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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 10 months 3 weeks ago #31

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The rest of the track was laid today and I now have a picture of a former Japanese narrow gauge hopper so i can start building representation of one of their hoppers. The photo shows a Japanese Kato loco and pair of wagons that survive in Bougainville.



I have pieces from Shapeways - 1/55th scale chassis for correct gauge wheels and 1/48th scale hopper bin.

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 10 months 3 weeks ago #32

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really cool stuff mate, and great ingenuity too.

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Roof handrails on roof top and third story rail awnings added to control tower. Also Minneapolis Moline tractor now sporting RNZAF roundel.

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 9 months 3 weeks ago #34

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Slow progress dabbling in aircraft assembly, vehicle conversion, tree building while progressing the railway and landscape construction. Sorry for poor phone photos, the lighting in the garage is terrible.



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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 9 months 3 weeks ago #35

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Slowly but surely. Some nice planes coming together there as well.

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 9 months 2 weeks ago #36

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One of the vehicles I want is an International tractor unit pulling this 2000 gallon semi-trailer refuelling tanker.



The truck is based on a much modified Tamyia GMC truck while the semi-trailer uses pieces from three Tamiya GMC refueller tanks.



The recess is for a spare wheel.

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 9 months 2 weeks ago #37

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 9 months 2 weeks ago #38

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Looking good

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 9 months 2 weeks ago #39

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Nice work on that trailer

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Watching Bathurst Race provides lots of modelling time.



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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 9 months 1 week ago #42

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I've been working on the IH-5-6 tractor. Tonight the focus has been on roughing out the modifications required to change the cab soft top for GMC to IH.



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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 8 months 3 weeks ago #43

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I've been overseas with work so not much progress although I was able to accumulate quite a few coconut fronds made in hotel rooms while watching TV. When I got back an order from France was waiting of me. A 1/48 scale WW2 Japanese Navy roller - who would have though someone made kit of that.



The winch is for the front of the International tractor above.

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 8 months 2 weeks ago #44

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Nice additions! Hotel rooms are useful for making palm fronds lol, Beats rotten TV

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Both looking good. The steamroller builds up nicely.

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The first run of the Tokyo Express around the complete loop of the railway completed this afternoon with too much smoke and flame. Now I really must start on the bodies for the two motor bogies.

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 8 months 1 week ago #48

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I've been playing with possible arrangements.

The junk yard that will have a Zero at the bottom with various US and Kiwi scraps above that.



Refuelling scene.



Looking down from the control tower.



Duty vehicles below the tower.

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 1 month 2 weeks ago #49

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Building another vehicle for this diorama, a Ford GT Bomb Service using some parts from Tamiya GMC truck.

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Rear mudguards added but awaiting the top rears to be filled in

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Base colour on with details on crane still to be done. I think it definitely looks like a Ford GT BS.



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NICE bit of scratch work on that truck.

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I recently scored this old trooper on Evilbay from Germany.

Just discovered the 3rd Div Tank Sqn spent a few months training in Guadalcanal at the same time as RNZAF Hudson and Kittyhawk Sqns so after conversion to Mk III the tank can visit the airfield diorama for co-operation training.

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 4 weeks 11 hours ago #54

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Working on finishing three projects.

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 4 weeks 11 hours ago #55

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They look awesome, great job so far

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 2 weeks 3 days ago #56

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A quick modification project changing the Academy Clarktor tractor to the version used by the RNZAF in the Pacific - dual rear wheels, wider rear mudguards and slight changes to drivers seat back and the tractors front panel.



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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 1 week 6 days ago #57

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While I'm finishing a few other 1/48th vehicle projects I've been preparing pieces for what will be a major build, an RNZAF 1942 Ford fire appliance build in Petone by CoMoCo, the Colonial Motor Company (they still exist) who made the majority of NZ fire appliances in the 1940s.



The build will use Tamiya Opel Blitz 4x2 chassis, cab from GMC and front mudguards from Ford Staff car.

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 2 days 22 hours ago #58

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The cab is coming along nicely but awaiting chance to visit a surviving prototype before progressing the rear body.



The backscene is very much a work in progress, the sky is not too bad but vegetation behind the trees .........:(

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RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama 2 days 11 hours ago #59

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Incredible work, something i have always wanted to do. Can't wait to see the outcome.

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