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Title: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on December 30, 2019, 03:17:27 PM
Hi all,
Sorry for the lack of posts lately.

I am just getting over the flu, spent most of Christmas in bed, still I built this before Christmas but was not sure whether to post anything or not. I am not up to modelling as yet, just taking it slowly.

Neil sucked me into his Battle of Britain stuff, it seems I am now a member of the SIG - lucky me.

I started by building a Control tower in card from GPM from Poland.
It seems to be a card copy of the 1/72(76) Airfix one, even down to the runway bearing.
Further research leads me to believe that this is not a control tower that existed during the battle of Britain, and so back to the drawing board.
This is actually 1:50 not 1:48, but the difference is quite small.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on December 30, 2019, 03:26:14 PM
If you were at the last modelling day then you will have seen me sticking small bits of card to larger bits of card to make a better fitting control tower for the BOB period.

The carcass of the building is card and this is overlaid with brick sized pieces of card.
Conveniently in 1:48 scale, 1 ft  = 1/4 of an inch, bricks measure 9in x 4 in x 3 in and so the small card chads measure 1/16 in x 3/16 in.
They are stuck on with PVA glue trying to keep the courses as straight as possible.
After completion they get a coat of Shellac/knotting to stabilise the card a bit more.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on December 30, 2019, 04:06:52 PM
I know its time consuming - but the individual bricks look great.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on December 30, 2019, 06:11:37 PM
Thanks Martin.
First mark lines on the building, apertures already cut out.

Cut out individual bricks, with a scalpel and ruler. A sharp blade is essential
The white pot is the PVA applied with a brush.
The PVA is applied to a small area of building.
The bricks are picked up on the scalpel point and applied.
Quite tedious and time consuming, but therapeutic as well.


This is the bottom storey of the watch office/tower. 1959/34
Square plan 22 ft x 28 ft
They were built in brick and concrete and I believe there was one at Driffield.
Throughout time these buildings have been adapted and converted to suit more modern flying.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on December 30, 2019, 07:24:00 PM
Hi Zak,
Hope you are feeling a bit better.
This looks fabulous!
It will be very impressive once complete.
Will you be doing some Nissen Huts, Parachute Store, NAAFI, Aircraft Revetment's, to complete the diorama, it'll only take you a week or so...…Only Joking!!!
Get well soon, but with this build, Neil should be overjoyed!
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on December 31, 2019, 08:49:07 AM
Hi Kevin, improving every day.
Don't think this is happening now, remember it was all a month ago, I am playing catch up.

Here is the tower added to the watch office.
The glazing is clear plastic sheet, glazing bars are from this styrene strips.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on December 31, 2019, 11:12:04 AM
Excellent model - BUT what will Neil be getting you to do next, now you are a members of his SIG ????????
I was thinking of starting a SIG -- "The strange, weird and who would want to make a model like that" SIG   think it sounds like most of my models - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on December 31, 2019, 11:21:14 AM
Excellent model - BUT what will Neil be getting you to do next, now you are a members of his SIG ????????
I was thinking of starting a SIG -- "The strange, weird and who would want to make a model like that" SIG   think it sounds like most of my models - hohoho
I think that there may already be one of those, run by Terry Campion- GSIG of Goth, right up your street.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on December 31, 2019, 01:09:28 PM
The control tower work in progress, figure gives some idea of the size.
I have added an interior of sorts - last two photos show this.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on December 31, 2019, 01:12:25 PM
Tamiya 1:48 British Light Utility Car 10HP.

Lovely little kit, all you have come to expect from Tamiya.

It still needs a small amount of dry brushing and weathering.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 08, 2020, 12:12:26 PM
Here is the Airfix 1/48 Albion 3 point fueller.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 10, 2020, 09:54:11 AM
Airfix 1:48 Bedford MWD.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 10, 2020, 10:26:09 AM
Here are some views of the diorama as it progresses.
The hangar is a card kit from Poland.
No suitable aircraft available as yet, others will supply those.
I have also made lots of bits and pieces to go inside the hangar.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on January 10, 2020, 10:30:10 AM
Excellent work - thought it was a photo of a real hanger on first look. 
Will you/Neil be employing Pickfords to get it to Telford - hohoho .
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 10, 2020, 10:43:41 AM
Excellent work - thought it was a photo of a real hanger on first look. 
Will you/Neil be employing Pickfords to get it to Telford - hohoho .
Thanks.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Roger on January 11, 2020, 09:47:16 AM
Happy to drive a van if we need to use one to get everything there! Looking superb.
Roger
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on January 11, 2020, 06:03:01 PM
Happy to drive a van if we need to use one to get everything there! Looking superb.
Roger

Oh, you might regret that comment Roger...!!
Build away young Zak.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on January 11, 2020, 07:20:41 PM
It will need to be a very big van.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 12, 2020, 12:10:52 PM
Maybe two vans...…………….

Watch office without tower, used at dispersal sites.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 15, 2020, 02:38:13 PM
Well I did ask Neil if he wanted anymore models.
He mentioned dispersal pens.
So I did some research and came up with this.
This will be an E type pen for fighter aircraft.
This one at Kenley seemed appropriate.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 15, 2020, 02:39:42 PM
So, luckily I had a stock of unwanted corrugated card and started with that as a basis for the embankments.
I stuck the card together and added a layer of brown gummed parcel tape.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 15, 2020, 02:42:26 PM
The structures were then given a coating of Polycell textured paint for ceilings.
The end of the walls are brick and these are brick embossed plastic card, really for O gauge railways (7mm = 1 ft. (1/43)). this was painted and the mortar courses added.

I make my own grass from sieved and coloured sawdust rather than buying it.
The whole lot will be grassed,
The concrete areas were scored in 10 ft. squares and painted a sort of concrete colour.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on January 15, 2020, 02:44:48 PM
When do you move into 1:1 scale  - now that would need a very large van - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 15, 2020, 02:47:21 PM
Ha, ha, its getting out of hand as it is.
Grassing.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on January 15, 2020, 05:15:55 PM
Hi Zak,
Another creation from Goblin Enterprise's. Is there no limit to your skill and knowledge...?
It looks like Neil is going to have A LOT to be grateful for with all the items you have created and built.
Excellent stuff, and build. Lots of 'how to do it' also, which I find very useful and inspiring.
Can you show how to create 'Time' please, its the only thing I'm lacking at the moment.
Cheers,
Bigkev 
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 15, 2020, 05:52:35 PM
Yes, the faster you go the longer it gets, Time dilation principle.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on January 16, 2020, 07:49:02 PM
Yes, the faster you go the longer it gets, Time dilation principle.

Hi Zak,
I thought you would know...…
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 17, 2020, 01:11:31 PM
Some small buildings to add.
A small concrete storage building and a type 22 pillbox, for airfield defence.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 20, 2020, 07:41:07 AM
Crossley Fire Tender 4x4 Foam and CO2.
Accurate Armour.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 20, 2020, 11:11:52 AM
Dispersal pen again.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on January 20, 2020, 01:13:38 PM
Was thinking ( must stop doing this it's a very bad habit - hohoho ) you seem to have ALL the none essential buildings but have missed out the most important one ----- the toilet block.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 20, 2020, 01:34:50 PM
Was thinking ( must stop doing this it's a very bad habit - hohoho ) you seem to have ALL the none essential buildings but have missed out the most important one ----- the toilet block.
Thanks Martin, it is around the back of the hangar!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 24, 2020, 07:10:21 AM
I have been messing about with the different watch offices/control towers.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on January 24, 2020, 07:22:16 AM
Hi Zak,
Great stuff.
I suppose the final placement of all these watch towers, will only be made easier when aircraft and figures/vehicles are also in the scene.
They all look impressive though.
Have a house point.
Bigkev 
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 24, 2020, 07:50:32 AM
Hi Zak,
Great stuff.
I suppose the final placement of all these watch towers, will only be made easier when aircraft and figures/vehicles are also in the scene.
They all look impressive though.
Have a house point.
Bigkev
I tend to favour the watch office with tower whatever the rest think.
The vehicles and so on are still a work in progress.
I think the diorama needs a couple of Hurricanes in the hangar under repair and some outside as well.
It should keep me busy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Roger on January 27, 2020, 11:00:14 AM
Don't worry, lots of Hurricanes on the way.

Roger
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 30, 2020, 08:34:49 AM
More trying things out.
Hurricane under repair in the hangar - collapsed undercarriage,
its not finished, just testing placement.
The next to last shot shows the roof on and the lights as well.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on January 31, 2020, 07:21:21 AM
Here are all the parts stuck down on a removeable base.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on January 31, 2020, 08:48:50 AM
Looking good, a bit on the clean side ( but that's from an ex-engineer)
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 01, 2020, 10:10:07 AM
More messing about.
Mugs of tea available for those engineers, especially for you Martin.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 02, 2020, 09:55:06 AM
Motor Transport Shed (2 bay), usually for fire tenders or petrol tankers.
(I did not have room for a larger one)

Scratch built from card and embossed plastic card.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 04, 2020, 02:23:07 PM
The  airfield needs some sort of ambulance(s), the only ones available as kits are from Accurate Armour and Matador Models, both the K2 ambulance and both expensive.
I have bitten the bullet and will attempt the Accurate Armour Austin K2Y, 4x2 Heavy Ambulance.
The kit is resin and brass.
I started by identifying all the parts.
I found one part, the bell was missing, Accurate Armour will send another, it is a tiny part.
I lay out all the parts and number them on some paper.
It also helps you familiarise yourself with the parts.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 04, 2020, 02:25:17 PM
They were then all given a wash in water and detergent and then rinsed and allowed to dry.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 04, 2020, 03:24:51 PM
Very organised - for a zombie that is !!!!
Will look forward to seeing it ALL put together at Telford - how many tables will it take up ?????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 04, 2020, 04:13:58 PM
Very organised - for a zombie that is !!!!
Will look forward to seeing it ALL put together at Telford - how many tables will it take up ?????
All 60 ft.
No, just one.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 04, 2020, 05:33:27 PM
It seems a LOT larger in the photos.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on February 04, 2020, 07:31:05 PM
It seems a LOT larger in the photos.

If Zak says it will fit on one table believe him.....
However the one table is 60ft long.....!
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 06, 2020, 07:08:08 AM
It seems a LOT larger in the photos.

If Zak says it will fit on one table believe him.....
However the one table is 60ft long.....!
Cheers,
Bigkev
It is in separate sections, so it will fit anywhere.
Having said that it is quite large and a photo session in Bill's dining room proved how difficult it is to get around a large model, much more room will be needed to get decent photos I fear.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 06, 2020, 07:11:13 AM
The fit of the parts is excellent after cleaning up and removing them from the runners with a fine saw.
I sand with water to try to reduce the risk of dust and wear a mask - yes, yes, I await the usual comments, that must be an improvement, I thought you wore one all the time and so on.
I replaced the linkage on the front wheels with brass rod, the one supplied snapped.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 06, 2020, 09:08:32 AM
Would anybody even think such a thing as connecting you and masks -- its not worth the retribution - you would take.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 06, 2020, 02:57:26 PM
More of the same sort of stuff really.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 07, 2020, 07:19:13 AM
Undercoating/priming in progress.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 07, 2020, 07:22:26 AM
Some photos as things progress.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 07, 2020, 09:21:35 AM
Looking great - is Neil and the SIG paying , per building, per item or per brick for ALL the stuff you are doing for Telford ????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 07, 2020, 12:27:05 PM
Looking great - is Neil and the SIG paying , per building, per item or per brick for ALL the stuff you are doing for Telford ????
Oh, I never thought of that.
However in the first photo you can see his stomach on the left and my fingers on the right, Bill was wielding the camera.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 08, 2020, 09:53:33 AM
Painting/spraying in progress.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 09, 2020, 07:38:52 AM
It is such a lovely day, there is no choice but to model (what a pity), it is pouring it down and very windy.
Perfect modelling weather.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 09, 2020, 07:42:31 AM
While I wait for everything to cure/ dry I am contemplating adding another part to the airfield.
This will be the motor transport section.
I think it will consist of two 3 bay sheds for vehicle storage, offices, latrines(especially for Martin), crew quarters and a petrol pump(s). It is all in my head at the moment.
Unfortunately to keep it all balanced this may also involve another section.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 09, 2020, 08:33:49 AM
Will it be one table or one HALL at Telford
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 10, 2020, 08:13:50 AM
Modelling done during yesterdays 12 hour power cut.
Motor Transport Shed, card mainly.
Coated in a Polytex sort of stuff.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on February 10, 2020, 09:47:07 PM
Hi Zak,
Great stuff.
Bempton, better not be cut of too long at anytime.
It just allows your creative and high output skills to flow.
We might need a bigger Telford this year!!
Good as always,
Bigkev.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 11, 2020, 01:26:00 PM
Power back again.
More work on the ambulance.
I just need to add the bell.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on February 11, 2020, 05:25:14 PM
Hi Zak,
Oooooh I like that.
I have built several of the Airfix 1/72 models but none looked as good as that,
Watching this thread with interest.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 12, 2020, 07:02:46 AM
Hi Zak,
Oooooh I like that.
I have built several of the Airfix 1/72 models but none looked as good as that,
Watching this thread with interest.
Cheers,
Bigkev
It should be better, its a lot more expensive!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Roger on February 12, 2020, 08:55:04 AM
Spot on, and you make it look easy!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 12, 2020, 09:32:39 AM
Spot on, and you make it look easy!
Its because hes the master at work !!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 12, 2020, 10:42:52 AM
Spot on, and you make it look easy!
Its because hes the master at work !!!
I'm blushing now!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 12, 2020, 11:31:14 AM
You are to buildings what Haddock is to ships - blush away.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 14, 2020, 07:57:14 AM
At the moment I am busy re-roofing the Motor Transport sheds with corrugated iron.
I made this from Aluminium trays, the sort from ready meals.
I scribed on the corrugations and cut it up into scale sized sheets.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 14, 2020, 03:23:52 PM
Roof fitted and repainted, black.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 14, 2020, 03:39:58 PM
At least YOU have got the panels on the correct way round.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 15, 2020, 12:16:52 PM
I have redone the roof again, happier with it eventually.

Here is a David Brown Tractor VIG. 1/462.
Still needs decals.
I will not get any proper modelling done for the next week.
Off to Halifax tomorrow hopefully.
Then granddaughter is here all next week.
So I am trying to get things to a state so that I can clear up and do some modelling with her. She is 6!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 15, 2020, 02:24:04 PM
Then granddaughter is here all next week.
So I am trying to get things to a state so that I can clear up and do some modelling with her. She is 6!

That should improve the quality of your finished models - hohoho - I know I will pay for that at a later time.
Enjoy Halifax and have a good week after that
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on February 17, 2020, 09:07:22 AM
Hi Zak,
What element of the diorama are you going to let her do?
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 23, 2020, 01:05:19 PM
David Brown Tractor just about completed.
Some views of the completed buildings.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 24, 2020, 03:19:09 PM
Fuel bowser for the tractor to pull.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 24, 2020, 03:23:28 PM
Nissen hut for the Motor Transport Department and general accommodation.
Scratch built from card and thick aluminium foil.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 24, 2020, 03:56:41 PM
Another excellent building - but don't forget the toilets - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on February 24, 2020, 04:16:14 PM
When will it end!!!!!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on February 24, 2020, 04:18:03 PM
Another excellent building - but don't forget the toilets - hohoho

Ablutions Msea, Ablutions.

People of Zak's standing require a more gentlemanly description....

Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 24, 2020, 04:26:17 PM
Another excellent building - but don't forget the toilets - hohoho

Ablutions Msea, Ablutions.

People of Zak's standing require a more gentlemanly description....

Bigkev
Bog off!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on February 24, 2020, 04:28:40 PM
Another excellent building - but don't forget the toilets - hohoho

Ablutions Msea, Ablutions.

People of Zak's standing require a more gentlemanly description....

Bigkev
Bog off!

Oh Zak,

I'm flushed with embarrassment....

Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 26, 2020, 03:02:09 PM
Here is a conversion from the Airfix Bedford MWD into a water tanker, I have shown it with the original.
The fuel bowser is being repainted.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 27, 2020, 10:15:04 AM
Fuel Bowser just about complete.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on February 28, 2020, 09:03:40 AM
Neat, like the tractor.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on February 28, 2020, 10:21:21 AM
Next, I am going to convert or try to, the Airfix Albion into a tractor and trailer.
Something like this.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on February 28, 2020, 11:17:24 AM
I see you will now need 2 halls at Telford - hohoho.
Not sure if I am going to the show this year, but think I need to go just to see ALL your models in one place.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 02, 2020, 11:56:45 AM

Here is the converted Albion together with a trailer. The trailer was scratch built from plastic card.


This is what I built at the club modelling day - another Nissen hut. It still needs windows doors, end walls and painting
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on March 02, 2020, 12:36:36 PM
Versatile as an egg!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 04, 2020, 02:59:14 PM
Load on the back of the Albion, it is a Hurricane, this may be sacrilege to some of our members -I will send Neil a copy as he never looks on here.
The Albion is being refuelled.
Yes, the wings are under the tarp.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 05, 2020, 03:09:26 PM
Slightly side tracked into 1/76 scale for Roger.
He wanted a dispersal hut.
So after a whizz through the Battle of Britain film, here is my best guess, about 24 ft. x 12 ft.
Made from card with a thin wooden veneer overlay.
Painting next.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 05, 2020, 05:36:29 PM
Do you take orders for 1:1 scale sheds ?????????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 05, 2020, 08:11:32 PM
Do you take orders for 1:1 scale sheds ?????????

Hi Msea,
I think he does, but the waiting time is horrendous...…

Possibly as long as 3 days...…….ho, ho, ho

Kevin ;)
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 06, 2020, 08:23:56 AM
Here is a bit more on the 1/76 or is it 1/72 dispersal shed.
The ruler shows the size.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 06, 2020, 02:54:12 PM
While the dust settles - well paint dries, I decided that I had better build one for Neil in 1/48 scale.
What do you do with your old cereal packets?

-Mine are about to become a dispersal hut.

The bottom photo is so you can compere the sizes.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 06, 2020, 03:00:46 PM
The front and back panels of my weetabix box are saved, to make things from, such as test models of building to get the size and shape. The side panel is cut into small squares to mix glue on then throw away.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 06, 2020, 04:13:03 PM
The front and back panels of my weetabix box are saved, to make things from, such as test models of building to get the size and shape. The side panel is cut into small squares to mix glue on then throw away.
Maybe we should run a thread on the use of cereal packets and other household items?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 07, 2020, 10:45:04 AM
Here is the 1/72 or 1/76 one completed.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 07, 2020, 10:46:32 AM
Guess what, here is the 1:48 one as well.
They are very similar, except the size of course.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on March 07, 2020, 02:39:22 PM
The front and back panels of my weetabix box are saved, to make things from, such as test models of building to get the size and shape. The side panel is cut into small squares to mix glue on then throw away.
Maybe we should run a thread on the use of cereal packets and other household items?
Could even be a "cereal packet SIG"
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Roger on March 07, 2020, 04:54:31 PM
Just perfect, what a clever chap you are! Better get some more Hurricanes built to go with it.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 09, 2020, 02:40:35 PM
Well, its back to vehicles, here is the Airfix Albion fueller being converted to a MkI Coles Crane carrying vehicle. Supplied to the RAF in 1936.
I built one of these in 1/76 scale some time ago, and I not the photos have been deleted.
Again I used the plans I had and scaled them up.
Crane details were very sketchy and so best guesses and total fiction applied.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on March 09, 2020, 04:08:24 PM
This lot is deserves a table all on it's own.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 11, 2020, 10:01:26 AM
Thanks Haddock.
The fuel tank was moved, a new deck built for the crane and a window cut in the rear of the cab.

Here we are sloshing on some paint.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 11, 2020, 10:06:16 AM
Meanwhile I must turn my attention to building a Hurricane, for Ginger Lacey - local connection.
I will not post anything here as you see enough Spitfires and Hurricanes.

While it is drying and so on, I may attempt another vehicle.

This will be a white metal Kit from Assam Models, they produce a whole range of 1:48 vehicles, not cheap, but there is little alternative.
Here is their website.
http://www.asam.co.uk/
It will be a Bedford OD with a Queen Mary Trailer.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 11, 2020, 10:03:27 PM
Meanwhile I must turn my attention to building a Hurricane, for Ginger Lacey - local connection.
I will not post anything here as you see enough Spitfires and Hurricanes.

While it is drying and so on, I may attempt another vehicle.

This will be a white metal Kit from Assam Models, they produce a whole range of 1:48 vehicles, not cheap, but there is little alternative.
Here is their website.
http://www.asam.co.uk/
It will be a Bedford OD with a Queen Mary Trailer.

Your pockets must be the deepest in Yorkshire!
I think 'Herr Robinson' should be down the Yorkshire Pudding Mines to help offset this monetary effort, though his pockets are sown up to the start of the pocket, so perhaps not.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 11, 2020, 10:15:22 PM
If you can get money out of Robinson you are a better man than me
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 11, 2020, 10:17:43 PM
If you can get money out of Robinson you are a better man than me

That is quite true....
I managed to get blood out of a stone once, but Robinson.....
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 12, 2020, 01:16:34 PM
If you can get money out of Robinson you are a better man than me

That is quite true....
I managed to get blood out of a stone once, but Robinson.....
Bigkev
Your lucky he rarely goes on this site, but I did get him on the other day. You never know he may now have the odd look.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 12, 2020, 07:54:36 PM
If you can get money out of Robinson you are a better man than me

That is quite true....
I managed to get blood out of a stone once, but Robinson.....
Bigkev
Your lucky he rarely goes on this site, but I did get him on the other day. You never know he may now have the odd look.

By 'Odd Look' is that a description of the man, or a statement of his intentions.....
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 13, 2020, 06:59:53 AM
BOTH!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 13, 2020, 07:23:04 AM
More painting.
Decaling.
Shading and dry brushing.
All in progress.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 14, 2020, 04:09:54 PM
Almost finished, just a little bit of touching up.
Here are some better photos.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 15, 2020, 03:27:16 PM
I got side tracked again into another cereal packet, cocktail sticks, copper wire, clear plastic and card.
Here is the result.
Catfoss Control Tower or Watch Office if you prefer, it is a bit rough around the edges, but it from nothing.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 15, 2020, 03:43:48 PM
If that is "a bit rough around the edges" what the h%$% does that make my models ??????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 15, 2020, 03:55:20 PM
If that is "a bit rough around the edges" what the h%$% does that make my models ??????
It may look better in photos!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 16, 2020, 10:50:41 AM
A bit of a local connection, here is Ginger Lacey's Hurricane, he lived in Bridlington for quite a number of years.
It is the Airfix MkI.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 16, 2020, 02:29:52 PM
Just messing around with the diorama really to see how it all looks.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 17, 2020, 03:23:37 PM
NAAFI Van for the RAF personnel.
This will have to be scratch built, using some wheels that I purchased in 1/48 scale, I can't remember what they were really for, probably resin replacements for the Airfix Bedford MWD.
Construction is mainly plastic card.
I always find it difficult to get everything square.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 18, 2020, 07:21:39 AM
Hi Zak,
That looks really good, I love it!
Pity no manufacturer has catered(excuse pun)for one in 1/72 or 1/48th..
Yours will be very unique.
Can I put an order in for a Bacon Bap and Mug of Tea please??
Cheers.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 18, 2020, 08:41:46 AM
Another excellent model - put me down for 2 bacon butties and a MUG of coffee
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 18, 2020, 10:32:49 AM
Another excellent model - put me down for 2 bacon butties and a MUG of coffee
Sorry due to self isolation, it will not be open for a while.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 18, 2020, 12:52:45 PM
More progress, the Airfix ground crew have been slightly modified.
Lots of bits and pieces for the inside and shelf.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 18, 2020, 03:02:54 PM
More
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 18, 2020, 09:11:17 PM
Hi Zak,
Just Fabulous.....!
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on March 19, 2020, 09:09:13 AM
Splendid!
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 19, 2020, 11:00:35 AM
You know what I think - how do you do it - will you have your OWN BofB table at the show, or do you have to let Neil etc share your limelight ????????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 19, 2020, 02:37:28 PM
While the paint dries I have decided to attempt an AEC Matador flatbed as a scratch-build.
I had some plans in 1:76 that I resized on the printer/scanner. (x 158%).

I then looked for photos and further information in the books I had and on the internet.
I found a nice walkaround. https://www.net-maquettes.com/pictures/aec-0853-matador-walkaround/
The chassis is the place to start and due to social isolation I may give you the whole build in detail. Be warned.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 19, 2020, 03:24:24 PM
Here are a few of the tools/ jigs used to get straight lies and right angles - I still struggle.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 19, 2020, 03:56:37 PM
Thank you I will steal some of the ideas above
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 19, 2020, 05:08:11 PM
Thank you I will steal some of the ideas above
Feel Free.
Fuel tank.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 20, 2020, 07:09:38 AM
Meanwhile back to the NAAFI Van, complete with figures.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 20, 2020, 07:15:47 AM
Looks like our show - more people at the food van than in the hall -  hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 20, 2020, 10:39:36 AM
Back to the AEC.
Progress continues
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 21, 2020, 06:44:19 AM
Hi Zak,
Great Stuff.
You are a master at scratch building.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 21, 2020, 10:25:33 AM
Hi Zak,
Great Stuff.
You are a master at scratch building.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Thank you kind sir.
Here the mudguards are formed from plastic card moulded into a ring by wrapping round a former, immersing in boiling water, cooling and then the plastic retains the circular shape. This is then cut to the desired lengths.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 21, 2020, 10:27:41 AM
The steering wheel formed from solder wrapped around a former and cut, the rest is superglued in place, there will be some detail in the cab, but just a suggestion of brake lever and gearstick.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 21, 2020, 12:00:44 PM
I am going to try making some wheels from balsa, the photos will show the process hopefully.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 21, 2020, 04:18:27 PM
Flat bed added.
I am not happy with the wheels, I will try and improve them.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 21, 2020, 07:43:37 PM
Hi Zak,
I'm sure those wheels won't hold his build back.
It looks great as is, but if your not happy, then I'm sure you will make it so... (Captain Picard)
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 22, 2020, 09:26:02 AM
I am attempting to make a new set of wheels in plastic, a similar procedure but they hold an edge better,
Time will tell, its taken since 8:30 to make one.
Perhaps I should get some casting resin and moulding rubber?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 22, 2020, 10:39:15 AM
Here is the first one, I think it is an improvement.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 22, 2020, 12:00:03 PM
Looks good to me - I have never had much luck making things from balsa unless it was a flat section.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 23, 2020, 09:58:30 AM
Hi, spent a lot of yesterday making wheels, still not totally happy, but they will have to do.
Paint sloshed on in the method of Haddock.
Colours of RAF vehicles during the Battle of Britain  - almost anything goes, they seem to have been transitioning from blue to disruptive and anything in between.
Sort of khaki -ish at the moment.
The black, mickey mouse ears pattern was later.
Seems almost like army colours, but maybe they were too busy to repaint ground vehicles.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 23, 2020, 10:58:14 AM
While the paint dries, I started this on our modelling day, I have eventually finished it.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 23, 2020, 04:58:34 PM
Hi, spent a lot of yesterday making wheels, still not totally happy, but they will have to do.
Paint sloshed on in the method of Haddock.
Colours of RAF vehicles during the Battle of Britain  - almost anything goes, they seem to have been transitioning from blue to disruptive and anything in between.
Sort of khaki -ish at the moment.
The black, mickey mouse ears pattern was later.
Seems almost like army colours, but maybe they were too busy to repaint ground vehicles.

Hi Zak,
Never mind Zak,  they look okay to me, in fact they look 'Wheely Great!'
Sorry could not resist.
Bigkev

PS. Couldn't think of a pun for the nice Nissen Hut
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 23, 2020, 06:00:37 PM
Hi, spent a lot of yesterday making wheels, still not totally happy, but they will have to do.
Paint sloshed on in the method of Haddock.
Colours of RAF vehicles during the Battle of Britain  - almost anything goes, they seem to have been transitioning from blue to disruptive and anything in between.
Sort of khaki -ish at the moment.
The black, mickey mouse ears pattern was later.
Seems almost like army colours, but maybe they were too busy to repaint ground vehicles.

Hi Zak,
Never mind Zak,  they look okay to me, in fact they look 'Wheely Great!'
Sorry could not resist.
Bigkev

PS. Couldn't think of a pun for the nice Nissen Hut
I have sourced some online, just waiting for a price and maybe they will look better.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Wizzel on March 23, 2020, 06:52:18 PM
The scratchbuild stuff takes my breath away.  That first world war thread you did went on forever and was brill.  I'm going to enjoy seeing them for real hopefully at our show!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 24, 2020, 03:30:00 PM
I am still awaiting a price on some wheels, so I am having another go at making some.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 25, 2020, 09:31:10 AM
Wheels on their way, reasonable price too.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 25, 2020, 10:21:14 AM
That's wheely good - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 25, 2020, 10:33:35 AM
That's wheely good - hohoho
That's wheely funny as well.
Here it is without wheels.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 25, 2020, 01:17:13 PM
My wheels and some kit wheels?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 25, 2020, 03:06:22 PM
I am adding a load especially for Mr. Robinson - what can it be?
The tarpaulin is made from tissue paper coated with diluted PVA, it will of course need painting.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 25, 2020, 04:50:03 PM
I am adding a load especially for Mr. Robinson - what can it be?
The tarpaulin is made from tissue paper coated with diluted PVA, it will of course need painting.

Please Sir, Please Sir...!
I know the answer, I know the answer...…!!
It's a pack of toilet rolls...….
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 25, 2020, 05:53:15 PM
No, its just one very large toilet roll, but it might be something to do with Rolls?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Wizzel on March 25, 2020, 07:02:32 PM
Is it a load of bread cakes then?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 25, 2020, 07:30:54 PM
Its a small car that doesn't work very well -- its a "Rolls Canhardly" - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 25, 2020, 08:29:37 PM
Its a small car that doesn't work very well -- its a "Rolls Canhardly" - hohoho

Oh, you boys are very naughty

it is not a 'Rolls Canhardly' , it is an 'Rolls Andrexly Special 2020' with underhanging cleansing attributes.

What else, could it be...?

Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 26, 2020, 08:06:27 AM
Its a small car that doesn't work very well -- its a "Rolls Canhardly" - hohoho
Rolls down hills and can hardly go up them!

No its a bird of prey.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 26, 2020, 01:32:42 PM
Is that from Star Trek ?????  never thought of you as a Treky
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 26, 2020, 02:26:19 PM
Is that from Star Trek ?????  never thought of you as a Treky
Klingons on the Starboard bow.
Sorry, yes a bit of a Sci Fi lover.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 26, 2020, 03:52:23 PM
You %$£$&^**** now I can't get that "Klingons on the starboard bow" out of my head  - its a real earworm song.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 26, 2020, 05:44:54 PM
You %$£$&^**** now I can't get that "Klingons on the starboard bow" out of my head  - its a real earworm song.
That's life Jim but not as we know it!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on March 27, 2020, 08:40:33 AM
It has to be a Merlin engine.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 27, 2020, 09:03:33 AM
You %$£$&^**** now I can't get that "Klingons on the starboard bow" out of my head  - its a real earworm song.
That's life Jim but not as we know it!

Now got that song in my head all day today as well -- thank you a bunch - hohoho.  Now going out into the garden again while its sunny, singing in my head.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 27, 2020, 09:51:29 AM
Just been to the allotment and done some digging.
Still lots to do.
Picked leeks, parsnips, broccoli and cauliflower.
Here is my latest model.
This is a white metal and resin kit.
Not strictly used on airfields but it is an ATV.
Lets say it is on loan from the NFS or AFS for general station use.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 28, 2020, 12:31:47 PM
I think now it is onto a fire tender, this will be a scratch built streamlined one, about 100 were in use from 1935-36 and so I presume some would still be around in 1940.
It will be mostly guesswork, using a few photographs and the dimensions of the Crossley chassis used to make them.
Here is one of the photos just to give you a flavour of the beast.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 28, 2020, 12:38:31 PM
This is what I will be working to, rough and ready I am afraid -a bit like me.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 28, 2020, 12:42:39 PM
"Rough and ready" -- that a kind description - hohohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 28, 2020, 02:20:25 PM
I have finished my AEC Matador, here it is with commercial wheels.
A Merlin engine under the tarpaulin.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 28, 2020, 03:40:08 PM
Hi Zak,
A very nice build and from scratch too!
Shame it wasn't a 'Kestrel' engine rather than a 'Merlin', the Kestrel being more well known, but agreed the Merlin powered the Spitfire and Hurricane, so I suppose that is to expected, Neil knows what he wants.
Nice finish, and a great replica, thumbs up from me!   :)
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 28, 2020, 04:17:03 PM
Hi Zak,
A very nice build and from scratch too!
Shame it wasn't a 'Kestrel' engine rather than a 'Merlin', the Kestrel being more well known, but agreed the Merlin powered the Spitfire and Hurricane, so I suppose that is to expected, Neil knows what he wants.
Nice finish, and a great replica, thumbs up from me!   :)
Cheers,
Bigkev
In truth it is the wrong mark of Merlin, hence the tarpaulin.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 28, 2020, 04:22:31 PM
Will Neil be putting tarpaulins over any aircraft he thinks are wrong ??????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 28, 2020, 04:34:40 PM
Will Neil be putting tarpaulins over any aircraft he thinks are wrong ??????

Oh, how novel that will be...!
All, of Neil's Spitfires and Hurricane's under wraps...
Who, is brave enough to tell him...??
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 28, 2020, 04:39:13 PM
YOU ARE !!!!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 28, 2020, 04:44:16 PM
YOU ARE !!!!!!

Hi Msea,

Please note that my 'YELLOW STRIPE' is still in place, and will be for the foreseeable future.
I am hopefully, a 'kind man' , who would rather keep quiet than burst someone's bubble...
Cheers,
Bigkev

PS. My middle name is 'Chicken'
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 28, 2020, 05:34:22 PM
YOU ARE !!!!!!

Hi Msea,

Please note that my 'YELLOW STRIPE' is still in place, and will be for the foreseeable future.
I am hopefully, a 'kind man' , who would rather keep quiet than burst someone's bubble...
Cheers,
Bigkev

PS. My middle name is 'Chicken'
I didn't know you were from Lincolnshire - Yellow Belly.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 28, 2020, 06:31:45 PM
YOU ARE !!!!!!

Hi Msea,

Please note that my 'YELLOW STRIPE' is still in place, and will be for the foreseeable future.
I am hopefully, a 'kind man' , who would rather keep quiet than burst someone's bubble...
Cheers,
Bigkev

PS. My middle name is 'Chicken'
I didn't know you were from Lincolnshire - Yellow Belly.

Actually, I'm from Essex, dance around my wallet on the dance floor y'know.....
But, I'm still a chicken on this thread....

Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 28, 2020, 06:47:19 PM
I have just checked -- no yellow stripe Kevin !!!!  so you can tell Neil -  hohoho
Just think of the trouble I will get into when/if Neil ever gets online !!!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 30, 2020, 10:14:55 AM
Progress on the Crossley Streamlined Fire Tender, it looks something like.
Lots of little details to add.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on March 30, 2020, 10:19:51 AM
Looks good to me
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 30, 2020, 10:30:04 AM
Sorry, but I was building this in-between waiting for the glue to go off and things to set.
This is a huge chunk of white metal that I assembled using low melt solder - I tries epoxy resin (POXY really) with little success, superglue for small bits.
I see from the photo the odd joint needs work.
Photos are cruel.

If the weather improves I need to get 4 x 39ft rows of main crop potatoes in.
Luckily allotments count as exercise - lucky me, so modelling will be on the back burner maybe.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 31, 2020, 06:47:44 AM
Sorry, but I was building this in-between waiting for the glue to go off and things to set.
This is a huge chunk of white metal that I assembled using low melt solder - I tries epoxy resin (POXY really) with little success, superglue for small bits.
I see from the photo the odd joint needs work.
Photos are cruel.

If the weather improves I need to get 4 x 39ft rows of main crop potatoes in.
Luckily allotments count as exercise - lucky me, so modelling will be on the back burner maybe.

Hi Zak,
So at least we know where we can come to get some potatoes for our chips!!
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 31, 2020, 10:14:45 AM
While the decals set and such I have started the next vehicle, it follows on from the last one, it is part of the same picture.
This is the ambulance on a Morris Commercial D chassis, the one on the left of the picture.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on March 31, 2020, 02:18:00 PM
Great stuff Dave.
Your going to need a bigger house for all that.
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on March 31, 2020, 03:14:15 PM
Sandra won't let me!
Here is the chassis for the Morris Ambulance.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on March 31, 2020, 07:51:11 PM
Sandra won't let me!
Here is the chassis for the Morris Ambulance.

Don't worry Zak,
Biggles says you can use his garage free of charge....
Most of your builds will be on the BoB display.
Sandra might say 'No' to you, Jill will say 'No' to Neil,
Who really has the power...?
The Wive's.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 01, 2020, 09:10:52 AM
I know my place.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 01, 2020, 09:54:13 AM
The diorama is coming on at great speed - should be good.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 01, 2020, 10:20:27 AM
Don't even think about storage in my hut -- am working on "she who must be obeyed" to get new furniture inthe model room for display -- wish me luck !!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 01, 2020, 10:21:57 AM
Don't even think about storage in my hut -- am working on "she who must be obeyed" to get new furniture inthe model room for display -- wish me luck !!!
Oh, nice one, I could do with some of that, what are you getting.
I should probably get a very large Nissen hut.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 01, 2020, 12:05:31 PM
I thought you had made a lot of them already !!!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 01, 2020, 01:37:21 PM
Not full size ones though!

Glazing.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 01, 2020, 01:58:17 PM
Blurred!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 01, 2020, 02:09:48 PM
Blurred!
Just like me then. Hides all the faults.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 01, 2020, 07:29:57 PM
Hi Zak,
No wonder it is blurred, I bet you took the picture after the mentor session with Biggles.
You hands must have been shaking with excitement of seeing him post.
Its looks nice, any chance of clear picture, please.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 01, 2020, 08:16:57 PM
The hanger looks really excellent Dave. It did look like the real thing at first.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 02, 2020, 10:06:39 AM
Is this a better picture - all faults on show, cruel camera.

I am really struggling with this Morris Commercial Ambulance, it just does not feel right, looks too modern.
I may have to try again.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 02, 2020, 12:36:22 PM
That's better.
Persevere with the van, it'll turn out OK.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 02, 2020, 09:38:14 PM
That's better.
Persevere with the van, it'll turn out OK.
Haddock.

Hi Zak,
Like Haddock says persevere.
Most models don't 'look right' until painted and decalled.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 03, 2020, 09:42:22 AM
I was just taking photos of the finished streamlined fire tender, assuming I had done all I could.
Looking at the photos, I notice that I need some mirrors, those easy to forget details, it is not like a kit where the bits are there. I need to write a checklist, in fact I think I once did, I wonder where I put it?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 03, 2020, 09:54:11 AM
Undercoating, looking a bit better.
I found my list, filed it just where it should be.
Starting handle required? and valves on the tyres.

Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 03, 2020, 12:58:52 PM
Vehicle storage box, I took the photo so I will know where they go when I pack up after a show, if ever there is another.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 03, 2020, 02:26:45 PM
You're going to need a big box to put all the little boxes in!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Wizzel on April 03, 2020, 04:17:38 PM
Will they be made of ticky tacky, these little boxes?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 03, 2020, 05:08:03 PM
I just hope we get to be able to display all Zak's vehicles and buildings at some point in the future!
Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 03, 2020, 08:57:20 PM
I just hope we get to be able to display all Zak's vehicles and buildings at some point in the future!
Biggles

If we cannot get 'Telford' can we have a 'Cass Hall Extravaganza'
Only a thought.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 04, 2020, 09:41:50 AM
A 'Cass Hall Extravaganza' – what a wonderul idea!
Something to look forward to...
Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bob C on April 04, 2020, 09:58:13 AM
That’s a really good idea 💡.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 04, 2020, 10:06:49 AM
Quivering in anticipation.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 04, 2020, 02:18:13 PM
So, while the first coat of paint dries on the Morris, it is onto the Fordson, the last vehicle in the photo.
This is a 3 ton Fordson 6x4 on an E917T chassis, many of these were used in the balloon winch role as well as foam tenders. They were also fitted with bus chassis for bomber crew transportation. The Fordson Sussex seems to be very similar.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 04, 2020, 02:40:21 PM
Blimey you're batting on with your modelling!

I'm about to spray some Sky under surfaces on a trio of Spitfires (I know, yawn!!!), that I'm doing as a diorama based, upon a real photo of three No 92 Sqn Spitfires taking off at Manston in the autumn of 1940.
I have just painted the pilots, but maybe should have glued them in to place BEFORE I joined the fuselage halves, as it looks like I might have "fun" easing them in to the cockpits! Doh!
Biggles
   
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 04, 2020, 02:54:50 PM
Blimey you're batting on with your modelling!

I'm about to spray some Sky under surfaces on a trio of Spitfires (I know, yawn!!!), that I'm doing as a diorama based, upon a real photo of three No 92 Sqn Spitfires taking off at Manston in the autumn of 1940.
I have just painted the pilots, but maybe should have glued them in to place BEFORE I joined the fuselage halves, as it looks like I might have "fun" easing them in to the cockpits! Doh!
Biggles
 
Lets have some pictures!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 04, 2020, 03:43:44 PM
Blimey you're batting on with your modelling!

I'm about to spray some Sky under surfaces on a trio of Spitfires (I know, yawn!!!), that I'm doing as a diorama based, upon a real photo of three No 92 Sqn Spitfires taking off at Manston in the autumn of 1940.
I have just painted the pilots, but maybe should have glued them in to place BEFORE I joined the fuselage halves, as it looks like I might have "fun" easing them in to the cockpits! Doh!
Biggles
 
How about starting your own thread instead of hi-jacking everyone else's!!
Lets have some pictures!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 04, 2020, 05:51:16 PM
Blimey you're batting on with your modelling!

I'm about to spray some Sky under surfaces on a trio of Spitfires (I know, yawn!!!), that I'm doing as a diorama based, upon a real photo of three No 92 Sqn Spitfires taking off at Manston in the autumn of 1940.
I have just painted the pilots, but maybe should have glued them in to place BEFORE I joined the fuselage halves, as it looks like I might have "fun" easing them in to the cockpits! Doh!
Biggles
 
How about starting your own thread instead of hi-jacking everyone else's!!
Lets have some pictures!

Oh Heck Biggles,
You' better get that Camera found, and get posting, or Haddock will have you swabbing the decks...
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 05, 2020, 08:46:30 AM
Walking the plank no less, maybe even keel- hauling.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 05, 2020, 08:56:35 AM
Waking the plank no less, maybe even keel- hauling.
Haddock.
Careful Haddock, I think you mean walking the plank, be careful with those consonants.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 05, 2020, 10:03:18 AM
More progress, the Morris has had two coats of Blue.
The Fordson continues.
I am trying to leave the Fordson as individual bits, but it is quite hard not to stick it all together.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 05, 2020, 12:48:18 PM
Waking the plank no less, maybe even keel- hauling.
Haddock.
Careful Haddock, I think you mean walking the plank, be careful with those consonants.
I would if I knew what a consonant was.
Looks OK to me though.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 05, 2020, 01:26:19 PM
I thought it was somebody who went into space - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 05, 2020, 02:11:45 PM
I have been trying to work out the foam apparatus on the rear, no plans and very few photos of this particular vehicle, so best guess.
The bits and pieces are made from anything that fitted the bill.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 05, 2020, 02:22:36 PM
Hi Zak,
Very clever stuff that, impressive collection of models for this diorama, you'll be having your own IPMS 'Special Edition' at this rate.
Excellent.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 05, 2020, 02:29:01 PM
Hey Zak,
You could fill a magazine with a 'Modellling Battle of Britain buildings and vehicles' series of articles....
Looks like IPMS Magazine might be the beneficiary???

It would certainly be an alternative 'take' of the more traditional Battle of Britain fare!!!

Love 'em,
Neil
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 05, 2020, 03:39:29 PM
Seconded!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 05, 2020, 05:08:32 PM
Third-ed     hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 06, 2020, 08:43:23 AM
Fourthed.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 06, 2020, 09:10:12 AM
Hi all,
I have just watch a short film on 992 squadron - it is here on line
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=992+squadron&&view=detail&mid=261C44EE882993715481261C44EE882993715481&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3D992%2Bsquadron%26FORM%3DHDRSC3

I found it interesting, just for the vehicles, some are Fordson Sussex types.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 07, 2020, 03:42:14 PM
Too much gardening today and a visit to the chemist that took forever.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 08, 2020, 07:28:47 PM
Too much gardening today and a visit to the chemist that took forever.

Aaaah, but is your tan through waiting as good as mine...!
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 09, 2020, 09:00:27 AM
More progress on the Morris Commercial.
Roof not stuck down yet.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 09, 2020, 03:09:10 PM
Mirrors and starting handle added - I always forget them, lights still to paint.
As I said earlier, could be better, but it will end up the farthest away on a three vehicle diorama so what the photos sees the eye doesn't.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 10, 2020, 11:02:54 AM
Well, I have spent the last week, messing about with the idea of a barrage balloon in 1:48 scale - quite big, yes.
The idea was to coat a balloon with brown papers gummed parcel tape, a few layers I thought - 3 or four, add some fins and see how it went.
Well it went quite well.
Martin at the shop supplied the balloon.
I duly coated it with the tape - it has a water soluble adhesive on one side, so cut it into pieces and stick it on. $ layers.
I allowed it to dry and coated it with a thin plaster wash, allowed it to dry - lots of sanding in-between.

Then I popped the balloon - disaster, the parcel tape had stuck to the balloon and here is the result. I am not sure that I can retrieve this?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 10, 2020, 12:02:11 PM
Well, I have spent the last week, messing about with the idea of a barrage balloon in 1:48 scale - quite big, yes.
The idea was to coat a balloon with brown papers gummed parcel tape, a few layers I thought - 3 or four, add some fins and see how it went.
Well it went quite well.
Martin at the shop supplied the balloon.
I duly coated it with the tape - it has a water soluble adhesive on one side, so cut it into pieces and stick it on. $ layers.
I allowed it to dry and coated it with a thin plaster wash, allowed it to dry - lots of sanding in-between.

Then I popped the balloon - disaster, the parcel tape had stuck to the balloon and here is the result. I am not sure that I can retrieve this?

Bet that left you a bit deflated....

Try again, this time you will succeed,

Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 10, 2020, 12:17:53 PM
Deflated, deflated...…………. I had to gasp for air...…………… a did use a few expletives and then saw the funny side.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 10, 2020, 12:24:21 PM
Why not do it as a part deflated balloon being winched up or down  -  never a disaster just another idea for a model
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 10, 2020, 12:38:48 PM
Why not do it as a part deflated balloon being winched up or down  -  never a disaster just another idea for a model
I am attempting a repair but the surface is not as smooth as it should be.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 10, 2020, 12:52:51 PM
I have to ask myself "why did he pop the balloon?".
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 10, 2020, 12:57:35 PM
I have to ask myself "why did he pop the balloon?".
Haddock.
It would have slowly deflated and probably done the same, so I just hurried the process along.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 10, 2020, 01:27:54 PM
I have to ask myself "why did he pop the balloon?".
Haddock.
It would have slowly deflated and probably done the same, so I just hurried the process along.
I could have gone on about diffusion across a semi-permeable membrane, pressure differences and maybe even osmosis.
But I didn't.
I used a piece of thick wire, pieces the balloon and pulled out the dents, rather like a car body shop.
I will add a few more layers of gummed paper and see how it looks.
What a way to spend your day.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 10, 2020, 01:31:15 PM
It looks like you are getting there with this Dave.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bob C on April 10, 2020, 01:59:27 PM
With all that work can we have the airfield display when the squadrons have flown off into battle, it all looks good.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 10, 2020, 02:03:47 PM
That's a great idea -- no planes  -- hohoho  sorry Neil
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 10, 2020, 02:05:03 PM
What no planes!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 10, 2020, 02:40:31 PM
Don't worry Chris --- Helos are accepted just no planes
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 10, 2020, 05:03:47 PM
As the first layer on the balloon dries, it is back to the mini diorama with the three vehicles.
Here they are, posed just to look at the effect, the foam tender is still unfinished, and I knocked the mirroe off the streamlines one.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 10, 2020, 05:56:24 PM
Still not sure if it is your model or a photo -- so well done that man.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 10, 2020, 08:12:59 PM
Hi Zak,
Great, just great...
Never seen anything matching this.
These will get a lot of attention when released to the general public.
Have a big pat on the back from me.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 11, 2020, 09:27:16 AM
What ingenuity... absolutely fascinating.
I am awe-struck!

Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 11, 2020, 09:34:15 AM
If you were to take these pictures in black and white, they could easily pass as photo's of the real thing.
Brilliant.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on April 11, 2020, 09:44:53 AM
AWESOME, Just AWESOME!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 11, 2020, 10:11:10 AM
To (mis)quote that line from the 'Calander Girls' film – "we're going to need a considerably bigger display area" to properly display all these wonderful buildings and vehicles!
If we DO ever get around to photographing them for the IPMS Magazine and/or the IPMS Battle of Britain Special, (which I am determined we will), the three vehicles infront of the buildings can reproduced exactly as the photo of the original... even with the Spitfire, Gladiator and Blenheim in the background...

If the INFLATED barrage balloon attempt fails, could you maybe reproduce it in DEFLATED form and position it next the the vehicle as a diorama in its own right? As if the crew were just about to inflate it? Just a suggestion.

I'm still awestruck...
... and can't wait to see them on a display table!
Biggles   
 
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 11, 2020, 10:47:15 AM
Many thanks for the comments, he said blushing.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 11, 2020, 01:26:40 PM
Really excellent models!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 11, 2020, 02:25:23 PM
Back to modelling, just started the barrage balloon winch.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bob C on April 11, 2020, 02:28:36 PM
The 3 vehicle pictures really do look realistic, they look great.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 12, 2020, 08:57:30 AM
Slow progress, the rear had a flat part, presumably for carrying the balloon.
Well that's what it seems like from photos.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 12, 2020, 03:40:16 PM
Presumably all s ratch built Dave?
Looks excellent.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 12, 2020, 04:16:48 PM
Yes, all scratch built apart from the wheels.
Here is the cage that the winch operator sat in for protection.
Built from wire and thread.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 12, 2020, 05:14:48 PM
Here is the cage door showing the technique used. Wire across the plastic card frame and then thread at right angles.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 12, 2020, 08:26:04 PM
I thought the cage was for me !!!!!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 13, 2020, 06:42:43 AM
I thought the cage was for me !!!!!!!
No, it's the doghouse for you, as usual.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 13, 2020, 10:58:18 AM
Hi Zak,
Everything you make from scratch is awe inspiring, you must have come out of the same creative 'pool' as Msea.
Cheers.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 13, 2020, 11:11:43 AM
Hi Zak,
Everything you make from scratch is awe inspiring, you must have come out of the same creative 'pool' as Msea.
Cheers.
Bigkev
I think that is a complement, but not sure about comparisons with Martin.
I don't put a full interior in the cab, as once the windows glazed it is quite difficult to see inside.
So seats, steering wheel, gear stick, hand brake and some form of dash board.
The winch had normal controls, brake, clutch throttle, gears and a handbrake for the second engine fitted behind the cab and the winch cage.
There were two dials on a sort of dashboard. Mostly guesswork.
They do apparently have one of these at Hendon.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 13, 2020, 01:11:07 PM
I concur with Kevin. I'm amazed at the scratch building you are doing!

Chris
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 13, 2020, 03:00:22 PM
Scratch  building is what I enjoy most, At least all the mistakes are mine.
Here it is ready for painting, although it looks complete, it comes in parts for painting, then a few more details to add.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 13, 2020, 04:03:37 PM
Brilliant Dave!
You are a scratchbuilder par excellence!

Have you sorted out the barrage ballon 'problem'...
... or is that still a work in progress?

Awestruck Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 13, 2020, 05:41:44 PM
Brilliant Dave!
You are a scratchbuilder par excellence!

Have you sorted out the barrage ballon 'problem'...
... or is that still a work in progress?

Awestruck Biggles
Its in abeyance but will be resurrected and rise from the grave, so beware.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on April 13, 2020, 05:57:41 PM
Astounding amount of modelling with excellent skill.
Well done.
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 14, 2020, 08:56:44 AM
While the balloon winch is in the paint shop(corner of the model room) and the balloon is being coated with varnish(in the garage) - notice I am not allowed in the airing cupboard.
I decided to tackle the Accurate Armour Thompson Fueller.
The photos show
The box art
The box contents
Kit parts laid out for checking.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 14, 2020, 10:40:48 AM
A few comments.
I am busy cleaning up the parts and unfortunately there are a number of faults to rectify.
The pictures tell you all.

I wonder how long their moulds last? It appears some of the mould is left in the axle hole on one of the wheels.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 14, 2020, 12:56:37 PM
However bad it is -- it will not stop a man of your caliber - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Wizzel on April 14, 2020, 01:34:21 PM
Wonderful as ever.  HOW did you do the steering wheel?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 14, 2020, 02:32:49 PM
Wonderful as ever.  HOW did you do the steering wheel?
The steering wheel is formed from a ring of solder, the arms are solder and the disc are from plastic card.
It is all superglued together.
I will do a demo sometime.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 14, 2020, 02:49:28 PM
Wonderful as ever.  HOW did you do the steering wheel?
The steering wheel is formed from a ring of solder, the arms are solder and the disc are from plastic card.
It is all superglued together.
I will do a demo sometime.

Hi Zak,
Please note your offer is duly noted in club annals.
Bigkev

PS. Did I say I was impressed....
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 15, 2020, 08:52:31 AM
Filling in the bad bits, and looking at the photo, a lot of air bubbles to be dealt with too.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 15, 2020, 02:41:39 PM
The new cutting mat - especially for Chris.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 15, 2020, 02:56:41 PM
Hi Dave/Zak,
(I'm never sure how to address members on the website, by their username or the actual name? Or does it matter?)
In any event, you certainly employ a FULL range of modelling skills and materials in your models.
Wonderful.
I look forward to your demo when we have our next Modelling Open Day at Cass Hall... something to look forward to when this awful pandemic is over.

BTW: Have you changed your photo?
Is it an 'old' photo or have you grown a beard since we last saw you?
Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 15, 2020, 03:11:43 PM
Hi Dave/Zak,
(I'm never sure how to address members on the website, by their username or the actual name? Or does it matter?)
In any event, you certainly employ a FULL range of modelling skills and materials in your models.
Wonderful.
I look forward to your demo when we have our next Modelling Open Day at Cass Hall... something to look forward to when this awful pandemic is over.

BTW: Have you changed your photo?
Is it an 'old' photo or have you grown a beard since we last saw you?
Biggles
It my virus protection kit, last time I grew one it was ginger, how times change.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 15, 2020, 03:57:45 PM
The new cutting mat - especially for Chris.
I was not looking for a grey cutting mat - it matches the beard though.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 15, 2020, 05:39:17 PM
Bought it last week on line, I think I prefer green really.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 15, 2020, 07:12:57 PM
Bought it last week on line, I think I prefer green really.

Is that the beard or the cutting mat you're referring to.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 16, 2020, 08:46:40 AM
I was thinking of showing "she who must be obeyed" your new beard but thought I better get some smelling salts ready first - make of that what you will -- hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 16, 2020, 12:53:18 PM
I was thinking of showing "she who must be obeyed" your new beard but thought I better get some smelling salts ready first - make of that what you will -- hohoho
Is that a compliment or an insult?

Here is the Fordson Sussex Balloon winch, once again, it still needs mirrors. Why do I remember when I look at the photos?
Brain dead or what? (no, you don't need to comment Martin)
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 16, 2020, 02:12:53 PM
The balloon winch truck is looking good Dave. I am really impressed with your scratch building. Keep going.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 16, 2020, 02:35:51 PM
That looks brilliant Dave...
... there's a endearing fragile quaintness about these late 1930s vehicles that you have captured perfectly.

When this pandemic is over we're going to have a great time seeing all your vehicles and buildings in diorama settings.

I'm still masking-up Spitfires and Hurricanes, prior to airbrushing some colour on them.
It's perfect spraying weather (warm and sunny) where I can open a window to let my spray booth extractor pipe out.

Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 16, 2020, 02:37:44 PM
That looks brilliant Dave...
... there's a endearing fragile quaintness about these late 1930s vehicles that you have captured perfectly.

When this pandemic is over we're going to have a great time seeing all your vehicles and buildings in diorama settings.

I'm still masking-up Spitfires and Hurricanes, prior to airbrushing some colour on them.
It's perfect spraying weather (warm and sunny) where I can open a window to let my spray booth extractor pipe out.

Biggles
Careful with your extractor pipe.
Joke - what do you call someone who used to like tractors?

Yes An ex-tractor fan.

Sorry.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on April 18, 2020, 11:55:59 AM
Amazing!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 18, 2020, 03:41:21 PM
That looks brilliant Dave...
... there's a endearing fragile quaintness about these late 1930s vehicles that you have captured perfectly.

When this pandemic is over we're going to have a great time seeing all your vehicles and buildings in diorama settings.

I'm still masking-up Spitfires and Hurricanes, prior to airbrushing some colour on them.
It's perfect spraying weather (warm and sunny) where I can open a window to let my spray booth extractor pipe out.

Biggles
Careful with your extractor pipe.
Joke - what do you call someone who used to like tractors?

Yes An ex-tractor fan.

Sorry.

Hi Zak,
Nice work.
Is the joke a Grandad or Dad joke...
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 18, 2020, 05:23:03 PM
That looks brilliant Dave...
... there's a endearing fragile quaintness about these late 1930s vehicles that you have captured perfectly.

When this pandemic is over we're going to have a great time seeing all your vehicles and buildings in diorama settings.

I'm still masking-up Spitfires and Hurricanes, prior to airbrushing some colour on them.
It's perfect spraying weather (warm and sunny) where I can open a window to let my spray booth extractor pipe out.

Biggles
Careful with your extractor pipe.
Joke - what do you call someone who used to like tractors?

Yes An ex-tractor fan.

Sorry.

Hi Zak,
Nice work.
Is the joke a Grandad or Dad joke...
Cheers,
Bigkev
7
Grandad.

As I have reached page 20 I am wondering whether to start part 2?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on April 18, 2020, 05:39:39 PM
The Thompson re-fueler is a strange looking machine.
Great stuff,
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 19, 2020, 02:37:20 PM
I have just about finished the Thompson fueller, I put the nozzles for the fuel pipe and oil pipe in a safe place, still attached to the resin runner, so its bit enough.
Now where did I put it?
 I can't find it anywhere, hopefully they will turn up.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 19, 2020, 02:43:47 PM
Pictures, so far.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 19, 2020, 03:02:30 PM
Sure is a strange looking beast.
                                          I think this is becoming a bit more than a BoB diorama, more
like a treatise on WW2 airfield vehicles. Very impressive. It could even overshadow the aircraft!
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 19, 2020, 03:27:19 PM
Sure is a strange looking beast.
                                          I think this is becoming a bit more than a BoB diorama, more
like a treatise on WW2 airfield vehicles. Very impressive. It could even overshadow the aircraft!
Haddock.
The aircraft enthusiasts seem to forget the amount of infrastructure and manpower need to launch their much loved Hurricanes and Spitfires, with only one person in them.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on April 19, 2020, 03:34:49 PM
I thought the pilot did every thing. Carrying his tool box in the back of his Morgan...
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 19, 2020, 05:51:07 PM
Hi Zak,
Another fine model to add to your now extensive collection.
What's next, a 'Morgan' for the pilot, plus obligatory tool box as Andy suggests.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 19, 2020, 05:53:51 PM
No, but here is a start.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 19, 2020, 05:59:28 PM
Hi Zak,
Is it a compass swinging platform?
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 19, 2020, 06:10:47 PM
Hi Zak,
Is it a compass swinging platform?
Bigkev
I did draw it with a compass, but no it isn't.
Try again.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on April 19, 2020, 06:36:44 PM
Could it be the start of a airfield signal indicator?
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 19, 2020, 06:38:21 PM
Maybe Andy.....
I'll take a punt on a searchlight emplacement.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 19, 2020, 09:03:13 PM
Well, well, Kevin you always seem to have a good idea what people are going to model.
Sorry Bill, but it is 1/48 and not 1/35.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 19, 2020, 09:07:21 PM
Planning stages, duckboards and corrugated iron.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 20, 2020, 08:51:54 AM
The earthworks were built from card overlaid with brown parcel tape.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Wizzel on April 20, 2020, 09:33:32 AM
You love making your little bits of wriggly tin don't you Zak?  You should maybe move home to somewhere more appropriate - number one, Corrugation Street would be appropriate! 
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 20, 2020, 09:44:57 AM
You love making your little bits of wriggly tin don't you Zak?  You should maybe move home to somewhere more appropriate - number one, Corrugation Street would be appropriate!
Thanks, Dave, that's why I like Oz and NZ, mostly corrugated roofing over there!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 20, 2020, 12:59:20 PM
Excellent refueller Dave.
The search light will be interesting - looking good.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 20, 2020, 02:14:01 PM
More papering over the cracks.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 20, 2020, 03:13:55 PM
What you can do with a bit of plastic and brown paper is amazing
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 20, 2020, 04:03:29 PM
What you can do with a bit of plastic and brown paper is amazing
Well, what can you do with it?
I know what I can do, sorry, warped mind and all that.
The sandbags are DAS air drying clay made as shown in an online video on UTube
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sandbags+from+das&&view=detail&mid=7D910F63C554FC2F5BDF7D910F63C554FC2F5BDF&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dsandbags%2Bfrom%2Bdas%26FORM%3DHDRSC3
Have a look.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Wizzel on April 20, 2020, 07:41:20 PM
Some people scoff at wargamers but we modellers can learn a lot about dioramas from them.  As ever, it's all in the finish.  I'm looking forward to seeing yours in position.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 20, 2020, 07:45:18 PM
Some people scoff at wargamers but we modellers can learn a lot about dioramas from them.  As ever, it's all in the finish.  I'm looking forward to seeing yours in position.

Hi Wizzel,
Agree with your comment about wargamers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 21, 2020, 10:44:22 AM
Here we are a bit more progress on the emplacement.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 21, 2020, 10:53:52 AM
Hi Zak,
Absolutely mind-bogglingly fascinating how you manage to create things out of cardboard, tape, bits of plastic and brown paper...
You are a true modeller in the proper sense of the word...
... and your speed on construction. Amazing.
I think I may take up stamp collecting, I am way out of my league amongst you lot!

Awestruck Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Wizzel on April 21, 2020, 11:11:36 AM
I like the way he calls it "a bit more progress..." like a million sandbags were knocked up in the blink of an eye (which they were by my standards).
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 21, 2020, 11:26:35 AM
Hi Zak,
Absolutely mind-bogglingly fascinating how you manage to create things out of cardboard, tape, bits of plastic and brown paper...
You are a true modeller in the proper sense of the word...
... and your speed on construction. Amazing.
I think I may take up stamp collecting, I am way out of my league amongst you lot!

Awestruck Biggles
Its never mind the quality feel the width though!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 21, 2020, 07:30:56 PM
Hi Zak,
Absolutely mind-bogglingly fascinating how you manage to create things out of cardboard, tape, bits of plastic and brown paper...
You are a true modeller in the proper sense of the word...
... and your speed on construction. Amazing.
I think I may take up stamp collecting, I am way out of my league amongst you lot!

Awestruck Biggles
Its never mind the quality feel the width though!

Hi Zak,
At this point, can I ask are you bragging or complaining?
No matter which it is, it all looks good to me.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 22, 2020, 07:10:25 AM
I was meaning that they lack quality, but there is a lot, never a perfectionist, jack of all master of none.
Do you get the drift?
I am a little too impatient to produce a superb model.
Anyway back to modelling.
Earth colour added, it was some terrain cover from Vallejo that I had left from a previous project.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 22, 2020, 09:08:37 AM
Looking really great Dave. I can't believe how quickly you put this together. So while everyone else are doing the aircraft you are single handedly doing the airfield. Magic?
Chris
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 22, 2020, 09:20:37 AM
By the time he has finished Chris there will be no room for any aircraft - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 22, 2020, 11:05:38 AM
By the time he has finished Chris there will be no room for any aircraft - hohoho
Very true, but do I care?
Not really, it is entertaining me and keeping me relatively sane.( I know I am giving Martin ammunition to say something really complementary.)

Well, while the scenery is drying I have been giving thought to the searchlight and generator problem.

I have a poor plan of the searchlight in 1:76 from the Airfix book, " Modelling RAF vehicles" By Gerald Scarborough, and quite a few photos on line, so I shall resize the plan and take it from there.
I am intending this to be a 90cm searchlight (light projector), like the one in the photo(see earlier).

The generator will be another problem, no plan, some photos and videos on line that are quite helpful, but they come in various shapes and sizes.
I think I will opt for the Lister JP4 type and see how it goes, it will be mounted on a two wheeled trailer.
So after spending three hours down the allotment, I may attempt something this pm, again it will be plastic card and commercial (resin) wheels.
I have found a website that list all the Lister engines and gives some critical dimensions, I will be able to use this to guesstimate sizes from side views.

I do not know if all searchlights had generators or if some operated from base supplies? Anyone know?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 22, 2020, 02:13:53 PM
Would I DARE say anything - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 22, 2020, 02:21:01 PM
Well, I have made a start on the generator, there is a good video of one in operation on U tube.
Here are my techniques for forming circles in plastic card.
The first is a fairly new acquisition, it is the big brother to the punch used to make discs.
The second is the more usual, smaller punch set, I also have a rivet former bought 6 or so years ago at Telford, I actually have two of these, they did not work as well as they should and so the Hungarian company sent me a replacement, I used it to put rivets on WW1 tanks.
Lastly the trusty compass cutter, I have two of these.
I don't have the fancy one like Bill, so all my circles have a small hole in the centre.
There will be a few circles to cut.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 22, 2020, 05:11:36 PM
Hi Zak,
Don't get too dizzy with all those circles.
If it was Msea, then dizzy might be a normal condition.
No doubt, I will be on the hit list from Msea, once the club meetings resume.
Something to look forward too.....
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 22, 2020, 05:40:06 PM
Todays effort at scratch building the generator.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 22, 2020, 06:21:58 PM
Wow Zak,
Speed modelling in evidence.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 22, 2020, 08:53:26 PM
Very impressive Zak - and quick.
I see from Kevin's comment about me that he is looking to get a more horrible model made of him, than the one I have done. Will have to go back onto Mighty Lancer web site to find one if that is possible - hohohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 23, 2020, 07:57:17 AM
The grass has grown overnight!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 23, 2020, 08:05:55 AM
Supposed you used miracle grow?
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 23, 2020, 08:19:31 AM
Supposed you used miracle grow?
Bigkev
Just good quality seed and moonlight.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 23, 2020, 08:25:11 AM
Will your next thing be a vintage  lawnmower to cut the grass ???
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 23, 2020, 09:21:07 AM
Will your next thing be a vintage  lawnmower to cut the grass ???
Funny that you should mention that, as most fighter airfields were grass they must have cut and rolled it at the very least.
So, they must have had tractors and grass cutters, mostly this was done by contractors, but some airfields did have their own. Who knows, food for thought?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 23, 2020, 11:22:07 AM
Supposed you used miracle grow?
Bigkev
Just good quality seed and moonlight.
Does it work on heads?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 23, 2020, 11:30:09 AM
Supposed you used miracle grow?
Bigkev
Just good quality seed and moonlight.
Does it work on heads?
Obviously not in my case!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 23, 2020, 02:43:13 PM
More progress on the generator.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 23, 2020, 04:01:59 PM
It might not have worked on your head but has definitely worked on your chin - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 24, 2020, 08:02:15 AM
It might not have worked on your head but has definitely worked on your chin - hohoho
By the hairs on my chinny chin chin is a quote from somewhere I think.
Anyway back to modelling.
The generator is coming along.
It will be painting and then onto the searchlights.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 24, 2020, 08:25:44 AM
All I can say is EXCELLENT
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 24, 2020, 10:23:02 AM
All I can say is wow!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 24, 2020, 11:00:15 AM
Superb!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 24, 2020, 11:43:56 AM
I am blushing again, many thanks for the comments.
I have added some wheels, the whole lot was on a trailer.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 25, 2020, 11:17:25 AM
Generator painted and  completed
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 25, 2020, 12:35:09 PM
When do you turn professional ????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 25, 2020, 04:52:11 PM
Hi Dave,
That's an incredibly quick turnround from starting the model to it being finished and painted!
Wonderful!

Have you started on the searchlight yet????
Will it be finished by tomorrow!!??!!

Can't wait to see all your vehicles and buildings on display!

Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: kiwichappers on April 25, 2020, 05:17:31 PM
Phenomenal work Dave. Scrolling through this lot has bowled me over and occupied the last couple of hours very pleasantly thank you. I love the airfield maintenance kit used during the war and could be easily tempted to model many of them.
 
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 25, 2020, 05:21:59 PM
We all could learn a lot from Zak,
He takes an idea, and makes it into a superb model.
Nothing but respect.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 26, 2020, 07:40:09 AM
Phenomenal work Dave. Scrolling through this lot has bowled me over and occupied the last couple of hours very pleasantly thank you. I love the airfield maintenance kit used during the war and could be easily tempted to model many of them.
Many thanks Francis, It has kept me almost out of mischief and trouble.
I was amazed just how much infrastructure was required to get a plane off the ground.
There is still plenty left to do, if I can sustain my enthusiasm.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on April 26, 2020, 10:03:15 AM
I've just spent over half an hour following this from the first post to now and like Francis I'm overawed. Phenomenal work Dave. Glad I work in 1/72 so I can get away with a lot more. I don't have much room for dioramas (as in Tracy says I take up too much room!!) but do my best.
Are you charging Neil for all the work you've done?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 26, 2020, 10:52:26 AM
I've just spent over half an hour following this from the first post to now and like Francis I'm overawed. Phenomenal work Dave. Glad I work in 1/72 so I can get away with a lot more. I don't have much room for dioramas (as in Tracy says I take up too much room!!) but do my best.
Are you charging Neil for all the work you've done?
If only, it is for personal satisfaction and pleasure.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 26, 2020, 11:05:23 AM
Hi Zak,
All of your builds on this thread have been awesome.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 26, 2020, 12:17:06 PM
I am awaiting a delivery of some figures to go in my searchlight pit. It has been 8 days since they were sent, but nothing has arrived yet, I did order some peas online and they arrived yesterday.
I have contacted the sender, but am in limbo.
So on with the searchlights.
I will not post pictures of the build as you will have got the idea of the techniques used so far, it will be just more of the same.
I am also going to scratch build a Thornycroft ZS/TC4 4x2 searchlight carrying truck as well.
I intend to make two searchlights, one for the pit and one for the truck to be unloading.


Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 26, 2020, 01:17:40 PM
SELF INDULGENT.

Sorry, in a moment of idleness, yes I know, I thought I would set up a diorama, well here is the result.
Motor Transport for an Airfield.
I have even included one of those things with wings for you aircraft types!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 26, 2020, 01:19:21 PM
More self indulgence - sorry.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 26, 2020, 01:22:34 PM
I want MORE self indulgence
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 26, 2020, 01:40:51 PM
I want MORE self indulgence
Careful what you wish for, we may be moderated!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 26, 2020, 02:01:36 PM
I want MORE self indulgence
Careful what you wish for, we may be moderated!

I can live with this sort of self indulgence!
Great stuff Zak,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 26, 2020, 02:46:26 PM
Brilliant! Love it!!!
Dioramas really bring the models to life.

I've got my boxes of (1/48) pilots and ground crew figures 'out of storage' and am looking at making them up and matching them up to diorama scenarios.
 
Dave, you're Mr Motivator!
Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on April 26, 2020, 03:18:26 PM
Absolutely brilliant.
You've raised the bar with this one.
Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh.
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bob C on April 26, 2020, 03:34:21 PM
Brilliant Dave hope one day soon we will be able to see it for real.
Bob c
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 26, 2020, 04:26:07 PM
If you dirty up the concrete it'll look real!
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 27, 2020, 07:07:31 AM
If you dirty up the concrete it'll look real!
Haddock.
Yes, I should, but I was worried that I might overdo it, remember all those beautifully clean aircraft that our club members built, surely they did not drip oil?
I will do at some stage Tony, a light pass with a wash in the airbrush or some pastel weathering perhaps?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 27, 2020, 08:50:36 AM
Have you tried "spattering" different colours with a tooth-brush, it's a bit random but effective.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Wizzel on April 27, 2020, 10:09:45 AM
Excellent.  I especially like the pebble-dash on the buildings.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 27, 2020, 11:14:02 AM
Excellent dioramas Dave.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 27, 2020, 02:44:13 PM
When do you move out to live in the shed , so that you have enough room in the house to put ALL the items you have made for the BofB ???????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on April 27, 2020, 02:59:16 PM
You won't be putting any of my aircraft in then, I don't do factory finishes, lol!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 27, 2020, 03:16:58 PM
When do you move out to live in the shed , so that you have enough room in the house to put ALL the items you have made for the BofB ???????
I already live in the shed, at least it is not The Dog House.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 27, 2020, 03:25:20 PM
HoHoHo I thought the doghouse was the best place for me - what do you think.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 27, 2020, 04:17:18 PM
Probably true.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on April 28, 2020, 10:03:17 AM
Magic, Dave! Absolute magic (expletive deleted!)!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 28, 2020, 10:09:40 AM
Magic, Dave! Absolute magic (expletive deleted!)!
Careful, you may be moderated!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on April 28, 2020, 10:16:22 AM
Been moderated a long time! The whole thing really is exceptional!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 28, 2020, 12:18:18 PM
Here are two 90 cm searchlights, they are not quite exact as the plans were very sketchy, but a representation.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 28, 2020, 12:31:42 PM
Do they light up ???? they look like they do
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 28, 2020, 12:36:41 PM
No, sorry, I did think about it, but had no LED's left.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: kiwichappers on April 28, 2020, 12:46:36 PM
They're wonderful Dave. I really like them. You must be having such fun with this theme.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 28, 2020, 01:18:51 PM
They're wonderful Dave. I really like them. You must be having such fun with this theme.
I am, but accuracy is a bit lacking, no plans and limited views on photographs.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: kiwichappers on April 28, 2020, 01:27:35 PM
They look like search lights to me QED they must be search lights.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 28, 2020, 01:46:34 PM
Wow! the search lights are amazing. I wish I could work that fast.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 28, 2020, 03:49:22 PM
Wow! the search lights are amazing. I wish I could work that fast.
He never sleeps!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 28, 2020, 04:38:06 PM
Well I suppose there are 24 hours in the day. Hmm...
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 28, 2020, 04:42:18 PM
Dave,
Your rate and speed of output is truly awesome!
And long may it continue.

Going back to do some more research on re-sizing photos now...
... or I may just have just go and have a large whisky!!!
Biggles

Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 28, 2020, 07:50:19 PM
Generator and searchlight on the emplacement.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 29, 2020, 11:05:26 AM
Looking excellent Dave.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 29, 2020, 11:47:14 AM
The figures have arrived so its figure building and painting for a few hours.
I am going to use the Tamiya 1:48 British ones.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on April 29, 2020, 02:47:29 PM
Really good!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 29, 2020, 03:01:28 PM
Really good!
Hi Howard, the 1:48 figures are tiny.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 29, 2020, 03:46:35 PM
Regarding pilot and ground crew figures, the ones that come in the Airfix 'WWII RAF Ground Crew' set are huge by comparison to the Eduard, ICM and white metal Dartmoor Military Models examples...

Painting small (1/48 scale) figures is a whole new modelling discipline for me so if anyone has got any advice/suggestions they would be most welcome!

Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on April 29, 2020, 08:24:39 PM
Hi Zak,
Excellent work, and now to be populated even better.
An illuminating build.....Sorry couldn't resist.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 30, 2020, 09:41:30 AM
I have painted the figures and added them to the diorama. I am not sure about the placing of the generator, but modellers licence needed it to go on the diorama.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on April 30, 2020, 10:16:16 AM
I've run out of superlatives, not on purpose you understand.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on April 30, 2020, 12:33:07 PM
All I can say is, they are as good as Haddocks ships .
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on April 30, 2020, 01:31:40 PM
Absolutely brilliant, what more can I say.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on April 30, 2020, 01:39:16 PM
Yes, certainly very good. Are everbody's aircraft upto the same standard?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on April 30, 2020, 01:41:17 PM
Thanks.
Onto the searchlight carrying Thornycroft vehicle, yes, its nearly finished!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on April 30, 2020, 04:39:28 PM
Spot on Dave.
Excellent.
The figures bring the diorama to life.
You're going to have one hell of a collection when you eventually get to display them all in public!
Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: kiwichappers on April 30, 2020, 06:44:17 PM
Very excellent work here Dave. I'm very impressed.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 01, 2020, 07:36:11 AM
Hi Zak,
I just echo ALL that has been said.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on May 01, 2020, 01:32:11 PM
I'm gona come round your house and steal it.   I may need a truck though.
Fantastic work.
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 01, 2020, 03:02:56 PM
...and probably a bigger house!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 01, 2020, 03:11:58 PM
...and probably a bigger house!
I asked Sandra if I could but a shed to put all my models in, its getting harder going into the loft.
I am sure you can guess what the answer was.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 01, 2020, 08:54:36 PM
...and probably a bigger house!
I asked Sandra if I could but a shed to put all my models in, its getting harder going into the loft.
I am sure you can guess what the answer was.

'Only if I can have some more Handbag's and Shoe's'
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 01, 2020, 09:22:37 PM
No, a simple I don't really think so.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on May 02, 2020, 08:41:51 AM
...and probably a bigger house!
I asked Sandra if I could but a shed to put all my models in, its getting harder going into the loft.
I am sure you can guess what the answer was.
You need to let her know in no uncertain terms, who's in charge, like I do with mine.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 02, 2020, 08:51:40 AM
Yes we all know who is in charge in our houses - and its not me - hohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 02, 2020, 10:19:17 AM
Yes we all know who is in charge in our houses - and its not me - hohoho
I do make the odd decision, but your right, not many!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 02, 2020, 10:50:11 AM
Here is the Thornycroft ZS/TC4 searchlight carrying vehicle.
Scratch-built.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Kiteman on May 02, 2020, 10:56:43 AM
Nothing changed here then, as productive and amazing as ever. I always deeply admired your work and still do.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on May 02, 2020, 11:46:01 AM
More Great stuff
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on May 02, 2020, 03:37:53 PM
Yet another great model.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 02, 2020, 03:58:55 PM
Hi Dave, imagine how many you'll make before the next show in 2021. There won't be room for any others. Excellent work though.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 02, 2020, 04:24:26 PM
Hi Dave, imagine how many you'll make before the next show in 2021. There won't be room for any others. Excellent work though.
It passes the time during these strange times, what else could I be doing, not housework or decorating, heaven forbid.
After the rain, the weeds will be having a field day down the allotment, so plenty to do there no doubt.

Next it will be some sort of airfield tractor, I believe the David Browns were later and mainly on Bomber Airfields.
It will be based on a Fordson, but not exactly.
This is because the Accurate Armour one is no longer in production and I failed with an order to Matador.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bob C on May 02, 2020, 04:42:08 PM
We will have to hire the Rix Pavilion so you can display this fully, nice work Dave.
Bob c
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 02, 2020, 04:46:02 PM
Stap me vitals!
Another vehicle produced in record time!
Terrific!
You'll be able to equip a full 1/48 scale airfield by the time you've finished!

Bob's right, we'll have to hire Rix Pavillion for you to display them all!!!

Keep 'em coming,
Biggles

 
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 02, 2020, 05:01:35 PM
Just think when I do the Virtual Models on the Table slot on the web site - Dave will need a lot of space for what he has done since last month.
Thinking about it the page was for what you would have brought to the meeting and he only has a small car so would NOT be able to get all that stuff in it, he would need at least 2 articulated lorries !!!!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 02, 2020, 05:22:53 PM
Just think when I do the Virtual Models on the Table slot on the web site - Dave will need a lot of space for what he has done since last month.
Thinking about it the page was for what you would have brought to the meeting and he only has a small car so would NOT be able to get all that stuff in it, he would need at least 2 articulated lorries !!!!!!
My Skoda Estate is like the Tardis, it would all fit.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 02, 2020, 05:28:54 PM
Not with the mount of models YOU have made !!!!!  Tardis or not.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 02, 2020, 08:09:22 PM
Just think when I do the Virtual Models on the Table slot on the web site - Dave will need a lot of space for what he has done since last month.
Thinking about it the page was for what you would have brought to the meeting and he only has a small car so would NOT be able to get all that stuff in it, he would need at least 2 articulated lorries !!!!!!
My Skoda Estate is like the Tardis, it would all fit.

Hi Zak,
It might be, but don't you think you ought to come clean and confess you really have it in a 40ft articulated lorry, and pop it out on the car park at meetings.
The space around it is now for your models.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Kiteman on May 03, 2020, 04:29:22 PM
Hey Zak, I have been watching you build for years now. Question....Where do you put it all when it`s finished?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 03, 2020, 05:22:11 PM
Well, I used to sell them on EBay after 3 or 4 years, but people were so fussy, dishonest and so on I gave up.
I have a loft full of built models.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 03, 2020, 07:02:15 PM
Well, I used to sell them on EBay after 3 or 4 years, but people were so fussy, dishonest and so on I gave up.
I have a loft full of built models.

And he has the lowest heating bills in Bempton, as his loft is so well insulated…..
Bigkev

PS. Oh by the way, not only is he Grumpy by Name and Nature, he is also a 'Green Super Hero'...
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 04, 2020, 06:57:33 AM
here is my generic tractor, looking a bit Fordson-ish, it will be available to pull the fuel bowser.
Scratch built.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on May 04, 2020, 07:21:37 AM
Where did that come from??
Yesterday.....nowt.
Today......another completed model.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 04, 2020, 08:39:39 AM
Did you not know Haddock he comes out of his Tardis and is a Time Lord who can change time - we only have 24 hours in a day , he has 4,673 hours in each day !!!  That is why he can also store 674,234,987 models in the loft of  the Tardis - its expanding space !!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 04, 2020, 09:01:48 AM
Where did that come from??
Yesterday.....nowt.
Today......another completed model.
Haddock.
I started it last week between paint drying on the Thornycroft, and it just grew over the weekend.
I am only posting completed models now. Here it is with the bowser.
Should I go back to showing the build as well?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 04, 2020, 09:39:17 AM
.
Should I go back to showing the build as well?


Yes please - I learn a lot from how you scratch build your models.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 04, 2020, 10:25:49 AM
Next it will be something to ferry the senior staff about and something for the flyboys to speed about in - I hope anyway, this may prove to be "A Bridge too Far".
So something resembling a Humber Staff Car and a little sporty something.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 04, 2020, 10:52:07 AM
Sorry, self indulgence again.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 04, 2020, 03:05:48 PM
Scratch built, sort of generic flyboys sports car, based on an MG.
It sits a bit high on the wheels, but it will look alright in the background as part of a scene I think.
Photographs are very cruel, eyes seem a lot kinder.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 04, 2020, 03:13:00 PM
I don't believe how quickly you make stuff Dave. All looking very good. Phew!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Kiteman on May 04, 2020, 05:46:36 PM
Wowza
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 05, 2020, 02:53:00 PM
Staff car - not a Humber, but something generic?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Kiteman on May 05, 2020, 04:19:11 PM
unbelieveable!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 05, 2020, 05:48:21 PM
Yet another car, This is a 1929 Ford Roadster - a Revell kit, maybe an old Renwal one?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 05, 2020, 07:34:16 PM
How fast do they go ????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 05, 2020, 08:44:56 PM
How fast do they go ????

Not as fast as Zak!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 06, 2020, 09:03:41 AM
Do you sleep Dave? Great work - very impressive.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 06, 2020, 10:30:03 AM
Do you sleep Dave? Great work - very impressive.
Not often, the arthritis lets me have a few hours now and then, allotment this afternoon, so not much modelling will be done.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 06, 2020, 02:07:03 PM
Are your latest vehicles scratch built Dave?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 06, 2020, 03:02:39 PM
Are your latest vehicles scratch built Dave?
All except the Revell Ford Model A Roadster.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 06, 2020, 03:56:43 PM
Just to keep Martin Happy, here is a picture during the build.
This is a car from the film, no plans, just some photos, the car still exists albeit in a different colour, it is now green. There are quite a lot of different Alvis 12/60 Sports around, this is a 1931 version,
This is my best guess, I think it may be a bit wide, but it is too late now.
The car has been rebodied in 1950's.
Alvis used different coach builders, so they are all a bit different.
This was by Carbodies?
I bought some new Milliput - turquoise - very trendy. It sets better than my old stuff.
Look at the rear end.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 06, 2020, 05:20:24 PM
Colourfull and fast - what more could we wish for !!!????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 06, 2020, 05:55:02 PM
Steering wheel, dashboard and wheels.
Undercoat and then white top coat.
I just need Michael Caine in the driving seat.

The Alvis was also in Monte Carlo or Bust I think.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 06, 2020, 08:19:06 PM
Hi Zak,
Brilliant stuff!!
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on May 07, 2020, 08:12:43 AM
I thought I had a big turn over of models at the moment but it appears that Wayne has some some serious competition in the 'fast build' stakes!!!! More incentive to raise my game when modelling. Love it.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 07, 2020, 01:03:18 PM
Dave,
I can't believe your rate of output!
VERY impressed with the cars and the tractor.
I honestly don’t know how you do it.
You have a rare skill there Mr Smith.
Respect Sir.

Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 07, 2020, 05:48:34 PM
Well, here it is warts and all, struggling with hay fever at the moment and so found it hard to see snd focus on this.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Kiteman on May 07, 2020, 05:53:15 PM
I have long since run out of adjectives, comparatives and superlatives to describe your work Zak.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 08, 2020, 08:14:34 AM
Amazing!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 08, 2020, 08:54:55 AM
I am running out of ideas for RAF Battle of Britain Vehicles to model, sensible suggestions please.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 08, 2020, 09:08:25 AM
That lets me out then !!!!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on May 08, 2020, 09:35:34 AM
Would buses/coaches have been pressed into service??
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 08, 2020, 10:28:17 AM
Any cranes?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 08, 2020, 11:41:02 AM
Any cranes?
I have two, one on an Albion chassis and one on an AEC chassis, but maybe a Thornycroft?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 08, 2020, 12:08:55 PM
How about a naafi wagon?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on May 08, 2020, 01:36:05 PM
Amazing!
Hear Hear!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 08, 2020, 01:40:56 PM
How about a naafi wagon?
Already done, see earlier!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 08, 2020, 02:27:09 PM
Fire truck, ambulance? Running out of ideas.
Show a picture of all you have so far, if that's possible Dave.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 08, 2020, 03:50:04 PM
Fire truck, ambulance? Running out of ideas.
Show a picture of all you have so far, if that's possible Dave.
Hi Chris, I have sent you 3 small videos.
Here are some photos of the same.
If anyone wants to see the videos than e mail me.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 08, 2020, 03:57:54 PM
This might sound strange,
But did the RAF keep the grass mown?
What about some grass cutting paraphernalia??
just done mine, no roundels though....
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 08, 2020, 04:18:09 PM
This might sound strange,
But did the RAF keep the grass mown?
What about some grass cutting paraphernalia??
just done mine, no roundels though....
Cheers,
Bigkev
As far as I can make out, the grass was cut and rolled, particularly on grass airfields.
This was often done by contractors but sometimes the RAF had their own machinery.

I hope your lawn mower is a nice RAF blue though.
Have a look on page 23 of this theme.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 09, 2020, 02:48:02 AM
This might sound strange,
But did the RAF keep the grass mown?
What about some grass cutting paraphernalia??
just done mine, no roundels though....
Cheers,
Bigkev
As far as I can make out, the grass was cut and rolled, particularly on grass airfields.
This was often done by contractors but sometimes the RAF had their own machinery.

I hope your lawn mower is a nice RAF blue though.
Have a look on page 23 of this theme.

Thanks Zak,
Missed that picture somehow.
Will you be replicating one?
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on May 09, 2020, 03:05:35 PM
Anybody know how to do "Speechless" on here?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 09, 2020, 03:19:21 PM
Well, some vehicles from the film perhaps?
Here is the MG under construction, driven by Christopher Plummer who was married to Bill's favourite actress in the film.
I have used a "Haddockism" and used Maskol to hold the wheels on temporarily while I try to fit the mudguards.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 09, 2020, 05:03:23 PM
Hi Dave,
Did you ever get around to finishing the barrage balloon?

I think you have gone through many/most of the vehicles that were used by Fighter Stations in 1940.

I just can't wait (although I will of course) to see tham all in real life.

Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on May 09, 2020, 05:43:46 PM
Wonderful!!
Love the sports cars.
Now we need a Susannah York...
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 10, 2020, 09:49:13 AM
Fire truck, ambulance? Running out of ideas.
Show a picture of all you have so far, if that's possible Dave.
Hi Chris, I have sent you 3 small videos.
Here are some photos of the same.
If anyone wants to see the videos than e mail me.
I watched the videos you emailed. They are really good and show off your models well. That is a really excellent diorama Dave. Maybe you could hang up your glue pot for a while?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 10, 2020, 02:48:58 PM
Here is an MG for Christopher Plummer.
It looks better than the red one and sits lower.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 11, 2020, 10:49:57 AM
So ever onwards, here is the latest vehicle.
What is it?
Any suggestions?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 11, 2020, 12:38:25 PM
Broken down!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 11, 2020, 12:44:45 PM
My car
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 11, 2020, 01:34:28 PM
A bit more to tempt you into a better guess.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 11, 2020, 01:36:21 PM
A taxi?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 11, 2020, 01:38:10 PM
A taxi?
First prize, well done, an Austin 12/4 from 1937.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Kiteman on May 11, 2020, 05:17:28 PM
Will it be painted black??? or rainbow coulours with adverts all over it as seen in London these days.......very sad if you ask me.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: kiwichappers on May 12, 2020, 10:44:59 AM
Here you go Dave, claimed to be 85 squadron's crew taxi at Church Fenton in September 1940. The Apocryphal tale is it appeared at Church Fenton after a night out in Leeds, was concealed on the base for a time before reappearing camouflaged in dark earth/dark green with the 85 squadron checkers and a roundel on the doors. Apparently it never ventured to Leeds but was frequently spotted in York.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 12, 2020, 10:53:28 AM
Many thanks for this Francis, I was going to make it as the one in the BOB film, where they are in London at a bombed out street.
But this is certainly a novel idea, a crew taxi, well I never.

More progress, the wings were formed from green stuff around a former.
It is quite an odd filler.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 12, 2020, 11:05:47 AM
I think Francis has a good idea for the colour of your taxi Zak - it will link in with the other vehicles etc.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 12, 2020, 01:46:37 PM
Yes that'll be different.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 12, 2020, 02:33:13 PM
You could also have a drunk hanging out of the taxi - very realistic - hohohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on May 12, 2020, 02:34:41 PM
Many thanks for this Francis, I was going to make it as the one in the BOB film, where they are in London at a bombed out street.
But this is certainly a novel idea, a crew taxi, well I never.

More progress, the wings were formed from green stuff around a former.
It is quite an odd filler.
It is strange stuff, I've used it.
I think the war gamers use it to make cloaks and that sort of thing.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 13, 2020, 09:47:51 AM
Mostly undercoated and in parts.
I need to paint the interior and make the hood at the rear.

I am pondering the colour?
Black as a taxi or camouflage as the Church Fenton one?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 13, 2020, 10:49:51 AM
Camouflage please
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: kiwichappers on May 13, 2020, 01:35:38 PM
I'm with Martin, camouflage with roundel and squadron colours.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 13, 2020, 01:45:25 PM
A camouflaged taxi would be very different.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 13, 2020, 01:58:21 PM
I'm with Martin, camouflage with roundel and squadron colours.
What were the squadron colours - all the photos on the web of the taxi seem to be post WW2?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: kiwichappers on May 13, 2020, 03:27:48 PM
Squadron colours for the taxi are a bit of a conundrum if the date I've been quoted for the photo is correct. Of the squadrons [71, 73, 85, 87, 249, and 306] stationed at Church Fenton during the Battle of Britain period the only one with chequer board colours was 85. Now their colours were red and black which doesn't look credible on the taxi photo, even allowing for orthochromatic film.

If we ignore the claimed location then it's possible the taxi could belong to 19 Squadron whose colours are white and pale blue. Fortunately they were very active during the Bob show so the camouflaged taxi with flashes would still fit the picture.

Lastly an idea for a diorama that I came across in my 85 squadron file.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 13, 2020, 03:57:05 PM
Thanks for the information.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 13, 2020, 08:45:20 PM
Squadron colours for the taxi are a bit of a conundrum if the date I've been quoted for the photo is correct. Of the squadrons [71, 73, 85, 87, 249, and 306] stationed at Church Fenton during the Battle of Britain period the only one with chequer board colours was 85. Now their colours were red and black which doesn't look credible on the taxi photo, even allowing for orthochromatic film.

If we ignore the claimed location then it's possible the taxi could belong to 19 Squadron whose colours are white and pale blue. Fortunately they were very active during the Bob show so the camouflaged taxi with flashes would still fit the picture.

Lastly an idea for a diorama that I came across in my 85 squadron file.

Hi Kiwichappers,

I was looking at your picture of the said 'Taxi'.
I think that probably 19 Squadron would fit the bill, pale blue and white chequers, though its location does not fit. The colours of red and black would not probably not show as they are in the picture, being too light in tone and variance between the two.
If I remember right 85 Squadron badge was a 'hexagon' or something similar? 

A great picture though of things liberated by the RAF into service, by what/any means.
Cheers,
Bigkev
,
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 14, 2020, 11:07:55 AM
Presumably like this?

From the picture, the rear hood looks black as in the original.

I also found this other picture.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 14, 2020, 10:01:21 PM
Hi Zak,
Interesting picture that, as it shows it with a Hawker Hunter, about another 15 years after the BoB.
That 'Taxi' has had a long and eventful life.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 15, 2020, 08:07:12 AM
Hi Zak,
Interesting picture that, as it shows it with a Hawker Hunter, about another 15 years after the BoB.
That 'Taxi' has had a long and eventful life.
Bigkev
The photos that appear on the Church Fenton website are all from the 1950's, so from when the taxi was used I don't know. It also states that it was used by 19 squadron.
Maybe a bit of poetic licence, as it seems like a pre-war taxi.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on May 15, 2020, 11:24:03 AM
Either way it will be an interesting addition.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 15, 2020, 12:39:32 PM
Home made decals, using white transfer paper and an inkjet printer and a coat of gloss varnish.
They are a bit thick but the best I could do.
The model needs a coat of varnish and glazing and mirrors as well.
The figure is just cos!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 15, 2020, 01:11:33 PM
Looking good Dave. Up tp you usual standard.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 15, 2020, 01:38:49 PM
Meanwhile, in between paint and transfers and glue drying I decided to attempt a Bedford OY GS truck.
I am struggling with this as I can't quite get the cab right.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 15, 2020, 03:13:29 PM
Well it looks OK to me - but what do I know !!!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on May 15, 2020, 04:55:17 PM
Well it looks OK to me - but what do I know !!!!!
Snap!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 15, 2020, 05:56:53 PM
Taxi finished.
Nearly forgot a photo.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 15, 2020, 06:44:09 PM
Dave,
Your 19 Squadron taxi...
Brilliant!
I love it!!!
Where did you get the inspiration for that from?
I MUST make some 19 Squadron Spitfires now to place around it!

Captain 'Biggles' Mainwaring
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 15, 2020, 08:39:28 PM
Dave,
Your 19 Squadron taxi...
Brilliant!
I love it!!!
Where did you get the inspiration for that from?
I MUST make some 19 Squadron Spitfires now to place around it!

Captain 'Biggles' Mainwaring

C'mon Mainwaring, keep up.
It was posted a few days ago, have you been taking isolating to a new, higher level....
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 15, 2020, 08:55:09 PM
Hi Zak,
Have you looked at Aerobonus (by Airies) on Hannants?
There are some RAF figures that might be of interest to you, especially drivers of vehicles.
Worth a look maybe?
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 16, 2020, 07:45:16 AM
Thanks Kevin,
Yes I saw the figures, but baulked at the price.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 16, 2020, 10:59:11 AM
Refuelled and ready to go.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 16, 2020, 01:28:19 PM
Excellent!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 16, 2020, 02:20:17 PM
When you lay it all out in position -- how large an area does it take up ??????? 
Is Neil paying by the area taken up  or the number of models ????? and will you need smelling salts for him when you present your bill ???????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 16, 2020, 03:24:56 PM
When you lay it all out in position -- how large an area does it take up ??????? 
Is Neil paying by the area taken up  or the number of models ????? and will you need smelling salts for him when you present your bill ???????
No cost, just undying gratitude, there are several areas, one about 6 ft x 4 ft and another 3x2 or thereabouts.
I am not sure that I would take it all anywhere all at once.
So one area is the hangar, control tower and the MT sheds, the other is the dispersal pen.
Neil et al also have some scenic bases for control towers and sheds to go on. The overall size of the BOB display was supposed to be 60 ft x 4 ft at Telford I believe.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 16, 2020, 03:36:39 PM
Thanks for that Zak - but I still think Neil should cough up - hohohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 16, 2020, 04:55:40 PM
I've already had one heart attack, and all this talk of PAYING is starting to raise the old blood pressure again!

By the time Dave has finished producing Battle of Britain buildings and vehicles etc, he'll be able to fill TWO 60ft x 4ft displays!
I may even run out of Spitfires and Hurricanes to populate the dioramas!

As everything is in modular form, as Dave mentioned, different buildings/vehicles/aeroplanes could be used to create different dioramas...
... the world is our lobster.............!

Tally Ho!
Biggles 
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 16, 2020, 05:21:41 PM
Hi, Francis, all better now - only Francis will understand this, earlier photos are ok.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: kiwichappers on May 16, 2020, 05:25:34 PM
Excellent, just thought it didn't
warrant a full blown public debate.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 17, 2020, 09:11:44 AM
More progress, some details added to the taxi, mirror and wipers.
More progress on the truck, rivets on the rear and fuel tanks under construction.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bob C on May 17, 2020, 01:33:46 PM
Really excellent work, if Telford doesn’t happen we should have a full viewing.
Bob c
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 17, 2020, 03:22:14 PM
Progress, canvas (well brown paper) tilt added.
Interior to cab as well.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on May 17, 2020, 07:19:04 PM
Holy sh**. Just catching up. 
Wonderful Dave.
I've just started my Blenheim. Pics to come this week.
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 17, 2020, 08:19:16 PM
Hi Dave,
Great stuff, as we have come to expect from the master.
We have been spoilt well and truly by this post.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 18, 2020, 09:17:45 AM
Holy sh**. Just catching up. 
Wonderful Dave.
I've just started my Blenheim. Pics to come this week.
Andy.
I have a couple of BOB aircraft if I could be bothered.
Both 1:48, a Defiant and a Spitfire.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 18, 2020, 02:31:22 PM
I think Neil has some catching up tp do. Wonder when we'll get a chance to see it all in the flesh?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 18, 2020, 03:14:24 PM
As long as its the models in the flesh NOT Neil in the flesh - now going to try and get that image out of my head - I blame you Chris - hohohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 18, 2020, 06:18:02 PM
Sploshing on some paint.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on May 18, 2020, 06:27:43 PM
That looks real good.
Your bloody cleaver.
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 18, 2020, 08:22:56 PM
Sploshing on some paint.

Hi Zak,
Is this a now recognised art???
Sploshing Forever!!!
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 19, 2020, 08:16:03 AM
That looks real good.
Your bloody cleaver.
Andy.
A cleaver is a really big chopper(axe).
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 19, 2020, 04:00:40 PM
Can these figures really be the same scale?
Tamiya British Infantry
Dartmoor Models Mechanic.
At 1/4 inch = 1 foot, the ruler at the side gives some idea of the sizes.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 19, 2020, 05:25:48 PM
The one on the right has eaten all the food - that must be me - hohohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 19, 2020, 06:16:38 PM
The one on the right has eaten all the food - that must be me - hohohoho

Hi Msea,
Could the one on the right be the brother of 'Giant Bradley' of Market Weighton??
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 20, 2020, 08:41:30 AM
Or Jaws from the James Bond films.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 20, 2020, 08:56:24 AM
On Steroids?

Transfers added and matt varnish.
Needs glazing, wing mirrors and a few extras adding.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 20, 2020, 02:24:30 PM
Just about finished, no weathering - sorry.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on May 20, 2020, 02:40:10 PM
Whether to weather?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 20, 2020, 02:46:40 PM
Whether to weather?
Whether or not to weather is the question?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 20, 2020, 03:45:37 PM
Another excellent scratch built model Dave.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 20, 2020, 03:51:44 PM
Thanks Chris.
I have been trying to put together some smaller vignettes, here's one for Bill.
Captions on a postcard please and keep it clean.
Foibles to the fore.
Figures still to be painted, a work in progress.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 21, 2020, 02:56:57 PM
"I'm feeling a bit grey today"
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 21, 2020, 05:17:47 PM
Brilliant Dave!

I've noticed the different 'sizes' of various manufacturers' figures... the ones in the Airfix 1/48 groundcrew ser scale out about 1/43rd scale!

Been doing a bit of modelling outside on the patio table this afternoon, trying to catch up with your output Dave...
... but failing miserably!

Biggles   
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 21, 2020, 05:37:47 PM
Brilliant Dave!

I've noticed the different 'sizes' of various manufacturers' figures... the ones in the Airfix 1/48 groundcrew ser scale out about 1/43rd scale!

Been doing a bit of modelling outside on the patio table this afternoon, trying to catch up with your output Dave...
... but failing miserably!

Biggles
Keep trying, I may now have peaked and BOB modelling is nearing an end - just preparing you all.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 22, 2020, 11:48:59 AM
I am busy painting figures at the moment and so nothing much to show really. I did attempt another taxi but am not very pleased with the results.
The windows were glazed with Humbrol Clear and I am not that impressed with my efforts.
Note to self - must do better - always on my school reports " Could do better, must apply himself more". No not as a pupil as a teacher.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on May 22, 2020, 12:06:02 PM
That's a hell of an area to glaze with PVA!
Or have I misunderstood what you have done.
Haddock.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 22, 2020, 12:18:02 PM
That's a hell of an area to glaze with PVA!
Or have I misunderstood what you have done.
Haddock.
No, you have understood, Humbrol Clearfix is clear and an air drying glue, if it is persuaded to span a gap it usually sets as a window, maybe the area was a bit big, I have done it in 1/76 with success.

Here is a figure so far.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on May 22, 2020, 02:27:18 PM
If possible I'll cut clear perspex to size and then glue with Clearfix etc. Kristal Klear for smaller windows.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 22, 2020, 04:27:31 PM

I may now have peaked and BOB modelling is nearing an end - just preparing you all.
[/quote]

Hi Dave,
I think you have done the Battle of Britain period proud...
... and in an area that very rarely (if ever) gets modelled... ground crew vehicles and buildings... AND figures!
The only consolation is that the Battle of Britain's loss will be some other area of modelling/history's gain...
It'll be interesting to see what takes your fancy and imagination next.

Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 22, 2020, 06:29:07 PM

I may now have peaked and BOB modelling is nearing an end - just preparing you all.

Hi Dave,
I think you have done the Battle of Britain period proud...
... and in an area that very rarely (if ever) gets modelled... ground crew vehicles and buildings... AND figures!
The only consolation is that the Battle of Britain's loss will be some other area of modelling/history's gain...
It'll be interesting to see what takes your fancy and imagination next.

Biggles
[/quote]

I'm sure whatever Zak, turns to next, knitting, crocheting, it will still be outstanding.
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 22, 2020, 07:45:06 PM
Thanks, knitting maybe.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 22, 2020, 09:15:09 PM
I wait with anticipation !!!!!!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 23, 2020, 08:41:01 AM
Not quite ready to knit yet, a few things to finish off.
More figures painted.
Enjoying the NAAFI van.
Maybe I will have to build an aircraft or two.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 23, 2020, 09:07:39 AM
If you take up knitting Zak -- I have a mental image of you during the French Revolution, sitting by the guillotine with the other old biddies knitting and watching the aristocrats heads fall into the basket -- or will that image and spreading it around the web site get me into trouble - hohohohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 23, 2020, 10:33:39 AM
I had a few minutes to spare this morning after digging the allotment, doing the crossword and some modelling, the pictures show the result, Oh I also Skyped Australia.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: meremodeller on May 23, 2020, 11:25:09 AM
Still no sign of the wind-up gramophone! but I do have a certain M. Caine nearly ready for you. Just adjusting the accent!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 23, 2020, 01:24:44 PM
Still no sign of the wind-up gramophone! but I do have a certain M. Caine nearly ready for you. Just adjusting the accent!
Thanks Bill.
I am sorry to disappoint you, but I have decided to have another go at a Fordson Tractor.
Here is a start on the engine.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 23, 2020, 03:24:00 PM
More bits of plastic stuck together.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 23, 2020, 04:32:05 PM
Looks like the Battle of Britain is not quite finished yet then in the Zak output!

Loved the NAAFI van...
... and essential item on any RAF airfield!

Wonderful.

Biggles
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 23, 2020, 06:42:58 PM
Hi Zak,
Nice to see another creation in the making.
Love the NAAFI diorama.
Cheers,
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 24, 2020, 07:43:36 AM
Here are the rear wheels, they are 6 discs of 30thou plastic card stuck together.
The raised portions are plastic strip.
I have not decided how to do the treads yet.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 24, 2020, 10:15:26 AM
Excellent wheels - now what shall I make so I can make my own wheels for ????????
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 24, 2020, 10:36:20 AM
The choice is limitless, well only limited by your imagination - so no limit.
I find the available information limiting.
I found a really good site for my tractor, it's just gone offline? Sods Law as usual.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 24, 2020, 01:42:46 PM
There seemed to be two choice (for me, anyway) for the treads, either the green stuff or plastic strip.
I was mixing some green stuff for the rear axles as they are sort of conical. and thought I would try some on the tyres, it failed, stuck to me too much, so it will be thin plastic strips.
Here is the engine and rear axle so far.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 24, 2020, 03:10:36 PM
So I went with the thin plastic strip for the tyre treads.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on May 24, 2020, 05:12:17 PM
Splendid!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 24, 2020, 05:28:14 PM
Front wheels, three layer of plastic card and added detail.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 25, 2020, 11:17:09 AM
Fuel tank and radiator.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 25, 2020, 01:37:13 PM
Hi Dave, how long did it take you to do the tyre treads? They are amazing.
You have certainly given me some enthusiasm to have a go at a diorama sometime. Just working upto an idea.
Chris
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 25, 2020, 02:54:21 PM
Hi Dave, how long did it take you to do the tyre treads? They are amazing.
You have certainly given me some enthusiasm to have a go at a diorama sometime. Just working upto an idea.
Chris
I'm not sure really Chris, time just disappears when I start modelling, probably 3 hours, but that is a guess.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 25, 2020, 05:43:23 PM
Not much modelling today, busy down the allotment.
My reference website is up and running again - breathes a sigh of relief.
https://www.largescaleplanes.com/walkaround/wk.php?wid=186

Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on May 25, 2020, 06:04:01 PM
Them treads look fantastic.
Ace.
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 26, 2020, 09:32:05 AM
More engine detail added.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 26, 2020, 11:51:25 AM
Continuing progress, sticking bits of plastic together.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Haddock on May 26, 2020, 02:12:01 PM
Splendid!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 26, 2020, 02:14:57 PM
Amazing!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 26, 2020, 03:05:25 PM
More detail added to the engine and chassis, levers, pedals, throttle, dial, steering wheel, exhaust and air intake.
This is a petrol tractor.
I once worked on a farm, as a raw 16 year old lad, they had a Ferguson tractor that started on petrol and then you switched to T.V.O (tractor vapourising oil - paraffin), the exhaust was vertical and should have had a flap over the exhaust to stop water getting in. I was told to get the tractor, and did not want to seem the raw lad, so I did not ask about it. On switching on and turning the engine over a cloudy of oily water came out the exhaust and covered me - much to the amusement of the other workers.
Once you got it running on petrol and the engine was warm you switched over to TVO.
Callow youth - served me right.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on May 26, 2020, 04:21:27 PM
Another class in 'How to Model'. Great work. I like how you made the front wheels and may copy the idea for something that's in the pipeline. Thanks for the inspiration.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 26, 2020, 04:44:29 PM
Another class in 'How to Model'. Great work. I like how you made the front wheels and may copy the idea for something that's in the pipeline. Thanks for the inspiration.
It's a pleasure, just stick those bits of plastic together.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 26, 2020, 09:12:24 PM
But you stick them so well
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 27, 2020, 09:59:03 AM
Tractor undercoated and shown next to the original.
The second picture shows a roller (compactor) under construction - one will pull this across the grass, the other the fuel bowser.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 27, 2020, 01:18:06 PM
That's a great looking model, and with a grass compacter too boot!
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on May 27, 2020, 07:24:44 PM
Is that flat or angle iron for the frame? I'll be making a frame in the future.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 27, 2020, 08:15:04 PM
I used flat, but many rollers also had angle iron frames, this is based on an old Britains one.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on May 27, 2020, 08:32:36 PM
I used flat, but many rollers also had angle iron frames, this is based on an old Britains one.

Hi Zak,
It looks good to me whether flat or angle-iron. I can just imagine it trundling up and down the runway, with some 'erk driving the tractor.
Have a house point!
Bigkev
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bob C on May 28, 2020, 10:06:40 AM
Great work Dave, you must have more equipment than the rear RAF.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 28, 2020, 10:27:28 AM
Great work Dave, you must have more equipment than the rear RAF.
Thanks Bob.
Nearly, but this may be it, for now.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: MSea on May 28, 2020, 01:09:05 PM
Can't be the end - you still have not made a zombie running around the airfield - hohohoho
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 28, 2020, 02:34:04 PM
Transfers being added, then a coat of varnish, so what next?
I think a tractor in a different scale perhaps.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 28, 2020, 04:47:41 PM
We're going to have some of the best stocked (and best kept!) airfield dioramas that have ever been modelled.

I even did a bit of modelling myself this afternoon...
... sanding down the join lines on a Specail Hobby Fiat BR.20...
... on the patio in the sunshine!

keep safe and keep modelling ya'll,
Biggles
   
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on May 28, 2020, 07:24:21 PM
Absolutely spectacular Dave! I'm Speechless ,really!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on May 28, 2020, 07:43:21 PM
We're going to have some of the best stocked (and best kept!) airfield dioramas that have ever been modelled.

I even did a bit of modelling myself this afternoon...
... sanding down the join lines on a Specail Hobby Fiat BR.20...
... on the patio in the sunshine!

keep safe and keep modelling ya'll,
Biggles
 All these modern things (aircraft) are a bit beyond me, but where does a Fiat BR.20 fit in the BOB scheme of things?
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: chriswil42 on May 28, 2020, 07:57:27 PM
Another great model from Dave.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on May 29, 2020, 03:02:54 PM
Not quite finished yet, I added some plug leads and wires as well, not that easy in this scale.
The last photo is a Revell Packard.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 29, 2020, 04:56:25 PM
Hi Red Lancer,
The Italian Corpo Aereo Italiano (CAI) – a task force sent by Mussolini to "help" the Luftwaffe in October/November 1940 had
Fiat BR.20s as their main bomber.
I foolishly decided that it would be good to build 'something different', but the kit isn't very good and is fighting me all the way, as some kits sometime do...

Biggles     
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on May 29, 2020, 06:40:33 PM
Hi Red Lancer,
The Italian Corpo Aereo Italiano (CAI) – a task force sent by Mussolini to "help" the Luftwaffe in October/November 1940 had
Fiat BR.20s as their main bomber.
I foolishly decided that it would be good to build 'something different', but the kit isn't very good and is fighting me all the way, as some kits sometime do...

Biggles   

Thanks Biggles. I never knew about that. I bet the Luftwaffe was really chuffed!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Biggles on May 31, 2020, 01:49:45 PM
Hi Red Lancer,
The Luftwaffe was SO pleased they sidetracked the Italians to airfields in Belgium to try and keep them out of the way...
As you might have guessed they didn't do very well and suffered quite badly at the hands of RAF fighters...

Biggles 
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: zak on June 05, 2020, 10:38:22 AM
NAAFI Van again.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: councilman on June 06, 2020, 03:31:47 PM
Bacon butty anyone...
Is that Armstrong and Miller sat there.
Great work Dave.
Andy.
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Bigkev on June 06, 2020, 05:39:08 PM
Bacon butty anyone...
Is that Armstrong and Miller sat there.
Great work Dave.
Andy.

Got my tummy rumbling.....
Did they call Bacon Sandwiches  'Bacon Wads' then??
Seem to have read it somewhere.
Maybe wrong.
Kevin
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on June 06, 2020, 06:25:10 PM
NAAFI Van again.
It's amazing
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: Red Lancer on June 27, 2020, 11:43:31 AM
There is a Bit in this months Scale Aviation Mag  informing WW11 diorama builders that ICONICAIR
are about to release a resin David Brown Tugmaster Tractor, which was used to haul the bomb trolleys.
 Apparently they do bomb trolleys as well.
There is no mention of scale, which is pretty unbelievable for a Model Mag!
Title: Re: 1:48 Battle of Britain Diorama
Post by: cph64 on June 29, 2020, 12:15:17 PM
It's also in SAMI with no scale given but a quick online search says it's 1/32 scale.