The Aussies and the AEG
Posted 02 March 2018 - 01:58 AM
Karim, trust me, I spent 25 years show business and live in New York City: I'm not going to give compliments if they are not really well deserved! LOL! I am finding the book to be extremely helpful and, as I've said before, inspirational. I hope you'll consider doing more in the same vein! I'll sure buy them!
Cheers from Florida (for the moment)
Posted 21 March 2018 - 12:11 AM
I had a great weekend of work on the AEG!
The starboard engine is pretty much done. I had hoped to add every single bit of detail seen on the original, but, as there is already so much going on in this diorama, and as I need to keep the energy going in a forward direction, I decided to leave it at adding wiring and detail parts from Taurus.
I made spark plug leads by inserting a Bob's Buckles 1/32 eyelet into the end of a Bob's Buckles tube, then a piece of copper wire into the other end, add a bit of CA, then squish with pliers. Bob Booth claims I stole this idea from him but I assured him that Necessity is the Mother of Invention and that he's a mother, himself.
The Taurus parts are exquisite, but, as Karim said, they can be a real challenge to get off the casting block without breaking. And, once in the tweezers, the next challenge is not launching them into orbit. You need to remove the cast on lifting springs from the WnW engine and replace them with the Taurus springs. And, note, the Taurus parts are so exact that they come as extended and compressed, along with a drawing showing which springs go on which cylinders! I decided to resize this little drawing and attach it to the top of the cylinders to use as a guide for drilling the holes for the springs. I chose the drill bit size by matching it to the nipple at the bottom of the spring. Even once in place, these parts are amazingly fragile and several will need to be replaced.
The next challenge is getting the engine framing off the sprue without breaking any of it. These are definitely the most delicate pieces I have ever seen in a styrene kit and provide a real challenge in keeping whole.
As you can see in the above photo, the fasteners on the tabs are represented simply as little lumps of plastic. I had planned to remove all of them and replace them with bits of PE from Brengun. But, once I had the fragile framework in hand, it was clear that undertaking this process was inviting disaster. Besides, I think there will be plenty of detail on the diorama so, one less episode of AMS/OCD is fine with me.
At this point, the engine is pretty much weathered to my liking and secure in the framework, but the framework still needs attention, as it has not been weathered. Right now, it's all about getting the engine placed in its awkward, post crash landing attitude, and deciding on how I will display, and create, the broken struts. Interestingly, as you can see in the picture, or not see, the forward nacelle struts are missing. But I intend to add them, as I believe they will add a lot of visual interest.
So, on to strut fabrication!
Cheers from NYC, where we're about to get Nor'Easter number four in as many weeks. I am tired of shoveling snow!
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Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:25 AM
Wow, that is amazing stuff! This kit is definitely out of my league.
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Posted 21 March 2018 - 10:13 AM
Amazing update Michael!!!
The Taurus resin is really fiddly but sure does add to the overall look of the engine!
I love what you did with printing and resizing the guide for the drilling of the valves. The idea never crossed my mind so thanks for the pointer! There's so much to learn from talented builders like you on this forum!!
I am looking forward to how you will tackle the struts on the kit...
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