Sunday, 29 December 2013

Australian Dingo Light Scout Car

At the beginning of WW2, Australia was not well prepared when it came to Armoured Fighting Vehicles.   Britain, the Australian Army's traditional supplier, was not able to supply suitable vehicles due to her own commitments, so Australia turned to her own resources.   The Dingo Light Scout Car (not to be confused with the Daimler Dingo) was made by Ford and commenced production in 1942.   They never saw action overseas and remained in Australia.   They were armed with a .303 Bren Gun.  

The models were made from 20, 30 and 40 thou styrene sheet.   The wheels were obtained from a cheap 1/32nd-ish toy semi trailer.   I picked up quite a few of these toy semis, as they supply 5 usable road wheels per truck.    The toy truck wheels are placed in a recess cut into a piece of pine board that was cut to the required depth and width with a Speed Bore drill bit and then the wheel was cut down in width with a razor saw using the pine board as a depth stop.   The two halves are then glued back to back to give the result I was after.

They look a bit odd without the mudguards fitted.   In the background are the two crew figures which I made up from the Airfix 8th Army Multipose set.

Mudguards fitted and looking more like what they should look like.

A completed Dingo.   The rolled Canvas Tarp was made from Milliput and the radio aerials from fine brass wire.   The paint used on this model was Humbrol Bronze Green.   On the second Dingo, Humbrol Desert Sand and Green were used.

WW2 Standard Beaverette Mk III

The Standard Beaverette was first produced in 1940 at the instigation of Lord Beaverbrook, the Minister of Aircraft Production.   The vehicle itself was based on the chassis of the civilian Standard 4 x 2 Motor Saloon   The Mk III differed from the first two variants in that it had all round armour and a turret fitted with a Bren Gun.   
Beaverettes were used by the Royal Airforce for airfield protection and by some Home Guard Units.

I built these two models for a fellow modeller in the UK.
The two Beaverettes under construction are on the left in the photo below.

The models are a simple box superstructure constructed from 20 and 40 thou.   The panels were represented by 20 thou overlays.   Weld lines were formed by masking where the welds were to go and then applying a mixture of chopped up bits of plastic sprue, liquid cement and plastic filler (which I call "Goo") to the gap between the masking tapes.   This may have to be done again to build up sufficient height in the weld.

The road wheels came from Ertl tractor rear wheels and the turrets are able to rotate.   The main armament is the excellent Bren Gun from the Airfix Multipose sets.   The front louvres were made up Evergreen strip.   Rivets were applied using 30 thou rod.

Their new owner, Phil Redman, painted them in their camouflage colours. 

Australian Diggers to show scale.   I don't think they ever worked with them!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Making Wagon Wheels - Part 1

As part of some projects I am planning to undertake in 2014, I have a requirement for a number of wagon wheels.
In this post I will attempt to describe my method of construction of wagon wheels for wargaming models.   The method generally follows the same principles as described in the post Making Wheels but with some differences.


Precision Mitre Hand Saw.   -  For cutting conduit.
Stanley Knife
Emery Paper
Bench Sander/Linisher - optional but highly recommended.
NWSL/Micro Mark Chopper – again optional but definitely a should have.
Dremel or similiar Motor Tool.
Drill Stand to suit Motor Tool. (though there is an alternative).
Drill Bits to suit 30 thou Rod.


Electrical Conduit 47mm and 32mm.   
214    1/8 Rod  - for axle/hub.
226    3/16 Tube  -   for hub spacer.
154    .60 x .80 Strip   - for front spokes.
155   .60 x .100 Strip   - for rear spokes.
210     .30 thou Rod - to pin spokes. 
20 thou sheet - for hub faces.
105     .10 x .100 thou strip - for Iron Tread.
Tamiya Plastic Cement.
Pegs, mini clamps etc.
Various offcuts of wood, cardboard, etc.
Spoke Template, available at Builder's Construction Templates


A square of Pine or MDF 5”x 5”
A piece of Pine beading 19 mm x 19 mm
Offcuts of thickish card.

Making up the Jigs

Find the centre of the Pine/MDF and mark.     Drill a 1/8th hole through the centre.   Enlarge slightly with a round file.
 Draw circles of diameters suitable for sizes of wheels you intend to make.
Print off the spoke template for the number of spokes you require for each type of wheel.

Using the 19 mm Pine beading, drill a pilot hole to suit a length of plastic rod (smaller
than 1/8th) so that it is a firm fit in the hole. Drill partway through the same hole with a 1/8th bit. The idea here is to allow you to use the smaller diameter rod as a depth stop.

In Part 2, I will describe the construction of the Wagon Wheels.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Mini Post - LVT 4

As I mentioned in an earlier Post, I have a great liking for the Amtrac/Amtank series of vehicles.   This model was constructed at the same time as the LVT (A) 1 late model which features alongside in the Work in Progress photos.
As per the LVT 2 model (and indeed all of my Amtracs/Amtanks) the running gear was made in half relief.   20, 30 and 40 thou styrene sheet was used and slices of knitting needle for the road wheels.   Corrugated plastic sheet was cut into strips and then applied to the tracks to form the distinctive grousers these vehicles had.

The particular Buffalo modelled is "Platypus II".   This vehicle was used in the Balikpapan, Borneo campaign in June, 1945.   The vehicles were crewed by Americans but were transporting Australian troops and materiel during the landings.

LVT 4 on the left, LVT (A) 1 late model, on the right.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Painting, Painting, Painting Addendum

The last Schneider painted.   Colours used were, Lifecolour Mimetic Italian Yellow, Vallejo Light Grey, Humbrol M70 and M102.   Vallejo Black, thinned was used for the black lining.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Painting, Painting, Painting!

Well, I have been flat out like a lizard drinking, painting, painting, painting!
The BA 64s are now complete and are shown below undercoated.   I used Dulux Grey Metal Primer as the undercoat.   I never have problems with this particular brand, it coats well and dries fairly quickly.

The model I have kept for myself was airbrushed with Vallejo Model Air Camouflage Green.   This paint is made especially for use with an airbrush and has given very good results.   It says it does not need thinning but I added a few drops of thinner anyway.   Camouflage Green was chosen to represent the Russian Green which is no longer available apparently.

The Tyres were painted with Humbrol M67 which gives a good representation of used rubber.
I just have to scout around now for some "Patriotic"decals and numbers in Cyrillic to add to the sides and turret.

Also finished is the first of the Schneider CA1s.   This particular model was painted in the "Flames"scheme.   Vallejo Uniform Green and Humbrol M70 was used for the camouflage stripes.

The tracks were painted with a base coat of Vallejo Beasty Brown and Black, then dry brushed with Beasty Brown, then Leather Brown and finally Gunmetal.   If the Gunmetal was too obvious in places, another drybushing of Beasty Brown was then applied.

The last Schneider, the 4 colour scheme model should be finished shortly, just needs varnishing with Satin Acrylic.   I hope to post photos shortly.