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  1. I thought I should do some tape tests before masking the canopy frame so here they are. With Tamiya tape there is some lifting of pigment and marks left on the surface. Also shows my fingerprints, they can be wiped of straight away but if left they cant. Tried maskol to see if they react to the super chrome This didn't tarnish the surface but left a "water mark" around the maskol spot. Lastly I tried clear coats to protect the super chrome. From left to right was Mr Hobby colour flat clear, Tamiya gloss clear and Johnson Klear. The Tamiya and Mr Hobby both reduced the shine but had tape marks, the Klear didn't dull the finish but had some lifting on the tape. I did spray only one layer and as it was water thinned it beaded up and rolled off so maybe additional layers would help. Further testing is required and then I'll respay the whole Blackwidow.
  2. Not by much. Could be bothered to watch the last 20 mins. Lovely build though.
  3. I redid a few area's I wasn't happy with on the underside and sprayed the upper side last night. Happy to report that the AK Super Chrome sands with no problems but need to be applied thick enough to be able to shine but if you put to much on can go crinkly such as wing roots. This picture shows the last part sprayed has stayed more reflective that the areas around it but it should loose a bit as it dries more. Next up is masking the canopy frames to be sprayed matt black and the radome in matt white. Then I will start experimenting in panel shading with differing tinted gloss clears
  4. I did manage to get some of the Mr Colour Super Metallic on but it went completely flat with no shine so I ordered some of the new AK Super Chrome ink. That works much better! Resprayed the engine nacelles along with the under carriage doors. I haven't sprayed the topside yet but I don't want to push my luck with a new paint untill I'm sure its hardened fully.
  5. Manage to get a coat of Tamiya Gloss Black X1 on this afternoon next will be the Mr Colour Metal Coat.
  6. A bit of delay with this one, been working on the P61 and a F102 Delta Dagger but I made up some of the pipe edge for the vent. Some trimming to length needed and I'll make up some more sets as 7 is not enough I think.
  7. The older generation of Hasegawa maybe lacking in internal detail but as you've shown it's possible to get great results, nice work.
  8. Finally got primer onto the P61 a few days ago, seams are mostly good but the nose needs more shaping and the leading edges around the booms has some filling to be done.
  9. Been a bit busy the last week but got some bench time yesterday so I removed the clamps to find one of the tail boom seams had split. So the filler came out and sorted quickly. I've got the nose reshaped 95% so that's been fitted tonight, this will need some more shaping but I can do this better on the fuselage. I would like to get some primer on soon so I can see any remaining seams to clean up.
  10. Good result but as you mentioned it look to be AV8b based as the RAF doesn't use AGM 65''s and the sidewinders were on the centre undercarriage pylons only.
  11. Put the rear clear part on before I noticed it had a mould seam so I used one of my new Flory sanding sticks to get rid of it and masked up with tape and Maskol. Also finished the front masking. A spray of my interior green mix, Tamiya XF4 and XF1. Mostly ok but found a gap. Carefully fitted the tail boom sections and clamped up. I'll leave that overnight to set and see how much filling the seams will need.
  12. A coat of flat clear has dulled down the paint nicely, now I just have to build the base and explosion. My order of Evergreen plastic arrived yesterday so I can start on the vent detail.
  13. Last etch has gone into the radar ops position so I took some photos before its closed up. Probably wont be able to see most of it once the rear transparency goes on
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