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  1. Hi Carl, yeah I realise that regarding numbers required to crash a site. That comment was an after thought. The main concern was why of late there has been an unusual increase in guest traffic looking at everyones member profiles. Not to mention a page worth of guests looking at the same random topic, call me paranoid but doesn't look genuine traffic or coincidence to me. cheers Slog
  2. I have noticed for the second time now that model ship world has currently 600 guests, and the first time I noticed an unnatural volume of traffic it was over 500. I had a look at the member activities at the bottom of the home page just now and the majority of the "guests" are looking at members profiles or some threads with little traffic has multiple guests looking at them. Can someone shed some light on this? I remember back from my on-line gaming times some sites were attacked within the intentions of crashing them...is this similar. cheers slog
  3. Hi Danny, Thanks for dropping in. Although my experience of other publishers is quite limited, based on the 3 Dom Bumagi kits I have I am going to make a bold statement and say that they are up there with the later Halinski’s! I think my work will be cut out for the next couple of lifetimes! I also have 1 to 3 ‘must have’ IJN Battleships to go with the Halinski Fuso that is still waiting patiently…not to mention a few more vehicles I need LOL. Only having every second weekend to model is very frustrating. Cheers Slog
  4. Hi Mark, I appear to be suffering from the same problem. None of my 'Likes' appear to be registering. I have just tried to like several posts by Danny on his card log and Craigs Mikasa log. I get the like icon showing and it is coloured purple to show I have selected it by it doesn't show my user name in the bottom row. Also when I return to the log it allows me to like again as though I didn't do anything previously and still doesn't show. This is on other peoples logs and have tried using an iPhone, iPad and works computer. Very annoying as I would like to show my appreciation without cluttering up a log unnecessarily. Cheers Slog
  5. Hi All, Keeping in line with my interest in Imperial Russian ships I have purchased two more card models to add to my stash. It was partially by accident that I choose these particular ships, both being present at the Battle of Tsushima to go with Borodino, which I am currently building. I want to touch on a number of reasons why I choose these ships. The main reason was they are published by Dom Bumagi. If you have been following my Borodino build log you will know I have a few minor issues with my current build, particularly to do with overcrowding of parts on the pages (really just nit picking), lack of spare colour ‘swatches’, lack of fold lines for mirrored parts (annoying but not the end of the world) and the paper (which might just be my perception but nothing that can’t be overcome with some care for certain types of assemblies). So why go for more of their kits you ask? On the whole I am really impressed with Dom Bumagi’s Borodino and the benefits far outweigh the niggles above. Firstly the printing is very nice in my opinion and I think that Borodino’s decks are absolutely gorgeous. Other parts are richly coloured and on the whole very crisp. Secondly the parts fitment are perfect and so far have had no issues with Borodino in that regards and most importantly (for me) the amount of detail they provide for the builder to add. Some publishers only print the ‘detail’ on and provide no instruction/diagrams for the additional parts to add. I purchased both kits and their respective laser cut forms from GPM in Poland http://gpm.pl/en along with some photo etch generic railings, stairs etc. Surprisingly they didn’t list any brass gun barrel sets or photo etch detail sets for either ship. I have sourced a gun barrel set for Aurora in Australia from BNA https://www.bnamodelworld.com/ but waiting on stock. I also found a source for the photo-etch detail sets in Ukraine but the prices of these are excessively inflated compared to what similar sets from GPM cost. One set is US$60+ compared to approx. US$18 for a typical set from GPM. I will keep looking for the time being. On with the review; Aurora Aurora is one of three Pallada class protected cruisers (Pallada, Diana & Aurora) and is still afloat today, harbouring in St Petersburg. For those interested in the ship here is a link to the Wikipedia page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_cruiser_Aurora Several publishers offer Aurora, Diana and Pallada kits and some stockists do discounted bundles of all three. Although seeing all three ships in on-line shops I always skipped over them until I came across a review of Dom Bumagi’s Diana and that closed the deal so to speak and of course I chose their Aurora kit for the reasons discussed above and due to its participation in the Battle of Tsushima. The kit is presented the same way as Borodino in that all the pages are loose leaf and stored in a plastic sleeve which surprised me when I first got the Borodino. I believe the Aurora is one of their earlier kits as the thick card front cover sheet follows the same design and layout as the Borodino. Aurora comes in the same A3 loose leaf format stored in a plastic sleeve and all the pages are numbered this time. The front cover shows a render of the ship and the reverse side is some history and the specifications (all in Russian) as well as some assembly diagrams of the ship’s boats. There are 7 A3 pages of parts, 2 of which are fully black on the reverse side as these have the upper hull components. Several of the other sheets also have reverse colour sections and which include inside printed planks for the ships boats. There are some plain colour swatches which is nice to see as this was one of things that annoyed me about Borodino. The lower hull skins have plates printed on and have a shiny(ish) metallic finish to them which is pretty nice (IMHO) There are 4 thin pages of templates for the underlying forms /skeleton which I won’t be using since I have the laser cut form set. Saying that I notice some of the templates have gold coloured sections for the lower hull so may need to use these even with the laser cut forms. There are 6 double sided pages of assembly diagrams and these are line drawings. I mentioned in the Borodino log how I liked that the assembly diagrams were renders but after using them for a while I think the line drawings may be clearer after all. Page 17 is another thin paper sheet with rollable parts like gun barrels etc and also contains all the ‘ironwork’ details for making yourself. The last 2 thin paper sheets are double sided, 3 of which are instructions; this is probably the most instructions I have seen on a card model so far. How useful they will be is yet to be seen. The last PAGE shows the ship in profile. The laser cut form set has 7 A3 sheets; 4 of which are thicker forms for the underlying hull and structures. There are 3 thinner smaller sheets for detail parts like davits, braces, supports etc. One thing of note is the Aurora hull shape is relatively simple but contains quite a large number of form work similar to Borodino. (Admiral Nakhimov has considerably less forms) First Thoughts: I am really impressed with this kit. The printing and colours (mostly) are really nice and particularly like the underwater hull colour and effect. The only thing I don’t like at the moment is the yellow colour for the funnels, which is a really bright primary yellow. Borodino’s yellow funnels look reserved in comparison! Admiral Nakhimov Admiral Nakhimov is an armoured cruiser which was sunk at the Battle of Tsushima and again for those interested in her here is a link to the Wikipedia page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_armoured_cruiser_Admiral_Nakhimov Admiral Nakhimov was another of those kits which I hadn’t noticed before but again I came across a review and found her to be such an interesting shape and construction and after discovering her participation at the Battle of Tsushima was added to the stash. I believe this is one of Dom Bumagi’s newer kits as the front cover has changed design to show a smaller picture (in this case a real photo) surrounded by a large border. This is more conventionally presented as an A3 book, bound along the top long edge. There are 7 pages of parts and again some sheets have full reverse colour and others have selective reverse colouring. The lower hull has the same shiny metallic finish as Aurora but in a darker shade. There are a lot of nice parts and colours on this ship like the raised decks and different coloured cabins. There are 5 thin pages of templates for the underlying skeleton but also includes the main deck which appears to depict linoleum. Again there is a single thin sheet for all the ‘ironwork’ details as well as the rollable gun barrels etc. There are 7 double sided sheets of assembly diagrams and these again are line drawings as opposed to renders as I must admit I think these will be clearer to read than renders which I was excited about for Borodino. The last page shows a top and profile view of the ship and I think it looks very handsome from this side with a relatively deep hull. Again I obtained the laser cut forms but these supply only 5 sheets of the thicker underlying forms with no thin sheets for detail parts. I also note from the instructions that although similar hull shape to Aurora above there are considerably less formwork so particular care may be needed to keep everything lined up and square until skinned up. First Thoughts: I am really pleased I got this one. The shape, layout and particularly the colours should build into a really nice model. The bow crest colouring and several of the cabins and upper decks are all really nice. The single yellow funnel is a much more subdued yellow compared to Aurora above. Summary I’m really impressed with Dom Bumagi kits and from what I gather they have a reputation for the amount of detail they provide which I can attest to. Given the choice of publishers for the same subject, Dom Bumagi would most likely be my 1st choice. The plan is to finish Borodino before starting either of these but since I have finally got my shipyard set-up to a state I can work in I may start working on these in the background. Cheers Slog
  6. Shipyard Cardboard kits

    Hi Bob, All the kits I have came across will have a legend somewhere in the instructions which denotes the laminating thickness required. Typically * = 0.5mm, ** = 1mm, b = laminate to the same kit paper thickness and so on. Different publishers will have variations on the above; but all you need to do is find the symbols and if it's not clear type one or two words into google translate to confirm the thickness. Cheers Slog
  7. FINALLY, after moving into our new house over 18 months ago the shipyard is finally in a state I can model in! I still need to source a decent chair and some tool storage so I can move the tools out of the fishing tackle box, which served its purpose for mobilising to and from the kitchen table. What I am most happy with, is I can now leave stuff set up or as is during modelling sessions so I can wander in and pick up where I had last left off. Previously working on the end of the kitchen table I missed out on modelling sessions because I couldn’t be bothered setting up to do some work knowing I would have to pack away again when finished. Looking into the shipyard 2 decent sized desks to work on Looking back towards the door with some storage. Wardrobe to the left also. Cheers Slog
  8. Hi Ron, Take your calipers into the kitchen and start measuring food packaging such as cereal boxes etc that should yield a good supply of card around the 0.5mm mark. You could then laminate these to make thicker stuff. In the early days I bought heaps of 1& 2 mm card from the card model suppliers but depending where you live can get expensive. Cheers Slog edit: I hope you start a build log
  9. This should be interesting. I enjoy watching YouTube videos of people's stashes and came to the conclusion most plastic builders are insane! some have more inventory than some model shops! cheers Slog
  10. Hi Eddie, thanks for the comment. Yeah, all paper and card. The coloured parts are the kit book supplied bristol paper and the laser cut forms (1mm thick if I remember) are optional extras. If you don't use the laser cut stuff you would need to supply the relevant thickness of card and glue the templates onto for cutting to shape. Some of the provided parts also need to be laminated on to card to bring to the correct thickness. Food packaging from the kitchen usually supplies that. Brass rod is needed for the axles and a few details and you would need some clear plastic for the 'glass' Cheers Slog
  11. Hi, I thought I would jump on the non-ship model build log bandwagon (or stage coach / bus if you prefer!) to try and bring more awareness to card models on the site. The artillery tractor is in the popular card vehicle scale of 1:25 which provides quite sizable models depending on the subject (rail guns are absolutely massive!) Detail wise I would say this model falls somewhere in the middle as probably more detailed than others but not as detailed as say a Halinski Sherman. I was working on this prior to the Borodino until the build stalled doing the road wheels as these are pretty complex and a real head scratcher to work out the assembly. Once I understood the orientation of the individual wheel spokes it became a struggle to fit them hence it being placed on the back burner. Saying that, I haven’t forgotten about it and as my card modelling experience increases I am feeling more and more confident in revisiting it and finishing them off. The main problem with tracked vehicles is the repetitive tasks such as multiple wheels and numerous track links which can be soul destroying. The following series of photos show my total progress to date and covers 293hrs spread over 2 years and I last worked on it in June 2016 (as you can see I am not a quick builder LOL) But will start chipping away at it again besides working on Borodino. The main chassis with all the running gear attached. The box structure consists of laser cut forms skinned as usual and multiple components cut, formed and attached using all the same techniques as covered in my Borodino log. Thankfully I haven’t had to resort to painting except for the normal edge colouring (and the tracks which I will discuss below) and hope to finish it without painting. Underside showing inspection hatches with 0.8mm laser cut card hexagonal nuts. I actually find the repetitive nature of gluing and placing nuts very relaxing/soothing LOL. The 0.8mm nuts are the limit I can work with. I also have 0.6mm laser cut nuts but try as I may I just can’t work with them. Here is a selection of the various wheels showing the drive sprockets, rear idlers and track return wheels. There are a surprising amount of parts used to make up just these wheels alone. For the road wheels I had gotten as far as making up the 20 rims, the hubs and a trial of the wheel spokes before the build stalled. The 20 completed wheels in 10 pairs will consist of 250 individual parts. The tracks of these vehicles can be soul destroying depending on how you tackle them (some kits have laser cut track links available). In this case the kit book provided 2 options. The 1st and easiest option is to make the tracks from continuous strips of printed paper, doubled up for thickness or option 2 which is to build each individual track link. Of course being a masochist I choose this option as I think they look better and have a more realistic shape and weight to them. It goes without saying the time and effort required is far greater. The tracks consist of approximately 162 individual links (81 per side) and are held together with brass wire as link pins. Very happy how these are turning out as the track is fully flexible and it contours over your fingers etc. Due to the tedious nature of doing 160+ links I would tackle each step over a period of time coming back now and again to finish one step before moving on to the next. I still have to add the grousers (treads – x4 per link) and the guide horns (1 per link) which are shown in the photos. (Parts count on the finished tracks will be 1,620 give or take!) I haven’t edge coloured these as I always planned on painting and weathering the tracks and as mentioned, hopefully the only thing to be painted. Some photos showing it all loosely together. I will probably start adding the track grousers and guide horns next as a precursor to getting the road wheels done. The base of the crew cab also utilises laser cut card formers, although not necessary as the kit (as usual for all card models) supplies the templates for making your own. But the convenience, fit and accuracy of laser cut forms far out way the minimal extra cost. There is a vast array of card vehicles available for all interests and I suspect cover more obscure or less known prototypes than what’s available in plastic. The usual suspects are also available. The comparatively low cost and larger scale are also appealing and if painted are indistinguishable from similarly painted plastic kits. Due to the sheer number of parts to do one of these kits you certainly get your money’s worth in build time for relatively little outlay. Cheers Slog
  12. What have you received today?

    Yesterday I received this; The new release Pontos set 23009F1 “1/200 HMS Hood 1941 Detail-up Set w/Wooden Deck for Trumpeter kit” I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet as it was delivered whilst I was flying back to work. Something to look forward to when I get home again in 10 days’ time. I have been following the development of this detail set on an another forum and after seeing the progress shots, instructions etc decided I just had to have it. For anyone interested here is a link to the Pontos site. http://pontosmodel.com/html/23009f1.html The funny thing is, I don’t have the actual Hood model kit yet LOL but figured I will pick that up in the next few months but no rush as it will go straight in to my stash. Cheers Slog