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rob Lyttle

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  1. yeah, you can definitely see the style of it as a paint job. Quite a different appearance overall.
  2. Looking like a draw. The only solution to this quandary is to build two! I did the Hobby boss 1/48 easy build kit a while back and loved it. Remarkable bit of moulding- the main airframe was a top and a bottom, and fins! This looks a little more involved. Looking forward to it.
  3. Yep, you got it bad, beggsy! You see, not everyone would think that.... That's a lovely result so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing the paint job and finishing. Right on! This group build thread sounds interesting. Looks like you qualify already.
  4. Quick Demo:- Here's a piece left over from the 1/72 revell F101B. It's the weapons tray panel for the big missiles - "Air2" ? I left it off as I didn't want a rotating missile pallet. There's a few features on it, but I reckon it will go in one.... I'm going to get it on the middle and work outward. It's gonna be OK. Watch.... Little bit of rubbing to pick up some details, and gently with the cocktail stick, don't start poking holes in the foil. Use the lengthways dimension of the stick to ease the foil in around the long forms. Get to the edges and trim surplus. Go over it as can be done with fingers and your worn-out rubbing stick trying to find the panel lines Here they come... Now pick them up with the fresh cocktail stick, nice and sharp tip, and run over the lines of rivets too. Let the stick follow the panel lines, and little details you'd forgotten will reappear and remind you. There are a couple of little antenna type pieces to be added - do these after, they'd really get in the way of the foil process. The ordnance covers a lot of the piece in the end, so it's a walk in the park really...! Later....
  5. This is it, the big push! I had to put this build on hold last spring, and got sidetracked by other builds, including another Voodoo in 1/72 , the revell kit - 1991it says on the instruction sheet. So, got the little one finished finally and put up a RFI thread to celebrate, and now going to crack on with this labour of love, hell or high water, etc... This is the state of play as I lift the lid A lot of the foil work has been done on the main airframe parts. A few areas need looking at again, and a couple of snags in assembly need sorting , but I'm not going to get bogged down in obsessive detail anxiety ( a recently discovered medical condition, call it ODA for short)! 😉 Some debate about metal finish v light grey paint finish, and how it applies with USAF and Canadian planes. I'm no expert, but it's clear that Kittyhawk are saying nmf for this USAF single seater ( and I would have done it anyway, cos I like the process and the look!)
  6. The gun barrel housings need a bit of explanation; re the foil application. My method was to cover each blister first, and then do the panel around them so they are treated as islands. The irregularities and different surface areas mean one piece of foil has no chance of conforming to the shape. The muzzle pieces were put on after the foil - they were a paint job. I figured they were beyond the scope of both the foil AND me. Looking at the finished assembly, it might have been feasible..... next time....?
  7. Comiserations MrEd, we feel your pain! Maybe living in a padded cell is the way to go - some would say "in more ways than one!" Never mind, it's all character- building. Press on,there....
  8. Couple of structures done. First a pair of trousers for the legs. The main legs went in OK, and the wheels after a sanding round the brake drums. So I'm tackling these. One was a breeze, but the other one kicked off. You can never see the pins and holes anyway, but this just wouldn't line up. I thought I'd got the leg on wrong at one point. I took the little top piece off in the end, fitted the door to the leg letting it make an angle with the wing surface, then cut the little flap bit back and butted it up against, covering that wierd angled gap. The legs are right, who knows what's going on with that. Got the front leg assembly together too. Phew..! That's a festival of tiny pieces with very vague instructions on assembly and no good illustration of what you should end up with! This should all have been done as the u/c well was being assembled on page one. The prospect of building, and more importantly foiling , the airframe with a fragile front wheel sticking out - that was a nonstarter. The well went in. So now the front leg had to be manhandled into the well, along with the little actuator arm thingy. A wheel came off and the landing lights are askew for a minute, but it's IN! 😂 Cuppa tea I reckon....!
  9. I've watched a few videos of these things starting up. I'm thinking experienced ground crew knew to stand up-wind! Good grief, has anyone estimated the amount of damage done to the ozone layer over the years by Canberras and B57s? Don't think they'd pass their emissions test for the next MOT! Little shiny disc on the side of the cowl- has that anything to do with the cartridge starting system?
  10. ".....or in this case, because it isn't not there!" Yeah, I think I see what you're getting at, now. Seriously, this is mind-bogglingly good freestyle modelling going on here.
  11. Snapper, is this conveying the gist of it, or just creating a mysterious fog?! Pleased to get the tanks on straight and level, Also thinking seriously about having the airbrakes closed, to show the styling of the airframe. I like the look of it...
  12. Bit of a trim, and a good seeing to with the buffer stick, and a straight trim around the front join line, it's ready for the front tip- Again it's starting in the middle, which is the very tip, with a piece big enough to make it to the join but small enough not to be a nuisance with surplus Now it's just easing and teasing the foil back gradually with thumbnail till the join line is reached. Work it evenly rather than make one side and then try another - there's spare foil to be lost to make that cup shape and you don't want it all in one big wrinkle at the end. That's ready to trim around the join line. Tank done. Except the fixture pins that locate into the fuselage are downright inadequate. I drilled them out and fitted stretched sprue ( one at 2 mm and two at 1mm). Perhaps if it was a bare plastic to plastic join prior to a paint job, those locating pins would be OK ( but I doubt it) but with a foil job those pins need to do the work unless you're going to be faffing about with superglue. By the way, here are those vanishingly small PE parts for the intake doors that I put to one side Sorry about the picture but my camera doesn't have a microscope function! Really? Life's too short.....
  13. It's dawning on me gradually that it's not easy to describe ( or photograph) what's going on at my fingertips! One guiding principle is:- get it on nice and flat in the middle, and work to the edges. So, for the front section with the compound curve, the middle of the foil is the underside of the front section, and I'll work my way up round the side and make a join at the top. If it all starts to look unworkable I can either make cuts halfway up and do a separate piece on the top, or peel the whole thing off and reconsider, with a cup of tea . This is coming up one side to the top - I've found the line at the front tip and made a cut to relieve the foil of all the excess building up at the front, and about to cut along the centreline on top. So far so good... I'm using thumb and thumbnail to work out towards the edges surplus trimmed, and ready to come up the other side It's all the excess at the front that needs control, keep cutting at the front join line to let the important piece settle round the curve. Focus on the panel - all the rest is junk.
  14. That Canadian hawk looks brilliant. The blue bands on the black tail are (literally) radiant! Is the whole decor a combination of paint and transfers?
  15. OK, but it is the tailpiece next, which is easier as it's a straight sided cone. Again, I'm making the join at the top - so I start underneath. The foil is going to skew up along the tank but that's OK. It's going to be trimmed back to the moulded line to meet the first piece of foil. Trim back the surplus length beyond the tip and ease the foil up one side. Concentrate on getting the middle on smooth and flat, and work to the edges. When it's up to the top centreline, make the cut.Try not to leave cuts on the first piece. In fact you could make the cut at the mould line first, and then down the centreline to the tip. The cone shape does finish before the join line and become straight cylindrical for a few mm, but the foil can absorb the difference - just keep the "surplus" evenly distributed, don't herd it all into one big wrinkle! Other side - Sorry about the photos, my lil phone camera is well out of it's depth here! You should be able to find the mould line and the centreline cut edge through the foil, so cut and remove the surplus and give it a buff. Check that last cut was OK. You don't want a gap, or a big overlap seam. A slightly less worn-out abrasive stick may help to blend joints together . OK, phase 3 up next....
  16. Fuel tank is next on the list, and it needs doing in 4sections. - the main body is a cylinder. -the tail is a cone. -front has a compound curve. -the nose. No.3 is the tricky part! Start with the main cylinder The fixings along the top make a good place to start, because locating pins and aerial blades are a nuisance in the middle of a surface, and the foil join will be tucked away under the fuselage in the long run.
  17. A belt and braces contingency plan can be a good thing when boldly going where no modeller has gone before!
  18. That does look like an above -average kit that's landed on your table. Hope the airfix kit can hold its own, in tandem with this!
  19. So, are you going to finish it with open air con bay, as for maintenance? What's the plan?
  20. Rodh2, are we going to get a look when you're done? Or in progress even? 👍
  21. Are you sure you don't want a nice shiny one? If it was me, I'd use the transfers and pretend they were the right ones!!
  22. All -moving tailplanes for foil next. The rivets details are very light and it's going to be a challenge to find them again! As a general rule, with two opposing parts, and especially here, cover one and use the other as a reference to help find the detail patterns on the one that's covered. But I know from looking at the mouldings, this is a bit of a challenge. I got 75mm wide foil and I can do the whole blade in one. I ve drawn a pencil line down the middle of the foil thats for the leading edge. Peel the backing past halfway to reveal that line, and plant the leading edge on it. Now drop the piece down onto the foil. Leave the backing on the other half for protection, there's nothing more attractive to bits of rubbish than an exposed length of sticky foil! Trim the surplus Now, with no dirt involved, peel the backing as the foil gets applied across the other side The odd little wriggle in the foil doesn't matter, they'll flatten out. But if you haven't trimmed the surplus tape from the first side you get in a right old tangle with two surfaces of surplus tape sticking together. The bit on the end can cover the tip Give it a good burnish to try to find the rivets. You've got the other blade uncovered to help. A straight edge with a cocktail stick run along it is good at picking up the line of rivets. You can feel them bumping if you're on the right line. Wrong lines with no details will burnish flat again. It's a tight fit in the fin, but that's a good thing, right?
  23. Plan C port wing seems to be OK, I drilled into the fuselage side through the holes in the door, not all the way through, to give aplastic to plastic join and a location, stretched sprue to 1mm,. and glued em in. They should trim up fine later. I might try slipping an extra one in further back, just cut to size/ tight fit - has anyone tackled this with the successfully?? Take my hat off to them, for sure.
  24. Sounds like a plan to me. So, are you going to change the title of the thread to.... Lightning Lightning Lightning?!😃 Dohhh!! Beat me to it!
  25. I found a few pictures of the airframe in the process of being foiled, when I first realised just how big the plane is, compared to say, a Chinese MIG 15! (J4 is it? Something like that)