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About Shelliecool

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  1. With the paint dry on the props, I carefully attached them to the engines and secured the spinner on top. Then I began work on the bomb bay doors. This was a fiddly job, but Airfix have made sure there is a lip for you to secure the edges to. With patients, they were soon in place. All that is left to do is give her a coat of satin varnish, and add the aerial cables. Nearly done.
  2. I have been a busy bee sanding, reapplying mr.surfacer, sanding, and finally I was happy(ish) with the seam. Then I attached the wings. These were a terrible fit, the tabs to attach them with didn't fit in the slots, and even when sanded the wings didn't fit flush with the fuselage! Lots of filler was needed around the joins. The same can be said for the tailplanes, these needed Sanding down and again it left gaps. Both are now in place and I can move on to the engines and cowlings.
  3. So the time came to join the fuselage halves together, always a dicey moment. After several dry fits I was happy with the fit, so added glue along one had of the fuselage. Carefully I secured them together, taping them in place. Once dry I was fairly happy with the fit, a few small gaps, but nothing that a spot of filler won't cure. Then I began sanding the seam, when I had sanded it down roughly I went along the seam with so.e Mr.Surfacer 1000, layering it up to conceal the line. When this has completely dried, I will begin Sanding again.
  4. With the wheels in place, I have begun work on the props. Firstly painting the yellow tips, then masking the yellow and airbrushing the black top coat. This went on well, as I expected from the Vallejo acrylic. Once dry I can begin assembly.
  5. Having finished the interior, I began work on the front and rear gun turrets, and disaster struck! The clear sections come in several parts which need fitting together, to form the domed shapes. Now if they fitted together nicely then this would be fiddly at best, however they don't fit together properly. In fact they hardly fitted at all, this caused a lot of bad language, failed attempts and fingers being glued together! Now these things are sent to try us I guess, and I kept at it, finally getting them to fit in a fashion. Once dry, I used filler for the many gaps and once sanded down masked the glass. I have airbrushed them both white, and given them a coat of Quick shine gloss to fix the paintwork. I will next place them in the fuselage and secure the halves together, with a big sigh of relief.
  6. I have airbrushed the wheel hubs and tyres, and once dry I secured them to the landing gear struts. Then I began attaching them to the aircraft. It was a little fiddly, but assembling them before I painted them made it a whole lot easier and they were soon in place. Finally she is sitting on all 3 wheels!
  7. Work continues on the Blenheim, I have masked and airbrushed the top turret. I'm fairly pleased with the results and have fitted it in place. I have also been constructing and Painting the undercarriage, this I built by placing the pieces in the wheel well and gluing the two pieces (ensuring they would fit once painted). I then removed them and airbrushed them. Apologies for the poor lighting on the photo. I have also built the wheels ready for priming and painting. After all this I weathered the aircraft, mixing a dirt wash, which I applied and removed in the direction of airflow. Almost there.
  8. Thanks Ed, yours looks great, I hope mine looks half as good. Michelle
  9. I have been working hard since my last post, airbrushing the components that make up the cockpit and interior of the aircraft. I have also painted the inside of the fuselage, as I only have the Humbrol alternative to the rust interior colour (and no Humbrol thinner, and bad experiences airbrushing their acrylics) I opted to brush paint this. I'm not too concerned about brush strokes being visible, as you won't be able to see much of the inside of the aircraft once built. That said I'm fairly happy with the results I managed to achieve.
  10. I'm thinking wheels up on a home made stand. Thanks, Michelle
  11. Thanks Chris, that's great! Michelle.
  12. My next build is Italeri's 1:72 Wellington Mk IC. I have had this in the stash a while and am excited to begin building it as I live a few miles away from Moreton in marsh, which during WWII was home to Wellington bombers. The box contains a detailed set of instructions, decals and colour schemes for 6 aircraft and some lovely artwork. There are 5 grey sprues, and a clear sprue. All with a nice amount of detailing, and little flash, and it looks like a nice kit to build. I plan to build my aircraft straight from the box using Vallejo acrylics, in the colours of No. 304 Polish Bomber Squadron, RAF Costal Command 1942. I've already given the sprues a wash and primed the interior parts, so here goes!
  13. Once I had removed the mask, I sealed the Dark Earth in with Quick shine and turned my attention to the decals. To help them bed in I used a little micro sol, and set to work. There aren't too many decals, and they were nice quality. They went on with ease, and have settled well.
  14. Ready for inspection is my Revell 1:72 Handley Page Halifax B Mk.III. I have built the kit straight as it comes from the box, using Vallejo acrylics. The kit went together with relative ease, it didn't require too much filler, and has a nice amount of detail. I have attempted adding some highlights to the top coats of paint, and am happy with the overall effect. It has been a really enjoyable build and I heartily recommend the kit. Thanks for looking.
  15. Since my last post I have given the build a coat of Vallejo satin varnish, I thinned this down 5:1 with Vallejo thinner, and it sprayed evenly. Once dry I attached the gun on the nose, and using some ultra fine fishing line, added the aerial cables. Finally she is complete! It has been a fantastic kit to build with few problems, and I'm pretty happy with the results, thanks for joining me. I will post some more photos in the ready for inspection forum.
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