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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #990 on: April 22, 2015, 04:44:36 pm »
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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #991 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:
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« Reply #992 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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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #993 on: April 23, 2015, 12:07:00 pm »
Good to know you've got folk looking out for you, Chris.
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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #994 on: April 25, 2015, 07:26:00 pm »
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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #995 on: April 25, 2015, 07:33:52 pm »
Glad to hear you have nice neighbours Chris ! Sure makes things easy and enjoyable !

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« Reply #996 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.
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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #997 on: April 26, 2015, 03:17:46 pm »
Which manufacturer is the awful A-26 kit please Chris? Sounds like one to avoid!
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« Reply #998 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.

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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #999 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

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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #1000 on: April 27, 2015, 03:34:10 pm »
I've still got an untouched Airfix one somewhere, no doubt complete with rivets..........
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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #1001 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.
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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #1002 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

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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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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #1003 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:
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« Reply #1004 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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