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Phil Lewis

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  1. Mask, Paint, Chip, Repeat Not a massive amount to say other than the pictures say it all. Lots of masking, spraying, Chipping and so forth. Masked for the lime green bits. Masked and painted the dark yellowy sand areas (uesd Tamiy XF-59 with some Flat yellow added) Light blue bits done. Wing markings masked (that was a bit more complicated than I expected) and the fuselage stripe (which wasn't complicated at all) Paint goes on... Masks come off... mostly... not the canopy... yet Need to chip the red bits now and then do a bit of detail and stencil painting. Weathering rapidly looming. That's yer lot fer now Thanks for looking in Phil the Mask
  2. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    A pleasure to meet you on Sunday. I eventually found and had a look at this fabulous build in the metal (so to speak) and I was not disappointed. As everyone else has already said, all those awards are richly deserved.
  3. 'Greif' by name, Greif by nature!

    Only just caught up with this build. You're making an old girl look absolutely stunning. I'd break out the popcorn but apparently it's bad for me. Won't stop me following the build though
  4. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    you caught me looking preoccupied in the background, I'm in the dark green shirt looking (by a neat trick of alignment) as if I'm manhandling the Cardassian ship on the display tree
  5. Hairspray and Greeblies Applied a nice coat of cheap hairspray which made the model and the room smell like a hairdressing boutique. After this had dried overnight I then airbrushed on a nice coat of the X-Wing /starship white mix consisting of an entire new jar of Tamiya XF-2 White with about twenty drops of Tamiya XF-55 Deck Tan. I then spotted that the cut-outs on the insides of the s-foils were completely devoid of detail and the inner ones even had cavernous voids revealing the bits of a model that shouldn't be seen . Using references I had a fine time replicating the details (within reason) Wings look much better now. That's enough for tonight Thanks for looking in Phil the incredibly tired
  6. The Cunning Plan and the Astro Droid Despite using brass tube down the center of the blasters running into the main blaster pods a couple were still a tiny bit loose and I was finding it difficult to keep them all lined up. I struck upon the idea of finding some brass tube that would slot down the inside of the existing cannon tubes and, if drilled and glued in the exact center of the cannon pod rear extending proud of the front of the pods, would provide the perfect guide to slide the main rod over them and into the pod centering the rod at the aft end of the pod too. Worked like a charm I love it when a plan comes together (where have I heard that before?) It now forces the blasters to sit correctly on the pods keeping them all in line.... as long as the pods are lined up correctly on the wings... which they are *phew* Any misalignments are now due to the slightly rickety condition of the wings.. well it is an old kit Whole thing now undercoated with German Grey ready for a blast over with hairspray in preparation for some chipping work. R2 unit also received some extra detail after a rub down in preparation for me to apply the correct colour scheme for Red 3's droid Before.. ..and after That's it for tonight Thanks for looking in. Phil
  7. Scribing, Sanding and Tinting After a slightly later than expected start I checked the work so far and decided I really didn't like the look of the raised panel lines, especially as some had disappeared with sanding and needed to be restored anyway. Spent the next few hours scribing the panel lines following the (admittedly inaccurate) provided panel lines. Corrected the slips with Mr Dissolved putty. Left some of the less accessible lines and then gave the whole thing a wet sand to get rid of the unwanted raised lines. Also addressed some of the more prominent seam lines such as on the rear engine elements, again, not going for perfection, just tidying up. Tinted the interior of the canopy with Tamiya Smoke. Had a bad moment when it looked like it was going to be pretty much opaque and blotchy but I held fire and waited for it to dry properly and it dried evenly... phew! Cheated a bit and, to add detail to the cockpit, used the unused stickers from the BanDai 1/48th scale kit to give the console some interest. (I test fitted the canopy and it's all but invisible anyway... ah well) Airbrushed all the shaded and difficult to get to bits a nice shade of Rubber Black in preparation for temporarily attaching and masking the canopy. Next up will be masking, undercoat, chipping fluid.... lots to do Thanks for looking in. Phil
  8. A Tale of Two Angles Some years back the canopy had been drilled to accept a piece of copper wire that looped around the back forming a rudimentary hinge. This was not entirely successful. It had also been crudely brush painted with Tamiya Clear Blue to represent a tint. This also was not entirely successful. Blue tint (mostly) removed with Mr Hobby self levelling thinner and the canopy was polished where I could and dipped in clear. Once dry the Hinge was removed, the remains of which can be seen to the right of the canopy. The MPC canopy is not truly accurate as it does not represent the change in angle under the last fifth of the front edge. Filed and sanded in a representation of the upturn, not massively accurate but certainly an improvement. The cockpit surround also needed to be modified to accept the new canopy shape so this was built up with assorted shapes and thicknesses of plasticard and sanded to shape. Before After The slots in the canopy frame that had been originally filed to make room for the wire hinge were filled with plastruct square section rod and filled with dissolved plastic. Canopy test fitted to ensure everything lined up nicely That's all for tonight folks Thanks for looking in Phil
  9. Having a Blast(er) Small update. I went for it and fashioned some replacement blaster cannon from various sizes of plastic tube and brass tube down the center for strength. Took most of the evening, measuring, cutting, measuring, swearing, re-measuring, cutting new pieces... you know how it goes. Sanded and shaped the tapered rings that sit behind the curved emitters (they were built up of 3 different diameter rings cut from the same plastic tubes that made up the main cannon). These are the resulting pieces. Top of picture shows two of the original pieces, next down are 3 of the assembled blasters and at the bottom I left one unassembled so you can see the components. Diameters were selected by eyeball and chosen for the fact that they fit together nicely And the blasters dry fit to the wings. I'll leave them off for now to ease painting and fix them in place once painting mostly complete. Pretty happy with how they came out. That's it for tonight folks Thanks for looking in. Phil
  10. Thanks Matt. They say 'out of the mouths of babes and mad ramblers...' Actually the more I looked at the close-ups the less happy I was with the blasters. The crescent shaped 'deflectors' are also the wrong size so I'm pretty much decided that I'll replace them I have all the tubes for the blasters but need something with the right diameter for the corrected deflectors, possibly brass rather than plastic... this puppy will make me pay in blood for any carelessness Hopefully I'll make some more progress tomorrow Phil
  11. Update - Wet Sanding, Gaps and missing bits Thanks for the encouragement everyone Spent the evening sanding filler and then moved on to wet sanding over the surface to smooth out the lumpy paint work. Not planning on going mad with it but I want to make it more presentable. The results of the wet sanding revealing some of the original enamel paint work. Still considering replacing the blasters with brass tube versions keyed all the way through the mounts. If I end up knocking one off that'll be the way to go, otherwise I'll stick to the originals. Made up a replacement greeblie, for the back of one of the blaster cannon, using various sizes of plastic tube. Looks the part to me. I also glued the missing blaster nozzle back in place and drilled out the ends of all four barrels. The upper one in the picture looks like I may have repaired it at some point. Still in two minds. Thanks for looking in. More to follow later in the Week Phil
  12. Far back in the mists of time an impressionable 14 year old was taken to the premier of a new movie that was to take the world by storm. From the opening scene where a gigantic ship looms menacingly over our heads chasing down the smaller blockade runner to the final triumphant victory ceremony this boy was hooked. Not for me the Kenner toys. I wanted accurate models. What I got in 1979 was something that looked fabulous in the box and, after assembly, I had something that at least looked the part. Later I obtained the book 'The Art Of Star Wars' and found, within, my very first accurate reference. This was for Red 3. I proceeded to paint the visible panels and attempted to replicate the weathering. I also made some early scratch building efforts on the R2 unit to make it look more like the real ArToo giving it a rotating dome and better legs. I also created a rudimentary cockpit canopy hinge from wire. Having looked critically at it for a few years and ,after the success with the Snowspeeder, I feel it is time to breath new life into this old friend. I'm fairly certain copyright prevents me from reproducing the original reference pic here but this was the result of my early efforts that has sat on various shelves and survived, mostly unscathed, a number of house moves. The canopy has been removed, polished and dipped in Klear already. It is drying under cover out of shot. Gaps abound and the guns refuse to all point in the same direction Some missing parts should be easy to replicate R2 not looking too bad but needs a little refining and repainting. The pilot, on the other hand... well... never mind not looking like Biggs it doesn't look even remotely human. Seams filled with liquid plastic (plasticard melted in Tamiya Extra Thin), clamped and braces applied forcing parts to meet where they never met before. I recall that at some point the blaster barrels had departed the wings and had been braced internally with wire. As this left gaps the barrels were re-aligned and more liquid plastic applied. All four now point in generally the right direction. And the port side fuselage seam. There was a 1mm gap here but as there were blobs of old tube glue in it I was unable to bed it down so filled with more L.P. And finally today the seam around the nose cone was filled. Just need to let that all set properly and it'll be ready for sanding, more filling, more sanding........ Thanks for looking in. I'll introduce you all to Mr Canopy later. Phil
  13. Thanks John. I've been using Vallejo Chipping Medium and using an old coarse/stiff bristle brush with tap water. I've also used an old toothbrush but the secret is to not scrub too hard. You need to give the water time to reactivate the chipping medium otherwise you'll get 'scrub, scrub no chips..scrub, scrub no chips...SCRUB, SCRUB no chips...SCRUB, SCRUB no paint' ask me how I know Phil the chip
  14. Great work John, don't listen to the doubting voices in your head it's looking great and, as Leonl says, the effect can be toned down later. You should have left an out to group build notice in the aircraft forum. Took me ages to find you in here I could push your self doubt out of the nearest airlock if you like Phil of the restored mojo
  15. I enjoyed the 1/72 version of this kit so much I ordered the Bandai 1/144 scale Y-Wing which promptly arrived in the post via a South American river. A little box art to whet your whistle. Gratuitous sprue shot Sticker placement guide for those who plan to use them (not me) And neatly hidden instructions inside the box lid (magnifying glass not included). Not content with building out of the box I started with hollowing out the blaster cannon and carving away some of the supporting plastic from the base. Steering vanes required opening up so out with the drill and scalpel and next to an unaltered one After trimming some of the pipework to look more like pipes (where possible without actually cutting them off and replacing them) and refining the rear bumper bars (the L shaped things at the rear of the fuselage) it was time to construct some sub-assemblies and slap some paint on. Undercoat is Tamiya XF-85 Rubber Black and the engine glow was simulated with Orange mix fading inwards to yellow with a white highlight in the centre. Quite pleased with the effect Applied some gloss clear to the black painted windows and once dry masked them by cutting out the window stickers from the (now redundant) sheet and placed in the window apertures. Applied chipping medium (Vallejo) where required (where I plan to add paint chips) and misted on a top coat of Tamiya XF-2 white (most of a jar) mixed with about 10 drops of XF-55 Deck Tan. Applied XF-23 Light Blue to those areas that needed to be blue (obvious, I know but still) Using water and a small stiff bristle brush I gently scrubbed around the nose and engine pods to get some very fine chips. Also connected some of the sub-assemblies together and applied a light mist of Rubber black to simulate heat and soot deposits. Decided at this point that I would represent Gold 2 with the additional yellow panel on the nose and the White and Red astromech (R2 unit) Masked off around the yellow areas on the cockpit pod and also went over the previously painted yellow bands on the engine pod nose caps as Gold 2 didn't have 'em. Also realised Gold 2 had a white stripe down the centre of the canopy so I masked and added that. Painted the Yellow areas with thinned Tamiya XF-3 and removed the masks. Painted the relevant pipes an orangey-yellow mix, added the blue stripes on the side of the nose (freehand) and added some of the blue chips on the engine pod nosecaps. Gave the whole thing a very light pin wash of heavily watered Rubber Black and once dry I set to with some Tamiya weathering powders. Assembled the base and Bob's your uncle (you don't have an uncle Bob?) And on the stand And next to big brother Thanks for looking in Phil Now to edit out those strange added links where the spaces and text are.
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