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  1. I've fallen in love with the Starfighter, having watched the video of the recent return to flight of the Norwegian CF104-D. I'd like to have a go at modelling one in Norwegian colours - what's the best example out there? Probably 1/48 and are there aftermarket decals out there for it? https://www.facebook.com/starfighter.no/videos/1444501105577450/
  2. Thanks guys. Agree James, the old 'crap in - crap out' analogy is a universal truth. It did seem to be pretty reliable though and I usually cross reference against several sources before I commit. I may have commented on this back in 2014 when I was last active on this forum, but it's a massive task to take on and maintain. Seems like a group like Britmodeller could support it in a sort of crowdsource way. Then you'd have all members able to contribute to it. Just a thought ....
  3. I'm just back into modelling after a 2 1/2 year hiatus. I used to use the Ultimate Paint Conversion chart that was available at www.paint4models.com but it doesn't seem to be working. It was really good, but I don't know if it was being maintained. If it is now defunct, what is the best online colour conversion resource? I'm particularly keen on Humbrol to Vallejo, Humbrol to Tamiya and Humbrol to Mr Color. Thanks
  4. Yes, Charley420, that's what I thought! And galvanised! Must be a repair job. Must be 20 years since I last dabbled with rusty motors!
  5. Thanks all. You've all seen right through my question! I actually want to airbrush automotive paint onto my car!! A rusty wheel arch on a 55 plate Audi! Didn't expect that. I want the control of an airbrush rather than the all or nothing shotgun of a rattle can and all the overspray issues with that. Don't worry, I use ordinary model paint on my models - mostly acrylic and I'm a bit of a Vallejo Model Air fan, but have a loads of Humbrol, Mr Hobby & Tamiya as well. So it's more a tools for the job question rather than a modelling question, but thanks anyway! Cheers, Andrew
  6. I want to airbrush some automotive paint - will it ruin my airbrush? The paint is a 2 pack; base colour & lacquer in rattle cans. Will it work ok? Do I use standard airbrush cleaners after? And how about decanting the rattle cans - any tips? Thanks in anticipation, Andrew
  7. Right then Fozzy. That's enough hosting & socialising - we need some more B17 action. Don't you know there's a huge bunch of forlorn modelling acolytes out there, pining for some scratch building updates! Don't keep us in suspenders for much longer ............ please?!
  8. Had an email from The Works this morning. 20% off using code Flash 20 including some Airfix and Revell models!
  9. I've a serious complaint to make, Fozzy; just discovered this build and have just paged through all 19 pages of thread. Not only has my tea gone cold, but I have the early stages of RSI forming in my hand (from scrolling, I hasten to add )!! And there's a trail of dribble down the front of my shirt!! Am absolutely inspired by this build - extraordinary - and I will now be following it with great interest. I can definitely see a book out of this. I'd have a couple of copies for cert. Just a thought, but the Sally B people at Duxford may be good to talk to (although she's a green one) about some kind of cooperation. Or perhaps one of the US operators. I was lucky enough to have a look inside Sally B and it's fantastic seeing a 1/20 version! So, once finished, are you going to take it on tour? Book an extra seat on the plane for the model?! Special stand and presentations at Telford this year (or next year, depending on how you get on?!). Keep up the extraordinary work! Andrew
  10. Picked up a set of garden clamps from Aldi the other day - a massive 99p for about 20. Not mega substantial but OK for holding parts together while glue sets. They have little locating pins on the clamping faces but these can be scalpel'd off if you need to. Brilliant little set & no way my wife's getting hold of them for her plants! Might be one of their special buys so get in quick!
  11. Thanks again. I'll be sticking with a mix of 1/76 for buildings & vehicles and 1/72 for aircraft. They'll all be separated so it shouldn't show too much. I've a set of Revell RAF WWII figures but they're 1/72 so tower over Airfix's HO/OO figures. I'll have to save them for a different diorama!
  12. Thanks all, and yes, Brian, I quite agree. The PE set didn't include a handrail for the stairs and I pondered about making one. As my confidence in scratching increases I'd probably have tried one, but you know what, it's now time to move on to the next project! Sometimes you've just got to let go :-)
  13. Welcome to my latest posting- I'm going to win no prizes for speed modelling but I'm having fun so who cares! I'm working on a big long term airfield diorama project but it'll take me months/years to get all the components done so I'll post 'em as I do 'em. Here's the finished article (read down for WIP & more finished pics). I was inspired by an article by Richard Langford in Airfix Model World magazine, Jan 14 issue. The moulding is pretty ancient (I built one as a kid, it hasn't changed and I'm pretty ancient as well!) so I thought I'd have some fun super detailing it. As you can see, I got a bit carried away (considering most of it was inside and won't be seen when assembled) but it was a learning piece as much as anything, more scratch building experience and my first use of PE, which went pretty well in the end. I make no claims to historical accuracy with this model and some elements were made up as I went along, but I've enjoyed myself. DJ Parkins (www.djparkins.co.uk) supplied the PE set for the windows, doors, hand rails and watch hut and the maps/posters/blackboards etc were a custom set from Sankey Scenics. I found him on-line & asked if he had anything suitable. He does mostly model railway stuff (as well as being a professional model maker) but researched it for me and came up with a great little sheet of scale images that I've used all over the model. Check him out at www.sankeyscenics.co.uk. The sheet costs £5.00, which seemed pretty reasonable to me as he put it together from scratch. You can order by accessing the bespoke page of his website and by clicking the £5.00 button (towards the bottom). This will take you through the steps for the order. You can quickly access this by clicking the link below: http://www.sankeyscenics.co.uk/#/bespoke-items/4551163731. Based on Richard Langford's article, I fabricated a first floor out of styrene sheet, supported by styrene corner pieces. I then decided to put a dividing wall in made from more styrene and utilising a door & window from the Airfix set (redundant because of the PE set). I glazed it with clear acetate and used thin slices of Tamiya tape to represent diagonal blast taping. An assortment of notice boards, maps, pictures, chalk boards, clocks & signs were carefully scalpeled out of the Sankey Scenics sheet & glued in place. Very late in the day I decided to also build a desk/counter upstairs and some of Sankey's maps and documents decorated the surface. I decided to call it a day, furniture wise, as I had a life I had to get on with! Incredible detail on the maps & chalk boards! Having enjoyed that, I decided to build a room for the ground floor so built a floor and walls from styrene sheet and used the Airfix windows again. More posters/signs added a bit of interest downstairs. Those observant amongst you may have noticed that my super detailing may possibly have forgotten to build a staircase to get from the ground floor to the first, and then to the terrace and roof. Oops! I decided to let this one slip! I also decided to have fun with the watch tower on top. The phone was made from a bit of styrene sheet, the radio from a piece of sprue. The phone cord is a piece of thin fuse wire and the microphone boom from a slightly thicker piece of wire. More Sankey docs spread around the desks. I got a Master Tools PE bender thingy for Christmas and really couldn't figure out how it was meant to work, but a few goes with the thingy & a pair of flat jaw pliers & I sussed it! The watch tower was a bit fiddly with folds going in different directions but got there in the end with a bit of squeezing and swearing. I had to fabricate a pillar to join the edges and locate the walls as the Airfix location points were in the wrong place. The acetate proved tricky - it was hard to keep it free from scratches and glue. The handrails were an absolute bugger - microscopic folding, aligning, gluing, drilling and feeding through 0.31mm brass wire. Lots of patience required. They're not perfect but for a first go, I'm quite pleased. The stairs were also tricky, being made from folded side pieces and individual folded treads. Richard Langford suggested building a little jig, which I did and it worked well. The last thing was to slosh a load of Flory Models 'Grime' wash around the model in places where the day to day muck from a busy airfield would accumulate; on the flat surfaces, window sills, stair treads etc. Flat roofs are notorious for puddling so the Flory grime is spot on for this, although I kept it light on the higher traffic areas. The RAF figures came from a 1970s vintage Airfix set I had as a kid. They'd been painted in gloss enamels (I was young!) so I had lots of fun soaking them in white spirit and picking off the paint! Only later did I discover that Airfix still sell that set so I could have saved a lot of bother, but there's something nice about recycling a 40 year old toy! I think some of them might have come from a Bloodhound missile set - wrong decade but I think I got away with it! I chopped the bases off so they're secured with Deluxe Materials Tacky Wax - it's good stuff. Here are some other shots of the finished building: I broke the aerial thingy in the corner so had to botch up a new one from the spares box. I had to fabricate a new door for the emergency exit as the PE set didn't include one and I'd mistakenly used the Airfix door for my Amera Nissan hut! Always read the instructions! The bionic dog! One of his legs got broken off somewhere between the 1970s and today so I had to make a new one out of a piece of fuse wire! Thanks for looking and any feedback/tips would of course be appreciated. Andrew
  14. Cor blimey, that's lovely! Have one in the stash so will be keeping this thread for reference!
  15. How about 'BlueSteel' as your new name, linking in with your passion?! I think it was White Ensign who were doing a bomb bay kit ... yup, just checked: https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/p/WEM+172+Avro+Vulcan+Bomb+Bay+Detail+Set+PE+7255C/15241/#.UxiDmOd_vuQ I really enjoyed my Vulcan build - learnt loads but took ages! My moulding off the venerable Airfix tool was not so hot - I'd love to see a new generation kit! That would be a real beast!
  16. I must admit, I'm working up to tackling my Eduard Spit, learning about general technique, camo, PE & resin on the way. I've done a 1/72 Vulcan with wrap around camo (plenty to practice on!) and have a Dambusters Lanc in the queue (plus others) where I can perfect the technique. I'm trying PE for the first time on a 1/72 Airfix Control Tower and am learning lots with that. The Eduard Spit looks such a great model I don't want to botch it! Mind you, I just got the Eduard Good Morning Da Nang for my birthday so that's another to work up to!! If I can get my Spit looking anything like Spence's I'll be very satisfied!
  17. I've got the Eduard 1/48 Spit and now the Phantom as rewards for when I think I've learnt enough not to balls them up! Just finishing off my airfield control tower and will have a go at some of the RAF vehicles next. Then a Dambusters Lanc and perhaps then one of the Eduards!
  18. Have been celebrating my birthday tomorrow early this evening as my wife's working in the morning & the kids are at school. I've been a very lucky boy with some fantastic additions to my stash: My WWII airfield diorama is getting bigger by the minute! I'm very excited about all of them but I must admit the Eduard Phantom is particularly awe inspiring! Was also lucky enough to get a desk vice, a really cool razor saw, a pot of Humbrol weathering stuff, a teeny weeny paint brush and an extension for my man cave workbench LED lighting! What a lucky boy! Andrew
  19. Does anyone know if someone has produced a set of decals for the new Red Arrows 50th Anniversary livery for the 1/32 Revell Red Arrows Hawk? I've got one in the stash and fancy giving it a go this year. Thanks in anticipation! Andrew
  20. I've used Xtracrylix Flat Varnish XA1FF & it seems to work. Seems a bit gloopy, but add a couple of drops of water & it airbrushes well. Good luck!
  21. I started using fishing weights but found they rarely fitted properly and I was spending ages shaving bits off or chopping them up. I got some micro lead shot from Paul at Little Cars & this works a treat. I think it's similar to Liquid Gravity. I make a thick soup with PVA (I guess you could use CA but PVA takes longer to cure so you can manipulate it more) and squish it into the available space. It dries rock hard. I've had to scratch build a couple of barriers to hold it in if there wasn't a specific receptacle. On my Vulcan, I added resin tail pipes after I'd closed up the fuselage so it needed more nose weight to stop it tail sitting. I had to make a sort of coffin out of half a Blue Steel missile, fill it with lead shot soup & shoved it through the bomb bay as close to the nose as possible!
  22. Really useful thread as I have one of these in my stash. I'll follow it closely. Apologies if I'm preaching to the converted but Xtracrylix do a RAF Red Arrows Red (ref: XA1014), which may speed things up - I have a pot in anticipation! Also I read (on this very forum) about an LED lighting set from Tirydium Models that could add a different dimension. See http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234955000-lighting-kit-for-the-revel-132-bae-hawk-t-1/ or http://www.freewebstore.org/Tirydium-Models/BAe_Hawk_T1_Lighting_Kit_for_Revell_132_Kit/p2467900_11488296.aspx. Hope this helps & bring on the useful tips! Cheers, Andrew
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