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About crazypoet

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  • Birthday 05/12/1962

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    Reading, writing, history, occasional artist, sometimes poet, nerd by profession and "one of them creative sorts" by avocation.

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  1. I prefer larger scales, mostly because I don’t have the digital finesse to bring out some of the details I like at smaller scales On the other hand, there are some subjects that either won’t ever appear in 1/32 (B-52? B-36? Pan Am Clipper?) or are prohibitively expensive (the HpH 1/32 PBY comes to mind here) and then there are the 1/200 ships and 1/35 gunboats... So as much as I’d prefer to stay with 1/32, I can’t ...
  2. Tubular parts are maddening to clean up when not well-cast i feel yer pain! And also admire your alternative approach...! I could learn from that!
  3. crazypoet

    Trip

    Happy Birthday - now go do something newsworthy...!
  4. And... just in time to start building the engine, this arrived today from ANYZ... .05mm in black, gray, red and copper .08mm in black spark plugs and line connectors sufficient to see me through at least the P-47, B-25 and B-17 builds
  5. I have some serious catching up to do! my paltry stash sits at 19 kits, including what I’m building now - and even those are enough to take me through to retirement at my current snail’s pace!
  6. That's a great approach! For myself, I've made a deal with the universe that I can't die until I've had a nice romp with [her name redacted, in the name of keeping lawyers at bay!]. this means that I am effectively immortal.
  7. The ignition wiring I've seen in both restored and original engines *appears* to be rubber-coated braided lines, emerging from the pressurized ignition ring. Does this jive with your own references?
  8. No, this isn’t a bag of rock-salt... Carl was beyond generous and sent me a pair of Brit Mk-II gunsights and reflectors from his collection of Spitfire kits, for me to use in the P-47 build i had a resin upgrade set For the Spitfire, which contained the sight, but it specified kit parts for the glass. sooooo.... Carl stepped up...! i know have a pair of Mk-II sights and reflectors, in case I fumble-finger yet another itty bitty part... thank you, Sir!
  9. I’ve been happily playing around with the innards of this thing, and it’s getting towards the point where I have to put the toys and powders away and actually pull it together so I can get on to stuff that people can see without a flashlight and dental mirror... I’ve played with a couple different approaches to the bare aluminum and steel plumbing, and found an approach that works well for me. Using Mr Surfacer and Tamiya Flat aluminum as the base for the cold side of things, I differentiated panel materials with Uschi iron and steel powders, then dirtied things up with Tamiya weathering powders. I like the way they came out. The hot side of the plumbing I did with Uschi iron and steel powders over a gloss black base. It looked gorgeous, but also flat wrong - a gloss coat was exactly what I should *not* have used for this. I should have used a dark gray flat base coat instead. The Tamiya powders helped to mute things a bit but if this was on the outside I’d be stripping it down and re-painting from scratch. Now on to the nuts and bolts. I think I understand why the good folk at Trumpeter decided to include all of this stuff. First, parts of it will be visible, even more so with the Eduard exterior PE set - it opens things up quite a bit at the Oil Cooler and Intercooler discharge vents. second, I’ve seen some very interesting maintenance and damage pics of the P-47 and they would be all but impossible to replicate without at least some of the plumbing present. I don’t know if that’s a good enough reason for them to take this approach, but I can at least see their reasoning And... all that said... I do wish that, having gone to all the trouble to engineer the plumbing, that they had gotten it right, dammit! There are some glaring errors and messes in areas that are potentially visible. The exhaust, hot side of the supercharger and the piping from the compressor to the intercoolers are all just... wrong. Like head-scratching, whatinthehellweretheysmoking wrong. Ejector pin marks with in the middle of visible panels... bad overall fit (including areas where two designers were obviously not comparing notes and left mismatched pins and holes here and there...) And you can actually *see* some of this stuff. the longitudinal fit of the completed assembly is also a bit iffy, so I’ll use canopy glue for flexibility on some of the joints along with some judicious trimming and sanding to ensure it all goes together cleanly. whats worse is that they had available some amazing references out there, including the whole naked guts up on display - with signs and airflow arrows, no less! Instead it seems that one of the Trumpy engineers used an old Army Air Corps air-flow schematic as gospel. such is life! I’ve had some fun with this and it’s getting on time to put all the bits together, fill the gaps and shoehorn it all together...
  10. That's a really good question! Simple scale math means that this will, of necessity, be on two different bases. My original thought was to re-create the positions and dynamics from a gun-camera scene of an F-86 downing a MiG-15 that I found online. That said, with two bases (mounted? suspended? dunno yet), I can swap things up a bit and let them play, so to speak. In practice, when we were flying against Russian pilots, the two were *very* well-matched and it was not ever a foregone conclusion as to who would be stalking whom... Thanks for asking this - it just shifted my whole context!
  11. 600 O-Rings... I will never, ever, EVER complain again about the parts count in any single component of any model... I am made humble And this is seriously beautiful work!
  12. HA! - I get that about you! I kind of split the difference. I love the short-run, finicky kits, but I also like to take a more mainstream kit and dress it up. I'm not quite to the point where I'm ready to take on a scratch conversion, but I'm quite happy to fiddle around and fine tune when needed. I tend to go a bit cross-eyed when trying to verify panel and rivet details, and I've neither the eyesight nor the dexterity to get to the level of finesse I see displayed here on a regular basis... But Ima keep tryin'!
  13. Nice work - and timely, as I’m just looking to pick up one of these to slip into the queue... watching happily over your shoulder
  14. Thanks to all - this is truly valuable, and you’re saving me a ton of headaches by allowing me to peek over your shoulders - I appreciate that more than ya know!
  15. So one of my long-term goals is to do a Korean War F-86F vs Mig-15 in-flight dio What I don't have is a good feel for available kits. The only current/new tooling F-86 variant I've seen in 1/32 is the -D SaberDog, which is not what I want to build. Trumpeter and HpH both have Mig-15 kits, but all I'm seeing for the F-86F is the older Hasegawa kit on eBay. Any others out there that I'm missing? Recommendations and ideas welcome!
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