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nimrod54

Bristol Bloodhound - OO Scale ++FINISHED++

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Having made good progress on the Interceptor, I thought that I would throw this one into the mix. According to Scalemates, this kit was originally released in 1960 as a 1/72 scale model, but by the time the Red Stripe boxing came along in 1971 it had changed to OO Scale and this particular boxing is OO Scale kit from 1973.

 

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I do hope that this doesn't prove to be a kit too far, but we will see how things progress.

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Oooh. Another great choice.

 

I like the Landrover, and the German Shepherd dog (Lawzer will love it ;))

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15 minutes ago, Smudge said:

Oooh. Another great choice.

 

I like the Landrover, and the German Shepherd dog (Lawzer will love it ;))

Hi Smudge,

that's not a German Shepherd, but the Pointer of the battery's CO who uses the Bloodhounds for some pheasant shooting. These British officers can be insufferable, really!

Having said that, Lawzer may still love it!

Cheers

JR

 

1 hour ago, nimrod54 said:

Having made good progress on the Interceptor, I thought that I would throw this one into the mix. According to Scalemates, this kit was originally released in 1960 as a 1/72 scale model, but by the time the Red Stripe boxing came along in 1971 it had changed to OO Scale and this particular boxing is OO Scale kit from 1973.

 

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by John L, on Flickr

 

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by John L, on Flickr

 

I do hope that this doesn't prove to be a kit too far, but we will see how things progress.

Good evening John,

this box art has always sent shivers down my spine. When I was younger, that's how I visualized Armageddon would start. I never saw the dog on its leash though, a terrible oversight!

The best part is that you are going to build a Landy!

Have fun!!!

JR

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On 28/07/2018 at 21:51, jean said:

that's not a German Shepherd, but the Pointer of the battery's CO......................

Ah, yes. I think you are right. That will teach me to look more closely at the actual picture. I was going from memory and could have sworn it was a 'Snow Drop' (RAF Police) and his GSD.

Embarrassing really, as I have a pet GSD. Luckily she isn't on Britmodeller 🐕

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Watching with interest

I made one of these as a youngster in the early seventies along with many more airfix and matchbox kits

It was when I glued everything together on a Saturday morning and had it all painted by teatime 😀

I was usually holding the wet enamel of one colour while I slapped the next on as I hadn't got time to wait, any decals usually went on Sunday morning or not at all if there weren't many 

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1 hour ago, Smudge said:

Ah, yes. I think you are right. That will teach me to look more closely at the actual picture. I was going from memory and could have sworn it was a 'Snow Drop' (RAF Police) and his GSD.

You are right too Smudge, one of the figures looks to be wearing RAF Police uniform with peaked cap and holstered pistol, but I bow to @jean dog knowledge because it's a dodgy looking GSD. 

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16 hours ago, nimrod54 said:

You are right too Smudge, one of the figures looks to be wearing RAF Police uniform with peaked cap and holstered pistol, but I bow to @jean dog knowledge because it's a dodgy looking GSD. 

Talking of Dodgy GSD, this is our "Croatian Sheepdog" rescued as a starving puppy whilst on holiday !

 

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The nearest she got to being German was flying back via Frankfurt, using her new pet passport.

 

Look forward to seeing this one come together, didn't Airfix do a free Hercules with these as a separate issue ;)

 

cheers Pat

 

 

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One of my favourite Airfix kits as a kid. You seemed to get so much in the bag (It was a bagged kit when I first got one!) 

 

A fine addition to the Group Build.

 

Tony.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, TonyW said:

One of my favourite Airfix kits as a kid. You seemed to get so much in the bag (It was a bagged kit when I first got one!) 

 

A fine addition to the Group Build.

 

Tony.

 

 

 

It was a boxed kit when I first built it Tony, but it must have been an early boxing because that was around the mid-60's. 

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I've made a start on this by assembling the Landy, the roof has been left loose for the time being.

 

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I think that there will be enough visible through the windows to warrant scratching a basic interior, so I have been tinkering about with some 0.4mm wire, which I have used for handrails on a couple of OO gauge locos, to create support frames for the rear cover. I think that it will be adequate once trimmed and fixed in place, I still have to think about how to make a cover for behind the front cab.

 

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It's nice to see that you're continuing your tradition of adding very small details to very small models.  Bravo!

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On 30/07/2018 at 17:38, JOCKNEY said:

Talking of Dodgy GSD, this is our "Croatian Sheepdog" rescued as a starving puppy whilst on holiday !

Haha. What a lovely looking dog, and very lucky too.

 

Here's my Dodgy duo. The German Shepherds the one on the right....right?

 

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'Ok, I've been still for 10 seconds, I'm bored now......got any biscuits?'

 

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Sorry for the doggy drift, Nimrod, but you look like a dog guy, so hope you don't mind.

 

The old Landy looks good, but it is rather basic. Will certainly benefit from some of your detailing. By the way, in my limited experience with Landrover's they didn't have any kind of divider from the load area, just straight through to the tailgate.

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15 hours ago, Smudge said:

Sorry for the doggy drift, Nimrod, but you look like a dog guy, so hope you don't mind.

 

The old Landy looks good, but it is rather basic. Will certainly benefit from some of your detailing. By the way, in my limited experience with Landrover's they didn't have any kind of divider from the load area, just straight through to the tailgate.

I don't mind the occasional thread drift at all Smudge, and yes we are doggy people. Our Cocker Spaniel was one year old at the end of June, she's loopy but great fun. We got her after Roxy, our 12 year old rescue dog, had to be put to sleep last May.

 

Thanks for the Landy info too, it confirms what I have been looking at on the internet. It will only be a basic interior, should be fun scratch building a steering wheel in this scale though.

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Whilst I have a think about the best way to tackle the canopy frames on the Firefly (Airfix represent these as raised lines), I thought that I would make a start on adding some sort of interior on the Land Rover, so I started by adding a couple of bench seats over the wheel arches in the rear load area. It isn't accurate so 'rivet counters' and 'accuracy fiends' might want to look away at this point.

 

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This was followed by cobbling together some front seats and the instrument panel such as it is, which is reminiscent of the three dial affair in the Austin Mini I bought after passing my driving test. It cost me £150, those were the days, an evening at the pictures, choc-ice at the interval, fish and chips on the way home and you would still have change from 10 bob (50 pence to you decimalised lot).  :winkgrin: The wages were p-poor though, my weekly take home pay as an apprentice was £6-14s-8d. :D Anyway I digress.

 

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Like I have said it's not 100%, but you won't see a lot when the roof goes on. Of course none of this has helped me to resolve the Firefly canopy problem, but it has been a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon.

 

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All the major parts for this build have been assembled and I now have the job of cleaning and filling joints before adding a few minor details and painting all the components.

 

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I have almost done as much work as I intend to on the Landrover interior, deciding to go with a single support frame for the canvass top which is behind the front cabin. The main reason for this is again because little can be seen when everything is closed up.
 

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The last job that I intend to do on the interior, and the one that I am currently working on, is a scratch built steering wheel. :mental: I started off by cutting a thin section of styrene tubing and rounded over the edges of this. then punched out a central hub, I now need to find some images of this area to determine whether it should be a two or three spoked wheel. I have no measurements for this so I will have to trust that the guesstimate function of the Mk1 eyeball is working well, and then hope that will look OK when it is finally fitted.

 

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Very handy circle work John, I sure could use whatever tool you use. That’s brilliant stuff and so precise. 

 

Looks like another classic in the making. Having one of these in the stash, I’m enjoying this thread very much.  

 

Cheers.. Dave, 

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wow - someones been a busy boy! 👍 Nice work!!

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3 hours ago, Rabbit Leader said:

Very handy circle work John, I sure could use whatever tool you use. That’s brilliant stuff and so precise. 

 

Looks like another classic in the making. Having one of these in the stash, I’m enjoying this thread very much.  

 

Cheers.. Dave, 

Thanks Dave, I hope that it proves useful when you get around to building yours.

 

All of the work carried out on the steering wheel so far has been done with the few basic tools shown below with only none standard one being the Tamiya Modellers Punch. This came with 2mm/3mm punches and I added a 1.5mm punch to the order costing less £30 excld P+P here in the UK, not an insignificant investment I know, but cheaper than a Waldron punch set that you may only use one or two from. It won't do for heavy duty jobs and I guess you would need to weigh up how often and for what you would use it, but I have found it quite useful and used it today to make some small plugs to fill the large holes around the trunnions on the trailer for this build.. I'm sure there will be a stockist in your part of the world.

 

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The only other specialist tool used is an ATC and it takes a lifetimes work to obtain one of those. What is an ATC? I hear you say and the answer is an Arthritic Thumb Clamp and this is the main reason my career as a hand model failed, Mrs N says that I am quite useful for putting drawing pins in at Christmas time though. :winkgrin:

 

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2 hours ago, Lawzer said:

wow - someones been a busy boy! 👍 Nice work!!

Cheers Ian, I had to find something to do while I wait for paint to dry. :D

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Those Landy seats look as comfortable as I remember them.  Great work so far dude. 

Ps

Dont forget the Mustang GB. 

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3 hours ago, Hockeyboy76 said:

Those Landy seats look as comfortable as I remember them.  Great work so far dude. 

Ps

Dont forget the Mustang GB. 

Cheers H, I hope it hasn't brought back too many painful journey memories. 

 

I haven't forgotten the Mustang GB, I hope to be joining all of you over there soon.

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11 hours ago, nimrod54 said:

Cheers H, I hope it hasn't brought back too many painful journey memories. 

 

I haven't forgotten the Mustang GB, I hope to be joining all of you over there soon.

Well the back did start to ache 😂

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I finished the steering wheel today and made a start on painting the parts. I primed the missile body and boosters yesterday evening and the launch pad and transporter have both been primed today. The missile body and booster fins have been painted with Halfords Gloss Appliance White, and after leaving that to dry for a few hours I masked off the booster fins and applied Humbrol 69 to the bodies. Tomorrow's plan is to fit the steering wheel to the 'Landy' and, weather permitting, prime that before making a start on some detail painting on the missile body and booster motors.

 

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That Landy steering wheel is just superb John and it’s great to see you tackle the missile body paint stage in this manner. I’m sure I’ll be so impressed by the finished product i’ll no doubt want to tackle mine two seconds after I see yours displayed in the gallery!! 

 

Quite liking this whole classic GB concept, but really should stop looking at online sites for Airfix ships, trains, tanks and everything else without wings!! 

 

Cheers.. Dave 

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1 hour ago, Rabbit Leader said:

Quite liking this whole classic GB concept, but really should stop looking at online sites for Airfix ships, trains, tanks and everything else without wings!! 

 

Cheers.. Dave 

Thanks a lot Dave.

 

I know what you mean about trawling the internet for things that one would not normally build. I have recently acquired HMS Ajax, another kit I made many years ago after watching Battle of the River Plate. I remember that I didn't paint it and there was more than likely glue in places that it shouldn't have been, so I should make a better job of it this time around but I think that I will have to keep it for the Airfix II GB.

It's great fun to see how people tackle these Classic kits and there are a lot of stunning models being produced.

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I've finished the detail painting of the missile and added the boosters. When searching for Bloodhound images there was quite an array of colours for missile bodies and boosters, so I decided to loosely follow the Airfix scheme of white body, black nose and yellow boosters and add some of the other details I had come across, so whilst it may not be totally accurate it isn't too far off. This must be an early Bloodhound because the project history given by Airfix states that 'more advanced versions will enter into service with the RAF'.

 

Next up is to start painting the other parts, I also have to find some dimensions for the launch site so that I can try to model the area around the missile.  Well here it is, my take on the Bristol Bloodhound missile.

 

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