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  1. HI Everyone, Inspired by a bit of youtube vid from Cross of Iron, the Sam Peckinpah classic... I've decided to try to display the legendary mobility of the T-34 with a model. I started fudging together the base a few days ago. Including pine and plaster of Paris, the teeny little base weighs almost 2 lbs... That's .997kg to the metrically inclined. Here are the first pics: Thanks fer looking! Gaz
  2. I spent a lot of time on the base, finally to hear from a friend that trying to keep the snow in it's natural white was my biggest problem. I reckon it'll take a few more years to get a snow base right. But here I am today: The repeated attemots to get it right meant that my steppe grass collected a lot of snow. I guess on some days that that would be a normal situation. Cheers! Gaz
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    Aerotech Supermarine S5

    Torben, The wing fillets came out beautifully. Thanks for the lesson! Those radiators look cool! Gaz
  4. Hi Everyone, My first snow diorama... heck, first diorama... And I'm using some hobby snow I recently bought. I pressed some tank tracks in it to make an impression, but they're very hard to see. Maybe some of you have done airfields with snow on em? I've seen wildlife photos where shadows in animal tracks look like a pale blue. is there a consensus of what works to make detail in snow photographable? Or is it a question of trying to use shadows and photography to tell the tale? Thanks for your thoughts! Gaz
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    Aerotech Supermarine S5

    Torben, I'm glad to see some more progress! I know we can all be too hard on ourselves as we try and retry to get the look we want. I think your work looks great! I'm terrible at rescribing. Can't scribe a straight line more than a couple CM long without stuffing it up. And they never look neat, even if I can get them straight. I applaud your efforts, and want to see this bird in completed glory! Gaz
  6. I was cruising about my local hardware megastore and came across polystyrene welding rods and started seeing potential uses. Are these the same plastic as our kits, or is the 'poly' the difference? Gaz
  7. Thank you, Chek! Did I tell everyone I was doing a winter scene? I'm in a Stalingrad group build elsewhere, so I needed to find ways to work the white stuff in. Here are the tracks weathered with snow. What do you think? Once all of the roadwheels are in place I'll be able to stratecically place extra blobs of snow riding inside the tracks. My method was to paint areas of the tracks with thinned white glue than the dump bi-carb soda over it which I then swept off. Thanks for looking, Gaz
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    Apollo 16 Trans Earth EVA - Completed

    Oh, I love that! Wait... was that used to fake the moon landings??? Great job, man! Gaz
  9. Thanks for the Paul Budzik video! I hadn't seen that one before. I agree, that the answer to the OP is very personal, and have chucked a kit because getting it to fit my accuracy needs was beyond the worth of the effort. If it ain't fun... you're doing it wrong. hmmm.... where have I heard that one before? Gaz
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    By to the A380

    I thought they might have been a little big... But i didn't see any need to make grandiose proclamations about their utility and service life. Gaz
  11. Any of you guys take this stuff and getting benefits for your hands? Gaz
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    Glucosamine and Chondroitin?

    Guys, Thanks for your answers. We got the stuff our older dogs that had hip displaysia and it gave them a lot of relief as in they seemed happier and had increased activity. It's great that it works for dogs... Gaz
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    "Double Widow-Maker" (T)F104-G

    Bill, Fantastic looking build! Gaz
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    1/32 WnW Halberstadt CI.II (Late)

    Sweet! Love to see the sheen on that spandau. What did you paint it with? Gaz
  15. HI again, Everyone! I spent an obscene amount of time on the resin tracks. Never again! Every track pin hole had to be drilled. Over 300 of them. Some of the starter holes weren't circular causing the bit to wander. Half of the links, those without guide horns were so flimsy as to be easily breakable. Some half a dozen of those were broken in the box. In the end i had only 3 extra links. They only cost 10 bucks, where Friuls cost over 50... so a huge trade-off in money for time. Here are the results: here, nothing is glued in place. So, I'll have to add Tamiya Extra Thin to each locating pin where the idler arm connects with the hull, then finagle them around until I get the solution that I like. Here you can see the final positions of all of the wheels though they aren't glued on. Only the idlers are fixed. The track has been primed. The tracks have been shedding pins every time they are removed, or moved around. Makes the Friul steel wire look pretty good. They won't sag as nicely as Friuls, either. Fortunately they way the model will ride the terrain I've created, the tracks will be taut. Thanks fer looking! Gaz
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    Is WNW nearing the end of its run?

    How many have passed with unbuilt WNW in their stashes? HOw many more will? What happens when Peter Jackson goes? IS WNW set to run eternally? Or will their molds be sold to Italeri? ROG? Build today! Build while you can! Gaz
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    Swiss F-5E

    Very, Very nice!!
  18. Hi Everyone! What do you guys thin it with? And... Can any gradient of MR. Surfacer do the job, or do you want the highest number? Thanks! Gaz
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    MIG-15 Bis BG Air Force Trumpeter 1/32

    Well... I wasn't trying to imply that you have to make it look like a mirror. You can add some shine without going over the top. I'm sure that new, there was some shine as aluminum doesn't come in matte when it's fresh off the rolling machine. It oxidizes over time for sure. But an in-service machine wouldn't look like a derelict that has been baking in the sun for 50 years. Not trying to start an argument. Just saying that there's differences. Gaz
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    MIG-15 Bis BG Air Force Trumpeter 1/32

    That's looking very nice, Chavdar! For more shine, you can buy aluminum polish at any place that sells automotive detailing stuff. Gaz
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    1/32 WnW Halberstadt CI.II (Late)

    Awesome work, man! Gaz
  22. With apologies to Mr. Stallone I present my first and most likely last attempt at the Italian smoke ring camoflage. The subject is Hasegawa's venerable Macchi MC.205 Serie I kit in 1/48 scale. However, the barrels and barrel sleeves are also present in the kit, enabling me to make a beefier looking subject. I had a very difficult time with the smoke rings and dry tip. I started using some AK Interactive paints. I couldn't even finish half a smoke ring before the dry tip had me cursing in fury. Then I switched to some hand mixed acrylic paint from the tubes. Two shades of green, mixed with a bit of orange to reach an OD shade... if you're curious. It worked better for a while, but eventually my patience began to wear thin as I still had a lot of stoppages from dry tip. I'm hoping that weathering and effects will make up for some of my slop. I perhaps should have done it over 2 sittings instead of one 2-hour session... but I've already got 2 kits drying, one with weathering and one with cement... So I had to do something with my time. Thanks for looking! Gaz
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    Italian Stallion!... Teutonized!! Finished!

    Thank you, Andy!
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    Nürnberg 2019 LSP list

    Would be nice if Eduard was doing a new tool 109. Der Alte ist Scheiße!