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  1. I made a start on the Escort during the week, assembling and painting the engine parts. 

     

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    I then removed the parts required for next stage of the build which includes the one piece floor/chassis/engine bay part, dash, steering wheel, seats and door card/rear interior parts. The floor part had several ejector pin marks which I have filled with discs of plastic that were punched out of a piece of sheet material. Most of the parts require a bit of work before they are ready for use, so I am in the process of tidying those bits up before I start on the painting and assembly.

     

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    Cheers

    John

     

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  2. 2 hours ago, jean said:

    Hi John,

     

    1/144 has never turned me on, but you have a knack to build really attractive models that make me wonder why I don't like this scale!!!

    This one is no exception. I really like it!

    Superb job!!!

     

    JR

     

    Hi Jean,

     

    Thanks for your kind comment. I have a few extras for the second of the pair along with set of decals for Adversary Schemes. I hope that it turns out as well as this one is doing.

     

    Cheers

    John

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  3. After a couple of decaling sessions I have almost completed the first of the pair. I have some decals to add to the missiles and two for the nose doors once I have painted the red edges on all of the undercarriage doors. The smaller details like lights etc need painting in, and then I can add the dangly bits to wrap it up. 

     

    The more observant of you will have noticed that the replacement Alpha Probe is about 1mm shorter than it was in the previous photos, that's because during the last decal session today I managed to stick it in my finger for the umpteenth time and it finally gave up the ghost as I attempted to straighten it out... Note to self: Remember to leave probe off until the end. :doh:

     

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    Thanks for checking in.

    John

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  4. 3 hours ago, FortyEighter said:

    That looks great John, it appears to have gone together without any problems and certainly looks like a Tomcat.

     

    Mike

     

    Thanks Mike. As @Rob G mentioned in his previous post Revell made a decent job of this kit, it was a new tooling and this 'Black Tomcat' boxing was the first release, the joins tend to be around panel lines which means that little filling is needed. I have made the D version and that is just as good. I hope that they release them again at some point in the future with new decal options.

     

    John

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  5. Vandy 1 has had the black paint applied using Halfords Matt Black with a couple of gloss coats brushed on top, and I've also made a start on some of the detail painting. Once I have painted the wing leading edges and canopy framing I should be ready to make a start on the decals.

     

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    Cheers.

    John

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  6. A bit of assembly work and some more painting done on this one today. Having fixed the seats in place I glued the canopy on, and I painted the exhausts before adding the twin fins. Because I plan to add a few bells and whistles to the second of these, I am trying to build this one just as it comes, but I still could not resist removing the kit Alpha probe from the nose to replace it with a Master turned brass part.

     

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    I know that it is not always easy to determine the size of these little kits and after @almac's question in his earlier post, I thought that I would post this photo in which I have included a 6" steel rule.

     

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  7. 6 hours ago, almac said:

    Looking good so far. How big are they in this scale? I struggle sometimes with small parts in 1/72 never mind 1/144!

     

    Cheers Allan 

     

    Thanks for your comment Allan. The small squares on my cutting mat are 1/2 inch so as you can see the cockpit sub assembly is around 2 inches (approx 50mm) in length. I have just checked the overall length by lining up the edge of the tailplane on one of the lines and it measures about 5 inches excluding the nose probe. HTH to give you some idea of the size.

     

    Cheers

    John. 

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  8. Yesterday, in between working on a build for the High Wings GB, I decided to make a start on the black F-14A, so while waiting for filler to dry on the other build I got on with painting some of the cockpit details on this one, once that was dry I patched up the ejector pin mark in the nosewheel bay with some pieces of plastic strip then painted that area white. The decals were added to the I/P's and side consoles and the cockpit was closed up. 

     

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    After the wings and fuselage had been assembled the cockpit sub-assembly was glued in place and by the end of play for the day, this what I had. 

     

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    Next job will be to thin the intakes down a little before I paint the interiors.

     

    John.

     

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  9. I have filled the windows on the passenger cabin and they will be replaced with  Authentic Airliner decals later, the fuselage joins need a bit more work and then I will fit the cockpit glazing and tidy that up. I have adjusted the wing so that the joins are flush with the top of the fuselage, but there are gaps along the sides that will need filling with some plastic strip. I have also reinstated the airbrake join line on the underside and below the rudder.

     

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    Thanks for checking in.

     

    John

     

     

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  10. 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, with 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

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  11. On 24/09/2021 at 22:23, CliffB said:

    Hi John and welcome to the Group Build.  Just to say too, that we've already had one Whif entry and so the precedent has been set!

     

    Cheers

     

    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.   

     

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    The next job will be to fill in the windows.

     

    John.

     

     

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  12. 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/

     

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  13. 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.

     

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    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 :thumbsup: again to @Col. for getting the ball rolling with this one, it has been a lot of fun.

     

    Until the next time.

    Cheers.

    John

     

     

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  14. On 23/09/2021 at 06:46, Foxbat said:

    Love the censored box art, and how even the cigarette manufacturer logos on the decal sheet are broken up :D

     

    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. :lol:

     

    John

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  15. 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.

     

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    Cheers.

    John

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  16. On 21/09/2021 at 12:10, Bertie Psmith said:

    That’s come out really well. 👏

     

    On 21/09/2021 at 13:03, Alan P said:

    Ah, Colourcoats. Perfect results every time 😉 looks great 👍

     

    On 21/09/2021 at 21:05, Col. said:

    Your effort has been rewarded John. Nice paintwork :thumbsup:

     

    Cheers guys. With Mrs N's polite request :fight: 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 a lot cleaner and better organised in there now, but I hope to get back to creating more chaos today. :wicked:

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  17. 4 hours ago, Alan P said:

    Very patient painting, great to see the four-colour scheme correctly applied 👍

     

    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. 

     

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