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  1. Thank you, I really appreciate that. It’ll probably gather dust for a while and then on my demise be thrown in a skip when the kids clear the house.
  2. Well I may have guessed what you were building but I would never have figured just how far you could take it. Your imaginative scratch building is inspiring. Your have a very engaging mindset. Fab stuff all around.
  3. You better start organising the wake Darren. I got to the halfway point with the rigging today and I hope to complete the build in the coming week. After today the next photo run will be in ready for inspection. I know you said you’d be sorry to see it end but I’m sure I won’t be the only one to be glad to see it finished.
  4. Some minor work has been done since last time but it all seems a bit long winded. Getting at and into places is more difficult and I’m at that stage where I’m trying not to bang other bits with my cumbersome hands. I fastened on the “brackets” made to hide the kit fixing points on the life raft storage platforms. Seen here above the railings on the far side with the 2 pretend bolt heads. The near side one is viewed here. They have done a good job of masking the ugly gap in the plastic that was on view previously. I made a couple of other fixings with the 4 bolt heads. They might be a bit over scale at 72mm AF but I think they will blend in with a bit of weathering. The 2 pounder got its extra bits including sights and is now fixed in place. Likewise it will benefit from a touch of weathering in the tub. The mast is up and fixed although it still looks like a rendition of a birds nest. I got a couple of fasteners on and fastened the first two of the eight mast guy lines. Also got the first of two cross beam stays sorted; Like I said, the mast is up. The real rope ropes look ok when pulled more taught but it’s going to be a real challenge to get the 12 separate pieces locked in place on the bridge. This is hopefully going to help. It’s a confined space to be using tweezers etc. I have a feeling each rope will be 30 minutes of desperate work followed by 3 hours lying down in a dark room to recover. Once this mast stuff is done, it will just be a days weathering and the introduction of a few crew (to show scale). Till next time, thanks for stopping by. Regards to all Paul
  5. I am a member of the broad church when it comes to modelling, recognising and enjoying how it’s members come from all backgrounds with a full array of reasons for engaging. I see people who build things they are interested in and sometimes they will tackle the most awful kits that are quite a poor representations of their subject of interest, but it’s the love of the subject that drives them. In “extreme” cases and mostly in the aircraft genre some folk will build the same subject repeatedly. One of my modelling mates only builds aircraft. He’s not too fussed period wise as long as it’s late 30’s to modern day. I’m yet to find a subject I’m interested in enough to model it. If it followed my favourite reading matter it would be something from the Peninsular War. The whole modelling subject is way too broad for any specifics and also why modelling forums have different areas, areas which for some people are never breached. Like the universe, it’s too complex to understand, so I just embrace and enjoy. Personally I model for the challenge, it’s just the way I am. It can be a double edged sword when your pushing your limits but that is also part of the enjoyment (when it works). I don’t believe I model to show off skills rather than to use the skills I have been blessed with and have practised and improved. I wish I could play a musical instrument but every time I tried I was worse than rubbish at it, but I can wizz through a jigsaw of baked beans......you tell me! Much of my working life was spent passing on what I knew, my greatest success has been passing on knowledge and maybe this medium is allowing me to continue that. Like the Corvette build this paragraph is live, I’m thinking about your questions and my answers as I write and maybe my modelling pleasure is derived from sharing what I have figured out. This is starting to feel like a Modelling Anonymous meeting so I’ll move on; I’m going to have a go at 1/700 scale because of size. I want to try a ship diorama and it’s not easily managed in any other scale. The biggest issues will be my eyesight and the shakes. The plan is to do an ice breaker, to model the Lenin which I believe was the worlds first civil nuclear powered ship. I’ve not seen it used before but I’m going to try using sheet wax to represent the breaking ice. Don’t even know yet if wax will take paint. I want the build to be compact and sturdy enough to move around without the worry that bits will fall off and I don’t know that I will write up the experience as that adds a lot more effort. Time will tell. As always Andy, your input gets me thinking. That’s another good reason to build models, it stops you thinking too much. Have a great Wednesday ya’all.
  6. Isn’t it just the case that you have re-prioritised the finish by dates? 😂
  7. Cheers Darren, I’ve every hope for completing this before Christmas. It will be my first finished ship build but I’m having a few issues with the rigging at the moment. I’m trying to make the ropes have a realistic feel but I can clearly see why people usually resort to an elasticated thread of some sort. I’ll stick with it for now and hopefully win through. Once this is done and I will move on to finally doing the rigging on the Arizona and for that I will definitely use the elastic option. It’s the working in 1/72nd scale that makes me want to go the real rope route. Currently there is a big movement towards 1/700 scale in ships, arguing that the tiny nature of parts is the ultimate in demand on skills but I still think that the bigger scale skills are equally demanding in requiring more detail. It’s the same argument with any of the genres. Even so, my main build for next year is going to be a 1/700 scale floating thing where I will be trying out sheet wax to produce the effect I’m looking for.
  8. Just a couple of instructional pictures today; I use various types of wire for detailing models and most are available at fair prices from here https://www.wires.co.uk/ Copper wire is a good choice, it can be bought coloured, covered and also natural. It’s easy to work with when cutting or folding and is easily straightened by stretching. Unlike lead it holds its shape during handling and takes paint easily enough. The little rings I made were from .35mm painted copper, wrapped around a 1mm drill shank and then cut with a scalpel. You could upscale the whole process but you would have to cut them with snips as the wire diameter got larger. Once cut just flatten them on your cutting mat. Being copper, once you have attached your bits you can close using your fingers, tweezers or pliers depending on how big you have gone with the wire diameter. I made up a couple of imaginary fixings for fastening the main yard stays to the deck. The alternative is fasten them direct to, or through the deck, and I thought this would look better. It’s just a bit of styrene and some insulation. The look will be something like this, but looking at it now I think I will double up the wire going into the sheath and add a couple of small hex bolts to the upright tubing. I’ll have a look at that on Tuesday when I’m at it next. Till then, enjoy what’s left of the weekend. Paul
  9. I’m sure this thing has moved 500+ views in the last couple of days, so either I have suddenly become a Corvette internet sensation or loads of people have a glitch with their gps software and that is what has led them here. For the software failure, and for your time, I am truly sorry 😂
  10. Too kind mate, but I suspect it will eventually. That said you know that I do know how to milk it for all it’s worth, so it could be some time yet.
  11. It’s a personal decision, but I currently don’t expect to buy a 3D printer nor 3D printed detail. I would probably be quite productive if I had one as I have used CAD software extensively but for me it would seem too much like work rather than a hobby. I did a bit more knitting this afternoon by first producing a few 1mm ringlets; These were to enable the securing of the main yard braces (horizontal wooden bit, guy lines at the ends) I was working to written instructions although I’ve seen better writing on a doctors prescription. FSWR stands for flexible steel wire rope incase your interested. The blue tape indicates the approximate position that the ropes will be tied off on the bridge, so seriously over length at the moment. I didn’t have any white hemp so I have painted some brown stuff.
  12. Belatedly I stumbled across this and it reminded me of something similar I have for reproducing wood grain. That said, I have had a few goes at artistic woodwork and still not given them a try out.
  13. I suspect you could finish one for each of us in that time
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