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  1. Impressive stuff - there won’t be much of the original HK plastic left at this rate! I think you’d struggle to find a more accurate rendition of an early Fort anywhere - loving this. Tom
  2. Hi Andy, The Sunderland hasn’t been forgotten - I was doing some of the more tedious interior ribbing only a few weeks ago but progress is slow so not really worth photographing. I do tend to hop about quite a bit with my builds so who knows, next week it may be back on the bench! Thanks for this, Radders. One to keep in mind if I’m desperate for paint! Appreciated. It’s a pretty fool-proof method, Craig. As long as you have the basic shape of the elevator correct, you can’t go wrong. A walk in the park for a man of your talents... You’re very kind - it might look neat, but the bin is always full of my previous mistakes you don’t get to see! All the best, folks - stay safe. Tom
  3. That’s interesting - I was just going to wait it out as I need a few colours from Halfords when they reopen. However, if I get desperate, I know what to do. Many thanks!
  4. Howdy folks I hope everyone is managing to stay healthy and out of the way of this ghastly virus - I've been making the most of my time at home and have made the elevators for the big Shackleton. Scratch-building this sort of thing is really straightforward, and can be covered in the following steps: Step 1: Using scaled plans, cut yourself four elevator shapes (two left and two right) from plastic card. O.25mm is about the right thickness: IMG_1877 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 2: Again, using plans to guide me, the main panel lines are scribed on. This is done before further construction as it's far easier to scribe on to flat plastic card than when it's on the airframe: IMG_1879 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 3: Rivets are added: IMG_1883 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Pressing on to the soft cutting mat has actually left a nice oil-canning effect - bonus! IMG_1885 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 4: Using off-cuts of sprue, the leading edges of the elevators are made and attached to the hingeline: IMG_1886 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 5: Top and bottom 'skins' are then sandwiched together: IMG_1888 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 6: The leading edges and end plates are then blended with Milliput: IMG_1891 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 7: Fit your latest creations to the stabilisers: IMG_1893 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr And there we have it! Well - not quite. Still some fettling to do with the hinges and they also need priming. Unfortunately the local Halfords is closed due to the virus and I've run out of primer, so that'll have to wait. Stay safe people and thanks as ever for stopping by. Tom
  5. I've been steadily shaping the rear end today - quite pleased with the new look and I think a big improvement over my original effort: S1030208 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've also begun making the master mold for the plexiglass tail cone - this will be bulked out and shaped with Milliput in due course: S1030200 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Good to be making some progress on this again Take care all, Tom
  6. Glad I’m not dreaming things! And totally understand your logic regarding the extra hassle - I don’t blame you! You really have done a beautiful job and given an old kit a real modern-standard makeover. It’s a stunner. All the best, Tom
  7. That is GORGEOUS. Following the WIP, it looks as if this fought you all the way - you can’t tell now she’s finished as it looks like a standard kit which is huge credit to your skills. I may be wrong, but I thought the longer nose Spits had more of a forward rake on the main gear legs to help address the extra weight forward. Not a criticism, just an observation and I’m curious in case my memory is playing tricks... All the best, Tom
  8. Thanks for the warm welcome back, folks. The Sunderland has not been forgotten, fear not. I was only doing a little bit to the interior the other day - not really worth photographing but it’s still ticking along, albeit at a glacial pace. I’ve still got the 1/48th B-52 lurking around the bench too - in fact I hop around like a pea on a drum between projects so no tellings what’ll get worked on next and when! All the best, Tom
  9. Afternoon all It's been a while since I've done anything on this long-term build, but decided to get it back out for a bit of TLC and decided to jump straight back in and tackle something that I'd been needing to correct... When building the fuselage what seems like years ago I had somehow managed to make the extreme rear fuselage (where the rear observation glazing mates) completely the wrong shape. In my example, you can see I've made the fuselage sides curved, and the upper and lower fuselage too curved as well: IMG_1859 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr ...when compared to the real thing - taken at the Charlwood museum - which shows flat sides and top: Tail Glazing by Thomas Probert, on Flickr So, using some better plans as well as the good old Mk1 eyeball, I made a new shape for the rear fuselage: IMG_1861 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr ...which when offered up already improves the look: IMG_1860 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The difference has now been built up with filler, and slowly a much better-shaped rear fuselage is beginning to emerge: IMG_1868 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Still plenty of shaping and blending to do, but I'm much happier with this now. I've also began inserting the framing into the cockpit as these will be needed to support the glazing when the time comes: IMG_1867 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I'm enjoying being back on this - let's see how long the motivation lasts! All the best, Tom
  10. Good to see you back on this one - and hope you are settling well into your new surroundings. Now that you see the new nose offered up to the old, you can see the subtle differences and improvement on the original - which in itself was a significant improvement on the kit. However, in the pursuit of perfection, I can see your logic despite all the extra work involved. This is shaping up to be a one-of a kind build. So - will the interior details you have put in so far transfer over to the new nose ok? It'll be a shame to lose all that beautiful detail work you've put in so far... All the best, Tom
  11. Fair play, Kev. You’ll forever be a legend around these parts and your hard work and dedication never forgotten. Maybe with a bit more time on your hands you can get back to the bench and share some epic builds. All the best, Tom
  12. Thank you - it certainly has a distinctive look about it but that's the charm I suppose! Tom
  13. Hi Kent, Maybe... since I last updated this I've done the detailing of the other interior side wall of the nose section but not much more. I was looking over the fuselage the other day actually, but I've got so many other projects on the go I didn't really have the motivation to get going on it again. However, having just rediscovered this thread after so long has got me thinking... Tom
  14. I've just added the final touches to Airfix's classic 1/24th scale Stuka. This was actually the Heller boxing but the plastic is the same - @Erwingave me a great deal in this last year and I couldn't resist A great kit to build, and despite its age it's crammed full of detail, has some lovely surface detail and goes together really well. What you see here is as it comes in the box, with the only additions being some Eduard belts and a bit of extra plumbing in and around the engine. All paints were Xtracolour enamels. Ju-87 B-2 'Stuka' - 3/St.G2 - Northern France, August 1940 Picture 1 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 3 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 4 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 7 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 6 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 8 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 5 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 2 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 9 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Happy modelling, folks! Tom
  15. Thanks. I have a decal sheet for the panel as part of the HPH set so will make a plastic card base and go from there. Tom
  16. Numerous reasons actually... I’ve recently taken on a new role at work (I’m now head of section) and therefore it’s more difficult to take the Friday off work to travel up. Telford is a good 3/4hr drive from me and it would mean a very early start on the Saturday, which after a week at work, I really don’t fancy. My wife and I are also expecting a second child this summer and as she’s self-employed that means no income when she finishes for her maternity leave - therefore funds will be strictly limited. Also, I’ve been to Telford every year since it moved there and to be totally honest I just fancy a break from it. Will no doubt return in 2021 - hopefully with the BUFF finished and ready to show off! Tom
  17. Very unlikely to be honest - I don’t think I’m going this year and also I doubt it will be finished anyway!
  18. Hi Matt, The same thought has crossed my mind too, but the nose I’ve made follows my plans perfectly so I think it must be the angle of the photo playing tricks. All the best, Tom
  19. I'm fairly sure I have a Thai Airways boxing in the stash somewhere - you’re welcome to it if it helps you find one for a reasonable price. You’ll need some Braz RR Trents I think though - unless they have a mixed-engine fleet. PM me if you want to chat further. Tom
  20. Half term is upon us so a bit of bench-time this afternoon. I've begun making the basic cockpit structure - the rear bulkhead was made from plastic card along with the bases for the side consoles: IMG_E1803 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The other smaller structural parts were made using Evergreen strip of various thicknesses: IMG_E1804 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Obviously there's lots more to add, and as I hate making and painting cockpits this will be a case of picking it up and putting it down as and when the mood takes. Until next time, Tom
  21. Yes indeed - half term is next week so that's the plan! Tom
  22. Afternoon all... It's been a while since an update on this monster - work and a lack of mojo conspiring against any significant progress. However, I have made some in-roads into the cockpit transparencies, which are vital in capturing the look of the BUFF. You only get one canopy with the kit so there's no room for error - definitely a case of measure thrice and cut once. When the cockpit glazing had been trimmed to the correct shape, it became apparent that it was quite significantly wider than the fuselage. This is because as the fuselage immediately below the cockpit curves inwards too much as you move up to the base of the flghtdeck windows, and therefore is too narrow for the cockpit to sit on correctly. The solution was to make a plasticard 'base' which matched the shape of the bottom area of the transparencies. This was then mounted on the fuselage where the glazing will sit, and the difference in space built up with Milliput and blended to shape. This has now corrected the shape of the fuselage sides, as well as making the cockpit more or less a drop-fit: DSC_0305 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The cockpit windows have been marked out with masking tape, and are not 100% correct yet but have given a good approximation: DSC_0315 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0316 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr When compared to the original: Nose on view by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I think I'm not too far off: DSC_0309 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr A bit more fettling ahead yet, but progress is progress, no matter how small... Tom
  23. Not much building to report on (in fact none at all since the last update!) but these arrived from HPH over the festive period: IMG_1738 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr They are from their recent 1/48th release, and they agreed to sell me a set of decals as a standalone purchase. I don't have much faith in the Sanger decals, so hopefully these will be spot on when the time comes. Disappointingly, there are no squadron badges or nose art provided, only white backgrounds. I've contacted HPH about this but am yet to receive any response... if the worst happens I can probably use the Sanger items over the white backgrounds - we'll see! Tom
  24. Well done to those who completed a model for this fantastic group build - it was a pleasure to follow. Unfortunately my effort was pitiful - I’m going through a phase at the moment where I can’t keep going on a model and keep hopping about all over the place as my interest in a project wanes - therefore my Sunderland remains untouched in the loft. Anyway, onwards and upwards - and all the best for the New Year, folks.
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