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  1. Even with her makeup scrubbed off she is a beautiful bird. Good luck tomorrow!
  2. This is extremely interesting to hear. That as ones skills increase, the forces that swirl around ones work area increase proportionally. It is heartening to observe that ones recovery time is also decreased. A lovely plump little being coming into shape Moa!
  3. Another beautiful civil aircraft Moa. I must say thatI find them more attractive than the killing machines. I love the color of the plastic on this one!
  4. Curious to know how you constructed the tube and it’s very realistic ribbing. It looked like you use PVC pipe in the previous Caproni-Stipa build I assume that you had to resort to epoxy or CA glue on that one. Both very sculptural.
  5. Another gorgeous art work of a lovely aircraft! Thank you Moa for sharing your joy with us.
  6. Interesting and lovely work Tony. Curious how you are going to represent the fasteners, rivets etc. Will deforming the brass change the shape? Or will you work on the painted layer? Inspiring to watch as always. Terry
  7. Looks really nice Gadget. I think that your paint job is subtly done. Speaking as anther newbie here, lurking in awe, your admonition to “swallow your pride and post the picture” is excellent advice. I too have struggled with the wires and finally discovered E-Z line, an elastic thread which makes it all much easier. Plus it gives if you accidentally hit it after installing it! Great work. Thank you for sharing it! Terry
  8. It has been such an instructive pleasure to watch this build Tony. A wealth of modeling tips and tricks on display, as well as just great skill and determination to care this incredible project through to completion. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
  9. Re, the gorgeous ball turret. Have thought of making netsuke Fozzy? https://goo.gl/images/eEv7pg Beautiful work as usual Fozzy.
  10. Thanks Corsircorp, coming from you, high praise indeed! Thanks for stopping by. ble as the old Mono kit wit when you've done with it! I do like that little anvil you have there! Keith I can't remember where that little anvil came from but it has been quite useful! Thanks for keeping an eye on me Keith. LOL , well you caught me out there Devilfish, apparently I'm building some sort of night fighter bomber! Truly a "What the heck is it?". Basically I just like the shapes involved and after wavering a
  11. The hand grinder that I have can be turned down to fairly slow rpm so that made it easier. The cooper wire is really fine and worked well. I think that with practice I could produce longer runs of useful stuff. The lead wire was interesting as it would twist up so easily and then automatically break off! Really I was trying to represent what we call Romex cable or metal-sheathed cable. I saw someone here doing it by winding really thin wire around a thicker wire and then coating it. Looked much more like Romex that my twisted affair. After getting the crew sorted I st
  12. Thanks for checking on me Martian. The weather is still a bit too hot for painting I think, but I think that it will be sooner than later.. I have been enjoying your tug build. Wish that I could scratch build as cleanly! Terry
  13. Still working on the cockpit. Gave it a coat of Mr Surfacer 500: Began making wire harnesses to detail the cockpit, out of lead wire and foil. Added wires to the radio equipment: Discovered that if I chucked up thin wire in my Proxxon I could twist it evenly. Even worked with the lead wire! Added the pilot and navigator's seats. Made the boot that covers the linkages to the column. Decided to populate the cockpit. It became very crowded very quickly. I can see why Monogram d
  14. I think you are right about it being for the NF or interceptor. I just couldn't remember last night what version I had settled on! As I mentioned, I'm playing catch up as I started work on this thing months ago and I've gotten absorbed in the details of the cockpit (with the radar equipment installed!) and I am currently having fun in the bomb bay. As you can tell accuracy is more of a tool I use to find interesting things to do on a kit not a end in itself! I will upload another batch of photos tonight and might bring the thread up to date within a few days. This build is a bit odd as
  15. Thanks for checking in Keith. I am sure that I will get the Crikie moving again soon. It's been so hot here (40 degrees C) that I didn't think airbrushing would be a good idea! Terry
  16. To get some relief from my Whirlwind, which has stalled a bit over the summer, I found this old Monogram kit and thought it might be fun to bash together. The kit supposedly gives you four options to choose from, the MK IV Bomber, the MK II Night Fighter, the Mk II Night Intruder and the MK VI Fighter Bomber. I decided to do the MK VI Fighter-Bomber... I think. I bought a cheap cockpit resin kit designed for the Tamiya kit and a set of resin wheels to correct the too narrow kit wheels. The kit had been opened and was missing one of the propeller blades.
  17. So it's been awhile since I posted to this thread and that represents the intervention of life and all it's nasty bits and frankly I hit a wall with this build. But I did make a bit more progress. I gave the "new" model another complete shot of primer after deciding that my bits of foil on the wings had to be removed. So after hours of sanding and filling and sanding : Then more time spent burnishing the primer and re-scribing panel lines on the wings: You can see the patches of distressed plastic where the foil had been. More sanding... Fin
  18. So after breaking off the flap guide once again.... I decided to replace them with brass... Sculpted the guide in brass rod: And then soldered a bit of brass sheet to the end hidden inside the wing: Cleaned up the over-solder and did a bit more sculpting: Glued in place with epoxy: I'll let the epoxy cure over night and then clean it up a bit... Thanks Martian for the sage advice.. too true.. like my basement.. the clutter does grow to fill the available space... Keith, I am glad to
  19. Thank you for the detailed descriptions of your build process. It is wonderful to see how you tackle the challenges. I may never build these exact aircraft but the way you go about it is fascinating and instructive.
  20. Thanks Martian and Keith for the kind words and support. I seem to be at a bit of a low point, struggling to get over a hump and move on! So... back at the bench and after a couple of days of sanding and filling I managed to knock off one of the Fowler flap guides that protrude at the aft end of the flaps.. this makes about the third time that I have managed to remove one of them. They have been replaced at least twice with carved sprew... Sigh.. What I decided that I have learned from this experience, is one, I should seriously consider replacing all of these protrudi
  21. Beautiful delicate work! A fun build to watch. Like a butterfly being born. Thank you for sharing your work. Terry
  22. Another interesting project! I shall just sit in the back here and learn something! Looks like a wonderful opportunity for a bit of brass work!
  23. Back to our regularly scheduled program.... Life does seem to get in the way sometimes... I just set the radio access door in place (sort of) and gave it all a shot of primer. I have been working on the gun camera trying to get the shape right... Also I used strips of Tamiya tape to represent the reinforcing on the fuel tanks.. I gave the strips of tape a brushing of Mr Surfacer to try to soften their edges.. Good to be back at the workbench... hope to make some progress toward completion.. Cheers Terr
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