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About albergman

  • Birthday 08/06/1938

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    Scratch builder of car, boat and steam engine models. Enthusiastic sailor and (used to be) windsurfer. Interested in photography, computers and travel.

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  1. Having just commented on the passing of "Codger" I felt moved to mention the passing of another BM member Martin Field who went by the name "Scratchbuilder". He didn't post very often so his name may not be familiar to most of you. I started an email correspondence with him 17 years ago back when I decided to take up scratchbuilding myself after I retired and I met him on another forum. He was "old school" having been a professional model maker for Porsche and VW before computers took his job away and probably contributed to his lasting distaste for computers and devices such as 3D printers. I know that my own casual approach to modelling wherein I never build to a known scale and am cavalier about perfection endeared me to him as he was always "tilting at windmills" and out to "get the b*stards". I think it would be safe to say he was a true English eccentric but I loved the old git! (He was 20 years younger than me). Martin built masters for many modelling companies over the years. He has a collection of fabulous wooden boat models on display in Artie's Restaurant in Virginia USA and built a 1/24th scale Maserati Birdcage brass chassis with working steering and U-joints in the steering column for a collector. At the time of his passing he was almost two years into another masterpiece. He had been contracted to build the masters for a 1/8th scale Vincent Black Shadow for a company and that was to be followed by the Black Lightning and a BSA Gold Star. The master parts for the compete Shadow were finished and many copies of each part have been cast. He documented a lot of the fabrication on a public Facebook page (now closed) and was in the process of assembling one from the parts bin and writing the instruction manual. Hopefully this model will be completed, possibly by his son who had been involved in the build, and made available some day. He was one of the most well versed men I've ever known and was a keen observer of the world around him which was reflected in the dioramas that he sometimes built for a model ... A true renaissance man I'd say. I think of him every day and whenever I've finished handmaking some part for my latest steam engine it flashes through my mind ... have to send a picture to Martin then it hits me again ... he's gone. As I said before, many of you may not know of him but he is a true loss to the modelling world. Frank Smart
  2. Been away from BritModeller for many months and just came back to read this awful news. Always thought of Codger to be from the "head table" at BM and a master of the craft. He only chipped in a few times to comment on my own perverse style of scratch building but even though it was a criticism he was always kind and was usually correct. I was more flattered than put off that someone of his obvious calibre took the time to look and comment on my efforts. A great loss to this forum. Frank
  3. Nick, have you thought about maybe getting a modelling magazine to do an article on your stuff? The engine and wheels could generate a lot of interest. Frank.
  4. These are wonderful and just begging for a nice chromed rim!
  5. HA! I'm so glad you sussed that one. I knew you couldn't have made a mistake. As I said before your own arrangement looks better anyway.
  6. Glad you're OK with me mentioning it. Believe me there are rivet counters out there! Pity though, your arrangement actually looks better and more robust.
  7. As a builder of wire wheels the old fashioned way and someone who doesn't really care how many spokes I end up with far be it from me to critique your results ... they're outstanding! I'm comparing yours to the "real" one you posted and I'm wondering if you have the wiring pattern correct. The "real" one seems to have "clusters" of 4 spokes with more open space between them. No doubt you have the correct number of spokes (I didn't count them) so maybe it's a matter of just realigning them? Frank
  8. You are too clever by half Nick!! Just lovely. My son who has my old filament printer is now intrigued by your results and is starting to stroke his chin and think about resin. He's working on larger production parts (not models) and just can't get the dimensional accuracy he needs. Is there a noticeable shrinkage at all in any of the larger parts ... say the rim diameter?
  9. Seems churlish not to comment on this master class of 3D design and printing capabilities but it gets repetitive saying "Fantastic" every day LOL. Having barely skimmed the surface of Fusion 360 myself I'm very impressed with the skills you've acquired ... and all self taught!! Keep going Nick!
  10. Nick ... I think you should get yourself body-scanned and printed at the same scale to be seen assembling this masterpiece!
  11. Now you're just showing off (LOL) ... but I love it!! Just mind blowing accuracy.
  12. These drawings are so cool that I almost wish I had something to design in Fusion again ... almost! Nice work Nick.
  13. Really enjoying watching you progress in this "hobby" Nick. How exciting to be involved in designing a replacement Ferrari manifold for the real-world. Myself, I'm about to give my filament printer to my son as I haven't printed anything in over a month and he's desperate to start printing stuff. I'm finally assembling my latest steam locomotive that is 95% printed! By far though, the most fun of the whole project was learning and designing with Fusion 360. The whole project has been fun and very satisfying but I can't wait to return to actually fabricating all parts of a model by hand. How old-fashioned eh?? Eternally grateful to you for nudging me into learning Fusion. PS I'll be 83 next week so all you younger modellers can learn it!
  14. Geez Louise ... that is outstanding, realistic weathering! Ever consider doing a tutorial on the topic.
  15. Yes, of course, not suitable for the original poster. I just thought that since the topic was moulds then I would mention that it can be done through a slicer. My son prints them and pours some kind of urethane(?) parts into them.
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