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  1. To come back to this - I seem to be getting somewhere. Going with cold water rather than tepid - takes a bit longer but doesn't seem to "melt" the carrier film as much. No Microset The saliva idea is genius. The decals still don't want to slide around the way they normally would, but with enough prodding I can jiggle them into the right place now - its no longer a case of where they land is where they stay. Hit them afterwards with Microsol and they still snug down nicely. Thank y'all
  2. Hi, I've reached the decaling stage of a 1/72 ICM kit and am having no end of problems with the decals. They seem to have a very thin carrier film, which all but vanishes as soon as it touches the model. Despite a good coat of gloss varnish, I'm having no luck sliding them around - they just wrinkle up or tear. I can manage the bigger ones (albeit with a lot of ) but the tiny little stencils are hopeless. (I'm currently having to mask and paint the "no walk" lines as I've knackered the long thin decals. I'm using tepid water to soak them and a coating of microset before applying the decal. The upside is, that once dry they conform beautifully to the surface! Every cloud etc..! Advice gratefully received! Thanks BL
  3. Got this just before Christmas in the annual Aldi special The kit itself was pretty shake'n'bake. I added Pavla resin ejection seats because I could, but I suspect a bit of TLC on the kit ones would have made for a perfectly passable result. I did cock up on the painting however - preshaded in black as usual, but then absolutely couldn't knock it back it with the (Model Air) red. There's most of a bottle and maybe 20 coats there and some of it's still a bit overdone. Decals settled down very nicely indeed (although - why give the wing antislip panels as decals, which are an easy masking job to paint, but not the black nose antiglare strip, which is a very awkward shape to create a mask for - especially given this is a beginners kit!) Interestingly - having had next to no interest in the plane itself as the real thing from a casual bystanders point of view looks quite dumpy - in plan, I think its actually quite an elegant little beast, with none of the afterthought lumps and bumps that seem to cover most modern(ish) jets. Hope you enjoy BL
  4. Oh - that's top info @Jure Miljevic. Thanks very much. 20x 50kgs it is then!
  5. Thanks - the kit comes with what appears to be 20x 50kg bombs, which would make the 1000kg payload
  6. Hi, I've just started building a 1/72 ICM Dornier Do 17z-2. Planning on doing F1+BL of KG76, France, 1940. (to go with the Airfix HE-111 P2 already built and the Revell BoB Ju88 still hiding under my desk) The kit comes with options of a full bomb load or an extra fuel tank that occupies half the bomb bay. Which would have been most appropriate for this 'plane? I'm guessing all the bombs, as it's not that big a journey across the channel, although I understand loiter time over London was still minimal? Thank y'all! BL
  7. For me, THE iconic German WWII bomber. The wing shape, the heavily glazed nose and plenty of guns sticking out in random places. I approached the kit with slight trepidation as it felt like it would be really easy to make a hash of the glazing and thereby make a complete gorbals of the whole thing. On the whole, I think I got away with it. The majority of the model fell together quite nicely. The fuselage windows are rather too thick for their frames and needed sanding back (thanks @Heather Kay for the tutorial. Likewise the whole glazed nose is 2 or 3% too wide for the fuselage and leaves a noticeable step all round, but I really didn't feel up to THAT much high-risk sanding to try and correct it. The cockpit and radio bay got gussied up with an Eduard zoom kit to make it look a bit busier in there. It's fortunate Eduard supply spare teenytiny control levers, as there were a good few pingfuggit moments trying to install them. Enjoy!
  8. I used this diagram (funnily enough the first thing that comes up if you google image search "fairey swordfish rigging diagram! My RFI is here if its of use
  9. Thank y'all... Paints are a mix of Vallejo (Med. Sea Grey and Light Aircraft Grey) and Tamiya (camoflage grey, aka sky grey).
  10. Possibly the single loudest thing I've heard - a Lightning at the Bruntingthorpe fast taxi day in 2018. (although, I'm not sure my ears are well enough calibrated to differentiate between its 2 Avons or the 4 Conways that went steaming past a few minutes later...) ...but onto the model - an Airfix 1/72 EE Lightning F6, provided by my nephew for my birthday some 7 months ago. Built OOB, bar a nicer ejection seat and a brass pitot probe (which looks a lot more pleased with itself in the photos than it does in real life!). I read a few WIPs, which meant that I avoided most of the "Gotchas" (although I STILL didn't take enough plastic out to make the top of the fuselage nose join up especially nicely), and created a couple of my own - namely leaving the engines out (bar the compressor face/bulkhead) until final assembly, then discovering they didn't fit quite as well as I thought. It all came out in the wash though... I discovered the ejection seat firing handle on my bench the other day, so that's been reinstalled ...and with one of its near ancestors for scale. Its a big old lump...!
  11. Another bout of thanks from me too, for the window sanding tutorial. Mine are now appropriately flush as well. RE the radiator cowl fit on the power eggs. I had the same grump too, until I looked at some pics on t'web. It looks like the german panelbeaters actually made a pretty shonky job of it and Airfix are merely copying them - there is quite a pronounced step to be seen! (If I've booboo'd by hotlinking, please delete/modify as appropriate. Linked to from Pinterest, so its social media and therefore fair game in my book!)
  12. I'm a fraction ahead of you on an identical kit - but fannying around with some Eduard etch for the interior. Errm, about that rash assumption... Having already been through Brandy's WIP (excellent source of info!), I'd spotted the forward window issues and tried fitting them. They're WAAAAY too thick for the recesses in the fuselage. A combination of chamfering the edges and sanding them back once glued in has got them sorted, but I've not tried fitting the rear ones yet which still need to be clear once I've finished butchering them... I'm definitely planning to have them sorted before joining the fuselage halves, put it that way.
  13. Thank y'all for the kind comments! The overspray in the turrets is much more noticeable in the plastic - its the matt varnish wot did it. I'd been playing with the turrets to check how they fitted so had taken the blutac bungs out of the bottom of them and then just gave them a squirt over when I was flat coating the rest of the oddments without thinking too hard... Conversely they look more obviously Brahms and Lizst in the pics than they do physically... The caveat to my "goes together nicely" comment is that like seemingly any new Airfix kit - be pretty anal about mould lines and paint on mating surfaces - its pretty easy to end up stacking up layers of paint which can chuck the fit out much further down the line if you're not careful.
  14. This mostly went together very nicely – the exception being the bomb bay doors which are a rotten fit if you leave them closed and have no method of location at all if you want them open – hence a slightly bodgy 1/2 and 1/2 approach. Still haven’t got dipping transparencies sorted, not helped by getting overspray inside the turrets. <<sigh>>. Still – it looks OK from a normal distance. Eduard zoom in the cockpit, Vallejo and Tamiya paints, Alclad varnishes Hope you enjoy!
  15. Cool - good info - thanks all. I'd guessed it was for varying the airflow through the rad, but the bit that concerned me was that if it was fully closed (and unvented), then there would be no airflow, so no cooling, but I guess as @Admiral Puff says - you'd want no airflow on startup to get the engines up to temp PDQ. The pics are great - I'd seen the top one before, but I'm not so sure about the rest. Re the top pic - the far plane WL-J appears to have its tailwheel up on a block. Any idea why? Thanks...
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