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Mike Mcellaney

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  1. F-104 Starfighter Gallery

    Italeri 1/32 F-104G finished as one from the HAF Overall I enjoyed the build on this kit fit of the kit was good but did require a lot of thinking ahead Decals from Icarus Paint Gunze Aqueous Base from Allwood Products with a Costal Kit printed base glued on
  2. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    Calling this one done Overall I did enjoy the build The kit is not without its issues but there again what kit is perfect With some thinking ahead most of the problems can be either fixed or avoided
  3. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    Hi thanks for your input I was aware of this but thought I would show an aircraft with a replacement panel taken from one of the German F-104 the HAF had and has not been painted yet to match the reset of the aircraft. I have also painted one of the wing tip fuel tanks in the German grey camouflage with the orange panel for a bit of added interest Looking forward to seeing some of your work on here
  4. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    Hi James, I used Gunze Aqueous thinned with Mr Color Leveller
  5. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    I have been working to get this one completed As you can see all of the painting is now complete and the decals have been started With a bit of luck and if I work into the small hours I should have it completed tomorrow
  6. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    These are the photos I have been trying to post for the update above, Flicker has decided to stop working so switched hosting sites Hopefully these photos show what I was describing above This is not really a bad kit it just takes a lot of forward thinking to get the best out of it
  7. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    OK the last update before I prime and start the painting I have found so far with this build its not the easiest kit to build and a lot of care and test fitting is required to get the parts to fit What I was finding is you needed to think 5 or 6 steps ahead of yourself Example 1, fitting the cockpit I found the left hand side of the fuselage was bowing out, so when it cam to fitting the canopy's and the electronic bay covers the fit was bad, solution fit a plastic card base for the electronic bays behind the cockpit to sit on and glue this to the fuselage inside allowing the side to pull in and sorting the canopy problems Example 2, checking all of the insert panels for the underside, I found the fit again was not great, most of the time it was the location where the panels were to be fitted needed to be squared off to allow them to fit. Example 3, the speed brakes sat about 1mm to low all this required was shims to raise them up. Example 4, the fit of the tail, engine intakes and nose cone, again lots of test fitting and minor sanding these fitted OK The worst panels to fit were the ones for the gun bay, again lots of test fitting, cleaning up the corners and shims sort of solved the problem, out of all the panels these are the worst fitting The only areas actually requiring filling were around the front windshield to blend this in, a small amount at the training edge of one wing, minor filling on the underside seams, and of course the wing tanks and drop tanks The drop and wing tanks I would say took the longest probably around 2 hours work in total spread over several days to get the seam's reasonable, the main problem as Evert said above were the filler caps trying to get these flush with the surface of the tanks Will post photos if I can get Flicker to let me
  8. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    Time for another update All of the seams have been rubbed down, and checked with black primer The tail section has been fitted, I decided not to fit the engine section until after the painting as it will make this so much easier I know the instruction say to fit it before fitting the tail section but you can still glue it into place afterwards The wings have been fitted, did notice the right wing fitted better the left one which was loose, plastic card shims took care of that The nose has been fitted and lead shot installed to weight the nose, did not go OTT on the nose weight as the front landing gear is not all that great and I wanted the least amount of weight on this part All on the inserts have been fitted and fitted rather well with no gaps or filler needed, so no re-scribing The only ones that gave a bit of a problem were the gun bay doors as these were sitting a bout 1mm below the finished surface of the model and only required plastic shims fitted to level But even with that the bottom edge did still pull in a bit, I think the shim melted and the bay door was sucked in I think a bit of time taken to test fit before fitting and removing a bit here and there and or packing out where needed has solved 99% of the fit issues
  9. 1/48 Hasegawa TF-104G Italian AF DONE

    Nice work on the cockpit
  10. That NMF work is nice, this is the first time I have seen the Vallejo metallic paint being used, might have to look at giving them a go
  11. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    Well going to call this update ROUND 2 of the build The cockpit tub and instrument panel is the kit with just some added knobs from plastic card on the right hand side Airscale decals used for the instruments The seat was salvaged from the Aries pit with RBF tag added plus some additional bits from the Eduard photo etch set for the seat belts The seat framework is from the Eduard seat The electronics bay behind the seat is from the kit with again Airscale placards added, still got to add wiring to this area Cockpit and bay fitted, fuselage joined, joints sanded, primer to check the joints and second fill This has now been sanded, primed and checked, some areas will still need more filling, this will be done with BONDO GLAZING & SPOT PUTTY
  12. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    Hi Greg, and I thought it was just me going a bit OTT with the Dremel I agree it is very tight fit and I had the same problem the pit sides and bottom you could see light through them and the fuselage sides were not that much better as I found out
  13. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    Well I have had a bit of a set back on this one, when fitting the cockpit I went a bit too far with the Dremel and went right through the side of the fuselage This was Saturday morning, so I went on line, ordered another kit and received it an hour ago curtsey of DPD This time no resin cockpit but can still use the seat, so lets start again
  14. 1/48 F-104J/DJ JASDF

    Nice work on the cockpit
  15. Italeri 1/32 F-104G Hellenic Air Force Completed

    Hi James , that was AK Extreme Metal Aluminium over a Mr Finishing Surfacer1500 Black Primer
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