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Andrew

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  1. Academy 1/72 F-4J Phantom II

    Well done Bill, That's a great result and a fine conclusion to an enjoyable progress thread. Congratulations!
  2. 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    Hi Tony, It's great to see you preparing for another Tomcat, but I'm not sure that this jet (161428) is in overall gull grey.... I think that it is in at least some TPS shades; here are two photos of the jet around that time. First, in May of '96 but without the black tails, and second in September of '97, with revised modexes and black tails. Both photos seem to indicate that it is not in gull grey, with TPS shades more likely. Fightertown decals covered a jet from this timeframe on their sheet 48-073 and although it isn't clear what the colours used are, the colours listed on the instruction sheet do not include gull grey. Have I missed something? Are there other gull grey F-14B schemes you've seen? cheers, Andrew.
  3. Sounds like a great plan (pun not intended), and the end product should be very useful. Best wishes for your (active) recuperation. Andrew.
  4. Very sorry to hear of your mishap, Crisp. Hope you're on the mend quickly and can resume normal modelling. Your build had progressed very well indeed and deserves to be back underway as soon as possible. Andrew.
  5. That's a great finish, Tony. I'm also grateful for the number of photos in your post - definitely worth it though, given the extent of your efforts to capture this particular jet's finish. Very well done! Andrew.
  6. Thanks Crisp, I really wish I could recall more of the very few brief discussions we had - sorry.
  7. Hello Crisp, That's very fine progress indeed, especially your work with the photoetch. A former CO of mine did an exchange posting to the RN in the mid- to late-90's (I think the timeframe is correct) and served in Minehunters, but I doubt it could have been one of the Ton-class vessels; I wish I could remember more of the details. Our Huon-class Minehunters were not renowned for their seakeeping and I'm glad to have not bobbed around the North Sea (or any part of the Atlantic) in one. Andrew.
  8. 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    I really like your 'Tomcat family' shots, Tony and the Sluggers jet looks right at home. It's interesting to see these together and agree that the Mission TPS shades appear quite dark, but the Mission Gull Grey is very much what I would expect for that colour. If the VF-21 jet was placed in the middle of that trio, would the apparent 'darkness' be the same though? (I'm not suggesting that you need to re-take the photo, just wondering aloud about how we see these things.) Another comment on the TPS shades - they don't seem to be 'blue' enough either... I'm going to have to look back through your thread at the VF-21 jet's painting stages to see if the effect is apparent in isolation. I'm looking forward to the Swordsmen Tomcat making an appearance - more Gull Grey! Andrew.
  9. One suggestion for a mix I've encountered is this: Extra Dark Sea Grey (BS381C:640) - XF-24 Dark Grey + XF-2 White + XF-8 Flat Blue, in the ratio 50:6:3. This mix probably pre-dates the release of XF-77 IJN Grey (Sasebo Arsenal), which is also a very dark grey and presumably can be substituted for the XF-24. I've not tried these mixes, having ready access to a good range of paints which carry Extra Dark Sea Grey in their range, but I hope that it helps all the same. Chris, Thanks for sharing your progress with us; I'm looking forward to the next instalment. Andrew.
  10. And this caravan slowly moves on.... After much masking (the underside of both jets and their tails), I was finally able to apply the uppersurface grey colour (only the F-104S is shown below, but I'm sure you get the idea): Next step was to mask the grey for application of the dark green and this started with masking the undersides of two sets of four tanks, followed by the disruptive camouflage pattern for each jet. Here's the F-104G being masked and painted, as well as what I used to mask the pattern demarcation: Given that the camouflage scheme on Italian Starfighters looks to have a tight demarcation, I needed a way of maksing this... cue use of the newish Tamiya 'Masking Tape for Curves' and a nifty device called the 'Gyro-Cut' (puchased some time ago with this application in mind, but this project is the first time I've used it). As you'll see, the rest of the masking was achieved with patches of standard Tamiya-esque masking tape. Both the 'tape for curves' and Gryocut worked very well and I'm very pleased with the outcome... Of course, there's going to be a bit of scrap material at the end of the process: At the time of writing, I've only managed to paint the F-104G - it's a slow process indeed and the low-tack tape I use wasn't willing to wait to do both, so I just got on with it... This morning's task has been to replicate the masking on the F-104S and it's still not finished - there's at least another 45 mins yet to spend on 'blocking-in' the masked areas. At least after this step there'll only be some smaller areas to paint (and so hopefully significantly easier to mask) and I then can get on with decalling. Mmmmm, decals.... Thanks again for looking in.
  11. Good going Patrice - like Craig says, you've chosen well and I look forward to seeing your colourful Canadian jet take shape. Andrew.
  12. It's all good and thanks kindly for the information, gents - I should have asked prior to painting (!), but in nearly all of the photos I looked at, there was a very metallic sheen to the underside so just assumed that the underside was not painted. Nevertheless, I'm happy with the undersurfaces on the two jets as they stand (in that they are fairly monochromatic) and I will attempt to weather the models' finish into the dullness of the real article. If nothing else, modulating the initial painted coat was great practise for the real natural metal Starfighter in the other thread. I used a mixture of Gaianotes silver and aluminium lacquers primarily and found their finish to be very tough; there's be no sign so far that tape will lift the paint or that they can't handle usual handling - I'm very chuffed. Thanks Cliff. Funny you should ask about the dual build just now as it's has become a bugbear recently, despite making solid progress with the painting. Although a dual build saves on some effort by 'batching' steps throughout the project, there are certainly drawbacks to this process, such as the necessary repetition of masking (my current chore; it always takes a lot longer than I estimate to mask all that's required for each colour, so I start to resent the time and effort it takes to do it twice, and my concentration definitely wanders...). However, if I can push through these next steps, the result(s) should be well worth it, plus I must remember that this was my choice... Thanks again for your interest and encouragement. Andrew.
  13. 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    This Sluggers jet looks excellent, and the finished article will be a joy to behold - well done! I appreciate the extra effort you've made to document and share your techniques, Tony; thanks very much. I'm keen to try your masking and oil patch/wash techniques on my next Tomcat build (just possibly the new Fine Molds kit!) or indeed any naval build... Happy New Year and I look forward to your next update. Andrew.
  14. Best breathe some life into this thread.... Some necessary work on canopies prior to priming:- And Primification for each of the jets (plus their tails):- I painted the radomes and anti-glare panels first, but forgot to take a photo at that time. Over the last couple of days I've applied a metallic finish to the underside of both jets (in a few layers to depict a bit of natural variation between panels - which of course assumes that the underside wasn't a painted finish on the real thing!) and the next shot shows the jets as they stand this morning. Better not forget to paint the tanks... Masking for upper surface colours will be the next order of business. Thanks for looking.
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