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Iain (32SIG)

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About Iain (32SIG)

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    Stick forward - cows get bigger...
  • Birthday 05/22/1966

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    Flying, photography, Lotus Cars, 80s motorcycles

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  1. With some nice weather - and a little spare time: Fill - sand - fill some more - sand - fill again - sand... Followed by another rinse cycle... You get the picture... Iain
  2. Thanks for your kind words everyone - hopefully the person this has been built for will be pleased with it! Iain
  3. I was approached quite a while back via Britmodeller to commission build a two-seat Spitfire using the Tamiya Mk.IXc as a basis. After a long build period I'm calling this done - although looking at the photos I need to dust her again! What is it about model photography and dust? Based upon measurements of a TR. Mk IX fuselage in a jig, along with original Supermarine drawings, she's taken a lot longer than planned - but hopefully my client will like her. Middle and rear canopies vacuum-formed over resin patterns, front cockpit moved forward (as per original) and new interior structure made. Markings are based upon a wartime 'Eagle Squadron' scheme as a tribute to a brave young American pilot with 133 Squadron, RAF, who lost his life days before the Squadron transferred to the USAAF: Gene P Neville Iain
  4. Really pleased - 'C' Class and HMS Renown - can now do two of my grandfather's ships in 1:350. Iain
  5. Hi all, Some really kind person apparently dropped off a big, heavy, sheet of vacced plastic with the moulded shapes for a 1:32 Sänger Silbervogel on our stand at Telford (32SIG/Large Scale Planes) Knowing what it was I 'volunteered' to take it home with me - I feel a 'Luft '46' project coming on. The team didn't know the name of the person that donated it - but if you're out there - thank you! Looks like I'm photographing lots of stuff this weekend - I will post images here. Iain
  6. Hi all, Connie seemed to go down well at Telford - and sparked a lot of interesting conversations, including with Mirek at HpH who's still planning a 1:32 Constellation in the future - in civil airliner guise. Was great to see Tom's Shack up close and personal - we were thinking that it would be nice to display them together - as two Cold War AEW icons - at some point in the future. Always good to chat to Tom - I really like his 'can do' attitude to modelling... Where do we go from here on the project? Well - I have some other projects I really have to crack on with now (commissions and mag articles) - so Connie will get put to one side over the next month. To be fair - I'm looking forward to having a break from sanding dust! Over Christmas I'll finish the fuselage shaping and add the nacelles. Then - get back to drawing up some etch in CorelDRAW. The bulkhead detail on Peter's Firefly project has inspired me to draw up interiors for the gear bays, flap housings and, possibly, flaps themselves for photo-etching - and Peter (Airscale), being the really lovely guy he is, has offered to vet the artwork prior to it going to the etchers (I have 25 odd years experience with CorelDRAW - but I've never had anything etched and want to ensure what I get done isn't a failure because there was something wrong with the output). Plan after that is to try and draw up the cowling panels in Rhino (or similar) for printing - and Tim Perry has already given me a lot of help, training and advice in this area... But she is, as so many said over the weekend, looking like a Connie now - at looooooooooooooong last! As Oddball would say - so many positive waves... *woof* I'll try and post some updated photos of her as she now is at the weekend. Iain
  7. If anyone's @ Telford a very rough and ready airframe is on display on our stand in Hall 1 (32SIG/Large Scale Planes - near the Airfix stand). Come and say 'hello'. Iain
  8. Lots more progress - with wings fitted and bonded with another 2 Oz of 30 min Epoxy - excellent stuff! Need to adjust the mounts for the tip tanks - a little nose high at the mo - but easily fixed! Have fun! Iain
  9. Hi gang - thanks for chipping in everyone - it's the banter that keeps me going - I think... Probably another update tomorrow - deffo on a bit of a roll - so I should embrace the enthusiasm I have - while it lasts! Working on her at the mo - getting wings ready to bond - all gettIng a bit scary - and BiG. Iain
  10. In 'another place' someone mentioned a comparison with the HK Models 1:32 B-17 kits... Please excuse the state of the grass! Connie is about 50% longer, and quite a bit bulkier - earlier photo with Cameron is deceptive as Cam is behind - so this should give a better idea, or maybe not? Iain
  11. Hmmm - dare I admit? Purchased from Hannants Lowestoft warehouse in August 1999 and started shortly after - so, erm, well, about 18 years... In one way it demonstrates a battle between my lack of ability and high aspirations - but I'd also like to think it also demonstrates a little tenacity at least. There are times when she nearly got binned - but I'm glad I carried on. As to completion - depends on whether I can keep the enthusiasm levels going - to have her dry assembled on the table and looking like a Connie has now got me pretty fired up - but there is still a huge amount of work to be done. If there's interest (and we have space) I may bring her to Telford again this year - fully aware that I'll get more 'banter' from people on how long it's taken - but I think this is the biggest single step forward the project has taken to date. Iain
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