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  1. Big white triangle

    It looks good in white! Nice work so far
  2. Airfix 1/72 Vulcan XL360

    Thanks for the comments guys and thanks for the heads up @chrisrope I might drill out that tail cone actually, sounds like a good plan So a bit of a chunky update today because I've been cracking on with the less time consuming aspects of the build. I've fitted the blanking plate or fairing or.. i don't even know what it's called, that is the adaptor for the Blue Steel. Unfortunately the part only really fitted where it touched against four tiny triangular sections in each corner. Not a strong start. Getting my butchers hat on I began to hack up some plastic card to reinforce various sections from the inside. Yet unfortunately due to the beautifully natural shape of the aircraft (nice one Chadwick!) I had to mitigate how much I put in and so I ended up with a stronger but not bomb proof (excuse the pun) join. Next I found that there was a rather large gap around the edge of the join between the underside of the aircraft and the part. Now unfortunately this is where the dilemma unfolds. Even though I'm re inscribing the aircraft I still need the raised panel lines as reference and if I fill and sand the gap, I'm going to lose that reference. My solution? Masking Tape! I know I could of just filled it after re-inscribing the aircraft but I would of run a risk of filling in my nice new panel lines so I thought I would of got it over and done with. My next dilemma was the wings. I've seen that you can get the completed wings butted nicely to the completed fuselage but I found that it is easy to create a rather large gap between the wings and fuselage, so much so it wouldn't look out of place to find Luke and Darth Vader going at it down there in search of an exhaust port. Now, I nicked this technique from another build I saw, instead of following the instructions (excuse my stereotypical manliness) I joined the the upper wing straight onto the upper fuselage and plan to do that with the lower fuselage and wing also. After a lot of clamping I actually came out with good results. It may be a slight issue to get the uppers and lowers together but I figured it'll be easier to clean up gaps on the leading and trailing edges rather than between the fuselage and wings. The pictures may be slightly dodgy here, and you may not see the join line. But isn't that a good thing? Thanks for looking guys! Sam
  3. I’ll join the cockpit haters club! It’s why I mostly build armour... thats a very nice rendition of something that wouldn’t feel out of place in Star Wars! nice one
  4. DH98 Mosquito BIV 1/48

    That’s a beautiful mossie!
  5. Westland Sea King HU5

    Looking good!
  6. Airfix 1/72 Vulcan XL360

    The Wolfpack designs Vulcan B.2 update set has an updated set of jet pipes which are 201s. They’re really very nice and come with detail on the interior. Im thinking of getting the airframe together in order to remove the appropriate bits and bobs. Especially the ground scanning radar because it’ll just be easier to shape the nose if it’s in 1 bit instead of 2! thanks for the interest! Sam
  7. Airfix 1/72 Vulcan XL360

    Just a small update so far, began to remove the nose undercarriage bay which needs to be completely removed in order to seat the new resin piece. The new part fitted well and was clamped into place and superglued in with what would be considered somewhat excessive, yet if bringing in the factors that the whole tail cone is resin as well as the engine exhausts i'm probably going to have to add a bit more nose weight so making sure the nose bay is anchored in properly is paramount. Once seated there's no competition really, considering the kit part is simply a box with some holes for the undercarriage leg. Next I began to work a little bit on the cockpit. It's just a simple plastic rhomboid with two boxes on top on which the basic seats sit. As said, when buttoned up you don't see anything really through the crew hatch and all the windows are really too small to appreciate the cockpit so this is just a worthwhile time-saving process for me. Next its a combination of finessing the intakes and working towards fitting the blanking plate for the bomb bay in order to mount the Blue Steel stand-off nuclear deterrent. More Soon! Thanks For Looking Sam
  8. Hey guys, So I'm giving the submarine spree a rest and in the words of John Cleese, now for something completely different. I've always liked the Vulcan, and I live relatively close to a dispersal airfield of the Vulcan up at the former RAE Bedford. It's an iconic aircraft and so in the traditional fashion I've decided to plunge into the hole of the classic Airfix Vulcan, turning 35 years old this year! With it I've got hold of Wolfpack Models landing gear and update set, as well as Flightpath's photoetch set. I'm deciding against working too much on the cockpit because I've seen a few Vulcans made up and to be fair apart from the access hatch and maybe a glint of a few things inside you don't see much detail. I'll still be drilling through the two portholes though but the interiors black so nothing'll really be seen. Work so far has been minimal, and I've been looking at a few schemes. The idea I'm going with is one of the Anti-flash white ones from 617Sqn. Something about the three lightning strikes on the tail fin just makes the Vulcan look right, and the paled out scheme just encompasses all of the 1950s-60s Nuclear Fission fun! I chose XL360 because she's in preservation at the Midland Air Museum and tbf its a nice round number. I've begun by doing the simple-ish bits of the build and I've clamped the air intakes together with enough force to implode a small planet. The fit is relatively poor along the seams as the two ends meet at slight angles creating a slight V-Shape, but that shouldn't be too hard to fill (those wolfpack intakes are looking pretty good right now..) and I've primed a trunk already just to see where I'm at with it. I worked at it by squeezing humbrol filler into an (expendable) pallet and using an (also knackered) flat brush to thin it down to the consistency of plaster. I then painted it along the gaps and sanded it back again. for this I used a thick paint brush handle wrapped in sandpaper. I'm getting there slowly with it but I still need to bridge the gap between the two halves of the intake on the divide, where, right at the front there's still a slight indent. Meanwhile I've been working with the front undercarriage bay. It's simply just 4 pieces, but the detail is sublime. Painting it Humbrol 34 (White) I then picked out various pieces with black paint and coated it in smoke. It looks a little dark in the images but that's just the poor light. Finishing the bay off, I left the majority of it white because most of the wire trunking was painted over and so were much of the lesser replaced through maintainence areas. One striking thing I did note from the reference photos however (XL360 specific thank you very much, the highlights of building a preserved Vulcan!) was a bundle of wires travelling from the rear wall of the bay from what looks to be a format of junction box. I replicated this through using a small gauge black wire . The holes were funnily enough there but there wasn't any instructions to include the wires. Finally, I've been working on the cockpit, as said I'm not really putting too many hours into this as 1. It's all black and 2. No windows or access hatches are big enough to get a full view of the inside. Thus I'm just simply going to spruce up the entrance hatch. The cockpit thus far has been the simplest bit! Enough of me waffling! Thanks for looking Sam
  9. Eurofighter "Typhoon" T.1 RAF Coningsby

    Brilliant piece! 1/32?
  10. I know a few people (as well as myself) who will be elated with that news
  11. I agree, that staining around the water line is superb! How'd you achieve that?
  12. Airfix 1/72 Grumman Wildcat F4F-4

    Beautiful Finish, nice one!
  13. Hey Guys, This is the old(ish) Zvezda offering boxed under Flagman, which also have their Hotel Class K-19. The kit is not necessarily basic, but its one one sprue and most of the parts go into the various masts on the sail. The kit is curiously designed in the way that the two hull halves go together to leave a gap on the top, where the decks are later fitted. Even more curiously is how they give you a flat deck piece thats meant to bend down over the bow. Furthermore the conning tower was left separate in two halves. Two towers were provided so that you could either produce the Project. 627 or the Project. 627A which was a later (and more common) variant with a different sonar set up including a German-esque chin sonar bulb. The rest of the kit was simple enough but I must say the fit was poor. The bow hydroplanes and the various stern planes locating pins were oversized when compared to the holes they were designed for. and where the hydroplanes aft of the propellers were, they seemed to be too far forward and had to be adjusted to allow the fitting of the propeller. The model was painted with colourcoats (ex-White Ensign) Hull red and NATO Black from Tamiya. Then using oil paints I streaked from all of the major inlet valves for both the main and trim ballast tanks finishing with a coat of Xtracolour Matte Varnish. And here she is with some of her contemporaries as well as successors As you may have/haven't seen my photo set up is pretty rough so hopefully you'll be able to at least see the outline! Thanks for looking Sam
  14. MikroMir Alfa Class

    Hey guys, This is MikroMir's very nicely detailed but poorly fitting Alfa. I say poorly fitting because you attempt to put the hull halves together and you end up with something that looks like a poorly peeled banana. The main fin is moulded to the upper hull half because it's so streamlined that there's no point having it separate I'd like to guess. The little (well unusually large on the real thing compared to other submarines) windshield-like thing on top of the sail was photoetch. The idea of the part was to fold it over and sandwich a piece of clear acrylic between two impressions of the windshield, creating the fold up screen that stops you ending up with a bunch of wet Russians. But I may suggest simply cutting one of the windshield pieces away and going at it without the acrylic, mainly for scale appearance because mine appears slightly too thick. The model was painted with the colourcoats (ex-white ensign) hull red and Tamiya's NATO black. This black I feel gives a better representation of the rubberised anechoic tiles the Russians slathered on the submarine to reduce the noise. The models decals were interesting to say the least. The red and white disk which is the protruding dome of the emergency buoy came in separate parts which then separated further at the first look of water. Not to mention the various other decals had about as much strength as the Warsaw Pact in 1991. Finally I added the photoetch propeller blades for both the two trim propellers and the main one of which it was mainly guestimation because the main hub-bulb thing which the blades hang off of was moulded smooth. Again, with some of my other posts you may have/have not seen, my photo set up is rough to say the least so I hope you can at least tell its a submarine! Many Thanks Sam
  15. HMS Vanguard

    Hi guys! So i'm afraid i've very much caught the submarine bug. Having started with the Kursk here, I've moved onto Bronco's HMS Vanguard, one of the 4 SSBNs handling our nuclear deterrent. The kit is simply stunning to put it simply, there's so much detail from the towed sonar array right towards the bow sonar. I painted the submarine three different shades of black (believe me I did! The photo set up I've got is a bit rough though...) to account for the sections below and above the waterline as well as the main 'deck' and fin. The bow sonar dome is Tamiya acrylic gloss black and the trident missile is simply NATO green and white. Weathering was kept basic because 1. This is only my second submarine so I'm trying to keep things easy for myself and 2. the reference photos I saw of it showed it to be relatively clean. Again, sorry for the quality of the photos, they may just look like variable photos of a black pudding but thanks for looking! Sam