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Andy Robbins

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  1. Eduard FW 190 A8/R2

    Wow! Not used one in years. My dad taught me how to use one. He was a loco builder and used them for lining out. He was originally a draughtsman. When I learned drawing, they were out in favour of Rotring pens...
  2. Eduard FW 190 A8/R2

    It's the 1/72 one. One of the choices from the Royal Edition.
  3. Mini F-Clamps

    A bit like toolmaker's clamps, only without the screw threads.
  4. Eduard FW 190 A8/R2

    The kit decals were fine, by the way. A few needed some solvent, but the majority were no problem. The wing walks were a pain, but only because I couldn't get them straight.
  5. Eduard FW 190 A8/R2

    I've built two now, and I found that on both, the common problem wasn't getting the fuselage to fit, but getting the starboard wing to close at the root, and then to get the wing to fit to the fuselage. I found that carving away the inside of the top wing half at the root, and then doing the same to the undercarriage bay insert, the problem disappeared. You have to be fairly confident (and brave!) because you go quite close to digging a hole in both pieces, but it does work. If you drop the undercarriage bay in place, and sort of shake the lower wing, the bay finds its own location. The same thing happens with the upper gun bay hatch. Tamiya Super Thin is your friend with this kit, but don't use the brush in the lid. It's too 'all or nothing'. Use a fine paint brush. Take your time and you won't need filler, but it's not a 'shake-n-bake'. I've thought about brass tubing, but I'm a cheapskate. It's the only way I can afford MR Paint.
  6. Folland Gnat T.1, Airfix 1/48

    Oh my days! That's incredible! Both the model and the photography.
  7. Eduard FW 190 A8/R2

    Mainly out of the box, sprayed with MR Paints, using Kyle's Top Notch masks. Hypodermic needle guns- a swine to cut! I've left off the pitot tube- the kit one broke, and despite best efforts I couldn't reattach it. Likewise the aerial. I wasn't going to risk spoiling it trying to get EZ Line to stick.
  8. As promised in January, here are some pics of my Eduard 190A. its the first kit I've finished in about 18 months- severe mental illness doesn't make for happy, finished models... So this is a bit of a victory in many ways. Hope you like. PS sorry about the pics- a photographer I ain't. If you look in one of them, you can see George looking appraisingly..
  9. Helllp!!! (Eduard 1/72 190)

    Yeah, it's a bit of both- it's one of the things that need doing. I'm waiting til I've done the tail wheel then I can carefully spray the last bits. I need to do some other touching up- complicated by my over excitement in unmasking the canopy before the last moment. Gator Glue dries quite glossy too, so a little drop of matt on some of the more obvious spots is needed. Mental illness is a swine- it has led to pretty much every project in heaven knows how long meeting an untimely end before completion, despite my work being fairly ok. I get so far with it, and then the demons start pointing out every single fault. The 190 has taken every ounce of willpower to complete. It's a big step in recovery. That's not to say don't give feedback, mind...
  10. Helllp!!! (Eduard 1/72 190)

    Thanks, Graeme. It's not completely finished, I just wanted to put progress in the original thread. When it's done, the pics will go in RFI. I'm quite pleased with it though, I must say.
  11. Helllp!!! (Eduard 1/72 190)

    Right, second time lucky... Edited to add thank you Steve, it worked!
  12. Helllp!!! (Eduard 1/72 190)

    Knickers! They didn't post. If anyone can help with that, I'd be grateful. I did what the guide said, but all I got was what's above. I removed the links to try and sort it, but now I can't get into photobucket at all. I've got to go out, and I'll try again later.
  13. Helllp!!! (Eduard 1/72 190)

    Ok..... here goes. It's not quite finished- some touching up required to hide Gator Glue blogs, and finish the tail wheel. I've also got to cut up some hypodermic needles to make guns, but you get the idea.
  14. Helllp!!! (Eduard 1/72 190)

    It's coming on. I couldn't get the AML ones to fit, so for speed I used a set from another Eduard kit, and bought the Aires ones to replace them. Rough pics of progress once I can work out how to post.
  15. I've discovered Mr Paint. Not cheap, but thin, dense pigments, dry fast, and bomb proof. They don't lift with Tamiya tape, and don't scratch unless you are brutal. I like the colours too. Some of the German ones are perhaps a bit dark- the RLM 74, for example, but generally, they look good to my eye. You do need a mask though. They are serious lungbusters. I've started to leave aqueous acrylics behind for main colours. I stopped liking the thickness, having to strip the coat if some of it peels because the outline of the scratch shows up. I also found that because they are a liquid vinyl resin, they start to soften with excessive handling, and you leave fingerprints, even when they are long dry. Tamiya and Misterkit are ok, but the likes of Vallejo, AK, etc are bad for it. I still use acrylics for detail painting, but that's about it.