Seriously though, you cover a lot of ground - engendering a lot of responses:
- YMW 1:350 Crazy Polock:
Your various-blacks finish looks great, Donny. And yes, I see a lot of scribed-in details on the YMW bow - but no raised cleats, cable-eyes, capstans or open hatches, as you say. (So, I still maintain that the Matty's Models bow correction for the Renwal kit is better! )
- Airfix 1:48 Tornado:
I didn't realize (any variant of) the Tornadoes were swing-wing - were they all that way? I'm looking at it, and struck that it is the European/lower-budget version of the Tomcat: long nose and twin engines - except squeezed close together, abaft a single tail - and swing-wings. Will be very interested to see this one, when finished.
- LS 1:144 P-3:
Looks great - and those LS models can have surprising detail/features. They do indeed look like early Hasegawa/Nichimo talent, each experimenting to eventually find their "niche" of signature features to be offered. My G3M Nell was an LS Models kit - and, while its cockpit interior was toylike-horrible - and thick canopies/domes even worse - it did have surprisingly good retractable landing gear, and quite decent-looking, recessed rivet-lines on the exterior. So I'd love to see closeups of your P-3, if it's not already out the door.
Combrig 1:700 Agincourt:
That "greasy liquid" absolutely does sound like release agent - I have seen the type, which you're supposed to brush on, and then it's supposed to "dry", to a fine wax-like coating, before casting. Problem is, the sh** doesn't dry! It has to go on extremely thin - and even then, I think is highly sensitive to humidity in the air. I ditched it for a rattle-can spray, which goes on exactly like none other than that "Pam", non-stick "cooking oil". (I think that's discontinued now - the formula probably no different than my silicone-mold release agent - yum! )
The case of your Combrig hull sounds like their FNG (or possibly, Old Disgruntled Drunk) at the time thought he would just rinse the mold with the release agent, and any remaining puddles would be displaced by the resin - but, when the resin was poured there emerged another possibility: entrapment of the puddle(s) wholesale! And then of course, the sh** really would never dry!
Anyway, that's my "expert" analysis (and then some!), and I'm sticking to it.
Meantime, your Gin Palace is looking great. I'm sure the larger-scale (but smaller-caliber) brass guns will look great - and your little gigs, with blue hulls and brass funnels (which I never saw before) do indeed sound colorful - royal blue and gold.
What trick(s) do you use for drilling your portholes all in a perfect, neat line, buddy?