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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
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