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  • Birthday 10/04/1950

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    Swindon, UK
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    Late WWII fighters, big engines, big props. Modelling, playing with airbrushes, more modelling.

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  1. A start on the Ef-126 from Das Werk. Effi by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mist by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mist by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mist by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Mist by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  2. Hi Guys, A bit more work on the me-262 Mistel. Time to blank off the cockpit and I reverted to old fashioned scratch building techniques. So laminates of plasticard to build up the shape. Blanks by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Then determine the extent of the reshaping. Blanks by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr After attacking with a Zoukei- Mura Scraper and 100 grit Infini Zebra sanders, I got a reasonable shape then covered with 10 thou plasticard and ran a Rosie over it. Blanks by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Then the same again for the rear part. Blanks by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Finally time to reinstate some lost details with the Rosie and a Hasegawa Scribing Pin with one of their templates. Blanks by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Not much but it took a while. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  3. Hi Guys, Now where were we? Ah yes, the second Mistel. The main wing panels were assembled then lined up with the dolly support arms to mark and drill the wing mounting points. 262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr A few nose panels in place. They are only levelled up loosely, I want the build to look disjointed, rough and badly put together by the diminishing labour pool. 262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Some coinage of the realm superglued into place as ballast - I know from the first build the model will try to sit on its backside given the chance. There will be some weight in the front of the engines as well. 262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Only a slight gap at the wing root, easily sorted with some Mr Surfacer and a wipe with Mr Thinners on a cotton bud. 262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Trumpeter don't provide in-flight undercarriage doors so there was fair bit of thinning and hacking of the inner doors. 262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Intakes and exhaust pipes and fan blades will get some paint shortly then I can close up the cowlings. 262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  4. Hi Guys, Once again I'm off course with a build or seven, now shunted onto another project. This one is Project Perry, because out very own Wunwinglow is involved (again!) Recently I made a Mistel using the Revell Me-262 and He-162 kits with a pile of 3D printed parts and laser cut acrylic sheet by Tim. I made it as if it was a field conversion of a battered old fighter with the nose from a different aircraft. This time I'm surmising the production plants would be up to speed and churning out the flying bombs on the standard production lines. So all buttoned up, gun ports closed, no undercarriage and stripped of all non-essentials. And because its a fly and forget, none of that tedious filling and sanding regular fighter types received. So I needed a fully riveted airframe. Three guesses? Obviously the Trumpeter kit. And the pilot aircraft for this combo? The new Junkers EF-126 from Das Werk. So all I needed was a quick call to Tim and I picked up the parts a couple of days later. Please read on as nothing is ever that simple and there are some items in the photos that need explaining. I managed to lose one of the acrylic plates for the side of the launch dolly so I laminated some plastic sheet. Simple stuff. New Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr A day's work. New Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr On the original version, there's a huge step at the rear. We just copied the 1/48 Dragon kit, scaled it up and then I realised that as usual, Dragon hadn't actually done any research. So a day after building the dolly, I carefully took it apart again. The good thing about superglue is you can break the bond easily if you know what to do with it. Then I started hacking lumps out of the 3D printed axle and rear body piece. Superglue residue everywhere, nothing that can't be shifted. Line scribed for the new dolly height. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr With a chop, chop here and a chop, chop there...….. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Old scratch building techniques: make one important part fit and everything else oversize, then trim afterwards. The laser cut acrylic sides were ditched as they are a swine to cut without that bloody laser! Once again laminates of good old plasticard Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Lots of cursing and swearing (superglued my fingers to the model, we've all been there!) I ended up with the chassis together but lots of raised edges. All part of the plan, if I had cut to exact size, something would definitely been undersized, that's the way it goes. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And after attacking it with Infini Zebra 100 grit sanding sticks, the raised bits are all smoothed down. I've got it sitting with a few smears of Mr White Putty on a few areas where the plasticard laminations can be seen, this photo taken before I applied the putty. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr So love it or loathe it, that's where I am at the moment. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  5. Hi Guys, I forgot to say I got a lot more info about the Trop tank fit and decided as the cockpit was already assembled there wasn't any room to add the details. So I've ripped out the tanks and fitted the seat. I didn't want to take out the half seat squab to fit the full width version as the belts were already superglued down and the chances were they would get damaged so I fitted the half seat squab from the second kit. So now I'm back to two four seaters. Rest assured I have another kit started to do a detailed Trop with tanks version. No details so had to go! Changes by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And a few minutes later...…. Changes by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Test fit of the half seat squab from the second kit. Yes, that'll do. Changes by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And some paint.... Latest by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Latest by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr I'm left with a couple of holes in the floor where the oil tank went but there's going to be a judiciously placed briefcase, small luggage case or similar there eventually. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  6. Hi Guys, Some progress: Filling and sanding. Lots of it. More inside by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr There's a small drain pipe under the motor, Made from Albion Alloys 0.6mm Brass Tube. Son by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr There are tiny little hinge brackets for the flaps and ailerons.. Mine did a few dives on the carpet so I had to hack up a few bits of plastic rod and strip. Son by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr The undersides of the slats needed some strip. I contemplated curving the plastic but thought better of it - not exactly if anyone's going to physically see the model for the foreseeable future, is it? Son by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Tailplanes added. Son by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Son by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  7. Hi Guys, Some progress. First off the elevator trim and flap drive handwheels. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr The colour etch IP is an improvement from Eduard, much finer printing and a dollop of gloss on the gauge faces too. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr A quick test fit and look-see at the IP. Cockpit 108 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr I deviated from the instructions to assemble the engine and cockpit as one piece Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Greatly magnified so it's not that grainy to the old Mk I Eyeball! More inside by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And finally putting the fuselage and wings on! Flight by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr I slathered on some IMPA Finissage car body putty. More inside by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And after a light sanding. More inside by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr So I haven't died, left or gone away. And the 108's are progressing. Some weird guy on Facebook insists this is an ex-Hasegawa kit, except its a 2018 kit from Striped Fighter. It's that kind of crap that makes me think "Why do I bother?" Still wondering. Bruce Crosby
  8. To hopkinspeter, How difficult? How should I know? I'm building them closed up. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  9. More 108 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr More 108 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr More 108 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr More 108 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr 108-3 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr 108-3 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr 108-3 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr 108-3 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Seats by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Seats by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Seats by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Seats by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Seats by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
  10. Slats by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Slats by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Slats by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
  11. Hi Richard, Just go online and tap in Handley Page Slats. its really easy. Even a nice picture. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  12. Hi Guys, A note on the slats. They are spring loaded to be open when stationary or under a certain airspeed. They are open on both take off and landing, so set to close at a speed higher than take off. The design was the same on the 109 and 262. The design was originated by Handley-Page and they did a technology swap, in return they got Messerschmitt's single spar wing design. They did not have a ground lock. They were tested every service, push back the spar, checking to see it didn't jam up then check it rolled forwards correctly. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  13. Hi Brian, I have noticed the effect but not painted any exterior parts yet. I get the feeling it will be OK. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  14. Hi Guys, After hacking and chopping, it's down to standard plastic kit assembly. Did I mention it's two kits? Well, here are the assembled engines. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Rudder pedals with etched parts in place. A bit of a pain, the usual tiny bits pinging off to the carpet, the usual swearing! Bf 108 build log by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Two pedal sets finally assembled, with the cockpit floor sections. nice etch surrounds for the control column bases. Bf 108 build log by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Bf 108 build log by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Finally! Some grey primer! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And right now I've got most of the interior parts for both kits in grey primer, the seats in a brown to represent leather. Might even get some RLM02 on the interior parts soon. All paint colours are my usual Mission Models Paints. I love them! Regards, Bruce Crosby
  15. Hi Guys, So where was I? Ah yes, butchering a new kit. Another look-see, this time with the canopy taped into place and the slats extended. That's more like it! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Ain't she purdy? Well, I think so. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr That's a lot of glass! Best not screw up the interior! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Boring! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr If we drop the flaps a bit, will it improve the look? I think so. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Looks like we've got a plan! Regards, Bruce Crosby
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