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  1. This is about the best I can do, it's not perfect but you have to consider you can't even see the spokes from 12 inches away. Its not materials that limit what is achievable only skill and technique, at least in the modelling sense. The silicon chip industry can produce transistors that are 10nm across. These spokes are 0.08mm, or in other words they could fit 8000 transistors across the width of one of these spokes! Given that they use essentially similar techniques to photoetch parts I might develop a way of producing ultra fine photo etch parts as I get better at modelling.
  2. They weren't small aircraft, compare it to a Fokker Eiii which had quite a reasonably big silhouette itself.
  3. Given the size I think it's the most effective way of representing spoked wheels. Having the actual number of spokes on this aircraft would be pointlessly challenging. This is one side of the Hub done.
  4. Wings are set. On to some small bit now whilst I decide about painting and marking Yep, I choose another spoked wheel model in 1/144. I'm going to repeat my metal wheel hub technique.
  5. Low tech wing alignment jig. It's starting to look like a Taube now.
  6. Woop, very exciting. I'm glad the Bison has boosted your confidence with the build. Looking good so far. Early bombers are extremely under represented in 1/144 so I'll be watching with interest.
  7. Absolutely wonderful. Civil aviation subjects don't normally get me too excited but this is very exciting. The load cargo looks fantastic too, what is it an A320? Excuse my lack of aircraft knowledge.
  8. Not much done for a while, the distinctive tail went on just now. 5 thou plastic is essential for 1/144. My wife is away for the rest of the week and weekend so I might have a nice binge on this over the next few evenings.
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    Airco DH-2 Blitzbuild 1:160

    Nicely done, these are interesting little kits. I've considered buying some to give me various pieces of 'frame' PE for scratching in 1/144.
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    Hiller YH-32 Hornet

    Indeed. I also wonder how many UFO reports were also related to it's brief lifespan. Cracking build so far, coming together nicely.
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    Hiller YH-32 Hornet

    Tip jets used to produce quite a bit of flame and would produce a visible halo at night. And yes, very very noisy.
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    Wingnut Wings 1/32 Jeannin Stahltaube

    Lovely Stahltaube. The rigging is awesome. Such interesting subjects, the variety of 'Taubes' built is surprising, practically no two aircraft were identical. The Jeannin Stahltaube has the most reliable reference material available which is perhaps why wingnut went for this instead of one of the many others.
  13. Stretched sprue softened with extra thin cement applied for the leather edging on the cockpit openings.
  14. After all the trouble of the wires I realised I was looking at the wrong end of the cockpit lol. (They are on the back of the instruments of course) what a doughnut I am. So there are no wires. So... I have just stripped them all out and instead put a map attached to the observers position instead. The question is, If the flying map scale was 1:10,000 in reality, what would it's scale be in 1:144 model?
  15. The styrene is so thin here, (5 thou 0.127mm ) you can dip wire in cement and deposit a bead onto the surface as you press in with tweezers. Superglue is an issue with very thin wire as it forms a globule away from the end of the wire, I don't know why but at this scale surface tension is a dominant force. It's pushing the boundaries of my eyesight. I consider that a good thing as it makes it impossible to look close enough to see flaws in detail. The same thing on larger scales means so much more work. I think if I started a 1/48 scale kit I would never finish it.