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  1. Finally! Sorry for the delay, A lot happening in the 1:1 scale world. So anyway here is the end result; A summer's evening in 1945 on the banks of the River Nederrijn in the Netherlands. Captain Hartley and Corporal Atkins have finished filling up the bowser and have a couple of hours to spare. While Atkins packs up the kit Cpt Hartley takes the opportunity to do a spot of fly fishing. He always carries his kit just in case. Very convenient assignment for him. He always takes notes when he fishes and dreams of writing a book about it one day, maybe after the war. This was the inspiration (Apologies to anyone under 40 as this will mean nothing ) Boy have I enjoyed doing this. These sort of kits have so much scope for scratch building if you include the various equipment needed such as the sterilizing test kit (Not the fly fishing kit though ). This Gecko kit is superb, apart froma coiple of tricking bits with engine location and attaching the bowser to the chassis it's so detailed but not difficult to build. Moulds are crisp, mostly, and go togther perfectly. Highly recommend this and Gecko do a lot of other British wheeled vehicls. I think I'll be purchasing a few more. So here she is............ Scratch built fishing rod made from brass pipe and very fine wire. Eyelets are real and the line is threaded through. All bar the square box and notebook are 3D printed on the bonnet. If you look at the WIP there is a video showing this equipment being used. The kit rear stuff apart from the tubing is completely wrong. They didn't store their personal kit in the rear. I scratch built all the interior so that the internal doors could be open. I used AK wet effect for the water but this is before it dried properly. Not as nice as I was hoping. Pipes are solder wire. Bucket is from the bits box. Everything else is scrach. I tried to make the tank visible inside but it doesn't quite work. Oh well. Galvanising didn't turn out as well as I wanted either. Note that the pipe work is all off white rubber. Looking at all pics and videos this was the case. Note black rubber. Bit like tyres used to be. The waders are the feet from a bits box figure. The rest is foil. They are actually to right feet Other mods are replacing the front bar with brass tube, scratching the canopy frame, both canvas rolls and other odds and sods WIP is here Cheers all Andrew
  2. I enjoyed the research and detailing of the Austin Tilly so much I'm going to do this little lovely. The Bedford MWC 200 gallon water bowser truck. There were two versions, the early with a fully oval bowser and this one the later with chamfered sides. There is plenty of info on these including some youtube footage which is nice. The scheme is going to be in SCC2 and from the Royal Welch Fusiliers in Europe around 1944. I'll see this as a small homage to my seudo Welsh heritage There will be no canvas but I may scratch the frame which went over the whole vehicle and the rear doors will be open. I'll add some appropriate equipment as well. If I had to sum up the kit in two words it would be Crisp and Hard. The plastic is very hard which can be both a bonus and a bind especially when cutting out the very thin, long pipework which, as you would expect, there is a lot of! This will be more of a 1/35 plumping build more than anything The detail is excellent as you can see from below. You have to look really hard to find an ejector mark, the link from the spru to part is scaled to the part which is a very nice touch and the instructions are a work bench friendly size in the form of a glossy booklet. Overall and so far I cannot really fault it. I do have a PE gripe but I'll save that for when I get round to it. I've never done a Gecko before but their subjects are right up my street and if this is their standard then I'm a fanboy Heres some pics of typical content........ Selection of sprus Tyre detail! Even the canopy is pretty good although I won't be using it The only issue I've found which will be easily fixed Decal with included replacement RAF set - well done Gecko Instructions look fine and include the occasional view showing exct locations of key parts. You do get a very nice selection of personal equipment which they say to stuff in the rear. This is most definitely not where it went! The scheme of choice Hope you stick around and follow along I'm now going to do some research into British WW2 water pumping and water purification equipment Andrew
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