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3 hours ago, Marklo said:

I used to work with a Singaporean Engineer who’s English name was Ishmael, used to always crack me up to leave a message of ‘Call me’ he never used to laugh. Hmmm

Mine comes from the "robust" approach I take towards wrongdoers on the water during MVS harbour patrols.

 

Martian 👽

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6 hours ago, Martian said:

Mine comes from the "robust" approach I take towards wrongdoers on the water during MVS harbour patrols.

 

Martian 👽

. Some how I have this image of Capt Ahab Martian standing at the helm, wheel in 2 tentacles and  2 other tentacles pounding at a big drum bellowing "Ramming Speed!" lining up with this big set of crosshairs on the bow.

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1 hour ago, LorenSharp said:

. Some how I have this image of Capt Ahab Martian standing at the helm, wheel in 2 tentacles and  2 other tentacles pounding at a big drum bellowing "Ramming Speed!" lining up with this big set of crosshairs on the bow.

Not too far off, although I have other people to steer the boat for me these days.

 

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Looking forward to watching this build Martian ! great therapy !

 

For us all !!!!!

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Having cut the starboard cowlings away from the model, I decided it was time to add some of the more prominent details to the engine that are missing from the kit parts. No big deal as I rather enjoy building models engines. The most significant omission form the kit is the lack of any ignition system. On the Simoun, there is a magneto for both the port and starboard sides of the engine. I have drilled out the ends of the magnetos to accept ignition wires and these have been fed into a tube from which the ignition leads themselves exit. The leads then feed into the cylinders where the spark plugs are on the actual engine.

 

The kit supplies a large pipe that runs from the carburettor to the exhaust manifold. All well and good except that the pipe is way too short, so a replacement had to be fashioned from plastic rod. The other strange omission from the kit is that only five of the six exhaust manifolds on the kit actually connect to the exhaust system, or anything else for that matter. Out with the plastic rod again and fashion a pipe to fill the gap.

 

I have busied up the engine with some scraps of .10 'thou plastic strip and have still to add a connecting mechanism between the two carburettors and connections for the oil system. I may or may not do the port ignition system as I am not sure that it will be seen through the opened up louvres on that side. I also need to be thinking about what detail I need to add to the fire wall.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

 

Martian 👽

 

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And there’s another one! Glad to see you’re putting those tentacles to good use. I’ll tag along if I may Dear Hearts. 😀

 

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On 09/02/2021 at 23:24, The Spadgent said:

And there’s another one! Glad to see you’re putting those tentacles to good use. I’ll tag along if I may Dear Hearts. 😀

 

Johnny

You are more than welcome, our Scots friend seem pleased to see you as well.

 

Martian 👽

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On 1/30/2021 at 7:16 PM, Martian said:

Fnar, fnar snurf, snurf! Come on @CedB, I'm doing your job for you.

 

I'm really torn between the colours as being colour blind, blue is one of the few colours I can see reasonably well. On the other hand, the other scheme is very evocative of the pre-war era but on the other, other hand the Simoun in the Le Bourget museum, has been restored as an Air Bleu machine. Both my brains hurt!

 

Muddled of Mars 👽

 

Go with the strawberry and cream mate.  you know it makes sence

 

Tim

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This isn't a kit I'm ever likely to get hold of myself, but it's a build by the Tentacled One so it just HAS to be followed. I'm standing up at the back eating popcorn and looking over the heads of everyone else... :nerdy:

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Blimey ! i really must learn how to shrink myself down to a size that makes it possible to replicate these small parts ! can you please explain how you do that ! or is it something earthlings cannot do under any circumstance ?

 

Seriously nice work

 

Cheers

 

Astounded of Australia

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7 hours ago, Fishbed said:

 

Go with the strawberry and cream mate.  you know it makes sence

 

Tim

Mmm, strawberries and cream. 🤤

2 hours ago, Norman said:

Blimey ! i really must learn how to shrink myself down to a size that makes it possible to replicate these small parts ! can you please explain how you do that ! or is it something earthlings cannot do under any circumstance ?

 

Seriously nice work

 

Cheers

 

Astounded of Australia

The answer is quite simple as it happens. Many modellers use magnifiers but a few years ago now I hit on a cunning plan. I went to my opticians and asked her if it was possible to have some magnifying spectacles made up to the prescription of my eyes. she said that it was and after some experimentation we settled on a pair of x 5 for general work and x 13 for the very finest detailing. The plan being that if I can make something look good under these magnifications, then it will look even better to the naked eye. The glasses take a bit of getting used to but very soon I found that I could wear the x 5 pair for hours on end. The x 13 can be used for about an hour, although I am sure that with more use, they can be worn for a lot longer. Expensive? Not really, I paid well under £100 for the x 5 pair with the x 13 pair, being a rather specialist job coming in at just over £100.

 

Martian 👽

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Ooooh Thanks heaps Martian that explains a lot and due consideration will be given to this ! and here was me thinking you were using your extraterrestrial powers

 

Deluded Downunder

 

 

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Fun and games on this one today. I was about to get stuck into detailing the carburettors when the thought struck me that it might be a good plan to check how much room the engine bearers left me to work with. Upon going to the relevant sprue, I discovered that not only did the parts look somewhat too thin but one was broken in two places. Bugger! say I. I decided that rather than faff about trying to repair a part that did not look like it was up to the job of supporting the kit's engine, only to probably have it break on me again further on down the line, I would be better served by scratch building a replacement part. This meant that I would have to do the opposite side of the engine as well. The matter decided, it was out plastic rod time and after about an hour's cursing with untranslatable Martian swear words, we had a new set of engine bearers.

 

 

I also hollowed out the depression in the lower engine cowling in order to give a see through look when it finally glued in place and to allow me to attach exhaust stubs directly to the engine.

 

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Martian 👽

 

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The Caudrons looking sharp indeed.


That’s a very good idea on the magnifiers, I have several pairs but just can’t stand to use them, maybe a prescription pair would fit the build.

 

Hmm the new nearly post COVID era ( I’m trying to be positive here) seems a bit quiet; thankfully you’re back, but I haven’t seen the General in ages  and Moa seems to have disappeared since before Christmas, hmm strange.

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1 hour ago, Marklo said:

Moa seems to have disappeared since before Christmas, hmm strange.

 

Banished rather than disappeared. Hopefully he's OK but I do miss his presence.

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This one nearly snuck in under the radar! Glad I found it, it's a lovely little aircraft and should look wonderful in green, no blue, no.....

 

 

Good to see you back too!

 

Ian

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On 30/01/2021 at 18:37, Martian said:

I am trying to work out how to get rid of the "Doppelganger

How do we tell that you aren't the Doppelganger? :hmmm:

 

 

 

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On 2/11/2021 at 5:03 PM, Martian said:

The x 13 can be used for about an hour

 

And must make the ol' Bismarck truly impressive.  (now having dialogue from Young Frankenstein in my mind...)

 

I got a magnifying glasses kit from a modelling buddy, which has frames with LED lights, and a series of lenses up to (I think) x5.  I've only tried them once, with good results, but after trying the x5 I wondered what the point of all the lesser magnifications was!

 

The Caudron is looking good so far- I too applaud Dora for making things like this, even if this particular kit isn't high on my "Oh, most certainly!" list.

 

bob

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6 hours ago, Brandy said:

This one nearly snuck in under the radar! Glad I found it, it's a lovely little aircraft and should look wonderful in green, no blue, no.....

 

 

Good to see you back too!

 

Ian

Thanks Ian but red and cream or blue it will be. Today I am leaning towards the blue but tomorrow it will most likely be the red and cream. This indecision will most likely continue right up to the day I have to paint the thing.

6 hours ago, TheBaron said:

How do we tell that you aren't the Doppelganger? :hmmm:

 

 

 

Well, if I am then I told @Mike to get rid of myself!

 

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8 minutes ago, Martian said:

Well, if I am then I told @Mike to get rid of myself!

This sounds about right guys. Reckon this is the real one. 😆

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1 hour ago, Martian said:

Well, if I am then I told @Mike to get rid of myself!

 

Now that's just Unconscionable! 😭

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So are you saying that Gabriel Stern is Moa’s alter ego ? Whose real name is Claudio ?

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I decided to work on the kit seats today. The kit parts exhibit good detail but need a lot of very careful cleaning up. I say careful because the kit plastic is on the soft side and easily broken. The kit provides legs for the seating but to be honest the effort of trying to clean them up, without breaking them, is not really worth the candle. I drilled the marked holes on the kit floor right through the same to provide a better gluing area and deepened the locating holes on the bottom of the seats. I then got my Albion Alloys' cutter out and made ten new legs from .25 'thou plastic rod.

The seats are only pushed into place at the moment as I want to paint them separately.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Martian 👽

 

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