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  1. Army_Air_Force

    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    Cutting and trimming the very fragile chassis and transmission parts took her a little while and lots of concentration; as did working out which way to assemble them. The springs, axles, prop shafts and transmission support are all one moulding. The spring ends didn't all want to sit on their spring hangers, so I bent some thin sheet lead to add a little wieght to hold them in place so she could apply the glue with a fine brush and then leave the whole thing to dry. Later in the afternoon, after she'd gone out and the chassis had a while to dry, I took the weights off and compared the 1/72 chassis with the 1/35 version I'm working on.
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    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    We had around an hour spare today so had a quick modelling session knowing we'd be having to leave bits to dry anyway. The field gun and trailer were painted first. She didn't want to tackle the wheel hubs in case she got the green on the tyres, so I did those. I showed her how to build up several layers of dilute paint, allowing capillary action to draw the paint around the hub. A quick force dry in front of the heater, then another coat until a reasonable density was reached.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    Another set of castings were poured this morning and the wing assembly jig finished. The wings were positioned and glued in place. I moved onto the landing gear next, tapering the brass strip, folding the bends and soldering the axles. It was jigged up and the gear glued in place, followed by the gear fillet being trimmed, fitted and the joints filled. I also spent some time on another couple of projects.
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    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    The netting is balanced on two metal rods over the end of the diorama for these photographs. It will probably be fitted in this location, or this approximate location, supported on some poles and with cotton guy ropes to tension it. The kit radio operator will probably be under here, along with a few other odds and ends. I'm feeling quite pleased with this little experiment, something to keep in mind for future projects.
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    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    Here's the last of the green drying. Once that had dried, the glue would be hard enough to stop the mesh from shrinking back to its pre-stretched size. This allowed me to peel all the tape except the corner pieces. I then glued more patterns around the edge of the mesh. After a further period of drying, the camo net was peeled away from the wood. I'm very pleased with the way this is looking.
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    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    I raided the scrap fabric box and found some black tights ( hosiery for American readers ) which had a fairly fine weave. I piece was cut out, approximately the size of a 20 feet square camo net. This was stretched out a little to open the weave and then taped down to the board. This time, it was much closer to the board and it was much easier to get a smaller, more in scale spiral to stick to the mesh. I started with the brown again, painting on the spirals and square cornered snakes, leaving spaces for the green. It does take quite a long time, but appeared to be making a fairly good representation. After the brown was complete, I worked from the dry side, filling in the spaces in green. The brown didn't change colour much when drying, but the green was very light with the white glue mixed in, but darked quite a lot once cured.
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    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    A few days ago, I started an experiment with a camo net. I had one of my daughter's dance class hair nets, damaged a few months ago, to use as the practice net. A piece of 1/8 plywood was covered in parcel tape to stop any sticking. The net was then stretched over the wood. Some of the Airfix starter kit acrylics were mixed with some PVA glue to thicken it and allow it to glue to the netting. Starting with the brown, and using a small brush, I painted square spirals onto the netting and tape covered board. I quickly ran into a problem. The hair net is woven out of micro fibres which actually resemble long link chains. Because of the thickness of the chains and the way they are woven together, the netting wouldn't lay flat on the wood. This made it difficult to form the spiral on the surface of the tape. The mesh was hovering slightly above the surface and so I was having to poke the brush down through the mesh and then let it partially cure before pressing the net down into the tacky surface to bond the mesh to the glue spiral. I did some green later and then let it all dry properly, before peeling the net off the board. It was lifted up to see the effect. Due to the problems applying the glue, I didn't closely pack the spirals, but the overall concept seemed to work fairly well. What I did need was a finer mesh. This would hopefully allow the mesh to lay flat on the board and the smaller weave would support the spirals better.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    I got back to the Broussard today, casting another set of parts for a new batch of kits. Previously, I'd been working in the house as the workshop was too cold for the resin. As the resin began to go green, I put the moulds in the airing cupboard to fully cure. Over the last few days, I've made a resin curing cabinet, using an old MDF unit, lined with foil faced, expanded polystyrene insulation. An old style 60w filament bulb provides the heat. Within around 10 minutes of switching on, the cabinet is up to 27 degrees C, a nice cosy temperature for the resin to cure without having to heat the whole workshop suitable temperatures. I also started making another jig to set the dihedral of the Broussard model, to make alignment easier and also to help any future orders.
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    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    Five parts in the trailer so far, eight pieces in the field gun. We also spent some of the drying time in the garden as it was the first nice warm day for a long time. Before we knew it, it was after 4pm, so I suggested we carry on and get the last few trailer parts attached so that everything would be dry for the next session. So the axle, springs, wheel arches and front steady were cut out, cleaned and attached.
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    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    While certain parts of the gun and trailer were drying, the wheels were given a coat of black on the sprue. Some Easter card making was also interspersed amongst the various modelling tasks. They could then be left to dry fully before they would have the centres painted green, be cut free, cleaned up and be ready to fit.
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    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    So the field gun came first, with the chassis/tow frame being made from a number of small parts. Some of the joints needed a little extra opening up to fit correctly, but it was a good excuse to remind her about trial fitting components to check. Holding them together for assembly was fiddly, even for 9 year old fingers, so we resorted to Blu-Tac to hold the parts in the correct alignment while the liquid glue was brushed into the joints. While parts of the field gun dried, we started to assemble the trailer, then hopped back and forwards from one to the other. Each one is made from several components.
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    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    Time to move on to the next stage. As mentioned previously, we've ditched the Tiger from the diorama in favour of a Willys MB. We got the kit at Christmas, in the Aldi sale. There's a lot of tiny parts in the Willys kit. Since she hasn't really done any small fiddly models, mostly aircraft with large parts and just a few small accessories, I suggested we start with the field gun and trailer first. If those got messed up, it wouldn't be a great loss to the overall diorama.
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    My Daughter's Airfix D-Day Battlefront Diorama - with Additions

    After a break of a few weeks for another project, then all falling ill, we finally got back to the D-Day Battlefront diorama today. It's the school Easter Holidays, so what better way than some modelling to fill in the day. We began with some painting on the diorama base. The road and pavements, while scattered with broken stone, were still looking very clean and fresh. To dirty them down and mottle the appearance, we used some of the Airfix starter set black and brown acrylics, painted onto a piece of scrap styrene as a pallet, then applied to the diorama with a sponge and stiff brush, dabbing on the paint in random patterns and different densities. It worked well to tone down the road, but is only the first step. We also want to reproduce muddy marks and clods of mud from vehicles and tank tracks along the roads. That will probably involve a plaster/paint/PVA glue mix, possibly rolled on from a small wheel on a stick, but that's all for another day. After the dabbing and stippling, the base was put to one side and left to dry.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    No more progress over the last week. The whole family was struck down with the black death ( or some similar plague brought home from school by my daughter ) and we've all been completely knocked out for a week. Two more Broussard kits sold on Ebay in the last couple of days and so I ordered some more resin and decals to make a new batch. I made use of some of the spare space on the decal sheet and got some small US stars printed. These are for a load of 1/144 scale WW2 GMC CCKW 2.5ton trucks which were also waiting for resin to cast the wheels.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    No pictures at present, but "Bruce #002" now has the cowl and tailplane fitted. The landing light has been set into the wing leading edge, sanded and polished.
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