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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Wow, what a brilliant finish to a very striking paint job! That will definitely stand out in the display case. Great job
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Finally got around to uploading a few shots of my recently completed HAF F-4E AUP. WIP is here This was the 1/48 Hasegawa F-4E with a few modifications... Scratch built cockpit with Verlinden seats as nobody does an AUP pit replacement Eduard brassin exhausts Royale resin wheels Master pitot tube Eduard 1/72 RFB flags Verlinden canopy frame details Paints were custom mixed from GSI and Tamiya acrylics and weathering was a mix of oils and pastels. Decals came from Icarus for the stencils and Model Alliance for the national
  15. Well I've finally finished this one, managed to grab a few days to get this one off the workbench Not sure if I've overdone the weathering and I'm not 100% happy with it but these birds do get really dirty! Anyhow it done now, on my next project. I'll upload some better pic in the RFI section over the next few days. Thanks for looking
  16. Great photo's AD, thank you for sharing! They have encouraged me to dig out my HAF phantom from the shelf of doom! Steve, the Big H has the Model Alliance World Air power No.2 sheet in 1/48 which features 'F-4E Phantom 71-743 339 Mira Greek Air Force 2008' Also Icarus decals do a Hellenic Air Force Jets sheet which features R/F-4E's in the latest 'ghost' scheme if you can find it!
  17. Thanks Bill, you may have saved my bacon I need to look into this further as when i checked the position of the roundel i was looking at a 338 sqn jet, so maybe your right. Here '01525' looks about the same as mine... http://www.airliners.net/photo/Greece-Air-Force/McDonnell-Douglas-F-4E-AUP-Phantom-II/1412156/L I haven't found a good closeup photo of 71743 and i have a feeling it maybe retired now as 339 sqn has been disbanded. Regarding the stencils, it is a lot work but i think it will pay off in the end. Although I'm thinkin
  18. Good idea, cheers guys. Just need to work out how to cut the smallest circle as my compass cutter wont cut that small. Hi Nikos, thanks for the input. Am i right in thinking your talking about the framing around the windscreen? I was aware that some ex-USAF machines had 'frameless' windscreens, but I don't think 71743 was one of them. see link below... https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/6286879
  19. Hi Zach, Thanks for the interest. Not much to report at the moment as I've lost my mojo on this one a bit. I've made 2 big mistakes, firstly with the roundel placement and secondly with over zealous use of Mr mark softer which has made the colour run on one of the roundels. After seeing that the colour run on one of the decals, which i thought i might be able to fix. I then realized to my horror that they were too far forward by about 5mm. It should be sitting on the second vertical panel line. So i have 2 options
  20. Thanks for the kind comments guys, I just hope i can do it justice. Looking at photo's on Airliners these bird can get really dirty! Like this one I'm going for somewhere halfway between pristine and '01530' as shown above. So plenty of weathering to do. No time at the workbench for at least a week as it holiday time tomorrow, for a week of Lakeland beauty and hopefully not too much rain! Cheers
  21. Finally finished in the paint shop... Next up a coat of klear and decals, then a spot of weathering. Cheers
  22. Stunning work, i have an Academy F-4J that i plan to do same with. This has inspired my to move it up the 'to do pile'
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