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  1. Evening all, here’s some more photos…really please with how it’s turned out, and I’ve learned a lot too. Thanks again for all you encouragement and kind words… Thanks for stopping by, Cheers Si
  2. VF-84 Gallery…. Here are some photos of the completed “bird”, and it’s so big to photo. It’s been a pleasure to join you all in this build, with so many amazing Phantoms. Anyway here is the link to the build ramblings… And here are the pics…enjoy. Thanks for stopping by, Cheers Si
  3. Evening Antony, loving the attention to detail, it’s truly addictive . Could I suggest getting a Black Box “J” resin cockpit, as I believe it’s a much better starting point. It’s what I used for my J as it fitted into the fuselage so much better than other options… Keep up on your inspirational build Cheers Si
  4. Morning all, Well on the eve of the Nationals, I’ve finally finished her. It’s been a ‘muller’ build, with both ups and downs, successes and failures. I’ve learnt some some lessons that I can apply to next build. It’s also been very difficult with the concentration levels while building her post Covid. I would also like to thank all those who contributed with comments, those that just followed on with the build, but most of all the way you all received this build with such positive comments. Canopies done, also a little more wear Another view, I do love the HGW RBF flags, really look much better the photo etch (IMHO) So here she is, sitting on the base, which is going to need some work. I think I’m going have a crack at some figures too. Should I carry this on on the Diorama section? So I’ll post some finished photos when I get back from Telford, having spent too much and drunk too much. Thanks all for stopping by, cheers Si
  5. Thanks guys, will do on the next build….next will be a B conversion
  6. I know, I was trying something new, and I didn’t twist the lead wire enough, and coupled with making loops, it unwinds. If I take them off it will damage the seats so lesson learned, the next one will be better. Thank you all for your comments I am truly humbled. Cheers Si
  7. Evening all, here we are with a little update. With so much work and still struggling with tiredness I’ve been doing little bits, and I thought I’d do a mass upload sorry. Close look at the undercarriage, need some more work on the tyres, which I’ll do at the end. In flight refuelling probe installed RAT and doors installed. Centre tank and the pylons installed Crew access installed, seats and the intake blanks Here are a couple of views Top down view, happy with the look, to get a well used late cruise look, just the nail biting bit… The freehand airbrush work to simulate the protection spray used on the carrier. The only issue is what colour, so after lots of internet trawling, I went with this look. I also installed the RBF flags, which are clearly attached in my research on this cruise in the Med. I did the doors for the fuel and electric… Fuel… Electric.. Happy with that So with the end in sight, time for the base and the figure, which I need to decide on. Untill next time, thanks for stopping by, and all your kind words and encouragement. Cheers Si
  8. With a couple of armour projects in the offing, this would be a great excuse to bungle a tank kit….count me in for this one
  9. Evening all, I want to build my dads Cent ARV, while he/we were based in Detmold with both the 9/12th and QOH in the mid to late 70’s. I do know it was a Mk2 LWB ARV, but what base kit do I need with Accurate Armour conversion. Can anyone point me in the direction of some good photos on the net? Thanks for your help. Cheers Si
  10. So here’s a little update… I’m just sorting the issues with the damaged rub-down transfers. The IFR probe door in place to use a decal (yay) for the warning triangle. Top down view showing the cockpit off. Showing the continued weathering using pastels and oils. Weathering on the underside. Not sure if I should go further…photos of the underside of late cruise Navy Tooms are quite scarce, strangely. Undercarriage on, we’re starting to get towards the end of this adventure. On her wheels, could resist fitting the inner pylons Outer wings installed, an to my relief it all lined up perfectly And the paper clip support can’t even be seen, result. I did plan it that way, honest. Really happy so far. Do think I need to tidy my work area tho, it’s minging. Thanks for stopping by, and all your encouragement. Cheers Si
  11. Great progress on the build Alan, I bet the fun starts now to show all the faded paint.
  12. Morning all, hope this small update finds you all well. Sorry that I’ve not been on for a while, but work has been hectic, and still suffering post covid I’ve really not felt up to modelling. Anyway, enough of the excuses… here goes. Upper tips all finished and panel washed. I did redo the top “combs” so it would sit right on the wing. the underside. playing with photo-etch, not my favourite medium to be honest. and painted Mr Surfacer 1500. Seat completed, looking back should have twisted the yellow and black tighter…I’ve left it as I think I’ll cause more damage redoing them, and I’m running out of time for the group build…it will be finished. fin on, note the straightened paper clips to support the wing tips…hope my measurements are correct close up of the cockpit, the windscreen is place on for the pic…just couldn’t resist. Note the paint damage around the rub-down transfers, I’ll sort that when I put the centre glazing on, and I’ll resort to a conventional decals. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers Si
  13. Hi all, here’s a short update…the trials and tribulations…or nightmare of Hobby Decal rub-down transfers. They just didn’t want to go down, and if you rubbed too hard I went through the paint Anyway here are some photos… Next step, all the panel numbers…. Thanks for stopping by, Cheers Si
  14. Anthony, your attention to detail, and tenacity are inspirational, let alone your modelling skills. You are an inspiration to my current Phantom build. Can’t wait till the next instalment.. thanks for sharing Si
  15. Hi all, thank you so much for all your kind words and encouragement, it is very appreciated. Here are a series of pics on the rear end, I know there are some superglue marks around some of the rivets…sadly my concentration levels aren’t quite back to where they used to be…but it is what it is That’s enough for one evening, I’ll blend this all with Tamiya transparent paints heavily thinned to bring it all together. Thanks for stopping by Cheers Si
  16. Hi guys, firstly, thank you for your kind words, it’s very motivating when your juggling a tiring job and dealing with the after effects of this bloody Covid. I have to apologise, as the sequence is all over the place, with no real logic, but I’ve been doing each little bit within my attention span…so here goes. Detailing the RAT, and addressing the poor fitting panel which covers the AirForce air to air panel. I used sone very thin plastic sheet and then sanded it flush. and the centre tank and the effect when it’s in place. some extras in the nose gear bay. and the A/C intakes about to be shortened. time to move the outer pylons, before I put the wings on. wings on, as well as some filler primer and re-riveting done And Red paint applied… then realised the air brake wells are white and removed….shhhh, no one will notice some 0.9mm washers glued to high temp areas, I hate superglue, it’s definitely a “dark side” product I cut open the central fuelling and ground power access panels, and used very small magnets so I could attach the hoses and cables fuel hose, using the magnets, plastic tube, and a leather shoe lace and them in place…happy with that Thanks so much for stopping by, cheers Si
  17. Hi guys, here are some more updates… This is the front of the Black Box cockpit, it is lovely, I would have loved to have tried some of the 3D printed consoles, but they are not yet available…next time and installed into the fuselage…most of the BDR panels have been removed… so while is was attacking the fuz, I cut open the rat and started scratch building I then turned my attention to the undersize J79 burner cans…so I bought the Aires option, but it’s the same size, so I purchased the Reskit option. To my horror they were for the Revell kit, but they fit perfectly…Phew. however, the afterburner igniters weren’t in with the resin, so not sure what to do that’s it for now, thanks for stopping buy, till next time Si
  18. I’ll be post shading, oils and pastels to bring it all together…hopefully Si
  19. Rich, it’s all your fault, I’ve filled in the required procurement forms and risk assessments and then submitted them to SWMBO, and now have one. I have a very long term build on the shelf of doom, using both the Hasegawa J kit and the B wing, blending both with BB cockpit seamless sucker intakes, Aires exhausts, and lots of other stuff that I’ve forgotten in the folds of time…. What to do? Si
  20. This is getting good, looking forward to how this progresses..
  21. So here are some updates, to bring me slowly up today… I decided to build in components to keep my limited focus, and stop the many silly mistakes, so I started with the tail then I used my HobbyDecal rub-down decal sheet…. I thought it’d be easy….no not at all. I’m not sure if it’s because of the age of the transfers or my inability to gauge the correct pressure (which incidentally varied from sheet and colour) but this is it finally applied, with a matt coat. Next I played with the pylons, tanks and undercarriage. I did use lead wire for the brake lines (sorry didn’t photo that progress) Don’t think you’ll see this, perhaps time to rethink how much to add Some more work in progress shots… tanks… Pylons… Finished waiting for the stencils… and applied… again…a nightmare to apply, but I’m committed now. Also not sure of what configuration to put her in as photos of VF-84 J’s are hard to find, so any help would be welcome. thanks guys Si
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