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Al Gunthwaite

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  1. 1/144 Revell Corvette

    Thanks Ryan (embarrassed) I can't of course say what I working on now (because I should be spending time refining the dark arts of 3D design)...but there's no decent crew available in 1/144 scale. Al
  2. MAS Italian Torpedo Boat

    I'm convinced I typed X MAS! Al
  3. 1/144 Revell Corvette

    Great work Moose! I am gathering components to build this. Is it the 1/96 scale etch 3-bar stanchions that you used? I can see there would be advantages over 2D flat etch rails. Al
  4. MAS Italian Torpedo Boat

    Hi Stuart Choroszy Mobelbud do a fairly comprehensive range of resin MAS Boats in 1/72: http://modelbud.home.pl/en_US/c/Scale-172/70. I've not seen one so I can't vouch for the quality. I have often thought of getting one to finish as Christmas which was captured and operated by the RN out of Malta. I haven't got around to researching which model of MAS it was. Al
  5. 1/72 RAF ASR Launch

    Grand Stuff. Looking forward to seeing this! Al
  6. Revell 1/144 Corvette

    Rob Coincidentally, I have just received the Shapeways 1/72 RN figures: https://www.shapeways.com/product/N42V6T68C/1-72-royal-navy-seamen-set101?optionId=63331179 They're good. All in square rig, a number in "interesting" poses. A little on the large size and the arms/hands could benefit from a bit more time in the design process. All the figures appear to have the same facial features although hats are at different angles. I have also seen (on-line) the munich-Kits 1/144 figures. These didn't tease me enough to want to buy them. I didn't see the minimum order. However, if you want to make up the numbers count me in for a set. I've had some 1/144 scale dollies which I made 10 years ago (or more) so I'm going to look at them over the next couple of weeks to see what I can do with them. I have been trying to teach myself the old 3D design which seems to be a process of for every small stride forward, there is a huge pace backwards. The process makes you understand the skill-sets that you don't have. However I am nearly at a point where I can start t thing about printing some basic stuff. Obviously I'm working on designing RN figures which when they are ready to print, can be produced in any scale. The only point I am anticipating is that in the smaller scales (1/72 and smaller), some of the detail will need to be accentuated to make then easier to paint. Regarding transfers, my sheets are designed using CorelDraw, but any basic drawing software should be able to do the job. The only point I would note is that whatever you're designing, separate your colours (basically draw an outline and then colour it in). I have made enquiries about getting my sheet printed but because it's designed with colours overlaid, it can't be done (at reasonable cost). For home made transfers, "depth" markings in white would require white transfer paper (because unless you have an Alps printer you can't print in white ink). You need to print the colour(s) of the hull leaving the markings white. It shouldn't be too difficult to merge into the paintwork particularly if the hull is weathered heavily. So regard the Corvette build - I'm at the thoughtful, planning stage at the moment! Al
  7. Revell 1/144 Corvette

    Had notification that my final Shapeways delivery is on it's way... Al
  8. I have only just come across this. Cracking work Simon! Al
  9. Revell 1/144 Corvette

    There are other matters to attend to first: like finding a means to post pictures! Al
  10. Revell 1/144 Corvette

    I have acquired the Revell 1/144 Corvette. And in a rash moment I also acquired various bits for it. Just saying... Al
  11. RAF Interwar types

    A silver Lysander...just a thought. I understand Special Hobby will be producing a Mk1. There are the options of the older Frog/Novo/Eastern Express or Airfix Mk1/III, or the Matchbox MkII with the Kora conversion set. Al
  12. Revell PT 109.

    Neat job! Al
  13. 50's RN Deck crew in 1/48?

    Agreed. Reedoak figures are superb. I have no hesitation in recommending them. Al
  14. Help from the Coastal Craft aficionados needed.

    Sorry Chaps I completely misunderstood the question (didn't read the thread thoroughly). The "solid" part around the turret guardrail is a heavy weather cover that prevented rain and spray from entering the turret (source: John Pritchard, RAF HSL Some Further Notes of Interest, Airfix Mag, May 1980). In his article on the HSL in the Nov. 1979 issue he noted that craft seldom had the weather covers fitted around the turrets and they greatly detract from the look of the model. I've also gone through my references (including the film "For Those in Peril" - which is a brilliant contemporary source ) and I can't find a photo (other than those already posted) with the turret weather screens in place. Hope that's helpful. Al
  15. Help from the Coastal Craft aficionados needed.

    The turret is an Armstrong Whitworth affair that was fitted to early Avro Ansons and the like. I have the intention of detailing an Airfix HSL at some point in the future...(he says very optimistically). Al