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About modelman182

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  1. Hi Ratch - it's a bit of everything, really. The kits are finished, but I've included the in prog pics and an appraisal. Was done in a couple of days and didn't get to post until it was all finished. If any mod (or Mike) think it should be moved or revised I'll happily re-format it to fit in with the site conventions. Kev
  2. Okay, so you want to build a BIG Lancaster (whether it be Hong Kong Models or Wingnut Wings) or perhaps a Mosquito? Here are a couple of resin items that you might just like... Recently built for my local model shop, a couple of resin Airfield Equipment models from Iconicair. First off the RAF Airfield Accumulator - a starter power supply for all manner of aircraft (fighters, bombers, etc.). Consisting of 19 finely molded resin parts and a length of plastic coated wire, this kit is very cleanly molded and any clean up required is very straightforward, though care is needed as some of the parts are very delicate. Most of the parts can be removed from their casting blocks with a sharp knife (scalpel) and occasionally a fine razor saw. Fine sanding sticks/rods and a small reamer allow easy opening of any 'filmed over' holes in the castings. Instructions are very clear and include a brief history of the item and colour advice for the model, along with some handy reference photos. With parts separated from their casting blocks and cleaned up - construction commences... CA, an applicator and tweezers and the frame is soon built... Main cabinet body is added along with the axle. One small addition to the instructions - I cut a slot in each side of the support frame to allow the axle uprights to fit closer to the body of the accumulator. Without this the axle splayed out slightly which would have resulted in 'tilted' wheels. Side slots and front 'control' box added... Accumulator lid added... Front tow and handling bar, rear bracket added, power plug fixed to 'wire'... All ready for priming... Onto the Bomb Trolley and a rather large Bomb (12,000 lb Cookie)... This kit has 35 resin parts. Clean up doesn't require as much delicacy as with the Accumulator, but attention to detail will make the construction very straightforward. The parts are beautifully cast and fit together beautifully once cleaned up. Again, I used fresh scalpels, reamer and sanders to achieve a smooth result. Construction was very straightforward. I only had to use some self-closing tweezers to hold the frame pieces closed as the CA set. Some filling of the joints was required, using plastic putty, followed by a quick sanding to clean up. Quick and easy build with parts fit of very high quality... Primed and ready for paint... Colour applied to Accumulator and Cookie. Lifecolour paints used. Olive Drab for the Bomb, RAF Dark Blue for the Accumulator. Trolley painted in RAF Light Green (also Lifecolour). Homemade base for the shop display... And, finally, on display in the shop cabinet... Both kits were a real pleasure to build and paint. Kits supplied by Clifton Curios Scale Models, Ashby-de-la-Zouch (http://cliftoncuriosmodels.co.uk/) Designed and produced by Iconicair (http://www.iconicair.com/) Kev
  3. You're right - nothing like Ned Stark - looks more like Sean Bean to me A quick look through my 'already started and stalled' collection, I've found five busts that need attention (for attention please read 'completion' ). Scale 75's Abbysal Warlord, Life Miniature's Sea Wolf and Mirai, Nocturna's Lilith and Alexandros Miniarure's Vasily Sayzev. All in various states - but all need to be done. Oops - make that six.... I've just remembered Bonaparte Models' Samurai bust! I wonder where I've put that??? Kev
  4. Hmmm... not overly sure about those busts, Mick. No scale quoted and the price suggests they're a bit smaller than I like. Not impressed by the poses of any of them, though the Hound looks mean whichever way you look at him I think I'll pass on those. Nuts Planet have Jon Snow (Night Watch) and Sansa Snow (Queen of the North) in their range that I may have to build for the shop display (as I sold Daeneris recently). Cheers Kev
  5. Thanks Mick - and no, I wasn't aware of the Mitch's Military Models busts. I shall have to go have a look at those. Ta for the heads up. Kev
  6. Nice option, @dnl42, and great work on the barrel and spinner. The holder looks quite a contraption, but for occasional use it would be fine. Not sure if there are similar things available on this side of the pond, and at that price it could be quite costly sourcing one in the UK, I think I'd stick with the mini lathe for price and convenience - but, as they say, to each his own. Cheers Kev
  7. And, as promised, here's a couple of pics of the stand stanchions I did using the mini lathe. Nothing complex, but it was an improvement on just a plain rod with a plain collar. They're actually three pieces, a solid rod centre, with two tubes around it. I used the lathe and a small modelling chisel to bevel the top of the outer tube and then inscribe a line just below that. Kev
  8. Nice improvisation, Mart. Hmm... hadn't thought of adding sanding to mine. Another option I need to investigate. Kev
  9. Hi Guys Sorry for the delay in responding, I'd forgotten about this post. I've used the mini lathe a few times, but not for anything major in a project yet (mainly cos I'm working on a lot of stuff for others at present). Turned some nice detail on a pair of plastic stanchions for a ship base which I'll take photos of during this week. I've added a set of mini circular blades but haven't tried that out yet... other than ensuring fitting is okay. May also add some polishing wheels at a later date (to help with canopy and car body polishing). For the price, I like the sturdiness and I'm hoping it'll be reliable. I doubt I'll get much chance to use it before Christmas and I may be returning to work in the New Year, so I shall have to put a note out for myself to remind me to try it out and report back. Kev
  10. ME: "Surely that is a REAL aircraft!?" YOU: "No, it's my model... and please don't call me Shirley!" Hi from another 'fooled' modeller. Wonderful job!!! All of those outdoor pics are so well done that I wasn't sure it was a model until I got to the first indoor pic! Kev
  11. Beautiful work. Those Dynavector vacforms can turn out lovely. I've managed to collect a few of them for my stash, but not the Scimitar. I only hope I can produce results as fine as yours. Kev
  12. Crikey, I feel lucky - I've only got two sets (the kit one and a set of railings from White Ensign) and there's a good chance I'll get it done without needing any more. I went with the Merlin that comes with the kit and managed to get that done without any flyaway parts. The jury may still be out on the 30mm, though... I haven't got to that yet.... Kev
  13. Wonderful work - and most useful (I have one of these on the bench at the moment as a commission) for me. Some of that PE is a real pain, isn't it? I'm sure your Dad will treasure that. Kev
  14. Not to worry, Chris. I've got started kits that haven't been looked at since 2015! AND... I've moved house twice since then! Kev
  15. Hi Chris I wonder if that was the same aliens who snaffled my 0.35mm nozzle from my old airbrush? It dropped off the bench during a strip-down cleaning and was never seen again! I think it might be your memory, mate - Step 4 of the instructions (at least, in my HobbyBoss instructions) has you fit the door to the battery compartment and in Step 6 the internal gears are fitted to Drive Sprocket shafts on the inside of the hull... It's been a while since you looked at this, hasn't it? Cheers Kev
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