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  1. Procon Boy WA Trigger Type Double-Action 0.3mm Airbrush (PS-275) Mr Hobby via Air-craft.net We reviewed this airbrush's stablemate two years ago ([url= http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235008778-mr-hobby-procon-boy-fwa-platinum-double-action-airbrush]here[/url]) at time of writing, and it has gone on to become one of my favourite airbrushes, giving me reliable and easy-maintenance service throughout this period, with no problems despite my fairly lax cleaning regime. This has endeared the brand to me no end, so when Martin offered this slightly wider nozzled brush for review, I had no qualms about saying "yes please". I'll let you into a secret here – I tested this airbrush around a year ago, then promptly forgot to do the review! I'm well-known for having a poor memory, but I remember this airbrush well, and will be able to give an informed opinion on it notwithstanding the intervening delay. This model is a trigger operated airbrush from the Mr Hobby range, who you'll possibly recognise from their Gunze Sangyo Mr Color and Aqueous Hobby Color range of paints. The Japanese heritage explains the overlong and somewhat cutesie name, but don't let that put you off one iota, as you can also refer to them by their product code, which in this case is PS-275. The airbrush arrives in a small oblong card outer box, with a sheet of clear acetate protecting the front of the inner box which is plastic and has a clear lid. Inside is the airbrush and accessories, coddled in tight-fitting foam inserts, which consists of the airbrush with screw-in 7ml paint cup stored in its own recess, nozzle spanner, air hose and air can adapter, both of which are of little use to the "serious" modeller, as they are both specific to Mr Hobby air bottles, which are hard to come by outside the Far East. There is also a two-piece quick-release adapter for the brush, but this again is specific to Mr Hobby gear, so not of much use. Again – don't let this put you off, as they're not really important and more useful items can be sourced cheaply at purchase time. Build quality is excellent, and the brush has a nice weighty feel in the handy, and you immediately notice that it has a rather short body, which is due to the manner in which the trigger is mounted. The needle is found inside the screw-off rear of the brush, with a set-screw in the rear for limiting the needle's travel, and as normal there is a needle chuck-nut, and a tension adjuster stacked behind each other around the needle. The needle is also shorter than usual, and the needle assembly can be withdrawn from the body by unscrewing it whilst holding the knurled lip for deep cleaning or seal replacement. At the front there is a screw-off crown, the air cap, and inside the tiny paint nozzle, which is removed using the supplied spanner, and if you have any common-sense, you'll unscrew it over a flat surface so you don't lose it! They are small, just in case I hadn't made that clear enough. The crown is a complete one, having no cut-outs around its edge, so viewing the needle can't be done from the sides. This is a two-edged sword, because it protects your needle better, but makes inspection and blowing back thinners to clean your brush a little trickier. You can get a small plastic cap that fits over the airbrush tip to make this easier, and they cost pennies – or you can risk stabbing yourself and put your finger over the nozzle. The 0.3mm nozzle is perfectly suited to airbrushing larger areas, with a nice clean spray pattern and a reduced likelihood of clogging due to paint particles. It's also good for spraying less finely ground pigments, which are found in some brands of paint. I used it for a month or so for spraying areas as well as varnishes, and enjoyed having it in the workshop. It isn't designed to be a detail brush, so don't expect it to perform as such and you'll be very happy with your purchase. Some folks don't get on with the trigger-style airbrushes, but having only ever used traditional top-mounted brushes, I found the transition quite painless. The first fraction of the pull begins airflow, and then the needle starts to go back, and with your trigger-figure having good muscle memory (which is probably why it got the job), it is easy to recover your "bite" after recommencing spraying. Spares are readily available from Martin, and are reasonably priced, but if you can bend a 0.3mm needle, you perhaps need to be a bit more careful! The nozzles will eventually wear, so it's a good idea to have one of these in stock just in case, and give some thought to keeping other consumables in stock too, so you don't interrupt your hobby. Martin's spares service is fast, and he packages small orders in letterbox friendly boxes, which I thought was quite a good idea in the modern world where no-one's postie arrives before 9am. Conclusion Another winning design from the Mr Hobby stable. As we know (you did read my earlier review, I hope?), they're inspired by the design of a well-known competitor, but they have carved out their own niche in my workshop, and if you give them a go, you'll probably join the club. The 0.3mm nozzle is great for more general airbrush work, which will be just fine if you don't get down and dirty with airbrushing individual hairs on figures (for example), and the reliability of the brand is excellent in my experience. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Martin at
  2. Fourth one complete from my WIP. Planned build no.7 from a list of 9. see here - This build from around page 8 through to 11. Real plane in question http://www.dstorm.eu/pictures/nose-arts/f-14/159611_1.jpg http://www.dstorm.eu/pictures/nose-arts/f-14/159611_3.jpg VF32 cag 200 desert storm wearing the squadrons kills from a couple years prior. As its the cag plane its in a retro type gull grey high viz type paint job with contrasting light ghost grey missiles. The rest of the squadrons planes would've been all wearing the TPS. This build counted as an OOB type as has some minor tweaks only to the base parts for accuracy or features relevant to this plane instead of loads of aftermarket. Depicted in an engines on (both nozzles open) and all loaded up ready to taxi across the deck to the cat for take off. Crew giving a thumbs up left and right. In summary- -Fuel dump pipe drilled out. -Arrestor hook shortened. -ECM bumps added. -Spine blade antenna shortened. -Panel lines scribed on exhaust shroud sides. -Nose pitot section corrected (too large) so it was glued on then the 'metal part' cut off for adding later. -Etch spares for ejection handles and mirrors. -Revell NATO set pilots added. From my resin project/masters: TCS lens drilled out/de-seamed. Wheels grooved and flat spotted. Part behind RIO's headrest added. Exhaust tubes (ribbed-Hasegawa) Main decals were from an old mircoscale sheet. A lot of the stencils came from spares. Missile data (54C's and live band colours) from an airfix sheet and home made decal bits also. Painted with Mr Hobby aqueous and Mr Metal buffing colors. Pilots/cockpit detailed with Revell Aqua. Xtracrylix satin varnish to seal airframe. Weathered with mig panel line washes and streaked with mig ammo oil brushers Hope you like it - something different with insignia blue on it instead of all the black fin Jolly Roger cats people build! Thanks for looking!
  3. Hello and here is my 1/72 Hasegawa F16N, completed for the STGB. WIP here: Pretty much as it comes, but had some revell upgradings - bang seat, main wheels and winders. Then from my casting project - Hasegawa GE tube and AB face from a B/D tomcat, and a GE nozzle from the fujimi B/D tomcat. Bad bits- I should have scratched a tacts pod out of one of the winders but couldn't be bothered. One of the main wheels set slightly wonky. Also canopy tint is a bit rubbish. Three weeks to complete, could have been less if I didn't have concurrent activity disease. Also lost a few days removing the wing walk decals to make it more accurate (thanks @Pappy ) and then subsequently repairing/touching up the paint, but it turned out better in the end for it. Primed in stynylrez, then mr hobby camo 324/317/337. Nose cone 306 grey. Intake cockpit and some bits in 308 grey. 316 white u/c and bays. Revell Aqua anthracite for scale black bits. Revell 90 silver on probes, oleos and nav lights. Nav lights then done in clear colors. Exhaust in alclad magnesium & pale burnt metal. Sealed with ak gauzy between decals and weathering etc. Weathering was some post shading and fading with mr paint basics black and white to make some dirty greys. Ak panel liner for blue and grey camo overall. Grey filter used as a wash for the white bits. Track wash on the exhaust bits and for some general grime streaks. Final coat was ak ultra matt. Enjoy!
  4. So for this build the quartet will be a f-16cj by tamiya in the 'have glass scheme' by hataka, (caracal next gen vipers), and an F-16N by hasegawa, and a Revell C in the new mission models paints. Last addition is the Academy KF-16C that will be wearing Xtracrylix. The tamiya will have an eduard etch zoom upgrade, masks with resin wheels & exhaust . Paint by hataka. The Hasgawa will be pretty much out of the box, with an Eduard canopy mask. It will have the exhaust, wheels and seat dressed up. Latest addition is a Revell C, with caracal lonestar decals. Mission models paints. (Will have to mix three shades of grey from black and white). Upgradings - wheels, seat and ordnance. Final is Academy bird with resin wheels, seat and exhaust. itching to start... Tamiya cj RFI Hasegawa N RFI Revell C RFI RFI And here they all are together! Thanks for looking Tony
  5. Here is another of my occasional 1/48 builds, the Eduard Messerschmitt Bf109G6. A lot has been posted online about the accuracy of this kit and building it alongside 2 other 109s the difference in size is instantly apparent. As a 109 fan I was rather disappointed initially but once I started building that disappointment all but vanished as the kit is a delight to build with superb detail inside and on the surface so it's portliness is forgiven on this occasion. Other than sand off the strange bumps at the wing root everything else is OOB including the strange undercarriage leg angle. I painted this one as Major Franzisket's aircraft as the other decal options all have some issues, several were ERLA built G6s so should have had the extra cowl bulges on the right side but Eduard didn't include them and one of the options colour schemes is actually a mixture of 2 aircraft from different factories. I've gone a bit overboard with the weathering as the photos I've seen showed this aircraft to be very clean, I'll put it down to artist licence. Duncan B
  6. Here is my next venture into 1/48 scale, the Hasegawa Bf109F painted up as Eberhard von Boremski's F4. The kit was very easy to make, I added the external stiffeners to the rear fuselage as I was originally going to be making another aircraft but had a paint issue so changed my plans quite late on. The photos I saw of this aircraft indicate that it might not have had the external stiffeners but they are there now. Painted with my usual Mr Hobby paints. I used decals by EagleCals and Montex masks for the Balkan crosses. I used the photos in the Luftwaffe Colours Vol. 3 Sec. 4 for inspiration although I didn't follow them exactly as the demarcation between colours should have had a slightly softer edge to them in reality. Only light weathering (except for the prop as I got a bit carried away with that!) as the photos were taken while the Unit was re-equiping onto these aircraft although the wing roots did have a lot of mud and dust visible. Duncan B
  7. After what seems like a long time (because it has been) I've completed my ICM Bf109 F4 as a Jabo of JG53 using Montex Masks and decals, painted using Mr Hobby acrylics. The kit includes an engine however I didn't have a lot of luck getting it to all line up so made it closed up. I used a colour profile in Kagero's Monograph Series Bf109F Vol 2 as the basis for the paint job. My first attempt at using Montex masks for the Balkan crosses, I didn't fancy using the supplied Swastikas though. I'm not sure I'd bother with the masks if I was to do it again. I replaced the kit's wheels with spares from an Eduard bf109 and that supplied the bomb and rack too. I hope you like it. Duncan B
  8. Opening a new can of worms today with a question for Luftwaffe modellers. What paint brand do you use for RLM78? I have various brands attempts at RLM78 but none of them seem to get close to the paint chips that I have for that colour (Merrick's and Eagle Editions). I have the following versions of RLM78: Polyscale, Vallejo's Model Air, Mr Color, Mr Hobby, Xtracrylix, Hataki, AK Interactive. They are all either too purple, too dark or basically just wrong so what other recommendations do we have out there please? Duncan B
  9. Mr Hobby Now at Wonderland Models

    At Wonderland Models, we will be stocking the Mr Hobby range of surfacing products, including Mr Surfacer primers, putties and masking fluid. Mr Surfacer has gained a reputation for superb quality within the modelling community, and is regarded by many as the very best micro-fillers and primers. Our first delivery of Mr Hobby modelling accessories is due to arrive this week. MaskingM132 - Mr Hobby Mr Masking Sol Neo 20ml PuttyP118 - Mr Hobby Mr White Putty 30ml P119 - Mr Hobby Mr Dissolved Putty 40ml Surfacer 40ml PotsSF283 - Mr Hobby Mr Base White 1000 Primer 40ml SF284 - Mr Hobby Mr Surfacer 1000 Primer 40ml SF285 - Mr Hobby Mr Surfacer 500 Primer 40ml SF286 - Mr Hobby Mr Surfacer 1200 Primer 40ml SF287 - Mr Hobby Mr Primer Surfacer 1000 Grey Primer 40ml SF288 - Mr Hobby Mr Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black Primer 40ml SF289 - Mr Hobby Mr Finishing Surfacer 1500 Grey Primer 40ml MP242 - Mr Hobby Mr Metal Primer 40ml Surfacer SpraysB504 - Mr Hobby Mr Metal Primer Spray 100ml B505 - Mr Hobby Mr Surfacer 1000 Primer Spray 100ml B506 - Mr Hobby Mr Surfacer 500 Primer Spray 100ml B511 - Mr Hobby Mr Surfacer 1000 White Primer Spray 170ml B515 - Mr Hobby Mr Surfacer 1200 Primer Spray 170ml B518 - Mr Hobby Mr Base White 1000 Primer Spray 180ml B519 - Mr Hobby Mr Surfacer 1000 Primer Spray 170ml B524 - Mr Hobby Mr Primer Surfacer 1000 Grey Primer Spray 170ml B526 - Mr Hobby Mr Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black Primer Spray 170ml B527 - Mr Hobby Mr Finishing Surfacer 1500 Grey Primer Spray 170ml
  10. Hi Folks, here is my AZModel Bf109 Erla built G14 of 15/JG5 based in Norway in May 1945. The kit included the markings for this aircraft however I had a set of Eaglecal decals that also had them so I used those as they appeared to be a slightly better quality. The kit was built OOB with the exception of the pitot tube which is brass tube and wire. Painted using a mixture of Mr Color and Mr Hobby paints and given a light dusting of some pastel chalks for the exhaust and dust. I built this one alongside AZModel's G5 kit and the comments I made about the fit (of the engine cowls in particular) stand for this one too. I made a few mistakes, sanding off details that should have stayed in place, but the instructions are quite vague as they are generic to all the AZModel 109's so check your references often. I copied a profile from the MMP Book, "Bf109 Late Versions, Camouflage and Markings" for the colour scheme. This kit fills a gap in my Bf109 collection as I don't think there was an off the shelf G14 in 1/72 available until this came out * (although it isn't particularly difficult to convert a decent G6 kit). I had a problem with Humbrol's Clear crazing prior to decaling the kit so I haven't used my usual techniques for weathering but I'm calling this one finished anyway. This was the profile I was aiming for And with it's G6 stablemate Duncan B * I had obviously forgotten about the Hasegawa and Academy offerings or my mind had blanked them out possibly
  11. Hi Folks, here is my AZmodel Bf109G5 built as Hptm Gerhard Barkhorn's ERLA built G6 of II/JG52 in the summer of 1943. The kit includes these decals and states that it is a G5 however looking at the photos in the book, Classic Colours Jagdwaffe Vol 4 Sec 3, it would appear to be a G6. I have also been told that II/JG52 were not issued with G5's at that time but I don't have that information to hand. Built OOB with only the pitot tube replaced by wire and brass tubing and painted using a mixture of Mr Color and Mr Hobby paints. I found this kit to be quite a trial compared with the Finemolds 109s as the instructions were a bit vague being generic for the whole series of 109 kits that AZModel released and the breakdown and fit of parts was sometimes problematic. I did appreciate that the kit includes many optional parts that went straight into the spares box. The shape of the front end looks a bit too thin compared with the Finemolds kits but I can live with that. So this was the profile that I was trying to follow I had a problem with Humbrol Clear crazing when I applied it as the gloss coat before decaling so I didn't risk doing my usual routine of washes and weathering but luckily it looks ok from a few feet away. Duncan B
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