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Bandsaw Steve

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    Aviation, History, WW2, painting, modelling

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  1. Yes, I remember! Its almost like we are both telling the truth or something.
  2. I also think large kit manufacturers say Tamiya, Airfix, Trumpeter should look at providing a construction jig sprue in some of their kits; some biplanes for example.
  3. I love the LEGO jig! I’ve often used LEGO for ensuing bits are squared up but none of my jigs have approached the size of your one... not yet!
  4. Sorry folks. I just wrote an absolutely fascinating post about superstructures and funnels and all sorts of stuff and then something went wrong - I don’t know what- and I lost the lot. I think my computer is getting old. Having tech dramas. Will have another crack at posting tomorrow.
  5. Keeping Hendie Happy Well I did promise that I would keep this thread going and Hendie's starting to grumble so I guess I'd better have a crack at updating this. Here's how the bulwarks went on. Cut out the bits of paper from the plans that have the bulwark shape on them. Select a bit of 0.75mm - or thereabouts - brass sheet and use some of that spray-on adhesive to attach the paper to the brass. Cut out the relevant shape with some tin snips - keeping fingers well clear from the sharp curly-wurly bits that come off the side of the thing. Use some small appropriately shaped files to fine-tune the shape of the brass. That should leave something a bit like this. There's a bit more fine-tuning to go as you can see but I'm sure you get the idea. Now stick a bit of dymo tape along the line of portholes and use a drawing pin and a hammer to... punch a series of dents in a straight line to mark the position of the line of portholes. Now use the Dremmel tool in a drill press to drill out each hole. Clean up the resulting piece with sandpaper and test that the brass sits nicely on the ledge that I created - for exactly this purpose - way back on post number 73. See - there is some forward planning going on after all. Not much - but there is some! Prime the brass with everyday model-building primer. I have learned that, in essence, working with brass is very similar to working with plastic card. Many of the tools, materials and techniques that work with plastic are compatible with brass. This primer is just one example. With the primer on, follow with a couple of layers of Tamiya, rattle-can, matt, white paint. Once that paint is dry glue the two bulkwarks (one on each side) onto the hull using two-part epoxy araldite. Fantastic stuff That glue! The contact between the white and black is looking very clean and sharp and I think she's looking OK at this point. I hope Hendie is happy. I might get to post another of these retrospective 'updates' tomorrow - we shall see. Best Regards, Bandsaw Steve
  6. Fabulous-getting some good insights into the process ahead for the Avro 504. Hope to be back on the Avro this weekend.
  7. He’s too shy to admit it but it was Arnold Ambrose’s beautiful little HMS York that came third in this category (maritime scratchbuilt) this year. You can see it in the background of the competition photo of Carpathia earlier on in this thread. Encouragingly ‘GW’s’ little Cog sailing ship ,which you can also see in the background, came 4rd (highly commended). So in a way this year both Arnold and I kind of beat GW for once. Kind of!
  8. Sounds good. I can’t kilogram to see it!
  9. Great concept for a project and the station looks first class!
  10. By the way, I noticed that the American flag in your diorama is waving in the breeze! Only joking!
  11. Great model and photos, and a truly amazing - and disturbing - story to go with it. The story emphasises how good your modelling is and how dubious the ethics of certain organisations / governments can be and how slack mainstream media has become vis-a-vis verification of news and sources. On the other hand I suppose it’s not really the BBC’s fault. It would seem reasonable to assume that an image of a Chinese spacecraft from the Chinese space agency would be legitimate! It’s a minefield out there!
  12. Welcome aboard Rieve - always good to have another kiwi on board, it helps us keep the Scots like @hendie under control.
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