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Mark Joyce

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  1. Great looking Mustang, Justin, and impressive paintwork on something in 72nd scale. Was the tail conversion difficult? There is an aftermarket resin tail for the Airfix kit. I had thought about getting one for mine, but instead have ordered the 48th scale Airfix kit for my planned markings. Cheers, Mark
  2. Very nice job on the Voodoo, Mark. The finish on it is superbly done. Cheers, Mark
  3. It's hard to do justice to that huge kit, but you've managed to have done so. I now have mine hanging in the garage after storing it in a box for years. There's just no place in the house for the beast! Cheers, Mark
  4. A beautiful build with an excellent paint job, Rune. The exhaust stains are exceptionally well done. Cheers, Mark
  5. Missed this one too when it was first posted. Outstanding paintwork and overall finish, with just the perfect amount of weathering. Well done! Cheers, Mark
  6. As other have already mentioned, outstanding work on the NMF, Omak. And, yes, Academy decals are horrible. Cheers, Mark
  7. Very nicely done, Pete. The interior and paintwork look great. Cheers, Mark
  8. Excellent build and diorama, Cedric. It's very convincing and realistically done. Cheers, Mark
  9. Great job, and your weathering is very subtle and realistic. Cheers, Mark
  10. As others have mentioned, Peter, your paintwork and the weathering are superbly done. Cheers, Mark
  11. Nice job on the build and the subtle weathering, Greg. I've had, as has probably everyone else, the same issues with white decals. Some are more opaque than others and, yes, sometimes it's too late when you find out! Cheers, Mark
  12. I've built oodles of P-40s over the years but this is my first P-51...ever. So be gentle. And, yes, I do know the Malcolm hood isn't completely on. Unfortunately I didn't discover that it wouldn't quite fit until the photos were taken; an issue caused when I attached the windscreen prior to painting a wee bit to far aft. I thought about trying to force it in place, but with my luck the cure would be worse than the disease. Also unfortunately, the hood looks ludicrous in the open position since the fit there is even worse. I'll figure out what to do about it later... This is the 72nd scale Academy kit in all its glory, including the decals that are every bit as horrible as legend says. I don't know about nowadays, but back when I was in the U.S. Army Reserves in the mid 80s to early 90s, we referred to the little squares of toilet paper found in MREs as John Wayne paper, for it was "rough and tough and takes no....poop." Okay, we never actually said "poop" but something a bit more profane. These decals are similar: rough and touch and take no setting solutions. Fortunately I found a build article on Modeling Madness by George Oh who detailed his trials and tribulations with Academy decals and, putting his experience to use, I pretty much beat them into submission, although some silvering still occurred. I'm just thankful I decided to mask and paint the invasion stripes and used some other decals for the national insignia (although they weren't opaque enough to hide the black invasion stripes). I decided to keep the weathering to a minimum, mainly just exhaust staining, based largely on a nice photograph of "Old Crow" taken when the stripes were just slathered on. And speaking of invasion stripes, these are the first ones I've painted in 15+ years. No P-40 had them. Trust me. If any P-40s were still flying around England in 1944, they were probably used to ferry cans of black and white paint on June 5th from the supply depot to the front line bases. And what's this about "puttied wings?" Again, no P-40s had them. And if so many P-51s did have them, why do the manufacturers insist on releasing kits with panel lines and rivets. Thanks for looking, and for those who actually read all this, for spending your valuable time doing so. And as always, comments and constructive criticism is welcome. But as I said at the beginning; be gentle! Cheers, Mark
  13. Very nice job! I agree; those panel lines look fine as they are. Great looking NMF and subtle weathering, and you must have a steady hand to highlight in silver those lines, etc. in the wheel wells. Cheers, Mark
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