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Everything posted by Murdo

  1. Some excellent models there, and scratchbuilt too! Nothing wrong with your English. Show us more please!
  2. Great to see this wee, absolute beauty back on the production line! You've shown incredible skill & ingenuity and I've learned a lot from what you're doing here. I love these wee 1/144 planes (fighters / small military transports, not tubeliners) and I'm building quite a collection which includes an Airco DH.2 If I can learn to scratch build what I want then even better although I've had quite a fight with a 1/144 Valom Sopwith Pup using PE struts and Ushci thread. The superglue just isn't strong enough to hold the struts. I think I'll try your vaping wire method.
  3. A beauty! An absolute cracker! You should be very proud of that! I love these wee 1/144 aircraft.
  4. Been to both Stranraer and West Freugh several times. West Freugh, in particular, is a long way from anywhere.
  5. Eh? You're a bad man!
  6. Nope. Looks like 1/144 is your perfect scale! Lovely build and a cracking model!
  7. Quite seriously impressed with her work so far!
  8. If you mean the two very slight paint ridges on the middle part of the bridge, perhaps some gentle sanding with a buffing stick will sort it? Until you mentioned it I hadn't noticed it... And even then I had to look hard to see the problem. Don't be too hard on yourself. Love the 1:1 boat!!!
  9. A very sad loss, especially to Her Majesty, The Queen.
  10. Try dangling them on fibre optic cable instead of wire? 0.50mm or 0.75mm might do the job. Unfortunately I won't get near my modelling stuff for another few weeks so can't advise on the diameter but it is extremely clear and hides well. I would advise against trying to light the Dementors & FO cable with LEDs as that leads to another well of light darkness.
  11. It would be a terrible pity to cover this incredible work with a fuselage and wings!
  12. Fabulous work Dirk! Really quite fabulous! Would the black areas be wood or metal?
  13. Welcome to the site and you have some seriously nice models / dioramas there!
  14. I bought a Valom 1:144 Sopwith Pup - dual combo last July from a site. On opening the sealed pack (very carefully as I knew there was tiny PE in it) I found that the PE was missing. As the PE was for the undercarriage and struts it would be sorely missed. I emailed Václav at www.valom.net. In a very quick return email he apologised and said a new PE set would be dispatched the next day. Sure enough, about a week later a new PE fret arrived in the post from the Czech Republic. Sometimes it really is worth contacting the manufacturer and the Valom response was superb!!! Rigging the wee beggar in 1/144 has been a different matter...
  15. Cracking job on such a small model. Very nicely built and painted!
  16. That's really sad! Really very sad! BB has done a fabulous job here and way above my skillset! A very big bow down to BB!
  17. Drat! Just found this, how could I have missed it? Well, I can blame work and the new MS Flight Sim... Fabulous scratch building as ever Kev. Really pretty inspirational. Following!
  18. Be careful, it can become rather addictive. My wife was getting really hacked off with my LED / FO produced light shows.
  19. Have you thought of using Fibre Optic cable (FO)? This 1:350 ship (Scratch built) has only three 5mm LEDs, two yellow and one Ultra white running off a 9v PP3 battery and 3 resistors. Different strengths of resistors can be easily used to brighten / darken the LEDs to the light luminance strength you want. As mentioned, a breadboard makes this kind of stuff very easy to manipulate. All porthole lights run off of yellow LED 1, yellow LED 2 is stuck in the superstructure for the wheelhouse / superstructure lighting and the ultra white LED is for all outside deck and mast lighting. The actual masts are FO cable with gashes to allow light to leak out where I want it. Each LED feeds a bunck of FO cables cut to length and the ends polished with one of my daughters finger nail thingy boards. Port Nav light has a dab of clear red and starboard a dab of clear green Tamiya paint on the polished ends. This shows the FO mess underneath the hull. The black shape at the bottom right is the heatshrink tube that holds the LED and the FO strands. Here you can see the tiny FO cable that depicts the Port navigation light: Day shot: Night shot: If you do a search, there are a fair number of build threads showing ship builds with minimal LEDs using Fibre Optic cable. Hope this is of use to you.
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