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  1. Hello all, Well, I wasn't intending on taking part in this GB but the Swordfish has been somehow making it's way to the front of the cupboard regardless of which way I pack the boxes away! It's obviously trying to tell me something. Anyway here I am with Airfix's 1/72 Swordfish Mk.1. I have been looking forward to building her and her floatplane sister who is patiently waiting for the next floatplane/flying boat GB. I'm not a Swordfish aficionado so I'll hopefully get a few pointers along the way. I have become thoroughly addicted to the group build way of things mainly because taking part has got me to build more in the last few months than I have in a similar number of years, starting with the F104 STGB, then the BM10th, currently the Hawker (Siddeley) also the RAF100th, Airfix golden years, Grumman........ So in for a penny as they say. Here's the gratuitous shot of what is actually a considerable amount of plastic!
  2. Krachenvogel

    Any experience with Mig Ammo rigging line?

    I'm looking for something to use for radio aerials and biplane rigging in 1/72 scale besides my old invisible thread, and came across this elastic rigging line from Mig: http://www.migjimenez.com/en/accessories/608-rigging-fine-003-mm.html Anyone have experience with this stuff? It comes in 0.01, 0.02, and 0.03 mm thicknesses, which (if those measurements are correct) are all extremely fine, but it's kind of pricey at 4.50 euro for a 2m long piece. I'm open to other suggestions for 1/72 rigging line if there are better options out there as well. Thanks!
  3. Just to let everyone know that we are now fully stocked for Ezline.... Ezline all shades and both sizes available..... Ta, Paul
  4. Hi, I'm planning my first ship build in a very long while and seeing how kits evolved since I last touched one I was wondering how to go about installing/glueing PE railings in place. I was searching for tutorials but there is a surprinsingly low amount of information on that. I read something about three possible methods: glue on the side of the ship and hide the edges under putty => lots of work and not very realistic? glue on it edge => extremely fragile? use thin wire to reinforce the PE parts from the inside then use tiny holes for fixing to the deck => sounds about the best method so far Rigging is a similar subject as far as a beginner is involved... How to do that and what materials to use? I've seen a tutorial about rigging biplanes using some Uschi van der Rosten materials. Is that all? Any source of information you might care to share is greaty appreciated! Thank you! PS: Are there any good modelling magazines with ship building topics?
  5. modelman182

    Does anyone have this book on Bismarck?

    Hi All I have the old Tamiya 350th Bismarck plus PE and barrels which I intend to start work on later this year. Haven't been able to find anything definitive about the aerial rigging for Bismarck, but did find this book (available as a Kindle download, which would suit my purposes) :- Just wanted to know if it has reasonable drawings showing the rigging (all I really need the book for) and is therefore worth the purchase price of just under a tenner? Failing that, any suggestions as to a good source for the rigging layout would be appreciated. Many Thanks Kev
  6. fingers

    HMS KGV rigging

    Hi again, I'm still battling on with my Tamiya 1/350 KGV and I am at a point where I'm thinking about the rigging and any prep work I can do prior to gluing the deck on, to this end does anyone know the precise location where the various cables mount? I can see approximately from photo's but they do tend to be from a low angle and or blurred so the actual mounting point is hidden. I have the Topdrawings book on KGV but it is also not clear on this point. The Kgv I am building is a late war fit.
  7. Easy rigging for all WWI fans and lovers
  8. Hello Chaps, I've finally completed my first build of the New Year, 2016...now on with the next one! Firstly, I'd like to say that this isn't a kit that I would normally be interested in buying, because of its 36 yr age, poorly engineered and molded parts, a few parts at that, the lack of details, raised panel lines and rivet details, with some rivets being very large for this scale model, and, there was a lot of clean-up to do regarding flash and parting-line miss-match. The engine cowling was poor fitting and there were gaps present at the joints of mating parts. But, that said...I needed a plane that was suitable for a "Spanish Civil War" group Build that I wanted to participate in, on YouTube, and one that was 1/48 scale or larger. Well, that's where my problem arose...I could find 1/72 scale aircraft and after market decals for 1/72, but nothing larger. I therefore decided that I was going to paint all of the markings on myself. Despite my efforts to turn a "pigs ear" into a "silk purse", I felt that I was always trying to overcome the fact that the molded parts look so cheap and "toy-like". Ha well, I stuck with her and posted my best effort with what I had available. For the rigging, I used Heavy black EZ-Line- 1.015" thick, and for the antenna cables, I used Fine black EZ-Line - 1.010" thick. I drilled holes through the vertical and horizontal stabilzers as well as one each side of the fuselage for the elevator and rudder actuator cables and I scratch built the antenna cable hard point at the top of the vertical stabilizer. I'm disappointed with it myself, because I had gotten so comfortable building well engineered and molded 1/32 scale kits....I choose large scale because my eyesight has gotten terrible in the last couple of years as I get closer to my 60 years of age! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the fact that it is different with its Spanish Republican Air Force markings as opposed to the British markings that are normally applied to these models. Enough waffling, here's the photos... So there she is, be gentle...it is a poor kit and no after-market enhancements were used to try to help her out, if any exist? But, if they did, I wouldn't waste the money on AM parts for a kit this old and poorly engineered and molded. I didn't do a build log on here leading up to this "Final Revea", but I did create "Build Update" videos on my YouTube Channel, along with an introduction video and a final reveal video. If you'd like to see how I constructed, painted and weathered this kit, then here are the links to my "Build Series" videos for this model: "Introduction" video link: https://youtu.be/HRoT0Frosvs "Build Update #1" video link: https://youtu.be/jM1voNN10CM "Build Update #2" video link: https://youtu.be/m6A5j3TsEUA "Build Update #3" video link: https://youtu.be/ZcHffhZkBAE "Final Reveal" video link: https://youtu.be/Me-q2zLHqs0 Thanks in advance for taking a look at this posting, watching any of my videos and leaving any comments, greatly appreciated! In the mean-time, happy modeling and have fun! Cheers
  9. cathasatail

    Airfix BE2c 1:72

    Morning all, I haven't done a WIP in a while so I thought I might have a go with the new Airfix BE2c (1:72). I'm planning to do this as an "out of the box" build-apart from one or two scratchbuilt details along the way. First, the kit. A nice, small and sturdy box The contents. Exceptionally good decals, very neat! Clear windscreens without any blemishes, the only problem is that they are terribly small! The sprues- one or two ejector pin marks on the inside of the fuselage- but these are out of sight when the cockpit is fitted. Sam
  10. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Rigging Line - New In!

    We've just received these in from Infini Model in South Korea: They have produced 4 different gauges / thicknesses for different applications, be it ship rigging, aircraft ariels or rigging wires. It's slightly stretchy, black in colour (this may expand) and nice and easy to work with. Why not have a look? http://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/infini-model
  11. erewhon1872

    Gloster Gladiator rigging question

    Hello all, this question may leak into the WWII forum but to me it's more Interwar. Contemplating making my first biplane and it's a Gloster Gladiator, my question is does this aircraft have the same sort of turnbuckles as you see on WWI biplanes, or do the rigging wire for practical scale purposes just go straight into drilled holes in the wings? I have tried to get some close up photos of the attachment points and cannot see clearly, they don't look like WWI era turnbuckles but I cannot make out from the photos I can find what the connection is? By the way the kit I am contemplating is the 1/48th Roden example. Any guidance gratefully received. Peter
  12. Hello Folks, I wanted to invite you to follow me through the journey with this Trumpeter Swordfish Mk I, as I'm pretty sure you've seen some before. Nevertheless the Stringbag in it's matchbox incarnation was one of my first models I build together with my father way back in the seventies. While I type this, I just can't help slipping into a bit of nostalgia, remembering the three coloured model from their "Orange" range of model, summer holidays in the seventies, the toy shop where I spent a fair amount of my pocket money... (Ok, let's stop here now. For those interested - this one: http://www.matchboxkits.org/product_info.php?cPath=27_35_53&products_id=712) I decided to go for W5984 with the "full" camouflage, mainly as it seems more like the one at the FAA Museum in Yeovilton I visited last year and I hope I can use some pictures for details. As I planned to do this one straight OOB and followed this direction so far, I start here with the body already put together and having received it's clear coat: The pictures are not 100% perfect (I take this as an excuse for considering the acquisition of a nice Macro lens), but you get an idea. I used Lifecolor Dark Green and Dark Seagrey for the camouflage and Revell Sky for the bottom, airbrushed the camouflage pattern from hand and blutack-ed beween upper and lower painting. I'm ok with the result so far, as it comes close to what I imagine as a quick "field paint", applied not in the factory but on an airfield and far from being perfect. Something like the birds from that aera as exhibited, like the Walrus and the Stringbag in Yeovilton.
  13. Wires and stretchers 1:32 Eduard With the current popularity of 1:32 WW.1 kits from the likes of Wingnut Wings, Roden, and Special Hobby, Eduard have produced this set of etched rigging wires and stretchers. (Most of us will probably refer to these as turnbuckles). Various methods can be used to simulate rigging, from stretched sprue, E-Z line, fuse wire, or fishing line. All of them have their pros and cons, so this is an interesting new approach. The turnbuckles have lines attached to them with 2 different sizes over a total of 36 individual lines. Holes will need to be drilled at each end of the line, with the turnbuckle secured at one end. A small eyelet is secured at the othere end, and the line pulled through it and folded back on itself and glued. Obviously each line will need to be trimmed to a suitable length before fixing to the model. It looks like a simple enough method, key will be securing each turnbuckle and eyelet. A drop of cyano with a dab of accelerator should be the ideal way of doing this. Conclusion. This is an interesting method of replicating rigging, and should also give some strength to the finished model. It looks no more fiddly than threading fishing line or E-Z line through eyelets. Also the turnbuckles are more detailed than tubing or line tied off, and should look good once painted and in place.
  14. WildeSau75

    Rigging hints

    Hi guys, I am still a newbie (working on my fourth kit now) and would love to build the 1/72 Airfix Tiger Moth. What still hinders me is the rigging. Is there anywhere a good description about how to get rigging done right - so that even a newbie like me will understand it? Thanks for providing any information that might help. Cheers, Michael
  15. This is my first biplane for about 40 years Used CA glue and monofilament for the 'generic' rigging, it was a pig especially the bits close to the fuselage after the top wing was on, but I'm fairly pleased with the result despite the CA glue running over the decals(I'll use thick next time with an accelerator
  16. Hi all, First thread here. I've done a few builds on the ww1aircraftmodels.com forum and I thought I would continue on here as I've got a few non WW1 subjects to build.. However, I'm half way through a Salmson so I thought I may as well post this here as well to kick off.. Picked this up at Telford - usually stick to 1/32 for WW1 but I was very impressed by the kit and had to get it! It's really like a 1/32 kit that's been shrunk.. Going for this USAS colour scheme - I just like the top wing markings.. The engine and gun ring - very good in this scale - but very fiddly! Some nice phot etch supplied - decals for individual instruments The fit of parts is exceptional - it really does just fall together.. They supply a very clever cardboard jig for the lower wing fitting.. Well, that's where I'm up to so far, painting up next . If anyone's debating whether to get the kit - I wouldn't - it's lovely.. Thanks for looking Guy Ps I'll post some completed model threads of my previous efforts shortly
  17. Hi, my upcoming built will be the 1907 Dreadnought by Trumpeter. I have the two Eduard sets (railings and general detail), Artworx wooden deck and the Kagero 3D book (which I like very much) for it. As I am rather unfamiliar with ships here are a few questions: The wooden deck looks very nice but I have never used one before and would appreciate any tips or hints about it's use. For example - will the glue hold it down to the plastik deck permanently or should I support it with some superglue? May be I should have bought the Pontos detail set but it's too late now (too expensive now that I have all the above items). So I am wondering how to do the stowed torpedo netting and looking at the detail 3D drawings in the book I found out the rigging is much more complex than I thought. For example there are these 'spreaders' (I do not know the correct maritime term), that are star-shaped and keep eight (!) aerials or what they are apart - there are no PE parts for those and I have no idea how to make these tiny things. For the rigging I intend to use EZ Line and do as much of the rigging as possible. Is EZ the right choice? Should I try to do as much rigging as possible or might that turn out to look a bit overcrowded in this scale? In general, any experience, ideas and so on regarding the above or the kit itself is very welcome. Ingo
  18. Hi, Just joined but posting a few previous builds.. Wingnut kits are exceptional.. Apologies if it's a bit picture heavy! Thanks Guy
  19. Morning, Another previous Wingnuts.. I think this has been the nicest Wingnuts kit to build - nice and solid.. Thanks for looking! Guy
  20. Hi again, Another previous build.. As always with Wingnuts, a lovely kit Thanks for looking Guy
  21. Finished the Revell P-26a Peashooter- a nice little build. Crit and comments always welcome. Apologies for poor pics. See the build thread here - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234946388-172-revell-boeing-p-26a-peashooter/page-1
  22. dano_68

    Rigging & Antennas

    Hi, I intend on starting a series of builds for WW1 bi-planes. As such I am looking for the best products for the rigging in 1/48 scale. I have looked at Bob's Buckle's and he suggests fishing line. However I cannot find a fishing line that is thin enough to simulate rigging. Also, what do people use on their WW2 aircraft that have antenna's (from cockpit to tail). I don't like using stretched spru, and again, I have found that fishing line loses it's tension very quickly. Any advise is greatly appreciated. Danny ps. I am in Australia
  23. DaveCS

    Perhaps A Dumb Question On Rigging

    Hi There Normally I model in 1/72 and, mostly, WWII allied aircraft flown by/for the RCAF. Lately I have started to grow warm to WWI aircraft that were flown by Canadian pilots. I've been able to build and rig a nice little Roden Sopwith Camel and Eduard's little Nieuport 17. When I started looking for a decent DH2 though I decided to up the scale to 48th and attempt Eduard's boxing. Well, I've painted her and I'll apply the decals (likely tonight) and then it's a matter of rigging before I "finish" her off. My question regarding rigging is as follows: Normally, for 1/72 I would just rig the bird using stretched sprue - just seems to be the easiest in that scale. Well, now 1/48th is a bit larger and I have the right invisible mending thread to rig with but I've not drilled any holes just yet. Is it too late in the game? I've painted her and applied a gloss coat to put the decals down but that's the extent of it - struts have not yet been glued into place so I'm not too far along. In the future I'll be sure to plan a bit better but the excitement got the better of me this time around Just curious if I can still take care of it at this stage. Cheers, Dave P.S. I've read a good thread here already on the topic of how to rig.. ( www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234931805-rigging-for-a-novice/ ) so I'm not worried about tackling it.. just curious if I can still do it at this stage