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  1. Reissue F-15A, F-16A and F/A-18A from Airfix? A55311 - F-15A A55312 - F-16A A55313 - F/A-18A Pretty well priced too, could be good for the returns as long as the tooling can hold up against the much stronger/newer toolings out there.
  2. As there is loads of really good advice in this thread already I'm not sure how much extra I can add but I thought I would share my own 'Eureka!' moment when trying to airbrush white, flat or gloss. 99.9% isopropyl alcohol, or IPA. Before I found this I had tried most of the manufacturers own thinners and always got fine results with any colour, except white. Couldn't get it to stick, would always pool and flood the surface however I tried mixing it, tried light coats but it would never cover. But, now white really isn't a worry and has just become another colour that I don't fret over. I've found it works really well with tamiya and gunze acrylics, but word of warning don't let it near revell aqua or humbrol acrylics as it will just curdle them.
  3. Just had 4 apaches line-a-stern, low and slow over Tonbridge. No idea where they were heading, we never get stuff like that over head. Certainly woke the neighbours, noisy buggers!
  4. Stunning finish Tony! 9 down, how many more are you going to do?! You've really knocked this one out of the park
  5. That's definitely good news. It's going to be a fair size box of plastic!
  6. Still waiting patiently for this one, and from what we've seen so far it certainly looks like it'll be worth the wait. Sounds a little like they'll be doing a hasegawa and releasing it sans-ordinance though, which will be a huge shame, even the big-T backtracked on that idea with they're F-14 release.
  7. How did I miss this! Can't wait to see this one develop.
  8. Thanks, though trust me it's more luck than judgement! I was planning on leaving the maskol on until after the matt coat had gone down but it was getting in the way of the panel line wash and couldn't see any other way round it, though thankfully the panel line wash actually really helped that section out in the end. Thanks again to everyone that's hit the like button and taken the time to comment.
  9. Ah sorry forgot that bit! I sprayed the wing roots with alclad airframe aluminium and applied maskol with a cocktail stick to mask it off before spraying the rest of the colour scheme. It's come out 'ok' if a bit ham-fisted, if I do it next time I might try using a tiny bit of sponge to make the chips a lot finer.
  10. Cheers guys I had started off with some pre-shading (but keep that quiet, that word seems to get people riled up ) then a mottled coat of grey for the upper paintwork. Then I moved on to trying out mig's panel line wash. I used Deep grey for the panel lines and general grime, and light grey to bring in some contrast and for around the exhaust stain. Next up was a matt coat and watercolour pencils, I didn't go to far with these as, again, it was the first time I'd tried it. I went over the top of some of the grime with black and brown pencils, used a silver pencil for a few paint chips (though I couldn't quite get that right) and finished up with white around the exhaust stain to finish off. I'm really happy with the result as this kind of weathering is something I've never tried before and this was all a bit of a test.
  11. Thanks guys I'm hoping this is going to kick off my finishing mojo a little bit as I've got far too many kits sat on the shelf of doom in various states and this is hopefully my year for getting stuff done. Too many kits in the stash, too many group builds entered and not finished, and too many kits started on a saturday afternoon to never get any further the sprues being attacked with the sprue cutters.
  12. Cheers Tony, it is an absolute beaut of a kit, my only gripe with the markings is it's not amazingly clear on whether she carried the stenciling or not. I decided to go for a bit of a mix tbh as I only figured it out about halfway through! I like the way eduard have a separate page dedicated to the stencils but it would be really helpful if they made it clear which was relevant to which marking option, but really in the grand scheme of kit build it is a tiny grumble.
  13. Finally managed to get a finish! Here's my version of Eduard's excellent spitfire Mk VIII, this was build straight out of the box from their weekend boxing, the only extra I used was a set of their own masks (I wish they would include these in all their kits ). I went for the grey over pru blue USAF markings, one just to be a bit different, everyone seems to do the Grey Nurse markings from this boxes, and two to practice some weathering techniques over the plain grey finish and to see if I could bring in some subtle variations in colour. Let me know what you think. Cheers Dan
  14. Wow! This is going to be incredible once it's released! Looks to be the answer for all of those that said the tamiya kit was too basic, you always have to watch what you wish for. Thankfully, looking at the cad of the wings, AMK appear to have taken inspiration from tamiya and the wings will be able to be fitted after all the painting is done with some really sturdy attachment points, nice touch!
  15. Wow! Beautiful work Tony! I'd missed this one the first time around but I'm very glad I caught up with it. If you hadn't said I would of sworn this was 1/48 and the nmf is spot on! The standard of your work is really taking off on these builds (pun not intended but a happy accident ), keep it up.
  16. Incredible finish Bill, this one really shines! Build the Anson with the 500 sqn extra weaponry, markings are in the box too. Here's some information to wet your appetite By all accounts they also fitted extra .303 brownings that were mounted inside the cabin and poked out the side windows! Not bad for an auxiliary squadron.
  17. I'm really looking forward to this one too! I've got the tamiya F-14 to build over Christmas and with this one (hopefully) coming next year it could well be one of my only purchases next year. Any updates Martin? You know you want to tell us, we can keep a secret haha
  18. Wow! Beautiful work Joss, your weathering is spot on!
  19. Well, it was time this weekend to get some shiny paint on this on. Like the drop tanks I had tried to polish the primer to a nice reflective gloss, but it just was getting shiny enough and my patience was starting to wear a little thin! I'm not saying you can't do it, I've seen some people get some cracking results, just that I couldn't be bothered! So, I masked the wings off and sprayed my x22 mr color mix on the fuselage. Pretty happy with the result, not a shiny as the humbrol enamel gloss, but more than enough for this one. Time to crack out the alclad! I started off with airframe aluminium and then free-handed semi-matt aluminium over the wings. While I was at it I masked off the rudder and aerial to keep them black, I also managed to get on and get the spinner masked up and sprayed. Next up for this one will be masking off and spraying the anti-glare panel, then time for a gloss coat and starting to get the decals down. The microscales decals do scare me though, and I've not quite figured out how this is going to work around the nose! To my mind slicing back in to the rows is just going to end up with uneven width squares, and how do you overlap the black squares over the yellow without the yellow squares behind overlapping the black. Might just be a job for the daco strong! haha Cheers Dan
  20. Not a bad amount of work on this one over the weekend. After letting the alclad dry during the week it was time to get everything masked up and get paint the anti-glare panel and the wing tips. Then it was time to get a gloss coat on, for the first time I used X22 tamiya gloss mixed 50/50 with mr color self-leveling thinner after reading several glowing comments. The gloss ok after a couple of quick coats, and it dried really quick! Think this might just sit above aqua gloss and klear for me. Then, it was time to crack on with the decals. For out the box 1/72 decals I think these are some of the finest/thinnest I've come across, and the level of stencil detail is impressive! They all settled down really nicely with daco strong, even around the nose! Though I have hit a bit of snag with the shark mouth. To get it up to right point with the exhausts it did meet underneath, I'm going to try touching up by brush first but could see me ending up masking it off and trying the airbrush before I get a finish I'm happy with. Cheers Dan
  21. I've just been through and caught up with this one. Bill, seriously, if you ever take up 1/48 modelling the rest of us are in trouble, this is looking incredibly! And, well done for getting it to sit on all 3, knew you'd get it sorted!
  22. Was hoping someone would be trying out one of these. Looking forward to seeing how it goes together!
  23. Woohoo! Mike's building things with wings again! Those PE flaps look fantastic, I'd love to be able to fold and glue PE that cleanly, they are going to look great under a coat of primer.
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