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Procopius last won the day on February 16

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  1. If you want to do the photo thang, a small light box really works wonders. If anything, I've only gotten worse, but crank the white balance up and you'd never know.
  2. 3,000 yen is about $26 USD, or two pelts and a virgin daughter in post-Brexit money. That's not really top-dollar in my book.
  3. I too have always thought the masks were meant to cover the hubcaps, and I'm paying Eduard the courtesy of refusing to believe the evidence they present me of their own stupidity, and opting to continue to believe as I always have. The underbelly is looking jolly nice, and you're right: it does look slimmer.
  4. Long day today, so no photos, sorry chaps. I painted the props today and applied the sky bands that I forgot to do before -- they'll need some cleanup. There's a reason I normally do them first. I think I've found one of the limitations of my 3M 1/4" tape -- no flex to it, so it doesn't do the best with the tapering rear fuselage of a Spitfire near the fin. Fortunately, 3M also makes 1/4" vinyl tape very much like the Tamiya's tape for curved surfaces, so some of that is on its way to me. I have a plan, and I'm never more dangerous (to myself, and to a lesser extent, to others) than when I have a plan. On the subject of Spitfire weathering, incidentally, I picked up a little book from Poland called Donaldy Zumbacha, about Jan Zumbach's Donald Duck-adorned Spitfire Vs, and if you're at all interested in what Spitfires looked like up close during the war, I heartily recommend it. Even without any grasp of Polish, I found the photos very invaluable. They've given me a lot of ideas for future builds. Future poorly-executed builds, granted, but it looks like a fair bit of the actual weathering on a Spitfire could be done with a good silver coloured pencil. (Recommendations welcomed.)
  5. I won't dispute that last part, but Madeleine is a perfect lady, poop aside.
  6. There was at least one Polish Spitfire with "please wipe boots" on the cockpit door, in a very official-looking Polish language stencil.
  7. I have a similar problem with rye and ginger ale (the preferred drink of Philip Marlowe), where I think I look like this: But really look like this.
  8. Wow, I haven't thought of him since college! Read him right after Ruth Benedict's Patterns of Culture. Yeesh, talk about your Proustian moments. I'm glad I'll never be fourteen again. We had quite a day here today. Winston woke up bright and early and proved to be a bottomless void, consuming something like a bowl of macaroni and cheese (a meal I've never not found utterly revolting, just my luck he and his mother think it actually goes in human bodies), an entire banana, some cantaloupe, a bowl of cereal, half of his mother's bowl of cereal, half of my bowl of cereal, a small bowl of chocolate frozen yogurt (not my call), a pierogi, a seemingly endless procession of steamed cauliflower, and one or two other things that caught his eye, including a fair amount of dirt. 20170220_114419 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20170220_133413 by Edward IX, on Flickr He then managed to take a header off of a kitchen chair and executed a perfect vertical 180 along his axis, half of a perfect martial arts move, and practically dug a crater into the kitchen floor with his head. I was trying to get a bowl of hot water (from steaming the cauliflower) to the sink, and I fairly threw it the length of the house to run to him, certain he was already dead. But no. He lives yet, though I suspect he'll be feeling that one for a few days, Magical. He's also discovered the temper tantrum in a big, big way, and he has this killer move where he does a flip onto his back, bicycle kicking with his stubby little legs while howling. It's a lot of fun to carry him somewhere while this is happening, like say at a public park. On the plus side, he likes to look at the Spitfires in the Eduard Aussie Eight book, and when I showed him a video of a Spitfire VIII on youtube, when it pulled away from a low pass and up into the clouds, he waved a pudgy little hand at the screen and said "bye-bye". So there's that. I also trimmed Madeleine's toenails, and she repaid me by pooping on me. Thanks, kiddo. 2017-02-20_10-27-54 by Edward IX, on Flickr I did manage to get a little modelling time in tonight, though. Some seams on the underside were still visible, so I fixed them: 20170220_201159 by Edward IX, on Flickr And I sprayed some XXXXXXXXTREEEEEEME! METALLLLL! on the wings. Not pleased with how it performed, but realized that because I'm using Colourcoats (I remain available for an endorsement deal), I could use Micro Mask, which is I guess Maskol in a cowboy hat. Yeehaw. 20170220_201133 by Edward IX, on Flickr We'll see how this turns out. I then went back over the undersides with some more thinned MSG, and then latterly some MSG with a drop or two of white added. It cut down on the contrast a bit more, and I think this time at least I'll leave it here. We'll see what I do for future builds. Of course, I forgot to do Sky bands and invasion strips. D'oh! 20170220_203848 by Edward IX, on Flickr
  9. I would never lie to you (about this specific thing.)
  10. Tonight I did the undersides of the Spitfires, and then downed tools to watch an episode of BBC/Netflix co-production Crazyhead with Mrs P, which she stolidly endured and even put down her iPad (which Winston has cracked after heroically spiking it into a tiled floor -- good boy). I tried a New Way of painting the undersides tonight, which the camera isn't really cooperating on capturing. Since I used black primer, I went over it with a thin layer of Colourcoats MSG, followed by filling in panels with heavier coats and randomly dotting it all over the underside (the Master G20 is not a great airbrush, but the little .2mm needle gives it surprising precision: I could about only paint just the little circular panels on the underside without overspray if I was careful) until it was sort of filled out. I gather this is the fashion for many of your better modellers these days. My thoughts after the photos. 20170219_204022 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20170219_204027 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20170219_204050 by Edward IX, on Flickr So on one hand an issue I've been grappling with rather half-heartedly is how far I want to take this whole modelling thing. Obviously I'll never write articles on it or enter contests, since that's not where my talents lie. But in a sense every model I build is an expression of love: love for people mostly long dead; love for a world I'm not a part of; love for things I will never experience. And so the question is how much effort am I willing to put into this, and how much effort will make this not fun? I'm the sort of perfectionist that would rather not try than try and fail, and I confess, I feel it a little when I read casual comments about "over-weathered" or "too pristine" models: like, maybe it's always only going to be one or the other. I struggle with finishing. (And basic assembly, but I have a craft knife handy when I'm doing that, so watch yourself.) So the other hand, I suppose then would be the fear of going too far into the corner of mere artifice -- since I'm never going to be an A+ modeller, I'm not particularly enamoured of the idea of becoming a pale imitation of a style that's artistically sound, but which produces finished models that don't look much like an actual Spitfire (or other lesser aircraft), especially if more work is involved. I'm very much on the fence on this, so I invite and welcome frank commentary on if it does or doesn't work, or if it seems less like capturing the sense of the aircraft than it does mere artifice.
  11. Lookin' mighty fine, Cookie!
  12. That cockpit sure looks nice! IIRC, my solution was to simply sand the bottom of the ejection seat down a little, maybe one or two millimeters. It's been a while.
  13. Religious instruction, I think you meant.
  14. Anyhow. The house had a showing today (and the damned horrible house with a staircase to nowhere that Mrs P inexplicably loves is again back on the market after another sale fell through...can't imagine why, maybe because it's a disintegrating heap of crap) so I tidied up before heading off to the airport -- I even cleaned up the bench a bit. 20170218_201301 by Edward IX, on Flickr This is about as good as it gets. When I got home, I decided to put on the primer. Last night I had finished masking and sprayed the interior green over the cockpits (and did a jolly nice, tight job with minimal overspray, I might add), so I was all ready to go. I decided to try out my little Badger 350, which is a lightweight (very light, it only weighs 21 grams) lo-fi single-action airbrush about a half-step up from putting the paint in a tube and blowing through it in the general direction of the model. In general, I like the consistency of single-action airbrushes (especially since I'm not exactly Mr Fine Detail), and having never used an external mix brush before, I found it pleasantly easy to clean. However, it's a cheap, cheap brush (less than $20 shipped here in the USA), and it has some quirks I've never before experienced, including an odd penchant for blorting out a thick stream of Black Mr finishing Surfacer 1500 from the nozzle when I put the cap on the paint cup. The effect was not unlike what I shudder to imagine it would be like to bring a squid to a state of high arousal, and I did not like it. The airbrush hose also somehow got stuck on the brush's nipple and needed some careful work to extricate; both still seem to still function properly now. 20170218_214154 by Edward IX, on Flickr No rose without thorns however, an--WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? 20170218_214202 by Edward IX, on Flickr Out, damned spot: 20170218_215134 by Edward IX, on Flickr So just a little more work to do, and then we can start laying down paint in earnest.