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  2. - ref. BRP48002 - Yokosuka MXY7 OHKA Model 22 Source: Box art Test build V.P.
  3. On no account should you dare include an 'Alan' in there.
  4. Rightio. Some recent snaps, some relevant, some botg so (at this stage at any rate). A few of the imnages show me playing about with the iPhone's 'square format' option. Hey kids, I've got a Rolleiflex/Hasselblad/etc. Well, I do have a Rolleiflex 'medium-format' TLR camera, as it turns out, but it is of course a film <gasp> camera (wassat?)... 1. Seafire F11 with new 'nut and bolt'. after filing, So far so good, except that it isn't, of course... Seafire F11 with new 'nut and bolt' after filing by Alex1N, on Flickr 2. Aft side of F11, new 'bolt' filed Aft side of F11, new 'bolt' filed by Alex1N, on Flickr 3. F11 with armour plate corner replacement: over-handling at some point knocked off the rather fragile corner. That'll be fun to add, won't it, kids? F11 with armour plate corner replacement by Alex1N, on Flickr Right. That's enough of the relevant 'contractual obligation' snaps; here's the interesting stuff: 4. New Tamiya paint stand. I was acquiring some Plastruct plastic tube for the Skyfarer's windscreen support frames (for around $6) at an almost-local railways modelling shop when I saw this (for $32) and couldn't resist it. It goes round and round like anything. Note the new inhabitants New Tamiya paint stand by Alex1N, on Flickr 5. As seen before (many times, no doubt) here on BM: Gunze Sangyo jar opener set; rear side of product card - complete with 'duck with mullet hairdo' (according to our daughter, who is used to interpreting such things (and can even read the card)... Gunze Sangyo jar opener set by Alex1N, on Flickr 6. Gunze Sangyo jar opener set; front side of the product card Gunze Sangyo jar opener set by Alex1N, on Flickr 7. Scottish shortbread (bit of a tautology there) as made by my daughter for the end of term 'food from around the world' party for one of her uni courses. I was even allowed a piece, and am trying to persuade her to make some more. I'm not really trying to emulate Mr Heath - it happened to be the next photo in sequence from the GSI-Creos Jar opener, and I thought that it looked nice Scottish shortbread by Alex1N, on Flickr Follow this link to my flickr account[i, and my Seafire flickr album[/i]... That feels a bit better, posting some actual snaps for a change. I have decided to acquire a drill set with an 0.2 mm bit in it, since extracting and replacing the new 'nut and bolt' is far too fraught wi' danger. It will take a while to get here, but that really makes no difference in the overall scheme of things save that it might actually speed things up (another <gasp>). I'm now up-to-date with such Seafire snaps as can be inflicted upon you all; I have a massive backlog of Skyfare snaps which was holding things up because I was letting it, by after realising the silliness therein, I decided to cut to the chase and fix up the Seafire thread. The Skyfarer thread can continue to wait upon my leisure. Cheers, Alex. <-- told me to get the drill bit set ; )
  5. Fan that flame! Better than Oliver IMHO - less musical connotations... (Thunderstorm has passed so I can get back to the arms of Morpheus*, if these birds stop shouting at each other...) * What was that old Cowboy comedy on the TV? Can't find it on YouTube. There was a dastardly bar owner and a 'village idiot' helper in the bar. The cad climbs the stairs saying "Ah well, back to the arms of Morpheus" and the helper, sweeping up, says "That's the boss, different girl every night". Still cracks me up
  6. In progress. Fresh pics. V.P.
  7. Around 33 years ago I worked for the British Civil Service. Of course, I signed the Official Secrets Act, but I don't think mentioning a couple of names will matter; I'm giving no information about them. The first one that springs to mind was a little old lady called 'Fanny Staines'. Then, one that I found difficult to call out for in the waiting room, whilst still remaining composed: 'Violet Brains'. The first time I called it, I deliberately try to make it sound like something else. I knew that the surname 'Death' was, in fact, usually pronounced in the French manner: 'De'ath'. So I shouted: 'Violet Brah Eeeens?' A little old lady in a blue raincoat and headscarf stood up and shouted: "It's BRAINS young man!! Like you've got missing from your 'ead! T
  8. Engine update, lost count of how many! According to this engine reference photo . . . There is a large tube running from the bottom of the engine case cover that curves from the front of the engine to the back of the engine. Trumpeter does not reference this part. I think, “No problem, I’ll just bend a section of wire to represent the tube.” Easy, right? Except the bottom of my engine case cover does not have a section that extends far enough for the pipe to attach. What to do know? Then I notice that on the top of the engine case cover, there is a slot that is missing a part. I look back through the instructions regarding the engine steps (1-3) to see if I have missed anything. Nope, all parts accounted for. So, I am now resolved to scratch parts for both the top and bottom of the engine case cover. But, before I do that, maybe there is a step or two for the engine later in the instructions. Lo and behold, in step 23, these 3 parts are added to the finished engine. The round circular thingy along with the more detailed larger part are attached to the top of the engine case cover, the other larger part is attached to the bottom of the engine case cover and will give enough length where I can attach my missing pipe. Why these parts wait until step 23 to be added to the engine is beyond me. Seems as if they could have easily been included in the early engine build steps 1-3. I can find no rhyme or reason for these parts to be left off until step 23. But, I am glad to not have to scratch them; or will I have to scratch them? Within seconds of cutting these parts off the sprue, I ping the bottom part off into never, never land. The next 30 minutes is spent trying to find this miniscule missing part, but eventually it is located. Probably could have built another part to use in only 10 minutes! Have you ever wondered how much of your life is wasted looking for missing model parts? Kinda staggers the imagination, huh? The bottom part has one of the sided drilled out to accept the tubing that will run to the back of the engine. I find a piece of insulated wire that will fit the bill nicely. It is bent into shape and the insulation is removed so the wire can be attached in the hole drilled in the bottom part. The two-piece top part is installed And the bottom part is installed as only a butt joint. The top and bottom parts are painted, along with the tubing. Then the tubing is placed where it should go, but is not attached to the bottom part as the joint needs to harden a bit more. I still have some more blending to do to make the newly added parts seem like they were painted along with the rest of the engine at the same time. Next up, the engine will be attached to the engine bulk head and I hate to say it, some scratch building of more pipes and tubing need to be run from the engine bulk head to the cockpit firewall. Until then, as always, all comments are welcome.
  9. That is an absolutely spectacular model, superb build, excellent paint finish, realistic weathering. Awe inspiring. Show stopper. Cheers, Troffa. Off to put his airbrush up for sale. :-)
  10. Thanks Ced, I think my sprue-cutters will be up to snuff, they're Xuron's. The kit parts look to be in good nick, I suppose it was a big investment at the time and the moulds have been well looked-after, as far as a cursory inspection indicates. Some of the parts look a bit simplified but should be hidden to a degree by the sheer bulk of the thing I accept no responsibility for your brain's choice of earworm Cheers, Stew
  11. Looks like it just jumped right out of the time machine from the 80's! That is gorgeous!
  12. Tonight Mrs P informed me she was warming to Edgar Roosevelt as first and middle.
  13. I'm really enjoying this Alistair. I'm a big fan of Spanish aviation; all of it. It is a really fascinating subject. You're doing a grand job of the conversion . I have the Special Hobby 1/72 Buchons as per Steve's post above. If the plans on the website are hard to grab, I'm happy to send you scans. I think the Buchons with clipped wings look really mean. Great to see one being made in a big scale . Best regards TonyT
  14. 'Character building', unusual names, or at leat that's what they say. Ask Egbert
  15. Crikey Stew, what a lot of parts! One of my first thoughts was "I hope your sprue cutters are up to it" but that's just a current fixation of mine at the moment. My second thought was "I hope there isn't any flash". Of course my very first thought was "A ship? Oooer..." Jack's expression is classic - "You're using me for scale? Where are you going to put this thing when it's finished?" I did zoom in on the figures and, for some reason, I now have 'In the Navy' by The Village People bouncing around my head. Thanks for that... Good luck with the competency exam - I'm in!
  16. Holly Crack a Molly!!! One of the finest model of F-104 I have seen in a while!!! super duper awesome!!!
  17. I don't think of it as a coincidence at all, Stew. It's just one of those ineluctable facts of the universe.
  18. Sorry, should have been more clear. The thinner I used was Mr. Hobby Levelling Thinner which I think is less agressive compared to commercial lacquer thinner.
  19. Here is the only photo I have of that fine little kit I built back in 2006. I was able to get into my old photo bucket account and find it... --John
  20. I used to work with (and coincidentally had a bit of a crush on) a lovely woman called Phaedra, but she wasn't keen on the name herself so we all called her Fay. Cheers, Stew
  21. My friends, colleagues and evil overlords at Sovereign Hobbies have pointed out to me that in order to achieve my core competencies and qualify as a fully-accredited member of the Associated Federation of Henchpersons, Goons, Thugs and Minions, I was going to have to build a ship. Believing, as I do, that building a model in anything other than 1/72 scale is a perversion of the grossest nature and an affront to all that I hold dear left me somewhat limited in my options if I was to successfully complete this task. Still, I cast my mind back to 1979 when I was still a mere slip of a lad and Matchbox was not only still a going concern, but perhaps at the peak of its powers; the year that they released the 1/72 Flower Class Corvette kit. It was a remarkable offering, for the subject, the physical size of the model and the number of parts – and far too expensive for me; it became for me one of those semi-mythical uber-kits that you promise yourself: “One day...” I managed to get the Revell 2000 re-box of the kit for a pretty reasonable price on ebay so that day seems to have come: It's a big box - Jack is a full-grown male West Highland Terrier and is shown for scale: There are a lot of parts too: Sadly this edition of the kit does not include the transfers for HMS Bluebell although the specific parts for her are still included on the sprues. I'll probably go with HMCS Snowberry rather than the other option - the USS Saucy - even though the decals for the former are a bit rubbish and the latter has a great name. I'll be building it OOB as far as possible; I appreciate there are innacurracies in the kit but it is still an impressive model particularly if, like me, you are not au fait with the real thing. Also I am very lazy, but mainly this: I like building kits and I'd like to build it just as I would have done at the tender age of 14, just for the pleasure of building it. Unless I feel like changing something (the crew figures for example), in which case I will Cheers, Stew
  22. Bravo Ian. It's been wonderful to follow along with this build and I've taken away a lot of hints and tips for when I find one for myself. I was sceptical about the massive screw in the belly but, seeing the finished article, I totally get it - a lovely understated display. Congrats on a fantastic model!
  23. Today
  24. I'm partial to classical names for girls, mostly because I had an all-consuming crush on a woman named Psyche in college.
  25. Hi Fido, Can't help with internal dimensions (since glued inside my Mudhen) but the external measurement of the Aires resin, where it butts up against the fuselage is 23.8mm.
  26. of the latest election
  27. Lovely logo Ced Really stylish font. This really has given me am idea to maybe do 3 gliders on some kind of a mobile thingy. Remember on Blue Peter when they did the mobile with two coat hangers and tinsel? Around that size but nowhere near as dreadful. I'm interested to see how you hang it. There's a Mojo gremlin around at the moment Ced. It's up to all on BM to catch it and dispose of it in a micro wave oven . All best regards TonyT
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