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  1. I have finished the detail painting of the cockpit and sidewalls and everything has had a wash followed by some highlighting. I used tape to add straps to the rudder pedals and these were painted in a leather colour, and the seat was brushed over with aluminium along the edges and back to accentuate wear. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr A rummage through extras box turned up some Eduard belts and I have used them instead of the decals provided in the kit. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr John
  2. There is no mystery to 1/144 scale modelling chaps, you just have to have the right type of optical equipment. by John L, on Flickr Great work JR and I am sure that you will soon have the tail issues sorted. Cheers John
  3. Here are a few photos of the work so far. The cockpit floor had the rudder pedals and a trim wheel added before receiving its initial base coats of paint, and the fuselage sidewalls have been painted up before I start to pick out some of the details. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers John.
  4. Hi Jean, My apologies for missing your earlier post. The details on the kit are not quite at the 'crater scale' shown in the images above when viewed at actual kit size, so please don't be put off by my photos. I started work on the cockpit last night and painted up the fuselage interior areas with RLM02 (well Aeromasters version of RLM02). I'll take some photos later before I get too far ahead. Regards John
  5. Mine arrived yesterday and with Mrs N being a Vulcan nut, this could be the only model that she will allow me to hang from the living room ceiling.
  6. And it looks as though he is about to claim a third kill as well Alastair.
  7. I am just about ready to make a start on this build, so here are the sprue shots along with a few close-ups of some parts. by John L, on Flickr One fuselage half. by John L, on Flickr And one upper wing half plus an enlargement showing some of the finer details. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr The Special Hobby kit comes with a separate engine block and here is one half of that detail. by John L, on Flickr The instruction booklet, decals and canopy parts. by John L, on Flickr John
  8. Just caught up with this super idea Alastair. I look forward to seeing the final result. John
  9. This is looking really nice Glynn, fantastic work on the paint job. John
  10. Thanks a lot Stix. There are a few small gaps to fill around the wing join on the undersides, and since taking the last series of photos I have painted and fixed the the intakes in place which need a fair amount of work to blend them in. John
  11. That's looking great Paul. The suggestion for the mottle using a short bristled brush and thinned paint is a good one too, I have done the same thing on 109's that have needed it in the past, even on 1/144 scale models. I just cut the bristles down on a smaller brush to stipple on the paint, building up the colour gradually . Keep up the good work. John
  12. Hi Ray, Thanks for your kind comment, and that is my hand. I had to pressgang Mrs N to take the photo, not always an easy thing to do when she is busy - bears and sore heads spring to mind. Cheers John
  13. Thanks a lot Charlie. John Hi Jean, Thanks very much for the comment, I think that the size of these little fighters surprises a lot of people, especially when seen with something that they can compare the size to. Here is another photo for comparison. by John L, on Flickr Time to press on with the 1/72 build next. Regards John Thanks very much Craig. Looking at the the finished model over the last few day's I think that I need to take a bit off the red trim tabs - apart from that it turned out well. John Cheers Roberto, It's a nice little kit with scope for some small improvements. John
  14. Here are a few 109's that I have built since returning to the hobby, starting with a pair of 1/144 Bf 109G-4's from Mark1 Model - the Tropical version being my most recent finish, shown here alongside two 109E's from Armory. by John L, on Flickr Moving up in scale, here are a couple of Airfix 1/72 kits, Karl Wolff's Yellow 15 Bf 109E-3 was built for the Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary GB, and as you can see the ravages of time have taken their toll with the mast requiring repair/replacement - not helped by the mono-filament rigged aerial. I built the G-6 because Red 13 had an unusual camouflage pattern. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr My last offering is this 1/48 Tamiya kit which was one of my first builds after a visit to the IPMS show at Donnington when I got back into modelling many years ago now. It was brush painted with Aeromaster Acrylics and IIRC it was a new range of paint at that time. by John L, on Flickr Earliest and latest completions together. by John L, on Flickr Regards John
  15. Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4/Trop. Franz Schiess, 8./JG 53, Luftwaffe Tunisia, March 1943 Mark 1 Models 1/144 Painted with paints from Hataka's Orange Line Luftwaffe in Africa Set and various acrylic colours from Revell and Citadel. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr This last photo shows the pair of Mark 1 109G's alongside a couple of 109E's from Amory's 1/144 "Battle of Britain Aces" boxing, which are lovely little kits but need some care with the decals. by John L, on Flickr
  16. I finished this one off today with the final job being the addition of the aerial wires. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr More photos over in the gallery. Cheers John
  17. Now why does this sound so familiar? Cheers Craig. Having looked at other finished builds of this kit online, you're not the only one to have made that error. That said, I am sure that a closer match for the decal could have been provided by the manufacturer. I was thinking of using Humbrol's Signal Red (174) for my build, do you remember which paint you used? John
  18. You are a bad man Col, encouraging a person to buying something else! I'll let Mrs N know that I had your permission if she asks.
  19. This Hasegawa kit is my offering for the GB, though it could be a little while before I make a start. I will also have to sort out the decals which seem to have yellowed over time. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers, John
  20. Great job Marklo. The Berkut is a bit of a strange looking bird, but definitely looks mean in black. Regards, John
  21. I made a start on this one yesterday and here are the sprue shots prior to starting work on assembly of the cockpit. by John L, on Flickr I had painted and assembled most of the cockpit parts last night, with the exception of the instrument panel. I added the decal to the panel this morning and fixed that in place. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr The rest of the assembly has moved on fairly quickly over the course of the day and this is how things stand at the moment. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers. John
  22. That's not just a start, it's a great start. I am looking forward to seeing what you have planned with the Hurricane too. Best of luck with your builds. John
  23. The charge for the line continues with the painting up of more details like the backpack, sword and the arms of the figure. by John L, on Flickr The head having had a first base coat added to most of the details was then fixed in place, that now needs a second layer, then I can start painting the smaller details. The drum requires further careful sanding to remove the slight lip at the top of the large section, that should then allow the head to sit into the moulded area on the leg. by John L, on Flickr Regards. John
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