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TheBaron last won the day on July 10 2018

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  1. Utterly. And completely.
  2. TheBaron

    Listening to the Solstice

    They're the original prototype for 'Beats by Dre' headphones: 'Syncopation Anunciators by Dr. Andrew Young, FRS.' Just keeping the seat warm for you old boy! (Until you're able to rejoin the throng.) Sincerely hope that 'busy' means 'fulfilling busy' so that there is a plus somewhere to being denied your company Crisp. A Stormbringer perhaps! Thanks on all counts Chris. Cockpit fitting continues and in the wake of @galgos's kind donation of those superb seating closeups, metal was cut: I used the original PE back as a template for the seat back, scanned it into the Silhouette drafting software in order to extend and reshape it to match Max's photos. I then cut the shapes in Washi maks and transferred these to some thinn sheet for cutting with nail scissors. These parts are for the pilot's and radio-op's seats (which are broadly similar). 'The Waiting Room': With bases added: The driver's is the one with the hole in the base, whereas the wirelessman has a door in the base of his. I know not the purpose of those details. The all-important 'are they to scale with the other bits' shot: Next tasks are the padded podium for the nav, plus folding 2nd pilot's seat and the fold-down one that sits athwart the rear wing spar to starboard. Hopefully I can continue in the current mode of grabbing 20 mins here and there during the week. Roast beef dinner later with homemade horseradish sauce and half an acre of roast spuds. I miss Lovejoy or Bergerac not being on Sunday nights..... Tony
  3. TheBaron

    Big ideas about a big wing

    Why do I find that sunshade so engaging? A human detail amidst the machinery perhaps.... Sorry to hear about the rib John but glad you're on the mend.
  4. Thoroughly enjoyed the latest article in 'H: See Too - the Airhendie inflight magazine' mon ami. Anything I have to say here about Wessexery is going to be a case of transporting nutty slack to Newcastle, however is: answered by Steve Lynes' splendid image here? https://www.flickr.com/photos/lynothehammer/45721226061/ I find this: - a deeply satisfying view, showing - as it does - that simultaneously raised and inset detail on the filler cap. The accumulation of such detail here is never less than compelling, to the weird point of regretting that paint has to cover it.... Just turning the page I notice an ad for 'Eau-veralls - une fragrance de mechaniques.'
  5. Left breathless as usual after catching-up with your updates CC! Nice to see the Hurri still coming along so well and my, what a big stack of decals you have!
  6. TheBaron

    Listening to the Solstice

    I believe there is more than one Sunderland under Lough Derg CC! Could be memory playing tricks but I'll swear to reading somewhere that more than one was lost from moorings during a wartime storm. I am thinking of calling mine 'The Martian' in honour of our dear tentacled colleague!
  7. TheBaron

    Listening to the Solstice

    Thanks for the Roth tip btw Ian! With the passage of time I'll still occasionally take a meander down Metal Avenue, though these days more likely to need something more soothing and langorous in the line of Jocelyn Pook, though M.I.A. helps when you need to scream to something when stuck in traffic on the evening commute.... Dziękuję. Mr. G! (Sorry to hear of Pawel Adamowicz's death over in Gdansk btw. These are brutal times in public life.) On our current mutual pace, that should see us both comfortably through to the next decade hendie! After that it's contemplating downloading of consciousness into a ceramic exoskeleton (that will hopefully come with a soldering iron attachment...) - and beautifully salvaged! Fully understand those instincts Mr. H. - I have not been entirely discontent myself with having to build so much framework in this instance! There is an undeniable pleasure to forming such structures. The spider living in the cockpit appears quite grateful for the shelter however Pete! I must take a pic to send into Springwatch in a few months! Now go and sit on the naughty step and have a good long think about what you've done... Wotch James! Thanks for that - she is a deserving case after all, I can't believe the the General is going to notic- Cripes! If that batman breaks wind he could deafen himself.... Surely a member of the office class warrants a soldering valet to handle such common tasks. I've had some candidates line up outside your field-tent. Chap on the right. Is that a soldering iron in his breeches or... ....or not. Mon General: if a klutz like me can learn to melt metal all over bits o' brass, I'm damn sure anyone can. Thanks Ced. You too geezer. Slept heavily last night, woke refreshed, and yet for some reason the old electric jelly ain't sparking as furioso as usual. Hence a limited buffet today (lest inattention cause some foolish error) and plenty of household tasks anyway requiring doing... Started by thinning out the nose of the bird in order to accept the cockpit and nose part of the framing: I took this shot backlighted so that you could see just how thin the walls are in places at top and bottom. There's some deformation on the outer side in those places but not really a concenr as the nose is going to be reshaped at the front and in all likellihood had a metal foil carapace to boot. In terms of routing-out such fuselage walls I've come to swear by a combination of these two in the Dremel: The cylindrical birr being perfect for getting square corners where needed, the small sanding drum ditto on internal concavities. Both have equal utility simply thinning out flat areas as well. A few minutes back-and-forth on either side and front-most framing plus the PE IP now fit inside: Even if you didn't have to thin these down for internal framing, the PE IP would probably require this to be done. The righthand side of that Ip I've since hacked off as it's not shown in either maintenance manual or reference shots in flight, (so I presume this may have been a removable element for dual instruction, along with the removable 2nd control collumn?). That little flap on the lower IP is of course the compass shelf. The PE lacks sufficient dimension for this so brass tube of course: That is iir, 1.4mm inside 1.6mm. There is a nice little inlay and some film from the PE that I will though use on top of that later once painted. Making the compass enabled me to call the most recent member to the bench: @hendie (who else?) has reccomended something similar and seeing this on offer for v. low spondoolicks tipped the scale, largely because I'd fallen out of love with the little K&S tube cutter due to it leaving a bevelled edge on cuts. One hint if you're working with much smaller tube of the kind I use for 1/72 is to unscrew the top handle part and put it in upside-down as you can see it is here in the photos. When the tool arrives it is in the other way round, which is fine for gfripping larger tubing say 3mm or above, but by reversing it as I've done lets you lock thinner diameter tubing like this firmly into place for cutting. Easy-enough modification. Off now to go make Enchiladas and sit down with the family in front of a fire to watch films for the rest of the day. Recently got hold of a copy of the Russian 2017 film 'Salyut 7' that looks rather igood. After the gormless banality of 'First Man' I'm itching to see a decent space film again... Hope you have a lovely Saturday chums and thanks for all you kind comments as ever. Tony
  8. TheBaron

    Listening to the Solstice

    Thanks Simon! The stars do seem to be aligning in that direction, don't they? and Scorpions, Michael Schenker Group, Judas Priest, AC/DC Blue Oyster Cult et al. ...followed by raves in the 90s. Oh! How we used to laugh back then musing on how deaf we'd be one day on account of it all! All together now to the tune of Flashdance: 'What a feline! Doodoodoodoo-doodoooo....' You are - as ever - too kind P. It's a tribute I guess to the original designers of the kit that well into the following century it still has ardent fans, despite more recent mouldings being available. You can't underestimate the role of nostalgia of course, in re-making something that your 10-year old self built. You....you're not a Timelord - are you? I do hope you get a chance to settle in to the sanctity of your worksbench again soon! I've two words for you. 'Nut Cups' Always knew those aircrew had cojones, but was unaware til now of cabin equipment to support this idea.... Thank-you Martian. Apparently people sending bottles of Plymouth Gin to you through the post is an old folk-cure. I read that somewhere.....probably. Большое спасибо Nikolay. When he sits on the window-sill at night and suddenly moves, it's like the darkness comes to life! Thank-you on both counts Roger! As a teenager I asked my grandad (from whom this as well as a dodgy back are genetic gifts) what it was like going deaf Bill. His answer (through the ever-present cloud of Benson & Hedges smoke)? 'Peace at last...' The BÄRÖNSÄ three-piece will be available at a metaball-hangar near you this Spring! (Nut Cups sold separately.) Help! I'm trapped in an episode of 'The Men from the Ministry'! Had the first pic already but that second one is a zinger Max - But what about when the catwalk supervisor shouts out: '...and turn and flounce. No darling, that's a mince not a flounce.....' So grim. Sorry to hear that. Loss of sight is beyond contemplation for me. I had to laugh at that revelation Simon. I similarly worked in theatre sound up to the mid-90s to pay the bills and on more than one occasion freaked out a director by saying - after the opening night of course - 'I'm sorry, that's not my good ear, let me just turn my head.' when being told of changes he wanted... 'You 'um it and I'll play the bongos along...' Blimey Ced. Can you pick up Air Traffic Control as well? I'd like something similarly discrete to tuck into the lugs but some of the prices (in this neck of the woods at least) are positively ruinous. I fear I shall have to go for the cheaper executive model: Most embarassing on the bus when it's 'Carmina Burana' playing.... 'Never read on a tightrope' is the moral here... Yes. You suddenly buying a shedload of brass and taking up soldering! I've acquired a not inconsiderable library of photos at this stage now Daddy M - give me a shout if you want same and happy to bung them upon on Dropbox for you to feast upon. Only had time to garnish bits here and there over the latter half of the week as work gets into full swing again, but pleased to say that positive progress had been made. The sky has proven incredibly distracting over the week however with the changing weather fronts over the isles. Much variety and definition in clouds, from these rolls last evening: - to what appearred to be the onset of the Apolcalypse at dusk on Wednesday: Whilst the Winter dieback of vegetation in the garden revealed The Lost Sunderland: This was the first thing I ever had the temerity to post on the forum back at the start of 2016 and is so staggeringly badly-made and painted (not having modelled since about 1981) that it quickly became a test-bed for natural weathering outside. Three winters later and I'm wondering whether it might at some stage be fun to strip and disassemble the thing for a rebuild and brass-fest. To topics of immediate interest then. I can't remember exactly at what point but late one night, after a not-insignificant struggle with angles and alignments, I menaged to get the nav's desk soldered into position: Like all such apparently simple tasks, only upon commencement does you realize it is going to take more patience than anticipated in order to avoid buckling the framework: Looks decent enough through the windows though: Latterly then, a similar struggle commenced with the radio-op's station. Queensbury rules and a cool iron: Seems to all tuck inside nicely: But not until both sides were on did the pulse settle: Proper busy now! With the extra info provided by Max I've still a rake of work to do on getting the seating sorted, plus the pilot's part of the cockpit to build, which should be fun. Also to be attended to up at the other end of the frame is to work out something to bung on top of the turrent ring: I've the Aeroclub transparencies to take care of the AW glazing, and have been researching details about the gun mounting and associated mounting inside. I've stripped the web of all available photos of the AW turret but still had problems trying to visually-integrate the internal structure until - as frequently happens - I realized there was probably something contemporary up on the Flight magazine archive. Sure enough, from January 23rd, 1936: https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1936/1936 - 0205.html?search=Aw turret That's obviously the tail installation for an AW XXIII aircraft, but the actual gun/seat mounting details are the same for the Anson so this helps enormously with undertstanding what various photos of Annie's turret show. BTW. I love some of the more 'domestic' details that Flight sometimes has scattered across its pages, witness the lower right of the above: 'Mr. R. Lestrange Malone, Airwork's European sales manager, is to tour the Continent for about two months in a D.H. Hornet Moth, for contract and administration purposes.' I'm in the wrong job! Tony
  9. Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
  10. That bluey-greeny tint is so idiosyncratic on an aircraft isn't it? One begins to suspect that deep within the bowels of the Soviet aviation ministry, a covert Psy-Ops unit was subverting specifications: 'We'll issue instructions to paint the interiors 'peppermint', that will surely sow confusion in the aircrew by inducing profound and disturbing longings for matching curtains on the windows...' Nearly neglected to pass admiring comments on the work so far Johnny, but you know me feelings about the quality of your work already!
  11. TheBaron

    Back to the Mountains of Madness

    As the other boys have quite ungraciously used up all of the available stock of superlatives Bill, I'm merely left with a heartfelt WoW as a response to those last few updates. Patient problem solving with those engine alignments and - something I don't usually say to other men - you have excellently dirtied your skis. Surely only a mater of time before an honorary doctorate from Miskatonic University is in your clutches for distinction in the field of 'uncanny aviation'....
  12. TheBaron

    CA-27 Avon Sabre Mk.30

    Good luck with this Stuart. Look forward to watching this develop!
  13. Delicious delineation Giorgio. You know my feelings about your paintworking. Peerless and distinctive!
  14. I couldn't help noticing that some of the plaster was missing off the walls in the background CC - are those dogs literally eating you out of house and home!