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  1. Measure once, cut twice, swear lots, sand, sand, sand, throw away and start over...
  2. Thanks for the comments everyone , apart from the terrible puns! (j/k). Time to start planning the next one. Mustang maybe...
  3. Hi folks, it's been a bit of a weird summer, so I hope you are all keeping well. Here is a beech and mahogany Bf109 G-6 in 1/48 scale. Took me quite a while to do this one, I started full of enthusiasm then quickly lost my way as I got the underside of the nose wrong. It languished on the table in a pile of sawdust and despair for a few months while I gathered the momentum to finish it. For a plane that looks like it was designed only with straight edges it was surprisingly hard to get it to look correct; the machine gun blisters were also a right pain to get symmetrical. Anyway, I'm glad I persevered as I think it came out OK in the end. Thanks for viewing, hope you like it Nick
  4. Looks superb, difficult to tell the model from the real thing.
  5. Stunningly realistic, I spent several minutes looking for a model on the ground next to the real bike.
  6. That looks amazing, and it is always an entertaining education following your builds. When is BB going to become a britmodeller member in her own right?
  7. Exquisite, you've done it justice. Shame those kits are so frighteningly expensive, but the end result is superb.
  8. Thanks. They turned out easier than I was expecting, I had a curved gouge of exactly the right radius which helped, some diamond needle files and a large box of scalpel blades. The wheels are boxwood, which is amazing stuff almost like plastic.
  9. The scale is whatever it worked out to be when printing the plans to fit a4 paper. Its 205mm buffer to buffer, so roughly 1/38. The chief domestic engineer has decreed that she likes it as a wood sculpture rather than painted, so wood it shall remain in the interest of marital harmony
  10. Hello, denizens of the dusty end of the forum. Thought I'd pop down here to show off my latest whittling project: a pre-war Peckett 0-6-0 ST. I chose it as a starter loco project as it didn't have too many wheels to carve in case I found the going a bit tough. Everythign is hand carved from wood with a few brass wire embellishments. Oh, and soeme galvanised felt nails for buffers. Hope you like "60 ton angel falls to the earth / Pile of old metal, a radiant blur"
  11. So, the 2020 weirdness is not quite dead, so what better distraction from the end of the world than a wooden spitfire? Having already done a Mk1 a while back (that now looks hopelessly childish) I thought I'd fast-forward 10 years to the last mark to fly from the spitfires birthplace: a Mk24. Carved from my dwindling supply of beech and accented with whatever slivers of dark wood (or possibly mouse poo) I found at the bottom of the woodpile and finished with a very old tin of danish oil. Hope it looks vaguely recognisable, and is an acceptable deviation from the more usual plastic based excellence found on here.
  12. I keep trying to come up with something wryly amusing or semi ironic to say about this build, but I can't. It's just too damn good. I am seriously impressed by the skills and ingenuity on display and its going to end up a cracker of a model. I think I'm tempted to come over to the sooty side of modelling for a bit. I hope we see more from Baby B in future.
  13. Love the lateral thinking and spare model part recycling. Thats proper modelling that is. When life gives you lemons scratch build a giant lemon-flinging trebuchet and decorate it with the spare parts of other failed siege engines.
  14. Can't help feeling that there's a bit missing at the top... and what about the sticky-uppy-triangley-guidey bits? Nevertheless, Pog would appear to be appropriate. Jolly good show old chap.
  15. I think you've cracked the track conundrum nicely. Looks good.
  16. Thanks everyone for the kind words. Give this away as a gift? Never! It took far too long to make. Anyway, I am a typhoon fan, so I'll be keeping it
  17. Awesome progress! Is there anything that carving cannot solve? Should be wood not plastic, but we can overlook that this time...
  18. Hi folks, here is my latest lockdown project. The inspiration for this build came from a walk through the fields down by the coast. I passed an information board partly hidden in the undergrowth that told the tale of RAF Needs Oar Point, an advance landing ground used around the time of D-Day by a Typhoon squadron. So, here is my interpretation of a Typhoon 1b carved from Beech in approx 1/48 scale and finished in danish oil. Thanks for looking.
  19. Normally I'd prefer seeing the wood grain, but given how superbly this has turned out I am almost persuaded to consider paint on my next wooden model.
  20. How about modelling it in a repair shop with the tracks off? Or is that too much of a cop-out? Or hull-down in a firing scrape?
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