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About clive_t

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  1. Don't know if this is of interest, but I had this delivered to me today: A Malyan M320 FDM printer, cost me just shy of £190. Typically for me, the drum of PLA filament I simultaneously ordered is yet to arrive, so I am yet to try it. Very much a learning vehicle for me. Print region is 150 x 150 x 150 mm, which should suit most of my requirements.
  2. Morning folks, long time no update so to speak, but today I managed to make a start on that little quiet corner I last looked at in April. Mindful of the distinct possibility of another lockdown being imposed, I ventured to a local garden centre last week and bought a few items: The water feature is a solar powered one which unfortunately doesn't have a battery supply, so it only operates when the solar panel is in direct sunlight. No matter, I can live with that. It's quite amusing to watch the birds trying to judge the right time to nick a cheeky drink whilst avoiding getting hit by cascading water! The rocks are 'cotswold stone' in keeping with the rest of the natural stone used in this area, and it's interesting to see the degree to which the older stuff has toned down over the years. Hopefully it won't be too long before it starts to blend in with the rest of the surroundings. Of greater concern is the colour of the water feature, which in truth is meant to represent wood - I suspect a rattle-can of Tamiya 'Deck Tan' or similar might be appropriated in order to make that blend in better! I do need to go back to that garden centre and get some smaller lumps of rock to fill in some of the more obvious gaps. The rest will be in-filled with soil/compost, at which point I should be able to drop in some appropriate vegetation, maybe alpines or some other ground cover types.
  3. Great progress! I have no idea what 'girls und panzer' is, and to be honest I'm too scared to try searching for it Incidentally, on the matter of the towing cable, one of the other videos from that guy who published the Y-T clip linked to above by Mr Knight (thanks very much for that, by the way ), mentions that the towing cable length was 430 feet! In 1:35 scale your replacement wire would need to be 12 feet long - definitely some modellers' licence to be used there!
  4. I can never resist a Grant build, so I'm in! The MiniArt offering looks to be nicely detailed. I recall in the course of my own 'Grant' research a couple of years ago that I had seen a photo on the Imperial War Museum website, of a Grant on a Scammell transporter, albeit not a great view of the tractor unit: There's a better, frontal shot of the tractor (but with a Matilda as its 'client') here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205203558 The Third image of the sequence is a scan of the description of the photo, which makes for interesting reading!
  5. Well done on the recovery sir, I am looking forward to the next instalment
  6. Looking forward to seeing the rigging come together, I definitely don't envy you in your task. Having looked back at the earlier progress pics, I am amazed at the level of detail on the engine. I had troubles enough doing something like this on a recent 'Canuck' conversion, and that was 1:48! In this scale, I'd have zero chance!
  7. Nice to see you back OM, and with a properly quirky subject. I am definitely pulling up a chair for this one!
  8. On the contrary, it looks superb! I have to ask, how did you retain the transparency of the clear plastic, given that you sanded it thinner?
  9. Novice be damned, this is a stellar job! I am very tempted to get one of these now.
  10. Superb work, and a fitting tribute to your folks.
  11. If this is your first crack at a maritime subject, it's not evident at all from the photos! Wonderful work !
  12. So glad this got resurrected from the depths of the forum, otherwise I might have missed it! Superb modelling, I wish I had a display cabinet man enough to hold something this size
  13. Nice work, I didn't know about the removal of the wing bomb racks.
  14. A fantastic result from a very old kit, well done sir!
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