<![CDATA[BRUCESSCALEMODELS.COM - Home]]>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 17:35:32 +1100Weebly<![CDATA[October 10th, 2018]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 03:49:55 GMThttp://brucesscalemodels.com/home/trumpeterWhen I first started this website, I envisioned it as a single place to place all my W.I.P.s and a portfolio of my completed works, rather than having them scattered around the various modelling fora and facebook. 
Well after a year, its become obvious, I really  don't have the discipline, or, let's be honest, the interest to post every build as a WIP.  It simply just interrupts the momentum of the build having to post pics up and write descriptions at every step.
So after careful consideration, I've decided to revamp the website to just  reflect my completed builds, which was always the main purpose of having the site anyway I was never interested in running it as a blog, finding far more people do a better job of that than I could ever hope to
From time to time, builds may still be put up on one of the modelling fora if I feel interested enough.  I mainly hang out at Britmodeller these days, so if I do any future WIPs, I'll link to them in the build page for that build. I will still put up an annual yearbook of builds completed that year, and my aspirations for the coming year.  For now, clicking on any of the thumbnails below, or alternatively looking under the "completed builds" button will take you to the page for that model
Cheers
Bruce
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<![CDATA[Masking, masking, and more masking]]>Mon, 21 May 2018 23:35:15 GMThttp://brucesscalemodels.com/home/masking-masking-and-more-maskingMan, theres a lot of masking in this thing
Below are the wings masked off ready for the red to be applied to exposed areas of the leading edge slats and flaps. I mad a mistake in painting too much of the leading edge of the flap as subsequent perusing of photos showed there is no red visible on the upper surfaces of the flaps when they are deployed.

Was this the end of the masking?  No it wasnt.
Next the fuselage was masked off for the black skunk stripe and fins  to be applied

then the white wheel wells and silver intake lips

finally decalling could commence using the kit decals.  Theres a reason everyone does the VF84!  thats because it looks sensational!!

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<![CDATA[Any colour, as long as its Grey]]>Sun, 06 May 2018 01:54:41 GMThttp://brucesscalemodels.com/home/any-colour-as-long-as-its-grey
With the fuselage completed, looking at photos revealed I would have been better to actually fit the wing glove vanes as they feature prominently in all photos, so I had no option but to scribe them back in
With this done I went old school and added a dark grey preside to all panel lines, and then various squiggles of the same dark grey to various areas of high use such as the tops of wings and stabilisers, around the access bays for gun, engines and cockpit footsteps

thinned coats of Mr Color Light Gull Grey were then applied , with various squiggles of mid grey and white applied to start building up a mottled surface. the masked areas in the above photo hide the hot areas which has been sprayed Model Master Burnt Iron
modelling convention seems to be these overall gull grey jets were clean, but I found a photo of the jet I am doing that shows very worn and touched up paint, so this is what I aimed for. Next , lots of masking so that the red areas of the deployed slats and flaps could be sprayed

and then even more masking so that the skunk strip around the cockpit could be sprayed

Next up, we attack some of the detail painting as we move towards decalling
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<![CDATA[Work on the cockpit]]>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:18:47 GMThttp://brucesscalemodels.com/home/work-on-the-cockpitI had the milliput out to fix some small gaps so thought I would make up some canvas covers for the instrument panels.  The milliput was first sprinkled with flour to prevent sticking to the tool, then  rolled into thin sheets using a piece of dowel.  I have wanted to try this technique for ages. The milliput was then draped over the coamings before the excess was cut away with a sharp knife.  It was then painted in vallejo leather based on captions in the DACO book stating it started out black then faded through a leather colour to a khaki colour.  The rear port cover was painted in a purplish colour to reflect the fact this cover wore out more quickly, so was replaced more often, and it became stained with jet fuel, hydraulic fluid etc leading to the purple colour. That plastic pitot tube needs to go too, as Ive bent it about four time already 
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<![CDATA[Wings]]>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:08:07 GMThttp://brucesscalemodels.com/home/wingsWith the fuselage buttoned up, attention now turned to the wings and extraneous rivet detail Hobby Boss has graced them with.
Photos from DACO Publishing's excellent book on the Tomcat showed no such rivet detail, so it was decided it had to go, as did the rivet detail on the tailplanes
Mr Surfacer 500 was employed for this as seen above, when dry, being sanded to give nice smooth wings sans rivet lines. 
The above photo shows the plasticard eyelid doors that replace the one piece part in the kit.  I was not really happy with the fit of it, so made my own from pics of card.  I also attached the spoilers at this stage so that I would not knock off the slat rails as I have done with all previous kits that have these parts sticking out.

.Whilst the kit contains parts for the two larger ECM blisters shown above (parts E26.27) The Eduard instructions do not call them out.  Photos of my chosen jet definitely show them fitted, so they were added to the intake sides. A strange omission on Eduard's part, as from what I have read, no jets just had the two smaller blisters fitted.  A check of the original HobbyBoss instructions also show them as not called out either
Hopefully, in the next update, we will the model starting to come together.
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<![CDATA[Buttoning Up]]>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 06:27:16 GMThttp://brucesscalemodels.com/home/buttoning-up With the Eduard boxing, the engines are relegated to the spares bin.  Instead, Eduard provide you with resin compressor faces and jet nozzles.  So, the required parts were sawn off the casting blocks after painting with Alclad steel and superglued together

The engine faces were then glued to the ends of the inlet trunks

Interestingly, HobbyBoss?Eduard also include the glove vanes if you are making a very early A Model.  They attach to those crescent shaped channels once you have cut the flashed over openings out.  As the tomcats I was modelling had them wired shut, I skipped this step, but I found it interesting none of the other build articles I had read drew attention to this option in the kit.

The fuselage halves were now ready to close up, which was duly done

fit between the halves was good, until it came time to fit the belly panel.  It was here I was left with a gap requiring a card shim.  Dry fits had left me with a good fit, so I have no idea how I introduced this gap

So, at end of day's play, we have two models starting to look like Tomcats.
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<![CDATA[Walrus completed]]>Sat, 31 Mar 2018 23:37:39 GMThttp://brucesscalemodels.com/home/walrus-completed
Yes, I could head this "I am the Walrus" but that heading has been used in the british modelling press as much as that other perennial favourite of the poms "Small but Perfectly Formed"
Anyway, after  a build that became a bit of a grind due to me bolloxing up the rigging, she's done. Yeah, I know. I should have weathered the prop and tyres to fit in with the rest of the finish, but I just wanted her off the bench at this stage.  
More pics on the Completed Models page here
More importantly, so far the 2018 plan is on track.  now, back to the Tomcats!
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<![CDATA[Cockpits done]]>Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:08:35 GMThttp://brucesscalemodels.com/home/cockpits-done
So! As you can see above, the cockpits have been completed.  The jet that will be all buttoned up with crew in place has the kit cockpit done OOB using traditional painting methods like dry brushing.  I think it looks completely adequate for a closed canopy aircraft.  The jet that will be displayed open canopy has the cockpit finished with the supplied Eduard PE.  Although some people don't like the flat panels, I think they look fine in 48 scale.  I really do think though that Eduard could match their colours better to FS or whatever colour the cockpit is to be painted.  The Eduard printed 231 looks more like light Gull grey with a greenish tinge.  Eduard have been doing these printed PE panels long enough now to have improved this aspect of them.
With the cockpits done, it was time to fit them into the nose halves.  I found the separate panels fitted fine in the closed position, After I examined the below photo, I further tweaked the fit of the panels removing the steps seen.  No filler or shims were needed

Attention then turned to the undercarriage. the jet about to be launched will be using the compressed noseleg.  I added some punched discs and copper wire to bulk out some of the detail although stopped short of adding the brake lines.  I found the instructions a little lacking in clear parts placement here, but eventually got them assembled.

work then moved onto the intake ramps.  HobbyBoss only allows the ramps to be built in the lowered supersonic position.
 I modified the ramps to the open position for the jet about to be launched.  This involved leaving out the front actuators, cutting the forward ramps apart at the panel line and glueing them flat to the intake roof.  The rear ramp remains partly open, so had its actuator cut in half.  However this then exposes a problem(pun intended).  Hobbyboss in their laziness did not mould an inside wall as they knew it would it would npot be seen if the kit was built as per the instructions.

AS this opening would be clearly seen with the ramps raised, a wall had to be added from plasticard.  Easy enough to add, but should not have really been necessary in my book.
You can also see the kit comes complete with the ECM blisters under the glove vanes.  The implications of this being, I REAALY need to decide what scheme I am doing my jet in so I can work out what block number it belongs to and whether those bumps can stay, or need to come off.
Stay Tuned
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<![CDATA[A tale of two kitties]]>Sat, 03 Mar 2018 04:55:49 GMThttp://brucesscalemodels.com/home/a-tale-of-two-kitties
With the Walrus nearing completion, it was a good time to look at cracking open another box.
A workmate had asked me to build his Eduard boxing of the HobbyBoss 1/48 Tomcat as a VF84 jet about to be launched from the carrier. So that meant, wings spread, spoilers and flaps, down, canopy closed, with pilots, and the nose leg compressed.
As I also have a copy of this kit, I thought a side by side build would serve the purpose of getting another kit from my  stash built the same time.  The difference being mine would have all the panels open instead of being closed up like Jeff's build. So I’m actually cracking open two boxes!
Theres nothing like opening a box and finding a fault with the first part you cut off the sprue. I mean, really! 
In this instance HobbyBoss had short shot the rear bulkhead on the cockpit tub
Luckily it was easy  enough to scratch build a new one out of plasticard.  Even for me!
Rather than rebuild the whole back bulkhead, I limited myself to just replacing the affected side, knowing the seated pilot would cover the part I didn’t rebuild.
that mess on the floor is from me scraping out the U shaped locator for the seat.  I will be using Aerobonus seated pilots, which are cast in their own seats, hence the locators going.  The wet look is due to me trying to smooth out the worst of the gouges with liquid cement . I think I expected the glue to work miracles 😀
​It was a pretty confined space to get a knife and chisel into.
The above photo shows the aero bonus pilots.  Whilst the casting is lovely, both crew have their helmet visors up and oxygen masks unclipped.  This would not do for a jet about to launch so the O2 mask and hose was carefully scraped off, as seen on the left hand figure
​  I wish Aerobonus had offered additional heads with visors down and oxygen masks clipped in place.  I found the figures arms also did not reach the stick and throttle lever.  All in all, disappointing, given that these figures are designed specifically for the HBS Tomcat.  At least the seats fit between the consoles.
In the end I used heads from the crew contained in the Academy Phantom as well as the arms for the pilot, as I could then pose him holding the actual controls.
As This jet was going to be canopy down and crewed, I decided to use just the kit cockpit without PE embellishment.
My jet was going to be canopy open, so I duly set about scraping the raised detail off the panels ready to accept the Eduard PE
In the next part, work continues on the two cockpits.  It will be interesting to see the comparison between the two, with one being finished with PE and the other, paint.
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<![CDATA[The 2018 Plan]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:39:09 GMThttp://brucesscalemodels.com/home/the-2018-planI always start off each year by picking my builds for the year, and inevitably, come the end of the year, I have never built what I picked out at years's beginning.

I have all my kits entered in a database.  Some time ago, I came up with the idea of randomly picking numbers.  The number that the kit corresponded to in the database then got put on the "to Build" pile for the year.  The idea  being, that using this method, all kits in my stash had the same  chance of getting built.
Over the years the number of kits picked out varied from eight to six.  I picked eight last year, and although I completed six for the year, only one kit - the kittyhawk aerocobra - came from the "to build" pile.  To be fair my commitments to The Modelling News kept me from completing more off the pile.
Anyway, this year, I have selected four.  I think I stand a chance of completing four!  Already through, there is a fly in the ointment,a work colleague would like a HobbyBoss Tomcat built.  I'll build his alongside one I have in the stash as well.
So the years selected builds are,
The Airfix 1/48 Walrus
The venerable old Monogram 1/48 Marauder, reboxed by Revell here
Tamiya 1/35 Somua

And my only 1/32 entry for the year
Trumpeter 1/32 Hellcat

And a couple of Foreigners
​( Australian slang for any project done outside one's normal  work duties)

I'd also like to tackle a ship and one of my many Wingnut Wings kits, but then again, I say this every year!
I imagine Adam will also have a few review builds to complete for The Modelling News again.  It will be a busy year, with my Wife and zi also taking a month off for a holiday in Vietnam.  Lets see how I do
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