1/76 Scratch-built Albion BY3/5 3 Ton 6x4 Office

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  1. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Having been inspired by Richard Allebone’s fantastic scratch-built Albion Bacteriological Lab vehicle, I thought I would have a go at a similar vehicle but one featured in Les Freathy’s book. In the book, it is labelled as a BY chassis but as the differences between the BY3 and BY5 were mainly based upon the engine, I am calling it a BY3/5 as I am really not sure. Additionally, Les didn’t have much background on the photo or the intended use and Mike Simpson was also at a loss as to the actual use but though it may be part of a Counter-bombardment Group. This was a total scratch-build using wheels from the Airfix K6 suitably modified and as I wanted to do an interior, I had to employ artistic license. As in the photo, it was backed up to a tent with two back to back QLR’s (not included in the vignette) I assigned the use to be as an office/cipher vehicle and I included what I deemed to be the appropriate paraphernalia including a clerk at the typewriter and two Typex Mk III portable cipher machines on the other table. The usual assortment of papers, books, filing cabinets, storage cases for the cipher machines, the clerk’s beret and the obligatory mug of tea were included. The bike was upgraded a little and is from the Airfix QL set. The figures are all from the Milicast squaddie and drivers set with some modifications. Decals were from the spares box and included ones from Starmer’s Armour and Aleran.
    My thanks to Les and Mike for their kind assistance with this project and also Mike Starmer (who weighed in with colour scheme advice). Dave Rhodes was also helpful with advice and encouragement as the project progressed.

    Sorry for the amount of photos but with an interior, one needs more than usual.

    Cheers,

    Neil
     

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  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Very impressive.

    Are the maps actual miniaturised versions of real ones?
     
  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    Well done to all involved in this - where do you get the pens from to write so small ??

    TD
     
  4. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Yep, they are reduced on my computer and printed on paper....glad you like the model and thanks for the comment.

    cheers,

    Neil
     
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  5. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron

    I am not only at a loss as to the purpose of the vehicle I am lost for words at the interior detail. Given that the image on my screen is several times life size the detail is unbelievable. I suspect that the model is really 1:6 scale.

    Love the typewriter.

    Mike
     
  6. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Thanks TD......the writing is just little lines drawn with a pencil on the tiny sheets of paper.....but really, if you look on the table with the cipher machines, just in front of the black and white map you will see a little holder with some "tiny" pencils and pens:D!

    Cheers,

    Neil
     
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    Thanks Neil - another fantastic model :lol:

    TD
     
  8. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Many thanks Mike and especially for your great input. I found some good photos of the old Underwood typewriter and Typex Mk III portable cipher machines so building them was quite easy and fun in the bargain.

    Cheers,

    Neil
     
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  9. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Neil,
    Simply amazing. So much detail packed into such a tiny space.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Neil great model as ever fantastic detail blimey

    regards
    Clive
     
  11. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Thanks Tom....much appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Neil
     
  12. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Thank you also Clive.....glad you like it.

    Cheers,

    Neil
     
  13. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Excellent as always, many thanks for sharing.
     
  14. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Thanks very much Guy....glad you like the latest.

    Cheers,

    Neil
     
  15. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    Your modelling skills are top notch, and results humbling.

    As always, in awe.
     
  16. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Thanks Swiper....I appreciate your kind comments.

    Cheers,

    Neil
     

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