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Rob G

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  1. Figures in 72th are easy. Block in the colours, dark wash, quick dry brush and done. It's all about the effect, not the detail. As for wheels up vs down... to me, an aircraft's undercarriage is as large a part of its character as its wing plan or markings.
  2. Google photos is the issue. I believe it's to do with the little fact that the links expire after a set time (60 minutes?) If they're still visible when you revisit the thread, that's because the images are stored in your device's cache. The only solution that I know of is to move all your photos to a proper hosting service. Which may mean having to spend a little coin of the realm (Although my free Flickr account is going just fine thus far.)
  3. To add my possibly unwanted advice, I clean up as much as possible of the flash and seam lines while the parts are still on the runner, then use an ultra fine razor saw to cut them off. I have this set, https://www.bnamodelworld.com/hobby-tools-supplies-saws-scissors-manwa-mw-4102 but no doubt others are available from other suppliers. At this thinness (0.1mm), you pull the saw, not push it. Does an awesome job. Once they're off the runner, I install the parts and do a clean up of any missed bits once they're fully dry. It's all about supporting the fragile sections.
  4. Do ya think that we could prevail upon Mr Jackson to do one in 32th? It'd be a lovely companion piece to the upcoming O/400... Lovely model of what is (if you're being kind), an ungainly aircraft. Another type that I have in the stash that I really must get to work on.
  5. Watch a video of a tank (or bulldozer) in motion. The track pads in contact with the ground are stationary in relation to the ground, while the wheels roll along above them. When the last wheel rolls off any one pad, that pad is lifted and accelerated until it's travelling at twice the velocity of the tank in relation to the ground. It then begins to be lowered and decelerates until it contacts the ground, whereupon it stops moving. The same thing happens with wheels. Attach a pen to the rim of a bicycle wheel and run it along a wall; what pattern will you get? Right at the bottom, there's a dead spot, where the pen line goes from moving down and backwards to moving up and forwards. At that point, that point on the rim of the wheel is stationary in relation to the ground. If tracks and wheels didn't stop moving, there'd be no traction, and we'd still be walking. Physics can really do your head in. (Don't even start looking at the velocities and forces acting on simple universal joints, it'll scare you silly.)
  6. The easy answer is that they're graceless boxes, a quality that they share with the great majority of modern naval vessels. All slab sides and sharp angles and boring, boring, grey. There's absolutely no allowance in the design for any sort of charm or fineness of line. Ditto for the aircraft. Just ick.
  7. That's actually the most likely possibility.
  8. I mix about that much clear to sort of this much thinner then turn the compressor on and test spray. If needed, I'll add a splash of this or a nip of that, up or down a whiff on the air pressure and off I go. Much too technical to convert to actual numbers.
  9. Googling for airfix 1/72 lunar module modifications will allow you to find this https://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Fea1/901-1000/Fea940-LunarLander-Matthews/00.shtm which has a link in it where you'll get yet more information. Have fun.
  10. How did I miss this? Now I'll have to find more space (dammit) in my checked luggage.
  11. Thankfully? By all accounts they're a bear to use. Have a look for some prior builds on here to get an idea of how to deal with them. Still, it's a sweet little kit, and even I managed a reasonable result on mine!
  12. I'll add it to the list Adam. If I can get close enough...
  13. I'll wander past and ask about markings, and I have no idea about other announcements. I'll ask about those too.
  14. Vulcan pix. Excuse the rotten quality, the lighting is abysmal.
  15. I'm onto it Dave! Edit. Or I would be if the verdammt WiFi would cooperate!
  16. You reckless speed demon. Try years... or indeed decades, in some instances. Very nice work, Brad!
  17. Mmm, Porker mit Martini. Looking good there mate. This is one that I don't have in my Porsche collection, I may have to chase one down.
  18. And I'm in the Holiday Inn, doubtless much to their consternation. I second what Terry said.
  19. I'll have to admit to a meh kinda feeling about this. While the Vulcan is an impressive aircraft, I have no desire to make a model of it. For thems as do, I hope the kit is everything you desire and that Airfix have to do a second run to fill demand. That'd be good for business. Also, if anyone believes that the early announcement was 'a mistake', well... Personally, I'd like the high-backed Spit XIV, that would make me a happy bunny, but seeing as they've said they won't make one, I guess I'm out of luck.
  20. Yeah, that's what happens. Then, when you stand back and look at the pile of STUFF that you've collected, you remember that you're not a Rothschild, nor can you call on a friendly C-17 driver to ship it home, and so... you put it all back, keeping just one decal sheet and some etch. At least that's what happened to me the last time I visited there.
  21. On the upside Steve, you get to avoid the 'joys' of international air travel. It's 2019, why is it still such a PITA?
  22. 1. Just look at everything on YouTube (you'll soon sort out the pretenders), absorb it all, then do it your own way. 2. What Dave said. The trick is find what works for you, your materials and the way that you use them. There's no 'right' way to do it, just the right way for you, so don't get hung up on having 'exactly the right mix' or 'there's too much pressure' (there can be, but you'll quickly work out how much is actually too much). Others can give advice and guidance, but in the end, having a play around is the best way to learn. If you're able to, pop along to a local modelling club and see if anyone there is able to give a hand - one on one advice is often the best way to learn.
  23. Wot a luvverly bunch o' coconuts! It would appear that you chaps are having a good time and enjoying each others' company. Long may it continue.
  24. Superb, very well done. May I suggest one thing? Some fine, rusty wire wrapped loosely around the wheels to represent the steel belts that were in the tyres would be another detail to add. Here's an example https://www.istockphoto.com/au/photo/burned-and-charred-remains-of-a-fire-damaged-car-left-on-the-side-of-the-road-after-gm1094457742-293741125 The wires are visible around the wheel in the foreground. Just a thought.
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