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noelbarnes

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  1. After masking off the under surfaces I sprayed the top colours. The dark earth was sprayed freehand rather than using blu tac sausages to get a soft demarcation line. I am happy with the results. The cowl rings were airbrushed with Humbrol copper, which was a real pain to get down, followed by a dusting of Humbrol matt black to knock the brightness back. Once the paint had cured the air frame was given a couple of coats of Future ready for decals. Noticing that the surface was slightly textured in areas I decided to sand it back with a 2000grit sanding sponge followed by a polish with Tamiya's Polishing Compound. Now she was nice and shiny. This is where the fun began. I really didn't think I would have a problem with the decals..........one must never assume. I applied the under wing roundels but they broke up slightly and pieces came away. Rather than risk the other markings falling apart, I coated them all with Microscale Liquid Decal film. To my horror every decal fogged up before my eyes. The all turned pale with major streaking through all of them. What was going on????? I applied more liquid decal film in the hope of restoring them and managed to salvage them, but they were far from perfect. Once on the model some of them silvered, with others curled up around the edges. I ended up losing the top wing roundels. Masks then needed to be made and new roundels sprayed. Phew, what a marathon. Decaling is one of my favourite parts of model building, but not on this occasion. After the major markings were done Aviaeology's beaufighter airframes stencils were applied to give some extra detail. They performed beautifully. The model now awaits a final wipe down to remove decal glue and sol - set solutions followed by another coat of Future to seal everything in ready for weathering.
  2. Painting has begun. under painting with Tamiya nato black and azure blue from Model Master. Top layers will be Model Master's middle stone and dark earth.
  3. Here are some update shots. I have tried to add missing details that the kit lacks. I am still not too sure whether to just do the MkI, or the MkIc or do a hybrid to capture the feel of an Aussie Beau. ??? Here are some of my mods. Scribed and drilled out shell ejector chutes of fuselage canons. Masked Canopy with Montex masks. Used acrylic Rod to make wingtip lights Added scratch built gunsight to cockpit. Not really in scale.. Added strake ahead of the rear dome. Used superglue and accelerator for fuselage/wing joint and sanded smooth. I didn't get a very precise fit here. Drilled holes in the undercarriage and added lead wire for break lines. Added small intakes to the exhaust collector rings. Blanked off cowl intakes and will make some grills to fit over the front of them...eventually. Hope you enjoy the photos.
  4. Beautiful work. That would pass as a period photo of the real thing. Just stunning.
  5. I re-scribed the panel lines on the fuselage and wings of this kit 2 years ago, and it sat on the shelf ever since. I recently had surgery and had time off work, so I pulled this down and decided to do some more work on it during my recovery. Turned out to be good therapy. I had intended to simply put seatbelts on the seats so as to busy up the rear and front cockpit. Looking again, I decided to build the details in both of these areas from scratch. I wasn't interested in accuracy and the scale is off in some places. I only wanted those areas to look busy when you looked in through the clear parts. I think I have achieved this OK. I also looked at plans and decided to scribe some of the access panels around the wings and fuselage. I haven't finished this yet, as you can see I need to add the fuselage gun shell ejector ports. I added aluminium tube for the guns and will add after market exhausts. I am not sure whether to make it into a MkVIc or leave it as the MkIF. I would like to do something in Australian markings, but would also be keen to do a what if in Australian markings.......decisions, decisions. Hope you enjoy.
  6. Hi Dermot. Thanks for your comments. I don't have any lighting sources readily available to me where I live, so get most of my stuff from Ebay. Some bits and pieces , like the nano SMDs, aren't easy to get except direct from the suppliers. Modeltrainsoftware.com is a good source for the specialist stuff, but it is a bit costly as it comes from America. I live in Australia and shipping sometimes doubles the price of the item. I tend to make up all the lighting units myself, but you can get pre-wired stuff which saves time. I am not sure what the situation is like in Ireland, but the "Net" is a great help to us modellers. Hope that helps.
  7. Bandai's newish Lando's Falcon is a beautiful model. I decided to light it with a single nano SMD for the cockpit and a light strip for the engine. I painted it in modules and assembled it once painted. Primed with Tamiya Grey Primer, the model was then pre-shaded with flat black Tamiya acrylic. Tamiya's white acrylic followed in a random, patchy application. Although Lando's Falcon was new and clean...it still had a bit of weathering. If you look at the images on starwars.com you will see what I mean. After a coat of Tamiya Gloss clear coat I added the kit decals. I didn't add all of the smaller items, but used a few applications of Micro Sol and Set to get them to sit properly. Tamiya Grey panel line wash was then used for the panel lines and detailed areas. Some areas received a black wash, which brought out some of the deeper and dirtier areas. After another coat of clear Oil Paints,mixed to a light grey, were stippled across the surface to break up the white and the blue markings. Black was then blended in various areas for grime and streaking. The base was flower arranging foam cut to shape , covered in wall filler, airbrushed, drybrushed and then glued to a box frame. I am very happy with the result. Another great kit from Bandai that's "got it where it counts".
  8. Hi Mick. I used Tamiya's PC-7 Orange. It was all I had. I added some yellow to it to make it more orange, as the original paint was a more red hue.
  9. HIi Rumblestripe. Mick4350 answered your question. It is a nice option that comes with the kit.
  10. Looks like the images have loaded at the incorrect size, so they are distorted. Oh well....back to the drawing board.
  11. Here's another go at posting some images of my Round 2 Hawk MkIX. My first images were ordinary to say the least, and I posted them in the wrong forum. So here we go again. I hope you enjoy these more.....
  12. This is a beautiful little kit. Although it is 1/72 it is still small, as can be seen alongside the 1/72 Eagle. I love the orange scheme and had lots of fun (and some frustrations) getting it painted. The detail is excellent and the fit is great. The orange threw off the camera colours a bit, so what you see isn't quite like the real thing.
  13. This is Revell's snap and play kit. It comes with a beautifully cast pilot, which I painted up. I blacked in the cockpit and dry brushed with lighter grey. After I picked out some consoles and dials with various colours I moved onto the side wing pieces and detailed them with some paint and a wash. Once the airframe was together I got to work on weathering. Paint chipping, panel line washes, oil paint grime, hand painted panels and some pigment work finished her off nicely. This is a great looking kit, easy to build and lots of fun to paint.
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