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About daryl_five_zero

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  1. Fantastic result! Do you mind me asking how you achieved such a realistic looking tint to the cockpit glass?
  2. Many thanks, all. The kind words are very much appreciated! It was with a heavy heart I removed the Phoenix. But, I have an -A and -B model to add to the flightline that I'm sure I can find space for more AIM-54's on! And I couldn't agree more r.e. the carrier deck. I've been trying to convince myself that I have the room to invest in the 1/48 carrier deck section that Skunkmodels released a while back! I must admit, I had the same issue. I tried to sit them down with multiple coats of microsol/set. I eventually managed to get them sat uniformly, but I have to be honest, I thought the effect detracted from the overall look of the model so I removed them. I opted for a mixture of NATO Black/Metallic Grey and used that instead. It looks better to my eyes when compared to reference pics, especially taking scale effect into consideration (that's what I told myself, anyway!) I promise I'm not affiliated with Tamiya/The Hobby Company in any way, but I absolutely think that it would be unfair to see it as a sign of weakness were you to treat yourself to one. Tamiya have really outdone themselves with this kit, and I honestly worry that I will never enjoy a build as much I have this one. Every step was a real delight, and any stress or hardship that crept into the build was entirely of my own doing. I think the only way I could have appreciated this kit more is if I had opted to build the Hasegawa 1/48 Tomcat in my stash beforehand! Boy did I do that the wrong way around
  3. Hi folks. Been away from the modelling desk for a while (insert 'work getting in the way' joke here) but had the itch to get something built by the end of the year. Cue Tamiya's superlative new 1/48 F-14D. I'm one of those Aircraft enthusiasts who was taken away with Top Gun as a young child, so the big 'Cat has always had a dear place in my heart; it's such a good feeling to have a kit as astounding as this to do the Tomcat justice. I'm sure everything that can be said about this kit has been said already, so I'll move on to my attempt at it! The plan was to see how good it built out of the box. That went out of the window as soon as I got the kit in my hands. I firmly believe that as good as the OOB offering is, a kit like this deserves everything you can give it. So I did. So in terms of aftermarket, I have thrown everything I can at it. Additions are as follows: Eduard Big Ed PE set Brassin cockpit Brassin GBU-38's Wolfpack afterburner cans Wheeliant weighted wheels Master Pitot/AoA spike Aerobonus AIM-9 Seeker head covers/RBF tags Fightertown decals The Brassin cockpit was a kit in itself; adds so much to the kit, especially with that big canopy to see all that detail through. I wanted to do as dull a scheme as possible, as not to detract from the weathering that the Tomcat underwent. I know some loathe the TPS scheme, but I think the big 'Cat looks best in lo-viz grey! The kit was finished with Vallejo model air paints and Windsor & Newton Oils. I have the AMK F-14D on order, so I'm excited to see how it stacks up against the Tamiya offering. Needless to say, the bar is set very high with this kit! I'll wrap up my essay now and move on to the pictures! C&C welcome as always, and I hope you enjoy! Daryl. *n.b: Since I took the pics, I have removed the AIM-54C. I overlooked the fact that they were retired in 2004, hence wouldn't have been present in 2006! Just pretend it isn't there!
  4. Ah, thanks for the reply. You've just saved me a bit of cash though, so cheers! Daryl.
  5. Hi folks, just a quick one. Can anybody confirm or refute whether Model Alliance 729025 (Black Squared Codes and Serials for BAC/EE Canberras) include 18" codes/serials? Specifically 2x 18" 'D's? I need to salvage some for a non-Canberra project, but don't want to hit 'buy now' only to be disappointed. Thanks in advance, Daryl.
  6. Ah poop! Yeah, you're totally right on that one. Big thanks for the heads up, though. Appreciated. I think that's what they call 'bad research' on my part! They do look like they are the 18" titles, although the 'O' looks a little less rounded than the 'D' would be. It's definitely at least something to experiment with. This is a massive help, thanks! I don't have either, but it's definitely something I might have to look into putting the feelers out for. At least now I can narrow the search to an 18" letter 'D' It's things like this that make me love this site at times! Daryl.
  7. Gents, once again thankyou so much for the help. The model's future owner won't be too picky if everything isn't absolutely exact, but I will know! Rescue137, thanks for going through the trouble for that pic. I can assure you it will be grubby by the time I've finished weathering it! I've picked up Xtradecal X72157 for the 'D' and 'XZ558' codes, so that's sorted. The best I've found for the 202 sqn crest is on Xtradecal X72156, so I've picked that up... it looks good enough to my eyes, so hopefully that will do the trick! Now to raid the spares box to find some 'volunteers' to stick their feet out of the side door of this model and play Cadets for the day! Thanks all for contributing to the thread, though. I love how this site makes you realize how little you know about aircraft one might claim to have a particular fondness for, and this is certainly the case here! Daryl.
  8. Ah, many thanks, gents! I really appreciate the help. Yeah, I've been looking all evening for any clearer pics, but they seem to be extremely few and far between. You've both saved me a lot of frustration! Daryl.
  9. Evening, all. Just a quick question for any Sea King aficionados on here; I'm in the planning stage of building a 1/72 HAR3 for a friend, and want to depict the cab they got a ride in up in Lossie when they were in Cadets. I've been shown a few very blurry/distant pics, and can only make out that it's a 202 sqn cab, based in Lossie in 2009, and has 'D' on the tail. I can't make out the tail code, though, and my limited googling skills have come up fruitless. This is the cab in question: If anyone can offer any answers, I'd be very grateful! And as a bonus question, does anybody want to hazard a guess as to the easiest way to get decals for this? Xtradecal X72156 contains the 202 sqn crest, but the 'D' and tailcode may be a more troublesome affair. Many thanks in advance for any help that can be offered! Daryl.
  10. Zvezda also do a Ka-50 in 1:72; I've only heard good things about it. As has already been said, the Zvezda Mi-24 is the only way to go. It's amazing. Daryl.
  11. It's weird it not having a HUD. Doesn't look right. I'm guessing having everything on your visor negates the need for a HUD? Daryl.
  12. Simply stunning. I've never seen a Tiffie in desert camo before, it looks amazing. I'll be picking a copy of AMW up for sure, if only for this build! Daryl.
  13. That F-22 pic is absolutely jaw-dropping. Nice one, Radleigh! Daryl.
  14. This was the boxing I had. The paint scheme almost drove me mad, and it still turned out half as good as yours! Mine was straight OOB so I didn't bother with sand filters. I've got the Italeri MH-47, which might satisfy my Chinook needs for now, but after seeing yours, I definitely need to add another Brit Chinook to the collection! Daryl
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