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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 11:50 PM GMT+7

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Hi again

1:48 short-run injection-moulded Weihe would be rather tasty...)

All the best

Rowan



OW yes, I can think of many models that would in 1/48 scale probably be prohibitely expensive when injection moulded ... but very much possible and wanted with vac form fuselage and wings, acciompanied by highly detailed injection, PE, resin, metal parts for all sorts of details.

Just dream: a 1/48 scale Victor, Valliant, Vulcan, KC-135, Bear, Concorde, TU-160 ...
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 08:48 AM GMT+7

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Hi again

I can't believe it's less than a month until kick-off! Seeing the contents shots here has inspired me to do an in-box review of the Fw 58 - it'll be rather fun sat among all the new releases! (You never know, it might actually wake a manufacturer up to the fact that an 1:48 short-run injection-moulded Weihe would be rather tasty...)

All the best

Rowan



You never know! Some builders might decide to join in after some progress posts and the lost art of vac, resin, multimedia may gain some more enthusiasts.

Bob
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 07:32 AM GMT+7
Hi again

I can't believe it's less than a month until kick-off! Seeing the contents shots here has inspired me to do an in-box review of the Fw 58 - it'll be rather fun sat among all the new releases! (You never know, it might actually wake a manufacturer up to the fact that an 1:48 short-run injection-moulded Weihe would be rather tasty...)

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 07:48 PM GMT+7

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I use Kitmaker's gallery too, and dont tell anyone but I am linking my pictures here into posts on other forums!
I cough up $3.50 a month to be subscriber here, that gets me half a gig of galley space and eliminates the blinking ads, which i think is a good deal.



Even without subscribing, if you bother to reduce the size of your pictures to what is required for on-screen viewing, then the gallery is more than big enough.

Admittedly, the interface to that gallery is totally outdated and it takes far too much effort to upload a picture and link it to a forum post. Besides, size reduction for on-screen viewing is also something that could be automated by the kitmaker site.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 09:05 AM GMT+7

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Nice looking L-188's Jonathan. I have never seen a kit of any kind at a flea market might have been too late each time I went.

Bob



In my area, the flea market is visible from space!


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Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 08:44 AM GMT+7
I use Kitmaker's gallery too, and dont tell anyone but I am linking my pictures here into posts on other forums!
I cough up $3.50 a month to be subscriber here, that gets me half a gig of galley space and eliminates the blinking ads, which i think is a good deal.

If you have a Flickr account you should take advantage of it.

The lesson of Photobucket and many, many other sites before it - (anyone here remember AltaVista, or Homestead?) is that everything on the internet is temporary.

It is still a few weeks to our official start date, so I am hopeful the other enthusiasts at the beginning of this thread will turn out yet.
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Posted: Monday, October 02, 2017 - 08:57 AM GMT+7

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I'll enlist with my P2Y if I can figure out how to upload and post photos. Still a mystery to me at this point. I'm trying to do it without paying for a photo hosting site. Call me cheap, but I can't see paying anyone for holding on to my photos-- I'm considering Flickr at this point, since I already have an account that came with my device. Jonathan-- I have access to an actual C124 if you need photos.
VR, Russ



the easiest thing is still the kitmaker gallery. I used something else for some time but paid the price of seeing my stuff disappear with changing user conditions of that site.

The kitmaker site owner promised to make the kitmaker gallery better accessible. Maybe drop him a PM?
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Posted: Monday, October 02, 2017 - 08:41 AM GMT+7
I'll enlist with my P2Y if I can figure out how to upload and post photos. Still a mystery to me at this point. I'm trying to do it without paying for a photo hosting site. Call me cheap, but I can't see paying anyone for holding on to my photos-- I'm considering Flickr at this point, since I already have an account that came with my device. Jonathan-- I have access to an actual C124 if you need photos.
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Posted: Monday, October 02, 2017 - 08:33 AM GMT+7
Only 8 brave ones enlisted so far, this art really seems to be lost.

Still, I am looking forward to it, one more month and then I can hone my skills on the mother of all vac forms.


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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 04:15 AM GMT+7
The C-124 would be a neat looking build Jonathan, Rowan I could come over and offer my assistance to inventory your collection if you need the help.

Bob
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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 03:58 AM GMT+7
OK, haha, fair enough!

I'll show off some more stuff I have on the shelf
in my Welsh models 1/144 collection
DeHavilland Dove


Canadair DC-4M Argonaut -


Douglas C-124





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Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 09:57 PM GMT+7
Hi again

Sorry - I boxed everything up again as went through the packing cases looking for the MPM kits. I can't face wading through that lot again for a while!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 11:06 AM GMT+7

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I'd forgotten just how many vacuforms I'd bought back in the classic days



Treasure! please do elaborate, would love to see pics of some of that stuff!



PLEASE DO ROWAN!

I will have these (3) kits on the desk as we start the GB just in case I have the ability build another. These (3) will need to have the landing gear scratched or if I cheat rob a kit for them.



























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Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 08:53 AM GMT+7

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I'd forgotten just how many vacuforms I'd bought back in the classic days



Treasure! please do elaborate, would love to see pics of some of that stuff!
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Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 07:41 AM GMT+7
Hi all

There's some exciting stuff lining up as subjects for this build. I'm sticking with my Weihe, despite finding a fair few other temptations as I delved through boxes of old kits. I'd forgotten just how many vacuforms I'd bought back in the classic days of "cottage industry" alternative modelling.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 03:48 AM GMT+7
Nice looking L-188's Jonathan. I have never seen a kit of any kind at a flea market might have been too late each time I went.

I will watch your progress of rehabilitation on the decals, mine are going in the trash then will purchase some AM.

It will be nice to see the comparison between the two L-188 kits.

Bob
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 04:45 PM GMT+7
Nice looking Yak kit, cockpit details and all. I had to read about it, the French tricolor spinner is an interesting detail.

I have these twoLockheed L-188 Electra kits- quite different!
I think I will do a Bob R. style comparison build of both kits.
A possibly rare and old Jewel-Like-Models, which I got at a flea market -

I don't like the look of those props. Making vacuform wheels will be a new experience.

and the currently available Welsh models kit, which I bought new from the maker.

metal props frees up the very nice Welsh vacuform props to retrofit the other kit.

also, two vintage decals, which will require careful rehabilitation and possibly modification to work on the respective kits.



Both of these liveries fill me with nostalgia.

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Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:30 PM GMT+7
Time for a BUMP:

Out of the nine vacuform kits that are in my stash, Ive finally picked one for the campaign.

BY-PLANES YAK-3 1/48




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Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 11:51 AM GMT+7

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mmmhh, you are obviously unaware of my building speed



I am aware that that you chose the largest, most challenging vacuform kit ever devised. If you finish that B-52 in a year you will become like a god to all of us.

I like to build 1/144 kits because I can make multiples quickly. I have two of the ACM Skywarrior kits


and this John D Voss photo from Kwajalein c.1963

these are RA-3Bs of VAP-61, out of NAS Agana, Guam. There is a story from the cold war era, in the days before continuous orbital surveillance, these guys would fly all over the Pacific ocean photographing every single island every 90 days, and then the egg heads in the pentagon would study the inages with big glasses, to make sure the commies werent setting up any secret bases.

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Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 08:23 PM GMT+7

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yeah, but this campaign will last a whole year. surely you can build a few of them in that time...




mmmhh, you are obviously unaware of my building speed
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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 07:29 AM GMT+7
yeah, but this campaign will last a whole year. surely you can build a few of them in that time...
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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 04:12 AM GMT+7
Ive, received a few more vac kits which now poses a problem. I cannot choose one out of the bunch.

Bob
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 09:52 AM GMT+7
After everyone's help, I will go with KRYLON Flat Gray Enamel @ $4.54 for a 15oz can.

Bob
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I have, in an isolated case, used mr surfacer; results fairly good but I got difficulties with airbrushing that stuff.

I am now going to buy an alclad bottle and test

Thanks for the tip



I too have used Mr. Surfacer 1000 and 1200 as a primer, and it works very well for difficult jobs over lots of filling and puttying (maybe the case for the upcoming Vac campaign??!!), but you really need to use Mr. Color Leveling Thinner to thin the mixture at least 70:30 for optimal airbrush use. Lacquer thinner will work in a pinch, but I find it dries too quickly, while spraying. But Mr. Color products are often difficult to find and expensive, which is why I didn't mention it. By the time you spend $6.00 for a pot of Mr. Surfacer, and another $7.00 for a bottle of Mr. Leveler Thinner, you might as well buy the Tamiya. It does work well though as both an excellent primer and surfacer combined. I pay about $8.00 USD at my LHS for a large bottle of Alclad, which lasts quite a while.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:59 PM GMT+7

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Hi Bob

I've never used Tamiya primer, so I can't comment on it, but I agree with Russ that Alclad's is excellent stuff.

The classic "go-to" rattle can primer for vacuforms here in the UK was Halfords - so, basically, auto-repair primer. I've also used any old matt enamel thinned with cellulose to give some extra "bite". All you need to be sure of is that it won't flake off like some acrylics.

All the best

Rowan



I also face some primer issues.


I dare to strongly recommend against the vallejo primers. Although they give a very smooth surface, and come in a very handy bottle, they hardly allow for any corrective sanding/polishing. they simply peel off.

i have used Tamiya primer, yes it costs money, but it works very well.

I have, in an isolated case, used mr surfacer; results fairly good but I got difficulties with airbrushing that stuff.

I am now going to buy an alclad bottle and test

Thanks for the tip