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  1. 12 hours ago, modelling minion said:

    Very nice work John, I think that has worked out very well, think I am going to have a look for some of those myself.👍

     

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    Thanks Craig. It's the first time that I have tried this technique and I think that it has turned out OK. In the hands of a more proficient user the colours can be wet blended together to give the appearance of them merging into one another - I tried this out but I wasn't very successful this time around. 

    If you do decide to give these a go, then I would advise that you apply them in thin coats, allowing time for each layer to dry before applying the next, and watch for them pooling around details or at the bottom of surfaces. Recommendations are that you allow 45mins for them to dry thoroughly, but by applying them thinly the time between layers can be cut down.

     

    Cheers

    John

     

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  2. On 04/08/2022 at 19:12, modelling minion said:

    Thats a great finish for a rattle can John, very nice indeed.

    Your slightly enforced choice of a Danish aircraft is still a very good one and the Danish roundels stand out nicely against the metallic finish.

    Congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary mate, hope you have a great weekend, or at least as good a one as is possible with no modelling involved.😉

     

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    Thanks for your comment and good wishes Craig, The recent jewellery purchase has earned me a few brownie points, but I don't think that it is going to be enough for me to take the kit and tools away. :lol:

     

    John

     

    On 06/08/2022 at 23:16, Dansk said:

    looking great. i think a panel line accent wash will really make things pop when you get to that stage. 

    congrats with 40. 👏 i just celebrated 10 with my wife last week.

     

    Cheers Paul. I hope that things go better with the wash this time around, I don't think that I left enough time before wiping it off on the Starfighter build - we will see how things go.

    Congratulations to you and your wife for your 10th anniversary. Don't worry buddy, by the time you get to 40 years you may just about be getting to know her little nuances. :lol:

     

    John

     

     

    Update time.

     

    I have spent the past couple of days tinkering about with a few of Citadel's Shade paints attempting to recreate the heat staining on the rear fuselage. I have based it on an image of a French F-100 found in a copy of Detail and Scale that I have, so started the process by giving the area a coat of a slightly darker metallic colour than the TS-17 Gloss Aluminium used overall, before brushing on several layers of the shade colours until I was happy with the depth of colour. Here are the results after completing one side.

     

    I was hoping for something similar to this.

     

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    The colour palette.

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    One side completed.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    Opposite side underway

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    Thanks for checking in.

    John

     

     

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  3. I have been plodding along with this since the last update. The wings are on, the canopy was fitted and the kit pitot has been replaced with a Master turned brass part. I had intended to finish this as a Wild Weasel aircraft but sourcing suitable weapons (particularly a pair LAU-34's) was proving difficult, so it was on to Plan B - or is it Plan C now :shrug:- and go with a kit option. Unable to find suitable images to back up the nose marking around the intake of the USAF option (Version A in the kit) I have decided to use the markings provided for a 100F of the RDAF; Eskadrille 725 based at Karup, so duly primed and with paint from a Tamiya rattle can applied to most of the parts, this is how things look now.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    I still have to paint up a few details before I can start on the decals, but I hope to have this wrapped up before heading off to the Lake District next weekend, where we will be celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary. I don't think that SWMBO will let me take it with me - she can be so unreasonable at times.  :rant::fight:

     

     :lol: John

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  4. Hi Jerry, that's a fantastic result for a first effort. I also model in 1/144 scale because of limited space, if you would like to have a go at something larger and stay within the scale then perhaps try one of the many airliner kits. If your interest lies in military aircraft then maybe Revell's C-17 or one of the V-force aircraft would be suitable - though they are costlier and may not be within your budget at the moment. Choose wisely and you will soon have your airforce.

     

    Good luck with your future builds, I look forward to seeing more. 

    John

     

    Here are a couple of photos of some of my 1/144 models there is the odd 1/72nd build in the background.

     

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  5. I made a (re)start on this over the weekend, painting up the cockpit parts, adding the resin nosewheel bay and fixing the cockpit assembly in position. The cockpit detail is a little sparse but with a few spurious bits of colour dotted about to liven it up it will suffice under the canopy.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    After the previous two days of high temperatures, yesterday I took advantage of the cooler evening to sit out and assemble the fuselage.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    I had to add some plastic strip to the side of the gun panel to improve the fit and keep it from falling through the opening, it still needs some further work to sort it out.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    John.

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  6. The Starfighter in Europe Part 2

    C.8 (Canadair Built F-104G) Starfighter,

    C.8-17, Black 104-17,

    104 Esc. (Sq.), Ala de Caza 16 (Fighter Wing), Spanish Air Force (Ejercito del Aire, EdA)

    Torrejon Air Base, Spain, 1968-71

     

    Mark 1 Models, 1/144

     

    Paints used

    Ammo by Mig

    Citadel

    Revell Aquacolor

     

    Aftermarket parts.

    Master replacement pitot 

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    Link to build

     

     

     

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  7. The Starfighter in Europe Part 1

    Lockheed F-104G Starfighter Black 26+72,

    2 (Marinefliegergeschwader, Naval Air Wing), Federal German Navy,

    Eggebek Air Base, West Germany, early 1980's

     

    Mark 1 Models, 1/144

     

    Paints used

    Ammo by Mig

    Citadel

    Revell Aquacolor

     

    After Market parts.

    Master replacement pitot 

     

    52213388617_aa09f68ef5_b.jpg

    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    Link to build

     

     

     

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  8. On 30/06/2022 at 21:24, modelling minion said:

    Very nice John, the Spanish markings certainly add some colour to the model don't they.

    Very close to the finish line now mate.👍

     

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    On 01/07/2022 at 19:56, Dansk said:

    nice john.

    are you considering a descrete panel line wash after decaling?

    a sealing matt / satin coat after that could really bring it all together so nicely.

     

     

    Thanks chaps. I don't usually weather my models and especially not in this scale Paul, mainly because my weathering skills ain't anything to write home about. But I did have a go at a panel line wash on the Spanish 104 by using this. Having duly applied some to the lines on one of the wings, I left it to dry for a little while and then used some thinners to remove any excess - only to find that it removed what I wanted to keep, :doh:  and that is where this weathering sojourn ended, before I really mucked things up. I am certain that it is my technique and not the product, so methinks more practice is needed - a lot more practice.  :winkgrin:

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    Along with the Thunderchief, I also finished the detail painting on these two European Starfighters today, and here they are together.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    I will pop some more photos in the gallery later.

     

    John

     

     

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  9. On 02/07/2022 at 19:03, modelling minion said:

    Looking great John.

    I like that you chose an aircraft from the 36th TFW from Bitburg, an often overlooked stationing for the Thud.

     

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    Thanks for your comment Craig, and for the information, I had no chance of working anything out from these Japanese instructions other than 23 and 1962. :lol:

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    Anyway, after painting a couple of the final details I finished this one today.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    Cheers

    John

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  10. 1 hour ago, PeterB said:

    Hi John,

     

    Nice build.

     

    No worries, probably Weybridge then and my memory is wrong - after all it would have been over 50 years ago! I certainly had interviews at Weybridge, Hatfield and Wharton, not to mention Leyland trucks where I got to sit in the cab of their prototype turbine powered lorry - whatever happened to that?

     

    Pete

     

    Thanks very much Pete, it is a nice kit but not without its challenges in some areas. The fit of parts is good and this is the first airliner build where I have felt confident enough to fit the wings after painting and decalling the fuselage - and no filler needed at the join.

     

    I have just checked out a website called VC10derness and after searching for Flight Test Rig was directed to this page (see link). At the bottom of that page are three photos which may be an aide de memoire for you.

     

    VC10derness Test Specimens

     

    Regards

    John

  11. I completed this over the course of today and took these photos a short time ago, I could just about squeeze it into my portable photo studio. 

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    My thanks to Adam for allowing me to enter the GB at a late stage, sorry that it didn't quite make the gallery.

     

    @PeterB I have been checking up on your Test Rig experience at Warton (?) but haven't come across anything to date. The only testing that I have come across was done at Weybridge or Filton but that does not mean that there may have been something done at Warton. I will keep looking and let you know should I come acros anything for flight controls.

     

    John.

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  12. I am afraid that this one won't quite make it across the finish line chaps and chapesses. After a mammoth decal session last night, the first job this morning was to mark the locations for the top and bottom aerials and then to drill those out and after that I fixed the wings in place. Then due to some misaligned parts on sprues F, I set about cleaning up all of the undercarriage parts as best as I could, that meant removing the locating ring in one half of the mainwheels (x8) and checking the alignment, once satisfied I glued those together and started painting them up. The blade aerials and pitots are one the same sprues and these needed to be tidied up two, however two of those would eventually prove to be unusable, so I will need to scratch a couple of replacements from plastic strip. I then fixed the undercarriage legs in place which brought me to this stage.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr 

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    This evening I painted up the forward turbines and engine exhausts then it was time to fit the wheels and undercarriage doors. Once they had set up it was on with the usable aerials (minus 2) and pitots and that brought me to this stage. 

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    I reckon that the model is about 99% complete with some paint required on the front of the nacelles, the two small blade aerials to sort and a clear coat to seal everything in to wrap it up, but after a very late night and the heat of today, I am too tired to continue so it will be an early night for me and I will look at this with fresh eyes tomorrow.

     

    Cheers for now.

    John

     

     

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  13. Thanks Adam. It turned too cool and windy to spray outside on Wednesday, so it was Thursday evening before I was able to get the grey painting done, after that had dried I masked off for the white, which went on yesterday. With the main painting done I unmasked things for these photos a short while ago, I can forsee a long decalling session tonight if I am to have any hope of finishing off painting and adding the small details tomorrow.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

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  14. @modelling minion, @Dansk

     

    Thanks again for the commets guys. As you can see I have removed the plastic pitot, and not so easily seen is the 0.3mm hole that I have drilled for the replacement part. I have left that off for the time being. Decalling got underway yesterday afternoon and as can be seen I had most of those on by the evening. Today I have painted up the drop tanks, and undercarriage legs, the main legs come with doors moulded in place so there will be a tricky decal session to come when I have to position those that cross the undercarriage bays over the doors.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    Cheers.

    John

     

     

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  15. Having discovered that the decals that I have bought are for a VC.10 and not the Super VC.10, I decided to bite the bullet and airbrush the blue areas of the cheatline, fin and engine pods using Humbrol Midnight Blue. Fortunately the details like lettering, door outlines, escape hatches and Speedbirds etc are separate decals and I should be able to cobble a code together from what is left. The second sheet includes window decals of both VC.10 and SVC.10, so I don't forsee any issues there. 

    Anyway, painting has started and here are photos of progress so far. My plan now is to use a copy of the kit decals to create masks and spray grey on the wings, tailplanes and lower fuselage before further masking for the white.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    And I also made sure that I had plenty of coverage on the underside to allow for the drop in the lower part of the cheatline.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    That;s all  for now.

     

    John

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  16. On 25/06/2022 at 20:58, modelling minion said:

    Nice finish John and very appropriate as these aircraft were painted in aluminium lacquer.

     

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    Thanks buddy. I have done some more painting, and it is almost ready for decals.

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    A bit more work around the nose to fit this, then that should be it. I have caught the kit part a couple of times, but amazingly it has stayed in place so far. :tapedshut: 

     

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    by John L, on Flickr

     

    Regards.

    John

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