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silver911

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  1. Hi Poul, it's easy to see why Mr C was so enamoured with David's work...as you rightly say...it truly does look like a real classic car. Rest assured that I will be sure to pass on your thanks for the pictures
  2. Those aerial shots are a very clever way of viewing and trialing the layout Nick...nice one Texture of groundwork looks to be bang on too. Now...and this is a purely personal opinion...again based on my figure days...however...the reasoning still applies here...my issue being the 'canopy'! You have often heard me talk about the 'balance' of a scene/setting...and that certain elements become disruptive...well............ Don't get me wrong...I love the idea of it...however...it's the problem of it becoming the 'focal' point that concerns me most of all. To be fair...the chosen colour will...to a large part...control that aspect...although that alone will not prevent the isue of locking the viewers eye to that point in the overall scene. So...the soloution is.............ignore me...I'm going to get back in my cupboard in the corner now.
  3. Pleased you and Pete think the relocation has merit Nick...personally...I feel it opens up the composition...easier for the viewer to take it all in. What I would suggest...before you finalise anything...get the figures assembled/primed...and introduce them into the layout. Many people...who are not figure orientated...forget how disruptive figures can be when just introduced as a last element. One key factor to consider with figures in any scene where they are not the primary focus...it is important that they tell a story...have a purpose...of their own. In this regard...the 'pose' is important...with the figures line of sight being critical...which is to say...the figures 'interaction' with their immediate surroundings is the key to it's positioning. This is something you achieved very well with the F1 shop...so I am sure you know what I am saying. Right...enough of my rambling...crack on mate Ron
  4. Another fine update Nick. Raised pipework looks natural in it's placement and finish...and the pic of the utility in front of it looks realistic and believable. Now...here are a couple of ideas for you regarding layout/placement of vehicles and the tower...and how to maximise their impact on the scene as a whole...( I get your thinking on having a classic L to R and R to L) rise and fall...however..... (Keep in mind that nothing has been fixed in place yet) 1) Have the tower central as opposed to on the left or right of the scene...this will seem odd at first...it goes against the 'accepted' rules...but rules are constraints on creative thinking in my book. 2) With the tower central...you have changed the focal point and overall perspective...and also the 'balance'...which you can now use the trailer and half track to redress...but also link back to the tower in their placement. An obvious example being to have the trailer on the left (as you look at the scene)...with the half track on the right hand side of the tower...which allows you to 'park' it...nose in or out...so to speak...(my choice would be nose in...towards the back of the scene). 3) In doing the above...what you have done is to create a wider 'focal point' for the viewer...and taken away the 'exit stage right' kind of instruction to the viewers eye...which can now roam freely over the scene. 4) This now gives you some room to manouever with the other elements...and also link them to the frontal area...to take advantage of the pipework and berm. 5) You also now have a good 'counterpoint' in placing the solar panels (one or both) at either rear corner. As ever...feel free to disagree. Ron
  5. I do get that mate...and I also believe the drive shafts are part of the brake set...but that's typical after market thinking...the more you buy et. etc. Simply meant...a 'complete' engine upgrade would have been an ideal offering...for those that didn't want or can't afford the whole bundle of sets.
  6. Surprised they din't include the metal air funnels or the drive shafts at that level of detail !
  7. Hello mate, it certainly looks a lot better than it did previously...although I suspect changing to a different airbrush...one with a 'mac' valve...helped a lot...in as much as I had more control over the width of the spray pattern...which...combined with a change in the 'angle of attack'...being that I sprayed across the surface...as opposed to directly on to it...allowed me to avoid striping this time. My hope is that a couple of seal coats before the decals go down...will mask any slight orange peel that remains...and will be covered by the final clear coats...allowing me to level everything with compound and wax. Ron
  8. Utterly superb build...a real masterclass in every respect. Ron
  9. Any good? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/133356298552?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=133356298552&targetid=1280824612938&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9044880&poi=&campaignid=12128858833&mkgroupid=122141196425&rlsatarget=pla-1280824612938&abcId=9300480&merchantid=236015400&gclid=CjwKCAjw7rWKBhAtEiwAJ3CWLJTy7T2ZA2fberwLDy_NnqrjnbsffyuUL5raQLibPL2E5B3grLGxIRoCx98QAvD_BwE
  10. Yep...agreed on all your points regarding camera's Nick. Will hopefully be laying down base coat of clear on Sunday
  11. Progressing nicely...especially like the pipes running along the berm...neat touch. As far as the solar panels...I am inclined to disagree with only using one...simply because...with all that activity going on...the need for power would be large...and one wouldn't cover it. That's a viewers interpretation...not a criticism...and what works for you is fine by me mate. This will certainly present you with some photographic challenges...which I know you will enjoy. This update gives a much clearer view of what is going on in your head. Ron
  12. I find camera's to be a double edged sword Poul...either your best friend...or your worst enemy! After finishing the red the other day...I did a test of the clear on a couple of small pieces...results were very encouraging .....am using this as opposed to 2k.......https://www.hiroboy.com/Clearcoat_Lacquer_250ml_Prethinned_ready_for_Airbrushing--product--1510.html It's not so much the seal coat for the decals that concerns me...if they go down ok...it will be the final coats of clear and...of course...the buffing/polishing...that will govern everything. Ron
  13. Yep...have to say I am pleased with the cowl (paint) now Exactly my reaction Matt
  14. Right...further to my comments to Nick...I retrieved the cowl from the drying cupboard this morning...whilst still not perfect...a world of difference to the last update Although there is still a slight mottle/orange peel visible...in reality...it's far less visible to the naked eye...at least to my tired old eyes anyway! With all the panels now at this level of top coat finish or better...it's time to give it all a coat or three of clear in readiness for decals to be continued............
  15. Hi Nick, I have now tried different ratio's of thinners...two different airbrushes...and several changes in the psi...as well as needle/nozzle combinations...finally I tried some different panels at a variety of those settings...the cowl was the only panel that caused the problem! That confirms my suspicion of it again being the underlying plastic...exactly as it was with the wings. I have since sanded and washed the cowl...and yes...it's had another 3 top coats of red...which has been drying for 72 hours...so...fingers crossed Being candid...even having identified the source of the problem (the plastic)...and doing the same things I did with/to the wings...the level of frustration it has brought to the build is an obstacle I did not expect to face. Hopefully I will have an update over the next day or so. Ron
  16. Will try my best to cut it back...although I feel it will need me to use up the last of the red I have left...but...if that's what it takes...so be it. Ron
  17. They look the business Nick...love the knock offs especially Ron
  18. Hi Nick, and first off...really like the solar panels...look just right to me...my only suggestion (you know me mate)...I would add a control/power box to the main support post...roughly two thirds of the way down...existing cable entering it from the top...then have the cable exiting from the bottom...and...extending away to a power source...just run the cable along the ground and lose it. Personally...I would keep both of them together at the back...I find the one at the front disruptive to the visual plane...but that's just me. Without a physical berm...it's difficult to grasp the concept...from a viewers perspective...obviously...you have the advantage in that respect...so will reserve judgement on that. The placement you indicate would work...but also depends on the height you intend. Your proposed grouping of vehicles and figures is a little 'tight' to my eye but...again...until they appear...it's hard to quantify my comment on such. At first glance...it appears a touch 'flat'...by that I am referring to having 90% of the subjects along the back...which makes it look like the ones at the front were an 'after thought'. Canting the tower was a good idea...and looks better for it. Think I had better leave it there...before I get banned from the thread for disruptive input. Ron
  19. Couple more days and we'll know mate
  20. Simply amazing work all around. Some of the finest scratch building I have ever seen on any forum. Respect Ron
  21. Very nice attention to detail Poul...a mutual friend of ours will be smiling at this progress Ron
  22. They seem hell bent on causing me as much grief as possible on this Poul Will know better after a gentle sand...just hope the paint holds up...haven't got much left now Thanks for the vote of confidence Matt Ron
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