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  1. I'd have skiffed my pants if I realized I'd made their mistake... Very well done bit of modelling!
  2. I just want to chime and say that I've enjoyed reading through this thread, and have felt particularly intrigued by the conversations about what the "nostalgia" of it all actually entails. I only got back into modelling a couple years back, at nearly the age of 30, and began by building 1/72 WWII aircraft for a war game my family plays. I paint my models with the same brushes and thick acrylics I use to do my paint work on canvas and other craft mediums, and build my models right here on the desk in front of my computer screen with just a few little essential tools laying around. Since starting up I've joined the forum. read many a review and critical analysis of this kit versus that kit, etc... Yet somehow I've managed to still collect a pile of rather dated kits which I have enjoyed putting together for the heck of it. I missed the era when many of these moulds were new, but I still appreciate the nostalgia aspect. I also collect, restore, and ride vintage road bicycles, as an example of one of too many crafts I engage in - and those bikes are often more expensive and less practical than buying a new one... 'Tis a similar story to the model kits in some ways! I have no idea when or if I'll buy an airbrush kit and set up a proper little work bench, though reading this thread has honestly made me happy to think that I haven't yet. I'll hold on to what I've got for a while longer, because perhaps what I'm lacking in material is made up for in innocence! Cheers! -Gregory
  3. I stared at the model for quite a while and did not notice that, but it's usually one of the first things that annoys me when it is the case! I must have been overwhelmed by the quality otherwise... But truly, it should be flags with the wind!
  4. Hello folks! I'm recently returned from a trip to Russia, and had an opportunity to spend an afternoon in the Central Naval Museum in Saint Petersburg. I took photos of much of the collection beginning with the birth of the Russian navy, and got through until the end of the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. My camera ran out of batteries and I was tired of taking photos by then, so the more modern part of the collection will have to wait to be documented until my next visit. Here's a Flickr album containing the photos I took. I thought I'd share it here for fellow enthusiasts. Cheers! -Gregory https://www.flickr.com/photos/45665351@N00/albums/72157690676263083
  5. An incredible accomplishment! Wonderfully executed... Bravo! -Gregory
  6. Howdy, folks! This is my first build to show off in the military vehicle category, having only previously finished aircraft... I had plans to use this little fellow in a diorama featuring Bf 109s during the Polish campaign, but may not see the project through. This kit began life with a sidecar that included a machine gun and gunner. The driver was facing forward with both legs and both arms firmly placed on the motorcycle, so I heavily modified his posture to get him and the motorcycle in this rather naturalistic state, with an outstretched arm and letter in hand. I also scratch-built the leather saddle bags, which seem to be an essential feature for a messenger's ride... As the model is only about 2cm tall, this was altogether quite a fun little challenge. Cheers! -Gregory
  7. Hello Greg! Yes, I'm still not quite patient enough to sit and get things just right... I notice many of the issues, but honestly feel that between my lack of experience and the fact that I still use rather thick paint and brushes, I can just ignore the inconsistencies for now. It doesn't seem possible to get "great" results with my current methods, so I just try to build and have fun. Maybe I'll get there someday! Cheers! -Gregory
  8. Bumping this because I finished the stand and added some new photos! ^.^ -Gregory
  9. Between your choice of subjects and your skills, you're officially my favorite modeller on this forum, Fuad! Another exquisite piece! -Gregory
  10. Coming back to this post very late, but feeling that a proper thank you is in order for each of you who took the time to respond and do some research about the question I posed! It's much appreciated. I ended up finishing my Heller model up without a squadron marking at all, because I found a photo of some Cs or Ds in a Polish airfield without any, but with the same style of yellow numbers on the individual aircraft. This seemed appropriate enough, given the possibility that I'll be using the model in a diorama featuring the Polish campaign. Cheers! -Gregory
  11. I've seen it reported in multiple instances but not on any official page, and the rest of the kits in the series also say 1:64, sometimes officially... In any case, it would be nice to know for sure if the length of the bowsprit is considered in typical measurements of either the real ships or models (I assume so for the latter, but am not sure about the former)? I've seen "deck measurements" and "overall length" quotes for the real ships, so I suspect the overall length includes the bowsprit. Is that usually the case? -Gregory
  12. Hello folks! I'm just delving into ship modelling, and am currently looking at branching into wooden kits. I've been an amateur woodworker for years and love the idea of building a traditional vessel from mostly proper materials! Staring at some popular kits, such as those from Amati and Corel, I'm beginning to get very confused by the scales presented. For example, the Amati Russian brig Mercury is reportedly at 1/64 scale by all accounts that I can find online (except their official site or photos of the model's box, which does not seem to list a scale)... The finished model is reportedly 34" long, but my research indicates that the original ship was only about 96 feet in length. Even if that length does not account for the bowsprit, then the model kit should only be about 18" long at most, plus the bowsprit... This does not make any sense to me, unless if I am clearly under-appreciating the lengths of the bowsprits. By way of comparison, a plastic 1/72 scale kit of the frigate Oryel is about 40cm long, while the original ship was ~80 feet in length. This makes much more sense to me! I've come across similar issues for other wooden kits that have piqued my interest. Any insights before I make a plunge on one or another? I don't need things to be exact, but I do like to know that the scales are reasonable! -Gregory (p.s. I would not start out by building a $600 Amati Mercury kit, so no need for warnings! I merely use that as an example... I'll start with something simpler, as common sense demands.)
  13. So brilliant. I knew this would be good when I saw the title and your name next to it! Certainly doesn't disappoint! -Gregory
  14. Thanks. How would one go about applying a wash over raised panel lines? I could put something into the recessed areas between the ailerons and elevators, I suppose, but that doesn't affect much of the surface area...
  15. Missed this one, and am very surprised no one's commented! It's a brilliant little affair you have going on there! Just the sort of machines I've been starting to build lately - I have a E.III in the works right now! Cheers! -Gregory
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