Sometimes kit’s just do not want to be built, at least that’s the feeling I am starting to get with this SR-71. After slipping with the scribe on my first attempt at reinstating the detail I lost during sanding, I had to fix the damage. So I filled and sanded the area a couple of nights ago and yesterday went to re-scribe the lines again.
I know it’s been a while since I was building regularly but I really should have avoided the schoolboy errors that were to befall me, how I did not see this coming I don’t know.
This is where the problems started. Error number 1: I had forgotten to de-tac the Dymo tape I use as a guide when scribing!
So my process when scribing is usually to use the edge of Dymo embossed label tape as a guide for the scribe line. I usually lay the tape and just do a really light line first, peel part of the Dymo tape back to check the line is positioned correctly and then lay the tape back down and go over the line a couple of times. I only peel part of the tape back so that I can lay it back down in exactly the same position.
Unfortunately what happened was I tried to peel the tape back to check the initial light scribe and because it hadn’t been de-tac’d it managed to pull a part of the primer and filler I had previously applied to the panel right off with the part of the tape I lifted.
What I should of done then is lay the tape back down to continue with the scribing then worry about fixing the panel after this was done… but again I didn’t do that!
Instead of doing that though error number 2 came along as panic and frustration set in and I took off the Dymo tape and out came the sanding sticks, fillers etc as I proceed to fix the panel.
What this then meant was today I had to try and re align the new piece of nicely de-tac’d Dymo tape to the line I had previously scribed which I could now barely see due to the remedial work. True to form I got the alignment wrong as you can see in the picture below and made a mess of the panel line for the 2nd time!
So the filler and sanding sticks are going to need to come out again, unfortunately a little of the previous fill has also chipped away during the failed scribe due to the 2 attempts not quite lining up so that will need tidied up too.
For now though I think it’s time to take a breather and break out the Airfix Hawk as I don’t want frustration to set in. Oh and if your wondering why the canopy frames look so poorly fitted its because they haven’t actually been worked on yet. I just clipped them off the sprue and blu-tac’d them in place to protect the cockpit interior during prime and paint.
Well it’s come around quick, but this weekend see’s the Scottish National Scale Model Show return to The Dewars Centre in Perth.
This years show looks like being the biggest to date with 45 Traders and around 60 exhibitors across the two halls. It should be a fantastic weekend with plenty to see and buy.
Unfortunately I have nothing new to display this year as it’s now 12 months since a completion, something I intend to rectify as soon as possible but I will have a couple of my builds from last year on the IPMS Dundee tables and I am sure the show will provide its usual dose of inspiration and push me to get some more building done over the coming weeks.
If you have the chance to come along then please do, these shows simply wouldn’t happen without the support of the hobbyists, every one loves a bargain and with this many quality traders you are sure to find something to add to your stash. Also if you are not a member of your local model club shows like this also provide the perfect opportunity to see what clubs are all about, have a chat with some of the members and see if you think joining your local club might be for you.
I know its been a long time since I posted a build update and that’s because it has been a long time since I sat at my bench to work on a build. Hopefully though you have enjoyed my recent book reviews, there will be a couple more reviews of other books coming soon too.
Good news is I have dug the SR-71 out of hiding and started to work on it again so we should see something on that fairly soon.
I hit an issue almost straight away when I noticed the raised detail around the cockpit had being removed during some previous sanding from the last time I worked on her so I was having to reinstate that with a scribe.
Unfortunately I slipped with the scribe due to the curve on fuselage at the front so I have a lovely squint line across it at the moment, no drama I thought, just fill sand and do that area again, only to find out my filler has cured in its tube, obviously the cap wasn’t done up tight enough.
So I am just waiting for fresh filler to be delivered then I will continue where I left off and we can get some pictures up soon. I have also invested in some Dymo tape to use as a guide when I need to scribe panel lines etc in future too!
Well it’s getting closer so I thought I would drop a quick post about the model show the club I am a member puts on each year, The East of Scotland Model Show.
This year we have had to move the venue for the show away from the Marryat Hall at the Caird Hall Complex and will be holding it at the venue we use for our club nights, The Boomerang Community Centre on Kemback Street in Dundee.
There will be the usual great mix model competition, tombola, traders and club displays just in a new venue. I believe the community centre are also running the cafeteria for us in the morning for rolls and refreshments, but there are no shortage of places to grab something to eat or drink just across the car park on Albert Street.
I hope the new venue doesn’t put people off, it’s a great little community centre ran by real salt of the earth people who do a lot for the local area of Stobswell. I myself am going to be stuck at work in Glasgow for most of the day unfortunately but I should make it along before the show ends with any luck.
Away from the show I am going to be posting infrequently over the coming few weeks, I am having some renovations done to my home that will mean the bench and my kits need packed away and moved for a while. I do still have a couple of completion photo sets to take for my Vampire and Seawolf builds, and I should have the Astute done in short order also so hopefully I will be able to get those posted up whilst the bench is out of action!
This post is something a little different for me as I wanted to talk a little about model clubs today, after visiting the Scottish National Scale Model Show a couple of weeks ago it made me think about how important local clubs still are to the hobby of modelling.
In the past I had wondered if with the rise of the internet if model clubs were suffering the same kind of treatment as local model stores are finding themselves receiving. With the rise of modelling groups on social media, personal blogs such as this one, and forums such as Britmodeller for example are model clubs finding it harder to find fresh membership and to a certain extent how relevant were they still to the hobby.
I am a relatively new member to the IPMS Dundee model club, I will have been a member for almost a year now and I have to say I have absolutely no regrets about joining. Whilst I am an active member of many scale modelling forums, Facebook groups and having my own blog, I have found that whilst they all have their place in my enjoyment of the hobby, none of them are able to offer everything I get from membership to my local club.
For a start off on the personal side of clubs you are speaking to face to face with people, so there is less drama. I find that people online are much more likely to be negative towards you, your techniques and your final results than they ever would in person. I don’t mean that in person people don’t offer constructive criticism as they do, but it’s nearly always followed by suggestions of how to improve rather than to just point out somethings wrong. We have all come across the odd staunch rivet counter out there but I have found that they are much less frequent to come across in person than they are in online formats which seem to attract them in their droves.
Even when speaking with other clubs members at shows I have always found people to be extremely personable and more than willing to offer advise and tips if they can, to explain how they achieve the results on the tables before them and generally just have a chat. Online there are often misunderstandings purely due to not being able to correctly read the tone of another persons post and it never takes long for things to escalate from there, then you have the people that are just being argumentative for the sake of it, people having a bad day are much more likely to lash out online than they are in person, even when the people they are lashing out at have nothing to do with why they’re in a bad mood in the first place.
This face to face meeting with fellow modellers also has the advantage of you being able to actually sit and show people issues you may be having to get advise or be able to physically show someone else how you may have overcome something. Also you get to see other peoples work exactly how it is, and not just how it looks from certain angles, which can also have it’s benefits when learning new skills.
Usually in clubs there are members who model in many different genres also so its good for being able to consider having a go at these in order to acquire new skills or simply just to freshen up the shelves and the modelling mojo with something a little different.
Lets not forget that ultimately though clubs are a great place for a coffee, some banter and to talk about our hobby with like minded people, there’s always the opportunity to look at other peoples kits and finished models and that’s really what we all love doing!
I personally wasn’t sure what being part of a club would be like, despite being active online and my job I do have some personal anxiety issues, I mean who doesn’t these days, so joining a club wasn’t a decision I took lightly, but it was something I am glad I did as it’s not only helped me as a modeller.
I suppose what I want to say is if you have a local club and you aren’t a member, go along to a meeting, see what your local club is about, without them our model shows probably wouldn’t exist and anything that helps bring in new people to our hobby can only ever be a good thing. There’s links to the club I am a member of, both IPMS Dundee Facebook and Website in the link section of the blog as always if anyone would like to check them out.
Previously I have posted about not liking too many builds on the go at the same time as I have suffered with my mojo and ended up with projects I have started but don’t want to finish.
Well this is right out the window as I attempt to keep my mojo high by starting another build, my thinking is maybe I wont lose interest if I am switching between many builds, it might go pear shaped but it might be a personal revelation so with this in mind here is the sprue and box shots of the Airfix 1:48 BAE Hawk 100 I am about to begin.
The keen of eye may have noticed that there’s a couple parts off sprue already and that there’s also a little packet of resin goodies in the photo too! This is a kit I picked up second hand off a Britmodeller member who was going through a little stash rationalisation, a completely foreign concept to me obviously as I bought it!
The resin is the NeOmega Cockpit interior set for this kit. In the box are decals for a Canadian scheme and a couple of RAAF schemes including the black panthers special scheme. I will be building one of the RAAF schemes, just not sure which.
I haven’t forgotten about this kit, I finally have the hull seam somewhere near like respectable, well its close enough anyway. So here we have the main hull assembly and the prop ready and waiting for a coat of ever so boring Vallejo Black!
The biggest problem I am having with these small scale subs is getting the hull halves to line up, and yet again despite my best efforts with clamps to get the halves in sync there is still a visible step in places so I have masked off the seam for some filler work with un-thinned Mr Surfacer 500.