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  1. 1/48 Neptune Started

    I'm looking forward to following your build, as well. Great start!
  2. Another quick update! I've attached the stanchions & lifelines to the MTB's deck. It's nice to finally start glueing parts to the hull again, The lifelines were made from stretched black plastic sprue. Now, it's back to making the mast assembly.
  3. Hi again! I've been slowly plugging away at making the remaining deck bits & pieces. These include; Lifeline stanchions from plastic rod & stretched sprue. I made a fixture (shown in the photo) so I could make all these tiny parts the same. CQR anchor from paper card, plastic sheet, & wire. The CQR anchor is also called the plow anchor due to its unique shape. Boat hooks & supports from plastic rod, plastic sheet & wire. Goose neck vent from plastic sheet. Next, I'll start attaching all the parts made to date to complete the deck, and start building the mast. See you again soon.
  4. 1/18th F-14B Tomcat conversion

    ... but young at heart. lol It's your fault Steve. I'll be hanging around as long as you're doing such a great job (on my favourite aircraft).
  5. 1/18th F-14B Tomcat conversion

    Great to see an update! John
  6. 1:350 USS Carl Vinson Project

    Very cool!
  7. Here's a brief backgrounder regarding the green maple leaf symbol. The green maple leaf was a symbol of Canada for many years prior to, and after, WWII. There were originally three green maple leaves on the Canadian coat of arms . The coat of arms was included on the red ensign - Canadian National Flag - beginning 1868. The coat of arms included on Canada's National Flag & the RCN's naval jack (including three green maple leaves) carried throughout WWII was authorized in 1921. The green leaves were changed to red in 1957, red being one of Canada’s official colours. On February 15, 1965, the red maple leaf flag was adopted as Canada's National Flag. e.g. Here are the coats of arms as included on the RCN naval jacks from 1921 to 1965; From 1921 to 1957 (green maple leaves): From 1957 to 1965 (red maple leaves):
  8. Another quick update! Just finished the exterior details on the bridge and chart house. One unique feature on many of the Canadian MTB's was a small maple leaf plaque fixed to the centre of the bridge spray shield. I was able to print & attach the tiny plaque for my boat. The maple leaf was used to signify the boats were Canadian, in a similar manner to the green maple leaf painted on the funnels of larger Canadian warships during WWII. Although the green maple leaf was used on Canadian warships early in the war, the maple leaf symbol was formally introduced into the Royal Canadian Navy by Naval order in September 1944. After the war, the colour of the maple leaf was changed from green to red. Here's a photo showing the completed bridge & chart house. ... and here's a couple of photos showing the bridge & chart house temporarily sitting on the MTB's deck. I still have a few more details to make, e.g. boat hooks, a deck vent, & the mast & rigging, but the end is coming into sight. Thanks for looking in.
  9. 1/48 Hasegawa F-14A

    Not a lot of room there, at all. It's really is too bad as those indicators are a nice addition, even though few people will ever notice them. The build looks fantastic. Can't wait to see everything closed up. I figure when it's time to replace the carpet in my den, we'll find enough lost tiny parts to build a whole other model.
  10. 1:350 USS Carl Vinson Project

    Awesome work!
  11. Thanks guys! Much appreciated.
  12. Hi again! Well, I've finally completed the bridge interior. Those little bits & pieces really take a long time to build. Here's a few shots of the finished bridge; ... and here's what I was able to include; Next up, I'll be finishing off the bridge exterior. Thanks again for looking in.
  13. 1/48 Hasegawa F-14A

    Fantastic! Well done! I wanted to add these to my build, but forgot to attach them before I assembled the windscreen to the fuselage. Using tweezers, and a lot of fiddling (with a little cursing thrown in ) I finally got them to fit. I like your approach much better.
  14. 1/48 Hasegawa F-14A

    Beauty! Nice job! How's the clearance between the windscreen & the top of the IP? I found it was pretty tight using the Aires cockpit.
  15. F-15E, 1/32, Tamiya