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  1. From your list of what is available to you, both the D.III and D.Va come with schemes that don't require exposed fuselage wood and have simple rigging. I presume at this stage you're not looking for ultimate accuracy? They're straight forward builds, and even decent enough without the photo etch. Cheers Steve
  2. Hi All I placed the top wing on to get an idea of what was what, and it fitted so well that I had to glue it there in case I couldn't repeat the fit. Not to worry, after initial misgivings the Eduard struts turned out to be exactly the right length, and after a couple of rounds of "Drop The Strut" they all just about clicked into position Oh well, guess I'll just have to matt coat it a a whole then. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  3. Hi All Some brushwork And fixin' Tail feathers on A bead of PPP round the edges should see them right Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  4. Hi All Throwing caution to the wind, I decided to mostly assemble the major assemblies and give it the matt coat as a whole. Engine in and pleasantly greebled (except for those missing springs) I gave the radiator surround a base coat of Vallejo 71.033 Yellow Ochre and topped it off with MRP-F083 Brass metallic A coat of Tamiya Clear Orange on the prop (not too bad for a brush, could do with being orange-ier?) and a wrangle with her legs Exhausts etc And strap her down for the strut collection I'm hoping to get the struts fixed in position on the body, so after the final coat the top wing will just drop into position. Just like a bought one. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  5. Hi All As idle hands make light work, I gave the MAG a splash of Flory Sand Wash I was only going to try it on a small area, but so much came out of the bottle that I took it as a sign and did the lot. Giving it overnight to dry, I rubbed it off with pieces of dry kitchen towel after first breathing on the surface to be wiped. Not too bad and slightly surprised It brought out the ribs and gave the whole surface the non-uniform look I was after. Now I really must put the spray booth box somewhere Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  6. Hi Ced That 'Mouldline Remover' looks a nice bit of kit, and it would have been nicer if I hadn't just spent the last half hour on Y'Toob clicking through a review of it onto some serious build vids More building, less watching building Cheers Steve
  7. Hi All Moving on to the wings, they're well supplied with plastic gates and release pin towers There's even a gate on each of the pitot tubes. The fit isn't too bad But the fit to the body will need some fettling At least I don't have to paint it yet Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  8. Hi All A bit of a hiatus at the mo' Got the struts and whatnots ready for some grey Then had a touch of madness and took my kitchen apart As this was where I spray, I'm now at a loose end until the dust settles / I find somewhere else to make a paint mess. I may be a short while. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  9. Hi All Well, it sort of nearly worked a bit. Thinned Tamiya X-19 Smoke with about 60% IPA, 0,2mm needle @ 15psi Didn't look like the 'Tube videos though, seemed quite thin and ran away from where I was spraying, but it made the spaces between the ribs slightly darker. Can't tell it much from here A trick of the light? I had forgotten to do the wheels when I did the main surfaces, so I mixed in a little white to the base XF-55 Slightly lighter enough, better shade for me. Anyhoo, moving swiftly on to the prop, a base coat of the light CDL And striped with tape, trying to look down the end of the blade as a guide. Vallejo 71.026 US Flat Brown in thin coats More later when I get my kitchen rebuilt. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  10. Hi All Hi Ced, welcome along, always an honor to have you looking over my shoulder Thanks Alt-92 ( and huge thanks to Phantome for the research!), I've adapted the Chromate Yellow to Chromate Green Vallejo Air 71.094 I've a feeling I've misplaced the control column, no change there then. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  11. Hi All Bit of a mixed bag these last couple of sessions. I got the pseudo CDL on (Tamiya XF-55 Deck Tan, as recommended by WnW) Looks a touch dark to me, next time I think I'll cut it with white. The decals went on no problem at all, even if I put a couple of them in the wrong places (but you won't let on, will you? ) Anyhoo, that isn't what this experiment is about, so on with the tassels! I've a feeling the tape is about 0,25mm too wide, but at this point I'll let it slide. Smoke application next, let's see how that goes Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  12. Hi All As a quick New Year divertimento I've pulled this from my pile of hapless voulenteers Less than 50 parts, silver and yellow, what's not to like?! There's some nice detail in there too However, no IP decal Never mind, the cockpit calls for Chromate Yellow, a colour I've yet to become acquainted with! Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  13. Hi All I was going to be all fancy and paint on the white background for the stars, but as the stars come with a white background anyway, and I've still yet to pacify the Gods Of White Primer, it's a course of Leaches decals for the lot of you! And on top of the White, there's a coat of Deck Tan to be had too. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  14. Hi All I got all the bits (apart from the control column) in and settled, ready to close it all up (engine just popped in for the photo) Rats, valve spring departures. Not to worry, parts stuck on sticks for the looming undercoat! Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  15. Hi All Hi Todd, yes it definitely has the look of a '55 Chevvy Bel Air about it, Hi Harold, sorry yes I should have posted a link to the WIP. Here it is, the prop part is post #15 And yes, I've reattached that pinged off line that I only saw once I'd looked at the posted pictures Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
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