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afternoon ladies :)


On 11/11/2020 at 1:53 AM, Alex said:

Wow wow wow.  Amazing precision and dedication to detail.  Even at 1/18 this is going above and beyond - it looks like the 1/1 aircraft!  I assume you are designing all these photoetch pieces yourself and then having them made?  Maybe the full DIY lithography setup can be next on your list ;-)



Thanks Alex - appreciated! Yes, the PE I design and have PPD in Scotland make them for me, I would like to do it myself, but they make magic happen in a way I don't think I could :)


On 11/11/2020 at 2:27 PM, Troy Molitor said:

Jiminy Cricket that’s nice!  Well done Peter.  Did I miss the F-Wulf finally or perhaps it was shelved?   I really enjoy all your efforts including the Tigercat and Firefly!   



Thanks Troy! no the Fw190 was shelved, much like the others you mention - each one has a place in my history, but I am not great at going back to them, so once a decision is made, for now it seems it's terminal...


..mind you, I count them as collateral damage as I do them and then hit on one I really enjoy every day like the Spit, P51 and now the Fury :)


not so much a WIP as a status update... but I found I had got to the point I really needed a jig I could put the side frames in and out of so I could work up assemblies that go in them..


..this is just a sheet of perspex with a drawing I made from the plan stuck to it and then a bunch of hold points that hold the spar / brass front end, and then the side frames in the right place & orientation..


i had missed the side frames are canted inwards after the seat - I thought that was further back, so they were amended too...







..then all the control assemblies were painted & further detailed - this is the control column..




..the rudder bar - used painted masking rubber again for the covering on the hoops..




..the kickboard assembly was made up and this is the heart of this whole subassembly - also added some control cables & fittings from a bunch of microscopic bits..




..that lot is now cemented into this one assembly which was done while in the jig so all the reference & touchpoits align..






..and test fitted in the jig...










..and thats it for now, going to make the triangular fuel tank and start detailing the sidewalls next :)




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1 hour ago, Sepp said:

I've looked through two dictionaries and a thesaurus, and I've found no words to adequately describe how good this is.

You could just go with English understatement - "nice"


Or if you want to add emphasis - "very nice indeed"


Hope that helps.


Peter, this build is the nicest I have seen since your last one. Thank you and keep up the splendid work.

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LOL.  That is what I think/do, every time I see one of your updates Peter, because I could never replicate same in my current or former lifetime.  Like everyone else, I am in awe of your skills.


Having pointed out your threads to others, one of my modeling friends says that your work is from a "freak of modeling", which I think is one of the highest compliments possible.  According to the Cambridge Dictionary website (trying to stay close to your home), a freak is "a thing, person, animal, or event that is extremely unusual or unlikely, and not like any other of its type:"  The first is obviously you (which is not an animal!), while the rest of us are the usual "type" of our modeling species.  ;)


Model on Peter.  We all love your exacting, totally researched and perfectly executed creation of parts that no kit has ever made before.




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Peter, you are truly a master craftsman. One of the most enjoyable parts of this hobby for me is to witness workmanship such as yours and the inspiration it gives me. As a young man, my modelling heroes were scratch-builders like Harry Woodman and George Lee, and later, Peter Cooke, Alan Clark, John Alcorn and a few others. In current times I can't think of any others that are in your league. Thank you for sharing your builds, and also for your commercial work that allows us mere modelers the opportunity to incorporate a fraction of that kind of detail into our efforts.





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