fort. The kit looks fairly simple in places as has been discussed at length elsewhere, but that's just what I'm after at the moment - something nice and straightforward but with an imposing end product. We shall see... Customary box shots: IMG_0197 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0199 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr And progress so far... I thought I'd ignore the instructions and start with the main undercarriage bays. First up was a spraying of aluminium and a grey Flory wash to bring out some of the lovely detailing: IMG_0195 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Following by it all slotting together rather nicely into a very sturdy box-structure: IMG_0200 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0201 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr All that only took a couple of hours in total - lovely! Take care all, Tom
  3. A masterpiece in every sense of the word! Looking forward to the big reveal in RFI... Tom
  4. Hi Neil. My loft is remarkably dust-free which is a massive bonus. High praise from you, Moa - thanks! And yes, it mahoosive. Unfortunately it's the only option. It's so big there's no chance of displaying it downstairs - plus the wife may have a few things to say if I tried to balance it on the coffee table... Indeed - there's a 1/72nd 777-300ER scheduled for release at some point in the not too distant future (Big Scale Planes/Kits?) with my name written all over it. That'll be longer than the 747 so will have trouble smuggling that past the missus. Take care all, Tom
  5. Yup - time flies. Agreed about the cockpit and windows. At the time the AA decals didn't exist so didn't really have much option. I'm in the early stages of doing the same company's DC-10 and have started making a flightdeck for that as the cockpit windows are massive in 1/72nd scale. Not sure what the span is to be honest as it's now back in the loft and out of reach. I'd estimate the tailplane span is somewhere between 8"- 10". And yes it has aged well, and I think the automotive paints are the secret to that.
  6. Afternoon all, This is a build from about 10 years ago - the Aircraft in Miniature vacuform Boeing 747-300. I had it out of the loft today as it needed some repairs and I thought I'd take some up to date pictures that hadn't been sabotaged by the Photobucket debacle. This is a vacuform model that comes as a basic shell - it was fully scribed and wheel bays scratch-built. The decals were from DrawDecal and paints were from Halfords. I had the KLM blue custom-mixed to match the crown on the tail. The kit provides white metal landing gear as well as resin intakes and exhaust cones which makes life a lot easier. I think it took about 4 months from start to finish and was pretty straightforward, apart from the size. I finished it as one of KLM's 747-306 Combis from the mid-1990s. S1030348 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030350 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030351 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030355 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030357 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030359 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030362 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030367 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030369 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030371 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030375 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030381 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr In this picture you can see I've placed a 12"/30cm rule to show the size... it's HUGE. S1030383 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Regards to all, Tom
  7. Lovely job on the rear turret, Neil. Looks top notch. I’m going to take the easy way out when I do mine and fit the later Boulton-Paul D-type rear turret with the twin-fifties based upon the one in the Tamiya Lanc. Looking at the rear fuselage, it’s going to need to be widened a little me thinks. I love the subtle weathering too - it’s really bringing the paint to life.
  8. I love watching builds like this - taking a golden oldie and giving it a makeover with good old-fashioned modelling skills, and drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. Loving your work. Tom
  9. Thanks, Jason. I'm going to try and get around to finishing off the upper cockpit/fuselage area this week and then I can blend the whole section in. I’ve run out of P38 filler though which will slow progress somewhat. Tom
  10. This is looking seriously tasty... great work regarding the decals too - something I need to have a go at myself. This is shaping up to be one of the best Fonderie Halifaxes I've seen. Tom
  11. Really enjoying this, Martian. As a man who loves a vac myself, it’s pleasing to see you revealing the dark arts of making these hugely rewarding type of kit. Good man! As you were... Tom
  12. Very good... Unfortunately not - just the attic which I have all to myself. If only... wouldn’t that be great! I could make a 1/32nd scale BUFF then!
  13. I fancied doing a bit of work on the BUFF last night... IMG_0179[1] by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The wife took this unbeknown to me as apparently she wanted to show her girly pals how big my... model is
  14. Afternoon folks, The main cockpit section is more or less done. I've made and added the small throttle boxes which are against the cockpit sidewalls on the Shackleton (one for each pilot) and then I gave the interior a spraying of matt black. The centre floor panel in the rear cabin was picked out in a dark reddy-brown, as I'd seen in the Charlwood machine which has a sort of lino flooring. Then it was just a case of some light scuff marks on the floor, and adding the pre-made parts to the correct position in the cabin and flightdeck. S1030334 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030329 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030323 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030311 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030338 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030332 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030330 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The detail and parts I've added will be perfectly adequate for what's going to be seen through the cockpit windows - which is best described as very little: S1030327 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr S1030309 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The next job is to finish off the cabin roof and make the upper pilots' panel, and then I can think about attaching the roof permanently and blend it all in. Happy modelling and stay safe, Tom
  15. Morning all, I was rummaging around in the loft earlier this week and stumbled upon this long-forgotten build from... 2015. Where has 5 years gone? To cut a long story short, I entered this as part of the non-injected group build and as usual ran of steam during the GB and never got it done. However, I've decided to give it some love and have since added the stabilisers and fins, added some resin engines (kindly donated by a fellow BM member years ago,) found some reasonably shaped air intakes for the top of the engines and given it a coat of primer: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Lots of surface details to reinstate, but not too far off paint which is always good for the motivation. Tom
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