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Ex-FAAWAFU

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    Fleet Air Arm from Dad's Swordfish, Albacore & Barracuda III to my own Sea King & Lynx - oh, and the floating grey tin cans they flew from...

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  1. Those are indeed evocative shots (& give me decent painting guidance, to boot). Clearly very important to look sharp when testing one of His Majesty’s tenders: you wouldn’t want to proceed to sea without your trilby on, now would you?
  2. Sure you could; I’ve seen your sorcery in 1/72. You & that @The Baron bloke: both need a test on the ducking stool, pronto, I’d say. Wizards, the pair of you, and it baint natural, like. [As so often, Tamiya are the key; I have two sets of their pliers and also a very, very fine file - both explicitly designed for handling PE. They are 100% indispensible; trying, for instance, to open up that brass deck a gnat’s tadge (to use a technical term that I am sure you will recognise) more is extremely delicate, so you need pliers that really hold it steady without crushing it, and you need a file that does remove material, but without snagging, bending or ripping the brass. In both instances, Tamiya’s tools knock the brief out of the ground.]
  3. Moving 47 years earlier than the beloved Ark Royal of my first front line tour... back to an era when aircraft carriers had boats entitled old fashioned things like “35’ fast seaplane tender” and similar. Yes, I decided to do a bit of work on the first of many boats this evening (as well as finishing off the unphotographed cable deck styrene removal campaign - see above). Merit’s offerings are... see if you can guess? Actually I am not being entirely fair; they are OK to a point, in that they provide reasonably serviceable styrene replicas of two different types of boat. The problem being that Ark had 6 or 7 different types of working boat, plus a couple of sailing dinghies: 36’ motor pinnace; 35’ fast seaplane tender; 35’ fast motor boat; Admiral’s barge; 32’ motor cutter; 27’ whaler; 25’ fast motor boat; 16’ dinghy; and 14’ dinghy For once Tetra don’t ride to the rescue, but I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that Mrs WAFU had given me the WEM PE set for this ship, and WEM do provide a way to make the boats more authentic. They are constrained by the fact that only 2 hull sizes are available (when 4 or 5 would be required for true authenticity), but they make a decent effort by scaling the assorted boats for either 35’ or 27’ and accepting the fact that some are thus fractionally too small / large. At this scale, that strikes me as a decent, pragmatic compromise. So I present to you a 35’ fast seaplane tender. Not yet finished, but even to get it to this state took me 90 minutes - fettling the innards (6 pieces of brass) so that they fitted properly inside the 7th piece (the deck) took a lot of delicate filing... in due course there will be a stumpy mast, a roof and so on - but I‘ll let it all dry and then paint the inside before going any further. Rather funky, I reckon. Not all the boats will need this much work - in fact most of them will not; I am depicting Ark as she was going into action in filthy weather in open ocean, so most of her boats would have been covered up and heavily lashed. Of course that gives me latitude in case any of the brass detailing doesn’t come out all that well - if that happens I’ll just slap a cover on it! More next week Crisp
  4. Yep; Alclad black primer & micro-filler. I use it on most of my builds; swear by it.
  5. I think I speak for many when I say that I await the epic diorama build of Castle Bromwich roundabout with scarcely ‘bated breath. A great trip; you’ve seen a couple of Museums that I have yet to visit, and I’ve lived here on & off for almost 60 years. Loud and prolonged applause to @CedB, who has contributed well beyond the call of duty. Twas a real pleasure to meet you, chaps. Come again!
  6. @Kirk, not actually pictured on the shelf of doom itself, but this is pretty much where Ark 5 is now: I am particularly proud of the masking; only the numbers (10 spots plus the distance to run marks on the runway) are transfer - all the lines are painted. Currently sitting in a box at home carefully wrapped in tissue paper.
  7. In case you were wondering, work on Ark continues, but there is nothing worth taking photos of. Last night I spent building two more of the Tetra brass gantries that supported the large lowering aerial masts (4 per side) - a trip to Fiddly McFiddlyface’s home town of Fiddlesville, but safely completed. Plus starting work on a new area of the ship, namely the cable deck. Thus far it consists purely of removing much of Merit’s styrene detail in preparation for replacing it with Tetra’s ‘wooden’ deck and lots of brass. Important, but really not worth looking at or photographing. Having never used one of these wooden jobs, I am taking it slowly; initial dry fitting suggests that Tetra’s engineering is characteristically excellent - it fits beautifully - but as so often it pays off to stop and plan before ploughing on; the end result will be a busy mixture of styrene, veneer (whatever that’s actually made of), turned brass (e.g. bitts), photo-etched brass (e.g. deck chafing plates for the cables) and 3d printed resin (the cables themselves). Planning the order in which things should be a) fitted and b) painted (and the two regularly over-take each other) is critical. More later this evening. I might even take a photo or two, you lucky people.
  8. Amazingly realistic weathering on those 1/72 roast spuds, too.
  9. A second endorsement of the Aizu Micron tape; I use it a lot (e.g. masked deck markings on Ark Royal 5) and it is excellent.
  10. Each to his or her own, I say. After all, taking the Marklo “fewer than 100” rule to its logical extreme would mean that we had a forum full of ‘Luft 46’ paper aircraft that were never built and/or never flew (and in some cases - yes, I am looking at you, Herr Triebflügel - never could have flown remotely safely as depicted). At which point I’d have to find myself a new forum, pronto. [There is also the issue that many designs that were relatively widespread in real life are persistently ignored by kit manufacturers - but that’s a different hobby horse of mine that fully deserves to stay safely in its pasture for the winter.] Loving the Ente, Moa. What was that.... uhhh.. vertical lump thingy underneath the wings for? Nowt wrong with canards as such, as you say (and this design appears to solve quite a few C of G challenges in a very neat manner)... but lookout must have been something of a challenge for the pilot, what with that large foreplane right in the eye-line!
  11. Great to see you all at Telford, and I’d much rather be with you in Yeovilton than schlepping into work, but somehow those bills have to be paid. Having come away from Telford with just one kit (1/48 Fairey Flycatcher from Armory, a Ukrainian outfit which whom i am not familiar), I am now feeling really quite abstemious after seeing PC’s swag! Have fun at VL: Fly Navy!
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