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Nomore Shelfspace

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  1. For your edification gentlemen, here is a (belated) photo of the above model with painted mirror and crowbar that is no longer red.
  2. Thanks! It does look good, very redolent of the machine and era.
  3. Yeah, I realised I'd forgotten to paint the mirror after I took the photos... the red crowbar is probably a misconception, don't know where that started. I wasn't sure if this variant did have the wire so left it off. I will have another go at it some time.
  4. Although I stopped aircraft modelling a while ago, I just thought I'd pick this one up last week. It's an excellent kit but needs work. I am still sure "New Airfix", welcome as they are, put really good Computer Aided Design before buildability! I did take Work in Progress photos but decided just to get to the finished model. The plastic is the well-known Soft Bluey Stuff and has to be treated with care - it just soaks up liquid cements and tube cement instantly melts it. There was no way I was going to give someone in Eastern Europe 8 pounds and wait three weeks for an aftermarket seatbelt pr
  5. Hello again, if you were watching my "in progress" thread here on this kit, here is the finsihed model. It looks okay, best I could get it really. There was so much rigging I felt I was building a model of a spider's web... The only additions I made were some fine chain instead of string for the anchors (I had to research the way these were stowed) and a new stand out of obechi stained a darker colour - it needs some retouching... I will see about name plates but haven't got round to that yet. There would be more photos but I forgot the golden rule of close-up photography, STOP DOWN, so they a
  6. Okay, THIS looks like the same kit, from 1977... "Quick Build" though...?
  7. Finally made some headway on this one. The rigging is in progress, and there is a lot. I don't like the billowing vacform sails and they are extra work so I'll leave these off. I'm not sure of the origin of this kit - an old Revell catalogue (probably 1967) I have only lists the 1/96 version but this doesn't mean it isn't Revell - the sprues have a Heller look to them, I dunno... anyway here it is so far. Filling in and eventually repainting the slots in the deck for the ratlines that aren't supposed to be there... Replacing the moulded ratty lines further forward, wrong
  8. Okay, decided I had to adress this issue properly (not by using a mallet or fire...) - the rear mast assembly needs rebuilding so it dosen't bend backwards like a drunken sailor. Put aside until I can be bothered with it...
  9. More from the now rarely spotted Nomoreshelfspace!! (I should change that now...). I think this is the only kit I built last year, after a visit to the real ship in Boston, Mass. A ship with a hell of a story, you should look it up. The kit is nice despite dating from about 1955 - judging by the stamp inside one hull half! If you don't misinterpret Revell's typically dud instructions you will be ok. Fit of the aft end of the deck is a bit questionable, those cannon should align with the ports if you get it right... but a good kit compared to their bum-aching Cutty Sark which I am struggling wi
  10. Okay, first let me say this kit is rubbish. It just confirms my opinion of Revell Germany as a packaging company. Second, it's no use throwing your toys out of the pram and winding up with nothing, you have to soldier on with it. I'm not sure what they were thinking when they designed this thing because the structure of the lifeboat deck clashes with the midships pair or ratlines. I totally rebuilt the lifeboat deck and relocated it aft of its intended position. It looks wrong, but the ratlines now fit - there are moulded cutouts in the peg rails into which they must fit, ignoring the similar
  11. Hello again after a long time, I used to post aircraft projects here, but they've mostly been sold - I still build the occasional kit of anything that catches my interest, if I have space for it that is... anyway I like sailing ships so I got this thing... 150th anniversary edition, in a huge box containing a poster of the box art, a bag of paints, plastic bottle of cement, the worst paintbrush I've seen in my life and a magazine-like instruction book, in true Revell style taking one numbered step to show where to stick one part, and no historical information on a supposedly historical subject
  12. Got to point out, my usual browser (Firefox) wouldn't log in to Village Photos, telling me it was a security hazard. I have no reason to disbelieve it.... Today of course is October 16th 2019, I notice this thread started two years ago.
  13. I was thinking of doing that, but it's a lot of work and I more or less stopped modelling some time ago. Would be nice to let newcomers see my creations though.
  14. Presenting the Monogram 1/32 Apollo CSM, with New Ware etch interior (and other parts), and Space Model Systems decals, plus of course the Realspace Models resin unitary hatch. This kit was released in 1969 and is still available. It is the only accurate commercial kit of the craft, although it appears to be based on monochrome official drawings and some photos, and has inaccuracies as it comes - the biggest one being the gold plated Command Module! A full interior is included, although the complex instrument panels are for reasons that may never be understood, represented by terrible stickers
  15. Okay space fans, some more photos of bits before I post photos of the FINISHED MODEL - and it is indeed finished as I type! The Four Tea Strainers antenna - I made a rudimentary jig after thinking about it for the space of a transmission "bleep" - (for the space, geddit) (ok...) - the tea strainers are tacked in place with double sided tape. These are the New Ware parts of course. Problem in painting them is not to let the holes get clogged with paint. I glued them in place with industrial superglue - this has to be applied quite thickly otherwise it doesn't set, but the dr
  16. OKay, some actual progress on the mission... I used a Humbrol acrylic spray can for this, for one reason or another it came out really grainy, but responded well to a rub down with micro-mesh. It looks a bit wobbly because it hasn't been fixed to the stand properly. Note the small recessed panel left of top centre, this is an umbilical recess I think - I cut out the aperture, backed it with sheet and detailed it with bits of rod. It's quite noticeable in some photos of the real one. I'm not going to detail the top of the SM because as I pointed out before I am sane, sort of, and
  17. Some minor updates before I start the Big Spray to finally finish this thing. I had lost two of the EVA handholds since breaking down the original build and stowing it away, so I tried making replicas by sticking the surviving part in moulding wax a few times and pouring epoxy over the resulting impression. I was surprised when it worked! However the resin was full of tiny air bubbles. I wasn't prepared to spend too much time on this so just picked out the better examples... This is the Extreme Metal Chromed CM, with details painted up and docking probe (almost intact from
  18. These are brilliant. I'd like to go to this show but it's too far for me to drive.
  19. I think Dapol are really trying to keep up the quality of those old Kitmaster/airfix kits, although it's been about 20 years since I built one... might be worth a try as they are easy to get hold of. Just had the idea the best way to get a really good B Type is buy a new issue for the decals and an old one for the parts...
  20. Nice build, salutations on getting a rotten kit finished... I often think it's better to search for an old issue of some kits, as I recall the one I had about 40 years ago was pretty solid (and moulded in lovely red plastic). Same applies to the Dennis Fire Engine, I had an old issue a few years ago but sold it.
  21. O-kay, the mission resumes... Here's the RSM kit. It's mastered by 3D techniques and although there is a bit of flash on the small parts, pretty amazing. I used plastic rod instead of the brass rod supplied for the linkages - more scale looking and easier to cut - length should be about 4mm so no way is this fiddly...! A lot of filing and sanding stick-ing was needed to get the opening the right size for the coaming, which also had to be filed a bit. This resulted in even more dust inside which I got out with various devices including a Giottos photo blower, a vacuum cleane
  22. Okay folks, a small "what I did before I realised I could get an aftermarket part" update... The transparent section is glude in with Beatties polystyrene cement and Glue 'n' Glaze.It doesn't fit very well but more of that later... I'm making the raised frame around the hatch... you can see my bodged together hatch on the right there. That's thin styrene sheet making the frame (the second try in fact...) Here's the frame or coaming in place, and I'm sanding it down with my home-made sanding devices (plus a nice icom (Japanese) sanding tool), as it has to be bevelled. The in
  23. It seems to be a flying model and they may have "made allowances" for this! Here's some sort of link; https://www.rocketreviews.com/apogee-components-saturn-v-170th--by-tim-doll.html
  24. Okay, after many orbits, I finally restarted this thing... This is the interior painted up as best I could get it. The incised detail on the etch pieces is very shallow and not easy to paint. I used a semi gloss enamel for the darker panels, then when dry painted the detail roughly with satin black acrylic. This was allowed to set a bit then wiped off to leave the black in the etched-in areas. Other details were picked out with a brush. Once dry everything was plastered with Xtracylic matt varnish! The seats are out of the box - although because this was a rebuild of a broken-down ki
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