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  1. I have thoroughly enjoyed this build, apart from a couple of places where the model didn't quite match the plans - particularly around the front suspension. This was my first attempt at portraying heavy rust/weathering; I would be grateful for any suggestions as to how to improve my technique.
  2. I was wanting to have a go at some figure work and I saw some pictures posted by Stevej60, I was inspired and decided to give it a try. This is built from the Masterbox 1/35 'Before the Battle'. The box includes the figures and trench, I built the box from artists board and stripwood. The result doesn't meet the standards of Steve's but I'm fairly pleased for a first attempt.
  3. Well, thank goodness I came through that. I haven't built a biplane for over 40 years and I still remember the nightmare of attaching the top wing; 'It can't still be that bad, surely.' I thought... Well it nearly hit the round filing cabinet a number of times, and I'm still unhappy that the top wing is set too far back, however I am happy that I have developed (Plan F) a workable method to affix the top wing, in addition to that I have come across a number of issues, such as : Humbrol Clear gloss acrylic dries like thin porridge, Humbrol Clear matt dries like a ploughed field -
  4. Hi guys, thanks for all of your comments. My figure painting is more a case of obstinate determination than any sort of skill, I take photos on my phone, blow them up and revisit the bad bits - over and over again. As for the ailerons, I had a horrible feeling that I'd got it wrong but it was too late by then. I will certainly take on board your thoughts about staging, lighting, backgrounds and photographing in future. Thanks again
  5. 2 by Ian Armstrong, on Flickr 1 by Ian Armstrong, on Flickr
  6. 4 by Ian Armstrong, on Flickr 3 by Ian Armstrong, on Flickr
  7. 7 by Ian Armstrong, on Flickr 6 by Ian Armstrong, on Flickr 5 by Ian Armstrong, on Flickr
  8. 9 by Ian Armstrong, on Flickr 8 by Ian Armstrong, on Flickr
  9. Well, these are strange times. This is my first attempt at a diorama, albeit a very simple one. It is also my first time putting anything I hve produced out in public, so please be gentle. My wife bought me the Airfix 'Ready for Battle' gift set for xmas, this diorama is pretty much straight out of the box, apart from a couple of little tweaks such as the refueller and the addition of the Tilly. I look forward to learning from your comments, I would also appreciate some thoughts on photographing dioramas - I am not too happy with how these shots turned out.
  10. Ian A

    Hello there

    Hello there, I am yet another of the apparently growing trend of returning old modellers. I have never completely stopped building, but having taken early retirement nearly 3 years ago (aged 57) I have much more time to spend doing what I enjoy. My interests are varied, from Verlinden 120mm figures to 1/48 & 1/72 scale aircraft, most have been Airfix with occasional Revell & Tamiya. I have just taken the plunge and ordered a Mach 2 Armstrong Whitworth Argosy - the first aircraft I ever flew in as a CCF cadet at RAF Cottesmore in the Easter holidays 1974, oops th
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