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  1. Wow! I've just read this from the beginning and am really impressed with the way you've progressed in skills. I am tinkering with F360 and while it is very good, your mastering of aspects is flippin impressive. What I like is that, as opposed to sticking someone else's parts together, you have created them and in that process must have got a much better feel for the real engineering. I've really enjoyed reading this. You must be be really chuffed with the results... 200 hours well spent.. Matt
  2. Did you ever finish the 1/32 P-51 from Revell? The post I was following ended on page 3 with you fitting the Tamiya canopy.

    It was a great post, and got me to dig out my own Revell P-51.

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      Hi Scott. No, afraid not. It is sat watching me. I shall return to it at some point.


      It's a good kit, I think I like it better than the Tamiya, harder to get a good finish, but good detail and clever ingineering.



  3. Like the supplier said, they're all kits that have been around for some time under the Merit label. I can't see anything new (though a couple may not have got around to being released?). Trumpy just coming up with another name to maintain the brand separation I suppose.
  4. Hi Frank I'm no car expert (a total novice in fact) but if you're looking info on certain kits my 'go to' location is Scalemates. For any given kit they'll have a page of info which gives you a history of the model (sometimes a kit is in a new box but is decades old - not always an issue but worth being aware of). Their timelines will also tell you if kits are re-boxed products. So, for example, Airfix and Heller tended to release each others' kits in their own boxes, Revell of Germany and Hasegawa did the same, the list goes on. This can mean you are getting a better (or worse) kit than the manufacturer's brand would indicate. Here's a link to Scalemates for the Italeri Ford Escort RS1800 Mk.II - https://www.scalemates.com/kits/italeri-3655-ford-escort-rs1800-mkii--1029950 Timeline shows you a 2017 release contains 1979 plastic (later releases almost always have far better decals though). Further down you'll find places to buy and then, very usefully, links to reviews.Further again you'll find equally useful links to associated items - decals, etch etc. My first port of call when I'm trying to find out about a kit. HTH Matt
  5. Thank you very much for the images folks. I'm currently dissolving chrome off the chromed parts. Trying to work out which UK products dissolve the layer which sits below the chrome. I've seen a few US threads where product is mentioned, but not UK specific. I am trying a longer bath in bleach (the chrome was gone in about ten/fifteen minutes), bath in ISP seems to be having an effect. I also have Mr Muscle oven cleaner and some Tesco multi purpose cleaner that made very short work of some old enamel paint. Parts already look so much sharper with the chrome removed... Cheers Matt PS, I'll do a WiP when I actually start.
  6. @cmatthewbaconThat looks good. I have bought a copy on eBay, £11 with p&p. @mbdesignartFound one on Amazon for £7, bought. Thanks to both f you for the leads... Matt
  7. Thanks John I shall follow up on your leads... Matt
  8. Hello all New to cars, wandering here from aviation mainly, As a first foray I have Revell's 1/24 Jaguar XK SS. I've read a bit around the kit and consensus seems that it is good. What I can't find is a good set of detail photographs. I wonder if anyone is aware of either any detailed walkarounds or, even better, a restoration thread that'd give good levels of detail. For example, suspension and steering details. I have used Google to get a fair few images but, maybe not surprisingly, details of the gubbins aren't that common. My other question is how useful are mages of the 'continuation' XK SS machines? Are they absolutely faithful to the originals or do they make allowances for modern safety standards etc? Many thanks Matt
  9. Nice work.. The fit of the Hasegawa parts is so good I imagine that must have been the basis for the resin kit... It'll look mean with that contraprop on the front... Matt
  10. @Chaotic Mike Mike For the flat flying wires and their associated mounts, Radu Brinzan does a range of these in 1/32 scale as photo etch, He also does a sheet of flying wire terminals, specific to the flat/aerodynamic wires. They all feature on this page of his website http://www.radubstore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2_68 Matt
  11. Vell is 'well' which will mean clean the recess into which the part fits. Vood is 'wood' as in a painting instruction... Drevo is also wood, but in Slovenian... I'm not Ukrainian, I just used Google translate...
  12. @wellsprop Ben What I like about your explanation is the way it shows that 3D is very similar to physical engineering in that you may have to create 'tools' to achieve the end result. I'm beginning (I think) to realise that achieving forms is rarely a single stage process and you have to develop a mindset that understands how to use the software to achieve the result via more than one process. Matt
  13. So, is that what we'd call a sweep in F360 using the leading and trailing edges as guide rails?
  14. Well, if I was producing the models you are I'd be very definitely looking at a printer... I have to remind myself I've only been doing this for a few weeks... Matt
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