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  1. The visiblity of inner detail on that just oozes class from every orifice.
  2. Delicious detailing (as ever) Tomo. I really am not eating enough takeaway food to obtain sufficient foil it seems - mine are all from fizzy wines for some reason...
  3. I see what you mean about the size of those elevators! Nice cockpit and propellors. Each little part of this is a fascination in and of itself. Tony
  4. Well sorted on the ailerons Ian. Tbh I only come to your builds for the quality woodwork! I think your technique for simulating wood effects is just outstanding.
  5. Burgess-Dunne Floatplane

    Splendid work on bringing these larger shapes together Ray: you can really start to see the dynamic looking structure of this aircraft appear now. Good luck securing the upper wing! Tony
  6. Two great picture updates there Jaime: the addition of those colours is really making those interior regions sparkle!
  7. You are crafting that Gosling into shape very nicely there Ced. Words like recalcitrant and intractable spring to mind looking at the raw ingredients you're having to re-fashion to the shape of an aircraft. One for the bathroom ceiling perhaps?
  8. Thank you

    I received one of these from you this morning Martin. Excellent value and delivery to Ireland was bang on time. Many thanks for a great service! Tony
  9. Dornier Do 18-D

    I was reading about that 'Krakatoa' sky you had over there Keith - apparently both Sahara and the fires in Portugal & Spain have chucked a load of particulates into the atmosphere and they got shunted Northwards by the storm system. I don't know why I didn't think of that sooner tbh Keith - one of the things that always made me chary of scribing in the past was the feeling that the part might slip and skitter off along the desk; this way there's a nice resistance to push against and stop that happening... Thanks for the concerns Ced. We got off very lucky here - there's still 200,000 homes without power here as I write. As to sky colours, I think it means we are all sinners and must repent, or is it that we've been repenting too much and must sin more? It's so confusing... Your president too in some countries.... Another instance of predictive technology... Thanks Chris. Anyone having their wedding photographed yesterday afternoon would be looking decidedly Edwardian-retro... The drive to and from work was...'exciting' shall we say. A fairly challenging slalom course of rally-driving for about half of the way in with various trees half blocking the road from the sides of the hedges. The schools were all still out here so traffic itself was quite light compared to the usual battle of the Orcs... Mad isn't it? There's so much more heat energy in the atmosphere now that turbulence and unpredictability have almost become the new norms... We did Benedikt - my thanks for that. Ta for that Tomo. Paryty? Are you mad? I'm still finding slices of lemon and puffin feathers after the last one. And who's was the pangolin that's still here? For so small a creature it consumes it's own weight in bacon every 24hrs....my neighbours are now openly suspicious about the growing cluster of pig abductions in the area... Agreed. I found my technique improved here this time simply because of resting the scribed part on a thick layer of foam - this gave me so much more confidence that it wasn't going anywhere and seemed also to give a greater sense of control over the gradual scribing-in of the lines, due to the slight 'give' of the part against the foam. I'm certainly feeling much more positive and friendly towards the SCR-01 as a result now. Interesting. I must have a look at that approach also. Big steel ruler for the long axes Jaime: Small steel ruler flexed down for the cross-axis: I'll no doubt be resorting to thin strips of Dymo for the contours of the gondola and later-on the fuselage. Pardon my manners for not asking about your own situation in Portugal Jaime - I do so hope that you and yours are safely away from any conflagrations. I won't get any building in tonight for two reasons. Bad news is I've a lot of work-work that needs catching up on after yesterday. Good news? The Iwata was waiting when I got home earlier and I'm just playing some ink through it onto paper to get a feel. I am in raptures with the quality of it. Glad that I served my time on cheapie clones, but the action and results of this are worth every florin. Tony
  10. Dornier Do 18-D

    Well, I got as far as typing in that first 'well' this morning before the power went out about 11am and Ophelia swept in. We're pretty lucky having no damage to speak of and the power back on after only an 8 hr blackout - there'll be plenty of poor buggers huddled round a candle tonight. This was the sun disappearing for the last time as the fringes of the storm swept in at lunchtime, an odd sickly-gold pallor: By mid-afternoon the river of winds was gushing full-bore round the house and I took a few long-exposure (2-second) shots of the trees and bushes in turmoil: With both work and the lad's school shut down for the day there was little else to do except hunker down and pay a few visits to the bench in between watching the storm. They do look pretty ghastly in the photos Jaime, but I'm pretty sure it'll be straightforward to get those issues sorted with a bit of planning and observation. Villeneuve can do no wrong at present as far as I'm concerned Jaime. Sicario was brutal but that scene at the US border had me hyperventilating like no other film has done. Exactly right Ian! That and some thin plastic shim at the top of roots should see those evened-up later. Thanks Benedikt. Waiting for the airbrush to arrive is really starting to grate on the nerve-endings but at least the wings have kept me busily occupied... Those guys are bonkers! Great stuff Ced. We've been most fortunate, though the drive to work in the morning may be 'challenging' due to at least three trees down across it tonight. Despite its larger size it's a darn sight easier than the Matchbox Meteor I can tell you - that thing just ate filler and sanding sticks! Don't think I haven't pondered that exact plan in the past - the idea of working with tone rather than colour is I have to say a compelling one that I may well have a run at on a future beano. I don't think you'd regret such a minor investment Tomo - as Ced mentions, it's handy for photographic purposes as well. As to 'ghost' lines - I was still finding traces each time the lighting angle was changed: At least the wing shape is accurate so that took some of the pressure off at this stage though. My thanks to you for that comrade. Whenever I've gotten to the scribing stage on a build in the past, due to not exactly feeling comfortable with the process I've often tried to hurry through the process - clearly not a recipe for quality by a long chalk.This has been due to not really feeling comfortable with the scribing tool I have - a UMM-USA SCR-01 - largely as a result of hurrying to get past this stage each time. Q.E.D, Catch-22 &etc.... As a result I'd actually bothered to do some practising on scrap plastic with both the SCR-01 and a sewing-machine needle this time around before having a slash at the kit, as a consequence felt much less ragged. Also of course, carefully marking everything out in pencil first helps...another improvement.... The original trenches on the kit wings bear no relation to the actual aircraft, especially on the underside where there are a slew of access panels to be added: A closer squint: You can see in the above where I've removed the underwing radiator near the root as well. One flaw in my past technique I realised was scribing with the part on a hard surface - it feels so much more secure to have the part in question supported on some foam, so that in pushing down, there is some 'give' against the pressure you're applying and the lines can be made more sensitively. You no doubt realize this already but I'm saying this out loud so that I don't forget it in future! Here's the two main wing spar lines scribed in along the upper surfaces to begin with: Followed by the wing rib lines: Swithcing to a sewing machine needle for the underwing access panels.There were done using the Verlinden 1/72 templates: One wing done: That big panel near the root is for access to the fuel tanks in the wing. Both finished: Scribing motor gondola will be the next task and I'm expecting all kinds of fun with skating around that set of curves... Hope you guys are doing ok tonight. Tony
  11. That kit's got some decent mouldings there Jaime and you're making great headway with it sir. Tony
  12. Nicely salted there Johnny. I'm flirting with attempting summat similar on a smaller scale with the Dawneeay in a few places so will be more than content to take notes if you don't mind? Nice solar system btw. Tony
  13. Dornier Do 18-D

    I'll bet! Watched your video of the flight last evening Ced: quel ravissement! That's right - Bov's just up the road, and there's actually a path from the river by the church that will take you to Lawrence's crib at Clouds Hill nearby as well. The light is working out fine btw; having it about 12" above whatever I'm working on means it give a good clear light but without the mechanism itself getting in the way. Sound more like you had a converted Enigma machine! Cheers Johnny. I know what you means Chris! Sometimes the unlikeliest thing can be unexpectedly engaging. I never had much interest in mobile phone technology until I read the gripping chapter about it in Francis Spufford's: The Museum of Lard however pulls me not in it's general direction: .... Jerzy had mentioned a while back about the kit inacccuracies regarding the number of vents on the very top 'ridge' of the motor gondola for a 'D' variant. I've whipped these off now and sanded that region back smooth in order to scratch up the correct number of these features later on: This next session was really just a major tidying up session of the wings to make sure that all was smooth and ready for scribing: You can see above for example how sometimes it takes a really oblique light to show up problem areas like those remaining traces of the kit 'trough' just inboard of the leading edge. Getting all these remaining imperfections identified and sorting out is I must admit one of my least favourite parts of a build - critical to do it well of course, but rather boring nonetheless so I didn't bother photographing most of it. You can see the 'ghost' trough still needing attention down the centre of the starboard wing as well. Notice also that shadowed region from the lower third down to the wing root - there's a pronounced 'shoulder' in the wing structure there that isn't always evident in photographs, but which Matchbox did well to include despite the subtle appearrance of the feature. I mention that because it would be easy to go happily sanding down any filler on the wing and inadvertantly erase that contour in the process. I'm also here in the process of cutting the radiators and vents off the wings as these are too crude in their raw form: As others have warned in the past, there will be some fettling and filling needed when joining both the bootsstummel and wings to the main body of the aircraft. You can begin to see the issue here: But egad and forsooth, have a look at the blighter looking along the major axis of the aircraft: I'd better start dissolving some sprue to whack into that crevasse later on... There's a significant seam where the wings meet the gondola also to be taken care of: At this point I'm wondering whether to glue the wings onto the motor gondola first before fixing the gondola base to the fuselage, as it would make it easier to sort out problems with all those regarding filling and sanding. The instructions say to stick the gondola onto the fuselage first but I'm not so convinced that's a good idea, given that the gondola only really sits into the top of the fuselage with little in the way of bracing and support. I'd be more concerned that all the handling required during fixing those wing joints would end up pulling it off again. Definitely need to scribe those wings and gondola before sticking together though: That's all well and good but Baron Acres is on a red warning for the arrival of Hurrricane Ophelia tomorrow and unfortunately it seems to be tracking right by us come early afternoon: I need to get into the display cabinet with the EZline and tie-down the aircraft so.... Tony
  14. Argl. Can't like that news on the system crash Bill. Most positivitest vibes it's possible to send being sent over for good news on recovering the necessary from your backups. Professional data recovery is also an option, though not a cheap one. Avoid many of those in-store 'computer doctor' services though: these are frequently manned by individuals self-taught from blog postings and forums rather than being professionally trained in data retrieval.
  15. What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    Rooks and starlings mainly, on final approach to the food in our chicken run. Impressive side-slipping skills to drop into such a confined space with a landing run of two hops.