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BIG X

1/72 Pontoon Bridge +++ COMPLETED +++

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I've now primed up the spans...

 

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Every single picture I have looked at on the internet shows nothing but planks as the base...

 

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...who's that cheeky chappy - walking into Germany like he owns the place...

 

However - I like the look of the 'chequer plate' metal sheets - so I am going to leave them as they are.

 

The primer has worked well on this occasion and everything has cured off really quickly.

 

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I think the exposed RSJ's will add a nice touch and I'll do them in a dark burnt metal for contrast...

 

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...but these walkways are definitely missing something :shrug:

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Rope handrail?

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So - my little scoot over to Widnes...  I looked at a load more bridge pictures and caved into the taunting from @GREG DESTEC and @Pete in Lincs...

 

Though my box top doesn't show them...

 

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...these pictures do...

 

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So I've bought these...

 

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5 to a sprue - 4 sprues per pack - 5 packs bought...

I think I'll need about 50 - but I've bought a 100 - as they look VERY fragile.

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1 hour ago, Bonhoff said:

Rope handrail?

BINGO - Bonhoff is the winner

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And what started off as a nice simple build just got much more 'Big X'!

 

Really looking forward to seeing the handrails go on as think it will lift the kit immeasurably and add a lot more visual interest.

 

Of course you now need some foot traffic to go over it!

 

All the best

 

Ben

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Just now, badger said:

Being an airfix gb these would fit the bill nicely as there's a couple of walking poses.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Airfix-A01763-British-Infantry-Northern/dp/B003K16WAS

I've got a couple of PSC boxes including these guys...

 

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The chaps bottom right both look they are purposefully walking across something... 

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I have sprayed the chequer plate in SCC15 and started putting the holes in for the hand rails - or 'stanchions' as I now know they should be called... 👨‍🎓

 

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3 hours ago, BIG X said:

I've got a couple of PSC boxes including these guys...

 

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The chaps bottom right both look they are purposefully walking across something... 

Quite a few of those would work well. Think the first figure would be good at the end of the bridge beckoning the others to hurry up.

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I knew this would be fun to watch! ;) 

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Look what I just found...

 

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I had both of these - I had completely forgot they existed and certainly didn't remember they were Airfix.

 

HAPPY HAPPY DAYS

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imagine walking around with (especially the slr!) one of those now!!  the blue lights would soon be flashing round the big x house ;)

 

 

 

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Looking at them you could easily paint them up with some wood tones and Alclad metallics.

I seem to remember the bayonet was a bit 'bendy' though - it would probably need replacing with a bit of 'after market' from the cutlery drawer:lol:

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I had both at one time or another. The SLR  barrel always broke  where it left the  hand grip a but the Thompson was always my favourite. 

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...I've just got home from work and before 'tea' - or 'dinner' if your posh.... :winkgrin:

 

I've masked up the SCC15 - In preparation for some woody tones...

 

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..whilst SWMBO is conjuring up another X family classic - I'm off to splash the browns...

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I had the FN rifle. Yes, the barrel broke off.

But I still have some bullets!

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Great idea - I used this kit in my Thunderbird 2 launch diorama a few years back:

 

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Turning it upside dwon needed to build up the 'ramp" to be even so this was done using some balsa wood and plastic trip to create the edges

 

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Your build has given me an idea for this GB concerning some other kits I have in the stash...

 

 

 

 

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I had seen that on the forum - really inventive use of the parts and probably a lot truer to real life than mine will be - :goodjob:

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OK - Southern Fired Chicken / salad / crinkle chips - the food of the gods...

...BTW - here is the result of my wood painting...

 

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It's almost dry already - so I'm off to peel away the masking tape - back shortly - fingers crossed 🤞

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I thought I'd try another pic - but the woody tones aren't showing too well...

 

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it does look OK - honestly...

 

 

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With all the finesse of a waxed supermodels leg - I have whipped the masking off...

 

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...time for a quick coat of gloss before bed - then it's on with the 'fake tan' - otherwise known as Flory Washes :winkgrin:

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3 hours ago, BIG X said:

...I've just got home from work and before 'tea' - or 'dinner' if your posh.... :winkgrin:

Nowt posh about me - just trying to blend in with the locals, especially after the gravy on chips episode 😆

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Looking really good. Good candidate for lots of weathering fun.

 

At this rate you'll have this finished by the weekend!

 

All the best

 

Ben

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2 minutes ago, badger said:

Looking really good. Good candidate for lots of weathering fun.

 

At this rate you'll have this finished by the weekend!

 

All the best

 

Ben

In reality I don't know how I could stretch it out much over a week.  With a whopping parts count of 13 - one of which I'm not using even I shouldn't take too long.

 

Having said that - we are on day 3 and I'm already on page 3 of the thread.  Also - the only things I've actually stuck together are the only things that shouldn't be stuck together :doh: ie the side spans - but I  do like the look of them now :winkgrin:

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