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  1. Much as I appreciate your kind words and compliment...we both know my skills are surpassed by yours nowadays...if I inspired you in some small way...then that is the biggest compliment of all to me. Just keep on doing what your doing mate...a pleasure to behold. Respect Ron
  2. Well my friend...your skills have grown exponentially since your last projects ...always an amazing depth of detail and atmosphere...it doesn't get better than this...bravo Ron
  3. Some of the finest modelling I have ever witnessed...in any scale...an absolute masterclass at the highest level...bravo! Ron
  4. Dave's closing words on the Alfa..... "The point of this model was to finish off my series of straight-twelve engines. The Alfa 12 is the result of combining two straight-eights into a straight-twelve. The chassis is lengthened slightly. The front wings are from the RR Sedanca kit." Last pics...enjoy..... A great 'finale'
  5. If I may offer this Olivier...highly recommended above AliExpress...I have often put a link to them for other members.....https://www.componentshop.co.uk/chg1/super-thin-wires.html Ron
  6. A truly inspiring project in the making Dan...very much looking forward to this one Ron
  7. Just so you both (Olivier and Jochen) know...and without wishing to cause controversy or ill feeling with Manu...the 'suggestion' that it is in fact a pre-painted head for an action figure is for Manu to either confirm or deny. All I will say is this...I myself was a figure painter for over 40 years and...believe me when I say that I personally never reached such dizzy heights of realism in my pieces...and know of very few who have...the best being Koreans...although not exclusively so. What is more important to me personally is...we each choose a solution that we are comfortable with...be it to use or commission the work of others...to be used in our pieces. It never mattered to me if the clients claimed my work as their own. I am enjoying your work Olivier...and will only comment from a personal perspective in future. Regards Ron
  8. Looking at the picture...he does appear to be less of a 'hulk' compared to the mechanic...so yes...if you find him acceptable/workable...have at it. It will be interesting to see a comparison with Rossi when he arrives. I would keep in mind that in today's pits...and indeed in recent seasons...the mechanics seem to favour shirts and trousers/shorts...as opposed to all in one coveralls...just a thought 'O' Ron
  9. You marked my reply with a 'confused' face Olivier...so let me clarify what I said. Pre-painted refers to the heads you can buy...in that they come ready painted/finished...which is the case with the one Manu used on his figure...as opposed to the unpainted one you found. https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=1%2F12+painted+head+sculpt&_sacat=0 Over scale refers to the actual size/proportions of Tamiyas figures...in that they are closer to 1/10...which may require some careful adjustment to the figure when fitting the new head from Ebay. As I said...for my needs...the figure size/proportions issue was too noticeable next to my 1/12 Ferrari 312T (I used a MFH figure of Nikki Lauda instead)...however...it should be far less obvious next to a bike such as yours. Hope that helps? Ron
  10. Your welcome O If you refine your search...you can find pre-painted versions at just a little more cost...very lifelike finishes. Just be aware...the Tamiya figures are considerably 'over scale' for 1/12...I had intended using the standing mechanic with my 312T build...but he was huge next to it !...one of his legs almost as wide as the seat Ron
  11. Try these.....https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l2632&_nkw=1%2F12+scale+head+sculpt&_sacat=246&LH_TitleDesc=0&_odkw=1%2F12+scale+heads&_osacat=0 Ron
  12. Stunning work as always Dan...bravo A superb collectors piece. Ron
  13. An absolutely stunning piece of work...beautifully realised and implemented...bravo Ron
  14. I have always enjoyed gathering ideas from the work of others...so it naturally pleases me that others find useful ideas to use in mine. Your kind words are genuinely appreciated Jorgen. Thank you. Ron
  15. I am lucky...in that...having worked with colour every day of my working life...and every hour of my modelling time...I was blessed with a high perceptive value for colour in my painting. If others find my work 'inspirational'...then I have achieved far more than just building a kit for my own pleasure...and received the best possible reward for my efforts. Many thanks Andy. Cheers Ron
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