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About neilspen

  • Birthday 01/01/1966

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    Brighton UK
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    Making models of anything military, whether ground or air based

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  1. A first for me, building a vintage Japanese plane. I built this at a request of an acquaintance. Built mostly out of the box, apart from the addition of nylon fishing line for the aerial. I had to replace the forward aerial stanchion with a homemade one from copper wire, when the kit one broke. I added some brass pipes to represent the cooling pipes from the matrix on the front of the engine. The kit decals were knackered, so I masked and sprayed. I used Humbrol Dark Grey wash for the first time, and it has brought the rivet and panel nicely. Overall I am extremely happy with how this came out and I will definitely build more vintage Japanese planes (certainly one more, as the same guy has asked me to build a Nakajima Ki-115 ). Thanks for looking. Cheers Neil.
  2. Tremendous finish for the size. Really good looking Firefly. Cheers Neil
  3. Lovely looking Tiger. Where will you be keeping it? I struggle to display 1/35 scale ones. Cheers Neil
  4. Considering this is a 30 year old kit, you have done a fantastic job, really nice finish. Cheers Neil
  5. I have one of these in the stash. Reading your thread has been really informative. A very tidy build for your first attempt. You mentioned about doing the camo, when I get round to building mine, I plan to use camo net from Tetra Model works, cut the pieces to follow each profile and stick it to some foil, before glueing to the model, hopefully that makes sense. Cheers Neil
  6. A great looking vehicle. I am very interested to see how it builds. Cheers Neil
  7. The flight deck crew figures are mid nineties, so Seaking Has 6 or AEW or Junglie or Sea Harrier FA2 or Lynx HAS3 or HMA8. The pilots you could probably get away with a Wessex, the main changes to flying suits in the late nineties, were the colour and removal of the knife patch to a strap cutter in pouch. The life jacket changed in the early nineties to include the STASS bottle, not sure if that is moulded on your figures, but would have to go if using with a Wessex.
  8. Really good looking build. I really like the finish and weathering. It looks well used, but not over the top. I found your background info interesting and your list of media used useful. Thanks Neil
  9. Fantastic job. What scale are they? Regards Neil
  10. Great job of the fire engine and figures. I remember making this set, a few years ago. I was never sure about the guy with his top off, never be allowed when at flying stations with an active deck. Did you make your own deck? Cheers Neil
  11. I think your zimmerit looks really good, for the scale. It was roughly applied, I have a couple of books by RZM publishing and it shows it was not always neatly applied in straight lines or even thickness. Great camo finish and weathering. I will look forward to seeing your next phase. Cheers Neil
  12. I am impressed with your work, amazing for 1/72nd. Did you build it OOB? IBG have a good range in their portfolio, which I have been looking at, looking more at 1/72nd lately, seems much more detail than the old Matchbox or Hasegawa ones, I remember from the early eighties.
  13. Subtle weathering, I would say a case of less is more, very nicely done. I could not see the join you were worried about. Good job.
  14. Lovely camouflage and unusual subject. I have a fondness for the M113 and the old Tamiya kit.
  15. Thanks Darryl, for the comments. I took the pictures on my old iPhone 6, with the model in a light box with LED strip light. It has made it look a bit washed out. Thanks Ade, in future I will use a digital camera rather than my old iPhone. I did think about using netting and strips of paper, stuck with watered down PVA glue, but decided the bandage material looked ok. Thanks John. The RSM would have a fit, lol.
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