Patrick Camilleri

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Wow FAAMAN,  You're really into the A4! 

I remember I went through a similar phase when none of the kits being produced of my favourite subject (P-51D ) were accurate enough with the result that I ended up never building one for years!

Then I attended a work seminar during which the speaker asked us what was our Architectural Practice there for.  We all went on about the quality of buildings etc etc.  He said WRONG.  Your Practice exists for one thing. Profit.  If you don't make a profit your firm will go under and pop go all your good intentions.

I realised then that the same thing applies to models.  A manufacturer can only devote a limited number of hours to research if he ever hopes to realise a profit.  He must make sure that his product is good .... indeed good enough to satisfy 90% of his clients to achieve enough sales to generate a profit that will allow him to continue in business. 

The truth is he will never ever satisfy the last 10% no matter how hard he tries and how much time (and money) he spends trying to do this.

And that is where model making as opposed to kit building comes in. One takes the bare kit and corrects the faults one sees in it.

Don't get me wrong ..... it would be great if all kits were manufactured to be perfect replicas. Realistically speaking though this is impossible and would result in kits being so expensive that no one could ever afford to buy them.

Have you thought of writing to the author of that article and discussing the matter with him?  I've done that in the past with other articles and found the authors only too happy to discuss the issues.



This is a tricky one. 

As Paws says the heatshield is very thick and this means the command module has been shrunk in size to fit inside it. 

I plan to fix this by crash moulding a new heatshield in thin plastic card and scratchbuilding a new command module.

Very nice Roy!

If you are interested there was an article in Scale Models way back in the 70's that explained how you could go about building wire wheels.  I might be able to track it down if you are interested.

I'm in the process of moving house ..... so most of my stuff is now in boxes.  My Magazine collection hasn't been packed yet ........

I trim off the longer, straight sections and keep them.  They can be heated over a candle and stretched to various thicknesses down to a thickness of a human hair.  I use them to make things such as bollards, derricks etc etc on my ships and aslo as rigging thread.

This is a mast for one of the ships made from stretched sprue. The railings are etched brass.

The Airfix Queen Elizabeth is rigged using stretched sprue.

Hi RSS, good to hear from you .....

Did you say 5,000 rail cars?????

In that case it is very probable that it is dust that is the problem.

Hi Paul,  Why was the Canberra altered?

I though you were talking about the SHIP not the plane!  My mistake!


What type of paint are you using?

KGV and POW are the same class sure, but it's rare for 2 battleships to not differ in detail.

That's why I said "Armed with a set of plans ..."

You can still find the KGV around.  Armed with a set of plans I see no reason why one can't built the PoW to 1:600.

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