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About Kwakou61

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  1. That looks good Norman. You don't see many of these. It seems to become a very nice model of this unusual aircraft. And together with a Sea Fury it makes an interesting couple. They have similarities and differences that will stand out nicely I think. Good idea! cheers, ron
  2. Thank you Neil! I don't know what dogs danglies are. I assume something wonderful.. cheers, ron
  3. That Humbrol tin looks vintage to me. Is it 18 years old? Then it must be a giveaway of your secret.. yes, its clear to me now
  4. I feel your pressure Bill. Thanks for making the decision for me and I promise I won't blame you if it fails.. cheers ron
  5. Wow! That exhaust assembly looks magnificent. Very convincing. Great work Michael!
  6. To guess your masterplan I was wondering, what would I do with it? I think give it a makeover with fresh decals from the spares box (if there is one) and turn it into a nice model again. Maybe a captured stuka with British markings would be an idea?
  7. Thanks guys! To be honest, I'm quite satisfied myself too, although when looking at my own picture and comparing it with pictures of real Sunderlands some frame strips appear a little too thick. Oh well.. The method of making them is as follows; On the picture a role of black self adhesive book cellophane can be seen. It can be painted in the colour of your choice, in my case white and grey. The advantage of using black cellophane is that the insides of the frame will be black too which gives in my opinion the most realistic look. Then the material can be cut into thin strips and sticked on the clear part. Once a strip is placed correctly (you can do multiple attempts as the glue leaves no residue) the overlays can be carefully trimmed with a razorblade. This takes a good pair of glasses and patience. Then a little touch up with paint finishes the job. When done dip the whole thing in klear (not too long otherwise the strips will come off) and presto! I think the available specific modelling materials will work in the same way but I use this stuff for years already and I have no urge to try something else at this time as it works good enough for me. It is really not difficult, but it does take a little practice to get the 'feel' of the material. It cuts well and it is very flexible. cheers! ron
  8. Thanks to you guy's help I finally managed to get me some great turrets! Martin's suggestion to Klear coat the thin front turret indeed gave more rigidity to it. But it was not enough unfortunately. To work on the parts I need to be able to exert some pressure to it and it didn't survive that. But I'm sure that in many cases this very well might do the trick. Then a different material was used which was the solution for me. For the front turret a harder and thicker (thanks Bill) plastic from an old cosmetics box was used this time and that was an immediate succes! This material is less tough and 'rubberish' than the blister package material used previously and is more willing to 'flow' around the mould. I think it is called acrylate and looks more like the material that is used for standard clear kit parts. The tail turret came out without much problems with the blister package material, probably because it is somewhat larger. So I ended up with two good clear parts for further modelling. I found that this technique of making clear parts requires some practice, but then opens up a whole new world of possibilities! In the meantime the turrets and cockpit hood were fitted with framing strips so that apart from some details the outsides are finished. Now some interiors will be made and then these turrets should be ready for fitting. I'm still contemplating whether the top turret will be pull moulded as well or the kit parts will be used. Whichever is the least work and best result. More later. greetings, Ron
  9. Amazing! This must be one of the most detailed models I've ever seen.. Great work!!!
  10. Nice bunch of classics Adam. Love the Stearman! greetings, ron
  11. Fantastic work! This is a fine example of the wonderful things that can be done with these old Airfix kits. thinking of old Airfix kits.. wouldn't it be great to have a catalogue or magazine with pictures of all yeteryears Airfix kits build to this standard? This one and a couple more on this board would make a nice start I think. Anyway, Well done Neil!
  12. Thank you. This primer seems very suitable for a white top coat. I didn't know about its existence. Cheers! ron
  13. Very nice Mark. I would vote for Coastal Command too. It looks smart already in its white primer coat. What brand is this primer if I may ask? Cheers, ron
  14. Wonderful work Neil! How resourceful of you to make use of all them different materials.. Top modeller! I'm going to use your turret as an example of how I should try to make mine, if you don't mind. Thank you for the inspiration!
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