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  1. So what is the primer for Pink? Err... White, and I rest my case. Great work with the orange there buddy.
  2. Thanks Charlie, and just to keep H @Hockeyboy76 happy, here's a shot of a dead 109G-4 and you can clearly see its yellow underside on the nose section. I will admit to having to use fewer coats over the pink base for the yellow topcoat, though I might just try using a flesh tone should the need arise again. by John L, on Flickr
  3. You can just about see the yellow under the nose in the lower photo, and Citadel Flash Gitz Yellow still looks like Flash Gitz Yellow whether it is over white or pink to me.
  4. Have painted the yellow under the nose this morning, I was able to get the decals on during the course of the afternoon, so one final push to refine some of the details and the addition of a couple of others that are missing should see this over the line during the next day or two. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr John
  5. Cheers Col. There seems to be some discrepancy with markings for this one though, the paint instructions with my kit are shown below but online images show some yellow involved and with photos of the actual aircraft proving difficult to find I think that I will have to forego accuracy and make some sort of compromise. Revell has a similar scheme to Mark 1's but with yellow under the nose, whilst Eduard's version of this aircraft shows some yellow on the rudder and under the nose but with no white on the upper surface of the wings. by John L, on Flickr For this build I am going to follow Revell's example and add some yellow under the nose, simply because it is the easier option for this lazy modeller. My first step was to add a base colour in preparation for the yellow. There has been a lot of heavy recommendation from certain quarters here on Britmodeller for using pink as a base colour under yellow, red etc. I can't remember where that came from at the moment, but I am sure that they will be along shortly promoting their preferred option for pink primer again, won't you @Hockeyboy76 . Now I think that pink should only be used on certain Spitfires and Lady Penelope's FAB 1, but because I was painting over blue I didn't want the yellow colour to turn out with a greenish look, so I thought that I would give it a shot on this little 109 and mixed up a suitable shade to act as the base layer. by John L, on Flickr I will put the yellow on tomorrow, once I have recovered from the shock of using pink as a primer layer.
  6. Yes I have, and that's why I have been able to get some pink on another project.
  7. Thanks Stix, I have really enjoyed tackling something different, and the credit for the rigging should go to @Alex Gordon, without his help in providing a rigging diagram it would not have been quite as comprehensive. It was a pleasure to have been able to take part and thanks to you for running the Less than a Tenner GB again. HMS Victory and a Jet Provost to build yet of course. Regards John
  8. I painted the white areas last night and tidied up the spots where the paint had crept under the tape this morning. I then continued painting other details before adding the undercarriage legs. I think that it's ready for some decals now. John by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  9. Thanks Charlie. I have painted the fuselage band with white and brushed some on the wingtips and rudder tonight. There are a couple of areas where it has crept under the tape that will need to be neatened up before I move on to the undercarriage bays. John
  10. I was able to get some Hataka Orange Line RLM78 Light Blue on the fuselage sides and undersides later on Friday evening, but I did not get much done yesterday. Earlier today I masked off in readiness for the RLM 79 upper colour using a combination of Tamiya tape and Blu-tac. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Whilst the RLM 79 was drying I copied the painting instructions to make some paper masks. After using those to mask off the brown areas I sprayed RLM 80 over the wings and tailplanes. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr And here it is with everything unmasked, next job will be the detail painting before I start adding the decals. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr John.
  11. I have finally made a start on this build, cleaning up and assembling the chassis parts last night and today I filled, then sanded the few sink marks on both sides of the frame. by John L, on Flickr I've covered the sink marks that the wheels had on the axle ends with some plastic discs that I punched out from thin sheet, and the connecting rods have also been neatened up. The next job is to paint those parts up before continuing with the next phase of assembly. by John L, on Flickr
  12. Like a few others, I have a bit of a hectic build schedule at the moment so I am squeezing things in when I can. I have moved this one along a bit more and after darkening the jacket of the figure with a couple of thin coats of Citadel Leviadon Blue contrast paint I glued the torso and legs together, adding a pin to reinforce the join. There is just a tiny amount of filling to do and I will sort that out using some Deluxe Materials Perfect Plastic Putty smoothed out with a cotton bud. I also have a few areas of red to touch in and I still have to paint the red on the jacket facings in readiness for the gold banding. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  13. I have glued the wing assembly and tailplanes on, and after a small amount of filling I cleaned up the joins them fixed the canopy in place. I thought I would try a different approach with painting this one, so after masking the canopy I gave it a thin coat of black from a rattle can, I may leave it at that because I rather like the night-fighter look. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers John
  14. That's a fantastic pair of Skyhawks S. Great job, well done sir. I have the Eduard version of the A-4E which is a repackage of the Platz kit, it's good to see how well they make up
  15. Cheers Jabba, I based the loadout on this photo of a couple of Blue Hawks A-7's refuelling, and whilst I can't be sure that the configuration was used on this particular aircraft, it does carry HARM mission markings though, so I thought it would be a possibility. I struggled to get the markings on the fins and rapidly lost any hope of getting the four tiny ones in front of the red stripes on. But even without those they still look fantastic once finished. Thanks for sticking with this to the end bud. John
  16. @Orion, @SAT69, @Rod bettencourt, @F-32 Thanks for taking the time to pass a comment fellas. I should have included this in the OP, but for those who are interested here is a link to the build.
  17. Thanks for all of your comments guys, they are really appreciated. Cheers John Alan The weapons load was based on the Blue Hawks aircraft refuelling in this photo, and like you I thought it was something different. A-7E's with AGM-88 HARM's John
  18. Thanks for your valuable comments chaps. I usually build in 1/144 scale so I am a little reticent when it comes to weathering - i.e. I don't generally do it. However, for this build I went all in and tried out a few different things, and as you say Ron there are some grubbier looking A-7's out there, but in the end I decided to go down the route of when you think that you can add more then stop, maybe I got off a stop too early. Hans, All of the signs are saying that it is definitely the A-7E's turn to be built. I am sure that you already know that it is a nice kit and makes up well, so it is time for you to crack on buddy. Cheers John
  19. The aircraft part of this build was completed for the Gulf War GB a couple of weeks ago, but I was unable to get the weapons loadout finished for the deadline. I wrapped up the three AGM-88's that I wanted to add yesterday, and fixed those and a pair of AIM-9's in place last night. With the A-7E gradually being retired when Iraq invaded Kuwait in early August 1990, I wanted to try and portray a tired looking aircraft on what would be a "Last Hurrah" for this aircraft type on its final deployment. To achieve that I sprayed patches of Lifecolor's FS36375 over an overall base of FS36320, then, following a Florys Dark Dirt wash further weathering was done with oils before a matt layer sealed everything in - I hope that you like the way it has turned out. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers. John
  20. I fixed the missiles in place earlier tonight and have just grabbed a couple of pics to show the results of that work, I will take a better photo tomorrow with less distraction in the background. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr And as promised here is a photo that I took earlier today. (09th June 2021) by John L, on Flickr Cheers John
  21. I have got most of the decals to the AGM-88's, I had to abandon adding the smaller ones though because they kept folding over or sticking to the small brush I was using to place them. I'll fix the missiles in place later along with a pair of AIM-9's on the fuselage pylons. by John L, on Flickr
  22. This Special Hobby 109E is my second entry for the GB and here are the box and its plastic contents. I will add more photos of the sprues before I start the build. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  23. I have moved this along a bit more over the past couple of hours, the fuselage sides have been trimmed and scraped to accept the resin cockpit insert and once that was done the parts were brushed over with some Dust Grey acrylic (Revell Aquacolor 77) which I think is dark enough in this scale. The cockpit part also had a small piece of streched sprue glued in the premarked location to represent the control column, and I made some seat straps from 0.5mm masking tape.The fuselage halves were then glued together, that will allow me to add the resin cockpit once everything has set up. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Meanwhile the wings have had the two resin blisters glued to the upper surface and a quick test fit of wings and fuselage shows that a small amount of filler will be needed. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr I'll tidy up the fuselage later, then glue the cockpit and wings in place and once I have cleaned up those joins it should be ready for some paint. John
  24. Thanks Hewy, the spider had to put in some overtime on this one. John
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