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  1. Dear Chaps and Honoured Members of Leo's fan club, Apologies for the delay in reporting, but the day job has recently hit me for 6 and Leo, my five year old son and the hero of this saga, is now back at school. However! The great news is that his enthusiasm for model making has not diminished since his first build of the 1/72 Hurricane and he has regularly been pestering me to get back to work. Progress has been very slow but steady with a few sessions scattered here and there over the past couple of weeks, and recently interrupted by the dreaded news that he has now discovered Warhammer war gaming. There goes my life savings. Seriously, £22.50 for a single 1/56 scale sci fi plastic soldier!?!?!? But I digress, here's a picture of him with the two kits which were kindly donated to him by one of Britmodeller's very own - Beard. Again, thank you so much! Below is the work so far. Leo has painted the cockpit, dry brushed the instrument panels and done an ink wash before then glueing the fuselage, wings and tailplane together. He's started the first coat of shiny red paint, which I'll get a photo of soon. As always, thanks for the truly HUGE amount of support Leo has had during his introduction to the hobby! The hobby which he regularly continues to tell me is his 'hobby for life' - his words!
  2. Thanks very much, everyone! It was a lot of fun to build together. Leo is now patiently (ish) waiting for his arrow red paint to arrive for his Hawk. In terms of the bits I did, during the build I ran a dry paintbrush over where Leo needed to apply glue so he could copy me but other than that, he clipped the parts off the sprues and filed them all down - except the really thin parts which I did. I painted some guide lines on for the camouflage, but he then painted the two coats on top of these leaving me to just do some neatening for him at the end. The only bits I painted alone were the canopy and the tail wheel. The smoke stains on the lower wings were done by blobbing a bit of dark ink and then scrapping a line straight backwards with a cotton bud, which again Leo did by himself after a quick demo. The decals were largely a two person job with us taking it in turns to either hold the decal paper or position the decal, but Leo did all of the micro-sol coats on top of the decals whilst I did the varnishing. So, after all that, I hope I got the balance right for helping him along without crowbarring my way in to hijack his project! He certainly seems very happy and is regularly ambushing visitors to the house to insist they come and inspect the Hurricane, so as long as he's happy then it's a job well done!
  3. Airfix 1/72 Dornier 17z

    Gorgeous job with such a distinctive yet overlooked aircraft. It looks fantastic. What's your technique for radio wires? The only time I tried was with cotton and superglue and after a couple of weeks the mast warped and the wiring sagged.
  4. Nearly forgot to post this picture! The whole point of the entire process!
  5. Hello All, This is the finished article that my son has been working on for the past week or so. It's his first ever model aircraft, having only painted a couple of wargaming archers before in 1/56. I tried to help him with bits he was too nervous to attempt, such as the canopy and the lines in between colours, but most of it is his own handiwork, following instructions and guidance from me on the sidelines. Thanks to everybody who has followed the progress and given him such a massive amount of support during the build! Here's the build thread:
  6. Finished! Here's the proud little fellow with his first completed project! I hadn't even finished taking the photos when I was hit with "Dad, can we start the Hawk now?" Ready for Inspection link:
  7. Red Arrows red paint

    Awesome, very many thanks for the steer!
  8. Red Arrows red paint

    I have no idea, that's why I was asking for opinions.
  9. Red Arrows red paint

    Hello All, My son Leo has kindly been sent a 1/72 RAFAT Hawk by a member of the Britmodeller community. He's very excited and wants to get stuck in to it as his next build. However, he wants to get the red just right! I'm guessing it should be a satin red, but maybe gloss? Either way, any opinions from you all would be very welcome. He wants to hand brush rather than air brush and for mixing purposes we normally use Vallejo but are open to any brand really. What rdd would you recomend? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Quick update - Leo and I had a long conversation/debate on what colour exhaust stacks should be. His model so his vote had more weight than mine, and we went with brown. I did at least convince him to dry brush with a metal colour, which he said made it too shiny. Fortunately after a dark ink wash, he now trusts me again! I painted the canopy for him but he added the first decals:
  11. That's a sad tale, I genuinely hope you do get to build it! My childhood sad story is more about the generosity of family who spent years buying models for me at Christmas, only for me to utterly destroy them in a display of glue covered incompetence! There remains a box in my parents loft which, from a model making point of view, is like something out of a horror movie. Anyhow, if you do ever build this Seahawk it would be fantastic to see.
  12. Not much to update yet, I'm afraid, with Leo being back to school and me being back at work. However, what is well worthy of note is the extreme generosity of one of the Britmodeller community - Beard - who was kind enough to post these kits to Leo. It's really made his week as you can see from the smile! He says to say thank you to the moon and back!
  13. Sincere thanks to everybody who's had such nice things to say, some really interesting memories to share and some useful hints, tips and leads to chase! There's been some truly lovely compliments sent to my son, I'm very proud of him, so I thought it worth sharing another quick anecdote. I fully appreciate that religion isn't everybody's thing and I don't want to risk any offence by dwelling too long on it, but I once explained the significance of the War Memorial in our local city square to Leo. Ever since then, for the past year or so, every single time we walk past it he always pulls on my hand and insists we go over to say some prayers to say thank you to the servicemen who lost their lives and are named on the memorial. As I said, I don't want to cause any offence to those who aren't of a religious disposition, but I hope this sign of respect and appreciation by Leo will be seen by all here in the community in a positive way. Anyhow, he's now finished the base coat on the model and has assembled most of the propeller. We've had some chats about my input, which Leo feels could be more! I've explained that I don't want to ruin his fun by stepping in and painting his model for him and that he will only get better with practise. He explained that there are bits he is too nervous to attempt and he'd like a bit more help with them, so I've painted the tail wheel, neatened up some smudges and painted the lines which separate the sky underside and brown/green camouflage. Thoroughly enthused by the Hurricane, he's now picked Paul Richey's 'Fighter Pilot' off my shelf and insists on that as his bedtime story. I'm very, very careful and selective in the parts I read to him as I still want him to have a proper childhood without the full impact of the Battle of France thrust upon him! Fortunately as it was written during the war and is therefore heavily controlled in its content, it does read quite a lot like Biggles for the most part.
  14. Hello Chaps, Continuing towards my aspiration of having The Shelf of Ping to showcase four of the world's most prominent ASW helicopters in current service, I've added the SH-60B Seahawk of the US Navy. The rotary enthusiasts will immediately note that as of 2015, this is now no longer in service with the US Navy and has been replaced with the MH-60R, but there isn't a kit for that yet and I didn't want to spend £20 on a conversion kit for an £8 model. Furthermore, I only realised half way through the build that I was using an old paint scheme and the newer US Navy grey is a much nicer look, but then the decals wouldn't have worked anyway. Of note, this aircraft has a Magnetic Anomaly Detector bolted to the right hand side. Many of you will know that for years, the exotically beautiful Sea King AEW2 and her replacement, the Sea King ASaC7, have been considered by many experts to be the Kelly Brook of the skies due to their elegant lines, delicate handling characteristics and high octane role. It's normally a very British thing to take an aircraft and then bolt an ugly bit of kit to one side of it to force it into doing a job it was never designed for, thus giving it all of the problems associated with asymmetric aerodynamic properties. Yet here we are, with the US Navy taking a troop transport helicopter, drilling a few holes in it, filling the back full of heavy kit and then using HBM to stick a multi-coloured kid's rocket to one side. Until 2015, at least, all of that has changed with the MH-60R. Anyhow, enough of the ASW history, here's a kit which was £8 new, including p+p, and you very much get what you pay for with it: The sorry saga of the build:
  15. Well, I reckon this is about the best I can do with sub par skills and a sub par kit. It'll do! But next time I'd rather go for a better model and a more modern USN paint scheme: Final build in RFI: