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About mahross

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  1. Here are some smudgy WiP photos of one of my current projects. It is the Bavarian Jager bust from Heroes and Villians bust. There is still lots to do, such as finishing the face and painting the eyes. I am currently working the webbing and trying to get a bit of a worn look on the black leather. Ross
  2. After a couple of weeks away from the bench, I have made a little more progress on the Whippet. Primarily I have glued the fighting compartment to the primary hull and built up the front fuel tank. The fuel tank is a distinctive feature of the Whippet, and I think it adds character to the tank. Like the fighting compartment, it is made up of pieces that need to be bent to the right shape to fit. This is where I think there is a critical issue with this kit. By supplying these parts flat, MENG has tried to reduce the chance of breakages, which is no doubt a good thing. However, it is a challenge to ensure the pieces, once bent into shape, fit properly. In this case, the fuel tank is not perfect and will require a swipe of filler to help tidy up the offending areas. If I were to build this kit again, I would make use of some clamps to help hold pieces in place while glueing. Ironically, I think I brought some clamps with me to Australia, but they are in storage somewhere. Had I thought about the challenge of ensuring the parts fit correctly then I may have dug deeper to try and find them. Oh well, you live and learn! Ross
  3. Just a quick update today. I finished building the front of the fighting compartment last night and attached it to the other section of the compartment. Overall, this fit is good, but you will need to be careful when attached this sub-assembly to the rest of the compartment. I tacked it together and worked my way around, but it is still not perfect. As you can see in one of the photos, some small gaps will need a wipe of filler – something else to buy. I also did a dry fit of attaching the fighting compartment to the hull, and this will be a bit of tight fit so again will need me to tack it before getting everything in its final place. More updates soon. Ross
  4. Thanks, Mike. It is good to be back and doing some modelling. Ross
  5. Thanks, Kris. I have heard some interesting stories of the old Emhar kits. It is good that First World War subjects are receiving some good kits. Ross
  6. Thanks. That was me playing with HDR effects with my editing software. It came out quite nicely. Ross
  7. As well as modelling, I also enjoy doing a bit of photography. This link will take you to some shots that I took at the recent TAVAS Great War Flying Display at Caboolture airfield here in Queensland. Unfortunately, my DSLR is out of action at the moment, so I was using my wife's bridge camera hence why there are no in-flight pictures. Ross
  8. Welcome aboard, James. It is a nice little kit and quite straightforward to build. Ross
  9. Thanks, Dennis! Dave, Yes, living in Redcliffe at the moment. Lovely part of the world. Thanks for the heads up about the swap meet but alas I will be flying down to Canberra for work on that day, which is a real shame. Ross
  10. Thanks, Dave. Yes, my other half is much the same, but since we moved over to Aus (she has actually come home), she has been supportive of me getting back started. My aim for this year is just to finish one model so at the moment I am focusing on the MENG Whippet tank. We shall see how it progresses! Ross
  11. Ok, so I have actually been a member since 2008; however, for a number of the usual reasons, including a move to Australia, I haven't done much modelling for a few years. However, I have decided that 2018 is going to be the year of modelling, so I have come back to Britmodeller, which I always felt was one of the best forums around. Ross
  12. Some more smudgy photos showing progress being made with the MENG Whippet tank. I have worked through building part of the fighting compartment of the tank. Specifically, I have worked on the rear and top of the compartment. In general, the fit of parts has been good. Not a Tamiya level of fit but very close. The fighting compartment is a fixed polygon, and the most interesting aspect of the build so far is that this section is built up from separate parts to avoid having shaped parts on the sprue. Indeed, you need to bend part A9 to form the central part of the rear compartment. This is a clever way moulding the kit, but you need to be careful of ensuring the parts form the correct angle. Also, I would not bend it too much or it may break. In retrospect, I would suggest attaching the top of the compartment, which would then allow you to shape the sides around a part that gives an outline of the section. With some care, it went together well, though a few swipes of filler might be needed. I have also included a photo of the compartment sitting where it will finally fit in due course. Ross
  13. I should note that @Mike wrote a great review of this kit here on Britmodeller, which can be found here. Ross
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