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Inspiration thread
« on: May 31, 2020, 07:46:33 AM »
A place for inspiration.  I will begin: 

To me, Brian's most iconic build ever had to be his "1/72 Breguet "Baguette" 13 scratchbuilt from breadclips":

Backstory:

In June of 1915, Paris was bombed by marauding Albatros C-1s of the Imperial German Air Service, which made the French Service Aéronautique seek an aircraft that would be capable of retaliating. Enter an obscure engineer named Nathan LePain who had recently joined the Société Anonyme des Ateliers d'Aviation Louis Breguet. Messr. LePain's previous claim to fame had been designing the famous Renault T5 truck, which was bought in great quatities by French bakeries to be used as bread trucks. Messr. LePain  turned his talents to aircraft upon joiniung Breguet and employed a steel tube/plywood covered frame in his Breguet 13 single-seat fighter/bomber, which was soon christened the Baguette. This aircraft, able to carry a 300 k.g. bombload and armed with a single 7.9 m.m. synchronized gun was just what the Service Aéronautique needed to hit back at the Germans and the new long-range aircraft was ordered into production. By April of 1916, two squadrons of "Baguettes" were in service. Squadron 409, "Fourches du Diable" or "the Devil's Pitchforks" commanded by the wine swilling, cheese munching Adjudant Geoffrey du l'Fontaine took off in the dawn hours of April 4th and headed across enemy lines. Within ninety minutes, they had reached the outskirts of the German city of Köln and suceeded in bombing the regional Imperial Army Headquarters and a large rail hub. Not only that, but the pilots of the "Devil's Pitchforks" also were able to defend themselves against attacks from Imperial Air Service Eindekkers on the return trip, downing 10 of the enemy while only losing one of their own. Thus began what became known as "Bready April" in which Breguet Baguettes bombed numerous targets far behind German lines. Adjudant du l'Fontaine led many of these missions and was awarded the Croix d'Guerre and eventually rose to command the Service Aéronautique's bomber units. His former aircraft, No. 228, is on display at Le musée de Vol outside Varennes, across the street from La Boulangerie Maruicen where one can get a delicious, hot fresh baguette.

What he started with:



Where he ended:






His description of the build:

ust in case you were wondering what happened to all those breadclips, here's the end result. I added a half of a P-51 exhaust from my spares and also a couple of stray bombs too as well as cutting a winsdscreen from clear plastic, but otherwise, I was able to keep to the original parts I had earmarked for this project. The entire model was brush-painted by hand with acrylics. Cheap craft-store Tan was used over all, and the cowling was painted in Model Masters Dark Earth. I used Model Masters Rust for the struts and prop and cheap craft store brown was used for the prop's laminate stripe. Craft-store gunmetal was used on the gun, exhausts and radiator grill, and I dry-brushed Model Masters Aluminum over the grill. The bombs were painted with Testor's Olive Drab and the tires with Model Masters Gunship Gray. The rudder stripes were painted freehand with more cheap craft-store paints. The decals came from my decal stash and the rigging wire was from the ever-generous Mr Howling Mouse (thanks, Baz!). The entire project took me a week and I discovered that scratch-building a model from plastic bread-bag clips is a lot easier than it seems and great fun! I hope you like my model and my little backstory. It's better if you enjoy it with a nice slice of buttered bread.

Some in progress shots:





This build made him a hero in my eyes.
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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2020, 10:26:37 AM »
Of Brians more recent builds I particularly liked this one

http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=8844.0

The delta winged Peashooter was awesome and I still can't understand why it didn't win

The other creation showed his plastic surgery skills with the signature intimidating spats

The classic Basheresque back story was the cherry on top for this entry

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« Last Edit: June 01, 2020, 10:35:26 AM by Robomog »
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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2020, 05:31:41 PM »
maybe i can build something from my spare parts box  8)
i also have a set of 1/32 Ju87 spats, bould look good on a large 1930's passenger aircraft or bomber  ;)
on the bench:
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-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
-various other 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft

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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2020, 08:18:36 PM »
Don´t forget the classic "SPAD Spaticus Tank Buster"!




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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2020, 03:56:15 AM »
An idea I am toying with:  A civilian cargo transporter using the Anigrand 1/144 Daimler Benz 'Project B' bomber as the basis:




Replace the parasite aircraft/missiles with cargo pods and give it a civilian scheme.

I am sure Brian would approve of the 'mega-spats'. ;)
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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2020, 09:09:18 PM »
 It's a terrific idea - as an alternative to replacing the flying bombs, paint them in somehting like FedEx or DHL livery, and give them a set of
 tiny spats as well. (but... !/144 scale?! Are you feeling ok? ;D)

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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2020, 01:25:31 AM »
I was thinking something more akin to the XC-120 approach b ut still in private company livery:



As for the scale, not many options for this bird.  I would make the sacrifice for Brian though.
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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2020, 06:24:46 AM »
40's version of Thunderbird 2

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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2020, 06:28:35 AM »
 Maybe a row of n-scale boxcars, with parachute packs on top? Not quite 1/144 ( 1/160, I think?) "We just drop 'em right on the rails."

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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2020, 12:51:23 PM »
Mostly an odd thought for a project that crossed my "alleged" mind; does anyone make a 1/72 P-36/Hawk 75 with fixed gear and spats?

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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2020, 02:59:21 AM »
Mostly an odd thought for a project that crossed my "alleged" mind; does anyone make a 1/72 P-36/Hawk 75 with fixed gear and spats?

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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2020, 11:50:38 AM »
Thanks, Greg.  I'll have to see about finding one at a reasonable price.

Later:  Since it's OOP, that may prove difficult.  If I had the budget and room to really think big, there's a 1/32 version, but I'd need a P-40 in the same scale which adds to the budget concern.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2020, 12:26:09 PM by elmayerle »

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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2020, 02:01:49 AM »
There is the 1/48 option:



I have one in the stash that will be turned into a British Army machine or a RAF Army Cooperation one.
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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2020, 02:42:19 AM »
Again, it appears to be OOP, but I will keep a lookout for one.  I think Brian would appreciate a P-40 with spats, especially a late-model one.  It could be justified as a field repair from an otherwise trashed Hawk-75, perhaps something in China.

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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2020, 02:01:27 AM »
What about a Hawk 75 with spats and P-40 nose?  I give you the Hawk 75 BdB, the Spatted Terror from Thailand:

« Last Edit: July 22, 2020, 02:42:09 AM by GTX_Admin »
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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2020, 11:19:35 AM »
https://www.mythopoeia.us/store/p27/Skies_of_Fire_Ships_of_the_World_Poster.html


Something I found that might inspire airship builders!
« Last Edit: October 22, 2020, 11:27:02 AM by kerick »

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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2020, 01:21:22 PM »
Get out your submarine kits, donor ship kits, donor aircraft kits, scratch building supplies and tools.   Put on scale-o-rama thinking cap !

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Re: Inspiration thread
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2020, 02:32:46 AM »
 :smiley:
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