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  1. Funny thing about the Britannia, I always thought it was an ugly aircraft. I saw them twice in Australia, once as a teen a British Eagle example overflew us on the Geelong road as it was on short final at Avalon airport then many years later as an ATC at RAAF Pearce when a RAF example paid a visit.. Then I saw G-AOVF at Duxford and I thought it is not ugly, not pretty but "handsome" as one might describe a slightly imperfectly proportioned female face. Then I saw the RAF example at the RAF base whose name eludes me and I was hooked, I had to get me a model, in 1/72 a hard to find vacform is t
    25 points
  2. I've completed this Fw 190 in the summer of 2015. I had big expectations of the arrival of this new tool kit, reviews were very positive, sadly it did not proved to be an easy kit to build (for me). I had to work hard to make proper fit. The following main modifications were done, among many small ones: - thinned the very thick training edges of the wings - added the missing MG ammo racks in the wheel wells - replaced the guns and the pitot to metal tubes - shortened the undercarriage legs, added brake wires - replaced the wheels Please also not
    25 points
  3. Hello Chaps, This is my second "Hairy Stick" adventure that I completed in November 2016- a very basic kit by Matchbox from 1976 that has been in my stash untouched for a very long time. I was really concerned about the decals being so old and the fact that they had "yellowed", whether they would work or not, but, if I let them sit in warm water for a few minutes, I was able to carefully peel them from the backing paper, they wouldn't slide, but beggars can't be choosers...I was just happy i got them to work! I'm not going to say anything about the kit itself, because i
    19 points
  4. It was one of those warm August afternoons some twenty years ago. I had just arrived from my local library with a bag full of “Aeroplane Monthly” magazines. I sat at the terrace with a cup of coffee and started to read. Soon I was flying high above the South China Sea with Flt Lt Edward C. Powles en-route to photograph Yulin harbor at Hainan Island. I hardly noticed the sudden afternoon rain shower; so fascinating was the story told by Flt Lt Powles. When Airfix released their 1/48 scale Spitfire PR.XIX it was clear that I will build PS852, Powles’ favourite Spitfire. After an extensive r
    14 points
  5. Hello Chaps, This is my fourth "Hairy Stick" adventure that I completed in January 2017- again, this was a very basic kit by Matchbox from 1980 that has been in my stash untouched for a very long time. Upon opening the box, I found that the decals were missing along with the port-side air brake. I was fortunate to discover that a fellow modeling buddy had a spare set of decals for this kit that he kindly sent to me, the port-side air brake, I scratch built by using the starboard side air brake as a template and marking out the shape onto a molded part that had very similar surface
    14 points
  6. Pleased to present another new finish. Kinetic Su-33 completely OOB build. The camo was airbrushed freehand and is not as sharp as it should be. This is now my 6th flanker build of various variants, just waiting on Kittyhawk's Su-34
    14 points
  7. Hello Chaps, This is my third "Hairy Stick" adventure that I completed in December 2016- a very basic kit by Matchbox from 1973 that has been in my stash untouched for a very long time. Again, I was really concerned about the decals being so old and the fact that they had "yellowed", whether they would work or not, but, if I let them sit in warm water for a few minutes, I was able to carefully peel them from the backing paper, they wouldn't slide, but I was just happy that I got them to work! The cockpit for this two-seater trainer version was very basic- just two seats
    12 points
  8. Good day, gentlemen. Let me present you my next model. I spent a lot of time to put in order panels and wing. There was absolutely untrue imitation of fabric.
    12 points
  9. This is my effort at building this kit. Built completely oob with no extras. As usual all comments welcome.
    12 points
  10. Thanks TT - same for me. I have a few pots but no idea, really, what to do with them to achieve a specific effect. I need to practice I guess, and remember what I did! Thanks Rob - I think pastels are the way to go then. At least they build up slowly and come off fairly easily. A couple of shots this morning close to the window: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Happy with that, but not with the top of the nacelles: Should have taken the paint back to the panel line. Now I need to try to mix another tiny batch of the same
    12 points
  11. Thanks Rob. Yes. levelling thinner works great with AMMO paints and primers. I'd be cautious about using it with Vallejo though. It will thin it, if you add a lot of thinner to the paint, but it can be hard to clean up from the AB. I usually use plain tap water with Vallejo, with a little flow aid added if I'm spraying a large quantity. Okay, the last bits of detail painting and weathering have been done on the Striker. The cockpit glazing frame was sprayed in Vallejo Black Grey, followed by a very light dry brush with a lighter grey. Some of the smaller details were picked out in
    11 points
  12. Hello Chaps, Until my man-cave is setup in my new home, I cannot do any airbrushing and so my last 6 builds have been "old school" brushing with the "hairy sticks". I've decided to stick with 1/72 scale while using brushes because there is less surface area to cover compared to the 1/32 scale I prefer to build. This was my first adventure with the bristled wands that I completed in November, 2016- the HobbyBoss 1/72 Seahawk Mk.100/101. Not a bad little kit with decent tub details for this scale; I added seat belts made out of foil from the top of a wine bottle and the rest was OOB.
    10 points
  13. I built tis model a few years ago after having the kit sit in my stash for a few more yeas prior to that. The kit was labelled as being Italeri, but in reality, it was originally released under the Zvezda brand. Because of it's ancestry, the detail wasn't as crisp as say, an offering from Miniart, but with a bit of work and a sheet of Eduard etched brass, a reasonable could be produced. The load in the back is from a set by Miniart, and consists of some 85mm ammunition boxes along with an oil drum from Tamiya. The markings on the boxes a
    10 points
  14. Hello everybody! After months of procrastination, I finally completed this model I had started on in August of last year. Details added: Scratch built Ejection Seat detail Full hydraulic lines on landing gear using stretched sprue closely matched landing gear bays (hydraulic lines and additional detail) scratch built ventral fins Scratch build Sub-sonic ramps in the intakes (missing in the kit) Riveting where ever appropriate (around cockpit and on the upper surfaces of the fuselage Improvement to the chin pod TVSU Drille
    9 points
  15. OK, let's see. The strengthening plates are on, and just for fun I sprayed some Alclad Grey Primer to see how bad they look. To be honest, the material is very thin and they might get lost under a few more coats of paint! The big issue now is "some" of the panel lines on the fuselage. I think the ones on the wing will be OK, especially since I don't plan to use a panel line wash. Some, but not all, of the ones on the fuselage are quite deep, so they'll need more than primer. A few coats of Mr.Surface 500 should do the trick, but I suppose I should see if I need to make an
    9 points
  16. Thanks guys and yes the Baronial one has noticed I took the plunge and got some of Ceds swanky clamps. not too bad. it was all going so well. Not really badness but let's say turbulence. The Mr S worked well after some sanding but I had to add another layer so that means s wait over night so I decided to add some little bits. this little door, I'm having it closed but he no fitty, so a blob of Mr S. then this bit on the other side. He fitty but.... two ruddy great sink holes, so Mr S. I know I'll fit the top bit that should fi........ dag
    9 points
  17. Completely out of the box and I enjoyed every single bit of it except the horrible metal seat belts and they really should give us pre-cut masks for the price! Painted with Vallejo now I've discovered I need to thin them with their airbrush cleaner rather than their thinners! The subject is a bit of a cliche by now but a lovely excuse for some unsubtle weathering with AK Interactive enamels. So enjoyable I want to do the bubble top version right away. Thanks for looking.
    7 points
  18. Hi all Finished this one a couple of weeks ago so thought id get some (not very good) pics out in natural light. Built OOB with paint from Akah. This is my first ever Russian aircraft so pretty happy with how it came out. Enjoy ScottC
    7 points
  19. This model was for a French build for a model club.I am unable to make it due to car troubles,so I thought I would post it here.As is my usual it is is painted with a hairy stick with acrylic paints and it is mounted on a home made stand.I know it is not up to the standard of the models on this forum,but I enjoyed making it even though it was a Spitfire and French.The model has just been finished thats why it appears glossy in the photos.
    7 points
  20. What it says really. Today I began the tedious process of sanding, polishing, re-scribing, and repeat, you know the drill! A start was also made on getting the ailerons fettled to something like a decent fit. the main thing though is that we now have something approaching a complete airframe. I think I will do something on the undercarriage legs and propellers next as a bit of light relief! Thanks for looking Martian
    7 points
  21. Good evening Rockers and Bobbysoxers: Reasons to look at a Special Hobby decal sheet more closely: Pt.2 Fiddling with the remains of the sheet earlier I mused over what this white line could possibly be: That's right. They give you the dinghy release line as a decal as well as the dope patches to fix it in place. Another big tick for SH! The Flashing Blade(s) Another of item on the seemingly Sysiphean snag list - finish the propellor as there's some badges to go on the blades. Not as straightforward as it first seems because with an Merlin added to the equa
    6 points
  22. It does look good, doesn't it? Thus far all you have seen are close-ups, but it looks even better a reasonable viewing distance, where the rivets don't look anything like as stark: Windows drying after a bath of Clear underneath, by the way.
    6 points
  23. thanks folks & good evening moving along a bit - I got some nice pics from the Mk14 manual from Bob so could clear up some of the fit questions I had - I needed to remake the rudder trim housing as it is the longer 'L' shape and a cover panel to the rear of that - also a big control unit that has switches for fuel and electrical stuff as seen here.. ..started by making a template in paper of how I would cut and fold the litho to make the main control box.. ..needed to make a tool for my folding thing, and it took two goes to get t
    6 points
  24. Thanks Rob and TT - glad you like the yellow, I do too! Thanks Leon - I like the Vallejo Air a lot, straight from the bottle with a drop or two of W&N flow improver mixed in if I remember. I do find that, sometimes, the flow starts dropping off but a blast onto the paper towel on the spray booth base usually sorts it out. When finished I then do a 'deep clean' on the airbrush and usually find it's mucky, despite my best efforts to keep it clean. Ho hum. Thanks Simon - they're not cheap those filters are they? That said, I bet the cheap ones don't filter out the smell...
    6 points
  25. Thanks Ced - I always thought the Eduard wheel masks were to cover the hubcaps while you paint the tyres too, but the instructions indicate to use the mask's outer 'ring' to surround the hubcap for spraying after the tyre has been painted - however in practice this turned out to be well in excess of the permitted faff-factor tolerances so I just sprayed the hubcaps without the mask - the wheel-rims are well-defined so painting the tyres again will be easy enough. Thanks Adrian - black is so slimming, as my ex used to say, it makes even the Buffaloes look a little less tubby Yes, y
    6 points
  26. Bandai's new TIE/SK x1 Air Superiority Fighter, or Striker for short, from the Star Wars Story 'Rogue One'. I wasn't sure about the design when it was first revealed, but it's grown on me since seeing the film, and more so while building it. A great kit, easily up to the usual Bandai standards, and quite large for a TIE, coming in at over 9" long (about twice the length of a TIE Interceptor). The one criticism I can lay at it, and it's not the fault of Bandai, is that it's a swine to photograph as the wings always seem to be in the way, hence the majority of the shots being from below.
    5 points
  27. The model is Revell's Fokker E.III Eindecker. Though '1980' was detailed on the interior of the fuselage I believe that the original mould dates from 1965. In my expereience of Revell's kits, the parts sort of fitted, lacked detail and had loads of flash. Maybe their newer kits are better but unless they're an ex-Matchbox I won't be finding out. The wings have been reshaped but the fuselage, allegedly slightly short, has not been modified. The detail in the cockpit was all scratchbuilt, and turnbuckles made from 5 amp fuse wire with barrels from stretched cotton bud stems. The
    5 points
  28. I was in the attic when this parcel arrived this evening... What could be inside? Ah yes... The nice people at Eduard also sent me these: I now have all the kits I need for the D-Day anniversary build I have planned for May, June and July this year.
    5 points
  29. So here she is, Dominie T Mk1 'D' of 1 Air Navigation School on a visit to RAF Scarborough. This model is completely hand painted by brush. Two coats of Hannants Xtra Color X38 RAF High Speed Silver enamel overall. Humbrol 191 Chrome Silver enamel on the leading edges. Humbrol Gloss 209 Fire Red enamel for the Day-Glo panels. Humbrol 22 Gloss White acrylic cabin roof.
    5 points
  30. Thank you for all the kind words, they're much appreciated everyone. A little more progress to report today. I've been busy 'busying up' the rear fuselage a bit more. Here's the port side, with the .50 cal temporarily fitted, and then the ammo box for that added. The ammo box seems to be fitted to a frame, perhaps so that it could be swung out of the way when not in use: That side's pretty much done. I've also been adding stuff to the starboard side. Here are the starboard ammunition rail, master compass hanging from the roof, the opened door, and a few
    5 points
  31. Well- it's finished! Thanks to all for the help in researching it! This was quite an enjoyable build. Apart from the maddening fuselage insert, this kit is a real gem.
    5 points
  32. Thanks Simon Mask it? I did consider paper templates but the scheme's so mad, and I'm brush painting, and the 'plan' is a faded finish, and I'm lazy, so I decided to free-hand it. Thanks Giorgio - it certainly is 'different' Thanks Benedikt - Mols is worth it and not that expensive compared to some females I could mention! Thanks Whofan - not seen 'the Coroner' - worth a miss eh? First coat of thinned Green on: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr I must admit that I've taken some 'artistic licence' with the scheme but it's close(is
    5 points
  33. This is why it is worth all that effort! Still a couple of tiny touch-ups to do, but this side is essentially finished on the rivet front, and at long last it is really starting to look like it always has in my mind's eye. Happy! Crisp
    5 points
  34. Hello gents, the CV90 got a little bit of weathering and brand new shoes I'm still thinking about the further weathering ... Cheers, E
    5 points
  35. Ha! Not me, that's for sure. I'd reckon I use more thinner in my airbrush mixes than just about anyone else on this esteemed board. Thinner is your friend! And so is air pressure! My particular style is probably why I use Gunze and Colourcoats 99% of the time. The pigments are exceedingly fine, and they atomize into an extremely fine spray. And they don't clog. If I'm doing a free-hand camouflage "soft" edge, I'll use up to 75-80% thinner - and I open the airbrush so that a very small amount of highly thinned paint emerges. I can hold the airbrush in one place for seconds, and just
    5 points
  36. Long day today, so no photos, sorry chaps. I painted the props today and applied the sky bands that I forgot to do before -- they'll need some cleanup. There's a reason I normally do them first. I think I've found one of the limitations of my 3M 1/4" tape -- no flex to it, so it doesn't do the best with the tapering rear fuselage of a Spitfire near the fin. Fortunately, 3M also makes 1/4" vinyl tape very much like the Tamiya's tape for curved surfaces, so some of that is on its way to me. I have a plan, and I'm never more dangerous (to myself, and to a lesser extent, to others) than when I hav
    5 points
  37. Filling the holes - used Stew's sponge idea, top tip - and I remembered the slot in the nose. Some reference shots show a sort of blind or blanking over this so I found some suitable strip and glued it in the top, held at 'the right angle': Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr then bent it to the bottom, cut it and glued it in: Once that was done I was ready for the Stynylrez white primer: There seemed to be a lot of spray about, so I decided maybe it was time to change the filter: New one und
    5 points
  38. Hello Chaps, During my recent spate of "Hairy Stick" painting, I came across this kit buried in my stash with 3 other 1/144 scale kits. They were buried for good reason- i generally prefer large scale models that I see better with my aging eyes. But, I must have been going through a patch of masochistic delirium and decided to have a go. But that said, after wearing 4x magnification Opti-Visors during the whole build so that I could "see" what I was attempting, then taking them off at the end, my vision was blurred for a few days after trying to readjust. So, I'll never attempt one
    4 points
  39. I would like to share with you some of my late fathers photos. He was an aircraft finisher in the RAF from 1946 to 1954 and I think these may be of interest to aviation nuts like myself. This will take a while but should have something of interest for most. 1- Hastings 47 sqdn 2- Halifax 9 October 48. Broken up with two others shortly after this picture was taken. 3-Dakota 4- Viking Kings Flight VL247 5-6 York 7- Dakota Hope you like something here.
    4 points
  40. Hi All, Here is the latest to join my fleet of small scale F-16s, a Hasegawa F-16 in US Navy colors and markings. This has been on my list 'to build' for about 20 years and it started with seeing a photo on page 41 of the Squadron/Signal book 'F-16 Viper' by Lou Drendel. There is something about those subdued colors and markings that look terrific on the F-16 (ditto on the Hellenic Air Force F-16 as well). I added a different ejection seat and throttle from a Revell F-16, and the ACMI pod and captive Sidewinder are from a Hasegawa weapons set. The canopy tint was done with Tamiya Smoke,
    4 points
  41. Battle damage it is Thank you Glynn Thank you Martian but don't stop taking the pills I sent you ..... A bit more progress on the myriad of deck fittings. Im trying where ever possible to make a positive location so that I can paint the deck and then add fittings. This is 'A' for security of fitting 'B' Make life easier painting the deck. Rear cowl vents and ready use lockers positioned. Not a lot of space around the engine room hatch. The white circle(s) just below the oil drum have been causing a lot of
    4 points
  42. I managed to spray a coat of grey primer tailplane and wing joints this morning and this is just drying off at the moment. The tail joints look OK but I will have to do a bit more work around the wing roots to blend them in a little more, after that I should be able to get some paint on. Photo of how things stood before adding primer this morning.
    4 points
  43. Don't think that even monumental scalekreep would get this one and a half times bigger H But if YOU want one I might consider a large (sized) export order I intend using mine to cast from if it fettles in nicely I didn't take pictures yesterday but it is Hendie© 'greeblies' time I'm bolting on the underside gubbinses which allow weapons fitment, not the actual racks yet though Also trying to work out how to fit the shockers without having the fescalised bits painted at sprayer time I might get something done with map pins
    4 points
  44. Oh, by the way: You cannot see in this shot, but the inside is now lovely and clean.
    4 points
  45. Ah yes That will be the arrogance of "BUT" But we've been modelling Canberras for donkeys years We've got boxes of Canberras all over the place, no rooooom for any more Canberra stuff at all BUT Thanks for the offer, don't call us We'll call you... Bill that stiffener is rather tasty but five thou is very thin I dream of the day a plasticarder starts selling seven or eight thou, just thick enough for visible definition but less bulky than fat ol' ten thou, which often comes in at eleven or twelve
    4 points
  46. Pastels for me my friend, get some cotton pads and rub them in the pastel colours of your choice and the then gently dust the aircraft once the transfers are on and it will tone it all down, if you want to bring out panels then use q tips, make up applicators including the angled little sponges you can get for a bit of precision.... they work for exhausts and the odd bit of oil marks, but for that a prefer enamel or oil paint streaked with thinner.... HTH Rob
    4 points
  47. Being a perfect lady and being vicious are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
    4 points
  48. I'd say the plan worked This is the look I aimed for so it will suffice several light mists of Tamiya Smoke over Tamiya Clear Blue So on with the other stuff we do to these little bits of plastic no 42 Masking Sorry we have a darker picture but the flash wasn't very good here Bit better here though, t'other side The rotor pylon has its support structure and the engine is on for encouragement only, 'tain't glued on we've paint to endure/enjoy soon The float her
    4 points
  49. Thanks Martian! I'm trying to think up some superlatives for your Ju88 but failing me at the moment... 'good job' doesn't seem enough Thanks Benedikt - you're welcome! Thanks for the tips; primer will be white, I think, although I'm still pondering the 'grey basing' to save me pre-shading the panel lines. Lazy me. Creamy yellow will be found. Thanks Keith - phew! Good choice IMHO. Jamie in True Lies? My favourite film... and the.. black dress! Wow. Especially when... 'Dance for me', oh yes File, file, sand sand... Untitled by Ced Bufton, on
    4 points
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