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  1. TT, I don't blame you, though if it was at the end of a slow day you could have punted a lot less probably. You have got to really want a small box of unicorn droppings to start forking out that kind of sum. Matt.
  2. Spray painted decals, is this a thing? So, either I have just had a good idea or I am trying to re-invent a square wheel. Or its just been done before so often that noone takes any notice. Feel free to shoot me down in flames, but for the moment I'm blisfully ignorant so here goes. This is a very quick and crude effort simply to see if something would work, so no skill judgement or precision involved. On the basis that an inkjet printer sprays paper with ink, why not spray the paper with paint? Lets see... dec1 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Clear decal sheet masked to leave required image, Then primed, dec2 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Then painted, I know you can get white decal sheet but this is just testing the theory and white has really poor opacity so if its going to look bad it will be obvious. dec3 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Then remove the masking tape dec4 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Then clear varnish and we should have some decals. Cut out, soak in water, apply to shelf of doom resident. dec5 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr So there is some primer edge, but I could have used white primer and you can get grey red or black primer so probably not a deal breaker. I do suspect the primer is needed though. Where I am thinking this would be really useful is for silver or gold that you really cannot print. Also as you can see the opacity is better than certainly my printer could ever manage. As I say, please shoot me down if neccesary, but any comments or input welcome. To me it looks that if done properly with care and attention, it should work. Matt.
  3. Now the wind has abated enough to get some white sprayed, she now looks much nicer.. mg23 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr mg24 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Just got to decide what to do about the wingtips, there are decals, which obviously match the lettering but would need touching up on the edges, or hand paint the lot, or indeed just leave them! Matt.
  4. mg22 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Its far too windy to even try spraying anything outdoors, so I had a go at painting the canopy frame, which went better than anticipated. Although G-AEXF currently has white framing, it appears from photos that all the machines originally had metal as does the new build G-HEKL.
  5. Having read that 'news' article, if those are reliable eyewitnesses, I wouldn't want them talking to the police or my insurers after a car crash. Real shame for all concerned, I hope that the wholly unnecessary but sadly inevitable over-reaction to a minor accident doesn't end up with a ban on pleasure flights. Matt
  6. That's beautifully finished, did you take any pics of the interior? Got to love a bit of art deco, they seemed to have more clue about visual proportions in those days. Restrained vignette is lovely too. Matt
  7. Hi Dave, I am thinking that would make a nice change from all the white with green G-AEXF s, any aftermarket light blue lettering out there? I can make some decals, but I struggle with density to get light colours applied to dark. Thanks, Matt
  8. No model update, but whilst trawling the internet, having jumped down the rabbit hole marked 'Mew Gull' I turned up one of those odd coincidences that happen in life. One of the Mew Gulls, G-AEKL, was owned by a CE Gardner, who had a private aerodrome at Kingswood Lane, Hamsey Green, from where he operated that machine pre-war. When we lived in Crewes Avenue, Warlingham, the garden backed straight on to fields, which run across to Kingswood Lane, and as it turns out, were that very airstrip. Wholly unknown to me at the time, and I presume unknown by Dad as he would have been more than interested. Unusually for these days they are at least still fields, being the Royal Mail sports ground, and a council recreation ground. Matt.
  9. mg20 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr After the obligatory discussion with the carpet monster, the mass balances are duly attached. They are clunky, to the extent that a note added to the instructions reccomends replacing them with wire, but I thought I would see. Those on the rudder really did not want to stay put, and I am not wholly convinced that even the location holes are vertically aligned, let alone the result. But for now they are there.
  10. Luckily nothing too dramatic revealed, mg18 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr mg19 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr So just a bit more prep then hopefully ready for a proper prime and paint. And the mass balances. If I write it here I might remember, thats what the holes are for.
  11. Not so pretty now with a full mudpack on.. mg13 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Then once that little lot was cleaned up, on with the undercarriage spats, propped up with tac so they should be straight. mg14 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr The instructions call out removing 1.5 mm of the legs to allow for the compressed oleos if modelling a grounded aircraft. That's about 3 inches, so I was a bit worried in not doing so that she would look a bit tip-toed, but looks OK I think. mg15 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr mg16 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr mg17 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Ready now for an exploratary shot of primer, which can be a reality check, but I am optomistic that she is looking well so far.
  12. The two main pieces were now mated, and firmly strapped with tape as the lower part kept wanting to slide forward. mg8 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr mg9 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Then we come to an oddly designed part, comprising the underside of the rear fuselage and ×most× of the fin/rudder. A pleasant discovery is the neatly engraved description, which I do not recall on other issues. The part fits well enough, with a prominent keel to help, but I am puzzled as to why it has been approached this way. It would seem more logical to have the ×entire× fin/rudder as one piece so avoiding a join on the fin, and the underside as another. mg10 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Next we come to the front cowl, this the shorter of the two, and before attachment the opportunity should be taken to test fit the prop. The prop and spinner were quite poorly cast with a prominent seam and feed, luckily I had cleaned up the worst of it, because the test fit proved a bit too snug, and there it has stayed. A bit inconvenient, but never mind. mg11 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr mg12 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr So now she looks like an aeroplane already, although in reality there is a fair bit of blending and filling to do still.
  13. Here we go with the Mew Gull then... mg1 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr The first task is to drill out a hole in the centre-section if we intend to use a display stand. This is facilitated by a robust barrel which only needs drilling through at the end. Oddly, however, there is no mention of this in the instructions. Next, the locating holes in the undercarriage legs were drilled deeper ready to accept the spats at a later stage. These have been fettled to fit, and although the parts themselves are not handed the fit now is, so they are labelled because I will forget otherwise. Also the locating holes for the mass balances were opened up a bit. mg2 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr mg3 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Turning to the upper fuselage, I am aiming for option A of those previously discussed, ie as originally built and first restored. This requires the least surgery - removing a section from in front of the cockpit, and the raised part of the bulkhead at the rear of the cockpit. This latter took some effort, and it was quite hard to avoid damaging the cockpit walls. Luckily, only a couple of file strokes went astray, so a dab of filler to the rescue. mg4 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr At this early stage, I then had a determined effort to cut the vacform canopy, because of the work above we now need the longer of the two provided. It still needs some minor fettling, but its nearly there and not lost yet (!) mg5 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr mg6 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Next we have to choose whether to fit Johnny pilot or not. Although better modelled than as provided with the ASK or CE, here we just get a bust on a plinth. Whilst that does appeal to my lazy approach to interior detailing, it is probably a step too far, so I will use the empty seat for now and hope to drop in a substitute pilot later. If the kit figure were used, it appears some surgery may be required to his plinth to clear the instrument binnacle. The binnacle locates onto by a peg in the upper fuselage, the seat sits in the lower part. Plenty of glue was used as the fit is a bit vague more in terms of mating surfaces than location. Of note is the spade grip control column which has cast surprisingly cleanly. mg7 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Thats the interior done.
  14. Last one of these then I really will have to get on and glue something together, even if its just my fingers. tmothmaster by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Again, big bits are there but no struttery or anything. Matt.
  15. Thanks Malc, she will look great and like you say these craft are so tiny a larger scale is still shelf friendly. After all the excitement of decalling the CE, I did add a slither of black strip on the rear face of the cowlings which are gills, the blank white wall was made more obvious by the colours and looked poor. And now a further distraction from actually building anything, some more aggregated masters for your enjoyment. mastersb by Matt Farmer, on Flickr mastersa by Matt Farmer, on Flickr Fournier RF4, Cosmic Wind, Walter Extra, and Deperdussin. The Fournier enploys the same wing join method as the ASK, with interlocking forks creating a centre section spar. rf4wing by Matt Farmer, on Flickr This is the Magister, and I had not appreciated before quite how the wings were modelled, as can be seen in the pic of the underside. I believe this was necessary due to the sheer bulk of metal that would have otherwise formed the cast items. mag by Matt Farmer, on Flickr magunder by Matt Farmer, on Flickr You can perhaps understand my frustration at what is missing, but even what you have seen was nearly weighed in. However the selection that survives at least recalls Brian's talent for capturing the subject. Matt.
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