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Bertie McBoatface

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  1. By the time a person needs a spreadsheet to schedule their modelling it's already too late for a spreadsheet to help. I'm thinking that an exorcism would be the way to go.
  2. That looks good and true. Well done. I enjoyed your story about the bulkhead in the wrong slot. I've done exactly the same! They are properly called bulkheads rather than frames because frames obviously didn't go all the way across the inside of the ship but were only at the edges. Some kits and many scratch-builds are 'plank on frame' with the frames made up in the same way as the originals from many pieces of wood. There are also ten times as many frames as we have to worry about in 'plank on bulkhead' construction. Roughly speaking the length of the ship is half frame and half 'space between frame'. Bulkhead kit manufacturers are sometimes sloppy in their terminology so that the ones that actually do frames now have to identify as 'real plank of frame construction'.
  3. There's life in the old kit yet, it seems. This looks state of the art to me, absolutely brilliant.
  4. That's in danger of becoming a permanent state of modelling affairs for me. I've totally lost control of myself, with many more starts than finishes.
  5. Three days without modelmaking of any kind !! Not a mojo problem, just life getting in the way for a while. Yeah, suddenly I have one. A life I mean.
  6. Hey, she's looking really good now and that sea looks ... swell!
  7. I see them on my Chrome browser, and very nice they are too. You have a proper heavy metal feel there. Most impressive. Have you noticed one of the workable roadwheels is stuck up at the top of its travel
  8. The photos appear so neat and tidy and dust free. Somehow, I don't think that was the case while the work was going on! Ten out of ten for workshop cleaning!
  9. So rude! They all look very good indeed. Your conversions and painting are excellent especially in this small scale
  10. She's a beauty. Sinister looking but still lovely lines. Good result. Now, get back to the carriers!
  11. It's certainly an unusual subject. Very nicely done Pete
  12. You'll be in trouble posting the same build in two RFI genres!
  13. But to old-skoolers like me, your work has much more value. It's something that you made with your hands.
  14. She is the best documented Man o' War ever. I have two or three books on her and I have relatively little interest in First Rates. The Anatomy of Nelson's Ships by C Nepean Longridge (1960) is a brilliant printed version of a WIP, serving as instructions for a 1/48 scratchbuild. The drawings are excellent and the writing is charming and lucid. It's my favourite!
  15. She looks like a ballistic missile sub with those mine hatches. A chilling image!
  16. Those reference photos are very evocative. I swear I could hear seagulls. This looks like being an interesting topic. That's very true.
  17. I find it difficult not to be distracted from a long build. Sometimes I seem to need a result. I must finish something!! I’m not letting it bother me anymore though. It’s actually OK for me to play with more than one toy at once, whatever my parents used to tell me when I made a mess of my room. I build the boats over years, the tanks take months, and a figure might be painted in a day. I’ll weave them all together in whatever way suits my mood. I clear my toys away at the end of each day anyway so even the spirits of the dead should be content.
  18. That’s a neat and tidy representation of that striking but difficult paint scheme. Cool weathering too giving that ‘just back from exercise’ look.
  19. I think weathering is a difficult technique to learn. I suggest that you look at reference photos and see where the dirt is on the airplane. You will find that it is not the same all over. The usual areas for dirt, oil, etc are the underneath. Especially under the engines and around the undercarriage. The rest stays clean in the far north because there’s no industrial pollution and because a gloss paint finish is very easy to wash. Matt camouflage paint gets stained by the oily hands and boots of the engineers but gloss stays clean like airliners.
  20. I've been working on the turret floor today. The majority of the ammo is held between the perforated rings (B) and the smaller perforated arc (A) sections. You'll see that the construction of both of the ammo holders is very flimsy with only the butt joints and the small pips on the stanchions making contact. I expected the shells to do most of the work but they are a loose fit in the holes so the holders must stand up for themselves. This whole thing will only be visible from above, either through the small turret hatch or when the turret is removed for a better view, so there's no problem using some reinforcing plasticard. Two pieces at the ends help the arc but a further piece was added at the back when it almost fell apart once the cocktail sticks were removed. I used three pre-curved pieces of very thin plastic sheet on the large ring, making sure that they would be in places which wouldn't foul on the interior, which is a very close fit. There you go. Six invisible lash-ups, hardly noticeable even when you are looking for them and the turret floor is as firm as, er. It's as rigid as, er. Well it's a delight to handle now anyway. The diamond-shaped ammo bin, with a lid that only covers half of it seems to be the ready use ammo and also the gunner's seat. There is no ammunition provided for that, which is rather odd and the shells provided don't fit. I may have to make a few more. Setting the stowage aside, I turned to the 2 pounder shells. I drilled holes in the ends. You may be wondering why? There were a lot of shells and therefore a lot of ends. I also drilled holes in the ends of the machine gun ammo boxes. You have probably guessed why by now. It's an ammunition forest. "Aimed shots, laddie! That stuff don't grow in trees you know!" I have some very shiny brass paint and in the Grand Opera style of this build we will assume that the crew fill their free time polishing the brass. It will look like a jewelry box in there! With my mate Marmite MiniArt (love it or hate it.) you get a lot of pieces. After a certain point in the build it seems that you add piece after piece and the model never gets any bigger. The only way to know that you are winning is to keep an eye on the parts remaining. I think I'm about down to the equivalent of an Airfix ambulance now, or maybe two of them. Whatever, I have seen the light! It's not the end of the tunnel yet, more the faint reflection of daylight on the curving, slimy walls of the crumbing Victorian brickwork, but at least I know I'm going to finish one day soon. I darned well should, I started on the 26th of May! p.s. Please don't do the joke about the light at the end of the tunnel being an oncoming train. It's much too far past its 'cliché by' date.
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