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  1. I have assembled the bodies for the bombs and they are ready for clean up before I glue the fins in place and paint them up. by John L, on Flickr And the model has had a second coat of BMS. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr John
  2. Got back around 5:30'ish and after feeding Molly I made a start on masking up the areas that have to be painted a green colour. by John L, on Flickr Then added a couple of the undercarriage doors to the wings... by John L, on Flickr before heading outside to spray some Bare Metal Silver on a few bits. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Once I have posted this I am going to give it a second coat. John
  3. Wow! What a super build Little H. I wasn't expecting to see a dinosaur, so that was a surprise, even if it was a little scary.
  4. I spent around an hour this morning priming things up using Halfords specialist Plastic Egg Primer. by John L, on Flickr The engine has had some of Citadel's Ironhands Steel brushed on and the black area on the cowling was masked before priming it white in readiness for some yellow. by John L, on Flickr And the prop needs a bit more work to tidy it up before I start painting that up. by John L, on Flickr We will be off to the party shortly, but I should be able to get some more work done later. John
  5. It does have a lovely eggshell finish though Adrian.
  6. Superb work as always Jeroen. The bodyshell is looking really good, I can't wait to see it weathered up.
  7. Last year my good buddy @Hockeyboy76 sent me this kit so that I could try to keep the 'fl-egg flying' for some eggy nonsense. Around lunchtime today I decided to open the eggbox and crack on, first up though the box contents shots. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr There are a few raised panel lines on the wings, fin and elevators, I decided to rescribe those and sand the raised detail off. After that I glued the fuselage halves together, then cleaned up the join before adding the wings. This is how things stood a few hours later. by John L, on Flickr An hour or so later I had tidied up the wing joins, added the tailplanes and neatened up those joins, then glued the main undercarriage legs in place. by John L, on Flickr The plan was to get some primer on the model and remaining parts after our evening meal, but rain has moved in to spoil the party for today so I have decide to call it a day. We will be at a birthday party for our great-nephew tomorrow but if the weather is favourable I hope to get some primer on at some point. by John L, on Flickr Cheers for now. John
  8. I hope to be building something egg-citing, which was kindly sent to me by @Hockeyboy76 in an attempt to lure me to the ovum shaped dark side. Cheers buddy, I will try to do it justice, though following your l-egg-endary builds will be a tough act.
  9. Looks great buddy. Good to know that you are on the better side of things too. There could be some egg-citing things happening next weekend from this production facility - watch this space.
  10. @Hockeyboy76, @modelling minion, I hope that you are both back on top form soon chaps.
  11. I apologise for the lack of updates to this build, but I have been trying to wrap both builds up over the past week or so. I wasn't happy with the finish on this, so after a wet sand I resprayed the model and things turned out much better, I think that I thinned the paint too much first time around. Here is the end result. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers John
  12. Thanks buddy. Apologies for the delay in replying but I have had a hectic time trying to get both builds finished before the deadline. I wrapped things up by about 9:30pm, any way here is the final result. I have given this one yellow main legs in homage to what I understand is a tradition for VFA-192 aircraft. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers. John
  13. F/A-18C Hornet, BuNo. 163777 #300 of VFA-192 'Golden Dragons', April 1996 1/72 Hasegawa Decals by Aeromaster (72-172) Stinging Hornets Part 2 by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  14. F/A-18A Hornet, BuNo. 161959 Blue Angels 2010 Slot (No.4) Major Christopher Collins 1/72 Academy by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  15. I've made good progress with this one over the last few days. most of the decals are on, just those for the nose and centre tank to sort and a few more stencils to add. The undercarriage doors and pylons are ready for fit leaving the aerials as one of the last jobs. This is how things stand at the moment. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr John
  16. Thanks Col. There is plenty of room behind there, I need to find out how much should protrude before finally fixing them in place. I will get some paint on the thing first though. John
  17. I was able to airbrush both of the grey tones on today using Humbrol 128 for the top and Hu127 for the sides and lower surface. Now I have both of my Hornet builds at roughly the same stage which means that I need to detail and decal them both by next weekend, hopefully at least one should make it over the line, lets see how things go. by John L, on Flickr Just a little touch up required to the black on the starboard side of the nose. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr If like me you initially thought that there was little difference between the two grey colours, this shot shows the contrast quite clearly. And finally, here is the Golden Dragons 18A from the Part 1 Stinging Hornets set. Hopefully this version will make an appearance at some point later in the year. by John L, on Flickr John.
  18. And I may even have to break it out, there are some yellow tips on the pylons of one of the Hornets I am working on.
  19. It has been a while since my last update and with the deadline approaching I decided it was time to give this stalled build a bit of a push. It has sat around the workbench for some time in pretty much the same state as the above photos, thou I did add the wingtip tanks and the pylons. Yesterday I finished the seats, adding some belts using some Reheat Etch belts for the shoulder straps and masking tape for the lowers and these were then glued in place. I have been pondering on ways of reducing the see through look of the engines and decided to follow @AdrianMF's paper engineering technique and made some paper tubes, coating them with layers of superglue to make a couple of jetpipes for the exhaust outlets. The outsides have had some paint applied and I have to paint the interior to finish those off. before they are fixed in their final position. I think that I will scratch a couple of FOD guards for the intakes and that will take care of that issue. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr John
  20. Thanks for your suggestions guys. When I bought the decal sets back in the late 90's, I did so with the intention of building the Golden Dragons versions from the sheets at some point, and Part 1 of the pair has an F/A-18A in a 50th Anniversary scheme with all of the markings in blue and sporting yellow fin caps, which looks just as colourful. I will take photos of the sheet for the next update. Because of your preference for the Golden Dragons version and with that scheme being the main reason for purchasing the sheet in the first place, that is what I am going with for this build. I have pushed this along quite a bit since the last update, the wings have been fixed in place, I've added a pilot figure to the cockpit and glued the canopy on. Yesterday I masked up the canopy and primed the model, have left the fins off so that the decalling of those parts should be easier to do, and they have had a couple coats of satin black sprayed on. Today I sprayed some satin black along the spine, and tonight I carefully masked that area to define the final shape. I hope to get the two greys on tomorrow FS36320 on the upper surfaces and FS36375 on the lowers and sides. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr John.
  21. Here is a photo of the model with the Xtracolor Blue Angels paint on and it has been left to harden off for several days. I now need to give it a wet sand to smooth things out a little before continuing with the detail painting. by John L, on Flickr John
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