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!