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Badder last won the day on October 30

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    Artist, musician (drummer) writer, fresh water angling, model-making, model-destroying.

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  1. Help me build a Sherman

    Hi Steve, I see that you're going down the 'cheap and small' route again, which is entirely understandable. And you'll get lots of helpful advice, as with your half-track. I look forward to seeing your progress and the raise in 'skill level' which has surely occurred! However, may I suggest that for your next project you save up for a larger scale and more expensive kit - a Tamiya would be a safe choice. You'll probably find that they are easier to build and paint, with no extraneous work required to improve the accuracy and with larger pieces to handle/glue/paint. Rearguards, Badder
  2. BTW, I popped into Hobbycraft yesterday to purchase a 'glass fibre pen' - a much vaunted item discussed in @Steve_farrier Jagdtiger WIP. And beside said item was a soldering iron. So I purchased that as well. It may be that the iron will be a waste of money if my silly hands can't handle it. I haven't done any soldering since I was an apprentice Quality Engineer for a British car company back in the early 80's, but having had little success with PE and CA I thought soldering might be the solution (That's very nearly a clever pun) And I also had a look for the 'foam board' @bhouse They stocked it and at first glance I thought 'yes, this is the stuff' but as soon as I lifted it up I knew it wasn't. It was about a quarter the weight of the board I've been using, soft and visibly spongy in the middle. Beer calls later, so there'll be little progress today. TFL Badder
  3. Well, this is taking me longer than I predicted! I trimmed the rubber mat to accept the new orientation of the building, but after pulling the 'cobbles' away there was a lot of residual rubber left stuck to the 'foam board'. I'd used CA to fix the mat and it had bonded really well. That took a fair bit of energy and time to remove. Rubber isn't easy to sand, file, or scrape off especially if your muscles don't work properly and also ache even short periods of repetitive movements. In places the 'foam board' was cut away as well, but that wasn't an issue so long as the majority of its surface was left intact. Anyway, once this was done the building sat level . The trimming hasn't been precise and a few gaps will need filling... probably this will be done with weeds! The most awkward fit for the cobbles is obviously that at the front of the building. However, I had by pure chance cut the centre of the top layer of 'foam board' out, turning it into more of a frame. And as it turns out, almost the entire frontage of the building straddles this 'hollow'. So I filled the hollow with plaster then scraped it back so that there is a 2mm gap under the walls and the double doors. This means I don't have to trim the mat to fit the walls and doors, but can instead slip the mat neatly underneath. TFL Badder
  4. Jadgtiger

    We were called Broadside - funnily enough named after the beer, not a row of ship's cannons all firing at once. There are some tracks on the web somewhere. Oh, there's another band called Broadside, but we were the lesser known of the two! For 'lesser known' read 'unheard of''
  5. Jadgtiger

    Sounds like it. I used to play the drums in a heavy rock band before my illness took it's toll. But even then, repetitive striking does cause damage. I would imagine belting metal on metal would be even worse! Have you ever thought of becoming a cocktail maker? All that shaking..... I do have two jigs for PE yes. But for those complicated parts where you are having to bend something in all three dimensions and back on itself, it all gets a bit confusing. It doesn't help if the instructions were written in Ukrainian and then translated poorly into English. And whoever drew the diagrams needs to be the first up against the wall when the revolution comes! Rearguards, Badder
  6. More rubber mat has been 'sourced'. Once this has been laid down I will sit the building on top of the cobbles and cut around its perimeter Removing the mat from directly beneath its walls will allow me to 'sink' the building into the cobbles and hide the irregularities at the bottoms of those walls. Again, I won't be fixing the building in place until the very end of the build, but I have to make sure that it will sit level before continuing. Photos of the new ramp later tonight. TFL Badder
  7. Disinformation? What possible motive would there be for making stuff up? Disinformation is not going to lead to another referendum, no matter how much more than half the country would love it to. People voted out not knowing the full consequences, they were the ones who were the victims of disinformation, the extra tens of millions of pounds per week going to the NHS being just one example. An end to immigration being another. I could go on, but I won't because I have some work to do on my WWII diorama, a war that was won by EUROPE and the USA working together for peace and a united Europe.
  8. Jadgtiger

    Reminds me of a time when I was held for shoplifting at B&Q. The police turned up and were going to arrest me, but they let me off when I told them I was just obeying the signs all over the shop. Steel ladders, Pinch pliers, Half inch nails. Thanks to everyone for the info on PE. I've only tried using it once, almost completely unsuccessfully, but I'm going to have another go with a Churchill for my current diorama. My fingers don't work properly due to a disease I have and even self-gripping tweezers are a bit of a drag, with parts pinging off across the room. So I started using blu-tac to hold and manipulate the tiny parts. It doesn't mean I can always bend and shape them correctly, but I guess it's a case of try, try and try again until it's either done or ruined! Also thanks for the info on the fibreglass pen. I've heard people mention them, but I thought they were one of those tools for jobs that could just as easily be done with a toothpick or the end of a needle file. Having read the praise about them I think I will have to invest in one. Finally, Steve, Good luck with the PE! As you say, paint will improve the look, hiding that solder etc. If you're anything like me you'll finish your tiger and be happy with it for about a year, and then you'll decide it could be better and you'll end up buying another! AND THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT! In fact, I plan to purchase second models of all those I've made so far. (That's not too many cos I only started model-making again 2 years ago), Rearguards, Badder
  9. Uber Noob

    I'm a bit naff with technology so have no idea how to post the link to this diorama by Tiking.... not a VW, but still worth a look. Cut and paste this in the search box in topics at top right of page. "Com'on, Let's Go!" diorama I'm still looking for the VW van. It's a cracking diorama. Rearguards, Badder
  10. Uber Noob

    Have a look at Tiking's work. His dioramas are excellent, all scratch-built and often feature older vehicles in unusual settings. I'm not sure if he did an abandoned VW camper diorama, but someone did. I will search for it in the diorama RFI and let you know. Rearguards, Badder
  11. Uber Noob

    Thanks, I think! Certainly 'newbies' can learn that it's perfectly okay to start a diorama, then change the entire theme, settle on a layout, decide to change the layout, start building it, then change your mind and re-arrange everything many, many, times! Hi Mark, Welcome to BM. As a big fan of dioramas myself, it's great to have another nutter join the family. My wife, like your partner, is also an artist (I used to dabble a fair bit in it as well, but all my paints have dried up through non-use) And on that matter, make sure to steal your partner's oil paints, acrylics and watercolours at every available opportunity! I look forward to seeing your first efforts. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you're stuck. We are all here to learn from others and help where we can. Rearguards, Badder
  12. Well, that was interesting. I've made in-roads into the new ramp; cutting away a section of the cobbles, the top layer of 'foam board', sanding the plaster down and removing a section of the wire gauze. The PVA sandwiched between the two layers of foam board was still wet. I guess the lack of air in there prolongs the drying process. I'm not sure how far the ramp has to extend towards the doors yet and I've only roughed out the width, but I do have enough mat to complete the cobbles if I cut it up and make a mosaic from the pieces. It won't be ideal though, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can get that other piece later today. TFL Badder
  13. So, that'll be the end of British Aerospace will it? No more British designed/built robots exploring the planets? No more borrowing French rockets to launch our satellites into space? No more working with the ESA? Will Britain tumble down the rankings of 'Space Science and Technologies'?
  14. 1:144 Junk Speeder Scratchbuild

    Indeed. I first realised this in 1977, aged 12, while collecting the Topps bubble gum Star Wars Collectible Cards. Still, I'd rather fly something with radar, computer aids, heads up display, canopies/cockpits and airtight hull than a rocking chair strapped to the side of a rocket. Rearguards, Badder
  15. Ahhhh! Thanks @bhouse Nope, that didn't seem to work @bhouse But that did. And I don't think I did anything different.