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  1. Fuchs sake the whole thing looks bloody marvellous Pete - that grille particular-like. Is it a hybrid or an EV vehicle?
  2. 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.
  3. For the playboys amongst us... https://www.machineryzone.eu/used/vehicles-other/13669016/bv206-hagglunds-diesel-refurbished-with-warranty.html
  4. Lovely cockpit and some neat soldering on that exhaust Giorgio.
  5. With a few minor tweaks - behold! The cross-country modelling bench!
  6. 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...
  7. 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....
  8. 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
  9. 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?
  10. Exactly! A perfect example of needing a production run to maintain consistency of appearance across a vehicle. Ruddy good reifying. I've no doubt that you're being excessively modest in your self-appraisal of hand-crafting multiples Professor H but on grounds of time alone, printed matter wins hands-down here imho. At the risk of inflaming the Fnaarr-Squad, I've taken to lightly stroking my smaller parts with the end of some most moistened W&D, for identical reasons. A *very* thin umber wash may be your friend? (And showcase that beautiful surface detail.) If all you did was just build this part over and over, I'd still read your threads avidly H. Peerless.
  11. Thanks Benedikt. That was one frightening image! Fourth from the left, pursed of lip. You know damn well what he's thinking.... Glad you approve Maestro. If I can only colour it in to half the standard you do I'll be happy Giorgio. Doesn't it just Roger? And shows me how much fluff and dust there is around in my supposedly cleaned-up-for painting-bench. (Reckon I need one of them NASA clean rooms they use for prepping space probes...) Its what brings us together Anthony. Nonsense dear fellow. I stand on the shoulders of giants &etc. etc. That's the rumour... Ta. Nowt else needed Ian. Your interest is enough. Must have got mildewed Rob. It turned green overnight! Me too a bit Chris, despite my earlier trepidation at painting any of it... -don't talk back! Oh wait. That was a different song.... Quick visual check at dawn revealed that there was indeed a bit of remedial work needed on the interior aspect of the wing roots due to the amount that would be visible through the greenhouse windows: That lip 'twixt the scrap card I walled them in with and the fuselage was dealt with by some Humbrol filler in the places it would be noticable: Of all the fillers I've tried I love the ease and finish of this Humbrol stuff for such jobs and find it easily planes flat with a scalpel blade held between thumb and forefinger; you can feel even very slight imperfections in the finished surface. Whilst that was drying I shot some metallics. Alclad steel for the exhaust ring and oil coolers: I'll be coming back to those exhaust rings in a future installment to tone and discolour.... Aluminium for the engine blocks: The cylinder heads and carburettor/fuel pump assemblies will be returned to black via brush painting later, then some weathering and the oil pipe and wiring looms to add. BTW, if you think the left hand one of thatpair of engines looks a bit truncated compared to its companion, your right, and it's on account of that being the the starboard one that needed the cylinder heads amputating to fit inside the nacelle. Only the front of that engine needs detailing as well, hence is deliberately unfinished around the sides. This has doubtless been noted countless times before: Tamiya doubling-up on their lid colours? I can't tell the difference. Plan is to XF-71 the necessary parts and come back later in several passes to shade and highlight. En passant... Not going to pointlessly recapitulate any discussion of colour fidelity here but I did discover the following post by the estimable @Nick Millman from a few years back that seems spot-onin erudition regarding the additional sociological and historical factors that lie behind our adoption of colours for particular tasks: A valuable lesson in unthinkingly projecting our present modes back upon the past. Thanks Nick. The Greening: As with the engines, much to do adding black back to the IP, seat cushions and straps &etc. as well as shade/highlight. I love what Giorgio does with tempera at such stages but haven't been able to find a reasonably priced set so far, so will stick with oils for now, that leave me with no complaint tbh. From (non-restoration!) photographs I can't tell should that firewall be bare metal or shiny grey, it looks both in various photos.. That wing-root 'lip' I started off with has disappearred nicely under the old verdigris now: Again, more black to add for electrical panels and bomb-aimer's switch and so on and so4th. If I may I'm going to end with a colour question that the combined expertise on here may be able to help me with? Digging around in various publications (Warpaint, Ray Sturtivant's The Anson File, back copy of SAM) there are a number of options for the colour of the undersides of Mk.1s of this period. The callout in the original kit instructions is for Light Grey, as was indeed the case on many aircraft, but equally for the same period there are Mk.1s listed with both silver undersides and also black. As a Special Duty aircraft factory-fresh and seconded from Boscombe to Wyton for these beam missions I'm all of a quandary as to what choice to make (in the absence of definitive directions for this aircraft). Michael Cumming's excellent Beam Bombers: The Secret War of 109 Squadron (thanks @corsaircorp for the brilliant reference to this!) makes no mention of any deviation from the standard paint scheme (not that you would necessarily expect this level of detail in a history book) and of course, in the light of Nick Milman's observations that any semi-offical changes may have gone unrecorded in the historical record anyway in this highly fraught period of the war (June 1940) when events were moving incredibly fast all at once.... Two of the drawings at the back of Ray Sturtivant's book for Mk.1s of this period show a Night underside, so in the absence of any contradictory information regarding N9945 I'm going to go with that. Think that's a safe enough distinction? The one big problem staring me in the face is the an absence of documentation as to what the squadron codes down the side of the fuselage might have been for this aircraft, but again I think Mr Sturtivant may have helped: I am grossly ignorant in such matters guys - does the 'HS' here indicate that these would have been the two letters painted after the roundel on the side of the fueslage? Thanks for persisting with today;s witterings.... Tony
  12. Very much like these quixotic subjects. Good luck with this Stuart! Don't know if any of the material here is of use or you've already found it? https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/threads/detailed-photos-and-drawings-of-shavrov-sh-2.18079/
  13. Superb catch-up Bill. Can't for the life of me work out why this particular aircraft seems so attractive but you are making it even more attractiver attractivy I like it even more. Seconded. That feeling of security when one snaps. Tha knows there's a reload available. People were much more religious back then. Guess you had to be....
  14. Of course you are. Think we'd let you away without it dear boy? Gonna be a big'un in every respect! (Best o' luck)
  15. Ta Rob. You're quite right of course that sometimes feels like a step too far! Thanks Guru! I would love to see that printed on the bottle label as a customer testimonial! I went outside the lines years ago hendie.... It's gonna be a conceptual think-piece. Just a black square and everyone too afraid to admit they can't see anything in it. Paging Mr. @Pete in Lincs Mr. @Pete in Lincs to Reception. Job for you. Ain't it just Johnny! Moebius scared the blinking stuffing out of me back in the day. Oooeerrrr...it's happening all over again. No more messing then. Optimus Primer day today. One job tidied away last night was to redo the exhaust ring for the starbooard engine. Having done a much better job on the port one where it emerges from the engine (and requires that cutpout in the nacelle underside) I simply had to go back and make a better first of its starboard counterpart: This necessitated adding a new and more accurately-shaped end part where the first part of the exhaust emerges from the engine and then snakes round into the main circle: I also had to remove and resolder 3 or 4 of the other outlets as a result of this operation but the end result was I feel a more satisfactory effort. Getting all the parts laid out in the spray booth earleir it finally hit me what I've been doing here for nearly a whole year. Basically I've made a model kit. The side windows were also masked both sides in preparation for paint too: Enough natter or @giemme will be giving off to me again. Now with added black: I've always had problkems keeping tiny bits from blowing away so no messing about here, double-sided sticky tape to keep it all in place: The Alclad Black Primer just seems to sit so beautifully onto forms, no matter what material they're made from: Also merciless of course at showing up every stray hair and fleck of dust on surfaces that still need further attention: Overall though there's not too much to do on most of these parts bar a rub down and polish up: The bigger bits: I know the lower part of the rear cockpit still looks messy around the wing root but I want to wait and put the fuselage together with the framework in place to see how much of it is visible and/or needs some filling: The framework itself comes up rather nicely under black, with only a few bits needing sight of a file and some W&D along the edges in places: A better view of the front cockpit: -and the AG's eyrie: So. The state of play at the moment with anything remotely connected to the interior under primer now: I'll come back to that with fresh eyes tomorrow and make a note of what needs tidying up. Thanks for looking! Tony
  16. Progress made in that direction this afternoon Simon. Because of peer pressure? Catch-22 Heather! Either that or there's been some recent subsidence around the bar... It has taken me this long to learn Adrian! By coinicidence I got passed this by a colleague in the internal mail last week Bill: https://www.hpmuseum.net/exhibit.php?content=Odds And Sods Considering they all looked like the shiny future once upon a time I feel somewhat archaic now browsing through them myself..... (Hope you got surge protection on your computer plugs.) I heard you from here Giorgio (see below)... Can I have that in Latin Anthony? You've given me a motto for the family crest of arms now! (Crossed Soldering Irons with Brass Tube Sinister and SIHRSC Rampant) I'd feel a huge sense of personal shame is it was in any way associated with rationality. Right. From the bellowing of the mob I've had the skates on and finished off this manifestation of the snag list. Rebate burrowed out from the front of the starboard starboard nacelle: plastic uber-thick in this region so diamond-disked out and sanding flush: Also added there is the wiggly bit that forms the first part of the exhaust ring emerging from the engine that sits into it. One shot from last evening I forgot to post earlier was this: The etch door being epoxied to some transparency. The idea being that this would give the door its required thickness and a window at the same time: I Oramasked this side of the window prior so that it wouldn't get any glue on it, need to add a similar mask to the back then it too is ready for the next stage. Next time I post (maybe tomorrow evening, let's see how the time goes), darkness should have descended over the shiny metal in the nicest possible way via my favourite: Ciao chums. Tony
  17. You know yourself from experience Simon that bunging parts onto flat surfaces can be a movable feast. Quite literally.... Doing Ok - cheers! I stride the Earth as a mighty Titan once more. In carpet slippers and a padded shirt due to it being a bit chilly today. Ahhh now don't be getting carried away Chris. I did mentioned primer, but that whole paint thing is freaky. I had that Yves from down our street round last evening and it took ages getting the EDSG out of all the nooks and crannies afterwards. Hold up your cigarette lighter so I can see where you are in the crowd Giorgio! Neither am I Benedikt. The semiotics of that has me entirely stumped... Now I know how we can terraform Mars! Catom Heart Mother? Sooooo two mega-busy days left me with some respite today until the next wave approacheth so time was spent working through the last few items on the snag list prior to priming the interior and existing parts. I'm deliberately leaving issues like making aerials and landing lights &etc. until after painting the interior and closing-up the fuselage - that way hopefully focus can be kept on unifying inside first, then out. This picture doesn't on the face of it look like much has changed since last time I showed you this region bugt what I've done is modify the original framework so that the azimuth ring of the turret could then be soldered permanently into place as seen here now. There was a whole lot of repetitious meausring and offering-up to the fuselage parts involved to make sure that the ring would be at the right level compared to the opening that it sits into when viewed from the outside. I forgot to take a pic of it in situ in the aircraft but can can confirm that both both it and the cupola have been successfully rationalized to sit at the right height poking up through the fuslage: There's also the rear bulkhead that has the door in it between rear cockpit and AG position but I'm going to fix that in to place after painting the framework as it'll be messy trying to paint/highlight the axe and stuff through the bars... I mentioned the magneto switches in a previous post. These of course switch on the magnets that cause the aircraft to be attracted up into the sky by the clouds, the switches for which are located up on the windshield in front of the pilot. These switches (on the Mk.1 anyway) look in photographs not dissimilar to this: -an old Edwardian light switch that I salvaged from an abandoned country house in the midlands here in Ireland many years ago. There's an engineered elegance of purpose about such items that has never been surpassed by modern designers imho. Anyway, my less-detailed version for the Anson: It's an odd-looking arrangement, the two switches side-by side overlaid by a horizontal strip which in my ignorance I'm assuming let the pilot flip both switches simulateously as he leant forward. I did stick it into place on the windshield with GG before belatedly realizing that the whiute unpainted back of it would be a problem staring out from inside the cockpit so it was subsequently whipped back off for painting first. Holes to accomadate the mounting pins of the oil coolers were also drilled and the parts test-fitted: Again, these parts wil lbe added after paintingto avoid any (in my case inveitable!) mishaps during the handling process... Wilst in this region, I drilled out the hole for the starting handle also and test-fitted the exhaust to check the visuals: That crimp in the pipe won't be visible one the cowling's on: You can see I've some minor repairs to make to the opening the exhaust stick through as with the plastic now so paper-thin in that region, a flake of it crumbled off whilst I was filing the edge. Although the engine on this side is not going to be exposed as the startboard one is, the cut out section under the front of the nacelle (to accomadate the exit of the exhaust from the engine cylinders) is visible enough in photographs that it needs to be cut from the kit moulding here. Although I barely buy plastic these days, there's no denying how wasteful some of my processes like vaforming are regarding the amount of plastic waste left over afterwards. Repurposed, it does provide a series of paint and epoxy-mixing trays that I don't think will be running out any time soon: Used wisely, any periodic vacforming jobs should thus keep me self-sufficient in mixing palettes for the forseeable. After attending to those nacelle modification then, I need to clear the bench and start getting this lot mounted up and ready for the Big Prime: The Baronial Summer Collection. Costume jewellery for the summer beam hunting enthusiast. This offer is not available in the shops. chums. Tony
  18. Those seats. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen doesn't hold a candle to you! 'A canny old modeller named Pete Produced an extravagant seat, Then subsequently said That he only did red Though we know he was being effete.'
  19. Beautiful broon bits. Super soldered H, h. Interesting. I didn't know you could do that. I love this Edwardian CAD work: It looks like something from the V&A. He has a second transfer guy... #morebleedingstaffthanDownton Top update. Safe travelling.
  20. The thickness of most kit mouldings for turrets frequently strikes a false note for me Heather - the optical distortion/refraction and those angles where you see the bulky cross section through one of the edges such where the guns poke out. One of those instances where a good quality vacform wins hands down for me. As regards the Waffle Darlicke there's a lot more experimenting I want to do with various grades of materials abovbe and beyond the 0.5mm PETG I've tried so far. At this stage I'm certainly on the crude end of the spectrum in terms of skill and understanding in this regard. Hope the bubble helps anyway... You too Benedikt, now that it's nearly over..... You're in with a chance for the car in the next round Steve! Yes. Yes I did. What can that presage Giorgio? Ask: Good man yourself Keith. Interesting. That's whetted my appetite now though suspect it will turn into a binge-watching experience, leavened by episodes of The Thick Of It so that Malcolm Tucker can tutor my lads in the finer points of language. #ListenwithMother #SwearwithFather Three of the four are now routinely clambering out of the nest we built them and roaming the guest room like miniature Ewoks Chris..... on both counts Roger. It's been an odd kind of a weekend all told. I had to check it wasn't a full moon... Funny you saying that Rob. They put a new online system up at work that lets you check your pension arrangements at various exit-points and....errr....it looks like I'm never retiring. Brilliant Andwil! I wonder has anyone ever done a study of protective shapes over the centuries? and bad puns.... What times we live in. Is it true they used to call you the Svengali of the Sarry Heid? Said a lot that guy. Now complains about homeless people outside his Venice Beach house. Perhaps he is the Antichrist after all. You wicked wicked Belgian. Today went by in a weirdly disjointed blur of activities but in and amongst, some more bits knocked off the snag list. It has to be said that matters didn't start too well: a colossal waste of 2 hours trying to get the etch windshield framing to adhere: Cosmetically it looked so nice that it had seduced me into abandoning the original plan to mask the windshield but no matter how I tried, it the thin metal geometry would not conform to the compound shapes of the transparency. Lesson learned. A few hours break and compusure recovered by carrying on from the turret by also foiling-up a frame for the windshield myself: It's not fixed into place yet obvs - amongst other things I need to build the couple of magneto swtiches that on the Mk.1 are mounted up inside the windshield, round about where the central upright frame at the front meets the leading edge of the roof framing: Given the thin walls of the crew seats, I also soldered some scrap inside the bases to give a more generous surface area to epoxy them into place later: Last thing I want is any of those fellows loose around the caboose later. In similar troubleshooting mode, some 0.4mm tubing was also soldered to the oil coolers to enable a more secure mounting to the nacelles: Rapidly running-out of displacement jobs now and am confronted by the imminence of painting the interior something green and cockpitty. (Note to self: finish building the rear fuselage door and glue side glazing along the cockpit in readiness for - yes @giemme you heard right - primer!) Busy first half looms but hopefully a bottle of Alclad black will get shaken in the latter stages of the week. Have a good Sunday evening chums. Tony
  21. Great catching up on your exploits here CC! That Fireflyer shaping up very nicely under colour. They look particularly handy CC - what are they called, d'ya know? You and me both....
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