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Aircraft Modeling / Re: ME262A1 U3 - Hobbyboss 1/48
« on: November 21, 2011, 03:05:10 AM »
Very nice work on the "squiggles" that type of painting is always diffacult for me.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: FW-190D9 red 18 - tamyia 1/48
« on: November 21, 2011, 03:03:18 AM »
Very nice!

Market / Part He-115 Photo etch
« on: November 21, 2011, 02:57:27 AM »
I am trying to find a set of Part P/E for the old matchbox 1/72 He-115 kit. So far I have not been able to find a set, I was wondering if anyone either had that set they were willing to let go, of if someone knows where to find one. Thank you,

Aircraft Modeling / FW-190S-5 Colors and markings
« on: November 21, 2011, 02:52:53 AM »
I was wondering if anyone had some information on colors and in particular markings for the FW-190S-5 trainer. I have a conversion for this aircraft that I would like to build but have very little info on markings for it. If anyone has some information on this I would be most grateful.

Miscellaneous Subjects / Re: C.S.S. David
« on: November 18, 2011, 10:06:50 PM »
Thank you all for the comments and info!! I did not think this was going to be such a popular subject :-ok I am going to a fellow modelers this evening, and I will check his library as he may have a little information on this. I might also bring the kit and make a start on it. Thank you all again.

Miscellaneous Subjects / Re: Any Intrest in This?
« on: November 18, 2011, 03:49:38 PM »
Nico info mate :) One old and effective method used by manufactured was cooking wax with oil of turpentine and then hot brushed over surface. In the joint was used thin rope which is deep into that solution or something similar and push inside with small hammers. But it is possible in the rush that no protection was used, they are simply delivered for fast actions. Design is very nice for that time.

Yes, that was my other thought also, some type of oil/wax/paraffin mixture used on the wood. sadly, none of these boats have survived, and many were left to rot after the war ended. At least one was taken to the U.S. Naval Academy but more as a war prize I think than as an example to be studied. Or perhaps the hulls were treated in a manner that was typical for that time and so it was not recorded as anything special, because it was a standard pratice. I will look into some more as now you have made me curious.

Looks good, but you did not give yourself much time for sleep!!!!!!!!!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: G.A.C. Hotspur
« on: November 18, 2011, 02:05:17 PM »
I should have more photos of the progress so far in a little while.
Yes, maybe you could put images of that area after sanded. ;)

Definitely Sall, it is much improved over that picture, I was just trying to show what I was starting with in that area to get the door to fit and blend into the rest of the fuselage.

Miscellaneous Subjects / Re: Any Intrest in This?
« on: November 18, 2011, 01:56:49 PM »
Thank you guys. No.1, as far as I can tell, no protection against the water was used, the hull was made of Oak and the seams between each plank were most likely caulked with tar, the water would have caused the planks to swell, helping to seal the seams. I do not know what the builders thought the life span of the vessel would have been either. At this point many of these creations were experiments, this one was built in the back yard of the designer! It did prove successful enough that depending upon the source that you use for reference between 4 and 50 more were built; I tend to think 50 is a bit much, and the number built were much lower. Plus the others were lumped together and generically called David's after the original, making it a bit more confusing to determine the actually number, and even the original from later copies. Interestingly, many people refer to this as a submarine, and while it does look like one, it was made to ride low on the water and was open on the top, so it could not submerge ( well it could, but only once :) ).
This is one reason I like kits from small manufactures, there are so many different subjects available, and often a lot of modelers pass them by.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: G.A.C. Hotspur
« on: November 18, 2011, 05:14:27 AM »
A bit more progress, the wings have been rescribed and the doors added to the fuselage. I knew the fit of the doors was going to be poor, and since they were going to scribed in I wanted to to to avoid using putty if possible. The doors were cemented into place slightly raised above the surface of the fuselage. The gaps around the door were filled with gap filling superglue, when that was dried, the whole area was sanded down to match the fuselage surface, and then the door outlines were scribed in. It has taken a couple of repeats to get the scribed lines how I wanted them as scribing over the plastic and superglue caused the lined to be inconsistent. But, I am in no big hurry, I would rather have things come out right.

This is one of the doors glued into place and covered with superglue, before being sanded back. I should have more photos of the progress so far in a little while.

Miscellaneous Subjects / C.S.S. David
« on: November 18, 2011, 05:00:08 AM »
I though I  would post this here, please forgive me if this is out of place. As I mentioned in my introduction I like to build different types of models, and I also like to try to sample kits from different manufactures. This is the C.S.S. David, a torpedo boat from the American Civil War. It is a kind of interesting subject, and the kit is made by Cottage Industry Models. It is resin and white metal. As the real boat was not painted, this will be a good exercise in painting wood grain.  If it is not out of place, and you guys are interested in seeing how it goes, I would like to build it, if it does not fit, that is okay too.


Ground Forces / Re: A Bit Different
« on: November 16, 2011, 11:43:02 AM »
Thank you guys, only have a couple of touch-ups to do to finish this. I really should make the time to get it done.

Ground Forces / A Bit Different
« on: November 16, 2011, 01:50:09 AM »
This is a project I have worked on, and really need to finish, it will only take a day or two to finish, but I keep putting it off. This is a resin cast E-25 tank that is partly submerged. It was a piece that was used at a weathering seminar I went to. All the weathering effects were done with AK products and some pigments I had. The water was done with a Woodland Scenics water kit. First time I have done many of these techniques, so it could be better, but I am pretty happy with it anyway.

The track and front idler wheel cam from leftover DML Panther II parts in my spares box.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: G.A.C. Hotspur
« on: November 13, 2011, 02:58:01 PM »
Nico, Thank you so much for those pictures! They have answered one of my questions reguarding the location of the porthole near the cockpit. Frog have it located in the cockpit area, so I will have to move aft a bit. You don't by chance have any info on the cockpit layout do you?
The twin Hotspur is cool too, maybe some day I will do one of those, but I have not seen may of these kits around lately, so I am just happy to have the chance to build this one! Again, thank you for the pics.

Aircraft Modeling / G.A.C. Hotspur
« on: November 13, 2011, 02:03:40 PM »
Since this is my first build here, I though I would start with something rather simple so as to not embarrass myself too badly if it goes wrong :)!

This is the old Frog / Novo kit of the Hotspur glider. The Hotspur was designed as a light assult glider which could hold 8 troops. It was soon deemed impractical as it was recognized that landing so few troops per glider was less than ideal, and so the Hotspur was used as a training aircraft for future Horsa and Hamilcar glider pilots.

This is a plane I have wanted to model for some time and a friend of mine had the kit in his collection and was kind enough to give it to me to build. This is a Russian molding of the kit obtained many years ago in a bag, no decals are included. It is interesting to not that the surface of the plastic is very greasy, almost like a wax on the plastic, I have not noticed this with later examples of the kit released by Eastern Express for example. Though on this kit while there is allot of flash around some of the parts, the fit seems to be better than some later moldings of this kit.

My intention for this build is to add some detail to the cockpit, and since it has been awhile since I have finished anything, to finish it :) I am also using it as a pratice piece for re-scribing the few panel lines there are in anticipation of other projects that will require allot more re-scribing.

As you can see there is alot of flash around the parts, nice blue color too!

The cockpit area, not much there! There are a couple of ejector pin marks on the side walls, they are not too deep and can be easily sanded out.

Re-scribing the wings, I use a Trumpeter scribing tool and it works well for me. To guide the the scribing tool I use a small metal straight edge and Dymo tape for the curved areas.

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