Archive for ‘Model’

June 13, 2017

Roundel Clad

Aces High – the little fighter is complete. Though I  rushed and mucked up the tissue a bit, it is presentable and probably decent enough to wind up and fly.  

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June 9, 2017

Drum Roll

A Skin Game – delicate less than paper thin tissue  sheets glued over the spars, ribs and stringers; then a spray down with water and the covering becomes drum tight. Need to find a cellulose dope alternative to give the paper added strength.

June 9, 2017

Merlin Rubber Band

Supermarine – the balsa Spitfire is taking great shape. Indeed the classic elliptical wing designed by Canadian aerodynamicist Beverley Shenstone is obvious. RJ Mitchell’s overall layout is pure in form and elegant in execution. Tissue paper covering next!

January 2, 2017

Hulk

Please don’t make me angry; you won’t like me when I’m angry. The latest iteration of the green behemoth via The Avengers movie sees the diminutive physicist Dr Bruce Banner being played by as bespectacled Mark Ruffalo. His mode of transport? A dusty patina’d Triumph looking like it’s seen plenty of lonely miles. This model kit at sixth scale certainly lost is the part for any comic book fan.

July 7, 2016

Diorama #3


Oil Thumbed Haynes manual, packet of Players No6 fags, and a well used pein hammer. Yes, it’s another scratchbuilt diorama fabricated from base plastic and wire. Scaled reality.


Based around the sublime BSA Goldstar it’s a watchmakers motorcycle restoration. Love the daylight beaming in from a roof light.

July 6, 2016

Diorama #2


The model maker is Anders Malmberg from Sweden and I am astounded by the level of 1:35 detail. Everything has a patina, it looks like it’s been worked in for years by the same elf mechanic. Paint spills, old tubs on shelves, 


There is even a junkyard out back… Pinup gal on the wall… It keeps going!

July 6, 2016

Diorama

Amazing Intricacy – a well used motorcycle workshop in miniature. As well as moto’s being worked on there are shelves of parts, walls of tools, machinery, posters and a cursing mechanic.

So much detail to explore, you can smell the oily workings or metallic contrivances. Even a corrugated roofing. I bet the Whitworth set is articulated too!

December 22, 2015

RGS to Scale

   
A neat looking plastic model kit: which includes two bikes. One in red, the other chrome. These are the superlative early sixties Rocket Gold Star from BSA. 

 
Each comes on its own molded set. You can see frame, wheels, engine, tank, pipes, bars…

   
 
Box back assembly instructions are fairly basic and no decals.

 

5’6d from your local hobbyist shop. 

August 13, 2015

Free Wheelin’

  
Sixties Fab Fun: The Kandy Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby Trike. Rebellious model kit for aspiring custom bike builders. An honorable mention to author Tom Wolfe and his new journalism writing style which evoked a vivid reality in a world of hallucinations. 

November 1, 2014

 Día De Los Muertos

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The annual celebration of those departed when candy skulls and marigold adorn the gravesites of family and friends. Calacas, or skeletal, figurines denote the life of the passed living.

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Though a Mexican tradition it roots stem from precolonialism Aztec culture.

February 19, 2014

The Model of Coolness

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A pair of McQueen detailed models based on the Hilts character. Both authentic in appearance including his subtle scowl. Clothing and boots perfect too. Indeed Ray Harryhausen could have used this for a stop motion filming if the infamous fence jump had Bud Ekins not stepped in to do it!