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The Little War in Rhodesia - the 1970s 1 year 1 month ago #31

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As its a long weekend I finally got motivation to do some more on the Tusker so not finished but getting close.









I also started conversion of a disappointingly under scale left hand drive diecast VW Transporter into a Rhodesian right hand drive civilian ambulance. Advertised as 1/36 but actually 1/38.





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The Little War in Rhodesia - the 1970s 1 year 3 weeks ago #32

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Rear windows painted over from the inside. Stretcher in the rear on one side.

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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

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The Little War in Rhodesia - the 1970s 1 year 3 weeks ago #34

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Rather a large scratch build.





The model just sailed on it's maiden voyage to NZ. Ship modelling will resume in 70 days.

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The Little War in Rhodesia - the 1970s 9 months 1 week ago #35

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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...

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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.

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Slow but steady progress on Ubique



Also bubbling along is a 1/48 Dakota that will be finished as the Rhodesian Air Force ELINT aircraft nicknamed the Warthog due to all the antenna it sported.



And I'm preparing for the next significant project, a 1/35th Garratt using parts from two Trumpeter BR52.

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The top deck structure has been added and a start made on populating the bridge.



Don't look too closely at the gauges as they are from the US military vehicle rub on set by Archer.

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I've made a start on the Garratt. The first task is to change the kits track from standard gauge (1435mm) to narrow gauge (1067mm). I need 0.9m for the Garratt to sit on while it is constructed.

IMG_0034 by tankienz , on Flickr

IMG_0053 by tankienz , on Flickr

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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.

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I'm not sure just what I'm taking on with the Garratt.

The German train model sounds interesting.

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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.

IMG_0116 by tankienz , on Flickr

Bridge details added after this picture included a steerling wheel and radios.

IMG_0021 by tankienz , on Flickr

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Excellent stuff!

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This just gets better and better. Great work on the landing craft. Fantastic.

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Nice work :)
Where abouts one the Coast did you go? I live on the West Coast is all :)

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We had a couple of nights in Westport and a couple in Greymouth. Visits to Charming Creek tramway, Oparara Arches, Denniston, Cape Fowlwind, Shanytown and Hokitika.

Highlight was an hour on two seat sit-in 4x4 Polarus at 'On Yer Bike' off road adventures. Worth every dollar!

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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! :P

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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.

IMG_0215 by tankienz , on Flickr

Also building front water tank structure using a mix of 1.5, 2 and 3mmm plastic card which, when well dry, will be attacked with a large file to make the round edges.

IMG_0216 by tankienz , on Flickr

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A weeks progress.

IMG_0220 by tankienz , on Flickr

Cylinders and backhead Garratised.

IMG_0225 by tankienz , on Flickr

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.

IMG_0226 by tankienz , on Flickr

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Wow, that's some cool building going on, looking good.

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Nice !

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Wow the amount of filing required to modify this kit is amazing.

IMG_0227 by tankienz , on Flickr

The steam dome requires significant reshaping. It has been mounted on a section of surplus boiler to replicate the bottom flange.

IMG_0229 by tankienz , on Flickr

The boiler backhead is next on the list to modify.

IMG_0228 by tankienz , on Flickr

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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.

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Nice looking work Paul.
Hey can I draw your attention to this thread please mate www.kiwimodeller.com/index.php/forum/18-...image-hosting#106268 after the debarcle with Photofuckit I'm trying to get rid all 3rd party photo hosting.
If you look here www.kiwimodeller.com/index.php/forum/18-...photo-sharing#106331 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.

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Oversize cylinders cut out. The new cylinders consist of a 44 gal drum with 2mm x 1mm plastic glued around the outside to provide correct diameter for new cylinders.



An idea of what it is going to look like.

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Springs and suspension for main driving wheels added.

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