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  1. Old school scratch building, love it, not a 3D printer in sight! Keep up the good work and hope the move is/has gone well!
  2. This is a tricky one, I'm not sure I HAVE a comfort zone! I've built things in all manner of genres... except German Armour or WWII aircraft No I will NOT be going there for this GB, but I have a couple of figure kits, including one in vinyl that are very much off the beaten track. Oh and I've just remembered I've got a large resin figure of Jon Pertwee as Dr Who
  3. Nice find! Can you show the figures out of the packaging? I'm wondering if they are recasts of the AEF figures which make hens teeth look common! I finally got round to building mine last year using the AEF figures and with scratch built interior
  4. Id forgotten! Will need to download it
  5. I built one of those a few years back, basic kit and a bit dodgy shape-wise but builds up to look like Stingray
  6. I stripped the chrome using Mr Muscle Oven cleaner and repainted using one of either Alclad chrome (for the larger bits) or Mr Metal Color Aluminium for the small bits. The wheels, windscreen frame and bumpers are Alclad although the bumpers aren't as 'chromy' as I would have liked It all turned out okay however I reckon.
  7. Not a lot to be honest, it is a custom Tamiya paint mix but uses both matt yellow and gloss white. The base colour is tamiya white primer over tamiya grey primer, which was given a light sanding with micromesh before the yellow was applied via the airbrush. I haven't put a gloss or matt coat over the paint though so you are seeing the true paint finish.
  8. I took some care over that, I wanted to give it a slightly 'used' look so painted it with a mix of Tamiya XF-69 Nato Black (which is actually a very dark green) and some X-18 Semi-matt Black to get that 'not quite black' look. Then gave it a wash with Flory Black wash and when that was dry gave it a light scrubbing with a kitchen towel to get the wash off the raised parts, which also make them a bit more shiny so they catch the light and look like they have been highlighted when they haven't That description sounds like I knew what I was doing As that great Philosopher Bob Ross said "You don't make mistakes, you just have happy accidents!"
  9. Nice build from (IMO) a rubbish kit I much prefer the Aoshima Mole kit which is slightly larger and better detailed, but you've done an excellent job on this one and I love the base!
  10. Great TB3 silo! Love the realistic weathering I have this in the stash and one day I'll build it to go along with my TB3 launching through the roundhouse I built quite a few years back to build up the launch sequence
  11. FAB Thunderbird 5 is a kit I've never been tempted to build - never really liked TB5 as it didn't DO anything! Some of my club mates routinely nag me to build FAB 1... sigh... I love the Aoshima TB4 kit, so much better than the Imai/Bandai one, for a start its the right shape!!! Excellent collection!
  12. Your model beautifully illustrates two of the problems with the TB2 hanger in the series: 1) How does TB2 lower itself onto the pod without breaking its wings 2) How do the pods fit between the front and rear legs when there isn't space for them Thunderbirds are Go solved this by making the wings fold up and lengthened TB2. In the end who cares, we loved it as kids and still love it as adults Lovely build!
  13. Thats a good colour for TB2, lovely build!
  14. Completed this rather nice kit at the weekend. Its a good kit, reasonably priced without any major faults IMO. Parts fitted well, there were a few mould lines that needed scraping/sanding and a few ejector pin marks but most of these are well hidden. The body shell is moulded in dark green plastic but it was suggested to me that Primrose Yellow would look good. I got a bottle of touch up paint from M.A.D. Paints and used that to colour match a tamiya mix to use in the airbrush. I used Tamiya Grey primer to cover the green plastic then Tamiya white primer to give a good base for the Primrose Yellow and its come out rather nice I reckon! The biggest fault with the kit is the lack of a proper British number plate! However I don't believe that is a serious problem - there will be aftermarket or you can make your own! The best bit of the kit though is the box art: So thats a 1960s Diana Rigg being driven in a German reg left-hand drive car by a 1990s Sean Bean, with Lassie about to be run over outside a Bavarian looking country house. I bet the artist thought the mushrooms tasted a bit funny...
  15. ...and now for the great unveiling, yes its COMPLETE!!! I've really enjoyed this build, the kit is great with good parts fit and just enough work needed to be done to clear mould lines and such that makes it interesting without being a PITA. It has huge scope for added detail, particularly under the bonnet which I did a little of but chickened out of adding the spark plug leads etc The biggest problem with the kit is the lack of a PROPER British number plate, but that could be fixed with aftermarket or even just making your own. We are modellers after all aren't we I should note at this point that the chrome trim on the bonnet is actually a decal provided in the kit. With a bit of Microsol, it went down on the raised plastic a treat and looks the business IMO! I put some dark wash around the door panel lines as these do stand out in the photos of the real thing. The 'badge' on the bonnet is a decal and at this scale does the job well. I had to put a small db of blue-tac at the front to keep the bonnet open for this pic The grille is a decal. So there it is, I'm very pleased with this addition to my fledgling car collection. Must now get round to doing that Lotus Europa I've got in the stash!
  16. Well after a bit over 7 years later, in theory there should be a kit coming out later this year: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/gecko-models-35gm0051-fv107-cvr-t-scimitar-mk-2-tes--1322484 Needless to say I WILL be getting in and building as soon as possible to compare how accurate I was back in 2014
  17. Ahhh thank you for that clarification, I'm not an expert on the E-type so this sort of detail escapes me, I just found the pics on the internet but didn't realise there were different versions.
  18. Massive update today, lots of pics so be warned First off a whole load of but that are ready for Alclad chrome paint plus the wire wheel bosses already chromed I usually leave the glass black primer at least 24 hours to fully cure before putting the chome on top. The wheel bosses got primed a couple of days before and here is what they looked like when assembed into the tyres Next the internals got assembled once the seats and inner doors were fully painted up. The one thing that is yet to be done in this pic is to paint the passenger grab handle that got added after the rest was assembled. I'm pleased with how the seats came out - took 3 attempts at painting them to get soemthign I was totally happy with Next, the final details got added to the engine - I've also added some extra pipework using lead wire although I've stopped short at adding the spark plug cables - my confidence of doing them well failed me There is scope to add plenty more but I'm a novice at these engines so didn't want to make a mess of it. Next was the assembly of the bonnet supporting frame. This of course had to have the primrose yellow paint job applied and details picked out in Mr Metal Color aluminium The headlights have had their rims painted with Mr Metal Color Aluminium - these got accidentally left out of the Alclad chrome process so I took a shortcut and used the Aluminium paint. This then led to assembly of the rest of the bonnet after the headlamp lenses were glues in with Glue n Glaze I was initially concerned about the joint between the upper and lower parts of the bonnet But thankfully this will be hidden by the bumpers when they get added. However the joint inside the intake is a bit obvious and I'm still worried about that I'm not sure how much the chromework will conceal once its added - will need to test it and see if any filler is required. One issue that did need cereful attention was this joint between the bonnet wing and the internal support This needed to be strapped up and glued to make sure the bonnet curves conform to the rest of the bodywork. It naturally wants to be a bit wider so I had to apply some tape while this joint dried to make sure it was the correct shape. The next task was to attach the main bodyshell to the chassis. This was a tricky task which required a considerable flexing of the shell to get it to fit over the body and not get stuck on the door uprights! I'm pleased to say that the fit is pretty good, even thought its been pre-painted! Once again I was a bit concerned about the joints at the back but these will also be covered by the chrome bumpers when added later The final update concerns the cover of the roof which comes moulded in brown plastic - this got painted black However when it was dry-fitted to the body I noticed that the front 'fold' isn't very convincing There is a big vertical edge there that I think is wrong when compared to photos of the real thing So I think that front edge needs reshaping to be more accurate. That is going to be the next task I think. One last thing - something I noticed the kit is missing is the bonnet clasps I'm not sure if I can be bothered trying to replicate them... let see how I feel over the next few days
  19. Lots more progress, with more detail in the engine which I think looks pretty good out of the box. There are a few decals that still need to be applied but in comparison to the real thing, I'm quite pleased: Then there is the dashboard which has had it decals applied and also looks pretty decent I reckon.
  20. I highly recommend it, excellent premise and makes you wish it was a documentary rather than fiction
  21. Progress has been made on the build - one of the first things to sort out was priming the dark green parts to be able to be painted Primrose Green later. After multiple attempts with Tamiya white primer, I came to the realisation that it wasn't up to the job on its own. The pigment is too thin and particularly on sharp edges doesn't provide good coverage and has a habit of pooling and running. So instead I laid down an initial primer of Tamiya grey which has a denser pigment and better coverage. Over the top of that once cured I put the Tamiya white primer to be used as the base for the Primrose Yellow later The kit instructions begin the build sequence with the engine which looks neat right out of the box and has plenty of opportunity to add detail. I'm not sure just yet whether I can be bothered adding leads etc right now The next sequence is for the rear axle and suspension which goes together with a bit of fiddling Here you can also see the Primrose Yellow over the white primer and I reckon it looks the business! The black you see on the underside is Tamoya XF-69 Nato Black while the black on the rear suspension is a mix of Tamiya X-18 semi-gloss black with about 20% XF-69 added to dull it down a bit. The 'silver' is Mr Metallic Color Aluminium The engine bay bulkhead has also been primed and painted yellow and the front axle framework too
  22. I was in Gravesend at the Gammar School so we only had one chance to visit the Tech College to see the computer but I was off sick that day All our stuff was sent by post and we got the results a week later...
  23. I wrote my first computer program at school in 1974 using punch cards that were sent to the Medway College of Technology computer and we got the results - usually a compiler error) the following week on print out with the program on a punch tape that we had to literally cut and paste with scissors and Sellotape to fix the bugs It took 6 months to get the program to compile and run to produce the mathematical expansion that calculates pi Almost 50 years later I'm still debugging my code but now for a system that processes mortgage applications for a bank!
  24. Okay I'll bite - there are a few thing in my stash I've been meaning to get round to building but never seem to do because some new shiny comes along that distracts first
  25. I've got a 1:48 Standard Tilly from Accurate Armour I'd like to build at some point so count me in and I'm sure I've got some other gubbins that would quality
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