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  1. Hi All *begin soliloquy* I guess for me the demise of Star Wars came long ago (in a galaxy far, far away) with the release of the first prequel, Episode I. The distinct lack of story/plot/screenplay/involvement with the characters rang warning bells. Perhaps it was because I'd grown up with the original gang, and they were a deeply rooted part of my imagination, that I just felt completely unmoved by these interlopers. After that, I began to feel further distanced by each release, as if they were trying in vain to insert these new adventures into the psyche of a new generation. It seems to me that (spoiler alert) at the end of TLJ when the urchin sweeping 'calls' the broom into his hand, the whole premise is going to hang on children being the central focus of The Force. Best part of that film for me? The couple of seconds of quiet B&W as their ship ploughed through the dreadnoughts' wing. Beautiful. The worst part (well, one of them)? Those grotesque, gratuitous Porgs. Pure merch gold. There will probably be a spin-off about how Yoda grew up being bullied and learned to control himself and etc etc. I bet they lose the 'Wars' part soon too. *end soliloquy* Anyhoo, a couple of sessions throwing decals and DACO strong at it Rough as a Badgers A*se, but that's what I'm after! Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  2. Hi All I've come to terms with the Airwaves Just needs a bit filling in round where it doesn't touch (the floor, the wall), and grinding out where it's too big (the IP. Who would have guessed...?) and perhaps the floor moving aft so the driver can reach the pedals. I'll crack open the canopy too given half a chance. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  3. Hi All I got the engines and whatnots sprayed in, and started on the decals The decals themselves are thin, in register, with minimal carrier film, and need quite a bit of post application application of your solvent of choice There's six bits on there, each surface having its own piece, and getting them to overlap discretely takes a bit of lifting and flopping. I'm not disheartened by the wrinkling, once they're all on and dry I'm going to soak them in DACO strong. It's quite an aggressive setter, much more than Micro Sol and sometimes it can alter the decal, but a ragged look is what I'm aiming towards. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  4. Hi All Step 1. Remove all interior sticky-out things that could interfere with the fit of the PE tub Step 2. Realise that Step 1 is EXACTLY NOT what I should have done, as the sticky-out bits are what locates the kit seat in the fuselage Never mind. Step 3. Let's do some folding! Just the external, to get an idea of how it fits. erm... You can just make out where I removed one of those locating pegs, the PE fits under it. However, when I say "fits"... Kit seat needs some TLC I'm sure it says on the label that this set is for the 1/72 Airfix Westland Whirlwind. Perhaps there is another 1/72 Airfix Westland Whirlwind that I may come across in the future. Hey @clive_t and @Courageous, I think I know where there's at least one of these kits about to become available at no extra cost... Comments, suggestions, and that other 1/72 Airfix Westland Whirlwind welcome Cheers Steve
  5. Hi All Todays' Lab multiple choice:- watching paint dry, or fit Airwaves etch to an old Airfix kit..? Somehow I've ended up with these While in that big yellow website of temptation looking for Spitfire decals, I was lured into the re release of the cockpit etch set The other one has issues with the decals, so as I was buying decals anyway, I figured I might as well get these from DK Decals I've some of the other schemes on here lined up for stash queens. Anyhoo, the etch is neither coloured nor adhesive, so that's a good start. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  6. Hi All Main parts assembled, the cockpit is just the IP, control stick and a seat I hollowed out the air intake, and the wing root fit isn't bad at all, much better than I'd come to expect from other online builds The underside just needs a bit of work on the front and a touch on the rear (don't we all)... And it seems the couple of screws in the nose were enough Boom seams on the next session then into the booth! Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  7. Hi, no, I cut back the section that the sliding part would sit on and replaced it with some thin clear packaging I used the original clear window part as a mask template It looks a bit rough but is mostly hidden Cheers Steve
  8. Hi All This was an experiment to see if I could a) fit the Eduard Zoom interior etch set and b) cut the stock canopy and alter the fuselage to show it in the open position In conclusion, I feel I lost to the etch but the canopy theory worked, so let's call it a draw. WIP here Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  9. Hi All I've been trying to make it white, without losing the slightly old greying variations. I've also been trying to capture the subtleties, but my camera has other ideas... Seems like white is just as hard to photo as it is to paint. I'll leave it at that as it's going to get some scruffy makeover. A coat of gloss to seal it, then onto the variously maligned decals. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  10. Excellent info, thanks for the links too. As far as colour goes, are the legs and door insides the same as the lower surface, ie pale blue grey, or are they just light grey? Cheers Steve
  11. Hi All A sort of result. I used a dodgy bottle of Vallejo Grey primer, not shaken much, and sprayed on thick. Because:- When not shaken enough, I found the darker particles tended to float and congregate in pools and on plates, giving an uneven and patchy finish I manipulated the paint runs with my finger to try to get them to look like surface damage to the outer skin. We'll see how effective that is on the final stages. The specs of matter in the mix will hopefully poke through the decals and be another source of battle scar. After fitting the lower section and upper fin, TET was then ran into each joint to lock the whole thing solid, making sure the engines still fitted. Looks like a spaceship! Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  12. Hi All This turned up in a job lot And something caught my eye No, not the spoons, nor the cute opening box, it's the mouth (Saab is Swedish for shark? Yes?) There's only about twenty parts and those two colours, so a nice straight forward build. Wheel wells painted and the main wing setting You'll never notice those ejector pin marks. Interestingly, it would appear that this aircraft was at the forefront of ejector seat development, to get the pilot clear of the shredder following him. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  13. Hi All Tub in Time to start on the seams I know it's a bit hard to tell from here, but they've sanded down really well (for me) without any filler! Glued it a section at a time, squeezed the bits together and let the melted edge ooze out a little, then when all dry a quick scrape with a flat blade and a rub down with a Flory stick. I guess the proof will be in the priming, and a Reckless Experiment Cunning Plan... Anyhoo, easy mask A touch of filler needed at the front lip and the rear edge But nothing drastic. Major assemblies loosely assembled for the spray booth Results when I've a result. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  14. Hi All Now then, where was I? Ah yes, I found a donor so it's back on They went straight on and had a coat of W&N matt Now for the raison d'ĂȘtre, or the eating of the raisin if you prefer Masks and bits removed And it's more or less worked out ok! Door just 'Tack'd on, will tidy up the paintwork and get it in for a RFI session. Thanks for all the company on this 'Doing things the hard way' experiment, see you on my next common sense bypass. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve RFI here
  15. Hi All I managed to get all the rest of the decals on, even the teeny-tiny frame numbers, and after a coat of W&N matt varnish she doesn't look too bad. Now it's just a matter of sticking the rest of the bits on The wheels certainly have a peculiar gait to them, but that's the way they are in photos too. Anyhoo, all that masking came off without too much drama And still fits well! So I'm calling this done, I'll try for some RFI pics when it stops raining (again) Yes, I bottled out of the yellow spinner noses and backplate. perhaps next time. Thanks to all for tagging along, and to @CedB for the inspiration. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
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