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  1. I started this one in January, and it doesn't seem to have taken that long, though battling the Winter cold wasn't much fun. There is a build thread, here. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235104485-another-mak-sternail-the-ausf-f/ The basic shape is wood which was then clad with various types and shapes of plastic. All hail the bits boxes! The scale is 1/35th. Length of the model is around 64cm. These are the first pictures of the ship with the sponsons fitted. They work as well as I'd hoped. Detail painting has been carried out, BTW, but not too much weathering, as such. The Kamov fuselage blended in well. The blue and yellow are the unit/Squadron colours (would I lie to you) chosen at random (yeah, right). The decal in the centre is a cut down car decal. Hopefully it now means, we will even see you in the dark of space. The other two decals there would be unit citations. Sorry @voozet I forgot to add the letters you suggested. The round thing that looks like a button, was a button. Now side thrusters. I found the sharks mouth in the decal boxes. It had to be done. That's another thruster ahead of it. Rocket pods, ex 1/24th Harrier and dressed up a bit. I forgot the connecting cable between those two holes. Doh. Just a close up of the unit markings. Looking battered, but defiant. The entry hatch. It was a plastic spoon. The number is so the pilot takes the correct ship! Many years ago I remember when a Wessex crew climbed in and started up the wrong one! Underneath at the rear. Solar panel mountings, loco and tank bits. Centre fuselage. A couple of jet fuselage nose pieces and other bits. The Lunar Diver Stingray uses A-4 Skyhawk nose sections! Forward of that we have a bit of 1/24th Merlin engine. Still moving forward. The numbers are on the top of a loco. Oh look, a tank wheel. And then we went outside. Just to prove that I painted the other side. The pods and sponsons have their own I.D. numbers BTW. Close up of a sponson in the sunlight. The overall colour is a mix of green and grey Tamiya drab. The other half of the Kamov. These widen the fuselage to make the cabin wider & so more comfortable for the pilot. The engines. Mostly car & loco wheel bits and various bits box parts. The Sponson rears are from loco tenders. Solar panels in the sunlight. And in closeup. I hope you like the pictures. Any comments or questions will be welcome. Thanks for looking. Next weekend I'm away from home, So the next build should begin in early April. Cheers, Pete
  2. Thanks to a week off work and a push this afternoon I've finally finished my floaty boat build, Misfit 2. Based on an ancient pre-built FROG Shell Welder tanker, This build has cost me very little, mostly just paint & glues as virtually everything came out of the spares boxes. And it has provided many hours of enjoyment. If you're wondering, the Maschinen kreiger universe is on Earth 800 years in the future, and resources are being fought over. I like the Ian McQue floaty boats & I like kreiger, so, what if the seas are dried up, you have useless ships and anti gravity devices, what do you do? Now without further ado, the pictures, and this time they're mostly in focus. It's a busy day down at the dock, unloading a mixed cargo.... Notice that the lower part of the dock can't now be seen. So much for my desert simulation! The blue fold down wings provide a bit of ground effect lift at speed. This probably counts as a diorama really. Don't tell the Mods. They'll all want one. That drum doesn't seem very heavy. This blokes a Bludger!* *(Aussie speak for Skiver) That's Radar from a Revell MASH set working the crane remote control. All the figures were on the original Misfit. The sharp end, See the leaping antelope up there? This ship is a product of the Springbok shipyards. I think it's intended to be a Reindeer, I nicked some from a table at Christmas! Underneath there is the ground mapping Radar bowl, ex-Harrier steering thrusters and a wonky (rusty/miscoloured) heat exhaust from the Fwd Anti Gravity unit. Below the Springbok is a thruster. (From a toy Space Shuttle, 20p at the car boot). At the back we have a similar arrangement except the heat exhausts are ex Ju87 Night exhausts, cheap from the Big H. In the centre is the main thruster. Back at the front, the figurehead is an Eagle. Actually ex Matchbox tank kit? Nazi Eagle with a missile head placed where the Swastika was. Some clutter behind the wheelhouse. Drums, jerrycans and a bucket. Meanwhile back on the dock. See that silver thing behind the bloke? Ex Revell Dambuster Lancaster and about 50 years old. Now it's a special container of some sort. The Skipper keeps an eye on the unloading procedures. The cargo net was just some mesh and was used (along with the crane) on Misfit 1. A pretty mixed cargo, I think you'll agree. The yellow thing with the 'ears' is a screw on cap for something that I found. Here's Dockyard Matey again, He's been with this since the start. The green wire is plugged into the gizmo for power from the dock. Blue gas bottles on Ju88 bomb racks. Don't ask me what they're for though. (They were bombs at one point). Another view down the old dock. Getting bored yet? Oh, the metal U shaped thing? Staples. Probably now a special part they are delivering. A last long look down the length of the dock. Oh, I measured Misfit, 16 inches bow to stern. And in case you were in any doubt, The name on the back. These were rub down letters I've had for years. Stick them on and add a coat of matt varnish. Result. They've pretty much come out the same colour as the side numbers. The main thruster can be seen better here too. I'm not sure what it was previously meant to be though. And thanks for looking. Any comments, and or money gratefully accepted Next up, I'll be in the vehicle section, with a modified Volkswagen pick up truck. Cheers Pete
  3. This one was started in early November and I took the final pictures yesterday. I am indebted to @SafetyDad . I've wanted the Fledermaus version for years but it's rather expensive. My intention was to scratchbuild one, but then Padraic sent me a gluebomb Hornisse he'd found on the web. This is it as designed by Kow Yokoyama . the 'Father' of Maschinen Kreiger. It carries an Armoured Fighting Suit (AFS). To make more of a profit Nitto took the basic mould and changed it to make the Hummel (A sort of Drone) and the (Manned) Fledermaus versions. which was rather naughty of them. Anyway, I set to and, after dismantling the kit, I couldn't help but improve the design into a more practical flying machine. The original had five large rocket motors, which our man in Kalamazoo observed would, "suck it inside out in seconds'. I kept the one at the back, rebuilt most of the underside, and added jets & a forward fuselage and cockpit to 1/20th scale. Here we are ready to fire up the lift engines and go out hunting Falkes. I've done a typical kreiger rough paint job as if it was built up from parts by rebel forces. Yes, it's an ex Harrier rocket pod. The landing gear is part original/part scratchbuilt. Springs are ex Biro! The nose cannon. The breech etc is somewhere under the cockpit. Ammo behind the pilot. On the RH pylon is a large missile with a rusty seeker head. Upper fuselage. At right is a spoiler/airbrake painted orange. And rocket thruster at the back. The thruster would take this up to altitude, rather like an Me 163. But, with the jets, it would make a powered landing. Taken during the build, this shows the wingtip tanks. Part droptank, part 1/32nd P-38 tailboom A bit of battle damage repaired with speedtape. Bits for this build came from all over. This tailplane is ex 1/32nd Me262. At left, an engine exhaust. Made from three bits of car wheel, and in the middle is part of a 1/1 scale tyre valve. The oval bit is a tiny ships dinghy. The rocket motor parts, here at centre, are original to the model. Underneath is two shades of light grey, dabbed onto white primer with sponge. The central dome is an anti gravity generator. Also visible are the three lift thrusters which use engine bleed air to assist in take off and landing. The rusty seeker head. It was part of a ball point pen. The top surface is grey primer with Tamiya dark yellow dabbed on. Various greeblies dress things up here. The canopy. Not the best bit, you can see the side window bowed in It's stuck on with industrial superglue so would be wrecked if I tried to remove it for repair. That might still happen. We shall see. Here's a picture of the pilot (made from Tamiya Pit Crew figure parts) and his scratchbuilt ejection seat taken during the build. Overall I enjoyed the build. The canopy is a disappointment though as it also has sanding dust stuck inside. These pictures aren't the best due to lack of light in the manshed. Pictures outside are not possible due to weather! There is a build log in the work in progress section. So you can see more of this if you are curious. My thanks to all who dropped by during the build, and, of course, to Padraic who made it all possible. Next up, I have the AFS which came with the kit. It too is a glue bomb (all three windows have glue on them) so it will also be a challenge to get right. But I can also use it as a pattern for replacement and spare parts. Bonus! Thanks very much for looking in, I'm always grateful for comments and will answer any questions if I can. Cheers, Pete Thanks for looking
  4. Here's a scratchbuild that I started in early September. Thanks to being furloughed again, it is now finished & ready for the rivet counters. The idea was for a lightweight, faster, more nimble ground attack Falke. The basic bits were a 1/24th Chevy Berretta and the booms from a 1/32nd P-38 Lightning. The spares boxes contributed parts, as did @badger and WNW lozenge decals came from @gcn. Here's a link to the build thread. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235079743-a-falke-is-born/ I took advantage of the sunshine today! Helmut showed up to show the size of this thing. The scale is 1/20th. This is a lot lower and sleeker than the original Falke, also the stub wings would add lift & stability. Maybe. The engine was an aftershave bottle cap and the petals are from an SR-71. Lots of greeblies were added too. Yelllow painted bits are lift points. Dark green bits are sensors. Brown walkways? why not? I was bullied into using lozenge camouflage. luckily I used donated WNW decals. I've used it like a wrap. I think it works. The 3 tubes (ex Nimrod) in the boom ends would be flare dispensers. The large engine panel would be hinged at the front. The grey hemispheres are the Anti Gravity units (half table tennis balls). Their exhausts are 1/48th resin B-17 Superchargers. The two pods in the centre are ex Mosquito wing tanks in use here as sensors. Also seen here, the Port Airbrake. The original Falke has motorbike bits underneath. At least mine are the right way around so that the cooling fins work! The raised bit in the centre here was a tank turret top. Various greeblies got added. Turbo supercharger close up. Here's the RH airbrake too. Better, I think, than the flappy things on the original Falke. A back end close up. The central bit is ex Revell Ferarri with added tank panels. Weapons are two cannon and an encased rocket pod. The round intakes on the booms were 1/24th wheel trims. The airbrakes were, (brace yourself), false nails! as were the upper bumps near the front of the booms. And here it is at rest with my Gulf Fake on the display cabinet. My next build will be a kreiger glue bomb refurb. Many thanks for looking. Your comments and questions about the build are welcome. Cheers, Pete
  5. This one is an unholy marriage of a Bell 47 helicopter cockpit and a Cessna 02 spotter aircraft. With floats and a jet engine for good measure. I'm not sure if the kreiger universe even has ships. But I've armed this with water jet powered 'Penguin' torpedo's just in case. The floats were from a Smer Swordfish. Other bits are sparesbox fodder. The paddle on the float was Tamiya Schwimwagen. The 'MAD' type detection boom here was a Smer torpedo. What look like paint rollers are cockpit access steps. One of the 'Penguin' torpedo's ready for launch. The white bellytank can be seen here. The ladder is to reach the wing tanks for gravity refuels. I used a very thin self adhesive tape on the stabilizer leading edge top and bottom to counter the jet exhaust heat. Sparesbox markings. The underside paint is Tamiya IJN pale grey. The blue and green are Tamiya mixes. The green was simply drybrushed. Pressure refuel point is just visible on the left rear fuselage. Various greeblies dress up the floats. International orange tiptanks were suggested, but I painted them, then used micromesh to rub down to the orange plastic to show some erosion. I've kept the underside clean but added a few patches to the floats. Nasty stuff, Coral. Yes, I'm thinking South Pacific operations. The cockpit is as per the MASH original build. What was the collective now operates the float rudders. Here it is with a previous sparesbox anti ship aircraft. This one was 1/48th, same floats but P-38 Lightning fuselage. A closer look. Probably built ten years ago I can't remember what name I gave it! That's an intake in front of the windscreen BTW. Here's a link to the builld. The bench is clear. Goodness knows what will turn up next! Thanks for looking and your comments are always welcome. Pete
  6. Here we go with another kreiger kitbash using whatever I've got hanging around. A recent build in the Aircraft section was an Edgely Optica by @Hamiltonian. An unusual looking but useful thing, it inspired me to have a bash. A search through the scrapyard yielded a Revell 'MASH' Bell 47 Helicopter and a Testors (I think) Cessna O2 Forward Air Controller's (FAC) Aircraft. I dismantled the Bell, sanded off the decals and sawed the nose off of the Cessna. Well you would wouldn't you? A little blurred but it shows the general idea. I taped over the bubble to save it from being scratched. On the back of the bubble is a Harrier fan shroud, cut in half. Bits of plastic card were used to straighten things out. The floats are ex SMER Swordfish. the struts are cut down Huey blades. They were bent and fit into fuselage & float slots. Here's a better shot of the fuselage joint. I like those layers on the blade. The rudders are probably too small, but I don't have to fly it! And then Milliput happened. Power for this thing is supplied by a small jet engine in the fuselage. So we now have an intake and exhaust nozzle. Another view. The intake has been faired in and I've added more PPP to the exhaust/fuselage joint. The CG could be a bit dodgy, but it might just work. And then I found some Macchi tiptanks. So they obviously had to go on. So, to sum up. Here we have a junkyard flier that operates from water using a jet engine, it has no doors and is none too aerodynamic. It would be slow and have a relatively short range. It surely must fit the kreiger requirements*. I'm enjoying myself once more, I hope it ticks some of your boxes. Comments are, as always, very welcome. *Generally seem to be - It doesn't have to make sense, but it needs to look good and as though it 'might' do what it's supposed to do.
  7. This one was a quick simple build from the spares box. If you're going to build a mechanical device, a vehicle for instance, you'll need prototypes/development 'mules' to iron out the bugs and refine the design. The kreiger universe has Armoured fighting suits (AFS). What came before them? How were they developed? Enter this thing, The Ritter (German for Knight). The basic shell was a Boeing Sea Knight Helicopter, first built many years ago, The rest of it pretty much built itself. Scale is 1/20th. Helmut, our techie, shows the size of it. Yes, there is a bloke inside it. Paint is Tamiya rattle can, Imperial Japanese Navy grey/green. I think it suits the model. It's a bit grubby after months of testing. The projectile weapon is ex macross I think and has been slightly modified. The AFS have what looks like a Vespa engine. This one has a radial. The engine is ex 1/72nd B-24. That nest of vipers exhaust is ex 1/24th F1 car. Fuel would be internal. The tank below the engine is an oil cooler/reserve tank. Arms and legs were mostly built from various cheap Japanese robot kits. Multi layer armoured glass in front of the Jockey. That's my excuse for not sanding off the Marauder canopy frames! Having a lie down and showing the transmission system. Yes, it can sit too. At the moment it doesn't stand so well, I need to stiffen up the leg and hip joints. And the feet are still a bit too small. It's been an enjoyable build, as usual it sort of developed as it went on and then suddenly it was finished! Thanks for looking and your comments are always welcome. Pete
  8. I recently found a 'gluebomb' on the bay. It was a good price and I was curious. Battery powered, adhesive smeared and with an anti aircraft gun on the roof, what's not to like? It's an old Gunze Sangyo product and is somewhat of a Land Cruiser 'egg' model in 1/24th. But I wanted it to be 1/20th. Once disassembled, I cut off the roof. The dashboard and wheel from a 1/20th kit was added and the rear inner arches faired in. Underneath there were huge differentials to cover the gears so I made up some tubes and odd bits as a rough drivetrain. And this was the end result. Helmut seems pleased. It wasn't worth doing a WIP as it took no time at all. It's a bit mad with the huge wheels but it does the job. No pedals/gearshift and you can see through to the front, but I was only after a quick build anyway. Rough and simple but it'll probably never be seen again anyway. Though that depends on Helmuts driving. Thanks for looking. Comments are always welcome. Pete
  9. And here we go again. Yes, it's yet another kreiger scratchbuild. No, as usual I'm not quite sure how it's going to turn out, but I do have a plan (subject to change as always). Consider the battlefield. After the flash bangs and screaming is over, there is always kit to be recovered for salvage or repair. Who does that job? Most model builders focus on the flash bang stuff, but I thought I'd try a bit of recovery work. Hover, tracks or wheels? Of the three I thought the track made the best sense, they should handle most terrains, and a crane doesn't really work in hover mode. So lets start with a box of bits and haul out some T-54 parts. A 1/35th Trumpeter T-54 chassis. Though I've done a cut'n'shut and got rid of a roadwheel mount each side. So we're down to eight instead of ten. Why? well it makes it shorter, and I only have eight wheels anyway! So they're single wheels on each axle and not in pairs. Plus I'm not using the original tracks, pairs would be too wide for them. The plastic is quite soft to cut, BTW. And this is where I ended up. The drive sprocket (at the rear here) is from a Sherman derivative, The front idler wheel is made from two disparate parts and the tracks are also sourced from a Sherman type. If memory serves it was an Italeri recovery Tank. An overview shows what I have in mind. I think the engine decking is ex King tiger. The crane was on a multiwheeled Kibri truck. The crane needs to be on a raised platform. That will be next up. The vehicle then needs to be generally 'kreigered' to make it fit in to that world. As always, comments are very welcome. Thanks for looking, Pete.
  10. Now what? well, I was clearing out the garage a few weeks ago and found an old butane gas lighter. I looked at the shape and instantly thought, Hover bike. So here we go.... I have a couple of large scale motorbikes in the scrap boxes, so I should be okay for bike bits. (A Harley and a Yamaha, for those who NEED to know). Yeah, sorry about the colour. It did mean we could always find it though. The Christmas tree bauble is the anti grav unit, as used on the Ma.k Falke. The 1/20th scale Falke used table tennis balls but this is near enough the right size. In the foreground, bike bits, stripped of chrome with bleach. The figure is from a Tamiya pit crew set. I widened the gap between the legs (listens for @CedB galloping closer...) so he can straddle this beastie. I had to perform surgery on the left leg to match the right. The pit crew set lets you swap limbs between the figures to a certain extent. And from a slightly different angle. These pictures were taken yesterday. Footpegs were later fitted and the spares boxes searched for suitable greeblies. I've been pressing on today with arms and handlebars. I may get to post more pictures later. Thanks for looking, and of course your comments are welcome. Pete
  11. I've been using up my spare time on this weird and wonderful device. I started with the intention of scratchbuilding a 1/20th copy of the Fledermaus, because the kit is a silly price. But this one evolved into a 1/35th unmanned AI equipped aerial reconnaissance platform. I didn't want to slavishly copy the usual Luftwaffe paint, so I took a cue from the colour schemes used on RAF P-40's in the desert. The figure posed with it is from the Bandai Zeon universe and is slightly undersized, but does show the size of the beast. The basic fuselage was a Skycrane Helicopter but now upside down. Wings were B-58. The rounded shape was a spoon and droptanks. Behind that a 1/32nd Bf109 Cowling leading back to an Me262 nose. All these models were originally built in the early seventies. Decals used are from various sources. The tailplane was 1/32nd Bo105 Helicopter. The engines are from the 1/72nd B-58. I didn't even repaint the silver bits at either end. The gear is mounted on Skycrane sponsons and is Panzer bits while the skids were aerials under a Vulcan. Suspension would be by friction washers. The unit badge seen top right is a plain back shield. Two camera windows to the right here and the silver thing is another steering thruster. The thrusters are for use when in Anti gravity 'Hover' mode. What have they been burning in those engines? Not exactly clean and green! On the flaps seen here (and the wing leading edges) I use a thin self adhesive metal tape. On the flaps to deflect the engine blast, leading edges for anti erosion. A close up of the nose camera/sensor. Upside down was the easiest way to get this on film. A pitot probe? Why not? The two lights are ex Panzer, One has a blackout slit and the other a clear 1/25th car lens. And those are flare racks on the sponsons. That 'Sukhoi' tail. The tail light under it is a stick on 'jewel' from a kids craft set. Outside. This shows the desert fading of the paintwork better than the indoor shots. The Airbrakes stand out, but the orange I painted them with has worn/faded away. In the centre fuselage would be a generator engine for powering the anti gravity unit. Hence all those intakes/scoops. Exhaust would be behind the 'hump' Belly of the beast, and its not quite so vivid this time. A cross between Mediterranean blue and PR blue, I hope? The grey ball (ping pong) is an anti gravity unit as seen on the Falke. See the round thruster to the left of the flap? In front of that is an underwing light on both wings. Another kids 'jewel'. The thruster and jewel are in the holes where the outboard engines went. The yellow thing is an aerial/sensor pod. (Okay, it was a drop tank). And that is your lot. I hope there is something you like here. Any comments or questions are always welcome. Yes, I build these things because I can and I enjoy it! answers one FAQ for you. There is a build thread in WIP. Thanks very much for popping by. Pete
  12. Now, I wanted to build a Maschinen Kreiger Fledermaus. But you can't get them for love nor money, and I refuse to pay silly prices anyway. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enGB757GB758&q=maschinen+krieger+fledermaus&tbm=isch&source=univ&safe=strict&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiWuufBqL_kAhXWilwKHfu2AQMQsAR6BAgJEAE So after a good think, it's back once more to the rapidly depleting spares boxes. (All donations gratefully received and postage etc refunded) (If I mention models used I'll add a date when they were first built, it may help. Or not) What I want is a 1/20th VTOL flier which looks like it flew out of a scrapyard. Let's see what happens then. Take a Revell 1/32nd Phantom (1977), an Italeri SR 71 Blackhawk (1970), an Airfix Heinkel He177 (1980), various other bits and pieces and a metric flowerpot full of Milliput. (Lots of pictures now follow, some of the parts used have since been replaced). 1/20th Tamiya driver figure. This will be the jockey. The fuselage as shown will change slightly as we progress. An overall view. I since cut down the wings and the winglets will change too. But it gives a general idea of what I propose. Underside view. Again, it's since changed a bit. The wheel wells were faired in with scrap plastic and Milliput added. An updated view from today. The (A-10) canopy is on an Me262 engine cowling. Cut down wing and the winglet. This will be angled down by about twenty degrees for additional lift. Here we are underneath again. From right we have He177 lower tail end, Phantom intakes and SR71 engine cowls. Something missing here I feel. How about a bit of Airfix 1/24th Typhoon (wing fairing?) to act as an intake and above it part of an Airfix Spitfire engine cowling for another intake. The original Fledermaus has a spindly fixed undercarriage. I saw one on line built with Harrier type tandem gear and will copy that, because I like it. These are Airfix C-130 wheels (I've had these since about 1968!) No hubs, what to do? Would you believe Airfix Stalin tank wheels fit perfectly? The undercarriage leg is silver plastic and is probably older than those wheels! The nose leg is 1/32nd Phantom. I'm opting for fixed landing gear. I'll need to make some outriggers later. Later today I started sticking the forward fuselage together as I'm fairly happy with the configuration now. I've also added some Milliput where required. That will need rubbing down tomorrow (if I get a chance) along with the wheel bays in the wings. As always, questions, comments etc are welcome. Thanks for looking, Pete
  13. And welcome to another of my finished scratchbuilds. This one based on the upper half of a Star Wars Slave One. (The lower half became a Hover Tank). It seems that I only started this one last month. So for me that's pretty fast work. Wurger was applied to the Fw190, the Butcher bird. This one would be lunar based and piggyback to Earth orbit on a Sternail. There it would disable enemy craft and satellites and tow the remains back for salvage. Link to a Sternail picture. I built this one probably ten years ago. http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag398/petergsoden/Sternail05_zpse8dd4b0d.jpg?t=1406042025 There is a build thread for the Wurger here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235058298-orbital-hunter-killer/ Weapons and meteorite shields in place and ready for action. I added a small calibre solid shot gun to the nose piece. I had the idea to use a white paper background to see if that made things clearer for you. Scale is 1/32nd BTW, the pilot is ex Airfix Porsche 917. I only have a small simple camera so close up shots can be a problem. Rocket tubes from a 1/32nd MBB Bo105. Rear end steering thrusters. They probably rotate. That shield is a rubdown from an ancient Do17 kit. If you look carefully to the right you may see an Easter egg. There's a tiny Panzer in there. The missile tube mountings are mostly made up from bits of Aircraft undercarriage. The business end of the salvage crane/grabber (Think Ripley's power loader in Aliens) The brown pads are magnetic (but were F-18 brake units) The rounded bits were ancient B-17 ball turret, they now hold Zeon lander struts. I'm still not sure why but I like them there. The thruster bell was part of a ball point pen. Orbital debris can ruin your paint job, and extra shields will help to protect you. Bits of self adhesive silver tape in use here. On the P-38 nose here we have more steering thrusters. Decals are mostly Tamiya P-47. I couldn't resist using the silhouette and script. I think the word Republic fits in with Kreiger and Star Wars? The comms dish was a Slave One piece. Now (modified) it sits underneath mounted on an Airfix Bloodhound cradle. And here we are deployed. The other side of the crane. Slightly out of focus. Sorry. I bought a couple of cheap built Kibri crane model kits online and dismantled them. The other jib will be used later. I nearly forgot this bit. A radar bar? These are seen on lots of kreiger stuff. I used part of an ancient Airfix Hercules Aileron, a bit of sprue and some filler. And finally, The two models and what they came from. The Slave One kit was bought online part built so no great loss. I saved all the bits of it I didn't use, then found another part built one so I've combined what I have to make up a complete kit. To sum up, I started the tank in early May, I finished the Orbiter today, So that's four Months of fun modelling for just over twenty quid! And I still have a complete Slave One to sell. Win win I think. Next up is yet another scratchbuild, A Kreiger Fledermaus this time. If anyone has one and can send pictures/measurements etc I would be very grateful. Any questions, comments etc are very welcome. Thanks for looking, Pete
  14. And here we go again. Some of you may have seen my last scratchbuild, a Hover tank from the Airfix Star Wars Slave 1 kit. I just used the lower hull for the tank. So what of the rest of it? I'm going to use it on this thread to build an orbital hunter/killer ship which would damage and salvage enemy spacecraft. I'm fairly well hooked into building Maschinen kreiger stuff so this will be another one from that universe, albeit not an 'official' craft. (Unless of course, Kow Yokoyama San happens by, and gives it his blessing). Here are the main parts taped together to give you a feel of the thing. In the foreground is a pencil sharpener. You'll find out why later. Oh look, a box of bits. Some of which may or may not be used here. Ah, proper Slave 1 kit bits to fill the 'wheel arches' (well, what else would you call them? I've cut down the lower sections. They'll be trimmed to fit better later. ) And, a pencil sharpener in bits, along with an engine cowling from (I think) an old Matchbox kit? So, glue the cowling to the 'wheel arch' filler after fitting the (ex Wessex) nut & bolt plus washer and spacer. Now we have a swiveling thruster pod. Told you! The rocket nozzle is what you get when your Biro runs out and you save the shiny bit on the end. Good aren't they? (cheap too, no one else saves them) The thrusters remind me of bits on Russian helicopters, notably Kamovs). It's the ribbing you know. Time for cockpit checks. I took the Slave 1 cockpit, slotted in an old 1/32nd Revell bf109 cockpit, added an Airfix Porsche 917 driver (built about 45+ years ago) and a load of greeblies for you to try to identify. Though even I don't know where some of them came from! Here's the cockpit slotted into place (it really isn't an impressive fit) to show what's going on. I also push fitted a thruster together to show how that bit works. I painted/repainted the cockpit as required and gave the pilot a lick of IJN grey with added green tape belts. And finally this afternoon I started to block in the underside with plastic card. I'm out all day tomorrow (Airshow at North Coates) and working on Monday (Hinckley area). But then I'm off for the rest of the week, so hopefully I may get more done then. Thanks, as always, for looking and bearing with me while I try to work out where the build is going. Usually it's controlled by whatever flits through my head at the time and what I can find in the spares boxes. Comments and gifts of curry* are gratefully accepted. Cheers, Pete *(Though I just had a very nice chicken one along with a bottle of Wold Top Scarborough Fair. Yum).
  15. Finally finished. My latest Kreiger scratchbuild of a Lunadiver variant, the Manta. A space based hunter killer. I hasten to add that this is not an official part of the kreiger universe. I made it up. I do have a Hasegawa Lunadiver Stingray kit, but hesitate to build it as I'm having too much fun doing these things. Two Sea Kings, Two Whirlwinds, One Frog Wessex and various other bits and pieces make up this one. (Oh, and a fair amount of filler) (The stand is ex Corgi aircraft, 50p from the car boot) There is a WIP thread so you can see how it came together & that I didn't use a pristine Wessex! https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235043676-krieger-lunadiver-variant-manta/ Scale is 1/32nd and the main paint is IJN Grey from a Tamiya rattlecan. The main entry point, A 1/24th Muscle car bit surrounding a 1/32nd Aircraft tyre. The wheel is ex Matador. The grey bar is a common feature of kreiger builds, probably a radar device. It's actually part of a Revell P-38 Lightning. It goes under the stabiliser to stop the model tail sitting. RH rear view. One of the Whirlwinds (Originally built in the early 70's & very rough!) Probably a fuel tank. Close up of the LH engine. A bit rusty but hey, who's going to see it in space? The black and yellow thing is the root of a Whirlwind rotor blade. LH side. Yes, I think that is a Buccaneer bit you can see. And a V8 cam cover too. The cockpit has no windows so this thing is covered in sensors (painted green) for the computers to make up images for the Pilot. RH front. The 'Martian' was inspired by an Octopus on the Revell Ventura. The bit with the Skull & Crossbones is a debris shield for the fuel tanks. It's actually a bit of leftover Bo105 Helicopter roof from a previous build. The original Lunadiver uses a Porsche 911 door! LH rear. That is a 1/32nd P-38 wing with an Airfix 1/72nd Gnat upside down. Green aileron is now a sensor. The unit that operates these things in space served previously in the Desert. (probably) Hence the Camel & swords. A front view with the debris shields activated. (They swivel on Panzer axles). The green nose sensor was a 1/72nd canopy. Guns were donated by a mate. (blue? why not?) Fwd underside. More cam covers, Truck exhaust bits and solder pipework. I have had that radar dish for so many years I can't remember it's origin. It stands on a McPherson strut though. You can just see the tips of Martians tentacles (steady!) as he hangs on. Yes, that's a tank engine deck. Honey, I think. Sea King dipper halves too. And Jerry cans in the middle. Oh, and the bit sticking up on the tank deck is a 1/24th car jack. Here the stand is clear to see. Painted Gunship grey. Inside the engine bell, the fins from an Airfix 1/24th Typhoon, kindly donated by a fellow BM member. I'll call them steering vanes. The back end again showing both engines. Looks like the vanes can rotate too. The rod disappearing off to the right has a sensor on the end. I made it years ago to go on an Airfix 1/48th TSR2 as a refuelling probe. You can see it attaches to the wing in the picture above. And I think that's about it for this one. Comments are, as always, welcome. As are questions on the subject from those who are wondering what they are looking at and why. I'll edit some of the text if it helps. Cheers Pete
  16. Here we go again. This will be yet another of my bits boxes builds. I like the idea of the Maschinen kreiger universe and I have several of the kits in the stash. I do find though, that I enjoy scratchbuilding much more than just assembling and painting a kit. To that end, I've built quite a few variants using whatever I had to hand, and this will be another of those. My apologies if some of the pictures are slightly out of focus. Or is just my eyes? Here is a link to a picture of the official kit http://www.amerang.co.uk/image/cache/data/Hasegawa/HMK03n-800x800.jpg I've used my copy of it as a reference during the build. Though you may find that any resemblance is merely in passing. I have a box full of old kits I built years decades ago and I've raided that for parts of the structure. Plus I've received a couple of Sea Kings (yes, Space going Sea Kings!) from fellow Britmodellers (Cheers guys) which will form the base of the model. Take two Sea Kings and modify until satisfied. Not quite a zwilling but it'll do. The yellow one came minus it's cockpit so I used one from an ancient Revell Jolly Green Giant built circa 1970! Then take a Wessex, add half a Luft '46 fuselage either side and generally faff around with it. Stir in a couple of Whirlwinds, with 1/24th Typhoon droptanks? on top. The original model uses Hughes 500's here. I did get a pair of 1/48th 500's (The 'Chips' version comes with a Harley Police bike!) but why not use the old Whirly's instead? Can you see where I'm going now? Answers on the back of a roast chicken please. The original kit uses a Ta152 wing and a Skyhawk fuselage half here, but I had a 1/32nd P-38 wing in the bits box (leftover from the Gulf Falke build) and an Airfix Gnat so I used them. Now we have the Wessex & wing on top with the Whirlies in place and you can see a rocket nozzle too. Another similar shot. The original kit has a large gunpod underneath. My idea is to have guns in the end of what was the Sea King tail cones. While the pilot will be inside the Wessex. Scale will be around 1/32nd. You will see that the back (now the front) of the Wessex has changed, I used a 1/72nd canopy. I took some outside shots. The stand is ex Corgi aircraft, bought at the car boot. The access hatch on top of the Wessex is an Aircraft wheel cut down inside a 1/24th car air filter surround. The underside. Yes, that's a bit of tank in the middle (If Star wars can use them so can I). The hole is for the stand. That's it for pictures for the moment. More work has been done since I took these, Tons of Milliput for a start, so I need to get the camera out to update recent progress. What you see here has taken Months so far. I hope you've found something of interest here. Pete
  17. I finished this one a couple of months ago but didn't then have a picture host site. There is a WIP so you can see how I built it. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235040486-another-walker/&do=getNewComment I wanted a lived in look, like a WW2 Sherman for instance. Imagine this is the crews home for months on end. This build was inspired by a picture I saw some years ago. I cannot find it now though. Apologies in advance for the lousy picture quality. Hopefully you'll be able to make it out. Paint is Tamiya IJN green from a rattlecan. I've not added numbers etc so it can fit into almost any scenario. Snakehead decal from F1 car It's been paddling in some blue gunk! Spot the Porsche windscreen wiper. This is the only picture that shows the IJN green properly! The odd bit in front of the Commander is Sherman suspension. Barrels and bags are ancient Airfix railway bits. The gun on the RH mount is modified Gundam. Blue netting held fruit at one point. Transmission (Dur!) LH rear showing grilles (WW2 M4 etch set a quid from big H) LH again showing winch & strop for crew access (How do they get into AT ST's?) and the rockets.
  18. People here have shown interest in my past scratchbuilds so here is one I finished a couple of months ago. I thought I'd show it as a WIP first so that the build process can be seen and someone may pick up tips and have a go themselves. This one was inspired by a picture I saw years ago of a walker on a slight rise with the Commander looking out of his cupola as if he were on a scouting mission. I finished this one as if it could be from any universe so it could be kreiger, or an early form of AT ST from Star Wars or whatever you like. Basis is 2 Revell MBB Bo 105 helicopter kits (both 9.99 from home bargains). Sorry about the poor quality of some of the pictures. A simple cut'n'shut and we have two kits in one. The green grille is etch from big H that cost a pound. The LH side at a later stage. More etch, a tank hatch and above it a 1/24th supercharger forms the basis of a winch. The RH side again. Various other greeblies stuck on. Inside RH side. Inside of that hatch, and a gun clipped to the wall. Horrible paint job. I just thinned down some blue and slapped it on. I wanted a lived in effect. Imagine a WW2 Sherman that had been used for months. Inside LH and rear wall of crew compartment. Commanders seat and some instruments to monitor power source. You can also see a huge hinge for the LH main access hatch. Again, grotty paint. The crew. Helicopter seats and IP. Figures are WW2 German signallers? in 1/35th scale. Basis for the transmission. 1/24th Porsche 911 engine and a Ferrari transmission. The red bit is Airfix Guardsvan. More transmission detail. The yellow bits are V8 cylinder heads but were removed later. Basis for the feet. Bits from a computer hard drive and two Russian tank wheels. How to make the legs. Balsa core and lollipop stick shaped bits of plasticard with another strip of the same wrapped around the middle. All stuck together with cheap superglue. (TET bottle to show the size). Upper leg part showing tank wheel embedded into leg and 'axle'. And the finished leg. Greeblies stuck. Yes, Chevy rear lights and Guardsvan bits. The hydraulic struts are simply two interlocking tubes. The end bits are split pins. A bit of a close up shot. Now it's coming together, and ready for paint. Last chance to spot the greeblies. And, I forgot to mask off those little side windows. Doh! RFI coming soon.
  19. At long last, and so long as the bucket place works, I can post pictures of my latest scratchbuild. The parts were accumulated over a long period. The main body, the big black thing in the picture, was a device for playing mp3 in the car, the tanks on the sides are, I recently discovered, No2 bottles, I just found them on the ground. The pilot is over 45 years old and was an Airfix Ford Escort driver, you may be able to see an Escort hubcap on the nose. The wheel for the top hatch was an Escort steering wheel. The 'arms' are from a minesweeper tank, the skids once held pencil lead. Nearly everything else is bits of tank models. Oh, the 'radar arm' over the top was a free pen that came in the post, various other kreiger space models have something similar. So, hopefully you'll enjoy Orbital tug 42. With British standard Humbrol tinlet to show the size! The thruster nozzle came off a toy space shuttle. The round bits above the cockpit are lights. I later added lenses. here you can see the Escort steering wheel. The side thrusters were from a pair of earbuds. The Sherman suspension parts are probably where a larger ship would clamp the tug for long distance travel. Yes, a pair of tank turret cupola's were used to mount the main thruster. The intrepid pilot. He and the cockpit details are rudimentary, I mostly wanted to concentrate on the exterior. The Escort hubcap is visible here, some sort of scanner, I imagine. As always, comments are welcome.
  20. Bit of a leap from what you saw on WIP to this but Sometimes that's how it turns out. As it turned out the beast wasn't too stable (as predicted) I couldn't get the autostab to work. Ahem. I cut discs from a kit box and used a product called mod podge (I think) it's like thick white glue, Slapped it on and plunged the feet into it overnight. Some paint and model railway foliage followed. I'd put kitchen foil around the cardboard, rather like a cupcake, when I removed it I found it had dried clear and vertical in places rather like splashes. Result! I then cut plasticard discs and epoxied the feet to them. Now it stands up! I also applied Johnsons Klear up to the 'knees' so it looks wet. 1/35th figure painting isn't my forte' so you'll have to forgive my crewman! Anyway, hope you like what you see here, The typ B7 Sumpfesel. It seems I didn't resize one picture. Apologies. BTW, Photobucket worked for me. Edit, The foliage looks like cricket stumps. Oops. As always, your opinion is valued and lessons will be learned, etc. Pete
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