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  1. That bus is brilliant! I've been pondering that same question, perdu. We'll see if there is a solution...?
  2. Pardon my ignorance, but what are overtrees?
  3. I don't know how faithful the animated cartoons are to the albums. I do know that the albums were updated over time and some of the aircraft were redrawn for more modern types. The red aircaft you refer to is probably the Stinson R3 in the Sceptre of Ottokar? The website John Masters linked to shows them all. I am going to put the book on my Xmas list! I have now put on the decals and will wait for the Microsol to dry completely and do its magic. Then I will put a coat of matte varnish on before proceeding further.
  4. Thanks Bill, I am reasonably happy with it. I surely would not have been able to get a finish like this with brushpainting. Still, I am on the learning curve, I have had my airbrush only for a month or so. I am still inclined to put on too heavy coats. I think this one is acceptable though, so I will go ahead an put on some gloss varnish for the decals. That is a great website John. A shame that many of those wonderful planes don't seem to be available as kits. The company that pubishes the Tintin decals also do a couple of books on the aircraft of Herge. I have not seen them, but I would think that there is a lot of overlap with the website you mention.
  5. I've given it a coat of yellow like this: The upper wing is loose here and doesn't sit straight because of the fuel tank masking tape. In the meantime I got a reply from Airfix that the spares department is on the case re. the struts, but it may take a while because of the (understandable) backlog. I think I'll clean up and paint the individual struts in the meantime, if I fix the wing on the cabane struts I may be able to fit the main struts one by one without needing any replacements. I should also paint the little spinner yellow, as per the book.
  6. Wonderful idea, takes me back to the days when I would study Aurora catalogs for hours. I may still have one or two of them somewhere. For the bandages, perhaps you could try cigarette paper cut into fine strips? You can't get much thinner stuff.
  7. Living dangerously - loose upper wing on fuselage + cabane struts. Eyeballing for alignment.
  8. That red and silver colour scheme is gorgeous! This must be a different release than mine, I don't have that as an option. I've completed the priming (on the underside as well now) and I think I may attach the cabane struts to the fuselage before putting on the yellow. There is not a very positive lock on them though so I hope they will go on straight. I may also put on the undercarriage now. I should have done all that before the priming I guess, but I can brush prime them instead. The upper wing will definitely not go on until all the spraying has been completed.
  9. @malpaso, yes this thing is tiny. The fuselage is no bigger than my little finger! @Parrish, I am an expert in breaking off little protrusions. I don't think I will particularly miss this one. When fitting the tail planes I got the distinct impression that the provided struts are too short, or is that just me? There seems to be a bit of a droop there. Not knowing the truth of the matter I went ahead anyway. @John Masters, yes I'm new here, thank you for your welcome! Here is the latest progress: I completed the fuselage and fitted the wings and tailplanes. I masked the cockpit with blobs of blu-tak, did some filling and sanding and had a go at priming. The cowling is a weird fit but I think that is deliberate? I'm using Vallejo White Primer but I'm struggling a bit to be honest. On the bottle it says I can use it undiluted with my 0.4mm nozzle, so that is what I did. I sprayed from 20 cm again as per instructions. The paint comes out fine, but the stuff doesn't seem to cover all that well. I have given it a number of light passes (that label again!) but the underlying grey of the plastic still comes through - you can see that in the contrast with the white putty lines (that I sanded down as much as I could). Should I give it more or will this be adequate for the top coat of yellow? I'm concerned about getting the primer on too thick and obscuring the details. Are there better primers than Vallejo? I heard good things about Stynylrez, is that worth trying? Or is this going to be a motor oil discussion? Another question is what to do with the struts. Because I will break off anything smaller than a wing I'm reluctant to glue them on already. Perhaps I could glue the cabane struts on to the top wing (where there are some decent looking slots) and prime/topcoat them along with that, it will see less handling. I would treat the main struts separately on their own before fitting them together with the top wing later? Suggestions are welcome!
  10. Right, after several more passes of touch-up and an veritable orgy of masking, I consider the camouflage finished: I think it looks acceptable (although I just now notice a nasty masking line running over the right tail plane, aargh! To be honest, on the actual model you barely notice this - these macro pictures make it seem a lot worse than it is). The colour contrast between the ordinary and the shadow parts is actually quite stark but I followed the Vallejo colours from their RAF set, for better or worse. There must be better ways of tackling this difficult scheme but if so, I haven't found them yet. What would help is transparent masking tape so you can keep track of the underlying pattern when masking up for the third and fourth colours. I don't know if that exists in a form that is suitable for our modelling. In my usual hamfisted way I snapped off one of the cabane struts, but I still have it and it is tucked away in a small plastic bag in the box of the kit (I'm writing this out in full so I can come back here later and remind myself of where I put it). I don't think this is fatal, I should be able to fit it once the upper wing is on. So this gets me to the next stage, which is.... not sure, actually. Apart from finishing the engine and putting the cowling on, what else should I do before giving the kit a coat of gloss varnish and putting the decals on? I could fit the undercarriage struts but knowing myself I would probably knock one off when manipulating the model for the varnishing and the decaling. So, I'm inclined to let it thoroughly dry for a day or so and then do the varnishing.
  11. What a beautiful build of a beautiful kit of a beautiful machine! I'm going to follow your work, I'm very impressed!
  12. I'm still faffing about with the Gladiator (I'm not sure it will have a happy ending) but in the meantime I have put up a thread in the Railway forum about my Micro layout.
  13. Next step was to put up some structures and the general decoration. On some of the photos you can see the type of shelters they had put up at the stations - basically some jolly striped canopies. A dash to the spares box and some plastic card later, and the passengers on the micro have a shelter too: When studying an old print of the exhibition I spotted something wonderful in the air that just had to be incorporated in the layout: Like this: The next big question was, what to do at the back? Initially I thought of making a backscreen based on a wonderful picture of the Champ de Mars during the exhibition: That proved problematical so I then decided to make some kind of train shed. Some kitbashing gave me a structure in the style of the great exhibition buildings, with an iron framework and a corrugated roof. A bit like the Galerie des Machines but quite a bit smaller The roof caused some problems because of the dual curvature but in the end something reasonable emerged: To complete it all I then added some more decoration (lamps, flags, the fountain under the tower) and of course staff and visitors. The station master has one of those chairs that you can see in the old photographs: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So that's basically it. An overview looks like this: At night: I made a little movie that you can watch on Youtube. Later I found a wonderful French movie, also on Youtube, of how they made a completely digital reconstruction of the exhibition, complete with the build of the Eiffeltower. Absolutely stunnig and it contains a lot of the same details I've tried to include. They only forgot to include the little Decauville train. Later someone pointed me to a great Heineken beer commercial that is also set during the Exhibition. The beginning shows the red Eiffeltower and the balloon.
  14. Now, on to the elephant in the room: that Eiffel tower. Obviously a layout of the 1889 World Exhibition needs one. Also obvious is that the real thing is 324 m. high which works out as 4.26 m. at scale 1/76 - a bit tall for my living room! Still, I want one - so I decided to forget all about scale and I sourced a Heller plastic kit of the thing, at scale 1/650. That reduces it to a more manageable height of 47 cm. Placed on the layout it looks like this: This is beginning to look like something! (to be continued)
  15. The first consideration was the layout size and the trackplan. The original line ran round the periphery of the Exhibition from one end station to another. The line served to move visitors around but of course also to showcase this (at the time) new technology to the world. The Exhibition was laid out along the banks of the Seine, mainly on what is known as the Champ de Mars. Today this area is famous because it is where the Eiffel tower stands, which indeed was built specifically for this exhibition. A contemporary plan of the Exhibition: You can just about make out the railway, running from top left to the Seine, then curving down along the river, past the Eiffeltower (next to the bridge over the river), and onwards towards the end station on the Quay d'Orsay. Conceivably one could make a layout of most of the actual railway, or at least one that models both end stations. Unfortunately I had only very limited space. Moreover, I am not convinced about the way the little Jouef train navigates pointwork so I wanted to minimise that. Eventually I decided to minimise it altogether and simply build a pointless pizza-layout. I leave the trackplan as an exercise for the reader. Benchwork was simple: I obtained a pe-cut circle of MDF with a diameter of 50 cm. and three wooden cabinet feet. I sandwiched a second MDF circle with a diameter of 40 cm. on top. Like this: A circle of Peco Setrack 009 rails fits perfectly. The little train has no problem going round a curve of this radius. Next I disguised the sleepers with some black paper and scatter, placed bits of a grass mat in the middle, and added some hedging and edging: Phew, that is the heavy work done
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