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Bertie Psmith

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  1. Indeed, but I'm not scratching everything. I don't have time or interest to go that far but I'll improve things where I can. Looking at the photo I'd certainly redo the hydraulics for example. I'm not spending any more on this one either . I've already got a bunch of aftermarket, and wire, wood, solder, brass, plastic, rubber, paint, card, custard will take care of the rest.
  2. Nope. I'll still have to build it though, and making a few improvements would be fun were it not for the price. I'd say it's worth thirty pounds at the most. Hey ho, there's no point moaning about it all the way through the GB. I've had my vent now. But in view of today's discoveries I'll change the option I selected from my list above "Now how can I make it mine? Slice it in two lengthways? Cut vertically like an opened book? No. That would give unrestricted access to everything in there and mean that I'd have to scratchbuild everything in there. I haven't time for that. Slice it in two lengthways? Cut horizontally - a Lancaster Convertible? That's doable. I'd only have to detail the tops of things, as in any other cockpit, connected to an aeroplane or not. I'll have a go at a Lancaster Cabriolet; another cutaway but only from one direction this time."
  3. I'm afraid it's far from good. I opened the plastic bags and had a look at the mouldings this morning. After doing MiniArt or even Tamiya kits, the lack of detail, the lack of pieces is a disgrace. There are 162 parts, not all of which are used (there's a rear turret moulding for example). That's 50 pence per piece. It could be painted and assembled in three evenings. Think 1970 Revell and knock the quality back a bit and you get an idea of the quality of the moulding. It's like a toy. What a rip-off for £80! I'm so glad that I didn't buy the whole aeroplane but I'm still furious that I fell for the hype. Unable to swear here, I really can't think of anything else to say, except to point out that there are 166 plastic parts in the box of an Eduard 1/72 Spitfire - WEEKEND EDITION, which costs less than ten quid. For the money that should be a couple of dozen individual, three-dimensional parts, not a single piece of 'flat backed' impressions. And even when they try to make separate components such as the very conspicuous pilot's seat, it's flashed, lacks detail and looks like it was 'designed' by the CAD office junior during his coffee break. This could be the worst model I've bought in the last five years.
  4. Or it's a pirate copy of a legit kit that's no longer in production. I hadn't thought of that.
  5. Psmith's PSunday PSupplement #1 The poop deck has caught up with the forecastle. This time I stuck the planks down with wood glue rather than contact adhesive to my cost. The additional moisture caused the deck unit to curl upwards at the sides, exactly balancing out all the camber I was so determined to build. I hope that I'll be able to restore the convexity by clamping and gluing some deckhead beams underneath. The slight warping caused by the unseasonal English sunshine was easily dealt with. It was worse in the deck but clamping and gluing them together seems to have restored them to their approximate straightness. I added a 2mm strip to the top of the Beagle's backbone and used strong clamps and much glue to bend the deck over this and attach it to the frames. It took ages as I only had the two necessary bar clamps and had to work frame by frame. Camber was achieved a lot easier this way. Now I can use thin planks on the deck and avoid a week of sanding. Reinforcement was required due to the enormous tension on that deck. Those square blocks are glued side grain to side grain which is far stronger than the end grain joints designed into the kit. It was my idea to bend the deck though so it's not OcCre's fault. The structure now is as rigid as a violin and I'm sure it would explode if dropped. I'd better not drop it then! This is the front end. I don't believe the alcove to be correct. It makes little sense to me based on several rough drawings from the nineteenth century and a lot of reading. (The details are in the other place.) It was pretty easy to remove it. The other side of the bulkhead will be veneered over in due course. At the other end of the boat, the marked area has to come out to allow me to build and furnish Darwin's cabin. Actually the charting room with its huge mahogany table but that's where the great mad slept, with his feet in a drawer on one side and his head in a cupboard at the other. High up and right aft in the ship was probably the worst place for a seasick mariner, but that's where they put him and that's where he stayed. The slot is the mizzen mast housing so I extended that downwards and will probably remember to make the mast taller to compensate. Planking the main deck. This time I have no worries about running out of timber. These are planks that I have cut from a solid piece of hornbeam and the dimensions are quite variable. There will be much wastage but I have at least three times as much as I need. I've drawn in some frame lines. Each butt joint in the planking must be sited on a frame. The ones between the gun ports would have beed very strong and I've guestimated another set in between those. This will give me a pleasant pattern of joints in what's called a three plank shift without being too 'busy'. You can see the start of the pattern in these trial strakes. The one in the centre of the deck is the 'king plank' from which all the rest line up. I'm putting a scrap of black paper between the but joints to stand for the caulking since painting the ends led to a lot of paint soaking in too much and looking a mess. I didn't have this problem on the two upper decks as they are both too short to need joints. I've opted for 20 foot long planks which span four of my frames with a little left over to be trimmed off. Painted on both edges as before. The paper caulking is currently being applied to half of the planks and then I'll be able to do at least half of the deck without interruption. It needs a lot of concentration but it's a doddle compared to the hull planking. And finally, that's where the poop cabin will be built. It looks like a ballroom to me as I've been used to that piece of plywood bisecting it. When I begin to panel it out, I guess it will feel very small! Elapsed time 15 hours and 15 minutes. That's working time, disregarding reading, thinking, planning, dreaming (nightmares really! ). It's going to take hundreds of hours to complete, assuming that I don't tread on this one!
  6. No pressure then. Now how can I make it mine? Diorama? Without the rest of the aircraft it would have to be a crash or a factory assembly but neither fit the decals and without them, it's not Canadian. Use the clear plastic side piece? Looks naff. Cutaway ? Done one too recently. Mounted on a plaque so it's coming through the wall? Slice it in two lengthways? Cut horizontally - a Lancaster Convertible? Slice it in two lengthways? Cut vertically like an opened book? Hmmm. Hinged? No. Better on a split and hinged trolley. Extreme access for wiring up the instrument panel etc? Sawing the canopy in two would be a fun thing to do. Stbd side would be a bit boring, mostly walkway innit? Can't fink of owt better. Decided then.
  7. I think they look good too. If realism is the goal however consider that Titanic's deck planks were 5 inches wide (except for the well deck planks at 6 inches). 5 inches = 125mm 125/400 gives you a scale plank width of 0.3125mm. I don't think that's reproduced on the wooden decks. Another problem is that the grain of the veneer, however fine is also very overscale. Wildly inaccurate and very good looking. (Those decks are just like me. ) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There's a specialist site with tons of information on the Academy/Minicraft kits which you will find useful. "Welcome to the Titanic Research & Modeling Association. Here you’ll find the most accurate and comprehensive Titanic information anywhere. We have information about the ship, comprehensive reference guides, links to plans of the ship and resources to help you build a model of her – all researched and written by our members. Our roots are in modeling, but we have become known for much more these days. Some of the foremost Titanic experts in the world contribute to make this site the premier online resource for technical information about Titanic and the Olympic-class liners." http://www.gorchfock.net/
  8. We armchair procures never hear about the ’back stairs dealings’ that govern government spending…
  9. Oh I know what it means. And it’s a long way between them. I might be hosting a GB next year with a bit of luck and some votes so I’ll be watching what works for you. And Cosford? You’re just round the corner from this pub, in Aussie measure!
  10. F/L J. F. Thomas and the crew of Avro Lancaster Bomber B Mk.I ‘Victorious Virgin’ RF128 QB-V of RCAF 424 Squadron “Tiger” Squadron on the 21st of March 1945. (probably taken at the Skipton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire airfield) Da Boyz!
  11. Hey @zebra. Thanks for the promoting/hosting job on this very inclusive GB. We'll have a great variety of builds going on through the summer. You know at the start of this thread where you give the Canadian motto in Latin and French (or Sicilian, as Google identified Canadian French)? How about adding an English version to save other obsessive people like me having to look it up.
  12. I’m not sure about that. I used to be good at cockpit work but I haven’t really cracked it for ages and never in this scale. I’ll do my best though.
  13. A couple of month's worth. It's been decades since I did a large scale aircraft, or even a piece of one. I feel like I don't have a clue, which should make things interesting. Same-ish scale as a tank though, so it can't be all that hard, can it?
  14. Welcome aboard. Remember me saying the Tamiya Phantom was going to be my last aircraft model? Well, it's still true. This is only 1/6 part of an aircraft; the most interesting part.
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