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  1. Since I seem to have hit some leaves on the rails over in my Pullman Car build and have been stymied by my nemesis, the unassuming but terrifying nightmare otherwise known as... the paint job, I thought I should try and refresh my batteries by trying a diversion - namely, starting self flagellation another build. I've had this one in the stash for a while, and my interest was sparked by @HL-10's very nice Fly 1:32 Wessex build (sorry, don't know how to add that nice little box thingie with the preview) so I thought what the heck, let's give it a go. What's the worst that can happen ? Well, let's get some things straight before we start... this will not be a quick build. I just can't do quick builds. Also, as my slightly battered psyche joyrides on the sinusoidal monorail that is mojo, I will probably switch back and forth between this build and the Pullman Car to keep things (namely me) interested. Scratchbuilding? Well it goes without saying - yes, there will be lots of scratch building. There may even be some 3D printed parts or some resin parts cast up. Let's wait and see shall we? So what are we dealing with here ? Well, here's a couple of bits of 1/32 Wessex taped up and sitting in front of my 1/32 Pullman Car (yes, it's just the chassis so far, and yes, it's upside down). I never realized just how close they were in size to each other before. I'm going to need a bigger display case. and we're off! I actually glued two parts together 'scuse the 1:1 feet photobombing the picture. As this thread continues, I'll try and (constructively) review the kit. So far there are some nice aspects, and some not so nice aspects that I have come across. The most immediately apparent is the lack of any alignment features which is proving troublesome, particularly as the parts also have different wall thickness - you can't just go and glue a tab on the back of one part as the surfaces then end up at different heights. Then, part edges aren't square - tale a look at the gap on the reverse face here. (That will be dealt with later after the glue has cured) So, a short post to start the proceedings, but more to follow as mojo is rising
  2. Nice tip Tony - thanks. I think I found what the issue was - I'm using Aizu tape, not the Tamiya masking stuff. On a closer inspection today I found that the Aizu tape has an almost waxy finish to the non sticky side - very flat with no discernible texture to it at all. I tried the scalpel scrape but it didn't seem to make much difference. More of that later, but first the mundane stuff. With the Itsa-ey kit, you have to install the tail rotor before closing up the fuselage. Rather than opt for the kit method of gluing a plastic disc to the rotor shaft on the inside - which I couldn't since I had already cut it off so the rotor could actually rotate IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION (yes italeri, that note was for you...) I chose to use a small brass tube. I had already fitted a brass shaft week or two ago - all I had to do was cut a small length of tube and slip it over the shaft. I put a drop of ca on it to hold things in place, then my distrust of ca kicked in and I opted for a simpler method - just squeeze the tube with my sprue cutters - but not cutting all the way through. That provided a nice secure joint. The fuselage could then be closed up though not before a moment of panic set in. I thought I should put the roof on the cabin first - I picked up the instructions, saw the roof, then proceeded to search for it... fruitlessly. I checked the instructions again - there it was... part something or other on fret C. Now where had fret C gone to? I checked. I checked again. No fret C! Checked both boxes, still no fret C. Damnit! How can I lose a whole fret? Small parts yes. Even big parts, yes, but a whole steenkin' fret? Check again. Oh. Pick up the right instructions this time... NOT the Fly instructions. Ah... there's no cabin roof on the italeri version. I might stick one in later though.... as long as it comes out of a box. Then it was time to close up the fuselage to look like some creation fit for a poorly made SyFy channel C movie. How long before I break that tail rotor off? After the panic had settled down I decided to pick my nose. This one. From Italeri. Crap innit? Nice sharp angles when there should be smooth roundness. Imaginary panel lines, and general wrongness. That got beaten to death with a sanding stick. (then promptly forgot to take an 'after' photo.) But now back to 1/32ness. QRB's and stuff. This time I think I got it. I really didn't like my earlier attempt at the buckles and had to do something else... anything else. After ratching round everything - my spares box, my PE spares box, another box, and still finding nothing approaching suitable I hit on the idea of lead wire. Mmmnnnn seemed promising. I took a piece of 0.03" lead wire and went to flatten it in my vice. Then remembered I broke my vice last week I ended up holding the wire in the (broken) vice and slamming the jaws together until the wire looked flat enough. (Note to self - buy new vice!) Once flatness was achieved I dropped a small puddle of ca onto the flat wire then laid 3 pieces of 0.0.1" wire across it. I end was cut adjacent to the 0.01" wire and I left a little bit of flat wire showing when I cut the other end. This looks a little better than my previous attempt I think. and actually looks worse once painted up The 'danglies' were left over bits of 'webbing' ca'd into position. and from t'other side.... I have since added the lap belts and forgot to take visualistic evidence for you lot. One seat down, one to go. Progress though innit.
  3. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    I love that Aizu tape. I bought a selection of all the different widths. Great stuff - which reminds me I must be due to buy some more. good luck with getting the he build finished in time.
  4. Catching Pictures in the Air

    looks like I can bring my ball back again then. Oooh novel idea. You've probably thought of this already, but you might want to cover the metal plate with some felt - to protect your underbelly paint work Just to be clear.... for painting and weathering? A nice update there Tony though there is an impending tinge of sadness accompanying each of these latter updates... as much as I love seeing the progress I know that each of these milestone markers brings us ever closer to the cessation of the project that's it! Ball's going home with me again!
  5. I have been making threatening noises about this build for some time now - and now it's time for me to make a start. I have been gathering materials and resources over the last few months - still a few critical items to lay my hands on but I think I have enough to make a start. A bit of history: A few years back I was lucky enough to be given the job of redesigning an original Pullman carriage. The owner wanted it to run on the tracks again and after a spate of rail crashes in the UK, rail regulations were tightened considerably. This carriage was originally a wooden bodied carriage so there was no way the authorities were going to let that back on the tracks without some serious modifications. My job was to survey the carriage and come up with a design (in steel) that would allow it back on the tracks. I was lucky in that many original features were still contained in that wooden shell, which we were able to reuse. In short, we brought the carriage up to Edinburgh, removed (or rather, smashed) the wooden structure until we were left with just the chassis. The carriage was then rebuilt (in steel) as close to the original design as we could, while being very sympathetic to the original styling. Since then I have always wanted to build a scale model of the carriage - I still have all the drawings I made during that two year stint, and my model is going to be based on those, at 1/32 scale. I have some idea of how I am going to tackle some of the build, but mainly no idea about most of it. I just know that I am going to have to scratch just about everything. Here's a few shots of the drawings I am working with. First up, the chassis and sideframe structure.... (just an overview) The vestibule ends - which gave us a lot of trouble to design, as structurally, they take the brunt of any collision forces. Incidentally, my name, along with others on the project team, has been stamped on the shear plate in the vestibule ceiling. Lastly, here's what the carriage should end up looking like. This particular carriage was important as it was the last of it's type ever constructed, way back in 1951. Unusually, it has square windows at the kitchen and toilet areas - these were usually oval on Pullmans. I believe this is running today and can be booked for private charters - a bit more expensive than your standard BR ticket though. As always with my builds, this is not going to be a quick one - I reckon on about two years or more to build this one, but I have to make a start somewhere! So, to begin, the chassis plans printed out to 1/32 scale Some bits and bobs ready to begin. As you can see, this is going to end up around 600mm or so in length The first cuts begin.... oops did I mention that I am building the chassis in brass ? I should also mention that I am going to try and stay as true as possible to the original chassis structure/design. What on earth am I doing here??? Too late - I've started..... now I just need to learn how to solder lumps of brass together btw I placed this thread in the vehicles section as it seems to get a lot more traffic than the trains forum. Mods feel free to move it if I have broken any laws
  6. you should be able to see them now that Mike has performed his voodoo
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. *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
  10. 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.
  11. 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!)
  12. 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
  13. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Don't you mean 'those needles are a sharp tip' ?
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. No. I think that's the right caption. Weren't they standard issue?
  18. is that all ? I'd be euphoric ally over joyed
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. Catching Pictures in the Air

    wow. I sneak off for a couple of days and look what I missed. We've had Fauvists, Colourists, Impressionists, and now we can add Baronists to the genre immaculately non-immaculate paintwork there Mr Baron sir. You have now thoroughly intimidated those of us who pour a dollop of wet colored stuff in the airbrush cup and hope we're pointing it in the right general direction when we hit the splurge lever. You could have a second income setting up training classes in this art form. the lunar landscapes are nice too, which for some reason reminds me of these folks from my formative years
  22. at least you won't be getting bored over the next few days. Do you ever wonder what it would be like to get a kit that fit together well, had all the detail you required, was in the right scale, and was accurate.... would you ever want to build it?
  23. really nice work Bill. The casts look good and with your additional fettling will surely come alive
  24. okay, okay. Two boxes. ... and a packet ... and another packet ... and an envelope close enough!