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  1. Thanks peeps. Yes a young Greebo indeed. Though many WADers think she is probably Goodie Whemper... Who ever, it was a bit of fun. N-S Prod do a chap in his workshop which is ripe for turning into a model room. One day maybe. Grant
  2. A purple and yellow frog on the cauldron. I think the purple was a bit dark to show much of the detail. And yes, Audrey was definitely the inspiration for the painting of the plant on the desk. "Feed me now!"
  3. Chapeau pointu - 45mm Resin kit by N-S Prod With a fire pit, this kit clearly needed lighting, so the first step was to recast the fire pit and cauldron in clear resin. The base is made from an off-cut of Oak I had lying around and for the lighting I used white flickering LEDs from Bright Components. There were no decals in the kit, but there was an open book and various bottles had labels moulded on. The book pages are homemade decals, the right hand one is page 36 from Nanny Oggโ€™s cookbook (a witch in the Discworld books), the bottle labels are stencils from the Airfix F-86 โ€“ my usual modelling genre. Extra eyeballs, added to the originally empty pot the witch is holding, are a couple of pieces of lead shot. A bit of a blurry picture of me holding it, to give some scale, followed by a few close ups. A fun little project Cheers Grant
  4. Well this is embarassing. I have lost any notes I made on the build, but I am pretty certain it is a resin piece, and that I picked it up at Telford. That would make it a PJ products cargo pod (721219). cheers Grant
  5. WOW! Lots of extra work there. The intakes and exhaust look really good. I might have to invest myself. Love it.
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    Arma Hurricane llC

    A nicely mucky model. The mis-match camo is a nice authentic touch.
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    Just amazing.

    An amazing collection of excellent photos.
  8. Cool link! Way too many options there. ๐Ÿ˜Š
  9. Thanks peeps. It now has a homemade box, so can travel safely. Hopefully one day it will get an outing! cheers Grant
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    That's bonkers!! What a waste of time and plastic.
  11. Many thanks for the kind words. It was a fun little build. Now I just need somewhere to put it!! cheers Grant
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    NH90 NFH.

    Seriously epic efforts here. All the added bits would be enough, but struggling with the basic kit aswell. Looks like the hard work will pay off though.
  13. So busy doing, I keep forgetting to post. Build has gone very well. Last few things were relatively simple. Got the body painted and detailed. Nice though it was to have all that lovely rust detail molded in, the chrome parts were VERY shinny and new. So hit them with some matt varnish and then splattered rust coloured paint around. Ended up looking quite good. The way the grille lifted up, for the comedy hand to come out and crank start the car, provided an ideal slot for the electrical connection interface for the power supply and all the aerials. The anemometer mast will have guy ropes running from it, so I needed some tent pegs, and because they are green and a trip hazard, I also need some cones. The pegs are just corner angle plastrut and the cones started off as a cake decorating nozzle, to which a base plate was added before making a mold and creating some in resin. Then I needed some decals for the side panels. I had used up my supply on the inside and had to order some more. The new stuff worked really well, much better than the old stuff โ€“ I guess it has a shelf life. Now I could start on the base. The first shot is just placing everything and seeing how it fits and if I have enough bits and pieces. Then it was on with the sand and gravel, trying to replicate a Colorado airfield terrain. So here ends an epic build. Lots of new stuff tried, and mostly it worked. The end result is quite large and I had to get creative to be able to photograph it! That is a bed sheet hung over a wardrobe, then over a piece of foam board, on top of a clothes basket standing on a chair. Can you tell I donโ€™t normally make or photograph things quite this big?!! More detailed photos and a description of the various bits, and why they are there, can be found in the RFI thread here:- https://brexitmodeller.com/forums/topic/5202-wtf-wallace-telemetry-facility-airfix-antipesto-van-conversion/ Thanks for watching. Cheers Grant
  14. Here is the Airfix Wallace & Grommit Antipesto van converted a telemetry van. I have tried to squeeze in as many items from our telemetry setup and various trials over the years as the space will allow. The whole thing is a fun little reminder of the various helicopter trails I have been on over the years, as part of the day job. This thing is big! The van is 30cm long and the anemometer mast is about 60cm tall. The hardstanding is a nod to the helipad we have been using recently at an Italian airfield, and the landscaping in the corners is reminiscent of the mixture of gravel and grass you see at airfields we have used in Colorado, up in the Rockies. Here is the inside of the cab, complete with a copy of the May 1967 Playboy. One of our engineers was doing up a jeep as it would have been in the Israeli 6 day war. Finding that in a gift shop in Colorado was too bizarre a coincidence to pass up. The blue rope on the floor is used to haul the guys ropes up the ladder for attaching to the anemometer mast. On the roof of our trailers we have mounting points for various bits of kit. Most used are the video camera (in black) and the GPS antenna, complete with cover and anti-bird spike. The kit van comes with a light in the roof and when I cut the dome off the whole left was just the right size to take some carbon fibre tube I had lying around to use as the bottom of the pump up anemometer mast. Aviation is 95% waiting around, so you need a comfortable seat to sit on. And when you get really bored, stacking stones becomes a thing! The cones and chains are used identify trip hazards and make people aware they need to take care around the test kit. The stirrup pump was used to pump up early versions of our anemometer masts โ€“ my back is aching just looking at it. We get lots of wildlife around the telemetry trailers. In this case, the rabbit represents that dedicated band of conscientious lawnmower drivers who, despite the cones and chains and the hulking great mast, still manage to chew through data cables at every opportunity!!! I had a number of options for the number plate, but in the end just went with a general comment on the year so far. Wallace has a bandage on his thumb to represent the, mostly, minor bumps and scrapes that have occurred over the years, and he has quite a dark skin as, at high altitude test sites, the Sun can be quite powerful and you do have to take extra care. The lifting grille was an ideal spot for the electrical connection board, feeding all the various aerial leads in the van. In true Wallace and Grommit style I had the wing mirrors fold down so that the aerial masts could be mounted on brackets in the wings. All our kit gets transported in large silver boxes, which is handy as this one is hiding the power supply for the screens inside the van. And here is the business end of the telemetry van conversion. Apart from the DVD player/recorder and PC tower, everything inside is scratch built. The screens are Electroluminescent Panels from a company called EL panels. They are stuck into a plasticard monitor surround and then I have made decals of the various screens we use in telemetry. It is difficult to get in there and get a good shot, but they look very effective. Enjoy and thanks for looking. Cheers Grant
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