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Navy Bird

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  1. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    I'm not a big fan of panel line washes either, but on an all-white fuselage they help add some interest. I've toned them down a bit since I took that photo. In real life, they look quite delicate, especially those on top of the wing and around the joints with the fuselage. I think once the transfers are on, along with the canopies, tyres, etc. things will be OK. I have been using that photo as a guide. It's on the cover of McLelland's book. Gear wells, bomb bay, and avionics bay have received their coat of light grey. Some detail painting to follow this evening. Maybe some stickers tomorrow. Cheers, Bill
  2. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    This has been a right royal pain. To be honest, I don't like it. When that happens, I'd rather work on something else. Anyway, I think I'll tone this down some more by shooting some highly thinned white over the top. Cheers, Bill
  3. MH 60 Academy SeaHawk. 1/35 scale.

    Wow! Very nicely done. Are the displays homemade decals made by reducing images of actual screens? Cheers, Bill
  4. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    The brain is an interesting thing, no? Did you ever see that internet thing that claimed we only need to see the first and last letters of a word in order to read and comprehend a sentence? Or something like that...I forget exactly what it was because they only included the first and last letters of each word. I did the same thing in Dayton. What makes it worse is that Kelly Johnson put the leading edge of the wing right near forehead level. @perdu beat me to it! Ah, Jenny...I think I dated her sister. Navy Bird does not mind. These are good diversions to take up the time when I'm not making much progress! I have to ask, though, if vodka and X-20A are substitutes, does this mean that you drink Tamiya if you run out of vodka? So, some experiments. I made up a wash using Gunze FS36495, and when applied to some panel lines it is virtually indistinguishable from the white paint. So I will need to make a darker one - I tried by adding a single drop of black to the light grey wash and it resulted in a wash that was too dark. Time to start over again - this time I added a drop or two of Medium Sea Grey to the FS36495 wash and I think this will be just want I want. I also did some random application of Gunze off-white, trying to follow the photos of XR220 and duplicate the areas where the finish looks aged and/or yellowed/dirty. No luck, this resulted in a very odd looking finish. I then sprayed over the top of that with a very thin mix of the base white to tone everything back down. I think my plan now is to do the panel line wash, and then pick out certain panels and the radome to do in a bright white and see if that adds some more interest. Cheers, Bill
  5. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Gunze FS36495 is what I've chosen for the gear wells and legs, and it would work well as a wash. Revell say that 371 is close to Testors FS36495, so I guess we're all in the same ballpark (cricket field?). Vodka, eh? Well, I guess that would work since I know Tamiya paints are soluble in alcohol...I would prefer Scotch myself, but that would change the colour of the wash. I think I would rather save the Scotch for drinking though. Cheers, Bill
  6. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    All right then, a little putty here and some sanding there... PPP is not the best stuff for feathering, my favourite is that red glazing putty that I use, but after all was said and done: I think she'll pass muster anyhow. I need to let the white cure until it doesn't smell like paint anymore (with Testors that usually takes a couple of days). Then I think I will blatantly steal borrow mimic be inspired by @Seversky's use of Gunze H21 off-white on many of the panels. Then we'll need to re-paint the gear and wheel wells with the lighter grey, along with the avionics bay. I think I'm going to use a very light grey wash (which I haven't made up yet) for the panel lines. I don't normally do that, but this overall white needs something. The actual aircraft is not really weathered, it's just old. The bogie arms have had some detail painting done, and I've also shot the tyres with Gunze H77 Tire Black. I'm anxious for the stickers myself! Cheers, Bill
  7. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Now you've done it! The secret is out... Cheers, Bill PS. I can draw all sorts of panel lines in Photoshop.
  8. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Welcome aboard, Tim! We're trying to do some justice to the old gal, hopefully it won't disappoint. To be honest, I had expected to be done by now, but Airfix decided to keep us honest and throw a few challenges our way. I'm on my second application of PPP on those nasty wing seams. It didn't look too bad after the first, but wifey has a critical eye and won't let me get away with that. I'm still thinking about how to get the panel lines back. Move them, I guess, and scribe near the joints but not on them (PPP doesn't really like to be scribed). I know, that's cheating, but what the heck. They probably weren't in the right place to begin with. Cheers, Bill
  9. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Wouldn't that make it slightly warm? Maybe that's why I like the Gunze off-white that Seversky used. Cheers, Bill
  10. China Dog

    Wow, that's a fantastic finish in 1:72. I like the scheme too, it's good to see something other than the usual USAF markings. Cheers, Bill
  11. Very nice indeed. I love the old yellow wing schemes. Cheers, Bill
  12. 1/48 Junkers Ju-88 A-5 (ICM)

    Beautiful work, thank you for sharing. As others have mentioned, I think the weathering is spot-on. It's so easy to over do it, but you've achieved a great balance. Cheers, Bill
  13. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Thanks guys! Colourcoats show this colour as BS4800/5252 00E55. Here is a digital representation of this colour along with alternate close matches in other paint systems: http://www.e-paint.co.uk/Colour_alternatives.asp?cRange=BS 4800/5252&cRef=00 E 55&metallic2=False&cDescription=White Judging by the L* a* b*, CMYK, sRGB and HLC Values, it's a pretty neutral colour. Not much of a tint to it, at least when it's new. What happens with age is another story. So, she's now white. This is a base coat of Testors Semi-Gloss White which is one of the few Testors paints that I like. I'm not ready to proceed any further with painting until I do something about those wing seams. I thought they might look OK under a coat of white, but they actually are more pronounced then they were with the primer. So here we go - hand me the PPP. Cheers, Bill
  14. Thank you! That's quite a compliment coming from someone with your skills. I appreciate that a lot. It seems I never followed up on this - I made some adjustments to both the CMR Buccaneer S.2 and the Scale Resin Buccaneer S.1 in order to have the folded wings lean in more. To do this, I got the correct length for the jury struts from Andy White, and shortened the existing struts to that length. I had to carefully take off the wings (since they were superglued in place), remove any traces I could find of residual glue, make a new jig to hold the wings at the right angle, and so on. Let me tell you, taking those wings off was pure agony - I was sure I was going to break something that wouldn't be easy to fix. Somehow, though, I persevered and made the change. I think it's much better, but I'm still not sure if it's correct. Seems to me like the wingtips should still be a bit closer together. I'm not going to adjust it again though... Some pix: Cheers, Bill
  15. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    S.1 S.2 Cheers, Bill