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About cathasatail

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  1. "Digital Dambuster"- RAF F-35A

    Mine cost exactly £40, compared to an equivalent Kitty Hawk F-35A for exactly £50 which I also noticed at the time. The irony is that the KH kit came with RAF roundels, and I spent the £10 difference buying the RAF decal sheet!
  2. "Digital Dambuster"- RAF F-35A

    Gosh, I say, those photos are fabulous! As you say, using metallic paint would just look a bit odd. I was thinking about going for a relatively low contrast between the RAM and the main grey coat, although if it looked slightly amiss I could always tone it down with a thinned coat of the main grey colour. Over the weekend I will have a crack at mixing a reasonably decent grey (I recently built a 1:72 F-22 and I kept the paints I mixed for that so I can lighten/darken those accordingly). I noticed on your photos that the canopy (when looked from the side) looks to be relatively clear, and yet when viewed from an oblique angle (as in them first image) the canopy has a slight orange/purple tint. Again, I'll have a play around with a few ideas and a plastic canopy in the spares box to see what I can do. (Here's one of the ideas that i'll try) I haven't heard anything official (or unofficial) but I would guess that the RAF would want an F-35 or two to pop over to the UK next year for the RAF's centenary. At Cosford this year one of the RAF staff in the commentary box said something about the airshow having a few "very special" things ready for next year. My hope would be for some kind of RAF F-35B display but we'll see how that plays out Kind regards, Sam
  3. Good afternoon everyone! While I'm waiting for a spot of sunshine to photograph the recently completed Airfix Victor B2, I thought I would open up this thread in preparation for starting the build. Now, I should probably begin by saying that I do have a soft spot for the F-35: it looks sleek, sharp, crisp and its capabilities (from what I gather) are exceptional despite its initial problems during testing. You might be asking, "Hang on, why on earth are you modelling an RAF F-35A when the current focus is on the F-35B and the perfectly acceptable Kitty Hawk F-35B kit is already available?" After being made aware (thanks to BM's very own Mike, for making me aware of this) of the UK's possible future intentions to purchase the F-35A in order to compliment the Fleet Air Arm F-35B's, I decided that due to the rarity of the KH kit in physical model shops and online in the UK for a decent price, and having seen a review of the newly released Meng F-35A kit, I settled on the F-35A. The kit looks jolly good with a good fit of the fuselage halves straight off the bat! The RAM strips look a tad too prominent for the scale but I'll see what I could do (if anything) to correct this, furthermore I'm slightly sceptical about the colours of the kit decals (the painting guide shows F35's in a suspiciously dark shade of grey.....). Regardless, I needed some decals to do an RAF F35 so I bought these from the fine folks at Hannants: Here are a few snaps of the kit contents: So that's it for now. With Uni starting next week I hope you will forgive me if progress is sluggish (even more so than usual ). Kind regards, Sam
  4. Airfix 2018

    I know this is my own personal experience but I have never per-ordered anything from any model manufacturer, but the Phantom is the single exception for me. My LMS has anecdotal evidence of a high amount of interest in the kit too. I suspect its a mix of interesting subject, decent-ish price, what look like excellent details and a whole host of options and schemes (aftermarket decals, etc) (Edit: as well as/in spite of the eye-wateringly numerous array of decals! )
  5. I understand Perdu, thanks for the comments
  6. Right, that was... interesting... I finally managed to finish the Victor last night and I was quite pleased with it. *Huzzah!* And so, as per my original intentions, I took it along to the IPMS show and entered it into the competition. After having made a few purchases I left for a few hours and returned after the judging. I then had a chat with one of the staff (who kindly relayed some of the comments from other modellers), who proceeded to say roughly the following: quite a few people liked the Victor and it scored quite highly, the only problem was that it scored 0 marks for presentation. "Why?" I ask. The (albeit courteous) reply was that it wasn't displayed with a base, according to the longstanding rules of the competition. ............. >_> Yeah, thanks for telling me that after the judging, thanks for not publishing said rules.... I wasn't expecting to do particularly well but at least advise people before they enter a model, or preferably before the show, what the rules/criteria are. Nevermind- here are a few snaps of the Victor after all was said and done: Now which one to do next; Airfix Me262, Meng F35A (in RAF colours shades of grey ), 1:32 Tornado Gr1 or a 1:72 Lancaster... decisions, decisions..... I'll probably post an RFI up this week with a brief rundown of the build. Overall I highly recommend this kit without any reservations at all! (except if you're struggling for space I suppose- in that case steer clear!) Thank you guys for following along with this build, it's been great! Kind regards, Sam Edit: After having re-read my comments, I just wanted to highlight that all of the staff were exceptionally friendly, the show was great and I'll definitely be going again in the future. I think the main takeaway from this is that perhaps competitions aren't for me
  7. Flory / Ultimate - Washes - WANTED - Opinions / Advice

    Alclad Aqua Gloss is exactly what I use and as long as you avoid pooling then it locks them in perfectly
  8. Airfix 2018

    What I want: 1:72 Vulcan, 1:72 F35b*, 1:72 Tornado GR4 (to commemorate its pending withdrawal from service). What I expect: 1:72 Hunter, another spitfire of some kind (I quite like the Spitfire but I'm more a modern jet person), probably a Victor K2 (whether that's a new kit or a conversion set as seen with the Valiant, I don't know) and probably something 1:72 WW2 either German or U.S. *Yes I like the F35b, shocking I know
  9. The lighting is off in these images and hence the colours are too, but we're on the home straight! Let's review the plan: -Add the majority of decals -Paint the silver panel underneath the cockpit (anyone know what this is?) -Add another gloss coat?! -Wash with a UMP dark dirt wash -Add the remainder of the undercarriage -Paint, wash and fit the flaps, airbrakes, engines, gear doors and crew door *(not forgetting the ladder!) -Weathering time! -Gloss coat?! -Add aerials and any other details -Matt coat -Unmask -DONE Red: Not done yet Orange: Working on these right now Green: Completed So, the show is on Sunday, I have 1 and a half days left. Wish me luck! (The next few photos should be of the completed model) Kind regards, Sam
  10. Morning all! After A LOT, and I mean A LOT of blu-tack and masking tape, I've finally added the camo to the Victor. I started with a layer of Vallejo white (multiple layers) followed by a gloss coat, I then masked off the demarcation lines and sprayed a layer of "pale blue grey", post-shading was then added with a watered down mix of white and grey, followed by a gloss coat. Blu-tack sausages and masking tape were applied and an initial coat of "medium olive" was sprayed, followed by varying mixes of watered down white and hemp/medium olive/brown that were utilised for the post-shading.... followed by another gloss coat. The base grey coat with post-shading applied And that's where I'm up to so far The plan of action, for those of you who may be interested, is as follows: -Add the majority of decals -Paint the silver panel underneath the cockpit (anyone know what this is?) -Add another gloss coat?! -Wash with a UMP dark dirt wash -Add the remainder of the undercarriage -Paint, wash and fit the flaps, airbrakes, engines, gear doors and crew door *(not forgetting the ladder!) **(or the decals for the gear doors) -Weathering time! -Gloss coat?! -Add aerials and any other details -Matt coat -Unmask -DONE ...oh and I want to enter this into the competition at the Sutton Coldfield show next weekend.... Kind regards, Sam
  11. Yorkshire air museum

    I don't believe they taxi it that often- your best bet would be a "rolling thunder" day, where they taxi the Victor, Bucc and Nimrod. They had one last week and I don't think they come around all that often, sadly
  12. Gosh it's been a while since the last update- my only excuse is that white is a horrible colour to spray; firstly because white paint always seems to come out "grainy", secondly because every bit of dust shows up clearly and thirdly because it shows up even the slightest fit errors. Regardless, I'm calling the white done and hopefully this should signal an increased build pace as I actually enjoy spraying camo colours! I put up some more shelves too: Despite previous comments to contrary, I decided to do the Meteor in camo colours- partly to test a bit of tonal variation and partly because (as with white) the silver showed up a few fit errors that detracted from the finish. I even managed to clear and reorganise my bookshelf too! Hope you're all enjoying the good weather recently! Sam
  13. Flory / Ultimate - Washes - WANTED - Opinions / Advice

    I must confess that I haven't heard of "unique" EDIT: My mistake! It gets quite confusing, I thought I had a Flory wash and I've always referred to it as a Flory wash but it's actually the UMP (Ultimate Modelling Products) wash! From what I now know, they're two different companies selling *nearly* the same product (from what I gather, a clay-based wash). Apologies about the confusion! (I also confuse AK Interactive and Ammo Mig Jimenez too! -they seem to offer similar products to each other) Sam
  14. Flory / Ultimate - Washes - WANTED - Opinions / Advice

    Hi, Simple answer- yes it's as easy as it looks. I have used enamel washes from both AK and Humbrol before (there was a careful balance between wiping away excess wash and wiping the paint along with it that eventually led me to switch to Flory for overall washes). I have only used the dark dirt wash which I picked up last year at Telford and at the time my thoughts were along the line of "well, i've seen other people use it and it looks quite easy to use, so I guess i'll have a go". It's unbelievably intuitive and easy to use compared to my previous experiences with enamel washes! I tend to stick to one method now, which is: 1. Paint model in chosen paints and seal with 1 coat of gloss vanrish 2. Add decals, then seal with one more coat of varnish 3. After the varnish has dried I wash the entire model (if a small 1:72 kit) or sections one after the other (if a large kit) with the Flory wash 4. Having left the model/section about 5-10 minutes, I moisten a piece of tissue paper and wipe away the excess wash (often I wipe perpendicular to the panel lines so I don't end up wiping wash out of them) 5. And after all of that, the result should look something like this: (1:72 Tornado) or like this: (1:72 Harrier) To model areas of increased weathering, one can leave the wash for 15-20 minutes and use varying amounts of moisture on the tissue paper to remove the appropriate amount of wash- streaking can also be done this way. Hope that helps a little! Kind regards, Sam
  15. Ohhhhh are these the Tristars at Bruntingthorpe? If so, I would love if they would let people come and view the takeoffs