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Cold War Entropy - The Fall of the Iron Curtain


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22 minutes ago, The Spadgent said:

I was actually going to say that the bulges looked a little odd  and the mortar in the pics looked more indented. You seem to have come to the same conclusion.  This looks loads better. 🙌🙌🙌

 

Thankyou that's very kind of you.

 

I've put alot of effort and slowed down and have been takingy time more.

 

I've drilled out the holes for the ground anchor for the door and cut the thick wire connecting the door and the ground anchor. I've added another short section of the metal wire to make the door sit up a little.

 

I'm pleased with how this looks but will allow some time before cracking on with further painting as I still have the models to make yet!

 

I've also made a Sanger out of clay to sit atop the HAS.  I let it dry for an hour or so and then used a clay modeling tool to open up and round off the scrapes I had made with a little water to stop it sticking, then another hour or so drying and then a wet brush in the joints to round things off to look like sandbags.

 

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I'd say that HAS looks like something some Ivan Denisovich mortared together, nice job. 

 

Those doors are great and it all looks like it's coming together really well.

 

Out of curiosity is that a 12 inch / 30cm ruler on the left? Just to get a sense of the size of it!

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3 minutes ago, R T Fishall said:

Out of curiosity is that a 12 inch / 30cm ruler on the left? Just to get a sense of the size of it!

 

It's a 20cm ruler 🤓

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6 minutes ago, R T Fishall said:

I'd say that HAS looks like something some Ivan Denisovich mortared together, nice job. 

 

Thanks that very kind of you 👍

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13 hours ago, Trevor L said:

That's looking great. The overall build is impressive, and now some nice details are being added.

 

10 hours ago, R T Fishall said:

I'd say that HAS looks like something some Ivan Denisovich mortared together, nice job. 

 

 

1 hour ago, Marklo said:

Have to admit it does look much better. Great build I love how you’ve got stick into the whole entropy thing.

 

Thanks for everyone's kind comments, I've been working hard on this one 🤓

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Whilst I let the base and what I need to tinker with next sit to one side as my grey cells muse over next steps rather than rush to a finish I have started the Mil Mi-2.....

 

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The kit is very basic and comes with surprisingly few parts and appears to have missed quiet a bit of detail that I have attempted to add.

 

A few areas where the fuselage has depressions that I've had to fill.

 

The seats comprised of a car / sofa type effort that looked nothing close to what my photos show and no other seats in the rear, so I scratch built a set of seats by glueing plasticard together and sanding it all down to shape and then glueing various bits together.

 

I've cut out a flat sheet to fit the seats onto as there was nothing else inside 🤪

 

The fuselage isn't glued yet just clicked into place with the rather clunky attachments segments that after glueing together will have to be removed as the one of the top and two underneath are ugly and aren't on the real thing.

 

Not sure how to deal with the windows as the clear plastic is extremely thick - at least 3mm! And are not recessed into the fuselage gaps but sit behind which is a real bugger to add tape to mask it out..... I'll let my grey cells ponder that one. 🤓

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4 hours ago, Bill1974 said:

 

Not sure how to deal with the windows as the clear plastic is extremely thick - at least 3mm!

I’d suggest some possible approaches, you might just get away with microsol Kristal Klear for the glazing. It’s a pva type solution that you fill in the window with and it dries clear and surface tension makes it flat.

 

The more difficult alternative would be to use the kit parts to crash mold replacements.


Third up would be to use the kit to make a buck by filling it with milliput or polymer clay then plunge or vacform a mold.

 

Finsl suggestion using micromesh sand down the kit part then polish it back to clear. I’ve never actually succeeded with this method.

 

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This is diorama construction on a grand scale 🤩

Excellent work Bill. 

Regards thick transparencies, I've managed reasonable results in thinning and repolishing. Certainly to a condition that is more than suitable for old retired airframes etc. 

Some of the old kits have heavily dimpled windows and I've rubbed them back to flat, maybe starting on a 240 grit for the hard work and then getting finer. 

I also use some interesting manicure foam blocks like this,... 

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Now girls don't actually talk in terms of grit density - you're looking for terms like File, Buff, Shape and Polish. 

Very good though for surfacing flat transparencies on. 

Here's an example, the passenger doors from the ancient Airfix DHC Beaver kit, 

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The one on the right has had the big interior flange removed and sanded right back until it's a flush fit in the door frame. And polished and buffed up, to my satisfaction at least. 

Sounds like there's nothing much to loose by giving it a go with the Mistercraft parts. 

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1 hour ago, rob Lyttle said:

his is diorama construction on a grand scale 🤩

 

Thanks Rob, I've been so inspired by others entropy builds and can't help myself with wide eyed dreams, bigger and better, more.... MORE.... MOOOORE! 🤓

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9 hours ago, rob Lyttle said:

The thing is, can we ever go back to "normal" modelling, or are we now destined to build decrepiid wreckage evermore ⁉️⁉️🤭😃

I think you know the answer to that!

 

And you seem to know an awful lot about nail files. I know, it's all the rage :whistle:

 

@Bill1974 Your HAS wall has absolutely improved and it looks very much spot on I'd say!

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47 minutes ago, JeroenS said:

you seem to know an awful lot about nail files. I know, it's all the rage :whistle:

Ahem, between buffing up ads, fine brushes and even airbrush’s it’s a great source of modelling tools.

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18 minutes ago, rob Lyttle said:

I'm going to enter the "Two Daughters" defence. 

I mean, who HASN'T got a little box of sparkly sequins in the spares box?

 

I'm with you on that one!  My two girls are crafting crazy and we've made coffee tins into pencil cases and keepsake tins, made cards and tons of other stuff.

 

I have a box full of sequins, buttons,  glitter, coloured and patterned card and paper, many ink stamps of Paddington and hearts and tiny puppies and other cute animals and characters as well as many forms of stickers from the pound shop and many other sparkly bright and girly bits and bobs.

 

My flat goes from 'man tidy' to 'bombs hit it' when my kids come over and we do some crafting with bits of paper or card and glitter and stuff covering the floor....

 

If only military aircraft and armoured vehicles were 'pimped' into something like "girls und panzer" then all that stuff would have some real uses!

 

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🤪🤣🤣🤣

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I've dug out some 1mm thick clear perspex that I bought ages ago to make glass screens and clear bulletproof shields on tanks and such.

 

I've have successfully cut and sanded a new window for the mil mi 2.

 

I'm going to go round and cut and sand the rest of the windows.

 

Not sure how I will handle the front windscreen and lower vision panels as they are curved, I may try and leave a small section of the perspex in hot water and see if I can deform it to suit.

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8 hours ago, Bill1974 said:

If only military aircraft and armoured vehicles were 'pimped' into something like "girls und panzer" then all that stuff would have some real uses!

I think I remember seeing Girls und Panzer boxings of 1:35 armour kits in Japan, so if you want to go that way...

 

Or there was that T34 somewhere in London that kept being decorated by various artists, I'm sure stickers and glitter wouldn't have looked out of place on it and it's a real world prototype of sorts!

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I have cut and sanded the windows....

 

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I tried to heat it in hot water, then in tin foil on the stove and bend the perspex and all it did was ever so slightly bend, then break.

 

So I cut up the front one piece of clear plastic and sanded it to shape then cut bits out of it to make the front windshield all broken.

 

And you can see in the first picture the really detailed instructions..... 🤣

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I've been painting the insides, a light blue interior with orangey red seats and have mixed a nice turquoise for the instrument panel.

 

I've fashioned a height lever jobby and a stick and footpedals and made a cardboard rear panel. The internal bits for this kit were a sofa like seat for some reason (straight in the spares box)

 

I've finished making the windows and have hacked away at some of them as being smashed and broken.

 

Had a hard time trying to make the access rungs that sit underneath the front doors from plastic but threw them out as they failed QA, and made a 0.6mm wire version glueing it together with super glue, the sooner I get round to spending a fortune on the superglue accelerator that I'll only use once in a blue moon the better as far as fixing metal parts together, I seem to get more of the superglue on me and anything I touch rather that the bits I want to fix together 🤪

 

I've also sanded the rotor blades as they were crude affairs with very little detail, I've also extended the shank on the central rotor hobby and will add some badly needed detail to the top where all the usual gearing stuff is as it had none and looked naff.

 

I need to buy a very tiny saw of some kind to cut the perspex. I had a hell of a time trying to cut it with a scalpel which went blunt very quickly, does anyone have any suggestions of a wee baby saw?

 

Photos to follow.... 🤓

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1 hour ago, Bill1974 said:

I need to buy a very tiny saw of some kind to cut the perspex. I had a hell of a time trying to cut it with a scalpel which went blunt very quickly, does anyone have any suggestions of a wee baby saw?

I use Tamiya's craft saw, out of their craft tools series. I like it. It's item number 74111. 

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I've painted and glued things to the interior....

 

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I don't suppose you will really see this stuff after its weathered and such, and it's only the bare essentials that will catch the occasional peak of the eye.

 

The areas that I've filled with tape are the windows that are broken and not all there and I couldn't see a way of getting them in place and taping and protecting the inside when airbrushing.

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