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  1. Thanks for the info, and the colours do look to be spot on with your Tempest, however I am off Tamiya paints at the moment: I don't know if it is my thinning or otherwise but I find them to be very fragile, they seem to rub off under handling and inevitably lift under masking. My desk has to be cleared and moved for the next couple days as the plumber needs access to the floorboards, so I have ordered some MR Paint - the only range I can find that offers the actual colours - and they should arrive by the time he has finished, so that should solve the problem without too much of a delay!
  2. A little update on my usual slow progress - I always seem to delay the airbrushing as I am not confident I won't muck it up... Gun-sight went in, windscreen & rear canopy masked up and glued in, the kit door is tacked in place to help mask the cockpit - the Barracuda door will eventually be fitted. Next up the wheel wells are done in interior green though I suspect this may not be correct in all cases The Sky went down, and as hoped for, those washed rivets and panel lines are showing through the Lifecolor! Next Dark Earth followed by an evening of rolling worms and masking in between: Bringing us up to date, Dark Green, and those panel lines still look good to me! The Lifecolor set comes with a Light Green and a Light Earth as well, so these were used very thin to modulate the main colours somewhat, its subtle but it is there I wanted to spray the markings but do not currently have the right red or blue so there may be a delay while I lay my hands on some, meanwhile I can at least crack on with the squadron codes and walkways.
  3. Finished this one in the winter scheme last autumn only just got round to taking pictures; I wanted to weather the white fairly heavily so did put a full summer camouflage underneath. Overall I think it works though using the salt chipping technique to allow the camouflage to show through did result in some rather uniform wear & tear, and I realise now that I did not do enough to weather the underside blue, although to be fair the white was a temporary paint that wore off much quicker. I am going to give ICM a lot of credit for this kit; although work was required on the joints between the inner and outer wing section to remove a step on what should be a perfectly smooth plywood surface, most of the kit goes together very nicely as long as you dry-fit religiously and clean up the parts where necessary. The decals conform very nicely, albeit they are thin and fragile (or I am clumsy, take your pick), and the carrier film just vanishes
  4. There have been a lot of these lately so I am not going to bother with box & sprue shots, just pitch straight in...I had been thinking about this one for a while, so had a Plan. This meant starting by jumping ahead and assembling the wings and tailplanes so I could do some serious dry-fitting against the fuselage halves - it all seemed pretty good, excellent tbh with a cautionary note that a gap was possible at the wing root but very easily cured with a spreader, which in the event was not required. I decided early on that I wasn't going to fully prime this one - somehow the primer always seems to come off very easily anyway so isn't giving much advantage aside from revealing joint flaws - so put stage one of The Plan into action, a black wash into all the rivet detail, using the Vallejo wash. This worked pretty well, the wash was given hours to dry and re-activated easily with water to wipe off nicely. It did reveal one curiosity, namely that Revell is a bit inconsistent with the sizes of the recessed rivets - on the top of the tailplane they are nice and small, on the bottom, twice the size. Fortunately the underside is not going to be on show once its in the cabinet Next it was on to the cockpit; should mention here that part of The Plan was to use this set inside and out: First out was the Interior Grey Green for an overall spray over all interior surfaces; the rear of the fuselage halves was masked out and given a coat of silver, then on to detail painting and detailing - The Plan involved using the Barracuda snapshot upgrade for this kit and their resin seat, a very nice bit of moulding even if you do have to think about how exactly it will fit in with the kit parts. As with all the recent 1/32 kits from Revell, the detail parts are quite nice but need a lot of cleanup to make them fit perfectly - as it must be said do a lot of the parts, but once clean they are generally a good match. Barracuda include decals with the snapshot and some of these were used, but they were more awkward then I would have liked. I did not use their dial decals as they simply did not match the size of the dials on the kit IP, instead I used some from Airscale. The kit instrument decal is even worse, it doesn't even match the layout of the plastic and is unusable as far as I am concerned. A layer of Future/Klear and it was out with the Vallejo wash to bring out the details, and here I hit the first hiccup in The Plan; after just a few minutes drying the wash refused to budge. A quick test on the wings showed that there it was happy to re-activate and wipe off, so I am blaming the Future here, it has clearly reacted and absorbed the wash. I shouldn't be too surprised, I know some people find it be a near miracle fluid capable of uses far beyond its design, I am consistently disappointed with its results. I think we tend to forget that it is first and foremost designed as a floor polish not a varnish, its just cheaper than real varnishes. Anyway, I am now disappointed with my cockpit as it looks messy, but am not willing to strip it down and start from scratch, so pressed on. Next time, a proper lacquer varnish before washing. Seatbelts from Eduard, and the cockpit tub is glued to the starboard fuselage half Next it was time to get the fuselage together, and suddenly the fit didn't seem too good; I think this is down to me, somehow I must have not got the cockpit in perfectly and it was forcing the halves apart slight at the front. I trimmed it a bit to improve matters, but otherwise went with brute force and superglue, taking it one section at a time. I still ended up with a gap on the forward fueslage, but on the plus side no longer needed a spreader to close up the gaps at the wing root. A little pressure was needed to keep the fuselage properly bedded down whilst the glue set, but otherwise no filler at the wing roots apart from a very small amount at the trailing edge where the corners are a little short-shot Those rivets are looking nice and hopefully will show through the Lifecolor paints, which tend to be more transparent than Vallejo or Tamiya. On the underside I used the Barracuda oil cooler but did not have the confidence to do the major surgery on the other side for the radiator; I am also using the ailerons from the same set, though do wonder if my set suffered a little from shrinkage, everything seems a little undersized and indeed the oil cooler needed a sliver of plastic card to lengthen it so it would fit the recess. Which brings us up to date; a little sanding around those seams where I have used the trusty 3M glazing putty (highly recommended) and I will be only using primer along the main seams to confirm they are good and cover the red of the putty.
  5. One pitfall to be aware of - the decals. On my sample they had a curiously ragged edge, and although they went on well and reacted well to softener, the large under wing codes have yellowed already, so I would suggest replacements, or use masks and spray them if you can.
  6. Yes, using the RB Rivet-R mini I got for Christmas - very easy to use, more so than the Trumpeter one. Thanks everyone for the kind comments!
  7. After what seems like a long gap, finally finished the Defiant; basically OOB with some added seatbelts and rivets, which I tried to keep as subtle as possible. There are three shades of black in use here, but you can hardly tell of course. These nightfighter variants seemed to end up looking very tired very quickly, so I was happy to have mine look fairly battered.
  8. That scribing should should be an inspiration to us all, very neat & tidy! I too have had this in my stash for about 30 years...
  9. Trust me there was lots of dry-fitting and trimming! The whole kit needs a lot of it but if you take the time the result is worth it. Thanks everyone for the kind comments!
  10. This is the Revell boxig of the Hasegawa 190 D-9. I finished this one quite some time ago (ahem this time last year), so here are some rather poor, very late photos of its best side...
  11. Finally got round to taking the pictures so here it...overall this is a good kit with a bit of fettling, I tried to make this as accurate a representation of #68 and then blew it by copying the camo layout from the masking set I bought only to discover later it was the wrong layout and I didn't even use the masks, they were a long way from fitting! I made a couple of controversial choices based on photos, such as no Chinese star on the starboard wing and no aerial wire to the port wing which I think are sound, and tried to include the big fuel stain on the fuselage that is so prominent in photographs but the camo issue leaves me tempted to buy another and do it properly...WiP is here DSCF6049_2-1024x682 DSCF6049_2-1024x682 DSCF6060_1-1024x682 DSCF6067_1-1024x682 Different camera different white balance, I genuinely don't have the patience to match them, but these being off my beloved Pentax, trust me they are closer to the model IMGP221300-1024x680 IMGP221400-1024x680 IMGP222600-1024x680
  12. Time to finish off this WiP...first I started the weathering with some fairly heavy chipping along the leading edge, which was very noticeable on these machines The riveting still looks subtle, no wash here it looks right to me as it is Then it's on to the decals and here things get controversial...I could only find one after-market set still available, by Kits-World, though there was a SkyModels set out of stock/production, and it disappointing: - the Airfix Tiger motif is too orange, and having the blue chevrons associated with 47 is not appropriate for 68 but the Kits-World Tiger is too big; I went for the Kits-World as I did not fancy my chances of removing the blue chevron from the Airfix, so my Tigers are inaccurate in size - Kits-World supply only one angel for the port side, but photos of the starboard side suggest there is one there too, also walking right to left rather than the traditional mirror image. I wasn't willing to spend nearly a tenner on a second sheet just for one decal so I went with an inaccurate one - the Airfix Chinese star is one star point short, but the Kits-World versions are again too big, and do not have a faded blue for the upper roundels. That faded appearance is again signature for these birds, so I went with the more correctly sized and coloured Airfix version with the inaccurate number of stars for the upper and the Kits-World for the lower as the colour is correct for there - Controversial Comment #1: There is no star on the starboard wing! I know, every profile and build out there has one, but this photo (I enlarged a section to make it clearer) seems unequivocal so I left it off: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TGazVua2JFVY6kV6A - Controversial Comment #2: for 68 it seems to me that everyone has the shark mouth wrong: Kits-World has the inside painted blue, which I could find little evidence for in the colour pictures which seem to show the camo demarcation line showing clearly between the teeth and only one b+w picture of the starboard side that appears to show a solid colour - but worst Kits-World and SkyModels (and every build I could find) has a thin black line outlining the sharkmouth but pictures clearly show a thick black line: https://photos.app.goo.gl/RYuNXsDtXN45ziCcA https://photos.app.goo.gl/a2FghcTmrtz8MTVi7 Given then that there are no correct sharkmouths out there, and my masking skills are not up to it, I decided that I would use the Airfix sharkmouth from 47 rather than the Kits-World version with its blue inner; this was probably a good choice as the Airfix one fitted remarkably well with little trouble outside of my own clumsiness But overall how disappointing! All my attempts to create an accurate 68 scuppered by a Hobson's Choice of inaccurate decals, and a fair amount ofmoney spent to boot! Onwards regardless...I had bought the Master cannon barrels as they are more accurate: the wing guns have slots rather than holes, the nose cannon have the angled blast tubes. The holes in the wing had previously been filled and drilled to match rather than the over-sized half-moons Airfix provide for their parts. Also included are the ring and bead sights, so these also went on. Brake lines: And the seat goes in with some Eduard belts (sorry for the poor sharpness) Finally it was time for the remaining small parts and glazing, the aerial wires from invisible thread (Controversial Comment #3: study of photos left me convinced there was no wire out to the port wing, and given the radio non-standard configurations on many AVG machines, I thought this was plausible and only fitted the starboard wire). I added the white aerial insulators on the upper rear spine that Airfix do not provide, although I think they are overscale and may knock them off and replace, and it was finished! Photos to appear in Ready for Inspection soon... Edit: Apologies, the photos are staying as links and not displaying properly as I hoped, I am now using Google photos instead of Flickr so this may be the issue Edit 2: Fixed at least some of the photos now Flickr is letting me back in
  13. I haven't done a WIP for ages, and this seemed like a good candidate; it's the second iteration of the Airfix P-40 and like many recent Airfix kits there is much to praise, and some to criticise. The design and the parts breakdown are ambitious and in some places clever, but the mould-making is a let down, with too much cleaning up required to get the parts to fit as the designer intended. There are some inaccuracies and omissions but they are in the main easy to fix, or simply ignore... I opted to for the AVG scheme, but rather than the aircraft supplied, 47, I wanted to do number 68 as there are a number of good colour photos around, not least this one: That is RT Smith in front of 68, though I believe this was not his aircraft, rather it was flown by Chuck Older; weathering will be a challenge, look at that dust, particularly where it has been caught in the fuel stains Starting at the usual place, the cockpit, Airfix have done a good job with the detail, but the side panels need a lot of cleaning up, and some of the supplied decals are simply never going to fit over the large rivets that adorn the cross members, so I picked the ones that would and ignored the rest; I also didn't bother with the supplied instrument panel decal, it too looked like far more trouble than it was worth Next up, wings: these git well by and large, but I took issue with the undercarriage housings. Photos like this one show that there should be a continuous contour with the wings for rather than the rounded "knuckle" supplied, very clear in this photo amongst others: Bigger versions of this shot clearly show covers on all the gun muzzles, I might be trying to reproduce those... Anyway I opted to use the old 3M putty to sculpt the front of the undercarriage housings to alter the contour At this point I decided to use the RB Production River-R I got for Christmas to apply some rivets all over the airframe - probably the least accurate modification I have done as unlike many WWII aircraft they appear to be simply invisible on the real thing! This is a quick build, there are not many parts and most of the time is spent fettling the parts to get the best fit, and before long wings are done, fuselage is wrapped up and the two are together I added a small triangular tab on the leading edge of the fin, again this shows clearly on the contemporary photos, although the precise wiring arrangement of the aerials is unclear, and I may be controversial about this later, and not add a wire out to the port wing as it simply is not apparent in any picture I have seen of 68 Primer on and the rivets look subtle at this point - the Rivet-R is a big improvement on the Trumpeter tool I was using previously, much easier! Next up, marbling I auditioned a number of options for the camouflage colours (colour balance is off, so you will just have to trust my eventual choices!): Based on this shot amongs others I opted for the Humbrol Dark Earth 29 and the Tamiya Dark Green 2 (RAF) XF-81 as a good match - basically the brown should be lighter/more faded than the standard RAF version, and the green darker And then the both colours airbrushed somewhat lighter than they brushed! (Colour balance is off again on the second one, it looks worse than it is) I have gone for hard edges as again that matches the original aircraft. This catches up with my progress to date, I am hoping that the colours can be taken down a bit with pastels, weathering and some varnish coats. I am pleased with hose the panel lines and rivets are showing through with the black primer to the extent that I doubt I will be using any washes to highlight them further.
  14. Good work so far; and don't worry about that cowling, photos I have gathered in advance of starting my E-3 seem to show that on early 109's this was not a perfect fit, as seen here (posting a link so as to avoid treading on anyone's copyright). I believe that later models had a rubber seal around the cowling to close the gap.
  15. The Dora is now on its feet, weathering is done, decals are down and (not shown here) all the small bits are added and matt varnish is down. All I am waiting for is a replacement set of seat belts as I really did not like the HGW versions I had in ready for this - too bright, I think too long, and virtually unposeable as they always spring back to their original straight form. Some Eduard steel ones just released for the Revell A-8 are on their way.
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