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  1. Good stuff MJ. Oooopps! Sorry I can't play out anymore. Mrs N has just called me in for my tea. Catch up again later. John
  2. A fantastic result Dave, it looks great in those SABENA colours. I have just started one over in the High Wing GB, I hope that it looks as good when it is finished. Regards John
  3. Me too @Mjwomack. I worked in the 146/RJ cell at Chadderton, on the Production Planning side of things, where we produced most of the back end of the fuselage (basically the bit aft of the wings). We manufactured the Rear Cabin, Vestibule Drum and Tail Fuselage as separate sub-assemblies which were then transferred across to the Equipping section to be assembled together and fitted out. The completed units then being transferred to Hatfield in the early days, and later to Woodford when production of the RJ was transferred there. John
  4. Thanks a lot fellas, and especially for the comments and encouragement along the way. Cheers John.
  5. Thanks Cliff, I can have a go at laying things out now. The majority of my modelling time today has been spent cleaning up and assembling the larger sub-assemblies. I blanked off the passenger cabin windows with some plastic strip, then added some weight before gluing the undercarriage bays in place. After that I closed up the fuselage, glued the upper and lower wing sections together and cleaned up the attachment gates on the one piece tailplane. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr The next job will be to fill in the windows. John.
  6. The Revell kit is a good kit that makes up well. If you check the link below you will find a Hawk Kit Group Build sponsored by Jadlam Racing, where the nominated kit was Revell's 1/72 04970. IIRC several of the builders, me included, had a issue with the small fillet at the rear of the tail being short shot but it is an easy issue to sort out. HTH Cheers John https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/707-revell-172-hawk-t1-group-build-sponsored-by-jadlam-racing-models/
  7. I completed the build a short while ago, last job was to shorten the pin on the prop so that I could press it home a little more. A few weeks ago I hadn't made a start on the kit and that pushed me into taking the decision to build it as it came in the box and, with the exception of a seat harness that I had in the spares box and some elastic rigging line, that is what I have done. Even the decal issue identified in the first posting was resolved by following the advice given by @Col.. Having several sunny days whilst I was painting the model meant that I was able to tape the decals onto a window for a few days, which lightened the white areas a treat. I am not confident in my ability to weather a model well, and though I have tried it a few times on previous builds, the outcome has been quite varied, I either undercook it or feel that I have gone too far. As per usual for me, for this one I decided to forgo the weathering, so here is the final result, with more photos over in the gallery. by John L, on Flickr Thanks to all of you that have taken the time to check up on progress, even if it was just to drop by and leave a 'LIKE' it pushed me on to getting this one finished. A again to @Col. for getting the ball rolling with this one, it has been a lot of fun. Until the next time. Cheers. John
  8. Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-9, USS Essex, 1944 Hasegawa 1/48 by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  9. The decals and stencils are on which leaves a few bits of detail painting such as wingtip lights and those on the underside to wrap that up. Once that has dried I can add the smaller detail parts before wiping the model down to remove any residue left by the decal solutions and adding some clear coats to finish things off. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  10. I just hope that I remember to put the decals on the right way round Andy. I am surprised that no attempt was made to disguise the MANS ROTH house colours too, most of us growing up back then would know what it is meant to be anyway. I must admit that it would have been fun to see Fittipaldi's Lotus 72D with 'Special Player John' on it though. John
  11. This 1/144 kit of Revell's Avro RJ-85 is my entry for the GB. However, previous conversions of a couple of kits to represent the shorter and longer versions of the RJ, as well as a third build of the RJ-85 in Lufthansa colours does mean that I am not sure about the markings for this one at the moment. Perhaps this boxings Crossair option would be a good choice, or maybe a WHIF in a classic BEA Red Square scheme if the GB moderators are up for something a bit different. But there is plenty to do before I need to make that decision, so for now here are the box and contents photos. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers. John
  12. Cheers guys. With Mrs N's polite request for a full blown tidy up of the modelling room, I have not been able to do much for the last couple of days. I must admit it that it does look much better in there now, but I hope to get back to creating more chaos today.
  13. Thanks Alan. Having unmasked things today, I am happy to report that it was worth all of that effort to get it right, and that there are just a couple of touch ins that need to be done with Intermediate Blue. The most obvious ones are just under the tailplanes where the small white patch is, it should finish just under the leading edge and currently it wraps around the front, the less obvious one is around the front edge of the cowling where it kicks up slightly on the port side - but that is me being hypercritical. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  14. Well done Jean, it's great to see the end result here and on the repairs - you can't see any joins.
  15. I carried out the final bit of masking this afternoon before spraying the upper surfaces of the wings and tailplanes with Sea Blue to finish the main painting. I'll leave that overnight to harden of a little and the fun bit comes tomorrow when I remove the masking to reveal how I have done. by John L, on Flickr
  16. Thanks guys. Things were dry enough for me to mask up the Intermediate Blue and I sprayed the Non-specular Specular Sea Blue on the fuselage and leading edges. I should be able to get some blue on the top surfaces of the wings and tailplane tomorrow. by John L, on Flickr
  17. I have applied the Intermediate Blue (not easily seen against the primer coat) to the fuselage sides this morning using Colourcoats enamel. I will see how things are later, then decide if I can safely mask off and start to add some Non-specular Sea Blue to the upper fuselage and leading edges. by John L, on Flickr
  18. Thanks Col. I was able to get some white primer on the underside this morning, which I think I am going to use as the base colour for the lower surfaces. by John L, on Flickr I then spent most of the afternoon masking off the white with a combination of Tamiya tape, paper and Blu-tac sausages, then primed the upper surfaces in readiness for the upper colours. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr John.
  19. Hi Daryl, I used Revell kits for both builds with the MiG coming from their F-5E, the decals are home printed using standard Office software to create the circles and stars. The F-14's decals were scaled to fit from a file supplied by a fellow Britmodeller. Regards. John
  20. Welcome to the GB area Daryl, I am looking forward to watching this one progress. I hope that you don't mind me sharing my attempt to recreate a scene from Topgun in 1/144 scale from 2014, which I titled as ... 'The data on the MiG is inaccurate'. by John L, on Flickr Good luck with your build bud. John
  21. Back to 1/144 scale for this one with two F-14A's from Revell. I hope that it's OK to build both in a single thread, if not I will split them up. by John L, on Flickr
  22. Having made a Norwegian Starfighter, Danish registered SAS Caravelle and Swedish Saab Draken for the previous Nordic GB, I decided it was time for a subject with a Finnish leaning and thought that this would be something different to my usual aircraft builds. It will also rekindle memories of time spent trudging along forest tracks on cold November days back in the 1970's to watch Scandinavian drivers teach us how to drive on the Special Stages of the Lombard RAC Rally. Anyway, here are the box and contents photos of my subject choice, but it will be a short while before I start the build because I have to finish a few others first. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers. John
  23. I buttoned up the fuselage and got the wings on last night. There was a very small gap at the wing/fuselage join, easily filled with some Perfect Plastic Putty. Next job will be to tidy up the fuselage join. by John L, on Flickr
  24. Cheers matey, the pink primer definitely makes a difference. I am not sure why you haven't told me about it before. Thanks Craig. Humbrol 19 hid the background of the CFS decal nicely, though if you check these images there is a slight colour shift which is more obvious in the black and white shot. Maybe the change is more noticeable over time. https://cdn.jetphotos.com/full/1/77571_1201721143.jpg https://aerobaticteams.net/sys/pic_slideshow.php?cache&w=2000&img=../UserFiles/pictures/2C153E63-0CA0-8D23-DFE0-A87DCD43B571.jpg Cheers John
  25. Things are still moving along with HMS Victory and the hull is almost finished, I have to tidy up some of the black areas by touching in the yellow and that should be it. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Experiments with the painting of the sails have been less successful though, so I have set those aside for the moment whilst I have a rethink. John
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