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Kahunaminor

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  1. Fw190 A-5, 10/ NJG 3

    Top shelf matey, Up to your usual high standard. Regards,
  2. Many thanks gents, I think this is shaping up to be a good build. Actually using the bigger magnification on the optivisor and some good light has made th8ngs come into “focus”. Working slowly, getting the cockpit assemblies detail painted and now gloss coated for decals and a wash. I have decided to use the PE IP as the resin/decal attempt just really didn’t work. The gunsight has been added and it’s PE as well. The detail the PE from the BRASSIN sets add is just brilliant. You cannot really see it at the moment but once I detail it and add the glass it will show. Whilst the gloss coat dried, I turned my attention to the fuselage. I took to the sidewall details with my faux Dremel, removing the detail to allow the resin to fit. I got a little over enthusiastic in a couple of spots and broke through the exterior. Thankfully both times was under the beules and they will be covered. I set about joining the fuselage, starting from the rear and gluing the tail and forward to the cockpit and lower wing join. I let that set up then did the area under the forward cowl, finally the upper cowl and just forward of the cockpit. I made sure to give the seams a little time to set up between applications in an attempt to get that “perfect minimal seam.” I came close. I then added the upper tail section and the beule to hide my over eagerness: The coamings on each side of the cockpit also got a coat of RLM66. Regards
  3. Hasegawa 1/48 P40e Warhawk

    Welcome aboard and a great start. Very nice skills you have. Regards,
  4. These are the BRASSIN sets you have been looking for! School holidays and spending time with the kids (away from their devices) lowers my work rate. I am slowly getting the cockpit together. I am as yet undecided whether I will use the PE or resin and d cal version of the IP. I did make the PE one up this morning and it does look good bit I want to see how the decal performs. I have added some PE bits and bobs. It is the first time I have opted for PE belts in quite a while, having been put off by the problems associated older style of belt. The BRASSIN set contains the new steel belts and I am impressed. They are far easier to remove, place and seem mostly to retain their painted aspects. There is some touch up needed but that may be me. In 48 scale at least, they look quite good but I think I will stay with textile from RB or HGW for the big scale whenever I get back there. Anyway, some photos: Regards for now,
  5. 1/48 Airfix P-51D as "Feeble Eagle"

    Very, very nice! How do you like the AKI Extreme Metal? Regards,
  6. Fw190 A-5, 10/ NJG 3

    Nicely done, wouldn’t have noticed the alleged bad paint if you hadn’t made mention of it. It is all tying in nicely mate.
  7. Thanks mate, it was looking to be a bit of work. I am hoping to just pop the completed tub into the fuselage. Did you go that way or more traditional by adding it to side walls ? Regards,
  8. As the Airfix P-51D draws to a close, I am taking a step back into more familiar territory with a Luftwaffe build. I have espoused the merits of the Eduard line Bf 109’s but I have yet to actually crack a late war kit. I will remedy that with this build. The kit was given to me as a gift by a friend so I am keen to make it worthwhile. I have added some extras in the form of a BRASSIN sets and Maketar masks: I started as I normally do and coated all the PE in Tamiya Metal Primer. There is a lot of frets from the cockpit set and additional sets: I then started in the resin cockpit, carefully rinsing the resin and giving it a base coat of Aeromaster RLM 66 when it had dried: The first construction began with the seat, central cannon mount, forward cockpit firewall and rudder pedals (which are comprised of one resin and three PE pieces!): The toe straps will go on as the third piece of PE and the pedals will be lightened as per John Kim’s build. After all that effort, they deserve to get noticed! Regards,
  9. Airfix 1/48 P-51D “Cheesecake Chassie”

    Why is it the closer to the end you get, the more frustrating the build becomes? In the past 48 hours I think I have spent more time on repairing than building. The resin tail wheel snapped so after valiant attempts to use the resin, I went with a re shaped staple. I spent about an hour preparing, attaching, re attaching and when it finally looked the goods, I dropped the build as I was turning it over in the jig. Now I had the tail wheel, one of the main wheels, wheel cover, antenna mast to repair. Took a deep breath and start again. Once that was done peeled off the canopy masks and found a tide mark so out with the Pledge (Future) and a micro brush. Anyway here she sits: No antenna wire as although the profile shows one, the period photos of this and other unit aircraft do not so one less task. I left the aircraft in it’s gloss finish and flat coated the anti glare panel, prop and spinner, M10 launchers, wheels, drop tanks and inner gear doors just to add some variance. I am not sure if I should have made it all uniform but it is now getting to the point where I just want it finished. Regards,
  10. Boulton Paul Defiant Cockpit Photos

    Airfix have released a NF marking scheme in their latest release of the kit. See here : https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/aircraft/military-aircraft/boulton-paul-defiant-nf-1-1-48.html Regards,
  11. Airfix 1/48 P-51D “Cheesecake Chassie”

    Thanks mate, I appreciate you posting those. Regards,
  12. Airfix 1/48 P-51D “Cheesecake Chassie”

    The stencils are done. They performed very well with Micro Set/Sol and I don’t expect any silvering issues: The “to do list” is on the top of the cutting mat. I find it helpful to list the final bits as I sometimes forget them! Thanks for looking,
  13. 1/48 Airfix P-51D as "Feeble Eagle"

    The Eduard cockpit is an excellent rendition and you have certainly done it proud. I am looking forward to see how the rest turns out. Regards,
  14. Airfix 1/48 P-51D “Cheesecake Chassie”

    Well she finally bears her name! I finished the first round of decals with the main markings from the book, which performed flawlessly (I think they are Cartograph?) and the kit prop decals went on as well: The “!” marks look a bit off due to wonky measuring but they are in the correct place and aligned with the serial number: And a couple with the prop in situation: More stencils to go in the next session. Regards,
  15. Airfix 1/48 Defiant + extras

    Pity about the Yahu panel, it looked very nice. The brass barrels do make a world of difference to a focal point of the build. Well done. Regards,
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