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Deanflyer last won the day on December 22 2017

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About Deanflyer

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  • Birthday 03/30/1967

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    Flying, Classic Cars, Blondes.

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  1. Couldn't find a suitable place to post this...just consider it as artillery. It's an old L&S 1:1 scale kit that I've had for some time now, but badly finished in the past with car spray paint. I'm sort of between builds at the moment, so I thought I'd refurb this while I'm waiting for a kit to arrive in the post. I started by soaking the parts overnight in Mr Muscle oven cleaner, which did precisely zip to the paint. I got hold of some brake fluid, soaked the parts again, and within an hour they were bare plastic. Useful to remember... The parts were pretty poorly moulded, and the barrel and frame had a crinkly finish to the moulding, almost as if they'd designed it not to look too real. A lot of primer and sanding later, and it was just about acceptable. I used Alclad Gun Metal for the blued finish, as it seems to replicate it well...it's a sort of purply black colour, and when glossed over it looks about right. The sights and the top of the barrel were done in matt black as per the real thing, and the trigger and hammer were done in Alclad Steel with case hardening effects painted on using clear red, blue and smoke, although it's hardly visible in the photos. I simulated the wood grain of the grips by using oil paint, and glossed over it to look like polished walnut. All in all, I think it worked ok. And before anybody pipes up about the VCRA, yes I do have a valid defence for owning a RIF. Here it is: Cheers, Dean
  2. Thanks folks...I do try to make it look realistic with my photography. The weather wasn't great for outdoor photography though. It's the HobbyBoss 1/35 kit, Andy. My camera is a Sony A5100 with a 16-50mm lens. Only one? I must try harder... Cheers, Dean
  3. Hi all, Number 8 for the year so far is the insectoid Fieseler Storch. Nice kit, the only let down being the transparencies which are not the best moulded clear parts I've ever used, and a pain to fair in to the fuselage. Paints are from Gunze for a change, as they had the correct RLM colours, but I've painted it up as a modern restored warbird. The painting guide from HobbyBoss was woefully inadequate, so I had to use a lot of online reference for the camo scheme, and that's where I got my inspiration to do a modern representation. Walk around first: A couple of closeup shots: And the traditional 'magazine shots' to finish: Hope you like it, Dean
  4. This one, mate... Get well soon, Dean
  5. Blimey, 72 hours before it got any comments...I was beginning to think people weren't interested! Thanks chaps... They're painted on...and you wouldn't believe how tricky the masking was! Cheers, Dean
  6. On a visit to Japan recently, my mate Rich bought me a Gundam robot on the basis that he could guarantee I wouldn't already have one in the stash. The only proviso was that I couldn't leave it in its original colour scheme. Fair enough. Here it is built, with not a spot of glue used anywhere on it - yes, it's a snap fit kit! I decided I didn't like the 'bristling with weapons' look, and went for something simpler with a backstory to it. Here goes: "After decades of fighting in the Middle East, NATO grew tired of the constant loss of life involved and turned to Boston Dynamics, the autonomous robot builders who had been a longstanding supplier to the military. The brief was to build a remotely operated, heavily armoured fighting machine which could be sent into trouble spots to wreak devastation with no friendly casualties. In 2032, after a mere five years work, the world's press were invited to a remote part of the African desert to witness the unveiling of the world's latest peacekeeping machine. The Classified Heavily Armoured Vehicular robot, or CHAVbot, was presented to the incredulous media... Standing almost 100 feet tall, and weighing an undisclosed amount, the press photographers were invited to record its debut from a respectful distance, in case it fell over... Firing the beast's servos and jets into action, the CHAVbot was made to stomp around in the desert, demonstrating its abilities. The designers had purposely drawn heavily from the Gundam designs popular in the late 20th/early 21st century, as its primary purpose was to pacify through terror. The head was heavily horned to invoke diabolic overtones, there was a huge speaker centrally located in the chest to deafen and disorient the victims a la War of the Worlds, the shoulder pads were from the Power Dressing 80's and the massive codpiece harked back to Medieval times. When questioned about weaponry, the designers stated simply that it didn't need any. The heavily armoured feet were capable of kicking their way through an enemy battle formation "as a kid would kick through dry leaves", and the powerful arms were able to simply lift any vehicle found on the battlefield, and drop if from about waist height, instantly dispatching any occupants. Individual enemy soldiers could be picked up and squeezed. Evident in this view are the jet exhausts on the shoulders and the large jet thruster on the back. There was a pair of similar outlets on the chest, and these were mainly used for mass balancing thrust, countering the forces exerted when moving the weighty arms and legs. There was also a use for the chest thrusters as auxiliary lifting power on heavy loads, and the back thrusters could assist in overcoming the massive inertia when moving off from a standstill. Obviously, with something this large, flight was impossible. This side view shows how the shoulder 'pads' could be used to shield the head section, which as tradition dictates, housed the main sensors relaying information back to the remote operator in 3d. The panniers on the hips contained hardpoints which meant all manner of supplies could be carried for replenishment of regular troops, humanitarian aid, rescue, sandwiches etc. The pixelated digital desert camouflage is shown to good effect here, too. It demonstrated an impressive turn of speed, assisted by the jet pack, and bystanders estimated its top speed at over 50mph. Seeing this lumbering towards you at speed on a battlefield, speaker blaring, ground shaking, was intended to be terrifying as a psychological weapon before any physical destruction was wrought: And THIS was intended to be the last sight an enemy ever saw, reaching down from the desert sky: It was deemed to be an impressive machine, and at a cost of $3.6bn, quite an expensive one too. Sadly, with impeccable timing, the Middle Eastern oil supplies ran out before CHAVbot could be deployed, and consequently nobody gives a toss what happens over there any more..." Thanks again to my mate Rich for buying me this - hope you think I've done it justice! Cheers, Dean
  7. That'll teach me to put the finishing touches onto a model at half past midnight when I'm dog tired! Mistake now rectified, by the way...other wise Neville might have shot himself down! Cheers. Dean
  8. Thanks Andy...my model was actually photographed on top of my wheelie bin! Dean
  9. I realised that as soon as I posted it! Actually, I've just looked at the instructions and the box lid, and I don't think I HAVE made the mistake I thought I had... The rear glazing has a frame running vertically through it, and I thought that this should match the line of the centre frame on the canopy - the ones on mine match the rear frame, ie slanted rearwards and I THOUGHT that I'd transposed the left and right parts in error. I posed the canopy only slid far enough back to disguise this, but it turns out that's how the instructions show them. Photos online seem to show it both ways in different variants, so if it IS wrong, it's the kit's fault not mine! Phew, confidence restored... Dean
  10. Nope...I did have a set of resin bulged tyres actually, but they had spokes instead of the wheel hub covers, so I used the kit ones. Nah - it's not a Flying Tiger, either! That's just what my Dad called it when I was eight and it's stuck with me. It's the same squadron, same markings, same teeth, and only one letter difference on the aircraft codes, so it's close enough for me. Being ingenious, I've arranged the build so that the howler is less obvious. It just irks me as I know what a mistake I made... Cheers, Dean
  11. Hi all, When I was eight, my Dad came home from work with an Airfix Kittyhawk in a blister pack, which we built together that evening. It was bare plastic, decals stuck on any old how, but it was fun. It started me on the model making hobby, and ten years later I built the same kit, but this time painted to the best of my ability at the time just to see how much I'd improved. I still have both of those builds, and the second one is nowhere near as good as I thought it was at the time! 34 years later I decided to try again, in 1/48th scale this time, and here's the result. I did make one absolute howler during construction, which was only discovered when it was too late to do anything about it...I'll keep quiet about it unless anybody spots it. Azure Blue and Mid Stone paints were mixed from Tamiya acrylics, and weathering was achieved with a mixture of washes, pastels, post shading and actual chipping. The roundels and markings were toned down by masking around them and fading them with heavily thinned Deck Tan. It's quite heavily weathered in real life, but it doesn't show up too well in photos. So, here's Neville Duke's Kittyhawk sitting in the African sun after seeing quite a bit of action: Evolution...aged eight, eighteen and fifty two: Hope you like it, Dean
  12. Thanks Alan, nice of you to say so. Thanks Keith. Well, the real thing wasn't real, so that shouldn't be difficult! Yes, seen that a few times. The Eagle Boneyard is especially effective... I was playing around with the lighting to try to achieve that. It was lit by an LED inspection lamp being moved along it's length during a two second exposure...it accounts for the uneven lighting you'd probably get with an object 100 feet long. Cheers, Dean
  13. OK folks, after 62 hours' work, here's my 22" Eagle. A couple of moody walk around shots first: Then a couple of overhead shots: Roll over, doggy: And a bit of fun with photoshop: Cheers, Dean
  14. Thanks chaps. I came up with the idea of disguising the two screw heads which secure the passenger pod in place by using a couple of domed pieces left over from the construction. I hollowed out the rears and they're just the right size to go over the screw heads. They're not strictly accurate, but amongst all the other greeblies they don't look out of place, especially since there are eight others just like them scattered around the model! It's the dome in the centre of the pic here - And with that, it's finished. I'll do some decent shots soon, but for the moment, here's a teaser: Cheers, Dean
  15. Right, progress... I finished off the decalling on the command module and gave it a coat of matt varnish. I unmasked the windows and all seemed well, so I added the metallic discs and called it quits: I weathered the landing pads, and gave the suspension struts a foil coating to make them shiny silver: Added to the shoulder pods, they look like this: Then I started to assemble the front and rear walkways to the spine: Adding the landing pods gives you this: Am I alone in thinking that this reminds me of those load carrying robots being developed by Boston Dynamics..? Then it was time to get the engines together: I added the engines to the rear, and installed the passenger pod last night...and I came up with an idea for disguising those ugly black Phillips screws which hold it in position too. I'll let you know if it works! So final assembly awaits, and at the last count I'm down to ten more parts to add before I sign off on this one. Stay tuned for the final reveal... Dean
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