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About ThomasProbert

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  • Birthday 02/16/1982

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    Kent, SE England
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    Vacforms and scratch-building, civil aircraft modelling.
    Eighth Air Force in WWII

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  1. Erm.... it’s back in its box in the loft. Maybe I’ll resurrect it one day when the mood takes. I got bogged down with making the cockpit and lost momentum.
  2. Really enjoying this, Cees. I suppose you could argue it's an expensive way to make a Brit Phantom (using two kits) but it still works out a lot cheaper than using the conversions when (and if) they become available! Tom
  3. That’s good know - it’s a lovely feeling when a model passes the point of no return The Shackleton is still ticking along in the background and I’m working on finishing off the engines. Nothing really worth photographing yet but I’ll take some when done. This is the last of the construction work before a marathon scribing session.
  4. This is so cool - it looks like the shapes are very close of not spot on compared to the real thing. 3D printed cans or more scratch building?
  5. Progress is progress, Cees, no matter how small. Glad to hear you’re still at it! Tom
  6. Does anyone know of any aftermarket decals for standard D-model versions in OD/NG? I’ve seen plenty for Ploesti-era birds with their sand camouflage done by the aftermarket, but I want to do later standard camo 8AF D-model with the larger squadron letters etc. which add a bit more visual interest. Any ideas? Tom
  7. The latest model off the bench is Trumpeter's 1/24th Bf-109 G-10. More or less out of the box, but I did add a couple of extras in the form of Eduard seatbelts and Barracuda wheels, and I opened up the armour plate behind the pilot (as the kit had it molded solid) and I added some clear acetate to replicate the armoured glass. Paints were my usual Xtracolor enamels, and it is my first ever attempt at mottling which I was pleased with. Best regards to all, Tom DSC_0055 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0062 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0065 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0061 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0058 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0053 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0048 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0043 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0040 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0035 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0034 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0072 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr
  8. Any more progress on this, Cees? I’m missing my Manchester fix. Tom
  9. I believe Combat Models did a vac many moons ago (or was it ID Models?) but haven’t seen one around for years.
  10. Second round of filling/sanding on the cockpit now complete - and a shot of grey primer to check how things look. Pretty happy with that - a few tiny blemishes to sort when the filler is next out, but nothing too drastic. And boy am I glad to see the back of that hideous brown/orange filler primer! Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Not sure what to tackle next - finish off the engine nacelles, make a start on the flaps or possibly even the undercarriage bays. Decisions, decisions. Stay safe all, Tom
  11. Hi Neil, I have had a helping hand from John Wilkes (aka Tigger) and he’s supplied me with a few of his vac 1/32 Lancaster canopies so they will be cut up and added. The fact that the forward curved sections are the same between the Lancaster and Shackleton should make things nice and simple. Famous last words... Tom
  12. Hello Kevin, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your Shackleton experiences. Sadly I only have very vague memories of seeing them - I was a young lad at one of the Mildenhall airshows in the early 1990s and recall an AEW2 giving a spirited display but that's about it.... A 1/10th scale beast you say? What's that - comparable in size to a Cessna 152? I'll speak to Kev to see if he can help - he only does the 3D parts as a favour for me and not commercially but there's no harm in asking. I'll let you know if he can help. Anyway, some more Shackleton news... I have been working on getting the cockpit roof attached to the fuselage of late. I spent a fun (not) couple of hours finishing the making of the sills for the transparent parts to sit on when the time comes - Evergreen to the rescue once again: IMG_0191 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr With that done, I made the pilots' overhead panel from some generic bits and bobs from the spares box - not particularly accurate but it's almost impossible to see it once the roof is on - and sprayed the inside of the cockpit roof matt black: IMG_0202 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr A final test-fit then followed to ensure all of the interior fits as it should - which thankfully it did: IMG_0204 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr You can see how little of the interior is actually visible, which is why I haven't really gone to town on the insides. Before finally attaching the roof section I made some more tabs to ensure a strong and secure join, and then masked the windows from the inside to keep dust and future paint out of the flightdeck. I then slathered P-38 automotive filler over the joins and allowed everything to settle for a couple of days before attacking it with the sandpaper. IMG_0207 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr As you can see things have gone reasonably well, but there is a pronounced dip where the cross-hatched area is that'll need more filler. This was due to me not being careful enough when constructing the fuselage but P-38 is the scratch-builder's best friend and it should make light work of this. You can see the 'dip' more clearly when a straight line is superimposed on the pictures: IMG_0209 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr So here's the state of play now - some more filling and sanding over the weekend and then some primer to see how it's all bedded in: IMG_0206 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Until next time, Tom
  13. Good to see some more progress on this, Cees. The undercart is looking good and I’ll remember the axle technique when it comes to doing the landing gear on my Shackleton. Cheers! Tom
  14. Greetings all, This rather large box somehow appeared on my doorstep this week - how these things happen I shall never understand... I love the 8th Air Force and the B-17 and B-24 in particular, so decided to have a go at the recent HobbyBoss release of the B-24, or the 'crate the B-17 was delivered in' if you spoke a B-17 crew. Not very fair really, especially when you consider it could fly farther, faster and with a greater bombload than the Fort. The kit looks fairly simple in places as has been discussed at length elsewhere, but that's just what I'm after at the moment - something nice and straightforward but with an imposing end product. We shall see... Customary box shots: IMG_0197 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0199 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr And progress so far... I thought I'd ignore the instructions and start with the main undercarriage bays. First up was a spraying of aluminium and a grey Flory wash to bring out some of the lovely detailing: IMG_0195 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Following by it all slotting together rather nicely into a very sturdy box-structure: IMG_0200 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0201 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr All that only took a couple of hours in total - lovely! Take care all,Tom
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