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On 02/04/2021 at 17:14, 06/24 said:

An essential trip (Mrs 06/24’s COVID jag) gave me a chance to do a little WWI memorial.

 

On the night of 2 April 1916,  one hundred and five years ago today, two Zeppelins, L14 and L22, attacked Edinburgh, dropping bombs across the city. One fell on the Castle Rock, another fell in the Grassmarket, landing among the onlookers gathered to see the spectacle. The bomb exploded outside the White Hart, which was severely damaged. In all 13 people were killed across Edinburgh and Leith, the youngest a baby, killed by a bomb at Bonnington. #RIP

 

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Maybe by this time next year I’ll be able to have a pint and a dram in the ‘Hart

Count me in for the pint! Went to Edinburgh late last year and the castle was shut off. Would love to see it again properly. 

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Ok, so what have we done today?

 

Commander’s seat strap (recycled food tray foil - Sainsbury’s quiche in this case 😂) in the kit etch brackets 

 

51093936537_aa06a636c5_c.jpgTurret by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr


Pause for contemplation 

 

51094741862_78fa911b74_c.jpgRenault FT by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

 

And the main build of the first FT is done. Paint and tools still to add.

 

51095187143_d7ab1cfa6e_c.jpgRenault FT by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

 

Walt is still on duty

 

51094741817_e48000335e_c.jpgRenault FT by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51094724419_b2ecac1b1e_c.jpgRenault FT by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

Turret doors from the Blast Models set (kit ones are ok, these were just a little more refined).

 

And an overall shot to finish.

 

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Oh, and I’ve started the third FT - the TSF - telegraphie sans fil - wireless to you and me. The 1918 equivalent of a mobile phone.

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So let’s get this mobile call box started. As this is the third FT on the production line, I’m starting to get the hang of them I think. I’ve compromised a bit on painting the drivers compartment as this one will be closed up apart from the visor. Although this TSF is a Meng kit, the boxy body is a resin part, but it’s decent enough and easy to clean up. 
 

51096929693_5b364653a3_c.jpgMeng Renault TSF by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51096388446_d95322fce0_c.jpgMeng Renault TSF by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

As can be seen, the second gun tank hasn’t made much progress, but that’s because I’m waiting for a potential driver figure to arrive.

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27 minutes ago, 06/24 said:

So let’s get this mobile call box started. 

 

..." is Vic there..? "

An interesting vehicle, got a rather tall silhouette hasn't it, very tempting to shoot at I'd think !

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“Tall” is a relative term, even the TSF isn’t that much taller than a man. These were really tiny tanks!

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Interesting, you don't get a sense of size / scale until it's got a recognisable figure to compare it to.

A guy posted some pics of a real 1/1 scale 30s tankette type thing the other day, and with a man standing alongside you do get the sense of how small some of these things were

The FT perhaps gives a larger impression due to the big front sprocket !

I assume the telephone version would have assorted wires trailing out of it in all directions..and blokes running about with cable drums etc

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The header pic here gives an idea (and I think the tank in the phot is up on a ramp slightly!): Renault TSF

 

This shot is a US Army Signal Corps photo so is presumably free of copyright, but will be removed on request.

 

51096805702_63658cb2ae_c.jpgTSF.jpg large by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

 

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Pretty much like a modest tractor size wise...interesting and revealing shot there 👍

ps. I'm sure the US Army won't have a go at you for showing the pic ! ( it's bona fide study / research anyway ;) )

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The next delivery of figures arrived today, including the intended driver for the second Renault. With hindsight, I should perhaps have fitted him to the more closed up TSF, but the drivers doors on that are firmly glued so gun tank two it shall have to be.

 

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Another The Bodi body, intended as the driver for a 40M Turán, he is suitably hunched and with an American replacement head will look the part.

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Thank you, but credit really goes to the sculptors, I just stick em together and colour them in.

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No progress to report as the revision desk is still in use, but a day off tomorrow and school is back, so fingers crossed.

 

However, no bench doesn’t mean no shopping, my first delivery from Yellow House Club, with a couple of surprise bonuses from them as well.

 

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I do have a Mengnut DR.1 in the stash as it happens, but I’m intrigued as to what in that image made you think so? 
 

This morning’s progress has been the Ft driver, who has been modified to squeeze into the TSF after all. This technically makes him French, since there’s no evidence the Americans used the TSF during the war. However a plain shirt can serve for pretty much any nation, and his head is bare, so it’ll work. However, it’s made me rethink the commander figure, and I think I’ll use the figure from the Meng set in the TSF. Pictures to follow once I’ve brushed the sanding dust off and given them a blast of primer.

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Ah, that’s a postcard from Ivan, think it’s maybe a French Spad or Nieuport. 

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I checked, it’s a Neiuport 17, in Russia colours.

 

Today’s output:

 

Sergeant Smith, the Mark IV supply tank crewman. (Modelu body, Yellow House Club head)

 

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Captain Cooper, US tank commander.(Modifed The Bodi, with a Miniart left arm and Hornet head)

 

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And Jean-Paul and Christophe, Renault TSF crew. (A mixture of The Bodi, Meng and Hornet parts)

 

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51125001504_28bae83e8d_c.jpg1/35 Figures by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

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