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  1. Not sure about that, any modelling has got to be easier than running a forum😉
  2. I'm not sure how this happened? Modelcollect T-72BA

    If it was me Duncan, I would do the clean up of tyres where they have been removed from the sprues and if your left with a few “divits don’t worry, in fact you can gouge out a few more as the rubber wheels would get a bit cut up in use. I would then put them on individual cocktail sticks (I assume they have a mounting hole at the back) and use a block of polystyrene to stand them in. Spray them with primer and then the base colour, mask the steel inner wheel (circular cutter needed) and paint the tyre with your chosen rubber colour. If you can’t mask it will be a steady hand needed instead. Gloss coat, weather, flat coat, fit. A couple of extra stages would be needed if you were chipping back to primer etc but it’s an individual thing. Which ever way you go about it, I would suggest you do the base colour and tyres individually prior to fitting. It’s much easier to paint the rubber tyres before fitting. enjoy Paul
  3. I'm not sure how this happened? Modelcollect T-72BA

    The detail on this kit is superb. A bit too small for me, but no less enjoyable to watch as you work your way through it.
  4. Here you can see that the moulded scuttles have been removed and that I have also scaled down the general plating effect. I have decided to go with adding the porthole glazing to the hull and then attach the brass work after. I believe that canopy glue would definitely work although it is quite expensive for the amount I shall need. I think this will be a good option; Mask the outside of the hull, pour some of this on the inside and wait until it dries...hopefully hard & clear. That "U" shape moulding in the previous picture is where the tie bars go which should firm up the hull. In reality the kit supplied parts are not strong enough and flex far too easily. That said its a simple job to reinforce them. Because of the size of the build, at this stage there is always something that can be done. If its an off day you can quite simply open one of the "extras" sets and do a little clean up; For me, some new clamps had arrived which I needed to progress, and also some missing solder gear had showed up. Surprising how much easier it is if you use flux. Afetr a few trial runs it was starting to look ok. Another aspect to get sorted before cracking on was the riveting. The etch parts have thousands (well it seems that way) of indications for rivets. They are marked on the reverse of the etch and you are supposed to punch them through from the rear side. I felt that consistency was going to be king and didn't want my rivet size dependant on the amount of alcohol, caffeine, Iron Bru or Weetabix consumed. Eventually I have decided on using an Eclipse automated hand punch. Using a simple calculation (my head) 3 clicks gives me a 3/4 inch rivet. Lastly, to bring this build up to date, is the hull keel. The kit part has a LARGE keel moulded on. I didn't think to photo it before I started but there are plenty of examples on-line. It measured around 6mm wide by 6mm to 8mm high for the full length of the hull. For the non decimal folks, that 1/4 inch x 1/4 to 5/32nds high. Unfortunately this keel needs to go and for reasons only known to me, I decided to do it by hand rather than using a dremel or the like. I scraped it away using some wood scrapers, but for the most part using a scalpel blade. So far it has taken me the best part of a relaxed day (today in fact). I still have more work to do but the bulk of the keel is now on the floor of my build room. Having done this removal, I do see I have reduced the integrity of the hull itself as you can see! The hull is now almost see-thru. I will put a batch of 2 pack epoxy inside the floor of the hull to make up. I still have lots of hours to do to get the hull finished, but then the build moves forward. However, having done the keel removal I still have the prospect of one more major plastic surgery session. I believe the stern of the vessel is incorrect shape wise if the ship is to have mine-sweeping capabilities. It will need to retain its overall length as moulded, but to be squared off at the back end. I'll have to think about that! In the meantime, thank you for taking the time to read this. Paul
  5. Hi peoples, This build definitely has the capacity to be a bit overwhelming, For a start the actual kit is BIG, so if your removing a seam or filing a gap, it not only takes much longer but any issues are so much more on show. Anyhow, I have (I think) made some progress over the past couple of weeks. To re-cap; The hull had been "tacked" together with a bit of traditional contact glue. I have cut and dressed all the individual etch parts from the Deck & Fittings set although none have been detailed, folded, soldered or fitted. Whilst waiting for various solders and fluxes to arrive, and ignoring the elephant in the room which is the hull, I had a dabble with the scuttles set. The idea is that you remove the moulded scuttles from the hull and add the three part etch replacement along with the supplied glazing. It all looked something like this. So these "eyebrows" have to be removed, and replaced with some of these. I have split the sheet to get access to them so I might better trim the attachment points using a scalpel I also decided now was a good time to tidy up the bench and treat myself to some new cutting mats. You will notice the acetate glazing on the lower porthole. A couple of pictures down you will see where these came from, cut using the trusty punch in the picture above. Here the acetate windows are all lined up, along with one of the porthole locking mechanisms which still needs the "wingnuts" folding up. The brass strip with the single hole in, is the template for drilling the hull so that it might receive these scuttle assemblies. A simple picture of the punched "glazing" So we now test the gluing (using white glue) of the 3 part assembly and whether it is viable to cut them from the fret after this operation. The result was not workable, so time for a re-think!!
  6. Tank Hunters (a pair off)

    Busy doing not very much on my "boat build", so whilst playing around with that I cropped a picture from this tank set that I liked enough to post here.
  7. Not really a WIP but slow progress towards a restored mojo

    Don’t know enough to say much, other than a big yes, I like seeing your ‘stuff’..... and that’s a technical term by the way.
  8. Various military vehicles

    Thanks for the effort taken to put all the pictures up. Consider my sentiment spread across all the picture posts you have recently done. ‘Your time, our benefit’ Cheers
  9. Hey gals and guys, welcome aboard for the Voyage Improbable. I haven’t jumped ship just yet, but rather I have spent the past week getting a better understanding of what’s needed on this little cruise. At the moment I am ordering, buying and experimenting. It’s nice to play with some brass but the real start point is getting the hull sorted. I have had a couple of goes at preparing the scuttles and after some failures have now got the route forward (insert nautical terms at your leisure). Also I have removed some hull detail, with a view to adding more enhanced stuff, lessened the plating overlaps where I believe not realistic and I have strengthened some integral steel work which facilitates the hull shape. Further I have accumaled or am waiting arrival of, some soldering gear, an assortment of fluxes, variable solders, longer reach clamps and an collection of etch primers which have their dna based in railway modelling. Fear not, I am keeping a basic photographed reference of all this dull but necessary ground work and will photo splash it on here in the next week or so. thank you for taking the time to read this Paul
  10. Is that some sort of southern response, as in “ello John, got a new motor” 😀
  11. Having vacated the heavy metal workshop of the Armour Section I have decided to re-locate here. I shall be doing best effort to build a Flower Class Corvette using the hull (and not much else) from the 1/72nd Revell kit and pairing that with the extensive etch, resin and white metal casting sets produced by D J Parkins. The only documented build I have seen of this combination was done about three years ago. It was done by Warren who has been prolific on here and I hope he shows up again soon as he will have the answers to many a question that will arise. It was seeing his build that drove me to buy the "Great Little Ships" etch sets. Not sure if I should thank him or curse him for giving me that inspiration. When I got them at that time I realised I did not have the knowledge or experience to consider starting the build. Now, a couple of years along I fancy the challenge. It wont be a quick build, I'm guessing between 1 and 2 years. Nor will the updates be as often as my recent builds on here as I need to do lots of research along the way. Its not so much researching the ship itself, but modelling skills. Much of this build demands soldering which I haven't done for forty plus years. Then there is the issue of painting techniques which I am yet to fully understand. The etch has wonderful fine detail in it (although you have to add the rivet detail yourself by punching from the rear side) which demands fine painting. So I will be looking into fine pigment etch primers, perhaps 2-pack etc. So for the past 10 days I have been working my way through the first set of etch which is the Deck & Fittings set, cutting etch from the frets and dressing the edges. It states on the label for this first set that the etched sheetage is 800mm x 280mm. For some idea of the detail to come, here are the parts that make up the engine room skylight Thanks for looking Paul
  12. Fine Molds 1/48 X-Wing 'Red 5'

    I’m liking that, puts a smile on my face.
  13. Corvette K-165 "Battleford" Paper model

    Very good from the first to the last, consistent quality right through to the presentation. I’ll be watching out for the next project.
  14. Tank Hunters (a pair off)

    Thank you folks, i’m leaving the armour for a while and off to another genre
  15. Tank Hunters (a pair off)

    Well it won’t be in this section, but that’s as sure as I can be at the moment. Either a ship or airframe,...or both.