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    A break from big projects finds the elves building a pile of 1/144" scale WWII birds for a dear friend.

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    Looking for inspiration and now having somewhere decent to game in I went on the hunt for a project in amongst my loft storage - the first I came to that sparked my interest was a part made Esci M113 kit I'd forgotten I had. Recalling there was a scenario in Force on Force that used an Ambulance version I set to and produced what I can best describe as a facsimile of a M113 ambo using odds and sods from my spares box...
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    It has the feel if not the look but will serve the purpose well as a playing piece.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Nice!
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    Bit harsh on yourself there Dave, that’s a nice piece.

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    Nice 113 Dave. Desert Storm game I think.

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    The ambulances coming to my Hospital don't look anything like that!

    Nicely done, Dave!

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    Looks great, Dave!

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    Thanks chaps - and you're not wrong Bob.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    If I start digging out all the 1/72 and 1/76 models I stopped building when I switched to micro armour in 1973 I think SWMBO will show me the door ...


    Nice job, Dave.

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    https://theatomfurnace.blogspot.com/

    You have seen this before. It is a Blog that my brother Bob (BB401) started to which I also became an author. Here you will find my latest, biggest, most frustrating, most challenging rehab project attempted. A 1960's Lindberg B17G. This kit is a box scale and somewhat rare 1/64, which presented it own set of challenges. I include here some photos, before and after, which may intrigue some of you to follow the whole process through the Blog.

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    And finally a Glamor Shot by my Brother.

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    Thanks for viewing.
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    Excellent work, and very inspiring! Love the care and effort to restore these time capsules. I remember my feeble attempts of years gone by . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    Excellent work, and very inspiring! Love the care and effort to restore these time capsules. I remember my feeble attempts of years gone by . . .
    It is always a challenge, but thanks for the kind words and Rep. I cant tell you how many times I looked at this and thought it too much at the time. If was not for the lockdown who knows when I may have taken up the challenge.

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    William, another wonderful job!

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    Another nice rebuild Willi.
    Pete I know what you mean about the 1/72 kits. I still have a bunch of ESCI and Hasakawa kits packed away. Thats not to mention the 200+ ones I have built sitting in a container somehere.

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    well done willi! looks much better!

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    Work in progress for October; Tamiya 1/35 Pz IIf, Shapeways 1/200 H6K Mavis, and the following 1/200 AIM models, 3x G4M1 Betty, 3x K-48 Lily, 1x F1M Pete and an A6M2-N Rufe. All this months projects are in various stages of base coating with the Mavis and Pete starting to get some detailing. The Panzer II is ready for its weathering. A busy month!

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    USPS warns me of incoming V-2 Rockets today by 8 pm. Sheltering in place . . .

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    Here is what I have done so far this month. First up 2 Albatros J 1's. RAF models and MISCMINI decals.

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    Dave and Bob, looking great! Clipper, can't wait to see your next masterpiece!

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    Here are 2 Albatros D II's (early). RAF models and a mixture of MISCMINI decals. Not anything historic but just something to keep me busy. As always when I take the picture thats when I see things that need to be touched up.

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    I saw a photo of a plane that had a star and it said it was a Brewers symbol. I don't have one like that so I used a IAF marking for it.

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    On this one I just added the skull for something to put on the plane since it is gray with a black tail.
    I need to touch up the pilots heads.
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    Decidedly not wings, but what I've been doing besides cards...
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    Besides the three or four types of tanks in the basic "Tank Chess" game, there are specialty tanks in the "Fun Set" expansion.

    So, to do up cube versions, I need five views of all the types/versions. They are not easy to find, if at all.

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    And I found this:
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    Now to do the other views...

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    I cut&pasted it together to get something like this:
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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    I recall seeing Eastern Express kits of that in 1/72 - They did a good range of Russki armour.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Folding paper tanks... that's rather clever!
    “Fly fast - take chances!”

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    Interesting Mike. I looked into the game when it was first posted about. I'm still not sure if I want to wait for a restocking or buy the PDF.
    I suspect that the rear of the tank is the hardest view.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Bob, those RAF models appear to have better detail than the Shapeways planes. Is that indeed the case?

    Nice work as well!

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    Dave those are Shapeways models. Reduced Aircraft Factort (RAF) is the designer. He was on one of our online game nights and showed us how he did the designs. My work not as great as others, you included, but I enjoy doing it and it keeps me occupied.

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    Here are 2 Fokker D III's. Again Shapeways (RAF) planes and MISCMINI decals.

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    Just saw that the last post didn't have the photos so reposting the photos of the Fokker DIII's.

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    Nice Fokkers Bob. Loving your shapeways.

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    There is a color plate with the light green/green/brown camo and I thought it looks good so I tried do it on a plane. I think it came out pretty good. Now I have to get some of the C types to put it on.

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    Very pretty paint job Bob, they would grace any table.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Hee are 2 Parnell Hambel Baby converts. These are Shapeways (RAF) and as always MISCMINI decals. I think I have to add a letter to the one that doesn't have one.

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    In the book I am reading "In the Skys of Forgotten Courage" he mentions that 66 Wing received some of these so I just had to add them to my 66 Wing in Italy.

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    A real challenge for me, this month, besides the Russian Minerollers, was finding, and producing 'five-side' drawings of, a German Minenraumer. Now, with effort, I have one:

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    Using these as references:

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    And these images of a resin conversion kit:
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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    RAF's model of the Fairey Hamble Convert shows one machine gun, but his Wings of Linen entry gives the airplane A damage. I looked at the article in Windsock International Vol. 5 No. 2 about the Baby, but photographs do not show that area of the aircraft and the 1/72 scale drawings are not especially helpful. What should the damage deck for this airplane be?
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Following the links from here: https://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/sh...-Baby-Armament
    It's suggested on the Aerodrome forum - One synchronized and fixed Lewis with occasional second Lewis on the centre section. Two 65 lb bombs or four 16 lb bombs.
    I would think the synchro Lewis is the standard load out, the over-wing an option. I notice Steve's card for it shows a B deck to suit the model.
    Lewis guns didn't keep in synchro so that's an unusual set up.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    I bought the Converts because in the book "In the Skys of Forgotten Courage" he mentions that 6 Wing received 3 Converts. There are 2 photos of a Convert. N1994, and the narative states that they could carry a fixed Lewis gun. Hopefully this helps.

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    Here is a scan, best I can do, of the page that talks about the Convert's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    I bought the Converts because in the book "In the Skys of Forgotten Courage" he mentions that 6 Wing received 3 Converts. There are 2 photos of a Convert. N1994, and the narative states that they could carry a fixed Lewis gun. Hopefully this helps.
    Is this 6 Wing of 66 Wing? Your post of the painted models says 66. You don't want cards with the wrong Wing number, do you?
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    6 Wing later became 66Wing. In the narative he says it was 6 Wing that received them before the change.

    No. 66 Wing RAF 1 April 1918 15 August 1919 Former No. 6 Wing RNAS at Otranto, Italy, April–November 1918 with 224 and 225 Sqns[12][3]

    Seems when the RNAS became the RAF the change came.
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    I think you're right -- I'll change the Wings of Linen entry to list B damage as standard and A as an (unusual) alternative. I would imagine the Convert would be somewhat more nimble than the seaplane, too, but I'll leave that to the Stats Committee.

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    Elves have been busy behind my back . . . space aspirations and YouTube finds . . .

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    Repainted some Nieuport 17 to add to my Italian Airforce.

    Took the base Ares Baracca Nieuport and this is what I have.

    First, a home made decal. Quarter moon. Seen this marking in the Italian aces book.

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    Second, I saw this marking in the Italian Aces book. I used a Misc Mini WWII Japanese set to get the red circle. I then used an I-94 set for the white star. Put the red circle down first and the star on top. Turned out really good.

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    Third, another home made decal. Again, marking I saw in Italian Aces book. I really like how this one turned out.

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    Finally, I thought Griffin would look cool. Decal from a misc mini decal sheet.

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    Baracca now has some wing mates to go hunting with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    The ambulances coming to my Hospital don't look anything like that!

    Nicely done, Dave!
    Not yet, man. Not yet...
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    Nice repaints Dan. Maybe we will have them on a table some day.

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    Those Nieuport's look great, Dan. Your creative repurposing of decals gives me hope as I buy every decal I can get for just that eventuality. I'm just about done painting Zombies for Zombicide and have started my own WizKids Great Ape. So I'll be taking a first try at some Wings repaints soon! Inspirational.
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    “Fly fast - take chances!”

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    I give you the Levy-Besson 'Alerte' Flying Boat, a French anti-submarine patrol craft. I thought painting struts on biplanes was bad, this was worse. This is a Shapeways model by ReducedAircraftFactory.

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    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Nice job Robert. Some day soon, I hope, we will get to see it on the table. Don't forget I have some fighters that can escort it.

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    Received my Shapeways order yesterday so now I have some new planes to work on. Something different I think.

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    Hobby related perhaps - I refurbished these stools we've had for 30+ years for my war room a while back - finally got around to taking a pic of the finished articles:

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    Had to strip the wood down, repainted with numerous coats of colour & varnish; stripped the seat, replaced foam, covered with wadding and a couple of repurposed British Army shirts. They look the part and are a mite more comfortable than they were.

    "He is wise who watches"

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