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About Bruce_Crosby

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  • Birthday 10/04/1950

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    Swindon, UK
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    Late WWII fighters, big engines, big props. Modelling, playing with airbrushes, more modelling.

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  1. Hi Guys, I saw this model last night in the flesh and its a beauty! Max's rigging and painting is first class, a nice touch being the home made markings from masks he made on his Silhouette cutter. I was well impressed. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  2. Hi Guys, Some work on the 1/32 KettenKrad for the Mistel diorama. I think the Zoukei-Mura kit is really very good. MMP Grey primer first. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Followed by MMP German Late Dark Yellow and brushed details. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Fitting the hull sides. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Painting the track and wheel assemblies. Lots of touch up to do on the wheel rims and tyres. The track pads need to be painted with a rubber colour and the track teeth and drive rollers on the sprocket wheels need some bare metal. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And where we are right now. Hopefully one of these little vehicles will enhance the scene, God knows it needs all the help it can get! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  3. Hi Guys, Not posted for a while, life is getting in the way. I've slowed right down with the Mistel, got some Grey Primer on the KettenKrad but little else. I hope to post some progress in the next few days. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  4. Hi Guys, Well I managed to finish off the base and here it is with the trolley and airframes in place, just a test to see what it looks like. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr I thought I would add these figures from Master Box to the diorama but notice the ground crew member seems to have misplaced his thumb! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr so I drilled the stump...... Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr ….added a brass pin..... Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr ...then some Green Stuff epoxy putty to build a new thumb. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Then onto the next item, Zoukei-Mura's KettenKrad airfield tractor. It's a neat kit but missing lots of details. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr I have an etched set for the KettenKrad but can I find it? So back to basic scratch building, like cutting out the moulded plastic mesh and adding etched brass screen. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Ignition leads. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Normal and steering brake linkages. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Clutch and brake pedals, parking brake lever, bolts, etc. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Didn't like the instruments much.... Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr ...so I drilled and filed out the holes, blanked underneath then dropped in plasticard discs to bring up the instrument faces. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Fingers holding it all together while I use the iPhone to do the photo. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And I'll be adding Zoukei-Mura's neat power cart as well. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And if I don't post again for a while, have a great Xmas break Guys and a Happy New Year. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  5. Hi Max, Are you bringing the model along on Thursday evening so we can have a good look at it? Regards, Bruce Crosby
  6. Hi Guys, Back with the Mistel, still making the base for it. I sealed the base, sanded it and primed then primed it with Stynylrez Black Primer, then put on a Gloss Black coat. It came out pretty crap to I sanded back and eventually decided to just use the Stynylrez Black Primer as the finished layer. Tim Perry (Wunwinglow) had liberated some wide strips of plasticard and gave me a pile and it looked favourable to make a basis for a concrete runway. The wheeled dolly of the Mistel wasn't designed to run off grass, far too risky, and needed a hard topped runway. So I decided on a concrete version, recently build by inducted, forced and slave labourers, which is almost certainly what the Nazis would have done if the war had gone into 1946. So I was after a clean if not exactly ship shape concrete finish. I started off by laying the strips across the base at an angle to measure up and align things. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Then marked out the section divisions, scribed them and marked them with a sharpie. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr As usual, it didn't quite go to plan! But I managed to recover the situation later. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr After a blast with a mix of Grey and White primers mixed 50:50. Too dark but it's a starting point. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Next step was a cloud pattern of the White and Grey primers, this time mixed 90:10. I followed up with Mr Color Sail Color mixed with a fair amount (=a lot!) of Mr Levelling Tinners and added it with varying intensity to random sections, mainly to break up the uniform grey. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr I still wasn't happy, now too brown, so I used Mission Models Light Ghost Grey mixed with their Transparent Medium and Thinners as a tone down coat. This brought it back to a reasonable concrete grey shade. Then out with panel line washes to represent the section gap seals, crack and a few stains. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Finally, off with the tape on the surround. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Hope you like it. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  7. Hi Guys, Some more progress. Some MMP German Dark Yellow on the stand. A lot of Luftwaffe ground equipment seems to be in this colour from 1943 onwards and can be seem on things like Power Carts, Fuel Bowsers and kettenKrads. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Making sure it fits! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr I bought some MDF sealer and threw it on the base I bought last week. After a bit of elbow grease I airbrushed on some Stynylrez Black Primer. And here's the Mistel base so far with the He-162 plonked on top for scale. My spray booth is pretty big but this was a struggle. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr When I moved into my current abode ten years ago after divorce number 2, I had some round bases somewhere but could never locate them. I was looking for brushes and sanders in the garage and moved a cloth on the bottom shelf of one of the racks not knee deep in kits and under a pack of ceramic tiles, there were the discs!!! Ten years! So they've had some sanding and sealing and priming as well. I've only done eight so far out of a total of 23. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Gunze PS-290 0.5 will push out Stynylrez all day long. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Just the edges will be black, I'm planning some masks to paint the top surface in a nice scheme. This is a captured Ki-84 from a while ago. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr That's it for now. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  8. Not on my radar but it’s a beautiful paint job! I can practically smell the oil.
  9. Hi Guys. Here's roughly where we were at: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Now I wasn't happy with the ladder, it didn't look safe and it would be awkward to get off it into the cockpit, so I thought "we need a stand" I happened to have some Evergreen rod (actually tube), some plasticard and another hairbrained scheme. So here goes: This was my design sketch! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr My starting point was the Special Hobby V-1 trolley - a chassis with some wheels and tow bars, that's half way there, surely? Here it is with some V-1 specific details removed and a start on the frame vertical rods. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Not much yet, is it? Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Starting the end frames. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Progress! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Wobbly at this point. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr End frames, the underside of the top platform and some diagonal struts. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Adding the diagonal bracing: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Bracing done and the access ladder in place. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Adding the safety rail. It's very basic, not up to modern safety standards. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr AS it stands right now, ready to paint. I'll give it a day to let the cement dry fully and check the whole thing hasn't twisted. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr An earlier test run against the fuselage to check access into the He-162. It's high enough to allow the pilot to step over the sill into the cockpit easily. Also enough room for a crewman to assist him. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Hope you like it, I think it's better than the plain ladder, you may think otherwise. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  10. Hi Guys, It's not quite finished, there's nowhere to put a model that big in my little house. So I went to the BMSS model show at Bristol yesterday and bought some paint and this base. It needs sanding and sealing and painting and, well, everything really. The launch trolleys were meant to be used on hard runways so it will either be tarmac or concrete with a few painted lines and some skid marks. Might be a figure or two, might not. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr So I'll be back with this one in a while. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  11. Hi Guys, Here's the finished Mistel on a white (ish) background. Not the world's best photos but I spend all my money on plastic! Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  12. For BlackCanopy: Mistel 5 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
  13. To BlackCanopy: how would you get in? A ladder. And an alarm start? It’s a stand-off bomber against planned static targets, not a fighter on QRA. There is no alarm, simples. If you read back a bit I’ve explained the ethos of this build, based on actual Mistel operations with Fw-190/Ju-88 combos.
  14. Hi Guys, I finished the model of the Mistel last night just a few minutes before I had to jump in the car and go to the model club without actually taking any photos, so the following were taken at the hall we use. The Club is Wiltshire Scale Modeller's Society and we are a very friendly bunch. Tea, coffee and real chocolate biscuits every meeting! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr My attempt at a Mistel! Should have some decent photos up tomorrow but this is your lot for now. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Well, I tried! Regards, Bruce Crosby
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