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Everything posted by BiggTim

  1. A perfect example, thank you! I've seen interior shots of this bird, as well, but none from the outside. As far as Aviattic's decals, I was aware of the two different interior/exterior shades, but I thought it might be fun to try actually making it slightly translucent at the cockpit, kind of like the old balsa & tissue models I used to make. I may never actually do it, since it would require the use of a separate frame and skin, but we'll see.
  2. I found a couple of pics that demonstrate the question. The first shows a reproduction D.VII where the painted labels on the outside of the fuse and a small amount lof light are visible on the left from inside the cockpit, suggesting at least some translucent properties of this repro fabric in sunlight. The second shows a period fuselage side up against a piece of fabric with very distinct stripes, yet the stripes are not visible through the old fabric at all, suggesting almost no translucency without backlighting, even with things places directly against the linen. The third is another period swatch sandwiched in plexiglas. It also shows none of the background through it, even in a well lit room. I would love to see the other side of this piece to see if the markings are visible. I think these pics only muddy the waters. I still don't see a clear answer.
  3. I'm very curious if anyone has pics of the inside of a cockpit or through a wing that might show how much comes through. If it does, I think it would be fun to emulate that on the fuselage sides around the cockpit, and I have a couple of ideas on how to do it. I used to do something similar in architectural modeling to represent stained glass using vellum.
  4. Was the dyed fabric coverings on WWI planes translucent? I know that doped plain linen certainly let a lot of light through, and painted linen tended to become pretty opaque with successive layers of paint, but what about the dyed fabrics, such as the German lozenge patterns? How much light got through those? Tim
  5. How would you like this kit to be delivered to your door?
  6. Ya, they've already offered tours, so I'll be doing that at some point. BTW, they are SUPER busy, orders booked way out, and they just went public, so if anyone is interested in investing, check it out. Unless you live in Washington state, then our state govt has levelled some kind of crazy restrictions on people in our state investing in businesses here. I don't really get it, I just know I can't buy stock in it.
  7. I'm very pleased to see so many items sold out on your website, Damian! Business must be good!
  8. Tempting, for sure! I know I can weasel rides in them pretty easily now....
  9. My wife has been in education for the last 10-12 years, and was looking to make a change, so imagine my surprise when she goes and gets a job here: https://cubcrafters.com/. Given that I've been an aircraft nut my whole life, it's ironic that she would be the one who winds up working in that industry. I've always loved these beautiful little planes, and secretly would love to build one their kits. Talk about a model! Tim
  10. No, thank you. Sure looks like a blast to fly, though!
  11. Too bad Damian (SOW) doesn't make a set for it - those would certainly do the job! I would also throw my vote against the SAC gear for big planes. I have a couple sets for the Trumpy P-38, and they would bend if I breathed on them too much.
  12. Willy. As in "One Eyed....". Love the Goonies, baby!
  13. I was actually getting kinda worried about you, man! I even asked a few times on the forum to see if anyone had heard from you. Good to see you back!! Tim
  14. Well, if we can't, we are well and truly screwed.
  15. Well, this is it, Woody! Good luck to you, my friend!
  16. Always impressed by your subtle and perfect weathering, Miloslav! It looks quite real. Not overdone, not too clean, just spot on! Tim
  17. I have to poke some good-natured fun at my Brit friends on this one. Next year, the US Nats are in San Marcos, Texas. It will take some people who live in Texas longer to drive to Nats than it takes to drive across the UK. So, when you call that a "long" drive, I must admit that I snicker a little!! I almost drove to Nats this year in Omaha - a 23 hour trip, one way. The only thing that stopped me was fuel prices. That is interesting. Is air conditioning as common there as it is in the US? I know the IPMS tends to pick the ridiculously hottest possible places to hold Nats almost every year, so maybe that fact is a good thing given the presence of crazy good A/C. Or maybe the crowd is different here? I went to a Lego convention in Seattle some years back, and it was much like you describe - too hot in there, smelly, unwashed, greasy looking nerds everywhere (I am a nerd, so I get to say that). Seattle also doesn't have A/C a lot, so maybe there is a connection. You know what they say if you can't smell it.... Totally in fun, I love you guys! Tim
  18. So Target, I have to ask about your profile image. Were you a Marine? Bunch of good buddies, fellow volunteer firefighters who were Marines, you couldn't ask for a better crowd to have your back.
  19. Yikes, that stinks! A good friend went through pretty much exactly the same situation (detached retina), and has much the same deficiencies left over as you do. He's a machinist, and has managed to adapt to it as well. I actually think the complete loss of sight in one eye was easier for dad to adapt to than the partial loss of my buddy, except for the fact that it was my dad's dominant eye. The doctor told my friend his retina detached from shooting a .50 cal Barrett too much! Shock waves, go figure. That said, it can be done, but it will take a while, so don't give up! Maybe take a break from models for a bit and try lots of other things that require you to focus on small stuff up close: puzzles, games, drawing, coin collecting, even video games. Sounds silly, but stuff like pick-up-sticks, Jenga, etc. My dad also did all kinds of stuff like shooting .22s, pistols, clay pigeons, basketball, etc. Anything that made his brain have to figure out how to gauge depth without triangulating. Driving took a while, too. If you keep modeling, you may have have to do what a lot of us half-blind old MFers do and stick to the big scales!! Good luck to you, stick around and let us know how it's going. Tim
  20. Amen. I can take or leave a Dr. I, but a 1/24 D.VII would be a must buy.
  21. My dad lost an eye some 40 years ago in an industrial accident. He was an avid woodworker, bowhunter, fisherman, and mechanic, and kept doing all of those things. The only thing it really affected was depth perception, which he re-learned pretty quickly. He just had to take it slow and careful for a while until he got used to it. Why do you ask?
  22. Well, I never did post any pics of the canopy fix in my (very) old build thread, so maybe I should update that one and do that tonight? Just for you, Gaz. Here is the link, so you can get caught up before I do it...
  23. It would be impressive to see what these guys could do with a Stuka, for sure! The real canopies are so fiddly in real life, that no one has come even close to getting them right. Trust me - there is a Hase one sitting on my SoD that I spent so much time on the canopies alone that it burned me out - and there it sits.
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