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  1. Funny you spotted that Col. I only realised after that I had reversed the trend I normally follow, going the opposite way from distant to near. i believe it has something to do with the fact that just this week, and probably only when the “rear” deck is dropped in place, I have started to feel that it looks better in the flesh than in the pictures and it looks big & complex in the whole. However It feels too big to take a decent picture in the whole. Perhaps someone knows a photography trick that will improve my capabilities.
  2. Not quite my friend. Definitely some weeks still to go but getting confident that apart from whatever base it goes on, I will have it done in the 2 year window.
  3. I’m late to this party, but I think your decision is a wise one. I’d guess that ship borne float planes would have spent very little time on the sea and would have been cleaned immediately after recovery. A permanent mooring in salt water would be a different story, but is that a likely scenario. If permanently moored in fresh water the consideration is more about what material are the floats? Perhaps aluminium. If so the aluminium would likely have an oxidising skin which would then prevent the water from much of a reaction. So perhaps a bit of staining as you have shown and also maybe some of the fastners would have stained a little “brown” colouring. Looking on the web it’s not easy to find any pictures confirming any corrosion so as I initially wrote (a long winded paragraph ago) I think your right to keep it very low key. all that waffle aside, your build is gorgeous 👍🏼
  4. I moved the first of the life boats along just a bit; Regards Paul
  5. Thanks Darren, although necessity driving innovation sounds a bit grand for a bit of garden wire.
  6. Started having a bash at bringing the lifeboats up to date. Once I had found the bits I realised I still had a bit of brass work to complete. So got these assembled and painted. I also painted the actual boats and also the “duck boards”. As far as I know this is the only incorrect etch part I have found to-date. The gaps in the board should be much narrower and the boards much wider, probably the reverse of what you see here. Too late for me to worry about it but I shall be interested to see it the sets Kevin has bought have been corrected. My “cotton” grab lines have gone a little hairy with the paint. A friend advised to use pva on them prior to painting next time. In the second picture down you can see how it compares with my “wire” grab lines. This is the positioning of the lifeboats, one either side. I have added the supports to this side that the boat sits on. This is how they will be attached to the davits. For me the davits didn’t fit so I have had a go at making my own using covered garden wire. Handy for height adjustment just by trimming away some more plastic where it sits in the deck. I have roughed the surface and primed and as advised I am now waiting for a couple of days to make sure the paint is sound on the plastic coating. Six oars go in each boat and I thought to create the cord grip by whipping wire onto the oar handle. Tested here using 0.8mm brass rod and 0.1mm black copper wire it looks ok. I just need to get in a frame of mind when I think it’s worth doing this 12 times over 😂 All being well it should sit nicely like this. Cheers Paul
  7. Toolmaker

    Combat Magnum

    Very nicely done and it bought back some memories. My elder brother built the blunderbus and a couple of duelling pistols, probably sometime in the 60’s.
  8. I use it also Rich. I airbrush it straight out of the bottle. I also use it with a brush when I don’t feel it warrants the ab. This is the one;
  9. Thanks for the thumbs-up folks, nods of appreciation are reciprocated. Col, I would agree that model ships usually have a higher part count than other genres on a like for like basis. Lately of course we are seeing more armour kits being released with full interior detail and then there are those very talented individuals who will open all the panels on say a helicopter and scratch build every tiny detail. It’s a fab hobby, there is something for everybody. I have spotted a few things in that picture that are not covered by the kit and will be compelled to add......it’s a medical condition I have 😂 At some point perhaps a thread will be started where we can muse about how we have reached where we are in our “modelling” journey and how mindset and emotions can effect that. For some I’m sure modelling is a reflection of their life, but for others I suspect it’s the opposite, perhaps even an escape. As a subject that’s a thread that might run forever and could rapidly change direction for some people whilst just mildly varying for others. Certainly not something I would want to throw into the middle of a ship build topic. It’s hard enough building it without psycho analysing every step 😂😂 Have a nice day ya’all.
  10. No real world work for me today so I spent the day Corvette tinkering. Order of battle was; Fitting the Splinter Padding and the Bridge external lockers. Bridge weapon systems Bow railings First up, a picture I hadn’t seen until yesterday. Not only do I really like the picture but it also shows some good detail of the depth charges and surrounds; The splinter padding is made from white metal and they have had a basic paint coat. In these pictures they are tied to the railings using 0.28mm wire. I made up the brackets that are used to hook the lockers onto the railings. These lockers were sometimes hung at the front of the bridge. Another half day and I will feel it is finished as far as the rear of the bridge. Next up will be the life boats which are some way from completion so I expect another week or two before they are fully fitted. Thanks for watching, liking and commenting. Regards Paul
  11. You have my admiration, working your way through 17 pages could be seen as penance, particularly for an aircraft builder. I’m glad it turned out an enjoyable experience and I appreciate your very positive comments Cheers Paul
  12. Good advice, cheap as chips and do the job well, I’ve been using the same ones for the past year or so
  13. If the acetone and stiff bristled brush doesn’t work you might try to hide them with something. As it’s an air intake, maybe a narrow louvre vent from top to bottom wide enough to cover the glue mishap. You could put another symmetrical on the other side. Used in operation when more air is required.
  14. Held at 45 deg I find they make a good implement for scribing your plastic sheet prior to bending. Clamp a straight edge to the plastic and draw the saw towards you a number of times for the fold line. It also works for cutting right through.
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