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TonyTiger66 last won the day on July 2

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About TonyTiger66

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    Clearing the path with a teaspoon whilst it still snows.
  • Birthday 05/03/66

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    Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
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    Spanish, Polish, FAA, Early Jets, Record Breakers.

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  1. It’s good to see substantial progress here John . These Amodel/Avis DH 60’s aren’t quite as easy as you’re making it look ! That rear faired transparency for this variant is quite the Amodel ‘thing’; we have to love Amodel - they know that we would like to do more than just ‘build’. Great progress, really looking forward to the rest. The book arrived; thank you very much. It’s extremely welcome . Looking at the Cambridge photograph archive, the other DH 60 Coupe really does look to have a very different colour combination. Meanwhile still on the Cambridge University website, I found this very good resource on all things polar, chilly and fascinating to those that like this kind of wonderful, frosty thing : https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/polar-record# I hope to be able to build an Amundsen Dornier Wal and Byrd Trimotor and Fokker Universal in 2018. A tall order, but it’s good to have an aim . Polar group build for 2018 anyone ? Best regards TonyT
  2. What kicked off the 'modern world?'

    The plough.
  3. Italeri Dakota Mk.III

    I just caught up Shellie; this looks very good indeed. What a beauty for your display area . This inspires me to simply get on with the ones I have, rather than being scared by how big they are TonyT
  4. Yes THAT red triplane.

    Hello Gordon, It’s me; that chap from page 1 . I would love to go and have a look at the scrapbook and fragment. Since I made the post, my health has not improved; quite frustrating. I’m still more or less stuck in my bed all the time. As a result, I haven’t been able to go to the AWM to look at the fragment . There’s a lot at the AWM that I like to see; I’m very much prioritising it as my number one place to visit once on my feet. I don’t have a Facebook account at the moment, so unfortunately I can’t see the photograph. @JackG had suggested taking a photograph with something that is a colour that we can all (model making people), in our own way, relate to in comparative terms. I liked his idea of the red from an Airfix box. . In the photographs of the components that @Twobad posted on the first page of the thread, it looks very like a deep oxid(ised) red. to me. Many years ago I attended a night school classic car restoration course. We used many old laquers, paint mixes, some of which are no longer available to be used legally in e.g. the U.K. (where I was at the time). Red oxide based hues from as relatively recent as e.g. 1958 would look a lot like the fragments here in Twobad’s post, at that time after around 40 years of exposure to fresh air. In the case I’m thinking of, a small car that had been stored in a windmill and then forgotten about. I bought and resprayed that one in Nitrocellulose, matching the colour to paint chips I scraped from under interior door trim panels. I digress; I haven’t made many posts this week; too easily led even more off topic than I usually am. I think I’m trying to look at the level of oxidisation and imagine the original shade, based on the startling difference between exposed and unexposed 40 year old red on that car. Which is probably no good as a comparable ! It was different, very different. When that 1958 car’s paint was new; it would have been the Red Baron’s Triplane red that was just over 40 years old. Mind boggling. I’m glad that you found the fragment in the scrapbook at AWM Gordon, very much looking forward to seeing it Best regards TonyT
  5. Ignore

  6. Aeronavale Dornier 24

    It’s great to see another Dornier in the GB Chris . I’ve been wanting this Italeri kit for a few years. I specifically wanted a Spanish scheme and this new release has it . It looks like it goes together quite quickly; that’s a good idea with the extra fuselage join location tabs. Watching with a lot of interest Best regards TonyT
  7. I really like the heavy weathering Johnny . I’ve seen photos of a variety of Pacific theatre type aircraft as worn, and more, than that. That works very well . Really looking forward to seeing it on the black cat. Good to hear that you’re recovering well Best regards TonyT
  8. It really is a beauty Giorgio; Bravo; one of my favourites for this year With the very first two photos in the RFI, you could have some fun with Photoshop. Convert the photograph of the model to black and white. Crop the blue background, paste the black and white model over the real aircraft in the original photo; I think it will look the same as the real thing ! Now I’ll catch up with the 205 on the excellent WIP thread. Best regards TonyT
  9. I like the wood grain approach Ian It reminds me of a ‘Woodgrain Paint Kit’ that I used to make 1:1 kitchen drawers look a little nicer, some 20 years ago. It comprised a base coat; almost exactly the same shade as your CDL; then almost a ‘jelly’ like coat of a leathery orange colour, and the kit also included ‘combs’ with which to create ‘grain’, by dragging creatively over the ‘jelly’ cost. It was quite fun! The Mrs. T of the time was impressed. I was impressed at not having to buy expensive new kitchen drawers ! Back OT, I have a 1:72 Klemm L-25 that needs this kind of effect on most of the fuselage (quite a dense, rosewood/dark grain); so watching with interest to see how yours goes. Very well by the look of it . Best regards TonyT
  10. I just caught up with the thread CC . The Ryan is looking very good. Thanks for placing it next to the Thunderbolt; it looks like I will need tweezers a lot to make it in 1/72 ! Sorry to hear about your hand; that sounds very uncomfortable. Maybe you’ll get a chance to try Belgian Hospital food? Could be good ? I hope the operation goes well. Best regards TonyT
  11. Thank you very much everyone, that’s very kind indeed I thought I would try another update . This photograph should have been in the thread before the Humbrol filler was applied. It shows the cowl ‘step’ more clearly. If I had carried on with the flexi file, the shape of the cowl wouldn’t have looked right. Talking of health, here is an accessory I use a lot to keep the surface of builds as clean as possible; isopropyl alcohol medical swabs. I’ve probably mentioned before. Very handy, very cheap in packs of e.g. 100 from the local chemist. Dymo tape ? I couldn’t find the Tamiya tape at first, so tried the Dymo for masking around the area to be filled. A profound failure, I’m glad that I found the Tamiya tape Another use of the alcohol swabs; squeeze quite a lot of the moisture out, then gently clean the dust out of Flex - i - File strips: Too much moisture and/or rubbing too hard will unfortunately take the original grade rough surface off. These strips are relatively expensive here in Oz, so this is one way to get a little more life out of them. I realise it may look odd, but next I gave the exhausts their first colour. It’s a Humbrol ‘mini’ pot of paint; the kind that is included in Airfix ‘Starter Sets’. I’ve had pleasant results with this shade in the long distant past. Maybe I’ll not like it as much now we have so much choice with AK Xtreme Metal, Gunze and other metalliser types, Alclad, Vallejo and so on, but I feel it’s worth giving it a try. It’s number 171; “Antique Bronze”. I thin these (acrylic?) gloopy paints with a little normal tap water and apply with around a 00 size sablene brush. The next step, whilst waiting for the fuselage step filler to dry; Wings !! At this stage, still using der siden spruenerr cutter: A little medieval for these quite ‘crisp’ parts. I’m quite a convert to micro ans nano saws and a little more patience these days . The last Spitfire I tried to build was the Italeri Mk. IX. It lacked this rather wonderful thing: No, not my big fingerprint; the nice gull shape present here, simply isn’t there on the Italeri kit. A shame. That, combined with a very odd multi part fuselage in the Italeri kit, resulted in the Italeri kit stalling. So badly it nearly fell from a great height. On that occasion I regained my composure and a Brigade Models Seafire F. XV conversion kit, designed for this very Italeri kit, with a complete replacement fuselage was stuffed in the Italeri box, for some time after WWIII has panned out. I have no idea how accurate Tamiya’s scribing and rivet detail is on this Spitfire, but I like it. Subtle, not too deep. One of Mrs. T’s fingernail sanding sticks was employed to remove the remnants of runner from the wings: I felt that there were a few high points on the wing surfaces; they didn’t look quite right, so they were also given a swipe or two of the stick. Trial fitting upper and lower wing halves, I found a step by the aileron: As an aside, much more grandiose steps than this are available with any Roden He-111 kit . I know that I keep mentioning them. One day soon, a WIP will show what I’ve been doing to co-erce a Roden He-111 into being much more kind, thoughtful, well behaved and fitting into society without impediment, like a good bomber should . A technique I’ve employed a lot on the He-111’s has been to thin the wings carefully from inside. It’s important to be sure not to accidentally go too far and e.g. remove a leading edge by accident. I feel this step was my fault. Moreover, I’m not used to parts fitting together so tightly ‘click’, and was using far too much glue. I’ll return to that later. With the far too much glue, the wing upper and lower halves were clamped together and left to dry overnight. Those cannons are very nicely moulded, but almost impossible not to catch with one’s cuff, cardigan sleeve, clothes peg or pickled gherkin. Finally, something I mentioned to @Beard on another thread; I thought that I had fully assembled the cockpit/seat area. Oh no. Not at all. I also managed to lose a part (voltage regulator?) to the carpet monster; part D25 on the (very clear) instructions here: The next instalment will see me fumbling, chopping, trimming and making a complete Venetian blind of myself, as I demonstrate how I am so utterly useless at scratch building. That a replacement for even just this tiny, tiny part, is a major undertaking . Thank you for stopping by again at one of my loose threads. Any comments are always most welcome. Best regards TonyT
  12. Dornier Do 18-D

    Gracie, George Formby.. Arthur Askey? Or perhaps Arthur Atkinson? Great stuff TT
  13. Ignore

    I can’t ignore the fact that she has a really nice cute little a.... 🍑 Erm. Donkey.
  14. MPM Beaufighter (ex-Hasegawa)

    This is a very interesting thread. I’ve been trying to improve a Novo repop of the Frog Mk. XXI for a couple of years now. With all the aftermarket expenditure, an MPM repop of the Hasegawa may make my model even more of a folly than I suspect it may be already . From the things I’ve read here so far, maybe although a very basic kit, the FROG Mk. XXI is quite good in terms of dimensions in 1/72? I hope so. I’ve probably gone a little overboard with a very old kit (replacement engines, wheels, cowls, exhausts, u/c and doors, given it an interior, Vac form canopies, more) , I hope it will make a fair representation . Meanwhile, with the discussion of the High Planes kits, especially for those wanting a Mk. II; I would really recommend that people should buy/try at least one High Planes Beaufighter. There is a bit more clean up needed at the start, but after this they build into a very nice model (just my opinion). I did the Mk.II around 9 years ago and can say I really enjoyed building it. I mainly have short-run kits, so I’m used to the clean up stage; I realise it’s hardly there with e.g. Hasegawa, but it can make a nice change. It’s quite a relaxing part of the build. I feel many will disagree on that last point (possibly other points too) ! Best regards TonyT PS: Does anyone know if the SBS replacement propellers are significantly (visually) more accurate than those provided by Hasegawa or Airfix? If they’re simply accurate? I’m considering purchasing a couple for the Novo kit mentioned above.
  15. This is a really good choice of kits J-W I’m very fond of Broplan kits, he chooses some very interesting subjects. I’ve been looking for the Broplan I.V.L. Hansa A22, but no luck so far . I hope that you had a nice time in Oslo? I used to visit fairly regularly with work; Think I may have been in the model shop you visited. Does it also have model trains? You chose superb books . I’m looking forward to these builds. Best regards TonyT