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  1. Thanks for all the comments guys, much appreciated. I'm glad everyone seems to like it.
  2. Finally finished! After being started in 1999, then resting on the shelf of doom until being restarted six months ago. This is my Hobbycraft 1/48 scale Cutlass F7U–3, finished as a machine from CVA-31 on the USS Bonhome Richard in July 1956. As you can imagine, it’s been a bit more challenging than your average Tamiya kit but a lot of fun nonetheless. Full details are in the WIP if anyone is interested. Highlights include a scratch built cockpit , Vac form canopy, detailed undercarriage and gear bays. The model was painted with a mixture of Vallejo and Tamiya acrylics, then weathered with clay wash and oil paint. I hope you like it, sorry it’s a bit picture heavy. Thanks for looking.
  3. Well the gloss coat is now dry so here goes. And in the blink of an eye the decals are on! I have to be honest here, I actually forgot to take any pictures of the weathering and final assembly process so I’m afraid you’ll have to take my word for it when I say that after this I gave the model another coat of Satin clear then an application of Flory Dark Dirt wash. Once dry the wash was removed to leave a grimy finish which I could then use as a base to add oil stains etc. with oil paints. It was at this point I discovered I had lost the nose wheel door! I searched everywhere, even in the Hoover, but no joy. Thankfully, it was a relatively easy thing to scratch build a new one. Another coat of satin clear and it was final assembly. The finished result is this. I hope you like it. I will post more pictures in the Ready for Inspection section later on. Thanks to everyone who followed this build especially Tailspin Turtle, without who’s help this would have been a lot less accurate and a much harder build. Thanks for looking and happy modelling.
  4. Thanks. Some of these older kits are a lot of fun and still look half decent.
  5. That’s the detail painting all done. I’ll leave it now for at least 24 hours before giving it a gloss coat ready for decals. Time now to get on with that Airfix Stuka. Thanks for looking and happy modelling.
  6. Well I said my mojo was recharged after the holidays and I’ve been making good use of it. Painting has been rolling on at a cracking rate! First the yellow unit markings then the light gull grey then the details The the bit I’d not been looking forward to, the canopy. The size of the vac form replacement canopy meant it was very flexible so I had to add a brace inside before I could start the masking. An hour later it was masked, inside and out, then it was primer and colour. The plan now is to fix some small areas of overspray and take care of the detail painting in the undercarriage bays before sealing everything in with a coat of gloss ready for decals. That’s it for now, thanks for looking and happy modelling.
  7. Well I’m back from holiday and feel like my mojo is rejuvenated so got stuck straight into the paintwork starting with the underside. I know these aircraft didn’t serve for long so I’m assuming that they would not get too weathered and beaten up, so working with thin coats I have tried to create a faint patchwork of white across the underside. I put on about 4 or 5 coats of Vallejo Insignia White which might just be visible in the pictures. Once the underside was dry I went on to paint the white control surfaces on the upper surface and create a mottled effect for the light gull grey to go over. The squadron markings include yellow wing and fin tips so I made sure these areas were given a good cover of white as a base. This can dry overnight and I’ll hopefully get started on the grey tomorrow. Thanks for looking and happy modelling.
  8. Thanks Eric, It's great to see another one of these kits actually completed! More inspiration and I hope mine turns out half as good as yours.
  9. Thanks for the holiday wishes. I definitely agree, there is a real satisfaction to putting together one of these older kits. You can learn an awful lot more from them. Besides, how else can you get 1/48 scale Cutlass?
  10. Been making a lot of progress with this lately but I forgot to take any pictures, doh, so you will just have to take my word for it. Jobs done include fitting the control surfaces, canopy, a number of little antenna and finishing off the undercarriage. The slats were also a poor fit so I had to spend a bit of time sorting them out as well. I then got a coat of black primer on and discovered a large (5mm dia) sink mark on the underside of one wing. Damn, don’t know how I missed that. Out with the filler and sanding sticks then more primer and this is what we have now. I’m away on holiday for the next couple of weeks so plenty of time for the primer to cure and I will get started on the camo’ when I get back. Thanks for looking and happy modelling.
  11. Afternoon all, The shell casing ejection fairing is now modified and in place along with the catapult spool. Had to blend it in with a little putty but it wasn’t too bad a fit. Next job was the vac form replacement canopy. About 10 minutes of careful cutting had the two pieces cut out and ready for tidying up. I followed my usual technique for this. First I mark all the areas to be cut with a fine marker, and fill the canopy with bluetack to give some support, then I start carefully scoring all the edges with a new scalpel blade. I also use a trumpeter micro saw for some of the curved areas. The windscreen is a pretty reasonable fit, and looks better than the kit version? Other little jobs now done included adding some of the little lumps and bumps, attaching the main undercarriage and drilling the hole for the refuelling probe. I also started cleaning up the slats then in a test fit discovered that some of the mounting points are misaligned and one slat is too long. Lesson here - it pays to test fit! I’ve not taken any photos of these but I will do and will post later. Not too many jobs left to do now, with any luck I will be able to get a coat of primer on by the end of the week and then start the painting proper. Thanks for looking and happy modelling.
  12. That's brilliant, I really appreciate your help with this build. I'll need to add the catapult spool as well.
  13. Morning All. I don’t think I ever posted the colour scheme I had decided on for this build. It’s this F7U-3 from CVA-31, Should be quite smart in the grey and white with the yellow fins. Got a bit of detail added to the front gear well to add some interest and make it look a bit more 3 dimensional. Only loosely based on the real thing, if I was doing this kit again I think I would scratch build a new bay as the kit one is too shallow but since most of this was assembled years ago I will settle for this. While I was at it I also added a little detail behind the cockpit, this area will be visible with the canopy open. One question, any one know what the part is that’s taped on at the wing/fuselage joint? The instructions are vague on this and I’ve not found a good picture to help. I think the kit part may be a bit heavily moulded and/or inaccurate in shape but I can’t tell for sure. Thanks for looking and happy modelling.
  14. Had a few spare minutes this morning so sanded and blended in the nav lights on the wing tips. Another job done.
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