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  1. Onto the finish of this project. It was recommended to me that a good addition to the basket on the rear of the trailer would be a set of chocks. My good mate Dave happened to have one of them and he willingly photographed and measured it up for me so that I could scratch build it. I carved one out of a chunk of resin, and made a copy of the master. I figured I might do a couple of extra copies for the RAAF models that I already have in the cabinet. Suitably weathered ’thrown’ into the back of the tractor. I used strips of Tamiya tape that I primed and painted to depict the ratchet straps. A lot of time went into working out where each one went, given the limited reference photos available. I spent the morning patiently waiting for the postie to arrive, after Dave let me know that the decals were in the overnight post. Given the approaching weekend, and the fact that the Canberra show is only a week away with a busy week of my day job ahead of me, my heart sunk when the postie cruised on past my house without stopping, only to be filled with happiness when he miraculously did a U turn and come back, small envelope in hand.this was the moment I had been waiting for! The decals took a bit of tweaking size wise, but other than that, they came out great. Now the project was finished. I will take studio photos soon but in the meantime, here are some workbench pics. Many thanks to those that assisted with this project.
  2. Excellent work Phil! Look forward to more progress mate.
  3. Thanks guys. A small update. I decided I wanted to do something special for the number plate on the trailer. My good mate Dave Coupe has been doing custom ALPS printed decals for most of my special projects for a long time now and his assistance has been so valuable, not just with the decals themselves but with research and pictures that I have found useful for those projects. I couldn’t find any examples of actual trailer number plate numbers, so I asked him ‘what do you reckon about 326873’ which is D.COUPE spelt using a telephone handset. He thought the rivet counters would get stuck into it as the plates all started with a 2 so we compromised and went with 268733, which is COUPE.D. A fitting way to say thanks Dave!
  4. Hi Peter, I will check it out. I painted the model using MRP camouflage grey, then used the MRP Have Glass flat clear which has very small reflective chips in it. I then clear glossed the model using SMS clear and applied the decals. I used the Ronin graphics 3 SQN decal sheet for the tail eagles and the serial numbers but elected to use the kit stencil data and roundels as they were a bit larger and more lighter. I made up some intake bungs, and the small bung that goes into the small intake above the right side engine intake. I made some resin copies of these. I will make these available for purchase once I rework the intake bungs a bit more. A small rope will be added to the bung.
  5. Cheers guys. Some more work. I hope to have this finished in time for the upcoming model show in Canberra in a couple of weeks, so my attention has turned to the display base. I cut a suitable shape out of 3mm board. I glued squares of 600 grit wet and dry sandpaper to the board to represent the texture of concrete. I then painted the base with SMS Haze grey, and then mottled a darker shade of the grey over it. I blended it in with a thin coat of the Mod grey and then used the salt technique to give it a worn look by spraying the darker shade over the dried salt that I had sprinkled over the wet base. I then painted the white lines on it before flicking a muddy mix of oil paints over the base. I made up a plinth from Tasmanian Oak, which I will attach a plaque to the front.
  6. Some more work. It is very easy to get bogged down with adding detail to these big models, so I took a small break from it and did some other projects, hence no progress for a while. I intended to have this model finished by the end of the year so had to get a move on. There is a considerable amount of detail missing from behind the seats so a lot of extra work has gone into detailing those areas. I used the AMS parachute packs and scratchbuilt everything else behind the seats. As can be seen in this excellent pic of Graham, you can pretty well add an unlimited amount of detail behind the front seat. Another opportunity for extra detail on the kit is the nose gear leg. This is quite visible and can do with a tidy up. the torque link is just a lump of plastic and does not have a good representation of articulation. I carved some detail into the link and separated it to show the articulations. The back side of the stock leg. I carved out the pivot point between the oleo and the yoke.
  7. That is a very common sense approach which has been lacking in another companies approach to kit releases.
  8. The trailer was next to be finished. I added some extra detail to it, which I was almost about to leave off. This particular trailer has a handbrake system fitted which is visible under the deck between the front and rear wheels in the picture of Sean posted earlier. There is a small hand brake lever under the front of the trailer, connected to two wires that run to disk brakes on the rear axle. If it hadn't been for Max's excellent photos, I would have had no idea how this was all supposed to look! I added a number plate which is also visible in the reference pic. I have a special no. picked out for it which will be placed there once I get the decals made up. This was a tough little bugger to make but certainly worth it in the end. The status as it sits now. I am waiting on the decals, and just need to do the straps and it will be done!
  9. Have built a couple of HpH kits, and it seems that they leave the test building of their kits to the end consumer, which is a little bit disappointing.
  10. Its a shame that the kit wasn't well supported by the modelling community. Certainly the price and quality were excellent. Subject a little esoteric, so maybe that was it. In the two comps that I have entered my kit in, it has taken out first place in its category in both and the feedback that I got was very good for such an obscure aircraft. Please keep up the good work releasing kits like this mate, not all of us like to build every Mk. No. of BF 109 or 190 ever made. Cheers, Eric.
  11. Thanks guys. Yes it is yellow as per the tug. Some more work. I finished the tractor, weathering it a bit more than I would like, but it has added a lot of character to the scene. I also scratch built the searchlight on the bonnet. One of the challenging aspects of this build has been getting the straps securing the buggy to the trailer right. I scratch built the hook and ratchet assembly from plastic card. As I needed a couple of these, I copied them in resin. A thin strip of Tamiya tape makes up the strap. A test fit of the strap. I painted one and rolled it up In the photo of Sean, it looks as if there is something in the stowage basket on the rear of the tug, whilst I can’t prove what was in there, I thought the rolled up strap might look pretty good, as if it has been chucked in there in case the buggy started to fall off. I glossed up the buggy in preparation for the decals, using simply THE BEST clear gloss I have ever used.
  12. Well done gents, thanks for the laugh! Onto some more modelling. The figure of Sean was next up. I have never really done a figure before and have always wanted to learn. A few books and a tutorial from my good mate Simmo saw me through. I did scrub the paint off and start again 5 times before I was happy enough with this result. The macro photography, strong light and magnification on the screen are not particularly flattering, but he looks really good at normal viewing distance. I then finished the master of the trailer. The chassis parts were completed, using Meng bolts to add detail to the rails. I made one leaf spring suspension assembly, using thin strips of plastic card and aluminium foil. All of the trailers master components together. I spent some time boxing up all of the components ready to mould them using Pinkysil. Visible is my vacuum chamber which I use to de-gas the silicone. I haven't done many two part moulds before , so I felt the trailer deck was going to be a great way to expand my skills in that area. Ready to pour the first half. I have formed the pour hole and air hole from modelling clay. The pour hole is the conical shape and is designed to act as a reservoir for resin that will allow for it to fill the mould once the air bubbles are shrunk in the pressure pot. The second half, once the modelling clay that formed the base of the first half has been stripped away. I have used a very thin coat of petroleum jelly on the pink silicone to allow the second half not to stick to it. The first resin pour of the trailer deck. All of the components of the trailer in resin. The assembled resin trailer. Tricky little thing that has been the most time consuming part of the build! The Ubolts and other fitting were made from brass rod. I used some Uschi plywood decal for the trailer deck. (Thanks Simmo!)
  13. Excellent! Those parts look great. Eric.
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