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That's an interesting comment. I've long held the view, particularly in the smaller scales, that modelling is a form of impressionism. We create the impression of something that looks correct to the viewer but does not contain every nut and bolt, or leaf on a tree, of the original. Sometimes an approach that is different to how the original is made may result in a better scaled down appearance. For example, not modelling individual leaves on a tree, but using something that has the correct texture.

Many seem to refer to this approach as "normal viewing distance", which to me seems to discredit the skill and artistic content in the model, instead sounding like another phrase for "that'll do"

 

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Well, I've been a busy boy: construction of the Lap Steel has been completed and now I have to finish sanding it down. Then comes the fun stuff: sealing the wood, painting it (I'll be using gloss red for the body, gloss black for the front of the headstock and scratch plate) apply homemade transfers (the logo, guitar name and fretboard markers) and then wire it up. If all goes well, I'll have a usable lap steel in about two to three weeks.

 

So here are photos of progress to date:

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The guitar will be finished in red (possibly "candy apple red" or Ferrari red or similar)

 

Now I'd like to draw upon the collected RMWeb wisdom: The game plan is to use some sort of undercoat (thoughts? suggestions?) followed by the paint (gloss red for the body, gloss black for the front of the headstock and the scratch plate), apply the transfers (logo, guitar name, fretboard markers) then finish with a few coats of clear acrylic (lacquer? varnish). Do any RMWebbers who have worked in wood/with wood have any thoughts, suggestions or comments about finishing? The centre piece of the guitar is oak, whilst the wings and the trim is softwood of some kind (no idea what, it was scrap - possibly pine or ash)

 

Many Thanks, folks

 

iD

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been quite on here but not modelling wise

 

first new project  Thundermodels 1:35 Scammell Pioneer being finished as a tackle wagon for Wynns

 

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inside the cab

 

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gardener engine

 

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second project

 

Tamyia 1:350 Tirpitz with photoetch parts, wood deck and metal barrels

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kit and the extras

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wood deck

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left side of tirpitz

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metal barrels on the turrets with homemade blast bags

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so far on it with oneside of camo on the hull

 

 

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Well not modelling exactly, but itll help with things that require oiling for my large scale work.

An old oil can I spent an hour this evening cleaning and scrubbing off 50 years of grease, grime, and ceiling insulation.

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Ive some how took a fancy to Wynns stuff Jo,  this is my 6th wynns model ive built   as for the decals  I would either have them made as no one makes 1:35 scale ones or so the basic lettering free handed or with a stencil

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these are the ones ive done

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Airfix AEC Matador

 

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Matchbox Diamond T

 

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Scammell Pioneer with removeable ballast box

 

 

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Thornycroft Amazon crane

 

 

the hand lettering will be a challenge so will be practing alot before i attempt it

 

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This is my latest model, a 1/32nd Revell (ex-Matchbox) Lysander III, done as the airworthy one in the Shuttleworth collection. I went

for a semi-gloss finish as I think this looks nice on large-scale models.

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Hi all,

I collect 1/72 and 1/100 diecast metal a/c I have about 250 at the moment. Plus have a collection of about 150 1/72 diecast tanks. I used to model all sorts of plastic kits in the past, Airfix, Revell, Frog/Novo, Tamiya etc . I also used to dabble in modelling a/c for combat flight simulator 2.

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I model in what might be called 1:1 scale, in that my other great hobby is working backstage at a local theatre. I specialise in set, props and costume, which basically amounts to real life model-making. You have to create something that isn't real, but looks it. Actually, the last show I worked on featured a couple of actors dressed up as mice, and I had to figure out how to make models of objects larger than real life for them to interact with.

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Not my own modelling but as I usually post my WW1 aircraft model builds in this thread I thought these fit nicely.

 

A full-size replica of a Morane Saulnier N, seen, today at the Apedale Railway's Tracks To The Trenches event.

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Replicas are nothing new but what I found particularly interesting was the engine...

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The Rhone rotary engine is a full-size 3D print! Non-working, of course but using the same skills in painting and weathering as on a small scale model.

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When planing a future model railway of a small Scottish port cir 1900 I planned to run trains for a pleasure paddle steamer service even though there would be no room to actually have the boat on the railway. But having looked at many photos and reading up on them I drew a generic free lance paddle steamer on inkscape.

Now I've got this shall we say urge to actually build it as a static waterline model in 4mm scale which would make it slightly over 2ft long.

 

Should I go with my heart or will it just divert time and resources from the main modeling project?

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When planing a future model railway of a small Scottish port cir 1900 I planned to run trains for a pleasure paddle steamer service even though there would be no room to actually have the boat on the railway. But having looked at many photos and reading up on them I drew a generic free lance paddle steamer on inkscape.

Now I've got this shall we say urge to actually build it as a static waterline model in 4mm scale which would make it slightly over 2ft long.

 

Should I go with my heart or will it just divert time and resources from the main modeling project?

Most Victorian coastal vessels were quite small, even an ocean going vessel such as the Cutty Sark works out at less than three feet long in 00 scale.

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Rommel's half-track!

 

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There's a bit of saga behind this one. I must have started the kit in the late 70s as I remember buying it during a rare stay with

my paternal grandparents in Whitchurch; the kit probably came from Bud Morgan's shop. I got as far as glueing some of the interior

compartment bits together, and painting some of them, and then abandoned it. By some improbable means the kit has followed me

around for 40-odd years, with most of the parts still intact, so I thought why not have a go at finishing it?

 

I can see why I gave up on it; it's not that there's anything wrong with it but as it stands, I would have had a hard time getting

the major body parts to fit together using my 1970s "skills". Flash forward to 2018, and such wonder gadgets as clamps,

super-glue, liquid poly, filler and - above all - patience - and I reckoned I stood a slightly better chance. As I dug into the box

I found that I'd lost the transparent parts, as well as one of the figures arms, but other than that, all was still present, including

the transfers. They'd yellowed a bit, but since the model was to be painted in desert colours, I reckoned they'd still look OK,

and they turned out to work as well as if they were brand new. I still need to weather the wheels and tracks, and I've snapped

and repaired the antenna twice, but at last it's done and I can bin the box!

 

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Rommel's half-track!

 

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There's a bit of saga behind this one. I must have started the kit in the late 70s as I remember buying it during a rare stay with

my paternal grandparents in Whitchurch; the kit probably came from Bud Morgan's shop. I got as far as glueing some of the interior

compartment bits together, and painting some of them, and then abandoned it. By some improbable means the kit has followed me

around for 40-odd years, with most of the parts still intact, so I thought why not have a go at finishing it?

 

I can see why I gave up on it; it's not that there's anything wrong with it but as it stands, I would have had a hard time getting

the major body parts to fit together using my 1970s "skills". Flash forward to 2018, and such wonder gadgets as clamps,

super-glue, liquid poly, filler and - above all - patience - and I reckoned I stood a slightly better chance. As I dug into the box

I found that I'd lost the transparent parts, as well as one of the figures arms, but other than that, all was still present, including

the transfers. They'd yellowed a bit, but since the model was to be painted in desert colours, I reckoned they'd still look OK,

and they turned out to work as well as if they were brand new. I still need to weather the wheels and tracks, and I've snapped

and repaired the antenna twice, but at last it's done and I can bin the box!

 

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I made this I think sometime ago. Is it the one with driver and Rommel? Also if I remember a few rifles etc that could be hung on brackets within.

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I made this I think sometime ago. Is it the one with driver and Rommel? Also if I remember a few rifles etc that could be hung on brackets within.

 

Yes, I've still got Rommel, one other chap, and the driver, but alas the driver is the one missing the arm. I also have some 1/35th figures and a Tiger tank, so I'm

considering a small diorama, with the hope that if I put the half-track (1/32nd) etc in the foreground, the scale discrepancy won't be too obvious.

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I bought this kit at least 50 years ago. It's an Aurora Chevy Pickup custom in 1/32 scale. It seemed to have followed me through three house moves when I discovered it a little while ago. It was compete but a few bits had came loose. I decided to rebuild it and it came apart easily as it was put together with that old cement we had back then. I stripped the paint and have primed the body. The roof panel was separate so has been painted a contrast colour as the body will be bright red.

 

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Luftstreitkrafte LFG Roland CIIA "Walfisch". Ancient Airfix 1/72 scale kit that must have been well over 40 years unbuilt. in fact it was so old it wasn't in a box, nor a blister pack but in  bag! I replaced the Mercedes engine and the observer's machine gun with spare parts from a more modern kit.

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