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Al Gunthwaite

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  1. Al Gunthwaite

    Splinter padding

    Milliput: Roll out a piece, using a piece of plastic or whatever on either side to get a uniform thickness and give everything a dose of talc so that it doesn't stick (particularly what you're using to roll out on). Make yourself a template for the size of mat you want and cut around it. Then give it some indentations so that it looks like fabric (as opposed to a hard surface). Al
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    Heller Dewoitine D 510

    I have a the Heller kits in the loft. Les Ailes de Gloire No.13 book on the D.500/D.510 is pretty comprehensive and has 1/48 plans (can't vouch for there accuracy). My intention is to build it as L4570. Al
  3. Al Gunthwaite

    Roden Vauxhall Ambulance - a look in the box

    I have the ambulance, the staff car and the NH etch set (for the ambulance). They look to be very nice kits. The intention is to build the car as a civilian Prince Henry to place with my WW1 RAF pilots. The sticking point is getting around to building wire wheels to replace those in the kits. Al
  4. Al Gunthwaite

    Milliput and Cling Film - A Question...

    I'm late to this discussion... Regarding the specific question about milliput and clingfile - use talc. If I want a thin flat piece of milliput I will often use a clear plastic bag. Sprinkle talc inside so that both inside surfaces are covered. The put the milliput inside to roll flat. With the talc it won't stick to the bag I've also used the same method with clingfilm around the hull of a boat, coated with talc when I have used milliput to create water and waves. The boat can be left in situ to build up milliput around it (eg creating a bow wave) and then the hull can be lifted out when the milliput has cured. Hope that helps. Al
  5. Al Gunthwaite

    1:147 HMS Surprise

    Folks Just taking a step back, one learns a lot from this forum. Great stuff! Al
  6. Al Gunthwaite

    1/144 Revell Corvette

    Thanks Ryan (embarrassed) I can't of course say what I working on now (because I should be spending time refining the dark arts of 3D design)...but there's no decent crew available in 1/144 scale. Al
  7. Al Gunthwaite

    MAS Italian Torpedo Boat

    I'm convinced I typed X MAS! Al
  8. Al Gunthwaite

    1/144 Revell Corvette

    Great work Moose! I am gathering components to build this. Is it the 1/96 scale etch 3-bar stanchions that you used? I can see there would be advantages over 2D flat etch rails. Al
  9. Al Gunthwaite

    MAS Italian Torpedo Boat

    Hi Stuart Choroszy Mobelbud do a fairly comprehensive range of resin MAS Boats in 1/72: http://modelbud.home.pl/en_US/c/Scale-172/70. I've not seen one so I can't vouch for the quality. I have often thought of getting one to finish as Christmas which was captured and operated by the RN out of Malta. I haven't got around to researching which model of MAS it was. Al
  10. Al Gunthwaite

    1/72 RAF ASR Launch

    Grand Stuff. Looking forward to seeing this! Al
  11. Al Gunthwaite

    Revell 1/144 Corvette

    Rob Coincidentally, I have just received the Shapeways 1/72 RN figures: https://www.shapeways.com/product/N42V6T68C/1-72-royal-navy-seamen-set101?optionId=63331179 They're good. All in square rig, a number in "interesting" poses. A little on the large size and the arms/hands could benefit from a bit more time in the design process. All the figures appear to have the same facial features although hats are at different angles. I have also seen (on-line) the munich-Kits 1/144 figures. These didn't tease me enough to want to buy them. I didn't see the minimum order. However, if you want to make up the numbers count me in for a set. I've had some 1/144 scale dollies which I made 10 years ago (or more) so I'm going to look at them over the next couple of weeks to see what I can do with them. I have been trying to teach myself the old 3D design which seems to be a process of for every small stride forward, there is a huge pace backwards. The process makes you understand the skill-sets that you don't have. However I am nearly at a point where I can start t thing about printing some basic stuff. Obviously I'm working on designing RN figures which when they are ready to print, can be produced in any scale. The only point I am anticipating is that in the smaller scales (1/72 and smaller), some of the detail will need to be accentuated to make then easier to paint. Regarding transfers, my sheets are designed using CorelDraw, but any basic drawing software should be able to do the job. The only point I would note is that whatever you're designing, separate your colours (basically draw an outline and then colour it in). I have made enquiries about getting my sheet printed but because it's designed with colours overlaid, it can't be done (at reasonable cost). For home made transfers, "depth" markings in white would require white transfer paper (because unless you have an Alps printer you can't print in white ink). You need to print the colour(s) of the hull leaving the markings white. It shouldn't be too difficult to merge into the paintwork particularly if the hull is weathered heavily. So regard the Corvette build - I'm at the thoughtful, planning stage at the moment! Al
  12. Al Gunthwaite

    Revell 1/144 Corvette

    Had notification that my final Shapeways delivery is on it's way... Al
  13. I have only just come across this. Cracking work Simon! Al
  14. Al Gunthwaite

    Revell 1/144 Corvette

    There are other matters to attend to first: like finding a means to post pictures! Al
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    Revell 1/144 Corvette

    I have acquired the Revell 1/144 Corvette. And in a rash moment I also acquired various bits for it. Just saying... Al