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  1. A build from 2 years ago: I have been using Williams Brothers products for decades now, through my successive incarnations as a Free-flight, radio control, and static modeler. Others, more informed and capable, perhaps could one day tell the long story of this company, that went through many avatars in these volatile and changing times. I thought I was quite familiar with their products, but recently I discovered that they had a prolific line of items that catered for the HO scale train community. Among those products are a couple of 1/87th scale planes, who knew. This build will make my friend Chrsitos Psarras of Woofland very happy; each one of those 87th fractions happy, more precisely, since I (almost) never build in other scale than 1/72 (while other heretics do, disturbing inconsistencies on the shelf, unsightly, gives me the shivers). I purchased the HO WB Pitcairn PCA-2 autogyro from Jeff and Liz in the Palm Desert area -even if it isn't (sacrilege!) in my beloved 1/72nd scale- so I could pose it in the background of my models' photos, like a prop, together with cars, fuel pumps and the like. Even for a prop, as it was intended for the train market -that is, not the main focus of attention- the detail is quite good, even if not as good as in their much larger 1/48th autogyro molds, of course. You get an interior that consists of two bulkheads-cum-seats, decent external detail and a set of decals. My decal set was flawed, but was promptly and very kindly substituted by Williams Bros, whose customer service, by the way, is really great and commendable. The kit I got was from an ancient issue, and had some minor flash and a bit of mismatched areas in a few parts, but all subsided with a sanding stick. There were a number of company "publicity" Pitcairns, and you can get decals for three -if I am correct-, a mil version, Champion spark plugs and the Detroit News. Resourceful modelers may create artwork for the many others: Beech-nut, Tiolene Oil, Puget Sound Airways (an Irregular Airway), Silverbrook, Pennzoil, British Consols and so forth. Even if the destiny of this model is to be in the background, I am planning on adding some detailing, little things here and there will be incorporated. I wish they were still around, milling about. One point to consider if you want to model Miss Champion or the Detroit News machines is that you will need to create patterns for the masks used for the outlines in wing, stab and vertical stab (the latter only for the DN machine). I traced the contours directly from the parts before assembly. I suggest you scan that pattern in case you mess-up cutting or need to re-do something. This HO kit comes with a very small and simplified building diagram, but the Williams Bros 1/48th scale kit version has very nice instructions, so my good Irregular friend James Schubert from Puget Sound provided a copy of those. Thanks, Jim, wherever you are now looking down on us. I am sure it will be a nice complement in the background of model photos, lending credibility to the "ambience". As said before, adventurous modelers with decal-making abilities can expand the range of possibilities greatly. There are liveries that do not need those outlines on the flying surfaces, or have a much easier -darker rather than lighter (which facilitates masking enormously) -outline. There are liveries with no outlines at all, that are still very appealing. The kit is nice as described although it needs a somewhat caring modeler with a modicum of experience. Thanks to Daniel Brett at Williams Brothers for his kind customer service and for keeping the line alive, and to James of the Puget, who facilitated access to the bigger drawings that come with the 1/48 kit's big brother. Autogyros are definitely charming machines, having a sort of merry-go-around nostalgic aura to them.
  2. I've just finished this wonderful little kit today. It is the Highway Miniatures 1/87 scale 1923 Mack Ladder Truck that I have been building for a good friend of mine with a collection of real fire engines himself. It's a great little kit, packed with detail and working features. Not too bad for a (previously to me) unknown manufacturer this side of The Pond. Here's a link to my WIP thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235002580-187-1923-mack-aerial-ladder-truck/ Here is the write up of the actual truck quoted from the kit instructions: This 1923 vintage Mack 65ft aerial ladder truck was very popular in New York, Chicago, and other big cities in the 1920s. Actually, they were older horse-drawn ladder wagons, which were updated by converting to a motorized power unit. The ladders were raised by spring power, which was encased in the long tubes mounted in the center of the turntable. The spring power was controlled by a foot brake pedal, which came up between the tubes to the steps. The turntable was rotated manually, by the handwheel standing upright on the left side of the steps. To raise the ladders, the steering wheel was lifted off and hung on the side frame, the seat was rotated out of the way, and the brake released. The extension ladder could then be raised by the handwheels attached to the winch arrangement which had cables running up to the top of the stationary ladder, over pulleys, back down and attached to the bottom of the sliding ladder. Winding the cable on the winch drum, raised the ladder.
  3. Finally got this Busch 1/87 GM bus finished. Here's the link to the WIP page. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234985178-ho-gm-fishbowl-bus/
  4. Build 20 Something different for my final build... Price: £2.73 eBay
  5. Just finished the build, my first train model try which I enjoyed building. Looks more weathered in some of the pictures than it actually is somehow. Regards...
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