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The Camels Are Coming (BiplaneGB17) {ST}

or Biggles Flies Undone

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SimonT17/07/2017 01:00:26
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Al - true, I suspect I will never build anything OOB ever again face 20 cheers

Hooch - maybe they did originally way back in the 80's when this kit was originally born. This is the third or fourth reincarnation

Andy - thanks, not as good as it should be but I'll take vast improvement thumbs up

John - hope the paint hurling is going well

Morning all,

not been around much lately sorry - explanation for absence, Dads leg fell off again Thursday. Spent 16hrs in hospital with him from 02:30 Friday morning (10.5hrs in A&E waiting for something to happen). Meant I'd basically been up around 36hrs with only cat naps while waiting. Dad doing well but still in hosp.

Anyway, I finally managed a little work on the soppy camel Sunday evening

filled a few more ejector pin holes - one has carefully been placed in the middle of a rib on the rudder

engine got some more bits added

The ball ends for the push rods are from the little ceramic (? blooming hard anyway) bits found inside a water filter canister

Hopefully it will not look too bad once under paint

Things are likely to be a bit up in the air for a few days so apologies if I don't comment on other builds etc

Thanks for looking in


John Race17/07/2017 06:33:09
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Morning Simon,

Firstly sorry to hear about your Dad sad you two have had your fair share of problems.

I did wonder if something was amiss..

Details on the engine are eye catching to say the least. The dark side at its best . By the way who other than you would take a water filter cartridge apart disgustlaugh

Hope things improve with your Dad .



Edited By John Race on 17/07/2017 06:35:30

jimbo17/07/2017 08:51:02
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Hi Simon

Hope Dad goes on OK. Like John I was wondering why you were not posting.

Engine looks great - many, many times better than the kit offering. A very basic question if I may - What do you choose for sanding back filler? I find it very difficult to find something that flexes into corners and around detail.


Steve Jones 1217/07/2017 20:24:58
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Mr T

Glad to hear Dad is resting well in hospital. The engine is coming along wonderfully. Take care of yourself my friend


Peter Day 117/07/2017 20:38:52
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Speechless, as usual....


Scottie17/07/2017 20:56:57
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​Firstly best wishes to your dad for a swift recovery, secondly don't forget to look after yourself as well mate. Finally your skill never ceases to amaze me especially the use of those micro balls.


john hutton18/07/2017 16:55:13
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Trying to catch up after a short break, so having read through . Sorry to see he issues with your dad, hope things improve rapidly mate . Your usual amazing scratch work still leaves me in awe, you are just so good at spotting the unlikely solutions to problems using strait forward products in a simple form e g a pile of discs surprise. As Jim said logical when we are told face 20, Engine starting to look excellent wink 2....Now where did i put that water filter ?????


Wouter18/07/2017 17:30:19
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Wow, that's some nice extra detailing there again Simon. That engine is a model on it's own. Very cool!


SimonT19/07/2017 07:07:36
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Morning lads - apologies, I don't have time to reply individually but thanks one and all for the good wishes for my Dad and the feedback. Glad you like the engine

Nearly got Dad back Monday night but then they decided to keep him in a bit longer as may have an infection

No progress I'm afraid on the soppy camel

Jim, you asked about sanding

these are my sanding implements

at top green 3M Scotch pad - rather agressive, good for initial rough sanding. Being strands it gets into corners and around most shapes

Middle - Foam backed sanding pads in three grades of grit. These can be cut into any shape you want. Make small squares and hold with tweezers to get into tight corners or slice to a point etc. Very handy. I got a stack of them off ebay relatively cheap - don't buy from B&Q or similar they charge a fortune for them

Bottom - Wilko emery boards are most used

Hope that helps

Got to go now


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