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Humber 8cwt 4 x 4 Light Ambulance

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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


Hi Hobbes, We can but dream in palstic. Thanks for looking in and the comments. Al
JUL 27, 2011 - 06:34 AM
Nicely done, Al! I really like it!
JUL 27, 2011 - 07:01 AM
Thanks Michael. Al
JUL 27, 2011 - 07:10 AM
JUL 27, 2011 - 03:32 PM
Hi Al That looks great, a really good job well done... How did the build go, the fit of the parts etc because thats the part about resing modelling that bothers me. An easy build? Martyn
JUL 27, 2011 - 09:27 PM
Hi Neal, Many thanks. Hi Matryn, Resin kits are much further advanced than they used to be, pretty much like a plastic kit in resign as far as build techniques go. I don't recally any specific issues with this one, other than the wheel alignment which was felt to be too cambered, so I set them slightly straighter. They just take more time and care when cutting and handling the smaller more fragile resin parts and of course there is the dust to contend with, so a mask is handy if not essential. Warpage can sometimes be a problem, the window screen on this one had that but due to the fit of the roof it was a correctable issue. Someimes a socking in hot water will self cure any of those issues. For me the most annoying thing is super glue, no matter how careful, a little alwasy seems to make it's way onto your fingure. Resin has the advantage of normally being easy to fix, becasue of the strong bond. I use CA+ which is supposed to allow time for you to move the parts to exactly wheer you want them but occassionally this sticks like a rock or takes the full 5 minutes, so not my favoutite substance. I did a blog of the kit here: http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=176531#1481674 I alwasy feel a little more fearful working with resin, probably becasue of the cost of the kits, but got started by working on figuers, small items and conversions/upgrade sets before I launched into a full kits. Manufactuers are very helful if you need a repalcement part and as many of the vehicles I'm interested in are only available in resin it was inevitable I would have to move into that material at some point. I've only built 2 full resin Accurate Armour kits, the Tilly and this one, both of which were very user friendly if you've got good skills, as I know you have. To go with those 3 conversions the Cantaur Dozer, Cromwell ARV and recently the Cursader Gun Tractor. Conversions can be less stressful but more tricky to deal with if that makes sense. I used two of Derek's Bedford cabs when I build the QLDs and have about 5 full kits and at least one conversion still in the build pile. As your interests are similar to mine where else will you find a Loyd, NAAFI van or WW2 Ambulance? Hope that helps a bit. Cheers Al
JUL 28, 2011 - 01:50 AM
Well done. You are truely the guru of British soft skins! Dave
JUL 28, 2011 - 04:16 AM
Hi Dave, Many thanks, glad you enjoyed the pics. Al
JUL 28, 2011 - 08:34 AM
Hiya Alan, That set of cobbles has been getting so much action that the local council road menders had better be on top form.............lol This is a cracking little build that you have completed mate. I am starting to become very interested in wheeled vehicles, I just keep hoping that the likes of Bronco will start making some of these supprt vehicles in Plastic. John
JUL 28, 2011 - 11:01 AM
Hi John, Yes, I got 2 generic bases from SB Models just to photograph stuff on. Space is always an issue which us a pity but just life. With the increased marketing of British/Commonwealth kits hopefully a few softskins will follow, especially with all this artillery coming out. IBG did indicate that they would be doing 1/35 scale British Softskins which killed off the SKP Bedford, but since then silence. As Bronco have the Bofors, 17, 17/25 and 25 pdr they are probably the best bet for a follow on vehicle. It's not like there are a re shortage of subjects to choose from Post up a few pics of the Tilly when you get it loaded up. Cheers Al
JUL 28, 2011 - 08:53 PM