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About Magua87

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  1. Xtrakit Swift 1/72

    Oh, and I'll need to mask and spray the end of the K on the underwing serials. Not a perfect fit as they're meant for the Airfix kit. I see I've missed a stencil from the underside, too. Looking forward to having this sitting next to my Meteors and Hunter!
  2. Xtrakit Swift 1/72

    All decals on except for the serials and those on the tailplanes and landing gear doors. From here I need to gloss those small parts and place a protective coat over the main aircraft. The fit of the tailplanes isn't perfect, so I think I'll mask up the area, fill, smooth and spray before I place the serials, as that's the area that needs the most work. I moved away from the Gunze gloss coat to Tamyia X-22. I've found that Gunze's gloss doesn't seem to cure. Not sure what the issue is. Not the first time I've had it happen either. Maybe I'm laying down the coats too fast? Anyway, X-22 came to the rescue and dries rock hard.
  3. Xtrakit Swift 1/72

    This is looking promising. I've stuck with Gunze for the gloss coat. No issues so far. Decals this weekend. Other projects get a look in while we wait for paint and gloss coats to dry.
  4. Xtrakit Swift 1/72

    H330 applied without any dramas. The only touchups I had to make were blending the windscreen in with a bit of Mr Surfacer. I've just given it a few coats of Gunze H30 clear and have left it in my cabinet to dry. We're basically back where we were in May! All going well I reckon I'll done by the end of October. Should be able to crack on with the decals this week.
  5. Phantom F4K

    Those decals look to be in good shape. Looking forward to seeing this come together.
  6. Xtrakit Swift 1/72

    I'm getting deja vu. Will report in when the green is on.
  7. Aeronavale Lancaster

    Progress is slow cutting out the windows, so I decided to move to the wings. The raised detail has largely been removed. There was some significant sink marks across the wings. This was most noticeable on the trailing edge and above the ailerons on both wings, and in the middle of the port wing, running between the leading and trailing edges. All filled now. You can see the remnants where the darker black is in front of the aileron inset (Mr Surfacer 1500). Looking forward to closing the fuselage. I just need to crack on with those windows.
  8. Xtrakit Swift 1/72

    Progressing again. Attempted some post-shading. Not captured well by this photo. H331 Dark Sea Gray applied. H330 green to follow this week hopefully.
  9. Xtrakit Swift 1/72

    I was quite happy with that, too! See post 15, it all fell apart with a gloss coat that cracked the underlying paint across the whole model. Does anyone have any shots of the underside of a Swift? I'm interested to see where it leaks oil and builds up grime. There's a great shot of XD907 in the Warpaint book, but I'm hoping to find some other shots to help.
  10. Xtrakit Swift 1/72

    I ended up buying an Airfix Swift. The plan is to buy the Alleycat conversion kit to build the air speed record setting F4. Thanks very much for the offer, but I think I should be good this time.
  11. Xtrakit Swift 1/72

    After some sanding where the cracking returned I managed to get a finish I was happy with. I left it a week and we were good to go with some new paint this morning. I think I'll try my hand at some post shading before I move onto the green and grey upper surfaces. Honestly, I'm surprised I've got this far. Guess I'm more patient than I thought.
  12. Hrmm, I hope we see a vac formed canopy replacement. Having the top section of the transparency separate isn't going to look very clear. We'll also need another transparency option behind the cockpit.
  13. Tamiya Spitfire Mk1 Canopy

    Whoops. 1/72. I haven't seen any closed canopies for the Mk 1. Only some of the later canopies.
  14. Tamiya Spitfire Mk1 Canopy

    They look like nice canopies, but they're also in the open position.
  15. Tamiya Spitfire Mk1 Canopy

    Hi, gents. I'm building a Tamiya Spitfire Mk1. It's got some nice interior detailing, but unfortunately it's got a horrendous canopy which is distorted and thick. Are there any after market solutions? I've had a bit of a google, but so far the only option seems to be the squadron vacuum formed canopy which is already parted for displaying in the open position. I'd rather keep the canopy closed. Any advice appreciated. Cheers.