Here is a list of all the postings Sean Emmott has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Trimming my stash|
I'm performing a minor pruning of my stash and books. Most kits I donated to Models for Heroes, but I had some things left, and my bookshelves are beyond full!. If you're interested, they are on ebay, with low start prices.
Click here for Sean's bargains.
|Thread: GROUP BUILD RAF 100 2018 .(JR)|
Many thanks to Squadron Leader John "The Ace" Race for taking the reins for this GB!!
Well, I must admit I really enjoy an aircraft build, and RAF subjects, as many of you will know, are my favourites.
To start myself in this GB (and apologies for my tardiness!), I'll be building Tamiya's 1/48 Spitfire Vb Trop.
I'll be using some Aeromaster decals to depict a Spitfire flown by P/O George Buerling in the defence of Malta.
Some I've started on the cockpit. It's now ready for the etch.
Hi Marcello, I have nnow built three of these new-tool Eduard Spitfires, and I think they are wonderful, wonderful kits. I am sure you will enjoy it!
I have this kit in the stash, and am looking forward to seeing how it comes together.
I have this kit in the stash, and am looking forward to seeing how it comes together.
A great start, John. You've moved quick!
Dave, this is a lovely kit. I built it a couple of years ago and remember it fondly. I look forward to seeing your results!
|Thread: Spitfire Vb Trop. (RAF 100 GB)|
[Notes from the instruction sheet:]
The Supermarine Spitfire is regarded by many as the most beautifully designed single seat fighter to appear during World War Two. The Spitfire went through numerous major and minor changes throughout its long service life. Early improvements resulted in the Mk.V which became the most widely produced version of all Spitfires. The main improvements were the introduction of three wing armament configurations and the use of the more powerful Merlin type 45 engine. The most numerous Mk.V was the "b" winged version which had a mixed armament of two .303 browning machine guns and one 20mm cannon in each wing.
The Spitfire that demonstrated such superb performance over its homeland was also urgently required for operations overseas. One of the better known versions was the North African prepared variant, designated "TROP", for Tropical. The biggest problem in desert operations was the intake of abrasive sand into the engine, which quickly wore out moving parts. To overcome this difficulty a Vokes air filter was fixed over the carburetor intake. Although the filter was successful its large mass reduced the aircraft's speed. The problem was solved by the local maintenance unit stationed at Aboukir, who designed a smaller, more streamlined unit that equally effective.
I will be completing this model using decals from an Aeromaster sheet, "Defenders of Malta (part II)". The subject will be a Vb flown by Pilot Officer George 'Screwball' Beurling, 249 Sqn in 1942. Buerling, a Canadian flying with the RAF, became Malta's highest scoring ace with 23 and 1/3 victories. He shot down three Bf109s in one sortie during September 1942. Beurling was decorated with the DSO, DFC, and DFM and Bar. (For discussion)
Over time, I plan to build most of the aircraft on this decal sheet, and have already completed a Hurricane Mk.I:
Here are the extras I will be adding to the base kit and using to make it an easier build (the time saved by buying pre-cut masks is well worth the money to me!).
I've made a start on the interior. The base colour is British Interior Grey-Green from Alclad II's Mil-Spec range. Pre-thinned enamels ready for spraying. This was then drybrushed with a mix of base colour lightened with Titanium White oil paint. The protect the finish I sealed ith with Johnson's Klear and washed with a moderately heavy mix of Black and Burnt Umber oils.
|Thread: Your Best Build of 2017|
Wow, there are some beautiful models in this thread. One thing that strikes me is how people's standards have improved over the years.
Quite a tough one for me to answer, but I think it's my most recently finished build: Eduard's Spitfire MkVIII. It's the third of Eduard's recent Spitfires that I have built, and they are wonderful, wonderful kits.
Edited By Sean Emmott on 23/12/2017 11:03:13
|Thread: Open University - does anyone here have experience of it?|
It sounds like they are subjects that you'd gain a lot from studying then.
In many ways I'm not surprised that you haven't found much of interest or relevance in the courses that you describe, since you are already knowledgeable and skilled in those areas. You might find more value in exploring a new area of interest. Psychology, social science or a traditional science, for example.
Another option would be the University of the Third Age, which would allow you the opportunity to give, as well as receive, knowledge.
|Thread: Sit Rep|
I'm sorry to hear of your trials and tribulations in 2017, Simon. I missed being able to catch up with you at Telford. If my patients' experience is anything to go by, you will find the improvement in your vision a few weeks after you have your cataracts repaired is remarkable. So you have that to look forward to at least.
Take care ol' pal - you are in my thoughts.
|Thread: Witness me!!|
I like this - it's the kind of model that fills my head with expletives... but we are all gentlemen and ladies at MilMod, I'll just say "by 'eck that's right bloomin' good!"
|Thread: Big Kit Sale coming up|
Just a thought for perhaps a couple of kits... Models for Heroes.
Hi there Ladies & Gents,
Any of you that have followed any of my blogged dioramas, or even just models mounted on a scenic base, will now that I very much like using a material called Celluclay. It is like a powdered mix of dry papier mache. You can mix it as stiff or loose as you like, and colour it with any pigment or water soluble paint (cheap children's poster paints are ideal). I mention it on this page of my "Long Road Back" blog.
It has always been somewhat difficult to get hold of in the UK, but while browsing for Christmas presents, I came across www.homecrafts.co.uk. They are selling Celluclay at £21 for a 2.25kg bag. A back this size will last for years, possibly even your entire modelling career, and is a very good price compared to other UK suppliers I have found.
I thought I'd give you all a heads up.
|Thread: Another shop to close|
While I feel a great deal of sympathy for the owner of any business that has to close, I think it's inevitable that those that do not embrace the web are doomed, and it puzzles me why more do not have online shops alongside their physical shops. I am a regular customer of Hannants despite living 200 miles away.
I am lucky to live near one of the best model shops in the north, Halifax Modeller's World. Nevertheless, I'm likely as likely to buy from them online as I am to use half a day to get to Halifax and back: spare time I could be spending actually making models (or messing around on MilMod ). Thanks to online model shops and ebay traders (who, let's not forget, are also small modelling businesses that are run by fellow enthusiasts). we have access to a much wider range of models, tools and sundries than we ever could if we relied on physical shops.
Overall, then, I think we are living in times that are changing, but for the better.
|Thread: 1/16 African Gladiator|
Stunning work, Peter.
I really like the black skin tones.
|Thread: Webbed up|
Glad to hear you got it sorted, John.
|Thread: Esci Partisans - a first attempt|
If this is your first shot at figure painting, then I really admire your work.
One thing you may not have realised, is that you have set yourself a very difficult challenge. When we embark on our hobby, we assume we shouldn't waste our money on expensive kits that we will inevitably "muck up". However, more costly kits are often easier to build and paint because of their superior design and moulding. For instance, if you spend a few pounds on some after-market resin heads, from Hornet for example, you will find the sharper detail makes painting them easier, and the results better.
I don't intend in any way to detract from your progress so far - which is very good - but take this as a tip from one who has been there before!
I look forward to following your progress with this build. It is not a scene I have seen depicted before and I think it will be a very appealing model.
|Thread: Scale Model World, Telford|
I shall be there, gents.
I'm just waiting for the Good Lady Artist 'er Indoors to get back from the dentist and we shall be setting off southwards
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