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About alancmlaird

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  1. Maybe you should leave it for a bit. Sleep on it. Try again at the end of the month. Maybe.
  2. Club motto...."Tempus est iam consules mora exacerbaverant" (The time for procrastination is now)
  3. Could you start with a Jupiter from Airfix's Bristol Buldog and scratch additional detail? I used to use it on so many other conversions way back, and I remember it as pretty good? The kits can be bought easily and pretty reasonably from ebay.
  4. I built this kit when it came out at first (1965 or thereabouts). It was a kit I desperately wanting because of the Mossie's regular features in comics like Eagle, Lion and Valiant, and those little war comic like Commando etc (I was adicted to them!). I thought it was brilliant, but to this day I can still remember being annoyed at the wonky wheels. I''ve just finished Airfix's original Dak, which someone referred to as a 'nostalgia' build. Must follow it up with an Airfix Mosquito, and this time get the wheels straight!
  5. 'Mazin how a bit of rain increases modelling productivity. I broke my usual rule and was (carefully) painting some bits while other areas were still drying. Usually this can guarantee I will touch wet paint somewhere in the process, but I got away with this time. Sharp-eyed members will notice the use of new Dak decals on old Dak kit. These decals are lovely, perhaps a bit thick and need plenty of MicroSet and MicroSol to ensure sticktion. the port fuselage registration even has a cut-out for the door hinge. Might apply an over-all matt varnish though. The paintwork is showing 'tide' marks from the decal applications and a few handling scuffs and stains. So, perfectly acceptable result - from a 40 year old kit! Is it worth trying to bring it up to today's standard? No, that wasn't the point. ~It was a liberating experience though, not really bothering how well or not the build turned out, as the alternative was putting both unbuilt kits in the bin. I really intended to be building both old Daks simultaneously, but this first one took wings (!) and it got finished way ahead of the other one. (Even sharper-eyed members will note that the rear-most window should be the same size as the others. That can wait till I know it can be successfully accomplished on the other Dak!) I'll turn to the second one now. I know I should be simply building it using the alternative Dan-Air markings that I have from the new Airfix kit's decals (I might yet), but I fancy something a bit more adventurous - aided and abetted by Mr Scimitar.
  6. Me neither. now we'll see how accurate my diagonals are.
  7. You are right Aidrian! Hence the longer lever moment, and I'd have to use thicker stretched sprue for the rod but Airfix have still got it wrong with the solid triangle. And just noticed I've forgotten the inteplane wires intersection linking rods!
  8. Rigging completed! These Tiger Moth kits are, or at least feel, extremely fragile. Glad to be past the handling stage. Assembling the wings and struts - torture! Rigging, because of the fragile feeling - heart-stopping! Totally immersing and enjoyable though. I want to build more! I'll probably spot bits I've missed later, but finished...for now. Add maybe some under-fuselage detail. Disappointed I didn't check, but the aileron control cable under the lower wings are moulded triangles of solid plastic, these of course should be simple horn-levers and a cable. I eventually had to lighten the Humbrol green with a little white and yellow - the decals on the top wing look lighter because of the reflecting silver underneath. the fuselage registration looks darker even though it is on white background.
  9. Port window had to be filled in on my chosen subject, starboard window needs to be enlarged to same size as others. (Note cargo door fit.....will be mostly left alone as a warning from history!). This shows the danger of starting to assemble a kit before you have clear idea of the final subject. Doh! First boxing shows original window configuration, though still has too many windows on the port side!
  10. Arghhh! I've built many biplanes over the years, and usually did the interplane struts first. Until now! On advice from a fellow-member, I found it much easier on my current 'pair of trainers' Tiger Moth build, to do the centre-section struts first. But with one caveat - always give the lower wing a little 'tweek' to increase the dihedral by a degree or so, so that when the interplane struts go on, they are slighty in compression, rather than in tension, or they might tend to spring loose when handling during the inevitable rigging process. As phoenix says, letting the glue set for a couple of days whichever method is used, is vital - 'patience, Grasshopper'.
  11. Its just the stock original mouldings from first release, plus an extra sprue of machine guns to be positioned to project out the open port-side rear windows. plus presumably decals of course. In the spirit of IKEA flat-packs, I'll do a pic of the bits i've got left over at the end. if i remember! As I mentioned, the fit of the freight doors is pretty bad, an the moulding for the passenger door surround is especially so, so makes me wonder if some sort of modification was made here to replicate the Gunship subject. I don't remember it being that bad when I built my first one - but then it was 45 or so years ago! Edit.... Ah. Just discovered the Gunship version has modified rearmost windows!
  12. Rivets not as bad as i remembered from other kits of the era - e.g. Heron, or Revel's original Condor! Military, or something more stylish? Sort of both ,....I'll use up some spare decals i was given. Waste not, want not, what?
  13. Thanks for the offer, Andre, but my friend (Scmitar) gave me a set from the new Airfix Dak, so I think that would be a suitably ironic use to smarten up their old one!
  14. Thanks Graham. The control surfaces will be glued in place - though i also loved them to move too, wen i were 't' lad. It looks as though the undercart is designed to retract too! I remember the excitement on buying the Airfix Anson (my ENTIRE pocket money at 1/9d) to discover the wheels went up.
  15. Delving deeper into my historic stash, this emerged..... ....while waiting for Airfix's new Dakota to arrive, maybe even in time to participate in the recently finished Group build (it didn't) Airfix's new C-47 is soooo good, surely these 40 year olds (two kits in the one box) are pretty much retired? Hmm.....wonder if all the bits are there, I'll just....... ....and..... .....with a bit more filler here...... .....and there..... I mentioned finding these kits a few weeks ago on BM, and got a 50% encouragement to finish the old moulding (the other 50% reckoned they were a waste of glue). The general shapes seem accurate, the fuselage and wing joins were horrendous, the fit of the cargo doors made me wonder if they were intended for this kit, and the windscreen had draughty gaps top and bottom. One kit had a badly distorted fuselage, the other had a fin like 'Free Willie' the captive whale. a kettle of hot water sorted those out, while the dihedral seemed about right. Lots of rivets - but reasonably restrained. Did I mention they came with no plans or decals in evidence? Oh well, here goes. No pressure. The price on the box says 52p. Those were the days!
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