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  • Member since
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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, August 31, 2020 8:46 AM

Bakster
PS: I noticed that tomorrow, Sunday AM, TCM is airing Omega Man. I think a few of you said you like the movie. I do too. I set the DVR.

I just spent time looking, confused and frustrated. Then realized it is Monday. Whistling

No matter, apparently my local cable provider, Comcast/xfinity has moved TCM to subscription-based anyway.

Figure looks good laying there, and I agree about your patience.

Off to read your story now.....

-Greg

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, August 31, 2020 8:59 AM

Airline mechanic? I hope not an A&P.

OTOH, next time I'm on a delayed flight at the gate waiting for a mechanic to show up to fix something or another, if a guy shows up with a box on his head and little capacitor antennas (or antennae, or whatever), at least I'll be cracking up for a different reason than everyone else.

-Greg

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, August 31, 2020 9:27 AM

Greg
I just spent time looking, confused and frustrated. Then realized it is Monday.

LOL. I know that feeling.

Greg
No matter, apparently my local cable provider, Comcast/xfinity has moved TCM to subscription-based anyway.

Pitiful. I am so tired of cable. I am thinking of dropping it.

 

Greg
Figure looks good laying there, and I agree about your patience.

Thank you Comrade.  Signed... Putin. Wink

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, August 31, 2020 9:32 AM

Greg
Airline mechanic? I hope not an A&P.

Not sure. I have not seen or talked to him in years. So maybe he moved on from that job.

Greg
OTOH, next time I'm on a delayed flight at the gate waiting for a mechanic to show up to fix something or another, if a guy shows up with a box on his head and little capacitor antennas (or antennae, or whatever), at least I'll be cracking up for a different reason than everyone else.

That is too funny, Greg. LOL. I'd recommend disembarking from the plane first, then laugh. Beer

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, August 31, 2020 9:42 AM

Btw. After Cuz left the job-- he told me that he came into work each day with a thermos full of vodka and orange juice. That explained some things. 

I am sure he has straitened the ship since then. Several kids, and a few marriages tend to make one reconsider things. Coffee

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 6:29 PM

Bakster
PS: I noticed that tomorrow, Sunday AM, TCM is airing Omega Man. I think a few of you said you like the movie. I do too. I set the DVR.

Sunday was C. Heston day.

Started my day with 55 Days in Peking, then Ben Hur, then a Noir.  Was a very Heston day.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 10:50 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
PS: I noticed that tomorrow, Sunday AM, TCM is airing Omega Man. I think a few of you said you like the movie. I do too. I set the DVR.

 

Sunday was C. Heston day.

Started my day with 55 Days in Peking, then Ben Hur, then a Noir.  Was a very Heston day.

 

Smiling here. Right you are, Capn. I also recorded and just watched for the first time, The Wreck of the Mary Deare. It wasn't too bad. Another movie I have not seen with Heston is, Skyjacked. I recorded that one too. Will see if that is any good.

Btw. I have not seen 55 Days in Peking, either. Unfortunately, I did not record that. Dang it.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:59 AM

Oh gee, if I see Cuz working on my plane I'm getting off. 

I don't care if we're in the air- I'll pull a Dan D.B. Cooper if I have too... 

 

Hmmmm, I haven't seen much of Heston's movies outside his SF and religious films though. I'm going to have to correct that one of these days. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 11:45 AM

Gamera
Oh gee, if I see Cuz working on my plane I'm getting off.  I don't care if we're in the air- I'll pull a Dan D.B. Cooper if I have too...   

 

Laughing! Thats the spirit!!

 

Gamera
Hmmmm, I haven't seen much of Heston's movies outside his SF and religious films though. I'm going to have to correct that one of these days. 

Yeah a few came to my attn that I didn't see. I started watching the Skyjacked one. Pretty sure this was a made for TV movie. The cast they had were all the typical people floating around back then:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069278/

People like Roosevelt Greer, Susan Day, James Brolin, and even our lovely Star Trek lady, LT Uhura.

The opening credits show the movie filmed in panavison, but the movie was heavily cropped. Some of the text was lopped off. So, they aired it in 4x3, but full screen. I am surprised TCM would do that, and my guess is that the only surviving copy is cropped, which speaks to the made for TV thought.

The movie is dated, for sure. But what the hey. It is something different to watch from the overly processed movies of today.  

 

 

 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:07 PM

Bakster
I have not seen 55 Days in Peking,

If memory serves, it's out in the You Tube wilds, if needed.  (Watched "Away All Boats" o YT over the w/e--still a cool story.)

Tale is a fictionalized one of the Boxer Rebellion incident, where the International Cantonment was surrounded and beseiged in 1900.

It was a mix of Embassies and Legations, with family in tow, and was considered a bit of a plum diplomatic assignment. The various nations had supporting military forces, which would have been armed with a great plethora of arms. 

The Brits would have had Metford-Lee, the French, Lebel, the US Marines 6mm Lee, and so on.  The movie manages to engage in characterization without extensive exposition, so, it's natural and fluid.  The pace starts a bit slow, but picks up.  It does not hold that accelerated pace, but lets you breathe and be part of the story.

David Niven pulls off a masterful performance, as does Charlton.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 10:48 PM

CapnMac82
David Niven pulls off a masterful performance, as does Charlton.

It sounds excellent. I will try renting it through Netflix. Yes

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Posted by steve5 on Thursday, September 3, 2020 3:58 AM

david niven my favourite actor ,

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:33 PM

steve5

david niven my favourite actor ,

 

Steve--he is an excellent actor for sure. Smile

Btw.  The movie Skyjacked was major limburger cheese. The acting stunk and the story line was even worse. I had to laugh at the special effects. There was one scene where the control tower told pilot Heston to change his course. The plane banked at an extreme angle, quickly, and then back. This is a jetliner--not a fighter jet! LOL. If that happened in real life the passengers would have been in for one heck of a ride. 

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:49 PM

The figures are sanded flat. I had to recast two figures. One of them had funky feet because the resin didn't reach through. I tried fixing it using CA but I didn't like the look of it. With the other, for grins, I tried to sand in a circular motion. The figure seemed to sand quicker, but I ended up with one side lower than the other. Lesson learned. Or at least, until I forget, and I try it again in the future. Sad But what the hey. I had the molds, easy deal to remake. The replacements came out much better.

Below: With figures secured to tape--I sprayed a base coat. I mixed a darker shade of white. It is essentially a light gray. Later, I will selectively brush paint the high points of the uniform using straight white. I am hoping that this will give the figures some depth. 

That is it for now.

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:36 AM

 

Figures are done.  

One thing I learned in this process is that what others here have said; Tamiya paint does not brush well. I concur. I started with it because that is what I had on hand. Eventually, I tried Vallejo, and their paint brushed much better. It flowed off the bristels as opposed to the Tamiya that sticks to them. 

 

The astronauts look sleepy. It is time to make their beds.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:47 AM

Oh those look good Bakster! 

And yeah Tamiya is a pain to brush- some of the best paint for airbrushing though. I love Vallejo for figure painting, it's very thickly pigmented- you can thin it a lot and still have it cover. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:16 PM

Gamera

Oh those look good Bakster! 

And yeah Tamiya is a pain to brush- some of the best paint for airbrushing though. I love Vallejo for figure painting, it's very thickly pigmented- you can thin it a lot and still have it cover. 

 

Thanks, Gam. And buddy... I 100% agree with what you said about both paints!

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, September 13, 2020 3:24 PM

Extruded styrene is used to make a shelf, properly leveling the beds and to provide a good contact point for bonding.

Each bed was cut and fit for each chamber. There are slight differences with each. I used Vallejo black, sealed with Tester Dullcote. The figures are glued to their respective bed using CA. Hopefully, fuming won't bite me when the glass panels close things in.

What is left? I need to install the life monitor decals above each astronaut, install the glass doors, and glue the chairs. That will finish the interior. 

I decided to not make the stowed life raft.  It would not be that much work but it's just not worth it. It will not be seen.

Long story short. I am close to buttoning this thing up.

 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, September 13, 2020 7:38 PM

It's funny how things change.  When the Tamiya arcylics first came out, they brushed well, straight from the bottle.  Airbrushing was a pain, though, much IPA was required.  And cut with water, too to keep it from drying.

Looks good.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, September 13, 2020 7:51 PM

Bakster: Ohhhhhh, the beds look good. Really like the decals on the controls too.

Captain: Hmmm, wonder if they changed the formula.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, September 13, 2020 8:29 PM

That is so very cool, Steve. YesYesYes

Your patience, planning and perseverance really paid off.

-Greg

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, September 13, 2020 11:35 PM

Hey thanks Greg, Cliff, and Mark!

It is good to see this project at this point. It has been a slog. Very soon I will be working on the airframe, and that should go much faster. I can't wait for that.

 

 

 

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  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Monday, September 14, 2020 3:35 PM

THAT LOOKS GREAT!

 

 Slogging along or not, it's worth all the fun we have had and you are about to crown it!

  Jim.

 

 P.S.  You passed 60,000 views. You're my Hero.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, September 14, 2020 11:23 PM

Nino

THAT LOOKS GREAT!

 

 Slogging along or not, it's worth all the fun we have had and you are about to crown it!

  Jim.

 

 P.S.  You passed 60,000 views. You're my Hero.

 

 

Hey Jim, your enthusiasm for this build always makes me smile. Thanks for the kind words! Yes

  • Member since
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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, September 14, 2020 11:44 PM

The life monitor decals went on without a hitch and I really like how they turned out. 

 

While I was at it--the chairs are installed using CA. I first drilled small holes into the floor just underneath the chair mounts. My hope is that the CA will latch into the holes. I don't want those chairs coming loose as I work on the exterior. Btw... in the last image you can see how the chairs block the instrument panels. The best view will be through the airframe windows and that is limited as well.

 

Next up are the glass panels. I hate how the clear styrene I used distorts things. I sure wish I could have found slide glass material large enough. Like what Capn alluded to, that stuff is the bomb. (The covers)

 

 

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Posted by steve5 on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:21 AM

incredible work steve , just saw nino's comment 60,000 , 100K here we come .

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:30 AM

That does look really good. 

And congrads on passing 60,000 views!!! I normally only notice comments not total view count. Here's to 100,000!!! Drinks

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 8:50 AM

Those new camera POV's in the last post are cool.

-Greg

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 3:51 PM

steve5

incredible work steve , just saw nino's comment 60,000 , 100K here we come .

 

 

Thanks, Steve! I am not counting, but I am glad that people find the thread interesting. Yes

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 3:52 PM

Gamera

That does look really good. 

And congrads on passing 60,000 views!!! I normally only notice comments not total view count. Here's to 100,000!!! Drinks

 

Thanks Cliff!

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