Not sure this should be in Diorama or Railway sections as its a cross over between the two. Anyway introducing my new work in progress. It will feature aircraft dispersals on the edge of a South West Pacific coral airstrip no specific time in WW2. The idea will be to display (not all at the same time) the range of 1/48th scale RNZAF aircraft that operated in the area obviously less flying boats. So Kittyhawk, Corsair, Avenger, Dauntless, Ventura, Lodestar, Dakota and possibly a Hudson if I can find that kit as it is long out of production and ridiculous prices asked on Ebay.
Also a range of vehicles operated by RNZAF including Jeep, CMP 15 cwt and 30 cwt, Ford bomb service truck, IH crane tractor and Minneapolis Moline tractor/truck. While Tamiya make a couple of very nice GMC 6x6 it appears most RNZAF trucks of that size were actually Internationals so will need slight conversion. Kit bashing to produce some of these vehicles has begun.
Around the outside will be a ex Japanese Imperial Navy 2ft gauge construction railway with a couple of Kato Works locomotives.
Below the bare bones baseboards. Sorry camera is on loan to inlaws so just cell phone photos.
All the railway track and under board electrical stuff.
Revell Ventura under construction along airfield control tower and first of about 70 coconut trees I estimate will be required.
Planecrazy wrote: This looks great so far. Where did you get the coconut trees?
Building them myself based on Youtube how to video. Three Spotlight thick florists wires with rough string rapped around and painted with rough texture gel for the trunk and masking tape stuck face to face on itself with thin florists wire trapped between as the stalk then individual 'leaves' cut out with small scissors. I timed it last night, each frond takes about 7 minutes start to finish with about twelve fronds on each tree and I think I need 60-70 coconut trees. The commercial coconut trees on Trademe are all much too short for 1/48th scale.
When attached to tree the frond is shaped with appropriate droop. The tree on the left needs a couple of more fronds to add more vertical height to the fronds while I have only just started on the tree on the right.
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I have camera back so a few photos on sequence of making the trunk. Three lengths of florists stem wire (from Spotlight) one longer as spike to mount tree. Rapped in florists tape. A circular piece of cardboard hot glued to base.
Place hotglue about 4-5 cm up trunk. Rap string around building up the base with several layers against the piece of card. This replicates the wider base on prototype trees.
At the top again build up with several layers of string. Again to replicate the prototype and it also gives a soft ball of string into which the wire of the fronds can be pushed (once a hole drilled or poked)
The base was built up a little more with hot glue.
Construction finished, the whole trunk is now covered with Reeves coarse texture gel (from Warehorse stationary). Initially I painted it on, now I just rub it on with my fingers ensuring the roughness of the rapped string is not filled in too much. The gel takes a few days to dry.
The construction of the ground has begun so I grabbed a few bits to show what I aiming at. This will eventually be the fighter end as I want to replicate this scene with a Corsair with wings folded pushed back between large trees.
Really great to watch this come together, Thanks for the tips.
Good to see you using your imagination.
Read not long ago that the mark of true intelligence is not by your knowledge but by your imagination.
The chippies were back on the job last night and a rather colourless boss arrived to check on progress still wearing his Afrika Korps hat he acquired during service in the Middle East. Must change that to one of those floppy USMC hats:dry:
Amazing what you can find with Google. The US Navy also had a 2ft gauge railway on Guadalcanal built by the Seabees construction units. The loco is US made Plymouth, the same loco the Japanese copied and built by Kato Works for IJN. I wonder what the censor whited out on both pictures showing the loco - I'm assuming the unit title. Should model it in censored form
I hope that officer swinging the sledge hammer knows what he's doing.
Anyway more options of rolling stock to run on my wee railway
Minneapolis Moline NTX aircraft tractor kit taking shape with addition of brass rod seat rails. Steering wheel and tow hook from Tamiya 1/48th GMC truck. It will be finished in light grey to represent vehicle taken over from US Navy. Roundels will confirm new RNZAF ownership.