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TOPIC: BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944

BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #1

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Okay committed to the following as my entry:

I will be taking my abandoned BMW sidecar combo, and finishing it as a 1944 Normandy dispatch bike, visiting an observation.artillery post on the Atlantic wall.

I've started tarting up the bike itself with some oils to add dust and muck as every picture of dispatch bikes they are absolutely filthy things, in a summer dusty coastal environment especially..

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #2

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Few more details and some toning/colouring and a better photo

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #3

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Its a bike so you have my attention. Really like the weathering on this. Excellent.

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #4

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The headlight looks pretty bad.. I might make a canvas cover for it and some of the boxes?

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #5

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lol, I thought that was a headlight cover. Nice choice Shaun. What scale is it?

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #6

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Yeah it is a hard shell cover built into the kit. Pretty blobby looking though even if it is accurate-ish

Its 1/35 so its pretty tiny

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #7

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Totally agree with the headlamp looking not so good.

Really like the weathering on the engine.

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #8

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You could actually drill the headlamp out and have it in broken in battle condition. Just a thought. This is starting to look great. Watching watching....

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #9

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I was thinking maybe something like these

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The head light looks like it is tilted upward ?. Should be a little lower than level. Or is it just the photo ? . If it is tilting upwards then tilting down a little would make the cover not so noticeable. Perhaps drilling it out and making a new cover out of something thin like tin foil may make it look better.

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #11

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So I didn't at all take off the headlamp and mount it the right way up and at a sensible angle, and sort out the slot and joins. Honest. What kind of idiot would have done it wrong when it got broken and the glued it back together in the first place? ;)

Sorry fot the shitty mobile phone pic, real camera is strapped to a telescope!

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #12

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shaunfletcher wrote: real camera is strapped to a telescope!


Pointed at the neighbor's bathroom? :P

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #13

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lol only if the neighbours live in the horsehead nebula, but given the stupid stuff they do I wouldn't be surprised if they were from there.

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 2 weeks ago #14

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Bike is looking good Shaun
Watching here to see where this goes.

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 1 week ago #15

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So did an experimental plaster casting, working towards the dio. Wanted to make sure the shuttering would work and not stick.. in fact roughed up wood brushed with scenic cement (watered down pva) as a sealer/release worked superbly which is promising. I'm very pleased with the planking texture, I'm sure maarten would be proud of me hah.

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And painted the test block, happy with this for the concrete when it is cast

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 1 week ago #17

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Great work. The bike is now looking really good.

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 1 week ago #18

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Very cool.

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 1 week ago #19

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Looking real nice Shaun... I have this on my shelf of doom too...

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Nice work on the wall shaun:)
Love the bike,if it was mine I would go for the PE spokes:)

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Yeah the wheels are not the best point.. have to rely on enough dirt to cover a few ills there ;)

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looking good mate, very interested to see how the wall turns out too

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Liking the wall.

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Looking good.
Well done on the wall, it looks great, Maarten should be impressed :)

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Great looking cast mate.

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 1 week ago #26

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Thanks guys!

Ill be casting a 665 'ringstand' bunker..like this one from www.drakkar-models.com/historic/ringstan...tikwall-pillbox.html

tricky little bugger to get the shuttering for I expect but hey I like a challenge!

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 1 day ago #27

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Strange happenings..

Shuttered and cast the main body of a bunker. Learned a lot about what not to do (rely on pva glue to hold foamboard onto wood while plaster is poured into it for example!), made a lot of mess, emergency patched holes etc, and got SOMETHING out of the other end anyway.. Should look fine once it is completed, has the roof, is partly buried and is painted. hopefully.

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Really impressive result. I like the bunker a lot.

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Not bad at all :woohoo:
Nah, looks awesome

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BMW Sidecar dispatch, Normandy 1944 10 months 1 day ago #30

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Thanks chaps

bit more cleaning up and a primer to show things as they are as it were!

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