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  1. Will watch with interest as this was on my wish list. Slog
  2. I'll definitely be following this build! Cheers Slog
  3. Hi Danny This is sad news indeed and your presence will be sorely missed. You were probably the first to welcome me and provide advice away back in MSW 1.0 days when i started my Endeavour. I hope you are able to enjoy your remaining time in peace. Best Regards Slog
  4. Not sure why nobody just used google translate, which comes out as; Leningrad-Kenigsberg Kenigsberg is Konigsberg which is a historic Prussian city which becsme Kaliningrad in Russia in 1946. I would guess the writing of this on the plane would rather mean pushing the Germans from Leningrad back into Germany or some such.
  5. Hi all, Thanks for all the likes and to Chris for the nice words. I thought I would chip away at some of the remaining smaller deck components including a few skylights and companionways. I had already started prepping for the PE portholes before I remembered to take a photo. The 0.2mm and soldered handrails, g1, g2 & g3 for skylights No. 80 and 82. These took an inordinate amount of time to complete. Photo showing the above assembled. As usual nothing glued in place yet but shown in their locations for effect. Bow skylight No.80 Stern skylights No.82 Skylights and companionways. Well that’s all for this break. Probably a couple of months before back again. Cheers Slog
  6. Hi Danny, Thanks for the info, I may use that method for the funnels. Unfortunately the bent ladder is supposed to be curved. For some reason the Port and Starboard ladders are different but I messed up the ‘curve’…in hindsight I should have matched the straight ladder but right now going to leave as is. The 6” turrets are more or less done. The parts for a rear sliding armoured hatch ready for attaching. Rear observation cupola. Front observation cupolas. These could have been neater. The turret rings…bizarrely I could only find 5 strips so had to make the 6th from scrap and will paint to match. Turrets all skinned up. Finished(ish) turrets. A few shots shown in place. I still have the ladders and top hand rails to do but will set them aside for the time being and work on some other bits and pieces. Cheers Slog
  7. Hi all, Thanks for the likes. Thanks for the link Richmond, a lot of information to be found. The rigging is of particular interest also as the computer renders supplied in my kit isn’t very clear where they terminate. Since I enjoyed mocking up the LC funnels I decided I would do the 6 turrets for the 6” guns. Photo showing the paper parts and the brass barrels I will use. These are really nice as usual and match length of the paper part pretty closely. They also have an extra tang at the rear which will come in handy for fixing which I will show later. All the laser cut forms cut out and trimmed up. Did I previously say laser cut forms are a perfect fit? Perhaps I should have said usually, as discovered a problem with the shape if the internal walls. It would appear that parts 76a and 76b have been cut incorrectly on one side so that the tab fits perfectly in one horizontal surface and is flush with the outside as shown in the rear assembly. And on the other edge where it has too much removed the tab extends through as shown in the front assembly. The assembly on the left shows the how everything fits nicely on the side with the correct laser cutting and is all tight and on the right shows what happens if I keep the incorrect side tabs flush with the external surface. Also the flats have been cut to different lines so even if the tabs are pushed fully through the horizontal surface would be angled. Investigating further turns out I will need to assemble so that the tabs are flush on the external surfaces to keep the height of the turret correct for the side skins to fit. This will require some careful assembly to keep the top and bottom surfaces of the turret parallel. To make everything square and parallel I glued the turrets up in the following order. Firstly on the left I glued the correct fitting parts together. The middle one shows the previous part turned upside down and pressed through the horizontal panel using the glass to stop the tabs going too far through. The assembly on the right shows some scrap glued in to strengthen the walls since the only contact is with the tabs. I glued in some scrap on the flat sides to help with handling and to keep the top and bottom parallel when gluing on the skins. I also put extra thickness of support on both sides of the rear wall as this is where the skin joins. Okay the incorrect cut Laser forms has really caught me out. I thought I had done enough pre-assembly checks to know where I am at. But when I came to fit the back plate for the guns I noticed it was considerably shorter at first needed to work out if I should hold it up to the roof or down to the floor. The roof is the way to go placing the barrels nicely in the openings. Also can see the tang of the barrel which will hold it nicely in place once I drill a hole; already marked on the back plate. The side skins should just about fit by leaving off the under turret skin (number 76c shown on the right of the photo) so not a total disaster. The tang on the rear of the barrel is 1mm so drilling a 0.9mm gives the barrels a snug fit. I will probably use epoxy glue when ready to permanently install. The barrels were sprayed with Tamiya NATO Black Next up is to cut out and fit all the skins and detail parts. Cheers Slog
  8. Hi All, Thanks for all the likes and comments. Well back in Perth for the Christmas break and first off made all the ladders in preparation for fitting the boat decks and central walkways. Made a mess of the curved ladder 140P but will get lost in the clutter so not too bothered. The fore and aft boat decks went on easily enough after careful positioning and the gratings glued into place. I trimmed a section off the fore handrails where they clashed with the central walkway (not in place yet). Before fitting the central walkway I wanted to check that I wouldn’t encounter any clashes with the funnel so made up the laser cut forms without glue. I really enjoy using the LC forms as the fit is perfect. Since I enjoyed assembling the rear funnel I made the fore one as well and placed to see the effect. These will add another splash of colour being yellow. For some reason I always imagined them to be a lot bigger than they are. Central walkway in place and now time to place all the ladders. I am guessing these go here as don’t mention or show in the diagrams. Small one from the central walkway to the rear boat deck. Ladders from ‘wings’ down to the main deck. And finally an overhead shot of the boat decks and central walkway…dodgy curved ladder can be seen, oh well. I have a couple more ladders to do I think but can't find any mention of them in the diagrams so will go through the parts sheets and see if anything jumps out. But a bit over the ladders now so no rush. Still got to after the new year before heading off so not sure what to work on now. I might do all the little bits and pieces next or get stuck in to the last of the larger stuff. Not really feeling it for the ships boats yet. Cheers Slog
  9. Although I only have one plastic kit under my belt since my return to modelling I have came close to knocking over the Tamiya Extra Thin glue a couple of times narrowly avoiding destroying my cutting mat, which prompted the purchase below. I really like the Dspiae products and think they have found a niche, providing well engineered products with quality packaging that Apple would be proud of. The glue bottle holder comes in a nice solid thick walled box (although mine looks like its well travelled!), with an internal lid with a Thank you and some basic instructions. The lid has high density foam on the underside which is handy for rolling photo etch and paper parts into curves. Bonus! The box holds the glue bottle holder and underneath is a sheet of very thin self-adhesive plastic like material (but behaves like rubber) which is required to be stuck on the bottom providing a great deal of slip resistance when placed on a cutting mat. Rubber stuck on the base and a bottle of glue inserted. There is a fair bit of space round the Tamiya bottle but bear in mind this is designed for other manufacturer’s products such as Mr Hobby, Ammo etc who have all seemed to go down the square glass bottle route. Is it worth the A$30 it cost? Not really as there are dozens of zero cost DIY options such as hacking a square in a block of foam or making it from card etc.; but to me Yes it is worth it. Who doesn’t love a chunk of beautifully machined and red anodised aluminium doing nothing more than holding a bottle of glue. I smile to myself whenever I look at its extravagance. Cheers Slog
  10. ? There is nothing fun about reading boring anecdotes on a Joke thread. You guys turn multiple threads into your own chat room. It's the Shore Leave section, open up specific threads purely for the usual suspects to discuss, spout, reminese whatever topic your hearts desire so people like myself can avoid. I want to be able to look at specific threads that might be of interest to me based on the title instead of the pot luck it is becoming. It's not a difficult concept.
  11. Thread title "Them Old Jokes" seems to be a bit of a misnomer. But since its supposed to be a joke thread; "How many posters does it take to derail a thread?" "Apparently at least 6"
  12. Hi Richmond, another build off to a great start. I look forward to seeing more. Cheers Slog
  13. Hi all, Well back in Perth for a few days and some more progress. From left to right; I didn’t notice that there were catwalks for the fore boat deck last time round as not in the assembly diagrams but again used the photo etch parts and this time used generic handrails down one side of each, hence the posts don’t fully match the grate pattern but it was too difficult trying to glue individual stanchions. Also didn’t notice that the rear boat deck catwalk was supposed to have handrails so added more generic stuff but this restricted access to paint the one ‘wood’ section so left overall black. I was not happy with the brown I originally sprayed the wood grates so stripped them back with lacquer thinners and resprayed. A better brown but still not quite right yet but will leave them as is now. Now on to the new works which is the midships catwalk which surrounds the funnel and connects the fore and aft boat decks. Again I used the laser cut supports and brackets where provided. There are also 4 small sets of stairs required. The double thickness catwalk has been laminated together and started trimming to final shape and also shown is the handrails ready for paint. These are the usual 0.2mm rails bent to shape over the templates and threaded through the holes in 3-rail PE stanchions . Despite the shapes of these I am getting pretty quick with less mistakes due to all the practice I have had with these for the fore and aft decks. Handrails fitted to the catwalk with CA glue. Pretty happy how these turned out except the openings for the stairs aren’t very plumb. Once all black won’t be so obvious. The underside supports and braces, pretty straight forward and quick. I was worried about the laminated curved section but no issues. Supports fitted to the underside and again straight forward. The finished catwalk. I couldn’t decide whether to paint only the handrails and supports and leave the paper the printed black but decided I will just spray the whole assembly with NATO black for speed and convenience plus it will match the fore and aft decks and the walk ways done previously. I punched a couple of circles of masking tape to mark where the compasses go out on the wings. Dry fitted in place. I will need to work on a couple of sets of stairs from the main deck before final fitting and I will want to make the funnel to aid in final placement before gluing permanently. A couple of shots with all the sections and grating loosely in place. It will need a fair bit of tweeking to get the 3 sections aligned as there is slight clashes between the centre sections and the fore and aft walk ways due to the hand rails but nothing major to upset it. All the above is 19 hours of work. The last major assemblies now are the funnels, gun turrets and the ships boats after that countless small parts and railings. Heading back to Melbourne tonight and likely won’t be home again until Christmas. Cheers Slog

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