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  1. Ah that’s good, planking between the ribs will give you a solid basis to cover without blowing out the hull dimensions. Personally I think the second covering with some kind of sheet material (paper, card, styrene etc) would be quicker and easier to produce a smooth finish as you say. When you come to construct the upper hull framework just be mindful of ribs OSp 12a & OSp 12b. These are doubled together when fitting and although different in shape its not clear from the plans the order. The rear one dictates the curved tumblehome on the rear section of hull. I had them wrong way round when dry fitting but noticed in time when it came time to glue.
  2. Coming along nicely. Have you decided how you are going to ‘plate’ it when the frame work is done?
  3. Welcome to the start of my build of Thunder Models Scammell Pioneer R100 Artillery Tractor in 1/35th scale. This is primarily a YouTube build series. The kit review can be found here; The 1st part is the assembly and painting of the engine; A couple of photos of the completed engine minus weathering. I’ll go back and weather/grime up the engine at a later time. Although this build may be in the Shore leave section of the forum it is my log so please keep comments restricted to the kit or modelling in general. Cheers Slog
  4. I look forward to following this build log with Borodino being an obvious favourite of mine. Chris, I am guessing this is the Dom Bumagi kit as I think Orel do a couple of the other 'Borodino' class ships but forget which ones. Perhaps this log should be moved to the scratch build section as it sounds like he is using the Borodino kit as a basis for scaling up to 1/100? Cheers Slog
  5. Very nice Chris, it looks so clean and crisp. I look forward to seeing your next project. Cheers slog
  6. Wow the finger puts it into perspective. I imagined it was at least 4 times larger than it actually is!
  7. Hi All, Well finally back in Perth permanently after 3 years in Melbourne due to starting a new job last week so hopefully should see more regular progress. First week back and finished a couple of items that I had started previously. Firstly, the navigation lights/boards. Only 1 set had lights to install and rather than use the rolled paper part I replaced them with clear sprue. I spun the clear plastic sprue in the proxxon rotary tool and used the edge of a craft knife to scrap the diameter down to around 1mm or so. Then whilst still spinning used polishing compound to get them clear again. I think I may make another set as looks funny with just the empty board. A 0.4m or 0.5 mm drill was used to drill the centres out and them applied clear red and green to the inside of the drilled hole. Height is around 2mm or so. Next up was a portable steam winch. Finished winch. Cheers Slog
  8. These wheels are available in sizes sub-2mm and larger in brass photo etch. If you google GPM card models this will bring up a Polish site where I have seen them previously. I can't remember if the PE fret contains multiple diameters or 1 fret per size. I agree 3 or 4mm wheels will be more in keeping with scale. Cheers Slog
  9. If you go to YouTube and search for The Model Shed Steve the author is doing a detailed build of the 1/200 Hood using the Pontos detail set. He posts every Friday UK time and each episode is in-depth of every step so far. He is upto episode 33 and is nearing completion. He has a video review of the Pontos set, which I also have and it is immense. His videos cover assembling all the PE, brass, wood decks etc. I can't comment on this particular MK1 set. He also used 3D printed parts for some of the guns. Cheers Slog
  10. This my review of AFV Club’s 1/35 scale AEC Matador, early variant. I actually did a YouTube video of the review which can be seen in the following link; Although I am familiar with the manufacturer AFV Club, a Taiwanese model manufacturer, I was unfamiliar with any of their kits until I saw a Youtube build video of the later variant and was impressed with what looked like a highly detailed kit. The early variant was the only one available from my usual sources so purchased this one.. My interest is more towards support vehicles rather than the typical fighting vehicles. The kit itself was released I think around 2014 but the part details are comparable with any of todays kit releases. There was no flash on any of the parts with all parts being very sharp and crisp. There were the odd injection pin marks on a couple of components, but these were located in out of the way areas and were very slight and will be easily cleaned up if needed. In the review I couldn’t really detect any mould seam lines which will make clean up a breeze. Even the round tube exhaust pipes didn’t have any I could find with the fingernail test. The kit would have you make several assemblies to bring together at the end with the chassis being the most detailed and ‘busy’. This will require careful planning for breaking down to sub-assemblies for painting before final assembly although the colour schemes available would allow you almost build it complete and blast on the base colour. However I want to try various paint and weathering techniques so will paint as I go. The kit allows things like doors and windows to be positioned either open or closed. The kit comes with a small photo etch sheet with the item of note being the radiator grills which will sharpen up the front no end. What is surprising is the one of the main sprues contain the cab roof and cab front from the later ‘Mid’ variant with a small single sprue containing the roof and cab front for the early version which this kit is sold as. I am not sure if the roof and cab front for both versions are the only differences between them. If so you may be able to build either or with a little research for markings etc. One of the things I don’t like is the tyres are vinyl and I would much prefer plastic ones as the vinyl may be difficult to paint and weather although I am speaking from ‘inexperience’ so might be wrong. I might check to see if resin ‘weighted’ wheels are available. I have included a few crop shots from the instructions to give a taste of the level of detail. I was pleasantly surprised at just how detailed and nice the parts in this kit is and there is now another of their kits with a full interior I have in my sights. I look forward to building this when time allows or for a break from paper ship modeling. Cheers Slog
  11. This; by coincidence watched a YouTube video the other day on a ship channel which went into this in detail.
  12. You got me…the model is actually 1/20 scale and 6 metres long! Well back in Perth for the Easter break and have done the 47mm Hotchkiss QF guns. Picture shows component parts with brass barrels and photo etch for the stock. 1 finished gun I didn’t do progress shots as got caught up trying my hand at making YouTube videos. I created the account over 2 years ago but didn’t do anything with it. Recently in discussions with another forum member I was enthused to try making videos of my latest work. These guns probably not the best example to make videos of. I did the 47mm guns over 3 videos as per the below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anvGEbYohd0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F958vx48xpQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTuB3m48-zk Cheers Slog
  13. I bought the same Proxxon micromot 60 and power supply as per your photo as i was never happy with the same Dremel as yours and i wanted the MB200 drill stand and agree on the benefits you mentioned. I am surprised the chuck doesn't fit though. I bought the Proxxon that came with a chuck and bought the collet set separately. There may be 2 different chucks and you got the wrong one? One other advantage is the Proxxon is a lot quieter not having the high pitched 'scream' of the Dremel
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