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  1. Look out. You just got another one from me in the dreaded Vic too! There’s been some sort of Freedom Day declared today, as we get past 70% vaccinations. However I don’t think we’ll be declaring victory until I get my haircut, which is tentatively scheduled for the 1st of November. Bloody hell it can’t come quick enough. I feel like I need to wear a headband when I sit down to work in the man cave!
  2. Argh. So close and yet so far. Some 1/350 airships at last, but my particular interest is for the Schutte Lanz variety. All the same, I’d love to get hold of one of these. I hope you will be sharing some build pics down the road. You lucky fellow! Envious of Uranus
  3. Brilliant! I would love for the original mould maker to see this.
  4. Nice! I really like the Skua. I can still remember assembling the Frog/Novo version at the age of six or seven. Sitting on the floor and turning the canopy this way and that... Trying to choose which direction did not look wholly un-aerodynamic.
  5. Hi wonderful. I’d love to have an Anson in the collection one day. Looking forward to watching it come together
  6. Hi Victor, here’s a link to the styrene sheet. Probably work getting a few different sheets to give you the thickness you need if you are building in 72nd: Link I haven’t quite worked out what to do next, but I’ve been keeping busy by trying my hand at some generic parts. Idle hands and all that. At the moment I’m making some LeRhone and Gnome Monosoupape engines that will probably come in handy at some point. If I can mould them it would be a nice ready supply. Here’s a test shot of one with a wash of colour so I can see how it looks. Only 20 parts (or 19 rather... one bit has fallen off). It’s not quite there yet but looks promising.
  7. Cheers, you're welcome! One day if I can pluck up the courage I will take advantage of the clear acrylic wings and try painting the underlying spars and ribs before adding the topcoat If you are buying materials it is worth keeping an eye out for the sheets of high impact styrene too. If you are working in larger scales the sheets that are 2mm and above tend to stay flat after shaping. It's much easier to work with than acrylic and can be shaped much more rapidly.
  8. Hi Victor, sorry for the late reply! I make the wings from solid acrylic as it tends to stay nice and flat, plus you can get a razor-sharp trailing edge too. I usually work in either 1mm or 1.5mm sheets at this scale. Ebay is a good source, and A4 sized sheets can usually be bought quite cheaply. They last a lifetime in 1/144 too I score both sides of the sheet and snap off the piece that I need. The underside of the wing is the first bit to be shaped. I get an old metal ruler and file the end to the right curve, then use it as a scraper to do the lower surface. It pays to start with a strip that is longer than you need. Then trim it to length afterwards. I usually double-side tape the acrylic strip to a flat surface, then position a straight edge next to it to act as a guide. Then its just a matter of scraping the profile in. One of the advantages of 1/144 is that this isn't so messy and requires less elbow work. Once the underside profile is complete I gently remove the wing and stick it down again with the top surface pointing up. Do this with the trailing edge slightly overhanging the edge of a block of timber or something. Then get a nice big two handed file and shape the upper surface of the wing. Try not to file towards the trailing edge too much. This just makes a lot of swarf build up there. Filing towards the leading edge is better and gives you a cleaner result. When the rear part of the upper wing is shaped you can the turn the wing around on the block and shape the front. A bit of a sand afterwards will clean up the file marks afterwards. Here's a shot of one pair of wings that were done this way. It was probably an hour's work from start to finish.
  9. That’s an amazing haul. Well done! Ive got many of those issues in my collection as well. And they are just as good at 52
  10. Oh I'd love to do a Fury! I still remember my Matchbox one so fondly and would not be able to go past those black and white chequer board markings. I've been after the Arch Whitehouse book for ages. I'll take that as a good recommendation! Thank you so much for the kind words everybody! After such a hard slog it is nice to see it so well received.
  11. Hi Serkan, thanks for asking. I've used a bunch of different things over the years from monocular scopes to desktop magnifiers. Strangely, the best thing I've found for small scale modelmaking is the cheap non-prescription reading glasses that you get from discount stores and chemists and whatnot. I started out with 3x magnification and soon got more and more addicted to higher levels of magnification. These days I'm using 6x glasses that I found on ebay for about $7Au and it has made a massive difference to to my work. Desktop magnifiers are less effective, as it is always a struggle to both work and bring the piece into focus at the same time. With the glasses you subconsciously move your head to maintain focus, so you're not working in mid air or trying to do things in a blur half the time. They also work better than a visor, as you can focus and work a lot closer to your nose. Plus you can easily peer over the tops of the glasses to check your references or watch your netflix or whatever I've actually burned through a few pairs due to careless handling and my big stupid head. However I found that if I pulled a lens out of one of the broken pairs, I could temporarily blu-tac it to the front of the glasses to give me super-squinty vision when doing really fiddly jobs. It's like having bionic vision or a borg eyepiece or whatever. When you make something with the glasses and get it looking nice; you take them off and have a look at the thing and think: My God... did I do that???
  12. Hi I'm so glad you like it! Sorry if the wip link didn't work. You can find the BM thread here: Cheers!
  13. Thank you everyone! I'll have to rest my eyes for a while now as I work out what to try next. Maybe it needs an Eindekker for a mate. Here's a link to the RFI thread with more photos:
  14. Looks fantastic. That's not an easy timber to work with either. Amazing stuff
  15. Thank you! I'm so glad it is done. I think I felt myself level up as the last piece was glued into place. By coincidence: the second I posted the above message to say that the Fee was finished, I suddenly received the following notice..
  16. I've always had a thing for the FE2. To an aircraft-obsessed child, it was that "big 2-seater DH-2" that only sometimes appeared in fuzzy photographs and never in the Airfix catalogue. It was elusive and mysterious, and not a little terrifying too. I remember staring in fascinated horror at a watercolour picture which showed the observer, standing up on the edge of his shallow cockpit to fire backwards over the top wing at some shark like V-strutters that were racing in for the kill. I used to wonder at the kind of courage and desperation it would require to do this - miles above France and without safety harness or parachute. I still wonder at it actually. While I was growing up a mainstream kit of the Fee never seemed to materialise. References were always rare and the aircraft seemed almost lost to history. Over the years I fell in love with 1/144 scale. So when the 1/32 WNW kit rolled around it was waaay out of my league. It did however provide a stack of readymade research material that I could use... Eventually one day I decided to have a go. Four years later and I don't know how many hours or hundreds of parts later, it is finished. So here it is. A scratchbuilt FE2b in 1/144 scale. Materials are styrene sheet, acrylic and sterling silver for the most part. Plus a tiny bit of 18ct gold for good measure (I'm a jewellery maker by trade, so why not). Paints are Mr Color and Tamiya lacquers, while the markings are a mix of hand masked and home printed. With the exception of the nacelle roundels, which were donated by the most excellent Ajmm (thank you so much! I think of you every time I see them ). Markings are for a B-Flight machine of 22 Sqn RFC flown by Captain Francis Don, with Lt Herbert Harris as observer. This aircraft was lost on June 5, 1917 when it was shot down by the famous ace, Werner Voss for his 33rd victory. Both pilot and observer were wounded, however they were able to bring the aircraft down safely in a field north of Vaucelles. Voss then strafed them on the ground for good measure before they were taken prisoner. Classy guy. Anyway enough intro. Here's the pics. I hope you like them! Thanks for looking! Here's a link to the WiP thread if you want to see how the sausage was made.
  17. Oh boy. I made the beastly little landing lights near the wing tips and added what I think may well be the last of the rigging to the top wing. I do believe I am finally finished... More pics to follow and I'll put together an entry in the ready for inspection section.
  18. Hi Phoenix, my tool kit is fairly basic. The main ingredients are a set of digital calipers to establish measurements, and a ready supply of Swann Morton 10A scalpel blades to cleanly cut what I’ve measured. I also use 6x reading glasses that I found on eBay. Everything else is just sandpaper and tweezers. As far as steady hands go: the trick is to rest one hand on the other so that they steady themselves.
  19. Thanks Murdo! I often get told that I'm nuts when making these things, but I don't think that is the case. I tend to associate that more with unpredictable or erratic behaviour. Whereas this requires you to be a bit more single-minded and deliberate than anything else. The other thing I am often told is that I have a bloody huge matchstick. I made the little dynamo thingy last night and attached it this evening. It was made from black sprue and some Evergreen rod that was painted with Mr Color Brass. The little prop blade is a very thin material which was painted silver and glued in place with PVA. I used the clear cellophane panel from a packet of old Microscale decals. This stuff is amazingly thin but quite workable considering how fine it is. Gert beg match again: I very nervously turned the Fee over to glue it in place. Only a few more details to go now. I need to do the raised landing lights near the wingtips next, but I have no idea how to make the tiny tear drop shape yet. One detail I've decided to leave off for clarity is the reinforced canvas bags that hang down from the Lewis guns to catch the spent ammunition casings. I feel like the model would look much better without them. As at this scale it would be very hard to tell what they were, and they would look a bit "Drew Peacock" (if you know what I mean).
  20. Getting towards the end, some of the tasks that remain are some of the most difficult. The course-setter bombsight on the side of the nacelle was definitely not what I signed up for. Its tiny and ludicrously complicated, but it was there on A857 so I had to do it. 3mmx1.3mm and 14 pieces of wire and sprue in total. Here's a shot of it glued in position. I hope I never have to make one again!
  21. Hi ajmm You're absolutely right. I'm really happy with how its coming out, but I'm having a bit of a modeller's crisis wondering what on earth I will do when its finished. Something a lot easier I hope!
  22. Almost there now. During the week I was able to add the control cables and rigging to the top wing and along to the tail. I think there's maybe six more wires to go now. I also made the windscreen from some super thin cellophane and added the two Lewis guns (been wanting to do that for ages). Here's a dawn shot for a bit of a moody backdrop:
  23. Oh SWEET!!! It looks big and meaty and very British. A lot more broadsword than dannyboy too, if you know what I mean.
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