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CedB last won the day on January 22

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About CedB

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    Bashing kits into submission
  • Birthday 28/05/54

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    WW2 Europe 1/72 aircraft kit builds.

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  1. again! You do make me laugh, m'lord! I first stumbled across the 'nudist set' in a shop window somewhere 'abroad' (no, not Amsterdam, I think it was in France) and just assumed that such dioramas were common in 'foreign parts'. It does beg the question though as to how one can obtain suitable 'real life' reference shots without having your collar felt - or any other part of your anatomy actually. I'll look forward to the 50 Shades of FAA diorama!
  2. Thanks Keith - squeeze the mould? Scary! I'll give it a try though, thanks. Thanks Erik - great link and top tip; those fillets look great don't they? Thanks Cookie - I used Keith's idea of some sprue soup, although mine had become rather gloopy so I've (now) added some more liquid poly. Needs a bit of sanding but, as Keith says, there'll be more strength there. While the soup was drying I used Joe's tip of strapping down the model and attached the tailplanes, located underneath with BluTak and supported with Lego: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Why oh why do they insist on butt-joins? Horrid. One tip - if you're using TET make sure the BluTak is tight to the fuselage or the glue may run underneath and give you some sanding to do (ask me how I know)!
  3. Very neat work on the capped fairings Cookie - that must have been fiddly. Equally so the tail wheel well - bit of an omission in the kit eh? All three are looking grand
  4. Hi PC - pleased that Winnie's recovered, tiring thought it may have been. Little ones don't understand why they're ill and it's often scary for them, and us, causing lots of crying and upset... it gets better! Great work on the LE stripes (very neat masking) and those D-day stripes look spot on to me - the tape works! Good job
  5. I'll believe anything nowadays. Hey, wait a minute, that Adam set has twelve heads but only seven torsos! Seven right legs but only six right ones? What's going on! After assembly I would imagine the bench would look like a Saturday night out in [insert your rough town here]!
  6. Spitfire Thanks Keith, Rob and Bill. Bill your comment made me think and check for 'old mould' signs and sure enough there were lines and blobs on both fuselage and wings. You can just see the sort of thing I mean here: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr I've tried to edit that in Flickr's 'Aviary' but it won't save... see the 'burr' on the back of the top wing join? Well it's off now. With a bit more scraping with the Citadel seam tool we have this join: Ignore the black blur down the front - it's the Berna clamp. I think some PPP will sort that tomorrow. Pilot moulding Thanks Giorgio. I couldn't resist splitting mould No 1 and seeing how it went: The instructions on the release agent say not to get it on the master 'to avoid loss of detail' so I'd carefully avoided the parts - and had to cut the rubber apart in some places. Lesson learnt; make sure the release agent is all over the rubber! It's hard to see the detail on the mould eh? However, it is easy to see that these holes are not going to be enough to inject some resin with a pipette / syringe: so I've carefully widened the openings a bit with tweezers and a scalpel: That should be wide enough, but I'm still going to pre-fill the moulds with resin in the holes before closing the halves and injecting some more to, hopefully, avoid missing feet!
  7. Thanks Keith - sprue soup, that's an idea... except it needs sanding (yuk) and mine's a bit hard and shiny. Thanks Alex, Tony, Christer and Leon for the support. More pilot moulding. I realised that the second (new) mould is behind the other one so I took off the Lego: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr and trimmed off the rubber that had leaked through the gaps in the bricks. I realised I hadn't shown the Plasticine removal last time (probably because I was worried about it) but it peels off really easily: Nice clean subjects after a bit of excess removal (I did the right-hand bloke's head after this shot): Rubber in - another 24 hour wait and I'm 'out to lunch' tomorrow. Oh, the tension!
  8. Gorgeous Neil, just gorgeous. I stared at that picture for a long time thinking "I can't do that" on so many items. Great stuff Sir!
  9. Thanks Sarge If you happen to see the competition please let me know... a commission sounds expensive though?
  10. 'Psycho' razor key - fascinating stuff Matt. I still prefer Tony's suggestion of "... some sort of device for winding up forum members"
  11. They look great Sarge and the drivers come with exchangeable heads - handy (with apologies to Her Majesty). Pity he doesn't do WWII RAF pilots, I'd be a customer in seconds!
  12. Thanks PC - 'keep it up using support behind the seat', good advice Thanks Tony for the 'Tiger method' - 'I then started a weird approach'; cheeky! The problem on this kit is the short-run / old moulds resulting in curved, rather than straight, joins... check out the 'short shot' leading edge and the curved fillet so even the 'Tony method' would be gappy. It will succumb to sanding / trimming and filler! I find PPP works best using the 'Rob method' - applied with a small spatula, smoothed with a moist finger and cleaned up with a damp cotton bud. We shall see how these work out - I might have to use Humbrol filler or Milliput to allow re-scribing and re-shaping and will probably try some Milliput while I'm filling the tailwheel. Thanks John - in my ignorance I had to look up 'wing fillet' and, assuming it's nothing to do with cuts of chicken, I now know it's the bit on the fuselage that covers the wing join. Something else learnt. I think you're right that that's the main problem, although both parts are curved at the join rather than straight so I'll need to try and straighten them up. More later!
  13. Looking very good PC, great finish. " paint blended seamlessly with the old, with no stepping or discolouration around where the paint had lifted" - move to Colorcoats to be seriously considered, again. "It feels exactly like Tamiya tape, and I'm pretty pleased with it so far. The big test will be the other Spitfire's D-Day stripes" - 3M tape on shopping list - check. Wear a mask, don't wear a mask... hmmm. 'I refuse to exchange my current modelling comfort* for another few years in the nursing home'. MST3K - still on the list to watch but all those episodes! * Insert your favourite 'dangerous pleasure' here
  14. Intricate work indeed, your poor eyes... but looking really good, well done Sir! Have a good trip Nigel and hurry back!
  15. Thanks Tony - please don't feel guilty, it was a kind gift and, as Cookie says, it's no Airacuda! Thanks PC - one side of the i/p snapped off anyway when I trimmed it (it's very thin in the middle of the bottom) but I won't tell if you don't. If you chop the whole bottom off, how do you keep the floor up? Thanks Leon! Thanks Cookie - my fault for not checking, even with the labels. Thanks Keith - I hope you had a good weekend I've progressed a bit with the Spitfire and now reached the 'you should have done it the other way' bit - dry fitting the wings. Some people fit the bottom wing to the fuselage and then the tops of the wings. Some people say NO, fit the wings together and then fit them to the fuselage. Either way you won't overcome the short-run problem: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr The wings don't fit. Take your pick. You can also see where the split wing parts (the flaps are part of the top half) force the leading edge out. You could sand the back or the front. So many choices... I'm being very patient waiting for the rubber to cure. More tomorrow.