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TheBaron

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  1. You're hip to it Daddio. Originally posted a drawing that would make it more complicated than your elegant solution so withdrew the evidence m'lud... Same for me Bill. Although I have sticks of the low-low temp 70 degree stuff they do, my goto stuff on even small parts is usually: https://eileensemporium.com/index.php?option=com_hikashop&ctrl=product&task=show&cid=953&name=solder-wire-145-deg-pack-5m&Itemid=189&category_pathway=1124 (Just noticed the message on their homepage that no EU orders for now due to Brexit. I should have stocked up...)
  2. Sorry to hear of the low-mojo Mr.P but relishing your output. Can be a hard time of the year mentally in Northern latitudes regarding light levels and weather so hope you're doing ok.
  3. A level of audacious awesomeness has emerged in your work of late Ced - three weeks tops and you'll be fixing the car yourself. - as the result of being kicked by customers....
  4. Ta me old Shockworker of the Brum Kolkhoz. It's a handy old technique innit? Crisp: there's a number of free online video converters such as: https://en.savefrom.net/8/ and https://www.savethevideo.com/ - that will let you paste the url of a particular Ytube video in to their page in order to download it as an mp4 or similar to play with. They change from time-to-time in usefulness (as Ytube alter their coding to keep them out presumably) and one or two will try to sell you software with popups. but it's pretty common sense. Certainly better than paying the tax-cheating-data-abusers who own said portal for the privilege of downloading others work for non-commercial use. Once downloaded, if you don't have an NLE like FinalCut or Premiere on your system, use something like iMovie on the Mac or any free video editor on PC that will let you export single frames. For the panoramas themselves, the more images you use, the more pristine the results. I don't know if that free Photoshop clone GIMP has an equivalent to the 'Photomerge' function if you don't have the former, but there's a number of free panorama stitching programs out there. Just be sure to use one that lets you deal with geometric distortion. Need a good lawyer guv?
  5. Looks like I'm going to have to send somebody some more tea....
  6. Sorry Serge but on the British side there was art critic Brian Sewell - a man who could kill at 50yds just by pronunciation of vowels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF7fJf3xH1A Love that animation - give me Russian and E. European stuff over Disney () anyday.* Been writing reports for the pass three weeks solid on top of usual work so finished off a load of first drafts earlier and decided that I'd earned an afternoon off ('Because you.re worth it / Maybe it's Maybelline' @etc.). Still some work to do in the studio such as backing this laptop up to an external drive so won't get into Fusion until later, however, before doing so just wanted to bang up some of the image-processing I'd gotten done before bed last evening whilst on a roll. Video into panoramas: Original mage source: Navy Wings The original video was somewhat jerky/blurry in places so I did my best to suppress any 'softer' areas with unsharp masking. Bottom two panoramas composed from 7-8 frames. Be aware that in the middle panorama, if you look closely at the uprights running along rib 0 there is an odd apex thing happening halfway along; this is due to way that the footage was shot by someone looking around whilst walking along the length of the bay with the camera not in a fixed orientation: the software obviously had a conniption fit chewing on the geometry in this section, hence the false 'pyramid'. Ideally the camera would have been held at a fixed angle pointing downwards for the whole length of the tracking shot to avoid this, so always be careful of such potentially-erroneous artefacts if using secondhand footage that you haven't shot yourself. Simple procedure to make these though: Select representative frames from section of video, making sure there's a minimum of 30% overlap at edge. Using any reliable panorama stitching program - or even the 'Phototmerge' function in Photoshop - turn into panorama. (You'll need to incorporate geometric (un)distortion as part of this - 'Photomerge' has a function to do this automatically) Unsharp mask results (gently!) and do any final colour correction. With smartphone footage (as I assume the material above was shot on) you're going to have issues with autofocus and the kind of frame distortion caused by wide-angle lenses, but nothing that isn't manageable for modelling references. What I like about this is that whereas walkaround stills - by the nature of lenses - have to focus upon selected smaller areas of the aircraft if you're to view detail at such proximity, this process gives an excellent synoptic view of wider areas so that you can see the overall relationship between such details, such as in the engine bay above where you can follow the continuity of features all the way from intake to exhaust tunnel. Cognitively-speaking, whereas the original footage of the top two panoramas was shot by somebody standing on the aircraft looking down, the final result of this image is to produce a kind of drone's-eye view equivalent to being about 3 times higher up than this, yet one which preserves all of the original detail in the individual frames. No way a single image can produce that at the original height without mega-levels of fish-eye distortion. There is of course some residual distortion in these so not to be relied upon in orthographic terms, but a useful additional method of drawing additional value from video references for modelling purposes. (I've cut the panoramas posted here down to a fifth of their actual size as the original images they draw upon aren't mine to disseminate as my own work.) Right. System down for a few hours for backup. Tony *that's not a coded message for 'I'm a sleeper agent' btw Serge....
  7. That's a really vibrant looking piece of cpckpitry CC - superb!
  8. Sorry to be off the pace in following your work of late Ced but my goodness what a pleasant catchup - some truly lovely developments. Your brassworking looks excellent my friend - no advice to add save to say that once you develop a 'feel' for the metal it will suggest what it needs you to do in any given situation. Glad you're enjoying it and getting such excellent results!
  9. I kind of feel like I'm on a Ced-thread on here these days, such is the rapidity with which you're ticking off the jobs Alan! That undercarriage and those cartridge thingies are superb enhancements. It does indeed appear to have been remarkably under-documented; even the normally fertile IWM archive is fallow ground for sources. Bloody trolls.
  10. Looks challenging in places G but your patient methodology will overcome these temporary obstacles. Was going to ask would adding shim affect the circular profile of the nose forward of the cockpit but from your photo I'm seeing it's only that angled gap just in front of the windshield that needs it?
  11. Looks like some kind of votive shrine to the God of Small Things. Beautiful work Ian.
  12. Don't forget Ced, aka: 'Thundertool', 'A View to a Drill'
  13. I believe that it's actually an infringement of several Dorset bye-laws not to Terry. I wouldn't want to see a good man go to the assizes..... I'm still not en-tirely convinced that you're really an art historian Serge. If only Tolkein had written that as a first chapter we'd have been spared Beardie Jackson's endless blasted Hobbit-porn.... Update: That video above is a real gold mine for engine and bay detailing: Image credit: Navy Wings Never underestimate the usefulness of a good video for modelling references - not just in terms of watching the actual thing moving (in order to form a mental picture of how it occupies space) but also that panning and tracking shots can be a useful source of mosaics and panoramas if you extract individual frames at intervals. It's complicated of course by the likes of smartphones usually having wide-angle lenses so that the distortion can be horrible ( as well as image quality from Youtube being nastily compressed) but as long as you're aware of this and don't mind the crudity of the overlaps, it again is a good source of mental orientation to the subject in hand. Sequential images are a great source of fixing connected areas of detail for modelling in contrast with the way that moving images replace each other - a bit like the difference between the way that film and comics constructive narratives differently. If you can spare the time Scott McCloud talks brilliantly about comics in a similar vein:
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