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  1. Thanks for all the kind comments everyone. I think the reason I'm not that impressed with this one is that I've spent so long looking at the damn thing! Cheers Tony, mines got a vacuform with flightpath framing so I dont know how the fit was with the original canopy but i will say that me and vacuform canopies dont get along. I find them hard work and also I've noticed that over time it is started to yellow so i will staying away from them in the future!
  2. Evening All, To say I'm glad to move this one of the workbench is a bit of understatement! It had been sat on the shelf of doom for almost a decade and then I had a spurt of enthusiasm, or is that stupidity to get it finished. Definitely not one of best efforts, I'll put that down to repeatedly losing interest in it. Either way I'm pleased its finally finished For those interested, the WIP is here Thanks for looking!
  3. A bit more progress done, I managed to repaint the peeling on the nose with a close match so no dramas there. Next up was decaling, I used a mix of kit decals for the RN markings/stencils and fantasy workshop/model decals for the numbering, this was followed by a wash using promodeller dark wash. After this i attached the canopy but this was far from straightforward. Unfortunately my cockpit glazing was missing from my kit when I bought it so vacuform was my only choice. Having had little success in the past when working with these I wasn't looking forward to it.
  4. A Little bit more progress to report, not getting much time at the bench at the moment, but I'll keep plugging away at it. After the white coat i and a rub down with various lighter grades of micromesh, i experimented with which colour to put down first, turns out dayglow red covers better over white than it does silver, so thats what i started with. I used a 50-50ish mix of humbrol 209 fluorescent orange and 19 gloss red. which turned out quite nice me thinks... Next up i was masking the dayglow red which looking at the real thing was not easy as i thought.
  5. Thanks Chris, help yourself, pilfer what you need I have a feeling the Airfix kit might be a tad easy build... Cheers Rob, after seeing Hendie's solution to the ejection ports i thought I'd give it a go at improving them, although mine are not as elegant as his! Regarding the turbine bits, your probably right as it will be hard to spot, I'll carry on with it and see how it turns out.
  6. Still plodding along with this, although even by my sloth like model building speed i have to agree progress is some what slow! Anyway here's what i have achieved since my last update. The airframe is pretty much finished bar undercarriage, flaps and canopy. I've added some of the flightpath goodies such as access hatches, strengthening plates and an antenna plate under the wing. Also added some rivets from archer around the wing spar, some small tubing for the pitot probe and some scratch built antenna blade mountings which looking at my DH twin boom bible seem t
  7. Wow, what a brilliant finish to a very striking paint job! That will definitely stand out in the display case. Great job
  8. I've been slowly plugging away on this one again, lets hope i don't lose my mojo and shelve it for a another 10 years. Anyway after rescribing the fuselage and wings after a vigorous sanding session, I added a few panel lines and filled a couple that where either not present or were fictitious. I also added the intake vanes, i looked at using the kit offerings, but after a couple of dry fitting/reshaping attempts i gave up and decided to make my own from plastic strip, not perfect but i think they pass muster. Once these were done i drilled out and filed the cartridge e
  9. Hi Noel, I'm afraid i chickened out of weathering it to replicate a 'really dirty' Greek line bird. I thought if i went to far it would just look unrealistic and probably beyond my skills anyway!
  10. Hi Mark, glad you like it! In answer to your question, looking at photo's of the ground locks i noticed that there were grooves running along the length of them so i simply added 3 pieces of 0.3mm rod to each strut and painted them red, pretty simple really!
  11. Thanks exdraken, I was originally going to go with a full load out, litening pod, LGB's and AMRAAM's etc, but during my research i found out that the aircraft i was representing from Mira (squadron) 339 was mainly employed in the air to air role and its sister unit Mira 338 was air to ground so it wouldn't really have been accurate to hang loads of mud moving stuff off it. Plus most of pics i have seen of these jets have similar loadout to the one i did, probably from airshows me thinks.
  12. Thanks for the kind comments guys, much appreciated Unc, the travel pod was pinched from my Hasegawa F-16B kit, not sure which other kits have them?
  13. After just finishing my F-4E I've decided to dig this one back out from the shelf of doom. I can't believe its been over 10 years since i last worked on this! Looking at Hendie's Vemon thread has inspired me to give it another go. I love this video aswell, lots of great shots of two seats Vampires and Harry Enfield narrating whats not too like! Infact the whole series is great, best of British when we were world leaders in the aviation Industry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brzT-3G40_k I can't even remember why i gave up on this one, which i
  14. Beautiful work Hendie I'm blaming you for inspiring me to dig out my CA Vampire Hope you don't mind but I'll be stealing sorry adapting some of your techniques for my build and probably be adding a few 'Greeblies' of my own! Keep up the good work! Cheers
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