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Rob 1

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  1. Wow, fantastic work, great finishing.
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    HMS Belfast

    Great job on this classic cruiser kit, looks very good.
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    MAS Boat

    Super diorama, great work.
  4. I've used soil as a base for dioramas/display bases for some time now - it really is the perfect material. Not only plentiful and free, it's a perfect material for easily formed into rough, fine, or right down to powder like natural scaled down texture, and forms a good solid finish after sprinkling on a layer of thinned sprayed PVA, then perfect for airbrushing an improved shade. Static grass goes over this finish with no issues. I've generally sorted/sieved it to remove stones and plant material, but that's all, and it doesn't seem to deteriorate over time.
  5. That is top rate modelling; nicely done.
  6. The inaugural show presented by IPMS Keighley is scheduled for 23rd September 2018, at the University Academy, Greenhead Road, Keighley, BD20 6EB - please see flyer above for more details. This new one should fit in nicely into the show calendar. The club is a friendly and rapidly growing (in number that is ) bunch who I've known for a few years now, and I'm sure will put on a fine first show, with quite a number of Clubs, SIGs and Traders already signed up.
  7. Nice to see another build of this classic Airfix kit, and she looks particularly good in that camoflage scheme!
  8. Lovely job on this Anson (one of my favorite utility aircraft).
  9. Excellent show today - all went well considering they were hosting the first edition for this club; it's a great venue, and a very friendly show all round! Here's a small selection of photos, with a number from the many excellent entries in competition area:
  10. This is incredible work in 1:35 - well done indeed.
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    BAC TSR-2 XR219 - Airfix 1/48

    That's an exceptional build, great detail and finishing. the end product looks superb.
  12. I haven't built an airplane for while, so to add to a few trainer types I already have, had a go at this new Revell 1:48 'Stearman' kit, which is an interesting (and colorful) subject of a classic primary trainer of it's time, and is such a good basic aircraft that they've been in fairly widespread civilian use ever since. There's some nice HD videos on You Tube of this type being flown.
  13. I built the aircraft up after pre drilling the holes in the lower half of the top wing, but omitted the upper half of the top wing. I threaded each line through those tiny holes, pulled them tight one by one, put a dab of standard polysterene cement over each hole/threaded end, turned the aircraft up-side-down and clipped a mini clothes peg to each dangling line end to keep them all taught while the glue set overnight. The upper half of the top wing then nicely covered all the glued ends. First time I've done it this way but works well. May do some WWI planes in the future using this method. This is the drill set I use for all modelling work (available at Hobbycraft stores), as the thicker shaft doesn't need a driller, all holes can be done by rotating between finger and thumb. The smallest drill is good for rigging lines.
  14. Looks good, and looks a real mean machine with all that armament. It must look pretty impressive in the flesh at that size (1:24).
  15. Thanks all for your comments. The rigging is E Z Line (fine), as it has elasticity it can be fitted with just a small amount of tension and they stay taught, and survive any amount of being caught or knocked. It was fitted by drilling fine holes in the wings and fuselage, and glued on the inside faces. I would warn anyone using this that spraying Halfords primer after completing the rigging was a big mistake, lesson learned: better to prime the parts first before assembly with the rigging.
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    Tamiya 1/35 M551 Sheridan

    Planning to move on to Vietnam conflict modelling, so this certainly could be one for the future.
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    Airfix Village Church

    That's super, I love it.
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    Airfix Pontoon Bridge

    That is a really nicely laid out and well finished diorama, one of the best finished of these big old Airfix kits. The armour and figures are really good too, the whole thing would work well for a high quality wargame skirmish.
  19. That's a good thought provoking build - I recall this event back then, and remember the scurge of the Exocets which we seemed poorly prepared for at the time. I believe all the fleet ships were fitted with Corvus chaff dispensers then, which was used successfully in the conflict; could this have been the what AB Jillings fired off? which could result in partly pulling the missile up/away from the waterline as described. Post edit - just found the link below to be of interest: https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1982/1982 - 1960.PDF
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    East Riding of Yorkshire Model Show, 2nd September 2018

    Agree with the above, that was a great show at a pleasant venue, thanks to all the event organisers.
  21. Just catching on this build - wow! it has come on really well, looking impressive now.
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    Hms Ceylon 1/350

    It's a shame there's very little available in 1:350 for late R.N. 6" cruisers (apart from Belfast), but this scratch build is an excellent remedy, and a real top class build so far. Also the finish and weathering look top rate too, well done!
  23. Probably ought to start a thread on this as it will be keeping me occupied for some time to come. Following on from the USS San Francisco (1942), I'm now getting into the new project, which I wanted to represent that period when the US have just struggled through into 1943 and the first of the new batch of carriers has entered service, so I wanted to do Essex in around mid 1943 on her first active deployment, and to include the legends on board of the SBD, TBM and F6F. The kit is of course the Trumpeter CV-9 Essex 1943, which isn't at all bad, and the Toms Modelworks photo-etch set which is basic but good value. One of the worst points is the flight deck being formed in three parts which need joining very carefully to hide the joint, and some of the armament looks a little basic, so I got the L'Arsenal 5"38 single mounts, and will need to get some 20mm Oerlikon mounts. Another little fault is the elevators are moulded both up and down at the same time, which for anyone wanting to open the shutters to show some hanger interior, will just not do, so have spent some time researching and forming elevator pits, rams and basic guides to place them in the raised position, and will add a few other various hanger details as would be easily visible through the open shutters.
  24. Just to close this one out, some finished photos on the link below. However the photos are poor despite various attempts to get some decent ones. I have a good camera and lens, but think I need to improve the lighting to get some better (sharper) photos in the future. http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/cv/cv-09/Essex-350-rs/index.htm