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Dandie Dinmont

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  1. I was so impressed with this, I couldn't help parting with cash when I saw the same kit in my LMS yesterday. Craig.
  2. Thanks Troy. Being able to focus on a model and clear your mind of all other thoughts is one of the big benefits of this hobby, I think. There's been a little more progress on this. Unable to put it off any longer, the time had come to join the fuselage halves together and attach the wings. Having devoted probably more thought to this than I should have. and having noticed the the only place the fuselage joins at both the top and the bottom is at the very front and rear, I cemented these first getting the best join I could, then worked my way forward and back towards the cockpit, adding the fillet under the tail and then the wings as I went to try and ensure the shape of the fuselage was correct and any gaps minimised. To help with this, I used the time honoured 'run TET along the seams, wait a couple of minutes then squish together in the hope of a wee ridge of molten plastic popping up' technique which was fairly successful. On one of the other modelling sites I visit (I know, shocking), they're always talking about seams which can be cleaning up with a swipe of a scalpel blade. There's obviously something wrong with either my scalpel blades or my swipe because these things never clean up as nicely as I would like, my swipe either removing not enough material or too much. Practice, practice I suppose. Anyway after much swiping and not a little sanding, I began to suspect that things had gone badly wrong up front. It's a little hard to see in the photo but in my efforts to avoid an unseemly seam, I had sanded the nose flat. Drat, drat and double drat!, as a famous aviator once said. Luckily, as part of my efforts to buy success in modelling, I now have a large number of filling compounds available to supplement the 10 year old tube of Humbrol filler that served me well for so long. Not that I know what to do with them, but at random I seized the jar labelled "Mr. Dissolved Putty" and started blobbing it along the offending conk. It didn't look too bad and the fumes from the jar were making me feel a whole lot better about things. I took up my sanding sticks and settled down to some rhinoplasty. Craig.
  3. After reading this thread, I’ve just replaced the last two ceiling mounted halogen lights in the house with LEDs and I’ll be fitting a smoke alarm in the loft tomorrow. Thanks for the great advice Jamie and I’m sorry about everything you had to go through to be in a position to give it. Craig.
  4. That’s really turned out well Ced and the bombs are a great finishing touch. If you don’t mind me asking, what do you use to suspend the finished articles from the ceiling? After seeing how good this looks, I’m wondering if this might be a solution to my own storage problems. Craig.
  5. If ever something sounded like a recipe for disaster, it’s this but you have somehow managed to end up with an intact, nice looking cockpit. Good job! Craig.
  6. That’s exactly the sort of irrefutable proof I was looking for! Thanks Ian! Craig.
  7. I remember seeing seeing the Blue Eagles doing a display in an Aberdeen park when I was a youngster. The actual display went without incident but the team also had a Westland Scout as a support vehicle which obviously created a greater downdraft than the Sioux. When the Scout departed, the wooden benches at the edges of the park were blown in all directions. It’s a miracle someone wasn’t flattened by flying furniture. If there’s any beer left, I’d love to sit in for this. Craig.
  8. I imagine that in most of your homes, the carpet monster is content to operate at ground level devouring whatever may come its way. Not so in Maison Dandie where the old CM has three furry accomplices who roam the workbench at night seeking tasty morsels to dispatch down below. One of the prime suspects in the case of the missing seat. This, I think, must have been the fate of the hurricane's seat. The last time I can recall seeing it, it was attached to the end of a cotton bud held in a clamp for spraying purposes. One of my furry nemeses must have brushed against it and sent it who knows where. As I mentioned previously, I have another copy of this kit so could have in theory have used the seat from that. This seemed like saving up trouble for future me though and besides, I had rather been taken by the notion of breaking my scratch building duck and producing a home grown replacement (I blame Britmodeller for this). So that's what I did. Images were googled, estimates were made, plasticard was cut and filed, curses were uttered and this was the final result It's not perfect by any means. I really should have used thinner plasticard (but on the other hand 0.5mm was all I had to hand) and I think the seat is too long and would imperil the knees of the luckless pilot but (unlike the original) it is more or less the right width, as far as I can tell, and I'm not displeased with it. This masterpiece was painted up, attached to the rest of the cockpit framework, and it was time to acquire another new skill, fitting PE seatbelts. This took some time and induced a fair amount of eyestrain but the job was finally done, to my satisfaction at least. (I should say in passing that the job would have been impossible without my recently acquired Pixnor tweezer set. If you are one of the few who is not yet part of the Pixnor collective, get yourself over to this topic and see what you've been missing). Here's the finished article propped up on the aforementioned tweezers The observant will notice that driven reckless by unaccustomed success, I have also added the handbrake?, gearlever?, oh, seat adjustment lever which is a prominent feature of the starboard side of the Hurricane cockpit. Determined to make the title of this topic less and less accurate, I also thinned out the trailing edges of the wings though I didn't take this too far suspecting that my deadly combination of exuberance and clumsiness, if allowed full reign, would result in the chord of the wing being reduced by a good quarter. Hopefully, it will still be an improvement when it's all cemented together. And that, I think is my next step. A precautionary review of the instructions to make sure that I haven't forgotten anything (I have remembered to add the light to the bottom of the wing, in case you were wondering) and then put the basic airframe together. Wish me luck! Craig.
  9. Oh, and I should have said that the current build is coming along very nicely. I wonder if I might consult the Britmodeller hive mind on a matter of some importance? I was discussing the subject of this project with a like minded colleague yesterday and he observed that I was pronouncing the name of the aircraft wrongly. He puts equal emphasis on all three syllables (lysander), I put added emphasis on the middle syllable (lySANder). As the possessor of a fine classical education (C pass, latin 'O' grade 1978), I naturally assume that I am in the right but I wonder if anyone knows for sure? Coffee time bragging rights are at stake! Craig.
  10. Commiserations about the blue feelings Edward. I think this time of year (at least in the Northern hemisphere) the lack of daylight and the miserable weather has a lot to answer for though like @Troy Smith, I've found this year that taking regular Vitamin D seems to help for some reason. When you add to that, the natural anti-climax after your wonderful trip over here at the end of last year, well a certain lowness is understandable. I totally agree with the notion of the therapeutic benefits of our hobby. I wouldn't dream of equating my occasional feelings of glumness with the soul crushing depression so many people suffer from but I find that popping upstairs for a few moments and focusing on an aspect of a project I'm working on gives me a real freedom for a while from the worrisome and stressful thoughts which intrude into everyday life, and makes me feel better about things. Of course, coming back downstairs to be informed that 5 hours have passed, the cats need fed, the dogs need walked and the cup of tea I'd said I'd make before heading up has still to materialise takes a little of the shine off the experience. Craig.
  11. Hi Jamie, Just came across this. Since I grew up underneath the Dyce flightpath in the 60's and 70's, I've seen a lot of these and even got a flight in one, thanks to a civilian instructor in my ATC squadron who flew them for a living. I'll be catching up with this thread, and looking out for updates, with great interest! Craig.
  12. On a related (though not related to modelling obviously) note: Some years ago, my wife and I were returning from a holiday in Sri Lanka. Our Airbus turned onto the runway and started quivering as the pilot held it on the brakes whilst spooling up the engines for takeoff. Just as it lunged down the runway, the largest cockroach I have ever seen in my life fell onto the seat-back in front of me and started advancing menacingly in my direction rattling its wing case and gnashing its venom dripping fangs. Being a man of infinite resource, I instantly slipped off my fashionable footwear and began vigorously belabouring it whilst uttering many loud cries of revulsion and disgust, an action which caused a certain frisson amongst the more nervous travellers surrounding me and which (I now realise), with a less understanding cabin crew, might well have resulted in me being carried away in chains when we finally reached Heathrow. Craig.
  13. I too had a flood of superglue on my workbench this weekend though in my case, it was caused by one of our cats knocking over the bottle while I had the spout off to try and unbung it. Amazingly, the beast in question managed somehow to avoid becoming permanently attached to the desk, fortunate since it would have been a real pain to have to work around him. Me410 is looking great Ced. Craig.
  14. Having read that thread about the kit, you are clearly a man without fear Ced. May I watch from behind the settee, Dr. Who style? Craig.
  15. Do you think somewhere in the Far East, there’s an executive puzzling over the surge in sales they’ve just experienced? Craig.
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