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  1. Iwata HP-CP Full strip, once per year maybe (but have never removed any of the teflon seals). Put a bit of Iwata lubricant on the trigger and valve mechanisms. Trigger has been known to get sticky. Once I put some tissue paper with lacquer thinner into the back of it and cleaned all the way down to the needle packing seal. Was a bit of grey gunk in there. Remove the needle, the fine needle tip and its covers and clean them probably every 20 spraying sessions. Put some hairs on a paint brush down the tiny needle tip nozzle to clean it. Sometimes I need t
  2. The fragile console bits have a bit more structural strength now with the installation of the decking & 'interior tree limb thingys???'
  3. Yup, only building an inside the Tardis scene. Central console well advanced, contains a blue & flashing green LED which will run off a 9V battery. Still lots of tubes going everywhere to be added over console. Now wrestling with the upper & lower deck structures. was going to insert pics from Imagur but does not seem to work like it did ???????
  4. Building a 10th Dr Who diorama for my eldest daughter who is a big Dr Who/David Tennant fan. Will eventually be the Dr inside the Tardis. Might add a few other characters.
  5. This might have been posted before? Anyhow..... Qantas are in a world of hurt atm due to Covid, just like all airlines. Major staff layoffs. Even domestic flights severely curtailed due to border closures between states here in Oz. Very sad state of affairs. Last night they announced their 30yr sponsorship of the Australian Wallabies Rugby Union team would cease (though that might be as much about the Wallabies being sh*t recently as it is financial 😉. Maybe they will go and sponsor the NZ AllBlacks!). Qantas Airlines: Repair Division Thought thi
  6. Thanks for the kind comments mate. I'm now doing a Dr Who (the 10th) inside the Tardis for my eldest daughter who is a huge Dr Who & David Tennant fan. Converted a 1/35 US Marine to David Tennant, nearly got him done, just needs a few touch ups. The inside of the Tardis will be a big job, there's so much stuff on the centre console!
  7. Thanks for the encouragement. All figures now completed. Most based on the 1/35 pinup girls as the 'frame', but 2 using 1/35 Tamiya military figures - these needed a drastic weight loss process with my Dremmel to get them skinny enough for the aluminium to go over. The robot soldiers painted with a mix of colours (blue/black/nato black) then various shades of Alclad, then an overcoat of Tamiya smoke on some, then a dark brown Mig wash, then sealed with Vallejo flat clear. There is some tonal variation but it is hard to see. Still pondering the background fo
  8. Cheers mate. Ultimately, I'll do some build videos showing more of each step. Really though, I just make stuff up as I go along & borrow ideas from other people's builds. I do sketch out a few rough drawings & measurements, but they never go exactly to plan, esp. when estimating the measurements from a photo of a painting. Allowing for perspective is hard. My biggest bugbear is getting stuff to stick with CA! It either grabs instantly in the wrong spot, or does not grab at all.
  9. Undercoat of Tamiya flat blue, then Aztek pattern with Alclad Alum & Alclad Dark Alum. Need to have it at the right angle to really see the Aztek camo effect. It's nowhere as near as neat as I'd hoped, but with scratch building, it is hard to keep everything smooth even after numerous puttys, sands & polishes.
  10. Building nearly done, just need to add wing flaps. The canopy was a bit of a nightmare with constant adjustments needed to the rear section to get a decent fit with the front. Then lots of putty & sanding will be needed. Then onto paint thank Christ - I'm a bit over scratching at the moment. Strikes me the pilot looks like Tin Tin!
  11. Cheers mate. Was going to make the spaceship pilot an Ewok, but decided against it - could not handle modeling the hairy face! Canopy, the front piece modified from a 1/72 B17 nose dome, rear piece cut from clear plastic packaging. Modified pilot from a 1/48 figure, loosely based on Starwars X-wing pilots. He had to lose his feet to fit in.
  12. It is pieces of aluminium from a Coke can. Just trial & error cutting & trimming of pieces till they look about right....and multiple attempts to get them to stick down with CA 😵 Cockpit nearly done. Tiny fragments of decals used for lights etc. then much frustration getting them in position & getting them to stick. Had to brush a few coats of Future over the top to get them to stay put. Really struggling with the engines now. About to try my 5th idea after first trying carving them out of solid styrene blocks, then trying to shape styrene sheet. As you
  13. Damn, how good are you going to be when you become a veteran at the hobby! At 1/72 scale, those Spits are epic, the weathering is perfect. I mostly build in 1/72 as getting a great result is a greater challenge than in bigger scales. You have nailed it 👍
  14. Great idea re drawing them and testing it out. I'm thinking I may end up with one 1/35 scale spacecraft, rather than doing all 3.
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