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Martian Hale

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  1. It is traditional for me to take a new project with me when I have my main holiday of the year and this year I decided that I would take the Heller 1/200 kit of the Fauvette 19th Century steam yacht. I am not sure how I came across this kit on a certain well known internet auction site but I was completely charmed by the kit and an example was duly ordered. As is my habit, I spent the time between ordering the kit and it's arrival, trying to research the subject with surprisingly little (read no) success. I found some paintings of a Fauvette yacht owned by a certain Eugene Perignon but there were some major differences between the kit's box art and the paintings. These included the type of rig, position of the funnel and the provision of a wheel house. All became clear(ish) upon the arrival of the kit. The instructions said that the kit was merely based on a yacht owned by M. Perignon and was intended to be a representation of the type of steam yacht of the period. Accordingly, I have decided to use the few paintings of Fauvette II, a subsequent yacht owned by M. Perignon to build something a bit closer to the prototype. Three paintings which may or may not be accurate plus an alien who does not know what he is doing, what could possibly go wrong? Anyway La Fauvette as per the kit looks like this: We need to try get to something a bit more like this: I bought in some pars from Master and some rigging thread of differing thicknesses and here are the sprue shots: I have no idea where the next couple of weeks will get me with this and I may well fall flat on my faces but lets see what happens. Thank for looking Martian
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    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Thanks Kev, the benches will be getting a complete repaint. Martian
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    Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Lebanese Style

    What has Herr Scauberger's backside got to do with it ? Intrigued of Mars
  4. As already explained on my Albatross thread, mojo has been pretty low since Telford and it is only really today that I have felt like doing anything. Despite having a bench full of stuff to work on, I decided that a dedicated mojo restoring thread might help things along. I have always liked the film "They Who Dare", with the Lebanese Air Force Savoia Marchetti SM.79 aircraft being one of my favorite parts of the film. So, when I came across a dedicated decal sheet for Lebanese SM.79s at Telford, buying the sheet was a bit of a no brainer. I have a couple of Airfix kits of the type in the stash and over the years have collected the odd aftermarket set or two for the type. Thanks to the expertise of some other Britmodellers, a few outstanding queries regarding the Lebanese machines have been cleared up and I have even discovered that the correct paint, Bianco Avorio 5, is available This has duly been ordered. With the added bonus that I will be working using the old style Airfix "Locate and Cement" style instruction sheet (my favourite) and that the kit is one of my favourites from my childhood which will bring a large dollop of nostalgia to the build, there seems no good reason not to have a bash. So, with everything in place or on order let's have some fun...……. Thanks for looking Martian of the Lost Mojo
  5. I hope the build won't take that long!! Concerned of Mars
  6. A favourite song of mine both to listen to and to play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq2zNhhL-l0 Martian
  7. As some of the denizens of this forum may be aware, I have for a while been chuntering on about a large project that I have had in mind for some time now. The nature of this project is to build the two types of aircraft that formed the air group of the Dutch carrier Karel Doorman on it's final deployment in 1968: namely the Grumman S-2A Tracker and the Sikorsky SH-34 helicopter. This idea was sparked off by the issue, some while ago, of the Flevo Decals set on this very subject. I have the Kinetic kit of the Tracker and the Gallery Models kit of the H-34 laid down along with a raft of accessories, all or some of which will find their way into the project. Both kits will, naturally, be super detailed to within an inch of their lives. Regarding the Tracker, it is my intention to fully detail the flight deck and scratch build the two observers positions behind. The weapons bay will receive full detailing as will the radar compartment and I may well expose the radar itself to view. The wing fold will receive extra detail and the searchlight added from scratch. At least one engine will be exposed to view and I may or may not open up the nose cap. The SH-34 will have extra detail added to the engine and I will probably open up the transmission compartment. Extra detail will be added to the cockpit and the cabin will be fitted out for the anti-submarine role. Following a poll on the Cold War section of the forum, the two builds will be conducted as part of the same thread (over 80% in favour of this) and I estimate that the project is going to take the best part of two years. This is only a rough estimate as I have never tried such a complicated project before. I am also factoring in the probability that I will want to do the odd quick build of other subjects along the way in order to preserve what little remains of my sanity! as well as trying to finish things already in progress such as my Gotha. Thinking about it, as the builds progress, I will have no choice but to finish the Gotha as I will need the space big time! I had hoped to start this build in my forthcoming man cave but I have got fed up of waiting for the promised room to become available. I must admit that I am kind of hoping that, on this occasion, Sod's Law will work in my favour for once and the room will become available as soon as things get under way. Anyway, enough waffle from me for now. Here are some pictures of the raw materials for the project. Thanks for looking Martin PS: Both kits were presents from my wife Gill, the Tracker being a Silver Wedding gift. So no pressure at all to make a good fist of things then!!
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    Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Lebanese Style

    Of course it is you silly Earthling! Thanks Chris, Mrs Martian I doing well but I can't help but feel that she would be doing better if she did as she was told and slow down a bit. Evil General! I am not, repeat not, a member of the Poole Vikings and have not been for nearly ten years now. This organ twitcher, he hasn't been playing with matches recently has he? (Joke!) I remember York Minster burnt down the very evening after I visited it. There were some enquiries from the local constabulary about sparks from a certain Haunebu. How was I to know the thing was going to backfire? Martian
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    Blackburn Roc Floatplane Target Tug

    Thanks Roger once the base colour has been laid down and I can get cracking with the detail painting and highlighting/lowlightng things should progress pretty rapidly. Well, rapidly by my standards that is. I used black to help with the shading of the interior. Martian
  10. Following discussions on other threads and the extremely kind offer of a set of beaching gear from Crisp (aka Ex-FAAWFU), I have decided that the time is right to get this previously stalled project underway again. The ever splendid Mrs Martian helped me get the kit and the relevant file down from the loft yesterday and I have been re-acquainting myself with where I was at with the project and what needed to be done to turn the Special Hobby 1/48 kit into a floatplane target tug. Before I halted work on the project due to the lack of a suitable beaching gear, I had pretty much sorted out the floats. These were taken from an old SMER Swordfish kit. As the main dimensions of the Swordfish and Blackburn Shark Floats, used by the Roc, were very close, most of the work had involved relocating the step. There was a slight difference in the shape of the chine but I have to decide a, if it is worth the work involved and b, if I decide that it is, how I am going to go about it. I have also to re-assemble some notes that went missing during all the domestic upheaval of last year. I have been making a list of jobs that need to be done on this conversion and in no particular order they are: 1, Plate over the kit wheel wells 2, Add correct fuel tank between cockpits 3, Construct target operator's position 4, Lower rear fuselage decking 5, Make strutting to support floats 6, Replace fairing under rear fuselage with a much larger item 7, Construct target towing apparatus 8, Possibly scratch build under fuselage drogue housing (unsure at the moment whether floatplane Rocs had these. Some land planes did and some didn't This is of course, in addition to such super detailing as we might chose to add along the way and we all know that my track record for avoiding this is less than stellar! Hopefully the model will be finished in the colours of 773 Squadron Fleet Air Arm when based in Bermuda before an airfield was available, if not I have a picture of a Roc in this configuration while under test and will go for that. Please note that the build might be a bit slow at first as I do have to give my builds for Telford priority at the moment. I know it seems a long way off but the complexity of some of the models I intend to take this year does not leave much leeway in my timetable. So join me then in what should be weird and wonderful ride (quiet Longshanks) and thanks for looking. Martian
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    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Cheers Beefy. Martian
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    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Stuff has been happening with this build with deliveries seeing me now having all I need to complete the project. Apart from breaking and having to repair the foremast, I have added the foot hold s for the spars. Chain has been delivered for the anchor and the period looking benches for the main deck have arrived. They look a tad too high and I am unsure about the colour but that will be easily sorted. Thanks for looking Martian
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    Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Lebanese Style

    Windows masked and black primer applied this morning. Martian
  14. Just a quickie, I got the primer on the interior today, black to aid shading. I aim to get the interior colour on, on Friday. Martian
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    Blackburn Roc Floatplane Target Tug

    Right, I finally got round to getting the airbrush out. The Roc was first to get it's interior primed. I used Stynylrez black primer for this to assist with shadow shading the cockpits. I will give this a full day to prime and then get the interior colour on. The interior should proceed quite quickly once this is done as we will be onto brush painting, which I find quite therapeutic. Thanks for looking Martian
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    Armstrong Whitworth Whitley GR. Mk.VII

    Your builds get better and better Michelle. Impressed of Mars
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    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    That's the ones, thanks. Martian
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    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    That is pretty much my understanding of how it works. Martian PS: What are those foot hold type things that hang beneath the spars called?
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    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    I still don't quite follow it myself, I just modelled what Longshanks posted. I didn't get a lot of them myself but if Kev is happy with what I have built, then that's good enough for me. He must have seen more davits in his career than you can shake a lifeboat at. Martian
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    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Thanks Bill, maybe that's why I am enjoying it so much. Martian
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    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Thanks Ralph. Having had to alter or replace just about every part of this kit, by rights I should be hating it. For some reason though I find myself having a ball and have even purchased another Heller sailing ship on the strength of it. No accounting for an ET's taste I guess. No you evil child, this is a 18//19th Century sailing vessel. No stripes of any kind, excepting possibly those on the French flag will be making an appearance. Martian
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    RMS Carpathia, Scratchbuild, 1/500 Scale

    I do! So much so that I have been trying to emulate your technique for years. (Really Hendie, when will you evet learn not to give aliens ammunition to fire?) Martian
  23. That's pretty high on the cute scale! Whatever did the poor mite do to deserve the name Muppet? Martian
  24. Depends on how cute it is. Martian
  25. Nah! The galactic banks don't deal in fiddling small change anymore. Martian
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