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Chaotic Mike

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About Chaotic Mike

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  • Birthday 30/10/1963

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    Predominantly WW2, 1/32 and above.

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  1. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Maybe I should hold out for Eduard or Montex to come up with some masks... This took over an hour... Eventually, you will see it with the innards, in a range of different blacks. But that's a few days away.
  2. Chaotic Mike

    Eduard Tempest

    I did the SH 1/32 version, this looks like a remarkable shrinking of it... Excellent work, keep on keeping on!
  3. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Thanks to everyone who responds! Hopefully this is all going to look OK when it is all integrated. I started the front turret, using replacement brass barrels from (I think) Model Master, or Master Models, or maybe Masdel Moters. Anyway, they are gorgeous. Almost seems a shame to spray them black.
  4. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    A couple of weeks later, and what do we have? A lot of wire, mainly, and a bunch of finely masked stringers and ribs. I have nearly finished this phase, and will be moving on to the front turret, and then the rear of the fuselage. Chances are slim that I will do the same masking of the framework as I did for the front... it's significantly bigger! The wires are made of individual strands of copper pulled from a 13-amp kettle lead. I used the neutral line for scale accuracy, because live uses larger strands... JOKE!!! I think, for each piece of glazing I have placed so far, I have managed to get a slight runnel or dollop of Tamiya extra-thin onto the transparent surface, so I am also becoming at one with micromesh. Laters, taters....
  5. Chaotic Mike

    Eduard Tempest

    Off to an excellent start, got to love a Tempest! Are you going for 'factory fresh', or a battered war horse? Mike
  6. Chaotic Mike

    1:32 scale - SPAD XIII

    Just stunning.
  7. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Several hours later, and I'm not finished yet! *Probably* won't do the rear fuselage... This was quite bad enough. To all you people who say you hate masking transparencies, and/or wait for the masks from Montex and Eduard, I say !
  8. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    It's not quite as bad as it sounds, because most lines are straight. Basically I'm laying lines of narrow tape that overlap along the top and bottom of each panel aligned with the stringers, then using a sharp knife to cut along the rib edges, leaving a little rectangle behind. Did I say it's not as bad as it sounds? It isn't, but on the other hand it isn't exactly good, either!
  9. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Currently I am hand cutting masks for the transparent front fuselage, so that I can spray the ribs and stringers interior green/black but maintain clarity. Let's just say that there are an awful lot of little rectangles to be released from their Kabuki tape prison! I'll post a picture when my will to live returns...
  10. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Onwards and upwards. Here's the cockpit so far... Busy, busy, busy...!
  11. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Second attempt. This time, I pulled apart some 13 amp power cable to get the thin copper out from inside. Maybe a better scale, and it'll fit through the holes I've drilled. This was 90 minutes work, give or take...
  12. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    I think I'm going to regret this. I'm also going to have to drink a couple of gallons of rioja to acquire more fine wire. And maybe find a finer wire than the one I'm using, or drill more holes in bulkheads, or something... *Hours* of fun for all the family. Maybe I should go back to standing on street corners, shouting at cars.
  13. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    OK, I've taken the plunge. 3.2mm polystyrene rod at the ready, I have glued a bunch of cylinders onto the back of the engineer's panel, in wait for some wiring. I might try and grind on the little rebates you can see on the bottom pair, across all of them. I have also put in a couple of pipes that match up to the fuel cocks on the front side. This is all fictional, of course. You can also see plenty of egregious ejector pin marks that I have filled with Perfect Plastic Putty because it looks so much like my fictitious instrument mounts. You can also see, blurrily, where I drilled out the handle that sits behind the huge trim wheel. I do sometimes doubt my sanity, but I suppose it keeps me from standing on street corners shouting at cars...
  14. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Those are pretty cool. Looking forward to seeing your figure painting skills!
  15. Chaotic Mike

    The first HK Lancaster WIP?

    Debating the sanity of making about 20 of these, but using a smaller diameter rod, to wire up the back of the engineer's panel. Why? Because I think I'll use one of the transparent front sections due to the extra work I'm doing elsewhere in the pit...