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  1. Kirk

    1/24 Tamiya Porsche 911 gt2 (993)

    Well done for persevering. Have you ever come across Gerald Wingrove's books, "The complete car modeller" Book1 and Book 2? I only mention this because Book 2 (I think) has a section on soldering and the use of solders with progressively lower melting points when constructing sections requiring a number of adjacent joins that may not be made simultaneously. Don't be fooled into thinking I've tried this: for me, it's just a very good read but I expect it may be of practical use to you? Also, how big are those pivot pins? I recently bought some "M3.5 tubular rivets" on eBay that look like they might make your life easier. A quick search suggested they go down to at least M0.9 (i.e. 0.9mm diameter center section). Cheers, Kirk PS/ Wingrove is a genius who clearly makes models using witchcraft and optical illusion. And a lathe.
  2. Kirk

    Bargain Harrier

    Thanks for the update. I have both the Razbam (FSX) & SSW but not the Razbam DCS. Given that I have a total time in the 2 of about an hour (need to improve my real world flying skills first), I can't really justify getting it just yet, although I did take a quick look through the user guide and was fairly impressed. They've clearly pored through the public domain documentation and maybe some other data also to figure out all the weapons and ECM systems - which is not true for the one's I've tried. This may mean that the overall package is very realistic - though I'll sit on the fence until I've actually installed it. Anyone know if DCS has real world geographic coverage yet? Kirk
  3. Ah yes: #If you wake up and don't want to smile, If it takes just a little while, Open your eyes and look at the day, You'll see things in a different way. Don't stop, thinking about control surfaces, Don't stop, paint'll soon be here, It'll be, better than the primer, Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone. Why not think about times to come, And not about the things that you've done, If all that PE was bad for you, Just think what tomorrow will do. etc# (Sincere apologies to Christine McVie)
  4. After-market parts, eh? Best of luck for a speedy recovery with plenty of modelling time!
  5. Kirk

    1/24 Tamiya Porsche 911 gt2 (993)

    Great. The Fujimi kit does have separate boot and engine lids (which is why I bought one ages ago intending to kit-bash into a detailed 964). Whilst by no means easy, this allows you to sacrifice elements of the 'sealed up' kit. Only problem is that these don't appear to be in production right now and some of the prices I've seen on eBay are eye-watering. Given what you've done so far, engine lid hinges shouldn't be too hard if you do decide to go the razor saw route. Good luck.
  6. No, no, no. That's a collection of 4 frankfurters with wings on.
  7. Kirk

    1/24 Tamiya Porsche 911 gt2 (993)

    There's an air cooled resin flat 6 listed here, although it's not quite right for a 993. I seem to recall the Fujimi "Enthusiast" series include engines - but again there is not one for a 993. I've a feeling the only one I could find is for the old 3.2 - which may well be the original source for that resin. Fundamentally the block is the same but there'd be a fair bit of work to do around the intakes and exhaust. And longer/different shaped gearbox of course. Other option may be the Tamiya 959 engine as a starting point? Might be worth taking a look on Porsche's site for the "E-Katalog" (illustrated pdf parts catalogues for most models). Whilst not dimensioned drawings, there are an awful lot of useful diagrams. Hope this helps. Keep up the good work! Kirk
  8. Seems hard to believe that you resisted getting your paws on a whopping Bratwurst. A guilty pleasure I personally find hard to resist. In other matters: Intakes are progressing nicely, Ced.
  9. Obviously I wouldn't want to derail the thread at all, but is that even possible? Star Destroyer = "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" vs Star Trek "Captain's log, star date [blah] (in the near future) etc". Where's a die-hard Trekkie when you need one? Is a sausage-based Enterprise capable of inter-galactic travel + time travel? Serious questions like these demand answers before we move on to Austin Reed. Kirk
  10. Kirk

    Revell 1/72 Concorde

    Is this of any use/interest?
  11. Kirk

    Building a HAS

    Nice repair to the bulkhead!
  12. I would imagine that it's the primary datum reference unit for the Nimrod design that arose from ASR381 - although on reflection it is more likely that this is inches. Even though decimalisation day happened on 15 Feb 1971, and the 1st Nimrod entered service in 1969 the chances of even the latest incarnation (the MRA4, commissioned in 1988) being specified in mm seems pretty slim to me. So, to answer Bill's question of why we need a leg end, I would say quite simply: "It's a convenient multiple of the standard units used to provide some level of component interchangeability of parts on the aircraft on which this model is based." Obviously. *Thanks to Wikipedia for the spurious facts supporting this spontaneous brain-fart.
  13. Ah.We've slipped deftly out from between the double entendres and on to music I see. My favourite version of White Room is the Hugh Cornwall / Robert Williams rendition on Nosferatu. Didn't realise it was a cover until years later.
  14. Kirk

    Revell 1/72 Concorde

    I've got the very wonderful Frederic Beniada book which has a number of shots of the fuselage sections during assembly. Indeed the cabin area is pretty much ovoid in cross section for its entire length, but is integral with the inboard wing box that intersects it. The outer sections of the wings are a separate structure if I remember correctly. Though ultimately its not going to make any difference, this was one of the difficult decisions that faced the team that moved the Brooklands Concorde from Filton I believe. Simply disassembling the wings would mean that it was too wide to make it along the M4 so they cut the wing boxes, meaning that it would be technically impossible to ever return that one to flight. Politics has done the same to all the other surviving aircraft without the need for a saw. I think it is fair to say that historically Airfix were pretty good at making an accurate representation of the shapes of the aircraft they modelled, even when the detail or quality of moulding was less good. Sadly the same can't be said for this one. [Please Airfix, it has to be time to atone and give us a better starting point! ] That's not to take anything from @t15dja's build - and I don't doubt it will be first class (if you'll forgive the pun). It just means that there are a lot of little problems to solve to make the end result look quite as it should. Or you can just leave them alone and build the damn thing of course.
  15. Lordy, lordy. We've had sausages and rods. Now it's time to get the "bangers" out eh? I thought @Bobs_Buckles had a monopoly on that particular hobby? (But thanks for the German tip, Steve. I've always thought that there had to be some logic behind why it is das Mädchen and not die Mädchen!)