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Gloster Gladiator.....finished :)

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16 hours ago, quang said:


Aah the lost art of stretching sprues!

The rigging went exceptionally well, Max. Your method will be the guide for many greenhorns.
I must have missed it along the way but what did you use for rigging lines and where can I can find it?
 

Cheers,

Q

 

 

Not so much lost as grown more limited in its uses Q!

 

Now that we have cyano glues, nylon bristles and wire provide alternatives that are a lot less fragile than what we once had to accept with stretched sprue.

Although I'll readily concede at the time it was indispensable, now it tends to be a bit fragile. So much so  I can't recall the last time I used it, other than to heatform

the ends into balls for custom light lenses (the only way to get that tell-tale inverted reflection) and throttle handles.

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Agreed Chek.

Having said that, it takes me less time to fabricate a detail using stretched sprue than to look for an adequate material that would do the job.;)

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46 minutes ago, quang said:

Agreed Chek.

Having said that, it takes me less time to fabricate a detail using stretched sprue than to look for an adequate material that would do the job.;)

I’ve always been rather sceptical about using stretched sprue but having given very careful thought to all the alternatives it fitted the bill perfectly for this job. I don’t imagine I’ll be making a habit of it though.

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Indeed, rigging techniques have evolved since the days of Harry Woodman but in some instances, nothing beats the simplicity of old-school stretched sprue method.

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That prop - well the whole model really - looks excellent.

 

The tyres are perhaps a bit too glossy, but it could have been raining.

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23 minutes ago, Chek said:

That prop - well the whole model really - looks excellent.

 

The tyres are perhaps a bit too glossy, but it could have been raining.

Far too glossy but work in progress!!

 

21 minutes ago, Out2gtcha said:

Well now, isnt that a wee slice-O fried gold!

Does fried gold go well with the glass of wine behind the Gladiator Brian? :blush:

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1 minute ago, quang said:

 

Great setting, Max. I recognize the two senior officers but where does the erk come from? :hmmm:

I think it’s a Reedoak one Quang. The chap in the flying helmet is being replaced by one wearing more period flying garb, bit of basic work to do with him though before painting starts. 

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9 minutes ago, mozart said:

I think it’s a Reedoak one Quang. The chap in the flying helmet is being replaced by one wearing more period flying garb, bit of basic work to do with him though before painting starts. 

Don't tell me. I know all about head-swapping ;)

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I've had a chance to do a little checking about the pipe on the starboard nose which Quang spotted.  My only reference for a 56 squadron Gladiator shows "something" (a blank?) but not a pipe......could it be that the pipe is associated with the differing engine on the Mk II?  I'm leaving as is for the moment.

 

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