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Airfix 1/76 RAF Recovery Set

Posted by huib on 17 Sep 2017, 12:17

Thanks Chris, that is the correct information as far as I know. Apart from this texts I also always check Mike Starmers page: http://www.mafva.net/other%20pages/Starmer%20camo.htm which I think is very useful.

FredG wrote:Did I mention the age thingy?

Nostalgic reasons are also valid reasons! (Thats why I still build Airfix kits, Matchbox, Frog and Esci)
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Posted by huib on 17 Sep 2017, 12:22

Small details

To make this model more lively I made some small items.

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A rolled up tarp from tissue paper, a rope from cotton sewing thread and a camo net from medical gauze.

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The tarp, the rope and the camonet stowed on the cabin roof rack.

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A winch cable with a hook, two chains and folded tarp.

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One of the chains attached to the front bumper. This chain is used to fixate the crane jib during transport, as on this pic:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4229/35732305155_6e25c105c6_b.jpg

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The folded tarp on the truck chassis.

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The winch cable and the second chain added to the back of the vehicle.

And now I have to train this crew Wiking provided me with!
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Posted by huib on 18 Sep 2017, 09:54

Crew

After a stiff training programme I managed to mould the wounded, cripples, prostitutes and drag queens provided by Wiking into some decent soldiers:

The Airfix recovery set includes 6 figures (including two motorcyclists). Two of them are specifically for the Thorneycroft with Coles crane.

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These are the two: a crane driver (left) and a truck driver (right). I cut off the truck drivers head to reposition it in another position.

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And then I found me some other guys from the Airfix RAF Personell set. Their typical 1970's paintjob reveals their age. :)

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And later in the process I found an army general from Matchbox. Did some surgery to his right arm.

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All guys painted and weathered.

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The truck driver in position.

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From another position.

And now the lifting hook is the next step....
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Posted by huib on 19 Sep 2017, 17:48

Hoisting equipment

Then I fixed some equipment for hoisting a load:

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Two hoist slings, a spreader bar and the hook from the kit.

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Everything painted.

And now something to hoist!
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Posted by stenfalk on 19 Sep 2017, 17:52

It's almost unimaginable what you have created from this toy truck. Very nice to look at!
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Posted by FredG on 19 Sep 2017, 19:40

Don't those dregs of humanity look much better in uniform. ;-)
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Posted by huib on 20 Sep 2017, 12:50

Thank you, guys!

Something to hoist

And now I need something to hoist for the Coles Crane. Could be anything: a crashed aircraft, engines, gun turrets, etc. After some thinking and looking through my spare box I decided for something a bit different:

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And what is it? A V1, left over from a recently build Arado 234 from Frog. A simple and quite crude little kit. But with a bit of TLC it should be possible to make a nice V1 out of it.

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I had to add a bit of weight in the nose the balance the V1 around the wing spar. But the question will be now if I added enough counterweight in the crane body! :fear:

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After glueing together, scribing and sanding. I also added a small propellor to the nose, that serves to measure the distance travelled before diving on target.

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Light blue paint (RLM 76) on the undersides.

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And some typical German late war colour schemes on the upper sides. I painted it as if it was composed from the parts of two different V1's. And a gloss coat before weathering.

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After weathering and a matt cote.

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From another perspective.

Finished now. Time to take some final pictures.
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Posted by Wiking on 20 Sep 2017, 16:40

Nice unusual idea the load. The spare parts box is often like a good old friend.
Well build, good paint.

And do not hit, no open fire and handle it with care!

:occasion: :cowboy: :mad:


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Posted by Beano Boy on 21 Sep 2017, 02:53

BOOM!______________________ A V 1
Very splendid work on this project. :thumbup: Well done.
The figures look extremely good painted up.
Will the Motorbike poses be painted too? BB
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Posted by huib on 21 Sep 2017, 13:18

Thank you, guys!

Wiking wrote:And do not hit, no open fire and handle it with care!

Beano Boy wrote:BOOM!

Hmm, now that you mention it: I didn't check with the guys if they disarmed the V1 before they started hoisting it. :shock: :shock:

Beano Boy wrote:Will the Motorbike poses be painted too?

No, not for this model. But I might use them in combination with the Bedford and Queen Mary Trailer.
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Posted by huib on 21 Sep 2017, 13:22

Finished

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More pics in the Gallery
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Posted by sansovino on 29 Sep 2017, 17:54

Speechless well done!
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 30 Sep 2017, 03:38

Wow that project really came together well!
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Posted by Mr. Cryns on 05 Oct 2017, 18:36

Dear Huib,

Great to see the development of this 'classic technology topic' in so many excellent pictures. Its a great piece of modeling, of giving nostalgia a technical upgrade, and good researching. Apart of all that its a very good tutorial too. Your photography is as skillful as your modeling skills. Who thought you how to handle the camera? (it was not me ) Great truck! Horrific flying bomb. Well done.
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Posted by huib on 09 Oct 2017, 15:21

Thank you guys, for your nice comments!

Mr. Cryns wrote: Who thought you how to handle the camera? (it was not me )

I'm afraid I am mostly an autodidact. Although I learned a few principles from my father. The most important that if you use a small diafragm aperture you get more sharpness in depth.

And further on I use a few basic principles:
1. Only accept pictures that are sharp
2. Go as close as you can to make the object as big as possible on the picture
3. Use a low angle of view to simulate a human perspective on the object.
4. Use a lot of light, coming in from the side to make all details visible.

That's it more or less.
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Posted by FredG on 09 Oct 2017, 16:49

You forgot to list the first principle huib

1. Remove the lens cap
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Posted by Peter on 15 Nov 2017, 10:08

Fantastic WIP Huib! I like it when someone starts with an out of the box model, and hardly hold something over from the Original kit at the end! ;-) :thumbup:

Thanks for sharing! :thumbup:
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