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Title: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 21, 2012, 02:40:20 am
I thought I'd give this Blog lark a try and to start with I'll take you for a short trip down memory lane.

I started modelling almost certainly in the late 50's or possibly 1960 (I'd have been 7 or 8) with the ubiquitous Airfix 1/72 Spitfire bought for 2 shillings from the local Woolworth's. Well the bug soon hit big time and very soon all my pocket money/paperround money was being handed over the counter at Woolworth's on a Saturday morning. In those days Airfix came out with 4 or 5 kits a month  :rolleyes:

After a while building series one kits I graduated to some of the larger stuff and for Christmas and birthdays I would get some of the even larger kits as presents. The Airfix Ju52 sticks in the memory for some reason. Probably the fun of getting the transfers to go on over the corrugations  :wacko:

Between 7 and 15 I must have built almost all the Airfix series one aircraft and armour models produced as well as a fair few of the ship models, dad being ex RN and that. I did build some others, mainly Revell but the ones that stand out are the old Monogram quarter scale kits. The Dauntless, Avenger and Helldiver with their working parts and the Fw 190 with it's multitude of armament options. I still use the old Monogram Me 109 box to keep my stock of RAF Squadron codes in.

I suppose my next big step was when the Airfix Magazine came out. In those days it was not only kits but railway layouts, model car racing, wargaming and various other bits and bobs. I started doing some of the more simple Alan W hall and Chris Ellis conversions. A P-36 from the Airfix P-40 and a Halifax cowling, a Pz III from the Stug III and a cut down Panther turret etc.

At this time I was sharing my interests in modelling with wargaming but in 1968 it all changed. Yup you've guessed - women came along. So apart from some occasional dabbling with the Matchbox armour range I didn't do much modelling at all for the next 30 years or so. I was still buying Airfix magazine but that was about all I was doing.

I can't really explain why I got back into modelling it just seemed to find me again. I think it was the Revell Ar 240 nightfighter in Modelzone at Holborn that caught my eye. Anyway I bought it and was bitten again. I started to buy the aircraft specific modelling magazines and was hooked for sure. I made a few mistakes in those early years. I assumed you needed all the resin and etched goodies to be a proper modeller and probably wasted money on stuff I will never use before I learnt the truth.

From a review in SAM I learnt of Lee's old Padded Cell and subscribed. The WIF bug bit deep. Then one night while pulling a 24 hour special at work (this would have been 1999 and the Millennium Bug farce) I found this site, then run out of New Zealand and I had a home. From there it was easy to find the UK Wif SIG and after a few tentative feelers at my first SMW I joined and made a lot of new friends who have stayed with me since then, along with a fair number of new ones since then. As an aside for anyone not sure of the UK SIG we do sometimes seem a bit insular, but that can be the nature of the hobby, we honestly don't bite (well Radish might  :wacko:) so just say hello at a show and you might be surprised at the reaction. At least it's a place to park your bags and bum  ;D

Over the last couple of years I've gradually come to realise what my main interests are - 1930 to 1950 approximately, mainly 1/72 aircraft - although I will and do sometimes dabble with other periods, scales and genres. Importantly I've also come to be comfortable with my own skill levels. I will never be of compatition standard but I enjoy what I do and that's the main thing. Another important thing about the SIG is that no one ever looks down on someones models and this acceptance that modelling is meant to be fun actually tends to raise your own skill levels because you relax.

I suppose I'm mainly a repaint man when it comes to wiffing (my builds are approximately 50/50 real world and wif) but I have been know to do the odd simple conversion and you never know I might one day go farther down that road when I feel comfortable with a subject, we shall see.

Well that's the introduction. I'll follow with what I'm working on at the moment
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 21, 2012, 02:50:48 am
As promised I thought I'd list what I'm working on at the moment -all 1/72 unless stated

Airfix Me 110, out of the box real world, just needs some finishing touches.

Academy P-39. This is for the Aussierama build and is part inspired by Panther G profile on site. Hopefully will get it's transfers early next week.

Airfix Helldiver. Again inspired by a Panther G profile, this one will be Soviet.

Special Hobby Hawker Tempest Mk II destined for service with SEAC. Will be primed next week. Nice kit apart from the resin wheel wells which take eons to sand down to fit  :banghead:

Airfix Zero - will be real world. Parts pre-painted on sprue.

On the "been there a while shelf" and there's no real reason why any of them are there.

Freightdog P177N
Kora Miles M20 - Naval version
AZ Breda Ba 65
Trumpeter Wyvren
Anigrand Chain Lightning

Then there's those on the "lost interest for the moment shelf" which include a couple of 1/144 Anigrand kits.

That's it for now.

Comments are more then wellcome and hopefully I'll update this once a week or more if I make progress.

Chris
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 21, 2012, 04:34:38 am
Chris, I'm SO pleased that someone else has grades of un-finished projects.

I like the different shelves idea, I may adopt that myself.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 22, 2012, 01:50:05 am
One important thing I forgot to note was that during my formative modelling years one of the big discoveries was BMW's in Wimbledon. This iconic modelling store introduced me to the world of alternative transfers. I'd spend ages going through the big binders they had in the shop on a Saturday after getting the train down from Croydon. I built a whole line up of Airfix Me 109 G's from virtually all the nations that used it from what I think were Almark sheets ? I also got that snake for the Airfix Stuka. I've still got and use some of the RAF squadron codes and roundel sets and they must be nigh on 45 years old !

BMW's also started bringing in some Japanese kits as well. A lot of these were 1/75th scale if I remember but were out of my reach as far as price went back then.

Chris
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 22, 2012, 03:52:22 am
I'm amazed you and I didn't bump into each other back in those days at BMW Chris!

I also spent ages going through their GINORMOUS decal books. I loved the ABT and Hisairdec ranges, they all seemed so exotic to me at the time. I still have an ABT sheet for Closterman's 'Le Grand Charles'. One day I'll get a Tempest kit to use it on........  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: RussC on April 22, 2012, 06:22:44 am
Thanks for sharing , Chris. We have had remarkably similar journeys in the hobby, interests, timelines, even the subjects. It is amazing how the hobby can go dormant and reappear. A lot of people have found this, and amuse at the changes that took place in the hobby over the hiatus.
 
  It was also Woolworths for me and later added Squadron Shop. Their first location , in the NW suburbs of Chicago , was an easy ride from my place (karma!). What really set them apart was their use of massive display cases, filled with the works of scratchbuilders. And I do remember seeing whiffs then , among them. These displays really sold models, as much as any box art could do.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 23, 2012, 12:45:08 am
I'm amazed you and I didn't bump into each other back in those days at BMW Chris!


We may well have done Kit, but I would have been a spotty teenager then and I definately don't remember any "big hats"  ;D

It is amazing how the hobby can go dormant and reappear. A lot of people have found this, and amuse at the changes that took place in the hobby over the hiatus.
 

Yup I think most have us have trod that route, with the length of the gap being the difference. I was definately shocked by the changes in the hobby when I came back and as aluded to it took me a fair while to become comfortable again
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 23, 2012, 07:16:16 am
Well progress of sorts today.

The P-39 has it's transfers on. I'm using the Battle of the Java Sea sheet by DJ Casper decals. Very nice sheet with loads of options but a word to the wise if using these transfers. They are very good but come away from the backing sheet as soon as they get a smell of the water. Literally dip them in water and take them out otherwise they can start to break up.

The Helldiver has it's second top camo colour on.

The Me 110 has had it's undercarriage fitted. This is turning out to be "one of those kits". Silly mistakes on my part, things that don't fit without a struggle when others put it together easy peasy, lost bits etc  :banghead: I will win in the end though  :thumbsup:

The Tempest got a spray of Halfords white primer for the SEAC ID marks. Heck of a struggle out on the balcony in a gap between showers. The wind blew most of the paint on me !

Also broke a Tamiya Mossie and Hasegawa Beau out of the stash for the next 2 builds. The Beau will be a wif in a seldom seen scheme courtesy of the Flypast Beaufighter Special and the Mossie will be in the Mediterranean theatre.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 23, 2012, 08:26:22 am
We may well have done Kit, but I would have been a spotty teenager then and I definately don't remember any "big hats"  ;D

I wasn't into 'Big Hats' back then, much more likely to have been wearing a drag racing related baseball cap with LOTS of hair stuffed under it!  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 25, 2012, 07:15:07 am
Bit more progress today

P-39 has had it's canopy and final details added. Just needs matt coat now.

Helldiver has had a couple of coats of Future. Hopefully transfers start on Friday.

Started to build the Zero. It's a very nice kit if a little over engineered inplaces.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 28, 2012, 02:22:49 am
Not much progress over the last 2 days. Bit of a drink on Thurs = a little lazy on Friday. Plus I've really got into Snuff by a certain T Pratchett and having difficulty putting it down.

Still  managed to get some of the interior bits and bobs of the Mosquito and Beaufighter painted. Hopefully serious progress and some finished projects next week. Could do with this awful weather improving so I can get some priming done  :banghead:

Chris
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 30, 2012, 07:24:03 am
Finished Snuff - really enjoyed it  :thumbsup:

Managed to get my spraying done on the balcony -priming and some white for ID marks - during a slight break in this inclement weather.

Started assembly on the Airfix Zero (real world), cut the wing tips off for the folding versions and Airfix have done this really well even my ham boned fists did it with nary a mark  ;D

First matt coat on the P-39, pics hopefully this week.

Started putting transfers on the Helldiver.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 01, 2012, 07:35:26 am
Not much to day but a little progress

Second Matt coat on P-39

Masked up the Tempest II for it's ID bands

Started cleaning seams up on the Zero. Not down to Airfix but down to my usual standard of assembly (must try and remember to wear my reading specs for close work) Still the kit must be good as there's very little work needed  :thumbsup:

I'm finding this blog lark a very good discipline tool (ooh vicar  :wacko: ;D) Keeps me focused and means I'm trying to do a little modeling each day even if it's only a simple job  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 02, 2012, 03:07:21 am
Done little modelling myself, so must get back to it....
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 02, 2012, 07:15:17 am
P-39 Finished - pics tomorrow

Zero has the main bits assembled, it's a sweet little kit

Tempest has its undersurface colours on

Helldiver now has all it's transfers on.

Started some initial assembly work on the Mosquito and Beaufighter.

Got a Hasegawa Dauntless down from the stash
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 02, 2012, 07:42:39 am
You busy boy!!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 04, 2012, 07:31:05 am
Not to much in the last day or two, real world issues like food shopping  ;D

The Zero has been undercoated and has the undersides painted (first coat) this will be real world, but I've another to wif If I can think of anything to do it as ?

Helldiver has it's undercart fitted and is almost at the matt varnish stage

Tempest II has been masked for its top colours

Hoping to get some work done this weekend as Quin's are away and cup final kicks off late
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 07, 2012, 08:25:36 am
Right progress  :thumbsup:

Zero has had her top coat painted (3 coats - bloody Tamiya acrylics - why do they missbehave sometimes ?). Been Futured, and has the first of the transfers on.

Helldiver has her matt coat on and I've added the final little bits and bobs, just a few touch ups and then photos. Think I may have cracked how to use Humbrol Matt varnish properly  :thumbsup:

Tempest II has her top colours done and transfers on. Needs all the fiddly bits adding now.

Me 110 - (real world build) I'm begining to feel sorry for this kit. I'm not happy with it (nothing to do with the basic kit, it's just been one of "those kits" for me) and it knows it. Not to far off finishing but she will go straight into long term storage. I've got the tropicalised verion of the kit as well, hopefully I can do a better job on that.

Beaufighter and Mosquito. No progress as I want to get my work bench clear and cleaned before I get on more with them. Still not decided on the Mossie if she will be real or wif ?



Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on May 07, 2012, 10:58:29 am
Mossie real world, Chris.

Looking forward to the Zero, as I now have one in the stash (why would you want to shell out a shed load on a Tamiya Zero, by the way?).

Ideas for your second Zero?  Whiffery, sir!  Subject?  The Zero to me has many design traits reminiscent of Italian fighters of WW2.  Alternatively, graft a BMW801 on the front and have it as a license-built machine for the German Navy.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 08, 2012, 03:33:06 am
Mossie real world, Chris.


Almost certainly now as I really like one of the options in the box


Looking forward to the Zero, as I now have one in the stash (why would you want to shell out a shed load on a Tamiya Zero, by the way?).


It is a really nice kit Dave, goes together like a dream. I'm impressed with the engineering of it  :thumbsup: I may still get a new Tamiya one however just to see what they put into it.

As for the second one it will probably get finished in the all over "grey" scheme - I've the right White Ensign paints. A third one is likely to be purchased and may end up as post war French ? Indonesian ? Thai ?

Decided to wait to do photographs until the Tempest and Zero are completed in the next few days.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 08, 2012, 08:09:22 am
Well I've finished putting the transfers on the Zero and despite the fact they are matt they went on like a dream, even the ones that normally missbehave like the yellow wing leading edges and the "keep off" red stripes. They really are some of the best from the box transfers I've used, and as a first for me I've even used all the stencils, not to many I admit, and most of them will disappear on the dark green camo  :blink:. Nevermind on my next "grey" one they will show

The Helldiver has it's second coat of Matt - just a couple of touch ups and the nav lights to do
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on May 08, 2012, 02:08:34 pm
As for the second one it will probably get finished in the all over "grey" scheme - I've the right White Ensign paints. A third one is likely to be purchased and may end up as post war French ? Indonesian ? Thai ?

Thai I think, mon brave.  Not unfeasible given that country's role in South East Asia during WW2.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 09, 2012, 01:24:50 am
As for the second one it will probably get finished in the all over "grey" scheme - I've the right White Ensign paints. A third one is likely to be purchased and may end up as post war French ? Indonesian ? Thai ?

Thai I think, mon brave.  Not unfeasible given that country's role in South East Asia during WW2.

Yes with the elephants on the wings  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 09, 2012, 08:22:38 am
Well Helldiver is finished. Tempest II and Zero have their undercarriage and doors etc on. Basically need their matt coat now and then a couple of little finishing bits. Should be finished early next week, busy weekend  :cheers:

Me 110 has undercart doors added. A few liitle bits to do and then she can be matted as well
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Post by: Go4fun on May 09, 2012, 10:19:15 am
Hmmmmm.... Pink Elephants as a unit marker? Hmmmmm...... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 14, 2012, 07:04:31 am
Right not much progress over the last 4 days or so. Quin's won their Rugby Premiership SF in the last 4 mins on Saturday, cue  :cheers: Then watched the Man City game with a mate who at 69 behaves like a 5 year old supporter when it comes to City. It is a joy and a nightmare to watch him at the same time  :banghead: Anyway he went from agony to ecstasy, the complete opposite of the Man Utd supporter at the other end of the pub. Cue even more  :cheers: followed by  :drink:. And to give the Utd bloke his due he came over and shook my mates hand, and to give him his due he took it  :o

So the Tempest II and Zero are nearly complete, just those dozens of little jobs that seem to crop up at the end of a build. Photo's latter this week. The Me 110 has it's final bits and bobs on just need matting down and then finishing. Started on an Airfix P-40B which will be real world and I'll build this at the same time as the more complicated Beaufighter and Mosquito builds.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Go4fun on May 14, 2012, 12:21:53 pm
Not to much in the last day or two, real world issues like food shopping  ;D

The Zero has been undercoated and has the undersides painted (first coat) this will be real world, but I've another to wif If I can think of anything to do it as ?

Helldiver has it's undercart fitted and is almost at the matt varnish stage

Tempest II has been masked for its top colours

Hoping to get some work done this weekend as Quin's are away and cup final kicks off late
As long as the line doesn't blur between "Dog Food" and "Dog? FOOD!" it's okay Narses2.
 :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 15, 2012, 07:30:24 am
Right Zero and Tempest II are finished - photo's latter this week.

Me 110 has its first matt coat.

The P-40 is all assembled and is awaiting the Mr Surfacer drying then it can be cleaned up. It's another nice kit (I'm falling in love with Airfix again  ;D) that has a couple of extra seams where they have made provision for latter variants and in all honesty a better modeller then me probably wouldn't have needed any filler. If I have one criticism it's that all the sticky out parts are moulded in situ - guns, aerial etc - and are just begging to be snapped off. Will be real world, 112 Sqd as I havn't got one in the collection.

Started painting some parts of the Dauntless.

The P-40 was meant to be a "filler" kit whilst I tackled the Mossie and Beau but it's such a nice little kit it's kind of gone together on its own  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 16, 2012, 07:55:08 am
Right as promised photos are here

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35196.msg560173.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35196.msg560173.html#new)

The Zero was also finished but as it's real world I'll just stick 2 photos here.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics010.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics009.jpg)

As I said this is a great little kit and I'm already building another one.

The P-40 has had it's undersurface Azure blue painted and hopefully will get finished next week.

I've been using etch on the Dauntless. When I first got back into the hobby I assumed that you had to use etch to be a serious modeller (I now know better). I never got on with it and stopped trying to use it. When I opened the box I found an Eduard Zoom set in there along with a mask, so I thought what the heck. To my suprise, perhaps because I'm really enjoying my modelling at the moment it's going quite well, though how visible and therefore how worthwile it will be is another thing  :mellow:

Won't be much progress for a few days now but hopefully next week.

Chris
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: RussC on May 16, 2012, 08:34:12 am
Excellent A6m ! Be it a Whiff or wanna-be.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 17, 2012, 07:12:38 am
Excellent A6m ! 

Russ it is that good a kit that providing you don't fall asleep it would be a difficult to cock it up
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 22, 2012, 07:33:12 am
Right Dauntless now looks like a Dauntless and has the little bit of putty it needed applied. I'll start the PSR tomorrow. Probably just needs sanding and then some Mr Surfacer before priming.

The Tomahawk has its upper surfaces painted so I can start applying the transfers tomorrow - my favourite bit brings everything to life I feel.

The other things I'm working on have been parked. I want to get these 2 finished and then clean the bench down - yes I know sacrilege in some parts - but it's gotten so messy I'm losing things. Should be some progress before I go up North though

I said I was using etch on the Dauntless. Well its actually gone quite well to my suprise. However as expected without the use of an endoscope 80% of the bits can't be seen. Those that can be seen however do make a difference. It's also had the knock on effect of helping me concentrate and start thinking about the modelling process again rather then getting on with it the same way I have been doing for nigh on 55 years  :blink:. So I may well use the etch I have - doubt if I'll buy any more -and hopefully it will help me improve my general modelling especially in so far as the tiddly bits are concerned.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 23, 2012, 08:08:19 am
Right Dauntless has had the little PSR it needed and been washed. Waiting for it to dry before priming, hopefully latter today.

Tomahawk has had its transfers added (from a Sky P-40 sheet). I've just done a standard 112 sqd machine. Added the undercarriage etc this afternoon. If building this kit I would advise you to fit the wheels and hubs to the legs before attaching the legs to the wing. If you don't it all gets a little fiddly and fragile - ask me how I know  :banghead: Take care with the tyre flats as well. It may have been me but I had to tweek them to get them to sit properly.

Won't get much modelling done until Monday now. Brighton tomorrow in the sun, although how much sun will follow me and my mates to the pub I've no idea  :cheers: Still it's a nice walk to Hove. Then Friday is lunch with an ex colleague and Saturday is the Rugby Premiership Final - come on you Quins  :party:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 27, 2012, 02:18:56 am
Got a little done yesterday before the rugby  :drink: :party:

The Dauntless has had it's tail feathers sprayed white and I've decided on the scheme. A slight change from the origional plan.

The P40 has been sprayed with Humbrol matt and it must be the warm weather but it worked beautifully. I sometimes have problems with aerosoles  :banghead: Just a few finishing touches needed.

Didn't want to start anything major until after my break "oop North" so I got an Airfix 1/72 Hurricane IIC down from the stash and made a start on her. Will be real rather then Wif, SEAC as per the boxing. Nice little quick build to get on with while Dauntless parts are drying.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 28, 2012, 07:26:43 am
I'm fairly lucky in that my modelling room is in the shade for a lot of the day so it dosn't get too hot, still warm but not too much so.

The Tomahawk is finished and I'm quite please with it, will make a nice addition to my D.A.F. collection.

The Dauntless has had it's undersurfaces painted and I'll start on the top sides tommorow hopefully.

The Hurricane is all assembled. Just needs a little work on some seams and then I can start painting. Went together like a breeze. No idea how accurate the Airfix IIC is, but it goes together nicely and is a quick, smple build.

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Post by: NARSES2 on May 30, 2012, 07:18:59 am
Dauntless has its camouflage scheme painted, need to varnish as I used Lifecolor then can start transfers.

Hurricane has had PSR, very little needed, and has it's undersides painted.

I might get some stuff done between now and when I go away but then it will be a 2 week interregnum  ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 05, 2012, 08:41:51 am
Little bit of progress during the Jubilee weekend  :party: :drink: :party:

Dauntless has most of the transfers added and if I say so myself is looking good.

Hurricane has had it's uppers painted and I've started the process of putting the transfers on

Won't get much done now for a couple of weeks
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 21, 2012, 07:42:00 am
Back from my travels but not got anything done yet. Always takes me a while after a trip to get back into the mood plus I had the one day international on Tuesday and Doc's today. Hopefully progress on Dauntless, Hurricane and new Airfix Spitfire on Saturday
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2012, 07:18:38 am
Still no progress  :-\ Don't know why but it always takes me a while after I've been traveling to get in the mood again.

Been catching up with my reading instead
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 27, 2012, 07:10:07 am
Finally got some things done  :thumbsup:

The Hurricane now hs most of it's transfers on and the Dauntless is complete in that respect. Got some of the smaller bits and bobs painted for both as well, so the finishing line is getting closer for these two, although canopies need to be masked.

I've started prep work on two of the new Airfix Spitfires, one to be real, the other ? Not sure yet
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 01, 2012, 01:11:39 am
Some progress this weekend. Not as much as I'd hope mainly to an old mate turning up in the pub Friday lunchtime which led to a 6 hour "session" and a "carefull" Saturday  :drink: :banghead:

Still the Hurricane has been glossed to seal in the final transfers. I feel Airfix got the number of stencils etc just about right, enough to add a little interest but not enough to drive you mad. The Dauntless had it's final bits and bobs added, seemingly endless task, but done now. So assuming we get a dry day these both can now have their mat coats. Still need to do the canopies but I have a mask for the Dauntless and the Hurricane is not difficult to mask if you do the verticals followed by the horizontals.

After that I'll tidy the modelling area up before work commences on 2 Spitfire 22's, a Beaufighter, Mosquito and something Italian. Mix of real and wif.

Chris
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Post by: Radish on July 03, 2012, 03:23:05 am
You busy busy boy....slow down!!
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 03, 2012, 08:16:00 am
Well regardless of the weather  :banghead: I managed to get the matt coats on both the Dauntless and the Hurricane. Canopies are masked so they just need to be attached and painted. Then it's nav lights and tips to pitots etc, so should get done by early next week. Then I can start on the next builds. Hopefully I'll get on a bit of a roll again.

I need to sort out a backstory for the Danutless as I managed to get the squadron codes round the wrong way  :banghead: so I have to work out a squadron for her. Either real one that used HQ ???

As I said a lot earlier I used an Eduard Zoom etch on the Dauntless (because I had it) and it worked out very well. The problen is that you can hardly see any of it, especially by the time the canopy is on  :banghead: Shame really because the additions to the rear guns and the seat belts are excellent
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 05, 2012, 07:26:23 am
Right masking on both the Hurricane and Dauntless removed to reveal the touch ups needed on both - this is my least favourite part of modelling. I remember fondly the Hasegawa kits that came with pre-painted canopies  :bow:

On the finishing straight now. Busy weekend ahead but reckon to have photo's by Tuesday.

Then it's clean work area and commence next batch  :thumbsup:

Chris
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 10, 2012, 07:39:28 am
Right I've finally finished the Dauntless and Hurricane. The Dauntless details are posted over on the Aussierama thread which can be found here :-

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35488.msg566145.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35488.msg566145.html#new)

Just as a little teaser here's a picture of the finished build together with the real world P-40 and Hurricane that I've also recently finished.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics002-6.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics008-2.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics006-3.jpg)

Now these have finished I've started on a couple of Airfix Spitfires. A PR XIX and a Mk 22. The XIX will be a wif and the 22 real world. There's also a Hasegawa Beaufighter and Tamiya Mosquito that have been taken from the stash to work on.

The Airfix Spitfire 22 goes together really well and looks as though it will be a great kit. I've already got the innards built and painted - just needs seat belts - and then she can be closed up. Hopefully get the XIX's innards done tomorrow.

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Post by: NARSES2 on July 11, 2012, 07:30:20 am
Right the Spitfire 22 is assembled and cleaned up. Not much cleaning up to do at all and most of that was my down to me. Only problem I can see is that the carburettor air intake leaves a small gap on both sides when fitted - nothing Mr Surfacer can't fix and there's no positive location for the rear bulkhead. Therefore yours truly got it slightly out of true and needed to shave a tad off the shoulder before the fuselage would close  :banghead: Just my standard clumsiness, nout else. I also reamed the holes for the pins out on the fuselage as suggested by Lee, just made things slightly easier, if you don't do this you might have problems getting the halves apart again after dry fitting

All in all it's a lovely kit, well up there with the best as far as assembly goes. Been good fun so far. Prime tomorrow and then paint commences over the weekend  :thumbsup:

The PR XIX has had the cockpit assembled and painted and the Beaufighter and Mosquito have been looked at  :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 12, 2012, 07:51:06 am
Spitfire 22 is now primed, painting to commence over the weekend.

The PR XIX has had the fuselage and wings assembled, they will be mated over the weekend. I didn't spent to much time detailing the cockpit, once she's buttoned up you can't see much anyway. Just some black to bring out some details, leather colour for grip and headrest and masking tape seatbelts. Might get this one to priming stage over the weekend but as she will be "high speed silver" she will need to have the seams really sorted out and I always have problems with the upper cowling seam on any Spitfire I make  :banghead:
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Post by: The Wooksta! on July 13, 2012, 03:23:51 am
If that's the case and you're going NMF/High Speed Silver (Halfords Gloss Aluminium is bestest), extend the anti glare panel along the top cowl but leave the rocker covers in NMF.  You could also try doing the whole engine cowl in another shade metallic, like some of the RAuxAF F21s.

Actually, may do that myself!
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Post by: Mossie on July 13, 2012, 04:24:52 am
Chris, try using a gap filling superglue if you're using metallics.  Doesn't shrink so there's no seam left.  Managed to eliminate the seams on my manned Blue Steel using it, and that was with a kitbash.
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 14, 2012, 02:00:48 am
Lee. I will be using Halfords Aluminium for the paint job. The glare panel is a little different shall we say as the model in question will be a USAAF aircraft replacing the PR XI's they had. I've got the transfers and scheme from a real world XI sorted out so it will possibly be a contender for is it a wif or not ? on the stand.

Thanks for the info Mossie  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2012, 07:25:21 am
Not much progress as I've been quite rough since Friday. Got alternatively very wet and very warm at cricket the other Sunday and the lurgies have finally hit. Sunday I got in about 4-00pm, slumped into the armchair still fully dressed and stayed there until I went to bed at 8-00pm and I was sober  :banghead:

Still some progress.

The 22 has had the spinner and sky tail band painted.

The XIX has now been basically assembled and seam correction has started. Somehow I seem to have got some cheap masking tape sticky stuff on it. Anyone know best way to remove this. Soap and water best or are there some shortcuts ?

I've also dug a AZ Models Hurricane IV out of the stash for a project. It will fit well into my alternative WWII theme and after a conversation with Geoff aka Thorvic will have a slightly unusual but very plausible camouflage scheme. I'm always slightly bemused by some of these so called limeted run kits. Maybe it's because you expect extra cleaning up work that you don't get as annoyed when you have to do some. But the cleaning up on this kit is absolutely minimal. The sprue gates are some of the smallest/thinnest I've seen and took no cleaning up at all. Sure the wing leading edge did need a bit of sand paper run around it to take off the very slight flash, but it came off like an apple peel in an instant. I don't know what benefit the 5 bits of resin give the kit they could have produced them as well, if not better in plastic going by the rest of the kit. Initial trial fit looks very good. Sure if you put the control column where the instruction drawings tell you to then the pilot would need an apes arms but that's no problem and anyway tell me what can really be seen under a closed Hurricane hood ?

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 17, 2012, 07:45:22 am
WD40 should remove most tape residue.  I need to take some of an assembled Spitfire F.XVIe.
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2012, 07:51:38 am
Cheers Lee  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 19, 2012, 06:54:27 am
No modelling for a few days and none likely for a few more  :-\ I've managed to get a very bad tickly cough/chest complaint which seems to involve a lot of clearing of the breathing passages  :banghead: Temperature is a bit on the high side as well. Got alternatively very wet and very hot a cricket couple of weeks ago and think I'm paying for it. Not as young as I was  :o

Want to get completely better before I enter the dust, fume filled atmosphere of the modelling room.

On the bright side picked up some WD40 in the Pound store today for guess what ???? £1  ;D So at least I can clean up the Spitfire XIX

Chris
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 24, 2012, 01:01:53 am
Still no progress, still bad chest  :-\ Slowly, very slowly getting better but age increases recovery time.
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 04, 2012, 01:41:20 am
Chest is a little better - better or not I'm modelling a bit this coming week. Once I've done the Newsletter that is  :-X
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Post by: Radish on August 04, 2012, 01:51:13 am
Hope you feel better soon....the tickly cough is a downright bounder!!
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 09, 2012, 07:12:21 am
This is getting more like a medical buletin then a modelling blog  :banghead:

However the meds have worked  :thumbsup: Great British Beer Festival on Friday, Yate model show Sat and Sun, then I can do some modelling next week  ;D ;D after I've printed the SIG Newsletter
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 14, 2012, 07:20:44 am
Finaly got some modelling done today (where's the jumping up and down with glee smiley when you want him  ;D). Got the spinner and tail band on the Spitfire 22 painted, canopy fitted on the Spitfire XIX - as it will be mainly silver doped I want to spray it with the canopy attached, normally attaching the canopy is one of the final acts for me. Hurricane has had all of its inards detail painted. This is probably a waste of time as I doubt anything but the seat, belts and control column will be visible once the canopy is on and painted, but if I skimp on this stage of construction it always niggles away at me and I'm never happy with the finished product  :blink:

Not much more progress this week as I've various things to do, but next week........hopefully
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 16, 2012, 12:54:38 am
Right more progress on the Hurricane  :thumbsup:

Got the cockpit fitted into the fuselage. Really nice easy fit, AZ have handled this bit very well, the floor, seat etc fit into the fuselage with no cursing, swearing, sweating at all. Other more mainstream companies could take note here. As I thought however you can only really see the seat, belts (which are moulded in to the seat and quite nice) and controll column, a few of the red/white/yellow "dots" stand out but not many.

Fuselage fitted together very well, especially considering there are no pins. If building remember to fit the exhaust blanking plates before joining the fuselage - I did for once  ;D. Wings fit together well and then fit to the fuselage with just a little fettling to the forward wing/fuselage joint. I'm impressed with this effort from AZ, they have definitely moved up a notch with their recent releases.

Now need some good weather (and a day when I'm not going out) to get on to the balcony and spray prime this and the Spitfire XIX.

Chris
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 19, 2012, 01:03:08 am
To hot yesterday to do much - 30C in London, know idea what it was on the balcony which basically faces South. Still managed to get some detail painting done and started to clean up the next project (a Hawker Tornado) before it got to hot to work. The Tornado has a fair few tiny air bubbles in the wings particularly but nothing that a coat of Mr Surfacer 500 can't cure. This one is for the unofficial 3 Sqd build for the Nationals.

Chris
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Post by: Radish on August 20, 2012, 04:12:18 am
Less warm here but very muggy....I'm topless :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 20, 2012, 07:09:19 am
Having expunged that thought from my brain  :banghead:

The Hurricane and Spitfire XIX are primed and both need a little remedial work.

The Spitfire 22 has had it's sky band masked and undersides painted, the Tornado wings have seen a liberal coat of Mr Surfacer.

I'm toying with the idea of putting the 4 bladed prop on the Hurricane, it comes in the box, and calling it a Mk V. Could say a few were built and issued for use on the Turkish Front, where this one is to be based in my Turkey joins the Axis scenario, until such time as enough Typhoons became available ?

Chris
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Post by: The Wooksta! on August 20, 2012, 08:06:51 am
More likely to be Mk IVs locally modified.  Does it have the armoured radiator?  I'd also go with the 6 stub exhausts too.
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 21, 2012, 12:24:54 am
Yup it does have the armoured radiator Lee, 3 stub exhausts though.

Modified Mk IV would also suit the scenario although as the Mk V's were all intended for India/Burma I could say that they all went to the Turkish front in my scenario ?
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Post by: The Wooksta! on August 21, 2012, 05:00:43 am
If you've the 3D Spitfire IXe set, use the round exhausts from it on a Heller 16 and keep the fishtail exhausts from that on the Hurribob.
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 21, 2012, 07:55:28 am
If you've the 3D Spitfire IXe set, use the round exhausts from it on a Heller 16 and keep the fishtail exhausts from that on the Hurribob.

I have the set, cheers Lee.

Little more PSR today ; both the Hurricane and Spitfire XIX should be ready for paint now.

Had the joy of painting Ocean Grey onto Hannants grey primer this pm  :banghead: Think I'll paint the dark green and then touch up the Ocean Grey.

While I was getting the Tornado ready for building I dug a Kora Miles M20/4 out. FAA fighter instead of Martlets on escort carriers or possibly a CAM ship fighter ? When building small resin kits I like having 2 on the go (sometimes more) so that I don't waste to much filler, especially if I need to get the Milliput out
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 22, 2012, 06:54:48 am
Took advantage of slightly cooler weather last night and hit the Spitfire XIX with a Halfords spray can, coated it with Klear this morning, hopefully will avoid tarnishing the finish whilst I get on with the rest of the paint work.

Probably won't get to much done now until next week, busy boy over the next couple of days. Hopefully get a little painting done but not much else.

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Post by: NARSES2 on August 28, 2012, 01:49:37 am
Made a little progress over the weekend.

Spitfire F.22 has its top colours on. Can start the transfers soon.

Hurricane IV (V ?) has had its undersides painted light Med blue by White Ensign - superb paints.

Spitfire PR XIX has had the first colours masked and painted, now need to mask for the glare panel.

Other things to do will mean progress this week will again be drips and drabs. Want to get these finished next week if I can before I go "oop North" for a few days
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 30, 2012, 12:14:55 am
Busy old day yesterday (as is today and tomorrow) but managed to start getting the transfers om the Airfix Spitfire 22.

I've read some "comment" in the modeling press re these so I thought I'd pass my own. The transfers are matt rather the glossy but the colours are superb, they look right (I'm doing the camoflage option) and are very dense in colour. They take a little longer to come off the backing paper then some recent Airfix releases but not an undue amount. Once loose they slide onto the model with ease, no folding over even with the large underwings serials. There is a little bit of reflection from the large underwing serials, which fit superbly into the very restricted space they are intended for, I wouldn't call it silvering and a coat of Future/Klear will soon clear it. I've applied them onto a plain Xtracrylic surface by the way (forgot to coat with Klear  :banghead:). There are just about the right number of stencils, although I doubt I'll use all, life is to short.

Overall excellent transfers round of an extremely good package. Go and by them while they last in the shops  :thumbsup:

Chris
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 03, 2012, 07:22:20 am
Progressing with putting transfers on the Spitfire F.22, there's a lot of them  :blink: Just have the stencils to do now. I won't use all of them, only the ones that stand out. To many stencils make a 1/72 model look overcrowded in my view (just look at some of those "billboard F.4's) although it could also be that I'm inherently lazy.

Transfers have been put on the Spitfire PR XIX. Very few national/unit markings on this one and I've pinched some wing walk markings from a Airfix Mk V that is to sacrifice it's nose for a project. This is one area where the Airfix kit is lacking. National and unit markings and that's it. Now I know I've said I don't do to many stencils, but you'd expect the wing walk markings ? Or didn't the PR XIX have them ?

Hurricane V (I've made my mind up) has had it's top colours added. Still needs a couple more coats, especially the lighter colour. I used Halfords grey primer on this and the light colour is struggling a bit. Still it's Lifecolor so is very thin and drys quickly.

Painted lots of fiddly bits, wheels, tyres, props, spinners etc.

Get some more work done tomorrow on these projects. The Spitfires are at the stage where to be honest you don't seem to make any substantial progress, then all of a sudden they come together.


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Post by: The Wooksta! on September 03, 2012, 07:39:50 am
I rarely bother with stencils these days.  National markings, codes, serials and unit badges.  I may also add personalized touches - kill markings definitely - but that's it.

A 72nd model is a full size one 72 feet away.  I can't make out things like stencils with my eyesight so they don't go on me models!
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Post by: PR19_Kit on September 03, 2012, 10:54:25 am
Now I know I've said I don't do to many stencils, but you'd expect the wing walk markings ? Or didn't the PR XIX have them ?

Yes, see below of PS915 from the BoB Memorial Flight. Copyright as on the piccie itself.

(http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/7135/spitfirepr19ps915.jpg)
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 04, 2012, 12:57:17 am
Thanks Kit - lovely photo
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 04, 2012, 07:34:29 am
The Spitfire PR XIX is now varnished and just needs a couple of things finishing as is the Spitfire 22. Should have photos by the weekend.

Hurricane has had it's undercart fitted and the upper colours are now finished. Need to varnish tomorrow (Lifecolor is very, very matt) and then can get the transfers on.

Won't be starting anything new until I'm back from "oop North" but then I'll start on my Telford builds.
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 05, 2012, 07:13:59 am
Right Spitfire XIX is finished and the build can be found here : http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35787.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35787.new.html#new)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics002-7.jpg)

Spitfire 22 (real world) needs the canopy doing but not sure if it will get finished before the weekend. Decent weather means I'm off to the seaside (read seaside pub) with the lads Thursday  :cheers: Rugby Friday  :cheers:

Hurricane has had 2 coats of Future so hopefully get her transfers on over the weekend. Finish her when I get back from families. Had a slight problem with this one. I was going to use Spitfire XVI exhausts as suggested by Wookster but I droped one ! Can I find it ???  :banghead: Even tried the normally foolproof walking aound in bare feet. Discovered an Me 110 radio/gunners seat, Revell Contacta needle  :blink: and a 1/72 Lewis gun, when did I last build something that needed one of these ???? But no exhaust so she will get the standard one placed with white glue until I eventually find the one I want, they always turn up eventually.

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Post by: NARSES2 on September 20, 2012, 07:37:36 am
Always struggle to get going again after a trip away from home, no idea why  :banghead:

Anyway got my Hurricane varnished so can get on with the final bits and bobs, also started to sort out the new Airfix Mustang kit as the Freightdog conversion bits and bobs arrived (one day from order to arrival  :thumbsup:) This will be one of my Telford builds

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Post by: NARSES2 on September 24, 2012, 02:08:29 am
Got builders in for the next 3 weeks (kitchen) . Might be able to get some modelling done, but will wait and see.

Should mean a fun 3/4 weeks prior to Telford  :blink: :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 27, 2012, 01:19:17 am
Got builders in for the next 3 weeks (kitchen) . Might be able to get some modelling done, but will wait and see.

No chance of any modelling at the moment - chaos and dust reign supreme  :banghead: Next week probably the same, hopefully in the third "finishing up" week I might get some done.

It does mean my reading rate has increased however. Almost finished Terry Pratchet's "Dodger". Absolutely brilliant, difficult to put down and being a Londoner helps with some of the slang used  ;D He's written this for "young adults" ? Now I've never been considered very adult and I definately ain't young anymore so if I'm an old kid is that the same thing ??  :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 01, 2012, 01:39:18 am
Got a little done on Sunday amidst the chaos. Started on my Airfix Mustang. Cut, trimmed and test fitted the major parts on a tray on my lap  :blink:

The new tool Airfix P-51 is quite possibly the best Airfix kit I have so far worked on. Detail and fit are really, really good. One thing to watch out for however is the sprue gates. They are rather large and I would advise using a small razor saw (I used the small SAM one) to remove the parts from the sprue. In that way you avoid damage to the parts, although I will have to replace one wingtip navigation light  :banghead: or sand the other off and say it was an RAF mod ?

I'll be using the Freightdog conversion and paper drop tanks with this model. Looks so good I should get it done for Telford even with the builders in. Not sure about the 2 resin kits planed, may have to adopt the backup plan, if I can think of one  :blink:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on October 01, 2012, 10:27:58 am
I noticed the size of the sprue gates on the P-51 too Chris, and when I checked the Spitfire PRXIX has them as well. Does the F22 have them too?
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 02, 2012, 01:12:30 am
I noticed the size of the sprue gates on the P-51 too Chris, and when I checked the Spitfire PRXIX has them as well. Does the F22 have them too?

They are not quite so noticeable on the 22 Kit
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 05, 2012, 06:03:40 am
Well no progress whatsoever because of the builders  :banghead: Discovered I can't work of a tray on my lap so I've been catching up on my reading. Working my way through Simon Scarrow's Roman stories. Read 4 so far and half way through the fifth.

Got another week and then get down to some serious modelling
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Post by: Radish on October 06, 2012, 11:40:37 am
Serious....surely not. ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 07, 2012, 01:18:43 am
You know what I mean  ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 14, 2012, 02:23:33 am
We're nearly there ! I reckon builders should finish Monday or Tuesday. Then I just need to tidy up - "JUST" I can't believe the amount of dust, it's got everywhere, Models that were in progress look as though they've been in the Mummies tomb even though door has been shut.

So at least a week before I can start modelling probably. Means Telford plans need to change. Will build a new tool Airfix Mustang and probably bring my RAF high altitude bomber escort Mustang to keep it company.
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 22, 2012, 07:19:35 am
Right managed to get a little modelling done - still a lot of tidying up/putting away to be done after builders - but some small progress.

Got canopies masked and painted for the Spitfire 21 and Hurricane "V".

Got some basic assembly done on the Mustang and cut out the relevant nose panels for the Freightdog conversion set  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 26, 2012, 07:37:33 am
Some interior paintwork done on the Mustang - serious time to be put in next week.

As mentioned elsewhere picked up an Eduard 1/72 Me 110 profipack today. I have the Airfix new tool but just not happy with it. There's something about it I'm not quite sure about ? Plus I've made a couple of silly basic errors and for some reason the paintwork and varnish looks like it's been done in Steptoe's yard  :banghead: 95% complete and will probably enter the chamber from which no model has yet returned   :unsure: I've just screwed it plain and simple. I've got another which will be wiffed, Eduard kit will be real world
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Post by: Radish on October 26, 2012, 11:15:00 am
Steampunking my Airfix bf-110 as Japanese :wacko:
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 27, 2012, 02:38:37 am
Steampunking my Airfix bf-110 as Japanese :wacko:

I may strip it back, put radials on it and say it was built for the Japanese ? In the same way as I put my radial engined Me 109 in Japanese markings  out on the quiet Mongolian Front.

Cheers Rad you may have saved an innocent (it isn't really) model from a lingering death - out of the mouths of babes (no not that sort of babe)  ;D
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Post by: Radish on October 27, 2012, 02:57:26 am
It's good to help the elderly.....
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 27, 2012, 03:16:26 am
It's good to help the elderly.....

Thankee kindly young man  ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 29, 2012, 08:08:26 am
Right progress on the Mustang. Interior painted and detailed to my liking. Some basic assembly complete. So far this is a very, very nice kit with very good fit almost snap fit in places. Detail is very nice under a coat of paint as well.

I'm still trying to clean the models that got caught up in the "Great Kitchen re-build Dust Storm"  :banghead: The dust is proving almost impossible to remove from the surface and panel lines it's so fine. 2 kits were virtually finished as well. I shall imerse them in a bath of warm soapy water and see what effect that has  :-\
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 31, 2012, 08:34:48 am
Mustang is assembled and goes together very well, one of the best Airfix kits I've ever built in terms of fit. I've fitted the Freightdog conversion lower nose and it slots in like a dream. Just a mere smear of filer and it's done.

Not sure this will get finished for Telford, I'm a busy boy over the next week or so, and don't want to rush it. Depends if I can get it primed in the next day or so.
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 04, 2012, 02:11:53 am
Been making slow progress with the Mustang. Been very busy - dosn't help that I've been helping a friend with her new pc and broadband connection. Got a really good curry out of it but the bloody thing wanted to download 45 Windows updates !!!! never seen that many before so how long has it been in the warehouse ?  :blink: She's also using a rather obscure broadband company link which has lead to some fun  :-\

So I'll finish the Mustang after Telford rather then rush, along with the Spitfire 22 and Hurricane IV/V both of which have nearly had all of the builders dust removed  :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 13, 2012, 01:43:29 am
Well great time at Telford, bit of a bugger getting there, one of the worst train journeys (Arriva Trains Wales) I've had in many a long year. They made those guys who shove people aboard Japanese commuter trains look like mere starters  :banghead: :banghead: They were a bit better on the Monday if late. Lucky I always leave plenty of time between trains unlike all those unlucky soles rushing for connections at Birmingham New Street  :angry: Virgin was fine as usual on the London-Birmingham leg however, hope they keep the franchise and I am not the "Brands" biggest fan  :rolleyes:

Didn't spend to much, or drink to much. Great conversation and ideas. Great bunch of people as usual. Had fun switching Rad's letters  :wacko: Still think we should have a prize for overall "best totty in show" but don't think I'll get that past Committee  :rolleyes:

Now just need to pass Hanks stah increase on to him this pm and get building again  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 15, 2012, 07:14:53 am
Unusually for me I've actually got some work done post Telford. I'm normally modelled out at this stage of the year and the hobby takes a back seat until after Christmas but not this year for some reason  :blink: ;D

Mustang is primed, freezing on the balcony  :banghead: Spitfire 22 and the Hurricane IV/V hybrid have had the builders dust finally cleaned from them - good old Fairy Liquid  :thumbsup: - and can now be finished.

Hopefully get these finished and photoed in the next 10 days or so and then I can start on my Tornado and Miles M.20, with perhaps a P.39 and Super Corsair to keep them company.

 
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 26, 2012, 06:53:34 am
Not much progress lately, other things keep popping up.

However got some priming done, psr done, started the canopy frames on the Hurricane and cooked a shepherds pie as per St Delia's instructions - wonderfull  :bow: :bow:
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 28, 2012, 07:16:58 am
Carried on with the Hurricane's canopy frames - I use the transfer strip method on aircraft with this type of canopy. If not I'll go  :blink: :blink: One more sortie and this will be done and I can get her finished.

Also got some SEAC ID markings painted up.

Resisted the temptation to start on my "Super Corsair". Want to clear the projects currently on the bench first.
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Post by: Radish on November 28, 2012, 02:27:15 pm
I always paint canopy frames freehand then scrape/tidy up with a cocktail stick. :party:
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 29, 2012, 07:15:48 am
I always paint canopy frames freehand then scrape/tidy up with a cocktail stick. :party:

Yup I use that method for things that don't have greenhouses as well. For something as fiddly as said Hurricane I'm afraid the old mince pies and hand/eye co-ordination arn't up to it any more  :-\
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 12, 2012, 07:14:40 am
Top surfaces started on the Mustang. The pending Crimbo celebrations is having quite a sharp effect on my modelling output plus I have a wedding to attend on the 29th Dec. No not mine but I do have a major role to play  :mellow:
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Post by: The Wooksta! on December 12, 2012, 07:36:57 am
You're going to silence anyone objecting?
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 12, 2012, 07:45:26 am
You're going to silence anyone objecting?

Nah that's the ushers job  ;D I'm actually giving the bride away (although I'm going to try a Dutch auction first  ;D) Mate who died 18 months or so ago and his daughter's asked If I'll give her away. I'm rather nervous actually and I don't normally feel that way.
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Post by: Radish on December 13, 2012, 10:01:34 am
Does that mean you give a speech?

Can we gatecrash?? ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Rheged on December 13, 2012, 10:50:38 am
Can we gatecrash?? ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

That's the other reason that the ushers are present!!
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 14, 2012, 12:52:22 am
Does that mean you give a speech?


Yup and it's already written - obviously given the circumstances it's been quite difficult to get the tone right - so I started early
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 20, 2012, 07:16:12 am
Slow progress on both the Mustang and Hurricane. They should both get finished this year but it will be close what with Crimbo, a wedding and New Years  :cheers:
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 08, 2013, 06:56:38 am
Well the Hurricane and Spitfire 22 finally got finished.

The Hurricane pics and backstory is here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36378.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36378.new.html#new)

Whilst the real world Airfix Spitfire 22 (a lovely kit  :bow:) is here

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics006-5_zpse80906ed.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics005-5_zpsbe0677f5.jpg)
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Post by: Radish on January 08, 2013, 11:17:04 am
Looking good. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: The Wooksta! on January 09, 2013, 04:45:13 am
Apart from the fact that Airfix cocked up the colours for the letters (should be white) and they don't give you the letter for that aircraft.
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Post by: kitbasher on January 19, 2013, 11:08:17 am
Is nice, I like.
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Post by: Radish on January 26, 2013, 04:56:47 am
Meanwhile.....your Norwegian Dewoitine D.500....

It would be VERY welcome on the BIGGLES SIG stand at SMW13 as the theme has a background against the 1940 invasion of Norway.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 27, 2013, 02:38:25 am
Meanwhile.....your Norwegian Dewoitine D.500....

It would be VERY welcome on the BIGGLES SIG stand at SMW13 as the theme has a background against the 1940 invasion of Norway.

Cheers Rad. It's one I'll be building soon as the kit is a nice and easy build, as a lot of Heller's output from that period was.

Not sure whether to do her in overall silver dope or French camoflage ? Possible silver dope undersides and camo topsides ? National markings are easy either either masked and painted or just use "decal" strip. And yes I did use the dreaded word because that is their brand name they are still transfers  ;D

Once the SEAC Mustang is complete she will join the bench with 3 Hurricane IIc's
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on January 27, 2013, 03:17:24 am
Choice of camo is all yours. I'm doing a 1/48th silver Hawk 75, and a silver DH Comet racer in Norwegian colours.
A friend's doing a couple of 1/72nd Gladiators...one RAF, one Norwegian, and another has several German projects on the go.
It'll be a belter....BIGGLES will be at the Milton Keynes show. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 27, 2013, 03:25:07 am
BIGGLES will be at the Milton Keynes show. :thumbsup:

Right  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Radish on January 28, 2013, 03:18:52 am
With Goggles too :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 28, 2013, 07:09:33 am
The Mustang is now ready for her markings and that will happen tommorow. It's a nice little kit but there are one or two fiddly bits and I must admit I'm still struggling to come to grips with how the tail wheel doors are meant to fit ? I've got them on but only after some minor surgery to remove what appears to be an extraneous piece - probably my cack-handedness but still  :blink:

I'm determined not to start anything new until this is finished  :rolleyes:
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Post by: kitbasher on January 28, 2013, 02:15:58 pm
I'm still struggling to come to grips with how the tail wheel doors are meant to fit ?

Try glue? :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 29, 2013, 07:06:11 am
I'm still struggling to come to grips with how the tail wheel doors are meant to fit ?

Try glue? :banghead:

 :banghead: :banghead: Now why didn't I think of that  ;D ;D

Seriously there is a right angled "flanged" at the rear of each door (the same piece is present in the closed version of the doors but creates a roof to the rear of the internal door) I'm not sure what this is ? It definitely doesn't aid fitting of the things and obstructs the tail wheel fitment ? As I say it may just be me being an idiot but it is odd.

Anyway the national markings and codes are on. I've used Mustang Mk III serials so they are 1/2 right  :rolleyes: This is the stage of modelling I like best I think. It's when the whole thing comes together and you either have one for the showcase or one for the box in the wardrobe. Anyway I like her and I think the SEAC scheme can make almost anything look good  :thumbsup: Major stencils go on tomorrow and then it's touch ups and photos.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 31, 2013, 07:25:01 am
Rest of the transfers are on the Mustang as is the windscreen. Matt varnished today. Just need to paint the windscreen frames and fit the canopy and she's done.

Checking I had everything for my next 3 builds (3 Airfix Hurricane IIC's) and found I didn't have the national markings necessary for one of the planed builds. Not in the after market collection nor in any other kit I have  :banghead: So ordered from Hannants. I'll be building all 3 of these at the same time so should save a bit of time with this production line approach ?
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 01, 2013, 07:29:19 am
Mustang is finished - photo's tomorrow hopefully, in between the rugby.

Had one last minute modification. The aerial broke off half way up  :banghead: Defeated all attempts to super glue back and then flew off the tweezers  :banghead: :banghead: Aircraft now has the RAF's late war UHF radio with the short mast  :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 02, 2013, 02:08:56 am
Well here's the link to the finished Mustang build

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36541.msg587244.html#msg587244 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36541.msg587244.html#msg587244)

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 04, 2013, 07:28:34 am
Transfers arrived for the Hurricane so the builds can start
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 05, 2013, 07:14:53 am
Well I've started on the 3 Hurricane IIC's. The Airfix kit is nice and simple (no idea how accurate and as long as it looks like a Hurri I'm not fussed). You can build up quite a few sub assemblies, which I've done and start on the painting of the interiors etc, which I've also done. It's only real vices are the sprue attachment points which are large and clumsy in places and there's oodles of the so and so's. The undercarriage legs are particularly prone to breakage when removing from the sprues - ask me how many times I found that out  :banghead: The only other thing to note is that if you drill out the upper fusalage location hole to a greater diametre the fusalage closes far better then if you don't. It will be interesting to compare the new Mk I when it comes out to this moulding.

I also used my Humbrol workstation on my lap in the living room (it's warmer) whilst doing the sub assemlies an dpleased to say it works as advertised  :thumbsup:
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Post by: The Wooksta! on February 05, 2013, 08:22:13 am
It can't be much worse.  The Airfix IIc has been panned by pretty much everyone I know - the whole tail area is small and out.  The fin should be offset but isn't and the only kit to ever get that right was the old Airfix Mk I.

May buy a cheap IIc for use as spares.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 06, 2013, 07:11:12 am
Well work on the Hurricanes continues. Interiors finished, inc. tape belts and the fusalages are now closed up.

Once these are finished it will be the Airfix new tool Me 109E Trop - had an idea for this at lunchtime  ;D and I also had an idea for the Bulgarian markings inc. in said kit  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 07, 2013, 07:17:08 am
Major construction now complete on all 3 kits. Quite strange that whilst 2 of them went together like Derby and Joan the other one needed a little fettling on most pieces  :-X Monday morning moulding ?

Anyway won't get much done now until Monday, may get some filling done, mainly Mr Surfacer needed that's all, but not much else.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on February 08, 2013, 01:16:33 am
I need to finish the Air Police Hurricane.....can't fing the piggin spinner. It'll turn up :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 11, 2013, 07:12:41 am
Well as suspected the 3 Hurricanes only needed an application of Mr Surfacer 500. That has now dried and been sanded back so they are probably ready for priming. Problem is I do my spraying on the balcony and it's snowing  :blink: Might clear up enough to get in done tomorrow though.

Cut out the major parts of the Me 109 and glued the cockpit assembly etc. Start with the RLM 02 in the morning
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Post by: Captain Canada on February 11, 2013, 08:49:44 am
It's snowing everywhere this week ! You see how much the east coast of NA has gotten ? Crazy....look forward to seeing the Hurricanes. Can't go wrong with Hurricanes !

 :wub:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 12, 2013, 07:06:41 am
Well I braved the cold and got the Hurricanes primed out on the balcony - bloody freezing  :blink: Still warming the Halfords spray can up in warm water first helped.

Detail painting complete on the Me 109's inners.

I'm trying a couple of different "techniques" with the painting on these kits. Just little tweaks to the way I usually do things but trying to improve a bit.

So hopefully in the next couple of days I can get the Hurricane's undersides painted and the 109 assembled.
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 13, 2013, 07:09:06 am
The 109 is assembled. What can I say ? It went together beautifully  :bow: Yes you have to take care in trimming the parts properly but if you do then a little drop of liquid cement on the edges and the parts slot into place perfectly. No filler what so ever and with the 109's seam on the top/bottom of the fusalage no cleaning up there either  ;D Took about an hour to get a complete airframe, and that's with the multi part nose assembly. This is quite possibly one of the best fitting kits I've built so well done Airfix  :thumbsup: Lovely detail on the kit as well, will be building another of these.

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Post by: NARSES2 on February 15, 2013, 07:08:56 am
Well it's been a "3 shades of blue and grey day". Got the 3 hurricanes and 109's undersides painted whence the 3 shades of light blue and 1 Medium Sea Grey. Also got the tyres painted. Here the Monday Hurricane struck again. The tyre/wheel definition lines on this one, particularly the tailwheel, weren't as clearly defined as the other two and it was a lot more difficult to get a decent demarcation. Couldn't use my usual trick of thinned RLM 66 and capillary action.

Rugby tomorrow (come on you Quin's) and FA Cup Sunday so these will be parked until Monday.

have a good weekend all

Chris
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Post by: kitbasher on February 16, 2013, 02:05:57 am
I enjoyed building the 'new' Airfix Hurricane IIc, Chris.  I accepted the deficiencies and go on with it - it was for a whif (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36088.msg578618.html#msg578618) after all.  Yes the deficiencies were avoidable Mr Airfix, but it is a really good 'training kit' that can be made into an attractive model OOB.  If it draws newbies to the hobby (especially kids) then it is a valuable addition to modelling.
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 17, 2013, 02:26:17 am
Yup I remember that one Dave  :thumbsup: Agree wholeheartedly with your comments on the Airfix Hurri II. Goes together well and as far as I'm concerned looks like what it says on the label  ;D Great kit for youngsters.

One of the current crop is inspired by an idea you gave me by the way  :bow:
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Post by: kitbasher on February 17, 2013, 03:19:00 am
One of the current crop is inspired by an idea you gave me by the way  :bow:

Had to check out the PMs to remind myself what that was.  And yes!  Looking forward to that one, your secret is safe with me Chris.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 21, 2013, 07:08:54 am
OK the 3 Hurricanes and the Me 109 all have the first colour on their topsides. 4 different colours  :banghead: Hopefully get the 2nd camo colour on tomorrow.

While looking at the front cover of the March SAM I was struck by a possible wif. If I decide to go ahead with this, and it's a big IF, then it will be the most elaborate and chopped about project I've undertaken since my early teens, which was a long, long time ago  :blink: Back then I would quite happily chop, cut and replace bits with balsa etc, often inspired by Allan Hall in SAM so I suppose there's some continuity in that the idea has sprung from a SAM cover  ;D Nowadays I'm very much a "repaint" man.

Chris
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 23, 2013, 01:50:44 am
Topsides are finished on the Hurricanes and 109. Will start my favourite bit of the process (transfers) tomorrow. Models always seem to come to life for me at this stage. Even ones I think I've screwed can be saved at this point  :thumbsup: Strangely I put my transfers on the models whilst standing up by the kitchen worktop rather then at my modelling bench. Weird ? or just a ready supply of warm water ? BTW two of these models will require a fairly lengthy transfer process one will need two completely different sets of national markings to start with  :rolleyes:

Eyeing up my next builds. Fancy a pair of Gruman Skyrockets. One USN Yellow Wings the other FAA in the early Martlet scheme.

Have a good weekend one and all

Chris
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Post by: Radish on February 23, 2013, 07:00:22 am
Chris, I often put my decals on in the kitchen too. :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 24, 2013, 02:42:26 am
Chris, I often put my decals on in the kitchen too. :thumbsup:

What really worries me is what else you put on in the kitchen ???  :blink: :blink: ;D ;D :bow:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 26, 2013, 07:22:59 am
Well making progress with what is quite a long process of getting the transfers on, especially as some of them are rather bare in the markings dept, although one has a double set of national markings  :rolleyes: This has been an interesting process as I work through the transfers. Most are from the spares box and are from a variety of different manufacturers - MPM, Airfix, Sky, Ventura et al. It's been interesting to compare them. Some take ages to come off the backing sheet and then slide around for ever on the model, others come off the backing sheet straight away and grab immediately, which then takes a copious amount of water to move them into position. Others again are extremely robust, others very fragile - it's been fun that's for sure and I'm about 1/2 way through. Although the 109 will take rather a long time to get the transfers on, all will be revealed latter.

During this I've managed to get all the models on their undercarriage, or rather they are on their backs whilst it's drying. The Airfix Monday Hurricane struck again, requiring quite a bit of gentle sanding to get the legs in place. The others went in fine. The 109's legs almost homed into position the moulding is that good  ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 04, 2013, 02:54:32 am
Right a little progress over the weekend - it was birthday and rugby, so beer was involved  :cheers: - the Hurricanes are now simply awaiting matting and their canopies, which need the frames painting. This is when you regret doing 3 Hurricanes at a time  :banghead:. The 109 is still in the transfer shed and will remain in there a fair while I think, slow progress.

Not 100% sure what I'll be starting next. The 2 Grumman Skyrockets are goers and may well be accompanied by a Black Hawk (not the helicopter) as an RAF nightfighter in the early 50's and a Moonbat serving with I'm not sure yet ???
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 05, 2013, 07:30:21 am
Hurricanes are matted and canopies attached. Forgot some little things like nav lights and spent ammo chutes. No problem as these are always amongst the last things I do. The last is fit the prop and spinner - when I build a jet I feel odd without this ritual  :blink: These finals always seem to take longer then expected.

Anyway started on the Skyrockets. For old kits they are quite nice. One is in a tray type box the other in an end opener. I think the tray one is an earlier moulding as there isn't quite as much flash. In all honesty there is very little on the older one either. Sprue gates are thick but plastic is hard so it all cleans up quickly and easily with blade, file and emery  :thumbsup: Got the cockpits assembled and the instrument panel built up. Fit on testing looks to be good.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 06, 2013, 07:25:04 am
Started on the Hurricane canopy framing. I'm trying 3 different methods of doing this in the hope (probably forlorn) that I can find one that doesn't drive me to distraction.

As for the Skyrockets I've made up a series of sub assemblies. I tend to do this with these earlier limited run kits as due to the nature of the moulding technique there are usually 3/4 pieces whereas in a mainstream kit there would be one. (Hasegawa can sometimes disprove this theory  :blink:).I'll now leave them for a day or so to "cure". I find doing this and the subsequent psr means that when I bring all the sub assemblies together it goes much quicker and I don't get bogged down by loads of fettling and swearing at that stage. Just my way of making the build pass more enjoyably and it works for me. ;D

The Black Hawk is out of the box and I'll start cleanup tomorrow. Need to find those Matchbox Meteor markings, failing that I have a Xtradecal Hunter sheet in the box.
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Post by: pyro-manic on March 07, 2013, 10:57:29 pm
Looking forward to seeing the Hurris and 'Schmitt. :thumbsup:

What are the Skyrocket kits? I don't think I've ever seen a model of one (I'm sure they're around, just not common).
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 08, 2013, 06:53:10 am
What are the Skyrocket kits? I don't think I've ever seen a model of one (I'm sure they're around, just not common).

They are the old MPM kits. Still readily available about the place. Picked up my second one a year or so ago at a show.

Nice kits for their age and genre. I like them as you have to think a little during construction and that dosn't do any harm.  ;D The undercarriage legs for instance are a butt joint to the bay roof. Now that is never going to last so you have to fiddle with it a bit. First one I completely over engineered but that was probably good for my soul. Second one I just used some tubing of the correct internal diametre to add some support to the leg.

Now I wouldn't want to do this every time I build and I really like good, well thought out, good fitting kits but these are good kits and just need that little extra care and attention.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 08, 2013, 06:59:43 am
While working on the Hurricanes which are getting there (bloody canopy frames  :banghead:, although the new method has worked quite well and will repay refining  :thumbsup:) I came up with a couple of possible Hurricane Wifs that I will probably get round to building this year hopefully.

First is a Hurricane floatplane. Airfix Mk II, cannons removed, PM Spitfire floats and in prototype markings. Reckon it would only have flown once or twice before they realised it was a no-no ?

Second needs the upcoming Airfix Mk I. What if Hawker had gone down the same marketing route as Curtis with the H-75 Hawks and built a basic model Hurricane ? Fixed undercarriage and in the markings of some Latin American country or possibly Siam (Thailand) or maybe ordered by Mexico and shipped clandestinely to Spain to appear in Republican markings ?
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Post by: The Wooksta! on March 08, 2013, 06:21:59 pm
There was a Hurricane floatplane planned but with a more conventional float arrangement more like the Hawker floa fighters of the 30s.

And I wouldn't use the PM floats.  They're more like clown shoes than floats...

For the fixed gear - just use the current Airfix mk 1.  May as well use them up.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 08, 2013, 09:28:30 pm
According to this site :-

http://www.k5083.mistral.co.uk/PROJECTS.HTM (http://www.k5083.mistral.co.uk/PROJECTS.HTM)

The Hurricane floatplane used modified Blackburn Roc floats, and my recollection of a photo of the aircraft being built shows they were much meatier floats than the slimmer Spitfire ones. A pretty poor drawing but you can the idea.

(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/7406/hurricanefloatplane.gif)

That web site has some interesting projects listed too, I particularly like the look of the Dagger Hurricane.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 09, 2013, 01:17:25 am
For the fixed gear - just use the current Airfix mk 1.  May as well use them up.

Now why didn't I think of that  :banghead:


That web site has some interesting projects listed too, I particularly like the look of the Dagger Hurricane.

Yes I've always liked that one and the bubble top one that's drawn in the Crecy book
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on March 09, 2013, 02:40:28 am
The Greeks might have had Hurricane floatplanes? What about the Columbians? Many of their fighters swapped floats for land u/c and vice/versa.
Talking of "vice"...nose art would be good on a Greek one?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 09, 2013, 07:22:09 am
Dagger Hurricane?  Been there, done that - although my Dagger cowling was the one from the Magna MB2 that just happened to fall into rubber...

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,30648.0

Kit, didn't I give you one of those cowlings to do something similar?  I'm tempted to do one with the forthcoming fabric wing kit.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on March 09, 2013, 09:34:39 am
You certainly did Lee, and thanks very much.  :thumbsup:

The Dagger may have been no great shakes as a real engine but it looks the BUSINESS, and is an 'Instant Whiff' for almost anything. I did think about doing the Dagger Hurricane myself, but I couldn't remember who'd done it on here. I should have guessed it was you!  ;D

Maybe a Dagger Spitfire? But then you've probably got one of them in 'The Plan'?
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Post by: The Wooksta! on March 09, 2013, 10:37:57 am
No, it's too clunky an engine to adorn such beauty.  Think of it as something akin to making Helena Christiansen wear a burkha
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Post by: Radish on March 10, 2013, 01:49:30 am
I've added a massive steampunked engine toone Spitfire VB....crewed by a meerkat too. :cheers: :drink: :party:
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Post by: The Wooksta! on March 10, 2013, 08:07:59 am
Yes, well... If you hadn't, we'd be concerned.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 11, 2013, 08:22:09 am
Right lets get this thread back on track  ;D

The Hurricanes have their props fitted and have thus been finished. I'm quite pleased with them overall and photos should be up tomorrow.

Me 109 has had it's markings added. Final bits and bobs added and painted. Hopefully spray the matt finish tomorrow providing I want to go out on the freezing balcony  :blink: Then it's the canopy framing to do.

Started to assemble the Skyrockets and they are going together well, considering age and genre. Main construction done, putty applied (not to much) and I will commence psr tomorrow. I added a few bits and bobs to the otherwise bare cockpits on these. Just a couple of black panels with some white,red,yellow spots on them. Adds a bit of life even if not authentic. 2 different styles of seatbelts (painted tape) on these which may give a clue to their future identity ?  The big canopies (vacform) have been cut out, and their size is one of the reasons I added some detail to the cockpits.

The Blackhawk has been parked for a while and I've pulled a part started Trumpeter Wyvren from the pile.  This will be real world but the comparison between this and the MPM Skyrockets as far as moulding is concerned is ...... well....different  ;D There's nothing wrong with either kit just a different genre and age. Strangely I'll probably enjoy the Skyrockets more as the Wyvren is probably to fiddly ?



Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 12, 2013, 09:09:39 am
Hurricanes are finished and pics taken  :thumbsup:

Here's a group shot

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics013-1.jpg)

Work continues on the 109 and it's been matted - I'm still trying to get warm  :blink: - and I've put the front and rear sections of the canopy on. Start painting the frames tomorrow.

Progress continues on the Skyrockets and they are going together well as long as you take your time and give time for the glue to harden properly. I had a very small gap on one side of the fuselage where it joins the wing on both kits but this was soon fixed by what is one of the easiest forms of filling to my mind. Many years ago I bought some pre cut strips of plasticard from Hannants. These are far finer then anything I could cut and I use these small strips rather like the brass rod when brazing. You can simply feed them into the gap and after application of liquid glue they fill it beautifully, quite often you don't even need to sand.

The Wyvren has had the fuselage assembled and it goes together well, but must admit I'm enjoying the Skyrockets more.

More photo's of the 3 Hurricanes can be found via these links

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36793.new.html#new
http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36794.new.html#new
http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36795.msg593059.html#new
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on March 12, 2013, 11:10:27 am
Ironically you probably would have found doing a Frog (or cloned) Wyvern kit more to your tastes, possibly more so if you had the Eagle engine replacement resin fuselage  ;).

Hurricanes are looking good, and nicely timed as you'll have the new Typhoon to play with next month  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 12, 2013, 12:05:10 pm
You mean the Maintrack one?  I've a mould for it somewhere but it's not that good, TBH.  Shape of the engine front is way off for the TF1 but strangely much closer to the early version with the mid mounted engine.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 13, 2013, 08:14:20 am
Ironically you probably would have found doing a Frog (or cloned) Wyvern kit more to your tastes, possibly more so if you had the Eagle engine replacement resin fuselage  ;).

Hurricanes are looking good, and nicely timed as you'll have the new Typhoon to play with next month  ;D

Cheers Geoff. I've an Eagle engined Czech Master Wyvren in the stash - which will get built this year  ;D

Work continues on the Wyvren. It is over engineered in parts but mind you the Airfix new tool Me 109 (which has just had it's canopy fitted) has some tiddly bits as well. Far to fiddly for small kids (and me  :blink:) but I managed to find a spare for the bit I broke getting it off the sprue. :thumbsup:

Skyrockets have had the major construction completed. Need psr on the nacelles, again not to much, and then can be primed.



Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 15, 2013, 08:14:10 am
Right, quite a lot of work with apparently little progress. The Me 109 is finished, probably get photos done Sunday or Monday. The Skyrockets have had their orifices plugged and are awaiting primer. Hopefully do this on Sunday, dependent on weather as it gets done on the balcony. These will need some farther psr undoubtedly but not much I think, then can start painting them Monday. The Wyvren is coming together. I picked up this build after a long hiatus and I always struggle a little when I do this. Mainly because I'm not certain what I've done and not done plus it's being built a bit piecemeal.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 17, 2013, 03:35:41 am
The me 109 pics can be found here -

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36817.msg593593.html#msg593593 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36817.msg593593.html#msg593593)

Here's one as a teaser

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics002-9.jpg)

I went to the Southern Expo Model show yesterday for a couple of hours. Because of "weekend engineering works" it took about 2 1/2 hours to get there (I can get to Brum in that time  :banghead:) picked up a few things, saw a few friendly faces and had a chat or two. Not a bad show but why it's two days is beyond me. Didn't apppear to be as busy as in the past but that was probably the weather. The traders seemed to be doing well though. Had a chat with Colin at Freightdog who confirmed the forthcoming Airfix Typhoon will have "exposable" gun bays  ;D They have been done in the right way apparently as well. If you want then open you cut them out and use the supplied roofs  :thumbsup: Colin already has some nice bits ready for the kit.

Also thought I'd post a piccie of the current bench

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics005-6.jpg)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: eatthis on March 17, 2013, 04:26:05 am
join em together  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 17, 2013, 08:01:50 am
Afraid not, they've since had their undersides painted and they are different. I like working on 2 of the same together. 3 at a time, the Hurricanes, was a bit "samey" but two is just right for me.

Wyvren is going together and is bugging me. Don't know why. Maybe it's the way the instruction sheet is broken into loads of sections and doesn't seem logical to me, but then I'm old fashioned. Maybe it's the fact that some of the fit isn't as I'd expect. Sure nothing a little micro strip welding can't fix but I expected better. I'm no nit picker regards fit, I build lots of early limited run after all, but some things are just a bit "odd". Maybe it's the fact I left it part started for ages and can't really get into the build. Anyway whatever she's going together and will get primed this week. Going to be real world. A second will get wiffed.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 18, 2013, 08:26:58 am
Progress on the Skyrockets. Upper camo colours going on. One is a colour I always have problems with for some reason, dark slate grey. Always find it difficult to get a decent coverage and it tends to run ? (I'm using Xtracrylic by the way). Anyway used a different method with this one. Primed, first coat DSG, a light sanding and then second coat. Seems to have worked better then usual anyway. I think another problem I have with this colour is that it always looks "dirty" to me and that just irks me....the inner CPO coming out perhaps ?  :rolleyes:

Anyway while I was waiting for the first coats to dry I built a XP-67 Voodoo  ;D I say built, it's the old CMK kit that I bought of Mike McEvoy a couple of years ago. It's only got 2 main parts - fuselage/blended wing and the tail appendage. Now waiting for the Miliput to dry so I can sand the joint. Will be a P-38 replacement, probably in the Phillipines circa 1946/1947.

Now this is another small grump I have. I always mix way to much of the stuff. It's impossible to cut off 2 parts thin enough for what I usually need (nice way of increasing sales ?) so I always end up with way to much which then goes to waste. People say you can use it as nose weight but a) it doesn't seem heavy enough for me : b) I don't build many nose wheel aircraft : c) if I did I'd forget where I put the stuff  :banghead: I suppose you could mix the unused stuff with lead shot ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 18, 2013, 08:47:24 am
MPM never did the Moonbat - CMK did a resin one that was reboxed by Airmodel which *might* have been out in an MPM box but I can't remember them doing it if they did.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 18, 2013, 09:04:24 am
You are absolutely right Lee. It is the CMK kit. I've amended the post. Got confused (age ?) as I'd been looking through my MPM/SH kits just before

Ta  :thumbsup:

Chris
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on March 18, 2013, 11:47:55 am
Age respects no one, lol..... ;D ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 19, 2013, 08:22:41 am
Opticians - eye drops - bright lights - blurred vision - headache - no modelling  :-\  Luckily don't need new lenses so that's saved upwards of £300  :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on March 20, 2013, 01:53:21 am
Bugger.
Luckily I needed glasses but nothing else, but the trouble with these new lenses is I can see all my wrinkles now. I prefer the older, more blurred images lol.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 22, 2013, 08:09:27 am
Right the Skyrockets are painted and have their transfers on. Let the overall coat of Klear harden overnight then I can start on the final laps tomorrow.

The USN one will be the F5F-1 Bobcat and the FAA one will be the Grumman Kittywake Mk II. I've gone with a different name for the FAA aircraft as that's what they did initially with Martlet for Wildcat and Tarpon for Avenger etc. The Mk I Kittywakes were the 20 de-navalised aircraft taken over from the Belgian order and were used at shore bases.

The Moonbat has had the Miliput sanded back and hopefully will get primed this weekend
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 24, 2013, 05:03:42 am
Right I tried priming the Moonbat out on the balcony but it was to cold and windy so matting the Skyrockets is on hold.  Won't get them finished for a while now as I'm off travelling in the next couple of days. Don't want to rush them and when I get back the weather should have improved ???  :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on March 24, 2013, 06:00:22 am
You've got a balcony?????  Posh wotsit.

Come the revolution mate......
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on March 24, 2013, 07:06:51 am
You've got a balcony??  Come the revolution mate......

Have you not seen the pictures on the news of Grand-Moderator Narses von und zu Croydon standing on the balcony, receiving the plaudits of the devoted population?

Come the revolution, Comrade Chris will be safe.........every regime needs moderators of his calibre!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 24, 2013, 08:11:43 am
The balcony is because when the council built these flats back in 1956 they gave us them instead of gardens. And yes my parents did move in in 1956 with me as a 4 year old. No gardens but loads of green space and woods next door. The hill is so steep they couldn't pack to many blocks in and those that are, are only 3 story for the flats and 5 for the maisonettes (now there's a 50's word ?) Moved out on marriage, back when divorced - what are mums for  :bow:

My old history master (who I still see for a pint occasionally) reckoned I'd be leading the revolution when it came but was never sure which side I'd be leading ??  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on March 24, 2013, 12:44:26 pm
Ahh....the '50s...... :mellow:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 25, 2013, 07:28:16 am
Had a slightly serendipitous * find today. Whilst touching up the tail fins of the USN Bobcat I used Extra Dark Sea Grey instead of the Intermediate Blue  :banghead: Now this has been corrected but it did make for a very attractive camouflage scheme. So I may well build a mid war USN aircraft with a upper scheme of Intermediate Blue/Extra DSG over white undersurfaces. The blue/EDSG will be in the standard RAF style.

* Does anyone else remember Serendipity Dog ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 08, 2013, 06:44:22 am
Afraid not, they've since had their undersides painted and they are different. I like working on 2 of the same together. 3 at a time, the Hurricanes, was a bit "samey" but two is just right for me.

Wyvren is going together and is bugging me. Don't know why. Maybe it's the way the instruction sheet is broken into loads of sections and doesn't seem logical to me, but then I'm old fashioned. Maybe it's the fact that some of the fit isn't as I'd expect. Sure nothing a little micro strip welding can't fix but I expected better. I'm no nit picker regards fit, I build lots of early limited run after all, but some things are just a bit "odd". Maybe it's the fact I left it part started for ages and can't really get into the build. Anyway whatever she's going together and will get primed this week. Going to be real world. A second will get wiffed.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 08, 2013, 06:53:39 am
Well got a Spitfire I and a Trent Meteor at Cosford plus some new filler I've heard good reports on. I'll report back on that when I've used it.

The Meteor will be a FAA type as discussed previously the early "flat canopy" Spitfire  will be Belgian.

Wanted a RS Models late Swiss built Morane but none in stock. This when purchased will be the "ultimate" French mark of the type built in their Algerian factories after the French Government moved there to continue the fight in 1940.

Also wanted another Skyrocket but again couldn't find. If I can get one it will be a mid war bomb armed USN bird  :thumbsup: I've even though of looking at how a Hellcat engine might ft a Skyrocket ? Not the cowling just the engine  :rolleyes:

Because I've wanted another Skyrocket (EBay here I come) I've trawled the traders at my last couple of shows, which is something I rarely do to this level. Jeez there's some overpriced (IMHO) stuff out there and the price disparty between traders can be amazing  :blink: Plus the state of some of the boxes ?? They might just as well take them out and bag them. But if you want it enough you will pay for it I suppose and I suppose to some it's the "thrill of the chase" ?

Chris
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 09, 2013, 07:29:58 am
Found a Skyrocket kit on-line but it's on a Zambian website ! Don't think I'll be going down that route  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 12, 2013, 07:52:53 am
Picked up the new Airfix Typhoon (Hawker) today in Modelzone. Looks very nice in the box.  :thumbsup: Will be a real world bomb armed Canadian AF example as in the box, 439 Westmount Sqd (the other option is 247 Sqd). I must have built at least 6 Academy Typhoons all of which have been wiffed. Be nice to do a real one.

Also got 2 RetrokiT 1/72 WWI guns. A 60pdr and a 15" Howitzer. These are to be built for a friends 70th birthday present. His grandfather was a regular in a R.A. (Heavy) regiment in WWI. Joined in 1912 and started the war with 60 pdrs and finished on 9.2". I couldn't get the 9.2" but the 15" was basically the same but obviously with a bigger calibre. Pete has researched his family history back to 1790'ish and I spent a few hours at Kew with him going through his grandfathers old regiments diaries. Absolutely fascinating. At the start of the war they are very, very detailed : by the end they simply state how many rounds per day were fired, except during the Great Retreat of 1918 when they are very, very poignant ; especially about the "waifs and strays" from the infantry who were protecting them from the advancing Germans whilst they emplaced, fired and withdrew over a couple of hours. A process which in 1914 took 6 days.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 15, 2013, 07:16:32 am
Finally got around to some modelling after a couple of weeks away. Always takes me a few days to get going again.

Got the vacform canopies on the 2 Skyrockets. Now just need some touch ups and finishing off. Hopefully done this week.

Primed the Moonbat. Pleased with my blending in of the tail feathers, just a couple of other chips and scratches need looking at.

Started on the new Airfix Typhoon and the newish Spitfire I/IIa. The Typhoon has an interesting construction sequence which means that you need to look at the insructions. So far it's fitted together very well. A couple of parts don't really need glue they are that good a fit. In comparing the two kits while building it's noticeable that the Typhoon sprue gates are slightly smaller and definitely easier when it comes to separation of parts. Haven't had to many of the "scars" you can get with the Spitfire. Also the panel lines are finer then the Spitfires. Some will still complain but after a couple of brush coats these will look quite good I think. Time will tell anyway. All bodes well for the Hurricane and Gladiator.

 
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Post by: Radish on April 16, 2013, 05:22:02 am
Looked at the Hobbyboss Glad at Cosford; looks nice as does their Macchi C.200.
I'll see what's around at MK. I have lots of Gladiator "projects" to have a go at. :drink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 16, 2013, 07:39:02 am
I'm waiting for the Airfix Glad, Rad (not Glad Rag)  :blink:

Anyway I've got all the detail painting done on the Typhoon and the Spitfire so construction begins tomorrow. Got some filler on the couple of chips on the Moonbat and got the gaps between the Skyrocket vacform canopies and fuselage almost sorted. Get that finished tomorrow as well hopefully.

I used micro masking tape from Little Cars for the framing on the Skyrocket canopies. Measured carefully (for me and my astigmatism anyway) and I'm really please how it's turned out. Far neater then I can mask and paint and looks more realistic IMHO then transfer sheet. I'll be using this method again.
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Post by: Radish on April 17, 2013, 01:07:20 am
"Glad Rad"....sounds like an idea... :unsure: :wacko: :wacko: :party:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 17, 2013, 07:23:40 am
"Glad Rad"....sounds like an idea... :unsure: :wacko: :wacko: :party:

Oh dear...what have I done ???  :blink:

Anyway major construction on the Typhoon and Spitfire is complete.

The Typhoon is a little beauty  :wub: Gos together very well although it pays to follow the construction sequence in the kit as it's a little unusual for an Airfix kit particularly. The smaller parts all click fit and don't really need glue. Cockpit fits like a dream and is well enough detailed considering you can't see anything in the Typhoons tiny aperture anyway. The upper wings to wing root get there at the eventually but I've an idea I did something slightly wrong initially ? She will need some filler, mainly Mr Surfacer and some of my new Perfect Plastic Putty under the chin radiator. Every Typhoon/Tempest I've built (and it's double figures) has needed putty there regardless of manufacturer. Anyway I can see if the PPP is as good as it's cracked up to be.

Not much progress now until next week as I've a busy few days -  :party: :cheers:
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 18, 2013, 07:41:49 am
Can report that the PPP is as good as the adverts  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 21, 2013, 02:52:37 am
A little work yesterday until I went out up Town  :cheers:

The Typhoon has an oddity in the instructions. There is a part labeled D52 which is the prop retaining pin. Now part D52 is/are the rocket rails and no part even resembling said pin can be found on any of the sprues by yours truly. Now this is of no consequence as the assembly doesn't really need it and the fit of the prop assembly into the fuselage is extremely snug with some neat "flanges" or whatever you want to call them to retain it. Prop wont spin but will turn and can be posed as you want.

Anyone else with the kit noticed this or found the part ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on April 21, 2013, 03:38:03 am
Yeap its there Sprue D between the Rocket rails and the tail plane next to the central sprue

(http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/625514_10151340338135684_337349707_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 22, 2013, 07:20:21 am
Doh, so it is  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: No idea how I missed it. Same part No as the rocket rails though

Anyway Spitfire and Typhoon are primed, Moonbat has it's first coat of Neutral Grey on the underside. This will be USAAF in the Phillipines circa 1946 and will be being used on dawn/dusk interdiction missions, whence the camo. That and I'm useless at natural metal finishes, silver dope is ok but not NM
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Post by: Radish on April 23, 2013, 01:54:41 am
Age :lol: :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 23, 2013, 07:18:25 am
Age :lol: :rolleyes:

That or insanity  :banghead:

Progress on most kits that are W.I.P. The Skyrockets are just about ready for the photographer. Started on a RS Models Airacuda
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on April 23, 2013, 10:20:13 am
Sklyrockets...got a couple of 1/48th ones to build....
I'd thought Portuguese coastal patrol with rockets.....and one other :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 24, 2013, 08:13:57 am
Skyrockets are finished and the builds are here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37014.msg597882.html#msg597882 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37014.msg597882.html#msg597882)

A couple of teaser pics

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics004-9.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics004-9.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics006-6.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics006-6.jpg.html)

Enjoyable builds  :thumbsup:

The Moonbat, Spitfire and Typhoon have had more paint added.

The Airabonita is going together very well and is now basically built. The interior is the best fitting I have ever seen on a limited run kit. There are some engraved lines and small ledges etc to add fitting and guess what ? They do as advertised. Interior went in beautifully, no struggle and the fuselage fitted snugly and easily around it  :thumbsup: The interior fit is a lot better then some major manufacturers kits I could mention. Very, Very nice kit.

Finally I came up with an idea for my Wyvren slow build. Just need to source the transfers now. Hopefully at Hendon

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on April 24, 2013, 09:14:25 am
Looking good  :wacko: :bow: :bow:

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 26, 2013, 07:09:21 am
Been puttying, sanding, priming and painting over the last couple of days.

The Spitfire, Typhoon and Moonbat will start getting their markings this weekend. Putting the transfers on always brings a model to life for me. Even some I've nearly binned have been saved at this stage and I've thought "actually that's not to bad".

Airabonita will stat getting it's paintwork - nice easy scheme  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 28, 2013, 02:03:45 am
Some progress with markings but the Spitfire is giving me a few problems. The wing roundels just won't settle. I'm using markings from Kits at War which I've used before with no problem. Applied to my normal finish which is Xtracrylic coated with Klear/Future but they just won't lie down properly. It's going to have to be a sharp blade and touch ups I'm afraid.  :banghead:

Conversely the Typhoon's transfers have gone on beautifully on the same finish. These are the Airfix ones and there's none of this fiddling around with the inner roundel colour either (not that I've ever really minded that). Nice colour density on them as well  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on April 28, 2013, 06:12:49 am
MMmm....touch ups :o :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 29, 2013, 07:16:37 am
Typhoon and Spitfire have their markings on now. The Typhoon's were very good and even the wing leading edge yellow stripes worked well  :bow:

It was interesting comparing the Spitfire and Typhoon transfers. The Airfix ones I used from the Spitfire were much more matt then the Typhoon's and took longer to release from the backing paper. All things considered Airfix have made a leap forward with the Typhoon's. Must admit I didn't use all (read many) of the stencils on either. Airfix don't go silly with the number but life is still to short, especially when you are 61  :rolleyes: Anyway I feel that 1/72 scale models can be overpowered by stencils. Personal view but some Japanese Phantoms look like billboards ?

The Airacuda also has it's transfers on. The RS ones are very good, with good colour density except the US Stars and Bars I wanted to use had the red outline in an almost orange colour. Shame but I had some decent ones in the stash (from a USAAF Spitfire) so all was well in the end.

 
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 29, 2013, 07:32:57 am
The Moonbat build continues and has turned into a bit of a saga. I'm not sure how old the kit is and I got it second hand but anyway over time the canopy has got a little yellow and brittle. When I cut it out the front right corner shattered  :banghead: Anyway I fixed it to the fuselage and waited to see what it looked like and what I could salvage after it had set overnight. From the side it looked as though it could be repaired with Clearfix  :thumbsup: From the front it looked distinctly lopsided  :banghead:

Anyway I thought about it for a bit and even considered sending her to the box of doom but then thought "what the heck" So with the front end of a drop tank and some thin tubing I've constructed a "gribble" on the right corner of the nose/canopy which hides the lopsided effect very effectively even if I do say so myself.

Now I was going to call this the Acme Oooojamaflip Mk IIIc and say that Japanese and German scientists wasted vast amounts of time trying to work out what it was when they downed a couple of aircraft and the Japanese even went so far as to copy it. In reality it would have been an Allied spoof intended to waste the oppositions time and resources. The Japanese then sold this to gullable western car owners in the 70's and it became the latest must have car accessory as featured on Tomorrows World.

Anyway I thought that was a little to close to the truth when you read about the UK's "Bomb Detector" fraud trial  :banghead: So instead it will be a very early low light device (my Moonbat is slated for dawn/dusk intruder operations) that was hastily scabbed on to a couple of aircraft. However the technology whilst working in the lab wasn't anywhere near finalised enough for the field and was soon done away with.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 29, 2013, 04:19:00 pm
The Moonbat *may* have been one of the CMK kits reboxed by Airmodel in 1993/94, so is probably older than that. 
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on April 29, 2013, 10:13:16 pm
Can't you contact Arnold about a replacement ?

http://anigrand.com/AA2056_XP-67.htm (http://anigrand.com/AA2056_XP-67.htm)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on April 29, 2013, 11:57:28 pm
Becoming picky with the decals? Wrong colour?? Bonus!! :wacko: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 30, 2013, 07:09:10 am
Can't you contact Arnold about a replacement ?

http://anigrand.com/AA2056_XP-67.htm (http://anigrand.com/AA2056_XP-67.htm)

I've got that kit in the stash as well. Didn't think to e-mail Arnold. Still no problem as the modifications looks quite good even if I do say so myself.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 30, 2013, 07:15:59 am
Right Typhoon, Spitfire and Airacuda are on their undercarriage and await matting tomorrow and then just the final bits and bobs to do. Why does this stage take for ever ?

The Moonbat will start to get her transfers on tomorrow. I know the unit I'm using.. a USAAF Pacific Theatre P-38 Sqd seems appropriate and I have the markings. Won't have any flash markings just simple ones. Also cobbled a couple of bomb racks up from some old (Airfix I think by their silver colour) Hurricane or Beaufighter rocket rails fitted to the plate. Looks quite good even if I do say so myself and these will mount 2 x 500lb's and 2 x 250lbs.

Started to clean up another old CMR kit the IMAM Ro 57. This will be Hungarian, probably going to do at CA-15 at the same time.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on April 30, 2013, 01:47:59 pm
You little tinker.....you're being far too productive. :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 01, 2013, 07:18:48 am
You little tinker.....you're being far too productive. :banghead:

Says he who not only has 1/2 a dozen models on the go at a time but an entire alternative wardrobe  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 01, 2013, 07:21:22 am
Just got the matting done today. The Humbrol rattle can behaved a little better this time (or I was better when using it) and I've only a couple of tiny white areas to touch up.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 01, 2013, 09:51:15 am
"I've only a couple of tiny white areas to touch up. "......the story of my life :o :o

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 02, 2013, 07:27:39 am
I shall ignore that comment  :rolleyes:

Wheels and tyres are on. The Spitfire needed a smidgen removed from the front of the canopy to enable it to fit. This is the second kit I've built of this boxing and both have needed this fix. I've used the early flat canopy in both builds so the Malcolm Hood may be ok.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 02, 2013, 08:14:59 am
A Malcolm hood on a Spitfire? I thought they were on P-51B Mustangs..........  :-\
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2013, 07:08:16 am
A Malcolm hood on a Spitfire? I thought they were on P-51B Mustangs..........  :-\

Quite correct Kit, I meant the blown hood  :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2013, 07:16:47 am
Right Spitfire, Typhoon and Airacuda are finished. Pleased with them all but the Typhoon is gorgeous will definitely be getting a couple more. One will utilise the other markings in the box, I've never built a Typhoon with full D-Day stripes. Photos hopefully over the weekend.

The Moonbat has had it's markings applied so just needs finishing off now.

Started on the CMR Ro 57. Applied primer to the engine nacelles as they will be yellow and are currently a dark green resin. Got the fuselage and wings together. In terms of age this is younger then the Moonbat but still a few years old though and is well moulded. Separate sealed polythene bags for the main pieces (4) and the rest on the resin web which is easily cleaned up. More bits but still not many so once again a fairly quick build if all goes well. Many of these older CMR kits are very nice and worth looking out for.



Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 04, 2013, 01:25:02 am
Just realised the Ro 57 has no instructions, not even the drawing with pointy arrows CMR used in their old kits  :blink:  Still no problem there are so few pieces and it's obvious where most go and I've a drawing for the couple of other bits  :thumbsup:.

As said the main body of the aircraft is together and is now primed. Very little filler, lovely fit.

I like these old CMR kits as they have a nice solid feel about them and are good fits. You also need a little "engineering" input as well sometimes. The undercarriage legs whilst being well moulded are perhaps a tad too near scale thickness. Now they have a location pin and it's easy to drill out a hole for it, but would it take the weight ? Doubt it over a period of time. So I've pushed the leg into a small piece of larger diameter tubing which together with said location pin should hold the weight a lot better. Nice tight fit (some of these bags of assorted tubing, strip, rods etc are really usefull and last me for ever) and the tubing will not be visible to the viewer unless they turn it upside down and peer in the bay.

Not engineering by most peoples standards I know, but for me it's a nice little challenge to have to think about these things after 40 years of bashing a desk.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 04, 2013, 12:04:10 pm
I know what you mean, Chris.
Lots of legs nowdays are spindly and need some support from tubing...superglue also has its uses.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 05, 2013, 02:31:45 am
Right here's my latest 2 finished Wifs. The build description as such can be found here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37064.msg599137.html#msg599137 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37064.msg599137.html#msg599137)

Belgian Spitfire

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics003-11.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics003-11.jpg.html)

USN Airabonita

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics009-3.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics009-3.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 05, 2013, 02:33:55 am
Not a wif but the superb new Airfix Typhoon built out of the box. I will be getting at least 2 more  :bow:

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics005-8.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics005-8.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics006-7.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics006-7.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics007-4.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics007-4.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics008-5.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics008-5.jpg.html)

And finally my current WIP

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics013-2.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics013-2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 05, 2013, 09:43:37 am
WOW.
Excellent stuff....like the look of the Typhoon. :thumbsup:

The Belgian Spit looks nice :drink: :drink:

EXCELLENT, all round bonzer :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :party:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 07, 2013, 06:59:43 am
Right working on the Ro 57, having trouble with the white spray can for the tail markings  :banghead:, working on the Moonbat, having trouble with the matt varnish  :banghead: :banghead:, started on a CA 15 and the bloody wing tab broke off  :banghead: :banghead:

Giving up for the day  :-\
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 07, 2013, 09:49:02 am
I have days like that....nothing goes right. Best to have a beer and relax. There's always tomorrow!!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Martin H on May 07, 2013, 03:47:15 pm
I have days like that....nothing goes right. Best to have a beer and relax. There's always tomorrow!!
Yeah, for you retired types  ;D :wacko: :wacko: ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 07, 2013, 04:57:37 pm
Yeah, for you retired types  ;D :wacko: :wacko: ;D

You'll get there OGL............eventually!  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on May 07, 2013, 06:58:35 pm
Beauty.
love the Airbonita,

 :drink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 12, 2013, 02:21:17 am
Right the Ro 57 is painted and is awaiting the Future coat clearing prior to getting her transfers.

The CA15 is basically assembled and has had her first bash of filler and sanding, will need a second go around. Thinking her of calling her a Brumby as that's an Aussie wild horse and she was "inspired" by the Mustang. Interesting kit this. Falls in Czechmaster's Middle Period. After the really early but nice kits like the Ro 57 with solid fuselages, minimum parts etc and before the latter super detailed kits like the Spitfire family. Attacking a Firebrand TF 5 next (again a middle period kit not the recent issue) together with a couple of injection kits.

Hendon next week for a couple of hours (Ruby Wedding bash in the pm). Not looking for much at all. Some thin masking tape from Small Cars and that's about it...am I feeling ok ?  :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 12, 2013, 04:40:43 am
Looking forward to seeing your take on the CA15 - I've a pair of the same kit built (RAF SEAC and RAAF) plus another three I discovered a while back. The same box also had my CMR Speed Spitfire in it that I'd been looking for for THREE YEARS!

Nice kit to build, although eclipsed by the new Kora kit.  There was a vacform by Eagle's Talon.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 13, 2013, 07:17:51 am
CA 15 reprimed and the Ro 57 has had some of her markings painted. Was trying to get yellow to cover underside grey, forgot it would need the yellow when I painted the grey  :banghead: That took a few coats I can tell you  :-\

My Doflug 3802 has had major surgery to her spine so that she can become a 3803. Started on building the interior. Nice plastic parts in this RS kit but there are a load of small injection towers. Plastic is easy to deal with so they aren't a real problem just a small pain. Strange as this is a latter tooling then the Airabonita which didn't suffer the problem.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on May 13, 2013, 10:05:10 am
Will be discussing the CA15 with you at Hendon, Chris - sounds interesting!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 14, 2013, 07:06:07 am
Right Ho  :thumbsup:

Had one of those days where you spend a few hours working on your projects without much to show for it. Future/Klear coats on the Ro 57 so she can have her markings tomorrow, CA 15 now has the first coat of her underside colour but it will take a few coats as Aussie Sky is very, very pale and I've started on the internal painting of my Doflug.

Also whilst looking for something else I found, oh wonder of wonders, a small resin helicopter kit  :blink: Didn't think I had any eggbeaters. She is small but nicely formed and will fit very nicely into my Alt WWII in the Far East scenario for 1946. Just need to sort out if RN, RAF or Army ? Wondering who would handle casualty evacuation in the jungle ? RAF or Army ? Be the first chopper I've built in Gawd knows how long.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 14, 2013, 12:15:06 pm
The RN operated the first Sikorsky thingies....my friend Dennis Gorman (sadly died last month).......he worked on the first ones in Olive Drab/Neutral Grey. He scratch-built a 1/24th model.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 14, 2013, 01:21:23 pm
But what type is it Chris?

Or post a piccie and someone here will be bound to know.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 15, 2013, 07:19:01 am
The Helicopter is the CMR Sikorsky R-6 Hoverfly. So RN South China Seas Fleet she will be

The CA 15 has had her undersides painted, took 4 coats until I was happy but the Lifecolor stuff is thin. The Ro 57 has her national markings so I can get on with finishing her now. The Doflug's interior is almost finished. I quite enjoy working on interiors even though I know you won't be able to see 3/4's of what I do, strange one that but I find it quite therapeutic.

Was wondering what to do with the transfers included in the Doflug kit and then thought "of course Swiss AF Spitfire 22". Not sure whether to do it immediately post war or in late war markings ? Now my WWII scenario goes on slightly longer then in the real world so maybe the Swiss got some for not allowing the German's access to the new bomb sight being used on a downed Lancaster ? In the real world they got late 109's because they destroyed a downed Me 110 Nightfighters new radar gear in front of German diplomats before the Allies could get at it.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 16, 2013, 07:01:52 am
Some progress on everything in progress and a major argument with the carpet monster :banghead: :banghead:

Whilst fitting the Ro 57's engine cowls I dropped one and heard it drop on a piece of wood under the modelling desk. Now this is not a small bit of resin and it's painted bright yellow, could I find it ? Could I heck  :blink: Must of spent 30 mins on hands and knees looking for it, found lots of other much smaller long lost stuff but no bright yellow cowling. Eventually after a mug of tea to calm down I discovered it had bounced off the piece of wood, then must have bounced off the wall whilst turning through 45 degrees before travelling 3 foot on it's new course and coming to rest in the gap between the modelling desk and the wall. This gap is only just wide enough for said piece and there was no way I could get my had in there. Not wanting to move the desk and it's accumulated stuff I had to go and find an old curtain rod (that was fun) and use that to get at the bit. All in all must have taken over an hour  :banghead:

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 18, 2013, 06:33:58 am
Ro has had the matt coat so is now on the final lap. Ca 15 has had a few coats of Future/Klear so can start getting her markings on Monday. I've found a suitable personal marking for that rather serious conk. It's the 3 flags used on an Aussie P-40  :thumbsup:

The Doflug is now basically together. Went together very well apart from the pain of the injection towers. Now I know they take no time to remove but there is basically at least one tower on every piece in this kit and some of the ones on the wing etc are rather tall. Strange because other RS kits I've built haven't had this problem to anywhere near this extent.

On the plus side the resin fuselage insert fits perfectly (my cutting was obviously on form for once), the vacform canopy (the standard one is injection) is quite soft and flexible and therefore is quite easy to cut accurately and the cockpit interior fits like a dream. This and the recent Airabonita have both had superbly fitting innards, puts a lot of better known manufacturers to shame - well done RS  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 18, 2013, 09:10:19 am
Impressive production line!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 20, 2013, 06:10:52 am
Good couple of hours at Hendon yesterday, sorry I couldn't stay longer and apologies to anyone (Dave) I didn't say goodbye to but as said I had a Ruby celebration to go to. Ruby in two senses actually. 40th wedding and my friends are Anglo-Indian so the curry selection was superb  :bow:

Didn't buy a thing. The one thing I wanted (0.75mm masking tape) was out of stock and I'm told now discontinued  :banghead: May have to use 1mm instead (from Mr Models) or try and cut down some 3mm tape.  :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 21, 2013, 07:05:59 am
Some progress on all 3 kits so gradually getting there with all of them. The Ro and CA are at that stage where you can spend an hour or so working on the kit and apparently not make much progress and then the next thing you know is that you are done  :o The Doflug has had it's first session of putty over the dorsal area surgery. The resin insert fits well as said so this shouldn't take to long - famous last words ?

I also worked out what I'm going to do with my next 3 builds. The Airfix Typhoon will be real and the rocket armed Tiffie as supplied in the box, the other 2 will be wifs

I've decided the Moonbat is finished. So photo's when I have the Ro ready
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 21, 2013, 12:03:26 pm
That's one hell of a production rate...... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 22, 2013, 07:11:13 am
That's one hell of a production rate...... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Not really mate. I find that having 3 models on the go at any one time (in various stages of progress) suits me. Any more and I can lose the enthusiasm, any less and the down time gets to me and I find I get nothing done.

Plus this Spring/Summer is awful and the normal outside attractions...cricket, days at seaside with mates etc... just hasn't taken hold yet.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 22, 2013, 09:23:36 am
3?  That all?  Try adding a zero and then doubling it.  Now that's a production rate!  It's what I managed for Telford last year...
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 23, 2013, 06:52:48 am
3?  That all?  Try adding a zero and then doubling it.  Now that's a production rate!  It's what I managed for Telford last year...

Yup I know Lee. I'm always amazed you can do that  :bow: As I say 3 at a time (with a couple of hangar queens) suits me, I make progress that way.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 23, 2013, 06:57:42 am
Some progress plus I had to pay the carpet monster its dues for denying it it's dinner last week  :banghead: Had to spend 15 mins fabricating a bit it eat.

The Ro is almost finished, just needs a few bits and bobs, the Ca 15 is now on its legs and has full markings. She's Mac III of 79 Sqd. She should be Mac IV as III was a Spitfire Mk VIII of that squadron, but what the heck  :rolleyes: I may add a couple of kill markings, not sure yet.

The Doflug is now all together and the PSR was far less then I anticipated given the surgery, so kudos to RS  :thumbsup: Get her primed at the weekend.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 27, 2013, 07:31:45 am
Right here's my latest 3

McDonell P67 Moonbat


(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics003-12.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics003-12.jpg.html)
http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37151.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37151.0.html)

CA 15 Bruby

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37152.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37152.0.html)



(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics005-9.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics005-9.jpg.html)

Ro 57

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics009-4.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics009-4.jpg.html)

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37153.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37153.0.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 27, 2013, 07:38:04 am
Started painting the Doflug but she won't get much more work done on her before I go away.

Picked out the next 3 I'll be building  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 27, 2013, 07:54:19 am
Looking great.
"Go away"????....Men in White Coats caught up?? ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on May 27, 2013, 08:18:10 am
Top models, Chris.  Love the CA-15 - always thought of it as a mix of MB.5 and P-51D.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 28, 2013, 06:57:39 am
Looking great.
"Go away"????....Men in White Coats caught up?? ;D ;D ;D ;D

Yup the thought of you in Bromley a mere couple of miles away was the final straw  :wacko: ;D

Top models, Chris.  Love the CA-15 - always thought of it as a mix of MB.5 and P-51D.

Very much so. It would be nice to try and make one of the other planned/schemed engine variants, but I'm not messing with expensive resin to that extent
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 28, 2013, 12:33:13 pm
Try and find the Eagles Talon vacform kit if you want to try re-engining the CA-15.  Or a cheap older CMR kit.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 03, 2013, 07:48:56 am
Well back from Up North and a quick trip to the Northern Model Show. Just got some new brushes and some thin masking tape, very restrained but in all honesty there was not much else that I was after and I didn't have time to rummage
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on June 03, 2013, 12:51:44 pm
Interesting.  Nothing really grabbed my interest at Hendon - spent £6 there.  Yes, that much!

Chatting with Tony eastwood of TAHS at the weekend and he said each of the shows he's been to this year have been pretty flat; people not spending much and lots more competition from the 2nd hand dealers.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 03, 2013, 02:22:17 pm
Chatting with Tony eastwood of TAHS at the weekend and he said each of the shows he's been to this year have been pretty flat; people not spending much and lots more competition from the 2nd hand dealers.

Not surprising really.  Lack of cash, people losing their jobs and having to both rely on their stashes rather than buy new and release the equity tied up in said stashes.  The second hand traders are going to making more money because it's a buyers market if everyone is selling.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 06, 2013, 06:57:40 am
Bit of progress since I came back. The Doflug is having it's Future coats ready for transfers and I've started painting the internals on the Firebrand. Once again a Czechmaster kit without instructions. Again it's simple enough to figure out except for what at the moment is one small round, disc like object ?

Should make more progress over the weekend
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Post by: Radish on June 06, 2013, 02:19:14 pm
Is that disc-like object a 1/700 flying saucer!!

Friend Ian Kerry turned up at the last Stafford meeting with 3 1/700 items:

Tamiya HMS Hood...beautifully made
A Nimrod Maritime Reconn
A diorama including a train on an embankment, a house, bridge and bus :o :o :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 07, 2013, 07:09:20 am
Is that disc-like object a 1/700 flying saucer!!


Smiles to himself and says quietly "humor the loon" - "Yes it could be a flying saucer" :rolleyes: ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 08, 2013, 07:36:38 am
The Doflug has had her markings applied and because of them is now a Moraine Saulnier Ms 420. In my little world (not quite as wacky as Rads  ;D) France fights on from her colonies and the decision is taken to continue manufacture of the Ms 405 in Algeria. My thinking on this is that they would have chosen something easy to build and the older style technology of the 405 would have been easier to manufacture in the colonies. Anyway whilst using British and latter US supplied aircraft the French continued to produce a small number of aircraft domestically in order to keep the skills set and to keep up with the latest innovations. The Ms 420 was the last in the line of designs originating from the  405 and a small number were built and based in Corsica after the islands liberation. Anyway she should get her matt coat tomorrow  :thumbsup:

The Firebrand is basically together and that was fun I can tell you  :banghead: The wing construction is split on the fold line and is a bit  of a lark to get together. Plenty of thick superglue currently drying. Will need a fair bit of PSR that's for sure. Looking at the size of this beast it was the original "Fin" before the Tornado IMHO.

Started on the Trent Meteor for a little light relief, just initial work so far. She will be Coastal Command Strike Fighter in that overall white  scheme with upper surface EDSG ? carried by some Beaufighters

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 08, 2013, 07:50:38 am
Nice story on the Ms420....

but.....

WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY WORLD????

And, why can't the Guard Regiments have uniforms like the Greek Ceremonial Guards, but in PINK???
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 08, 2013, 07:57:09 am

And, why can't the Guard Regiments have uniforms like the Greek Ceremonial Guards, but in PINK???

Because -

A) They are not Greek

B) They don't wash their whites and coloureds at the same time  ;D

Mind you when I was a kid I couldn't understand why the Scots Guards didn't wear kilts ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 08, 2013, 07:59:06 am
Scots Guards Pipers wear kilts, but that's all I think.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 08, 2013, 07:59:36 am
WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY WORLD????



Nothing at all Rad but can you imagine what it would be like if we all "lived" in it ? On second thoughts you probably can because I just have  :banghead: :banghead:

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 08, 2013, 08:00:19 am
Scots Guards Pipers wear kilts, but that's all I think.

Nah I've definitely seen them wearing tunics as well  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: dadlamassu on June 08, 2013, 09:16:16 am
Scots Guards Pipers wear kilts, but that's all I think.

They wear a lot more than just a kilt! 

But nothing is worn under the kilt - it is all in perfect working order!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 09, 2013, 02:10:22 am
My dad was in The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, so of course, wore a kilt which I still have, along with sporran, etc..
On Parade, the proper state of dress was checked via a mirror....anyonr wearing anything under the kilt was on a charge :party:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on June 09, 2013, 04:08:50 am
Which kit is your Firebrand Chris? I've always liked that aircraft, big, brutish and totally uncompromising, and you're dead right about the fin, it was ENORMOUS!

I think I used to to see the very last one in existance on a daily basis in the 50s. When we lived at RAF Benson, my Dad's last posting before he left the RAF, one of the two FAA RNVR Southern Air Wing Squadrons has a Firebrand as a 'mascot' parked outside their hangar and the last I saw of it was it being TOWED up the hill to their officer's mess when they were disbanded.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Gondor on June 09, 2013, 04:11:22 am
My dad was in The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, so of course, wore a kilt which I still have, along with sporran, etc..
On Parade, the proper state of dress was checked via a mirror....anyonr wearing anything under the kilt was on a charge :party:

I always wear clothing under my kilt! I would look a bit odd not wearing boots and socks!

Gondor
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 10, 2013, 07:32:21 am
Which kit is your Firebrand Chris? I've always liked that aircraft, big, brutish and totally uncompromising, and you're dead right about the fin, it was ENORMOUS!


It's the old CMR kit, Kit and to be honest she's been a bit of a chore so far, must have a slightly duff one. Still she's together now and the first round of PSR is done. Prime and more PSR during the week.

The Doflug 3803/MS 420 is having her canopy frames done and then just need aerials and guns fitting and she'll be ready for her photos.  She's a dainty little thing and has the look of a sporting aeroplane about her rather then a warbird.

The Trent Meteor is together and has had what little PSR she needs, mainly around the modifications from normal Meteor to Trent powered. Quite interesting plastic. The original Meteor III parts are very polished and smooth, the new sprue has an almost sand paper feel to it, quite sensual actually  :blink: (See how long rad takes to spot that remark ?  :rolleyes:) Needs a good wash and then she to can be primed.

I've broken out the next 2 kits to be built. Unusual for me in that they are resin 1/72 WWI artillery pieces. A British 60pdr and 15" BL Howitzer. These are for a mates 70th birthday present. His grandfather served on both types during WWI and Pete has been doing a lot of family history research and has got very into the history of WWI.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 10, 2013, 12:13:36 pm
No, I've got the same CMR Firebrand and the only reason I never started it was the wing assembly.  The dry fit said it was going to be a nightmare so sadly it's still in the box.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 11, 2013, 05:57:10 am
I'm already purring at the thought of being sensual with plastic :o :o :o

Saw "Priscilla" again last night; I wore PINK.
Off to Stafford IPMS on Thursday, the pub for music with friends on Friday; LEEDS for Rocky Horror on Saturday night. Mid's in Russia from Thursday, so I'm being "escorted" on Saturday night by 3 lovely ladies :drink: :drink: :party: :party:

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2013, 07:18:15 am
No, I've got the same CMR Firebrand and the only reason I never started it was the wing assembly.  The dry fit said it was going to be a nightmare so sadly it's still in the box.

Glad it wasn't just me then Lee. It is a nightmare  :banghead:

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2013, 07:23:15 am
I'm already purring at the thought of being sensual with plastic :o :o :o


Thought you would  :wacko:

Anyway was in Bromley this am so popped into MZ in the Glades. First visit and it's tiny, still got what I couldn't get in Croydon - couple of Humbrol spray colours and 2 acrylic matt varnish sprays. Got last 2 varnishes in shop (or at least on display). Croydon branch last Friday had neither colour I wanted and only enamel spray varnish. Must remember this branch for future use. Not as quick for me to get there but just as easy and an interesting bus ride through some of the rougher parts of South London (including some of my haunts in younger days) and then through some of the poshest parts of the city, just a mile or so on.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 12, 2013, 07:07:25 am
Mainly a psr day, hope to get the Ms 420 finished tomorrow or Friday, pics at  the weekend
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 12, 2013, 10:56:32 am
I'm busy too....

....looking for a suitable pink handbag ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on June 12, 2013, 11:42:22 pm
I'm busy too....

....looking for a suitable pink handbag ;)

Oh no does that mean his switching now from Steampunk to TellyTubby   :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on June 12, 2013, 11:49:49 pm
Back on topic Chris what scheme will the Firebrand have ? I think CMR have replaced their Firebrand with a fresh kit at another eye watering price it sounds like they needed to, just a pity Valom didn't follow up their early Firebrand with the more common Later Firebrand to give us at least a decent injection moulded kit  :banghead:
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Post by: The Wooksta! on June 13, 2013, 03:22:48 am
I wouldn't be surprised if MPM/Special Hobby do one in the next few years.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 13, 2013, 07:08:46 am
Back on topic Chris what scheme will the Firebrand have ? I think CMR have replaced their Firebrand with a fresh kit at another eye watering price it sounds like they needed to, just a pity Valom didn't follow up their early Firebrand with the more common Later Firebrand to give us at least a decent injection moulded kit  :banghead:

She's going to be EDSG over Sky with the low demarcation line. BPF roundels and unit markings from an Avenger squadron. Part of my British China Seas Fleet scenario during the campaign in Northern Indo China.

And yes I've seen a build article of the new CMR Firebrand, looks superb but at a high price - mind you look what some old Hasegawa kits are sold for ??
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 13, 2013, 07:12:44 am
PSR continues on the Firebrand, I think this will be a longish job and the Meteor has had her first primer coat. Will need more psr but mainly on the undersides.

The Morane has had her canopy frames finished and some paint touch ups. Because I'm using Lifecolour's French colours I've got to Future them and then matt varnish the touch-ups to get them the same shade as the previously painted scheme  :blink: :blink: Lifecolour's matt paints are very good but vey, very matt. I'm beginning to wonder if I could use Future/Klear to thin them ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2013, 07:01:49 am
The Firebrand has had her first primer coat and surprisingly isn't as bad as I feared. Maybe I'd just been over pessimistic ? Anyway she needs a fair bit more work done on the wing fold join but that's about it, so I'm quite pleased.

The Meteor has had her first bash of psr and been re-primed. Hopefully just a couple of little bits to sort out then paint can start to be applied.

The 2 WWI artillery pieces are going together fairly well. Strange curate's eggs of kits. Some parts are remarkably well moulded (they are resin) and the detail is brilliant and yet some of the larger parts have some mould defects. Still nothing a bit of putty won't fix. The real problem with these is that the instructions are of the hand drawn type and whilst the parts on them are numbered the resin ones aren't. Couple this with the fact that I don't know much about WWI guns then I'm having to use some old drawings and photos from books in my library or from the internet to figure where some things go. Still it's all a learning curve.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 14, 2013, 07:32:23 am
Busy times.
Looking forward to seeing the Firebrand!!

One for Airfix??? ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2013, 07:42:21 am
Busy times.
Looking forward to seeing the Firebrand!!

One for Airfix??? ;D ;D ;D

It would be nice wouldn't it  ;D

Anyway here's the finished Ms 420 http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37230.msg602498.html#msg602498 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37230.msg602498.html#msg602498)


(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics002-13.jpg)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 14, 2013, 04:46:48 pm
Nice...totally believable too :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2013, 07:48:44 am
Right the Meteor has now finished the psr stage and can start having her camouflage scheme applied.

PSR continues on the Firebrand. There is a serious issue on one of the wings at the wing fold line which results in the inboard side having less depth then the outer  :banghead: Putty doesn't want to work and I'm out of Miliput until I can restock (next week) so  think I may try and use some thin plastic sheet to build up the wing thickness and I can then blend this in.  I am not letting this beast beat me  :thumbsup:

I've broken out my new tool Airfix Typhoon and Gladiator to give me a bit of light relief. They will both be real world, the Typhoon will be a rocket armed bird with partial D Day stripes, surprisingly I've never built one in this configuration. I've also opened one of the wing gun panels on this kit. The Gladiator will be a 94 Sqd machine in Aden during 1941. They  were used in operations against the Italians in Somalia and I think against the French in Syria prior to being handed over to the South Africans and 94 getting Hurricanes. This may be a little cheat as 94 had Mk II's and I'm not sure about the I's. I've got the markings for her on a DP Casper sheet and she'll be in dark earth/dark green over white/black with plain type B roundels and grey codes.

The innards are built and painted for both kits. You've already seen my opinion on the Typhoon and the Gladiator is as nice, indeed some of the detail may be a little finer, evidence of slide mould technology ? The only problem and it isn't, is that the instrument panel transfer seems to be made for another kit ? In all seriousness it's a tad too large but then most kit's panels are. I spent ages looking for the instrument panel...it's part of the rear cabane strut piece. Interesting parts breakdown.


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Post by: kitbasher on June 15, 2013, 09:09:44 am
Interesting to see how your new Airfix 'babies' will build, Chris.  I'v one of each in the stach and it's hard not to crack on and start them.  Need to finish the 'works in (slow) progress' first though.
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 16, 2013, 08:01:05 am
Right found some usable Miliput so the wings of the Firebrand have been smeared liberaly with the stuff and it's sitting drying staring at me almost daring to have another crack at it  :blink: Only problem with Miliput is the waste. I always mix way to much and have never found a use for the dry stuff  :banghead:

Meteor has had her undersides painted and masked for the top colour. I've been musing on this and am thinking that if the Trent Meteor had entered service she would have been given a new name ? I'm thinking Meteorite as it shows her lineage.

The Typhoon is together. I was a little to cocky with this as I've already built one, and had a little problem closing the fuselage. Soon fixed my boo boo and she went together well.

Gladiator is together (without the top wing) and is a little cracker. Pays to take your time with assembly and not just assume she will go together well. She does but wants just a modicum of respect. The holes for the bracing wires are already part through and I've drilled these all the way through. I'll fill with PPP after rigging or maybe just use masking tape and use for the inspection panels ? The way the engine and cowling go together you can assemble and fit after painting  :thumbsup:

Also made some more of my new favourite tool. £1 Store double sided tape and emery paper + Costa stirrers = cheap and effective sanding sticks. The Costa stirrers are thin anyway but can be  cut to whatever desired width, the double sided tape is very sticky so doesn't budge even when using the sanders wet and dry. Also usefull to have different lengths of stirrer/emery as the stirrers are very flexible and take a lot of poking around. No more expensive sanding sticks for me.......I'm on a pension now  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 17, 2013, 07:44:08 am
Not much done, but second coat is on the Meteorite. Realised I've masked the wing roots wrongly  :banghead: and they were a bugger to do wrongly as well  :banghead: :banghead: Easier to have done them correctly  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:...age I suppose  ;D Still easily sorted.

Prime the Hurricane and Typhoon tomorrow, start sanding the Firebrand
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Post by: darthspud on June 17, 2013, 10:02:51 am
milliput used to be used for small "carved" items

non-used bits get piled up and then carved into Penguins/Sheep/dogs/ Sea lions. and usually presented to people when leaving MPN .
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 18, 2013, 07:27:38 am
milliput used to be used for small "carved" items


Ah cheers  :thumbsup: Because I mainly build pre 1950 there don't tend to be many lumps and bumps on the aircraft but there's always a few things it might come in usefull for. I'll put them in a tin....and promptly forget where I put them  :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 18, 2013, 07:34:21 am
Right progress -

The Firebrand has been sanded and the wing profile looks a lot better. Will need a fair bit more work and I will have to attempt to re-scribe some of the more prominent panel lines, something I very seldom do.

The Gladiator didn't need any extra psr (lovely little kit) so has had her black/white undersurface painted.

The Typhoon needed just a smidgen of PPP on the cowling, my fault when I fitted the gun sight slightly awry. Done and reprimed.

The Meteorite has had my error in painting her uppers fixed so is now waiting for the Future to dry and then transfers can start. I've also stated putting the undercarriage together - nice little job as it's quite fiddly but so far has gone together ok.

The 2 WWI guns are now starting to look like guns. Interesting builds, some of the smaller parts are superb but the resin used is prone to air bubbles on some of the larger parts and they have had to have a few holes filled in.

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Post by: NARSES2 on June 20, 2013, 07:27:01 am
Some progress with paint and I've started to give the Meteorite it's transfers.

Whilst looking for something else among my transfer collection I discovered a set for Soviet Pe 2's and 3's. Now I immediately thought of a Soviet Beaufighter torpedo bomber rather then the A-20's they used.  ;D May well get done.

Another bit of serendipity whilst looking for something completely different was a photo of an experimental Typhoon with double stacked rockets...16 of them  ;D May well necessitate another Airfix kit.

Also while struggling to find something in the mess I call a model room I made the decision to completely sort it out once I've finished the current crop of kits, it's driving me mad at the moment  :banghead:

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 21, 2013, 07:15:27 am
Thanks to Crudebuteffective painting of the Meteorite can continue  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 22, 2013, 07:50:08 am
The Typhoon has started to have her transfers applied. Started with the "D Day stripes" and they are brilliant, fit like a dream and go on dead easy  :thumbsup:

The Gladiator has started having her topsides painted.

The 2 WWI guns are going together but are a bit of a pain. The resin doesn't seem to want to be glued. My normal superglue seems to take ages to hold bits together, all round pia  :banghead:

Progress continues on the Meteorite. I've had to alter the undercarriage. It's obvious given the actual aircrafts undercarriage that it would have been nigh on impossible to hang anything under the wings or fuselage and this was with the standard Meteors undercarriage altered to allow for prop clearance. So I've had to extend it in order to fit some ordnance. Nothing drastic but I'm going to say that the undercarriage had a double pivot in order to retract into the bays. Once the doors are on you won't be able to see the extension. However she is definitely a tail sitter. Loads of lead in the nose but she still won't sit properly. Have to use the clear prop I made for the Moonbat although I may fit her to a base ?


Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 24, 2013, 07:42:52 am
The Firebrand has had some re-scribing done, just enough so that the difference between the unfilled part of the wing and the filled part don't look as though they are from different planets. Had a little bit of fun here as the scriber stated to tear at the Miliput. I stopped straight away and used a sharp scalpel blade instead on this bit. Want to fit the undercarriage and doors and then start painting. Normally don't fit these until the end but as I will be using Sky from a rattle can for the undersides it makes sense to do them at the same time.

The Meteorite and Typhoon have had 90% of their transfers applied. Given my "previous" with stencil transfers they are probably nearer 98% transferred  :thumbsup: The yellow leading edges will work on the Typhoon. They take some persuading (nothing more serious then spit and patience) but they do go on and conform to the leading edge. Possibly easier to paint and mask but just possibly.

The Gladiator is painted and is awaiting her markings which given the scheme - RAF Aden 1940 - is pretty minimal.

The 2 WWI guns are now looking ready for primer
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 25, 2013, 07:32:46 am
As I thought very few of the stencil transfers were used. Just the prop markings on the Meteorite and a few others on the Typhoon.

The Gladiator has her national markings, codes and serials on. There are scores of stencils on the Airfix sheet but very few will get used. They might look right on a silver doped example but not on a camouflaged one in my opinion. Will have to brace myself for the rigging now  :blink:

Talking of stencil transfers. I do think that in 1/72 they can actually make the model look wrong, especially where there are a lot of them. I've seen some Phantoms, Japanese ones in particular, which look like billboards. May be accurate but to my mind it detracts from the model. Personal view and I know there are many more, some of which are to the contrary but just as valid. As a certain person of this parish has been known to say "it's my model"
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Post by: PR19_Kit on June 25, 2013, 07:53:51 am
As a certain person of this parish has been known to say "it's my model"

I can't imagine who you might be talking about Chris.  ;D

I tend to agree about 'over stencilling'. Being an airliner modeller I find a lot of the better kits have THOUSANDS of stencils and as much of the model is gloss white they stick out like a sore thumb, much more than they do on the real thing. I tend to 'dumb down' the stencils on mine and only put them where I can see them on RW photos.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 25, 2013, 08:26:13 am
One thing that many "modelers", esp,. those who consider themselves "serious", forget that 'a model is a simplified representation of something complex'. It IMHO finally all boils down to personal taste, but hardcore realism can be a real PITA, and it gets even worse when third parties critisize you for NOT adding anything that's available, be it OOB or through aftermarket options.

It's just a MODEL!  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2013, 12:27:30 am
One thing that many "modelers", esp,. those who consider themselves "serious", forget that 'a model is a simplified representation of something complex'.

That's a definition I've not heard before, and a good one  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2013, 12:29:24 am
I tend to agree about 'over stencilling'. Being an airliner modeller I find a lot of the better kits have THOUSANDS of stencils and as much of the model is gloss white they stick out like a sore thumb, much more than they do on the real thing. I tend to 'dumb down' the stencils on mine and only put them where I can see them on RW photos.

Yup the Japanese Phantom I vividly remember was basically white all over and was literally covered in stencils. In 1/72 it just looked artificial to me, but it's a free world and as long as the modeller was happy then the world continues to turn
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2013, 12:33:32 am
Little bit of sad news this morning.

A good American friend of mine died yesterday at the age of 95. He was an ex USAAF pilot and flew P-47's in WWII through to F.105's in Vietnam. A wonderfull man who I met in Hawaii many years ago when he was till serving in the Air Force. remained great friends of his family ever since.

Soon there won't be many of that great generation left, so lets salute them while we can.

Here's to you Jet  :cheers:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on June 26, 2013, 12:58:10 am
That's awesome period of service Jet had Chris, can't be too many USAF pilots who flew in WWII and Viet Nam.

Commiserations on his family's and your loss.
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2013, 06:46:20 am
That's awesome period of service Jet had Chris, can't be too many USAF pilots who flew in WWII and Viet Nam.


Yup tail end of WWII and beginning of Vietnam. Ended up attached to Hawaii State University (some posting) as their Air Force liaison/recruitment type of person.

Still had to keep his hours in so went down to Hickham every now and then to "play" with the ANG's Phantoms (shows how long I'd known him). The incident of the flight at zero level along Waikiki beach at 7.00am to show his daughter "daddies aeroplane" made the Honolulu Advertiser  :wacko: ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on June 26, 2013, 08:38:51 am
Sorry to hear your news, Chris.
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Post by: Radish on June 26, 2013, 09:49:54 am
Sad news, that generation is rapidly disappearing.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2013, 11:49:08 pm
Thanks lads
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 27, 2013, 01:50:24 am
One of my greatest joys was finding a story on the internet, about a guy who was a B-17 pilot. He flew 35 combat missions in the 8th AF, and while awaiting transport back to the US, volunteered to become a P-51D pilot for the newly-formed Scouting Force. After a swift 7 hour conversion course, he was in combat again, but was forced to bail out over Belgium (luckily in Allied hands) and broke his arm n the process. Invalided back home, he wanted to get married to his fiancée, but had to wait for a while....for his 21st birthday!!! I built his model....I still have it.....and he saw it when by luck he appeared at an 8th AF reunion at a Hanger Dance at Molesworth.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 27, 2013, 07:24:55 am
Started on working on the rigging on the Gladiator. Painted the rockets and rails for the Typhoon, she's nearly there and sorted out the armament for my Meteorite.

Big news is the fancy dress outfit has arrived....just need to embellish it now  ;) ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on June 27, 2013, 08:31:29 am
Big news is the fancy dress outfit has arrived....just need to embellish it now  ;) ;)

???  Is Rad becoming contagious ??
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 27, 2013, 12:25:03 pm
OH YES!!!!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 27, 2013, 12:59:57 pm
hopefully its Radishness that's contagious,  not that Radish has become so.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 28, 2013, 08:11:58 am
hopefully its Radishness that's contagious,  not that Radish has become so.  :thumbsup:
Big news is the fancy dress outfit has arrived....just need to embellish it now  ;) ;)

???  Is Rad becoming contagious ??

 :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 28, 2013, 09:40:51 am
Excellent

 ;) ;) :o :party: :party:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 29, 2013, 07:26:19 am
Some progress.

The Firebrand can now be painted, so that will start Monday.

The Meteorite and Typhoon have got to the stage where they need their canopies and then a couple of small finishing bits and I can call them finished, so middle of next week probably.

The Gladiator's construction is complete. Now I had a real problem with the engine/cowling/cowl ring assembly. Just couldn't get the thing to fit then discovered I had the engine upside down  :banghead: My fault should have looked at the instructions more carefully and not just assumed I knew how it fitted  :banghead: Once I corrected that it went on ok, however it will need some filler that it probably wouldn't have needed if I'd done it properly in the first place, on the join lines for 2 of the cowling parts. My playing with them has affected the fit. Might be "fun" when it comes to sanding ?

 


Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 02, 2013, 02:15:40 am
Typhoon is finished and if I say so myself she looks rather nice  :wub:

Meteorite has her canopy on and frames are done so on the last leg here.

Gladiator has had the rigging started, looks like a spider has gone ape on a couple of gallons of Old Peculiar at the moment what with all the wires through the upper wing  :blink:. Slowly start threading them through their lower holes latter in the week.

Started painting the Firebrand.

The 2 WWI guns are slowly getting there, but are stodgy going
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 04, 2013, 07:39:35 am
Bit of faffing around with projects but not much progress.

Been getting the next issue of the UK WIF SIG newsletter together, getting ready for the party of the Millenia on Saturday and doing an employment ref for an old work colleague. It's for a school position and they want to know everything. Most stringent ref I've ever done.

Also apparently at the first interview stage they have kids on the selection panel ?????  :blink: :blink: :banghead:

Hopefully get down to some modelling next week
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on July 04, 2013, 11:44:35 am
Education is a mess.....

I had to go on a course of how to interview staff........only been doing it for 25 years!!

Meanwhile, Gove is a moron. Today I heard gentle infant teachers expressing a desire to punch him in the face. Surreal.

Children have been on interview panels for some years.
It's akin to lunatics running the asylum.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on July 04, 2013, 12:39:00 pm
Education is a mess.....

Children have been on interview panels for some years.
It's akin to lunatics running the asylum.
ACTIVATE RANT MODE

Even the average 9 year old is brighter than some of the councillors you get on school boards of governors!

Sorry, but I've been interviewed for some posts by political  people (all parties) whose IQ is smaller than their shoe size. As a very wise  old head I once worked for  said "If all their brains were gunpowder, the explosion wouldn't lift their cap".

TERMINATE RANT MODE


Apologies in advance if this disquiets a moderator.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on July 04, 2013, 12:58:54 pm
Oh don't get me wrong...totally agree with you re. political appointments.

In interview once, the Chair of Govs asked me a question.
I gave an appropriate answer....the chap looked at the Head and asked, "Is that right?"

I despair :o :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 05, 2013, 12:21:58 am
As a very wise  old head I once worked for  said "If all their brains were gunpowder, the explosion wouldn't lift their cap".

I like that  ;D Will have to store it away for future use  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on July 05, 2013, 07:41:29 am
As a very wise  old head I once worked for  said "If all their brains were gunpowder, the explosion wouldn't lift their cap".

I like that  ;D Will have to store it away for future use  :thumbsup:

For your further delectation, his other pet phrases  included

Clinically dead from the bootlaces northwards

That child suffers from chronic inertia

and on one glorious occasion " I taught his mother and she was no better......(short pause).... HELL, I taught his grandmother and she was just the same too"


To be fair to him, he may have had these phrases at the tip of his tongue, but I've seen him spend hours showing  limitless patience with special needs groups .
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on July 05, 2013, 09:30:49 am
The best/worst description I heard said about a teenager was:

"You boy are a waste of sperm!!" :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 08, 2013, 06:44:27 am
Got a little done this morning before it got to hot.

Second coat of EDSG on the Firebrand. Dried almost before I could get it from brush to model but then didn't seem to dry completely  :blink: It was Lifecolor and I've never had this problem before so blame the weather  :banghead:

The Meteorite is armed and just needs 3 or 4 bits of paint and then she can be "topped out". On most of my models the final act is attaching the props/spinners. This is why I struggle with jets as there isn't an obvious item you can use for this final moment ???

The MPM Turbo Meteor (Meteorite) is a nice kit by the way and I like the way she's turned out.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 08, 2013, 07:20:59 am
This is why I struggle with jets as there isn't an obvious item you can use for this final moment ???

I tend to install the undercarriage last on jets, but agree with you for the prop being the last item on airscrew driven aircraft.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 10, 2013, 06:54:57 am
Right here's a pic of the completed Meteorite build - nice model, enjoyed building it a lot and will be getting another  :thumbsup:

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics001-14.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics001-14.jpg.html)

here's the link to the rest of the pics

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37330.msg604536.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37330.msg604536.html#new)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 10, 2013, 07:00:45 am
Not a wif but my second out of the box build of the new tool Airfix Typhoon  ;D :wub:

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics006-10.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics006-10.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics005-11.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics005-11.jpg.html)

With her bomb armed sibling

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics007-6.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics007-6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on July 10, 2013, 08:14:52 am
Whoa! I like the new Tiffie! I think I will have to get one of those (or maybe a couple  :wacko: )
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 11, 2013, 12:44:22 am
They are lovely kits Robert. I've built lots of the Academy ones and they are nice but the Airfix one is a notch or two up.

You do need to look at the instructions as there are a couple of innovative approaches to the construction process. Goes together beautifully and the transfers take a lot of rough handling. The yellow wing leading edge stripes take a while to get on but actually work and fit  :bow: :bow: If I used "decal solvent" they would probably have worked quicker.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 13, 2013, 07:25:33 am
Right I've taken a decision which has got me back on track  :thumbsup:

For the last week or so I've been faffing around with the rigging on the Gladiator getting nowhere. Whilst not achieving this I was not getting any modelling done at all. Kept making excuses, finding other things to do  :banghead:

So I'm not going to rig the thing. Existing wires have been cut away, holes filled, repainted and progress is onward  :thumbsup: She looks fine to me without the rigging and she won't be going anywhere so it's a case of "Its my model". Nearly finished her now and yes I like her again.

As said previously I've not rigged for probably 45 years and was no good at it then so trying to do it on a 1/72 kit with 61 year old hands and eyes in a heatwave was probably daft anyway. Its meant to be enjoyable after all and I wasn't enjoying it  :banghead:

So with the Gladiator progressing the Firebrand and the 2 WWI guns are also making progress. Firebrand is ready for her markings and the guns for a quick squirt of primer.

Now is it me or this hot weather effecting super glue. My regular brand from Mr Hobbies which is normally brilliant has gone on strike on me ?

Anyway onward and upward  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on July 13, 2013, 08:12:24 am
Good man!!!! ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 14, 2013, 07:27:40 am
Got some modelling done before it got to hot - how do you people who live in REALLY hot places do it ??  :bow: -

The Firebrand got her markings. Quite quick and simple from a combination of sources, mainly Xtradecal with some serials from a Freightdog sheet, intended for an Avenger. Never ceases to amaze me how different transfers behave so differently. The Xtradecals took a while to soak off and then wouldn't move once on (well they did but took some effort), the Freightdog serials came away from the backing almost instantaneously and went into place with just enough wiggle time, the numbers which look like old Frog ???? took for ever to come away but look fine on the model.

Also did some detail painting and restuck one of the guns back on. Then it just got to hot

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 15, 2013, 07:33:10 am
The Firebrand is nearly there. Had her matt varnish this morning and canopy attached lunchtime. Now I'm sure I cut the canopy out correctly (vacform, one only in kit) but it looks to low to me. Still I'll just say the squadron commander had a special one off fast back conversion done  ;D

This kit has been a trial what with having to build the folded wings option unfolded. To do them folded would involve even more work  :banghead: However I've enjoyed it and like the almost end product. I think the secret was I never let it get on top of me and just did it in dribs and drabs. It's the very old Czechmasters kit and isn't one of their best in all honesty. Unless you really want a Firebrand I'd avoid this one. Get the new tool from them instead or if you can't get the mortgage for that wait and hope someone like MPM/SH, AZ or RS bring one out

Also pulled a almost completed Airfix Me 110 out from the naughty box to finish. real world and shouldn't take long now I have a canopy mask set  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 16, 2013, 07:30:22 am
Firebrand is finished  ;D Piccies in the next day or so
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on July 16, 2013, 09:33:28 am
Was thinking about your rigging.....
......still thinking..... ;D ;D :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2013, 07:19:11 am
Was thinking about your rigging.....
......still thinking..... ;D ;D :banghead: :banghead:

Don't hurt yourself  :blink: ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2013, 07:59:25 am
Well here's the Firebrand

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37362.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37362.new.html#new)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics001-15.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics001-15.jpg.html)

And here's the Gladiator - 94 Sqd Aden 1940

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics005-12.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics005-12.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2013, 08:04:13 am
Decided I'm going to try and sort all my spare bits and bobs out. To paraphrase a famous Antarctic explorer "I may be gone for some time"  :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 19, 2013, 12:37:13 am
Sorting of the spares box - why do I keep some of these things  :banghead: - has also revealed a load of transfers - much more usefull  ;D - that haven't been used when building the kit intended which need to go in their appropriate envelopes within their appropriate boxes. Am I to organised sometimes ? Must admit I go from chaos to tidy and then start to build the chaos up again  :blink:

Anyway the two ex shelf queens are nearly there. The 110 just needs her masking removed and the SR 177 needs her markings, armament and canopy finishing. I wasn't happy with either of these which is why they went on the shelf. The Airfix 110 is one of their earlier releases in this reincarnation and is a little clunky, especially in comparison  with the new tools. Couple that with the fact it was sprayed with the dodgy can of Humbrol matt I've previously referred to and I didn't like her. Fixed the varnish problem and she will get finished although she's intended for the reserve collection. As for the SR 177 ? I screwed her up. Fixed her but you can still see where I was careless/over confident. Still she looks better now. very nice kit and I've another one with which to make a better job of.

After that I'm going to wait for the weather to cool before I start the next 4. All British WWII period, 2 twin engine, 2 single engine. 2 plastic, 2 resin  :mellow:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 19, 2013, 02:05:11 am
Are you feeling alright Chris? An SR177 doesn't have a propeller!  :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Howard of Effingham on July 19, 2013, 02:12:07 am
Are you feeling alright Chris? An SR177 doesn't have a propeller!  :o

worse than that kit, he has another SR177 to build! 'ow 'bout a retro BPF scheme on one?  :wacko:

btw, chris. the firebrand is a great build. :cheers:

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Mossie on July 19, 2013, 02:22:36 am
Your on a run at the mo Chris!  Enjoying the recent crop, the turbprop Metoer looks 'right' with a torpedo load and the colurs on the Firebrand suit it.

Also enjoying the real world stuff, I recentely picked up a Gladiator just to see what the newest Airfix kits were like, would have got the Tiffie but only the Glady was on the shelf.  Glad I did, lovely little kit, liked it so much I started it straight away.  It was going to be real world too, but I've found a few suitable whiffy markings for the period, Austrian (couldn't make that work in my head, possibly as part of a partisan unit), Spanish Nationalist (captured), Danish and Swiss.  It'll probably get Swiss markings as I've found their biplanes wore an unusual splinter scheme early war, finding paints that roughly match the colours has been the hard part.
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Post by: The Wooksta! on July 19, 2013, 03:59:41 am
Chris, I've a feeling that the number is wrong on the Firebrand.  I did something similar and got pulled about it.  Apparently the first number refers to the number of crew - I take it you took it from an Avenger or Barracuda?
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Post by: Dizzyfugu on July 19, 2013, 05:09:39 am
It was going to be real world too, but I've found a few suitable whiffy markings for the period, Austrian (couldn't make that work in my head, possibly as part of a partisan unit).

Austria operated some Ju 86 bombers right before WWII broke out - that cammo in beige and two green tones should look nice on a biplane like the Gladiator? Perhaps...?

(http://images.auctionhelper.com/images/10343/KORA/KORAJu86Austria1.jpg)

KORA's color indications might eb slightly off - agree on Humbrol 71 and 151, but AFAIK the dark green should rather be kind of 116 or 75, 120 is (much) too pale.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Mossie on July 19, 2013, 07:00:13 am
Thanks, that helps a lot, first time I've seen a colour break down.  The scheme I've got is slightly different, a brown is included and the underside is a pale blue.  H71 seems to match the tan well, I've got a Vallejo Dark Earth(?) that is close enough for the brown shade.  H120 I don't have, except in enamel, I might mix acrylics and enamels which works after a coat of Klear or use a mix of H78 and H106.  A 1:5 mix of H47 to H34 seems pretty much spot on for the underside.

I've been working from pics and none of them quite look the same due to lighting, different cameras etc so I guess if I'm close enough, not many people will know much about early war Swiss aircraft to notice (what's the bet I'll find the one expert in the country)!
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Switzerland---Air/EKW-C-35/1011502/L/
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 19, 2013, 08:31:06 am
Are you feeling alright Chris? An SR177 doesn't have a propeller!  :o

Yup as I've said before Kit I really do have a problem psychologically as to where or whether I've finished or not  :banghead:

worse than that kit, he has another SR177 to build! 'ow 'bout a retro BPF scheme on one?  :wacko:

btw, chris. the firebrand is a great build. :cheers:



Thanks Howard, must admit a BPF retro anniversary scheme could be an idea ??  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 19, 2013, 08:39:06 am
Chris, I've a feeling that the number is wrong on the Firebrand.  I did something similar and got pulled about it.  Apparently the first number refers to the number of crew - I take it you took it from an Avenger or Barracuda?

They are from a Barracuda so you may be right Lee. Must admit I thought the first No was something to do with the squadron and the 2nd/3rd were flight/aircraft in flight sort of thing.

Right having had a quick flick through my Putnam's the evidence would back you up Lee if only for BPF and Eastern Fleet aircraft. Aircraft used in the Atlantic, Med and Home waters don't appear to have adhered to it but there's obviously a limit to the number of pics I've looked at.

Need more research and if necessary it's easily corrected - thanks for the heads up  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 19, 2013, 08:40:55 am
Your on a run at the mo Chris!  Enjoying the recent crop, the turbprop Metoer looks 'right' with a torpedo load and the colurs on the Firebrand suit it.

Also enjoying the real world stuff, I recentely picked up a Gladiator just to see what the newest Airfix kits were like, would have got the Tiffie but only the Glady was on the shelf.  Glad I did, lovely little kit, liked it so much I started it straight away.  It was going to be real world too, but I've found a few suitable whiffy markings for the period, Austrian (couldn't make that work in my head, possibly as part of a partisan unit), Spanish Nationalist (captured), Danish and Swiss.  It'll probably get Swiss markings as I've found their biplanes wore an unusual splinter scheme early war, finding paints that roughly match the colours has been the hard part.

Cheers Mossie.

Must admit I like the idea of an Austrian Gladiator. Swiss with the large areas of red/white would look good as well, almost like a WWI ace's aircraft  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on July 19, 2013, 09:10:20 am
WWI Gladiator appeals...French? Doped limen with natural metal/wood....perhaps a German ace?
There's a few Gladiator "skins" out there..... :dalek: :dalek:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Mossie on July 19, 2013, 12:00:22 pm
Cheers Mossie.

Must admit I like the idea of an Austrian Gladiator. Swiss with the large areas of red/white would look good as well, almost like a WWI ace's aircraft  :thumbsup:

Maybe I'll get a second one. ;D  I must admit, the Austrian one is appealing more and more, silver dope with large O5 resistance titles?

The Swiss one will probably get some large red and white crosses, the Full Monty neutrality stripes are a little late for the biplanes.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 19, 2013, 06:27:42 pm
Chris, I've a feeling that the number is wrong on the Firebrand.  I did something similar and got pulled about it.  Apparently the first number refers to the number of crew - I take it you took it from an Avenger or Barracuda?

They are from a Barracuda so you may be right Lee. Must admit I thought the first No was something to do with the squadron and the 2nd/3rd were flight/aircraft in flight sort of thing.

Right having had a quick flick through my Putnam's the evidence would back you up Lee if only for BPF and Eastern Fleet aircraft. Aircraft used in the Atlantic, Med and Home waters don't appear to have adhered to it but there's obviously a limit to the number of pics I've looked at.

Need more research and if necessary it's easily corrected - thanks for the heads up  :thumbsup:

IIRC, when I did the first Magna abortion, I lifted Barracuda decals straight.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 20, 2013, 07:27:31 am
Maybe I'll get a second one. ;D  I must admit, the Austrian one is appealing more and more, silver dope with large O5 resistance titles?

The Swiss one will probably get some large red and white crosses, the Full Monty neutrality stripes are a little late for the biplanes.

Pegasus do some interesting national markings for Austro Hungarian aircraft. Standard Maltese crosses but with this nice "shield" design http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pegasus-Decals-1-72-AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN-NAVAL-INSIGNIA-WWI-Aircraft-/400405804235?pt=Model_Kit_US&hash=item5d3a0bb4cb (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pegasus-Decals-1-72-AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN-NAVAL-INSIGNIA-WWI-Aircraft-/400405804235?pt=Model_Kit_US&hash=item5d3a0bb4cb)

I've got the sheet so if you needed a couple  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 20, 2013, 07:34:50 am
The 110 is as finished as she will ever be and has been put in a box in the cupboard, I'm just not happy with her  :-\

The SR 177 is getting her markings so should be finished this coming week. Have to do the canopy framing yet and in this weather that's a bind.

Meanwhile the tidy up makes progress. Finding a lot of stuff I didn't know I had and some of it I actually want  :thumbsup: Been sorting the spare transfers out and there's some interesting ones in there. As far as the spares box goes I have an awful lot of modern missiles, bombs and drop tanks so must have made some modern stuff when I first got back into the hobby or more likely they are from my mid teens  :blink: :blink: Found a great lump of Blue Tack the size of my fist which is handy  ;D

Probably the most interesting finds were the scores of pilot/crew figures. All in 1/72 and the size differential between some of them is enormous ! Took me back to the old days when I wargammed and the differences between different manufacturers figures in the same scale  :wacko:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 21, 2013, 07:30:11 am
Right the SR 177 is almost finished. The canopy is framed * and she just needs her rockets and drop tanks added, then satin varnish and she's finished.

* I've gone for the Phase 2 canopy  :rolleyes: In the real world I could see FAA pilots mutinying over the landing view from the original incredibly heavy framed canopy so I'm certain Saunders Roe would have soon brought a modification in. I've just pre-empted them. Same canopy but not so heavily framed, in reality it was a lot easier to do that way and I think looks better.

I like this kit even though I screwed it by being a bit to cocky whilst building her. I had a few kits I mucked up for this reason during this particular build period, some can be saved, some not. No idea why I got that way but it will teach me to treat every kit with respect :banghead:

I've another 177 in the stash so RAF for that one  :thumbsup:

Managed to prime a Wyvren that's been sitting waiting for it for ages, so hopefully start paint next week sometime.

The next 5 kits are decided  :thumbsup:

Tamiya Mosquito - real world

Hasegawa Beaufighter - real world but with an unusual not often seen scheme.

Kora Miles M20/4, the proposed FAA version. - Cam ship aircraft instead of the Hurricane

LF Hawker Tornado - Not sure yet whether I can legitimately squeeze this into the back end of the Battle of Britain, but she will be around that date.

Matchbox Vickers Wellesley - Suddenly thought of her as a maritime recce aircraft using that long range. Not sure if she will be pre-war or early war yet
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 21, 2013, 08:08:39 am
As an aside whilst getting the SR 177's transfers out of the box I noticed that along with the boxes product number and size was the name "RAJA".

I immediately thought of Dell Boy and Raja computers - they've obviously gone back to their original production line  ;D ;D
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Post by: Thorvic on July 21, 2013, 01:20:20 pm
Hang on a sec whats this Narses modelling during an Ashes Test !!!! :o

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Post by: NARSES2 on July 22, 2013, 07:02:56 am
Hang on a sec whats this Narses modelling during an Ashes Test !!!! :o



I don't have Sky so I listen to Radio 5 live while I model and watch the highlights on CH5 on an evening. I'll be at the Oval however  ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 22, 2013, 07:37:20 am
Well here's the finished SR 177 or Storm Petrell. Which after all the self inflicted travails I actually like. Definitely going to build my other kit  :thumbsup:

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37390.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37390.new.html#new)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics001-16.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics001-16.jpg.html)
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Post by: Dizzyfugu on July 22, 2013, 07:46:07 am
Cheers Mossie.

Must admit I like the idea of an Austrian Gladiator. Swiss with the large areas of red/white would look good as well, almost like a WWI ace's aircraft  :thumbsup:

Maybe I'll get a second one. ;D  I must admit, the Austrian one is appealing more and more, silver dope with large O5 resistance titles?

The Swiss one will probably get some large red and white crosses, the Full Monty neutrality stripes are a little late for the biplanes.

That Austrian Air Force idea spawned something here, too. Got the idea, got the parts, it might soon turn into hardware...  :party:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on July 22, 2013, 11:13:00 am
Matchbox Vickers Wellesley - Suddenly thought of her as a maritime recce aircraft using that long range. Not sure if she will be pre-war or early war yet

47 Sqdn. really did use their Wellesleys for maritime recce over the Med after the Italians in Abassynia had surrendered. I've yet to discover how good they were though.
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 23, 2013, 07:22:23 am
Matchbox Vickers Wellesley - Suddenly thought of her as a maritime recce aircraft using that long range. Not sure if she will be pre-war or early war yet

47 Sqdn. really did use their Wellesleys for maritime recce over the Med after the Italians in Abassynia had surrendered. I've yet to discover how good they were though.

Yup from what I've read Kit they were operated in the role from Aden out over the Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

Mine will be in home waters. Patrolling out towards the Faroes/Iceland Passage. Been thinking of a FAA style scheme so maybe she will be FAA rather then RAF ?
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 23, 2013, 07:28:17 am
As I've mentioned I'm in the process of sorting stuff out and apart from putting my old Humbrol enamels in numeric order (used to work in stats, that's my excuse  :banghead:) I came across a largish box at the top of some shelves.

Delving in revealed a stash of Aeroclub, Paragon, Aries, Pavla, SAMI TSR2 etc resin and etch goodies  ;D

Some I will keep, some I will offload - what do I need with a load of white metal ejection seats ???

Pick of the bunch was some Paragon Mosquito bits I'd forgotten I had. Including the two stage engine set - oh Tamiya kit here they come  :bow: I'll get the one I'm building out of the way first and then look to use these Paragon sets  ;D

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Post by: NARSES2 on July 25, 2013, 07:41:58 am
Still to muggy to make much progress but some work has been done on the Wyvren.

I'm not sure what to finish this as. Initially she was going to be real world but then I thought what about New Zealand ?

75 Sqd RNZAF (I think) leased Canberras from the RAF so I thought what if they leased refurbished FAA Wyvrens instead. My scenario was that they would be based in Singapore and used during the Confrontation in Borneo for ground support. One problem with that is that I could have sworn I had some Fern Leaf roundels, but if I have I don't know where they are  :banghead:

So can I squeeze them into the early 70's during New Zealand's Vietnam operations ? I have Kiwi roundels (which came in in 1970) and I was thinking of retaining full FAA colours and serials but with Kiwi roundels and personal markings. Or do I leave them in Singapore in 1970/71 ?

What do people think ?
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Post by: Thorvic on July 25, 2013, 08:42:21 am
There are some Silver Fern RNZAF roundels in the Airfix Canberra BI-8 kit if you have it as they are normal size rather than the silly large wing ones, otherwise the Venture Set might do the trick ?

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/VA7280 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/VA7280)
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 25, 2013, 11:09:40 am
That's the set I thought I had Geoff, but it's the Kiwi's one.

I've replied to your PM
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Post by: Dizzyfugu on July 26, 2013, 08:38:37 am
A little WiP teaser, from the Airfix Gladiator post a couple of days ago...  ;D

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3741/9371962752_088629d27a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/9371962752/)
1:72 Macchi C.170 "Brezza" (Kit-bashing) - WiP (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/9371962752/) by dizzyfugu (http://www.flickr.com/people/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
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Post by: Mossie on July 26, 2013, 02:24:25 pm
Getting on better than I am with mine!  I same to be at the same point I was at the beginning of the week, I've finally got paint on but it's not covering for a reason I can't fathom yet.
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Post by: Thorvic on July 26, 2013, 02:29:15 pm
Getting on better than I am with mine!  I same to be at the same point I was at the beginning of the week, I've finally got paint on but it's not covering for a reason I can't fathom yet.

Did you wash the model to remove the mould release agents, and it may need a primer coat depend on the paint to etch into the plastic depending on the paint you're using.

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Post by: Thorvic on July 27, 2013, 04:28:02 am
That's the set I thought I had Geoff, but it's the Kiwi's one.

I've replied to your PM

RNZAF Fern Roundels are in the post  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 27, 2013, 07:11:26 am
Cheers Geoff

Mossie - blame the weather
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 27, 2013, 07:18:55 am
I've carried on tinkering with the Wyvren. Upper surface is now painted and I'm doing some detail painting

It's a right curate's egg of a kit. I assume it's been scaled down from their (Trumpeter's) 1/48 version ? Some very small detailed parts which are a bit fiddly to fit. The parts breakdown is over complex in my view. The instruction sheet was compiled by throwing all the individual stages in the air and putting them on the page as they landed  :-\. Seriously it's not that bad but the guy who did it hasn't built the kit...I'm certain about that. If you follow it you'll have fun when it comes to paint  :blink: Lots of options re armament but the rockets are in 2 parts and the fit of the tail end to the rest does not use the best method I could think of, indeed I can only really think of 1 or 2 worse  :banghead:

But it's a Wyvren so thank you Trumpeter for that  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 27, 2013, 07:19:48 am
Dizzy I love what you are doing with that Gladiator
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Post by: Gondor on July 27, 2013, 10:08:01 am
Dizzy I love what you are doing with that Gladiator

It looks very Italian in that picture I think, the photo credit under the photo kind of gives the game away too.

Gondor
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Post by: Mossie on July 28, 2013, 04:24:12 am
Getting on better than I am with mine!  I same to be at the same point I was at the beginning of the week, I've finally got paint on but it's not covering for a reason I can't fathom yet.

Did you wash the model to remove the mould release agents, and it may need a primer coat depend on the paint to etch into the plastic depending on the paint you're using.



I haven't washed it down thoroughly (just a light wipe), but it's got a Halfords primer coat on that's holding okay.  I've mixed Humbrol acrylics H47 and H34.  It seems to be the mix as I've tested the component colours along with a few others and they're covering okay.  It's a very pale blue so may need several coats but is very streaky after three.

I've already painted portions of it without problems, although there's one part that's covered well but the metallic (can be a little touchy) Citadel paints are rubbing off easily.  I'll try white primer first as a better basis for he pale colour, if that doesn't work I'll hit it with FPS and start again.
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Post by: Mossie on July 28, 2013, 04:26:38 am
Cheers Geoff

Mossie - blame the weather

The good old British standby, too hot, too cold, too muggy.  The last one might actually apply, I've had a little problem with moisture in the primer, but nothing serious.
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 28, 2013, 07:30:10 am
Well I've now got the Wyvren to the stage where she can wait for her markings. She will be posed with folded wings, I'll say the hangar was a little small, as building the kit with wings out stretched would take some doing by the look of it.

Started on the Miles and Hawker. Just painting and building the interiors etc.
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Post by: Dizzyfugu on July 29, 2013, 03:14:07 am
Dizzy I love what you are doing with that Gladiator

The only part from a Gladiator is actually the upper wing...  ;D

Project finished, BTW, in just one week:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3786/9381474321_f24f118f7c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/9381474321/)
1:72 Macchi C.170 "Brezza"; aircraft "236" of Jagdgeschwader II, Fliegerregiment Nr. I, Österreichische Luftwaffe (Austrian Air Force); Wiener Neustadt, summer 1937 (Whif/kit-bashing). (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/9381474321/) by dizzyfugu (http://www.flickr.com/people/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

More to come in the 'Finished Aircraft" section - with credits to you for inspiration!
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Post by: Hotte on July 29, 2013, 10:29:23 am
Nice Macchi  :thumbsup:


Hotte
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 30, 2013, 07:27:49 am
Transfers arrived today for the Wyvren, many thanks indeed Geoff. The plan is that she will be on loan to the RNZAF during the Indonesian Confrontation (in which 2 of my friends were involved) So she will retain FAA serials but have NZ national markings and squadron badge. Involved in ground attack over Borneo.

The Miles M.20 is now looking like an aeroplane. It's a little clunky and has taken a fair bit of fettling to get this far. I'll probably need to break out the Milliput. So as I always mix way to much I thought I'd get the Tornado up to this stage as well. Again it's a clunky (if less so) kit but has a fair few pin holes to fix. The rear fuselage was warped - it's been in the stash for years so may be down to climate ? - but that was soon fixed with some boiling water  :thumbsup: Anyway progress is being made.

While I'm working on these 2 I'll start the Tamiya Mossie and Hasegawa Beaufighter previously mentioned. I find building a couple of slightly tricky resin kits alongside a couple of decent injection kits the way to deal with these trickier resins  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 31, 2013, 07:39:22 am
I've started to get the transfers on the Wyvren - thanks again Geoff  :thumbsup:

The Tornado is now looking like an aeroplane. Went together fairly well, even the interior although you won't see it when she is closed up. The kit has a strange selection on the etch sheet including the undercarriage bracing struts  :blink: Why these have been done in flat etched brass is beyond me. I'll replace them with ones made from plastic rod. The main undercarriage is white metal so that's ok  :thumbsup: I used some cheap super glue on the main construction - £1 store, 5 small bottles for guess what ??? £1  ;D). Worked very well so can recommend it.

I've been toying with doing this in the scheme which has one wing underside in black. Not sure I can shoehorn her into late 1940, early 41 though ? Will probably do her in the mid 1941 scheme, brown/green/sky with pale blue spinner and tail band. Hurricane squadron markings. The back story will be that the Vulture engine didn't cause any problems in development (that will take some believing) and therefore she went into production as a stopgap until the Typhoon came on stream. She makes a nice missing link in the Hawker story, Typhoonish but with the belly radiator (the kit is of the first prototype before they went to the chin radiator)

 
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Post by: Thorvic on July 31, 2013, 08:46:11 am
Glad to hear those 'transfers' are working out ok  :thumbsup:

With the Tornado how about assignig to tbe med as a stopgap ?
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Post by: kitbasher on July 31, 2013, 02:43:27 pm
If it's chin radiator Tornado then why not apply the black and white ident strips worn by the very early Typhoons?  I'm sure the recognition issues would have applied equally to the Tornado..
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Post by: The Wooksta! on July 31, 2013, 04:35:22 pm
The Vulture was apparently fine for Tornado but it was problematical for Manchester due to endurance missions.  Few hours over France for Tornado?  Fine.  12 hour missions over Berlin?  Cooked engines.
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 01, 2013, 07:19:27 am
If it's chin radiator Tornado then why not apply the black and white ident strips worn by the very early Typhoons?  I'm sure the recognition issues would have applied equally to the Tornado..

It's the original prototype with the belly radiator. Line her up with the Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest and you really will be able to see the family tree.
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 01, 2013, 07:21:07 am
With the Tornado how about assignig to tbe med as a stopgap ?


Could do but I think I'll stick with UK based as I quite like the scheme I've found on the Hurricane. The sky blue spinner and tail band look good  :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitnut617 on August 01, 2013, 11:09:06 am
If it's chin radiator Tornado then why not apply the black and white ident strips worn by the very early Typhoons?  I'm sure the recognition issues would have applied equally to the Tornado..

It's the original prototype with the belly radiator. Line her up with the Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest and you really will be able to see the family tree.

Is that the LF Models kit Chris ?
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 02, 2013, 07:08:42 am
If it's chin radiator Tornado then why not apply the black and white ident strips worn by the very early Typhoons?  I'm sure the recognition issues would have applied equally to the Tornado..

It's the original prototype with the belly radiator. Line her up with the Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest and you really will be able to see the family tree.

Is that the LF Models kit Chris ?

Yes it is mate. It's gone together quite well as well  :thumbsup: Obviously a fair bit of psr, but nothing drastic. the wings will need Mr Surfacer because of the pin holes but other then that nothing ill to report. Transfer sheet only has 4 roundels and serials. The roundels are the blue/red ones but in what I would describe as pre-war colours so wifs in themselves  ;)
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Post by: kitnut617 on August 02, 2013, 08:00:54 am
Is that the LF Models kit Chris ?

Yes it is mate. It's gone together quite well as well  :thumbsup: Obviously a fair bit of psr, but nothing drastic. the wings will need Mr Surfacer because of the pin holes but other then that nothing ill to report. Transfer sheet only has 4 roundels and serials. The roundels are the blue/red ones but in what I would describe as pre-war colours so wifs in themselves  ;)

I've got one of those in the stash along with the 'beard' radiator version (I think that is made by another manufacturer though  :unsure: )
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 03, 2013, 07:14:07 am
Is that the LF Models kit Chris ?

Yes it is mate. It's gone together quite well as well  :thumbsup: Obviously a fair bit of psr, but nothing drastic. the wings will need Mr Surfacer because of the pin holes but other then that nothing ill to report. Transfer sheet only has 4 roundels and serials. The roundels are the blue/red ones but in what I would describe as pre-war colours so wifs in themselves  ;)

I've got one of those in the stash along with the 'beard' radiator version (I think that is made by another manufacturer though  :unsure: )

I've not seen the "beard" radiator kit. You really could show the Hurricane to Tempest development with that
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 03, 2013, 07:23:51 am
Right psr continues on the M 20 and the Tornado whilst the transfers are gradually going on the Wyvren. The Airfix ones (thanks Geoff  :thumbsup:) went on a treat but the Trumpeter ones are playing silly buggers with me. Nothing serious but they are thin so tend to curl up on themselves and then they are not the best in the world at staying where they are put, thus the process is a fairly slow one. Hoping to get the M 20 and Tornado primed over the weekend.

The 2 WWI guns are getting there  :mellow: I'm working on the peripheries at the moment, mainly the loading tackle for the 15". Some beautiful fine casting here and then some parts are just......... :banghead: I've found the £1 Store super glue seems to work best with the resin they have used. The main problem is the instructions. Some quite crudely hand drawn ones with numbered parts that don't refer to the parts in the kit because they don't have numbers  :banghead: You definitely need some reference materials for most of the smaller parts and some of the larger ones. Luckily enough there are loads of pictures out there and I have a few books, but there is always one area you can't find a decent picture for  :blink:

For relaxation during all this resin bashing I've started on the Tamiya Mosquito  :wub: :wub:. She will be real world



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Post by: kitnut617 on August 03, 2013, 08:08:27 am
I've got one of those in the stash along with the 'beard' radiator version (I think that is made by another manufacturer though  :unsure: )

I've not seen the "beard" radiator kit. You really could show the Hurricane to Tempest development with that

It's bugging me now because I can't remember who makes it Chris, It's buried in one of the stash boxes at the moment but I'll see if I can find it and take a couple of pics of it.  I've got the Centaurus Tornado too somewhere ---  I think that's a Maintrack conversion.
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 04, 2013, 08:25:06 am
It's bugging me now because I can't remember who makes it Chris, It's buried in one of the stash boxes at the moment but I'll see if I can find it and take a couple of pics of it.  I've got the Centaurus Tornado too somewhere ---  I think that's a Maintrack conversion.

I know the feeling, I can't rest until I find the things once I think about them  :banghead:

The Centaurus Tornado is quite a thuggish looking beast, nice but you wouldn't want to meet it in a dark alley after a couple of pints  :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 04, 2013, 08:30:09 am
The Miles is probably ready for her paintwork whereas the Tornado needs more psr. Now if you'd asked me before hand I would have said it would have been the other way around, shows what I know.

The Tornado looks like it's got a rash at the moment, covered in small dabs of filler to try and cure it's pin hole problem.

The Wyvren has had her transfers finished so I now need to fix the wings over the next couple of days.

The Mosquito, what can I say ? Every modeller should build a Tamiya kit every now and then just to remind yourself of how kits can be tooled, it's a sheer pleasure. Thankyou  Mr Tamiya
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 05, 2013, 07:24:07 am
Found a bit I'd missed on the Miles so she has some more filler on her.

Wyvren has had her varnish, done her in satin as I think that suits the period a little better ? Just needs the wings sorting in the folded position and her armament fitted.

I've just about finished the WWI guns paraphernalia, lifting gear for the shell etc.

Getting on with the Mosquito's various sub assemblies. I think she is one of those kits that will suddenly "come together" ? Wish Tamiya had done a 1/72 Beaufighter
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 06, 2013, 07:17:38 am
Not much done in the last 24 hours, real life interrupts - shopping and cleaning. one has to eat and it might as well be off clean plates  :rolleyes:

The Miles and the Tornado have been re-primed and I got the rockets for the Mossie painted. Had one of those moments doing this. While looking at the Tamiya instructions (which have the rails in deck tan ? Seems odd so unless I discover otherwise this will be ignored) I noticed they have a white nose band. So I thought "thin white transfer strip will do". Then reflecting on it latter whilst watching the tv I thought "that will take ages, I'll screw it, lose my rag and heaven knows what will happen then". So I probably won't do the white band.

Now this brings me to the "moment". There are modellers on this site who would not have second thoughts about doing the nose band, and would do superb jobs with it - you know who you are. Me ? It would probably spoil my enjoyment of the kit. Now whilst I do try and improve with each kit even though at times it seems like one step forward, two back, there comes a point of diminishing returns. Now this point is different for all of us but I do feel we need to recognise where our own is. Go beyond that point and you lose the fun of the hobby. Now hopefully the point will continue to move farther away but at the moment it's with the thin white bands.

Well there ends Chris's homespun philosophy for the day.
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Post by: Gondor on August 06, 2013, 11:01:17 am
If the band is to be on the pointy part of the rocket, why not punch a hole of a suitable size for the further back diameter of the band in some card then paint/spray the nose white. After the card has been removed and the paint has dried, repeat the process using a smaller diameter hole then paint the tip of the rocket its normal colour. Sounds fiddly and complicated but is far simpler to do and will probably work  :thumbsup:

Gondor
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 07, 2013, 06:59:18 am
I might just try that mate - haven't got a suitable hole punch though (not necessarily a problem) as I've always baulked at the cost
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Post by: darthspud on August 07, 2013, 07:07:13 am
i baulked too as they are an expensive, but little used item.
Instead, i got a piece of card , laid a thin(ish) sheet of plywood over and under it and drilled through with various sizes. jobs a good 'un.

Have now progressed to a piece approximately the same dimensions as a steel 1ft ruler with varying size holes to use, mainly so i can get it into small spaces.
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 08, 2013, 06:56:41 am
i baulked too as they are an expensive, but little used item.
Instead, i got a piece of card , laid a thin(ish) sheet of plywood over and under it and drilled through with various sizes. jobs a good 'un.



I was thinking of using some thickish plastic card, but hadn't thought of using plywood. So is your finished example a sandwich of plywood, card, plywood glued together ? Or am I missing something ?
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 08, 2013, 07:03:02 am
Well was feeling quite relaxed last night, remembered I had some Xtradecal thin transfer strips and had an hour before what I wanted to watch on TV came on. So thought I'd give the rocket bands a go. If I screwed them, then I'd just walk away. Well went very well, the Xtradecal strips come away from their backing very quickly, are very flexible and went on like a dream. Took 25mins for all 8 rockets, I had to remember how to work out the circumference of a circle, think it's the first time I've used that formula since I left school, so that took 5 mins. I'm really please with the way they've come out. Little thing but makes a lot of difference to the rockets.

Thanks for the encouragement lads  :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitnut617 on August 08, 2013, 08:06:37 am
I had to remember how to work out the circumference of a circle, think it's the first time I've used that formula since I left school, so that took 5 mins.

I always use Pye x dia  (3.142 x diameter)
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Post by: The Wooksta! on August 08, 2013, 09:31:10 am
Mmmmn! Pie!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Gondor on August 08, 2013, 09:36:38 am
i baulked too as they are an expensive, but little used item.
Instead, i got a piece of card , laid a thin(ish) sheet of plywood over and under it and drilled through with various sizes. jobs a good 'un.



I was thinking of using some thickish plastic card, but hadn't thought of using plywood. So is your finished example a sandwich of plywood, card, plywood glued together ? Or am I missing something ?

You are missing something. The plywood mentioned is to stop the card distorting when being drilled through.

Gondor
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Post by: darthspud on August 09, 2013, 01:49:19 am
Sorry, poorly worded,

yep i used the ply just to hold the thick(ish) card so it didn't rip when drilling through.

i use the card from stationery supply boxes, it sits between envelopes at fixed points so they don't sink in the box.

it's thicker than a cornflake box card, but thinner than corrugated cardboard.

i did try using plasticard, but card is easier, at least for me.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 09, 2013, 08:29:06 am

You are missing something. The plywood mentioned is to stop the card distorting when being drilled through.

Gondor

Sorry, poorly worded,

yep i used the ply just to hold the thick(ish) card so it didn't rip when drilling through.

i use the card from stationery supply boxes, it sits between envelopes at fixed points so they don't sink in the box.

it's thicker than a cornflake box card, but thinner than corrugated cardboard.

i did try using plasticard, but card is easier, at least for me.

Cheers gents I understand now  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 10, 2013, 07:34:30 am
Progress  ;D

As expected the Mosquito came together very quickly once all the sub assemblies were done. She can now be primed.

The Miles and the Tornado can start to be painted - PSR finished at last....I hope

The Wyvren is just about there. Next time I sit down at the model bench I will be hanging her wings on. Then it's just the canopy and that monster prop and she's done
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 14, 2013, 07:19:08 am
Not much progress at all this week but I've discovered that both the Miles and the Tornado need a little more work with filler and sand paper  :banghead: A year or so ago I would have said "that's it, no more psr I'm getting on with the painting" but now I'm going to give it another round-----am I feeling ok ?  :banghead: You lot are contagious  ;D I've also had to scratch build part of the Tornado's undercarriage as apart from the white metal legs the rest of the gear is etched brass...flat parts for struts etc ??? Not difficult but you shouldn't really have to do it.

I've had to do some psr on the Mossie as well, shock horror. All down to me being an utter idiot and not reading the instructions properly. I saved it but resulted in a small amount of psr  :banghead:

Wyvren will get her wings hung over the weekend when I've a little more time.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 14, 2013, 03:02:46 pm
The only places where the Tamiya Mossie needs filler are the wing/nacelle joins at the back - they *never* fit properly.  Them and the fuselage/cockpit joint, but that's really down to the modeller.  It's meant to clip together but having done quite a few of that kit, I disregard the instructions and go my own way.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 15, 2013, 06:34:51 am
The only places where the Tamiya Mossie needs filler are the wing/nacelle joins at the back - they *never* fit properly. 

Ahh, cheers Lee that's where mine needed filler. Thought it was down to my screw up. Fuselage/cockpit joint was fine
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 17, 2013, 06:35:11 am
Getting there  ;D

The Wyvren has had her wings hung. They are a little wobbly so I don't think she will be going to any shows as I have to go via public transport. It's a shame really as I can see a few people going "what's so wiffy about that" . My reply "look at the national markings"  ;D Just needs to have the monster of a prop assembly fitted and then she can be photographed. As said before she's been a bit of a curates egg, although some of that is probably down to the rather long hiatus during the middle of the build. May do another without the gap and see if it's any different ?

The Tornado and Mosquito have had their undersides painted and I think the Miles is finally ready for paint. I'll see tomorrow morning.

The guns need finishing by the middle of September s I must get my finger out and devote a few solid hours next week to them.

At the point in the cycle where I can make a start on the next 3 kits now, Beaufighter, Wellesley and Spitfire VIII. All wiff's and the Spit is inspired by a recent post by Spinners  :thumbsup:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on August 17, 2013, 07:43:25 am
Wellesley? Oooooh goody!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitbasher on August 17, 2013, 09:37:11 am
Wellesley? Oooooh goody!  :thumbsup:

I've one in the pipeline too  :o, but won't be started until after SMW  :-X.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 18, 2013, 07:58:28 am
Fair bit of painting done today and I got that great old stonk of a prop on the Wyvren to finish her  :thumbsup:

Details can be found here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37531.msg608494.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37531.msg608494.html#new) , but here's one pic

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Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 20, 2013, 07:22:07 am
Progress  :thumbsup:

The Mosquito and Tornado are painted and have their transfers on. Now just for the fiddly bits which always take 3 times as long as I think they will  :blink:

The Miles is painted and varnished so she can have her transfers tomorrow. She's in FAA colours and I always have trouble with Slate Grey. Can't work out whether it's the Xtracrylic or just Slate Grey in particular. The paint almost seems to separate into slate grey and then a darker colour in some places. Takes a few touch ups to cure it and then it doesn't always work  :banghead:

I'll be starting the innards of the next 3 in a day or two.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 23, 2013, 07:23:55 am
DISASTER  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Matt varnish applied to the undersides using Humbrol spray can all ok. Can ran out, new can, 3 mins vigorous shaking and sprayed the uppers. Saw a white film start to form !!! Quickly managed to wash the Miles and the Tornado down before varnish hardened. Got to the Mossie to late  :banghead:

The Tornado is ok, the Miles looks as though she's had a hard life in the elements which considering she's from a CAM ship is ok. The Mosquito needed some serious repaint and in all probability I'll repaint her completely at a latter date  :-\

Second time this has happened to me. First time I assumed it was me until talking to a modeller at the Tyneside show who'd had the same problem. Anyway the next can I used this morning was fine.

I've contacted Humbrol so we will see what happens.

Hopefully finish these over the weekend, but it kind of dis-heartens you when this happens  :-\

No idea how old the can was but the cap was sealed with sellotape if that helps (none of my others are) and the batch number on the bottom of the can was 44055. None of my other cans are anywhere near this batch.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 23, 2013, 08:28:38 am
Try giving the whole thing a coat of Klear Chris. The only time that ever happened with me the Klear did just what it said on the bottle. The model ends up a bit larger than you intend though.....  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: McGreig on August 23, 2013, 08:59:18 am
Try giving the whole thing a coat of Klear Chris. The only time that ever happened with me the Klear did just what it said on the bottle. The model ends up a bit larger than you intend though.....  ;D

I'd second that. I had white film form over the wingroot/cockpit area of an all black Il-2. I resprayed the affected areas with Klear which got rid of the white and then resprayed with matt varnish.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 24, 2013, 06:28:21 am
Thank you gents I will try that.

Canopy framing is done on all 3 kits. Just a few little things to do tomorrow and then they are finished. Then I won't to clear the work bench up before the next 3 get properly started.

On a completely different note I got my Airfix Club magazine this morning and they have a report of the Airfix Exhibition at Hendon. One of the pics is of the original artwork for the old OO scale Prestwin Silo Wagon, which I don't actually remember. Now it's just a goods wagon posed against an industrial background but it still looks atmospheric  :o Just shows how good that old box art was  :bow: Some of the new stuff ain't bad either  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2013, 07:49:05 am
Right the Mosquito was saved - thanks gents, although I made a slight error with canopy  :banghead:

The Miles and the Tornado are finished and the builds can be found here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37568.msg609171.html#msg609171 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37568.msg609171.html#msg609171) and here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37567.msg609170.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37567.msg609170.html#new)

Sample pics plus the Mossie

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Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 27, 2013, 07:45:31 am
Spent a few hours Sunday sorting out some bases for the two artillery pieces. I'm doing them as if they were being displayed at the post war Victory Exhibition which toured the country full of exhibits both British and captured/sequestered German. They'll look better for my mates 70th this way as well.

Working on the Wellesey today. With apologies to Kit I think it's the first one I've ever built  :blink: Going well and indeed I'm rather impressed with it's fit and some of the smaller parts. The plastic however in the Revell re-boxing under the Matchbox label is an absolute so and so when it comes to covering with interior green. Reckon it will take a good few coats to cover it  :banghead:

Talking of Revell re-boxings. I know they say they use those awful end opening flimsy boxes because of recycling requirements etc BUT if they really do want to save the planet why don't they just cut back on the 4/5 pages of guff at the beginning of their instruction sheets ? 
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 28, 2013, 07:25:28 am
Wellesley is ready to have her major parts assembled  :thumbsup:

Started on the Spitfire VIII. Now this is a boxing which tells a few stories  ;D

Hasegawa 1/72 Spitfire VIII. Bought it from Beatties (would have been the Holborn one) for the princely sum of £7.49 full price. What do they go for now ?  :banghead: It's the boxing with the lovely pre-painted canopy and the sprues are held together with little plastic clothes pegs. Ahhhh the good old days  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 29, 2013, 07:26:04 am
Both the Wellesley have had their interiors done and can be assembled latter today before the footie starts on ITV4  ;D

Added a few black boxes to the sidewalls of both (surprisingly the Hasegawa Spit has none). All I do now is cut some various sized rectangles of masking tape, paint black, affix to sidewall and add a few white/yellow/red dots with a toothpick, then varnish to fix. May not be accurate and you may not see all of it but it's a quick way to add some interest.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 30, 2013, 07:45:04 am
Wellesley has her fuselage assembled. Will need psr on the undersurfaces but I think the top seam will just need a gentle sanding. Trial fit of wings are excellent  :thumbsup: I've sorted out the markings for her. It got a little complicated as she'll be in service with the FAA at the period between the Ministry recommendation to give control to the Admiralty and it actually coming into effect. The gap was a suprising 2 years

The Spitfire is together and it suffers from the same "problem" that I think every Spitfire I've built has done. A gap/poor fit at the join between the under fuselage and the gull wing section of the wing. Surprisingly for Hasegawa it's a fair old gap, but it is just a gap the rest of the fit to the fuselage sides is good so easily fixed with plastic card. I've also worked out the colour scheme she will get and thus the coding she will need. Managed to find a couple of bits of old transfer sheet that should suffice
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 30, 2013, 08:40:48 am
The fit of that particular kit has been a bugbear of mine for a while, plus the fact that the fuselage length/shape is all to cock and the cockpit is as bare as the Airfix mk 9 kit - strangely, the Airfix kit comes in for a surprising amount of flak over that yet nowt is said about the Hasegawa kit.

Best way to overcome it is to build the fuselage as normal, fit the lower wing and only then attach the upper wings - if assembled as sections, the fit of the uppers throws everything else out resulting in gaps.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2013, 06:35:23 am
and the cockpit is as bare as the Airfix mk 9 kit - strangely, the Airfix kit comes in for a surprising amount of flak over that yet nowt is said about the Hasegawa kit.

Best way to overcome it is to build the fuselage as normal, fit the lower wing and only then attach the upper wings - if assembled as sections, the fit of the uppers throws everything else out resulting in gaps.

I must admit the lack of any detail on the fuselage sides did throw me. If I build another (there's not one in the stash) I'll bear the assembly order in mind Lee - thanks  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2013, 06:37:52 am
Spitfire has been primed, and needs a couple of gentle bit of sanding on the join lines.

Wellesley has had some putty applied where necessary - not much - and can be sanded and primed tomorrow, hopefully.

Started painting the Beaufighter interior.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 01, 2013, 07:17:33 am
Spitfire has had her final bit of sanding so I can start the painting tomorrow.

Wellesley has been primed, needs some filler at the wing roots and a tiny bit underneath but not much at all and what she does need is easily sorted. Impressed with the kit.

Beaufighter is together. She will need a little filler, some of which is due to the modular nature of the kit, but overall I like the kit a lot. Got another couple in the stash glad to say  :thumbsup: I found a Quickboost fin extension and thimble nose in the stash so have used the fin extension, the nose will go on something else. She will be mid 1945 being used for strikes over the Scheldt Estuary but using an earlier colour scheme that was only used for a short time in a few Beau's.

Also coming down with a cold if this incredibly runny nose is anything to go by  :blink: Made it awkward to model so hopefully will be short lived.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 01, 2013, 08:14:22 am
The fin extension is only on aircraft with the thimble nose (unless they are post war target tugs) but non-extension types can have a thimble nose - does that make any sense?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 02, 2013, 07:11:12 am
The fin extension is only on aircraft with the thimble nose (unless they are post war target tugs) but non-extension types can have a thimble nose - does that make any sense?

Yes it does make sense Lee and I thought that was the case, but I like the look of her with the extension and round nose, so she can stay that way  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 04, 2013, 07:10:26 am
Right the Spitfire has had her camouflage finished. Unmask tomorrow and give her a couple of coats of Klear before transfers.

Both the Wellesley and the Beaufighter have had their undersurface's painted. I'm using enamels on the Wellesley as White Ensign have the colours I need. Given me a flippin' headache  :-\

I know the next 3 kits I'm building - 1 USN, 1 USMC and 1 Norwegian for Rad's Biggles build at Telford. After that I think a couple of BPF builds might be in order
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on September 04, 2013, 11:40:19 am
After that I think a couple of BPF builds might be in order

Real world or Narses timeline BPF ?  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 05, 2013, 07:11:36 am
After that I think a couple of BPF builds might be in order

Real world or Narses timeline BPF ?  ;)

A couple real world and a couple my own timeline. End of the Pacific War in my timeline is 1947 ish  ;D so gives me a chance to do a Firecrest and Spearfish in BPF markings. Real world will be a Firefly and Seafire.

In between applying Klear coats and enamel paint coats (I'm not starting anything new until Saturday) I had a poke around the darkest corner of the stash which seldom gets a look see. Found a few "why on earth did I buy that's ?", a few "what do I need 5 of those for ?" and a couple of "oh I didn't realise I had that....nice"  ;D

Also whilst sitting on the po had an idea for the new Airfix Fw 190 A/F when it comes out  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Old Wombat on September 05, 2013, 07:38:18 am
Also whilst sitting on the po had an idea for the new Airfix Fw 190 A/F when it comes out  :thumbsup:

That is just a bit ... unsettling! :blink:

:cheers:

Guy
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 05, 2013, 07:49:08 am
Also whilst sitting on the po had an idea for the new Airfix Fw 190 A/F when it comes out  :thumbsup:

That is just a bit ... unsettling! :blink:

:cheers:

Guy

It's something I've always done. Whilst working I came up with some of my best ideas or answers to some long standing problems whilst sitting on the po.  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Old Wombat on September 05, 2013, 08:18:15 am
Was a reference to possible confusion re: what comes out. ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on September 05, 2013, 12:41:14 pm
PLEASE STOP!!!!!!!!!

I've opened this thread having just eaten!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 06, 2013, 07:22:38 am
Was a reference to possible confusion re: what comes out. ;D

Ah yes I see now - bit slow I'm afraid  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 07, 2013, 07:27:58 am
Right progress  ;D

The Spitfire has most of her markings applied, quite minimal and only needs the codes now.

Beaufighter and Wellesley have had 2 coats of Slate Grey (which worked fine this time but I did shake the bottle for about 5 mins) and 1 coat of EDSG. Starting to look the business even if I do say so myself.

It's suprising how "modernish" - in WWII terms - the Wellesley looks in the grey/green scheme and without the engine fitted. It's the cowl that really ages her.

A question for those who know. The Wellesley has 4 circular engravings on the underside of her wings. 2 a side. Now are they inspection panels or intended to represent lights ? I think they are panels but not sure and I can't find a picture giving the right view.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 08, 2013, 07:24:27 am
Spitfire can have her matt coat tomorrow if I can get onto the balcony. Weather forecast is a bit "this and that"

The Wellesley can start getting her markings tomorrow but the Beaufighter had to have a correction made to her camouflage. Had to re-mask a bit and paint. My fault I got the demarcation line wrong. Second time I've done exactly the same thing recently  :banghead:

Also started the next build. It's resin so I cleaned up the parts and took them off their casting blocks. It's a Planet kit so no great problem. I've already assembled the engine and cockpit interiors so they are awaiting paint. Most of these recent (if not all) Planet castings have a superb fit once cleaned up and I find if I do all the tidying first they build as easily if not more so then an IJM kit.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 10, 2013, 07:34:08 am
The Spitfire has been matted so just needs the nav lights dotted in, canopy and prop fitted and she's done  :thumbsup:

No real progress on the Wellesley and Beaufighter but the Planet kit (it's a Douglas project by the way  :wacko:) has had the interiors painted and installed and the fuselage is together. Will have some filler applied tomorrow. The cockpit is really well detailed with lovely moulded in situ seatbelts which have a 3D effect. It does look a little large for 1/72 though, almost 1/48. However the aircraft in discussion did have a large cockpit area and indeed could probably have accommodated a 3 piece suite and coffee table  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Dizzyfugu on September 10, 2013, 07:45:18 am
It's suprising how "modernish" - in WWII terms - the Wellesley looks in the grey/green scheme and without the engine fitted. It's the cowl that really ages her.

Totally agree. Mine has a Hercules engine grafted to the front, coupled with the streamlined LRDA front end, and this changes the overall look of the aircraft dramatically!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 11, 2013, 08:04:25 am
Well here's the finished Spitfire - details here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37643.msg610753.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37643.msg610753.html#new)

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Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 13, 2013, 07:35:04 am
Cold has cleared a little bit (touch wood) so some progress.

The Beaufighter and Wellesley are on their backs with their legs in the air waiting for the glue to dry. I was really surprised how strong the Wellesley's undercarriage location points were. Looking at then for dry fitting I thought "problems here", but no, went well  :thumbsup: As for the Beaufighter this may well make the top ten as far as Hasegawa's best engineered kits are concerned. I'm impressed with with it. Little more detail in the cockpit and rear pit and it would be really up there.

The Douglas project has had some filler added on the fuselage join and will get sanded over the weekend. I've also thinned the resin on the cowling edge as this makes the fit look a little more natural. I'm also going to add some extra cooling gills on the edge of the cowling. These will hide the over thickness of the part and along with the inlet I'm putting on top of the cowling will go towards solving the engines cooling problems  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 14, 2013, 06:07:16 am
The Beaufighter and Wellesley have started the process of getting their transfers -----do Hasegawa transfers ever come off the backing sheet ??  :banghead: Both starting to look good even if I do say so myself.

The Douglas project is now a complete airframe and after thinning the back of the cowling I think I can get away without adding the extra cooling gills. It looks ok, to my screwed eye sight anyway.

I used epoxy on to glue the wings on this rather then my usual superglue just to see if there was any difference. Not really by the time the epoxy gets to the "hold" stage then you haven't got that much time to fiddle with it anyway. Went back to my usual method of pinning/supergluing the tailplanes.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 15, 2013, 07:33:58 am
It looks ok, to my screwed eye sight anyway.


Talking about this I noticed something today which may explain some of the problems I sometimes have when lining up fuselage halves etc. Whilst cleaning up some jet exhausts I noticed that through my "magnifier visor" at some distances they looked oval ! Moved head back a touch and they are perfectly round ! Now I do have a severe astigmatism and that's why I don't drive, but this may go to explain why sometimes when I glue fuselages together they look ok and then I look at them latter and they are not actually true. It's the vertical plane I have problems with. Must try and figure out what the optimum distance for my eyes is. Next time I have my full eye check (for other reasons) I shall ask.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 15, 2013, 07:43:19 am
Anyway to progress -

The Beaufighter and Wellesley have had the transfer phase concluded and thus move onto the completion stage. Having fallen for this before no predictions as to when that will be.  :rolleyes:

The Douglas project has had it's first psr session and been washed down and doesn't look bad. Will prime the seams tomorrow and see what more work is needed.

Opened and started to clean up an Anigrand Black Hawk. Usual Anigrand stuff, some quite industrial sized pour stubs in places but his resin is easy to clean and work with. I think I got a Tuesday casting, whatever you do don't get a Friday afternoon one  ;D  Major parts are very good and didn't require much work at all. Anyway the fuselage halves have had weight added in the nose and I'm waiting for that to dry. The rest is cleaned up as I said so the hour and a half spent on that should speed the build. All the small parts are sitting on their little sticky pads awaiting paint.  I didn't realise how big this beast was but mine will be USAAF in Korea being used for night intruder operations like the Marine Tigercats. 4 x 20mm cannon (not in the nose turret) and lots of dangly things under the wings.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 16, 2013, 07:32:27 am
Not much progress today but the Black Hawk has had the fuselage halves joined and it's a really good fit over a long way.

Priming of the Douglas Destroyer has revealed a load of pin holes. Not a problem but there are a lot of them  :-\ Other then that the moulded detail is superb even down to the rivet/screw heads which are really well done but unfortunately won't survive much priming. Sometimes these good levels of detail in resin kits are just waiting to be covered up/sanded over ?

Back to the Beaufighter and Wellesley tomorrow
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 19, 2013, 07:08:00 am
Beaufighter and Wellesley just need to be matted and then the clear parts added and they are done. If the weather is ok Saturday I'll spray them out on the balcony then.

A little bit of work on the Destroyer and the Black Hawk. All the latter's sub assemblies are together. However this cold of mine is really getting to me. I don't know if it's paint/glue fumes or sanding residue but something is triggering Niagra in my nose. Going to give these a break for a couple of days and hope it finally clears up.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 21, 2013, 03:12:02 am
Well all I wanted to get done this weekend was a little varnishing. Got it done but ................ :banghead:

The Beaufighter is ok but I had some crazing on the underside of the Wellesley. Humbrol acrylic spray varnish over White Ensign enamel. I've not had a problem with this combination before. I was initially really annoyed but after a nice cup of tea I looked at it more calmly and it will just need a little sanding followed by paint and varnish. Still annoying though.

This is not the only problem I've had with Humbrol spray varnish lately so I might have a quiet word with them on the Sunday at Telford
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 23, 2013, 07:09:05 am
Wellesley and Beaufighter have their clear parts on. Slight problem as I lost the Wellesley's rear canopy inside the fuselage  :banghead: Eventually managed to tweezer it out !

The Black Hawk has had some psr and I'll prime the fuselage and engine pods tomorrow to see what more work needs doing. Easier to get this done before I assemble the rest of the kit. From dry fitting the wings look a superb fit to the fuselage.
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Post by: Dizzyfugu on September 23, 2013, 07:17:51 am
Looking forward to the Wellesley!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on September 23, 2013, 07:22:24 am
We've almost got enough Wellesely fans here to start a SIG of our own.  ;D :lol:
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Post by: Gondor on September 23, 2013, 12:10:59 pm
I am going to keep my eyes open for a Wellesely as I want one for my British Bomber theme.

Gondor
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Post by: Librarian on September 23, 2013, 12:17:11 pm
We've almost got enough Wellesely fans here to start a SIG of our own.  ;D :lol:

How about a build off. I'm game. Wellesleys and Wellesley inspireds maybe...any takers?
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Post by: PR19_Kit on September 23, 2013, 12:55:53 pm
I've built mine already  ;D

But I need yet ANOTHER prop for it.  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
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Post by: Librarian on September 23, 2013, 02:11:50 pm
Always room for one more :thumbsup:. I'm really chuffed to find so many people like the old bird...I thought I was alone.
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 24, 2013, 07:14:19 am
Well a bits and bobs sort of day. The Wellesley is very nearly there, should finish her Wednesday or Thursday. The Beaufighter will be finished at the weekend, probably. The Destroyer has started having her top colour painted, I hummed and ahh'd a bit about the scheme, and the Black Hawks sub assemblies are complete. Fuselage has had a little psr and that was it, good fit by Anigrand. her engine pods will need a little more work on their fit to the wings but not to much.

Once the Wellesley and Beau' are finished then the next 4 are in the wings. Spitfire, Corsair, FW 190 and a Dweotine for the Biggles SIG
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 25, 2013, 07:32:22 am
Wellesley is finished and backstory is wriiten. I'll photograph when I've completed the Beaufighter.

I started cleaning up the Fw 190 from its sprues yesterday. It's the Revell Fw 190 F8/R 14 and to be honest I'm a little disappointed. Now I would have got this kit when it first came out and I've been surprised by the flash on the moulds. Don't get me wrong, there's not a lot and it's easy to clean (apart from on the moulded in wing guns) but there shouldn't be any on new tool from a mainstream manufacturer. You don't tend to get much, if any, flash on a lot of limited run stuff now so it's a tad disappointing.

 
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 27, 2013, 07:25:14 am
Beaufighter canopy framing done  :thumbsup:

Destroyer unmasked and then masked again for the "personal" markings and a bit of the camo I'd missed  :banghead:

Night Hawk can now be primed. Once done then I'll assemble the wings which are a superb fit.

Fw 190 has had her interior assembled and painted. More work over the weekend. This will be a relatively quick build as she goes together well and there aren't many parts in all honesty plus the scheme I have in mind is a simple one. It would be even quicker if I wasn't having to clean the blasted flash up. As I've said it's not an old mould and I would have got when she came out, so disappointing.

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Post by: NARSES2 on September 27, 2013, 07:28:34 am
This is purely an explanatory note to explain why I constantly update this thread when in all honesty there isn't that much to report sometimes. It keeps me at it ! No Julian not that (shows his age  :wacko:)  :o ;D Seriously I find that doing the blog means that I do go to the work bench whenever I have a suitable moment. Part of the discipline process I suppose....Julian's just smiled again at the "D" word  :rolleyes:....but they tend to compliment each other.
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 29, 2013, 08:32:48 am
Destroyer is on her wheels. I played with the front undercarriage a bit as I didn't like the sit of her. Mustn't forget to add a hook, there isn't one in the kit. She's a strange looking beast. You can see she was intended as a 3 seater converted to single seat as she looks way to wide in the cockpit area. It's even fooled Planet as the seat and accoutrement's look 1/48th scale.

Night Hawk is primed. Needs a little more psr on the underside of the engine pods.

Beaufighter is finished - pics on Monday

The Fw 190 is built and primed. I will mention the flash just once more as it's a right p.i.a. Other then that it's a nice kit except there's a largish gap at the port wing root. Slice of plastic card fixed that. The other problem is that the pitot, wing guns and lengthened tail wheel (it's the torpedo version) are moulded in situ, and guess what ? They snap off, there's a surprise  :banghead:
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Post by: Mossie on September 30, 2013, 07:08:48 am
Looking forward to them all Chris, especially the BTD.  She does have a strange look about her, that unusual shaped annular intake and muscular build giving a brutish appearance.  I've never seen a model of one done (even a real world examples) so I'd like to see this one.
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 30, 2013, 07:27:05 am
Looking forward to them all Chris, especially the BTD.  She does have a strange look about her, that unusual shaped annular intake and muscular build giving a brutish appearance.  I've never seen a model of one done (even a real world examples) so I'd like to see this one.

Yup I know what you mean just looks odd. The version built that had the auxiliary jet engine looks even odder to my mind.

No progress today as I've had my editors hat on and been concentrating on getting the WIF Newsletter out.
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 30, 2013, 08:07:26 am
Well here's the most recent additions to the collection.

First the Wellesley

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics008-8.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics008-8.jpg.html)

Back story here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37728.msg612639.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37728.msg612639.html#new)

And here's the Beaufighter

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics013-4.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics013-4.jpg.html)

Back story here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37727.0.html
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 01, 2013, 07:23:34 am
Right the Destroyer has her transfers on and looks a little better. To be honest she is a "baby" only her mother could love  ;)

Fw 190 has paintwork finished. Nice simple scheme with a underside colour on topside  :rolleyes: Start getting her transfers tomorrow. Mind you had my flu jab today so we shall see how that goes
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 03, 2013, 07:33:36 am
1 step forward a couple back  :-\ :-\

Varnished the Destroyer this morning and  :banghead: :banghead: Humbrol varnish played up again. Not as bad as the previous time but still a right royal pain. Anyway whilst I felt like junking the flippin thing I went out for a walk, got my hair cut and calmed down. Came back and looked at it more closely. have sanded the damaged bits, luckily none on the markings, and will repaint and try again over the weekend. On the up side I cut out the rather large vacform canopy and even if I do so myself made a rather good job of it.

The Fw has had her national markings put on and is looking quite nice if a little minimalist. Other transfers will go on over the next day or two.

Started on an AZ Spitfire XIVe. Innards have had the interior green from the spray can I got  :thumbsup: and have some details painted in
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 04, 2013, 07:29:25 am
The AZ Spitfire is basically complete. Went together quite well apart from a couple of niggles of my own making  :banghead: There are a lot of sprue gates and injection towers that need cleaning up but the plastic is soft so it's not a problem. This one will be RAAF. When I built my NEIAF Mark VIII I said the Aussies had replaced theirs with XIV's and this is one of them.

Get some modelling done over the weekend hopefully and then they'll be a bit of a hiatus over the next few weeks as I'm busy with non modelling related things  ;) However I do need to get a Dweotine done for Rad's Biggles display at Telford but that shouldn't take long. My WIF Telford stuff is done and as I go via public transport I can't be tempted to try and finish more  :wacko:
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 06, 2013, 08:08:43 am
Fair bit of progress yesterday but mainly today.

I kept my fingers, toes and other things crossed and sprayed the Destroyer and Fw 190 with Humbrol matt varnish after first warming the can in a tub of warm water for 15 mins and then shaking for a count of 200  :blink: (Paranoid or what ?) Anyway they came out fine this time around  :thumbsup:

I've now fitted the canopy to the Destroyer and if at all possible she looks even odder  :blink: You can really tell she was designed to one specification and changed half way through. Looks like the front half of one type attached to the rear of another.

The Black Hawk has had her wings fitted, superb fit by Anigrand, no filler at all when fitting them  :bow:. She is a big aeroplane, and heavy to with all the lead in her nose. I'm still thinking of intruder operations in Korea (she could easily have a bomb bay and if you look at the existing panel lines you could bluff it) however the thought of high altitude P.R. use also in Korea crossed my mind. Need to think of a colour scheme for that one though if I go with it.

The AZ Spitfire is now ready for primer but I'll wait until the next kit is ready for that stage before I do her.

Stated on a Heller Dweotine 510 this morning. She is now sitting there complete sans her undercarriage waiting for some filler. I'll sort that over the next day or two and then prime with the Spitfire. Really nice little kit, I've built one before, with just a little flash which given her age is perfectly acceptable unlike the 190, but that's another story. This one is for the Biggles SIG at Telford and will be Norwegian. I think I'll build her without the motor canon, the appropriate prop boss is in the kit, and just go with MG's. Not sure on colour scheme yet. Maybe silver undersides with brown, green, grey uppers that have had some white patches added for operations over southern Norway in Spring when the snow will have started to clear ?
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 08, 2013, 07:25:49 am
The Fw 190 just needs to have her canopy framing done and then the cowl/prop assembly fitted and she's done. I'll be getting the Airfix F when it comes out and it will be interesting to compare the 2 kits

The Spitfire and Dweotine are primed and will both need a little remedial work when I can get some serious modelling time which probably won't be for a week or so.
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 10, 2013, 07:40:39 am
Both the Fw 190 and Destroyer have had their canopy framing done and the 190 has had it's fiddly bits added. I'm not sure about this kit, it's nice (apart from the flash) but there's something about it that just doesn't sit with me ? Found this with a few Revell kits  :-\ The Destroyer just needs it's final bits and then I'll get some photographs done. That will probably then be it for 10 days or so
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Post by: kitbasher on October 10, 2013, 02:18:19 pm
I think I bought about three or four Revell FW190As and Fs but never built them and subsequently sold them on.  So for me not the subject or the kit (widely hailed as an excellent rendition when first released, but the again everyone wet their pants over the Fujimi Spitfires when they first came out), just a change in modelling preferences.  Now I like the FW190 - especially the Dora - and particularly the Airfix Dora (reputedly the best in basic outline, but lacking the finesse of the really pretty Tamiya kit), and have three in the stash waiting attention.

So perhaps Chris you just didn't gel with the subject?  I feel that sometimes and I just don't know why.  Can't get excited about Harriers, for example, even though I've a few in the stash.  Conversely my last ever purchase from Modelzone was an Airfix MiG-29 and I can't wait to get started on that!
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 11, 2013, 08:22:17 am

So perhaps Chris you just didn't gel with the subject?  I feel that sometimes and I just don't know why.  Can't get excited about Harriers, for example, even though I've a few in the stash.  Conversely my last ever purchase from Modelzone was an Airfix MiG-29 and I can't wait to get started on that!

The more I think about it, you my well be right Dave,  Possibly explains why I've enjoyed some quite "difficult" builds, because I really wanted an example of the type in the collection ?

I have fond memories of the Airfix 190D and the Tamiya one is a lovely kit. Looking forward to the Airfix 190F. Real world Hungarian or Wif Romanian ?
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 14, 2013, 08:13:07 am
Well here's the latest 2

First the Fw 190

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37802.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37802.0.html)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics012-6.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics012-6.jpg.html)

And the Destroyer

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37800.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37800.0.html)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics007-9.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics007-9.jpg.html)
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 14, 2013, 08:17:13 am
Not a wif but I've been muttering about doing a couple of WWI guns for a friends 70th birthday present. So here they are, a 60pdr and a 15" howitzer. Kits are resin, 1/72 and were  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics001-18.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics001-18.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics004-18.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics004-18.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics002-19.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics002-19.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics003-19.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics003-19.jpg.html)
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Post by: Nils on October 14, 2013, 08:41:43 am
love the Focke Wulf torpedofighter  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 26, 2013, 05:43:55 am
Well back from my travels and a little bit of work done.

I've completed my SIG builds for Telford just need to get a transport box big enough for one of them  :banghead: and then do some notes.

I'll be concentrating on finishing my build for the Biggles SIG between now and Telford. The Dweotine has had it's first coat of primer and a little sanding, so hopefully she will be ready for painting starting tomorrow. I forgot just how nice some of these Heller kits are. Some lovely detail and who gives a monkey's if it's raised - I for one don't.

I was intending on doing a full on French 4 colour camouflage scheme but really haven't got the time and anyway looking at Norwegian aircraft of the time they tended to be kept quite simple in terms of paint and markings. So she will be Aluminium undersides and plain green uppers, both from a spray can providing the wind that's forecast doesn't last all week. Markings again are quite minimalist so should get her done for Telford.

In between working on the 510 I'll be making some progress with the Spitfire XIV and the Black Hawk although I still can't make up my mind what the latter will be tasked for ?

Also put my toolmakers hat on and made a few sanding sticks. Wooden coffee stirrers from Costa's, double sided tape from Poundland and emery paper from Poundland. The Costa stirrers are nice and thin so you can cut the super stick double sided tape to fit and then push the emery on the other side. Make great sanding sticks for hard to get at places and are very, very cheap  ;D I did offer to buy a box of the Costa stirrers but the manageress in the branch I used asked me why I wanted them, smiled at the reply and gave me a box. :bow: The double sided tape comes together with the double sided sticky pads I've recommended before.
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 28, 2013, 07:56:12 am
Well the Dweotine has had her paintwork done. In the end the undersides are Halford's Aluminium from a spray can and the uppers are Lifecolor French Khaki which is on the very green fringe of khaki. Hopefully get her future'd tomorrow and might even get a start on the national markings. Glad I got those various coloured transfer stripes from Hannants a few years ago when they were on sale now  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Rheged on October 28, 2013, 10:09:00 am

 The Costa stirrers are nice and thin so you can cut the super stick double sided tape to fit and then push the emery on the other side. Make great sanding sticks for hard to get at places and are very, very cheap  ;D I did offer to buy a box of the Costa stirrers but the manageress in the branch I used asked me why I wanted them, smiled at the reply and gave me a box.

Obviously disturbingly  attractive to the ladies,   one devastating smile  from brother Narses, and they are flocking to give away their stirring sticks!!
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 29, 2013, 07:49:25 am

 The Costa stirrers are nice and thin so you can cut the super stick double sided tape to fit and then push the emery on the other side. Make great sanding sticks for hard to get at places and are very, very cheap  ;D I did offer to buy a box of the Costa stirrers but the manageress in the branch I used asked me why I wanted them, smiled at the reply and gave me a box.

Obviously disturbingly  attractive to the ladies,   one devastating smile  from brother Narses, and they are flocking to give away their stirring sticks!!

Oh I wish it was so  :rolleyes: The likely answer is that a) Being Polish she has a modeller in the family ? or b) I'm in there at least 4 times a week and I offered to buy rather then just nick a load  :o
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Post by: kitbasher on October 29, 2013, 07:55:42 am
I suspect it was more along the lines of, 'aw, poor old dear', 'get this pervert/nutter out of my shop' or 'another care in the community case'!   ;) ;)

See you at Telford Chris!
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 29, 2013, 08:02:46 am
If that wasn't true I could get quite upset  :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 30, 2013, 08:34:00 am
Right slight self inflicted delay on the Dweotine which will teach me to check my references rather then rely on an ever aging memory  :banghead:

I was sure the Norwegian national markings on the tail were horizontal bands, well they are not they are vertical ! So currently trying to cover the khaki with red. Up to the 3rd coat already, will probably need 3 or so more.

No problem though as once done it should be a relatively quick finish.....he says  :rolleyes:

I must admit I have a hankering for another Norwegian aircraft to follow this. There's something about the rather simple scheme that sits well with me and the Lifecolor Khaki looks a good fit for the Norwegian upper colour. So I'm thinking of another build for the new tool Airfix Hurricane when it's out  :thumbsup: Makes 5 I need now, but probably settle for 4 to start with
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 01, 2013, 08:08:21 am
Slow progress on the Dweotine markings. I'm using a combination of Xtradecal and Microscale "decal" stripes of various widths. The Xtradecal stuff has performed very well, the Microscale not so well, particularly in time taken to come away from the backing sheet. It might be that they are on the older side but they are proving a slight pain.

On another subject I was looking up details of the Baynes Helijet on line and when I entered that into Google the second link was my build on here ! I feel really sorry for future generations of kids doing historical research fro school projects  :rolleyes: :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 04, 2013, 06:41:45 am
Right that's me finished for Telford  :thumbsup: 2 kits for the Wif stand and my Biggles SIG Dweotine is now finished. Traveling by train 3 kits is about it, and even they have to be single engined without long wings !

Needless to say given my recent travails with Humbrol spray varnish I didn't trust it and used good old Windsor & Newton applied with a hairy stick  :rolleyes:

Enjoyed the Dweotine, just shows the fun that can be had with some of these old kits  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 05, 2013, 07:00:14 am
Got a little bit of "final" psr done on the Spitfire and the Black Hawk today and that's it prior to Telford.

Finally managed to scratch the itch that is the Blackhawks armament. I found an old Meteor belly fuel tank so that will be altered to a 4x20mm cannon pod and fitted to the Blackhawk so she can go back to plan 1 and be gloss black in Korea  :thumbsup: Probably add a couple of drop tanks as early jets were thirsty and nightfighters tend to have to hang around for trade
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 13, 2013, 06:29:22 am
Well a very good albeit tiring Telford and an all together more "exciting" day when I got home.

Been having a spot of blurred vision, which is why I didn't do any photography at Telford, so had made an appointment at the opticians. Optician sends me straight to our local hospitals Eye Dept A&E (didn't even know there was one). After a fair wait and some tests turns out I have a myopic macula something or other. Treatment is a course of injections in the eye, starting tomorrow. Oh fun  :blink:

So at the moment it's 3 injections over the next 3 months and the doc reckons that should fix it. Isn't the NHS a marvellous thing ? and that's a serious comment  :thumbsup:

Hopefully when this fun and excitement has died down I will get back to the Black Hawk (I now have the markings) and my RAAF Spitfire XIV
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Post by: PR19_Kit on November 13, 2013, 06:52:55 am
My Mum has the same problem Chris, and I've taken her for her eye jabs half a dozen times now.

It looks APPALLING from a third party's view but she says it's fine, doesn't notice a thing apart from some black blobs in her vision for a day or two afterwards. Good to hear they have it on the run.
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 14, 2013, 07:25:01 am
Right latest medical bulletin (if the royals can have one, so can I  ;D)

Slight change in treatment. Saw the Aussie specialist today (don't mention the cricket  :rolleyes:) . He doesn't think it's that serious and wants a Fluorine scan before he does anything else, so no immediate injection - there is a reason for that. So I'll be having that in a few days, and we shall go from there.

Hopefully back to modelling next week. I'm helping organise an "annual bash" (read piss-up) this weekend  :cheers: :drink:
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Post by: Captain Canada on November 14, 2013, 08:10:03 am
It's always good to go to a piss-up with your vision pre-blurred ! :thumbsup: Or bad..... :blink:

Injections to the eye just sounds scary....I can feel it from here ! Hopefully it doesn't come to that. Best wishes Chris and have a great time this weekend !

 :cheers:

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Post by: Father Ennis on November 15, 2013, 02:59:06 am
Don't let it worry you too much,my friend. I've had a number of eye problems myself and to say they can do wonders is really ,in their case, an understatement.  I've only encountered two problems,myself. First after I recovered from cataract surgery I discovered I could now read the clock in the middle of the night (never done that before). I had to go to see a new doctor once for laser surgery. First thing he wanted to do before the operation was to pray for success. Would have scared the hell out of me had I not beenbput on hold when I called and got to hear the religious songs on the phone so I knew he was into such. 
     Truthfully, best of luck my friend and don't worry about it. Just follow the direction of the doctor.
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 15, 2013, 07:24:51 am
Cheers gents. Everyone I know who's had eye treatment, and they've all come out of the woods in the last day or so, even my own brother !, says "it's not a problem you won't feel a thing". It's just the idea of watching a needle approach the eye that's a tad off putting  :blink:

Anyway back to the Blackhawk and it's proposed armament ? I'm going to fit her with a big belly gun pod - 4 x 20mm or maybe 2 x 20mm & 2 x 37mm ? but I was wondering whether to stick a pair of the X 4 rockets I got from Freightdog ? Could say it was a trial fit ?
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Post by: van883 on November 16, 2013, 09:47:40 am
Good luck Chris.

Van :thumbsup:
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Post by: Nils on November 16, 2013, 09:55:23 am
looking forward to see the Blackhawk once she's finished  :mellow:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 18, 2013, 07:08:22 am
I always find it difficult to model at this time of year. Maybe it's a post Telford thing, maybe it's a pre Christmas thing (80 cards to write out  :banghead:), but I've managed to get a little done.

The Black Hawk has had her gun pod built. Matchbox Meteor belly tank, holes drilled and widened with a file and then 2 cut down "Contacta" needles for the larger guns and 2 pieces of drawn sprue for the smaller. Looks ok just need to fit it now which should be ok as the Black Hawk has a very flat belly.

The Aussie Spitfire XIV has  had her undersides painted. I'm going standard RAF SEAC scheme (sans white bands) with this rather then Aussie paint as if the thing was brown/green/grey why would the Aussies re-paint her ? She may get a white tail but that's it. Anyway having been to Borneo the skies aren't blue that often. Lovely place but the rain is like an alarm clock  :mellow:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 22, 2013, 07:34:39 am
Not much progress post Telford. Have a combined 40/70 b/day party tomorrow so that's Sunday gone  :wacko: Hop to get some work done next week inbetween Xmas shopping which has all been scouted out  :thumbsup:

On above scouting trip I popped in the new Modelzone in Croydon Smiths. I wasn't expecting much but it was less then that. Very sad really. About 20 Airfix kits, a dozen Revell and that was it kit wise  :blink: Some die cast, some railway stuff, some magazines and books and some tools. Only real positive was a full selection of Humbrol paints ec. I will top my Humbrol stock up whilst they have it and that looks like it. I can't see them staying open beyond Xmas unfortunately.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on November 22, 2013, 08:57:58 am
I guess we're in 2 seperate modelling worlds Chris...as this is the time of year when I get back at it. I can see your point tho. But over here, it's now dark and cold by 5 o'clock, so in the house we stay ! Plus there's hockey on tele....

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 23, 2013, 01:50:16 am
I guess we're in 2 seperate modelling worlds Chris...as this is the time of year when I get back at it. I can see your point tho. But over here, it's now dark and cold by 5 o'clock, so in the house we stay ! Plus there's hockey on tele....

 :thumbsup:

It's not the weather as such Capt or dark nights, it's just that I tend to get a "post Telford" thing. Sometimes lasts a few days, sometimes until New Year before I start serious modelling again. Think Telford models me out ?  :blink: Strange really - other shows can inspire, Telford just wears me out - getting old I suppose  :-\

Plus this year the eye problem means I've not done to much post Telford. Got hospital again this week for a scan, but I will get some modelling done  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on November 23, 2013, 07:17:08 am
There is always that 'let down' feeling after a big event. Be it a wedding, a hockey tournament, or a show like Telford ( if it's anything like the one Scooterman took me to, I had so much fun the hours flew by like we never even got there ). I guess it's a combination of physical and mental exhaustion.

Maybe if you build something Canadian it will get your juices flowing ?  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 23, 2013, 09:06:28 am
I find the exact opposite. I'm usually so hyped up after a big show I'm raring to get into the model room when I get home, thus the 4-5 builds I'm doing at the moment.  ;D

But we're all different thank goodness, it'd be VERY boring if we were all the same!  :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 24, 2013, 07:15:35 am
But we're all different thank goodness, it'd be VERY boring if we were all the same!  :o

True, but if all like me at least perfect  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :lol:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 26, 2013, 07:21:51 am
Right progress  ;D

Although "post Telford blues" was part of the reason for my recent lack of progress, concern over my eye was the other main reason. If I'm honest I was worried that I'd find I couldn't model because of the problem, but I bit the bullet and tried today. Not a great problem. a little trouble lining small bits up and squaring things up, but that's normal practice anyway, however nothing serious. The eye is getting better and I have the scan tomorrow.

Anyway the Black Hawk now has her gun pod added - from a Meteor belly tank and  tube for the guns - plus her wheel bays have been painted Zinc Chromate yellow, and they are huge things. Now need some slightly warmer weather so I can get on the balcony and spray her with the rattle can, all over gloss black.

The Spitfire is now on her legs after a little bit of phaffing around with the fit and can now be painted. Hopefully get stated Thursday on that.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 28, 2013, 07:16:36 am
Interesting day at hospital yesterday re my eye. My treatment was on time and didn't have to hang around much between the various stops on my trip round the eye dept  :thumbsup: But some of the "customers"  :banghead:

Got the Spitfire undersides masked up but that's about it. More progress this weekend in between writing Xmas cards out - all 95 of them  :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 29, 2013, 07:09:21 am
Started on the Spitfire's top colours and given another coat of Zinc Chromate to the Black Hawk's wheel bays...it will need a fair few more me thinks.

Not going to start anything new before Christmas. Hopefully finish the current two and work on some shelf queens if the time. Once the season is over I have 6 or so lined up ready for the off. A few real builds of the new tool Airfix Hurricane and the rest wifs
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 01, 2013, 07:42:27 am
Right the Black Hawk is, well black. All nice and shiny black thanks to a Humbrol spray can  :thumbsup:

The Spitfire now has her top surfaces complete so both models can start having their transfers applied. Should have these finished in the next couple of weeks, well before Crimbo.

If I start attacikng my hangar queens before Crimbo decided it will be my Cierva autogyro that I'll have a crack at as it's nearest to completion. Same box has a partially built Airfix Vampire I didn't even know I had  :rolleyes:

Decided my eye is effecting my modelling. Not to bad but focal length is a bit of a problem. Finding it easier to model with my reading glasses whereas before I used my standard ones. Hopefully the eye will get better, if not then the brain is a marvellous thing and normally manages to adapt to these things.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on December 01, 2013, 07:57:33 am
A surprise Vampire ! How are you planning on finishing it ?

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 01, 2013, 08:17:31 am
A surprise Vampire ! How are you planning on finishing it ?



After reading something this morning I was thinking Pakistan ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Mossie on December 02, 2013, 08:29:45 am
Not a bad idea, Sea Fury replacement or captured Indian aircraft?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on December 02, 2013, 09:52:07 am
Doing what the Hunter could never do ? Beating up on Sabres ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 03, 2013, 07:18:43 am
There's a build (or 4 of them) in the Dec SAMI of aircraft from the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 and I discovered the Vampire just after reading it. So brain went ding ! and I thought of ex RAF aircraft to replace the Attackers, or instead of ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 03, 2013, 07:23:28 am
Progress with the markings on the Black Hawk and Spitfire.

Black Hawk has most of her markings on. Came from the spares box and boy did some of them take some soaking off the backing paper  :banghead: Just needs her personal markings which are coming from a Aero Master P-61 sheet. She will be nice and clean and shiny as I'm doing her on her return from Korea and on public display before the squadron transitions to the F-89. Thinking of a couple of kill markings. Maybe 2 Po-2's ? One by gun fire the other by jet wash  :mellow:

The Spitfire just needs her squadron codes sourcing from some generic sheets the rest have come from a Ventura Spitfire VIII kit which has had the serials cut and shut to give a suitably latter serial number.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on December 03, 2013, 01:36:22 pm
Looking forward to seeing these two come off the line ! Especially the Blackhawk.

 :tornado:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 04, 2013, 07:29:12 am
A little progress in between domestic stuff.

I said some of the Black Hawk's markings took eons to come off the backing sheet. Well they came off the model quickly enough  :banghead: Went to Future them today and one came off on my finger tip and others started to move ! Not sure of the original source but they weren't that old by the look of them. Found a replacement for the one that came off and then Futured the lot again. I now have a very, very shiny black aeroplane  ;D I will start on the finish bits which always seem to take ten times longer then expected tomorrow.

Spitfire has squadron codes and is now on the finishing straight

Both should get done by Christmas
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 05, 2013, 07:42:44 am
Spitfire now just need her matt coat and then the lights painting and canopy fitted. Hopefully get out on balcony to matt her over the weekend.

Black Hawk had a minor emergency. As I think I've mentioned she is one of the nicest Anigrand kits I've build, and I've built a few. Lots of parts are push fit, including one of the wings which needed no filler either  :thumbsup:. However I pushed 3 of the engine burner cans in to their hidey holes snugly and then the 4th went straight into the nacelle  :banghead: Now obviously given what I model there's a distinct dearth of burner cans in the spares collection, indeed the only 2 are from what I assume is a very old Phantom that's long gone to modeling heaven. With no tube of even approximately the right diameter I was beginning to think she might just have to survive on 3 engines until I got some. Then a final rummage and I find the pulse jet section of an old V! (Frog ?), guess what it's the right size, so cut down that's been inserted and now the model needs it's undercarriage, canopy and lights and she's there as well  ;D

Also realised just how close to Crimbo we are  :blink: 2 full weeks and I'm out every day next week including hospital for my eye. Now I think I've got Christmas sorted (cards, presents, wrapping, food etc) but it is a little scary
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on December 05, 2013, 12:11:05 pm
It's always scary how fast Christmas comes.....once you hit the last week of November, it seems like it's pretty much there ( or here ) already !

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 07, 2013, 05:43:31 am
The Black Hawk now has it's undercarriage legs fitted. They are a butt fit and will need to support a lot of weight, both resin and lead ballast, so I've pinned them using cut down Revell Contacta tube as well as a fair bit of industrial super glue. She will rest in her cradle for a couple of days so that everything sets solid before I attach doors and wheels etc. Must admit she is a much nicer looking bird then her competitor the F.89 and is somewhat Canberra-esque.

The Spitfire has her matt coat on and looks ok to me. Must admit I was a little concerned about using the Humbrol Aerosol but I immersed it in warm water for 10/15 mins and then gave it a real good shake and touching wood it's worked well.

I'm busy this week but these two will get finished and photoed by Xmas.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 09, 2013, 07:16:54 am
No progress as I was at the London Model Show yesterday. Report and pics here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37972.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37972.0.html)

Busy week this week so if any progress it will be 20mins here, 30 there type of thing. Still should get the 2 current projects done by Xmas

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on December 09, 2013, 09:11:04 am
Thank you  for the report  and piccies!!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 10, 2013, 03:24:04 am
No problem sir
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 14, 2013, 02:40:51 am
Well as I suspected got hardly anything done this week due to Crimbo festivities etc.

One thing I did discover was that the Black Hawk obviously has Canberra genes in her make up ! She is one heck of a tail sitter and there is a lot of lead in her belly and nose, so much so that I feared for the undercarriage until I realised they were standard Anigrand tree trunks  :banghead: She is a really hefty thing with all the lead in her but I could put some in the nacelles and then put FOD guards in them ? Or I could make a small base (£1 store table mat sprayed with £1 store black paint + some scenic scatter). I've started on the base today in case I don't go with the FOD guards. We shall see in the coming week.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 17, 2013, 06:51:20 am
Progress, despite the eye  :thumbsup:

Spitfire just needs her canopy framing finishing, which is proving a problem as my dodgy eye is causing problems with judgement of distances etc, but after that she just needs nav lights and a whip Aeriel and she's done.

Black Hawk is now on it's wheels, or at least it's rear ones  :banghead: Canopy is attached so just needs framing and then nav lights painting. decided she will be fixed to a base, so base is completed.

I'm finding the eye is causing problems with some of the finer work needed so these will not be amongst my better efforts I'm afraid. However I've decided not to fret about it and get on and enjoy my hobby even if I do muck things like canopy frames up a little. Doctor reckons it should get better even if it doesn't get back to what passed as normal for my myopia  :blink: However will take time.

As me old dad used to say "worst things happen at sea"  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 18, 2013, 07:37:27 am
Spitfire's finished, Black Hawk will be finished Thursday, photo's over the weekend  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 19, 2013, 07:03:52 am
Black Hawk finished  ;D

Work area all tidied up and stuff put away. No more work before Christmas but once that's done I'll start work on my Airfix Hurricane Mk I's and a couple of other projects
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on December 19, 2013, 08:11:33 pm
Merry ( early ) Christmas !

I need to do the same thing Chris...... :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 21, 2013, 06:29:22 am
Well here's the two latest details here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38147.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38147.new.html#new) and here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38146.msg622550.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38146.msg622550.html#new)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics003-20.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics003-20.jpg.html)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics006-14.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics006-14.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 29, 2013, 06:10:33 am
Got a little preparatory work done on the next 3 builds. Cracked open the Airfix Hurricane I, Fw 190F8 and Lightning.

Just a gander at the sprues and checking options and pieces not wanted. Also read through the instructions  :o Yup the last couple of Airfix kits I've built have had some innovative approaches to assembly which because "I thought I knew it all" almost caught me out. Follow them however and it leads to a super build process  :thumbsup:. Nothing particularly different with these though, other then the colour coding on the instructions for the Hurri which through me until someone on here pointed it out to me and it was obvious  :banghead:

As said this Hurricane will be real world as will be the Lightning. Fw will be wiffed. Hopefully actually start to cut sprue once 2014 is in, little busy until then  :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 31, 2013, 06:11:23 am
Sorted the first kit out for the 2014 GB. It's a Karas and won't be Polish, although it will have been built in Galicia  ;D Got the back story straight in my head and have the markings sorted.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 05, 2014, 02:33:45 am
Started on the Karas. I like these old Heller kits. Sure they have raised panel lines, some clunky bits and this one has a flash fetish  :wacko: but they tend to be nice builds and where else can you get some of the types offered ?

Used some of the "new" Humbrol acrylics I got the other day on this. First surprise was that the new style pots are screw lid, not those prise lid types with the screw option (you'll know what I mean if you have them). Nice big aperture to get your brush in  :thumbsup: The Aluminium No 56 needed a fair bit of stirring/shaking initially but then covered very well. Looks like exposed aluminium when dry to me as well. The yellow really surprised me. Coverage straight on to grey plastic was fantastic. Doubt if it needs a second coat but will get one. I only used it for a couple of smaller items so not sure what coverage would be like over a large flat surface but first signs are good for this notoriously difficult colour.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on January 05, 2014, 07:36:29 am
Have to see when we're getting the 'new' Humbrol acrylics over here....sounds promising !

As for 'know-it-all' during construction/ instructions.....had that happen yesterday. As I was glueing the fuselage together on the Puma I noticed I had completely forgotten the cabin roof and the associated engine placement !

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: JayBee on January 05, 2014, 08:40:30 am
Yes, indeed, "If at first you do not succeed, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!"  :wacko:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Mossie on January 05, 2014, 09:51:55 am
Glad you got the Black Hawk done Chris, looks good.  Looking forward to the Karas, always liked the fugly chunk of iron. I've often wondered if it'd make a good torpedo bomber.

Built in Galicia, you manage to sneak a kit in while your dining out Chris???
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 06, 2014, 07:24:48 am
Built in Galicia, you manage to sneak a kit in while your dining out Chris???

Doh  ;D And we have a Galicia restaurant here as well  :banghead: The Karas will have been built in Galicia in my scenario - Lemburg/Lvov

Had my final Christmas/New Year orientated bash today so that's all done and dusted for another year  :drink: :party: :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 07, 2014, 07:10:19 am
Right some work on the Karas. Internals just about done, just need some small dots of varying colours to liven it up a little then varnish. Most of the smaller bits and bobs are painted as well. Wings are glued together and pegged. If the boiler man comes early tomorrow I can probably start to assemble  it.

Most of this internal work will not be seen but I enjoy it. Find it quite relaxing. Takes me back to when I was painting wargames figures, and that's a lifetime away. Fell out of that for various reasons the main one being it became to bloody competitive. Wargames figures now are painted far better then most collectors 54mm stuff was when I was a kid  :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 07, 2014, 12:42:41 pm
You have greater strength of character than I have Chris.  :thumbsup:

The Karas is SO ugly, one of the leading canidates for 'The Ugliest Aeroplane in the World' IMHO, that I sold both of my kits as I'd never have been able to build them without throwing up!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on January 07, 2014, 01:25:14 pm
The Karas is SO ugly, one of the leading canidates for 'The Ugliest Aeroplane in the World' IMHO, that I sold both of my kits as I'd never have been able to build them without throwing up!

Granted it's no looker (ugly? not quite; misguided? probably) but has bags of whif potential.

Cut away the ventral gunner's position and it looks like a Stuka designed by Marcel Bloch (well, at least to me)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 08, 2014, 07:06:14 am
The Karas is SO ugly, one of the leading canidates for 'The Ugliest Aeroplane in the World' IMHO, that I sold both of my kits as I'd never have been able to build them without throwing up!

Granted it's no looker (ugly? not quite; misguided? probably) but has bags of whif potential.

Cut away the ventral gunner's position and it looks like a Stuka designed by Marcel Bloch (well, at least to me)

Yup exactly. It's very evocative of the period to me and is no where near as ugly as some of those French bombers - which I love incidentally  :blink: I've another 3 in the stash and have been thinking of a latter one with a 3 bladed prop and perhaps a turret ?  Definitely a 2 seater dive bomber is on as mentioned
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 08, 2014, 07:11:32 am
Well the boiler man came at the very end of his allotted time slot, but at least he came (I've decided 2014 is the year of optimism  ;D) So no modelling done, but I did start to draft my alternative Austro Hungarian timeline. It's not an alternative history just a framework around which I can build some models for the 2014 GB. Reminded me of revising for my O and A Level history. Sat there with an exercise book and my massive Dictionary of World History. It's 4" thick and printed on the thinnest paper you have ever seen. Nostalgic and fun as well  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Captain Canada on January 08, 2014, 09:03:25 pm
We had encyclopedias like that as kids....weighed a tonne, and the pages were so thin....but there were so many of them !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 09, 2014, 07:33:40 am
Right progress on the Karas. The fuselage is together. Little bit fiddly to get together as there isn't much contact area on the top side what with that large space for the canopy. Still she's together now and filler has been applied. Other bits and bobs like the wheel's and spats have been assembled.

I think I have a bit of a rogue with this boxing. I checked my other ones and they are definitely sharper and there's no way the amount of flash as on this one. It's also got some mould scars/bumps. Not your usual scars but it's as though the inside of the mould had some holes and plastic has "bumped" on the surface. No problem and easier to clean up then scars and pit marks that's for sure. It's an old kit so it doesn't bother me at all to have to clean things up.

While the putty is drying I dug one of my new tool Airfix Hurricanes out. Now first thing to be said is I just wonder what would happen if you went back to when Airfix issued their very first Hurricane kit and gave this new one to an experienced modeller who had just finished that one ? He would be absolutely gob-smacked  :blink:

Looks tremendous in the box but I have a little problem with her. Now I know from experience that with these new tool Airfix kits you have to be very careful removing parts from sprues and cleaning any burr marks up or they will cause problems latter on in the build as the fit is that concise. Now in closing the top/bottom wing I have a small gap in the leading edge where it meets the fuselage. Now must admit this is probably me. The eye problem I currently have is  causing problems with alignment etc. However the issue that isn't me is that the top wing is a tad shorter then the bottom wing ! Now I don't think this is me as the overhang is equal on both sides. It's not much and will take no time to sort out, but is it me or the kit ? Anyone else noticed this ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 09, 2014, 08:47:57 am
I've noticed a small difference in the upper and lower wings Chris, but not the gap that you mention. Having said that my Hurricane is 'slightly' Whiffed and the gap may have been affected by my mods.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 10, 2014, 07:12:59 am
I've noticed a small difference in the upper and lower wings Chris, but not the gap that you mention. Having said that my Hurricane is 'slightly' Whiffed and the gap may have been affected by my mods.

The "gap" is me Kit. I had a very small problem when fixing the walls to the wheel wells caused by my eye ailment. This caused a very slight gap in the leading edge which clamps and Revell Contacta sorted over night.

Glad the slight miss match on the wing halves wasn't me though. Since sorted with a couple of swipes of an emery board  :thumbsup: Rest of the kit is cracking along  ;D

PSR commenced on the Karas. I'm not sure what to call this in German ? It's just "Crucian Carp" doesn't sound very Germanic ? She will have been built by the Phoenix company however and powered by an Austro-Daimler licensed built Bristol whatever.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on January 10, 2014, 09:10:42 am
Just give it a company product number Pheonix Ph-37 or something similar the names tended to be allocated by the users or their foes  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 11, 2014, 06:06:40 am
The Karas has had some primer on the seams and just needs a little bit more psr and then she can be painted.

Decided I will take Geoff's suggestion re designation but will also name her "Rabe" which I think is German for raven ?

Going to build a second Karas latter in the year. 2 seater torpedo bomber. Remove the underside gondola and give her a bigger engine.

Work continues on the Hurricane. I've slightly, very slightly enlarged the holes for the pins. Found on the last couple of new tool Airfix kits this helps a lot with fit  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 12, 2014, 07:28:35 am
The Karas is now on her legs and ready for her paintwork to start.

The Hurricane has had her insides completed and the fuselage is closed up and attached to the wing. Lovely fit but most of my work on the interior won't be seen again. Talk about a coal hole !

Had planed to get more done today but gave up. I have a streaming cold and streaming is the right word. Buy shares in Kleenex  :blink: Impossible to model when you need to wipe your nose every 15/30 secs - not easy to type either  :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on January 12, 2014, 02:39:31 pm
Get well soon ! Looking forward to seeing the Karas...built one way back when in a sand colour with the Polish kit decals.

 :tornado:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 13, 2014, 07:28:11 am
Just a little progress on the Hurricane before the cold got to much. She's now basically together and all the parts fitted beautifully as long as you make sure to remove all the last traces of any burr marks from cutting from the sprues, the new Airfix kits really are that well tooled I find.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 15, 2014, 06:42:51 am
Kara's has stated having her paintwork done. I'm having to paint the wing national markings as I don't want to use iron crosses. The fuselage/tail markings will come from a WWI Austro_Hungarian sheet I found a few years ago at SMW. She'll have a green fuselage band to denote a Hungarian squadron. (Red = Austrian, Blue = Bo-Mo and later in the 40's yellow = Polish)

Hurricane has been primed. earlier in the thread I queried the red pieces in the instructions. Well they come in useful whilst fitting the undercarriage. I couldn't work out how they fitted until I looked at the next step (where they are red). It's then obvious that they are threaded through a gap in the bay spars. Sounds complicated and parts look fragile but works out well and the parts fit like a dream. Very sturdy when fitted as well. Not sure she's a kit for a younger child but she is a beaut  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 17, 2014, 07:29:49 am
Thursday and Friday tend to be chores days so not much progress.

However the PZL has had a little more paint slapped on for the markings. I should have sanded the gloss white down, it's a bitch to cover with gloss red  :banghead:

Hurricane has had her underside almost completed. One wing sprayed white, masked, centre sprayed aluminium, masked, other wing sprayed black. All from Humbrol rattle cans. Now I know why I've never taken the plunge and got an airbrush - I'm maskaphobic  :rolleyes: I want to paint the fabric covered areas a slightly different "metal" shade to try and show it was doped fabric. Might use Humbrol "silver" No 11

Hopefully I won't get the lurgie this weekend so I'll have more progress to report.
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Post by: Captain Canada on January 17, 2014, 08:52:58 am
Maskaphobic ? Is that even a word ?  :thumbsup:

But do you mean masking as in tape, or mask as in for the spray fumes ?

 :tornado:
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Post by: JayBee on January 17, 2014, 09:09:54 am
I want to paint the fabric covered areas a slightly different "metal" shade to try and show it was doped fabric.

Chris,

try a little matt white in the silver for a doped look, it even works if you are brushing it.

Jim
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Post by: PR19_Kit on January 17, 2014, 11:17:52 am
I want to paint the fabric covered areas a slightly different "metal" shade to try and show it was doped fabric.

Chris,

try a little matt white in the silver for a doped look, it even works if you are brushing it.

Jim

That's a very useful tip JayBee, thanks so much.  :thumbsup: It'll come in very handy for my Whiffed Hurricane I too.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 18, 2014, 05:42:48 am
I want to paint the fabric covered areas a slightly different "metal" shade to try and show it was doped fabric.

Chris,

try a little matt white in the silver for a doped look, it even works if you are brushing it.

Jim

Added a touch of white to Humbrol 11 and it's worked a treat. Just given the fabric areas the contrast I wanted . Thanks Jim  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 18, 2014, 05:45:15 am
Maskaphobic ? Is that even a word ?  :thumbsup:

But do you mean masking as in tape, or mask as in for the spray fumes ?

 :tornado:

As in tape Capt. There was just so much of it and a lot of tape was used. Normally with using a hairy stick I just tape the edges. However I must admit that if I wear a face mask I find my glasses steam up very quickly and no it's not the dvd's I watch  :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 19, 2014, 07:50:35 am

Hopefully I won't get the lurgie this weekend so I'll have more progress to report.

Well the Lurgie spent the week re-grouping and launched another attack last night  :banghead: Before it got to bad today however I got the undersides of the PZL (Phoenix Ph 63 Rabe) painted and the Hurricane has had the brown of the camouflage done.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 22, 2014, 06:55:05 am
Right both the Hurricane and Ph 63 have had their main paintwork done and are now gleaming under their coat of Future/Klear. Start getting the transfers on tomorrow and they will start to come alive.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 24, 2014, 07:01:10 am
Started with the transfers. Hurricane went well as one would expect from the quality of the new Airfix transfers  :thumbsup:

The Rabe (aka Karas) however was a case of one step forward 'tother back  :banghead: Her markings are a mixture of painted and ones from the spares box/bought examples. Now the underwing numerals I'm using look as though they are either from a Lightning or RAF Phantom (possibly a Sea Vixen ?) and if so they are probably old Matchbox ones or of that era. Now by the time they came off the backing paper I could have decorated the front room and I know the fuselage numbers (old Hasegawa) will take nearly as long. The other markings are from an old Pegasus sheet I bought ages ago at Telford from Comet. Now they took a while to come off the backing paper and then I discovered the white isn't printed. The red/black/gold is beautifully printed if a little fragile, but no white. So I've had to go back and use some wide white strips to make a rectangle for the national marking to go on, not a problem just a little frustrating.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 26, 2014, 06:21:45 am
Right Hurricane and Rabe have had their transfers finished and bits and bobs added and are sitting there gleaming like brand new tinplate toys (for those of you old enough) awaiting a break in the weather so they can get their matt coats. Some bits of the Hurri - wheels and exhaust - are nice push fits with no glue needed whereas some others are such good fits that any paint means they don't. Really only affected the aerial pole but in future I may change my build method slightly with these newer tools. The Hurricane by the way has very few stencils - just the w/t markings - which to me in 1/72 is right  :thumbsup:

Also started on the new tool Airfix Fw 190 F-8. Now this is an interesting comparison with the Hurricane. I read that Airfix have their products made in a couple of places and are bringing one lot back to the UK. Now whilst the 190 is a nicely tooled kit it lacks the finesse of the Hurricane. Detail wise probably it's not as sharp as the Hurricane but still nice. The sprue gates are thicker and perhaps not so well thought out. Hurricane has no flash, Fw has a little in one or two places but no problem to clean up. Instructions in the Hurricane are computer designed, very clear and with the initially confusing (to me anyway) red coloured previously fitted parts. The 190 is very much old style "hand" drawn Airfix instructions. So far the 190 has gone together well but no major construction work done yet. She will be Romanian in 1946 fighting the Anglo-French forces advancing from Turkkey  :rolleyes:

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Post by: Captain Canada on January 26, 2014, 02:11:08 pm
it's not the dvd's I watch  :rolleyes:

LOL....good one !

 :lol:
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 27, 2014, 07:15:08 am
Major construction started on the Fw and she's going together really well. The optional panels (you get A8/F8) are a superb fit. Once placed from the inside and glue run around the edge you really can't tell they are inserts, so well done Airfix.

Took advantage of the bright if chilly weather this morning to get out and matt the Hurricane and Rabe, so they are now on the finishing straight, however like Aintree it's probably a long one knowing me.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 28, 2014, 06:51:56 am
Came across my first problem area on the 190.

Now please bear in my that I'm not the greatest modeller in the world and my gippy eye is causing me problems lining things up etc but the armoured ring at the front of the cowling is a) attached to the sprue by some chunky gates and is difficult to detach cleanly. b) It's slightly to large for the cowling. Not a great problem as it's easy to sand down to size once attached. Construction is now basically complete and this is the only problem I've had.

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Post by: NARSES2 on January 29, 2014, 07:33:21 am
Transparency's added to the Hurricane and Rabe.

I was very pleasantly surprised how good a fit those on the old Heller kit were, chunky but great fit  :thumbsup: Hurricane as to be expected went on with no fuss.

Put a tiny bit of filler on the Fw. Just a little Perfect Putty and a bit of spit was all it needed  ;D
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Post by: Captain Canada on January 29, 2014, 01:35:51 pm
The new Hurricane is due in here next week, as well as the GR.3. Yeehaa !

 :cheers:
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 30, 2014, 07:10:42 am
Slowly getting the final bits and bobs done on the Hurricane and Rabe. Biggest task is the canopy framing.

Fw 190 is all together and masked. Now awaiting a slightly better day so I can prime her.

Started on my Anthony P Memorial build. Hasegawa Yak 3. This would be an ideal candidate for a 24 hour build. Very simple kit but nice and fits well. It's only the fact that I'm using White Ensign enamels on her that will slow the job down a touch. I've had this in the stash for a very long time and probably got her for a few £'s. Nowadays the combo - 2 kits - retails for almost £30, although Hannant's currently have it at a 1/3rd off.  I still shake my head every time I see these prices for re-boxed toolings that are 30 or so years old and whilst very good at the time come no where near the new Airfix stuff.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 30, 2014, 07:12:02 am
The new Hurricane is due in here next week, as well as the GR.3. Yeehaa !

 :cheers:

Can recommend the Hurri Capt. Note however that it is the early fabric wing version. If you want a BoB option should be out in the UK soon I'm told
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 31, 2014, 07:17:25 am
Got out on the balcony before the wind and rain picked up (and yes the crowd was still there  ;D). So the Fw is now primed.

Yak 3 is assembled, went together without a hitch, so painting can start this weekend. However the 6 Nations starts so I'll be watching a fair bit of TV
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 01, 2014, 06:09:02 am
Canopy framing started on the Hurricane and Rabe, probably need 3 sessions to get it done.

Yellow applied to various areas of the Fw for ID purposes. Probably all I'll get done this weekend.
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 03, 2014, 07:32:55 am
Another session of canopy framing - it will take 3. Little bit complicated with my dodgy eye, but I'm getting there.

Fw 190 has had her yellow areas given a second coat and that's now done. So mask up tomorrow and start on the main scheme.

Yak has been primed. Little bit of psr needed.

Busy week on the social front so won't be a spectacular amount of progress
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 06, 2014, 06:34:50 am
Right framing on the Hurricane is done and so I'm on the final lap. Just a couple of bits and bobs.

Thought framing on the Rabe was done and then I remembered the gondola  :banghead: But she's getting there and may well make Huddersfield. Must admit my gammy eye has given me a problem whilst doing the framing. It's been a tad difficult to judge distances, some of the close range work is quite awkward.

Yak has been reprimed and I can start her colour scheme now, will take a while as I'm using White Ensign enamels.

Fw 190 has had her underside painted.

Hope fully more progress and perhaps a finish or two over the weekend.
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 09, 2014, 07:49:57 am
Had the topping out ceremony today for the Hurricane and the Rabe (Karas). Both were finished up yesterday and had their propellers added today which is always the final piece I add, whence the topping out ceremony. Pleased with the pair of them and indeed the Rabe may well come to Huddersfield. Photo's in the next couple of days. When I build jets I struggle with this final phase as I feel quite chuffed when the props go on  ;D and there's no equivalent with jets ?

Yak has had her undersides finished and masked. I find White Ensign the best of the enamels and it has the strange property of appearing to go on very "watery" but when dry the paint has a lot more colour then you thought it would have had. Whence 2 coats rather then three. Strange ?

The Fw 190 has had both upper works camo colours painted but I think they will both need a further coat/touch up.

Started on my next project which has been on the to do list for ages. BPF Tigercat. I've got the Revell kit which I assume is a re-boxing of the old Monogram kit ? Very simple ,no cockpit at all, just a pilot figure and the wheel bay doors are moulded to the nacelles. However fit looks very good as one would expect from a Monogram kit. I will add a basic cockpit but that is it.

I assume she will need a fair bit of nose weight ? anyone know for sure ?

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Post by: JayBee on February 09, 2014, 08:04:33 am
Chris, the Tigercat needs an absolute bucket load of nose weight. Even the full size a/c was a bit of a tail sitter.

Jim
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 09, 2014, 08:07:15 am
I built an original Monogram Tigercat a zillion years ago and recall having to saw the cowlings off after I'd 'finished' it to add even more lead than I'd stiffed in that long narrow nose!  :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 09, 2014, 08:39:24 am
Cheers gents  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 11, 2014, 06:10:23 am
Fw 190 has had her main colours finished, need to get the masking off now to check and start the finishing process - which takes as long as the main construction stage  :blink:

Yak has had the first of her upper colours put on.

Tigercat has had a basic cockpit constructed - floor, seat, instrument panel and stick. She is currently sitting there drying out with many parts filled with lead shot and white glue.
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 11, 2014, 07:02:46 am
Here's the link to the "Rabe" build http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38443.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38443.0.html)

And a teaser


(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics003-21.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics003-21.jpg.html)

Plus a couple of shots of the finished Hurricane

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics007-11.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics007-11.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics006-15.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics006-15.jpg.html)
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 11, 2014, 07:03:18 am
Think I need to clean my camera lens  :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 13, 2014, 07:18:51 am
The 190 and Yak have had their main paintwork completed so can be "Kleared/Futured" and then have their transfers. One of my favourite bits, brings a model to life and has been known to save kits that I had very nearly thrown.

Some work done to the Tigercat. Cockpit looks quite busy just needs masking tape seat belts and a couple of sidewall dials. I keep a ready supply of these. Narrow strips of Tamiya tape, painted black with some coloured dots on them - mainly white but some red or yellow. Just adds a little interest when you peer through the canopy. Also added some more weight to her. I think she will have more white glue used then model glue.

I've worked out her squadron and base so need to find the markings now. Not sure about armament. Wondering if standard British 60lb R.P.'s could be used off USN zero length rails ?
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Post by: Mossie on February 14, 2014, 02:54:59 am
Hurri looks good Chris, and good it's to see the Karas/Rabe in different clothes. :thumbsup:
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Post by: Captain Canada on February 14, 2014, 04:08:07 am
What's your method for the future coat ?

And yes, that Hurricane does look good !

 :cheers:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 14, 2014, 06:51:00 am
What's your method for the future coat ?


Nothing special Capt. I just use a nice wide flat brush. Normally a couple of coats do it. I do decant the future into an old jar for ease of use but now't is added as the old advert goes.

Tigercat fuselage is closed up and it is a superb fit  :bow: Just clicked together and I just ran a little liquid glue via capillary action into the join. Reminds me of those old Monogram 1/48 USN aircraft. Mum and dad used to buy me one for Xmas and birthdays as a kid. They were superb kits and all those "working" parts  ;D Fond memories.
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 19, 2014, 07:05:53 am
Not much done, a little bit of progress on all 3 current builds but not much you could shout about. Got a few social type things on at the moment, lunches etc. Be like that for the next couple of weeks as it's coming up to my birthday  :cheers: Also trying to get the motivation to get the SIG Newsletter sorted, proving more difficult then usual for some reason ?

However as I was in Sutton yesterday for lunch I got to the local Halfords and got some primer and Rover Midnight Blue for my Tigercat. Sutton's Halfords is the only one around here that is in a high street, albeit the wrong end of Sutton's, and thus easy for me to get to. The others all require a specific journey to get there, various methods of public transport and fair use of shank's pony  :unsure:

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Post by: NARSES2 on February 23, 2014, 07:25:33 am
Some progress on all 3 kits this weekend.

The FW has started to get her markings put on as has the Yak. I got a real surprise when some Hasegawa transfers came off the backing paper almost as soon as I put them in the water  :blink: Getting there with both of these. My eye problem seems to be giving me trouble when applying transfers then it does with most other things. Judging distance is a pia so getting the paintbrush in the pot can be interesting at times  :blink: Seeing the specialist again in May but regular check ups between now and then.

The Tigercat is continuing to go together. She really is a joy to build, I just wish a few of these modern kits would go together so well. Sure there's some flash to clean up, but that's due to the age of the tools, and ayway there isn't much of it. Just needed a little bit of Perfect PP on a couple of seams around the engine nacelles and that was it. I want to get these sorted before I fit the wings to the fuselage as they will be easier to clean up that way. The wings look as though they will need a tiny bit of putty but again PPP and a damp finger should do it. Not sure whether to bomb her up or not ? If I do think 2 x 500lb's and 6 British RP's.

Decided I'm going to finish these 3 before starting anything new. Then it will be a Hurricane fest  :thumbsup:

Finally whist sorting out some travel arrangements realised that if I'm going tto make the Hendon show this yyear it will mean an early start from Derby on the Sunday morning.Just checked the trains and should be able to do it, but we will see nearer the date  :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 24, 2014, 07:26:55 am
Just a short update. Some more transfers added to the 190 and Yak, plus wings are now fitted to the Tigercat, and are as good a fit as the rest of her. Surprised how big she is, pretty thing though. Glad she's going to be shore based as I don't think she'd fit a RN Carrier ? Left the engine nacelles off so I could add more weight if necessary. Didn't need to so I must have taken note of comments made earlier...thanks gents  :thumbsup:

Think she will get 2 x 500lb's and 6 rockets
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 25, 2014, 07:11:15 am
Yak has had her markings finished so I can add the undercarriage etc. Pleased my idea for national markings appears to have worked  :mellow:

Tigercat is ready to be primed, so as the forecast is reasonable for tomorrow I may be able to get out on the balcony and prime her.

Fw 190 has had a few more transfers added. Most of the main markings are from the spares box and are a bit of a mish-mash manufacturer wise. I've only used a few of the stencils from the Airfix sheet and to be honest they've not behaved that well. Took a while to come off the backing sheet and then had trouble getting them to "stick" onto the surface. The kit has a lot of stencil data (unlike the Hurricane which had minimal) and I'll only be using a few of the more stand out ones, so I'll report back on how they behave.. I'm not a fan of stencils on 1/72 models, doesn't look right to my eyes. Some of those Japanese F4's look like billboards ?? So far the 190 doesn't come up to the standards of the Hurricane, it's still nice but the Hurri is superb  :bow:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 26, 2014, 06:41:14 am
The soothing power of a mug of steamy Tea  ;D Started off with a bit of a disaster and an aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  :banghead:, had a cup of rosie and suddenly the world looked better  :thumbsup:

Primed the Tigercat and I don't know what happened  :blink: Whether the aerosol spewed out crap, or there was some dust in the container she was in and that was blasted onto the surface I don't know. However the underside was encrusted with particles of something  :banghead:

Then fitting undercarriage doors of Yak to legs and would one of them fit ? Would it heck. The hole through the doors for the leg goes clean through the part, so when I did get it on I was left with an unsightly divot on a painted door  :banghead:

Had a cup of tea and returned to the model room. The Tigercat was quite easily cleaned up with a couple of light passes with a sanding sponge and a swipe of PPP fixed the doors, so all is alright with the world again  ;D

I did the Airfix 190 transfers a disservice yesterday. Put the rest of the stencils on and they behaved very well. Indeed they behaved so well I put the lot on and there weren't as many as I first thought. So it was probably me faffing about yesterday. Must admit the eye was giving me some gip, and they were taking rather a long time to get on yesterday so may have dried out a bit.

Anyway there will be a bit of a pause on these for a few days. Should return to the bench early next week
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 27, 2014, 07:01:56 am
Final bit of progress until next week, and I have to do the SIG Newsletter then as well.

Got the Tigercat reprimed. Think I know what went wrong previously. I use old vegetable/meat containers from supermarkets to hold the model while I'm working on them. spraying them. I think I hadn't removed all the cellophane from around the edge of one and it had got extremely brittle what with sunlight/age/aerosol. When I sprayed her the force kicked up a lot of this very brittle cellophane. Oh well no serious damage done and lesson learned.


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Post by: NARSES2 on March 07, 2014, 01:25:35 am
Very little (next to none if I'm honest) progress due to socialising  :cheers:, just got the Tigercat's tail sprayed up for the I.D. markings.

I should (best laid plans ?) get a lot more progress done next week. Not sure if I will finish the Yak and FW but they will get close. I always find there are a hundred or so small things that need to be done at this point of the model making process. Indeed I've started keeping a notepad with a page for each build so I can tick these final bits off as they are done. Another sign of the ageing process ? :blink:

Already know what my next builds are - a real world Hurricane, a couple of wif ones and a modified Karas and Lysander for my alt A.H. scenario. I want to get the bench cleared first before I start these though - discipline required. Must speak to Radish  :rolleyes: ;D
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Post by: Captain Canada on March 07, 2014, 04:40:01 am
Socialing and associated hangover  :thumbsup:

I tried keeping notes as well....pretty much for the exact same reason. I'd list what I thought I could accomplish in a single 'session' and tick them off as I went. I really should try that again, as sometimes I just sit there, in front of the tele, staring at the kits.....

 :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 08, 2014, 01:27:32 am
I tried keeping notes as well....pretty much for the exact same reason. I'd list what I thought I could accomplish in a single 'session' and tick them off as I went. I really should try that again, as sometimes I just sit there, in front of the tele, staring at the kits.....

 :banghead:

I keep a notepad on the bench and have a page for each build. I jot down all the fiddly little bits that come at the end of a build - fit pitot, fit inner undercart doors, paint footstep etc - and just cross them out as they are done. I've given up trying to predict what I would get done in a session. In that way lies madness  :blink: :blink:
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 13, 2014, 08:23:46 am
Well best laid plans as they say  :banghead:

Very little done this week. Combination of things really. Putting the SIG Newsletter together seems to dampen my modelling ardour for some reason, weathers been good so been out and about a bit, plus finishing the b/day celebrations. It takes a week or two at my age  :rolleyes: Plus with the gippy eye I do have to be in the right mood to concentrate a bit more then usual.

Still got the Tigercat sprayed up using Halfords Auto Spray. Think the rubber gloves are going a bit though so may be some detritus on the thing. Will check and remedy when fully dry.

Hopefully get some more done next week
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 14, 2014, 08:08:01 am
Think the rubber gloves are going a bit though so may be some detritus on the thing. Will check and remedy when fully dry.



Yup, had to sand the damage back and re-spray, done now. When I sanded the muck away the finish looked exactly as if the paint had worn away to reveal the primer. So do I publicise the "rubber glove technique" as a rival to salt weathering ?  :wacko: :wacko: ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 16, 2014, 08:34:14 am
Removed the masking from the Tigercat and found just a small amount of overspray of the Gloss Sea Blue. Not unexpected and it's a tiny smudge really but what throws me is that the entire tail of the aircraft was swathed in a few layers of Tamiya's finest in order to avoid the possibility of spray creeping under edges. This small spot has managed to work its way through at least 3 layers of tape and it's at least 5/8mm from any possible edge ? How the heck did that happen ?  :mellow:

As I said it's not a problem and is already fixed. Start getting transfers on to her tommorow
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 18, 2014, 08:17:11 am
Yak and FW can now have their matt coats, hopefully tomorrow, and then it's canopies and nav lights and they are done.

Tigercat doesn't need a matt coat. So it's nav lights, armament and the last of the markings for her
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 20, 2014, 07:57:47 am
Tigercat has had her final markings put on. I changed my mind re squadron and went with 832 in the end. In real life they were an Avenger squadron aboard HMS Begum out east in 1944, so I have them coming home and re-equipping. Reason for change ? I had the codes in white available and more importantly they were the right size. The Tigercat fuselage is quite a small area for markings, surprisingly for a twin engine bird.

Cockpit is attached and as per the rest of the kit is a superb fit. I assume this is an old Mongram kit ? Has the feel of one particularly the fit which as I've said is wonderfull. Sure it has raised panel lines and a minimum of parts but what's there is good and goes to show you don't need a multitude of parts to make a good kit. I'll keep my eye open for another one as I have an idea.

The Fw and Yak have had their canopies attached and framing has commenced.
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 20, 2014, 08:06:37 am
Re the Tigercat. I put an awful lot of lead in the thing (if dropped on my foot, she'd probably break it  :rolleyes:) and she was fine. Now I've added the canopy, ariel and markings she just about stands on 3 legs. On the slightest downhill slop she sits on her tush  :banghead:
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Post by: Captain Canada on March 20, 2014, 09:12:51 am
CA glue a white metal aerial under the nose  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Thorvic on March 20, 2014, 04:02:13 pm
Re the Tigercat. I put an awful lot of lead in the thing (if dropped on my foot, she'd probably break it  :rolleyes:) and she was fine. Now I've added the canopy, ariel and markings she just about stands on 3 legs. On the slightest downhill slop she sits on her tush  :banghead:

Drop the hook ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 21, 2014, 08:15:09 am
Re the Tigercat. I put an awful lot of lead in the thing (if dropped on my foot, she'd probably break it  :rolleyes:) and she was fine. Now I've added the canopy, ariel and markings she just about stands on 3 legs. On the slightest downhill slop she sits on her tush  :banghead:

Drop the hook ?

Interesting point Geoff. Not many Tigercat's had arrestor gear fitted, according to my reading anyway. Only the F7F-4N variant and going by the serial numbers only 13 of those.

Managed to sneak a little more lead shot into the nose via the nose wheel bay so she's a little more stable on her legs now.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on March 21, 2014, 10:18:39 am
Re the Tigercat. I put an awful lot of lead in the thing (if dropped on my foot, she'd probably break it  :rolleyes:) and she was fine. Now I've added the canopy, ariel and markings she just about stands on 3 legs. On the slightest downhill slop she sits on her tush  :banghead:

Drop the hook ?

Interesting point Geoff. Not many Tigercat's had arrestor gear fitted, according to my reading anyway. Only the F7F-4N variant and going by the serial numbers only 13 of those.

Managed to sneak a little more lead shot into the nose via the nose wheel bay so she's a little more stable on her legs now.

FAA - BPF - it will mave an 'ook  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 22, 2014, 06:27:06 am
Re the Tigercat. I put an awful lot of lead in the thing (if dropped on my foot, she'd probably break it  :rolleyes:) and she was fine. Now I've added the canopy, ariel and markings she just about stands on 3 legs. On the slightest downhill slop she sits on her tush  :banghead:

Drop the hook ?

Interesting point Geoff. Not many Tigercat's had arrestor gear fitted, according to my reading anyway. Only the F7F-4N variant and going by the serial numbers only 13 of those.

Managed to sneak a little more lead shot into the nose via the nose wheel bay so she's a little more stable on her legs now.

FAA - BPF - it will mave an 'ook  :thumbsup:

Ah but is it going to be BPF ? Is it going to be carrier based ? All will be revealed next week  :rolleyes: Just needs arming and props adding then photos
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 23, 2014, 08:23:41 am
The Tigercat and 190 were armed this morning and we had the "Ceremony of the Propellers" this afternoon.

Now this traditional finishing act of my modelling is usually a formality but this time ???  :blink:

No problem with the Yak but the Tigercat's prop shafts were way to long and the diameter was to great. First problem on the kit really. Nothing a drill and cutters couldn't sort. The 190 was me  :banghead: How many props/spinner combinations have I built over the years ? Do I need instructions ?? Well some of these new Airfix kits have some slightly innovative ways of constructing parts we take for granted. Lesson, read the instructions  :rolleyes: Got it fixed but I should have read/looked at the instructions  :banghead:

Still done now, so photographs in a day or two and then post them on site with their back stories
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Post by: Captain Canada on March 23, 2014, 11:09:07 am
Ceremony of the Propellers......I like it !

 :cheers:
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 24, 2014, 08:08:06 am
Here's the completed threesome and the respective links

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics001-22.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics001-22.jpg.html)

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38638.msg633682.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38638.msg633682.html#new)


(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics005-19.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics005-19.jpg.html)

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38636.msg633679/boardseen.html#new


(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics009-11.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics009-11.jpg.html)

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38637.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38637.0.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 24, 2014, 08:16:35 am
The next 4 boxes are on the bench

2 Airfix Hurricane I's. One fabric wing to be real world Belgian, one metal wing to be RAF France 1939/40 again real world

1 Special Hobby "Super Corsair" - probably FAA, probably Korea but just might end up as an Aeronvale one at Suez (mind you I have 2  ;D)

Magna Fairey Spearfish - to be BPF
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 25, 2014, 07:37:54 am
I've been preparing the Spearfish this morning. Cleaning up the resin, not much needed, and the white metal which needed a little more. Just a few sink holes on one wing leading edge which are filled. I do this in one hit at the beginning and then I can treat her like any other kit except using superglue. Strangely the two sides of the airframe are in different coloured resin, looks odd.

Should go together quite quickly now, not many parts.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 25, 2014, 01:12:46 pm
IIRC, thje u/c is a nightmare to fit and *will* sag under the weight.  The wheels are awful and plus, of course, the curse of Magna's horrible canopies will strike.

The old Contrail vacform is a much nicer kit.  I used the metal prop on the Magna one I built in 2002.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 26, 2014, 07:59:20 am
IIRC, thje u/c is a nightmare to fit and *will* sag under the weight.  The wheels are awful and plus, of course, the curse of Magna's horrible canopies will strike.


Must admit the drawings of the undercarriage fit look "interesting"  :blink: Agree re the wheels. After separating from the resin they are attached to I had to rebuild with plasticard. Haven't got a pair the right size in the spares box.

Still progress is being made. I've painted up the interior and sorted one of the flap tracks that had broke off. Plastic bar stock, super glue and filler did that.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 27, 2014, 08:28:08 am
The Spearfish cockpit is added to the fuselage and the halves are fixed together, not without a little struggle I might say. She's now sitting in clamps waiting for the glue to fully cure. Looking at the wing join, it's ok but I will need to break the Milliput out for the fuselage and the wings I'm thinking.

Started on the Super Corsair. I really think some companies add resin parts just to show off sometimes. In older "limited run" kits I could understand but not with relatively new ones like this. Sure the resin is gorgeous but some parts are super tiny and a lot of them don't really fit  :banghead: The wheel well inserts are very nice but you would have to sand the backs until they are see through to get them to fit. I know because the same companies Tempest II has them of this thickness and I've built it. Also the cockpit insert needed its sides sanded heavily to get the fuselage to close and that is without the separate resin sidewalls (the Typhoons really won't fit without taking the fuselage walls down to see through) They will get left off as will the wheel wells. I will replace the framing and wheel bay walls (and that's all the resin parts have) with plastic strip. A lot quicker and anyone takes a dental mirror to one of my kits (I've seen it at a Junior competition  :blink:) I'll take issue with them  :rolleyes: The engine and a couple of other bits will get used and as said they are very nice, but..................
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Post by: kitbasher on March 28, 2014, 02:22:36 am
Here's the completed threesome and the respective links

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics001-22.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics001-22.jpg.html)

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38638.msg633682.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38638.msg633682.html#new)


(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics005-19.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics005-19.jpg.html)

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38636.msg633679/boardseen.html#new


(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics009-11.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics009-11.jpg.html)

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38637.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38637.0.html)

Top banana, Chris - really smart!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 28, 2014, 07:58:13 am
Thank you sir

Had a neat idea whilst in Costa's this morning (other coffee shops are available). Now need to source an Airfix Arado 196. Shouldn't be to difficult
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Post by: The Wooksta! on March 29, 2014, 02:38:32 am
Better off with a Heller one.  Far better kit.
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 29, 2014, 06:49:30 am
Better off with a Heller one.  Far better kit.

Cheers Lee

Whilst looking for something else in the spares bin I found an old (Frog ?) V1 Doodlebug. Now I nicked the engine for something else so long ago that I forget what. But I'm thinking it could become a guided glide bomb for use in precision attacks. Fits under my Spearfish, which now has it's wings fitted. Easier with £1 Store 5 min epoxy, rather then superglue, quite a lot of weight to take
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Post by: kitnut617 on March 29, 2014, 07:05:40 am
Whilst looking for something else in the spares bin I found an old (Frog ?) V1 Doodlebug. Now I nicked the engine for something else so long ago that I forget what. But I'm thinking it could become a guided glide bomb for use in precision attacks. Fits under my Spearfish, which now has it's wings fitted. Easier with £1 Store 5 min epoxy, rather then superglue, quite a lot of weight to take

After the war, the RAF trialed TV guided Tallboys (after studying captured German equipment).  They had determined that it would be their primary weapon to use against capital ships.
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 29, 2014, 07:11:56 am
Oh thank you  :bow:

This will obviously be a tad smaller but still usefull against anything of cruiser size downwards I think.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on March 29, 2014, 07:16:39 am
You wouldn't have to have such long wings on it, just enough for guiding the glide.

Here's my take on a later TV equipped Tallboy, it's going under a TSR2 --

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/BAC%20Eagle%20GR7a/TSR2029.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/BAC%20Eagle%20GR7a/TSR2029.jpg.html)
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Post by: PR19_Kit on March 29, 2014, 11:10:34 am
You wouldn't have to have such long wings on it, just enough for guiding the glide.

Ooh yes you would!!

[panto mode off]  ;D
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Post by: Rheged on March 29, 2014, 04:00:24 pm
You wouldn't have to have such long wings on it, just enough for guiding the glide.

Ooh yes you would!!

[panto mode off]  ;D

Panto mode engaged

Oh no you wouldn't

Panto mode disengaged


Sorry! couldnt resist it!
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Post by: PR19_Kit on March 29, 2014, 05:06:29 pm
I know SOMEOne would go for it.  ;D ;) :lol:
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Post by: zenrat on March 29, 2014, 06:59:59 pm
Oh no you didn't.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 30, 2014, 01:36:36 am
{chorus's}  OH YES HE DID!!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on March 30, 2014, 03:20:13 am
Oi Lads please remember this is Narses Blog thread !
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on March 30, 2014, 06:05:39 am
Oi Lads please remember this is Narses Blog thread !

Sorrrry!!  Is there any room left on the naughty step for me?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 30, 2014, 07:22:52 am
Oi Lads please remember this is Narses Blog thread !

Sorrrry!!  Is there any room left on the naughty step for me?

Loads, I've had it especially enlarged  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 30, 2014, 07:28:38 am
You wouldn't have to have such long wings on it, just enough for guiding the glide.


That does look nice  :thumbsup:

Thanks for the info re the wings, they were the one slight problem, in that they would impede the undercarriage. So I'll clip the wings (sorry Kit  :rolleyes:) and make a cruciform tail for her, or pinch one from a bomb in the spares. It will then become the FAA's 2,000lb SAP glide bomb and will be externally mounted on the Spearfish. The V1 fuselage makes a nice shape for a penetration weapon.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 30, 2014, 07:49:07 am
Little bit of progress on the Corsair's cockpit painting plus assembled the wings. Not much I always find it difficult to concentrate the day after clocks have gone forward. Don't have a problem when they go back.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 01, 2014, 07:06:32 am
Spearfish is now basically assembled and it's a very big aeroplane. Looking at her she won't need as much psr work as first feared. Still need to break the Milliput out though.

Corsair is now an assembled fuselage and an assembled wing. Both were very good fits. We shall see how well they fit together tomorrow.

Work on 2 real world Hurricanes commenced
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 02, 2014, 07:01:28 am
Corsair is now an assembled fuselage and an assembled wing. Both were very good fits. We shall see how well they fit together tomorrow.



Wing and tail planes fitted and went very well. Very little filler will be needed, just a swipe off PPP.

This is a curate's egg of a kit. The injection parts are very nice, if slightly soft plastic, and fit well. The resin while nice is a bit of a mix. The engine fits very well, the cockpit not so and I'd defy anyone to fit the the side walls as well as the tub  :banghead: There are then the resin bits you just wonder why ? The wheel bay inserts. Nice detail but in all honesty there isn't much on the real thing, but, you would have to sand them so you could see through them to get them to fit ! Solution ? Plastic card strips. The etch is nice for the seat belts, instrument panel and air intake grill but aerials ?

Seriously they could have done this all in IP and it would have been a superb limited run kit.

In all fairness to SH they are starting to issue a lot more plastic only kits with just a small etch sheet.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 03, 2014, 07:00:49 am
Both Hurricanes have had their innards completed, so they can have the major construction finished over the weekend. I'll get this done before cracking out the Miliput for the Spearfish.

Must be Spring as I have the "sorting out bug". Want to go through my magazines and a few other things, mostly non modelling related to have a bit of a clear out and get a bit more organised. So once the Hurri's are done I'll take a short break from modelling and get this done whilst the mood is still with me
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on April 03, 2014, 12:12:02 pm
Every time I try and toss a magazine into 'file 13' I end up reading thru it, and (of course) finding a reason to keep it !

 :banghead: :thumbsup: :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 06, 2014, 07:35:52 am
Miliput has been applied to the Spearfish, didn't need as much as I thought.

PSR commenced on the Corsair.

Hurricanes have had what liittle PSR they needed. Just a little PPP and a damp cotton bud/wet finger was all they needed * Both can be primed over the next day or two.

* Whilst using an over wet cotton bud I watched as the liquid PPP just ran down into the tiny gap I was filling at the wing root and filled it perfectly   :thumbsup: A technique that may be usefull
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: JayBee on April 07, 2014, 07:01:09 am
Just a little PPP and a damp cotton bud/wet finger was all they needed *

Ah yes, Poisoning Pigeons in the Park by Tom Lehrer, an excellent song.  :wacko:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 07, 2014, 07:18:17 am
Obviously my youth spent listening to reggae and Motown was miss-spent ?  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Logan Hartke on April 07, 2014, 07:34:23 am
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lm1gbxcmxY1qzfye6o1_1280.jpg)

Cheers,

Logan
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 07, 2014, 07:55:58 am
It's the way the "live" one is looking at the guy that gets me.  ;D

"no, they weren't the bullies, they are round the corner"  :rolleyes:

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Post by: Gondor on April 07, 2014, 10:54:37 am
Looks like a rather young Mr Kissinger to me

Gondor
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 10, 2014, 06:58:05 am
Some progress this week.

All 4 current builds are now all masked up and ready for the primer stage. The 2 Hurricanes should not need any farther psr I would have thought, the Corsair will need a little more I think and the Spearfish definitely will need a fair bit more.

Probably get them primed on Saturday
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 13, 2014, 07:45:27 am
Progress  ;D

The Spearfish has had her second session of psr, the first wasn't as bad as I thought, but still left a couple of awkward spots which needed redoing. There are some really difficult places to get to on this build so I may need to give her another go after this. Already made up a couple of special sanding sticks to get at the places.

Corsair just needed one spot sorting after first session of psr so she is almost ready for paint. I want to fit the undercarriage first then I can use a spray can of Sky and get it done in one hit.

Both the Hurricanes have had their undersides painted. One in Aluminium and the other in white/black - both of these are real world builds.

As a bonus whilst waiting for primer to dry and putty to set I started a Tamiya Shinden. What a delightfull kit  :wub: In the space of 3 hours (not lapsed but total time) or so she is all ready for priming. Typical Tamiya in that if something doesn't fit you know you've done something wrong. You can build the fuselage/wings and add the engine and cowling after priming or painting whichever takes your fancy so no masking of engine and exhausts etc  :thumbsup: She will be real world although I'll see what markings I have and may build her as part of my 1946 Pacific campaign.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 14, 2014, 07:33:50 am
Looked at the Corsair and there's still a little problem and it's right on top of the cowling where it's out in plain view  :banghead: To be honest this problem is probably my technique, or lack of it, when it comes to psr. There are times when it would be really, really handy to have a local modelling club whereby you could not only discuss problems but demonstrate them and have the solution demonstrated back. I definitely am not to old to learn.

Masked the Hurricanes and that to was a pita. Don't know what it was, maybe my dodgy eye or maybe I just rushed it a little but it didn't go well at all and I don't normaly have problems with masking (other then canopies). Still got there in the end.

Re the eye. Got an appointment at the hospital in May but it's going to be slow going
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 18, 2014, 07:48:04 am
Some progress.

The Hurricane's have now had their major paintwork completed and been de-masked. Awaiting a couple of coats of Future/Klear (I used LIfecolor) and then I can get the transfers on which to my mind is the phase that brings them to life.

Corsair has had it's nose sorted and is now ready for painting.

Spearfish just needs a little more work with a file to remove some epoxy glue at the wing joint then she can have one final brush with the filler and she to will be ready for paint.

Won't get much done this weekend as I've a busy Easter but after that I should make progress, but I've said that before and ...... :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 22, 2014, 07:11:26 am
Got the majority of the transfers on both of the Hurricanes and that's it. Feel somewhat "turgid", don't know why but just a little jaded and flat. Hope to make some progress in the next couple of days however and then the MK show at the weekend.

After I get this group done I want to do some serious sorting out of things around the house. Call it Spring Cleaning or whatever but it has to be done.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 24, 2014, 07:23:36 am
Some progress on all 5 current builds, slow but getting there.

Two different things which shows the seasons are changing happened in the model room today. First wasp of the season - soon sorted, and the Tamiya IJN Grey I was using was drying in-between the brush and the model  :banghead: Got it done though thanks to a lot of their own brand thinner
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 26, 2014, 05:58:00 am
Slow progress on the modelling front but at least I'm moving forward on all the projects to hand. Hopefully get some real movement next week. Really do want to get the Hurricanes done as I have some projects on hold until I get these done and dusted.

However the Spring Clean has moved forward well. Got quite a bit of it done so at least I achieved something this week ;D Got quite a bit of space cleared to start filling up again  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on April 26, 2014, 07:57:02 am
Looking forward to seeing those Hurricanes done Chris. One of my favourite aeroplanes.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 04, 2014, 07:58:27 am
So what's happened this week ?

Well the Shinden and the pair of Hurricanes are almost there. Got the canopy framing done today so they can have their final bits and bobs tomorrow followed by the official anointing with the spinners/props and they are done. All 3 real world.

The Spearfish is making slow but steady progress. I think (hope) the last bit of the psr has been done so she can start being painted tomorrow. I'm going to have to carve out the exhaust outlets on this and replace as they are very poorly moulded in places. Fine rod to the rescue I think ?

The Super Corsair or Corsair Mk V has had her armament changed from 6 x 0.5" to 4 x 20mm and has had her wingtips removed. Most (all ?) FAA Corsairs had reduced wingtips so I've followed suit with the Mk V. She's also had her undersides painted. I've dug out and constructed her under wing load which will be some double tiered rockets and a couple of napalm tanks (ex Airfix Helldiver drop tanks)

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 05, 2014, 07:28:43 am
Right Corsair V was masked this am and has had her first upper coat painted.

The 2 Hurricanes and Shinden are finished  :thumbsup: and as they are real world builds I'll just put their pics here.

All 3 were nice, enjoyable builds

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics003-25.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics003-25.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics002-25.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics002-25.jpg.html)
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And here's the 3 real world Hurricane I's from the Airfix kit. The wifs will start now

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics004-24.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics004-24.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Nils on May 05, 2014, 08:29:38 am
great work, love the hurricanes  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on May 05, 2014, 11:27:27 am
Nice work, mon brave!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on May 05, 2014, 05:27:45 pm
Great stuff. Nice work on the Hurricanes Chris ! Got a nice little collection going on there eh ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: McColm on May 06, 2014, 01:32:25 am
Great job.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 06, 2014, 07:15:20 am
Great stuff. Nice work on the Hurricanes Chris ! Got a nice little collection going on there eh ?

 :cheers:

Yup. 3 of the Airfix new tool built (all real world) and now 5 to be built as Wifs, and yes I know which airforces are getting them.  ;D

I think I've built 6 Airfix Mk II's and 1 AZ Mk V all of which have been wiffed. So more Hurri's then Typhoons but not as many as my Spitfires.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on May 06, 2014, 05:03:04 pm
I like it ! The Hurricane was my Grandfather's favourite aeroplane, so I always enjoy seeing them built.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 07, 2014, 07:08:12 am
Not modelling but appropriate for this year of all years.

I've decided to try and research my grandfather's parts in WWI. With my love of history I'm surprised I've not done this before but now's a good as time as any and better then most. I've helped a friend do research at the British Library so know how to get that organised, so not starting completely blind at least.

I'm going to start with my maternal grandfather "Grandad Stubbs". I at least know he was a pre war regular (joined up in 1912) and was in his local regiment, The Sherwood Foresters. First or second battalion I know not and if the 2nd he would have been in India at the War's beginning. As he never mentioned India I'm assuming he was in the 1st. That also goes along with him getting a Blighty and coming home quite early only to go back out in a tunnelling company when fully recovered. His mining background would have prompted that. I also know he was buried alive for 18 hours at one point (his hair went white) but that's it All of that info was from my mum as he never spoke of it, probably because I was to young at the time.

My paternal grandfather Edwards will be more difficult as all I know is that he volunteered for his local regiment The Queens East Surreys in 1914 (always referred to as The Queens). As they had some 16 Battalions that may not be much help, but we shall see.

If anyone has done similar and has some tips I'd be gratefull

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: McColm on May 07, 2014, 02:14:21 pm
 If you click onto the Commonwealth War Graves site and enter the surname. A list of details appear. I think if I recall this site is linked to the UK Armed Forces search site for current and ex-service men/women.I hope this helps. Both are free sites, but they will charge for more info.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on May 07, 2014, 04:10:37 pm
Good luck with that ! I hope you find some interesting stuff. My Grandmother did a bunch of research before she passed, about her Father's involvement, as well as my Grandfather's Father. She even had a photo of their regiment with each of them on the ends ( a drummer and a bugler ) Sadly, it was donated to the War museum here and probably never to be seen again.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 14, 2014, 07:33:48 am
Some progress on the Super Corsair. Getting the transfers on her. Slow process as it involves a fair bit of layering.

Slow week this one, other things to do plus still knackered after Rad's bash and Hendon.

Hopefully start on some new stuff next week before going "ooop North" for some missionary work and adding a bit of class to the Northern Show  :rolleyes: I can say that because I'm half Cockney/half Geordie.......no body can understand a word I say  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 14, 2014, 07:42:37 am
Hell of a bash.....wonder if I can persuade The Crypt Dweller to make the trip up.  ;)
Northern Show....possibly??
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 16, 2014, 05:57:54 am
Still transferring the Super Corsair and the Spearfish is having the third coat of Sky on her undersides latter today.

Started on a real world Barracuda yesterday. Part of the plan to build a representative of all the BPF types. Got a couple more in the stash and was thinking Aeronvale ? (in my world France fights on) and possibly post war Italian instead of the Helldivers ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 16, 2014, 08:35:43 am
Which kit are you using for the Barracuda Chris?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on May 16, 2014, 01:37:51 pm
Perhaps we should change your Avatar to :-

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p152/rhinolith/darkmatter2.png)

Nibbler from Futurama who poops Dark Matter pellets  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 17, 2014, 12:38:32 am
Which kit are you using for the Barracuda Chris?

The MPM/Special Hobby one Kit. It's ok, of their earlier Limited Tool type. Takes some work (3 pieces where 1 would be done nowadays) but not bad. Limited amount of resin but that does include separate prop blades....my ultimate favourite  :banghead: :banghead:

The bit about building all the BPF aircraft made me realise I've got quite a 1946 BPF air wing going as well. The current Spearfish, the built Firebrand and the Sea Fury on the "to be built next pile".
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 17, 2014, 12:39:44 am
Perhaps we should change your Avatar to :-

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p152/rhinolith/darkmatter2.png)

Nibbler from Futurama who poops Dark Matter pellets  ;D

Must be an age thing but that has gone right over my head  :blink: :blink: :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: JayBee on May 17, 2014, 04:42:46 am
Perhaps we should change your Avatar to :-

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p152/rhinolith/darkmatter2.png)

Nibbler from Futurama who poops Dark Matter pellets  ;D

Must be an age thing but that has gone right over my head  :blink: :blink: :blink:

Nah, can't be an age thing Chris because I get it.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 18, 2014, 07:50:42 am
Now I know I have a slightly unjust reputation for being and exponent of chemical warfare but if that is what the cartoon is about then all I can say is that I look nothing like the small gentleman in question  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 18, 2014, 07:57:45 am
Small amount of progress today. Yesterday was Cup Final today and tradition requires that me and the lads assemble in a hostelry to watch said game. None of this new fangled 5pm k.o. for us, we gather as tradition requires at 2pm  :cheers: So a little fragile today.

Anyway the Super Corsair has had the transfer's finished. The Carrier letter on the tail was a right booger. The Trumpeter transfers I'm using folded over and so did the first 2 sets of spares I tried to use from the big transfer box ! Eventually got some to work at the 4th attempt  :blink: I might get this done this week but it's unlikely given other things in the schedule.

I got the Spearfish underside finished and masked for the top colour and then noticed a rather large area of filler I'd done nothing to at the rudder/rear fuselage. How did I miss that over the last few weeks ? Anyway got it sanded and should get top colour on in the next day or two
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on May 19, 2014, 10:23:20 am
Should have gone to Specsavers.....
 :party:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 20, 2014, 08:04:38 am
Should have gone to Specsavers.....
 :party:

I go to Boots  :rolleyes:

Anyway the Spearfish has now had her topsides painted
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 21, 2014, 07:16:32 am
Some progress even though I'm knackered. Struggled to sleep last night, don't know why and then when I drop off the birds start up at about 4:30 and wake me up again  :banghead: Ah Spring, don't you just love it ?

Anyway the Spearfish has been "Kleared/Futured" so can start getting her markings at some point in the next day or two.

The Super Corsair has had the masking removed from the cockpit and it's not as bad as I feared. She has also had her wheels fitted and a coat of satin varnish. Forgot to mention that I'd clipped her wings earlier as, as far as I know all FAA Corsairs had reduced wingtips ? So I carried it on through to the "Super".

The Barracuda has had her insides fitted and painted up. Just needs seat belts and the fuselage can be closed up. It's a nice kit. Good hard plastic that is very easy to work with, especially file/sand. Fit of the internals is excellent and positive and a trial fit of the fuselage halves shows no obvious problem even where the internal bulkheads fit.

Not sure how much more I will get done with these 3 before I go up North but we will see.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 24, 2014, 05:41:40 am
Final bit of work for a while.

I got the Barracuda's innards fitted and they went into the fuselage very well. Fusalage halves fit was also very good with no fiddling around the innards necessary at all, just a small gap to fill with some thin plastic strip and that's it. So far this has been a very well fitting kit and enjoyable  :thumbsup:

Must admit though you can't actually see a fair bit of the interior detail that I've painted as it's a bit of a coal hole back where the two crew members sit. Pilots perch is fairly easy to view however.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 08, 2014, 08:12:14 am
No modelling recently what with visiting family up North and then hospital trips back home. One more to do on Tuesday (annual diabetic review) and then can get down to some modelling. Haven't got to go back to eye bloke at Moorfields until Sept  :thumbsup:

Going to finish the Corsair and Spearfish whilst working on the Barracuda before I start on anything else but have been thinking of some future builds. Got a Fairey Battle for the Silver Wings Hendon 1940 theme. See Mike McEvoys Grumpy Old Modeller site for more info http://www.grumpyoldmodeller.com/bench.html (http://www.grumpyoldmodeller.com/bench.html). Thorvic pointed me at a transfer sheet on Hannants which helps this build and has inspired some more thoughts one of which involves a Defiant.

Some Airfix Hurricanes, Spitfires and Ar 196's also remain staring at me on the "build me next pile" plus added yesterday for no better reason then seeing a photo of some under construction in a magazine a Czech Master Westland Welkin---elegant aeroplane in my view.

Chris
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2014, 07:07:04 am
Progress at last.

Very warm in the model room and got uncomfortable after an hour but made some progress  :thumbsup:

Got the transfers on the Spearfish which didn't take long as BPF markings were to say the least minimalist. Combination of Xtradecal for the national markings and DP Caster for the individual markings. She's got the Sqd codes and serials of an Avenger off HMS Illustrious during the raids on Palembang. The DP Casper transfers are very good and great value but they come off the backing sheet almost at the site of water. Seriously, I picked up the serials with the tweezers, dipped them in water still on the tweezers for a second (literally) and applied them to the model. I've mentioned this before but they could take the unwary by surprise especially if you've just been using some older Hasegawa transfers !

Also started painting my Super Corsair's armament. Rockets and napalm tanks. The Humbrol alumium almost dried on the brush but has given me a nice worn, dirty look which suits what in my world would have been old long rang tanks converted for one last trip.


Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 12, 2014, 07:23:44 am
More progress. The Barracuda has had it's wings attached. Butt joint but fits quite well if care taken. I fitted the top of the wings to the shoulder with spots of medium superglue then flooded the joint with normal plastic glue. After letting that dry for a few hours I used a cocktail stick to "prise" the lower wing down a few mil (around the undercarriage aperture) and then glued that to the lower part of the shoulder. Worked well and I now have a good fitting wing  :thumbsup: Probably commence psr on this one at the weekend.

The Super Corsair continues with the fiddly bits. I've added the canon barrels (she has 4 x 20mm rather then 6 x 0.5"), arrestor hook and the 8 individual resin exhausts  :banghead:. Also attached the napalm tanks and she's getting there. Should get done this weekend or early next week.

Realised that once the Corsair is finished my bench will be a branch of Fairey aviation with a Battle, Barracuda and Spearfish on the go
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 12, 2014, 11:24:06 am
Bunch of Fairey's???

Must be one of my parties ;) ;) :o :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Mossie on June 12, 2014, 01:05:16 pm
Think you need to add a Fulmar.  RAF, as a production P.4/34?  ;) :wacko: ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 12, 2014, 02:16:30 pm
I've had one of those as a long term project for some years now.  Part assembled and the canopy framing has been polished off. 

Also an RAF Barracuda for close support - it was put forward for an RAF contract in 1940. Stalled as one of the dive brakes/flaps is missing.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Howard of Effingham on June 13, 2014, 06:27:26 am
Also an RAF Barracuda for close support - it was put forward for an RAF contract in 1940. Stalled as one of the dive brakes/flaps is missing.

i've heard of this one too. i am sure that there is an illustration of something very similar in one of tony buttlers
british secret projects books.

it very much caught my eye for the only barracuda [the ancient frog kit] i'll ever build. aeroclub did a w/m upgrade
set for it years back and i've one of those too! finish it as something in a med' theater of operations scheme and i
think i'll work for me.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 13, 2014, 08:25:47 am
Someone, ED  Models maybe, did an etched brass wing-fold kit for the 'cuda. I've got it filed away somewhere, goodness knows where though.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Gondor on June 13, 2014, 09:46:18 am
Someone, ED  Models maybe, did an etched brass wing-fold kit for the 'cuda. I've got it filed away somewhere, goodness knows where though.

Airwaves did a Wing Fold set SC72-131 for the MPM kit

Gondor
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 13, 2014, 04:14:10 pm
Someone, ED  Models maybe, did an etched brass wing-fold kit for the 'cuda. I've got it filed away somewhere, goodness knows where though.

Airwaves did a Wing Fold set SC72-131 for the MPM kit

Gondor

Ahah, and Airwaves WERE ED Models effectively! Maybe they updated original FROG based etch to suit the MPM kit?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2014, 06:03:09 am
The Super Corsair is finished, we had the Ceremony of the Propeller this morning  :thumbsup: Pictures and backstory tomorrow.

Got the Battle out of it's box for a look over so the Fairey factory is now in place on my desk - Spearfish, Barracuda and Battle. Could add a Fulmar and Swordfish but I don't think so  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on June 14, 2014, 08:18:44 am
The Super Corsair is finished, we had the Ceremony of the Propeller this morning  :thumbsup: Pictures and backstory tomorrow.

Got the Battle out of it's box for a look over so the Fairey factory is now in place on my desk - Spearfish, Barracuda and Battle. Could add a Fulmar and Swordfish but I don't think so  :rolleyes:

Firefly  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2014, 07:18:14 am
The Super Corsair is finished, we had the Ceremony of the Propeller this morning  :thumbsup: Pictures and backstory tomorrow.

Got the Battle out of it's box for a look over so the Fairey factory is now in place on my desk - Spearfish, Barracuda and Battle. Could add a Fulmar and Swordfish but I don't think so  :rolleyes:

Firefly  ;)

I'll see your Firefly with an Albacore  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2014, 07:27:52 am
Got the Spearfish to the stage when it can be matted tomorrow, then it's just some aerials and canopy and she'll be done. Doing the undercarriage I came to the conclusion that Fairey Aviation must have had a special department for improbable undercarriage arrangements and dingily dangly bits ?  :blink: The Barracuda wins on both counts but the Spearfish's undercarriage probably got a highly commended  ;D

Test fitted the Battle this morning whilst some paint was drying and considering her age she's a nice all round fit, especially the wings to fuselage join. Doesn't look as though she will need much filler at all there and the fuselage fit looks ok as well  :thumbsup: She was definitely tooled by the rivet master general though, although I think his apprentice had a go as well. The fuselage and wings have definitely been done by different people. The fuselage is much more subtle. No problem though, quick rub over with some sanding pads and Bob's your uncle.

The Barracuda makes progress. I've done some initial psr on the fuselage as one half was slightly deeper then the other. Not a great problem just some scrapping and psr. Can get on with the rest of the build now.



Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2014, 07:57:42 am
Here's the link to the finished Super Corsair

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38969.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38969.new.html#new)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics001-25.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics001-25.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 16, 2014, 07:18:27 am
Well the Spearfish has been matted so on the final leg of this now.

Masked the side observation windows on the Barracuda. I know if I didn't do them when I thought of them I'd forget and end up with primer all over them  :banghead: Also memo to self for the next one - put them in from the inside....idiot !!!!!!

The Battle has had her innards painted and is almost ready to close up, just needs seat belts and some small placards for the cockpit walls to liven her up. She has also had various sub assemblies done ; wing halves inc. separate, movable ailerons  ;D and the tailplane halves. All are excellent fits indeed puts many modern kits to shame. Sure the detail is very rivety but back when she came out we all thought that was marvellous and realistic (admit it ye who are old enough  :rolleyes:). Some of the attachment points - undercarriage and bombs in the bomb bays are very clunky but who gives one, people don't pick my models up or use a dentists mirror on them. The transfer sheet has been updated by Airfix and even includes Dunlop names for the tyres. Can you guess I'm enjoying this ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 19, 2014, 07:14:54 am
Right Spearfish is finished. Photo's in the next day or two.

The Barracuda continues. I currently seem to be hanging a seemingly unending procession of the parts under the wings, all I can say is that the main spar must have been made of Unobtanium ! Had a bit of a problem with one of the Fowler flaps...it broke  :banghead: My fault and after fixing, the joint was still a little weak and was right on the attachment point to the wing. So I've added some very small "inspection ports" from thin plasticard to the flaps, I can always say that they were to get at the hydraulics attachment points, and "you mean you've never noticed them in photos, or on plans ?"  :rolleyes:

The Battle got held up by the Fowler Flap crisis so no progress, but that will change over the weekend.

Now I normally have 3 kits on the go at a time but I may just work until I finish these two and see if that speeds individual progress up. I think my 3 at a time method goes back to the days when enamel paints were the norm ?

Anny way next in the queue will be a BPF Sea Fury which will mean I'll have done said force's 3 main aircraft types - Sea fury, Spearfish and Firebrand
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Howard of Effingham on June 20, 2014, 02:07:24 am
just remind me chris.

which variant of the firebrand are you doing?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 20, 2014, 02:45:29 am
I'd presume it's the CMR TF5, given the timeframe he's building it for.

The current CMR one is stunning.  I've the older one and the build is...  challenging, shall we say?  Still, has to be better than the original Magna one.  The old Rareplanes vacform one still holds it's own though - got one of them in the stash.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on June 20, 2014, 05:07:41 am
I'd presume it's the CMR TF5, given the timeframe he's building it for.

The current CMR one is stunning.  I've the older one and the build is...  challenging, shall we say?  Still, has to be better than the original Magna one.  The old Rareplanes vacform one still holds it's own though - got one of them in the stash.

What about the Aki one ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 20, 2014, 07:21:10 am
It's the old Czechmaster TF 5 Howard and she's built.

See here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37362.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37362.0.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 20, 2014, 07:44:58 am
Here's the link to the finished Spearfish

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38994.0.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38994.0.html)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics001-26.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics001-26.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 20, 2014, 11:18:59 am
I'd presume it's the CMR TF5, given the timeframe he's building it for.

The current CMR one is stunning.  I've the older one and the build is...  challenging, shall we say?  Still, has to be better than the original Magna one.  The old Rareplanes vacform one still holds it's own though - got one of them in the stash.

What about the Aki one ?

Still kicking myself I missed out on that one.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 21, 2014, 05:18:52 am
Right the Barracuda is lying on her back with her legs in the air.......and what complicated legs they are to  :blink:

The fit is not helped by the fact that the SH instructions are not very clear for one particular attachment and the fact that all the parts in the kit are basically butt joints. So I've ended up drilling out a few small holes and fitting pins etc for extra strength (I hope). Having said that they are a good fit once cleaned up and having done one side the other got done in about 10 mins compared to 30 on the other. Super Glue and accelerator is sometimes your friend  ;D

I really do not understand the undercarriage arrangement at all on this aircraft ? It's as though they designed it and then someone said "oh haven't they told you that the wing is shoulder mounted ?" It really does appear to have an extension added as an after thought. I'm probably doing the designers a disservice but I can't work it out.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 21, 2014, 05:39:57 am
It doesn't really help that the 'Cuda has a MIND bogglingly complicated wing fold too. You're drawn to think that the designer had shares in a hinge company!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 21, 2014, 05:43:10 am
Just realised I've attached one of the undercarriage struts the wrong way round - comes from working upside down  :banghead:

Stuff it, she's not going anywhere as it's real world so no shows for her, so I can live with it. One of the benefits of age you've learned that life is way to short and as long as you enjoy the project, so what that a strut faces the wrong way ?  :mellow:

It doesn't really help that the 'Cuda has a MIND bogglingly complicated wing fold too. You're drawn to think that the designer had shares in a hinge company!

I think that was standard on most FAA types (British built at least) but yes. I saw a photo the other day and it's just  :blink: :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on June 21, 2014, 07:54:34 am
Just realised I've attached one of the undercarriage struts the wrong way round - comes from working upside down  :banghead:

Stuff it, she's not going anywhere as it's real world so no shows for her, so I can live with it. One of the benefits of age you've learned that life is way to short and as long as you enjoy the project, so what that a strut faces the wrong way ?  :mellow:

It doesn't really help that the 'Cuda has a MIND bogglingly complicated wing fold too. You're drawn to think that the designer had shares in a hinge company!

I think that was standard on most FAA types (British built at least) but yes. I saw a photo the other day and it's just  :blink: :blink:

I've got a detail set for that fold too ---   :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 22, 2014, 07:28:49 am
Better you then me with that wingfold mate  ;D

Got both the Barracuda and Battle primed and both need a little more work. Nothing to serious so work will continue during the week.

One nightmare with the Barracuda was the prop assembly. Resin blades (individual), separate resin hub, plastic spinner and backplate. Not to sure how many times one blade in particular came off  :banghead: Got there in the end but felt exhausted
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Post by: kitbasher on June 22, 2014, 10:27:13 am
May sound lame but I'd only ever consider a NOVO Barracuda for whiffery.  But then again I always buy the bottom end or second hand kits for whiffing - too scared to chop up a pricey kit!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 23, 2014, 07:06:23 am
My Barracuda will be real world Dave. BPF 812 Sqd, but I know what you mean. As I'm really only a re-paint man it's not so bad but given your'e a major surgery man I fully understand your point of view

I'm gradually building a collection of aircraft actually used by the BPF and those that might have been used circa 1946/1947.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 25, 2014, 07:08:29 am
Work continues on the Barracuda and Battle. Barracuda has had it's canopy fitted and it's not a bad fit at all. I've also fitted the front portion of the Battle's canopy and that was fun, although in all fairness I may have had something to do with that. Firstly I dropped the windscreen into the forward fuselage and that took a fair bit of ferreting to retrieve it. Then I must have held it between finger and thumb for at least 5 mins in an attempt to get the Clearfix to hold the main part of the forward canopy but would it heck, at least not in the right position  :banghead:. In the end I used a spot of superglue (thank heaven's for pre dips in Future/Klear) and it held. Will need some cleaning up then I need to re-prime a few areas on both builds.

Hoping to start the painting on these early next week.

Anyway whilst holding the blessed thing a thought occurred to me, which I've jotted down here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,26920.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,26920.new.html#new)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2014, 07:27:50 am
Battle with the Battle's seams continues  :banghead: The under fuselage one is an absolute *&^*^&  :banghead: I swear blind that during the night some little gremlin comes out and digs the filler out that I put in the afternoon before ! I think (prey) I may have sorted it this time. Even I couldn't ignore this one  :blink:

Meanwhile I prepped my latest resin build. One of the nice things about building a prototype in production markings is that you can get away with changes to the designers design  :rolleyes: . Given my luck with individual propeller blades there is no way I'm going to try and put 6 individual resin blades into a resin spinner. She will get a Shackleton's white metal prop (at least I think it's a Shackleton) which is only slightly smaller in dimension. I'll just say that the production model differed from the prototype. ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 26, 2014, 08:08:19 am
May sound lame but I'd only ever consider a NOVO Barracuda for whiffery.  But then again I always buy the bottom end or second hand kits for whiffing - too scared to chop up a pricey kit!

is NOVO a abbreviation for something or a brand?

It probably means something in Russian as that's where they were based..

NOVO bought many of the old FROG moulds after FROG closed down and re-produced some of the kits later on. But you got LOTS of plastic for your money as there was about 120% more flash than there was model in the box!  :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 27, 2014, 06:45:59 am
Some progress.

Undersides of Barracuda have been painted.

The Battle has been sprayed silver out of a Halfords can-------and boy does it show the defects in my sanding technique, or lack of it looking at this  :banghead: Still can I live with it ? Yup if I push it much farther there won't be much left to the plastic or my sanity. May not be the right attitude but I couldn't give a fig as at the moment I've enjoyed the project any more psr and I wont, which means she would never get finished.

In my view modelling is a very personal thing. I admire greatly what others can do but I've learnt to live with my limitations. Anyway after that philosophy it means I can continue with the Battle at the weekend. Hopefully a different shade of "silver" on the fabric surfaces (white + silver) and a different shade on the cowl. Although the Battle was all metal (apart from the control surfaces) I'm doing her as at the 1940 Hendon Air Show and the Staff Sgt has had some poor "erk" polishing the cowling as in the way that Harts etc had been done. Just for old times sake  :rolleyes:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on June 27, 2014, 06:47:44 am
I'm looking forward to an all silver Battle Chris.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 28, 2014, 05:11:03 am
The Battle is now ready for her transfers and then after that 3 shades of varnish. Satin for the majority of the airframe, matt for the fabric surfaces and gloss for the cowl. Hopefully that will highlight the different surface finishes. I don't want her to be quite as noticeable a difference as that which you got on Hinds and all the other types with fabric fuselages and metal cowls but I want a slight difference in sheen between the metal fuselage and polished cowl.

Barracuda has been masked up for it's top coat. Do the slate grey tomorrow which is one of my least favourite colours to apply, must remember to thouroughly shake/stir the pot.

On a different track, sad as I am I keep all my old kit instruction kits. Now that came in quite handy this morning for one reason but whilst digging the box out I thought "put them in kit company order". I used to get these mad filing urges at work sometimes, the girls hated them  ;D Anyway on doing so I was  quite surprised at the number of kits I've built by the various manufacturers. Not so much how many of some but how few of others. I've built more Huma kits then Italeri for instance. And one of those Italeri I binned half way through, one of the only models to ever to suffer that fate. An F5 if you ask.,
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 29, 2014, 06:24:18 am
Battle has her transfers and Barracuda has her camouflage painted. The slate grey behaved today. Obviously counting to 300 while I shook the pot worked  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 30, 2014, 06:54:18 am
Barracuda now has her transfers - British PF, real world. It was a real booger to handle whilst getting them on. It really doesn't have a decent handhold anywhere other then the nose because of all the sticking out bits.

Both the Barra' and Battle are at the finishing stage now. That point when you think you are there but in fact have a myriad of things still to do. To be honest I keep a log of those things I still have to do and tick them off once done. I can still miss things however like the metal panels behind the exhaust on the Spearfish.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 01, 2014, 06:39:24 am
One of the things I don't look forward to when getting near the finishing line is canopy framing. And what am I building ? A Barracuda and a Battle  :banghead: :banghead: I may be quite a while and end up slightly less sane  :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 06, 2014, 07:21:52 am
Well both the Battle and the Barracuuda are finished. Had a minor disaster witth the Battle. Pushed the prop into place and there was a crack as part of the nose split into its respective fuselage halves  :banghead: Withdrew prop, applied superglue and it was sorted....well as far as I'm concerned anyway.

I've enjoyed both of these but in all honesty they'd both got to the point where enjoyment was just about to end and that "urghhh" feeling would come a knocking at the door, so I'm glad to get them finished.

I tried a few different things with these builds, some worked, some didn't. Some of the things that worked are worth pursuing some of those that worked, maybe not ? They've both been a learning curve for some reason ; maybe my brain was in a particularly receptive mood over the last couple of weeks ? I've made some silly errors, some of which are down to my dodgy eye, but others are just poor skill levels - must try harder  :rolleyes: Anyway whoever is at the next few shows may well get asked what are some fairly basic questions, so bear with me please.

It's strange but as you get older you not only recognise and learn to live with your limitations but you are not afraid of admitting to them either. It's never to late to learn  ;D

Off to see the Tour de France in Town tomorrow so I'll start on the next project on Tuesday. My 1946 BPF will get their fighter. Hawker Sea Fury  :wub:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 06, 2014, 08:00:04 am
Right here's the link to my finished Battle http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39065.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39065.new.html#new)

And here's a pic'.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics005-22.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics005-22.jpg.html)

Plus here's the completed Barracuda

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics006-20.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics006-20.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 08, 2014, 07:03:50 am
No modelling today, Tour de France yesterday turned more into a Tour de Pubs  :cheers: :drink:

Good day in the City though despite the rain. A typical City event in a way. The offices emptied about an hour before the race was due, watched them pass, then went back to work....or the pub  ;D

That's two of the must see things crossed off now - Olympic Torch relay a couple of years ago and now the Tour d'  :thumbsup:

back to modelling latter in the week probably
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 13, 2014, 02:17:23 am
Well no modelling and virtually nothing at all for the last week. Been very "Thomas Aquinas" (ill) . Sore throat and had an exceptionally high temperature for a few nights and yet was so cold I needed the duvet, woke up in the morning and you'd have thought I'd of been swimming  :blink: In all honesty I think I can actually use the word fever in relation to what I had/have. It broke after a couple of nights but I still feel very tired now. Hopefully get back to the bench latter this week.

I at least know what the next projects are
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 16, 2014, 06:56:39 am
Short update......no progress at all.

Still feel very, very tired and my body just seems to want to lie there and doze even after the mildest exercise. Gradually getting better but what ever I've had has certainly knocked the stuffing out of me.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 25, 2014, 06:29:20 am
At last, some progress.

Got some painting done on a Sea Fury (Trumpeter). She will be part of my alternate B.P.F. scenario circa 1946
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 27, 2014, 06:08:12 am
Right a little more progress on the Trumpeter Sea Fury despite the heat making paint, especially the new Humbrol stuff, behave very strangely indeed.

The kit itself is a right peculiar one. Some lovely moulding and then some flash in strange places. The lower edge of the fuselage join for instance.. The fuselage itself is a poor fit and will need filler. Now this is a modern kit so not really on, indeed the Airfix Battle I built had a better fit in this area. Rear of the centre wing panel fit is also poor and will need plenty of sanding and some filler. And yes I tried sanding it thinner.

The spinner moulding looks as though it's been miscast and yet when you place it against the propeller/backplate assembly you realise it's a very clever piece of moulding and what looks like bad tooling is in fact a great fit !!! How many have "corrected" this area where the props come through and then gone b***er  :banghead: Be interesting to see how the wing fits in the down position as it's tooled to be shown folded as most Trumpeter naval aircraft are I think.

I have a couple more of these toolings but going by this one they will be staying in the stash for a while.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 27, 2014, 07:17:38 am
My own feeling is that they've copied the Special Hobby kit, because there's a lot of similarities in the two.  For my money, the Special Hobby kit is superior, if only for the unfolded wings.  Fit's better too.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 28, 2014, 06:22:52 am
I've got a couple of Special Hobby boxings Lee, I'll have a look.

Some progress on her though. Second coat of paint on the innards etc and some sub assemblies constructed. I do hate the way Trumpeter mould their British style R.P.s. Fixing the blasted tail fins is an absolute  :banghead:

Overall I just feel that the thing is over engineered and as such I'm not really enjoying it which is a shame as the Sea Fury is one of my all time favourite aircraft
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 28, 2014, 06:29:04 am
My own feeling is that they've copied the Special Hobby kit, because there's a lot of similarities in the two. 

Had a look and some area's are very similar that's for sure. They both have oversize drop tanks that are identical. They both have the slightly odd (to my mind anyway) spinner/backplate combination albeit the SH spinner is resin. The wings are different and it's not just the wing fold. Some of the various bulges/panels are different shapes, in different places. More parts to the Trumpeter version that's for sure.

I may well build a SH one after this as a comparison

Chris

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 29, 2014, 10:00:05 am
The Sea Fury drop tanks are likely the ferry tanks.  I've yet to see a photo of them actually carried.

Fits nice on the SH but the u/c is rather weak.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 30, 2014, 07:00:44 am
The Sea Fury drop tanks are likely the ferry tanks.  I've yet to see a photo of them actually carried.


Thanks Lee, wondered what they were as I hadn't seen any that size. Going to replace them on my build anyway, I have some which are nearer the right size if not 100% accurate
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 30, 2014, 01:18:32 pm
The tanks from either the Heller, Academy, CMR or Special Hobby Tempests are bang on.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 31, 2014, 06:05:23 am
Cheers again Lee. Got loads of the Academy Tempest ones  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on July 31, 2014, 06:26:49 am
Tour dr Pubs....I like it !

Thanks for all the info on the Sea Fury. Haven't seen the kit around here yet but now I do/ don't want to buy it !

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 31, 2014, 06:41:21 am
Tour dr Pubs....I like it !

Thanks for all the info on the Sea Fury. Haven't seen the kit around here yet but now I do/ don't want to buy it !



Wait until I finish her before finally deciding Capt. I have been critical but then it's a recent tool and the fit should be better IMHO. See how she goes
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 31, 2014, 03:39:12 pm
Cap'n, go for the Special Hobby one - I *think* it's still available.  Better fit and you don't have the bother of the folded wing.  On the other hand, vacform canopy an no stores.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 01, 2014, 06:08:20 am
Cap'n, go for the Special Hobby one - I *think* it's still available.  Better fit and you don't have the bother of the folded wing.  On the other hand, vacform canopy an no stores.

That's undoubtedly the biggie. They are a P.I.A.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 01, 2014, 06:17:34 am
Well as mentioned elsewhere finally got a diagnosis from the doc after numerous tests. Turns out I've had a pretty nasty chest infection, far better now but have been put on a course of antibiotics which should finally clear it up.

However this is going to effect my modelling as apart from getting some light exercise - to the shops and back - I've been told to avoid dusty environments for a while among other things. When I mentioned the modelling to the Doc (and after I told her what it involved  :rolleyes:) I got a "NO". This was followed by a "Oh all right as long as it's in a well ventilated room and you avoid breathing dust and chemical fumes" (so the sad puppy face still works  ;D) Anyway she recommended a decent air filter mask, which I got this morning, and to only do a limited amount a day until I get the all clear.

For once I'm going to do what I was told so there will only be limited progress over the next couple of weeks. May even try to model on the balcony ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Old Wombat on August 01, 2014, 09:06:56 am
Just don't go flying parts & assemblies off the edge! :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 05, 2014, 06:14:16 am
Some progress out on the balcony...I wish someone would tell these tourists hanging around outside with their cameras a clicking to "buzz off" though  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

I've added a couple of spars to the Sea Fury's wings so that I can build them in the flying position. Will still need filler but providing the join is strong enough shouldn't be a problem.

Whilst looking for something else I found an almost completed Magna Spitefull I didn't know (read forgot) I had, I've even painted it  :blink: So this may well get some Aeronvale transfers over the weekend.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 05, 2014, 09:03:29 am
Some progress out on the balcony...I wish someone would tell these tourists hanging around outside with their cameras a clicking to "buzz off" though  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Tourists in CROYDON??? The place must have changed some since I left.....
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 06, 2014, 06:30:57 am
Some progress out on the balcony...I wish someone would tell these tourists hanging around outside with their cameras a clicking to "buzz off" though  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Tourists in CROYDON??? The place must have changed some since I left.....

I was being (or trying to be) amusing Kit. Playing on the balcony/tourists/cameras thing ? I'll go back to the day job  ;D

However you do get a fair few tourists in Croydon and there's a surprising amount to see. When my friends were over from the US I was quite surprised what there was to see. The Old Palace School and Alms Houses for instance are both 15th Century and the Parish Church whilst 19th C (I think) stands on the site where there's been a church since the late 900's. When I was at junior school Croydon celebrated its 1,000th year since it appeared in written records. I remember because we all had to go to church.

The big hotel at the top of my road is always full of large overseas school parties and other tourists. After all the centre of London is 20 mins on a train
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 06, 2014, 07:41:02 am
Ah right Chris, you had me going there for a bit. I wondered if someone had started up a series of 'See the Site of the Riots' tour buses or similar.

The first time I went back to Croydon after the 60s, which was maybe 30 years later, I thought they'd transplanted downtown Chicago! A 3 lane superhighway slap through the middle, HUGE tower blocks all over the place etc.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 07, 2014, 02:52:46 am
The first time I went back to Croydon after the 60s, which was maybe 30 years later, I thought they'd transplanted downtown Chicago! A 3 lane superhighway slap through the middle, HUGE tower blocks all over the place etc.

Yup hasn't changed much mate. Although there are plans to redevelop the Whitgift Centre/Centrale which could make for an interesting 3/4 years  :banghead:

I must admit the changes that took place whilst I was at school were amazing although at the time it just seemed natural. The confidence of youth
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 10, 2014, 05:40:52 am
Some progress on the Sea Fury. She really is a curate's egg. The parts that have possibly been sampled from the SH kit are the ones with the poorest fit - don't get me wrong, if I was building the SH kit I'd be more then happy but with Trumpeter you expect more ? - some of the others have superb fit, the rest are good. Some of the detail is also a little soft in places, inside of the wheels for instance plus they do have an awful lot of mould release agent on some of them  :banghead:

Still I'll persevere and gradually get back to full modelling fitness  :rolleyes: Is there any specialist physio you can do ?  ;D

As an example of how warm it has been here. I use Getta's Lime and Chile Chutney  :wub: jars for my brush water. The pair of them completely evaporated in a week  :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 10, 2014, 04:08:37 pm
You made a good choice in NOT coming to the Bristol Show Chris, you'd have got DRENCHED just walking up from the bus stop to the hall!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 11, 2014, 06:12:41 am
Ah, thanks Kit. One of the things I'm supposed to do at the moment is avoid getting wet through when I can't dry myself off properly. Chest is getting better but a good soaking is to be avoided if it is to continue to do so
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 14, 2014, 07:36:06 am
Sea Fury has its outer wings added and they went on a little easier then I thought they would. However that was purely down to my previously added spars, without them I have a feeling it would be messy. I've now slapped some filler on it and will sand over the weekend - probably. I'm not enjoying this kit at all but will finish it !

In the mean time I dug out another Heller Karas. This will be for the Imperial Austrian Naval AF and has therefore had the gondola removed and plated over. Plus I have added a floor into the cut out in the kits one where by the gunner gains access to said gondola. She will be a shore based torpedo bomber, said service having no carriers. Apart from the mods to the gondola she will have a tail wheel, twin rear guns and a 3 bladed prop just to make her a little bit different.



Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 15, 2014, 06:38:33 am
Whilst digging out an Academy Tempest for its drop tanks - for the Sea Fury (thanks Lee) - I had an idea what to do with it. So striking whilst the iron is hot I've put it in the "to do now" pile. She is going to fit into my alternative WWII scenario out in S.E.Europe/Asia Minor and will have a Middle East scheme.

I was just trying to do one model at a time but the Sea Fury has left me so frustrated I've gone back to 3/4 at a time  :banghead:

Meanwhile in the idiot of the month competition I've decided to enter my good self. Spent 1/2 an hour trying to print something from my p.c. this afternoon with no luck. Getting very frustrated and wound up and then noticed I hadn't reconnected printer to p.c. when I changed inks !  :banghead: :banghead: Yet another sign of passing years  :blink: :rolleyes: I used to have an I.T. man called Elvis (seriously) who I could blame for such things but such is retirement  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 15, 2014, 08:18:40 am
Meanwhile in the idiot of the month competition I've decided to enter my good self. Spent 1/2 an hour trying to print something from my p.c. this afternoon with no luck. Getting very frustrated and wound up and then noticed I hadn't reconnected printer to p.c. when I changed inks !  :banghead: :banghead: Yet another sign of passing years  :blink: :rolleyes: I used to have an I.T. man called Elvis (seriously) who I could blame for such things but such is retirement  ;D

Hehehe, I know the feeling!

My printer is a networked device and talks to the rest of the system via a Cat 5 cable plugged into the router so I can print stuff on it via the wifi link from my laptops. The other day while trying to figure out why it WOULDN'T print I was shouting and yelling about it and Mrs_PR19 said 'I shut the door to the Office, would that stop the signal?' I laughed like a drain and went to have a look, then found the door handle wrapped round the Cat 5 cable, which had been yanked out of the router when the door was closed!  :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: JayBee on August 15, 2014, 09:18:46 am
Where is the icon for laughing insanely when you need it!

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Gondor on August 15, 2014, 11:07:00 am

Meanwhile in the idiot of the month competition I've decided to enter my good self. Spent 1/2 an hour trying to print something from my p.c. this afternoon with no luck. Getting very frustrated and wound up and then noticed I hadn't reconnected printer to p.c. when I changed inks !  :banghead: :banghead: Yet another sign of passing years  :blink: :rolleyes: I used to have an I.T. man called Elvis (seriously) who I could blame for such things but such is retirement  ;D


I'm wondering why you would unplug the printer to change the ink in the first place,  :blink: never needed to and never have do so.

Gondor
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on August 15, 2014, 02:23:28 pm
Meanwhile in the idiot of the month competition I've decided to enter my good self. Spent 1/2 an hour trying to print something from my p.c. this afternoon with no luck. Getting very frustrated and wound up and then noticed I hadn't reconnected printer to p.c. when I changed inks !  :banghead: :banghead: Yet another sign of passing years  :blink: :rolleyes: I used to have an I.T. man called Elvis (seriously) who I could blame for such things but such is retirement  ;D

Aw, bless.  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 16, 2014, 05:24:07 am

Meanwhile in the idiot of the month competition I've decided to enter my good self. Spent 1/2 an hour trying to print something from my p.c. this afternoon with no luck. Getting very frustrated and wound up and then noticed I hadn't reconnected printer to p.c. when I changed inks !  :banghead: :banghead: Yet another sign of passing years  :blink: :rolleyes: I used to have an I.T. man called Elvis (seriously) who I could blame for such things but such is retirement  ;D


I'm wondering why you would unplug the printer to change the ink in the first place,  :blink: never needed to and never have do so.

Gondor

Don't know it's just that I was taught way, way back to disconnect things before playing with them and it's stayed with me. Probably back in metalwork or woodwork at school where if you got caught not following the disconnect rules you got a thick ear. I only leave the printer switched on because you need to have it on when changing inks so it can do its thing.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on August 18, 2014, 06:44:46 am
Printers are strange beasts that need constant attention from the magic wand, praying to the gods, and dancing naked.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 18, 2014, 07:12:32 am
Ignoring Rad's comments - I'm still shaking at the thought - in between attempted and successful Lancaster sightings I've made some progress  :thumbsup:

Sea Fury has had her undersides painted, can now be masked ready for the top sides.

The Karas moves ahead at full speed. This is a lovely little kit by Heller. Really nice fit and indeed the wings and tail planes to fuselage fit is immaculate  :bow: She is basically together and the only filler used is a little PPP on the underside of the nose and obviously some putty to smooth over where the hole from the now ex gondola has been faired over. Really, really enjoying this in complete contrast to the Sea Fury  :blink: And how old is it ?

I still have one Karas left which is slated to become a floatplane spotter off one of the Emperor's battleships. Ar 196 floats and the Arado will become an Imperial AF dive bomber. I'm going to pick up another couple of these (the Karas) when I spot them at shows to make a couple of real world examples.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 18, 2014, 08:55:36 am
I may have a Karas in The Loft Chris. For sure there's NO way I'm going to build the 'orrible little thing!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 19, 2014, 06:50:23 am
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Kit....and you know how bad my eyesight is  :blink: ;D ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Martin H on August 19, 2014, 02:12:20 pm
Printers are strange beasts that need constant attention from the magic wand, praying to the gods, and dancing naked.


I cant wait to see the faces of our printers at work when I show em Rads comment.   Even if the first 7 words are so very true.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 20, 2014, 06:29:48 am
Printers are strange beasts that need constant attention from the magic wand, praying to the gods, and dancing naked.


I cant wait to see the faces of our printers at work when I show em Rads comment.   Even if the first 7 words are so very true.

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on August 20, 2014, 10:53:51 am
Printers are strange beasts that need constant attention from the magic wand, praying to the gods, and dancing naked.


Magic wand being otherwise defined as a screwdriver

Praying to the gods defined as muttering that Babbage, Turing et al should have found other outlets for their creative abilities.

Fortunately, I'm excused dancing, I've a letter from the doctor about my dodgy knee.......

But I concur with the honourable gentleman's statement that " Printers are strange beasts that need constant attention "
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on August 20, 2014, 10:48:37 pm
Printers are strange beasts that need constant attention from the magic wand, praying to the gods, and dancing naked.


I cant wait to see the faces of our printers at work when I show em Rads comment.   Even if the first 7 words are so very true.

As their supervisor does that make you their head druid or head wazack or something like that  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 21, 2014, 06:07:48 am
Lots of priming going on, mainly the Karas but a few bits and bobs from some other builds. The priming of the Karas has revealed that I still need to do some work on the ex gondola and so I may break out the Milliput over the weekend, might be easier and quicker in the end. I primed in white because the colours on this one will be of lightish hue and wished I'd used the other kit in the box. That ones in light grey plastic whilst the one I'm using is in dark green. Took a couple of coats of Halford's best to get a decent coverage. Still we live and learn. Do we ?  :rolleyes:

The Sea Fury has had her top colour added and now needs a couple of coats of clear.

Had a change of heart re the Tempest. She was to be for service in SE Europe but that really needs a Mk VI. Now I have the Freightdog conversion bits but I just want this to be a quick build so I've decided she will be Dutch post war, probably. The conversion set will get used on another Academy Tempest I have which has been put in the "to be worked on shortly pile"
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 22, 2014, 07:18:29 am
Got the Milliput on yesterday and then had a panic about the Tempest. Well not exactly a panic but definitely a "actually have I got the necessary markings moment ?" Anyway checked and yes I have, apart from possibly the tail fin flash but I'll dig around for that.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 23, 2014, 05:15:25 am
Milliput worked on the Karas (reminder to self need to get some more at Telford where they have more types then you can wave a stick at !). Just a couple of tiny cracks which a coat or two of Mr Surfacer will fix.

Sea Fury has been "Cleared" and so is ready for transfers.

Typhoon has had her innards added and detailed. Don't you just love it when you spend time detail painting an instrument panel, then when you install it the little blighter can't be seen at all  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 24, 2014, 07:41:31 am
Progress  ;D

Masked and started painting the Karas.

Sea Fury has had her undercarriage fitted, a fiddly job that was. I think it's because you expect a mainstream kit whilst it is a upper end short run type of tooling. Whilst the "pins and holes" look fine they are in fact a little small/short and therefore don't really hold the part. Can't explain it but I know what I mean  :rolleyes: Anyway I think Trumpeter win the prize for the smallest part I've ever seen in injection moulding. There is a small rod thingy to be fitted under the nose cowling - fuel dump pipe ? Anyway it is tiny, miniscule even. Way smaller then the 20mm cannon barrels ! Of course I didn't even bother, just not worth it  ;D

Typhoon needs a little filler under the chin radiator (I can never get this to fit perfectly). Once fixed she can also enter the paint shop  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2014, 06:42:05 am
Progress on all 3 kits  :thumbsup:

Whilst painting the Karas I noticed that without the gondola and fitted with a torpedo rack she looks very Japanese. Could almost be a scout plane type. Mind you that's also helped by her current colours, once the topsides go on she'll probably lose the look

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2014, 07:29:16 am
Fair bit of progress and then a step backwards.

The progress -

Sea Fury has had her transfers and just needs canopy, weapons and a couple of odds and sods followed by varnish.

The Karas is painted up and cleared. Masking removed and she looks quite good. However, and this is the step backwards, I was going to use red decal stripes for her national markings. Well apart from the blasted Xtradecal strips constantly breaking up - not seriously, but annoyingly - they didn't really cover the top colour  :banghead: So the white centre stripe has been masked and the red stripes painted. It looks rather dark compared to the previous model with these markings, I've used GW Red Gore, but that's probably because of the under colour. Still if it stays darker I will simply say that as the aircraft is based in a more "active" area near the main Italian naval base in the Adriatic then more subdued colours are used. I'll explain the bright blue tail somehow  :rolleyes:. Note Italy is not at war with the AH Federation but there is a constant state of friction because of AH holdings in what Italy sees as obviously its own.

The Tempest has gone very well, it should I've built enough  ;D Now has her full camouflage and will get markings early this week.


Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2014, 07:32:20 am
As an aside, the Kara's is one of the first models on which I've used GW "basic" colours. Now whilst covering well I've noted that when you come to cleaning the brush the pigment seems to stay on the brush for far longer then most other acrylics I've used. Indeed I've started cleaning these brushes in Polywhatever rather then normal acrylic cleaner.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 01, 2014, 07:11:36 am
Well the Karas's national markings are better then I thought. Comparing to the other one they are about the same, so I'll leave them as they are.

Any modelling over the next couple of weeks will probably be in spits and spots. Combination of social life and Dr's/hospital - annual checks and the eye doc. Must start on my Telford build soon, well one of them anyway
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on September 02, 2014, 01:40:58 am
You must...
Good luck at the various quacks :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 02, 2014, 07:36:30 am
Ta mate

Decided I'll clear my working area up (I've seen Rad's and mines pristine in comparison  ;D) as it's annoying me and that's affecting my modelling. I don't like it to tidy but it's got so messy it's distracting me.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on September 04, 2014, 03:40:42 am
Be careful.  A tidy desk is the sign of a sick mind...
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 04, 2014, 03:57:10 am
Be careful.  A tidy desk is the sign of a sick mind...


If that's true I'm so sane it's almost unbelievable.   ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on September 04, 2014, 06:48:07 am
There is a possibility that my "shed" will be tidy before too long.

We will be child and dwarfless....... :party: :blink: :blink: :blink:

We did think of a "Flag Day Party" but every weekend is "booked" before Christmas with fun, frolics and noise!!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on September 04, 2014, 12:33:06 pm
Be careful.  A tidy desk is the sign of a sick mind...


If that's true I'm so sane it's almost unbelievable.   ;D :lol:

Einstein is alleged to have said "A tidy desk is the sign of a tiny mind".  Which probably  means that most(if not all) citizens of Whiffworld have imaginations the size of minor planets.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 05, 2014, 06:45:01 am
I saw a really neat storage cabinet type thing in Clas Ohlsen yesterday. Lots of drawers of various sizes, ideal for things like, paint, stirrers, sanding sticks, cotton buds, scraps of sponge etc. All the stuff that clutters the desk. May well get one next time I'm in Croydon.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on September 05, 2014, 10:12:59 am
Nah.....
 :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 06, 2014, 04:53:59 am
Well some progress -

Sea Fury now just needs to be varnished and then have her transparencies fitted.

Kara's has had her transfers completed.

Tempest has had her transfers completed.

I want to get them all matted at the same time, More economic use of the spray can that way  :thumbsup:

I know what the next builds will be, but I am not sarting them until these are finished. And I intend to try and stick to that statement
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on September 07, 2014, 04:04:14 am
...I am not starting them until these are finished. And I intend to try and stick to that statement

 ;D :thumbsup:  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 08, 2014, 07:50:02 pm
Looking forward to seeing that Sea Fury and Tempest !

 :wub:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 13, 2014, 06:00:21 am
Apart from getting the kits matted and de-masked not much done this week. It's been a very social one  :cheers: :party: :cheers:

More progress this week I hope, indeed I want to finish them
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 16, 2014, 07:36:24 am
Slow progress, to many other things going on.

The Sea Fury is almost there however so I'll have one last little moan about it  :banghead:

When this kit was reviewed in various places there were probably some nice comments about the finesse of the parts. What that means is that some of them are so small that it's almost impossible for ordinary modellers to handle them without getting incredibly frustrated. Some of them including a couple of the transparencies are plain daft and it's the only kit I've built where I've thrown one part without even trying to fit it...it was minuscule  :blink:

Now I know I have a dodgy eye but it's not all down to that.

I have not enjoyed this kit at all which is a shame as it's one of my favourite aircraft of all time.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on September 16, 2014, 08:08:35 am
If you have a dodgy eye, shouldn't you wear a patch? And where's your parrot??

Which kit is it, by the way? I always stick with simple ones... ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 17, 2014, 07:28:15 am
If you have a dodgy eye, shouldn't you wear a patch? And where's your parrot??

Which kit is it, by the way? I always stick with simple ones... ;)

Aye, eye Capt  ;D

The one I'm moaning about is the Trumpeter 1/72 Sea Fury

Having seen you blog post I to have just finished a clear out. Probably shifted 400 or so over the last 3/4 years. Having a break now and then one final sort through and cull latter in the year. Will leave me with those I will build or would get round to building given the time. Got rid of those I would never build * and a fair few of the multiple, multiples.

* Mainly purchased in the early years of my return to modelling before my brain finally settled on what my modelling interests really were.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 17, 2014, 07:30:03 am
On the build front -

All 3 current builds - Sea Fury, Tempest and Karas had their prop ceremonies today so are finished. Pictures in the next few days. Then I want to sort the modelling area out before starting on the next tranche
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 19, 2014, 07:44:31 am
As promised here's pics of the latest 3 plus links

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics001-28.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics001-28.jpg.html)

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39408.msg652023.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39408.msg652023.html#new)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics005-23.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics005-23.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics009-14.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics009-14.jpg.html)

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39409.msg652026.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39409.msg652026.html#new)

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 21, 2014, 07:32:54 am
Made a trip to the Farnborough model show yesterday, actually held in Frimley. Met up with Mike McEvoy and had a chat with Lance whilst adding to the stash. Nice medium size show. No wifs around that I could see but some wonderfull miniature military dioramas based on a carpet tile size piece of board. My favourites were the WWI trench raid and the German convoy in 1914. Infantry, cavalry and wagons all in what looked 15mm or OO/HO scale. Very, very well done.

Interesting journey. 2 1/2 hours there - 3 trains, 2 walks of about a mile each while the return journey took 3 hours. So 3 hours at a show and 5 1/2 traveling no wondered I was knackered last night. Can't do these long journeys and the activity in a day anymore  :banghead: Anyway the interesting part of the journey ? Whilst sitting awaiting my connection at Ash Vale (why is it your train arrives on platform 1 and the connection leaves on 2 giving you a 30min wait ? Ultimate sods law ! ) Anyway I'm sitting there reading the I and I hear gunfire ! Not just a shotgun but what sounds like LMG fire  :o No one else on the platform shows any sign of interest and I then remember Ash Vale is in the heart of the British Army's playground around Aldershot. Indeed there is a barracks just as you come into the station. During the afternoon wait I think there was mortar fire as well. Didn't realise the Army worked weekends whilst at home anymore ? Mind you could have been the Terriers ?

Interesting part of the world. The quality of the heathland for agricultural purposes ids next to useless so it's posh housing, even posher golf clubs and the Army. Interesting mix  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 22, 2014, 07:19:59 am
Finished phase one of the re-modelling of the modelling area. Desk and surrounds sorted. The multi drawer cabinet thingy I got in Claus Olsen worked a treat  :thumbsup:

Phase two involves drills, rawlplugs, screws and a couple of planks so that shall be left until my Telford builds are well on the way to completion
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Nick on September 22, 2014, 07:57:46 am
Finished phase one of the re-modelling of the modelling area. Desk and surrounds sorted. The multi drawer cabinet thingy I got in Claus Olsen worked a treat  :thumbsup:


Sounds good. Got any photos of your handiwork?
I'm intrigued by this multi drawer cabinet thing, how big is it?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 22, 2014, 08:05:43 am
I'll take some pics next time I have some finished models or part finished to take Nick

As for the cabinet it's 500mm x 160mm x 255mm. Picture here http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Organiser-Cabinet/Pr406980000 (http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Organiser-Cabinet/Pr406980000)

The drawers would be ideal if a little bigger but easily hold things the size of putty tubes (the small ones) and reels of masking tape (the large ones) plus all those other odds and ends that clutter the modelling area. I've even stuck little labels on each drawer sayings what's in it  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 22, 2014, 08:40:41 am
I'll take some pics next time I have some finished models or part finished to take Nick

As for the cabinet it's 500mm x 160mm x 255mm. Picture here http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Organiser-Cabinet/Pr406980000 (http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Organiser-Cabinet/Pr406980000)

All that for a tenner?  :o That sounds a good buy to me, but I bet my nearest Clas Ohlson is 40 miles away..... :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Mossie on September 23, 2014, 03:29:40 am
Glad their done Chris, I've been looking forward to the Karas, nice to see it with an explosive fish.  Like the orange spinner on the Tempest, looks right in Dutch markings.  The Sea Fury makes a good addition to your '46 BPF force. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 23, 2014, 07:09:02 am
I'll take some pics next time I have some finished models or part finished to take Nick

As for the cabinet it's 500mm x 160mm x 255mm. Picture here http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Organiser-Cabinet/Pr406980000 (http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Organiser-Cabinet/Pr406980000)

All that for a tenner?  :o That sounds a good buy to me, but I bet my nearest Clas Ohlson is 40 miles away..... :banghead:

Yup there aren't that many in the UK. They do mail order though
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 23, 2014, 07:23:27 am
Right started on the new Airfix Blenheim Mk I.

Like most recent Airfix new tools she is well and interestingly engineered. The instructions start with assembling the rear of the fuselage (which is split because of the forthcoming Mk IV) and then the undercarriage bays and wings before moving onto the cockpit. Like many will, I thought ah, split fuselage ? Make two fuselage halves first then glue together, easier to sort any seams. Well I didn't because I couldn't see how to then attach the fuselage to the wings. Better modellers then me will find a way but I wasn't contemplating my navel for a couple of hours as I wanted to model  ;D (strangely think I might have an idea now and I'll look at my second kit when I get round to it). Anyway as said the kit is well engineered and indeed I think these new tool Airfix kits are designed by an engineer not a modeller. The fit so far is very good and again like most of their new tools any slight imperfection when you clean up sprue attachment points will cause problems, clean them up and it slots into place with a delightfull "click".

So I've now got the wings attached to the rear fuselage and after building the little peach of a seat I'm taking a break. The innards are very busy, with that glass nose they need to be, and I think it's a case of build whilst you are fresh. Don't attempt it if tired, mistakes/problems will occur. The seat is a case in point. It needs patience or super glue. I used super glue and it builds really well. If you are using normal cement then wait until one side frame has really dried before fitting the other one. Other wise I can see  :banghead:. As I said if you are feeling tired walk away.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on September 23, 2014, 07:55:23 am
As I said if you are feeling tired walk away.

Sage council from our Croydon  representative!!  This wise thought is applicable in most situations.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on September 23, 2014, 09:11:25 am
Sounds good.
The a host of great small scale armour and figures about,,,I love The plastic Soldier Company stuff in 1/72nd, and the Zvezda things too.  :wub:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 24, 2014, 07:23:03 am
I love The plastic Soldier Company stuff in 1/72nd,

It's very good, isn't it ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 24, 2014, 07:33:26 am
Realised my first comments on the Blenheim build may have sounded a little like teaching Granny to suck eggs ? Apologies if it did so but I was really aiming the comments at modellers like myself who are probably in the middle (or muddle in my case) of the modelling spectrum. It is such a nice kit that you are tempted to move quickly whereas the method of construction needs some patience as there are a lot of parts in the various sub assemblies and you need to let them dry properly before moving on to the next stage in the sub assembly..

Having said that the sub assembly method does mean you can work on stuff whilst others are drying and it is a lovely kit.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on September 24, 2014, 11:18:53 am
Hey....who you calling "Granny"???
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 25, 2014, 07:40:37 am
Sorry Gramps  ;D

Anyway went to the Dr's this morning for my quarterly B.P. check and whilst there the nurse (who definitely puts my blood pressure up  :wub:) grabbed my arm and said "ah you might as well have your flue jab while you are here". So before it kicks in and I get a couple of manky days (doesn't always happen) I did a little bit of work on the Blenheim. Started to get the engines pre painted and ready for assembly. They are another sub-assembly you can do and put to one side. You get the option of closed or open cowling gills as well  :thumbsup:

I'm also on the look out for a decent "dark leather" shade of acrylic paint as the Humbrol one is very light and the various leather shades I have in the old Authentics range aren't what I want either. So I look at the GW website for the Citadel range. Now do they speak English over there ? Various types of paints and finishes but can I find something that would suit, can I heck. gave up in the end and will resort to horror of horrors mixing a shade I want  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 26, 2014, 07:02:55 am
"ah you might as well have your flue jab while you are here". So before it kicks in and I get a couple of manky days (doesn't always happen)

Flue jab kicked in. Brain not in the same place as my body today (had a real "moment" whilst travelling this a.m.  :rolleyes:) so no progress
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 28, 2014, 08:01:03 am
Well the flue jab lurgie lasted about a day so back modelling on the Blenheim.

Very unusually for me this is the only kit I have on the bench. It's modular/sub-assembly nature means you can work on various bits whilst waiting for others to dry. Once painting has started I will start on my Danish Hurricane.

Anyway the sub assemblies all came together this afternoon and it went very well  :thumbsup: So painting can start this week. Must admit however I think all my work on the innards wont be that visible. Shame because it looks both busy and good. Makes you realise how cramped the Mk I was. Still no problem I enjoy working on interiors even if I am the only one who knows they are there. I think it's the detail painting. Takes me back to my wargame figure painting days ?

One thing I hadn't mentioned about this kit is that the numbering on the sprues is sequential, so on sprue C for instance part C1 will be on the left hand side of the sprue and the numbers work sequentially to the right, none of the usual crazy number jumble, so well done Airfix.

Also while building her I noticed the family resemblance to the Beaufighter. She really is the latter aircraft's little Granny. I think it's the fact you assemble her without the canopy and nose that makes this stand out. Anyway that got me thinking of a dedicated, solid nosed mark I fighter rather then the gun tray slung underneath. Twin seater, pilot and air gunner. Maybe 2 x 20mm and 2 x 0.303 in a solid nose. A baby Beau ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on September 28, 2014, 09:38:27 am
Check page 1 of this thread, Chris: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234922730-pdu-blenheims-193940/

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 28, 2014, 09:59:17 am
Check page 1 of this thread, Chris: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234922730-pdu-blenheims-193940/



Blimey, that thread's a can of worms if ever I saw one. People trying to determine actual colours from B&W ortho film photos are REALLY pushing their luck!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on September 28, 2014, 11:41:50 am
Check page 1 of this thread, Chris: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234922730-pdu-blenheims-193940/



Blimey, that thread's a can of worms if ever I saw one. People trying to determine actual colours from B&W ortho film photos are REALLY pushing their luck!

Only pointing Chris to the turretless Mk.I, Kit, nowt else.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 28, 2014, 02:17:24 pm
Check page 1 of this thread, Chris: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234922730-pdu-blenheims-193940/



Blimey, that thread's a can of worms if ever I saw one. People trying to determine actual colours from B&W ortho film photos are REALLY pushing their luck!

Only pointing Chris to the turretless Mk.I, Kit, nowt else.

I guessed that Dave, but one just HAS to ead the rest of the thread.  :lol:

It looks as if they modified two Blenheims without turrets, all in the interests of low drag, and they only gained 18 kts!  :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 29, 2014, 06:32:16 am
Check page 1 of this thread, Chris: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234922730-pdu-blenheims-193940/



Blimey, that thread's a can of worms if ever I saw one. People trying to determine actual colours from B&W ortho film photos are REALLY pushing their luck!

Only pointing Chris to the turretless Mk.I, Kit, nowt else.

Very much so. Thank you sir  :thumbsup: She's a pretty little thing with the "solid" nose and I'll have to build her now. Malta based ?

As for the rest of the thread. I'm afraid I work on the principle of LTS (Lifes to short) unless you are truly interested in such things and I skip read it. Best of luck to them however if they can improve our knowledge, although you get the impression they will just get more confused ?  :blink: Research like this is a nightmare and you can never get everyone to agree.
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 29, 2014, 06:35:50 am
Thinking about a solid nosed Blenheim fighter I suppose she would be a competitor for the Gloster F9/37 ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 30, 2014, 07:08:28 am
Well the Blenheim is now drying after her wash prior to commencing painting. I see Eduard have produced a canopy mask for this kit now, may well think about it for my second one. See how my standard painted tape method goes with her, but there's a lot of framing.

Thing I hadn't mentioned was that there are a fair few unused parts on the sprues. Bits for the forthcoming Mk IV, which I was undecided about but having built this, I definitely will be adding to the stash.

Whilst awaiting for the Blenheim to dry I started on a P.72's innards
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 02, 2014, 07:31:40 am
Had a bit of  :banghead: :banghead: with the Blenheim. Not the kits fault but a combination of things. I wanted to do the undersides Aluminum to go with the Belgian AF Hurricane. Started on it with an aerosol of Humbrol 56 and "pzzzzzzz"  :-\ So no worries as I've a tin (is a plastic tub a tin ?) which was duly shaken/stirred until it had no idea what day of the week it was. Unfortunately no matter how much it was shaken it just didn't come out at all well. The paint seems to need shaking/stirring every 30 seconds or so as it quickly thickens up. It also dries quite quickly and this causes problems with brush strokes (I've had this with Tamiya as well). To cap it all it has dried very grainy and there were specks of what I can only call metallic pigment on/in the surface layer causing an exceptionally rough finish  :banghead:

So after looking at it a few times, waiting overnight and trying to convince myself it could be saved with a few coats of Future/Klear I bit the bullet and decided she will have a light grey underside which is what the Battles had, although I've seen at least one profile of a Belgian Battle with a light blue underside.

I also opened the Airfix Battle box to look at the transfers and they are absolute ****, really are unusable. Now this kit is from what I tend to call the Airfix "Americas Boxing" period when they had photos of a built model on the box top. It's also in a rather turgid dark green plastic similar to some Heller kits (was this the tie up period ? - just looked and it's made in France so probably was). No problem with the plastic but the boxing does remind me of some of Airfix's darker days. Not a problem however as I have loads of suitable Belgian markings and the individual aircraft markings are easily found on many a generic sheet.

Also got the P.72 assembled and it went together very well. Fuselage seam needs very little attention whilst the wing root needs more but it's a gap easily dealt with.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on October 02, 2014, 09:36:16 am
When I did my Nottingham GR2 a few years back, I brush painted the aluminum on. At first it looked terrible, but I then 'wet&dried' sanded it with very fine grit sandpaper, painted it again, did the 'wet&dry' again painted again --- did that about six times and got a great finish
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Post by: Mossie on October 03, 2014, 02:15:39 am
Also try a coat of Klear between every metallic coat.  I use Citadel Paints metallics and they go on lovely but don't overcoat well, a coat of Klear sorts this out.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 03, 2014, 07:25:01 am
Thanks for the tips lads.

I use Citadel metallic for smaller jobs and as you say Mossie they work well. I wanted that slightly grey used aluminium look (which is oxidised Al) for this one which is why I used H56. It would be ok for small parts, I've used it, and the aerosol is fine for large areas. Should have looked at my Humbrol Metalcoats as I have both polished Al and Al in them  :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 05, 2014, 07:12:28 am
Not much done this weekend but the Blenheim now has her top sides painted. So can get her Futured tomorrow and then start getting the transfers on.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 07, 2014, 06:56:13 am
Well I've made a start on the Blenheim's canopy framing and then the Eduard masking set drops through the letter box ! That was always intended for the 2nd kit however.

So should get the markings on tomorrow or Thursday and then I can add the engines/nacelles as they are self contained models in their own right and just slip on. After that it's just the mid upper turret, smaller bits and bobs and then varnish which because I got in front of myself (I blame my cold) will be brushed  :banghead: So should be finished by the weekend.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 08, 2014, 06:59:40 am
Blenheim canopy and turret framing are done  :thumbsup:

A little while ago I mentioned the tray box I got in Clas Ohlson and said I'd post pics next time I had the camera out.

Well here it is plus a couple of more general shots of my work area. No comments about the wallpaper, they've been done before and besides I only decorate the main living quarters. Basically the living room, main bedroom and kitchen ; and then only when I feel like it  :rolleyes:

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Bench1.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Bench1.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Bench3.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Bench3.jpg.html)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Bench2.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Bench2.jpg.html)
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Post by: PR19_Kit on October 08, 2014, 07:54:27 am
Good heavens Chris, that's an AMAZINGLY neat modelling bench!  :o

I'm most impressed.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: JayBee on October 08, 2014, 07:59:50 am
Astounding Chris, but how can you find anything in something so tidy?  :wacko:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 08, 2014, 08:02:25 am
I think that's because the Blenheim builds in such a way that you don't start anything else as you can just crack on with other sub assemblies whilst the rest is drying. I normally have 3 kits juggling for space on/around the bench. You can just make out the P-72 at the far left of the second photo which I started whilst paint was drying towards the end of the build process when the sub assemblies were done.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 08, 2014, 08:03:00 am
Astounding Chris, but how can you find anything in something so tidy?  :wacko:

That's what all the white labels are for Jim  ;D
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Post by: Rheged on October 08, 2014, 10:14:24 am
My sons suggest that it is surely an indictable offence to be so well organised as a master whiffer!!

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Post by: Radish on October 08, 2014, 10:23:15 am
Gosh.
What pretty curtains. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Nick on October 08, 2014, 11:15:49 am
Nice and tidy! I need a desktop storage thing to keep my workbench clear.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: JayBee on October 08, 2014, 11:50:33 am
Astounding Chris, but how can you find anything in something so tidy?  :wacko:

That's what all the white labels are for Jim  ;D

Aye Right!  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 10, 2014, 06:56:02 am
Transfers are on the Blenheim and they are settling down under a coat of Klear. Not many of them so they took no time at all. Must admit the light grey wing walkway is taking some getting used to as you normally associate this type of thing with black or very dark grey.

Hopefully get her to the "just about finished" stage this weekend as there are a host of final bits to add and I'm not sure I'll get her varnished.
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Post by: Radish on October 10, 2014, 11:59:12 am
Crackin....looks far too complicated for me though.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 11, 2014, 07:10:13 am
Well the Blenheim is complete just needs to let the touch ups dry and then she can be varnished. Get that done tomorrow.

As said before she's a really nice build and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. There are a few miss-numbered parts on the instruction sheet but it's obvious what the correct part is. Mainly a case of right number, wrong sprue so not to confusing.

Lots of extra parts for the spares box  :thumbsup: Some are from the forthcoming Mk IV and others from the various options in the kit. Must admit I could not see why you get 2 sets of undercarriage doors until I twigged one set is for the undercarriage retracted build. As far as I can see the only difference is the location spot for the retracted struts, so well done Airfix. You also get 3 Lewis/Vickers K guns which has me slightly baffled. The Mk I has 1 gun, some Mk IV's had 2 in the turret and there's no difference between the mouldings. You also get what look like twin .303 Browning's and that rear firing one so as said the "guns" box in the spares box had a bumper feed. I suppose the forthcoming Mk IV will explain it all.

One of the unused options got me thinking. You get 2 racks and 8 20lb/28lb ? bombs for the under fuselage (a fit I've not seen before) so I'm thinking a Hurricane Mk I in desert colours with these under the wings  ;D :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on October 12, 2014, 05:37:06 am
The bombs are probably for trainer options.  Or a possible Finnish boxing?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 12, 2014, 07:36:52 am
The bombs are probably for trainer options.  Or a possible Finnish boxing?

I thought Finnish Lee. The kit instructions do show how to fit them as an option for this boxing though.

Anyway she is varnished so pics will be taken during the week sometime. I'm probably only 70% or so happy with her. Nothing to do with the kit as it's superb but I made a couple of silly errors, had a problem with paint which was down to me being lazy/in a rush and finally got in front of myself somewhat which meant I had to brush varnish her which never looks good when I do it. At the end of it all I still enjoyed the build which is what its all about  :thumbsup:

Anyway I'll remember what I screwed up when I build the next 2  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on October 12, 2014, 07:53:12 am
That kit sounds awesome. I can't wait to see it here...who doesn't love to fill the spares box ? That's probably why I keep buying the new Typhoon and P-51 kits every time I see them.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 13, 2014, 06:46:52 am
Well here's the finished Blenheim

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39530.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39530.new.html#new)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics002-30.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics002-30.jpg.html)
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Post by: Radish on October 14, 2014, 02:03:53 am
Nice. Very nice indeed. :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mossie on October 14, 2014, 02:08:30 am
Nice build Chris.  The roundels make it look quite different somehow.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 14, 2014, 07:39:17 am
While working on my P72's prop/spinner assembly yesterday a memory from the past hit me.

Now I usually have trouble with yellow and red when it comes to brush painting and my prop tips can end up with a hefty coat of paint. The memory that hit me was from my old wargaming days when I used to use pink as an undercoat for yellow. At least I thought I'd remembered correctly. Anyway  quickly mixed up a quite stark pink (unlike Rad who probably has loads of different shades in his paint collection I have none  :rolleyes:) and applied it. Put the yellow on this morning and the memory came up with a good one  :thumbsup: Worked a treat and only needed one coat  ;D

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on October 14, 2014, 08:43:23 am
True.
I have many shades of pink in the locker.... :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 16, 2014, 07:14:45 am
Hurricane is assembled and has had a little PPP in some of the seams. A better modeller then me wouldn't have even needed that  :thumbsup: Get her spot primed next and then primed if she and the weather are ok.

This one is for Telford and will be Danish armed with 2 20mm cannon instead of the 20mm armed Fokker DXXI's they had. I've filled in the m.g. cartridge chutes and put plates over the m.g. tubes themselves. The cannon are from the Freightdog set for the RAF Hurricane that had them fitted experimentally and wonderfull castings they are to. Fit is immaculate  :bow: I'll use Colin's corrected wheels on a real world build. Must admit most of the time spent on this so far has been in detail painting the cockpit, which will all disappear once the canopy goes on.

The P.72 is together and will be primed at the same time as the Hurricane.

I'll probably start on something new at the weekend as these two will be at the - coat of paint ; leave to dry stage. I feel the need for a Welkin coming on. Either real world or S.E.A.C. to counter all those high flying Japanese recce types in 1946.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on October 16, 2014, 08:01:57 am
Welkom sounds good ! Don't see a lot of those....

I use flat yellow as a primer then I can usually get away with one coat of gloss. Might try the pink act tho, see how that works !

 :cheers:
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 19, 2014, 06:49:55 am
The Hurricane and P-72 have been primed and painting has started.

I've cleaned up the Welkin has hads it's parts cleaned up, which didn't take long, and been washed. I'll start assembly/painting some time during the week when a gap appears during Hurricane/P-72 paint work.

This twin engine thing is getting a little unsettling, been eyeing a couple of others in the stash
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on October 20, 2014, 03:25:52 am
Impressive...... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 20, 2014, 07:20:49 am
In looking at the Danish Fokkers on the web the upper colours are described as green and light brown. So I decided to mix a suitable light brown colour from Dark earth and Middle Stone (more of the latter) and I got the shade I wanted but two coats latter it still looks streaky/blotchy  :banghead: Anyway looking through my paints I discovered a White Ensign Italian WII shade that is almost an exact match for the colour I mixed, so result  :thumbsup:

I just have to remember enamel over acrylic good or bad ? Think I'll overcoat with Future just to be on the safe side before using the White Ensign paint.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 21, 2014, 07:17:26 am
They always say "it will look better in the morning" or my mum did anyway, and she was right this time.

The Hurricanes light brown colour didn't look quite so bad so I mixed up another small batch. Luckily I remembered the ratios (I use the dollop measuring method) and managed to replicate it. Anyway after a third light coat it looks quite nice  :thumbsup: So that's some time saved. She can have her Klear coats tomorrow and transfers over the weekend.

Slow progress continues on the P.72. She would have got her undersides sprayed today but it's blowing a gale out there so  didn't venture onto the balcony spray can in hand  :blink:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on October 21, 2014, 08:03:51 am
Would that be a British Standard Dollop or a Metric Dollop?  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on October 21, 2014, 11:52:22 am
Would that be a British Standard Dollop or a Metric Dollop?  ;D
I had  exactly the same thought! Or perhaps our revered compatriot uses Apothecary's  Measures.
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Post by: Gondor on October 21, 2014, 12:18:48 pm
Would that be a British Standard Dollop or a Metric Dollop?  ;D
I had  exactly the same thought! Or perhaps our revered compatriot uses Apothecary's  Measures.

How many cubits is that?

Gondor
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Post by: Captain Canada on October 21, 2014, 06:02:14 pm
Would that be a British Standard Dollop or a Metric Dollop?  ;D

lol

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 22, 2014, 07:02:07 am
Would that be a British Standard Dollop or a Metric Dollop?  ;D

British Standard obviously Kit. I think the metric equivalent is the "Dollopi" not sure about that but I seem to remember it being used in some Euronorms * that were prating on about standards whilst I was gainfully employed.

I think our US cousins use the short dollop ?

Oh how I miss the daily delights of Euronorms and Commission Journals  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: JayBee on October 22, 2014, 07:08:37 am
In the far East one must assume that it would a dorrop.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 22, 2014, 07:09:51 am
Yes but long or short ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 26, 2014, 08:15:41 am
Progress  ;D

Hurricane now just needs to be varnished which I'll get done on Monday hopefully and then her clear parts adding and she's done.

The P-72 is coming along. Started painting the upper colours today and at the moment she looks a tad bright but that will settle down once the second colour goes on.

Started on another Airfix Hurricane Mk I fabric wing  :thumbsup:. I just wanted something to work on whilst finishing the P-72 and I didn't want to get into any involved builds until after Telford. Which will probably be post Christmas as Telford can leave me a little "modelled out" at times  :mellow: This one will be out of the box but Greek.

Regarding the Hurricane one thing I would advise is to get as much assembled as you can before painting as the tolerances are very tight and even a layer of paint can play havoc with ease of fit. I used Maskol on some area's for my current build and it helped quite a lot.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: JayBee on October 26, 2014, 08:42:49 am
I think it would be an inscrutable one.  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 26, 2014, 08:56:54 am
Really threw me there Jim (lucky I lost weight  :rolleyes:) and then I realised you were commenting on the Oriental Dollop  ;D
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Post by: PR19_Kit on October 26, 2014, 01:09:10 pm
Oriental Dollop  ;D

Oriental DoRRop!   ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on October 26, 2014, 03:51:38 pm
Oriental DoRRop!   ;D

That's just razy lacism, Kit!
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Post by: Captain Canada on October 26, 2014, 04:17:09 pm
P-72....can't wait !

 :wub:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 30, 2014, 07:09:28 am
Well the Hurricane is almost done. I got the canopy framing done today so she just needs a couple of bits and bobs finishing and she's done in time for Telford.

Probably won't get much more done between finishing her and Telford and then I normally suffer a bit of a hiatus post Telford for some reason ?  :-\
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on October 30, 2014, 04:10:14 pm
Probably won't get much more done between finishing her and Telford and then I normally suffer a bit of a hiatus post Telford for some reason ?  :-\

Hangover perhaps  :drink:  ;)

More like it being the focal point of the model year, lots of walking around, lots of looking at decent models, lots of chatting and inspiration, so post show many tend to chill out and then its the start of the Christmas season  :party:. Things dont really get back to normal till the new year, as even if you get the mojo back your just too busy elsewhere to put it to good use.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 31, 2014, 08:46:46 am
Spot on I think Geoff. Once back from Telford I do need to start thinking about Crimbo
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 01, 2014, 06:58:37 am
Well Hurricane is finished  :thumbsup: So that's my Telford pair completed. I'll post pics of her and the short reasons for being early next week.

Must admit the last couple of stages had to be taken very slowly. I'm very tired at the moment, I think a combination of the clocks going back and it being so warm at night have screwed my sleep pattern, and that has a knock on effect of making my iffy eye even iffier  :blink: Means I can struggle with getting those small parts done. My distance judgement goes a tad and I tend to find myself "feeling" to fit a part. Forward, back, forward etc   :banghead: Still got there in the end, and with time to spare

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 02, 2014, 01:48:18 am
Well here's the finished Hurricane with link to the finished build thread

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39608.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39608.new.html#new)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/ModelPics001-30.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/ModelPics001-30.jpg.html)
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Post by: Radish on November 02, 2014, 11:00:12 am
Nice one.....I've still got lots to do....ah well. :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Weaver on November 02, 2014, 11:10:07 am
Would that be a British Standard Dollop or a Metric Dollop?  ;D

British Standard obviously Kit. I think the metric equivalent is the "Dollopi" not sure about that but I seem to remember it being used in some Euronorms * that were prating on about standards whilst I was gainfully employed.

I think our US cousins use the short dollop ?

Oh how I miss the daily delights of Euronorms and Commission Journals  :rolleyes:


Would have thought the metric equivalent would be the Doloppe. There's probably a European Standard Doloppe sitting in a climate controlled room in a science institute in Paris against which all other Doloppes are calibrated...
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 02, 2014, 01:23:40 pm
Would that be a British Standard Dollop or a Metric Dollop?  ;D

British Standard obviously Kit. I think the metric equivalent is the "Dollopi" not sure about that but I seem to remember it being used in some Euronorms * that were prating on about standards whilst I was gainfully employed.

I think our US cousins use the short dollop ?

Oh how I miss the daily delights of Euronorms and Commission Journals  :rolleyes:


Would have thought the metric equivalent would be the Doloppe. There's probably a European Standard Doloppe sitting in a climate controlled room in a science institute in Paris against which all other Doloppes are calibrated...

I can just  imagine that, yes.

I once saw the Metre Standard, and it was in a special chamber at the BIPM in Sevres, but it's not used these days as they use some measurement of wavelengths of light I think.

Of course the Imperial Standard Dollop is held at the NPL in Teddington, but they have to ensure it doesn't get knocked every day as the canteen borrow it every lunchtime to dole out the custard.
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 11, 2014, 07:30:16 am
Got back from Telford Monday afternoon and was absolutely cream crackered. Poor journey both up and back. Indeed I'll be getting a refund on both, they were that late. Signaling problems plus an incident on Friday which usually means either a fatal or near fatal accident so someone's journey was worse then mine so I can't complain.

Great show and it was fun to meet up with everyone  :thumbsup: The What If stand was one of our better ones, so well done lads  :bow: :bow: Less is best.

Best young lady behind a trade stand award went to White Ensign this year  :wub: and she smiled at me  ;D One year when I no longer wish to be an IPMS member I'm actually going to propose this award  :rolleyes:

I think I got photo's of all the models on the stand (apologies if I missed anyone's) and I'll get them on site over the next few days.

It will probably take me a few weeks to get my modelling mojo back. You think the show would inspire me but it actually just knackers me  :banghead: Still great fun though and already looking forward to next year.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on November 11, 2014, 08:45:56 am

It will probably take me a few weeks to get my modelling mojo back. You think the show would inspire me but it actually just knackers me  :banghead: Still great fun though and already looking forward to next year.

That may depend on when the other Blenhiem, the Dornier and maybe the Swift appear, and then of course there is the new Defiant due next Jan !
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Dork the kit slayer on November 11, 2014, 09:29:22 am


I think our US cousins use the short dollop ?
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Your probably right about that. I remember loading coal in Norfolk (VA) and to get down to our salt water marks we had to put a(Short) Dollop in the fwd hatch....when we discharged in Italy we had to take out  a couple of a metric dollops of ballast to get our fresh water allowance.  All very confusing.
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 12, 2014, 07:04:22 am

It will probably take me a few weeks to get my modelling mojo back. You think the show would inspire me but it actually just knackers me  :banghead: Still great fun though and already looking forward to next year.

That may depend on when the other Blenhiem, the Dornier and maybe the Swift appear, and then of course there is the new Defiant due next Jan !

True oh so very true Geoff  ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 12, 2014, 07:06:15 am


I think our US cousins use the short dollop ?
Your probably right about that. I remember loading coal in Norfolk (VA) and to get down to our salt water marks we had to put a(Short) Dollop in the fwd hatch....when we discharged in Italy we had to take out  a couple of a metric dollops of ballast to get our fresh water allowance.  All very confusing.
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Ah Ocean Salinity and a certain Mr Plimsol. Did that in science at school and it's stayed with me since then. Old Mr Brock (great name for a science master) had a novel method of getting you to retain information involving a size 13 plimsoll
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 13, 2014, 06:45:29 am
Got my 2015 calendar today and it's given me an idea  ;D

I always get the "Legends of WW II" aircraft calendar and this years aircraft in calendar order are -

Gladiator
Dakota
Beaufort - I'm certain the pic is actually a Beaufighter  :banghead:
Spitfire
Whirlwind
Mosquito
Blenheim IV
Kittyhawk
Hurricane
Stirling
Mustang
Defiant
Tiger Moth

All in RAF/Commonwealth AF markings.

The idea ? Each month build a model of the aircraft featured. I only need to get a Dakota and Stirling. Like most good ideas however that's probably what it will stay
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Post by: Mossie on November 13, 2014, 08:27:30 am
Go for it Chris!  Put the Dak and the Stirling on the Christmas list and your on your way. :wacko:
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 19, 2014, 06:47:40 am
Still not got started after Telford but I know what I'm going to do when I start again, probably next week. The Hurricane and P-72 will hopefully get finished before Christmas as I now have a spare canopy for the P-72 in case the one under masking tape has been screwed which I think it has  :-\ Then in the New Year my SEAC B-26 will get done along with a couple of other I.A.H. projects.

However I have been working on modelling/hobby related things.

As an aside I am now officially old. Not only have I had my older persons bus/train/tram/underground/overground free travel pass for 9 months I got my winter heating allowance today  :thumbsup: Finally after 40 odd year of paying in I start to get something back  ;D
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Post by: Radish on November 23, 2014, 05:24:42 am
Good man!!
That SEAC B-26 will be perfect for BIGGLES 2015!!!! :thumbsup:

Still got lots to finish this week...... :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 23, 2014, 07:29:20 am
I must admit it was the Biggles 2015 theme that brought the planned build to the forefront of my thoughts  :rolleyes:

Anyway been writing Christmas cards, got cramp in the fingers and I'm only half way through  :blink:
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Post by: Radish on November 23, 2014, 10:21:10 am
Time for a beer!! :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 28, 2014, 06:25:08 am
First modelling since the week prior to Telford  :thumbsup: The post Telford inertia normally takes to the New Year to disperse so although I only got some painting done on my P-72 (and it was a spur of the moment thing) I'm quite pleased  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on November 30, 2014, 02:29:00 am
Just a thanks to Mossie on the Forum for giving me a practical solution to a problem I've been mulling over for a good few months.

I've been trying to work out what the French AF would use as roundels in my Far East scenario (note they are not Free French as France fights on from the colonies in the scenario). I had a discussion with Mossie and one of his suggestions was to just have a very thin outer red roundel. That to me is a very Gallic solution and practical from my point of view so it will be adopted.

Cheers Mossie  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 02, 2014, 06:16:38 am
Got the P-72 glossed, so can start thinking about getting her markings on now, but I may have to have another look at the canopy to fuselage join as I'm not particularly happy with it.

Hopefully just keep doing odd bits and bobs until Xmas is done and dusted and then get down to some serious modelling.

On a completely different note. I got my new HMRC Tax Statement this morning. Now apart from telling me my earnings/tax/tax rate etc on the back it has an interesting breakdown of where my money went. Now not getting into the politics of the thing but it was very interesting and enlightening. Lets just say a couple of the numbers and rankings surprised me. So well done HMRC, it's always nice to actually know rather then just moan about things based on assumptions.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Mossie on December 02, 2014, 06:27:53 am
Just a thanks to Mossie on the Forum for giving me a practical solution to a problem I've been mulling over for a good few months.

I've been trying to work out what the French AF would use as roundels in my Far East scenario (note they are not Free French as France fights on from the colonies in the scenario). I had a discussion with Mossie and one of his suggestions was to just have a very thin outer red roundel. That to me is a very Gallic solution and practical from my point of view so it will be adopted.

Cheers Mossie  :thumbsup:
Your welcome mate. :thumbsup:  Just kind of throwing ideas out, glad it's useful. :party:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 11, 2014, 06:25:02 am
Just been doing a little tinkering with both the P 72 and Hurricane which I'm quite please about as I don't normally get much modelling done between Telford and January.

Did a little more work on the P 72 canopy and she looks a little better now. Started putting transfers on her this morning. Using some Revell ones and the Stars and Bars on the same sheet couldn't be more different. Only used the wing ones and one came off the backing straight away the other took an age ??

On a different not I went up my local bakers this am and popped in Nero's for a coffee. Sitting inside were 8 coppers having their break ! And they were beat coppers, helmet rather then flat cap. Now I've no idea where on earth they go on beat because I haven't seen one around here out of a car in ages. It got me thinking and I realised I don't even know where the nearest Police Station is any more. It's probably Croydon ? But we used to have 3 within walking distance and I've been a "guest" at one. DIC of a pair of feet one Xmas many years ago  :drink: Not having a go as it's a sign of the times but it's just such a change since I was a kid when we knew the local beat copper and indeed he'd sometimes have a bit of a kick around with us a-la Norman Wisdom  ;D
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Post by: zenrat on December 12, 2014, 09:34:17 pm
You didn't get the urge to "go all Bertie Wooster" and nick off with one of their helmets?  ;)

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Post by: kitbasher on December 13, 2014, 01:07:48 am
On a different not I went up my local bakers this am and popped in Nero's for a coffee. Sitting inside were 8 coppers having their break ! And they were beat coppers, helmet rather then flat cap. Now I've no idea where on earth they go on beat because I haven't seen one around here out of a car in ages.

Were they strippergrams, maybe?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 13, 2014, 05:42:10 am
You didn't get the urge to "go all Bertie Wooster" and nick off with one of their helmets?  ;)


I've known 2 people who did that many, many year ago. One was an old boss - Old Etonian and ex Cambridge Blue - did it Boat Race night and it was treated as a prank. The other was a mate - Old Ashburton boy and Croydon Tech College - very nearly got sent down for 21 days ! In the end one of the Magistrates talked the Colonel Blimp senior magistrate into fining him £10 which was more then a weeks wages then for most of us lads.

My how times have changed  :rolleyes:

On a different not I went up my local bakers this am and popped in Nero's for a coffee. Sitting inside were 8 coppers having their break ! And they were beat coppers, helmet rather then flat cap. Now I've no idea where on earth they go on beat because I haven't seen one around here out of a car in ages.

Were they strippergrams, maybe?

Hope not all fella's  ;D

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 13, 2014, 05:47:48 am
Back to modelling  :rolleyes:

P-72 now has a full set of transfers. I'm using some Revell P-47 ones and they are nice (apart from the previously mentioned delay some have from detaching themselves form the backing sheet), however the instructions ??? Revell's usual A5 sheet which wouldn't be to bad if a bit crowded but they have used a horrible differention for the colours on the 4 view. Very, very difficult to make out with all the dots and darker dots, absolutely horrible.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 16, 2014, 06:11:00 am
Slow progress but any progress at this time of year is good for me  :thumbsup:

The P-72 is now standing on her own legs had to drill and pin them but they seem quite sturdy now. I won't get this finished before Xmas but she should get done in the New Year along with the next Hurricane. Then I can start on a couple of twin engine jobs, real world and Wif
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 19, 2014, 06:23:17 am
I took advantage of the bright day and managed to get the P-72 varnished out on the balcony. Decided to use a satin varnish rather then my usual matt. Not sure why exactly but I just didn't think a matt finish would suit the colour scheme. Strange how the brain works at time ? Anyhow it's come out quite nice.

I'll get it's canopy unmasked in the next day or so and that will probably be the last bit of progress before Christmas. Must admit I'm a little worried about this bit as I had "fun" getting the canopy faired in and it may be a nasty surprise when the masking comes off. Oh well fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 20, 2014, 05:14:14 am
Must admit I'm a little worried about this bit as I had "fun" getting the canopy faired in and it may be a nasty surprise when the masking comes off. Oh well fingers crossed.

Canopy not as bad as I'd feared and anyway it's my fault so can't complain. Gave it the toothpaste treatment followed by a coat of Klear and it looks better for it  :thumbsup:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on December 20, 2014, 09:33:30 am
How do you 'fair in' your canopies Chris?

I ask because I had the devil of a job doing the same on my Hunter T12. It's OK, but only just passable really.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on December 21, 2014, 02:09:04 am
With difficulty is the short answer Kit and I'm not being flippant.

I now use PPP and a damp finger after first masking off the bits I want to remain clear. Previously I used other fillers which I always found too coarse and to be honest I've never been really satisfied with the results. The P-72 still isn't great but that's because I didn't fit it that well in the first place. I got fixated on one side of it and didn't notice the bigger problem with the other side  :banghead: I like the model but she won't be going anywhere other then my own display case.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on December 21, 2014, 03:51:36 am
I must try this PPP stuff got the more delicate work then, thanks for the tip.
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 23, 2014, 06:31:41 am
I'm drawing a line under 2014. I'm coming down with something and although a couple of bottles of claret should sort it  :cheers: I am feeling a tad rough. Get Xmas and New Year out of the way then up north for 10 days so. Means in all probability I'll hit the bench and finish the P-72 in middle Jan.

So have a good one lads and enjoy the time of year

Chris
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Post by: Captain Canada on December 23, 2014, 07:25:34 am
Merry Christmas Chris !

I think today might be my last as well, get the model stuff all packed away so the inevitable house brats don't hurt themselves, lose or break anything.

 :tornado:
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Post by: Radish on December 23, 2014, 10:28:20 am
Merry Christmas......

Getting rid of the wife to New York after Christmas, a week of bliss (for me at least :banghead:).

So Partying, plastic, more partying, etc.....she returns sometime in January.

 :cheers: :drink: :party: :party: :drink: :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 03, 2015, 05:39:54 am
A little bit of fiddling going on before I travel Oooop North to see the family.

P-72 is on the final straight. Done a little more work on the Hurricane Mk I and started to do a little pre assembly painting on the Welkin. Also got the Invader out of it's box and sorted out the transfers for her so I know what she'll be done as. So there's my workload post Newcastle unless I pick up a new tool Swift and defiant
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Post by: Captain Canada on January 03, 2015, 08:24:56 am
Cool. Look forward to seeing the Invader get going. I think the boy has a game out of town next weekend ( or the weekend after ) so I hope to hit the big shop in Kitchener and see what they have in stock for the new Airfix kits.

 :cheers:
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 04, 2015, 01:56:27 am
Been pondering the stash over the last few days and I think that 2015 may be the year of the twin. I've a lot in the stash and very few built so I may make a start on a few this year, both real and wif world.

Those in contention are the Welkin and Invader already mentioned and in no particular order. Blenheim, Beaufort, Beaufighter, Mosquito, B.25, B.28, Do-17, Whirlwind and Hornet (both RAF & FAA)

Should keep me busy  :rolleyes:

Determined to up the production rate this year

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on January 12, 2015, 10:17:16 am
I like the year of the twin ! You might have to twin yourself to keep up tho  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 20, 2015, 07:42:08 am
Still no progress post Xmas. To cold in the model room although it is supposed to warm up a little latter in the week.

Still catching up on my reading and I always find January the month when I tidy up my filing (electronic and paper) and my drawers and cupboards etc. The filing is a throwback to work when Jan was the "sort the paper filing" month, no idea where the household tidy came from  :blink:

I may well start on some general prep work on a tray on my lap if the weather doesn't warm up. Loads of ideas and real world builds I want to get started on but I must finish a couple of "nearly theres" first.
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Post by: Dork the kit slayer on January 20, 2015, 09:07:51 am
 :wacko:Come along man,get it together their are people waiting to see results not filed paper(no matter how tidy) :dalek:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 25, 2015, 03:12:47 am
Right finally got my finger out, inspired by the new tool Airfix Defiant  :wub:

Got various sub assemblies assembled on a tray on my lap (work room still a tad chilly) and this morning got some painting done, including spraying the interiors out on the balcony. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Also got the delayed Hurricane's interiors sprayed up.

Detail painting on the interiors over the next few days and then they can be put together.
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Post by: The Wooksta! on January 25, 2015, 06:19:08 am
It just falls together, although the turret is a tad fiddly.  Mine's awaiting the filler being sanded off.
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Post by: Captain Canada on January 25, 2015, 05:17:30 pm
Sounds good. Looking forward to seeing the models of this new kit.

 :cheers:
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Post by: Thorvic on January 25, 2015, 11:49:49 pm
Right finally got my finger out, inspired by the new tool Airfix Defiant  :wub:


I had a feeling the new Defiant might act as a catalyst for your post Chrimbo building doldrums  ;D. Sounds like its a good build for you to have got stuck right into already.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 26, 2015, 07:01:04 am
Yup Geoff. It is a good build but it just looks so right on the sprues as well. Something about a lot of the new tool Airfix kits that just tempt you to get building straight away. Maybe there are pheromones in the plastic ?  :rolleyes:

Got the internals painted up and detailed today for both the Defiant and Hurricane. I know you won't see much through the canopy but I just find it relaxing. Won't be much done tomorrow, if anything, other things to do  :thumbsup: However should start on getting the main bits assembled weds/thurs.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 27, 2015, 07:28:13 am
Going to get another Airfix Defiant as it's a gorgeous kit  :wub: and have figured a wif for her. Thinking RAF Aden circa late 1942. Used for inshore patrol work. Desert camouflage with maybe two guns removed from the turret to lighten her and increase range ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on January 27, 2015, 08:16:46 am
I like it. Can't wait to see this kit. Such a lovely aeroplane !

 :cheers:
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Post by: Mossie on January 27, 2015, 09:18:19 am
Sounds good to me Chris.

How about Russia?  Remove the turret, have a guy in the back with a single gun.  It could even be a mini Šturmovík, as the Defiant had hard points for small bomb racks.  They were trialled on the prototype, but only the ASR variant used the points in service for the dinghy rack.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on January 27, 2015, 01:42:40 pm
The ASR variant sounded pretty interesting.....doesn't seem too much different tho. In the real world anyway !

http://gregers.fr.yuku.com/topic/14804/ASR-Defiant-1st-ever-Mod-using-resins-and-scratch-building#.VMfwHuk5DIU

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Mossie on January 27, 2015, 03:50:49 pm
Thanks for that, that's the closest I've come close to seeing of the dinghy stores.  I've got the Mushroom Model Publications book on the Defiant, the only pic is that one the modeller shows.

Another role I can think of is strafer.  Worst comes to worst, the invasion happens, send in Defiants with wing mounted bombs and let go with the turrets as the hordes run up the beaches.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on January 27, 2015, 10:44:09 pm
The ASR Defiant is on the Xtradecal sheet, although it doesnt mention where your supposed to get your dinghy pods and racks from !
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on January 27, 2015, 10:46:01 pm
Chris what about swapping out the BP quad .303 turret for the Martin twin .50 turret  ;D
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Post by: Mossie on January 27, 2015, 11:48:14 pm
Or a pair of Hisso's.   There's a few drawings of the proposal on the Defiant thread:
http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,27707.45.html
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on January 28, 2015, 01:08:25 am
Or a minigun that fell through a hole in the space time continuum.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 28, 2015, 07:09:41 am
Chris what about swapping out the BP quad .303 turret for the Martin twin .50 turret  ;D

I may well have one as well, but no, I think any coastal patrol Defiant will just have a 2 gun standard turret.

Anyway made progress and the Defiant is together whilst the Hurricane is ready to be closed up. The Defiant has gone together superbly. She looks as though she will need just a couple of swipes of Mr Surfacer in a couple of places and some PPP where I rather clumsily removed the lower wing from the sprue.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on January 28, 2015, 08:46:28 am
I bauguely recall seeing a pic somewhere of British single or possibly twin 20 mm cannon mid-upper style turret trials very early in the war. Or have I just made that up? Could that be a Defiant whif option?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Mossie on January 28, 2015, 09:20:01 am
Not sure about early war, but here's one in a Lanc:
(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/Mossie105/Aircraft/Avro%20Lancaster%2020mm%20Turret_1.jpg) (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Mossie105/media/Aircraft/Avro%20Lancaster%2020mm%20Turret_1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 28, 2015, 09:49:33 am
I wish those Master guys would make those 20mm guns in brass.

I've wanted to add that turret and gun combo to SO many models, but AFAIK there's never been a kit that had them. The up coming Airfix Shackleton will of course, but in styrene they'll still be a tad fragile.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Gondor on January 28, 2015, 09:53:10 am
I wish those Master guys would make those 20mm guns in brass.

I've wanted to add that turret and gun combo to SO many models, but AFAIK there's never been a kit that had them. The up coming Airfix Shackleton will of course, but in styrene they'll still be a tad fragile.

I am guessing that as we speak they will be looking at producing them as they know that the Airfix Shackleton will sell and I agree about wanting to add that turret to lots of models.

Gondor
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on January 29, 2015, 01:26:10 am
You could lighten things considerably and remove the turret and just have a couple of 0.5s, or perhaps just one, add a bomb/bombs and underwing dive brakes?

There was a Defiant in "Biggles Defends The Desert".

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 29, 2015, 07:22:49 am
Well the Defiant is now ready for paint  :thumbsup: Has been an absolute delight to build  :bow: :bow:

Hurricane is now assembled. Had to raid the spares box when I lost the carb. intake to the carpet monster. Luckily I had a Revell one (I think) from a Hurri built with a tropical filter. She will need a gentle touch of filler before paint.

The Airfix Hurricane Mk I has one piece which is an absolute pig to fit  :banghead:  You have to insert a reservoir/pipe combo into the wheel well. Now try as I might I've always struggled with this on all my kits. Indeed it probably took longer getting the thing in today than putting the entire airframe together did  :blink: Guy who designed the instruction sheet must be a sadist. Now I've no excuse as I've built a fair few and keep meaning to fit it at an earlier stage. Do I remember....do I heck  :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 29, 2015, 08:39:49 am
The Airfix Hurricane Mk I has one piece which is an absolute pig to fit  :banghead:  You have to insert a reservoir/pipe
combo into the wheel well. Now try as I might I've always struggled with this on all my kits.

Yes, that bit is a real swine to get in place. As I've got to build another Cyclone, the first one STILL not having turned up, :banghead: I'll learn from last time and not even bother with it as the wheel wells are blanked off anyway.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on January 30, 2015, 07:23:34 am
A little progress yesterday evening with a small amount of filler added to the Hurricane.

Also got the first of a couple of models that fit into my "Year of the Twin" theme from the stash. One is a long planned wif. The other ? Not sure, may wif her, may be real world
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 01, 2015, 07:08:49 am
Both the Defiant and Hurricane have had their undersides painted. Defiant can now be masked but the Hurricane needs at least one more coat. I'm using White Ensign enamel on this and there's been a slight problem covering the overspray from the wheel wells. Humbrol 56 spray can. Not sure if that is because of enamel over acrylic ? Going to get another Defiant next time I see one. This will be for my Coastal Patrol aircraft out of Aden.

Also a little fiddly work on the P-72. Drilled some tiny holes for the wing mg's to be fitted into. Current plan is that all 3 will hit the photo shop at the same time.

Washed my A-26 sprues so can start her now. This is the Italieri boxing of the glass nosed version so will be an RAF B-26. I also have the Revell boxing of the solid nosed A-26 in the stash.

The other twin will be the new tool Airfix Do.17 which will be a real world BoB build.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on February 03, 2015, 06:56:02 pm
Lots on the go ! The year of the twin sounds interesting !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 04, 2015, 07:55:43 am
Well its freezing in the model room so I've been doing some prep work and basic assembly on a couple of projects using my Humbrol Work Station and a picnic table.  ;D Get back to painting when it warms up.

Anyway as said some work done on the Italeri A-26. Plastic is a bit hard and the sprue gates are a bit of a  :banghead:, Some are fine but you do wonder why others are where they are ? There's some flash on this moulding which considering I got it when it was a new tool is a little disappointing. I think I will just spray the interior with a can of Humbrol dark green that I got for the two WWI guns I did for my mates 70th. I learned long ago that USAAF aircraft in particular tended to have a rather large diversity when it came to Interior green. There's lots of moulded detail on the interior parts which should repay some time spent as I think it will be fairly visible.

Also got some initial painting done of the new tool Airfix Do 17 which will be real world.

Finally I got the sprues washed on an Italeri Ca 313/314. I've been wondering what to do this as for a while. I'd initially thought French as they did get 2 but I've now decided she will be RAF. I'm just going to say that the first 50 of the real world order were delivered before Italy invaded France. It was the scenario in which to put it that was throwing me. Anyway I've now worked it out ad I have the transfers to boot  :thumbsup: She will be an RAF training aircraft caught up in the revolt at Habbaniya. The markings will come from the DP Casper Forgotten Operations sheet

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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 04, 2015, 08:03:53 am
She will be an RAF training aircraft caught up in the revolt at Habbaniya. The markings will come from the DP Casper Forgotten Operations sheet

Oooooh, do they do a sheet just on the Habbaniya Siege then? I didn't know that.....  ;D
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Post by: Librarian on February 04, 2015, 08:14:57 am

Finally I got the sprues washed on an Italeri Ca 313/314. I've been wondering what to do this as for a while.


Brave, brave man. That kit's a nightmare if I recall the distant past. When Caproni designed it he knew people would be making models in the future, he was in a bad mood and wanted to ruin their Saturdays....he succeeded ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 04, 2015, 08:38:21 am
She will be an RAF training aircraft caught up in the revolt at Habbaniya. The markings will come from the DP Casper Forgotten Operations sheet

Oooooh, do they do a sheet just on the Habbaniya Siege then? I didn't know that.....  ;D

Its on the Iraq revolution Kit. Got mine from the Big H but it's not in stock now. Like all their sheets it's stuffed to the rafters with options


Finally I got the sprues washed on an Italeri Ca 313/314. I've been wondering what to do this as for a while.


Brave, brave man. That kit's a nightmare if I recall the distant past. When Caproni designed it he knew people would be making models in the future, he was in a bad mood and wanted to ruin their Saturdays....he succeeded ;D

To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Thanks  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Captain Canada on February 04, 2015, 05:51:27 pm
Sounds like an interesting scenario Chris. Again, something I'm not familiar with....but I have a feeling I'm about to learn somat !

 :cheers:
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Post by: zenrat on February 05, 2015, 01:11:33 am
Similar to this then (which is a 311)?
(https://s1.scalemates.com/products/img/5/4/9/441549-15526-19.jpg?nr=sh72313&company=special%20hobby)
https://www.scalemates.com/products/product.php?id=441549
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 05, 2015, 06:19:24 am
Very much so Zenrat, but with earlier roundels

Got some more work done on the Invader. The Italieri hard plastic is at least easy to work. Fit is not as positive as one would like considering its a relatively new tool and as mentioned there's some flash. It will also need the attention of some filler. Some down to me but some definitely isn't. On the upside it's amazing how much you can get done in the way of sub-assemblies. Need some warmer weather now to get some painting done.

Building this has also made me realise how "small" the real thing was. I was expecting an aircraft probably 20%-30% bigger ? Strange how you sometimes visualise things in your minds eye. It's also quite a dainty looking aircraft in my opinion.
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 08, 2015, 07:08:18 am
Weather improved enough to get some work done in the model room without the extremities freezing off  :thumbsup:

So started the upper camouflage on both the Hurricane and Defiant and got some internal painting on the Invader done although it needs a fair bit more as I think it may well be quite visible. As stated it's a bit of curates egg of a kit. Some nice detail and then some that's soft. The main wheels in particular are a bit odd. The tyres are split and then one side has the hub whilst the other (outer side) has a separate hub ? The hub detail on the inner side is not consistent around its diameter particularly regarding depth, mind you a couple of recent Airfix tools suffer from that, so whilst 3/4 of the hub is easy to paint and define the tyre the rest is a little more awkward.

There's some trimming needed to get the wings fitting snugly to the fuselage and the engine nacelles are not a great fit. Although once the nacelles are sorted they fit quite nicely to the wing.

I'm almost certainly being over critical of the Italeri kit as lately I've mainly been building new Airfix stuff which fits superbly or limited run kits where I expect to have fettle.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 10, 2015, 07:40:13 am
Well the Hurricane and Defiant have their topsides painted although I think they may both need another coat. The Invader has had her insides painted and needs varnishing now and then I can start putting all the sub assemblies I've constructed together.

On a different track I've recently been using some good old Humbrol enamel for brush painting. Haven't used this for ages and forgot just how well it covers. Drying time doesn't bother me so I suppose it's just the smell and cleaning that stops me using it more. However I will start thinking about using it more now.
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Post by: Radish on February 10, 2015, 10:33:26 am
Pervert
 ;)
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 11, 2015, 06:48:37 am
Pervert
 ;)

Pot  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 12, 2015, 07:11:43 am
Well the Hurricane and Defiant had an extra coat of paint on their topsides and then masking was removed. very little touching up to be done (leaves himself open to Rad  :rolleyes:) so they need to be "Futured/Kleared" and then transfers can go on. This won't get done until next week now though as it's Hudders at the weekend

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Post by: Captain Canada on February 12, 2015, 01:05:30 pm
Sounds good. Looking forward to seeing them. Have a great weekend !

 :cheers:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 18, 2015, 07:15:30 am
No progress as such, only got back from Huddersfield Monday p.m. and yesterday was catching up with computer stuff including 4 days of site stuff, today was household essentials.

However I have decided what to do with the Bombay and Defiant bought at said Huddersfield show. Bombay will be the real one used for Medivac at D Day and the Defiant will be a Aden based coastal patrol aircraft circa 1943.

This means I need another Bombay and Defiant. Not sure with the Bombay but have thought of an emergency invasion scare beach bomber. The kit comes with the under fuselage bomb racks. (It amuses me that an aircraft named Bombay didn't have one - yes I know it was the city but it still amuses me  :rolleyes:) or perhaps a Malayan based one ? Another thing about the aircraft I didn't know. I'd assumed it entered service in the early/mid 30's but it came into service in Mach 1939 ?

The next Defiant will be a F.A.A. turret fighter. I even think I've worked out where the wingfold goes. Both of these will be ordered from the Big H at the weekend  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on February 19, 2015, 02:12:05 am
I like touching up  ;)

Been playing with another A-10. Another snake head, but different, and the u/c is lowered as it's "at rest".
I like the idea of it as RAF Coastal Command "Short Sea Snake Mk.5a"..... :party: :party:
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Post by: Captain Canada on February 19, 2015, 04:55:25 am
Looking forward to the navalized Defiant. Great idea !

 :cheers:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 19, 2015, 06:35:54 am
Right some progress.

The Defiant and Hurricane have been Kleared so transfers can start being applied over the weekend.

More progress on the various sub assemblies that go to make up the Invader. I could swear that the port and starboard halves were designed by different blokes. On one all the parts fit well - engines, nacelles, nacelles to wing etc, on the other it's a bit iffy. Not to bad but just strange. The interiors been fitted to one half so I can probably close her up over the weekend. Then see how much putty she will need and it will definitely need some.

I've also noticed that Superglue takes a lot longer to dry/set in this cold weather  :banghead:
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Post by: Radish on February 19, 2015, 08:50:15 am
Breath on it....always works ;)
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 20, 2015, 07:01:30 am
Change of plan due to checking something !  :banghead:

It turns out my first Bombay will be a Wif after all. I'd have put money on the fact that the D Day medevac aircraft I'd seen an illustration of was a Bombay. Anyway checked it so I could see what markings I'd need and it turns out it was an HP Harrow. So much for memory ?  :rolleyes:

Anyway mine will still be a medevac one on D Day or just after. Standard markings with just the fuselage invasion stripes as that's all the Harrow had. It didn't even seem to have any red cross markings, although I may put a couple on the fuselage sides of mine.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 21, 2015, 05:55:16 am
Progress with the Defiant and Hurricane.

Hurricane has had her transfers put on. Not a long job as she is Greek and they didn't seem to bother much in the way of markings once aircraft were camouflaged.

The Defiant is part way through the transfer process. A word of warning with the kits day fighter scheme. The fuselage roundels and code letters are in one piece. Now given the fact that they are also quite large the piece is probably a tad to long. On the first side one of the arms of the individual aircraft letter U broke as I applied the piece to the fuselage. Not a problem they are nicely manoeuvrable and it slid back into place perfectly. On the opposite side I cut the transfer into 2 parts and avoided the problem. Still a lot more to put on this one, including all those pesky stencils !

I've test fitted the Invader fuselage halves (I still have some internal work to do) and as expected the separate nose section is not the greatest of fits. I built two complete halves rather then add a complete nosecone latter. I know why they moulded it this way and I would of as well but it's still a bit of a pain. Anyway nothing a couple of swipes with a file won't fix. The other problem with the glass nose version is where to put the weight ? I've stuffed what I can in the engine nacelles, their method of construction sits this perfectly, but will it be enough ? We shall find out  :rolleyes:
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Post by: Librarian on February 21, 2015, 07:02:52 am
Depleted Uranium fishweights...perfect for modelling and glow in the dark night fishing ;D.
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Post by: zenrat on February 22, 2015, 01:30:20 am
Transparent high density unobtanium nose glazing.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on February 22, 2015, 07:01:59 am
I'll look for those two items next time I'm in the £ Store...thanks lads  :bow: ;D ;D ;D

Right the Defiant has had all her transfers added and in a first for me I have used all the stencils ! This is the first time I've done that on any model with more then about 6 of the buggers, and yes they are all legible if you are silly enough to try and read them  :banghead: Just show's how much I'm enjoying this project and I've decided she's a very preaty aircraft san's turret  :wub:

The Invader has just about got to the stage where I can close the fuselage up. Just need to add the bomb load which is now painted. As said this goes together in a lot of sub-assemblies which will probably make the ensuing PSR (I've a feeling she'll need a fair bit) a bit easier.

The P-72 is now sitting on her wheels and has her drop tanks added. Want to finish the 3 current single engine jobs at the same time for easier photography (replace easy with lazy if you want  :rolleyes:) and then the Year of the Twin shall continue
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Post by: Howard of Effingham on February 22, 2015, 10:13:58 am

The Invader has just about got to the stage where I can close the fuselage up. Just need to add the bomb load which is now painted. As said this goes together in a lot of sub-assemblies which will probably make the ensuing PSR (I've a feeling she'll need a fair bit) a bit easier.


hmm, I've missed the bits about the invader chris but which version are you doing so to speak? when I did my RAF Invader in MTO finish and glazed nose
finding space for all of the noseweight was a real challenge.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 23, 2015, 07:38:52 am
It's the glass nosed version I'm building Howard. I may have enough weight in the nacelles (their method of construction is handy for putting some weight in), if not then she'll get a base.

Won't be much progress this week as I'm out and about a bit  :thumbsup:

Quick question for those Londoner's amongst you. What have you got if your train is late every day ? Answer - A Southern Railway season ticket  ;D Yes the train was late again this a.m. Can't remember when it was last on time. All due to the work at London Bridge which is a complete and utter B****'s Up, and scheduled for another 3 years or so  :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 27, 2015, 07:18:09 am
A little bit of work on all 3 current projects, not much, but a bit at least.

The Invader fuselage is together and is not bad, better then I thought anyway although I did glue it over two sessions in order to get a decent join up front. However the wings to fuselage fit is "indifferent" to say the least ! Now unless I've totally misunderstood the fit of the bomb racks there is no way they are not going to interfere with the fit of the wings. The tabs on the wings are probably 8/10mm to long and foul the bomb racks  :banghead: Not a problem as I'll just trim them. At least the method of construction means you can clean the wings and nacelles up before fitting to the fuselage. However there is a bit to much cleaning up needed for a kit of it's age.

On a completely different subject I see the UK modelling mags are going through their regular phase of Editorial Musical Chairs again ? We've already commented on Gary Hatcher moving to SAM and thus a new editor there (the old assistant editor) and now MAI have changed their editor as well.

This inevitably means the formats of the magazines will change, probably simply on the basis that the new editor has to stamp his mark on the title. MAI has already changed a bit and I must say I found it made it a bit difficult to see some of the stuff clearly, but given the toilet paper they print it on that doesn't surprise me. SAM had changed a bit with Neil as temporary editor, for the better I might say, but Gary will undoubtedly changed it more. SAMI and MA have also changed a little bit under Gary Francis but not much. My only concern here is that Gary mainly seems to build in the larger scales so I hope it doesn't mean we see less 1/72 stuff.

Just my thoughts and proves I'm getting older I suppose, but it does seem as sometimes it really is change for changes sake ? Whatever happened to "if it ain't broke don't fix it" ?

Chris

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Post by: The Wooksta! on February 27, 2015, 03:31:52 pm
SAM can only improve with Jay Lafferty* out of the way and some more basic modelling builds inserted.  Fewer photos of style over substance masterpieces and more words wouldn't come amiss either.  And NO photos of the smug overbearing builders either - the models should be the selling point, not some balding halfwit dressed like a clown.

*I vowed never to buy it again after his self serving comments with regards to home resin casters.  his diatribe against whiffing a few issues later sealed it forever.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 28, 2015, 09:03:55 am
*I vowed never to buy it again after his self serving comments with regards to home resin casters.  his diatribe against whiffing a few issues later sealed it forever.

I'm 110% with you there Lee!  :thumbsup:

Sometimes I thought it should have been renamed '1/48 Scale Modeller' under his editorship too.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 03, 2015, 06:36:14 am
Been busy with other things and people so just some tinkering with the current projects. Should get down to some more serious work next week.

However I was shuffling some stuff around and found my part finished pile. Determined to try and finish one of these for each two fresh starts ! Let's see how far that idea gets  :rolleyes:
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Post by: Captain Canada on March 04, 2015, 04:53:33 am
Is he the guy that does all the bits for the Arrow ? Master Casters I think ?

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Post by: NARSES2 on March 04, 2015, 06:58:10 am
Is he the guy that does all the bits for the Arrow ? Master Casters I think ?



Yes

Got some large cork place mats today. With some senic scatter material they will make nice bases for any twins I don't manage to get enough nose weight in  :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 05, 2015, 07:29:56 am
Out for lunch again but I did manage to finally figure out the local Games Workshop's opening hours which are obviously student orientated ! Stocked up on some basic and metallic colours after I'd worked out all the new names they have given the paints. Why did they do that ?

Also don't like the new paint containers, look a lot smaller (now there's a surprise) but their Silver (used to be Mithril Silver is now Runefang Steel) is one of the best of its ilk.

Modelling will resume next week
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Post by: PR19_Kit on March 05, 2015, 12:12:39 pm
..... but their Silver (used to be Mithril Silver is now Runefang Steel) is one of the best of its ilk.

Useful to know, I use that quite a bit, thanks Chris.
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Post by: Captain Canada on March 05, 2015, 03:31:48 pm
Guess I should check into one of these Games Workshops when I see one !

 :cheers:
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 06, 2015, 06:52:46 am
..... but their Silver (used to be Mithril Silver is now Runefang Steel) is one of the best of its ilk.

Useful to know, I use that quite a bit, thanks Chris.

That's why I posted it Kit as I know a lot use their metallics. The store had a card with all the links between old and new names (why did they change ?  :blink:) but the lad couldn't let me have it as it was the only one he had  :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 06, 2015, 09:11:20 am
..... but their Silver (used to be Mithril Silver is now Runefang Steel) is one of the best of its ilk.

Useful to know, I use that quite a bit, thanks Chris.

That's why I posted it Kit as I know a lot use their metallics. The store had a card with all the links between old and new names (why did they change ?  :blink:) but the lad couldn't let me have it as it was the only one he had  :banghead:

That's why I carry a pocket camera with me ALL the time.  ;D

And no, my phone DOESN'T take pics, it's a phone!
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Post by: Mossie on March 08, 2015, 01:52:21 pm
They changed supplier.  IIRC, the original supplier had the rights to the names, so they had to change.  The paints are a little different to the older ones in their qualities and the replacement colours are not all 100% matches to the originals.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on March 08, 2015, 02:13:38 pm
to be honest this is the 3rd (?) set of names for the paints  the earliest set don't have modern equivalents ( but can be purchased under very allusional names from Cote d arms) the 2nd set were renamed into this new set, just to confuse even more...
there is no match for the original worm purple in either of  the new ranges, and that's a colour I use as part of my space marine chapter colours  :angry:
also the new foundation paint don't match the previous colours by name or hue either.  the one advantage is that they've reintroduced the few spray paint base colours again
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 10, 2015, 07:38:30 am
Right progress  ;D

The Hurricane and Defiant can now have their varnish applied. If it's a reasonable day tomorrow I'll get it done out on the balcony. Then they just need aerials/pitots etc followed by canopies and framing. P-72 also just needs a couple of bits and bobs and she's done as well.

The Invader is now at the psr stage. Quite handy in that you can work on the fuselage and wings as 3 sub assemblies so not as clumsy as it could be.

Lining up the next projects and have found the markings I need for my Caproni and the bits I need for the minor modifications intended.

On a final note my dodgy eye is still giving me gip. It's getting quite difficult to judge distance/depth at times and that can make painting, fitting small parts a bind. Still I've got the 3 month follow up at the hospital next week so we shall find out what progress there has been, if any  :-\
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Post by: Captain Canada on March 10, 2015, 07:49:00 am
Looking forward to the Hurri and Defiant. And good luck with the follow up appt. !

Cheers Chris !

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Post by: Mossie on March 10, 2015, 08:26:16 am
Yep, can't wait to see the Defiant especially Chris!  I've been fondling my two that I got from Huddersfield just last night.
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Post by: Radish on March 10, 2015, 12:31:09 pm
Good luck with the eye.
A Pirate costume might become appropriate for you at our party. Aircav can dress as a parrot.
Looking forward to seeing the Defiant.... :party: :blink: :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 11, 2015, 08:33:48 am
A Pirate costume might become appropriate for you at our party. Aircav can dress as a parrot.


I was thinking the same thing only this morning  ;D Mind you I was considering coming as a pirate Donald Duck  :rolleyes:

Got the Hurri and Defiant varnished today. Bit breezy out there but ok. Should get the 3 single engine aircraft finished over the weekend. Hope so as I'm busy most days next week
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 13, 2015, 08:11:59 am
Should get the 3 single engine aircraft finished over the weekend.

Best laid plans as they say  :banghead: Still progress on all 3 builds + the Invader.

I had a problem getting the Defiant's turret in place. Now I've not read or heard of anyone else having this problem so I must have misaligned something ? Nothing a sharp scalpel blade couldn't fix but I'd like to know what I did ?  :blink:

I'll build the next couple a slightly different way to try and find out what I did. I'll also put the landing lights in at an earlier stage as they are the only poor fitting part of the kit. Get them in place, sort them out and then mask and paint I think is the order of the day on these 2.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 14, 2015, 06:27:42 am
Had a real dohhhhhh moment whilst fitting the P-72's guns this morning. One of the undercarriage doors broke off (problem with superglue and how brittle it can be sometimes) anyway not a problem I thought. So I got the superglue out and prepared to fix it, what should that take ? 10/15 secs ? Oh no. I lost the flipping door ! Looked all over for it, including the floor. Must have spent 10 mins or so and just as I was about to give up and think about breaking out the plastic card I discovered it attached to my wrist  :banghead: Somehow it had attached it'self and stayed there even though it wasn't stuck with glue. So now we have miscreant parts attaching themselves to various body parts to play hide and seek ? Thought the carpet monster was bad enough.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 14, 2015, 06:31:28 am
The trouble with superglue is that it works MUCH better gluing almost anything to skin than it does gluing them to what they're meant to be stuck to!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 14, 2015, 06:34:11 am
It wasn't glued Kit. I hadn't taken top off bottle ! It just attached it'self
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 14, 2015, 08:35:02 am
You can't trust these landing gear doors further than you throw them...............  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 15, 2015, 08:10:16 am
Well much to my surprise I completed the ceremony of the propellers this afternoon  :thumbsup:

All 3 single engine fighters are finished  ;D I'll get around to photographs latter in the week.

I'm happy about this as I won't get much chance at the bench this week - IT to sort, social life and hospital - so they wont be doing a Sword of D over me.

Once I get started again next week the Year of the Twin can really warm up. I'll continue with the Invader and make a start on the Bombay and Ca 313. Might get working on another Defiant as well, wif this time.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 16, 2015, 08:28:40 am
While I was doing the canopy framing for my latest creations (which is the part of modelling I really don't get on with and my current eye problems just exasperate the problem  :banghead:) I thought back to the days when Hasegawa issued some kits with pre painted canopy framing. I've still got a couple of these and was thinking I'd quite happily pay a premium of a few £'s on the asking price to see such an idea come back into vogue. Only problem is that most people wouldn't so I'll just have to grin and bear it I suppose.
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 16, 2015, 09:09:03 am
Pics of the latest 3.

More can be found here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40328.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40328.new.html#new)

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Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 17, 2015, 08:53:03 am
Well the change over of my Broadband provider went very well, indeed took 5 mins to switch over. Now at the point of getting used to things, changing various details on loads of things and generally having an awful lot to gradually change over.

Lovely job  :banghead: Modelling should resume next week - hopefully
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 22, 2015, 08:06:43 am
Well you don't expect to go to a West End musical and see something model related, but all I can say is that the production designer for Made in Dagenham must be a modeller ?

The scenes set in the factory have what appears to be giant sprues of a Mk II Cortina 1600e as their backdrop. There are at least 4 different sprues hanging from the "ceiling" with loads of parts for the car on them all with what look like very nice, thin sprue gates  ;D 1/1 scale of course. Couldn't take my eyes off them. If they were not inspired by a model kit then I don't know what did inspire them ?  :blink:

My lady friend couldn't get what I was going on about at half time in the bar until I showed her the Defiant I'd got at Southern and she went, "oh, I see what you mean. It is the same isn't it"
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on March 22, 2015, 08:07:51 am
Very nice Chris. I'm sure I'll have more to say over on the 'real' threads.

Glad to here the switch went well. We upgraded ours last month and am more than happy to say the least. I download alotof bike racing, and a 1 gig race downloads in about 40 seconds ! Pretty wild stuff.

Cheers !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 23, 2015, 08:16:56 am
Back to the bench  :thumbsup:

Invader has had it's second session of psr started. Putty on and drying. The Caproni has had her interiors painted and some sub assemblies done. Most importantly I've sorted the bits and bobs out that I need for the changes I want to make. This will be quite major for me, nothing for a lot of members I know, but for someone who normally just changes the paint scheme quite a departure. decided that if I want to do my naval Defiant in the way I want to then I'd better start taking a few short flights from the comfort of base. We shall see, proof of the pudding and that.

I also moved the Bombay and Do 17 from their respective storage areas to the workbench environs
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 24, 2015, 08:01:59 am
Working on the Caproni.

I've done a little detail work to the cockpit assembly, not much as the glazing could stop X Rays. The alterations I want to make to the upper fuselage are done. I needed to do these before fitting the side glazing and closing the fuselage up. The alterations to the lower fuselage are mainly to do with not fitting bits and filling holes etc so can be done when the fuselage is closed. Engine nacelles are built (landing gear can be fitted latter, I did check) and fitted to the wing. The wing halves and fit of the nacelles to wings is very good, will need a little PPP but no more and possibly less then the Invader. The fit of the wing to fuselage in a trial fit is also very good. Indeed better then the Invader in this case where the bomb racks foul the wing joins. I've double checked where I fitted the bomb bays and I don't think it's me ??

The Caproni is a really old kit and so far I'm enjoying it. Fit is good, so far and what little psr she will need doesn't bother me. Strange the Invader probably needs the same amount of psr and that gets me a little miffed, not much, but a little. I just expect a recent tool to be a better fit then an ancient one. Am I being to harsh ?


Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 25, 2015, 08:12:01 am
The Caproni has her side glazing fitted and it was a very good fit. Don't know why but I expected problems with the clear parts due to the age of the moulds I suppose. The engine nacelles have had some putty, not much, added to the joins so are well on their way to being completed. I expect the fuselage joins will require some psr as well but not to much. Enjoying this old kit.

Invader has had the latest round of sanding. So spot priming and then see if psr is finished.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 27, 2015, 07:25:47 am
Spent 4 1/2 hours at the hospital yesterday for my eye. Of that about 30mins was with the medics, rest was waiting time. Still doesn't bother me now I just "zone out". Basically no change. Come back in 6 months

Might get some work done this weekend but I need to sit down and work on the UK SIG's newsletter and I have a Diamond Wedding anniversary to go to Saturday so  :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Nils on March 27, 2015, 08:58:11 am
Hope your eye isnt to serious. My dad had a similar problem, turned out to be cataract.

Have fun on saturday   :mellow:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on March 27, 2015, 11:52:53 am
Diamond wedding anniversary ? Wow ! Have fun.

Sorry to hear about the eye as well. Best wishes my friend.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 28, 2015, 04:03:33 am
I make everyone else's words my own and add my best wishes for you in dealing with that eye. :thumbsup:
Party on!  :drink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on March 28, 2015, 04:28:47 am
Well you don't expect to go to a West End musical and see something model related, but all I can say is that the production designer for Made in Dagenham must be a modeller ?

The scenes set in the factory have what appears to be giant sprues of a Mk II Cortina 1600e as their backdrop. There are at least 4 different sprues hanging from the "ceiling" with loads of parts for the car on them all with what look like very nice, thin sprue gates  ;D 1/1 scale of course. Couldn't take my eyes off them. If they were not inspired by a model kit then I don't know what did inspire them ?  :blink:

My lady friend couldn't get what I was going on about at half time in the bar until I showed her the Defiant I'd got at Southern and she went, "oh, I see what you mean. It is the same isn't it"

How - why - couldn't you take your eyes off the set when there is the lovely Gemma Arterton to study in that production Chris???
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on March 28, 2015, 06:17:00 am
Well you don't expect to go to a West End musical and see something model related, but all I can say is that the production designer for Made in Dagenham must be a modeller ?

The scenes set in the factory have what appears to be giant sprues of a Mk II Cortina 1600e as their backdrop. There are at least 4 different sprues hanging from the "ceiling" with loads of parts for the car on them all with what look like very nice, thin sprue gates  ;D 1/1 scale of course. Couldn't take my eyes off them. If they were not inspired by a model kit then I don't know what did inspire them ?  :blink:

My lady friend couldn't get what I was going on about at half time in the bar until I showed her the Defiant I'd got at Southern and she went, "oh, I see what you mean. It is the same isn't it"


How - why - couldn't you take your eyes off the set when there is the lovely Gemma Arterton to study in that production Chris???

Very much so and she was very, very good in it. Nice voice as well. Problem the show has is that there are no memorable songs that you come out of the theatre singing.

The one I couldn't take my eyes off  was when we went to see Chicago in New York. Christie Brinkley was guesting and we were in the front row, front and centre. She sat in front of me on a chair, did a high kick and crossed her legs and the legs went on for ever and ever  :wub: Couldn't sing, couldn't dance but who cared ?  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 02, 2015, 07:01:08 am
No real progress as such, to many other things to do (all fun). Just realised I've been retired 8 years  :blink: Actual anniversary was on the 31st March, and yes I did go early. Honestly do not know where the time has gone, been fun though  :thumbsup:

Anyway I've got my one week build out of the stash so I'm ready for that. Should get quite a bit of modelling done over the next few weeks as life slows down a bit (famous last words  :rolleyes:)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 02, 2015, 08:28:55 am
You retired a year and a day before me.  ;D

Yes, I really did retire on April 1st...........  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 05, 2015, 06:37:20 am
Mainly concentrating on my one week build but the others have not stalled. Got the windows of the Caproni masked this afternoon. Did them before I joined the fuselage halves together, figured it would be easier for some reason ??  :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 06, 2015, 07:04:46 am
Caproni has had the fuselage halves joined and I've figured out how I'm going to deal with the under fuselage gun position. I had a couple of very small gaps near the engine nacelle/wing root joint which were even a little to awkward to sort with the PPP/wet finger method. So I thought "PPP is water soluble, so ?". Anyway I mixed a little of it with water and using the tip of a scalpel blade ran it into the cracks. The mix flowed very nicely so that's that sorted with no real clean up necessary :thumbsup:

Building my One Week Build has made me realise that my eye is having an effect on my modelling. The main problem is that it is effecting my depth perception/judgment of distance quite severely (3 attempts to get paint brush in water pot this a.m.  :blink:) and it's also exasperated my existing eye problems. Working on the resin kit which tends to rely on the Mk I eyeball to line things up has been a bit of a pain at times and I've screwed a couple of things. Not disastrously but they are a little askew. I'm going to have to start investigating the use of jigs and such like to enable me to line things up a little more accurately. Still not a great problem as I model for fun not prizes. Also the eye is not deteriorating and the Dr expects it to get better, eventually. the only problem is that logic and statistics dictate that eventually I'd win the lottery if I lived long enough  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on April 06, 2015, 07:56:52 am

Working on the resin kit which tends to rely on the Mk I eyeball to line things up has been a bit of a pain at times and I've screwed a couple of things. Not disastrously but they are a little askew. I'm going to have to start investigating the use of jigs and such like to enable me to line things up a little more accurately.

It sounds like you need a bottle of  Superglue de-bonder Chris  ---  for these lovely resin jobs you build
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 07, 2015, 07:02:33 am

Working on the resin kit which tends to rely on the Mk I eyeball to line things up has been a bit of a pain at times and I've screwed a couple of things. Not disastrously but they are a little askew. I'm going to have to start investigating the use of jigs and such like to enable me to line things up a little more accurately.

It sounds like you need a bottle of  Superglue de-bonder Chris  ---  for these lovely resin jobs you build

Going to get some mate, but I'll end up spending a fortune on that and glue if I'm not careful  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 12, 2015, 07:13:36 am
Right got back to the normal side of the bench after the 1 week GB and managed to get some work done on the Caproni before clumsiness made me give up for the day. One of those days when you are just clumsy for some reason. I was clumsy on the bench, kept dropping things, was clumsy in the kitchen, kept dropping things, and in the flipping bath as well-------yes lost the soap three times  :banghead: :rolleyes: A day for listening to music and reading.

Anyway the Caproni has had her modifications completed to enable her to fulfil her role in the RAF and the basic airframe is together. I'm enjoying this and the old girl is behaving. Sure she's got raised panel lines, but she's an old lady now so they are to be expected  :rolleyes:, but the fit so far has been very good and indeed puts the current Italieri Invader to shame in this regard. The latter is not to bad but should be better for a recent tool.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 14, 2015, 07:35:40 am
No progress. Combination of things, for some reason I'm not sleeping and am thus knackered. I had a nightmare on Sunday night (I blame Poldark) and I really don't get them. Woke up screaming it was that bad ! Or I think I woke up, I may have dreamt I woke up ???  :blink: Then had a modelling related dream last night ! Resin not Chrissie Brinckley . Really strange I don't normally suffer from this, might be the change in the weather and the bedroom needs more air ? Other things will encroach latter this week, so hopefully work will move forward on the started projects at the weekend. Going to start my Bombay as well. We shall see  :rolleyes:



Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kerick on April 14, 2015, 10:21:02 am
Have you started any medications lately? When I went to Iraq the docs told us we would get weird dreams from the malaria pills. I never had any. I felt cheated.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 14, 2015, 11:24:11 am
Weird dreams? You can have some of mine if you like, I manage 2-3 each night!  :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Dork the kit slayer on April 14, 2015, 01:22:07 pm
Does the gnu sing?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: JayBee on April 14, 2015, 01:35:19 pm
Of course it does -

"I'm a Gnu
G N U"

Flanders and Swan !
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 15, 2015, 06:57:02 am
Have you started any medications lately?

No, my meds haven't changed in years, and yes I do see the doc on a regular basis. Better night last night anyway  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 17, 2015, 06:52:09 am
It has now become clear why I was feeling a little strange earlier in the week.

I've got Chickenpox !  :banghead:

Forced a few changes on a few plans but should be ok for MK
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Nils on April 17, 2015, 07:23:07 am
better be carefull, chickenpox can be dangerous at a later age  :-\
get well soon.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 17, 2015, 07:50:34 am
better be carefull, chickenpox can be dangerous at a later age  :-\
get well soon.

Yup I had a long chat with the doc today. Thanks Nils
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 17, 2015, 10:21:51 am
Hell's bells, Chris, that's not good!  :o

I hope the medics have given you some stuff to zap it. Didn't you get it as a kid? I thought that you could only get it once, and then you were immune for life.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on April 17, 2015, 01:19:39 pm
So thats a gallon of Calamine lotion required  for the next week or two.

Just try not to scratch when they itch as that just spreads them, feel rough for a few days as the meds kick in, try to get through the itchy/scratcy period then start to feel ok but look like mottle camoflage scheme as the spots dry up, heal up and fade away.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Librarian on April 17, 2015, 01:33:54 pm
What really helps is sea salt in a hot bath...dries them out and reduced itching, also very good for skin recovery.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on April 18, 2015, 06:01:09 am
Ouch ! You're supposed to contract that as a kid, so that you were too young to notice how itchy you really are, and now to old to recall how itchy you really was ! lol. Hope it feels better soon. I've had the delirium sleeps due to high fevers a few times....strange, deep and dark, that's for sure.

PS-I've got a couple of small dents in my forehead from scratching them off as a kid  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 18, 2015, 06:16:55 am
Everyone I tell bursts out laughing  :banghead: ;D

Only had Measles and German Measles as an infant and that was it. I've been given a five day course of anti biotics which you have to start within 24 hours of the first spot appearing apparently.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 22, 2015, 04:27:53 pm
An itch is annoying, itching all over sucks!! I had chickenpox when i was 5 years old but i can sure remember that... nowadays i'm a gardener and i get something of the sort because of pine tree caterpillars... it can drive you nuts!  :banghead:
 Better not slack out on the meds on this one... Get well soon!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on April 22, 2015, 04:44:36 pm
Used to get poison ivy all the time. As a kid ont he army base, and as an adult working on he golf course. Itch itch itch. Used to open the scabs and dab them with gasoline. Dried them up and killed them !

Now it's allergies. I get a deep skin itch that drive me nuts for years, feet, or legs, or hands. So FLA when I found out what it was and how to mask it !
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 23, 2015, 06:46:51 am
Still getting the odd new blister (as the doc calls them) so still quarantined  :banghead: Haven't felt like modelling for some reason but I have been catching up with my reading. Hopefully I can get some modelling in this weekend. Looks like I'll miss the MK show  :banghead: but Dr is being very strict.

My Doctor has been very good but she is taking this very seriously. I can normally negotiate with her over my ailments and we can have a bit of a laugh (I've been with the practice since I was 4, 59 years ago !), however there is no going anywhere but where she says with this. I've never seen her so strict. Apparently she is slightly concerned over how it reacts with my diabetes. The latter is under control (touch wood) but she doesn't want to take risks and I'm gratefull for that in the end. Have to be thankfull we have the NHS  :thumbsup:

One thing I should say is that my young Polish neighbour has been brilliant  :bow: I haven't needed to much, thank you Ocado, but she's been great for the odd thing like papers and checking I'm ok. Her small daughter even baked me some Polish biscuits which were absolutely  ;D. Big bunch of flowers due when I'm better I think  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kerick on April 23, 2015, 08:10:56 am
Good doctors and good neighbors are priceless! Sounds like you'll better soon. :thumbsup: ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on April 23, 2015, 12:07:00 pm
Good to know you've got folk looking out for you, Chris.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: McColm on April 25, 2015, 07:26:00 pm
I hope that you get well soon.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on April 25, 2015, 07:33:52 pm
Glad to hear you have nice neighbours Chris ! Sure makes things easy and enjoyable !

 :wub: :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 26, 2015, 08:06:38 am
Right for the first time since I came down with CP I actually felt like modelling, not as good as going to the MK show but nearly so  :thumbsup:

Firstly I got some work done on the Invader. Now this kit is really vexing me. I got it new when it came out and to be honest it's a bit of a pig. Nothing drastic or that can't be fixed but you just shouldn't have to do the work on a new tool. Part of the problem is the way you need to construct it. The bombs have to be fitted into the bomb bay prior to closing the fuselage and the main gear legs need fitting in the nacelles prior to fitting wings to fuselage. You might be able to fit the legs latter if you modify them but not as they are (or I can't see how but then I am not an engineer of any description). The big problem is the wings to fuselage fit. The wing tabs are fouled by the bomb racks and you have to take a fair chunk off them and they are not that big in the first place. Now given I'm building the glass nosed version and thus the nose weight is in the nacelles this meant that getting the wings to attach and stay attached with anything like the correct dihedral was a p.i.a. I got it done in the end but........  :banghead: On top of that the wing/fuselage joint will need a fair bit of p.s.r. as will all of the separate panels that attach to the fuselage. I'm not enjoying this kit but I will finish it. I have the Revell boxing in the stash but I think it will stay there.

Now the Caproni is at least 40 years older then the Invader ? but goes together far, far better  :blink: Sure she's a little clunky but a little bit of filler on the wing roots and some gentle sanding of the fuselage join is all that was required. I've made a few changes to this airframe to bring her more into line with what she will be being used for and she's looking quite good, touching wood. Hopefully prime her tomorrow.

The Invader was getting to me so I had a look at the stash and pulled out a Hasegawa Polikarpov I.16. Typical Hasegawa of her time, absolutely no fuss and goes together like a dream. Given the size of the cockpit you can't see anything once she's sealed up so I just painted her silver inside with a couple of dabs of colour on some switches, leather seat head rest and stick handle and a couple of my pre-prepared switch blocks to liven her up. Tape lap belts and the instrument panel transfer and that was it. Did that this morning and sealed her up and fitted the wings/tailplanes this afternoon. Great little build  :thumbsup: She will get primed at the same time as the Caproni and will also be a kind of "Dogfight Double" for that model.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 26, 2015, 03:17:46 pm
Which manufacturer is the awful A-26 kit please Chris? Sounds like one to avoid!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 27, 2015, 06:31:53 am
It's the Italeri/Revell boxing Kit. Italeri do the glass nose, Revell the solid. They obviously shared the tooling.

It's not awful in all fairness, it's just darned hard work. It really is poorly designed especially as it's not that old. It builds but with far more work then it should take and that takes the enjoyment away. You can actually enjoy Unicraft  :blink: because you know what you are walking into. This is just not fun.

Just realised this is the 1,000th entry in my blog !!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: TallEng on April 27, 2015, 09:20:45 am
Congratulations on the 1000th :thumbsup:
Always interesting to see what you're up to even if I don't always comment.
I've got a couple of the Revell Invaders but only got as far as building the interior of one :rolleyes:
I think it was going to join the RAF... or was it a fire bomber?
You've piqued my interest now, I'll have to dig it out and see if I have the same difficulties

Regards
Keith
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 27, 2015, 03:34:10 pm
I've still got an untouched Airfix one somewhere, no doubt complete with rivets..........
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on April 27, 2015, 11:49:22 pm
Right for the first time since I came down with CP I actually felt like modelling, not as good as going to the MK show but nearly so  :thumbsup:

Firstly I got some work done on the Invader. Now this kit is really vexing me. I got it new when it came out and to be honest it's a bit of a pig. Nothing drastic or that can't be fixed but you just shouldn't have to do the work on a new tool. Part of the problem is the way you need to construct it. The bombs have to be fitted into the bomb bay prior to closing the fuselage and the main gear legs need fitting in the nacelles prior to fitting wings to fuselage. You might be able to fit the legs latter if you modify them but not as they are (or I can't see how but then I am not an engineer of any description). The big problem is the wings to fuselage fit. The wing tabs are fouled by the bomb racks and you have to take a fair chunk off them and they are not that big in the first place. Now given I'm building the glass nosed version and thus the nose weight is in the nacelles this meant that getting the wings to attach and stay attached with anything like the correct dihedral was a p.i.a. I got it done in the end but........  :banghead: On top of that the wing/fuselage joint will need a fair bit of p.s.r. as will all of the separate panels that attach to the fuselage. I'm not enjoying this kit but I will finish it. I have the Revell boxing in the stash but I think it will stay there.

Now the Caproni is at least 40 years older then the Invader ? but goes together far, far better  :blink: Sure she's a little clunky but a little bit of filler on the wing roots and some gentle sanding of the fuselage join is all that was required. I've made a few changes to this airframe to bring her more into line with what she will be being used for and she's looking quite good, touching wood. Hopefully prime her tomorrow.

The Invader was getting to me so I had a look at the stash and pulled out a Hasegawa Polikarpov I.16. Typical Hasegawa of her time, absolutely no fuss and goes together like a dream. Given the size of the cockpit you can't see anything once she's sealed up so I just painted her silver inside with a couple of dabs of colour on some switches, leather seat head rest and stick handle and a couple of my pre-prepared switch blocks to liven her up. Tape lap belts and the instrument panel transfer and that was it. Did that this morning and sealed her up and fitted the wings/tailplanes this afternoon. Great little build  :thumbsup: She will get primed at the same time as the Caproni and will also be a kind of "Dogfight Double" for that model.

Italeri's tool making really went down hill in the 90's & 00's, they looked great on the sprue, lots of fine detail but their fit was less than perfect. Their Jaguar has similar issues, and I recall others having similar issues with other kits of the period. Things have improved again with their recent releases, but as a consequence their capacity to create and produce new kits has fallen slightly whilst the prices have increased.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 28, 2015, 07:18:27 am
I've got a couple of the Revell Invaders but only got as far as building the interior of one :rolleyes:
I think it was going to join the RAF... or was it a fire bomber?
You've piqued my interest now, I'll have to dig it out and see if I have the same difficulties

Regards
Keith

It would be interesting to hear your views Keith. Maybe it's just me and I've done something daft ?

Mine is going to be RAF SEAC when she gets finished.

Geoff. Interesting to hear that it's more generic with Italeri. Absolutely right about them looking good on the sprues even though there is a little flash on a new tool ! I've got the Sunderland but not started it yet so it will be interesting to compare.

I know that a lot of the Revel new tools of that period deteriorated quite quickly. If you had an early example they were great but the latter issues started showing signs of flash
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Post by: Radish on April 28, 2015, 10:19:49 am
Glad you're feeling better.
Thanks for the tip on the A-26 Invader...might leave the bomb bay out if it causes a problem.....nobody will see underneath anyway.
Is the SEAC one for Biggles?? :party: :party: :party:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 29, 2015, 06:29:15 am
Glad you're feeling better.
Thanks for the tip on the A-26 Invader...might leave the bomb bay out if it causes a problem.....nobody will see underneath anyway.
Is the SEAC one for Biggles?? :party: :party: :party:

Cheers mate  :thumbsup:

Leaving the bomb bay out will alleviate a lot of the problems Rad and it wont affect anything else. Biggles it is  :thumbsup: My What If SIG models will both be Airfix
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 29, 2015, 06:33:59 am
Well the Caproni has her nose glazing on  :thumbsup:

The I-16 is basically done as I got the undercarriage sorted last night and this morning. There's more parts to this then the rest of the kit put together, right complicated little assembly (it was in real life, so I blame Polikarpov not Hasegawa  ;D). My eye caused a bit of a problem with the starboard side in particular but Hasegawa have engineered it very well and it has some neat, firm location holes and pins. These old Hasegawa kits are a delight if you got them at the original price. Now the price is just plain daft  :blink:

Hopefully prime the I-16 and Caproni over the weekend
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Post by: zenrat on April 30, 2015, 05:01:30 am
...These old Hasegawa kits are a delight...

I like the box design.  Not just the artwork but the whole thing including the fonts just seems to me to work really well.
(http://oldmodelkits.com/jpegs/Hasegawa%20B16%20He-51B-2.JPG)
(http://www.oldmodelkits.com/jpegs/Hasegawa%20C5%20Mohawsldnm.JPG)
(http://www.oldmodelkits.com/jpegs/Hasegawa%20B15%20SeagullVG.JPG)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on April 30, 2015, 07:00:08 am
Very much so with the box art. It really did scream "buy me" at you  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on May 01, 2015, 07:57:20 pm
Need to pick your brains Chris.
In your expert opinion, would it be possible to join the halves of the Caproni fuselage and then slide in the side glazing later after PSR & painting?
Bear in mind that there will be no bomb rack in the way in mine, just a couple of rows of seats.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 02, 2015, 05:23:36 am
Need to pick your brains Chris.
In your expert opinion, would it be possible to join the halves of the Caproni fuselage and then slide in the side glazing later after PSR & painting?
Bear in mind that there will be no bomb rack in the way in mine, just a couple of rows of seats.


Bomb racks ? Seats ? Am I missing something ? Mine's cupboard is bare.

Right as for the Caproni you could probably slide the cabin windows in after assembly and painting, providing of course you haven't fitted the nose glazing. It might try your patience a tad ?

However you would still have to install the glazing around the doors before assembly as I honestly can't see how you'd get that in otherwise. I used Maskol on all the side windows on mine and good old Tamiya tape on the nose glazing.

Said Caproni and I-16 are now primed. Surprisingly the Caproni is  :thumbsup: but the little Poli needs some work at the wing roots  :blink:


Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on May 02, 2015, 10:10:28 pm
Having searched your posts and finding no definite proof I was assuming you are building, as I am, an Italeri 1/72 Caproni Ca 311.
This kit has a large interior bomb racking mechanism that sits behind the pilots.  As I am converting mine into an "Executive Prop"
I have left the bombs out and will be installing half a dozen seats in their place.
I think i'll tape up the fuselage and have a dry run to see how practical sliding in the windows is.

Thanks.


Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2015, 01:54:34 am
Ah mystery solved. I'm building the Italeri 313/314 kit, which is a very old tooling and has no interior at all other then the pilot/co-pilot position. I haven't seen a Ca 311 by Italeri although I have both the Special Hobby 310 and 311 which come with full masks, both interior and exterior. 30 odd years difference in tooling and it shows BUT the Itaieri kit is still an enjoyable build and so far has gone together very well.

I like the idea of an executive prop job. It would look good as a 1930's short haul airliner as well

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on May 04, 2015, 02:07:10 am
Ah, that explains it.  The construction sounds similar (nacelles that slide over the wings for example) which is what confused me.
I did some experimentation today and have found that I can get all the glazing in through the nose before sliding in the floor.  So i've bitten the bullet and glued the fuselage halves together.
I like the look of the Special Hobby kits but a bagged Italeri one came along at a good price so it would have been rude to say no.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 05, 2015, 06:11:41 am
Got some painting done on the I-16 and Caproni.  Started to mask the Invader
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 09, 2015, 05:38:06 am
Some progress.

On the downside the Invader continues to irritate. The transparencies continue the tradition set by the rest of the kit and are very sloppy fits. To be honest she very nearly got binned yesterday and I have never done that before with a kit. Sure some got binned as a kid but only after after numerous dogfights and even then they would have had a Viking funeral involving hot needles for battle damage and in Oct/Nov perhaps mild explosives  :rolleyes:. Others since have been shelved for latter but not actually binned. I will finish her but I'm not going to waste to much more time on her. Sorry if that disappoints some but this is a hobby I do for fun and I know my limits.

On the upside both the I-16 and Caproni have had their undersides painted. I used White Ensign enamel on the I-16 as they do (or did) a nice range of Soviet colours. Good coverage and dry in about the same time as Humbrol. Just glad they will be continuing after the demise of White Ensign themselves.  :thumbsup: The Caproni used a rattle can and although Halfords recommended grey primer I think that was only because you used more yellow ! Should have primed in white  :banghead:. Should get the undersides of both of these masked off tomorrow then I can start on the upper surfaces.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: JayBee on May 09, 2015, 06:29:36 am
Chris,

At the Perth show was a trader called Sovereign Hobbies.

They are based in Turriff in Aberdeenshire.

Their website is not quite up and ready yet for ordering on-line but it should be soon.

www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk

So what is the point of this? Well they have bought the rights to the White Ensign paint range (original formulation), and called Colourcoats.
They actually had all of the range on sale at Perth.

Jim
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 10, 2015, 07:23:42 am
Thanks Jim. Thorvic had advised me they were planning on do the range so it's nice to know it's actually happened and the website is duly noted  :thumbsup: I really can recommend them as the range includes authentic Soviet, French and Italian colours  :thumbsup:

I got the undersides of the Caproni and the I-16 masked this morning (the Caproni has more masking material then plastic I think  :blink:) and the Invader has been primed. Needs some work on the upper wing roots but that's about it.

I wonder how Sovereign Models will deal with the postage ? RM can be iffy with paints ? White Ensign ignored them and just posted them in a Jiffy Bag. Still cross that bridge when we come to it along with any Customs duties that might come about  :rolleyes: :wacko: ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on May 10, 2015, 07:38:37 am
Love those boxes myself !

Ya, the paint issue is here as well. The supply at my LHS has almost completely dried up. Crazy.

 :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on May 10, 2015, 08:16:04 am
Love those boxes myself !

Ya, the paint issue is here as well. The supply at my LHS has almost completely dried up. Crazy.

 :blink:

Tell em to put the lids back on then  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on May 12, 2015, 05:29:19 am
LOL Guess I walked right into that one eh ? I think my LHS guy has been having trouble with White Ensign, as the UK Postal service knows what's in the box before it arrives...probably have them for sale at a car boot sale  :banghead: And with whatever is going on with the Hornby Headache he's having.

 :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 17, 2015, 07:36:32 am
Well some progress

The Invader is being as uncooperative as ever but she's had her undersides painted and masked off. Can start her topside now which means the Caproni gets hers done as well.

The I-16 has had her topside painted, so now needs coating with Klear and then the markings can go on.

I've also done a fair bit of work on the smaller bits and bobs that go on after the markings for all these kits.

After this I found myself with an hour or so therefore I broke out the Airfix Do 17, mainly to fondle the sprues  :wub: Anyway as sure as night follows day I soon found myself doing some of the initial assembly  :rolleyes:. Let me just say that this is a lovely kit but the instructions do need a good look rather then a glance. Some of the initial stages cover pieces with lots of framing and what look fragile bits. If you rush it then I can see some problems. However as long as you give the instructions a good look, dry fit and then apply glue they go together really well and the ensuing sub structures are surprisingly strong. All the parts have positive locations even though these may not be visable to start with and once constructed they disappear from view again  :thumbsup: Fantastic detail internaly and a huge plus is the way Airfix number the parts on the sprue. No looking around for part No 17 the parts are numbered from No 1 to No x sequential, left to right on the sprue. I wish others would do this. Start the internal paintwork now



Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on May 19, 2015, 09:57:48 am
Looking forward to the Invader !

I agree with the sprue numbering....makes sense to me !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 20, 2015, 12:45:06 am

I agree with the sprue numbering....makes sense to me !

 :cheers:

Yup it seems such a simple idea (probably takes some careful thinking through though) and makes life so much easier   :thumbsup: Wish some others I could think of would do it
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on May 20, 2015, 04:17:15 am
I've got a problem where as soon as I get a kit I rip it open and start cutting bits off of the sprues to test fit etc.....then I cut up the leftover sprue to make it easier to throw out. The problem is I end up losing bits, throwing out bit, cutting off numbers etc.  :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 21, 2015, 06:40:44 am
I'm saying nothing Capt  :rolleyes:

Anyway progress. The Invader and Caproni are now ready for the second top camouflage colour application and the I-16 is ready for transfers. Also got some work done on the detail parts of each.

Going back to my views on the Invader which can best be summed up by the use of the words disappointing and overly complicated., Italeri have re-issued the solid nosed version originally issued by Revell. Now this has a preview in April's Model Airplane Monthly. Only a pic and a few lines but the reviewer only states that the bombs are to small for the usual 500lb's and the props appear to be a little to broad and that apart from these "This is a simple kit, which with a bit of work will make up into a very nice model, recommended for all skill levels". Well I doubt he's built it and it's purely an open the box and rattle review. If wrong I apologise but I am going to look at my Revell boxing just to make sure I didn't get the bomb racks wrong and thus the fowling of the wings (the worst problem on the kit and would put a youngster/beginner off) is my fault. I have been know to be stupid before  :banghead: I will report back.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 23, 2015, 08:22:48 am
Right the Invader and Caproni have had their top sides painted, but I get the feeling they will require some touch ups especially around the clear parts when the masking comes off tomorrow.

Work continues on the Dornier. I've been surprised by how many spare machine gun mags were stash away in the crew compartment. They are every where. Now I know why, but it did surprise me just how many of these there were, but then building models can be a learning tool. Considering Airfix have probably tooled the official fit it would be interesting to know how many more the gunners sneaked in ?  ;D

I'm still basically working on the insides of the Dornier as there's a lot of it. Some of the parts look quite fragile and the fit looks a bit flimsy, but once you get them together the thing is surprisingly sturdy. Just be carefull removing parts from the sprue and clean them up properly and then it's all fine. I have noticed that when trying to fit some of these previously assembled parts to the fuselage walls I was not getting things lined up correctly (eye is a problem at the moment) but once you get them lined up correctly they just click into place beautifully. So if it doesn't appear to fit, it's you. Don't force it just move it along a tad or so and it will almost fall into the correct place  :thumbsup:

Got some paint on the innards as well. Just used what is not much more then an RLM 02 wash as I don't want to hide  the detail so it will need a couple of coats but she's starting to look good.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on May 24, 2015, 07:16:32 am
Tape has come off the Invader and Caproni and my worst fears were not proven. Both need a little remedial work but nothing drastic.

Dornier continues to have work done on her. Making up a series of sub assemblies at the moment. Had a really stupid moment when I thought I knew best, yea  :banghead: Read the flipping instructions Chris  :rolleyes:. No damage done as glue wasn't applied but I did feel a (very naughty word)  ;D

Got most of the transfers on the I-16. Using DP Casper ones from one of their Campaign sheets. I find them very good. Show them warm water and they come off the sheet (unlike the 2 I've used from the Hasegawa boxing where I could have had lunch while they soaked). They stay very strong and flexible and the sheets are very full. You only get the individual markings for the specific aircraft, national markings if unusual or from uncommon countries and that's it. No stencils but that doesn't bother me. Excellent value.

Won't get much done now for a couple of weeks, just be little bits here and there.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 09, 2015, 07:03:26 am
Well got back from my jaunt "oop north" to see my tribe. Well and truly knackered so couple that with my annual diabetic check up this week and having a new "smart metre" fitted tomorrow I'll make no progress until next week. Hopefully back to the bench next tuesday
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on June 09, 2015, 07:38:42 am
Welcome home ! By the sounds from the last few updates you're far enough ahead of the game that a few days off won't hurt  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on June 09, 2015, 03:27:37 pm
Well got back from my jaunt "oop north" to see my tribe. Well and truly knackered so couple that with my annual diabetic check up this week and having a new "smart metre" fitted tomorrow I'll make no progress until next week. Hopefully back to the bench next tuesday

the flat or You ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 10, 2015, 07:34:09 am
Well got back from my jaunt "oop north" to see my tribe. Well and truly knackered so couple that with my annual diabetic check up this week and having a new "smart metre" fitted tomorrow I'll make no progress until next week. Hopefully back to the bench next tuesday

the flat or You ?

The flat, although I might ask the doc about a new one for me tomorrow the way I feel  :rolleyes: :blink: ;D

The Seeboard electrician who fitted the smart metre was a rather attractive young lady. Now I know it shouldn't but female trades people still take me by surprise. She arrived on time and did a bloody good job in good time, so  :thumbsup: She came from Catford and if possible had a better "Sarf London" accent than me  :blink: Marvellous although what the bloke outside the Swan in Durham would have thought is beyond me
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2015, 06:55:37 am
Been reading the Beaufighter stuff that was in the May Airfix Magazine - yes I'm that far behind in my reading - and I've got to pondering if you could fit a proper turret to a Beau' rather then the cupola thingy it had ? Was thinking one of the late war Martin turrets perhaps with twin 0.303's or a single 0.5" rather then the two it normally carried. Anyway something to think on
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on June 12, 2015, 04:18:42 am
I've been pondering fitting a Lanc dorsal turret.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on June 12, 2015, 05:15:31 am
Been reading the Beaufighter stuff that was in the May Airfix Magazine - yes I'm that far behind in my reading - and I've got to pondering if you could fit a proper turret to a Beau' rather then the cupola thingy it had ? Was thinking one of the late war Martin turrets perhaps with twin 0.303's or a single 0.5" rather then the two it normally carried. Anyway something to think on

Isn't that the Beaufighter V a Merlin powered nightfighter with the BP 4x .303 Turret immediately aft of the cockpit ?

(http://www.vicflintham.co.uk/content/post-war-military-aircraft/beau/beau5.jpg)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on June 12, 2015, 05:23:25 am
First I've seen of that Beau but it's a neat idea, and the BP turret would be a natural choice for you now Chris with the new kit about, and then it gives you an excuse to do somat with the turretless Defiant.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 12, 2015, 06:42:57 am
I knew about the Mk V but the reason I was thinking of a late war Martin turret was, just that, it is late war and more streamlined then a B.P. or other British style bomber turret. Maybe even a remote turret a-la the Spearfish ? Was thinking of a Coastal Command strike aircraft circa 1946. And yes I know a lot of Coastal squadrons would have probably moved to Mosquitos by then.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on June 12, 2015, 12:50:52 pm
I'm syre they could still use an aeroplane as rugged as the Beaufighter ! especially with a nice turret. Or are you now thinking of a Mossie with a turret ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on June 13, 2015, 01:22:39 am
In "Biggles in Borneo" a Beau with that turret configuration is illustrated.....but thankfully it retains radial engines!!

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Post by: kitnut617 on June 13, 2015, 02:17:29 am
I'm syre they could still use an aeroplane as rugged as the Beaufighter ! especially with a nice turret. Or are you now thinking of a Mossie with a turret ?

 :thumbsup:

De Havilland experimented with a Martin style of turret, not a great success as it slowed the aircraft down much more than expected. It was to have four guns and remotely operated.

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Misc%20Photos/Mosquitoturret1.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/Misc%20Photos/Mosquitoturret1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 13, 2015, 07:38:56 am
Or are you now thinking of a Mossie with a turret ?



Strangely although I think a Beau would look good with a Martin style turret, or a remote one, to put one on a Mosquito would be heresy  ;D

One look at the picture Kitnut has posted shows why in my opinion. I have seen that picture before and always thought....why ????
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 13, 2015, 07:47:49 am
Anyway first progress in a few weeks what with being away etc.

Got some more transfers on the I-16, indeed just need to finish the rudder striping and she can be matted.

I've finished the Do 17 inners and glued the fuselage together and added the wing spars etc. Also worked on a few more sub assemblies. You really don't want to move away from the bench with this kit, she is that good  :wub: Had one moment when fitting the engine/undercarriage nacelles  "oh that will need some filler there" and then realised that with this kit if it don't fit you are doing something wrong or haven't cleaned the part up properly. Sure enough the nacelles were handed. It's only a minor difference from port/starboard but if you get it right the fit is spot on. The other way round and they will fit but would need fettleing. I brought this upon myself simply by building some bits out of sequence. So in future I'll mark such sub assemblies with the stage No in felt tip !
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on June 13, 2015, 10:21:10 pm
Interesting....an aeroplane I've yet to build but once I see that kit I'm in !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2015, 12:58:16 am
I had a thought yesterday so checked it and  :thumbsup: The Do 17 comes with alternate parts for the bomb bay and undercarriage doors, you get open and closed options. The closed ones fit well enough so that you can use them to mask the openings whilst painting the undersides  :thumbsup:
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Post by: rickshaw on June 14, 2015, 01:09:44 am
Methinks you'd need a new rear fuselage to make a turret work in a Beaufighter...   :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on June 14, 2015, 04:06:13 am
Found this on Hyperscale.
I know the Beau is pretty pugnacious to start with but adding that turret there doesn't do it any favours in the looks department.
(http://www.hyperscale.com/features/2000/images/images_1/beauvds_1.JPG)
(http://www.hyperscale.com/features/2000/images/images_1/beauvds_4.JPG)
http://www.hyperscale.com/features/2000/beaufightervds_1.htm
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on June 14, 2015, 04:13:00 am
Methinks you'd need a new rear fuselage to make a turret work in a Beaufighter...   :banghead:

Saw Zenrat's pics and thought 'why not something similar to the Beaufort's dorsal turret' arrangement?  Turret replaces the dorsal 'bubble' with either a retractable Defiant-style rear fuselage behid it or - to save weight and complexity - a cut down rear fuselage.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on June 14, 2015, 04:30:25 am
The turret was place where it is because of the weight of it, the four cannon had to be removed too.  Now if they had continued with the Griffon engine arrangement, I think the turret could have been moved backwards as you suggest, and keep the cannon.  But I think a Martin twin .5 turret would be better to use.  I've got a Griffon Beaufighter in the works with something along these lines planned.  But instead of the ugly dorsal fillet, I'd just go with a bigger fin & rudder
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on June 14, 2015, 04:31:21 am
The turret was place where it is because of the weight of it, the four cannon had to be removed too.  Now if they had continued with the Griffon engine arrangement, I think the turret could have been moved backwards as you suggest, and keep the cannon.  But I think a Martin twin .5 turret would be better to use.  I've got a Griffon Beaufighter in the works with something along these lines planned.  But instead of the ugly dorsal fillet, I'd just go with a bigger fin & rudder

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31451.msg483259.html#msg483259

Centaurus instead of Griffons, maybe?  And yes, bigger fin/rudder not the dorsal extension.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on June 14, 2015, 04:38:36 am
The turret was place where it is because of the weight of it, the four cannon had to be removed too.  Now if they had continued with the Griffon engine arrangement, I think the turret could have been moved backwards as you suggest, and keep the cannon.  But I think a Martin twin .5 turret would be better to use.  I've got a Griffon Beaufighter in the works with something along these lines planned.  But instead of the ugly dorsal fillet, I'd just go with a bigger fin & rudder

Centaurus instead of Griffons, maybe? 

Now that would look cool, and I'll watch your thread with interest ---  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2015, 06:22:20 am
If I try it then I will use the Martin style turret as I have a spare although as Rickshaw says it might prove and interesting fit in so far as the Beau's re fuselage dimensions go. Strangely I find the dorsal fillet quite attractive
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2015, 06:31:29 am
Good day and evening at Arundel yesterday. Weather was quite nice but the cricket ended early because of a bad accident on the field. Two Surrey players collided whilst both running to take a high ball. Both were watching the ball and didn't see each other. The resulting crash was rather ugly and both were knocked out. They were on the ground for about an hour and we ended up with 3 ambulances on the field. One player had multiple facial cuts and blood loss whilst the other broke his jaw in 3 places. Once they had been taken to hospital the game was abandoned as the Surrey players didn't want to play on having see their team mates so badly hurt. The crowd fully understood and there was not a murmur of dissent rather just a round of applause as the ambulances left.

Still meant we made the Red Lion in time for the football, then had a curry an finally made the Black Rabbit about a mile up stream from Arundel. That was and interesting walk back to town at the end of the evening.  :cheers:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on June 15, 2015, 07:59:22 am
That incident made the Beeb News this morning. I was expecting to see some vid of ambulances etc. and I was going to play 'Spot Chris', but it didn't happen.  ;D
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Post by: Librarian on June 15, 2015, 08:24:10 am
Blimey! Might have to start watching some games. I thought the worst thing to happen during a match was some spilt tea....then again, didn't an Australian die recently from a blow to the head?

Watched the LeMans....I thought nothing could look better than a Porsche 917 but those 919s are gorgeous.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 15, 2015, 09:57:33 am
Watched the LeMans....I thought nothing could look better than a Porsche 917 but those 919s are gorgeous.

WHAT?  :o

Apart from the head on view I reckon every one of the current LMP1 cars are as ugly as sin! Bring back Group C I say.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on June 15, 2015, 06:27:22 pm
Wow that's quite the story Chris ! Nice to hear that the fans acted accordingly !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on June 16, 2015, 03:30:11 am
Blimey! Might have to start watching some games. I thought the worst thing to happen during a match was some spilt tea....then again, didn't an Australian die recently from a blow to the head?...

Yes.  Phil Hughes in November last year.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 16, 2015, 06:13:16 am
Blimey! Might have to start watching some games. I thought the worst thing to happen during a match was some spilt tea....then again, didn't an Australian die recently from a blow to the head?...

Yes.  Phil Hughes in November last year.


Yes tragic and just shows cricket has the capacity to be a dangerous game. Mind you it always amuses every body in the ground (players, umpires, crowd) when a batsman gets hit in the goolies  :blink: Even his partner normally struggles to stop smirking when he commiserates ! I suppose everyone is going thank goodness it wasn't me  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 16, 2015, 10:41:28 am
Mind you it always amuses every body in the ground (players, umpires, crowd) when a batsman gets hit in the goolies  :blink: Even his partner normally struggles to stop smirking when he commiserates ! I suppose everyone is going thank goodness it wasn't me  :rolleyes:

That happened to me twice in the same over when I played cricket at school. The bowler didn't manage it a third time, but that might have had something to do with the fact that I'd walked down the pitch and smacked him one with my bat! For some reason the umpire sent me off..........  :wacko:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on June 17, 2015, 05:26:57 am
Every sport where there are objects whirling around is dangerous ! Or any human movement really...when one considers that the human skull and it's defence mechanisms are only good for somat like 15 km/h. And then folk wonder why head injuries ( namely concussion ) are so prominent in sport these days.

As an aside, you should have seen the injuries at hockey games, at all levels of competition, to spectators, before the netting was installed around the ice surface !

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 17, 2015, 06:15:30 am

As an aside, you should have seen the injuries at hockey games, at all levels of competition, to spectators, before the netting was installed around the ice surface !

 :banghead:

You mean they played it without nets ?  :blink: :banghead:

Anyway I got the I-16 matted today plus some more work on the Invader and Do 17. The I-16 is almost there. Hopefully more tomorrow then a break for a couple of days
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on June 17, 2015, 06:40:01 pm

As an aside, you should have seen the injuries at hockey games, at all levels of competition, to spectators, before the netting was installed around the ice surface !

 :banghead:

You mean they played it without nets ?  :blink: :banghead:


Yes, up until some young girl got beaned in the head and killed  --- then they came up with nets around the end zones.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 18, 2015, 05:43:41 am

As an aside, you should have seen the injuries at hockey games, at all levels of competition, to spectators, before the netting was installed around the ice surface !

 :banghead:

You mean they played it without nets ?  :blink: :banghead:


Yes, up until some young girl got beaned in the head and killed  --- then they came up with nets around the end zones.

Flipping Ada, never knew that. I'd just assumed nets were so obvious that they'd always been there
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 18, 2015, 05:48:44 am
More progress on all 4 current progress.

The Do 17 can now have her wings fitted as the interior is finished, admittedly after a minor hiatus. I ignored my own advice and jumped a stage and fitted the wing spars. his meant that I couldn't get the final cockpit part in  :banghead: Still liquid poly applied to the join meant I could get the front one out, part in and spar put back. However when it comes to the interior of this kit do what I say not what I do  :banghead: :follow the construction stages.

The interior is very busy and very crowded but shows you just how awkward to moving around in the real thing must have been, especially when under attack. It goes together very well though, as long as you follow the instructions  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on June 18, 2015, 06:07:23 am
All this talk makes me want to build a German twin....Maybe even a Do-17 ;-) And I'll see if I can heed your advice !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 20, 2015, 01:08:54 am
I now have what actually looks like a Do 17 on the bench  :thumbsup:

All the sub assemblies started to come together yesterday and most are just a push fit and 2 didn't even need glue. Had one moment when I couldn't get the exhaust assembly to fit to the wing mount. It fitted perfectly once I turned it upside down  :banghead: I was not looking at the assembly diagram properly  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on June 20, 2015, 06:18:43 am
Sounds like Airfix are ruining the hobby by making it possible for "ordinary people" to put together a decent looking model.
What is the world coming to...
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 23, 2015, 06:54:06 am
Well here's the finished I-16

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Model%20Pics%20005_3.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Model%20Pics%20005_3.jpg.html)

More pics and back story here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40797.msg689673.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40797.msg689673.html#new)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 24, 2015, 06:18:28 am
Not modelling related but TV.

I'm into another Scandinavian min-series after 6 weeks of 1864. This is the Norwegian production of the Saboteurs shown on More 4 Friday's at 9.00pm. It's about the Norwegian heavy water plant and the attempts to destroy it. I must admit I was a little doubtful about this as I thought it might have been a US mini series (apologies to our US comrades but some are truly  :blink: and even more so from a European viewpoint) but the first episode was excellent.

I hadn't realised it was a Norwegian production I must admit but the soundtrack is in the appropriate language for the scene, thus Norwegian, German and English, with sub-titles which have never bothered me. You also get the bonus of a very attractive, perhaps to mush so for the time  :rolleyes:, Anna Freil playing a Capt in the SOE.

Recommended.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on June 25, 2015, 04:59:40 am
Sounds good.  I'll keep an eye out.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2015, 06:23:43 am
Some progress on the Do 17 but not as much as I'd like. Sorted out the one seam issue I've had and that was me. A couple applications of Mr Surfacer 500 and sorted.

The reason for lack of progress is that I've had an incredibly runny nose for 2/3 weeks  :blink: Some days it's as though there's a running tap ! Now I've never suffered from hay fever but wonder if I've developed the allergy ? Anyway if this carries on I will go to the doctors next week. I don't like wasting their time but this is getting daft.

On a modelling note I got my July SAM today (much better under Gary Hatcher IMHO) and there's a really interesting article on British chemical weapons and the aircraft that might/could have used them in the event of an invasion in 1940. We will never know  if they would have been used as it would have sparked inevitable retaliation. I have my own views however. Some of these ideas would make interesting models and I do have 2 Lysanders in the stash and only one is allocated to a project  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 27, 2015, 07:22:01 am
Well the Dornier has now been put together and indeed the undersides have had 2 coats of Xtracrylic RLM 65  :thumbsup: Top side splinter can start on Monday.

When adding the engines and their associated cowlings I came across my first fit issue with the kit. Getting the cowlings over the engines is a little more then tight. I had to gently sand the top of the cylinder heads before I could get the cowls on. Now with some of these recent Airfix toolings the fit is so good that even a couple of coats of paint can make it to tight. This is a little more then that though I think. When I build my next one I'm going to dry fit the engine parts (they all push fit into each other) and try it in the cowl to see what the fit is like unpainted. I'll also tape the cowling halves and see if there is an issue with my putting them together although I don't think so.

Talking of my other Do 17, I've been wondering what to do with it ? Initially I thought of Italian in the Western desert, but now I'm thinking Vichy French. Perhaps after the French raid on Gibraltar or more likely after the fight they put up in Syria the Germans start to look on them as a possible ally and tentatively start to send them some Luftwaffe hand me downs ? So French Do 17 in Algeria in full French 4 colour camouflage and candy stripes ? Certainly colourfull.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on June 27, 2015, 08:21:24 am
Talking of my other Do 17, I've been wondering what to do with it ?

Yugoslav Chetnik,  or Roumanian,  or even Free French with a cross of Lorraine daubed inexpertly over the previous owners markings?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 28, 2015, 12:39:56 am
Must admit I had thought of Romanian
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on June 29, 2015, 05:03:19 pm
The more I read through this thread the more afraid of the -17 I get lol. If it ever gets to Canada that is  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on June 30, 2015, 06:21:15 am
Dornier has had her RLM 70 painted (2 coats of Xtracrylic) and now needs to be masked for the RLM 70 splinter but it's to hot for modelling today and likely tomorrow as well.

Had a  :banghead: moment when I thought the carpet monster was laying in some grub for a hard winter. I lost the Comet's fuselage pieces  :blink: searched high and low and could I find them ? Could I heck. Eventually after searching all over the place again I discovered them at the bottom of the tray with the other bits of the model...which was where I looked in the first place  :banghead: My only excuse is that a) they are small and b) they are a very neat camouflage grey  :rolleyes:

The Invader will stat getting her transfers in the next day or so when it cools down a tad
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 01, 2015, 06:23:59 am
I got the wings masked for the RLM 70 splinter last night and got 2 coats on today before it got to hot. I only did the wings as I can get very confused with splinter and it wasn't helped by the fact I'd given the whole topsides a coat of RLM 71 and therefore it was difficult to see if I'd got a thorough coat on or not  :banghead: Mt fault, next time I'll only paint the RLM 71 splinter areas in the rough pattern so I can see what I'm doing. Must admit it stated to get way to hot to paint and at the end the Xtracrylic was almost drying on the brush  :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 04, 2015, 07:02:06 am
Got the painting finished on the Do 17 and the masking came off last night. Quite pleased as not to many runs and for once I didn't used Klear on the tape edges but "burnished" them with a dry cotton bud. Pleased with the result so maybe this old dog can learn new tricks  ;D I need to touch up these areas and then the transfers can go on. Doing the Battle of Britain option to go with my other and future (He 111) Airfix BoB aircraft.

Got some more work done on the Invader, mainly got her transfers on. The SEAC roundels are from an Almark sheet and are over 50 years old, older then many on the Forum.  :rolleyes: Took a while to come off the backing sheet and they had to be carefully cut from said sheet as they are not individual, but heck who worries about that ? They would of been bought at BMW's in Wimbledon back in the day. The rest of the markings came from the spares box. Must admit I chickened on the serial. I know the actual serials of the two that were delivered and could have found out the serial range allocated from one of my big books but I just couldn't be bothered and used some Mosquito serials. Can move on with this after they've settled down.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: JayBee on July 04, 2015, 07:07:30 am
AH! BMW Models. Great shop but a He11 of a walk from the tube station as I remember.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 04, 2015, 07:15:36 am
AH! BMW Models. Great shop but a He11 of a walk from the tube station as I remember.

I used to go by train from West Croydon and then yes it was a 20min walk or so. Not bad. There was a nearer station - Haydon's Road - but it meant changing and in all honesty you only saved 5 mins or so.

But what a great shop. Introduced me to the delights of after market transfers and opened my eyes to modelling other then out of the box  :thumbsup: They always had the back page advert in SAM as well, rather like the big H now
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 04, 2015, 12:42:15 pm
Oddly enough many of my test driving routes south of London seemed to pass VERY close to BMW Models, I can't imagine why that should have been so...........  ;) ;) ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 07, 2015, 06:27:46 am
Some progress on the Invader, she has had her matt coat on the undersides so we are almost at that "nearly there, but not as nearly there as I think I am" phase  :rolleyes: Why do those minor finishing touches linger on for ever ?

The Do 17 has had her main transfers added. I had to use after market swastikas, again from that long gone shop in Wimbledon, but that's not a problem and understandable. The Airfix transfers are very thin and have a tendancy to curl up if you are not carefull. They are however very strong and take a lot of handling. I did lose one of the underwing letters however as it had curled up so much it was just impossible. No problem I had some of approximately the right size and the right style in the spares box. Strangely RAF pre war underwing serials.

I now have to do the stencils. I hate stencils  :banghead:. I'll only be using those that are clearly visable on the finished model, life's just to short I'm afraid. If that's the wrong attitude, then so be it....it's mine  ;D I do find some models, especially in 1/72 can be overwhelmed by stencils. F4's  and Japanese ones in particular (indeed most JASDF types) may be realistic but just look ridiculous IMHO covered in stencils head to toe. Sorry if it offends anyone but it just gets to me and has spoilt what have otherwise been some excellent models when I've looked at them at shows.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 07, 2015, 02:42:38 pm
I now have to do the stencils. I hate stencils  :banghead:. I'll only be using those that are clearly visable on the finished model, life's just to short I'm afraid. If that's the wrong attitude, then so be it....it's mine  ;D I do find some models, especially in 1/72 can be overwhelmed by stencils. F4's  and Japanese ones in particular (indeed most JASDF types) may be realistic but just look ridiculous IMHO covered in stencils head to toe. Sorry if it offends anyone but it just gets to me and has spoilt what have otherwise been some excellent models when I've looked at them at shows.

I'm with you there Chris, the new(ish) Airfix Lightnings are covered in the darn things, yet if you look at any pics of 1:1 scale Lightnings you can only see a few of them. I left over half of mine on the decal sheet when I built my PR9.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on July 07, 2015, 02:57:19 pm
I agree. You want a few to bring a bit of realism, but that can definitely go over the top....

 :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 09, 2015, 06:16:17 am
Right stencils are on the Do 17 and to my surprise I used about 90% of them. When I got down to studying the separate stencil placement sheet there are alternatives for a fair few of them. Some in white for the BoB aircraft and then the same but in red for the Bulgarian Russian Front aircraft. Once the white ones are applied you can see why they were changed. they almost scream out "aim here for the most damage".

Anyway no traumas with them as I now know how they behave and they are good  :thumbsup: However I was putting the markings on the prop blades and after I got 5 on I lost the 6th  :banghead: Looked all over for it and no it's not attached to me or at least a part of my body I can see  ;D. Luckyly I found one from an old Me 109 sheet that was exactly right  :thumbsup: Otherwise I'd have had to paint over the others and prop stencils are some of the ones that I think visually work well on all models.

The stencils are all readable by the way and even my schoolboy German was able to translate 90% of them o they are very clear.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on July 09, 2015, 07:15:59 am
Now there's an about face ! lol. Sounds good tho. Interesting to read that they are all legible as well. Look forward to seeing this one.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on July 09, 2015, 10:34:22 pm
...The stencils are all readable by the way and even my schoolboy German was able to translate 90% of them o they are very clear.

Schnell! Schnell! Kartofelkopf!

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 10, 2015, 06:29:31 am
Ok so I've now got the Invaders upper surfaces varnished and the Do can get her varnish latter this weekend.

I now need to return to the Caproni. She got parked because I made a bit of a ****'s up with the masking and she looks rather tatty around the transparencies  :banghead: Anyway I've had a few thoughts about it, which strangely didn't include putting her on the shelf of doom, and I've had a couple of ideas.

I think I can save the canopy by using the old toothpaste polish method. A couple of the nose panels may also respond to that as well, but they are not as bad in all honesty. The cabin windows however are another matter and are what made me park her. Then I had a thought. She's operating in the desert as a navigation, radio and air gunnery trainer, right ? So it is hot and dusty, right ? So I can say some of the "tattiness" is caused by the conditions and some may even get a coat of silver or primer. The cabin windows however ? Then I thought, hang on, they would have needed blinds in that sun otherwise they wouldn't have seen the instrument faces on the radios and navigation equipment. So I'll just paint blinds that have been drawn to various degrees down the windows  ;D Will still look tatty, but close enough for government work.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on July 10, 2015, 10:05:30 pm
How about painting some of the nose glazing matt white and saying it's whitewash like they used to put on shop windows when they were doing stuff inside.  You could even scratch come names into it.
I paint all my glazing frames by hand and have yet to tackle the Caproni nose.  I might have a try later on.  Hopefully being full of post dental op drugs will give me a steady hand.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 11, 2015, 07:26:45 am
Not much today, I simply wanted to get the Dornier varnished. Went to start spraying her this morning and I noticed some very slight crazing on those parts still on the sprue. Stopped straight away and got a new can out (Humbrol spray varnish) as the previous one was almost empty. Let her bathe in warm water whilst I had a cup of tea and then gave it the count to 200 shake. Still got some slight crazing. Nothing bad and in all honesty it doesn't really notice on the undersides. I wasn't risking the uppers however. So got the bottle of Windsor and Newton out and my widest brush. Little bit of water to thin and went on like a dream  :thumbsup:

My personal view is that it's the weather. In the heat this morning out on the balcony the spray was starting to dry before it hit the surface, whence the crazing ? The W&N conversely was nice and thin because of the heat (normally can be very thick and needs a fair bit of thinning). So in future I'll just keep an eye on the temperature when I varnish.

Hopefully actually get some work done on the builds tomorrow as the weather is forecast to be cooler and cloudy
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on July 12, 2015, 04:14:57 am
Hah.  I'm having the opposite problem.  Too cold and dank.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 12, 2015, 07:30:51 am
Hah.  I'm having the opposite problem.  Too cold and dank.


I suppose we both like Spring and Autumn then for modelling ?  ;D

Anyway the Do has reached the point where I need to get the transparencies done. Hopefully finish her this week.

The Invader is finished  :thumbsup: Pictures during the week. I've decided I'm going to work on her predecessor as one of my next builds and do a late SEAC Boston. Will be using the Special Hobby kit.

Means I can get some serious work done on my GB Comet now  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on July 12, 2015, 07:42:04 am
We`ve got the air on so it`s nice and comfy in the house....great for sleeping  :thumbsup:

I like the idea od the shades pulled down too.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 13, 2015, 06:39:01 am
Well here's the link to the finished Invader http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40875.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40875.new.html#new)

Plus 1 piccie

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Model%20Pics%20004_5.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Model%20Pics%20004_5.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on July 13, 2015, 08:03:17 am
Excellent Invader, Chris.

I've a Revell boxing of the solid nose variant that is destined to be a real world OOB effort.  My fantasy whif RAF Invader has always had a post-war Medium Sea Grey/Gloss Black finish as I see them as Brigand alternatives.  Brigand looks so old-fashioned compared to the Invader.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 14, 2015, 07:13:35 am
I know what you mean but to me the Brigand looks so much more pugnacious
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 15, 2015, 06:07:36 am
Well there's another one for the "That didn't work" collection  :banghead: ;D

Whilst looking for something else the other day I discovered a sheet of Bare Metal Foil that I'd completely forgotten about so I decided I'd use it for masking the Dornier transparencies. Well took it off this morning and  :-\

It's not the foils fault (mostly) as I did find it highlighted the frames much more clearly then tape and it was far easier to cut in situ. However my eyesight, especially given the added problem in the right eye still caused me to not be able to cut the stuff away accurately  :banghead: So whilst not a complete failure I still have some touching up to do. Even when touching up I still have problems in that I can't judge when the brush is on the surface of the object being painted when it's as fine as a cockpit frame. Shows how much you need both eyes to be working properly to judge distance.. So after trying the more conventional approaches to masking canopies recently I think for ones with a moderate to lot of framing I will return to my painted masking tape method. I may well use the BMF for larger bubble types until it runs out but won't get more as it's a tad pricey.

I said mostly above. Well the one problem I noticed with BMF for masking is the residue that remains on the canopy when you take it off. All it bit messy and spoils the clarity a tad ! Hopefully a wash in warm water and good old Fairy Liquid will give me a nice shiny canopy again.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 16, 2015, 04:03:43 pm
Brigand is so much better looking than the Invader!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on July 17, 2015, 02:06:47 am
Brigand is so much better looking than the Invader!

Each to their own, I say.  I concede the Brigand is not unattractive when in flight.  I think it's the twin fins and taildragger undercarriage that date it.  Whether a tricycle undercarriage would improve its looks (to my eye) I don't know. A Centaurus Beaufighter with a Brigand canopy (or more specifically a Brigand forward fuselage) and cut-down rear fuselage (with the TF.X's dorsal fin) I imagine would be a good-looker.  Whether it would be any good in reality is of course another matter!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2015, 06:47:15 am
Right the Do 17 is finished (I'll post a couple of pics when I next have the camera out). In the end I ended up scrubbing the framing off the nose glazing and painting the frames. Worked suprisingly well, I think it's the way Airfix configured the frames they are very condusive to hand painting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this kit and I even put an aireal wire on her ! First time I've done this since I was probably 7 or 8 when I would have used knitting in elastic  ;D Used some Uschi VDR thread and it worked very well and surprisingly easily. Just enough elasticity. Was it worth it however ? I struggle to see it and I know it's there, doubt very much if it would survive a trip by public transport to a show and doubtful it would survive the show it'self. heck though it looks good when I look closely enough to see it  ;D This one is real world, part of my mini BoB collection but the next will be wiffed.

Now I have to work on my Comet for the current GB, find where the Caproni is cowering (I blame Zenrat  ;D) and get her finished. The next kits pulled from stash are Airfix Hurricane and Defiant, Vallom Brigand and my Eduard Avia B.534. The latter will be real world the others wiffed.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitbasher on July 18, 2015, 04:20:49 am
Thought you'd like the Bearcat at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol2MLi-S1Wk
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 18, 2015, 07:17:28 am
Now that Bearcat looks just right  :thumbsup:

Anyway some progress on the Comet - see report in the Group Build thread.

Got some work done on the Caproni as well and more importantly came to a decision regarding her :

Now in all honesty I've made a right pigs ear of this model, probably the worst I've produced in a very, very long time. However it is the first model on which I've made structural alterations in many, many a year. Nearly all, if not all, my models are purely a change of markings/colours but with this one I have changed the airframe. Now these changes are not the reason I've managed to screw it up, they are many and varied, indeed the changes have given me the confidence to make some changes to the airframe of my G.B. Comet. Without these changes I would almost certainly have binned her.

So despite all her flaws I will post some pics of her here in my Blog when I've finished, a) because I think she will be the first pigs ear ever posted on site  :rolleyes: and b) because despite being an almighty cock-up she has served her purpose and I've learnt a fair few things whilst building her, some of which I will be following up on and others I will be discarding.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 18, 2015, 04:49:42 pm
The Valom Brigand is a pig to build, which much detail that is either wrong or downright fictional - the u/c bay wing structure is from the Special Hobby Ju 388, there's German seats in there (one suspiciously similar to a Revell 190 seat), there's a radio bulkhead inside the rear fuselage which as never there and is equipped with Ju 88 radio gear!  The fit is bloody awful too!  one of mine is part built and got abandoned 5 years back.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 19, 2015, 07:59:01 am
Ah well, we shall see. To be honest Lee I wouldn't know if those things you mention are accurate or not so it doesn't bother me that much. If I surrender and give up then I think I have a Magna one in the stash.

Anyway progress on the Caproni. Got the transfers on today so all she needs now is some varnish and her nav lights etc and I'll call it a day
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 21, 2015, 06:06:31 am
Gentle progress on the 2 current builds. I'm enjoying the Comet, takes me back to when days were far, far simpler  :thumbsup:

Not starting anything new until these two are finished but here's a couple of shots of my real world Do 17 as promised. New tool Airfix 1/72

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Ebay%20004.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Ebay%20004.jpg.html)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Ebay%20003.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Ebay%20003.jpg.html)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Ebay%20002.jpg)[/URL (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Ebay%20002.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 21, 2015, 02:41:43 pm
Pretty darned impressive that, Chris.  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: rickshaw on July 21, 2015, 09:50:48 pm
Looks very nice indeed!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on July 22, 2015, 01:41:30 am
Looking good Chris.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 22, 2015, 06:41:35 am
Thanks gents, as said it's a very enjoyable kit. If the Beaufighter is as good then I'll be in pig heaven  ;D

Anyway I got the wings on the Comet and was pleasantly surprised. They are a pretty good fit  :thumbsup: Just need a little putty on the wing root/fuselage join and will probably need another after that inevitably shrinks.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 22, 2015, 12:13:44 pm
The Do 17 looks great!  :thumbsup:
That's the canopy you used the bare metal foil on for masking? Doesn't look bad, i would've messed it up much more than that and my eyes are ok... :banghead:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 23, 2015, 07:26:52 am
Yup it is the one I used BMF on. The one problem I found with it is that it left some residue on the canopy which was a bit of a bugger to remove
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 23, 2015, 08:00:26 am
Well I'm calling the Caproni finished, full details can be found here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40929.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40929.new.html#new)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Model%20Pics%20001_6.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Model%20Pics%20001_6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on July 29, 2015, 07:07:12 am
All modelling activity is concentrated on my GB build at the moment. Don't want to start anything new until that's finished plus I'm out virtually every day next week so it's silly to start on some stuff and then have a slow week. I've pulled the next few builds (real world and wif) out of the stash however  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 04, 2015, 07:36:43 am
Well the Comet is finished, photo's in the next day or so. She looks quite "toy like" but I think that's because of the single colour scheme ?

Won't be starting anything new this week, hopefully over the weekkend
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on August 05, 2015, 04:23:15 am
I got my Comet out of it's box yesterday, looked at the amount of PSR still needed (mainly around the nacelles), shuddered and put it back.
Can't wait to see yours
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 05, 2015, 07:59:30 am
Pics are taken, should get them sorted and posted tomorrow.

I've been pondering on getting another one and turning it into a 1938 Munich Crisis fighter. Single seater again, tail dragger with 4 mg's in the nose. Biggest change will be engines. I have a couple of suitable noses in the stash but may go with a pair of radials ? The RAF ordered these but then went "ah, monoplane ; perhaps we'd better have a conservative choice as well just to be safe" and ordered the Gladiator.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 05, 2015, 11:48:49 pm
As promised here's the link to the finished Comet

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40796.30.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40796.30.html)

Plus a teaser

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Model%20Pics%20003_7.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Model%20Pics%20003_7.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on August 06, 2015, 03:19:07 am
Pics are taken, should get them sorted and posted tomorrow.

I've been pondering on getting another one and turning it into a 1938 Munich Crisis fighter. Single seater again, tail dragger with 4 mg's in the nose. Biggest change will be engines. I have a couple of suitable noses in the stash but may go with a pair of radials ? The RAF ordered these but then went "ah, monoplane ; perhaps we'd better have a conservative choice as well just to be safe" and ordered the Gladiator.

Funny, after looking at the finish pics thread I was thinking about re-engineing mine.  Merlins sprang to mind but then I remembered I also had a pair of resin Double Wasps.  Both engine choices which might IRL tear the wings off.
A more realistic choice might be 2 of the Wasps from the Airfix Ford Trimotor.
However I only have one of them left having used the other 2 to power the FW189s fans.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 06, 2015, 06:46:11 am
I was thinking of Wasps if I go down the radial route. The inline route is a pair of Napier Dagger's ? Which I think I have somewhere if only I could remember where  :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 06, 2015, 08:00:30 am
Yeah, Daggers!  :thumbsup: :bow:

Great looking engine, it's a pity it didn't work all that well.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 06, 2015, 04:27:32 pm
I can cast a pair, Chris...
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on August 07, 2015, 03:33:55 am
How about a pair of Lycoming T53s (Mohawk) or Garrett TPE331s (Bronco)?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 07, 2015, 06:07:09 am
I can cast a pair, Chris...

Lee you gave me a pair, I just need to find them  :banghead: I'm going to sort out the "spare parts, conversion bits and accessories" parts of the stash on Saturday so hopefully find them then. If not I'll be in touch. No rush as it will be a while before I start this. Probably post Telford
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 08, 2015, 05:33:15 am
As expected the "lets find the couple of bits I want" turned into a major stash reorganisation, which will take a few days. Not a problem as I've actually nothing on the go at the moment. Will break cut plastic during the week.

Anyway didn't turn up the Daggers but did find a lot of stuff I'd forgotten about. Quite a lot of it is from when I first got back into the hobby and is probably of no use to me now as I really don't build many jets. So I've a fair few Aeroclub white metal ejection seats, resin bits for Hunter's and TSR 2's which will almost certainly get sold off at some point. I also found some really nice Aeroclub white metal MG's - Browning 0.303 and 0.5's and what I think are Mg 34's  :thumbsup:

Prize find however were some Paragon resin Mosquito bits including some two stage Merlins  ;D These have been put in a Tamiya kit and said box is now on the to build pile
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on August 08, 2015, 05:39:39 am
Some interesting stuff here Chris. Looking forward to where you go engine wise. It`s always nice to `look in`on somebody`s stash as well....imagine all the little gems one can find.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 13, 2015, 07:10:37 am
So the great stash rejig/sort has been completed and did I find the Dagger engines ? Did I heck  :banghead:

However I have unearthed a few gems and reminders of times past, not all modelling related. Included in these finds were quite a stash of Humbrol Authentic's  :thumbsup: Previously I thought I only had some of the ancient military colours but no I have loads more. I need to sort out what's actually there and get them sorted into my "paint trays" which are collated by nationality and then by type of paint.

Also discovered a full bottle of Beattie's own brand liquid poly cement and it still works  ;D

There was a big old accounts style book as well at the bottom of one particular cabinet. Dad had a mate who worked for a publisher and used to give me a lot of their trial runs. Fully finished and bound books but with no print whatsoever, these made great scribbling/drawing books. Anyway this one must date to early/mid 60's as it's full of my plans for my wargamming. Lots of fully detailed maps of the nations I created and outlines of their armed forces for various historical periods, brief historical scenarios the lot. Great find and I spent a few hours thumbing through it  ;D

Anyway I should get back to the bench this weekend. I have the kits out ; 3 single engine types (one because of something I found in the stash rejig) and 3 twins as this is "the Year of the Twin"  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 16, 2015, 06:25:15 am
Right got started again after the hiatus caused by the stash reshuffle. Still need to sort and identify the Humbrol Authentics I found however  :thumbsup:

Started with an Academy Tempest and as 2015 is the Year of the Twin and because the resin shelves had raised a petition complaining about being ignored for a bit a Czechmaster Welkin. This will be real world as I could only come up with one scenario and have decided to save that for the night fighter version I have  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on August 16, 2015, 07:37:02 am
Wot no Heinkel !!!!  :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 16, 2015, 08:00:41 am
A Welkin!  :thumbsup:

Now THERE'S an aircraft that DOESN'T need longer wings.  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on August 16, 2015, 02:14:17 pm
a Czechmaster Welkin. This will be real world as I could only come up with one scenario and have decided to save that for the night fighter version I have  ;D

I've got both the Mk.I and NF.II in the stash.  In one of the back-issues of Air-Britain's Aeromilitaria, there's an article about what Westland was going to do to make the Welkin go faster (didn't matter how more powerful the engines were, it would only go so fast before the wing stalled at speed), they had an answer to the wing problem which was to increase the chord length by 20%. I'm planning on doing that to the NF.II
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rick Lowe on August 16, 2015, 02:50:39 pm
A Welkin!  :thumbsup:

Now THERE'S an aircraft that DOESN'T need longer wings.  ;D :lol:

 :blink: :blink:
...Who are you, and what have you done with the real Kit??

 :rolleyes: :lol:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 16, 2015, 03:19:18 pm
A Welkin!  :thumbsup:

Now THERE'S an aircraft that DOESN'T need longer wings.  ;D :lol:

 :blink: :blink:
...Who are you, and what have you done with the real Kit??

 :rolleyes: :lol:

Hehehe.  ;D

Well alright, it could maybe do with another 30 ft or so.  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rick Lowe on August 16, 2015, 09:06:52 pm
A Welkin!  :thumbsup:

Now THERE'S an aircraft that DOESN'T need longer wings.  ;D :lol:

 :blink: :blink:
...Who are you, and what have you done with the real Kit??

 :rolleyes: :lol:

Hehehe.  ;D

Well alright, it could maybe do with another 30 ft or so.  ;)

That's Better!  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 17, 2015, 06:18:11 am
Wot no Heinkel !!!!  :o

I'm still looking at it and purring Geoff  ;D Besides I want to find out what the bits at the tail are that they want you to chop off in stage 6 ? Be rude not to know before I wield the knife  :rolleyes:. I'll probably get her started next weekend.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 17, 2015, 06:21:50 am
a Czechmaster Welkin. This will be real world as I could only come up with one scenario and have decided to save that for the night fighter version I have  ;D

I've got both the Mk.I and NF.II in the stash.  In one of the back-issues of Air-Britain's Aeromilitaria, there's an article about what Westland was going to do to make the Welkin go faster (didn't matter how more powerful the engines were, it would only go so fast before the wing stalled at speed), they had an answer to the wing problem which was to increase the chord length by 20%. I'm planning on doing that to the NF.II

I read up on that after you'd mentioned it previously  :thumbsup: It's beyond me I'm afraid mate but I'll be interested in seeing it done. Mine is going to be RAF attached to the BPF base at Manaus to keep off some Japanese recce jobs. In all honesty their Airships were determined to justify the expense of the project and were owed a favour by their Lordships at the Admiralty. So they got sent out there to pass away quietly  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on August 17, 2015, 07:39:11 am
Wot no Heinkel !!!!  :o

I'm still looking at it and purring Geoff  ;D Besides I want to find out what the bits at the tail are that they want you to chop off in stage 6 ? Be rude not to know before I wield the knife  :rolleyes:. I'll probably get her started next weekend.



I think they may be fixed tail guns in alt locations as I think only space for one in the tail cone
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 18, 2015, 06:39:41 am
That's what I thought but I can't find any information on them in any of my books. I'm building a very early war version which won't have them anyway but I was intrigued.

The build in the Airfix Magazine didn't mention them either
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on August 18, 2015, 07:57:43 am
That's what I thought but I can't find any information on them in any of my books. I'm building a very early war version which won't have them anyway but I was intrigued.

The build in the Airfix Magazine didn't mention them either

(http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/attachments/aviation/60504d1299780524t-fixed-tail-gun-111-a-111.jpg)

That help  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 19, 2015, 06:54:24 am
It does indeed Geoff. I never knew about that at all - thank you

So do we assume a future H-3 variant ? Finally tracked down a reference in one of my William Green books
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on August 20, 2015, 07:40:27 am
I bought that Airfix mag this week. Hey, if we can't have the kits at least we can read the article ! lol :blink:

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 23, 2015, 07:44:27 am
Right some progress this week  :thumbsup:

The Welkin is basically together but I've had a problem with her and it may well be down to the size of the wings ???  :blink: The wing/fuselage joint was the one problem area in the casting of this kit. There had obviously been a large air bubble which had then opened up and left very little joining surface. Anyway I fixed that and then put a spar into each wing to take some of the weight of the things. I couldn't put a spar through the fuselage as it would have gone through the detailed cockpit "tub". Anyway wings are on and I'm cleaning up the joint which needed a bit of work at the front and "crack" the fuselage has opened up ! Now part has opened up along the join, which has had a week or so to dry but the nose appears to have split along a very fine hairline crack to the left of the join  :banghead: In all honesty it's wasn't a problem to fix as the crack was very fine. So now I'm going to leave it for a few days before gently getting back to sorting the wing joint out. I just wonder if the weight of the wings and the downward moment pulled the fuselage halves apart ?

The Tempest is also together and the quite large amount of work I've done is being cleaned up. So far I'm quite please with this.

Started on one of my Telford builds yesterday and basically got her together by this afternoon. Another Airfix Mk I Hurricane. This one will have a pair of Freightdog's 20mm cannon pods and be in desert colours for the early War period. So probably brown/stone over sky ? As this is a production cannon Hurricane I'm thinking of retaining two Browning's per wing as well as the 20mm's. Hopefully remember to keep the box top for the display as discussed previously. I've also used the Yahu pre-printed instrument panel on this. Very neat and a lot simpler to use to the Eduard one, you just stick it to the existing panel. Also cheaper. Eduard probably have the edge in overall terms but if you just want an enhanced panel have a look at their range  :thumbsup:

Building this got me thinking. Now in the real world we have Hurricane Mk I, Mk II A, B, C & D and Mk IV. Now if the Mk I had been produced with 20mm cannon would that have been the Mk I B ? Therefore might the 12 gun Hurricane II have been the Mk C, whilst the cannon armed one was the B ?

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 23, 2015, 01:30:37 pm

Building this got me thinking. Now in the real world we have Hurricane Mk I, Mk II A, B, C & D and Mk IV. Now if the Mk I had been produced with 20mm cannon would that have been the Mk I B ? Therefore might the 12 gun Hurricane II have been the Mk C, whilst the cannon armed one was the B ?


Yes.  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 24, 2015, 06:04:57 am
Hurricane can be painted  :thumbsup:

I mentioned the Yahu panel above. Well as said it is nice but it all but disappears inside the Hurricane. Even with an open canopy which this one will have it will be difficult to see. So I'd recommend them but only where the instrument panel is clearly visible.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2015, 01:03:15 am
Slight problem with the Hurricane mainly because I've over thought it  :banghead: In the old days I would have just gone with my first thoughts

The undersides will be Sky Blue. Now this is one of those colours for which IPMS Stockholm is no help, it simple refers to an FS Number. I looked at a thread on Brit Modeller and just got completely lost with them all trying to impress each other with their "knowledge".

So from looking at the swatch on the Stockholm link and bearing in mind we all see colours differently, I was thinking of using either Vallejo pale Blue or Humbrol 65 which I have in the stash.

Anybody know if that would be roughly ok or way out ?

Chris
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on August 25, 2015, 02:26:02 am
PINK.....I always thought it was PINK.
Happy to help. ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Gondor on August 25, 2015, 02:40:33 am
So Narses2, what is this mysterious FS number that you are hoping someone can find the colour or equivalent of?

Gondor
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on August 25, 2015, 02:45:07 am
I've got a chart somewhere that cross references all that.  I'll see if I can find it.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on August 25, 2015, 03:02:50 am
For "Sky Blue" the ultimate model paint conversion chart (http://paint4models.com) gives Humbrol 122 and no direct Vallejo match.

However, i'd just go with what looked right to me.  As you say, we all see colour differently.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 25, 2015, 04:47:04 am
Do you know this site? http://www.paint4models.com/
Hope it helps.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on August 25, 2015, 07:06:45 am
PINK, I tell you......PINK!!!! :wub:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Rheged on August 25, 2015, 07:37:43 am
PINK, I tell you......PINK!!!! :wub:

Why not?

  https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=pink+spitfire&biw=1080&bih=490&tbm=isch&imgil=Vg4x64DYK-7N0M%253A%253B9RnfRppCVB7lAM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fnowiknow.com%25252Finvisible-pink%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=Vg4x64DYK-7N0M%253A%252C9RnfRppCVB7lAM%252C_&usg=__YkT2YNVdjI5xqmulodaI-9j-3h8%3D&ved=0CCoQyjdqFQoTCKCQ8f-5xMcCFcwq2wodTmIENA&ei=2HzcVaDEFczV7AbOxJGgAw#imgrc=Vg4x64DYK-7N0M%3A&usg=__YkT2YNVdjI5xqmulodaI-9j-3h8%3D  (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=pink+spitfire&biw=1080&bih=490&tbm=isch&imgil=Vg4x64DYK-7N0M%253A%253B9RnfRppCVB7lAM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fnowiknow.com%25252Finvisible-pink%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=Vg4x64DYK-7N0M%253A%252C9RnfRppCVB7lAM%252C_&usg=__YkT2YNVdjI5xqmulodaI-9j-3h8%3D&ved=0CCoQyjdqFQoTCKCQ8f-5xMcCFcwq2wodTmIENA&ei=2HzcVaDEFczV7AbOxJGgAw#imgrc=Vg4x64DYK-7N0M%3A&usg=__YkT2YNVdjI5xqmulodaI-9j-3h8%3D)

......and incidentally, wins the star prize for the longest hyperlink of the week!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2015, 07:44:46 am
PINK, I tell you......PINK!!!! :wub:

I do have a pink aircraft in the works Tel  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2015, 07:53:10 am
So Narses2, what is this mysterious FS number that you are hoping someone can find the colour or equivalent of?

Gondor

They quote FS 35622 (35550). Now the "actual" colour wouldn't have been an FS number as it was British so I assume that is the nearest equivalent. Indeed in my rather confused reading I think the colour may have been a commercialy obtained one by the Middle East Air Command.

For "Sky Blue" the ultimate model paint conversion chart (http://paint4models.com) gives Humbrol 122 and no direct Vallejo match.

However, i'd just go with what looked right to me.  As you say, we all see colour differently.

Unfortunately that's no longer in the Humbrol list and is not one I have - I have all the other 120's  :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2015, 07:59:51 am
Do you know this site? http://www.paint4models.com/
Hope it helps.

 :cheers:

It may not help with this one as it quotes Humbrol 122 - out of production - and a Lifecolor I don't have, but it will help in future. Thank you  :thumbsup:

Just going to go with what I feel fits
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on August 25, 2015, 11:46:54 pm
What about Humbrol duck Egg Blue, Hannants appear to suggect that on their Xtradecal sheets from what I can tell trying to read the instructions jpeg on-line
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Gondor on August 26, 2015, 03:07:04 am
Try this (http://www.modelsrgo.co.uk/mr-hobby-aqueous-hobby-colour-h314-blue-fs35622-10ml.html)

Gondor
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on August 26, 2015, 05:30:04 am
I'll have to check my stash for 122 ! What's the deal, they weren't selling enough or just changed their catalogue ?

 :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 26, 2015, 06:18:10 am
Try this (http://www.modelsrgo.co.uk/mr-hobby-aqueous-hobby-colour-h314-blue-fs35622-10ml.html)

Gondor

Cheers mate but I don't want to go to the hassle of on-line shopping for one paint. I'll have a look when at Telford though for future use.

What about Humbrol duck Egg Blue, Hannants appear to suggect that on their Xtradecal sheets from what I can tell trying to read the instructions jpeg on-line

Ah. I'll see if MZ has any when I'm in Croydon on Friday. Ta  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 26, 2015, 06:21:17 am
Got my Sept SAMI and MA today and the latter has in my opinion a perfect example of an over weathered model. The A4 build is in such a state that I'm sure the crew chief would have been made to walk the plank in real life ?

Have a glance at it on the newsagents shelves and see what I mean. It's on page 10
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on August 26, 2015, 11:16:37 am
Thanks for the heads up but I can believe it. That's one of my peeves about the accepted standard for figures in armour modelling....the vehicles themselves look spot on, like they have been shrunken...and yet the figures are so weathered they look like cartoons ?

 :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 28, 2015, 06:10:00 am
Picked up a tinlet of Humbrol 23 in MZ  :thumbsup: Humbrol only do it in enamel, cheers Geoff

Decided what to do with my second Airfix Beaufighter (first is real world SEAC as per box). She will be RNZAF in the SW Pacific
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on August 29, 2015, 05:04:29 am
Welkin and Hurricane are in the paint shop but the Tempest is still in the body shop. felt weird painting the uppers on the Welkin first rather then the underneath. I always go from the lightest colour through to the darkest. I know others do it differently but I find that causes problems if you brush paint.

With two in the paint shop I've dug out the next possibles :

Real world - Beaufighter, Avia 534 and He 111

Wif - Defiant, A-20 and Brigand.

Not sure what will get done first yet out of those but I've decided what I'm doing with the Brigand's crew positions at least. The seating in the kit looks plain daft for a combat aeroplane to me so I'm going to have the navigator sitting beside and slightly behind the pilot whilst the gunner (was he radio op as well ? ) gets a swivel seat to the rear of both enabling him to turn round and work the gun. If memory serves there's a bulkhead in the cockpit between the crew stations in the kit ? that will go, although I may leave it on one side only.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on August 30, 2015, 06:43:57 am
Wow you're a busy man Chris ! Sounds like you're getting all of your BoB builds in early lol Looking forward to seeing them.

 :drink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 03, 2015, 05:58:11 am
The current 3 builds continue to make slow if steady progress, just been a hectic period socially. Lots of birthdays this time of year. I blame all those office/works Christmas parties 20/30/40/50 years ago  :rolleyes:

Also sorted out and identified the Humbrol Authentics I found whilst sorting various cupboards out. They must be at least 35 years old or so and are still in good nick  :thumbsup: Shows something about my modelling habits back then. Loads of the military uniform and equipment ranges from when I was wargaming, lots of USN/USMC/USAF colours. some ship colours and even a couple of railway ones. Biggest surprise was a full set of Isreali ones (I haven't built an Isreali bird in an eon). Only a couple of RAF and no Luftwafe but I know I had the full sets ?

Anyway they will come in handy and the uniform and equipment ones will come in handy for detailing. 3 colours of leather, unbleached linen and natural wool  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 06:03:51 am
Office Christmas parties ! Sounds like you guys had fun  :thumbsup:

We are having the same issue with weddings....with the wife being a nurse there are always a younger generation coming up, and then getting married ! But it's a fun thing, and one I really enjoy. Love the emotion of a wedding  :wub: Plus with my children and their friends getting older we are looking at a whole spate of them in the not so distant future !

Cheers Chris and thanks for the smile this morning  :wub:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 04, 2015, 06:09:27 am
Was in a tool making mood yesterday afternoon so I replenished my stock of bespoke sanders. Poundland do a pack containing a roll of double sided tape together with 10 or so pads of double sided sticky pads about 25mm by 8mm. The beauty is they are about 2mm thick and padded, as is the roll. They are very sticky and the pads are ideal for attaching to pegs, bits of wood, card etc to hold things whilst painting or assembling. I use the roll to make my sanding sticks. Coffee stirrers, lolly sticks, toothpicks cut to various sizes with the tape added and then various grades of "emery" paper (again from Poundland) stuck to them. Lasts for ages, can get anywhere you need to sand because you simply make one to fit your need and are dirt cheap as materials are a £1 or free  :thumbsup:

Must get some more
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 06, 2015, 07:37:07 am
Right progress :

The Tempest has moved into the paint shop and has had her undersides painted. I used a spray can of Tamiya MSG which I found in the clear up (must be 10 years old and still sealed) as I'd used it on the Welkin so it was out.

Welkin had had to go back to the putty shop (the crew have been disciplined  :wacko:). When I sprayed her a hairline crack appeared on the top seam. To be honest I don't think it was poor psr as it didn't show up when primed. The resin on this kit is very thin and the cockpit "tub" is a tight fit and I think the stresses and strains cased the resin to crack ? Anyway I fixed it and re-sprayed (that Tamiya can). If I'm honest I can still see part of it under working lights but I'm going to call it good for Government work and get on with the undersides.

The Hurricane has had her transfers so is on the last lap.

I also started another Defiant yesterday and she is now ready for the paint shop  :thumbsup: To my mind, of the new tool Airfix stuff this is probably the best, especially in terms of fit. The cockpit is not as fiddly as the Hurricane's and the wing to fuselage and tailplane to fuselage are just superb. It really is a lovely kit  :bow: Must admit I was enjoying myself so much painting the interior that I've probably made the most complicated masking tape seat belts I've ever done
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 07, 2015, 01:24:32 pm
To my mind, of the new tool Airfix stuff this is probably the best, especially in terms of fit. 

Try their Lancaster and I doubt you feel the same way...
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 07, 2015, 02:35:47 pm
Sounds good Chris. Look forward to seeing the Welkin. Now I have to go dig out the Lancs and see what Lee is on about !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 07, 2015, 04:31:33 pm
The new tool was is a nightmare fit due to the engineering way they've broken it down.  Get one thing wrong in the build - and you HAVE to follow the Airfix plans - and it becomes more and more difficult.  Add to that having to trim and sand every sodding piece to get it to fit.  Awful.  That said, I have two 2/3 built with another 4 in the stash...  And a requirement for another Mk II to use as a donor for the Blackbird Lincoln conversion.

Not quite a Lancaster, but Airfix related.  I was tiding up the bits for one of the Airfix Spitfire F22s earlier today and the sprues were covered in really extensive flash, so much so I thought I was trying to clean up a Novo kit!  I kid ye not!
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 07, 2015, 04:39:33 pm
On the 72nd scale kit ? I've got one mostly built and really can't recall. As for the Lanc, thanks for the heads up....I'll keep that in mind !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 08, 2015, 06:35:34 am
To my mind, of the new tool Airfix stuff this is probably the best, especially in terms of fit. 

Try their Lancaster and I doubt you feel the same way...

I've got one but haven't done anymore than look at it yet.

I must admit I have found that you do have to follow the Airfix plans when building the new kits
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: zenrat on September 09, 2015, 03:25:43 am
First one I of the new style kits I built was a Swordfish.  It was a shock and I nearly got lost skipping ahead.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Geoff on September 09, 2015, 05:07:51 am
I had real problems with the 1/72nd Fw-190 wing gun panels. Did not fit at all, ended up filling the holes in and making a Czech Wif version out of it and the second as an IDF machine.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 09, 2015, 05:40:43 am
Now you guys are scaring me ! Instead of looking at the pretty boxes I guess I should build one eh ?

 :cheers: :thumbsup: :blink:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 09, 2015, 06:08:41 am
Some progress on all 4 current builds.

Tempest and Welkin have been masked for the next stage of the painting. Had to keep reminding myself that I was masking the Welkin's upper surfaces to paint the underside. Just seems topsy turvy to my instincts  :blink:

Hurricane has had her undercarriage fitted and been matted. She will need a second coat as after some recent disasters with Humbrol spray varnish I've gone back to using the brush and Windsor and Newton. It's just as quick anyway on 1/72 single engine jobs.

Defiant has been fitted with it's Khormaksar filter (think Vokes but trimmed to fit and named after the RAF Aden base). Was a good fit in the end, very little PPP needed. I've spot primed a couple of areas so she will start painting this weekend. I've started to use silver for spot priming. Games Workshop Mithril (or whatever it's called this week) as it shows the slightest flaw. Plus if you do miss any when overcoating you can always say it was deliberate weathering  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 09, 2015, 03:03:19 pm
That Defiant idea is very interesting and, the silver primer also seems like a good idea... :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 10, 2015, 05:50:44 am
It sure does ! looking forward to seeing that one ( both here, and my own copy from my LHS  :thumbsup: )

Thanks for the update !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 13, 2015, 07:02:11 am
Right progress  :thumbsup:

Hurricane is just about finished. Just needs her final topping out ceremony with the prop and aerial wire and she's done.

Defiant has her undersides painted so mask off and topsides start tomorrow. I was looking at the crew Airfix provide today, even though I don't use them, and they looked as though they have tooled the gunner so that he is wearing a representation of the strange all in one flying suit/parachute they actually wore. So kudos to them if they picked that up  :thumbsup:

Tempest has had her topsides completed so transfers are due next for her. I now have a Tempest fuselage in the spares box. I also have a set of resin Spitfire Mk 22 wings (from Lee I think ? If Martin apologies). Anyway I tried them and it's not that bad a fit  :o Dosen't look that bad either, so maybe one for the future.

The Welkin has been de-masked and is on her legs, so transfers for her next as well.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 14, 2015, 07:13:47 am
Oh this is gonna be good.....4 beauties right there. Especially looking forward to the Welkin, haven't seen many of them about !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 14, 2015, 07:34:05 am
Progress on all fronts and the Hurricane is done

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,41156.msg700960.html#msg700960 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,41156.msg700960.html#msg700960)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Model%20Pics%20001_8.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Model%20Pics%20001_8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 16, 2015, 05:48:32 am
Defiant has had her camouflage completed and will now move on to the transfer phase as will the Tempest now I've painted the yellow leading edges. I'd forgotten them and was dreading trying to cover dark green and Ocean Grey with yellow, but pink primer came to my rescue.

Did some fiddling with the Welkin and realised that whilst not a wif she is not strictly real world either  :blink: I wasn't keen on the upper/lower camouflage demarcation line so I changed it. Suppose you could call her an aesthetic wif ?

Now when I do my Welkin NF she will be a wif but I did suddenly think "what if they had given the Mosquito NF longer wings for the high altitude role ?". Think I'll leave that one for Kit.

Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 16, 2015, 05:54:37 am
Pink primer eh ? Another tip to remember ! The Welkin is sounding good. Nowt wrong with subtle or aesthetic whif !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on September 17, 2015, 03:28:03 am

Now when I do my Welkin NF she will be a wif but I did suddenly think "what if they had given the Mosquito NF longer wings for the high altitude role ?". Think I'll leave that one for Kit.


They did do one Chris, the Mk.XV , got a conversion to do this too

http://forum.keypublishing.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=56036&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1109202992


Not exactly De Havilland  but -------  

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/77/Vickers_Type_432.jpg/300px-Vickers_Type_432.jpg

got one in the stash   (which I had started before my house move a few years ago, I'll have to dig that one out again someday and have another look at it )  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 17, 2015, 05:54:57 am
Thanks Robert. I thought they might of but it didn't ring any bells.

Pink primer eh ? Another tip to remember !

Yup works a treat. Any old pink will do, I just add a drop of red to a blob of white  ;D Can't remember where I read it, but it's saved me a load of hassel especially with prop tips  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 17, 2015, 08:54:49 am
I was going to ask where you got pink primer from, thanks.

I have some Xtracolor PR Pink in my Paint Store so that may do as well.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 20, 2015, 08:20:48 am
I've not used a bespoke pink yet but may well get a tin/tub of Humbrol pink. I think it's only in enamel though ? Vallejo probably have one and Games Workshop will but what they call it is another matter  :blink:

I've also used it with red, sometimes a solid red can give coverage problems especially over a dark substrate and that was fine as well.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 21, 2015, 06:07:46 am
Well the Tempest and Defiant have started to get their transfers. Defiant looks good in the "bright" desert colours  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 21, 2015, 06:23:19 am
Oh I can but. Looking forward to seeing that one Chris ! I bought some Humbrol desert colours for just such reasons.... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 21, 2015, 07:13:15 am
The Defiant in desert colours makes you realise just how sleek a dedicated single seater would look.

It's actually got me thinking of a British Sturmovik based on the Defiant but with just the single rear gun. The FAA will get theirs first though
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 21, 2015, 07:27:01 am
The FAA will get theirs first though

With floats?  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on September 21, 2015, 11:18:23 am
Floats like the Roc had.

Looking forward to the ground attack version.....lots of extra armour needed though..... ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 22, 2015, 06:16:16 am
Floats like the Roc had.

Looking forward to the ground attack version.....lots of extra armour needed though..... ;D ;D ;D

Did the Roc ever take off with floats ?  :rolleyes:

Yup a ground attack Defiant, extra armour, single rear gun and rockets. Although a latter mark could become a single seater with the lack of opposition air power ?
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on September 22, 2015, 07:29:30 am
Floats like the Roc had.


Did the Roc ever take off with floats ?  :rolleyes:


The Spitfire Mk.I when fitted with Roc floats didn't  ------- apparently the sea trials went very badly --
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 22, 2015, 07:38:18 am
Interesting stuff guys....off to check that out !

 :cheers:

Back  :thumbsup:

http://www.wardrawings.be/WW2/Files/2-Airplanes/Allies/3-UK/01-Fighters/Supermarine-Spitfire/Supermarine-FloatSpitfireMk1.htm
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 22, 2015, 07:42:34 am
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e68/GTwiner/melbsyd/hurrfpre.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/GTwiner/media/melbsyd/hurrfpre.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Radish on September 22, 2015, 12:21:51 pm
Trying to find a photo of the Roc with floats scratchbuilt by my late friend Dennis Gorman....in 1/24th. :o
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 22, 2015, 03:14:39 pm

Did the Roc ever take off with floats ?  :rolleyes:


Apparently so, although not that well, and there were five (or maybe just four....) of them. See below.

http://freespace.virgin.net/john.dell/blackburn_roc.htm (http://freespace.virgin.net/john.dell/blackburn_roc.htm)

Scroll down 'Floats'.

Apparently they were Shark floats, which are, or were, available in the FROG Shark kit.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: kitnut617 on September 22, 2015, 03:52:06 pm

Did the Roc ever take off with floats ?  :rolleyes:


Apparently so, although not that well, and there were five (or maybe just four....) of them. See below.

http://freespace.virgin.net/john.dell/blackburn_roc.htm (http://freespace.virgin.net/john.dell/blackburn_roc.htm)

Scroll down 'Floats'.

Apparently they were Shark floats, which are, or were, available in the FROG Shark kit.

Which is where I got the floats from to do my Spit Mk.I floatplane because it used Roc floats  ;)
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 23, 2015, 06:02:44 am
I've seen a few real life radial Hurricane proposals but can't remember the float plane one. It's amazing all these floatplane design's that were around at the time, all because we were expecting to be involved in Northern climes. Latter on of course they were designed with warmer ones in mind  :rolleyes:

Some progress today and that will be it for the week I think. Morfields re the eye tomorrow (30 mins combined with nurse and doctor - probably- and 2/3 hours sitting around). Friday is household doo-dahs day and then I want to clear the decks a bit so I can start on my BoB build No 1 on Sunday. So these 3 will drift in and out of bench space over the next week or so.

Defiant has had her transfers completed. In the end I just went with the individual aircraft code as she didn't look right with squadron codes for some reason. Tempest has also had her transfers finished and both of them have minimal stencils. I have to be in the mood and I wasn't. Besides to many can spoil a model I think. Both of these are also now standing on their own two legs, although the Tempests are a little wobbly. It's the same with every Academy Tempest I've built - wobbly legs. Hope the real things were stronger.

Welkin is also on her legs and so is nearly there as well. Whilst cutting one of the undercarriage doors from it's resin block it flew into the ether and I thought  :banghead: :banghead:. Had a good look for it but no luck, so scratched a new one and painted the inner surface. Went to get the tail wheel doors from the old food tray I use for work in progress and there was the main door ! It had flown home so to speak, never though of looking there of all places  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 23, 2015, 07:00:27 am
Went to get the tail wheel doors from the old food tray I use for work in progress and there was the main door ! It had flown home so to speak, never though of looking there of all places  ;D

The pervisity of inanimate objects, eh?  :banghead:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 23, 2015, 07:34:37 am
Great stuff Chris, and funny story about the gear door coming home !

Interesting about the Shark floats as well, as I was going to dig that kit out and look at them. I know I have floats 'floating around' somewhere  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 25, 2015, 06:08:38 am
Morfields re the eye tomorrow (30 mins combined with nurse and doctor - probably- and 2/3 hours sitting around).

I did them a disservice. They got there act together and I arrived at 1:30 for a 2:00 appointment and was walking out at 2:15  :o :thumbsup:

No change with the eye, but that's better than it getting worse.

Cleared the bench when I got home, couldn't do any work with drops in the eyes  :blink:, so it's already for the BoB build start over the weekend
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on September 25, 2015, 06:34:16 am
That's good to hear Chris. Like you said, at least it's not getting worse ! And that the visit times were quick. I've been doing a lot of hospital visists myself these last few months, and have been very impressed with the service.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on September 29, 2015, 07:04:44 am
I haven't forgotten these 3 builds it's just I'm trying the "one kit at a time technique" for the first time in years with the first of my BoB GB builds. Should get back to them next week, hopefully.

I'm enjoying the Fw 187 a lot and am toying with a second one. Make her a latter model, single seater with perhaps the engines from an Me 410 (I have an old Italeri one in the stash). She would then be the heavy day fighter/fighter bomber whilst the 110's would do the nightfighting role.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 03, 2015, 05:10:30 am
Whilst waiting for some work on the Fw to dry I did some work on the Defiant (I know I said I wouldn't, but  :rolleyes:). Only masking the canopy and I hit a slight problem. I've got the Eduard mask, mainly for the turret, and when I tried to move a portion a tad it came away and took the Klear coat with it as a sheet the exact size of the pane being masked  :banghead: Obviously the canopy had a fair amount of mould release agent on it ? Can't say I can really remember this as a major problem before but I shall be washing canopies thoroughly in future if using pre cut masks
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 07, 2015, 06:09:09 am
Still mainly concentrating on my BoB GB build but have got to the point when there's down time whilst waiting for paint to dry.

So managed to get the Defiant's glazing done and I've also started varnishing the Tempest, Defiant and Welkin. All 3 are on their finals so hopefully get them completed next week although I need to think about the next issue of the S.I.G. Newsletter as well so that may slow me down.

Had a bit of a problem with the Defiant. As many know I really do like Lifecolor paints and generally have no problem with them. However their Azure Blue is a bit of a puzzle  :blink: Goes on superbly as all their paints do and colour looks good. However give it a coat of Klear and you get purplish streaks ? I repainted the serious ones and got the same thing today with the matt varnish  :banghead: No where as serious as before but still annoying. I've had this before with Azure but no other colours. Not sure if it's the colour or this particular jar. I shall have a chat with their main retailer at Telford.
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on October 07, 2015, 12:18:16 pm
The one kit at a time routine is a tough row to hoe ! I don't think I could do it anymore...I know it would definitely help production tho. And thanks for the heads up re: masking the clear bits. I want to start airbrushing again and washing them before masking is duly noted.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 08, 2015, 07:26:13 am
Major painting is finished on the Fw 187 so transfers beckon over the weekend.

On a completely different subject. I was watching the Bakeoff Final last night (along with 14m others) and got wondering about a "Modeloff" - well if a baking competition can be the UK's biggest tv programme of the year anything's possible  ;D - and thought the Mary Berry type judge is obviously Mike McEvoy but who could do the Paul Hollywood role ? Firm, fair and stern ?  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on October 08, 2015, 07:34:56 am
Good call ! When we were younger and living together my brother and I had a competition, using the 32nd scale Mosquito. He built his OOB while I went with a PR machine in invasion stripes. Our friends were the judges, and knew nowt about models, so declared it a draw. Mine was obviously better lol

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 08, 2015, 10:01:16 am
and thought the Mary Berry type judge is obviously Mike McEvoy but who could do the Paul Hollywood role ? Firm, fair and stern ?  :rolleyes:

That'd be you or OGL.  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Thorvic on October 08, 2015, 12:14:40 pm
Major painting is finished on the Fw 187 so transfers beckon over the weekend.

On a completely different subject. I was watching the Bakeoff Final last night (along with 14m others) and got wondering about a "Modeloff" - well if a baking competition can be the UK's biggest tv programme of the year anything's possible  ;D - and thought the Mary Berry type judge is obviously Mike McEvoy but who could do the Paul Hollywood role ? Firm, fair and stern ?  :rolleyes:

Ian the Kiwi Hearder (ex hunter gatherer) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 09, 2015, 06:17:47 am
Major painting is finished on the Fw 187 so transfers beckon over the weekend.

On a completely different subject. I was watching the Bakeoff Final last night (along with 14m others) and got wondering about a "Modeloff" - well if a baking competition can be the UK's biggest tv programme of the year anything's possible  ;D - and thought the Mary Berry type judge is obviously Mike McEvoy but who could do the Paul Hollywood role ? Firm, fair and stern ?  :rolleyes:

Ian the Kiwi Hearder (ex hunter gatherer) :thumbsup:

Spot on  ;D
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 11, 2015, 07:17:37 am
At that stage with all the current projects where you can spend a few hours working and don't seem to make much progress, even though you are. All 4 kits are now being left whilst their matt coat dries.

I got the new tool Airfix Wildcat out of it's box today so I could dip the canopies and fondle the plastic. Very, very nice, but the first thing that hit me was that I owe Holywood an apology ! I've always sat and watched John Wayne as a USN/USMC pilot sitting in his Wildcat/Hellcat cockpit whilst fighting the enemy and laughed at the amount of room he had. He could have had a 4 course dinner for 6 in there  ;D Well it almost was that big ! Room at least for a tete a tete with your beloved at least  :wub: I suppose it's because of the radial engine making the fuselage that much wider ? As a kid I was used to Spitfires and Hurricanes and the cockpits in comparison are tiny. By the way did the late, great Mr Wayne ever star as a USAAF pilot ? He was a Flying Tiger but strictly speaking they were mercenaries.

I also stated to muse on what I wanted at Telford this year, in about 4 weeks it will be over btw, and in all honesty there isn't that much in the way of kits. I'm sure the likes of AZ/RS/MPM/Special Hobby/Azure will have something to make me go "ooooooooh", but I think at the moment it's mainly tools and ancillaries I want.
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Post by: JayBee on October 11, 2015, 07:33:08 am
I've always sat and watched John Wayne as a USN/USMC pilot sitting in his Wildcat/Hellcat cockpit whilst fighting the enemy and laughed at the amount of room he had. He could have had a 4 course dinner for 6 in there  ;D Well it almost was that big !

I have always liked the story, that P-47 pilots were told, the best way to avoid enemy fire is undo your straps and run around the cockpit avoiding the bullets.  :rolleyes:
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Post by: Nils on October 11, 2015, 07:36:50 am
how does the new Airfix Wildcat look?
ive been thinking of getting one for a project i have in mind.  :-\
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 11, 2015, 08:03:20 am
how does the new Airfix Wildcat look?

It's really nice Nils. Most of the work looks to go into the cockpit and undercarriage. You get the option of building her with folded wings. I'm going for one folded and one straight
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 13, 2015, 07:08:18 am
Bit of work done on all outstanding projects. Why do these "last knockings" jobs seem to take for ever ?  :banghead:

Hopefully they will have their topping out ceremony by the end of the week (Sunday) but I want to try and break the back of the Newsletter this week as well. Just glad I've got my two Telford kits done
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: Captain Canada on October 14, 2015, 06:05:50 am
Seems to be a problem for a lot of us Chris ! I know it is for me....just look at my BoB builds....so close to finishing a pair of them and all of a sudden the stupid A400 is all I see !

 :banghead: :angry: :unsure:
Title: Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
Post by: NARSES2 on October 14, 2015, 06:30:07 am
Well managed to get them done so they just need their props adding and they will be finished. So backstories and pics over the weekend probably.

Had one problem however. The Fw 187 canopy is a really good fit like the rest of the build however I clamped it to ensure it was "tight" and that has obviously pushed it forward a tad  :banghead: Means there's a very small gap at the back and it slightly overhangs the strange ledge at the front. Never mind I've seen and done worse so I can live with it. Just something to remember on my next one. The front of the canopy is quite strange as it's on a raised platform without the smooth transition you'd expect. It is correct, or at least it is from what I've seen in the way of drawings.

Another thing I can change on my next one, along with the engines  ;D I've decided that one will be Hungarian instead of their Me 210's, mind you it could go Luftwaffe North Africa  :rolleyes:
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 17, 2015, 05:43:29 am
Right current 4 in progress builds all topped out yesterday so firstly the real world build or strictly the "my interpretation of the finish real world build" ; the Westland Welkin

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Model%20Pics%20001_10.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Model%20Pics%20001_10.jpg.html)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/Model%20Pics%20002_10.jpg) (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/NARSES2/media/Model%20Pics%20002_10.jpg.html)

Not a wif, although to be honest the camouflage demarcation line is not strictly accurate as I just didn’t like the real one, as to my eyes it was way to low.

This is the Czechmaster Westland Welkin. It’s well up to the standard of their recent kits and went together really well, although some of the small parts are extremely fragile and fiddly and take some getting off the pouring blocks. I failed on a couple but they don’t notice…….I think ! An enjoyable project finished with my usual mix of Xtracrylic with Humbrol, GW and Vallejo for the details. Transfers are from the kit.

An enjoyable