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Chris Jephcott

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  1. Thank you very much for your replies! Roman, That is almost exactly the sort of display set up that I’m looking at. Although smaller as I don’t have that much display space at the moment. Do you remember which company made them for you? Toe, I have been scouring around trying to find any good deals - the trouble is that the Ones I keep on finding aren’t deep enough. Yet! But I will carry on looking! Chris
  2. Good morning all, As the end of my Felixstowe builds creeps ever closer (provided I don’t mess up the rigging!), I have found myself in a dilemma. Looking at my man man cave wall, my current display cabinets are incredibly ineffective - and not big enough!! The space that I have to work with is 1.5 metres long and 2.3 metres high - plus ideally, I would have 0.4 to 0.5 metres wide too, to allow my larger builds to get out of the dusty environment. A quick trawl of the internet has provided several expensive custom fitted options, some more feasible than others, but also, I suspect that there will be better options with a bit of thought process? One of the options I’ve considered is a wide floor mounted unit and a thinner wall mounted one. Yet again, I’m not sure how feasible it is... but it’s possible. So what does everybody recommend for display cabinets? I would love to keep costs down as much as possible - but envisage it being not very cheap!! Anyway... please fire away! Websites, links, advice, guidance... anything is very much appreciated!!!! Chris
  3. Good Night my friend,

     

    I have the exact model to make, i buy in second hand, now i see the instrutions are missing, please

     

    can you help me, send me the instrutions by email

     

    Best regards

     

    Henrique Teixeira

  4. Thanks for your response Paul, that’s exactly what I am looking at. It should be an upgrade on what I have now in terms of my set up and the package looks brilliant... I would just need to add a crown cap and it would be a familiar set up. That said, I’ve got a friend whose going to lend me an Iwata just for a feel and play about with! Chris
  5. I appreciate the thoughts so far! It’s a bit of a can of worms... and there is a huge argument that says to stick with what I know. But also, I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered it - more just learn to cope with it! One of my continual sources of frustration with my current set up is that I find the fine line control really variable - the paint can be thinned exactly the same proportion and pressure the same, but sometimes it does a perfect thin line. Sometimes it just splats out something that vaguely resembles a line! Joking aside, it is a fair point - although if I were to continue using H&S, I would look to go down the line of the Infinity Plus CR as opposed to the present Evolution. However, when it comes to such decisions, I do always like to have a look around and see what other options are available. I had a trial with an Iwata CR plus and was very impressed by the balance and feel though. And that’s what is just in the back of my mind... whether it would be worth moving down this line! Especially if it is going to give me 10-15 years of excellent service! Thanks again guys I just would love to hear the pluses and negatives from everybody who has experienced them! Chris
  6. Hello everybody, Having been a user of H&S and a 2in1 infinity for nearly 10 years now, I’ve decided it’s time to replace my set up a bit - my compressor has been on the blink for ages and it seems right now to consider my options for an airbrush moving forwards. I suspect that this will be a divisive post but what I’m really after is a bit of advice. What I’m looking for is a detail airbrush - I tend to only use 0.2mm needle for both fine detail work and area work (I know I might be silly for this but... it seems to work for me!). However, that’s not to preclude using a 0.3 and a 0.2 needle too. Iwata always get a good write up from their fans. Reliable and hard working, but with very expensive spares. I think you can get a 0.2 nozzle cap and nozzle which sit on the 0.3 needle? This would tick my boxes H&S though - I’ve been using for years and years. The spares are decently priced - and it’s simple to use/clean. A decent amount of me says to stick with what I know and upgrade? Which is also a very valid option... With this in mind, my budget is around £400 all in (compressor, set up and airbrush!) - so please, I would appreciate any input on this. I would love to make a decision ASAP as I can’t progress on my Felixstowe until I know what I’m going to do!!! Thank you you very much everybody!!! Chris
  7. Hi Silenoz, Thank you very much! I hope I can continue in the same way... And you’re very welcome! Rigging should not be feared and is actually quite good fun!!
  8. Al, have you started that Tigercat yet?? The look on your face was the same as I suspect I had when the HK Models Lancaster turned up at my house!!
  9. Thank you very much Al! It’s the most enjoyable kit I’ve made in a long long time. Mark? Where is he? It’s a twin build with only one of us doing it!!! Joking aside, I’m sure Mark will sometime join in... looking back at the photos, we started this back in October! Where has time gone??? Although he egged me into doing this alongside him and said we’d be in this together!!!
  10. Hi Sabrejet - thank you very much! I have some Uschi rigging material too - the only thing is that I have heard horror stories of “sagging wings” if you use elastic line! That said, I intend to use it for the ailerons and any other non-structural rigging! Chris
  11. So... my third and final installment for tonight - to where the build is now! This will be the shortest of the updates because the majority has been covered above!! At this point, the fuselage looks like this: But first of all, the fuselage is gloss varnished in order for various paint touch ups to be undertaken: I completed the tail rigging: And then used Matt Varnish on the majority of the fuselage, aside from the wood as I want that to have a highly varnished finish: [/url] For the tail rigging, I know it's not strictly accurate, but I used the brass tube on the dividers - it gave me the possibility to adjust the tension in the rigging lines very easily - so it's a bit of artistic licence! Anyway, so there we go... on to the wings and engines!! Thank you very much for reading and I really appreciate you comments! Chris
  12. Chris's Brief Rigging Tutorial. I must say that I am not an expert at rigging. In genuine fact, I don't think I'm very good at all. So quite why it is that I decided to tackle a Felixstowe, I have no idea! It must go down with one of the strangest model making decisions that you can make? Well no. Not really. I have rigged biplanes before - in many scales. Using many different techniques - but in 1/32 Scale, rigging takes on an entirely new dimension. It needs to be structural, functional, and I am firmly in favour of making it as straight forward as possible. So I took a photo of my tools that I will use for this initial rigging of the tail section: So the main points are that I use medium CA and Chameleon coloured fishing line - shaded with a black Sharpie pen to make it look more realistic. I also am using Bobs buckles for the eyelets and tubes too, these are both opened packs that I have used in the past, so the packages look rather tired already! Using the pin vice, I drill out the rigging locations on the build. WNW are very good and provide guide holes for you to use - these holes just need a little bit of enlargement. Here, the holes have been drilled out on the underside of the tailplane: A proper study of the provided rigging diagram does pay wonders too - and WNW again provide very detailed diagrams which do sometimes need a bit of translation into 3D: I also then take the eyelets, and then cut them down so that the eyelet itself sits slightly proud of the wing surface. Using a sharp applicator, I apply the thick CA to the dug out hole and simply drop the trimmed eyelet into the hole. It's not the clearest in this photo sadly, but take my word on it, it's there. The aim is to just have enough to hook the fishing line through - so it's a little tricky to photo accurately! Next, I cut a length of fishing line that is significantly larger than the required length and feed through one brass tube onto the line: Starting with the inner rigging, I then feed the line through the eyelet - making sure that there's enough length pulled through: Then I feed this end through the brass tube: I then pull the the line tight and that is one end of the rigging line! Now then, with one end successfully completed - it's time to do the other end - which is the most telling part of it and adds the strength whilst completing the line. So it's the same process again. I thread a tube onto the line, then feed the other end through the eyelet, before passing the other end through the brass tube: Pull the line tight, using the loose end and hey presto! The line is in place!!! Then a quick dab of superglue at the end of the brass tubes, whilst pulling the lines apart. This then allows the lines to settle down and sets them up perfectly for trimming down: Then, using a pair of old sprue cutters, I snip the loose ends as close to the brass tube as I possibly can do - and with any end that is remaining, dab a small spot of superglue and push it together. This then hides the loose end and bleeds it nicely into the turnbuckle/rigging line: Then repeat... And eventually, you end up here!!! I really hope that this helps and is informative to anybody who might be interested in WNW kits but is scared by the rigging!! It's only a rough guide, but it works perfectly for me and I find it quite therapeutic!! Chris
  13. I genuinely cannot believe that it's been just under a month since my last update! Time flies by, and shows no sign of letting up at all... but I've been quite lucky in the fact that my wife has had a few cake orders to complete, so it's given me a bit of extra space to do more work on the Felixstowe, and I fear that tonight, it's high time for a bumper update!! Just because I haven't posted on here doesn't mean though that things have slowed up - in fact quite the opposite. Good progress has been made on the build and I remain very happy with the way that this kit is going!! A brief recap as to where I was at the end of the last post first of all... I had just started work on the tailplane and decided to paint it rather than use the Aviattic Decals for the PC10. The final touches of this were to add rib tapes onto the painted surfaces, and to use pigments to weather it down a bit and make it look less stark. First of all was to paint the tail in various shades of Olive Green - including RLM80, RAF Dark Green, Olive Green, and any other shade of green that fitted the bill! I then sprayed the ribtapes on in Nato Green, and then muted the difference back using pigments. I used a green powder and flat earth - this photo shows on tailplane done and the other unfinished to show the difference between the before/after: And when finished: I also opted to paint the rudder as opposed to using the kit decals - I thought it would be a better looking effect if I did this. It was painted in various shades of red, white and blue: I also painted the elevators in the same way - although varied the colour slightly in order to add a slight visual difference - this was subsequently muted back a little bit when on the build: So, with this done, it was time to get busy with the rigging... and my next post will give a little bit of a run down of how I do rigging! Thanks for reading - next post coming very very soon! Chris
  14. Hi John, Thank you very much! It’s my pleasure, I take a lot of advice and guidance from your inspirational builds, so don’t be surprised if I use some of your techniques!! In truth, I still keep on doing the same too. Picking up the open box, looking at the sprues, and putting it back and walking off to do something different!!! I think Mark does the same too though... shhhh!! Chris
  15. Thank you very much Mark, very nice comments. Can’t wait to see yours progressing in due time... the most time time consuming and enjoyable build I have done in a long long time though.
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