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Navy Bird

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Navy Bird last won the day on June 29 2018

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About Navy Bird

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  1. I would, but I can't figure out how to emboss the letters. Thank goodness it's a British plane, and not American - as then there would be even more letters to emboss! * Not sure what to do with a pilot figure, or more properly figger. I don't want one in the pit, 'cuz he would cover up all the gubbins and greeblies that I installed. Maybe some bloke sunbathing on the wing with a local lass... Cheers, Bill * Life Savers vs. Polo, eh? PS. The tiny discs with the central hole are actually my poor attempt at some kind of flange where a hose will attach. Tamiya have (understandably) left these out from some very prominent locations. I'll have some photos in a bit - I should have done most of these hoses and lines prior to putting the engine in the bearers. It's much harder now. I've also decided to take the lazy easy cheap more productive method of representing hose clamps. (Hint - it involves a paintbrush.) I've seen some builds where these are done in Bare-Metal foil - which look great - but I hate working with that stuff, and I only have a few more decades to live. Modeller's prerogative.
  2. Navy Bird

    Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Lebanese Style

    I'm loving all that framework. You are the Sovereign of Styrene, the Ruler of Rod, and the veritable Pundit of Poly. I'd doff my hat, but I don't have one. So you get a few of these: Now, for the question of the moment. I have the Italeri kit of this beastie, but I haven't looked at it in ages, nor could I remember if I had. Am I going to have to add all this framework to that kit when I get around to building it? An intriguing challenge, but I ain't gettin' any younger. Cheers, Bill
  3. Now, to be honest with you, I thought switching to 1:32 scale meant I didn't have to scratch-build crazy tiny bits of white styrene: But alas, no. It's a good thing my Punch & Judy & Die thingamabob is graduated in micrometers. Cheers, Bill PS. That's a dime, by the way. As in brother can you spare me one. It's about 17 mm in diameter. Oops, there I go trying to sound European again. It's really about 5/8 of an inch, right mates?
  4. Navy Bird

    Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Lebanese Style

    Just caught up with this one - looks like a lot of that white styrene that I like so much! Cheers, Bill
  5. I wish! It was more like one of these: Not exactly what Mr. McDonnell had in mind. Cheers, Bill
  6. Even though I've built both the 1:72 CMR Buccaneer S.2 and the Scale Resin 1:72 Buccaneer S.1, I'm very excited about this! If Airfix have designed a vertical split for the fuselage halves, perhaps this means the wing root will be in the correct location. On kits with a horizontal split, the centreline of the intake and wing are almost always the same; on the actual aircraft the wing is a bit higher than the intake centreline. I don't know of any 1:72 kits that depict this correctly, but I haven't seen them all. Judging by the Airfix CADs, they've got this right. Cheers, Bill
  7. I'm back, and at least I can say it was a cheap date. We belong to DVC, so our rooms were already paid for a long time ago, and we're also an annual pass-holder (another little thing that wifey did when I wasn't looking) so we didn't have to pay for admission. She also has been collecting Disney gift cards that she requested as birthday gifts, etc. and we paid for just about all other expenses with those. And we got a good deal on the airfare. And the weather was beautiful...I really can't complain. Besides, if I get any nasty looks when I add to my stash, I'll just get out the receipts for all the Disney trinkets. I may be the only one in my neighbourhood that has a replica clock from the Haunted Mansion (Phantom Manor, I think, for you Parisians.) I have to admit that the new Avatar attraction Flight of Passage (a simulator where you're riding a Banshee) is pretty much unbelievable. Incredible technology - I wonder if we could use it to educate instead of entertain. Nah, what am I thinking? So, the results. One lesion that was suspected of being squamous cell carcinoma was benign, and the one suspected of being melanoma is not yet determined. It's a severe dysplastic nevus and the sample they took is about as close to being melanoma as it can be without being melanoma. I have to go back and have a larger chunk hacked out so they can be sure. Kind of like drilling a core sample from the ocean floor. Apparently, my weekly infusions of IgG to boost my immune system puts me at a higher risk of skin cancer. Go figure. Anyway, I'm going to go back and put some more greeblies on the Merlin...the heck with all this other crap. Cheers, Bill
  8. Navy Bird

    Navy Bird's Complete Waste of Time 2018

    Thanks, mates! I really appreciate the nice comments. I'll be at Telford this year - I wonder if any of my models would survive a transatlantic voyage... Cheers, Bill
  9. Wifey tricked me in going to Mouseland! I can't freaking believe it. Arghhh...I'm so stupid! Cheers, Bill PS. No results yet.
  10. Hi mates, I'm off for a week - back to Florida and our time share. No WDW this time, because there will be no kids! Maybe I can finally get to relax as I await the results of two (count 'em two!) new biopsies. Most likely benign, but with my history it's always good to check in the lab. I hope those youngsters manning the microscopes realise just how important us old geezers are to their continued employment. Cheers, Bill
  11. Well, at least I have something to work with now instead of just a big chunk of boring black plastic. I applied a MIG stone grey wash and some silver highlighting, and added the engine to the bearers. The fit is extraordinary, as we expect from Tamiya. In addition to a couple of spots where glue is applied, the engine is secured in place with a screw, as you can see here on the back of the firewall. The adjoining nut is captured inside the supercharger. I've removed the panel framework from the sprue, and I'm trying to figure out the best way/time to add some additional hoses and wires. Some should go on before the framework, others after. What you see so far is OOB (other than the intercooler oil tank at the top of the firewall that I haven't added yet) but I think it can stand a few more details. Do I intend to add everything, a la the photos posted previously of the real beastie? Not a chance! I may be a modeller, but I'm not insane. No, wait...there seems to be a logical fallacy at play there. Don't shoot me if some of my hose/cable/fluid line/ignition wire installations are fictitious. Kind of hard to tell where everything goes. See those two pins on the back of the firewall? They push into poly caps that are part of the cockpit assembly. I tested it, and it is quite secure. I don't think any glue will be necessary. I test fit the coolant tank that goes above the propeller reduction gear housing, and it fits perfect. Nice. Why don't I build Tamiya kits more often? Cheers, Bill
  12. My plan at present is to model BS152 AE-W, 402 Sqn RCAF March 1943, so I think I'll go with aluminum as is shown in the "engine overhaul" photo. Thanks. Cheers, Bill
  13. @Troy Smith those are great photos, thanks. It's interesting that the oil tank is grey-green in most of the shots (although silver in one). Tamiya have you paint the tank AS-12, which is "Bare Metal Silver" but now I'm wondering whether grey-green is more appropriate for wartime? Cheers, Bill PS. I think the last three shots in the "Rolls Royce Merlin Engines" walkaround topic link are actually Griffons.
  14. Navy Bird

    De Havilland Vampire F.3

    I'm pretty sure your Revell kit is a re-box of the recent Special Hobby kit. Looks that way to me from your photos. I believe the consensus is that it's a pretty good kit of the Vampire. I'll be following along as I have this and the Mk.I in my stash. Cheers, Bill
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