1/8th Scale Flak 37

Parts from various plastic card, strip, tubing and rod. compensators from marker pen bodies.

Seats made to lift up and down, main assembly can raise and is fitted with rod to lift sight in the same way to stay in line with barrel.

Painted in the usual sand with patches of green.

1/9th Scale Wild Bill Hickok Figure

This started as an Italeri German infantryman. Built out of the box and then a top coat and hat from Das clay.

Gun belt and holster from 10, 20 and 30thou plastic card. Base from piece of MDF with balsa parts for walkway and back. Rear sign from card with rub down lettering.

I have to say this model would never have been made without the excellent models
of the Army colts and Winchester from reedees miniatures.

1/16th Scale Cushman Scooter Diorama.

Model scaled up from Gekko models 1/35th scale kit. Done in the usual
way from plastic card, strip, rod and tube.

Wheels from Airfix Montys Humber and although not quite big enough looked Ok when assembled. Chain drives from spares box.

Trailer again from card, strip and tube, .30 calibre M/G scratch built as were the ammo boxes. Figure from parts in spares box with thompson M/G from reedees miniatures (excellent model

1/16th Scale Panther Wreck

As i didn’t want to buy a model just to wreck it i decided to make one as good as i could. i made the upper and lower hull from 1.5 and 1mm card and marked all the axle stations, then made axles from all stuff i had, tube and elbows.

All other parts were made from the usual stuff card, rod and strip. I had some henglong wheels and track from a previous project and used some here, a resin cupola from the spares box.

The whole lot was painted in red primer and then fixed down to a piece of MDF board, a fence was made from balsa wood and U.S. figure made up from various parts.

I then covered it in hair spray and sprinkled it with baking powder.

1/24 Citroen 2cv

When i told people i was going to buy a Citroen 2cv, they all laughed….well they’re not laughing now.

Just for a bit of fun i bought a Heller 1/24 model. Chassis from 3mm plastic rod, front airfoil and fuel tank from card and rod. Wheels ,axles, engine and seat from spares box.

Rear airfoil and chutes from Revell Mobil 1 Dragster kit and roll bar from 2mm rod.

1/16th German 88mm flak 41

I made this model by scaling up a 1/35th kit and with some photos off
the internet. It was made in the usual way starting with the main gun
carraige from 1.5mm plastic card, strip rod and tube.

The barrel was from various tubing and part of an old kit barrel make unknown. The
cruciform was again 1.5mm card with 1mm edging and details from strip
and rod and with the outriggers to be moveable.

The main gun shield is from 1mm card and again detailed with rod and strip.

1/16th Panzerjager 1


This model was based on the Takom Panzer1b Kit. The top of the hull was cut to allow for the gun and as a guide I used the Italeri kit which though not completely accurate is still useful.

All internal fittings are from card, strip and rod and included the foot and hand controls,
final drive assembly, seat etc.

A cardboard template was made for the shield and used to make it from 1mm card.

The barrel and gun are from card, strip, rod and an old paint brush handle.

1/16th Panther Diorama

The Henglong Panther was used for this diorama, stripped of all
electrics. Side skirts from 1mm card and clips from plastic strip. Some
details were added to the main body and turret from strip and rod and
the gun cleaning tube moved to the body rear as was seen in late

Some extra wheels and track were bought from ebay with 2 spare
wheels being fixed on the body rear and extra track fitted to the turret
and body sides.

The kit commander was used but altered a bit and 3 more
figures from the spares box added. The water pump was from various bits
of tubing with strip details added.

1/16th Abrams

1/16th Abrams. This model is based on the Henglong tank which is stripped of all electrics. I wanted a TUSK1 version so i first made new side skirts from various plastic card and strip then a new stowage basket was added to kits original one from tube and strip.

I made a sprocket ring, spare links, roof crew window parts plus all the extra stowage all from the usual card, strip, rod etc. The extra .50 cal machine gun was from the spares box.

1/16 Early Kenworth wrecker

I started by making the chassis of the second revell kit and stretching it by about 4 inches, the axles were fitted as normal and 2 rear inner wheels were reversed and detailed for front wheels. The rear wheels are resin ones copied from the same model some years back. The wrecker gear was scaled up from the revell kit and is a century version which again was made a few years back. The model was then finished off and weathered, then knocked about a bit as this was very much a working truck.SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

1/8th Big Tub

Model built out of the box with grill headlamps, cowl lamps from lindburg big T. Hemi engine scratch built from plastic card rod, strip and tube and 2 superchargers from old toy models. Steering wheel is real hardwood rim.bigtub1 bigtub2

1/16th Scale Kenworth Wrecker

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For this model the chassis was streched by about 8 inches and a third drive axle and wheels fitted, then a second steer axle and wheels were also fitted. The rear body was from 40th card with some anti slip plate fitted to the walk sections. The wrecker gear was from  square section plastruc tube with the fittings from various card, strip and rod. As i had already nicked the wheels from a second kit, i also used the roof lights and extra air horns as well.


1/16th Scale Faun Truck and Trailer

SONY DSCSONY DSCI made this truck model in the usual way using 20,30,40 and 60th card and used wheels which I had cast in resin some time ago. The trailer was from various plastruct tubing and angles copying a 1/35 kit, the wheels were wood turned and mounted on 1/4 inch axles with steel rod inserts. For display I used the Tamiya Panther model.

1/16th Scale Peterbilt Wrecker Truck

Wrecker6 Wrecker7 Wrecker8I had made a few of the Monogram trucks when they first appeared but when they were re-issued from Revell, I missed them.I was offered a part kit by someone in case I could any of it, when I sorted through the box it was missing the bonnet and a few smaller parts, plus some were broken. As I like the earlier Petes with the narrow bonnet and grill, this seemed the best thing to do. A new bonnet was made from 30th card to a cardboard template and glued straight to the bulkhead and body  to make one strong unit, I then made a grill front and insert from card and strip and fixed this as well. The original mudguards had fillets added to bring it back to square again, I then cut two pieces of thin 20th card to go around the front windows to make them a bit smaller. The full size sleeper was narrowed in keeping with the early version. The rear body was from 60 th card with treadplate card fitted to all the upper surface. I decided on an early recovery gear and copied some photos to make a twin boom by a company called Weldbuilt, it works in the same way as the more usual Holmes equipment and it was rigged with twine but most of the major parts were glued up as they are all very fragile when made. The chassis was stretched by about 4 inches had the the rear loose fitted as I may change it later. Extra mirrors, lights etc were from the parts box.

1/16th Scale Zundapp Combination

zundI had made a solo Zundapp which appears elsewhere in this category and recenly a customer in America asked me to make him the same cycle but as a combination. I couldn’t find any more suitible wheels except one more rear one, so I built a sidecar, chassis and all its various parts and added it to the solo.I then added a seated figure from the Tamiya KW kit with a cap and altered the arms to fit.

1/8th Scale 1932 Ford Deuce

BIGDEUCE1 BIGDEUCE2When I first started making models, many years ago I built mostly American cars and hot rods. This kit was the recent re-release of the 1932 Ford Deuce Hot Rod from Revell ( formerly by Monogram ) After building the chassis out of the box I added an E-Type rear axle and made a new front axle from card and strip. The rear wheels were from the spares box and are original 60s Big Drag. The fronts are two rear wheels from two Revell Red Killer cycle kits. A new engine block was made from card and topped off with a supercharger from a toy, the body and grill were left fairly standard but and then painted with car aerosol purple.

1/16th Scale Show Car “Graverobber”

Many years ago I used to build all the Monogram show cars and the dragsters, and one of the best I thought was one called the Boot Hill Express. I decided to make a model in 1/16 based loosely on the Boothill. I had a set of running boards from the model T where I had nicked all the main bits so it would be a bit different, I then made a rear body from 20, 30, and 40th card and then the fun really started, I looked through all the many parts in the bits box and found a complete Ferrari engine and a set of rear wheels and tyres, lamps were from the T model and other smaller parts and remaining stuff from the spares box.

1/16th Scale Altered Dragster

This type of dragster was always a favourite of mine and having bought an Academy model Ford model T I decided to use the variousparts for this model. Achassis was made from 3/16 x 80th strip, the body was shortened by 1/2 inch and a dummy pick up bed was made from 40th card. The kit grill shell was used and a roll bar assembly from 1/8th plastic rod. The engine, fuel tank, steering wheel and parachute were from the old revelleder funny car model.

1/16th Scale Mercedes L6500 Truck

MERCTRUCK2 MERCTRUCK5This was another model I had wanted to do for some time but only had a couple of photos in an old book. I recently managed to get hold of a Wespe models 1/35 scale kit and decided to make the model in 1/16. The chassis was made from 5/8 x 60th strip braced in 4 places and a basic lower engine detail was added. The front and rear mudguards were made from 20th card and fitted. The cab and bonnet were also from 20th card and clear plastic card was added to the front screens only. The cargo bed is from 20th card covered in balsa planking and wheels are from a 1/15 Puma kit, which are about 2mm too small so its close enough.

1/16th Scale Late Field Kitchen

I made this model copying the Tamiya 1/35 scale model scaling it in the usual way to 1/16 and fitting it with a late pair of truck wheels from the spares box. I made it to go with the Protze truck I was building in perhaps a diorama, but now I’m not sure. The body was from 60th card with a chassis from 1/8 x 80 strip and covered on top with 30th card, mudguards from 20th card and all doors and fittings from 10 and 20 card. I made it with two chimneys, one folded and the other in the working position and a moveable lid for the main pot.

1/16th Scale Henschel 33D Truck

henschel1 henschel2 henschel3 henschel4Like many people I have been waiting for one of the model companys to bring out a model of German softskin lorry and then I could scale it up !! I decided I couldn’t wait any longer so I dug out some old drawings of a Henschel 6 x 4 that had all the dimensions and what I could not see I would have to use some modellers license ( where would we be without it ) The chassis was made from 1/2 inch x 60th strip as was the crossmembers and I did the same as on the Protze model making a floorboard extending to the front and fitting the bonnet to this, the wings were made to extend down below the chassis and the running boards were then fitted a bit higher.The bulkhead and cab are from 40th card, the rear suspension was made as near to the real thing as I could with outer swing arms supporting the two axles and with sway bars fitted to the axle middles and then to the chassis. I had a tyre and rim in resin and to this I added a dish middle with bolts inside and out so as to use for back and front, ten were then made by Castoff, again the rear cargo body was balsa over plastic sheet and the canvas covers for the cab and rear are from Das clay. Now I need to finish the details and get it painted.

1/16th Scale Protze Truck

protze1 protze2 protze3 protze4I have always wanted to do a German soft skin vehicle as a change from armour and as I had the Protze truck in 1/35 scale by Tamiya I decided to do this one as the version that carried the 20mm flak gun. I copied the parts almost straight from the kit and scaled them to 1/16 as I went, the main chassis is from 1/4 x 80th strip and to this I mounted a floorboard which continued right to the grill front, this way I could make the bonnet and have somewhere to fix it.After making a cardboard template I made the bonnet from 20th card and shaped it to fit the bulkhead from 60th card, the mudguards were also from 20 card as was the inner covers for the engine extensions. The rear suspension was a big cheat made as a fixed unit from 1/4 tube axles and fitted to centre hangers,when the connecting arms were fixed I hoped it looked like the independent suspensions all other parts were made in the usual way from card and strip. I had a 1/16 tyre from an old Bandai model from many years back and I fitted a middle to it and had 8 made by Castoff. The rear body is covered with balsa planking fitted to card and eventually I will fit the 20mm gun that I have ready made from Verlinden, unless I use it to tow the late version of the field kitchen..ummm.

Volkswagon Beetle

vw_back1 vw_front1The model used for this quick conversion was the 1/16 Revell VW Beetle. The model was built more or less out of the box and during assembly I dropped the suspension back and front to allow for larger wheels and also opened up the wheel arches by about 2mm. New more basic lamps were added to the rear, a notek light fitted on the top of the front mudguard and a re-arranged top cover from the original. The wheels and tyres are from a 1/24 Italera truck model with new centres added from thin card. I copied the photos found in the Schiffer book as a four wheel drive version. I did not add the steering wheel yet as I am planning on fitting a figure from the Tamiya KW model which I hope can be fitted through the roof along with the steering wheel.

1/16th Scale B.M.W. Car

16BMWCAR1 16BMWCAR2This model was made using a couple of photos from an old German book on WW2 military vehicles. The running board assembly is from an Academy 1931 Ford, stretched by 1/2 inch with the bonnet, floorboards, and seat backs from 20 and 30 plastic card. The kit also supplied the steering wheel and bumpers.

1/16th Scale Horse Drawn Cart

I built this model straight after the other one as I had seen a photo of it that stated it was of WW1 design but was still used into the second world war, it was again built from Balsa and plastic strip and also left unpainted, the thing needed with both these is of course some Horses which I am hoping will turn up.

1/16th Scale Horse Drawn Wagon

For some time I wanted to do a WW2 German horse drawn wagon, I had the 1/35 Esci model and although not accurate I had also just bought a book by Schiffer on various wagons. The whole thing was made from Balsa wood as I had this already and plastic strips were added to the sides, the front and rear axles and brake bar were from 3/16 square tube and the wheels are from the Hobbies company in plastic. The front axle went on in a different position to the Esci one as they have fitted it too far back, I then added all the smaller details, but have yet to paint it.

1/16th Scale Zundapp Motorcycle

Like most military modellers I have been waiting for someone to bring out a 1/16 model of a motorbike, but as it still had not happened I thought I would have a go at one myself. I had the 1/35 Tamiya model and used this to scale up from. I  knew I had some old parts from the early Revell models of bikes that they made about a hundred years ago and found a suitible pair of wheels made entirely from plastic ( no rubber tyres in my day ) I soon realised I could not use much else so I made a basic frame from 1/16 rod and wrapped a couple of shaped pieces of 20th card, the fuel tank top is from Das clay. The cylinder blocks are from pieces of 15 th card and the seats are shaped pieces of 20 th card. The rider figure is a Verlinden model with arms altered to fit one on the handlebar and one on the seat grip. The whole point of the model was for a future diorama, but as it never came off it now sits in the cupboard waiting.

1/8th Scale Semi scratchbuilt Dragontomb

Sometime back I made a model of a Revell 1/8 scale trike kit but I made it more to European style than American, the model is called the Dragonfire and the main part of the frame is formed as a basic model of a Dragon with all the fittings coming off from it. As a typical model maker I could not bring myself to throw this away and so I made it up and then thought about doing this. I fitted it to a piece of thick card and then added a step to give it some height, around top and sides I started to add some Verlinden skulls and bones and then started to blend in some Das clay, I soon realised it was semi Alien looking, I then sprayed the whole thing with car undercoat grey and black. The end result is quite pleasing and its better than dumping anything !!

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Scratchbuilt Alien Space Jockey

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I find science fiction subjects interesting, I’ve never been keen enough to make or collect them. However, the space jockey figure from the first Alien film was the exception and has held an interest for me since I bought the book of the making of the film back in 1980.

At that time I was getting more and more into semi-scratchbuilding and model conversions, but, as I’ve already said, these were mostly military. The book was often looked at and, finally, when I thought I was ready, I started to scratchbuild a jockey. The finished model appeared in Hangar 57, Sci Fi and Fantasy Models magazine Oct/Nov 1996 and had been a stop-start project for almost two years. The finished result was all right, but I wasn’t really satisfied with it. A couple of years ago I’d also looked at the Halcyon model of the jockey, and was very impressed, but, for the size of model, I felt the price was too high. It looked as though another scratchbuild was the answer and, although it turned out to be quite an expensive one, it was far more pleasing to make and a lot bigger than the kit.

Prior to me starting the model, my son had bought me a book tided Giger’s Alien, and so, armed with two decent books of photographs, I felt it would be a fairly straightforward task to build one… wrong!
I first spent a couple of days working on the piece in March ’96, making the head from Das Pronto and fixing it to a piece of 80 thou plastic card. Once I was happy with the “chin on chest” appearance, I laid a slab of Das Pronto about 1/4″ thick x 2″ x 4″ to the length of plastic card and then made an armature in a rough triangle shape in order to get the head angle parallel with the body and correctly positioned, or as correctly positioned as possible by referring to the photographs.

In January 1997 the armature had sides fitted to it. These were kept quite narrow and templates were used to cut crudely shaped arms from 60 thou plastic card. These were fitted to the sides, with a guess being made as to their correct position.
When all the plastic fittings were dry, “ribs” were made by rolling out pieces of Das to an estimated thickness and laying them onto the chest. Large sheets of Das were rolled to about 1/8″ thick, laid around each arm and shaped to the plastic. Everything was left to dry for a couple of days.

This couple of days turned into a couple of months as I had other models to make, but I returned to the project in May ’97, and this time determined that I would finish it. At this juncture (and I’m sure many modelmakers do the same) I thought, “Is it taking shape?” “Is it worth carrying on with?” I eventually decided it would turn out all right and determined to complete the jockey.

Work in Progress Shot

Finished Close Up Shot Over the next few days I started adding pieces of plastic card to the front of the armature, gluing two pieces of 2″ drainpipe to the back of the seat. When these pieces were dry they were covered with thin sheets of Das Pronto. The whole figure was then fixed down onto a piece of plywood 11%” in diameter and 1/2″ thick. This was covered around the edges with 40 thou plastic strip to give the “cog” appearance. The top of the disc was covered with thin sheet Das.

The side slabs which the jockey’s arms appear to “rest” on were made in various stages. The main central slab under the arm was first made from 1/2″ thick rolled Das fixed to the side. When I thought this looked right, the grooves were formed with a paint brush handle whilst the Das was still damp.

It was time to make the hands, which would be the worst parts of the whole model to create. Making hands and feet is – to me – worse than any kind of horror story. In the end I decided on two slabs of Dos about 1/4″ thick cut into mitten shapes. The fingers were then crudely opened up and wrapped around pieces of 1/4″ tube to keep some sort of shape. Before the hands were dry I fixed pieces of 1/4″ tube to the wrist end and glued these to the ends of the arms using the tube in the fingers to angle them slightly outwards as can be seen in the photographs. Everything was then left to dry.

A couple of days later, after making various other small parts, I started carving and filing the hands to shape. They still looked like smooth gloves, so I added very thin, rolled out strips of Dos to the fingers and right up the arms. This was quite a tricky job, but looked pretty good when everything was finished.

A piece of 30 thou plastic card was shaped to go behind the jockey’s head and fixed to the base of the rear armature. Off-cuts of plastic were glued into various gaps between this piece and the top of the drain-pipe pieces and also at the bottom behind the side bulges. These could then be covered in pieces of Dos Pronto and shaped as I went along.

Behind the rear side seat bulges I added two lengths of 1/4″ tube at each side, and behind these I added a piece of 3/8″ tube which had first been sheathed with curtain rings of 7/8″ outside diameter. Thirty per side were needed. The tops and bottoms of these tubes could then be blended in with Dos. The same procedure was applied to the tubing on the seat rear, with the centre tube being covered in a key ring spiral. The top of the centre tube had a “crest” formed from Das added, which ran up to the seat top. Das was also added to the seat top, covering the whole top plate up to the pilot’s head. This was shaped whilst still wet. Rings 1/8″ wide and 5/8″ in diameter were cut from an old felt tip pen with 1/2″ tube inside set in steps down to 1/4″, and the whole assembly sunk into the wet Das.

The long, bone-shaped pieces at the front, back and bottom of the model were next. First, two pieces of 80 thou card were glued to the lower armature, about 3/4″ out at right angles, and pieces of Das were fitted above and below this. Pieces of card were also fitted at the bottom rear of the large side slab to point just past the curtain using upright tube. Again, Das covered the top and bottom of this. Fortunately, this was my last job late one evening.

The next day large pieces of Dos were fitted over the whole front assembly and shaped and reshaped until it looked right. The same treatment was given to the rear pieces and then grooves were blended from the side pieces into these. The whole, elongated part of the armature was covered with a thin layer of Das. After leaving everything for a couple of days I made the two uprights for the telescope from 80 thou card, glued down inside the front pieces to the base and reinforced with pieces of scrap plastic as I knew the telescope was going to be heavy. The other ribs (bones?) from the rib cage up to the telescope base were rolled strips of Das in “V” shapes.

The next couple of days were spent making all the little details. First, the steering handles were formed by gluing two pieces of 1/4″ tube at right angles to each other. One end was placed through the hand, the other superglued to the side of the “V” pattern. These were then covered with two rolled out loops of Das. The handle top detail was made from 1mm plastic rod and Das. Very thinly rolled out Das was added across the rear seat humps and over the arms and painted in with water whilst still wet.

I next started on the telescope, beginning with the bulk piece at the pilot’s end. This began life as a plastic container 5″ x 2 1/2″ x 2″ covered with shaped Dos added in three stages. The coiled pieces at either side are key ring spirals cut and bedded into the Das. The rest of this bulk part was added to with Das or had parts cut back and shaped. Key ring spirals were also bedded into the top.
The main body of the telescope is 80 thou card formed into a rectangle approximately 12″ long by 2″ x 2″. Various side steps were created by adding strips 1/4″ x 1/8″ along its length. I next fitted 3/8″ tubing inside key ring spirals – three on each long tube and two for the ones with gaps in the middle.

Finished Side Shot

Work in progress shot The two thicker top and bottom coils were found at a car boot sale. I’m not sure what they are far, as they were marked simply “heavy electronic cables” (fairly obvious, really). These large spirals are about 3/8″ in diameter and were pushed over pieces of 1/2″ dowelling to keep them straight. When finished, the tubes were glued to the main box sections.
The shaped piece at the front of the telescope was again made by three sections of Das and, finally, by smoothing and shaping the last piece and blending it into the tubes.
When everything was completely dry the telescope was fitted to the plastic card uprights. The side tubes on the supports are from 3/8″ tube blended in with Das top and bottom. These bottom pieces were made to join each other and finally brought around to finish just in front of the steering bars.

The horn-shaped piece and slab under the telescope are Das over a plastic piece for strength. I spent a couple of hours going over the model to check for broken or chipped pieces or parts that had fallen off. At last the beast was finished! Well, no not quite.
I painted the telescope down to the front and rear bones and rear tubes in grey car primer. The figure was then sprayed in white car primer. After a couple of hours, the grey areas were sprayed with metallic charcoal car paint and the whole thing left overnight.

Most of the next day was spent airbrushing various shades over the light areas and blending them into the dark parts using ivory, light grey, tan, rust, gunmetal and a few made-up colours.
The model devolved from what I thought was a good finish to what I considered to be a terrible one. I therefore left the jockey for a while and started again, finally finishing the piece as you see here. Although some people may disagree with the finish (I certainly do) I decided that enough was enough.

I had really wanted to complete the project, at least for photography, by making the large circular floor and fittings and rear wall section featured in the movie, but the floor would have been around 4′ in diameter and the wall 5′ x 2′ so that idea has been abandoned – for now.
The parts used are as stated and I’d like to thank Mr. Perkins of Perkins Distribution for the speedy supply of Evergreen products, without whose help some of my models would still be all in the mind.

1/6th Scale Alien BioMech Bike

The BioMech bike can about after reading Geigers alien book when he describes his drawings as bio-mechanical.
I had an old Halycon model of the alien that was given to me and was wrecked. Instead of rebuilding it in kit form i decided on something different.


The rear tyre is from an ashtray with the middle from plastic card

The front wheel is a trolley wheel from B&Q’s.

The main frame is from 1/4 and 5/16 inch evergreen tube.
The alien chest and tail were fitted to a piece of shaped das clay to form a fuel tank and seat combination.

Tube and bones make up the front forks.

The engine was made from pieces of 40th card and detailed with various strip and rod.

The alien head was added to the top front of the forks, and the hands are now footrest.

Scale is around 1/5th

1/16th scale General Patton

PATTON1 PATTON3 PATTON4I first bought the resin figure of Patton some time back, its by a company called Jaguar. I was going to build it out of the box as it is a good model but as usual I started looking through my bits box and eventually found a greatcoat from the Tamiya M/G figure and arms, I then adapted the Patton head, helmet, legs, boots and guns. I then found a pair of binoculars and made a camera. It was fitted to a hardwood base with some basic groundwork and a fence from balsa wood.

1/16th scale ” Christmas Shopping “

SONY DSC SONY DSCAs a change and just for a bit of fun I decided to make this model showing what we all know to be fun ! Those last minute bargains and this bloke is ready for it. As many times before I sorted out the bits of figures and came up with an odd assortment of torso, arms, and accessories. The bag was just the logo from one of the advert papers.

1/16 scale Rommel figure

ROMMEL1 ROMMEL2 ROMMEL3This model came about when I bought some odds and ends of figure bits from a friend, in among them was the main part of the Tamiya M/gunner figure in the overcoat. I have never been good at figures but seeing this made me decide to have a go at one I had wanted to do for a long time of Rommel in his leather coat. I assembled the greatcoat and cleaned all the belts and trim off and filled a lot of it with green putty, I then fitted a new pair of boots from the spares and finally the Tamiya Rommel head and arms. I fixed a piece of syrofoam to the wood base and put on a couple of posts and some thread for wire.

1/16 scale German paratroopers

falshirmI had bought a Dragon figure of a german paratrooper and was going to make it as a straight out of the box model on its plastic base, then a friend gave me a Kirin resin kit of another para this time in a better pose and with a part detailed resin base. I extended the bottom of the base and added it to a wooden one and made an extra stone column from a cake decoration part and assembled the two figures together, the Kirin one was just at the right height to appear to be looking at the Dragon one. The base was painted in light sand and gradually darkened with browns and greys.

1/16th Harley Davidson

Harley1 Harley2 HARLEY10 HARLEY11I finally managed to build this WW2 Harley after waiting a long time to get enough parts together. The fuel tank and handlebars were from a Pyro 70s kit of an Electra glide, the wheels and engine heads were from a Yamaha twin and mudguards were from a B.S.A. The frame was from .80th rod the engine barrels from 3/16 rod covered with fine springs and crash bars from 1/16th rod. The seat, battery box, gear box and other odds were from the usual card, strip, rod and tube. The pannier bags are Das clay and the screen again from the Harley and re-shaped.

1/16th Halftrack T28

T28guntruck2 T28halftrack T28halftrack2This was another conversion on the Trumpeter halftrack kit. The flatbed was from 60th plastic card and half inch runners for the chassis, the fuel tank and stowage bins were from plastruct square tube. The 37mm main gun was from turned wood and the receiver from card, rod and strip and the 2 water cooled M/Gs from various evergreen tubing and bodys from plastic card. One of the original M/G mags were cast in resin and a basic trailer built earlier was added.

1/24th scale Half track & 88

DSC00717 DSC00721 DSC00731 DSC00734 DSC00735Having some work done on the roof last year, I had to get a lot of stuff out of the loft and although I had not forgotten that I had this model, it was in worse condition than I thought. It was built in 1972 when there was not a lot of books about on the subject and what there were was pretty vague. I used a 1/16 Bandai Cadillac for the mudguards and part of the chassis and the rest was from the then new stuff, plastic card, The half track section was a 1/30th scale Panther and the track was 1/25th Chieftain. Front pair of wheels are unknown. The six wheels and tyres for the gun were from a 1/24th scale M.P.C. Autocar truck and almost all the rest was from card and strip. It was part stripped down and rebuilt but still as original including all the mistakes as I wanted it as near to when I first made it as possible.

1/16 scale Rio Engine

RIOENGINE1 RIOENGINE2 RIOENGINE3I was asked to make these parts for a bloke who is scratchbuilding a Vietnam U.S. gun truck. He sent me a 1/35th scale resin engine and engine compartment plus an excellent book on the vehicle. I did it in the usual way with plastic card, rod, strip and tube and of course stuff from the good old bits box.

1/16th scale U.S. Bigshot

BIGSHOT1 BIGSHOT2Once again this model was for the same bloke in America who originally wanted it built out of the box as the Sherman with a few added details. He then asked me if it could be converted to an M48 Bigshot and he sent me the 1/35th AFV club model and some photos to scale up. The barrel front is from wood and plastruct tube for the rear section and the rest of the gun assembly is from plastic card strip and rod, the chassis was built out of the box with new mudguards from 30th card and 40th card for the body sides, back and front. The two cupolas were turned from wood with plastic card details and all inner detail was added as per the kit. The rear door was made to open and the spade moves up and down. The whole model was sprayed dark green and then lightened and dusted.

1/16th scale MinenraumerS

SRAUMER1 SRAUMER2 SRAUMER3This model was made for the same American bloke who had the 3 wheeled version of a mine clearer. He sent me a made up 1/35th version bought from ebay and I used this and a few photos to make this one. The main basic 4 wheels were turned from wood and a master for the pads made and they were cast in resin, when they were fitted some hexhagonal rod was used for the bolt heads. The two body sections are the same and so they were made from 30, 40, and 60th card. All various detail was added from strip, rod and tube in the usual way and whole thing airbrushed in Humbrol grey.

1/16th scale Twin 128mm flak

flaksThis was another model made for an American customer. I had made one a few years back on a part base to represent a flak tower. This was built the same way and finished in the same paint but was just a standing model. Barrels were the usual wood turned with almost everything else from plastic card, rod and strip.

1/16th scale German Panzerwerfer 42

The same in America who wanted the series of 8 wheeled armoured cars asked me to build him this model last year and I have only just got around to it. Chassis was made from 1/2 inch x 60th strip and the body was then made as a separate unit and left loose so that the customer could finish it off. All main body parts were from 60th card and the smaller add on bits from 20, 30, and 40 card plus the usual assotment of strip, rod and tube. The axles are from 1/4 inch tube with brass rod centres for strength, road and front wheels plus all track links are from resin.

1/16th Scale Mercedes

For quite a number of years I wanted to make a model of a pre-war Mercedes car with a couple of seated figures, I kept avoiding it as I did not want to convert standing figures and I could find any decent ready made sitting ones.

The car also was a bit of a problem as the two made by Academy are only two seaters and would look odd if converted to four.

The Cadillac made by the same company looked a better deal, as it was a four seater, almost the same grill, wire wheels and two side spare wheels.

I first chopped the rear top off and made it an open version and put two plastic fillets in to cover the gap it left, the rest of the model was made out of the box almost all the way through, just altering bits as I went, this included a thin piece of plastic card added to the top of the grill, new smaller headlights and the spare wheel covers left off, as wanted two figures in it I left the steering wheel off for ease of fitting them in.

The figures are two lower halves of Tamiya KW drivers with new upper bodies, heads, and arms from the good old bits box, the two have to be sat in first and then the steering wheel fitted to the drivers hands.

The pennants on the mudguards are reduced from photos and fitted to a piece of plastic rod, number plates are rub-down lettering on thin card.

1/16th Scale German 8 wheeled Armoured car

As is usualy the case a Tamiya model was used for scaling up, this time their old, but still good 8 wheeled annoured car.

I started with a rectangle chassis from 1/2 inch x 60th strip and to this added the lower main side walls, inside I made card pieces to the correct angle to keep both the same, I then added the front and rear plates and cut templates out for the top rear side and top front rear plates and made these from 60th card then the top rear and top front plates were added, this time from 40th card.

All the rear deck detaiJ was added next, and vision slit covers made from 20th card and Imm x .5mm strip, the suspensions were made following the kit from 40 and 60 card and various rod and strip, for strength long one piece axles were made from 1/4 solid rod.

The wheel was from an old tyre going back years with a new middle fitted and then 9 were cast in resin.

A short barrel 75mm gun was scratchbuilt and added and ammo lockers from card, the model was painted sand, red brown and green At the same time I also built the turret version of the same vehicle. These were both made for a customer in the States and he has since painted them in plain sand. The last four photos are the ones he sent me when they were completed..