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About MarkdipXV711

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  1. Jez chute was the best ashtray .... sooked all the tell tale ash out as well. If you were really talented it was an acceptable urinal. Even heard a story of a sar diver who used it after a ' sit down" but had to wash the exterior of the back end after landing on. The slipstream caused shall we say an aft bird strike. Brown boo boo !! ... true dit Also... no complaints from me SPLOT
  2. Superb work... stunning attention to detail and fantastic painting.
  3. My issue was the intakes having no dropped doors and the subsequent sanding to make the replacement part fit. It still looks like a sea harrier and so I will keep at it.
  4. Brilliant... thank you. I'll try to source some of this for future. Appreciated
  5. Semi-splitter if you please ... Last two builds were RAF so had to revert back to senior service for this one. Tried the Tamiya tape but I'm quite ham fisted and just kept slipping the blade. I've managed to source Dymo tape.. So just awaiting delivery . Ps - return of the King returning when ???
  6. Cheers Rob... you are right. Expectations are higher these days with the cost of some kits. It looks like a shar so it will be fine, whenever the end comes. Maybe I've been spoiled with previous kits. It would be interesting to have a look at some kits I built 40 years ago !!
  7. ... too late to sort that now. I'll just pretend you never told me .... absolutely loving this kit .
  8. Hi, Finding the rescribing very difficult and as such, progress is slow. Difficult to judge if I'm cutting too deep but I'm thinking that after the application of some more primer then the actual paint, it should look ok. Done as much as I can with the kit I have ... basically the Tamiya scribe tool and a couple of old photoetch sprues to use as straight edges. I'm trying to source some " DYMO" tape, that I have seen others using and wondering if the alternative brand from China is any good... has anybody used it ? Or does anyone else use a different method that works ? ... I'm having difficulty holding the photoetch down whilst trying to scribe round sloping fuselage sections. Anyway ... this is where I'm at just now I need to somehow, rescribe the intake inlets, as all my sanding to make them fit, has scrubbed away the details they had . Thanks for looking .. any comments welcome
  9. Will use it as scribe mule but will persivere Haha ... me too
  10. .... I thought of shelving it so many times .... plodding on now though !!
  11. Dug this out of the stash, with the intention of a fairly quick and easy winter build. How wrong I was, this is a pig of a kit and after reading all the various build threads, decided it was not going to beat me !! First of all, purchased the Pavla Sea Harrier intakes and nozzles ( £6) and although designed for the airfix kit, they just about fit but as you can see, took a lot of filler and sanding. No detail for the empty front wheel bay but this will be sorted later and the same goes for the rear however as someone pointed out, the main undercarraige doors can be shut on the real thing, when the wheels are down. This is a preffered option for me !!. I also elected to paint up the Pegasus, as the kit shows that you can have a removable panel, in order to display it. Fit of this panel was awful, so I closed it up and added yet more weight with some filler. The kit cockpit and seat are basic, so I just added bits n bobs from my spares box to give an impression of a Martin Baker seat. The pilot will be getting added at the end ( again after some serious cosmetic work ) Aden cannon fitted by eye, as there are no locating marks at all. Canopy tacked on meantime and masked and the sanding has begun before first coat of primer. First coat of primer added and shows up what work is required still, with regards any sort of detailing and or panel lines. As of today, this is where I am at. Spent ages sanding and still some small problem areas to work on but this model has given me the chance to try out a new tool. The Tamiya rescriber in the background has been used for the first time and is very sharp and cuts through the plastic easily ( sometimes too easily ). Getting the hang of it but this is not an easy model to scribe, for a beginer, due to my lack of experience and the complex curves of the model. It has been a case of mark carefully once, scribe once, muck it up and apply more filler and start again. Still ..... keeps me occupied The panel lines are not accurate but neither is this model. That's it for now, all the best and happy modelling ...
  12. Spitfire handed over and new owner very happy .... as am I , as he has proudly displayed it along with some memorabilia which has been handed down to him from his great uncle. Always like to see the next generation salute their forefathers ( or uncles ) NB - The rounds are inert ( Health & Safety )
  13. Evening folks, Built this 1:32 scale Revell Spitfire as a commission build for a mate who wanted a mk 1 or mk II Spitfire for his WW2 memorabilia collection. He wanted it to resemble "XTD" which is the fibreglass gate gaurd now on display at Edinburgh Airport. The replica its has " Blue Peter " written on the side and has a four blade prop and a bright red nose cone. The kit itself went together with no real issues and was build OOB with the only addition being harness straps made from tape placed into the cockpit. I just used the cockpit decals provided with the kit. As usual, I weathered the kit using the preshading method and masking tape to seperate the camouflage colours. For the first time I tried using the " maskol" method of replicating the paint as having been worn through on heavy traffic areas, around the cockpit and a couple of the acess panels. An easy method of spraying silver then applying the maskol and rubbing off after the top coat has been applied. Very easy and effective... Used Hannants "Xtracrylix" thinners on this build, so much better than my usual Tamiya thinners and would highly recommend. Unable to source the "XTD" decals or correct serial numbers " L1067" etc, but it looks like a Spitfire and the new owner is very pleased, as for payment ... a couple of nice bottles of red wine Always wanted to build a spitfire again and this way I don't have the headache of where to display it ... just the headache from consuming the wine !! A few pictures of the finished result .. Thanks for looking and all comments welcome. Best wishes
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