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Xenol

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  1. Not sure where else to put this, but I did a mockup of how the F-35 could look in some old-school inspired RN liveries. What's your favourite? (yes i know the pic show's F-35As not Bs, I could only find good basic art of the A model) F-35 Royal Navy by Xenol, on Flickr
  2. Good call! There's some nice high-res photos online i can use as reference. Thanks!
  3. Thanks for the insights WIP – the book doesn't really go into great details of the voyage or preparation. The expedition was a ruse to cover up their real goal, so I'd imagine that any paint job they did would be on the cheap as it were. Book was set in the same year as published; 1949 I believe.
  4. I am embarking on a project to create a fictional Wellington from the book, 'Biggles Breaks the silence' (WIP thread including graphic of the paint scheme I want to attempt here: Now the aircraft in question was a requisitioned surplus military aircraft, adapted for 'British Antarctic Expedition'. I have chosen to go for a mainly white colour scheme with red visibility stripes. How much weathering would such an aircraft expect to pick up on the long journey from the Uk down to the Antarctic, especially considering the repaint would probably have been done in a hurry. Also, do you think it would be worth me doing a rough approximation of the original camouflage livery as a layer under the final white, with the idea that it'd show through slightly suggesting a quick paint-job. Might be an opportunity to use the hairspray technique to show the white paint peeling in places? I look forward to your suggestions. Apologies if this should be in tips instead.
  5. Absolutely incredible - please please do a tutorial on how you got that amazing skin effect! Honestly thought it was a reference photo of the real deal before I saw the support!
  6. Thanks for the image – I was actually planning on removing the guns from the turrets, from memory the aircraft was unarmored.
  7. Not sure if this should be in with the Whifs really – I have been reading a lot of Biggles books recently, and got quite interested in the modelling possibilities that they provide. In one recent read, (Biggles Breaks the Silence) he heads to the Antarctic in a Wellington under the guise of a government research vehicle to retrieve some lost gold from a shipwreck. Not much is said about the aircraft other than it being modified for the cold weather, including the addition of skis – which leaves me with some latitude regarding livery. This is my first proper build in a long time, so hopefully it doesn't go too awry! With that I toddled to the local shop and picked up airfix's offering to begin this weekend. Below is a rough mockup of my intended scheme: Looking forward to this
  8. Ah, that makes sense - Mine is the 1907 version which Is what I intend to make - I was just asking more because someday I'd like to recreate the U-boat ramming incident in plastic haha.
  9. Thanks for the advice Mick - out of curiosity, how much work do you think would be needed to take the whole thing to a passable 1915 spec? Just a matter of curiosity more than intention.
  10. Well, it had to happen some time, I've decided to try my hand at making ships! Currently reading Massie's 'Castles of Steel' (fantastic book as is it's prequel 'Dreadnought') which has really got me in a nautical mood. Jumped on this kit because it's an important vessel, in a scale I can fit on my desk, which also includes some photoetch - (something I've only ever used pre-printed for cockpit panels and seatbelts on aircraft before) decide the best way to get some proper experience is with a cheap set like this instead of splurging on a very comprehensive set. Expecting this build to be full of mistakes but a good learning experience. Any basic advice for the hurdles I'm likely to run into on this endeavour? Thanks muchly, Sam
  11. Xenol

    Swiss F35

    Love the camo! Very nice build!
  12. Thanks guys - I used to be able to use 500px before, using the embed photo option
  13. Big beast of a model, made for a competition in the Air Cadets. Went together really nicely - good detail throughout. Very glad of Eduard's Masks for this one! If you are gonna make one, a few tips that I wish I'd done - leave the cockpit unglued, the radome makes a perfect handle to take it off, and the cockpit detailing is too nice to go dissapearing into the bowels. Also, you have to be aggressive with the lead-shot in the nose, I filled the nosecone and front wheelbay with lead pellets and it's still a tailsitter! Note, for some reason it's telling me "You are not allowed to use that image extension on this community." When I try and embed images from 500px? https://500px.com/photo/160499093/pby-by-samuel-levy?ctx_page=1&from=user&user_id=13966759 https://500px.com/photo/160499091/pby-by-samuel-levy?ctx_page=1&from=user&user_id=13966759 https://500px.com/photo/160499089/pby-by-samuel-levy?ctx_page=1&from=user&user_id=13966759 https://500px.com/photo/160499087/pby-by-samuel-levy?ctx_page=1&from=user&user_id=13966759 https://500px.com/photo/160499085/pby-by-samuel-levy?ctx_page=1&from=user&user_id=13966759 https://500px.com/photo/160499461/pby-by-samuel-levy?ctx_page=1&from=user&user_id=13966759 https://500px.com/photo/160499381/pby-by-samuel-levy?ctx_page=1&from=user&user_id=13966759 C&C Welcome!
  14. I don't know if this photo is any use:
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