Thursday, December 29, 2011

1/35 Command Jeep

Command Jeep - 50. cal MG / Night vision equipment / upgraded engine + dual rear wheels

 Jeep build story and pics here

Sunday, December 18, 2011

1/35 Universal Carrier " Jim"

Universal Carrier " Jim" 1949 - Remote operated 20mm Flak 38 / Night vision equipment / Upgraded U.S engine

 Universal Carrier build story and pics here

1/35 Universal Carrier " Dan "

Universal Carrier " Dan" 1949 - M40 Recoilless Anti Tank gun / Magnetic Anomaly Detection System / Upgraded U.S engine

 Universal Carrier build story and pics here

Operation Glenrowan Final

One year on the bench .........

Operation Glenrowan Libya 1949 - under the cover of darkness mobile units from the 8th Cav Australian Army strikeforce " Kelly " momentarily pause at an old temple ruin to meet up with ground troops.
The target - a clandestine German jet fighter base hidden in the desert wasteland , the Australian troops have a big surprise for old Jerry this time - a captured Jagdluther " Skorpion " AT walker , one of 9 seized from a merchant vessel off the coast of Madagascar some months earlier.
The Aussie engineers have also been busy fitting out 2 Universal carriers with new American engines , German night vision equipment and arming them with a captured German remote Flak 38 , new American recoiless anti - tank cannon and Magnetic Anomaly Detection system.

Build story and pics here

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fighter World - Williamtown RAAF

Took my nephew up to the local RAAF base that has a museum called Fighter World lotsa boys stuff thought yas might like a looksee

Figther World 013

A look at the main hall Meteor , Sabre , Macchi , Vampire

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Gatling gun with a drum mag the size of a large garbage bin , tried to nick it time !

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This was a donated model collection , over 300 models all built from scratch over 40 years , frikkin impressive work

Figther World 009

My very stoked nephew and I test out the cockpit of a Macchi trainer jet , well worth a visit just to see the smile on his dial

Operation Glenrowan - Jeep and Trailer


and the saga continues ........
I was wondering what to do with all the leftover bits from this project so what do you do with a spare SAS Jeep , a German SD.AH.51 trailer and bits of the Academy M113kit ? ......


Quite proud of this semi scratch built trailer I made from spares it came out a treat I reckons , for anyone interested I'll post up what parts I used , the trailer is from Dragons Flak 38 kit and was that nicely detailed I didn't want to waste it so I added a deck made from a spare engine cover from an Academy M113 kit ( the angled bit ) , next part of the deck over the axle and that mounts the gun is from an Airfix 1/72 Bofors gun tractor kit , it fit perfectly with no trimming needed , the sides are also from the Airfix kit.
On the back I stuck a spare tool box from the Tamiya Bren Carrier kit and put 2 handles there from the Flak kit.
The trailer hitch I made up from the Airfix kit and added detail bits from the Flak kit and the Infrared night vision kit , the bracket holding the gun stable is made from bits from the M113 kit and and tiny winder handle from the Flak kit , the recoiless rifle is from the M113 kit ( an Aladdin's cave of goodies lol ) as well.Tools came from an Academy tank equipment set


The Jeep has had a bit of modding done as well , as it is towing a heavy load I decided it must have an American V8 engine in it and dual rear wheels , I added a bonnet air scoop and ditched the condenser tank on the grill , inside I have added a larger gearbox cover and gearstick , I think this might become the command vehicle in the dio

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Operation Glenrowan - " Dan and Jim "


Got the 2 carriers in undercoat after nutting out most of the mods , just have to work out where all the extras like stowage and crew go now
The carrier on the left is " Dan " and has the Flak 38 mounted on it with night vision and remote firing , it will have crew of 3 - Driver / Radio operator , Gunner , Loader in rear
You can see the mods I've done to the rear area for the gun mount , out of the M113 box came 2 flotation tanks which made a nice bulkhead and found a use for the M113 air cleaner which didnt want to fit on that build , it looks half decent painted up and was a better effort than just glueing the whole gun trailer onto the back ( been done before too eh )
The one on the right is " Jim " and is equipped with a MAD system ( used to detect the ignition coils of enemy vehicles ) and a 50. cal with night vision , it has a 3 man crew as well , Driver , Gunner / Radio op and rear Gunner
Some extra bits added to the Flak , night vision lamp and what has got to be the best fit ever the turning rail around the base which came straight out of the trusty M113 box