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    R/C Large Model Aircraft, Military Vehicles, Railroad Modelling, WW2 History, Astronomy

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  1. Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    I'm very close to making a start. I'm just working my way through the photos and measurements taken at the weekend to finalise the size of the 3-view drawing I'll use for templates. I'm much more practiced in scratch building hollow models at a slightly bigger size such as my 1/6 scale R/C B-17G seen below, but I did spend a couple of years working for a company that did a lot of prototyping for the MOD, building 1/16 and 1/35th military vehicle models and 1/100 and 1/200 warship models. I usually ended up with the job of making the helicopters, landing craft and deck vehicles which were all styrene and acrylic masters which were then moulded and resin copies made. I'll be making the master patterns from 'modelboard' resin blocks - the green lump below! Scratch building should be moderately easy. All I have to do is cut and sand off anything that isn't Broussard shaped. What I'm left with will be a Broussard! How hard can it be??
  2. Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    I had a very busy 5 hour research trip at Breighton Aerodrome today. I came away with lots of measurements and just over 300 reference photos of the 'Bruce'. Because I was working in the dull hangar, I shot everything in RAW format, so it's going to take a while to adjust and save each image to bring out the details to their best advantage. But I have lots of data to work with now, so it shouldn't be too long before I make a start on the patterns. Here's just four of the 304 images taken today.
  3. Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    Here's some of my research tools for the trip! The large checkered rule is 4 feet, with the first 6 inches in 1 inch markings, and then 2 inch and 1 foot markers. There's a small 12 inch rule and a protractor with a weighted pointer that always points down. It also has a spirit level so the pointer can be aligned horizontally to measure angles. There's a plumb line there too. I also have a number of drawings that measurements can be added to. I use these tools in most of my photographs as a quick way to record measurements and angles. So long as the picture is taken square on to the subject, then can be a fairly accurate way of scaling details from photos.
  4. At the back end of last year, I was contacted by a friend who was interested in a couple of Broussard models. After a quick search, I found there were no current Broussard kits available and because he wanted a couple of models, the most logical option was to scratch build a master model, then moulds and resin cast parts. It's quite some time since I scratch built something at this size. I'm more used to scratch building between 1/6 and 1/3 scales! I've just finished a project, and another is nearing completion, so I'm just about in a position to start working on "Bruce", the affectionate name for the Real Aeroplane Company Broussard that I'm using as reference. I have some drawings and photos of the aircraft, but I'm planning a research trip to the aircraft this weekend for further measurements and photographs. I should be in a position to make a start on the master parts soon after that visit. The model will be about 7.5 inches wingspan and about 4.7 inches long. Here's a few pictures of the subject aircraft that I was lucky enough to have a flight in last year.
  5. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    I don't know the make of the figures. It was a pack of 100 from Ebay. They just came in a ziplock bag.
  6. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    All finished! I gave it a test hang in the lounge to check the hanging wire length, got a couple of photos and then took it down to wrap up. As mentioned in the first post, this is a build for a friend, so this was the last time I'd see it. I'll be visiting her in a couple of weeks time to hand over the model. One final image of the framed models and completed diorama. Now with that out of the way, I have a SAR Sea King to build for a former pilot and some master casting patterns for a Max Holste Broussard.
  7. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    All the pictures have been taken without the glazing in the frame, as trying to photograph through the reflective surface is a nightmare.
  8. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    The final few pictures taken with my DSLR rather than the compact camera I normally use in the workshop.
  9. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    Go for it! At some point in the future, my daughter and I are going to build a 1/72 Dambuster Lancaster that she was given. That will also be framed ( see below ). Her great granddad worked on the spotlights on the Lancs, so we'll include a picture of him in the presentation.
  10. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    Once all the figures were attached, one or two had a little more cyano added around their feet, particularly those with a small contact area. The feet areas were then given a light dusting with a matt coat to hide the glue shine.
  11. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    The Morris truck.
  12. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    People next! The tiny figures had their feet dipped into a small pool of cyano glue and were carefully positioned on the model, with BBMF crew, re-enactors and veterans all chatting around the aircraft and truck.
  13. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    Tuesday February 6th - the last day on the project! Today was final assembly day. The Lancaster and Dakota were placed back on to the base to judge the position of the truck. That had previously had the bottom drilled and a piece of copper wire epoxied in. This was useful for holding during painting, but would also help secure the vehicle to the base. The copper wire was trimmed so it stood a couple of millimetres beyond the back of the base, and filed with a coarse needle file to rough up the surface. The copper was coated with epoxy, and a dab was added to the back axel. A small nut was also epoxied to the back of the copper wire. The Lancaster and Dakota were attached next, with small M3 nuts onto the protruding studding. They were nipped up and a bead of epoxy applied around the nut to keep it from turning. Small feet were glued to the back of the picture, which would later have a felt square attached. These stop the picture from scratching the wall it is hanging on.
  14. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    The last two for tonight. The next stage will be cutting some brass tube supports and then mounting the backboard into the frame. The models can then be mounted, along with the figures and vehicle.
  15. 1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

    The Dakota props were added after the Lanc and that was also photographed against the backdrop. It's getting close now. The figures and Morris truck were drying, as were all the props on the aircraft. The mounting holes were done and it was just about ready for final assembly. I may sleeve the studding with painted brass tube. This will allow the nut to be tightened on the back of the frame without placing stress on the landing gear.