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  1. Bf 109g-5 Eduard 1:48

    Excel What he said
  2. Tamiya 1/48 SS-100 Heavy tractor

    I hope this isn't one of the "2 new 1/48 kits" that was rumoured a few weeks back I like 1/48 armour but this one does nothing for me at all..
  3. 1/48 GWH F-15C digital aggressor DONE

    Nice work there
  4. 1/48 Kinetic Mirage IIIO

    Thanks Pappy Weathering and flat coat completed. I’ve gone with quite a weathered gfinish to try and simulate an aircraft a long time from the paint shop and one that’s had a lot of use out in the Malaysian / Northern Australian sun I think the aircraft actually had a semi gloss finish but IMHO for a little aircraft like the Mirage in this scale Semi gloss looks to glossy. I’ve used Gaianotes flat which has given me a slight sheen anyway. For the weathering I used some pastels, coloured pencils, and a bit of airbrushing. Just the undercarriage and tanks to go, although I may do some more to the underside.
  5. Superb build really bought to life with fantastic photos My only comment is the use of the 300 gal tank with the fins on the centre line. Not a configuration I've ever seen on a A-4.
  6. 1/48 Kinetic Mirage IIIO

    Decals are done. I used the kit decals for everything but the serials and fin flash, those were from the Caracal sheet. The kit decal option is for a grey Mirage IIIO but the stencils are the same as for this scheme. I preferred the kit roundels over the Caracal ones as the blue on the Caracal sheets seem a little to bright to my eyes. I figured I may was well use the kit stencils as well as, like all Kinetic kits, they’re printed by Cartogragh and are probably the best kit decals out there. The Caracal decals are also printed by Cartogragh so they performed well. Gloss coat was Gaianotes Lacquer.
  7. 1/48 Kinetic Mirage IIIO

    Bottom is done. Paint is Mr Color Lacquer, this is still my favourite paint (I’ve recently decided I don’t need to fall into the trap of trying every new paint that comes out ) . One thing I love about these paints (and lacquers in general) is that it dries within minutes so it reduces the chance of fingerprints and allows you to continue working immediately after (unlike the Mr Hobby Aqueous/Tamiya or enamels) I’ve also applied an oil wash. With the lacquers there’s not need a clear coat. I usually just give the kit a quick rub down with wet mircromesh (anywhere from 4000 to 12000) to take of any rough paint, then I apply the oil paint, let it dry for 20 minutes or so and wipe off with a paper towel/ rag. Bombs are from one of the old Hasegawa weapons sets. I have a few of these sets and whilst they aren't as nice as the newer sets from manufacturers like Eduard and others, the basic dumb bombs are still good enough. I’ve gone with low drag Mk 82’s for this build as I’ve got a heap of them to use up. The kit comes with MK 82 high drags which will go into the bomb dump for some other build.I wanted to add more bombs but it seems that the Mirage couldn’t carry any more than 4 MK 82’s in practice. Paint is a mixture of Tamiya/Mr Color and Mr Hobby and I still need to add decals and weather them a bit more. The tanks are from the kit. From what I understand the bomb racks staggered with the inboard pair being further forward than the outboard pair so I assume this meant the tanks were specifically left hand or right hand. The kit tanks don’t depict this and to be honest I couldn’t be bothered fixing it as it requires re-scribing on the small curved sides of the tank.
  8. 1/48 Kinetic Mirage IIIO

    Looking forward to seeing yours Bruce. I need a good laugh Just lucky on the gun flash hiders I guess. . One of my elevons was short shot so I had to rob from another kit. Kinetic / Lucky Model are sending a replacement Glad to be of help Pappy. It's not a bad kit, similar quality to the Shar. It does suffer from being a bit overly complicated in engineering as a result of trying to jam so many variants in 1 box . That said I've quite enjoyed trying to resolve the fit issues, which IMHO aren't too bad. But It's certainly no Tamiya kit. My biggest gripe is the soft/shallow panel line detail on the fuselage. The thing I dislike most about this hobby is re-scribing existing detail, I am tad hamfisted so it never goes well I've found the plastic doesn't scribe that well either.
  9. 1/48 Kinetic Mirage IIIO

    Thanks Ray I decided to go with sausage method to get a softer line between the colours. I started by applying a base coat of green. After a recommendation from a poster on Aussiemodeller I chose Gunze Mr Hobby H73 (RAF Dark Green WW2) It's greener than olive drab but more olive drab than the modern RAF green. I then added the sausages and applied the Mr Color Dark Sea Grey. This was an old bottle I had lying around that I’d used on my Jaguar so I had lightened it a bit. I pulled off the sausages and then added different shades of green and grey to break up the single tones.
  10. 1/48 Kinetic Mirage IIIO

    Not waiting for Mediocre models Pty Ltd (i.e. Bruce) to catch up, plus as he needs all the tips he can get I've decided to to crack on A bit of dry brushing over my console work to make the detail pop and then on goes the nose . Fit here is as good as a Tamiya kit. Perfect in size and shape with only a tiny bit of sanding on the mating surfaces needed. Once I was happy I glued the 2 nose pieces together and joined it to the fuselage. The windscreen piece was a little to wide for the fuselage so I attacked it with the sanding sticks. Unfortunately I was a little to vigorous. I had to use a bit of Magi sculpt to restore the shape. I like that Kinetic moulded the clear piece with a large bit of “fuselage” on the part. I wish other companies would do this (Like Tamiya did with the F-14) as this allows you to use normal cement to attach the part without worrying about damaging the clear parts. All ready for paint. There are some large sink marks on the wings, which run laterally across the wings. I used black Mr Surfacer to fill those. Black Mr Mr Surfacer doesn’t seem to shrink like the grey stuff does, I’m not sure if that’s true but that’s what it appears like to me. I’ve spot primed all the other areas that I worked on and added some other random spots
  11. 1/48 Kinetic Mirage IIIO

    The join of the Doppler(?) panel under the nose needed a bit of work. It seems the panel is slightly rounder in circumference than the kit. The worst bit is at the rear where there are panels that need to be there. I cemented it then filled the seam with CA/Talc in preparation for re-scribing the lines. I also replaced the probe on the side of the fuselage with a needle. The instructions don’t mention nose weight but I think it needs some so I stuffed some white tac as a back board, then lead shot and with white glue, followed by more white tac to hold everything in place.