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  1. Hello everyone, I am teaching myself to use CAD and I thought "what better way to put anything I learn into practice than with a WiP?". I have chosen a couple of subjects to practice with, namely a military low-bed trailer, which is part of another ongoing WiP, and this Leyland Hippo 6x4 10 ton truck. I shall start with the chassis, as I have been able to find and download a good set of plans from the Mick Bell archives. To start with, I uploaded the plan into Fusion 360, as a canvas template, and then resized it to 1:144 scale. Following that, I was able to start drawing the chassis frame. Then, I was able to add some of the cross-frame supports. Note that I am only drawing half of the chassis, doing this has two benefits for me: - it save time as I will make a mirror copy once I have completed the drawing and match it over to the other side to make a complete chassis. - I find it difficult to draw identical lines and curves for each side of a drawing, this method helps to eliminate such errors. Next to go on the drawing are the suspension and drive-unit components. Please excuse my lack of the correct terminology, I know very little about vehicles. Here we have the front leaf springs and the two differential units, plus supporting brackets The petrol tank is situated on this side of the chassis so that was next to be drawn up. And this is where I have managed to get to so far. All the components described above have been brought together. I shall spend a little time working out what else is needed and where etc., although the prop shafts will probably be my next task. Some areas still have me befuddled, such as the two items just inside the front wheels on the bottom left image of the diagram I am using. Thanks for looking. Mike
  2. Hi guys, here is my second finished DC-8. The first one can be found here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235131153-dc-8-52-air-new-zealand-authentic-airliners-1144/ The -73 was the final stage in the development of this sleek airliner. It had the longest fuselage, the widest span and the most modern engine of that time. The airline only operated this single aircraft for only almost one year, based in Paris CDG in 1993. The kit is from Minicraft and the fit was mostly okay, only the wing span extensions created some problems. Of course, the small deflectors on the engines, the antennas and fuel probes had to be added. The metal colours were done mostly with MiG-Ammo, with some polishing paste by AK. Decals are from TwoSix, with some additions from the kit decals. The aftermarket decal makers mostly forget to provide overwing exit markings, engine details etc. Hope you like the "flying tube", as the long DC-8s were called.
  3. Hi all, I know it's been aaaaages since I posted here, but I haven't been idle; just busy enough that I've mostly only posted to Instagram for the last two years because it's just the lowest friction avenue. But as the year ends I've been taking proper photos of a lot of models. I'll probably make a single thread for most of them, but this one might interest folks on its own. It's the JPG Productions 1:144 scale Moldy Crow resin kit, mastered by Nicholas Sagan (aka Cosmos Models). It's currently out of production, but JPG has said he may bring it back in the future. I actually picked it up years ago, and made a start out of it 3 years ago, and then it sat unfinished for 3 years because I couldn't find a good base color. Well -- that all changed when I bought an airbrush and the entire line of Archive-X acrylics. Which, by the way, are *AMAZING*. The slightly paraphrase the immortal words of Ferris Bueller -- they are so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking them up. The three year break turned out to be a good thing, because this is the first resin kit I've completed; it took a lot of work to build it, from lots of filing and filling to get parts to fit, to completely rebuilding the wing-attachment, using brass and my Proxxon micro-mill setup. I took a lot of inspiration from game artist Jason Lewis's digital Moldy Crow model he built for his personal project remaking the first level of Dark Forces. It is, without doubt, the most detailed digital model of the Crow ever made, and a fantastic extrapolation of the ship from its distinctly low-polygon origins. Check it out at https://www.artstation.com/artwork/A929GX Jason included a mechanism for adjusting the wings, which I adapted as an added detail on my build, made from steel music wire, brass tubing, and cast resin greeblies. I added a lot of additional detail to the built with cast resin greeblies which I molded from various Bandai kits, and I also completely scratch-built replacements for the sensor arrays on the front of the wings, which were extremely fragile as included with the kit. The replacements are also a lot sharper. I also replaced the kit-supplied barrels on the belly cannon with machined brass Hurricane Mk IIC - Hispano Mk I cannons from master-model.pl Finally, I replaced some of the piping with 1.5mm braided silver hose, a motorcycle kit up-detailing part. Painting Details I primed it with Mr Surfacer 1500 Black, then applied Vallejo Model Air White for pre-shading under the base color coat. The base color is a mix of AX-020 Rust and AX-041 Roof Brown, with accented panels misted over with AX-016 Earth or pure Roof Brown. The red accents are a 1:1 mix of AX-025 Caboose Red and AX-026 D&H Caboose Red. The contrasting rear side panels are AX-008 SP Dark Lark Grey, and the sensor antennas and belly cannon barrels are AX-013 Grimy Black. The sensor fins in front of the engine pods are AX-007 SP Lettering Grey (which is one of my favorite colors in the whole Archive-X lineup). I used the Vallejo Metal Colors line for the grills and actuator rods, as well as dry-brushed metallic highlights on top of the Grimy Black. Mostly bits of Gun Metal, Magnesium, and Duraluminum. Without further ado, the Moldy Crow.
  4. I have an interest in airfield vehicles and transports, one of them being a modern trailer that would carry large aircraft, such as an AW101 Merlin or Panavia Tornado etc. The scale I like to work to is 1:144 scale; however, there are very few of these types of vehicles available in true 1:144 scale. As such, I plan to build one of these trailers by drawing it in CAD and then printing it on a 3D resin printer. CAVEAT - I am new to CAD and this may be an idea too far but I am going to try my best. This model will be produced from an amateur's point of view; other, more experienced CAD users might baulk at my methods but please bear with me. Hopefully, the end result will be a nicely printed model to be placed into a diorama setting. So, here we go. This is the image that sparked my interest: The publicity brochure came with a plan and profile drawing which I have scanned and uploaded to Fusion 360. One of the first advantages that I found with this CAD package is that, whatever the size of the plan being used, it is very simple to resize it to the scale you wish to work with. The feature is called Calibrate and, as long as you have one known reference size on the plan, you enter that size and the whole plan resizes accordingly. I prefer to draw and work to the scale that I will be printing my model at; others tend to draw their CAD in full size; however, I have found that scaling down the model from full size can mean that some smaller parts become unprintable as they've been scaled down too far. Enough with the dialogue, here is my first sketch which I have drawn as an overlay on the profile part of the plan. It is one of the chassis side frames. I only have to draw this once because I can just duplicate more frames as I need them. Once a feature, such as this frame, has been drawn/sketched then I can make it wider/thicker by using a tool called Extrude. This allows me to pull out the thickness of the sketch to whatever size I need. After that, I can hide the plan and this will show the extruded part which is then called a Body. Here is a view of the first body of the chassis. The end result, which is obviously a long way off yet, will consist of many sketches and lots of bodies and with luck will form a nicely printed model. Please feel free to contribute any helpful advice or recommendations, even images of this trailer that might help me identify parts and their locations. Thanks for looking. Mike EDIT: trailer version amended to a GTS44/3 17.5 on advice from fellow members.
  5. Hello Chaps, During my recent spate of "Hairy Stick" painting, I came across this kit buried in my stash with 3 other 1/144 scale kits. They were buried for good reason- i generally prefer large scale models that I see better with my aging eyes. But, I must have been going through a patch of masochistic delirium and decided to have a go. But that said, after wearing 4x magnification Opti-Visors during the whole build so that I could "see" what I was attempting, then taking them off at the end, my vision was blurred for a few days after trying to readjust. So, I'll never attempt one again! I completed this build during the first week of this month (February 2017). I got lazy with this one and didn't attempt any scratch-building in the cockpit! Astonishingly enough, this kit included some stencils which were hardly visible with magnification, let alone with the naked eye, the main decals were the size of the average stencil! The kit includes movable wings, so the photos below will show some images where the wings are both open and closed. The last 4 photos include two with the model next to a US Quarter coin- slightly smaller than a UK 10 pence coin and two with the model next to my Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa to provide an idea of scale and how small this model is.... If you'd like to watch my YouTube "Build Video" for this model, there here is the link to it: Thanks in advance for looking at this post and the video, if you should watch that, and for any comments left, much appreciated! In the meantime, until my next build presentation ( Italeri 1/72 F-16 A/B NATO Falcon), happy modeling! Cheers, Martin
  6. Bundeswehr Vehicles Revell 1:144 The German Bundeswehr is the over-arching title of the armed forces (initially the Federal Republic) of Germany, unified as a single force, consisting of the Army, Navy and Air Force; plus various support and medical arms. The Bundeswehr was formed in late 1955 with the re-arming of West Germany's defences as part of NATO. The land force of the Bundeswehr consisted of the army (Heer) and their armoured units were supplied by the U.S. with M.47 Patton tanks. At the same time, Germany was developing there own armoured personnel carriers, in the form of the HS.30 APC, which was designed by Hispano-Suiza, and these went into service in 1958. Among the non-armoured (softskin) vehicles being issued at that time was the MAN 630 L2 5ton general service truck. This general service troop and stores carrier gained a great deal of fame as being very sturdy, in fact 'almost indistructible'; the design being based on the experiences of earlier types in the Wehrmacht during WW2. The Kit We have received two separate 1:144 scale vehicle kit sets from Revell; the first is the subject of this review, namely "Bundeswehr Vehicles" with the second set being "US Army Vehicles WWII". The U.S. Army Vehicles WWII kit is a spin off set that was originally included in their "U.S Navy Landing Ship Medium" kit and, as such, has already been included in a previous review here. The Bundeswehr Vehicles set comprises of two sprues, both being identical, to make a total of six vehicles. Each sprue contains parts to make up: 1 x M47 Patton Main Battle Tank 1 x Sch├╝tzenpanzer Lang HS 30 Armoured Personnel Carrier 1 x MAN 630 L2 5ton general service truck These sprues are of a dark green injection-moulded construction with the whole set making up six complete vehicles, two of each from the above list. The tracked vehicles, namely the M47 Patton tank and the HS 30 APC have solid tracks and roadwheels. Detail on the tracks of the M47 is good, with individual track links and suspension struts etc., being well defined. The detail on the HS 30's track assembly is somewhat of a disappointment; the wheels and suspension are clearly moulded but the track linkages are non-existent and showing only a smooth set of tracks. All is not lost however, as these tracks are quite thick (and in scale) and it should not take long to scribe a series of lines to give the effect of track linkages. The MAN 630 L2 truck is also a bit of a hit and miss construction. The chassis, driver/passenger compartment, body sides and wheels look really good and detailed; however, the bonnet and grill area just form a smooth representation of that area. These trucks had a very large and recognisable MAN brand logo on the grill which makes the omission quite obvious. Again, the lack of panel lines and grill indentations can be overcome by scribing a radiator grill and bonnet compartment but I feel Revell could have spent just a little more time and finished what looks to be a fine little truck. Decals A small sheet of decals accompanies this set and contains enough insignia and markings for the four AFV's but not the two trucks. I'm not certain that the trucks carried any insignia and, at 1:144 scale, it is possible that the vehicle markings would be too small to apply. There are two large black crosses, with white lining, for each M47 Patton and two smaller black crosses, again with white surrounds, for each HS 30 APC. There are also four pairs of unit/vehicle markings, one pair each for the four AFV's. These decals look a lot better in real life than they do in this scanned image and should adorn the models without any problems. Conclusion This set is unusual; I am not aware of another injection moulded kit of the M47 Patton tank in 1:144 scale and therefore should be very welcome. The detail, with exceptions already mentioned, is very good and these kits should build up to nice little models to accompany any diorama or perhaps even on their own as a stand alone display. Notwithstanding my earlier comments about the lack of detail on some parts, I would still highly recommend this set to the 1:144 scale AFV modeller. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  7. So for my third entry into this GB, I have decided - probably against my better judgement to have a go with at least part of the huge 1:44 scale Thunderbird 2 I managed to acquire recently. In case you didn't see the post it was this kit: (Note the 12" ruler in the photo!) I'm not quite ready for the whole thing just yet so I thought I'd start off with something simple like - ahem - building the internals of the pod!!! There are plenty of references out there, for example: So lets start off with looking at the pod that is supplied in the kit So the first thing to observe is I'll need to cut open the door. That little nick you see is where I experimented with cutting this material. Its very strange stuff - very dense expanded polystyrene with a resin outer coating. Its VERY hard to cut! inside the pod you have this: for the bottom - the lumps are indents in the underside to accept rollers as the undercarriage. In these photos you can see how think this stuff is! So the first job was to fit a floor for the pod - those bumps look like a nice base to work to, and here is my first attempt: However you can see its a bit undulating as I only used 0.5mm plastic card which just isn't solid enough. So I tried again with 1.5mm and got this You can also see I've cut out the lower part of the doorway down to the level of the floor. This leaves a bit of a gap under where the moulded door goes further. I'll have to fill that later. Finally for this initial post, here is where I am on cutting out the upper part of the door This took about an hour and half last night after which I'd had enough - its really hard work cutting this stuff, especially as if you saw too fast it generates too much heat and the stuff melts where you are trying to cut!!! I'll try to finish this cutting off today and in the meantime start designing the inner ribs that will define the internal shape.
  8. GEMINI-TITAN II LAUNCH COMPLEX 19 1:144 scale diorama source - NASA 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the first two-manned space flight using the Gemini space capsule on a Titan II launch vehicle. The launch of the first manned Gemini craft took place with Gemini 3 on 23rd March 1965; two previous launches were unmanned; with the purpose to test all systems and functionalities of the Gemini and Titan II rocket system. To celebrate this anniversary I am going to attempt to build a 1:144 scale diorama of the launch complex at Cape Canaveral as it was in 1965. This launch pad was No.19, commonly referred to as LC-19, and this will be a total scratchbuild. The Titan II rocket and Gemini capsule will be a resin model produced by Anigrand. The components for LC-19 will be constructed from plastic sheets and rods with the main items being: Main building/Launch Deck - the long structure in the photo Complete Vehicle Erector (CVE) - the tower to the left of the Gemini-Titan rocket with the White Room on top (angled for lowering). Complete Vehicle Umbilical Tower (CVUT) - the tower immediately to the right of the Gemini-Titan rocket Second Stage Vehicle Thrust Mount (SSVTM) - the second stage launcher base (grey), in front of Gemini-Titan rocket Spacecraft Crane - the small crane, to the far right of the Launch Deck, for lifting the Gemini capsule from the ground to the Launch Deck. I was going to enter this in the Non-Injected Moulded Group Build; however, the complexity of this build makes it highly unlikely that I could finish it within the GB timeframe. There is very little data, as in actual dimensions and specific measurements for this site, so much of the placements and fittings will need to be deduced from photographs obtained from the web, including Google Earth etc. That's the lead-in for this not-so-little project of mine and I hope I can actually accomplish what I intend to achieve; especially with the limited references and plans available. Thanks for looking Mike
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