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#1 MakingModelsAgain

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 04:35 PM

So, me and the wife are on our anniversary trip to our usual haunt, The Deeside Hotel in Ballater, which is in, obviously, Deeside! However, we decided to extend our little trip this year by camping an extra night in the nearby village of Braemar and when we were in the local newsagent-cum-giftshop, I noticed he also sold a nice little selection of kits, ranging from little snap-togethers up to the big 1/24 Mossie! But it was while perusing the 'starter kits' that it struck me like a bolt from heaven.... If we were just going to be spending the night at the campsite, relaxing by the tent, it would be a fun challenge to see if I could build one of those kits in one night (it was already close to 3pm) with nothing but the kit contents - in this case the Airfix 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero, the four acrylic paints, the cement and a paint brush you could comfortably paint the Forth Bridge with. Quickly.

For tools, all I had was my Leatherman Squirt - a mini multi-tool on my keyring - which would give me a blade, a file and scissors.

The gauntlet was laid and the box was promptly opened... GAWWWWD, what a dreadful kit! Honestly, I'm sure each individual part was actually allergic to every other one, especially the one it was supposed to attach to!

Anyway, as it happens, I failed to complete the kit by nightfall - I called it a day at 23:15 due to failing light. BUT, we didn't have to be off the site until noon, so I got stuck back in at 08:04 and at 11:15 was calling... 'it' done. Finito. Finished.

The YouTube build - and I use that word loosely - video can be seen here

It looked innocent enough...!
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The paint didn't like the plastic.
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There were no discernible frame lines on the coke-bottle canopy bar some faint wispy marks, so I decided to make some masks with duct tape!
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Did it work...? No. Not really, so I sharpened some twigs and scratched the paint off instead. Results...? Ok. Well, ok for being in a tent.
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The, erm, 'sub-assemblies'...!
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As of 11:15 the following morning...
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Never Again! ;)

Edited by MakingModelsAgain, 14 July 2011 - 04:45 PM.


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Posted 14 July 2011 - 04:53 PM

lol,

Just trying to imagine the conversation....."I know it's our amiversary darling, but would you mind if I made a model while we're away ? " :lol:

you are a brave man !

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 04:54 PM

Well... Maybe not beautiful, but not that bad, considering it was built under very basic conditions.
Good work!

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:03 PM

You failed to mention the Ikea Chopping board, clearly a critical component in your build.

Did u call in the Bothy Tea Shop just down from the News Agent in Ballater, fantastic scones and coffee, in our traditional post mountain biking stop.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:46 PM

I think i know that newsagent, the one with a really small front door?

You've given me an idea for our 1st anniversary excursion to the lakes in a couple of weeks...... do i risk it? ;)

Great build with the conditions and rubbish paint!

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:56 PM

Who says romance isn't dead eh :)

:giles:

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:00 PM

I think i know that newsagent, the one with a really small front door?

You've given me an idea for our 1st anniversary excursion to the lakes in a couple of weeks...... do i risk it? ;)

Great build with the conditions and rubbish paint!


Dont know if I should tell u this (u being newly married an all) but there used to be a toy shop in Windermere that had a good selection of models. Im talking waaaaaaaaay back but you never know!

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:01 PM

Champagne, soft music, candle lit dinner, Airfix kit.

Perfect??

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:05 PM

Yip its still there

Atkinson's Lake Road Windermere, Tell your wife I gave u this information and Il send the boys round! :)

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 07:28 PM

Champagne, soft music, candle lit dinner, Airfix kit.

Perfect??

MH

Well, maybe if it's the Sea Vixen, otherwise, it better be a Tamiya or something stronger than Champagne!!

Who says romance isn't dead eh :)

:giles:

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Well, she did get to pick the kit!!! (was between this and a FW 190!)

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 07:30 PM

You failed to mention the Ikea Chopping board, clearly a critical component in your build.

Did u call in the Bothy Tea Shop just down from the News Agent in Ballater, fantastic scones and coffee, in our traditional post mountain biking stop.

Richard McC

My wife keeps saying we should go in there. Next visit we will, which will probably be our Christmas trip again (snow permitting). We went there last Christmas and only just managed to get in and out!

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 07:34 PM

I think i know that newsagent, the one with a really small front door?

You've given me an idea for our 1st anniversary excursion to the lakes in a couple of weeks...... do i risk it? ;)

Great build with the conditions and rubbish paint!

Dare! Dare! Dare!

Just don't make it an Airfix original!

Actually, the newsagent/toyshop I think you're referring to - the one with the panelled windows - has amalgamated with the one next to the florists. They have opened up the entire back of the place and sell all manner of touristy crap. But a decent stash of kits and the humbrol paint range! Still, pity about the traditional olde shoppe!

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 03:59 AM

only just managed to get in and out!


Thats more of an anniversary tradition.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 08:21 AM

could this be a new sport??extreme modeling?? :hmmm: now there's athought :)

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 09:58 AM

lol,

Just trying to imagine the conversation....."I know it's our amiversary darling, but would you mind if I made a model while we're away ? " :lol:

you are a brave man !



......and balls the size of coconuts !!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 10:35 AM

So there is no excuses now, we should all be able to turn out a model in any conditions. On the daily commute by train, while stuck in traffic, Supermarket car park during the weekly shop. Brilliant idea and I do like the little jungle scene on top of the wooden post so even dioramas are possible in this new extreme modelling hobby.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 03:55 PM

could this be a new sport??extreme modeling?? :hmmm: now there's athought :)

Now that is a very good idea! I have some friends who have done a spot of Exteme Lego...ing and looked a good laugh. Maybe on my next trip to The Lake District I'll make something whilst hiking up a mountain!

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 06:29 PM

Yip its still there

Atkinson's Lake Road Windermere, Tell your wife I gave u this information and Il send the boys round! :)

Richard McC


Thanks!.... i sense a little diversion, as we're staying near Bowness.... :analintruder:

Dare! Dare! Dare!

Just don't make it an Airfix original!

Actually, the newsagent/toyshop I think you're referring to - the one with the panelled windows - has amalgamated with the one next to the florists. They have opened up the entire back of the place and sell all manner of touristy crap. But a decent stash of kits and the humbrol paint range! Still, pity about the traditional olde shoppe!


Yup thats the one..

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 09:18 PM

lol,

Just trying to imagine the conversation....."I know it's our amiversary darling, but would you mind if I made a model while we're away ? " :lol:

you are a brave man !


Extremely so!! :analintruder:

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 09:30 PM

It looked better on YouTube... ha ha ha!! Never mind, considering the circumstances it isn't all that bad.. and like I said on the video.. hold out until the NEW Airfix Zero comes out.. it's very much different to this lit!! :)