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  1. I've been working away at this without really taking any photos, so.... I got the jet nozzles painted up: After that, I started assembling the bulk of the kit, which went together quite quickly, with only a bit of filler needed around the rear of the intakes and the underside fuselage join. I've now primed (Halfords white): One thing I did out of order from the instructions was to add the nose gear door - mainly to protect the "clip" which protrudes outside the bay, and has been broken and glued several times already. One to remember for th
  2. Some progress: I got the Eduard etched cockpit parts glued together with only a few bits pinging off into the aether and some wayward glue. After I took these photos, I glued the cockpit to the front undercarriage well and lower front fuselage, and promptly dropped the whole shebang, causing a few of the panels to ping off. Found them all and sorted out the damage, but it turned out to be fortuitous because when I tried test fitting the lower front fuselage to the main fuselage (after adding the IFR probe bay), I had to do quite a lot of adjustments to get it all to fit
  3. ...yes. Yes I am. Those pins are to mount the main gear doors. Realised that shortly after hitting "post", whilst flicking through the instructions. Doh! I guess I'll need to check references to see how it all looks on the real thing.
  4. ...and several months later, I'm back at it. Eduard sorted me out with the missing sprues back in, oooh, October/November, which was really great service from them. I've made a start on the cockpit, and I'll post up photos later, but first a question about the main undercarriage: One of the idiosyncrasies of the Academy/Eduard F-4 Phantom kit is that you assemble the undercarriage bays and main gear struts before gluing the wings together, and I've seen quite a few discussions around the pros and cons of this, and whether to trim the struts and fit them later, losing ov
  5. Thanks for the information Adrian - I visited Malta a few years back, and really enjoyed a wander round the aircraft museum at Ta' Qali.
  6. I'm calling it done. Ready for Inspection thread here. The last bit of construction was the base - the paint-splattered jam jar lid was binned in favour of a shiny black plastic hair gel tub lid, with a section of wine cork glued to the underside to hold the support column, and a de Havilland logo for decoration:
  7. Build thread is here. My first completed build here! Since I got back into the hobby almost ten years ago, I've slowly been building up confidence in my abilities. I'm not fully happy, but I suspect I never will be. However, each kit I build is an excuse to try something new, and maybe eventually I'll build one that I'm completely satisfied with, at which point I'll need to give it all up and try something completely different. This one is Classic Airframes' DH Sea Hornet, built pretty much OOB, with none of the well-documented accuracy corrections applied (unless you c
  8. Some progress to report - I've had issues in the past with Vallejo's metal color varnish not curing properly, and gumming up when I attempted to do panel washes. Previously, I've just been making my own washes with ordinary white spirit and either Humbrol enamel or artist's oil paint, which may or may not have been a factor. This time, I gave it a good three weeks to cure after the decals went on, and then used Mig and Alclad washes. I didn't hit any problems, and other than waiting for the (very subtle) panel wash to cure, I'm pretty much done with it - a final coat of varnish to seal everyth
  9. (And yes, that is a paint-streaked jam jar lid with a metal rod in it as a stand. I'm aiming to have a slightly nicer jam jar lid as the final stand.)
  10. Bit of an update on this - I've got the paint on - Vallejo metal color, with the Vallejo metal varnish to seal it. I've found that this takes quite a while to fully dry, and I've had disasters in the past when trying to handle/weather kits too soon. I've got the prop spinners painted up as well - I read a tip on here about undercoating in orange to get a good shade of yellow, and it seems to have worked. I used Xtracrylic Trainer Yellow. For the propellors, I've misted the clear discs with black, to give a prop-like effect. I did this by mounting them in a Dremel and spraying onto them while s
  11. Looks great! I've got one of these in the stash (the previous boxing though), and your build thread's been really informative.
  12. I mentioned that I was going to attempt to portray spinning props using transparent discs, so I thought I might share my progress with this - it's been a bit of an interesting experiment. First I started with a clear plastic disposable picnic plate: I made a compass cutter by attaching a scalpel blade to my old bow compass from when I did technical drawing, using a secure combination of superglue and zip ties, and attempted to scribe out a circle: It wasn't particularly neat, due to the blade wobbling around, and it wo
  13. Thanks everyone! A bit of progress to report: I sorted out the side panels, and completed painting the pilot to the best of my limited abilities, I've strapped him in (with wine-bottle foil straps), and have got the fuselage together, with a bit of fettling to sort out the seams. I chickened opted out of lengthening the fuselage, on the grounds that the only people likely to see it in person are not going to notice the inaccuracy. The tailplanes and fin are on. Next up, the wings, engines and props. It's always a contentious issue, but since this will be displayed
  14. Thanks Christer, It's going to be displayed in-flight, so the gear bays aren't much of an issue. I'm still deciding about the fuselage extension - thinking about maybe making the cut at the tail section, as per David Collins' marvellous build: The thought of having to re-do the tailplane fillets is a bit daunting, but what I might do is to take a mould of the rear section with thermoplastic and cast a duplicate from Milliput, then fettle that into place.
  15. Progress: I've separated the resin parts and primed them (Halfords spray primer). Unfortunately the control column cracked, but since there's going to be a pilot, it's not too big a deal - I've faked something up with wire and plastic card, Glued the side panels to the fuselage, painted and dry-brushed the cockpit parts. Primed: Painted - matt black with a dry-brush coat of Extra Dark Sea Grey - not particularly subtle, in an attempt to make it not look like an indistinguishable black hole: Instrument panel roughly detailed (it won't be particula
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