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  1. Sorry I was a bit late with the info about the book Mike. I only came across your build today as I am trying to catch up with whats been happening on the modelling scene as I have been away. Sods law I am afraid. If you need me to check any references in the book just let me know. Excellent build mate.
  2. Just catching up with your build Mike and I want one. I built Airfix's 1/72 Pucara a few years ago (here is the build link if anyone wants to have a look https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235018470-172-airfix-pucara/ ) and while I was building it I came across an excellent reference book for the Pucara, called The Pucara Story by Dr Ricardo Caballero & Phil Cater. The book is as its states tells the story of the Pucara with a walkaround section and is packed with colour plates, modellers notes, and loads more. In fact for this aircraft its an absolute gem. The ISBN i
  3. Thanks chaps. Airfix did a piece about my bus when I posted the build. I was lucky to meet the guy who writes their blog on the Airfix website two years ago at Duxford and he told me that their sales of the bus went up when their article was posted.
  4. Thanks mate, There are one or two things to do such as add the aerial cable and make the stand when the weather calms down. I have already had a look at your P-39 and you have done an excellent job on that.
  5. Looking at the colour references for the kit and a few other illustrations I managed to find I didn't have the right shade of blue for the spinner. I sprayed with the closest shade of blue I had and I sprayed the blades with polishable metalizer paint. So I started to polish the blades and I must have got a tiny bit of aluminum paint on the spinner. As luck would have it, it actually toned the blue paint down and added ware to the spinner at the same time. I would love to say it was my idea but it was a fluke. The photo doesn't pick it up too
  6. Thanks Jasip. I know what you mean about the quality. I was surprised with the gaps at the wing roots and the thickness of the wing trailing edges. I will be posting an update tomorrow with any luck. I have sorted out the over spray and I must say I love the MRP Paint.
  7. With the canopy attached I then added the Eduard mask. I have a few jobs to do so the mask will help protect the "glass" from scratches. I decided to replace the kit pitot tube with a homemade as its just one of those parts that in crying out to snap. So tho make mine I used a syringe needle and pin cut to size. Then I used CA to attach to the wing. I had the same feeling about the guns. So this this time I used brass tubing. Cut to size and glued together with CA glue. The only problem I had wit
  8. I am having a break from painting the pilot at the minute but I have had a busy day so far. The kit control column won't reach the pilots right hand which I knew when I attached the arm. I could of put a cut in the elbow and bent the arm. But instead I made a new column from copper wire that would reach. Its a bit oversize but I think I can get away with it. Then I moved my attention to the wing. I cut off the excess plastic with small scissors and then sanded the shims down. To be honest I am rather pleased with the result.
  9. I received the two aftermarket bits I have been waiting for, the mask set and the resin exhausts. The instructions for the photo etch of the instrument panel, just tells you how to construct it from just the photo etch. But looking at it I thought it would be a bit awkward to attach it to the cockpit so I decided to use the kit instrument panel as well. I removed it from the sprue and I removed the moulded detail ready for the photo etch. I also used the photo etch as a template as some of the plastic had to be removed as well. To at
  10. Here is my go at this kit. I have had this kit for a while and after seeing the state of the box I thought I had better build it before the box falls apart. As I do most of my aircraft kits as inflight displays that's what I am going to do with this one. You do get a pilot with the kit which makes a change but I have decided to use an Aires resin pilot. I have used an Aires pilot before for an Eduard Spitfire Mk. IX, both the fit and detail are excellent, so I got one for this build.
  11. Yes Neil and here is the link to the finished article. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235017624-172-airfix-tsr2-takes-flight/
  12. Hi Andy. Thanks for your input. RAW 10.5 lets you adjust colours, tints, etc before you convert the image. Here is a screen grab. Once you have cropped, etc, you can click on the "save image" button that converts it to a jpeg or click on the "done" button to alter the RAW file.
  13. The photos were taken on two very hot and bright days using a Nikon D7200 with a 150mm - 600mm lens and a monopod. They were all took as RAW images and I used Photoshop's Nikon Camera RAW 10.5 plugin to edit them. Each photo took about 1 to 2 mins editing if that as I haven't got too much time to play about with them. I find RAW 10.5 good for the effect I am after. I don't use any HDR software as I find it takes too long and there is too much messing about. So I use RAW 10.5 as it comes with Photoshop I find it pretty good for what I want. The reason why some are sharp and so
  14. Spent a quiet weekend at Duxford and I took a few snaps. They were took over the two days of the air show and the weather was fantastic. There are loads of photos and I mean loads. The rest are on my Flickr page which there are at the moment in excess of 500+ photos and I am still working my way through more that I took. Then I have the Battle of Britain Air Show to do. I hope you like them.
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