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IanW's review of 2015 builds; A sort of introduction to my style of lunacy
Topic Started: Jan 24 2016, 11:06 AM (813 Views)
IanW
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Decided to start my posting on here with a round-up of the builds I managed to complete in 2015 as it seems like a good idea to work out what I had achieved and also a way of introducing myself.

2015 was designated 'The Year of the Finish-Off' as I was detirmined to complete some of the many UFO's (Unfinished Objects) scattered around the place, to which end I decided to only allow myself to start a new build if I finished a UFO first.

The year started with the completion of some things from 2014.

'Ian's Rusty Wrecks' as they are referred to on the AMSIG table at shows.
It all started when I found a box in the stash that contained a 1970's abandoned project to depict a paddock scene at a 1970's race meeting. The box contained the remains of a Mini and Mk1 Escort that I had attempted to convert into modified saloons.
I recall it was abandoned when I found I could not properly depict the wide wheel arches and wheels/tyres with the materials available at the time - Plastic Wood filler is not a great alternative to things like Milliput.
At that time the ATF 2014 Cars Group Build was approaching, and as these kits obviously would not be allowed in a GB, I decided to build the recent re-release of the VW Beetle for the GB and use these old kits as practice for depicting the Beetle as an abandoned hulk as I was attracted by the way the Beetle bodyshell rusts.
Once the GB was over I decided to finish off the practice kits.

Airfix 1/32 Ford Escort Mk1 (02410-9)
Depicted as a burnt out wreck.
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Airfix 1/32 Mini (01404-1) Not sure if this is the correct model no for the original Type 2 red plastic issue but the header card/instruction sheet was lost at some stage in the past.
Depicted as a crash damaged wreck.
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I really enjoyed these builds and finding out how to depict the various stages of damage/decay involved.
Having displayed them on the AMSIG table at a couple of recent shows, it has been encouraging to see the smiles they bring to many vistors faces - especially young children and their mums, who are aften bored trailing round the shows.
Best comment was at the TAS show at Manchester Airport when someone claimed I must have been looking in their back garden!

I did get a negative comment regarding the Mini, being told that it was sacrilege to massacre such a rare Airfix kit, but he calmed down somewhat when I replied that he should have seen it before I restored it to its present condition.

Airfix 1/24 Subaru Impreza WRC01 (07406)
This was a reboxed ex Heller kit I picked up for 5 in a local charity shop.
It was intended to be built as part of a pair of Scooby-Doos with the 1/43 version for the 2013 Cars Group Build, but was ruled ineligble as a couple of parts had been glued in place by the previous owner.
I started building it in late 2013 but lost enthusiasm as I had difficulty getting a reasonable depiction of the correct shade of metallic blue.
I returned to it just before Christmas and here is the finished result. As the decals suffered from the usual Heller problem of being brittle and easily cracking I decided to dirty it up a bit to cover the worst of the damage.
As usual with my builds one thing led to another and I decided that there had to be some reason for the dirt so the result is this diorama entitled 'Narrows over crest - Caution' from the co-driver's pace notes.
Not sure I am completely happy with the dust cloud but it looks OK from a distance. You know it's time to stop when you find yourself gluing on individual bits of rock to the cotton wool 'dust' (OCD - what OCD?). It seemed to attract some positive comments when I displayed it at the recent Bolton show - 'which was nice'.

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I next allowed myself a new build as a reward.

Airfix 1/72 SAAB Draken (9 02039)
From a Type 6 boxing (Oval Airfix Logo) impulse purchase from local charity shop.

First jet aircraft build for at least 50 years - I think the last one may have been an Airfix Starfighter.
Quite a nice kit to build, moulding was excellent and parts fitted pretty well with minimal need for filler. Even the the decals, which were over 35 years old and slightly yellowed, worked out OK.
As it has some fairly vulnerable bits, such as the nose and tailplane probes, I decided to put it on a base to try and protect it and eventually came up with the idea of trying to depict it in a mid landing pose on a snowy road as used by the Swedish Air Force for temporary airstrips, as I wanted to see if I could simulate a bit of movement.

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Another completed model from the past - this one had effectively been a Work In Progress, or more precisely a UFO, for over 25 years.

Tamiya 1/12 Matra MS11 F1 (BS2005)
I think I started it in the late 80's, almost completed it but it was packed away when we moved house and it somehow didn't get unpacked until a few years ago.
As my target this year was to only allow myself to make something new if I complete a UFO, I decided to finish this one off as it only needed a little bit of work....
The only things that needed doing were to paint the driver figure, add a few minor bits and pieces and apply the decals.
Unfortunately, the kit being about 40 years old, as it was one of the very early Tamiya imports into the UK, the decals proved to be very fragile. I eventually managed to find a technique for saving at least some of the decals.
As a result I could not use the driver name decals, so decided to depict it in a test session livery with Jackie Stewart driving the car. This actually fits better with the information I have been able to research on the web, as it appears that Stewart never raced the Matra V12 engined car depicted in the kit, as he preferred the Cosworth DFV version.
As some parts of the car are now quite brittle and fragile, mainly the suspension links/joints that were originally designed to work as in the original, I decided to add it to a base to try and prevent further damage, aiming to depict the car in a classic 1960's 4-wheel drift mode.

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One problem with these Tamiya kits is the fact that at 1/12 scale and all the detail that comes with the kit just opens up the possibilities for extra detailing for someone with latent OCD tendencies.
I wonder how long it might take me to build the other three 1/12 Tamiya cars in the stash plus finish the Ferrari that is probably 85-95% finished

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As a reward for clearing that one off I next allowed myself a new build.
Airfix 1/72 Fokker DR1 vignette (01008-7) "Looks like he was not joking when he said he wanted it to be red all over!"
A bit of a scale change for this one!
This is a small vignette featuring the very early Airfix kit (1957) of the von Richthofen Fokker triplane.
This was a kit that I recall making as a child and I bought the blister pack issue of the kit for 4 at the 2015 Huddersfield Show just for the nostalgia trip.

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Rather than finish it in the traditional all red finish, I decided to depict it in an interim colour scheme for a bit of variety, but with the twist that the ground crew are shown in the process of adding more areas of red.
The ground crew are derived from a mixture of Airfix RAF and Luftwaffe WW2 figures modified to try to depict them painting.
I had some problems with the ancient decals splitting but managed to save most of them.

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Another change of direction followed with this.
1/24 "High Side, Low Side and Inside"
Finally managed to finish this build started in 2014 that used the Airfix 1/24 Racing Motorcycle Collection (96499) .
Having completed the bikes themselves during the ATF 8th Anniversary Group Build I completed the riders and the diorama which is entitled "High Side, Low Side and Inside".
The objective was to try and depict a racing scene where Norike Abe low sides the Yamaha, causing Kenny Roberts Jnr to high side the Suzuki whilst trying to avoid him. Meanwhile Valentino Rossi cooly nips the Honda through on the inside of the pair.

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This was followed by something completely different - and a first for me as I think I had never built a 1/144 scale aircraft before or even a commercial aircraft.

Airfix 1/144 Boeing 314 Clipper (04127-6)
My take on this kit which was from the Type 6 oval Airfix logo boxing picked up in a charity shop for 12 so is probably from around 1980,.
Built for the ATF 9th Aniversary Group Build.
The inspiration for the setting resulted from trawling the web for images of the real thing, and is an attempt to combine an image of such an aircraft at twilight with a try at creating an impression of movement by depicting it in a landing situation.

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Next was another completion of a stalled build, this time from 2013.

1/25 Fun and Games in the Kitty-Litter'
A tribute to the Orange Army of Weekend Warriors, without whom the world of motorsport could not function.
It uses a Revell 1/25 Petronas Sauber C22 F1 car (07236) picked up in a charity shop for 4 and some mainly scratch built figures.
It depicts the car in a gravel trap, the rather irate driver complaining to the Incident Officer that he was nerfed off and two other marshals attending with fire extinguishers 'just in case'.

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This next one was more a case of sorting out a completed build by adding a base

Tamiya 1/12 Porsche 910 Carrera 10 (12003)
Probably built late 80's/early 90's.
Driver figure from a Tamiya F1 kit - probably the Mclaren M23
Pit crew/tools are also Tamiya products RM-1202, RM-1203, RM-1204, RM-1205

It had been lurking in the back of the display cabinet with figures just standing by it so decided to make a proper pit stop scene by adding a base to it - also required a bit of remedial work as some of the glue joints had not survived the ravages of time.

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Next up where two 1/72 WW2 aircraft dioramas depicting ground crews in action - this being a topic that got me back into the hobby when I retired.

Luftwaffe Pit Stop 1940
This diorama was built for the ATF 2015 Vacform & Figures Group Build.
It is based on the 1/72 Airfix WW2 Luftwaffe Airfield Set (06902) but with the Bf109 from that set replaced with the new tool 109 from the Starter Set (A55106) for two reasons.
Firstly, I had already built the kit version of the 109 in North Africa colour scheme and I wanted to try a more European scene and secondly the new tooling allows the engine cover to be removed giving more scope for ground crew activities.
The figures are mainly the Airfix floppy plastic ones from the kit boxing, but with a few additions from the Revell German Airforce WW2 Pilots and Ground Crew set (02400).
I ommited using the PAK 40 gun from the set as it did not really seem to be in keeping with the scene.
The vac-form base from the kit was used with slight modifications and everything else used in the scene was from scratch (wonderful stuff that scratch!).

The scene depicts a ME109 being 'turned round' at a temporary airfield in France in 1940. Whilst the ground crew are working on the aircraft a couple of pilots are taking advantage of the crews makeshift 'canteen' facility to hold a debrief with an officer.

Quite enjoyed the build even though it involved one of my least favourite (and worst) 'skills' ie 1/76 figure painting, but as the only way to improve is by trying, I figured it was worth a try, especially as I already had the kit(s) in the stash.

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Lightning (gets its) Stripes.
This 1/72 scale diorama is a tribute to the ground crews who toiled to apply the Invasion Stripes to Allied aircraft on the eve of D-Day
Again it was the completion of a stalled build, the aircraft and truck having been built a couple of years back, but a 'courage failure' had stalled it due to my fear of painting Braille SWcale figures.

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The diorama uses the Academy 1/72 P-38J Lightning 'European Theater' (12405) and an Academy 1/72 US 2.5 ton Cargo Truck (13402), along with an assortement of Airfix RAF and USAAF ground crew figures supplemented with some Revell RAF ground crew.

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I rounded the year off with two more completions of very old builds.

Esci 1/24 Rothmans Escort RS Gp4 'Acropolis Rally'
This is the first of a pair of rally car subjects resurrected from the back of the cupboard - probably built in the late 1980's or early 1990's.
Finally got round to completing what was my first aborted attempt at producing a diorama.

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Esci 1/24 Audi Quattro Rally (3026) 'Sorry - that should have been a left'
I started this kit 20-30 years ago with the intention of producing a snow scene diorama, but must have lost interest and it got hidden away until recently.
Recently found it and this is the result - an attempt to depict the result of a misread/misheard pace note and an impact with a snow bank.

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Final build of the year was another complete change of direction

Airfix 1/600 HMS Iron Duke (A04210)
This is my take on this venerable Airfix kit, which was built for the AMSIG display of Airfix ships planned for 2016 Scale Model World.
I decided to go for a waterline model based on the box art for the kit.

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Given the age of the kit I was surprised by the moulding quality, but I guess the moulds for this type of kit do not get as much usage as those of an 1/72 aircraft.

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That completes my builds for 2015 - I seemed to have achieved a lot compared to previous years, but in reality there are only 5 that can be regarded as new builds - everything else being completion of stalled projects. Which means I have achieved my aim for 2015 - though there still seem to be more unfinished builds lurking in the cupboard.

I hope this has given you a bit of an insight into my current approach to the hobby - which I can probably sum up with the phrase 'It's not finished till the base is done'.

Edited by IanW, Apr 14 2018, 05:34 PM.
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ptcruiser
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Superb collection Ian, welcome to L&C. The diorama's are first class.
Rich
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Harriet
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Wow! Nice 'gaggle' - and an eclectic one. :thumbsup:
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Grant
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You have definitely gone the extra mile with all of them. Great to see models telling a story, and getting some 'action' into the display. The bike crash is very good, and the water spouts are brilliant.
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Kpnuts
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Great collection there I do like the dios
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