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  1. Thanks @Corsairfoxfouruncle - looks like it will be a nice little build - looking forward to it Kris
  2. Hi folks, When I saw that the French Fancy GB was coming up I knew exactly which kit I was going to build. It had been in my stash a while and as usual when a GB comes along with the right subject - then it's a done deal as to kit choice. My kit of choice is the RS Models Bloch MB-152 and from what I've seen of it so far it appears to be a very nice little kit. There's plenty of detail, nicely moulded parts and even includes a couple of resin parts - in particular a resin engine which will really add to the detail. So here's the obligatory box art shot: Some nice schemes on offer - obviously the Vichy French red and yellow is particularly eye catching but as I've never built a French aircraft to date (and the camouflage is eye catching in it's own right) and then I'd have to mask those red and yellow lines to paint, I've opted to go with this scheme: There's only 2 sprues in the kit - not a heavy part count but as I mentioned earlier the parts are nicely detailed and moulded and there's the addition of the resin parts too: Lastly, there's just the canopy which again appears to be nicely moulded and nice and clear as well as the decals which again - can't complain just looking at them but we'll see later on in the build how they perform: Hopefully, I'll be able to make a start on her very soon - before then I need to get my build finished for the Unarmed GB as well as push on with my build for the Bf 109 STGB - so plenty to be getting on with. Again there's already some fantastic builds going on for this GB - I've got my eye on @fatfingers Tamiya 1/35 Somua S35 which is one of my favourites in the armour world so looking forward to seeing that completed and then no doubt being the impetus for me to finally get it in my stash too So until then - 'Bonne chance mes amis et Au revoir' Kris
  3. Hi folks, Hope everyone is keeping well and has been doing better than me at getting time at the bench. The recent surge in temperatures over the past couple of weeks (even here in a usually wet and windy Cumbria) has virtually made it impossible to spend any time in my man cave, which being south facing, basically turns it into a greenhouse . This has made the spraying I needed to do on this GB as well as my others impossible - especially when you're wearing a respirator!! However, a quick reprieve of the heat over the past day or so has meant I can get back to the bench and get this build closer to the finish line. There's really not too much to do - the main thing holding me up was getting a flat coat over everything in preparation for a bit of weathering to come. So since my last update here's where I've managed to get to: The bodywork shell is complete and had a pin wash in places as well as the tiny decals added above each wheel arch and its flat coat - just needs the addition of the windows and rear lights - headlights have been added: The bonnet and boot have had a pin wash, and the boot has had it's number plate added. The two doors - driver and passenger - have had a similar treatment as well as the addition of the decals. This was followed by a flat coat again in preparation of some weathering: The dashboard/spare tyre compartment combo have had the same treatment as above. The spare wheel, jerry can and front number plate have all been added and again are awaiting some subtle weathering. The front number plate as with the rear number plate is made up of a white decal with individual letters stuck on to them - that was a challenge and a half trying to get them to line up but think they look ok in the end . There's also a decal on the dash to represent the speedometer: Then I've spent some time bringing everything together for the inside of the car/chassis. The wheels, floor, engine etc have been given a pin wash and the seats were added and then everything given a flat coat. As I mentioned in a previous post I wanted to add a hint of a human element to the model without adding a figure so you'll spot the addition of a Luger on the front seat and a helmet on the back seat. For an extra detail and to add a bit of a colour contrast, I've also added a map to suggest the driver/occupants are doing a bit of strategic planning on the way to their destination: So that's the current state of affairs. It's really a case now of just bringing everything together to form the finished model. Once the windows are in everything will be joined to form one coherent model rather than the jigsaw it is at the moment. Then I'll be able to do some oil weathering - fade up the body work in places for a colour contrast as well as a bit of dust and dirt in places - nothing over the top - just to make it look used. Hopefully over the next few days and with the weekend in sight I can get her finished and in the gallery - don't want to run out of time after coming this far So, hopefully, my next update will be the finished model and then gallery pics - really enjoyed this little model and can highly recommend - really looks the part as it builds together. Some great builds in the gallery so far - keep up the good work folks Best wishes Kris
  4. Thanks Steve - you've made a great start so far. I can feel my finger wanting to hover over the 'add to basket' button on this model . I've really developed an interest in WW2 French armour and have the ICM FCM 36 and the Tamiya R35 on my wishlist too. So many great kits - us modellers are spoiled for choice Kris
  5. Great choice Steve - this is a kit that I have in my wishlist so hope you don't mind me taking a pew to follow your progress
  6. That's a fantastic model Heather and so good to see a more unusual subject so perfectly represented. You've done a cracking job!
  7. Thanks Ian Yeah you're right there's some cracking builds on here by some fantastic modellers. That's why I love being a part of BM so much
  8. Thanks very much Cliff - your comments are much appreciated. A lot of the floor will be covered when the seats go in but with having at least one door opened you'll be able to see the floor so thought I'd best cover all bases
  9. Thanks very much Pat - much appreciated
  10. Howdy all, Hope everyone is keeping well and keeping busy with all their builds as well as other things. I for one have been having to factor in much more time in the garden (where I amateurishly grow vegetables) and had a bit less time at the bench. However, I'm conscious that I've a few GB's on the go and needed to crack on and make some progress so as the deadline for this GB is first - I've concentrated some efforts on this one. So since my last update I've basically got all the parts that needed to be sprayed German Grey completed (which is basically everything) and have started to make progress on detailing specific sections in readiness for a gloss coat before starting to bring it all together. So, as you can see in the couple of pics below, I've done some basic detail painting by painting the knobs of the handbrake and gear stick as well as the rubber round the bottom of the gear stick. Then I painstakingly painted the wooden slats on the floor in Mig Ammo 'Old Wood' and then proceeded to use oils to get a wood grain effect. Although a fiddly job I think it makes a big difference to achieving a more realistic wooden effect especially once it's had a wash added all over: Then I've moved on to painting and detailing the engine where I've added various pieces of lead wire to represent the cables and pipes that I saw in a few reference photographs online. There's not a lot to the engine in real life so no need to go overboard but a few wires etc just help to make an engine look more like an engine: Also, as you can see in the pic here as well as those above I've started painting some of the sections on the underneath of the chassis and started to weather up the exhaust with some rust tones just to give it a more used and worn look: As I mentioned earlier - everything will then be getting a gloss coat so I can do some washes etc to pick out all the details all over the inside and outside of the chassis as well as to the engine to give it that well worn in and oily look. Then I'll be able to start piecing everything together such as the seats and dash board section to start making her look like a car. The boot and bonnet will be open as well as at least one of the doors - possibly both - and I'll be adding a few bits and pieces to the inside to show that it's in use and being used by somebody - just to add a human element to it. So hope you like the progress so far and I'll be pushing on to get another up date out as soon as possible. Keep safe and well and keep modelling and I'll see you all soon Kris
  11. Thanks Pat - great to have you on board. Have made a very tentative start so will hopefully be able to post an update on progress soon Kris
  12. Thanks Rob for the warm welcome and thanks for having faith in my ability to do it justice Fingers crossed that all goes well Kris
  13. Thanks Dave - much appreciated I'm following your Blenheim build with interest too - it's a kit I still want to add to my stash so you're providing the perfect impetus and to buy one Kris
  14. Hiya folks, Whilst I'm busy working on my entries for the Unarmed and Bf 109 STGB GB's, I thought I'd best start the firing pistol on my entry for the Bristol GB. The only potential contenders I had in the stash were the new Airfix Beaufort or the Airfix Beaufighter so I decided to opt for the latter as it's been there the longest. I'm sure most people will be familiar with this kit and I know that others are building the same kit for this GB so it will be interesting to see how they all turn out when complete. So to kick us off - here's the very familiar box art of the kit: I've always loved the box art for this kit and was always drawn to the scheme portrayed - there's just something about the colour of the EDSG with the invasion markings that just makes the aircraft so eye-catching. So therefore that's the scheme I've opted for as seen in more detail below: Next up are some shots of the sprues - beautifully moulded and crisp with lovely engraved panel line detail: and the clear parts: So that's all for now. Will hopefully make a start on her soon. Really looking forward to this build as it's always been a kit in the stash that I've wanted to build so this GB just provided the perfect excuse - not that you need one So good luck with your builds everyone - there looks like there's going to be some crackers and I'm loving the variety so far Best wishes Kris
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