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nimrod54

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  1. I hope to make a start on this years group builds soon folks, I am in the process of tidying up a couple of last years missed deadlines over in KUTA 2021, this one being the last of those. I have to finish the lining and add the last details to wrap it up. by John L, on Flickr This is what I used to strip the paint and chrome from this model David, and this being the first time I had stripped a part finished model, it was a bit of an experiment. I placed the body and seat parts in a zip lock bag and poured neat cleaner over them, after checking that the parts were submerged in the cleaner I left the bag hanging up for a couple of days before brushing them over with an old toothbrush to remove most of the loose paint. I did have to pop the body back in the bag to remove some paint from around some of the details, but that was probably due to my impatience. Since the initial experiment, I have switched to using a plastic sandwich box filled with cleaner which is ideal for smaller parts and also means that you can reuse the product. by John L, on Flickr I bought a couple of bottles of cleaner in our local Morrisons in June/July for around £1 per bottle, so it shouldn't be too expensive if you need to scale things up. John
  2. Thanks Pete. These are waterslide decals by Railtec and this set is their 4mm BR Mixed Traffic set. I used some of HMRS's Pressfix transfers on a build of Dapol's 4-4-0 City of Truro a few years ago and these along with the Methfix type are still available. Decal technology has moved on with the advent of 3D printed types and Railtec now offer nameplates and shed codes as 3D items. I'll photograph the remnants of the lining sheet for the next update. John
  3. I finished painting up the pipework last night, then this morning I have applied the red lining decals to the boiler bands and cylinders. I hope to get more of the lining decals on this afternoon, after that I can number it up and add the final details. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  4. I spent an hour or so on this today painting in some of the detail in the cab. This photo has highlighted that a couple of the pipes will need some more paint and I still have a couple of bits of pipework to sort on the exterior. then I can press on with the lining decals. by John L, on Flickr
  5. Thanks for the info Paul. Fellow Britmodeller @CliffB kindly sent me a copy of his instructions for this kit, but that is good to know for future reference.
  6. This one didn't make it over the finish line but I have completed the build over in KUTA 2021 during the past week, here is the end result. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  7. HMS Victory (Originally started for Less than a Tenner GB) Airfix Starter Set This was one of the models that I started this year for a group build but failed to complete in time. I wasn't happy with the way that the sails turned out so left it alone for a while, and basically, apart from a couple of scratch parts, that is all that I had to do over the course of this week to finally complete it. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  8. After knocking up the spars and mast this morning, I fixed them in place. I had printed a copy of the decal sheet earlier and used the paper version of the flags for the masts except for the White Ensign. I thought that the kit supplied item would look to small so printed a larger version and glued that in place. Having noticed that the model had a tendency to topple over easily when positioned on the stand it was glued in position with canopy glue, and that was it for this one. I'll take a couple of photos for the gallery later. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Here is one of the final shots, there are more over in the gallery. by John L, on Flickr
  9. I have spent the past few days painting up the sails and they have been fixed in place. There are a couple of spars to make for spritsails and a mast for the White Ensign because the kit item is undersize, once they are done I can finish this one off. by John L, on Flickr
  10. Looking good H. There's not a lot of pink on there matey, I'm worried that you might be running out.
  11. This Dapol kit was the second build to miss the deadline in 2021. I replaced some of the moulded detail with aftermarket parts, finished the bulk of the painting and made a start on decaling when I ran out of time. There is still some detail painting to do and the rest of the decals to add along with the lining, and smaller details like buffers, couplings and steps to sort before this is finished. This is where I am at with this one. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  12. Having completed the last of my entries for 2021 GB;s yesterday I decided it was time to wrap up a couple of builds that came close but didn't quite make it over the finish line. First up is this Starter Set kit of HMS Victory, the hull and masts had been painted and needed some neatening up to finish them off. I was painting the sails but wasn't happy with how that was going so decided to leave them alone and revisit things at at later date. This is the state of play as of this morning. Hull and Masts by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Sails. by John L, on Flickr I am hoping that a quick repaint of a linen colour on the sails should see this one finished.
  13. Cracking job Dave, looks very smart in those Norwegian colours . Well done fella.
  14. Great build Jeroen, I really like the detail on the hoist/crane. John
  15. That's a terrific looking Hawk Steve. Well done. John
  16. A Flying Finn Ford Escort RS1800 Mk.II Ari Vatenen and David Richards Lombard RAC Rally 1981 Italeri 1.24 This is my build of Italeri's 1/24 Escort Mk.2, by no means a shake'n'bake kit but with some careful clean up it makes a nice model. Future plans are to replace the wheels/tyres to replace the slicks provided in the kit which have been fixed in place with PVA for the present. 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
  17. Thanks guys, I hope you both enjoyed your Christmas and New Year festivities. Mrs N and I should have had a break with our son and daughter-in-law in the Netherlands, but decided to stay put in the UK in the end. Hopefully we will meet up around the Easter break. I completed the decaling stage on Friday then added lights, glass and bumpers to the body yesterday. This morning I fixed the mirrors, windscreen wipers and the aerial in position - the kit only supplies the base for this, the rod part you have to make, I used a section of stretched sprue. Having decided to leave the body loose for now, I fixed the bonnet to the body using Glue 'n' Glaze in case I want to switch things around. I have also decided to search for a suitable set of wheels and tyres to replace the slicks supplied with the kit, which I am sure would not be the tyre of choice for road/forest stages in the UK during a November rally event - even for a very talented Finn. Anyway, the completion of that work this morning wrapped things up for this build. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr It has been a few years since a built a car model and whilst this is not an easy build, due mainly to the amount of parts clean up required, it does make up into nice model and I have really enjoyed putting this one together. The decals are quite resilient and fit the body well, the gaps on my build were down to the end user but there are sections of the three main colours for patching up. Thanks to Rich for hosting this GB which has been a lot of fun, and to all of you who have been patient enough to follow along. Until next time. John
  18. Sprue E (x2) carries the weapons and pylons Craig, there is a TIALD pod on one of the main sprues. There is also a two seat cockpit that is blanked over for the single seater, but only a single instrument panel and canopy. by John L, on Flickr Cheers. John Thanks Anatol. The decals in this boxing are printed by Cartograf so should be OK. by John L, on Flickr Regards. John
  19. A Hasegawa boxing for my second entry to the GB. I have found a couple of decal sets that I have bought at some point in the past so I may use one of those as an alternative to the kit markings. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr It will be a short while before I start either build because I need to wrap up a couple 'failed to completes' still hanging on from last years GB's. John
  20. This Academy boxing of the F-18 will be the first of my entries for the group build and will be finished with the Blue Angels decals supplied in the box. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  21. Hi Horatio, This link may also be of use, it gives some indication of the seat layout options available, though it doesn't help much with colours. Beagle Basset 206 manual and a few photos of my finished build can be found here, it's the second entry on Page 2. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235021286-gallery/page/2/#comments Good luck with your builds.
  22. And thanks to you Col for hosting another terrific GB.
  23. @Tim Moff Thanks a lot for your generous comments Tim, and you made a terrific job of your model too. I have included a photo of the Fightertown decal profile below. Like yours there is a split profile for 159855 with different Bort Nos. The upper profile shows it in 1995-96 carrying 30 and the lower in 1996-99 when it carried 10. The notes on the lower profile are for the aircraft in 1998 which is the timeframe used for my model and if you check the notes around the tails it says to fit the grey NSAWC on the left side along with a standard Topgun badge. The only thing that I didn't do to mine was to paint the overwing fairings in grey which were seen for most of 97-98. HTH Cheers John by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  24. Thanks matey. This one was fun to do, but I would take a different approach to the masking next time. I still have decals for an Iranian marked, version so another Tomcat may appear in the future.
  25. Thanks again Gerard. As fellow Britmodeller @jean already knows, my ability to model in 1/144 is down to my specialist eyewear. by John L, on Flickr Cheers. John Thanks Roberto. I hope that you have enjoyed following along. John Cheers Tim. I like to add a splash of colour if/when I can. John
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