This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here:

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

  • Announcements

    • Mike

      Ongoing DDoS Attack causing Forum Slowness   26/04/17

      In case you have missed the announcement, the reason that the forum has been slow at times since the minor version update the other day is due to a Denial of Service attack, brute force attack on our email, and judging by the lag with our FTP response, that too.  If you're feeling like you're experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, you're not wrong.  This is the same MO as the attack in September 2016 that occurred when we transitioned to the new version 4 of the software.  We're currently working with US and UK cyber-crime departments, who specialise in this sort of thing, and we're hopeful that we'll be able to track them down this time by using the accumulated evidence already held.    We are pretty certain that it's a continuation of the same attack last year, only at a reduced intensity to deter people from using the site "because it's terribly slow", rather than taking it down completely, and we're also sure of the motivations of those responsible.  Spite.   Please bear with us in the interim, and wish us luck in dealing with these.... "people".


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

356 Excellent

About albergman

  • Rank
    New Member
  • Birthday 06/08/38

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Ontario Canada
  • Interests
    Scratch builder of car, boat and steam engine models. Enthusiastic sailor and (used to be) windsurfer. Interested in photography, computers and travel.

Recent Profile Visitors

340 profile views
  1. That is one VERY convincing model. Looks like she's been raised from the sea floor. Truly impressive! Excellent photography too. Frank
  2. Not a fan of warships but seeing "scratch built" beside it I just had to look! Glad I did as that is an impressive build. Wonderful, believable weathering and great attention to detail. Your seascape, a difficult subject to get right, suggests you've been out there or you are a keen observer. Well done.
  3. Hi guys Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated. The colour shown above is pretty close to the actual colour of the model but I really had to jump through hoops to get there!! My camera (a decent quality Nikon) insisted that the car was "Ferrari" red and the last build pics (making the mirrors) show what I mean. It's a known problem that red is notoriously difficult to capture correctly. I have a good photo editing program that I ran each shot through to get it to the right shade but it dramatically affected the shadows/brightness and gave a slightly surreal, dare I say artisitic, effect that I quite like. Anyway I felt it was better to reflect the correct colour I chose than to worry about other side effects. That's my story and I'm sticking to it Cheers Frank
  4. OK folks ... I've deemed this one done and taken my "show pics" and they're now up on the Finished Builds here. Thanks very much to those who followed me on this one. Had lovely comments and received good suggestions along the way and it sure makes the effort all the more enjoyable. So, the bench is cleared and I just might be picking up my Gresley A4 steam locomotive again. See you there. Frank
  5. Hi All Well, I'm considering this one done! Just as well as I was getting tired of looking at it. It's not to any known scale ... just the same as all my other car builds ... 9 1/2 inches. There's a build log here if anyone wants to see how we got here. I'm not much of a painter I'm afraid. Anyone who has looked in on my build will know that modelling for me is mostly about "the process" ... how am I going to make this and what will I use? So, a word of caution, don't bother counting the rivets or the spokes as I don't pay much attention to that kind of thing LOL!! I wouldn't be the least surprised to find that every wheel has a different number of spokes! But don't bother telling me I won't listen!! Thanks for looking though. Frank Other scratch builds ... Triumph TR6 Sport Fisherman 36 Half-Hull yachts Beneteau 51 sailboat Varnished wooden cars Flying Scotsman A3 Lola T-70 Billings Dragon
  6. This is wonderful, creative scratch building at a very high level! Enjoying every post and although I don't often comment I'm watching!! Frank
  7. Good idea there Hendie ... thanks. Interesting stuff. I only need 2 circles about 6mm diam. and I've got some thin metal sheets that will probably polish up satisfactorily. BTW I've been lurking on your coach building site all along and am constantly staggered by your attention to detail. Nothing ever seems to be too small or too insignificant to you. Marvelous work mate. Frank
  8. Getting near the end now. Final paint is on and I'm gradually getting it assembled. This is where I find out that the exhaust pipes can't clear the rear suspension and all sorts of alignment issues. Anyway, decided I have to make a couple of mirrors and I've chosen to do the hemispherical ones that sometimes were used instead of the rectangular ones. Started turning them from a scrap aluminum handle. This the "face" of the mirror with a small recess to take something reflective. Tapered it down ... and sawed it off. Turned it round and glued it with CA onto another rod then filed and polished it to shape. Drilled a .6 mm hole for the stalk ... trying a circle of this reflective material as a mirror. Might look for something else. Any suggestions? I wanted to make a tiny plate to replicate the screw attachment so this was "filed" out of a thin sheet of tin using a Dremel cutting disk. ... Yes, it's tiny and still needs that "tab" filed off. Anyway, it fit onto the mirror stalk OK and the whole thing was then CA'd into a tiny hole Now the worst part ... I have to make another!! I see I'm still avoiding making that raised fresh air vent just ahead of the cockpit ... that's next. Frank
  9. Thanks for the reply Dave. I don't believe he has tried C&N and knowing him, he'd probably feel that was too intrusive to bother them. I've managed to capture a lot of images of "Partridge" from videos and he thinks she was a close sister ship so he'll probably just go with that if nothing else shows up. Albergman Scratch fishing boat
  10. Hi Need to reach out to you knowledgeable marine types. I have a friend in the UK who wants to build a model of a UK yacht he lived on as a young(er) man. Says it was a Victory class (1890`s) and was called `Vanity` and at another time `Mary`. Seems it was a sister ship to Partridge and maybe Marigold (or close in age) and designed by Charles Nicholson. Partridge and Marigold have been restored and still sailing so there`s lots of pictures and videos of them available. He`d still like to find drawings or pictures of Vanity so if anyone can point me to any information we would be very grateful. Thanks Albergman
  11. Most of this post got dropped so I'll do it again! Thanks to all above who took time to post a reply ... greatly appreciate it. I don't have a lot of pictures of the build. It's a very simple car to scratch and basically needs only some auto-repair Bondo molded around the wheel wells and sanded out. Air dam is an easy fabrication and the wheels were done on my woodlathe/toolrest with hand held carving tools. Taillight lenses from plastic pill bottles etc. and their frames molded from epoxy. I used those "logs" where you slice of a piece and mold it to shape and let it harden. File out all the holes ... took several tries though! Luggage rack is steel wire and solder. Today I'd use stainless (welding) rod and silver solder as it's stronger and stays shiny. I see from my pictures the car was ready to paint on day 5 so that shows how simple a design it is to build. Here you go then ... A few more finished shots ... Frank Other scratch builds ... Lancia D50 Sport Fisherman 36 Half-Hull yachts Beneteau 51 sailboat Varnished wooden cars Flying Scotsman A3 Lola T-70 Billings Dragon
  12. Thanks BB73 and Gorbygould. Appreciate you interest. "Master craftsman"??? I think not but very kind of you. Just an old duffer making models from his long gone, misspent youth. Frank Other scratch builds ... Lancia D50 Sport Fisherman 36 Half-Hull yachts Beneteau 51 sailboat Varnished wooden cars Triumph TR-6 Lola T-70 Billings Dragon
  13. BB73 ... glad you like my D50. A lathe can open the door to scratchbuilding some nice parts so, have a go on some scrap materials. Lots of good how-to videos out there. I hadn't touched a lathe since high school (1951) but it's mostly common sense once you work out how the bits move! A live steam model is an impressive piece of model engineering. Raises the bar WAY above scratch building. I have some idea of what it takes to build a locomotive having made a display model of one ... Flying Scotsman. And now I've started another!
  14. Thanks guys. Appreciate you looking in. This one's starting to become a drag and I'm finding myself rushing things. I can see the end in sight though and I WILL finish it. The LOLA? Hmmm ... haven't touched it in a long time. Just checked and it was Sept 2004 Not likely I'll pick it up again. It was one of the first models I chose to build when I decided to try scratch building in 2002 and it has some serious issues that I can't be bothered trying to fix. I've learned a lot since then and it might be faster just to start over. It's a complex shape and I was just working from photos and I've learned that that can be very misleading. Frank
  15. Well, it's been a while! I've been picking away at the model over the last 4 months but mostly re-making parts I already had ... story of my life. If I'm to be completely honest I have to admit I started on another project!! I've been trying to get up the motivation to start another locomotive ... one of Gresley's A4 streamliners for those who care about these things. Got the shell finished then felt real bad about the D50 gathering dust already and maybe joining all the other unfinished projects languishing in drawers. Guilt got the better of me so I've been back at this one and I'll finish it da*n it!! So .... I'm pretty much finished making parts and actually now trying out various spray colours as I don't want to do it in the familiar Ferrari red but more like the maroon that Lancia used. Here's some pictures of parts made Exhaust pipes Driver seat/mini chassis Decided the instrument nacelles were too big so had to make new ones ... and fill the holes in the dashboard! The small ones are really tiny ... Some of you may recall that I'd made front and rear brake drums in Renshape a while back. I decided after living with them for a while that I didn't care for them (sounds like real life!) so I made an ultra fine cutting tool for my lathe and VERY delicately cut a pair of finned front drums in aluminum. Next thing was I didn't care for the brass A-arms on the front suspension so ... these were re-made in aluminium! Drilled holes at the outboard end so I could run bolts through from outside the brake backing plate and the kingpin. Once all this was combined on the car I was pleased I'd made the effort. Now the whole front suspension is aluminium. (The right-lower wishbone has rotated on its bolt so it looks odd.) Oh ... new grill installed too. What else??? Oh yes, now that the front drums are aluminium I must re-do the rears!! left to right ... the rim/tire, brake drum and rear suspension with backing plates bolted on ... Now the drum sitting inside the rim finally, the rear suspension fits into both ... Actually I still have to make the other brake drum but that will pretty much finish the rear suspension ... until I decide to remake something else! Those brass bits on the de dion tube are bothering me now! Here's a test fitting of all the gubbins that goes between the tanks and the body. Exhaust pipe with a large oil pipe feeding into the base of the tall, narrow oil radiator then a flex line taking the cooled oil back into a reservoir behind the seat. Everything is just being test-fitted here. The rivet strip was a late decision after drilling and fitting of hundreds of the plastic rivets that I'd bought. They were just too large-headed. So ... I shaved off all their heads and came up with the aluminium strip idea. The best material I could come up with ... scale thickness and malleable, was that disk that coffee cans are vacuum-sealed with. I smoothed out the "bimps" on its surface and cut appropriate sized strips. Next I sharpened a small nail to a fine rounded point and used it to punch in "X" rivets (where X=5 or 600). Glued the strip to the tank and around the ends. There are rows of individual rivets scattered around the tanks and elsewhere on the body and for these I used 1/2 inch straight pins liberated from the missus' sewing room on a midnight raid. These were actually hammered into holes drilled for the purpose. By leaving the hole at 3/4 depth the "nail" went in without any glue being needed. Oil radiators ... They are tall thin units fitted at the rear of each tank. There's a segment that protrudes to the rear which ends with a spigot for an oil hose to attach to. I preferred to have this part made from a single piece of metal as it's so much stronger that way ... so ... into the scrap bin! I found a scrapped computer hard drive "chassis" that already had the requisite oil radiator built in so a few minutes with a hacksaw retrieved it. A few more minutes with files and the rad unit emerged ... Next I drilled a few holes into the rad. body then filed out a suitable rectangular hole into which I squeezed/CA'd some wire mesh (anti-static shielding off some computer component). Still looking for something more appropriate though. Stripped off the plastic covering from some leftover wire and slipped it onto the spigot. The plastic was too resistant to bending to the shape needed so I did end up sliding some brass rod into it. OK, that's about where she sits. Trying various paints and washing it off as I search for something appropriate. Thanks for looking in. Back later. Frank