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  1. These three vehicles and the subsequent diorama were my first builds since returning to the hobby. Bought and started to build the Tamiya Chevy as I couldn't find a kit my brother had bought me for a birthday a few years before. Then whilst researching old photos I came across the Ford F30s so kinda got sidetracked and found the IBG CMP Chevrolet C30 Steel Body kit which was ripe for conversion to the Ford F30 (basically built in the same factory with mostly the same parts). I added some desert pattern resin wheels. Needing some more jerry cans for the diorama as the Ford apparently only did 6mpg I plumped for the Tamiya SAS Jeep as it was the cheapest option and this then became the scout car for the patrol. I fiddled with the decals on the Chevy so that they matched the real vehicle Te Anau II, as seen in old pics, and because Te Anau is such a lovely spot in New Zealand so it gave the build some extra connection. The full diorama can be seen in the relevant section. Hope you enjoy these images. The original and my take on the Jeep pilot car. A few scratch built parts were required for the F30 conversion, chopping the engine bay down and filling the gaps with cardboard panels. Luckily this kit came with a full engine, which would never be seen in the original kit with the hood on. The rivets are a bit oversized and untidy but you get the idea. The pipe from the radiator which leads to the condenser on the driver's step (piece of round pencil with two cardboard straps...shhh don't tell anyone especially my daughter as it was one of her pencils). The cab had to be cut off, canvas doors made from tissue paper as were the canvas sand tracks on the wings. I also added some cushions on the seats as the kit ones looked a bit uncomfortable for a long drive across the desert. Lots of other added accessories from other kits. Thanks for looking.
  2. This is my first year of retirement and have very much enjoyed being able to put time into my hobby. I was able to complete a model every month for the first half of the year and have been working on a single, more involved project since then. I have a room dedicated to modelling and this plus the extra time has seen my turnover skyrocket. If I keep up this pace, I should be able to clear the stash in around 40 years assuming I buy no more kits (fat chance of that)! Some of you other retirees may be aware of U3A, but if not do find out about your local one and see if it has something of interest to you. U3A are a voluntary organisation that run activity groups. I started one on plastic scale modelling and local modellers get together fortnightly during daylight hours to build models and coach each other on techniques. I have profited by being shown how to weather military vehicles and the vehicles this year are my first ones. It is all good fun. Here is my output for this year.... Airfix Bedford MWD 1/48.... Le Cimier Hussar 1807 180mm resin & white metal..... IBG Chevrolet 1/72.... Eduard Bf109E-1 1/32.... Tamiya GMC CCKW 1/35..... Tamiya & Ultracast RAF Pilots 1/32.... Here is the current work in progress..... Ark Royal built from Airfix Revenge 1/144. Thanks for looking and best wishes for 2020 ! Pat
  3. Having read this book in January, it gave me an idea for my entry in the MTO GB. a map of a he ground covered to reach the objective, the SAS were to take out a radio mast, the LRDG were to hit an airfield leaving the SiG and the Commandos to head to Tobruk to free the POWs from the cages and hold the harbour for the seaborne attack. The diorama depicts a scene from Kufra oasis, this is the town in Libya the SiG LRDG and Commandos met up.
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