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  1. Thabks Thank you. Crew figures are very effective at bringing models to life. Thanks Yes, no place for the claustrophobic. And the Venture is quite a big one compared to many twins.
  2. Ooops! Should have been a Ready for Inspection. If there's a moderator out there can it be moved please?
  3. Hello folks. Allow me to present the latest addition to my very own very tiny aircraft museum, The Revell Vega Ventura in the markings of Slippery Sam of No.1(BR) Sqn of the RNZAF. (To save space in the exhibition hall we decided not to restore the outer wing panels) Carl Malden in command. Radar equipment just visible Radio operator's station Radio op and navigator having a chat The big brown door holds the dingy Gunner checks his O2 Note floor and compass on table Bye bye everyone, bye bye!
  4. So, what's been occurring? I got rid of that seam on the outside of the canopy, leaving the 'thingy' intact on the inside. Incidentally, while researching another aircraft, I came across this: So it's not just the Tomcat. Considering the large calibre of the wire in the canopy, I've come to believe the chappie on ARC who said it was a lightning rod. Canopies have become large and the pilot's head would be right in the firing line it there was a bolt from the blue. That might make your eyes water a bit. The polished plastic still appeared a bit milky so it was into this: And then into this: For dust free drying. The sections of sprue that make up the floor of this box stop clear parts gluing themselves down irremediably. I now turned to the aft fuselage and did this: I'm not a fan of gimmicks like moving parts. Every swingwinger I've built has some such mechanism in there. Good grief, what's next - rotating propellers and engine noises? Oh Tamiya, what have you done? There's a huge step between the front and rear parts of the pancake. But, of course, it is supposed to be there. What aerodynamic purpose it may serve is beyond my wit to work out. Answers on a postcard please...... With the nose and wings just dry fitted, she's looking good. She's waving at you boys and girls. Wave to Tommy everybody! I might display it with one wing forward and one back. It would cause some outrage at shows, I think. In fact, the wings were not mechanically connected at all and could be swept backwards and forwards individually. This worried some pilots who feared the worst should this happen inadvertently in flight. So those kind chapps at Grumman demonstrated that it really was nothing to get worked up about. Yep. It really could be flown like that. [In order to land on a carrier in this condition, the boat had to be VERY left hand down a bit.] You can just make out the 'step' I referred to above, especially on the inset pic. TIP OF THE WEEK (x2) 1) I acquired a trolley. I think it was intended to be for nail polish and similar mysterious gee-gaws essential to the other lot. It allows me to spread out the contents of a kit without taking over the whole of the living room. You would not BELIEVE the time I save hunting for bits in the original box. 2) Label the sprues in your own handwriting (because you read that very easily) on BIG labels. You would not BELIEVE etc. There was actually a bloke at Cosford SELLING labels for sprues so it's not my idea. Surely nobody was daft enough to have bought a pack with real money. Remember that groove I made in the nose? I fixed it with stretched sprue and it sanded down a treat. Much easier to get a good finish than putty, with which I always make a horrible mess. I find sanding seams dull and demoralising, but I have discovered that a quick rub down at the end with a pair of nylons restores the shine to the surface and the smile to my face. Make of that, what you will... Oh Tamiya, you must think I'm an idiot. You are probably right and this sort of thing is really helpful. Thank you. The clear instructions and clever engineering built up to this: ...with no trouble at all. And that is the grain of sand in the Vaseline with this kit. This mat sound ridiculous, but it's too flaming good. I know that if I follow the instructions slowly and carefully and employ minimal modelling skills, I'll end up with a model as good as any on my shelf. Which means there's no swearing. No passion. No triumph. It's like taking The Scissor Sisters out clubbing and finding out that they don't feel like dancing (happens to me all the time). Building this OOB is as challenging as assembling a die-cast (sorry for the swearing). I wish I'd tried to do this... Maybe next time, using the one with the flaps and suchlike. Lovely nosewheel. I'll wire and pipe it up when I've painted it, as an experiment. Main UC leg instructions. Different pages for left and right so you don't have to mentally transpose the parts. It's all done for you. [Goodness, I'm an ungrateful biatch!] But sometimes this kit surprises one. Fancy having to file flats on the tyres myself. What a let down. (The file, stood on edge gives me a perpendicular cut, which is handy.) And that seems to be the end of my photographs so I must be up to date with the blog. Happy Easter everyone. Enjoy the Chocolate Festival while it lasts! (Oh, it appears that it actually goes on forever....)
  5. I'm following a very similar plan now but will have a lot more components in the 'Details' section than I would have done before (arrestor hook, coamings, Phoenix pallets, pylons etc). It's a change of emphasis, not a total revolution as obviously, I've made sub-assemblies before on this very build. I'll simply be making more of them.
  6. Oh my! You have a greater ability to tolerate chaos than I can even imagine.
  7. You are onto something there. I was thinking about this overnight. When I was young and had lots of time I used to paint almost every part before assembly. Of course I'd stick wheel halves or drop tanks together first but mostly it was individual parts that got the paint. Sometimes this was frustrating as I wasted time painting parts that I'd then spoil with glue or sanding to fit. Sometimes I'd waste time painting things that I could not even see in the finished aircraft. This was before I used airbrushes or primed my surfaces (I used Humbrol Enamels then). As I grew up time on the hobby became scarcer due to family etc. I had to find a way to get things done faster. I began to assemble more before painting. Then I began to use the airbrush. The results pleased me but it took so long loading and cleaning that time was again shrinking. Moving to acrylics helped enormously as drying times shrank away to almost nothing. However, the need to use primer added another chore and as I preferred to use a cellulose lacquer primer I'd try to minimise the number of sessions due to the stink. The answer seemed to be to work the model the way the AFV modellers do - build it all and then paint it all. It was a practical solution for the times. This Tamiya masterpiece has got me thinking that it's time to change my style: There's no doubt in my mind that the parts will all fit perfectly and won't be ruined by sanding (except when I really mess things up myself. LOL!). This is not applicable to all kits, of course. I have the time now. The only pressure on my time is my own 'Hurry up!' driver that wants to see the job finished - result of a lifetime working to deadlines, I guess. I'm finding better primers and that some acrylic paints can be applied without priming anyway. I've got a decent airbrush that cleans up easily. So, I'm going to build sub-sub-assemblies and paint them; then sub-assemblies and so on. Many parts can be painted easily and well before any assembly at all. It's going to be interesting making this change mid-build and conquering the urge to hurry up will be a battle indeed. Wish me luck!
  8. Thanks Tony. You know, that's the first time I've ever displayed my models in pride of place in the living room. Strange that, it's almost as if I was hiding my 'uncool' hobby as I did when I was 13 and trying to get a girlfriend. Lol Well thank you! Thanks very much. That was the main aim of these particular kits. Thanks Steve. Mine was started about a year ago I believe. I have moved house in the meantime but it had become a nagging task so I'm very pleased to have it done. Cheers, Yes they are both 1:48. I (almost) never do any other scales. (There's a Shackleton in the wardrobe but don't tell anyone.) Nice to be appreciated, ta! Unfortunately, that's a sealed compartment. I can't believe I missed that much swarf, It must have been hiding under the scratchbuilt insides (I lost some bits over the long weary months of the build.) Hi Chris. Thanks for the compliment. There's room for more shelves in the bookcase yet so it's nowhere near critical mass yet. Thanks Richard, I think I'm getting the hang of this weathering thing. I think the chipping is too random and the groundcrew scuffing on top of the wings just didn't work. However, the rest of it is pleasing me. I just have to mentally edit the chips into a more rational pattern.
  9. And I read your post immediately after sticking D15 & D14 firmly to the intakes. I had to laff! Did you paint some panels in different shades of white or is that my imagination. If you did, the effect is so subtle that I can see it on my phone but not the old laptop.
  10. Nice one Joe! I think that a black wash on white paint is very stark but there's so much beautiful engraving under there that it would be a shame not to. You'd never mistake that for an Airfix kit would you? I'm inpressed by your MNF on the intakes - very tidy.
  11. I've got a Work In Progress in progress on the Tamiya Tomcat and there hasn't been much progress because of these two kits. The Boston has been in progress for hundreds of years and fought me all the way. It's Italeri, but I think it might have been Revell Monogram once. I'm pleased that I learned a lot but the final result is a disappointment. The Pilots canopy is cracked, the nose is full of plastic swarf, the undercarriage is just a mess. However, the painting is getting close to what I want it to be and that makes it all worthwhile. The Wildcat is a HobbyBoss offering and was done in a week. (I bought it at Cosford). A fun build though not without its frustrations. Again, the paintwork is an improvement so I'm happy. Now that I've settled into being retired and the house is optimised for hobbies, I'm hoping to be churning them out quickly enough to actually improve my skills to a point nearing (but never reaching) personal satisfaction. So without further waffle, here you go. Oops? Not quite! What do you think of them then? At this rate I'll be needing new shelves....
  12. That canopy thing is very interesting. You told me just in time! ON closer examination there is a raised detail INSIDE the canopy, right under the very faint mould line on the outside. I'll still polish the outside line but leave the inner one. Too fine to paint, I wonder is a wash would work... There is one over each seat. Never seen anything like it before. Static discharger? I guess the canopy might charge up from the airflow but surely, they all do? Why would it be a problem needing this big fix? And yes please, post anything you have on here, I'm not territorial.
  13. That's certainly an ambitious first post! I wish you all the best with it. I can't help thinking that such a large aircraft without windows is odd choice for 1:48. There will be acres of plastic between each interestingly fiddly bit. The painting of those acres will be the thing, and good luck with that. Keep drinking the Guinness!
  14. Here's my latest modelling aid: The plan being to stand up and walk around a bit after an hour at the bench. Maybe even to eat or drink or visit the bathroom (I've had 13 baths today...) (Oh, I just thought, maybe that's why that guy at Cosford smelled like a long dead dog? No kitchen timer!) Seriously, I can get so very involved that I wreck my neck, back and shoulders through tense inaction. No fun! So far it has worked with just a few teething problems. Forgetting to start it is a good one, despite it being the simplest 'twist and go' timer I could find. The other thing is anticipating the thing going off and NOT being engaged in tiny detail painting when it does so. Aaaaaagh! Those photos have nothing much to do with the Tomcat except to prove that I've been model making this week. I've not wandered off completely. This is a Wildcat that I bought at Cosford on Sunday. My girl liked it best of all those I brought home so I decided to do a blitz build, totally OOB. Of course, I couldnt help myself and added harnesses. I painted them in the manner of a figure modeller, shadows and highlights, and I think I like the effect. The headrest is similarly treated with the imagined light off to the starboard. I fly in the face of classic aircraft painting. Make it interesting first, then worry about accuracy. Or not... And look at that!!!! The bestest decalling ever! NO SILVERING. Applying the transfers has always been a weakness in my techniques but this was fabbo. Its those Mr Men paints (and decal solutions). What the heck is that? Oh yes, the Tomcat. I forgot. Base coat applied to the cockpit. I chose Hellblau because i wanted the blueness of the Grumman paint. Then I went over it in a patchy fashion with a more neutral grey. I'm very keen on modulating colours. It seems to me that nothing in real life is just one colour and that makes life a lot more interesting. Glory be to God for dappled things – For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough; And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. I'm not a religious man but I do like that poem. I was going to quote a bit of it but, well, I like it all. (Try reciting it after a half dozen pints if you want a laugh.) It's by Gerard (my-father-couldn't-spell-Gerald) Manly Hopkins. A cleric, I believe. Well, he believed. LOL. Hairdrier. Saves hours. Enables me to splash on acrylics, enamels, oils, egg tempera, one on top of the other in double quick time. (OK Not egg tempera) The hairdrier enabled me to varnish the cockpit prior to an enamel wash just seconds after base coating. Honestly, there was hardly time to take a photo, it was that fast. I hope that's shiny enough? I put the wash on. Its a bottle of AK grey panel line wash. I shook it well and it foamed up making itself useless.So I hoovered out some unfoamed liquid from the bottom of the jar with a pipette. You should see the old lumpy crap that was down there. This five quid a bottle wash is little more (IMHO) than old enamel paint watered down with dirty thinners and then packaged and hyped to the max. I shall be making my own with my trusty old Humbrol and odourless thinners in the future. Speaking of thinners, there was a lot of talk at Cosford about the sensational self levelling thinners about to hit the shops. Not available on Sunday though. Well, "self levelling" in the context of thinners surely just means that it flows well without forming droplets.... Also known as detergent... So, with most of the wash washed off, I started painting the black bits. Except that they aren't really black, but varying shades of dark grey (like my 'black' jeans) so I painted them individually in slightly different tones and shades. The wash helped me see where the individual panels began and ended. Looks awful, doesn't it? Enlarged like this, it does look a mess but life size it's ok. Next step is to dry-brush the angles of the structure and the equipment. The first 'special technique' we all learn. It also made the knobbery and switchcraft stick out a bit so I had a better than even chance of finding it with a paintbrush... There are a lot of white highlights in this cockpit. Each one with a little speck of white paint, applied individually and with bated breath when THE BLOODY KITCHEN TIMER WENT OFF! So after a brandy to calm me down, I was at this stage. Note the analogue instruments are also painted in white. Then on with the red and yellow (randomly - sorry!) and then the black bits of the instruments in Indian Ink. I also did some of the switches in a yellow/black pattern using the ink. I'm not totally happy with it but it's an interesting thing to play with (Oooh Matron!). It will be more useful on the seats next week. It was all getting a bit messy by this point so I tidied up. I can't think in an organised way if the bench is in chaos. How do you like those little circuit breaker panels down by the pilot's knees? Decals, obviously. I hope they will be obvious when it's all glued together... And finally, as I was editing the photos, I realised that I'd missed a bit. Some of those circuit breakers are not to be operated in flight. The red ones. Oh. So out with the red paint again! That'll do.
  15. Thanks, I'm glad you like it. (And your reply got me back to work, so thanks for that too!) Thanks Dave, It's mostly practice you know. And reading techniques books. And YouTube. It's all out there somewhere. Yes, starboard nozzle open is the Tamiya recommendation.
  16. That makes a lot of sense to me. Thanks Pappy! No updates to Tomcat this week as I've been distracted by a couple of other projects. There's been a Hobby Boss Wildcat on the bench as a sort of commission and that Boston, being a testbed for a new kind of paint,has come up lovely and just demands attention!
  17. Useful information thanks, I'll build mine with everything hanging out then. Nice pilot, like the contraposto.
  18. That's a very impressive collection. Ace photography of ace models. Have you considered weathering the 'concrete' a little? Some stains and faded paint lines would take the newness off it.
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