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Re: What are you working on this weekend?

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With a break from 1/144 I am making a start this weekend on a pair of builds from the series The Expanse. Both will be examples of the Tachi/Rocinante which fans will know is the hero ship, a former Mars Congressional Navy corvette.

There are a few models available including an Eaglemoss Hero Collector model that goes for close to £150 and a Fantastic Plastic resin kit in 1/144. What I am working on is from a company called Loot Crate. Prebuilt and finished, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and reasonably priced. I paid £7.00 each plus postage

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I plan on removing the clear plastic plasma drive plume, straightening the bent comms and sensor array at the front. I will drill a small hole in each of the six hull pannels where the retractable point defence guns are located and insert a small neodymium magnet, then fill and sand smooth before rescribing the hatch lines. I will also insert a magnet in the engine bell.

I plan to scratchbuild 6 (actually 12) point defence guns mounted on a steel based (flat head of a small nail) so that they can then be fitted to the hull using the magnets and then removed to have the ship clean. Do something similar with the clear blue drive plume.

Repaint one as the Rocinante but with less battle damage and repaint the other in original Mars Navy scheme as the Tachi.

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On my bench at the moment is an Anigrand Victor, that's in for wheels and undercarriage doors. The doors, as supplied, are the equivalent to Windsor Castle's front door. Judicious sanding has thinned them down a bit.
On the horizon is shortening a Miniwings Meteor F8 immediately behind the cockpit and swapping out the tail for a tail from a T7 to make an F4.

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I’ve just discovered my Great Uncle’s logbooks buried in a bookshelf in my parents house after being lost for decades. He was a Beaufighter and Mosquito night fighter pilot in the Mediterranean - I’ve spent a fascinating evening learning about a relation I never met. This page struck me - in one month he shot down two Stukas and was sent to strafe shipping in Belgrade and the Adriatic.

Fascinating. To me, anyway.
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I'll join you in the fascination stakes, Angus. It would be brilliant if you could get the details of either the Beau or Mossie he flew, as you could then replicate one of his mounts in 1/144. From what I can gather, none of my rellies were in aircrew during the war. Sadly, one uncle was on hand to view the demise of these two Beauforts over Jervis Bay in April 1943. Always remember him telling me about it when I was a young 'un.
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Thanks Smeg - how horrible to have seen that crash, I can quite see why that would stick in the mind's eye. Yes, I'd been thinking the same thing and the codes of the aircraft he flew are listed in the logbooks. I think I can definitely build his Beaufighter - but the Mosquito will be a bit more challenging as it was an NF.30 (the ugly Mossie nobody likes to speak of!) so will require some quite extensive conversion work. He flew with 25 Squadron on night bomber escort and intruder raids over Germany, including strafing the Augsburg Messerschmidt factory airfield in Bavaria in the closing days of the war (his log notes two aircraft destroyed on the ground).

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The NF30 is one of those variants that cries out for a resin conversion kit. Or given the direction modelling appears to be going, maybe a 3D-printed conversion. :idea:
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while packing the workbench last weekend, i found a Revell Hawker Tempest that i was converting to a Sea Fury a few years ago. maybe once the new workspace is up and running, i will have to finish that one 8-)

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Re-working a TOMYTEC F-4EJ to an F-4G from Desert Storm... Pix to follow on the Aviation & Aircraft area...

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Still working on the X-Scale Trident. The seam where you join the wing parts is truly a PITA but I did overcome, and have now re-scribed the lost panel lines. In addition I re-scribed the fuselage from sanding the fuselage seams and am in the process of getting the clear-part-with-canopy to sit correctly. There is a ridge of plastic around some of the parts that needs to be addressed before continuing with assembly.

I am truly thankful for kit manufacturers that make the canopy/windscreen part of a piece that goes into the fuselage, like X-Scale does. So much easier to deal with seams this way with little fear of scratching the canopy/windscreen.

Unfortunately the upper wing-to-fuselage seams are large and will need to be dealt with. However, that's after I add the clear canopy piece.
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mbittner wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2024 11:59
I am truly thankful for kit manufacturers that make the canopy/windscreen part of a piece that goes into the fuselage, like X-Scale does.
Scalemates "Product Timeline" shows the X-Scale Trident has its origins linked to an Eastern Express kit # EE144140:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/x-scale ... c--1505613

Not sure if X-Scale makes their own improvements to the kit contents.

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