Review – Paint and Glue Miniatures Scammell Pioneer in 1:100 scale – part 2

15mm 1:100 scale Paint and Glue Miniatures Scammel Pioneers with Italian front and Caunter Camouflage. Review by Not Quite Mechanised

Scammel Pioneers with Italian front and Caunter camouflage

After the initial cut-and-shunt bodge of the first Scammell Pioneer model, I had a closer look at the second print. Taking a more considered view of where to perform surgery led to the front and rear assemblies being removed. The rear wheels came off as a pair with their trans-axle assemblies. Cutting inboard of the trans-axle spared the rear mudflaps, which remained in-situ on the main body. Then the front two wheels were razor-sawed off. Next, the front axle came off with the track rod. A further two cuts removed the front tow bar. They can be seen disassembled in the picture below. Apologies for the blurred photograph.

Scammel wheels front axle and towbar removed

Scammell wheels front axle and towbar removed

The first bodged Scammell was pulled apart at the same time to remove the front axle assembly. The height of the Pioneer was 2.97m, which is 3cm at 1:100 scale, assuming no-one can see the difference of a third of a millimetre. The model as printed sits 4mm too low, which is noticeable.

Scammel Pioneer camouflaged forItaly

Scammell Pioneer camouflaged for the Italian front

After looking more closely at the rear wheels, I realised that they have the flat segment taken out of the TOP of the wheels, not the bottom as I originally thought. This is only revealed when the wheel assembly is cut away from the main body, and is clear evidence that the designer couldn’t make the wheels fit properly on his STL. Cutting card to 15mm for the rear wheel assembly and 10mm for the front allowed me to prop the model up to the correct height, prior to gluing everything back together again¹.

15mm 1:100 scale Paint and and Glue Miniatures Scammel Pioneer shims in place prior to refitting wheels. Review on Not Quite Mechanised.

Scammell shims in place prior to refitting wheels²

 

Once the shims were firm enough to bear weight, I glued the front assembly back on, rotated through 90º so that the track rod was visible. The rear wheels were glued to the outside of the shim, upside down so that the cutaway segment was not visible. Scrap rod replaced the headlamps that I knocked off during surgery. Overall, the quality of my work doesn’t do justice to the original print, but I now have two models that work for me. The cabs are still rolling about like drunken sailors ashore, so that’s fine!

15mm 1:100 scale Paint and Glue Miniatures Scammel Pioneer front axles reassembled. Review on Not Quite Mechanised.

Scammell front axles reassembled

I would not consider this to be a tutorial, more a cautionary roadmap of the potholes along the road that I took towards producing something that I was happy with. More to the point, the STL now does justice to the care that Garry has taken with producing the print.

15mm 1:100 scale Paint and Glue Miniatures Scammel Pioneers with reset suspension. Review by Not Quite Mechanised

Scammells with reset suspension. I’m happy now!

 

  1. Sensible people will use superglue or hot melt glue for this sort of thing. I use contact adhesive, because I have used it professionally for 15 years, manufacturing prescription orthoses, so I’m comfortable with its peculiarities, and because I recycle and rebase models as the hobby, and my ruleset evolves. This is much easier with contact adhesive.
  2. Update 28 Oct 2021: Initially this post featured “Scammel” as a misspelling. I had to find a picture of a Scammell badge online to verify the correct spelling as the internet features both spellings

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7 responses to “Review – Paint and Glue Miniatures Scammell Pioneer in 1:100 scale – part 2

  1. Both looking good, Chris! 🙂 Sounds like you do way more engineering than me!

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  2. yesthatphil

    Yep! They look much better now. I loved the old Airfix one …

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    • I was sort of halfway there with the cork blocks, but they settled a bit overnight, so I thought “might as well do it properly” 🙂

      Regards, Chris.

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  3. Nice work. Glad you’ve got them looking how you want.

    Out of interest what adhesive do you use?

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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