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  1. Thank you, Steve. Best of luck with your build Gaz
  2. Thank you Houston, Ralph, Hans and SAT69, that means a lot ^-^ Oh, for additional reference, the paint colours were: Light Ghost Grey FS36375 (RC252) - For the trim Aggressor Grey FS 36251 (RC248) + Aluminium Tamiya XF-16 - For the lighter main colour F-15 Dark Grey Mod Eagle FS 36176 (RC246) - For the camo colour ^ Same mix + 2 drops of Metallic Grey Tamiya XF-56 + 2-3 drops of Flat Blue Tamiya XF-08 - To enrich the camo colour with a gradual build up Rough 50/50 ratios on the colour + aluminium, although I think I did a few more drops of the latter to try to enhance the metallic sheen. All of the paint was thinned out with 50/50 Real Color thinner, with a few more drops in the camo enriching colour. Panel line washes were Mig Ammo PLW Medium Grey for the Ghost Grey, and PLW Deep Grey for the main scheme Gaz
  3. Hi all My first 1/16 figure build, completed as a Christmas present idea for an uncle and retired police office (albeit wrong service, hah, but it looks similar enough) Surprised myself with how well the face came out. Built on a Friday and primed, fully painted on a Saturday. Acquired a Trumpeter display case for it, but it was a little small inside. So I created a small additional step for the pedestal to sit on and glued it to the display base, primed and painted to match up. Hopefully, it goes down well on the day, and isn't titled too much so he breaks off the tiny connection points offered by his heels Thanks for looking Gaz
  4. Hi all, back again with another fighter build I've been after an F-22 kit for some time, having previously owned an Italeri from back in the early 2000s. Needless to say, the outcome on it wasn't stupendous, lol So, having seen some decent reviews about the Academy entry, I managed to snag one for a birthday. After much research into how to paint the thing, and an attempt to get the scheme as real as possible, I finally took the dive into building and painting it. The build itself wasn't too bad, although there were some very minor fit issues. Primarily in the weapon bays, which frustrated me enough that I just decided to close them up. That of course resulted in a bit of a fitting problem with making the bay doors flush with the fuselage, and a significant amount of sanding. Unfortunately, it wasn't flawless, but worked well enough. Painting instructions were mostly straight forward but the intakes and the sizing of the Light Ghost Grey around them was left ambiguous, resulting in a little bit of a cramped decal placement on the port side. Overall, I'm pleased with how the paint scheme came out. The Raptor seems to be notoriously difficult to match up with the real thing in colours and finish. My research led to me applying a combo of Aggressor Grey and Mod Eagle grey, mixed with Aluminium, for the camo. Initially, this didn't look correct. The aggressor looked too warm a colour, and the mod eagle was barely discernible. So I made an adjusted top mix of Mod Eagle + Aluminium + 2 drops of Gun Metal + 2 drops of Flat Blue. Initially I thought it would come out a little too blue, but by gently applying it over the mod eagle camo patches, it worked out better than expected. It even had some metallic sheen, although the varnish layers knocked this down a little. Strangely, a small amount of crazing appeared around the edges of the intakes after the Light Ghost Grey was applied over some Ultimate Primer that had dried. Bit confused about that. Overall, happy with the result, even if the upper roundel silvered a little (not entirely sure how it happened on the gloss surface on only one half of it). The panel wash of medium grey worked out nicely in giving it a bit of a brownish tint, which shows up on the real planes when they look a little worse for wear. Biggest annoyance was realising I'd left out the ejection handle after installing the canopy, despite having put a piece of tape next to the handle on the sprue to remind myself. Anyway, enough muttering, time for pics Thanks for looking Gaz
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    Eduard 190 Problems

    Had no idea about that lol. Will probably just leave it as is. Already missing the mini scoop above, so won't be accurate anyway Gaz
  6. GazB

    Eduard 190 Problems

    Part of what guided me to this kit was this video Which makes it feel like everything fits like a glove and there are almost no problems. I feel like I'll be in for some wrestling. Have considered using a piece of styrene as a spar to push the lower part open a bit more. Gaz
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    Eduard 190 Problems

    The incorrect (or nonsensical) part was a an S-shaped piece of piping that was allocated to a hole in the centre of the bay behind the engine. When I went to fit it, it was far too long and didn't match the drawing. Only a few steps later, it wanted me to add a different pipe to the exact same hole, and the previous piece was nowhere to be seen. The missing part (the air scoop that's quite prominent on the engine cover) at first looked to have snapped off, but since it was nowhere to be found in the poly bag, and from a closer inspection of the sprue nub, it wasn't actually moulded on at all. I also had to cut short another piece of piping because it protruded too far and interfered with the forward bulkhead. Oh also, another error is that the cover that goes behind the seat headrest isn't shown in the instructions at all. I only knew it existed because of the finished model photos on the back of the box, and wondered why that piece had a cover where the one I built up was spindly and likely out of shape to fit the canopy. With test fits I finally managed to get the fuselage to mostly fit the wing with the cockpit and gun bay installed (the lack of solid mounting position for the gun bay is really bad, though), but the fuselage then tucks together at the bottom, pulling it away from the wing roots and leaving a gap. Really wasn't expecting to be fighting this thing the entire way. Gaz
  8. Hi all Today I received my first 'pricier' airbrush in an Apex Ultimate. I also bought the heavy 0.5mm conversion needle set. I'm not a major fan of double actions but it seems that is what 95% of all airbrushes are, so I went with it. There a few small issues about it, and some other questions: 1) When my mini compressor is running, and I don't press the trigger for air, it makes a heck of a racket. It did this with a Scalemodelshop double action until I swapped out the trigger and connector from my Revell single action. Really hope that doesn't cause any issue with the mini compressor. As for the issues: 1) I'm hoping its just the norm, but the paint cup looked to have staining or even small spots of something residual, like it had been used and not fully cleaned. Hope I'm not being paranoid in thinking its a refurbished model or anything. 2) The biggest issue by far is the conversion kit for the bigger needle. After overcoming the fiddly trigger, I had the needle in place with the new air cone and cap. Right off the mark, the tip of the new needle protrudes beyond the cap in a rather risky manner. But worst of all, the moment I apply air, it back flushes. It seems to spray fine with the water test, but I don't understand why its back flushing. Surely these conversion parts are designed to allow airflow still? Its acting like a blockage, which didn't happen with the stock needle. Glad I didn't decide paint was a good first test, because it would have gone everywhere. Cheers in advance Gaz
  9. GazB

    Eduard 190 Problems

    Well, I mean, its not like I just made up all the issues experienced so far. There are significant fit and connection problems, incorrect or missing parts. Fitting the wing assembly leaves a pretty significant gap on the ventral tail connection, and panel lines are still slightly misaligned. The only way to get rid of the gaps on the wings is to spread the bottom of the fuselage, but in doing that you're pulling apart the upper connections and using tape to hold them together will pull it in away from the wing roots Gaz
  10. GazB

    Eduard 190 Problems

    Appreciate the tip I actually just discovered a small air scoop to apply to the upper engine cover has...not actually been moulded with the sprue at all O_O Also a sort of small battery unit that you install in the wing gun bays supposedly has a mirrored part, but its a duplicated part, so it can't match the illustration. Did want to have the prop able to spin, but I'll need to glue it into position ahead of time due to the cowling not matching up properly at the top and leaving a gap if I painted separately. Well, glue it all up without adding the prop so painting isn't a nightmare, that is. Also mucked up the cowl flaps a bit while gluing because they wouldn't sit flush >< The battle continues Gaz
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    Eduard 190 Problems

    As a clarification, its a reboxed Eduard kit. The sprues all have Eduard on them. Scalemates could be suggesting the tooling is from 2010, but it doesn't draw lineage exactly between the rebox and the original kit. I used to get a lot of Revell kits years ago, and I don't really recall many problems with them (when I was a lot less experienced and prepped for issues). I searched around a few times about the 190, and kept finding reviews both written and video pointing to this one. However, if Eduard are supposedly close to Tamiya in tooling, well, I'm really not seeing it. Even the old 1/48 Mig-15 by Trumpeter I have fit together with less trouble than this kit so far. I can understand complex or time consuming builds, and I've tackled my way through a few of them (mostly armour, but also some aircraft). This one just seems unnecessarily poor in fit. I fitted the wing gun bays and then test fitted the upper wing sections with the lower. Having to force parts together, and even then gaps are showing. Then trying to test fit the wing assembly to the fuselage brings up even more gaps and fit misalignment. Panel lines at the tail are out of alignment along the join line if the lines at the nose are aligned and vice versa. It feels like such a shame because details wise its pretty nice, although certain parts seem to been slightly off in the moulding process so you can see the seam and one half is a bit off. It feels like I have to force a lot of parts into position, and I have doubts glued sections will hold while doing so, and there will be inevitable position issues. I looked around a couple of times for 190 kits, and everything kept pointing to Eduard for good tooling and build quality for fairly low pricing. If this kit is originally tooled in 2010, its still pretty poor from an engineering standpoint. When I get a Tamiya kit, even something from the 90s or early 2000s, they go together extremely well. The parts for this kit have a ridiculous amount of play in them that you're having to judge things via the eye. I have serious worries about whether the fuselage will even align correctly, not to mention the high probability of a very prominent join line requiring sanding and loss of details like rivets and such. One part of the instruction tells me to drill out a hole for the antenna beneath the wing. Not hole on the actual part to drill out, no indication of size, and the part's peg isn't even round but rectangular. In hindsight I should have looked at something like Hobbyboss. I built up the 262B1 kit from them in 1/48 and it fit like a dream. I don't even remember having to use filler. At the earliest, the moulds are from 2010 from Eduard. Everything else is Revell, including the decals I believe. Gaz
  12. GazB

    Eduard 190 Problems

    Hi all. Has anyone else ever had problems with Eduard kits? Or to be specific to my particular case, the Eduard Fw-190D-9 (Revell rebox). In addition to a fair amount of flash, parts have incredibly poor keying points, are overly large to fit, don't match the instructions or don't even make sense. I started assembly in the cockpit area and it was straightforward until the footpedals, which have such a poor connection point and appear larger in reality than the instructions depicts. Next up was the gun bay, which again had terrible locator positions for the parts so they had to be manually aligned. It then asked me to add in a pipe that was far too long, but as I looked ahead, completely disappears from the instructions and another part is added to the same place! To try and align things properly I test fitted this section to the fuselage, which has two tiny locator bumps, one at the front and one at the rear, and the rest is basically fitting by eye. It took a lot of force to get the parts to somewhat line up, and I still don't know if it'll fit correctly. I'll have to paint these parts before I continue, but so far this feels like such a chore, and so incredibly disappointing given how often I see people saying Eduard kits are amazing. I don't think I've had a kit with this much wing it construction since Airfix back in the 90s and 2000s, and I don't even think it felt that bad then Almost reminds me of my experience with my Miniart T-55 have similar shallow location points or parts that didn't fit properly. Oh, to have every kit build like a Tamiya one. Gaz
  13. So, I wanted to do a repaint of my Takom Coelian and wanted the late war or 'what if' colours. Couldn't find the resadagrun in the Real Color range, and wanting to keep the finishes consistent (Mig Ammo always dries satin) I decided to look into the 3rd Gen acrylics as they had the colours I needed in a set. Brilliant. Got them and the thinner. Review vids looked positive. Great. I just tried them. They are not at all great. For brush painting, not bad. Good coverage but they still streak. For airbrushing... What a nightmare! Thin it 50/50 with the correct thinner. Spatters and slings paint like web. Thin it 30/70. Inconsistent coverage and it floods. It took an AGE to clean the airbrush out. It was drying around the tip like vinyl paint (contrary to that 'no tip drying' claim) . I tried it with lacquer thinner as suggested as well. Much like AKs 'advice' that you could thin RC with water, this turned out to be bogus as well with similar, goopy results. Should've known after the RC stuff (before I eventually figured them out with no help [and actually being ignored in emails] from the manufacturer) that this stuff was too good to be true. If I can't get it to work, wasted money on the set, the white, primer and thinner, and will have to pay more to get the appropriate, lighter dunkelgelb from Mig Ammo -.- Does anybody know how to resolve this? I'm at a total loss, and I'm not willing to risk my model at present with these results. My airbrush/mini compressor will spray Mig Ammo, Tamiya, RC, Hobby Aqueous and Stynlrez primer without trouble with appropriate thinning. Gaz
  14. Back again with another big post-apocalyptic set up. The 1/35 Italeri M923A1 has been in a state of progress for a few years now. Modified with DEF Model wheels (correct ones) and an Eduard PE set. It was initially set to be a Iraqi 2003 diorama, but I got the idea to set it up as a wrecked vehicle in a scene based on the Last of Us 2 videogame, set in a post-apocalyptic, overgrown Seattle. Figures are from the Masterbox Danger Close set (unfortunately the camera wouldn't quite focus on them). Mix of AK Real Color and Tamiya paints. Used a Molotow chrome pen for the first time for light reflectors and mirrors. The back canopy was chopped up to look torn (if overly thick) and styrene add to show torn material. The rolled bit was made from green stuff. Vines from lead wire dipped in glue and sprinkled with Noch leaves. Calling it done, so now for the pics ^-^ Thanks for looking as always Gaz
  15. Cheers, Stef ^-^ Still have to tackle the Miniart one lol Might leave it until a few others are done. Gaz
  16. Thanks, Riley ^-^ Gaz
  17. Finally took photos of my completed GDR T-55 AM2B from Takom. Not many good close ups unfortunately, due to the annoying dust and white fibres that seem to cling like no tomorrow after it sits on a shelf for more than a day >< I actually got this kit when I grew frustrated with a Miniart T-55 and its overly complex construction, and just wanted to complete a T-55 kit The figures are from the Miniart Tank crew, 1960s-70s set, with a rough representation of the GDR uniform camo. Thanks for looking ^-^ Gaz
  18. Hehe, thanks very much, sanfrandragon ^-^ Gaz
  19. Thanks, Rossco ^-^ Never too late. I had this one painted up and decaled sitting for years before I redid it. Still wish I had the before and after, because the difference was stark to say the least Gaz
  20. Sorry, could have sworn I'd replied to this oO I remember these though on the JML ads, heh. Hmm, interesting. I have wondered about breaking out my airbrush sometimes to give them a blast, maybe with a little bit of water. Never knew if it would have a major effect. Gaz
  21. Thanks, Vinnie, DeepSea ^-^/ The paints for the figures were (some had camo decals on them previously, but when I did the newer figures, it wasn't wrapping around, so I had to paint most of them a little to match up), if I remember correctly: Mig Ammo Middlestone A.MIG-200 Mig Ammo Red Brown Base A.MIG-913 (think it was this one) Mig Ammo Light Gray Green A.MIG-201 For the vests I think it was Tamiya NATO green, with Red Brown Base, Tamiya NATO Black, and Vallejo Medium Grey 70.987. The faces were a few Mig Ammo flesh tones Gaz
  22. Thanks, Riley ^-^ If I remember correctly, the boxes were by Matho Models. Might be from a few different sets (water/soda) Gaz
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