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  1. Sounds like you're in the same boat as myself Mark, mentally going downhill caused by several lumps of badly fitting plastic. Not so much a Group Build more a Group Breakdown. Keep going Mark even if it needs bucket loads of filler, you'll feel good about when it appears in the Gallery.
  2. Thanks for the encouragement chaps, it's been really cold here all week, normally I don't mind the cold but I can't get any heat into me at the moment which is starting to get to me, so I'm a bit negative about things. The Footwell and Prop Shaft Tunnel were glued together and then the front supports fitted. You can see from the photo below how warped the parts are. After painting, this was then fitted to the Chassis. The Exhaust Manifold was then fitted and painted aluminium. The Carbs and Inlet Manifold needed a lot of cleaning up before being fitted, they have also been painted aluminium and I just need to do the Air Filters a light grren. 2 decals were added to the Rocker Cover, they must have been printed in 1958 as well, they took ages to soak before they would slide off the backing. Cheers Andy
  3. I left the Viscount for a week or so to allow the paint to dry and then masked off the top of the Fuselage and the Tail/Rudder using Tamiya masking tape. I was just about to start painting the aircraft when I realised I hadn't fitted the Under Carriage Doors. The main Doors are 1 piece and fit inboard but the Nose Door is supplied in 1 piece but needs to be cut in half lengthways. Using my 6" metal rule for a straight edge I made numerous light cuts with a sharp scalpel,, it was ok I did have Adult supervision whilst using a sharp knife. 😀 The Doors were then glued in place. The aircraft has to be painted natural metal, now different types of metals have different colours or shades, though mostly grey coloured. There was a discussion in someone else's build about shades of grey, now my surname is Gray and depending on the weather, time of year and if I have been embarassed or not I can go more than 50 shades of grey. I have a can of Tamiya TS gloss aluminium that was unopened so I thought ideal, aluminium is a metal that will do. I really like using Tamiya TS sprays, they give a great finish and are easy to use. I gave the whole aircraft 2 coats and I am really pleased with the finish. I'll remove the masking tape and then leave it for another week to fully harden. Cheers Andy
  4. The main body is in 4 parts, each side, the front and back ends. Another problem with this kit is that a lot of the parts are warped, the Chassis being one and the front end being another. I started by glueing the front and rear end parts to a side piece and leaving it to dry for a couple of hours. The other side was then added, now that it is all dry it doesn't seem to be too badly warped but there are several join lines that will need looking at. I then discovered that there is another moulding that needs to be fitted to the front, this had a lot of flash and it took some time to get it to fit. The more I build this kit the more I understand why it was put back in it's box, a lot of the parts have flash, are warped and the fit is not too good. At the moment I am rerally tempted to just stick all the parts together, chuck on some paint and then hide it at the very back of the display cabinet behind something a lot bigger, TBH I don't have the patience for it at the moment. Another example of a part, the Footwell/Prop shaft tunnel.
  5. Well done Darren, looks good
  6. I've had a nice quiet, busy modelling day today. My Daughter and Wife have gone to London for a few days, my Daughter has a couple of University interviews, so after dumping, sorry dropping them off at the airport I have had all day to watch what I want on the tele, sit in front of a nice fire and get on with this car. The next stage of the instructions get you to fit the Prop Shaft, Exhaust Manifolds and Carbs, I tried dry fitting them and the fit is not great so I will leave fitting them until the Engine is in the Chassis. It therefore seemed logical to make up the Chassis. The first job is to fit the rear Drive Shaft and Diff. Again the fitting is a bit iffy so I dry fitted the side inner Body to help me get the rear Axle in the correct place. Once I was happy with the location I glued the rear Axle in place and then fitted the top half of said Axle. The front Suspension unit needed a lot of cleaning up, a lot of flash and mould mismatch. The 2 Seats are in 2 parts, all needed cleaning up before they were glued in place, again the placement is a bit vague. The colour scheme of this car is beige with red trim, I couldn't find any beige paint so I looked at colour schemes on the outernet and found a red car with black trim that looked rather nice, so that's the one I am doing. The Chassis and inside of the car were painted black, the Engine is only dry fitted. Cheers Andy
  7. I wasn't going to take part in this Group Build, I've not been feeling too good lately and I fancied building something straight forward. I had been sorting stuff out in the Garage and discovered this kit. I got it many years ago and made a start but then lost interest in it. I'm going to have a go at finishing it. It's a limited edition re-release of an old kit and to be honest there is a fair bit of flash and seam lines. I'd made a start on the Engine and partly painted it. As you can see not a perfect fit. I made a start this morning by cleaning up the join lines and then painting the whole Engine a lighter coloured green. Whilst this was drying I turned my attention to the Bonnet and having cleaned up the Bonnet and Hinge, glued them together. Cheers Andy
  8. That's really good Mark, the B&W pictures are very effective.
  9. I would really like to build a Wasp Helicopter, I used to go to the Navy Days at Chatham Dockyard in the 1970's and there were always Westland Wasps buzzing about. I know you can convert the Scout into a Wasp but it's not something I can even think about doing.
  10. A small update on this build. I gave the aircraft a coating with Halford's Plastic Primer and was pleased that all the gaps had finally disappeared. Due to the cold damp weather here I left the aircraft for a couple of weeks before spraying Halford's Renault gloss white onto the top of the Fuselage. Why Renault white I hear you ask, well the first aircraft that was delivered to BMI, when they went to spray the white at the factory it was discovered that they had run out of white paint and it would take a couple of days for replacement paint to be delivered from Sunderland where the paint was made. The Foreman at the factory had a white Renault and just happened to have a couple of spray cans of white paint that he had been using to cover over some rust spots, so they used that. 😀 I'll leave this for another week and then mask the top and then spray the Wings, lower Fuselage and underneath bare metal. Cheers Andy
  11. These arrived this week, my prizes in Richard's (RWG686) little competition. There is a Vampire and Scout in the UAS museum so I will try to build these as those 2 aircraft, and Gazelles used to spend a lot of time hovering over Belfast so I got to see quite a bit of them in the air. Many thanks to Richard for sending me these aircraft.
  12. You are making good progress Ken.
  13. You've served up a nice looking model Duncan, despite it being a scramble to finish when time seems to fry past giving you a boiled head, that poached from your stock kit looks good.
  14. looks good Mish. I have just read Michael Palin's book about HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, all about their voyages in the Antarctic and Arctic. It's a interesting read if you can get a copy and has plenty of detail on both ships.
  15. Nice one Andrew. It's always good to see something different, especially when it's built so well.
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