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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The centre frame is now glued on, but the rounded corners on the frames haven't been reproduced yet. The rear fuselage also needed building up a little to blend smoothly into the wing. The layer of filler is only around 0.5mm thick. The filler needs a little more work yet, but I ran out of time to do much more, and wanted it presentable for the weekend event rather than plastered in unsanded filler.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The fuselage top extends over the centre wing section. This required an area building up on top of the wing. Electrician's tape was used to control the area where the filler would be applied. I also started cutting and gluing microstrip for the front framing.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The window frames were glued to the cabin today and the cabin bolted back onto the rest of the fuselage to allow blending of the two parts. To do this I had to open up he holes in the underside of the cabin, and epoxy some M3 nuts into the bottom. This would allow bolts to pass through the holes still in the main part of the fuselage to hold it firmly in place for filling and sanding. There was other stuff going on today so didn't get much else done. Building the windscreen frames will be next around the front, and the first of the side windows needs an additional small dividing frame that runs parallel to the sloping front edge. Since I'm back at Breighton this weekend, I'm taking the pattern along in its current state and will see if I can generate any more interest for one, assembled or in kit form.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    There's been a pause on this project due to some necessary house repairs, but I got back to the project late morning today. The task for today was the cabin windows. For this I planned to cut them out of very thin styrene which would then be glued to the side of the modelboard cabin section. Two over long pieces of thin styrene were cut, and cyano was applied in a tiny strip along the end of each piece. The two pieces were then pressed together until stuck. This left me with the two pieces fastened by the ends, allowing my to cut two identical parts. A print out of the windows was then attached to the plastic with double sided tape. I then sharpened the tip of my scalpel on a diamond stone before slowly starting to score around the frames, one by one. The cabin block then had to be thinned by the thickness of the styrene so the overall width would remain correct. The block was wet sanded on some 240grit wet and dry. It is seen here being tested for thickness. On the final model, there will of course be the need to fill this seam, which will be between the normal resin fuselage and the clear resin cabin section. It was a fiddly job but I'm pleased with the way it went. I'm back at Breighton this weekend, so will have another chance for a close look at the real Broussard.
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    1/35 scale "Holy Grail" of Jeep Collectors

    Is the wood kit still available? Not that I need it now, just curious.
  6. In the real world of military vehicle collectors, the "Holy Grail" would be to find an original Jeep in its shipping crate. Of course, other than those at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the holds of sunken ships, it's very unlikely anyone will ever find one. The whole "Jeep in a crate for $50" idea came from a post war scam, trying to con people out of their money. However, there are a number of photos around the net showing Jeeps in crates, although how they were packed and how disassembled they were seems to vary from picture to picture. This model was built for a friend, with the hood number matching his Jeep. The Jeep is from the Italeri kit with a scratch built crate from ramin strip wood and 1/32 birch plywood. The metal tie down straps are black painted paper, with painted wire over paper holding the wheels into the tub. It is presented in an A4 box frame´╗┐.
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    1/72 Ryan PT-22 Recruit G-RLWG ( PT-20 kit with resin conversion )

    I finally found a few minutes to try some different yellows and finally settled for Humbrol 24 for the Ryan. The photos above look more orange, but it's all to do with the camera settings and light it is photographed in. It got a few thin coats during the afternoon. I painted it over the grey primer rather than white, as I didn't want it too bright and fresh looking. The original aircraft has been in that scheme for many years. The final coat may yet get a tiny bit of orange or red in it. It all depends on how this looks once cured and in natural light. I think the scratch built landing gear will have to come next. The kit and resin modification only includes faired in legs, not open struts.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The only progress this week has been priming and filling.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    Friday afternoon was spent filling and sanding the cowl. The postman also brought the Broussard decals that JamesP ( from Britmodeller ) kindly sent me. While these decals won't be used on the first two models of the Breighton based Broussard, they are a useful reference source for the size of some of the smaller markings and stencils. This should help with the graphics for my own decals.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The rear part of the cowl was then sanded to the brass template and then some P38 filler carefully applied to allow the front and rear to be blended. This will probably take two or three applications to sand and fill any low spots. It's going to require some careful sanding. I couldn't proceed until the filler cured, and as it was close to school chucking out time, I packed up and went to collect my daughter, but not before another feel good picture. I was very happy with the way it was looking.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The front section of cowl was cut away, and sanded to the desired depth. The rear part of the resin, that was in the lathe jaws, was also trimmed, and the brass template from the front fuselage attached with cyano to the back face. The front piece was then carefully lined up and glued back on.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    A high pressure over Europe has brought Mediterranean weather to the UK for a few days. With a Summer like day in mid April, I decided I'd go out and catch some Sun this morning - not sun bathing, but photon catching in Hydrogen Alpha wavelengths of light!!! While the Sun is deep into the low period of its 11 year activity cycle, there was still some interesting prominence activity, with the lower right one being about three times taller than the Earth's diameter! By the time I finished and packed up, it was time for a quick lunch, before heading to the building bench. I decided to tackle the odd shaped cowl next. It starts our round at the front, and transitions to a rectangular section with rounded corners like the front of the fuselage. I began by turning a rough blank out of model board. The centre was drilled out and the outside, turned down with a combination of the lathe tool and freehand work with a scalpel and sanding block. A styrene template was periodically offered up to the resin cowl to check on the profile. It took a while, reducing the shape by fractions of a millimetre at a time.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The last job of the day was the fin/rudder assembly. I decided I only needed to make one pattern which would be used for both sides. Two pieces of thin modelboard were glued together into a thin sheet. The glue joint gave the piece a centre line to work to. This was wet sanded on both sides until the desired thickness was reached. The outline on the drawing was extended and the modelboard placed over the drawing to mark out its size. The taper was marked and cut first, then the height cut before sanding the radii on the top and bottom of the fin. Once the basic shape was sanded, the rudder taper was sanded along with the leading edge curve. The top and bottom of the fin and rudder were the last to be rounded off as seen from the front.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    Here's the windscreen sanded. The tailplane seat filler was sanded and some acrylic putty added to the joint on the tail fairing joint. This was sanded as seen here, and a further layer of filler added and again sanded.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    A little while later, the wing was popped off the cabin. The main wing had been used to make the seat as it's longer span was more accurate to align squarely. When the centre wing panel was fitted to the cabin top, it was a perfect fit on the filler. I guess my wing section sanding was pretty accurate! The excess filler at the top of the screen and around the sides was wet sanded a little while later, and the aircraft components placed together for a photo. Now it's really starting to looking like a Broussard.