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Derek A

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About Derek A

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    Near Enough Engineering
  • Birthday 05/27/1954

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    Bristol UK
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    Modeling, Photography, F1

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  1. War is hell! I wondered about putting in the representation of a dead soldier but decided it does reflect reality. I have tried to do it in a sympathetic way though, I'm not one for gore! Thanks fellas, appreciated!
  2. This is my diorama of a first aid station. It utilises the Dragon SD.Kfz.7 Maultier ambulance, the Miniart Village Street and various figure sets from M&B all in 1/35. The village was damaged in 1940 and the war returns in 1944 as the Germans are driven out of Northern Europe! Hope you like it!
  3. Saw it in a pound shop and couldn't resist!
  4. This PE is really fiddly, a mate suggested that good model lighting helps. I'm not convinced!
  5. I used to have Lightroom & Photoshop as licensed individual products and to make sure they stayed relevant I was updating them every couple of years. I know use the subscription photographer package and I now get both with every update as and when it happens for just under a tenner a month! (£9.98) This is about what the biennial updates for both was costing me anyway so I'm quite happy with it. Lightroom is a great tool for post production processing of RAW images whilst Photoshop allows a more artistic approach! Hope this helps.
  6. Thank you, I have found the glue very useful!
  7. I wouldn't dream of suggesting that the jewelry glue is the b all and end all, you won't win a war with only one weapon, but it is certainly a useful tool in the box for PE or where you don't want the glue to 'flow', ie on moving parts. As for the missing detail of deck plates, I'm not even tempted to try and fix that one. I don't have the time or inclination to do the necessary research, at 65 life is too short! Interesting though, and when you think about it, quite logical.
  8. One other thing on the use of Jewelry Glue, if you think something needs to be held with superglue for, say, strength, then a couple of small dots of jewelry glue to hold and position and then apply the superglue. Much easier!
  9. They are RB Productions stencils http://www.radubstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=77_117&products_id=369. They are quite good but difficult if not impossible in a confined space!
  10. Great pictures, thank you! I haven't quite given up on my plans to show a little wood grain in badly worn areas but it's no longer the priority!
  11. I don't know how you get along with PE and superglue, but with me it's guaranteed to fill the swear box. I can never seem to get it wright, with thin superglue I either apply too much which then seems to take for ever to take hold or too little which sticks solid at first touch! I've tried the thick super glue too with much the same results. This, of course, assumes the part isn't already stuck to me or the tweezers, or that the superglue hasn't dried in the time it takes to pick the part up! It's now got to the state where I'm sure I have superglueitus and as soon as I go anywhere near it I start to shake and break out in a cold sweat! Something had to change. A fellow modeler asked on Fb whether anyone had tried Jewelry Glue and by some strange coincidence I had also thought about giving it a try and had already ordered some. It duly arrived and I have been testing it on this Elco 80 project, all the PE in the gun pics was applied using it. So how did I get on. B-6000 is labelled as a Multi-purpose glue and comes in a small tube much like thin superglue, it also came with a syringe type applicator. I thought great that will work the first time but God knows how I'll unblock it later! I need not have worried, just pull the dried glue off the end and away you go again!. The glue is perfectly clear and has a consistency like a contact adhesive, that is to say thick and sticky! It can be applied in small amounts and does have a tendency to string but any stringing is easily removed. It has excellent 'grab' properties holding parts in place with ease, I've even dropped an assembly after placing a part and it didn't budge! You now have a couple of minutes to push and prod and slide it around, when you happy just leave it. I made a mistake and placed the left hand part on the right and didn't realise it until I came to apply the other part some 10 minutes later. Panic set in but again no problem, I was able to pull the part off, wipe of the glue and replace it in the correct place. So, there you have it, I'm actually enjoying using and placing PE into this project and the swear box is empty! Below is the 50 Cal turret from the Elco 80 complete with PE and the glue that has restored my sanity. All of the above is a personal opinion, but would I recommend it? Yes, I would it's worked for me but you may hate it. If there's one thing I've learnt from the various Blogs and Fb Posts on modelling, one man's meat is another's poison, but if you have superglueitus it may be the answer to your prayers!
  12. Whilst I'm thinking about the deck weathering corner I've painted myself into I've been getting on with a few sub assemblies! Here are the Bofors 40mm, the 37mm and 20mm. The Eduard PE has certainly lifted this model!
  13. Excellent review, thank you! I can't wait to get my hands on mine!
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