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  1. With a busy week now behind me, I managed to get into my shed today. Spent most of the day there, but with very little to show for it. Some of that is due to me poring over the Modeler Site guide/Tamiya Instructions/Kit Parts trying to decide what to do during the build. The final decision is that I shall pretty much ignore the guide as the building method used by the author doesn't seem to make sense to me. Added to that, the poor translation of the text and some errors in the procedures/descriptions all made it hard for me to find it useful. At a price of around £10 (US$14 at present) I'd give it a miss. I shall do a more carefully thought out review of it and expand on my decision, once I've digested and written up the review. Today's work was really just preliminary (and slowly bringing myself back up to speed after a long winter break). Fill and sand ejector pin marks, test fit chassis parts and adjust for a good fit. Despite being a Tamiya kit, the mold quality is appropriate for its age, meaning that it's not as 'shake and bake' as modern products from Big T. I started with filling pin marks on the main chassis and some parts that fit to it. Much easier using Vallejo's Plastic Putty than the Squadron Green stuff I used back in the nineties :-) Also sanded down some prominent positive pin marks that would be visible on the bulkheads. Also made adjustments to the spacers that keep the chassis side walls separated. As you can probably see from the above pic, I first cut the moulded end pin to a flat end and drilled it out with a 1.5mm drill in a pin vice. I then offered up the spacer to the sides and used Mk.I eyeball to decide how much to trim of the end. I then used CA to fit a length of 1.5mm plastic rod. The side panels now meet the chassis floor where they should with no overlaps at the edges. For no particular reason, other than it had been bothering me, I then jumped to what I see as a majorly unpretty part of the kit representation - the meshes that cover the Air Intake Trumpets. I was fortunate enough to get a 'free sample' set of stainless steel meshes from a metals supplier (a client of my 'day job' employer). Among them was a suitable looking mesh - Mesh 100 with 0.15mm threads. In order to create the replacement mesh I used the kit part to give me an outline of the cover on a piece of 60 thou plastic card. Drawing a line 1mm inboard from the outline gave me an 8mm wide cutout to allow me to shape the mesh. I used a piece of 1/4inch (6.3mm) dowel with it's end rounded off as a 'pounce' to do the shaping. I didn't anneal the mesh as the fineness of it meant it was already very malleable. Placing my 'mold' over the open bench vice, I then proceeded to rub the mesh with the pounce to stretch it out the desired shape. The beauty of the dowel pounce is that it simply gets more rounded the harder you press. You do have to clean the dust out of the mesh, however. The end result was pleasing - one down, one to go. No real sense of urgency in this build, as the completed model is going to a housemate, so I'm just enjoying myself as I go. More to come tomorrow. Cheers Kev
  2. Thanks Hugh - those pics are great and much appreciated. Simon - I must have been lucky, cos the rear suspension I don't recall as being a problem (fiddly alright, but do-able). Found another build thread online where the guy replaced the springs to ease the process, though. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it, I guess. Kev
  3. Roy - thanks for the walkaround link, it will prove most useful. "pitfalls" - on a Tamiya kit - nahh, you gotta be kidding me, surely???? Between my memory, the research and the MS guide I'm hoping to make this one look as good as possible. Some missing details to be scratched (or possibly 3D printed, as that's my latest little toy) and a few 'fit' issues to overcome are about all I can recall - I'm sure I'll find more to do as I go Cheers Kev
  4. Thanks Spooky - I've built this kit twice before (80s and 90s) but love the Tamiya 'biggies' so much that I longed to re-visit it. Yardley McLaren is a lovely kit too. Once this one is finished I may go looking for the big Elf Tyrell Thanks Injidup - I'll be doing a comparative review of the MS guide against the kit instructions as I go. I already know that there are some parts of the guide that are handy and others that I shall ignore - all shall be documented. And yes, I'll be using the Modelworks JPS livery in full - I may use some of the smaller Tamiya sheet shown, particularly if I decide to add a helmet to the finished display. Thanks riggy - hope you enjoy the ride-along I'll do my best to describe any modifications/additions as I go. Cheers Kev
  5. Hi Guys and Gals About 2 years ago I purchased this kit from roymattblack on here. Part of the deal was that I do a build thread and so, without further ado, here we go... Box has seen better days, but that's of no concern as the kit is to be built. Roy's great packaging enabled it to survive the (not so) tender ministrations of the Royal Mail. Sprue Shots:- The instruction booklet and decals. The original Tamiya coachlining decals had suffered badly over time and Roy kindly included the Modelworks replacement set and finally, an additional bonus - the Modeler Site guide to building the JPS (and also the Trumpy GT40 - which I may get one day...) This will be a slow progress job as I've decided to take some time over it and intersperse it with other models that I'm currently working on. I plan to do at least one update a week, maybe more if the boss lets me relax for a while. Thanks again to Roy for the kit - I've been hankering after this one for a few years. Kev
  6. Thank you Sydhuey - now I just have to decide which airframe to represent. Much appreciated Kev
  7. Hi Guys Having recently acquired the old Revell 32nd Beau Mk1F and decided to re-acquire and read Jimmy Rawnsley's "Night Fighter" (which I last read about 30 years ago) I decided to spend a quiet Sunday morning doing some online research. In doing so I came across a pic which looks like it could be WWII era and shows NG-R with a serial of T4625. Everything else I've seen has had Cunningham's NG-R as a serial of R2101. Can anyone enlighten me on this, please? Many thanks Kev
  8. Looks beaut, Calum. Got my hands on one last weekend - think I'll do it in the Wolfpack scheme (as a sort of nostalgic homage to the old Airfix 72nd F-14, which was my first Tomcat build). For the time being it'll be stashed away. Like you, I'll adopt Dave Aungst's approach to the cans. Thanks for the reminder (and link) about that. Cheers Kev
  9. Excellent result (especially as it's only your third kit). Keep enjoying it and the results will just get better and better. Kev
  10. Lovely clean build and a smart presentation. Would love to see the finished 'mounted' display on it's base, I'm sure it looks top notch! Spotted this kit in my LHS last weekend, and was tempted to buy it, but didn't. Seeing your great rendition, you've changed my temptation into desire - I think I'll have to have it! (Here's hoping that no-one else has grabbed it first!) Cheers Kev
  11. Now that is a great looking little Tiger! I've just got interested in 'caricatures' in modelling, having bought my first Eggplane in January - I shall have to hunt down these little Meng kits. Kev
  12. Lovely build and of great interest to me as I've just bought the kit and stocked up with the Eduard PE, Master barrels and Eduard figures. Plan to do mine 'at sea'. Just gotta add some anchor chains to the AM and it'll be stocked ready to go. Don't intend to invest in a wooden deck, will have a go at using weathering techniques to get the deck looking good. Cheers Kev
  13. In the film 'The Wild Geese', Richard Harris' "son" is working on a Bandai 1906 Mercedes (can't remember if it was 12th or 16th scale, but I remember owning one MANY years ago). Kev
  14. Lovely little dio, Andrew. The Matador certainly looks the part, thanks to your TLC. As for the bank holiday - mine was somewhat disrupted by having to work this morning. That, plus continuing investigation of the possibility of leaving Windows for Linux Mint, has curtailed my modelling work today. Kev
  15. Hi All After a prolonged break while I moved home and prepared my new mancaves, I finally got sat down at the modelling bench today. Rather than jump straight in on an existing project, I chose to tackle something new. Airfix's new tool 1:72 Defiant was selected for several reasons: 1. It's a nicely engineered kit, 2. It's an easy build, 3. It's a favourite of mine, and 4. I have all the Humbrol Enamels required [allegedly] to complete the build. Started it at 9am this morning. Decided to use the hairy brush to do the cockpit and wheel wells so I could rattle through relatively uninterrupted. Here's where I've got to so far... Close up of the cockpit: ... and another... So.. airframe all together - required interior completed - harness added. Tomorrow the turret, undercarriage and then airframe painting. Doing the 246 Sqdn Day version, as you may have guessed. I wanted to use the enamels as I'm more accustomed to using them in the airbrush. My intention is to move over to acrylics (Lifecolor being the paint of choice for me) but for now I wanted to get back into the swing of things with an easy-peasy build. I also have been gifted two airbrushes and a tankless compressor, so want to 'adjust' my spraybooth (aka the small shed) to make best use of the four 'brushes I now possess. More work to be done on this tomorrow, hopefully getting it into the spraybooth for camouflage before the day is out. I may also have to go back and edit a post I made in a thread asking about "how long do you take to build a model?" cos I said I take a least a week - but this excellent little kit might just be about to make a liar out of me! Cheers Kev