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Brigandine
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2006 - 12:46 AM UTC
A couple of photos you might find handy.


The LRDG and SAS used the .50 cal Browning Light Barrel Air Pattern rather than the standard Heavy Barrel type - the Acadamy set provides some.


The No 11 W/T as used by the LRDG.
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Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 01:00 AM UTC

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Also means you can have a few more spare wheels than the one provided in the kitset



I never thought of that!
Brigandine
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Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 12:57 AM UTC
Good idea moulding your tyres and wheels in resin; I'm going to end up doing the same. Also means you can have a few more spare wheels than the one provided in the kitset.

Cheers!
Jeff W.
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Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 12:29 AM UTC
Hot yes, not so much with the dry though.

Looks like they are all developing the split. I may try recasting them in resin. Think I have enough silicone for that.
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Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 12:22 AM UTC

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My current funds don't really extend to actual book reference material so the various LRDG net sites are what I have been relying on. The only book I have is "Phantom Major" which isn't exactly replete with reference photos.

Noticed one of the rubber tyres has a partial split in it already, almost like a knife cut. I may have to try and get some replacements.

Also trying to convert some figures into LRDG troopers.



What a pain that your tyres have started splitting! It may pay to ease them off your wheels temporarily.

You should be able to repair the split, preferably with epoxy, which will allow some give; the split tyre could be used on your spare wheel. Check your other tyres as well - there may be a fine line showing where a split could start.

Another thing you could do is sand a small amount off your wheel rims to ease the pressure on your tyres, and use pva or similar to secure them.

I presume where you live is hot and dry? That means that your tyres will shrink...hmm! Let me think on that one.
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 11:53 PM UTC
My current funds don't really extend to actual book reference material so the various LRDG net sites are what I have been relying on. The only book I have is "Phantom Major" which isn't exactly replete with reference photos.

Noticed one of the rubber tyres has a partial split in it already, almost like a knife cut. I may have to try and get some replacements.

Also trying to convert some figures into LRDG troopers.
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 11:29 PM UTC
Gidday Pave-Hawk,
Good to see some more from the LRDG and SAS under way!
Just some quick notes on the Chevy: The 'rubber' tyres are prone to splitting; one way of avoiding this is to paint your wheels and tyres using acrylics only - this seems to stop a slow chemical reaction between the polystyrene wheels and the synthetic material of the tyres.

The rear axle assemblies were the same colour as the rest of the chassis; more than likely 'Canadian Sand.'

A really good site to check out:
http://blindkat.hegewisch.net/lrdg/lrdg.html This should help, especially when it comes to arming and equipping your 1533X2.

There are several good books available on the LRDG - the best of them are 'Kiwi Scorpians', 'Bearded Brigands' and 'The Barce Raid' by Brendon O'Carroll.


'R' Patrol setting out from Siwa Oasis (LRDG base). Note how light the paintwork is. R patrol trucks carried a green Maori 'Tiki' on the right front of the upper clamshell bonnet and a Maori word starting with R on the left; usually white on dark green or black.


A posed photo of a 'T' patrol vehicle showing the use of the 'greedy board' posts doubling as weapon mounts. T10 painted on the oil cans. The oil cans in the kitset are too short by a couple of millimetres.


The Guards patrol this time - once again note light paint finish and greedy board posts doubling as weapons mounts. The greedy boards were the wooden extension pieces on top of the main steel bodywork. photos from http://www.lrdg.org/

Look forward to seeing your projects as they progress. If you need help on anything let me know.

On the jeeps you can tone down the chipping by mixing a medium grey with your silver/aluminium paint.

Cheers!
Jeff W.
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 10:07 PM UTC
Spent part of the weekend working on part of my backlog.

A pair of SAS Jeeps and LRDG Chevy. The paint chipping on one jeep is a little overdone despite my careful attempts at being subtle.





The kit .50 is rubbish so I'm replacing it with one from Academys machine gun set.