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Martian Hale

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Martian Hale last won the day on January 16

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About Martian Hale

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  • Birthday 13/12/1961

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    Poole, Dorset, on the Planet Wibble

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  1. Martian Hale

    TID Steam Tug

    More please! Martian
  2. This is shaping up to be something rather special Ced. Martian
  3. Its a nice model. If really pushed, I would have toned down the panel lines a bit. Martian
  4. Martian Hale

    Airfix Mosquito FBVI 333 Sqd.

    You won't crash and burn Roger, I've seen enough of your work to know that. Martian
  5. The Merlin canopy looks very effective Bill. Martian
  6. Martian Hale

    Dreaming Spires - a Pavla Airspeed Oxford

    Working on fiddly details that need eight hands on one of my builds? Nice detail work Heather, keep it up! Martian
  7. Job? Its more of a vocation isn't it? Martian
  8. So no hint of bias there at all then? Martian the Even Tentacled
  9. Martian Hale

    Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Lebanese Style

    Thanks CC. However, 'flu and no modelling, very bad. Take a week off from the naughty corner to recover. So there is a beurocracy sillier than the one we have in the UK! I trust you didn't pay the fine. Thanks Johnny. I heard that that was Melchett Towers or the General Staff HQ. If you had ever heard a Vogon love sonnet, you would not bandy such threats about so lightly. They probably explain why the Vogon birth-rate is so abysmally low. A Soviet Monarchy? Explain how that works. I know you "North of France" types can get a bit confused but that must take the biscuit! I don't know, I have heard of the atmosphere in the West Midlands on a smoggy day being likened to the Venusian one. Martian PS: For those hoping for a sensible debate about the engines, I apologise for reason not even managing to survive the first reply to the update. I am not disappointed however as my hopes were never very high in the first place. On a brighter note however, we must be in the running for the award for this year's silliest thread on BM!
  10. Martian Hale

    Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Lebanese Style

    Apologies for the delay in an update but I had a bit of thinking to do on the build. The issue I faced was that the more I studied pictures of the Lebanese machines, the more I came to the conclusion that the Pavla engines would be the better bet for this build. The problem, how best to fit them into the Airfix cowlings for which they are not designed? As I am aware that there are a few people following this thread who have this kit and a few more who are planning to get the Airfix re-issue, I think that probably the best thing to do is to go through the process I came up with step by step: 1. The kit engines slot into lugs on the inside of the cowling lips. These interfere with the Pavla replacements and need to be carefully ground away. 2. Next a strip of .20 x .60 'thou plastic strip is glued into the inside of the cowling, butting up against an existing lip in the kit cowlings thus: 3. A plate is cut from plastic card, sized so that it butts up against the extended ridge and locating holes drilled for the Pavla engine and bell intakes. The holes in the Pavla engines are deepened and enlarged to accept the spindles of the Airfix propellers. 4. The assembly can now be fitted inside the kit cowling and will now sit at the correct depth. 5. All that gives us something like this: As things stand, other than the deepened rims inside the cowlings, nothing is glued in place as yet as this will happen following my finishing detailing and painting of the engines I have just mocked things up to give you an idea of how things are going to look. Hopefully all that makes sense. If not, please feel free to ask any questions and with that let the more usual drivel re-commence! Thanks for looking. Martian
  11. Martian Hale

    Westland Whirlwind Fighter

    Come on Airfix, listen to the words of the wise rotor head! Martian
  12. Martian Hale

    Monogram 1/48 Boeing B-29 Superfortress

    Mmmm, nice beer! Sorry, I meant nice work. Martian
  13. Strangely enough, that's what @general melchett said about me only the other day! Martian