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hendie last won the day on December 29 2017

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  1. you should be able to see them now that Mike has performed his voodoo
  2. well, bits of it did come out of one don't rush me Bill, those birthdays are already approaching far too fast I'm still not convinced though - it still looks a bit scrappy to me. Nope they are staying faithfully true to Italeri's ignorance and incapability to just look at a few pictures in Italeri's own words.... I'm just lazy - it seemed an easier option than trying to fix Italeri's offering
  3. Catching Pictures in the Air

    that interior is looking absolutely top notch. Your actors have been trained well and they're looking quite naturally posed and not too wooden. Music? If they're reading Playboy up there, then given half the chance I think they'd have been listening to the late Mr Interior and his partner Ms Ivy
  4. *cough* It's been a little time since I posted anything of the 'here's bits I stuck together' nature. I hope to rectify that this evening with a bit of an update. First though I need to read back through the last page or so to find out where on earth I was and where I (thought) I was heading. The two don't always coincide. Let's start with the tiddly one ('cos not really much work got done on it's bigger brother), and hope I can remember why I took each of the piccies. Bear with me as I'll probably get some of them out of sequence as well. Old age doesn't come alone. No doubt I will have missed out some important aspect of the build as well. So, anyways... I harvested the primer farm I planted the other week and most of the blooms had flowered into color - saving me a lot of painting. I did remember to make my own fire extinguisher then got as far as sticking it on before I discovered that the pavla resin bits came with a fire extinguisher... 'doh! All the throttle handles had broken off (if they were ever there in the first place) so I cut a small length of rod, stuck that in place and painted it blue. Stand far enough back and it's almost convincing. Bill - how do you do this on a daily basis ? I mean work with these devils eye strainers of 72 scale? My admiration for you increases the more my eyes hurt... and as for painting the darn things... ouch! Shaky hands and poor eyesight do not a good paint job make. I slapped some other shade of blue on the back seats. The blue is a bit ehrrr vivid in these photo's but not as lurid in the flesh. They do need toned down with a bit of clear matt though. and in my dotage I only just remembered to make the small map/doc holder about the drivers seat. Looking at the outside of the Wessi I realized that since I am using the H34 version then the fuel caps were in the wrong place and I needed to add Wessex ones. I also need to cut off that sticky outy bit just aft of the rear window. A carbide drill soon took care of the new fuel filler positions Fuel fill points opened out with a needle file, and the incorrect parts filled with uhmmn... filler. I did look at the Italeri "Wessex" version of this and the fuel filler points are still in the same place... wrong. All they did was open up the windows to change it from a Sikorsky to a Westland. Some body should really take a trip over there and tell those guys... Some plastic was shaved off the inside - so I could get closer to the outside - then filled with scrap plastic sheet Which then allowed me to drop two little slices of rod into the recess to make an illusionary filler port in (hopefully) the near enough correct position. Well, more correcter than Italeri ever managed. Small transparencies were glued in place. Then I realized that one of them didn't quite come flush to the outer skin - thankfully I had only glued them in position with Formula 560. The offending article was levered out and much fettling was then performed to get the little blighter to fall into line with the others. Once I was happy with the fit, it was glued in with the white stuff, and when that had cured, I dribbled CA around the join to make it a bit more secure - one side at a time while the window was protected with masking tape. By now I was getting bored with the interior and added the droopy snake. along with the heater ducting along the floor and finished off by adding some lengths of scrap wire... and that's ALL I'm doing. This is an Out Of The Box build you know! Unnecessary bumps were removed from the outer skin, which reminds me.... must go to the doctor to see about those skin tags and the redundant holes filled up above were sanded flush again. Starting to look a bit more like a Wessex now. Brass mesh was brought into play to tidy up the tail where I had removed italeris attempt to annoy me. The mesh is just pressed into place - if I add glue it's just going to wick into the mesh and block it up. I'm hoping friction and paint are going to do the job for me here. I may live to regret that. Now things get a little more exciting. Continuing with my out-of-the-box theme, I pulled some brass tube out of the box and started cutting it. First though I ran the cutter around the tube without completely cutting through it. I just wanted a small groove in the brass. Why ? Because I'm making a couple of these... Exhausts. I had to do this on my last Wessex build as the kit supplied parts are just rubbish. No going back now The kit parts aren't anywhere near round, and there's no way you can achieve anything like scale thickness with the kit parts. Here the brass is thinned down just a bit on the outer edge, and already looks way better than the plastic. Dry fit shows that it may just be possible - provided I remove a bit more of the plastic seam, and the remaining ca that's wicked around the seam. Still better than the kit part though. In case you are wondering - that seat is not for this kit Remembering that Italeri also got the direction of rotation on the tail rotor wrong, I decided that instead of removing each individual blade, I would just cut out any bits in the center and reverse those instead. That was followed by drilling out the linkage attachment points. ( hint - kit parts are rubbish again) Now for something completely different. I made two of these little fellows. Nice aren't they? Once slice of strene rod, followed by a sliver of a smaller diameter rod, then topped off with a slice of square rod which has had all four 'flats' fluted with the end of a needle file. Sort of looks like an unhappy little blue-tac creature here But things get better when these are turned into the seat belt clip holder thingy. I'm having a bash at making the seat belts from aizu tape. Once more paint is thrown on the clip mechanism it looks a lot better Fly actually provide for these in the kit - etched parts in fact. Unfortunately one part is a flat circle, and the other part is a flat circle with a bit hanging off it - both way overscale and utterly unconvincing. Unfortunately Fly's seat belt clips are also way oversize, though I may be able to use the smaller ones shown here Aizu tape painted some German blue color - seems a decent color match for the real thing. Now the hard part.... buckles, or as we modelers call them.... wire wrapped around a narrow thing It looks like the Fly smaller seat belt catch is going to work, but I'm not convinced about my buckles. I'm also not convinced about the tape as a substitute for the belt I'll need to mull this one over. More experimentation required methinks. Now I can get back to some train work.... more color sanding tomorrow and maybe a touch of Pullman Umber before the weekend is over. Toodle pip
  5. When you get down to small parts, don't ignore the efficacy of a new scalpel blade - score the brass a few times, then a quick fold back and forth will work to separate the pieces.
  6. Catching Pictures in the Air

    Not really , just general confusion with sports in general btw..... this is not a ground hog's throw from my house (still trying to get rid of the ground hog) - seriously! (on both counts!)
  7. All my images are there Bill, unfortunately they're just not here! I'm going to give it another week or so and then make a decision one way or t'other
  8. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Don't you mean 'those needles are a sharp tip' ?
  9. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Yes Yes Yes well, I was waiting for the 'I must have put them in a safe place' excuse and the return trip to meet the nice little haberdashery assistant again. Sticky-uppy bits are looking good
  10. Catching Pictures in the Air

    I don't think I want to play any more. If I had a ball, I'd take it home.
  11. there is a workaround - replace all the '.org' in the photo's with '.cc' However, some of my photo's are still showing up - so I don't know if they are doing anything in the background to automate that change. They also haven't stated if the change from .org to .cc is temporary or permanent. With all that going on I'm hesitant to upload a bunch of photo's if they're going to be defunct in another month or so. So frustrating
  12. No. I think that's the right caption. Weren't they standard issue?
  13. is that all ? I'd be euphoric ally over joyed
  14. well this kind of sucks like a big sucky thing on a stick dunnit? Postimage has gone awol and no news on whether it will be back as an ORG or stay as a CC I'm hesitant to start uploading photo's to the new site if they are going to change back sometime soon. I've even more hesitant to go site hunting for a new host. Short story then.... still working away but photo's will have to wait until a resolution is forthcoming
  15. Catching Pictures in the Air

    wonderful stuff Tony. The interior is looking very nice - a bit used, but not overly weathered. Those moody shots up above show that the colors are working together I really must try and emulate your carefree abandon approach with paint techniques.