WWII GB sign up and chat

WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby VickersVandal » 13 Dec 2017, 06:38

Come on you fellows, look lively! Time for a WW2 group build.

This will run until the 28th of February 2018.


Use this thread to sign up and confirm what you plan to build and please start up a thread in this forum for your build. In your build thread, it would be good to include in your first post:
- The story and any related details
- The kit and scale
- A picture of the unstarted kit

After that, post up progressive completion pictures for others to comment on. Check the how-to thread if you're unsure how:
viewtopic.php?f=85&t=49

For progress pictures, please use the Model Gallery:
gallery/album.php?album_id=4

For your final completed model, use the Biggles Model Gallery:
(I prefer to keep this for completed models only, so it is not too cluttered when people look through it)
gallery/album.php?album_id=18

There will be a final gallery thread for all the completions too, so please post up pictures in that once you are done.


There are only a few real rules/guidelines for the GB:

- Choose a subject from one of the WW2 Biggles books or short stories - e.g. Spitfire Parade, Orient, Delivers the Goods. It can be an aircraft, car, ship/sub, armoured vehicle, figurine or diorama, in any scale
*** Fanfic-based builds are also OK if you want to match your build to one of your own or someone else's fanfics on here ;). It just needs to be based in the Biggles narrative universe

- The kit should be an unstarted one, not a project you have already been working on previously


Even if you're joining us later in the month, it would be great to open your thread up now. Of course, you can build multiple models - just start a thread for each one.

Tallyho!

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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby 266 » 15 Dec 2017, 07:20

Ok, time to scramble...or in my case, lurch ponderously... towards getting a model under way for the WW2 BF Group Build.

I've ordered a suitable kit from Mr Ebay, hopefully here by New Year, and as the silly season fades away I hope to start the process of turning a pile of scrappy plastic into a meaningful Biggles aeroplane.

My choice of WW2 aircraft is the first machine they used in that war. Namely, the boringly titled S.I. Mk1A. This is one of WEJ's imaginary aircraft, so imagination can run a bit free within technological limits. There is a description in the book which I shall refer back to later, but meantime here is Howard Leigh's interpretation:

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The general outline is ok, but the technology of the picture is several years out of date. According to WEJ, this aircraft was the latest and best, built for the job, so I expect, and will model, a machine that reflects that. In particular, it will have a metal fuselage and a canopy, unlike Howard Leigh's version which shouts "early thirties" and therefore needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Having said that, I'll stick to the general outline as illustrated and fill any gaps with WEJ's description and my own fevered imaginings. Roll on New Year.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby VickersVandal » 15 Dec 2017, 11:19

Excellent choice of subject. Keen to see what you come up with.

Leigh has drawn a monoplane Fairey Swordfish there. Out of date for 1939?.....perhaps just a smidgen :D :lol: :lol:
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby VickersVandal » 15 Dec 2017, 11:21

I realised that I didn't confirm my build in this thread.
I'll be making a Hurricane II.c from Orient. SEAC scheme.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby Wanderer » 15 Dec 2017, 11:42

An I of course the 1:24 Spitfire Vb (trop) from Sweeps the Desert as also previously mentioned.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby VickersVandal » 15 Dec 2017, 12:16

Wanderer wrote:An I of course the 1:24 Spitfire Vb (trop) from Sweeps the Desert as also previously mentioned.


And then building an extra wing onto the house to display it in?.... :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby kylie_koyote » 15 Dec 2017, 12:22

I'm looking forward to seeing the fruits of everyone's labors.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby Fairblue » 15 Dec 2017, 13:01

kylie_koyote wrote:I'm looking forward to seeing the fruits of everyone's labors.

Me too.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby Babanango » 16 Dec 2017, 19:23

My submission this time round will be the Westland Lysander that flies the Air Vice-Marshall into the oasis on the next-to-last page of Sweeps the Desert. It doesn't play a roll in the story at all, but I wanted to do something different than a Spitfire or Hurricane, since I figured there would be others doing those.

The Lysander was a small aircraft used for flying big shots around, as well as for observation and for clandestine missions to drop agents behind enemy lines.

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The kit I'll be using is the old Airfix 1/72 one.

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If there's time, I may also do the armored car commandeered by the boys from the Germans. I think WEJ's description differs a bit from the standard German "Leichter Panzerspähwagen", so I might have to make some modifications.

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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby 266 » 16 Dec 2017, 23:27

Looking at Bab's top Lysander photo, it's worth a mention that it shows the message pickup system used between the wars, which features in "Biggles Sees It Through." This is what gives Biggles the idea for Ginger to pick up the packet of plans using the undercart of his Gladiator.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby VickersVandal » 13 Feb 2018, 06:19

I have to apologize profusely chaps. I really haven't been on board with this one. My warning earlier on was warranted it seems. I was still planning to build the hurricane before the end of the month but I've decided to give up the Internet for Lent (from tomorrow ). Even if I did build it, I wouldn't be posting updates, so it seems pointless. Sorry again. Thanks to those who took part. See you after Easter.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby kylie_koyote » 13 Feb 2018, 12:06

VickersVandal wrote:I have to apologize profusely chaps. I really haven't been on board with this one. My warning earlier on was warranted it seems. I was still planning to build the hurricane before the end of the month but I've decided to give up the Internet for Lent (from tomorrow ). Even if I did build it, I wouldn't be posting updates, so it seems pointless. Sorry again. Thanks to those who took part. See you after Easter.


That is some Lenten Discipline. I am impressed. I don't think I could do that.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby 266 » 13 Feb 2018, 23:13

Life, so they say, is what happens when you've made other plans....sorry you have run short of time, VV.

I am in a similar spot, in that by taking an unexpected month away I have left insufficient time to do my model properly. I have at least made a start, but am discovering a bit more to it, with lots of fiddly metal bits, than can be done justice in the two weeks remaining. Hopefully it will be well along the way but I can't see it finishing by the 28th.

There are options....first up being to shift the finish date so you have a couple of weeks after Lent in which to work. That would let me finish too, and who knows, maybe one of our other model fiends might be able to make a start that they couldn't before.

Plan B is to finish on time, and move on to the next (post-war) build in a few months when life has settled a bit for everyone. In that case I'll just carry on in my own time, with photo updates for the forum members who might be interested to follow progress.

It would be a shame to see this as a sign of falling interest levels. I know that many of our members follow the construction process with interest, and I feel that putting three dimensions to the book aircraft - especially the imaginary ones! - is a worthwhile activity. My feeling is that the past year has been very demanding on many of us, but that needn't be a permanent state!! I'm sure the next GB will have more builders and followers, and I for one am keen to see what is produced in the name of post war Biggles machinery. Many thanks to you, VV for the initiative in starting this forum activity, and roll on the next one!
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby Wanderer » 13 Feb 2018, 23:16

Pushing back the finish date a few weeks certainly wouldn't worry me, though I do hope to finish mine over the next week or so.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby Fairblue » 13 Feb 2018, 23:18

266 wrote:
It would be a shame to see this as a sign of falling interest levels. I know that many of our members follow the construction process with interest, and I feel that putting three dimensions to the book aircraft - especially the imaginary ones! - is a worthwhile activity. My feeling is that the past year has been very demanding on many of us, but that needn't be a permanent state!! I'm sure the next GB will have more builders and followers, and I for one am keen to see what is produced in the name of post war Biggles machinery. Many thanks to you, VV for the initiative in starting this forum activity, and roll on the next one!

I'm certainly loving seeing all these models. The expansion into armoured cars etc just makes it much more exciting.
I, too, have had an absolutely manic year and can fully understand the frustrations of those who have very little time to follow their pet projects.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby kylie_koyote » 14 Feb 2018, 00:31

I would vote in favor of pushing the deadline back.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby Frecks » 14 Feb 2018, 09:10

I too would vote in favour of allowing the modellers a little more time. I love all the models and the attention to detail and research which goes into these group builds but it does take a lot of time to go into so much detail.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby tiffinata » 15 Feb 2018, 01:55

Time has been my enemy.
Also my stash of models are now behind lots of stuff from mum's and not that easy to get to.
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby Wanderer » 22 Feb 2018, 23:22

I'm assuming we have all agreed to push this back to late March - I am going to be out of town for the next week or so and the Spitfire has been a rather low priority task...
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Re: WWII GB sign up and chat

Postby VickersVandal » 31 Mar 2018, 09:19

Hello all,

I think Lent officially ends tomorrow but I'm not going to split hairs...
The internet break has been excellent and I'm hoping to maintain the self control to continue avoiding facebook indefinitely.

It looks like people are in favour of pushing back the end of this GB further. If that's still the case, I'd probably need 4 weeks to build that Hurricane. If people are keen, then I'll make a start on it.
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