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Major Eazy

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  1. Clever!! I had thought of a similar idea years ago, but haven't really bothered. That's a really good work you did there. And it would be cool and clever to have something like that. You can always display it on one side, few months later, you feel bored of the same Squadron markings, so you turn it around to show the other side, gives it a fresh view. Instead of making another model kit in different Squadron markings, you save space by having one kit with two different markings, switch between views every few weeks or months. Like you would change computer or phone wallpaper every few days, weeks, whenever. Good work.
  2. Wow. The waves and the splashes of the water is a good work, must've taken a lot of effort to get it to look right. That's a great work there.
  3. Major Eazy

    Photography advice

    Check your lighting set up. It could be you're using a flashgun that bounce some light off the green paper, and back onto the model. Photography is not about putting a model kit in front of green paper to act as green screen, and happily fire away, taking photos. Photography also involved making sure of how you light your subject, correct use of flash, stuff like that. Also you need to angle your lighting away from, rather than back at the model kit. For example, a flash fired from the camera would go directly at the green paper, and bounce back at the model. Whereabouts if you have two flashes (you don't have to buy expensive studio-like flashes, you can make do with two flashguns and some other pieces and bits.) each flash are a bit away from the camera, on the sides, so when firing, the would flash some light at the green screen, and bounce 45 degrees off, at the other flash. If you've played snooker or pools, then use that experience to help with lighting set up. Also, if you're using Adobe Photoshop, they do have tools to adjust and correct the tone, hue, etc., So even if you can't get the lighting right, you can always correct it in Photoshop.
  4. @Pete in Lincs What if you were to cut off the rods between the tanks and balls? Sand and if needed, use modelling filler, around the tanks and balls, to get them in shape. Drill holes in place of where the rods had been. Push one of those small metal or wood or plastic rods (you could buy from modelling shop or from the likes of Hobbycraft) through the main tanks (the ones in the middle.) Then put the balls on at the ends of the rods. What do you think? By the way: I've been trying to insert an image from URL but for some reasons, this website here don't seems to let me, maybe browser problems or something! So I'm going to have to do it the old fashion way, give you a link to show you.
  5. @Pete in Lincs If the parts that deforms into "Alien Queen's eggs", is going to be a bit of a troublesome trying to fix it, why not turn the whole Eagle into a crashed diorama? Sometimes when a model kit (say as an example, a WWII Hawker Hurricane) is so badly damaged, and more tricky trying to repair it, I tend to change it into a battle-damaged aircraft that returned to airbase, or looking like one that crashlanded.
  6. The point of What-If? models is just as the name implies, What would it look like, if history went a little or lot differently from what really happened? It's just fictional, not a glorification or endorsement or anything. It's just fictional and just for show. It's not much different from science fiction. When we see your model kit, we're just likely to say "Ooh! Image that if it happened for real!" You're free to be as creative as you like. Go for it, go ahead.
  7. I'm sorry to almost bust out laughing at your description. So sorry that some parts of your kit got ruined, and we modellers should be there to support each other, we feel your pain. But sorry, I couldn't help it, finding your description really funny, Hope you will find the answers you seek. Alien Queen's eggs? That's a good one!
  8. HEY! I remember seeing this photo around on the Internet, mostly on the likes of Pinterest. I never thought to see an actual model diorama of it!! That is really amazing, that is really great work. It is like, instead of looking at a flat 2D photo, you got yourself a 3D hologram photo!!! Really great!! You should be given an award for it. That's a very good work.
  9. I do not know anything about it, when it comes to making model kits of real life aircraft, vehicles, ships, etc. But when it comes to making model kits of fictional ones, like aircraft in Captain Scarlet or spaceships (Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.,) Yes, the model kit manufacturers do pay a fee, or royalties or need a license agreement.
  10. @Jonny The F-14 is a Tomcat, and flew by the US Navy not the USAF. Beside, as @Harry Lime pointed out, they were retired. Maybe you meant the F-15 Eagle? After all, both the F-14 and the F-15 have twin tails. By the way, it was mentioned on the news, that the Russians were planning on doing a 75 plane formation flypast. So it would be the Russians, not the Americans, therefore it would have to be MiG-29 and/or Su-30, as they both also are twin tailed, and have (more or less) similar shapes as the F-14.
  11. I'm like Po the Panda, from Kung Fu Panda, when I look at your photo of a Royal Navy F-14 Tomcat What-If. I'm going around like "Ooh! That is cool!"
  12. @Jabba I love the Tomcat and it is cool to see a What-If model of it being used by the RAF. Makes me wonder if we would have not lost HMS Sheffield and HMS Coventry during the Falklands War if we had the Tomcat. Although I can see that you mention in your What-If story, we would have got them too late for the Falklands War.
  13. Is gone. I had been a single parent for 16 years, I have a kid who is autism, my Severn Class Lifeboat keeps getting broken, finally I decided I can't be bothered to do repairs on account of not having spare time, and even if I get spare time, I'm likely to want to do other things, so it went into the bin.
  14. Well, my grandfather (on my mother's side) was said to be in the RFC (before it became RAF), and many years later, my mother's brother joined the RAF as part of the 2-years national services, and my mother tried to join too, but failed on medical grounds. So my mother is like a big fan of the RAF, and often take me to airshows, aircraft museums, or when an aircraft flies overhead, get me out of the house and point at it. Feels like dragging me into the family footsteps, trying to rub it off on me, hoping I would end up liking the RAF. I wasn't really that much interested in the RAF (don't get me wrong, I respect the RAF), I'm more a fan of Royal Marines then later Royal Navy. I'm more into science fiction and space. Anyway, my mother would always shows me photos of Spitfires, buy model kits of Spitfires, show me Spitfires on television. I get it, my mother like the Spitfire, but that does not give her the right to hope I would like the Spitfire too. (Again, don't get me wrong, I respect the Spitfire), but the more she shove Spitfire under my nose, Spitfire this, Spitfire that, the more I get sick of the name "Spitfire" I read in history books that the Hawker Hurricane had done a lot more work than the Spitfire, shot down more bombers than the Spitfire. Also I read somewhere, that if you were to put a few holes in a Spitfire, it would take a week or two of metalwork to repair it before it can be returned to combat, but throw everything you can at a Hurricane, and it only takes a few days of repairs to patch up the Hurricane. I kind of got impressed with the Hurricane, plus I like the sounds of "Hawker" so it ended up as one of my likes. Note: Yes, "one of my likes" because like I said, I'm not really into the RAF so I don't really have a real actual favourite aircraft. I just like some of them. (Others being Mosquito, Hawk, Harrier, Tomcat, and a few others.) I would say my reasoning behind the choice is I don't want to end up having the same favourites as my mother have. She likes the RAF and Spitfires, I like the RN and Hurricanes. As for other aircraft I like, mainly due to their looks, their history, their names, their roles, really various reasoning but each reasoning is different for each aircraft. Mosquito because it's mostly wood and fast (at that time), Hawk because of the Red Arrows, Harrier for VTOL, Tomcat because of its looks and later because of the movie The Final Countdown.
  15. I don't literally meant for historians. I was speaking figuratively. It could be for any other reasons, like civilians wants to recognise the ship by pennant numbers. I do like the Royal Navy, fan of Royal Navy, but I would not say "big" fan, and not an expert. Granted I can recognise the difference between a Type 42 Destroyer and a Type 45 Destroyer. But I would not be able to tell the difference between HMS Manchester and HMS Gloucester, unless I look at their pennant numbers. Or it could be that a warship sailed too close to a rowing boat and her wake splashed over the rowing boat (Figuratively, okay? Granted it is not going to happen with RN or USN, but it could have happened somewhere else, other countries.) Anyway, I would have thought that the civilian would shout "I've got your number!" then file a formal complaint to the local government. Okay, help me out. Using your aircraft as a comparison idea. I am aware that aircraft have two identifier markings on them (in the case of RAF) which is a letter and serial numbers like XX000 (or in the days of WWII, it would be Squadron codes and serial numbers). If a reckless pilot were to fly low and buzz some lambs, the farmer would yell "I've got your number!" and report it to the RAF, where the commanding officer would give the pilot a telling off. Or that it would help with identify whose aircraft it was, when looking at photos. I would have thought the ship's pennant numbers were to do the same job? I would have thought a naval officer would say "There! It's the Manchester!" but a civilian could only say "Um, no idea. Looks like one of those ships we used in the Falklands War. You know? Like that famous ship, HMS Sheffield." So they'll have to say "Oh, the number I saw was D95." What happens (Figuratively speaking, okay?) if 50 to 75 years in the future, someone found a box of old notepads, and reads them, found an entry that did not give a date, let alone a year, only mention "Saw R09 in port" How would someone know if it is HMS Ark Royal or HMS Prince of Wales? I'm aware that most ships will have their names on the sten (alright Mr Microsoft Spell Checker! I can see it's spelt wrong!) you know what I meant, the back of a ship as opposite to the bow, I'm aware they have names on the back of the ships, but then it's not much of a help to civilians if they look at a side view of the ship. I figure experienced people would recognise the ship by something there. STERN!! That's it, I remember now, stern. Anyway. So if you're saying they're not like car or aircraft registrations, then what are they really for? What is the purpose of the pennant numbers, and how would you tell the difference between two ships having same pennant numbers, assuming if name of ship or the date is missing?
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