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  1. Big As MAZ

    Hey All, I have been cruising through here for a while now, looking at some of the fine builds. I was wondering if anybody would be interested in my 1/20 scale scratch built MAZ 537g. I think AFV builders might want to see what going on with this big build, altho not strictly AFV. I'll start posting as soon as I can figure out the photo deal if I get a little feedback. Thanks RichO
  2. Big As MAZ

    Thanks Guys, I'll check it out next posting. After I find a scale big enough to weigh this thing.
  3. Big As MAZ

    Hey All, I just received a notice from our friends at PB, that my account is being closed. Even tho I have already paid up until June. I think they can't stand the idea of me "getting away" with my account as is, so I've been shut down. I do not know when they will scratch the photos, but I will be back when I find a new host. The building of the Engine Covers continues with the hinges for the hoods. I have spent the last week or so cutting parts and assembling the hinges and I will take photos of everything so I'll have plenty to show when I get back. Thanks All.
  4. Airfix hawker typhoon Mk.1B 1/24

    Very nice surface details, nice chipping.
  5. Big As MAZ

    Now that's an interesting question. I'll be back..............
  6. Big As MAZ

    Thanks Everyone! The skinning continues... Now I get to add the details.........Later All.
  7. Big As MAZ

    Hey Guys, I have finished with the basic cage around the engine. Now it's just finish skinning everything and adding the details. Be Back Later All.
  8. Big As MAZ

    Hey, I've been spending the last couple of days making louvers for the engine covers. 18 in all for the top side vents. I just thought you might like to know how I make mine. flat geometry... Then the curling process...I start with the main body. Here, I am using a round file for the bending. Then I use the tip of the file to bend the ends of the geometry into a sort of bowl shape. A little bit of clean up at the corners and..... I'll be back when I get all this secured to the engine covers. Thanks All..........
  9. I moved my model shop very last of all, to avoid getting everything lost. Good luck with the move.
  10. Big As MAZ

    Hey All, The build of the Engine Covers continues. I have reached a point were I needed to start building the cab. The back wall of the cab supports the end of the cage for the covers. The build progress dose not look that impressive as far as how much was built, but the new elements are tricky, and getting everything to fit properly is an exercise in compromising. The state of the build to date. The cage is sort of flimsy at this stage of the build. I have realized how easy it is to get this out of square, so I try to introduce the body panels as soon as the cage is built to keep thing together. The build is as usual...The cage... I got to this point and realized I haven't test fitted this yet... Looks good so far... Be Back Later All........
  11. Big As MAZ

    I'm feeling great lately and getting back to work. Thanks everybody for your nice comments. I managed to do more work in one day today, than any day in the past three weeks. I got the fuel tank covers finished... Starting the engine covers next...Thanks All.
  12. Big As MAZ

    Hey All, I have had one serious time trying to get my mojo back after the bout dealing with the this cold. Actually I'm past the flew now, but I have had to force myself to get to back to work, and also I was not enjoying my current state of affairs. When I left off, I was building the cage and hoods for the fuel tanks. That build continues... I had to start with the skeleton for the cage. More with trimming the thin cage frame and adding the stiffening elements... Time to go 3D... Once I got the cage together, it was time to add the details... Test fit... I now have to build the other side. Be Back Sooner...
  13. Big As MAZ

    Thanks All for following along! It's been a while since my last report. I was dealing with a bad flew. However, it's back to work...slowly. I did manage to build the frames for the engine bay, and that's about it for two weeks work. So after a couple of weeks, it's back to work on the engine bay covers. Be Back soon. Thanks All
  14. Big As MAZ

    Hey All, The last week or so has been fun with family and model building, and in this part of the build, I got to try a new thing for me. I had to make my own "piano hinge" for the hood of the winch. This always go slower than expected, and I had a few days off with family, but I got to a point where I should show what the heck I did. Building the cover for the winch was a combo of straight sheets, with the first of many curved surfaces and the hinges. I first built the basic frame that this cover hangs on. You can see that this is made of thin strips... Test fit onto the winch once I got the size correct, then I had to build up the sides to get everything level for the hoods... testing, testing... Next was making the hoods. These were simple to make, just some bending to do... Once I got all the pieces to fit relatively well, I started adding the details. Making the piano hinge was easy enough, just very tedious with all the small cutting to do. more testing and fitting... So, it's off to the paint shop, and back again... I'm going to live with it like this for a bit. I still have hardware to install. At the moment I'm excited to see the frame work for the Fuel Tank Cage and the sheet work for that part of the build. I'll be back with more exciting "stuff" later. Thanks All!
  15. J2M3 Raiden 'Jack'

    I have seen this kit with a complete build before. You're in for a good time, super details. Have fun!
  16. Ho-229

    Are you building the 1/32 scale, or 1/48 ? I have heard that the Zoukei Mura's are a bit like WNW kits, in that they seem to be engineered to the max. I have seen this kit in photos that look, outstanding. I know your build is going to be cool.
  17. This is coming together very nicely now. I like the details you're building on the inside were no one can see them. I do that a lot on my builds. Can't wait to see how you build the wings and engines.
  18. Big As MAZ

    Cees, I am using some good patterns produced by Model-Kom for this build. As long as I consider the thickness of the styrene as I build, I'm not having to much trouble at all. I just take my time and cut clean and file square.
  19. Big As MAZ

    I'm just calling this "sheet metal" because the body panels are different than "nuts & bolts" for the rest of the build. It's still just sheet styrene tho.
  20. Big As MAZ

    Hey All, So my first adventures into sheet metal land went well. However I have a confession to make. I wimped out with the first try. I built the running boards for the sides of the truck. Just straight sheet metal with no bends or curves. It looks cool tho. The running boards start to make the whole thing look enormous. The build...I started with the mounts that hold all this together... Then the Sheet Metal...just basic cut outs and shapes... rusting process started... back fresh from the paint shop... Betty's getting some girth at this point... with tires... She's getting to be a big girl, and still growing. Once I get all the side boards attached final. I'm going to try my first curved pieces with the Winch cover. We'll see how that goes when I return, Later..........
  21. Profimodeller Fi103 V1

    Looks very cool in the middle.
  22. Big As MAZ

    Hey All, Well, I have reached another milestone. I have finished the Engine Bay. Or at least until I find more stuff to add, which always seems to show up later. Not much to write about, just the manual labor of completing all the steps needed to wrap this portion of the build up to date. The first two photos here, show the port side engine bay under construction... The rest of the build for this section involved removing items that were already installed, to fit the new items, and then reinstalling everything. I have added some minor dirt and grease, but I will paint a bigger mess later. In no order at all... The Engine Bay has been a three or four month adventure, and like the rest of this build, I'm sure I'll find more junk to add to this section later on. But for now, it's time to move on, with the first tentative steps of the sheet metal body work. To be honest, I have been somewhat apprehensive about starting the body work. I'll have a certain learning curve to get a grip on bending sheets into complex compound curves. I'll be back later with something to show, having to do with the sheet metal work. Thanks All, I'll be back later.........