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  1. Great models- Love the photography too!
  2. Looks amazing- love how those exhausts turned out.
  3. That's a beauty! The weathering is so subtle, yet convincingly portrays a well used and well maintained aircraft. The bare metal is noteworthy.
  4. Eagle eyes!! You're right- the aircraft was supposed to be build with wheels dry and the torpedo attached. So the shackles were already glued to the torpedo prior to painting. Unfortunately they got destroyed while cuttting them off. Of course, this is a grandiose excuse for not scratch building them. Thanks, Alex.
  5. Thanks for the link Andy! I'm going to try this on my next build for sure!
  6. That's a beauty! The riveting makes all the difference in the final outcome doesn't it!
  7. Hey all, Here's my rendition of the excellent Airfix 1/72nd Bristol Beaufighter TF.X Built OOB with added rivets to fill up the large panels. I initially planned it wheels down on an airfield. I changed plans midway to depict a moment over the Channel just after the torpedo was dropped. Unfortunately mods like a head turn on the pilot, and various pitches in the control surface and the tail wheel in landing config were too late to change as I had already built and painted the model by then. Also my resident elf 'Sloppy' decided he wanted the tail gunner's machine gun for himself. It was also an experiment with liquid resin. Modeled the ocean with Plaster of Paris, made a negative with latex rubber and then poured the resin. Messy! The splash was made with cotton and white glue (also hides the deployed tail wheel and acrylic rod holding the aircraft up) Unfortunately the torpedo and all the work with the bubbles is hardly visible in the end result. The props were made by masking and spraying the black and yellow in two separate passes on clear packaging plastic. They're pretty flimsy- I need a better solution for that. Painted with Tamiya acrylic, Alclad2 Burnt Iron on the engine cowling and weathered with oils and pastels. It's a surprisingly large aircraft with a wider wingspan than the F/A-18F or Sukhoi-30! WW2 was a crazy time in engineering ingenuity. Thank you for your interest! Cheers, Alex.
  8. Beautiful! Good choice on the dropped flaps. Contrasts nicely with the blue
  9. Thanks Alex- I've been an admirer of your airliner builds on this forum! You're right regarding the windscreen. I had to sand it down some to get a better profile. There is a spare decal in the kit, so I'll try cutting the decal into individual windows. Wish I'd thought of that earlier. Cheers, Alex
  10. Thank you so much Ian! I've really admired and have been inspired by your airline models, especially the venerable 747s. Why didn't I think of cutting the decals to get them fit better. Thank you for your kind offer for the decals. Really appreciate it. Fortunately the kit has a 2nd set of window decals which I will try. Cheers, Alex.
  11. Hey all! My first civilian airliner model! What better subject than the classic Indian Airlines black nose Boeing 737! I grew up near the Santa Cruz Airport in Bombay, India in the 80s. Many afternoons, I'd go running to the terrace to watch these noisy aircraft take off from Runway 32 towards the Arabian sea. That and the logo of the Indian Airlines will always stir up nostalgia. The registration VT-EGA is fictional (The GA being a reference to my homeland Goa) This was the first time I printed out my own decals (for the lettering and serial numbers) The tail logo was masked and painted. The cockpit decal wouldn't set properly and is slanted upwards. Also please ignore the missing panels on the landing gear Cheers, Alex.
  12. Jaw droppingly AWESOME! Those burner cans and weathering are perfect
  13. Ooh nice! I like those bare-metal panels. The weathering is also just right.
  14. Hey all! Wishing you a happy 2021. My first build of 2021. And what an absolute pleasure it was. Took around 10 hours over a week, and other than a minor issues of not following the instructions properly, it went together like LEGO. I ran into a few issues with a fogged up canopy due to fumes from the primer I'm guessing, and a matte coat that wouldn't cover a glossy part and then turned the whole paintjob white. Managed to salvage it in the end and was left quite happy with the results. I initially wasn't very excited about the overall olive drab scheme, but references online threw up a lot of interesting weathered aircraft. It was good practice for my detail airbrushing skills, and I added some additional weathering with oil paints. The hellfire missiles were painted a brighter green (to add some color to an otherwise unsaturated model) and I used chrome decal and a bead of white glue for the nose for the Laser seeker head. The tires were sanded down for the classic Apache weighted look. Highly recommended build. Plus Academy has released a AgustaWestland Apache version as well. Thanks for watching! Cheers, Alex.
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