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  1. ... well, yes, that's not a glowing endorsement! Alex does achieve good outcomes nevertheless: see here for his Gloster IV - beautiful!
  2. Thanks Steve. Can't enlighten you regards Karaya's 1/72 version sorry. I do note there is another offering out there at that scale from Dekno:
  3. Returning to the task after a longer break than I would like. It's the end of the second full week of Year 1 primary school for our twins .. so as a result I am today finishing my first course of antibiotics for the school year (sigh!) While I couldn't put time into making anything, I enjoyed a little reading. Keith of Red Pegasus Decals kindly sent me back issues of the IPMS air racer journal 'Bent Throttles', with articles on the Crusader (thanks Keith!). Included was a review of this Karaya kit. Happily their assessment more or less aligned with mine. The principal issue being the engine & cowl detail - which I've been addressing - but the article also pointed out that the kit part is quite under-scale. This was reassuring as that mock-up test fit I last posted here was quite a bit larger than the kit part, which was a little alarming. I had put the kit cowl aside & hadn't been referring to it, instead just working with my photo references & scaling relative to the kit fuselage diameter. So that was timely input thanks Keith! I suspect you'll be pleased to hear I'm transitioning beyond the cowling. There's a little more detailing to be done on the helmets but while the primer cures I've stepped across to the fuselage, specifically the fairing from the top cylinder to cockpit. As this fairing extends from the cowl, it too is a little undersized on the kit. Here it is as supplied: a solid rectangular block which is cleverly & conveniently part of one half of the fuselage, lapping over the other .. a good base to work over .. In addition to up-scaling this element I'm taking the opportunity to add a detail to the top surface. It's a recessed streamlined vent for something undetermined, which is not apparent from any view other than from above, and in particular behind as here: So a few laminated 'splints' CA'ed to the sides & up over the top to make the fairing a little larger ... which were then sanded down flush & rounded off... Then a sloping central insert was shaped & dropped in and a lid put over the vent: Needs a little putty & sanding to merge the pieces into one, and quite a bit of clean-up, but the form is there. Next those front tabs need to be tapered in & trimmed to lap under the top cylinder helmet. So again, it's only a small step, but forward nevertheless ...
  4. Awesome! So very well done, congratulations.
  5. Great Dan. Have been quietly watching his one progress over on hyperscale. A very worthy subject, skillfully executed. Looking forward to seeing it complete.
  6. I'll second that suggestion Doug! Yes please.
  7. So diminutive! 1/48 but still so tiny. I have seen this kit up for sale now & then .. this great outcome has confirmed my interest. Very nice!
  8. Zoom zoom! Happy to see this again, very nice.
  9. Great finish, you can be proud of that one!
  10. Not at all Frank! I did wonder after my post whether the answer most likely would be .. stop trying to cut corners! But this wood lathe suggestion is a good middle ground. Such a diverse range of output you have there - most productive! Very resourceful Tony! Thanks for detailing how you made do with the drill .. & the various other suggestions .. food for thought (if I can find a spoon!)
  11. Found that WIP thread - great work, recommended to all! Yet another great thread, most instructive thanks. I'm learning quite a bit ... after my first attempt ... I'm amazed I got any outcome now I realise how back-to-front I was with my (half) 'baked' technique!! Yes, well done, thanks for bumping it back to life.
  12. Beautiful wheels!
  13. Thanks Hendie, very timely. I need to fashion a new spinner. Without being quite ready to commit to a lathe, I had been contemplating either: - finding a way to pin down a power screwdriver as a makeshift substitute lathe, to turn a balsa master to then vacform, or - same set up as above but cutting out a process, instead turning a block of styrene. I'd welcome any advice from others who've succeeded with such an interim lathe arangement. And regardless of setup, is turning styrene even plausible? Can it be done without melting? thanks again Hendie.
  14. Hello, this thread is a belated discovery for me, but as soon as I found it I was enthralled! Have now read through in full. Fascinating. One small contribution I can make in response to one of your earlier queries: I have had success with adhesive labels for a desktop printer. Avery - the company that makes all those sticky labels for envelopes & the like - also have in their extensive range A4 whole sheet labels. One giant printable sticker. They have one type each for laser or inkjet printers. It's important to be sure to get the 'removable' type: Not likely to be available off-the-shelf, but my local office supply specialist was happy enough to order it in for me. Not cheap, at least for paper. I think it worked out $1 or $2 a sheet. However the pack only holds 25, and with a little forward thinking about page layout I've been able to send the same sheet through the printer several times, just peeling & snipping off what's needed. Anyhow, back to the main event please! Following along ...
  15. Yes, it did fall flat! It may be that I asked the wrong question.. since then I've belatedly discovered that while the plastic can be prepared in the oven, it actually ought to be heated by the top grill element, not a conventional oven element from below. Something to do with less control due to heat build up under the sheet. The same hindsight advice said that with this heat build up the sheet quickly goes past 'elastic' (good) to just 'melted' (not good). That would explain some of the variability I had in my results .. Good luck! It's good fun, just be sure to have a lot of sheet at hand for trial & error.