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  1. Many thanks Exdraken. I'm glad you like it. They'll be more to follow soon so keep watching Andy
  2. Thanks Craig. I've done some more work on the engines tonight and the exhausts are now painted, they are fully weathered and mat finished too. I'll bring the bits along on Fridfay for all to see. However, i've just looked at the picture of the one i am doing and found that the inlet at the back of the engines is black - B****r! Still, it's not a big issue to paint it. As you say, bring on the weathering, it's going to be fun Andy
  3. Morning all, Here's another update now that i have some time to do some modelling. The engine pods are fully painted and decalled as you can see. They also have some weathering applied, but not enough just yet as the walkaround photos show that the filters are almost totally black around the holes. I need to repaint the exhaust pipes too as they were too dark. Hopefully, this won't be too difficult with the masking. And now the cockpit photos. I really should have taken some better in progress pictures but got too carried away with the rapid progress. Everything fits really well and seems to be pretty accurate when compared to the real thing. First up is the back of the instrument panel with some simulated wiring going to the electronics bay in the nose. It's not very accurate apart from the colour but at least it fills a void when you look through the cockpit windows. Next are views of the Eduard IP itself and some of the instruments that you have seen before. All-in-all, the pre-painted brasss set made the cockpit looks very full and detailed, so it was well worth the effort especially as the space is so large compared to a 1/48 fighter jet. Hope you like the progress so far Andy
  4. looks really nice, well done
  5. looking very good indeed
  6. hi there, JMSDF MH-53Es have light gull grey undersides extending to partway up the sponsons and white tops with a soft demarcation line Andy
  7. For a quiet day, you got some great colour schemes and US Navy/Martines types. Good photos Andy
  8. beautiful paintwork and finish. Well done
  9. Evening all, I managed to get some more 'quality time' on the model last week and it is now starting to look like a helicopter at last. First up was sorting out the riveting on the sponsons as i wasn't entirely happy with what i had done. They have a couple of panels held on by large rivets that look like something that would hold a ship together! Remember that i mentioned the resin rivets and drilling lots of holes? Well that didn't work out as my only 0.4mm drill broke after seven holes, so it was back to the Archer rivet decals after some filling and sanding. With a lot more care than i used last time, i managed to get these to work really well. Now i am happy :-) Next i moved on to the engines to try to actually get something moving and gain some impetus. These turned out to be very straightforward and easy to assemble once the existing detail was removed. I curled the Eduard brass filters by putting them in the cutting mat face down and rolling a smooth round file handle over the back of them, then glued them to the plastic with PVA wood glue. A bit of brass rod was added for detail along with some plastic card for a raised hinge line. I was on a roll now, so i moved on to joining the fuselage halves. This was really easy as the fit of parts is excellent in the kit although my usual ham-fistedness means that i still have to use filler and do lots of sanding. The white bit in the middle of the second photo is where i have to replace a couple of lines of rivets as they were in the wrong place and in the last picture, the sponsons are not glued on yet. This just gives you an idea of the overall size of the model as that is an A3 mat underneath it! The good thing is that the fit of the engines is great so these can all be painted up separately and added at the end of the build. I need to do a lot more work on the fuselage to get the joints smooth and replace the lost detail, but at least i have made some proper progress at last. Lastly, you can't see much of the earlier inside work but at least you know it's there! Hope you like it Andy
  10. hi Shane, Here's a photo. I think i used Two Bobs for the stencils as the grey background matched the correct colour best, but i also had the kit decals and DXM to hand as well. Once they are covered with Klear, mask them off by measuring (or guess) the height of the stencil text, then select the correct size of tape plus a bit of course. Chop up some lengths of tape to the correct length of the stencil plus a bit and simply stick them over all the stencils of that size on the air frame. Jammy Dog tape is see through so you can see if you have lined them up squarely. There aren't that many stencils as the colours are only on the top. Add the panel line masking using the corect width tape and you're done, ready for the blues. The book i mentioned above is really useful for all of this Andy
  11. This book is very good but doesn't include JASDF Eagles specifically. The best book is by Model Art called Profile No4 F-15 Eagle They do a series of books on modern JASDF types and cover each subject in great detail. Fantastic books. I'll see if i can dig out some pictures of my model to give you an idea about the masking of the stencils. It was really easy to do and only took about an hour Andy
  12. Yes, yes, yes. I am watching this one and am happy to give any advice / photos / references too. I've done a 1/48 Hasegawa kit and masked off all the stencils and panel lines rather than use the DXM decals as the colour is a bit off. They are their early ones and can crack a bit too - beware. The newer DXM ones are printed by Cartograf and are superb. The method was to paint the whole airframe in the F-15 greys, add all decals that needed masking, coat in Klear when dry, mask the stencils and panel lines, spray the colours, add the final decals such as the cobra head. Use Jammy Dog tape for the masking as it comes in set sizes from 0.5mm upwards. Much more consistant and easier than cutting a length with a ruler/knife. The aggressors usually only carry tanks and don't carry missiles very often, but there was even an AAM-5 training round in the video which is a first for me on them. Andy
  13. Dmold is here