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Alain Gadbois

Hex Soviet tarmac sections from Fusion Models

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Hello all,

 

I am happy to announce this new 1/32 scale set of the typical Soviet hexagonal tarmac sections, to be released shortly. The 1,5m type is featured in this set.

 

The box will contain 14 hex sections, cast in resin. The resin is mixed with filler, not only to save material, but to ease cutting and sanding if necessary for your project.

 

Here is one section, with a gray base coat, to see the concrete texture on the surface. The second photo shows a close up of an unpainted part with the filler visible through

the resin.

 

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Here is a small painted section:

 

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And finally the complete set with a MiG-17 fuselage half to give you an idea of the area covered by the 14 sections. 

 

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You could use this set in a number of ways to display you model (Soviet Union, other Warsaw Pact Air Forces or visiting Blue Angels F-18!). I think it would be striking to arrange the sections without cutting them on a larger wooden base. Less sections would be necessary for larger models, yet provide space where needed for crews or ground equipment.

 

I have started to cast the first sets this week and I am having the cover sheet done for the box top next week if all goes well. The set should be available in about 10 days.

 

I have fixed the price at $ 35.00 for the set. 

 

Thank you for your interest!

 

Regards

Alain Gadbois

Fusion Models

 

 

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They look wonderful. So 14 pieces for $35? where are you located Allen?

So I can figure out what shipping would be!

 

Interested here, too. What would shipping be to 97352 (Oregon).

 

I will be shipping orders from a post office in the US close to Montreal, and in a flat rate USPS box the cost will be $14.00.

It would be much more expensive from Canada to the US.

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Outstanding!

Are the seperate pieces solid? I am asking because I would need to cut them to display on my wooden bases...

Please let me know!

Cheers

Alan

 

Hi Alan,

 

Yes the sections are solid. This morning I made a little test to try cutting sections in half. On the first section, I first scribed the part with an Olfa scriber, then made 3 passes with an X-acto blade. Tight in a vise, I snapped the part cleanly in half.

 

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I cut a second section with X-acto passes only and snapped in two in my hands. So they are quite easy to cut with no special tools. The sections are 4.5mm thick.

 

Here is a corner made by cutting the sections along 2 different axis. Note the shape of the parts on the edges.       

 

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Finally here are all 14 sections painted. Each piece was done separately so there are variations between each. The tar edges do vary quite a bit in width as you will note in pictures of the real thing. Also notice the concrete colour is brownish so I tried to replicate this to be as accurate as possible. I hope this will give a few ideas when building yours. A few oil stains ad a final touch!

 

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Thanks all!

Alain

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Wow, tremendous looking!  I might have to invest in this too, for my hopefully eventual Mig-29UB. 

 

Excellent! Sold! I will order shortly!

Cheers

Alan

 

Thank you guys, much appreciated!

 

Thank you very much Airfixer for your suggestion and all the great info you shared with us. I had none of this when I started my first Soviet tarmac sections some years ago. I made PAG-14 in 1/72 scale and deducted the size of the sections by comparing with a Blinder parked on it! Came almost exactly right!

 

One question: what does the "60" mean in the photo?

 

Regards,

Alain

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[...]

One question: what does the "60" mean in the photo?

 

Regards,

Alain

 

In 2011 Bezmer Forward Operational Base in Bulgaria celebrated its 60th anniversary.

 

You could/can also find 3x5m, 4x6m and 5x10m slab sizes. Those types, however, were cast in situ and eventually supersed by the PAG-14, PAG-18 and PAG-20 prestressed concrete slabs. The PAG-18 and PAG-20 depict a slightly different geometry and layout.

 

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PAG-18/PAG-20:

 

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Cheers

Erik

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Thank you, I didn't notice the number until after I watched the photo quite a few times!

 

Boy are those drawings interesting! Modelers should really put effort in creating bases for their models, as it helps to present them in a realistic setting. Especially when much time is spent to get the model right, a poorly done base clashes with it.

 

I have looked at train magazines for tips in scenery, they are often ahead of scale modelers for quality.

 

Alain

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Nice, but are you doing the Pag-14 pavers as well?

 

I've been thinking about those even before I started the Hex bases. If there is demand I can certainly produce some, however they are quite easy to scratch so maybe there would not be a market for them.   There are also many different surface textures and I would have to find out which is the most common to create, or even a variety of types possibly, so there are many options to consider here before I can start anything.

 

More on the Hex bases progress:

 

Yesterday I met with the graphic artist who will do the cover sheet for the hex bases box. He is quite busy right now but promised all will be done in 2 weeks. He has done a great job for all the latest sheets for Fusion products and we also talked about other products planned in 1/48 and 1/32 scale. More on those soon. 

 

Bye for now,

 

Alain

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