Jump to content
This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

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


Gold Member
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


TheBaron last won the day on November 19

TheBaron had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

13,615 Excellent

About TheBaron

  • Rank
    Very Obsessed Member
  • Birthday 29/03/65

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    West of the Meridian

Recent Profile Visitors

3,607 profile views
  1. Dornier Do 18-D

    Uber-kapitalist! Sounds decent enough to me Jaime. You know you need it Simon. Maybe not immediately, but better safe than sorry eh?.... Thanks Ian. I know what you mean about the adhesive qualities of freshly-kneaded Milliput! I usually end up with the glutinous marzipan of it all over my hands...every time! Thanks for that Ced. A PE bender seems just a sensible precaution really... Giorgio: as taught to me by the redoubtable Miggers, late of this forum: grab brass part in pliers or tweezers and hold it over a gas flame until cherry red, as required. immediately quench the part in cold water. that's it. you're ready to shape. This happens very quickly for the kind of small rod I was using Giorgio so be ready to whip it away very very quickly, lest it melt on you... HTH! It's a kind of geometric equivalent to sketching, isn't it? If you can establish the broad outlines in three-dimensions, you can home in on the final shape gradually. I also don't think that you can under-estimate the importance of the kind of shape-information that comes from the tactile feel of it in your fingertips, as well as gauging such matters visually... I hope it helps Johnny. You may need to buy it immediately - I mean what are the chances that Lightning will need something metallic and bent in the innards somewhere....? BTW: I ordered mine on Nov 12th, so it took about a month to get here with free postage. Did somebody say snow? Radio silence yesterday was due to (no doubt like many of you) waking up to a Winter Wonderland yesterday morning: About 4 inches of snow fell during the early hours of Sunday, taking out power as well for the whole day. Natch there was little to do save feed the birds: (rooks and starlings as as like familiars round here as the cats) Or throw snow at each other: What on earth though could have made these tracks in the snow?: These were semi-regular and periodic about 100 yds down the lane from the house. I might have to send that in to the back page of New Scientist as it beats me. In between getting soaked and frozen, and lacking sufficient light in the work room, I dragged a few toolsout to the kitchen table: Final shaping on the nose done now: But then having polished that hooter to semi-perfection, it was necessary to carve back into it to form the recess that the gearing mechanism for the gun ring sits into - starting with the rounded corners: Whether it's the scale or just the range of jobs I'm doing on this aircraft at the moment but I find that more and more I'm just holding tools like this in my fingers and using them. Used in this way, these drill bits give exceptional control and responsiveness for working hardened Milliput. Job done, but the base of that needs levelling out a little: Ooh. Who got clumsy with the scalpel blade and managed to slice off a bit of the rear of the gun mounting also? Should have held that blade in my fingers also! This front part is now an unintentional lesson in the complementary use of fillers - first Milliput, then PPP to remedy the hacking at the rear of the ring, then Mr.S to level the recess: Same treatment for the rear recess, which I enlarged more carefully by taking the scalpel blade off the handle and just using it in my fingers this time (thereby creating less mayhem...): Constant checking of thist stage is required in order ensure that the Drehkranz sits at the correct level in relation to the gearing recesses: Almost there now: Final order of the day was an all-over primer to check seams and fillings: A little bit of roughness there on the keel behind the step, and on the top, just some smoothing left to do up near the tail: Remedial work on the bow-shape has exceeded my expectations: Not prefect, but I'm at that stage of having to ration time to different tasks now that we're in the endgame: I won't be leaving the very front that asymmetric, plus there's a mooring ring to try and fix to the prow lower down as well.Drilling into an acute angle - that should be fun! Hmmm: Time constraints or no, I'm going to add a little more Milliput to the keel thre at the very front - it doesn't curve enough and is too linear at present in those last couple of centimetres where it angles upward. A bit more 'chin' in other words... The bow topsides looks ok now though: The Nordic light yesterday afternoon seemed oddly appropriate for this bird of the Northern Seas (here drying a last coat of primerover the stove: With the light failing at this point it was getting too dark for work or photos, and with no power, it was back to the glim of candlelight: Fabulous Benedikt! Those are completely beguiling.
  2. Difficult to find any phrase to beat that for this quality of workmanship.
  3. What are you reading?

    There's a chilling quote in the book from Goethe: 'Better injustice than disorder '. You can hear that bell still ringing...
  4. What are you reading?

    Romantic Affinities: Portraits of an Age 1780-1830, by Rupert Christiansen. Political turmoil, disenfranchisement, authoritarianism, desperation. Sound familiar?
  5. Tough times at Procopius High; sorry to hear of such travails in the run up to the holiday season Edward. Draw as much vicarious pleasure as you can from PC minor and major trashing their presents and wincing at the taste of chocolate liquers. Most important of all: buy yourself some small guilty present, a talisman for the stoic within. un peu de calme et d'oubli....
  6. Just caught up now, working from undercarriage to gunsight. Grinning broadly - such pleasure to see work of this quality and depth Tomo. You are making jewels that just happen to resemble aircraft. Tony
  7. That sounds like it should have been an early Pink Floyd track to me! That is a pretty humungous slab of aircraft that you have on your hands there Stew and I'm mightily impressed by the skills you've brought to bear upon it. Your patience with the masking alone is exemplary. I'm most looking forward to seeing this under paint. Bravo! Tony
  8. Dornier Do 18-D

    Hard to go wrong with it really Giorgio - it's so forgiving a medium in either wet or dry form! Yep! Definitely do that Benedikt. I'd love to see your work. Thanks Keith. I feel a lot happier about that region now that some of the mystery has gone out of it; this aircraft manages to be quite elusive sometimes with regard to some of different variants - some writes ignoring altogether the fact that there are a range of D's and not just a single instance... My thanks Jaime! How are the studies going? Are you finished with exams for the year? Well, I wanted to get the harness for the rear gunner done: It represents something of a challenge, being and asymmetrical set of lower bars, mounted to a curved brace that the gunner's back leans into. Previously I would have been somewhat leary of the delicate bending involved in such a task, but with the delivery of one of these yesterday, I felt a little more confident that I could rustle up something from brass rod: I presume that it's a copy of one of the more expensive brands: https://www.ebay.ie/itm/59mm-Hold-And-Fold-Mini-Model-Photo-Etch-Bending-Tool-Blade-Set-By-Small-Shop/352063855725?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 It does seem well-engineered - at least to my untutored eye regarding such matters - and came into it's own here. First stage was to anneal some 0.3mm brass rod and bend it round the top of a Formula 560 bottle, creating the back rest for the gunner: The large tapered nozzle of that bottle makes for a good ersatz curve-bender! From there, it was into the etch bender to produce the 90° returns that mount the backrest to the Drehkranz ring: Experience (the bitter kind!)has taught me to leave such parts over-length and trim them to size later..... A quick check on the curve parameters: An then back to the bender again - this time with some un-annealed rod - in order to make the asymmetric lower bars: These were then soldered into place on the back rest at the correct angle: Trimmed down (return of the Angled Wagners...)the structure becomes a bit clearer. CA'd into place on the gun mounting: Below you can see the asymmetric nature of the lower part - which I'm presuming was to let the gunner angle himself to sight down the barrel of the MG15: I've some left-over seatbelt harness from the cockpit that I might be able to customize in order to build the leather harness-work that fits over that, as seen in the reference shot at the start: Not tonight though. Eye-ache. Brain-ache. The kind that only a really big kebab can deal with. If there's weather coming your way tonight, stay safe my friends. Tony
  9. Because you never know when you might need to milk a mouse: http://www.braintreesci.com/products.asp?dept=279 Actually, looking through that site reveals it to be considerably more sinister than it first appears...
  10. Dornier Do 18-D

    You're very kind - as always - Mr. Phoenix. From someone of your abilities I take that as a compliment indeed. As to airbrushing, like most tools it's part of a larger process isn't it? Given the quality of finish that many members here are able to achieve with paintbrush alone, it's clearly one of only a number of complementary ways of working with pigment. I like the slightly 'ethereal' feeling of wafting colour on with an airbrush, but at the same time I love to have a damn good scuff around with dry-brushing and washes! Benedikt - have I been missing out badly on this aspect of your work? If so I must apologize - is it up on the forum? Likewise. I absolutely love what these people can do with air and vocal chords: And as for Sweet Honey in the Rock: Ain't nothing like them when you're down and need a lift back to the world.... You're very sweet for dignifying that with the word 'technique' Jaime - I just like to take a line for a walk and see where it ends up... In fairness now Ced it takes little enough to confuse me these days! Mairzy doats And Cruiser Bows And liddle lamzy Drehkranz.... Here's where weleft the wet shaping last evening: And this be some sihrsc'ing in progess this morning: Order of business in such a task - get the vertical bow profile roughed-out first, then angle the topside down to meet it. Once the critical angle of thosetwo is established you can begin the process of rounding and curving: For the chine/strake profiles on the keel: I switched to a small circular file: Milliput must be my favouritest squeezy stuff that turns hard ever! It's just so....nice to work with! Still some tidying to do around top orifice for the gun mounting: A test fit needed to see how much we need to take off: A tad, but certainly less ....than a full-blown smidgeon. The front of that ring element needs to be able to sit flush with the profile of the bow at the front. Out with the sanding tentacle (sandacle? @Martian Hale will know)! No doubt to our mutual surprise, no Mg 15 magazines tucked away inside there were injured during the making of this photo: It needs a little tidy around the rim still, and I have to carve out an opening to the front for that lozenge-shaped box that seams to act as a gearing mechanism for the rotation of the ring, as you it see here, just below the gun: That's tuck-doon nicely now. I left the diameter of the opening every-so slightly tight so that it I'll be less likely to drop the sub-assembly into the hole during gluing later on (what are the chances?): Similar treatment for its sister position toward the tail: Needs to be flush as welll - as thou canst discern from the etching: Both together now, and I think that they'll pass muster in the final assembly: That's earned a deluxe breakfast roll for lunch I reckon. Gad it's chilly on the nethers here this morn. What was that you said yesterday about rum in hot chocolate Benedikt? Sounds a sensible precaution to me.
  11. Kamov 28 Helix, Hobby Boss 1/48

    Doesn't bear thinking about the reverb that you'd have on your bass parts after that Martian! Vogon doo-wop eh? Can we expect a Christmas EP from The Blurglecruncheons? 'Baby Please Don't Go (Out of the Airlock Without a Spacesuit)' 'Missiles and Wine' 'Hail, Hail, Turlingdrome'
  12. No. That won't work either: http://www.braintreesci.com/products.asp?dept=109 They'll just look odd hanging from the ceiling Ced....
  13. Dornier Do 18-D

    Thanks Johnny. From someone with your painting skills that counts a lot! Life can be cruel sometimes can't it? We've a heavy weather warning in place for Saturday night with mucho snow dropping promised. The lads had a small snowman in the garden earlier but it took all the snow in the garden to make it... I tend to dilute mine Giorgio 50/50 with a homemade thinner, which reduces the opacity enough to work with in this way. I must try Lifecolor! I forgot to pick some up at SMW. When I get back to the C-119J build in January I'll be blackbasing the airframe then Giorgio (all that fun with metallic paints to come!) as it's another painting approach I want to work with further. A tad more happened after tea tonight. After unclamping the fuselage from where it was being glued I discovered that the keel halves had slipped against each other, resulting in a mismatch in a couple of places of just under a millimetre. This was rectified by gluing some1mm plastic strip into place and planing it back down flush with a handheld Stanley blade: A little fill and sand around the edges of the patches and that should be right as rain. At last I could also get to work on correcting the nose. My conversations with Bernard @blg63 upon the matter have proven most fruitful in this regard so Milliupting has been committed upon the Whale Calf's nose tonight (seen here in current D2 rounded nose confronting its nemesis): That snout has to turn into something semi-'cruiser bow' like - not as sharp as a 'G', but ifyou can imagine a halfway stage in the morph from D2 to G, you get the idea: This has been made a tad more elongated than required, purely for the purposes of sihrsc'ing back into a correct profile when dry. The tool I favour for this preliminary shaping is just a handheld scalped blade regularly dipped in water. As with using a Stanley blade to plane shapes with, I find that just holding the blade between your fingers in this way just gives so much more information about surface and pressure than the intervention of a handle, allowing a bit more delicacy in response. If you shave with a cut-throat razor as I do sometimes you'll know the need for that level of feedback! Ciao babes. If you get snowed-in, may it be in the proximity of a bench! Tony
  14. Dornier Do 18-D

    Grazie Giorgio. There is something seductive about the primer stage isn't there? Like those CAD renders in grey of a kit before it comes out... Yay! Some Iwata time today! Try stopping me old fruit! The bit is firmly between the old gnashers to get this baby launched before the GB terminates... Why thank-you. I've been working out you know... And now occupying mine too Benedikt - it's playing as I'm typing this! Ooh but that's good music. Is it too early for a rum? Err. Err. Oh, you mean the gun mounting thing? It so t'was just freehand bending between flathead pliers until "about right". Some brass rod arrived today that may prove handy in building the loop the gun barrel racks through - @hendie must posess some kind of telekinetic power because every time he suggests an item (such as that), my hand ends moving to click the 'Paypal' button on something. As for @perdu, his powers are equally svengali-ish in the matter of chisels, vacforming and resins... Are there any lidos left in England at all these days? I remember the Surbiton Lagoon near us as a kid, summer in the city back in the early 70s with The Sweet and T.Rex banging out of tinny transistors as you ran around screaming with your eyes full of chlorine... You remember the glider in Colditz right? This is my way out of here to a new life in - - no, wait. It is just a model. That's not going to work. Primer: the healing balm for abused plastic... And from Optimus Primer to Hellboyblau. Opening with a bit of a felt buffing to get it all tattifilarious: Unleash the Iwata: You'll recollect that I prefer mixing paint on the aircraft, not beforehand. Rather than going to all the trouble of mixing to a uniform colour prior to spraying and then having to reintroduce tonal/hue variations later, I prefer to build such things into the primary painting process. Initially in the photo above, a quick dapple with some XF17 to get a feel for pressures and brush actions. The aim here is to try and express a kind of underlying semi-fractal feel to the colouration, at all costs avoiding any sense of deliberation or regularity to the resultant patterning: What I'm trying to avoid is any idea of pre-shading panel lines - if it happens accidentally in a few places fine, but I wan't to keep the rectilinearity at bay at this stage as much as possible. Also varying pressures and amounts between the two wings to avoid mirroring the two sides, here beginning a second pass with mine own unholy brew of hellblau-ish RLM65 cobbled together from XF23, XF82, and a soupçon of XF17: A third pass over the top with my a more strident caustic layer of XF23 on it's own: The thing about this 'gradualist' approach is to try and avoid rushing the process but instead to overdo the detailing, knowing that it can be knocked back in increments. Note also the change in patterning from leading edge to trailing edge, again avoiding any single motif or regular pattern appearing: Another benefit of the gradualist approach is that if like me you're a clumsy git who forgets to put the lid on the paint cup sometimes and this happens: Splosh! Then that can be blended back in without marring your perfect uniform layer. At this point in proceedings something jammed in the brush when I pulled the needle back to wipe a bit of excess paint from the nozzle: You can just about seen inside there that the 'shield' that sits behind the trigger has somehow fallen to one side and jammed. A minor panic (of the kind you always get with new gear) until I realized that I just needed to unscrew the needle chucking bit behind to free it again. Whilst fiddling with this I decided to remove the needle cap at the front altogether in order to be able to get in close and try some very fine line painting: Slowly the bright patterning ofthe XF23 is being eroded and eaten-into but a much finer line using my hellblau mix. Continuing with this close-in scribbling you can see the paint splash has been absorbed back in to the overall pattering again, and that the variations are starting to fuse and cohere: By this stage you want to slow down - this is the most critical part were you decide how much further to take the process: Much further than this and you lose the sense of variation, much less than this and you'll have too much. Likje all process-based work, this one is effectively judgement call, one in which you also have to keep in mind any further effects you might add later such as panel lining etc, in terms of how theymay interact with the level of work done here. Time taken to complete the above btw, about an hour, including that hiatus to fix the jammed trigger. One more point to note is that the level of contrast you see in most of the above photos is greater than how it appears to the eye, plus it doesn't look as duck-eggy-blue as the last couple of shot might suggest, but resembles the more muted kind of hellblau that I was seeking. My, but hat feels nice to have got some colour on. Tony