RNZAF in The Pacific Diorama

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1 year 3 months ago - 1 year 3 months ago #31 by dcrfan
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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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1 year 3 months ago #32 by grover
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really cool stuff mate, and great ingenuity too.

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1 year 3 months ago - 1 year 3 months ago #33 by dcrfan
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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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1 year 2 months ago #34 by dcrfan
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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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1 year 2 months ago #35 by Bishop
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Slowly but surely. Some nice planes coming together there as well.

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1 year 2 months ago - 1 year 2 months ago #36 by dcrfan
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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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1 year 2 months ago #37 by dcrfan
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1 year 2 months ago #38 by Gary
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Looking good



'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'

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1 year 2 months ago #39 by Maarten
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'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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1 year 2 months ago #40 by Bishop
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Nice work on that trailer

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1 year 2 months ago #41 by dcrfan
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Watching Bathurst Race provides lots of modelling time.



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1 year 2 months ago #42 by dcrfan
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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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1 year 1 month ago - 1 year 1 month ago #43 by dcrfan
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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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1 year 1 month ago #44 by Bishop
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Nice additions! Hotel rooms are useful for making palm fronds lol, Beats rotten TV

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1 year 1 month ago #45 by dcrfan
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1 year 1 month ago #46 by Bishop
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Both looking good. The steamroller builds up nicely.

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1 year 1 month ago - 1 year 1 month ago #47 by dcrfan
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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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1 year 1 month ago #48 by dcrfan
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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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6 months 5 days ago #49 by dcrfan
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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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6 months 5 days ago #50 by dcrfan
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Rear mudguards added but awaiting the top rears to be filled in

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5 months 4 weeks ago - 5 months 4 weeks ago #51 by dcrfan
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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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5 months 4 weeks ago #52 by Bishop
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NICE bit of scratch work on that truck.

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5 months 4 weeks ago #53 by dcrfan
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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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5 months 2 weeks ago #54 by dcrfan
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Working on finishing three projects.

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5 months 2 weeks ago - 5 months 2 weeks ago #55 by Huey
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They look awesome, great job so far
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5 months 1 week ago #56 by dcrfan
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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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5 months 4 days ago #57 by dcrfan
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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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4 months 3 weeks ago #58 by dcrfan
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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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4 months 3 weeks ago #59 by yak
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Incredible work, something i have always wanted to do. Can't wait to see the outcome.

Rob

No model left behind even if it screams all the way to the display shelf!

Currently hacking away at:
1/24 Custom Nissan D21 Navara
1/24 Tamiya Mazda RX-7 S4
1/25 Revell Datsun 720 Kingcab Rebuild
1/24 Hasegawa Mitsubishi Galant GTO MR race car


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4 months 4 days ago #60 by dcrfan
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Progress on the rear body.

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