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Dan Vadas

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. With the amount of Spitfires built/being built on this Site we may have to change our name to Model Ship and Spitfire World .
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. The locomotive. Not quite as detailed as the Bulgar I built earlier, but after all it IS 1/10 of the size : TBC .......... Danny
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Various laser-cut rails, a companionway and a winch : Bollards, Ventilators and ship-board cranes : TBC ..........
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. I'm afraid my modelling (of any sort) days are over . Both my health and eyesight have failed me. AAAARRRRRGGHH Danny
  15. I built the same model, though an earlier version of the Revell kit, when I was still in school 53 years ago. It was one of my favourite Plastic models. I painted it in a similar colour to this one, although more on the metallic turquoise side. Thanks for bringing back the memories . A pity it got lost years ago. Danny
  16. Hi all, I thought I'd give you all an update on my current situation, as I've received over 100 replies to my condition. WOW - I was expecting maybe 15 or 20 .... thank you all very much for your concern and good wishes. What a family you all are to me . I'm still hanging in there, although nowhere near at "full capacity". The pain is being managed quite well now that the docs have finally arrived at the right dosage of medication. I'm going in for a treatment later today that hopefully will keep me going for a while yet - perhaps even years. Fingers crossed. I know I said that the Bulgar locomotive and wagons would be my last model, and I didn't want to start a model on MSW that may have remained unfinished, but I've managed to keep going with another card kit which I'll post pics of a little later on when I get nearer to completing it. It's a Harbourside diorama of a section of the Hamburg docks from HMV, including a freighter (so it will be in the "normal" Build Log forum under "Cross Sections, Guns and Dioramas" in the Index). Here's a taste of the kit's cover art : So far I've done the Warehouse/Background section and I'm getting very close to finishing the Freighter. How much of the rest will be done will be up to my health, but all the other pieces can be classed as "optional". Cheers, and I hope to see you all for quite a while yet . Danny
  17. It's not necessarily a "Like" as such L.H. It's more of an "I reacted to this post". Danny
  18. I don't know how many of you are aware but I've had cancer for the past 6 years, and it's progressed to the stage where they can no longer do anything for me. The pain in my lower back has been getting so severe lately that I'm finding it nearly impossible to sit at my workbench for longer than an hour or so at a time before I need to take a long break. In addition the pain medication I'm now on makes me extremely drowsy and I sleep for most of the day. I don't know how much longer I'll be around, so while I'm still able I'm taking the opportunity to say my farewell. Thank you to everyone on this wonderful forum for the friendship over the years, and to all those who followed my many builds. I'm making this my goodbye. Danny
  19. The final wagon in this set - a Beer Wagon : Unfortunately this may be my last model - I don't know how many of you are aware but I've had cancer for the past 6 years, and it's progressed to the stage where they can no longer do anything for me. The pain in my lower back has been getting so severe lately that I'm finding it nearly impossible to sit at my workbench for longer than an hour or so at a time before I need to take a long break. In addition the pain medication I'm now on makes me extremely drowsy and I sleep for most of the day. Thank you to everyone on this wonderful forum for the friendship over the years, and to all those who followed my many builds. I'm making this my goodbye. Danny
  20. There's also a Beer Wagon in progress at the moment . I've made 2.5 metres of highly detailed rails (in two pieces for easier transport) which will hold the lot. Danny
  21. The ends of the tank body are convex, so I made up my usual extra filler pieces. There is also virtually no internal framing, so once again I scratch-built it : Lots of rivets on this one - over 1,400 of them which took 2 1/2 days to glue on : The final pics : Danny
  22. Hi all, Here's another wagon to go with the Bulgar Locomotive. I actually completed it before posting any pics, but I did take them as I went : I made a major mistake early in the construction of the frame. The "X" shaped centre piece is back-to-front compared to the outer frame. Not a really big deal, as all it meant was that the location markings were no longer correct and needed to be painted over. I also had to do a fair bit of measuring off the plans - just as well that there is a full-scale drawing of the side elevation in the kit : More pics follow in the next post. Danny
  23. I mentioned earlier in this build log that I would need to modify the trucks to suit the standard gauge rail of the rest of this train. Now that the loco is finished I could work out the correct height. It looks a bit weird, but all is as it should be : Danny
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