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Stew Dapple

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  1. Thanks PC, Steve. I myself came of age in the 1980s, the decade that brought forth Yuppies and untrammelled greed so am not really in a position to either poke fun at or criticise any other decade to which anyone might feel sentimentally attached. If I can say anything in defence of the 70s and 80s at least some decent music was produced and most of the social change that happened (and the ongoing repercussions of it) were neither the fault nor the intention of most of the ordinary people just getting on with their lives much as people are doing today. I'm not sure how today will look from the rearward-facing perspective of 20 years time, I hope it will be simply an amusing abnormality Thank you David, that's pretty much how I felt about this kit, but I was also hoping if the Emily sold well enough Hasegawa might consider re-tooling the Mavis, in which case I'd be in the same boat as you Another one of those little ideas I mentioned before - Hasegawa have shaped one of the little moulding bobbles on each clear part so that you can tell the direction it should be fitted in: A lot of the windows would be reversable anyway but some of them are oriented so it does make a virtue of a necessity. I fitted the wing observation/inspection windows: ... and made some sponge plug-masks for the engines using cut-offs from a washing-up sponge: I had planned to get some paint on the fuselage interior by the end of the weekend but there turned out to be quite a lot of interior and I wanted to get them all put together so I can paint them in one session. First was the fore-and-aft fuselage bulkhead and wing-spars: Then I started assembling the cockpit parts - this radio: ... is moulded hollow at the back, and the back faces forward so could be visible through the canopy - I blocked off the back with a little plastic card: ... but of course when the rest of the interior is fitted it turns out the hollow back of the radio would probably have been hidden by the Navigator's chair. Still, it only took a minute. The cockit interior has a lot of detail: Hasegawa do provide transfers for the IP, the radio and the Flight Engineers panel; Eduard do a rather nice etched set if you really wanted to go to town on it. Here's the rear fuselage section with the platform for the dorsal gunner and the walkway and waist gunner's position: ... and here's how it fits in: You won't be able to see any of this once the fuselage is closed up. I also assembled the interior parts of the nose section (I remembered to drill out the holes for the radar array too): ... and finally here's the rear gunner's station, just tacked in so I can spray the interior colour: I can't help but think that thing on the back wall of the turret looks like a giant toilet-paper dispenser... Anyway that's the interior parts mostly stuck, some can be popped out again for ease of painting later... hopefully I can get some paint on this week. Cheers, Stew
  2. Ha I know what you mean, that's how I feel about 1/48 Good to see you haven't lost your mottling mojo, I'd like to get a tutorial one of these days... Cheers. Stew
  3. Good man; well, it's the weekend so hopefully you can put some time in? Are they 1/32? In any case, I look forward to seeing them in RFI Cheers, Stew
  4. Too right. Are you working on anything at present? Cheers, Stew
  5. I hope you do mate, it would be good to see you back Cheers, Stew
  6. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    I'll be there with Jamie and Gill on the Sovereign Hobbies stand It will be my first Telford Cheers, Stew
  7. Ju 88 g-6

    Nice job Niknak, very tidy mottles and the radar arrays do look good Cheers, Stew
  8. Thank you Ced - yes, my pub is especially tempting as they let you take your dog in with you so I don't have to feel guilty about leaving him at home - he's quite a favourite there and always gets a lot of attention, which is what he lives for. I like to think of it as a socialisation experience for him, with alcohol for me thrown in as a bonus Thanks Jaime, if not really clever, the idea is possessed of a certain low animal cunning Some reference material arrived yesterday: Thought I might as well, no point in painting up those lovely little crew figures and having my future appreciation of the model ruined by finding out later that I had painted their life-jackets the wrong colour or something... Cheers, Stew
  9. Grumman Gosling - Airfix 1/72

    That looks like it was a phenominal experience Ced, I kept finding myself grinning on your behalf! I am, of course, still a little jealous* but very pleased you had a good flight Nice remedial work on the Gosling too, I always liked the look of the aircraft, but not the kit! Cheers, Stew * I think the psychiatrists' phrasing would be "insanely jealous"
  10. Yes - phallic too. Intimidates the enemy you know; makes them feel inadequate Only if you view the model from beneath... Thanks Ced, it must be that fleeting hit that we are addicted to... Happy to help Jaime, although I'm not sure either of us should feel less guilty just because the other does it Thanks for the vid PC, I don't think we ever had that programme in the UK, very much the sort of thing my father would watch on a Saturday afternoon every week for years and every week when it had finished would declare it "a load of squit"*. It raised the reflection that I didn't notice when I was living through it but god, weren't the 90's so much nicer than now? The kit itself was less than £50 so at the upper limits of what I would happily pay, it was the shipping and customs charges that made it particularly expensive... but the other option was not buying it, which I just couldn't bear. As for where I can put it when it is done, I have deliberately not considered that as there is no space for it - however the wings seem to be removable after completion so perhaps there is hope there. Onwards then; I made up the engine mounts - the oil cooler intakes are separate parts so there is a finly-moulded mesh on the grilles and no ugly and hard-to-reach seam to clean up: Hasegawa are one of the older model kit companies, dating back to 1961 I think, so several years older even than me, and they clearly have used their years of experience wisely here. There are a few other nice touches like that I have discovered; the wing-tip navigation lights are moulded into one half of the wing so you don't need to sand them off when you are cleaning up the joins: The fit has been exemplary so far: Now I make no apology for it, I am a very lazy man and I always have been; my natural state is one of repose but I have had the mixed fortune be be born and raised in a world where such behaviour (or at least the excessive practice of it) is frowned upon. Nonetheless I am always looking for an easier way of doing things and I am prepared to share the benefits of my years of training in this to enlighten my more active brethren. Hasegawa indicate on the intstructions that you should fit the exhausts at this point, then the engines: See those exhausts? Like a giant model of a nanotech spider. Bit of a pain to paint all those once the painting is done, no? So I am not going to do that, having tried it out and finding that it worked, what I am going to do to simply press the engines in place - they click on like LegoTM - then when all the painting is done, click them off again and attach the painted exhausts before finally gluing the engines on. See? That's about it for the wings for now apart from the landing-light covers and a couple of little observation windows to fit. Next stage of the instructions is the beginnings of the interior, just in time for the weekend so I should get some done as long as I can stay out of the pub... Cheers, Stew * Despite the rather scatalogically onomatopoeic feel of the word, it is an East Anglian colloquialism simply meaning "rubbish"
  11. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    Lovely job mate Cheers, Stew
  12. Thanks very much gents, it's been going sweet as you like so far I have what might be termed an abusive relationship with Eduard but in the end they know I will always come crawling back. I spent a sum of money on a set of masks for the various little windows on the wings and fuselage that are not provided in the Hasegawa set included with the kit (which only covers the main canopy, turrets and fuselage blisters on the presumption, I imagine, that no-one is so lazy as to need masks for some little windows that are mostly square and could probably be hand-masked in a matter of minutes - well in your face, Hasegawa!) So anyway I hate myself for it but on the other hand it's like I paid someone seven quid to mask the little windows for me, which I totally would have done if I could have found someone prepared to do it for that price. The inside of the lower wings have some flashed-over holes that need clearing to allow the fitment of either the bomb-rack or the torpedo-rack - I went for the latter, partly because more dakka and partly because I will fit bombs to the H8K1 kit (which is now on its way from Japan) if I ever get round to actually building it. There is a landing light to be fitted into the interior of each wing and this is angled downward at about 45 degrees; not the easiest parts to install but if you note the position and orientation of the light on the instructions it can be done without too much hair-pulling. The instructions again suggest that the interior of the wing should be the same green as the cockpit and I again ignored this and painted them Aluminium, because that's how I roll. I also added 'lenses' to the lightbulb with Micro Kristal Klear as it is the sort of thing that makes me feel like a slightly better modeller, albeit at the price of perhaps feeling a slightly worse human being: Once they had dried, I assembled the wings, bringing me to the end of stage 2 of the instructions, plus a little bit further as the tailplanes were the only remaining parts on those sprues, so I assembled those as well in order to throw the sprues and feel like I was making extra progress Next stage involves fitting the engine mounts and exhausts, then the engines. Cheers, Stew
  13. Grumman Gosling - Airfix 1/72

    What my esteemed associate said. Nice job Ced, glad you had a good one Cheers, Stew
  14. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Looking good mate Cheers, Stew
  15. Good job Ced, a good result from your tenacity in the face of enough provocations to have made me bin that kit five times over, my hat is doffed Cheers, Stew