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  1. It's their first day. In all seriousness I hadn't thought of that until you mentioned it, I just followed the instructions. I have various scraps of thread and string from all the rigging on previous builds to cobble some straps together.
  2. Good Afternoon Having fancied a tank for a while I got myself a AFV Club Churchill III (The springs! The springs!) while my Dad got me the Tamiya Sherman for my Birthday after many many subtle hints such as "I quite fancy doing a Sherman". Whilst waiting for a delivery of more dark yellow for the Churchill I decided to have a look at the Sherman and one thing led to another and it's now sat on my bookcase as complete as I feel I can get it. Since it was the first Armour I've done other than the Airfix Warrior many years ago I'm quite chuffed with how it turned out. All brush painted with Tamiya Acrylics (glutton for punishment). The weathering is a mix of normal pencil and a metallic one I had in an art set, a dark wash for the water stains which may not be too clear in the photo and then I tried using a selection of oil paints to break the green slabs up first blues and yellows to tone it then a brown/ocre mix to simulate mud. The gear is weathered mainly with Ammo Mig's Metallic Steel which arrived yesterday with the yellow for the Churchill (The Springs! The Springs!). Truth be told though I may just get the Tamiya weathering sets next, I've used the sand stick on the churchill and it's a lot easier and cleaner. "I should have joined the Navy"
  3. Absolutely fantastic, miles better than my attempt with the old Revell one. Chris Parry's twitter account has been fantastic over the last few weeks going over what they were doing.
  4. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 - Rick Atkinson (Living room) The French Revolution and What Went Wrong -Stephen Clarke (Bedroom) Where have all the bullets gone - Spike Milligan (The "library") I've gone a bit mad the last few weeks so now have James Holland's "Italy's Sorrow' and 'Big Week' and a signed copy of John Nichol's 'Lancaster' on the "to read" pile.
  5. Oh this is a blast from Childhood, certainly following this one. I wouldn't be surprised if I have a few of the comics still sat somewhere.
  6. I'm up for this, any excuse to buy the Big Boy loco.
  7. We've got this slowly falling apart (eroding I suppose) on the River here http://www.durhamatwar.org.uk/story/12714/
  8. Great photos, we went to the Friday night launch event and despite the sub zero temperatures (Why did I wear shorts!) it was fantastic as usual. Saturday I walked over (I live pretty much slap bang in the middle of the city so it's only 15 minute walk to the sea front) saw the Air Ambulance and the Typhoon but when he rattled off a list of what had cancelled it was everything I wanted to see. Sunday I just stood at the back and watched the Spitfire do a lazy circle over the house. That photo of the Typhoon climbing with the darkened skies though
  9. It's really coming together, It's always been a kit I've wanted to take a swing at, however I'd probably find myself sleeping out in the streets in the box it came in.
  10. A very happy new year, may your brushes be clean and your panel lines sharp

  11. I was thinking of buying the kit at the weekend and came across the build thread. It's an absolutely superb ship you've got there, you could mistake it for the shipbuilders model.
  12. What a cracking build, it's making me want to go out and get one
  13. Loving the Matilda, I always did like that scheme.
  14. What do you use for the rigging? and what's the best way to go about it for example on this kit?
  15. Awww darn, I'm blaming the instructions. If When I get another one I'll try the rigging on that. I think it was a case of I didn't want to get that far then balls it up. Also after looking at that photo, the simplicity and fragility of them really shows, I mean Bungee cords for suspension. I know I wouldn't want to get in one then fight in it.
  16. Afternoon, 3rd week of being laid up from work so plenty of Bench time. Just finished this. It's a fun little kit and went together without a hitch. This is only the 3rd bi-plane I've ever clagged together, the first was the little revell 1:72 Fokker triplane and the other the old airfix Re.8. I picked it up for next to nothing at the northern model show and it makes a change from the usual WW2/Modern stuff. It might even convince me to finally crack open the big box of old Bi-planes the wife's Grandad sent up to me. I was a bit worried when it came to putting the upper wing on, it looked a nightmare but the fit was so good once it was superglued on it was rock solid in a few seconds, it helped to paint the fuselage/lower wing beforehand. There's a little bit of photoetch in the cockpit (Seats/seatbelt and the controls on the side) from a set my dad had lying about, he's not one to attempt the stuff. I just wish I was confident enough to rig one of these up. Thanks for looking. I thought adding a little bit more to the prop would break up the brown. ....and with these fat fingers too
  17. You could say that... I only went to put the box in the pile
  18. The landing gear was like wet paper, horribly warped so the wheels weren't sitting right, ended up supergluing the top edge of the wheel to the inner landing gear door just to get it to look right, then the decals disintegrated into a 1000 piece jigsaw when I they were in the bowl. Plus the sharksmouth was a nightmare for me to get it on right. I probably just hit unlucky with it, just pleased I didn't pay full price.
  19. Hello So after an infuriating, angry, narked off, almost thrown out the window, a***ache of an F-51 Mustang that nearly brought me to throwing the stash, paints, and tools into the bin I decided to just try and have fun with the next one. So one of the Home Bargains bargains was the Dauntless. Despite being warned by my dad that it was "a dog of a kit" I didn't listen and stuck it in the basket because for £2.99 who cares ( unless it's an F-51!) I also don't have many US Aircraft built on display in the house except the excellent Airfix 1/72 P-51 Mustang (making me ask wth happened between that and the F-51!!!!) So this would be something different. First impression on opening it was that it was just a box with two solid slabs of plastic in it. It was hard to see what was kit and what was excess on the sprue and at one point I had to carve the bomb rack off the sprue. The glazing is also poor quality mouldings but for a nearly 50 year old tool it's to be expected. I must say despite being straight out the box with the only intention of having it built and trying to have a bit of fun with them like I used to and to relax after the Mustang it has been a joy to slap together. It's by no means the best I've done, it's probably one of the worst if i'm honest with myself, but I enjoyed building it and painting it (even the excavation of the landing gear holes in the wing) and I'm happier with this than most of the others on the shelf. I know given the quality of the ones on the forum this will look like a massive let down and the work of a noobie but I had fun. And at the end of the day, that's what it should be about. Thanks for looking. And on the shelf with the S***stang, the Red Tail, Spit and Corsair.
  20. I'm about to crack it open while I wait for the gloss on the Heinkel to dry. Enjoy it.
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