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About Panzerwomble

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  • Birthday 03/24/1968

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    Near Aylesbury, Bucks
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    Modelling , Landrovers / MVs / Motorbikes, Re-enactment
  1. Love it , brings back memories of being scared witless over Salisbury Plain in one of these .
  2. I don't even know where to start with this .....sure you've not sneaked some museum pics in there ? Theres no way at all that is a model surely ? * sighs and bins his stash in shame . But seriously ....we do need an uber emoji for that work .
  3. Liking the big cat ! A link to some piccies of them being overhauled a couple of years ago for interest https://theaviationist.com/2015/03/01/iriaf-f-14s-overhauled/
  4. Honestly ....your skills just depress me , as if I stick with the hobby for another 100 years , I"m still not going to get within 10% of the level of skill you have . Wonderful build !!
  5. Just got to love a nice Tomcat and that is one nice Tomcat !!!
  6. More progress . I must admit I don’t like the Academy Vickers guns much . They appear to have the barrels coming out of the top of the jacket at odds with every picture I’ve seen . In the end I replaced plastic the ends with a bit of brass to make them look a little more like the real thing. The Clerget Engine ….nope didn’t fancy trying to make new push rods so a coat of dark gray, a coat of gunmetal and a dry brush with bright silver. Nuff said. Cockpit closed up . Sprayed the whole thing flat white to get a feel for the surface. Bit of filling ( not much) and then did the yellow sand / burnt umber for the plywood cockpit surround . Spayed Humbrol metalcote over the engine panels and cowling, and then the green for the canvas. I used a trick I’ve learnt whilst spraying motorcycles, and that is spray silver over a white primer, and you get a really nice bright silver. Not planning on weathering this one too much so hopefully bright aluminium will fit with the plan . Did the filler cap replacement trick and used some brass to fill in the gap in the” hump” a bit The Academy model also seems to have a large gaping space between the guns, and certain looking at the Hendon Camel the cowling comes up much higher.Used a bit of brass to try to fill this in . With the guns in place seems a little more accurate I’m aware the moment of truth is coming shortly with having to get the wings in position and then start the rigging. Will it be the end of this build log as I get so frustrated trying to tie this thing together with pixie hair and buckeyball tubing that the whole thing gets launched out the door ? Still ,,,, I have 0.1mm wire, 0.5mm tubing a bloody big magnifying glass and a steady hand…..only 20 odd buckles to try to make then . Stay tuned, I maybe back or I may just sack it off and go for a beer.
  7. Cheers for the comments and advice . I like the wicker chair idea, the wire was very time consuming.
  8. Moving into the cockpit area, several areas that could do with improvement . Frankly didn’t fancy trying to build a complete new cockpit, but had a go at making a more “wicker” chair . Styrene base , 0.5mm tubing supports and the basket woven with copper wire. 4 hours later and deciding I must be getting close to insane , however pleased with the result as a first attempt . Might have a thought how to do it in an easier fashion if I go down this route again Control panel .....mercilessly robbing ideas from Des's build log . Base of styrene, painted with sand and oiled with Burnt Umber for wood effect . Airscale decals and a bit of brass work for the switches and gauge . Some wire wrapped around top of the instrument column . Didn’t fancy having a go at scratch building the entire cockpit, just tackling what I feel comfortable with, hopefully do better next time . Did paint and line with graphite the inner cockpit sides, so hopefully won’t look too bad when viewed from outside. Finally removed the dodgy looking air intakes and relocated them for later. Will use 2mm brass tube when it’s all closed up .
  9. Ok, thought I’d have a go at doing a build log. I doubt I’ll teach anyone anything , and to be honest I owe a lot of my attempt to Des Delatorre’s excellent website , if you want to see this done a lot better then look here - http://www.ww1aircraftmodels.com/ So ,still as a beginner to WW1 LSPs, here we go. First off, choice of model: I like Camels, they are an iconic British fighter, and the Academy kit comes in cheap and relatively straightforward. A Triplane would be easier on the rigging, but I don’t like the look of them as much, and at £17 if the Camel goes badly then I won’t be as upset as wasting a £60 Wingnut Wings model. So, what you get in the box? ….. er ….. same as most of injection kits . Couple of sprues, decals and a sheet of instructions. Reading the Academy blurb about the Camel, curiously in the English version it says it shot down 1924 German planes, in the German translation it says 1294 …..hmmm not upsetting our German customers I wonder? People say the ribbing on the wings is overdone so tackled this early. Took a while to rub them down, but was happy with the end result. I used Tamiya XF21“sky” as CDL not wanting to mix Humbrol enamels, and preshaded using a pencil. I’m taking JA Green XF13 as an approximation to the PC51. Reasonably happy with the results . Finally decaling after drilling lots of holes for the rigging
  10. Nice work , I like Chinooks too . If you went for HC3 it would save you having to do any weathering , just a add little dust . Or are you think maybe Bravo November?
  11. Thank you all for the kind comments . I was a bit 50/50 to take the plunge and post anything up so glad I did . A beginner friendly forum!!! :clap2: To answer the questions ; the weathering was just colourwashes in sand yellow acrylic paint, I was working on the assumption that the canvas would get muckier, more sand blasted and bleached than the metal parts over time . I initialy did the lettering using the paper mask method as outlined on the forum main page, which worked very well, although they were the wrong style of font on reflection after painting . I also then realised that I wouldn't be able to cut masks small enough for the fuse reg, and so bought some decal paper and inkjet/ laquered it . And that was a easier that I thought too !. cheers all .
  12. No great work of art, but a bit of a learning exercise. I bought this Revell Tiger Moth last year, knocked it together out of the box, sprayed it with silver rattle cans from the local car shop and stuck it on a shelf for a bit of decoration . Having been lurking and admiring the work on here , and convinced most of you must have the hands of hobbit children to achieve the quality of work that I see, I thought I’d re-do the Moth to see if I could learn some tricks . S0, lots of firsts . First LSP since 1982, (a Lysander) first biplane since 1974 (aged 6….a 1/28th Camel). Ergo first LSP biplane, first attempt at rigging , first time I’ve bought brass tubing and used it , first time I’ve bought and used a pin vice and drill bits thinner than most of my remaining hairs, first time I’ve made my own decals, and definitely the first time I’ve posted a model on the internet . What I have learnt ….it’s a lot flipping harder than it looks ! Rebuilding is probably a lot harder than making a better hash of it first time around . Plan more, rather than push on and then have to redo things later. Use the correct size monofilament , 0.30 was a bit too big, have a jig to align stuff better , buy a magnifying lamp for the next one ….ah… shed loads really . Anyway , not going to win any prizes but just a cheers to all on here for re invigorating my enthusiasm by showing their work and sharing their expertise . On the way is an Academy Camel , which again will be a bit more on the learning curve, following the builds shown here and elsewhere , hopefully with more success than this one . Finally the Moth represents the plane used in the film the English Patient, a favourite film of mine. G-AFFC is the fictional number painted on the Tiger Moth used by Alemasi as he gets shot down in the opening scenes. Sadly no Kristen Scott Thomas to sit in mine though “sigh” . And the one from the film
  13. Not intended as criticism in any way , however your kneeling NCO would more likely have his water bottle attached to one side on top of the bread bag rather than on the belt according to HDV. It would more likely be on his belt if he didn't have a bread bag . I'm not saying it's wrong , just not the way WH webbing is usual fitted together . Lovely pair of figures and the your work on folding E tool is a treat . These figures are far more interesting than one in action IMHO .
  14. Hmmm £42 for the Roden DH2 , you can buy them on Ebay delivered for £29 .....pays to shop around . The exchange rate drop in the Zloty means that you get 5 to the pound not 4 as at the end of last year, and no VAT/duty as inside Europe .
  15. Cracking concept and work , can't wait to see this one finished !
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