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Old 12-10-2008, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default Completed SAW Glider and Eagle Beak (1/87th)

Here are some more of my completed stuff (I really needed to 'finish' things lately ...feels good to so )

First, the excellent Small Art Work Glider kit I acquired last year. The kit is very accurate and the casting quality is great! I have also acquired a set of JBot decals specially made for that kit (decals does not come with the kit) and I must say that they are very nice and fit surprisingly well considering the Glider's complex shapes.








Secondly, also from Small Art Work, here's the Eagle Beak! Another very nice accessorie from James Small. James's beak is slightly larger and more accurate than PE's beak IMO. I have customized it with magnets and 'clamps' to fit a PE Eagle. First picture shows the completed beak (right) next to a standard PE's (left). Both beaks are fitted with Mike Reader's aluminium sensors. Second picture shows an unstarted SAW resin beak (left). Alpha logo decals are from JBot. Oh, and the laser turret on the upper-right is available here





More pictures of my fleet of Eagles can be found on my website http://www.geocities.com/adumas02/gallery.html

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Old 12-10-2008, 04:13 PM   #2
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I really like the look of both the items. I've never purchased a SAW item - are they expensive?
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Wow Alex - that's brilliant. The idea with the magnets is very good and the clamps are nicely detailed. Really good.

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I've never purchased a SAW item - are they expensive?
No, they are best value for money. But it's hard to get the kits. Currently they're not available. I'm also looking for some more SAW kits.

BTW, has anyone here a 23" Glider Kit for sale
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:02 PM   #5
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Although it's not clear on the photos, all windows on the Glider and the Beak have been finished with a gloss clear (using Future Floor Wax), unlike the rest of the models which are mat (dull). I really think it adds to the realism at this scale...
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:24 PM   #6
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So very nice! Now, I want a glider too! Has anyone heard if these kits will be available again/soon?

I love the aluminum sensors too; it's such a nice touch. Great job on the Ultra probe too .
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How on Earth (or Alpha for that matter) did you get such perfect looking white lines around the CM view ports?
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Old 13-10-2008, 08:51 AM   #8
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They look tremendous. Great kits from Jim and beautifully made up by you.
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How on Earth (or Alpha for that matter) did you get such perfect looking white lines around the CM view ports?
Decals !?

At least that's how I do them. First I make a template by using a clear tape and a permanent pen. Then I scan in the tape (templates) and use Corel Draw to make the decals.
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Decals !?

At least that's how I do them. First I make a template by using a clear tape and a permanent pen. Then I scan in the tape (templates) and use Corel Draw to make the decals.
That's bloody ingenious. Got any spare decals for sale?
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That's bloody ingenious. Got any spare decals for sale?
You are right Oliver! in fact I have used decals on the whole black areas (i.e. I haven't used any black paint on the model...)

I cut each decal from a black decal sheet (bought at my local hobby shop years ago). Since all surfaces are different I used post-its (the sticky portion) as templates. Good scissors/x-acto, patience and a decal setting solution are the key here... And don't forget the glossy finish on the view ports

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