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Special scratchbuilt issue

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Scribes and gonghunters - our influence grows
Show scene - Romford recreate frontline battlefield conditions
Kit reviews - from OOB Tigers to scratchbuilt Fokkers
Retail profile - from Simon's Models, a really nice independent outlet
Janet & John - John goes to Han-nants

Annual General Meeting

This will be held first meeting in December.

Provisional Agenda as follows

  1. Minutes of last AGM and matters arising,
  2. Chairman's report,
  3. Treasurer's report,
  4. Secretary's report,
  5. Election of Committee,
  6. Club funds and change of bank,
  7. AOB.

This is the one time in the year that you can influence the way the club goes. As paid up members your votes and views really count. Equally, if you want to stand for any post up for grabs it's your chance to do so.

Media news

Presumably on the strength of his show catering reports for Glued Up Hadleigh Mead recently became a reviewer for SAM Publications and joins Steve Woodward ( Mushroom Monthly ), Angelo Picardo ( SAM Publications ) and Matt Edwards (A DH Publishing ) as one of the club modelling media gurus. Many congratulations to him. Matt's also had a front cover credit on a recent issue of MMI.

The website. Since Tom Ward took on the task of creating the club website we've generated almost 7000 visits - that's individuals actually navigating through the site, not just hitting the home page. Very impressive.

Club shirts. We now have a club uniform (as modelled by some of our more attractive members on the front cover). Thanks to Andy Horton for putting in the time and trouble to organise them.

Airfix demo. At very short notice we managed another Airfix demo weekend at September's Duxford show. The position that we had was perhaps not as good for the May show, and the weather let us down on Sunday, but Airfix seemed very happy with our support again. Roll on 2009, and many thanks to Steve R, Tony H and the Kings for helping out on both days.

Gonghunter news

While Simon Boness was out getting best of show at Spalding, Guy King went for quantity rather than size and cleaned up with three gongs at Coventry and Warwick , including best of show. Well done both of you, especially Guy. ( Sorry mate. Still haven't uncovered your Ohka yet.)

(Guy King with his 1:1 scale puppet theatre..)

Show scene

(in which our brave chums find conditions in Helmand faithfully recreated in Romford. Hadleigh 'I'm lovin' it' Mead takes up the story..)

As with most of the shows we love to be up at the crack of dawn (what's Louise's view on this? - Ed) to get an early start and miss any traffic problems.

6.30am : The B.P garage. Myself and Louise meet up with Simon (big guns) Boness. No show from Bob the Mole as he wants a lie-in. The intrepid three set off down the A1 towards the capital with every intention of having a good day at this new venue and show. The trip down there is straight forward and a doddle to get to and you don't need a satnav or even have paid attention to geography in school for this one.

8.00am : Enter school car park. Amazed to find that organization is being done by a Soviet tank regiment. Setting up is down to a tee which means more time to look for the food stall.

8.10am : Bob arrives soon after us. Sets up nice and quickly, with his submarine taking the front of the table and a lot of interest from public and Soviets alike. The free tea and coffee flows. Bob samples food and gives it his OK.

9.00am : With the doors now open to the public a steady stream browses around the hall. This is split up in to two sections, model clubs at one end and war gamers at the other, with the traders being placed around the outside of the hall.

12.00pm. Lunchtime. Simon emerges from the gentlemen's facilities and grants them frontline latrine status. All are foul smelling, dirty, wet, unhygienic and falling apart at the seams.

1.00pm : With lunch time now over the afternoon drags by and the public stop coming in.

2.00pm A competition is held and everything that is on the tables is judged, a nice, fair touch. Bob looks to be a winner with his sub taking a lot of interest but then they realise that he isn't from Romford. The medals go to local clubs and associates, and this in turn means we don't get a look in being foreigners on London soil. No gongs this time.

4.00pm : Knockdown and home. We all set off back to a cleaner Bedfordshire, but scarred by toilet trauma.

Verdict: this show might be one to miss next year. I vote that we go out for a restaurant club social instead.

( Three go mad in Romford...)

(in which we discover the chairman's old alma mater and learn that six of the best made him what he is, Louise reveals her gambling habit, Simon comes out on top again ,excess tea consumption tests cast iron bladders and boy racing is alive and well at club level..)

This show was another new one on this year's agenda for the club. After the last show we attended we was hoping this one was a little better-'facilities'-wise at least.

Pulling up early at the B.P garage we first encountered Simon (big guns) Boness along with Dave (the boss) Ross awaiting our arrival. Bob arrived shortly after followed by Andy and Tom. With the gang all there was only one thing left to do and that was to don the new club shirts. With the gang all smart and official looking we set off at a steady speed, all though this soon gathered as we head north on the A1. With a heavy right foot Simon led the pack up towards its destination. The weather starting off murky and overcast it soon looked as if we would get very wet but it held off and the sun soon broke through.

After just under an hour we rolled into the sleepy hollow of Spalding. Simon decided to enter a one way street the wrong way but soon found his bearing again and in 500 yards we were at the school. With the safe arrival of everyone we all followed ex -pupil David (the boss) Ross around his old school and in towards the hall.

This show had its own burger van sat outside the hall in the car park; it was selling bacon buttys and teas so the day definitely looked to be promising.

The hall was a fair size and clubs were starting to set up all ready so as soon as we found our table we proceeded to gather our models from the cars. Simon's big manly weapon was proudly displayed across the length of the table and we all arranged our models around this. With the table now looking very respectable as well as the club members in their new tops we could relax a little and take a look around show.

Bacon baps and teas were first on the menu and went down a treat; this was followed with more teas and more food. Breakfast out the way we took a look around the hall. The other clubs that attended the show displayed some fantastic models, and some were extremely good like a green pick-up with flip tone paint and an A-10 tankbuster. There few traders but there were plenty of kits under the tables if you fancied a bargain.

With the teas and chatter freely flowing it wasn't long before the loos were needed. After the experience at Romford I was apprehensive but upon entering them I found them to be quite pleasant, apart from their choice in green paint.

Simon managed to attract just about every psychologically challenged person at the show, and he took great pleasure in telling them the life story of his weapon.

With the morning drawing on we all took turns at looking after the table, and yet we still had time to wander and chat with each other which was great this time, (more of a club spirit on the whole!). Lunch time arrived and went and more teas were drunk.

Louise made it her mission that she would win every item on the tombola, this she almost achieved apart from winning Tom the dolphin shower radio he so desperately required. All sales went to the air ambulance so it wasn't wasted cash.

The afternoon saw the judges wandering around between the tables trying to look for the best models in the individual classes. Everything was judged in the room which was fairer all round but therefore made the final decisions that bit harder.

Dave (the boss) Ross whipped out his tripod and took a couple of good club photos and then went about photographing every model in the show on every stand.

The afternoon slowed down a little and we all started to feel the drag you get at most show.

The Spalding club announced the winners in the competition and to his surprise Simon took gold in the large weapons category.

The show seemed to do very well and had many people through the doors on the day. All profits after expenses go to the local air ambulance - a really worthwhile cause.

With the gong collected we did the usual ten minute quickfire packaway and loaded the cars as fast as we could. In convoy form we headed back very happy towards the A1 and home. Playing leapfrog down the A1 was fun but my car couldn't keep up with supersonic Andy and Tom until I had a down hill run with the wind behind me. Now in the lead I cruised onto the A421 towards Bedford only to be blitzed by Simon and Dave with a one finger salute towards the finish.

Guest retail column from Simons Models and Crafts

The business was started in August 2006 by Vicky and Simon and we opened the shop in Barton on the 10 th November. We had been searching for suitable premisesfor a while. We found the unit we now occupy while helping out at an event at Duxford, the farm owner was looking for tenants and everything suited both parties.

We spent the weeks leading up to our 'Grand Opening' buying stock and fitting out the shop. We had some very quiet days at first, with only the farm cat as a regular visitor, but once the advertising kicked in things improved and with the support of clubs such as the Bedford Model Club and the Cambridge branch of MAFVA we started to grow. Growth is slow but constant which keeps both the bank manager and the Tax man happy and gives us something to do when we are not doing our day jobs!

We offer a vast range of kits covering AZ Models to Zvezda. Although we do not stock radio controlled kits we have sold a couple of the 1/14 th scale trucks by Tamiya, so if somebody had a kit and needed a replacement part we can source them from the Hobby Company for them if they know the part number/s. We keep Tamiya and Vallejo acrylic paints and Revell enamels, we stock Eduard super glue as well as polystyrene cements from a few different producers such as Testors, Revell and others. We keep a fair range of brushes including some starter sets as well as more expensive individual brushes for the more advanced modellers, we can also supply airbrushes from Vallejo and Iwata along with compressors, we do not hold many in stock but there is always at least one in the shop. For diorama builders we have assorted items in stock but we can always get most things fairly quickly. We stock Abteilung oils and Mig weathering products as well as Tamiya weathering systems.

Below is a list of companies we deal with on a regular basis:

Hannants : Alclad, Xtrakit, Hasegawa etc.

Pocketbond: Trumpeter, AFV Club, Smer, Soar Models etc.

The Hobby Company : Tamiya, Dragon, Zvezda, Italeri.


The Airbrush Company : Iwata

John Ayrey : too many to mention

Accurate Armour : enough said

W.H. Hobby : too many to mention

Creative Models : Hobby Boss, Aber, Mig Products, Vallejo , Plus Models etc.

W.H. Cleveland : too many to mention

We have a policy in the shop that if the kettle is on then anybody in the shop will get a tea or coffee (or water) if they want one. Feel free to bring your friends and just have a browse and chat with your drink. Directions are fairly simple. We are on the A603 Sandy to Cambridge road in the village of Barton . From the M11 we are 2 minutes drive on the left in the big lay-by through the gate with the flags on. From Sandy we are just after the garage on the right in the lay-by. If you can not find us give us a call and we will find you.Address is: Unit 1 Top Field Farm, Cambridge Road , Barton, Cambridgeshire , CB23 7AR Tels|: 01223 262426 - 07988 617289 - 07988 620478

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Opening times: Friday 2pm - 6pm and Saturday 10am - 4.30pm - we are also happy to open at other times by appointment (e.g. club visits etc) (This outlet is definitely worth a visit having had independent endorsement from the modelling press. Note that they do not currently accept credit cards so check that your local ATM is full of the folding stuff before making the trip).

Two Tigers By The Tale

(Treasurer Andy Horton swaps his spreadsheet for quill pen and joins our team of reviewers)

A Comparison of the Early Tiger 1 by Tamiya and AFV Club in 1:48
This model is constantly being updated and various versions launched by the major model companies in 1:35 th , but with the increasing popularity of 1:48 th the initial offering was from the stalwarts at Tamiya.

When you open the box, as you would expect the moulding is crisp and detailed with minimal flash. You have a die cast hull, which again is flash free. However there can be problems when joining the lower hull to the body then you can spend some time filing the hull to ensuring a good fit. The hull has all the tools moulded in situ, apart from the towing cables, which can lead to problems with painting at a later date. The disappointment with this kit is that there are no engine screens included with the kit, some might say that this is unimportant, but if you want to replicate the vehicle correctly then these have to be included. Tamiya have thoughtfully incorporated a jig in the sprue for ensure the correct sag and curvature for the drive sprocket and idler wheels. The Tamiya kit allows you to build a representation of the Tiger, but the kit can be improved by adding your own rolled steel texture to the armour, and the weld seams around the turret roof and front glacis plate.

I started this kit with some trepidation after hearing Bob's experience (rants) while building their Centurion, but I was impressed as I unpacked the box. The hull and turret sides have the rolled steel effect. If that wasn't enough there is detailing on the inside of the commanders and loaders hatch, however this was tempered by the minimal detailing on the 2 front hatches. If you were adding figures these details would be obscured. The kit also includes a small PE fret with engine screens. The kit also includes a set of screws for attaching the road wheels; ensure you have a set of watchmaker screwdrivers handy! The tracks are vinyl, but stuck with little fuss with superglue. All the tools are separate, which makes for easier painting and weathering.

The instructions are a little hazy, and need to be studied very carefully, with a couple of dry fits, before even showing the parts the contacta. This was a very enjoyable kit to build, and it comes with some of the thinnest decals I have seen, which need nerves of steel when placing them on the model even if you have used Johnson's Klear first. I have already bought their late Tiger with Zimmerit.

Both kits are good, but personally I would choose the AFV kit. Why? The attention to detail is far greater there is no need to buy the Eduard detailing kit, just for the engine grills! The main reason is as with the majority of modellers is value for money. The AFV kit was £13.00, compared to £19 -£22 for the Tamiya, I can honestly say the diecast Hull/Chassis doesn't bother me, and I feel that Tamiya need to up their game before the likes of Dragon and Trumpeter start producing kits for this market.

No Fokker Comes Close
(Not content with opening doors and hatches, and butchering old Airfix kits Steve Woodward gravitates to the dark art of scratchbuilding and comes up with a masterpiece)

I've not done much scratch building in my time. In fact the only other complete scratch build I've done was another Fokker; a DVII in Ernst Udet's famous striped winged LO! colour scheme in 1/32 scale.

I started the diminutive DVIII (also known as the EV) a couple of years ago when I realised that the wing of a 1/72 scale Fokker FVII tri-motor was almost the same outline as the EV in 1/32 scale. Yes that is cheating but who cares?

I assembled the wing of a cheap (£1) Novo plastic-bagged FVII then cut out the middle section to achieve the correct span and plan form, re-joining the two halves in the centre. I was helped here by the fantastic plans in the Windsock Datafile 25, which I took into work and enlarged them on the photocopier up to 1/32 scale. From 1/72 scale plans that means you need to copy at 225% to get them enlarged to the correct scale. Please don't try this at home though kids, as you may be contravening copyright laws. (Provided it's for your own use you should be safe, Steve - Ed.)

Anyway, I then lost interest and the project sat in my cupboard for a few years until my interest was rekindled. I decided the best way to approach the fuselage was a method roughly known as "Plank and frame". Literally that means you make up a frame from plasticard then plank it with more plasticard. No different to building a vac form without the vac-forming process really!

Using the useful cross sections on the Datafile plans I made what could be described a "bulkheads" out of relatively thick plasticard, but cut around 0.5mm off the bottom of the shape. I then glued these to a floor cut from 0.5mm plasticard cut out from a template made from the plans at the appropriate points as shown on the plans. Once set I made the plywood top-panel as shown on the plan, which sits just behind the cockpit on the fuselage top. This added some rigidity to the framework.

The next step was to cover the rear half of the fuselage (from cockpit to the rear) in very thin plasticard. This allowed the "Bulkheads" of the framework to show through and create the illusion of fabric covering stretched over a steel-tube frame. At this stage I decided I'd detail the cockpit with scratch built seat, steel tube framing, rudder pedals, instrument panel and other bits using the excellent drawings from the Datafile again and photos in that same publication. That was done entirely from plasticard, strip and rod, then painted as required. I could then complete the fuselage by planking the front end.

Because of the complex curves at the front end of the fuselage I had to approach this differently. I cut plasticard strips of around 5mm wide and built up the shape of the fuselage roughly. I then sanded, filled, sanded, filled and sanded again until it was nice and smooth and the planks were no longer visible. Before doing this though, I put a large lump of balsa in the nose to take the brass wire struts that I would be using later to support the wing. Good old balsa. Still a place for it in today's modern modelling methods!

I then made the tailplane and fin from plasticard, rounding off the leading edges.

Photo 1 shows the fuselage with the balsa before planking and photo 2 shows the finished planked fuselage.

Uncle Alan is alive and well and living behind the engine.

Most EVs had their fuselages covered in the standard Fokker four-colour lozenge fabric and I could find no product available in this scale. I decided to hand paint it but thought I may need a template. The works photocopier to the rescue again, as I got my mate in the graphics unit to run a sheet of 1/72 decal through the colour copier at 225%. Again, possibly contravening copyright law so do not try this at home kids!

I started to follow my plan of scalpeling-out one colour of the lozenge on each of four strips and then to use those as templates to paint one colour at a time. I decided that life was too short to be that sad after trying it out and not getting a satisfactory result with the masks. It was then that I looked closely at the paper and the large scale I was working in. I decided that whilst sticking the copied lozenge directly onto a model may look clumsy in 1/72 scale, it may just be OK in the larger 1/32.

I decided to try a technique known as "wallpapering" learnt through years of being nagged into re-decorating rooms in the houses I have lived in over that time. I watered-down some PVA glue and pasted the surface of the model. I then pasted the reverse side of the copied lozenge paper to soften it, guessing that it may then conform more readily to the contours of the model. It did, and a short time later I have one fully wallpapered fuselage (see photo 3). I did get a white line where the strips of lozenge joined so I mixed paint to match the colours on the sheet and painted this out to match the lozenge. Once dried thoroughly I sprayed it all with a coat of gloss varnish then once dried, I applied the decals which apart from the crosses were largely made-up from spare numbers/letters and some white stripe decals for the arrow on the subject I've chosen to model; Fok EV 154/18 of Jasta 6.

The final photo shows where I've got to now, with the wing laying across the fuselage for effect and to encourage me to continue with the project by giving me an idea of what it may look like once complete. Next I have to make the elevator, rudder, wheels, struts, engine and cowling. Who knows, I may be done by 2009!

(To be continued........... )

Janet and John (with apologies to Terry Wogan)

John goes to Han-nants

John is going to Han-nants. He is going with his friends Simon, Had-leigh, Louise and Bob.

John likes Han-nants. There are lots and lots of models. He can buy models with his se-cret cre-dit card.

Janet doesn't like John going to Han-nants. " You spend far too much money and you only put them in the loft when you come home. You can only buy one this time". John agrees. John likes a quiet life. John gets changed into his favourite mod-elling clothes, of club polo shirt, Bermuda shorts and red fez.

John is a pil-lock.

John's friends Simon, Had-leigh and Bob arrive in Simon's armoured Ford Mon-deo, because Had-leigh doesn't like Louise's dri-ving.

Had-leigh is eating a kebab. Had-leigh likes kebabs.

" Be sure that you are back home in time for tea" says Janet. " And you can only buy one model".

Soon the chums arrive at Han-nants. See John dribble with excitement.

They enter the shop, and are soon furt-ling up and down the aisles looking for bar-gains. Had-leigh, still clutching his kebab, helps himself to ten heli-copters.

Had-leigh likes heli-copters.

Simon looks for the biggest and tallest model in the shop.

Bob goes looking for interestingly shaped acces-sories.

Bob likes odd shapes. Bob is a mole.

John looks up and down and it seems as if he may come home empty-handed.

Then he notices a big box with the word 'Dora' on the side. "Mmm", he says. "If I take this home this can be my one model. And it has a girl's name so Janet will like it".

John takes his pur-chase to the lady behind the counter. " My ", she says " That looks impressive. It's a very big weapon. Shall we open the box to make sure everything's there?" "Ooh yes please", replies John. Having checked the box con-tents John hands over his cre-dit card and watches £350 disappear. " Never mind " says John. "Janet will be pleased that I've only bought one model"

When he gets home, Janet is waiting at the front door. "What's that you've got ? I said that you could only buy one. It's far too big" she re-marks angrily.

"It's called a Dora. It's a girl's name. I thought you'd like it " replies John. " The woman behind the shop counter was very impressed. She even offered to open my box and check that the large weapon was all right. So I let her ".

Janet's face turns red with anger.

"And then she said that my bits were all intact and so I paid her £350."

Have you ever spent a weekend in a washing machine on maximum spin?

John has.

Poor John.

( Uncle Alan is unwell.)