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Marklo

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  1. Seriously he has the life, if there really is reincarnation then I want to come back as my cat (temporal discontinuity notwithstanding; I reckon If I can comeback at all then I can go back in time too)
  2. Getting there. Just a little more sanding and filling and we're ready to finish the paintwork on the main assembly.
  3. Yes as you can see he gets very stressed ( I did check he was breathing before taking this photo btw)
  4. Probably for the best. I'm working purely from the basis of a mathematical transformation such as P(X) =Y where P is a transformation to an egg kit, X is the initial state and Y the final one. so P(Xfloh) =YFloh and P(XAlbatros) =YAlbatross now since the initial state of the Floh looks like and egg kit we can say the XFloh= YAlbatros making the end state of the albatross interchangeable with the initial state of the Flow thus XAlbatross =YFlow And thus P(XFloh)=XAlbatross QED Simple eh. also works for the Roland. This kind of thing keeps me sane (I think)
  5. Yes he is as deaf as a post, but pretty well adjusted in himself and stil very lively given that he is 20 years old (well 20 and a half, to be precise) . We have figured out that he is meowing because he is either hungry, looking to go out, looking for a pet or meowing for the sake of it. We normally try these solutions in that order.
  6. I shall have to hide my Avatar and my Cat (he is getting on a bit and he's stone deaf and oddly hard to keep quiet, but we suspect that is catty dementia, as I said he's very old) ah and we only have Dog licences here. The Savoia is looking really well. Why not, they don't have to be black you know. If the RAF could paint the back of the blades on BE2cs black...
  7. I prefer the term special.. To paraphrase Abe Simpson, a little from column A a little from column B. I am the proud possessor of a number of ker-app kits which I plan to make into reasonable representations of actual aircraft (a fairey flycatcher a spad XIII, a bristol bulldog, an albatross dIII, to name a few) except for the DII they are the only available kit option and they (may) be ever so slightly easier than a scratch build (although perhaps not)
  8. Zero so far. I will go for plausible and use the likes of Albatros and Roland interiors to ground it. As far as my (limited ) research goes there were two prototypes built, both were flown but never armed. They were fast but difficult to fly and land due to the very poor forward visibility. If this looks like an egg plane of a Roland/Albatross then an egg plane of this should look like this (hmm far too many this's in that sentence) :- I see no flaws in my logic (ahem)
  9. Lovely job so far. Good tip on the PE, may add some strip to th einnards of th eFLoh to give it a bit of bulk.
  10. Added a tailskid and buttoned up the foredeck. And lots of green stuff to make good the huge resultant gap. Once this is d down I can start on the Paintwork proper. So we're at the punchlist stage for this build:- 1. Sand/fill/ sand any blemishes in the assembly. 2. Paint the whole thing properly (what's on it at the moment is effectively undercoat (except for the tail plane) and will probably get polished away) 3. Decals on the main assembly. 4. Rig the tail and control wires 5. Fit the struts/Lower wing 6. Rig the rest of it. 7. Decals on the rest of it. 8. Lights, bomb rack, misc bits and pieces Done.....
  11. Added wing roots (very hard to figure out the detail of the wing attachment to the fuselage from the drawings and pictures, these don't contradict any data I have, but by the same token I don't have any good views of the area, however logically this is what I'd o if I were trying to mate a wooden monocoque fuselage to a spar and rib fabric covered wing and it''s pretty similar to contemporary designs like the Pfalz or the Siemens Shuckert DIV) and made the forward fuselage a bit more cylindrical. Milliput to fill in overzealous carving again. Pretty much ready to be split and molded. I'll do the blank for the spinner first. I must admit the carved basswood does feel silky smooth and won't need any grain filling before molding. The carving of this one was pretty much handled as per the diagram but I used a shape gauge to check the sections not individual cutouts. Overall I think I found the method used for the Pfalz a bit easier albeit less skillful. When next I do this I'll probably go for something in between the 2 methods. I definitely could have done with a spokeshave or a very small woodplane. I did use a surform for roughing out the blank but it didn't work as well as I'd have liked.
  12. I have far too many WIP threads on at the moment, bu t this is so wierd/Cute/straightforward that I couldn't leave it to languish in my stash so this will be a fairly quick (dare I say it) mojo restorer,, so without further ado. Not a lot to the kit, one sprue, a PE fret an instrument panel film and some decals. Interior PE folded, glued and painted a nice woody brown. And there we have it for the moment.
  13. Funny that I've been reading a lot of WWI books and the Ray Rimmel reference books and RAF wires are frequently referred to as flattened profile and lacquered in black. Must root out some of the references.
  14. Really lovely work. I have a 1/48 one in the stash earmarked for an IAC scheme. I can use this thread for reference
  15. I thought California was a particularly nice part of the world. I might add the last time I was there was 2007 and southern California (San Diego to be precise) Having spent a year there in 1998. I must admit that the Bush era most definitely had many (to a foreigner anyway) unsettling effects on the place and I can't imagine how you're doing under the current regime. (surely they couldn't be worse than our lot ?) Oh and I really do Like the LVG, might even consider the civilian version if I ever get to adding one to my collection. I
  16. Indeed it will be. Hopefully I'll start it at the weekend. I thought this was normal service for Martians threads
  17. This arrived in the post yesterday and will be rushed to the start of the queue as a Mojo restorer/enhancer. Too good to be left to linger in the stash
  18. Don't know if I'm too late found this on leafing through my collection of ancient Airfix magazines (1983 afair) a nice mix of PC10 or Silver colourschemes.
  19. Mrs Martian seems reasonably understanding. Mrs Marklo does not get that modelling can take my mind off the persistent pain and takes a `if you're too bad to do x you shouldn't be doing anything` view. It does sound like you both have a reasonable handle on doing stuff versus our level of CFS. Oh and the wheel bays do look very good, as with the rest of the build.
  20. The Snark even more nearly there. I Think the section above the wings should be more cuirved but otherwise it looks pretty good to me. Some Pfalz blanks, including a Miliputted (not a verb I know but I like coining new ones or using George bushisms like misunderestimeted isnt etymology great (thats etymology not entomology which is bugs not words)) and re sanded cowl mold. (I'll have a go at a mold when #i do the Snark Fuselage.
  21. It all looks real... magnificent work. (also glad to see your rigging lines are black, RAF wires were generally lacquered black and quite prominent, none of this invisible thread lark )
  22. Just to clarify,m that would be on a countersunk rivet, which is the type usually used on faying (anything in the airflow) surfaces on modern aircraft, now you will see the head of a dome headed rivet, but in my own experience they were only used where you needed the extra strength and couldn't countersink the surface being riveted. I might add that at this stage even my eyes are glazing over... Anorak off.
  23. Yes in my book, a Mojo restorer should be a quick win, for me it's a good OOB, on my main builds I'll worry about how the rivets look, actually I won't as having worked on rivets for a number of years ( I was quite the expert on PWA16 as applied to JT8D-200 HPC rear inner cases, if you're interested, but frankly nobody usually is) as a result I'd be aware that the front of a rivet is going to be invisible until you hit say 1/24th or greater and the back isn't going to be seen unless the panels are open and it's a bucked not squeezed rivet ( I can explain if you're interested, but again frankly nobody usually is) perhaps the better example is the interior of my Gamecock (wahey) which looks lovely but will be never be seen again once the upper decking is permanently in situ, but you get the idea.
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