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  1. There is something satisfying to realise that the origami meisters at Eduard's haven't actually set an impossible folding task, not the most challenging part of the pom-poms just rather a lot of them to make up.
  2. Enough of the procrastination, I have a ship that needs finishing, cannot have her languishing in the dockyard gathering dust and calling to me every day to pull my finger out and get going again. Starting on the pom-poms this morning!
  3. Indeed it is, one day I will get round to moving it forwards.
  4. A bit more progress this weekend, looking forward to the end of the week and no more work until the 4th. Hopefully will make rather more progress in that period.
  5. Still moving ahead at a snails pace, not forgotten.
  6. Slower at times, juggling the kit instructions and then 2 sets of the PE instructions certainly makes you think a lot more about the build sequence and what is sensible vs what will makes things much harder. All a learning processes.
  7. Slowly edging forwards. Very first piece of railing installed without too much of a drama.
  8. Starting to work on the superstructure, so more PE fun but at least am starting to manage to fold the stuff without causing it to fall apart in my clumsy fingers. Happy to have got my first ladder in place in one piece.
  9. Forecastle starting to get there.
  10. Boats finished a couple of weekends ago, need to think about starting painting them. This weekend was the forecastle and starting on the guns.
  11. Back to business since work had unfortunately been taking precedence the last few weeks, but back to battling with the PE. Today building a small flotilla - nearly there!
  12. Vision express has delivered a solution to one of my problems, now I can see the fine bits in great clarity, however my first attempt at putting some PE on the funnel is less than stellar. The walkway has gone on ok'ish with a few supports needing reattaching, but the ladder ... well you can probably see the trail of what was supposed to be holding it away from the surface not quite being in the right place. One by one they dropped off until I decided enough was enough, the ladder will be ornamental and totally impractical to climb. I am working on the assumption that either this will get easier with practice or I realise my manual dexterity isn't up to the job. I am hoping the former becomes true.
  13. So far so good with the PE, I am waiting for new glasses before I get into the harder parts, time will tell.
  14. Well that Homer Simpson moment has come true .. how many times did I look for it to be obviously the issue and now it is the first one I picked up!
  15. Now I know my eyesight isn't great, hence waiting on some new glasses for close work to turn up at the opticians, but I have hit one of those moments. According to Tamiya there should be 3 capstans(?) part number D15 in picture here and it wasn't unti I had glued in place the two outboard ones that I realised that sprue D only had 2 of the little blighters. I am probably going to have one of those Holmer Simpson moments when someone points out it is hiding in the picture above, but for the life of me I cannot spot the 3rd. has anyone else with this kit seen the same ?
  16. Yes it does have a surprisingly strong adhesive, does not appear to have any issues sticking down rather well. Time will tell if it decides it wants to lift or not.
  17. I am taking the cop-out here that she is going to be the unlikely dockyard fresh, without the scars of the Luftwaffe's visit. First time on a model such as this, getting my head round building it and using the PE patrs on a scale I have not tried before. Weathering and getting closer to realism is part of the journey for the next few models after this.
  18. The first part of the wooden deck has gone in without too much drama, some fettling round the edges to do to get it completely flat and only a couple of points where I need to trim a bit. The eagle eyed amongst you will have already spotted where I have failed to remember to drill holes before fitting the deck, but at least the the wooden deck gives me a good reminder of where they should be. The turret and superstructure only there a quick check that there is nothing majorly amiss. The forcastle is still at the stage of removing various parts and rubbing down. I decided to give this end a bit of a go first to see how to fitted and whether it was worth going further with the cheap deck on this model.
  19. Having spent a day being driven to distraction in placing the PE tops on 38 (so far) bins/lockers, I decided to have a bit of fun and try out folding the PE for the first time for a bit more of a challenge. Happy with the results so far, but this was a rather more basic bit of folding to do, lots more fun to come.
  20. Just having driven home from a week in the wonderful Northern Scottish Highlands, it was a nice welcome home to see that the postman had delivered he Eduard photo etch sets and a wooden deck. Deck was rather cheap on ebay from a Chinese company CorMake.com - no sure whether it will end up being pain in the bottom but we live and learn. A quick dry fit of he deck and superstructure to remind me of things to come
  21. There is something decidedly nerve wracking to take a saw to cut off the kit barrels and then try to drill parallel holes to mount the RBM barrels, but I think they are worth the effort.
  22. Some minor touch-ups needed and the easy bit is done.
  23. Thanks for the comments, being able to share the build experience and learn from more experienced members is a great driver to do a little bit better each time. I dread to think what my parents used to really think when I threw together a model over a weekend, painted and presented it as the best Spitfire/Hurricane etc.
  24. Far from perfection, but enough to make me smile when I look at it every day.
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