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About Tarkas

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  1. Someone with a very large sledgehammer?
  2. There were those folding restraints (or whatever) on the bridge seats of the refitted Enterprise in ST:TMP. We saw them used (and work) in the wormhole sequence, but maybe that shorted them out or something, because I don't remember seeing them after that or in any of the subsequent films. And, of course, we know the real reason why the E had no seat belts or equivalent before that: "Word of God" from the producers was that if they'd had seat belts, the actors couldn't fall all over the bridge!
  3. Looks like 68mm SNEB rocket pods, a common weapon for ae early RAF Harrier (GR.1 or GR.3). Regardless, the Hawk pods look the business. More excellent work as part of this entertaining build.
  4. Very nice-looking! The best part about it, to my mind, is the restrained weathering. You have portrayed the worn and hard-used look of the ship (the hunk-of-junkery, as another poster put it ) without burying it in so much grime and rust that it resembles nothing so much as a pile of dirt and oxide that somehow maintains the shape of the original ship, but no-one is quite sure how or why! Far too many MFs go overboard with the weathering, but you've got it right, IMO. Well done.
  5. Tarkas

    1/350 K'Tinga

    And what country are you going to buy for the room to display it?
  6. Yeah, that's looking like a Hawk all right... Lots more to do, but it should turn out an awesome model if you can keep up the standard of your work so far -- and why shouldn't you? I particularly liked the main engine bell with the Tornado parts -- looks very good. Bravo! Looking forward to more.
  7. Put me down for one! You might need to do a new canopy as well, but it'd be worth it. I'm another fan of the Thunderfighter/EDD Starfighter. A very snazzy-looking fighter, and one which would have made a good match/counterpoint for the original Cylon Raider if it had been chosen as the BSG Viper: they're both very flat designs which would manoeuvre in much the same way -- I could see ThunderVipers rolling into attacks the way the Raiders used to, only quicker because of their smaller size. I wasn't aware the design had any connection to Star Wars but given the inevitable crossover between SFX shops, it's no great surprise. I guess the Thunder could be thought of as a precursor to the A-wing... Anyway, good stuff, and I look forward to seeing more of it -- and, hopefully, the cockpit and pilots!
  8. Tarkas

    Lego Saturn V

    But what would its name be? Lemmy the LM (or LEM, if you remember that far back)?
  9. Tarkas

    1/6 Spiderman by Horizon

    Fantastic work, but I'm curious: did you ever think about doing the webbing under his arms? Or does he no longer have that these days? I always remember it as an interesting part of Spidey's costume, most notably in the early Ditko issues, but since the costume has changed subtly since then -- seen here in the form of the post-McFarlane big eyes -- I would not be surprised to learn that the webbing has gone. Easier on the artists, I suppose -- not to mention modellers. :-)
  10. He does look great. Between you, you and Moebius have managed to capture Frank Gorshin's unique brand of insanity as the Riddler. I always thought he was the most dangerous of the show's villains because of the unholy glee he took in making plans, particularly for the demise of the Dynamic Duo. This was before the Joker was revamped to be completely (and enthusiastically) insane -- in a way, Frank's Riddler was a sort of prototype for what the Joker became in the 70s -- and it was quite a feat to portray a character like that in the 60s on prime time TV. And I can see that in your figure. Frank is right at the beginning of one of his monologues; in a few minutes, after revealing (some of ) his latest plot and calling down the heavens on his enemies, he'll start jumping around with that mad giggle he had. Very well done. And "the gang" all look great. From what you say about the bases, I'm guessing that the remaining part of the bat is behind Catwoman and would be the Joker. Or is there a second part missing behind the heroes for... Egghead? King Tut? Either way, I'll look forward to you completing the set.
  11. Tarkas

    Aoshima Thunderbird 1

    ...and that's not all. Everybody's used to the word "Thunderbird" running along the length of the fuselage -- as depicted on the model that's the subject of this thread -- but shots of TB1 parked in Trapped in the Sky and other episodes have another identical (well, almost) word running along the underside, but in a different font and with the T on the red nose-cone. This is only ever seen in that shot, AFAIK, but then Derek Meddings said that TB1 only really had one good angle to be photographed from -- an opinion which I don't agree with. Regardless, I'm looking forward to building my Aoshima TB1 (I've even got an idea of how to make the undercarriage configurable -- up or down) and doubly to displaying it next to the De Agostini TB2!
  12. Tarkas

    1/6 Spiderman by Horizon

    VERY nice work, especially the webbing. Looking forward to seeing him finished.
  13. One of the factors affecting the Canberra's engine placement may well have been design inertia -- that is, a bad case of "this is how it's always been done". Twin-engined bombers had always had their engines out on the wings -- they'd had to because of the props, the fore-and-aft engine concept never really having caught on. The Canberra, however. was something new: a twin-engined bomber without propellers. This meant that the engines could have been located much closer to the centreline as you have them, but I suspect the draughtsmen would automatically think of the outboard layout through force of habit. This is just speculation on my part, but history is full of similar instances. The Meteor is a slightly different kettle of fish because of its engines. The original Derwent engines, like Whittle's first flight-worthy designs, had centrifugal compressors, which meant that they were fat -- certainly much more so than the axial-flow engines of the Canberra. The Goblin was much the same, which is one reason why the Vampire looked the way it did. The fat (or broad) centrifugal engines couldn't be placed as close in as the narrower axial-flow types -- well,, they could, but the fuselage would have ended up distinctly tubby, which would have been a problem performance-wise, and would have meant a serious re-design of the whole aircraft. Gloster could have done it, but the time and cost involved would have been significant, to say the least, so the management would not have been keen to chuck out everything that had already done.
  14. Here in the UK, Hannants are advertising the Raptor as available for a mere 70 quid -- okay, 69.99 -- but as I write, their website indicates that they have no stock at present. Which either means that they haven't got any yet and have jumped the gun (which is unlike them in my experience) or they've sold out already. Either way, they seem to think it exists and is/will be for sale. So keep your eyes open, and you might be lucky...
  15. This young man has talent! Seriously, that is a beautiful piece of work, and from a five-year-old?! I can hardly wait to see what he'll do at, say, 10. Always assuming he stays with the hobby, and I certainly hope he does. Very well done, Leo. What are you going to do next? Many an admiring "uncle" here on this forum will be really interested to see. Do let us know.