John Symmons

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John Symmons

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Hi Dayzofspeed.

An interesting question. Whenever I do WW 1 rigging I uaually drill tiny (0.3 mm) holes for the rigging to go into. You don't say what aircraft you're rigging. I had a simular problen in rigging a Morane Saulnier N monoplane. ( something like the Focker E II & III ) See my posting in the Humbrol Techniques forum; An adventure in WW 1 rigging; that's now sitting on page 2, and or Building a Couple of old dogs on pg 6 of the aircraft forum. There you;ll see several techniques I used to rig various aircraft some not very successfully.As to the glueing of the wires CA glue should be OK if you use only a dab, but it would be advisable to seal the decal first with either a varnish or Humbrol clear.

If using PVA wood glue you should start the rigging run from the decal after first drilling a small hole ( gives the glue a greater surface area to adhere too ) and only when properly dry continue the rigging run and finally glue the other end with CA glue or even a quick setting epoxy. To keep a light tension on the line I use either a small piece of masking tape, or anchor the model with Prestik or BlueTack on a jar filed with water, and the wire held taught with a spring clossed tweezer hanging on the wire.

Hope this helps and good luck, and would love to see the final result, hopefully the model is an Airfix model.

Remember we do this for fun                              John the Pom.

John Symmons

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Saw this Airfix Classic Range announcement on the ship forum about a day ago. Great news indeed. There's several WW 1 figure sets I've been looking for for years the British WW 1 infantry and horse drawn artillery they'll go onto my wanted list, together with the male tank, hopefully they'll also re-issue the female version as well.

 

Always liked the Stug III 75 mm Assault Gun, Made that way back when and it taught me about the German anti tank tanks; seemed like a good idea. Recently I made the PAK 40 with the Opel Blitz truck and enjoyed it so much that I've since been looking for another, that's going on my wanted list as well. the Bren gun carrier and the 40mm Bofors looks interesting as does the Quad with 25 pounder gun sets.

 

The Ark Royal is the only 600 scale ship that I'd like to try again, I have the trumpeter Hood waiting in the wings and while I did build the Bismark when it came out and really enjoyed it I think I'll give that one a miss. The Cutty Sark also takes my interest, Never did build any of the Airfix big sail ship models so might just give it a try, together with the Golden Hind as it's 1/72 scale, be a nice size comparison with the 1/72 scale launches.

 

I must admit to feeling a bit sorry for the car guys, but if this new venture is a success I'm sure Airfix will re-release some of those classic car kits, maybe the old Aerial Arrow motor-bike. Also some of those odd-ball aircraft kits that Airfix was so famous for hopefully will make a return appearance like the Hs 123 and the Fw 189 both good kits even by today's standards, maybe we'll even see a return of the most odd-ball of them all the original Hovercraft, now wouldn't that be something. Personally I'd like to see a few more WW 1 aircraft like the Sopwith Pup and the Avro 504 trainer, make a good companion with the BE 2 trainer recent issue, and the Hannover and Roland C II kits still stand up well with today's new tooling's and are builder friendly for biplanes.

 

I'm sure that other all have their favourites and wishes for future releases, hopefully Airfix will make some of our wishes come true. Wishing Airfix all the best with this new venture, and seeing the support already shown on this forum it's looking positive all the way. All I see are smiling faces for many Christmas's to come.

 

Remember we do this for fun                                John the Pom

John Symmons

797 posts

Hi Richard.

Yes; PE railings can be fiddely especially in 600, scale but once you've done a couple you'll wonder what all the fuss was about. Although these days I usually model in 350 scale I did the HMS Manxman & Cambletown in 600 scale as a practice piece for PE, and found the railings the easiest bit.  The way I do it is tack the railing on with a few drops of spaced super glue then run some diluted PVA glue along the joint with the deck and you'd be suprised how strong the rails end up.

 

I'm at present stalled with the Trumpeter 350 scale Graf Spee with those horrible plastic railings, but I supose they're better than nothing, I do have the Premium Edition waiting in the wings with a complete PE set so that should be better.

 

Remember we do this for fun                             John the Pom

John Symmons

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Hi FAAMAN.

Thanks for the heads-up on this one. There's a couple of kits I've been looking for for, for years I'll certainly get the Ark Royal if one ever reachs Cape Town. Pity tere's no cars or some of the old classic aircraft I'm thinking of the Avro WW1 trainer andthe Sopwith  Pup to name just two as these were a couple of Airfix's later eforts and could still make reasonable models today.Maybe next year.

 

Remember we do this for fun                               John the Pom

John Symmons

797 posts

Hi Paws

You're kidding of course about the Jaguar SS of the 1930's, if not I can only shake my head in disbelief, and horror at what this new wave of political correctness has come to. Maybe I should be grreatful that my parents didn't call my Simon as then my initials would have been SS.

 

Remember we do this for fun althought I'm having trouble with the fun bit for the above.               John the Pom

 

P.S.  As this is a modelling forum and not a debating forum I'll not say anything more on this subject.       JtP

John Symmons

797 posts

Hi Ratch.

You are a busy man. I'm building two Roden Opels the Maulter and Command Staff bus, and having trouble keeping track of just two, and here's you doing five totally different models. Wow; how do you do it, I know I did five models recently but they were all Stukas.

 

Good luck you're a better man than me Gunga Din.

 

Rememberv we do this for fun                       John the Pom

John Symmons

797 posts

Hi Ratch

WOW! That's a lot of plastic, Hope you haven't given up or got bored on the HP 400.

 

Remember we do this for fun                        John the Pom

John Symmons

797 posts

Hi Kanyiko

That's some impressive stash numbers, you'll have to live twice as long as I to complete them all

 

Ditto to what T2B said above.I can't believe someone has censored a decal sheet, isn't this taking political correctness to the ultimate madness, or being hyper-afraid/sensitive of others hyper-sensitivity, Seems like someone needs to get a life, actually there's a name for it it's called co-dependency or it's a part of the co-dependency mental illness, and maybe they need to go to a CoDa meeting. Swastikas I can unbderstand. I had a nieihbour who lived through the Walsaw uprising and wouldn't even come into our house if I I had one of my Luftwaffer books open. But SS number plates in a plastic kit?????  ---------------- End of rant.

 

Just finished assembling the furniture of the staff /command bus and those chair legs are super fragile, only managed to remove two without breaking them, fortunately the four broken ones are easily mended.

 

Remember we do this for fun                         John the Pom

John Symmons

797 posts

Hi Richard

One thing that always bothered me when I made these 600 scale ships, was the absence of any railings. Then I saw WEM made some railings, but I see even those are getting a scarce these days, even on the WEM web site.

 

Anyway; well done, and as I said before thanks for showing what can be done with these old kits, and hopefully Airfix might; just MIGHT take note. We can always live in hope.

 

Remember we do this for fun                            John the Pom

John Symmons

797 posts

Hi PMM

Now that's a very pretty little airoplane and your model does it justice. Pity that such a lovely little plane was used for terrible things in Timore.

 

That aside; your build is impressive and hopefully it'll inspire others as it already has inspired T2B. Keep them commng.

 

Remember we do this for fun                                  John the Pom

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