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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