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  1. Hutch

    Mosquito question

    Hopefully a quick question to get a quick answer... What was the colour of the wheel wells of a PR XVI? Many thanks in advance. Hutch
  2. I love the paint work, it really has that faced look. Is there a particular technique you used? The markings are superb by the way. Hutch
  3. There's still a lot of experimenting to do before they will be ready but as I'm down in Wiltshire the postage will be minimal. If you carry on with the main build you can have the first 1:48 set off the printer; but only when I'm happy with them. The size is spot on but the finish is still not good enough. Hopefully the new machine at work, when I can get my hands on it, will sort it... Hutch
  4. He's done rather well so far... I've got a first print in my hands and it looks pretty good but I need to offer it up to the kit part to get a better idea but that's not at the top of my priority at the mo. I did mention your interest in a 1:48 set (are you scratch building or is there at 48th kit I've never heard of...?) and he's printed one of those as well. I'll try and get a photo on here over the next few days to let you have a look. The print quality isn't bad for a £200 printer but my workplace is just about to take possession of a sub-£3000 one in the next month so hopefully I'll get his stl file and see what the beast can produce. Watch this space...... Exciting times ahead!!!!! Hutch
  5. This has got to be worth following!!!!! I've a couple of these in the stash, and knowing how blown-away I was with your Dropship, it should be my inspiration to bump it up the 'to-do' list. I've also a few AEF marines to add to the mix, and my son is in the process of designing/printing some replacement wheels. The plan is developing as I type........ Just keep giving it some of that 'Kallisti -magic'...... Hutch
  6. If you had a choice to visit either of these museums which would you chose? Mrs Hutch has suggested a trip somewhere for my up-coming birthday and I feel a museum trip is a good option. Luckily, she is an aircraft fanatic as well so it's a win-win situation. SO, which one would you choose and why? I've never been to Aerospace Bristol and my last trip to Wallop was probably back in the 90s. Mrs H hasn't visited either... Many thanks in advance......! Hutch
  7. I've been coming here since 2008 so it's about time that I coughed up a little something for the pot..... Should be somewhere in the ether between my account and yours... hopefully! Hutch
  8. Andy, that is just perfect. Thank you so much. My lad has got the tread matching the ones in the film (the kit tread was a little off.....) but this will certainly help get the rest matching the kit. He will be able to work from these photos.... Hutch
  9. I have a couple of these 'somewhere' in the stash and my son has offered to 3D print some 'accurate' wheels for me. He's already produced a 'more than basic' stl file for them (he works as a CGI designer/artist) but is there anyone out there able to measure the kit parts accurately for me? I'm looking for diameter, depth and any other significant dimensions. Many thanks in advance Hutch
  10. Hutch

    Spray booths

    Many years ago I built my own from a car radiator fan powered by a spare battery charger unit. To get the fan pulling instead of pushing I just reversed the connectors. It came with a fabulously shaped frame that vented a fair amount of air. It was also during the time of 'blowing yourself up' but I was then hoping it was fairly environmentally sealed. Multiple moves and a change of circumstances means it no longer exists but it certainly did what it said on the tin....
  11. The 'jetman' is a young man called Sam who was on the same design course at Loughborough uni as my son. To the best of my knowledge he went to gravity industries for his year in industry and helped to develop the flying units for his final year project. A lot of the pack has been 3D printed in metal... As a part of the end of year design show he flew it around the campus and got it shown on the BBC. He did look like he was enjoying himself at Yeovilton. They are all graduating tomorrow so I might go and introduce myself....
  12. Looking really good JB. I've got the same set of decals in the 'pending' pile as the history of the real airframe is an interest to me. My father was an RAF engineering officer at RAF Broadwell during 1944-45. The airframe was with 575sqn and he would have dealt with any issues it had as he was daily duty officer working with Daks. He missed out on D-day but was there for Arnhem, when he was awarded a MiD. I knew about the MiD but only found out about Broadwell 15 years after he passed away and whilst I was living 4 miles from the airfield. So, I'll be following this closely and hope to emulate it. Hutch
  13. A bit of a theme... Single: 'Antmusic' by Adam and the Ants Album: 'Kings of the Wild Frontier' by Adam and the Ants Hutch
  14. Hutch

    What's your day-job?

    After undertaking an apprenticeship at NGL/Westlands back at the beginning of the 90s i went and trained as a DT teacher and have been helping teenagers turn perfectly good timber into sawdust for the past 25 years. Currently working in North Wiltshire but have taught in a variety of schools, state and private, day and boarding and now seriously looking forward to a well earned rest and retirement in about 9 years time... My photo shows me in the art gallery at a particularly well known school (there is a certain world cup next year that is all about a sport that was invented and named at the school) showing my wooden 1:24 mosquito i built for the staff exhibition back in about '04. My modelling skills have worked both ways as I'm able to use them during lessons and also use the tools and facilities for my own benefit. Access to a laser cutter, 3d printer when it works,vinyl cutter and various casting processes is a real bonus. Just wish I had more time to work through my stash..... Hutch As for the ideal job - somewhere warm as an underwater archaeologist
  15. Stunning, simply stunning... I love the animated crew and the weathering is devine. I don't know how you did it but it even looks heavy... Best I've seen in a long time. Now, can I get my 1:48 tornado to be anywhere close
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