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About modelman182

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  1. modelman182

    Italeri 1.35 Schnellboot S-38

    What a lovely clean build. I fell victim to the temptation and got one of these and its crew late last year. Looking forward to building it in a few years (once I've retired). That Tamiya Williams in the background also caught my eye - is that one of their RC kits? Kev
  2. modelman182

    Iconicair Supermarine Attacker 1/32

    Lovely Work, Eric. Every time I look at this thread I have to make a mental note to the effect that "I must do that with my kit, when I get round to it". The details, mods and fit corrections you've done are simply stunning. I've decided that I shall do mine with folded wings as an F1 (no underbelly tank) , I'll fit the Nene I gained from the MiG-15 and open up some panels to show internal detail in the engine bay. That should suffice to make the build at least a year's worth of work (or maybe more - at my current build rate ) Keep the great ideas coming, please. I'm looking forward to seeing the final product. Kev
  3. Great work on this old girl, Terry. Looking forward to seeing you re-commence in your new work space. @Bandsaw Steve has it right with the age of this. Originally released in 1972 and not yet been re-tooled (but multiple re-boxings). Terry's boxing is the 1976 first re-box of the original. Info thanks to Scalemates, of course Kev
  4. modelman182

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Try Kristal Klear (the microscale stuff) - I've found that works for that combination. I've heard that 'Future' can do good job too, but I've not tried that cos KK has worked for me. thin coat between decal and acetate and thicker coat between acetate and PE - should give you a good 'glass' look. Kev
  5. modelman182

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Ah - I see that (like most modellers and musicians) you have a Masters in Masochism and a first class degree in self-inflicted injury. That primer looks seriously unusual. Never used Ultimate myself (I use AK's Primer & microfiller), but it looks as though it may have 'separated' and become seriously thinned. Had it happen with some paints, but I now use pieces of bamboo skewer to stir recalcitrant paints and agitate any sediment at the bottom of the bottle - followed by plenty of vigorous shaking. HTH. Looking forward to the next update. How are you gonna "distress" the driver's seat? Show it your thumb, perhaps? Kev
  6. modelman182

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    I must admit that I had to go back and look, too! I was sure I'd asked about a single neck headless? The Frankenbass sounds lovely, I envy you it (but not the shoulder pain that inevitably ensues - I hankered for a Shergold 12 + 4 Marathon for many years until I actually hefted one!). As it turns out, I've had a happy moment of madness today in my local music shop and picked up a very nice Ibanez SR300EB in black for £267, an even nicer Epiphone Les Paul 100 (one of my favourite guitars) in black for only £70 and a Fender Rumble 15 to make some noise. In mitigation, I have also bought a pair of AKG studio Headphones to try not to annoy the neighbours TOO much I've also just found a source for my favourite effects box (a Line 6 Pod) so that will be ordered and my musical nostalgia trip can begin. I see a whole heap of Camel, Yes, ELP, Floyd and others in my near future... (see, you're not alone in the Prog dream! ) Thanks for the info, Mike. Kev ps - the Lanc is a big and imposing beast, isn't it? - thought I'd better, at least, mention a model in the reply
  7. modelman182

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    As Joseph said, not a Shecter, defo a headless. Looks nice and light (though looks can be deceptive) and if it's nicely balanced then I will have to try to give one a test before I buy another bass... Thanks for the pointer Joseph, I'll have a look at NS Design. Never seen them before. Kev Think I've found it - looks like it's an NS Design NXT4a Radius bass - May cost me a bit more than I hoped to spend... Somehow guitars are a LOT like models.... Thanks Joseph.
  8. modelman182

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Okay, Mike - not excited by the HK Lanc but, as I popped in, I have to know - what the hell is your avatar playing? Kev - currently contemplating getting a new Ibanez SR500...
  9. modelman182

    Iconicair Supermarine Attacker 1/32

    It must have been fate - I scored a second hand Frog Mig-15 in 32nd scale, which also contains a Nene, this afternoon. Well pleased and thanks again for your advice. Kev
  10. modelman182

    Iconicair Supermarine Attacker 1/32

    Thanks for the tip re the Nene engine. I may look at using that trick myself. The IP looks very good with the Airscale decals and your clever little mod. You're saving me a lot of thinking time here, sir! Kev
  11. modelman182

    1/48 B-70A

    Nice work on those exhausts, Loren. Did you consider using some Nickel Silver rod for the actuators, rather than plastic? I get 0.2mm to 0.4mm rods from Albion Alloys which are easy to cut and bend, and hold their shape well for construction. Perhaps something to consider when you re-do them in PE? Mind you, you'll need a pair of needle nosed pliers and good tweezers to handle them - using your fingers risks being impaled by the little blighters (do NOT ask me how I know this! ). The wings look spot on. Still marveling at the sheer size of the 'beast'! GULP! Kev
  12. modelman182

    Iconicair Supermarine Attacker 1/32

    Defo one for me to follow. I first saw the test casts on Graham's stand (Iconicair) at SMW2017 and it went straight on to my shopping list. Purchased mine just after SMW2018 (as I was "cash poor" at the show from other purchases and commitments), had a quick look at it then put it away in the stash ready for when I have the time to enjoy it. I agree that the main body internals need to be made up as you will be able to see right through from the intakes to the exhaust. Undecided yet as to whether to use a bit of plasticard as a bulkhead and add the turbine blades to the face of it or to master and cast the end of the intake trunks and the engine face. A simple bulkhead and plastic tube should suffice at the back (with a bit of shaping for the exhaust lip). I was very surprised at the omission of these parts given the quality of the kit overall, but then again, the price is most probably the reason. One of the best 'value for money' 32nd scale resin kits I've come across. Looking forward to following your progress with this. Kev
  13. modelman182

    1/48 B-70A

    Wow, Loren. She's beginning to look 'well used'. Love the weathering effects - very convincing. "Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast" as a well-known space hero has been heard to say! Keep it coming, sir. Each time I see it it just gets better and better! Kev
  14. modelman182

    Avro Shackleton AEW.2

    Stunning work, Chelle. I love to see a nice clean airframe. They never looked that clean at Lossiemouth Kev
  15. We'll always be the first to find fault in almost every model we make - that and AMS combine to create the 'Curse of the Modeller'. You should defo be WELL pleased with the result you've managed with this scheme. It looks striking. TwoBobs do a set of decals in 1/32nd, which are still available from some suppliers. The only thing that gives me caution is the back-grading of my Block 50 kit to a Block 30. Not a major issue, but it's something that would bother me with a kit that is as good as the Tamiya. I may just call it "artistic licence" and make the airframe as a Block 50 with the Block 30 scheme and decals. We shall see. I have MANY other projects that need finishing before I even start that one! I look forward to drooling helplessly over the RFI Kev