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Offline Squiffy

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RFC RNAS RAF ...Somewhere on the Western Front
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:03:53 AM »
Evening chaps,

I spent most of this weekend building a hangar as something to photograph my kites in front of. The Bessoneau hangar is made from a Cornflakes packet and newspaper, with the external supports being from plastic strip.

The ground is a sheet of card, covered with a proprietary grass matting for model railways. On parts of this where there would be lots of traffic of feet and aeroplane wheels I wet it using a paint brush and then scraped the "grass" off and painted the bare ground.

The backdrop was made on the computer by taking a French village and some field scenes, splicing them together and printing them off.

I intend to add more buildings and people at some time in the future.



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Re: Bessoneau Hangar
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2014, 06:11:13 AM »
Great work, looks very good.
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Re: Bessoneau Canvas Hangar
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2014, 08:57:29 AM »
Very clever use of materials most would not think of. I have a plan for one of these in a book and it always looked too complicated. I need to think out of the "Box"  :-X
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Re: Bessoneau Canvas Hangar
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2014, 09:28:40 AM »
Great imagination and really nicely built, Sqiffy.  Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Bessoneau Canvas Hangar
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2014, 09:47:49 AM »
The canvas hangar looks very impressive, a very clever use of materials and very well constructed.

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Re: Bessoneau Canvas Hangar
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2014, 05:44:58 PM »
Very clever use of materials most would not think of. I have a plan for one of these in a book and it always looked too complicated. I need to think out of the "Box"  :-X
RAGIII

I found the plan online and it is complicated if you build it as shown, which is almost a scaled-down version of the real thing, as far as the internal framing goes. The plan shows to use various thicknesses of wood strip etc. but as these are internal and won't be seen, it's rather a waste of time and money when all that matters is the impression of a beam with sagging canvas on the outside. My use of odd materials probably comes from watching the BBC childrens' programme Blue Peter when I was a kid in the seventies, not that I'm a cheapskate, honest.  ;D


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Re: Bessoneau Canvas Hangar
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2014, 03:09:38 AM »
Cheapskate or not this is an impressive hangar. Using materials which do not always look promising to start with is what good modelling is about in my opinion. Well done.

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Re: Bessoneau Canvas Hangar
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2014, 03:48:17 AM »
Good idea and great execution Sqiiffy.

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Re: RFC/RNAS/RAF ...Somewhere on the Western Front
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2014, 01:52:31 AM »
The Top Brass made a visit in order to inspect one of the squadron's new kites.


The Crossley staff car is made from a WDmodels resin kit (my first resin and quite a shock from injction-moulded plastic!) and the Snipe is an old Toko kit that I picked up, unstarted, at a show. It's the first one I've weathered. There's quite a bit of castor oil staining underneath.

I've posted this one in the topic about 72nd scale figures but I'll re-post here for the sake of keeping my diorama photos together...

Revell Tripe and WDmodels RFC figures.

I think it's time the Hun had his own airfield, especially as I'll have a pair of D.VII to show from the Group Build...

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Re: RFC RNAS RAF ...Somewhere on the Western Front
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2014, 02:17:51 AM »
I like it! Really sets the mood.

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Re: RFC RNAS RAF ...Somewhere on the Western Front
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2014, 08:03:32 AM »
EXCELLENT! You are making great use of the Hanger and that car is awesome!
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Re: RFC RNAS RAF ...Somewhere on the Western Front
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2014, 09:10:38 AM »
That looks great!  I like seeing modelers create stuff from everyday household objects.  The field in the background looks like its full of red poppies, which would be seem appropriate during these WW1 anniversary years.
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Re: RFC RNAS RAF ...Somewhere on the Western Front
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2014, 09:50:49 AM »
What an excellent looking diorama, the car and the figures are extremely well done and compliment the hangar and aeroplane beautifully.

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Re: RFC RNAS RAF ...Somewhere on the Western Front
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2014, 03:24:17 PM »
Don't these dioramas work well! Very effective Squiffy.

Best wishes
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Re: RFC RNAS RAF ...Somewhere on the Western Front
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2014, 04:50:47 PM »
Nice Squiffy! Resin is certainly a different medium. I'm doing some 120mm figures. They can cast very sharp details.