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  1. I watched a video of this tractor and it is unbelievable what technology it has installed. Everything is computerised with satellite technology, etc, so you could probably set it up on the edge of a field and set it off on its own to do the work while you lay in a hedge supping a nice pint of best ale..................
  2. Thanks Alan. I think I would be looking that miserable if I was in the middle of a muddy field and thinking how much this piece of equipment cost me
  3. Thanks John. I did consider some weathering on this but decided to leave it in showroom condition as it will be in full view in my display cabinet with he other Hasegawa construction kits. I do tend to weather most of my kits when I feel it would improve the look.
  4. Hi Fellow members. I love these Hasegawa kits as they are usually of good quality and have plenty of nice details with minimal flashing or anything and this kit is no exception. The parts fit nicely with plenty of nice chrome parts that really emphasise the details and there is a nice little figure included to go with it. The sprues are of various colours and I suppose you could assemble this kit without painting it but I always think it best to paint them yourself, picking out all of the small details. Thanks for looking and I always appreciate any comments you may have. A video can be found HERE
  5. Thank you, Sir. I really appreciate your kind comments on my build. I have made a few of these ships/galleons now and though on this one the instructions left out a lot of the 'down' lines from the masts I decided to add most of them. As you said these ships seemed to have hundreds of lines going all over the rigging and I would just love to see a video of them getting all the sails set out ready for a voyage because it must have been something to see. The last time I saw the Cutty Sark was when I was about 12 years old (I'm 62 now, lol) so I must be long overdue for another visit, especially now they have cleaned it up after that tragic fire. Take care now
  6. Thank you Bertie. I sure went through that alright and did end up seeing stars at some points
  7. Thanks, Beefy. There were times that I wondered if it was worth it but I'm glad I did as I learned a few new skills after almost 50 years of building kits. Keep safe now
  8. Thanks for your kind comments and it sounds like you may have had some experience with this kit? Compared to the Revell ships this was like being given a model you had to build while blindfolded I must admit when reading through the written instructions that I dozed off now and then. Thanks, Steve. Appreciate you looking
  9. Hi everyone. This is my build of the Lindberg Sea Witch in 1:96 scale which was sent as a challenge from a great friend in the US and what a challenge it turned out to be. I watched my friend build this kit and managed to learn most of the shortfalls from him and that helped a great deal as it allowed me to approach things differently. This made it a lot easier and I changed a few things that just didn't seem right on a ship like this. One of the worse jobs to do was to drill out all of the holes for the blocks (ranging from 3 x 4 mm to 5 x 4 mm) and you will need a lot of spare thin drills on stand-by as well as plasters, antiseptic wipes and a cloth to wipe the tears. Be sure to remove the swear box if you have one otherwise you will end up living on the streets. Luckily I had a lot of blocks left over from previous builds and did not have to drill too many of the blocks. A GOOD REASON TO KEEP THOSE LEFT-OVERS AND SPARES! You also have to drill holes in the masts, hand rails and virtually everywhere else they should already be pre-drilled during moulding. For this you will need rubber drills because the angles you have to drill are just crazy! The next worse job for me was hand making all of the rat lines and was something I'd never done before. They are not brilliant but they will do for me. Overall, the actual ship itself, the masts, etc, are fairly straightforward but every part does have a mould join line so be prepared for a lot of cleaning throughout but assembly was good and the parts fitted well. I did like the way the masts are passed through the decks and locate into a section in the bottom of the hull to give then the correct angle and stability. My friend made his with furled sails and they looked really good so I had to give it a go. Most pictures I found of furled sails show them fairly loose and hanging a little but when I read up on it for that era it stated that when in port the sails were tided tightly and that is what I went for in the end. As a first attempt I don't think they look that bad. Anyway, on to the pics now which are shown below but for more pictures of this and my other builds just click HERE. Thanks for looking and showing an interest.
  10. Thanks for the information about the lights. I had both lights lit for when you view it from either direction and for the photographs. I wasn't planning on adding lights at the beginning but as I started building the undercarriage I saw the potential for them and thought they would create a nice atmosphere. This was a great model to build and 1:35 scale is about my limit now as I struggle with anything smaller.
  11. Thanks, Dave. I really appreciate your kind comment. I bet the tram museum was amazing to visit and very interesting. When I was gathering information regarding this build I was surprised about the many different variations there were of this model and others. Like the way this model inspired you to visit the museum, it inspired me to create a scene that could have been quite common back in the old days.
  12. Thanks. Appreciate your kind comment.
  13. Thanks for your kind comment and I'm glad you appreciate what I was trying to create. I usually only get an hour or so most days with building but that gives me time to reflect and think about the next stages. I now have magnifying glasses and they have helped greatly with painting the details.
  14. Hi everyone. I'm back once again with yet another project that involved adding lighting to and this time I picked the MiniArt European Tramcar in 1:35 scale. I liked the idea of being able to create a small diorama with the included base and figures and was going to build it right out of the box. But once I looked closely as the instructions and then the actual parts I thought there was the potential to add some lighting and so it all began. The kit itself is quite well made with very little to no flashing and the level of details throughout is excellent. Some of the tiny parts are hard to cut from the sprues and the rails have far too many sprue joins to hold them in place. Why do you need about 6 joins to hold a thin rail that is about a half inch long? Other than that everything seemed to fit very well and I only had to make a few mod changes to incorporate the lighting. I don't pretend to be a pro and know very little about electronics and I may have used a little poetic justice with this build but I hope I have created a scene with many 'stories' within it depicting life in 1940's Germany. The German soldiers were a late addition to use up some of the spare space on the base and to give it some atmosphere. Anyway, on with the pics. I hope you enjoy them and thanks for looking. More pics can be found HERE
  15. Thanks Uwe. I appreciate all comments as they inspire me to share my builds so that they may inspire others. I don't have any particular skills. just experience.
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