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tomprobert last won the day on August 16 2016

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About tomprobert

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    Kent, SE England
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    I build mainly aircraft models, in any scale. However, large scale Vacforms are my real passion, the subject usually being WWII heavy bomber related.

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  1. It's been a while since I've done any work on the big BUFF but thought it deserved a stint back on the bench... Since the last update and completion of the internal bulkheads, the next logical step has been to have a play with the landing gear bays. It took a lot of head-scratching to get the legs themselves correctly positioned and therefore the internal bay roof structure, and as is often the case with these types of builds, you sometimes have to sacrifice accuracy for structural integrity. Therefore the bays I've made are an approximation of the real thing but close enough for a cursory glance when it's placed on the model show table - especially when the big doors and legs are in place to hide the majority of my work! I had a good delve into the bays of the B-52 at Duxford for some much-needed reference as well as a few books, and armed with plenty of plastic card and Evergreen strip, I set about building up the basic interior structure. The front bay: IMG_0865 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0862 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0855 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr And the rear bay: IMG_0863 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0859 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0856 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr And both bays together: IMG_0861 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Still lots of further detailing to be done, but the basic structure is now there... Until next time, Tom
  2. Aircraft in Miniature do an extensive range of 1/72 airliners. They’re basic vacs but come out fine. Off the top of my head: B737 B747 B767 DC-8 DC-9/MD-80 DC-10 And I’m sure there’s more. The 747 on his website is mine from a few years back. http://www.aim72.co.uk/ Tom
  3. I’ve not done anything on this lately. I’ve got as far as making the undercarriage bays but ran into trouble trying to get the landing gear in position. I’m having a break for a while whilst I do some head-scratching... Tom
  4. This is witchcraft and wizardry combined! Incredible. The amazing thing is, when you show pictures of both the full sized aircraft and your model in the same post, you’re hard-pushed to tell which is which. It’s just amazing!
  5. That’s stunning, Iain! I’m contemplating such a conversion myself and have been taking notes. Brigade Models have one in the works too, so I may hold fire for a while... Tom
  6. Thanks for the kind works, folks. Unfortunately there’s not much progress to report of late but I’m slowly working on the centre section ‘bomb room’. Half term next week so hoping to crack on.  Tom
  7. Afternoon, folks Not a huge amount of progress of late due to work commitments, but I've gradually been adding the interior structure of the forward bow section. My measurements have only been approximate and don't look at this as an example of accuracy, I am just hoping to fill out the interior and make it representative of the real thing. First up has been the forward flooring and ladder up to the flightdeck: IMG_0759 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The raised pierced flooring for the tapered front section is yet to be made - I'm trying to come up with a plan to avoid drilling hundreds of holes... I've added some detail to the areas of the sidewalls that will be visible: IMG_0765 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0766 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The door on the rear bulkhead is, as far as I can tell, not present on the real aircraft and it's an open doorway, but as I'm not going to detailing the room behind I hope the Sunderland aficionados can forgive me..? It looks as if a fair bit will be visible through the forward door, so lots more detail to add in due course: IMG_0768 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Until next time, Tom
  8. All very helpful, Bruce - thank you! And if I muck up the cockpit glazing, I’ve now got a great idea for a diorama - it’ll save me work on the engines, too I’ve nearly finished the basic structure of the forward nose section so hopefully some pictures soon. Tom
  9. Absolutely agree! As I said, there are many who slave over accuracy yet the finished article bares no resemblance whatsoever to the original because of their paint finish. Quite ironic really!
  10. “Total accuracy” has never bothered me. Yes, like others, I like to make a model look as close as possible to the real thing, but am I going to lose sleep over a misplaced panel line? No. A nose that’s slightly misshapen? No. Take the HK Fort or recent HB Lib. There are quite visible inaccuracies. Will it stop me building them and having a blast whilst doing so? No. Interestingly (and wandering a little from the main topic I know) you get some modellers who slave to build the most accurate model they can shape-wise, but will then create some cartoon-like charature of the real thing by highlighting every rib, panel and rivet with overly faded paint, washes and chipping, baring no resemblance of the real thing whatsoever. Accurate? No.
  11. Thanks for the interest and video links - much appreciated! I've been working on detailing the extreme nose section lately, but progress has been slow due to work - books to mark takes up too much of my evening time! However, I'm hoping I'll be ale to post some pictures of my limited progress soon. I'm glad this GB will last the year otherwise I'd never get this completed! Tom
  12. Just added the finishing touches to Airfix's 1/24th Hawker Typhoon MkIb this week: a project I've had on the bench for the last 6 months or so. Admittedly I've picked it up and put it down as and when I've felt like it, but regardless this kit is most definitely a long-term investment in regard to time and effort. I found it an absolute joy to build and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Fit was exceptional but you must follow the instructions to the letter, especially where the engine and its piping is concerned, as tolerances are very tight. The only after-market was a set of Eduard seat belts - everything else was OOB. PIC 9 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 8 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 7 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 6 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 5 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 4 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 3 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 2 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 1 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 10 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I opted for the post-war scheme so other than some tonal variation to the paint, I kept the weathering restrained. Paints were Xtracolour enamels with Humbrol flat as a top coat. Decals were from the kit and were excellent, bedding down well over the recessed/raised details without any problems. All in all, a fantastic kit - roll on the big Hellcat! Best regards, Tom
  13. In regard to the ball turret ammunition cans, the external cans mounted on the cradle above the turret were not a WWII fit - these are often found on war-bird B-17 restorations and are not typical of wartime ball turrets. The ammunition was all carried internally during the war - the ammo cans above were developed as part of the B-32 Dominator programme and were never used on WWII-era B-17s. If anyone does come across as WWII-era photograph of the external ammunition cans fitted on a B-17 ball turret I'd love to see it! I've been researching the B-17 for many years and am yet to see such a photograph. Equally, if anyone has a photo of an internally painted B-17 I'd love to see that too - again I've not been able to find a single WWII-era photograph showing a painted interior of a Fort - the flight-deck aside. Rumour has it Douglas painted some of theirs but I'm yet to see photographic evidence. Tom
  14. tomprobert

    1/32 B-29?

    Looks like Tigger Wilkes has a few 1/32 B-29 orders coming his way considering the level of interest! Fire up that vac machine, John
  15. Thanks, Kent. Yes - I have most of what I need - I'm not going to go mad on the detailing - just enough to look ok when peering through the canopy. Tom
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