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Thanks everybody for your kind supportive comments. Thanks specially to @Biggles87 @72modeler @DonH and @James G for all the suggestions for cockpit hose making ........ one of the wonderful things about BM is the willingness of people to encourage and help, and to share  their experience and tips.

Thanks all  :clap:👍

 

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Chapter 4

In which Quack demonstrates Overwhelming Stupidity on the Plastic Battlefield

And earns an Award

 

Hi again chaps.

Time for another update, albeit a small one.

 

Well, the Nephews have departed - showing every appearance of being pleased at their parents' arrival, and mumbling fond farewells to their beloved Uncle - along the lines of "Old Git" and "Rubbish WiFi"

How I'll miss their cheery scowls. :emo:

 

Anyway.

An Update

Not much to see this time, I'm afraid.  I've been priming stuff and discovering my truly horrendous seam-work all needs more attention - and I haven't even got the wings on yet!

Dull stuff indeed. :undecided:

 

Strange how mundane seam- sanding and repetitive scraping can dull the senses and allow the attention to wander......

........which is why it took me ages to work out that something wasn't quite right with the wheels.

 

Just not right.

 

Main wheels.

 

Looks ok on this side.....:hmmm:

51341323999_78d045a311_b.jpg34 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

 

....and it looks ok on THIS side.....:hmmm:

51341323999_78d045a311_b.jpg34 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

 

something not right .....oh wait.........oh bugger....................:facepalm:

This wheel is made up of two outer halves, and the other wheel is made up of two rear halves!

 

Michael Caine once famously said, "I may be Stupid .......but I'm not Bloody Stupid!"

I used to think that applied to me, but no - I have been promoted to Bloody Stupid!

 

Oh well - just as well I have a set of Brassin wheels to use - just need to sand off the prominent Good Year markings.

 

But wait - this gives me an Idea! :shocked:

Everybody has heard of the Darwin Awards - issued to people who have managed to perform acts of colossal yet hilarious stupidity with dangerous or even fatal results.

Well I propose a new award to be promoted here on BM - an annual award for the person who manages to perform the most outrageously stupid action, and preferably provide a Point-And-Laugh-Everybody experience for the other members.

 

  • RULES
  • The Award will be known as the Quack Award
  • The Award will be annual.
  • A Forum Topic will be announced at the end of each year and submissions may be posted by any Member of Good Standing
  • Entries must describe genuine unforced errors made on the Plastic Battlefield, and will be judged for their idiocy, and their giggle-worthiness.
  • The entries will be judged by Quack
  • Quack will (invariably) win. :wicked:
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That about wraps it up for now - I'll post up some real progress stuff when I have some real progress stuff to post.

 

Meantime stay safe y'all.

 

Keep Calm and Mangle Plastic

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3 hours ago, Dr. Quack said:

Quack will (invariably) win. :wicked:

Not sure about that. I seem to putting up some credible opposition at the moment.

 

Cheers, 

Alistair

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6 hours ago, Dr. Quack said:

Entries must describe genuine unforced errors made on the Plastic Battlefield, and will be judged for their idiocy, and their giggle-worthiness.

Would my genius action "mistaking the jar of Tamiya Extra Thin for the nearby jar of Mr. Mark Setter while applying a honking huge tiger decal to the tail of a Luftwaffe Tornado" qualify?

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

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22 hours ago, Hook said:

Would my genius action "mistaking the jar of Tamiya Extra Thin for the nearby jar of Mr. Mark Setter while applying a honking huge tiger decal to the tail of a Luftwaffe Tornado" qualify?

 

Hmmmmm............ that may well bear scrutiny :hmmm:

 

in fact - I may have to share the award!

 

 

Quack

who feels your anguish.

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Chapter 5

 

In which Quack demonstrates that he can occasionally make Progress.

 

Grateful thanks to @Biggles87, @AliGauld, @Alan P and @Hook for their eagerness to compete in the Olympic Plastic Balls-Up event - perhaps Medals will be awarded at the end of the build - assuming it doesn't fly off into the Great Bin of Modelling Angst and Disappointment.

 

"Progress?" you say.

Well perhaps a little - allow me to show you......

 

Are you sittings comfortably? Anybody need a wee before we start? :penguin:

Then we'll begin.

 

You may recall from the last episode that the Plastic-Mangling Pixies sneaked into my workshop and glued the wheels together wrongly - but that Clever Quack      ( :rofl2: - I still can't say that with a straight face )     managed to outwit them by having a set of Brassin resin wheels on standby, for just such an eventuality.

Well the wheels have been prepared, the side wall markings sanded off, then primed and a first coat of paint applied - and they look the part - I suppose - I mean they look a bit like wheels.

51360101540_8b1c417cc2_b.jpg35 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

Undercarriage legs have been part-assembled and painted, and brake lines added from fuse-wire - they're still to get a squirt of varnish and a wash.

51359870629_a1b365519d_b.jpg35A by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

Ejection seats have been painted and dry-brushed and I've started adding seat-belts - a mix of Eduard belts (included in their Look cockpit set), and some of the belts that came with the CMK seats - the fret states "Eduard."

I know the seat belts should really be shown stretched back over the headbox for storage, but I really couldn't wangle it so there they are - somebody will be getting a Hats-On-jolly good telling off for it so it may as well be me!

51360101530_9ed126d470_b.jpg36 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

I've made a start on the underwing stores as well - firstly the Brassin AIM9Ms - painted and still to have transfers added. Noddy caps are patiently waiting at the rear.

51358343187_7293b2f631_b.jpg37 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

Basic painting of self defence pods has started - doesn't look very pink / sand in the photo - better in real life, or should that be real plastic?

51359822144_3229ebbc51_b.jpg38 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

And the Brassin Alarm missiles have been assembled and made suitably grey.

51358343092_5c3b04b937_b.jpg39 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

As an aside - I've primed the ladder which is a printed item from LP Models - lovely finish to this without any layering signs.

51358343022_e4e101e427_b.jpg40 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

Last - the fuselage is part primed to show how rubbish the current seam work is - I've been experimenting with Sprue Goo for the first time - it is certainly easier to sand than anything else and will hopefully improve my reputation for crap seams!

The fuselage sides which will be masked by the intakes have been given a squirt of desert pink because I expect it'll be near impossible to spray in there after assembly.

51359092846_e80531c31b_b.jpg41 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

As you can all see, the fuselage has not really advanced much - the forward seams near the intakes are unglued - hopefully allowing plenty wiggle room when fitting the intakes. I'm rather anxious about that phase of the build - I've seen so many different methods for assembly - anybody got an easy - Idiot/Quack-proof method that doesn't involve shed-loads of sanding??

I'd really appreciate input on that bit (even if there are several conflicting suggestions!)

 

Laster .....

I have an idea for making a representation of the fabric intake covers which are always seen on desert Tornados - it involves a paper template which will be covered with PVA soaked tissue - the crinkly kind, not bog-roll! Has anybody successfully made them, and if so could I please steal their idea ruthlessly? I've never found any reference to commercially available aftermarket items.

 

 

Lastest ....

Thanks for looking in again.

I'm open to suggestions advice and criticism as always.

 

Keep calm and mangle plastic.

Quack :dunce:

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Nice progress, keep 'em coming!

 

For making paper covers, I have heard good stories about this stuff:

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

 

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10 hours ago, Dr. Quack said:

I have an idea for making a representation of the fabric intake covers which are always seen on desert Tornados - it involves a paper template which will be covered with PVA soaked tissue - the crinkly kind, not bog-roll! Has anybody successfully made them, and if so could I please steal their idea ruthlessly? I've never found any reference to commercially available aftermarket items.

I used tissues soaked in CA glue, dries faster than PVA and gives a nice canvassy look:

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I used one large rectangular piece to cover up the 'ole, then added shaped strips to do round the edges.

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10 hours ago, Hook said:

Nice progress, keep 'em coming!

Thanks. And thanks for the link - looks interesting. I'll check it out.

 

10 hours ago, Alan P said:

I used tissues soaked in CA glue, dries faster than PVA and gives a nice canvassy look:

Thanks Alan - your covers are very convincing, and certainly enhance your excellent Tornado. What an eye-catching scheme!.

 

8 hours ago, mick said:

great work

Thanks Mick - appreciate it.

 

Q

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Chapter 6

 

In which Quack relives his (Mistakes of) Childhood

 

Mrs. Q peers suspiciously at her beloved.

"You mean you're posting on BM - again?? So soon? It's not even been a month!"

 

Quack nods.

"Yup - time to give them all another giggle, and show off my latest b@lls-up!  Pedal faster Dear, computer's running slow again."

 

Damn she still looks good in Lycra!

 

 

Yes indeed - another update - two within the same month!

Another update - It's only a little one .....(don't roll you eyes Dear, and keep pedalling!) so here we go.

 

Wings are on - milestone or what?! and the spine has been prepared - circular GPS (?) bump has been sanded off as it wasn't present during the Gulf conflict, and holes drilled to mark the position of the paired comms (VHF?) antennae.

51378429439_816eef9cc7_b.jpg42 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

Thinking about the notoriously awkward intake seams, and trying out various dry-fit options, I decided to fix the intake inner halves to the spine before attaching the spine to the fuselage. The idea is to prioritise a neat accurate seam on the highly visible top intake surfaces, probably to the detriment of the lower seams, where sanding and fettling will be less obvious. I'd like to preserve the fine detail on the top intake surfaces and avoid having to fill and sand it all away.

51377924678_3c436620fc_b.jpg43 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

Unfortunately, it's quite awkward to hold the parts in a good position, and the Tamiya Extra Thin managed to extend it's famous capillary action to include my finger - on the top of the intake I'd been trying to preserve! Just the sort of Numpty** error that I used to make when I was 7, and left gluey fingerprints all over my builds, especially the canopies.

51377924593_a8644ed010_b.jpg44 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr

 

 

Thankfully, on this occasion, it was fairly easy to sand out the damage, without losing too much detail. Still....... Talk about making life difficult for yourself!

Older and wiser Eh?

:hmmm:

 

................................................Nah!:fraidnot:

 

 

 

Next step will be to attach the spine - hopefully the various unglued sections (remember them from previous Posts?) will allow me to position the fuselage and intake parts together in small sections with a minimum of filling and sanding.

Think it'll work? :shutup:

 

 

Nah, me neither :sad:

 

 

That's your lot for today.

Keep calm and mangle plastic.

And try to remember ............. hobbies are supposed to be fun! :huh:

 

Q:dunce:

 

 

** Numpty - deliciously descriptive old Scots word meaning ............er ..............a Numpty!

 

ie Twit.

eg "What did you do that for you great numpty?!"

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1 hour ago, Hook said:

Is a numpty a bit like a Gumby..? 

 

Nice update!

 

1 hour ago, AliGauld said:

Nice work there Sir.

I would say that a Gumby had a tad more intelligence than a Numpty though. You have to have a brain for it to hurt.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

Gumby may be similar, though Alistair has nailed it! 

The term bears connotations of affectionate but clear disapproval, and lack of intelligence. Favourite word of my Grandmother when referring to me.

Barely more respectful than the T- shirt my kids gave me one Fathers Day showing a cartoon figure with Y fronts as headgear, captioned "pants-on-head retarded."

Kids huh?! 

The only reason I no longer wear it is because it has shrunk and no longer fits!

Q

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On 8/15/2021 at 2:23 AM, Dr. Quack said:

Wings are on

Depending on how you want to display your model, you may need to do some fettling to ensure they sweep forward the correct amount. I followed General Melchett's build tips on my GR.4A build and had to add a small amount to the inboard trailing edges as a result. It does look wrong otherwise...

 

I'm sure you can find my traumas and those of many others in this build forum!

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3 hours ago, Bell209 said:

Depending on how you want to display your model, you may need to do some fettling to ensure they sweep forward the correct amount. I followed General Melchett's build tips on my GR.4A build and had to add a small amount to the inboard trailing edges as a result. It does look wrong otherwise...

Thanks Rob - yes I'd seen the Great Man's work on the pinned build - after much deliberation, I decided to leave the wings as they are. I suppose it's a matter of deciding which wrong bits you can put up with, and which you can't.

It'll be displayed with wings swept forward so once it's done I may well regret this decision!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers

Q

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