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  1. Cheers Darren, looking forward to it
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    St Gabriel Master Korabel 1:72 Scale

    Block filling at the Bow has been around for a while, quite a number of kits do provide the material to do this. I have read a lot of build logs where the entire Hull has been filled. It does make planking easier because the plank follows the exact shape of the Hull, whereas with out the blocks the planking can follow it's own path so to speak. It's all down to how the builder wants to do things. This kit is designed for first time builders and trying to get very thin planking to follow the Hull around tight bends would be difficault. Cheers Andy
  3. I don't know if anyone else is going to have a go at building "a weekend in a weekend" but I will be attempting to build this in 2 days over Christmas, Cheers Andy
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    St Gabriel Master Korabel 1:72 Scale

    Hi Paul, I am going to fill in the gaps but not sure what I'll use yet. M.K. suggest using the wood that the Bulkheads were cut from but it's a little bit hard, I could use Balsa which I have a couple of sheets of, or maybe some spare planking strips. I'm going to stick the Hull planks on with contact adhesive so I don't need to worry about having a "hard" surface to put pins into.
  5. The Racks look really good Paul. I like the simplicity of the design, a Matelot pulls a lever and a Charge rolls down and over the Stern. Nowadays there'd be a fancy box of electronics that cost millions to design and build, and breaks down after 5 minutes when exposed to the sea air 😀
  6. Very nice. A 747 being used for shorthaul flights, I can see one in Easyjet colours, mind you British Airways did use a 747 between London and Belfast at Christmas a number of years ago, a route that is always extremely busy in the run up to the festive holidays, Cheers Andy
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    St Gabriel Master Korabel 1:72 Scale

    There will be a few small gaps at the Bow and Stern but the instructions advise you to fit scrap pieces of plywood into the gaps to leave a solid Hull. The second layer of planking is very thin so I want the maximum amount of contact at the Bow and Stern because it has quite a tight bend on it. Cheers Andy
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    St Gabriel Master Korabel 1:72 Scale

    This kit was about £130, I got it from Master Korobel's European dealer in Germany. You can get it for about £90 on Ebay from Russia but I'm not sure how much Import Tax you'd have to pay and you wouldn't get the English instructions. The Lifeboat I build was again from Russia via Ebay and cost about £15 but no Import Tax which only applies to things above about £20. The Bon Retour that I built last year was £60 but the quality of the wood and instructions were not as good as kit. It may sound expensive but when you consider the time required to build this it works out good value, it's going to take longer than a weekend to build that's for sure. Cheers Andy
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    Airfix 1/72 Mig-15 (a82011)

    That looks really good, the rust looks about right and I like the display base as well, Cheers Andy
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    St Gabriel Master Korabel 1:72 Scale

    The next step is to fit the 2 front and 2 rear Bulkheads. Theses needed a little bit of work with a needle file to get them to fit, this is where the slight angle left by the laser causes problems, but they soon slotted into place. The instructions tell you which way round to fit these Bulkheads and once happy with the fit I glued them into place. I left this overnight and then made a start on the Bow and Stern extensions. The 4 Bow left side horizontal extension pieces were removed and again using a needle file they were gradually adjusted until they fitted into place. I used one of the vertical extensions to get everything lined up. When I went to glue the first of the horizontal pieces in I discovered that with the glue it made the fit very tight, this can cause some distortion so I decided to dry fit the extension pieces and then used diluted wood glue on all the joins Cheers Andy
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    St Gabriel Master Korabel 1:72 Scale

    They're Lee Boards, on boats that have shallow flat hulls like this which are designed to sail in shallow waters they can be dropped and act as an extended Keel to stop the boat slipping side ways when under sail. Dutch boats as well as Thames Barges and Norfolk Wherries also have them. This is a typical Dutch style boat with it's rounded Bow and Lee Boards. Cheers Andy
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    HMS Eskimo, Trumpeter 1:700 + Flyhawk P.E.

    I have now started building up the rear Superstructure. The plastic parts again needed some work on them to remove various pieces before they were glued together. I painted the Deck and then started adding the numerous Photoetched parts. The Gun in the last picture is only dry fitted so I can work out where to fit it's Ammunition Lockers. Cheers Andy
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    Steam train restoration yard

    You are making good progress Ken, I've made a few of these card buildings in the past and they turn out really well. You could try looking at a railway modelling forum regarding the weathering, I know they suggest felt tip pens to colour the edges of the card and to put black paper on all the joins if you want to fit lights in the buildings, Cheers Andy
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    #8 for 2018 1/48 Tamiya P-47 Razorback 334FS 4Th FG

    That looks really good, I like the paintwork, Cheers Andy
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    Tamiya king George v

    It is looking really good Ken, you are certainly getting to grips with the Photoetch. Shame about the damage but with so much detail I'm sure no one will see anything missing, they'll just see a great looking ship. Cheers Andy