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James G

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  1. Hi All. I've had some travails with this diorama, feels like a case of 'one step forward, two steps back'! The main stumbling block was the rectangles of mesh-textured panels on the upper part of the main hangar deck. I am on attempt number three for representing this feature now; the first one was fine mesh superglued to the plastic, which looked rubbish under a coat of paint, so off it came! Number 2 was stippling concrete texture paint between the masked dividing lines. Under a coat of Mr Surfacer the texture was mostly lost, so that required another re-set. Attempt no.3 is pictured below - I got some textured sheet from my LHS next. As I so often do, I decided to make my modelling life difficult by scribing lines between the existing ones on the textured sheet. I appreciate that the result is over-scale, but I am relatively happy that it looks neat and regular (and also can think of no feasible alternatives)! Two panels down, 46 to go.... There is not much progress worth showing on the Hornet, but I am relatively happy with how that looks after managing to shoe-horn the resin landing gears bays in. The main gear bays had a considerable gap to the outside edge, which I filled with smoothed epoxy putty, and added some wiring and rib detail from Tamiya 'pla-paper' to blend it in. It looks all right under a coat of paint. As a change of pace, I switched to building the US Navy nitrogen cart (bottom two pics), as I fancied doing some painting and weathering. The PE front panel is not depicted, and I have left off the main wheels and surrounds for now for ease of painting. This is a great little kit from Bren Gun, I am adding some wiring to the back of the panel so I can run some 0.4mm wire into the tiny holes pictured, to link up to the nitrogen bottle valves - will post some pics of the nitrogen cart when it is done.
  2. My condolences also on the loss of your dad. Welcome back to the hobby, your Tomcat is a fine build!
  3. I thought that it was impossible for a static scale model to look fast, but this proves me wrong! Great build Al.
  4. Nice build of an older kit. I liked your video too.
  5. Very realistic, great build and photography!
  6. Yes, I like to use Loctite '60 second' CA glue that gives you a little time to position the film on the the instrument panel (obviously remove any raised detail first) and then add your painted photo etch over the top, using the same glue, and lining up the instrument dial faces with the holes in the PE. Hope that makes sense? There are probably some good visual 'how to' guides on YouTube I imagine, if more info is needed.
  7. Apologies if you'd worked this out already, but you need to paint the reverse of the film with white paint and sandwich it between the photo- etch and kit parts.
  8. Cool build. I saw a great talk by an SR-71 pilot a few years ago, although it was about his time as an F-4 Wild Weasel pilot in Vietnam. I came away with the book below, probably full of once highly classified info!
  9. Thanks Mark, hope you are well? Thanks for the link - I was planning on making intake covers as the kit intakes are not very good! I think from photos they are mostly covered when aircraft are below decks to avoid any bits getting in.
  10. Yes, yes, yes! They are absolutely brilliant. In 1/72 they are not even overly expensive (compared to other single figures on the market).
  11. Hi All, hope everyone is well. I've done a bit more on the Hornet, got the nose gear, nose gear bay and cockpit painted now. I've just got a couple of tiny things to tweak but I'm pretty happy with how the painted bits look. I tried a trick that I saw on a Plasmo video on youtube, namely gluing some iridescent nail foil to the MFDs on the instrument panel. It looks purplish in some lights, and electric blue/green in others...perhaps not completely accurate but I think it looks cool! I will probably add some of the nail foil to the HUD as well to make it pop. I recommend giving this stuff a go, got enough for a lifetime on ebay for a few quid. The resin detail in the nose gear bay came up nicely after careful washing and painting, and the nose gear itself is mostly there, just needs a landing light and I think I have some suitably sized 'little lenses' somewhere. The painting of the equipment in the 'hell hole' behind the ejection seat is somewhat fictional as I could not find good photos of the area, but I think it looks OK. I made my own cover from fine mesh, to be added post-main painting, as most photos show the mesh cover left half-off, and I thought that would look more realistic. Once the cockpit is in there is a more tedious phase coming up, test-fitting and filling the gaps I've made to accommodate the resin upgrades, there are quite big ones where the resin main gear bays meet the kit parts, and I will have to detail them up properly so they don't look conspicuously bare! After that it's cutting out and repositioning the flaps, slats and rudders, and the parts for the folded wings. Will update in due course.
  12. Great job, painting and weathering look spot on!
  13. All this techy stuff is very impressive, and turning into a great model!
  14. Hi all, very pleased to say I picked up a Silver with the Hind in Class 21 at SMW 2021!
  15. Hi all, I've made a bit of progress on the Hornet. First up the nose gear, I added quite a lot of detail to the kit part so that it matched the 'business' of the Eduard gear bay, using lead and copper wires, watch parts, spare PE, green stuff and plastic strip stock. The cover for the strut is a resin part that came with the gear bay. The brass-coloured parts are tie-down rings for attaching the tie-down chains to later. All he delicate parts got smidges of 2-part epoxy glue to hold them securely. Lastly I used a short length of guitar string to replicate the oleo link spring. Below are a couple of shots of the resin cockpit parts, the strap arrangement on the ejection seat took a few hours as it was incredibly fiddly. You can just about see the PE rudder pedals beneath the main instrument panel. These are going to the paint shop soon... And lastly we have a couple of shots of the main fuselage pieces, I managed to shoe-horn the Eduard main gear bays into place, the huge gap at the front was filled with green stuff. Unless you are a masochist like me you will not want to add these to an Academy Hornet (they are for the Hasegawa kit). I might add a couple of details to these green bits, though it is hard to see this area behind the main gear legs in any case. Speaking of the main gear legs, these will need to be lengthened because the resin bays are much deeper (and presumably more accurate) than the kit ones. The last pic shows a tiny panel (2.5 x 8mm) on the model next to the reference photo from my Duke Hawkins book. In the final diorama I plan to have at least one maintenance crew person reaching in to the bay, fixing something! Thanks for looking, will post some more when I have painted some bits up.
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