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About Coors54

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    Padstow Cornwall
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    70's F1 cars, the odd battleship and winged things

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  1. Thanks Trevor, the welds are beads of Krystal Klear that I texture with a syringe needle to simulate the weld "wave" pattern when they're nearly dry, I used them on my Ferrari 312T first and it's pretty effective . Dave
  2. Good morning to all from a sunny Cornwall, I've been trying to excavate a trench to lay a power cable to our log cabin but it's been too hot to do that in the middle of the day so I'm up at 6 and managing to get a few feet dug (its virtually all slate shale, ruddy hard work!) which has allowed me a bit of time at the bench on the Porsche. I'm still concentrating on the back end and slowly getting parts back together, yesterday was detailing the brake calipers - Before at the bottom. Pipe union drilled and added so I can add the brake pipe later. I've not gone too mad on these as very little is seen once the wheels are on, I have suggested the disc vents by careful painting, those will be visible in later pictures I'm sure. Todays session was spent modifying and detailing the drive shafts and couplings - Forgive the slightly out of focus phone shot, the unmodified shaft is at the top (I hope that's obvious!), I've added bolts to all the couplings, punched discs of plastic card to represent the ends to the universal joint cruciform and thinned one end of the shaft to depict the sliding shaft joint at the wheel end. Once painted and washed it looked like this - I think that looks a bit more convincing, and then it and the discs were test fitted - I've also detailed the exhaust manifolds with welds and painted and fitted them - Mustn't forget to add the starter motor wiring.... I'm fairly pleased with how this is going so far and now things are being put back on it will soon start looking like a car again. Have a good day all and stay safe. Dave
  3. Contracted to and operating on behalf of the military, fixed wing primary training is the same but done by Babcock (I think). Dave
  4. For you delectation may I offer my 1/12 Ferrari 312T as driven by a Mr N. Lauda at the USGP West Long Beach March 28 1976? It's the venerable Tamiya kit, but in it's later upgraded guise with etched metal fittings. I managed to obtain this several years ago from a member of my old club, @Covjets13 thanks Si! Bet you wish you'd charged me more as these things have rocketed in value in the last couple of years. I didn't use very much of new etch parts in the kit, they didn't seem to add much in my opinion. I remember building this back in the late 70's and the parts don't seemed to have suffered much in the intervening years, still cleanly moulded, with little flash and it fits well. Anyway, this is what I was aiming for - And this is what I finished up with - The body doesn't fit because of the way I chose to display the model with fuel tank panels off. Looks like I got some reaction with the gloss coat..... I've used lots of wires and cord collected over the years to simulate the plumbing and wiring, the fibre glass ducts are the kit ones roughed up to simulate the texture and painted, the intake trumpet mesh is home made using fine mesh formed over a carved dome, not perfect but they fit a bit better than the ones I bought off eBay which were too big. Welds are simulated with beads of Krystal Klear, roughed up when nearly dry, all the hardware was replaced with Meng moulded bolts. The red is Halfords rattle can Nissan red which (apparently) is very close to the 1970's Ferrari racing red, clear coat is also Halfords then polished with car polish, decals are from the kit along with some from the BBK generic labels sheet. Hope you like her, I thoroughly enjoyed building her and any critique welcome. Dave
  5. Crikey, I haven't been into a library since I moved from the Midlands in 2006! It's a good thought though, question is, are they open during the current nastiness? Methinks probably not.
  6. Greetings fellow plastic bashers, life got in the way a little last week so I didn’t have time to do any updates and had little time at the bench. Things have eased off slightly so my time has been spent trying to improve the visible areas of the engine and gearbox. Firstly the gearbox, a reminder of what I started with – It’s not a bad representation of the box and transaxle but can be improved on, firstly the two large holes in the top of the box were blanked and filled. Then all the small lumps depicting bolts were removed with a scalpel ready to be replaced by items from Meng, these are injection moulded bolts in various sizes, head on one side, thread and nut/washer on the other. I find them a more cost effective option to genuine scale hardware and easy to fix in place. Once this is done the box was given a coat of dark grey and washed with Tamiya smoke. Next on the list was the distributor, this can just be seen so I drilled out the lead fittings, cut some red wire to length and super-glued into the hole then slipped a short length of heat shrink tubing over to represent the leads rubber cap, this was shrunk into place by carefully wafting the whole thing over a candle flame. I had previously painted the cap and replaced the retaining nuts to the distributor body. The wiring will be run under the induction funnel moulding forward so can’t be seen once it leaves the cap. I added a starter motor from an old Tamiya F1 build below the gear change selector, this will have some wiring attached. Next job is to matt coat this to get rid of the shine and do some highlights to give it a metallic sheen. I’ve also been making the roof air vent, I found an old 1/24 Merlin in the scrap box (one I didn’t use in a Mosquito) and the curvature of the supercharger intake looked right for my purpose so I modified it with sanding and cutting and got this – I think it will do, more trial fitting yet. That's about it for now, I have just received a parcel from BBK in the Netherlands which should contain some bits for this build so maybe wheels next. Dave
  7. I can only speak as I find and ordinary turps substitute for general brush cleaning and artists distilled turpentine for thinning but then I'm a brush painter not an airbrushed so others mileage will vary. Dave
  8. Coors54


    But if it made a few youngsters want to find out more about the real events then it's okay in my book, even if it was fairly dire. Caveat, I thought most of the flying sequences were good but like the rest of the film they didn't convey the magnitude of the whole heroic disaster. A missed opportunity. Great to hear that online teaching is working, I suppose we're in the same sort of situation as Australian children found themselves in the Outback in the Fifties and Sixties but with the advantages of the internet rather than just steam radio! Dave
  9. I've been using Humbrol for the last 55 years and only ever used white spirit to clean up and turpentine to thin, why use champagne? Dave
  10. Lovely Pew too Cuthbert, the Osmo stuff is brilliant (and comparatively expensive) but definitely the best stuff I've ever used on wood. I did our log cabin in some coloured stuff and it's lasted 3 Cornish gale filled and salt laden winters without problem and recoating takes minutes with no preparation. Cracking Venom by the way, you're taking it up more than a few notches. Dave
  11. I took advantage of the sunshine and lack of wind to take some fresh pictures outside and I tried to assemble the car, the nose won't fit at all because of the modifications inside it to shorten it and relocate the wings but hey ho. Sunshine shows up the flouro paint colour much better, it also shows up all the mistakes and imperfections! The yellow areas are erosion tape put on by the team to cut down on stone damage. The rear tyres don't look that mismatched in the flesh! Pleased with this picture, it's quite convincing. Mmmm, very dodgy paintwork here, Mr Caldwell would not be happy. Dave
  12. Mmmm, a bit curates egg for me, why the cartoon markings on the U boats? To make sure the pop corn audience recognises the baddies? The sea sequences look good but engaging a U boat like 18th century men o'war? I'm sure Mr Hanks intentions were and are good and it's the studio pandering to younger cinema audiences for crash bang wallop. God that makes me sound so old and curmudgeonly! Dave
  13. Painting control surfaces, particularly fabric covered ones affects their balance which requires removal to re balance so isn't done lightly, hence why they tend to remain in their earlier "balanced" finish. Dave
  14. As Stuart has revealed my gaff, I have had a trawl through my picture file and come up with these to illustrate what's missing - This clearly shows the extension to the cockpit surround and the roll hoop over James's legs mandated from the Spanish GP along with the low level airbox which isn't fitted in this picture so is probably from the Race of Champions or the International Trophy at Silverstone. Ah, imagine having 3 F1 races in the UK in a season. Wish I had included this in my model, it's the sort of detail I like. This is how I remember the Race of Champions that year, I can't have been far from the photographer, note the add on rain deflector. And this is the Long Beach race and nearer to the models configuration (if not markings), James looks a bit too big for that cockpit, as indeed he was, he had to cut the toes out of his racing boots in order to operate the pedals, see below. That's a racer! Dave
  15. I knew you would get there in the end! A virtual pint of Padstow Pride to studavros. The new regulations were coming into force at the Spanish GP so teams were modifying chassis on the fly, Hunts car had the front roll bar fitted for the Race of Champions which entailed moving the cockpit coming forward to give it room. If you look closely at pictures you can see a six inch splice at the rear of the cockpit, it's riveted in a a slightly different shade of red, I'll dig out the one that gave it away tomorrow, somehow I missed this so the model is closer to the spec raced at Long Beach a week before in the US GP West. Well done Stuart. Dave
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