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  1. Looking poised and ready for colour Steve. Have yourself a great time in Canada and safe travels.
  2. Cor! That shot just ooooozes velocity Pete. I always liked the bold schemes Angus McKie used on his spacecraft, like this yellow demon here: Not sure if this kind of thing steps away from the look you're after though.
  3. Love the way this had gone from OOB to - in a single page! And who cares when we get to watch work this good! A most pleasant subject Ian.
  4. Just caught up with your progress on the racks and undercarriage Ian and it all looks magnificent. You must feel mightily pleased at how rich the underside of that aircraft looks now with all your additions, compared to how it was fresh out of the box. Great to see this particular aircraft getting such detailed attention.
  5. Good evening! Currently reading Robert Massie's Dreadnought: a surprisingly hilarious account of Anglo-German relations in the late 19th/early 20th centuries: ''He is lively, quick and sharp when his mind is set on anything, which is seldom...But usually his intellect is of no more use than a pistol packed in the bottom of a trunk if one were attacked in the robber-infested Apennines.' (Prince Albert on his son, the Prince of Wales) and: 'He may be able to govern the country...but he is quite unfit to be left in charge of children.' (Lady Salisbury dissing his nibs the Lord Salisbury) Plus ça change, et cetera....... I shall quite often be doing this from now on too Adrian on the strength of results here. About as good a definition of 'finished' as you're ever going to find I reckon! Recipe: 1 part instinct to 1 part anxiety, dilute with hope. I had no idea what 'wirelocking' was Alan and after looking it up now know that there's such a thing as 'swaging' as well. Definitely feeling more manly these days.... Hi Phil: yes, given it's going to be a tail-sitter I've drilled out the wheels so that I can use some metal rod to fix the aircraft securely onto a ground plane. I don't know about taking it to shows though - normally I lose interest in a subject when it's finished as to me each one is a kind of three-dimensional detective story that once solved, immediately loses its allure... (heresy I know!) One cannot fight one's essential nature Ced. You're too kind as always Steve: to the untrained eye my analytical approach only appears to resemble Sid James trying to discover the correct ingredients for an Aberdeen Angus.... Showed that to Mrs B. Puzzled frown: 'Who's he talking about?' I do indeed: in fact I took that to heart Pete and spent part of today doing exactly that: Closer shots to follow.... Generous of you as always Ian. As mentioned above, a final 'accent' pass on the PX-7 colouration of the wingfolds, starting with the outer wing sections along rib 5: As previously, Red X7 diluted with Galeria satin and mixed to varying hues with tempera reds, applied to highlight particular structural elements: I nearly forgot to attach the remaining photoetch to the wingfold mechanisms along rib 4: The trapezoid lattice (1) being the latch pin mechanism that connects front and mid latch pin levers, with the smaller axe-like piece (2) being a supporting strut for the rear latch pin lever: Before adding the etch I highlighted the locking pins using a 1mm Molotow chrome, although at this scale a 0.5mm one would have been a bit easier to work with as it was impossible to avoid brushing against surrounding detail in a couple of places, requiring a scrape or two of the scalpel blade to remove the excess when dried. Initially I messed up gluing the brass sections on by using a 5-minute epoxy that only works on plastic (idiot...), so after anxiously wiping the uncured glue back off (thankfully the Galeria satin in the paint made this a non-destructive error), the brass parts were finally fixed into place with Gator's Grip (Thin): Hopefully the results speak for themselves in terms of the red colouration(s) and use of satin varnish to create translucent grease effects: Port views: Somewhat drained by the mental effort of not screwing that up at the last knockings, I celebrated with some fusion-cuisine: behold the majesty of the Steak and Kidney Pie Burger: With the wingolds done today, I've run out of excuses now to avoid attaching things like the RAT and undercarriage, and finishing off the cockpit in preparation for whacking on the outer wings (and all the fun that will involve). Have a great evening and catch you next time. Now, where did I leave those statins.... Tony
  6. Research AP-101C-0601-3A Wasp HAS 1 Illustrated parts manual T. L. Ciastula: The Development of the P.531, The Aeronautical Journal / Volume 68 / Issue 642 / June 1964 D. B. Bathurst: Maritime VSTOL — The Development of Small Ship Helicopter Operations in the Royal Navy, SAE Transactions Vol. 83, Section 3: 740525–740863 (1974) L. B. Bryson, F. E. Heenan, C. A. Johnson: Helicopters in the Royal Navy, The Aeronautical Journal / Volume 76 / Issue 740 / August 1972 J. H. Stevens: Scout and Wasp - Westland's All-British Helicopters, Flight International June 1964 Adrian Balch: Westland Scout & Wasp, Warpaint Series No.110, Guideline Publications. 2017 Larry Jeram-Croft, Terry Martin: The Royal Navy Wasp: An Operational & Retirement History, Pen & Sword Aviation 2018 A placeholder so I can't bottle out of doing this at such a large and (to me) unfamiliar scale once the Sea Vixen builds are completed....
  7. Eye-catching doesn't cover it Terry: that is one vibrant piece of work. Splendid.
  8. What? What? Hendalek you are full of surprises!
  9. I'm pretty sure this has gone from 'engrossing' to 'exquisite' since the last update Alan: details like the stitching and cabane strut really anchor this in reality as a thing of presence and ingenuity. Under colour it'sgoing to look bloody amazing! I've actually bookmarked a couple of your pages here as - odd as it might sound - I think some of your surface techniques will help later on the Wasp. Looking forward to the next instalment already.
  10. Feast of work in that last update Chris: so much going on I genuinely don't know how you juggle all those details- kudos to you!
  11. Bloody superb work on those decals Adrian - a righteous riot of pattern and colour that had me grinning in appreciation at the quality. Most sorry to hear that you're unwell but best wishes that all heals soon. Pretty sure that's how the Book of Revelation ended up in the Bible...
  12. Not sure about 'freehand' but I suspect they'll be calling you Cool Hand Cookie from now on after that superlative camo spray. Lovely work.
  13. Sunday evening and some secular vespers for wingfold lubricant enthusiasts. First though, let's look through all these leaflets shoved in the letterbox. No. I inherited the moustache from my mother. Merci Adrian. I just have to stop handling the model by holding it on the edges of those wings and rubbing all the paint back off now! Ditto Adrian: likewise what was the rationale for XJ488's different scheme when both worked together on the Martel trials? The fact that both are painted in such a high contrast scheme with a pronounced directionality to the design would certainly makes both aircraft stand out against cloud/mist in terms of orientation when observed or filmed from a distance during trials, but I've no evidence to support this guess. There's a frustrating lack of curiosity in aviation literature when it comes to discsussing 'why' rather than the 'what' of such matters: lots of descriptive tracts and chronologies but minus primary research of the kind that Nick Millman puts into his work on paint and colour, for example. PS: Your picnics are way better than mine, I only attract midges not Vixens! Cheers on all counts Jason! Hope you're doing ok yourself? Dahhhling...that's just impossibly sweet of you. Likewise Giorgio - far too kind. Thanks Pete & Alan. Both of you confirm what I've been able to identify from the comparatively small number of colour images showing PX-7 in use on FAW.1s. The best photographic reference out there seems to be this: - a blowup from this Andrew Patterson shot showing an 890 Sqn. aircraft (XN699) on deck. It cetainly tallies with your recollection of a translucent red shading to darker tones Alan. What happens in the hangar, stays in the hangar... Say no more. 'Nimrod basher' I turn my back for five minutes and this thread becomes a torrent of innuendo.... Err. anyway. Before attacking the wingfold, I forced myself to complete some of the remaini ng fiddly little paint jobs I'd successfully been avoiding up until now, to whit the 'Danger/Emergency' lettering along the rain shedding ducting below the canpy: - along with the white lettering in front of the windshield that my faulty memory tells me says something about how to clean said glassworks. As previously, this lettering is just hand painted on in tempera and looks bloody awful in close-up like this, but from viewing distances gives a decent representation of lettering that's too small to read at this scale. Same procedure used for the notices on the outside of the observer's door, along with the red handle: I found the trick to getting these right is to squint at the actual text with your eyes half-closed in order to get a sense of how the visual 'weight' of the lettering appears for various words and phrases, then to reproduce this weight and rhythm with tiny brush strokes. This can then be further tightened up once dry with some judicious strokes from a sharpened cocktail stick. Another perfunctory detail that's repeatdly tickled my detail-radar is the lozenge shaped 'Explosive Release' notices on both sides of each pylon, which you can see in this maintenance drawing as 104/106: These seemed to discolour quite quickly in service to give a lightish tan appearrance in many photos, making them just prominent enough that they too needed reproducing in tempera: Those pylons do in themselves contain a number of additional panel details but to produce them at this scale would require exagerrating their prominence to a degree out of keeping with what I've tried to maintain as the overall visual 'feel' of the aircraft in 1/72. Not having had an accident in a while, shortly after finishing these jobs I decided to drop a bit of airbrush cleaner onto the trailing edge of the stbd wing at the most awkward of places (where the red 'no step' rectangle meets trailing edge). I didn't notice this had happened until after it had a chance to eat through the both grey and red areas of paint right down to the resin, leaving a noticable 'crater' in the paintwork that wouldn't simply ppait back over. Annoying, but not fatal. Some wet sanding to level out, followed by several blobs of EDSG applied with a brush and allowed to dry to build up paint in the crater to the level of the surrounding paintwork. Letting these blobs dry before adding the next one took an anxious hour or so in total but thankfully it all sanded and Micromeshed out successfully in the end Here's the red being airbrushed back on first: Then masked and a couple of passes of EDSG, sealed with Aqua Gloss: You'd never know the crater was there...not that I'd wanted it there in the first place. Paint-trauma avoided, I couldn't put it off any more: the big gamble on PX-7ing the wingfold finally had to play out. As on many prevous occasions, I prefer to mix colours directly on the aircraft as a process, rather than trying to get them in a single mixture beforehand. Having a Vixen-mule around the place meant I'd been able to experiment previously with different paint types and mediums, finally breaking it down into: In the above order then, here are some shots of progress as it developed. X7(Red), diluted with airbrush thinner and dabbed on with an 000 brush: OMG, totes disaster &etc, but thankfully I had tested this process previously. Still bricking it off course in the sense that this was the final model and not a test. Step 2: X7 (Orange) diluted and airbrushed as filter layer: Step 3: (this is where it gets all subjective and instinctive). Red tempera & X7 mixed together in Winsor & Netwon Galeria Satin in varing ratios, applied with 000 brush: I had that photographic rreference shown earlier blown up on the tablet in front of me on the bench the whole time I was doing this, looking at it and the model for equal periods until I felt that the overall impression of looking at both was the same. A lot of fiddly work later to join these bits together but <shudder> one step at a time: I deliberately used W&N satin for the last layer as in terms of achieving that greasy/translucent effect Alan had spoken of, paint alone would have been too 'chalky' a finish, and varnish ove the top too shiny on it's own. With the pigment suspended in the varnish there's just the detailed variation of colour depth(s) I was hoping for: Is that Pete? Need to pick out the locking pins in chrome later of course and might add some graphite/grime accents to some of those details, but not too much. I'll live with it for a while first and see what it says. A very good evening to all of you. Tony
  14. Absolutely, if not completely. Bravo Mark - what a piece of work!
  15. Doubt we'll find anyone here to do it Bill - bloody place is full of comedians... A cuple of spelling mistaken and everyone's a cricket.... But My God you're right Pete: I hadn't realized how embarrassingly messed up my thought processing had become until rereading that last post. Still. Back to work on Monday in my job as chief translator at the United Nations.
  16. Cripes! Thorsday again already. Cheers Chris. It's still a slow bounce back from the dreaded you-know-what: you read about the fatigue/lethargy hanging around afterwards but until you have the deuced thing it doesn't sound that serious. Slept 16 out of 24 hours a couple of days back... Not sure how to say this Ced but the Wasp will be in the 'one-true' scale of 1/24.... Are you man enough for one that big? Ta Adrian. Know what you mean about the cry of the C'nook: staying in a holiday home on the hill above Lyme Regis a few years back and one came bellowing around Monmouth Beach level wiith the house. It felt like an earthquake which - given the local geology - was rather alarming....! Bill: I sincerely hope that you remain untainted by the motoring masses and that you had a great day. Ditto Bill and thanks. 'cantbebovvered' sums the enduring lethargy up perfectly! (partnered with 'permanentlyshaggedout' and 'whatdidIcomeinthisroomforagain?' It's a possibility Bill but I think not as straightforward as it first appears due the the likelihood of printed parts failing due to thickness issues when scaled down. Reckon it'll be easier if I just convince Ced to build everything in 1/24 from now on - he doesn't hang about and would finish one faster than the rest of us would in 1/72 anyways! As long as you'd be happy with a big Wasp Phil. PS. Your 'Flaklands' typo actually sounds like the the coolest title for a military aviation novel ever. Get writing! Aside from bytching about health matters I have in fact been trying to get things up and running at the bench again, although the stamina levels mean you can do about an hour at most before the fogtigue comes on. In a way though this isn't a bad discipline to have enforced on you as it's made me pay attention to more of the smaller fiddly jobs that fit within this time window. One of these which I'd been determinedly ignoring was to build a replacement for the smaller outer vane in the stbd intake duct which I'd snapped off way back when stuffing sponge-masking down there to stop paint getting on the fronts of the engines. This time around it as easier to hand-cut a piece to size from brass and jam it in there nice and tight, with some ersin as an adhesive: Whilst the brass was out I also knocked up the venturi-like fitting that sticks out from the port side of the aircraft just below the nose roundel. I was determined this time around to produce the flared rear to the piece, something I hadn't managed to achieve for XJ481. In this instance I held the piece upright in tweezers on the mini-anvil and tapped the tip of a fine needle into the opening with a hammer, gradually achieving the required degree of 'flare': I bothered to photograph it simply because this was one of those stupidly satisfying jobs you end up doing, knowing it'll be barely visible on the finished model: This is just a paint-in-progress shot showing the above brass bits getting coloured, along with the two small VHF whip aerials that stick up like spines behind the cockpit area: I've drilled the holes for these latter items but will hold off installing them until just before the outer wings get mounted. On that film I'd posted previously of XN708 pulling up to the camera I noticed also that I'd fogotten to add the internal framing section that divides the oberver's window in the stbd side of the nose. It looks very prominet here in brass: - but after a coat of mixed flat/NATO black has dissappeared completely against the dark background. Another invisible detail! It was always going to be a tricky proposition to find a way of supporting the aricraft whilst working on the wingfold details without damaging the aircraft in any way but a brainwave late one evening meant I was able to adapt the aircraft stand to a slightly unorthodox arrangement tha twould hold everything securely in place: Unflattering close-up warning: You've already seen from previous shots of tis region of the aircraft that some structures were printed as part of outboard side of that wing rib - added now are those bits in grey resin for the middle locking structures and 0.3mm brass tubing to create the connecting rods between the middle and rear latch pins. There's also a tiny bitof brass tucked away in that hydraulic actuator between the front and middle pin actuators which drove me made trying to get something that small into the spae with tweezers. With wingfold jack and lift linkage to outer wing dry fitted to the middle section: Same set of operations carried out on the port mechanism: Next time I come back to these sections it'll be the more demanding task of adding all the fitting such as cable tray and wiring that suture the outer and inner sections of the wingfold together. Another more cosmetic job that i took on as a break for detailed building tasks was to fisnish off adding fuel and lubricat stains to the various openings in the belly beneath the engine bays: - along with some modest lubricant leaks around the flaps and inner wheel bay doors: For these effects this time around, I used a combination of Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and Caran D'ache soluble wax pastels. In the past I used to use oil paints for this kind of work but find now that these materials allow a finer level of detail at this scale, plus being able to sharpen outlines with an eraser straight away gives better definition/control of outlines than I was able to get previously. I'd completley fotgotten about the tail rotor.... More in a few sleeps time. Take care of yourselves until then all of you. Tony
  17. I do like those very much and had no idea there was such a significant level of colour variation across their structures so an education as well. Stately progress Martian.
  18. An impressive set of corrections you've been making there Heather. I've never built a Valom kit but you give a good sense of their character... Love that nose masking btw, a real aeronautical Mondrian!
  19. Dear all, Just a quick update to say how much I appreciated all of your kind comments: bloody virus knocked me flat for ten days in the end so today is the first day up and about in the house. I suspect the fatigue which people talk about will take a while longer to dissipate yet however. It's been great though being able to enjoy modelling vicariously through watching your own works in progress. Aside from mentally rehearsing the next slew of tasks to complete on XN708, convalesence has allowed me to leaf electronically through maintenance manuals for the Wasp in order to start locking a visual map of the thing into the cranium. One odd/unsettling stores item shown in one of the drawings is a large onboard tank mounted behind the pilot/observer seats which is plumbed in to a horizontal armature of spraying nozzles mounted beneath the fuselage. Would this have been used for spraying down the ship in the case of fallout contamination, or more horribly, dispensing chemical defoliants? I've found nothing so far about any such system, let alone its intended function on a Wasp. As to which exact example of the Wasp to build, am still leafing through photographs to see if a specific helicopter scheme catches the imagination; mercifully there was never a Red Bull one but perhaps a Watneys Party Seven livery ...? Always associate those cans with tins of Twiglets and Player's No.6 for some reason.
  20. Hope the health is doing ok Simon, the modelling continues to impress.
  21. Concur with comrades' comments: a top piece of metal now Bill. FWIW agree with G on application of the AG. Nice one.
  22. Attending a S. London comprehensive in the 70s, our school motto was somewhat more gynaecological in character and generally rendered in Anglo-Saxon. The tuck shop vodka used to be reasonably priced though: 10p a swig, or 15p if you wanted the neck of the bottle wiped first.
  23. The photons smile upon on your paintwork Giorgio, such is the visual richness developing there already. Everyone's a critic Giorgio. Should've heard what he said about the Sistine Chapel: 'Bodies everywhere - a right old mess.'
  24. Aah. I feel your pain on those lines but don't worry, its completely recoverable. I'd simply strip of the paint off and respray, adding the pencil lines in afterwards. I find rulers roo big and bulky so use some thin scraps of brass to draw straight lines as they work for both flat and curved surfaces. You can vary the weight of the lines afterwards by going back over them with gentle strokes from an eraser, then seal with a coat of varnish. Hth, Tony
  25. You are clearly in your element with this work Martian - the quality of what you're producing must make it immensely satisfying each time you sit back and look at the latest progress. Hugely impressive in length, girth, and surface detail.
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