Monday, 31 July 2017

Calling all CB Stations! CQ CQ President Grant II

So here it is! The President Grant II! Been humming and hawing a long time about getting into CB and HAM radio so I went for the plunge and have started into the realms of CB Radio which operates in the 27MHz spectrum. After a lot of research on different types of radios out there, I chose this one from it's many good reviews from both YouTube and various forums. Many CB radios now have Single Side Band (SSB) and I hope with this I will be able to contact further a field than my local area. 

Anyway, I unboxed the radio and the first thing that struck me was it's build quality. It is very good. The body, fixtures, dials and buttons all seem to be of premium manufacture. Nothing feels cheap about it. Inside the box you get DIN mount, power supply cable, mic and a user manual. Again all seem to be well made. 

The radio can be supplied by 12V which is ideal for my needs as I hope to use it in the car on long journeys. Using it as a base station is a long way off. 

Now I have the radio, the next thing for me to get will be an antenna and SWR meter (one is built in but I prefer an external one)

Stay tuned!


Sunday, 25 June 2017

A New Hobby

Been a long time since I posted anything on this. Still not got anywhere with that BMP model. But I'll pick it back up at some point. Since then, got married, got a dog, got a kid and a house so free time to do anything else is limited!
However, one possible hobby that has taken a bit of my interest.....
Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

#1 Zvezda BMP 2 1:35 (Iraqi Gulf War 1990 - 1991)

So as part of a group build, I am making an Iraqi BMP 2. The modelling kit is manufactured by Zvezda, ie 'Made in Russia'. So far, I built the three main parts. The plastics seem to be ok, not as good as Tamiya but its workable. The proof in eating the pudding will be marrying the three parts together.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

#1 Tamiya 1:35 T55A

Here it is! my latest project... a Tamiya 1:35 T55A Russian Main Battle Tank. On initial inspection of the kit, I have to say compared to my previous model made by Italeri, it does not appear to be as detailed with no metal parts. However, this is just an initial opinion and I am sure once I start putting this together the detail will appear. This is my first Tamiya kit. I have heard good things about Tamiya and the price for this kit was reasonable at £33. This will probably take me a few months to complete since I have many things on the go at the moment so stay tuned..... 

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Coming soon....

Well it's been a while and it has been a busy couple of years for me but finally I have found time... I think; to build a new model and will apply what I learned from my previous model to the new one I am going to build. Can anyone have a guess what it may be?

Monday, 8 August 2011

#11 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

The latest so far.....I feel I am still missing something. I am not sure whether to try and use Tamiya buff along the sides, front and rear for a further dust effect.

I used MIG Productions pigments for the rust and dust effects. Applied several layers to build up the areas of rust, from fresh to old. I also used a soft lead pencil to create bare metal. The pigments were applied and fixed using Essence of turpentine. I previously used Iso Propyl Alcohol (IPA) on my 1:72 Panther model but that attacked the paint! The essence of turps worked a treat as you can see. I still have to add soot on the exhaust mufflers and on the muzzle of the cannon. I may yet add a little more pigment to the tracks but we'll see....


Friday, 29 July 2011

#10 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

It's late and I'm tired so going to keep this brief! Been a couple of weeks since my last post but I have been busy with other things so needs must. 

Anyway, with the salt grain effect going a bit offish after applying clear gloss, I needed to do something that would remedy it. Wasn't such a big deal really. So, the next stage was to really kick the weathering off. Firstly, to try and fade the paint a little to give it that sun bleached look. For this I wasn't sure weather to try Tamiya Buff or something similar. A gentleman recommended to use oil paints. I wasn't really wanting to dive into the realm of oil paints as yet, since effectively I am still a noob at this game. However, one of the recommendations was 502 Abteilung German Three - Tone Fading no. Abt155. So I thought, what the hell, this is exactly what I want to do so might as well give it a try. Can't be any different from a wash. You can see the contrast between the upper and lower hulls. Looking at real armour, the lower hull doesnt seem to fade as much as the upper hull. I blab on! I said I'd be quick right? Ok here are the latest images so far....