This group build is to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It will run from 10th of July to 31st of October, 2015, following the dates of the battle.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in the Battle of Britain. While the Battle of Britain is foremost remembered as an air battle, builds including figures (e.g. famous historical figures from the battle), vehicles and armour (e.g. AA guns) and dioramas (e.g. airfield dioramas) are eligible provided a documented link can be established.
The model must be built entirely within the build dates to qualify, and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post your sprues at the beginning of the thread! By the end of the group build (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the group build forum which will be organised shortly.
To discourage cynical entries the build is open only to those who have been members of KiwiModeller for two months at the start of the group build and with at least thirty posts in the forums. So lurkers, get posting now if you want to enter! I will also vet for cynical or “gaming” entries and vote rigging.
No entry fee will be charged, but this is a good opportunity to make a donation to the upkeep of KiwiModeller.
The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote. Voting will run for the week following the 1st of November, ending Midday the 8th of November. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
BoB Entry: Dragon 1/6th Scale Bren Gun with AA Tripod
Dave-MA wrote: Coming with a 1/6 scale figure would dramatically increase the price of the build thou
Yes, agreed. DML only supply figures with their "specials" kits (orange etc), and these usually have little to do with the AFV itself, they can just go with it. Tamiya has always been generous in this way.
Got the kit out of the box today and got stuck in. Then very, very quickly got very, very confused. The plans are not very descriptive- just a few completed photos with part numbers as opposed to any step by step. And frequently the key points are spread across 2-3 different images. But I've bumbled my way through a good ammount so far.
I think this is a rather old mould- there's a lot of ejection marks, some big seam lines and I'm going to have a lot of work to do cleaning up the join down the length of the bren gun. But I'm enjoying myself so far.
Alrighty, plenty of progress has been made over the last couple of weeks. There was quite a bit of filling & sanding required to get rid of the bad joins & mold lines but not too bad.
After that I primed with Army Painter Gunmetal spray primer, before applying true metal gunmetal to the majority of the metal areas and true metal steel to the barrel. Then I've given it a coat of satin varnish to lock in the wax metals (they rub off easily when handled). Finally I've added some shading with an acrylic black ink.
The photos are showing up an orange peel texture, probably from the satin varnish or possibly from when I primed, but its less apparent to the eye. I'm thinking of doing a final coat of gunmetal again at the end to soften that off and buff out the highlights.
Next up is doing the wood on the handles & stock and adding the sling.
Plenty of progress has been made. Just need to paint the rings on the sling, touch up the khaki where I glued the seams and give it a satin varnish. The finally step after that I'll give another coat of gunmetal and steel to finish the metals off.
If I do one of these again I'll handsew the sling, as gluing it was a bastard and stained the material. Making sense of the instructions is still rather hard as well, and the mounting point for the bren on the trip is way too fragile (broke it taking photos tonight)
Well the final touch ups are down, the AA mount has been re-pinned and I'm calling this one finished!
Was a really interesting project to work on and did a bunch of things for the first time- working at such a large scale; ak interactive true metals; free-hand wood grain with acrylics.
My overall thoughts on the kit are pretty good. If you build it correctly the whole tripod can be adjusted just like the real thing and switched between AA & regular use. And the bipod can be set to adjust into the prone firing position as well. I've opted to glue mine into place in the AA mount to make life a lot easier, otherwise its a matter of adjusting tiny bolts etc to keep it in each position.
But the instructions are a complete and utter dog. They really need step by step instructions but all you get are a couple of photos of the complete build with part numbers indicated in a somewhat accurate fashion.