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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #960 on: April 24, 2017, 04:30:18 am »
Second Motorcycle I rebuilt was a Triumph TR25SS which had a white metal big end bearing on a titanium con-rod.  There was a massive amount of wear in the big end and the bearing shell was wafer thin.  I cut myself removing it.
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #961 on: April 24, 2017, 06:29:39 am »
White metal/Pewter ?

Pewter used to be a very specific alloy when it was used for tankards etc but nowadays the definition and content is a little looser.

White metal ? Take your pick from a whole host of different combinations of the main elements. It really does cover a whole host of different alloys which is why "white metal" parts vary so much in hardness and detail. Look at 5 different wargames companies metal figures and you will find at least 4 different alloy specs used and some are very different from the others.
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #962 on: April 25, 2017, 04:15:08 am »
I could have looked it up I suppose.  But being bone idle... :mellow:

I suspect wargaming figure and model parts manufacturers in general are not too fussy about what they chuck in the melting pot to cast their stuff.

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #963 on: April 25, 2017, 06:56:42 am »

I suspect wargaming figure and model parts manufacturers in general are not too fussy about what they chuck in the melting pot to cast their stuff.

Some companies will undoubtedly vary the mix dependent on how the price of the various individual metals rise and fall. Although most will simply buy it in as alloy "ingots" (note not what I would call an ingot but they would  ;))

For some companies the hardness or indeed softness of their parts/figures is all part of the brand and will stick to the same mix regardless of fluctuating prices.

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #964 on: April 25, 2017, 10:51:34 am »
a large percentage of wargames companys are now lead free, there was a scare a few years ago that the US were going to ban and wargames figs with lead in as they were "toys".  The resulting metals are harder, and more brittle making them far less fun to work with, convert and glue.
there is at least one of the company's that has a separate line that is still sold as "lead containing"  ( and as normal wile I can remember that I cant remember who)
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #965 on: April 26, 2017, 05:49:19 am »
I thought most had gone lead free mate and that was the reason for the increased hardness. Thanks for the confirmation  :thumbsup:
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #966 on: April 29, 2017, 01:36:38 am »
I almost started a new aircraft build today.  I had a Hasegawa P38 out on the bench (bought started - the interior paint has been done and the pilot is missing) but uan urgent need to drop the kids off at the pool forced me back into the house.
That's prolly too much information...

Anyway, having been looking at Allan's Halifax and Brad C's B29 I have the urge to build a bomber now - an old school kit with "working" features, raised detail and masses of massive rivets.  I'll have to grok the stash and see what leaps out at me.

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #967 on: April 29, 2017, 08:01:05 am »
 ;D ;D ;D  Brotha I sympathize the pool business. More so as of late.


Totally get underway on a heavy! I'd love to see your take on a bomber.   :mellow: :mellow:   I love doing the bigger stuff. My first airplane kits as a kid were bombers. I built 'em then played with 'em.  :lol:
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #968 on: April 29, 2017, 09:41:06 am »
I built 'em then played with 'em.  :lol:

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #969 on: April 29, 2017, 10:01:27 am »
I built 'em then played with 'em.  :lol:

Didn't we all?
Yessir!! Us smart kids anyway!

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #970 on: April 29, 2017, 04:25:08 pm »
I built 'em then played with 'em.  :lol:

Didn't we all?
Yessir!! Us smart kids anyway!

I couldn't resist the temptation had I even tried. ;D

I remember my Italeri Tomcat getting into epic dogfights against an F-4S and Mig-29...  :angel:
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #971 on: April 29, 2017, 04:37:08 pm »
I built 'em then played with 'em.  :lol:

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Yessir!! Us smart kids anyway!

I couldn't resist the temptation had I even tried. ;D

I remember my Italeri Tomcat getting into epic dogfights against an F-4S and Mig-29...  :angel:
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Glorious dude!  I had (and still do) a ton of the die cast metal planes and also a load of the Micro Machines.....  playing with these and the models was always so fun;  I never understood the lack of interest of my friends. They'd have cars and hot rods and action figures and stuff... but I was always like, "But what about the fastest, coolest, awesomest stuff?!?!  Your hot rod is cute but what I have goes about 800 MPH faster and also can walk on air!"   :thumbsup:
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #972 on: April 30, 2017, 02:19:16 am »
Playing with my models led to my love of floatplanes.  Landplanes built with their wheels up could dog fight but not land amongst the masses armies battling on the floor.  Sea planes could if I moved the blue rug nest to the battlefield.

I had a look in my stash and the only kit I have that really fits the bill is a very old Revell FW200.  The first version with all the rivets.  What I was really itching to build was an Airfix B-25 but I don't have one.  I'll have to have look on Evil-Bay.  Should be a few of them going really cheap as they are so ancient and crude but yet still being knocked out by Airfix.
Instead I found a part started Hot Rod build I had forgotten about.  It's the 1/25 AMT Bill Cushenberry Tiger Shark kit (2006 Toy Fair re-pop) from which I had used the wheels and tyres on something else.
Now the Tiger Shark was a modified version of the Dream Rod built in the then fashionable asymmetric style.  It was actually impossible to drive because a normally proportioned adult could not fit behind the wheel.  But hey! it was a show rod so who cared?
Opening the box I found I had glued the engine halves together and was intending to fit a supercharger with six carbies.  In place of the asymmetric body I had chucked an AMT Ala Kart body into the box plus an AMT Parts Pack Turtle Deck and a '29 Ford grille.
First job is to fettle the chassis sanding off the mould separation lines, flash and filler I had put into the sink marks who know how long ago.  The Dream Rod wasn't built on the usual early Ford chassis but used one from a <goes to google to refresh memory> Jowett Jupiter which was fitted with a VW Beetle torsion rod front end.  The kit item is actually a fairly good representation of this.
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #973 on: April 30, 2017, 08:13:32 am »
Glorious dude!  I had (and still do) a ton of the die cast metal planes and also a load of the Micro Machines.....  playing with these and the models was always so fun;  I never understood the lack of interest of my friends. They'd have cars and hot rods and action figures and stuff... but I was always like, "But what about the fastest, coolest, awesomest stuff?!?!  Your hot rod is cute but what I have goes about 800 MPH faster and also can walk on air!"   :thumbsup:
Same here, never understood why most of my friends liked cars and motorcycles so much, aircraft can fly!! ;D

Playing with my models led to my love of floatplanes.  Landplanes built with their wheels up could dog fight but not land amongst the masses armies battling on the floor.  Sea planes could if I moved he blue rug nest to the battlefield.

 ;D The wonders of a child's imagination... :thumbsup:
I only had one other kit when i was kid, the Hasegawa EA-6B Prowler, but that was my first kit and i didn't last long enough to be flown with the other 3... ;D
All my planes were VTOL, it was technology adopted from Star Wars space ships... ;D
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #974 on: April 30, 2017, 09:51:00 am »
Blue rug...     ;D ;D   :mellow: :mellow:

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