Military Modelling

Managed to get a viewing at the Wheatcroft Collection last week. A modellers delight, plenty of tank porn all round. Didn't take many shots, but will upload a few when I get a chance.
 
Back to the Bradley hull and now have the rear hatch fettled into place. Two of the hinges were swallowed up by the carpet monster. Even with bare feet I couldn't find them so made one out of a piece in the spared box that looked similar. Left the other one out after a couple of attempts at a new one. I'll cover up its absence some another way.

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Track links next. If I remember rightly it was 80 links per track so made up four sets of 40 so that they would be manageable. A couple of bits fell off straight away so had to replace with spare links and hope that it all holds together.

Painted them with a steel colour first and then splashed them with track wash. Once that had dried the linkages see to be less likely to fall apart. Looks like I might have a bit of luck here.

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Meng provides a piece of brass to act as a mask for airbrushing the track rubbers; five at a time. Seemed a lot of faffing around so did the rubbers with a brush which was really easy. By the time there's a bit of dust on there it should all look okay.
 
ok, pressed down evenly on a block of wood, the GPMG cut free from the sprue frame, phew.


edit to add, it looks like the safety catch is in the wrong place, here it is located above the trigger guard, did they change it in later marks?
 
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Back to the Bradley hull and now have the rear hatch fettled into place. Two of the hinges were swallowed up by the carpet monster. Even with bare feet I couldn't find them so made one out of a piece in the spared box that looked similar. Left the other one out after a couple of attempts at a new one. I'll cover up its absence some another way.

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Track links next. If I remember rightly it was 80 links per track so made up four sets of 40 so that they would be manageable. A couple of bits fell off straight away so had to replace with spare links and hope that it all holds together.

Painted them with a steel colour first and then splashed them with track wash. Once that had dried the linkages see to be less likely to fall apart. Looks like I might have a bit of luck here.

View attachment 323136

Meng provides a piece of brass to act as a mask for airbrushing the track rubbers; five at a time. Seemed a lot of faffing around so did the rubbers with a brush which was really easy. By the time there's a bit of dust on there it should all look okay.
coming on in leaps and bounds here, like the detail on the tracks.
 
Not sure when that was - it may have been a great place to work, but in the 90s it was a f***ing awful place to send your vehicles. Every six months or so, we had to strip everything out and send them to Stirling. They'd be away for a month or so, eventually reappear, then have to be built back up.

I've said it before, but when our QM managed to get the maintenance contract taken away from Stirling and done locally, I was chuffed to f*ck. A suitably qualified bloke would appear at our MT, spend a day or four checking the vehicles over, doing the servicing, and declaring them fit. No need to strip down the vehicle, job done.

From my limited perspective, Stirling got sacked because they provided a sh!t service to their "customers"...
I spent four years trying to fend them off as they wanted B135 as it had CHE. I agreed to loan them a bay and they promptly left the doors open all day...
 
With the handy crowbar on the door frame... also useful for sticking Gazelle fuel solenoids.
I’m not sure if it was a crowbar, was it not the handle for jacking up the ground handling wheels?

The Gazelle thing was just a wee tickle on the leads as Cmdr 39 Bde discovered on a hilltop OP in South Armagh on Christmas morning 1986ish. Oh how he laughed...
 
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I’m not sure if it was a crowbar, was it not the handle for jacking up the ground handling wheels?

The Gazelle thing was just a wee tickle on the leads as Cmd 39 Bde discovered on a hilltop OP in South Armagh on Christmas morning 1986ish. Oh how he laughed...
Both. Crowbar in a clip at shoulder height, jacking handle in a pouch near the floor, or on the engine decking ready to slide off @5000’ and go through a boxhead’s roof.
Allegedly.
 
Back to the Bradley hull and now have the rear hatch fettled into place. Two of the hinges were swallowed up by the carpet monster. Even with bare feet I couldn't find them so made one out of a piece in the spared box that looked similar. Left the other one out after a couple of attempts at a new one. I'll cover up its absence some another way.

View attachment 323135

Track links next. If I remember rightly it was 80 links per track so made up four sets of 40 so that they would be manageable. A couple of bits fell off straight away so had to replace with spare links and hope that it all holds together.

Painted them with a steel colour first and then splashed them with track wash. Once that had dried the linkages see to be less likely to fall apart. Looks like I might have a bit of luck here.

View attachment 323136

Meng provides a piece of brass to act as a mask for airbrushing the track rubbers; five at a time. Seemed a lot of faffing around so did the rubbers with a brush which was really easy. By the time there's a bit of dust on there it should all look okay.
Are the track links click/glue togther plaggy ones?
 

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