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  1. I thought I'd taken photos of building the base but I obviously haven't However its one of my usual bases using an old picture frame, claycrete, artists acrylic paint and various scatter products plus various grass tufts. This shows what it looks like along with my initial ideas about the layout The bloke with his back to us is going to have to move, its just rude to turn your back on the audience! The placement of the various pieces of gear also isn't finalised. and of course the bloke currently standing on the wing will be standing in the cockpit, but that is masked off currently. The tail and elevators have been attached, along with some details provide in the PE set and some I've just scratch built The tail trim tab adjustment brackets come with the kit PE, but strangely enough the tail brackets don't so these were just scratched with some spare PE and wire. In other news, the nav lights on the wing tips have had work done on them Then finally for this update, I've been painting the figures with their initial colours, which will have washes and details added as time goes on, but here is the team as they look today Arms and hats will be added once painting has gone a bit further as it simplifies the painting a bit. A slightly lower angle shows the facial expressions a bit better. I've used a darker skin tone as the base as they would all be suntanned I've tried to vary the shades of khaki on the shirts and shorts to provide some variation as there undoubtedly would be in real life.
  2. Nah the old one was a complete whatsit - the corrections needed to convert the Revell Mk I to a Mark II needed cutting off the entire front of the plane and replacing it with the resin update from Grey Matter figures, which was a non-trivial exercise! Before: After:
  3. Sanding, filling and sanding... well it seems to have done the trick I'll need to slap some primer on to be absolutely sure though. I did make a very pleasnat discovery on the PE fret and in the instructions - they include a PE version of the strengthening strip for the underside which covers the horrible joint completely! In the previous two photos you might have noticed some filler in front of the UC bay. This is to fill the holes left byt he fitting slot for the alternative air intakes but since I'm goign to use the large Volkes filter, this needs to be filled. This does not seem to be mentioned in the instructions, but the filter does not cover this area completely The oil cooler is a work in progress as well, with 4 pieced of PE for each grill which go together without much problem with careful CY applications These are the resin cannons - the spring detail is nice and crisp and there are no moulding lines Which can't be said for the version on the sprues. note, these are the flat spring types as opposed to the round springs of the resin cannons. I see no need for aftermarket replacements for the resin cannons. Prop blades have been cleaned up and painted - there were some sharp mould lines on the edges, but these cleaned up without too much problem. I used a custom yellow mix to fade the colour down a bit. I won't be chipping the blade but I will dirty it up a bit later. Finally for this update, the scenery is being worked on as well .These still need washing and weathering...
  4. So having polished off the Guardians of the Galaxy spaceship, its back to Earth and Burma in 1944... The fuselage has been put together and the cockpit has been fitted along with seatbelts etc. I bought the Yahu Models Instrumnt panel, which was gorgeous, but I did feel a lit like a cheat as it looks just TOO good I used the PE etch seatbelts that came with the kit The rest of the cockpit was built using the PE that comes with the kit. As you can see the wings have also been attached. This was a bit of a nightmare as the kit parts have no location pins or guides. I added my own instead to help align the joints and ended up attaching the top of the wing to the fuselage first then adding the lower wing, making sure to not mess up the wing's dihedral in the process. There was also the added complication of a resin frame inside the cut out for the landing lights as you can see in the above photo. The joins were not very clean and will require a lot of clean up The starboard upper wing joint was particularly difficult as it was constantly trying to sink below the fuselage surface, The resin frame in the landing lights also causes the joint to open a little more than it should so will need some filler The port wing was a lot less trouble although the gap near the landing light is quite large as you can see in the next photos (the black is from the paint I used inside the wing behind the hole for the landing light) Back to the starboard wing and the gap near the wing root is also a bit gaping! So once all this has dried, I'm goign to be doing a lot of filling and sanding...
  5. Nice to see this being built - I've got the BR 1 version as well so interested in progress and painting tips
  6. Thanks guys, its a nice colourful thing, even the GF likes it
  7. Glad to have caught up again on this, those eyes are scary Looks superb!
  8. From one of my favourite movies of all time, Peter Quinn, aka "Starlord" flies a ravager ship called The Milano, here it is in a screencap from the movie: and here is a concept art version Fantastic Plastic do a resin "kit" of this. which I treated myself to as a birthday present earlier this year. This is what you get in the kit: So it is essentially one large block of resin with some wings that attach! Here is that block of resin: The casting was a bit rough, there were some notable pinholes and there was some damage to the "razor" nose which you can see above. There were quite a few faults in the mould which needed quite a bit of clean up and the surface was quite rough in places. I ended up using about 3-4 primer/filler coats before I was happy to apply paint. It would have been really nice to have had a larger breakdown of parts to facilitate painting a rather complex paint scheme, eg the ability to do something nice with the cockpit rather than have it just solid. Never mind, in the end the paint tells the story So here is my version on a base made from a piece of MDF with a printed logo stuck to it ...and of course we have Guardians of the Galaxy 2 to look forward to next week... I am Groot!
  9. Blimey good thing she's got super-strength, her spine would snap under any load!
  10. It was indeed mine, it'll be touring the shows this year, next outing will be Salisbury This looks lovely, a nice compact size with excellent detail, much more than was ever on the studio models lol I have a sneaking suspicion that this might have been the inspiration for the Kits for Cash model...
  11. Very nice, its a lovely kit just needs something inserted into the wing which is a shame they don't provide anything considering what they DO provide in the kit! I built this kit last year to portray the OTHER episode Fireflash appeared in when it sank in the ocean and Thunderbird 4 had to come to the rescue I scratch built seating lounges for the wings just out of some plastic strip More in my build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235007659-aoshima-fireflash-and-thunderbird-4-diorama/
  12. As promised here are the figure I intend to use: So from the left: This is the culprit of the accident, he'll be standing in the cockpit with left hand holding the windscreen and right hand raised to his hat in a "OMG!" pose. The body and arms are from the Airfix 8th Army Multipose set and the head one of the Hornet "Aussie" heads. This is a pilot figure who has come out to look at what has happened. He's wearing boots and is carrying a pilot's helmet in his hand. He'll have the bush hat on his head at a suitably rakish angle. This figure is from Master Casters as you can see in the background but I've replaced the head with one from the "surprised" set from Hornet. This figure has one hand held to his face in a "omg" pose. This figure is the standing figure from the MiniArt"British Tank Riders" set, with arms posed differently. The head is from the Surprised Hornet set and the bush hat from the Airfix Aussie Infantry set. This figure is from the Resin Cast "LRDG no.2 Into the Sun" with the bearded head replaced by one from the Shocked Hornet set.The hat is being held by a hand so he is taking his hat off while shouting at the careless ground crewman. The final figure is the Ultracast one, sitting having a fag and shouting at the clumsiness. The original head with a beret has been replaced from the Shocked Hornet set and the bush hat is from the Airfix Aussie Infantry and again will be worn at the typically rakish angle. My reference photos are from the family album of the few photos we've got of my Dad from that time My Dad is the one on the left in the above photo, with his Corporal stripes The photo on the right gives me a bit of a problem as I don't have any figures that are bare chested with bush hats and trousers! Oh well, plenty of pics of shorts and socks, so the figures should be okay I reckon!
  13. Go on then, I'll so something suitably SEACy
  14. First stages in this build are of course the cockpit. Hurricane cockpits are always quite interesting with the framework etc. On this kit, its a bit tricky due to the sparsity of locating pins, but with careful alignment its possible. The seat is cast in resin and care needs to be taken when removing the resin flash at the back not to break off the tabs that are intended to attach to the framework bars - ask me how I found that out! There are PE panels to be attached to the famework and pedals and a reasonably nice joystick. The compass is included on a resin sprue and looks nicely cast. Sadly while cutting it off with a razor saw, it pinged off into that parallel dimension that exists under the workbench, so I'm having to scratch build a replacement from a piece of plastic rod. The PE fret contains some seatbelts which I've painted up and folded as I think I'll use them on this build in preference to the fabric ones as I'm going to have someone standing on the seat so will hide most of the seat detail Finally for this update, my package from Historex arrived with the sets of Horent heads I ordered. These are superb also sadly two of the brims on the jungle hats broke off during transit, but the "frightened" heads are superbly exspressive! I've been matching these up to the figures and the next update will show the progress on the figures I'm using...
  15. She moved to LA in the 70s and was in a few movies and is now back in the UK and does the convention circuit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayshea