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Plymouth57
#141 Posted : 17 July 2020 20:57:09

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Many thanks for that Tony and glad you enjoyed it!Blushing The Crocodile trailer was um, 'interesting' to say the least and to be perfectly honest, mine is a little over-scale compared to the original but even then, I can get four of them on my little finger nail! I think it does capture the 'feel' of the original though and in this scale that'll do!BigGrin
As you can see on my last Victory posting (ages ago now, the poor old girl!), details for ships is a perfect use for the resin casting method.
My favourite 'make' is the DWR Company's which advertise on ebay as their resins are non-toxic unlike the earlier formulas, so there's no problem with sanding it down etc. My DelPrado Victory kit came with a pair of cast metal boats designed to be hung from davits on the poop deck sides, I'll probably cast them in resin later - a lot less weight to suspend!Cool
Trailer coming soon!

Robin
First wooden ship: The Grimsby 12 Gun 'Frigate' by Constructo Second: Bounty DelPrado Part Works Third: HMS Victory DelPrado Part Works 1/100 scale
Diorama of the Battle of the Brandywine from the American Revolutionary War Diorama of the Battle of New Falkland (unfinished sci-fi), Great War Centenary Diorama of the Messines Ridge Assault
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#142 Posted : 18 July 2020 10:06:26

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Stunning work Robin and very well thought out.....Love Love Love

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#143 Posted : 18 July 2020 20:46:37

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Amazing work RobinBigGrin looks awesome so farDrool


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#144 Posted : 26 July 2020 17:52:44

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Grateful thanks again to Alan and Phil!Blushing

Well, as Tony said above, the Crocodile’s trailer is definitely unique as far as the shape goes – as you can see from Photo 2 (from the Bovingdon Tank Museum), there’s hardly a right angle in the thing! Before that however, Photo 1 illustrates the Crocodile in action. Along with the Hawker Tempest, the Churchill Crocodile was hated by the Germans and the crew of a disabled Crocodile could often expect no mercy if captured. A little strange considering it was the Germans who first introduced weapons designed to burn men alive during the Great War! The Crocodile was an adapted Churchill tank, which retained its main turret gun and co-axial machine gun so could still function as a standard tank without the flamethrower. The fuel was a mixture of petrol with a thickening agent (basically an early form of Napalm) which ensured that the burning jet adhered to whatever it struck. The armoured trailer weighed six and a half tons and contained four hundred gallons of fuel when fully loaded. Armoured in this case was slightly optimistic, the trailer was bullet proof but anything larger could penetrate it and set it alight. To reduce the risk of the tank incinerating itself the trailer was towed with a jettisonable hitch so the tank could rid itself of the burning trailer and drive away. The early versions of the Crocodile used compressed air to spray the fuel with compressed air cylinders fitted at the rear of the trailer, by the time of D-Day however, compressed Nitrogen was employed instead. The fuel passed from the trailer through an armoured hose to the rear of the Churchill and then through the tank bottom to the flame projector which replaced the hull mounted machine gun on the left (driver on the right). The trailer, fully loaded and gassed would give the Crocodile approximately eighty bursts of fire of one second duration, using about four gallons on each burst. The range was quoted at one hundred and twenty yards but many reckoned it was closer to one hundred and fifty. The igniter was fitted within the flame projector and for taking out bunkers and fixed defences the tank could shoot out jets of fuel to drench the enemy position before igniting the whole lot with a final burst of fire. The Crocodile was offered to the Americans prior to D-Day but not wanting to have to train to use the British Churchill, they decided to work on a similar system to retro-fit to the M4 Sherman. This unfortunately was a complete flop and so throughout the Normandy campaign British Crocodiles found themselves attached to the American forces as and when their services were required. The Sherman variant was eventually made to work but mainly served in the Pacific theatre against the Japanese. (They came in two versions – one firing through the hull projector like the Crocodile and an improved type which fired the fuel down the main gun barrel.)
So the first job was to figure out how to get that unique (and fiddly) shape for the main body of the trailer. The solution was a scrap piece of 2mm thick plasticard, cut into a long strip of about 5cm length and 2mm square. Diagram 3 shows the stages in getting the body shape. The newly cut 2mm ‘plank’ was sanded down in stages, first the angle from top to sides and then the undercut slope below the flat side panel. When those looked about right I could then sand away the front portion to achieve the angled front end before then gluing on a much thinner length of styrene to make the ‘tow-bar’ section. In actual fact, because the tow bar is actually the ‘sprue’ as well, I didn’t reduce the front-most section as shown in the Diagram 4 but left it the same thickness and simply carefully sanded it down to shape after casting. The rest of the simplified details as shown in Diagram 4 were tiny pieces of styrene offcuts, shaped and then glued in position. The bars along the top sides and the rear locators (I didn’t add the front ones) were stretched sprue whilst the wheels were slices from styrene rod. When I added the wheels, I suddenly discovered that the ruddy thing was too short!Blushing (It was probably bang on scale as far as length was concerned but because the rest was a little overscale, overall it looked too squat and didn’t project far enough behind the wheel as shown in Photo 5. Fortunately, this mistake was much easier to correct than most. As I had sanded/carved the body shape from the ‘plank’ I could just add a drop of liquid poly to where I’d cut the trailer off, glue the rest of the plank back on and once it was set slice the body off a little further back!BigGrin The extended version is shown in Photo 6 with the elongated body attached with now enough room to add the rear tube holders. Photo 7 illustrates one of the first castings. These came out pretty well apart from the obvious air bubble in the wheel. Each casting had the same fault on either one or the other wheels so I added a pair of cut out channels to the rubber mould as I did with the balloon. Unfortunately, this time round it made no difference to the resin so I came up with the ultimately simple solution – if the resin won't fill the mould, fill it with something else! The wheels on the prototype were simple slices from a styrene rod so just cut a couple more of the same thickness and pop them into the rubber mould, pushing them down into the cavity before joining the two halves together for the pouring of the resin. The result is shown in Photo 8; a resin trailer bonded onto a pair of styrene wheels! I then just need to clean up the flash around the sides of the casting and slim down the forward end of the tow bar before gluing it to a Churchill with a channel filed out of the box on the hull rear to fit the tow bar into. The duo was glued together with a drop of superglue and placed in their final location on the beach to get the correct slope at the connection before the glue set. Then, as in Photo 9, the assembly received a couple coats of Vallejo Grey Primer before painting the Russian Green and weathering as shown in the Penny Shot in Photo 10. Finally, the completed tank and trailer were glued back down onto the beach with Deluxe Card Glue as seen in the final Photo 11.
So now I need to do a few more Barrage Balloons and a trailer or two to complete this section for later addition. For the next installment, while I get on with that, I’ll bring the current beach situation up to date with a series of ‘mini-dioramas’ which all add to the mayhem going on!
Until then, Stay safe and Happy Modelling to you All!

Robin.
Plymouth57 attached the following image(s):
Crocodile Trailer pic 1.JPG
Crocodile Trailer pic 2.JPG
Crocodile Trailer pic 3.JPG
First wooden ship: The Grimsby 12 Gun 'Frigate' by Constructo Second: Bounty DelPrado Part Works Third: HMS Victory DelPrado Part Works 1/100 scale
Diorama of the Battle of the Brandywine from the American Revolutionary War Diorama of the Battle of New Falkland (unfinished sci-fi), Great War Centenary Diorama of the Messines Ridge Assault
Index for the Victory diary is on page 1
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#145 Posted : 28 July 2020 08:25:29

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Very nice work Robin.Love Love

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#146 Posted : 28 July 2020 11:34:06

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Awesome work RobinDrool Drool those Churchill`s look the bizCool

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#147 Posted : 10 August 2020 19:47:25

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Many thanks again to Mark and Phil!Blushing Now its time to get really tiny!BigGrin
The first of the minis set pieces to begin was the Sherman Crab Flail tank busily flailing its way through the minefield and the first thing I needed for that was to create some flying sand. I can never understand why some manufacturer has not jumped on the need to create a set of coloured cotton wool for the modelling fraternity. There are numerous videos on Youtube showing how to create realistic explosions and burning smoke effects with LEDs and cotton wool, all of which need the white cotton wool to be sprayed with grey and black aerosol paints (with red and orange brushed paint for the flames). If only some cotton wool producer could come up with sets of pre-coloured cotton wool – from greys and blacks for smoke effects to bright reds and orange for flames and various sand and earth tones for diorama dust effects under vehicles!Drool Anyhow, with no ‘off the shelf’ product, Photo 1 shows my own DIY solution, on the left is ‘raw’ cotton wool whilst on the right is a tuft that I rubbed around a resin mixing cup with some of the sand weathering powder. It looks a lot less fluffy here, but once glued down in position it can be teased up to a lighter fluffier appearance again. Dying the cotton wool is a possibility if it can be ‘fluffed up’ again afterwards I suppose. Photo 2 shows the spot I picked for the Crab, just inside the minefield after smashing through the barbed wire. I applied a couple of drops of Deluxe Card Glue and after waiting a few minutes for it to go tacky (on the second attempt, the first dried off before I knew it), I pushed the coloured cotton wool into place and left it to dry. Once dry I then pulled most of it off again leaving the whispy dust cloud into which the Crab with its spinning flail was glued. After the tank was firmly attached I then further teased the cotton wool to surround the chains before adding darker tank tracks in the sand behind the Sherman with the dark brown Carr’s Shades of Mud powder (Photo 3).
The next little point of interest I wanted to create was a first aid post, which would be situated up beside the barbed wire in front of the mine field. The first thing I required was some stretchers and Photo 4 shows where they came from. Many of the simpler moulds I’ve made for this project are one piece, the resin is poured into the mould and a flat piece of silicone (usually the bottom of another mould) is just placed on top and weighted down. This results in the parts I want, in this case from the Carpet Layer mould on a ‘matrix’ (posh name for flash) of very (very) thin resin. The stretchers, shown painted khaki and held in the sprung tweezers were cut from the flash at the bottom right by simply pressing down with the safety razor cutter and removing a strip of the required width. Onto the painted resin strip were glued a couple of the reclining figures shown in Photo 5, as these were originally Naval crewmen I think these are supposed to be sunbathing aircraft carrier flight deck crew (I can’t think of any other reason for this pose!)Blink The stretcher bearers are the standing figures shown in Photo 6. In hindsight I think these are actually AA gunners and their arms should have been bent forward whilst they were still on the fret before priming. This would have a) allowed them to ‘hold’ the rear of the AA guns and b) made perfect stretcher bearers with their arms becoming the stretcher's poles! As it was, they were just too ruddy small to be able to grip them and bend those arms – something to think about perhaps on another fret one day.
The completed First Aid post is shown in Photo 7, the hardest part was actually getting the stretcher bearers to ‘bear’ their stretchers! It was a case of a tiny drop of super glue to glue the casualty on his stretcher to the rear bearer, keeping it at right angles until set and then attaching the front medic at the same angle. Each trio had a few gluings and partings before they set just right. There was a third casualty laying on the stretcher, this one placed on the ground for attention. The rest of the wounded were sitting up or just laying on the beach with a kneeling and standing Medical Orderly to finish off the group. The red cross flag came from the set of RN flags and ensigns that I scanned and printed onto white decal paper (its actually a St George’s cross but that’s close enough!)
The next set of figures were the ‘passengers’ for some of the Landing Craft Assault vessels (LCA’s). In the crew figure fret there are loads of figures in the act of saluting. That’s fine for ship’s crew of course, but there’s a limit to how many ‘Pongos’ would be saluting during a beach landing (I’ve used a few here and there though). Anyway, I thought with a little re-shaping I could use these figures up as the infantry being ferried to shore on the little LCA’s. Photo 8 illustrates the before and after, the basic standing saluting figure on the left and with a couple of careful bends, the sitting figure on the right. (Wish I had some 1/700 Bren Gun Carriers now!Cool ) With careful application of Deluxe Card Glue via a cocktail stick, I could get around seven sitting Infantry placed on the central bench down the middle of the craft. In actual fact of course the LCA could carry up to thirty six infantry using both the double middle bench and the two outer benches sheltered under the decking. As you can see in Photo 9, my troops are a little exposed but the overall effect is quite ‘busy’ looking. Altogether I made up four with sitting troops with their ramps closed, and another six with their ramps down. Three of those are abandoned further up the beach (part of the first wave grounded as the tide went out) and three with standing/running troops in the act of landing, more on them in the next installment. The total supply of ‘sitters’ is shown in Photo 10. And finally the finished set of four ‘en routes’ with the first of the ‘landers’ is shown in Photo 11.
With the landing vessels now equipped with crews (apart from a few AA guns to ‘man up’) the next installment will cover the placement of the ships and craft so I can begin the actual troop deployment on the beach – this is where it gets complicated! So next time, its “Hit the Beach”!
Until then, stay safe and Happy Modelling to you All!

Robin.
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Mini Dioramas pic 2.JPG
First wooden ship: The Grimsby 12 Gun 'Frigate' by Constructo Second: Bounty DelPrado Part Works Third: HMS Victory DelPrado Part Works 1/100 scale
Diorama of the Battle of the Brandywine from the American Revolutionary War Diorama of the Battle of New Falkland (unfinished sci-fi), Great War Centenary Diorama of the Messines Ridge Assault
Index for the Victory diary is on page 1
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#148 Posted : 10 August 2020 20:06:51

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Robin

You are certainly setting yourself some challenges.

I thought the flame thrower would be next too impossible but You pulled that one off really well.

Now a sherman flail tank - interesting to see all of these taking shape. Its some very impressive work.

Tony
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#149 Posted : 12 August 2020 07:06:16

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Lovely work Robin, love those landing craft.Love Love

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