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About MarkSH

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  • Birthday 29/05/63

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    Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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    Painting, Modelling, Golf

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  1. from a rough kit that's a great result. Hope mine looks half as good.
  2. Out with a bang

    Thanks for the replies chaps, I was half and half on single lens lamp Vs good quality lamp and my 'eyes' loupe as per my previous set up. I think I'll opt for the latter. Cheers, M
  3. Out with a bang

    Hi Folks, My trusty old angle poise lamp just gave up the ghost with a considerable bang! Has anyone got any experience of buying and using the magnifying type lamps which seem to be quite plentiful on e*$y or is it recommended to bite the bullet and go to a specialist dealer i.e. is it a case of you get what you pay for? I would be grateful for any thoughts. Cheers, M
  4. My new workbench and home made spray booth

    The stash looks a bit precarious, I bet you always want the one at the bottom!
  5. Lockheed F 104 STGB

    Yep, have now got the Italeri 1/72 F-104 A/C (No. 1359) as the donor kit. also picked up Air Force Legends Number 204 'Lockheed' NF-104A Aerospace Trainer booklet for some reference, I'd like to do it 'in-flight' so need to source a suitably dressed pilot figure too. Cheers, Mark.
  6. Really love this! I agree with all the above comments, you've brought the model to life, great build, setting and images.
  7. Discovery is definitely the one I want in my stash having watched the film and read the books many times (desperate for some further insight!) I have even considered trying to 'scratch' one as the currently available kits are either not available, very poor quality (as demonstrated in this thread) or just prohibitively expensive. I will watch with interest to see how you progress with the Lunar kit.
  8. Loving this, really clean and accurate build. Definitely something to aspire to.
  9. Lovely job! always loved the look of the Rotodyne, you've done it proud, well done.
  10. First WIP

    Hi all, Apologies for the slow progress, but it's taken me a bit longer to do the External Tank than I anticipated. I have added most of the stringers to the intertank section and also the pipework running down the full length of the ET. For the pipework 'support blocks' on the lower section of the ET I used drops of my homemade 'Gloop' micro brushed onto the pipes and allowed to settle in place. I have also completed one pass on the ET foam texture, but I think it'll need another to help blend in some of the detail and the mess I 've made in adding subsequent detail. It actually proved quite easy if a little time consuming working in sections a generous amount of liquid poly is applied and then the plastic is stippled with an old cheap round oil painting brush, Its proving much more difficult to get a decent image of the texture. I've also done some work on blending in the window 'wrap' I created for the Orbiter, I'm not entirely happy with the effect and the rear most windows are a little squewy so a rethink. may be required. Anyway that's all for now, Cheers, M
  11. Lockheed F 104 STGB

    Hello, I'd like to enter this GB if poss please. I'll probably try and convert an example to NF 104 A but don't have a donor 104 in the stash yet so not sure if it'll be 72 or 48 scale. Cheers M
  12. Donations

    A small donation has been made, thanks for your efforts.
  13. Gloster Javelin 1/48

    Great build of a great subject. also great finish with the brush painting, very inspiring.
  14. First WIP

    Hi all, After removing most the moulded detail on the External Tank (ET), it was time to decide how I would represent the foam texture. I have seen the post on BM linking to someone’s experiments with various sand / flour and glue combinations, eventually settling on the flour mix with very impressive results, however I’m hoping for a gluten free model so I’m going to use the liquid poly and stiff brush stipple method. I have removed the moulded detail representing the LOX and LH2 pressure lines and the cable tray and have created the raised areas on the upper tank body for mounting the lines and tray. These were glued as rectangles and then sanded to shape. The lines are made from 0.6mm rod whilst the brackets are drilled out 1mm sheet scraps. The cable tray is a 2mm strip of 1mm plasticard. It’s all slightly over scale but again I think it looks better than the kit moulding. I have started adding the intertank stringers as well. I have added some detail to the base of the ET, I don’t know what they are, possibly access/inspection hatches but it all adds interest. I used the kit's flight deck window decals as a guide and created a window surround from 10 thou plastic card. I wasn’t originally intending to do anything but use the kit decals but the moulding and fit of the window area was appalling. Hopefully with a bit of blending and some raised TPS detail I should be able to disguise it, the one thing I have leant from studying images of the Space Shuttle is that it is anything but smooth! Again not much to show, more later.
  15. First WIP

    General assembly of the orbiter fuselage is fairly straight forward, providing that some additional tabs are added to enable more substantial fixing of the two halves, however to make sure that the top payload bay was correctly aligned so the bay doors fitted properly I had to allow a small step in the belly of the orbiter which was disguised with a liberal application of green filler. Additionally I have added a black painted flight deck floor and front bulkhead to seal the area and make it hopefully completely dark inside. Once the two halves were mated, it was obvious that the length of the payload bay was too long for the doors so a shim was added to the rear of the crew compartment and sanded to the correct profile this allowed the doors to fit more snuggly The kit body flap is supposed to be attached by a flimsy and not realistic hinge arrangement, I have extended the body flap on either side with 2mm plasticard, trimmed and sanded to shape, locators for the kit hinge have also been removed. The actual hinge points for the body flap are linked by a ‘floor’ presumably curved to accommodate the profile of the flap itself. The kit fuselage hinge points have been removed and replacements glued in place and sanded to the roughly correct shape. The body flap now sits much more snuggly between the hinge points and with the addition of the ‘floor’ will look a bit more accurate. Revell’s depiction of the external fuel tank for the STS is accurate for diameter and length but has some spurious detail such as raised ribs around the circumference at five points other than at each end of the intertank section also an extra pipe run that I can’t see on any reference photos, plus the vertical ribs on the inter tank section are too insubstantial and the cable trays and re-pressurisation lines are treated as just raised ridges, oh well in for a penny, so I decided to remove most of the surface detail on the external tank and try and reinstate it more to scale. This would mean some serious rough filing and sand papering so the tank halves were strengthened with two balsa cross sections and extra tabs and then glued together to ensure that the reinstated details matched up. Some aggressive filing underway. Slow progress I know, more later.