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  1. Gorby

    Ww1 group build anyone?

    I've been having a play with the Usci Van whatsit stuff and I've come to the conclusion that I'm the wrong scale. Either that or I should have added the micro fingers and the eyes of an eagle to my Black Mike order. It's like doing the weeding with a JCB, whilst looking through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars. I've been trying to get the line through a 0.5mm brass tube and to be honest, I think it would be easier for me to fit a camel in a phone box. At times like this, I need to remember what I was told when I was a kid, “If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try doing something easier”. I think that's what they said, to be honest, I wasn't listening.
  2. Gorby

    Ww1 group build anyone?

    This is a very nice build. and the WNW instructions show blue grey.
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    Ww1 group build anyone?

    The instructions with mine show the interior as wood brown, but virtually all the WNW builds I've Googleified are a bluey grey colour with just a wooden floor, so I'm VERY tempted to assume that WNW knows better than Eduard. If historical accuracy is easier, I'm fully prepared to bite the bullet and be a rivet counter for once.
  4. Gorby

    Ww1 group build anyone?

    Thanks Duncan ( @BlackMike Models) the riggy stuff arrived today, so that's something else to play with. Mind you, there was a unsettling note enclosed: No pressure then.
  5. Gorby

    Ww1 group build anyone?

    Yes, replicating wood-grain is something I struggle with as well and I'm much too tight to opt for the decals, so this has been something I've been experimenting with – not particularly successfully so far. I'm too impatient to wait for oil paint to dry (it takes even more than five minutes! ) so I've using acrylic, with so-so results. It seems that the most obvious woody area on the Roland is the prop, but I've been doing some other experiments with that, in fact I'm too busy playing for the build to start. Even if I make a complete dogs dinner of this one, hopefully I think I'm going to learn a lot from it. It might even give me the confidence to start that Swordfish that's been nagging at me from the stash.
  6. It really was a horror that nearly killed my mojo stone dead. You should consider the missing part of yours, to be more of a blessing. I would do about half an hours work on it and then get peed off and stop for the day. The next day I would think 'It can't be that bad', but after another half an hour work, I would realise that it most definitely was. If you have the Gaspatch one I'd have the Revel one put down, none of this painless stuff either – it needs to suffer.
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    Lancaster"dambusters" Revell 1:72

    Some seriously excellent modelling on this one Martin. Very impressive work.
  8. Gorby

    Ww1 group build anyone?

    You don't like to make things easy for yourself do you.
  9. Gorby

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

    Staggering detail in this build! 1/44 is too small for me, which make this all the more remarkable. You must have the patience of a saint to cope with all that tiny PE.
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    Future of modelling?

    Good question Martin. I've been thinking about this on and off since I went to the Telford show a couple of months ago. It was the first big model show I'd attended for a very, very long time and the age range (or lack of) was very noticeable – mostly old gits like me. As you know, vast numbers of kids modelled in the 1960's, 70's and 80's and, I wouldn't mind guessing that the majority of members on here, the other place, in fact most modelling sites, were modellers at that time. Perhaps it's a regaining the happiness of childhood thing. My step kids were born in the 90's, my step-daughter was, and still is into making crafty stuff but not model kits (although her, her boyfriend and her friends think my models look 'coooool'). My step-son was in to 'Warhammer' stuff for a few years until he discovered this multi-player online gaming malarkey, then everything other interest was ditched. I wonder if he will return to war gaming later in life? So if the the hobby is booming now due to the returnee's, that isn't going to happen in the future, so I think you are right that there won't be as many modellers in twenty to thirty years time. To the majority of youngsters, modelling can't compete with the excitement of gaming, although there will always be a significant minority who prefer the slow and steady creative process. In some ways it might be similar to back in the 50's when modellers no doubt thought that these silly, newfangled plastic kits were probably going to kill of the hobby of scratch building models from wood. The modellers of the 50's and before, would probably have believed that there was no skill required to build plastic kits and doubtless feared for the hobby's future. The majority of modellers chose to go down another route then and with 3D printing and laser cutters etc. modelling is in for a bit of a shake up in the nearish future anyway. Perhaps the new techniques will end up enhancing the hobby, and we'll be sent on a journey down a completely different route?
  11. I'm not sure about that, I think I've lost part of my soul in the process. Serves me right for being a cheapskate, it was a nasty, nasty kit. I'm not sure who conquered who, but it certainly put up a good fight. Thank you both for your comments!
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    1:35 Faun L 900 including SdAh 115

    That looks to be an amazing kit! Great review.
  13. Gorby

    Revell Styracosaurs

    Nice job! I particularly like the colourful patches on the critters head – nice touch. I've often been tempted with doing a dino (have they legalised that yet) but I'm not confident of getting a natural looking paint job. Now if they had splinter camouflage there would be no problem, but there's only so far you can take a what-if build.
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    Ww1 group build anyone?

    You might have to play with yourself in the meantime.... I mean, play with something else in the meantime.
  15. With the WWI group build looming, I thought I'd show you my only biplane build to date. I say my only biplane, I've built two, but both of the Hs 123, the other one was 1/72 and a few million years ago when Tamiya dinosaurs walked the earth. I'm my own worst enemy (although there are others who may believe they deserve that honour, please form an orderly queue). I always think to myself 'how can I improve that', which translates as 'how can I make that as complicated and as time consuming as I possibly can'. I knew that I would have to re-scribe it, but after years of running scared of re-scribing, I now find it quite therapeutic, and god knows, I need therapy. So…. All the flight surfaces were razor sawed off; the cockpit was almost completely scratch built; the engine and exhaust was 'improved'; most joints needed some degree of filler (a masters degree in some cases); anything remotely drillable got drilled, anything fillable got filled and I considered buying shares in Albion Alloys. I have never had a 'shelf of dooooom', if I start a kit, I finish it, but this kit got me thinking which shelf would be the most appropriate. Not because it was difficult, just because dealing with all the 'fit' problems became dreary. It was progressing like it was being worked on but a ageing, lethargic sloth, with narcolepsy, which isn't that far from the truth. To cut a long story short, there are less irritating skin conditions with Latin names than this kit. Packed in with the sprues, each kit should be equip with a tube of antihistamine. So after five months of this spasmodic, laborious, Sisyphean task, this is the result. The unpainted panels are what the kit provides. The full floor has been removed; seat brackets added as well as the forward bulkhead; the instrument panel was flat, featureless, and the joy stick wasn't up to the job. I scanned the scheme from the instructions and after resizing and printing, I made my own paint masks, which made the painting much easier. Improvements to the kit parts; replacements of parts and new additions are too numerous to mention. This view shows many of the external improvements. The flaps are moulded closed, but I thought I might as well make my life more complicated than it already is. My build review is: 'Buy Gaspatch'. Thanks for looking, comments and sympathy welcome. Gorby