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  1. Evening All, After a bit of a struggle and numerous mistakes, many of my own making, I have managed to complete the two Bleriot XXIII models to represent the aircraft flown by A. Le Blanc and G. Hamel in the Gordon Bennett Air Race held on 1 July 1911 at the Royal Aeronautical Society's flying field at Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppy, Kent. Both models are scratch built form plastic card, rod and strip and wood, and are rigged with 40 SWG rolled copper wire. The spoked wheels are Everard photoetch. There were only two Bleriot XXIII's built and they were specifically designed for racing. There are no drawings available and a limited number of photographs so I had to construct my interpretation of these aircraft from the sources available. The XXIII seems to have been a variation on the XXI for which I had a poor quality line drawing. The Bleriots were powered by 100 hp Gnome Omega Omega rotary engines which were two 50 hp Omega engines bolted together. Originally the wings were of a greater span than shown on the models: prior to the race they had been cut down against the advice of Bleriot, and this seems to have made the aircraft difficult to fly because Hamel crashed after hitting the ground when turning around a pylon. Fortunately he was not hurt, but Le Blanc seems to have flown more slowly and therefore did not win the race. Earlier in May 1911 he had set a speed record in his Bleriot XXIII, but that was with the full wing span. The published dimensions of the wingspan for these aircraft was too short so I had to work out that the quoted figure was for a wing from the fuselage to the tip: when I made the parts to these dimensions they better matched the evidence from the photographs. The rigging is also part guesswork as the photographs do not show clearly enough how it was arranged, so I have based it on the XXI and what seems reasonable from other types. Most of the photographs are of the model which represents Le Blanc's machine, (no 5). Hamel's machine varied very slightly in small details from Le Blanc but these are difficult to see unless one looks very closely. Thanks for looking. P
  2. I have thousands of this in its build but a few to wet the whistle this is a radio controlled model with parts run by a Raspberry Pi and 3 separate power voltages 4 x 1.5 HP wheel chair motors 2 x 15 cell 12v 4x4 batteries 4 x 90 mm 5 bladed props to say its a monster isnt fair but trying to find a lake to get it up to full speed and stop is another thing do not get in the way it does not stop on a sixpence all three together these are the same scale 72nd more to come cheers
  3. Watched the latest Dune last week and I was really blown away by it so I decided I need a few ornithopters in my collection. As I’m on a pretty tight budget and seeing as there isn’t a kit of the two seat ornithopter, the plan is to 3D print the main ornithopter and scratch the other. Still haven’t settled on a scale but it’ll be either 1/72 or 1/48. So far I have a download 3D model of the big ornithopter which I’ll need to scale and slice, then once my printers back in action ( waiting on parts in the post) I’ll print it off. And a set of drawings I’ve put together in Amadine for the two seater. I’ll probably make a wooden buck for this one and vac form the fuselage components. I’m hoping I can borrow some of the components from the main ornithopter like the blades and landing struts. The two seater approximately scaled to 1/72.
  4. Gidday All, many years ago while in a doctor's waiting room I picked up a copy of a Reader's Digest. In the book section at the rear was a story "The Ship That Out-Sailed Time". The article told the story of USS Mullany, a Fletcher-class destroyer. I read the article, was fascinated by it and never forgot it, it was quite a story. I've wanted to do a Fletcher class for quite some time, in particular this ship, and a few months ago I decided to do her. Those of you who know me will know of my preference for the 1/600 scale in ships, and as there was no kit I knew of that I could use I scratch built her. USS Mullany was a later square-bridged Fletcher class destroyer. She was laid down on 15th January 1942, launched on 10th October 1942 and commissioned on 23rd April 1943. After a short stint near the Aleutians she was assigned to the South West Pacific. There she had a charmed life, gaining a reputation for near invincibility. In April 1945 she was assigned to radar picket duty off Okinawa. On 6th April she was attacked by four kamikaze aircraft and it seemed that her luck had run out. The first aircraft was a Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa 'Oscar'. Although it was taken under fire and hit repeatedly the aircraft held together and crashed into the port side of the aft deckhouse. The aft half of the ship became an inferno, with ammunition and depth charges cooking off in the fire, causing severe damage and horrific casualties. Despite half her guns out of action she shot down the next two attackers and drove off the other. Despite all this her luck still seemed to stay with her. The crew abandoned ship fearing magazine explosions but the fires burnt themselves out. A selected scratch crew re-boarded her and got her under way again, to safety and ultimately back to the USA, under her own power despite the severe damage she'd sustained. She was repaired and returned to service. She served with distinction in Vietnam, the accuracy of her 5-inch guns was legendary. She served elsewhere, finally decommissioning on 6th October 1971. By that time she was the oldest serving destroyer in the USN. She was sold to the Taiwanese Navy and served them until 16th July 1999. Here is my small tribute to her. I've depicted the ship as I think she appeared on the day the kamikaze hit her. I've used a few parts from kits - the two searchlights are from an Airfix Belfast kit, modified slightly. The two boats and their davits are also Airfix, probably Belfast. The anchor cable is simply cotton thread and the search radar atop the fore-mast is gauze, re-inforced with PVA glue. Everything else is scratch built from styrene. Paint is Humbrol enamels, applied with brushes. I've also made a model of the aircraft that hit her, a green painted Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa 'Oscar'. The plane carried an auxiliary fuel tank and a 500lb bomb. And while many of us probably find it difficult to understand the mentality of the kamikaze pilots I acknowledge that they were fighting for their country too. And here is Mullany's nemesis, the Ki-43 Oscar, also scratch built in 1/600 scale. One second before the kamikaze hit her:- Assuming she was doing about 20 knots the ship would have travelled (in 1/600 scale) 17mm in that last second, about the wingspan of the aircraft. The kamikaze was doing about 300mph and would have travelled about 220mm in that time, a bit more than the length of the ship. I spared no effort or expense with the sea base. 🙂 And at the final instant:- Naturally the guns were engaging the aircraft and not fore-and-aft as I have them. The plane hit the aft deckhouse between 53 and 54 mounts. When USS Mullany made it back the the USA she was repaired as a kamikaze-killer it seems. This involved the removal of the forward set of torpedo tubes, the midships twin 40mm Bofors (43 and 44 mounts) replaced with quad mounts, the aft most single 20mm Oerlikon removed and all the others replaced with twins. Below is a 1/700 scale model of a sister-ship USS The Sullivans that had this modification too. I've included her here to show the difference between these two configurations of Fletcher class destroyer, and also to show the difference in size between 1/600 and 1/700 scale models. For those interested in the build log:- https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235123013-uss-mullany-dd-528/ Thank you for your interest. Regards to all, Jeff.
  5. Hi all, This build will be a nice simple, straightforward base/vignette for a jagdpanzer iv l48 which I’m building. Title was taken from something a us tanker said in a book by Peter Caddick Adams, snow and steel. He said his time in Normandy was spent fearing the big game but every once in a while an viper would slither across the terrain and nip at your ankles (referring to the stugs and jagdpanzers low profile). So I started with some insulation foam measuring 29cm x 30cm. I marked out the rough plan in marker and glued it to some old chip board of the same dimensions. The board gives it strength and weight and stops any warping; Then used a hand saw, Stanley blade, surform and chisel to carve out the below, basic road with banks and fields with furrows (furrows are the wrong way around as wanted the tank to go against the grain and so moved them the other way later): I then coated it with my famous homemade mud solution, it’s family recipe that’s been handed down the generations! Top secret and will be carried with me until the day I die. ( nothing revolutionary here just quick dry polyfiller, paint, gesso, sand, grit and mud from the garden) it does the job and will be painted further later on: As you can see I’ve laid out a plan for this which will involve three types of fence: stone, barb and wooden: just to add a little variety also because I don’t want to entirely cover up the tank which will be in the middle. Below is the unglued 0.5mm oak veneer I bought to use on the sides. Theirs a bit of a trend for this at the moment (thanks to uncle nightshift in part). A lot of modellers paint it black to make the sides plain but I like the wood grain so have painted it with boiled linseed oil and a thin wash of burnt Siena oil paint to brighter, protect and bring out the grain further. I’ll cut this to side levels and stick on with wood glue. Then it’ll be a matter of shoring it up with the ground level. Anyway, that’s all for now. Paul.
  6. I recently tripped over the obtusely named Wings of Intent blog and then spent a very happy few hours enjoying a prolific feast of scratch built lovelies Well worth a visit for the serious modeller - lots of useful tips and hints https://wingsofintent.blogspot.com/2023/ Regards to all David
  7. Evening all, after about a year or so I have finally finished my rather non-canon X-wing Forward Operating Location diorama. Loved doing this; built from junk, spare parts and odds and ends, this took me back to halcyon days as a boy making entire worlds from cereal boxes and my Star Wars figures. The build thread is here if anyone's interested and the RFI for the X-Wing is here Basically, the idea is that the New Republic are having to work hard to stabilise the Outer Rim from both crime cartels and Imperial remnants about 5 years after the Battle of Endor, and concurrent with the Mandalorian series. I wanted to get away from just another Red squadron x-wing, and had enormous fun with purple to create a new Amythyst Squadron! Here you can see typical Tattoine structures, dotted with space junk and vaporators; two pilots are puzzling out the new set of orders, whilst the other is remonstrating with a recalcitrant mine clearing droid. I'd love to have found some 1/72 Jawas and other Star Wads races to have dotted around, but alas not to be! Hope you enjoy this completely self indulgent visit to my childhood! This is the Way. Ralph
  8. It took a long time to arrive, I suppose that goes for lots of Brummie buses, I bet we Brummies all spent lifetimes getting soaked before the bus came. Based around photographs of horse drawn transport in Birmingham at the turn of the (19th/20th) century this is the end of a long felt wish for a bus to join the rest of my horse drawn fleet. The trip to Edgbaston from 'town' is now on. The harness uses buckles printed to add sparkle to 1/32 or 54mm figures, made by Aber and VModels in eastern Europe and I thank them for making my life easier than when I built my Hansom cab. Put a little life into the shot. And The long winded build is over there at (or near) Thanks for taking the time to look amigos.
  9. I like rare pieces of technology. I want to build a model of an unusual French car. The 1915 CUIRASSE AUBRIOT-GABET project was based on a Filtz tractor chassis powered by an electric motor. The power supply is via a cable that runs the machine and as it progresses. The craft is armed with a 37mm cannon in turret and served by two men. The vulnerability of the system obviously causes the abandonment of the project. Information taken from here -https://bloodofkittens.com/wargaminghub/2017/05/02/scratchbuild-log-part-1-1915-curiasse-fortin-aubriot-gabet/ http://www.puttyandpaint.com/projects/10770
  10. For so many reasons I can’t resist this one. Almost but not quite the first prototype British tank, which its development led to Mother which in turn led to the MKI heavy tank and the rest as they say is history.
  11. I started on some supply sledges. 1/72 scale, about 55 mm long scratch built. Now I need a Mk.IV tank to tow them.
  12. I’ve been threatening to build one of these for ages to fill out my WWI tank collection to the point of printing out a paper model of it years ago. While tidying up some paperwork I found the printout so I’ve decided to give it a go. The K-Wagen was a behemoth, if the British heavy tank was a land ship than this would have been a land dreadnaught. Bigger than a Tiger II possibly even than a Maus, designers to be brought to the battlefield in modular sections, two prototypes were at an advanced stage of construction at the end or the war but were scrapped without ever leaving the factory . Without a doubt it would have been a formidable battlefield presence but more mobile fortress than tank. The main hull. When I get a chance I’ll post some size comparison photos.
  13. Hello all. This ones a lot more straight forwards, more of a vignette than the previous dio. Took around a month. The alpine upright tree was my fourth version/attempt and was a hell of a lot harder than I ever expected or much harder than the likes of Luke Towan makes it look!!! All scratch built bar the figures and ivy leaves (from Treemedous). I adding the bloody bandage to the snipers leg, the camo to his rifle and the camo to the spotters periscope. Hopefully the visual story telling is obvious enough to get. My next project will appear in the 'work in progress' section of the diorama forum and is going to be set in Arnhem, Its going to be called 'Rounds Complete' again a fairly simple, figures based vignette with more scratch building, including some scratch artillery. Then in the early new year I'll be tackling a huge diorama which will be in two parts, this should take me up til around July time roughly!!! It'll include some big armour, lots of figures and buildings set in and around the Aachen area in November 1944. Thank you for taking a peek. Paul.
  14. One of the iconic characters of the movie Oblivion starring Tom Cruise was undoubtedly the attack drones. These machines became a central part of the movie with recognizable characteristics and identifiable personalities. In the case of Drone 166, there was also a certain viciousness and a grudge. The model is about 8 inches (20 cm) and is mounted on a base that holds sound and lighting electronics. It was 3D printed from files found online but it quickly became apparent they needed help. I used Fusion 360 to rework the main shell and modify it to accept magnets to make the drone configurable from the flight mode to attack mode. I also created new parts to support the different configurations and added LEDs effects. All of the parts were made in Fusion 360. Finishing was done with common household spackle and gray filler primer. Once smooth, I shot a coat of white Tamiya Surfacer/Primer and then final coats were with Tamiya Spray. The parts are printed in PLA, which is remarkably hard and doesn't sand easy. I also used transparent PETG for the lighted parts. All of the electronic components were sourced from Amazon since finding components locally is sadly a thing of the past. Hope you enjoy it! I have a video of Drone 166 with the lights and sound working but don't know how to upload a video...
  15. * I edited the topic title because some models isn't in the 1/100 scale. Hello Guys from Sci-Fi. Live long and prosper... or may the force stay with you! 🖖 I'm the new guy of forum, and I want show my sci models for you guys. My models are scratch, build with paper, cardboard, white glue (school glue), balsa wood, plastic pieces. First, I show the most recent model that I build, one AT-AT Walker. I guess that the weathering was "a little much" 😬 (I dont say this in english, sorry). It stay inside in the Dagobah swamp!!! 🙄.
  16. Before I start, sorry for my english, guys. My english is horrible and my teacher (google translator 🙄) is lazy. I start my post in this forum with some models that I built. I do scratchbuilding, normaly 1/100, with paper, cardboard, balsa wood, plastic and various materials. I paint with brush and craft paints (very, very, very cheaps). I pretend post mounting step by step later. A-4 MB Skyhawk 1/100 - Used by Brazillian Navy Morane-Saulnier MS Tipe L 1/100 - Roland Garros aircraft
  17. ok[/URL] Not a big fan of modern jets, but I find the early ones fascinating, I have a heinkel 178 and a gloster in my stash, so I've decided to build the four earliest jets( he 280 would be no four) I may add an XP 59 and even the Russian first jets later. So for no particular reason I'm kicking off with the Caproni. Starting with a set of plans , the cutting commences. Going to vac form the fuselage, but I'll probably make the wings and tail from a balsa core and skin them with thin plastic card.
  18. Alien Resurrection is a film that seemed to be five or six great set pieces in search of a plot,and one of the more memorable parts was when Ripley falls into the alien nest,referred on set as the "Viper Pit" Having recently got hold of the Neca Ripley 8 action figure I figured I would have a go at building a Viper pit to place the refilled and re-painted figure into. Firures pose set upon and began sculpting in the base. When I say sculpted,thats a bit of a strech,I used an old AMT Alien model to make negative molds and some rudimentary sculpting skills to fill in the base I then used "blue stuff" to make molds of an Alien 3 head,hands and tail,and a ripley clone taken from the original head and modified,For the half relief figures I used standard air drying clay,fore the full heads I used Milliput in the mold Ripley in situ
  19. While waiting for suitable weather to prime the M.39, I started work on another Macchi, the M.33 flying boat, that I had been thinking about building. Using enlarged drawings from the Web and contemporary photos, I started by carving and sanding balsa into the wing shape. The shaped wings will be covered with styrene in much the same manner that I used on the M.39. The fuselage and outrigger floats will be plunge moulded and empennage shaped around balsa cores. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macchi_M.33 Thanks for your interest. Dennis
  20. Started another scratch build no plans or ideas were this going at the moment, so we will see.
  21. OK this (hopefully) will be following along the lines of the Puffer and develop the theme. First off the craft in question She is typical of the numerous Mackerel and Pilchard Drivers see around our coasts until the early 1900 when they were replaced by steam. The hull length was around 39' (12m) overall with fore and aft out riggers loa. 69.5' (21.2m) The Happy Return is owned and sailed by the " Mount's Bay Lugger Association and was built early in the 19th C. http://www.happyreturn.org/ I mentioned my interest in Luggers and found one of the club members works the H/R. He managed to produce a stack of ref pics and the boats plans. Thank you Len you are a Star! Started of in the same way as the Puffer with waterlines stuck onto plastic card Looks a mess at this stage Phoenix rising from the ashes lol The one bit I forgot to take a pic of was the keel. I started off with a plastic card keel but it was to easy to damage as I tried to get the waterlines to shape. So I replaced it with brass sheet on each side cut to the keel, stem and stern shape. Now here is where we have a change of tack ..... I'm going to use this as a plug and make a fibreglass mould. I will then be able to produce hulls easily with the side bulwarks in place or so the story goes. Watch this space Thanks for looking in and I hope you enjoy the voyage The Lugger Mystery was 33' long and left Penzance in 1854 manned by seven Cornishmen looking for work. You could never call the Cornish lazy. They arrived 115 days later having covered 12,000 miles Kev
  22. My entry for this Group Build is one of the smallest (if not the smallest) De Havilland aircraft. Having followed the excellent series of articles on "British pre-war ultra-light aircraft" published in Aeroplane Monthly by Ricard Riding, and having later acquired the book, the Humming Bird is a long time favorite of mine. I started scratch building a model long time ago after plans published in AM, but these proven inaccurate and the model stalled. I also tried to represent the very prominent ribs with tape and didn't like the result, another reason for putting it apart. Here is the picture of the parts made, before Choroszy issued a resin kit: As you may see, the wing is wrong in plan view (I decided to believe in Granger's drawings!) and has also a bad profile at the root (hard to see from the photo). Also the fuselage is twisted: All this correctable. I started working on the wing. Made a groove to have more gluing surface and glued some triangles of thick plastic. After an hour or so of working with files and sanding sticks the result is still not perfect but it is much better. I also cured the twisted fuselage, but before going any further I must decide on the aircraft that my model will represent. I am not sure if it will be G-EBHX or any other aircraft. At the moment I am more inclined to one of the aircraft at the Lympne Trials with a Douglas engine, but this may change. This to say that I will concentrate at parts common to all aircraft (wings and tail, top fuselage) and leave the nose for later - there is a considerable variation among the airframes, and also the same aircraft at different times. That's all for now. I hope to come back soon, with more progress on the wings. Carlos
  23. For a few years now I have belonged to the Beyond the Box SIG. The idea behind the group is to let the imagination run free and do some serious kit bashing, more often than not using the 1/12 scale Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep kits produced by Airfix. The theme for this year's Nationals is Space - so I thought I would take the opportunity to post my recently completed Space build here. The rocket is scratch built from plastic card and finished off with brass model engineering rivets. The rocket motors used to be fluorescent lamp holders in my aquarium. Tamiya Fine Surface Primer took care of the white (it's such a great product). An overview of the completed model - some 50cm high! The gantry was adapted from a toy crane that got broken. A close up of the intrepid astronauts - space suits courtesy of Das modelling clay The plucky inventor - still smiling after a double arm amputation, thumb surgery and a new jumper knitted from Milliput. A close up of the promotional material - knocked up in Powerpoint The model will be displayed on the Beyond the Box stand at the Nationals - the table is close to the Airfix stand in Hall 1. All the best Richard C PS I do produce serious models too from time to time
  24. At long last I am calling this one done, my scratch built Colonial Fleet Shipyard from BSG. I'll not show all the pics here... im too lazy to copy and paste them all over...so i'll just show a few and give a link to the photobucket album!! Thanks! http://s181.photobucket.com/user/chris1984_99_99/library/Colonial%20Fleet%20Shipyard
  25. As a new member to the Forum I thought I should share a sample of my work for review. This is my model of a 61.5 Foot Admiralty Motor Fishing Vessel, scratch built using plastic card. The model is at 1:148 scale to match with my model railway and depicts a vessel in the post war Port Auxiliary Service (PAS). Unfortunately I cannot find much material on post war vessels of this type, so the colour scheme is based on supposition. Inspiration for the model came in form of a paper model kit at 1:250 scale which I downloaded from Coastal Forces in Paper (CFP) http://cfp.muerell.de/ and subsequently scaled up using a photocopier.
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