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About Mottlemaster

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  1. As this is my first ever floatplane i thought it best to start with the floats . haveing looked at other builds of this kit and also regarding a warning of fit issues in the Special hobby instructions i knew there were some problems that wouldneed to be sorted out . The main issue it seems is tat the left and right hand parts are of different sizes producing a step nearly 0.75mm along the full length of the float . haveing no location pins makes forcing the smaller half out and the larger part in very difficult so i added some plastic card tabs to the top so i could match the top surface as near as possible as if i build a diorama the bottom of the float wont be seen . P1030208 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr P1030209 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr i first only glued the top surface and let dry over night , then following day glued the bottom where i was able to force the parts together for an acceptable fit . The top joint is far from perfect and large amounts of filler and subsequent sanding left much of the detail destroyd . It would have been very difficlt to have removed the seam that runs through the raised inspection hatches that run along the top surface so i scratched some new ones out of thin plastic card and stretched sprue . P1030210 - Copy by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr This float took the best part of a day . now iv commited iv got to do the other one tomorrow . Picture of the original seam P1030211 - Copy by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr This thing is going to be bl**dy huge .
  2. I too shall be watching your build come together . Special hobby kits nearly always throw up some intresting challenges
  3. Thanks Jaime ,i hopr i can do it justice . Just got some masks and etch in the post . Hope to avoid the kit decals and paint most of the markings . Still havnt decided which one to do . The Montex masks are for the same markings that come with the kit .P1030206 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr P1030205 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr Now to get some bits stuck together .
  4. Pat ,i hapen to have two large greenhouses which when i stop growing plants i could fit some 1/1 aircraft P1030204 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr Thanks Arnold . Are you making an entry on this G/B Cheers Alistair
  5. Just opend the box and seen how large this kit is ,but never mind ,here goes P1030203 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr Going to need a new display cabinet before this one is finished May have a go at a diorama Cheers Alistair
  6. Greg it would be great if you did yours at the same time .>Im sure we could save some time by pooling our reserch and observations . cheers Alistair
  7. Haveing now finished a bussy workperiod and the upcomeing start of Autumn and longer nights i think it time to enter another G/B . I had originaly intended to build the 1/48 Special Hobby Heinkel He 115b in the first flying boats and float planes G/B but that never happend so here it is again withi hope a good chance of getting completed . Cheers Alistair
  8. Well there has been a bit of a hold on this due to holidays etc getting in the way ,however here are some progres pics . Cockpits have almost been completed and the L/Star resin glued into place on the Revell kit . Top ICM bottom Revell P1030198 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr The ICM kit comes with no engine throttle controles Top Revell P1030199 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr The fold up seat on the revell needs to be removed P1030200 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr The Revell kit has some excellent detail on the radio equipment but as i mentiond earlier the ICM detail is rather soft ,almost as if they are expecting you to use an eduard etch set . P1030201 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr Sods lore ..Aims are bringing out a resin conversion for the ICM kit To quote Johns post Hi everyone, a first look at the new AIMS 1/48 Do 217 N-2/R22 conversion for the excellent ICM Do 217 N-1 kit. It is not ready for sale yet as I wanted the set to include some additional photo etch parts like the cabin door - these will be with me soon. Total for the conversion is £22.50 plus shipping and if you are interested please email me at aimsmodels1@gmail.com Many thanks, John I doubt any more of these Lone Star conversions will ever be completed but as iv got this far im going to get it finished .
  9. A thankyou to everyone who voted for my Hs 129 Cheers Alistair
  10. Howabout Mine detecting /destructon this would include aircraft such as Ju 52 , Armour, Mine sweepers and even figures with mine detectors . Cheers Alistair
  11. Thanks Rich and Col for all your hard work and time on this G/B .Re# Result ...A stonking success cheers Alistair
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