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  1. Decals and weathering were done. I was just adding the final touches (The smaller bits to be stuck on) when the gear leg collapsed.
  2. Thanks chaps. I've tried drilling but I'm struggling to drill the leg, so I've tried something else and the build is going in an entirely different direction than what I imagined. This aircraft is undergoing repair. Now, rather than buy anything i figured I'd make an aircraft jack, based on the materials i had available and put it in a diorama. The jack I've made is nowhere near what a Luftwaffe jack looks like but it's a representation and sticking it under the wing I think painted it will look the part. I've ordered 2 boxes of ground crew so this build is something I'm now very much looking forward to finishing. Here's a quick photo. It's made of sprue, card and buttons for the wheels. As I say it's not historically accurate but I think it's ok. Honest feedback appreciated
  3. Evening guys So, disaster strikes and the build is finished as a result. I'm gutted. I got the undercarriage on but the left wheel didn't want to stick. I tried different glues and whatever happened it wouldn't have it. The undercarriage barely held the weight of the aircraft. It was fragile but workable. And then this happened I'm gutted. The leg has snapped in the worse possible place. The leg fits into a hole in the wheel well and as you can see that bits still in there. I've tried to drill and pin it but it won't hold the weight. I'm seriously gutted. Does anyone have any idea what I can do to display her? I'm working on a display base so would be a shame to let it go to waste
  4. Cheers mate. The passion for Napoleonics isn't that high tbh, I seem to be losing the love for it. I'm sure it will pick up at some point though. As for the Aires stuff I haven't really used it before as I am still quite green behind the ears when it comes to modelling. The stuff looks amazing but I'm not sure how folk manage to get it to fit. I won't be using it again that's for sure. Which is a massive shame because the stuff is lovely.
  5. Hi guys So the finish is in sight. I have to say I'm quite happy with how things are turning out. I'm not going to pretend it's perfect or the best model, because it isn't, but it's looking ok and I've learned a few things along the way. So this is where I'm up to. The flory was removed and left me with this. The underside I'm not so happy with but it won't matter as much I don't suppose The decals have settled in really well but it helped that I lightly sanded the flory wash off. It's taken the decals back and they blend in beautifully. I've started attaching the smaller bits and pieces, assembled, painted and decaled the props and painted up the gear. When I've finished attaching and painting the smaller bits I'll attach the canopy framing and give it another flat coat. Then it's off with the masks which I'm dreading. Should be done in a few days then it's on with the next project, something completely different
  6. Thanks mate Cheers Nik. The wash is off and I have to say it does look quite nice. There's a few high spots where I've somehow managed to go through a Matt and gloss varnish and the paint layers so they will need a touch up. No idea how it happened but it's an easy sort.
  7. Good evening all, It feels like a long time since I last did anything on the build but i have made some progress. There's not much to show but things are moving forward. All painting completed including a matte coat, flaps attached and weathering is underway. Given a good old flory wash. Dark dirt. I have started to remove this but haven't got any photos. I'll share them as soon as I've got some
  8. Thanks Martin, really appreciate the kind comments I've taken some photos of the bird with decals on. The decals are fab and reacted really well to the Mr Mark setter and softer. Made a start on the flaps and radiators as I like to leave these off until decals are done. I'll get then attached then give her a Matt coat and then weather her up. I would usually weather over the gloss coat but this one I'll do on a Matt finish. That's all for now. Have a great weekend folks
  9. Great work on the model, it looks great. As a kid this very painting hung on the living room wall. I actually think it was this painting that got me into aircraft in the first place. It's a very moody painting so there's no wonder really. Wonder how many other folk got into aircraft as a result? Sorry, i digress, great work again bud!
  10. Morning all, Feels like it's been an age since the last update. Work has been ongoing albeit at a much slower pace due to a few reasons, one being life as per but I am losing interest in the build due to the issues I've had throughout. Nonetheless I am plodding along. Once I'd completed the painting and sorted some bits out it was time for the gloss coat. I've found that Wilkos gloss laquer works great. It dries rock hard and is only 4 quid a can but you have to be careful not to spray it too thick otherwise you get problems. Here she is all glossed up with those few areas that needed sorting showing. I'm not too worried about the camo not having straight edges as they weren't straight anyway. They look weird in the photos though don't they? Decals are on but dont have any decent images yet so another update will follow. Cheers guys
  11. Nice nik, much better than my poor effort. Looking forward to seeing how the build comes along
  12. Morning everyone, Bit of frustration getting some paint on the old bird but think I've got it to a stage where a final pass with a sander and we're ready for a gloss coat. I experimented with Niks advice of a "stipple" brush for the mottle but in the end settled with a piece of sponge. A similar effect but I found it a bit easier. Another disclaimer, I don't pretend that this paint job is the best ever nor the most historically accurate but it's just what i can achieve with my limited skills. I wasn't happy with the painting process but now I'm here at this stage in happier. Still not brilliant but I think weathered it will look alright. Hopefully. Ok, so I'm rambling. On with the pictures. Here she is with the 76 and 74 applied masked ready for the 75 The original mottle on the tail. Note the use of the word original... I had a disaster when trying to apply a thinned down layer of 76 over the mottle.to blend it in further. Basically the thinners pulled everything off, even the primer so I ended up sanding the whole lot down. Not just the tail either. That was last night. I had thought about putting the build down and coming back to it another time but having slept on it I decided to crack on. I've spent a few hours this morning (the joys of early morning with a 4 year old) and have got it to a decent position. She's a lovely looking bird with that shaped canopy.
  13. Thanks for the tip for the mottle nik. I do have enamel thinners but didn't want to use them on the canopy as wasn't sure if it would cause any damage. I'll give it a try. Thanks again
  14. Thanks. Learning indeed. So, work has continued. Sanding completed to a stage I'm happy with and the primer was reapplied to areas that had work done. I've made a massive error though, forgot to paint the canopy with the internal colour before spraying the primer . School boy error. Might be able to get a brush inside and paint the internal framing but I'm a bit peeved with myself. Here's a few photos. The RLM76 is going on with a brush and it's hard work to be honest. For some reason I can't get it thin enough so it's either slightly too thick or too runny. So it's paint and sand paint and sand. I'll get there. Not sure how in going to tackle the mottle on the upper surfaces yet using the brush it could be tricky.
  15. I Feel like I'm stalking you Iain (I'm not honest ) another great build I'm sure! I had one of these kits a few years ago, sold it off as nowhere to display it at the time. Changed now though. Regret it, as you do. Anyway, nice job so far
  16. Gooood evening So, works ongoing but primer is on Here's some photos of the progress and after the first coat of primer. Didn't turn out too bad I don't think for a first round of filling and sanding. And after a good rubbing down Dropped some super glue on to firm up a few spots that appeared when sanding I know it looks rough and probs my isn't the best way to sort this issue out but I'm learning as I go. Here's with the first coat of primer on. A few corrections needed, so off to sand.
  17. Thanks chaps. I've took a step back and now I've almost got over the disappointment am cracking on with trying to rectify the issue. It a going to take some time and work but I'm hoping I can sort it so it looks half decent.
  18. The new scheme looks really smart Iain. Shame about the transparencies though but pleased you've a solution already.
  19. Good evening everyone, Hope we have all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend. I've done some work on the build since the last update, haven't taken many photos as have been plodding on. I'm finding the build really frustrating as there are things not right and it's really annoying. I don't honestly think it's the kits fault but other than the Aires cockpit debacle I'm not entirely sure where, or why, things have gone wrong. Here are the update photos I have. Engines. Completely out of box. Quite nice but wasted if the engine covers are used which they have to be to get the exhausts in. I'm leaving the covers off so I'm good on that score Sadly the engines have to go in before joining the upper and lower wings. I did try to mate the wing joints and then add the engine after but it's not possible. The peg on the engine was to hold it in place whilst the glue set. It kept lifting up. Clear parts built up and time to work on that rear sight. Loads of chopping, swearing and glue later I had this. Not perfect but it works and should look ok through the canopy. This was fitted in, the glass test fitted and has done the trick. Wings next. Problems. Of my own making? Perhaps. And the under side. The more I sanded the worse the gap got. So I cut my losses and got the filler out. And a view of the rear pit with the gun sight once the glue had cured. The dry fit of the clear parts went well apart from a ridge at the top where it net the fuselage. Sanded off the top of the cockpit and some off of the underside of the glass but we were getting close to the glazing so settled with how it was. I decided I'd blend it in with some filler. Glued the rear canopy section in and the front doesn't fit. It overhangs somewhat. Not only that there were gaps between the canopy and the fuselage that weren't there before so drastic times. Filler. I'm Not sure if this is the best solution but I think once sanded down it should work ok. The front of the canopy overhangs massively (which it didn't during dry fit) So had to sand some off of that too. Again, we were getting too close to the glazing and the framing started to disappear so left it with what I had. I'll try and blend the front it. Somehow. I am really dejected with this build. As I've said, I'm not sure what's gone wrong and can only put it down to me. I'll keep going but I'm not happy.
  20. Now that's lovely. Picked this kit up myself last weekend and looking forward to it. Can I ask, was any nose weight needed?
  21. Sometimes it's just the threat of calling support that does the trick Whatever it is thanks for sorting Mike
  22. @Mike thanks for the input. Glad it's not anything I've done. I can see the second pic just fine but the first I can't. I'll wait and see what happens, cheers again
  23. Good evening fellas and fellettes (I don't actually think that's a word but I like it) A bit of progress has been made since my last post. I don't have many "in work" photos more of stuff that's happened. I am really new to the whole rescribing thing so please forgive my attempt. Under a coat of primer I think it will look quite decent. As you can see the rudder and tail planes are on. They're quite sizeable and makes the rear end of the plan quite substantial. Can't wait to see the wings on and see how big she is. The cannon and "tray" was inserted. This wasn't the best fit and required a touch of filler to make everything blend in. Don't think this was the kits fault. It was actually a bit of a nightmare getting it to line up as there are hardly any areas to fit everything into. That amazing canopy was fitted together. 4 pieces in total and again hardly an areas for fixing. No tabs or shelving to speak of so it was quick set glue to the rescue. I left it to dry overnight then had a test fit over the cockpit.... Can't quite understand why the rear gun sight has caused this issue. Most of its the kit part, so must be something I've done again. Need to figure out a solution but the canopy glazing does look nice. I've built the engines tonight, these insert into the wings before being joined together which isn't ideal but there's no way of getting them in once the wings have been glued together. EDIT no idea why the photos won't show!!! Any ideas please guys?
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