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Sebastien last won the day on May 18 2015

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About Sebastien

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    Honorary retrophrenologist
  • Birthday 19/11/1965

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    The armpit of France
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  1. It's so good to be on vacation... My spar tunnels are ready: The part is quite strong. I can stand on it, the whole 230 lbs of me. I need to lose weight, but this is neither the topic nor the right forum. The spar tunnels in place, with the inner front structure: As seen from the outside of the fuselage: The tunnels will be cut level with the fuselage. Back to heavy duty modelling! Cheers, S.
  2. I'm blushing. But the really inspiring people are well known around here: Tom Probert and Darius Aibara (I can't even begin to thank them enough). And don't forget this Japanese gentleman whose name I can't find (if there's a Japanese reading modeler around here, I'd love to be told that name). Cheers, S.
  3. The rear bulkhead of the front wheel well is glued to the front well ceiling and goes with the front structure: The first spar tunnel just put on the right fuselage half: The same, now in place through the left fuselage half: Same, seen from the outside of the fuselage: The four spar tunnels will be joined by two 2mm plastic plates and will be glued to a structure above the bomb bay ceiling. If you have a better idea, I'm afraid it's a bit late. To be continued, S.
  4. The second fuselage half has been assembled today. It went (a wee bit) better than the first. I moved the wheel throughs forward by 0.4 inch, but it was a dirty job (I'll clean it later on). Rear wheel through: Front: I know, it's ugly. Now, I'm thinking about the wings. I'd like to be able to remove them (like Darius Aibara did on his fabulous 1/48 C-133). My inspiration is the Japanese modeler who built ID Models NB-52: 1 sq cm wood bits going through the fuselage from one wing to the other. My plan is to make 11mmx22mm plastic card tunnels that will go through the fuselage. The penciled areas are where the four tunnels are supposed to go: If anybody here has a better idea, please tell me before I do aything stupid (anything stupider than starting this kit, I mean). Cheers, S.
  5. Well, back in saddle again. The inner structure goes now back to the front wheel well. The wheel throughs have been removed (more about that later): The bulkhead seen from the wheel throughs (I know about the print, a red haired gentlman from Miami has been very keen to interview me aboutit): The front fuselage: And now the irksome part: The starboard wheel through is too far back by about 0.4 inch. I'll have move the striped part outwards to have a smooth skin, outside as well as inside (smart solution just given to me on a French forum). I'm irked. To be continued, S.
  6. You say such nice things... Thanks, I just hope the dedication will stay. Cheers, S.
  7. I'll check the nose shape. I'm interested in what you do with the engines, I have a H version waiting on a shelf... I think I'll open the bomb bay but I might have an attack of sanity, so... I intend to have removable wings (a bit like the Japanese gentleman did on the link I provided). This should be entertaining too... Thanks, Sebastien
  8. Well, it's 1/48 B-52 season... I'll try and finish this one (then I'll finish my Shackleton, and my Stratojet). The H version will wait, I'll start with my D. My inspiration is of course Tom Probert's build (which will be a masterpiece, as always). And a Japanese build of ID Model's BUFF: http://fg786.blog87.fc2.com/category178-63.html Check it, it redefines awesomeness. And while you're at it, check the 1/48 XB-70. And weep. So, back to my Stratofortress. My new friends are there: I'll start with building bulkheads. The fuselage halves aren't quite symmetrical, so I'll build halves that I'll glue later on. How? First, I copy the fuselage interior shape: Then I draw the contour on cardboard. That way, I'll be able to reuse the bits on my next B-52('s ?go figure). The cardboard bit is cut and adjusted to the fuselage quarter (yes, I know). The cardboard is copied on plastic card, which is cut and finely tuned with a heavy duty file. A bit bored with the blukheads, I assembled a fuselage half. I've seen cleaner assemblies... No doubt Milliput will help. I discovered something quite annoying for those who want to build their BUFF with the gear out. Gear doors are staggered, and end or start with a rectangle. The rectangle s the place where the gear leg will protrude from the fuselage. The rectangles have to be exactly symmetrical (lengthwise) for the gear legs to be aligned. Well, guess again... Feces happen, but fixing that will be entertaining. Instead of sulking, I decided to proceed with the cockpit floor. Two halves, a plastic strip to stregthen the assembly, all this glued to the first bulkhead: Fitted to the right front fuselage quarter: The B-52 flight manual will be invaluable (and for 10 bucks, it's a bargain). Here is a page of said manual with the front structure assembly: And the front structure assembly fitted to the fuselage: More fun to come, swear words to be said, plastic bits to be stomped again and again. I'm glad I bought a dozen 20"x24" 1mm plastic sheets. To be continued. I promise. Cheers, S.
  9. 1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    Tom, You might want to check this: http://fg786.blog87.fc2.com/category178-63.html Wrong kit (ID models' BUFF), wrong version (NB-52B), but extremely elegant engineering solutions to quite a lot of problems. Google translate works reasonably well... Cheers, S├ębastien
  10. Revell 1/48th Tornado ADV RSAF

    I had to chose these markings. Now, I have a Tornado from each country that operated it: Italy: UK: Germany: And Saudi Arabia. Next one will be Italian. Cheers, S.
  11. Revell 1/48th Tornado ADV RSAF

    Hi Simon, Thanks. The build was OK, as I had listened to Shaun's advice (Shaun, thanks again!). Build the kit that way and you won't have any problems. Cheers, S.
  12. Revell 1/48th Tornado ADV

    RFI is there: Cheers, S.
  13. So here it is, warts'n'all. WIP is there : Hope you like it, S.
  14. Revell 1/48th Tornado ADV

    Well, sanity is so 20th century... Go for it! I'll deny any involvement.
  15. Revell 1/48th Tornado ADV

    Big vacs, interesting subjects, entertaining builds. Check Tom Probert's and Darius Aibara's builds. They're awesome (the builds. And the guys). Cheers, S.