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  1. Darren, your going to have to wind it in a bit bud, I’m only 6 months in, we have miles to go yet. I could have a breakdown and do something daft before then (like start an aircraft build) or I could just send it back to the loft. There is nowhere to go after awesome, so maybe you should drift back to; “not bad” or “Mmmmm that’s ok”. Maybe even copy my school teachers with the traditional “could do better” and “room for improvement” comments. Joking aside, I’m happy you still find it interesting. By New Year I predict it will mostly be painting & assembling which should Make it a bit more exciting.
  2. Back again having managed to get a long half day on the Corvette build. I continued with the reels that are part of the lifeboat sets. 2 per set and 2 sets so 4 in total. The only soldering on these is to put these 3 pieces together on the one side of each reel. Although fiddly and sometimes feeling short of a third hand they went together ok and so, there I was with a four pack. I was still working on the boats, using both the threaded cotton style seen in the next picture, and also the individual bent wire links as in the second photo. I have ramped up the fitting of the deck plates a little since my last visit as you can see here. Yesterday I wanted to get a little more etch primer on some of the small parts to help "bind" it all together. Ideally double sided tape would work best but I don't have any so I just used single sided masking tape with each end taped to the stick. Watch out that you have enough surface area contact between your part and the tape. Its most annoying when the air pressure of your spray gun blows the part off the masking tape! I also made a simple stand to hold the oars for painting. and last thing yesterday I threw some paint at it. That's where I am at right now, thanks for looking in and I will see you all next time. Regards Paul
  3. Toolmaker

    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Your work will make all the difference. For a time I didn’t realise why one kit would stand out from another. It was because the differences seen were numerous and very subtle. Your changes to date are a perfect example of that process. Good stuff Cant help on the feeling of loneliness, other than saying, the people viewing appreciate the time you have taken to post the pictures and the writing up on your methods and thoughts. At the moment you have double the ratio of comments to views as my current build which makes you a winner already 👍🏼Yay! Thanks Paul
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    HobbyBoss Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat Early VF-41, USS Ranger

    Nothing less than deserved, a stand-out, eye catching build that denies any visitor a casual scroll past. I’m sure it will look equally striking between the covers of a book.
  5. Cheers, there are four in total. The lead should look ok painted up and followed with a dark wash. You can get it in all sorts of sizes, I have used 0.5mm diameter.
  6. You certainly can my friend, it seems to be very good stuff....as they say Thank you for your enthusiasm, I'm happy that you like my work to-date. I am not in a position to model much these past 2 or 3 weeks as other priorities have taken the front seats. That said I have enjoyed the small amount I have done. If you lose a piece of etch, you just have to re-make it with styrene card as per below; fine diameter lead wire, not too hard to make it look like a hose reel I thought a few bits of soldered brass and it looks like this. Of course its still desperate to have the ends of the bearing shafts removed. Here is a better idea of scale Excessive peg love I think
  7. https://www.djparkins.com/product.php?productid=18190&cat=303&page=2 Thanks Andy. It looks like the lifeboats are only available in pairs. The Model Dockyard sell them individually but they currently show as out of stock. If you were doing a stand alone you would have to create a little piece of ships deck so you wouldn’t be wasting the lifting tackle and rope reels that come with it.
  8. I have come to realise that the way I am moving through this build is to reach about 80% done on each sub-assembly and then move to the next one. I thought it was that I was bored with the section I was on, but now realise its because I reach that twilight zone, when its a tricky decision whether to build more of the sub-assembly or get it attached to the main assembly. Observation over and having finally seen the temperature ease a little I was able to get back at it. I thought I might breeze through the lifeboats builds but no, it was business as usual. Nothing breezes" by on this build. This is the resin lifeboat as supplied. Nothing fancy here, but this was how I was keeping it level to work on. Unfortunately inexperience prevailed, having left it exactly as you see in the picture below for a couple of weeks and exposed to the sun, you can only imagine the shape it became. It took another week using near boiling water and formers to get it back into shape again. Oh the joys of modelling. Oars to be precise. and now soldered oars. When I can, I will use the soldering method of "tinning", whereby you put solder on the surfaces to be joined and then put the two halves together and apply heat until you reach the melting point of the solder. With the row-boat rudders I used two different melting point solders. I'll try to explain; there were 4 parts to soldered as a stack. You solder the inner 2 parts first using higher melt point solder which, for me, was 180 deg. Then you add the 2 outer pieces and solder those using 140 deg melting point solder. Using the lower melting point last means the earlier soldered joints don't fall apart when your doing the later ones. Same idea here Oars all done, so the ends were folded up Lots of fittings added to the row boats It was time to add the rope, perhaps someone can help me here with correct terminology, (the bit you hang on to if your in the water). Initially I thought to cut small formed bits of wire and add 10 separate pieces per side. It worked ok, but it is very time consuming and it is probably quite delicate to knocks. I have completed one side of the first lifeboat using that method but have now had a go at using thread. To be honest this way takes even longer as I have to glue each position then wait until it has dried before moving on to the next I will decide which is the winning method in the morning. On the plus side, this super glue has turned out trumps. A simple DIY store brand which is out-performing all the "model" brands by a country mile. Cheers for now Paul
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    1/32 1929 Orient Express Sleeping Car No.3533 LX

    Wow indeed, that is an impressive kit and an equally impressive review. My initial thoughts are that the 30+ roofing panels will be the crux of the matter. They will all need to be rolled accurately and consistently as any deviation in form will stand out. Definitely an interesting challenge. The availability of a 3D printed option for the roof would not come as a surprise.
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    'I'm not going first...

    That's funny, a great bit of modelling. As a cat owner I very much "get" the humour.
  11. I'm on an enforced modelling go slow at the moment, with only a few hours done recently . My hobby work takes place sat in front of a south facing bedroom window and the current heat wave (by UK standards) is preventing me from doing much. Not only is the room like a sauna but the direct sunlight is mocking me also, as cutting mats have buckled and a resin lifeboat has taken on a whole new shape without any human intervention. Thanks to all those looking in, I will have more for you to see soon. Regards Paul
  12. The box art is a nice start, so why not. I’ll keep an eye for your first moves on this. 👍🏼
  13. Toolmaker

    Warren's New HMS Rodney Adventure.

    Good luck with that Warren, I hope your experience doesn’t replicate mine. I contracted Salmonella in 96 whilst I was resting in Cyprus. In the end I think it was getting on for 2 years before the cramps and contractions ceased completely. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
  14. A smaller set this time. Its the hedgehog mortar system. I did a general straightening of the white metal bombs and cut out the etch parts. That makes a welcome change, there are just 18 rivets to pop through. All the bits folded and ready for solder and/or glue You know I don't like to go too many posts without showing some peg-love. Here they are helping with the alignment of some braces. The main constituent parts have been soldered and this is where it will sit on the deck. As an interlude I mixed up a small batch of etch primer and tried it through a new Badger airbrush that came with a .76mm nozzle. No issues, so a happy result for me and a worthwhile expense. Well the paint was there, it needed using so I carried on until the batch was used up. None of the major parts are as yet fastened in place although the 2 pounder tub is in a fixed position. I thought to add a little extra detail to the Hedgehog. Its still a wip and needs some tidying up. This is it from a more realistic distance. I am currently fashioning some toggle switches and dials for the control box. At the same time I have started looking at this next set on my list. I have 2 to build and you can see how each of them come in the package. I'll pop back when these are built and hopefully the Hedgehog will also be finished. Thanks Paul
  15. Toolmaker

    HMS Eskimo, Trumpeter 1:700 + Flyhawk P.E.

    Nice micro engineering Andy. Remember to breathe. It makes me nervous and I'm only watching you do it. Must be my memories of bits launching themselves out of my tweezers and heading into the patterned carpet.