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TheBaron last won the day on July 10

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About TheBaron

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  • Birthday 29/03/1965

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    Oddity, perversity, disparity.

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  1. That's looking most impressive in that verdant livery now Giorgio.
  2. I'm sorry Rob but the bald facts of the matter are quite different: Just don't go rubbing it on your undercarriage...
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    Revell B-17G Flying Fortress.

    A colourful harlequin. Love that scheme!
  4. Good to see you working off those Canadian pancakes with some dedicated labour Terry! Splendid shape-working.
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    Avro 504K, 1/32, Scratchbuild

    Can't beat a nice bit of brass for sharpening up your doings.
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    Albatross, Get Your Albatross Here!

    Who can fail to love an aircraft that appears to be contemplating the sky with a cockpit that looks like googly eyes and a raised eyebrow...
  7. Sorry for being late. Got the duffel coat caught in the turnstile on the way in... I know nothing about these slick beasts so curious about that open flap under the word 'Navy' in the photo above.
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    Lysander - Eduard 1/48

    Your jib. I have been admiring the cut of it. Those last few pages remind us what an *apparently* simple proposition the Lizzie really is Ced - until (as hendie says) you look closely at how all those bits intersect in space. Liking what you have done here.
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    Listening to the Solstice

    Whilst commiserating on the indulgence front Ced, it does of course mean that we get to relish your company for many decades to come - or indeed forever, should cybernetics allow us to live an infinitely-prolonged existence housed in a jar: No wonder Richard N. looks p-ed off. 'There will be no white pudding in the Whitehouse!' I would have been the one in the platoon banned from carrying the bag of grenades... Glad that you're enjoying progress here Mr. P. Thanks Roger. I have to say that I'm mightily impressed by how that fine version of Milliput performs - it's like a rather dense porcelain and take a sand/polish beautifully. Well now, I'm most grateful that you remembered them Bill as those are superb shots! That really helps with visualizing in three-dimensions that internal maze of parts behind the engine. Aside from those prominent oil tanks, the big task is going to be deciding what to build of that mechanical Book of Kells, in terms of pipework etc. and what to leave out. At least Mr. Parkins has provided me with some excellent etch to render those big horseshoe shaped cooling vanes sticking out to starboard at the bottom: I must look up what they actually are so that I can feign a wholly spurious Solomon-like knowledge of their engineering function... On top of everything else that's going-on I just got back into reading Tony Judt's massive and enthralling: ...and astonished at the sheer level of my ignorance about even the recent past. A few folk in Westminster could use reading it too it seems to me. No names, no pack drill &etc.
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    Listening to the Solstice

    That should be there now Terry. That blasted autoposting interrupted the updating...
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    Listening to the Solstice

    Flat-earthers lie! Watched it with my youngest too Steve. He promptly dissasembled and started cleaning out the computer in the living room afterwards that we use as a media centre to play films, so still trying to gauge his reaction really. Teenagers are such complex things.... Recent conversation my wife had with him: Mrs B (for it is she) : 'What's that box sticking out from under your bed?' Baron Minor: 'Oh, that's just my nail gun.' Mrs B (with alarm): 'Your what?!' Baron Minor: 'My nail-gun. I got it from Granny's house' Mrs B (terse): 'What have you got it for?' Baron Minor: 'Emergencies.' Should have finished with these photos yesterday but forgot: Whilst the Milliput was hardening last evening I set-to building the flaps themselves. This time around I brazed the brass (bless you Miggers for that tip) so that the smaller sections would be easier to bend. I had to unbend, file, and re-bend a couple of times but in the end they fit snugly inside their respective trays: Here's the wings then after sanding down the Milliput flush with the camber: Flush did I say? Lighting angles are everything aren't they when you turn the surface almost parallel to the incoming light: Not bad for a first pass but still too much in the way of undulation in places. For those smaller areas needing further attention I switched to Humbrol filler. I like the way it cooks-off quicklyon small regions, allowing you to sand and add as required, plus as long as you offer it a nice rough surface to key against it stays put: I certainly think that will do duty for a flat plywood wing now: Let's bung them onto the fuselage to check the visuals: At long last I've grown out of the ghastly habit of slathering primer over surfaces to check them for smoothness (what I like to refer to as the 'Brian Ferry in a Cashmere Sweater Sipping a Pink Gin Whilst Stroking a Leopard' index) and find the use of strong oblique light a real friend to the judgemental eye: The nethers? Need to muck out the flap trays as you can see but otherwise those wing surfaces can now be considered ready for the next stage: Such a pretty aircraft: I haven't addressed the nacelles and cowls yet but there are two issues I need to come back to with regard to these, namely the ribbing being a little pronounced in places and their apexes at the rear (top & bottom) should reach a sharper point than that given on the moulding. Autumn equinoxe today of course and classic Keatsian sun and russet out the back garden this morning: The storms during the week brought down a lot of the apples and pears so a sudden influx of fruit pies and crumbles is liable to cause acquaintances to question whether Count von Zeppelin is my personal trainer.... Have a lovely Sunday all of you and catch you during the week. Tony
  12. I think we all suspected as much. We shall now have to call you 'Saint Francis of CC'! Oh no. Tamiya white strikes again....
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    Listening to the Solstice

    Brilliant. Hopefully this will be a slightly more modest undetaking Pete, though if somebody brings out a 1/24 Anson all hell could break loose..... It's awful I know: so many people revere him yet he leave me cold. Saccheverel Sitwell, now there was a writer. That nobody else I know has ever heard of these days. Part of that ghastly gang of uber-snobs Osbert and Edith, yet his: is like spending an afternoon on acid going around the Tate Gallery and British Museum whilst eating a large bag of sherbert. I would imagine. The wife of a friend of mine is from some small town there that is unfeasibly far from everywhere. My friend says that everywhere you go in the area there are doughnuts. It's filled-in all my fingerprints so currently unable to open the biometric lock on my phone as a result.... Not at all Crisp. Just deep and vivid reminiscence. I was halfway through my 'A'-Levels at the time and we were ushered in to the assembly hall to watch you all leaving Portsmouth on the lunchtime news. There's some wonderful material on Mr. Martin in Rob Young's superb survey: The Milliput seems to have worked for the nicely for the broad regions Roger, and just done a second pass with Humbrol filler on any blemishes. I'll post some more pics tomorrow if I get a chance to do some sanding. I watched that new Spitfire documentary earlier: astoundingly beautifully filmed but weakly-scripted and edited. Pity.
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    Listening to the Solstice

    Cool. Speaking of which Cc: will it have a bottle rack in it for the necessaries? That man seems to own a beer mine. I had no idea.... I hope that you're a patient man Chris. Thanks Giorgio - I was getting withdrawl symptoms! Glad you're back safe Terry and hope it was a good break. Wimbledon? It would have been just over a decade later and just down the A3 from you that I used to frequent 'Hook Cycles & Radio' down at the Hook roundabout past Tolworth. Not that he ever stocked bikes. Or indeed radios. Only models. Lots of lovely models from Britain's soldiers to big and unfeasibly (for a 13-year old out of his mind on sugary Slush Puppies) affordable aircraft. The owner used to look at us youngsters in that benevolent way that psychopaths have of surveying a crowd of people at the full moon.... Ta hendie. Next payday I need to add to the brass stocks though with a bigger range of thicknesses. I doubt I'll be really satisfied until there's enough in the house to outfit a life-size tramp steamer. You can bet that I'm planning on it Johnny. Worst part of it at the moment is having to spend Sunday mornings prepping for the week ahead, but at least there is Mexican and Middle Eastern food to salavage the moment. Thanks Ced. The mink of human kindness. I must admit to being similarly inclined Keith. The box art on plastic sheets was just never that enticing compared to the drama of Airfix's. Only so many ways to make a white square look attactive to callow youth. After a bit of a restorative lay-in this morning I was anxious to see how the flap trays had glued (I'm one of those unfortunate people who always imagine that the glued parts have shifted tectonically overnight, no matter how tightly you've clamped and taped them): Thus reassurred I filed down any proud edges on the brass to bring them flush with the wings surfaces. I had made a classic error when measuring the new flaps in not allowing for the extra thickness of the brass sheet (compared to that of the original etch parts) which resulted in the inboard edge of the flap trays being about 0.5mm too proud and stopping the wings mating flush with the fuselage. These were filed down to correct this. Due to the extra length of the flaps there is also an new recess on the upper surface of the wings to take care of: You're probably wondering about the tape along the leading edge and masking over the fuel tanks at this stage of things. Those areas are fine but in dealing with the fictitious rib detailing of the wings I'd decided to use Milliput to level-out the troughs, as it were: As you can see my fetish regarding the fine-blend Milliput continues unabated. Airfix rather thoughfully moulded the trough regions with a nice texture that provides excellent microsurfaces for keying the filler: Looks a bit like well-weathered winter camouflage I'll grant you but this is just the first step. Of course the Milliput (like any sticky paste) has a proclivity to slide around on flat surfaces making it tricky to spread it out. The easiest way I found to counter this tendency in the material was to press and smear it out across the surface with a thumb, brush it with water and then gently draw a scalpel across the surface to shave/smear it flatter. The ribs make a useful height gauge also when they start to show through. You can see the new flap recess filled at this stage as well. No point trying to get that nice and flat all in one go so a pukka SIHRSC/W&D session at a later stage to remove the lumps. Hoping for a weekend that feels like this: Tony