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  2. Pat Thank you, that means a lot to me and thank you to all for the thumbs up. Keith
  3. thanks CDW........I've been working on the frame at the moment, getting the drive train figured out. already figured out that I need to widen the engine well. the worst part will be the steering column... thanks for the good word
  4. That would be even cooler! The work to build the "landing" trapeze would be a pretty involved scratch build though.
  5. Besides the line of 1:32 air racers and the Sparrow, Williams Brothers produced large scale WW1 machine gun and radial engine kits, designed primarily for scale model builders in the RC aircraft hobby. They were the only ones who produced plastic kits of this type and were a mainstay in the RC hobby.
  6. They’re not around anymore, fallen by the wayside like many others, as far as I know all they only did 1/32 scale aircraft
  7. pencil me in on that one no one could have that bad a rep..........Hobby Craft has them beat! the plastic was too thick and poor fit......I built their Fokker Dr 1 {I had to modify the fit of the middle wing}. cool kit.......never heard of them before.
  8. Building the Sparrowhawk would give you a lot of options. They were chosen to be used on the airships because they were so small and light compared to the other choices the navy had. The Sparrowhawk pilots were responsible for developing the scout pattern that was used throughout the rest of the years where ships carried fixed wing scout planes that allowed them to fly out beyond the horizon on each side of the ships baseline course and find their way back to the ship. While they were carried on board the airships, (Except the Los Angeles) the crews started removing the landing gear at the fuselage and stowing them for the remainder of the time the aircraft was on board. this made them lighter and faster but also allowed the installation of a teardrop fuel tank where the gear had been for increased range. Gives you another option since yours has the trapeze installed. What is the decal in the sun trick? I am not familiar with that.
  9. Hi Patrick. Looking forward to your OKTO build. Seems like you really like the radical look.
  10. Thanks Carl. I'm fortunate to have loads of photographs of Kathryn, so I can study those details. That wouldn't be a fair trade, John. I remember what the paper mill added to the atmosphere during the hot weather. Thanks Druxey. Unfortunately, after my last post I discovered a problem with one of the port shrouds - I'll probably have to cut the port shrouds down and re-do them. grrrr.
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  12. There does seem to be a sufficient amount of detail to this kit to make it an attractive display, plus its not over huge, guess that is due to the diminutive size of the 1:1...I remember building a 30s air racer, Gee Bee I believe, that they produced...I liked their kits though they had a bad rep
  13. Hey Jo! Let me talk to you about the "learning process" in this hobby. If you check build logs, (which I recommend you take some time to do) you will see that almost all of them have something in common: mistakes. And those mistakes come in two forms: mistakes WE make, and mistakes in the kit, be it in the physical pieces or in the drawings/instructions. No kit is perfect. The important thing is to learn how to cope with mistakes. If you study your plans and instructions ahead, you may detect mistakes in the plans or instructions and try to go around them. If you make a mistake because you didn't understand something, or just didn't pay enough attention to the instructions, by all means, go back and fix it. I can't tell you how many times I have done this, and the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that you get! People often thinks that Patience is the foremost skill you need in this hobby, I would say it is Perseverance. Keep on it!
  14. Yes - many beautifully executed models within the model. I’m really enjoying your patient approach to this project.
  15. Williams Brothers had some cool 1:32 planes. I've seen them finished and they look super good.
  16. Thx to all fr the likes and participation in this log...this is the next to last post in this build log, baring any unforeseen disasters. I gutted the head light buckets to redo them...the inside of the bucket was painted with clear burgundy paint, after that dried they were filled with clear school glue...it will probably take a couple applications of clear to fill the buckets after shrinkage...once they are completely dry they'll be installed in the fenders, which is the last piece of the puzzle I'll post the finish pics once the lights are in...probably a couple days...in the interim... I was diggin' through my storage again...I don't recall what I was even searching for now, but came across this...the old Williams Brothers, Curtis Sparrowhawk in 1/32 scale. These were cool little fighters meant to be deployed aboard the airships USS Akron and USS Macon in the early 30's. (and everyone thought Marvel had thunk up the flying aircraft carrier) Everything is here except for the clear windscreen, which wont be hard to replicate. I apparently started to build this as there are a few things painted and sub-assembled, but never finished it, no idea how long ago that was, my best guess would be at least 25 yrs ago. The decals are a bit yellowed so they are in the window...if we ever get any sun they should be salvageable this is definitely going into the build queue...always loved the yellow winged taildraggers
  17. Hello. This is one strange case in which a 1 star review made me purchase the product. Someone complained that the nails were "way too small" This is what made me to complete the purchase:) https://www.amazon.com/PECO-SG_B001BHLR4E_US-Track-Nails-PPCSL14/dp/B001BHLR4E/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
  18. Thanks for a tip Empathy.Could you please show here a sample of window you made using these materials?
  19. I say this is a three masted topsail schooner. In order to be a schooner she needs two or more masts with a fore and aft rig on the lowers and the main taller than the fore, the image at the top of this thread satisfies those requirements. In order to be a barque of any kind she’d need a full unambiguous square rig on the fore, which she does not have. The crux is the foremast when you’ve got a Gaff Lower AND a square course. Some use the criteria of a fidded tgalent being the thing that turns a mast like that from a schooner formast into a barkentine formast but I’m sticking with the gaff rigged fore and aft sail on the fore as the criteria that swings it solidly into schooner mast territory. I’d argue that the definition of a mast has more to do with the primary lower sails rather than the way the mast is configured way above the topmast.
  20. I'm back and fourth on it J.........I though this would be a quick little ditty........who would have known I'd go overboard! I found a place that shows all the firing orders, but then again I also have repair manuals I can refer to. the progress must miss me terribly..........I've had urges to go in the other room and work on her.......probably the reason why I spun off on such a strange journey. I'm not crazy......I just suffer from over activity I've been standing in the middle of the see-saw long enough. any one step will either hinder or make the next mode harder. as was said during the second world war........this was a defining moment. I had trimmed the long tab off the mating surface on one of the fenders........I did the same to the other one. I know that I will need to make a few more mods to the fenders, but I stuck them on anyway. now that they are part of the model, perhaps I can figure thing out better. the partial frame under the body denoted how they were to be attached. this will make it a bit harder to add the firewall.......I may also need to remove the areas on both sides of the engine well, to widen it. now that the fenders are on, I can add a few more cross members under the body. I will add the rest {2} when I cut out for the transmission. I've marked out for the firewall {where it will sit}, so I can assemble the cover on the body floor, and cut out the extra stuff later. as for the seat, I added the front part and a couple legs to keep it level. once painted, I don't think it will look too shabby. I have room to move it back, if I need to........that's a relief! then the bottom got some paint. I still need to paint the top red.......I then turned to the frame. the engine needs to sit far enough back to leave ample room for the fan/radiator relationship. I tried to add the support bars for the front suspension, but the oil pan changed all that....I'll have to do something different. the drive train/differential is still in the balance, until the engine is decided. I hadn't done it yet......but I finally took a look at the decal sheet. oh yea! they will really dress her up nice I'll hold off on any sort of pictures 'till the end, when I go through that process. I also went online looking for images of past Coke logos.........but after seeing the sheet, it was a waste of time. the portholes are another dilemma........the first test is almost ready to inspect. they are stuck to a piece of tape and filled with the window maker. in the back of my mind, I know that when tape is peeled off the roll, it adopts a rough texture, until it is applied to whatever surface your using it on. but, I've used it here as a seal for the porthole edges, so the window maker doesn't ooze out. clear and dry in the middle........it can be seen that it is still whitish around the brass. I know what your thinking...........your thinking "but Den.......there's only three of them here?!?!? where's the fourth one?" the answer is.........I couldn't wait as with all skeptics and most children {even though you've told them no}, curiosity killed the cat, and I pulled one off. to show you just how clear this stuff dries, I laid it on the instructions. the 'glass' does look a little rough........taking on the texture of the tape, I wonder if I could clean it up by painting some over the inner surface. I will try it....what could it hurt? the second Idea I had, was to lay out some plastic wrap, pinning it so it had no wrinkles. one could go under the assumption that the brass porthole is heavy enough to prevent the oozing, or they could be held in place with thumb tacks....and then filled with the window maker. whoa........too much thought..........I gotta go take a nap! 😫
  21. A similar parallel can be used for the term that of sacking a city. It does not convey an impressing image. But when you actually see the aftermath it does become sobering. In my case viewing the destruction that the Burmese inflicted on the ancient Thai capital of Ayuthia, 60 miles north of Bangkok
  22. Amazing work and such an educational endeavor. I hope this masterpiece will remain visible for the Public to enjoy and learn. Yves
  23. Did many an hour or watch on Admiralty 3 drum boilers. Circa 1967-1974.
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