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TheBaron

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  1. Every time on every build that you mention it strikes me that should have been a character in a Tom Waits song. Hope the wee dog heals swiftly Ced. The Master Ironist at work...
  2. It's a lot of work on those side windows Bill but a pleasure to see such damn fine crafting. He's right you know!
  3. Ditto Ced! But it's a good goad to self-improvement I find. You mentioned summat about backdrops? This guy has a nice idea and doesn't look complicated: https://www.diyphotography.net/build-cheap-collapsible-diy-light-box/ Crete looked great: I'm envious. Any time I've stood in classical ruins I get giddy from the vast sense of time and lives involved. As Bill says, do RFI this won't you? Them shiny shiny bits would look lovely outside in the sun!
  4. Glass of porter at 9 quid? Shocking violation of human rights. No wonder tha needed to build an engine to settle the nerves - champion pipework Johnny.
  5. Can't we just? Reckon if I just paint the undersides in alternating stripes of Silver Dope and Night Black then no matter what their views upon the matter, everyone will all be able to say: 'He got that bit right That bit wrong, That bit right That bit wrong, That bit right That bit wrong, That bit right That bit wrong, That bit right That bit wrong, That bit right That bit wrong....' Like wise Chris - there seems an inexhaustible amount to learn about colour (and light!) and I'm conscious of the depths of my own ignorance in so many regards. Have been trying to get my eye in on NB (bearing in mind the biases of the original photochemical film stock) by having a gander at Etienne du Plessis' superb colour archive over on Flickr: Praise from the Maestro. Remind me to wear bright clothing if we ever meet Anthony! A; Possibly! Don't think you'd find one of them red leather jobs in a Mk.1 in 1940 however H - the vendor of said seat handily posted a photo of the frame with the upholstery stripped-off and you can see that it's a non-folding seat from a later (Mk.IX?) passenger variant: What was that underslung tube for? Umbrella? Baguette for the continental routes? No qualms about admitting my paucity of knowledge on contemporary colours for the Anson upholstery: best you can tell even from the manuals is 'something dark'. A brief perusal here: and here: is at least reassuring in pointing out a lack of definitive technical documentation, but with some interesting insights re: brown leather of the period darkening to black quite quickly. Somewhere in a stray neuron I have a half-remembered nuggest that items such as upholstery could frequently be determined by what the sub-contractor had access to at any given period in the production run, though I can't recall whether the source of that was book or documentary. I like you notion of A Study in Brown being a bit more colourful around the interior so got busy with a Burnt Sienna oil wash last evening to turn black to brown: Actually I'll have to file that 'highlighted black under sienna wash' technique away as a good method for approximating abraded brown leather. for prompting the change! Similarly, try popping into Selfridges to buy a bronze eagle in 1939-45. Nary a one to be had for some reason... It's not beyond the possibility that they did Simon. Along with an Aspidistra beside the relief tube for the complete Edwardian experience... Schnitzel-medals all round. Get the right one Johnny. They'll tear you apart on here. Dunno if this of any use Johnny but occasionally find some of the photos appearring here of use working out details: http://www.spitfirespares.com/Hurricane parts for sale.html Some more painting and detailing work has taken place in fits and starts since the weekend. One of those rather intense 'do a bit - go away for a bit - come back and do some more' jobs was to get the side glazing of the cockpit done on both sides: Each side section consists of three separate sections of transparency that needed gluing into place one after the other - hence the need to take breaks so that the glue had time to cure between sections in order to avoid knocking them out of alignement. You can see I played it say by using thin strips of tape to hold them into place, having learned from the Iron Chicken days that using wider strips of tape tends to pull of either the masking, or the part itself away on delicate jobs such as this. I used Gator's Grip thin-blend on this job and remain deeply impressed by its adhesive qualities. Diluting it down even further so that it would (in hendie's inimitable phrase) 'wick' in and around the seams was a godesnd with such large transparent panes. Rear bulkhead leading to the AG position was also wiggled inside the framework and epoxied into place permanently: Then it was the turn of the engines to get their finishing touches. Spiders of fuse wire for the ignition wiring: Trimmed, bent and CA'd into place: After that I then added the supply and return runs for the oil pipes that pass directly into the pump underneath the central down of the engine at the front: On the unexposed port engine this is as much as you'll see in the end: Starboard one however is fully visible: I've left those pipe-runs overlength as one needs to pass down to the oil cooler and the other directly back through the firewall to the oil tank: Plonked-on to the engine-bearers for a quick shufti: Looks Ok so far but out of contentration energies tonight now. Next task will be to attach the exhaust ring to the back of the engine - a fiddly job in terms of keeping alignment and angles correct all the way around so that can wait for fresh eyes and mind. Thanks for looking-in: I hope your respective weeks are going tickety-boo, if n otm outright beezer and pukka. I'd like to leave you tonight with a final flourish from one of Scotland's greatest native savants, Bob Servant: '20 yrs ago a young man said to me “I have no qualifications, poor eyesight + I’m not a people person but if you give me a job then I’ll give you everything I have” I said you start tomorrow. I believe in people. Sacked him 2 days later for gross negligence but point still applies.' Tony.
  6. Fuchs sake the whole thing looks bloody marvellous Pete - that grille particular-like. Is it a hybrid or an EV vehicle?
  7. This is the best start to a Monday morning I've had in yonks. Woke children by braying like Brian Blessed. Thanks Martian. Just. Thanks.
  8. For the playboys amongst us... https://www.machineryzone.eu/used/vehicles-other/13669016/bv206-hagglunds-diesel-refurbished-with-warranty.html
  9. Lovely cockpit and some neat soldering on that exhaust Giorgio.
  10. With a few minor tweaks - behold! The cross-country modelling bench!
  11. Great work and play shots Rob. Look forward to seeing what you get up to with that packet of badges too! I feel sure that the Club Secretary's subsequent letter of complaint to Herr Reichmarshal Goering was brief and somewhat acidic in tone. Possibly asserting that not only did Hitler only have one ball but that it was in all likelihood going to end up in the bunker...
  12. Good point Heather - and I don't know enough about what those distinctions might have been in this instance. But look what I found going through my files for a photo with a serial number close to N9945! N9946! The last one in her batch on the production line. I found this lurking in my folder full of Anson images and no idea where it came from. (my apologies to the original poster for not crediting - happy to do so if you get in touch) This one of course is missing a turret (Sturtivant pegs it as being in an OTU so maybe why?) and I've no date for the photo but certainly no black underside here. Where does that leave me? Same posish of course. Could be black or silver underneath....
  13. I'm no expert either Heather but as there's a beautiful photo in Ray Sturtivant's book of a flight of Ansons over Suez banking away from the camera to show black undersides dated 1939, it's not beyond the bounds of possibility so I'm going to run with black undersides here in this instance. A valuable reminder Heather. Superb piece of personal observation Anthony. In matters of aircraft paint I trust to experts such as Nick Milman who know far more than I can possibly imagine about the standards and processes used over time. Evocative description. There's been plenty of books on camouflage published in the last few years but little tha I can see on the role of colour perception in combat of this kind. If you write that book Anthony I'll happily buy it! I bet you grinned when you saw it! Exactly what I was using earlier Bill! (Though with a smidgeon of Flat Black stirred in for variety's sake) Solid tip Keith: now if I end up with scuffs and fingerprints all over the undersides I can claim it's deliberately messy to look like the real thing! Very! Especially as the lid for XF-71 bears no resemblance at all to what the contents look llike when dried! A long painting session today coming and going from the bench to let things dry. Rather uncharacteristically I was looking forwards to getting stuck into colour work and used a simple process of various dark oil washes and some drybrushing for the highlights where necessary. That yucky raw state with the first oil wash on. I've come to rely on Payne's Grey oils for this stage, cut here with a little Terre Vere to keep a bit of vibrancy to the darkened sections: After doing this I found I also had a rather olive-y colour in the oil tin called 'Sap Green' which might have been nice to try as well but I'll keep that for next time. Being absorbed in this process I dodn't take any 'in-process' shots until near the end. Here's the interior fuselage getting some dry-brushing with Sky Grey after knocking back the darker wash with White Spirit and cotton buds: Steptoe's yard: I wanted to keep the darker washes on the mellow side here as in the past I've tended to make them dramatically over-dark: pleasing in a way perhaps but a bit like turning the contrast up intrusively. I prefer the paler kind of outlining you can see around the door in the the AG's compartment for example: The seat cushions turned our rather nicely in a slighty-distressed-black-leather mode. These were simply painted in a German Grey/Flat Black mixture, followed by a layer of Klear and a whisker or two of Sky Grey dry-brushing: Variations on a theme with the engine-bearer and the bit the bomb-aimer lays on up front: Similar pack drill on the internal framing: Funnels of fun trying to dry-brush inside a complicated frame... A check on the optics of frame and fuselage together: By this stage the concentration was going so time to stop. Having been sprayed with steel yesterday, the exhaust rings had an umber oil wash today: Plus the engine cylinders and rear gubbins on the Cheetah got some of the Grey'black mixture too: That had some Klear and later a Payne's Grey wash but I think I'll come back during the week and add some black wash to really pick out the fine detail on that Engines & Things moulding. Gosh. Where did Sunday go? Thanks for your perseverance and I absolutely appreciate the discussion on colours and processes. You are, as ever, a damn fine bunch of humans. Tony
  14. Err...Yes! In the sense of...No! Three aircraft, 109Sqn, seconded from Boscombe to Wyton is all I got Bill. IIRC BATDU consisted of Ansons & Whitelys during this period but I'm clueless about the identifying letters of individual aircraft, regarding what flight N9945 was in &etc. Don't worry Chris - I'm still catching up iwht myself regarding the reality of actually painting anything... Exactement! And having taken notes from your own work Giorgio.... It is Keith, but as far as Tamiya colours go I went through a number of threads here and elsewhere in which people were happy with this as an RAF approximation too, for reasons I agree with. As a foundation it gives a good basis to apply the necessary blusher and mascara to turn Annie into Kylie! I apologize for the non-bonzer photographs guys. Not my finest owl. Norrmally batch-process them for scale and white point to post in the forum using a script in Photoshop. Unfortunately I have a second script that I use to contrast-stretch images for lectures (where you frequently have a crap projector to fight with) and had applied it here. You'd think I'd bleeding notice. Here's a comparison with the actual on the left and the distorted (as posted previously) on the right: Wash, filter and highlight beckons.... For a true brassmasterclass Terry... I shall seek them out later! Did I read somewhere you had the Flying Scotsman visiting your locale recently? If I ever write an autobiography, that may well be the title! (Glad you've been able t ostay the course.) Dear God Benedikt - where do you find these things? I can't work out is that man eating that thing or is he trying to defend himself as it attacks him! Between thyself and Keith I'll take that as a majority verdict h. I'd be happy to buy from Jamie too Ced (love the look of his colours) but the website says he doesnae deliver to this island... The b******d'd choke to death inside a minute in this Steptoe's yard. (Glad to see you back around btw Ced, I was getting worried not to see your dulcet on the forum recently. ) Right. I'm off to break out the oil paint and turps. Where's me smock?
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