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I have my 1973 Matchbox Walrus kit washed and ready to go. I tried a sample of the original decal sheet (in Roobios tea!) and it came off well and didn't crack so may use that decal sheet just for old time sake. The reason I've titled it wading Walrus is that it will be waterlined. I will do basic stringing and one or two extras. Watch this space

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I also have an aftermarket decal sheet so will see which looks best.

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Some hints of whats going to happen 😉

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Hmm, the wings of a Spitfire.  I'm guessing we may get an air-sea rescue scene of some sort.

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10 hours ago, Adrian Hills said:

I tried a sample of the original decal sheet (in Roobios tea!) and it came off well and didn't crack so may use that decal sheet just for old time sake.

So that's the secret, Rooibos tea.

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looking forward to seeing this one, will a Spitfire be joining the build or is it a Walrus-Spitfire hybrid? Walfire? Spitrus? 

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Photos taken an hour ago at coffee

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Bit of a delay as had to bathe the puppy

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A tale of four greens

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A comparison between Xtracolour Light slight grey (next to Hammond the crocodile) and Xtr. Dark slate grey

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I have decided to do a lot of pre-painting and clean and repaint when assembled. The fuselage has had the windows cut out low down near the nose and pre-drilled for strining. I took the opportunity with the twist drill in my hand to do the same to the wings and engine nacelle, might leave rigging on floats.

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A good day's modelling. Fuselage sturdily glued so waterlined it

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Hammond got carried away and said he wishes he was a duck rather than a rubber crocodile

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As there is this big 'ole a bit of plasticard was used as a blanking plate

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Paint will dry hard overnight

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Finished modelling today at 'Prosecco o'clock'

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Great progress Adrian

 

I was a bit worried that "bathing the Puppy" was a euphemism for something else, so it was with both trepidation then relief that I looked at the next picture ! :phew:

 

Looking forward to the the next instalment 

 

Cheers Pat

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Lunch break! I lost an hour and a half helping yesterday helping to build a paper Mitsubishi Zero and have to take the lad out for a bike ride later. 

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I like the little jar of bottle caps for your paint tests. Every modeller has their unique solution to a problem.

 

Love the Walrus, 

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An update. Confronted the countershading. Simple, do in top colour. Then mask a line and overpaint. My paint job is not particularly good, but oh' well

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Had a bit of a disaster as the front engine mount lost two bits - shabby fourty six year old plastic !

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I have done two sizes of Milliput/plasticard dinghies and will choose and paint what looks good in the morning when it is hard

 

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Had a break for the evening meal

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Some interesting potatoes, Tuna and hand made Pesto with pine nuts. I do get looked after 🙂

 

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After a pleasant walk with my lady and our puppy, now resuming modelling

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That's a complicated paint scheme for a weekend build, and you're sculpting parts! There are some ambitious projects in this GB.

 

Also...those potatoes look amazing.

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1 minute ago, Ted said:

That's a complicated paint scheme for a weekend build, and you're sculpting parts! There are some ambitious projects in this GB.

 

Also...those potatoes look amazing.

I'm just one of many intrepid modellers on this enjoyable build.

 

The potatoes were scrummy 

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9 hours ago, JOCKNEY said:

 

I was a bit worried that "bathing the Puppy" was a euphemism for something else

No, just no, don't give him ideas like that.... I actually know Adrian, so I know of which I speak., and it's the of thing that could well be a euphemism of his! 

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Longish day in the saddle. I'm taking off 'family time', as shown by images of watch and reckon adding yesterday and today I have six and a half hours to finish.

 

Today I had the disaster of breakage of the engine strut which meant it was not viable to rig the engine. I had pre-drilled the holes.  

 

Luckily my partner took her son for a four mile walk which gave me a bit of peace and time. As you can see I did the half wing method of stringing which can be done on this kit as well as the Matchbox Heyford I made recently.  What I learnt about myself today is that a big dose of 'that will do' helps. Tomorrow decals, minor bits of construction then build the mini doirama.

 

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30 minutes ago, Johnson said:

Fantastic build Adrian... and rigging too :worthy:

Thanks. I’m just having a laugh, that’s all. Paint finish is obviously just thrown on. I did use a bit of Windsor and Newton pain extender on Troy’s recommendation- it was useful. Am very glad floats are high enough that I don’t have to waterline them. Now for some sleep 😴 

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Looking good there! I know people waterline ships all the time but I can’t remember seeing it done on an aeroplane before. It is a big project with all the things that you are doing here. Looking forward to the next instalment.
 

And I’d never seen or heard of Hasselback potatoes until I saw them in a recent Tesco ad and looked them up...


Regards,

Adrian

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Adrian, that was it ‘Hasselback’, Annie did them herself by putting a wooden skewer through the middle so that she didn’t cut all the way through.

 

I meed to plan carefully so I het all things done in the six and a half hours that I have left. 😊

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One last push. The Milliput is dry and I will use the smaller of the two dinghies. This model is a general representation of the type rather than an 'accurate' representation of a specific type.

 

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It is this picture that I will attempt to represent

Supermarine Walrus

 

 

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