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Dances With Wolves

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  1. Greetings, members of the resistance. Fine Molds 1/48 X-Wing has been brutally tickled into a rendition of Luke's ride. Sadly, Revell's decals don't measure up to the eye watering 70 odd beer vouchers indicated on the box being pixilated, stiff and impervious to anything south of a welder's torch, so the markings were rendered in paint. Notwithstanding the decals, the kit's a ton of fun. Bare Metal foil was used for the oleos. Come in Red 5... Happy days Steve
  2. Airfix 1/72 Blenheim Mk.I - Red box ramble

    Hi folks. Regrettably, a rather painful back injury interrupted play in the immediate wake of my first post and finally being able to heed my paramedic son's advice that movement and not immobility is the key 'soon as' have managed to knock up some images (punctuated by numerous, self-pitying whelps and whiny noises. 1 and 2 - After circumnavigating all the edges and levelling out the imperfections, a taped test fit of the rear fuselage into the wing section was useful in throwing up the overly tight marriage that was clearly going to need easing. 3 - The consequence of this was visible underneath, with a gap between the rear and mid bomb bay sections. 4 - In tandem with this, the upper fuselage carries tabs that need to slip over the 'spar' when the fuselage is able to slide further forwards. 5 - Changing tack briefly, this deliberately lit shot shows a raised lip of plastic that needs filing flat, as per the nacelle front face below it. These occurrences of surplus plastic are a feature of the kit and need to be ruthlessly eliminated. 6 - Seen from above, the mating surfaces along the wing join have been slowly adjusted with a little scraping from a No.11 blade and 1200 grit abrasive. Even so, comparison with the wing trailing edge and fuselage wing fillet still shows the need to enable the fuselage to slide forwards just a little more to produce a smooth curve, one into the other. 7 - A small surprise to discover the wing tip lamp covers are solid plastic. This will never do, so the errant portions will be amputated and clear sprue blocks glued in and filed and polished to shape a bit later down the build. 8 - Call me old fashioned but Francois Verlinden was advocating removal of the so called 'alignment pins' back in the late '70s and I still do it today. With everything 'loose', fit can be tweaked with much more abandon. In addition, the parts were rotationally sanded on a piece of 1200 grit on a heavy sheet of bevelled plate glass. This always leads to the closest possible joint and minimises the need for glue. 9 - A small incremental improvement is the removal of the moulded rudder actuators. A small hole will be drilled in the fairings and fine, stretched sprue used for a fully 3D rendition. 10 - The alignment pin massacre extended to the wings and gave an immediate improvement in fit. 11 - As the chosen decal option is a desert bird and carried tropical filters, some Barracuda Cast resin, along with their replacement wheels and a black vinyl mask set have since flown in from those folks in Lowestoft. Expect glue and paint in the next thrilling instalment! TTFN Steve
  3. Airfix 1/72 Blenheim Mk.I - Red box ramble

    Have fun at the show!
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    Cheers Chris. Thanks for the link. I've already committed to the Barracuda resin option but the FD link is useful choice, so much appreciated. TTFN Steve
  5. Airfix 1/72 Blenheim Mk.I - Red box ramble

    Thanks for that Pete - much appreciated! TTFN Steve
  6. Airfix 1/72 Blenheim Mk.I - Red box ramble

    Hi T. You're welcome to them. Please email your full postal address to danceswithwolvezs@gmail.com and I'll get them out to you next week. No cost and I wish you well with your build. TTFN Steve
  7. Airfix 1/72 Blenheim Mk.I - Red box ramble

    Thanks for that Bob - yes, the FAA option was also a potential 'go' this end. The sprue hanging frees up bench space (the original motivation for it) and most of the time there's no more than one on the go but two is always the max. TTFN Steve
  8. Airfix 1/72 Blenheim Mk.I - Red box ramble

    Cheers B - wish you well with yours! TTFN Steve
  9. Airfix 1/72 Blenheim Mk.I - Red box ramble

    Hi Jon. Thank you for the images - wasn't aware of them, so much appreciated. The first highlights the need for the under cowl filters. I've had a gander at some aftermarket and Roy Sutherland's resin intakes and wheels (along with a mask set), will be dropping into Castle Croydon early next week hopefully. The Xtradecals set depicts L6670 without the 'R' - I'm not sure if it was fitted with the upgraded filtration in the field or before shipping out. I'm going with the latter. TTFN Steve
  10. Airfix 1/72 Blenheim Mk.I - Red box ramble

    Hi Harry. Yes, I'm lucky (and know it). We have a rendered, breeze block shed at the end of the garden some 12' x 6', so I created the classic photographer's 'L' bench set up (dry and wet areas). Being out and well away from the house, I can use 'hostile' paint thinners and deal with resin and so forth, without risk to wife, kids and pets. It also means no time wasted setting up or taking down, so ten available minutes for modelling yields ten minutes modelling. Like I say, I never forget how lucky I am and I admire greatly the tremendous results others achieve in small, temporary set ups. TTFN Steve
  11. Hi folks. A little soirée through Airfix's MkI Blenheim in 1/72 beckons, after I went up into the loft to look for a side project I could run parallel with other stuff. Those red boxes and their beautiful artwork are often too much to resist and this time was no exception. Tied to Xtradecals X72202 sheet and the 'UQ' desert scheme option, it should be great fun and a fine weathering target. As folks here will already know, these kits, lovely as they are, need meticulous clean up of every edged surface before committing to glue - something that happily goes hand in hand with a bluetooth speaker and an extensive modelling playlist. These days, I hang the entire kit out on pins tacked into the surrounding shelves. More complex kits have their sprues marked with their individual letters via taped Post-It notes, for quick ID. TTFN Steve
  12. Airfix 1/48 Hurricane

    Hi Steve. Until I hear otherwise, you're officially the first modeller to correctly depict 'GN-A' with Nick's red devil in situ and publish to the web. After liaising with Terry at Aviaeology, to update their 'GN-A' decals, I wondered how quickly the red devil would start appearing. I've been in contact with Mal Mayfield over his masked rendition of 'GN-A' and chatted with him at Telford about it but his was concluded after yours, so... It's great to see Nick's Hurricane 'fully dressed'... ;-) TTFN Steve
  13. Airfix 1/48 Hurricane

    Hi Steve. Hope you and yours (along with everyone on BM) had a great Christmas - in tandem with that...happy New Year! First up, Terry Higgins is a grade one researcher at Aviaeology and I would certainly trust his view on any of the subjects his outfit chose to cover. That was my first reassurance that the 'B' scheme for 'GN-A' was correct. Coupled to that, the alternating use of the 'A' and 'B' schemes (up until the practice was abandoned in 1941) was itself I understand, reversed between Spitfires and Hurricanes (ie in the latter case, even serials received the 'B' pattern, while odd serials were finished in the 'A' scheme - reversed for Spitfires). As a caveat, I'm aware that commentary around the forums points to exceptions to this and I don't doubt that that was the case, although I'm unable to put a value on that in terms of frequency and so forth. Given that there are no known photographs of Nick's 'GN-A', no-one can say his VC winning ride didn't carry the 'B' scheme. There are photos (taken by Cecil Beaton) of Tom Neil larking about beside the replacement 'GN-A' but as I say, nothing of the original. When was your model completed by the way? There's a reason I'm asking... TTFN Steve
  14. Airfix 1/48 Hurricane

    Hi Steve. I have an answer for this but sadly I must head off to bed - early start tomorrow. Can we pop this in the hanger for the minute please? I'll get back on it Boxing Day evening most likely, when we get back from my daughter's gaff. Have a great Christmas! Steve Von Festive :-)
  15. Airfix 1/48 Hurricane

    Thanks for that Steve. Wish you well with that brace of 'canes when they head to the bench. Cheers also for the nod on the AMW stuff - I'll do my best... :-) Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas. Steve