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  1. Yikes! I assume at $650 for delivery, they fly it first class on JAL and hand deliver it to your door. That is a beautiful model though.
  2. Wow! Looks great! Very unique way to display a model. And using your own artwork really pluses it up. Very well done Yves.
  3. That just looks awesome! Funny how 20/20 hindsight is always crystal clear. I did wonder if that was going to give you issues gluing the halves on separately. In the long run, no one will even know unless you post it on the internet...um...😁. Seriously though, you've done a fantastic job. Can't wait to see it mounted in all its glory. Job well done sir!
  4. Well, I haven't done much in the last 2 months to the boat but I do have a small update. I've been distracted by a side project that got the better of me. Our nephew gave me an old Monogram M48 Patton tank kit for Christmas. To take a breather from the U Boat build, I thought I would knock out the crude old kit in a weekend as a distraction. I thought wrong! It was a total pig in over simplistic design, circa 1966. I did teach myself how to create cast metal texture so one good thing came out of it. I'm still finishing it up but it's nearly off the bench. So, I attempted to make a silicone mold for the oil cooler since the Blue Stuff didn't work to my liking. After do a quick study of how Plasmo did it (if you've never seen his YouTube vids, very talented guy!), I made a simple mold from household silicone and used 5 min. epoxy. The first go didn't come out as I didn't get enough material in the mold but the second one came out nearly perfect. Success, albeit a minor one. I'll take what I can get. I'm sure making molds is old news to most of you but, after 40 years out of the modeling biz, I'm happy to be learning things I only dreamed of way back when. Good times...good times. I swear, that didn't come out of me. Honest, it's just silicone and resin. Yay, finally a usable part! There's going to be many more copies of parts to come. I need a lot of compressed air tanks. They're all over the boat and the kit only has about 6. I'll be pretty good at this by the time I'm done. Speaking of which, if anyone has any experience in this, I'm open to any suggestions. Hopefully I'll be back on this build soon. I'm sure many of you have been losing sleep in anticipation.
  5. That's what it's all about. The details only YOU can see. It's what makes you happy and what's fun to you. As long as there's photographic evidence, others will know. That said, it is a crying shame that all the panels are behind the curve. Hopefully once it's all together there will be a little color reflection. Job well done.
  6. Brilliant solution! That looks awesome. Nice artistry as well. Additional gratuitous praise! 😁
  7. Dubz - Ooh, that's real purdy! Always wanted to build an Eagle. That may just push me into it. Can't wait to see what the aftermarket comes up with to enhance it.
  8. Why, that's almost as long as a U-Boat! So I'm guessing that when you choose a model, it's based on length? That is going to look so cool when it's finished. Fantastic work thus far!
  9. Looking really good. That darker gray gives it a good amount of shading. Are you going to put a light wash on it to bring the details out? I know you weren't going to weather it much.
  10. Sorry to anyone that has been following this build. I have been derelict in my duties as a builder as I have not had the time to sit down at the bench since the beginning of Dec. After staring at the oil cooler that I made from Milliput, I just wasn't happy with it. It is actually slightly larger than the original. So with that, I'm going to attack it from a different angle and make a silicone mold and use liquid resin. I'm sure it will have a better outcome. As soon as I can get two minutes to myself, I'll sit down and fab it up. Stay tuned.
  11. Jeez buddy, thanks for the added pressure! Just kidding you. Now that the holidays are over, I'm hoping to jump back on it. I have someone on another forum that is going to laser cut a bunch of round flanges for me so I can start on the piping in earnest. I shall endeavor to pick up the torch and carry it proudly, if not slowly : )
  12. A tube in a tube in a tube. That should be hell for stout. Wait, I just realized this is still on MSW. Does a "space ship" constitute a ship? Curious minds want to know. (Yes, I know it's in the non-ship section!)
  13. yves - Great choice for your "side project"! Quite the departure from your other build. Looking forward to watching this one go together. Other than the repetition, it should go together fairly quickly. Would you be better off with a single, solid rod? you could still add the center tube to help keep it from sagging in the center. How long of a span is it?
  14. The engine compartment looks fantastic. I'm amazed that, at the pace you have been going that it took you this long to hit the wall. On a project this size you need side projects to break up the monotony of the same thing over and over. Definitely throw us a link to your other endeavors.

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