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  1. Thanks for that Cookie. I'll sit on that progress for a day or so now before settling on a verdict. It's too tempting to leap back in straight away and change things sometimes and then regret acting in haste isn't it? Good man Ced!
  2. It's a vexed subject isn't it Adrian? I've spent some time looking at today's efforts from different angles and distances and in different lights; it's a different aircraft in appearance in each one! Add to that the difference in contrast and dynamic range between the eye and the camera and it becomes a perpetually movable feast... Thank you for that Ced. You're right, they are oils I'm using and yes only put them on after you've sealed the decals in with a couple of light coats of Klear that have dried overnight (Better two lighter ones than one heavy one or it risks filling up the panel lines). Let the panel wash dry completely, then a cotton bud with most of the white spirit squeezed out to moisten the required regions and a dry bud to remove and blend tones. Some tutorials will tell you to only sweep back in the direction of the slipstream - this may look good on metal finishes but in my experience is unnecessary on camouflage schemes, where a more variegated and irregular pattern looks better IMHO. As to colours on the panel wash - experiment with a range of grey blues and browns of varying dilution to find something you like. I'm a great believer in avoiding formulas for this given the whole range of paint schemes and operating environments involved. The 'dribble' experiment on the propellor boss worked ok I think. I'll post some pics up in the next photo update.
  3. Some time later... It's so incredibly dark here today. The light levels haven't altered perceptibly since about 8.30 this morning and the ground is sodden with all the continual rain we've had in the last 24 hours. It is turning out to be one of those days where your pineal gland is maintaining a strict 'sorry, you're not waking up any more than this today' policy and leaving you craving a glowing lamp, a cup to tea and a book. Nothing more.. I pushed back a little against this lethargy and paid some attention to the upperworks - more specifically reducing the intensity of the panel lines. First stage was a test oon the tailplane: Aside from perhaps having been a little over-zealous with the cotton bud on the starboard one and taken off rather too much for my liking, that's almost there. Having established a baseline for the overall look, it was on to the most obvious features, the wings. Given that having the biggest surface are and any mistakes will be noticeable, I've just concluded today's session by focussing entirelyon getting these to the 'almost'stage as well. Starboard (folding) one first: A chunk of the wing towards the fuselage on this side is going to be covered partially by the folded-over trailing edge flaps. One the port side I concentrated some attention on getting those folding-bits-that-aren't-folded-on-this-side accented just strongly enough to hint at purpose: Hopefully subtle enough without making the panel demaracations seem to artifically 'pumped-up' visually. What's reallyguided me to the above is a flaw in my modelling technique. Up to now at this stage of a build there's been a regrettable tendency for me to turn the aircraft into a diagram through insensitive panel lining. I'm trying to stop myself doing this as much as possible - in areas like the upperworks particularly - where trying to line-out already dark colours too much results in a kind of tonal 'arms-race' that generates unrealistically dark lines. If anything in the above shgots I want to suggest something almost painterly and organic as the eye travels over the surface, rather than something feeling geometric and deliberate. At the end of the day this is something quite small in scale, trying to present an illusion of a larger thing that had surface relief and colours that were subject to salt water, slipstream, extremities of temperature and rough handling, all of which processes were cumulative and superimposed on each other repeatedly during operations. Only now is the penny really dropping for me that a single brush stroke using single colours in a single pass is not going to produce something to mimic this to any degree that satisfies me in my work. I'm going to mull those effects over for a day or so now before making any further adjustments - I'd be only too happy for any criticism regarding what you think yourselves of the current appearrance of those upperworks. Enjoy the rest of your weekend all of you. I'm off to see if pouring gin into a pineal gland can offset light levels. Because 'science'. Tony
  4. Some experimenting with material and visual qualities of various regions done first thing. I'll come back to these later when they've had a chance to dry. The propellor: Curious to see how gravity might help in replicating airflow in the creating possiblesubtle gradations of tone - a black oil wash, let to dry for a few minutes, then a drop of white spirit on the tip and allowed to flow down over the wash. This might lead nowhere - I'm just interested to see if it yields any usable qualities at all. If not it can be easily rubbed off. varying the visual 'weight' of panel lines and recesses: More selective darkening to areas like the handle for folding the wing back, ailerons etc. The undercarriages legs and doors have had a wash as well now, prior to assembly. A lot of what you see on the upperworks in the above image is deliberately 'over-done' in order to reduce the various effects in intensity, whereas I'm finding the lighter undersides lend themselves more to the reverse procedure of gradually increasing tonal intensities until they reach the right threshold. (Whatever 'right' means for such a subjective value judgement...!) The exhausts are on now, and only increasing my appreciation of the effects you can get with combining various Alclad lacquers. 'Exhaust manifold' and some 'Steel' darkened down with black in this instance: Metals underneath: I've intentionally added some imaginary lubricant spills and grime in the above, to be reduced back later on: looking at some bombing-up photos of the Braarcuda, the wartime carrier deck looked to be a scuzzy place that I imagine gave areas of high-traffic in and around the fuselage a certain 'shabby chic' aeasthetic out on operations. Finally some incremental additions to oil washes to the tyres: Although the incremental approach is laborious, I feel it does pay dividends in the level of control and opportunity to asses progress in more than one lighting condition - it's easy to get tunnel vision under the bench light and then have a shock at the effect that raw and paler daylight can have.
  5. Cheers for that Bill. That bitter'll keep me going until I can bet back into the Wasp's Nest for a swift one! I threw caution to the wind and had a second mug of really strong tea and half a bar of chocolate. I'm a maverick outlaw rebel riding the winds of limbo and I just don't care.... Ta chook. People often say we look like sisters you know... Thanks James. I'm on a personal anti-cleanliness crusade, as evidenced by the execrable condition of my bench and surrounding carpet... Ta Ian. That's guaranteed me never doing a battleship! Appreciate that Adrian. That reminds me I need to go over some of the release bits with some Alclad 'steel' as well today. Thanks Keith. I feel with la Dunlop finished now that I can get me head down on the final run of detailing. I'm still noticing sticky-out bits in photos and wondering at what point it's just getting gratuitous at this scale... Thanks for your kind words El Tigre! Yes, I am an advocate of grot (as you probably guessed). It is only the tutelage of the effortlessly stylish and debonair Mrs.B that keeps me in some sort of sartorial order. On one of the first occasions she noticed me before we started going out she recalls I was wearing a pink jumpsuit and motorcycle boots two sizes too large... As to the cow juice, well both our lads are apparently growing to gargantuan heights on the stuff. Our oldest now towers over his old man at age 16, and our youngest at 13 is not far behind. I presume it's not the growth hormones being transmitted from the cows.... Cheers for that Rob. I hope to get a little time in again this afternoon. Catch you then.
  6. Those decals perform in ghastly fashion Ced, they seem determined to become cubist monstrosities. I feel for you after all the work you put in on this 'singular' kit. Best wishes to Molly for a swift recovery of form. She's a handsome hound. Tony
  7. I've been stalking one of these for a while Adrian so look forwards to living vicariously through your build. I enjoyed the gallery of box art at the beginning - a really nice idea. Did you see the old James Stewart movie Strategic Air Command at all? There's a lot of evocative shots of the period in that, including B-47s. Good luck with this! Tony
  8. Eww. You think they'd clean this place up a bit in here between shows. It's bad enough wading through all that popcorn over the floor..and as for some of the other patrons, well it's just best not to look, I think some of them smuggle strong drink least the adverts are still on and I haven't missed the main feature: Good luck with this handsome aircraft Ced. Airwaves? I can't look... Tony
  9. Canopy tinting, crash landing, casting...I miss a few posts and it's mayhem in the Wasp's Nest! Actually that might make a good name for a pub? You can see the Latin motto over the bar by the yard of ale : 'perdu ad astra'... Classy patient work there landlord. Tony
  10. Sage counsel Adrian. Even obsessions have to have their limits.... Thanks Keithosaurus and Rex junior. TBH the whole thing's an experiment - it's just nobody's twigged yet! Shhh....don't let on. Thanks for that Cookie.As it seems to be taking for all eternity you aren't exaggerating. I left the washes alone today as I'm still pondering what I do and don't like. I meant to add yesterday (but was too tired to add much detail to the post) that the photos only showed the panel lining as I'd splodged it on raw. There's still some 'taking-back' to do - especially on the upper works - but one or two of the bleed effects of the pigment on the undersides are actually attractive enough that I want to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water. That said, much of today was taken up with work-work i.e., the stuff that pays the mortgage and the endless supply of milk our lads get through (in how many other houses is having 6 litres in the fridge referred to as 'nearly out'?!), so it was only this afternoon I could scarper to the bench. I've been irritated by the lack of fidelity that SH put into the bomb-cradle option compared to the excellent quality of the kit itself. Perhaps it was the lack of reference photos for this region that left this moulding vague? The best photographs I've found are those in the IWM archive that I posted the link to previously. Even those however are oblique laterals that don't let you see directly up underneath to the actual release gear itself. First I set about adding my own cradle that I'd started previously, using the 1600lb-er as a template for spacing: Having added a rear section as well, I began building up some 'representative' (largely fictitious) release gubbins out of scrap PE, wires and tubing: All I can really hope to do is create something that structurally approximates to what you see from the angle in the reference photos. That said, I may have gone a bit mad on the detail: I actually had to stop myself at that point as it was a weirdly addictive activity. Some staining and dry-brushing with successively-lighter layers of Sky has helped calm that area down visually now: At the end I'm going to thread an empty loop of wire through that which holds the bomb in place. (Though the bomb won't be attached in this instance - sorry John, Health and Safety...) Intermittently around all these jobs I've been painting the wheels: I've noticed in a lot of shots of aircraft out on operations - again the IWM has some good ones - that the tyres themselves are frequently pretty rough-looking, with scuffs and drips of fluids and the like, as well as considerable variations in texture and tone due to dirt and use. Those ones above aren't finished but are partway through a process of using successive washes and scuffs of 'Rubber Black' and 'German Grey' to approximate what I see in photos. Now, Maureen. She's done! A single intense session that has left me with bad eye strain but nontheless happy with the way she looks. I didn't take any shots of the work-in-process as it was one of those jobs you need to keep the focus and flow going. The process I used was as follows, all paints mixed by eye from Tamiya and Humbrol acrylics: 1.Green underpainting (you saw that previously) over white to delineate shadows without over-doing the contrast. 2. Warm pinks for skin tones, successively washed over with lighter and lighter mixtures of the same to give her a pale Northern weather complexion. 3. Pale blue/grey mixes built up over her shirt, dark blue/grey washes for her trousers. Black for tie and shoes. 4. Varying shades of umber, subsequently 'mousified' on the high-lights with tan dry-brushing. The intention was to progressively build up a lightness to the figure (sometimes you see figures looking too high-contrast tonally at this scale because she shadows are too solid-looking or colours too vivid), then adding a dark wash that can be rubbed off to give a final control-layer, letting you adjust the relationship of shadow to highlight around the figure's contours. Her she is with the light colours overlaid with the dark wash: And now after a few minutes' gentle scrubbing with a small stiff cut-down brush to knock back areas of dark tone: A single silver dot to bring out the watch: That's all I'm fit for this evening. have a good night all of you whatever you're up/down to. Pass us lager on t'way out.... Tony
  11. The purchase of football boots for my youngest has cruelly deprived me of discretionary investments in plastic for the remainder of the month. Given the exorbitant pricing of such footwear I can only imagine that they are constructed from equal parts platinum and ermine. It was amusing to note that the assistants in the shop were all young men blithely unaware that they are shoe fetishists in denial.
  12. Stately progress o tentacled fettler. Tony PS. Fixed the missing link above.
  13. Home this evening pretty much hollowed-out and definitely not in the frame of mind for anything delicate construction-wise. Nonetheless, I haven't touch the Barrabeast in a couple of days and am reluctant to let the pace falter away too much at this later stage. So, idly mixing up some panel washes from oils I decided to try a little experiement. Darker for the top: More subdued on the bottom: The panel wash on the undersides is an ad hoc mixture of flake white, ultramarine, and Payne's grey oil paints. I didn't want any panel wash to be too high-contrast against the Sky scheme. The darker bits are still wet but if you look along the leading edge of the port wing you can get an idea of how light it dries out: The top used the same mixture as the undersides, cut with some umber wash I used previously on the Sea Venom, along with a little more payne's grey to take some of the warmth out of it: I added a little more Payne's grey in again on it's own to do the ailerons and folding seams, to emphasize those regions. That can all dry now as I'm too beat for more tonight and want to assess that tomorrow. I'll do another post tomorrow evening with hopefully as peek at some progress on Maureen. Sorry for the rush... Tony
  14. Lovely Tony. I can still recall fiddling with this on a rainy afternoon in the late 70s, silver paint gradually spreading outwards in a slick of fingerprints across the kitchen table... Tony Let's see that Yak!
  15. 3 metres of white fabric from China as a backdrop for photographing things with wings; I can hack a metre off to make diffusion screens for lights. A snip at €8 all in. The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain Vol.2 1649-1815, by N.A.M. Rodger. The second time I've bought this book, having left it behind on a ferry by accident the first time half-read. Don't spoil it and tell me the ending....