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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Hey lads! I'm sure we all dream of that day owning or building a race car, and I myself dream of that most days, and when you don't have the funds to do so, what do you do? Well, I decided today that I should start scratch building my own (Not sure what car yet) from pretty much everything that is scrap in my shed, 1/24th scale of course. I had already started building the entire chassis for a Lotus 97T (1/20th maybe???) but that sort of got out of hand and it was a hassle bringing out the MIG welder every time I wanted to add another tube for the frame. I started again (Different chassis design) but this time with some brass I found so I can just solder it instead of welding. The only parts I really need to buy are the wheels, engine and maybe the body. It's most likely going to turn out as a time attack car with a 4AGE or SR20. All photos so far have been taken with my phone so they don't do it 100% justice. Also, all the images were uploaded to imgur, and they upload in here way too big, anyone know how to re-size them? Cheers!
  7. This is my current build. I'm converting a P-51D into a C model. Right now I'm just at the superdetailing stage, but I am beginning a little of the conversion with changing the fuselage and adding details to the cockpit. You can see the project thus far and follow future work on my website
  8. Evening all, a few months ago I started a thread looking at whether it was possible to convert HP's HMS Saber into an Aussie River class destroyer. Thanks to some advice from a couple of gents here I decided to scratch build. Started work Sunday night and with it being Teusday night now and back to work tommorrow here's what I got done. I'm using plans of HMS Ferret, a British I class destroyer which the Rivers were based on with some mods. I'm just comparing Ferrets plans and a side and top view of HMAS Parramatta and improvising the differrences. Above is the plans and templates glued to sheet styrene for the hull sections Templates all cut out and glued together for the hull while below is test fitting the deck below is the decks in place and ready for the first layer of outer skin. First layer down and sanded plus start of bridge structure And a couple as she is now. Its not perfect but I'm pretty happy with it so far. Thanks for looking and more to come soon Cheers Callum
  9. Hi all, Well I'm not a vehicle modeller by any stretch of the imagination so I'm in unfamiliar territory this side of BM. Anyway, I thought I'd relax by scratching a tractor for a future diorama. Parts of this came from Airfix's Matador but the majority is scratch. Ben.
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