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Horatio Gruntfuttock

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About Horatio Gruntfuttock

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    Bathurst NSW Australia
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    72nd aircraft - British, French, Italian, Rafwaffe

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  1. Oh my giddy aunt! That is a wonderful bit of super detailing and thank you so much for sharing your skills and techniques.. now I will go back to knitting!!
  2. Once again Mr Moa you have returned from the labyrinthine depths of aeronautical esoterica to dazzle us with one of your scratch built jewels! That is both weird and wonderful and your skills have brought it to life. I can only stand (sit?) in wonder at your creations. "Well done" always seems so trite.
  3. Ah, poor Yorrick, I did but know him well! That's the rarely modelled Avro Yorrick, of course.
  4. Is it really that weird? Oh dear! Some people build models, I just have this compulsion to touch aircraft - Im up to around 100 different types now - even keep a record of them, and try to build models of the ones I see.
  5. I'm with you on opera, although Lucciano belting out "Nessum Dorma' still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! My mother-in-law was a soprano, but stuck to hymns and Handel's Messiah, rather than opera. Did any Italian write music for Wind in the Willows? heh heh!
  6. That is a remarkable effort from such an awful kit Mr Moa. I spent a lot of time and considerable expense finding the Delta2 kit and then discovering how crude it was. Sold it on at great loss and then spent another fortune getting the sublime SBS resin kit. Best not let 'She Who Must Be Obeyed' know any of that!
  7. One of my favourite aeronautical themes - the Schneider cup aircraft are a wonderful set of ground-breaking (or should that be water-breaking) aeroplanes. The Italian ones in particular are just gorgeous - I was almost in tears when I was able to stroke the four of them in the museum at Vigna di Valle, and i have been able to touch the S6B in the Science Museum in London and S5 replica in Southhampton. I have kits of many of them but your scratch-building effort is wonderful.
  8. What a beast Mr Moa and you have done her full justice. Love the back-story and the progress shots and your final creation is a thing of beauty. The Italians certainly designed some gorgeous aeroplanes. I wonder what Puccini tune the wind played when whipping through all those struts and wires?
  9. Hell's teeth Mr Moa, you do dig up some weirdos! Thanks so much for illuminating the darker recesses of aeronautical history! Another lovely job and your images really tell the story well.
  10. Of course! Silly moi - I have actually used the stuff to build a wee shed. Thanks for the reminder.
  11. Can't really add to the adulation expressed by those before me but I am stunned by the realism you have achieved Andy - brilliant work and you deserve all the praise being heaped on your creation.
  12. What a fascinating little aeroplane Mr Moa. I can't imagine that it would be all that stable on water especially in any kind of choppiness. A simple little beast but I am still getting my head around it "being dealt with over a weekend"! Well done, again!
  13. Another amazing replica Mr Moa. Scratch-built! Bloody hell! How did you replicate that corrugated effect so regularly and neatly? It looks just the duck's nuts and I stand in awe.
  14. That is just stunning Fuad. Your models are an inspiration to me and, from the comments above, a whole heap of modellers around the world. Your attention to detail and the wonderful finish you get are just brilliant - thanks for sharing them and I have noted the source of the great rigging material you use. One tiny( and it is really tiny!) issue that i have is that such a weathered airframe would probably have slightly worn markings as well. Yours do look a little bright to my eyes. I'm sure you are happy with the results and that is what counts. My issue is not intended to denigrate your exceptional work.
  15. mea culpa Admiral! I did not look closely enough did I? Looking through my vast collection of stuff on the S55 I could not find any images of this version which also appears to have the short cockpit (albeit covered), three portholes over the instrument panel, those odd intake orifices, angular sponsons and some odd small 'pylons' where the sponsons blend in with the upper wing. I am also intrigued by the dark curved markings with a fine white outline leading back from the outer wings. There no m/g mounts in the forward sponsons so it is probably not a military version. As Yule Brynner said in The King And I "this is a puzzlement!"
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