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  1. Right...well that's a whole world of difference Nick...all looks and works perfectly to my eyes...great job. I especially like the deck at the workshop opening...interested on how that would be stored when travelling. Certainly nothing more I can offer at this stage mate...that alone should please you! Ron
  2. Cheers Andy...much appreciated as always Ron
  3. It's a nice piece...however...and feel free to lambaste me but...those wheels look a shade too small to my eyes! None the less...I do like the almost 'stealth' colour scheme Mr C Ron
  4. The level of shine is the one thing you cannot truly judge from photo's...and the shade of paint to use is important when using a 'metalizer'...although a basic silver seems to have worked well enough on the front wing. Your point about a mirror finish = toy is the exact reason I removed the kit chroming...it always looks wrong...which defeats the whole object of trying to replicate the 'real' thing. Thank you again for your input and support. Ron
  5. A long way to go yet Mr C...but I get the point (pun)
  6. At last...some genuine progress on the wings Front wing has been 'Metalized' using the C1 Metalizer...a couple of small imperfections...the largest of which will be covered by a decal...the others I can live with. PE end plates are in place...along with the PE mounting plates...and the PE supports...all the PE was heat treated as per my usual technique..... The rear wing was given a fresh sanding with an 800 grit sponge...which was done to assist with the colour split between the upper section and the main body. After again consulting with Malc2...he confirmed my suspicion that the top section was...in all likelihood...fiberglass...as opposed to the ali of the main body...as can be seen in this close up... You can also see the 'Gurney' flap clearly...and I have painted mine to match..... I re-heat treated the mounting plate as well..... Then it was a return to the re-prepped rear wing body. This now has the finish I had hoped for (silver)...along with the colour separation. Once the colours are fully dry...I will metalize the main body...and weather the white section to match the ref pic..... Still a lot more to do...bur a decent amount of forward progress made Ron to be continued............
  7. I won't bore you with 'superlatives' Nick...suffice it to say...absolute stunning progress...does it pass the Ron test...it does...and then some As for the spotlights...I couldn't resist these...sorry.....https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/353152615165?hash=item52398942fd:g:ytYAAOSwHM9fH95a Now...me being a detail lover...just a couple of small things...first the cables and pipes need fixing/holding clamps...like these.....sorry for long link!.....but simple to make..... https://www.zoro.co.uk/shop/fasteners/pipe-clamps/pipe76-half-pipe-clamps/p/ZT1072970X?utm_source=google&utm_campaign=pla%2B|%2BFasteners&utm_term=ZT1072970X&utm_medium=shopping-pla&targetid=pla-393013749299&loc_physical_ms=9044880&dev=c&gclid=CjwKCAjwuvmHBhAxEiwAWAYj-DE3-PqKXskoSYQXHBnWzx_Ff88_HkdmgO1mpD8yNT2g4r_TaIUOWxoC5rQQAvD_BwE Secondly...access to upper floors of station...maybe you are thinking 'internal'...I would suggest the opposite...in the form of hook ladders...like 'roofers' use...when travelling...they would be stored (horizontally) on hangers on the back side of the station maybe. Another idea that was put forward earlier in the formative stages (Pete)...an 'awning' (pull out) over the workshop opening...much like the shutter setup you did for the F1 dio...but horizontal pullout as opposed to vertical drop. Like the 'outrigger' idea...and certainly doable for you. Lastly...I still think the top of the communication tower (brass one) is the perfect place for a 'landing light' for the wasp's. Right...that's me done...back to boring old F1 Ron
  8. Better item price at £5.18...but extortionate postage again at £13.95 !!! Appreciate your efforts...but think we should give up now Ron
  9. Thanks for the info mate Unfortunately...this is the only link to buying it I could find...sadly...way too expensive for my pocket......https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/154544016677?hash=item23fb8a8d25:g:BycAAOSwvlhgZc0C Thanks Ron
  10. As mentioned in an earlier post...I had the two kit chromed end plates...which I don't need as I am using PE one's...so a 20 minute dip in bleach...and what you are left with is the gloss coating I had to sand off to be able to assemble and paint the wings..... As said...this stuff is a nightmare to get off...and...in doing so...ultimately gave me the problem I have shown. I honestly hope this whole episode is of benefit to others. Ron
  11. Couldn't agree more Mr C Spot on Chris...Pascal's insight has restored my faith in my instincts. And continue I shall mate
  12. That is a very insightful and interesting story Pascal...and would certainly explain the issues I have had with the wings. This kit is an original release from 1976...so the timescale would also fit. Another point of note...later re-releases of their (Tamiya) kits...at least in my experience...did not have this kind of 'lacquered' coating after de-chroming...but were a 'frosted' whitish colour...which would accept glue and paint...unlike the hard yellow coating these were left with. Put into personal context...when I first began building the Tamiya range of 1/12 kits...I did not have the knowledge or experience I have now...so never needed/wanted to remove the chroming...thus avoiding any such issues which...in turn...were no longer present when building the much later re-releases...by which time my experience had grown...but said de-chroming was no longer throwing up this very problem. Much as this has been a very frustrating time for me...indeed...I had reached the point of abandoning this build...it has also been an enlightening one...and better still...has added to the knowledge base for those following this build...which is a real bonus for all of us. As an aside...I have the two chromed end plates for the front wing...which I am replacing with PE...so...I will drop them in some bleach...and get a pic of the yellow coating left behind...so that others can be aware of what to look for. My sincere thanks for posting this information Pascal...I and many others will benefit from it...now and in the future. Ron
  13. Many thanks guys ...really appreciate all the support Ron
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