October 15, 2014

LRDG Chevrolet, finally completed

My longest build so far.

September 22, 2014

Jerrycan for LRDG Chevy

Extratech with some improvements.

August 05, 2014

New sand mats

made out of shoe wrapping paper

July 19, 2014

IS-2 new photo session

I've been trying to get some decent photographs against white background for ages.

May 05, 2014

Dragon's Chevy construction done

This proved to be one of the most challenging braille scale projects I have ever built. It was both expensive and time consuming, and the kit itself delivers too little for how much it costs. I had to buy an aftermarket PE set from Hauler and a set of resin wheels from the same Czech manufacturer in order to fix a least some of the problems.

All the major parts of the constructed kit are not glued permanently. Beside the PE set I scratched a few details myself, and replaced others, while for the “textile” parts I used Milliput. The front turn signals are entirely scratched, as Dragon “forgot” to include them in the kit. There are few more details to add: a Lee-Enfield rifle and some small tools, and, of course the Lewis Gun. For the sand mats mounted on top of the front fenders, I’m thinking of using Milliput also, it was a first time for me and proved to be a very useful material.

This time I will use Mr. Hobby Acrylics paints instead of my usual Vallejo. It will be sandy yellow with patches of light blue.

In conclusion, this is a great subject but a mediocre kit, don’t be fooled by the nice covering box, some efforts are required to turn this Chevy into a good model for display.

April 09, 2014

A short preview

Working with PE from Hauler on the cab.

February 24, 2014

LRDG Patrol Car with Lewis gun from Dragon

Well, after seeing this:

I ended up buying this:

Though there are good parts, the general impression is the kit was done in a hurry. The biggest disappointment are the wheels; they are one piece, not like the CAD drawings on the box showing separate tires and wheel rims. All four road wheels look the same, but in reality the bolt circles of the back wheels is noticeably larger. The tire tread is not very deep and a there is an ugly moulding seam, whose removal will further damage the surface. And there is more bad news: all wheels were moulded with a hollow back!

So I’ve searched for a good PE set and Hauler came to my rescue. Besides metal parts, you get two beautiful Lee Enfields, a crate, some cans, a shovel – all in resin. Hauler also provides, as a separate upgrading set, four road wheels and two spares, an excellent representation of the real thing.

January 21, 2014

IS-2 finished