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  1. ? 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.
  2. 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"
  3. Hi Richmond, another build off to a great start. I look forward to seeing more. Cheers Slog
  4. 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
  5. Very nice work Richmond. You're off to a great start. Looking forward to more. Cheers Slog
  6. Thanks to all for the likes and comments. Danny, I agree it probably is a spare as you say. Well on the red-eye back to Melbourne tonight so will just spend the day prepping parts for my return end of October. Cheers Slog
  7. Hi all, Well back in Perth for a long weekend and made a start on the boat decks. Assembly 97 is the fore boat deck and all the paper parts are duplicated in 0.5mm laser cut card so will use those. Surprisingly they supply 2 of the trussed frame which is strange as the paper part 97 folded come to roughly the same thickness as the laser cut card. I think they made a mistake here as it would have been better to supply an aft frame instead of 2 fore frames. The part numbers on the paper parts and the diagram match however the notation on the laser cut cradle parts (h) & (f) are back to front but easy to avoid mistakes with a bit of thought. The support beams 97(a) appear to be the wrong length. After I assembled the frame and trial fitted it as can be seen there is a space both sides where I assumed the brackets should touch the superstructure. A look at the computer render shows this gap also. I decided I would just install as is. Fairly straight forward assembly. I sprayed with Tamiya NATO Black The fore boat deck in place but not glued as still need access beneath. Then it was on to the aft boat deck and most of the parts are again replicated by the laser cut forms except strangely Part 98. This is disappointing as will be a pain to cut out. This part instead of two 97s as mentioned earlier would have been better. The kit provides 2 catwalk options; either a ‘wood’ or a ‘steel’ grate. The photo etch provides both as well and I went with the ‘wood’ for no other reason than a change of colour from the usual black so far. The laser cut supports assembled but the spacing doesn’t seem equal. Placing it on the Paper ‘deck’, supports 98( c) are too short. Both the laser cut and paper part as shown are the same but this is an easy fix. Assembled parts all painted. The structure was again painted with Tamiya NATO Black. I masked up and sprayed the Photo-etch grating’s but I didn’t have a darker more browny brown which is a pity as it’s a bit light. There is a longer centre catwalk which I again masked up and painted the photo-etch part. Nothing is glued. Shown temporary in place. There is centre catwalk which circles the funnel and will probably tackle this next. Nothing glued yet until I fix the relationship with centre catwalk. An overall shot of the boat decks. I can look forward to making eleven (I think) ship’s boats, eight of which sit in the shown cradles. I hope to get back to Perth again at the end of October for more progress. Cheers Slog
  8. Thanks to all for the likes. Thanks for the kind words Richmond. I find it easier to do the rails first as they are pretty springy and having clear decks allows me to place bits and bobs on it to position the rail for progressively gluing. Unfortunately I'm working below the line as it is a behavioral thing...I just try and be mindful of the rest of the model 😀. Thanks Greg, your latest build is pretty special and looking sweet. Cheers Slog
  9. Hi all, A bit more progress, the rear deck fitted last time now has its hand rails and stairs fitted. Then is was on to the upper deck fitting the cabins, stair, bracing and columns ready for installing. The finished rear decks and structures with previously made compass platform and a couple of ready ammo boxes. A few shots of all progress to date Heading back to Melbourne tonight for who knows how long but looking forward I think I will head concentrate on the ships boat decks amidships which go over and cover all the previously installed skylights etc. Cheers Slog
  10. Thanks to all for the comments and likes, much appreciated. exactly, just need to practice, try out different techniques out and practice, practice practice... I did break open the box and peruse through the contents of the next build again... but sensibilities kicked in! With only a couple more days before heading off again I am spending the time working on the rear decks of Borodino. Cheers Slog
  11. Hi All, Back in Perth for a week and finished the Crusader off. Last time back I managed to prime all the under carriage components and wheel well doors and now finished them up with colour coats and the last of the wheel decals and a couple of No stand stencils on the doors. Got to say the landing gear and wheels on these birds are pretty spindly compared to Phantoms and Hornets etc. I forget about the resin wheel well door actuators to go with the resin wheel bay, which have a couple of arms to slot on to the doors. One of the brackets was broken off but found in the box and easily fixed with a drop of CA. Shown being trial fitted before painting and gluing. Lastly a few bits and pieces of photo etch in and around the cockpit and the previously made HUD finishes it off. It was gloss clear coated previously for the decals and this time wanted to finish it a satin but only had Tamiya Gloss and matt so tried mixing it 50:50 to see if that gives satin. Finished I did leave off a few little bits and pieces and had a big picture of weathering it in my head but ultimately bottled out as what I did wasn’t turning out how I envisaged and didn’t want to mess with it anymore. However the photos don’t really capture the weathering/staining I did do very well. It’s certainly not up to Plasmo or Scale-a-ton standards but considering it’s my first plastic build since my adolescent Airfix days I am pretty chuffed how it turned out. It was great fun and learned lots of lessons for the next one. Hope to get a few days on the Borodino before heading off again next weekend. Cheers Slog
  12. Very nice clean and neat build Craig, particularly like your rigging, very tidy. Cheers Slog
  13. Great work Richmond. Looks like you’re off to a good start. Cheers slog

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