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  1. BanDai 1/72nd Scale Y-Wing

    Nice! Great chipping!
  2. Thanks Pete. I haven’t tried the melted sprue technique, not sure I’m game enough to at this stage of the build. I’ll just dirty it up in the hopes that covers it! So, I have good news and bad news, my friends. First, the bad news. As feared, the 25 year old decals have not held up well. They appear to be quite brittle, and prone to cracking and tearing. I applied a couple of light coats of Vallejo’s satin varnish with a few drops of orange mixed in as suggested by Will and Andy. Came up quite nicely, so when that was dry I tried a decal on one of the forks. As you can see it had trouble over that raised area and ended up cracking. I suppose it’s not that bad, and in the end will just look like routine wear and tear. As it was was a bit late I thought I’d just try one more simpler decal, so I did a shoulder one to see how that came out. Not too bad. Clearly these will tak a lot of patience, as well as a lot of Markfit Strong. Now, the good news! As I had finished my yellow base coats I took off all the masking and put her together loosely to see what she’ll look like in the end, and I think she’s looking pretty good! (Although a bit lemony in these pics, she’s more orange in real life) So I think my plan is this. Hand paint all the bits that need to be silver/metal; the forks, the pistons, etc. Then tidy up the black padding bits, they need a new coat and some touch ups where the masking wasn’t perfect. Once that’s done I’ll give it a coat of gloss varnish as I’ve got a can of mr hobby top coat sitting there. I want to give the decals as much of a chance as possible to go down smoothly. Once the decals are done I’ll give it a matt coat as I don’t want it mega shiny. And then the fun begins as I get to dirty her up. Any opinions on the best way to do the decals will be appreciated! Cheers, Tom
  3. Third coat of yellow applied. Will try to get my highlights and orange misting coats with satin varnish applied tonight. Who am I kidding, it’s Friday, I’ll sit on my sofa and drink too much. Some really dodgy join lines at the top of those legs! I guess I’ll cover them in dirt, rust, and grime in an effort to hide the shoddiness!
  4. That's great stuff, well done lads! I entered a Tie Interceptor into the Model Engineer's Exhibition at Ally Pally back in about '89 and getting a Highly Commended which was a massive confidence boost for me at the age of about 12, so these guys must be well chuffed with well-earned Bronze and Gold medals. Good to see some kids still have good attention spans.
  5. Oh of course, it's whether you're happy with it that matters. Looking at how it's coming together I can only imagine you are!
  6. Amazing! So, worth the $00 or so they're asking on ebay?
  7. This is looking great, I love the step by step pictures a few posts back, really good to see the process and results.
  8. Thanks for the feedback guys, all really helpful! I'll definitely be adding a third coat, and the highlights and orange misting coat sound like a great idea. I'm hoping that the dirtiness will end up looking just right, after all this is a working vehicle that is supposed to be a bit grubby. Glad you said browns and rusts, Will, as that's what I'd been thinking should be the way to go, happy to know I'm on the right track. Haven't worked with strips of styrene, Hunter, do you pick these up at the hobby shop?
  9. 1/9 Spiderman by Horizon

    Well I scored one off ebay for 10 US dollars, not sure if its a recast or not as all the ones listed on ebay seem to vary between brown or grey vinyl. The one I got is grey and look pretty similar to yours, the guy had tons of good feedback too so it's just a matter of waiting and seeing what I get. My (as yet unmade) Horizon Robocop and ED 209 are both the grey vinyl and are fine, so I'm hoping I managed to pick up a good'un!
  10. Sorry it’s been a while between updates. You know how it is when you have a toddler, your wife is six months pregnant, and your herniated disc is causing screaming, burning sciatica in your leg, you just don’t get that much time for modelling! Plus, this kit is kicking my bottom. I foolishly decided to prime in black in an effort to create a shadow coat that I keep hearing about on YouTube and modelling sites. What I didn’t know was how difficult it is to paint yellow on black. This was after one coat. It looked pretty green. Plus it highlighted a load of horrible join lines and wonky gaps that I hadn’t noticed previously. I did my best to patch them up, but it’s all weird angles and small crevices, so some of it looks pretty dire. I’ll have to try to cover that up when weathering, make it scuffed, scratched and covered in soot and oil to hide my poor skills. Last night I gave her a second coat of yellow (mixed with a little clear orange after a tip in another Britmodeller thread), and it’s still not looking great. Needs one more coat, but I’m not too happy with some of the dodgy patching I did. Plus my airbrush was going mental last night, barely spraying then overspraying resulting in blobs and patches. I think it needs a deep clean. I should maybe have chosen a less complex subject for only the second model I’ve ever used an airbrush on! You know how in those cooking shows when someone serves up a crappy plate of food they say ‘You obviously had some problems in the kitchen, you can see the stress on the plate.’ That’s how I’m feeling about this one right now. I guess the answer is get my head down and get it base coated. Once I get the decals on and start dirtying it up it might start looking a bit better. “If you’re going through hell, keep on going” and all that! Cheers, Tom
  11. Haha, you're obsessed! Good stuff, build up a whole fleet!
  12. 1/9 Spiderman by Horizon

    Ok, I really want this kit now, looks great!
  13. 1/9 Spiderman by Horizon

    Fair enough. Bear it in mind for future projects, it's a very nice product. Put down a coat of varnish and then touch the applicator brush that's in the panel liner bottle to a line (or webbing) junction, and the capillary action sucks it along with very little mess. Bit of cleanup with a cotton bud and some enamel thinners, and you're good to go. I used it on a bandai A-Wing with minuscule panel lines and it came up a treat. Good luck with old webhead!
  14. 1/9 Spiderman by Horizon

    What about using that Tamiya black panel liner, it flows really nicely in the grooves and you can easily clean up any little application blobs. This is looking fantastic by the way!