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  1. Very quick update because I haven't done one for ages: struts, rigging! Still to do: cockpit, various details (tailwheel etc), paint touchups! ... also, now I look at that pic, try and clean some of that overspray off the windows. Bah.
  2. Slow and steady wins the race, I hear. I think that might be a lie though... I did my decals. The library's closed at the moment for plague reasons, but luckily my wife works there so I got her to print them out. First go they came out about half size. No idea how. Next go, they looked OK. Close up - there's some smudging. Luckily I printed out four times as many of everything as I needed. I thought I'd try one of the smudged ones on my test I-16 to see that it worked OK. Oh hey, look at that. Thing is, I ha
  3. Love these kits, I built the Martin-Handasyde a while back. Surprisingly good for their age. I wish we had some new tool pre-WWI stuff in standard scales, you can't even get a decent Wright Flyer which is usually regarded as quite an important part of aviation history.
  4. Well, I've been slacking off... sorry for the delay, a lot's been happening over here in the last few weeks. Still, I did manage to get some stuff done. First, I managed to knock the box over and completely lose the wheels. Good start! I found some subs in the spares box. Can't remember where the wheel outers came from (maybe a walrus?) but I know the hubs were a pair of tank wheels. They fit quite nicely: Got that all together and got some white on it: ... and then got some baby blue on the bottom
  5. Thanks chaps! Sorry, going a bit slow here. Moa, yes, the canopy is a little bigger but only by the thickness of the material and it's very thin; as I said, I might need to redo the canopy later, so I might try sanding down a little. Dom, that amazing, that's almost exactly what mine looked like - I wonder what percentage looked like that? Luckily everything else is looking fine and the fit so far has been very good, unlike some other builds in here. Anyway, I have been sticking a few things together: ... and painting a bit... ... and mask
  6. OK, canopy time. I've started by filling in the partial canopy I've got to create a correctly shaped (but full of plaster and filler) positive mould. This gets me the shape I want to do the mould with. Next, I found a bit of transparent plastic to make the new canopy out of. I always use some clear plastic bubble packaging for this; NOT bubble wrap, but the stuff on a cardboard backing that holds e.g. tools or whatnot when you buy them from a shop. This kind of stuff. You want a nice big flat bit of that. I didn't get a pic of the b
  7. Thanks for the encouragement chaps. Rabbit Leader, yes, that's the one I found but I can't find a local one (I'm in the US) and getting one from NZ would cost more just in postage than I paid for the kit. Moa, my error seems to be across at least three panels and I don't think I'm up to a neat repair. I'm going to do the canopy first though, I've decided, just to check that I can before moving on. Re interior colours - I did do an image search and found nothing, but I have recently been informed that 'moving pictures' are a thing these days. (What wizardry is this?) And here's a vi
  8. Here we go with (another) Dragon Rapide! Lovely plane, reasonably simple kit but good for its age. I got this in an unmarked box from a guy on EBay but it's definitely a Heller so here it is: Instructions: Well that looks pretty straightforward. Judging by the style this is quite an old edition I've got here. Part 2: Blimey, I'm not reading that lot. More importantly, here are the bits: Looks like everything's present and correct, and a quick fuselage/wing dry fit looks like nothings too war
  9. I just won an auction for an unboxed 1/72nd Dragon Rapide and, turns out, it's a Heller - I think I can wait a week or two to start it so I'm in.
  10. Columbo? The ITV Marple adaptations are pretty acceptable and give 'Monk' a try if you haven't seen it. Our personal barrel scraping round here is the 'Miss Fisher' series, which is... OK? I guess? But we've seen pretty much everything else...
  11. I just started one of these too, but mine has some serious mould misalignment going on with the smaller parts (and I suppose the larger parts too, though it's less noticeable). Looks like yours has some of that too but it doesn't look as bad as mine: I'll probably have to replace some struts and things with, I dunno, something or other. I'm sure you'll be doing that anyway. Lovely looking props there.
  12. Well, since you asked so nicely - (Did you get yours yet?)
  13. A short run kit of a beautifully weird aircraft from Mikro Mir. Build thread is here: And here's the result: If you like that, also check out @Andrew.S 's build of the same kit here: (because it's better than mine) Thanks!
  14. I know, it's just got that fantastic 30s look to it. The skies should be full of things like this, dodging between the airships. Thanks for following along, everyone. A few more pics: ... and I'm done. And I know I said I'd do something easy next but now I'm looking at that Lee Richards Annular Monoplane and thinking...
  15. So yesterday I made three things: Bread Sausages Both of those together ... but, more relevantly, a pitot tube ... which goes in under the pilot (no, not for that) ... with a bit of ez-line for that little bracing bit. Finally decals! There are only four, but I managed to ruin one so it's only the Sergei Kirov on one side. Sorry, Sergei. On the plus side that's the only side there's actually photographic evidence of so who's to say what's on the other side? S
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