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Dances With Wolves

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  1. Cheers Kev - all credit to Wingnut for providing all that lovely detail. Roll on the Lancasters next year!
  2. Cheers Ray! I'm certainly happy to have navigated this one without (for once!) breaking off the rudder pulley or bracing struts that hang off the wing tips and tailplane edges lol. It's a remarkable kit but then Wingnut are synonymous with that and so much more. Thanks E! Much appreciated and thanks for the infill on the variety of taube designs. Hi Mark! I'm an overweight lump but working on that - thanks for the nod on the taube. What are you putting together at the minute? I'm looking forward to heading off to Telford next month; I have a 48 hour pass from the sturmbahn f├╝hrer. Top of the bill for me will be the 1/32 HKM Lancaster production kit and the test shots of the Wingnut Wings Lancs that will apparently fly off the shelves the back end of next year. Stone. The. Flamin'. Crows! Take it easy. Steve
  3. Cheers BX - going to Telford this year? Thanks T - that's very generous. Glad you enjoyed it F! Thanks AD! TTFN Steve
  4. Hi Artur. One of the best D1 builds I've seen - absolutely corking! TTFN Steve
  5. Big thanks to all who've kindly dropped by on this one - much appreciated. TTFN Steve
  6. Slick, crisp 'n sexy! But that's quite enough about me - the Phantom's lovely too! TTFN Steve
  7. Hi folks. Ever since gawping open mouthed at Mike Grant's lovely DH-2, in a prior issue of Airfix Model World, I've nursed an ambition to have a go at the trompe l'oeil effect Mike expertly rendered, giving the illusion of a semi translucent wing, revealing some sight of the structures within. The superb taube from Wingnut seemed a perfect foil to try a little French 'slight of airbrush'. First thing that whacks you in the kisser, when you lift the lid is the amazing moulding achievements in the wings. Backlighting here reveals the wafer thin flexing 'aileron' portion and the 'fingers' within. The tank in the forward cockpit was a fair target for abuse; here 'worn effects' liquid, some brush scrubbing and heat from a hairdryer distressed, cracked and flaked the top colour. A little clear varnish was misted over to gently 'fix' the damaged paint. The fully assembled and rigged interior includes a portion of the lower fuselage. As per other WW kits it's a snug fit but correctly aligned, it all slots in. The trompe l'oeil paint, viewed from above the inverted model... ...and then as nature intended. The build guide had a couple of period images that revealed the 'turned' cowling in the way depicted here, so the WW methodology was bypassed for a homespun approach that mimicked the photographs without dependency on the direction of the light. While the taube is a rigging junkie's dream, I recognise it may, at the same time, dissuade others from taking the plunge because of the perceived complexity. No need to fear it though, if you apply a few basic rules - rig the fuselage first, leaving the wings off until that's done / add the wings and rig the lowers first / rig the top sections / do all the rigging from the centre first, working outwards / use wire eyelets, tiny sections of brass tube and elastic rigging thread for safe, dependable lines and anchors / . Always a huge buzz to see your latest in print and you'll find the nine page coverage of the taube in the latest (November) issue of Airfix Model World. Wish you all well with your own projects! Till next time. Steve
  8. Thanks C! Cheers Karl - Yes, the box price is an 'ouch' for sure. Sadly. Much appreciated G. :-) Thanks M! Sorry you couldn't see the images GS - all sorted now? Steve
  9. It's always a treat to see anything from your stable Andy. Your Slave is an inspiration and simply confirms you again as my favourite sci-fi kit basher. What's next Andy?
  10. Greetings, members of the resistance. Fine Molds 1/48 X-Wing has been brutally tickled into a rendition of Luke's ride. Sadly, Revell's decals don't measure up to the eye watering 70 odd beer vouchers indicated on the box being pixilated, stiff and impervious to anything south of a welder's torch, so the markings were rendered in paint. Notwithstanding the decals, the kit's a ton of fun. Bare Metal foil was used for the oleos. Come in Red 5... Happy days Steve
  11. Hi folks. Regrettably, a rather painful back injury interrupted play in the immediate wake of my first post and finally being able to heed my paramedic son's advice that movement and not immobility is the key 'soon as' have managed to knock up some images (punctuated by numerous, self-pitying whelps and whiny noises. 1 and 2 - After circumnavigating all the edges and levelling out the imperfections, a taped test fit of the rear fuselage into the wing section was useful in throwing up the overly tight marriage that was clearly going to need easing. 3 - The consequence of this was visible underneath, with a gap between the rear and mid bomb bay sections. 4 - In tandem with this, the upper fuselage carries tabs that need to slip over the 'spar' when the fuselage is able to slide further forwards. 5 - Changing tack briefly, this deliberately lit shot shows a raised lip of plastic that needs filing flat, as per the nacelle front face below it. These occurrences of surplus plastic are a feature of the kit and need to be ruthlessly eliminated. 6 - Seen from above, the mating surfaces along the wing join have been slowly adjusted with a little scraping from a No.11 blade and 1200 grit abrasive. Even so, comparison with the wing trailing edge and fuselage wing fillet still shows the need to enable the fuselage to slide forwards just a little more to produce a smooth curve, one into the other. 7 - A small surprise to discover the wing tip lamp covers are solid plastic. This will never do, so the errant portions will be amputated and clear sprue blocks glued in and filed and polished to shape a bit later down the build. 8 - Call me old fashioned but Francois Verlinden was advocating removal of the so called 'alignment pins' back in the late '70s and I still do it today. With everything 'loose', fit can be tweaked with much more abandon. In addition, the parts were rotationally sanded on a piece of 1200 grit on a heavy sheet of bevelled plate glass. This always leads to the closest possible joint and minimises the need for glue. 9 - A small incremental improvement is the removal of the moulded rudder actuators. A small hole will be drilled in the fairings and fine, stretched sprue used for a fully 3D rendition. 10 - The alignment pin massacre extended to the wings and gave an immediate improvement in fit. 11 - As the chosen decal option is a desert bird and carried tropical filters, some Barracuda Cast resin, along with their replacement wheels and a black vinyl mask set have since flown in from those folks in Lowestoft. Expect glue and paint in the next thrilling instalment! TTFN Steve
  12. Cheers Chris. Thanks for the link. I've already committed to the Barracuda resin option but the FD link is useful choice, so much appreciated. TTFN Steve
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