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SimonT19/06/2017 01:27:54
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Hi Steve - if I wasn't it would be back in the loft by now. Just wish I could get more time on it. No one but myself to blame for the mount - must have knocked it out of line when I put it to bed for the night. All fixed now ta

Jim - ta, getting there, just a bit slowly face 4face 11

John - thanks. Pity they are supplied with the incorrect length but now trimmed they look ok

Paul - cheers face 20

It is pure fluke that this is still in one piece

My dad tried to execute a reverse turn this morning, which he is not meant to do with his dodgy hip, and ended up falling. As he fell the model tray got propelled three feet in the air and landed up side down with the main components of this build underneath - luckily neither dad nor model seemed any worse for the experience


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gun mount after levelling and additional parts

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moulded rear stowage box hatches carved off and replaced with the etch version

I probably need to make some little padlocks to go keep the hasps in place

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aagb17-162_2017-06-19.jpgnew stub axles made from rod and tube to replace the full width metal axle from the motorisation days

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side screens plated both sides with micro strip to form the frames

all edges skimmed with filler and sanded

the hinges were then built up from more micro strip - seven pieces to each one

still have one long side to do - it is quite time consuming

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screens push fit into their mounts so I guess I got them right

Another weekend gone by at the speed of light face 11


Thanks for looking in

SimonT

Edited By SimonT on 19/06/2017 01:50:00

jimbo19/06/2017 14:34:28
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Hi Simon

Glad dad and the model survived. Bet your old heart missed a beat or ten dont know

I have run out of superlatives for what your skills allow you to do. The folding screens on their own are masterpieces.

When you skim scratch built joins etc with filler what filler do you use? I have found that some filler will not allow sanding to a feathered edge. It can kind of 'peel back' when the edge is thin. I thought I was just using too coarse a sanding stick but even a very fine grit, although better, does the same. You don't seem to have any problems so "spill your secrets" face 20

A really fascinating blog.

Jim

SimonT20/06/2017 01:08:43
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Hi Jim,

certainly did thinking

Squadron Green Stuff - it uses a rather aggressive solvent, toluene, which is nasty stuff. It softens plastic like liquid cement so kind of etches its way into the surface.


Dad stopped play again so no modelling done face 11


SimonT

Jon Heptonstall 120/06/2017 01:50:16
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Fantastic modelling but if I could just point out.....I can still see the odd trace of the original kit. Just thought I'd mention it.

Jon

SimonT20/06/2017 19:22:38
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Sorry Jon, guess I'm not trying hard enough dont know


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Scottie20/06/2017 19:41:42
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Simon,

Always a pleasure to follow mate.

Scottie

SimonT21/06/2017 07:02:15
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Cheers Scottie (you got anything on the bench yet?)


Morning all,

got an hour last night so there is progress to report

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I finished off the previous side screen and then added all the bits on the last panel so I now have a full set of three

They do still require a little filler to blend the various layers of strip together and there should be latches at each corner but the main work is done


Thanks for looking in


SimonT

Steve Jones 1221/06/2017 16:58:29
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Mr T

How do you make a padlock! I am happy if I get my PE ones correctlaugh. Look forward to seeing them.Very realistic mesh panels. As Scottie says its always a pleasure to see your work. Take care my friend

Steve

SimonT21/06/2017 19:43:43
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Evening Steve - very good question

Have looked on net and found a good picture of one

The general overall lock size seems to be 2 5/8" (about 66mm) high so they are not very big

I have sized the picture on screen by zooming in and out and measuring with a ruler until it is the right size at 1:1 then taken a screen shot so I have a stable reference

I can then measure off that and scale it down

It all gets a bit small at that point so may not manage to actually make any.....


SimonT

Scottie21/06/2017 20:08:37
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Simon,

​I gave up on the flak 88 lost my mojo completely, but I have made a start on the AFV Club 251/20 UHU will get round to putting up some progress pics soon.

Scottie

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