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It's a disease

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  1. Thanks for the pointer on the tub fixing! i have one of these in a part finished state...... the tub to fuselage bond was a problem I didn’t find a fix for. i have borrowed your method! cheers.
  2. Revell re popped the Hawker Hunter in 1/72!

    i got my mojo back by ordering 2!

  3. The Revell condor c5/8 or the bomber version (same Mould) is very good indeed! I think it has the bmw fafnir f8? (From memory) which is incorrect for the civil version. the trumpy kit has issues around the tailplane (shape) but! AND ITS A BIG BUT! i cannot verify the drawing I used to compare. The Revell fuselage was a good match to this drawing. the trumpy kit does have good internal detail aft of the cockpit/engineer bay. again a but! It is only of use if building a military version, with extra fuel cells. think Atlantic or (maybe) Norway. the ventral gondola is better in Revell. what did I say in my assessment of the two kits? Trumpy copied a drawing revell copied the airframe! edit- just found it! post 12
  4. Hi, it's very good to hear it directly from the researchers themselves. Absolutely directly from the horses mouth! That final paragraph does suggest to me it is conclusively blue........I would have taken that as gospel.....exactly as I did! So it's still open to interpretation? Hopefully some pilots notes/log book or similar will surface in time. Surely there must be rare gems still to find. Im (95%) sure I read about paint colours being unearthed in museum restorations so there is always a chance for something even that far fetched. Good luck with the research, whatever it may yield.
  5. Eagle cal and cutting edge have blue checks Maybe based on this........ http://www.stormbirds.com/experten/products3addendum.htm I haven't chased it too much but i guess it's another colour conundrum that we will be dealing with until definitive evidence (like a wreck with a paint sample) turns up in a barn somewhere!
  6. Hi Tony! last time I signed in here the page had a different header! So it's all changed...... I haven't done very much modelling at all this year I'm afraid. I got sidetracked after Christmas as my decals for the me 262 arrived, naturally I switched the bench to accommodate that build! (Very nearly finished) Most of the year ive been struggling financially and as such, have been unable to concentrate properly on anything save where I'm getting the next car payment from. Times are good again. Expect work to continue in due course. If you need anything (like a copy of the seat blank maybe or who knows what! Maybe a bit of luggage rack?) let me know....... I'll do all I can to sort you out.
  7. I use a mixture of things. charcoal pencils (derwent) both white and black, not sure of the numbers off the top of my head. white oxide from life colour. (Tensochrom) smoke from tamiya. regular black acrylic paint. hairy sticks mostly, bit of airbrush. dab of dry brushing. And good old fashioned drawing......... normally works best on a Matt base.
  8. Sat in a spitfire today!

    cant beat that......unless you're the guy that flew it!

  9. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this build. proper modelling! looking forward to the finish
  10. This is very cool. I really like it!
  11. The big question is, Will it count as one of your five a day? waffengrun unt chips please!
  12. Left side, all decals on before second gloss coat. I used alclad clear again. Some minor silvering on walkways but I dealt with the worst of it. Definitely my prep work! I pushed all the cockpit masking in so I removed it entirely and will refit new stuff before I get the airbrush out. Right side, after second phase, post gloss! Just a few decals left. I don't think I've ever laid markings on a 1/72 wheel before?! Not much point to these shots, progress is all! Only notable point, top right shot, if you look carefully you can see where I cut the carrier film on the fuselage balkenkreuz. I thought I'd finished but the airframe needs a serial code/werk nummer. (so I contradict myself and take a chance) Final shots! Real pleased with how it looks. Took a chance on the academy codes, i couldn't justify the cost of serials for one airframe, I'm fairly sure it will be a while before any more Luftwaffe kits get built (save one condor!). I cut out the bits I needed to build the serial for this aircraft. I'm pretty sure it doesn't appear on any sheets, so that makes it unique! Inevitably the academy serials silvered, quite bad on some numbers, so, after recreating a miniature Seurats circus invisibly with the trusty old number 11, i washed in a thin acrylic gloss to the resultant porosity! This was pressed down in a normal decal like fixing fashion! Most of is sorted, just need to do the opposite side! Then I'm finished........and it's off for matting and final oddments.
  13. The burner cans are the business!
  14. Cheers, I'm almost happy with the paint! For decals, the trick I use is; the cheapest nastiest plastic bristled brush (Think dustpan brush but more like a size 6) and some decal soft by revell! Solution under the decal, line it up. Press it on the usual fashion..... Add more soft over the top, wait a bit, gently press (slight bowing of bristles) being firm (nasty plastic things) they find their way, same thing for panel lines except using a linear motion (drawing away) working from the centre out. The brush is disgusting, I'm not sure how I happened to own it but it does this job well. (It may have come with a really early airfix paints included box? With a grey lid and enamel tinned paint.) If I need to add serious pressure, I revert to a regular soft brush as the plastic bristles can damage the paint layers on the decal and can also tear them too. I am really pleased with the decals, some may say they are a bit glossy but I'm not sure that's an issue as you coat over them anyway? I guess I'll find out when it comes to matting down the finish! It may actually be useful for the ones that have a second decal over the top but I'm not taking any chances here......
  15. Cheers! ......and CHEERS!!!!! For the tip! (I'm sure that's the nugget I need!) On the next one I'll mist it over. I think that's exactly right in hindsight (also with a gentle nudge in the right direction) that should take the stark-ness? off the look. I find 1/72 always needs some form of mask to avoid overspray but that may be poor technique! (Gun angle/pressure...) I did a mh53 freestyle with desert colours, and even on the large areas there was a lot of overspray in the middle of the panels....... It tidied up easy enough but, well that may be normal? Who knows! I don't...... Still, I'm having fun atomising acrylics!
  16. That's good to know! Honest and brave too! Well done. Maybe I will try the Falklands Argentina set now..... The trouble with the Internet, things are set almost in stone, it's easy to find and keep finding results, good or bad.
  17. Cheers, im chuffed with the paint! Take 2 on Luftwaffe mottle with an airbrush, it's getting closer! Yes I am surprised by these but then I've never taken a similar shot, so no comparison with anything...... but yeah, they're real nice!
  18. Me 262 (macro decals!) So, progress. Really impressed with the decals.....while mucking about with the camera I thought I'd shoot this build. I had the sigma 150mm os with the 1.4 tele. (210mm macro @ 1.4:1) There are details here you can't even see with the naked eye! Rounds per gun! Correct font on trim tab...... Really amazing! The main shot was with the regular kit lens. I still have a few more decals to go but I will need to re gloss before I put the secondary decals on, I think they're the octane triangles and the swastika. Otherwise, we are done! Oh, a couple decals for the nose wheel...... Ummmm, wing walks were the trickiest part. They need to be cut from strips, either black or red, so each needs measuring out. These decals are tough! The rear trestle point I fitted back to front, using decal soft to get it to conform, after realising my mistake, I lifted it, put it on the correct way and re conformed it in the other direction! (I was expecting failure, but it's on, and it's passable!) I sorted the silvered fuselage balkenkreuz by cutting as close to the white as possible with a new sharp blade, then I tickled off the carrier film, bearing in mind this had been on for 24 hours, it went well! No paint damage, no decal damage........ A trick for the future, for sure!
  19. As above, really depends..... every kit is different. usually I go bit by bit, then it's easier to keep track, you know, wing halves, glued and filled, ready to fit..... smaller kits it's less bothersome but on bigger builds it sure helps!
  20. A nod to eaglecal decals! These are really good! The white is solid! They settle nice. Bit of an issue with the port side fuselage balkenkreuz silvering but that is 100% my fault. (Adjusted height didn't apply decalsoft behind decal.) Forgot to add a minor point, stencil data instructions are not 100% clear.
  21. Hah! That's golden! I wouldn't dare smell the results so that makes two of us! although I've a feeling you inadvertently sampled his offering!
  22. Eggs go in, eggs come out, cabbage goes in, cabbage comes out! how often do you eat roses? its a theory I have, surely if you ate roses.... (Sorry that offers absolutely no help for modelling) erm..... Oh yeah, micro mesh! That stuff is out of this world, so plus one on one that. everybody does things different, you'll find what works, after a few kits of course! (see, subliminal coercion) you can acheive almost similar results with a normal brush, there is just a difference in overall detail fidelity. What I found, 1/72 is my scale, using a normal brush fighters no problems, bombers, you'll be put off quite quickly! airbrush hmm 1:72 fighters are almost a bit too small to warrant getting the thing dirty......but that's my scale so I do! but oh the pleasure of laying paint on anything big after you've done your time with regular brush work! dont be disillusioned though, many tasks still require regular brush dexterity! You use both equally really, some things can't be done with Either choice......
  23. Several thin coats! usually with hairy sticks I'll stick 3 coats on as a normal day out. Not quite old but farty for sure.....
  24. Set delivered by Santa, he had the foresight to pick a set with two sets of stencil data, enough to complete the pair of me262s I have sitting around! I will be robbing the set to finish the one I started.
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