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  1. Today I used WhiteTak - which doesn't really come off cleanly, so not recommended. I aim for a slight standoff for that soft edge you mention, and try to avoid shooting my airbrush into that gap. I do have alternates, wich I'll apply tonight, to see how they detatch tomorrow.
  2. Top build Pat, very well done! I've got an unbuilt bomb-train from a Stirling that I built in 1995 - so double congratulations for finishing that as well. That's why I goaded you a bit at the start.
  3. Masked, using my method of scaling-copying the colour diagrams. Then airbrushed Humbrol 163 Green.
  4. Masked, using my method of scaling-copying the colour diagrams. Then airbrushed Humbrol 163 Green.
  5. There is this Academy, that's Vietnam era, and I'd bet basis for loads of conversion variants.
  6. Nose glazing installed. Got to say that I had to remove and refit the instrument panel, to make it all fit.
  7. Not forgotten, and I will be joining you with this kit. My bench has been over capacity lately, so I want the current Bristol GB entries to be through the paintshop before starting this big beast. Holding the Etendard back - it's vouched for a Dassault Bunfight bid. But - with a Model Show in the near future, and right on the doorstep - more eligable entries might well be bought.
  8. Engines finally fitted. That and the cowlings, far too complicated for their own good. My props will have a 1mm shaft right through the engines and rear bulkhead, and be removeable. But persevered, and finally able to start airbrushing, Humbrol 165 underside.
  9. Engines finally fitted. That and the cowlings, far too complicated for their own good. My props will have a 1mm shaft right through the engines and rear bulkhead, and be removeable. But persevered, and finally able to start airbrushing, Revell 59 in this case. A little more green that the Humbrol equivalent - but was available on my bench.
  10. Undercarriage. And canopy framing. That wraps up construction for me. I'm hoping to find another Hellcat at Thornbury, to provide proper insignias for a 3-tone aircraft.
  11. Italeri decals. US Navy VF-27, BUT - just reaslised that I need full blue circle decals for a 3-tone plane - and nothing suitable in my spares. Something for me to look for at IPMS Avon show.
  12. So, more progress on the Hellcat. Firstly, fitted the vacformed canopy, then masked it, And airbrushed Humbrol 104, for the upper colour. And showing off the early 3-tone camo better.
  13. I build most of mine in the InterceptorsGB. Except this one. If you'll let a Ta152 join in.
  14. Underside masked, then airbrushed Humbrol 144 on the fuselage sides. I've just realised this GB header, has a quote from Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown, RN. I was fortunate enough to meet Eric Brown and his wife, at the opening ceremony of Jet Age in 2014. That copy of Eric's book WINGS on my sleeve, in my hand has an interesting story. I was lent it to read by my neighbour Carole, daughter of Bill Stewart. The late Bill Stewart was an aeronautical scientist who is mentioned in the book a couple of times. He was in a Sea Mosquito for a carrier landing, when the hook broke. Only Eric's skill kept the plane in the air - avoiding a catastrophy. The book was autographed by Eric for Bill, when originally published in 1961 - a valuable peice of history. I asked that if the opportunity arose at the opening ceremony, could I get it autographed again - which was agreed. And this was that opportunity! Eric was as sharp as a pin, well remembering his old friend Bill, taking great care to date the most recent autograph. Autographed twice, 53 years apart - it must be unique.
  15. Yes, huge thanks to the organisers and moderators - great fun for the builders. Very late start for me, as I only acquired my kit half-way through the build period. There are still more to do. I'd like to find another at IPMS Avon show next month, to build as a US Navy SNJ - then find an appropriate GB to share it with you.
  16. So this afternoon some airbrushing. As with my other recent subjects in this scheme, Humbrol 28 underside.
  17. So yesterday I decalled for aircraft No1, and applied the pitot. Just the intake nav lights left. Better photos later today.
  18. Exhaust fitted, plus a jetpipe. Quite a lot of plastic for the nose ballast to counter. Undercarriage fitted, and this is quite fiddly. And finally up onto her pins. Just a few aerials, insignias and aircraft number left now.
  19. Congratulations to England! Several afternoons of decals, which are not great. Some repairs and finishing off still needed.
  20. Confirming that Col. Following the interior paint prep, this is about an afternoon's work.
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