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Bandsaw Steve

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  1. Kick-off Hello, I have spent the last 6 months working on a scratchbuilt Mig 15 and that project is now drawing to a close. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235012524-mig-15-scratchbuild/& Consequently, I've been thinking a lot about my next project and after much deliberation, including considering a very, very wide range of possible subjects, I have decided to try something completely different to my usual aviation related fare. I am going to try to build His Majesty's Australian Submarine AE2. This is a project that I has been in the back of my mind for over a decade now and when a fellow modeller offered to lend the following set of plans to me, all thoughts of other projects evaporated. In my view Allied submarines in WW1 are under represented in the modelling world, so I'm going to try to do my little bit to correct this. AE2 was an early E-Class submarine operated by the Royal Australian Navy. On the evening of 25 April 1915 (while the Gallipoli landings were underway) she successfully penetrated the extremely formidable Turkish defences in the Dardenelles Straight and proceeded to 'run amok' in the sea of Marmara. During a short-lived but very intensive period of raiding she caused considerable disruption to Turkish attempts to reinforce and supply their defences on the Gallipoli peninsula. On the 30th of April AE2 was damaged by the Turkish torpedo boat Sultanhisar and, unable to dive to safety, her captain decided to scuttle her. All hands survived the scuttling and spent the rest of the war as P.O.W's in Turkey where they suffered terribly. Four of the vessel's compliment of 32 died during their incarceration. In 1998 the wreck of the AE2 was located and found to be in remarkably good condition, mostly due to it's partial immersion in anoxic mud. A thorough campaign to preserve the wreck in-situ continues to this day. The possibility of recovering the wreck has been discussed at length, and although probably technically feasible would be a very high risk and highly expensive project. So - in the meantime a model will have to do! I have not yet started any physical construction - so there's not a lot to see yet but, most unlike me, I have been conducting some additional research. And just as well too because it turns out that the drawings above are for a mid-war configuration E-class submarine which in some significant regards was different to the early war AE2. For example, the mid war submarine had a gun mounted ahead of the conning tower and had two forward torpedo tubes instead of AE2's single tube. There are other differences also. Suffice to say that this set of plans from the RAN's historical page on their website will help me nail down the correct configuration. The model itself will be: 1 / 100 scale Waterline - surface trim Scratchbuilt - although I might resort to some aftermarket details here and there. It will not be a cutaway (despite various people suggesting the idea) Predominantly made from wood, but expect to see some brass and plastic sheeting and a few other bits and pieces as well. I am hoping to have physical construction under-way this week and am aiming to have it finished by the end of 2017 but really don't have any idea how long this will take as I'm completely new to this maritime modelling lark. My plan for this job is basically to 'muddle through' so any encouragement and expert advice from the sidelines will be most appreciated! Best Regards, Reconcilor
  2. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Getting it on...to get it off... Before I can follow Courageous' exhortations to 'get it off' a whole bunch of masking and paint has go on... As I mentioned much earlier in this thread the colour of the primer is almost exactly what I had in mind for the above waterline colour so, for simplicities sake, I've decided to just go with that. Now that the white trim stripe is masked off I've just hit the entire boat with, yet another, coat of Mr Hobby grey primer. Looks OK I reckon, but there's a fair bit more masking and painting to go. Now the white stripe that I am painting is not visible in this photo. It looks like it is but what you are seeing is white 'high-flex' Tamiya masking tape. This tape is used to mask off the upper contact between the Aizu tape (that's only 0.7mm thick) and the light grey paint above. This is so that there is protection for both the Aizu and the contact between the white painted stripe and the bottom few mm of light grey. I'm assuming that there's already a nice clean contact between the white boot stripe and the light grey (I won't know for sure until later but I'm assuming it's good) - so I'm trying to protect that contact from the airbrushing about to follow. I also used some Vallejo masking fluid for the tricky bits. And then swopped to this - another Tamiya product (I'm not sure what it's called) but it's essentially a strip of masking tape with a big wide selvedge of clear plastic attached to one side. This is very good for masking large areas. Here's how I've used it. All of the areas to be left light grey are now under the protection of the clear plastic selvedge. So now I can spray some Vallejo 'dark grey' acrylic. Yeah - sorry, that's this shade's name 'dark grey'. I was hoping for a more exciting name like 'panzer grey' or 'sputnik grey' or something - but no such luck. In this case it's 'dark grey'. Ho Hum. And here it is being sprayed. And here it is with the large scale masking removed. Remember that the white stripe you can see isn't actually 'the' white stripe in question. With the white tape removed we have a nice clean contact between 'dark grey' and 'primer grey' - but we still haven't actually 'got it off' yet, at least not in the way that Courageous would demand. There's still a thin band of Aizu tape in this photo - but it's basically impossible to see. Ahhhh... There it goes... 'Get it off'... 'Get it off'... ...Take it all off... I love this job, when it goes well it's one of the best bits in the whole hobby! Whew - there she goes. The masking worked. Dark grey lower hull, thin white trim line and light grey upper hull, casemate and conning tower. Sweet! As for the masking job - something must have gone right because I reckon that white stripe is pretty tidy. it's certainly better than most of my masking efforts so I think that the idea of 'over-spraying' the protected colour (in this case white) seems to work quite well. Am pressing on now. More to do. Keep watching - the thread is no-longer 100% up to date as a lot more has been going on today than just painting. From here on the updates might start coming thick and fast. Will post again soon, Bandsaw Steve
  3. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Ahhh... but I don’t know if it works yet! Won’t know until I’ve taken the masking off. Like I say - it’s a cliffhanger! 😀
  4. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Cliffhanger... Following my 'do or die' declaration vis-à-vis getting this thing ready for WASMEx (which is only six days away now) I have been trying to squeeze some modelling time in between the million and one other things going on at the moment. The outcome's uncertain folks, it's going down to the line! I think I can make it - but any delay or any major 'rooster-up' and I won't! Here's where we start tonight's episode - ready to prime. The submarine is even on that handy little kitchen turntable that I use for this job. Rattle can primer - for me it's always a rattle can for primer. So much easier than airbrushing; doesn't have to be cleaned afterwards. Once again - laziness - but in this case it's also about speed. About forty-five minutes later (three light coats) - Primer done! Looks OK! Now let it sit overnight and let the paint cure so I can finally push on with a bit of (unavoidable really) - airbrushing. I sprayed the length of the hull at the waterline with Vallejo white. Yielding this. Let it sit a couple of hours to give it a chance for the paint to harden - don't be tricked by the fact that it's touch dry in minutes. I then then cracked this open - Gundam masking tape. It seems to me that many modellers look down their nose at Gundam, but I'll tell you a secret. I have a specialist Gundam shop not far from my place and there's a whole world of bang-up-to-date modelling gear that that makes some of the stuff we 'traditional' modellers use look very dated. This Gundam tape is an example. O.7mm thick, sticky as anything and ever so slightly stretchy. Ideal! On it goes. To be honest I was dreading this because I thought any masking tape would struggle with the compound curves of the submarine, especially running on to and along the top of the saddle tanks), but this stuff went on like a breeze. I just stretched it out and set in the right place by eye. Having a few distinctive landmarks such as rivets and those little oval hatches made getting the tape laid out in the right spot and correctly symmetrical surprisingly easy. Here I am burnishing the tape down with some cotton buds. See - nice and straight. Now here's something I read about years ago but have never actually done before. Since I'm trying to mask off a white stripe, make at least the first 'post masking' coat white also. The idea is that any paint that bleeds under the tape is likely to be from the first coat, so if there's any bleed-under it will be white-on-white and will not be visible. Leaving this. I'm guessing that another advantage is that the top layer of paint will help hold the tape exactly, firmly in place. In the past I've found that tape can stretch and wander slightly over time. I don't think that this can happen here. I'm definitely running short of time now but have two full days off this week, including ANZAC day, and don't have much on in the evenings. So with a bit of luck and a tail wind I should still be able to get this finished in time. But it's definitely a cliffhanger. Best Regards, Steve
  5. Happy Birthday Royal Air Force Today is the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force. If you did not know that already you are probably on the wrong website. Some time ago I decided that I wanted to mark this occasion by starting a new project on this date and have of late spent much time thinking about what the subject should be. Naturally enough, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancasters and myriad of famous post-war types all came to mind, but these are well-covered subjects and so I dwelled on the matter a bit deeper... What about something that was in service on the day the RAF formed? What about something that had served in both the RFC and the RNAS prior to the formation of the RAF? What about something that was crucially important both to the newly formed air force and essentially all of the commonwealth air arms that were to follow? What about the Avro 504! To me, the Avro 504, more than any other single type, captures the spirit and the essence of the nascent Royal Air Force. This type had seen service as a fighter, a bomber and reconnaissance aircraft prior to being 'relegated' to the training duties at which it excelled. By 1918 this was the most numerous aircraft in the RAF (and probably in the world) with more than 7000 being built during World War One alone. In the new air force almost all aircrew had been trained on this type and I should think most of the ground crew as well. It was the foundation of the skills and professionalism that have been the hallmark of the service ever since. So, foolishly, I'm going to have a crack at building one in 1/32 scale. Here are the plans I will be using...provided most efficiently by Len Whalley at 'aeroplans.co.uk’ (Great service thanks Len). As you can see this is a screen-shot of my electronic copy because my friendly computer draftsman at work is on extended Easter holidays. He'll be back soon! In the meantime I'm going to use these plans as a starting point, they are fine for the general layout and dimensions. And here we go... Start with a good straight, clean bit of wood. In this case I'm using Jarrah - just like I did in my Mig 15 build here... www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235012524-mig-15-scratchbuild I'm using Jarrah mostly because it's the strongest wood I can get hold of. Having studied the plans I can see that there are going to be some challenges with maintaining the structural integrity of this model, especially once the extensive cockpit has been hollowed out - hence structural strength is going to be a major consideration. It's a beautiful bit of wood this - straight close grain almost flawless. The oval below marks the only knot in the entire plank, it's tiny and is fortunately positioned so it can be easily excluded from the fuselage cut-out. Here I'm marking off the first cut for the fuselage. I'm cutting it much longer than it needs to be for reasons you will see later on. And here it is - the first cut - made on 01 April 2018! Hooray... Two lengths have been cut for the fuselage so that I can work to the natural centre-line thus formed... The wings are being cut from some thin slices of sapelli. Another high-quality hard-wood. I've chosen this because I do not want the wings to sag and think that sapelli will be rigid enough to hold it's shape over time. And here's the rough cut-out of the tailplanes. I think that the tail is going to be the only easy part of the build. And so -after 20 minutes of work I have the very, very rough outline of a biplane... No - this is not an April Fools joke, this really is the start of my model! I don't know how long this is going to take but given the slow pace of my previous (still uncompleted) project that you can see here: www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235021633-hmasm-ae2-scratchbuild I would say this will take at least a year and possibly much longer. I've never built a biplane before. Wish me luck... Best Regards, Bandsaw Steve (ex-Reconcilor)
  6. Avro 504K, 1/32, Scratchbuild

    I have a plan... (Seven of them in fact) Just a minor update as 'proof of life' for this project. Here's another plug for 'aeroplans.co.uk' - great product, great variety and great service - I will be using this service again one day, perhaps for a set of their Short Southampton plans! Len at aeroplans e-mailed a high definition 1/32 scale PDF to me and my draftsman mate at work has very kindly run off seven full-size copies for me - one of which I have had laminated. Here's the result, one laminated, one not laminated and five more sets rolled up alongside. In the past I have learned a few things about plans: Try to get the correct plans for what you intend to build - obvious statement really, but perhaps you haven't read my AE2 thread. Here I was caught out over and over again by subtle differences between the mid-war E class submarine for which I had plans and the pre-war vessel I was building. Get lots of copies made. Building this way cuts through plans (literally cuts through them) very quickly. Get more than you think you will need and be ready to go and get more when you eventually run out anyway. Get one set laminated and pin it on the wall. I've done this with the AE2 plans and it's surprising how often I refer to this set. It's very convenient knowing at all times where to easily access a complete and tidy set of plans. This is going to be a big model. I've never built anything in 1/32 before and the Avro 504 is a larger aircraft than I imagined with a wingspan of 10.97m. Compare that with a tiger-moth's wingspan of just 8.94m! Here are the 1/32 scale plans photographed against a standard unit of Britmodeller measurement (a 1/48 scale Airfix Spitfire Mk Xii). Like I say - this is going to be a big model. Nearly as big as Tamiya's 1/48 Beaufighter in fact. Not much of an update I know, but I can assure you that although this project is on the back-burner at the moment, once AE2 is finished this will be getting my full attention. Stay tuned - about a fortnight from now I reckon we'll be into this good and proper! Steve
  7. Awesome! Can’t believe I missed this when it first came out!
  8. Clever work, well executed and well explained. Excellent!
  9. Nice work! I especially liked seeing how you formed the wing’s aerofoil - will be trying something similar on my Avro 504 in the not too distant future.
  10. I just had another look at this and think it’s even more amazing on a second viewing. Congratulations on a truely extraordinary accomplishment!
  11. So which is it? WW1 or WW2? Whichever, it’s awesome - congratulations!
  12. Just read the whole thread again, just as good (perhaps even better) second time through.
  13. Watching and learning! Gotta get me some of that resin! 👍
  14. Nieuport 12 - 1/32 scratchbuild

    This one’s racing along. Really enjoying watching this Ted - great work!
  15. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Hendie, I’ve had an idea. 💡 How about each time you think of a ‘joke’ you PM it to me. I’ll read it and let you know what I think, and perhaps provide feedback on how it can be improved. Then, once we have sorted out the best material and polished it up a bit you can post it, with confidence, for viewing by the greater Britmodeller public. I think this might be the best way forward in your case. 🤔 Always here to help mate! 👍 Bandsaw Steve
  16. Danton, Hobby Boss, 1:350

    Look Toto Look! At last - The Emerald City! 👠 👠
  17. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Oh Dear, I want to like your jokes Hendie - really I do! 😧
  18. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    No time for romance mate - WASMEx is nearly here!
  19. WOW! That’s really something! 👍
  20. Big As Maz, Junked!

  21. Scratch Build of 1951 Pullman Carriage

    What a total PITA! I feel your pain Hendie. Hope this gets sorted soon.
  22. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Guards and Handrails For many years I have worked in the mining industry and have noted that whenever our mill maintenance colleagues have 'nothing much to report' in the daily operations meetings they always say they have been working on 'Guards and Handrails'. This never gets questioned for two good reasons: It's safety related. It's a bit like painting the Sydney Harbour bridge - it's a job that's never finished. So now for some 'Guards and Handrails' work for my submarine. Here's the starting point - very dangerous, the sailors might fall overboard... If you go back far enough through this thread you will see that I have actually planned ahead with this moment in mind - remember me buying these from the nice young haberdashery assistant? And cutting a series of slots in the casemate so the stanchions would have somewhere to live? And even checking that they would fit in place before sticking the hull together? Well, now's the time that all of that preparation paid dividends. Basically I just slipped each stanchion through it's little bung-hole until the point of the needle poked out on the underside of the model. Then I stuck some two-part epoxy on it... And pulled it back up into place so that the glue came into contact between the needle and wood and then - after checking against the laminated plans... I positoned each stanchion at the correct height. This way each one was secure and set at the correct height and, since they were glued from below, there were no sticky glue marks on the deck. I also had to remember to rotate the needle in it's spot so that all of the eyes were facing fore-aft. This is so that when ezy-line is threaded through each of these it will run nice and straight along the length of the boat. At the foremost extreme of the casement there was one central short stanchion with the eye at 90 degrees to the boat. This will guide the ezy line correctly around the bow... and there's another one at the stern. In this shot you can also see the flag-staff at the rear of the boat that I made from a bit of brass tube. And here she goes so far. Rigging should be easy from here...should be... Not much to add at this point except to say that the sailors still aren't safe because there's no railing yet. Oh well - like I said - this job is a bit like painting the Sydney Harbour bridge. Next time, we get to throw some more paint about. Thanks for staying with this one. Bandsaw Steve
  23. A wooden interlude

    Yep - just get some bass wood or something and carve it out. A much simpler way to go sometimes! 👍
  24. Clearly outstanding work. Do you ever do ‘work in progress’ threads. I’m sure we would all love to see one of these come together.
  25. Nieuport 12 - 1/32 scratchbuild

    This is great! Really useful tips here - beware more gross intellectual property theft is under-way!