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  1. Hi Don, sorry for the delayed response. Yes, it was indeed at Aberfoyle.
  2. You should be able to find a casting service that will take your masters in resin and do lost wax for you. I found one such service in Toronto and they cast the upper wing rigging braces in brass for my WnW Harry Tate for about $25. All I provided them was the kit part.
  3. Yeah, shooting against a white backdrop is a bit of a challenge with this subject. If I want to have the dark green exposed properly then the light grey of the rotors gets blown out and blends in with the background.
  4. The latest off the bench is the 1/35 Miniart Fl 282 V6 Kolibri. It's pretty much out of the box except for the HGW seat harness and spark plug wires added to the engine. A fiddly build overall with lots & lots seam scraping, but everything fit near flawlessly. Questions and constructive criticism welcome!
  5. Thanks! I've been using oils over acrylics for wood tones for some time now and I'm happy with my dark (e.g. mahogany) and light (birch) shades, but never seem to get a medium shade that I like. The best I've been able to come up with is this I'll be trying your colour combos. Thanks again, Tony
  6. Love it. The Ninak one of the few WnW kits I really want but don't have in he stash. Seeing yours makes me want to pull the trigger and get one. If I may ask, what colours did you use for the struts? I've been struggling to get a nice warm medium wood shade.
  7. In the context of modelling, the expression in French for a wash is "jus," the literal translation of which is "juice"
  8. Outstanding! I'll be saving those wheel well shots for when I do my big 'Stang. Just a quick note about the prop, the cuffs were actually made of rubber so of course they wouldn't be chipped up.
  9. Apologies for the delayed reply, guys - I thought this thread was long buried! Thanks again for the kind words. The engineering of the canopy is one of the kit's weaker points, IMO. There really is no need to have the frame a separate piece and it just complicates things. I painted the edges of the clear piece black using a Gunze paint marker and then tacked it to the frame with a few small dabs of superglue. I then dunked the entire assembly in Future, which acted as both glue and polish.
  10. No vote from me too. Nothing against it, I won't be picking up the KH Kingfisher either.
  11. I'd love to see them do a Sopwith Dolphin and a SPAD VII.
  12. A few weeks ago I had completed and posted my Meng Me 163B Komet (RFI here), which I had finished all buttoned up. During construction, and despite the fact that it would never be seen again once I closed the fuselage, I nonetheless painted and assembled the nifty little rocket engine: As you can see, it builds up into an impressive little model in its own right, so I contacted Meng to see if I could get another motor to display along side the finished model. For the price of the postage, they kindly provided me with the relevant sprues. This time I decided to add a bunch of extra detail from brass rod, solder wire, and nuts and washers punched from sheet styrene, for example: And here's the final result: Just for fun, a stereogram. Cross your eyes such that your left eye is looking at the right hand image and vice-versa, and then try to bring it into focus. Cheers, Tony
  13. Hi Danny, Looking very nice indeed. Looks like I'll have to pick up some translucent oxide yellow; it makes for a really nice blonde wood colour. I finished my Harry Tate a while back (in fact it was published last year in Military Illustrated Modeller magazine), and one thing I would have done differently would be to be even more careful with the fit of the lower wing. It was just a teeny bit off, but it ended up causing a cascade of alignment issues affecting the horizontal tail, the vertical stab & rudder, plus the exhaust stacks and their stays. I managed to sort it all out in the end, but it would have been a whole lot simpler had I just spent a few more minutes fitting that lower wing. Cheers, Tony
  14. Outstanding. I really like the fact that you didn't do the over emphasized shading on the rib tapes as seems to be all the rage lately. Did you use wood grain decal on the prop, or is that all paint? Cheers, Tony
  15. Very nice. I really like the understated weathering.
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