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PlaStix last won the day on December 25 2016

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  1. Thank you very much Matt. It's the first time I've done any weathering over camo in this scale so a bit of a trial and error was involved. The two previous 1/35 tanks I build were just the base colour. It think a lot of my weathering was helped by the amount of lovely surface texture Tamiya have provided on this kit. Thank you very much Stu - most kind! Hi Ozzy and thank you very much. When will we be seeing your rather lovely zimmerited version in the RFI section? Hi Vince and thank you very much too! Hi Rob. The lovely texture finish is all down to Tamiya - the dry-brushing just managed to show off the effect they have provided. Yeah the Panther decal was a pain. It went on really well and looked great until the matt varnish went on and then they silvered big time - hence the heavy weathering in those areas! I am intending to reply to everyone but I'm going to do them in blocks of five rather than in one big reply. Thank you all again for taking the time to comment. Kind regards, Stix
  2. Having just finished building two tanks it's time to get on with this Mossie project. I have been doing some thinking and planning with regards getting the props working. These are the kits instructions for the engines, propellers and spinners: The main problem I have (compared to when I have usually installed motors in kits that were not intended to be motorised) is that Tamiya, on this kit, have designed it so the prop shaft is static and fixed to the engines as can be seen here: The 1/48 aircraft kits I have added motors to before have usually had the prop shaft fixed on the back of the spinner. This has allowed me to use the Airfix adapter piece to attach the prop shaft to the shaft of the motor. I am having to use smaller motors anyway - there isn't enough space in the engine nacelles to fit an Airfix motor, despite me buying two specially. So my main problem is to ensure everything lines up properly. My first job was to remove the fixed prop shaft from the engine and create the hole for the shaft to pass through: I cut away the shaft using my cutters and then used a round file to reintroduce the half hole on the side the shaft was cut away from. I have some 2mm copper tubing which I have drilled out with a micro-dril to the correct diameter for the motors shaft: The hole in the end of the engine is just a fraction larger than the diameter of the copper tube which will hopefully mean it will spin okay. The polycaps Tamiya provide fit quite nicely on the tubing: ....and in the centre of the prop: With this all glued together in the prop I'm hoping this will be a suitable way to get the prop to spin. My next problem is how to fix the motor centrally in the nacelles: I think I have a way by building on the insides of the flat surfaces backing onto where the exhausts attach on the outside. More soon. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  3. Hi Julian. Hope you are well. As usual, when I visit to check on your project, I always enjoy looking at the level and thought and attention to detail you put into your modelling. Stunning progress as always. Kind regards, Stix
  4. Hi Badder. Hope you are keeping well. I have just been catching up with your ever-evolving project and it all seems to be going rather splendidly. I do like the way you solve any problems you have with the build - very inventive! I keep thinking I must have a go at a scenic Mini Art kit at some point but I will probably build the first one just OOB. I will definitely keep this project of yours for future reference though. Kind regards, Stix
  5. Good to see more progress. Shame about the tracks but you can always disguise them with whatever you include on your scenic base. Looking forward to more. Kind regards, Stix
  6. That looks really excellent Glynn! Great paintjob! Kind regards, Stix
  7. Hi Nigel. That certainly does look great with the skull and crossbones in place. I'm not a fan of the decal stages. I often chose the version of whatever I'm going to make based on how easily I think I'll be able to cut the clear backing film away from the codes. Curved numbers, especially with enclosed clear film - 6, 8 and 9, for example I try to avoid! Of the ones I've used I think Tamiya's are some of the hardest to work with because they are so thick and don't want to conform to detail - even with decal solutions applied. Good luck with applying the rest of them. Kind regards, Stix
  8. Excellent progress again Carius! This is going to be a stunning model! Kind regards, Stix
  9. It's always like looking at photos of the real jeep when visiting this thread. Very realistic modelling! Well done. Kind regards, Stix
  10. Excellent progress Francis! It's all coming together beautifully! Kind regards, Stix
  11. Both of those are superb Stu - beautifully built and finished. I have the Revell T-90 in the stash so I have bookmarked this for future reference - thank you! Kind regards, Stix
  12. Absolutely superb model building, detailing and finishing! Very well done!
  13. That really is very impressive! Superb modelling and finishing effects. Very well done. Kind regards, Stix
  14. Hi Bernd. Hope you are well and great to see more lovely progress. As Greg said above - the photoetch is really going to bring these to life. It's going to add another dimension to these kits. Very impressive! Kind regards, Stix
  15. Thank you very much Lloyd for your kind comments. I certainly will keep on encouraging Mrs P - she seems to be really enjoying the whole hobby - even down to the expanding the stash stages! When she first started she used to only make her kits when I was making mine whereas now I can find her somewhere working on something on her builds. She started a new AFV build at the weekend. Thank you very much John, most kind! I think you are probably right - the logs would have it! Thank you very much John for your kind comments. The figures were quite nicely detailed I have to say. Hi Bernd. Hope you are keeping well. Thank you very much for your kind comments. I have noticed they do quite a lot. I may well try some more of their range at some point. Hi Hewy and thank you very much. No static applicator was involved. The base turf is just the scatter type - held on with watered down PVA glue and all the rest is grass tufts - mostly from the Army Painter range. Kind regards, Stix