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  1. Hi Greg. Love what you've done with your Stuka - nice gentle sheen on it too. Great stuff. TTFN Steve Von Lockdownmodeller
  2. Hi Gary. Thanks - wish you well with the rigging; I know it's been described above as "...bananas..." but it's entirely practical in 1/72 when you've a 3.5 mag Optiviser nailed to yer nut, so 1/48 (where I'll be using it next on a real 'rigging monster') and 1/32 will be that much simpler. I can't overstate the advantage of not having to grope around the model with CA and all the attendant risk of getting it where it'd be screamingly unwelcome - all the messy stuff is conducted 'off piste'. It made rigging an absolute stress free pleasure. Cheers Jason but when you've a brain as addled as mine in the wake of a life of full throttle sex, drugs and rockin' kits, even a fork in the road is a 'minefield'...
  3. Thank you to all for dropping by on this one - I have no issue or problem with the thread acting as a springboard for debate that's conducted within forum rules, as it acts as a conduit to better understanding and knowledge. When I was deciding on a scheme, I was already aware that Soviet colours are quite the minefield (!) but very much unaware of the issues with the book I referenced (as I mentioned previously, I'm grateful to Troy for highlighting the same). In the end, I went with an option provided by ICM in the kit, in conjunction with an image in Pilawski's book. So, thanks again to all - have a great weekend! TTFN Steve
  4. Hi Troy. Sincere thanks for the above - the truth is all that matters and my trusting of a flawed publication is a useful reminder to remain always open to information that is new or unexpected, so again - thanks for posting the corrections. I wasn't aware of the debate, so I'll be delving into your links to get properly abreast of the position. Funnily enough, a brother of mine was telling me recently how a certain military historian of renown and close friend of stand-up comedian Al Murray, has recently criticised the functional abilities of the MG42 machine gun and his perception of how it was operated. My brother, who is an extremely thorough researcher has looked at this from his own experiences with the weapon in a re-enactment group, who were widely praised for there obsession with authenticity (vets have told them their b & w photos are indistinguishable from WWII images of the Panzergrenadier Division "Großdeutschland") and extensive enquiries among vets and so forth and compiled a correct view of how the MG42 was actually used - so much so, that the leading German authority on the MG42 has described him as "the High Priest of the MG42". The point is, it's another example of how easy it is to get drawn by a book or individual. You never stop learning... TTFN Steve
  5. Hi folks. ICM's 1/72 Polikarpov I-153 'Chaika' ('Gull') has been a snack between main modelling meals. 'Red 20' is one of the box options. The book by Erik Pilawski, 'Soviet Air Force Fighter Colours, 1941-1945', advised that Russian aluminium dope was a finish with 'highly reflective properties' that was applied all over, so I went with that, although Troy's comments below are welcome as ever, in appreciating that all that glisters... Having forgotten to prep for rigging before the top wing went on resulted in the necessity to innovate a little, so the modern convenience of elastic was married to the old fishing line and eyelet method to create removable / replaceable rigging. The principle is illustrated above modelled over scale, so it can be seen easily. Each rigging 'run' was measured and a piece of elastic cut about 1cm short. Both ends were inserted into pieces of brass micro tube and short sections of wire into each extremity and CA'd in place. The wire was bent into a hook to complete. With wire eyelets CA'd at the appropriate anchor points it was easy to hook each line up to complete the rigging. The 'hook and loop' system is convenient as it's assembled 'off model' until ready to install. It's a methodology that sits alongside other rigging techniques and which particularly suits tight, relatively inaccessible areas. TTFN Steve
  6. Hi folks. Please see here for a summary of my involvement in Nick's VC adventures - Nicolson's Red Devil The Tom Neil photos of him larking about in front of what I believe is the replacement 'GN-A' (post August 16, 1940) were taken by Cecil Beaton at North Weald (where 249 Squadron vets still convene annually - I attended one such gathering in 2015, with my close friend Jim Nicolson, nephew of James VC). I believe 249 re-located there September 1, 1940. Cecil Beaton - North Weald I've persuaded Jim to build his 1/24 Airfix Hurricane Mk.I kit as 'GN-A' for the Battle of Britain tribute display being co-ordinated by Neil Robinson for Scale Model World 2020 - Jim will also be giving his fascinating illustrated talk about his uncle at the show. As an aside, we're short of B of B Heinkel 111 builds at the minute - if you'd like to join the team and contribute models for what is looking to be, a great 80th anniversary tribute, then please mail me at danceswithwolvezs@gmail.com TTFN Steve
  7. Thanks for that! Cheers Keith - the case came from Striking Displays. Striking Displays Their home page lists quite an impressive list of business clients - I'm very happy with the product and will be going back for more, besides collection in person is a good excuse for a drive down to Brighton, a wander round The Lanes, coffee and whatever takes our fancy. 'In person' is a thankful option as the post charges are eye watering, I gather due to the extreme care required in boxing up to prevent damage to such delicate contents. TTFN Steve
  8. Thanks K! The kit was very much a test bed for me in terms of trying out weathering approaches; the result (like most of what I've done previously) was more accident than design but that's ok - it's all learning. Cheers AD! TTFN Steve
  9. Cheers Keith - credit to Schwarz-Brot. Thanks old bean!
  10. Hi. Thanks for that. As I mentioned earlier, I welcome critiques; as you rightly say they're (usually) offered to help with improvements and so forth. What critique authors need to bear in mind though (speaking generally) is they're not automatically right and can (and should be) responded to but all in a civilised and respectful way - which is what we've achieved here. Your points didn't 'feel wrong' to me - as I've been at pains to emphasise, critique is fine, I just may take a different view but will always explain why, so keep on as you are mate, it's all good and feel free to critique anything I put up going forwards. So, for clarity, no hurt feelings here and thanks again for your advice. TTFN Steve
  11. Hi. Thanks for that. Please see my quote at the top - I maybe didn't emphasise enough that the steering wheel is (since the images were taken) 'flat'. I understand your advice about oil leaks but in truth (and after a lot of reference photos were garnered) they weren't all affected by oil leaks and there's no shortage of shots of vintage Fergie's that bear that out. I've seen them modelled with huge leaks that would (in real life) drop toxic oil where the farmer drove it - not conducive to soil health and not something that'd be tolerated. I simply went for something like the oil-tight machines I'd referenced, while having fun with the 'dusty' brief. A little AMMO Fresh Engine Oil found its way onto steering knuckles and the like, just for minor contrast but I dropped the leaky look after touring shots of oil tight machines. Sir Edmund Hillary took several Fergies to the South Pole in 1958. His communiqué, in the wake of the success of the projects reads: In his now famous telegram he told the ‘Massey-Harris-Ferguson Farming Company’: “Despite quite unsuitable conditions of soft snow and high altitudes our Fergusons performed magnificently and it was their extreme reliability that made our trip to the Pole possible. Stop. Thank you for your good wishes = Hillary” Oil leaks and such-like, in machines otherwise blessed with 'extreme reliability' is a function of poor maintenance, rather than inherent weakness in design and quality of materials, at least where Fergies are concerned; I don't attribute that to other tractors, where things might be quite different. What your point raises is something I meet in modelling often - the concept of absolutes and that there's a 'right' way and a 'wrong' way to approach anything. As my Fergie references revealed, they vary so wildly in finish, from fresh restorations to all varieties of wear, that you can pick and choose from a large menu of choice. In any event, as realistic as any model might get, in the final analysis they're all representations and not replications of reality. It's always good to garner third party views of anything put up for forum consumption (and I'm always glad to hear advice and critique) and I thank you for your kindness in taking the time to recount your personal experiences of these things but as I always say to others 'it's your model, so build for your own enjoyment, have no expectations of the result and make sure, above all else, you finish what you start'. Cheers Steve
  12. Cheers Marco! Yes, I'll pop some shots of the base up; it won't be anything so grand as a 'dio' per se, just a small section of ground for a bit of background to the Fergie. The bodywork and rear muguards were rust based, no clear barrier coat, top colour and wet scrub, checking often. The rest is just a base wash or three and pastel chalks scrubbed in, feathering demarcations where thought appropriate. AMMO's Rust Colours set was a real pleasure to use via a wet palette. TTFN Steve
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