This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here:

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

  • Announcements

    • Mike

      Ongoing DDoS Attack causing Forum Slowness   26/04/17

      In case you have missed the announcement, the reason that the forum has been slow at times since the minor version update the other day is due to a Denial of Service attack, brute force attack on our email, and judging by the lag with our FTP response, that too.  If you're feeling like you're experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, you're not wrong.  This is the same MO as the attack in September 2016 that occurred when we transitioned to the new version 4 of the software.  We're currently working with US and UK cyber-crime departments, who specialise in this sort of thing, and we're hopeful that we'll be able to track them down this time by using the accumulated evidence already held.    We are pretty certain that it's a continuation of the same attack last year, only at a reduced intensity to deter people from using the site "because it's terribly slow", rather than taking it down completely, and we're also sure of the motivations of those responsible.  Spite.   Please bear with us in the interim, and wish us luck in dealing with these.... "people".


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


mirageiv last won the day on December 15 2015

mirageiv had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

2,693 Excellent


About mirageiv

  • Rank
    Very Obsessed Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location

Recent Profile Visitors

1,010 profile views
  1. Great choice David.
  2. I had been on a role for a year or so with no major paint cock ups so one was bound to come sometime soon! I agree with you guys and thanks for the advice, I'll let it sit for a few weeks/months and try seeing what some light sanding can do once everything is rock hard and cured, probably will have to get a new stencil sheet as some parts have cracked under the decals too but hopefully not all is lost. In a way it is a bit of blessing as I was doubting I'd get them both done how I wanted before the deadline, one should defo be doable however given I've been knocking up quite a few other bits for the Marine one in the background for a while now. cheers David
  3. Thank you Glynn, believe me there are still a fair few things wrong with these (like below!) but honestly they are close enough for me! I was decaling the starboard fuselage of the Luftwaffe model and it had been going quite well, I did notice some very slight cracking in one or two spots unfortunately of the clear layer though, I thought this would disappear under weathering and matt varnish so I continued but fearing this wasn't over Everything looked ok in certain places, Then I noticed the cracking on the intake had got worse, so I went over the airframe and began finding this, It is quite fine, but enough to be noticeably in the flesh , it seems to be like this in a few more places on the Gelboliv mainly and some bits over the grey. It must have been about 1.5 weeks after I applied the grey and a 2-3 days after the olive when I applied the Klear layer, I guess I should have waited longer! Well crap, I'll have to retire this one from the GB and think of a way how to fix this, with stripping the paint a last resort but I certainly will not give up on it long term, too much time and money invested in this one in particular. Also given how the cracking has increased over the last few days in places, a quick fix on the worst areas could be a waste of time if everywhere else ends up doing the same thing. I think I'll leave it for a while and have a go when the motivation is there and to see how much work really is needed. Oddly the Alclad Aqua gloss I sprayed over the tanks with the same paint+drying time has not cracked at all, admittedly not the smoothest gloss layer I have ever done but certainly not cracking, Fortunately I sprayed the Aqua Gloss over the Marine model so everything is fine on that one so I'll have one to enter in the gallery hopefully. I'm not sure if it is the Klear or not waiting long enough for the paint to cure, I assume the later but it does make me think even if I waited a month it could have still happened, it felt dry. Oh well, live and learn, hopefully I'll have a more upbeat update at the weekend cheers David
  4. That looks fantastic Jabba, really like the scheme, look forward to seeing it completed. David.
  5. Lovely work Glynn! Yeah the more I'm reading this and other threads in the GB and the fact I'd not have all the flaps out etc...maybe the Academy kit is the way to go. Look forward to how you tackle the rest of it. David
  6. Lovely looking Mig mate, the weathering is looking convincing too.
  7. Craig the worn markings simply look real, excellent job! I love the weathering on the hot metal area too and I know what you mean about photos showing one thing and in reality it can be different. Will you be sticking any weapons on it or is this solely a recon Mig? (apologies for not knowing the basics on this one!) David
  8. Nice Craig, would love to see the F-102 on top of the Mig. A model I've been thinking of doing for a while now and I think I'd use the same kit so another bonus to see how it goes together. Cheers Glynn. Yep, they sure liked their stencils! I think its circa 500 per stencil sheet then a few more off the main sheets per aircraft, madness! I've been using close up shots of the real aircraft as much as possible as I'm going around applying the decals and crikey it does seem DACO got every one so far. Really trying to motor on with them this evening to get my own deadline of Sunday for having them finished, starting to worry about the GB deadline now, so much left to do! David
  9. True, maybe a bit overkill for one, think I have about 6 earmarked for it! I read about your haul, excellent, I look forward to seeing maybe a few (and especially the TF-104/F-102) on here! Any ideas which user your TF will be?
  10. Great work Werner!
  11. Fantastic work Glynn, the canopy mod and the exhausts look very promising indeed. It always puzzles me how a kit manufacturer can get tiny panel line details correct yet manages to stuff up such a big thing as the canopy! This how to will be great help if I go for this kit, though I'm not sure I could pull it off like this. Look forward to more. David.
  12. Thank you Col, I'm happy you like them so far! I gave the models some clear the other night. The Marine one with Aqua gloss and the Luftwaffe one simply brushed with Pledge Floor care to see any differences. I think I should have polished up the paint a bit on the Marine model first (the Humbrol enamel was quite rough) so it needed some good thick layers to get a decent enough shine, should be ok in the end. The Pledge was very nice to brush and probably has given the best surface I have obtained yet for decals. I applied a bit more layers than I would normally when using acrylics to double make sure the oil washes I use later will not eat the enamel underneath. The Marine one has darkened quite a lot, crickey I hope it lightens back up with the satin/matt varnishes later on Here are the DACO decals I will use, the codes and markings from the main sheets and two sets of stencils. This bit is probably the hardest part of this build more from patience and time than anything else, they are very accurate though and probably the most well researched decals I personally have ever used. and it begins, Hoping to have them done by next weekend sometime, many evenings of decals awaits David
  13. Hi guys Can anyone confirm (or understandably a best guess) the colours of a live 1970's B61? I've read training shapes can be white or natural metal. So far I have seen a few colour variants and I'm not sure which is the one to go for if modelling a live weapon. Silver paint (or is it dull metal?) with a red/brown nose (is this a nose cap?): Two training rounds that appear to be in natural metal: Then a mix of metals with a black nose: This picture is apparently B61s in storage in Turkey: The last image linked is what I'm leaning towards for a live one, but with maybe a black nose as I read somewhere the red/brown nose is just a cap and that it is actually likely black when loaded on an aircraft with the very tip polished metal. It will be going on a German F-104 circa mid seventies if that helps. The DACO instructions state a silver body and chocolate brown nose which just looks like a lot of the training rounds, which I assume would be slightly different to a live one. Would there be a yellow band around it somewhere like normal live bombs? Or is a there a special band colour reserved for live nuclear weapons? Any help/pointers and best guesses on this would be fantastic! cheers, David
  14. Cheers James, I posted a RFI and WIP thread on the forums here (WIP linked in RFI) if you are interested: It was the Hasegawa 1/32 kit, a lot of work and I could have done a few things better like the cockpit, but my most fun and satisfying build to date bar none, really a stand out in the cabinet. I ended up doing a quite a lot of research on them in this scheme so if you end up building one I'd love to help any way I could, probably my favourte scheme the F-104 ever had! I'm thinking of doing a similar build again, a 1/32 Luftwaffe special scheme for the STGB later this year, maybe this one: . Well that is one of the plans anyways cheers David
  15. This is looking fantastic Craig, the subtle wash and shading are bringing it to life very well indeed. Hope you get the bort numbers sorted (and maybe a few kits too ) and I look forward to it all coming together.