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  1. I would suggest a coat of Kleer/Future if you can get a hold of it. Otherwise Humbrol's Clear is a good gloss varnish similar to Kleer. Early 50s FAA planes were kept pretty clean and glossy. If it's too glossy once you've the transfers on you can use a satin varnish.
  2. Moving on, wheels on and the majority of sticky out bits. Effectively just the transfers to go on, a little weathering and some matt varnish to go. The jeep is tiny, as are the trailer and howitzer, so there is a fair amount of magnification and every speck of dust and imperfection shows up.
  3. Thanks @Hewy The black is Revell Aquacolour matt black while the green/khaki is Citadel's Death World Forest which gives a good approximation to a khaki green. The cover is Humbrol Khaki (Hu26) which is probably a tad lacking in green tone but should do. Here we are this morning with wheels and bits on. Just the transfers and a few bits to go.
  4. On the 25th June 1955 at Prestwick the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer first took to the air. Some 4 months earlier a few miles away in an Ayrshire hospital I made my entrance to the world. So with such close geographical gestation and delivery to the world a Twin Pin seems appropriate. However, my relationship with this aircraft is not just timing and geography. Although my father was a PO airframe articifer in the Royal Navy when I was born he finished his term in the Fleet Air Arm not much long afterwards. He then went to work at Scottish Aviation where amongst other aircraft he worked upon was the Twin Pioneer. So the fact my dad helped build a number of the Twin Pioneers makes this a must do aircraft for me. I bought the Combat Kits Twin Pioneer at Telford last year as I had always wanted to build one as a tribute to my father. I know Valom have just introduced an injection moulded version but it is quite expensive and I suspect it will not just fall together, so I'll stick with the resin kit. I think this is the old Magna kit but on opening the box the resin looks much more refined. Hopefully it should go together with epoxy and cyano with minimal amounts of swearing. On opening the box there are two large bags of resin parts and two small bags of parts. A further bag has some white metal parts and a bag of clear resin parts for the transparencies. Hurray! No vac formed canopies. Instructions are basic but there's a great transfer sheet With transfers for 6 versions, 4 RAF, 1from the Empire Test Pilots School and a civilian version.
  5. Windscreen painted and added along with the bonnet, or should that be hood. Now to add the wheels.
  6. Windows in. They are flush but there seems to be bit of a seam showing. I'll have a think about a light wash of Nuln Oil or similar to quieten it down. Camo on the QLT finished and most of the bits added to the QLD.
  7. Thanks, they do take a little time in this scale. Rather than try to trace the pattern by outlining and filling the black in, like one would do with an aircraft pattern, I painted each circle separately superimposing on each other to produce thepattern. At first I didn't think it was that great but after it dried it's not so bad.
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    Vultee Vengeance TTIV

    More work on this one. It's been neglected as I work on the other current GBs. And most of the finishing neeeds to be done with superglue! All the sticky out bits added and painted. Just the exhausts and the guard or target towing line feed to be added. The exhaust were on but the glue didn't take and they fell off. It was just as well as I wasn't terribly happy with their fit. I've sanded them down a little and angled the inner end so they should fit better. Including the main undercarriage doors.
  9. A bit more done, and they are looking like trucks now. The handpainting of the 'mickey mouse' camouflage took a fair old time I didn't think it was any good. However, left to dry overnight it has turned out not too bad. I've still to do the side of the QLT's body but I'll wait till it's on the chassis as it will give me a better hold on it. Once that's done I'll start adding the details.
  10. Pack howitzer and trailer effectively finished. Just the wheels to touch up and give a coat of matt varnish. And some light weathering to be done. And the windscreen masked. It didn't take that long and was straightforward. I don't know why I leave these things off for so long. I am a definite transparency masking procrastinator.
  11. No @Robert Stuart , there isn't any filler needed. It's actually the opposite. The fit is so tight that any paint or slight imperfection will stop the parts fitting properly. As I slap paint on everything before glueing up this is a challenge for me. Here we are today with some more bits on and touching up done. Need to think about wheels soon. Biggest job is to mask the windscreen.
  12. Coming along, cabs complete (apart from roofs and windows), bodies sorted out and chassis more or less done. Overall the build has been straightforward but one of the sides and a row of seats on the QLT were severely bent and needed a bit of pressure and brute force to straighten out. Will keep keep on doing them bit by bit.
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    Blackburn Shark

    Thanks Dave. When I initially fitted the first upper wing I was going to add the outer strut but the wing joint was never stable enough. Although the plastic does form good strong joints using Tamiya Extra Thin (apart from the struts as I've found out) it lacks 'bite' when first applied and takes time to cure. I may have been better to have added the struts and hopefully stabilise the structure before adding the other wing but I wanted make sure everything was square. I might double up on my jigs as the whole upper wing is relatively heavy. There's some tidying up of glue marks and stained paint so I'm rectifying that first. Thanks Chris, as I say above the whole upper wing, which I have defaulted to, is quite heavy and will need a fair amount of support, so your jig will be needed. I'll keep any eye on how your doing as well. It'll be a coup,e of days before I attack the wing again as there's some tidying up needed, and I've a couple of busy days. Thanks both Roth for your support. This is a nice plane and I'm determined to complete it. And hopefully before the end of the GB.
  14. 825

    Blackburn Shark

    One upper wing gently slid on, glued and held in place with a cardboard jig and left to dry for six hours. Then disaster struck when fixing the other wing. The same approach was used, glue applied to the joint an the wing gently slipped on. But before slipping the jig into place the whole wing parted from the fuselage! And we're back to hear. One strut remained attached to the fuselage and the other three split off. Maybe I should have 'struted ' up the wing before adding the other half. It's slow progress and I'll take some deep breaths and have a go again later today. It does seem with this build it's one step forward and two steps back much of the time.
  15. The components of the QLD needing some more paint and awaiting assembly More assembly and paint touched up. I'll leave the final paint until near the end. And the chassis for the QLT started and completed. The steering yoke for the front wheels has flown off and been eaten by the carpet monster.
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