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  1. Hi Knb.1451 & All, It's been another busy summer in Alaska...& I've been obligated to spend some of it sailing a 1:1 scale Hunter 22 on Big lake, in between everything else. If that sounds odd, you don't know my wife! "Model work" has the emphasis on "work", as my time in the shop is taken filling orders this year. Pandemics lead to people staying in a lot & some of them build more models that way; who knew? This morning, we learned that my brother's boat was found empty, afloat in Prince William Sound, & that a body has been found, expected to be identified as Eric. He had been fishing alone out of Valdez, so was at least doing something he loved. I still need to put up some more firewood this fall & will be throwing a little extra angst & energy into that task this afternoon..... Just got the ID confirmation call from my sister Tania; the sea claims another, a lot closer to home than usual. Rest in Peace, Brother. My Best to All, -Lars
  2. Thanks All, Terry, flat toothpicks, round toothpicks & rubber bands have been part of my modeling tool kit for decades, but it was only the delicacy of that head rail assembly that demanded the clamp combination, invented last year here. Like the wheel, it may have been invented more than once & resembles much bigger long-reaching clamps used in wood work. Cheers, -Lars
  3. Not wanting to wander farther off-topic on the thread, but the more common colloquialism that fits here is "s**t happens", which also applies perfectly to the tectonic situation around here...& the resulting current state of my HMS Surprise build.....


    Cheers, -Lars

    1. Ex-FAAWAFU


      Ah!  Well I got the sh*t bit right!

  4. Hi Stuart, This is more of a test to see if Flickr still works like it used to here (on another forum, Flickr image URL's currently produce images with the album scroll controls included, so posting one gives access to all, without even visiting the Flickr account). The last piece I glued to the roof of the starboard quarter gallery stayed with the sheet styrene bulwark when the aft end of that let go, so another toothpick clamp helped hold the break together from there, while a toothpick & rubber band through the last gun port added more downward pressure... Evidence of considerable force was visible in several places. I don't recall what was under this to make that gouge under the gun port, or to bash those wire belaying pins. Paint chipped away around several small cracks: Fixing the beak should be the easiest repair. You can just see another crack here between the 2 forward gun ports, where the round bow was added, already re-glued & ready to be smoothed out again. Then I can get the deck assembly sorted again.... Not what I'd call "progress" yet, but steps leading toward progress, anyway. Cheers, -Lars
  5. Hi All, Currently working with Flickr tech support to re-gain access to my image hosting account. No spectacular updates yet, but nothing at all here until I get that little detail sorted. Repairs have commenced, anyway. Cheers, -Lars P.S. Finally sussed what "Sierra Hotel" stands for. Duh!
  6. Hi J-W, My recollection of the kit part, without checking in the attic stash, is that the interior surface is a smooth curve while the exterior is faceted around the front as it should be, leading to the classic "Coke bottle" appearance in the windshield panels. The top is compound curved, as it should be. Careful sanding & polishing would make the Airfix part more suitable for an Empire boat than a Sunderland, I think.... Cheers, -Lars
  7. This build was pointed out to me by "Moa" while it was still a work in progress; stunning! About scale antenna wire, "invisible thread" from any sewing shop or department store is also thin elastic monofilament & very affordable. Cheers, -Lars
  8. Not hardly my favorite Waco, but a real fine build, Bill! Regarding the stripes, most were applied in a hurry, many in the dark. German recon planes (should any dare fly over by 1944) weren't supposed to see anything that looked like last-minute preparations for an invasion, & this was all done at the last minute, so nice straight stripes with sharp edges would be the least authentic way to portray them. There was a lot of variation in stripe widths & coverage was pretty slap-dash too. Cheers, -Lars
  9. Just wanting to add that the Italeri boxing of the Hudson includes not only a civilian nose & a blank for the turret hole, but also a couple of different engine options on all those neatly-molded sprues. Cheers, -Lars
  10. Even I have looked into these planes as possible modeling subjects in the past. The 2 points I don't see covered here yet: 1. The Empire Boat canopy was made up of "blown" panels, all one smooth compound curve shape, while the Sunderlands had flat windshield panels to prevent optical distortion during searches & attack runs. 2. The Maia had a very different fuselage cross-section, flaired wider at the bottom with hollow curves in the sides to support the additional weight of the Mercury. This is well-represented in the Contrail kit. Cheers, -Lars
  11. Hi Rob, There were some relatively stock PV-1's used in Canada in civil roles, IIRC; forestry, photo surveying, etc. Internet image searches rely entirely on associated text & many photos are wrongly captioned, so the hunt will be a matter of trying every possibility. Even "Airplane; Canada" (...& the same, using every Province in turn...) could yield something that won't show up with more definitive search terms. It's a jungle out there & some useful images can ONLY be found by accident, while looking for something else... Cheers, -Lars
  12. Great choice of subjects, Iain. Having served a summer aboard USCGC Eagle & 2 years on a square topsail schooner out of San Francisco, I feel all kinds of connected to these old Revenue Cutters. Do carry on! Cheers, -Lars
  13. Hi All, I just want to add that the head of Waco's design department was a Brit by the name of A. Francis Arcier. Also, Avro built a very similar plane called the Avro 641 Commodore, which never saw Waco's production numbers, perhaps in part because North America contained the largest existing market for such things. Canadians flew a lot of Wacos, many of them commercially, on floats in summer, skis in winter... Cheers, -Lars
  14. You remain one of my favorite flightless flying birds, Moa! I love these models, in spite of the aesthetically-challenged nature of the (very) original design... The Wasilla Styrene Miner
  15. Thanks All, The shop furniture is all set up again, & everything is secured to the walls now. Today things start going back up on shelves, but many, many tiny parts still need sorting. Meanwhile, the HMS Surprise project will be more like watching submarine races than any other sporting event, right up to the point it was at over a week ago, when actual progress can be reported again. Dafi, anyone who considers plastic modeling to be relatively boring hasn't tried to kill an afternoon watching TV lately. "Fifty-Seven Channels and Nothin' On". -B. Springsteen Professor, I can recite the phonetic alphabet, but don't recall the meaning of the acronym "Sierra Hotel". Never considered real wood veneer for this build because making plastic look like wood is just another painting challenge from my perspective, but thanks for the link. Cheers, -Lars
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