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Yes, I did build the atomic powered flying boat. I also read that book when I was a kid and it stuck with me enough that I tracked it down decades later, even though by that time all I could remember was the atomic powered flying boat and that it flew to Venus, but neither the title or author. It was one of my early experiments in converting a hardcopy book into an ebook and was also one of the first books I published when I started Thunderchild Publishing. I didn't have the original cover as a reference for the model so it's basically my own interpretation from the description in the book. Though I wish I'd had the original cover, I like that design quite a bit. I used a photo of my model for my reprint edition of "Operation Springboard" as can be seen here:

http://www.ourworlds.net/thunderchild/springboard.html

I also used it (with a bit of digital retouching) on the cover of John Ball's other science fiction juvenile, "Spacemaster 1."

http://www.ourworlds.net/thunderchild/spacemaster.html

No, I haven't written any notes on the construction of the model, yet, but I intend to.

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Delightful, Dan!

Who'da thunk a Boeing 314's hull could be pressurized for space. ;)

Nice conversion of the Airfix kit.

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Delightful, Dan!

Who'da thunk a Boeing 314's hull could be pressurized for space. ;)

Nice conversion of the Airfix kit.


Thanks. The kit I used was from Minicraft but that may be a repop of the Airfix kit.

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"'Round and 'round the tools go,
Where they stop, nobody knows."

I dug through my stash, and my Boeing 314 is in an Airfix box. I've had that for about 15 years. Maybe Airfix sold the tools to Minicraft? Or maybe Minicraft made their own?

Much as I'd like to, I've not built it because I can't figure out what metallic finish would look right on a 1:144 model. I've done a Martin flying boat all in Bare Metal Foil (that was a time-consuming bitch!), but it didn't look right. Any suggestions?

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mostlyclassics wrote:
"'Round and 'round the tools go,
Where they stop, nobody knows."

I dug through my stash, and my Boeing 314 is in an Airfix box. I've had that for about 15 years. Maybe Airfix sold the tools to Minicraft? Or maybe Minicraft made their own?

Much as I'd like to, I've not built it because I can't figure out what metallic finish would look right on a 1:144 model. I've done a Martin flying boat all in Bare Metal Foil (that was a time-consuming bitch!), but it didn't look right. Any suggestions?


I'd have to have kits from both manufacturers next to each other to tell. They are the same scale and the Minicraft kit is rather primitive by today's standards, so I wouldn't be surprised if it came from the Airfix molds.

I'm not much help with metallic finishes. Mine comes from a spray can. And not even a fancy hobby brand; I usually use Krylon matte silver. But most of my models are fantasy subjects so I'm not looking for a realistic finish.

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A while back I did a series of posts about the models I have built based on Heinlein's work. Unfortunately, Google closed Picasa Web, which is where I had my photos available for view, and moved them to Google Photos. That wouldn't have been a concern only they changed all the URLs, too, so the links I had on my Models and Props portal no longer worked.[/url]

The old links to Picasa pix on my Livejournal blog still appear to work, but either Google Photos doesn't allow me to embed images in blog entries, or I haven't yet discovered how to do so. Any clues?

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Sorry, Bill, I have done very little with Google Photos since they took over Picasa. I haven't even tried to upload new pictures yet. And I haven't done any blogging so I'm no help there, either.

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Bill, I think if you have the Google Photos publicly shared in an album, you can then make/derive a link to the photos. I admit, however, that I have not played with it. I use the Photos function as a backup for my cell phone camera and don't normally share from them.


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With website space and throughput having become so inexpensive, I'm surprised that www.heinleinsociety.org doesn't have some place to park .jpgs here, for both Nexus discussion board members and Heinlein Society members. My website is hosted by Stormwire. Paid annually, the fee is $9.66 per month. Among a bazillion features, you get storage space of 15,000 MB and monthly bandwidth traffic of 75 GB. And that's a full-featured website, not just more storage space and bandwidth.

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mostlyclassics wrote:
With website space and throughput having become so inexpensive, I'm surprised that http://www.heinleinsociety.org doesn't have some place to park .jpgs here, for both Nexus discussion board members and Heinlein Society members. My website is hosted by Stormwire. Paid annually, the fee is $9.66 per month. Among a bazillion features, you get storage space of 15,000 MB and monthly bandwidth traffic of 75 GB. And that's a full-featured website, not just more storage space and bandwidth.


You -can- upload .jpgs to the board, which would be stored in the database for the board. Alternatively, you could be made a poster to the overall Heinlein Society site which is a WordPress architecture, and would have an easier "permalink". I think the relative number of pictures in an album of models might be a small detriment to moving them here, but I'm certainly not against the idea. We have various links for the website and forum admins around.


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