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  1. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    I have no idea, to be honest. They're part of the markings for the 889 Squadron. Maybe the pilot was a Hippie!
  2. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    Thanks for the info, but these are the colours from the instructions.
  3. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    With the decals finished, I used some very thinned out paint, and sprayed a mist coat over the upper (Ex Dk Sea Grey) and lower surfaces (White). This helped to blend the decals, and reduce their "starkeness". The paint was thinned 20:80 in favour of thinners.Afterwards, everything was given some coats of Alclad Aqua Gloss, and let that dry for 24hrs.Then I went about doing the wash. For this I used UMP's Dark Dirt, which dries in about 20 minutes, and then the wash was cleaned off with a moistened cloth. Once done, it was sealed with a couple of coats of matt varnish. With the flat coat dry, the next step was further weathering. This was a combination of differing shades of AK Interactive pigments. Burnt Umber, Rust, Smoke and Road Dirt shades were used, and they were gently blended in. When finished, a further coat of matt was applied. DSC_0356 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0356 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0356 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0356 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0356 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0356 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  4. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    Thank you Mike, appreciate the kind words.
  5. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    Thanks guys.
  6. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    Finally finished the decals, and worked out that it's taken about 8-9 hours in total!I've now started to tone down the decals. On the upper surfaces, I used some very thinned out Extra Dark Sea Grey (20% paint, 80% thinner), and sprayed a couple light coats, just enough to take the starkness out of the markings, and stencils. The process was repeated, with white, on the underside. The red "Keep Off" hatching decals, over the engine covers, were given a heavier coat of the EDSGrey, to blend them in more. The few colour reference photos I've found, looking down on the top, show that these red hatch markings are only just visible. Once the decals have dried, I will seal them, ready for the start of the weathering process. DSC_0348 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0348 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0348 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0348 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  7. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    Hi David The Hataka paint bind very well, both the Red Line acrylic, and the Orange Line lacquer. I've never experienced any of their paint lifting. I spray in thin layers, so this builds the colour to the density you want.
  8. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    Exhausts have been painted with Vallejo Metal Colour Exhaust Manifold. Got a couple of coats of Aqua Gloss on today, in readiness to start the decals.Finished the Model Master refuelling probe, using Vellajo Metal Colours. DSC_0337 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0337 by ian gaskell, on FlickrDSC_0337 by ian gaskell, on FlickrDSC_0337 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  9. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    Got some paint down.Hataka Orange Line Traffic White, for the underside. The upper surfaces are Hataka's Red Line Extra Dark Sea Grey. All the underwing stores have also finished being painted. DSC_0319 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0319 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0319 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0319 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0319 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0319 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0319 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  10. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    This afternoon was spent doing the pre-shading.I used Hataka Blue Line Insignia White, and for panels around the engine areas, Hataka Red Line Leather Brown, and Army Desert Sand.DSC_0310 by ian gaskell, on FlickrDSC_0310 by ian gaskell, on FlickrDSC_0310 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  11. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    Had a cracking weekend at the bench. Managed to get some good progress. I bought some Master Model pitots and refuelling probe, to replace the kit ones. The probe is very detailed. I simply cut off the moulded probe, from the refuelling boom, drilled a 0.5mm hole. The Master probe was then superglued in place. The boom is dry fitted, for photo purposes. The mounts for pitots had a similar size hole drilled into them, and the Master pitots, for now, are also dry fitted. The fuel tanks, rocket pods, and Redtop missiles, which were all assembled earlier, have now had their joint lines sanded, and smoothed off. On the Redtops, I've sprayed an red, and yellow band around the missiles body. I will then use some thin masking tape over the colours. Once the rest is painted, I'll remove the tape to leave a red and yellow band. Final bit of work today was to get some of UMP's black primer on. IMG_5963 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0287 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  12. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    Added a load of weight in to the nosecone, plus a couple of my nuts!! 😵😵 The cockpit tub is now cemented into the upper fuselage. Then the fuselage halves were cemented together, nosecone added, and the first of the tailbooms clamped in place. DSC_0277 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0277 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  13. 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen FAW.2

    The cockpit is now completed. The Eduard PE has set it off nicely. The pilot is an excellent PJ Productions resin example, the observer is one of the kit figures. Not very good detail on the him (I've nicknamed him "Blob"!), but being he'll be virtually unseen, so I'm not too worried. Seats are the kit ones, and not badly detailed. The upper belts are made from thin yellow masking tape. Paints used were Hataka Blue Line for the tub, seats, and detailing on the pilots. Pilot flightsuits are Red Line RAF Blue/Grey, lightened with white. The pilots faces are various Vallejo flesh tones. DSC_0268 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0268 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0268 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0268 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0268 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0268 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  14. 1/48 HobbyBoss MiG-31B/BM Foxhound

    Hi Glynn I did the weathering with AK Interactive pigment powders. Yes, each panel separately. The canopy seals are a decal set from Furball. Meant for the AMK kit, but with a sharp knife and some care, the look the part. Used a bit smoke pigment, just to tone them down a bit. Thank thank you all for the compliments.
  15. 1/48 HobbyBoss MiG-31B/BM Foxhound

    Hi Rich Thank you. I get on well with Hataka paints. They do require some patience, and a bit more work than most paints, but the results are worth it. The set you have, is it Red Line (acrylic), or Orange Line (lacquer)? Red Line mix 60:40, in favour of thinner, plus some flow improver. Best to use their own acrylic thinner. Orange Line mix 50:50 with Hataka's lacquer thinners. There's no need to use flow improver here. My airbrush is a H&S Infinity, usually with a 0.4mm needle for most work. With both types of paints, I usually use about 15psi. The trick with Hataka is to build up the colour, with several light coats. This gives you flexibility to get the depth of colour you want. Hope this is of help. Any other questions on Hataka, feel free to ask. Cheers Ian
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