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Rather than mess up the British Sci-Fi discussion thread any more.....Here goes with another WIP! This is where I'm starting: Top quality stuff.........All of £3.59 posted to my door! Plus a cheap Chinese laser-pen: Another £1.50 or thereabouts! Kit meets razor saw: By all the gods Playfix plastic is tough.....I wondered if it might not be some sort of resin, but apparently not (I test glued some sprue with Liquid-Poly and it seems to have bonded very well). The wings took a bit of a butchering in the process of making the cuts, but that's the name of the game with this model, hack it now and then sand it all smooth later! Based on Pete's excellent suggestion I decided to add some Ar.234 engines into the mix: And do a mock up to see where we're at: All things considered, I'm quite pleased.....The twin jet-pods neatly solve my only 'accuracy issue' and give it a hint of the Ekranoplan, which can only be a good thing IMHO! Reckon I'm going to need to rotate the inner wings slightly more to sort out the thrust-line and I will probably need to get creative with the tail.....Something like the T-Tail of the Martin Marlin might just look the part (I'd like to have started with the Hasegawa Marlin kit, but it's way too expensive for a hack-job like this! ): I'd definitely like to motorise the props and maybe even add some lighting to the as yet non-existant interior.....The cockpit detail on this kit is marginally inferior to the old-tool Airfix Gladiator, in that the pilot's heads are not included in this one! I will very probably need an awful lot of help and advice for this model.....Preferably given using short sentences and small words! I am not in any hurry to complete this build, rate of progress will be glacial, updates infrequent.....I've got a lot of learning to do! FWIW & All the best Andy S.
Noticed quite a few references to the late Iain M Banks' novels in various IDs, Titles and Signatures.....Wondered if anyone might fancy having a crack at realising a few of his splendid imaginings in plastic/resin/whatever? There are no kits whatsoever out there as far as I'm aware, so it would be scratchbuilds all the way, straight from his pages, via your imagination, into the physical in miniature, or possibly massively magnified.....This is The Culture we are talking about after all (or maybe you might prefer The Affront). By the way.....I'm fairly convinced that all of his Sci-Fi novels are Culture directly or indirectly, even the ones that aren't. Personally I'm sore tempted by the mad machines of his delightfully daft, yet extremely edgy 'Against A Dark Background' (which I suspect might represent the very last remnants of The Culture after it, in its turn. encounters an 'Outside Context Problem'). I was thinking about maybe starting off with a 1/72 Be-6 hacked into a 1/100 (15mm) representation of the flyingboat, or if I'm feeling plush, hacking Trumpeter's big hovercraft around for a bit of Solipsist fun. I've already chatted with some of the more obvious candidates by PM and was pleased to receive a generally favourable response, but if there are any other Culture fans lurking out there, please make yourself known.....Alternatively if you've not read the novels yet, but are at all interested in some doing sci-fi scratchbuilding, maybe pick one his superb books up and join in? The storylines are not in any particular order really, although there are some chronological links between them and 'Consider Phlebas' is definitely the first.