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  1. Phenomenal! Clearly the scout is a modern interpretation of a Demoiselle. Great scratchbuild! Kind regards, Paul
  2. Hi Max, I’ll attempt an answer. 1. If the company are well-heeled they could LIDAR scan an extant airframe.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidar 2. If the company are not well heeled or there is no existing airframe to scan then they could use a technique called photogrammetry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photogrammetry So it is possible to get a reliable set of data from photos if one has enough of them. 3. Measure a real airframe using the old-fashioned methods of having a datum and taking measurements from there. Although the measurements will be specific to that single airframe they will be better than any drawing! Kind regards, Paul
  3. The Halberstadt is a handsome machine and one I am sure you will do justice to Mike. Both the quality and the speed of your builds constantly impress! Kind regards, Paul
  4. It’s a fair point re the Z-M Fw 190s. They were first announced back in 2014! Kind regards, Paul
  5. I’d rather anyone produce 1/32 vehicles. Kind regards, Paul
  6. HI All The indefatigable Homebee on Britmodeller has spotted that Border are launching the Focke-Wulf Fw190 A6 in 2023: Interesting to see this. it will be good for dioramas! Best regards, Paul
  7. I have been following this thread for a while and I am really enjoying the diversity of views. I have come to several conclusions: 1. This really IS the golden age of LSP modelling: the range of what is on offer is increasing every year. 2. It is the range of materials and manufacturing techniques that have led to the explosion of what is possible: Slide Molding in IM, Photo etching, Resin casting and now 3D printing all provide a greater range of what is possible for the manufacturers and have certainly made them bolder. Who ever thought we’d have the host of WWI airframes in 1/32 available to us that WnW/CSM/Roden/Lukgraph as well as the interwar aircraft that Silverwings offer? Who imagined that One Man Model would emerge and produce 3D printed kits of such esoteric subjects as the Short Scylla? Who thought JetMads would emerge to give us the Viggen and other great subjects? 3. The diversity of what switches us on as modellers is as broad as the range of kits on offer to us: Some build multiple kits at the same time, thers doggedly work on just one subject until it is done. Others are not completer finishers at all (and that is just fine). Some need to work from Uber-kits and others will bring a less polished kit up to standard and others like Tom Probert @tomprobertor Max Williams @mozart are happy to dive right into a vacform. Still others have even greater confidence and skill to scratchbuild (yes Mike @sandbagger I am talking about you!). 4. I don’t understand some of the aversion to resin; It can offer far more detail and enables some manufacturers to give us subjects we never thought we would see in our lifetimes (Thank you @LukGraph for pretty much everything you have ever issued). Yes it can have health risks if one is completely irresponsible when sanding it and huffing dust but that is in our hands. 5. Buying kits and building them are two separate hobbies that run at entirely different speeds: for many of us the rate of buying kits far outstrips our ability to keep pace building them (who doesn’t have even a vestigial ‘stash’ of at least a couple of kits eh? ). My surmise is that many of us are driven by the anxiety of a kit going out of production and never getting hold of it again; the manufacturers play on this anxiety; viz Border Model and their comments on the molds breaking down so there ‘may not be another run…’). But thankfully we do buy kits we’ll probably never build, however well intentioned we may be, because if we did not buy as many as we do, the industry probably would be far less diverse in its offerings. So yes: how lucky we are! Kind regards Paul
  8. Yes I would be interested. It is a good idea. Other good ideas are… 1/32 AEC Matador (both truck and fuel tanker) 1/32 Austin K2Y 1/32 Opel Blitz 1/32 Bedford MWD 1/32 Crossley Tender 1/32 Hucks starter 1/32 Queen Mary trailer 1/32 Deuce and a half (and tanker version) and a whole host of other vehicles one could find around airfields in the conflicts of the 20th century. Kind regards, Paul
  9. Thanks Kent! I did not know the Brooklands Museum had built a replica! I’ll need to visit next time I am over there. Much obliged Kind regards, Paul
  10. The thud you heard was the sound of my jaw hitting the floor! So impressed at you scratch-building the Sopwith Baby. I fully agree with others that this is an entirely overlooked airframe in 1/32. Which drawings of the Schneider did you use Kent? Kind regards, Paul
  11. I like the top of your list! Der Riesenflugzeug was the one WWI multi-engine airframe that even WNW were not mad enough to contemplate…. It would make their Gotha G.IV look tiny by comparison. Sadly I suspect the only time we’ll se one in 1/32 will be if someone is willing to scratch build one. Kind regards Paul
  12. Fantastic Tom! What a neat finish and of such a rarely built (and challenging) kit! Hats off to you Sir! Best regards, Paul
  13. Hi Max, Greetings from London! It is great to see you moving on this one. It is looking good! Neat work on the cockpit. Kind regards, Paul
  14. Sooooo Kotare Kits: 32001 Spitfire Mk1 (Mid production) 32002 Spitfire MkVa 32004 Spitfure Mk1 (early production) You see what is missing there?…. Kit 32003 Hmmmm Best regards, Paul
  15. Actually you really do have a point on that, Agreed. Good to see another vote for the Anson . Excellent point on the airworthy example being near to Kotare’s base of operations but I don’t know if it would attract Lukgraph. Hopefully one of the manufacturers will do it. Kind regards, Paul
  16. +1 on the Anson! Reading the other posts I would also go with an Avro 504K and/or a Fairey IIIF too! All would get my money. Kind regards, Paul
  17. Happy New Year all. Well, I would have posted more progress but my New Years’ Day was spent flying one of the club gliders instead . An Alexander Schleicher ASK-21, N341KS. I hope everyone has a great modelling year and that I finally manage to put G-AIVW to bed! Kind regards, Paul
  18. Thank you Thomas - I am always interested in techniques so thank you for sharing this. It works very well -great result! Kind regards, Paul
  19. Phenomenal work Chris! Always wonderful to see a vacform progressing the way you are doing it! Best regards, Paul
  20. Hi Craig, I have been watching your build for a long time and have always been hugely impressed at your willingness to go the extra mile to get details right and your incredible execution to nail them. It is heartbreaking to read about Terry but your tribute to him was wonderful to read. I am sorry you are having to move internationally (again). As a veteran of several I made sure I not only packed my models carefully but also insured everything. It is not nice to contemplate losing what is now 8 years work but there are more accidents involving bulk carriers losing containers at sea than one may imagine. I don’t want to be the voice of doom and gloom but honestly: although any insurance could not get your model back if it were damaged or went missing, you would at least get something for it. But, suffice it to say I very much hope that your move goes well and your B17 arrives safe and sound at the other end! Kind regards, Paul
  21. Your interpretation of a worn leather surface is outstanding! What was your technique to establish that level of realism? Kind regards, Paul
  22. Thanks for the photos Max. That is a lovely period shot of DX-595 and the detail pull-out on NM-138 is excellent. On the cabane strut supports: They were big, they were ugly and they were gone… Port Starboard So, what will I do to support those cabane struts (which are critical to the stability of the wing construct)? Stay tuned to find out. Kind regards, Paul
  23. Hi Max - Thank you: that would absolutely make sense. There is a lot going on under there! Quick update: It all looks very dirty on these photos with sanding dust but the shims are in on the side panels and G-AIVW now has a Tiger Moth shaped nose. Just a little filing to go. The main features of the underside are now in place - lots yet to do: boy there is a lot going on under there! More to follow in the coming days. Thanks once again @mozart Kind regards, Paul
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