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Old 06-11-2015, 01:59 PM   #1
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Hi guys,
here is my latest model which has come from the deep, well it is a mole after all, I had to dig deep to complete her in 3 weeks but here she is, I have posted some build images on the mole site in the thunderbirds section, let me know what you think and be honest I can stand the critics ( I am an old guy )
all scratch built no moulded parts or castings all hand made after working in the dark for 3 weeks its good to see the light once more.

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Old 06-11-2015, 05:19 PM   #2
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Great build - saw your prototype Hawk in TMP again very impressive
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Old 06-11-2015, 05:24 PM   #3
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thank you Mr Crimson,
I am glad you like the hawk proto, I may do a sort of x type eagle in the future which will be the last devlopment before the main eagle went into production. I have a few ideas and a lot of spare bits.

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Old 08-11-2015, 02:37 PM   #4
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Very impressive, how did you achieve the tracks etc?
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:33 PM   #5
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Hello Mr Badsimmonds,
well it is much better if you have a peek at the images, nothing super technical no moulding involved simple circles the a seperating piece outer edge inner dome and bolt heads which are thin chops of ema hexagon rod the thicker part on the drive wheels is done by 3 thicknesses of plastic then the edge trimmed and sanded down,
the dome caps are done by heating some sheet then placeing it over a humbrol paint tin then pushing down with the small handle of one of my files, simple.. I hope this helps the tracks are laid on a plastic strip all hand cut then trips and rivets ( once more slices of evergreen rod and after a couple of hours work wheels and tracks fir for a mole.

regards Barrie ( the old guy ), need any more help please ask its the only way we ever get to find things out.
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Old 11-11-2015, 12:16 PM   #6
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Many thanks for that Barrie.
It really does look the business, fantastic work.
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:28 PM   #7
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just found this thread, Barrie - that is really impressive ! Especially for a totally scratch build !!! The detail is amazing. I can't imagine how long it must have taken you without the advantage of using castings.
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:54 PM   #8
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Hello Mr McLeod,
thank you for your kind comments, YES all scratch built and in just over three weeks, the build was completed in 3 weeks but then had a few days to apply paint and a bit of dirt of course. It was a model that just seems to fly together and good fun to do

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Old 12-11-2015, 08:52 AM   #9
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Very impressive scratch building, you've captured the intricate details very convincingly, including the girder bridge footpads on the rear and sides of the girder section.

How big is it?

I entered my Aoshima mole kit in the Scale Model WOrld competition this last weekend and won a bronze medal for it, but its nowhere near as impressive as this one!

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Old 12-11-2015, 02:49 PM   #10
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Hello Mr Boldman,
a very nice model you have there and congratulations on the award, I have never entered any of my model in competion not that brave. I just like to build BIG models,the model is over 30 inches long about 13 inches high and 8-9 inches wide, thank you very much for your comments here are a few images showing the original girder bridge bit with my larger version, also some other images which might give you a better idea of the size of the BIG digger.

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Old 13-11-2015, 01:58 PM   #11
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Barrie, may I ask how you made the drill itself ?
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Old 14-11-2015, 05:48 PM   #12
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Hello Mr Mcleod,
do you want me to reveal ALL my secrets on the web, OK then no big deal, it is made from DAS model clay, I built the basic cone after a few minutes messing with a cardboard shape then once I had the plastic cone done I simply rolled the clay into a little sausage and then coiled it round the cone, there are two coils, I must admit the space between them is a little large then once dried ( a couple of days ) I then sanded carefully but found the where lifting from the plastic so I coated them in pva glue, then another light sanding another coat of pva and there you have a drill bit that might cut through butter if your lucky. give it go that DAS clay is great for all sorts of things as long as you do not ask it to do to much.

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Old 15-11-2015, 03:30 PM   #13
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Thanks yes, ingenious method !
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