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Old 15-02-2016, 08:58 PM   #21
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One more update: cut away the feet from the bottom of the passenger pod, as well as the incorrect engine bells (perhaps rashly - I haven't figured out what I'm going to replace them with yet...).

Replacement pod feet underway.
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Old 25-02-2016, 11:06 PM   #22
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A couple more updates - progressing with the pod legs and feet, built up with bits of plastic rod and tube, and plasticard cut to form the scissors brackets, then with very small (and VERY fiddly) slices of thin plastic rod to form the bolts etc.

I also started to try and improve the lifting rocket nozzles - those from the kit have an angled bottom to match the incorrect slope of the underside of the cage assemblies. I cut the top of the nozzle away to make a flat, and am going to use wheels from an old tank model which had been scrapped to form the circles at the tops of the nozzles.

Still not sure what I'm going to do about the nozzles for the bottom of the passenger pod (which I cut away because they were just cylinders) - although I did hear of someone who used the ends of ballpoint pens of a suitable diameter - I'll have to pay a visit to my local stationers...
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Old 26-02-2016, 01:36 PM   #23
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Very nice work
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Old 26-02-2016, 07:26 PM   #24
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Thank you!
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Old 28-02-2016, 09:31 PM   #25
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Quick update re my thoughts about replacing the passenger pod engine bells; I found a gel pen in a cupboard which had a suitable size 'pointy bit'.
Cut the end off and marry it to a suitable tank wheel and I might have the makings of one engine bell.
Now to try and find three more the same...
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Old 22-03-2016, 09:01 PM   #26
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Bit the bullet and ordered the legs from Shapeways - seen here with a coat of primer. Not a cheap option - worked out at just over 7 per leg (and that was with a free postage deal...) - but they've saved me a lot of fiddling about. They come in a nylon type plastic which has a slightly 'dusty' finish - but that's ok because they're going to be a bit weathered in due course. One note of caution - they do seem a little brittle - I dropped one on to a concrete floor and it snapped .
They arrive still slightly covered in a yellow waxy deposit (a by-product of the printing process) which is the devil's own job to clean off.
However, would I recommend these? Yes I think I would...
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Old 22-03-2016, 09:07 PM   #27
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And here are the finished (for the time being until I complete the paint job) legs for the passenger pod. They aren't perfectly even, but as they'll be mostly hidden under the pod, they're good enough for me.
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Old 05-04-2016, 07:45 PM   #28
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Finished one set of lift engine bells by chopping the sloping ends off (see photo of the unmodified kit which highlights the incorrect slope of the underside which should be flat), and marrying them up to some old tank wheels (I think these came from a scrapped Airfix Sheridan).
OK, they may not be quite the right size but they're better than the originals and in any event will be hidden - I actually think I'm going to put these on the bottom of the passenger pod rather than under the cages, as my impression is that they're slightly smaller than the main lift engines should be...

Watch this space for a solution to the main lift engines...
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:32 PM   #29
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Very nice improvements!
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Old 06-04-2016, 05:01 AM   #30
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Old 19-06-2016, 09:42 PM   #31
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It's been a while since I last posted - been distracted by a few other projects...

I have had a Dinky UFO Interceptor in the shop for a repaint and finally got around to completing it - apart from the missile which is a resin replica and will require some filler before painting and decaling. The decals are my own - very happy with the outcome.

The Dinky Eagles are stripped and repainted. I've got one of P Marlowe's 3d printed pallet/winch pods from Shapeways and will share some photos when it's been painted.

My Airfix/MPC restoration/rebuild is moving again. I've painted it and have begun to add some decals. Still to be done:
  • thruster jets to the outside of the shoulder pods
  • lift engine nozzles to the bottom of the front and rear sections
  • finish filling some joints on the passenger pod, and decide what to do about the lift engine nozzles on the bottom
  • tidy up some of the paintwork around the windows
  • finish off the decaling
  • add the shading/weathering

Oh - and some feedback on the 3D printed legs I got from Shapeways; they look great but are very brittle - I have dropped two now on the floor of my workshop and both broke. Superglue by itself isn't enough to repair them - in addition I had to drill (a very small) hole in both parts and link them with a small piece of thin wire. So far they've held...
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Old 20-06-2016, 01:42 PM   #32
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Great stuff and I love the Dinky Interceptor. I have a scruffy old one in its original colour and is now going to join the queue for a paintjob.

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Old 20-06-2016, 09:43 PM   #33
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Thank you. I could never (even as a kid) understand why Dinky painted them in that horrible green...
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:44 PM   #34
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You know I mentioned that the Shapeways legs were a bit brittle? Well, whilst tidying up my workshop recently I knocked a box against the Eagle and over it went onto the floor... I have managed to break all but one of the legs.
I was not a happy chap..

So I've been concentrating on other projects until I can summon up the enthusiasm to try and repair the wreckage.
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Old 16-10-2016, 07:57 AM   #35
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Right. Bit the bullet and got back to this Eagle. You'll recall I managed to break the Shapeways legs (I'm disappointed at just how brittle they are... a bit like cold toffee...) - well, last night I decided to attempt repairs.
The first thing to say is that the Shapeways plastic, whatever it is, does not take glue very well. Just using CA on the flat broken surface didn't give a strong joint - it sheared at the slightest pressure.
So I had to drill out a small hole in both broken 'bits' and insert a small piece of wire as a reinforcement. One particular leg - because it had splintered slightly when it broke - needed to have a replacement section of plastic tubing inserted.
However, it is now back on its feet and the build (rebuild) is back on course.
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Old 16-10-2016, 11:52 AM   #36
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CA is not a good glue for anything that takes shearing stress. It dries very brittle - you did the right thing in pinning the joint. It might be worth trying a small amount of araldite instead?
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Old 16-10-2016, 01:58 PM   #37
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Thanks Boldman - I'll bear that in mind for when the next bit breaks...
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Old 26-10-2016, 04:56 PM   #38
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Bit more progress. Sprayed the passenger pod top and bottom - which I'm keeping separate at the moment as I'm still thinking about what reinforcement may be needed to the inside of the roof (spine fixing intended to be via a small screw but I'm concerned that I'll need to add something for the screw to bite into).
Added the pod legs to the base (I haven't added the rocket nozzles to the bottom yet as they're not painted).
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Old 16-11-2016, 09:53 PM   #39
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Guess what I'm going to do with these... (thanks for the idea, Patrick)
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Old 17-11-2016, 01:38 PM   #40
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Great stuff GG - I'll be most interested to see how you get on. Please post some pictures if you get a chance.

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