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  2. The monotonous road wheels – all twelve of them. Recently, I bought some test tubes. No doubt you've correctly guessed that I was attempting to clone myself, as I saw it as the only possibility of completing this group build on time. I followed the instructions online to the letter – spat in the test tube and applied a current (I was all out of currents so I had to apply a raisin) but even after a whole seven minutes no mini-me's appeared. The world is a poorer place as a result as I'm sure you will agree. Fortunately, the test tubes were the same diameter as the road wheels, so it wasn't a total waste. I came up with this idea for ensuring the cut wasn't cock-eyed. The marker is set in Blu-Tak and pushed down to the correct height, then just swivel the tube against the nib. It worked beautifully. What a genius I am (or was it 'what genus am I'? I can never remember). As I looked down upon my first wheel, behold, what rubbish! Wasn't paying close enough attention to the 3D model. I gave myself a damn good talking to and the next one was much better. What I was aiming for on the left and my version (currently only primed). This gives you an idea how it was made. The central bit of the part on the left is a tube for the axle. I used my Dremel to round off the many disks that were required (I've just had a look in my brain for the name of the thing the disk is screwed onto, but the space allocated to it's name is currently empty). Basically using it like a mini lathe. This is the best way I could think of making the wedges (this photo is from my first crude attempt, the proper ones were much neater). Now I need to make eleven more. What fun. When I had to leave work, a neighbour said “You should make those little wooden wheelbarrows that old people grow flowers in. They sell for £25!!!!!!!” he said, emphasising the '£25' as if it was only a matter of working an extra Saturday before the executive jet was all mine. I thanked him for his remarkable business acumen whilst thinking “I'm not spending my spare time making the same thing over and over again”. So, here I am, making the same thing over and over again…... in my spare time…... for no financial gain. Oh, what are those then….. Thank god for that! Each wheel is made up from 19 parts, with an additional 26 parts for each of the four drive wheels, and as there are 12 wheels, that makes a total of 328 bits. With the tracks and the wheels, that'll be 800 parts! What the hell am I doing! Next up, the next bit (obviously).
  3. Oops! The one word that I hate to hear more than any other in the cockpit! Ian
  4. Seems unusual in this build to hear any complaints about a Frog wing being too thin! Got to be a first.
  5. I have heard it said the Italeri offering is 'challenging', or some sort of similar words. Lets hope HB do a good job.
  6. Box and decals reported ready. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Zvezda.ModelKits/posts/1847202125382583 V.P.
  7. The trouble with the preserved planes is that you seldom if ever get a view of the upper surfaces. That is particularly problematic with this kit as there are numerous hatches and aerials and the fit of the latter changed with each upgrade. I have a fair idea but it will still invvolve guesswork. Revell seem to have had the same problem with their new kit!
  8. Really beautiful work! Wish I had the courage to build my 1/48 SR-71!!! (it's been in the modelling-hangar for the past 27 years!!!)
  9. A must-have kit!!! Nice build and thanks for the decals-warning!
  10. Beautiful colours and an excellent build!!!
  11. The "wing" is definitely looking good! I like the choice of adding the "Arctic" markings, they really add to the visual interest of the model.
  12. Is the undercarriage made of resin? 'Cause if so, then there's going to be a problem with regard to it supporting the weight, methinks... Any info about the price tag of the kit? Cheers, Unc2
  13. Really George!. A great collection . I especially liked the P-84B, all the more interesting for its early markings sans USAF titling on the wing. Very inspiring.
  14. Soviet Road Signs WWII (35601) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd. If you're travelling unfamiliar roads you need a little help to find your way, which is where road signs come in, and with the size of Russia and the likelihood that most of their troops weren't used to being away from their home villages, it's hardly surprising that signs became more important once the Great Patriotic War began in earnest. This set is full of signs of this nature, and includes military signs to guide their troops to rally points, service areas and so forth as they didn't have the luxury of GPS and satnav back then. The set arrives in a shrink-wrapped figure box with a painting of the contents on the front and brief instructions on the rear. There are four medium-sized sprues in grey styrene in the box, plus a decal sheet on thick paper that contains all the painted descriptive fronts of the signs. As well as the signs themselves there are a number of posts on which to hang then, one of which is a two-part telegraph pole with a lamp on a decorative bracket and ceramic insulators on short metal arms from which you can hang wires loose as shown in the diagrams, or taut if you have something to attach them to. Each sign is either metal or moulded with a restrained wooden texture that will show through the decals if you use decal solution during drying. Some of the larger signs are also made from a few planks, so the joins will also show through the decal. On the sprue that contains the pole there are also additional undocumented parts for poles and such, which you could also press into service if you can figure out how to put them together. There are 50 signs so there will be a few decals left over, but it's entirely up to you how you lay them out. The instructions recommend painting the faces of the signs gloss white before you apply the decals so they obtain the maximum brightness, and in case you don't read Russian, there's a helpful translation graphic on their website, which we have reproduced for you below: Conclusion Dioramas rely on the minutiae of the background to give that "lived in" look to the terrain, and signage is essential for all but the straightest of roads. The addition of the telegraph pole gives extra depth to any road scene, and the painting guide helps with painting the plastic parts. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Yea I was looking at those, trying to figure them out. Reinforcement panels?? They don't exist in ordinary Mk IX wings, do they? I'm in 1.48 here by the way, no way I'm going to tackle these items in 72!
  16. Thanks for your comments - yes it is the Eastern Express version. Your American Airlines version looks great, whatever problems you encountered obviously got solved! Mike
  17. Looks beautiful, John. Really like the detail work on the flaps and especially the engine work. Giving great honor to the queen!
  18. with the flat, just carefully apply the layers, slowly building up until you just see it start to go a wee bit cloudy, stop then, that's the limit. Past that and it'll go weird/funny. You can recover from that by just polishing the the surface once it's had a good time to dry so you really can't ruin it, just make extra work for yourself! Practise on some scrap bit first. Once you've started you'll see what I mean. It can give you so cool effects, really nice on AFV's.
  19. the same as their Tomcat approx.... I'd guess! but maybe.... as Japan is buying some... https://sldinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MV-22-Osprey-Japan.jpg they look neat!
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