Tuesday, May 09, 2017

ScratchBuild Log Part 2: 1915 Curiasse "Fortin" Aubriot-Gabet

Balsa Foam armature
So having decided to build this rare oddity of WW1 (a French prototype trenchbusting "tank" made of a tractor with a concrete reinforced turret and an extension cord/ power cable that connected it back to its own trenchline.... not hard to believe they only made one eh?) it was time to start cutting styrene and creating forms.

Initially I was struggling a little - I new I could build the general body forms around a skeleton of balsa foam - this material is easy to glue and cut to shape and sandable to give the opportunity to perfect any complex forms or curvature that would be very difficult to build straight away in styrene without the armature.

I also had a brilliant idea about how to create strong armatures for the circular central body forms! I too two rolls of tape and removed excess layers of tape until they were both the same diameter the one was a little tall so i slid it through my bandsaw to shorten it slightly. Once that was done it was a piece of cake to clas the armature in plastic using thin styrene and Bondene solvent glue.

I also formed the concrete "roof" out of balsa foam which I sanded and filed into shape. In order to ensure that it would take paint well and to avoid further damage or distortion I used a foam glue that is more or less a thinned pva. It absorbs into the foam and seals it making it stronger overall in the process.

While that was drying I set about constructing the wheels. I hunted down a couple of plastic lids that were the appropriate diameter and then wrapped them in styrene. While those were drying I started chopping styrene square rod to appropriate lengths for the welded teeth-like of the wheels.

To ensure I got them placed correctly I took an extra copy of my blueprint and a xylene marker - note this is some pretty nasty stuff to be using in hobby projects but it certainly did the job in this case.as it transferred the pattern from the page onto the plastic. From there the spokes an inner supports of the wheels were constructed out of various thicknesses of styrene and adhered with Bondene.
The center Hubs were initially roughed in with Apoxie Sculpt. but i eventually abandoned these in favor of some better representative parts scavenged from another kit.

Around this time I also cut open a Brita water filter and started separating the beads inside by size. Using a tiny awl I began to punch small divots in the plastic body panels and using an old bent airbrush needle as an applicator

I carefully placed a drop of glue on each indent and then adhered a single Brita bead to each spot. It is slow and patient work but a great way to create rivets on a surface like this!

Once the rivets satrted to go on this really took shape and the overall direction became very clear. I mocked up the appropriate forms for the rear roller and supsension and started on the inital assembly. It was really starting to look good IMHO!

I still needed a way to attach the turret to the hull and came up with an incredibly simple solution that would allow me to position it later once I had figured out the model facing and best compositional lines - I simply used more balsa foam inside the turret and body and a plastic tube as a swivel point. A little apoxie sculpt made sure that it wouldn't move . The alignment was perfect.

From there it was just a little fine tuning around a couple seams and it would be ready for paint!

Next week Developing the Groundwork and Starting the Paint!


Ashish said...

gb whatsapp apk. Yowhatsapp.

Araya said...

whatsapp plus apk

Yowhatsapp APK

Showbox apk

Spotify Premium apk

Unknown said...

vizer tv apk
vidmate apk

howard said...


Dreamy World said...

YoWhatsapp 2019 English Version
GBWhatsapp 2019 English Version
Whatsapp Plus 2019 English Version

Unknown said...

This blog was really amazing, thank you so much for sharing this blog.
sound engineering course

saisravaniz said...

zapya app
zapya apk
zapya download
Zapya is no doubt one of the best file sharing apps for Android with.

Survival game said...

Survival Game
Xiaomi Survival Game
Xiaomi Survival Game Download
Survival Game iOS
Survival Game PC

Dreamy World said...

GTA 5 APK edition
GTA 5 APK edition full indir
Download GTA 5 APK
Plants Vs Zombies Mod Free
Plants Vs Zombies APK Mod Free
Download Plants Vs Zombies Mod

Abhishek said...

Tutuapp apk
Lucky patcher apk
blackmart alpha apk
cartoon hd apk

Dreamy World said...

Clash of Clans Private servers Download APK
Clash of Magic Servers Download APK
Clash of Lights Servers Download APK

apkmabbu said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
fapk said...

app and game developers
Freedom Info
Freedom Features
Apk Requirements

acmarket said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
jain said...

Use these Apps to play games and easy connect to Wi-Fi Networks
Game Guardian Apk
Happy Chick Apk
Cheat Engine Apk
WPS WPA Tester Apk
WPS Connect Apk

Admin said...

TutuApp APK iOS Free Download Latest Version 2019 Best Version Free! here And Also more...
TutuApp Free
TutuApp Download
Snap Tube
Tubemate APK

sai said...

Thank you so much for the information which is great and very good post.

Sharon Wood said...

HP Printer Support Number
Brother Printers Support
Lifelock Customer Service
Canon Printer Customer Service

Unknown said...

intresting blog to view my blog visit how often should you shampoo your hair

fapk said...

Thanks for it though!!
how to get in app purchases for free
bluestacks free in app purchases
freedom download apk

Anita Patidar said...

How to fix imessage waiting for activation

Anita Patidar said...

How to restore deleted apps on iPhone iPad iPod touch

Anita Patidar said...


AllHelplineNumber said...

Hotmail is one of the finest email services ever build. It has several features which makes it more attractive and powerful. Yet some technical issues may arise due to lack of knowledge. So it is advisable to call at Hotmail Customer Service Number 1-800-382-3046 for best and instant help from the experts 24*7.
Hotmail Issues and their solutions

tech blogger said...

how to download paid apk free
Intermediate Result 2019
BISE Lahore 12th Class Result 2019
2nd Year Result 2019
BISE Multan 12th Class Result 2019

fapk said...

Thanks for it!!
Appflix pro apk download
Appflix Apk latest version

Tidings Now said...

My friend recommended this blog and he was totally right keep up the fantastic work!
best budget travel camera
best dslr camera in india
best dslr camera for beginners
best professional DSLR camera
Amazon Customer Care Number 24x7

shareit said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anita Patidar said...

Best american tourister laptop bags

Anita Patidar said...


Anonymous said...







fapk said...

Thank you so much for such detail post, this gonna help so many for sure!!

New Year Sayings 2020

New Year quotes of Love 2020

akshayavengala said...

kingroot for pc
kingroot pc
download kingroot pc
kingroot apk
kingroot download
While it might sound scary, rooting simply refers to the act of obtaining access to commands.

Kim2k said...

I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this content together.

New Year Quotes for Boyfriend
Happy New Year Messages for Friends
Happy New Year Wishes 2020

Saqib Jutt said...

Download GTA 5 for Android Free APK
GTA 5 for Mobile Download Free APK
Free GTA 5 APK Download Game
GTA 5 Emulator Free Download APK
Download Free GTA 5 Portable File APK
GTA 5 for IOS Free Download APK
GTA San Andreas APK Free Download APK

raviveeramala said...

luckypatcher apk
luckypatcher download
luckypatcher for android
luckypatcher 2019
one of the fastest apps for android

Unknown said...

PSL 5 is aiming to change the history of Pakistan and revive its ability to host international events. So, each and every moment of the PSL live streaming 2020 to be groundbreaking.
As officials are investing millions in making this event possible, so there is no room for mistakes.

sandeepaleti36 said...

download snapseed for windows
The information shared is very good, thanks to the author, it helps me a lot, I am looking for it.

williamsonmaccini said...

rocketmail sign in
to know more about this click above.

david john763 said...

Just admiring your work and wondering how managed this blog so well. It’s so remarkable that I can't afford to not go through this valuable information whenever I surf the internet!

greatpeople said...

Just admiring your work and wondering how managed this blog so well.

alexbrown said...

I have been checking out a few of stories and i can state pretty good stuff Buy Assignments Online. I will definitely bookmark your blog

cnvbeauty said...

laser hair growth cap
laser hair regrowth cap
Hair Regrowth Cap
Hair growth Cap
Hair Regrowth Helmet
hair regrowth laser cap
Hair Regrowth Treatment Cap
hair growth reviews
hair regrowth reviews
Hair Growth
Hair Regrowth

cnvbeauty said...

buy hair growth products online
hair growth products outlet online
hair growth products outlet store
hair growth products sale online
ingrown hair
in growth hair
hair growth cap
hair regrowth cap
laser hair growth cap
laser hair regrowth cap
hair growth
hair regrowth
Baldness Cure
normal hair loss
ingrown hair treatment
hair loss teatment at home
strands hair care
male hair
going bald
telogen effluvium treatment
alopecia areata
normal hair loss

Fubo.tv/Activate said...

FuboTv's streaming service is the process of live streaming of digital data which is continued delivered by service provider for immediate processing and playback. The process of live streaming involves continuous transmission of data of small amount at a time which is stored remotely, and this reduces client’s efforts to download the entire file and store it before watching in real time. fubo.tv/Connect

Fubotv Activate said...

As well as the same general entertainment channels you will find elsewhere. FuboTv offers currently a 20% savings on the FuboTV cost of the family plan. its Plan offers incredible value with full tally of over 150 channels. You can upgrade to Elite and get a lot more in the in comparison. Viewers can expand these relatively basic options with a variety of pay per view packages. fubotv/connect

Unknown said...

Excellent Blog! I would like to thank for the efforts you have made in writing this post. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well.
I wanted to thank you for these websites! Thanks for sharing. Great

AC Market APK

Arnold DK said...

Excellent Blog! I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this post. I am hoping for the same best work from you in the future as well. I wanted to thank you for this website! Thanks for sharing. Great websites! whatsapp mod

K2bestherbalincense said...


Drugs center