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Ex-FAAWAFU

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2 hours ago, Ex-FAAWAFU said:

 I am getting there, but some of the stuff I have seen is mind-blowing, so I know I have a way to go.

 

Oh I dunno... you seem to have mastered it from where I'm sitting.   Unlike some other builds I have seen, you manage to keep the weathering/chipping to a subtly refrained and convincing finish.

 

Will you be oil dotting on top?

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Probably not oil dotting, I think; these aircraft weren't in service for long enough to get seriously faded (not least because they didn't go to sea).   I might do a little, but having seen @woody37's fabulous results with pastels on his Lincoln, I think I'm going to do any further weathering that way - after all, one of the points of this build was to try new techniques (actually I have used pastels a bit, so it wouldn't be completely new to me).

 

Thanks for the compliment; I try to build something that looks at least plausible - wartime aircraft certainly got into a right state at times, but this is 4 years later on an RNVR Squadron which only flew at weekends, so they FR46s weren't thrashed to death.  Less is more!

 

Anyway, the transfers / stickers / decals are all on:

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The only markings now missing are the yellow cut marks around the canopy (which will have to await unmasking, obviously), plus the side numbers (the yellow 104 marks).  The side numbers are going to be sprayed through Montex masks, just like the under wing serials - I have left them until now because I thought it was going to be tough to line them up with nothing else around.

 

The undercarriage also awaits - it's ready, but won't be going on until all painting & weathering is complete.

 

I am away all day tomorrow, but reckon we're pretty close to RFI now.

 

Crisp

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Phwoar... What is it about EDSG over Sky? That's looking really nice.

 

Justin

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Forgot the 'w' in 'phwoar'. I think there is one.

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On ‎16‎/‎09‎/‎2017 at 7:15 AM, Darby said:

By all accounts LA546 is under the ownership of a Mr PR Arnold. This I have been reliably informed of and have a very good contact regarding Seafire stuff 'behind the wire' so to speak. If you need a 'heads up' on owt give me a shout.

And that Mr PR Arnold is by all accounts THE man to talk to about Spitfires and Seafires. He's a walking, talking, photographing, internet-posting encyclopedia on the subject. I think he posts here from time to time, too, as Mark12 (he has one of those too ;-) ). If you've ever seen the photo/meme of a man with a Griffon Spit fuselage poking out of his single-car garage, that's Peter.

 

Apologies if I'm going over previously-covered ground but I've only read up to page four (beautiful build, Crisp!) and had to chime in.

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Whether it has been said yet, but this build seems to have literally flown by! A lovely build of a rather tasty aircraft.

Those prop blades do look impressive. Top work Crisp!

 

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Looking really smart - there's something about the look of the lower EDSG demarcation scheme and the C1 roundels

 

CJP

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Wow

 

I think I detect a change of scheme for my Sea Fury...

 

She looks kinda wonderful Crisp, just a bit tastyer than blarry marvellous

 

Can't wait to see her sat, just there

 

Waiting to fly

 

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It looks great Crisp! As to weathering, these aircraft were kept in immaculate condition. A former ground crew member from Culham I once met recalls spending most of the week making sure they were spotless in readiness for the weekend aviators to arrive on a Friday afternoon and the son of a former Commander Air of the base confirms that there was all Hell to pay if his father encountered any dirt on any of the base's aircraft.

 

Martian

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She is a gorgeous thing of delectable beauty Crisp....!!:heart:

 

One thing (probably obvious, but you never know) to mention to those thinking of trying the hairspray/chipping fluid weathering business, is that it only works with acrylic paints!

 

Keith

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44 minutes ago, keefr22 said:

She is a gorgeous thing of delectable beauty Crisp....!!:heart:

 

One thing (probably obvious, but you never know) to mention to those thinking of trying the hairspray/chipping fluid weathering business, is that it only works with acrylic paints!

 

Keith

Interesting piece of information Keith - thanks for sharing

CJP

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She's looking gorgeous, Crisp. Period. :worthy::clap::clap:

Mission accomplished, I'd say :)

 

Ciao

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I just looked at those pics again, is there something wrong with the starboard wing roundel? I thought it was just reflection at first but the same lighter patch shows on both right and left views......

 

Ian

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4 hours ago, limeypilot said:

I just looked at those pics again, is there something wrong with the starboard wing roundel? I thought it was just reflection at first but the same lighter patch shows on both right and left views......

 

Ian

 

That's a bit weird isn't it, hadn't noticed that! Nothing can be seen in the overhead shot though....

 

Keith

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The photo was taken while the Microsol was still wet, I think; it’s fine now

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