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About Fatcawthorne

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  1. Thank you all, the kind words are much appreciated. Thank you too. Ah yes the turret. That was my only sticking point during the final final assembly stage. I hadn't noticed that the destructions have you fit the turret before the rear decking, so that lead to a good half an hour of good old-fashioned swearing whilst I took the glass off it, wiggled the turret ring past the decking and the lip on the rear of the canopy and then squeezed the glass back on past a little protusion on the clear part. Wish I'd just followed them to a tee!
  2. Thanks fellas, it was fun too which does help the old mojo along a bit! When we phoned him and he said he was at Yates I was expecting to fight through a crowd but we were the only ones there for most of the early bar session. I do enjoy the Arts Centre too. Have done music, comedy and a beer festival there lately and there's another festival coming up this month. We used to host overseas students for the Colchester English Study Centre when my boys were young, and I took two Spanish lads to the beer festival there. It was after 3 or 4 good ales that they started getting very nervous of drinking in a converted church with much crossing themselves and "Madre de Dias"ing!!! Thank you Phil, yes the build was for Steve. He disappeared off on his own with it without his minders for the trip back from the pub to the venue; wonder if anyone recognised him on the way. Yes the airline pilot was Bruce. I have meet him fleetingly at a couple of aftershows but another good friend's mum used to child-mind him as a youngster so my mate has asked to go on the next Maiden meet to catch up with him. It's a very small and strange world. I had a couple of beers with your lot back in the summer when they were up here for the Trafalgar Cup Rugby League game. Despite being a Rifleman my business sees me at a lot of Airborne Brigade sporting events, and if I hear "if you can't hack it, be a Jacket" one more time........
  3. Thanks Bruce, yeah it was a bit special. I'm not a very star-struck person but this was a good meet-up. Thanks Gazza. Just got to find some space to display it once the Chrimbo tree gets relagated to the loft!
  4. As I tell Mrs FC, “it’s not the size of the wand that’s important; but the magic it contains!”, so whilst your squadrons may be small they are most definitely perfectly formed! If you spent more time building kits than gabbling on off topic in such an erudite manner then we’d desert you in our droves. I understand that inexorably connected state of marriage/depression/parenting/work only too well, so keep looking after yourself as well as you look after us out here in BM Land. It takes a while (and definitely not whilst you’re in the early days like you are) to realise that it’s not you, it really is down to all those other illegitimate folk out there, whether they’re ones you love or not! OK bit serious there for a NYD, your output was first class and your threads a joy so keep it up mate! Happy New 2020 too. Chris
  5. Well not the most prolific of years was 2019. Life, the universe and everything else it seems did its best to sidetrack me from my "happy place"! We got a Recce Spit (PR Mk.1G) over the line from 2018 for starters..... Followed shortly by Airfix's 1/48 Blenheim.... This build was littered with own goals but now that it's been on the shelf a while I'm far happier with it (and probably with myself too which is the real nub of the story!)..... Well will wonders ever cease, I mean finishing an entry in a GB - whatever next!!! I built Revell/Hasegawa's 1/48 Sabre F.4 for the 50's Nato v Warsaw Pact GB using Red Roo's slatted wings...... We had a bit of a false start in the Phantom STGB, another build littered by yet more own goals, so we'll try and get that one into the 2021 edition! A mojo restorer from that and for me a bit of a Blitzbuild due to a pressing deadline was my Iron Maiden 1/32 Spitfire. And then it went off to a good home..... Now with 10 or so days left of December to go, I picked up a casualty from the SoD and finally limped her over the line today...... Well, I'm off to catch the last half hour of 2019 with Jools and his Hootenanny, so all the best for a new decade to you good folks out there. Happy New Year, Chris
  6. I build mine by looking for as many sub-assemblies as possible, assembling them un-primered, and when I cannot add any more parts to that little section I then prime with a Halfords rattle can. I can usually find a little hole somewhere (or drill a hole into an unseen surface) to insert a cocktail stick to hold the sub-assembly whilst blasting and whilst it is drying. This can then have the top colours/detail painting added to it before assembling further. On modern CAD designed kits (which tend to be the ones with the tightest tolerances) I usually mask off any mating surfaces with tiny strips of Tamiya Tape, cut fron a wider roll with a metal ruler and a sharp scalpel blade, before priming/painting. Items such as landing gear legs or doors I leave attached to the least visable sprue gate, clipping off all the others as far away from the part as possible giving room to allow the cleaning up of the piece. I also then cut the main sprue around that last gate so I have a mini sprue with only the parts I want on it that I hold with a peg whilst priming and painting. This allows as much of the part to be pained as possible so that when ready to attach then the only touch up should be in a difficult to see area. Hopefully you can see what I mean in the picture below. Hope this helps you find "your way" to build, as there are no absolutes in as far as the right way or wrong way to do this. What works for you will always be your right way. Good job on the Airbus and "Welcome back to the Madhouse!"; if you weren't obsessive and a hoarder beforehand, you soon will be! Chris
  7. Now that's not a bad testiment to 2019. Great subjects, with a great finish and a show-stealing diorama to display them on. Roll on 2020 and Come on the U's!!!
  8. Well as it's New Year's Eve still in the UK, no doubt many BMers are planning for their night of excess and partying but somebody has to keep the ship afloat eh? So instead of nipping down to Tescos for a dozen tinnies of IPA and a couple of packs of Rennies, I've been finishing off my oft-stalled Airfix Defiant build for your delectation. Well somebody had to take one for the team didn't they!!? Now this build started off as L7009, the "Cock o' the North" from 141 Sqn, except like the "cock o' the south-east" that I can be at times I applied the wrong camouflage pattern, (it's a 50/50 choice so there's a 90% chance of stuffing it up as we all know!). Needing a victim that was wearing a Scheme 'A' outfit to the party, I consulted my many references and found a picture of the machine I wanted to replicate. It was a 264 Sqn machine, L7005 PS-X. OK OK, despite all my good intentions I managed to find conflicting evidence for this kite's serial number, with the majority of my books giving it a serial of L7006, so that's what I initially marked it up as. @AndyL, like a knight in shining armour, rode to the rescue pointing out that the Sqn ORB gave PS-X as L7005 so I waxed off the 6's and put some 5's in their place. Anyways if you want the peruse the WIP it's here, but if not then it's straight onto the piccies for those with those "ooh shiny shiny" afflictions!!!!! So here's to wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020. Stay safe out there. Chris
  9. I wouldn't fo that far Andy, but I am happy with what's gone on so far. I trust you so I have removed the 6's and 5's are now on so L7005 is hot to trot!!!! Anyways after our identity swap a good Florying got us to here....,. ..... which was then wiped back when dry with a damp bit of kichen roll, the last couple of touch ups made and the bits that had fallen off were stuck back on, an exhaust stain misted on and then a topcoat of W&N Matt Varnish before unmasking the clear parts (oh and some more touch ups resulting from that!!!). Therefore as it's New Year's Eve I think we can now call this one done (ok need to put an aerial wire between the posts but will wait for the varnish to completely go off before we do that), get it into RFI and therefore the Yearbook without being caught out cheating, phew!!!! So until we select the next unwilling virgin for sacrifice I'll bid you all adieu for a bit and will see you on the other side of a new decade.... Chris
  10. Anyways, a bit of a thread resurrection. I was bemoaning in another thread that I had unfinished kits queueing up to get onto the SoD, (You can't come in here in those, they're trainers!!!), so I thought I'd better extract the digit and do something about it. I had ground to a halt before stickering up the Defiant as I wan't sure if all airframes had the prominent walkway markings present on the kits decal sheet. Now Having a goodly number of Reference books on the Defiant, I spotted on the cover of this...... .... showing that machines from the same squadron had them so that was good enough for me to release the log jam. Annoyingly going through references has also thrown up some conflicting info re the serial number of PS-X that I wish to model (just when you thought it was easy eh?!!). Now the above publication includes a photo of PS-X that it captions as L7006 rather than L7005....... .... and it then has an article on L7005 as an airframe under replication which you can see is PS-B.... Now I only hear good things about Dulcimus (and I know @Troy Smith's famous signature strapline holds true) but their profile of PS-X is L7006...... ..... and to throw more fuel onto the fire, this publication also has a similar Photo to the Brew one above (in fact the author credits Brew) but captions it L7005. Now in the flesh the last picture is the clearest and although a bit indistinct, by using a loupe I think I make out the serial to be L7006 so that is what I am going for. @AndyL I know it's my model but are you comfy with that rationale? Anyways with all that nit-picky stuff pushed aside in my tiny brain I could get on with some stickering. Now where was the next almighty clusterfeck coming from? There you go it's here already..... I used the kit decals for the majority of markings bar the fuselage roundels and the individual codes and serials. Now using the photos above to scale out the required size of fuselage decal I worked out that in 1/48 a roundel of about 29mm was required. Searching through my 1/48 decal stash was fruitless, but I found an Xtradecal 1/72 sheet that matched the required dimentions to a tee. Oh goody, well until they touched water that is and disintigrated! We also had a more recent 1/48 Xtradecal sheet from which I used the 49" roundel which although 2-3mm underscale on the model is still far larger than the kit offering. OK one bullet dodged. The Airfix kit decals all applied beautifully I have to say, conforming extremely well to the panel lines and other bumps and bits on the surface, helped with MicroSol, but when it came to using the individual X decal from another new Xtradecal MSG code letters sheet they silvered like nobody's business. I know a couple of flame wars started in the chat section over poor quality form Xtradecal, however these code decals really weren't up to scratch. and to a lesser extent... (it looked far worse to the Mk1 eyeball)..... They still remained resolutely silvered after many applications of Microsol, and just as I was contemplating the nuclear option of "waxing" them off with tape to replace them, I came up with the idea of using boiling water on them having pricked them good and proper (a la jacket spud) with a Swan Morton 10A blade. The next leap of faith was to use a kitchen sponge to apply and hold the boiling water on the decals as by holding the Scotchbrited end I only inflicted relatively minor burns on my fingers rather than the far more serious burns I was expecting from a cloth! Anyways the scalding method seems to have worked and to celebrate I added the L7006 serials. Monkeys!!!!! I can see the port L has had a wobble from this photo. Hopefully not too far set to undo, so I'll nip down to the kichen and sort out once I've pressed the send button. Anyways what is needed next is another coat of Future, a bit of weathering and assuming I can find the box with the turret in, a little final assembly then we can call this done and just squeak it into 2019's Yearbook. Anyways, until the next thrilling episode, I'll bid you all adieu..... Chris
  11. I didn't initially have plans to do a WIP as virtually on the day that Revell released their Iron Maiden boxing of their MkII Spit, my good buddy Mark told me that Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris was playing a gig in Colchester with his side project British Lion. Now the gig was on December 19th and as Mark is very good buddies with Steve I knew I'd be invited along for a meet up and a chat. Last time British Lion toured Colchester I organised a trip down to Merville Barracks for Steve where he was well hosted and entertained by 2 PARA's Corporal's Mess before the gig, but with 19/12 being after stand down and the start of Christmas block leave I had to come up with another idea to help him remember Colchester and hopefully come back again in the next couple of years. The catch, well I had about 3 weeks to complete this if I was going to be able to present it at the gig. There was a very brief WIP once I realised that I was on course to complete this on time....... Anyways without further ado I present you with the Aces High Spitfire, ably piloted by no other than Eddie!!! You may notice a tiny speck of brass on the armoured windscreen frame, this is my nod to the spent cartridge case embedded there on the original cover of the Aces High Single and for our Sea-Hat friends following is not "the golden rivet"!!!! https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTDrm9AsqCcSq2xTtRFHa7YkV6v8_73XEoApLvl__REjeDaARhH&s Anyways, here's the good home that the model went off to.....
  12. I grew up in Chingford for most of my musically formative years so missed out on the Colly scene, my goto was Turntable in Chingford Mount Road. What was Andy's like? My Brother in Law grew up in Sheffield and frequented Branson's (First Clang of the night!) first shop and doesn't he rub my nose in it. I was in the Legends Bar being weighed-in for my game in my underpants when Rashford scored, so I thought the groans were for my physique!! I love Eddie, just about caught the Beast tours but remember the Powerslave and Somewhere in Time Eddies that bit better. (Beer and the 12/13 year old mind didn't quite mix as well as I thought it might, must've added some tolerance to it by 14/15!). Have you seen the latest Maiden/West Ham kits releases? https://musicglue-images-prod.global.ssl.fastly.net/iron-maiden-global-merchandise-uk/product/iron-maiden-x-west-ham-home-shirt?u=aHR0cHM6Ly9tdXNpY2dsdWUtdXNlci1hcHAtcC0zLXAuczMuYW1hem9uYXdzLmNvbS9vcmlnaW5hbHMvNzlhNTIwMDUtYWMyZi00ZmU4LTgwMWYtNTY1NTJmODAzZWVj&mode=contain&width=700&v=2 I wish I'd collected the singles, picked up a box set of Irom Maiden singles and oddities (including the inimitable "Listen with Nicko" tracks) on CD which get the odd outing every now and then. Well we almost all loved Mrs T at the time (Unless you had a cycle lamp riveted to your hat that is), it's only now we see the folly of selling the family silver. They were ahead of their time as usual! Anyways, this morning I called this one done so you can have your wish Rob. The sharp-eyed might note that I managed to crack the canopy, which if it was my own build I'd send this to the SoD until I'd got a replacement, but for this one needs must..... And then I took her to work, mounted her on a base and added some engraving............... It does help being an engraver as that'd have cost a frickin' fortune from Timpsons!!!! And Lastly I had to give it away boo hoo.................. Well not really.... Steve is a very good friend of a good friend of mine (Mark on the right below), but I took him to Merville to meet 2 Para a couple of years back but as the Army is on leave at the moment, (apart from the Spearhead lads from 2 out in Afghan), I couldn't find anyone available to host him this time so had to go for another approach, hence this build....,. For those that have done their time in green skin in Colly recently yes that was Yates's, and with the Garrison being on leave it was the emptiest pub in the town!! Anyways have a few more shots that I can post up for an RFI thread which as I've just got in from seeing British Lion give a cracking performance at the local Arts Centre might just appear in a couple of days now. Happy as a dog with two.... Catch you all laters, Chris
  13. Well jealous there. Defo have the albums on Vinyl but was never much into singles at the time!!! You off up to Old Trafford tonight? I'm playing Fat Football at the stadium tonight and by all accounts the car park's pretty full from all those who went up on the coaches earlier. Anyways, the Microsol dis it's job... We got a coat of Future to seal in all that lovely goodness and lots of little extremeties got CA'd on..... And then just when you think you've got it looking as good as it can get, we do this............... Flory Grime, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Well, that'll get wiped back when dry in a couple of hours, we'll add some gun and exhaust stains and then some oily bits whilst tickling his belly, stick on a few glass bits, a matt varinsh and voila bish bash bosh I think I'll be calling it done. Well, the deadline's tomorrow night at the pub, so 1) I've got to get it to the pub in one piece and 2) hope my bud keeps it in one piece 'til he gets home. A tall order! Come on the U's............... Chris
  14. One wiggly worm session later and we have this.... First coat of Tamiya RAF Green...... More Green, and some Green and Sky Grey for modulation...... .... and the big reveal...... OK so there's a few touch ups needed but for me this is a Blitzbuild so I'll do those once the stickers are on. To prepare for stickers we had a couple of coats of Pledge floor wax (and for the clear parts too) to get us all shiny shiny. Well I got the stickers on in record time earlier this evening but we're in the MicroSol crinkly decals phase as I type so will get some snaps of that progress once they've dried properly. OK 3 days and counting, pretty sure we're going to make the deadline OK now. Until the next update, stay classy BM Land! Chris
  15. Just a quick update as I'm spending more time building this than recording it. Will be presenting this to my buddy in exactly one week now. The undersides got more coats of sky and got masked up. The first coats of Tamiya Flat Earth went down over the pre-shading..... A couple more coats and then some FE lightened with various amounts of Sky Grey for variation later........... Let that dry and it's blu tac wiggly worms time - hurrah!!! Right it's almost time for the first exit poll so I'm going to see what Jezza Vine's got to say for himself. It doesn't actually matter which party wins though - the Government always gets in!! Have a good one and I'll catch up when there's some non-political greens in my future! Chris
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