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  1. Hallo everyone. Sometimes come up questions in the forum regarding finishing and painting problems and I was use to wait for a post by Triarius (ARC member), a very expert in the filed of chemicals and a very kind person. I sent him a PM but no answer. Has anyone news of him? Best regards Euge
  2. Hallo everybody. Thank you for your words, mates. Interesting, but I don't understand how a Caribou can inspire a C-119, beside to be both transport aircraft. A friend of mine asked me to prepare a sort of sample for the mechanical part of a testing instrument. Back to industry modeling after decades. Therefore I have to clear the bench and temporally stop the Caribou project. As last update of the year, I post a pair of pics of the painted gear legs in test fit. Thanks for watching Euge
  3. Hi, gents. In the last days there have been on the forums several conversations regarding new kits, specially regarding aircraft, in particular civil aircraft and in 1/72nd scale. Now I don't want to enter in detail of the news and the comments, but just want to share my thoughts about accuracy and the way to get there. "Short run” producer do make this kind of kits, since they require a minor investment to generate the molds and don't need zillion of sells to reach the break even. My asking now is: why some of these producer don't care about accuracy in a modeling world that nowadays is so “accuracy demanding”? I think that most modelers require two main characteristics that are: correct dimensions and correct shape. The smart engineering of the parts separation or the surface details drop in background and the modeler is prepared to a tricky assembly or improve details. In some cases, some short run producers asked the community for suggestions and constructive critics, showing what they have in mind to produce, involving their future potential clients in a project of which they feel part. And the results were more than good. Of course this habit reveals the future plans, the release of a new kit is no more a surprise and this situation leads other producers to try to make the same subject. Nevertheless it as happened that a low quality 1/72 short run was produced and (obviously) not appreciated by the modelers. In few years, a mainstream factory released the same airliner and had a full success and still has. So the low quality short runs have an already written destiny and run the risk to be overtaken by others. That said, the risk to see the idea copied by other in the drawing stage exists, if the producer shares his projects, but if this leads to a hi quality short run, the risk is mitigated. I think that there is no need to make filigree details in a short run, thus making the tooling very expensive. It is better, in the developing stage, to contact the aftermarket producers and ask them to become partners of the project. If not, these cottage industries will nonetheless produce some correction and improving parts. So, some modelers should buy a hi priced, low quality kit and the relative aftermarkets. Many, me included, won't (and the sells drop). Let's not forget that we are talking about modeling and not of national affairs and keeping a secret is often counterproductive than reveal the plans. Just my two cents. Best regards. Euge
  4. Jenshb, I agree with you. The Airways VC-10 has its issues, but you may consider how much you paid for, comparing with the Mach2 cost. When you start a challenge with a vac kit, you exactly know what you are facing and you hope not to find the same problems with an hi priced injection kit. Just my 2 cent. Eugenio
  5. Hi guys. I have already spent too much money for the Mach2 Viscount and the Caravelle. Trust me I think I'll have more fun to scratchbuild those airliners than try the Mach2 way. Perhaps at half the price I would by one, but at 100 US$ is a nonsense. Who has the Airways Vac is a lucky guy. Sure they use CAD? Cheers Euge
  6. Here I am with an update regarding the landing gears. I totally rebuilt the legs, because in the kit they were very simplified and not so much realistic. Metal paper clips, styrene tubes, some putty. A dry fit into the nacelles to check the high on both sides and that the model is aligned Here the almost complete legs And here more finished waiting for the paint to dry before some tubing. Hope you like, if you can see the pics. Regards Euge
  7. Hi guys. I have a new hosting site for the images. I have updated the posts from September on. I hope that they are visible now. Next week end, if all works, I'll post new progress. Thanks for your patience. Euge
  8. Hi, Ray. Cleared all what was clearable, tried yesterday at home and now at the job, with Avast Secure Browser, Chrome and even Internet Explorer with no result. The region issue is the most likely reason, but it is fun to search the web for HTTP ERROR 418. Thanks. Euge P.S. Now I'm stopping auto hijacking my thread and boring you with this problems until they will be solved.
  9. Thank you for your feedback, sirs. By the way, Ray, what happens to ACAM forum? When I try to visit it, I get HTTP ERROR 418 - The page is not working. Regards Euge
  10. Good afternoon. Please excuse me, but I have a problem with "village photos" image hosting. Many people can't see the images published after September the 1st or so. Now I have tried to upload a pic on another domain (of a local modeling club). I ask you for a feed back: here below you should see a red and yellow Auster. Can you confirm please if it is so? TIA Euge Test pic
  11. Hi, guys. After some preparing jobs, the "animal" is primed. First underside, than on top. This process, of course, revealed some tinny gaps, some of them due to the little accident occurred and some to my mistakes. None is visible in the pics, but they are there ad I will take care of the next week. I'm anxious to unmask, but perhaps is too soon, even I'd avoid to leave the tape for too long. Will see. Thanks for following. Regards Euge
  12. Hi, guys, thank you for your kind comments. I know I am late in responding, but first I've been on vacation for a week on the Adriatic sea and than had some modeling problems. Well not really a problem, but a mistake. I totally forgot that the proptotype had no de-icing boots on the leading edge as the series aircraft have. For that, Hobbycraft provided some finely engraved lines to help the modeler masking and painting black. This fact delayed the priming stage. So I had to protect the surrounding area, lay down Tamiya white putty, and sand flush. While I was polishing the wing, the model slipped down from its jig, hit the workbench hard and partially cracked the nose end where glued. No reports on words in the air of that evening. And no pics too. Annoying task to repair, but now it's done. That's all. Thanks for following. Regards Euge
  13. Maurizio, you know I'm out of my comfort zone here, but wow, you are doing a stellar job. Your knowledge of the original leads you to great attention to detail. Great results and in so few time! Bye Euge
  14. Thank you, HAJO and Ray. So, something new. I thought it was an easy task to glue the wings to the fuselage, but it didn't. Probably due to my mistake when I forced the parts for the new dihedral, I missed the planarity of the root rib and the wings look down. So now I need to sand it till I get again the correct dihedral. But, what to do to be sure that the future landing gears legs will be vertical? I inserted two iron rods in the hole for said legs and I sanded till I can estimate them vertical. The right wing is almost done The left one is still to do. It has been a time consuming task to get a decent wing - fuselage fit. Also, the joint was very loose, so I added some plastic to the insert plates to get them more rigid. This is the result. I used epoxy glue to have a secure joint: I should have thought before and prepare some pins, but I didn't and at this time it would have been dangerous to drill anything in the fuselage, running the risk to have plastic powder floating inside the fuselage. Static electricity would have attracted them (sure) onto the windows. Don't ask how I know. Then I secured the joints, filling the unavoidable gaps with some superglue. Quite difficult to tell in the following pics, but it is there and sanded. Now it seems that the dihedral is almost close to the real thing, or I hope so. Now it's time to give her a bath and a good shot of primer, just to understand where I am. Thanks for following. Euge
  15. Hallo. I'm a bit late for the pics I promised. Sometime when you check something you have done, it seems OK, but when you take pics for the forum, well, it's not. I have a lot of cleaning and adjusting with the glazing. Nothing impossible but I have to be careful. Something better with the tailplane hinges. Also the fin is taking shape. I hope to get some wings and fuselage together next time. Not soon, since the next week end I'll be in Zeltweg for the F1 Gran Prix. Thanks for watching. Regards Euge
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