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  1. Hi mates, I started this build nearly four years ago, but it was one of those builds that kept being stuck back up on the shelf of doom. The Tigercat was a beautiful, elegant twin engined design from Grumman's Iron Works that was just too late for WWII, but saw combat in Korea at the hands of the US Marines. Most missions were recon, close air support and ground attack, but the Tigercat managed to knock a couple of biplanes out of the sky. I always wanted a Tigercat in my 1:72 collection, but I got tired of waiting for someone to produce a modern tooling. Therefore, I pulled out the old Monogram kit from the mid 60s and decided to tart it up a bit. Since the Monogram kit has raised panel lines, this meant a complete re-scribing. And, since it lacked detail in the cockpit, wheel wells, and engine departments, it meant I would be visiting the aftermarket section of my favourite hobby dealer. I settled on the Aires "Super Detail" set (read about it and weep over at the WIP), the Starfighter wheel well set, some Quickboost props, Aires tyres and wheels, and some Brengun wheel chocks that help keep her on her nose wheel. I ran into a lot of issues with the Aires detail set, but I finally decided enough was enough - let's just finish the thing! So here it is - all the fun details of the WIP can be found here, and if you read between the lines you'll see why I kept losing my mojo trying to finish it. But perseverance pays off...eventually. Project: Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat Kit: Monogram F7F-3 Tigercat (kit numbers 6062 and 6813) Scale: 1:72 (but a surprisingly large model nonetheless) Decals: Representing HEDRON One at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in 1950. Stencils from the kit, national insignia, squadron modex and other markings from the Island of Misfit Stickers Photoetch: From the Aires detail set, and an occasional bit from the Drawer of Fiddly Stuff Resin: Aires Detail Set 7018, Aires tyres/wheels 7208, Quickboost Propellers 72381, Starfighter wheel wells 7212, Brengun wheel chocks 72093 Vacuform: Squadron Tigercat canopy 9118 Paint: Model Master 1717 FS15042 Dark Sea Blue, 1169 Flat Yellow; Gunze H58 Interior Green, H90 Clear Red, H93 Clear Blue, H92 Clear Orange, H94 Clear Green, H12 Flat Black, H11 Flat White, H47 Red Brown; Alclad 101 Aluminum, 111 Magnesium, 115 Stainless Steel, 314 Klear Kote Flat; Floquil 110015 Flat Finish Improvements/Corrections Detailed nacelles with resin engines and photoetch parts such as the ignition harness and plug wires. Port exhausts from Aires set did not fit, so new ones were scratchbuilt. Over 26 grams of weight in the nose, but it was just barely enough - sometimes she sits nice, sometimes not. Wheel chocks prevent any propensity for tail-sitting. Cut open the kit canopy, and used only the windscreen. The sliding canopy and fixed rear portion came from the Squadron vacuform. Detailed cockpit with Aires resin and photoetched instrument panel and seat harnesses. Resin propellers and hubs Starfighter resin wheel wells with oil and glycol tanks Resin wheels/tyres - all landing gear received photoetched scissors links Used scrap pieces of clear plastic to make new navigation lights and lenses Oil cooler vents opened up on top of wings 5" High Velocity rockets from Hasegawa F9F Panther kits Added communication antennae with 0.005" diameter Nitinol wire Build thread: Link - anyone wishing to use the Aires Super Detail Set please have a look at the WIP. It may help you when you get to the tricky parts. So on with the pictures! And some family shots: I think that last shot shows you just how big the Tigercat was. That's an appropriate picture, too, since the F7F was originally supposed to be called the Tomcat. At the time, the US Navy brass rejected the name because it promoted "female promiscuity." I guess that wasn't a problem later on after "The Summer of Love!" Cheers, Bill
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  2. OOB, Kits World decals. this was a Ploesti raider, but sadly perished in a midair before reaching its target. The crew reportedly survived.
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  3. Fairey Swordfish Mk.1 1:72 Airfix Every now and then I like to go into a mdel shop and just pick up something on a whim. The new tool Airfix kits, particularly the 1:72 kits, often appeal as the are small enough to be realtively quick builds while I am working on bigger projects, and also reasonably priced. I've always liked the Swordfish, and it needs no introduction other than to say it is an 824 Sqn machine from the Taranto raid. So here it is, a random choice bought and built just for the pure fun of it like when I was a kid! the kit comes with a torpedo handling trolley. And finally, a 'With something else' shot for comparison. A Tiggie, also 1:72 Airfix, which helps show how big the Swordfish was. Thanks for looking John
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  4. Season Greeting, De Havilland Tiger Moth DH.82 in Indian Air force color, Tail number Hu 784, kits arifix 1:72 scale my only criticism for the kits was the plastic was very soft other than that a way cool kits, Hope by built is okay. Thank you for the peek and time. Cheers
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  5. Hi all Here are a few shots of my take on Cresswell's P-40E. I performed the following to the kit. Fuselage - kit seat replaced with Ultracast resin seat - antenna wire made from stretched sprue - kit exhaust replaced with Quick Boost resin exhaust - recognition light replaced with MV Products lens - photo-etched ring sight added Wings - wing gun barrels drilled out - landing light replaced with MV Products lens - kit wheels replaced with Ultracast smooth tread resin wheels Paint and Decals - airframe painted with Xtracolor X391 Vert Fonce, X101 Dark Earth FS10118 and X138 ADC Grey FS16473 - all markings are from Cutting Edge Pyn-up PYND48025 Curtiss Cuties Part 2 - model is weathered with chalk pastels References - Kagero Monograph No. 36 Curtiss P-40 Volume 1 - Kagero Monograph No. 40 Curtiss P-40 Volume 2 - Kagero Monograph No. 43 Curtiss P-40 Volume 3 - Detail and Scale Vol. 62 P-40 Warhawk Part 2 - Squadron Walk Around No. 8 P-40 Warhawk - MBI Books Curtiss P-40 - Kookaburra RAAF Camouflage & Markings 1939-45 Vol. 1 Cheers Randy
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  6. Well folks, here she is! The first half of my Sopwith double build is now in the cabinet. The interior, all struts, beaching trolley, tail surfaces, and tail stand are scratchbuilt. The Lewis is MiniWorld, prop and engine are Aeroclub. Mods to the kit included removing the headrest and moulded front "visor", reskinning the entire top surface of the fuselage with .005" sheet to correct the cockpit shape and improve the definition of the rear turtledecking, reskinning the fuselage underside to reduce the depth, and drastically reducing the height of the main floats. The opening in the upper wing was also filled as photos show this aircraft without it. Rigging is .06mm (0.002") monofilament, with similar sized stainless wire used on the tail float. The sling on the upper wing is simply a couple of pieces of cotton tied together and CA'd in place. The model represents a Sopwith Baby with Nore Flight, Isle of Grain, in May 1916. This particular aircraft was there by 24th April 1916, and was capsised and wrecked in mid May. It was struck off charge in June of that year. She's just become one of my personal favourites, I hope you like her! Ian
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  7. I'm going to make a little base for this and whilst I might still play about a bit with the weathering, I'm calling it done-ish. I won't pretend I'm completely satisfied with it, but then again, I never am. I've built worse. It's the Airfix new tool kit A05129 built more-or-less out of the box with the exception of a replacement resin seat c/w seatbelts and armoured backplate (48019), main wheels (48076) and exhausts (48043) from Ultracast. I stuck to my trusty Squadron green filler and the paints are all from Colourcoats (probably obviously, because accidently buying a 28,000 tin personal stash was really how this business started). Lastly, the antenna was added using the elasticated Infini Model rigging line. I use that for all my models now and every stretched sprue antenna that has been broken this year taking models to various shows (that would be all of them, actually) has been replaced with this stuff which is idiot proof and therefore ideal for me! I intend to take more photos outdoors on its sandy base with a real blue sky but the base doesn't yet exist and the blue sky requires me to not be at my day job on a day the sky isn't Ocean Grey - so it may be some time until the "proper" RFI photos if I don't post these.
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  8. yes... Here is another Shackleton, this time from a Swedish workbench. This was a pretty quick build, about four weeks, almost entirely OOB. The build was surprisingly fast (among other things thanks to Eduard's masks for the myriad of windows!), and I did not bother to correct the small issues. To me this looks very much like a Shackleton, and that is enough for me. Although, there are few more suitable objects for rivet-counting... However, I added seatbelts and a number of missing antennas. Painted with Gunze acrylics. I replaced the roundels, the rest is from the kit's decal sheet. If I would do another build of this, I would probably use aftermarket decals. The rivets are no problem for me, I like them. This is why i decided to go for Revell instead of Airfix. They may be over-sized, but so are most panel lines on almost every 1/72 kit. However, there are pretty difficult to restore after sanding. Another problem is that they are of different size on the kit, for instance they are much deeper on the engine nacelles than on the body. But this is no major problem IMO. I decided to go for a semi-gloss finish. I know that the original was more glossy, but to me this would create a toy-like finish. So it might be a bit incorrect, but I think that it looks far better this way. Apart from some difficulties with the landing gear (which might be my own fault, I decided to assemble them before painting), this was a very easy build. I really recommend this kit. Do I like masking propellers? No, I don't. Next kit will be a jet aircraft, I promise! Thanks for watching!
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  9. Having joined the Bomber Command SIG with my Wellington 1C at Telford (and having built a Lanc and a Halibag) I've decided to do a Whitley as a break to all the Hercules rescribing for my Albert builds. I picked the new Airfix kit up cheap at the Norwich Air Museum in the summer when we took the Cadets there from Summer Camp at RAF Marham (and where they were suitably impressed by Ma'am's knowledge of the Nimrod ). The aim is to do it OOB but with the addition of some Eduard PE (the 'Zoom' set). My plan is to do it as a 77 Sqn machine based at RAF Driffield - Bomber Command Whitleys seem to have all been with 4 Group in Yorkshire and Driffield was the first turning point on my first medium level x-country in the JP5A at BFTS. A has been noted on this forum it's a nice kit that fits together well but is made up of some odd sub-assemblys which then slot together. At first sight this method appears a tad strange but presents its logic as the build goes on. Anyway, this is where I'm up to:
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  10. My fourth completion for this Group Build - and sadly the last as I could have built a few others given the time - an Airfix Beaufighter representing T4843 WRoX of 248 Squadron based on Malta and flown by Australian Sgt Ron Hammond to provide long-range air cover for the convoy Pedastal on 21 August 1942. Sgt Hammond claimed a Ju88 probable and a Fiat BR.20 destroyed which is depicted here. Ron Hammond claimed six victories in all and was killed flying a Beaufighter in combat with FW-190s off the French coast in December 1942. Beaufighter T4843 was shot down by flak near Trondheim on 28 April 1943 (information from the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces book). As noted above this is the lovely Airfix kit with the excellent Alley Cat early Beaufighter conversion set used. Paints used were Phoenix Precision Paints and the transfers were from the DK Decals set - build thread is here. Cheers, Stew
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  11. Hi all, I'm sure I had an in-progress report for this build, it was supposed to be a double build with the T4, but I can not find it (probably so old its dropped off the site!), so you will all have to make do with the finished article. I have modified the nose on this by adding the quick-boost nose ring and moving the nose undercarriage bay forward by a few mm to match the size of the sword F1/2/3 and airfix F6 kits. A mix of kit/Model decal/Xtradecal for the markings. Not much else I can say so on to the picks! Tim
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  12. I'm calling this one finished. The RFI post is here. It's time to build something else, as I've been working on this one on and off for almost four years. Oh, here is a teaser photo of the finished model: Cheers, Bill
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  13. Sorry gang. I was having serious issues with my PC. Running PB and this forum just locked it solid so I pulled the plug and went to cool down. So, if I can get it to work, here are a few shots of the Airfix Vampire styled after/inspired by the Vampire at the Solway Air Museum at Carlisle Airport. Hope this has worked and that it was worth the wait. Thanks for the patience guys. Cheers.
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  14. Another outstanding year on Britmodeller! With amazing builds and WIPS being shared in this great community. So heres the culmination of my efforts this year. With a message to you all:- Have a safe and happy Christmas and heres lookiong to an even better 2017! Jan 2016:- 1:48 Hasegawa Spitfire MKIX T (with Brigade Models twin cockpit conversion). Double build! April 2016 1:48 Hasegawa Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk May 2016 1:48 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 with custom decals. June 2016 1:48 Airfix Spitfire MkVa July 2016. 1:48 Airfix Spitfire Vb with custom decals August 2016 1:48 Airfix Buccaneer S2B (PE, resin and scratch building): the reason i havent built many kits this year! and something started in 2016 but, wil most definatley continue into 2017! You can follow WIP on Britmodeller or on my FB site: Richard Spreckley Scale Models!
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  15. Airfix Spitfire Mk1a 1/72 This is my final build of 2016. I wanted a quick and easy build with a back to basics feel to round of the year. This kit certainly fell into that bracket, it practically fell together with very little filler or sanding needed. I am not a fanatic of the Spitfire like many (slander I hear you say) but I really did enjoy building this one. Thanks for looking and I welcome any comment or questions you may have about the build.
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  16. Well, as it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Here's my meagre haul for 2016. All 1/48th scale Kicked off with an Academy Hunter, pummelled in to shape an finished as an F.4 "Polish-ed" off my PZL 11C from Mirage Went through a (not so) Blue period with this Airfix/Alleycat Spit Vc Then something Meteoric happened... and I became increasingly Furious! so much so, that I could have buried a Tomahawk in something! Making me realise I'd become a bit of a Hellcat As ever, without the help, support, humour and general niceness of the BM family, my builds would be a lot worse. So thanks to you all! Jonners
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  17. Hi, So here are the last two models of this year. These are superb models, very easy assembly and suddenly we get to the paint quickly merry christmas Joel
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  18. Almost certainly my last completed build of the year... dragged from the shelf of doom and finished over the last week is my Kawanishi N1K1 Rex. Built completely OOB, painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with AK washes. Not perfect by a long chalk, but it's finished at last
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  19. It's catch up time, as I have not posted for a while. So here is the first. The Tamiya Corsair in the markings of 1835 NAS, Quonset Point USA July 1943 Please feel free to comment and thanks for looking. Dick
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  20. And the bar; never forget the bar. I can still recall the look of sheer joy on the face of the US exchange officer (indeed, the very man who was flying with me when I ditched the subject of this build) the first time we embarked in Ark Royal after he joined the squadron. He was a highly experienced aviator with 3 tours in assorted US carriers, but of course had never seen a ship with a bar before. I thought for a while he was going to sleep in there, he loved the idea so much.
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  21. The new 1:72 scale Trumpeter kit of the MiG-29SMT built in the modern day Russian markings. Build wise, its a very good modern day kit. Only thing I had to do was dig out an extra pair of AA-11 missiles and launchers from the spares box as only two came in the kit. Colours used for the splinter style camo scheme were, Model Master 1728 grey, Model Master 2121 grey and Model Master 2132 blue grey. Decals are the kit decals and they posed no issues. Build Photos. MiG-29SMT-50 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-29SMT-51 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-29SMT-52 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-29SMT-53 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-29SMT-54 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr
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  22. Thanks Tony, Bill, Keith and John - votes against ("pants" counts) Thanks Col and Giorgio - 'for' another try. I've sprayed the second disc with less 'smoke' and we'll have a look again when it's dry. While it's drying I got on with the wings. For those who would build 'wings folded' here are a couple of shots of the bits you get in the kit (uncleaned): Others have had gaps in the wings and I can see why - 'standard fit' gives this dihedral: Reference shots (not many face on) show this to be OK do we think? I think it's also there in one diagram I have (but can't share) so the top of the wings have been glued: If there are any desperate objections with better reference shots I can always break the join and try harder.
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  23. Thanks very much gents - I'm done More pictures in the gallery here The Airfix Beau is a really lovely kit but benefits from being handled with care and (what should be) the usual test-fits etc. The Alley Cat Early Beau conversion and the DK Decals transfer set - both were a pleasure to use by the way - pretty much guarantee a couple more Beaufighters in my future Thanks as usual to all who dropped by and chipped in, your company was, as always, a pleasure Cheers, Stew
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  24. It has been an up and down sort of a year, but I managed a few firsts (first resin kit, first AFV kit and first conversion). In a change from previous years, the majority of kist were started and completed within the year. Models generally brush painted with Tamiya and/or Italeri acrylics, with the occasional rattle can for white or silver finishes. Many thanks to all the support and kind comments I have had over the year from members of the collective. All the best to everyone for 2017. First, my annual "Christmas Holiday" build - the 1/72 scale Airfix Shackleton MR2. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234993874-birthday-shackleton-completed/ Compared with the Dambuster Lancaster I built last year: My first AFV - the Airfix 1/76 scale Cromwell. The CMK DH Vampire F1 in RAAF colours - my first resin kit build. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234988491-cmk-172-dh-vampire-f1-first-resin-build-completed/ The Airfix 1/72 DH Vampire T11. An Australia Day long-weekend quick build of an Australian Matilda (Airfix 1/76). Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234995908-australia-day-long-weekend-quick-build-australian-matilda-completed-2512016/ The 1:48 Airfix Seafire FXVII built for the Edgar Brooks Spitfire Group Build. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234999450-another-148-airfix-seafire-fxvii-completed-22515/ Another public holiday quick(ish) build, the 1:72 Airfix Beaufighter in SEAC colours. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235003501-172-airfix-beaufighter-in-seac-colours-public-holiday-quick-build-completed/ Another Airfix Beaufighter, this one finished in Operation Firedog colours. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235009448-172-airfix-beaufighter-tf10-operation-firedog-completed/ Both of my completed Beaufighters together: Another early Australian jet - Australia's first Gloster Meteor - 1:72 Cyberhobby (Dragon) F3. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235004166-australias-first-gloster-meteor-172-cyberhobby-dragon-f3/ And side by side with the Vampire F1 built earlier in the year. My long service leave build of the 1:48 Eduard Spitfire Mk VIII, Aussie Eight Dual Combo. Presenting the Vampire that would not die - was meant to be a quick build however some sunlight and a magnifying glass led to a bit of a delay, its the Xtrakit Vampire FB 5. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997939-mojo-renewing-quick-build-xtrakit-vampire-fb-5/&page=1 My first conversion, the Italeri 1/72 scale DC3 with the Red Roo Models conversion for the ARDU Project Ingara aircraft. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235005344-172-raaf-c-47-dakota-ardu-project-ingara-conversion-finished/ And finally the AIrfix 1/72 scale Grumman Martlet MkIV. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235012765-172-airfix-martlet-mk-iv-post-naveloplasty-build-finished/ Thanks for looking!
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  25. I'm with the others PC - she looks great! Definitely worth much more than 'Meh'... I mean, just look at those white bits!1 I'm with you Egbert! I enjoy building the kits and trying new techniques but my skill level, patience and attention to detail are far below the 'true modellers' here on BM. Aspirations are a OK but I need to be realistic or it just makes me grumpy. I've just spent a happy few minutes looking at Bill's latest RFI and, well, it's just way above what I think I could attain... I'm going to be happy assembling kits, trying new things and feeling smug when something goes right. It's supposed to be fun and I'm going to enjoy it! I hope Mrs P gets better soon and that you don't catch it. Debs told us at Telford that antibiotics are all about stopping the reproduction of nasty things which is why you need to complete the course to make sure they're all DEAD. Hopefully she's taken enough... 1 That reminds me of a story. At one point in my life I became too old to be a suitable partner for young ladies. No, really! I had to give up Dinosaur hunting too. Content with my new uncular role as a 'nice, harmless older man' I was still 'tested' on occasion. A lovely young thing I was working with had just come back from holiday and was nicely tanned. Responding to a suitable, non-threatening comment on this she surprised me by saying "Would you like to see my white bits?" and, before I could respond, held up her arm and moved back her watch strap...
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  26. When I was Nursing, I worked with a Dr De'Ath! Also with Dr. Payne, who was an excellent physician. Down the years of working in many different hospitals as an Agency Nurse, I worked with Dr. Howe, Dr. Ware, Dr. Wye, Dr. Wenn, and Dr Watt! I even worked with Dr. Hu (she was Chinese!)
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  27. Hi everyone. Just completed Tamiya's Bismarck 1/350 scale, This is the first ship model I have built in this scale. as this is the case i thought i would test my skill's out on lots of aftermarket parts. Eduards photo etch, detailing set, AA guns, Brass barrels, anchor chains, stairs and steps, catapult cable reels, water tight doors, port holes, ect ect. I really enjoyed the challenge and it was something different, I learned a lot for my next ship build in this scale which is H.M.S Warspite. sorry if the pictures are not of the best quality! was all off my phone camera! but I hope you enjoyed the pictures apart from the quality! Thank You Beezwhat12
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  28. Hey guys, This is my first build posted on britmodeller and I hope you all enjoy the build. I enjoyed the build apart from some of the fitting issues concerning the gun cowling and the two fuselage pieces. Its all OOB apart from some Tamyia tape seat belts and some Xtradecal swastikas, painted with brush using Humbrol acrylics and Vallejo Model Colours Hope you like it, Cam
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  29. I've found these David, one flying, two have or may be going to. John
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  30. Saw a car years ago now. Old red hatchback in Galashiels. The paint job was getting on but stencilled on the drivers door under the window was the silhouette s of three rabbits, a couple of pheasants and something else like fighter kill markings. Made me chuckle
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  31. Fortunately for me (since it would be my husbandly duty to interpose myself betwtixt you and receive uncomplainingly the blows meant for Mrs P) the hapless attendant vaulted out of the way and seemed weirded out when, to Mrs P's (minor, I grant you) displeasure, I apologized to her for the incident. Redhead. Subtle but important difference. No, no, dear boy! I think you produce exquisite replicas of reality in miniature, far beyond my skills! Not mere pedestrian weathering. Also, dullcoated the top of the Fencer, she looks pretty okay to me now: 2016-12-17_01-27-20 by Edward IX, on Flickr
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  32. Thank you both Gentlemen The sand arrived this morning. I have zero experience in diaphragmas excepting the obligatory crashed Bf109 I built as a kid (and yes, it was terrible) so my efforts were limited to randomly throwing sand at a piece of plywood. It's relatively clear here today, but that does not mean there's a north African-esque sunshire or Azure sky, but nevertheless anything I build stands a reasonable chance of total destruction thanks to cats / visiting children who behave like Tazmanian devils etc so I decided to photograph again using artificial light just incase this one gets wrecked by tomorrow lunchtime, so please forgive the self-indulgent photographs! And just to prove I did rivet the wings (not that it's visible in any other photographs - but perhaps that's for the best)
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  33. Current state of play: 20161216_165122 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20161216_165130 by Edward IX, on Flickr Meh, you know? I find that very difficult. I have poor colour perception and I absolutely hate mixing paint or fussing about with modulation. The stuff one seems to need to do to replicate this, for instance: Seems like it would be tedious and unpleasant. Or take the leading edge and badly fitting panels on this Seafire: Beyond me. Frankly I don't really feel like I'm a good enough modeller to paint what one actually sees, or that the time spent getting it right would be a worthwhile investment of a very limited resource for me. Not to say that what Alex or Cookie or Perdu or Tony or whomever does isn't impressive; it's just that I don't feel like experiencing the heartache required to get to their level. I fail enough in real life.
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  34. All these dits are all very well (and remind me to tell you about the French Navy "bag-rat" which consisted of a tray of peaches and a bottle of Bordeaux sometime...), but there is a model sitting somewhere at the root of it all. HGW rivets have had a big impact on this build, but for a short period I have been using some of their more prominent Archer rivals to depict a few rivets that are (even by Sea King standards) a tad more agricultural / prominent on the underside of the airframe. One of the excellent things about Archer rivets is how amenable they are to Microsol - apply them and give a good dose of Microsol, wait 5 minutes and they can be bent into all sorts of shapes... such as straight rivet lines ending up surrounding the sonar well: Less bendy, but also quite prominent, are the blooming' great bolts that seem to hold the main Doppler aerial and forward anti-collision light in place: I have also added the base plates for the two "Jezebel" blade aerials (sonobuoy reception) under the tail near the sonobuoy chute: These are just plastic card filed into a suitable wedge shape so that the aerials will be vertical in due course. The aerials will stay off for a while - at least until she sits on her undercarriage - partly to facilitate painting (they are black and the baseplates blue) and partly prevent them being pinged off at every opportunity when I rest the aircraft on its belly. Singing at a wedding tomorrow, so no time at the bench for a bit - but more soon. Crisp
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  35. Hi Joe - good defence! Thanks Giorgio - good tip. Sadly this gap wasn't even all the way down... While waiting for the filler to dry I thought I'd try something else. Something novel. Prompted by Michael's thread ( @Hirst89 ) on 'Propeller Blurs' here I thought 'Hmmm, that's a good point, all my models on the ceiling have 'frozen' props' and I did some research. To cut a long story short, the general opinion I have formed is: 'prop blur' where you can 'see the blades' occurs only in photographs videos vary depending on the quality of the camera (frame rate?) Sometimes you see the blades, sometimes you don't PE solutions are a bit expensive ($1 per blade, plus postage) and replicate blades frozen in photos other sites suggests using acetate discs and DIY Hold on to your hats boys! Measure the prop with my circle cutter and cut out a disc (or two): This proved harder than I thought as the circle cutter didn't go through in one cut and subsequent attempts made additional cuts. Rats. Cutting a strip of acetate and rotating the sheet, rather than the cutter, worked better. I then cut a mask slightly smaller than the disc (can you guess why?) and used a cocktail stick to guide it onto the disc. Then on with some Tamiya smoke (you need a 'see through' finish): Now, I don't have any clear yellow but we all know how well yellow doesn't cover. so I thinned the closest pot (aqueous) and sprayed it on: Disaster. I tried to wipe it off and spin it off but, basically, not a good attempt. It's drying now and you'll notice that the 'smoke' seems to be gathering too: I am called to dine now so will leave it overnight and we can all have another laugh in the morning.
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  36. At last - all done. (Well, except for the tail lights I just noticed are missing.) A really fun project from start to finish. Hard to believe this one has actually been going on for around 16 months. Lister cars in Cambridge couldn't have been more helpful and without them, this model wouldn't even exist. They helped me to make a model that is possibly the most 'accurate' one I've done. That isn't to say some parts have a bit of Artistic licence, but that's in the interests of not getting bogged down with stuff that is never seen. There are umpteen grotty fingermarks etc all over it that need cleaning off, along with a light polish. The last 2 pics are yours truly - just to give an idea of the size of this thing. I need a base and case so that's in the pipeline. For once, I have a model for ME. Thanks to those who were following my waffle and offered advice and support. Much appreciated. Right - back to the two C Type Jaguars... Roy.
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  37. Next of the bench is the Airfix kit of the Meteor F8. Smashing kit and I intend to make more. Please feel free to comment and thanks for looking. Dick
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  38. Morning folk's a pre Christmas quickie in the form of the old Airfix Banshee,if your mojo has deserted you grab something from way back and have some fun! This has been a real nostalgia trip I built one when new around 1980,the decal's were still useable apart from one of the Three "R" codes so I had to replace with a "T" from a spare Korean war period Corsair,Many thanks for looking at her.
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  39. This is RB521 as flown by Eric 'Winkle' Brown in 1946. It's the old Pegasus injected kit. There were two slightly different releases. This is the earlier of the two, the white one shown on the left - There was a lot of flash on the fuselage and the mating surfaces needed attention but the kit fit together well and has nice engraved detail. I used an Aeroclub white metal prop and exhausts. For its vintage and method of production, I was quite impressed with the kit. " Comments welcomed. Thanks for looking David
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  40. Good evening to all. Photo 1: the hatched portion has to be removed. It will be kept to use as template for the 0,3 mm alu foil replacement part, that will be so very easily made. The alu foil will be placed a bit higher. Photo 2: Several areas on the front part of the floor prevent the engine from going down and must be removed. I used for that a fine diamond disc with a long mandrel, to avoid damaging the frame while doing the job. Photo 3: the plastic is thick, 1,67 mm at this level (and much more on the tail...), its replacement with alu foil will save us 1,37 mm. Photo 4: the body, here is, still more, 2,34 mm. It must be made finer, sanding the inside with a big bur. I used a marker on the body (first outside, body on the frame, then inside, body separated) to see where the correction is necessary... Photo 5: the cut portion formed in the floor will be enlarged left side of around 4 mm. Photo 6: Well, that's it, my body may come down now on my frame. I didn' yet replace the part under the fairing but I am glad, it didn't go alone! Notice that the steering column makes now the good angle, but it is too long (steering wheel should be nearer from the fairing).
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  41. This is model #24 for the year, and #23 for my egg collection. Love these little models. This was built OOB except for the tape seat belts, and the rear firing m/g...that was replaced with as 1/16" piece of plastic tube. Painted in the North Atlantic scheme with MM enamels. All decals are from the box. Next up?? Three of the Tiger models "egg-esque" models. The Spitfire, the Lagg7 and the Ki84 Oscar. [/URL
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  42. Topside painted: and underside (I used Xtracolor PRU Blue): It's since had a bit of a rub-down with fine Micromesh and I've installed the cannon.
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  43. Darby is using a more traditional method to get his pie into orbit.
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  44. Been busy the past few weeks so almost everything stalled. Took off the masking, added all the small bits and put a couple of coats of Matt varnish on. Took a few photographs for here before seeing some up for the gallery. Has showed a couple of bits and pieces to touch up before posting in the gallery. Got rugby this afternoon and 825 junior returns from uni this afternoon also so will have to wait until tomorrow morning. Here are the interiors, the Eduard belts show up well and you can see some of my work in the observer's cockpit. I'm not 100% sure of the prop and spinner. They look a bit weedy. Tony O'Toole suggested a spare Rotol spinner from a Hurricane kit and I think I might see what I can find in the stash, I've made 3 or 4 Hurris/Sea Huris over the last couple of years. But in the meantime it will suffice. Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement.
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  45. What do I think? Hmm Not putting any kind of finer point to it P a n t s Better a spinner whizzing solo in my book, by far That looks like a Sea Fury's ha... well I'm sure you get the picture As her Ladyship ( where the hell that came from????) succinctly states, those imitations ALL look like a cruel joke to me Nothing works like having a mighty Centaurus bellowing away on your ceiling So Nothing works Sorry my old bean Still it passed away a few minutes of valuable modelling time I do that too
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  46. Sea Fury having sex with Martian's Flugelrad. I hate to be discouraging - least of all in one of your esteemed threads dearest Ced - but I don't recall ever seeing an example of the disk-blur approach that looked, well, satisfactorily blur-like. I think it's probably because the real thing is a cognitive effect of the human vision system, and trying to build a physical artifact to approximate that is an incredibly difficult proposition. Baroness Mandy
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  47. Called to dinner! Do you have a butler with a gong? Perdu stirred a few happy memories for me with his mention of 8 AEF at Shawbury, my first flight there was about 1960 ( my god, I can't really be that old. ) I'm also one who just cuts off the blades to represent spinning props, but well done you for going to all that trouble. Cheers John
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  48. Oh, it's real. And it's spectacular. My extensive experience in masking Spitfire camouflage (and foolish advertising of this fact) means I generally get household painting chores assigned to me and few excuses brooked. In truth, I think I made a few schoolboy errors that cost me a lot in terms of surface detail. Anyone exercising a modicum of care should get a better result. In other news, Mrs P is coming down with something, or rather, remains down with something, since she decided to stop taking her prescribed antibiotics...presumably because she was dropped on the head pretty hard as a child* and discounts the advice of subject matter experts for no reason. Amusingly, nothing enrages her more than when the parents of her students do it to her, so perhaps it's some twisted form of transference. Anyway, that means I'll soon be sick, and likely in Michigan as well, from the 22nd on, which is the worst of both worlds. I may risk a Christmas rupture and insist on staying home if I do fall before the onslaught of her germs. I don't mind being miserable for the holidays, but it's got to be one or the other, not both. * = This is unkind. She actually fractured her skull about eight years ago in a horrific cycling accident -- always wear your helmet, kids. Or better yet, don't ride bicycles.
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  49. Whereas we of the Naval persuasion took our galley and our beds with us when we travelled. Discomfort? Of course that's for the Soldiers and the Air Force. Meanwhile, we'll be in the Wardroom having a whet.
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  50. Most of the IDF M1's had the VVSS units with the upward sloping trailing arms and Dragon's items are a good starting point but could do with some improving. There ae twelve separate parts to each unit. At least Dragon supply the road wheels with backs to them unlike the hollow Tamiya ones and they also have the three bolt heads at the bottom of each unit which are missing from some makers kits. The later, plain pattern of drive sprocket was the most common one found on M1's. Dragon's sprockets come in four parts. There are four ways that the units can be improved. First, the track skid is a bit on the thick side. I thinned the leading edge down by scraping with a blade and cleaning up with a file. Second, the four retaining bolts for the track skid are missing, so I replaced them with heads using a punch and die set. The units weren't handed, so therefore could be fitted on either side of the tank. It just meant that the trailing arm could be bolted to the front or the rear. Whichever face it was bolted to, the opposite had four bolt holes in it. Where the rear trailing arm attaches to the unit there should be another four bolt heads, but before I fixed them in place I glued a thin piece of card (6mmX4.5mm) there to cover the join line which would have been nigh on impossible to get rid of because of where it is. Next up, the tracks. John.
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