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AlexN

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    1. CedB

      CedB

      He's alive! Come back soon Alex :D 

    2. bbudde

      bbudde

      Indeed. Hello again.

       

  2. Hello all, I am intending to build the Revell 04478-0389 1/32 kit of the venerable Sud-Aviation SE 3130 Alouette II, but on floats, in civillian livery and markings. The aircraft chosen will be Zulu Kilo Hotel November Whisky (KZ-HNW) registered to Helicopters NZ (HNZ) and has an all-orange airframe with white cabin roof and yellow tail skid. The floats appear in the photo that I have to be white or a very light grey, with dark grey strips. Kit box via Scalemates: The photo of the aircaft can be seen here (via the HelicoptersNZ in the 1970s page from 'Top Birds & Everyfing' on Typepad): Photo copyright Top Birds & Everyfing on Typepad This photo also suggests the basis for a very simple but highly-contrasting diorama. The kit has a relatively large number of parts, (at least compared with the as-yet uncompleted and possibly ill-fated Accursèd Seafire 1/72 kit by Pavla that nearly drove me around the twist in very short order: I have a house brick on standby for that one), even without the bits for the Nord 5210 SS-11 missile system. This kit has been impinging on me off and on for some time now, and this Group Build is the perfect opportunity to do something with it . I have very clear memories from when I were quite small of seeing pictures of Alouette-like helicopters with floats on buzzing about, so I went looking on ye internet, and sure enough, quite a few turned up. The one that leapt out at me was the very attractive (well, to me at any rate) orange, white and yellow HNZ machine. I have read through the instructions (I keep all the kit instructions separate from the kits in my collection - coz I'm weird) and will trundle down to the lockup and attempt to retrieve the kit from the slightly-ordered mound of removalist's boxes that the stored part of my collection lives in, in the next day or so. The floats will be made from fine-celled blue Styrofoam building insulation, which I acquired a few sheets of a while ago for making parts for my flying radio-controlled scale models (last used for cowling scoops for my 1:5 Chippie cowling plug). I still have a lot left. If all goes according to plan I might even be able to float it in the bathtub. So, that's the plan. I also have a Plan B, which involves the Airfix 1/72 Crab Sea King HAR3 helicopter - which needs no introduction to anyone. Another brightly-coloured aircraft, all-yellow this time of course. I'll post again with some snaps once I've dug out the kit. Cheers, Alex. <-- likes the look of the nice grass in that photo above. Being in New Zealand, a sheep probably wouldn't be out of place on the mooted diorama...
  3. Hello Ced, Tony and Tony, Thank you very much for your kind thoughts and words, greatly appreciated. While the cold shakes and deliriums have thankfully passed, I am still not out of the woods yet, the thing (or a secondary) having got into my chest. Still very weak and nowhere near getting back to actual fiddling with the Alouette yet. On occasions I've been viewing various photos in my Alouette II hoard, and noting other differences between kit and the HNZ machine. The most obvious of these is thar the HNZ helicopter has a thrre-bladed tail rotor, whilst the one in the kit is two-bladed - so the moulding putty may be making a reappearance in due course. The 'white roof' in the HNZ photo in my initial post appears, from scrutiny of other photos including one of another(?) HNZ machine, to be, in fact, an internal positionable/retractable sun-blind, not an opaque or over-painted canopy panel. The HNZ front seats are also the canvas sling type, not the Comfy Chairs with Soft Cushions that come with the kit - what a surprise, ha ha ha. Aplogies to the Pythons. A bit. I have fallen way behind where I blithely thought that I would be, which serves me right, I suppose. Cheers, the alex. <-- still in as rude heath as ever
  4. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...I had to stop reading the Hyperscale site cluster and PMMS after unrestrained purchases after reading glowing reviews nearly resulted in divorce. I had better stop reading these too, pronto! It's bad enough when so-and-so or such-and-such start an interesting new model in the main forums! Lovely looking bits, though! And turnbuckles are also very useful for rigging (large) 1:1 boats . Cheers, Alex.
  5. AlexN

    SE.5a Wolseley Viper Profipak (82131) 1:48

    Great review, Mike - great-looking kit! I have an 'old' (for a given value of 'old', it's not as old as me ) Roden kit of the WV-powered SE.5a. I shall have to raid the lock-up and compare (although I suspect aleady that the Roden probably isn't going to be a patch on the Eduard profi). Cheers, Alex.
  6. Hmmm... a bit similar to the RBP glue applicators, except with a loop tip, not (adjustable) prongs as with the RB item. I was going to add a laugh 'like' on your post for the amusing description of your trials and tribulations, so it's probably just as well that I'm out o' abreactions. I am currently quite ill and my brain is working more weirdly as a result ( no sympathy expected, by the way - just an explanation). Looking good, though - nearly done? Cough gurgle wheeze, the alex. <-- this ratbag is as fit as anything
  7. Hello Tony and CC, Thank you for your kind words, and taking the trouble to read and reply to my febrile ravings . Since I had the chill, shivering ague last night, and the recurrence of a long-buried phd-completion nightmare, neither of which I've had for years and years, please forgive me not quoting either of you today . Here's a joke - well, it's not a joke, sadly, it's almost true: Q. What's slower than a 2.4kb modem? A. The 'internet' in the Blue Mountains :E <-- my trade-marked fanged smiley Leaping about like a cane toad on a BBQ plate (best place for the monsters, by the way - once you've run over 'em in yer car and squashed 'em flat as pancakes...but eating 'em is strongly contra-indicated)... I used to have a lovely drink for when I had colds: whisky (lots of it), lemming juice, cayenne pepper and honey, as taught to us by a Scottish lady in New Zealand back in January 1981. Sadly, since the advent of SSRI anti-depressents in my life - in particular the most recent one - I have had to stop drinking alcohol altogether, so that's the end on cough mixtures for me, including Mama Rossi's Patent Gunpowder Solution. Actually, it's not really sadly, since I am no longer perpetually down in the dumps or waiting in terror for the next disaster to fall. I approach the world with a lot more equanimity than I used to, as bizarre (from what I rant on and on about) as it seems... I occasionally missed the Shirazes, single malts and Bombay Sapphire (and much less occasionally, beer), but as time goes on that has faded into ye background. But thank you for your recipes, CC - I shall pass them on to Dr Mrs Alex, who still does have the occasional (EtOH-laced) drink (she stopped at the same time as I did in a determined example of solidarity . Loved the match joke, Tony . Regarding the rear fuselage framework, I had a careful look at the replacement parts under 10x magnification (The Boss bought one from Jaycar one the weekend when she also acquired a set of mini-scales to replace the set that I destroyed in the old Workswamp (read, that the old Workswamp destroyed for me) and the main girder regions are fine: no registration problems at all, and the same with a pair of shorter similar parts. The unfortunate exception is the upper diagonal segment that runs along the top of the side parts - this looks in parts as though it is made from I-beam section on some spots, and C-beam section in others. Walkaround photos on the Alouette-Lama website show these to be circular in cross-section. So - I shall use the kit side parts, and make up the upper piece from plastic rod. Note that the regsitration isn't good on the 'original' top part so also unusable. While recognisably circular (as opposed to the weirdness on the replacement part), the die slippage is far too large to correct and it will should be much quicker and easier to make a new one. Once I'm up and about again, I'll try using a very useful overlay pixel-measuring tool that I have on the iMac to measure up the float dimensions and their relative size to the rest of (or bits of the rest of) the aircraft. Which brings us back to Apple stuff again. Gurgle. Thank you for the heads-up on 'Photos' - it appears to have a few more features than I was willing to give it credit for. I still find Graphic Converter (clever German application) far more useful—except for dealing with the iphone. And speaking of the latter, thank you for the reminder that I can turn off the auto-corrupt in iChoons. I shall experiment very gingerly and with extreme caution. I seem to be out of the things formerly known as 'likes' again, so you will have to put up with virtual ones until I get in a new shipment. Better send out for 'em, he seems well enough. Cheers and wheezes, Cheese and biscuits, the alex. <-- disgustingly healthy PS: hey kids, there's a great new toy that Mike has provided us with, it seems: : ignore:. Now you can yer heads off at me to yer heart's content.
  8. That was overly brave of you, since I may yet pester you around the twist regarding Seafire information, if I ever get my 1945 HMs Indefatigable(?) Seafire (Mk III) mojo (what is this word 'mojo') back... Run out of loiks again. Mañana, as they say in Southwestern Europe... Cheers, the alex.
  9. AlexN

    Dornier Do 18-D *Finished*

    That miniature vice looks suspiciously like the vice that came with my Minicraft (remember them, you Poms?) drill stand. When I'm well enough again, I'll go out to the shed and have a look. Aaargh! A pox on it - I hate being the one who flips the page. My apologies. Anyway, your Dornier is coming on like a hou— oops, not the best analogy to use given recent events... Nice . Gurgle cough wheeze, the alex. <-- fit as a fiddle, curse him!
  10. AlexN

    West Coast Air Twin Otter

    That's a shame. My previous bottle of Maskol met a similar fate, only more so: a congealed blob o' purple rubber. It was such a nice bottle, however, that I extracted The Thing1 with a pair of sturdy pliers and I now use said bottle to hold a small amount of xylene for various solvent purposes. Maybe next time, Chris - if you ever get a new batch... Cheers, Alex. 1 Possibly from the Planet Zog
  11. Oh dear, oh dear, I twitch every time that I see the gent with the groinal tent-pole. Must mean something - probably that there's something wrong wi' me . Nice scratching there too, ahem... And I don't mean pork scratching, either. Gee whiz, those two were almost worthy of Ced. Well, it is the internet, after all. Cheers, Alex.
  12. Oops! Lucky that you'r not in the Southern Hemisphere with its Big Ozone Layer HoleTM (still ), or you would also be in danger of a nice dose o' skin cancer (if you kept it up ha ha and continued to go out without yer titfer - but you would learn sharpish anyway). Nice to have you back, sorry to hear of the 'Montezuma's Revenge' (sort of), too. What now? Cheers, Alex. just whispered in my ear that we forgot all about having a thread(bare) party whilst you was gorn - he specs that everyone was too busy! And just as well.
  13. AlexN

    Sanger Blackburn Iris

    Pop! 'Likes' will follow when they replenish in twleve hours or so... This'll be good . Cheers, Alex. has the out too
  14. Beautiful looking flying boat! A rare wee beastie that kit, by the looks. Nice . Cheers, Alex.
  15. AlexN

    BV222 - she's a big'un!!!!

    Crikey! Big isn't in it! It will be fascinating to watch this one unfold. Cheers, Alex.
  16. AlexN

    Curtiss Racer #3

    Neat work - hat off to you, sir!
  17. A very interesting aeroplane, will be following your build . Great work on the various bits and pieces! Cheers, Alex.
  18. It looks as though the Carpet Monster is diversifying its abilities...
  19. Nothing worse than a crook back . Take it easy - don't do yourself a mischief for our entertainment: it's not worth it! Looking good so far . Cheers, Alex.
  20. Merveilleux et Magnefique, Monsieur .
  21. AlexN

    West Coast Air Twin Otter

    Looking nice already, Chris . Regarding masking the winows, have you considered using a liquid masking agent - e.g., Humbrol's Maskol (Gunze do one too, off the top of my head) - that can be applied with a paint brush (altough not, I suspect, the kit-supplied one ). Any over-painting can be wiped off with a suitable wiper before the masking fluid dries. I'm quite surprised that BMers don't seem to use the ver much, which leaves me scratching my head somewhat. No doubt someone will chime in immediately as to why one should never, never use a liquid mask... Cheers, Alex.
  22. Thank you Jaime and Rob . Well, "bah, humbug", and other expletives. The cold that I have been almost subconsciously aware of fighting off for the last couple of weeks has laid out flat - thus impeding completely derailing any plans for working on the Alouette that I had made. Being somewhat unexpectedly shoved to the front of a stage under a spotlight with a superb group of teenage singers with a recorder in my sweaty paws, having barely memorised the recoder solo for The Beatles' 'Fool on the Hill' (ha ha, funny joke, what?) - and a nonfunctional foldback - contributed. That was on top of a difficult program with lots of exposed cor anglais and 1st oboe solos. The breath control and fingerings for the oboe and the recorder are sufficiently different for the differences to be a problem in performance. That'll teach me to put my hand up - although it probably won't . The recorder, blockflöte or flute-à-bec, is a very difficult instrument to play beautifully - anyone (literally) can get a sound out of the thing, but very few can get a decent sound out of it. I am one of the many, not one of the few, I should hasten to add (although you would have guessed that already). So here am I, wimpering and bleating and trawling for sympafy . Not surprisingly, of course, I won't get it . Before I succumbed to the cold, I found some very useful side-on photos of Alouette IIs on floats on the alouettelama website, which will help in sorting out the float dimensions - once I've got the best of them printed and the micrometer out. Whilst lying in bed feeling sorry for myself, I have been reading through the Alouette instructions again, and looking at the rear fuselage parts through the magnifiers. It's probable that the extra parts frame that contains these bits is on account of the rather warped nature of that prominent rear girder structure. I will have to check that more closely when I'm feeling better. My slightly febrile brain also had one of those unfortunate spasms to which I am prone to far too often: it occurred to me that if I can construct1 one of these from plans: then there is no real reason why I shouldn't be able to make one of these (assembled): from plans drawn up from those two existing tail parts (plus others). Note that this is probably the supplementary parts frame, on closer inspection: no warps, bends or (unwanted) kinks! That would knock a few o' things on the head: the warped frame (redundant, see above), cutting away the reinforcng plates from behind the fuel,tank, and the rather wonky die registration for these parts - which last, to me, is of more concern. In theory, it should be a simple matter of glueing various carefully-cut lenghts of plastic rod together with Plastruct 'Weldene': what could possibly go wrong? At least it should be easier than glueing brass tube and/or rod together with solder ... There are some traps awaiting an unwary alex here: the girder sections are only flat fot the tail; where the girder structure meets the engin/fuel tank cage, the geometry becomes a little mor complex and 'three dimensional. Some ateful measuring of angles and the making of some formers/suporrts for the glueing process at this point would be necessary. Bear in mind that I am unwell, not quite in my right mind, and I may ralise that my febrile ravings are just that - and stay with the kit parts. When I have a closer look at the supplemtary parts frame, I will check the regisration on the tubular sections - that may obviate needing to make a copy from scratch. Although it could be fun... Cheers, Alex. <-- not a wacking great SPIDER 1 Note the rather large amount of accidental un-construction in the rear fuesalge, but this is the best snap wot I got
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