James_mower

Signature: I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

Bio: Former BAE Systems Sheet-metalworker (Tinsmith). Worked on Harrier's and many other Aircraft. Currently watch planes take off & land at Heathrow for one job and rework OO Gauge Loco's & Rolling Stock in my other.

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james_mower

505 posts

Done, but it wouldn't do without a subtle cameo - now would it Wink

 

 

And some tanks don't quite fit!!

 

 

The Sherman does however..

 

 

 

 

Alas a few more Loco's beckon before I can get back to the Shack...

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

505 posts

More progress...

 

 

The completed Sherman... on the prowl Wink

 

 

 

 

 

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

505 posts

In a brief break from OO gauge commissions (I'm loco'd out), I opted to start another build, rather than finish of the Shack AEW.2. So I opted for the LCM & Sherman kit in my stash.

 

Surprisingly in the 40 years of modelling this marks the first tank I've built and only the second boat or ship..

 

First off the Ronson (as they were known by their crew's - due to their habit of going kaboom) - I know it's an old tooling, but once you clean away the flash it goes together extremely well, with only a minor amount of filling..

 

 

 

 

Filling aside, the only other issue is gettting the tracks to weld together.

 

The LCM is a fairly straight-forward build, a lot of flash needs removing and some filling is required - to be expected of older tooling..

 

..though the Sherman seems happy Cool

 

 

Nearly ready for some paint - I hadn't glued the flooring in at this point (saves masking).

 

 

Top colour applied - Vallejo Model Air 71.051 Neutral Grey, is a good match for Humbrol 64 Matt Light Grey. Flooring was painted with Vallejo 71.080 Rust (Humbrol 113 Matt Rust), once dry was glued into place..

 

 

I then masked up and painted the hull underside - again using 71.080..

 

 

More to come, but that's for another day..

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

505 posts

@WarbirdPete

More progress. I couldn't get the metal gear tailwheel to glue properly so it's a hybrid of the metal strut and the plastic lower fork. Added (for no particular reason) a fascimile of the metal frame in the wheel well under the (to be added) cover:

Started painting the camo with the Vallejo Model Air green. That paint is way too thin. Out of the bottle it is so thin, it required literally 20 coats to cover. Never used the acryllic before and was trying to get a tight spray pattern (as scale) but really struggled with how the paint came out. The transition zones looked bright green because the thin watery paint wasn't "overspray" but thin paint. Had to use a damp Q-tip and back-paint with green to get something that looked right though the edges are softer than I would have liked.

If I'd used model masters enamel this would have taken 30 minutes and been perfect. It took 8 hours to paint this green...ridiculous.

 

Along the way, I'd picked up the photo-etched radiators. There aren't many of the original aftermarket accessories for this kit left. While I was doing it, I didn't think it was going to add much but once installed, it does add a nice touch when looking at the front of the plane.

Excellent work there Pete. 

 

Worth noting Vallejo Model Air works best a lower air pressures (between 20 & 30 psi) with an airbrush - too high it goes watery and it's always handy to have duel water traps (helps cope with high humidity & moisture) - I have one on the compressor and one at the airbrush end.

 

Plus it should only need thinning when you are getting towards the end of the bottle or in high (dry) temperatures.

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

505 posts

@John Symmons

Hi James.

A nice read and an interesting build thanks for the photos and write up. I can't wait till you start the RAF Rescue Launch. By the way you might need to buy two ( or is that asking two much) as there are two versions with very different colour schemes, I'm already eyeing a second one at our LMS.

 

You really are branching out, is that a Sherman looking for a nautical experience, I see lurking in plain sight.

 

Remember we do this for fun                              John the Pom

Oh the Sherman has a home or will do when it's finished Wink

 

 

The Rescue launch will have to wait as there's a build that needs to be finished (Shackleton AEW.2) and one I'm being pestered about on another forum to start by a Loco Client of mine - which unless Admin get a non-Airfix build thread up (which was promised) and running I won't be able to share (except in subtle cameo's).

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

505 posts

Finished (I may still weather it) and a cameo..

 

I managed to get outside when the wind calmed down for a bit..

 

 

 

 

I have a few days respite from Loco's and Rolling Stock, so there may be another build or two ;)

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

505 posts

Finally after a very busy month or so on the OO Gauge Loco & rolling stock commissions, I've been able to get the LCVP back on the workbench and into paint.

 

 

 

 

Just some minor touching up to do and the guns to paint & fit and she'll be ready for transfers (all 3 of them!)

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

505 posts

Super build, I hope to get back to building kits shortly - dermatitis and railway commissions permitting - My Workbench Currently looks like a cross between Swindon Shed and the VAB at Cape Canaveral...

 

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

505 posts

I quite possibly worked on in her previous guise of GR5/7 while at Dunsfold... ;)

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

505 posts

Try Archers Fine Transfers as they do watersilde rivets for all occasions ;)

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

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