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Title: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 02, 2015, 10:05:06 pm
New year, new blog.
All I was previously posting in the Aircraft of the PDRV thread in the Current and finished projects - aircraft area ( http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37999.210.html ) i will instead be posting here.

And I am quite happy for comments to be posted and the thread to be taken off to wherever it wants to go. Hijackers welcome.  This is a conversation not a lecture and I am not a control freak with a stick up my donkey.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 02, 2015, 10:40:36 pm
I really must finish off some cars so I have been working on a melding of '60 Ford and '58 Edsel.
It's pretty much there but then I dropped the rear bumper and can I find it?
I have an Edsel one which will fit with a bit of work but it's delayed everything while I strip the chrome, sand off the over-riders and bolt heads and then PSR it.

The desert Fulmar is nearly done.  It's getting weathered.  I find it hard to do subtle and it's ending up looking skanky.  I've got some 60lb rockets to hang off it but i'm stuck for a colour to paint the tubes. Charcoal grey is winning ATM.

I'm also weathering the Henfield.  First stage is small squares of toilet paper glued down with thinned paint.  Sounds odd but it gives the look of patches having been applied to the fabric covering.  Something the Sky Pirates would have to do to keep her flying.

The XFV-1 is awaiting sanding where I had to shim the fuselage to get the cockpit to fit.

I've started a 1/72 Hasegawa He-51 which will be finished in Luftwaffe desert paint with a twist.

Land-Wasser-Flakpanzer is awaiting a few small details and side armour mounts and then it's paint time.

Armoured D9 dozer has reached the point where it's time to make the RW or Whiff decision.  Bit of a no-brainer really.  I'll therefore be looking at how easy it will be to modify it to have non-armoured glass and opening windows and then break out the AARV crane and winch to stick on the back.

I've also been building a powered beaching trolley for the Gully Godwit from bits & pieces, have made progress with a BMW Dixi dragster and a Kustom '53 F100 and have started a Nissan GT-R R35 which will be OOB but will feature a Jim Richards "Pack of Ar5eholes" paint job.




Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 02, 2015, 10:52:54 pm
Not got too much on then Fred?  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 02, 2015, 11:21:56 pm
Nah, a light funload*.  Plenty more cars and Gundams started too.  Those are just the ones I can reach out and touch without getting boxes out of cupboards.

*I originally put workload, but it's not work it's my hobby and they're supposed to be fun aren't they?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 05, 2015, 03:02:41 am
So, the knives are out and whiffing has commenced on the Meng 1/35 D9 Armoured Dozer.  So far i've been removing frames from the armoured windows and will be replacing the thick armoured glass with thin normal glass with sliding sections on all windows other than the windscreen.
The cab walls on the chassis have been modified.  The one on the sprue has not.  Operator visibility will be improved and it will weigh less (although when taken as part of the whole I suspect that weight loss would be trivial).  The gunners seat has been lowered to get her/him out of the operators eyeline and as this will be a demilitarised machine s/he'll be a crane operator rather than a gunner.  Cab will need to be dressed with appropriate scale clutter such as fag packets, iced coffee bottles, tools and stick mags.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/D9/Photo0310_zpsf33ce6e0.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/D9/Photo0310_zpsf33ce6e0.jpg.html)

Desert Fulmar will be finished tomorrow.  Words have been coming out of my fingers.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Desert%20Fulmar/Photo0311_zpsb771c7e5.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Desert%20Fulmar/Photo0311_zpsb771c7e5.jpg.html)

Possible future camo pattern - PDRV Gumbark?
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Photo0308_zpsca250752.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Photo0308_zpsca250752.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 05, 2015, 11:19:37 am
Looks like a desert-type camo, 3 tones? Light Grey, Light brown/Sand and Dark brown?
Should look good with that chipped up look.  :thumbsup:
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on January 05, 2015, 11:28:01 am
Busy busy ! The D9 is going to be sweet. I love that kind of stuff. A scratch built tractor type is on my to-do list this year as well.

Looks like a Sycamore tree. Try googling sycamore tree bark....lots of funky shapes and colours !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 07, 2015, 02:10:45 am
Got all the D9 windows "de-armoured".
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/D9/Photo0312_zpsa71ba67a.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/D9/Photo0312_zpsa71ba67a.jpg.html)

The Henfield is at the stage where I have to stick the wings on.  This means rigging them and it is a bit daunting so i'm procrastinating.

But todays main area of work was re-scribing the panel lines on the fuselage of a Valom Lockheed XFV-1.  Mmmmm, that was fun.  And I choose to do this for pleasure?
After i'd finished making the chicken scratches in the plastic I glued on the new wings which was much more satisfying.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on January 07, 2015, 02:25:10 am

But todays main area of work was re-scribing the panel lines on the fuselage of a Valom Lockheed XFV-1.  Mmmmm, that was fun.  And I choose to do this for pleasure?
After i'd finished making the chicken scratches in the plastic I glued on the new wings which was much more satisfying.


Ooooh a modified tailsitter :party:. Sounds interesting. :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 08, 2015, 03:23:54 am
I was looking for a 1/72 Pogo when I got it but needs must...
I've cut down the raised lip around the cockpit and am using Mig 29 wings.  I'll probably go with the original tails as they fit in well with the wings but i'm thinking of scheming up some sort of retracting undercarriage/fairing system on the tips.
I definitely will not be using the fixed conventional undercarriage.  This baby sits on her arse.
I'm thinking ground attack in a forward support role.  Operating from hidden bases like a Harrier.

However today I did no modelling.  When I got in from work at 10am it too hot and sticky to go and swelter in the shed so I put a fan on and sat at my computer and edited ID3 tags on i-tunes.  I now have Jethro Tull, Hawkwind, Led Zeppelin and Uriah Heep correctly listed in chronological order and with cover art showing.
I must say the latest round of i-tunes updates have made it a lot easier to do this.



Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Gondor on January 08, 2015, 05:20:07 am
However today I did no modelling.  When I got in from work at 10am it too hot and sticky to go and swelter in the shed so I put a fan on and sat at my computer and edited ID3 tags on i-tunes.  I now have Jethro Tull, Hawkwind, Led Zeppelin and Uriah Heep correctly listed in chronological order and with cover art showing.
I must say the latest round of i-tunes updates have made it a lot easier to do this.

Thank you for reminding me to burn some audio CD's of APP so I can listen to them in the car.

Gondor
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 10, 2015, 12:04:13 am
Of course.  Alan Parsons Project!
I couldn't work out the TLA yesterday but today it came to me as soon as I read it.

Today, as part of the on going procrastination to avoid rigging the Henfield, I sorted my boxes of Matchbox Heyford parts.  Turns out I have enough bits to build a complete OOB Heyford* (bar one propeller spindle - easy to knock up from rod or sprue) with enough parts left over for at least two Handley Page based Whiffs (although I am short of engines and upper wings due to the Henfield being a 5 engined triplane).
So after I put the sorted out "complete parts set" into one box and the rest back into the other two boxes they came from did I get out the Ezi Line?
Of course not.  Instead I started building a pair of extended wings (even from 12,000 miles Kit's malign influence is felt  ;) ) for a Handley Page Hassocks high altitude PR aircraft.  Or maybe a 1930s AEW plane?

Other than that I sanded some filler on the Salmon (needs a PDRV name.  It'll be another Gully-Lomax Design.  Wonder what an aboriginal word for fruit bat is?) and shot some primer over it to see how it looked.

*This is obviously not going to happen.  I have a pair of Resin Double Wasps spare now the tilt fan FW-189 is getting Tin Goose engines so at the very least it'll get an engine upgrade.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on January 10, 2015, 11:37:47 am
Any part of the world can be reached by longer wings...... :wacko:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 10, 2015, 12:28:48 pm
Hehehe, 'Highaspectratioitis' is a world wide pandemic, and very few are immune to it.  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 11, 2015, 01:25:14 am
You are right of course.  I must have missed my jabs.
By my calculations I have added a scale 14'.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0316_zpsa909247d.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0316_zpsa909247d.jpg.html)

I bit the bullet today, girded my loins and carped the diem.  I've attached ezi line to the top and bottom wings and glued the bottom wing on.  When the glues dry tomorrow i'll stretch and glue the lines from the bottom wing to the middle and then glue the top wing on.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0315_zpsa08c32fd.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0315_zpsa08c32fd.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on January 11, 2015, 03:48:56 am
Oh my  :blink: Camoflage is wonderfull
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 11, 2015, 06:17:39 pm
Colours were inspired by one of Andy Warhols camo paintings.
I'm off down there later to remove the elastic bands.  Wish me luck...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 11, 2015, 11:48:18 pm
No problems with security of the gluing.  Rigging on the other hand...
I must remember to use thin superglue.  The thick stuff just doesn't cut it for rigging.  Unfortunately I didn't remember this until I only had 2 lines left to glue and had been struggling with the rest.
And then I glued on the third wing.
At which point I remembered I had intended to rig the tail before gluing any wings on.  Tail now has a post it attached saying "RIG TAIL"
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0317_zpse8873bab.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0317_zpse8873bab.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on January 12, 2015, 09:39:01 am
it *is* going to be impressive
(even with no floats  ;D)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on January 12, 2015, 09:45:07 am
Ermagerd ! That is just awesome. Love how it looked with only 2 wings.....the third makes it 3 times better I guess ! The camo and colours really look good as well.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 13, 2015, 01:44:31 am
Glad you like it.

Rigged.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0319_zpsf6a2bf15.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0319_zpsf6a2bf15.jpg.html)
Rigging phase 2 was easier than phase 1 as I used runny superglue.  Not plain sailing though.  But I think I have identified the problem and have a solution to try on the next biplane.

Now comes a pause with the Henfield while I organise the many crew members and paint them and sort out all the little fiddley bits like tailwheel and ladders and props and bombs.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on January 13, 2015, 02:57:13 am
So how many flight engineers does it have ? 3 ? One per engined wing and then a Warrent Officer 1 in charge ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 13, 2015, 03:27:04 am
That is truly amazing, WAY out in left field.  :thumbsup: :bow:

I can only imagine how it would have sounded during a low fly past, an entire squadron of them would shake the very ground!  :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on January 13, 2015, 09:40:30 am
The rigging looks great. Is that the stretchable thread stuff ? I had some at one point but never tried it, and now have no idea where it went.... :banghead:


Going to be interesting to see how many crewman you can stick on her !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Go4fun on January 13, 2015, 11:49:13 am
So how many flight engineers does it have ? 3 ? One per engined wing and then a Warrent Officer 1 in charge ?
I can't wait to see the wing walking strips and tie downs for the top wing engineer!  :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 13, 2015, 05:39:58 pm
It is indeed the stretchy stuff.  My problem has been getting the zap stuff soaked end of the line into the superglue filled hole at the right angle.  Next time I am planning to try glueing short lengths of very fine brass tube onto the ends of the lines which will make them easier to handle.
I think I have enough engines for them to leave any maintenance until they are on the ground.  I will however be fitting a ladder so Cap'n Fat Hamster can climb down from his flying bridge and get inside the plane to use the dunny.
Crew will be 1 commander, 2 pilots, 6 gunners, 1 radio operator/bomb aimer, 1 chef, 1 engineer and a cabin boy (Roger).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on January 13, 2015, 05:54:26 pm
zap stuff soaked ?

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on January 14, 2015, 06:39:53 am
zap stuff soaked ?



I assume the honourable gentleman means accelerator
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 15, 2015, 01:54:25 am
Thats the stuff.  Couldn't remember what it was called.
I must stop using those aluminium saucepans.
Thank you Chris.

Note to self.  When  turning pvc plumbing fittings on the lathe in an attempt to make engine nacelles don't forget heat build up.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 18, 2015, 03:30:46 am
Got on with the Henfield's crew today.  I dobbed small amounts of filler on them to cover up where I had removed and reattached limbs at new angles.

More filler on the tail joints of the XFV-1.

Primer on the He-51 which is coming together very easilly.  Probably because it's OOB being a paint only whiff.  I also finished off designing the decals.  Italianesque smoke rings and Aryan Sudreich Luftwaffe roundels (a variation on the Italian & Spanish 1930s fascist bundle of sticks and an axe design).

Played with the TurboStuka.  Did a bit more on the engine cowling (added an underslung inlet - oil cooler maybe?) and assembled the fuselage so I can see how it'll all go together (it's an Academy "G" kit which i've already pinched the cannons from).  I'm thinking i'll give it a twin tail and a pair of spare Heyford spats.  Mig 29 canopy was an option but turned out to be too wide.

Car wise i'm very close to finishing both the Edsel Starcruiser and the BMW Dixi dragster.  I'll take both of them to the model car club meeting tomorrow night to show the real modellers and get the usual puzzled looks from the die-cast collectors.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 18, 2015, 03:53:14 am
XFV-1?

Which kit are you using for that build?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 27, 2015, 03:14:20 am
Oooops.  A question.
Sorry Kit, not ignoring you.
For the XFV-1 i'm using the Valom 1/72 kit.  Well some of it anyway.  Fit is problematical but nothing that can't be adjusted.  Intake trunking and an improved exhaust liner have to be scratched up to prevent the dreaded see through syndrome.
There are no locating pins, slots, tabs or holes which makes fitting the wings. tail and cockpit interesting.  As I am using different wings I drilled and pinned them with chunks of paperclip.  The tails are too thin for this and i've already broken one off once.  I expect to do so again before i'm finished.  I thought carefully about the conttraprop and modified it and built jigs in an attempt to ensure it rotated concentrically.  I failed so it'll be glued solid.

Today though I mainly worked on the TurboStuka.  I built a twin tail using Heyford rudders.  I'll come up with some words to explain the fabric covered parts.  Perhaps it is done to reduce the Stuka's tail heaviness?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 27, 2015, 03:35:06 am
Thanks Fred, I have that Valom kit too, but I'm using it for 'something else'.  ;D

I agree about it's fragility, it's almost as if they built it as lightweight as the real thing! However, it's better than the two alternatives, the Pegasus one being built like a battleship but well worth having as it's the only kit in the world with my name on the box.  ;D The second alternate is the awful Airmodel vacform/resin kit, I've tried to build that one twice, and failed spectacularly!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on January 27, 2015, 04:52:46 am
Looking forward to seeing some more photo updates. The Turbo Stuka is a great idea. I found a half-built Pogo when I was cleaning out the stash room yesterday. Not sure which kit tho.....was going to be a Vietnam era bird.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on January 27, 2015, 05:04:48 am
Looking forward to seeing the turbo Stuka. :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 28, 2015, 12:38:28 am
TurboStuka (sans engine - I need to carve some panel lines on the cowling and fair it in properly).  I may trim the wingtips a touch to make them more rounded.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/TurboStuka/TurboStuka%20WIP%202015-01-28_zps0crla4rg.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/TurboStuka/TurboStuka%20WIP%202015-01-28_zps0crla4rg.jpg.html)

XFV-1.  It's PDRV name will probably be Skylark (a bird that pops up vertically from it's nest and makes a fuss).  Oh dear, seems you can't see the new wings properly... ;D
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Skylark/XFV-1%20WIP%202015-01-28_zpskgvywflk.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Skylark/XFV-1%20WIP%202015-01-28_zpskgvywflk.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 28, 2015, 08:20:43 am
That Skylark looks very interesting...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 29, 2015, 02:25:08 am
I constructed the wheel housings for the Skylark today.  Unlike on the XFV-1 these are large pods on the end of each tail into which the wheels retract.  They may look suspiciously like 4 bombs from an Academy PBY with the tails missing...
I'm still not sure if this will be an interceptor or a strike aircraft.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 29, 2015, 05:28:52 am
With so many control surfaces(assuming that the belly fins would be like the F-16 AFTi's fins on the intake), it looks like a dog-fighter to me...  :wacko: ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 29, 2015, 05:38:42 am
Those aren't belly fins, they're the wings of the thing, sticking out sideways.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 29, 2015, 10:47:23 am
 :o The bits pointing down? Guess i was looking at it with the Viper in mind... Still looks like it would be agile... Anyway, it's looking good!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 29, 2015, 04:28:04 pm
They're the tail fins/undercarriage legs. See below for the real world version.

(http://img673.imageshack.us/img673/463/792Coy.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on January 29, 2015, 06:22:25 pm
Nice. I had the wrong idea when I said Pogo. Damn Ys and Xs  :thumbsup: The Stuka is looking really cool.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 29, 2015, 10:25:34 pm
Ok, so that's the type...  ;D  I get it now. :thumbsup:
I did find them a bit too big for ventral fins but thought they could be the folding type or something.   :lol:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 30, 2015, 01:12:59 am
Blame my deliberately misleading photo.
Here's a better one.  A touch of PSR on the wheel pods and it'll be paint time.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Skylark/Gully-Lomax%20GuL-23%20Skylark%20WIP%202015-01-30%20001_zpsyjovofzm.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Skylark/Gully-Lomax%20GuL-23%20Skylark%20WIP%202015-01-30%20001_zpsyjovofzm.jpg.html)

And here's the TurboStuka with more bits taped and blu tacked in place.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/TurboStuka/TurboStuka%20WIP%202015-01-30%20001_zpshgfuquvk.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/TurboStuka/TurboStuka%20WIP%202015-01-30%20001_zpshgfuquvk.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 30, 2015, 04:05:34 am
Yours looks a sight better than Lockheed's Zenrat!  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on January 30, 2015, 06:48:42 am
The Stuka looks cool :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 30, 2015, 03:16:12 pm
Yours looks a sight better than Lockheed's Zenrat!  :thumbsup: :bow:

Oh yes, i agree, much better looking wing profile. Nice!  :thumbsup:
BTW, the stuka looking good too!

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 02, 2015, 12:20:08 am
Weapons day today.
I painted a complete load out for the Henfield. Little bombs, middle sized bombs, bigger bombs and 2 big nuclear bombs (Captain Fat Hamster raided the Aryan Sudreich's Red Bluff Atomic Research Facility at the end of WW2 and always carries a couple of nukes slung under the Henfield - or are they just empty casings? Nobody wants to find out..)
I also had a rummage through my weapons stash and found a couple of HARMs in the incomplete Hasagawa US air to ground missiles weapons set I paid $2 for at last years expo.  The Sylark is therefore going to be loaded for Wild Weasel missions with the HARMs on wingtip pylons, two 20mm gun pods, an ECM pod, a couple of drop tanks and maybe a Rockeye or 2.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 03, 2015, 04:32:52 pm
  The Sylark is therefore going to be loaded for Wild Weasel missions with the HARMs on wingtip pylons, two 20mm gun pods, an ECM pod, a couple of drop tanks and maybe a Rockeye or 2.

The RW XFV-1 was intended to have twin 20 mm cannon in each wing tip pod, as was the competing Convair XFY-1. Whether either of them could have lifted off with that extra load is questionable of course.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on February 03, 2015, 04:50:49 pm
It may need a few well placed JATO/RATO's to get off the ground then?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on February 03, 2015, 06:49:46 pm
Both look really good ! Love the way they are evolving.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 04, 2015, 12:29:25 am
No RATOs needed due to more powerful engine plus lightweight unobtanium bubblemetal construction.  :lol:

Amongst the stuff I got done today (like cleaning the fridge) was to put smoke rings onto the Aryan Sudreich He 51.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/He%2051/Photo0329_zpsrnmuxg2q.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/He%2051/Photo0329_zpsrnmuxg2q.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on February 04, 2015, 04:33:33 am
Nice ! How did you do that ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 05, 2015, 03:24:30 am
It's a big decal.  I found an image on-line of a set of smoke ring decals which I copied, adjusted and printed onto clear decal film.
Lots of Microsol is involved to get it to take up the shape of the wing edges and snuggle into the elevator gaps.
I've also put some on the tops of the horizontal tails and the top of the rear fuselage.
As this is for an aircraft operating in Western Australia I used red oxide primer as the base coat.

Glued the nose on and trimmed the wings of the TurboStuka today.  Also finished the camo paint on the Land-Wasser Flakpanzer and glued some bombs onto the Henfield.
I had forgotten about the props for the Henfield.  Five of them needing woodgrain finish.  Prepared and primed them today.  I'm trying a new (cheaper) primer so they may have to be stripped again.

Also finished painting this.  It's my take on a R35 GTR tribute to the Jim Richards/Mark Skaife 1992 Bathurst winning "Pack of Ar*eholes" Nissan.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Nissan%20R35%20GTR%20Pack%20of%20Arseholes/Photo0328_zpsa473w0zu.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Nissan%20R35%20GTR%20Pack%20of%20Arseholes/Photo0328_zpsa473w0zu.jpg.html)
Explanation for non-australians here. http://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/milestones-jim-richards-says-what-he-really-thinks-20140722-zvjhr.html

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 05, 2015, 11:37:59 pm
Henfield bombed up.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0330_zpsizogqvcq.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0330_zpsizogqvcq.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on February 06, 2015, 12:46:13 am
That look great, love the nukes!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 06, 2015, 02:13:19 am
Thanks Brad,  They're the bombs from a 1/48 Monogram Me 262 with the fins trimmed.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on February 06, 2015, 05:07:27 am
The Henfield looks great, but I hope those nukes have a VERY long delay or a VERY large parachute... :blink:

Love the "chaotic" markings too, but then I would, wouldn't I?  ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on February 06, 2015, 05:58:17 am
Bombs for every occasion ?  :thumbsup: ;D

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 06, 2015, 07:44:35 pm
Certainly sir, we have a wide selection of bombs available for your delectation and delight.  What can I interest you in today?

...Love the "chaotic" markings too, but then I would, wouldn't I?  ;)

I have no idea what you mean.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on February 06, 2015, 07:46:11 pm
Love the bomb load !

The car looks really nice as well.  Keep up the great work !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 07, 2015, 01:58:15 am
We have the boy this weekend so i'm on Uncle duties.  Unfortunately try as I might I can't get him to take an interest in building any form of model.
That means no real modelling time until Sunday pm.
However, I did mange to sneak out and take this pic.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Photo0335_zps8itba5bp.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Photo0335_zps8itba5bp.jpg.html)
I've got a couple of rolled tarps to detail up and glue on and it'll be finished.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on February 07, 2015, 02:35:20 am
Wow that looks mean!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on February 07, 2015, 05:10:45 am
That camouflage is so effective on that background I had trouble working out what it was  :blink: ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 08, 2015, 02:57:18 am
...I had trouble working out what it was  :blink: ;D :thumbsup:

I've been having that problem all through the build...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on February 08, 2015, 08:29:44 am
We have the boy this weekend so i'm on Uncle duties.  Unfortunately try as I might I can't get him to take an interest in building any form of model.
That means no real modelling time until Sunday pm.
However, I did mange to sneak out and take this pic.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Photo0335_zps8itba5bp.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Photo0335_zps8itba5bp.jpg.html)
I've got a couple of rolled tarps to detail up and glue on and it'll be finished.


Everything in the background is tilted one way or another. Reminds me of the bad guys lair on the the old Batman TV show.
Awesome work, is that from a wargame or Star Wars or some bashing work?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Go4fun on February 08, 2015, 11:05:16 am
We have the boy this weekend so I'm on Uncle duties. Unfortunately try as I might I can't get him to take an interest in building any form of model.
That means no real modelling time until Sunday pm.
However, I did mange to sneak out and take this pic.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Photo0335_zps8itba5bp.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Photo0335_zps8itba5bp.jpg.html)
I've got a couple of rolled tarps to detail up and glue on and it'll be finished.

It's well camouflaged with the workbench background at least.

Everything in the background is tilted one way or another. Reminds me of the bad guys lair on the the old Batman TV show.
Awesome work, is that from a wargame or Star Wars or some bashing work?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 09, 2015, 02:02:15 am
It's a parts box build/kitbash.
All will be revealed...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 12, 2015, 01:38:01 am
The Handley Page Henfield is finished.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0338_zpsv08mmuxh.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Heyford/Photo0338_zpsv08mmuxh.jpg.html)
Words have been flowing from my fingers again and i'll take some beauty pics tomorrow when I work out how to fit something this large onto my 1/25 car sized picture setup.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on February 12, 2015, 03:25:06 am
 :thumbsup: :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on February 12, 2015, 05:07:53 am
Gorgeous. Love the tank thing as well.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on February 12, 2015, 07:08:31 am
Absolutely glorious  :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 13, 2015, 04:13:06 am
Thank you gents.

Apart from setting up Gypsum Flats (a large offcut of Gyproc plasterboard on a pair of saw horses) and taking pictures of the Henfield today I got some paint on the XFV-1, procrastinated over rigging the He-51 and started blending the Turbo into the Stuka.
Then a storm hit, the shed gutters overflowed, water made it's way under the door seals and through the shed (it's set up for that - up to 2 inches is OK) and I dropped a freshly painted dragster chassis into a puddle  :roll eyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 17, 2015, 12:04:30 am
Just fiddling with small stuff today...
...and then I dropped the XFV-1 snapping off one tail and loosing the castor.
D'oh!
Tails glued back on and i've made a new castor.

Day improved somewhat with today's tomato harvest.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Tomato%20harvest%2017-02-2015_zpstp6hkc54.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Tomato%20harvest%2017-02-2015_zpstp6hkc54.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 17, 2015, 12:47:55 am
Just fiddling with small stuff today...
...and then I dropped the XFV-1 snapping off one tail and loosing the castor.
D'oh!
Tails glued back on and i've made a new castor.

That seems to be endemic with those tail-sitting VTOL birds. I've lost count of the number of tail castors I've had to replace on my RW XFY-1 and Whiffed Convair/Hawker Osprey. Good thing I have a ready supply of Kopro XFY-1 kits.  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 17, 2015, 01:16:15 am
The flimsiness of the castors as made by Valom was one of the reasons I added retraction pods.  The other was because I could  ;D
My replacement won't break being constructed from 1mm diameter paperclip wire and a slice of plastic rod.

Ironically I dropped it because I was being carefull not to hold it too hard as the clear wasn't completely dry.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 18, 2015, 12:38:06 am
Today I;
Got decals on the XFV-1 and started to paint the weapons load.
Built a single seater canopy for the TurboStuka and started to graft on a Swordfish Undercarriage.
Added some small finishing parts to the He-51 and put some paint on them and other bits.
Pondered, pulled boxes out of the cupboard, rummaged through them, ummmed and ahhhhhhed and put them back and then started a stock, out of the box build of a Finemolds 1/72 Savoia S21 Porco Rosso.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on February 18, 2015, 03:13:19 am
Pondered, pulled boxes out of the cupboard, rummaged through them, ummmed and ahhhhhhed and put them back and then started a stock, out of the box build of a Finemolds 1/72 Savoia S21 Porco Rosso.


a nice one, indeed

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 19, 2015, 01:35:35 am
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/TurboStuka/Photo0340_zps7byzgabz.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/TurboStuka/Photo0340_zps7byzgabz.jpg.html)
I still don't know what job this is going to do.  Current favourite is a mail plane for urgent parcel delivery to outlying destinations.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on February 19, 2015, 04:56:30 am
A mail plane would be a neat alternative to the usual military we see around here.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on February 19, 2015, 05:02:43 am
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/TurboStuka/Photo0340_zps7byzgabz.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/TurboStuka/Photo0340_zps7byzgabz.jpg.html)
I still don't know what job this is going to do.  Current favourite is a mail plane for urgent parcel delivery to outlying destinations.


The spats fell off!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on February 19, 2015, 06:30:06 am
Don't ask me why* but I think that looks like a French Naval dive bomber of the 30's if it didn't have a turboprop. So French Navy circa 1946 ?

* Probably because it's not exactly a looker and she's been designed by committee - perfect French 1930's style
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TallEng on February 19, 2015, 07:49:06 am
Funny you should say that ;D it reminds me of the F+W C-3605 (the Swiss Airforce Target Tug)
See here http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%2BW_C-3605 for details (complete with turbo prop ;))

Regards
Keith
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 20, 2015, 12:48:55 am
No spats on this one.
I toyed with Heyford undercarriage but rejected it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on February 20, 2015, 01:00:29 am
Stuka looks cool, almost agricultural. :thumbsup: :cheers:

The size of the fins makes me think if you put it on a pole it would make a neat windmill/weathervane ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 20, 2015, 03:26:53 am
Big vertical tails for added directional stability so the postie can fly hands off and sort mail between stops.

The Finemolds Savoia is going together suspiciously easilly.  It really is nicely made with almost no flash (teeny tiny amount on the engine struts) and no sink marks i've found so far.  Parts fit together beautifully with no gaps or "adjusting" needed.
I hope the Curtis goes together as easilly.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on February 20, 2015, 07:03:43 am
Most Fine Moulds kits I've built have gone together superbly  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 23, 2015, 02:20:14 am
I really am not keen on vac formed canopies.

Other than developing that particular dislike, today I have done a spot of 1:1 construction knocking up an aluminium gravel pan to replace the plastic original on my car which is falling to pieces - one of the reasons for Satyrday's overheating issues.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 25, 2015, 02:48:12 am
Grrrrrrrrrrrr, vac form canopies...
XFV-1 is currently sitting with Krystal Klear drying in all the gaps round the outside prior to being touched up with paint.
On the plus side the pilot is looking very dashing in his jodhpurs, riding boots and PRU blue jumper.

He-51 is finished.  Last minute disaster was narrowly avoided.  Did you know ezi line rigging will sag when sprayed with clear?  Did you also know it shrinks back again when the clear dries?  I didn't.
Awaiting beauty pics.

TurboStuka is in primer and awaiting minimal PSR (minimal, but with a couple of nasty places to get to around the undercarriage).

I still haven't decided what aircraft to build next.  I want to build them all simultaneously.
Maybe something more subtle.  Did they ever hang a torpedo under a Hurricane?

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on February 25, 2015, 06:34:50 am
Maybe something more subtle.  Did they ever hang a torpedo under a Hurricane?



Not that I'm aware of
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 26, 2015, 02:29:41 am
That's what goggle is telling me.  Good.

The Finemolds Savoia is a real shake & bake kit.  It's going together so easilly something has to go wrong.  Maybe the paint, red has always been unlucky for me...

XFV-1 is done bar hanging the weapons from it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on February 26, 2015, 03:11:25 am
The Finemolds Savoia is a real shake & bake kit.  It's going together so easilly something has to go wrong.  Maybe the paint, red has always been unlucky for me...

Maybe this is the kit that will break open the mold and all of your builds will go easy from here on in  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on February 26, 2015, 05:21:02 am
The Finemolds Savoia is a real shake & bake kit.  It's going together so easilly something has to go wrong.  Maybe the paint, red has always been unlucky for me...

Maybe this is the kit that will break open the mold and all of your builds will go easy from here on in  :thumbsup:

Red and yellow are always a PITA. Try painting white first, then spray a couple of thin coats. Are you painting the whole model red or just parts of it?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 01, 2015, 12:30:26 am
Red & Yellow eh?
Coincidentally (although Weaver will tell you there are no coincidences) this aircraft will be red with yellow panels on the underside of the floaty parts (anti fouling?).
Coverage isn't an issue with red.  It's just that I always seem to get horrible orange peel or runs.
Mind you, this one came out OK.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Nissan%20R35%20GTR%20Pack%20of%20Arseholes/Pack%20of%20Arseholes%20R35%20WIP%20001_zpsbdkcaer3.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Nissan%20R35%20GTR%20Pack%20of%20Arseholes/Pack%20of%20Arseholes%20R35%20WIP%20001_zpsbdkcaer3.jpg.html)

Here's where i'm at with Porco's ride
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Savoia%20S-21%20Porco%20Rosso/Porco%20WIP%20001_zps7nicnzpf.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Savoia%20S-21%20Porco%20Rosso/Porco%20WIP%20001_zps7nicnzpf.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Savoia%20S-21%20Porco%20Rosso/Porco%20WIP%20002_zpsyvu2ps9j.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Savoia%20S-21%20Porco%20Rosso/Porco%20WIP%20002_zpsyvu2ps9j.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 02, 2015, 02:14:33 am
Skyray.  Love the looks of them but the nose has always looked a bit to small to my eyes.
So what if it had a photo nose like an F9F-6P Cougar?
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Photo%20Nose%20Skyray_zpsna0dfrq4.png) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Photo%20Nose%20Skyray_zpsna0dfrq4.png.html)
Now that's better.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 02, 2015, 05:59:30 am
Was there ever an RW PR version of the Ford? I've got an Airfix one somewhere and your version looks rather good.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 03, 2015, 02:14:14 am
Not that I could find goggling.  Although I didn't goggle all the possible permutations concentrating mainly on looking for photo nose variants.  Of which I found none.
I'm hoping when I come to build this that I can cobble the nose together from 1/48 drop tank pieces.
Of course if I make it a PDRV PR bird it'll have to be Pru Blue.

Mainly car models today but I did also start painting the TurboStuka and did a bit more on the D9 Dozer.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 05, 2015, 03:00:29 am
I've made a decision regarding the TurboStuka colour scheme (always good to do that AFTER you start painting it).
It will be White with colourful decals similar to those I made a while back for a courier van I built.

Car modelling again today though for the most part.  I'm building a gasser (1960's gas class drag racer) from a Revell '40 Ford coupe.  I spent today removing the body side trim, trimming the fenders (technically a violation of class rules but they overlooked it if it wasn't too OTT), deepening the body gaps and removing a myriad of mould separation lines.
I've set the chassis up for the engine & rear end from an AMT '62 T'Bird with the axle mounted on 1/4 elliptic leaf springs.  The front end will be a resin straight axle kit from The Parts Box (http://www.thepartsbox.com).
Trouble is I can't finalise the axle locations until i've got the body ready with the separate rear fenders glued in place so I had to stop chassis work while I prepped the body.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on March 05, 2015, 04:07:04 am
I do like the look of that Skyray !

The red paint on the car looks awesome....as does wee Porco !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 06, 2015, 02:04:09 am
Thanks Cap'n.  The red on the car is all zero paints.  Red and yellow candy over white pearl and then 2 pack clear.

Started a new plane build today.  Inspired by (OK, lacking in original thought I copied) The Librarian I pull out a Hasegawa 1/72 Grumman OV-1B Mohawk.
Raised panel lines, flash, no locater pins, and a slightly odd parts breakdown all point to a 70's origin.
Prime whiffing material then.
Grumman originally proposed the aircraft could be fitted with a set of water skis to enable it to land on water and taxi to the beach.  I can't find any pictures of these and assume they remained a proposal only.  Food for thought though.
Or snow skis.
Definitely wingtip tanks though.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on March 06, 2015, 04:42:13 am
Nice idea. Look in the whiffs you've found thread there is a VSTOL one there for inspiration ! The water ski bird sounds pretty wild. I saw a pic of a DHC Otter skiing on the web. Check it out. I think it just had the snow ski's on so somat similar might be an option.

PS-Love the Mohawk ! Talk about an aeroplane that needs to be re-released !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 07, 2015, 12:03:26 am
There's one for sale here (http://www.raptoraviation.com/aircraft%20spec%20pages/Mohawk%203.html).
Only $269,000. ;D
Doesn't have the SLAR pod although it does have "full military electronics".
Once you've landed on the sea and skied your Mohawk up the beach I assume that you then take off from the beach?  I can't see how, from a standing start at the waters edge, it would get the required 20 knots (their figure) to be able to ride the skis to enable it to take off from the water again.
A new 1/72 Mohawk of the standard of new Airfix would be nice.

TurboStuka has been painted white.  Kit's favourite shade - Appliance white.
Other than that I seemed to have one of those days where you fiddle with a lot but don't seem to get much done when you sit back and consider thingsat the end of the session.  I fettled the Savoia and the Curtis and a parcel carrying pod for the TurboStuka but I mainly cut away bits of firewall, transmission tunnel and floor from the '40 Ford so that the significantly (but not more than 10% in keeping with the rules) set back engine fitted.  This involved constantly dry fitting parts followed by taking them apart again and cutting bits off which I suppose ate up time.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 10, 2015, 03:54:34 am
Today I think Kit put on his remote viewing hat and took control as I have extended the wings of the Mohawk.
This is fairly easy to do on the Hasegawa kit as in order to allow the same basic moulds to be used for the different variants of the plane it has the wing tips and elevators moulded separately.  I have just spaced them outwards with flat sheet and will make the profile back up with filler.
I may have hit a snag though.  Applying the balance it on a ruler test reveals that I have an awful lot of weight to cram into a rather small nose.  I should probably have put some in the fuselage before I buttoned it up.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on March 10, 2015, 07:56:02 am
Sure I'll take the Mohawk. Might as well grab the pair of A-4s while I'm at it.... :thumbsup:

Not sure how to get around the beach takeoff scenario. I guess some kind of bleed air system blowing under the skis to help get her moving ? Or a ground crew. They could have pumps and a wee tamper to get the ground ready for take-off  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 11, 2015, 03:15:16 am
Painted white and yellow parts of the Savoia & Curtis today.  Airbrushing on gloss enamels.  The beauty of these being anime planes is that the colours are just Red, Yellow, White, Blue and not any subtle shades so I am using cheap enamels from the DIY warehouse thinned with Tamiya enamel thinners.

I've printed the TurboStuka decals and they got their second coat of sealer today.  I'll put them on tomorrow.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on March 11, 2015, 03:48:53 am
  The beauty of these being anime planes is that the colours are just Red, Yellow, White, Blue

What else?

I can only agree  ;D

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 11, 2015, 05:04:00 am

Today I think Kit put on his remote viewing hat and took control as I have extended the wings of the Mohawk.


It's getting to be a pandemic, I tell you.......  ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 12, 2015, 02:36:16 am
One with no cure...

TurboStuka decalled today and then I was dragged out of the shed when the niece and the boy dropped in to drink tea, sell me raffle tickets and moan about his grandmother.
Coincidentally (yes Weaver, I know there are no coincidences) I have named the TurboStuka Mary-Anne after said grandparent as she was here when I was designing the decals.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 13, 2015, 03:35:04 am
Started another one today.
Airfix 1/72 Hurricane Mk1 (fabric wing, 3 bladed prop).  It's going to be a more subtle one than my usual.  Painted & decalled OOB but with car doors instead of the sliding canopy.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on March 13, 2015, 04:50:42 am
Cool. Will you be hanging anything that goes boom underneath, or pure fighter?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 13, 2015, 08:07:34 am

Airfix 1/72 Hurricane Mk1 (fabric wing, 3 bladed prop).  It's going to be a more subtle one than my usual.  Painted & decalled OOB but with car doors instead of the sliding canopy.


Sounds interesting.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 14, 2015, 01:21:10 am
I had toyed with the idea of a torpedo but think I might leave it as a fighter.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 14, 2015, 06:21:45 am
Now I've had thoughts about a torpedo armed Hurricane I must admit. You'd have to get over or around the radiator but you could offset the torpedo to do that. My main concern was weight and brain just shook my head of it's own accord and the thought was discarded  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on March 14, 2015, 09:06:31 am
I'd put the torpedo on the centreline and make 2 smaller radiator scoops to put 1 under each wing.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 15, 2015, 08:13:58 am
I'd put the torpedo on the centreline and make 2 smaller radiator scoops to put 1 under each wing.

Must admit the thought crossed my mind, but then I thought they would have to go outboard of the undercarriage and on early Hurricanes that would be fabric so not sure if it could be done until the metal wings came along ? Plus would it interfere with the gun positions ? Just things that crossed my mind and were part of the reason why I discarded the idea. Brain didn't want to think to hard about it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 15, 2015, 08:39:10 am
How about putting them inboard on the wings and behind the main gear? The Spitfire's rads were similarly located so it should work OK.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 15, 2015, 08:52:22 am
How about putting them inboard on the wings and behind the main gear? The Spitfire's rads were similarly located so it should work OK.

Yup, that would work. Told you my brain just discarded the idea. I had nothing to do with it, brain just acted all of it's own accord  :wacko:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on March 15, 2015, 09:30:05 am
How about putting them inboard on the wings and behind the main gear? The Spitfire's rads were similarly located so it should work OK.

That's what I had in mind :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 17, 2015, 03:24:59 am
I have a pair of Stuka underwing fairings spare...

The TurboStuka has Airfix new mould Stringbag  undercarriage on it.  They have flats moulded on the wheels and square bosses so you get the flat bit in the right position...
...for a Swordfish.  Which is of course not the right position for a TurboStuka.  It's close though so I pushed the wheels onto the legs yesterday and started sanding.
And snapped a leg.
Which I glued and snapped again today.
And glued again.

Apart from breaking stuff today I also did some PSR on the Mohawk.

And I glued the wings of the hurricane together.  Not as good a fit as I was expecting given it's one of the new Airfix.  Despite using my super-clamps there is a distinct gap in places around the edges and the trailing edge looks very thick.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 17, 2015, 08:48:04 am

And I glued the wings of the hurricane together.  Not as good a fit as I was expecting given it's one of the new Airfix.  Despite using my super-clamps there is a distinct gap in places around the edges and the trailing edge looks very thick.



Not had that problem myself on the 5 I've built so far. Can't comment on the thickness of the trailing edge. There is an oddity with the wing which many have commented on but from what I've read Airfix have said that this is what the real thing looked like ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 18, 2015, 02:32:30 am
I thought it might have been due to me gluing the landing gear bay liner parts in misaligned but the fit in the middle is fine.  The issue is from outboard of the guns all the way round to the trailing edge wing root.  It looks like I should have trimmed off the locating pins and bosses.
It's nothing a bit of liquid filler won't sort out but it's annoying.

But then I just have to reach over to the Hasegawa Mohawk box and that puts it all into perspective.
PSR on the stretched wings is finished and now I have to scribe some lines back in.

On the D9 dozer i'm building the tracks which a slow process.  First time i've done this and it's just as time consuming and tedious as I expected.  So i'm breaking it down into small chunks of about 18 links at a time and then putting it aside for a few days while I get fired up again.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 18, 2015, 08:08:02 am
It looks like I should have trimmed off the locating pins and bosses.

Must admit I tend to automatically drill out the holes for the locating pins on the new Airfix kits. Just enlarge them a fraction as I find the fit is very, very tight on some. I have a pin vice permanently fitted with a drill bit of the right size specifically for the purpose.

Had the "problem" with a couple of the new tools that when I dry fitted a part the fit was that good/tight I couldn't get it apart again  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 18, 2015, 11:32:27 pm
A run of liquid filler among the seams fixed the problem so i'm back on track.
Here's a mock up - wings & "glass" not attached yet.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Car%20Door%20Hurricane/Car%20Door%20Hurricane%20WIP%202015-3-19_zps1gyqyqtt.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Car%20Door%20Hurricane/Car%20Door%20Hurricane%20WIP%202015-3-19_zps1gyqyqtt.jpg.html)

TurboStuka is just awaiting the other 2 quarters of the spinner to be painted followed by some satin clear.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/TurboStuka/TurboStuka%20WIP%202015-3-19_zpsrfacgl9q.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/TurboStuka/TurboStuka%20WIP%202015-3-19_zpsrfacgl9q.jpg.html)

Wings are now attached to the Mohawk.  Once flash is trimmed and sanded this doesn't go together too badly.  Horrible brittle plastic though, of the sort I think of a "Monogram" plastic.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Mohawk/Mohawk%20WIP%202015-03-19_zpsue5rxkrp.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Mohawk/Mohawk%20WIP%202015-03-19_zpsue5rxkrp.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 19, 2015, 03:56:51 am
From here (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40323.new.html#new)

How about driving it down the street to go shopping?  ;D

We never tried that (we did plot a route from the poo farm to Port Phillip Bay via creeks and drains but never tried that either).
I suspect the cops would have a field day writing tickets.
I found some (slightly fuzzy) pics of it.
It was an e2 built by ASV (http://www.asv-aust.com/products/e2.htm)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Misc/PICT0001.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Misc/PICT0001.jpg.html)

Power was by a Rotax 582 2 stroke twin.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Misc/PICT0002.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Misc/PICT0002.jpg.html)

Top speed was quoted to us as "at least 110 km/hr.  Probably more if you can find someone brave enough".
The plan was to use it to speed up drying in the (digested sewage) sludge drying pans.  Running the hovercraft over it was like running a trowel over wet concrete - the biosolids were pushed downwards and the effluent came to the top.
After I spent many many hours writing bespoke OH&S paperwork (safety procedures for operating hovercraft in sewage treatment plants are not exactly 10 a penny) we found it worked very well although the operator did get covered from head to foot in sludge thrown up by the lift air escaping from under the skirts.  Disposable paper overalls went from white to black in 5 minutes.
The problem was the wind.  Gusty winds from the wrong direction would blow it sideways and if it was in the wrong place it would hit the banks of the pans.  We had to put a wind speed limit in place which meant that given the flat open nature of the place we hardly ever got to use it.
In the end it was sold to a bloke from the Northern Territory who wanted it to get to fishing spots he couldn't reach any other way (he figured he could drive it over the crocs on the mud flats).
The real shame is that I never got to drive it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on March 19, 2015, 04:53:31 am
There was a guy who had a hovercraft about that size that he used on a beach and airstrip on the farm I lived on. I was very young at the time but the sound I remember was definitely 2-stroke. Was fun to watch him try to turn on the slope of the beach in strong wind, just getting further and further away sideways.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 19, 2015, 05:30:02 am
Totally the opposite end of the size range of the only hovercraft I ever worked on/in, which were the two extended SRN4s operated by Hoverspeed, the largest hovercraft ever built. Amazingly both of them still exist, although now museum pieces.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on March 19, 2015, 05:43:25 am

On the D9 dozer i'm building the tracks which a slow process.  First time i've done this and it's just as time consuming and tedious as I expected.  So i'm breaking it down into small chunks of about 18 links at a time and then putting it aside for a few days while I get fired up again.


Yup...I'd bought a set of tracks for the Ferdinand to replace the vinyl ones, and after about 3 or four broken links and a hella lot of swearing, I broke down and just used what came with the kit
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 19, 2015, 08:02:03 am
Hurricane looks like a touring/sporting aeroplane with that car door canopy and no rudder, especially a 30's one (fairly obvious I suppose, but you know what I mean)

Nice work on those  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 20, 2015, 01:26:43 am

On the D9 dozer i'm building the tracks which a slow process.  First time i've done this and it's just as time consuming and tedious as I expected.  So i'm breaking it down into small chunks of about 18 links at a time and then putting it aside for a few days while I get fired up again.


Yup...I'd bought a set of tracks for the Ferdinand to replace the vinyl ones, and after about 3 or four broken links and a hella lot of swearing, I broke down and just used what came with the kit

Well I got another 18 links done today without breaking any.  And they all flex as well which is a bonus!

I've also been doing some research today.  I've got a Hasegawa F-102 and want to build it with the missile bay closed.  Something that is by all accounts tricky to do with the kit parts as it's designed to be open.  Resin closed doors are available from the US but since I plan to use the closed doors as the basis for a gun pack that seems to be a bit extravagant.

Painted the Red and the Blue on the two Porco Rosso planes yesterday so they're coming along.
If you want a really surefire way to clog your airbrush confuse your paints and thin acrylic with enamel thinner then try to spray with it.

Glued the nose on the Mohawk and then added even more weight.  There is now more lead in this model than in an Indonesian drug smuggler.  And it might still need more.  Which could be a problem as the only place left is in the front of the nacelles and the SLAR pod and there isn't much room in them.
Hope the undercarriage can take the strain.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 20, 2015, 03:17:56 am
I've also been doing some research today.  I've got a Hasegawa F-102 and want to build it with the missile bay closed.  Something that is by all accounts tricky to do with the kit parts as it's designed to be open.  Resin closed doors are available from the US but since I plan to use the closed doors as the basis for a gun pack that seems to be a bit extravagant.

'All accounts' are dead right, it's a real bitch of a job.  :banghead:

I've done two of them, one an aborted attempt at a TF-102 from the Airmodel 'conversion', and I had the same problems with both sets of missile bay doors. They're too narrow and leave large gaps between the sections. On the TF-102 I tried to use Milliput filler between the gaps but it just kept on falling through into the missile bay itself and was never strong enough to file and sand. On the stock Dagger I covered the whole shebang with some styrene sheet and tube glue, waited a few days for it all to dry off and then filed and  sanded like crazy and that seemed to work OK.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 20, 2015, 03:31:44 am
Thanks Kit.  I'll have a ponder and play with the bits and see what I come up with.  Bulkheads in the missile bay to support the doors maybe and strips of plastic along the backs.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 22, 2015, 03:45:15 am
We had The Boy this weekend so I was on Uncle duty.  Perfect time to sit with a piece of board on my lap and finish off the D9 tracks while watching stuff on the idiots lantern.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on March 22, 2015, 04:53:23 am
Thanks Kit.  I'll have a ponder and play with the bits and see what I come up with.  Bulkheads in the missile bay to support the doors maybe and strips of plastic along the backs.

That would work.  It'd give the bay doors both something for the glue and putty to grab on to and structural rigidity for PSR
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 29, 2015, 01:36:39 am
Some major steps today.
Wings glued onto the Hurricane (and yes, they did need a slight trim at the back where they meet the fuselage).
Fuselage halves glued together on the F-102.
Mohawk PSR finished and a satisfactory coat of primer in place.
Last of the decals onto the Savoia and the Curtis.  Just a bit of microsol needed on the tail of the Savoia and some trimming.  The Curtis has almost no decals as I chose to paint the yellow and white parts figuring Royal Blue could show through the decals.

I also added some detail into the cabin of the D9 - a strategically placed map (covers an ejector pin mark I missed) and a poster on the large blank area behind the No.2 seat (there because I lowered the seat to improve driver visibility and because this will be a civilian machine and thus have no need for a gunner).  The map is a very reduced one of the Carrum Poo Farm where I used to work and the poster is a picture of Kari Byron holding an RPG aloft.
I've finished the tracks but had to carry out some modifications to get them to fit properly.  If built as per the instructions the tracks would be super loose.  I took out a link and they still fitted but were so tight I was worried that the thickness of the paint would stop them fitting.  IRL what you do if the tracks are too loose is "pump them up".  This moves the large front roller forwards.  To achieve the same effect in 1/35 I sawed off the front roller carrier and put in spacers which are the white parts in the picture below.  Now I have a realistic amount of slack for an operational dozer.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/D9/Photo0352_zpstakghfu6.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/D9/Photo0352_zpstakghfu6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 29, 2015, 02:36:28 am
Don't know why but that looks as though with a painted mouth and eyes it would drive straight into a starring role in a Disney animation ?

Looking good sir  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 29, 2015, 02:42:11 am
Blimey, that's a big thing 'innit?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 29, 2015, 03:33:46 am
From the people that brought you Cars and Planes - Disney's Earthmovers.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 30, 2015, 06:29:03 am
From the people that brought you Cars and Planes - Disney's Earthmovers.



Their first Adult rated animation ?  :wacko: :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on March 30, 2015, 11:59:39 am
Wow that Cat is neat ! Huge to boot !

You ever see the videos of the nutter that basically destroyed his whole town with one ?

 :blink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on March 30, 2015, 12:02:33 pm
Wow that Cat is neat ! Huge to boot !

You ever see the videos of the nutter that basically destroyed his whole town with one ?

 :blink:

I think I shared that one on here...and yeah, he was a nutter.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 01, 2015, 01:08:44 am
We're on a road trip.
Currently in Bris Vegas (Brisbane) having driven up in 3 days.
Passed, as enticements to get drivers to stop and spend, a DC3 on it's wheels and a Venom or Vampire on a stick.  Didn't get a chance to stop and take pics unfortunately.
Lots of large earthmoving machinery on trucks going the other way plus lots of MGs and many Studebakers.

The nutter in the home made armoured dozer is on you-tube in a few different versions.   Try and find an unedited one as some of the versions taken from news reports look like they were edited by teenagers with ADHD.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: comrade harps on April 01, 2015, 04:31:05 am
Is Brissy during school holidays a bit like schoolies?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 06, 2015, 04:00:09 am
Is Brissy during school holidays a bit like schoolies?

No.
Fortunately.
But we were only there for one night.

Currently at Ballina resting after camping for 3 days at Bluesfest at Byron Bay.  Heavy rain everyday made sure the mud was in places almost deep enough to come over the top of my gum boots.
The combination of rain, music and muddy drunkards took me right back to Deep Purple at Knebworth in 1985.
The tent stayed dry inside.  Which is why the ants decided it was a good place to set up a new home.  Mrs z wasn't to impressed with their attentions during that night and fidgeted more than usual.  Which is fun when sharing an airbed.
So we used chemical warfare to destroy the lost city of Antioch and all was well until I picked up the electric airbed pump this morning and found they'd moved into the casing...
Musically my highlights of the weekend were Jon Cleary, The Beat and the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 17, 2015, 05:41:47 am
So, back on the bench.
Painted undersides and first camo colour on the car door Hurricane.  I'm doing it in the box scheme (green/brown over black/white) with some subtle changes.  Is it my paints or is RAF Dark Green really close in shade to RAF Dark Earth?

Mohawk is primed and undercoated and ready for paint.  Probably RoCAF using the Tracker scheme - I have to check the size of the decals I have.

Savoia is assembled and awaiting small parts and the Curtis is ready for assembly and rigging.  I'm using the double stand that comes in the Curtis kit to mount both on.

F-102 big parts are glued together ready for PSR.

I've also started converting a Ca-311 into a 9 seat "executive prop" and am fiddling with the P-39 I robbed the canopy from for the car door Hurricane.  It'll have an open cockpit and might even be a biplane.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on April 17, 2015, 05:48:29 am
102 and blue Mohawk ? Can't wait !!

 :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 17, 2015, 06:48:03 am
Is it my paints or is RAF Dark Green really close in shade to RAF Dark Earth?



Not to my eyes, but then colour interpretation is a very personal thing
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 17, 2015, 11:19:51 pm
I'm using Vallejo acrylics and they seem really close.  The Airfix box art colours have the Dark green being more green and lighter and the dark earth being lighter and more towards yellow than brown.
(http://2e7fd430838d304f1516-467f5d9f2ca7b7b12f8a116e60ea9c1d.r77.cf3.rackcdn.com/catalog/product/cache/8/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/a/0/a01010-box.jpg)
But the Vallejo paints are from their WW2 RAF & FAA colours set and are supposedly correct straight from the bottle.
I wouldn't normally worry about exact shades but I want this one to be subtle enough that it gets overlooked until the car door is noticed and so would like the colours to be "right".
Maybe it's the lighting an my bench.  I'll go and expose the model to sunlight and see how it looks.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on April 18, 2015, 05:57:16 am
I was just reading this over and noticed that you passed a DC-3, Venom and Vampire with no pics ! Don't you hate it when that happens ! When I was in school in Texas we passed that defunct museum south of Dallas, RCAF Voodoo, flying Boxcar, Flying Banana....and the driver wouldn't stop ! It looked like I could have easily jumped the fence and had the place to myself.....but alas.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 18, 2015, 06:12:44 am
One of the problems with colours from the likes of Vallejo, Lifecolor and probably others is that you will find they use the exact same shade of green/brown whatever in their RAF set and then in a couple of other sets with a different name on it !

I've not used Vallejo camouflage colours so apologise if I'm doing them a disservice but unless the pot/tin/bottle says the national standard used on that actual paint and is mixed to that, then it's a approximation. Maybe a very good one, but an approximation. To be honest that is why I don't get to concerned about the exact colour. If it looks right to me then I'm happy and you can put the slightly different shades down to, war time production control/weathering/application procedures.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 18, 2015, 06:59:29 pm
Todd - I was driving but couldn't stop.  When we passed the DC3 I was bursting and there were no toilets with it and when we passed the Vampire/Venom (not sure which one it was - i just saw a twin boom jet on a stick) we'd just had a lunch stop and were aiming for a good distance that day.

Chris - The Vallejo Model Air bottle of RAF Dark Green is also labelled as US Dark Green and as an RLM shade.  IMO it's too brown so I think i'll add some light green to it when I paint the rest of the camo.  Here's a test.  Pic taken in daylight.  Tip of the port horizontal tail is green.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Car%20Door%20Hurricane/Photo03551_zpsmuretqsl.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Car%20Door%20Hurricane/Photo03551_zpsmuretqsl.jpg.html)
See, not much difference.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 19, 2015, 01:57:57 am
I added a couple of drops of pale green and painted all the grey bits.  It looks much better (although the pic was taken in different light and makes the difference look better then it is.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Car%20Door%20Hurricane/Photo0356_zpsecvwgxdy.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Car%20Door%20Hurricane/Photo0356_zpsecvwgxdy.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 19, 2015, 07:56:30 am
I thought that's what Vallejo did but I wasn't sure so thanks for the info  :thumbsup: I do like their paints but have only got some of the basic colours and a couple of shades suitable for German WWI stuff. One thing that does hit you with the range is : How many reds do you need ?  :blink:

Re the green. I wonder what it was actually mixed for ? I would say RLM first but that is purely conjecture with some "axe to grind" added.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 21, 2015, 02:24:41 am
It's RLM73 BTW.

They may have many reds but i've yet to find one "red" enough.  They are other too pink, too orange or too dark.  The old Humbrol Signal Red is what I think of as "Red".  Tamiya enamel and Gunze acrylic are what I fall back on.

Anyhoo, close enough is good enough in my book given everybodies eyes see colours differently AND most of what we view is through a screen which adds it's own twist into the mix.

Got the decals on today.  The red bit over the guns (why red?) is painted rather than decals as I didn't realise Airfix had given me them on the sheet.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Car%20Door%20Hurricane/Photo0360_zpses3odmnc.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Car%20Door%20Hurricane/Photo0360_zpses3odmnc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 21, 2015, 07:26:02 am
They may have many reds but i've yet to find one "red" enough.  They are other too pink, too orange or too dark.  The old Humbrol Signal Red is what I think of as "Red".  Tamiya enamel and Gunze acrylic are what I fall back on.


Absolutely agree. I still have some old Humbrol but the Tamiya is a good reserve.


Anyhoo, close enough is good enough in my book given everybodies eyes see colours differently AND most of what we view is through a screen which adds it's own twist into the mix.

Got the decals on today.  The red bit over the guns (why red?) is painted rather than decals as I didn't realise Airfix had given me them on the sheet.

Hallejula brother  :bow: Couldn't agree more re the interpretation of colour  :thumbsup:

The red colour on the covering over the guns was simply red oxide primer which was used to dope the canvas covers. I assume they used the red primer simply so the gun ports stood out when any of the erks were working around the airframe and thus they hope to avoid any accidental damage ? I've never seen any other shades mentioned but that doesn't mean they weren't used when red wasn't available.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on April 21, 2015, 11:30:24 am
Love those colours ! They look awesome on that Hurricane.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 22, 2015, 04:38:19 am
Thanks for the info Chris.  I was reading the Beaufighter feature in AMW last week and they also had red doped fabric on them along the wing roots.  So maybe red was "RAF standard"?

Thanks Cap'n.  Almost stock colours.  Box art pattern with a twist and kit decals.

It never fails to amaze me how a coat of clear changes how colours look.
I'll give it a satin coat tomorrow and then get on with the fiddley bits.  I painted the "glass" framing today (It was a good detailing day - steady hands despite not much sleep last night).

The Porco Rosso Savoia S21 is finished bar the windscreen and the Mohawk is waiting for me to get my pencil out and draw on the camo plan.

Porco Curtis is awaiting satin clear and then rigging and assembly.

The main chunk of F102 (fuselage + wings, inlets in place, cockpit painted) is waiting for PSR (with a lot of S to remove a lot of the raised detail).  I'm pondering the choice of weapons for the gun pack - 4 cannons or a gatling?

I've made a floor and rear bulkhead for the Caproni Executive Prop and (after narrowly avoiding cutting a wing spar from the stock floor) have worked out where to put the passenger (six) and hostie (one) seats.  Seats are from an Airfix Ford Trimotor.  I've thought about putting another bulkhead in behind the pilots but decided that with such a huge glass nose you'd want to be able to see the view over the crew's shoulders.

And, unusually for me i've put the P39 back in the box and put it away until I finish off a few.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 24, 2015, 01:44:08 am
Satined the cardooricane yesterday and finished the Porco Savoia (pics when the Curtis is also done).

Today I satined the Porco Curtis and started the camo on the Mohawk.  The RoCAF decals I have are too large so I will be printing a set of low viz ones like in the pic below.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0361_zpslxsqslpa.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0361_zpslxsqslpa.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Mohawk/2034342_zpsyv0l0ci6.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Mohawk/2034342_zpsyv0l0ci6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on April 24, 2015, 01:52:21 am
 :wub: That Mohawk is looking great. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 24, 2015, 02:27:14 am
Thanks Brad.  It weighs great too.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 27, 2015, 01:30:39 am
First coat of the second colour on the Mohawk.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0362_zpsks9we3fw.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0362_zpsks9we3fw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on April 27, 2015, 04:55:23 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 27, 2015, 06:28:37 am
Does look good
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 27, 2015, 11:25:22 am
The Mohawk is looking so good, i really like the camo!  :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: philp on April 27, 2015, 07:52:08 pm
Love the camo.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 29, 2015, 03:06:11 am
First coat of green (special blend - 50% Panzer Olive/50% Duck Egg Green) on the Mohawk when an ibuprofen resistant splitting headache forced me to lie on the sofa and soak up old TV shows.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 30, 2015, 02:36:55 am
No headache today.  I think it was due to overdosing on sugar yesterday while making a batch of ANZAC biscuits.

Camo on the Mohawk is finished and the car door hurricane has undercarriage.

I then decided to scratch build a 1/72 30mm gatling gun nozzle for the F-102 gun pack from brass and aluminium tube.
After a frustrating hour of gluing my fingers together and to the bench I gave up and have just ordered some 1/35 mini gun barrels which I am hoping I can do something with.

While I was down in the shed Mrs z came in and started asking questions about my stash.  She left satisfied after looking in the car kit wardrobe (miscellaneous).  I must have accidentally forgotten to point out the car kit cupboard (Rod & Kustom), the other car kit cupboard (Chevrolets), the aircraft kit cupboard and the armour shelf.  Ooops.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 30, 2015, 04:03:58 am
While I was down in the shed Mrs z came in and started asking questions about my stash.  .

Do you get to ask her questions about her shoes and handbags? After all, fair's fair...........
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 30, 2015, 04:46:33 am
"Do you have to keep your shoes spread across the bedroom floor" didn't go down too well... :unsure:

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 30, 2015, 06:58:59 am
While I was down in the shed Mrs z came in and started asking questions about my stash.  .

Do you get to ask her questions about her shoes and handbags? After all, fair's fair...........

I once opened a girlfriend's wardrobe and just pointed at the shoe's. Stupid thing to do  :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on April 30, 2015, 07:16:54 am
While I was down in the shed Mrs z came in and started asking questions about my stash.  .

Do you get to ask her questions about her shoes and handbags? After all, fair's fair...........

I once opened a girlfriend's wardrobe and just pointed at the shoe's. Stupid thing to do  :banghead: :banghead:

Normal logic does not apply to women's wardrobe choices, especially shoes! Been at it for 30 years, still doesn't make sense. :rolleyes: :blink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 30, 2015, 07:30:31 am
Tell me about it ! Same girl (probably 30 years ago) once paid over £100 for a pair of shoes that were basically a cork sole and 3 strips of leather about 10mm wide for each shoe. She asked me "if I liked them ?"  :blink:

She was a great girl just had a thing for shoes which unfortunately I have never, ever been able to get excited about. Men's or women's. Completely over priced for what they are
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on April 30, 2015, 07:36:24 am
And then wear them a few times and buy new ones to go with the "new outfit". Just give me my jeans, tee shirt and gym shoes.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 30, 2015, 07:45:43 am
While I was down in the shed Mrs z came in and started asking questions about my stash.  .

Do you get to ask her questions about her shoes and handbags? After all, fair's fair...........

I once opened a girlfriend's wardrobe and just pointed at the shoe's. Stupid thing to do  :banghead: :banghead:

Normal logic does not apply to women's wardrobe choices, especially shoes! Been at it for 30 years, still doesn't make sense. :rolleyes: :blink:

I've been at it a LOT longer than that!

I just must have picked the right women I guess, as I found the application of logic worked most times, ie. one pair of shoes or one handbag = at least two kits.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 01, 2015, 04:21:41 am
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0363_zpsegsguekb.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0363_zpsegsguekb.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 01, 2015, 06:18:11 am
Something i've been thinking about...
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Asymmetric%20Bf%20110/Bf%20110%20Asymetric_zpslpaflbmy.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Asymmetric%20Bf%20110/Bf%20110%20Asymetric_zpslpaflbmy.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on May 01, 2015, 06:20:54 am
 :drink: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on May 01, 2015, 06:23:32 am
Tophe'll love you for that
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 01, 2015, 06:31:56 am
Interesting version of a 110 that's for sure  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on May 01, 2015, 09:43:40 am
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0363_zpsegsguekb.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0363_zpsegsguekb.jpg.html)

That's really inspired me to start modelling again, my Mohawk still remains unfinished. I've had bad experiences with bright blues recently so I'll avoid them but greens and dark blues always work for me :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 01, 2015, 07:35:00 pm
Glad to help.

The Bf 110 was inspired by Tophe - he has an Asymmetric 110 somewhere on here.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 02, 2015, 01:27:30 pm

The Bf 110 was inspired by Tophe - he has an Asymmetric 110 somewhere on here.


Tophe has an asymmetric EVERYthing somewhere on here!   ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 02, 2015, 11:40:48 pm
Another weekend on Uncle duty so no modelling done as I was spending time with The Boy.
The Boy's dad was Mrs z's nephew.  He was a security guard who was murdered in a robbery 10 years ago when The Boy was 6 months old.  His mum has done a great job bringing him up and we're there when we're needed but you can see how not having a dad has affected him and has meant he's missed out.  When that trigger was pulled one life was ended and others were profoundly affected.

Ach, I get so angry.  It's at times like this i'll advocate for the death penalty and would gladly do the job.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on May 03, 2015, 01:14:03 am
Ach, I get so angry.  It's at times like this i'll advocate for the death penalty and would gladly do the job.


There's a referendum I'd like to see. Bring back the Circus Maximus (or whichever is the correct location).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 08, 2015, 01:25:49 am
The Mohawk is decaled and now awaits clearing before I progress to the fiddley bits.  Having stuffed up some decals on the Porco Rosso stand by clearing them too soon I am waiting at least 72 hours so they are completely dried.

Having finished the Hurricane and the Porco Rosso planes I of course immediately started something else.
Being inspired by a recent post on here of a japanese jet fighter float plane (I now can't find) I dragged out a Hasegawa Kawanishi N1K1 and did this to it.  Removing the big fat wing root fillets gave me perfect places to fit jet nozzles.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0364_zpshreme5mw.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0364_zpshreme5mw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on May 08, 2015, 02:30:57 am

Being inspired by a recent post on here of a japanese jet fighter float plane (I now can't find)


WHIFS found while Google-ing, page 90 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 08, 2015, 02:46:45 am
Thanks bud.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 09, 2015, 01:46:56 am
I'm concentrating on finishing a build for the Ballarat NNL on Sunday 24th May at Buninyong Golf Club (plug plug) and so most of my building time today was taken up scratchbuilding a roll cage for a real world car.
I did however put the cockpit interior into the Jet N1k1 and start on the cockpit of the Mohawk.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 11, 2015, 03:11:55 am
Jet N1k1 is now in 1 large piece sans floats and will get some paint soon.  I found an Elhiem figures chopper pilot who'll fit into it and have started painting him.

Mohawk fiddley bits continues including painting the crew.

I've started scratchbuilding the Delta Dagger's gun pack.  As reported the fit of the provided doors is terrible.  My original plan was to add an additional centre support, use them and then add barrels and putty bulges.  The fit is however so bad that i'm only using the outermost doors and will fill the rest with styrene sheet.  Two 1/35 minigun barrels will protrude from a pair of tubes with slash cut tips.

On the Caproni executive prop i'm about to PSR the nacelle to wing joints.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 11, 2015, 06:15:09 am
The Mohawk looks great. The Kawinishi is going to be pretty cool as well ! Great idea there.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 12, 2015, 03:47:23 am
Thanks Cap'n.  Not my idea on the Kawanishi, I was inspired by this one (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,27999.1335.html) that Dizzy found.
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-I4foHcZvidQ/U8yr61a6JBI/AAAAAAAAKK8/QhKZ9rinFHo/s1600/done6.jpg)
I put satin clear over the decals on the mohawk today plus some filler on the Kawanishi and a bit of sanding on the Caproni nacelles.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 12, 2015, 05:11:00 am
Yes that jet floater is a real beauty. Love the little dio as well. Always wanted to finish my scale-o-rama Catalina somat like that. Love the central float layout on almost anything !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 14, 2015, 04:31:49 am
Primer on the Kawanishi today.  It was looking like it wasn't going to need PSR until I decided to deepen some of the panel lines and the scriber slipped...

Wheels on the Mohawk.  Seems I got enough lead crammed into it.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0366_zpsk4wguu9z.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0366_zpsk4wguu9z.jpg.html)

Dagger gun pack all closed in.  Now the PSR starts...
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Photo0365_zpsyykook5j.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Photo0365_zpsyykook5j.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Nils on May 14, 2015, 04:41:32 am
love the mohawk, especially in that scheme  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 15, 2015, 01:42:41 am
Painted de-icer boots on the Mohawk.  Forgot to mask the outside vertical tails.  Painted red stripes on white prop tips.  Finished painting bang seats.  Painted crew overalls (orange for a change as shown in some of my Tracker research pics).  Painted inside of wheel doors. Got out Hasegawa weapons sets and pondered choices for maritime patrol looking for sneaky ChiCom boats crossing the straits.  Would Japan sell weapons to RoC and would Mohawk carry AAMs for self defence?

Mixed up too much filler, applied a tiny smear onto the gouge on the Kawanishi wing and put what was leftover onto some of the many gaps on the Dagger.

The RW car (it's a Toyota FJ-40 'cruiser) is almost complete now.  Just needs the spotlight assembly I scratched up today and some thread wrapped around the winch drum and then more weathering.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 16, 2015, 05:14:22 pm
That is just gorgeous.....great job. So nice to see somebody model that scheme, it`s got to be one of the coolest out there !

 :cheers:

The Dagger gun pack is looking pretty sweet as well.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 16, 2015, 08:30:17 pm
...that scheme, it`s got to be one of the coolest out there...

It is good, but then so are some of the Peruvian schemes.
(http://www.xairforces.net/images/news/large_news/080411_Mi-35P_Nigeria.jpg)
(http://forum.keypublishing.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=207573&stc=1&d=1344801793)
(http://htka.hu/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Mi-35P_Hind-E_combat_fighting_attack_helicopter_Peru_Peruvian_air_force_001.jpg)
(http://www.xairforces.net/images/news/large_news/Peruvian-Dragon_Mil-Mi-25-Hind-D_161212.jpg)
(http://www.bywat.co.uk/b8/b(i)8-peru1.jpg)
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/003_Sukhoi_Su-22_Peruvian_Air_Force_(7508499974).jpg)
It must be the altitude and the coca leaves.
Spot the common denominator?
Where did that Canberra come from?
I have a 2 seat SU-22 and now I have a scheme for it.

And finally, they have a unique take on infiltrating SpecOps troops...
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3vkk4SWIyuo/UW12XTLYeAI/AAAAAAAAA-s/SWAvSba9ydM/s1600/1a+Peru.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 16, 2015, 11:30:16 pm
The Boy is here again so no modelling today.  Instead we made scabbards for two of his swords.
We used cardboard box and parcel tape.  I wrote the swords names on in Mystic Runes and The Boy decorated them with drawings.  When shown to Mrs z and Nurse Smeets (who were digging the garden at the time) they enquired what sort of runes - Viking, Celtic, Elvish...
Internet Runes I replied...
Night's Edge is on the right.  Butter Sword is on the left.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Photo0367_zps6qrly61t.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Photo0367_zps6qrly61t.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on May 16, 2015, 11:56:56 pm
And finally, they have a unique take on infiltrating SpecOps troops...
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3vkk4SWIyuo/UW12XTLYeAI/AAAAAAAAA-s/SWAvSba9ydM/s1600/1a+Peru.jpg)

A little along the lines of this manually aimed gunpod. ;D

(http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n229/idratherfly13/article-2009603-0CC9B05500000578-197_634x474_zpslee1fbn9.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 17, 2015, 03:10:04 am
...A little along the lines of this manually aimed gunpod. ;D

(http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n229/idratherfly13/article-2009603-0CC9B05500000578-197_634x474_zpslee1fbn9.jpg)
You know don't you that there are people who would pay good money for that experience.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 17, 2015, 03:21:41 am
Butter sword ? I'll get the corn lol

Nice work. The Peruvian schemes are nice and varied, but that blue scheme is still the best !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 17, 2015, 04:16:04 am
The Butter Sword is one of Finn's swords from the cartoon Adventure Time.
Adventure Time (set in the future after the "mushroom war") is supposed to be a kids show but when I watch it with The Boy I see a lot of subtle drug references.  Maybe it's just me.

When I get to building my Maritime Hind i'm thinking about the scheme from the 3rd one down but with the colours switched to the RoC Blue/Blue/Green shades.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on May 18, 2015, 04:40:49 am
...A little along the lines of this manually aimed gunpod. ;D

(http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n229/idratherfly13/article-2009603-0CC9B05500000578-197_634x474_zpslee1fbn9.jpg)
You know don't you that there are people who would pay good money for that experience.


Yes, if a helicopter was used instead I'd be one of them. ;D

I've always liked the idea after seeing the bounty hunters ship in The Chronicles of Riddick for the first time.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 19, 2015, 09:51:56 am
Yes that would be fun. Be pretty scary coming in to land tho !

 :blink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on May 19, 2015, 11:23:15 am
Yes that would be fun. Be pretty scary coming in to land tho !

 :blink:

You'd have to suck everything in and raise legs and arms if the landing gear won't come down, even scarier!! :blink: :blink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 22, 2015, 02:49:17 am
Finished a couple of cars today.  Just in time for the Ballarat NNL on Sunday. Both 1/24~1/25 obviously.

Hammonds Boliva FJ40 for the Top Gear challenge theme build.
This is based on the Italeri armed pick up.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Toyota%20land%20Cruiser/Photo0369_zpswmhwyub5.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Toyota%20land%20Cruiser/Photo0369_zpswmhwyub5.jpg.html)

Shadow Boxer dragster.
This is an AMT Hippy Hemi Chassis with a much modified 'AMT '51 Chevy body.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Photo0370_zpspvhcpbyb.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Photo0370_zpspvhcpbyb.jpg.html)

Proper pics after the show.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 22, 2015, 02:52:37 am
Terrific work on 'Shadow Boxer'!  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 22, 2015, 05:11:01 am
Great work on both of them. Love the FJ40, looks like you shrunk down the real thing !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 22, 2015, 09:50:39 pm
Thanks guys, glad you like them.
I just spent a few hours packing for tomorrow's show.  The cars were easy as I have packing them down pat - plastic storage boxes which are divided into 4 plus bubble wrap.  What took the time was building a travel box for the current Sky Pirates force - Henfield, FW-190 & N1K1.  And then gluing a new Lewis Gun onto the nose gunner of the Henfield as one had gone missing.

Whilst all that was going on I seem to have accidentally won an Airfix Bloodhound on Evil-Bay.  I feel a manned missile might be in my future...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 24, 2015, 03:50:34 am
So, Civ/Mil it GB.
Ignoring the civilianising of the Caproni and Cat D9 i'm already doing I have the following ideas;
1/24 Mitsubishi Delica Technical (although their current extremely irritating advertising campaign has put me right off Mitsubishi).
1/72 Revell FW200 cargo plane (possibly with 5 engines - or maybe with 3)
1/72 Mystery Inc. C119
1/35 AAV7 camper van
1/72 RAF Rescue Boat as either a cabin cruiser or a 1/25 race boat.
I'm sure i'll come up with a few more before the GB starts but i'm tending towards civilianising rather than militarising...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Gondor on May 24, 2015, 04:15:19 am
So, Civ/Mil it GB.

1/72 Revell FW200 cargo plane (possibly with 5 engines - or maybe with 3)


Only problem there is that the FW200 was a civil aircraft converted to Military use

Gondor
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 24, 2015, 04:29:25 am
So i'd be re-civilianising it.  Its still removing the military equipment and putting it to civilian purposes.
The Whiff aspect comes from adding or removing engines.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 25, 2015, 04:21:06 am
Remembered another Mil/Civ build I plan to do at some point - Civilian Turboprop Catalina.

Better pics of the two cars.  I'm not going to start full threads for them as the FJ40 is RW and the pics of the dragster are not very good as black is a pig to photograph.
1/24 Italeri Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser as driven by Richard Hammond during the Top Gear Bolivia challenge.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Toyota%20land%20Cruiser/FJ40%20Bolivia%20001_zpsrccgeydi.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Toyota%20land%20Cruiser/FJ40%20Bolivia%20001_zpsrccgeydi.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Toyota%20land%20Cruiser/FJ40%20Bolivia%20004_zpsr9vfaab5.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Toyota%20land%20Cruiser/FJ40%20Bolivia%20004_zpsr9vfaab5.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Toyota%20land%20Cruiser/FJ40%20Bolivia%20002_zpsu9sxkjha.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Toyota%20land%20Cruiser/FJ40%20Bolivia%20002_zpsu9sxkjha.jpg.html)
Shadow Boxer Dragster.  This ones a 1/25 AMT chassis under a body made from parts of an AMT '51 Chevy Belair and an AMT '41 Willys.  Decals are home made and engine is plumbed and wired.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Shadow%20Boxer/Shadow%20Boxer%20012_zpsiofqthhj.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Shadow%20Boxer/Shadow%20Boxer%20012_zpsiofqthhj.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Shadow%20Boxer/Shadow%20Boxer%20010_zpstmrummwc.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Shadow%20Boxer/Shadow%20Boxer%20010_zpstmrummwc.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Shadow%20Boxer/Shadow%20Boxer%20011_zpsga8ifwud.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Shadow%20Boxer/Shadow%20Boxer%20011_zpsga8ifwud.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 29, 2015, 01:06:23 am
So, today I painted the weapons load for the Mohawk and contemplated slinging a torpedo under it.  Decided given it's timeframe an anti ship missile would be more appropriate and none of the ones I have will fit.

I also started scrubbing at the paint on the Kawanishi.  I'm trying the hairspray technique and it's looking OK although I might have got a bit carried away and removed most of what I put onto the wings.

After rummaging through the stash i've reduced the possible Mil/Civ GB builds to a choice of 2.  One Sci Fi and one an aircraft.  As we're not allowed to start until Monday I instead began scratching up an engine nacelle to mount on top of the Hotspur glider I got at the weekend.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 29, 2015, 10:05:11 am
Love that FJ pretty sure its real

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 30, 2015, 01:07:25 am
I wish it was.

I had trouble sleeping last night so while lying there thinking about Rotodynes (as one does) I had an epiphany and now have the solution to a number of problems with my planned jet-dyne build.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 30, 2015, 07:32:34 am
Nice. Every time I see that kit it's upwards of $30 so I shy away. Then later I get mad at myself for not just grabbing one when I see it. Next time.... :wacko:

BTW what was your sleep deprived epiphany anyway ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on May 30, 2015, 12:24:16 pm

BTW what was your sleep deprived epiphany anyway ?


Indeed :unsure:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on May 30, 2015, 04:26:07 pm
I wish it was.

I had trouble sleeping last night so while lying there thinking about Rotodynes (as one does) I had an epiphany and now have the solution to a number of problems with my planned jet-dyne build.



Keep a note pad by the bed or you'll forget by morning!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 30, 2015, 07:17:38 pm
The problem with simply replacing the turboprops on a 'dyne with jets is that the vertical tails are directly behind the existing nacelle position and would thus be in the jet exhaust. I was thinking about whether to move the nacelles inwards or outwards on the wings or to move the vertical tails when it occurred to me that if I put the undercarriage in sponsons I could move the engines up top either side of the rotor pylon.  It also occurred to me that a Pegasus in between the two Nenes would supply more than enough air to power the rotor tips plus adding thrust.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on May 31, 2015, 01:05:18 am
Cool, sounds good. :thumbsup:

I don't know if it works this way (actually I know bugger all about the Rotodyne, but I like it) but wouldn't the props on the original be used for yaw control in the hover and slow flight? More air out 'puffers' on he wing tips or at the back for yaw?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 31, 2015, 01:29:43 am
I don't know if they were that sophisticated.  I don't think they were designed to hover and do helicoptery stuff but rather to take of and land vertically with the rest of the time being spent in conventional flight.

I did some sketches today of my ideas for the upcoming Mil/Civ GB.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Gundams/UN%20Zaku_zpsee839rnk.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Gundams/UN%20Zaku_zpsee839rnk.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/FW%20189%20Tilt%20Fan/FW189%20Tilt%20Fan_zpsognuo1li.jpeg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/FW%20189%20Tilt%20Fan/FW189%20Tilt%20Fan_zpsognuo1li.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 02, 2015, 02:04:33 am
Cold and dank today on the Northern slopes of Mount Martha.

Here's a rare photo of a tidied bench.  It won't last long.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Photo0372_zpskqnbhwg2.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Photo0372_zpskqnbhwg2.jpg.html)

Finished the Mohawk.  More pics later.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0375_zpsfcyyxblg.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Mohawk/Photo0375_zpsfcyyxblg.jpg.html)

Engine and nacelle to power the Hotspur glider.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Hotspur/Photo0380_zpsc4onqfqg.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Hotspur/Photo0380_zpsc4onqfqg.jpg.html)

And some progress on the Jet Rex.  I'm experimenting with the hairspray technique.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0378_zpszmmjxymk.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0378_zpszmmjxymk.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0379_zpsknoqmkmx.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0379_zpsknoqmkmx.jpg.html)

I've also started an FW 189 for the Mil/Civ GB.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 05, 2015, 05:10:47 pm
So, for the first time I have entered models at Model Expo.  I've not entered a judged contest before so i'm interested to see what occurs.
I don't expect to win anything.  That's not why I entered.  To be honest I entered because if I did it meant I didn't have to pay to get in on Monday.  That and to hopefully inspire others to get whiffing.  If one person goes home and gets creative with something they would otherwise have built OOB then I consider that a win.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 06, 2015, 12:37:47 am
To be honest I entered because if I did it meant I didn't have to pay to get in on Monday. 

Sound thinking Fred.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 06, 2015, 05:06:26 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on June 06, 2015, 10:03:43 am
That Jet Rex is very cool ! Love the weathered look !

 :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 06, 2015, 07:11:09 pm
Thanks Cap'n.  I'm currently putting the meatballs on it.  I probably should have painted them on before I scrubbed the paint off but it didn't occur to me.  So what i'm doing is drawing a circle with a pencil & a stencil and then with a very fine brush painting red all the bits inside the circle that are not metal coloured.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on June 06, 2015, 07:29:04 pm
Good idea, that will blend in nicely.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 06, 2015, 11:55:31 pm
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0382_zpshjzmx9nv.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0382_zpshjzmx9nv.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0383_zpsu80ns5so.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0383_zpsu80ns5so.jpg.html)
You can still see the pencil on the sides as I have yet to scrub it off.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0385_zpszzwxmuef.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0385_zpszzwxmuef.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0384_zps5abynhjx.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Kawanishi%20K1N1%20Jet/Photo0384_zps5abynhjx.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 07, 2015, 02:37:22 am
IMPRESSIVELY worn!  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 09, 2015, 06:57:39 am
Beat me to it Kit. That is very, very well done  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on June 09, 2015, 07:40:40 am
Yes that looks great !

 :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 10, 2015, 03:40:15 am
Thanks folks.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 13, 2015, 07:05:44 am
Got The Boy again this weekend so Uncle duties preclude modelling.
I did get a flow-chart drafted for my Diploma in WH&S though, which I suppose is something.
Plus, he wants us to make him a helmet (we made scabbards for his plastic swords last visit).  I got him to draw up his design and by the next visit i'll have gathered the necessary materials.  I reckon the old Papier mache on the balloon trick is the go.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on June 13, 2015, 07:57:24 am
Your JetRex is going to be a winner, the Kyofu has so much potential (and a great source for a top float). Since viewing this thread I've found the two fuselage sides in the spares box. I'm wondering if a twinned DB605 would fit in that cavernous space under the cockpit floor driving a nice big contra-prop at the front. Can't wait to be compus and get on with some serious fiddling (models ((plastic)) that is ;D).

Looking forward to the end result....the weathering appears spot-on.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 13, 2015, 07:40:52 pm
Thanks Max.  Jetrex sounds like a fuel additive (or laxative!) from the fifties doesn't it?
My thinking it that there is a centrifugal flow jet engine in the space where the radial piston engine was and the exhaust splits and is routed under the floor to the wing roots.
It's ready for the floats to go on but I am uming and ahing whether to try to paint on some weathered identification numbers.  I risk screwing up what i've done plus where they'd go there isn't much paint left anyway.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 16, 2015, 02:21:17 am
Main float is on the Jetrex and the pilots in place.  I'm leaving the outrigger floats until last as i'll only knock them off if I put them on now.  I've also scratched up a pair of jet nozzles and put a coat of primer on them today.

on the Hotspur i've scratched a bulkhead for the rear of the cockpit (now single seat) and glued the fuselage halves together.  I forgot about all the windows along the fuselage but I reckon i'll fill them with Window Maker when i've painted the thing - they're not too large.

More putty on the Dagger - this one's a real filler hog.  I doubt many raised detail will survive by the time i'm finished with it.

And some putty on the Caproni.  Nacelle to wing joints need sorting as does where i've filled the turret hole in the roof and the underside seam.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 18, 2015, 01:44:54 am
My old mate Hamster has sent me some photos he took at one of his previous jobs.
I can feel the next stage of Captain Fat Hamsters buccaneering life being Tank Pirates of the Nullarbor...
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/DSCF0067_zpsgcwnewdg.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/DSCF0067_zpsgcwnewdg.jpg.html)
It is a T55 I believe?

So what got done today?
Well after my 3 hours of work followed by lifting, shifting & stacking about 550 paving slabs (small ones - 8" x 8") preparatory for the builders next week I got the wings on the Hotspur, did some car modelling, did some work on the FW-189 and then had to go back inside to light a fire as Mrs z was due home earlier than usual and she doesn't like it when the house is cold.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on June 18, 2015, 06:11:14 am
Great pic ! Sounds like you're a busy man eh !?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Logan Hartke on June 18, 2015, 07:02:33 am
It is a T55 I believe?

T-62, actually.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 19, 2015, 01:44:16 am
I always try to keep busy.

Thanks Logan.  I'm not up on armour.  I knew it was Russian and it looked like the pics of T55s I found so I stopped looking.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 20, 2015, 12:23:42 am
While I was building the Morris truck I grabbed this of the model table where its been languishing for far too long.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Gully%20Gu-48%20Godwit/Photo0400_zps1svkhbgz.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Gully%20Gu-48%20Godwit/Photo0400_zps1svkhbgz.jpg.html)
It's the powered beaching trolley for the Gully Godwit.  I'd built the structure but it needed some bits & pieces to finish it off like front & rear ballast, snorkel and exhaust.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Gully%20Gu-48%20Godwit/Photo0402_zps2ghdzwgk.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Gully%20Gu-48%20Godwit/Photo0402_zps2ghdzwgk.jpg.html)
It's an Airfix jeep (from the Buffalo & Jeep kit) with Zvezda 37mm AA gun trolley wheels out the back and all the plane support gubbins scratchbuilt.  I'm hoping it'll look a lot more together when its all painted one colour (yellow or orange or pink...).

I also got some undercoat on the Caproni.  PSR looks to be finished.  Unless I drop it again...

Dropped the Hotspur instead today.  No damage.

Jetrex is finished apart from rigging an ariel.  The beaching trolley isn't painted jet but i'll photograph it on the one from the pink/white Rex so there won't be a delay for that.
Obviously having finished one build the temptation now is to start another one despite the many already on the go...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on June 20, 2015, 09:08:03 am

beautiful trolley!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 22, 2015, 06:36:45 pm
I posted to this thread last night.  No idea what happened to it but it's not here now.

Other than stuff reported in the GB threads the following has been taking place;

PSR on the Dagger continues.

Caproni is undercoated and awaiting a decision on paint job (blues, with stripes probably) and decals designed & printed (zenrat industries with some sort of Z logo).

I have accidentally started a Mitsubishi Babs which will be a single seater.  Either PR or bomber hunter.  Markings from the decal folder but not Japanese (Swedish? Czech? Polish? East German? Italian?).  Camo will be "interesting". ;D

I've also been idly ruminating about a Hawker Typhoon in FAA colours with 4 AAMs under each wing.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on June 22, 2015, 08:03:46 pm
The weathered Jet-Rex looks great!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 22, 2015, 11:02:05 pm
Thanks H.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 23, 2015, 12:52:59 am

I have accidentally started a Mitsubishi Babs which will be a single seater. 


Isn't it terrible how that happens sometimes? All of a sudden this open kit box appears before you, the parts leap out into the work bench and you JUST have start assembling them! I get it all the time.............
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 23, 2015, 01:29:04 am
I swear I was just looking at the parts thinking "I could do that, and that could go there, and I could cut that down, can I still get the cockpit floor in if I glue that?"...
It's an Arii kit which is moulded in thin, delicate plastic with nice engraved detail.  It was dirt cheap at Hobby Link Japan.

However, disaster has struck.  I've run out of putty.  What I thought was a spare tube turned out to be an empty box.
Looks like I have to take a trip to the LHS tomorrow.  Problem is there is a very real possibility I might accidentally buy another kit while i'm there...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Gondor on June 23, 2015, 02:18:30 am

Looks like I have to take a trip to the LHS tomorrow.  Problem is there is a very real possibility I might accidentally buy another kit while i'm there...


That sound terrible  :rolleyes:

Gondor
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 24, 2015, 04:14:34 am
My fears were realised.
I came home with Tamiya Polyester Putty and a Hasegawa 1/72 Schwimmwagen & Kettenkraftrad.

After some car modelling I smeared putty onto those builds that required it and put some paint onto the Caproni.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 25, 2015, 02:18:12 am
Nothing but interruptions today so not much done.
It seems that "if your car won't start after standing for only 2 days then you need a new battery.  The one in there is 7 years old." translates as "I don't know what i'm talking about.  ignore me until you need rescuing from the dark supermarket car park and then look at me like i'm an an idiot when I say it won't start in the morning".   :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 28, 2015, 02:46:33 am
more interruptions yesterday (welcome ones I must admit - always good when friend drop in unexpectedly) but I got something done today.

Got the second cloud on the Caproni.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Caproni%20Ca311/Photo0409_zpscml7bdoj.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Caproni%20Ca311/Photo0409_zpscml7bdoj.jpg.html)

Got the engine mounted on the Hotspur (must figure out a different name).  This is one of my favourite type of builds - where I have no real plan and make it all up as I go.  Undercarriage next.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Hotspur/Photo0410_zpssar2fzeb.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Hotspur/Photo0410_zpssar2fzeb.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 29, 2015, 05:50:49 am
Your Caproni looks a lot neater then mine  :banghead: I'll have to try installing the glazing after painting next time. Masking was not entirely successful  :blink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on June 29, 2015, 04:45:51 pm
Wow...great stuff ! I really like that beaching trolley.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 01, 2015, 04:01:21 am
Thanks folks.
Cap'n the trolley-jeep looks much better now it's painted Red.  I'm now gong through the slow process of painting tyres, seats, counterweights etc NotRed.
Chris - I have a high failure rate with masking windows.  I usually use too much force and push them into the fuselage.  It would be impossible to paint and then window with this kit if you didn't whiff it and if you followed the instructions.  I've re-engineered it to take a completely new floor and rear bulkhead which will slide in after the windows are fitted.  This would not work if I had kept the kit floor with bomb rack, dorsal turret and ventral gun position.  Of course this is only theory and despite working in trial runs with everything taped together I am expecting there is something i've missed which will get in the way causing an abject failure (I am by nature an optimistic pessimist - I expect the worst to happen so if it doesn't i'm pleased and if it does it's what I expected).

I've not done much to anything in the last couple of days as i've been running around packing and shifting stuff thats in the builders way.  Also they've repurposed the back yard into a storage facility which has rendered the mental map I use to navigate back to the house in the dark (night falls at 1730 here ATM) inaccurate due to stacks of bricks, reinforcing mesh and trenches.  Of course I could take a torch down there but that would be far too sensible.
I did manage to get a spot more PSR done on the Hotspur though.  No new name has suggested itself although given the Shakespearean connection i'm thinking GAL Malvolio or Oberon or...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on July 01, 2015, 06:09:13 am
The 'soon-to-not-be' Hotspur has certainly caught my eye. I've wanted to create something like that for some time but just can't think of suitable donor parts....or how it would look. Carry on and I shall follow in thy wake ;D.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 02, 2015, 04:11:08 am
Well all the non Hotspur parts came from my parts box.  Prop is Vought Kingfisher and engine is Kawanishi N1K1 mounted on a 1/24 wheel with the end of a drop tank stuck on the back.   No planning.  Just a rummage until I found stuff that would do the job.
Undercarriage is next.  It'll be a tricycle job with the nose wheel semi recessed in the fuselage.  Main wheels will probably be Stuka although I do have a spare set of the big Heyford spats and wheels.  Ideal for unpaved strips...
This is going to be another Frankston Skycabs plane and so will be primrose yellow with green & white chequers.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on July 02, 2015, 11:18:54 pm
   No planning.  Just a rummage until I found stuff that would do the job.

serendipity at its best
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 04, 2015, 02:23:13 am
Here's the Hotspur sitting on Heyford spats.  I think i'll go with these.  She'll need some nose weight though.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Hotspur/Photo0419_zpsenzcfrv1.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Hotspur/Photo0419_zpsenzcfrv1.jpg.html)
And here's the single seat Babs.  Shades of Hughes H1?
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Hotspur/Photo0420_zpsa1m0ok7d.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Hotspur/Photo0420_zpsa1m0ok7d.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on July 06, 2015, 12:03:23 am
Liking the look of the solo Babs :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 06, 2015, 01:46:22 am
Thanks Brad.  It's amazing the difference shortening the canopy makes.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 06, 2015, 05:48:59 am
Liking the look of the solo Babs :mellow:

Makes her look like a racer. More Hughes then Caproni, but very mid 30's state of the art  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 07, 2015, 04:34:42 am
I may fair in the rear of Bab's spatted undercarriage to add to that racer vibe.

The Hotspur now has Heyford spats firmly attached.  It took 2 of my smaller fishing weights in the nose to keep it down.
The wheels look almost comically large but my thinking is that this is for taking customers to unmade bush strips and landing in paddocks on outback stations.

Caproni is ready for pre-decal clear but it's been too cold to risk trying it.

Dagger is still being PSRed (the final shaping around the gun pack and the last stubborn gaps in the wings and tail).

I've also found this kit on evil-bay.  It has so much possibility I may have to get one.
(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDgzWDcwMA==/z/B5YAAOSwAL9UdnHu/$_12.JPG)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on July 07, 2015, 06:37:49 am
What's your technique for filling and sanding smooth that forward cockpit on 'Babs'. I have my way but I've noticed that after a few weeks some shrinkage can occur. I really want to 'Skyraider' a Naka B6N but that hydroponics farm they call a canopy always puts me off.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on July 07, 2015, 02:59:52 pm
Hotspur looks good like that ! I like that Japanese carrier thing too....who makes that ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 08, 2015, 03:19:46 am
The Material Carrier is made by Aoshima.

Max - I glued a piece of curved styrene sheet inside the fuselage and the put filler on the outside.  I think the trick might be in the filler.  I use Tamiya Polyester Putty which is a 2 part product meaning it sets by chemical reaction rather than by evaporation of solvent and thus doesn't shrink.  It stinks to high heaven and is bright yellow but it's the best i've used.
Tamiya do however also make a light curing putty which intrigues me.  They claim it's ready to sand in 1 minute after exposure to sunlight or 2 minutes with artificial light.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on July 09, 2015, 07:20:31 am
Ya thanks I found some online from Amazon and Ebay...might just go for it ! Be a cool addition to a Harrier dio eh ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on July 09, 2015, 07:34:13 pm
The EKFG was trying to persuade me that that JGSDF load carrier would make a good snowcat at a recent show....

Re the Hotspur (which is looking very good BTW), try anagrams: Top Rush, Hu-Sport etc....

Re your old tank question:

T-55 = 100mm gun, 4 x crew inc. manual loader
T-62 = 115mm gun, 3 x crew plus auto-loader
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 09, 2015, 08:51:37 pm
As i've just had a tooth removed under IV sedation (recommended - I remember nothing except snoring 3 times.  It would be a great way to spend the next time I fly Australia to UK) I may still be under the influence of drugs but I just bought a Load Carrier kit through evil-bay.
And oddly I was thinking as I did so "that would look good on one of H's Antarctic dioramas.

Thanks for the tank info.

I'm off to put Hotspur into an anagram generator.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 09, 2015, 09:26:51 pm
OK, it's a GAL Porthus.
Not a Musketeer or Captain Archer's Beagle it is in fact Swedish for gatehouse.  However it DOES sound like a name you'd find in classical literature.

E.G. Porthus Comte d'Adelaide.  Master of the Royal charabanc under Louis XVI.  Tragically killed when Monsieur Oui Oui the beloved pet mandrill of his youngest mistress (The Honourable Michele de Frankston - aged 14) mistook his rouged cheeks and towering wig for an in season female and suffocated him with forced fellatio. If only he'd had his teeth in at the time...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on July 09, 2015, 10:48:01 pm
As i've just had a tooth removed under IV sedation (recommended - I remember nothing except snoring 3 times.  It would be a great way to spend the next time I fly Australia to UK) I may still be under the influence of drugs but I just bought a Load Carrier kit through evil-bay.
And oddly I was thinking as I did so "that would look good on one of H's Antarctic dioramas.

Thanks for the tank info.

I'm off to put Hotspur into an anagram generator.



Thanks for the putty information, I'll certainly try that next time.

Wisdom teeth are the worst, I've had that 'op' twice. What I find that hurts after are the neck muscles 'cos the dentist and assistant were pulling left, right, left etc to yank the bu**ers out ;D.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 10, 2015, 02:00:37 am
This was a pre molar.  It had to come out due to a dodgy root canal done 20 years ago by an NHS dentist in the UK.  On top of that was a crown which failed and was replaced with a cantilever bridge.  An abscess developed and the LH side of my face swelled up like a Hamster.  It swelled up so much it was lifting up my glasses on that side.  The bridge is sound so the tooth had to come out from the side.  The dental surgeon gave me a full explanation of the procedure which was going fine until he got to the bit where he said "...and then we scrape out the infection...".  I had to stop him and ask him to not use that word and say "carefully remove" instead.

One of my sisters had a hell of a time having her wisdoms removed.  The other twin has had no problems.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 10, 2015, 02:13:02 am
Thanks for the putty information, I'll certainly try that next time.

If you buy some Tamiya Polyester Putty then try and give the larger tube a bit of a squeeze* and don't buy if it feels too firm (although it's hard to tell when it's still sealed).  The last tube I bought was obviously old stock and despite still being sealed had gone off a bit at the cap end meaning it wouldn't squeeze out until I scooped out a heap of it with a paint mixer.
A good new tube will when opened have separated slightly (or not been mixed correctly) into putty and solvent under the cap.  You can either take advantage of this and stir it in to make extra thin putty or throw it away.
Oh, and the stuff is soluble in mentholated spirits so you can use cotton buds soaked in the stuff to smooth it out along seams.

*Tricky if buying on line but the bigger interweb shops should move enough of the stuff that their stocks are fresh.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on July 10, 2015, 06:17:51 am
Had my wisdom teeth taken out when I was about 16....they knocked me out for it but I awoke when the doc was hammering the damn things out ! Felt good after as I was stoned to the bejesus but after that went away..... :wacko:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 10, 2015, 10:07:28 pm
Yes.  You get lulled into a false sense of security.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 11, 2015, 01:57:00 am
But enough about my teeth.  "What about the Whiffing" I hear you cry.

Well having fulfilled my target of finishing and submitting another assignment for TAFE and then having rain postpone the planned trip to the storage bunker with another car load of stuff we don't want to get covered with building dust I found myself free to print the decals for the Caproni, Porthus, Morris Van and FW 189 and kidaddle to the shed.

I started building the nose wheel for the Porthus.  I am using XFV-1 spats and a Ta 154 wheel.
 
Babs got some filler in the wing joins that sprung apart when I dropped it on Thursday.

But most of the time I spent painting the huge amount of cockpit framing for the Caproni.  I'm using the long streamlined nose not the one with the setback windscreen.  Mainly because to was a pic of a 311 with the long nose that inspired me to buy one as I seem to have a thing for planes with teardrop shaped fuselages (Ca 311, Blenheim Mk1, Mitsubishi Dianah, He 111).

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 11, 2015, 07:18:42 am
I am going to build the Caproni with the long streamlined nose as it's a favourite aircraft but I have the Special Hobby kit (indeed I have all their Caroni twins) which comes with a full masking set both inside and out  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 12, 2015, 02:59:10 am
Is it the Special Hobby kit which has the whole fuselage moulded in clear?

Not much done today as it was raining and when it hits the tin roof on my shed the noise drives me back up to the house.
I did however take this picture.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Caproni%20Ca311/Photo0423_zpsewrfqf4a.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Caproni%20Ca311/Photo0423_zpsewrfqf4a.jpg.html)
Greenhouse is just taped in place for now.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on July 12, 2015, 04:14:34 am
Beautiful colour scheme, really works with that design too.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 12, 2015, 04:20:46 am
Thanks Max.  I have some Zenrat Industries decals to go onto it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on July 12, 2015, 05:04:08 am

very delicate indeed

euh, may I say it makes me think of the Milka Ju-52?  ;D
which is an example of lovely livery, IMHO


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 12, 2015, 07:24:40 am
Is it the Special Hobby kit which has the whole fuselage moulded in clear?



Yup it is.

Your Caproni looks stunning, mine has run off down the road screaming "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy". Not sure if I can coax it back  :blink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 13, 2015, 02:12:48 am
Thanks guys.  I'm sure yours'll come back Chris.

Decals on today.  Nothing over the top just a logo on the tail, Zenrat Industries & rego on the side behind the windows and the name on the nose (Miss Direction).  My thinking is she's a deniable/smuggling plane masquerading as an executive prop hence colours that won't stand out against the night sky and minimal signage - but without going the whole unmarked black hog.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 15, 2015, 01:04:32 am
Good news <drum roll> it appears that PSR on the Dagger is completed.  Next I have to rescribe some of the panel lines i've lost in the process.

I've also abandoned  attempt one on the Porthus nose wheel and started attempt 2.



Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on July 15, 2015, 05:14:33 am
Painting a greenhouse in a garden shed...there's a joke in there somewhere  :thumbsup: looks good tho ! Sleek.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 17, 2015, 04:52:18 am
Thanks Cap'n.  Sleekness probably down to Caproni though. ;D
Put a coat of satin clear on it her today but that's all I found time to do.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 19, 2015, 04:21:23 am
The Caproni's clear has reacted slightly with the paint.  But only on the control surfaces which were painted separately and didn't get a coat of gloss clear as they have no decals on them.  It's fogged slightly but not enough to worry about - call it weathering. ;D
Touched up the interior paint today preparatory to putting in the fuselage windows and interior.

Bit more PSR on Babs.  Wing to fuselage join a bit too obvious on the underside.

Most of today however was spent cleaning out and then fixing loose joints on the gutters on the house.  Mmmmm, I love the smell of decomposing leaves in the morning...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 26, 2015, 07:31:14 pm
Dramas yesterday.
After pulling down the lounge room ceiling (how else would you spend a Sunday?) I was ensconced in the shed and had just finished painting parts of the Caproni and the Tilt Fan when there came a violent kicking on the door.
It was Mrs Z.  I was about to say "use the doorbell" when I realised she was flustered (unlike her) and clutching her hand.
"I fell over and cut my hand on some metal" she said.
And then showed me...

3 1/2 hours later we left the emergency department with 8 stitches in the wound.
She'd tripped over some plaster cornice the builders were storing in the garage and in falling landed with the ball of her hand on the sharp edges of a stack of the metal pieces that trim up external plasterboard corners.
I'd never seen the inside of a hand before.  There's all this weird frilly stuff that tried to come out of the gash.
She's OK now but probably no driving (it's her gear change hand) for a while.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 26, 2015, 10:34:59 pm
Oooer, that doesn't sound much fun. Eight stitches sounds sort of serious, but they ought to keep the frilly stuff back inside.

I hope Mrs. Zenrat recovers quickly without too much pain.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 27, 2015, 12:15:34 am
Well I succeeded in getting her to have a sick day but now she's making noises about going to work tomorrow.
I have suggested she goes and sits in her car and practices changing gear to see how much it hurts.
The gash was about 3 inches long.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on July 27, 2015, 01:40:39 am
Family Rheged send their best wishes for a speedy recovery to Madame Z.  I've had to deal with a similar injury to a work colleague some years ago.......please persuade your good lady that she will hinder the healing process if she uses the hand too much, too soon.   Gear changing is in my view far too much.   Try to convince her that she needs waited on hand and foot for a few days, as this will help things heal faster..............and then you can bask in the righteous glow of a chap who has "done the right thing".      Seriously, look after her for a few days now, and so later  you won't have to spend a few weeks looking after her when things go wrong!!

(Ah, the joys of having been the office First Aider!!)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on July 27, 2015, 02:52:09 am
A couple of days to knit and let the stitches do their job.  About 12 years ago, I sliced open my finger after picking up a carpet knife the wrong way at one former employer.  After calmly bandaging it, while the pool staff were freaking out over it, I went to the local ED, and had three stitches sewn in.  Thankfully, it had happened over the weekend so I *did* have time to let it heal before the work week kicked off again.  Down time is definitely a requirement for injuries such as this.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 27, 2015, 03:55:14 am
Thanks guys.
My first aid training kicked in despite it being 3 years since I last did a refresher.  I guess you don't forget.  Couldn't find the sterile dressings in the first aid kit at the time but when redressing the wound today (she just had to have a look) they were there staring me in the face.  A touch of panic I guess which is unusual as i like to think i'm pretty level headed in a crisis.
She's pretty definite she's going to work tomorrow (once she's made her mind up i've never been able to change it) but i've made her promise to at least only use the gearshift with her fingertips and not palm it in the usual way.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Gondor on July 27, 2015, 05:29:14 am
Could you drive her to work or get a colleague from her work to pick her up/bring her back?

Gondor
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 27, 2015, 06:18:34 am
Stitches in the palm ? That sounds as though it will take an age to heal without breaking them. Very tender. Please pass on my best wishes
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on July 27, 2015, 08:58:45 am
Please send my best wishes. Major ouch. I've avoided stitches for years by just using superglue. Not sure if I'd risk it on a cut like that :blink:.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on July 27, 2015, 07:50:36 pm
Wow that's crazy how quickly things can happen ! Glad to hear she's stitched up and healing.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 28, 2015, 01:02:53 am
Thanks for all the best wishes.
Mrs Stubborn Britches has just got home having survived the drives to and from work without busting any stitches.  The laceration is not in the middle of the palm but sort of wraps round the edge of the fat padded part that you would use to thump a desk.  She changed gear with her fingertips but did feel the need to take the dressing off to show everyone in the office the stitches.
Sometimes it's like being married to an 8 year old...

Anyway, painting day today.
I painted the fresh bare plasterboard in our newly enlarged 8m x 5m kitchen/family room (now known as "The Big Room").  I then painted some colour onto the now mostly Light Gull Grey FW 189 tilt fan and glued the mudguards onto the Morris Truck.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 28, 2015, 01:51:16 am
Ouch, 8 stiches... That was a big one. Hope she's doing better and that she changed her mind about going to work so soon.
Edit: ops, guess we were writing at the same time... I guess women are naturally stuborn...  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on July 28, 2015, 04:20:41 am
but did feel the need to take the dressing off to show everyone in the office the stitches.

And whom here wouldn't have done the same ? Every kid knows that's the best part of an injury....showing it off ! lol
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Mossie on July 28, 2015, 05:48:01 am
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Caproni%20Ca311/Photo0423_zpsewrfqf4a.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Caproni%20Ca311/Photo0423_zpsewrfqf4a.jpg.html)

Reminds me of a Dragon Rapide in that scheme.  Hmm, idea, monoplane Rapide, hmmmmmm.......

I hope Mrs Z is healing up okay

I'd never seen the inside of a hand before.  There's all this weird frilly stuff that tried to come out of the gash.

Almost certainly the fatty layer, we all have a pad of it on our palm to help cushion it a bit.  You can tell when you press your palm, it feels a bit fleshly compared to the back of your hand where you can feel the structures under the skin.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 28, 2015, 03:54:31 pm
That's what the doctor said.  Probably better to cut there than the back where all those tendons are close to the surface...
I told the receptionist at my chiropractors and she said "oh yes, it looks odd doesn't it.  I saw the inside of my son's hand when someone trod on it during a gridiron game and it burst..."

Funny you should mention Dragon Rapides Mossie, I have a Tasman Models upgraded Heller 1/72 example in my stash which could get a similar paint job.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 30, 2015, 02:45:33 am
Bit more painting today - models not house.

Babs got a second coat of light sea grey.  It now looks like an unpainted current Airfix kit.
My plan is camo over the grey but I quite like the way it looks as it is so may dump that idea.
Needs to be pondered and the decal stash consulted.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Babs/Photo0436_zpsamvyfvlz.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Babs/Photo0436_zpsamvyfvlz.jpg.html)

I also shot a couple of coats of silver car touch up paint (from a rattle can) onto the Dagger after rescribing some of the lost panel lines.
She looks better in the photo than IRL.  The plan is to foil the wings and tail and then add some colour.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Photo0437_zpsaajqkgun.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Photo0437_zpsaajqkgun.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Mossie on July 30, 2015, 04:48:33 am
Shiny, shades on! :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on July 30, 2015, 04:52:45 am
You're a busy man ! Love the 102.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 31, 2015, 04:22:37 am
Busy painting walls today.

But I have perused my decals folder.  I think I might make the Dagger USAF (make a change to use decals form the "correct" country!) but I can't decide about the nationality of Babs.  I have a choice of Swedish, Polish, Czech and East German.
I'm swaying towards Polish simply because they look so good.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on July 31, 2015, 04:54:03 am
It has a Polish look I think, it's what I'd choose for it too.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 31, 2015, 05:20:38 am
Polish it is then.
Thanks Brad.  I'm crap at making decisions sometimes.
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on July 31, 2015, 05:24:53 am
Polish sounds good ! And making the 102 USAF ? Interesting !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 01, 2015, 02:49:03 am
I may be mistaken but my very quick bit of research (goggling Delta Dagger and looking at images) shows that most F-102s after the prototypes, were painted.  Possibly related to corrosion of the metal skin from the rocket's exhausts?  Of course mine won't have that issue as it has a pair of 20mm Gatling guns mounted in the missile bay.
A lot of Daggers seem to have had red tails so that's one colour to avoid.  Maybe blue along with some interesting squadron artwork. A Chupacabras (my avatar) maybe?

No modelling today.  Out spending what seems to me an obscene amount of money on light fittings and a ceiling fan.  I wan't allowed the fan I liked best which bore a remarkable resemblance to a small wooden 3 bladed 1930's propeller :wub:.  So it would have been out of place in the big room but it looked like a small wooden 3 bladed 1930's propeller! :angry:

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 08, 2015, 04:33:50 am
More house painting today (all the fresh plasterboard now has at least one coat of paint on it).  But I did track down and order, at decent prices and both from the same source Revell versions of the Matchbox Privateer and Norseman.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 09, 2015, 04:00:16 am
I have a cold.  The Snotgoblin has started up nightly visits to do his usual trick of pumping my head full of mucus (where else does it come from then?).
In addition to that I have started coughing up phlegm (without brown bits now since quitting smoking 6 years ago - a good thing).
Combine that with house painting and a visit from The Boy and I only got an hour in the shed.
Apart from what I did on the tilt fan I painted Babs' engine cowling and the Caproni's props, undercarriage & pilot's shoes.
The Caproni is nearly finished.  I just have to sort out the exhausts, assemble the engines and fit them plus the wheels, pilot and glazing.
The Porthus is currently undercoated awaiting a coat of Frankston Skycabs yellow and the Dagger is awaiting decent weather so I can airbrush some candy over the silver.
I haven't touched the D9 Dozer but I have sorted out crane parts.
I may also have accidentally started building the crew van from a 1/72 Hasegawa US Pilots & Ground Crew set.

Of course as the Caproni & Tilt Fan are coming to an end I have to make a decision on what to start next.  Something Soviet maybe...




Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 09, 2015, 06:57:25 am
I reckon the tilt fan looks very Sovietish actually.

As for the Snotgoblin ? I've had it in one nostril most of the summer. Won't go into details but I'm wondering if you can develop hay fever in one nostril ?  :-\
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 10, 2015, 03:33:06 am
Feasible.  I suppose the mucus membrane in only one side could become sensitised to pollen or whatever (glue, paint, resin dust).

The Snotgoblin is a compatriot of the Diesel Man.  It is the Diesel Man who, after you have been drinking, comes into your room, pours diesel into your mouth and steals your money.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 10, 2015, 05:45:27 am
I suppose both are related to Vegamite man then ?  :rolleyes:

Strangely after a decent session it's my legs that go ! head and mouth tend to be ok but my legs ache like no one's business  :blink: Happens very, very rarely now however....getting old  :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on August 10, 2015, 08:55:45 am
There's a wee resin 350 scale flying sub that would make a perfect Snot Goblin lol
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 11, 2015, 03:48:00 am
Got a bit of time for myself today and concentrated on finishing the Caproni.
Not much to do now although some seam lines have appeared on the cowlings which need dealing with  :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: comrade harps on August 11, 2015, 05:10:02 am
Not much to do now although some seam lines have appeared on the cowlings which need dealing with  :banghead:


Seam lines? I rarely bother about them. They given a model a model look!  :blink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on August 11, 2015, 05:46:17 am
I guess it all depends on the look you are going for !

I'm still drooling over the F-102....don't see enough of those.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 11, 2015, 02:00:07 pm
... I'm still drooling over the F-102....don't see enough of those.

 :cheers:

Same here, that's looking real good!  :thumbsup:

 :drink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on August 11, 2015, 02:17:28 pm
Got a bit of time for myself today and concentrated on finishing the Caproni.
Not much to do now although some seam lines have appeared on the cowlings which need dealing with  :banghead:


I'm sure its got something to do with air pressure/temperature. Perfect model in the evening, seam lines in the morning...summer's worse than winter.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 11, 2015, 07:04:58 pm
I wouldn't bother but they are at 12 and 6 o'clock and so the top one is obvious.  They will only delay things by a couple of days.  This one isn't for the GB so there is no deadline.
They appeared after I satin cleared the paint.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on August 12, 2015, 07:46:01 pm
I wouldn't bother but they are at 12 and 6 o'clock and so the top one is obvious.  They will only delay things by a couple of days.  This one isn't for the GB so there is no deadline.
They appeared after I satin cleared the paint.


Last step, naturally. Model gremlins living in your house?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 13, 2015, 02:25:09 am
I build in my shed, so the gremlins will be lurking there.
 :-\

More house painting today.  I've noticed that modern emulsion paint (what you paint the walls & ceiling with) is a lot easier to get off my hands, face glasses and head.  When I used to get paid for doing this back in the 90's it was a lot more stubborn.
They must have changed the formula.
Anyhoo, while cleaning the brush & roller I found time to finish off the Caproni.  I note the props are handed but there is no distinction made in the instructions as to which goes on which side so I guessed.  It's 50/50 but I bet I got it wrong.
Beauty pics tomorrow.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Caproni%20Ca311/Caproni%20Ca%20311%2002_zpso5prryrt.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Caproni%20Ca311/Caproni%20Ca%20311%2002_zpso5prryrt.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on August 13, 2015, 05:37:40 am
Rotating inwards, that's the direction I would have chose too. :thumbsup:

Looks good in blues. :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on August 13, 2015, 05:43:28 am
Out of boredom interest I Googled the Ca.311 and all pics show inward rotation. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on August 13, 2015, 06:02:47 am
Roll on tomorrow :thumbsup:. Still loving the colours, and that canopy is  :wub:.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 13, 2015, 06:55:27 am
Roll on tomorrow :thumbsup:. Still loving the colours, and that canopy is  :wub:.

Yup having recently messed one up I agree it's a superb job  :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 13, 2015, 07:54:53 am
I've always liked that Caproni's shape and in those colours it's REALLY good, well done indeed.  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 14, 2015, 04:02:53 am
Thanks guys.  Proper thread started here (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,41014.0.html).

Looks like I lucked in with the props then.  I would have had to come into the house to google it myself and that would have meant at least an hour as I would have got distracted.

So, that one is finished and the FW 189 won't be long.  Babs will be next.  I have an urge to mount some large soviet air to air missiles on it "just 'cause".  I'm waiting for a warmish day to put a coat of gloss clear on it so I can get the Polish decals on.  I also need a decent day to get more paint on the Dagger.

Spring's definitely on its way here as the Wattles are flowering.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/ThisHereIsAWattle_zpszeydgmj4.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/ThisHereIsAWattle_zpszeydgmj4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on August 14, 2015, 10:02:16 am
How is Madame Zenrat's hand?  Is it healing properly?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 16, 2015, 03:30:18 am
It's healing very well thank you.  Stitches came out 10 days after the event and she proudly told me the other night that she had peeled off a load of dead skin from around it and it was all pink & new underneath.  The event was 3 weeks ago now and it's knitted together very nicely.  She's still keeping it covered with a dressing though as it's still tender.  It's going to be a lovely scar.
I've given her my cold now though so she's spent the weekend in bed producing snotty tissues, coughing up buttery lung oysters, wheezing (she's asthmatic anyway) and binge viewing Poldark.  At least the electricians came on friday and installed a socket so we can run the heating.
No house painting was allowed though because of the smell so i've been able to decal both Babs and the Porthus, get on with the last fiddley bits of the Tilt fan and even do some of the D9 Dozer.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Babs/Babs%20WIP%202015-08-16%2001_zps3lohcaco.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Babs/Babs%20WIP%202015-08-16%2001_zps3lohcaco.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 16, 2015, 06:21:14 am
Very, very interesting, what period is it ?

Some will tell you that the Polish AF put it's national markings at a different distance from the wingtip on either side so as to confuse air-gunners. However I'm not sure what period that covers and even Polish manufacturers sometimes miss it in their transfer placement sheets. Besides I'm half convinced it was just a couple of daft ground crew who got the measurements wrong and that one photo has led to what is a current belief  :rolleyes:

Glad the lady wife's hand is healing, sorry about the cold. However as I always say "it has to go somewhere, otherwise it would be homeless"
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on August 16, 2015, 07:47:57 am

the Caproni definitely has aerial colors (but is it sunrise or sunset?  :unsure:)

good that the hand is healing : we are especially conscious of the advantages of fine prehensility on this forum.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 17, 2015, 03:18:17 am
I have no idea on time period Chris.  I'm just following the instructions of the voices in my head.   ;)
The missiles are Vympel R-27s which were introduced in 1983...
...so 1940s then.  ;D

I prefer sunrises to sunsets Eric - less people about.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 17, 2015, 06:14:02 am
I'm for sunsets, particularly when sitting on a beautiful beach. Sunset (unsurprisingly) on Oahu is gorgeous as are a couple I've seen from Samoa. Northern latitudes can be excellent as well as the sky is very clear - thinking Canada, Alaska and Norway here
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on August 17, 2015, 09:49:51 am
I'm for sunsets, particularly when sitting on a beautiful beach. Sunset (unsurprisingly) on Oahu is gorgeous as are a couple I've seen from Samoa. Northern latitudes can be excellent as well as the sky is very clear - thinking Canada, Alaska and Norway here

Agreed, I'm for sunsets too.   In the UK, try over the Solway Firth, Ardnamurchan Point  or even the "not really quite a proper sunset" in late June in  Orkney and  Shetland.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on August 17, 2015, 11:31:01 am
Agreed, I'm for sunsets too.   In the UK, try over the Solway Firth, Ardnamurchan Point  or even the "not really quite a proper sunset" in late June in  Orkney and  Shetland.

Which is probably much like the "not really quite a proper sunset (or sunrise) in Iceland over the summer... ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 18, 2015, 02:44:01 am
Sunsets are good (viewed from the back of a camel on the beach in Broome in Western Australia springs to mind) but the thing with sunrises is I always feel they are more exclusive as less people will be out of bed watching them.
A good day of course would be topped and tailed with both.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 18, 2015, 06:42:29 am
Must admit I've been in the Arctic Circle a few times - Norway, Finland and Alaska and the "not quite a sunrise/sunset" throws me. I found it quite unsettling for some reason
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 18, 2015, 06:22:23 pm
I've never been that far North or South.  I'd love to visit Antarctica.

I'm working earlies at the moment finishing at around 8 am.  For some reason (possibly lack of sleep) I arranged for a flat pack kitchen to be delivered today.  They gave me a window of 7 am to 1 pm.  They haven't been yet and it's 11:25 and I could really do with a couple of hours nap but i'm scared that if I do i won't hear the doorbell and they'll take it back to the store.  What's the odds they don't get here until 1 (or after) anyway though?

I can't even hit the shed and do some building as there's no way i'll know when they arrive then.

Maybe a shower is in order?  Stripping off and soaping up should guarantee they choose that exact moment to arrive...


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 19, 2015, 07:04:48 am
You know how to make the mind  :blink: don't you ? To much information  ;D As for the delivery guys ? I'm the same as you they always come at the back end of the quoted time, never the front  :banghead:

As for Antarctica ? The one continent and sea I've not been to and to be honest it doesn't bother me much. I like some greenery at least. Spitzbergen was the nearest I've been to a complete Arctic type landscape.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 20, 2015, 03:03:39 am
I had a shower and they rang just after I got dressed (12:00) to say they were running late and wouldn't be there until between 13:30 and 14:30.
They then turned up exactly on 13:30.

Babs is almost done now.  Just the missiles and pilot to finish painting and then some final assembly.
Porthus needs some touching up done on the fin chequers and the wheels & tyres painting followed by sorting out the pilot and canopy and making the windows.
I've also primed the track support parts of the D9 Dozer.  I'm working up to the cab with it's rather complex masking job.

I've been to hot deserts but not cold.  Parts of Western and South Australia for example.





Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on August 20, 2015, 06:43:01 am
Looks like a jet with that open mouth and missile armament ! Glad to hear the Missus is feeling better.

 :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 20, 2015, 01:31:48 pm
Looks like a jet with that open mouth and missile armament ! Glad to hear the Missus is feeling better.

 :wub:

 :o Funny that when i saw it, Yakovlev early jets came to mind... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 21, 2015, 04:42:38 am
She looks jet no longer.  Babs now has the radial engine attached.

Today I have mainly been building a different type of kit.  A much more expensive one with very good parts fit, multiple options, some very nice details and misleading instructions (due to their insistence in using only pictures when a few words would make things much clearer).
It's an Ikea kitchen and it's very slow going.

I did however get down and paint most of the canopies of the Tilt fan.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on August 21, 2015, 05:07:06 am
Today I have mainly been building a different type of kit.  A much more expensive one with very good parts fit, multiple options, some very nice details and misleading instructions (due to their insistence in using only pictures when a few words would make things much clearer).
It's an Ikea kitchen and it's very slow going.

I do agree Ikea kits do have a really good fit, options and details, with crappy instructions.  I just wish they didn't use screw sizes that were so close to each other.  One must admit though, their use of pictures only eliminates the potential for translation errors.  But with how cheap toner (not printer ink) is, one would think that Ikea would update to *real* pictures now instead of cartoon line drawings.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 21, 2015, 05:29:20 am
They have stopped supplying tools as well.  Once they gave you an allen key/screwdriver in every box.
The ones I am putting together were made in Slovakia so they've had quite a trip to get here.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on August 21, 2015, 05:35:08 am
Been frustrated by them before...but looks good in the end, once you get it right  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 21, 2015, 07:02:15 am
It's the one way system in Ikea that does me in  :banghead: The meatballs on the other hand  :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on August 23, 2015, 03:56:59 am
It's the one way system in Ikea that does me in  :banghead: The meatballs on the other hand  :wub:

what I do prefer at Ikea are the different types of herring   ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on August 23, 2015, 04:53:48 am
It's the one way system in Ikea that does me in  :banghead: The meatballs on the other hand  :wub:

Complete agreement on both....visited Ikea on at least three occasions just for lunch on the way back from North London, A406 ;D.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 24, 2015, 03:44:39 am
The meatballs, the potato rostis and the crispy biscuits sandwiched with real chocolate...

Babs is almost done, Porthus is progressing (painted the tyres today) and i've started a Suez Skyray.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 24, 2015, 06:06:22 am
Babs, Porthus and Skyray. Sounds like the novel Dumas never finished  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 25, 2015, 04:02:05 am
Dumas' long lost Sci Fi novel...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on August 25, 2015, 10:28:59 am
Dumas' long lost Sci Fi novel...

Can't read that name now without remembering "Shawshank.." ! Alexander Dumbass ;D.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on August 26, 2015, 05:34:31 am
Now you guys are making me hungry ! And of course the old Marks and Spencer days as a kid are kicking in ( when we'd drive to the city to go shopping )...those little jars of potted meat and fish  :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 27, 2015, 03:38:57 am
Considering i'm building the Skyray with Suez stripes (operation Musketeer) all this talk of Dumas is appropriate.

Now, the Trumpeter Wyvern i'm pinching the decals from has a torpedo.  Should I hang it from the Skyray?

Today I built a custom support stick to hold Porthus while it's satin cleared and touched up the chequer decals.

I painted some more of the inside bits of the Skyray that have to be done before the 2 halves are joined.  It also seemed like a good time to attach the vertical tail as PSR will be easier at this stage.  Looks like none will be needed though.  The way the kit is designed with a separate nose means it would be fairly easy to perform rhinoplasty...

I also finished Babs apart from rigging the aerial wire.  Writing a supporting tale is going well with complete and utter gibberish flowing from my fingers like oil from a hard ridden Triumph.
The stand I built for the Tilt Fan worked so well I may rip open another still sealed Matchbox kit to make another.  It's basically the small sized clear Matchbox stand with the male part that fits into the fuselage slot cut off and a square of transparent styrene glued in it's place.  I drilled a hole in each corner of the plate and then glued a short (1/8") length of styrene rod into each hole.  The model sits on the rods rather than the plate and is thus less prone to wobbling.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on August 27, 2015, 05:10:16 am
Torpedo ? Hmmm.....sound interesting ! Might work, but might look kinda funny as you'd think you'd have control of the sea anyway ? But I guess it's good to be prepared !

Do you have pics of the stand set up ? Or have I already seen them and just can't recall..... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 28, 2015, 02:36:59 am
Stand set up is new.  I'll try to remember to take some pics.  I opened both my still sealed Matchbox kits but neither contained a stand.  They are both Chinese versions (knock offs?) containing a very small tube of glue, pressure sensitive decals and a rather nasty smell.

The Tamiya 1/72 Skyray kit is a real treat.  So far its going together really nicely although I did forget to drill the weapons mounting holes before glueing the wing halves together.  I blame this on the neighbours distracting me by popping round for a visit.

I also put some satin clear on Porthus and completely finished Babs.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 29, 2015, 03:07:49 am
The ability to order fish and chips or pizza online is what the interweb was created for.

I've hit a snag with Porthus.
Here's what it currently looks like in a long shot
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Hotspur/Porthus%20001_zps3deoal5p.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Hotspur/Porthus%20001_zps3deoal5p.jpg.html)
But if you look closer you will see the satin clear has caused the paint to pull back in some places.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Hotspur/Porthus%20003_zpsrgptfpra.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Hotspur/Porthus%20003_zpsrgptfpra.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Hotspur/Porthus%20002_zps7vg3u1r9.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Hotspur/Porthus%20002_zps7vg3u1r9.jpg.html)
I used enamel rattle can paint over which I applied acrylic gloss clear and then decaled.  After a week or so I then applied the satin clear and this happened.  I've had no issues before using this clear over enamel and I'm thinking I applied the satin too heavily and the solvents leached down through the layers.  The white that is exposed is the undercoat.
I'm not going to strip it or even attempt to sand it back.  I'll put it aside for a while why I ponder my options but I think i may paint the exposed areas to look like the underlying structure - wood on the wings and metal on the nacelle.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on August 29, 2015, 04:09:36 am
The ability to order fish and chips or pizza online is what the interweb was created for.

and, to that respect at least, the success in total.

I've hit a snag with Porthus.
Here's what it currently looks like in a long shot

gorgeous !


But if you look closer you will see the satin clear has caused the paint to pull back in some places.

ah, bad luck ; it seems that you're being chemically creative at the same time as aeronautically, and creativity sometimes meets obstacles ... bon courage

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 29, 2015, 04:57:55 am
I've had a couple of things happen recently which I have put down to over zealous rattle can usage, mainly varnish. Must admit I've gone back to brush on some projects.

Porthus does look nice  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 29, 2015, 06:24:00 am
Thanks guys.
Eric - these days I restrict my chemical experiments to models... ;)

I forgot to post this pic of the stand I made.  Unfortunately just after taking the photo I tried to adjust the angle of the top plate and the stem snapped.  I've modified it and will take another picture when the glues dried and i've tested it.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Stand%20001_zps593aifpl.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Stand%20001_zps593aifpl.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 29, 2015, 09:05:19 am
Others would call the varnish problems 'weathering'.

I'd leave it as it is.  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 29, 2015, 06:02:09 pm
Hmmmm, maybe.
I'll paint the engine and the canopy and so on and see how it looks before I decide what to do.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 30, 2015, 01:10:41 am
Can't wait for the BoB GB to start so I thought i'd knock out a quick OOB paint whiff.
One of these (Future Boy Conan - Falco)
(http://collectiondx.com/files/aofal1.jpg)
painted like one of these
(http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/5/7/4/0578475.jpg)
but with prewar style stars with the red dot in the middle.

It's a very simple kit and is going together well so far.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on August 30, 2015, 05:22:38 am
 :mellow: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on August 30, 2015, 05:53:14 am
that future conan kit has a lot of appeal to me ... one day I might try and find it

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on August 30, 2015, 06:07:01 am
That's going to be cool ! And sorry to hear about your paint woes.

 :blink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 01, 2015, 04:21:19 am
Skyray really is very nice.  I should build more kits of this quality.  Cockpit is nearly all paint detailed and soon it'll be time for painting the FAA scheme.

The Falco has planks moulded into the interior floor so i've taken the time to give them a wood effect paint job.

And then there's this.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Chevy%20Citation/Pic_0901_024_zps0zktdrwp.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Chevy%20Citation/Pic_0901_024_zps0zktdrwp.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Chevy%20Citation/Pic_0901_026_zpsbrbpv3qv.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Chevy%20Citation/Pic_0901_026_zpsbrbpv3qv.jpg.html)
It's for the 2015 Scale Cannonball Run on the Model Cars Magazine forum.  The theme is :Sleepers".  It's a Chevy Citation on a Plymouth Prowler chassis (both 1/25 AMT).  I've retained the Prowlers rear mounted transmission but replaced the V6 with a 440 ci V8 from a Revell Dodge Charger.
The engine ends up in the passenger compartment (shades of Sports Sedan race cars) and i've had to stretch the nose of the Citation by 5 scale inches to get the wheelbases to match.  Still got a long way to go but today I finally got the body to chassis connections sorted out.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on September 01, 2015, 06:03:46 am
Skyray really is very nice.  I should build more kits of this quality.  Cockpit is nearly all paint detailed and soon it'll be time for painting the FAA scheme.

They really hit it out of the park with the Skyray.  The 1/48th is also very nice, and give you the option of folded wingtips.

The engine ends up in the passenger compartment (shades of Sports Sedan race cars)
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Or shades of the 24 Hours of LeMons' CBR-1000 powered RWD MetroGnome-
(http://photos.motoiq.com/MotoIQ/Tech/Best-Engineered-L/Metrognome-RWD-10/707467243_c5TmM-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 01, 2015, 06:31:55 am
Now that is cool !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 01, 2015, 11:28:37 am

  I've retained the Prowlers rear mounted transmission but replaced the V6 with a 440 ci V8 from a Revell Dodge Charger.


That should move it on down the road quite nicely!  :thumbsup: ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 02, 2015, 04:21:51 am
 :banghead: time.

I glued the 2 halves of the Skyray nose yesterday.
I realised I hadn't put in any weight today.
There is ship loads of room between the cockpit and the compressor fan so I can put some there but obviously being further back i'll need more weight.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 02, 2015, 04:56:45 am
I've got a great big tin of shot gun shot, leftover from my Grandfather's estate. The good thing about that, is you can drill a small, easily filled hole, and then start feeding them in after, and stop as soon as you hit the fulcrum.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 03, 2015, 02:55:07 am
I use spherical fishing weights which have a hole through them.  I glued a length of plastic rod to the back of the pilots seat bulkhead and slid weights onto it securing the last one with a blob of epoxy.  This method has the advantage of there being room for growth when the lead oxidises and goes furry.
I then glued the cockpit to the wing/fuselage part.  Another perfect looking seam.  At risk of putting the mozz on myself I might not need ANY PSR on this one.  I certainly haven't had to use any filler yet.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on September 03, 2015, 03:04:18 am
:banghead: time.

I glued the 2 halves of the Skyray nose yesterday.
I realised I hadn't put in any weight today.
There is ship loads of room between the cockpit and the compressor fan so I can put some there but obviously being further back i'll need more weight.

IIRC, it's pretty nicely balanced.  Of course, it's also been many years since I last built one
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 05:42:46 am
Good news !

When somebody says somat that brings on their own demise, in the wireline logging terms, we call it " the black chicken". As in " who called in the black chickens ?"  or " leave the chickens at roost " lol Also applies to the real and modelling worlds. Defo a superstition I believe in !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 04, 2015, 04:21:24 am
Skyray is all buttoned up now ready for paint.  Close examination however revealed the need for a smear of filler along the join between the upper and lower halves at the wing root.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 04, 2015, 07:48:56 pm
I'm waiting around for that Skyray, i love that plane!! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 06, 2015, 04:53:47 am
Skyray is primed and i'm experimenting with pre-shading.
Hopefully it'll be subtle and not look ready to be scrapped like some models can when this is done.
Next stage is to mask and put on some white as a base for the yellow of the Suez stripes.
Given that the Skyray has no real fuselage as such i'm only putting stripes on the wings.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on September 06, 2015, 10:35:44 am
How's Mrs Z's hand doing?  Properly healed yet?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on September 06, 2015, 10:35:04 pm
Skyray is primed and i'm experimenting with pre-shading.
Hopefully it'll be subtle and not look ready to be scrapped like some models can when this is done.


I think the problem is that some modellers don't put enough of a layer of the final colour over the shading - or they shade with a Black, when a Grey would be more appropriate...
Maybe put a layer on, walk away and see how it looks after a while? You can always add another coat.

Not that I've ever done anything like pre-shading myself, mind you...

And yeah - how is the Missus?

Cheers
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 07, 2015, 12:33:44 am

And yeah - how is the Missus?



Yup, back in the kitchen yet ?  :rolleyes: ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 07, 2015, 02:43:38 am
Ha ha, good one Chris.
I do all (OK, 98% of) the cooking.  Always have done.  Sue has pretty much always got home from work much later than me plus I get to cook exactly what I want to eat.
We currently don't actually have a kitchen anyway.  I'm still building it.  Benchtops are 2 weeks off and then I need to organise the glass splash back before the plumber will connect the gas stovetop.  We still need to chose taps but the floor tiles can be ordered tomorrow and should take only 1 or 2 days to arrive.
Mrs Zs hand is healing beautifully.  It's a bit red still around the scar but we can see that when it's fully healed it'll look like an additional line on her hand.  Should be good to confuse palm readers.

I pre shaded the top half with black (to go under Dark Sea Grey (or is it Green - can't remember but the Trumpeter Wyvern paint scheme sheet is my guide) and the bottom half with darkened Sky (to go under Sky).
Today I masked off where the Suez stripes will be and airbrushed that with white to give a lighter base for the yellow.  I did 3 lightish coats and it has a satisfactory mottled look to it but not too over the top.
Yellow tomorrow.

Anyone built or had a good squiz at the Italeri 1/72 Me 323 Gigant?

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Thorvic on September 07, 2015, 04:42:43 am

Anyone built or had a good squiz at the Italeri 1/72 Me 323 Gigant?


Martin H has, done one as a Whif a few years back
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 08, 2015, 04:02:07 am
Thanks Thorvic.  Did a search but it didn't come up.

Yellow is on the Skyray.  Masking and black stripes tomorrow.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 08, 2015, 04:18:54 am
Glad to here Sue is doing well, and that the kitchen will soon be done. That way you can have us all over for dinner  :thumbsup:

Skyray sounds great, look forward to seeing that one.

Gigant eh ? I almost bought one as a kid, but my Dad talked me out of it. Said it was slow and useless and got shot out of the sky every time it took off. Ended up with a 32nd scale CF-104, and was a human reference for the build of that one. Sat atop our television at home for years.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 09, 2015, 03:38:05 am
You're all welcome anytime you're in the area.

I sprayed the black stripes on the Skyray today.  It got under the masking tape in a big way so i've got a large amount of touching up to do.  I think I subconsciously didn't burnish the tape as hard as I should have because I was worried about it lifting the paint already on there.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on September 09, 2015, 07:29:24 am
No idea about the Italeri kit but I do have a un-built one of these (https://hobbyplex.com/cart/images/graupner.jpeg%209-10-2013%2012-34-35%20PM.JPG) that will be built up as a static model when I have somewhere to display something that big. I may even track down the truck kit they released to go with it sometime, you can just see it emerging from the Gigant in this pic (http://static.rcgroups.net/forums/attachments/1/5/4/6/3/t2857098-162-thumb-Giant%20001.jpg?d=1257384301) on the box side. Calculator say's the Gigant is 1/33, cannot remember but I think the truck is to the same scale.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 10, 2015, 02:50:48 am
Cool cool cool.

The Italeri 323 kit i'm watching on evil-bay is going up rapidly so I won't be bidding.

Today, after getting home from work this morning I touched up the yellow on the Skyray stripes and then went and laid the kitchen floor tiles.  After lunch I polished the stripes with toilet paper and then masked over them (making sure I burnished the edges down hard with a cocktail stick) and sprayed the underside Sky.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Skyray/Skyray%20WIP%2010-9-15%2002_zpsabeis7od.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Skyray/Skyray%20WIP%2010-9-15%2002_zpsabeis7od.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Skyray/Skyray%20WIP%2010-9-15%2001_zpsaqylvhir.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Skyray/Skyray%20WIP%2010-9-15%2001_zpsaqylvhir.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 10, 2015, 05:04:28 am
Now that is looking good ! And where are the pics taken ? The place looks huge !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 10, 2015, 01:36:40 pm
If the Skyray wing shape didn't exist we'd have to invent it, it looks SO good!  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on September 10, 2015, 02:42:44 pm
It's the one way system in Ikea that does me in  :banghead: The meatballs on the other hand  :wub:

Our local one (Ashton) has shortcuts through the Magical Mystery Tour, and you can go straight to each floor, incuding the cafe and the self-service/checkout area. ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on September 10, 2015, 02:44:09 pm
Are the Skyray stripes not going to extend across the chord then? Looks great BTW. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 11, 2015, 01:18:41 am
That's my shed Todd.  9m by 6m (a small one by Australian standards).  It's currently almost completely full with the contents of the house while I get on with finishing of the extension.  I took the picture standing just inside the door where I do my spray painting.  Modelling bench is in the opposite corner and the stash is spread around various cupboards.

Our Ikea has short cuts through the maze but they are not signposted and are easy to miss.

In the picture I found on the interweb I didn't like the stripes going all the way across the wing chord so I cut them short.  No fuselage stripes either because there isn't really a fuselage as such.  I got the Dark Sea Grey sprayed today.  Nothing else done because I was summoned to help my Sister-in-Law move some cupboards.  Her work is closing down and all the employees are scavenging the fixtures and fittings.  For my help I earned 2 large cardboard boxes of nuts, bolts & washers and one of those tubular jet like gas heaters.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Skyray/Skyray%20WIP%2011-09-15%2002_zps4cidl8la.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Skyray/Skyray%20WIP%2011-09-15%2002_zps4cidl8la.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Skyray/Skyray%20WIP%2011-09-15%2001_zpsvucidadz.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Skyray/Skyray%20WIP%2011-09-15%2001_zpsvucidadz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on September 11, 2015, 02:39:16 am
That's purty. :wub: The Ford sure does look good in that scheme
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 11, 2015, 04:52:50 am
Oh that is gorgeous....good call on the stripe layout looks perfect.

That might be a small shed by Aussie standards, but still a good size ! I miss my old house where or detached garage was about 35' x 30', with doors to the rafters and a nice storage area up there.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 11, 2015, 06:28:56 pm
Thanks folks.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on September 12, 2015, 01:08:03 am

the stripes cut short indeed look better than going all the way : it has something even more geometric about it

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 13, 2015, 01:15:23 pm
 :wub: Just keeps getting better! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 14, 2015, 03:04:05 am
Got the decals on the Skyray today.  I used those from the Trumpeter Wyvern plus the few stencils Tamiya give you.
I was going to put the upper roundels overlapping the edge of the stripes (as was done on the Wyvern) but even with an additional layer of white decal material underneath I could see the yellow/DSG demarkation through the design.  So I moved them outwards.

I've also started knocking together a quick Airfix SA Bulldog from an old blister pack.  One minor change and a paint job.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 14, 2015, 07:04:44 am
Sounds good. Looking forward to seeing both !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 16, 2015, 04:07:51 am
I sealed round all our new windows with Silicone mastic today.  I find this job is like hand painting 1/72 canopy framing in that I shouldn't even think about attempting it unless my mojo is working.
Today was a good siliconeing day and I got all the windows done without smearing either the bricks or the frames (unlike my earlier attempt last week when I wasn't feeling it and made a mess).
Along with tiling the pantry floor, that soaked up much of my modelling time so other than some work on the asymmetric Bf110 I just did some minor PSR on the Bulldog.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 16, 2015, 05:35:11 am
After nailing all the windows without making a mess I thought for sure you were going to report a canopy painting frenzy !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 17, 2015, 04:02:04 am
It's a different type of Mojo.
There's yet another one relating to foiling trim on model car bodies.

The bench tops for the kitchen arrived today so now i'm getting my head round cutting holes in them for the sink and the stove.  Thats not something I want to get wrong.  I'm not going to do it until next week when i'm not doing 0400 starts any more and have caught up on some sleep.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 17, 2015, 05:57:02 am
The bench tops for the kitchen arrived today so now i'm getting my head round cutting holes in them for the sink and the stove.  Thats not something I want to get wrong. 

Measure twice, procrastinate, measure again and cut with shaking hands. That would be me, for sure.

Best of luck
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 18, 2015, 03:31:00 am
Thanks Chris.

Painted some of the uniforms on the crew of the Bulldog today plus the interior.
Also painted all the remaining fiddly bits for the Skyray (first colour anyway) including the canopy frames.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on September 18, 2015, 07:54:21 am
Thanks Chris.

Painted some of the uniforms on the crew of the Bulldog today plus the interior.
Also painted all the remaining fiddly bits for the Skyray (first colour anyway) including the canopy frames.


Skyray :wub: :wub:. What drove me to distraction was getting that red line inside the air intake just right. Ended up painting some decal sheet then cutting a strip.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 18, 2015, 08:00:52 pm
There's supposed to be a red line inside the intakes?

Not on FAA aircraft there isn't... ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 18, 2015, 11:33:48 pm
So today i've been cleaning up the new brickwork with a rotary wire brush on an electric drill.

I'd got about halfway through when it struck me that I was concentrating on the joints when my aim was to clean up the bricks.  This struck me as being like life - we sometimes end up focussing too much on relationships that we lose sight of the people they connect.
At which point friction from the drill chuck set fire to my glove teaching me it's more important to pay attention to what you're doing than to daydream existential bollocks.   ;D

No modelling was done.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 19, 2015, 12:29:24 am
Life is like cleaning brickwork with a sponge.

If you reach for the top you're always going to end up with a wet armpit.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 19, 2015, 06:50:26 am
Ouch ! That kind of stuff happens tho.....if you're a thinker that is. You should be able to purchase a right-angle handle to attach to your drill for such occasions. Or get a wire brush end for a grinder that already has the right angle handle.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 19, 2015, 09:08:26 pm
It was using a flap wheel type brush which puts a side load on the drill bearings - which they are not designed for.
But I was using the old Black & Decker mains drill I retired because the bearings got noisy so they are on the way out anyway.

.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 23, 2015, 02:25:42 am
Skyray is up on it's wheels.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Skyray/Skyray%20WIP%2023-09-15_zps9vpbkytt.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Skyray/Skyray%20WIP%2023-09-15_zps9vpbkytt.jpg.html)
Not long to go now.  I do have to make a decision on weapons load though.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 23, 2015, 06:03:36 am
Nice
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 23, 2015, 11:12:56 am
Is it ever ! Sidewinders, fuel tank/s and dumb bombs.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 24, 2015, 03:14:28 am
I shall be hanging a pair of 1000lb bombs from the Trumpeter Wyvern off of it.
No tanks or Sidewinders as I forgot to drill the appropriate holes before I closed the wings up. I like the look clean(ish) anyway.

I decaled the Bulldog today.  Minimal markings - just the do not walk areas and the walkways and the white numbers from the kit.  Nothing else as it's a secret police aircraft.


In the kitchen today I bit the bullet, girded my loins, measured thrice and cut holes in the bench tops for the stove top and sink.  No screw ups - they both seem to fit OK.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 25, 2015, 03:37:59 am
Satin cleared the Bulldog today.  Then when it dried pulled the masks off the window and canopy.
Surprised myself when I discovered the paint hadn't bled under.
I then glued the crew in and fitted the machine gun.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 27, 2015, 02:02:24 am
For a small model plane the Airfix SA Bulldog don't half need a lot of weight in the nose.

While building the kitchen I made this from packing cardboard.
I'm calling it a Saab F-23 Ikeanen
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Saab%20F-23%20Ikeanen%2002_zpsrfwuzvcl.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Saab%20F-23%20Ikeanen%2002_zpsrfwuzvcl.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 27, 2015, 05:47:50 am
Send the design to Ikea, they may kit it and you can grab some royalties!  :thumbsup:

And you're dead right about the Bulldog, my OOB version is CRAMMED with noseweight and it still tail sits unless it's on a flat surface. Filing flats on the tyres helps a tad too.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 27, 2015, 07:42:57 am
What did the Mrs say about that ?  ;D Apart from "MEN" in the way only they can say it  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 27, 2015, 08:02:56 am
lol that's too funny. No sense getting the kitchen done when you can fashion aeroplanes from the cardboard packing  :thumbsup: Love the designation as well.

 :party:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 28, 2015, 03:53:40 am
She said "that's good, you should keep it".  Which was unlike her.  I suspect an ulterior motive but I haven't figured it out yet.  I suspect I never will.

Kit, i've got room for more but i'm worried the legs will give way.  How have yours held up?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 28, 2015, 05:14:59 am

Kit, i've got room for more but i'm worried the legs will give way.  How have yours held up?


Not well.  :banghead:

Some years ago I replaced the legs with those from a 2nd kit and superglued them in place rather than using styrene cement.

The originals had splayed markedly at the wing and fuselage joints, so much so that the prop was touching the ground! I'd recommend re-enforcing the joints with superglue even if you've already assembled them.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 28, 2015, 06:09:01 am
She said "that's good, you should keep it".  Which was unlike her.  I suspect an ulterior motive but I haven't figured it out yet. 

New shoes or something of the ilk. What the "ilk" is I have no idea, but women use it a lot  :blink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 29, 2015, 03:20:46 am
I'm sure we've got a couple of cases of Ilk in the garage.

I squeezed some more weight into the nose and it now sits OK but I think i'll reinforce the legs give your experience Kit.

Some parts arrived from JayBee today.  Thanks Jim.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 01, 2015, 05:04:20 am
Bulldog legs now reinforced.  I drilled vertical holes through the struts just inboard of the wheels and also into the bottom of the wings and then glued in short lengths of brass tube.  They aint gonna splay now.
This is almost done.  Just the wheel hubs and some small ariels to paint and some gluing.

Skyray is also almost done.  Canopy to attach, bombs to finish painting and then attach, small ariels to do and I have to decide what level of dirtying up to apply.

Porthus is going very slowly while I ponder what to do about the weird paint issue.  I've painted the engine & prop but have yet to paint the canopy and organise a pilot.  I have filled the windows with Krystal Klear and that looks pretty good I I say so myself.

I've started painting Falco.  I want to use hairspray and salt over silver car paint to give it a weathered look but i've been having trouble getting my head around how to go about doing that while keeping the working flaperons.  I've come up with a solution which involves painting the wings silver before gluing the halves together.

And, i've had a burst of enthusiasm on the Chevy Citation/Plymouth Prowler combination.  Having organised the extractors to my satisfaction i've been scratchbuilding a firewall and interior panelling.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 02, 2015, 06:00:53 am
All parts glued onto the Bulldog and it sits on its wheels rather than its tail.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on October 02, 2015, 06:50:44 am
Wow you're a busy man ! The car sounds interesting.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 02, 2015, 07:07:48 am
The car is a longterm project for a Community Build on the Model Car Magazine forum.  Deadline is December 1st.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 14, 2015, 03:19:46 am
As the dank weather has gone I have been able to get back to the Delta Dagger.
I've airbrushed shiny paint on the wingtips and tail (that's what I couldn't do in the dankness) and brushed some onto the intakes and nose.  The stuff I brushed on is humbrol enamel thinned with tamiya enamel thinners and so far it's taken 5 days to reach a nearly dry stage.  And that's with putting it in my dehydrator every time i'm in the shed.

The Falco now has its wings on it.  It looks like an amphibious bat.

Porthus canopy framing is painted and I am working on the pilot.

I've also started painting a handful of white metal figures from Elheim.  They'll be Secret policemen.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on October 14, 2015, 05:38:13 am
Can't wait to see the 102 ! Not enough of them about eh ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 15, 2015, 02:38:07 am
The Humbrol/Tamiya mix is nearly dry.  Nearly...
I had it in the dehydrator on high (risky, but I decided it's a solid enough chunk of model that it shouldn't warp) all afternoon but its still a little tacky.

I painted the faces and hands of the Secret policemen.  Most of them whiteys but a few asians to mix things up a bit.  There are about 5 in long raincoats and trilbies and 3 in 70's suits/casual (I want to keep shouting GUV! while playing with those - I need a 1/72 Capri or Mk1 Granada).

I got out my Hasegawa 1/72 Kettenkrad & Schwimmwagen and discovered i'd mostly built the Kettenkrad but not painted it.  So I started gluing the Schwimmwagen together.

I'm toying with whether or not to ask for an Airfix Shak as a birthday present.  I've got quite a few larger 1/72 kits but always seem to find reasons to build something smaller instead.  It'll be a while before they reach here though so it'd have to be bought in the UK and posted to me and so that extra large box will be an issue.

Stained our new big bifold doors today.  New gloves which again split.  3 brown fingers today.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 16, 2015, 01:18:42 am
No brown fingers today - Mrs z had 2m of mulch delivered so we shovelled that into wheelbarrows and tipped it onto flowerbeds.  I then cut off the top half of the fence that runs alongside the drive.  I've been meaning to do this for ages as it opens up a part of the front garden that was rather dark and overgrown.  It's still overgrown but now you can see into it.  Lots of big spiders - they really don't like the vibrations caused but cutting the slats with a multi function tool.

Who wanted to see round my shed?
I took some pics.
This is the spray painting corner and car model stash storage units 1 and 2.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Pic_1016_085_zpsirokzfxc.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Pic_1016_085_zpsirokzfxc.jpg.html)
These are the display cases (aircraft are all at the bottom) and car model stash storage unit 3 (the white cupboard).  I have another bookcase (flat packed) which will get a sheet of perspex door and become another display case eventually.  Possibly with large builds mounted flat against the back wall on hooks.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Pic_1016_087_zpssirprfk3.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Pic_1016_087_zpssirprfk3.jpg.html)
This is the modelling bench.  It's at the ideal height to work at while standing so I can still build stuff when my backs playing up.  The cupboards underneath (formally the vanity in our en-suite) are where the aircraft & military stash is - inside and on top.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Pic_1016_086_zpsecur2ago.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Pic_1016_086_zpsecur2ago.jpg.html)
This is the lathe and rattle can shelf.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Pic_1016_083_zps5zf5vwy6.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Pic_1016_083_zps5zf5vwy6.jpg.html)
It's all in a bit of a mess at the moment.  This is because all the spare floor space is taken up with furniture and stuff from the house that has been moved down there while we finish off the renovations.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 16, 2015, 12:17:08 pm
That's what i call a Big Man Cave... ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on October 16, 2015, 01:31:51 pm
 
a kind of paradise on earth  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 18, 2015, 01:05:38 am
Paradise for the spiders and lizards I share it with.

So, here's a paint comparison.  Vallejo Light Grey Green RLM 02 on the left and Mr Color RLM 02 Grey on the right.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Macchi%20MC202/Pic_1018_092_zpsh1clcl7j.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Macchi%20MC202/Pic_1018_092_zpsh1clcl7j.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on October 18, 2015, 06:26:55 am
Thanks for the look around ! Messy maybe, but no messier than anybody else's I'd bet.... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 18, 2015, 06:41:29 am
Interesting difference of opinion over RLM 02  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 19, 2015, 03:48:04 am
Interesting difference of opinion over RLM 02  :rolleyes:

And it's not even a subtle difference!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: dumaniac on October 20, 2015, 10:23:19 am
Great hobby area
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 02, 2015, 03:57:18 am
Belated thanks D.

i went through the stash today to see if anything leapt out at me as another BoB build.  I inspected the Norseman and an RAF rescue launch and thought about a Blenheim or Dewoitine but at this stage all the Soviet kits looked much more inviting.  When do we start the Cold War?

So I got on with some car builds.   I was feeling motivated anyway (i've been a bit off cars recently) as i'd spent a lot of the weekend reading Hot Rod magazines. I've got a complex kitbash/scratchbuild to finish by Dec 1st which has ben stalled for a while.  However, as usual the shortening of the deadline has got the juices flowing.  Lets hope nothing major goes wrong.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on November 02, 2015, 05:53:50 am
but at this stage all the Soviet kits looked much more inviting.  When do we start the Cold War?


Well we are about 1/2 way through the BoB GB, so about 6 weeks or so.

Just checked. BoB finishes 13th Dec so we should kick Cold War off week or so latter. That goes through to end Feb so we can get the 2016 1 Week GB up and running.

As an aside the poll for 2016 will go up some time in Dec - probably  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 03, 2015, 02:17:18 am
Fanks dood.

For some reason I thought BoB ended Dec 1.  Of course I can build what I want at any time but I did get a Frogspawn Dewoitine D520 out of the cupboard today to look at the camo pattern for the Pamplemousse so I could Whiff it rather than put it back.
Hmmmm, i'm thinking RAF, long wings, PRU blue...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 03, 2015, 02:44:30 pm

Hmmmm, i'm thinking RAF, long wings, PRU blue...


And why not?  :lol: ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 03, 2015, 11:42:26 pm
When was PRU blue first used?  Does it fit with the BoB period?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Gondor on November 04, 2015, 02:34:08 am
When was PRU blue first used?  Does it fit with the BoB period?


Paint it PRU blue then make the story fit if the colour was not used at the time as you could say that it was in "an experimental colour scheme designed to reduce the possibility of interception by enemy aircraft while flying at high altitude"

Gondor

EDIT: Just found some information here (http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/Research/RAF-Historical-Society-Journals/Journal-10-Seminar-Photo-Recce-in-WWII.pdf) that is about the RAF's PRU during the war. On page 16 is the first mention of PRU Blue in 1942.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 04, 2015, 02:47:15 am
When was PRU blue first used?  Does it fit with the BoB period?


Later on in reality.

The PRU was still using Camotint (close to Sky), the ultra-pale pink shades and various greys as well as the usual day fighter schemes  in late 1940 or so, and for quite a while afterward. IIRC the deep blue we call PRU Blue was developed over a number of months during 1940-1941 and there were many different shades used.

But as Gondor suggests, change the backstory to suit your paint stocks.  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on November 04, 2015, 06:06:36 am
The PDU (Photographic Development Unit) used loads of interesting colour schemes in the early days. Those that Kit mentions and others including some very interesting Hudson's. There is very little information on some of these and therefore it's down to photo interpretation of the few b/w shots, so accurate colours is anybody's guess.


You could always say it was out of a pot from a paint manufacturer as indeed Camotint was
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 04, 2015, 08:02:50 am
Cotton bought the various paints he experimented with direct from the manufacturers rather than through 'official sources' as he was a maverick par excellence.  ;)

You could probably mix any colour you liked and it would be 'correct'.  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: The Big Gimper on November 04, 2015, 08:08:35 am
A good book for obscure Recce aircraft and colours is Eyes for the Phoenix: Allied Aerial Photo-Reconnaissance Operations, South-East Asia 1941-1945 (http://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Phoenix-Photo-Reconnaissance-Operations-South-East/dp/0951989944).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 05, 2015, 03:07:20 am
Thanks folks.
I did some parts lining up and have found some nice long German wings that should fit plus a German engine.
So obviously it will be an RAF plane. ;D

I have temporarily stilled my PRU blue urgings by starting to use some to paint a 1/25 '40 Ford gasser i'm building.  I'm intrigued by the thought of a pink plane though.  I'm guessing it would be similar to that which Ed Pink used to paint his dragsters - i.e. so pale that it looks white in B&W photos?
Something like this which is a lot of white with one tiny drop of red and which looks like white until you see it next to an actual pure white.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/63%20Nova%20Convertible/63NovaConvertible010.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/63%20Nova%20Convertible/63NovaConvertible010.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on November 05, 2015, 06:57:34 am
Those that Kit mentions and others including some very interesting Hudson's.

Indeed a Comet is being produced in one of the Hudson schemes in the BoB build  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 05, 2015, 07:48:58 am

I have temporarily stilled my PRU blue urgings by starting to use some to paint a 1/25 '40 Ford gasser i'm building.  I'm intrigued by the thought of a pink plane though.  I'm guessing it would be similar to that which Ed Pink used to paint his dragsters - i.e. so pale that it looks white in B&W photos?


Yes, the PRU pink of that period was very pale indeed, and was designed to fade into the underside of the clouds during dawn and dusk recce taskings.

The dawn ops were flown westbound and the dusk ops eastbound so the aircraft was always approaching out of the sun, if any. That meant the early PRU, or 541 Sqdn. as the PRU later became, Spitfires had starboard facing oblique cameras for the dusk ops, something that's not often modelled though. The PRU and 541 used LY codes during this period so ,amy B&W pics of the time can be easily identified. More on this at http://theairtacticalassaultgroup.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6879 (http://theairtacticalassaultgroup.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6879), a site for a flight sim game but very well produced.

(http://img910.imageshack.us/img910/1611/03IDda.jpg)

Later in the war, post D Day, there were some FRXIIs operating in Belgium that were painted a slightly brighter pink, but I have yet to discover quite why they did that.

(http://img910.imageshack.us/img910/6195/3ctzVd.jpg)

The whole situation of pink PR Spitfires isn't helped by loads of pics of PL965, the only flying PRXI remaining, having flown in a VERY bright pink scheme during the late 90s for a period, including its tour of the USA. Nowadays '965 has reverted to its correct PRU Blue, thank goodness.

(http://img907.imageshack.us/img907/9346/HfHLOU.jpg)

Sorry to go on at length but with my background it would be a hobby horse of mine, wouldn't it?  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on November 05, 2015, 07:56:59 am
Kit have you any idea why the wing roundels on the 1G were so far inboard ? Other PRU aircraft had something similar I think and I find it quite unattractive for some reason
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 05, 2015, 08:23:52 am
Many of the early PRU and 541 Sqdn. PR Spitfires had the roundels well inboard like that, and the reasoning was to throw the aim of the flak and fighters off as it gave a false idea of the aircraft's span and thus the range to their target.

Dad reckoned they looked ugly like that too, and apparently quite a few of the PR Spitfires operating out of St. Eval, where he was, carried no wing roundels at all.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on November 06, 2015, 12:16:38 am
Cheers Kit. I can understand the range estimation thing. It's a bit like the way the Poles tried something similar with their wing markings.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 06, 2015, 12:46:42 am
I like the "wrong" pink.  The one in the three view looks more like it's white and then hasn't been cleaned for ages (like my car but without the dust and possum sewage).

I've been wondering what pale pink/sky camo would look like...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 07, 2015, 01:47:19 am
So today the long running saga of the Delta Dagger's reluctance to cooperate continues.
Having put on some pinstripe decals I decided to clear over the top of them.  No problem with the decals but the black paint which had been so reluctant to dry decided it wasn't going to be cleared without putting up a fight and crazed.
Hopefully a spot of light sanding will deal with it.
Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 08, 2015, 12:09:40 am
And relax.

A light sanding removed the crazed black enamel.  In some places right down to the underlying silver car paint and in some places revealing what may have been the cause of the problem all along, a layer of clear green acrylic I had painted over because I didn't like how it looked.
So I got out my masking tape and some enamels and painted over the problem areas in Red and Chrysler engine blue.
Oh, and a matt black acrylic anti glare patch while I was at it.
I think I may make this one Japanese.  Maybe.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Pic_1108_134_zpsgw15yqyo.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Pic_1108_134_zpsgw15yqyo.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Nils on November 08, 2015, 01:49:16 am
oh, shiney  :wub:
im looking forward to the finished model  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 12, 2015, 11:58:19 pm
I started decaling the Dagger today.  A combination of Hasegawa Kawanishi N1K1, AMT Double Dragster and home made.
I'll need another session to put on the stencils from the kit.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Delta%20Dagger%20WIP%2013-11-15_zps3gioi7tu.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Delta%20Dagger%20WIP%2013-11-15_zps3gioi7tu.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on November 14, 2015, 05:08:04 am
She looks gorgeous already  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 14, 2015, 02:59:17 pm
She looks gorgeous already  :thumbsup:

Second that!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 15, 2015, 12:09:05 am
Thanks folks.
Stencils on and then 24hrs later a couple of coats of clear over them.  I had some issues with silvering but microsol (set? the one with the red label anyway - the stronger one) dealt with that.
Not that you can see the stencils but here's a new pic.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Dagger%20WIP%2015-11-15_zps6ykkhbag.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Dagger%20WIP%2015-11-15_zps6ykkhbag.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 19, 2015, 12:08:00 am
No planes, boats or tracked vehicles today but I did get the second colour on the 440ci rear wheel and rear seat drive Chevy Citation i'm building.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Chevy%20Citation/Pic_1119_151_zpsgcrvdstz.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Chevy%20Citation/Pic_1119_151_zpsgcrvdstz.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 19, 2015, 02:23:38 am

No planes, boats or tracked vehicles today but I did get the second colour on the 440ci rear wheel and rear seat drive Chevy Citation i'm building.


THAT'S going to look good when it's done, and subtle too.  :thumbsup:

Hang on, is that a Chrysler 440 wedge in a Citation or a bored out rat motor?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on November 19, 2015, 05:31:36 am
Is that ever colourful ! Great stuff.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 19, 2015, 11:09:45 pm
It's a Dodge 440 Magnum engine from a Revell '68 Charger with a cross ram inlet manifold from an AMT '70 Super Bee and dual quads from my parts box.
Why a Mopar donk?  Because it's a Plymouth Prowler chassis which has the gearbox in unit with the rear axle and if I had used a big block Chevy I would have had to saw off the transmission as I don't have one in my stash with the engine and gearbox moulded separately.
It's supposed to be a sleeper and not stand out so i'll be trying to use a filter and satin clear to make the paint look oxidised and faded (and to hide the ghosting that has appeared on the bonnet where I removed a power bulge).

In addition to the Citation I have a Revell '65 Chevy stepside i'm building more of less OOB and a Revell '40 Ford Gasser which I am not.  Both are easy for paint.  The Chevy will be shiny with flames (decals) but the Ford I am thinking of heavily pre and post shading as I think the technique which in many cases looks too over the top on an aircraft might suit a car.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 20, 2015, 01:53:45 am
I like your thinking on the Citation Fred, clever use of the Prowler chassis.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 03, 2015, 12:49:01 am
Thanks Kit.  To be honest i've had both of them in the stash for a while, didn't know what to do with the Citation and didn't really like the Prowler.
It's finished now.  I'll stick some pics up in the car place.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 08, 2015, 02:26:07 am
A bit of progress on the Falco. today.  I've been slowly weathering the paint trying to use the hairspray method subtly and combining it with painting panels slightly different shades of the base colour.  Today I put some decals on.

The Dagger is also almost complete.  Just needs to have the undercarriage doors attached and some washing done.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 08, 2015, 03:26:21 am
What's 'the hairspray method' please? I don't think I've heard of that before.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 09, 2015, 12:06:47 am
Using a non water based paint you paint the model the colour you want to be exposed by the weathering.  In this case I used silver car paint from a rattle can as I wanted it to look like the paint had weathered off exposing aluminium.
When dry you spray the model with hairspray.
When dry you paint the top colours using water based acrylic paint.  In this case Vallejo Model Colour.
When dry you remove the paint by scrubbing or picking at it with a wet rag/old toothbrush/finger nail/piece of wet and dry.
The water soaks through the acrylic paint into the hairspray which lets go of the bottom layer of paint allowing the top colour to come off exposing the base colour.
This is the technique I used on the JetRex Kawanishi N1K1.  On the Falco I have done it in a much more restrained fashion just weathering some patches rather than stripping most of the paint off.

I did nothing more to the Falco today, allowing the decals another day of drying.

Dagger is finished.  I will take some beauty pics tomorrow probably.

In addition to some PSR on the BoB Lamington I felt it was time I built one of the bigger kits in the stash (as well as building one of the Italian trimotors I seem to have collected) and so have started a Savoia Marchetti SM81 Pipistrello.  It will be civilian with turrets removed and absolutely no torpedoes.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on December 09, 2015, 04:46:28 pm
Thanks folks.
Stencils on and then 24hrs later a couple of coats of clear over them.  I had some issues with silvering but microsol (set? the one with the red label anyway - the stronger one) dealt with that.
Not that you can see the stencils but here's a new pic.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Dagger%20WIP%2015-11-15_zps6ykkhbag.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Delta%20Dagger/Dagger%20WIP%2015-11-15_zps6ykkhbag.jpg.html)


No F-102 has ever looked like that before! Outstanding!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 10, 2015, 02:10:36 am
Thanks Kerick.  Theres a new thread in the "Aircraft" section.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 23, 2015, 09:26:05 pm
Falco is complete apart from some bombs I decided to add at the last minute and the rest of the back story.  It's another aircraft from the Studio zenrat Anime My Sky the Free Wind.  There should be beauty pics before next year.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Falco/Falco%2024-12-15_zpsikw0tfur.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Falco/Falco%2024-12-15_zpsikw0tfur.jpg.html)

And I have started painting the D9.  I just can't get my head round the armour modellers technique of glueing the whole thing together before paint so i'm making it in big pieces which slot together but which can be taken apart to get paint into corners.
The Whiff aspect of this is that it will have a crane on the back.  It'll be in a well worn blue zenrat industries colour scheme and will eventually be displayed on the back of Mrs z's xmas present to me..
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/D9/D9%20WIP%2024-12-15_zpsu4mexi0v.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/D9/D9%20WIP%2024-12-15_zpsu4mexi0v.jpg.html)

The SM 81 is also progressing (no pics though).  I have added some detail to the interior including floor, steps and a platform for someone to stand on to open the top hatch (where the dorsal turret used to be).
Wings had some massive sink marks on the upper surfaces above the engraved flap lines and there are a couple on the top of the fuselage as well.  To be expected given the age of the moulds.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 24, 2015, 03:43:50 am

Falco is complete apart from some bombs I decided to add at the last minute and the rest of the back story.  It's another aircraft from the Studio zenrat Anime My Sky the Free Wind.  There should be beauty pics before next year.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Falco/Falco%2024-12-15_zpsikw0tfur.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Falco/Falco%2024-12-15_zpsikw0tfur.jpg.html)


WHAT is that???  :o

Looks awesome, to say the least.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 27, 2015, 04:45:45 pm
It my world it's a Consolidated P3Y Falco Long Range Patrol Bomber Flying Boat of the Amorican Cofederation Navy but when Aoshima made it they put it in this box.
(https://d2ev13g7cze5ka.cloudfront.net/aos/aos00945_0.jpg?v=1410323390]https://d2ev13g7cze5ka.cloudfront.net/aos/aos00945_0.jpg?v=1410323390)
The Flying Boat Falco from the anime Future Boy Conan.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 28, 2015, 02:16:20 am
Disaster struck!
In a CTA (Cabinet Top Incident) involving a windbourne reindeer Mrs z's Fathers Whif Ute (what if he had got the one he always wanted before he died) lost a wheel.
Luckilly help was on hand to repair it and its precious cargo got through.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/53%20F100/Santa%20Scene%20003_zps7lhrthpr.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/53%20F100/Santa%20Scene%20003_zps7lhrthpr.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on December 28, 2015, 02:46:43 am
 ;D ;D :thumbsup: ;D ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Nils on December 28, 2015, 05:27:06 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on December 28, 2015, 07:07:53 am
Great stuff ! Love the flying boat, and the wee Lego dio is too funny !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on December 28, 2015, 07:38:56 pm

The Flying Boat Falco from the anime Future Boy Conan.



ah ! that one ! it's on my list, for sometime when stash goes down a bit ...

I guess it builds and fits very fine?

long live seaplanes !
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 28, 2015, 11:33:43 pm
It went together well Eric.  Just a spot of filler on the halves of the hull.
Just as well as there are loads of lovely rivets you wouldn't want to sand off.
Figures are a bit under scale.
There are 2 sets of "glass" so you can build it with or without guns.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 23, 2016, 01:03:17 am
Picked up the SM 81 again.  It's been sitting there staring at me with bright yellow filler on it's seams (the wing to fuselage joints are particularly gruesome) but I just haven't felt like sanding.

I'm on Uncle duty this weekend so no modelling.  Instead I have been chief armoured to The Boy.  We have built a morning star and a battle axe.  The trick is to make them sturdy enough for play but of materials which will not cause too much injury or damage if he gets carried away.

But the best news this weekend is that I have got my reference books out of storage.  Woohoo!

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 27, 2016, 02:13:09 am
Finally got the camera into the shed.

I've finished painting some (elheim) figures to use when photographing models.
All 1/72.
Guv, Whitey, Jean & Lenny.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Figures%201_zps0miskgqz.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Figures%201_zps0miskgqz.jpg.html)

Bob, Big Phil & Sanjay.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Figures%203_zps4zrq6qm2.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Figures%203_zps4zrq6qm2.jpg.html)

I've also knocked up a Hells Angel (with a sore back) on a Kettenkrad...
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Military%20Vehicles/Small%20Vehicles%20%204_zpsbzje5kxw.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Military%20Vehicles/Small%20Vehicles%20%204_zpsbzje5kxw.jpg.html)

...a civilian Schwimmwagen...
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Military%20Vehicles/Small%20Vehicles%20%203_zpsxhqiekyy.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Military%20Vehicles/Small%20Vehicles%20%203_zpsxhqiekyy.jpg.html)

...and a Sestapo secret undercover unmarked van.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Military%20Vehicles/Small%20Vehicles%20%201_zpsyznkzp5d.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Military%20Vehicles/Small%20Vehicles%20%201_zpsyznkzp5d.jpg.html)
All vehicles 1/72 Hasegawa.

And here's where the SM-81 is at.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/SM-81%20WIP%2027-01-16_zpskfnhevfu.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/SM-81%20WIP%2027-01-16_zpskfnhevfu.jpg.html)
Fit of the wings is a shocker (it's a repop of an old Supermodel kit - I knew it wouldn't be good but I can't resist Italian trimotors).  Still more PSR to do which means even less raised panel lines will remain when it's done.  I've removed the ventral turret and faired over the hole.  The upper turret will be replaced by a hatch with a platform beneath it on which a crew member can stand should they wish.  It'll be finished in zenrat industries colours and will be a civilian machine which can mount a few defensive guns if required (should the natives get restless for example).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 27, 2016, 04:12:41 am
If ever there was a miss-named model manufacturer it was Supermodel.

AFAIK all their stuff came from Delta but they didn't do anything to the moulds, madness. I keep looking at my Delta MC-72 and putting it back into the box again!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 28, 2016, 02:07:34 am
Dodgy kits but what a great logo.

(http://www.hobbysta.eu/images/Logo/logo_supermodel.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on January 28, 2016, 11:41:20 am
Dodgy kits but what a great logo.


 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 02, 2016, 03:21:13 am
I also have a Super Model Fiat Cr32 biplane and Cant Z1007 trimotor in the stash.

I've pulled out an 1/72 Airfix Beaufighter TF.X (old mould) from the stash (I seem to have 2 for some reason) and have started civilianising it (executive prop) by fairing over the gunners position, scribing a passenger door and drilling windows.
Cockpit canopy is a shocking fit so i've added plastic to the fuselage to bridge the gaps.  There is also no interior whatsoever so i'm adding a floor, cockpit sides, dash, bulkhead etc.
i'm toying with re-engineing it.  I've got a pair of resin B26 spec Double Wasps but i'm not sure if it's worth doing as they'll look similar to the Hercules' - just slightly smaller diameter.
A pair of Merlins from a Revell Lancaster are an option.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 08, 2016, 01:10:03 am
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Beaufighters/Beaufighter%20WIP%208-2-16_zpsgbfzn6mh.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Beaufighters/Beaufighter%20WIP%208-2-16_zpsgbfzn6mh.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 08, 2016, 02:26:43 am
What's that? A Beauliner?  :unsure:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 08, 2016, 02:37:30 am
As it's an Executive Prop maybe Beaustream?

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 08, 2016, 04:53:16 am
Yeah, that works, but shouldn't it have winglets if that's the case?  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on February 08, 2016, 06:10:36 am
Nice work on the Beau
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Logan Hartke on February 08, 2016, 10:50:15 am
Looks like the one from The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. See the three windows over the wing?

(http://i0.wp.com/caps.pictures/200/8-mummy3/full/mummy-3-movie-screencaps.com-6168.jpg) (http://i0.wp.com/caps.pictures/200/8-mummy3/full/mummy-3-movie-screencaps.com-6168.jpg)

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 08, 2016, 03:39:08 pm
I can just see them.  Interesting.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Logan Hartke on February 08, 2016, 07:44:17 pm
Click on the picture and you can see it at a higher resolution. I remember when I first saw the movie thinking that a Beaufighter didn't have windows there in actuality, so when I saw yours it took me back.

Or, just watch the relevant clip from the movie here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ-8JIzjq_I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ-8JIzjq_I)

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 09, 2016, 01:43:49 am
Even zoomed in they are not too clear but you can see them in the film clip.
I had considered square windows but round are easier to make and i'm not sure how i'd go making square glazing with white glue.
I may have to find a 1/72 Ox for cargo.

Looks like they took an RAAF DAP Beaufighter as the basis of their CGI.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on February 09, 2016, 05:57:02 am
I had considered square windows but round are easier to make and i'm not sure how i'd go making square glazing with white glue.

Put the glue around all the edges and then drag it to the opposite side with a cocktail stick. It works on small windows
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 10, 2016, 01:45:39 am
I've done that on round windows but what I meant was I wasn't sure how it would go with the corners.
Anyway, structurally speaking round is better than square.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on February 10, 2016, 07:00:08 am
I've done that on round windows but what I meant was I wasn't sure how it would go with the corners.

Drag from the corners. I've done it that way and works fine
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 12, 2016, 02:47:11 am
Paint on the SM 81 today.  Zenrat industries pale blue.
Severe nozzle blocking problems due to being distracted from painting by the neighbours.  The only time I ever seem to have problems like this is with acrylics.  I guess because of their quick drying time.  Never had an issue with lacquers or enamels.

I also did some PSR on the next car - a Monogram 1/24 '66 Malibu (almost box stock apart from some suspension mods).  It has a very ill fitting hood scoop, someone had ripped it off of the sprue taking chunks out of the body and i've done a RH Drive conversion so all that needed filler.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 18, 2016, 12:11:19 am
Not a whiff, but something to add some interest to photos of them.
ICM 1/72 ATZ-5-375 Fuel Bowser.  A gorgeous little kit which puts the old tool Airfix aircraft fuelling trucks to shame.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Military%20Vehicles/Zil%20Fuel%20Bowser/Zil%20Fuel%20Bowser%201_zpsobnutdos.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Military%20Vehicles/Zil%20Fuel%20Bowser/Zil%20Fuel%20Bowser%201_zpsobnutdos.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on February 18, 2016, 06:39:46 am
Looks nice. Be interesting to see what the forthcoming Airfix USAAF bomber re-supply set is like
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 19, 2016, 03:39:21 am
I can't see them not updating their small scale vehicle kit design when every other new mould kit is so well engineered.
Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on February 19, 2016, 07:13:16 am
Some great stuff going on here...glad I checked in ! Love the vehicles and the wee dudes. The Beau is going to look excellent. And thanks for the screen cap of the ice launch...that looks awesome and now I want to watch the films !

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 19, 2016, 04:32:57 pm
After Logan posted the pic and link I found the movie and watched it.
It's OK in a remove brain, sit back and go with the action sort of way.  There is also a P40 and a (surely too early) Flying Boxcar in it.
An a Yeti attack!  That bit was good.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 23, 2016, 10:56:12 pm
Not much done in the last few days.  We have The Boy staying with us as his mum (Mrs z's niece) is on a cruise.  In between the school run, supervising homework, making packed lunch, cooking his tea and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with him there is no time left to pop down to the shed.
This is a shame as i've finished the turboprop MiG 15 and just need to paint a figure and a ladder for it.
I have no idea how people find the time to be parents constantly.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on February 24, 2016, 03:55:23 am
Try 3. We're empty nest now days, boring some times.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on February 24, 2016, 05:37:18 am
Try 3. We're empty nest now days, boring some times.

Madame and I thought we were empty nest, but after finishing his MA (thesis title "Steel Dinosaurs? British tank deployment  and tactics since 1945")   Rheged Minimus (No2 son) has returned to stay with us until he can find a full time job.........and it's NEVER boring.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on February 24, 2016, 09:48:36 am
Try 3. We're empty nest now days, boring some times.

Madame and I thought we were empty nest, but after finishing his MA (thesis title "Steel Dinosaurs? British tank deployment  and tactics since 1945")   Rheged Minimus (No2 son) has returned to stay with us until he can find a full time job.........and it's NEVER boring.

Ah yes, we went through that too. #3 is still in college and home in the summer. I'm sure she will be back when the time comes.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 25, 2016, 02:41:27 am
Hats off to parents.  Glad we chose not to do it though.

Managed to fit in about 1/2 hour of whiffing today in-between painting pantry doors and painting the next run of soffit boards (eaves).  I have the MiG crewman and his ladder primed and a 1/72 Airfix Landrover ready to receive some wheels and decals.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 26, 2016, 03:44:59 am
Managed to get the MiG crewman's face and hands painted flesh colour and the ladder squirted with some yellow today.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 02, 2016, 11:57:13 pm
Finally got the SM-81 masked and the second shade of blue on it.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Savoia%20Marchetti%20SM-81/SM81%20WIP%203-3-16_zps4vtz5i54.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Savoia%20Marchetti%20SM-81/SM81%20WIP%203-3-16_zps4vtz5i54.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 03, 2016, 06:15:31 am
Without the nose engine it's an Italian Dakota  ;D. Looking good
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on March 04, 2016, 04:33:37 am
Sure does look like a Dak without the engines on ! Is it still going to have the third engine ?

 :drink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 06, 2016, 02:31:14 am
Yep, three engines.
It does look Daklike.  Less so from the side though when you can see the bomb aimers glazing under the nose.

I started one of these today.
(http://g01.a.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1KsVhIpXXXXb3XpXXq6xXFXXXP/AOSHIMA-MODEL-00797-1-72-JGSDF-material-carrier-vehicle-plastic-model-kit.jpg_640x640.jpg)
Not sure what i'll put on the back.  A very short fuel tank maybe?

I've also found that Aoshima make this
(http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p508/erhnty2/hakan%20karli/patriot/01_zpslxwxvlkp.jpg)
(http://img.amiami.jp/images/product/review/142//TOY-SCL2-29014_04.jpg)
which is very tempting and looks incredible for 1/72.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 12, 2016, 02:25:18 am
Well its happened again.
What was going to be a simple, quick easy whiff has snowballed.
All I was going to do was put windows in the side of an old Airfix Beaufighter, glue on different engines and paint it blue.  But I had to decide to use Merlins from a Revell Lanc didn't I.  The kit with actual engines inside the inner nacelles.
So now i've got carried away fitting the engines and am going to have removable cowlings and it's all just got more complicated.

I'd better start something else and try and keep that simple.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 12, 2016, 03:10:04 am

So now i've got carried away fitting the engines and am going to have removable cowlings and it's all just got more complicated.


You mean you're NOT going to model one of the engines with the cylinder head removed and the groundies doing a valve job on it?  :unsure: :unsure:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on March 12, 2016, 11:23:21 am

(http://g01.a.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1KsVhIpXXXXb3XpXXq6xXFXXXP/AOSHIMA-MODEL-00797-1-72-JGSDF-material-carrier-vehicle-plastic-model-kit.jpg_640x640.jpg)

I could have some whiff fun with this if it were 1/35th! The 1/72nd Patriot looks interesting.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 13, 2016, 04:00:43 am

So now i've got carried away fitting the engines and am going to have removable cowlings and it's all just got more complicated.


You mean you're NOT going to model one of the engines with the cylinder head removed and the groundies doing a valve job on it?  :unsure: :unsure:

Now there's an idea...

I was actually thinking that the engines look a bit bare lacking as they do plug wires, magnetos, oil & coolant lines...
Were all Merlins paint one standard colour?  I was thinking of using Ford or Chrysler engine blue or Hemi orange.

You get 2 in the box Kerick.  I'm thinking one of them might get the katyusha from an ICM truck kit.

Nothing much done today.  I continued with repairing and painting the eaves and soffits of the house.
I had thought about going to the Tyabb airshow today (1/2 hour drive on the other side of the peninsula) but $40 is a bit steep for a ticket especially when they didn't provide a display timetable on their website so I could get an idea of what i'd be paying to see fly past.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 13, 2016, 05:00:23 am

Were all Merlins paint one standard colour?  I was thinking of using Ford or Chrysler engine blue or Hemi orange.


That'd be WELL OTT, Derby built Merlins were all black. Not very inspiring, but black paint was cheap then.

Of course in WhiffWorld..............
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 14, 2016, 02:48:04 am
Black is so last season darling...
I primed both engines today and will decide on a colour tomorrow.

Decals are on the SM81 and have been cleared over.  Removal of the masking from the inside of the fuselage has made a change in its look as all the windows now show up.

Most time  today was spent on fitting the windows into a 1/25 pickup i've been working on.  It's an unusual build for me as its almost OOB.  Even the paint job nearly matches the box art AND i've used the kit decals.

Best thing today though was my reference books are back out of storage and returned to their place on the specially tall bottom shelf of the bookcase.  Most important (to me anyway) is the copy of Bill Gunston's encyclopaedia of combat aircraft I was given by my parents in 1978.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 16, 2016, 12:52:59 am
A spider problem yesterday - not a large one though, this was a tent tiny one which decided to set up home incise my airbrush and severely restricted the airflow.
Today I broke the law and (more seriously) ignored a Mrs z ban on carrying out any electrical work myself by successfully installing a new outside light without killing myself or burning down the house.

Modelling wise I painted the Beaufighter Merlins Hemi Orange and did a whole heap more on the model car.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 16, 2016, 07:09:12 am
Can you do any electrical work legally ? I know you don't need to wire many plugs nowadays but could you legally ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 17, 2016, 02:49:26 am
No.
In theory you can do all the electrical work you like as long as it is inspected by a qualified electrician before it is connected to the mains.
Of course, realistically that is never going to happen.
So, if I shorten the damaged flex on something with a moulded plug and then wire on a new plug (which I can buy quite legally from a DIY store - albeit plastered with warning labels about using a qualified sparky) I am breaking the law when I plug it in.
As I was replacing an existing fitting with a new one (entailing undoing 3 wires and then inserting them into the relevant places on the new fitting) I didn't see the need to call out an electrician.

Another coat of paint on the eaves today and I cleaned out the gutters.  Foolish ants thought it was a good idea to nest up there.  If I hadn't moved them the rain that's due to arrive in 3 hours (it's on its way from Flyers neck of the woods) would have flushed them out.
Should finish off painting the eaves tomorrow and then its onto the rest of the gutters.
Model wise I finished off putting together a 1/25 small block chevy.  Plug wires, accessory drive and a resin sprint car fuel injection from www.thepartsbox.com.  It's all painted and just needs some washes to add depth to the detail.  It was only as I was adding the fifth plug wire to the dizzy that I realised i'd used a 6 cylinder one instead of one for an 8 and it didn't have enough holes in the top. Unlike real life I just had to drill another two holes and move the wires around to hide the iffy spacing.
I also glued the roof onto the top of the cab and relieved the front suspension so the (OOB kit suppled) exhausts would clear it.  I was slightly annoyed that I had to do this.  Revell are normally better than that.  Mind you, the extractors I am using are a recent addition to the kit and were not in the original release.
Nothing new on the Beau as I need to glue the wings on and PSR it before doing anymore engine detailing as I don't want to knock off an engine while sanding.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 17, 2016, 07:21:22 am
Flippin' Ada I thought our Health and Safety rules were bad !

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 17, 2016, 10:42:59 am
No.
In theory you can do all the electrical work you like as long as it is inspected by a qualified electrician before it is connected to the mains.
Of course, realistically that is never going to happen.
So, if I shorten the damaged flex on something with a moulded plug and then wire on a new plug (which I can buy quite legally from a DIY store - albeit plastered with warning labels about using a qualified sparky) I am breaking the law when I plug it in.
As I was replacing an existing fitting with a new one (entailing undoing 3 wires and then inserting them into the relevant places on the new fitting) I didn't see the need to call out an electrician.

Jobs for the boys 'innit?  :banghead:

I bet the legislation was 110% approved by the electrical trades unions, notwithstanding the capabilities of the users, who'd been changing their own plugs for DECADES.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 18, 2016, 04:00:31 am
It's legislation which is routinely ignored by most of the population but which nevertheless can catch people out if they are asked for an electrical safety certificate for a piece of work when selling a house or having new works inspected.
I know my limits (found by events such as the "screwdriver in the ceiling rose thrown backwards off the stepladder shouting F##k" incident*) and I also have a sparky for a neighbour.

As today was World Sleep Day (http://worldsleepday.org) (seriously!) and not having to work I spent most of the morning in bed listening to the rain and howling winds.
Got down to the shed later on and put some wash on the SBC.
Also glued a wing onto the Beau and attempted to assemble the undercarriage of the SM81.
I say attempted because each side has, to attach the large spat (4 parts including the wheel) to the underside of the wing three struts which come in five parts.  All with butt joints and no locating pins (just six raised areas on the underside of the plane showing where the struts attach - four of which I have sanded off during the PSR process).  Fun.  If anyone has a Supermodel 1/72 SM81 and wants a suggestion on how to get everything in place and lined up then drop me a line.


*in my defence I had turned it off at the wall.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 18, 2016, 07:15:53 am

I bet the legislation was 110% approved by the electrical trades unions, notwithstanding the capabilities of the users, who'd been changing their own plugs for DECADES.

My white collar union merged with the EETPU (Electricians and plumbers) and then with the Engineering union so by the end of my time I was a card carrying electrician and plumber  ;D That caused some fun when our office maintenance guy had a right go at me when he caught me changing a plug on a calculator. I "asked" to see his card and when he showed me a TGW one I showed him mine and said the next time I caught him doing anything electrical there would be trouble. Our office manager spent about an hour down the pub calming me down  :cheers:

At one point British Steel had over 50 unions representing the workforce and I could tell some right demarcation stories  :banghead: All changed gradually wen we were privatised.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 20, 2016, 03:16:49 am
Nothing electrical today.
 I did however glue together the major pieces of the model car i've been working on.  It now just needs grille, front bumper and all the little fiddley bits like door handles, filler cap. washer bottle etc attaching.
I have a model car club meeting tomorrow night I want to take it to but I should have it all together by then.

I also started yet another build.
It happened as follows;
Thinking about ornithopters I got an Academy P39 with missing parts and a set of Matchbox Helldiver (biplane) wings in the box from the stash cupboard.  The biplane wings didn't look right and the pilot is exactly where the flapping mechanism wants to be so that box got put on the bench.
However, there had been a Matchbox Lysander on top of the P39 and looking at that I wondered what a low wing Lysander would look like but left the box closed and put it on the bench as I had been distracted by the thought of the chinese knockoff Matchbox Wessex in the cupboard and so I got that out thinking removing the entire cabin to make a Wessex skycrane.
Looking at the Wessex parts I decided it wouldn't work as a skycrane like I envisaged but that it would make a good gunship with spatted undercarriage, stub wings with rockets on and a door gunner.
So looking for rocket pods I then rummaged through a number of Soviet aircraft kits without any luck but did find that the very old Airfix Harrier GR1 (or maybe 3?  I can't remember) I pinched the nozzles off for the Il-28 had 4 pods plus a large number of bombs.
At this point, with Wessex spires all over the bench I decided I didn't want to build that yet as I had no stub wings (I briefly thought about using Harrier wings but rejected that idea) so I made a mental note that the Harrier outrigger wheels would be useful on the Anti-Ship Lancaster I had been thinking about and put the Harrier away and the Wessex bits back in the box and then that away too.
Turning back to the Lysander I got the bits out of the box (a very tasty combination of coffee and chocolate coloured plastic) and examined them to see how I would go lowering the wings.  I realised that the wings wanted to be attached where the undercarriage is on the real thing and wondered if I could used the P39 wings and thus have retractable undercarriage.
Discovering the P39 wings look like they'll fit I then realised that 1) Lysander wings are a good shape for an ornithopter and 2) Lysander undercarriage on a Wessex gives me both spats (with guns in) and stub wings.
And so I glued together the Lysander fuselage halves and attached the upper and lower P39 wing parts and Bob's you Auntie's live in lover - another build is started.
I need a name.  I think i'll use some of my stash of RAF decals so it'll remain a Westland.
Worrier, Whippet, Wildcat, Wowser, Weasel...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 20, 2016, 03:23:16 am
Westland Wowhawk.

http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Lancre_Wowhawk

It might get a spare Hercules bunged on the front.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 20, 2016, 07:24:31 am
I read that 3 times in the end and I think I'm now up to speed  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 20, 2016, 10:26:37 am
A Westland Whiffie?  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 22, 2016, 03:18:00 am
Hacked away the bottom of the Lysander fuselage today and glued on the P39 wings.  In doing so I realised that the main gear is set too far back for a tailsitter due to the Airacobra's tricycle layout.
I'll therefore be having fixed UC.  With spats obviously, but not as big as the original Lysander ones.
This'll be either a CAS bird or a dive bomber.
I read that 3 times in the end and I think I'm now up to speed  ;D
You think you're confused?  Try being inside my head!

I glued one horizontal tail onto the Beau.  I've never been too keen on the look with the standard dihedral so i'll be attaching these almost horizontal.

Didn't touch the SM81 but it has filler on the undercarriage that needs sanding (sink marks and gaps).

Finished the car i've been working on yesterday which i'll photograph when I take the pics of the Seabeagle.  Annoyingly despite counting coats of undercoat and topcoat the bonnet has turned out a different shade of green to the body.  It's not much but its irritating.  Its only visible in sunlight so maybe i'll just make its only ever seen indoors... ;)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 29, 2016, 03:56:49 am
Beau and Wowhawk both have all flying surfaces attached and PSR has commenced.

SM81 is finally sitting on its wheels.  Well, the front two anyway.  Back one isn't glued on yet.  I am struggling with the exhausts which don't want to fit where the instructions tell me to put them.

Having finished the Chevy pickup i've started building the interior of my scratchbuilt Winnebago and will continue with my Lemmy tribute car.
Speaking of Lemmy, I need to purchase an He 111 so I can build this.
(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/I_zOpHsKPz4/maxresdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on March 29, 2016, 08:40:37 am
Awesome :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Nils on March 29, 2016, 12:33:06 pm
awesome, still listen to it occasionally:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdsFuwavfVs
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 30, 2016, 03:01:55 am
Ain't a hope in Hell
Nothing's gonna bring us down
The way we fly five miles off the ground
Because

We shoot to kill
And you we always will
It's a bomber
It's a bomber

Scream a thousand miles
Hear the black death rising moan
Firestorm coming closer
Napalm to the bone
Because

You know we do it right
A mission every night
It's a bomber
It's a bomber
It's a bomber

No night fighter's gonna stop us breaking through
The sirens make you shiver
You bet my aim is true
Because

You know we aim to please
Bring you to your knees
It's a bomber
It's a bomber
It's a bomber

The artist took a bit of license with the chin turret but I have a spare Lanc dorsal turret which might work.  That's for the future though.
Progress on the SM81 today.  Modified the exhausts so the stacks will clear the nacelles/fuselage, primed the engines, props and cowlings and touched up some areas where paint snuck under the masking tape/sponge.
I also painted the glazing frames.  Now while some aspects of this kit may be frustrating and/or cack this job was a pleasure.  The frames are moulded with a raised line on each edge so to paint them its simply a matter of running a loaded paintbrush along between these lines and then scraping off any excess with a toothpick.
This has now reached that stage where all of a sudden you realise you are nearly done. 
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 03, 2016, 05:00:27 am
More on the Wowhawk today.  Round 2 PSR plus start work on the undercarriage using the Spats JayBee sent me.
I've also just typed the following.
"It is a little known fact that John Douglas Rennie, chief designer for Blackburn Aircraft, moonlighted at Westland Aircraft between 1935 and 1937.  He was employed specifically to oversee development of a successor to the Wapiti and the Wallace – a light day bomber for suppressing rebellious tribesmen in the colonies."
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 04, 2016, 04:17:01 am
PSR on the main structure of the Wowhawk is finished.  There'll be more on the U/C spats & legs though.

The SM81 now has the engines on.  Once again Supermodel have surprised me. The engines are mould in one piece with separate exhausts and cowlings.  I sprayed them with silver car paint and then gave them a black wash & I must say they look rather good.  Despite adjusting the angle of the exhaust dumps I still couldn't get them to clear the fuselage and nacelles.  I solved this by adding spacers to move the engines slightly more forward.
i would have had this finished by now except at the last minute I decided to add some detail to the inside of the doors as they will be posed open and so unlike all the detail I added inside the fuselage they will be seen.
Oh, and I changed my mind about crew and decided to paint up a pilot as well.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on April 04, 2016, 04:24:54 am
 :cheers: Looking forward to seeing this one ! Strange problems tho. And thanks for the Bomber art, can't recall if I've seen that before !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 05, 2016, 04:13:06 am
Glued a Beaufighter engine onto the front of a Lysander today.  Instant ugly.

SM81 is pretty close now.  I could really do with some 1/72 crates, boxes and drums to pose with it.
I'm popping into the City Hobby Shops on Friday so i'll have a look for some then.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on April 05, 2016, 04:20:15 am
I like it ! Looking forward to seeing that one  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 06, 2016, 03:11:40 am
Laydeez an gennelmn, <drum roll> I present to you the Westland Wowhawk...

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%206-4-16_zpsh07t9r5j.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%206-4-16_zpsh07t9r5j.jpg.html)

There will be a fixed, spatted undercarriage incorporating dive brakes.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 06, 2016, 11:41:42 am
Obvious comment: "Wow..."  ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 07, 2016, 04:26:12 am
Obvious comment: "Wow..."  ;D :thumbsup:

 :rolleyes:

Glued the undercarriage on today.  It hasn't improved its looks.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 07, 2016, 07:07:34 am
Is it still going to be a 2 seater ?

As a single seater it would fit in very nicely with some of the other mid 1930's fighter proposals  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on April 07, 2016, 01:53:00 pm

the Lysander-like cockpit looks even more like a greenhouse without the high wings
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on April 07, 2016, 04:20:02 pm
With spats she'll start looking like a smoother Ki-15.

Needs a companion....Hawker Hodgesargh ;D.

I still remember my Dad blowing himself off a stepladder with a powerdrill. He's still got the steel bit...1cm diameter with a hole punched through it by the electric 'bang'.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 07, 2016, 06:42:56 pm
It'll remain a two seater.  That green house is too majestic to cut down.  It's like a flying Crystal Palace.
I may try and craft a 1/72 pot plant for the greenhouse.
How about an Avro Lancre?  I have plans for a Revell Lanc which will need a name...

I still have the screwdriver I used.  It only has half a tip.
I also have interesting small melted patterns on my wedding ring from another incident involving a motorcycle battery and a spanner.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 08, 2016, 06:33:59 am
It'll remain a two seater.  That green house is too majestic to cut down.  It's like a flying Crystal Palace.
I may try and craft a 1/72 pot plant for the greenhouse.
How about an Avro Lancre?  I have plans for a Revell Lanc which will need a name...



Who aren't exactly flying at the moment  :banghead: Indeed in danger of being downed  :banghead: :banghead:

As for the Avro Lancre ? Was it proceeded by the Avro Ankh twin engine bomber ?  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on April 08, 2016, 05:18:32 pm
It'll remain a two seater.  That green house is too majestic to cut down.  It's like a flying Crystal Palace.
I may try and craft a 1/72 pot plant for the greenhouse.
How about an Avro Lancre?  I have plans for a Revell Lanc which will need a name...



Who aren't exactly flying at the moment  :banghead: Indeed in danger of being downed  :banghead: :banghead:

As for the Avro Lancre ? Was it proceeded by the Avro Ankh twin engine bomber ?  ;D

You could make the Avro Ankh an amphibian with very little effort. It wouldn't need floats to land on the river Ankh, just corrosion-proof bush-tires... ;)

You'd need a Martin Morpork to go with it.... ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on April 08, 2016, 05:25:00 pm
I also have interesting small melted patterns on my wedding ring from another incident involving a motorcycle battery and a spanner.

For a couple of days I thought I was going to have 'WMB' stamped on my forehead following a misunderstanding involving a compressed fork spring and an R80 fork top cap... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 10, 2016, 03:43:47 am
Ouch.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 12, 2016, 03:58:23 am
The Wowhawk is almost ready for some colour.  Although I may scratch up some bomb racks and a crutch before I do that.  It'll be in RAF desert camo like my Fulmar.  I've built it with dive brakes extended  so will be mounting it on a stand aimed at the ground.  I may even try knocking up a "turning" prop disc for it.

PSR continues on the executive prop Beaufighter.  The wings are a seriously bad fit.

The Heller Vampire (did I mention i'd started one?) is now in one large piece.  It's getting the 60lb rockets from the Beaufighter (which is a RW fitment - maybe not those specific racks or rockets but there were rocket armed Vampires).  I haven't decided on the user yet and need to research camo schemes to pick a good one.

There's also the usual plethora of car builds on the go plus i've resumed work on the armoured dozer.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 13, 2016, 03:49:27 am
Any of you built the Heller/Airfix Vampire?
How did you get enough weight in the nose?
I've crammed it into every available space and it still might tail sit.
When I build the second one I may fill the front of the wings as well.
I wasn't going to put a pilot into this but I think I might install a white metal one to add more ballast.
Other than weight issues it's now ready for a few smears of filler followed by paint.  Still not decided on the scheme.  I had thought Finnish or Swedish until I found they actually used them (mostly in silver though - so a modern Finnish scheme is still on the cards).  I do have some East German decals in the folder and for some reason you rarely see East German builds.
This scheme I like.
(http://www.flyingmule.com/img/prd/CG-AA37501_01_lrg.jpg)

Slightly frustrated by the slowness of progress on the snowballing Beau i've pulled an Airfix Cessna Bird Dog out of the stash.  I'm was working on the principle that the smaller the model the quicker the build.
And then I found this picture.
(http://www.aopa.org/-/media/Images/AOPA/Home/News/All/2011/June/Cessna-L-19-Bird-Dog-A-soldiers-best-friend/1106p_birddog_middle.jpg?w=480&h=210&as=1)
Its an SIAI Marchetti SM 1019 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIAI-Marchetti_SM.1019) which is basically a Bird Dog with a Turboprop.
Turbirdo Dog?
Burbo Dog?
Dog Turb?

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 13, 2016, 06:24:20 am
I've built the Marivox boxing of the Airfix/Heller Vampire (which has parts for a Mk I) and I managed to get enough lead in the nose of that for it to sit on it's wheels, but I think I may have had to put some lead shot in front of the wheel bays ?

The Marivox kit is for a Swedish Mk I and that is in camoflage
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 13, 2016, 09:28:41 am
File some flats on the bottom of the mainwheel tyres, that gives you just enough CG tolerance to get it to sit up properly.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 14, 2016, 03:49:44 am
Thanks guys.
It's right on the cusp as it is and canopy, undercarriage & rockets all add weight forward so i'm hopeful.
Fingers crossed eh.

No modelling today.  After finishing work I spent the rest of the day screwing sheets of 4mm ply to the garage rafters.  As the washer & dryer are out there Mrs z wants a ceiling out there to stop the rain of grit that comes down from the tiled roof.  We took a leaf out of Dexter's book and lined it with plastic but I used black and it made it really dark.  I'll be painting the new one white so as to reflect as much light back down as possible.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on April 14, 2016, 11:52:43 am
Remember, weight doesn't have to be in the nose, it just has to be in front of the main wheels. Can you put something behind the cockpit rear bulkhead?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 15, 2016, 04:28:42 am
Remember, weight doesn't have to be in the nose, it just has to be in front of the main wheels. Can you put something behind the cockpit rear bulkhead?
Not now its all buttoned up.   :angry:
No, positive thinking - it'll be fine.
And if it's not i'll just fill the booms with vacuum. ;D

The Wowhawk now has underwing bomb racks (Johnson-Bartlett Mk3 adjustables) and work is progressing on the central rack and crutch.  I have also cut the greenhouse so the back half can be posed open.  This does not improve the looks.

Beaufighter got more filler.

Bird Dog got the interior painted.

The Ballarat NNL is in May and the special theme is Italian.  I have started a couple of cars.  One is a rally car and I started decaling it today.  It's going to take a while as nearly every decal will need Microsol to get it to conform around the bodywork.  The other one is a wagon i'm converting into a delivery van and is undergoing PSR.
I also took advantage of the warm weather to put the black on the Lemmy tribute car.  I was using Don Yost's "enamel thinned with cheap GP thinners" technique with a very old tin of black I found in the back of my paint cupboard.  It seems the black may have just been a bit too old as the airbrush spat tiny lumps all over the Chevy body and then clogged up.
I'm hoping a light polish followed by another coat (of fresh paint) will fix it.




Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 17, 2016, 04:36:35 am
Note to self.  Don't poke freshly painted model car bonnet with finger to see if its dry as if it's not then you won't be pleased with the resulting fingerprint.
18 hours after airbrushing and the black Motorhead Chevy was still tacky so it was into the dehydrator with it and its been in there being gently warmed Saturday afternoon and all day today.  Still not dry enough to handle.  This can happen when thinning enamel with GP thinners.  It will dry eventually - probably about the time of the first anniversary of Lemmy's death next year...

The Italian rally car now has 4 decals on it and has consumed about 23 litres of microsol.  Still more to do so plenty of scope for f**king it up.  The decals for the sides are the full length of the car and wrap over onto the bonnet and I am not looking forward to applying them.

PSR on the Italian van is almost done.  There is a bit of ghosting to deal with.

Vampire is primed but may require a touch of filler.

Wowhawk main bomb rack is attached but needs a crutch.

Bird Dog interior is painted but awaits the instrument panel decal which is printed in black as is the interior so I had to paint the dash a lighter shade.

Beaufighter has had the piece of styrene sheet I used to fair in the "turret" removed as it was causing me grief getting it smooth.  I will be replacing it with a second piece which will be cut so size so it sits down in the hole rather than being glued over the top.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 17, 2016, 05:41:15 am
I find that a good way round the 'never drying' paint problem is to give it a coat of Klear once it's got to the tacky stage. That usually does the job, even on those damnable Xtracolors that just NEVER dry.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 19, 2016, 04:31:37 am
I'm hoping I don't have to resort to that as it needs a polish.  If it won't dry it'll take a bath in the brake fluid but I'm willing to wait it out.

Got the second of the full length/wrap over the bonnet decals onto the Italian rally car today.  Still loads to put on but those 2 were the biggies.

The Italian van's PSR is complete and its resplendent in pink Tamiya primer.  I was going to paint it a nice deep Ferrari red but looking at it I thought it would look good in red/white/green.  However, it's moulded in red plastic which from past experience couldl give issues with the white so I may play it safe and just go for the red.
It's a Suzuki but i'll be putting Fiat badges on it and it'll be interesting to see how many people realise.

PSR on Vampire finished, it's undercoated and ready for colour.

Wowhawk is in primer and ready for colour.

Beaufighter has had new blanking piece glued into the former observer/gunner hole.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 23, 2016, 11:52:56 pm
The Boy was here for the weekend so Uncle Fred's Armoury was operating again.
This time, in addition to the Battle Axe, Morning Star, Three Bladed Sword and Scythe I made him a Bow and Arrows.
Like all of the weapons it's his design and colour scheme.  Again like all his weapons it's made strong enough to stand up to play but should break if actually used to inflict serious damage to another child.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Pic_0424_234_zps5pnejgof.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Pic_0424_234_zps5pnejgof.jpg.html)
It's MDF with a shock cord "string" and the arrows are bamboo tipped with Nerf darts (and being not very straight and without nocks or flights they don't go very far or very straight).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on April 24, 2016, 12:34:44 am
Looks like you, as do I, need to get the lawnmower out, Fred! ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 24, 2016, 04:18:23 am
True.  Maybe tomorrow...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 25, 2016, 02:56:05 am
After mowing the grass I had a very productive day painting and decalling.
I did briefly stop to watch the ANZAC Day footy match but was so disgusted by Collingwood's lead that I returned to the shed and the paintbrushes.
Here are some shoddy phone pics.

Fiat 131 Rally Car (Revell 1/24 - Ex Italeri)  I am building it kerbside as while they provide an engine it is horrible.  The body is painted white - everything else is decals.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Fiat%20131/Fiat%20131%20WIP%2001%20Anzac%20Day%202016_zpszbfo9qnv.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Fiat%20131/Fiat%20131%20WIP%2001%20Anzac%20Day%202016_zpszbfo9qnv.jpg.html)

Westland Wowhawk.  RAF in British North Australia desert camo.  Needs at least one more coat of dark earth.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%2002%20Anzac%20Day%202016_zps0wkr3g4x.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%2002%20Anzac%20Day%202016_zps0wkr3g4x.jpg.html)

DH Wampyre in East German camo.  I painted one coat of each colour today.  This is why I prefer acrylics to enamels.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Vampire/Vampire%20WIP%2001%20Anzac%20Day%202016_zpslqsonwzp.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Vampire/Vampire%20WIP%2001%20Anzac%20Day%202016_zpslqsonwzp.jpg.html)

I also pulled out the kit I shall be attempting to whiff in a week plus the donor parts I shall need and stuffed them all in one box.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on April 25, 2016, 03:23:51 am
Just letting you know, I also mowed the lawn (mine, not your's) but didn't get anywhere near plastic. :(
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 25, 2016, 04:05:15 am
Good to know.  We didn't attend a dawn service this year but I felt pushing a Victa up and down a scrappy patch of cooch while thinking about the meaning of the day was a fairly 'strayan thing to do.
I draw the line at doing it in thongs though.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 26, 2016, 03:55:57 am
Interesting comparison.  Both aircraft are painted in Acrylics.  Middle Stone & Dark Earth.
The Fulmar is painted in Gunze Sangyo and the Wowhawk in Vallejo.  The Fulmar has a black wash over it and is satin cleared but that shouldn't cause such a difference in shade.   Given both aircraft are located in British North Australia (what we in the real world call the Northern Territory) the redder shades on the Fulmar are more appropriate.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%2002%2026-4-16_zpsvd42zfng.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%2002%2026-4-16_zpsvd42zfng.jpg.html)

This photo shows the chaos in which I work.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%2001%2026-4-16_zpscm7iiuqd.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%2001%2026-4-16_zpscm7iiuqd.jpg.html)
Thats my staging table which is behind me when I sit at my bench.  It's were models sit while paint & glue dries and where all the things i'm supposed to be repairing for Mrs z pile up.  The table cloth is one of my grandmothers old velvet curtains.  Centre bottom is an old Microwave turntable I use as a surface plate to get ground vehicles sitting on all wheels.  Sitting on it is my scratchbuilt 1/25 Winnebago - currently having the interior built.
The item wrapped in a rag directly above the Wowhawk is a torque converter bearing from a Chinese knockoff ZF transmission from an earthmover.  Its shagged as far as vehicular use is concerned but will be ideal in the centre of a heavy duty lazy susan.

As you can see the Wowhawk paint is completed.  I also put second coats on the Vampire.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 26, 2016, 06:31:42 am
Xtracrylic, Lifecolor and White Ensign agree with the Vallejo interpretation. So at least the Europeans agree on something  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 27, 2016, 03:07:13 am
I've explained the difference in the back story by having the Wowhawk as a restored aircraft.  Obviously the restorers had duff information.
 ;D

Touched up the Wowhawk today and its now ready for clear and then decals.

Added a splash of colour to the Vampire - yellow on the nose, intakes and fins.

Finished yet another round of PSR on the Beaufighter.  Thats about 27 so far.  If I was a throwing models against the wall type of bloke this one would have taken the final flight a week or two ago.  Is this really what you all want to spend your building time doing?  It seems it is by the fact that the crappy old kit option is winning the GB vote.  I really must be a sucker for punishment as if it wins i'm considering building another Airfix old mould Beau...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on April 27, 2016, 03:24:18 am
Do it!

With all your developed skills - except PSR! ;D


 :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 30, 2016, 01:46:01 am
Australia's modelling and vanning communities lost a member on Thursday with the way way too early death of Rob Burns (AKA checkmate).
He leaves a wife and two young sons.

I'll miss you mate.

 
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 01, 2016, 04:28:57 am
Decals on both the Wampyre and the Wowhawk today.
Dragon East German ones on the De Havilland and MPM RAF ones on the Westland.
I put some Micro Sol on the MPM decals to get them to snuggle properly and when I left the shed they had wrinkled badly.  I'm hoping they will have sorted themselves out when I return.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 02, 2016, 02:49:30 am
Touched up the decals on the Italian rally car,  Managed to match 2 of the blues but the third is evading me.

Heres some slightly blurry pice of the Wampyre and Wowhawk with decals on.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Vampire/Wampyre%20WIP%202-5-16_zpshmmybhct.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Vampire/Wampyre%20WIP%202-5-16_zpshmmybhct.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%202-5-16_zpsfbqad9on.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%202-5-16_zpsfbqad9on.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 02, 2016, 07:05:27 am
Looking good. I like these 3 colour upper camouflage colour schemes
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 03, 2016, 02:40:21 am
Thanks Chris.  It probably would be better described as 3 1/2 due to the two very small areas of "light sand".

Today I satin cleared the Wowhawk and the Wampyre and then made a stand for the Wowhawk so I can display it diving (swooping on its prey?).  After I took the picture I filled the base with lead and epoxy to make it a bit more stable.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%203-5-16_zps4azwsjlq.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wowhawk/Wowhawk%20WIP%203-5-16_zps4azwsjlq.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2016, 07:16:21 am
Thanks Chris.  It probably would be better described as 3 1/2 due to the two very small areas of "light sand".



Ooops I didn't spot that at first  :banghead: Still my excuse was that I was at the eye doc today  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 13, 2016, 02:59:58 am
You do have a lot of medical appointments Chris.

I have just finished putting all the decals on the body shell of the Italian rally car.
This was hard for me to do because I was following the instructions.
<shudder>
I did this in the kitchen a) because I could (decaling is a non stinky modelling process which is therefore allowed in the house) and b) because i've been making a DVD bookcase in the shed today and the air in there is full of sawdust.
The DVD bookcase is coming along nicely although due to a navigational error in hyperspace it is 19mm narrower than originally planned.

I have also cleared the body of the Italian van ready to decal it tomorrow.

East German Wampyre now has main legs, nose leg with wheel and rocket rails (airfix old mould Beaufighter) but still tail sits despite having the main gear legs glued on at a very rearwards angle to shift the pivot point as far back as possible.  If the rockets, canopy & nose gear doors and flat spots on the main gear tyres don't tip the balance then its either a white metal pilot (which may not fit) or a sneaky extra weight stuffed in the nose gear bay, painted pink and with a somebody else's problem field around it.

Wowhawk on the other hand is finished.

Zlin v1.2 is finished also

Bird Dog has been decaled and glazed and next is to glue the wings on.  Then its all the fiddley bits like undercarriage, nose, prop and scratch up some funky exhausts.  This shouldn't be long so I may hold off photographing the Wowhawk and the Zlin v1.2 until I finish it and do all 3 at once.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 13, 2016, 06:20:02 am
You do have a lot of medical appointments Chris.


Unfortunately it's called age young man  :-\ Good thing is I seem to be able to get them sorted so that they only disrupt one week rather than a couple, touching wood anyway


I did this in the kitchen a) because I could (decaling is a non stinky modelling process which is therefore allowed in the house) and b) because i've been making a DVD bookcase in the shed today and the air in there is full of sawdust.
The DVD bookcase is coming along nicely although due to a navigational error in hyperspace it is 19mm narrower than originally planned.


DVD bookcase ? Shouldn't that just be a DVD case or is that by definition portable ? I'm confused  :blink: English Language was so simple when I took my "O" Level 50 years ago this year  :blink: :blink: Took it in the 3rd Year and that was the last formal English I ever did
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 13, 2016, 06:36:55 am
I'm finding out all about age, don't worry.

"Shelves wot DVDs will go on" he said in his best Sarf Larndn grammer.
I suppose DVD shelving would be more correct but i'd put bookcase and just added DVD as thats what will go on them.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 13, 2016, 06:46:49 am
Oops should of said re the "O" Level, we took them early if we were considered suitable in order that we could do more subjects in the final two years. Had a very competitive head who was determined to beat the grammar schools around and usually did  ;D Never did any of us any harm and we all enjoyed every day at school.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Gondor on May 13, 2016, 09:09:55 am
Perhaps it should be that the case for a DVD is called a Book due to its appearance being similar to a small book.  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 13, 2016, 06:03:43 pm
Perhaps it should be that the case for a DVD is called a Book due to its appearance being similar to a small book.  ;D

Gondor

You're all making my brain bleed, and continuing to confuse me, which isn't hard at the best of times...  :banghead:
I'd ask for a return to Normal Programming, but experience has shown me this is normal around here.  ;D

Still, it's nice and warm and friendly here in Left Field, so I'll stick around and keep adding my two Pacific Pesos...  :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 14, 2016, 02:07:04 am

I'd ask for a return to Normal Programming, but experience has shown me this is normal around here.  ;D


Define "normal" ? I was once tasked with leading a team doing that on a management course and it's very, very difficult  :blink: :banghead: ;D We ended up coming to our conclusions in the bar  :cheers: ;D I think we came to the conclusion that its whatever the group of people involved is comfortable with.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 14, 2016, 04:55:23 am
...Define "normal" ?...

normal
[nawr-muh l]

adjective
1.
conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural.
2.
serving to establish a standard.
3.
Psychology.
approximately average in any psychological trait, as intelligence, personality, or emotional adjustment.
free from any mental disorder; sane.
4.
Biology, Medicine/Medical.
free from any infection or other form of disease or malformation, or from experimental therapy or manipulation.
of natural occurrence.
5.
Mathematics.
being at right angles, as a line; perpendicular.
of the nature of or pertaining to a mathematical normal.
(of an orthogonal system of real functions) defined so that the integral of the square of the absolute value of any function is 1.
(of a topological space) having the property that corresponding to every pair of disjoint closed sets are two disjoint open sets, each containing one of the closed sets.
(of a subgroup) having the property that the same set of elements results when all the elements of the subgroup are operated on consistently on the left and consistently on the right by any element of the group; invariant.
6.
Chemistry.
(of a solution) containing one equivalent weight of the constituent in question in one liter of solution.
pertaining to an aliphatic hydrocarbon having a straight unbranched carbon chain, each carbon atom of which is joined to no more than two other carbon atoms.
of or relating to a neutral salt in which any replaceable hydroxyl groups or hydrogen atoms have been replaced by other groups or atoms, as sodium sulfate, Na 2 SO 4 .

noun
7.
the average or mean:
Production may fall below normal.
8.
the standard or type.
9.
Mathematics.
a perpendicular line or plane, especially one perpendicular to a tangent line of a curve, or a tangent plane of a surface, at the point of contact.
the portion of this perpendicular line included between its point of contact with the curve and the x- axis
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/normal

IMO definition 5 (and 9) is the apposite one as much of what we do here is at right angles to reality.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 15, 2016, 01:20:53 am
 ;D ;D

Must admit I'd forgotten a lot of those. Strange that after all these years the one that really rang a bell was the chemical one for some reason ?


1.
conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural.


Oh the joy of the English language  ;D One of my old English masters (Duffy Clayton, who was a lovely man  :bow:) would have just loved getting into that conversation of defining a word by saying what it isn't. We would then have had half an hour discussing if that was appropriate and he would then have forgotten to give us homework  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 15, 2016, 04:00:44 am
This "3. Psychology.  approximately average in any psychological trait, as intelligence, personality, or emotional adjustment." shows what an exact science psychology is.  NOT.

Anyway, enough of that.

Not much done over the weekend as I was on Uncle duty with The Boy here.  Did manage to decal the Italian van and then touch up some of the paintwork on it plus some of the gaps in the decals on the rally car.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 22, 2016, 03:10:26 am
Finished the Italian rally car in an all day thrash yesterday and then to Ballarat for the NNL today.
Driven there in a very fast, very comfortable, thoroughly modern Lexus by an exceedingly competent driver who regaled us with tales of his life in the motor industry.
A very pleasant day (unusually warm for Ballarat in May - 18C) with good people.
And, to my surprise not only did the Wowhawk place 3rd in the aircraft class but the Italian rally car won the Special Theme class despite me thinking I hadn't done that good a job.  Perhaps it was because it was the only entry that wasn't red?


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on May 22, 2016, 03:18:10 am
... the Italian rally car won the Special Theme class despite me thinking I hadn't done that good a job.  Perhaps it was because it was the only entry that wasn't red?

Just goes to show; it pays to think outside the box! :thumbsup:


Well done, mate! :party:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 22, 2016, 03:40:48 am
The irony being that it was built and painted/decaled OOB!

Thanks bud.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on May 22, 2016, 05:46:32 am
Ah, but, either consciously or otherwise, you chose Option Q - the not-red one! ;D ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 22, 2016, 05:55:16 am
Are we going to see the rally car ? I've always wanted to build one for my shelf.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on May 22, 2016, 03:47:56 pm
I'd missed the Wampyre and Wowhawk, nice. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 22, 2016, 04:50:11 pm
Historically red paint and I have not got on.

Yes, pics of the finished Wowhawk, the Zlin v1.2, Italian van and Italian rally car are due.  I will take the camera down to the shed and have a photo session later today when i've put all the cars away I took to the show.
Wampyre isn't finished yet as it's been on the back burner while I finished off the two Italian cars.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 22, 2016, 07:19:37 pm
"I'm completely Normal, my Mother had me tested..." ... *twitch*

Well done on the Show Placing front, mate.
Not unexpected, from the pics showing the quality of your work.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 23, 2016, 01:24:42 am
Thanks Rick.

Now, the rest get their own threads but seeing as this is a RW build i'll put it here.
It's the 1/24 Revell (nee Italeri nee ESCI) kit of the car which won the 1980 Monte Carlo Rally.
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/95/67/29/95672996c4a7e5ebd8878a826f1c631f.jpg)
It's a very toy like kit with a grey plastic cube thing that is supposed to be a Fiat twin cam engine.  I left that out and glued the bonnet shut.  Decals are by cartograf which I think was the builds saving grace.  The second driving lamp fell on the floor and was claimed by The Spiders (I think they are building their own whiff somewhere under the bench).
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Fiat%20131/Fiat%20131%201_zpsuck9jsry.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Fiat%20131/Fiat%20131%201_zpsuck9jsry.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Fiat%20131/Fiat%20131%203_zpszznma3c8.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Fiat%20131/Fiat%20131%203_zpszznma3c8.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Fiat%20131/Fiat%20131%207_zps9plvuuae.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Fiat%20131/Fiat%20131%207_zps9plvuuae.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 23, 2016, 02:48:30 am
That's tremendous mate  :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 23, 2016, 09:09:46 am
Terrific looking car, both in the RW and as your model too.  :thumbsup: :bow:

And producing that out of the old Esci kit is amazing!  :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 23, 2016, 03:38:28 pm
Caught up with this now... and i must say, EXCELLENT!! Congratulations for the show results! :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 24, 2016, 01:48:47 am
Thanks folks.

Busy day today (work, tip run, empty our storage bunker and hand the key back, cook osso bucco for tea) so no modelling done other than squirt a bit of clear on some Bird Dog parts.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on May 24, 2016, 01:51:35 am
Watcha gonna be doing to the Bird Dog?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 24, 2016, 01:58:26 am
Box stock in NMF with zenrat industries stripes and tail logo.  A land plane companion to the Zlin.  It's such a nice simple little kit and practically fell together.
I'll be looking for another one in the swamp & smell at Expo this year, plus a Cessna O2 to go with it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 26, 2016, 02:36:11 am
Beware the TurboCat for I have finally got my finger out and attached the Hercules Nacelles to the wing centre section...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 05, 2016, 05:32:58 am
Almost finished the PSR on the TurboCat wing centre section.  Probably one more round to go.

The too long dormant Beaufighter BizProp is in colour needing only 1 more coat of the darker zenrat industries blue before I move on to clear coats, decals and fiddly bits.

I have started a Hasegawa F4-EJ intending to do a real world build using these decals
(http://www.findmodelkit.com/sites/default/files/jd33a.jpg)
However, the voices have started whispering "what would it look like in greens, or reds, or pinks..." so now i'm not sure.
I am sure that it's not the best kit.  Not as bad fitting as their F102 but probably as old if the faintness of the raised detail is anything to go by.

I've also started a couple of 1/25 vans.  Both MPC Dodges.  One will be mildly customised '78 Van with big & little jellybean mags, sidepipes and probably Simon Bisley ABC Warriors artwork.  The second will be slightly different.  On the side of my bench I have a number of orphan car bodies i've chopped up but got bored PSRing (they give me somewhere to put spare 2 part filler so it doesn't go to waste).  Amongst them was a later MPC van body i'd drastically shortened, glued back together (replacing missing A pillars and reshaping the side windows) and then abandoned.  I've sanded the filler, applied more and started sanding off the trim.  Its going to be a wheelstander with a rear mounted V8 in a scratchbuilt chassis.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on June 05, 2016, 06:21:09 am
Wow....love the FIAT ! That certainly does look amazing for what you had started with. Great job.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 05, 2016, 07:24:12 am

I am sure that it's not the best kit.  Not as bad fitting as their F102 but probably as old if the faintness of the raised detail is anything to go by.



I've had a Hasegawa F4 in the stash since who knows when. The boxing with the USAF bird climbing away after dropping its load in Vietnam. Kept it for pure nostalgia reasons plus as a reminder of the weapons choices Hasegawa used to include in their kits. It even has the target towing thingy
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Gondor on June 05, 2016, 10:22:34 am
If your F-4E has single fuselage sides without a break behind the cockpit then its the old version from the late 60's or early 70's

Gondor
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 06, 2016, 02:11:40 am
Thanks Cap'n.

Chris, this is the EJ and while not the 70's boxing with the whacky font is uses the same box art (all white JASDF scheme IIRC).
It doesn't have the target thingo but does have lots of missiles and tanks.
It is exactly as you describe Gondor.  The raised detail is so soft and faint that sanding it all off won't be a great loss.

Here's a pic of the Beaufighter Biz Prop.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Beaufighters/Beauliner%20Biz%20Prop%20WIP%206-6-16_zpsbaxzo9rw.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Beaufighters/Beauliner%20Biz%20Prop%20WIP%206-6-16_zpsbaxzo9rw.jpg.html)



Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 14, 2016, 04:59:26 am
PSR progresses on the Phantom.

Decals are on the Beau.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on June 14, 2016, 05:54:00 am
Bill Biv Blue Beau !

 :thumbsup:

Lovely !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 16, 2016, 01:52:12 am
Rather bad picture of where I am with the Beau.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Beaufighters/Beaufighter%20WIP%2016-6-16_zpsqrmgj2pc.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Beaufighters/Beaufighter%20WIP%2016-6-16_zpsqrmgj2pc.jpg.html)
I have cut the side panels from one of the Revell Lanc nacelles to expose the engine (painted Hemi Orange).

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on June 16, 2016, 04:47:08 am
That is looking awesome :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on June 16, 2016, 08:35:36 am
Great idea. I was wondering where you were going with that !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 17, 2016, 03:33:54 am
Carefull study of the photo above will reward the viewer with the realisation that the engines are not aligned with each other.
I blame this on the constant breaking off and regluing of the Revell engine subframe on the Port side (and only the Port side - the Starboard one seemed immune to my clumsiness).
While the Port engine will be covered up by the cowlings the exhausts and the prop locate to it so it needs to be aligned.  Shimming the front mounts solved the problem.

PSR on the Phantom is nearly finished.  I have switched from my usual Tamiya Polyester Putty to Perfect Plastic Putty.  I must say PPP has proved excellent for filling the gaps along the wing roots and leading edges and at the front and back of the bottom wing panel.  It seems soft though, even when dried and I am wondering if it'll be suitable for the big "build large areas of the aircraft with putty" jobs where I dob it on and then carve it to shape?

TurboCat wing centre section PSR is complete and the new resin nacelles look very good although they need some panel lines scribed as the Academy kit has decent engraved detail.  No room on the bench to get building the planned passenger lounge area though as it's a big kit.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 18, 2016, 04:50:55 am
I feel your instincts are right. I use PPP for small gaps whilst for anything on the larger size, especially if it will need shaping,  I use a more conventional putty (Greenstuff at the moment) and when I really, really have to Milliput. Great but just so ****** fiddly to prepare.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 18, 2016, 05:46:17 am
We'll see when I get to the tail-sitter 190 as I have a feeling that is going to take a lot of PSR.
Given I want it to have a hugely long nose I am scheming up a scratchbuilt deltic configuration 54 cylinder diesel engine.
The resultant forward shift in CoG will mean forward swept wings.
Both acts that will require lots of filler.
For the contra-prop I will either build a jig to enable me to use steam to lock a twist into blades cut from sheet styrene or cut up a set of chopper blades and use those.

Primed the F4 today.  No time to do anything else as I slept for 10 hours straight (unusual for me) and then had chores to do followed by a visit from a friend.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on June 18, 2016, 07:19:19 pm
I was thinking FSW would look good, heli blades will be what I will likely use too. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 19, 2016, 01:07:19 am
Had a better squizz at the Airfix 190 A8 today to try and figure out where to cut.
I will be hoping to remove the kit engine in usable pieces as I have a Special Hobby Blohm & Voss P.194 which could use it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: dumaniac on June 19, 2016, 09:07:25 pm
interesting
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on June 20, 2016, 07:54:34 pm
Can't wait to see some progress pics on these builds !

 :drink: :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 20, 2016, 09:12:56 pm
Me too...

I will not be starting the 190 tail sitter until I finish at least one of the other builds currently underway.
However, the Beau and the Phantom shouldn't take too long as the require mostly paint and attachment of fiddley bits.
And the rather complex decals in the case of the F4.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 22, 2016, 01:43:13 am
Here you go comrades.  I've attached the cowlings to the Beaufighter.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Beaufighters/Beaufighter%20WIP%2022-06-16_zps5v8m2z3n.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Beaufighters/Beaufighter%20WIP%2022-06-16_zps5v8m2z3n.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 22, 2016, 03:26:57 am
Just found this attractive beast.
Wish i'd grabbed the Airfix Battle I saw at Expo Swap & Sell.
(http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/bww2/battle/battle-3.jpg)
http://www.airwar.ru/enc/bww2/battle.html
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 22, 2016, 06:14:08 am
Battles were used to test a lot of engines
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ChernayaAkula on June 22, 2016, 12:05:25 pm
Lovely scheme on that Beaufighter!  :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on June 22, 2016, 06:09:58 pm
Is that ever an attractive beast !

 :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 24, 2016, 01:34:39 am
Shock! Horror!  Sign of a sick mind!

I cleaned my bench!

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Cleaned%20Bench%2024-06-2016_zpsdcaqwdb0.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Cleaned%20Bench%2024-06-2016_zpsdcaqwdb0.jpg.html)

Don't worry, it won't stay like that for long.

I also renewed my subscription to Airfix Model World which will get me a "free" Wildcat.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Mossie on June 24, 2016, 03:09:06 am
Just found this attractive beast.
Wish i'd grabbed the Airfix Battle I saw at Expo Swap & Sell.
(http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/bww2/battle/battle-3.jpg)
http://www.airwar.ru/enc/bww2/battle.html
Battles were used to test a lot of engines
Is that ever an attractive beast !

 :wub:

Scroll down on the first page of the Battle thread, I posted several of them a while back:
http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,26920.0/highlight,fairey+battle.html
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 27, 2016, 01:58:44 am
Thanks for those Mossie.

Lots of progress on the BeauBizProp.  Just needs a coat of satin and the legs, "glass" & props attached.

I also made a decision and painted the first colour on the Phantom.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Phantom/Phantom%20WIP%2027-06-16_zps6qxhmpoz.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Phantom/Phantom%20WIP%2027-06-16_zps6qxhmpoz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on June 27, 2016, 10:55:28 am
ericr will like that. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 28, 2016, 03:04:56 am
He would.  He'll like it less now as it has another colour.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Phantom/Phantom%20WIP%2028-06-16_zpsmmvk0zmv.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Phantom/Phantom%20WIP%2028-06-16_zpsmmvk0zmv.jpg.html)

Beauhopper is finished other than a lick of paint on the undercarriage and an aerial.  Pics soon.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on June 28, 2016, 06:46:53 am
He would.  He'll like it less now as it has another colour.

I was about to say that I did; I can be happy with multiple colors (especially apparently remaining in the primary realm  ;D )
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 29, 2016, 04:02:29 am
He would.  He'll like it less now as it has another colour.

I was about to say that I did; I can be happy with multiple colors (especially apparently remaining in the primary realm  ;D )

Hmmm, decals are mostly yellow or red/white so it will stay mainly primary colours.
I did a second coat of the darker red today.  That should be enough.
Some of the first red needs touching up (Vallejo acrylics are very soft and rub off easilly) then its metalisers round the jet exhausts, clear and then those gorgeous decals.

Beau got an aerial which needs painting followed by some wires stringing.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 03, 2016, 03:59:23 am
The Red Phantom (sounds like a Hammer Horror film) has it's red plumage finished, it's nose blackened, metaliser around its tail feathers and a coat or two of clear.
I'll start on the (very very many) decals tomorrow.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 04, 2016, 01:45:57 am
A swift bit go Goggling has revealed the Zodiac Killer signed one of his letters The Red Phantom.

Started decaling.  The decal sheet is by Platz.  They have the stencils which will speed things up.  I have sanded off a lot of the raised panel lines which will make positioning them correctly tricky.
The decals are a bit on the thick side which while it stops the underlying red from showing through the yellow is preventing them from wrapping round edges in some places.  Microsol is helping a bit but I may nave to purloin Mrs z's hair dryer.
Some trimming will be required as it appears they may have been made for another kit (the sheet does not specify).
The yellow looks great against the red though.
(http://www.aviationmegastore.com/img/prod/max/8/e/83981_0.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on July 04, 2016, 01:31:45 pm
A swift bit go Goggling has revealed the Zodiac Killer signed one of his letters The Red Phantom.

Started decaling.  The decal sheet is by Platz.  They have the stencils which will speed things up.  I have sanded off a lot of the raised panel lines which will make positioning them correctly tricky.
The decals are a bit on the thick side which while it stops the underlying red from showing through the yellow is preventing them from wrapping round edges in some places.  Microsol is helping a bit but I may nave to purloin Mrs z's hair dryer.
Some trimming will be required as it appears they may have been made for another kit (the sheet does not specify).
The yellow looks great against the red though.


if you're replacing the blue background by red, are you also replacing the red roundels by blue ones?
(what country would that then be?)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 05, 2016, 01:48:35 am
Blue Roundels are used by air wing of the United People's Party of Uranus.  Or UPP Uranus as they are commonly known... :party:

I'll be sticking with the red ones as those for the fuselage and upper wings are printed in one with the yellow.
Here's where I got to today.  It's a slow process as I have to keep stopping to let what I have put on adhere or i'll knock them out of position.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Phantom/Phantom%20WIP%2005-07-16_zpsu8jz5cbe.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Phantom/Phantom%20WIP%2005-07-16_zpsu8jz5cbe.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on July 05, 2016, 03:38:59 am
Blue Roundels are used by air wing of the United People's Party of Uranus.  Or UPP Uranus as they are commonly known... :party:

I'll be sticking with the red ones as those for the fuselage and upper wings are printed in one with the yellow.
Here's where I got to today.  It's a slow process as I have to keep stopping to let what I have put on adhere or i'll knock them out of position.



ah yes, of course, Uranus  ;D

it seems to be a remarquable decal experience !
I nearly never use any decal (which means I have a quite enormous collection of decals of all the kits I butchered^^^^^^^ transformed over time) but I remember lovingly making the effort for this one :

(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y435/ericr63/hyd/img_1936_zpspl7mxwnl.jpg)

it is all a matter of motivation, and somehow giraffes motivate me  ;D

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 05, 2016, 06:09:25 am
Blue Roundels are used by air wing of the United People's Party of Uranus.  Or UPP Uranus as they are commonly known... :party:

 :lol:

That phantom would be an amazing sight at an airshow... or anywhere else! :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 06, 2016, 03:38:34 am
As decaling experiences go this one is certainly is remarkable.
And very time consuming.

The Giraffe Plane looks good.  I too like Giraffes Eric.  Have you ever fed one?  They have remarkably prehensile tongues.  My nephew is a trainee zookeeper and he once organised for us to hand feed the giraffes and a rhino.  It was a very memorable experience.

Decals day 3.  Got all the yellow onto the plane (there is still some to do on the drop tank but I haven't cleared that yet).
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Phantom/Red%20Phantom%20WIP%206-7-16_zpspdrnjvyt.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Phantom/Red%20Phantom%20WIP%206-7-16_zpspdrnjvyt.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on July 06, 2016, 04:49:40 am
As decaling experiences go this one is certainly is remarkable.
And very time consuming.

The Giraffe Plane looks good.  I too like Giraffes Eric.  Have you ever fed one?  They have remarkably prehensile tongues.  My nephew is a trainee zookeeper and he once organised for us to hand feed the giraffes and a rhino.  It was a very memorable experience.

thanks for the giraffe plane :it is just out of thebox, not even Whif  ;)

I haven't had the chance to feed a giraffe, but did notice that their tongue is blue (kind of), which needless to say goes very well with their red (kind of) patterns on yellow (kind of) background.

By the way, I got your point that red roundels were included in the decals, and too hard to extract ; but then, who knows?, what about adding, on top of them, UPP Uranus ones?  ;D that would add a touch of cold color in the overwhelming heat.

It does of course already look tremendously good !


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on July 06, 2016, 05:52:55 am
Blue Roundels are used by air wing of the United People's Party of Uranus.  Or UPP Uranus as they are commonly known... :party:
:o
Stop making me choke on food!!!
LOL :lol: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 07, 2016, 03:10:11 am
I'm going to stick with the red ones Eric as I want it to be plausibly JASDF.

Decals Day 4 - no pic as there wasn't really much to show as all I did was put decals on the fin (big cats) and sides (stencils) and brushed more microsol on some of the more stubborn decals from earlier days.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 08, 2016, 01:39:55 am
Decals Day 5.  The top side is finished.  With all those stencils it looks like it has had an outbreak of some technological skin disease.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Phantom/Red%20Phantom%20WIP%2008-07-16_zpsyh94iyub.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Phantom/Red%20Phantom%20WIP%2008-07-16_zpsyh94iyub.jpg.html)
The underbelly is next.  No yellow, just hinomarus and stencils.  Lots and lots of stencils.  So many stencils that it makes the top side look nekkid.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: dumaniac on July 08, 2016, 02:27:03 am
Love the flying clog

and the bold colours on the jet
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 08, 2016, 06:03:42 am
Slightly colourfull old boy, eh ?  :rolleyes:  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 09, 2016, 03:49:00 am
Colourful is good.  Nothing against camo and military shades but sometimes (especially at this time of year) you just need to inject a good dose of brightness into your (modelling) life
No modelling done today other than to smear a tiny bit of filler on some stubborn seams on the Bansheeeee.
Instead I reassembled (cutting down shelves to fit in the process - who knew they were hollow?) a shelving unit which I first built from a flat pack in Croydon (London not Melbourne) in the late 90's and which has since then moved South with us being assembled and reassembled twice in the process.
Tomorrow I shall set up the record player on them and spin some vinyl.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 09, 2016, 05:38:46 am
a shelving unit which I first built from a flat pack in Croydon (London not Melbourne) in the late 90's and which has since then moved South with us being assembled and reassembled twice in the process.



Didn't know there was a Croydon in Australia, but I suppose it's not supprising as there is an Addiscombe and an Ashburton, my old Alma Marta. Talking of Croydon, it made the nationals the other day and not for the usual reasons  :rolleyes: The National Trust has started walking tours ! Apparently it's a good example of post WWII modernist architecture, especially of when that architecture didn't work. To a certain extent it had to be rebuilt after the devastation of the Blitz and then the V1's. Must admit I took some American friends on a walk through early one Sunday and they were fascinated by the mix of architecture, from mid 1540's (the Alms Houses) to ultra modern.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 09, 2016, 06:16:49 pm
Southern House - the railway offices where I worked - is apparently architecturally interesting.  Can't say I ever saw that.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 10, 2016, 03:46:50 am
Underside decals started on the Red Phantom.  No picture today.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 10, 2016, 07:00:12 am
Southern House - the railway offices where I worked - is apparently architecturally interesting.  Can't say I ever saw that.


Can't say I can see it either and I walk past regularly. Mind you I suppose you never do notice the things you walk past every day, plus when do you ever look at an entire building in your home town ? Visiting somewhere different you look at things, home town ? No chance
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on July 10, 2016, 07:02:01 am
Love that F-4 and the colours on it, especially all the stenciling. Great stuff.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 11, 2016, 02:34:12 am
Southern House - the railway offices where I worked - is apparently architecturally interesting.  Can't say I ever saw that.


Can't say I can see it either and I walk past regularly. Mind you I suppose you never do notice the things you walk past every day, plus when do you ever look at an entire building in your home town ? Visiting somewhere different you look at things, home town ? No chance

When I lived in Portsmouth I regularly rode my bicycle past the Tricorn centre Multi-Storey Car Park.  I was a Neo-Brutalist structure which won a design award for best use of concrete when it was built in the 50's or 60's and then another award for ugliest building in Britain shortly before it was demolished in the 90's.

But I digress.


You like all the stencilling Cap'n?  I think it's a bit much.  Do the real things really have all those labels?  Would you really be able to see them on a truly scaled model?
I put them all on because lots of them were printed with the yellow markings and also i've never put all the stencils on a plane before.  Not sure i'd do it again on a 1/72 build.

Anyhoo, decaling is now complete except the wheel doors and the ventral drop tank pylon.  Here's the poor old things acne riddled underbelly.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Phantom/Red%20Phantom%20WIP%2011-07-16_zpsiyw1zsyd.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Phantom/Red%20Phantom%20WIP%2011-07-16_zpsiyw1zsyd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 14, 2016, 10:22:47 pm
I've been clearing out our "Office" prior to a lick of paint and new flooring.  In doing so i've 'found' Mrs z's history of computing stash.  Amongst the goodies she has an Olivetti M-21 Luggable (a mere 15kg - how far mobile computing has come!) complete with Word Perfect, Wordstar and Lotus 123 on 5 1/4 inch floppies complete with all the manuals.

Also a daisywheel printer, a 286 laptop, two desktop dictaphones (standard and mini cassette) and a typewriter.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on July 15, 2016, 03:32:52 am
Here's the poor old things acne riddled underbelly.

This might help
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/hpc/detail-page/clearasil-B0012MXUEI-1-l.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 15, 2016, 07:14:58 am
Word Perfect and Lotus 123

I continued to use them until the day I retired  ;D Probably the last person in what was the old British Steel to do so. I didn't change when BS switched to MS stuff ( and there is a story to be told there  :rolleyes:) and was sufficiently up the ladder to get away with it. Still prefer 123 if I'm honest seems a little more logical to me in some ways, but I do use Excel now and have almost got to the point where I don't swear at it quite as often as in the past  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 15, 2016, 10:07:42 pm
To be honest I was quite happy with Windows 3.1 and whatever version of Office we had running on that back in the end days or British Rail/Birth of Railtrack.
While the hardware has got faster and more powerful with bigger memories I can't really see any improvements in Word or Excel.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 16, 2016, 05:06:20 am

While the hardware has got faster and more powerful with bigger memories I can't really see any improvements in Word or Excel.


Very true and basically because they do what we want them to do. Sure they "play around" with them at times but they don't really add anything to them.

I've used They and Them so often in this post it will probably get flagged up at GCHQ  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 17, 2016, 03:57:47 am
I am convinced They change things simply to justify a new release rather than because it's required.

ASIO/GCHQ/NSA only flag They and Them when capitalised so your post should be OK.
Of course, you are communicating with me which opens a whole new can of worms.
If anyone asks you about the West Chiltington Popular Front deny everything...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 17, 2016, 04:08:37 am
Zenrat, I thought Them was the correct term to describe the giant ants beneath New Mexico,  o well another week, another watch list.  :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2016, 06:45:31 am
I am convinced They change things simply to justify a new release rather than because it's required.



Very much so
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 20, 2016, 04:12:03 am
Been thinking about Peacemakers.  I'm pretty much set on RAF anti-flash white but got to thinking about adding Operation Musketeer stripes...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 30, 2016, 06:49:55 pm
Visitors from the UK - my sister, BiL, nephew & niece.
Modelling time will be very limited for the next two weeks.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 11, 2016, 05:54:21 pm
Family still here.
I did manage to sneak off and undercoat some parts yesterday though.

My brain has not been inactive though.
Perfect Plastic Putty - this seems very close in consistency and texture and ease of sanding to premixed acrylic wall crack filler (Spackle, Polyfilla if you will - I'm using it by the litre as i'm renovating the house) which is now thoroughly high tech and completely different to the old powder filler you mixed with water which I used on models as a kid and which was porous, pin holed and always fell out.  When my PPP runs out I may try using some new school wall filler to see how it copes.

The 1/48 Me 262 in the stash I robbed the engines from for the Hover Car.  Obviously this is in the wrong scale and so needs to be scaleorama'd into 1/72.  I'm thinking propeller airliner or bomber.  Maybe Mosquito nacelles, maybe He 111, maybe something else.  Maybe a fighter canopy or maybe windows painted on?

And what next?  The Wessex is finished and the Banshee isn't far.  The red Phantom just needs the fiddley bits done so there is room for another aircraft build to move properly onto the bench.  I haven't built anything large for a while so maybe it's time to commence properly on the TurboCat?  The hard bit is done (PSR on the turboprop nacelles) so I can get on with adding detail into the fuselage.  It'll be a civilian aircraft with a mostly white colour scheme which will be fun painting over Academy's black plastic.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on August 11, 2016, 06:44:06 pm
Turbocat ! Turbocat ! What ?

 :thumbsup:

It's funny, as I recall the first time I had seen the extensive stencilling, and it was on a USAF F-4. I think it was a trainer type, but it still flew. I just liked the look of it !

  :drink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 12, 2016, 01:05:25 am
Turbocat ! Turbocat ! What ?


 :-X
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 12, 2016, 01:12:25 am

Perfect Plastic Putty - this seems very close in consistency and texture and ease of sanding to premixed acrylic wall crack filler (Spackle, Polyfilla if you will - I'm using it by the litre as i'm renovating the house) which is now thoroughly high tech and completely different to the old powder filler you mixed with water which I used on models as a kid and which was porous, pin holed and always fell out.  When my PPP runs out I may try using some new school wall filler to see how it copes.


For years before the current range of 'super putties' became available many of used Fine Finish Polyfilla as a joint line filler etc. It's still available in UK although only in large tubs now. I found the tubs always went solid before I could build enough models to use up the tub, and for a while it was available in large tubes, but they seem to have gone now.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 12, 2016, 06:06:38 am

Perfect Plastic Putty - this seems very close in consistency and texture and ease of sanding to premixed acrylic wall crack filler (Spackle, Polyfilla if you will - I'm using it by the litre as i'm renovating the house) which is now thoroughly high tech and completely different to the old powder filler you mixed with water which I used on models as a kid and which was porous, pin holed and always fell out.  When my PPP runs out I may try using some new school wall filler to see how it copes.


That is a thought I have long harboured. Is PPP simply Polyfilla repackaged and repriced as a "niche" hobby product ? Be interesting to see what happens
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 12, 2016, 06:44:16 am
They both have the same "feel" but I don't want to use the DIY filler on a model if it's going to fall out after i've painted it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 13, 2016, 11:38:55 am
They both have the same "feel" but I don't want to use the DIY filler on a model if it's going to fall out after i've painted it.

The Fine Finish Polyfilla has stayed bonded onto my various older airliners for many years now, no problems.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 19, 2016, 01:31:38 am
Turbocat ! Turbocat ! What ?

 :thumbsup:
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Turbocat/TURBOCAT%20WIP%2019-8-16_zpsj2dwpjtx.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Turbocat/TURBOCAT%20WIP%2019-8-16_zpsj2dwpjtx.jpg.html)
To be civilian, with a sun lounge at the back under the blisters.

It's funny, as I recall the first time I had seen the extensive stencilling, and it was on a USAF F-4. I think it was a trainer type, but it still flew. I just liked the look of it !

  :drink:


The Red Phantom got her wheels today and I painted the canopy.  Not far to go just got to paint the inside of the U/C doors and the missals.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on August 22, 2016, 06:00:33 pm
Turbocat looks great !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on August 22, 2016, 06:22:16 pm
Ooooh! Catalina! I like it! :thumbsup:


I was thinking "Turbocat = turboprop-Tigercat" but yours is much, much better! ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 23, 2016, 03:12:59 am
Thanks guys.

I glued all the bits onto the Red Phantom today.  Just a few touch ups and some light weathering and it'll be ready to be photographed.

I also dug out a long dormant Gundam build.  Its a Guncannon i've demilitarised.  It's almost finished but needs a little work done on its head and a lot of work on its surfboard.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 27, 2016, 07:59:39 pm
Dinner and (too many) drinks with the oldest BiL last night.
I gifted him my wood lathe which used to belong to his son and which I have never used.  This freed up room in my shed for a shelving extension and another display cabinet (Ikea flat pack book case that's been sitting in the garage for a year).
Ive put all the shelves in the bottom half of the bookcase with the intention of using the top half for the bigger builds which will go flat against the back board supported on hooks under the wings.  Well, that's the plan anyway - I still need to obtain some perspex and magnetic latches to make doors for it.
The new case has increased display volume by 40% but will be the last increase in this way as i've run out of wall to put book cases against.  I have a cunning plan though.  Shelves on wheels that I can use as a mobile divider.  I just need to get all the crap out of there that is temporarily being stored (garden furniture, jigsaw puzzles and obsolete computers mostly).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 29, 2016, 03:55:24 am
A little bit of modelling today but mostly I rearranged my aircraft and 1/72 vehicles moving some into the new bookcase.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 18, 2016, 03:01:03 am
Thought i'd knock up a quick build and pulled out another of my chinese knockoff Matchbox kits - a Mystere IV.
I glued the fuselage halves together and the wing halves together and then had a better look at the fuselage.  It has very soft detail although the usual Matchbox trench like engraved detail is a bit shallower.  Maybe due to the copying process used?  The whole silver sprue is like this.
The wings, in fact the entire grey/green sprue, however look like Matchbox had made them.
What made me abort building though were the big sink marks on both sides of the fuselage just aft of the cockpit.  Almost like someone had picked it up with finger and thumb while not quite set.
So it's now parts.  The wings will look particularly good on something piston engined and the fuselage could, with the dents and lines filled be the basis of something interesting.
Unfortunately this mould dates from 1987 or i'd earmark it for the Old Crap Kits GB.

Turbocat (Academy Catalina) is coming along.  I added a floor to the blisters section and put in some comfy chairs making that area a sun lounge.  Hull halves are joined.  While I have the nacelles blended in I haven't sorted the exhausts so i've started doing that.  Also primed the hull to see where it needs filler.

I've also got an Academy Super Etendard in primer.  It'll be an OOB build but in RAN service with ASMs other than Exocet.  It looked to go together well with little filler needed but then I checked the dihedral and she was down on one wing.  Correcting this opened gaps.

Watching Avengers Assemble as I type this.  I hadn't noticed before that although the aircraft they deploy to take on The Hulk is an F-35 there are Harriers in the Shield Heli-carriers Hanger Deck.  Hmmmmmm.




Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on September 18, 2016, 04:39:37 am
Avengers Assemble eh ? I'll have to check that out ! Look forward to seeing more Turbo Cat pics.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 18, 2016, 05:16:13 am
Just won my remaining "holy grail" aircraft kit on evil-bay.
So that's it.  I don't need to buy any more aircraft now... :unsure:

More details when it arrives - I don't want to tempt fate...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 18, 2016, 06:25:24 am

So that's it.  I don't need to buy any more aircraft now... :unsure:



That you or the other half talking ?  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on September 18, 2016, 10:01:23 am

So that's it.  I don't need to buy any more aircraft now... :unsure:


 :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 18, 2016, 10:38:26 am
is that even possible?   :unsure:
gentlemen, we may need to place the appropriate counter measures on standby,  this may be serious :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on September 18, 2016, 03:17:11 pm
So that's it.  I don't need to buy any more aircraft now... :unsure:

 :blink:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 20, 2016, 05:03:17 am
No, that was me talking. 
The statement was correct when I wrote it.
However, since then I have been rearranging the stash, flicking through new issues of Modelart Australia and AMW and browsing e-bay.  All of which brought me to the realisation that there is a lot more I need to get.  Not sure when i'll find time to build them all though.

Put new shelves up today and moved my collection of Hasegawa "Box Art" kits onto them.  i need more.  Not only do they look great but being released in the 70's they tend to be cheap.  Despite the fact that Hasegawa are still using most of the moulds, calling them limited editions and sticking inflated prices on them.

Structurally the Turbocat exhausts are sorted.  PSR to be done though.

Off to E-Bay now to look for cheap Hasegawas...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on September 20, 2016, 05:29:12 am
All of which brought me to the realisation that there is a lot more I need to get.

Hoorah! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 20, 2016, 11:18:55 am
whew!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 21, 2016, 04:32:54 am
Dug out a Hobbycraft Su 22 Fitter E (or F? - the two seater anyway) and filled the nose with a mix of liquid gravity & epoxy.
It'll be a PDRV Republican Guard aircraft carrying most of an ICM Soviet air to ground missile set.
Probably in PDRV border patrol camo.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/MiG%2029/PDRVRepublicanGuardMiG292_zps55c4739b.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/MiG%2029/PDRVRepublicanGuardMiG292_zps55c4739b.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on September 21, 2016, 05:55:39 am
And very pretty camo it is! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on September 21, 2016, 09:07:56 am
Is a nice camo, will definitely suit a Su 22. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 22, 2016, 03:57:57 am
Glad you like it.  I hope I can remember which colours I used.

The cockpits of the Hobbycraft Fitter are rather wanting and as I was thinking of modelling this one with the roofs open I started panelling them out today and in my spare moments at work sketched out some consoles and control panels to scratch up*.  Rear seater will be weapons operator rather then a pilot.

Also continued adding some texture and fillets** to the turbo cat exhausts.

I think I have finally found the scheme for my Airfix new mould Beaufighter.  While plagiarising Bill Gunstion for the Hovercar back story I re-discovered this USAAF PR XVI Mossie i'd forgotten about.
(http://media.defense.gov/2007/Oct/17/2000571652/888/591/0/051018-F-1234P-037.JPG)
(http://media.defense.gov/2007/Oct/17/2000440612/888/591/0/071017-F-1234S-017.JPG)
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Photos.aspx?igphoto=2000571652
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Photos.aspx?igphoto=2000440612


* I also sketched my idea for the Tribeau for the old crap kit GB.  If I can get off my ar5e i'll scan it and post it in the appropriate thread.
** as in see a gap?  Fillet... ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 23, 2016, 04:22:40 am
The urge not to buy doesn't last long.
After looking at the latest issue of Modelart Australia I want a 1/72 (obviously) Hoplite.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 25, 2016, 05:15:51 am
And after reading the latest AMW I know want a Tornado.  That won't last long though so I just have to stay away from evil-bay for a while.

Painted the (now improved) cockpit of the Fitter today and got the start of the (RAN) scheme on the Super Etendard.
I also completed another round of PSR on the Turbocat and glued the outer wings & horizontal tails together.

I've finally got my head round how to paint the Meng D9 and so gave all the parts a mottled coat of grey primer (over red) and then hairspray.  Next will be a coat of CAT yellow or a close approximation - time to get colour mixing.

And, to prevent the sound of fingers drumming on the bench while I wait for the next GB to start I pulled out the Airfix RAF rescue launch I started for the BoB GB.  I managed to do most of the grunt work back then but then put ti to one side when the GB ended.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 26, 2016, 05:47:04 am
So, the RAF Rescue Launch is becoming a PDRV Revenue Protection vessel.
I had previously added a Bofors gun to the foredeck, done away with one lewis gun turret and replaced the other with a quad 303 mount.  Today I realised there was a 20mm Oerlikon in the box which I had forgotten about.  That goes on the aft deck.
Tax collecting in the world of the PDRV is a dangerous business.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 26, 2016, 07:07:43 am
Tax collection is dangerous or is it the tax payers who are endangered by the the methods used by the PDRV revenue agents ?  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 26, 2016, 04:17:23 pm
Dug out a Hobbycraft Su 22 Fitter E (or F? - the two seater anyway) and filled the nose with a mix of liquid gravity & epoxy.
It'll be a PDRV Republican Guard aircraft carrying most of an ICM Soviet air to ground missile set.
Probably in PDRV border patrol camo.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/MiG%2029/PDRVRepublicanGuardMiG292_zps55c4739b.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/MiG%2029/PDRVRepublicanGuardMiG292_zps55c4739b.jpg.html)

Holy crap, that's killer!   :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 26, 2016, 04:28:28 pm
Thanks Brad.  More here http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,39054.msg643655.html#msg643655

Tax collection is dangerous or is it the tax payers who are endangered by the the methods used by the PDRV revenue agents ?  ;D

Citizens are proud to pay their taxes as they are used to further the aims of the People's Democratic Republic.
Tax avoidance is unpatriotic and punishable by 9mm audit.
The vessels and aircraft of the Revenue Protection arm of the PDRV military collect levies, tolls and fines from foreign registered vessels and perform anti-smuggler operations.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 26, 2016, 05:26:00 pm
Thanks, I went and had a look! The extra pictures was a pleasant find. As usual, I find something not so obvious to fall in love with:  your "diorama" printed out is brilliant. I'll have to remember that. Bein' "po folk" and also lazy has me digging that.


"fuc'um"  Ahhhahaha!  Lmao when I saw that. 

Hey, I LIKE the "grease pencil" nose...

(http://d2dslulmm3ln9j.cloudfront.net/mcmaster-carr-1514t301-water-resistant-grease-pencil-pull-string-style-black.jpg)

Going with Cuban livery was a good way to go. I've been contemplating doing a Cuban Fishbed, myself, as the decals that came with my Mig 21 were ruined and doing a Cuban livery would be relatively easy free handing.

Here's one someone else made, by Peter Mojzisek:

(http://homepage.swissonline.ch/PMojzisek/My%20Gallery/MiG-21MF%20Cuba/MiG-21MF_Cuba_003.JPG)

More here, for those curious: 
http://homepage.swissonline.ch/PMojzisek/My%20Gallery/MiG-21MF%20Cuba/MiG-21MF%20Cuba%20.htm


I've opened up a can of worms.. I'm slow getting around catching up on all the threads here on the boards, but I think I'll fast track some of your stuff because I need to go read about the PDRV in the alternate history forum. Seems fascinating.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 26, 2016, 10:14:14 pm
Thanks Brad.  Glad you like it.

I must write part 2 of the History of the PDRV.  So far i've only got up to WW2.  I have made notes though.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 28, 2016, 03:59:07 am
Show and tell time.

Turbocat (Academy PBY-5 Aussie markings issue)- wings are not attached.  Panel lines need rescribing around the engines and PSR is still needed on the fuselage plus fairing in the nose turret hole (now full of fishing weights to keep its tail up).
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Turbocat/Turbocat%20WIP%2028-9-16_zpsmjzb5cfm.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Turbocat/Turbocat%20WIP%2028-9-16_zpsmjzb5cfm.jpg.html)

Hobbycraft Su-22 Fitter.  Lots still to do.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Su%2022%20Fitter/Su%2022%20Fitter%20WIP%2028-9-16_zpsqjej37eb.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Su%2022%20Fitter/Su%2022%20Fitter%20WIP%2028-9-16_zpsqjej37eb.jpg.html)

Academy Super Etendard.  The RAN paintjob is done.  Clear, decals & fiddley bits next.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Super%20Etendard/Super%20Etendard%20WIP%2028-9-16_zpsqvp4g31u.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Super%20Etendard/Super%20Etendard%20WIP%2028-9-16_zpsqvp4g31u.jpg.html)

And last but not least, Airfix British Power Boat Company 63' High Speed Gunboat.  That's a Lanc tail turret sitting on top of the deckhouse there.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/British%20Power%20Boats%2063ft%20High%20Speed%20Launch/BPBC%2063%20High%20Speed%20Launch%20WIP%2028-9-16_zpsnzk06un6.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/British%20Power%20Boats%2063ft%20High%20Speed%20Launch/BPBC%2063%20High%20Speed%20Launch%20WIP%2028-9-16_zpsnzk06un6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 28, 2016, 06:36:12 am
Nice "In progress" collection  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 28, 2016, 05:19:14 pm
I was lying in bed this morning thinking about the gunboat.  There is no way for the crew to see past the bofors gun so I am going to remove the wheelhouse(?) and rebuild it taller.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on September 28, 2016, 05:49:30 pm
Turbocat & the gunboat are my personal favourites! :bow:

Fitter & Super Et. are also looking very good. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 28, 2016, 05:56:11 pm
Thanks Brad.  Glad you like it.

I must write part 2 of the History of the PDRV.  So far i've only got up to WW2.  I have made notes though.

All I've to say at this juncture is R.I.P. King Billy.


 :-X ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on September 29, 2016, 03:15:39 am
 :wub: Turbocat is looking really good. :thumbsup:

Su-22 is one of my favorite modern-ish jets (looks wise that is, I know nothing of it's performance etc...) looking forward to seeing your camo on it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 29, 2016, 03:52:27 am
For a single engined jet the Fitter sure is big.  It dwarfs the Super Etendard.

I cut the wheelhouse off the Gunboat today and built a new, substantially taller one incorporating a radar room out the back.  It spoils the lines of the British Power Boat Companies design but does mean that the driver will be able to see where he is going.

I've also started putting together the loadout for the Super Etendard - JASDF weapons from a Hasegawa set.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 29, 2016, 06:19:57 am
I was going to suggest having a steering/conning position in the extreme bow.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on September 29, 2016, 09:31:00 am
I was going to suggest having a steering/conning position in the extreme bow.

Until the helmsman gets his head removed by a 40mm shell! :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on September 29, 2016, 08:05:03 pm
Hey there, Mr Z



I cut the wheelhouse off the Gunboat today and built a new, substantially taller one incorporating a radar room out the back.  It spoils the lines of the British Power Boat Companies design but does mean that the driver will be able to see where he is going.



One of the other ASR launch designs from WW2 was called the "Hants and Dorset", after the Bus company - the wheelhouses were like a block of flats!

http://www.bmpt.co.uk/uploads/Christian/2006-10-14_002841_raf2595_now_adelheid_small.jpg

... and the Vietnam Monitors/ATCs had the same sort of height to their cabins, so  there is precedent.

FWIW...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 30, 2016, 02:14:38 am

One of the other ASR launch designs from WW2 was called the "Hants and Dorset", after the Bus company - the wheelhouses were like a block of flats!

http://www.bmpt.co.uk/uploads/Christian/2006-10-14_002841_raf2595_now_adelheid_small.jpg


Cracking boats they were!  :thumbsup:

When I was 10-11 I went to an RAF kid's camp at Calshot for a week and spent a lot of time whizzing round the Solent aboard a couple of H&Ds. As I recall they had three VERY LOUD engines!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 30, 2016, 02:33:00 am
Thanks gents.
Here's where i'm at.  Obviously more work to do including a rooftop beer garden observation deck.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/British%20Power%20Boats%2063ft%20High%20Speed%20Launch/BPBC%2063%20HSGB%20WIP%2030-9-16_zpsfu9rfv2o.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/British%20Power%20Boats%2063ft%20High%20Speed%20Launch/BPBC%2063%20HSGB%20WIP%2030-9-16_zpsfu9rfv2o.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 30, 2016, 06:37:15 am
Thanks gents.
Here's where i'm at.  Obviously more work to do including a rooftop beer garden observation deck.


If it was being operated by the R.A.F. then a roof garden would probably be appropriate. Officers got to have somewhere for their drinkies  :angel:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on September 30, 2016, 01:34:31 pm
Thanks gents.
Here's where i'm at.  Obviously more work to do including a rooftop beer garden observation deck.

oh, do keep the beer garden !  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on September 30, 2016, 06:35:17 pm
Thanks gents.
Here's where i'm at.  Obviously more work to do including a rooftop beer garden observation deck.

oh, do keep the beer garden !  ;D

As they were 'Messing About in Boats', rather than in the air, wouldn't Pink Gins be more appropriate?

Whichever, do keep on with the idea.

Chin, chin, cherio!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 30, 2016, 10:50:12 pm
What makes a pink gin pink?  Red Cordial? Bitters?
Biggles used to drink it before he was forced by political correctness to swap them for lemonade and quit the smokes.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on October 01, 2016, 12:56:41 am
From Wikipedia:

"Pink Gin is a cocktail made fashionable in England in the mid-19th century, consisting of Plymouth gin[1] and a dash of Angostura bitters, a dark red bitters that makes the whole drink pinkish. Lemon rind is also commonly used as a garnish, with the citrus oils subtly complementing the flavour."

Which I didn't know, either.

I much prefer Tonic with mine.

Cheers
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 01, 2016, 01:27:11 am
We have gin, tonic, bitters and lemons.  Maybe i'll try a comparison.

Thank you Rick.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 01, 2016, 01:57:03 am
Woohoo!
Western Bulldogs AFL premiers 2016!

Yay Doggies!

I need to do a commemorative build.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 01, 2016, 05:37:40 am
Isn't Angostura bitters poisonous if you drink to much of it ?

That's why it's literally just swirled round the glass. It was till quite popular back in the 60's when I started  :cheers:. Only tried it once though I think. Much prefer a gin and t with a slice of lime and ice  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on October 01, 2016, 07:12:51 pm
Isn't Angostura bitters poisonous if you drink to much of it ?

That's why it's literally just swirled round the glass. It was till quite popular back in the 60's when I started  :cheers:. Only tried it once though I think. Much prefer a gin and t with a slice of lime and ice  :thumbsup:

Possibly why some of the older Navy/Army Types went 'Doo-Lally' in the end? On top of the heat in The Colonies, of course.

You guys are makin' me Thirsty now...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 02, 2016, 02:14:23 am
Alcohol is a poison.  It certainly made me feel ill this morning.

Today I put on some decals...
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Super%20Etendard/Super%20Etendard%20WIP%202-10-16_zpsrlffngqk.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Super%20Etendard/Super%20Etendard%20WIP%202-10-16_zpsrlffngqk.jpg.html)
...and glued on some bits & pieces and primed.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/British%20Power%20Boats%2063ft%20High%20Speed%20Launch/BPBC%2063%20HSGB%20WIP%202-10-16_zpsms1xqbw7.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/British%20Power%20Boats%2063ft%20High%20Speed%20Launch/BPBC%2063%20HSGB%20WIP%202-10-16_zpsms1xqbw7.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 13, 2016, 03:35:54 am
Ma and Pa zenrat arrive from the old dart in 1 1/2 hours for a visit.
Modelling will be reduced to a minimum for the next 4 weeks while I play host, tour guide and spider wrangler.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 13, 2016, 06:07:58 am
Ma and Pa zenrat arrive from the old dart in 1 1/2 hours for a visit.


Shouldn't you be at the airport ?  :rolleyes:  Or are you all "mobile" on us ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 14, 2016, 01:17:22 am
I was at home.  Left 15 minutes after I sent that and despite the best efforts of Vic Roads night-time roadwork crews imposing 40 km/hr limits seemingly at random across the free/tollway network we arrived at international arrivals 5 minutes before they appeared through the door.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on October 14, 2016, 01:20:01 am
"Spider Wrangler" - LoL.
I have a Sister like that...

there again, we don't have anything like the Giant Cat-eating Mutants that you do...  :o

thank goodness for the Tasman Sea.

Hope Ma n Pa have a safe holiday.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 14, 2016, 03:05:29 am
I gave Dad the shed tour thisarvo and introduced him to the concept of the PDRV and the Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor coast.
Managed to drop the prop from the Falco and snap off a blade.   :angry:

Current state of plays with the builds in progress is that painting has started on the Gunboat, the D9 dozer is awaiting weathering on the Cat Yellow paint (before it gets a zenrat industries blue coat), the Turbocat is still undergoing PSR, the Tribeau has its nose slathered in PPP, 3 cars are awaiting a clear coat, the Fitter has a blue underside and one coat of pale sand camo on the top and the Super Etendard is finished apart from some wash, canopy and weapons.
Oh, and the PDRV MiG 29 is back on the bench after I knocked off one of it's gun pods.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on October 14, 2016, 05:48:31 am
thank goodness for the Tasman Sea.

You know it's getting narrower, yeah? ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 14, 2016, 06:38:19 am
I was at home.  Left 15 minutes after I sent that and despite the best efforts of Vic Roads night-time roadwork crews imposing 40 km/hr limits seemingly at random across the free/tollway network we arrived at international arrivals 5 minutes before they appeared through the door.

 :thumbsup:

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: You couldn't have done that at Heathrow or Gatwick.

Hope they and you have a good time
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 14, 2016, 11:59:04 pm
They are still jet lagged but refuse to just sit and rest and so are gardening.
Ma z is weeding the front yard while Pa z is roaming the back yard with Mrs z and a pruning saw cutting down every self seeded Wattle she deems surplus to requirements.
Still, they're getting sunshine and exercise which are supposed to be the trick to getting over jet lag quicker.

And I did mange to get another coat of pale sand onto the Fitter, paint the gunboats guns and sand the Blairgowrie's nose.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 19, 2016, 12:50:35 am
Nice day today.  Went down to the shed to put some clear on the three car bodies i've got ready to go...

...only to find that since I last looked in the cupboard in the autumn the 2 pack hardener had hardened in the bottle and most of the acrylic thinners had evaporated from the tin.
Grrrrrrrrr.
 :banghead:

I did however find a small jar of pre-thinned acrylic clear dregs which with a dash of GP thinners was enough to cover a 1/25 AMT Sunbeam Tiger.

Also painted the deck of the gunboat and the second camo colour on the Su 22.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 19, 2016, 05:00:26 am

........ was enough to cover a 1/25 AMT Sunbeam Tiger.


OOooh, a Sunbeam Tiger, one of the best cars I ever drove.  :thumbsup:

I've got one of those AMT kits somewhere, I should dig it out.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 20, 2016, 03:40:18 am
It's a great kit Kit.  A little lacking on detail maybe but goes together well (at least so far).
Engine looks good with just minor extra detailing (plug leads).
Only con is that you will lose the moulded scripts and body trim when removing the mould separation lines from the body.
I painted it Hemi Orange BTW.

Culture day today.  Took the Olds into the city to view Art.  May have nipped into Metro Hobbies and picked up some paint on the way past...
A major part of the Art was a John Olsen retrospective.  This was my favourite.
(https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/media/collection_images/Alpha/OA23.1968%23%23S.jpg)
https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/OA23.1968/
Entrance to the Seaport of Desire by John Olsen 1964

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 20, 2016, 07:27:39 am

  May have nipped into Metro Hobbies and picked up some paint on the way past...


May?  ;D ;)

Yeah, right.......
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 21, 2016, 09:56:17 pm
Wings plastic scale model aircraft exhibition and competition today at the Australian National Aviation Museum.
Negligible Whiffs as far as I could tell.  We didn't stay too long as it was cold and damp in the hanger and The Boy was nagging me (you've already looked at that one TWICE Uncle Fred...).
This caught my eye as i've fancied one since seeing The Wind Rises.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Pic_1022_421_zpsh9sbw05i.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Pic_1022_421_zpsh9sbw05i.jpg.html)
And I snapped this Beaver for Weaver.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Pic_1022_420_zps0zq0kfck.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Pic_1022_420_zps0zq0kfck.jpg.html)

On my modelling front it's too damp, cold & noisy (tin roof) in my shed to do anything today but I did snap this.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Pic_1022_430_zpslgiahdja.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Pic_1022_430_zpslgiahdja.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on October 22, 2016, 12:55:58 am
Coming along nicely there, Fred - keep it up.

I remember hearing the "Let's gooo, I'm Booored" moaning - and I've used it more than a few times myself in the younger days...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 23, 2016, 05:36:03 am
"cold, damp" ? I thought you were in Australia and I thought it was spring ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on October 23, 2016, 01:39:37 pm
"cold, damp" ? I thought you were in Australia and I thought it was spring ?

That *is* Spring in Oz... and NZ too, it has to be admitted.
All to do with living smack dab beside the Southern Ocean.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 23, 2016, 03:29:01 pm
This is Melbourne.  This time of year it is Spring, Winter and Summer (and sometimes Autumn) all in one day.

Yesterday I was watching the MotoGP racing from Phillip Island live on the TV.  Our skies were grey and threatening while theirs, 32km away as the wombat flies (thank you goggle earth) were blue and almost clear.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on October 24, 2016, 02:40:24 am
And it's been a very, very, very long, cold, wet Winter, too - pretty sure South Aus has, or is going to reach a new record high rainfall this year (last I heard we were only 15mm short of the previous record).

Spring has sprung but, if it wasn't for my fruit trees flowering & the magpies swooping you'd barely notice the change from Winter.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 24, 2016, 06:12:25 am
Well you live and learn. My only experience of Australia was Sydney in January so mid summer. I think all the Aussies I've known personally have either been from NSW, Queensland or WA, and they always took great delight in telling us Poms how much better their weather was !
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on October 24, 2016, 01:18:21 pm
Well you live and learn. My only experience of Australia was Sydney in January so mid summer. I think all the Aussies I've known personally have either been from NSW, Queensland or WA, and they always took great delight in telling us Poms how much better their weather was !

Ah, but this is exceptional weather, not the norm by any means (hence the whinging ... which may explain a bit about some Poms ;) ).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 25, 2016, 06:31:32 am
Well you live and learn. My only experience of Australia was Sydney in January so mid summer. I think all the Aussies I've known personally have either been from NSW, Queensland or WA, and they always took great delight in telling us Poms how much better their weather was !

Ah, but this is exceptional weather, not the norm by any means (hence the whinging ... which may explain a bit about some Poms ;) ).

Ah, right  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 28, 2016, 12:58:28 am
Well you live and learn. My only experience of Australia was Sydney in January so mid summer. I think all the Aussies I've known personally have either been from NSW, Queensland or WA, and they always took great delight in telling us Poms how much better their weather was !

Because it is better.  Even a wet year like this is better.  Even an unusually wet and cold year in Tasmania would be warmer and drier than the UK average.

Given the wet winter and spring the vegetation has grown more than usual meaning that by February when it has turned brown and dried out we will have a bigger than usual fuel load and therefore be at risk of having a worse bushfire season.
Something the arsonholes who get their sick kicks from lighting conflagrations will no doubt take advantage of.

But enough of that.  I've been away for a few days down at Wilson's Promentary.  I even climbed (OK, walked up) what passes for a mountain (Mount Oberon - 558m).  Once again I was reminded by the aches and pains that I am not as young as I sometimes think I am.
The weather behaved itself for once, the scenery was gorgeous and come late afternoon and evening the wombats were plentiful.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 28, 2016, 01:42:56 am
With good reason.

London's 51 deg. away from the Equator and the southernmost tip of Tasmania is only 43 deg. away.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on October 28, 2016, 02:17:32 am
  Once again I was reminded by the aches and pains that I am not as young as I sometimes think I am.
The weather behaved itself for once, the scenery was gorgeous and come late afternoon and evening the wombats were plentiful.

Sympathy from me for the aches and pains......I've been doing some heavy garden work for Madame R, and realise that I'm not as young and fit as I was 40 years ago......OUCH!

The passage highlighted in red  was the most unlikely thing I've read on this site for some time!!

Glad you enjoyed your excursion.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on October 28, 2016, 03:19:00 am
I was nowhere near the place! Honest, Guv! ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 28, 2016, 06:07:39 am
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 28, 2016, 05:00:12 pm
I couldn't tell their age.  Not sure how you do that to be honest.  It's probably rude to ask.
I'm used to only ever seeing dead wombats at the side of the road but at Tidal River come late afternoon they wander the campsite ignoring visitors.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 30, 2016, 02:00:17 am
I was watching a Superb Wren during the week and pondering how it's markings could be applied to an aircraft.
(http://d3lp4xedbqa8a5.cloudfront.net/s3/digital-cougar-assets/AusGeo/2013/09/11/7310/Superb_fairy-wren.jpg)
Not my picture - borrowed from the Australian Geographic.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 30, 2016, 04:10:52 am
I can easily see that scheme on an F-16... ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on October 30, 2016, 07:00:58 am
They're a beautiful little bird, aren't they, Fred. &lt;_&lt;
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 30, 2016, 07:53:50 am
We have a nest of wrens who come to re-visit their nest in the wall of the house that overlooks our back yard.

The little critters seem to have only one flying speed, around Mach 4  :o, and they approach the entrance to the nest without any visible deceleration! Quite how they avoid braining themselves against the stone wall inside I've no idea, but they soon re-appear at the same speed. Presumably they have a steam catapult installed inside the nest.

I've tried to photograph them numerous times, but they go so damn fast I've failed utterly every time.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 30, 2016, 07:57:58 am
Love the lil birdie.   :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on October 30, 2016, 10:25:14 am
I was watching a Superb Wren during the week and pondering how it's markings could be applied to an aircraft.


excellent idea!

marking of large mammals (like e.g., zebra) have been applied to aircraft, but not too often those of small birds
(I remember eagle feathers and beaks, maybe parrot colors? but this is different)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on October 30, 2016, 11:14:03 pm
The little critters seem to have only one flying speed, around Mach 4  :o, and they approach the entrance to the nest without any visible deceleration! Quite how they avoid braining themselves against the stone wall inside I've no idea, but they soon re-appear at the same speed. Presumably they have a steam catapult installed inside the nest.

Probably have a arrestor net installed for arriving if they have a catapult for launching. :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 31, 2016, 01:54:43 am
The little chap in question would turn up a couple of times a day at the floor to ceiling sliding doors of the cabin we were staying in and then proceed to bounce from the deck to a height of up to 3' (so VTOL rather than catapult launch).  I'm not sure if it wanted to come in, wanted us to go out and feed it or was trying to get it's reflection to fight with it.

I have plans for a Magpie scheme on a Wyvern. Not sure yet what i'd paint like a wren.  Something with a short wide body - Intruder maybe?

While the parents are here i've been plugging away at the Fitter's camo when I get a moment.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Su%2022%20Fitter/Su%2022%20WIP%20Halloween%202016_zpssg7aflgh.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Su%2022%20Fitter/Su%2022%20WIP%20Halloween%202016_zpssg7aflgh.jpg.html)
That's the People's Democratic Republic of Victoria Republican Guard Northern Border scheme.  The remaining grey areas will be the red brown colour.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on October 31, 2016, 02:05:25 am
I have plans for a Magpie scheme on a Wyvern.

You piqued my interest in the past with that statement. I really like the idea of bird schemes on aircraft but I'd have to stick to basic colours if I tried it, are you thinking of adding feather effects?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 31, 2016, 04:06:49 am
No feathers.  A stylised design of black and white blocks with a grey nose.
I can't find a decent picture but our Magpies have a very "hunchbacked" posture in flight and the shape of the Wyvern has always put me in mind of it.
I should stop talking about it and get on with it.  Maybe i'll postpone the next RAN whiff and build a Wyvern instead.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 31, 2016, 07:20:35 am
There's a couple of Helicopters (Hungarian, Czech ?) that have been done up as birds and looked fantastic.

That Aussie Wren is definitely more colourfull then ours. "Jenny" Wren is the UK's smallest resident bird. Is it's Aussie cousin tiny as well ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on October 31, 2016, 08:19:54 am
Small but not the smallest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superb_fairywren (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superb_fairywren)


I've never heard anyone call them a Superb Fairy Wren, however female wrens are called jenny wrens.


This is our smallest bird: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weebill (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weebill)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on October 31, 2016, 09:45:40 pm
This is our smallest bird: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weebill (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weebill)

I've seen some of those around lately, they are tiny and around here they chase insects in the grass, I don't really see them till they move and when they move it's very fast. I thought they were a type of Finch. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 01, 2016, 02:50:45 am
Their body is about the size of a ping pong ball.  They always put me in mind of a Snitch...

I started on a Trumpeter 1/72 Wyvern today.  Nicely detailed cockpit.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on November 02, 2016, 07:30:46 am

I started on a Trumpeter 1/72 Wyvern today.  Nicely detailed cockpit.

It's a nice kit all round
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 03, 2016, 03:53:48 am
I was fiddling with the cockpit & fuselage halves today.  It's nicely engineered.
I also, to demonstrate the sheer size of the things to my father, dug out a Trumpeter Sea Fury and compared the fuselage halves.
Massive.
I'm tempted to stick a pilot into it to emphasise the size - obviously i'll use the smallest one in the pilot stash.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on November 03, 2016, 07:03:32 am
I think it was the size of the thing that struck me. I knew it was big but hadn't realised how big until I put it up against a Seafire
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 03, 2016, 11:04:39 pm
I'm slightly irritated that Trumpeter moulded it with all the rocket mounting holes under the wings open.
As I will be building this sans rockets (I have used them elsewhere) I have just had to spend time glueing bits of styrene rod into each hole.
I can'r decide whether to fit the drop tanks. I suspect without them range would be severely limited.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on November 04, 2016, 09:06:08 am
Could be worse, they might have moulded the pylons on the wings. :unsure:


Actually, I had the reverse problem on my Hellcat build. There were drill-out points on the inside of the wing for the rockets which I, in typical fashion, forgot to drill out; so there was considerable swearing studying of the instructions & photo's of the real thing before I could drill my own holes at least close to right (as it is they are either all a smidge too close to each other or the rockets are slightly over-scale :-\ ).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 05, 2016, 05:04:39 am
Well that's another family/neighbours barbecue survived.  Avoided the trap of drinking too much, managed not to burn the meat too badly and no-one started a feud.
I am jealous of the ability of unrelated children who have never met before to "click" instantly over Lego and invent running round the garden games.  If only adults got on so easilly.

As a result the only modelling done was a very short stint this morning when I managed to slip down to the shed and give a pilot figure a rapid weight loss programme so he would fit into the Wyvern seat.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on November 05, 2016, 05:38:55 am

I am jealous of the ability of unrelated children who have never met before to "click" instantly over Lego and invent running round the garden games.  If only adults got on so easilly.



Yup and when you see them abroad even different languages are no barrier  :bow: What is it ? 8 or 9 and life starts to get more cautious ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 20, 2016, 02:27:05 am
Put some paint on the hull of the Turbocat today.  It's going to be NMF with "go faster" stripes so I put on a couple of coats of silver car paint.
I also broke a drill bit drilling a prop shaft hole in one of the resin nacelles.  It snapped off below the surface so there's no way to get it out without making a mess.  This is a PiTA and means I will have to glue at least one prop on instead of having them removable for easy angling as I my usual way of doing things.
It's missing a heck of a lot of panel lines due to all the PSR but I am going to try drawing them on when the paints done.

I'm also painting the weapons load out for the Su 22 - air to ground missiles, a telemetry pod and a pair of tanks.

Gunboat is awaiting decals.

And at last i've picked up the D9 Dozer and have started scrubbing at the paint (I hairsprayed it) prior to more hairspray and a second colour over the top.

Sunbeam Tiger has been back into the brake fluid bath for a second time.  The second paint job was good but the clear cracked so off it all came prior to another repaint.  This time i'll use paint and clear I know are compatible instead of some clear I founding a jar at the back of the cupboard.  Today I glued back the front valance which the brake fluid caused to fall off.

I also got a coat of clear on a Lemmy tribute car (Monogram 1/24 '66 Chevy Malibu).

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 27, 2016, 11:48:23 pm
I thought i'd posted these.  Taken last week.

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Su%2022%20Fitter/Su%2022%20WIP%2024-11-16_zps9fsh4xl1.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Su%2022%20Fitter/Su%2022%20WIP%2024-11-16_zps9fsh4xl1.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Turbocat/Turbocat%20WIP%2024-11-16_zps8bmsmete.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Turbocat/Turbocat%20WIP%2024-11-16_zps8bmsmete.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on November 28, 2016, 05:53:16 am
Looking good! :thumbsup:

Will love to see them completed! ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on November 28, 2016, 06:15:06 am
Looking good! :thumbsup:



Agreed
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 28, 2016, 09:16:16 am
Sweet. They both look cool.  That camo is wild and like the colors.  :D 
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on November 28, 2016, 11:59:47 am
Sweet. They both look cool.  That camo is wild and like the colors.  :D

wild patterns indeed !  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on November 28, 2016, 01:26:45 pm
Nice ! I like the look of them both but especially the Cat  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on November 29, 2016, 02:18:02 am
Thanks blokes.  The Fitter is almost done.  Just the undercarriage parts and the canopy to finish painting and then I have to decide whether to go with Kriptons or Kazoos.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 03, 2016, 02:12:46 am
I've been down the shed wiv me camra.
Trumpeter Wyvern.  To be given a Magpie colour scheme.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wyvern/Wyvern%20WIP%203-12-16_zpsscspdpad.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wyvern/Wyvern%20WIP%203-12-16_zpsscspdpad.jpg.html)

Turbo Cat.  Some blue go faster stripes to be added when I get my Tamiya bendy tape.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Turbocat/Turbocat%20WIP%203-12-16%202_zps488lbqvx.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Turbocat/Turbocat%20WIP%203-12-16%202_zps488lbqvx.jpg.html)

ABC Warriors Dodge Van.  Currently undergoing decalling.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Vans/ABC%20Warriors%20WIP%203-12-16_zpsb0lctsnu.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Vans/ABC%20Warriors%20WIP%203-12-16_zpsb0lctsnu.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 03, 2016, 03:34:11 am
Cool stuff!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on December 03, 2016, 04:13:14 am
Really looking forward to the Wyvern...looking so clean :thumbsup:. I've spent a long time trying to work out how to remove the exhausts ports from the kit so as to put a DB610ish engine up front ;D Wish Trumpeter would have produced the TF.Mk1.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 03, 2016, 04:31:06 am
Hah, it looks clean because I haven't addressed the wing root fit issues yet and have managed to keep gluey and fillery fingerprints off of it so far.
The underside is currently smeared in filler as there are bad joins and ejector pin marks which would be hidden by the flaps if I wasn't building it flaps down.
Removing the exhausts would be a major exercise with some tricky filling & rescribing.  I have a set of resin exhausts to replace the not very nice kit ones.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 03, 2016, 11:55:37 pm
With my trusty Pasche single action airbrush I spray enamels, water based acrylics, lacquers, two-pack - basically anything I want to put on a model.
It copes pretty well with all these except for one.  the flippin' water based acrylics.  Every time i've had blockage problems it's been with them.
Today I was trying to paint a Meng D9 dozer with Vallejo acrylic and had nothing but grief.  Bloody stuff.
Still, I got it done in the end.  A few lumps & runs from when it spat a lump and suddenly flowed freely but all in places where i'll be taking the paint back off again in the weathering process so thats OK.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 04, 2016, 03:14:57 am
I use Tamiya Acrylics and no problems for me so far but, the only time i used Vallejo air colors, the same thing happened to me. I thought it was supposed to be ready to use without thinning... still, i used a lot of their thinner too and it seemed like it just wouldn't thin the paint, even using 3 times more thinner than paint... and it still wouldn't flow well. I have a set of 10 Vallejo colors but i haven't used any at all after that first experience... :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 04, 2016, 03:33:10 am
Sometimes they spray well.  Other times they don't.
The problem seems to be that the pigments separate out and then if I don't shake the bottle enough before filling the airbrush jar then that is what clogs the nozzle.
Today I was using model air paint and I squirted all that was left in the bottle into the jar.  If it wasn't mixed properly then all the thicker pigment sludge at the bottom would have gone in to be sucked up into the airbrush.
Some colours are worse than others.  I was using UK Azure which is not the worst but is a separator.
Today was also warm (25 C) and humid which probably didn't help.
I thin Vallejo with tap water being too tight to buy a different brand of thinners for each of the many brands and types of paint I have.  I have Tamiya acrylic thinner (probably just alcohol) which works with Tamiya (obviously!) and Gunze acrylics.  I can't remember if I have tried to thin Vallejo with Tamiya thinners but I have tried mixing Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics and it made an unusable sticky mess.

You can brush on Vallejo model air paint.  It just takes more coats than when using model colour.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on December 04, 2016, 06:55:40 am
I finally bought one of those battery powered paint mixers from Micro Mark and now I won't paint without it. It might help your paint separation problems. Worth a try.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on December 04, 2016, 08:22:06 am
I thin Vallejo with tap water being too tight to buy a different brand of thinners for each of the many brands and types of paint I have.  I have Tamiya acrylic thinner (probably just alcohol) which works with Tamiya (obviously!) and Gunze acrylics.  I can't remember if I have tried to thin Vallejo with Tamiya thinners but I have tried mixing Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics and it made an unusable sticky mess.

I've used plain old, commercially available at the druggist isopropyl rubbing alcohol for thinning both Tamiya and Testors/Model Master acrylics.  I wouldn't be surprised if it worked with Vallejo.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on December 04, 2016, 09:34:06 am
Don't put money on it!

I generally use Tamiya acrylics but I have a fair number of LifeColor, AK Interactive & a few Vallejo acrylics, none of which react well with Tamiya X-20A acrylic thinners (which is pretty much isopropyl alcohol, anyway.), water they seem fine with.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on December 04, 2016, 09:20:40 pm
I've noticed my Humbrol Enamels don't play well with Tamiya 'Enamel' Thinners...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 05, 2016, 02:11:53 am
Ah, the dank and murky world of paint formulation.
It's almost like the don't want you mixing brands...

Not much done today other than a mammoth masking session on the Turbocat using my new Tamiya bendy tape and some non-bendy tape (see the stash growth thread for my comments).  I didn't get any paint applied as I had just dipped my brush when there was a banging on the shed door and I had to go and drink tea with a mate and put right the wrongs of the world.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 05, 2016, 07:38:37 am

It's almost like the don't want you mixing brands...


They don't, it's called 'B-u-s-i-n-e-s-s'.  :banghead:

It's why Ford bits don't fit GM cars etc.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 05, 2016, 02:14:55 pm
We really need a sarcasm emoticon.  But then i'd probably forget to use it.

Although, some car parts can be swapped.  Usually those made by outside suppliers although I do know that Volvo bumpers (one of the "proper" straight line Volvos from the 70's) are a direct bolt on fit onto Mk2 Cortinas.
As a youth I worked in a motor parts shop and it was surprising how often parts had Leyland, Ford and GM parts numbers.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 05, 2016, 03:26:43 pm
With a big enough hammer............  ;D ;)

I once fitted a Triumph 2.5 PI engine into a Bedford CF van, in the BACK, behind the driver's seat, so I guess anything can be made to fit if you're really determined.  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on December 05, 2016, 05:05:24 pm
With a big enough hammer............  ;D ;)

I once fitted a Triumph 2.5 PI engine into a Bedford CF van, in the BACK, behind the driver's seat, so I guess anything can be made to fit if you're really determined.  ;D

LeMons builds prove that theory.  Granted, they have this nasty tendency to explode blow up spew parts across the track in unique and exotic ways.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 13, 2016, 01:37:37 am
Telstra - An Australian Aboriginal word which has no direct translation but can be said to be a combination of lying, incompetence and dishonesty.

In my shed I have one of those jump starters which consists of a lead acid battery in a plastic case with jump leads, condition indicators, cigarette lighter sockets etc built in.  Last week we had some heavy rain which goy under the roller door resulting in the jump starter sitting in a puddle.  Ever since then it has been emitting a high pitched whistle.  It was driving me insane but I have got used to it now and don't hear it most of the time which is possibly worse...

The Sunbeam Tiger got its third paintjob today.  It went against the grain but I followed the instructions on the (Zero Paints) clearcoat and put it on only 15 minutes after applying the (Zero Paints) Hemi Orange colour coat.
I also cleared the ABC Warriors Dodge Van but with some "bling" powder in the clear.  I think its a colour shifting one but as I have a few different types and they are all unlabelled its anyones guess as to the exact effect.

The Magpie Wyvern is coming along.  It's not going together as well as I thought it should and have required a small amount of PSR.

And, i've started an Airfix Tigger Moth as an armed single seater.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on December 15, 2016, 01:54:16 pm
Telstra - An Australian Aboriginal word which has no direct translation but can be said to be a combination of lying, incompetence and dishonesty.
LOL ;D

In my shed I have one of those jump starters which consists of a lead acid battery in a plastic case with jump leads, condition indicators, cigarette lighter sockets etc built in.  Last week we had some heavy rain which goy under the roller door resulting in the jump starter sitting in a puddle.  Ever since then it has been emitting a high pitched whistle.  It was driving me insane but I have got used to it now and don't hear it most of the time which is possibly worse...

That doesn't sound good, hopefully it stops if it dries out.

The Magpie Wyvern is coming along.  It's not going together as well as I thought it should and have required a small amount of PSR.

And, i've started an Airfix Tigger Moth as an armed single seater.

Cool. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on December 15, 2016, 02:23:06 pm
In my shed I have one of those jump starters which consists of a lead acid battery in a plastic case with jump leads, condition indicators, cigarette lighter sockets etc built in.  Last week we had some heavy rain which goy under the roller door resulting in the jump starter sitting in a puddle.  Ever since then it has been emitting a high pitched whistle.  It was driving me insane but I have got used to it now and don't hear it most of the time which is possibly worse...

Could be outgassing hydrogen.  Or the internal electrics could be acting up
(http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/44/4463d682735d1cb300ce7e5032c9128e3dd4a553f5a2fc44273e07f8a3ae07bd.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 16, 2016, 12:53:00 am
I must admit Scooter that I had thought it was the sound of escaping hydrogen.  I'm glad I quit the smokes!
It has no on/off switch.  It's just a large permanently sealed plastic box with a handle moulded in the top and jump leads coming out of it.  It's been doing it for about a week now.  I've got used to it and will probably miss it if it stops.
I don't know the life of these things but it's a lead acid battery inside and they don't last for ever.  I've had this one for longer than i've lived as Stately zen Mansions so it's over 10 years old.
I think i'll get one of those new fangled "size of a paperback" modern ones and get rid of the whistler.

Good pic BTW.  Mrs z works in IT and uses the IT Crowd as a training aid.

I have got the guns on the Tigger Moth.  I have crafted a piece which fitts into the front cockpit.  on top of this are mounted a pair of belt fed Lewis guns synchronised to fire through the prop.
Unusually for me I have managed to make this piece slide in with a nice snug fit and minimal gap around the edges without the need of filler.  I'm hoping it'll clear the upper wing and still be removable when it's finished.  I'm not sure why I want to be able to do this but it would please me if I could.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on December 16, 2016, 01:07:42 am


I have got the guns on the Tigger Moth.  I have crafted a piece which fitts into the front cockpit.  on top of this are mounted a pair of belt fed Lewis guns synchronised to fire through the prop.
Unusually for me I have managed to make this piece slide in with a nice snug fit and minimal gap around the edges without the need of filler.  I'm hoping it'll blear the upper wing and still be removable when it's finished.  I'm not sure why I want to be able to do this but it would please me if I could.

Again, you're trying to use Logic in WhiffWorld... or zenWorld, as the case may be... I thought the Ruling Party warned you about that the last time?

But well done, Komrad, on the precision of your build... the finest Pot-Metal "Order of Victoria's Cross" is in the post... COD of course, we're not a charity. ;D

On a personal note (A#), I look forward to seeing the completed Tigger with Fangs. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 17, 2016, 12:24:55 am
The fanged Tigger has progressed to the stage of having an engine.
I am calling it a DH 82D Dragon Moth.  De Havilland rather annoyingly left no gaps in their model numbers for whiffers to use so it has to be a variant of the Tiger Moth's DH 82 designation.
The DH 84 Dragon was originally called the Dragon Moth but the Moth part was dropped so I feel happy reusing it for an armed Tiger Moth.  I was tempted by Bogon Moth but this isn't going to be an Aussie (or PDRV, or zi) aircraft and anyway, Bogons are huge.  This isn't.
Dragon Moth.
(http://www.whatsthatbug.com/images/dragon_moth.jpg)


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on December 17, 2016, 02:26:05 am
And Bogans have the Obligatory Mullet and V-8 power.


...what? OH - BOGON! (note to self: must read the words better.)  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 18, 2016, 03:08:50 am
Come on Rick.  How would a moth tuck a packet of smokes into the sleeve of it's tee shirt.

Mrs z's Aunty died on Saturday after a long illness so a quick trip to Adelaide is on the cards.  This'll be the third funeral this year.
That's three too many.  Call me selfish but I don't want to go to any next year.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on December 18, 2016, 03:59:26 am
Yep, one is too many!

Luckily my family's small & (relatively) healthy, at the moment.

Condolences to your wife, Fred!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on December 18, 2016, 04:16:32 am
Ditto, Fred. 

And 2016 can't end fast enough.  Its been a depressing year.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on December 19, 2016, 05:49:04 am
Yup, condolances to the Mrs mate. Worst one for me this year was a mate who died in the Gambia and no one could get to the funeral.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 20, 2016, 03:49:11 am
Thanks for the thoughts folks.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Nils on December 20, 2016, 03:52:05 am
my deepest condolences  :-\
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 20, 2016, 10:42:29 am
Sad thing to happen on any day but in this time of the year probably makes it a bit sadder... My condolences to your lady.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on December 22, 2016, 12:10:18 am
Yes, what they all said, Fred - hey, a pome!
Sorry, not really the appropriate time for a joke.

I dunno about the smoking moth, though - but if you apply a match to one, it'll smoke for a while...  :rolleyes: ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 24, 2016, 02:40:28 am
Thanks for the kind words everyone.
We said goodbye, told some stories and raised some glasses to a life well lived.

Came home via the shops as we had 4 days of xmas prep to do in a few hours.  That was fun.
We are still missing a few things but I don't think the holiday will be ruined for the want of mince pies.
We have the 5 food groups covered - beer, bread, potatoes, meat and chocolate - and so roll on the day.
Mind you, I can't see how it can improve on todays repeated low passes by Ichabod the Air Crane (see "seen over my house" for the pics).


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on December 24, 2016, 05:43:54 am

We said goodbye, told some stories and raised some glasses to a life well lived.


We have the 5 food groups covered - beer, bread, potatoes, meat and chocolate - and so roll on the day.


That's the way it should go  :thumbsup:

My 5 main food groups for Xmas would be - Red wine, meat for cooking, cold meat & pies, cheese and bread - could live on those. ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 25, 2016, 05:59:32 pm
Boxing day.  Cricket coverage is being ruined by the presence of Shane Warne so we're off to see Rogue One in Gold Class.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on December 26, 2016, 05:04:03 am
Shane is commentating I assume ?

I met him when he was skippering Hampshire and they were playing at Arundel. Was a decent guy in the bar afterwards  :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 27, 2016, 03:03:49 am
Mr Warne was a great cricketer and is a good commentator when he sticks to cricket.
Unfortunately play had stopped for either lunch or rain and he had switched from commentating to being a "celebrity" and that is not something I care to watch.

After going through my decal folder I decided on a scheme for the Tiger Moth.  You guys seem to get excited whenever someone uses Swedish splinter pattern so I thought i'd have a go at that.  It means another change of name to Nattfjäril though.

Got the outer wings on the Wyvern as well today.  Having it and the Tiger Moth on the bench together emphasises how huge they were.

Finished decaling the Turbocat.

Did some detail painting & weathering on the D9 dozer.  It's not too far off being done but I don't want to rush the weathering as I can picture exactly how I want it to look in my head and need to be carefull I transfer that image into plastic reality.

Started merging a 1/72 Airfix Bedford refuelling truck and a Hasegawa Sdkfz 7.  Vinyl tracks.  Urrrggghhhhhh.  I'm gonna box in the rear mudguards to hide the join and then sling a load of weight into it to make it sit right.





Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on December 27, 2016, 07:31:06 am
We said goodbye, told some stories and raised some glasses to a life well lived.

Excellent. Sorry for your loss but always nice to read stuff like this. And for sure, what a year.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 27, 2016, 08:50:12 am

Got the outer wings on the Wyvern as well today.  Having it and the Tiger Moth on the bench together emphasises how huge they were.


The Wyvern presumably?  ;D

The one at Yeovilton (the ONLY one sadly) is GINORMOUS and towers over everything in sight, apart from the Concorde in the same hangar of course.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on December 27, 2016, 09:53:26 am

Got the outer wings on the Wyvern as well today.  Having it and the Tiger Moth on the bench together emphasises how huge they were.


The Wyvern presumably?  ;D

The one at Yeovilton (the ONLY one sadly) is GINORMOUS and towers over everything in sight, apart from the Concorde in the same hangar of course.

It's only when you see the Wyvern up close that you really appreciate Winkle Brown's comment about " ascending to the saddle of this mighty steed"
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 27, 2016, 02:34:49 pm
Same weight as a DC3 (well, almost).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 27, 2016, 03:35:13 pm
Same weight as a DC3 (well, almost).

With the RR Eagle piston engine in the one at Yeovilton it's probably heavier than a DC3! it's a monster engine.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 28, 2016, 12:41:30 am
It was very hot and humid today.
Which meant I could get two colours of the splinter camo onto the Tiger Moth.
I am using this scheme...
(https://www.modelimex.com/images/thumbs/0251364.jpg)
...but matching colours to the picture rather than the descriptions.
For example, what they describe as Dark Green looks like PRU blue on the plan so I used that.  Likewise Golden Olive instead of Mid Green.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on December 28, 2016, 03:10:21 am
Splinter Tigger ? Looking forward to this  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 28, 2016, 08:10:10 am
Brilliant going for how the colors look on the plan there..... I agree, they look really cool.  Good call!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 29, 2016, 03:06:01 am
So i've got 3 colours on now.  Golden Olive, PRU Blue and Middle Stone (temperature and humidity ruled out Tamiya Deck Tan - it was drying too fast).  Black tomorrow.

Today's modelling was interrupted by a torrential rain storm.  Water flowed through my shed.  This has happened before and everything is either off the floor or in plastic tubs so that was not stopped me.  Neither was it the godawful noise the rain made on the tin roof.  No, it was the need to go next door and assist the neighbours with the water flowing through their house.
Investigations revealed that the culvert under the driveway of the house on the other side of them was blocked.  I pulled out handfuls of leaves, earth and the thickest coach grass roots I have ever seen.  Luke, who has longer arms pulled out copies of the local paper that appeared to have been kicked into the drain rather than picked up and taken indoors.  The house in question is a rental.  We left everything we pulled out of the culvert on the drive way for the tenants to deal with.  Or more likely to ignore.
Water also flowed through my garage.  It got into a box of computer CD-ROMS we were unsure if we were keeping.  I guess that decision is now made.  Damn, there goes my collection of 20 year old Mac Format magazine give-aways...

Kit's comments on another thread about brush painting vs airbrush got me thinking about the latest issue of AMW I received.
In it there is a build of a Tamiya Mercedes 300SL in which the builder complains that he had to strip all the chrome off of the dash and then had to do a complex masking job to airbrush it.  Pictures of the dash showed me an item that could have easilly been painted by hand with a thin brush and a steady hand.
Mind you, he also masked and airbrushed the window surrounds.  Must never have heard of Bare Metal Foil and is probably not a regular car builder.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 29, 2016, 11:35:55 am

Kit's comments on another thread about brush painting vs airbrush got me thinking about the latest issue of AMW I received.
In it there is a build of a Tamiya Mercedes 300SL in which the builder complains that he had to strip all the chrome off of the dash and then had to do a complex masking job to airbrush it.  Pictures of the dash showed me an item that could have easilly been painted by hand with a thin brush and a steady hand.
Mind you, he also masked and airbrushed the window surrounds.  Must never have heard of Bare Metal Foil and is probably not a regular car builder.


Some of them will NEVER learn <sigh>
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on December 29, 2016, 11:24:14 pm

Kit's comments on another thread about brush painting vs airbrush got me thinking about the latest issue of AMW I received.
In it there is a build of a Tamiya Mercedes 300SL in which the builder complains that he had to strip all the chrome off of the dash and then had to do a complex masking job to airbrush it.  Pictures of the dash showed me an item that could have easilly been painted by hand with a thin brush and a steady hand.
Mind you, he also masked and airbrushed the window surrounds.  Must never have heard of Bare Metal Foil and is probably not a regular car builder.


Some of them will NEVER learn <sigh>

Brethren, has no-one been keeping up with the Spreading of the 'Gospel of Ye Hairy Stick'??!!

For Shame!

Your penance  is to use a #1 brush, with Tamiya Acrylics - Revell acrylics for those in the Northern Hemisphere - and paint an old-tool Airfix 1/72 Hercules...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on December 31, 2016, 04:30:10 pm
I'm all for airbrushing when it involves little masking.  However, give me a hairy stick for something like this...
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Tiger%20Moth/WIP%20301-12-16_zpsnmkidrmg.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Tiger%20Moth/WIP%20301-12-16_zpsnmkidrmg.jpg.html)
That's the Swedish Moth with its uppers finished.
It's moist underbelly is Vallejo RLM 84 which despite being labelled grey blue looks to me suspiciously like duck egg green or sky.
Clear later then decals then, gird yourself Fred, rigging...

...Your penance  is to use a #1 brush, with Tamiya Acrylics - Revell acrylics for those in the Northern Hemisphere - and paint an old-tool Airfix 1/72 Hercules...
I brushed one as a kid but it would have been in airfix enamels.

<edited to replace URL of Tiramasu recipe with that of picture of Tiger Moth>
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on December 31, 2016, 06:06:13 pm
I'm all for airbrushing when it involves little masking.  However, give me a hairy stick for something like this...
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Tiger%20Moth/WIP%20301-12-16_zpsnmkidrmg.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Tiger%20Moth/WIP%20301-12-16_zpsnmkidrmg.jpg.html)
That's the Swedish Moth with its uppers finished.
It's moist underbelly is Vallejo RLM 84 which despite being labelled grey blue looks to me suspiciously like duck egg green or sky.
Clear later then decals then, gird yourself Fred, rigging...

...Your penance  is to use a #1 brush, with Tamiya Acrylics - Revell acrylics for those in the Northern Hemisphere - and paint an old-tool Airfix 1/72 Hercules...
I brushed one as a kid but it would have been in airfix enamels.

<edited to replace URL of Tiramasu recipe with that of picture of Tiger Moth>

That's coming along nicely, Fred - keep it up!  :thumbsup:

Yeah, I started to brush a Herk myself, and that's where the build stalled... ok, stopped.

Tiramasu recipe? How much sleep did you get at New Years'?  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on January 01, 2017, 02:19:47 am

that pattern on a biplane is twice as beautiful, of course  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 05, 2017, 03:01:29 am
Rigging day today.
But not the Tiger Moth.
To get my hand in and to test my modified rigging forceps I rigged the Airfix RAF Rescue Launch I have been working into a PDRV Revenue Protection vessel.
I have a couple of pairs of stainless steel forceps I acquired from first aid kits I was decommissioning.  They work fine for even the smallest of small parts but when rigging, squeezing just that bit too hard has the tips separating slightly and the Ezy Line slipping from between them.  In an attempt to solve this problem I have put a small blob of araldite on the tip of each arm of one of the pairs of forceps.  The idea being that the blob of glue grips the ezy line better than the bare metal.
And it works!  At least so far.
This Tax Boat is now finished but I want to weather it up a bit before posting pics and also sort out a crew.

Also today I put some colour on the half-track fuel tanker.  Major modifications are done to it but as well as painting the thing I need to paint and attach all the little pumps and valves and pipes and booms.
I've solved the problem of the vinyl tracks joint by heat welding the ends with a screwdriver and cigarette lighter and adding some skirts to cover the upper track run and so hide the join.

Turbocat tried to take flight from the bench but I caught it before it did more damage than loosen the end of one wing strut.

The third paintjob on the Sunbeam Tiger is acceptable and i've managed to polish it without going through the paint in more than two places.  And those have touched up OK.  Assuming I don't screw it up somehow final assembly should be in the next couple of weeks.

Magpie Wyvern is currently resplendent in gloss white enamel.  I have runs on one horizontal tail to sand off and re touch but it doesn't look too bad and you wouldn't know the undercoat I put on on a hot day had chucked a fit and given me mega orange peel finish.  I need to plan out the Magpie paint job ready for masking.

I have also started an Italeri Macchi MC205.  It'll be an unarmed civilian raceplane.  Parts fit is not the best.  I have bought a rattle can of Tamiya Italian Red just for this build.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on January 05, 2017, 06:39:19 am
Interesting idea re the Araldite. I must admit keeping a secure grip of the rigging line whilst rigging can be a right p.i.a.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 06, 2017, 03:25:21 am
My first thought was that I needed a rubber coating on the tips but I had no way to achieve that.
I also thought about silicone bathroom sealant.
However, the araldite was there on my bench so I tried that first.

I spent most of my modelling time today sorting out the crew of the Tax Boat.  Airfix Bofors Gun crew, Airfix Air Sea Rescue gunner and one white metal Elheim figure.  All carved, sanded and reposed as needed.

Painted the Turbocat undercarriage and started modding the Rotodyne props to fit.  Thought about painting the canopy and blister frames but decided I was lacking in mojo today as I had been dropping paintbrushes all morning and fumbled a half full jar of pickle onto a tiled floor at lunchtime.  None of which boded well for using a tiny paintbrush.

I also did some rummaging and parts trying out.  The jet Mosquito i've been thinking about is certainly doable without massive amounts of PSR (not massive, just huge  ;D ) and by combining the body of the wing donor with the Mossie wings and a pair of turboprops I will have a rather nice looking ground attack bird.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 06, 2017, 11:54:30 pm
Academy strikes again!
I have spent today attempting to fit the undercarriage to the Turbocat.
Well, fitting it wasn't actually the problem.  The problem was getting it to bear the weight of the model without flexing or folding*.
I have added a metal wire brace to the front and extra glue to the mains including gluing the lower struts to the edge of the openings (they touch there anyway so I thought I might as well add some glue).
I am hopeful that after drying overnight this will be sufficient.
Obviously SAC white metal legs could be the solution (although they do appear to be straight copies of the Academy plastic parts) but my usual suppliers don't have them in stock and when i've had no joy trying to deal directly with SAC in the US.
If they still collapse I will knock up some stronger, properly braced struts from wire and styrene tube.  Accuracy is not an issue here, I just want it to stand up on its own three feet.

*OK, so the resin nacelles add some weight and there may be rather a lot of ballast in the nose, but still...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on January 07, 2017, 07:53:44 am
Sounds like you need forged steel struts and cast iron wheels!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 08, 2017, 12:36:09 am
A cast iron nose wheel would have been helpfull.  Despite filling all the nose with a liquid gravity/epoxy matrix and replacing styrene engines with longer, heavier resin ones it only just nose sits.
My undercarriage modifications seem to have done the trick however - no sign of flexing.

I was feeling the canopy painting mojo today, and was doing well (canopy done, just started on the first blister) when Mad Aunt Phoebe from next door dropped in.  By the time I had finished chatting about nothing and listened to the gossip the mojo had gone.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 12, 2017, 01:22:57 am
Knocked this up as I needed a poster to brighten up the interior of the Turbocats sun lounge.  It's not my art, I borrowed the picture and changed the text.  I printed it out at about 8mm by 5mm.  There is also a pin up in there of Alyson Hannigan in her underwear which I reduced to the same size.  Neither are really visible through the blisters but I know they are there.

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Victoria-large_zpsrtpfrtbq.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Victoria-large_zpsrtpfrtbq.jpg.html)

Work on the Sunbeam Tiger today.  I have a deadline of next Monday evening for this one.  This includes alcladding parts that are currently only in primer and so it'll be tight.

Also the Turbocat.  Its nearly done.  Painted the inside of the undercarriage doors today and built up the front of the nacelles to form new prop mountings as I had snapped a bit off in the solid resin while drilling a mounting hole.  Before gluing on the canopy I added some more fishing weights in the hull behind the cockpit.

Put filler on the poor joints on the Macchi and also repaired a rigging line that let go on the Tax Boat after weathering it yesterday (possibly due to the thinners in the wash weakening the ezy line).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on January 12, 2017, 06:10:21 am
Why Ms Hannigan ? Always a Buffy man myself  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 13, 2017, 01:16:19 am
Why Ms Hannigan ? Always a Buffy man myself  ;D

Redhead.  The 1/35 D9 Dozer has a pinup of Kari Byron brandishing a gun.  Being 1/35 you can actually see this one.
As this is a family website I won't go into detail about the pinups in my 1/35 Huey...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on January 13, 2017, 06:06:05 am
Why Ms Hannigan ? Always a Buffy man myself  ;D

Redhead. 

Ah I see the attraction  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 13, 2017, 04:51:22 pm
I love women of all hair shades, but as with my politics it seems the older I get the more I drift towards the red side of life...

But enough of that.

Turbocat is almost done.  Wheel hole doors are attached and I just need to finish painting the props and attaching aerials (ariels? can never remember that one) and antennae.

Macchi needs another round of PSR.

Wyvern still needs the paintjob designing.

Tiger Moth is ready to rig but I am waiting for the mojo.

D9 Dozer is also waiting for the mojo but of a different kind - the rusting mojo.

Tax Boat is waiting for Captain Jasmine and her crew to be finished.

Sunbeam Tiger is in final assembly apart from the bumpers and sidepipes which are in black gloss and will get alclad in about 10 minutes time.  Once this is done I have another two cars with painted bodies to put together.

Half Track fuel bowser is coming along with the work on the hoses and pumps just started.
The left over Airfix Bedford chassis will get a 20mm AA gun on it.  Or maybe a Stalin Organ.  Or maybe a civilian delivery van body (zi colours natch).



Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 13, 2017, 04:59:21 pm
Looking forward to seeing that Tiger, the car I mean.

It was my fave test car back in the 60s, very under appreciated by the market and the media at the time.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 13, 2017, 09:17:12 pm
Well the Alclad seems to have gone OK.  I have a one in three failure rate with Alclad Chrome.  This must have been my day as it looks nice and shiny.

I've built this in the stock configuration and I can't get over how skinny the tyres are.  It must have been fun in the wet and on loose surfaces with all that V8 power.
I should get it all together tomorrow.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 14, 2017, 01:48:26 am
You needed to be careful when it was damp, but the Tiger I had the smaller Ford 260 cu. ins. V8 so it wasn't as tricky as the Cobra with the full fat 289. The tyres and wheel arches were wider, inwards, than the 4 cyl. Alpine, so Rootes did take some notice of the extra grunt when they shoe-horned the V8 in there.

The Alpine and the Tiger used the basic underframe from the Hillman Husky estate car, which also had a van variant called a Commer Cob, so we built a Cob body on top of a Tiger chassis so we could carry a full load of instrumentation for the tests. The only way you could tell it wasn't standard was the twin exhaust pipes and the wider tyres when seen from the rear.  ;D

And by the fact that you couldn't catch it unless you were driving a Ferrari of course.  ;) ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 14, 2017, 04:01:09 am
Hmm, interesting.  Thanks.

One of these?
(http://platewave.com/content/plate/photos/resized/RGV672_1363822395.jpg)

I've made 260, 289 & 302 badges for my Tiger.  I haven't decided which ones to go with.
The kit has the stock 260 ones moulded on the body but the body scripts are really finely engraved and would have been hard to foil with even a thin thickness of paint so I sanded them off and made up some decals.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 14, 2017, 07:07:15 am
Yes, almost exactly like that one, except 'The Barge' was dark blue. Fond memories.  ;D :thumbsup:

The 289 engined Mk II Tigers didn't have the chrome stripe along the sides and had egg-crate grilles, so there was an external visual difference between the two Marks.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/6690/aDVtpx.jpg)

Tiger Mk I


(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/8037/ngPKSn.jpg)

Tiger Mk II (Non-standard wheels)

While the Mk IIs had more grunt I found the Mk I was much better balanced, and wasn't so likely to sling you into the hedge backwards, not that I ever did that, mind you.  ;D

When Chrysler bought out the Rootes Group in '67 they were pretty incensed to find one of cars in the range had a FORD engine! So they tried to fit the Chrysler 273 V8 from the Barracuda into the Tiger instead, but the 273 had much wider cylinder heads and needed the front wheel arch pressings modified so much that the turning circle was larger than that of the QEII!  :o

So that killed off the Tiger sadly.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 14, 2017, 07:27:15 am
Just found a pic of this Tiger Mk I on the Net.

It's either a Harrington Alpine Mk IV/V converted into a Tiger, or a Harrington-ised Tiger! Definitely not a standard car but  it looks superb, especially in that scheme.

I wonder if I could do that to my AMT Tiger kit?

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/8200/3JNgWb.jpg)

[Later] Looking deeper into this car it seems it WAS a proper Harrington Tiger.  :o

Indeed it's unique, as it's the ONLY official Harrington Tiger. It's currently over on the west side of the Atlantic somewhere, having won its class at a Pebble Beach event a few years ago. Respect!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 15, 2017, 02:15:53 am
Thanks Kit.
My build is a Mk 1 1/2 then as i've sanded off the chrome trim and wasn't going to replace it with BMF as I know it'd come off through handling.  I'll use 289 badges.
The AMT 289 Shelby Cobra kit (the sixties one - a very nicely engineered kit) has a fastback roof with it which you might be able to modify to fit the Tiger.

I tried to fit a 426 Hemi into the AMT kit.  No chance without serious surgery.
When you build your Tiger ignore the instructions and attach the interior tub to the body rather than the chassis - that way you'll be able to fettle the fit (mines got gaps).
Also, make sure the front wheels mount as far as possible onto their pins or the tyres will protrude from the wheel arches.  The wheel back should be right up against the kingpin.
And finally, the windscreen looks like its made from bullet proof glass.  Fitting some sun visors from another kit (or scratch building some) will go a way to hiding this.  I haven't done this yet (run out of time) but I will.
It's finished bar the decals which I will apply tomorrow and then take it to the monthly Model Car Club meeting.  The theme is convertibles this month as it is summer.  Coincidence?  I think not as I suggested the theme...
Pictures in a few days when I will also photograph the Turbocat (just needs its aerial painted and a wire) and the Tax Boat (all finished with Captain jasmine and her crew in place).


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on January 15, 2017, 11:01:42 am
Never heard of the Tiger before, I prefer the look of the Mk1. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 15, 2017, 11:16:19 am
Thanks Kit.
My build is a Mk 1 1/2 then as i've sanded off the chrome trim and wasn't going to replace it with BMF as I know it'd come off through handling.  I'll use 289 badges.
The AMT 289 Shelby Cobra kit (the sixties one - a very nicely engineered kit) has a fastback roof with it which you might be able to modify to fit the Tiger.

I tried to fit a 426 Hemi into the AMT kit.  No chance without serious surgery.
When you build your Tiger ignore the instructions and attach the interior tub to the body rather than the chassis - that way you'll be able to fettle the fit (mines got gaps).
Also, make sure the front wheels mount as far as possible onto their pins or the tyres will protrude from the wheel arches.  The wheel back should be right up against the kingpin.


Ah yes, the Mk 1.5 Tiger.  ;D

I'm sure they had a few of those at the Whitley R&D site when they were developing the Mk 2.

I've got that AMT Cobra kit, or a FROG-alike of it anyway, and I remember the hard top.

Trying to squeeze a Hemi into a Tiger borders on the TRULY optimistic. It must have the widest heads of any US V8, bar maybe a Ford SOHC engine.

I've made a note of your build tips, thanks.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 17, 2017, 12:18:00 am
One other tip.  Remove the large rectangular front bumper mounting tab from the nose (do it before you paint the body - don't ask me how I know this).
If you don't then the grille will not fit in its hole.
And it looks crap.

Here's the finished  build.
I don't think its really whiffy enough so i'm not giving it its own thread.

AMT 1/25 Sunbeam Tiger.  Built OOB with the addition of a resin 4 barrel carburettor and plug wires,
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%208_zpsrxxso07r.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%208_zpsrxxso07r.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%204_zpsstg5a9st.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%204_zpsstg5a9st.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%205_zpsl0nvzrpr.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%205_zpsl0nvzrpr.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%201_zpsxs5wtfp6.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%201_zpsxs5wtfp6.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%203_zpsop0vbux0.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%203_zpsop0vbux0.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%2010_zps3jczy2x4.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Sunbeam%20Tiger/Sunbeam%20Tiger%2010_zps3jczy2x4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on January 17, 2017, 05:45:48 am
Oops! Just remembered it was a Singer, not a Sunbeam! :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on January 17, 2017, 06:19:44 am
Lovely build.

New a girl back in the early 70's who had one, white if memory is correct  :thumbsup: Mind you the real memory is of a girlfriend in the early 80's who had a Daimler Dart  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 17, 2017, 07:35:16 am
Damn thats awesome!! Shrink ray stuff.   Dig the carb on there.   ;D :mellow: :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 17, 2017, 08:26:16 am
That brings back some great memories Fred, specially in red, as most of our test cars were red.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

It looks really good too, and with the bonnet (hood....) closed you'd not know it was a Tiger apart from the side exhausts. Stock production Tigers had two exhausts, one under each side of the rear bumper.

Isn't there a panel missing from under the bumper though? The real Tigers, and Alpines, had a smoothly curved panel with a narrow radiator slot right under the bumper, and you can just about see it in the pic of the black Tiger II I posted above.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 18, 2017, 02:42:47 am
Thanks folks.

Unfortunately thats how AMT made it.  The front ride height it too high but lowering it would bring the lower suspension components too close to the ground unless I re-engineered them somewhat.
The front valance is accurate but too high.  Lowering the front of the car would help some.
The custom version avoids this by having a huge air dam which is IMO a real eyesore.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 18, 2017, 03:32:31 am
I'll have to dig my Tiger box out of The Loft and see if 'things can be done' to sort it out.

You've got me quite keen on doing mine now, as CFC276D I expect, the one we did most of the test work on.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 18, 2017, 04:39:44 pm
There are lumps moulded on the top of the inner guards.  Not sure what they are meant to be but they prevent the body sitting lower at the front.  It might just be a case of removing them although then there could be an issue with the firewall and the front of the interior tub.
Nothing a modeller of your repute can't solve.
The other option is to add to the bottom of the bodywork in front of the wheel arches thus mounting the valance lower.
This might appeal to you more as it could be considered to be lengthening the (front) wings... :unsure:

I'll get me coat.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 19, 2017, 04:17:57 am

Nothing a modeller of your repute can't solve.


That's me scuppered then.  ;D

I found the kit last night, it's one of AMT's Blueprinter line kits in the plain white box, but the plastic is still the same as I recall. I'll 'open the box' later today and find those lumps on the inner wings etc.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 19, 2017, 09:16:04 am
I found those 'lumps' you mentioned Fred. I think they're meant to be the spring caps for the front suspension, but the real things were a lot lower, so hacking them down would be making it more accurate.

The custom bits AMT supply are anything but subtle! That front airdam is appalling!   :o

I can see my biggest problem will making a RHD drive dash panel, it'll have to be scratchbuilt I guess, and then grafted in underneath the crash pad once I've Dremel'd out the LHD panel.

Looking at the interior reminded me about changing the plugs on a Tiger. The engine was mounted so far back under the firewall that you had to peel back the carpet over the gearbox tunnel and remove two blanking panels before you could get to the #4 and #8 plugs!  :banghead: :banghead:

I reckon scratchbuilding a proper hardtop wouldn't be too difficult, they were pretty angular on the Mk 4 & 5 body shells and we did most of our test work with the hardtops in place.

Unless it was a REALLY nice day and the test route happened to go down near the seaside of course.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 20, 2017, 12:14:22 am
Mine was moulded in BRIGHT YELLOW plastic.
RHD dash was easy.  Look at the rear view pic above.
I cut the dash from the dash pad like you say and then made a flat panel.  The instruments are chrome parts and I separated this into two halves swapping them over.  I used the old dash as a template and drilled holes in the relevant places.  Conveniently the instruments are exact mm sizes so I had the right drills.
In retrospect I should have scribed a glove box on the passenger side.

My first meeting with a Tiger was at a Classic Car show when I was about 14.  I remember wondering how they changed the rear plugs.  It looks easy on this model meaning something isn't accurate.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on January 22, 2017, 03:25:04 am
In order to keep myself occupied (because 23 started builds are never enough) until I can start on the Soviet stuff next weekend I have dug out an Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Sea Hawk which I am throwing together as part of my Big Sibling program.  This one will be the little sibling to the RAN FAA Banshee I completed a while ago.  Identical paint, weapons load and markings is the plan.

Other than that I have found some weathering mojo and have started rusting up the Meng D9 Dozer.  I started with the tracks as they seemed to be the area which will need the most work.  The end point for this one will to be displayed on the back of a float (Takom Kraz truck & trailer kit) as if it is being hauled from one worksite to another so I can't just cover the tracks in mud and dirt as earthmoving plant is cleaned before it leaves site to avoid spreading weed & suchlike.  I've painted rust on with enamels and started a series of washes with a light rust one.  The backstory is that it's an ex IDF machine which has been demilitarised and has been worked for a season and is returning to the workshop for a major service and a dulux rebuild.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 02, 2017, 02:31:50 am
Bit more on the dozer today.  Gluing on some of the small fragile bits I had left off and putting together/painting the hydraulic rams.

Round 3 PSR on the Little Sibling Sea Hawk.  The seam on the top of the fuselage is being a pig.  I've filled it but got too enthusiastic and sanded it flat so more filler has gone on the return it to curved.

And I finished a civilianised Macchi MC-205.  Pics tomorrow.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 03, 2017, 08:48:29 am
Yes!! Can't wait to see the civvie Macchi.   :laugh:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 03, 2017, 10:47:57 am
Looking at this pic, showing a standard Tiger Mk 1 engine bay, I'd say that AMT don't have the engine set back anywhere near enough. I wonder if they ever did an Alpine and kept the same firewall, and without the massive gear box tunnel that the Tiger had?

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/5408/Nd5neJ.jpg)

I found the pic on this web site https://stevemckelvie.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/the-development-and-extinction-of-the-sunbeam-tiger/ (https://stevemckelvie.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/the-development-and-extinction-of-the-sunbeam-tiger/) which is quite interesting but he makes one fundamental error. He says they moved the firewall back to allow the V8 engine to be fitted, but that was not only NOT done, it was impossible as there wouldn't have been enough room for the driver's feet, nor would the dash panel fit in the correct position.

Try as I might I can't find a pic of the gearbox tunnel itself, presumably because it's a real bitch to get under there to take one anyway.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 05, 2017, 02:13:46 am
New firewall and scratchbuilt tunnel and Robert is your father's brother.

I have heard talk of an AMT Alpine but have never seen even a pic of a box.

Photof**kfredoffbucket is not playing ball again.  I have uploaded pics of the Macchi but can't get to them to link into a new thread.
Curses! Foiled again.

Did some more Meng D9 Dozer today and painted the first coat of Sky on the Seahawk.

I also painted the skin on the Hasslefree miniatures Armed Scooby Gang.  I had to stop for a break after painting Velma as I got all hot and bothered.  Who knew she had that body hidden under her jumper!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on February 05, 2017, 04:49:04 am
Photof**kfredoffbucket is not playing ball again.  I have uploaded pics of the Macchi but can't get to them to link into a new thread.
Curses! Foiled again.

that's why I use both deviantArt and Imgur for my image hosting.  And Google Photos, sometimes
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 06, 2017, 02:49:35 am
I do like to keep it all in one place though Scoot.
I think the problem is more all the other stuff going through my broadband than with them.  I was torrenting some stuff at the same time...

Second coat of sky on the Seahawk, more fiddley bits of dozer painted and thought about the next Aerolympics aircraft.  Mustang or Typhoon probably.  However, before that commences I want to finish the Magpie Wyvern.  White and grey are done and it's ready for the black but it's a complex masking job and I am procrastinating.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on February 06, 2017, 05:26:59 pm
thought about the next Aerolympics aircraft.  Mustang or Typhoon probably.

Cool :thumbsup:

However, before that commences I want to finish the Magpie Wyvern.  White and grey are done and it's ready for the black but it's a complex masking job and I am procrastinating.

But that's what I'm wanting to see. :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 07, 2017, 01:10:21 am
However, before that commences I want to finish the Magpie Wyvern.  White and grey are done and it's ready for the black but it's a complex masking job and I am procrastinating.

But that's what I'm wanting to see. :mellow:

Me too.  However, more procrastinating today.  My sister gave me a Hobby Tools Australia  (http://www.hobbytools.com.au)voucher for xmas and I spent it on a paint rack from Miniature Scenery (https://www.miniaturescenery.com) which arrived yesterday.
It's a flat packed laser cut mdf construct which is glued together with PVA.
I put it together today and then rearranged the bench and filled it with some of the paints from the old cassette tape storage drawers I had been using.
And then because I was so pleased with it and because tomorrow is pay day I ordered another one.

All of which means no time for any masking.  Sorry Brad.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 17, 2017, 03:47:13 am
Brad F will be pleased to know that the tail of the Magpie Wyvern is painted and under a protective coat of clear so I don't damage the rather delicate black acrylic when I mask the wings.

I've also put the RAAF roos onto the Seahawk little sibling.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 21, 2017, 12:27:40 am
Sea Hawk and it's bigger sibling.  Decent pics tomorrow.  Prolly...
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Armstrong%20Whitworth%20Sea%20Hawk/Siblings%20RAN_zpsuczjug3d.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Armstrong%20Whitworth%20Sea%20Hawk/Siblings%20RAN_zpsuczjug3d.jpg.html)

I got my subscription copy of AMW today.  The build article on the Whiff in a box Freedom Models F-20B/N starts "it's not often a modeller is given a truly blank canvas on which to work...".
Well, no.  I think the author would find, if they gave it a moments thought, that a modeller is given a truly blank canvas on which to work every single time they open a new box.  The only constraint is their imagination.
It is however nice to see a whiff given such a large amount of space in a mainstream magazine and i'm glad the author recognises the appearance of such a build on the contest table should upset rivet counters.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 21, 2017, 02:02:08 am
Those 2 birds look great, can't wait for the final pics! :thumbsup:
Re the AMW article, some people will never be able to see beyond reality... It's a bit like the musicians that know all the theory and are like masters of their instrument but then you ask them to play something of their own and they say: "I've never composed anything..." and they've been playing for over 20 years... They only play what's written on the score... they can't even imagine how to start a song of their own... :banghead:
Then you have the slackers, the ones who might be good musicians but just prefer to profit out of someone else's work cause it's hard to compose a song... that's why i hate to see bands and musicians getting money for playing other people's music! :angry:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on February 21, 2017, 05:14:54 am
Sea Hawk and it's bigger sibling.  Decent pics tomorrow.  Prolly...
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Armstrong%20Whitworth%20Sea%20Hawk/Siblings%20RAN_zpsuczjug3d.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Armstrong%20Whitworth%20Sea%20Hawk/Siblings%20RAN_zpsuczjug3d.jpg.html)

Before or after you recreate Operation Crossroads with the microwave?  :wacko:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 21, 2017, 07:01:41 am
Haha!  ^

Those are neat!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 21, 2017, 11:41:11 am

 "it's not often a modeller is given a truly blank canvas on which to work...".


We Whiffers do that every time we build a model!  ;D

Well sometimes the rules of a GB limit us to some extent, but not much.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 22, 2017, 01:48:25 am
Before or after you recreate Operation Crossroads with the microwave?  :wacko:

Heh heh heh.  Microwaves provide a dead flat glass plate with a turntable mechanism.  Exactly what every modeller needs.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 22, 2017, 05:51:29 am
That's pretty damn handy in fact. I just happen to have that dish and turny-thing so when I get my PROPER modeling area set up I'll add that to my repertoire.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 23, 2017, 12:17:50 am
Not wanting to brag or anything but I now have two of those plates.
Unfortunately when we scrapped the first nuclear oven 5 or 6 years ago I stupidly threw away the turny-thing before I realised how useful it would be.
I've been looking at some interesting videos on You-Boob-Tube featuring some Ukranians and a dismantled microwave on the end of a pole.  As the second one we've scrapped still works (huge crack in the door though) I was looking into making a Maser from it...

...however, I don't think even i'm that stupid or foolhardy. 

I spent today trying to make a door.
A full size panelled one for the Linen press, not one for a model.
Trying is the operative word here.  It's been a while since I made anything panelled and i'd forgotten all my little tricks - like because my 4mm router bit is smaller than 4mm ply I need to do two runs using a piece of 1mm styrene sheet as a packer on the second run.
It will not push into the slot using sash clamp or judicious hammering.
So I failed.  But not dismally.  All the parts are cut to size and I just need to run the router along the slots again and it should al go together without any swearing this time.

And because of that I did minimal modelling today other than to finish the last of the PSR on the Migraine and to adjust the anhedral on the Flogfoot.



Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on February 27, 2017, 12:03:53 am
Mostly worked on a couple of cars today and put the big pieces of the D9 together.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/D9/D9%20WIP%2027-02-17_zpslw7o5nw6.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/D9/D9%20WIP%2027-02-17_zpslw7o5nw6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 01, 2017, 02:23:01 am
Masked and painted the wings of the magpie Wyvern today.  Needs a lot of tidying up but the paints done now.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on March 01, 2017, 04:39:43 am
That D9 sure looks good ! Love the look of that machine !

 :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 02, 2017, 12:02:24 am
Thanks Cap'n.
It's a beast.  First 1/35 "armour" i've built for over 30 years.

Here's a sneak peak of the Wyvern to taunt Brad F.   :mellow:
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wyvern/Magpie%20Wyvern%20WIP%2002-03-17_zpsgw7mjuun.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wyvern/Magpie%20Wyvern%20WIP%2002-03-17_zpsgw7mjuun.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 02, 2017, 01:17:58 am
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

That paint scheme brings new meaning to the term 'dazzle camouflage'.  :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on March 02, 2017, 04:32:20 am
What an awesome paint scheme ! What's the story behind that ?

 :wub:
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 02, 2017, 05:41:10 am
Does look rather neat  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Rick Lowe on March 02, 2017, 02:11:55 pm
That's really cool!

What are the cutouts in the t/e of the wings?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 02, 2017, 03:45:20 pm

What are the cutouts in the t/e of the wings?


They're for the airbrakes, which rotated so half was above the wing and half below. The DH Vampire had very similar brakes as well.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 02, 2017, 03:56:32 pm

What are the cutouts in the t/e of the wings?


They're for the airbrakes, which rotated so half was above the wing and half below. The DH Vampire had very similar brakes as well.

Oh, right - like the Space Shuttle's split Rudder, but horizontal. Thanks.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 02, 2017, 04:12:09 pm

What are the cutouts in the t/e of the wings?


They're for the airbrakes, which rotated so half was above the wing and half below. The DH Vampire had very similar brakes as well.

Oh, right - like the Space Shuttle's split Rudder, but horizontal. Thanks.

Not quite, they're all in one piece so they just rotate about a spanwise axis about 18" in from the trailing edge. I can't find a pic of the real thing showing them, but this flying model shows them pretty well, the bits out on the yellow/black striped section.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/8804/ZGMtS2.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 03, 2017, 12:45:30 am
Wyverns, to me anyway, look like Australian Magpies because they fly (the magpies) with a head down, back hunched posture.
So I decided to paint a Wyvern like a Magpie.  I'll make up a story later.

Of course, I can't find a decent picture showing what I mean but this is close
(https://susanskuseart.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/the-art-of-riding-on-the-wind-no-7-australian-magpie-a.jpg)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 03, 2017, 01:58:54 am
Thanks, Kit - that clears it up. Interesting arrangement.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on March 03, 2017, 05:17:51 am



Here's a sneak peak of the Wyvern to taunt Brad F.   :mellow:



a very beautiful pattern !

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 10, 2017, 12:09:29 am
I've been plumbing...


...in the crane on the back of the D9.  This is very nearly done.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/D9/D9%20WIP%2010-03-17_zpsnyuaxwiw.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/D9/D9%20WIP%2010-03-17_zpsnyuaxwiw.jpg.html)
In the background is a 1/72 halftrack aircraft refueller which I will snap some pis of soon.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 10, 2017, 06:13:42 am
Interesting, got a post-apocalypse look about it

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 12, 2017, 12:25:04 am
So here's the SDKfz Tanker.
It'll appear in the background of new Aircraft builds.

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Military%20Vehicles/SDFfz%20Tanker/SDKfz%20Tanker%201_zps7cq1l5hv.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Military%20Vehicles/SDFfz%20Tanker/SDKfz%20Tanker%201_zps7cq1l5hv.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Military%20Vehicles/SDFfz%20Tanker/SDKfz%20Tanker%202_zpsdnjapguc.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Military%20Vehicles/SDFfz%20Tanker/SDKfz%20Tanker%202_zpsdnjapguc.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Military%20Vehicles/SDFfz%20Tanker/SDKfz%20Tanker%203_zpssdhb8w4c.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Military%20Vehicles/SDFfz%20Tanker/SDKfz%20Tanker%203_zpssdhb8w4c.jpg.html)

It's the tank from an Airfix Bedford tanker on the chassis of a Hasegaewa SDKfz 7.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on March 12, 2017, 01:25:16 am
Very neat! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 12, 2017, 03:30:37 am
Some airfields can be VERY rough of course.  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 12, 2017, 03:50:34 am
Especially AFTER the refueller has driven across them... ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 12, 2017, 05:06:39 am
Very neat! :thumbsup:

I'd like to agree with the honourable gentleman's statement  :thumbsup: I can see something similar being very useful for the Soviet AF in WWII, that's for sure.

Crew should be nice and comfortable on that leather bench  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on March 12, 2017, 02:16:09 pm

excellent mix, this half-track tank truck, and nicely colourful !  ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 12, 2017, 08:08:17 pm
Cool, Nice work!

Did you know the RAF did something similar in RL after the war?
They used 2 different Fire-Fighting vehicles in Germany; one with basically the Airfix Austin K6 apparatus on the back of one of these, the other had a different fit out.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 13, 2017, 01:14:02 am
Glad y'all like it.
I didn't know that Rick.

Now, what to do with the Bedford cab chassis.  Something non-military I think. Camper van?

On the D9 front i've been finishing off the weathering, painting hook, shackles and chains and rummaging through my small impulse purchased stash of 1/35 stowage gear.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 13, 2017, 05:05:23 pm
Should you be interested, there is a conversion over on the ATF:

http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=35944

And a bit more here:

http://www.militarymodelling.com/forums/postings.asp?th=73669

FWIW, cheers   &lt;_&lt;
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on March 13, 2017, 08:37:11 pm
Wyverns, to me anyway, look like Australian Magpies because they fly (the magpies) with a head down, back hunched posture.
So I decided to paint a Wyvern like a Magpie.  I'll make up a story later.

Of course, I can't find a decent picture showing what I mean but this is close
(https://susanskuseart.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/the-art-of-riding-on-the-wind-no-7-australian-magpie-a.jpg)
Here's a sneak peak of the Wyvern to taunt Brad F.   :mellow:
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wyvern/Magpie%20Wyvern%20WIP%2002-03-17_zpsgw7mjuun.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wyvern/Magpie%20Wyvern%20WIP%2002-03-17_zpsgw7mjuun.jpg.html)

 :mellow: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 14, 2017, 01:24:37 am
Thought you'd like it.  it's coming along.  Flaps and airbrakes are painted and so it's just wheels, legs and doors to do and it can be assembled.

I did a bit of painting on the Hasslefree Scooby gang.  Fred's jeans, Shaggy's slacks, satin clear on Daph and some shading in Velma's cleavage...

D9 is almost done. I've pre-empted completion by removing the huge box from my building table and filling a takeaway food container with all the spare parts.
It's place has been taken by the next 1/35 build in an equally huge box - a Takom Ukraine Kraz 6646 Tractor and ChMZAP-5247G Semi Trailer which will be given a RHD conversion, will be finished in zenrat industries colours and will be carrying the dozer.
(http://www.lils-futaba.net/newarrivals/02022015/Feb16.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 14, 2017, 07:07:58 am
That'll look good in your house colours  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on March 14, 2017, 07:22:31 am
Great idea with the halftrack ! Looks right at home and the idea makes me want to dig out some wee Airfix kits. I love the other conversion as well, makes me think of finding a fire-fighting unit for my Luchs build.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on March 14, 2017, 08:07:39 am
Now, if only Takom would do an M-1070(a1)/M-1000 set

(https://i.wheelsage.org/pictures/oshkosh/het/autowp.ru_oshkosh_het_a1_4.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 15, 2017, 02:51:25 am
Hobby Boss do one.
(https://www.scalemates.com/products/img/4/6/3/101463-10244-pristine.jpg)
I considered one to carry the D9 but its an ugly mother.  The Kraz looks more like a truck and less like a shipping container.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 15, 2017, 10:05:09 am
Someone should do a Mighty Antar to make up a complete set.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 16, 2017, 03:16:53 am
Accurate Armour did a 1/35 resin kit.
HLJ list it as discontinued.
http://hlj.com/product/acmk164/Mil
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 18, 2017, 02:12:21 pm
Wyverns, to me anyway, look like Australian Magpies because they fly (the magpies) with a head down, back hunched posture.
So I decided to paint a Wyvern like a Magpie.  I'll make up a story later.

Of course, I can't find a decent picture showing what I mean but this is close
(https://susanskuseart.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/the-art-of-riding-on-the-wind-no-7-australian-magpie-a.jpg)
Here's a sneak peak of the Wyvern to taunt Brad F.   :mellow:
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wyvern/Magpie%20Wyvern%20WIP%2002-03-17_zpsgw7mjuun.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wyvern/Magpie%20Wyvern%20WIP%2002-03-17_zpsgw7mjuun.jpg.html)

 :mellow: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Oh Wow. *I* like it too!!!  Brads are always brilliant and smart and like the same stuff.   ;D ;D

I want to see more of this and soon!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 18, 2017, 02:28:40 pm
Accurate Armour did a 1/35 resin kit.
HLJ list it as discontinued.
http://hlj.com/product/acmk164/Mil

Jeepers, that's £236!!!  :o

But I'd still fancy building one, a great looking machine.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on March 18, 2017, 08:23:41 pm
Accurate Armour did a 1/35 resin kit.
HLJ list it as discontinued.
http://hlj.com/product/acmk164/Mil

Jeepers, that's £236!!!  :o

But I'd still fancy building one, a great looking machine.

I'd suggest it'd be a LOT of resin & a lot of work to make the master.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 18, 2017, 09:29:27 pm
D9 is completed.
Pics soon.

I have started building my long planned 1/72 airfield diorama base for the taking of finished build pics.  I had originally planned for it to be large enough for a B-36 but reality intruded and it's been reduced in size to that of half a bedroom door I had knocking around.
So far i've drawn it out and glued the vac-formed revetment from the airfix BoB airfield set to it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 19, 2017, 04:25:15 am

I have started building my long planned 1/72 airfield diorama base for the taking of finished build pics.  I had originally planned for it to be large enough for a B-36 but reality intruded and it's been reduced in size to tat of half a bedroom door I had knocking around.
So far i've drawn it out and glued the vac-formed revetment from the airfix BoB airfield set to it.


That sounds veeeery interesting. Looking forward to seeing the finished article.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 19, 2017, 04:31:35 am
Don't hold your breath please.  It's going to be a long term thing. :mellow:
Today I discovered that the plastic Airfix use to vac form the revetment melts when too much contact adhesive is applied.
Not irrecoverable but resurfacing of the concrete surface is required.
Or, I can leave it like it is, paint detail it and say its a replica of what 1940 concrete would look like today.  :o



Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 19, 2017, 08:38:36 am
Yes, I found that out the hard way too.

I found PVA glue works pretty well on it, but of course you can't sand it down afterward so you need to smooth off the edges while it's still wet.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 21, 2017, 02:58:36 am
The thin applications around the edges were OK.  The problem was where I dobbed it on in the middle and just smeared it around instead of spreading it out properly.

Velma is finished (other than her base) - Hasslefree Miniatures 28mm white metal.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Scooby%20Gang/Velma%20Hasslefree%20%201%201_zpsk4p0jz97.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Scooby%20Gang/Velma%20Hasslefree%20%201%201_zpsk4p0jz97.jpg.html)(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Scooby%20Gang/Velma%20Hasslefree%20%203%201_zpsxybskxjg.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Scooby%20Gang/Velma%20Hasslefree%20%203%201_zpsxybskxjg.jpg.html)(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Scooby%20Gang/Velma%20Hasslefree%20%202_zpsv7yld980.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Scooby%20Gang/Velma%20Hasslefree%20%202_zpsv7yld980.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 21, 2017, 07:05:57 am
Nice job sir  :thumbsup:

It's not the Velma I remember however  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 22, 2017, 03:17:16 am
Well she always had that big jumper on so who knew what she had under it... :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 22, 2017, 06:49:00 am
Well she always had that big jumper on so who knew what she had under it... :mellow:

True, it was a flippin big jumper as well  ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 22, 2017, 02:48:34 pm
I lent a friend my jumper one time and it was longer than the dress she had on...  :o (...but  :thumbsup:)

My imagination has been running wild pondering what Velma had on under the Jumper of Orangeness...   :angel:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 23, 2017, 04:11:29 am
A bit of judicious googling will reveal all sorts of things were under there.
Some are very surprising.  But i'll leave it up to you (and your imagination) to seek them out should you wish.

I finished painting a 1/25 Dodge Van body today.  It's a build i'm doing in memory of a mate who died last April.  He was a vanner and had a Holden panel van painted in purple metal flake.  I have tried to replicate this paint on the roof of the model.
Over a pearl white base I applied Candy Purple with scale metalflake in it.  I then hit it with clear containing "ultra violet bling powder".
It looks great in the sun.
Scale flake is a pain though.  It gets everywhere.  Like glitter only worse.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 23, 2017, 08:10:24 pm
A bit of judicious googling will reveal all sorts of things were under there.
Some are very surprising.  But i'll leave it up to you (and your imagination) to seek them out should you wish.

Yes. Yes, they are...
 :o :o (and a bit of  :wub:)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 28, 2017, 04:01:00 am
Velma was always my favourite.

Disaster struck during the night.
Somehow a spare mitre saw blade managed to fall from a top shelf bouncing off a kit box that was on the coffee table below before landing on the floor.  Problem was that on top of the box was a number of parts painted gloss black which were "gassing out" in order to get a coat of Alcad chrome.
I found everything except one wheel.  I even emptied the boxes of empty plastic containers under the table but there was no sight of it (but on the plus side I found a clamp I thought was gone forever after it pinged off a fuselage narrowly missing my face).
I have a spare (now trimmed and primed) but they are resin big and little mags cast for me from a set of very rare Otaki wheels and are probably almost irreplaceable.  I had four sets but now i'm down to 3/4 of a set).  Maybe I need to learn myself casting?
I have considered scattering bits of TSR2 around hoping to find the wheel when looking for them.
But that almost never works.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on March 28, 2017, 05:58:19 am

I have considered scattering bits of TSR2 around hoping to find the wheel when looking for them.
But that almost never works.

But it does sometimes. The number of bits I thought were lost for ever that turned up when I dropped something else, weird  :o

Mind you I think my Carpet Monster is keeping pets, saw a few Ladybirds in the model room this morning. Now bear in mind I'm on the middle floor of three where the heck have they been all winter ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 28, 2017, 08:59:36 am

Mind you I think my Carpet Monster is keeping pets, saw a few Ladybirds in the model room this morning. Now bear in mind I'm on the middle floor of three where the heck have they been all winter ?


We've got one that lives in our upstairs hallway window, been there for months now.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 28, 2017, 07:03:34 pm
Fred, casting is simples - if even I can do it, someone with your skillset should have no problem at all.

I got mine here:

https://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/alumilite-mini-casting-kit/21932531

but you've probably got a similar company in OZ.

This kit is about the best bang for buck if you're starting out; the rubber-only and resin-only are probably better price-per-mil, but only if you need the quantities they come in.

HTH
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on March 29, 2017, 12:33:52 am
Thanks Rick.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 29, 2017, 06:40:33 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 04, 2017, 05:02:42 am
The Magpie Wyvern crawls to a finish.  I satin cleared him today meaning I can get the legs on him tomorrow (yes, him.  If it was a her it would have a grey back).

In addition to everything else on my plate I have pulled out a couple of cars.  An Itasha (http://jalopnik.com/5320386/itasha-japans-creepiest-car-fetish/) Toyota and a Super Stock Mustang.  Both require plain white paint jobs and I am hoping to get a decent coat of paint down before the weather turns.  That way I can build them at my leisure over winter.

I have also started my theme build for the Ballarat NNL in May.  The theme is Hippy Highway.  I'm building a Revell 1/50 Honest John transporter with a suitable twist.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 05, 2017, 03:53:18 am
Wyvern getting very close...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 05, 2017, 06:00:09 am
To what ? ;D

Seriously I'm looking forward to it  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 06, 2017, 04:06:18 am
It was close to being superglued to my fingers today.
UC doors are on, as are the legs and wheels.  It has to have the heftiest tailwheel mechanism on any 1/72 kit i've built.
Canopy framing is painted but will need a second coat.
I was planning on fitting drop tanks but i'm not sure now.
While separating my fingers I was thinking about the next Wyvern.  I like the idea of an RAF interceptor with massive RATO packs and Red Tops.
But before I get to that I will build a RW Trumpeter Sea Fury.

My plan to paint two car bodies before the weather closes in progressed today.  Having prepared them I got on a couple of coats of white enamel thinned with GP thinners and then put them in the dehydrator (more to protect the slow drying, still tacky paint than to speed up curing - especially as I didn't turn it on!).

Armed Scooby Gang is nearly ready to be revealed.  Velma & Daph are completed other than flocking the bases while the other 3 all just need a lick of satin clear and the bases done.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 08, 2017, 02:15:21 am
So, I went to assemble the Wyverns contra-prop today and found 3 parts missing.  Now before the tidy bench gang even think about pulling on their riding boots let me say that I keep parts in their original box stacked on a former Melbourne Catholic University exam room desk (you should see the collection of chewing gum stuck to the underside) and not on the bench.  OK, so the desk is a mess but that's not the point. ;D
I suspect I lost the parts in one of the times I knocked the Wyvern box onto the floor during the year or so it has been under construction.
So, completion has been delayed while I scratched up some replacement parts taking the opportunity to give it a slightly different look.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on April 08, 2017, 10:25:16 am
So, completion has been delayed while I scratched up some replacement parts taking the opportunity to give it a slightly different look.

So, some good has come of it, then! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on April 08, 2017, 01:43:07 pm

Armed Scooby Gang is nearly ready to be revealed.  Velma & Daph are completed other than flocking the bases while the other 3 all just need a lick of satin clear and the bases done.

How dare you sir!  Creeping up on innocent maidens and forcibly flocking their bases.  If you are not careful, you'll have waves of Joyless Feminist Numptesses  waving their hand-welded free range tofu burgers at you.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 08, 2017, 05:11:34 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 09, 2017, 03:38:19 am
I gave them all a good hard flocking today.  Girls, boys, the dog.  I'm not choosy who I flock...
Ahem...:wacko: :-X

On a less crude topic  :o, the Wyvern is all together now.  However, I have decided it needs some missiles under its wings so there will be a slight delay while I knock some up.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 09, 2017, 08:33:12 am

On a less crude topic  :o, the Wyvern is all together now.  However, I have decided it needs some missiles under its wings so there will be a slight delay while I knock some up.


Is it going to be flocked too?  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 09, 2017, 08:03:17 pm
I thought it was well and truely flocked when I found i'd lost the propeller parts but since I managed to rebuild them - no.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 11, 2017, 04:48:06 am
Well the Magpie Wyvern is complete now apart from gluing in the portholes and finding a mechanical pencil to use to draw on panel lines.  I used to have a selection of them back when I did engineering drawing but I can't find them.  Or the rest of the drawing equipment.  I think I last saw it in 2003 in the Uk...
Oh, and the missiles.  I've found some Russian ones with spikey angular blades which suit the look of the thing.  Especially with its modified nose.

I painted Speed Buggy's body today.  For those who can't remember, or had a deprived childhood like me (my mother went through phases of having these strange, dangerous and radical ideas about not watching TV - she once tried to ban me from watching Bugsy Malone because of the violence) this is what Speed Buggy looks like.
(http://www.retroland.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Speed-Buggy.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on April 11, 2017, 04:57:35 am
Ah yes.  I remember Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, Josie and the Pussycats, as well as Scooby Doo.  I swear HB's animation team reused the same figures for all four shows.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 11, 2017, 07:15:39 am
Ah yes.  I remember Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, Josie and the Pussycats, as well as Scooby Doo.  I swear HB's animation team reused the same figures for all four shows.

Well I've only ever heard of Scooby Doo but those characters look familiar, that's for sure.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 17, 2017, 04:14:15 am
I suspect Hanna Barbara had basic templates of figures running, jumping, standing still etc onto which they overlaid the different clothing, hair and skintones.

The Magpie Wyvern is done apart from finding my mechanical pencil and drawing on some panel lines.  I glued on some of the small detail bits that go on the underside today and as luck would have it the plastic was exactly the same colour as the grey I painted the underside.
Pics soon.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 18, 2017, 02:50:25 am
I found my mechanical pencil.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Westland%20Wyvern/Wyvern%20Finished%2018-4-17_zpsdsjylsyj.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Westland%20Wyvern/Wyvern%20Finished%2018-4-17_zpsdsjylsyj.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 18, 2017, 06:05:13 am
A few years ago I found the old drawing set I had been given as a present back in the 60's when I expressed an interest in being a draughtsman (I was all of 13) and I don't think it was ever used  :-\ Did anyone use those ink compasses etc that were included ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on April 18, 2017, 08:14:42 pm
very nice! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 18, 2017, 08:30:04 pm
Yeah! I want to see this one all done up and finished. We need some Glamour Shotz (TM).

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 19, 2017, 03:13:48 am
A few years ago I found the old drawing set I had been given as a present back in the 60's when I expressed an interest in being a draughtsman (I was all of 13) and I don't think it was ever used  :-\ Did anyone use those ink compasses etc that were included ?

I have somewhere a pair of compasses with the "bow" type ink tip.  I've never used them though.  At school we just used pencil and at Poly and at work I used a Rotring drawing pen which screwed into a ring shaped holder on the compasses.
I love using the drawing pens but they are a bugger for clogging up.

If I get the chance i'll take some pics of the Wyvern tomorrow.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 20, 2017, 04:59:27 am
I pulled out my Testors boxing of the Italeri Boxcar today.
It's a combination of end opening and tray which manages to combine the worst of both box designs.  The outer has collapsed making it very hard to slide out the tray containing all the bits but when you finally manage it the tray is very flimsy and not up to the job.  It doesn't help that most of the bigger parts have fallen off/been removed from the sprues.
I was pleased to see that I have at some stage purchased an SAC white metal undercarriage set for it.
I grokked it and then sat the box under the TSR2 box to stop myself starting it until the Brawler is finished (only room for one "Big" build at a time).
Time will tell how successful that ploy is.
My plan for it is OOB but painted up as if it is the Scooby Gang's air wing.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 20, 2017, 05:17:23 am
That C-119 is a BIG aircraft when it's built.  :o

I have an OOB AC-119G version, finished in USAF Viet Nam scheme obviously, and it's the heaviest model I own, and recall it needed a lot of noseweight. But there's BAGS of space for it of course. My styrene landing gear has stood the test of time however, but it does look spindly.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 21, 2017, 05:41:03 am
Looking at the white metal parts I was wondering if they were up to the job.
The plastic blister had separated from the card, parts had escaped and one of them got badly bent.  It straightened out OK which I suppose is one of the advantages of white metal.

I appreciate its size which is why i'm using it to work up to a Monogram Peacemaker by way of an Academy C97.  Call it a plan if you like.  Stage 1 was the Turbocat.  This is stage 2.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 22, 2017, 02:29:29 am
That's one of the problems with white metal I find. The better the detail the harder the alloy needs to be and therefore more liable to serious damage when straightening a part if it does get bent.

I've not used SAC parts so can't comment on them, but I did find Aeroclub were a little on the "lets use a softer alloy and accept softer detail" side. Purely personal view and others will differ.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 22, 2017, 01:29:55 pm
I've used some SAC sets on my 1/144 airliners and was very pleased with them. They're much stronger than the injections parts, but in 1/144 they're usually pretty thin and weal anyway.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 22, 2017, 10:07:42 pm
White metal is what, pewter?  Which is tin & lead?  I guess the higher the lead content the softer it is.

I've not used an SAC set.  First one is going on the Brawler.  Legs are on the back fine but I should have studied the kit instructions as I had to slice off some fuselage to get them in.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 23, 2017, 12:35:52 pm
AFAIUI pewter is harder than white metal, but looking them both up on Wiki confuses me more. It seems that pewter doesn't have much lead in it these days, but it can have. Whereas white metal always has some lead in it.........I think.... :unsure:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kitnut617 on April 23, 2017, 12:41:14 pm
Did anyone use those ink compasses etc that were included ?

Yup!, but not recently. I got given a really nice drafting set by my Grand Dad, who was an architect and wanted me to carry on in the family business. Still got it and use it quite often on templates that need making for the models
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 24, 2017, 04:30:18 am
Second Motorcycle I rebuilt was a Triumph TR25SS which had a white metal big end bearing on a titanium con-rod.  There was a massive amount of wear in the big end and the bearing shell was wafer thin.  I cut myself removing it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 24, 2017, 06:29:39 am
White metal/Pewter ?

Pewter used to be a very specific alloy when it was used for tankards etc but nowadays the definition and content is a little looser.

White metal ? Take your pick from a whole host of different combinations of the main elements. It really does cover a whole host of different alloys which is why "white metal" parts vary so much in hardness and detail. Look at 5 different wargames companies metal figures and you will find at least 4 different alloy specs used and some are very different from the others.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 25, 2017, 04:15:08 am
I could have looked it up I suppose.  But being bone idle... :mellow:

I suspect wargaming figure and model parts manufacturers in general are not too fussy about what they chuck in the melting pot to cast their stuff.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 25, 2017, 06:56:42 am

I suspect wargaming figure and model parts manufacturers in general are not too fussy about what they chuck in the melting pot to cast their stuff.

Some companies will undoubtedly vary the mix dependent on how the price of the various individual metals rise and fall. Although most will simply buy it in as alloy "ingots" (note not what I would call an ingot but they would  ;))

For some companies the hardness or indeed softness of their parts/figures is all part of the brand and will stick to the same mix regardless of fluctuating prices.

This thread is currently making me feel quite nostalgic about how I spent 35 years of my life  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 25, 2017, 10:51:34 am
a large percentage of wargames companys are now lead free, there was a scare a few years ago that the US were going to ban and wargames figs with lead in as they were "toys".  The resulting metals are harder, and more brittle making them far less fun to work with, convert and glue.
there is at least one of the company's that has a separate line that is still sold as "lead containing"  ( and as normal wile I can remember that I cant remember who)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on April 26, 2017, 05:49:19 am
I thought most had gone lead free mate and that was the reason for the increased hardness. Thanks for the confirmation  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 29, 2017, 01:36:38 am
I almost started a new aircraft build today.  I had a Hasegawa P38 out on the bench (bought started - the interior paint has been done and the pilot is missing) but uan urgent need to drop the kids off at the pool forced me back into the house.
That's prolly too much information...

Anyway, having been looking at Allan's Halifax and Brad C's B29 I have the urge to build a bomber now - an old school kit with "working" features, raised detail and masses of massive rivets.  I'll have to grok the stash and see what leaps out at me.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 29, 2017, 08:01:05 am
 ;D ;D ;D  Brotha I sympathize the pool business. More so as of late.


Totally get underway on a heavy! I'd love to see your take on a bomber.   :mellow: :mellow:   I love doing the bigger stuff. My first airplane kits as a kid were bombers. I built 'em then played with 'em.  :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on April 29, 2017, 09:41:06 am
I built 'em then played with 'em.  :lol:

Didn't we all?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 29, 2017, 10:01:27 am
I built 'em then played with 'em.  :lol:

Didn't we all?
Yessir!! Us smart kids anyway!

I couldn't resist the temptation had I even tried. ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 29, 2017, 04:25:08 pm
I built 'em then played with 'em.  :lol:

Didn't we all?
Yessir!! Us smart kids anyway!

I couldn't resist the temptation had I even tried. ;D

I remember my Italeri Tomcat getting into epic dogfights against an F-4S and Mig-29...  :angel:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 29, 2017, 04:37:08 pm
I built 'em then played with 'em.  :lol:

Didn't we all?
Yessir!! Us smart kids anyway!

I couldn't resist the temptation had I even tried. ;D

I remember my Italeri Tomcat getting into epic dogfights against an F-4S and Mig-29...  :angel:
;D ;D

Glorious dude!  I had (and still do) a ton of the die cast metal planes and also a load of the Micro Machines.....  playing with these and the models was always so fun;  I never understood the lack of interest of my friends. They'd have cars and hot rods and action figures and stuff... but I was always like, "But what about the fastest, coolest, awesomest stuff?!?!  Your hot rod is cute but what I have goes about 800 MPH faster and also can walk on air!"   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on April 30, 2017, 02:19:16 am
Playing with my models led to my love of floatplanes.  Landplanes built with their wheels up could dog fight but not land amongst the masses armies battling on the floor.  Sea planes could if I moved the blue rug nest to the battlefield.

I had a look in my stash and the only kit I have that really fits the bill is a very old Revell FW200.  The first version with all the rivets.  What I was really itching to build was an Airfix B-25 but I don't have one.  I'll have to have look on Evil-Bay.  Should be a few of them going really cheap as they are so ancient and crude but yet still being knocked out by Airfix.
Instead I found a part started Hot Rod build I had forgotten about.  It's the 1/25 AMT Bill Cushenberry Tiger Shark kit (2006 Toy Fair re-pop) from which I had used the wheels and tyres on something else.
Now the Tiger Shark was a modified version of the Dream Rod built in the then fashionable asymmetric style.  It was actually impossible to drive because a normally proportioned adult could not fit behind the wheel.  But hey! it was a show rod so who cared?
Opening the box I found I had glued the engine halves together and was intending to fit a supercharger with six carbies.  In place of the asymmetric body I had chucked an AMT Ala Kart body into the box plus an AMT Parts Pack Turtle Deck and a '29 Ford grille.
First job is to fettle the chassis sanding off the mould separation lines, flash and filler I had put into the sink marks who know how long ago.  The Dream Rod wasn't built on the usual early Ford chassis but used one from a <goes to google to refresh memory> Jowett Jupiter which was fitted with a VW Beetle torsion rod front end.  The kit item is actually a fairly good representation of this.
Information about the Dream Rod here. (http://www.kustomrama.com/index.php?title=The_Car_Craft_Dream_Rod)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 30, 2017, 08:13:32 am
Glorious dude!  I had (and still do) a ton of the die cast metal planes and also a load of the Micro Machines.....  playing with these and the models was always so fun;  I never understood the lack of interest of my friends. They'd have cars and hot rods and action figures and stuff... but I was always like, "But what about the fastest, coolest, awesomest stuff?!?!  Your hot rod is cute but what I have goes about 800 MPH faster and also can walk on air!"   :thumbsup:
Same here, never understood why most of my friends liked cars and motorcycles so much, aircraft can fly!! ;D

Playing with my models led to my love of floatplanes.  Landplanes built with their wheels up could dog fight but not land amongst the masses armies battling on the floor.  Sea planes could if I moved he blue rug nest to the battlefield.

 ;D The wonders of a child's imagination... :thumbsup:
I only had one other kit when i was kid, the Hasegawa EA-6B Prowler, but that was my first kit and i didn't last long enough to be flown with the other 3... ;D
All my planes were VTOL, it was technology adopted from Star Wars space ships... ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 30, 2017, 09:51:00 am
Blue rug...     ;D ;D   :mellow: :mellow:

Six carbs?!   :o

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 01, 2017, 04:47:58 am
Obviously the blue rug became the water.  The red one was usually mounded up to make the mountain whichever army was on the offensive was attacking.

Yes, six carbs.  Like on this but with a low rise manifold and with air cleaners instead of velocity stacks.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/T%20Caddy/TeaCaddy08.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/T%20Caddy/TeaCaddy08.jpg.html)

So anyway, having glued together six carburettors, a manifold and a supercharger I sprayed it with primer in preparation for a coat of gloss black in preparation for a coat of alclad chrome. 

I've also been thinking about my urge to build a Mitchell.  There are none cheap enough to suit me on Evil-Bay (although a Frog Hornet has attracted my attention) so I thought why not make a medium bomber out of that Revell Lanc i've been robbing parts from.  I can cut the wings down for twin engines and shorten it and Lees information about the bomb bay being torpedo length will be useful. 
It even has a name, Project Wrathchild...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 02, 2017, 04:52:02 am
Project Wrathchild has started.
I have shortened the nose of one fuselage half of a Revell Lanc BI/III by 10mm and chopped the tail off with the intention of removing slightly more and slimming it down.
I have also cut down one wing (antispackmanation?) just outboard of the inboard nacelle.  This of course means no undercarriage but then I have already used most of the nacelles on my first civilianised Beaufighter.  I'm thinking of Liberator style undercarriage folding up into the wings.  Maybe with a nose wheel although that might mean sacrificing some of the bomb bay.
Don't know yet if I will retain the nose turret (probably not due to weight considerations) but the tail guns are gone as I have used that turret on something else already.  I may construct a Mitchell style gunners position using a single seat fighter bubble canopy.
Mid upper turret also may or may not stay.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on May 02, 2017, 06:04:36 am
Sounds like one interesting build. Carry on! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 02, 2017, 10:36:44 am

.......I have also cut down one wing (antispackmanation?) just outboard of the inboard nacelle.  This of course means no undercarriage.......


But isn't the Lanc's main gear mounted on the inboard nacelle?  :unsure:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 03, 2017, 04:29:55 am

.......I have also cut down one wing (antispackmanation?) just outboard of the inboard nacelle.  This of course means no undercarriage.......


But isn't the Lanc's main gear mounted on the inboard nacelle?  :unsure:

Usually.
 :mellow:

I now have both fuselage halves truncated and I think I have worked out how to modify the rear end.
If I don't lose interest in this then i'll start a separate thread for it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 11, 2017, 02:44:39 am
Well, it had to happen.  The day had to come to pass.
Xmas at stately zen mansion is over.  I have taken down the lights from the car port and deconstructed Fred's tunnel of Light.
I was hoping to break my record for bone idleness this year and leave them up until Queens Birthday weekend but it wasn't to be.

In other news the neighbours opposite have started the construction of a huge fence.  Mrs z has enquired whether we are the Mexicans or the Americans.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on May 11, 2017, 03:29:00 am
My wife's always saying we should build a bloody great fence along South Australia's eastern border to keep the Victorians out ... Maybe she's started it, albeit a few klicks further East than geographically accurate, without telling me? :unsure:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 11, 2017, 03:43:02 am
Funny, i've been known to say the same about Victoria's Northern Border... ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 11, 2017, 05:49:38 am
Well, it had to happen.  The day had to come to pass.
Xmas at stately zen mansion is over.  I have taken down the lights from the car port and deconstructed Fred's tunnel of Light.
I was hoping to break my record for bone idleness this year and leave them up until Queens Birthday weekend but it wasn't to be.

In other news the neighbours opposite have started the construction of a huge fence.  Mrs z has enquired whether we are the Mexicans or the Americans.

 ;D ;D

I knew someone who deliberately kept there Xmas decorations up all year just to confuse his kid's friends when they came round. It also embarrassed his kids  ;)

Do you have a height limit on fences in Aus ? I know over here there tend to be rules and regulations mainly around the balancing of "right to privacy" and "right to a view". Can get messy and complicated but the lawyers love it of course.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on May 11, 2017, 09:06:04 am
Most Australian local councils/shires have bylaws regarding fences with the height generally being set between 6' (180cm, so really 5' 11") & 8' (240cm = 7' 10"), so not a lot of room for lawyers to get involved.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 11, 2017, 11:56:05 am
Well, it had to happen.  The day had to come to pass.
Xmas at stately zen mansion is over.  I have taken down the lights from the car port and deconstructed Fred's tunnel of Light.
I was hoping to break my record for bone idleness this year and leave them up until Queens Birthday weekend but it wasn't to be.

In other news the neighbours opposite have started the construction of a huge fence.  Mrs z has enquired whether we are the Mexicans or the Americans.

;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 12, 2017, 04:30:39 am
Most Australian local councils/shires have bylaws regarding fences with the height generally being set between 6' (180cm, so really 5' 11") & 8' (240cm = 7' 10"), so not a lot of room for lawyers to get involved.

I'd say, without measuring it that it is six foot.  It looked huge because the bloke running the job is not (although I also haven't measured him).
I discussed it with the neighbour before he went ahead and got it built and he has set the height so he can still sit on his raised verandah and keep an eye on comings and going in the street over a coldie.
It also means my car port gargoyle will still be in his eye-line and will continue to slightly disturb him (especially when I paint it's eyes with luminous paint).

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on May 12, 2017, 04:49:58 am
It also means my car port gargoyle will still be in his eye-line and will continue to slightly disturb him (especially when I paint it's eyes with luminous paint).

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/d2/46/ce/d246cec00c17d677d3a3b8d195f6ac9f.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 12, 2017, 05:13:05 am
Thanks Scoot, i'm not sure how to take that.   :-\ &lt;_&lt;

Having finished all the Soviet GB builds I am now concentrating on car builds.
I have a 1/50 truck to build for the special theme at the Ballarat show on 28th May and I also want to finish Speed Buggy by then.
And there is also the kitbash Hot Rod although I don't expect to get that done by the show.  I did get some Alclad chrome on it's induction set up today.  I seem to be getting better at Alclad.  I usually only succeed one time in three but i've had success two times in a row now.  I think the secret lies in getting a really good gloss black base coat, letting it gas out properly (which takes weeks if its enamel) and then not putting on too much alclad.

Oh, and then there is the RW Huey.  It's the Tamiya boxing of the 1/72 Italeri kit and it'll be in the RAAF colours.  It makes a change to follow the colour call outs in the instructions.  No need to think, just do what i'm told.
 ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 13, 2017, 03:17:10 am
  No need to think, just do what i'm told.
 ;D

The Wife has trained you well... or has you well-trained, which comes to about the same thing.  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 16, 2017, 04:15:29 am
So i've been getting on with the Huey and have been using grey primer for what the instructions describe as "neutral grey".
Having painted and assembled various parts onto the cockpit floor I hit it with some clear and the grey turned a pale green.
I've never had the plastic colour bleed through with olive green plastic before.  Red and yellow - yes, but not olive green.
Not to worry, its a pleasant enough shade of pale greyish green.  The roof is supposed to be white though so i'll have to separate paint from plastic with something like Future or car paint.

I've been thinking about the one week build.  I have Airfix new mould Wildcat, Vampire and Typhoon any of which should be dooable in a week if I make it a paint only whiff using one of my selection of interesting decals (Chad air force Wildcat?).
I also have the Airfix 1/72 Airbourne Jeep but I can't think of how to whiff it other than to paint it a loud colour.
Or, I think I have one unbuilt 1/144 Gundam mobile suit.  An HG Zaku IIRC.  Maybe I could do something with that.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kitnut617 on May 16, 2017, 09:58:12 am
  No need to think, just do what i'm told.
 ;D

The Wife has trained you well... or has you well-trained, which comes to about the same thing.  ;D

Actually, the smart guy lets the wife 'think' she's trained us well ------ then life runs smoothly   ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 16, 2017, 10:05:56 pm
  No need to think, just do what i'm told.
 ;D

The Wife has trained you well... or has you well-trained, which comes to about the same thing.  ;D

Actually, the smart guy lets the wife 'think' she's trained us well ------ then life runs smoothly   ;D

Works much the same with Mothers and Sisters...  :rolleyes: ;D


z, what about making a 'Follow Me' Jeep for the PDRVAF?
The RW ones were Black/White, sometimes Yellow/Black (good Wellington colours...  ;D) but you could use the prevailing PDRV colours
... or the zi Blue/Mauve ones...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 17, 2017, 02:13:29 am
hmmmm, good idea.  I've been working on  my "half a door" airfield photo base and one would fit right in on it.
Something like this.
(http://www.nevingtonwarmuseum.com/uploads/9/1/7/5/9175276/4203831_orig.jpg)
Heck of a masking job in 1/72.  Also, there are so many different colour variations i'd be hard pushed to find one that would be a whiff.
I do like this though.
(http://www.ewillys.com/wp-content/uploads2/2013/02/follow-me-jeep-austria-1024x768.jpg)

Having had a rummage in the stash I found I had forgotten about an Airfix Spit PR XIX and Bf 109 G6.
However, what did attract my attention is a Fujimi Mitsubishi A5M4.  It's an aircraft i've wanted to build since I saw The Wind Rises.  I've toyed with doing it with yellow wings to see how many mistakes for a P26.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 18, 2017, 01:37:05 am
TBH, I'd use black decal squares over a yellow base - but I'm a lazy modeller.

The idea with the Claude sounds good - mess with their minds, I say!  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 18, 2017, 01:46:04 am
One of those days today.  3 hours in the shed but I feel I didn't achieve much.  Lots of small parts painted, some stuff cleared, some PSR, a touch of scratchbuilding, some parts glued to other parts and some washes applied but nothing major done.  No big bits glued together.
I know i've progressed on every build I touched but it doesn't seem so.
It's frustrating days like this that see me rip into a new build just for the satisfaction of gluing a heap of parts together.  But I resisted.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 18, 2017, 01:59:23 am
I know what you mean about apparent lack of progress.

When I'm working on small parts I have a collection of small "clip top" boxes which I keep the completed sub assemblies in. One box for each model. Not only is it slightly better organised then the previous mayhem on the bench, but you look at the little boxes full of bits and somehow you see progress.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 19, 2017, 01:01:55 am
Today was better.
Lots of obvious progress on the special theme build for the Ballarat show (theme is Hippy Highway) plus Speed Buggy is very close to being finished and as I glued in the front seats it looks like the pic i've got pinned up over my bench.  Also got the Lanc fuselage buttoned up.
Couldn't resist pulling out another kit though.  Arii Mitsubishi Ki-46.  The recce version with the long teardrop glazed nose.  It'll be a zenrat industries fast courier.  So far its going together quickly & well.  Would prolly have been suitable for the one week GB.
Speaking of the 1WGB (sounds like a radio station), did the JASDF fly Chipmunks?  According to wikipedia they didn't but you can't always rely on that source.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 19, 2017, 03:02:52 am
According to wikipedia they didn't but you can't always rely on that source.

"Don't trust everything you read on the Internet." Abraham Lincoln
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 19, 2017, 03:08:05 am
 :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on May 19, 2017, 12:13:54 pm
Speaking of the 1WGB (sounds like a radio station), did the JASDF fly Chipmunks?  According to wikipedia they didn't but you can't always rely on that source.

And the JASDF homepage doesn't exactly cover what they flew.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 20, 2017, 01:20:24 am
The Chipmunk page on wiki is what I looked at and it doesn't list Japan.
That's good enough for me.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 20, 2017, 04:29:57 pm
I like the sounds of these Chipmunk musings!!! 
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 20, 2017, 05:54:22 pm
I have a Hasegawa T-34 Mentor in the stash for which the OOB option is a mostly NMF JASDF trainer scheme.
I was thinking of applying that to a Chipmunk as they look vaguely similar and it will confuse people.  Especially if I convert the Chipmunk to tricycle undercarriage.
But then I may change my mind by the time the 1WGB starts.  I'm going to lose 2 days off the start due to a 13th birthday party on the Satyrday and a model show on the Sunday so I am going to be pushed for time.
I think i'll desprue all the Chipmunk parts and see how well they fit before making the final decision.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 20, 2017, 07:15:18 pm
Do this!!  Please do this..... . . . .

I've yet to add a Chipmunk to my stash.  But, I'm ... uhh..... "appreciatively" trying my best to obtain every training aircraft I possibly can. I have one of them JASDF Mentor by Hasegawa though!  :laugh:   It has the same red/white/touches of black color scheme I dearly enjoy. 

But anyway my point is this: and I hate to break it to everyone here, but I plan to build all but the surplus kits of these training planes as OOB... soooo... I'm going to live vicariously through your whiffery!  :mellow: :mellow: :lol:

Looking forward seeing this done. . .   :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 20, 2017, 07:26:25 pm
For sure a Chippie would look great and right at home in meatballs !
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 20, 2017, 08:25:49 pm
Some build articles you may find of use:

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234918053-airfix-172-dhc-chipmunk/

http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=496&t=41213&hilit=chipmunk

and some reference shots:

http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=13162&p=671571&hilit=chipmunk#p671571


HTH
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 20, 2017, 08:39:08 pm
Thanks Rick, i'll have a captain's at them.

Brad C.  As far as Hasegawa go, as well as the Mentor i've got the T-33, T-38 and TA-4 in the stash.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 20, 2017, 08:50:25 pm
WRT the T-33, have you seen the RW conversion called the Skyfox?

https://www.talkbass.com/threads/for-aircraft-enthusiasts-when-the-more-developed-version-is-less-successful.1225476/

3/4 of the way down the page. As said, hard to tell they are the same basic airframe...  :o

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 20, 2017, 08:55:21 pm
I don't think it is.  I think Lockheed are having a laugh.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 20, 2017, 08:57:48 pm
Wouldn't surprise me in the least, but it would make an interesting conversion for - well, anything of that vintage - T-33, F-80/84/94, almost anything you could imagine...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kitnut617 on May 21, 2017, 06:14:53 am
I don't think it is.  I think Lockheed are having a laugh.

Actually, it wasn't Lockheed who made the Skyfox, it was the Skyfox Corporation which was then bought by Boeing. 70% of a T-33 was kept in the conversion.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 21, 2017, 07:02:03 am
Thanks Rick, i'll have a captain's at them.

Brad C.  As far as Hasegawa go, as well as the Mentor i've got the T-33, T-38 and TA-4 in the stash.


Sweet! T-38 is just a re-hashed F-5b however which drives me nuts. T-38s in 1/72 is a tricky situation I've found. 90% of them aren't t-38's at all! One dead give away among others being tip tanks.  This is a bummer for me because I can't seem to find any. I know Sword makes one in 1/72 and is probably the best bet but getting ahold of one is proving to be a bit difficult!

I think I have a TA-4 in amongst my stuff but no t-33... there's a Platz version I want, some may think it gaudy but I bet it looks killer on the shelf! 

(http://i.imgur.com/0j6M6Y0.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 21, 2017, 07:04:18 am
WRT the T-33, have you seen the RW conversion called the Skyfox?

https://www.talkbass.com/threads/for-aircraft-enthusiasts-when-the-more-developed-version-is-less-successful.1225476/

3/4 of the way down the page. As said, hard to tell they are the same basic airframe...  :o



Fascinating... I think it looks damn cool..... could pass for a CAS attacker!   ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 22, 2017, 12:34:57 am
That T-33 shore is Purty...

Be a pain to decal, though...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 22, 2017, 03:11:04 am
So what's the (visual in 1/72) difference between a T-38 and an F-5b?  IIRC the T-38 instructions give you the option of building it as an F-5 by removing bits (or maybe you remove them for the T-38?).

Speed buggy is almost finished.  I just need to paint pupils on the headlights and attach them along with the rear lights and number plate.

Painting the Huey has begun.  One of the reviews of the kit I read said it was a tail sitter (they taped a 2- coin under the roof) so I epoxied a layer of liquid gravity to the underneath of the cockpit floor and filled the centre console with the stuff before assembling it.

Fuselage is all together on the Ki-46 and wings went on today.  The fit really is good on these Arii kits.  Won't need much filler.  This is the second one i've built (first was a Ki-15 "Babs") and i've another in the stash, a G3-M3 "Nell" which i'm looking forwards to whiffing.

I've also desprued a Chipmunk for the 1WGB.  Looks like it should require minimal filler although location pins will have to be shaved off the nose to get decent alignment and carefull trimming of the centre section will be required for a neat fit.  I found a suitable nose wheel in my parts box.  Possibly, judging by the colour of the plastic, from an Academy P-39.
The Hasegawa T-34 decals I was planning to use have yellowed somewhat so I have shoved them in a window to see if the meagre winter sun can whiten them.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 22, 2017, 04:41:27 am
Off the top o' my head, the intakes are different.  The tip tanks are more obvious as the T-38 never had any.  I'm not sure what else but I've read up on people converting them and they always mention the tip tanks and air intakes.  The thing is, pretty much all of 'em do it!  Airfix, Hasegawa, Starfix (heheh), and a few others too that I can't recall.  They just box up F-5B's , do the box artwork as if it were a Talon, and do the same for the tranfers, and that's the end of it.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 22, 2017, 09:05:34 am
Don't F-5s have some small triangular strakes leading forward from the wing roots? The later F-5s have them a different shape, with a crank in the leading edge of the strake, but I don't think T-38s have them at all.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 22, 2017, 07:07:02 pm
Just had a romp around Google image search and it sure looks like it!  Thanks for that bit... helps me out in my plane spotting and determining what kits are good and which are bunk.

I also saw a bit more on what seems to be different about the intakes. The ones on the Talon are "angled" from top to bottom while the ones on the F-5 seem more straight up and down. The actual opening itself seems smaller on the T-38s as well.

I do know the engines are different. On that note that's not to say the ones on the Talons are push overs!  The trainer engines weren't as robust as the ones used in the fighters but in my reading I learned that they are quite powerful and back in the day those in training would do ONE (I think, or was it two,... been a while since I was reading this stuff..  ;D) ... mach run in the Talon as part of the curriculum. Sad thing is now, that has been reduced to zero.

Not a whole heck of a lot of trainers can boast mach capability and also used it. (if any others?! I'm sure there were.. or not?? someone help me with this!!!) 

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 23, 2017, 12:27:03 am
IIRC, isn't the centre-section under the wing less bulged as well?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 23, 2017, 02:50:30 am
I'll have to pull out the Hasegawa kit and see what they tell you to do to make them different.

Speed Buggy is complete now apart from attaching his eyes/headlights and painting pupils on them.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 24, 2017, 05:00:58 am
D'oh!  Forgot to get down the Hasegawa T-38.
I got distracted packing my boxes for the Ballarat NNL on Sunday (early, but Satyrday is going to be busy as were throwing a combined 13th/27th birthday party).
It's a car model show but they have classes for Sci Fi, Military, Aircraft and Other so i'm taking my Hovercar, my 4 smallest aircraft and my bulldozer as well as 9 cars and the special theme truck.
Speed Buggy is one of the cars and I finished him today.  I'll endeavour to take pics tomorrow

Thought for the day.  Why is it only varn-ish?  Why is it never completely varn?

Pg 69 BTW.  Arf arf chortle chortle fnarr fnarr snigger.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on May 24, 2017, 05:21:21 am

Thought for the day.  Why is it only varn-ish?  Why is it never completely varn?

Pg 69 BTW.  Arf arf chortle chortle fnarr fnarr snigger.

(http://i.imgur.com/XnuyzUL.gif)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Captain Canada on May 24, 2017, 05:34:45 am
Ouch. That was bad. But I can guarantee I'm going to use it as soon as the opportunity arises !

Interesting comments about the F-5 types. I had always thought it was just the leading edge.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 24, 2017, 01:23:19 pm
D'oh!  Forgot to get down the Hasegawa T-38.
I got distracted packing my boxes for the Ballarat NNL on Sunday (early, but Satyrday is going to be busy as were throwing a combined 13th/27th birthday party).
It's a car model show but they have classes for Sci Fi, Military, Aircraft and Other so i'm taking my Hovercar, my 4 smallest aircraft and my bulldozer as well as 9 cars and the special theme truck.
Speed Buggy is one of the cars and I finished him today.  I'll endeavour to take pics tomorrow

Thought for the day.  Why is it only varn-ish?  Why is it never completely varn?

Pg 69 BTW.  Arf arf chortle chortle fnarr fnarr snigger.
;D ;D ;D

AND... a thrashing for you for forgetting glorious model kit!  :o ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kerick on May 24, 2017, 03:30:52 pm


Thought for the day.  Why is it only varn-ish?  Why is it never completely varn?

Pg 69 BTW.  Arf arf chortle chortle fnarr fnarr snigger.

Is shampoo just fake poo? Use real poo!
Got that one from the old Muppet Show.........
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 24, 2017, 03:48:23 pm


Thought for the day.  Why is it only varn-ish?  Why is it never completely varn?

Pg 69 BTW.  Arf arf chortle chortle fnarr fnarr snigger.

Is shampoo just fake poo? Use real poo!
Got that one from the old Muppet Show.........
;D ;D ;D

I used to watch them & also the Muppet Babies... good stuff.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 25, 2017, 02:12:09 am
You know what, I forgot to look in the T-38 box again.   :banghead:

Anyway, here is Speed Buggy.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Meyers%20Manx/Speed%20Buggy%209_zps0qhfwfx3.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Meyers%20Manx/Speed%20Buggy%209_zps0qhfwfx3.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Meyers%20Manx/Speed%20Buggy%207_zps8rszkjrf.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Meyers%20Manx/Speed%20Buggy%207_zps8rszkjrf.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Meyers%20Manx/Speed%20Buggy%202_zpsq0yuaf8z.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Meyers%20Manx/Speed%20Buggy%202_zpsq0yuaf8z.jpg.html)
He's an AMT 1/25 Meyers Manx with 1/24 Airfix Hawker Typhoon wheels on the back and 1/32 resin Hawker Typhoon wheels on the front.

And here's the special theme build.  The theme is "Hippy Highway".
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/High%20Lights%20Truck%201_zps0tu8lqhh.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/High%20Lights%20Truck%201_zps0tu8lqhh.jpg.html)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/High%20Lights%20Truck%202_zpsjnbtkrgi.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/High%20Lights%20Truck%202_zpsjnbtkrgi.jpg.html)
It's the truck from the Revell box scale (in this case about 1/50) Honest John set with a scratchbuilt container and homemade decals.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on May 25, 2017, 06:05:21 am
One of the German clubs opposite us at Telford had a couple of great container truck models on display. Lingerie delivery trucks  :bow: :party: There's some pics in my post of the show I think  ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on May 26, 2017, 01:18:51 am
Yes, I they inspired me to find the anime style smoking schoolgirls for the decals.

Still no lookee in T-38 box.
 :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 26, 2017, 08:44:24 am
Them are groovy indeed! Nice...  :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 01, 2017, 01:59:16 am
Thought for the day.
If you had a collection of unbuilt model cows would it be a moo stash?

 ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 01, 2017, 03:46:39 am
 :rolleyes: :rolleyes: ;D ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 01, 2017, 04:03:56 am
That is so bad my brain won't even let me ignore it  :banghead: :banghead: :angel:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 01, 2017, 04:06:52 am
Don't let it affect your mood.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 01, 2017, 05:23:06 am
That moo stash... ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 01, 2017, 10:31:43 pm
That is so bad my brain won't even let me ignore it  :banghead: :banghead: :angel:

Heh heh heh.   :wacko:

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 03, 2017, 02:05:44 am
Enough of the sophisticated adult humour.

Inspired by Rickshaw's Super Canberra I have dug out a couple of kits from the stash and begun a long planned kitbash.  One of them is a Revell box scale B-57.  The other one isn't.

I also finally looked in the Hasegawa T-38 box.  The instructions would have you remove the LERX from the wings if building it as a T-38 and add intakes to the top of the rear fuselage adjacent to the leading edge of the vertical tail if building it as an F-5b.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 03, 2017, 10:25:37 pm
But a T-38 has those little intakes there too. They're for cooling the afterburners IIRC.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/6207/i9CaNL.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 04, 2017, 03:24:31 am
I'm just reporting what Hasegawa tell me in the destructions.
 :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 05, 2017, 04:28:23 am
The B-57 kitbash has leapt ahead.  Fuselage, wings, tails all glued into one piece.  Filler will be needed around the wing roots and in the many sink marks and to hide some of the odder engraved detail on the B-57.  The other kit is an Airfix kit with a mould that dates from either 1957 or 1972 (Scalemates is unclear - the wings look 1972 but the fuselage looks 1957 so I suspect the original 1957 mould was updated in 1972 to provide different Marks).
I'm having trouble jamming enough lead into the nose to keep the tail off the ground.  I may have to fill the fronts of the engines with heavy glue.

RW Huey will get decals tomorrow.

Arii Ki-46iii has got its first coat of paint.

Project Wrathchild got a sand and a coat of primer.  I'm hopeful this is the end of fuselage PSR.  Fingers crossed.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 06, 2017, 02:49:36 am
I'm calling this Project DeHaviraCanaberra.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Project%20DeHaviraCanaberra/Project%20DeHaviraCanaberra%20WIP%206-6-17_zps375q4nxg.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Project%20DeHaviraCanaberra/Project%20DeHaviraCanaberra%20WIP%206-6-17_zps375q4nxg.jpg.html)
Today I managed to get enough fishing weights into the front of the engine nacelles to keep her tail up.
Fuselage is the Airfix Mossie Mk II/VI/XVIII kit.
I'm racking my brain for UK biting/stinging insects other than mosquito and hornet and so far have only come up with Horse Fly (not a bite you forget), bee, wasp, gnat and midge - none of which leap out at me as a good "De Havilland" name.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on June 06, 2017, 05:02:34 am
I'm racking my brain for UK biting/stinging insects other than mosquito and hornet and so far have only come up with Horse Fly (not a bite you forget), bee, wasp, gnat and midge - none of which leap out at me as a good "De Havilland" name.

Black/Blanford Fly (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_fly)?  Also a bite you'll not forget...especially when you come down with some of the illnesses they're known to spread
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 06, 2017, 05:47:36 am
That looks interesting  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on June 06, 2017, 08:55:17 am
I keep thinking bats...Dracula...something gothic. I'm going to watch this one.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 06, 2017, 10:37:53 pm
It's the black wings Max.  They are giving me the urge to paint it black with red pinstripes and bat symbols.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on June 07, 2017, 02:15:04 am
It's the black wings Max.  They are giving me the urge to paint it black with red pinstripes and bat symbols.


(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/jrQcwW203dM/hqdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 07, 2017, 02:51:13 am
Which cartoon is that from Scoot?  Bats has the look of an animated Adam West which I like as I consider him to be THE definitive Batman.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on June 07, 2017, 03:31:06 am
Probably Batman: The Animated Series.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 07, 2017, 03:55:00 am
zenrat approves.
 :thumbsup:


 ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Weaver on June 07, 2017, 05:26:07 am
I'm calling this Project DeHaviraCanaberra.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Project%20DeHaviraCanaberra/Project%20DeHaviraCanaberra%20WIP%206-6-17_zps375q4nxg.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Project%20DeHaviraCanaberra/Project%20DeHaviraCanaberra%20WIP%206-6-17_zps375q4nxg.jpg.html)
Today I managed to get enough fishing weights into the front of the engine nacelles to keep her tail up.
Fuselage is the Airfix Mossie Mk II/VI/XVIII kit.
I'm racking my brain for UK biting/stinging insects other than mosquito and hornet and so far have only come up with Horse Fly (not a bite you forget), bee, wasp, gnat and midge - none of which leap out at me as a good "De Havilland" name.

Makes me wonder what a Mosquito fuselage would look like with Meteor wings and engines, perhaps with extended outer panels cut down from the Mosquito ones. It could be an alternative night-fighter with Venom-style setup instead of the tandem seat one.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 07, 2017, 06:02:18 am

Makes me wonder what a Mosquito fuselage would look like with Meteor wings and engines, perhaps with extended outer panels cut down from the Mosquito ones. It could be an alternative night-fighter with Venom-style setup instead of the tandem seat one.


A Veeeeeery interesting idea that.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on June 07, 2017, 08:20:03 am

Makes me wonder what a Mosquito fuselage would look like with Meteor wings and engines, perhaps with extended outer panels cut down from the Mosquito ones. It could be an alternative night-fighter with Venom-style setup instead of the tandem seat one.


A Veeeeeery interesting idea that.  :thumbsup:

Perhaps PR.19 Meteor wings? ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 07, 2017, 09:20:53 am

Makes me wonder what a Mosquito fuselage would look like with Meteor wings and engines, perhaps with extended outer panels cut down from the Mosquito ones. It could be an alternative night-fighter with Venom-style setup instead of the tandem seat one.


A Veeeeeery interesting idea that.  :thumbsup:

Perhaps PR.19 Meteor wings? ;)

No, that'd be just silly.............  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on June 07, 2017, 01:14:39 pm
Always makes me think of this. Go to 20.12 ;D 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp2hNfh11-4
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 08, 2017, 03:00:09 am
RW Huey almost finished.  I am just having trouble keeping one of the door windows in place in the door and have resorted to epoxy rather than my usual white glue.  The curvature of the window is different to the curvature of the door and it keeps springing out.

Other shed time today was spent packing four model aircraft to enter into Model Expo at the weekend and 12 model cars to put on the club table.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 10, 2017, 10:03:13 pm
In tribute to Adam West a Polar Lights 1/25 Batmobile will be pulled out of the stash and built up Factory Stock.
I have two.  The "glue kit" and the "full detail" (choice of engines, photo etch, figures, parts to build any version of the Batmobile that appeared in the TV Series).  I shall be building the full detail kit with the turbine engine.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2017, 04:14:59 am
Yup our t.v. flagged up he had died. Didn't realise he was that old. Fond memories of that Batman series  :thumbsup: I'll never forget the shark hanging onto his leg as he climbed into the Batcopter, although that may have been the film ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 11, 2017, 04:37:57 am
That was the movie Chris but it was pretty much just a loooong episode anyway.

Here's one I built earlier.  The idea was Bruce Wayne upgraded and sent the old model to his cousin in Melbourne, Wayne Bruce* who used it for a little street racing.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/66%20Batmobiles/Streetfighter/BatmobileStreetfighter003_zps7e8509c7.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/66%20Batmobiles/Streetfighter/BatmobileStreetfighter003_zps7e8509c7.jpg.html)
Its the glue kit with the wheels replaced, a RHD conversion and a Ford Cammer engine which is a very snug fit.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/66%20Batmobiles/Streetfighter/BatmobileStreetfighter008_zps96236ec4.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/66%20Batmobiles/Streetfighter/BatmobileStreetfighter008_zps96236ec4.jpg.html)

* I mean, come on.  Bruce Wayne?  Is there any more Australian name than that?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 11, 2017, 04:57:35 am
Thought for the day.  If you are ever attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the Juggler...


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2017, 05:30:49 am
Love the Batmobile  :thumbsup:

Thought for the day.  If you are ever attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the Juggler...


Dear oh dear  :banghead: :banghead: Took my great niece to circus in South Shield Friday. I've always though there's something odd about clowns and those in this one just confirmed it. Kid's loved it though but I miss the animals.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 11, 2017, 05:56:36 am

Its the glue kit with the wheels replaced, a RHD conversion and a Ford Cammer engine which is a very snug fit.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/66%20Batmobiles/Streetfighter/BatmobileStreetfighter008_zps96236ec4.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/66%20Batmobiles/Streetfighter/BatmobileStreetfighter008_zps96236ec4.jpg.html)


Oh yes, love that Cammer engine.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 12, 2017, 02:20:58 am
Glad you like it guys.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 12, 2017, 02:43:41 pm
Man, that thing is awesome... Looks like a BEAST.  Them plug wires....   :wub:


RIP Mr. West. 
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 14, 2017, 03:37:50 am
Plug wires are relatively easy.  The trick is to get the firing order correct.

First stage PSR on Project Dehavira Canabera today followed by a shot coat of primer.  Not having black wings makes it a bit less batty.

Also got the second shade of blue onto the zenrat industries Ki-46iii.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2017, 05:20:11 am
Plug wires are relatively easy.  The trick is to get the firing order correct.



And you can tell from the wires ? Shows how little I know about cars and engines etc  ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on June 14, 2017, 08:17:05 am
Yep, although it's been so long I've forgotten the bang order for my old cars. Used to do 90% of the maintenance on my cars myself, back in the day.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 14, 2017, 10:44:11 pm
You really need to see the top of the distributor to tell.  I have a crib sheet I use which has firing order diagrams for most american V8 engines.
But really, as long as they are not "parted down the middle" then they look right and no-one's really going to check.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 15, 2017, 02:07:20 am
I did a dual dizzy drag racing 1967 Hemi Satellite once, from an MPC kit I think, and all those plug wires drove me NUTS!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 15, 2017, 02:43:22 am
I've never done a dual dizzy kit.  I've got a bagged Top Fuel engine in the car stash engines box.  Maybe I should shoehorn it into something inappropriate for the Sciffi GB?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 15, 2017, 03:28:59 am

I've never done a dual dizzy kit. 


Don't, that way lies madness.  ;D

Mind you, I like your Sci-Fi GB idea, under the hood (or through the hood...) of a Golf maybe?

I've already done similar silly things to a  Bond Bug.  ;D

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7533/5cyXDW.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 15, 2017, 05:13:04 am
Love the Bug.  What chassis did you use?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 15, 2017, 06:34:36 am
It's the roadster chassis from the Tony Nancy Revell 22 Jr dual kit, with a Ford Cammer engine from the original IMC Ford GT40 kit.

But the trick bit is that the body is 1/32 scale and all the rest is 1/24.  ;) ;D

Scale-o-rama to the max!

Oh yeah, I built it in 1972............  :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: kitnut617 on June 15, 2017, 07:53:32 am

Oh yeah, I built it in 1972............  :o

Nice build Kit, now where do you keep all your built kits ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on June 15, 2017, 07:59:24 am
A bit off topic but there are 'car' people reading this, so tell me...what is the reason for people sitting in their cars for twenty minutes waiting to pick up their kids from school leaving their engines running. Everyday I take a half-hour walk the long way round for extra exercise, and every day the same group of wan...er... parents are doing this. I have come that close to leaning in and turning the engines off. New model BMWs and Mercedes are included in this bunch of.....nice people :banghead:

Any reasonable reasons?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 15, 2017, 10:56:45 am

Oh yeah, I built it in 1972............  :o

Nice build Kit, now where do you keep all your built kits ?

The cars are all on shelves in the Model Room, but there's not many of them. The aircraft live in BIG cardboard boxes in layers of foam chips.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 15, 2017, 03:28:01 pm
Plug wires are relatively easy.  The trick is to get the firing order correct.
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 16, 2017, 03:21:16 am
A bit off topic but there are 'car' people reading this, so tell me...what is the reason for people sitting in their cars for twenty minutes waiting to pick up their kids from school leaving their engines running. Everyday I take a half-hour walk the long way round for extra exercise, and every day the same group of wan...er... parents are doing this. I have come that close to leaning in and turning the engines off. New model BMWs and Mercedes are included in this bunch of.....nice people :banghead:

Any reasonable reasons?

Climate control.  They need to keep cool in the unbearably hot British summer weather.
The fact that they are there 20 minutes early means that they are those who time their trip specifically in order to get the parks closest to the school gates so little Johnny doesn't have to walk too far or so that they don't have to walk to the school gates to find him.


Oh yeah, I built it in 1972............  :o

Nice build Kit, now where do you keep all your built kits ?

The cars are all on shelves in the Model Room, but there's not many of them. The aircraft live in BIG cardboard boxes in layers of foam chips.

Don't put car models in foam chips as the soft vinyl tyres will react badly with expanded polystyrene leaving a sticky mess.  Don't ask me how I know this.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on June 16, 2017, 04:37:25 am
A bit off topic but there are 'car' people reading this, so tell me...what is the reason for people sitting in their cars for twenty minutes waiting to pick up their kids from school leaving their engines running. Everyday I take a half-hour walk the long way round for extra exercise, and every day the same group of wan...er... parents are doing this. I have come that close to leaning in and turning the engines off. New model BMWs and Mercedes are included in this bunch of.....nice people :banghead:

Any reasonable reasons?

Climate control.  They need to keep cool in the unbearably hot British summer weather.
The fact that they are there 20 minutes early means that they are those who time their trip specifically in order to get the parks closest to the school gates so little Johnny doesn't have to walk too far or so that they don't have to walk to the school gates to find him.



EH? I've got an 11 year old Renault on its last legs and I don't needs the engine on to run the air-con, radio etc. Sure it'll put a drain on the battery but not much.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 16, 2017, 04:39:26 am
So here's Project Dehavira Canabera in all over grey primer.  More putty has been added since.
In the background is my "half a bedroom door" airfield diorama on which I am currently trying to get a good concrete effect on the runways.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Project%20DeHaviraCanaberra/Dehavira%20Canabera%20WIP%2015-6-17_zpsqiuspe11.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Project%20DeHaviraCanaberra/Dehavira%20Canabera%20WIP%2015-6-17_zpsqiuspe11.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 16, 2017, 06:06:40 am

Don't put car models in foam chips as the soft vinyl tyres will react badly with expanded polystyrene leaving a stick mess.  Don't ask me how I know this.


That's why they're on shelves. And I follow the same reasoning as you Fred, and for the same reason......  :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on June 16, 2017, 04:30:37 pm
Don't put car models in foam chips as the soft vinyl tyres will react badly with expanded polystyrene leaving a stick mess.  Don't ask me how I know this.

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic2502857.png)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 17, 2017, 06:46:56 am
A bit off topic but there are 'car' people reading this, so tell me...what is the reason for people sitting in their cars for twenty minutes waiting to pick up their kids from school leaving their engines running. Everyday I take a half-hour walk the long way round for extra exercise, and every day the same group of wan...er... parents are doing this. I have come that close to leaning in and turning the engines off. New model BMWs and Mercedes are included in this bunch of.....nice people :banghead:

Any reasonable reasons?

Climate control.  They need to keep cool in the unbearably hot British summer weather.
The fact that they are there 20 minutes early means that they are those who time their trip specifically in order to get the parks closest to the school gates so little Johnny doesn't have to walk too far or so that they don't have to walk to the school gates to find him.



EH? I've got an 11 year old Renault on its last legs and I don't needs the engine on to run the air-con, radio etc. Sure it'll put a drain on the battery but not much.

Well then perhaps they are all running turbos which need to idle down for 20 minutes before switching off?
The obvious reason of course is that they are morons.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 19, 2017, 12:59:28 am
Did some plumbing today - new valve on my rainwater tank after the old one, ahem "broke".
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/New%20Tank%20Valve%2019-6-17_zpsuc8xas57.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/New%20Tank%20Valve%2019-6-17_zpsuc8xas57.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 19, 2017, 01:08:14 am

Did some plumbing today - new valve on my rainwater tank after the old one, ahem "broke".


Does that mean it corroded away to nothing, or did you tread on it?  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 19, 2017, 01:49:55 am
There may have been an incident where someone who shall remain nameless might possibly have thought the valve was jammed open when infact it was stuck closed and in attempting to force it shut with a pair of stilsons someone may have accidentally snapped the internal thread and broken the operating wheel.  Allegedly.

Things were further complicated by the need to use a blowtorch to remove the old valve.

Now I want rain so I can see if anything leaks.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 19, 2017, 02:04:58 am
There may have been an incident where someone who shall remain nameless might possibly have thought the valve was jammed open when infact it was stuck closed and in attempting to force it shut with a pair of stilsons someone may have accidentally snapped the internal thread and broken the operating wheel.  Allegedly.

Things were further complicated by the need to use a blowtorch to remove the old valve.

Now I want rain so I can see if anything leaks.

Hehehe, been there, done that before.  ;D ;)

I try to go buy the old steam engineer's mantra (He may have been my Grandpa....) of when opening a valve fully, you open it to the stop and then back off 1/4 turn.

Then when you grab the handle you can tell if it's open or closed by the feel, if it moves it's open and if it doesn't it's closed.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on June 19, 2017, 02:15:12 am
Sounds like the old Mechanic's Rule of "It's tight enough when it gets to a 1/4 turn before shearing." ;D

Found that the hard way with a couple of wheel studs one time... I had forgotten they were a Left-Hand Thread...  :banghead:
Fortunately there were still 3 remaining to hold the wheel on...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 20, 2017, 04:44:21 am
I had a Ford Econovan (rebadged Mazda E series) which had LH studs on one side.
Smaahy The Van.  SWB 1800cc 4 cylinder donk on LPG under the seat.  No air con and no power steering but I fitted a huge original 1980s radio cassette deck with graphic equaliser.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 21, 2017, 03:33:28 pm
"If it ain't broke, fix it til it is!"   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on June 21, 2017, 11:29:04 pm
There may have been an incident where someone who shall remain nameless might possibly have thought the valve was jammed open when infact it was stuck closed and in attempting to force it shut with a pair of stilsons someone may have accidentally snapped the internal thread and broken the operating wheel.  Allegedly.

Things were further complicated by the need to use a blowtorch to remove the old valve.

Now I want rain so I can see if anything leaks.

Hehehe, been there, done that before.  ;D ;)

I try to go buy the old steam engineer's mantra (He may have been my Grandpa....) of when opening a valve fully, you open it to the stop and then back off 1/4 turn.

Then when you grab the handle you can tell if it's open or closed by the feel, if it moves it's open and if it doesn't it's closed.

That sounds just like my late father speaking! A heating design engineer, he learned his profession when designers had to do at least 6 months "out on the tools"  so that they understood what their fancy drawings meant to the blokes up the pointy end of the trade.

His other refrain to new designers was "It may look elegant on your drawing board, now imagine installing it down a trench on a rainy Thursday in November"
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 22, 2017, 04:10:29 am
I've done my share of rainy trench time over the years and hopefully I never have to do any again.

I have a new (to me) phone.  It has a much better camera than the old one so hopefully that's an end to the crappy out of focus WIP pics i've been posting.
This one I took without any additional lighting.  With the old phone it would have been a dark blur with crisply focussed tools in the background.  Now you can even clearly see the layer of sawdust that coated it when I was working on enlarging an old door.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Ki-46/Ki-46iii%20WIP%2022-06-17_zpsenl5jjed.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Ki-46/Ki-46iii%20WIP%2022-06-17_zpsenl5jjed.jpg.html)
It's an Arii Ki-46iii and it awaits zenrat industries decals.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 22, 2017, 05:59:26 am
A good looking airplane and a nice looking scheme
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 23, 2017, 04:01:33 am
Thanks Chris, it's the reverse of the scheme I used on the Caproni Ca 311
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Hobbes on June 23, 2017, 08:43:43 am

EH? I've got an 11 year old Renault on its last legs and I don't needs the engine on to run the air-con, radio etc. Sure it'll put a drain on the battery but not much.

No. The aircon definitely needs the engine running, because its compressor is driven directly by the engine*. So with the engine off you can have ventilation, but not air conditioning.

*: in some modern cars, it's run by an electric motor that draws far too much power to be run with the engine off.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on June 24, 2017, 02:39:56 pm

EH? I've got an 11 year old Renault on its last legs and I don't needs the engine on to run the air-con, radio etc. Sure it'll put a drain on the battery but not much.

No. The aircon definitely needs the engine running, because its compressor is driven directly by the engine*. So with the engine off you can have ventilation, but not air conditioning.

*: in some modern cars, it's run by an electric motor that draws far too much power to be run with the engine off.

A conspiracy between the Car manufacturers and Big Oil?

Surely not!

But then, it's only a 'conspiracy theory' until it's a proven fact... but good luck proving it...! :-X

Outta here before they come for me...  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 24, 2017, 09:58:24 pm

EH? I've got an 11 year old Renault on its last legs and I don't needs the engine on to run the air-con, radio etc. Sure it'll put a drain on the battery but not much.

No. The aircon definitely needs the engine running, because its compressor is driven directly by the engine*. So with the engine off you can have ventilation, but not air conditioning.

*: in some modern cars, it's run by an electric motor that draws far too much power to be run with the engine off.

A conspiracy between the Car manufacturers and Big Oil? ...

No, engineering.  Your battery wouldn't last long running the aircon without the alternator putting charge back into it.

No modelling this weekend as i'm on Uncle duty.
This has involved watching lots of Naruto (a ninja anime series - less shouty fighty than dragon ball z but still violent and too loud), Wall-E, and Maze Runner 1 & 2.
Disturbingly the chick in Maze Runner is the spitting image of a girl I work with sometimes.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on June 25, 2017, 12:15:29 am
True, but if they hadn't engineered it that way and instead gone with what already worked, the engine wouldn't have to run in order to recharge the battery...


... just saying...  &lt;_&lt;
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 25, 2017, 02:12:53 am
Who needs air-con anyway.  My first car didn't have it and my second did but it didn't work over 27C*.  You got used to driving with every window open hoping the hair dryer like wind blast would cool youslihgtly by evaporating the sweat pouring off you.

*I discovered this on a summer trip North with Mrs z and two adult friends.  This was also the trip where I discovered that with 4 adults and their luggage on board the outside edge of the wider than stock rear tyres rubbed on the inner lips of the rear wheel arches.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 25, 2017, 02:48:49 am
OooooOOooh... the Ki-46 looks lovely... I do love the blue hues! 

I also have the the hairdryer AC in my truck and I hate it. One of the things I've been wanting to fix on it. That and the door is about to fall off.. all the little widgets and springs and stuff that hold it on have fallen off and I have regular bolts in the slots.  Kinda janky.  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on June 26, 2017, 01:50:10 am
Yeah, I have to say I usually only use it to demist the windscreen, and sparingly at that - due to the experience of a previous car gifting me a swimming pool in the front passenger footwell whenever I used it for periods of time... that and I'm too stingy to waste the petrol running it!  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 26, 2017, 03:31:24 am
Battling with photo etch today for a 1/35 Kraz tank transporter.  Long thin guide rails which sit on the deck of the trailer.  Not one of my favourite things photo etch but I got one piece assembled and glued to the trailer deck and didn't lose any small parts.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2017, 06:06:57 am
When I got back into the hobby it has changed so much that I assumed the use of photo etch and resin was almost de-riguer. Whence I bought a lot of sets that are way to over complicated to use, for me anyway, and at the end of the day don't add much in the way that is visible to a model. There are somethings that benefit from its use however and this sounds like one of them.

I now sometimes use Eduard's Zoom sets or preferably the Yahu instrument panels which are cheap, ready assembled and great  :thumbsup: Even when I use etch belts I don't tend to use all the tiny parts. Credit to those who can but it's a bit beyond my hands and eyes nowadays.

Is your transporter going to be carrying a load ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 27, 2017, 01:54:29 am
I agree with you as regards etch.  A lot of the time I can't see the point of carving off acceptable styrene detail or battling with the really tiny parts some 1/72 sets contain.  However, in the case of the Kraz it's part of the kit - there is no option.  It's either pound it into submission or leave it off.
My Cat D9 Dozer build will be the load.
I completed the second long guide rail today.  There are also four short ones to build.  They should be easier.

I also decaled the Ki-46.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/PDRV/Ki-46/Ki-46iii%20WIP%2027-6-17_zpsecdxmnj8.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/PDRV/Ki-46/Ki-46iii%20WIP%2027-6-17_zpsecdxmnj8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 27, 2017, 06:03:09 am

My Cat D9 Dozer build will be the load.


Right  :thumbsup: I think you may have mentioned that at the time ; getting old  :banghead:

46 is looking gorgeous  :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 27, 2017, 03:17:29 pm
Ohh man!!! I can't wait to see this done!!!    :wub: :wub: :wub:   
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 28, 2017, 01:44:29 am

My Cat D9 Dozer build will be the load.


Right  :thumbsup: I think you may have mentioned that at the time ; getting old  :banghead:

46 is looking gorgeous  :wub:

We're all getting old Chris - you can't fight entropy.

I finished off the PE on the Kraz deck today.  I think that's it for multipart etch construction - the rest is just folding stuff.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Kraz/Kraz%20WIP%2028-6-17_zpsirypkbol.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Kraz/Kraz%20WIP%2028-6-17_zpsirypkbol.jpg.html)

As it wasn't raining today I could sand my door outside.  Winter temps and concern about lead in the old old paint led to this dress code.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Gav%20Sanding_zpsy42evozf.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Gav%20Sanding_zpsy42evozf.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on June 28, 2017, 06:14:39 am
Swear blind I've seen that in an old Dr Who ?  :angel:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on June 29, 2017, 02:06:03 am
Swear blind I've seen that in an old Dr Who ?  :angel:

Yeah - in NATO cam and in a Tube tunnel full of cotton wool...

Now I understand the Kookaburras laughing comment... ;-P
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on June 29, 2017, 03:57:33 am
WE ARE THE ZENRATIAN FLOUROBOT ARMY.  BRING US YOUR CITRUS AND SOMETHING TO WIPE OUR GLASSES WITH.

Not much to report today.  Some run of the mill glueing bits together and detail painting.  No photo etch was harmed (or involved).

On the non modelling side I obtained hinges and a latch, found my stash of art deco handles and chiselled and drilled my door in the relevant places to get them to fit.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 02, 2017, 04:54:23 am
It's amazing how one little change can make a big difference.
I made a stencil today and painted the runway number and a couple of other markings onto my "half a door diorama base".  It's really brought it to life.  I've got some detail painting to do on some parts of it and then I can flock the grass and it'll be photo time.

Painted the canopy on the Ki-46.  One of the many good things with these LS/Arii kits is that they have very distinct canopy framing which while maybe not prototypically accurate as far as size goes is a lot easier to paint than some I could name.

I have also decided on a scheme for Project Dehavira Canaberra.  SEAC -  Green and Brown over Azure with white theatre bands on wings and tail.  I found a three view on line yesterday which I have printed out but can I find it again to link to?
First coat of blue went on the underside today.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 04, 2017, 04:09:24 am
Underside is completed and now the upper side of the jet mosquito has had two coats of Dark Earth.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4054/35711863285_621c626321_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WpJCLM)Mosquito Jet WIP 04-07-17 (https://flic.kr/p/WpJCLM) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
In brown and white like this it reminds me of a flying cow or spaniel.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 04, 2017, 06:20:18 am
Gives a new meaning to the phrase "on the milk run"  ;D

Looks good and slightly surprising. Wasn't expecting brown
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 04, 2017, 11:52:52 am
Looks tasty... ok, i admit, i'm a sucker for chocolate! ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on July 04, 2017, 11:54:22 am
So...since it looks like a brown cow (http://www.npr.org/2017/06/16/533255590/alarming-number-of-americans-believe-chocolate-milk-comes-from-brown-cows), does it drop quarts of chocolate milk? :wacko:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 05, 2017, 01:33:34 am
Mmmmmmm, chocolate...
If you churned chocolate milk would you get chocolate butter?

Less bovine (and less chocolatey) now.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4241/35562502352_3c70a3343d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Wbx7Yh)DH Mosquito FB Mk44 WIP 5-7-17 (https://flic.kr/p/Wbx7Yh) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

That's 2 coats of both colours.

As for the name, I'm keeping it simple and going with Mosquito FB Mk44.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 05, 2017, 05:49:49 am
As I said I'm surprised by this colour scheme but it does look good  :thumbsup:

Mmmmmmm, chocolate...
If you churned chocolate milk would you get chocolate butter?



My lunch nearly had a look at the carpet  :banghead: I do like chocolate but as bars of or coating nuts, really don't like it mixed with other things, even coffee.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 05, 2017, 05:25:44 pm
Tee hee.

I'm thinking of it as an RAF or RAAF '46 build.
Ongoing operations against Japan from Northern Australia.  Maybe operating from Cape York across the Torres Strait against bases in West Papua where the Japanese have made a stand after being driven out of Far North Queensland.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 05, 2017, 06:12:54 pm
First off........ I am now considering making a P-47 in Holstein Cow livery. (I mean.. come on.. it's a JUG, right?? .....milk...jugs... surely I'm not the first to think of this??  It's going to happen, to hell with "considering".)   Second off, Look at this bad boy!!  Paint scheme surprise ?  .. ., yet does look familiar. . . .  ;)   

Menacing now... looks like a bat about to snatch someone up.  :mellow:

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 06, 2017, 03:47:29 am
Do it Brad C.  A jug in Holstein cowmooflage...
I had a google and found this.
(http://www.zenithair.com/stolch701/pic04/fly-cow7.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 06, 2017, 04:32:25 am
Here's some reference material for you Brad C.
Plenty of material here.  Can't wait to see a Highland SA Bulldog... ;D
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/0f/a5/0f/0fa50f8de417770143beb8fc1ca6264f.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on July 06, 2017, 04:37:33 am
Reminds me of one of my favourite toys...seen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y4URzD9wyE

My daughter absolutely adored it when she was a baby/toddler ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 06, 2017, 06:04:47 am
Why is it that it's only the Highland that is looking directly at the viewer ? Longhorn's close but not quite

"Who you lookin' at Jimmy" in a Glasgow accent  :angel:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 07, 2017, 03:03:57 am
Today I finished the base of the "half a door diorama".
So here's a sneak peek at a small section of zenrat industries home base at Dadswell Bridge.
The wooden sections at the back will have landscape painted on them.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4071/35604123292_ee4406b08b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WfdrqG)Dadswell Bridge Runway 23 7-7-17 (https://flic.kr/p/WfdrqG) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Rolling chassis of what used to be an AMT Tiger Shark is now together.  I need to find some brake drums for the front.  I'm pleased with this as I managed to get it together whilst retaining the working steering.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4141/35604114492_bd70ed7b8b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WfdoNY)Tiger Shark Rod WIP 7-7-17 (https://flic.kr/p/WfdoNY) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Jet Mossie paint is complete.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4290/35604118652_c418ff6bf4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Wfdq3G)Mosquito FB Mk44 WIP 7-7-17 (https://flic.kr/p/Wfdq3G) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
I found the page I got the scheme from.
(http://i.imgur.com/ELqQBK7.jpg)
http://live.warthunder.com/post/28010/

And finally, zenrat industries fast courier Ki-46iii 'Yasmeenah' is up on her wheels.  I love the shape of the reece nosed Dinahs.  So graceful.  Like the offspring of a tadpole and a swallow.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4241/35385711250_5dcb807fdf_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VUV28Q)Ki-46iii WIP 7-7-17 (https://flic.kr/p/VUV28Q) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 07, 2017, 03:12:34 am
Do it Brad C.  A jug in Holstein cowmooflage...
I had a google and found this.
(http://www.zenithair.com/stolch701/pic04/fly-cow7.jpg)


Definitely going to do it! I bet there's someone.. somewhere.. that has done it before... but I can't see any evidence of it! This could be a really unique whif plane and I bet it will look find! I'm even goin to paint the spinner and cowling lip that "pink cow nose and mouth" color.   ;D :laugh:

Here's some reference material for you Brad C.
Plenty of material here.  Can't wait to see a Highland SA Bulldog... ;D
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/0f/a5/0f/0fa50f8de417770143beb8fc1ca6264f.jpg)
It would be a strange looking bird I'd think.  I'd have to glue 1/72 tassles to it or something to properly mimic that things fur. Speaking of!! I've had my eye on a Bulldog for awhile that comes with a Tucano... more of my lovely red and white trainer stuff that I adore so it wouldn't be a wooly beast anyway!  ;D  Of course,,, nothing stopping me from getting more Bulldogs.   ;D

Reminds me of one of my favourite toys...seen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y4URzD9wyE

My daughter absolutely adored it when she was a baby/toddler ;D
Well that just seals the deal right there!!   ;D ;D ;D ;D

My mama kind of has a thing for the Holsteins...  for about 15 years or so everything everyone got her as gifts were cow decor so I have a boat load of reference material right in the kitchen.  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 07, 2017, 04:05:00 am
After taking the pic of the diorama thingo I flew the Bf 109 and the Bird Dog round the shed for a while but to my horror when I got back to the display case I realised the prop had fallen off the 109.  I crawled around the floor for a while until I found it - I didn't want to risk treading on it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 07, 2017, 05:57:12 am
Where does one start ?

The base is fantastic and the Jet Mossie and Ki-46 look wonderful and they aren't finished yet.

Well done sir  :bow: :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 07, 2017, 06:54:29 am
Thanks Chris.  However my proudest achievement is coming up with "cowmooflage"... ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on July 07, 2017, 06:22:17 pm
Thanks Chris.  However my proudest achievement is coming up with "cowmooflage"... ;D

That's entirely understandable.

Though the models and base are great, too.  :thumbsup:


Moo!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on July 08, 2017, 04:38:04 am
Bit off topic but does anyone remember a cartoon from around the late 80s/early 90s...been driving me crazy. Had a cow/bull as the lead character and he would say things like "What a revolting development". If a joke was cracked there was a sequence of some animal mad-laughing. That's all I can remember but I used to watch it during stints on night-security work.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 08, 2017, 05:42:48 am
Thanks Chris.  However my proudest achievement is coming up with "cowmooflage"... ;D

I've been very leniant so far this year, but that one has been noted  :angel:

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 08, 2017, 05:50:00 am
Hey, in my blog anything goes.
 :smiley:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 08, 2017, 06:59:58 am
So today I finished the Ki-46iii apart from the light in the nose, a pitot tube on one wing and stringing the radio aerial.
I also painted the background for the base white and gloss cleared the Jet Mossie.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on July 08, 2017, 02:23:16 pm
Bit off topic but does anyone remember a cartoon from around the late 80s/early 90s...been driving me crazy. Had a cow/bull as the lead character and he would say things like "What a revolting development". If a joke was cracked there was a sequence of some animal mad-laughing. That's all I can remember but I used to watch it during stints on night-security work.

This one?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414853/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Though as this is listed as 2006, probably not.
Maybe this?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0377143/?ref_=nv_sr_5
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 08, 2017, 03:12:17 pm
Bit off topic but does anyone remember a cartoon from around the late 80s/early 90s...been driving me crazy. Had a cow/bull as the lead character and he would say things like "What a revolting development". If a joke was cracked there was a sequence of some animal mad-laughing. That's all I can remember but I used to watch it during stints on night-security work.

Cow and chicken? Or maybe Ox tales?  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Librarian on July 08, 2017, 04:16:41 pm
OX TALES!!!! ;D ;D ;D Thank you...been driving me nuts. OCD can be a nightmare.

Apologies...back to the Flying Circus :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 08, 2017, 04:20:58 pm
I also watched it sometimes, must've been around 10 or 12 years old at the time, hilarious stuff. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 09, 2017, 02:06:22 am
No need to apologise Max.  Think of it as payback.

 ;D

So today I got artistic on the background for the airfield base, decaled the Jet Mosquito, painted some canopies and started work on the body of the lil Hot Rod.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4281/35641746022_962e752bc9_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Wixgms)Ki-46iii (https://flic.kr/p/Wixgms) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4279/35641758902_f34e06dbec_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Wixkbw)Jet Mosquito WIP 9-7-17 (https://flic.kr/p/Wixkbw) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 12, 2017, 02:46:10 am
Kraz Tank Transporter update.
The float is nearly complete.  It's a fair size.  Thats an A3 cutting mat its sitting on.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4329/35704615692_5a80e28c85_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Wp6ujh)Kraz WIP 12-7-17 (https://flic.kr/p/Wp6ujh) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on July 12, 2017, 04:04:38 am
Soze tha doza! :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 12, 2017, 05:58:42 am
Soze tha doza! :o

That was my first thought. Didn't realise it was that big
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 19, 2017, 01:33:36 am
Yep, a D9 is a big beast.  Operating weight of 49 Tons.
Here's one with a human bean for scale.
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KIQTa3B--T0/UETJ9jCmOMI/AAAAAAAABb8/L23w9bsg7XY/s1600/2.jpg)

Jet Mosquito is nearly finished.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4307/35180971114_39d589bd4d_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VAPF2u)2017-07-19_06-24-59 (https://flic.kr/p/VAPF2u) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 19, 2017, 01:58:51 pm
Jet Mosquito's looking gorgeous! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 20, 2017, 02:27:53 am
Thanks DFZ.
She got her teeth today.  4 x 50s and a 37mm.
The 60lb rockets are painted but need a coat of clear.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 21, 2017, 05:29:38 am
Jet Mosquito is done apart from the UC doors which need a whiff of satin clear and the attaching, a second coat of paint on the radio antenna and then a length of ezy line to rig the thing.

I've pulled a 1/72 Special Hobby CAC Wirraway out of the stash to do as a RW build and it's fighting me.  The interior is a very detailed multipart item but the instructions are very vague and some of the more fragile framework parts were broken on the sprues.  Still, its sort of coming together and will in the end be mostly hidden.

The "Landscape Painting" background for the diorama photo base is now complete (other than a coat of flat varnish) but being painted in oils it is still drying.  It's come out better than I thought it would.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 22, 2017, 03:37:51 am
Jet Mosquito finished today.  Pics tomorrow or Monday.

Fought a bit more with the Wirraway interior.  Broke some parts and found it then fitted better.  Came to the conclusion I had glued them in the wrong place due to the vaguely vague instructions.  Gave up looking at the instructions and used intuition instead.

Decided to also build something simpler so I pulled down this marvellous example of early 80's Hasegawa graphic design.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4321/36081476505_266559907f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WYoZUv)Kittyhawk Box Art (https://flic.kr/p/WYoZUv) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 22, 2017, 05:21:43 am
I remember that boxing well  :thumbsup:

I have a whole trove of Hasegawa kits of that generation for when I need a nice break or as an accompaniment for a more time consuming model, good choice.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 23, 2017, 05:14:32 am
I love the cartoonish look the shark/tiger mouth gives the picture.  I'm trying to figure out how to make it look like a carton in 3d.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 23, 2017, 07:01:12 am
I love the cartoonish look the shark/tiger mouth gives the picture.  I'm trying to figure out how to make it look like a carton in 3d.

I think the sharks mouth transfers need to be larger than 1/72 scale but not 1/48th ? Then it's down to how the eyes are placed in relation to the mouth I think ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 26, 2017, 04:54:36 am
Hmmmm, yes.  I could make bigger decals or just paint a bigger mouth.
The eyes definitely need to be bigger.
I'll undercoat it in white and try drawing some ideas on it to see how they look.
Colours also need to be bold solid colours - no subtle shades.
Today I carved off the exhausts (moulded in situ) with a view to replacing them with bigger ones.  I also found a bigger wider replacement prop which I cut down and reshaped making it more paddle like.
Both changes I feel will add to the cartoon look.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 27, 2017, 02:21:19 am
The spinners in my engines and propellers box are all either bigger or smaller than the diameter of the Kittyhawk's nose.
I have therefore selected one smaller and am extending the nose with styrene sheet which I will file to a taper.  So far I have added 2 layers of 1.5 mm thick card.
Is a Kittyhawk a raptor which feeds on cats?

I have also succeeded in forcing the interior of the Wirraway into the fuselage.  And without resorting to a hammer!
As it's an Australian aircraft i've painted the interior Colourbond Rivergum from a rattle can intended for touching up sheds.  I think that is appropriate.
Once everything was adjusted or replaced after I broke it it fitted quite well.  The fuselage halves coming together neatly.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 27, 2017, 06:09:39 pm
The spinners in my engines and propellers box are all either bigger or smaller than the diameter of the Kittyhawk's nose.
I have therefore selected one smaller and am extending the nose with styrene sheet which I will file to a taper.  So far I have added 2 layers of 1.5 mm thick card.
Is a Kittyhawk a raptor which feeds on cats?

I have also succeeded in forcing the interior of the Wirraway into the fuselage.  And without resorting to a hammer!
As it's an Australian aircraft i've painted the interior Colourbond Rivergum from a rattle can intended for touching up sheds.  I think that is appropriate.
Once everything was adjusted or replaced after I broke it it fitted quite well.  The fuselage halves coming together neatly.



 ;D ;D  Well on your way, bud!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Flyer on July 29, 2017, 08:14:17 pm

Is a Kittyhawk a raptor which feeds on cats?


Yup! :wacko:

Eagle/Hawk/Kite/Falcon inspired paint job in order? ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 29, 2017, 09:55:02 pm

Is a Kittyhawk a raptor which feeds on cats?


Yup! :wacko:

Eagle/Hawk/Kite/Falcon inspired paint job in order? ;D

No, not on this one Brad F.  Raptors tend to be shades of brown which is a bit drab.  Now Parrots on the other hand...   :wacko:

The Kittyhawk will be in an almost RW scheme.  I'm still thinking about colours but currently am favouring a desert scheme of yellow and brown over sky blue.

Did I mention I was working on another van?
I'm working on another van.  It's a Japanese kit (Aoshima?) of a Mitsubishi Delica 4wd minibus thing.  Lets just say it's going to be armed, beaten up, painted red and named "Post Apocalypse".  I've been wrapping the steering wheel and patching the seats with silver painted 2mm masking tape to replicate duct tape.

Regarding the Wirraway.  I had to amputate the front portion of the interior floor in order for the wings to fit.  Not sure if that was due to me gluing parts in the wrong place (if so, it's not obvious) or the kit design.  Whatever, the part I cut off can't be seen when its all closed up anyway.
IIRC Special Hobby also do a 1/48 Wirrraway.  Could problems be due to the 1/72 example being  pantographed from that kit?
It could just be me of course, but I never have these issues with longer run kits.
Still, it's character building stuff which will stand me in good stead when I attempt on of the A Model Yaks in the stash.

The Kraz trailer is in primer.  I am at the stage of putting together.  The thing has hollow vinyl tyres which exhibit a common problem of the type - they are narrower at the bead than the rims are, leaving an unsightly gap.  Stuffing the tyres with tissue paper should do the trick.  It'll have to as I can't find any resin wheels with sagged tyres for this kit.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on July 30, 2017, 02:53:21 am
Did I mention I was working on another van?
I'm working on another van.  It's a Japanese kit (Aoshima?) of a Mitsubishi Delica 4wd minibus thing.  Lets just say it's going to be armed, beaten up, painted red and named "Post Apocalypse".  I've been wrapping the steering wheel and patching the seats with silver painted 2mm masking tape to replicate duct tape.

Can't wait for this one! Although I'd be naming it "Apocalypse Post". ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 30, 2017, 06:56:53 am
I've built the Special Hobby Wirraway and can sympathise as it was an absolute  :banghead: I think they just over extended themselves if I'm honest, especially with the interior. It looked very nice but seemed to have been designed by someone who wasn't talking to whoever designed the main fuselage mouldings. I must admit you can get that with SH of that period as they were pushing the limits of their abilities. They have obviously learned from all of that as their latest kits have been really good (My Gnat is on here) and they also seem to have reached the stage where resin is no longer necessary for smaller bits and bobs, thus possibly one designer and no communications problems ?

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 31, 2017, 01:53:00 am
I think you are right Chris as the wings didn't want to have anything to do with the fuselage and I had to trim away more floor, sections of undercarriage housing and the top of the wheel bays
They are now glued firmly in place but with horrendous gaps along the wing roots.  These could have been avoided by moving the upper wing parts inboard but then the raised rib which runs round the entire wing would not line up on the leading and trailing edges.
Engine, exhaust and cowling are resin.  The cowling looks warped.  It has a distinct oval shape which I think isn't prototypical.  I'll try hot water but at least SH include styrene parts if I screw it up.

The Hasegawa Kittyhawk on the other hand is, in comparison a delight to build.
Nose is now built up enough for the replacement spinner to fit and i've attached the lower wings half.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4310/35448439744_6a2c55ed82_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/W1sw8A)Kittyhawk WIP 31-7-17 (https://flic.kr/p/W1sw8A) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

I took a cigarette lighter to the Delica body today to add some dings and dents.  I got a bit carried away and have had to remove and replace a couple of melted sections of the rear door.  Ooops.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on July 31, 2017, 05:53:05 am

I took a cigarette lighter to the Delica body today to add some dings and dents.  I got a bit carried away and have had to remove and replace a couple of melted sections of the rear door.  Ooops.

Ah memories of trying to add "battle damage" as a kid. Used to try and use the gas ring on the oven ; with some interesting results  ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 31, 2017, 07:24:44 am

I took a cigarette lighter to the Delica body today to add some dings and dents.  I got a bit carried away and have had to remove and replace a couple of melted sections of the rear door.  Ooops.

Ah memories of trying to add "battle damage" as a kid. Used to try and use the gas ring on the oven ; with some interesting results  ;)


I've still got a couple of those IMC (?) 'Battle Damaged' Viet Nam area kits in The Loft, a Mig-21 and an F-4 I think.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on July 31, 2017, 04:55:14 pm

I took a cigarette lighter to the Delica body today to add some dings and dents.  I got a bit carried away and have had to remove and replace a couple of melted sections of the rear door.  Ooops.

Ah memories of trying to add "battle damage" as a kid. Used to try and use the gas ring on the oven ; with some interesting results  ;)


I've still got a couple of those IMC (?) 'Battle Damaged' Viet Nam area kits in The Loft, a Mig-21 and an F-4 I think.

For dents in car bodies a ciggie lighter is fine.  The trick is to hold the body next to the flame not above it.  I was doing this but neglected realising that while the corner of the rear bumper was next to the flame the tailgate was above it.
D'oh!
The plastic the bodies are made of is usually so thick that small to medium dents can be made by gouging and sanding,
For major damage cut the panel off and make a replica out of thick foil (pie tray or milo tin foil are ideal) and crumple it.
For rust, with a dremel (on slow or it will melt the plastic) grind away the inside of the body until it becomes wafer thin and then poke it away.
When modelling missing body trim drill holes to resemble the mounting hardware but do it before you carve/sand the trim off so you know where to put the holes.
Use rock salt to replicate broken windscreens.
Here are a couple I did earlier.  The Chevy surf wagon won peoples' choice at the first show I entered.  Which was nice.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4317/35764764201_37a005cfc6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WupLnx)65Chevelle005 (https://flic.kr/p/WupLnx) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4241/35764763311_cccdef7e8e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WupL7c)65Chevelle010 (https://flic.kr/p/WupL7c) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
It has a wet suit (rubber glove material), sleeping bag (blue disposable overall material and felt), blankets (felt) and an esky (resin) inside and I cut and lowered the rear seats.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4208/35086741213_ba2b7f93a5.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VsuHL2)65ChevelleWIP21-05-08 (https://flic.kr/p/VsuHL2) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4216/35045948943_f67beeb3d3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VoTDD2)25TTallTRatRod008_zpsd1824a9a (https://flic.kr/p/VoTDD2) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 31, 2017, 06:16:44 pm
Loooooooove that wagon...    :wub: :wub: :wub:   :bow: :bow: 
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 01, 2017, 03:12:27 am
It's an AMT '65 Chevelle Wagon.  Originally an annual promo the kit (and the '65 El Camino which shares a lot of the parts) has an "all moulded in one" chassis, very limited under bonnet detail and a hole through the engine for the front axle.
Body is good though which is the first thing you look at.

Here is the front seat area of the Delica.  Seats are from my parts boxes.  I swapped them because they had more of a pattern moulded into them which would look better through the duct tape.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4292/36307346975_4fe0fd7095_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XjmDjX)Delica WIP 1-7-17 02 (https://flic.kr/p/XjmDjX) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

And the wonderfully fitting Wirraway.  Left wing root is OK, but the right one...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4294/35500280813_3ce88c3648_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/W63dF8)Wirraway WIP 1-8-17 01 (https://flic.kr/p/W63dF8) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 01, 2017, 05:51:18 am
That Cheve is fantastic  :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on August 01, 2017, 06:20:35 am
Does your photo deceive me, or is that Chevelle right-hand-drive? :unsure:

I hope my "revised" Special Hobby Boomerang goes together better than that! :o

(I've got another older version but that's going to be kitbashed with a FW.190A-8 into one of apophenia's wonderful creations. ;D )
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 01, 2017, 11:18:23 pm
I have an Airfix Boomerang which I suspect will go together much easier.

The Chevelle is LHD although now when I build a car I generally convert them to RHD (I didn't back then).  The Delica is RHD because it is a Japanese kit.

No modelling today as i've been smitten with lurgi.  The snotgoblin has paid me a visit and filled my head up.  Wouldn't have been so bad if I didn't have to get up early and drive Mrs z to the airport.  Still, she got over this lurgi in 24 hrs and so shall I.
Treatment consists of drinking tea (can't face coffee - I must really be ill!) and watching some of the crappy old movies i've collected and never looked at.  Currently it's Moonrunners (James Mitchum - 1975) which was the prototype for The Dukes of Hazzard.  It's very poor, making the DoH look good!
Still I also have a new Airfix Model World to help pass the time.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on August 02, 2017, 02:04:04 am
Doh! Now I've re-read your post, you were obviously talking about 2 different cars! :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

I blame premature Alzheimer's, eternal sleep deprivation (I never get enough) & glue ... Not necessarily in that order. ;)

Unfortunately Airfix don't make a 1/48 Boomerang, to my knowledge. :(
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 02, 2017, 05:05:23 am
...Unfortunately Airfix don't make a 1/48 Boomerang, to my knowledge. :(

Maybe they should find one to LIDAR so they can make a new one?  There must be one left somewhere.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on August 02, 2017, 05:42:48 am
They actually have a number to chose from;

Quote from: wikipedia
Surviving aircraft
A46-30 – CA-12 on static display at the RAAF Museum in Point Cook, Victoria.
A46-63 – CA-12 airworthy with Boomerang Aviation Pty of Mile End South, South Australia. (It first flew again on 26 June 2009. The restoration includes the provision of a passenger seat.)
A46-XX Body
A46-89 – CA-12 under restoration to airworthy Status, by Ian Baker. Sydney, New South Wales.
A46-XX Body
A46-90 – CA-12 under restoration to airworthy Status, by Ian Baker. Sydney, New South Wales.
A46-122 "Suzy Q" – CA-13 airworthy at the Temora Aviation Museum in Temora, New South Wales.
A46-XX Body
A46-140 – CA-13 under restoration to airworthy Status, by Ian Baker. Sydney, New South Wales.
A46-206 "Milingimbi Ghost" – CA-19 on static display at the Museum of Australian Army Flying in Oakey, Queensland. It was previously owned by Lynette Zuccoli in Toowoomba, Queensland.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 02, 2017, 09:28:50 am
Feel better!!!

I have an Airfix boomerang in the stash, too. Definitely looking forward to building it. Will be "historically accurate" because the subject matter is really neat as-is. 

Seems a bit hard to find a Wirraway I can live with but I've my eye on one made by MPM that's $5 cheaper than one by SH.  Short run, too, but I wonder how it goes together?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 03, 2017, 05:30:42 am
It's not too hard getting the SH one to go together.  It's just that it should got together without all the hassle plus i'm going to lose a lot of nice engraved detail sanding it.

I'm dosing myself with cold & flu drugs.  I managed to go shopping this morning to load up with staples (bread, milk, bacon, mandarins, steaks) and did some puttying in the shed before deciding to was too cold & damp down there and retreating to the house with the Avrocar and some decals.  I've since been binge watching Parks & Recreation.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 03, 2017, 06:05:17 am


Seems a bit hard to find a Wirraway I can live with but I've my eye on one made by MPM that's $5 cheaper than one by SH.  Short run, too, but I wonder how it goes together?

I didn't realise they'd done one. It's a 1996 tooling, so should be reasonable. However I don't know if the SH kit is simply this one that's been updated ? All part of the same family
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 03, 2017, 07:06:03 am
It's not too hard getting the SH one to go together.  It's just that it should got together without all the hassle plus i'm going to lose a lot of nice engraved detail sanding it.

I'm dosing myself with cold & flu drugs.  I managed to go shopping this morning to load up with staples (bread, milk, bacon, mandarins, steaks) and did some puttying in the shed before deciding to was too cold & damp down there and retreating to the house with the Avrocar and some decals.  I've since been binge watching Parks & Recreation.

I must be losing my mind because I'm almost envious.  ;D 


Seems a bit hard to find a Wirraway I can live with but I've my eye on one made by MPM that's $5 cheaper than one by SH.  Short run, too, but I wonder how it goes together?

I didn't realise they'd done one. It's a 1996 tooling, so should be reasonable. However I don't know if the SH kit is simply this one that's been updated ? All part of the same family
Interesting. If I pick up this MPM one then I'll take some pictures and we can all compare notes and see what the plastic has to say.  :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 04, 2017, 03:59:49 am
The plastic on mine was saying "F**K OFF AND LEAVE ME ALONE".

You don't want this lurgi Brad C.  It's not worth it (although I could send you some used tissues if you want to try and catch it).
I still have a head full of snot but the drugs are keeping the worst at bay.  Lack of motivation to do anything is the problem (well, that's always the problem, it's just worse now).  I did however do some building down in the shed.  Just tinkering with some car builds mainly but I did prime the Kittyhawk.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 04, 2017, 09:12:20 am
The plastic on mine was saying "F**K OFF AND LEAVE ME ALONE".

 ;D ;D ;D

Quote
You don't want this lurgi Brad C.  It's not worth it (although I could send you some used tissues if you want to try and catch it).
I still have a head full of snot but the drugs are keeping the worst at bay.  Lack of motivation to do anything is the problem (well, that's always the problem, it's just worse now).  I did however do some building down in the shed.  Just tinkering with some car builds mainly but I did prime the Kittyhawk.

Yeah, you're right, you can keep the crud. The only bit I liked was the binge watching TV inside on a cold day. I'm just ready for this infernal heat to go away!

Hell, I'm just glad I've managed to stay healthy during these hot months... last spring when I went to the doctor and came down with that real bad whatever it was a nightmare but at least it wasn't as hot then. Problem is... I have another appointment the 17th of this month. Depending on the weather I may cancel that one because if it's 100+ degrees like normal in August I can't risk coming down with anything.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 06, 2017, 03:47:28 am
I try to visit the doctors surgery as little as possible because there are just too many sick people hanging out there.
I reckon kids are the worst disease vectors.  Schools are like swap meets for sickness and then some parents don't seem to think it important to teach their kids to cover their mouths when they cough and splutter.

Anyway, i'm feeling better today.  I've decided to stop taking the cold & flu drugs as they were making me feel nauseous, dehydrated and slightly absent.  They helped while the nose was flowing but thats stopped now.  I just have to shake the wheeze and cough.  At least since I quit smoking I no longer cough up phlegm with dark lumps in when i'm ill...

Anyway,  that's enough disgusting details of the various types of mucus I am emitting.
While sitting in front of the TV in the warm house yesterday I stuffed the tank transporter trailer tyres with tissue.  I did this because they were not wide enough at the bead meaning there would be a gap around the wheel rims.
Today I glued the rims together and put them (temporarily) on the trailer.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4383/35565878924_1c8efd4ac5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WbQqH3)KRAZ WIP 6-8-17 03 (https://flic.kr/p/WbQqH3) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
As you can prolly tell by the colours, it is not going to be a military rig.

I also got the Wirraway ready for primer, painted the first camo colour on the Kittyhawk, wired a 1/25 hot rod engine and glued the last wing parts onto an MPM Me 262 (terrible fit.  Lee has explained why elsewhere - they use parts from 2 different manufacturers and have you trim parts to fit.  They provide measurements but they are way off).  The 262 is the bomb part of a Mistel which is why it has no cockpit.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4385/35593325053_abdfac2bfe_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Weg6ua)WIPs 6-8-2017 (https://flic.kr/p/Weg6ua) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 06, 2017, 05:52:38 am
Gross, dude!!  ;D ;D

Glad you are feeling better!

Trailer is looking good and I dig the camo on the Kittyhawk so far.

Kit pieces from different manufacturers...  hmmm.....  I have a couple of Valom XP-75s. When I checked out the plastic I noticed that, on the wings, they have you saw the wing tips off only to turn around and glue separate ones back on. Could it be these are like that, too? Otherwise, it doesn't make much sense to me to mold wings only to cut them apart and glue other wing tips on. Needless work, for sure, unless there is some other reason for it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 06, 2017, 07:32:43 am
Nice progress shots mate - glad you're feeling better  :thumbsup:


Kit pieces from different manufacturers...  hmmm.....  I have a couple of Valom XP-75s. When I checked out the plastic I noticed that, on the wings, they have you saw the wing tips off only to turn around and glue separate ones back on. Could it be these are like that, too? Otherwise, it doesn't make much sense to me to mold wings only to cut them apart and glue other wing tips on. Needless work, for sure, unless there is some other reason for it.

For smaller manufacturers like Valom (and I've a few of their kits) it's just makes better economic sense and to be fair to them it's easier as well.  Sometimes a relatively simple change that you describe would require major changes to the moulds, maybe so major that you couldn't produce anymore copies of the original model. Far easier to add bits rather than change bits.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 06, 2017, 07:47:44 am
Nice progress shots mate - glad you're feeling better  :thumbsup:


Kit pieces from different manufacturers...  hmmm.....  I have a couple of Valom XP-75s. When I checked out the plastic I noticed that, on the wings, they have you saw the wing tips off only to turn around and glue separate ones back on. Could it be these are like that, too? Otherwise, it doesn't make much sense to me to mold wings only to cut them apart and glue other wing tips on. Needless work, for sure, unless there is some other reason for it.

For smaller manufacturers like Valom (and I've a few of their kits) it's just makes better economic sense and to be fair to them it's easier as well.  Sometimes a relatively simple change that you describe would require major changes to the moulds, maybe so major that you couldn't produce anymore copies of the original model. Far easier to add bits rather than change bits.

That makes sense. When I was reading up on the planes themselves Wiki said that when they designed it they used things from existing craft, like wings from a Mustang, etc. Looks like Valom did the same thing.

These two kits look really nice! Even the packaging looks really nice to my eye. Should be interesting builds when I get to them years from now..    ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 06, 2017, 08:13:08 am

These two kits look really nice! Even the packaging looks really nice to my eye. Should be interesting builds when I get to them years from now..    ;D

Interesting is the right word for Valom, especially the earlier kits  ;) Take your time and work on something that you know will fall together at the same time and you'll be o.k.

I've got a P.75 in the stash but it's the Airacuda I'm really trying to get the courage up to tackle  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 06, 2017, 12:05:38 pm
I had to look that one up. Wow!!  What a cool airplane!!!! Adding it to my wish list...   :thumbsup: ;D

Thanks for the tip...  I will do that, instead of trying to build them both at the same time.  :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 06, 2017, 06:14:36 pm
Anyone who manages to build a Valom Lockheed XFV and gets the contra props to rotate while remaining concentric should be both rewarded and watched carefully for signs of trauma.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 06, 2017, 10:33:00 pm

Anyone who manages to build a Valid Lockheed XFV and gets the contra props to rotate while remaining concentric should be both rewarded and watched carefully for signs of trauma.


Is that a predictive text version of 'Valom' perchance?  ;D ;D

I've got one of those kits, so forewarned is forearmed, thanks.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 07, 2017, 01:38:45 am
It is indeed.  Thank you Kit.
Bloody predictive nonsense.

It is of course possible to just glue all the relative prop parts together looking spot on. It would however be nice if they rotated.
I got mine to rotate but something was off centre and they only lined up in one position.

I put a second colour on the Kittyhawk today.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4382/36375539706_3dbe19f77a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Xqo9DG)Kittyhawk WIP 07-08-2017 (https://flic.kr/p/Xqo9DG) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
That's Pale Sand and USAF Brown.  I wanted something different from the usual Middle Stone & Dark Earth.  The underside is Sky Blue.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 08, 2017, 04:17:31 am
A second coat of the Pale Sand on the Kittyhawk today and continuing with my "siblings" build concept I pulled out an Airfix Typhoon which I will finish in a matching scheme.

The Wirraways resin cowling was warped so I found a 1/25 car wheel that fitted, jammed it into the cowling and sat it in almost boiling water.  Hopefully that will have brought it back into round.

The Me 262 got some more PPP on wing joints and engine cowlings.  I'm PSRing this in stages as I assemble it as I think if I left it to when it was all together I would have trouble getting into all the corners.

Mrs z asked me why I hadn't yet built the Kawanishi Mavis she gave me yesterday and as I was explaining that I needed to get inspiration for whiffing it, and what whiffing was she said "oh, like if you made it a steam punk flying boat".
So that's one idea for it.  Maybe part of Captain Fat Hamster's Sky Pirates air fleet?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 08, 2017, 08:52:45 am

Mrs z asked me why I hadn't yet built the Kawanishi Mavis she gave me yesterday and as I was explaining that I needed to get inspiration for whiffing it, and what whiffing was she said "oh, like if you made it a steam punk flying boat".
So that's one idea for it.  Maybe part of Captain Fat Hamster's Sky Pirates air fleet?


Does it come with a beaching trolley?  ;D

If so you could add a boiler and a 2 cylinder engine to move it up the beach.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 09, 2017, 04:22:50 am
It has smallish wheels attached to the sides of the hull and a small trolley at the back.
Having seen Kit's marvellous trolley i'm tempted to create something similar (but much simpler).

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 10, 2017, 04:19:31 am
Primer on the Me 262 "bomb" today.  I had a moment of panic yesterday when I couldn't find the stabilisers or the rudder.
According to the sprue map in the destructions they should have been together on a small sprue.  This was a pre-loved kit but the sprues were bagged so I couldn't blame anyone but myself.
This kit has the "bomb" and launching trolley in one box and the "bomber" in the other and upon checking the "bomber" box I discovered that the sprues for that aircraft included two rudders and four stabilisers.  Obviously MPM had changed the sprue layout without changing the destructions.  Or the map was just wrong.
I'm toying with replacing the bomber nose Me 262 "bomber" with a Bf109 or Fw190 so I can keep it as a stand alone build.

Hot water and a wheel fixed the Wirraway cowling but it needed some serious fettling in order to fit snugly.  Exhaust cut outs had to be filed.  I also had to rebuild the inner lip at the front after I trimmed off a bit too much when cleaning it up and making the hole round.  With the (resin) engine glued in place (it had to be to check the cowling fit) it got a coat of primer yesterday followed by more filler where needed today.

The Delica is on hold.  I've primed it again over the "damage" I added but I am waiting for some plastic rings I ordered from Evil-Bay with which I shall be building a mounting for a 0.5" machine gun.  I did however have a burst of enthusiasm and made progress with a '68 Mustang Cobra Jet Super Stock I have been slowly putting together.  It's a Revell kit and they used their 1/25 die cast moulds.  This means that the construction is a bit simplified in places (its designed to be assembled very quickly by cheap labour in far east factories) but it should look OK with paint detailing and modifying the more crass simplifications like the front axle through the engine which I have engineered away with stub axles and the hole filled.

Kittyhawk is nearly ready for clear and decals while it's sibling Typhoon is delayed as I have realised that I can't do my usual trick and slot the pilot into his seat just before attaching the canopy as he's too wide and will need to be in his seat when the fuselage is closed up.  No progress can therefore be made until he is painted.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 10, 2017, 06:07:33 am
Your having fun with the Wirraway, aren't you ?  ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on August 10, 2017, 02:16:44 pm

Kittyhawk is nearly ready for clear and decals while it's sibling Typhoon is delayed as I have realised that I can't do my usual trick and slot the pilot into his seat just before attaching the canopy as he's too wide and will need to be in his seat when the fuselage is closed up.  No progress can therefore be made until he is painted.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_uftS6mzejo/VeLj9-86eiI/AAAAAAAAd18/cfjJbBCcOl4/s1600/vlcsnap-00425.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 11, 2017, 02:07:50 am
Your having fun with the Wirraway, aren't you ?  ;)

Actually, I am enjoying it.  If every kit fell together without a problem then I think i'd soon get bored.  The combination of good kits, less good kits, simple kits, complicated kits, whiffs, kit bashes and scratchbuilding keeps me interested.  It just gets frustrating when something I think is going to be one thing turns out to be another.
But then i've now bought enough A Model and early Special Hobby/MPM kits to know not to get too excited about the subject until I see inside the box.
The Wirraway caught me out as it looked good but turned out to be a little too complex for its own good.  I think they were being a bit too ambitious when they designed it.
But, as a wise man once said there are no bad kits, just challenges.  And i'm beating this one.
A touch of sanding and more primer today.  I'll look at rescribing lost detail next and then colour.


Kittyhawk is nearly ready for clear and decals while it's sibling Typhoon is delayed as I have realised that I can't do my usual trick and slot the pilot into his seat just before attaching the canopy as he's too wide and will need to be in his seat when the fuselage is closed up.  No progress can therefore be made until he is painted.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_uftS6mzejo/VeLj9-86eiI/AAAAAAAAd18/cfjJbBCcOl4/s1600/vlcsnap-00425.jpg)

I'd forgotten about the P40 in 1941.  Unfortunately Hasegawa mould their pilot as a slim chap in RAF flying gear complete with Mae West (interesting considering i've given it a desert paint job) rather than someone with a shape more like John Belushi.
Attached exhausts to the Kittyhawk today (Revell Lancaster) painted them and then touched up the paint around them.
And then touched up the paint around them again but this time with the correct colour.  I then gloss cleared it ready for decals.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 11, 2017, 06:15:52 am


Actually, I am enjoying it.  If every kit fell together without a problem then I think i'd soon get bored.  The combination of good kits, less good kits, simple kits, complicated kits, whiffs, kit bashes and scratchbuilding keeps me interested.  It just gets frustrating when something I think is going to be one thing turns out to be another.

But then i've now bought enough A Model and early Special Hobby/MPM kits to know not to get too excited about the subject until I see inside the box.
The Wirraway caught me out as it looked good but turned out to be a little too complex for its own good.  I think they were being a bit too ambitious when they designed it.


Yup. That's why when I have 3 kits going at a time (currently 4) I like to have a variety of quality going on. Agree re SH being a tad to ambitious with the Wirraway. Given the quality of their Gnat and Mirage F.1 it would be interesting to see what they'd do with it today. It came just a year or so early, before they made the leap forward that they have now. The only problem is that they, like a lot of manufacturers, have a strange definition of the word NEW. You have to be very careful when reading that in a product description as sometimes it just means new parts, and they forget to mention that in their blurb unless you read the small print.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 11, 2017, 06:53:41 pm
...The only problem is that they, like a lot of manufacturers, have a strange definition of the word NEW. You have to be very careful when reading that in a product description as sometimes it just means new parts, and they forget to mention that in their blurb unless you read the small print.

Which is where scalemates comes in handy.  Or asking here.
Can't always do that though if one is in a shop browsing the shelves.
I have a number of other MPM/Special Hobby kits;
I also had an MPM Spitfire MK XVIII of which Lee said "the whole front end is wrong being a distinct banana shape, the gull wing isn't pronounced enough, the area behind the cockpit is cut away under the canopy when the fuselage should continue (see the far superior Heller 16 and Airfix 22) and the wheels are crap".  It had a strange rough texture on some parts, oodles of flash and you needed to cut down the fuselage to build it as a bubble top.  I used it for parts.  The wings went onto an Me 109 fuselage.

No modelling scheduled today as I am on Uncle duty.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 12, 2017, 02:06:31 am
I've more SH/MPM/Azure kits then all the others in the stash I think ? Definately by far my most "popular" manufacturer in terms of purchases. I think it's the eclectic nature of their choices ?

The Ju 87 has come out in at least 3 boxing's, I've all of them  :angel:,. The earliest looks very simple and limited run, the latter boxings look far more professional. Only built the early boxing and it went together o.k. as long as you accepted it wasn't a Tamiya kit.

Just checked ; I still have 3 of the most recent boxing's, all different  :angel:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 12, 2017, 03:18:22 am
I have more Airfix than anything else closely followed by Hasegawa.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 13, 2017, 04:30:20 am
I went to decal the Kittyhawk today, but who would have thought that 30 year old Hasegawa decals would have refused to release from the backing paper and then when peeled off would have exhibited a weird pimpley texture?
Mind you, even if they had worked they were too translucent.
I have enough spare RAF/RAAF etc roundels to piece something together but I really wanted a shark mouth on this one.
I could have painted one but if I was going to do that I should have done it before putting on the camo and clear.
So, there will be a slight delay while an envelope wings its way to me.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 13, 2017, 05:17:49 am

I have enough spare RAF/RAAF etc roundels to piece something together but I really wanted a shark mouth on this one.
I could have painted one but if I was going to do that I should have done it before putting on the camo and clear.
So, there will be a slight delay while an envelope wings its way to me.

I note the bottom line, but I've loads if air mail from the UK is ok ?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 14, 2017, 03:07:39 am
Thanks for the offer Chris.
I found Hannats would sell me a P-40 set with an RAF sharks mouth, some US with interesting chequered tails, pre war US (always useful) and a Finnish scheme.  And in order to make it up to their minimum for overseas shipping I added a sheet of various sized RAAF & RNZAF roundels and a South/Central American P-47 set (Mexico, Columbia, Venuzuela & Cuba - yes Brad C, a Cuban NMF Jug could be on its way).

Continued with the fiddley bits on the Kittyhawk today.  I'll decal it later (hoping I don't break any bits off).
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4362/36392915982_bab1300f8b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XrVd1E)Kittyhawk WIP 14-8-17 (https://flic.kr/p/XrVd1E) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
I'm getting on with the Typhoon but Airfix are bugging me by listing colour callouts as Humbrol codes without listing the names anywhere on the destruction sheet.

Wirraway is, unless I find yet more PSR to do ready for some rescribing and then paint.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4409/36423011891_a760cf5c14_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XuzstD)Wirraway WIP 14-8-17 (https://flic.kr/p/XuzstD) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Me 262 "bomb" is also at the rescribing stage.  I've been pondering if when in service the bottom half would have had a different nose (shaped charge) like the Ju88 Mistel "bombs" did.  Shame to spoil such a great shape though - IMO it looks even betterer without a canopy.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4432/36561221665_8bb06f3a67_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XGMPqM)Me 262 Mistel WIP 14-8-17 01 (https://flic.kr/p/XGMPqM) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
I started building the rocket propelled launching trolley today.  It has warped parts, soft detail, flash, sprue attachment gates the size of a grown man's thigh and as such is about what I expected.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 14, 2017, 03:11:37 am
Oooh yeah...Kittyhawk looking good and.... definitely go for the gusto on the JUG!!   :wub: :wub:   Viva La Revolucion!  Cuban stuff is the coolest.  :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 14, 2017, 06:09:01 am
Thanks for the offer Chris.
I found Hannats would sell me a P-40 set with an RAF sharks mouth, some US with interesting chequered tails, pre war US (always useful) and a Finnish scheme.

No problems mate. Sounds an interesting sheet. I've got a Sky P.40 sheet with about 30 options on it, but they don't give you many national markings, only the more unusual ones. Still terrific value though.


I'm getting on with the Typhoon but Airfix are bugging me by listing colour callouts as Humbrol codes without listing the names anywhere on the destruction sheet.



My current gripe with Airfix's instruction sheets is I just wish they's include a list of unused parts. The Beaufighter could do with one, especially for some of the smaller parts and even more so when you don't follow the suggested build sequence.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 15, 2017, 03:45:45 am
I buttoned up the Typhoon fuselage today.  Had a bit of grief due to over enthusiastic paint application inside the radiator housing causing fit issues but nothing violent application of sanding stick and some judicious carving didn't sort out.
I even remembered to put the pilot in AND the flap behind the rad still goes up and down (moving parts - just like Airfix of the old days!)

Attached the UC doors to the Kittyhawk, painted the canopy and undercoated a bomb for it.  Running out of things to do.  Hurry up decals...

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 16, 2017, 03:14:57 am
Guests arrive from the UK tonight so modelling will grind to a halt for a while while I play host

However, today I got in a solid couple of hours.
I rescribed the lost panel lines on the Wirraway, painted the engine with a very dark green undercoat and the underside with a first coat of sky blue (this one is RW more of less - I may adjust the colours slightly for aesthetics over accuracy).
But what took the time was rescribing the Me 262 "bomb".  I got all of it done except the nose but it was a PitA.  All those panel lines which run right round the fuselage needed reinstating where the top and bottom seams were and where some spurious lumps had to be sanded off the upper sides of the rear fuselage.  I don't have any of the traditional dymo tape so I use thick, cheap electrical tape as a guide.  This has the added advantage of not being particularly sticky (I said it was a cheap roll) meaning it comes off easilly. 
Because of the time this took I didn't get to put any of the trolley together.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 16, 2017, 06:04:28 am
I like the RAAF sky blue/foliage green scheme. Managed to get a specific Lifecolor set a few years ago and it's come in handy  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 16, 2017, 11:53:47 pm
The scheme from the box is foliage green and dark earth over sky blue.
I have yet to decide what to use for foliage green but I am going to add grey to my dark earth to make it more like the colour shown on the box art which to me looks nothing like what Vallejo call dark earth.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 17, 2017, 06:02:50 am
The Dark Earth is very like the standard RAF colour but the Foliage Green and Sky Blue are very distinctive.

Now I know they weren't but if it helps the FS No's on the Lifecolor set are :-

Earth Brown : FS 20099
Foliage Green : FS 24092
Sky Blue : FS 25550

Chris
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 17, 2017, 05:09:35 pm
Thanks Chris.
I have added white to my Vallejo Sky Blue as the box art shows it to be paler than out of the bottle.
As you know i'm not a stickler for accuracy in paints and tend to go with what I think looks nice rather than what is accurate.
But it's good to have a starting point.
This is the box art.  These colours appeal to me...
(https://d2ev13g7cze5ka.cloudfront.net/sph/sph48054_0.jpg?v=0000000001)
...and these ones (restored warbird) don't.
(http://www.warbirdsonline.com.au/warbirds/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CAC-Wirraway-VH-WWY.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 18, 2017, 06:34:49 am
I can see why you prefer the box art.

As far as the warbird colours are concerned the green is very similar to the Lifecolor green The Earth Brown isn't. Almost looks like the French Chocalate Brown, much to deep. The box art looks suitably used  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 18, 2017, 12:05:09 pm
I'm with yous guys and what's the deal with the roundels? Why are they having differing widths of color?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 18, 2017, 06:06:24 pm
The warbird brown is almost an exact match for Vallejo Model Air Acrylic Dark Earth.  But i'm still not going to use it like that.

Brad C.  The warbird roundels are what RAAF roundels look like when you paint over the red centres to prevent confusion with Japanese aircraft.
Later they used the type in the box art with less white.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 18, 2017, 06:27:19 pm
Ahhh! Ok, cool! Thanks for the history lesson.  :mellow: :mellow: :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 19, 2017, 02:13:00 am
The warbird brown is almost an exact match for Vallejo Model Air Acrylic Dark Earth.  But i'm still not going to use it like that.



It's not dark earth as I recognise it. Mind you I find a few of their colours odd. Probably the reason I've only got some of their basic colours in my collection plus a couple I used on WWI projects.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 19, 2017, 02:56:28 am
How much of the Wirraway was based on the Havard?

Or was it a case that if you wanted a medium powered, relatively simple trainer at that stage of history it would come out looking like that?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on August 19, 2017, 09:10:55 am
All of it, it was a slightly modified license built version, mostly equipment, and was classified as the NAA NA-33(NA-16-2K).
The NA-16 was the base NAA design that led to all derivatives of the aircraft: BT-9, T-6, SNJ, Harvard, Wirraway, etc.

It was one of two variants for which Wackett acquired the licensing rights: the NA-32 (fixed gear) and the NA-33.
One NA-32 came to Australia in 1937, and was in service until 1940, when it became Wirraway Instructional
Airframe #2.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 20, 2017, 12:47:13 am
The warbird brown is almost an exact match for Vallejo Model Air Acrylic Dark Earth.  But i'm still not going to use it like that.



It's not dark earth as I recognise it. Mind you I find a few of their colours odd. Probably the reason I've only got some of their basic colours in my collection plus a couple I used on WWI projects.

Let me clarify that.  In the photo, the top of the fuselage matches the Vallejo shade.  The port wing is close and the starboard wing is redder.  Which goes to show the potential for error in trying to match paints to photographs.

How much of the Wirraway was based on the Havard?

Or was it a case that if you wanted a medium powered, relatively simple trainer at that stage of history it would come out looking like that?

What Jon said.  Thanks Jon.



Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 20, 2017, 01:05:01 am

Let me clarify that.  In the photo, the top of the fuselage matches the Vallejo shade.  The port wing is close and the starboard wing is redder.  Which goes to show the potential for error in trying to match paints to photographs.


I couldn't agree more mate.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 20, 2017, 01:46:35 am
Thank you Christopher.
Many acres of bandwidth could have been saved from an early death if only others thought as we do.

I've just had an idea for a GB.  The Rainbow GB.  Only use Red, Orange, Black, Brown etc to paint the models.  No mixing allowed.
Moderators specify the paints to be used (i.e. from range X you can use colours 1,4,67 etc and from range Y colours 34a, 54, 75g etc).
I'm going to write that down on my list so I can suggest it and you can all not vote for it next year when we choose the GBs.
It won't matter though as by then i'll have figured out a foolproof way to rig the voting so I get my way...
 :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on August 20, 2017, 09:47:42 am
Thank you Christopher.
Many acres of bandwidth could have been saved from an early death if only others thought as we do.

I've just had an idea for a GB.  The Rainbow GB.  Only use Red, Orange, Black, Brown etc to paint the models.  No mixing allowed.
Moderators specify the paints to be used (i.e. from range X you can use colours 1,4,67 etc and from range Y colours 34a, 54, 75g etc).
I'm going to write that down on my list so I can suggest it and you can all not vote for it next year when we choose the GBs.
It won't matter though as by then i'll have figured out a foolproof way to rig the voting so I get my way...
 :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:

Or perhaps the Colour Wheel GB, the Pantone GB, and, for the really pedantic  :wacko:, the Munsell GB?

Black and white are outside of the colour wheel/rainbow, grey is a mixing of the two, and brown etc.,
are the result of mixing colours.

Perhaps this non-standard colour wheel for pre-schoolers would be the most appropriate.  :wacko:

(http://i.pinimg.com/736x/29/84/d0/2984d012dc4c74038fc9a13acffbc643.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 21, 2017, 06:26:29 am
Thank you Christopher.


I'm normally only called that when I'm in trouble  ;D If I'm in serious trouble it's Christopher George  ;D ;D The only people to call me the latter were a couple of coppers, a magistrate and the vicar at my wedding  ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 21, 2017, 07:01:45 am

 The only people to call me the latter were a couple of coppers, a magistrate and the vicar at my wedding  ;)


It sounds as if there's a plethora of stories to be heard there.............  ;D :o
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 22, 2017, 05:21:42 am
Thank you Christopher.


I'm normally only called that when I'm in trouble  ;D If I'm in serious trouble it's Christopher George  ;D ;D The only people to call me the latter were a couple of coppers, a magistrate and the vicar at my wedding  ;)

I figured that might be the case.   :wacko:

I have done no modelling since my house guests arrived last Wednesday and i'm getting twitchy.  I need my fix...
I accidentally sat up drinking until 2:30 Monday morning but that didn't help.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 23, 2017, 06:39:39 am

 The only people to call me the latter were a couple of coppers, a magistrate and the vicar at my wedding  ;)


It sounds as if there's a plethora of stories to be heard there.............  ;D :o

Not all the same incident I should have said  ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 24, 2017, 03:48:31 am
Drove into town in torrential rain storm to see Book of Mormon last night.
It was very good.  My mother would hate it because of all the F-Bombs but I laughed so much I snorted.
And this morning the visitors left on a road trip to Sydney and Canberra so I get to spend some time at the bench.

Finished rescribing the 262 "bomb" and brush painted some preshading as an experiment.
Second coat of sky blue on the underside of the Wirraway.
PSR on the 262 "bomb" trolley.
Wing uppers onto the Typhoon.
Dug out and desprued a Hasegawa 1/72 crew van from a pilots and ground crew set.  It'll get a RHD conversion and may lose the seats in the rear and get wider back doors.  I already have one of these built up but it's very weathered and grubby and this one will be clean and shiny.

More PSR on the Sci Fi race car.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 24, 2017, 05:51:32 am
Drove into town in torrential rain storm to see Book of Mormon last night.
It was very good.  My mother would hate it because of all the F-Bombs but I laughed so much I snorted.


I must admit I had trouble working out how they were going to do it before I saw it. When I did see it I almost split my sides at times
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 25, 2017, 02:21:57 am
I can't get the "Hello.  My name is Elder Fred..." song out of my head.

I keep seeing Super Sabres popping up in pics so I felt compelled to get down a 1/72 Hasegawa kit.
South African I think.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 25, 2017, 03:26:52 am
Sounds good!   :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 25, 2017, 03:56:05 am
I have an aftermarket decal set for T11 Vampires which includes SAAF markings.
The camo scheme will be a complete work of fiction.  I'll do similar to the scheme on the Soviet GB MiG 37 where all the colours were based on one base shade to which I added grey or white.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4212/35508853741_eb84c87031_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/W6Na7e)MiG 37U Migraine 7 (https://flic.kr/p/W6Na7e) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 25, 2017, 04:02:12 am
Ohh yes!  I like this idea even more now. I had visions of an NMF one running in my head but this sounds much better. NMF Super Sabres are a dime a dozen.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2017, 06:11:22 am
I had visions of a basic desert style scheme I must admit but your idea is intriguing  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 26, 2017, 05:25:07 am
I had visions of a basic desert style scheme I must admit but your idea is intriguing  :thumbsup:

Depends which colour I use as the basic shade.  I was thinking green but if I use yellow it'll be deserty.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 27, 2017, 01:56:33 am
Colours are all finished on the Wirraway.  Ready for clear and decals.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4424/36439719680_e811e6f371_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Xw467Y)CAC Wirraway WIP 27-08-2017 (https://flic.kr/p/Xw467Y) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 28, 2017, 12:14:50 am
Looks good, nice match to the box art. I'm suitably impressed  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 28, 2017, 01:49:06 am
Thanks Chris.  I think the green could be a bit more olivey but It'll change shade a bit with clear on it and anyway I like it.
Its a 50/50 mix of Vallejo Black Green (or is it Green Black?) and RLM 02.
Gloss cleared it today.  Decals may be delayed as the house guests have returned from their road trip a day early.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on August 31, 2017, 03:11:23 am
Gorgeous day today.  Sunny and in the mid teens.  Did no modelling.  Drove the house guests to Ballarat and looked at architecture and art (including some rather well painted nudes).  Failed to "accidentally" come across a model shop but did buy a muffin tin.

No sign yet of the order of decals from Hannats that I need for the Kittyhawk.  Starting to get annoyed.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on August 31, 2017, 06:09:02 am
No sign yet of the order of decals from Hannats that I need for the Kittyhawk.  Starting to get annoyed.

Tramp steamer from Liverpool.  They'll show up...eventually
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2017, 06:19:46 am
No sign yet of the order of decals from Hannats that I need for the Kittyhawk.  Starting to get annoyed.

Tramp steamer from Liverpool.  They'll show up...eventually

Yup, probably trying out the newly opened North West Passage.  ;) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/northwest-passage-record-arctic-nordica-canada-greenland-melting-ice-a7868116.html (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/northwest-passage-record-arctic-nordica-canada-greenland-melting-ice-a7868116.html)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2017, 06:22:21 am
Failed to "accidentally" come across a model shop but did buy a muffin tin.


At least it wasn't a Mule. Still illegal in these parts  ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 05, 2017, 05:50:33 am
I used to have a badge that said "Muffin the Mule is not a criminal offence".

The house guests returned to whence they came today.  It was lovely to see them but nice to get back down to business.

This afternoon I decalled the Kittyhawk and the Wirraway and drew a design for a shark mouth on the Typhoon (to be hand painted).
The Wirraway decals fought me.  Special Hobby's decals are very thin and I wrecked one of the serial numbers moving it.  Never mind, there were 3 options on the sheet and having the wrong number in relation to the rego letters adds an element of subtle whiff.
Special Hobby's decals also do not react well to having liquid decal film brushed on them by mistake (I grabbed the wrong bottle).  One of the tail flashes melted and I replaced both with smaller versions intended for another scheme.  Again, an element of subtle whiffery.
In comparison the FCM P-40 decals, while thicker and very glossy, went onto the Kittyhawk a treat.  Only snag being that the sharks mouth will need some trimming and touching up as it appears to not be made for the Hasegawa kit.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 05, 2017, 06:13:10 am
I was given a string puppet Muffin the Mule whilst a very young child. Never ever got the hang of those strings (neither did Mum or Dad) and never bothered with string puppets again  :banghead: Glove puppets on the other hand ? Still got my Sooty and Sweep somewhere  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 06, 2017, 01:11:35 am
Ah, Sooty.
i was listening to this yesterday on my drive to the Aeroporto.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB7k5drNOeQ

Hand painted red onto the sharks mouth design on the Typhoon.  Looks good (though I say it myself) but still plenty of opportunity to screw it up.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 07, 2017, 01:53:35 am
Typhoon WIP.  I was having a steady hand day today.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4395/36891797296_161eeed42d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Yd173C)Typhoon WIP 7-9-17 (https://flic.kr/p/Yd173C) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 07, 2017, 02:59:59 am
I'm seriously impressed  :bow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 07, 2017, 03:18:52 am
Thanks Chris.
After the grief the decals on the Kittyhawk have been giving me this is almost easier.
Grief? Yes.  In attempting to trim the dried decals to fit large chunks came off (despite a brand new blade) and so i've been touching in the missing parts.
To add to that fun I dropped an instruction sheet onto it and broke an undercarriage leg.  Doesn't sound possible does it but it dropped edgeways so had speed and enough momentum to do damage.
I think all the problems with this one are payback for my comments about not liking P-40s.

Wirraway has had a coat of gloss clear over the decals and now awaits fiddly bits and a wash.  I have to attach the cowling which sort of floats vaguely around the engine and then fit an intake at the 6 o'clock pozzy. which will need painting to match the underside.

F100 is now in one lump (fuselage closed, wings and stabs on).  I am impressed with the fit of the one piece lower wing part but less so with the sink (or mould wear?) marks along the fuselage join.  Still, not bad for what were nearly 20 year old moulds when it was made in the early eighties as there is minimal flash.  I really don't like the brittle plastic through.
Flying it round my bench i'm taken with the look of the Super Sabre.  Not an aircraft i've really taken much notice of previously but from certain angles it has something.  I do like the oval intake.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 07, 2017, 04:37:48 am

Flying it round my bench i'm taken with the look of the Super Sabre.  Not an aircraft i've really taken much notice of previously but from certain angles it has something.  I do like the oval intake.


I'm with you 100% there Fred. That loooong nose and the oval intake almost give you the impression it's about to EAT the enemy after shooting it!  ;D

I've got a two seater F-100 somewhere (Italeri?) that I really out to get around to building sometime soon.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 08, 2017, 04:18:00 am
While i'm on a sharks mouth kick I was toying with putting one on the Super Sabre.
(http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/53/96/77/54-21310.jpg)
Not sure though as it looks kinda goofy.

First coat of sky blue on the underside of the 'phoon today.

I had to repair the broken UC leg on the Kittyhawk again today.  I picked it up and poked it with one of my big clumsy fingers and it broke again.  I think the issue was I used Contacta glue which didn't get into the break.  So this time I used Extra Thin Glue. We'll see.



Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 08, 2017, 04:41:25 am
Shark mouth on the Typhoon looks great. :thumbsup:
What kit of the F-100 are you building?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on September 08, 2017, 04:50:41 am
While i'm on a sharks mouth kick I was toying with putting one on the Super Sabre.
(http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/53/96/77/54-21310.jpg)
Not sure though as it looks kinda goofy.

Not quite as goofy as the pilot's (?) 505/1505 suntan shorts with black oxfords... :wacko:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 08, 2017, 05:17:53 am
DFZ - Hasegawa.  Moulds date from 1965 according to Scalemates.

Scooter - I believe the gentleman in question is French.
(http://www.vintagewings.ca/Portals/0/Vintage_Stories/News%20Stories%20P/Bite%20Me!/BiteMe42.jpg)

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 08, 2017, 06:01:27 am
Thanks. :thumbsup: That's one jet i don't have in my stash and i'm trying to choose which kit to buy, either Trumpeter or Italeri's kit. Just cause they're more recent kits with engraved panel lines.
Looking forward to seeing yours finished.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 08, 2017, 06:24:47 am
If that's the same Super Sabre both on the ground and in the air then the shark's mouth looks as though it's a silly grin on the ground but quite mean in the air ? Angle of shot I suppose.


Scooter - I believe the gentleman in question is French.


My first thoughts were "he's not American". Forgot the French had F.100's  :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 08, 2017, 08:48:48 am

My first thoughts were "he's not American". Forgot the French had F.100's  :banghead:


I knew they had them, but didn't know they were camo'd, every pic I'd seen in the past were in NMF. And very smart they were too.

Of course the typical F-100s in Europe were the Danish ones with the amazing heat treatment on the aft fuselage. For some reason it showed up much more on the Danish ones than anyone elses.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on September 08, 2017, 09:16:06 am
While i'm on a sharks mouth kick I was toying with putting one on the Super Sabre.
(http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/53/96/77/54-21310.jpg)

Looking at this, I wonder if putting the shark's mouth markings around the air intake would work?......or would it just look silly?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 08, 2017, 12:13:13 pm

Looking at this, I wonder if putting the shark's mouth markings around the air intake would work?......or would it just look silly?


No, it'd look ferocious!  ;D

I think I've seen a pic of a Hun with a sharkmouth like that somewhere, goodness knows where though.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 09, 2017, 02:36:07 am
Don't know if you would call it heat treatment but if you look at the in flight pic of the French Hun you can see that the paint appears to have burnt off around the jet pipe.
Other pics on the interweb show this and I will be attempting to replicate it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on September 09, 2017, 03:02:21 am
You could always try paint schemes like these for the Super Sabre:

(http://www.messersmith.name/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/trumpetfish_aulostomus_chinensis_IMG_2654.jpg)

(http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Images/Image/AulostomChinensMarkRosenstein.jpg)
(This one's even Aussie!)

(https://thefisheriesblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/trumpetfish.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 09, 2017, 04:20:36 am
Trumpetfish eh.  I can see the resemblance.  Not what I was planning but i'll bear in mind your suggestion.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 09, 2017, 02:13:03 pm

Don't know if you would call it heat treatment but if you look at the in flight pic of the French Hun you can see that the paint appears to have burnt off around the jet pipe.
Other pics on the interweb show this and I will be attempting to replicate it.


Yes, that's pretty much the same effect as the Danish ones, but it just seemed to stand out more from the overall green finish that they had.

[Later] Hmmm, actually it's much more obvious on MODELS of Danish F-100s than it is on the real thing.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 10, 2017, 02:18:34 am
...[Later] Hmmm, actually it's much more obvious on MODELS of Danish F-100s than it is on the real thing.  :banghead:

Yes.  Some modellers really get carried away with the heat effects on either NMF or paint and seem to completely forget to look at their references.  Which is fine if that's what they were aiming for but not accurate and thus surely makes their builds whiffs (which I suspect they would hate).
I've seen the same on 1/12 bike builds where the builder has achieved some wonderfully artistic very cleverly done heat stained chrome effects on exhaust pipes going from blue to straw using the full range of Alclad heat effects paints.  Completely overdone and in no way representative of real life, but wonderfully artistic and very clever.
I am hoping to use the hairspray technique to give the suggestion of slight paint burning off.  The trick will be to not remove too much camo (or Trumpetfish) paint and just get the underlying silver car paint showing through.

In other news:
Kittyhawk undercarriage stood up to the poking finger and gun barrels got glued into wings.
Typhoon got first topside camo colour.
Wirraway got ventral engine intake.
Cyber Formula car got lots of assorted bits primed.
Kraz Tank Transporter trailer got paint worn away in relevant places (hairspray technique).
Apocalypse Post van got scratchbuilt 50 cal machine gun mount attached.
Super Sabre got filler.

i have started reading Air America by Christopher Robbins.  It's fascinating.  zenrat industries air fleet is inspired by Air America as keen eyed viewers will have realised from the font I chose to use for the decals. :mellow:
I feel more zi builds coming on.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 11, 2017, 01:56:39 am
Watching Hogan's Heroes on the idiot's lantern.  They steal the general's aircraft which is a Lanc as it takes off, transforms into a Condor, bombs an oil refinery and then reverts back to a Lanc.

Kittyhawk is finished and i've got both topside colours on the Typhoon.  Here are the siblings together.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4399/36347640633_89f38acea8_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XnVaec)2017-09-11_06-32-34 (https://flic.kr/p/XnVaec) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
I might wait until I finish the 'phoon before I take beauty pics and then take 'em together.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on September 11, 2017, 02:08:46 am
They're looking rather spiffing, what! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 11, 2017, 03:52:58 am
Rather!
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 12, 2017, 02:28:16 am
Today I finished the scratchbuilt doors on my whiffed wardrobe...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4393/36993107766_12913b8c2e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YmXm7S)Wardrobe - Finished (https://flic.kr/p/YmXm7S) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
...and spent most of my modelling time foiling this '68 Mustang.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4420/36368523123_8962accc44_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XpLbS8)68 Mustang WIP 12-9-17 (https://flic.kr/p/XpLbS8) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on September 12, 2017, 03:38:39 am
Wardrobe doors look good! :thumbsup: Not so sure about the alien entity in the lower left corner ... :o


Mustang looks pretty good in that pic, too. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 15, 2017, 02:01:21 am
Hmmm, yes, Mustang.  Thanks.  I moved it off the bench and then forgot about it today.  It's almost done except for a touch of weathering and some BMF on the scars under the bumpers where they attached to the sprues and some pearl white in the reversing lights.
It went together very easilly.  Being made from Revell's die cast moulds it screws together and a lot of the parts are trapped by other parts.  Some detail and scale veracity is lost but then the original metal model was designed to be flung together by underpaid 12 year olds in a factory somewhere in Asia.  Its still better than the AMT '68 though which has some odd proportions.

What I did do today was fiddle with the many aircraft WIPs and reattach a brake booster I had knocked off the Kraz tank transporter trailer.

I then had a rummage in the stash as I wondered what I had with North Korean markings, found the Eduard MiG 15 had them and then spent some time drooling into the open box at the sheer loveliness of the kit.
I then decided I wasn't up for doing an NMF finish and put it back.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 15, 2017, 03:09:43 am
... found the Eduard MiG 15 had them and then spent some time drooling into the open box at the sheer loveliness of the kit.

It does seem to have that effect on me too... :wub:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 15, 2017, 06:33:44 am

  Its still better than the AMT '68 though which has some odd proportions.


Have you seen the Heller '67 Mustang fastback? That's a pretty good kit, as are most of theirs, but rare as hen's teeth these days.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 16, 2017, 01:59:03 am
I have no Heller car kits i'm afraid Kit.

Typhoon is cleared and ready to decal, Hun is undercoated and ready for me to get creative with the paint, Wirraway is at the fiddley bits stage and i've been painting random panels different shades of metal on the Me 262 "bomb" wile fighting with the launching trolley.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 17, 2017, 01:59:31 am
Mustang will be completed tomorrow.
Typhoon has stage 1 of the decals on (markings and numbers).

i've also been looking in the stash for what to build in the Floaty McFloatplane GB.  I have a Kawanishi H6K5 which Mrs z bought me which is favourite as she complains I never build the models she gets me (untrue - I just build them much slower than anything else as I want to do a good job so she'll buy me more ;D).  I'm thinking Sky Pirates with a flying bridge and a couple of tinnies for boarding purposes.
I also have an Airfix Grumman Duck which may get forcibly mated with an inline powered monoplane.
However, by the time the GB begins I will have changed my mind many times.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 19, 2017, 02:25:27 am
Mustang completed.  Another one for my Super Stock shelf.  I won't give it its own thread as its completely OOB apart from engine wiring.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4398/36483289594_2f772c8a2f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XzUoWo)68 Mustang 10 (https://flic.kr/p/XzUoWo) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
It's a Revell 1/25 1968 Mustang GT with the 428ci Cobra Jet engine.  Ford built 50 of these in '68 for Super Stock Drag Racing.  They were good, but not as good as the Hemi Darts and 'cudas (of which more later as I have a pair of Revell Hemi Darts in the stash).
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4379/36923489460_27aca7888a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YfNx2f)68 Mustang 6 (https://flic.kr/p/YfNx2f) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4380/37178215921_af0ed33016_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YDj5jM)68 Mustang 7 (https://flic.kr/p/YDj5jM) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Today I mostly spent my bench time painting.  I drew a design onto the Hun yesterday and painted the first colour today.  It's a wrap round design in shades of green (not Trumpet fish inspired i'm afraid Womby - although that is in the files for possible later use).  That was time consuming but I also got some underside colour onto the Sciffy BF109.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on September 19, 2017, 09:15:50 am
 :thumbsup: Lovely Mustang, Fred.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 19, 2017, 09:27:29 am
That looks great, bud!  The steelies on the back are a nice touch for the bigger sized rim.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 19, 2017, 10:08:20 am

They were good, but not as good as the Hemi Darts and 'cudas (of which more later as I have a pair of Revell Hemi Darts in the stash).


It was difficult to beat a Hemi-powered anything on the strip back then, but that's the rubs.

That looks really good, specially in white. Was that an RW team colour scheme?
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 19, 2017, 05:13:14 pm
Beautiful indeed! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on September 20, 2017, 03:57:03 am
Makes the '66 Mustang I built for my daughter look positively pedestrian, in comparisson.

(http://i459.photobucket.com/albums/qq311/GPlachy/Cars/DSCN3476_zpstr9vypy7.jpg)

(http://i459.photobucket.com/albums/qq311/GPlachy/Cars/DSCN3480_zps8cs3hc71.jpg)

(http://i459.photobucket.com/albums/qq311/GPlachy/Cars/DSCN3495_zpszkrt0tfd.jpg)

(http://i459.photobucket.com/albums/qq311/GPlachy/Cars/DSCN3490_zpsjwwi55yx.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 20, 2017, 04:51:21 am

Makes the '66 Mustang I built for my daughter look positively pedestrian, in comparisson.

(http://i459.photobucket.com/albums/qq311/GPlachy/Cars/DSCN3476_zpstr9vypy7.jpg)


That's not so pedestrian, it looks terrific. And Fred's Mussie was built as a racer anyway, your daughter's is a street machine.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 20, 2017, 04:54:14 am
Thanks folks.

That looks fab Womby.  Interior stripes is a nice touch.

...Was that an RW team colour scheme?

Yes.  They are the kit decals and I presume Revell did their homework.  All the pics i've seen from the '68 season show white with signwritten sponsors names etc (some have Cobra Jet in red, some blue) so I assume Ford rolled out all 50 in White.

Finished the decals on the Typhoon today - stencils and the yellow stripes along the leading edges.  I gave up on the stripes as they didn't want to conform at all.
I also started a second colour on the Hun but had to stop and go in and cook Mrs z's tea.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 22, 2017, 01:51:50 am
Here's where I am with the F-100.  One coat of each colour.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4385/37240240091_c4b9ec349d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YJMXX2)F100 WIP 22-9-17 (https://flic.kr/p/YJMXX2) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Wirraway is almost done, just needing an aeriel, aerial wire and the tiny sticky out bits on the wings.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on September 22, 2017, 05:49:22 am
With the swirls from the single coat the F.100 looks slightly psychedelic.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on September 22, 2017, 07:51:11 am
Funky! :ph34r:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 24, 2017, 03:17:06 am
Uncle duty precluded me from escaping to the shed this weekend but I did bring the Hun up to the house and put a second coat of the lightest green on while The Boy was playing computer games (the beauty of odour free acrylic paints).
I also drew up and printed some decals I needed for the 109, Cyber Formula car and Kraz trailer.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on September 24, 2017, 05:32:25 am
I also drew up and printed some decals I needed

Something I wish I could do but I don't have any half-decent software nor a half-decent printer, if I did. :(
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 24, 2017, 12:43:51 pm
I also drew up and printed some decals I needed

Something I wish I could do but I don't have any half-decent software nor a half-decent printer, if I did. :(


I find it very satisfying now I've got the right hard and software to do it. And very handy for us Whiff modellers of course.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 25, 2017, 04:49:02 am
I manage to do everything I need to do with Micro$oft Powerpoint.  Printer needs to be OK though.

Work has reared it's ugly head and for 2 weeks i'm doing split shifts.  3 3/4 hours at a post office 30 minutes South, 5 hours to do my own thing (shopping, cleaning, cooking, model building etc) and then 2 1/2 hours at a post office 30 minutes North.  This means more limited modelling time.  However, I need the money.
In terms of builds this means I will be concentrating on the stuff for the GB.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on September 29, 2017, 05:18:32 am
Public Holiday today.
After fixing my 1:1 car I spent the rest of the day (bar a short Babylon 5 break at lunchtime) in the shed.
Other than decaling the Sciffy GB builds I finished the second colour in the camo on The Hun and did some work scratching up some front suspension on a car build.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 01, 2017, 01:01:25 am
Hun camo is complete.
Here's a look at her tummy.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4470/37393908962_701087cc8e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YYnymj)Hun WIP 1-10-17 02 (https://flic.kr/p/YYnymj) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rick Lowe on October 01, 2017, 02:26:30 am
Aww, cute! *Kootchy-kootchy-scratchy*

CHOMP!!

Aiee! No-one warned me the Hun was Feral!* Where've those fingers gone? :o :o




*Did you forget the 14-18 & 39-45 lessons, then?! :rolleyes: ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 01, 2017, 03:36:56 am
 :rolleyes:

 ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 01, 2017, 04:16:15 am
That's an interesting scheme. I like the shades of green you've used, go really well together  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on October 01, 2017, 09:02:21 am
Why do I hear Kermit echoing around in the back of my mind? :unsure:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 01, 2017, 04:08:35 pm
Aww, cute! *Kootchy-kootchy-scratchy*

CHOMP!!

Aiee! No-one warned me the Hun was Feral!* Where've those fingers gone? :o :o




*Did you forget the 14-18 & 39-45 lessons, then?! :rolleyes: ;D

Why do I hear Kermit echoing around in the back of my mind? :unsure:

 ;D

Love the camo! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 02, 2017, 01:41:55 am
Glad you like it.
That's an interesting scheme. I like the shades of green you've used, go really well together  :thumbsup:
Ah, well, the trick to ensuring that is (as I did on my MiG 37) to base them all on the same colour.
The thinner stripe like bits are Golden Olive and the other two colours are that paint with either White or USAF Grey added.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 02, 2017, 04:15:10 am
I need to remember that!! I've been rolling around in my head a desert-ish type scheme based on off-whites and lighter tan colors. Tri-color camo.  I'll try this method instead of buying more (shades of) paint.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 02, 2017, 06:30:09 am
Glad you like it.
That's an interesting scheme. I like the shades of green you've used, go really well together  :thumbsup:
Ah, well, the trick to ensuring that is (as I did on my MiG 37) to base them all on the same colour.
The thinner stripe like bits are Golden Olive and the other two colours are that paint with either White or USAF Grey added.

Interesting, cheers  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 04, 2017, 02:36:03 am
Glued the pilot into the Hun today and painted the various underbody cavities and the inside of the intake.
Also prepped and started to paint all the fiddly bits that I left off the Kraz trailer.  Here it is as it stands.  Hairspray chipping has been done but no other weathering yet.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4506/37459053902_4e31c80419_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Z58rEW)Kraz WIP 4-10-17 (https://flic.kr/p/Z58rEW) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 04, 2017, 04:31:34 am
What's that about 'hairspray chipping'? I've not heard of that before.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Old Wombat on October 04, 2017, 06:43:57 am
You paint a base colour, either in enamel or you gloss coat it with a clear lacquer;
then you spray hairspray over that (either overall or just in the specific spots you want to chip);
then you paint your final scheme/colour using acrylic paints;
when this has dried, you wet it where you want the chips to be & then either pick at it with a stiff paint brush or scrub at it with a toothbrush, depending on whether you want small amounts of chipping in precise locations or random over a broad area (combinations of the two styles can be used together for the range in between).

At least, that's my understanding of the process. I'll be using it for the first time on my M-7771 Custodian build. ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 04, 2017, 07:00:43 am
Well blow me down, I've never heard of that before. Thanks so much, I may try that some tine in the future.  :thumbsup:

I did a RW F-5 Lightning  in PRU Blue with black/white invasion stripes and I did that a very weatherbeaten scheme, chunks of paint missing all over. I had to hand paint the whole thing and I can't help thinking it'd have been easier your method.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: Rheged on October 04, 2017, 09:41:35 am
then either pick at it with a stiff paint brush or scrub at it with a toothbrush, depending on whether you want small amounts of chipping in precise locations or random over a broad area

Please don't try this at home UNLESS YOU USE AN OLD TOOTHBRUSH!! The 7 year old son of a friend of mine used all of the family toothbrushes to do some "spatterpainting" in different colours, than rinsed them and put them back in the bathroom rack. Unfortunately, they were not properly rinsed......and I'm sure you can all imagine the shouting and tumult that followed.

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 04, 2017, 05:00:07 pm
 ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 05, 2017, 03:31:48 am
That's a good explanation Womby.  Thanks.
I have a collection of worn out electric toothbrush heads that I use for scrubbing at paint.
The trick, from experience, with "hairspraying" is not to scrub too hard or you end up with just a few scraps of paint left. 

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 06, 2017, 05:13:43 pm
Feeling brave I have girded my loins and pulled an A Model Yak 28R out of the stash.
Its a bit flashy, has no locating pins (as expected for a short run kit) and was slightly sticky (I am assuming that was mould release) but the parts look good with engraved detail and no immediately apparent sink marks or obviously placed ejector pin marks.
Clear parts have rather faint framing but are very clear and not overly thick.
It spent the night bathing in a bowl of WUL & bleach solution.
Today is an Uncle weekend so I won't get a chance to start construction until later.
Instructions are missing but as I also have an A Model Yak 28RR I will use the set from them.
Schemewise I will prolly go for PDRV Republican Guard (although as always Chad is tempting as a user).

Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 07, 2017, 05:04:29 am
Found time to do some decaling and photos.
Hun got allocated to Equatorial Guinea.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4470/36838470394_770655df60_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Y8hMPh)Hun WIP 7-10-17 (https://flic.kr/p/Y8hMPh) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

And another visitor at Dadswell Bridge Aerodrome.
An RAAF CAC Wirraway.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4448/37548415271_b11b0c87a1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Zd2rGc)CAC Wirraway 02 (https://flic.kr/p/Zd2rGc) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4511/37289911280_e9c32bea9b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YPbxsQ)CAC Wirraway 08 (https://flic.kr/p/YPbxsQ) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4474/37516878602_d9f5b12f72_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZaeNWw)CAC Wirraway 05 (https://flic.kr/p/ZaeNWw) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4479/36838444244_d4dc846550_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Y8hE3q)CAC Wirraway 01 (https://flic.kr/p/Y8hE3q) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Special Hobby 1/72 CAC Wirraway built OOB.  It's a very very subtle Whiff (Lee style) due to some decal shenanigans.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4499/36878794423_1e60288099_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YbRsKa)CAC Wirraway 09 (https://flic.kr/p/YbRsKa) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 07, 2017, 05:59:52 am
I do like that Wirraway  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

As for the Hun. I can see it on the front of a Tintin book in that scheme
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 07, 2017, 06:12:19 am
Quite nice!!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:



Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 07, 2017, 06:21:41 pm
Thanks folks.
I must admit to selecting Equatorial Guinea (from an Su-25 sheet) simply because the colours of the roundels complemented the colours in the camo.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 08, 2017, 01:32:35 am
Went to the Drive In last night.
I love driving under this.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4467/36855699534_e134845d5e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Y9P6rq)X Wing at the Drive In (https://flic.kr/p/Y9P6rq) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
It's on top of the pay booth and is, I reckon about 1/4 scale.

No modelling today as I was on Uncle duty and watching the Red team win Bathurst in the rain.
I did however add to my spread sheet a large chunk of my finished car builds from the photos on flickr.
Yesterday I got two out of three car stash cupboards done.  Just the Hot Rod & Custom kits to go (which is the biggest cupboard).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 12, 2017, 02:06:00 am
As included in the background of my Me 109-Q7 pics, the aircraft refueller for unimproved strips.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4451/37601356726_1b79a635ec_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZhGMkU)SDKfz Tanker 3 (https://flic.kr/p/ZhGMkU) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4489/37618026562_51d83087d7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZjbdGS)SDKfz Tanker 2 (https://flic.kr/p/ZjbdGS) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4474/37601357666_19a9fea163_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZhGMC7)SDKfz Tanker 1 (https://flic.kr/p/ZhGMC7) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
It's an Airfix Bedford fuel truck kitbashed with a Hasegawa Sd.Kfz.7
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 12, 2017, 02:31:10 am
WONDERFUL!  :thumbsup:

That would have been very helpful on some of the 'damp' airfields I lived on!  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: ericr on October 12, 2017, 03:44:17 am

it is making the SdKfz lovely !
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 12, 2017, 04:01:43 am
Yes.  Leather seats and RHD.   ;D

I finished entering my stash into a spreadsheet today.  I have 270 more or less un-touched kits to build.  I know it's nothing compared to some but it is more than I thought.  How did that happen?
That's 140 aircraft, 99 cars, 18 military and 13 other (motorbikes and sci-fi).
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Post by: PR19_Kit on October 12, 2017, 04:44:01 am
99 cars? Ooooohhh lovely! Many more than I have.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 12, 2017, 05:56:39 am
I do like the refueller  :thumbsup:
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Post by: 63cpe on October 12, 2017, 11:09:01 am
Tha refueler rulez! :wub: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 14, 2017, 02:12:29 am
Being a sucker for punishment I have begun work on an A Model Yak 28R.
Matters are not made any easier due to the fact that I have misplaced the instructions for this kit and am using those from an A Model Yak 28PP.  Most of the big parts are the same but the smaller bits are different as are the sprues they are on.
Add to this flash, A Model's traditional poor fit and no location pins and it all makes for a jolly fun time.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4480/37687190011_6b36ffaef0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZqhGA8)Yak 28R WIP 14-10-17 (https://flic.kr/p/ZqhGA8) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Also today I loaded 600 paving slabs into a ute and painted with various metalisers the back end of the Hun where photos show all the paint burns off.
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/1082000e5c3488ff8b87bf2474683961/tumblr_oj6fikfws71rji3x6o1_500.jpg)
I also found this pic which looks fun and gave me some ideas for future builds.
(http://www.boeingimages.com/Docs/BOE/Media/TR3_WATERMARKED/6/4/1/8/BI212052.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 14, 2017, 02:15:22 am
Just think of the satisfied feeling you'll have when you finish it though  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 14, 2017, 03:24:38 am
I like the 'scheme for assembly' wording, just what you need from the sound of it.  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 17, 2017, 04:05:24 am
Ah A Model.  You tempt with your subject matter and then...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4495/37079481683_f1aa541ff8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YuA35k)Yak 28R WIP 17-10-17 02 (https://flic.kr/p/YuA35k) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
...and just to prove you can put a round part in a square hole.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4464/37701419276_79d5696931_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZrxCsh)Yak 28R WIP 17-10-17 01 (https://flic.kr/p/ZrxCsh) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Having finished off the 'phoon I started on the Hun's fiddly bits.  The front undercarriage leg as supplied by Hasegawa is incredibly fragile and the axles for the twin wheels were at different heights.  So I scratchbuilt a replacement.  It should really be ribbed but will do the job.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4492/37701424766_13d570e5d7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZrxE5W)Scratchbuilt Nose Leg 17-10-17 (https://flic.kr/p/ZrxE5W) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 17, 2017, 07:16:14 am
Looks glorious to me! You could almost thicken up some paint and run beads around it to get the riblets.  ;D

So, if you're on the fiddly bits it must mean we're getting close to seeing the Glamour Shotz(tm) .  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 17, 2017, 06:01:33 pm
Not long Brad C.
I've got to make a decision about what to hang off her though.  The kit has (unusually for Hasegawa) a full load of tanks, sidewinders, Bullpups and some rather odd looking rocket pods (possibly odd looking because they have streamlined nose and tail cowlings on them).
I rarely put 'winders on aircraft so I'll prolly use them and the big wing tanks and the smaller central tank.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 18, 2017, 02:14:01 am
Some progress on the Yak.
I have adjusted the rear undercart bay bulkheads so the fuselage halves could close.  I then glued the front bay in place and added the cockpit interior.  This will need trimming before the fuselage halves will close again so I added some reinforcing braces underneath from scrap plastic.  Hopefully I can now sand the floor without it coming loose.
I also got a nacelle together.  This still need the spikey intake thingo shock cone fitting but as it needs adjusting I figured it would be easier to do so and then drop it down inside through the hole left where the wing attaches.
This is certainly not a quick build.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4465/37770480461_74a2c9fe6c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZxDzWn)Yak 28 WIP 18-10-17 (https://flic.kr/p/ZxDzWn) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Other than that I painted some of the Hun's fiddly bits and did some car modelling.

I am resisting very hard the urge to start something else before the Floaty McBoatplane GB starts.  Telling myself it is better to get on with the Yak and finish off the annoyingly time consuming and very poorly fitting MPM Me 262 Mistel (currently fighting with the rocket propelled launching trolley - kit wheels have been rejected in favour of Airfix AEC Matador wheels as they have the advantage of being round).
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: scooter on October 18, 2017, 03:17:51 am
and some rather odd looking rocket pods (possibly odd looking because they have streamlined nose and tail cowlings on them).

They're probably LAU pods with fairings-

(http://www.ordtech-industries.com/2products/Launcher_Rocket275/FAIRINGS_DIFFUSERS/04_LAU_FAIRING.jpg)

(http://www.ordtech-industries.com/2products/Launcher_Rocket275/FAIRINGS_DIFFUSERS/07_LAU_FAIRING.jpg)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 19, 2017, 03:50:27 am
They could well be Scoot.  Hasegawa just call them Rocket Pods.  They look similar.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 20, 2017, 12:48:44 am
Oh the irony of sitting here about to write about the Hun when Hogan's Heroes is on the idiots lantern.

The Hun is up on her feet now.  Got the legs on and started painting doors and munitions and probe(s - or is one of them an in flight refuelling thingo? I know nothing).
Here she is trying on her tanks for size.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4475/37758725286_f8612016a9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZwBkwW)Hun WIP 20-10-17 (https://flic.kr/p/ZwBkwW) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

In other news I finally figured out a plan for progressing with the Me 262 Mistel.  I realised I have to treat it like a car rather than a tank and paint parts before sticking it together.  So i've painted the wheels and the rear suspension bits into which the wheels fit and a few other parts.  I can't face the thought of all the PSR that would be required to build the MPM 262 to sit on top and haven't been able to find a new Airfix one here yet (although that would put the "bomb" and the trolley to shame).  I have therefore decided to use a Hasegawa FW 190D.  This doesn't count as starting another kit as the 262 I am now not building is part of a kit I have already started and so it only counts as changing parts. ;D

And finally, more progress on the A (for Atrocious) Model Yak 28.  One nacelle is now complete and undergoing stage 1 PSR.  Work has started on the wing to which this engine mounts.  There will be some rather large gaps when I combine the two.
The second nacelle is clamped while the glue dries while the fuselage is now fettled so it closes as well as it is going to and has had painting started on the interior.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 20, 2017, 07:11:37 am
Hun's looking good
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Post by: Old Wombat on October 20, 2017, 07:36:21 am
I really like that scheme! :wub:
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Post by: DogfighterZen on October 20, 2017, 10:43:05 am
Hun's looking good

Very good indeed!
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Post by: ericr on October 20, 2017, 11:56:30 am

extremely green
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Post by: zenrat on October 21, 2017, 04:47:45 am
Thanks blokes.

I painted the Huns tankage metal today using car paint.  Due to the solvent the green colour of the plastic has come through slightly giving them an interesting finish.  Not really anodised but a definite green tinge to the NMF look.
A locally applied anti corrosion finish maybe...

The A Model Yak now has two nacelles together.  It would have been nice if they were both the same shape  but looking at the intakes they are both oval - one in the vertical axis and one in the horizontal...
Still, Per Ardua Ad Astra as the dedication plaque on the park where I grew up says.  I am finishing off the paint in the interior and while some was drying I rubber banded the halves together and tried the clear parts for size.  Amazingly they look like they they will fit.  Wow.  They are crystal clear and not massively thick but did have attachment points in obvious places so I am going to have to get the metal polish out.

Also, more painting of the Me 262 Mistel rocket propelled go kart launching trolley.  I never remember how much better a lick of paint can make some models look.  The main body of this was looking rather poor to my eye but now it's all over RLM02 it looks much better.
Nowhere near as good as Kit's beaching trolley but still better than it did.

And some more bodywork on a car model - You think PSR for planes is a chore?  It's worse when you are putting shiny paint over the top which will show up every imperfection.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 21, 2017, 08:59:05 am

Nowhere near as good as Kit's beaching trolley but still better than it did.


We could be well on the way for a Trolley GB next year then?  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 21, 2017, 09:00:36 pm
Quite a few entries in the Floaty McBoatplane GB could need trolleys I suspect.  We could add a sub-class for them...
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 22, 2017, 12:57:40 am
It is amazing at times how much a simple lick of paint can improve a model. Also sometimes putting the transfers on can bring a previously almost discarded project to life  ;D
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 22, 2017, 02:44:02 am
With car models getting the body mods and the PSR finished and the body primed if a big step for me as it shows me if I am going to match the picture in my head.  That all over coat of grey makes a big difference.
Today I didn't get to that stage with the Chevy i'm working on as more filler was needed where i've blended in the bumpers.

The rocket trolley is progressing nicely.  A squirt of satin clear and I should be able to start glueing it together.  I have started on the FW 190 which will sit on top of the 262 bomb.

Hun fiddley bits are also coming along.


Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: zenrat on October 24, 2017, 02:13:59 am
My trolley isn't as big or as complicated as Kit's (and definitely wouldn't float) but it is faster as it has a rocket motor.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4475/24045547918_43545192e4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CCPHEo)Me 262 Mistel WIP 24-10-17 2 (https://flic.kr/p/CCPHEo) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
MPM have of course managed to make the supports that hold the "bomb" different heights so some adjustment is required.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4482/37640463070_4f25eb5e55_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Zmadid)Me 262 Mistel WIP 24-10-17 1 (https://flic.kr/p/Zmadid) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
I've got the fuselage together on the FW190 I was going to use as the upper half of the Mistel but i'm not 100% sure if I want house it.  I may switch to a Bf 109 so as to keep it all in the family.

Hun is finished.  I'll create a thread for it.
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: NARSES2 on October 24, 2017, 07:04:56 am
Nice trolley  :thumbsup: You don't really envisage it's size until you see the 262 on top of it
Title: Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 24, 2017, 09:10:21 am
That looks very neat, with or without the aeroplane on top.

What was the source of the trolley? And what's its 1/4 mile time with that gurt great rocket on the back?  ;D
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