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Tony Oliver

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  1. Those weapons with the bent fins look like they were packed too tightly against other bits in the box? Any comments/ideas on that from people when they first lifted the lid?
  2. IPMS Farnborough Modelfest 2017

    Hopefully will be there for next year as posted back down south soon.
  3. AIRFIX A4B SKYHAWK 1/72nd scale

    Lovely mate 👍🏿
  4. Now featuring on the FCM website, 4th from the bottom 👍🏿 http://www.fcm.eti.br/galery.html Hi guys, welcome to the RFI for the seventh completed hobbyboss tomcat from my WIP, link at the bottom. This one caused alot of headaches. Built semi-concurrently with the VF-14 Tophatters completed last month. This one started out planned to be a CAG vf114 plane, but then at the paint stage I decided to change to a lesser seen/modelled low viz sundowner. As I already had a CAG gull plane in the pack (vf32) Nothing was required to change build spec wise fortunately. So it stayed in the gull grey. Not for long... The major drama was working out the colourscheme as the gull grey reccomendatiom of the FCM decal sheet didn't work with the constrast of the decals. This build got to the point of having all the decals on, sealed and weathering started before I decided to rip them all off, sand back a touch and then repaint and apply a second set of decals. Original Gull grey pics at the bottom of this post. After studying reference pics and some help in the WIP from fellow BM'ers it was decided to go for Light grey FS36495. It seems to be from that transitional period in the early 80's when gull grey was being phased out and experimenting with other low viz schemes before TPS became the norm. Also gave me a chance to depict the time when missles changed over from white to light ghost grey and the L model sidewinders came in etc. So this build was to try out akan acrylics, all the main paints and metals are by them including when she was gull grey. However for the repaint I went with Mr Color 338 for the light grey as I didn't have that shade in akan and wanted a thin tough decal ready finish to avoid too much paint build up. The rest are all akan still. Quite a fan of the 'burnt metal grey-purple' So the spec: Modified kit parts- -drilled fuel dump. -nose pitot join corrected. -arrestor hook shortened. -first spine antenna made smaller. -3 light box on front gear leg drilled. -panel lines scribed in rear engine cowls and side fairings. -drop tank holes moved back and slightly outwards. -RIO boarding step renforcement plate sanded back. -RIO handhold ontop of IP coaming undercut to make it look more like a handle. Hasegawa parts - -afterburner faces and etch. -ventral fins. -canopy strut wedge. -cockpit decals. -main wheel hubs. -chinpod. AM parts - -Reskit wheels (mains drilled out for a hasegawa plastic early 'star' hub) -Brassin sparrows and winders. -Aires pilots in seats. -Aires nozzles and tubes. -Quickboost front U/C bay doors. -FCM decals. Quite a bit! Oh one last thing, couldn't be bothered to try and cut out and install the glove vane parts neatly, so made a decal rectangular decal to represent those panel lines. Products used and a scale reference: GENERAL VIEWS Love this one! PILOTS IN DETAIL (Hand painted helmets) UNDERSIDES: Some weathering effects close ups: In comparison to a gull grey bird and the tps scheme - makes it look really light now! The most recent pair together: Kit and brasssin from our own @Mikemx at mjwmodels, great prices and service 👍🏿 WIP - this build is around pages 13-17 The gull grey 1st attempt: Actual Plane: https://photos.smugmug.com/US-Squadrons-USN/US-Navy-Fighter-Squadrons/VF-111-SUNDOWNERS-pictures/i-m478ccc/2/e19385bd/S/F-14USN-VF-111 0045 A taxing Grumman F-14 Tomcat USN 160668 VF-111 SUNDOWNERS USS Carl Vinson 3-1984 NAS Fallon%2C by Michael Grove%2C Sr DONEwt copy-S.jpg Thanks for looking!
  5. Airfix Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a Schwalbe 1/72 Released

    Been dabbling with one of these and no major shockers to be honest. The plastic is quite soft and easy to work with. Downside to this is some of the smaller bits aren't as 'crisp' as we have become used to from the east, be that czech or the rising sun...
  6. Too many Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats!

    Sundowners bird made it in the FCM gallery! 4th from the bottom here - http://www.fcm.eti.br/galery.html Back to the WIP anyways, next one is on the bench (again) - This will have a proper update soon with recent pics, also on some resin bits I have mastered. So in terms of the build the next tomcat is the VF-21 CO's bird (late A) in tps. This has been neglected somewhat. It was started along as a trio back near June time, along with the recently finished tophatter and sundowner (initially aardvarks). The vf 21 was started in xtracrylics, (just cockpit so far) but will now switch to mission paints for the tps. And the markings have survived a cull too, it was almost going to be changed to vf-211 and an A plus spec. No current pictures but here is one from earlier in this wip as a reminder of where it was and still is pretty much since July time - the one in the foreground with the white putty bits still on it. The other two are now the finished vf-14 & 111 builds. I have been busy with this vf-21 over the weekend and hopefully will be getting some primer on it by the end of this week if I don't get distracted with a new airfix 1/72 me-262...
  7. So I have become a tomcat fanatic recently (1/72) and have decided to embark on an epic saga starting with this load of hobbyboss kits before moving onto some Hasegawa ones. I got these from creative models and mjwmodels over various special offer weeks when they were knocking them out at around £12 a kit. I would like to try to do some lesser seen schemes but pretty limited with decals because most kits and AM sheets come with normally the colourful cag birds etc... The kit that started it all was an ebay bargain revell kit, see here - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235005611-revell-172-f-14b-tomcat-vf-103/ This WIP will hopefully document all of them, most of them concurrently/in pairs, then as they are completed they will have individual RFI threads. I won't document every single thing, as most things will be duplicated (eg the polishing and dipping of several canopy mold seams - i'll just show one) but i will try to highlight any problem areas I encounter or things different to that particular machine. The plan is to try and do at least the following for each variant: - completely 'out of the box' - tweaked with a basic cockpit set and maybe weapon upgrades & AM decals - dressed up with an advanced etch set, resin bits & weapons, AM decals etc. I will also be trying out some different paints on each of the builds, with some of them having the corresponding metallics too. To play with I have collected: - Ak interactive air USN set and their xtreme metal. - Vallejo model air USN set and Vallejo metal color. - Mr color and mr super metallic. - Mr hobby aqueos and mr metal color. -Akan and their metals. -Mr Paint -xtracrylix -Tamiya -mission models and their metals -Hataka red and now the new orange line too. Some of these will be used with alclad metallics too. Also is the revell nato pilot set, one of the builds will have a pair in the cockpit with the nose gear in the squat position, and then maybe one or two may have a figure on the wing walks. And then for fun there is a hasegawa F14 eggplane and a felix mascot. (From Hannants) It says 90mm I guess thats how tall it is when finished? Tamiya 10ml clear for size/scale. So the planned planes are: (unless I discover/purchase some other decal options between now and starting them!) F-14 B's - planes 1, 2 & 3 1: B - V102 - hasegawa decals. bombcat configuration. Pilots in, nose down and nozzles closed getting ready for launch. COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235022364-hobbyboss-172-f-14b-tomcat-vf-102-diamondbacks/ 2 - vf101 grim reapers. Tacts Training loadout - COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010536-hobbyboss-172-f14b-tomcat-vf101/ 3 - vf 74 adversary scheme from a hasegawa kit. Mr Paint colours F-14 D's - planes 4, 5 & 6. 4 - OOB vf 31. Plane 101 tomcat sunset. Empty bombcat configuration. COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235009559-hobbyboss-172-f-14d-tomcat-vf31/ 5 - A VF2 decal option. This build will have a dream model color cockpit etch and some Hasegawa upgrades from my little casting project. 6 - vf 213 101 nose art decals with advanced etch set (interior/exterior) Also Aires resin nose wheel doors for front u/c bay. Bombcat - gbu 24's and lantirn from the Hasegawa sets. Mr color paints - COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235012670-hobbyboss-172-f-14d-tomcat-vf213/ F-14 A's - planes 7 onwards. 7 - Vf32 desert storm decals. Standard 4/2/2 missile loadout. Mr hobby paints - COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235018482-172-hobbyboss-f-14a-tomcat-vf32-swordsmen/ 8 - most likey an early vf 51 Will use some hasegawa spares eg early tail fins without stiffner plates etc. Full brassin early white weapons (9D, 7F & 54A's ) in Hataka paints. 9 - vf 111 low vis gull grey - fcm sheet. 4/4 loadout of brassin sparrows and winders. Quickboost pilots. Akan paints. COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235026681-low-visibility-sundowner-172-f-14a-tomcat-hobbyboss-vf-111/# 10 - vf 21 Freelancers 1991 Late A in TPS by Mission models paints. 11 - vf 14 Tophatters 1993 iron bomb cat. Late A in TPS by Mig Ammo. COMPLETED - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235025164-172-hobbyboss-f-14a-tomcat-vf-14-tophatters-1993/ Phew thats a lot of waffle! During this WIP I will refer to them as planes 1 to number whatever to reduce the amount of confusion/easy reference. If there are any super geeks out there who can spot any faults with the above then feel free to chime in, any help is greatly appreciated. I have done a bit of research but everyday is a school day! I started a couple weeks ago near the start of july so have lots to post already, so over coming weeks so the replies (hopefully) can spur me on as I anticipate I will start getting fed up towards the last couple builds. I have made a start on planes 2,4 & 6 Let the fun commence!
  8. Woo-hoo! Made it in the gallery, 4th from the bottom... http://www.fcm.eti.br/galery.html
  9. True does seem a little simplified, more parts in an eduard 1/72 wurger Not that it matters I suppose?
  10. Stonehenge - a staged study for my LHS

    Along with some dancing wizards 👍🏿 Good job and nice to aee something completely different
  11. Hi mate, yeah when a gull grey tomcat is at the end of a cruise and weathered they do seem to be just a plain light grey especially when photographed on a bright sunny deck. No warm creamy/sand tint to it like when fresh. Plus I have learnt that the gloss gull grey (either with white belly or not) and then later overall matt gull grey (before TPS) were slightly different shades, rather than just gloss and matt versions of the the same colour as the 16440 and 36440 FS numbers would suggest. Going back to the wings question, yeah all are fixed as you see them, less one. The majority to the rear for space saving in the cabinet. The two to the front are the vf101, depicted no crew and engines off so bladders deflated and then the vf102 with its nose down and engines on (wing bladders inflated with bleed air from engines) I built up these with milliput so they could never go back on this build. The only one with movable wings is the vf213, I did alot of work on the wing sweep weathering so like to have some of this visible in the cabinet from time to time as I move them around every couple of weeks. Most of the time this one is in a half swept position as shown above. I am going to try build a hobbyboss cat with either hasegawa or fujimi wings to have a flaps and slats option one day 👍🏿 Cheers, Tony
  12. a question about Zimmerit on tiger I tanks

    True, but several tanks did have zimm on flat/almost flat surfaces. The stug 3 and 4 spring to mind with their bow and engine decks 👍🏿
  13. JV44 stripe size?

    just remembered I have this sheet in 1/48, used a few years back. 1.5mm in size 👍🏿 I have the Eduard jv44 boxing but I think you have to paint the stripes, they don't provide any decals for those like in this set. That kit is buried deep in the stash.
  14. JV44 stripe size?

    Yeah I'd go 2mm as well. Either buy tape at that thickness or get a ruler and cut larger tape into strips. Perhaps then you can include a variation from 1.8 - 2.2 thickness as they didn't seem that uniform in real life?
  15. Thanks mate 👍🏿 Interesting point you make, and makes sense because alot of models will be built and painted in artificial light, photographed in artificial light, and then displayed at a show in a hall under artificial light...
  16. a question about Zimmerit on tiger I tanks

    Yeah as mentioned this has been debated for ages. Hard to make out in photos as this area isn't really photo'd much directly, and in other pics the light washes out that area. Plus with the wear to it from the crew climbing up on this area the most to get on the tank along with dust and dirt accumulating in the ridges it makes them hard to spot. A suggestion of it in a model would be best, I put it on a bit thinner and them chipped and sanded it back to simulate the above, or when you photograph your finished build take the pics from a low angle in the way real ones were done so people can't tell if you have zimm'd that area either 👍🏿
  17. Tiger I tracks. One side reversed??

    True yeah the first batch of what we modellers/historians now refer to as 'initial' tigers had 'handed' tracks, which meant the tank had to carry two types of spares. Shortly after they realised the potential logistical problems so they wore two left tracks, one being reversed and running backwards resulting in the tread patterns you see in your model above. Made the beast pull slightly to one side whilst driving I think I remember reading somewhere. The tracks with the ice rigdes on the high points came in towards the end of 1943. Can't remember the exact month as not dabbled with these cats for a couple of years now, I'm all about the flying ones lately 👍🏿
  18. @bearmatt and @Mr.Happy here are all 7 in few group shots I did on the dining table today. Hopefully these will do until I can take them round to my mates. They don't look great in these mind. Of interest is that the gull grey vf32 looks quite washed out in the natural sunlight coming through the window and similar to the light grey vf111, especially in the 2nd and third pictures. Makes you wonder what colour the planes really are when you think you are looking at pics of all gull grey birds as you said in WIP hey @Gekko_1 Cheers Lads 👍🏿
  19. 1/72 Mirage F1CR & F1CT

    Lovely 👍🏿
  20. MiG-25RBT, 1/48 ICM

    Here are few of the interior shades I was testing out when the Russian GB started. Hope this helps 👍🏿
  21. Ammo MIG Filters - For WWII Aircraft???

    @BIG X you dont have to be loyal to one brand. A filter is just a thinner wash. I use whatever I need to achieve the effect/shade I am after. I have several of both ak interactive & ammo filters and their washes in the drawer along with the mig oil brushers and several shades of abt 502 tube oil paints. You can use a bottled wash as a filter if you dilute some of it down more with thinners in a shot glass. Same principle with tube oil paints - a colour thinned makes a wash and then the same shade super thinned makes a filter 👍🏿
  22. What's red and wails?

    Nice motor! <gross content removed>
  23. Ammo MIG Filters - For WWII Aircraft???

    In a nutshell a filter is a thin translucent layer of paint to alter the base colour. Is can be pre or post decals depending on the effect you want to achieve. For example, on a plane with green camouflage if I were to add a lighter green filter in places to give the green camo shade some variation to add interest in places I would add it pre decals to avoid giving the decals a greenish tinge. I rarely put a filter over a whole area otherwise you may havewell just painted that part in the resultant colour to begin with. This type of colour changing filter is best applied on alternating panels etc to show a difference. If however I wanted to 'fade' the overall green more than give it a variation, I would use grey and white filters. These could be done post decals because the grey and white filters would fade/lighten the markings too (as they would have been exposed to the sun for the same amount of time) rather than change their colour with a tinge if you used a filter that was a lighter colour of the base under the decals. The former is where the market for all these multiple different complimentary shades of filter comes in to alter your base paint. The later can be done on all colours with a tube of grey and white oil paint (insert preferred brand here) or oilbrusher things Hope that helps and makes sense. Out in town on the ale at the minute...
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