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  1. Hey great idea! I wish I had kept my old balsa cutter from when I was a kid now.
  2. I stopped off at the print shop today to get a set of BV 215 plans printed off in 1/32 scale. I pick them up tomorrow morning to get the ball rolling. Wish me luck!
  3. Thanks again to everyone for all the knowledge. I think I am going to try using the method Pete used in the link above. That looks like it might work best for someone who finds carving challenging.
  4. Thanks everyone for the input. I hope to do a Luft. 46 subject. The Blohm and Voss BV p. 215 night fighter.
  5. Ha ha, yah I hear you! For some reason for me trying to carve a shape is WAY harder. I guess I'm just not talented in that area. I didnt say it was the smartest way to do it, but I want to give it a try anyway. Thanks for the feedback though, Chuck.
  6. Thanks for the input. I am going to make the basic form with bulk heads and stringers, then cover the exterior with masking tape. From there I pour resin from the inside to fill the voids between the bulk heads/stringers to the tape shell. Finally I remove the tape and sand and fill the shell until I am happy with the over all outline. Once I'm ahppy with the shape, I will use it for my vacform master. Does this kind of make sense? Lot of work I know but I want to give it a try.
  7. I want to scratch build an aircraft fuselage shape to then use as a male pattern to vacuform over. I am going to glue down a set profile plans to the material I end up using and then cut the profiles out to then put together with some stringers to get my rough fuselage shape. Forgive my ignorance, but from a cost of materials and strength point of view, what material would be better suited for this task, thin balsa wood OR bass wood OR styrene? What do you guys think? Thanks in advance, Chuck.
  8. Looking fantastic Wolf as always. Just amazing! I hope your enjoying the summer weather as much as I am. One bad thing with the good weather here, is it makes it harder for me to get to the bench! I'm sure once the rain returns this fall I'll get back at it, but not too soon (I hope)! See you at the next club meeting, Chuck.
  9. Very nice! If your looking for suggestions for a future kit, how about a 1/32 Curtiss P-6 E Hawk?
  10. Hey great Wolf! Thanks so much for the offer to share reference materials. I am actually heading out of town myself tomorrow, so I wont be at the May meeting. Hopefully I'll see you out at the June meeting. Take care and have fun tomorrow night, Chuck.
  11. Thanks everyone. I'll be sure to pick those up when the time comes.
  12. I'm hoping to pick up Fishers 1/32 Sea Fury later this year. In light of that I want to start gathering reference materials for this bird. What's the best reference book with lots of cockpit and other details pictures? Thanks in advance, Chuck.
  13. I was fortunate enough to see Wolfs big spit in person tonight and all I can say is WOW! When you see the pics online you just don't realize how small it all is. Once that sinks in you then realize how much smaller the details he has added are! The pics on this thread do not do it justice. Very, veryimpressive! Thanks again Wolf for coming out to the IPMS meeting (and good to finally meet you). I hope to see you there again at future meetings. Have a great week, Chuck.
  14. Looking forward to it Wolfe! You won't believe it, but its finally sunny out here in the lower mainland! Took the family for a drive (east of Fort Langley) and the cars outside temperature display got up to 18! (that in C for those wondering). Enjoy your time with the family and have a safe trip back, Chuck.
  15. ALSO, well said Radu. I will be happy (and buy) pretty much anything Tamiya will be offering in 1/32. They are that good! We live in a great time for 1/32. Who would have imagined not just the subjects offered or in the works (B 25, He 219, Ju 88, not to mention all the WNW great war subjects!) but also with the level of detail that most have! Like I said, its a great time for 1/32
  16. I was wondering (when you have time) if you wouldn't mind sharing a bit on your detail wash technique? It looks like the wash is confined to the base of the raised details. Are you using the detailer washes (with a bit of soap added) then scrubbing the excess off? If so, how much soap do you add, how long do you let the wash sit before you scrubb off the excess and is the wash applied over a gloss surface? Also, any other pointers on your wash technique? Thanks as always for sharing Wolf, Chuck.
  17. Forgot to mention that I have been in touch with Ralph Riese too. I would say that the combo of your detailing and detail painting and his exterior painting and weathering method (like your doing) has to be some of the best in the world right now!
  18. Thanks Wolf. Rick said that he talked to you the other day. We were talking at the last IPMS meeting and he mentioned he knew you. I asked if he had seen your spit build and when he said no, I said that he HAD to have a look. He thought the same thing I did after seeing your build, world class! Anyway, thanks for the offer of showing me first hand. I'm honored! I am actually in the process of casting some resin copies of the spitfire panel so I can try out various detail painting techniques on it before attempting the real thing. I do have some good brushes and am researching how the miniature figure painters do detail painting to try some of thier techniques out on the panel. I need to get some Vallejo paints to use for this and then I'll be ready to go. Thanks again, Chuck.
  19. I've just been going through your amazing spitfire build again (start to finish) and was wondering if you have any pointers about painting tiny details? I cracked open my 1/32 spitfire kit (full of inspiration after reading your thread) and was humbled by how small the instrument panel bezels are! Looking at your cockpit pictures and the level of detail you were able to paint gives the impression that it is easier that it actualy is. It's tiny! Your a mad man Wolf! How in blazes name are you able to paint the panel bezels and other tiny details on the instrument panel? Can you recommend any write ups or other how to's to achieving this degree of finess? What's your secret for fine detail painting? Thanks again for sharing and for also raising the bar for us mear mortals, Chuck.
  20. Hey Wolf. Sent you a pm about your exhaust welds. Chears, Chuck.
  21. I was wondering if anyone could point me to a good online write up or how to guide of how to build resin kits? I picked up Silverwings lovely Fw 44 and He 51 kits and can't wait to start building. Problem is I have never built a resin kit before! Any help would be appreciated.
  22. I received the excellent silver wings 1/32 He 51 B float plane kit and now need to search for additional references. Can anyone direct me to good photos or drawings of the interior, engine, exhaust and other details? Thanks in advance, Chuck.
  23. I was wondering your thoughts are on the color Tamiya calls out for the cockpit and engine bay of their great 1/32 spitfire kits? They call for unmodified XF 71 for both the cockpit and engine bay. To me it looks a little dark but I'm no RAF expert. What do you guys think?
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