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Everything posted by giemme

  1. Thanks whiskey, I did find it - I was just hoping Sven had some pics of his own, knowing his ability Ciao
  2. Giving your blood for the cause of modelling - how heroic of you, Ced Great going with Oramask for the canopy Ciao
  3. Who wouldn't, really? I don't suppose you have full size pics of this airframe, right? It would make an interesting modelling subject Ciao
  4. Same here Ced, sorry to hear about Mols Keep it up with the masking, Ced Ciao
  5. Thanks Simon The visit to the Air Museum in Malpensa was great - lots of jets and some pioneer aircrafts. Quite some civvies too. And lots of helicopters! The museum is in the former Caproni production plant, and there's even a Bertone collection with dozens of concept cars Thanks Bill, much appreciated Too late for your suggestion, I've already glued the little b...ger. Smart one though - similar to what I did with milliput for the airbrake. I should have thought of that Ciao
  6. Hi everybody, time for WE progress report Almost time to assemble the bottom wing to the fuselage, but a few tasks needed to be done before that. First off, the exhaust: the kit supplies them in two parts, the internal trunking and the outside cans. You need to fit the outside bits first, then the trunking - I don't like that, but there's no way to fit the inner part afterwards, so I decided to cheat a bit. Here's a dryfit the inner parts in this shot were held in place with blue tack. The toothpick is to spread open the top fuselage, which otherwise won't fit flush with the bottom side, moulded with the wings. In fact, dryftting them shows a barely acceptable alignment (whereas originally there was a step of a good two millimeters, the top fuselage being narrower than the bottom) Starboard side also shows a gap, but it's just a matter of clamping and it will align OK. Anyway, the plan was to fit the exhaust trunking without having to glue in the cans, but for this I needed to paint the former: Model Master Metallizer Exhaust, airbrushed and buffed after a few minutes The left one also received a drybrush with Italeri Steel on the turbine blades. Here are both done, with a black wash To glue them in place I added two supports made from sprue gates Another dry fit to check if the alignment was good and I eventually glued them (again, a blob of blue tack underneath both of them to help positioning) Another task that needed to be done was the detailing of the main wheel wells: it's pretty busy on the real aircraft, I limited the additions to some relevant cabling/piping While waiting for glue to set/cure, I glued in the refueling probe door, which despite a blob of blue tack (again!) as support, doesn't fit very well (known issue with this kit) I'll have to do some filling here, once cured. One more thing: the timeframe for the aircraft I'm modelling is 2006, so no PIRATE sensor on the nose, the first Italian Typhoon equipped with that was delivered in 2007. This specific aircraft did receive this update, but only later. So I filled in the two mounting holes with CA and sanded flush All comments welcome, as usual Ciao
  7. Hmmm, lots of fighting and fettling ahead, I see. Great going on the landing light! Ciao
  8. Impressive job, Stuart! And a great idea for a display, perfectly rendered - it's so dynamic! Ciao
  9. Those invasion stripes look very effective, Stix! Can I ask you why you decided to paint them with the stippling technique? The result is indeed amazing! Ciao
  10. How can you solder such tiny and complex things? Must be sorcery.... Ciao
  11. You're definitely being too polite... I thought I had seen this build of yours, but now I realized I didn't; peculiar camo scheme, love it! Thanks Bill I briefly considered going with the kit intakes, but discarded the option quite quickly: I knew I wouldn't have been happy with it. I'd be curious to see how the Hasegawa kit builds, so now taht I know, I'll put some mild pressure on you next time you complete a build and you have to decide for the following one The Olimp kit doesn't seem to be really worth it, but then again it's something your good self can unveil to the non initiated ... Thank you Mostly Italian grey shades I do remember a @perdu 's Sea Vixen, so it must that one Pardon me for asking, are those shifts because you are on some military service or is it a "regular" job? Thanks Cookie, glad you like it! Do copy it, Terry - that's exactly what I did and so far I'm very happy with it Thanks Johnny, very kind of you Cheers, much appreciated It didn't seem that painful reading your WIP back then, and I must also say I'm putting in some self induced punishment with the resin cockpit and the scratch built alterations ... It is 1/48, but I think you're not spotting the pattern here: I normally build jets in 1/72 and propellers in 1/48 ... Exceptions may apply, anyway, but I figure scaling up to 1/32 would drive me nuts with extra details .... Ciao
  12. Brilliant job on the rudder, Tony - I'm well impressed! Ciao
  13. I couldn't agree more with @The Spadgent Ciao
  14. You know, I wouldn't even know what the options are out there, in terms of Sea Vixen kits Although if I'm not mistaken, a while ago I saw Bill @perdu building one of these and maybe also Bill @Navy Bird ? Or is my memory playing tricks on me? Thanks Massimo Glad to hear from you Ciao
  15. Thanks Ian The sensor is definitely oversized, but the macro effect makes it worse than it is. In real life, the oversizing it's barely noticeable; I guess I'll call it artistic modeller license Ciao
  16. Thanks CEd, I'm glad you like my effort Thanks AW Looks like you set the trend for the following comments Very kind of you to say so, Steve I think you meant the Skyray though, I've never built a Sea Vixen I'd be curious to see what the resin set look like, John - especially in 1/72. But thank you anyway, much appreciated Thanks Stuart You're on the list, K Thanks for your comment, mate I must say, anyway, that the eraser template isn't an original idea of mine: I copied it from a very well known Italian modeller, who used it to reproduce the sand covers on a Macchi C202 (or C205?) That is a flattering comment, thanks Steve I'm already in the AM business, Simon: as a regular paying customer Thank you for the appreciation, mate Thanks Benedikt Ciao
  17. Some gaps to fill in, but all in all not too bad - doing really great with this, Ced Ciao
  18. Simon, Keith, I've started having withdrawal symptoms from not building Phantoms ... Anyway, time for some progress report. Where were we? Ah yes, intakes. Two warnings before I start a) lots of pic to follow b) I didn't intend to replicate the full intake trunking, just something that would give the illusion of seamless intakes at this scale So out came the Stabilo eraser gum This can be easily shaped with blades and the usual sanding tools, so after marking the outlines with a fine marker, I carved out and sanded a vacforming template I inserted a rod in it (it's actually a straightened paper clip) to give it some rigidity and keep the curved shape then used some 0.3mm styrene sheet for the vacforming, obtaining these (2 good out of 4 attempts ... ) First dryfit to get something like this The trunking was held in place with some blue tack, so I could glue it to the kit intake with TET As you can see, I glued them in proud of the kit part, and reinforced the join with CA, as a filler. I then used a rounded file and sandpaper to get this Another dryfit with the fuselage showed that the trunking side edge would be pretty visible so I decided to add a length of styrene (this time 0.2mm and hand bent against a round brush shaft), kept in place by an external reinforcing "plate" (all glued with TET) Of course this edge was also visible I intended to blend it in once fuselage and wings were mated, but then I thought it would have been complicated (not an easy spot to reach, also for airbrushing), so I decided to add another length of styrene, enough to reach out to the intake external side edges I determined the shape of this additional segment by placing some tape inside the intake outer sides and running a pencil on the edges; I then removed the tape, stuck onto the styrene sheet and cut accordingly. After a few more dryfits I got this Some filling and sanding was in order, so I applied milliput along the joints and again, after some sanding and polishing (and some PPP to complete the job, especially towards the front part of the joints) Seamless "intakes" ready Well, not quite: there's some sort of sensor inside port intake, visible here So I scratch built it What I did was to punch out a 2mm plastic disc from very thin styrene (from a yogurt cup, hey it's the first time I bring that out in this build ) and glued it in place with TET. Then the sensor was built from 0.1mm brass sheet, bending a strip around a short segment of thin copper wire and soldering it to fill in the voids. The resulting chunk of metal was reworked with a Dremel sanding disc, and glued in place with CA. You can probably see it better here Here's another shot of this dryfit with regular light Looks good enough for the scale to me. Of course the fore parts need to be glued to the kit sides and then blended into the outer edges, but that is going to be quite easy, once I glue the fuselage to the wings. Here's a pic using flash Again, it looks good enough for me, but I'd really appreciate your comments on these. Ciao
  19. Silicon mould and resin duplicates, maybe? That scratch built airbrake roof sort of deserves it .... just saying ... Excellent job, BTW Ciao
  20. Ced, you are taking this model to another level, great going! I will, anyway, pretend that I haven't seen that pic of yours with The Mask .... Ciao
  21. That central seam looks much better than I thought it would, Ced - given the kind of kit, I mean. KUDOS Ciao
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