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  1. Cheers Darren, I don't like painting models and I don't have an Airbrush, so I can't get an even finish on large ares of colour especially white so that's why I am using spray cans but it is taking a bit of time to get the coverage right, Cheers Andy
  2. Bon Retour 1/25 scale Artesania Latina

    Thank you both kind Sirs, Darren, I enjoy the rigging, I can sit with it on a lap tray either out in the Conservatory or the garden and relax, Cheers Andy
  3. Me262 A-1a, Komamando Nowotny-Poilot, Major Walter Nowotny

    A great looking aircraft Peter.
  4. Bon Retour 1/25 scale Artesania Latina

    The Bowsprit attaches to a post on the Fore Deck, this was made from 4mm square Walnut, glued and pinned to the Fore Deck. The Bowsprit was then glued in place and a fastening pin put through the Bowsprit into the post. A piece of 2mm wide Brass strip was then rolled round the Bowsprit and fastened to the Stem. With just the Mast to fit I have now completed the Hull and Deck so I decided to glue the boat to the stand that is supplied in the kit. The 2 pillars were glued and pinned to the stand's base and once dry the Hull was glued and pinned. The Hull and stand will now get a coat of satin varnish. There are 1 double and 2 single blocks that need to be fitted to the Mast. It is a lot easier to fit these when the Mast is laid flat on a workbench. I cut 3 lengths of the small diameter rigging cord and using PVA glued the cord round 3 sides of each block. I next used some white sewing thread "borrowed" from the household sewing basket to tie the 2 loose ends as close to the block as I could, and sealed it with a touch of PVA. One of the rigging cord loose end was threaded through the Eyepin in the Mast and white sewing thread used to tie it off so that it looks like the block is seized to the Mast. I use PVA to seal all the knots because C.A. can make the thread brittle and likely to snap. Hopefully the picture will show you what I have been trying (badly) to explain. Cheers Andy
  5. The two Fuselage halves actually fitted together rather well, just a small gap at the front of the Cockpit which I filled with some C.A. gel and smoothed down. I dry fitted the upper and lower Wings and found that they will fit to the Fuselage without any work needed, in fact I am impressed with the fit of all the parts, not like Airfix kits of old. I have decided to use the colour scheme on the box which means having one lower Wing painted white the other black, with the rest of the underneath painted silver. I have not seen this colour scheme before but I am assuming it's correct, I'm more used to the underneath being light blue or light grey. Seeing as I am using spray paints for the white, black and siver I thought it would be easier to mask and spray the lower Wings before fitting them to the Fuselage. I started with Halford's white plastic primer and then used Halford's appliance white on the correct side, as well as doing the Under Carriage legs as well. I then sprayed the lower side of the 2 rear wings using a chrome silver spray I got from B&Q. This has come out very shiny but once the decals are fitted I'll matt it down. I left the main Wings a week to dry and then masked off one side and sprayed the other side with a matt black spray that I also got from B&Q. I'll leave this for another week and then fit the wings to the Fuselage, Cheers Andy
  6. Bon Retour 1/25 scale Artesania Latina

    You'll need a couple of files, a half round file and a flat file, some small drills, 0.7mm up to 2mm, I use a Pin Vise to hand drill holes, sanding pads, and C.A. gel. What make is the kit? I'll PM you with a Ship Modelling website that I am a member of, it will give you loads of hints and tips, Cheers Andy
  7. Thanks Col, I am in 2 minds regarding the Canopy, I have dry fitted it and it is difficult to see through it. I've had a search on the Outernet and couldn't find a replacement Canopy and once this is finished it will sit in my Display Cabinet and no one will see it, well no one who is interested in the models I build that is. Cheers Andy
  8. Bon Retour 1/25 scale Artesania Latina

    Thanks Skwonk, the only thing I ever get from charity shops are Jigsaw Puzzles and I've been banned from getting any more, I never see any model kits. Give me a shout when you decide to start and I'll try to help, Cheers Andy
  9. Thanks Darren. I did try taping the Fuselage sides together and dry fitting the Cockpit, but I knocked one of the Rudder Pedals off. Thanks for the advice though, Cheers Andy
  10. Excellent work Paul, some great problem solving. It should be Funnel and Fluff not Flannel and Fluff, Cheers Andy
  11. The Cockpit seems to fit really well Darren, Cheers Andy
  12. The pilot looks good enough to me Gareth, far better than I could do, Cheers Andy
  13. I have continued with the port side of the Cockpit area and fitted the plastic bottles and then painted them silver. I then turned my attention to the starboard side and fitted the various P.E. pieces. I first of all cut out the P.E. part using a scalpel with my finger over the top of the part to stop it flying off. I then hold it in a pair of tweezers and file off any rough edges using a fine needle file. Using a cocktail stick I then put a touch of C.A gel on the place where the P.E. is to go, put a touch of PVA on the point of another cocktail stick and use it to lift the P.E. part and place in position, wait a few seconds for the C.A gel to dry, remove the cocktail stick leaving the P.E. part in place and then clean off the PVA. The plastic Control Stick needed a little bit of flash removing from the base and then it was glued in place and painted. I have now reached the part I hate doing whilst building aircraft and that is fitting the Seat area to the Fuselage halves. I don't build very many aircraft and I always struggle to get everything lined up. I glued the Seat and Instrument Panel together and then glued them to one side of the Fuselage. I dry fitted the other Fuselage side to hold the Seat/I.P. in place. I left this for a few hours and then glued the both Fuselages together and clamped the whole thing. I'll leave it overnight before I remove the clamps. The P.E sheet also contains parts for the Radiator that goes under the Wings. I removed the plastic flap at the rear end and folded the P.E. replacement. The 2 P.E. Radiator grills were slightly too big so I cut them down and glued them in place. Cheers Andy
  14. Revells 1/72 Hermann marwede

    Interesting idea Ken. You could use it to "time travel" and rescue sailors from your sinking Wasa behind it Cheers Andy
  15. Spitfire XII

    A great looking Spitfire Len, Cheers Andy