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SimonL last won the day on January 10

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  1. On the finals stages now, resisting the temptation to rush things. Finished off the decals with the stencils from the kit and the serial from the spares box. A brushed on coat of Italeri Acryl Gloss clear and then a bit of a panel wash with some oils - not too much though as I want to keep this one relatively clean. Just the canopy and undercarriage to go, and some minor bits and pieces. Considering her armament had possibly been removed, would the gunsight have been removed as well?
  2. Thanks. I filled the ports and then brush painted a rectangle of Italeri flat aluminium over them, to represent a metal plate or doped fabric. Probably not terribly accurate, but I think it looks better than leaving it bare.
  3. Some slight adjustments to the paint scheme, to take account of the “dog-kennel”, plus anti glare panel and the main painting is now done (thanks @rob Lyttle) Time for decals. First -the main blue and white markings, scavenged from a couple of old Aeromaster sheets for Aussie Beaufighter and Spitfires. I’ll get to the smaller markings and serials another day. Really pleased with how this one is coming together.
  4. Oh very nice! Love the paint job. And the base is great!
  5. Thanks Rob, that’s very helpful. Looks like some of my masking was unnecessary! Should be a relatively simple fix. Thanks! It’s a fun build, that’s for sure.
  6. Hmmm, thanks Robert. Would that be the area immediately behind the cockpit?
  7. Been a bit busy to post progress, but there has been some. First a coat of Tamiya fine white primer from a rattle can. Went down very well, I would be tempted to use this as my normal white from now on. Just a few places needed attention, before and touch ups with primer before I sprayed the silver base colour (again a rattle can - Tamiya AS12) The observant will note I have changed my approach to masking the cockpit - I got significant overspray in the cockpit using tape which will need to be fixed. So I tried plasticine, which worked pretty well. The next step after some masking was to brush paint the fabric parts of the air frame with Italeri Acryl Matt Aluminium. It looks a bit stark from some directions, but subtler from others. Here it is after a brushed on coat of Italeri Acryl Gloss Clear. Next step, decals!
  8. Forgot to take a photo until I was done, but process of attaching the wings to the fuselage wasn’t as fraught as I thought it would be. Just a bit of filler needed here and there. Here is the state of play at the moment - next step priming to see whether I have missed anything.
  9. I think I have an answer as to how I can deal with the gun ports. Meanwhile painting and construction continues. Wings were actually quite difficult to get lined up. I needed to sand away some of the interior structure so they would sit properly. Eventually I got them to line up. I gave up on the etch for the seat belts as I made a bit of hash trying to glue them to the seat, so resorted to tape instead. A quick check and the the fuselage seems to “sit” okay. Painted the radiator black and then dry brushed with aluminium. My first go at weathering the insides using a wash of artists oils in white spirit. Cockpit brushed painted with Tamiya acrylics which were then given a good coating of Italeri Acryl Gloss Clear also applied with a brush. Left the wash overnight to dry and then matt coated with Italeri Matt Clear. Pretty happy with the results. Not too dirty I hope. Then time to glue the fuselage together, which was a lot easier than the wings.
  10. Many thanks for the kind comments. @tonyot PM sent
  11. Tamiya 1/48 Beaufighter Mk X

    Very nice. I built one of these as an Australian Mk 21 in overall foliage green over 10 years ago. Still one of my favourites on the shelf.
  12. Hawker Hunter XE552

    Very nice. Also looking forward to the Airfix kit this year!
  13. Quick dry fit of the main parts. All looks OK, although I suspect attaching the fuselage to the wings may be a little tricky. Found a few sink holes though, which is disappointing - a couple at the tail and one at the nose (which is barely visible in the photo). Nothing a little filler won't fix. So to work. In my excitement to get going I screwed up removing some plastic from the wing to fit the tropical filter. A little bit of scrap plastic dealt with that (the little bit of white showing in the photo) - and I slowed myself down a bit. A followed the advise I had read in a few recent articles and on-line and deviated from the instructions so as to build the whole cockpit structure on top of the wing. A bit fiddly but surprisingly robust once finished. I drilled out a hole for the seatbelts to go through (some leftover etch from my recent Tempest build - probably not 100 % correct but better than tape alone). The plan is to cut the little pins off either side of the armour plate and slide it along with the seat attached up into the fuselage before mating with the wings and the rest of the cockpit. I gather than helps avoid unsightly gaps between the armour plate and the fuselage. While I was at it I drilled out the exhausts as well.
  14. Thanks @rob Lyttle, thats going to be helpful when I get to painting :-) It also helps me select the appropriate spinner and propellers. I was playing with using two different "silvers" (Tamiya rattle cans - am off to the LHS this morning to see what they have). What is interesting from the front on image of the nose and wing of the Australian Hurricane is that it appears the machine gun muzzles have been covered over?
  15. I picked up the Eduard 1:48 scale Tempest Mk V in its original Profipack guise very cheap at a local model expo. It came with the Airwaves Tempest II conversion, and the previous owner had already done a pretty neat job of cutting out the sections on the kit plastic, so an ideal subject for my second resin conversion. I managed to get hold of the Model Alliance 1/48 Hawker Tempest Mk.II/F.2/F.6 Post War # 48902 online as well. Considering my lack of experience with resin conversions I decided against the tail correction that is available (I suspect my skill levels are not quite ready for that). Completed as an aircraft from 33 Squadron RAF based at RAF Kuala Lumpur in 1951. Brush painted with Tamiya acrylics (with my own home brew attempt at PRU Blue - and no I can't remember the recipe. It was pretty much a bit of this and a bit of that from what I had in my paint collection). Also my first attempt at highlighting panel lines/weathering with artists' oils on a larger scale (my first serious attempt being the two 1:72 Hurricanes I posted yesterday). I finished with with a coat of Tamiya Flat Clear from a rattle can (TS80) - which its fast becoming my favourite way to provide a matt coat. I still have another Eduard Tempest V in my stash (second hand again), and still have enough decals to do a Tempest VI (I am drawn to the 213 Squadron machine on the Model Alliance sheet). Anyone had any experience with the MDC conversion for this kit? I would need to cut the plastic myself this time though! Thanks for looking. And some photos taken outside in the morning sun.