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23 hours ago, DocRob said:

The jig is in the Pheon decal set on the right. you get pre printed self adhesive paper, which you have to stick onto cardboard, cut the contours and put everything together as a jig for the wheel struts and the wing attachment

Found it! Thanks, I forgot where it was. 

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1 hour ago, TJTX said:

I'm beginning to think we have some weird modeling worm hole between our benches!! Mines being rigged right now.

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Ya merely coincidental.  No way I can leave a half built WNW kit in the box now. After seeing Ernie's stash I got motivated.

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So having finished the Kubelwagen that’s been sitting around for probably 5 years, here is another from that vintage........I think what happened is that I built these but was concerned about finishing and weathering them. So now older and wiser B) my thoughts are clear the decks of all unfinished projects.........so here is Tamiya Matilda III/IV their  milestone kit number 300......

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17 hours ago, GazzaS said:

What impedes you?  WnW is the only kit that you can turn over safely.  If it was a Roden kit and you tried that without somehow modifying the struts and cabanes, or clamping it all together ever so gently, but not too loosely, the top wing would shear off.

Lack of talent mainly Gaz!

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1 hour ago, Bomber_County said:

So having finished the Kubelwagen that’s been sitting around for probably 5 years, here is another from that vintage........I think what happened is that I built these but was concerned about finishing and weathering them. So now older and wiser B) my thoughts are clear the decks of all unfinished projects.........so here is Tamiya Matilda III/IV their  milestone kit number 300......

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That Matilda is a nice kit. I built it when I first came out. Of course I used the wrong colours for the camo...

Carl

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I start the evaluation phase for my Fokker E.V build. The kit has flimsy wheel struts and even weaker wing struts, which have to hold the big parasol wing. Therefore I will substitute the plastic struts with brass.
It doesn't look like much, but this step was important to me, because I wanted the brass struts to be flattened. To do so I used a brass rod inside the tube and flattened the tube in a wise, between two pieces of wood and got a perfect elyptic shape. Then I filed the angled end. The rod will later be cut to length and will be glued into drilled holes in the kit.

Next up is soldering the wing struts, if this works I will do a WIP on the Fokker :D

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Cheers Rob  

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3 hours ago, DocRob said:

I start the evaluation phase for my Fokker E.V build. The kit has flimsy wheel struts and even weaker wing struts, which have to hold the big parasol wing. Therefore I will substitute the plastic struts with brass.

That's an excellent solution Rob!

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3 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Rob, if it does work out, please let the rest of know the diameter of the tubing you used so we can try the same.

There are some excellent build logs from our member Sandbagger Mike, where he describes everything in detail. I recommend to look into, they are really resourceful and he does the logs in PDF format on his site, free to access.
The idea of using brass to substitute fragile plastic struts was in my ex-engineer mind for a long time, but seeing how Mikes utilizes the method so well, made it easy to follow the pass.
I varied slightly with the diameter, as I used 1,5 mm diameter tube for the wheel struts with an inserted 0,8mm rod. I was really astonished that the wood/vice method worked so good. I thought, I would have to take more tests, maybe with hard plastic pieces and a pre profiled gap, but that seems to be unecessary.
If soldering works to my liking, I WIP the build and document what I have done.

Cheers Rob

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On 12/24/2020 at 1:51 PM, krow113 said:

Last minute gifts going out;

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The 2 in the back are maple burl with all the striations , birds eye, spalting , etc. The red one is a rare juniper burl.

Almost ready for A Gotha onslaught.

So, what are they?  "Special ashtrays"?

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2 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

More work on the Patton. AFV Club have make the turret bustle rack out a billion fragile bits. Not really a billion but close enough. 

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This bracket is 5 parts alone. 

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Turret halves are together. 

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Once the front is dry, I'll glue the rear half together. 

Turret racks and hand rails....  the bane of modern armor modelling.  I really need to spend a ton of time improving my soldering.  You've done well!

 

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1 hour ago, GazzaS said:

Turret racks and hand rails....  the bane of modern armor modelling.  I really need to spend a ton of time improving my soldering.  You've done well!

 

Thanks Gaz! They definitely haven't been easy to align. I'm doing them in stages which I think is the best way to approach them. 

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Ok, the area around my work bench was getting a bit out of hand. Way too many kits puked up not on shelves and I was just waiting for an avalanche of plastic to happen. So I reorganized my shelf space, got things better sorted and it's much better. 

In doing so, I managed to get all my Tamiya single engine prop kits into a single pile:

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They e all found a shelf to sit on now. And more importantly, I have some floor space back for the cats and dogs. :D

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Ok, wanted to get something finished before the end of the year so I naturally started something new. 

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Pretty much one colour, and press fit. The instructions are even printed on the inside of the boxtop.

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Main hull halves:

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All the small detail bits. 

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I painted everything in a mix of semi-gloss black, metallic blue and gun metal. 

Biggest pain is masking off the small detail colours. 

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Hull together with the bridge attached. 

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And finished! Not bad for 90 minutes work. 

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Oh yeah, it's a 2020 release so I finally finished something that came out this year :D

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