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Bandsaw Steve

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About Bandsaw Steve

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    Aviation, History, WW2, painting, modelling

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  1. Bandsaw Steve

    URF in 1/350 scale

    Nice start. Unusual subject.
  2. Bandsaw Steve

    Tsi Yuen, S-Model, 1:700

    Nice! In particular the rigging looks good for this tiny scale. Any tips welcome as I will have to do something similar for Carpathia.
  3. Bandsaw Steve

    RMS Carpathia, Scratchbuild, 1/500 Scale

    Sorry - once again I’m on the wrong side of the country... Might get to post on Friday. Thanks for the interest - it’s nice to be missed.
  4. Bandsaw Steve

    RMS Carpathia, Scratchbuild, 1/500 Scale

    The Avro is temporarily ‘on ice’ (but not in the Titanic sense) and I will back on it as soon as this project is complete. That’s part of the reason I’m pleased with this one’s progress; I’m quite looking forward to getting back to the Avro.
  5. Home-made vac-forming gear I assume? If so I would like to see what you have made.
  6. Bandsaw Steve

    RMS Carpathia, Scratchbuild, 1/500 Scale

    Too late Hendie; I bought half a litre of acetone yesterday. It cost a whole $7.50. I’ll send my invoice to the usual address.
  7. Bandsaw Steve

    ICM 1/350 SMS Markgraf

    Looks great!
  8. Bandsaw Steve

    RMS Carpathia, Scratchbuild, 1/500 Scale

    Hello Hendie, If you assume I know nothing about soldering you won’t be far wrong. Thanks for the tip regarding the acetone. I’ll pick some up at the next opportunity, Thoughtful! Don’t want her teeth to tarnish and corrode now do we.
  9. Bandsaw Steve

    RMS Carpathia, Scratchbuild, 1/500 Scale

    Masts Righto, enough chit-chat. Let's give this thing some masts! They will be built from fine brass tube with some necessary details soldered on. I'm fairly new to this soldering lark and there's a great deal that I have to learn and a lot of materials and tools that I haven't tried yet. So far however I can say that soldering is great fun, extremely useful and is 'an art well worth your learning' as they say. Expect to see quite a bit more of it in future as I enthusiastically hunt down new tools, techniques and materials. I've already got a soldering torch - as opposed to an iron - and I've been fiddling around with it an effort to burn my fingers. Anyhow , here's what I've done with the masts for this project. Just using the soldering iron, not the torch, for this particular phase. The second mast has a sort of 'doubled up' length in the middle of it. So I've crudely represented this by soldering a second bit on at the relevant position. Remember this is going to be a quick build so let's not get too hung-up about the big blobby bits of solder left over. The second and third masts both also supported cargo handling davits so they had to be at least crudely represented. In this case they are the two sticky-out bits that make the mast look like there's a bipod sticking out one side. Each mast has a 5 degree rake on it - dead parallel to the rake on the funnel. Getting the masts to sit in exactly the correct position at exactly the right angle can be done one of two different ways Option one - Drill a series of holes. This is what sensible people with no imagination do... Option two - Smash the ship's hull in half... Guess which one I did!... Bang it with a big hammer !!!! Yep, why have one hull, when you can have two? Mark up the exact positions of where the masts must sit... measure on the 5 degree rake... and now you can plot each mast's position and angle directly onto the ship's exact centreline. So it's not actually a completely stupid way to do this job, besides there are another couple of little tasks that I can only do with the hull split. More of that in the next post... After using a fine saw to cut slots for each mast on the meeting faces of the hull (sorry no photos) we can place each mast directly into it's own, very accurately determined position. Here is the project right now - entirely dry fitted. The only glue in use at this point is the spray-on stuff that is holding the paper plans on the wood. Except for the soldering, nothing at all is stuck together at the moment Tomorrow we shall get some glue out I think... Best Regards, Bandsaw Steve
  10. I think if you go back to your first post and click on the edit option you will get access to to the thread title and can change it. The option is only there on the first post of each thread. I think that’s how it’s done anyway.
  11. Yes - all along I thought those puns were based on a pfalz premise.
  12. Bandsaw Steve

    Lavochkin La-9 - KOREA 1953 - Mikromir 1/48

    Beautifully done!
  13. Sorry Longshanks but I well remember my dad having built this kit when I was at primary school and that’s a lot longer than 30 years ago. Unless it’s been updated I reckon this kits closer to half a century- which makes the work here even more impressive.
  14. Bandsaw Steve

    RMS Carpathia, Scratchbuild, 1/500 Scale

    Noted! It’s not often that I have too much power - my wife makes sure of that!