Military Modelling

Model making, all satisfying when it goes well, but snags can really get annoying, gets to be a trial in sticking with it and getting past the faults.

forgotten why I hadn't built a bike in a while, now I remember, there are four exhausts on this, no positive mount points on the cylinder head, just flats butt joints, got there in the end using araldite two part resin. Now for the upper pair.
 
at the back of the Haynes Tiger manual, quite a good book actually, there's a picture of two IJA officers in the commanders and loaders hatch of a Tiger 1, it sat awaiting it's transportation to japan, but it all got too difficult and the Gerries took it back.
The Germans and Japanese tried to exchange technologies; mostly Germany --> Japan.

It's not easy if you're several thousand miles apart, Ultra is betraying the movements of your blockade running ships and you have a large number of US or UK warship and aircraft only too happy to sink them.

Such technology exchanges as were made were often by submarine - the only feasible way of getting between Germany and Japan later in the war.

Wordsmith
 
on the subject of the Tiger, some time ago, I built a Tiger ll cutaway, then left it to dry/harden off before continuing with something else. Time for it's glass case. I order my glass cut to size in 3mm thickness from a local glass company. it comes wrapped in newspaper as per the picture at the back, then bond the plates together using glass glue.

once the dome is assembled, and used as a template to cut out the cardboard base, the model is placed inside for adjustment. it's still not finished, needs the cut edges picked out in red, and the case looks a bit bare.
 
the plain green base needs something to liven it up a bit, photocopied black and white images of the tank in action maybe. Food for thought. Glass cases don't work for every model, but for stand alone one offs, glass adds class.
 
I'll be doing the same for the Chieftain FV432 on the Union flag base in a while, I'll put up an image of that later. If you do go glass, remember to add 6 mm for the length of the lid, this then covers the overlap of 3mm per end piece like this...
 
For all you plane fans working on the Pacific war models - for some inspiration check out the Japanese movie The Eternal Zero (English subtitle version called The Fighter Pilot).

It features the best CGI air battles I've ever seen and includes loads of Japanese aircraft plus US Wildcats, Mustangs, Corsairs etc.

The weathering and markings are absolutely spot on - not surprising as Tamiya provided the artwork and models which were then rendered in 3D for the CGI.

The film itself is about a Japanese Naval pilot and is actually pretty good WRT plot, acting etc and covers Pearl Harbour. Midway and the final months of the war with the kamikaze attacks. Well worth a fiver from Amazon:



I've seen that. Got some P-38 action in it, too. If I remember rightly, the plot revolves around flashbacks as the hero's grandkids in the present research his war record and discover that far from being disgraced he was actually an honourable man - it's just that his brand of honour (defending weaker squadron officers from the bully-boys, not killing surrendering or wounded enemies for the sake of it, etc.) wasn't the sort of honour required by the headshed, or somesuch.
 
the plain green base needs something to liven it up a bit, photocopied black and white images of the tank in action maybe. Food for thought. Glass cases don't work for every model, but for stand alone one offs, glass adds class.
Keeps sticky-fingered kids at bay when you loan it to Bovvy, too.

:D
 
For all you plane fans working on the Pacific war models - for some inspiration check out the Japanese movie The Eternal Zero (English subtitle version called The Fighter Pilot).

It features the best CGI air battles I've ever seen and includes loads of Japanese aircraft plus US Wildcats, Mustangs, Corsairs etc.

The weathering and markings are absolutely spot on - not surprising as Tamiya provided the artwork and models which were then rendered in 3D for the CGI.

The film itself is about a Japanese Naval pilot and is actually pretty good WRT plot, acting etc and covers Pearl Harbour. Midway and the final months of the war with the kamikaze attacks. Well worth a fiver from Amazon:



Oh, Natural metal P51D with Yellow & Black stripes.....hummmmmmmmmmm :)
 
So did the IJAAF, as five were sent to Japan for evaluation.

I know, Airfix do one of the 109E's with the correct markings in 1/48 scale....still got the marking knocking around somewhere :)
 
Bugger all work done, I'll think I'll go back to unpainted etched, seeing as Eduards colours match bugger all paint that's on the market

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Front park of the pits been stripped back off, think I need something better than superglue to bond the various bits together, not to mention I found a bit of a flaw,

Part C9 needs to be angled, however, parts E24 are wrong..... they need to angle up, and be turned around 180% as the footpedals are shown on the plans upside down

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Bugger all work done, I'll think I'll go back to unpainted etched, seeing as Eduards colours match bugger all paint that's on the market

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Front park of the pits been stripped back off, think I need something better than superglue to bond the various bits together, not to mention I found a bit of a flaw,

Part C9 needs to be angled, however, parts E24 are wrong..... they need to angle up, and be turned around 180% as the footpedals are shown on the plans upside down

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is the colour match well out or could you put it down to components of the aircraft slight shade differences down to different aircraft wartime contract/manufacturers?
 
Mummble, Mummble, grummble - Meh, Mercedes Actros update - will take some photo's tomorrow, i couldn't see through the tears today. Chassis, engine, gearbox, doddle. 3 lots of wheels move smoothly, one lot does not want to play and i have had enough of it !! The cab is turning into a nightmare, nothing fits, and if it does it has gaps, pah. Plus, an hour after painting it fell on the dog !!! hairs everywhere, i either leave it textured or sand and start again.

Apart from that, all is well in this very amateur modelling world - Pacific you say, Yeah, Right !!!
 
is the colour match well out or could you put it down to components of the aircraft slight shade differences down to different aircraft wartime contract/manufacturers?
If its a full component, say like the instrument panel, you could get away with it, when its part of a section, not so much, it should match RLM66 or RLM02 depending on the kit being built and what part of the airframe its attached too
 
Mummble, Mummble, grummble - Meh, Mercedes Actros update - will take some photo's tomorrow, i couldn't see through the tears today. Chassis, engine, gearbox, doddle. 3 lots of wheels move smoothly, one lot does not want to play and i have had enough of it !! The cab is turning into a nightmare, nothing fits, and if it does it has gaps, pah. Plus, an hour after painting it fell on the dog !!! hairs everywhere, i either leave it textured or sand and start again.

Apart from that, all is well in this very amateur modelling world - Pacific you say, Yeah, Right !!!
I feel your pain, no way I'm fitting the throttle handles tonight :)
 
Mummble, Mummble, grummble - Meh, Mercedes Actros update - will take some photo's tomorrow, i couldn't see through the tears today. Chassis, engine, gearbox, doddle. 3 lots of wheels move smoothly, one lot does not want to play and i have had enough of it !! The cab is turning into a nightmare, nothing fits, and if it does it has gaps, pah. Plus, an hour after painting it fell on the dog !!! hairs everywhere, i either leave it textured or sand and start again.

Apart from that, all is well in this very amateur modelling world - Pacific you say, Yeah, Right !!!
Ooh, nasty! Had a sister sit on a newly finished model once; the work of a couple of months. Model was nuked, sister only survived through arrival of parents.
 
The Germans and Japanese tried to exchange technologies; mostly Germany --> Japan.

It's not easy if you're several thousand miles apart, Ultra is betraying the movements of your blockade running ships and you have a large number of US or UK warship and aircraft only too happy to sink them.

Such technology exchanges as were made were often by submarine - the only feasible way of getting between Germany and Japan later in the war.

Wordsmith
Not only Ultra. The Americans had broken the Japanese codes as well. In fact a lot of intelligence on the Germans was taken from the Japanese embassy sending sitreps on German plans back to Japan
 

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