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  • Birthday 03/21/1964

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  1. Hi I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but I thought that some members may be interested in following or participating in the Unofficial Airfix Modellers Forum (UAMF) Large Scale Planes Groups build running from the beginning of August until the end of October/ The GB is open to any aircraft model in a scale 1/35 or larger, and in any media. Whiffery, scifi and great flashes of imagination are welcome so long as the topic is intended to fly; similarly, the model can be from a kit, kitbash or from scratch... Details are here Simon
  2. Are whiffers OK? Have some ideas for a couple of stash queens but no worries if topics must be real life...
  3. It would have to be the Mirage III for me - far more history and options...
  4. Great build, Tomek...and great to see another paper model over here... For those who may think they 'could never build a paper model', it's no different than starting out in plastic - if you rushed out to buy one of Tigger's ID Models rereleases or a recent Trumpeter/Academy/Tamiya etc 1/32 aircraft as your first model, you will probably have issues...paper models are no different...start small/simple and work up from there - if there is one key difference it may be that it is easy to (legally) find free paper models that allow to to make as many mistakes as you like so long as your printer can keep producing parts...
  5. I haven't been building 'large' for most of the year and so have just drifted in and out of LSP from time to time so I am absolutely gutted to hear of Larry Hawkins' passing. He was his example of what could be done with a vacform that encouraged a muggins modeller like me to give that form of modelling a go. We corresponded a few times in the early 2000s and I was always happy to toss spare 1/32 parts his way for the the 'spare parts yard' that he ran. Larry's passing is a real loss to this community...RIP...
  6. Wow!! Been away for a while and just stumbled across this great news!!! It's so good to see these 'old friends' coming back again...I'll have to pull finger and finish the ones I have already in order to indulge again...
  7. This was a very nice surprise after following the design thread (http://www.kartonbau.de/wbb2/thread.php?threadid=22118)over at kartonbau.de: Downloadable here: http://kartonbau.de/wbb2/thread.php?threadid=25228 Also at the same time picked up the 1/32 B-58 from ecardmodels.com - my excuse to myself was that I needed to shack that my credit card was still working after it got declined at Barnes & Noble (was my fault, miskeyed one of the numbers!): Design thread for more info: http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/aviation/4974-1-32-b-58-hustler-design-build.html?highlight=hustler
  8. Cheers, Darth...I need some serious nagging on this cow: every time she hacks me off, she goes back into solitary for a while (often a long while) Plus I have been travelling more for work than anticipated and she's a little too large to lug around with me. But...MATE!!!!...I just went over to Britmodeller to get some guidance from your build and all those great images of yours are GONE, GONE GONE!!!! Any chance you might repost them somewhere or send me some copies, especially of your cockpit and bomb bay builds? Simon Edit: it gets better - it looks like all the messages we exchanged last year on how you approached the nose have been lost too - maybe in the LSP upgrade? I think there was a diagram you sent me that showed how you'd done the nose cut? If you could resend of post that, Darth, it'd be awesome...thanks...
  9. Sorry, Brian...took a little longer to get organised...lots of work on at the moment but as these show she is finally starting to look a little more like a Vulcan... A view of the reconstructed top of the fuselage where the join between the fuselage and the wing is still not nearly as pronpunced as it should be but is close enough for government work... ...and the two fuselage halves sitting together after the mating surfaces were sanded flush and the step cut into the lower fuselage to match up the nose sections... I pulled out my Airfix 1/72 Vulcan and even a cursory look shows just how over-bulbous the nose is so some surgery will be needed here: the Airfix nose is positively delicate and graceful compared to this...
  10. Sanding, sanding, sanding to reshape the fuselage/wing shoulder continues...I too it out to add another layer of grey spray primer to help track progress...one of my grand-daughters piped up 'Look! Poppa building a plane...'...I figure that if a three year old can recognise the upper half of a wingless Vulcan fuselage as 'a plane', I must be getting something right, so will persevere...the shoulder section is starting to take shape now so soon I should be able to move onto the next stage...tweaking the nose so that it doesn't look like it came off WC Fields... No pix, sorry, batteries died last night...will get some more when I am on the road next week...
  11. Yep, me again...have been spending far more time away from home than planned - the trip to Brussels and Singapore was much appreciated though from a modelling perspective - and have had little opportunity to do domestic jobs like lawn mowing let alone modelling...but caught up on both this last weekend: lawns are now conquered but the Vulcan remains an ongoing TIC...another hour or two of sanding in the sun to refine the spine/shoulder area... Foaming the interior of the fuselage have proved its worth as the whole upper fuselage part is now way more stand when working on it and doesn't flex and distort when being worked (sanded)...pretty sure that all my other big vac kist will get the same treatment from now on as a quick and easy means of reinforcing the interior of large parts. The next Scale Model Expo in NZ is August 2011 that sets my timeline to have this thing completed...once I get back to a zero point on the upper fuselage, the rest of the development/build should progress a lot quicker as the shape itself is relatively simple and, as above, I've already decided NOT to do any more corrections to the kit as delivered...except possibly some refinement of the nose shape which is too bulbous...
  12. Well, that went well...now that the renovations are over, obviously I'm not allowed to sand in the house anymore and it has been bucketing with rain the last few days, so I wasn't too sure if I would get any work done on the Vulcan this weekend. As it turned out we had a beautiful Sunday afternoon in which I planted three apple trees, de-dogdoodoo-ed the lawn and spent an hour or so sanding the Vulcan's spine...I'm very impressed that my homemade filler (styrene scrap dissolved in plastic cement) worked very well on the smaller gaps: not only does it have the same consistency as the vac plastic but it welds to it really well with no chances of chipping like some of the other fillers... The shoulder area is now more defined that it was (pix to follow once I've finished this area) but still along way from the real thing but it'll be closer enough for me as to make it accurate would mean close to building the whole fuselage from scratch...I've learned my lessons from this little diversion over the spine and have no intention of attempting any other great revisions from what's in the box from this point on - other than any other changes necessary to take it back to a B.1 (unkinked)....
  13. No...I haven't given up although it has been tempting!! I've picked up a job working away from home during the week and the Vulcan is just a little big to take with me in the car...ski season here is our busy season with the Lodge and the Chalet so my weekends have been coming under the heading of 'otherwise committed' for the past two months but, touch wood, things have plateaused and I'll be able to start working on big Bird again this weekend...
  14. A new release in large scale paper planes...a Hawker Tempest V in 1/33...go to this linkfor a look and to download... http://www.kartonwork.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14792
  15. I spent all last week in civilisation and still forgot to get another tube of plastic filler for the finer gap filling around the spine - I was even in a Toyworld for an hour or so killing time before I could pick up the dogs from their motels...!! I conducted a small experiment in the lab dissolving small bits of scrap plastic in Tamiya glue as a DIY filler - this seems to have worked OK but is rather stringy and needs to cure overnight. It does fill fine gaps very well and sands OK too which were the key 'must-haves' for the experiment. Still, I am planning on being back in town for another chat with Hawkeye UAV on Thursday and will get some more real filler then... In the meantime, I have filled all the remaining gaps from the surgery around the spine and just need to finish off the final sanding before checking it under a revealing layer of spray primer... The upper fuselage half has been a lot easier to handle since being foam and is much much easier to sand now that there is some even support underneath the surface...certainly on a model this size, the foaming option is a far better one than adding an internal structure of formers that would still allow some degree of flex in the surface...I'm not sure it is just my Vulcan or others are the same but there are a lot of small blemishes in the surface that need to be sanded smooth, especially considering the proposed silver finish... I spent a good chunk of last night wading through my RAF Review collection for any article (preferably illustrated) on the B.1 - out of a stack about 18 inches high I found precisely 2 articles, one of which was incomplete and unillustrated, but the other had this beautiful shot of Rory Falk rolling XA890 before they started doing all sorts of horrible things to the Vulcan wings...
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