John Symmons

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John Symmons

815 posts

Hi Blue blue 141

Welcome to the furum and glad to see you're giving modelling a second chance. Basically your friend is correct, but most modern 72nd scale models are a far cry from the offerings of years ago. Most modern tooling include quite a lot of interior detail that can be very fiddlley especially at this scale.

 

 

As for figures the 32nd scale ones were about 56 mm tall and even the older moulds included some fine detail and required some good painting skills to get the best from then and were moulded in the usual hard poly-styrene plastic; 72nd scale figures are only about 25 mm and as such are not really suitable as stand alone models being more suitable for dioramas. Also the sets are usually made in a soft poly-vinyl type of plastic which seems to hold detail better but is very awkward to work with and very difficult to paint, as the paint easily flakes off unless a primmer is used.

 

Most 72nd scale set sold by the likes of Airfix & Co are quite now old and are starting to show their age, plenty of flash. Some of the newer makers like Zvezda from Russia & Armourfast from the UK do some very fine sets in 72nd scale that have to be see to be believed. I've just finshed some fro Zvezda and even though they're done as game pieces the fit and detail is unbelievable. ( Unfortunately I'm not allowed to show them on this forum) Even though these are also moulded in a soft vinyl plastic it is much harder than the one used by Airfix & Co and as the moulds are newer flash is kept to a minimium ( On my examples being non exsistent.) but you'll need some very fine brushes and very goooood eye site. I've seen historic sets from these makers and one called HAT, or you might try the toy solder company.

 

If you check through the Figures, Dioramas & Scenery forum you'll see what other on the forum have achieved especially in the 72nd scale their work is very impreesive and could be a source of inspiration to you. whatever you choice good luck and yould love to hear of your adventures.

 

Remember we do this for fun                             John the Pom

John Symmons

815 posts

Hi Ratch.

 & Master Box Pin-Ups

 

Seen these at our LMS and been very tempted I only wish they did them in 1/72 scale, maybe I'm turning into a dirty old man.

 

Remember wedo this for fun                              John the Pom

John Symmons

815 posts

Hi Barnacle-Bill

 

Try thinking it as Buccaneer challenged I had a simular story recently when I almost brought the Roden He 111-B, but after reading up abouit it I chickened out, so I'm He-111B challenged. I hope you do figure a way out to continue with the Bucc, as the part built sample I saw promised the be quite a handsome model. Any way what ever you chose I'm sure it's the right decision for you, but if you do continue I & many others would love to read about your adventures, could be quite a thriller.

 

Remember we do this for fun                             John the Pom

John Symmons

815 posts

Hi T2B.

Whichever scheme you chose it's a win win with this little gem from Airfix.

 

Remember we do this for fun                         John the Pom

John Symmons

815 posts

Nicely done Ratch. Another fine build of one of the better Airfix offerings. Hopefully it'll return in the not to distant future.

 

Remember we do this for fun                             John the Pom

John Symmons

815 posts

Visited our LMS today were they had an open model making sesion and saw a half assembled 48th scale Buccaner. I questioned the maker about the fuselarge fit, and he said it wasn't the best, but with some TLC it could be made to fit. As he said that's why we're called model makers and not assemblers.

 

I must admit on examing the model he'd made a very good job of the fuselage, with very little filling, most of the putty was on the wing and tail joints, and still needed rubbing down, but the fuselage looked good. Maybe he'd just got a good one.

 

Remember we do this for fun                                John the Pom

John Symmons

815 posts

Hi Ratch

I did this one about a year-or-so ago, and I must say I was very pleasently surprised. I feel this kit still holds it's own with the modern toolings, and should be kept in the Airfix catalogue. All it really needs is the triangular stays inside the cowling, & maybe some more detail in the cockpit, although with the pilot in place I'll all be hidden anyway. I found it almost clipped together. Some camo options would also be a good idea, I did mine in a winter camouflage. (See my post Bully Boys)

Remember we do this for fun                             John the Pom

John Symmons

815 posts

Trip to MRRS today came home with 6 more Vallejo colours & the Eduard weekend Nieuport Ni-23. Small plane and kit in a huge box. Eduard must be shipping by volume & not weight.

Remember we do this for fun                          John the Pon

John Symmons

815 posts

Hi Heather & T2B

About the only one you might find really usefull for you airfield dressing is the Blitz Tanker or refueler. The Blitz truck was used by the Lufftwaffer but you'll have to find your own scheme simulary with the busses. The tanker is possibly the easiest of the lot and as the engine is closed up there's little point of adding all 14 parts. I've just finished it and it makes up into quite a neat little model once you've sanded the bonnet pieces to fit the chassis. just be very wary of the front wheel assembly, I've found after doing four of them that it's best glued solid right from the start.

 

Actually the artwork for the Maulter is correct the front wheels often come off the ground over rough terrain and crossing ditches. The drivers were instructed to cross diagonally to not damage the front wheel suspension and bearings.

 

If anyone tries the Maulter you'll have to strech  the tracks to 108 mm as mine had shrunk and I managed to glue them with a contact adhesive. It also makes up into quite a nice unusual model just that the running gear is very fragile. maybe I can post them poised with an Aitfix blitz truck and an Airfix Fw 190, maybe the moderators will allow that. 

 

If you like the unusual maybe the 88 mm anit aircraft gun mounted on a Vomag buss / truck chassis by the same manufacture would be up your street as would the WW1 4WD lorry. 

 

Remember we do this for fun                                  John the Pom

John Symmons

815 posts

Well done Ratch another fine build and quick. Doubt, when I get to building imine it'll be as quick you must be super organised.

Remember we do this for fun                             John the Pom

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