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    Post  Noel Petroni on Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:19 pm

    I'm sorry for the situation in Greece........ it's a shame that politicians can bring a country to it's knees and they get away with it and even end up with fat bank accounts!

    Our government is not so very far off from yours........ they have become capitalists and the money is only filtered to the very few at the top!!!!

    Alex, you amaze me! I really can't believe what I see.... really!

    Such small parts with so much detail! You probably build the parts in 1/1 scale and you have a secret shrinking machine!

    I admire your bravery to take such challenges in the art of modelling!

    Bravo!

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    Post  Wayne on Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:09 pm

    Truly inspiring.... I've only just got back to the hobby after many years of inactivity and it's work such as this that re-kindled the fire.

    Such precision... such detail... simply awesome.

    Makes me realise how far I still have to go and how much there is to learn!!

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    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:07 pm

    Hello to U all guys!

    You make feel so happy!

    Thank you so much. Embarassed I'm a Greek but I still feel like a Maltese man, also!

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    Post  bcauchi on Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:35 pm

    You are more than welcome to become one my kinnie loving friend. You are awesome, you have raised the level of detail we have to put in our models to a new level, insane but brilliant, you are now the GRAND master!!

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    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:31 am

    Hi guys
    Long time since my last update…
    This build goes rather slow… many problems are rapidly rising and still everything are temporary…
    Here you can see my work so far… The fuselage is closed already and wrapped with aluminum as usual. That was the easy step… The big problem was the 20 oval Lilliputian windows on fuselage… I had to re-make them from the beginning. More than 50-60 efforts in order to achieve the uniformity!!!
    Another hard point was the framing which is build with evergreen strips. Ofcourse nothing is finished yet. Although I managed to make very good moulds for the front gun turret’s cupola, the canopy needs more work. I will rebuild her and I will make a new mould for vacuuming her once again.
    Many items from the cockpit are cannibalized, because of the hundreds dry fits and test work…
    Oh God! That’s definitely an Odyssey for me. I hope you like it!

















    PS... I'm terribly sorry for my absence. Unfortunately, things here in Greece are getting worse day by day, and no time left for my interests any more.

    cheers
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    Post  Wayne on Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:58 am

    Fantastic work Alex! Mad but fantastic tongue

    You set some pretty high standards, especially for newbies like me.

    Sorry to hear thing's are not going so well in Greece. Hopefully it will start getting better soon.


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    Post  Ray on Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:04 am

    Alex el Greco you are still an Immortal just like your Ancient Gods on Mount Olympus Twisted Evil

    Keep it up cheers

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    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:04 pm

    Polite comments as always!!! Pure Maltese Gentlemen!!!

    TNX Wayne and RAY.

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    Post  Cyril. on Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:10 pm

    Alex, my friend, your work so far amazes me. Surprised Surprised

    I am sorry you have problems in your country.

    Always looking forward to the next update. Very Happy Very Happy

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    Post  J.Fenech on Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:14 pm

    excellent work and detail from a master in modelling, well done

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    Post  William on Sun May 01, 2011 11:30 am

    Wow, great work and detailing Surprised Smile

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    Post  in nannu pec on Sun May 01, 2011 12:18 pm

    you are simply a grandmaster my friend...awesome work buddy.....
    such detail incredible !!!!
    Take care Alex and regards from Rina as well
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    Post  bcauchi on Sun May 01, 2011 3:14 pm

    How good it is to hear from you again our good friend! How about coming over here if things are getting so bad in Greece? Then we could see you build these masterpieces every week. That is awesome work you are doing there Alex. You are the greatest, the best, what fantastic modeling!!

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    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Tue May 03, 2011 7:33 am

    Hi guys

    Cyril, William, J.Fenech, Louis, Brian Thank U for your comments.

    Unfortunately, I cant spend lots of time on this project as well as I did on my previous.

    My job is not going well, people do not pay, I have to chase them all the time, but no light far back in the tunnel...Sad
    By the other way, the particular project, needs unbelievable efforts... I have to re-make the same item several times in order to succeed the desirable result...That costs in time.

    Anyway... I will finish it... Very Happy

    I can't stop thinking of my next coming bird...a Bf-109G10 in 1/24 full workable!!! study

    Cheers
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    Post  skyhigh on Tue May 03, 2011 7:29 pm

    Hi Alex ..your still one of a modelmaker...welldone for the brillant work you are doing....What happend to the 109K did you continue or you are going for the 109G10 ...
    By the way the interior of the late 109's were left unpainted .. Exclamation Exclamation

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    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Tue May 03, 2011 9:50 pm

    skyhigh wrote:Hi Alex ..your still one of a modelmaker...welldone for the brillant work you are doing....What happend to the 109K did you continue or you are going for the 109G10 ...
    By the way the interior of the late 109's were left unpainted .. Exclamation Exclamation

    Hi Marco!!!

    TNX for the comments!

    Yes...109K project is discontinued... but i'm not worried about!!! I managed to get some unpublished superior color pics of a FANTASTIC G-10/R2, that are documenting everything on that!!! The strongest point on that...is what i was looking for... a late 109 dressed in ALL RLMS!!! (unpainted, 77, 75, 76, 84, 04, 81, 83, 82)!!!

    Lets hope that my British will be finished soon... because I cant wait for!!!

    cheers

    We are going to have great moments here with the Gustav!!!

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    Post  ascomt on Wed May 04, 2011 8:07 pm

    Hi Alex

    That's a fantastic piece of modelling you're on to. Grand Master Class.

    Detail is incredible and finely executed.

    Best wishes on the coming legs in this build.


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    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:28 pm

    Thank U Alex... I really appreciate it.

    Time for another update..

    This is my next step. As far as you can the fuselage is totally completed, ready to be painted.
    Let’s get things from the beginning

    BOMB BAY – UNIVERSAL bomb racks.

    We have started by making the 12 Universal Bomb carriers.
    LOOP ANTENNA – CREW DOOR – MAIN BODY’S FUEL TANK
    I painted them in black and I glued them into bomb bay’s main cells.





    The bomb bays doors were not so difficult to be done.



    I had to make the correct Loop Antenna in its accurate dimensions. Here you can see mine’s compared to Sanger’s one…



    Next step concerns the main Crew door. I decided to make the one which falls down with the retractable ladder located on.



    According to Elliott’s info, I finished the aluminum petrol tank.



    TAIL WINGS

    After 2 weeks of hard work, I managed to build the tail wings. I had to represent the fabric surfaces in combination with the metal parts..







    FRONT AND REAR TURRETS
    FN 4

    This is the FN.4. At this point I have to say, that I used the Tamiya’s clear part for Lancaster’s Fn.20 turret. Unfortunately this piece, extremely limited me, so that I can work correctly to return the actual structure of Fn.4, and constantly had to create the structure trying to match the clear piece of Tamiya.,









    Going further, we made the

    FN 16

    Here we had easier task. Everything is made from scratch plus the Vickers gun built from an old Browning and syringes. The transparent mold from my mold, was fitted like a glove.
    Both towers were painted in the colors of Coastal Command and are ready to be installed at the end without being concerned with the masking of ...







    …and the most difficult part… All parts together. Unbelievable difficulty, especially on modifying my Vacuum canopy to fit on the frame made before.









    Here is the end of the fuselage. Totally finished. I’m getting very tired, so I have to take a rest for a while. The second season concerns the new scratcbuilt wings, nacelles, and undercarriage.. Not so difficult as the fuselage.
    Thank You for your attention. I hope you like it.
    Alex

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    Post  Tancred on Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:04 pm


    Pretty amazing stuff, I keep on staring at all the detail and workmanship! Cool


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    Post  skyhigh on Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:44 pm

    No words Alex, I have no words....

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    Post  Ray on Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:31 pm

    You keep AMAZING us with every pic/post Shocked What a Face Shocked What a Face Shocked What a Face Shocked

    Alexander the Great just like your Ancestor Wink

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    Post  iCocker on Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:31 pm

    Alex

    Not only your scratchbuilding is outstanding but also your painting and weathering, a masterpiece in the making!

    Pity you live far away from us Sad

    Keep it rolling my friend!

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    Post  David on Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:47 pm

    Amazing work

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    Post  bcauchi on Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:39 pm

    Alex, your work is awesome, it is the real thing, you really mastered this metal covering technique and it looks absolutely amazing. as they say to me, it is a pity that you are painting all this terrific work and in the end you just see a painted part. The lovely thing is that you are photographing all the process. Brilliant work my friend, the true master!!

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    Post  ascomt on Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:59 pm

    Simply.......




    .......amazing.




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