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Bertie Psmith

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  1. A fox gets on an aeroplane with two dead rabbits for it's lunch. The stewardess says, "Sorry sir, only one item of carrion per passenger."
  2. click the embed button of your choice and a sidebar opens Select picture size. Do NOT select 'include html tags' as this makes it post a link not a picture. Copy the url code from the box and paste it into BM
  3. Left click on the picture and a menu appears with embed on it. Theres also an embed button on the top of the screen toolbar.
  4. Have you selected more than one photo? You have to do them one at a time. It helps me be selective about which pictures I post!
  5. Hello folks. I did nothing on the Whippet yesterday, sorry. My new desk and shelving units arrived at lunchtime and when a large piece of furniture arrives in a small flat like mine, everything has to be moved around! Then I had the enjoyable task of unpacking my tools and paint and general modelling gear into the desk and onto the shelves. I had quite forgotten how much stuff I had! So far in this build I've been managing with a craft knife and a pot of glue, more or less. Now I really fell that I'm back into the hobby. @APA sent me some excellent suggestions a few hours ago and in normal circumstances I'd embody all of them. This isn't a normal build though. Reading APA's suggestions made me question WHY I'm building like an eight year old (glue everything together and don't worry about painting until later). And that led to some really deep insights about myself and my modelling over the last five years or so. It's interesting to me but might not be to you so if you aren't into the Psychology of Model Making, please come back tomorrow when normal service will be resumed. About five years ago, soon after I retired, my mojo started to wane. I was still doing kits but often not finishing them. Sometimes I'd make a fatal error and then trash the kit. Sometimes I'd just lose interest and stop. The few that I did complete were, unsatisfactory in my eyes. ("7/10. Could do better!" as my primary school teacher was so fond of writing on my best work.) I thought it might have something to do with retiring but couldn't really make the connection. I believe that nothing happens by accident and that all our actions are influenced by our subconscious minds. Many times in my life I've spotted a connection between events in my 'real' life and the things happening on the workbench. For example: soon after getting married I bought a large scale Fiesler Storch (nice Hasegawa kit). It was unusual for me to work in 1/32 and looking back, I see that in the first few months if marired life I felt a bit lost and needed some reconnaissance to find my way in the new life. Cute eh? It's like the hobby is a scale model of my life. Back to the recent period. three years or so of this half-hearted modelling was getting me down and I almost threw everything away for keeps. Instead I picked up some Games Workshop figures to paint. Total fantasy stuff -monsters and so on. Very grim and dark in theme. This seemed to get me going again for about a year but still the figures and occasional scale models didn't satisfy me, dammit! In February this year, my mum died. It was after a long illness, she was very old and it wasn't a surprise. I seemed to be handling it very well. In a very 'grown up' 'British stiff upper lip way', in fact. Oddly, I found that I couldn't do anything at all to do with modelmaking. I kinda knew it was something to do with the grief but didn't really get it until tis morning's post from @APA. Why am I working like an eight year old? I know now. I started making models when I was eight. Guess who bought me all those kits? Mum, of course. I'd slap them together and it didn't matter how awful they were, she would always tell me they were brilliant. Showing my work to Mum was always the last stage of the build process. And that continued throughout my life. There were periods when I was away from the hobby but whenever I was modelling, I'd show her my stuff, or send her a picture. My Christmas and birthday presents were always kits. I guess I was something of a Mummy's Boy (and there's nothing wrong with that). This morning it all fell into place. The illness which killed her was dementia. Five years ago, I started to see her fading away. She would still praise everything that I did because that was her generous nature. As the illness grew worse though, she wasn't able to understand what a model was. She would look at an aeroplane with a look of absolute bafflement. And this of course is what was killing my mojo. How could I be satisfied with a build if I couldn't complete that last stage of the process? And then she died and the small boy version of me that we call the subconscious, went into a sulk and said NO MORE MODELS! I thought I was handling the death in a grown up way, I never even shed a tear, but inside I was hiding in my room for six months. Three weeks ago I joined Britmodeller and started to show some of my 'unsatisfying' work to you lot. The welcome I received and the appreciation for my models has been very therapeutic. My inner little lad has come out of his room and joined the party. Now, with the Whippet, he's building again. This is his build so if it's done in the way he used to, I'm ok with that. Oh dear, how I miss my Mum! I've been crying all morning and I'm crying now. I think that's probably a good thing for me to do. I'm going to post this and then go and feed myself the cooked breakfast of my childhood, lard-fried bacon sandwiches in white bread with a bowl of tinned tomatoes to dip them in - yum!. Then I'll do some grown up stuff like washing up and this afternoon I'll get the rest of that tank stuck together. I'll show you tomorrow.
  6. They look amazing but this time I'm going to go old school and use paint and decals supplied. Maybe on a less refined kit though...
  7. Steel rods? That's the first time I've heard of that. I could use them in many different ways. I will get some, thank you. These are the lines I use. 0.2 mm for rigging wires on biplanes and 0.1 mm for aerials. I believe you can get thinner but I have trouble even seeing the thin one here! Transparent line looks like metal to me and it can be easily coloured with a Sharpie type permanent marker pen. My 0.1mm is a dark brown which I like for aerials. Once you have glued it in place with superglue and the glue has set fully, place a hot object close to the line and it will shrink and tighten up. You could use a soldering Iron or a hot nail, heated by a cigarette lighter. The insulators on aerial wires can be made by placing a drop of thick PVA glue on the wire with a toothpick
  8. All this aftermarket chatter has just cost me money! Lol. Resin seats do look awfully good, and making straps is such a pain...
  9. I’ve done some old Swords. I appreciate how hard you worked on that beauty
  10. That’s an interesting and beautiful model. Thanks!
  11. It’s a jewel . As crisp and lovely as a bacon sandwich.
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