Now I've started on something rather different, a 1/35th scale model of the Rhodesian 'Navy' armed landing craft ferry, the Ubique which was actually operated by the Army Engineer Corps hence the boats name which is their corps motto.
Over the years it was armed with different weapons including ex Vampire Hispano 20mm cannons, .50 cal MG and FN MAG. In the picture above it has twin 20mm on the front along with a single FN MAG. It had two twin FN MAG on locally fabricated mounts on the rear. Quite the battleship of Lake Kariba:)
The scratch built model will be just over 0.6 m long
After our quick conversation on Aitken Street the other day I'm fascinated to know what the BR52 will be doing in your massive project - do you have any photos of the real thing? I Googled all the different permutations of Rhodesian BR52 I could think of, but nothing that matched...
Like most of my Rhodesian vehicle scratch builds I only plan to use components from the kit(s). I have to make two new chassis, the boiler section and of course the standard gauge bits loco must be converted from standard (4'-8 1/2") to narrow gauge (3'-6").
I'm primarily using the BR52 as the main driving wheels are the correct diameter and the tender wheels can be modified for the required bogie wheels on the two new chassis. There are actually two ex-Rhodesian Garratts in storage in greater Wellington I can use for reference. This is the scene I am to make - bullet holes in water tank after ambush leaking water.
Or possibly with a 'Nanny' wagon that carried military train guards.
Some cool stuff going on here Paul - the two-foot ferry/LC is awesome, the Garratt looks set to be spectacular. Lot of work though - I gather there are very few "perfect" parts in the Trumpeter BR 52 from people who've built them as intended.
BTW there's a guy who joined the model club this year building a huge German train carrying a variety of softskin vehicles.
After a holiday on the wet West Coast I've spent some of the weekend progressing the Rhodesian landing craft model adding upper deck, mast structure and side vents. The model of the Pooky in the vehicle deck is to provide a reference for size of the model.
Ah cool cool mate! Yeah, haven't had a chance to get to On Yer Bike yet... but hopefully this summer I'll be in there, good to hear it's good fun! The treetop walk in Hokitika is pretty alright as well
Next time, let me know mate, I'll show you a good night at my local!
Nmmm, I need to get into this thread and rebuild the photo links after they have been PBed.
Anyway I have a long weekend off and as it has been wet, wet, wet I spent much of the day working on cutting four identical chassis frames were photocopied, cut out, blackened then temporally glued to 1.5mm plastic with PVA so they can be filed to shape.
The firebox needed to be enlarged down and forward - just needs tidying up. Most of the details have been filed off the boiler which will be cut at the pencil line on the right. The holes will be filled in with sections of the off cut. I was going to leave the boiler bands in place as they are very close to being correct but have now decided to also replace them - more filing.
Slow progress as I was not aware of how the chassis were constructed on the inside. Yesterday I visited ex Rhodesian Railways/Zimbabwe National Railways Class 15 Garratt # 398 which is stored awaiting restoration at Steam Inc in Paekakariki.
So armed with lots of photos and measurements I now have the basic front drive chassis assembled.
Nice looking work Paul.
Hey can I draw your attention to this thread please mate
after the debarcle with Photofuckit I'm trying to get rid all 3rd party photo hosting.
If you look here
you'll see that I now provide free photo hosting that works exactly like Photobucket and Flickr but it's all hosted here at KM. Feel free to share links with other sites, just like you currently do.
Sorry to be a pain but PB really stuffed things up, there's talk of 10's millions of photos on the web now being inaccessible to forums like ours. Like I said it's free, it's easy to use and it's all ours.
I needed a break from this build but now have an enforced period where I must live near Auckland Hospital as caregiver for my wife who has had a major operation so the Garratt was one kit I brought up to give me something to do. So far I have started building the second chassis. I just have to remember how I made the first set of cylinders:oops:
The wife's recovery is going very well and now I have two nearly identical chassis assembled. The cylinder blocks even look the same even thought I used a very different method to bodge up the second set. Now I need the plans from Wellington before I can proceed- of all the things to forget