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Lastest build ive done  Airfix 1:76 Thornycroft amazon with coles crane  finished in  Wynns heavy haulage colours

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Thornycroft with added roof rack and headboard

 

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current collection of moded and repainted ex miliatry vehicles in Wynns heavy haualge

 

one of two current builds  Takom 1:35 king tiger with interiror

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second current build  Italeri 1:24 Mercedes Actros MP4 Gigaspace with a RHD & Double drive conversion

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Has anyone here tried any Billings Boats kits?  I'm having one of my occasional railway malaises, and have long wanted to try a wooden boat kit but have never fancied splashing out a a lot of cash on something I might not manage.  However, I saw this modest kit (http://billingboats-direct.com/estore/product_info.php/billing-boats-b604-hms-renown-steam-picket-boat-model-boat-fittings-p-604) going for what seems a very reasonable price and I wonder if anyone has  experience of such models (this one is specifically called a beginners kit).

 

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Has anyone here tried any Billings Boats kits?  I'm having one of my occasional railway malaises, and have long wanted to try a wooden boat kit but have never fancied splashing out a a lot of cash on something I might not manage.  However, I saw this modest kit (http://billingboats-direct.com/estore/product_info.php/billing-boats-b604-hms-renown-steam-picket-boat-model-boat-fittings-p-604) going for what seems a very reasonable price and I wonder if anyone has  experience of such models (this one is specifically called a beginners kit).

 

DT

 

 I see that there are downloadable instructions - they might help you gauge whether your skills match up. Good luck with it if you go ahead. It looks a neat little craft.

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Has anyone here tried any Billings Boats kits?  I'm having one of my occasional railway malaises, and have long wanted to try a wooden boat kit but have never fancied splashing out a a lot of cash on something I might not manage.  However, I saw this modest kit (http://billingboats-direct.com/estore/product_info.php/billing-boats-b604-hms-renown-steam-picket-boat-model-boat-fittings-p-604) going for what seems a very reasonable price and I wonder if anyone has  experience of such models (this one is specifically called a beginners kit).

 

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no experience with boat kits, but a lot with their materials.  Wood is relatively forgiving to work in, and it appears to be built like a balsa plane going by the instructions which should make it pretty simple.  If youre relatively competent with kitbuilding, Id say you should have no issue.  Unless the kit is unbuildable of course. 

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Has anyone here tried any Billings Boats kits?  I'm having one of my occasional railway malaises, and have long wanted to try a wooden boat kit but have never fancied splashing out a a lot of cash on something I might not manage.  However, I saw this modest kit (http://billingboats-direct.com/estore/product_info.php/billing-boats-b604-hms-renown-steam-picket-boat-model-boat-fittings-p-604) going for what seems a very reasonable price and I wonder if anyone has  experience of such models (this one is specifically called a beginners kit).

 

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I have a part built Billings Cutty Sark. Most of the hard work had been done, namely constructing the plank on frame hull. That has left only the masts and rigging to do. I bought it because it was remarkably cheap, about £40 IIRC. The main reason for its purchase was the scale, 1/75, so it should fit in with 00 scale nicely. If you check the scales used by Billing you will find several models in 1/75 scale.

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Here's some pics of a recent 1/24 build. I hadn't built a 1/24 kit for ages but couldn't resist this when I saw it in the shop!

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I've also started a blog for my various modelling interests, the Polo features here: http://whitehorsemodelmaking.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/minty-fresh-polo-finished-project-no1.html 

It gives me somewhere outside RMweb to expand on the non railway themed projects, as well as hopefully featuring some of the things from here to a wider audience.

 

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They're cracking finds Nidge, particular the VWs. Where did you come across them?

 

Jo

 

From Pinterest, I get a couple of emails a day with links to images of military, car and aircraft modelling, classic cars, '60s and '70s architecture, film and music posters etc, I just dive in when the mood strikes and see where the links take me, a lot of it is repeated but I find it well worth a look.

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I'd like to see it....post a photo. Thanks.

As requested:

 

Final body assembly marked out for routing weight relief cavities (rear) and for the electronics (front)

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And the pick guard which has the pickup and tone/volume controls mounted on it.

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The headstock was carved out on a CNC machine by a friendly carpenter (something way beyond what I could do with my limited workshop

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Small project i worked on before christmas  using a Airfix 1:72 Hurricane some cotton wool balls and clear plastic of a pack of battery LED lights

 

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And built these before the end of 2017  Tamyia 1:100 scale Me163 Komet and Me262

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This is my main summer project 

1:350 Tirpitz which will have the wood deck, photoetch parts and metal barrels

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Progress, such as it is, has been made!

 

I routed out some weight relief cavities and the cavity for the electronics and guitar jack:

 

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Given that it was my first ever time using a router, I am fairly happy with how it turned out. I was lucky, inasmuch I have a friend who was able to guide me on how to use the router. Although slightly ragged, the front cavity will be covered with the scratch plate (see below) and the rear covered with some plywood and a very thin sheet of Oak as veneer.

 

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The next step - once the odd sized wood drill bits arrive (I need 7mm, 9mm and 11m drill bits - not available locally) is to drill out the holes for the machine heads (which will be both a 9mm and a 7mm bore) and drill out the holes for the saddle and stop tail piece... (and then the real fun starts: finishing and sealing the wood, undercoating it and giving it its paint job)

 

More photos to follow (eventually)

 

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That is very impressive work, Il Dottore. Will you be setting up the fret spacing yourself? I shudder to think how precise that must need to be.

 

I bought a new Gretsch electro-acoustic last week, which I've been really enjoying. It must be very satisfying to be able to build your own instrument, though.

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That is very impressive work, Il Dottore. Will you be setting up the fret spacing yourself? I shudder to think how precise that must need to be....

Well "yes and no" is the answer. As it is a lap steel, the strings don't need to be fretted against the fingerboard - which means I don't have to cut an install fret wire. Having said that, the frets do have to be marked on the guitar for visual reference. Accordingly I took my Gibson Les Paul, measured up the fretboard and created a fret marker image which will be transformed into a transfer (decal) which will then be applied to the painted lap steel guitar and then sealed with a few coats of gloss varnish. In terms of precision, the tedious things was tweaking the fret marker image to take into account the slight changes in dimensions when printed out by my laser printer (it provides a 99% scale reproduction of the on-screen image, so unless "tweaked" everything is slightly off).

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Modelling/Wargaming.

 

I made stands to enable the use of my WW1 aircraft models in wargaming. The bases are 60 thou. plasticard that is painted to look like a varnished wooden dashboard. The bases are filled with lead sheet and the sticks are telescopic radio aerials.

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The dials for the British aircraft are done in the style of Smiths instruments and the needle is moved round to show the status of the aircraft with regard to height and airspeed. The third indicator is for the throttle. The German stand is laid out in the same way but with white-faced dials with suitable German lettering.

 

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At the top of the stick is a short length of plastic windscreen washer tubing, which grips a plastic bead. The hole in the bead accepts a piece of brass rod, which fits into the fuselage of the models and so allows the attitude of the aircraft to be altered to suit its status in play.

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Has anyone here tried any Billings Boats kits?  I'm having one of my occasional railway malaises, and have long wanted to try a wooden boat kit but have never fancied splashing out a a lot of cash on something I might not manage.  However, I saw this modest kit (http://billingboats-direct.com/estore/product_info.php/billing-boats-b604-hms-renown-steam-picket-boat-model-boat-fittings-p-604) going for what seems a very reasonable price and I wonder if anyone has  experience of such models (this one is specifically called a beginners kit).

 

DT

 

I have been working on this on and off for a few years. It is now rather more advanced but still lacking sails.

The instructions are rather generic and assume a reasonable knowledge of how to work with wood and also some knowledge of rigging.

Some of the parts are generic in origin and can vary in scale. I replaced most of the blocks and some other fittings.

They do provide a fair priced kit that is better described as a scratch building aid. Depending on what level of detail and accuracy you want to achieve.

It has given me many hours of enjoyment when I need a simple relaxing  spot of modelling. Even sewing up rope ladders can be a worthwhile task.

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Lastest build ive done  Airfix 1:76 Thornycroft amazon with coles crane  finished in  Wynns heavy haulage colours

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Thornycroft with added roof rack and headboard

 

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current collection of moded and repainted ex miliatry vehicles in Wynns heavy haualge

 

one of two current builds  Takom 1:35 king tiger with interiror

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second current build  Italeri 1:24 Mercedes Actros MP4 Gigaspace with a RHD & Double drive conversion

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Mark

 

I'm Looking forward to seeing more of that Merc!!

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Some more outstanding examples of talent out there beyond the railway boundary...

 

Doozy Modelworks...

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Alexander ter Meulen...

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Joshua Smith...

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Various...

 

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General Claus Von Stauffenberg / Tom Cruise of the 1944 plot to kill Hitler...

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I give up..!

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