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  1. 31 points
    Another one that I have cleared off the shelf and finally finished. The lovely Airfix Supermarine Swift FR.5. Built as WK281 and flown by Flight Lieutenant Nigel Walpole, No. 79 Sqn, RAF Germany, Gutersloh, April 1956. I am almost reaching the stage where I can start building for myself and actually keep the model....!!! Cheers all, Phil
  2. 11 points
    The new 1:72 MiG-21MF kit from KP Models which is a modified tooling of the original RV kit, with a few additions like a weapon load of AA-2, AA-8 air to air missiles and S-24 air to ground rockets and done away with the photo etch parts of the original RV kit. Build wise no real issues apart with me getting the main undercarriage a bit crooked, so the aircraft had a lean to one side, so had to break one leg off to reattach it. Basic scheme is from when the aircraft was operated by Egypt. Colours used are Model Master 2053 sand and Model Master 2054 brown on the upperside and Model Master 2038 grey on the underside. Decals are from DP Casper and went on without any issues. Decal sheet For those who don't want to look at the facebook link, the in progress photos are now also available in a Youtube video. Build Progress Photos Build Progress Video MiG-21MF-54 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-21MF-55 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-21MF-56 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-21MF-57 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-21MF-58 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr
  3. 10 points
    I'm still deciding whether to do a 1/48 F-86A, E or F and have been looking at some unusual schemes for each. In the course of that I found some F-86A stuff which I gathered a couple of decades ago, and which I'm not going to use for the foreseeable future. So I thought I'd share it here and hope it will be of use/interest. Photos at end are from Dave Menard (first two); unknown newspaper (third one) and NASM (last pic). The Wright Patterson Flight Test Division Aerobatic Team The little-known aerobatic team formed within the Flight Test Division at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio was reportedly known as the Acrojests. Unfortunately the surviving members of the team, when interviewed, could not recall if the team even had a name and so the moniker must remain conjectural. The Flight Test Division reported directly to HQ Air Materiel Command and by 1949 was headed by Colonel Albert J Boyd, a noted test pilot and world air speed record holder (Lockheed P-80R, 623.74 mph on 19 June 1947). Beneath him, Boyd had a core of expert officers leading his various sections, with Maj Richard L Johnson in charge of the prestigious Fighter Section. Johnson had gained fame on 15 September 1948 when he too set a new world air speed record, this time in an F-86A (670.84 mph). It was Johnson who began thinking about an aerobatic team, selecting Capt HE Collins, 1/Lt John M Fitzpatrick and 1/Lt John J Knight to join him. According to Fitzpatrick, “In 1949, the Fighter Section, Flight Test Division was led by Dick Johnson, and he decided we would have an acrobatic team. It seemed then that at the drop of a hat we would have to put on a show. These shows involved flybys, two aircraft passes at a time and a lot of solo aerobatics.” It was Fitzpatrick who suggested in a March 1995 interview that the team name Acrojests had been put forward by Capt Raymond Popson (later killed in a Bell X-5); he thought it would be a light-hearted jibe at the similarly-named AcroJets team, which flew the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star out of Williams AFB, Arizona. But whether the name went beyond a suggestion is not known: in view of the short life of Wright-Patterson’s team it is equally likely that no name was agreed upon. Dick Johnson also agreed with Popson’s suggestion, adding that, “We liked Acro-Jests [sic], at least I did anyway. We didn’t take ourselves too seriously.” The team would use Fighter Section F-86A and F-86E aircraft, a number of which had been assigned to the Flight Test Division from the autumn of 1948. Johnson would be team leader with Capt Collins on right wing, Lt Fitzpatrick on left wing and Lt Knight in slot. Practice sessions would be flexible, in part because it was often difficult to put together four Sabres at a time. However this did not deter the young team and according to John Fitzpatrick, “Because the mission of the Flight Test Division was to test new aircraft and modifications to existing ones, the Fighter Section had about two dozen aircraft representing every fighter in the inventory (and some that were not). These aircraft were usually modified for some test purpose [and] it was almost impossible to get four of the same kind available at the end of the work day when we practised. So we just used whatever was available. A typical “formation” might consist of an F-86 in the lead, an F-80 and an F-84 on the wings and an F-94 in the slot. And the next day it would be different”. The practice of using different aircraft types was probably unique for an aerobatic team. But it was not the only unusual aspect of the Wright-Patterson team: because of the need to maintain test integrity it was often the case that heavily-instrumented jets would be used for training sessions. One machine in particular posed issues, though it was still used by the team. John Fitzpatrick again, “We had an F-86A, actually the number one production aircraft [47-605] that had a special nose boom that protruded about 12 feet in front of the aircraft. It was being used for supersonic shock wave studies. Due to this inconvenience, when we used that bird, we never let anyone fly that aircraft in the slot position”. Aside from the more esoteric F-86A programmes such as the study of high-Mach shockwaves done by Richard Johnson in April 1950 (47-605), the Test Division also looked after more mundane Air Force test requirements. One of the latter was the evaluation of high-visibility paints, including fluorescent finishes perfected by Switzer Bros in nearby Cleveland. Perhaps inevitably these bright paint colours made their way on to the aerobatic team Sabres, though it is impossible to know if the aerobatic requirement drove the application of a paint scheme or if the team just happened to use F-86As that had been painted that way. But for whatever reason, the team aircraft carried extensive areas of ‘blaze orange’ paint, edged in a thin black line. Fuselage and fin areas were scalloped at their rear extremities while the wings and horizontal tail surfaces wore a linear ‘sunburst’ scheme. By 1950, Col Boyd had departed for Edwards AFB in California (where he set up the test pilots school) and was replaced as head of the Flight Test Division by Col FK Paul. It is thought that the team flew its first display that year, likely at a 21 May Open House held at Wright-Patt to mark the first Armed Forces Day commemoration. It has also been reported that the team performed at the 1951 National Air Races in Detroit, held on 18 and 19 August 1951, but contradicting that idea, John Fitzpatrick added that, “I’d say for a three to five month period we were active with the aerobatic team. We only did two or three actual shows that I can remember.” Dick Johnson recalled that a display was flown at Columbus, Ohio with a “3/4 team”, thus using three F-86A/Es rather than four. The display flown by the team was short and simple: John Fitzpatrick described the routine as, “Pretty basic. Formation take-off, fly-by, loops and rolls. We had just gotten started when it was ordered disbanded because there was to be only one “official” team”. That team was to be the Thunderbirds, though for a short period from 1956 thru 1959, the Colorado Air National Guard Minute Men team (flying F-86Fs) also gained official approval. This short-lived but colourful team was broken up sometime in 1950 (or possibly early 1951). Wright-Patterson Test Sabres used in the 1948 to 1951 period included XP-86s 45-59597 and 45-59599; F-86As 47-605, 47-607, 47-610, 47-611, 47-616, 47-619, 47-622, 47-633, 47-637, 48-170, 48-209, 48-295, 48-297, 48-298, 48-299, 48-303, 49-1014, 49-1075, 49-1135, 49-1144, 49-1170, 49-1172 and 49-1301; and F-86Es 50-588, 50-599, 50-605 and 50-606. Photos: F-86A-1 47-610 in the typical colour scheme worn by Acrojests F-86s: this machine served at Wright-Patterson from September 1948 as an EF-86A until it was written off in an accident on 21 August 1950. F-86A-5 49-1301, again in the 'team' scheme, but see text also. '301 was at Wright-Patterson from May 1951 (again designated EF-86A) until 3 November 1955. It survives, preserved at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. A poor but interesting scan from an unknown newspaper showing the team lifting off from Wright-Patterson circa 1950, and showing F-86E-1 50-588 in the lead position and F-86A-5 49-1135 on left wing. By looking at the common dates when both aircraft were assigned to Wright, the date must be between July and October 1951. Team leader of the Wright-Patterson Sabre team, Richard L Johnson, in the cockpit of F-86A-1 47-611 at the time of his world air speed record. '611 was another Wright-Patt Sabre. Final one: scrap view showing fluorescent paint scheme on wing and horizontal tail upper surfaces: from photographic evidence it seems likely that this scheme was not carried on the lower surfaces.
  4. 8 points
    Hi Pals, I think I can finish this upgrade / "face wash" of this model. It has not been, let's say, very aggressive, because there is no metal element on it, of each and every one that can be added, only empty shells on top, although they are not attached. The fear to ruin the kit, has been able this time more, because the plastic is not too good (if to that we add the time that I have since it was built in the factory). Still, the products used to add, more than to simulate as before, the weathering, I think they have fulfilled their function. I would like to put it on a base, and add some figure, but for now, I can not, for lack of technique and space, maybe later ... Thanks for the comments about how to improve the finish. IHMO, I think it has deserved the effort, more than anything to see if at this time, I improved my technique somewhat, maybe, although I still have to continue persevering ... Thanks as usual for watch and comment, cheers mates Black background... With some picture effects...aka old pcitures or news images of the time Until next model....
  5. 7 points
    Stick a fork in it! 8) It's done and I had a lot of fun doing it. I really recommend this kit. It goes together well and doesn't seem to have any negative aspects. 190 gear is difficult, but this kit makes it a lot less scary to get the angles right. I know a lot of you are building it now... or have recently finished the kit. I've been enjoying the 190 builds! Jason Brewer took some good shots for me! Aaron 190 3 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Aaron 190 4 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Aaron 190 5 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Aaron 190 6 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Aaron 190 7 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Aaron 190 9 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Aaron 190 12 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Aaron 190 13 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Aaron 190 14 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Aaron 190 17 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Thanks for looking!
  6. 7 points
    Kit manufacture: Airfix N° A73009 Scale: 1/72 Type: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 Extras used: None OOB Paints and colours used: Primer AK Black Primer and Microfiller, Paints MR Hobby Aqueous H332 Light Aircraft Grey, H331 Dark Sea Grey & H330 Dark Green, Humbrol Clear Gloss, Oil pin-wash Other info: I built this kit for the #brit72 group build held on Facebook, the kit went from primer to finished in a matter of hours in order to get it finished for the deadline, you can find the build thread here 20180103-01.jpg by Neal, on Flickr20180103-02.jpg by Neal, on Flickr20180103-03.jpg by Neal, on Flickr20180103-04.jpg by Neal, on Flickr
  7. 7 points
    Well, I did what I said I was going to do. I glued the three top fuselage pieces together. I did this to try and get the best fit and alignment between these pieces, figuring that if it didn't fit onto the fuselage correctly then I would worry about it later! I also glued the top and bottom wings together, along with those resin parts on the bottom wing. Here is what it looks like now: You can get a good idea of how the flaps will attach in these shots. The "panel line" or seam between the upper wing and the front piece (which will blend into the intakes) is a VERY prominent feature of XR219 photos where you can see the top of the aircraft. For instance, the cover of this book which I own: https://www.scalemates.com/books/book.php?id=115333 Both this book, and Burke's, refer to the "flexible" wing meeting the fuselage along this panel line. I don't quite understand what exactly that means, but if things flex at this point perhaps there is some kind of flexible seal between these components. Pure conjecture on my part - does anyone know what the structure was like here? Now, the big question - will this bad boy fit onto the fuselage assembly? Well, believe it or don't, it fits and it fits quite well. I'm quite chuffed. I think if I had followed the instructions, the seams would have been a bit more difficult to get right. You can see that I've added some resin vents of some kind on the top of the rear fuselage. Neither of my cutaway drawings have these labelled, so I'm not sure what they're for. But the resin parts are certainly much nicer than those that come with the kit. During my seemingly unending test fitting, I discovered that I needed another spreader, this time up near the nose gear bay. You'll notice that the starboard intake has a piece of styrene stuck on the back, while the port does not. For some reason when I cut these parts off of the pour block, the starboard intake ended up "see-through" which I didn't really like, so I plugged it. Looking through the front of the intakes, it's pretty difficult to see the end of the intakes since they turn inward. So the intakes are seamless until they end a short distance inside! Cheers, Bill
  8. 7 points
    Can you detail in a bigger scale @perdu ?! This is an original Fairey model of their then freshly announced Gannet AEW.3, it is made of solid hardwood and is beautifully made. The condition has suffered, and my intention is to reconstruct the tailplane trailing edges, fin top and various other small areas that have taken a knock. I also need to make a new spinner and a windscreen and canopy, which I will try and hot form from some acetate sheet and a buck. The paint has delaminated all over which is a real shame, the choice is to leave as is or strip and try and faithfully reproduce the colours and scheme. It is pictured here with original Fairey scale drawings and paint directives for newly produced AEW.3s, the model happens to be the same scale as the drawings, and also the same aircraft, XL449 the first production Gannet AEW. It is also seen with an original photo depicting the model ready for display for an SBAC show (guessing 1958). Daughter shown for scale (thinking around (1:24th)! gannet model by James Thomas, on Flickr gannet model by James Thomas, on Flickr gannet model by James Thomas, on Flickr gannet model by James Thomas, on Flickr gannet model by James Thomas, on Flickr It's a bit scruffy now, but a unique and treasured item. Hope you don't mind the interlude, just keeping the Gannet fire burning!
  9. 7 points
    PK-122 Thunderbirds F-16 General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon 'Thunderbirds' USAF Display Team The support rod is just pushed into a temporary block of wood but this is how it'll be mounted
  10. 6 points
    Hi, this is my first biplane... A Eduard weekend edition (but i took more than a weekend to finish it) Some pictures
  11. 6 points
    Has anybody seen this? It looks amazing; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-cornwall-42750033/ark-royal-model-started-in-1992-is-ready Watch the film too! It just needs a Phantom on the catapult with flames shooting out of it,..lol! Cheers Tony
  12. 6 points
    Silly question number 457: What size were the tyres used on the main gear? The reason I ask is that the kit tyres scale out to 43" diameter, whilst the CMK resin tyres are noticeably smaller, scaling out at 41" diameter. Not a big difference, and I'll no doubt use the resin tyres since the detail on the wheel and brake is much crisper, but I am curious. I'm willing to bet the correct size is 42" diameter, which is in-between Airfix and CMK. Just finishing up the lower airbrake wells. Almost time to put the wing on, and close up the bottom of the fuselage. I have a shipment on its way from Hannants (a wonderful friend was thoughtful enough to give me a nice gift voucher for Christmas) and somewhere in that box of aftermarket goodies that is winging its way across the ocean is the SAC set of white metal landing gear. Plus, a fellow Britmodeller has a resin tail fin with leading edge intake heading my way. More goodies! I can probably start painting her once the fuselage is buttoned up and the wing on. The landing gear can be added later, and so can the fin (it was an all-moving fin so there's no need to blend it into the fuselage). The tailerons can also be added at any time. Airfix provide a way to allow the fin and the tailerons to be moveable, but I gave up that kind of stuff when I became a teenager. I still try to make jet sounds though... Cheers, Bill
  13. 6 points
    And with the final bits added, she's done! And with my Revell GR1 for a laugh... Matchbox T2 Jaguar EPTS PK-128 (13) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr It's been a long time since I built a Matchbox kit from one of the original boxes - great fun and am really happy how this turned out, especially with the kit decals. Not perfect but looks good from across my hobby bench. Will post some more pics in the gallery. Thanks for all the comments and cheers to ArnieC, vvpelt68 and Rabbit Leader for what was a great GB. Hope to see you for the Airfix nostalgia GB later this year! Cheers, Dermot
  14. 5 points
    Hi all, Here are a few pics of a kit I completed during the Christmas holidays. It is the FW 190 A8 kit from Eduard in the Weekend Edition boxing. I encountered the known problems coming from the over engineering of the kit, if you want to build it fully closed (you can see that the left gun panel does not fit very well); A part from that I enjoyed the build. The paints are Gunze acrylics and the markings are from the box. The weathering is done with Mig Ammo washes and pigments. I hope you will like it, best, Christian.
  15. 5 points
    Bought this kit over the Christmas holidays,I'm not really a car builder,I build AFV but I thought I would give this a try,think it is an old kit,it was very basic and a little rough in areas,came with decals but I wanted a clean look,I smoothed the back side panels and made a fly wire grill,everything else was out OOB.front glass and chrome surround was a little tricky,if it was a Tank I could have threw some mud on it Cheers.
  16. 5 points
    #2/2018 Zoukei-Mura kit, painted with Gunze and Tamiya acrylics My dad thought it would be a shame to hide all the nice detail, so he decided to keep it naked and show a fictious not yet finished prototype. Besides that, the fit of the panels isn´t so good. Gonna do a clothed one with the old Dragon kit in the nearer future. Build thread here DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  17. 5 points
    Finally it's done. Tough build but turned out decent. Hard to take pics inside glass case with 2 mirrors too. The owner is picking it up today, well later today as it's now 1:40AM and I'm happy to see it go.
  18. 5 points
    I'd like to present my "what-if" build of an A-16C. Back in the '80s, the USAF experimented with replacing the A-10 with a 30mm gun pod-carrying Viper. The program failed, but what if it didn't? This is the Tamiya Block 50 Viper and what a kit! Loved building it. Added the following goodies: - Eduard seat, cockpit PE, exhaust, and wheels - Caracal decals - Modern Hobbies AGM-65s and ALE-50 - Hasegawa Weapons set #3 provided the centerline GPU-5 gun pod - Master Model pitot and AOA probes - Painted with MRP The intake seams should have been worked more and the canopy needs tinting...things to remember next build! I thought about adding static dischargers for about .3 seconds but decided I didn't want to be committed to an asylum just yet! LOL Thanks for looking!
  19. 5 points
    Hiya Folks, Many people assume that the Bolingbroke was simply a Blenheim Mk.IV which was built in Canada but there is a lot more to the story than that! It would take a whole book to explain the Bolingbroke story but in a nutshell Bristol in the UK were building the Blenheim Mk.I bomber while Fairchild in Canada were building a derivative known as the Bolingbroke as a maritime reconnaissance aircraft to serve with the RAF, RCAF and RAAF. The most distinctive part of the design was the longer nose with a scalloped upper glazed area which gave the Navigator much more room to work in as well as a chart table and Bristol in the UK liked this so much that they introduced it onto the Blenheim to result in the Blenheim Mk.IV. The rear fuselage of the Bolingbroke also housed a fourth crew member in the form of a dedicated Wireless Operator rather than the combined WOP/Air Gunner in the Blenheim (who had his radios mounted behind the turret) and he was given a circular window at his position in front of the turret. Development of the Bolingbroke took longer than expected so the RAF and RAAF left the project (both ordering Hudson`s from the USA instead while the RAF also ordered more Anson`s) but the RCAF stuck with it. Due to its maritime role the Bolingbroke also had a dinghy mounted within a lengthened engine nacelle and as a cold weather oil system was also fitted to cope with the harsh Canadian conditions this caused the other nacelle to be slightly bigger than that of the Blenheim too. Another modification made for the cold weather was rubber de icing boots fitted to the wing, tail and fin leading edges and the exhausts had tubes fitted to the front, (which should be removed from the Airfix kit if building a Blenheim!). So that is the basic explanation,....Ever since I watched the film `Son of Lassie' I have always fancied building a model of a Canadian Bolingbroke as this film features the type (plus Ventura`s and Kittyhawks) in glorious Technicolour and although the film itself is a bit ropey, the aircraft shots are superb, with RCAF Patricia Bay doubling as `Somewhere in Scotland'. The white `sea scheme' on the type has always interested me and as it will fit in nicely along side my white RCAF Digby and Ventura I went ahead with this having been sent some amazing reference photos,.....and for anybody who wishes to look at the Work In Progress thread including a view of the real subject aircraft, here it is; http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234979317-airfix-blenheim-mkiv-into-a-rcaf-bolingbroke-mkiv-conversion-finished/ Onto the model,......here it is,.....built to represent Bolingbroke Mk.IV, 9140/P (ex 115 (BR) Sqn RCAF) serving with Western Air Command at RCAF Patricia Bay in 1943; DSCF4903 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF4906 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF4904 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF4901 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF4898 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF4896 by Tony OToole, on Flickr The white was applied using a Tamiya rattle can but the upper surfaces were brush painted using Aeromaster Dark Slate Grey and Tamiya Dark Grey acrylics while the decals were a combination of spares box and DK Models from their excellent Blenheim/Bolingbroke sheet. I`m a bit disappointed with the twin Browning turret guns from my spares box which were added to replace the incorrect twin Vickers K Guns so I`m looking out for a better set, Hope you like it,..ad a very big thank you to Jim Bates, Terry Higgins and, Carl Vincent for all of their help. Cheers, Tony PS- The clear DF loop cover which was distictive to most Bolingbrokes was made from a pair of clear bulges from an old Matchbox Mossie kit fitted together and mounted upon an old brass radio blade antennae. PPS- I meant to say that the clear bubbles on the cockpit side windows were grafted on from vacuformed items supplied with an old MPM Blenheim kit as the Airfix kit does not supply these in the kit for some reason! Edit; As requested,...here is an underside view; DSCF4970 by Tony OToole, on Flickr
  20. 5 points
    I'm honoured that my efforts have inspired you to complete your first Spitfire (I've had a peak at your WiP and it's very good) bit I can't help with what to do about the missing cannon. PS. We don't mmention the Daily Mail in these parts. Thanks and there are a lot more Spitfires to come (the last stick check revealed 90-odd in the stash. Thanks to everyone who has commented and liked so far. I've been eating around with a Matchbox Tempest on the Matchbox Group Build but have made some progress on Spitfires. The MkVI needs a pitot to be made and the MkIX awaiting a Matt or satin coat (I can't decide which) and the MkVbs have had are gouache wash: which is then (no sniggering at the back) rubbed off: I've also made some seatbelts. Firstly, I got some Tamiya tape: then cut it into thin strips: (Yes, I do use my scalpel to spread putty. That's the way I roll.) painted it with Tamiya Buff: cut the strips in to shorter lengths and stuck them together: and using an Edding pen: a very fine Edding pen: made some marks to represent holes in the harness: (with some Tamiya Chrome Silver for buckles.) Not perfect or accurate but they'll do for me. Because the KP kit is used for the MkIb, MkIIb and MkVb, there are some holes to drill to fit the lower cannon feed bulge: That's all for tonight. Thanks for looking.
  21. 4 points
    Hello Everyone ... thought id show this M10 Achilles. This was my entry in the M3/M4 Group build. It was my first completed armor build since i came back to modeling 3 years ago. I was able to do some scratch building and found some smaller 1/35th stowage to use. Here is a link to the build. Without further ado here it is. I know the photo’s are dark, sadly they were taken at an poor time. A couple turret shots A stowage photo I hope this meets with some approval. As usual comments ? Questions ? Dennis
  22. 4 points
    Just another little update. I gave the cockpit frames a lick of paint & then used white Milliput to fill the gaps between the fuselage parts & the glazing.I also made the roof avionic parts from 1mm plastic card & sanded to shape. Milliput was also used for the fin/tailplane join area & a little on the tailskid area. I marked out the nose wheel doors shape on some thin brass sheet & cut & filed to shape.This was then glued onto the kit doors (sorry the photo wont load so I'll include it next time).Slowly getting there. Adios, Jimbob. .... .
  23. 4 points
    Thursday 18th that was posted... Three days late! Very nearly in breach of contract Fozzy! I’ve contacted my lawyers and we have decided not to pursue damages at this point. However, next time you cause me emotional distress by ‘failing to post on-or-about a nominated, scheduled and published date’ We will be seeking to take action through the Bulgarian legal system. Now, let’s try to put this ugly episode behind us. Get that tail fin on!
  24. 4 points
    Trouble is the horse has bolted. The damage they have done to forums and members will not endear them. All the pictures that have been removed already. It's not as though a flick of the switch will restore things to how they were.
  25. 4 points
    Four days it’s been, aching joints, snot and sore throat. Today I eventually succumbed to the terror of the “Lurgy” Mrs Spadgent insisted I stay home from work in the warm and do nothing. Well I began doing that, then got bored and crept to the Grotto for some light action, nothing too strenuous you understand. now the colours had been decided upon I planned on hand painting the first grey and masking for the green. I marked out lightly with a silver pencil the camo lines and then got to work. note to self and anyone else planning on doing this. If your going to free hand in grey first, prime in white. as you can see it’s a bit difficult to see. Especially if you’re sneezing a lot “Achoo!” Now I’ve done a few different methods of camo masking since returning to Modelling but I have never tried blu tac. Well here goes. it’s more difficult than it looks as the tac sticks to my fingers, cocktail stick, tweesers, anything really rather than the blasted lighting. After much fiddling I have some bits done. The middle bit is fiddly too, less fiddly, but fiddly. eventually we are masked up baby. i hope it’s going to be worth the effort. in honour of my runny noseI shall paint this jet bogey green. Zap! POW! I’m digging the pre-shade under there. I let that dry for a bit and made some soup. Nothing like soup when you have a cold eh. *munch, slurp. Achoo! Right back upstairs for some unmasking. Fingers crossed. you know what? I’m going to do that method again. Really happy with the look, proper 80s just what I needed. even without weathering she’s looking good to my eyes. Runny weak eyes. next up was to mask the anti glare and canopy ready for a gloss coat. So I did it while I was in mid delirium. and made a @CedBtm over spray mask. I tempted fete by writing some funny words in an attempt to anti sods law sods law. and went at it with some black! left it to dry for a bit and ZING! that’s it I think I’m lucked out. No over spray.time for drying and I’ll gloss in a bit. I had a bath and built a fire, went back to the grotto and glossed. She is left in a dangerous looking state on the end of an old paint brush, hanging out of a tin, held up by some grit in a box. What could possibly go wrong? I have now lit the fire and am sitting down writing this. I’ll pop another coat on before bed. I think that’s it for today. Thanks for dropping by to see the madness. I’ll put the kettle on and we can have a brew. Take care dear chums and as always. Happy Modelling. Achoo!
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