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Piprm last won the day on November 5 2017

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  1. Try : RAAF Camouflage and Marking Vol 1&2 1939-45 by Geoffrey Pentland ( ISBN 0858800373) Kookaburra Publishing Very thorough it it's investigation in RAAF WWII colours. All RAAF aircraft are researched including Beaufighter -almost scientific in its approach. Almost as tough as Luftwaffe WWII colours to nail down - these help. Seen copies on Amazon for $50 each. Pip
  2. Gosh!... Thanks Muchly Kev! I'm hoping that's it with the Micro-pieces !... I'll go blind, if there's anymore of this sort of work! Pip
  3. Cockpit Continued : (Pilots control column - Joystick) We now move onto finishing off or finalising some parts, And here is some parts that I've prepared earlier ( I'm starting to sound like a cooking show Host-Chef! ) The Pilots control column or joystick... The basic shapes are there , I simply ( or not so simply) need to detail the centre-piece yoke and add bits here and there... Here is some photos for your familiarisation... As you can see the hand grip piece is rather shapely and contoured which I'll have to try and replicate There is also this tricky secondary lever attached to the hand-grip that i will have to attempt as well... it is too interconnected and it will have to be moulded as a separate piece for sure. OK..... So we start with a brass piece to knock into shape ( so to speak) - The photos tell the rest of the story.... I hammer the square brass tubing flat, which pinches on the brass wire - giving me a starting point to this piece. Checking to see fit and angles are right .. Hmm ...it seems the parts are getting smaller and smaller .....as I go along - at this stage.... The lever is finished ( on the left ) and Teenie Weenie it is too! .... the hand-grip in the middle was a problem at my first attempt, soldering on bare metal as the molten metal got so hot, that the whole original soldered hand-grip piece - started to fall apart ( made of about 6 pieces- soldered together).. so, I moved to plan B and decided on coating the metal hand-grips with Milli-put and shaping the handgrips with that method - which is only good for copying purposes anyways... The control column to the right was modified further with a box-type module on top - which I did .... (details below) This 'Module' varies in shape and size from each Canberra Mark ( and country using it for that matter) So I've based my version on the Australian Canberra and any other Marks can be adjusted by simply cutting or modifying the module on top of the resin copy. You can see the very small Module version ( and I have seen a few variations) in below photo ( English Canberra) to see what I mean! And here is the finished results .... Happy with results so far! NEXT! Pip
  4. Cockpit side console ( Pilots hand-wheel) We now move back to the cockpit and to the pIlots side console with a small hand-wheel that's been nagging at me for some time... for three reasons 1/. it's so teeny - weenie 2/. it's annoyingly complex to make 3/. It's a stand-out main-piece that needs to be done ( I'm only doing the major 'obvious pieces in cockpit) Refer to photo below to see what i mean.... A hand-wheel within a hand wheel! ( a circle within a circle thats stepped) ....Easy - Peasy! So... How to make!? Plastic? hmm....no... too fiddly and not so rigid for my purposes - seeing its measures 3mm x 2.5mm ( about the size of the rubber tip on your pencil) This idea could be reserved as my last alternative as building something ( and mastering it at that) in plastic that small and fragile... is like building a snow flake! Lathe with metal piece? hmm...maybe, but I'd probably need a few tries at it to get it right. After some thought and a lot of time to think this over ( and putting it off as much as I could) I came up with this quick fix/build using copper metal pieces and nails and anything else i could use - such as a model car 1:43 white metal casting of a fuel cap, of all things to choose. As you can see - I always draw my ideas down on paper to check it 3D and exploded in a schematic way.. to see if it 'might' work ... and focus on each piece of the puzzle to find each part source ( in it's various base forms ) and try to nail it ( ha ha ) Well, it looks like it should!... and, as I said in previous threads... I'm working smarter now! I found making this very small intricate piece, was like making fine jewellery or the inner workings of a watch! ... but this hard item to do - is done... much to my relief! I think ( more hope) that this maybe the top of the summit - in the many challenges of the MOUNTAIN, I must climb - for this project. I know what parts I must do ahead ....and by my reckoning... they aren't as difficult as the above piece. Anyways... NEXT! Pip
  5. Wow! extend the black background out with a real photo and this would look convincingly real! Bravo! Pip
  6. Wow! .... Many Thanks for the kind words and encouragement ( and 'Likes' too) to the guys here whom I Admire Greatly for their talents and skills you ALL display and share. Pip
  7. Crew Door Mounts : This can be tricky as there is very little area - around the top of the door opening frame ( or sill) to play or work with ( door mounting -wise) as the gap on top of the door is really @ 2mm square. I've also got to design the structure, so that the mounting brackets is concealed above the door frame. ( in those 2 square notches above the door - pivot points really) So I had to put my ideas to paper to conceptualize ( Big word) my thoughts to see if my ideas will work in 3D reality. I've got the added complexity of the inner walls / Outer fuselage mating up as one and both these inner and outer door openings that align up and a door ( and it's associated brackets) that must fit into it seamlessly. ( Eek!) Here is my approach... With my plan in place ( or THE plan - should I say) .. I begin and hope for the best... ( Gulp) With some tinkering - this is what I came up with ( of course - checking with both door openings each time) The Brackets don't protrude any lower than the door frame - which is what made me sweat a bit and I was really trying for .... by this whole exercise. I Think I hit a home run with this challenging part - at my first attempt ( More luck than anything) .. but it's done Pip
  8. Thanx Andy, Happy to know you are enjoying my journey with this Canberra. Pip
  9. Hi Thor, Thanx Matie... There's plenty of stuff I can't make.... like a Pavlova for example - though I'm sure I'll come upon something here sooner or later that will have me stumped - ....and that's where you guys come in. Pip
  10. Thanx Gazza, That's thinking with your feet! ... My model-room ( man-cave) is upstairs so the stairs can be the problem with moving stuff around to the cool downstairs. Pip
  11. Ray, That Cockpit looks Awesome! I hope mine turn out as good as that! Pip
  12. Crew Access Door - Continued...... Good! - body of the Door to the Inner wall entrance and outer Fuselage entrance FITS ...... as it should Note: The the 2 door arms shown above, will be trimmed and modified / shortened - so as to be brackets to attach to the inner wall/interior piece. All that done in one sitting - compared to weeks of work.... if I had done it, any other way... Pip
  13. Cockpit Crew Entry /Exit Hatch Build: (Choices) In times gone by, I have done projects like this, that require a lot of work, time, ,material , method, thought etc and seeing this project has taken some time and longer than I anticipated, I have decided to work smarter- not harder! So, instead of making this crew access door/hatch using a lot of stepped processes - materials and a Hell of a lot of time...... my approach is simple, yet gets me the same results: Its called ' The Squish method' The photos following show how it's done... (Firstly, I start off with a cut to size - flat Plastic styrene 'plug' of about 2.5mm thick )... NOTE: Don't try doing this without Gloves!!! But for this process - I choose an opposite area of the fuselage ( because the fuselage entrance right-side has an opening now - so I can't use it) In this case of the Canberra, the forward fuselage gets narrower to the front and the door follows the same contours - So by reversing the finished molded piece, horizontally front to back ( L /R fuselage ) you reverse the mirror- copy! .... ( you turn the left-side copy to now a right side) and there you are! I always test-fit every piece I make , as i move along... I don't want to come back to it later after I made a lot of other pieces to find this doesn't fit or what-ever - which effects every other piece i have worked on since
  14. Cockpit Crew Entry /Exit Hatch: We now move onto the Crew door as i have decided to make this as one separate piece that can be displayed either open or closed. ( having detail on both the inner and outer surfaces) This piece will be made of resin eventually with all the other parts I have ear-marked for small production. Please see photos below for your reference: You will notice in following inner-door photos that there are differences .... This one above is without any lining ( though it should normally have..) This is a normal inner door lining painted cockpit Black - though fading now and looking a little worse for wear This one has recently had its inner liner renewed, though lacking any paint.
  15. Modelling Relief: I decided to get an Air-conditoner for my Man-cave as I am sick and tired of sweating and feeling ill from the heat and humidity in recent times. Maybe i'm getting older i don't know , but last year or so of summers heat , I had to down tools because of the heat and the discomfort over my work-bench. Thank God for small mercies
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