2018 Airfix RAF 100 GB - 1939-1955: lof03's Build - 1/48 Bedford MWD (A03313)

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February 13th, 2018, 6:04 pm #1

Welcome lof03. It's seems that most have a lot to choose from. Have you made your choice of kit?
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May 7th, 2018, 8:45 pm #2

Eventually yes. I'll build the 1/48 Bedford MWD A03313 from the Ready for Battle Set. Could I also please have another thread for the Albion Refueller just like fred. Thank you...
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May 10th, 2018, 7:44 pm #3

Ready to go... after some research it seems that the MWD scheme supplied with this RAF set is actually an army version 😟. I have picked up some white lettering so I can hopefully cobble something together to make it an RAF vehicle - just need these codes and some roundels the right size.  I also have to choose between early or late versions. Presumably they give you decals for the early version in the 1940 Ready for Battle set so they didn't have to redesign anything but still have a vehicle from the correct year - eg an army vehicle pressed into RAF service?  It's all a bit confusing...
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May 11th, 2018, 6:32 am #4

Ideally Luke you want the later version, dont think I have ever seen the aero screen version photographed on an airfield throughout the war years.
Something like this I would suggest, the paint scheme being after October 1943 . . . 
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May 11th, 2018, 7:54 pm #5

Thanks Ian 👍. I suppose that means that although it's a nice inclusion to a lovely set, it's another historical abherration and I shouldn't really display them together 😟 I've already viewed your build thread thanks viewtopic.php?f=292&t=45509
I note no serials on the doors too, which could save me some tiny number fumbling!
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May 12th, 2018, 9:34 pm #6

Do you ever get the feeling where you wake up like a normal weekday and suddenly you realise it's a Saturday? YES! Then even better you realise it's Eurovision... er I mean the start of a group build!! The only thing tempering my excitement was the fact the kids had woken me up at 6.15 but what the heck I can get started with a new build. A couple of solid hours of cutting anf building later:

This kit is a dream. So many options, fits nicely. Thanks for scanning the instructions Ian as this set only has the early version instructions included.
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May 13th, 2018, 9:36 am #7

You seem to have had a very good euro... start to the group build (Eurovision was pretty good too!).  That kit looks a beauty.
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May 13th, 2018, 6:54 pm #8

Arpie I think the best bits about Eurovision were the Euro snacks and beers that were consumed. 🍺🍞🧀🍗 A slightly fuzzier start to this morning, but the building is about done now.  The only flaw I have really found is that the roof parts are going to need a little filler. I'm not sure if this is a kit issue or just that I wasn't exactly "at my peak" at the time...

I've built in these sections to allow airbrush painting then access to details with a hairy stick.  The bits on the round pot lid are to be kept off to allow easier reconstruction but will be primed/painted at the same time.  The bits on the rectangular pot lid are all the spare bits from the early version.  If I were more of a Danny1960 type I'd be able to build a whole second van from these, but for now they are just fodder for the spares box.
As it doesn't really fit the ready for battle set it won't be part of the scene so I've got the bonnet, tailgate a door and a trapdoor(?) in the back all open to display the nice options & details.  The cab, chassis and roof slot together easily and it looks a bit like this:
 
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May 13th, 2018, 8:00 pm #9

Wow, you'll be in the Gallery in another day 🙂  It looks like the kit goes together well and I like the open bonnet. Does the kit have a little man to peer at the engine?
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May 14th, 2018, 8:06 pm #10

lof03 wrote: I note no serials on the doors too, which could save me some tiny number fumbling!
It may need confirming but I think the Army vehicles were the type to have serial numbers visible.
RAF types occasionally had such things as 'Type1103' or such like but not ever vehicle, in fact I think you will be hard pressed to find RAF vehicles with serial numbers . . . .
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May 22nd, 2018, 7:59 pm #11

OK thanks Ian - not on the doors then but I'll copy the locations and probably the scheme on your MWD to save me anxiety.  I'm tempted to change the B/1 marking for an F/1 though which I think it would assign it to Fighter Command instead?  Also I'm tempted to use the serials for the Army version "35133" preceded by the RAF letters from my stencil sheet. I think i will need to fudge together some roundels unless anyone can give me an approximate size please?

Malcolm, sorry to disappoint but I had to go to work and then got distracted by the other builds! The gallery will come though...

I was intending to open one of the doors but will now have the cab closed up.  If you see the driver's door the windows are fixed by quite a big ugly ledge.  Further they are in one whole piece so would need some careful cutting of the rear section and finally the windscreen "sticks out a bit" from the frame (too thick) which detracts from the cab interior a bit.  These could be overcome but I don't really fancy putting the effort in!

This is just about ready for the black disruption now.
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May 27th, 2018, 9:17 pm #12

I've been putting off the disruption for a while but after a nice relaxing, well fed and watered day I had enough courage to try 🍺🍔. I used a paintbrush for this, though not necessarily in the usual way. I cut the handles of some old brushes to give me different diameter dowels as suggested by Lincolnlanc. The paint was then dabbed on, I found this worked best if the paint was quite thick on the end of the dowel and it also only worked on the flat surfaces! I ended up using the normal end of the brush a fair bit, worth a try though.
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May 28th, 2018, 5:26 am #13

Nice work with the dowel. I can imagine it would give you enough of a circle shape that filling in the missing areas with a brush would still leave nice round mickey-mouse ears. It's looking great.
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May 28th, 2018, 2:41 pm #14

Good effort Luke, looks good to me . . . .
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May 28th, 2018, 3:28 pm #15

Nice one Luke 👍
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