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  1. Welcome back to the hobby, I was exactly in the same position as you about 6 years ago. I'm about 70+ models in now and still learning each time and trying new things. Looking back the top 3 things I wish I knew then 1. Canopy masks are your friend 2. Use primer 3. Make each model like it's the last one and take your time, and enjoy every step.
  2. Bit of both - I used a lot of Tamiya panel line wash, maybe went overboard but I like it, Could also be the light, they look less pronounced in the cabinet. I don't think the panel lines are too bad from the kit point of view, personally I prefer them a little bit overdone although not too Matchbox levels. Love Matchbox but some them are crazy
  3. I have no idea on accuracy, never bothers me that stuff. Usually just make OOB and am happy. I think someone said the same about Academy PBY cowlings not being right...life is too short, they look fine to me But yes Starfighter decals on PBY set 72-139
  4. This is the second of my Guadalcanal phase following my PBY-5A completion a few months ago. This is Airfix's kit - easily one of their best recent kits. Undercarriage a bit tricky but not hard if you take time. Vallejo model air paints, kit decals Next up Hasegawa SBD-3...
  5. What about a medical personnel group build? Could be anything as long as its related hospitals/medical/emergency care profession e.g hospital ships, evac choppers, Ju-52 with hospital decals, etc
  6. 1st completion of my current Guadalcanal phase, next up is Airfix F4F-4 Wildcat but in the meantime here is my Academy PBY-5A, was the Black Cat boxing but was not inspired by a black catalina so got some Guadalcanal Starfighter decals 72-139 which had references for this PBY as the first to land on Guadalcanal. Really nice trouble free build overall, totally out of box. First time tried to vary the colours with some pre-shading, came out quite nicely but not sure photos show it too well. And of course for the 4th time in a row, not enough weight in the nose so some white tack need on front wheel With some friends in the cabinet...
  7. Thanks all, great suggestion on the Starfighter decals for Guadalcanal - I'll go with those as i have all the right kits for the other options in the stash!
  8. Anyone know of any 1/72 decal sets for Midway based pby-5a catalinas? The usual searches have drawn a blank. Working on Academy kit 12487 "Black Cat" and I find the idea of overall black Catalina really uninspiring so was hoping for some 1942/1943 era decal options
  9. Thanks Matt - do you reckon Eduard would do 1/72? They seem to have given up on that scale. Would love a royal class x4 combo 1/72 109 boxing if you're reading Eduard, thanks
  10. Thanks! I think the red undercarriage colour indicates to the ground crew that the AS had different fuel (higher octane I think, not sure on details)
  11. Finally this is off the shelf of doom. This was a nightmare kit - I really love the AZ Model 109s and I really enjoyed the G2 (can be seen alongside in the photos) I made previously but this G-6AS kit has serious fit issues. They can be semi-resolved by following this thread: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010494-az-model-109-g-6as-fit-problems/ The fit issues had knock on effects joining the fuselage and wings together. Then the canopy wouldn't fit without some surgery and a lot of putty. Then I lost the cowling machine guns as they are tiny so had to buy metal replacements Painting was laborious due to me choosing the complex box art scheme My mistake - the red stripe is too dark due to not using white as a primer which makes the "2" seem a bit bright now. So close to ditching this one! But at least its done and I didn't hurl it in the bin....so this an aircraft flown by Friedrich-Karl Muller August 1944 of 1./NJGr.10 according to the box:
  12. Sometimes you have yourself a kit that is pretty much faultless, the build goes through without issues and it restores your faith in life. This for me is one of those - great package, great book that comes with it, huge colour profile book (32 to choose from!), perfect fit of parts. Probably only couple of things to say is maybe too many parts/bit over engineered for 1/72 (cockpit took me ages and now can barely see it!). Really wish Eduard would do more of these special boxings in 1/72 but they seem to focus on 1/48 recently. Vallejo model air paints, I chose the following markings: #1 S/L Tom Trimble No. 457 squadron, Sattler Airstrip late 1944 #2 F/O Norm Turnbull No 79 squadron, Morotai, April 1945
  13. Just started a AZ Model G6/AS AZ7509 and a quick search revealed this thread, I thought I was going mad when dry fitting the fuselage when it wouldn't fit as I already made a AZ Model G2 and had no issues. Many thanks for the advice. Time for surgery!!
  14. Is there a P-47 group build going on or something? Loads of excellent Thunderbolts in RFI last day or so and yours is spot on, nice job!
  15. Sorry for the delay - I used Halfords white rattle can primer, Vallejo gloss varnish over the top through the airbrush, then decals, then another layer of Vallejo varnish, then Tamiya brown panel line accent to break up the white a bit, then Vallejo matt varnish (through a brush!).
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