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  1. Hi Adam, Thanks very much for your suggestion. I probably didn't elaborate well enough about the process here. The Curio is not powerful enough to deepen each rivet to the extent I need as it is, backing the litho with something even as hard as MDF only just marks the position of each rivet enough for me to see where they are. I've actually gone to a softer backing material to try and deepen the initial rivet punches the machine makes, but I still have to go over each one to further deepen them. Unfortunately this process means that I then have to push back the surrounding area aro
  2. Great work Kev! Certainly a unique version of the tiger moth! Craig
  3. Nice job around the chin windows Pete. I remember how challenging those areas were when I did my Chinook! Craig
  4. Nice! I've not really had much to do with PLA, but the finish on the parts seems very smooth. Much smoother than the finish I get in ABS. Good luck with the project! Craig
  5. Thanks Pat! Can't wait to see some more progress on your D model Thanks Terry! It is true, but as we've discussed many times before, half the fun for me is the R&D! As long as I learn something from each time it goes wrong, it wasn't wasted right? Yeah the rivets are a lot of work, but the results are worth it, regardless of how long it takes me to get it done. Hopefully as I refine the process, the speed will also improve. Thanks mate! Cheers Kev! You know me, I love to challenge myself Thanks very
  6. Hahaha! Thanks for the reality check as always Terry And yes, it did seem like a bit of an oversight on HK's behalf not to include them. Perhaps they'll fix that when they bring out their C model.......... Thanks Tom, at least you have the benefit of experience the second time around right! So another 6 weeks has flown past, what have I been up to? Lots of R&D, not so much progress towards completion though... Armed with Peter's (Airscale's) Patreon videos about skinning with litho, it was definitely high time to try my own. From my early ex
  7. And that's exactly the reason I'm considering converting my x and y axes on the mill to be stepper driven with button control...... it takes the "me" out of the equation! I actually have the complete CNC conversion kit, just need to find time to actually make it happen.
  8. This is absolutely incredible work! What material did you turn your master for the engine cylinders out of? I also don't suppose you have any more "in progress" photos of how you made the propeller? Can't wait to see more! Craig
  9. Nice work Jay! If that was me I totally would have turned the hand-wheel the wrong way at some point and stuffed the whole part up! Getting closer with this one. Craig
  10. The turret looks like it's always been part of the kit! Nice Craig
  11. Absolutely beautiful Kevin! Congratulations on seeing a very long project through to conclusion. Craig
  12. Lucky you did, otherwise I wouldn't have realised that was your model as opposed to the real thing!
  13. Beautiful work as always Eric! And I love the personal background stories to your builds as well. I thought the editing in of Alan was amazing! Craig
  14. So I finally reached a significant milestone....... 6 years into the build and I have glued one wing together!!!!!! But of course it wasn't straight forward. There was still lumps and bumps that were not present on the early wings that had to be removed and filled, then there was still a significant amount of dry fitting to make sure my redone outer nacelles would fit without causing the rest of the wing to deform etc. I also had one of those modelling moments where something seems so easy to do, but yet you struggle to the point of questioning
  15. Great job on the nose turret Pat! I totally would have made the mistake of lining up the decals with the vertical stab..... good advice Really coming together now. Craig
  16. Every post raises the bar Jay! I still don't know how you do it... working with such fragile epoxy joints would drive me insane! I'm sure you mentioned it before, but was there any reason why you didn't make the pipework out of brass so you could solder it together? I take it this was much easier to form considering the complex curves? Even with the jigs I still don't know how you managed such a feat! Each post is a feast for the eyes Craig
  17. Very nice Pat! The depth charges really add to your bomb bay, especially along with your fuel tanks makes for quite a unique load. The gun installations look super crisp too. This is one fantastic build! Craig
  18. Looks awesome! Craig
  19. Thanks Terry! Hahaha yeah, the number of "aftermarket" parts grows by the day! I know what you mean with the air bubbles, I absolutely agree with you. Unfortunately I'm using a very low pot life resin, so I'm literally working to just get enough resin into the mould before it goes off! I'd like to get some that takes a few hours to go off, but all I can get (without spending a fortune) is the 2 minute pot life stuff. Oh and I probably induced a few too many when I mixed it with a little too much enthusiasm...... Still works though! We'll see with the next
  20. I don't know about you guys, but my interests do change with time. Funny, I never really liked the early B-17s until one day I did! So here's the results from the first pour. The 3D printed insert worked really well to reduce the amount of weight and resin that went into the cast. Unfortunately you can see I still ended up with a large air pocket. This is going to be problematic to get rid of, but not impossible. All in all with what I was attempting to do, actually pretty pleased! Here's the setup with the 3D printed
  21. G'day Jay, Yes indeed NZ is beautiful (and cold!!!). At the moment we are very fortunate with the management of the virus, but as my former home has shown, it only takes a minor lapse or people being complacent for it to come raging back with a vengeance. Hopefully that won't happen though! Yes the mighty Chinook. I've spent 14 years working as a maintainer, then as an FE on them and I loved every minute of it. They are an incredible machine that as you said, just keeps getting better and better. I really miss not working on them now, but for a myriad of circumstances,
  22. Hi Dan, While I'm not a huge fan of modern jets, I don't mind the flanker and I do love helicopters, so you've got my vote with with mi-8! Good luck with this project, I can only imagine how enormous this is going to be seeing as a flanker would have to be almost 3/4 of a B-17, let alone 3 in the mix! Cheers, Craig
  23. Every update you continue to amaze me with your unique fixtures and jigs! Super clever and necessary solution to your very complex engineering work. They alone are works of art, but the exhausts so far are just spectacular. I can't even fathom how you managed to bend those pipes with the precision you did Jay, except that I can understand when you say it wasn't easy, and that must be a massive understatement! This is true model engineering, I love it! Craig
  24. Another outstanding update Peter! You've covered a huge amount of work in one post. I really like the bull nose step you put in. How did you get it so crisp? Did you use a "buck" of sorts to form it prior to fixing the panel in place? I've also got a lot of catching up to do on your patreon as well.....looking forward to it! Your litho work is really becoming second nature to you these days, a true master! Thanks for giving us our fix of awesomeness! Craig
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