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johnny akes last won the day on April 21 2013

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  1. That’s a tremendous result, you should be glad you found the inspiration to eventually finish it. As an aside, it’s good to see Eduard avoided the unnatural anhedral of the inner wings on the 1/32 Special Hobby kit.
  2. Jaw-dropping, especially the cockpit! Your paintwork technique has done a great job of improving what could otherwise be quite a bland scheme on such a smooth panel-less surface. I’ve got this in the stash but can’t quite pluck up the courage to start it yet. Do the Aviealogy decals include the stencilling? I’ve read that the Tamiya decals are so thick as to be virtually unusable.
  3. Didn't get to do any modelling between March and August this year due to illness, so my output wasn't too bad given the circumstances: Thanks for looking, here's to a happier and healthier new year for everyone. Regards J.A.
  4. Lovely model Wolf, very nostalgic for me as I used to get these to school in Brum in the early 70’s; it was pretty rare to see one this clean though, or so it seems looking back over so many years now. sorry to be pedantic though but the Pype Hayes - Tyburn route was the 28; the 79 ran from West Brom to Wolverhampton.
  5. Italeri should pay you a commission, they will sell loads on the strength of your work. Cracking looking model and a huge upgrade on the old Revell kit (as good as that is in its own way).
  6. After a crap year in which I was off work for 7 months and had my 60th birthday under lockdown I decided I deserved a treat. Having convinced the wife to buy me the R/C controller as part of my birthday present, it would have been silly not to buy the tank to go with it (). I know there is some doubt about whether any Grey Tigers actually made it to the eastern front, but I always wanted to do one in a distressed winter scheme so here she is. Needs to be a lot muddier really but I didn't want to interfere with the running gear or electrics:
  7. Hi folks Last one of the year from me, this is Revell's big 1/32 Hunter. A nice simple kit with a good level of detail, it goes together easily and has a real presence on the shelf. Such an elegant-looking jet, I've chosen to leave this one nice & glossy with only a minimal amount of weathering. Merry Christmas everyone and a happy, safe and better New Year. Regards J.A.
  8. Great result, and refreshing to see it finished in something other than the usual FAA scheme.
  9. Sorry Laurie, but that is complete rubbish at least as far as Concorde is concerned - anyone who has seen one up close, as is easy to do be it at Brooklands, Bristol or wherever else, will tell you that there are no obviously visible panel lines, and definitely not to the extent shown here - that’s nothing to do with the camera being ‘fooled by the white’, they simply aren’t that visible! I accept that white is difficult to balance on a photo to prevent it being ‘blown’ but the naked eye isn’t so easily fooled. I have to agree with Fatflyhalf here, an otherwise great model has been rather spoi
  10. You’re right Nikola, they were on my ‘snag list’ to do before I photo’d it but somehow I completely forgot and didn’t even notice! I’ll put it down to old age and tend to them in due course.
  11. Hi folks This is Hasegawa's P40E done as a Kittyhawk 1a. Nice kit but spoiled by the various fuselage drop-in sections designed to allow them to get as many variants as possible from the one mould - none of the joins are on panel lines so if you don't like filling, sanding and scribing keep away from it. For anyone wondering about the yellow-ringed roundels under the wings, a Google search of '112 squadron RAF' will bring up a picture of FR440 showing just this. Shark mouth and serials all hand painted.
  12. Crummy by whose standards? Some real crackers there!
  13. Superb, a real master class in modelling and weathering. Excellent photography too.
  14. I wouldn’t have used them either Keith if I hadn’t already started to apply them. Not sure what you’re looking at on the port side as there is no problem with the roundel there - there is meant to be a white ring or a gap separating it from the blue/yellow flash. The fault is with the wing flashes where there is a thin white line along the rear edges.
  15. Hi Andy the rigging material is knitting-in elastic made by a company called Prym - much cheaper than EZ or other elastic threads and being colourless, gives the impression of being steel under lights rather than black. That said I used EZ fine elastic thread for the antennae. THe exhaust ring is a mixture of Alclad II colours, the base being brass with random oversprays of gunmetal, jet exhaust and burnt iron. regards J.A.
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