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  1. Inspirational, beautiful result - ordered mine just now, using the old ‘combined shipping’ excuse!
  2. Stuart! I wondered if you'd pop your 'Malteser' up above the cockpit coaming! And here you are, with exquisite timing, as I have only just now been rummaging in my spares like the Dr Frankenstein @Moa seems to think I am, in order to harvest white metal body parts for our Macchi pilot. Once again bits are from various sports-car driver figures from Phoenix Figures. The head selected for suitable goggles & helmet (no radio headphones or oxygen mask), while the body had the right small-collar & pinched waist, although the jacket pockets were a little less stylish than Sig. di Bernardi's slick outfit, so I filed them off. Base paint colours started ...
  3. ... & that post above kept me disciplined between primer coats of the next component - the wings. Just look at the quality of these beautifully cast-in surface radiators from the Noix kit: I want to be very careful that I don't clog those with excess primer or paint, so I've masked them off - figuring the creamy yellow resin can be a fine base for the brass radiators - while the surrounds have been given their oxide coats: Moving f'ward!
  4. Hello! Look at this wonder ... Sensational OK, so last post I had press-fit a tease assembly of white metal struts & resin floats ... So having committed to that with CA, I then mused on how to manage the blending-in at the junctions - where internal acute triangular struts meet compound curve float. So I took my lead from this on the real thing: Which bit? The bit he's looking at ... a subtly raised sheet that wraps around the junction of both struts & bracing. It is particularly subtle, of a thickness which does not bear calculating for 1:48, so I'm hoping my addition of these will recede as the build continues ... But the reasoning behind latching onto these was that they offered a way to contain the mess puttying-in the joint & limit collateral damage to the surrounding floats. This here demonstrates the various stages of the approach: Frame the geometry with carefully caliper-measured masking tape; edge the rectangle with fine strip; then fill the remainder of the rectangle with matching thickness sheet; trim with very sharp blade using the masking edge guides; the offcuts came off with the masking tape - this pure luck, or more accurately, this is another plus to Tamiya tape, as the CA bonded the offcuts to the tape, but the tape did not leach the CA through & bond the lot to the resin float!; this then formed the neat external edge, while the internal 'cofferdam' sits ready to back-fill with putty, like so: Into which - with some difficulty & lots of tiny improvised toothpick tools - Mr White Putty was slathered... then a process of fabricating yet more improvised sanding sticks shaped from balsa with tiny offcuts of micromesh affixed. Both blending in the putty & thinning down the laminate at the same time... On that one above you can see deliberate omission of filler under the horizontal strut - this a convenient reduction of my workload based on this flimsy evidence: And here is the assembly after a few rounds of primer, ready for topcoat! I quite like the thought that I'm using 'red oxide' primer intended for tanks & other such combat vehicles for this 'civil' - if still competitive - vehicle ... And for @Moa, as I now feel obliged to reveal a new contrivance with each post, here's my cardboard tube 'float-hand-hold' in it's 'hold-the-float-hand-holder' as used during painting sessions ...
  5. To all above, sincere thank you for your very generous comments. .. & yes @Moa the squire exits stage left, to clippty cloppity coconuts!
  6. I'm pleased to be able to redirect you ...
  7. Short Crusader 810hp / 604kw Bristol Mercury 1 Built for, but not entered into, the 1927 Schneider Trophy race in Venice Maximum quoted speed 270mph / 434kmh 1:48 resin kit by Karaya , with a few modifications; White metal pilot by Phoenix Figures, again with a few modifications; Resin Bristol Mercury (crankcase & half of one cylinder only!) by Vector; Timber plinth by Jim's Bases; 'Sea Blur' plinth graphic by Coastal Kits. A tortuous long-winded account of the build lives over here Can't believe it's done! Please forgive the mobile phone photography, my camera is .. somewhere in a box.
  8. Glorious! See everyone, that’s what I’m after!! Re the S5, have you seen there’s the recent release AMP kit at 1/48 scale. Here’s one recently completed.. https://www.facebook.com/groups/565045497227886/permalink/1092224987843265/
  9. Following with interest. This is one on my list which I have come just so close to buying several times myself. Thanks for the parts preview .. I suspect this thread is going to cause me to finally commit & make that purchase!
  10. Interesting you say that, I was under the impression they were bespoke jewellery like items for modellers of the next level. Keep at & would love to see some WIP shots ..
  11. Ooh, don’t hear that often! Any pictures to share? It is a grand machine
  12. Outstanding! I love it, lock it in!
  13. Sooo, last time I posted I thought I was that close to having this wrapped up ... Well here she is again, back in the jig (her natural state?!) Unfortunately the clear glue I had used to bond the supporting clear acrylic to the float steps displayed an unhelpful property. It has maintained the bond, but the cement itself has a measure of unwanted flex (subsequent deeper internet research revealed this is a known property I ought to have noticed). While test-fitting it into the slot on top of the base I noticed a very .... slow .... disturbing ... lean back on it's haunches. It met a limit, but if I merely tipped the centre of gravity forward a little then this resulted in ... a very ..... slow ... disturbing ... wallow forward. Not ideal. So will be going back & editing that post in the preceding thread lest anyone follow my lead! So it has been reinforced with the next chemical of choice: an 'ulta-clear' two part epoxy resin promising stupendous strength. Test runs on off-cut acrylic confirmed it won't cloud or fog the transparency. So it's been applied, & 16hrs to cure ... In the meantime the slot has been sawn & chiselled into the top of the timber, & the graphic transplanted down into the slot. Base is ready ... ... so close ...
  14. Thanks Adrian, yes, not abandoning the hobby - enthusiasm maintained! There's one vote for plastic surgery it seems Thanks for your research help & input along the way - most appreciated. Thanks Dennis, here's to more such thoroughbreds for our stables!
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