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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Thanks Alan, things are moving along and I have almost finished painting the cockpit. I found a suitable set of seat straps in the spares box and the instrument panel has had some dots of Glue 'n' Glaze added to the dials. A wash and some highlighting should have that finished, then I can get on with closing the completed sub-assembly in the fuselage. John by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  12. With just a few weeks left to the end of the GB and whilst I ponder over the best way to paint the sails on HMS Victory, I thought it was time for me to push on with this. I have just managed to get outside and sprayed some primer on the inside of the fuselage and the cockpit parts before the forecasted thunderstorms hit. i will leave that until tomorrow and then I can start some assembly and detail painting. by John L, on Flickr
  13. Looks fantastic AW, the paint chipping on the cowling is very effective. John
  14. Great to see a Caravelle making an appearance Julian. I built an old Airfix Skykings boxing in SAS colours for the Scandinavian GB. This A Model kit is looking good so far, I look forward to seeing the end result, I am sure it will be another stunner for your collection. Cheers John
  15. You're really laying into these egg-planes buddy.
  16. Here is where I left things with Victory last night, a few more patches of black were added to the hull but my lines began to waver, so I decided to leave things as they were for now which will mean a few touch ups to get tthose details looking presentable again. I also decide to apply a wash to the sails and they are ready for some highlights. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  17. Super build Jean, it looks great. Well done buddy. Regards. John
  18. That's a heck of a termite attack in that board Jean. The blue looks fine to me, I am pleased to see that the Revell Aqua colour I used is a close match for your Humbrol Authentic range. As for your 36 year old tin, paints were better in the gud ol' days, when we were not concerned about hazardous materials or 'elf 'n' safety.
  19. Thanks Stix, I have been plugging away on the painting and here is what I have manage so far. The masts are done, sails have had the base colour brushed on, but they still need the spars painting and perhaps a wash and some highlight colour to pick out some of the rope detail. And tonight I have started to paint in the black on the hull, with quite a bit to do yet I don;t think that it will make the finish line but lets see how far I can get with It by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr John
  20. Messerschmitt Bf.109 E-4 W.Nr. 4148 Oblt. Helmut Wick, Staffelkapitan 3/JG.2 Beaumont-le-Roger, France, August 1940 1/72 Special Hobby and using SH's stipple decal set. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  21. I have just completed the last job on this build with the addition of the aerial wire. Earlier I had decided to replace the wing M/G's with some Master brass barrels which look much better than the kit option. Here are a couple of snaps of the end result and I will take some more photos in a little while for the gallery. I have really enjoyed this build, it has been a lot of fun to do, and there have been new challenges for me along the way. Thanks to all for their supportive comments as I made slow but steady progress. John by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  22. Thanks for your kind comment Charlie. I was pleasantly surprised with the stipple scheme decals, they went on much easier than I thought they would and the decal stage is all but done, just a few stencils to go on the aileron trim tabs and the prop. I will mask up the canopies next and paint in the frames and while I have got the paint out I can touch in the areas in front of the tail. After that It will be time to fit the struts, mass balances, pitot, m/g's and radio mast and it shouldn't be too far off being finished. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Regards John.
  23. I have just about finished adding decals to one side and I am quite surprised at how easy they are to apply. They are far more resilient than I thought they were going to be, and have bedded down well. If you are tempted to try these then I would suggest that you don't leave them in the water too long, just enough to get them sliding on the backing paper and add plenty of water to the area that they are destined for to help slide them in position. by John L, on Flickr There is a small area towards the tail where I haven't quite brought the upper camouflage colours down enough that will need some attention, either by touching in the paint or adding extra decal from the spare sections provided but I'll check where the fault lies first. Other side next, then on with the crosses. Cheers John
  24. Thanks very much Jean. It is a nice little kit, that deserves some time to check the fit before committing to glue. It goes together really well and, as you say, it is a step up in terms of detail from the Airfix kit, any issues that have cropped up during this build are probably of my own making. The Airfix kit is still a great standby which looks the part when finished and if I was making a number of 109's it would be my go to choice, but for a one off build I would pick this one. I finished the painting last night/very early hours of this morning and have added a gloss finish ready for decals. by John L, on Flickr As for the scheme I have chosen, I am going with Helmut Wicks -E4 which has a stipple pattern that I would never have any hope of achieving, but I think that these will help me to get somewhere near that illusive finish. It says, just add the crosses to finish the scheme. Simples!!! Let's see if things are as easy as that - otherwise there may have to be a rapid appearance of some yellow and an alternative colour scheme. by John L, on Flickr Cheers. John
  25. Nothing much to report other than that painting is underway. The fuselage sides and underside have had a few thin coats of Light Blue and I have brushed on the first of the camouflage colours (RLM02) on the wings and tailplanes in a rough final pattern. I'll get on with brushing the RLM 71 shortly, refining the camouflage as I go, and once that is dry I can mask off a high line on the fuselage sides ready to add the camo colours to the top of the fuselage. I hope to have all of that finished today, then I can get on with decals over the weekend. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
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