Military Modelling

My brother does enough for a the whole family. All aircraft though.

I would like to do the following my self:

AVLB

AVRE

CET

But can't afford to remorgage the house to buy them :D
 

Fiji_Bob

Old-Salt
"loft Insulation" is a standing joke amongst those of us who make kits, having not enough years left, I am sure, to complete all those amassed in my loft. :wink:

In fact that's where I should be now! :wink:

Still, as I always say to Mrs FB when I am caught red handed smuggling the latest purchase indoors, it could be worse I could spend my hard earned on illegal substances or down the pub! 8)

Some decent links (usual disclaimers) in no particular order are:

8) Hannants mail order shop
8) mil models mag
8) Perth Mil modelling club
8) Model Mad review site

As for cheap kits of UK hardware try looking out for:-

As mentionedJB Models who do 4 ton Bedford, Landrovers and 105mm light gun here is one- Hannants

Revell do a Warrior as do AFV Club, but in a larger scale
AFV Club also do a Scorpion and Scimitar
Dragon do Challenger II (small scale) and have a new kit coming out soon with the bar armour seen in Iraq
Tamiya do a couple of larger scale Cheiftan, Challengers I and II and L/R Ambulance/SAS pink panther
Airfix (if you can find them) do a larger scale Challenger II (as do a firm called Trumpeter, same kit reboxed)

For those who gave up, give it another go and don't knock it or let yourself be put off by the boo boys.

Some recent inspiration link here:-Warrior by Wayne Bowman 8)

Those with more money than sense how about a working Tiger with real sound here:- Working Tiger II video :crazy: :omg: 8)

I must say model making helps to de-stress me after a long day and for that I don't care who calls me a anorak 8)

.........and if it goes wrong you have an excuse to buy another! :wink:
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
Anyone do a Fox?
 
Working on some very nice Duplex Drive Shermans from Milicast

http://www.milicast.com/pages/index.shtml

at the moment. I'm getting a nice little collection of British WW2 armour together and it gets displayed quite often.

I also have a shelf full of 1/35 armour in the garage/workshop. The rest of the space is filled with aircraft & ship models of varying scales!

If anyone's into 1/24 truck models, pm me - I have some for sale at reasonable prices!
 
Used to, but haven't been arrsed enough to work on any for the past 5+ years. Now, all the bloody things (both finished and unfinished) are carefully stored away in boxes, awaiting their fate. Should just sell the damned things, I suppose. Is there much market out there for vintage Frog/Airfix kits from the early to late 60s?
 

Chinggis

War Hero
I build 1/35 model tanks, mainly British ones of all periods from the Mk I to the Chally 2, with an occasional Soviet one for variety.

This weekend I’ll be starting on an AFV Club Centurion Mk 5, which I will be finishing in the markings for 6 RTR, Op Musketeer, from Bison Decals.

Has anyone tried the Accurate Armour conversion kits for the Tamiya Chieftain? I fancy doing the Mk 10 in Berlin Brigade urban camouflage. Of course, Sod’s Law says that if I do, one of the mainstream manufacturers will make a plastic kit of the same beast as soon as I’ve finished it!
 

Fiji_Bob

Old-Salt
Gun_Brickie said:
Used to, but haven't been arrsed enough to work on any for the past 5+ years. Now, all the bloody things (both finished and unfinished) are carefully stored away in boxes, awaiting their fate. Should just sell the damned things, I suppose. Is there much market out there for vintage Frog/Airfix kits from the early to late 60s?

There is that strange beast known as the kit collector ( that I sometime worry in darker movements I have become :roll: ) who might pay quite well for these.

I know I'm not one as I'm tempted to break their cardinal sin of making the kit. :roll:

They even look unfavourably if the kit has had the box opened WTF? 8O

Though they would probably be interested in only the untouched examples, they might be interested in the transfers for other kits.

Try looking on eBay for an idea or use a mag classifieds such as Military Modelling or Scale Aircraft Monthly (have a look in Smiths) or one of the special retailers that deal in second hand kits would pick up, but they have to make a living so not the best price, but less hassle.

Never used these retailers but links to the biggest here

collectakit
kingkit

You might even have a gem, antique roadshow stylie!
good luck! :thumright:
 
Gun_Brickie said:
Used to, but haven't been arrsed enough to work on any for the past 5+ years. Now, all the bloody things (both finished and unfinished) are carefully stored away in boxes, awaiting their fate. Should just sell the damned things, I suppose. Is there much market out there for vintage Frog/Airfix kits from the early to late 60s?

How about preparing a list, then putting a note here offering it to those who pm you?
 
I'm partial to 1/48 scale warbirds... working on a Revell B-25 Mitchell at the moment and I have a Hasegawa P-39 Aerocobra waiting in the wings. Since the model shops around here overcharge for their merchandise (like a 40-50% mark up!) I buy kits from here http://www2.towerhobbies.com/listings/cat-s.html instead. Takes me forever to finish one of course as I tend to fiddle with them only when the weather is lousy and there are no other distractions.
 
Models
can anyone help...My son wants me to make him a Model of a WARRIOR like the one his daddy used to drive...I have the kit....i have some experience from when i was younger in building them...problem is when it comes to painting them i am a complete spacker!!!! they do not look like the box or even anything like it. Does anyone know of some place where someone might be as so kind as to decorate it.....i even contimplated taking it to one of those GAMERS Workshop places, to get a Dragon Master or ORK to help me out.......

Please any CONSTRUCTIVE ideas are welcome
 

maguire

LE
Book Reviewer
CJ - what seems to be the problem exactly? a pair of terrific sites with a lot of handy tips on them are www.modelingmadness.com and www.hyperscale.com .
as for myself, I loved making them as a kid - and a few years ago thought as I had the time and the money I'd get back into the hobby. *eyes roughly £2k's worth of assorted unbuilt kits in spare room*
does anyone specialise in one particular area? I seem to be a bit of a magpie, there's everything from F1 cars to WW2 aircraft, current jets, armour, helicopters and sci fi kits in my stash. trouble is I never quite seem to get around to finishing one... maybe we should all pledge to build one in the next month and then post pics of the result - anyone else need any encouragement like that?
 
ChosenmanJanner said:
Models
can anyone help...My son wants me to make him a Model of a WARRIOR like the one his daddy used to drive...I have the kit....i have some experience from when i was younger in building them...problem is when it comes to painting them i am a complete spacker!!!! they do not look like the box or even anything like it. Does anyone know of some place where someone might be as so kind as to decorate it.....i even contimplated taking it to one of those GAMERS Workshop places, to get a Dragon Master or ORK to help me out.......

Please any CONSTRUCTIVE ideas are welcome

Well I suppose you could entrust it to some spotty dungeon-master but then you’d be forever wondering if the lumpy white stuff was actually glue and what it might do to the kids if they lick it.

I’ve just finished a 1/76 Warrior (my first kit for 20 years). The easiest way to deal with the paint was to assemble all the main sections, Turret, Hull etc. and then spray the lot the base colour (green or sand), with a can from the model shop – NOT Halfords, unless you want to melt it!

Then just use a brush to add the detail (road-wheel tyres, gun barrel etc.). Even I can do it and I’m fairly ham-fisted.
 
i'd give it wash to get rid of the grease from your fingers and mould realise agent. A visit to poundland should see you get a can of primer quick coat to cover the plastic then add the paint. Green 1st then black Humbrol paint is good for brushing on and a £1 per tin just make sure you mix the paint well before painting and away you go
 
One trick that makes all models look good is drybrushing after your done with the regular painting... basically you use a miniscule amount of black paint on the brush and go over the entire thing vigorously (except on clear canopys in the case of aircraft of course.) The back collects in the panel lines and brings out the detail while adding a bit of wear. Do a search online for better description of the technique as I'm sure mine is a bit light.
 

Fiji_Bob

Old-Salt
PartTimePongo said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6M4peQCxuY&mode=related&search=


www.bigtanks.de

Awesome Video (No.2) of a Tiger Model. Hard to watch without "Panzerlied" going on in your head. Is that the actual sound of the model or has he dubbed that on afterwards?

The sounds come with the kit including the start up and even the engine revving with the turret traverse. 8)

Apparently the manufacturer sent a team to record the engine running of the only working example in Saumur, France.

Now that's accuracy for you, but at a price, have a look here for a link dedicated to these things and bigger, but most big model shops stock them 8) mk1 tanks

Lusted after one of these for ages, but a maybach on start up, even in 1/16th scale, may be a little hard to hide from the "domestic authorities". :roll:

Also with a kit costing that much I would be scared to c0ck it up. 8O
 

Fiji_Bob

Old-Salt
ChosenmanJanner said:
Models
can anyone help...

Please any CONSTRUCTIVE ideas are welcome

CJ as well as the sites mentioned, which are excellent for tips on modelling techniques you could try one of the monthly mags, ( US Fine Scale Modeller best for beginners I think).

or you could invest in one of the modelling titles from Osprey link here model manuals

Here is a good online resource 8) scale workshop

Also how about getting the young un involved with his own kit too if he is old enough? :wink:

Good luck, the second kit you make will always be better than the first 8) give it a go :thumright:
 
Petriburg said:
Gun_Brickie said:
Used to, but haven't been arrsed enough to work on any for the past 5+ years. Now, all the bloody things (both finished and unfinished) are carefully stored away in boxes, awaiting their fate. Should just sell the damned things, I suppose. Is there much market out there for vintage Frog/Airfix kits from the early to late 60s?

How about preparing a list, then putting a note here offering it to those who pm you?

Didn't want to wind up completely derailing this thread, as there's a classified section on this site. But, with the mod's permission, here's a short list off the top of my head:

Frog: (all kits 1/72)

Douglas Boston
Mitchell II
Mustang II

Airfix: (1/72, boxed)

Mitchell (three variants available in this kit)
Heinkel 111
Dornier 217
Short Stirling (this kit is from the early 90s)

Airfix: (bagged kits)

Fieseler Storch
Hawker Demon
Boulton Paul Defiant

Matchbox: (1/72)

Vickers Wellesley

That's all I can remember, and that's all that I feel I should post in here, before I get a smack on the knuckles for being a naughty boy. :wink:

Anything else, PM me, please.
 

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