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Thread: 200 Mitches Border Regtiment Bust
22/01/2017 20:21:21

Superb stuff Peter, it looks amazing.thumbs up


Thread: Airfix BF109E 1/72 (SSGB17)
22/01/2017 20:18:00

A good start,

Beware the Hun in the sun... or on a p


Thread: Zvezda T90 1/72 (SSGB17)
22/01/2017 20:16:41

Looking great so far


Thread: 2017 Small Scale Group Build (SSGB17)
22/01/2017 16:27:18

Bit of an update from my corner of the asylum...

The Hurricane takes shape

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... and the Typhoon begins.

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More later with any luck. Oh and nice looking Eagle there Fernando

Thread: STORM WARNING! Gale Force 3. Hawker's windy trio from Revell (SSGB17)
22/01/2017 16:24:13

Good afternoon Gents, may the mogelling gods smile upon you, wherever you are.

Cheers Paul, this has definitely given me a new appreciation for all the work that you, Simon, Nick and the other small scalers do. Having some fun with these but I think that I'll be returning to larger scales with a huge sigh of relief.

Hi Simon, you're welcome. Thanks for that. I was going to do seat harness as well but the thickness of the canopy will make it pointless. Maybe when I do the Typhoon & Tempest...

Hi John, Cluck, Cluck, Gibber, Gibber, My old man's a dustman etc. etc.
I know what you meancrook

So, the madness continues...

After a splash of interior green, (it seems bizarre to be able to paint an entire cockpit with one brushload of paint), I fitted the wings and the tail surfaces.

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The fit is not great, although I am not entirely surprised by that. Unfortunately there is a chunk missing from the front of the port wingroot that will need filling as well as a bit of a step under the back of the fuselage. At least I won't need to use huge quantities of filler.

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So while that all sets, I made a start on the next of the Hawker trinity. The Typhoon. This time eight rockets too. Minuscule little blighters as well.

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Parts removed

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And this time I'm approaching the cockpit with a little more confidence

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Seat , Joystick etc. next.


Thread: 2017 Small Scale Group Build (SSGB17)
22/01/2017 14:03:33

Superb progress Sean.thumbs up

Looking like a real Halibag now. Can't remember which Sqn scheme you were going with.

Bring forth the hissy stick!


22/01/2017 12:13:33


David Hewkin - HobbyBoss 1/72 BR52 Loco

Allen Dewire - RODEN 1/72 VOMAG 7 mit 88mm Flak36

Mike Mortimore - Matchbox 1/76 Monty's Caravan and Daimler armoured car.

Bobby Dale - 1/72 Modern British Diorama, Warrior, Land Rovers and troops... And 1/72 Frog Sea Vixen (Lovely aeroplane), and 1/72 Italeri Merlin HAS. 1

Derek McGuckin - 1/72 Italeri Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma"

Alistair RoB - 1/72 Trumpeter M1126 Stryker ICV

Evan Martin - 1/76 Airfix Matilda II

The Great Dillini - 1/72 F-4 Phantom, kit to be confirmed and Airfix 1/72 EE Lightning

Graeme C - Airfix RAF Emergency Set

Gary MacKenzie - Italeri Opel Blitz

John Ballard - Trumpeter Stalinetz Tractor and Zis Firetruck

41 Participants and a potential 68 builds (not including multiples in the dioramas). Well done everyone.

Tally Ho then, back to the bench!


22/01/2017 12:12:52


Robin Buckland - Revell T-55star, Minitanks 1/87 M932, Gramodels 1/76 Char 2C and Academy M1126 Stryker ICV

Peter Day - MW T-60 and UM Vickers Mk E "Winter War" diorama

Richard Pierce - Dragon and PSC Sherman Trinity

Colin Bruce - Academy Ju-87G 1 Stukastar

Sean Emmott - 1/72 Revell Handley Page Halifax B Mk I/III

Marcello Tontodonati - ACE BTR-3E1 (on hold)

Nicholas Ronan - Revell T-72

Nick Richardson - PST M-13 Katjusha (on hold) and PST Zis 5 & 2cm Flak 30

Marty Elliot - Revell Sd. Kfz 9 "Famo" (etchfest)

Fernando Nijhuis - Revell LRDG Chevy & Jeepstar and Revell 1/72 Fw200 Condor

Stefan Blaubar - Hobby Boss WR360 C14 Loco

Tim Marlow - Airfix Cromwell and PSC Churchill and some Zvezda German troops

Mick Charlesworth - Eduard MiG-15bis

Scottie - Airfix Scammell tank transporter

Mike Durnford - Revell Wespestar

Jimbo - ACE Soviet Aerosan NKL - 16/41 plus ski troops

Alun Wells - Sea King SAR Diorama

Andrew Shaw - Tamiya 1/100 B-52D Stratofortress

to be continued...

Edited By Andy Claesens on 22/01/2017 14:41:44

22/01/2017 12:12:43

Good morning chaps,

This GB has exceeded my wildest expectations and you lot are certainly keeping me on my toes as well as inducing some micro madness into my own mogelling.. At page 30 of the GB I thought it would be a good idea to have a bit of a stocktake on what is actually going on. Because of the links etc. (and I hope that they all still work), this list has to be spread to three posts and I have starred those builds that have been declared as done.

So here follows an updated list of what's going on. You're all doing a magnificent job, thanks for your enthusiasm.

Si Benson - Initial PzII Luchs and Revell PzIII and Zvezda T-90 and Airfix Bf109E

John Hutton - Eduard Albatros D.V

Dave Ward - Toksomodel Scud Bstar and ICM 1/144 XXIII U-boatstar

Steve Jones - Zvezda Pak 40star

Andy Claesens - Airfix MkI Femalestar and Airfix Pz IV F1/2 and Revell 1/144 Hawker Trinity

Simon T - Revell T-55 and Sdkfz 250/9 and Sdkfz. 222

Lee Drennen - P-47 re-supply diorama

Andy Smith - Trumpeter BAC Lightning and Revell 1/125 U47

Paul Eberle - Rhine Crossing Diorama

Chris Camfield - Armourfast Valentine and Dragon Churchill Na75

John Race - Dusty bin Diorama smile pface 20 ACE Panzernest + Zvezda figures

Jim Barry - Scratchbuild 1/144 Bf-109G6 and Scratchbuild 1/100 Me-262

to be continued...

Edited By Andy Claesens on 22/01/2017 16:01:17

Thread: STORM WARNING! Gale Force 3. Hawker's windy trio from Revell (SSGB17)
21/01/2017 23:12:39

Greetings chaps,

This is madness... I don't know what is possessing me at the moment but I've been thinking about more and more additions. Although I am not going to go as mad as some I thought I should dress up the cockpit a little. So as well as the forward and rear blanking plates. I've now started a seat

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And also a rudimentary joystick.

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I need a lie down...


Thread: M3 Grant - North Africa
21/01/2017 20:24:17


Mark that is beautiful.thumbs upstarstarstarstarstar A fabulous rendition of one of the more unusual looking schemes.


Thread: STORM WARNING! Gale Force 3. Hawker's windy trio from Revell (SSGB17)
20/01/2017 20:32:51

Good evening chaps, A swift pint in the Mess Bar before returning to the bench...

Steve, thanks Hoping to make a good job of these even though they are probably at the limit of my workable vision. Tiny stuff.

Jim, thanks for the kind words. To be honest I don't know how those three manage this mini stuff. I think for me this is the smallest I'll be going.

Simon, consider yourself counted. I thought you might like these.

Cheers Mick, Hopefully these will inspire me to finish of some of the 1/72 stuff I've got going on...

Simon, in answer to your question. The Tempest was originally going to be the Typhoon II, an improved version of the Typhoon. Originally the Typhoon was intended to be a medium to high altitude interceptor but various design issues and engine problems meant that the aircraft's performance did not live up to expectations and it became a far better low level fighter bomber. As a way of improving the aircraft with a view to getting back to the original requirement a thinner laminar flow wing was introduced. The changes introduced to the airframe to accommodate this wing meant that the aircraft changed so much it was decided to rename it Tempest. The most obvious difference is the increase in vertical tail surface area and also the change from long to short barreled cannons in the wings. As it turned out the Tempest became the fastest propeller driven aircraft of the war at low altitude.

OK then... Glasses, binoculars and magnifying glass at the ready... back to plastic.

See you later with an update I hope. Tally Ho!


Edited By Andy Claesens on 20/01/2017 20:33:11

Thread: 2017 Small Scale Group Build (SSGB17)
19/01/2017 20:46:56

Good evening lads,

Jim, sorry I cross posted with you so I didn't comment. last time. The work you are putting into that is superb.

Alistair, Thanks for the kind words. The Stryker looks brilliant, even before priming.

Bobby, thanks. I've seen them being built but have not done one myself. Usually I wouldn't do armour in this scale, it has been the GB that has made me have another go. Nice progress with your three. I've built a couple of the Warriors in the past. Seem to remember enjoying the build quite a bit. Intrigued as to what you're up to...

Nick, looking forward to this one. Your previous Zis and '34 are going great guns too.

I've just started another thread for these three little scamps *Gale Force 3". All Jim's fault for his tiny scratchbuilt 109. I must be mad...

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Thread: 1/35 Zvezda SU 100 SPG
19/01/2017 17:33:02

Another Soviet heavy, count me in Mike.teeth 2 You seem to be rattling these out at a great rate.


Thread: Airfix 1/76th Mk I Female (SSGB17)
18/01/2017 23:42:44

Cheers Peter, You're a Gent

PM sent


Thread: STORM WARNING! Gale Force 3. Hawker's windy trio from Revell (SSGB17)
18/01/2017 23:39:40

Tell you what Jim, I'm in full agreement!

However, fortune favours the brave (or is it the stupid get lucky?)

Here we go with some micro madness.
I thought I'd start with something simple. The Radiator intake underneath is an obvious through and through so I've blanked it off as well as boxing in the under carriage bay. All this was done with thin plasticard

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Then as the cockpit is only represented by a gaping hole, I've blanked it off front and rear.

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More tomorrow.


Thread: Airfix 1/76th Mk I Female (SSGB17)
18/01/2017 22:13:00

Oh dear, I think I am about to go and spend some money...

Thanks Nick. They do look good.


Thread: STORM WARNING! Gale Force 3. Hawker's windy trio from Revell (SSGB17)
18/01/2017 22:10:34

Tally Ho Chaps,

I'll try to do these chronologically so starting with the Hurricane...

The sprue. 15 parts if you include the stand. First snag, missing decalsangry 2 God knows where they've gone. I'll crack on and see what I can come up with.

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Parts removed from the sprue prior to building.

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First Glue! Getting the main components together. The fuselage halves were a little warped so they'kk be fixed in to sessions.

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Ridiculously I've been thinking bout some improvements...


Thread: Airfix 1/76th Mk I Female (SSGB17)
18/01/2017 21:52:09

Bobby Peter and Nick, thank you all. I have to say it was an enjoyable build.

Nick, could you elaborate about those figures. I did have a germ of an idea about a scene for this including walking troops...wink 2


18/01/2017 20:29:01

Evan, Jim, Simon and Steve,

Many thanks chaps. Actually it is a relief to say I have got it finished. Hopefully I can keep the Operational Tempo up with the others I've got planned.


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