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Nigel Heath

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  1. Anybody know where Aaron aka @milktrip is? It would be nice to know.
  2. OK, a little bit more done before bedtime. On to the equipment boxes I used a 0.4mm drill to drill three holes into some 2.5mm square rod but on the last hole the drill snapped, fortunately it was well drilled through and after cutting of the section I was able to extract the broken bit: Those drills cost £1 each so those three holes have cost me 33p each. Actually it's not quite as bad as that as the broken drill stubs can still be usable. Next another box was cut from some 1.5mm card: That was added on top of some plastic C section
  3. I think paint is still a way off, there are quite a few more things I need to sort before then. From the top of my head they are in no particular order: Equipment boxes on the cabin shelves Rudder pedals and foot rests Cabin seats Cabling and plumbing in the cabin Cyclic controls Joysticks Wiring on the back of the IP A bit more detailing on the cabin side wall I am going to book the week after this one off from work and providing the weather doesn't tempt me to spend most of it out in the garden I would expect to be getting some paint
  4. Cracking work on the decals, it really does look the part.
  5. Good point about all the wiring and plumbing. I think most of it has to be added after painting as it's typically a different colour from the general grey of the interior but some preparation such as drilling of holes needs to be done before then.
  6. Looks great with the decals on. Thanks for all the feedback on the shortcomings of the Print Scale decals, duly noted and I will hopefully avoid the worst of the pitfalls when I get to using mine. And I got you onto page 3.
  7. Modelling wise today has been entirely concerned with winch construction. I did however add a bit more detail to the bulkhead last night as well as trimming out a blank for the winch frame: With tin snips and a sanding stick that was shaped like so: Then folded to shape on my bending tool: Next I made a start on the winch drum using a length of plastic tube and a 2.5mm punched out disc of card: With the other send capped off with another disc I then wrapped it with some tinned copper wire to represe
  8. After a dinner of chilli beef and lettuce wraps (from Gordon Ramsay's "Ultimate Cookery Course" recipe book) I have got a bit more done. The next shelf was fabricated much like the first with a combination of 0.5mm brass rod and sheet soldered on the underside with two different melting point solders: After a bit of clean up and installed it looked like this: I then made the intermediate shelf out of a scrap of 0.5mm card with a piece of 0.5mm L brass section on the underside: Here is that installed:
  9. Hi folks, I am pleased to report that my new soldering iron bits arrived on Thursday: I got to work with the chunkiest of these using this set up to attach the front edge of the lower shelf using regular electronic lead free solder (MP circa 210C): I then completed the soldering of the side of the shelf using 145C melting point solder with my iron dialed down to 75% power level: To add some detailing to the shelf I used my mitre box to cut off a length of 1 x 1.5mm Albion Alloys C channel:
  10. Thanks Anil, your efforts are much appreciated. I actually looks a lot better than the masking set I bought.
  11. Very neat and tidy finish on the exterior, a panel line wash will bring it all together for sure. Nice of the Luftwaffe to leave some RLM 70 paint behind for their ally to use on future projects. They were a forward planning bunch. I haven't even really looked at the rotors yet but I would imagine some hydraulic hoses made from some lead wire would be pretty much mandatory. Looking forward to seeing how yours come out.
  12. Yes, my poor old iron bit has almost completely corroded through. I got a new set of bits (and PE seat belts) on order last night and should have them by the end of the week.
  13. I have a bit more to report before bed time. I made a start on the racking shelves next to the cabin corridor by drilling some 0.5mm holes and then bending some 0.5mm brass rod in situ with round nose pliers: After a bit more manipulation I had the shelf surround: I then tried to solder on a thin brass sheet shelf using this setup but heat sink effect was too great for my soldering iron: I think my iron should easily be able to do this, examining things I have come to the conclusion that my soldering iron bit is worn out,
  14. I have come to much the same conclusion, not only would the "ladder rung" features have to be removed but the existing trough is not deep enough and it would be a heck of a job deepen that.
  15. I have made quite good progress today but it started with some destruction. I think this lump at the top of the bulkhead is supposed to be a representation of the winch but it's in the wrong place and will interfere with the retracted upper door so it has to go: I think I will scratch build a more accurate version and put it in the correct place. As a reminder this is where it should be in relation to the retracted upper door: After filling the hole left by the winch removal with white Milliput, I turned my attention to the front of the cockpit.
  16. OK, a little bit more before bedtime, all of the six more tie down rings have been added plus I have started to use my Mission Models 1mm chisel to add the recesses (presumably grab holds for the hinged covers) to the floor: I used a Tamiya cotton bud and some IPA to remove the worst of the pen and pencil marks. I also reinforced the bonding of the Archer decals with some extra thin super glue - they do not bond well to bare plastic, even when fairly well roughed up as here - I will be hard applying masking tape to them later and really don't want any disasters.
  17. I have to say I tend to favour matt finishes on models, high gloss finishes can make a model look too toy like. That would give you the opportunity for some weathering which always adds interest to a model. If you want to go down the gloss finish route I would use a semi-gloss for scale effect.
  18. Here is a bit more progress on the cabin floor, all of the ring pulls are now installed: For the tie down rings I first annealed a length of 0.3mm brass rod and then wrapped it round a 0.6mm drill: Trimmed to size I then soldered the ring using this set up: For the floor compartment hinges my plan was to use these Archer raised panel lines so a length was extracted: I have had those decals for quite a few years and it is nice to get some use out of them. Here are the two hinges in place
  19. I have been having a bit of a think about the cabin seat for this build and know that of course they are quite similar to the seats I made for my Flying Banana build back in 2013 and have excavated the photos to see how I did it, starting first with a little sketch (as ever): Legs for these made like so: Bearers made from 0.8mm rod: Seat legs and bearers ready for assembly: Bearers and legs soldered together: Other leg added like so: Finished sub-asse
  20. I know from personal exposure that Kumar Towers is far more impressive and palatial than the modest Alton variety which is just frankly a hollow shell - although it has to be said that I did grow up but a stone's throw from there so am rather fond of the place - love that model railway. There are definitely far fewer airbrushes and kits to be found there which in my book makes it a far poorer environment. Many thanks on the work on the masks, it is much appreciated, it is not critical but I could do with the canopy back fairly soon. I am much pleased that Minnie liked the blue cheese sables, s
  21. Looks great with the decals going on. The masking of the black areas is spot on.
  22. That is a lovely looking cockpit, well done.
  23. As ever, I am always happy to provide on the catering front. I do get quite good reviews on Trip Advisor for my efforts. I will try to negotiate with Anil on the small tour groups idea, sounds like fun.
  24. A visit to Kumar Towers is recommended but it is strictly by invitation only. Free kits and custom masking sets are only available to those on the most inner of sanctums. I suggest a well worded and polite PM to Anil @azureglo might just unlock the key to this magical world.
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