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Dan Vadas

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  1. My condolences go out to the family. Smooth sailing to you, kind Sir.

  2. Thanks Pat. I'm at a loss to understand why they would put a Scale (1/350) on it - real chains come in all different sizes depending on the size and type of ship.
  3. Or even cut from Card - it takes a bit of practise though . I found THIS site for various sizes of brass stud-link chain. Also THIS one - not sure what it's laser-cut from.
  4. There are plenty of differences between plastic and wood, card, metal etc building. I'm talking Kit building here - Scratchbuilding does indeed share a lot of similarities. For instance there is a lot more painting involved in plastic compared to the others. Also different prep work (cutting, filling, cleaning for paint, gluing, etc). Plastic modelling usually doesn't involve a lot of modification to parts unless you are modifying an existing Kit (I suppose the same could be said of the others). There are also differences in the type of tools required for the different media. For instance a lathe or milling machine wouldn't get much use if you work strictly in card or plastic, but would be essential for metal and (to a lesser extent) wood building. Of course there are also plenty of cross-overs between those required for the various media (scalpels, measuring equipment, tweezers, etc).
  5. With the amount of Spitfires built/being built on this Site we may have to change our name to Model Ship and Spitfire World .
  6. That's not set in stone yet David. If and when he does start modelling he'll certainly be signing into MSW, probably with the Username of "Khye something". I bought this Laptop I'm now using for that express purpose - I've loaded all my modelling files, pics etc onto it so he can go back and reference my past work easily. If (when) he starts modelling I'll donate this computer to him as one of my "tools". Danny
  7. No, it's just that they both take different skills. I'd regard them equally difficult. Personally I hate painting, and Plastic is full of that.
  8. And finally (for now) three wagons to go behind the loco : I have also built a small truck to go on the dock, but no pics of it yet. Basically all that needs doing is about 100 boxes and drums, the barges and a few more vehicles, and fitting all assemblies to the base. This might be grandson Khye's first project. Danny
  9. The locomotive. Not quite as detailed as the Bulgar I built earlier, but after all it IS 1/10 of the size : TBC .......... Danny
  10. The four ship's boats and a deadeye for one of the masts. The "lashing" is 0.3mm black wire : The mostly completed freighter. One of the cranes will be glued on when a length for the cable can be established : TBC .......... Danny
  11. One of my grandsons (Khye) who is 21 y.o. has recently bought a house with his fiancee. It has a couple of spare rooms (until rugrats come along ), one of which he is making into a trophy/exhibition room. They have both taken a great interest in my models, so I am giving them all the ones I have left. He has also indicated that he would like to take up modelling of some type as a hobby, and is going to build a workshop in his huge backyard for that purpose. So I am also going to give him my substantial collection of modelling tools, equipment and workbenches. He's a very smart and responsible lad, so I am hopeful that he will carry on my work, including finishing this kit. Thanks everyone else for the comments and Likes. More pics of the diorama will follow in the next post. Danny
  12. Various laser-cut rails, a companionway and a winch : Bollards, Ventilators and ship-board cranes : TBC ..........
  13. Just for fun I thought I'd make a few of the various types of boxes and drums to see how much was involved - not too bad considering the drums are only 4 mm high : The hull of the freighter, a waterline model of course : The decks and hatches are fitted next : Followed by the superstructures : TBC .......... Danny
  14. Hi all, This is definitely my last model, and it will have to remain unfinished due to my health issues. However I did manage to get a long way into it before the eyes and body gave up on me, so I do have a lot of pics I can share with you. I'll have to keep the text down to a minimum I'm afraid. Ir's a Card (surprise surprise ) diorama of the Hamburg docks circa late 1930's complete with a freighter in dock. The kit was published by HMV, and is quite complex. Printing and instructions were very good. Here's a pic of the cover art : Work starts with the dock, sea and warehouse : TBC ................ Danny
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