Military Modelling

A bit of progress at last! Various things conspired against me last weekend. First it was the youth's 16th birthday, then I discovered that he'd used all my undercoat for his GCSE art project, and then my wine delivery arrived. So I got pissed instead! Anyway, I'm about halfway there on this chap:

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A bit of progress at last! Various things conspired against me last weekend. First it was the youth's 16th birthday, then I discovered that he'd used all my undercoat for his GCSE art project, and then my wine delivery arrived. So I got pissed instead! Anyway, I'm about halfway there on this chap:

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Sean Bean immortalized!!
 
Sean Bean immortalized!!
You are probably correct. 30 years ago I could recognise several faces in a well know figure manufacturer's English Civil War range, which wasn't surprising as the bloke who did the masters was a friend of mine and the people he was copying were all members of the Sealed Knot.
 
A bit of progress at last! Various things conspired against me last weekend. First it was the youth's 16th birthday, then I discovered that he'd used all my undercoat for his GCSE art project, and then my wine delivery arrived. So I got pissed instead! Anyway, I'm about halfway there on this chap:

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Is that the grey man in the background proving the 7 s’s do work
 
"We're talking about the Bomb Dimetry, the Bomb" the 500Pounder to be précis Si, I'm going olive green, what do we think? yellow banding?
You are way ahead of me so not looked yet.

I’ve ordered a second little lad to operate the gun. I’m not sure if I’m putting them in yet - I’m about to crack on with the second belt. I must say I’m enjoying building a plane
 
You are way ahead of me so not looked yet.

I’ve ordered a second little lad to operate the gun. I’m not sure if I’m putting them in yet - I’m about to crack on with the second belt. I must say I’m enjoying building a plane
if you are modelling it parked, so to speak, why bother to cover up your detailed cockpit with bodies, then again, without crew it can't be taxying or flying. What it comes down to in the end, Museum or combat?
 
One hesitates to be pedantic (although I never have, ever, honestly) but, if you have already super-detailed the cockpit, why do you then put a crew in it ?
if you are modelling it parked, so to speak, why bother to cover up your detailed cockpit with bodies, then again, without crew it can't be taxying or flying. What it comes down to in the end, Museum or combat?
Like I said I’m undecided. If I don’t i’ll have the blokes to do two more planes!!
 
A bit of progress at last! Various things conspired against me last weekend. First it was the youth's 16th birthday, then I discovered that he'd used all my undercoat for his GCSE art project, and then my wine delivery arrived. So I got pissed instead! Anyway, I'm about halfway there on this chap:

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That's looking "Sharpe" :)
 
I usually end up with half the PE left over. Some things just aren't worth replacing and sometimes the moulded version is actually better. I guess the folks at Eduard reckon they can charge higher prices if they sell two frets of PE even though only a fraction of it is necessary. Some of it however does come in handy later for other projects.
Many a true word etc
 
oh you would show me that now!

some excellent pictures there NSP, They are all beautifully restored and lovingly cared for as prized possessions, there in lies the conundrum for the modeller, helpful if you're making a museum piece, not so much battered wartime example going through changes to colours and sqn markings, then thrown over the side into the deep six after it's been picked clean for spares.
Black numbers

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SBD from the Yorktown - Black 17
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Managed to splatter some paint about

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Just for th lads that don’t model - I’ve got to stick these two locks onto those two belts and that’s the belts all done.

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Decided not to stick the little lads in the plane
 
Just for th lads that don’t model - I’ve got to stick these two locks onto those two belts and that’s the belts all done.

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Decided not to stick the little lads in the plane
they can be your spare crew for future builds, always nice to have options available in the spares figure box.

HE yellow band on the 500 pounder, shiniest newest looking thing on the whole battered plane.
 
We've had a veritable wokka fest here as the US Army's 4thCAB has been transiting the area as part of Atlantic Resolve. Only managed to get a picture of two with the phone but they've been coming over at 6 at a time. Great sound. Don't think I have room for a wokka but a Black Hawk on the other hand. Need to study some options; Academy have a 1:35th scale version.

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We've had a veritable wokka fest here as the US Army's 4thCAB has been transiting the area as part of Atlantic Resolve. Only managed to get a picture of two with the phone but they've been coming over at 6 at a time. Great sound. Don't think I have room for a wokka but a Black Hawk on the other hand. Need to study some options; Academy have a 1:35th scale version.

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I was on Ex Crusader in 1980 as an infantryman. My bn was warned of for a heliborne assault to secure a bridgehead so the American engineers could put a bridge over the river Leine for their armour to cross.

Virtually the whole bn tipped up in light scales in a big field near Hanover. The only vehicle allowed was a L/Rover with the rear link radios. I was in the sigs pl at this time and the Ops Offr (nice bloke) grabbed me to be the CO's radio operator.

We all expected a convoy of 4 tonners to pick us up and take us to the LZ (Helicopters to lift this lot, yeah, right) ...but then, in the distance a faint WOPWOPWOPWOPWOPWOPWOP, slowly growing louder.

Then someoone saw them and pointed - Eighteen US Chinooks heading towards us.

They landed and picked up the battalion in ONE lift and took us on a 20 minute very low level flight to the LZ on the other side of the Leine. The sound of 18 aircraft lifting off together was phenominal.

The aircraft were flying so low they had to climb to clear the power lines. The ramps were left open and I had a great view out of the back. The CO's comd group (including me) were in the lead aircraft and I could see the other chinooks strung out in a couple of long lines, with the aircraft rising and falling as they flew the contours sometimes rising up to clear trees, power lines etc.

On the LZ they put the bn down inside of a minute and a couple of minutes later the companies were dispersing to form the bridgehead. Within 10 minutes we had secured the bridging site for the Yanks.

I've flown in Chinooks umpteen times over the years but that was the one that stays with me...

This pic is the nearest I could find to give even the slightest impression of how it felt. Eighteen helicopters carrying an entire battalion - AWESOME! :)

 

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