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Stew Dapple

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Stew Dapple last won the day on June 15 2016

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About Stew Dapple

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  1. Yes I had the same thing in the same places, I think it might be partly due to the harder plastic compared to, say, an Airfix kit, but also on those intakes it is one of the few occasions when I wondered why they joined the part to the sprue there. The only other part of the kit that gave me any level of conniption was the side-window insert for the canopy, I won't know how effectively that was covered up until the masking comes off... That weld looks like good stuff. I've got some Micro Plastic Weld in the 'Glue' section... I can't remember why I haven't used it for ages Cheers, Stew
  2. That really is rather inconvenient Jamie Cheers, Stew
  3. Thanks gents - Patrice, I left them off until now to avoid some masking, but as they are painted Aluminium rather than natural metal I don't mind if they get a varnish coat I got the NF.II assembly completed apart from the wingtip lights: Hopefully I can apply the transfers on this one this evening... Cheers, Stew
  4. I like that a lot Thom, I built the 1/72 Hasgawa Dinahs (-II and -III) last year, they're very beautiful aircraft and yours has captured that. Your Corsair is lovely too, but the Corsair's looks are more distinctive than elegant Cheers, Stew
  5. Hello Ced I thihk that you will find this a pleasant surprise after your recent tribulations, but I don't want to oversell it and inflate your expectations too much so that you end up disappointed... the only thing I would recommend in addition is the canopy mask set, if you haven't already weakened accordingly? Cheers, Stew
  6. Nice start SD, it's looking excellent in there - I wish I had used aftermarket belts, I tried the kit seatbelt transfers and while they are better than nothing... they're not that much better than nothing Yours look much better. Cheers, Stew
  7. That really is looking rather lovely now Patrice, nice work mate Cheers, Stew
  8. Thanks Ced, Rob I re-installed the undercarriage and fitted the wheelbay doors, then sprayed the exhausts with Tamiya XF-84 Dark Iron (which is my favourite for this sort of job) and fitted them: ...once that was done the exhaust shrouds were attached and the propellers re-fitted: I think that is the assembly completed on the PR.IV apart from the R/T antenna wire and the wingtip naviagation lights, which I will add after the varnish coat - before that I will need to apply the markings. Cheers, Stew
  9. Thanks for the link to that 'Birdy' Bird-Wilson interview Edward, the first time it didn't work for me but I just tried again and can now listen to it. I think the BoB Memorial Flight Hurricane was done in his 17 Squadron markings a couple of years back, YBoW with nose-art of three swords flying toward a Nazi eagle, if I recall. Nice idea to do a British Spitfire too, if only for the sake of form Cheers, Stew
  10. Thanks gents It's the same lamp Ced, the 'spray booth' is next to the desk, I just swing the lamp on the mounting as I need it. It's a fluorescent lamp from Maplin and is an excellent work lamp. I think that it all just proves that I am the problem when it comes to taking pictures Tony, the paint is the Sovereign Colourcoats ACRN14 PRU Blue - Creative Models Australia stock them if you wanted to have a look... I on an early shift today so I have to leave in an hour, but I hope to get the landing gear re-fitted before I go... Cheers, Stew
  11. There's no stopping him! Very tidy freehand camouflage by the way Cookie, if I could spray that neatly I might well give up masking altogether Cheers, Stew
  12. Thanks Patrice, Ced, The colour discrepancy is most likely my fault Ced, much as I like to blame the camera, it is a Nikon (albeit a cheap one) so it ought to know better, if only I knew what I was doing... I think the ash-grey background of my spray booth has an effect on the colours too - here is a picture from my desk: Still a bit over-illuminated but a better indication of the colours. As you may note, if your eyesight is sharp enough, in the interim I have painted the tyres of the undercarriage units, so they can be re-fitted tomorrow. Cheers, Stew
  13. Thanks gents I got the nightfighter painted. W4087 was a very early Mosquito and I believe it would have been finished in the RDM2A 'Special Night' scheme, the one sometimes referred to as 'sooty black' or 'lamp black'. Normally with black-basing I would do a scrappy fill-in of the camouflage colour over the black primer, then blend it in with several thinned layers of the camouflage colour until I was happy with the effect. As the camouflage colour in this case is black, I did the scrappy in-fill with RLM66 Schwarzgrau and then oversprayed this with several layers of thinned 'Night' until I was happy with it. Then I took a picture and, in compensating for the overall blackness, my camera decided to make it look like I had actually painted it in overall Medium Sea Grey: It's black, trust me. It could, to paraphrase Spinal Tap, be some blacker, but to all intents and purposes, it is black. Finally I gave the exhausts a coat of Tamiya Dark Iron so I can fit those and the shrouds once the paint has cured for a bit. Cheers, Stew
  14. One day you will thank me for this I popped the undercarriage units out and gave them a spray of Alclad Semi-matt Aluminium: ... and sprayed the wheelbay 'roof' interior grey-green: I'll paint the 'walls' of the wheelbay aluminium later, not that you can see much in there anyway. Then I opened the PRU Blue and before I knew it... As usual my camera hasn't really captured the colour, IRL it is both noticeably darker and, I think, greyer. It looks nice anyway, and I am pleased I chose this scheme, not least for the lack of masking for different colours involved... Cheers, Stew
  15. I use an Ikea 'Produkt' coffee-frother for the same purpose, but aside from that small difference, what you describe is evidently a rite of passage for the user of an electric paint-stirrer Cheers, Stew