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  1. Today
  2. Lots of fine filling and sanding there - good job... Its a shame to see that the Interceptors cockpit remained analogue rather than glass but I guess that just shows that some things couldn't be imagined back in the 60s...
  3. I'm glad it's you doing this one and not me! Mind you I would like to own the end result. I'll PM my address so you can post it on. I may well need to copy the fine wire idea at some future point, so thanks for that. I have my VW Transporter to rub down this morning. Easy compared to what you've been doing. Pete
  4. Yesterday
  5. As promised, here are some catch up photos to show yesterday's progress, first off the tailplane I mentioned with the pinhole problem Tricky to see here but in close up its more obvious I came up with a solution for this problem later... Next is the tail vents, this is okay not major prolbems Now for the front canard, same again no major problems The main body of the tail is next - there were issues with the casting block at the bottom but some serious sanding sorted that out The nose cone next The cockpit canopy has had the main block of clear resin cleared off but still requires a lot of cleaning up as it won't fit properly over the cockpit. Turning it over you can see some more bubbles in the resin. This will eventually be hidden behind silver paint for the canopy frame The cockpit itself is part of a large block of resin that includes the intakes. This had some very prominent seams down the side which you can see have been sanded off here The instrument panel in the cockpit is my favourite piece of the whole kit, its gorgeous! Front skid Turning over you can see where the casting block was sanded off There there are the wing fences. These are not included in the newer versions of this kit but even for this one they don't fit on the wings well - will need to do some surgery to get them to fit! The wing skids with these, I discovered this afternoon that if you leave them out in a hot sun they weep resin solvent! Next is the pilot figure If you compare this with the earlier pictures you'll see the rather delicate surgery I had to perform to remove her from the casting block - rather undignified for a lady! The figure is cast as having long hair so that narrows who this could be down to 3 of the 5 Angels: Destiny (blonde, French), Symphony (dark blonde, American) or Rhapsody (redhead, English). I think it will have to be Rhapsody flying this one! Next are some of the smaller components that haven't yet been removed from their casting blocks The seat, cast in red resin. It has already had some of the seatbelts dremelled off but will require more work to get Rhapsody to sit comfortably in it. So that was how far I'd got yesterday, on to work on things today and first to look at is the large fuselage and wing piece This has several issues with this casting, not least are the large casting seams, holes and voids along the wing leading and trailing edges! I've enlarged this photo so you can see what I mean along the leading edge - you can slso see a line of bubbles along the top of the fuselage Here you can just about make out the large seam line along the leading edge of the wing Major problems with the casting here at the rear of the fuselage with a void and damaged surface However, the other side sanded down fine The rear of the fuselage was a mess with the underside of the casting sticking out about 5mm - thank god for dremmel! The thick seam along the top of the fuselage cleaned up okay The cockpit with the instrument panel dry fitted, lovely, my favourite part of the whole kit! Here is that troublesome tailplane having had the Halford Filler primer sanded off 0 you can see all the pinholes as yellow spots Sadly they didn't remain filled with yellow primer dust Rhapsody has hands and feet!!! The canopy was sanded, tested, sanded tested ad nauseam this afternoon but eventually the bugger fitted! The last jobs of the day were to give the pieces so far unprimered some primer coat This really shows up the holes and yet more The rear port side fuselage look much better but will need some more filling Small pieces getting primed Previosuly primed pieces sanded back showing the pots where the filler has remained Now back to the pinholes of the tailplane, my potential solution, a diluted Mr Dissoved Putty/ Mr Surfacer 500 mix, stippled across the surface, then followed up with a fine wire loaded with the mix whenever a pinhole showed up on the surface, hence the rather spotty appearance. The problem was the filler was too thick to penetrate into the hole and displace the air in there without the encouragement of the fine wire to force the air out and allow the filler in! Finally, last job of the day was to get some P38 filler onto the wing to fill those gaping holes! Rhapsody has also been primed with white primer, ready to be properly painted up. More on that tomorrow!
  6. MarkSH

    Eagle Transporter

    Thanks, I had neither the money nor the space, until my little windfall,....so I decided to ignore the space issue and let my wife worry about it!
  7. Ben Brown

    Eagle Transporter

    Oooo, I hope they do release a smaller Eagle! I’d love to build the big Eagle, but I don’t have the shelf space or the money for one. @MarkSH, I like your progress on the little Eagle (Eaglet? )! Ben
  8. Sadly the wing fences don't fit the wing profile so will need some major work done to one or the other to get them to fit! I've started work again now and took some photos of where things got to by end yesterday. I'll post more later...
  9. Hi Kallisti! Great to see You make a start on Your Angel, it will be interesting to see the differences between Your release of the kit and the one I'm doing, I noticed that You have wing fences in Your kit, none in mine! I must post an update on mine in the week, working this weekend####### (Of course I am, have You seen the weather............) Keep sticking!!I cheers, Pete
  10. GordonD

    Ups and Downs for April

    20 APRIL 1983 Soyuz T-8 launch Crew: Vladimir Titov (CDR); Gennadi Strekalov (FE); Aleksandr Serevrov (RC) The main objective of this mission was to repair a faulty solar array on Salyut 7 but when the spacecraft reached orbit the main rendezvous antenna failed to deploy. Post-flight analysis revealed that it had actually been torn off when the payload shroud was jettisoned but the crew were unaware of this and attempted to shake it loose using the attitude thrusters. When this failed they attempted a manual docking but the final approach was made in darkness and Titov aborted the manoeuvre because he thought the closing speed was too high. Too much propellant had been used for a second attempt and the mission was terminated. 1994 STS-59 landing Crew: Sid Gutierrez (CDR); Kevin Chilton (P); Jay Apt, Rich Clifford, Linda Godwin, Thomas Jones (MS) Landing site: Edwards AFB Flight time 11d 5h 49m; 183 orbits 2010 STS-131 landing Crew: Alan Poindexter (CDR); James Dutton (P); Rick Mastracchio, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson, Naoko Yamazaki [Japan]. Clayton Anderson (MS) Landing site: Kennedy Space Center Flight time: 15d 2h 47m; 238 orbits 2017 Soyuz MS-04 launch Crew: Fyodor Yurchikhin (CDR); Jack Fischer [USA] (FE) ISS Expedition 51/52. For operational reasons Soyuz flew with a two-man crew, though when the spacecraft landed in September the third seat would be occupied by Peggy Whitson, who had been aboard the station since the previous November. To avoid leaving the ISS with only two occupants after the current crew departed in June, it was agreed that she would extend her stay by three months.
  11. Beautiful, Dirk, I'm sorry I didn't come here sooner. I love the extra detail work you've put in, not to mention the lighting. But I got very excited when I saw the little 3D-printed Slave I. Brilliant addition!
  12. Sofusthecat

    Airfix Lunar Module

    Well done Andy, good to see this one back on the bench Regards Toby
  13. Well that was a fun afternoon A lot of sanding with a bit more sanding on top, and finally just a lot more sanding! The most difficult part was the cockpit canopy - it had a huge chunk of flash around one end which had to be cut and then all the edges sanded down carefully so that it fits over the cockpit without gaps. I've got it 97% there before the evening drew in and the insects started buzzing around. Plus I had the last episode of Star Trek: Discovery to watch! There were a LOT of pinholes in the upper tail plane surface. I've given it a coat of Halfords Filler Primer and will sand that back tomorrow. The worst of the mould lines sanded down reasonably on most of the pieces but the wings were pretty horrendous, with a heavy seam line down the leading and trailing edges. The dremel got a good work out until it concked out - possibly because I maanged to spill some water on it while using the wet n dry sanding sheets! The pilot had a considerable amount of excess resin in some very delicate places - ahem, which needed carving out and sanding. More tomorrow, where I might remember to take some progress photos, in the meantime, the tulips etc have flowered and look lovely - if you look carefully you might notice a Meccano girder supporting one of them which has some trouble staying upright - been out on the pi... town again!!!
  14. Last week
  15. Thanks Kirk and Mark for looking in on me again and for your kind comments. BTW, the same tip had a modeler at ARC Forums, who said that the paint needs to be at the consistency of milk to spray through the airbrush. This might be an appropriate comparison, but what does that tell me when a Vallejo Model Air Color stands in front of me whose consistency I do not know? Unfortunately I do not have that milky feeling yet, and as one can see, even the experts' opinions are drastically different. Or another good tip: The best way to test is to put a small amount into the airbrush and try spraying it ... Okay, but this would mean a tricky trial & error approach for me, because everybody knows how fast an Airbrush nozzle clogs when using too thick paint, which is not sprayable. And then one has to clean the gun before the next attempt ... That's why I first prefer a measurable test that somehow can communicate this feeling to me, especially now I want to use a new and better airbrush equipment. That's why I have to slowly approach ... BTW, the test itself is very simple and not complicated, I think. The proof of the pudding is in the eating ...
  16. It is a complicated test, in fact. You are right that the texture and absorbency of the paper will have a significant effect. Your thorough testing has given good results. I am used to the advice that for sprayability, the paint should be the consistecy of milk, which I find unhelpful... whole milk, 2%, skimmed? Some milk is like water! I think I have tended to use paint that is too thick and clogs or slows down quickly. I like the advice here, and I will try it next time.
  17. I do love the way you are so clinical Manfred. I saw something that said "about the consistency of chicken noodle soup" once and this probably explains why any airbrushing I have done has been so hit and miss. Thanks for showing that there are more rigorous ways to do things...
  18. Hello friends, since the results so far have not convinced me, I have become more courageous and have according to the advice of Jens Kaup topped up the vial with the Model Air 71.077 (Wood) with Vallejo Thinner. Then I did shake again for 3 minutes and then carried out the test. And lo and behold, this time the color points were at least approx. 11 mm in diameter, whith what I can better warm to. As a result, his tip seems to be correct, especially as it meets the criterion of Heinz Wagner (> 11 mm), according to which this color should be sprayable indeed, what makes me smile. BTW, my friend Heinz has not commented yet, but I suppose he might be surprised by this result, I guess.
  19. Swiftly moving on, I laid down the paint and pulled all that masking off, this is the first of 5 base layers, it is quite a stark contrast to the white, but it will get a misting of insignia white, and a grey AK filter eventually so it won't be quite so stark. Putting it on hold for a little from here , just waiting for a decal set i ordered from ebay to come in, and get the masks for the tiny panelling details laser cut.
  20. andymoore

    Airfix Lunar Module

    It's been a while, but this weekend should see some progress on the LEM. I'm using kitchen foil, copper foil and Kapton tape for the main part of the legs The windows had a coat of Tamiya clear green applied on the inside and there is foil everywhere
  21. Modelling al fresco, how tres Continental, Mange tout, Rodney.
  22. ... and so it begins... everything needed out in the garden with the sun shining
  23. Hello everybody, but there is another interesting source, and this is this Airbrush Beginner Course CD by Heinz Wagner, which I had bought a long time ago and have now looked again. Therein my friend Heinz is presenting his Test method for testing and determination of the sprayability of colors that is simple yet ingenious. First, I did insert a M5 Stainless steel nut as a mixing aid into all Vallejo vials, as described in the video by Jens Kaup in Post #1697, which surely can not hurt. Then I did shake each vial for three minutes, as recommended on Heinz Wagner's CD, whereby I could hear the clacking of the nuts when shaking the Model Air colors, but not at the two Model Color colors (2nd row on the right) what suggests that they are thicker and therefore not sprayable at all, as indicated in the video, which is why a diluting with water 1:1 to 1:2 should take place. Source: Airbrush Beginner Course CD (Heinz Wagner) And now to his simple Test method, whereby holding the vial on the top of a ruler (30 cm), Source: Airbrush Beginner Course CD (Heinz Wagner) and let dropping a drop from that height. Source: Airbrush Beginner Course CD (Heinz Wagner) And if the diameter of this color point is between 11 mm and 14 mm, the color should be sprayable in the opinion of the Airbrush Guru. Source: Airbrush Beginner Course CD (Heinz Wagner) And then I tried that, first for the Model Air 71.033 (Yellow Ochre). But to my astonishment the diameter of the color point was < 10 mm. And since the tests with the next three Model Air colors have shown this surprising result too, then I started carefully to add a few drops of the Vallejo Thinner step by step (3, 6, 10, 15 drops), then did shake again for three minutes and retested, but without getting drops > 10mm, which has disillusioned me pretty much. During dripping I also noticed that sometimes at first only a bubble comes out of the dropper and only then the color comes, and that the drops of paint on the paper have sometimes even contained air bubbles, which may possibly falsify the result. The following tests I have done on glossy paper, the first tests on the other hand on normal copy paper, because the absorbency of the paper could probably also have an influence on the diameter of the color points, I think, right? After that I was stumped and a nervous wreck and have communicated these results Heinz Wagner, in the hope that he has an explanation.
  24. Here's my build log of the Bandai 144 scale AT-AT that I will build with a red light in the cockpit. https://geekjournal.ch/bandai-at-at-with-led-lighting/
  25. GordonD

    Ups and Downs for April

    19 APRIL 1971 Salyut 1 launch Salyut 1 was the world's first space station. Launch was originally planned for 12 April, the tenth anniversary of Gagarin's pioneer flight (the name 'Salyut' is Russian for salute and was chosen as a salute to him) but was delayed by a week. The station was visited twice but only occupied once: Soyuz 10 was unable to achieve an airtight hard dock and the mission was abandoned. The Soyuz 11 crew remained on board for 22 days but perished during re-entry when their capsule depressurised. The Soyuz spacecraft had to be modified to prevent a recurrence, which meant it could not be flown again before Salyut's orbit decayed, and the station re-entered and burned up on 11 October after 175 days and 2,929 orbits. 1982 Salyut 7 launch Following the huge success of Salyut 6, the Soviets launched its replacement on the eleventh anniversary of the first station in the series. During its lifetime Salyut 7 suffered a number of technical failures but crews were able to repair these and keep the station operating. Six main expeditions were carried out, plus four secondary flights. The station ultimately re-entered on 7 February 1991: a total of 3,215 days (816 occupied) and 51,917 orbits. 1985 STS-51D landing Crew: Karol Bobko (CDR); Donald Williams (P); Rhea Seddon, David Griggs, Jeff Hoffman (MS); Charlie Walker, Jake Garn (PS) Landing site: Kennedy Space Center Flight time 6d 23h 55m; 110 orbits 2001 STS-100 launch Crew: Kent Rominger (CDR); Jeff Ashby (P); Chris Hadfield [Canada], John Phillips, Scott Parazynski, Umberto Guidoni [Italy], Yuri Lonchakov [Russia] (MS) 104th Shuttle mission; 16th flight of Endeavour Delivered the Canadarm 2 manipulator to the ISS. Though the Orbiter docked with the station on 21 April, the two crews did not meet face to face until Day 5 of the mission, due to a lower cabin pressure that was maintained aboard the shuttle as part of the space walk preparations. Two EVAs were conducted, both by Hadfield and Patazynski: on 22 April, after Ashby had used the Orbiter's own manipulator arm to attach a pallet containing the ISS's new arm to the side of the station, they hooked up temporary electrical connectors then removed bolts that had held it firmly stowed during launch. They also installed a UHF antenna on the exterior of the station. This EVA lasted 7h 10m. Then on 24 April a second EVA was carried out: further power and data cables were connected and the temporary ones removed. This allowed the storage pallet to be detached from the station and returned to the Orbiter's cargo bay: this was done in a 'handshake' manoeuvre in which the ISS arm handed the pallet over to that of the Shuttle for stowage. A redundant antenna was also disconnected from the ISS to clear the way for the arrival of the Airlock Module to be delivered on a future mission. This EVA lasted 7h 40m, giving a total for the mission of 14h 50m for each man. 2002 STS-110 landing Crew: Michael Bloomfield (CDR); Stephen Frick (P); Rex Waldheim, Ellen Ochoa, Lee Morin, Jerry Ross, Steven Smith (MS) Landing site: Kennedy Space Center Flight time: 10d 19h 43m; 171 orbits 2004 Soyuz TMA-4 launch Crew: Gennadi Padalka (CDR); André Kuipers [Netherlands], Mike Finke [USA] (FE) Padalka and Fincke formed ISS Expedition 9; Kuipers would return to Earth with the Expedition 8 crew in ten days' time. Docking was achieved on 21 April. Padalka and Fincke carried out four EVAs during their time aboard, though the first, on 21 June, was aborted after only 14 minutes due to a problem with Fincke's space-suit. This was repaired and on 30 June the men installed a new circuit breaker on one of the station's gyroscopes: this lasted 5h 40m. On 3 August they replaced packages of various materials mounted on the exterior of the station to test their reaction to exposure to space, and also installed equipment that would be used when the ESA started flying its own cargo modules. This lasted 4h 30m. The final EVA of the mission took place on 3 September and lasted 5h 21m, during which further antennas were installed for the European cargo freighter, as well as the fitting of handrails and other equipment. Total EVA time for each man was 15h 45m. 2008 Soyuz TMA-11 landing Crew: Yuri Malenchenko (CDR); Peggy Whitson [USA] (FE); Yi Soyeon [South Korea] (SP) Landing site: 50°31'58"N, 61°05'59,5"E Malenchenko and Whitson had been ISS Expedition 16: they had been in space for 191d 19h 7m; 3,028 orbits. Yi had been launched with the TMA-12 crew and her flight time was 10d 21h 13m; 171 orbits. There was a minor problem during re-entry when the Service Module failed to separate properly after one of the explosive bolts failed. As a result the spacecraft followed a ballistic trajectory, resulting in higher than normal G-forces and a landing some 475km short of the target point. Yi suffered minor injuries to her neck muscles and spinal column but there were no lasting effects. After the flight Anatloy Perminov, head of the Russian Space Agency, speculated that the ballistic reentry was connected to a Russian nautical superstition that having more women than men on a craft was unlucky! The return flight of Soyuz TMA-11 was the first time two women flew together on board a Soyuz and it was the first time women outnumbered men aboard a spacecraft. "This isn't discrimination," Perminov stated when challenged on the point. "I'm just saying that when a majority is female, sometimes certain kinds of unsanctioned behaviour or something else occurs." Perminov said he would try to ensure that the number of women would not exceed the number of men in the future.
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