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About obdl3945

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    WW2 Luftwaffe, although not big on the Jagdwaffe side of things.... less glamorous is sometimes more interesting.

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  1. Lovely work, Bob... a smart looking result. I hope you'll forgive me pointing this out, but the codes on the right side of the fuselage are the wrong way round. Where a full code (ie, all the characters of an alpha-numeric code) were displayed, the parent code indicator - in this case F1 for KG76 - always sat to the left of the fuselage cross, irrespective of what side of the fuselage is being viewed, as per this link showing restored Ar234 at the NASM. I don't know if it was the case with this kit, but in recent years, several of the mainstream manufacturers have actually shown the codes the wrong way round in their instruction sheets. It's as though they create the image for their 'camouflage and markings' section, then flip it horizontally but don't adjust the presentation of the codes! It is so annoying as it leads modellers to inadvertently trip up on the last lap of what otherwise can be a first class finish. That aside, your work is indeed excellent, and you should quite rightly be proud of this end result. Regards, Paul
  2. Excellent, Rob... great work, and a great response from your daughter, too... I did laugh out loud! Regards, Paul
  3. Lovely work... a lot of patience to do this kit, and it came up great. Well done. Paul
  4. Wow...! I appear not to have seen this thread when originally posted, so my apologies for the delay in commenting, but this is a superb piece of workmanship, especially in 1/72 scale. Everything about it is 'just right', the way it should be, in my opinion. Very well done, Jaime... this shows off you modelling skills to a very high degree, Regards, Paul
  5. Nice work, Basil... a veritable 'oldie' brought into the 21st century. I like the dark green/black green colours; I think you've probably used the Lufwtaffe range from Humbrol, as I do. They take a bit of getting used to but your handiwork shows that patience brings about a lovely result. Regarding enamel washes, have you considered making your own? Saves a lot of money into the bargain; a little water, some washing-up liquid and coloured shavings (of whatever colour you need) from artist's pastels. Mix them all together in a small container, and then apply as liberally as you like, and leave for about 45 minutes; room temperature will draw off the water element, leaving the oily coloured wash, which can then be wiped off. I use cotton buds as I go slowly and like to make sure all the engraved (and sometimes raised) detail looks good, others just use suitable tissues to wipe off the excess. As it's water-based, any mistakes can be wiped clean and re-done as needs be. Please practice on an old kit first, as you'll need to note the ratios of water to washing-up liquid in the mix, and how fast they dry out, before committing to your model. Obviously, your transfers and subsequent coat of gloss varnish should be applied before the wash, and varnished again when you're happy with the result, to seal it in. Go against the grain as well, vertically through horizontal panel lines and vice-versa; where the is a junction of two panel lines, draw through the junction diagonally to ensure the wash stays in the detail. And of course, if you wish to leave some staining on the surfaces, then it should run front to back on wings and horizontal tail, top to bottom on everything else - fuselage, engine cowlings and floats. Regards, Paul
  6. Another walk down memory lane for me, and I dare say, many others... very well done, this Hampden came up beautifully. Regards, Paul
  7. Wonderful collection, and a few memories to boot, especially the Matchbox Wellesley and Heyford. I always thought the latter was one of Matchbox's best offerings. All very well executed... well done. Regards, Paul
  8. Very nice indeed... certainly looks the part. Well done. Paul
  9. Hi, John... yes, got it in one. I thought the white oil paint would have better staying power after varnishing. Enamel white sometimes goes yellowish with age depending on how good the varnish is. Having said that, this kit was gloss varnished with thinned-out Pledge floor polish, then a light dusting of enamel gloss and matt mix to get a nice dull sheen to the end product, so I suppose only time will tell how effective it is. Regards, Paul
  10. Great work, Fuad... I remember building this as a teenager, but without such impressive results! Weathering is particularly effective. I hope sometime we might see the H8K2 'Emily' in your collection as well, if it's not there already. Regards, Paul
  11. Hi, Dave... Thanks for your comments. I still enjoy using the old paint brush routine, although I do use a spray gun as well. On this kit, though, only the coats of varnish were sprayed to get a nice even finish at the end of the build. Regards, Paul
  12. Thanks, Don, Bill, Kev & Andrés... I appreciate your comments.
  13. And here's me going big with the 1/32 scale Wingnut Wings kits, and you're heading in the opposite direction with these 1/144 scale gems... smart work though, Joe. You must have bionic eyes! Regards, Paul
  14. Nice work, Tom... I have two of these and they're big! I always liked this colour scheme. The unit emblem is correct with the yellow background. This was the coat of arms of the city of Breslau. Regards, Paul
  15. Thanks for your comments, guys... much appreciated. Regards, Paul
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