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  1. Just curious: you had some woodsplitting problems laat year. How did you manage to stop that? Jan
  2. And nowit is done. the beak is a bit too dark. The instructions said black, and I already toned it down a bit with wome white. I think it should be grey, with some brown added. At least, now it is too stark. the two parts for connecting wings and body. They proved to be a bittrickyto get i the rightlocation. I have some remaining gaps in the front edge of the wing. And all done. I tried to take some pics in a more fitting background (garden), but the wind turned out too strong, so the bird flew away too quick toget some decent pics. But youget the general idea of thefinished product. As usual, small amount of parts, not much time needed (couple of hours, and you're done), but great run, and rather convincing result. Thinking what bird will be next.... Jan
  3. Beautifull work! and every time I keep looking at the flag. That flag looks as if it is really moving in the wind. Jan
  4. Fantastic work on this little large gun. If you remove that little coin, nobody would ever guess the gun is this small. just a question: is it my screen, or is e cent not round in the pictures. To me it looks as if the foto' have been resized in a wrong length-width ratio. Jan
  5. Yesterday my mobile's battery went flat. So, no pics of separate pieces, blobs of glue, just the result of an evenings work. wings are on and here is the birds head, with an open (still unpainted) beak the beak is a cleverly shaped cone, placed inside the template shown in the previous post: the outside of the beak is build up using a couple of layers of glue (took me some time to realize that PVA worked better than normal paper glue: PVA has gap-filling properties. Paper glue has not. Also the sides of the beak have been filled using PVA. Some paint nedded to get the thing in the correct colour. Gluing the head to the body, two legs to be added, and two flaps to hide the gluing tabs on the wings. Should be possible to show you the flying thing tomorrow. Jan
  6. Given the level of detail you are adding, including the actual food is almost a must..... Jan
  7. The others already told: nice to see a couple of new ones. Jan
  8. But as in the german cardforum guys started their corona-trigered spring-building, I couldn’t resist..... First the flat paper: Resulting in a nice curved body. Closing was a bit fiddly, but worked out OK Next came the tail section. Getting it properly inside the body proved to be a bit difficult. IN the end the section matches up with the tabs, but the tail is not completely level with the body.... And the preparations for the wings: the downloadkit does not provide the skewer, but the skewer is needed to get the wings in the prober angle, and to give them some firmness, preventing them to get loose. The wings itself were rather straightforward, although in the end not without a small problem: Upper and underside As the surface is quite large, and need to be glued, I placed a line to help me align both parts without having the need to adjust two quite soft, sticky surfaces. And all parts together: the two outmost feathers are modelled as separate parts. And there the small problem arose: bending over the underside of the wing turned out problematic: at the elbow the card tended to kink: no way to get the underside aligned with the indicated gluing area, getting the front side at the right angle and the card flat. Ah well, perhaps I wil do it again. Next the first part of the head: Clever construction: as the bird is singing, you need a way of aligning its beak (inside and outside). This rather stiff, four-layered card is a template: it has to be glued inside the head, then the beak is cut out, its throat glued in place, and the outside modelled, building it up to the desired thickness using layers of glue. Will see how that works out. Jan (to be continued)
  9. We even had both the prime minister and the king adress the nation within one week..... Jan
  10. I already found the answer to my question. Pet is on the internet (wiki-page crew works railway). So much to read and learn Jan
  11. You mean there is something technical you don't know about? Now that is a surprise Your little machine is coming along nicely. What was its original duty? Was it tram-loco, or some kind of industrial loco (or one of those coal or peat transporters?) Jan
  12. Almost a year ahead. It was not rainy today, but Idid the bofors. The pics are a bit lousy, but the result is more or less as it should be. The Scaldis/JSC card has the tendency to delaminate when sharply folded: the small seats therefore were a bit of a problem and I made a small start on the ships boats. I decided to do those 'as printed', and not by replicating part 220 and adding the boats interior. See you next year Jan
  13. I also came across nickel silver, that is quite often usedby the German cardbuilders. Somewhat easier to find here. However: sellers should package it in mixed packages in stead of 10 lengths per diameter Jan

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