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Merry Christmas people.

 

I'd like to add this, or rather, these:

 

211226a box 211226b bits and obitsu

 

There are two cruise missiles in the box. The one on the box-top is an X-55 and the one with the bulges, bottom right (= fuel tanks), is the X-55M. One needs to be in transport mode as there is only one set of wings and one engine in the box. There's a trolley, whose sprue I've missed in this photo, for the transport-mode one. The "Obitsu Body" thing is a base/holder for a doll-figure which I'll modify to be a stand/base for the missiles.

 

This was midnight last night as you see. I thought I'd assemble the airframe pieces and brass rod to engage with the base,

 

211226c airframe bits

 

, and then get to bed one-ish to be up bright and breezy, glue dry, to go for the superman option....

 

So, it took me till 3am to get the airframes sorted out and I woke up less-than-bright-and-breezy at 10am! The glue is very dry. I am now going for the 24 hours over three days, great escape, option.

 

These were my first comestibles:

 

211226d tablet treatment

 

Sore teeth. I must have taken these tabs about tooth-hurty in retrospect.

 

211226e X-55 stand holder

 

This is the X-55 half fuselage with the wings on and the tail drilled out to take the bit of brass. It's just tacked on with superglue here and then that was re-inforced with epoxy before assembling the missiles and engine pod.

 

Here they all are glued up and clamped at 3 o'clock in the bleeding morning.

 

211226f glue drying

 

Very late breakfast and tablet treatment:

 

211226g brunch

 

I do think I should be given more time, say a week, for being on tablet treatment, Enzo.

 

Good to go again now:

 

211226h restart

 

So that's 3 hours gone, albeit 14 hours in.

 

Alan

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Thanks chaps. I wouldn't be too sympathetic about the ailment: pulpitis. Entirely my own fault according to Mrs.Tura and a consequence of my continuing devotion to the Scottish diet. The tablets are antibiotics and painkillers and other that irn-bru and vodka being off the menu, I'm not feeling an particular pain.

 

I don't really have any progress pictures for you, as you'll see.

 

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Lunch: Mrs.Tura's excellent capon as a sandwich with excellent Sainsbury's mango chutney.

 

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Tea: Stuffing and ham, also by Mrs.T (and Sainsbury's).

 

Here's my stop point.

 

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I stopped at midnight, and had to have a couple of family hours earlier. So, I think I've got 13 hours tomorrow.

 

You could be forgiven for thinking that, other than sticking on the engine, I haven't done anything all day. However, I have spent an extremely tedious day getting rid of sink marks and seams.

 

20211227_002612

 

Bedtime. Night night.

 

20211227_005234

 

mañana, amigos,

 

Angus

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So, today so far has been quite christmas-ish because of an epiphany I just had.

 

I finally got all the seams done by 11.30 when parental duties kicked in.

 

211227e Restop

 

It then became clear that, because of a nasty attack of cava-induced lethargy on the part of Mrs.Tura, the parental duties were not going to kick back out again. As of now that remains the case.

 

I have been despairing of fitting in the remaining 11.5 hours today therefore...until...the epiphany: The blitzenbuild goes on tomorrow! Yippee! I have therefore kicked back to compose this before the next bit of parental taxi-ing.

 

211227f lunch or tea

 

Alta Rica, Cheese and onion on toast with Worcestershire and outstanding Polish confection.

 

Later...

 

Angus.

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Cheese on toast - magnificent! Had the same, but without the onion.

LUFC - you're Leeds and you know you are? 

Might see you in the Championship next year - KRO.

 

Good luck with the build.

 

 

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Jinxman, are you ill? Are you seriously suggesting that Leeds United might be relegated? In Bielsa we trust. As they say here in Yorkshire, "I may be wrong, but I highly doubt it." You're a lot more sound on the cheese on toast. 'right up there with Steak au Poivre and Tomato sandwich with chilli sauce.

 

So, the familial mucking about went on quite a while, to put it mildly.

 

211227g restart

 

Finally got restarted here (actually twenty minutes earlier and forgot to photograph,) and got the making of the missiles finished here:

 

211227h Missiles finished

 

The tailfins were a bit trying and they're going to need some filling to look OK. Here are the bits of the trolley:

 

211227i trolley bits

 

And here's the guts of it stuck together.

 

211228a Trolley mostly

 

So, I think that gives me 7 hours tomorrow, family allowing, obviously.

 

Night, night.

 

211228b night night

 

Alan

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Deary dear.

 

So much mucking about today, I won't be able to fit in the 7 available hours:

 

211228c final restart

 

This was restarting 6.5 hours before the shutters come down. 

 

Here are the missiles undercoated Gunze Mr.Surfacer 1500 and I couldn't resist a bit of my favourite paint: alclad II pale burnt metal, just to waste a bit more time, you understand.

 

211228d missiles undercoated and burnt metal

 

Back to the trolley,

 

211228e trolley progress

 

No time for cooking...while you certainly can turn bad-boy in 4 minutes, you can't get enough thin coats of white Mr.Surfacer 1500, to make an X-55 white, on in less than an hour and a half!

 

211228f tea and missiles white Mr.Surfacer

 

Axles on:

 

211228g More trolley progress.

 

See you in a bit. I don't know that I'm going to get many stencils on.

 

Alan

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I don't what it says about us modellers, but I have one of those Pot Noodles - given to me as a Christmas pressie by one of my daughters - good girl!

 

Good luck with the build.

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Thanks your jinxfulness. I sort of made it in that I sort-of got the X-55, the flying one done albeit minus decals but although I thought I'd posted just before midnight, I missed it. I have been here before and I imagine its because of lots of activity at that time. I'm not so cross as really neither of them is anything-like finished. The trolley needed a lot more furtling than I thought: it's been designed for the X-55, I think, and needed a lot of mucking about, by blitzbuild standards anyway, to fit the X-55M

 

Anyway. Thanks much Enzo for the Blitzenbuild which I have hugely enjoyed. See y'all in May.

 

211229a Finished-ish

 

Alan

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4 hours ago, Jinxman said:

I don't what it says about us modellers, but I have one of those Pot Noodles - given to me as a Christmas pressie by one of my daughters - good girl!

 

Good luck with the build.

 

It says we have great taste but probably less than great cardiovascular systems.

 

Alan

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