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About Shelliecool

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  1. With the kit washed and primed I set to work on the build. Firstly, airbrushing the cockpit interior a medium brown. Then once this was dry, I added a little detail. The frame Is wooden, so I chose a lighter brown for the slats. I know it wont be visible, but I know it's there. Then I painted the pilots seat (using a photograph I found online for reference). Again I painted a little detail on, adding a harness and cushion. Only the top of the seat will be visible when it is inside the fuselage. Next I constructed the radial engine and airbrushed it a medium grey. It is absolutely tiny, however I again used Google as my friend and found several references so I could add some details to the engine. Finally, I have joined the fuselage halves together. For an old kit this went remarkably well, and with minimal sanding it is ready for primer. Coming along nicely.
  2. I have spent a few days waiting for the postman to deliver some essential parts for the build, which has stalled me slightly. While I waited, I did some more work on the air intakes. Joining them together, filling the gaps, sanding, priming and repainting. After a lot of work (they are tricky things to sand and not many sanding sticks fit down them, I eventually made my own to fit), they were done. Then the deliveries arrived, the first being a pair of resin tailpipes from Freightdog. The second a set of stick on wheel weights for car wheels, this being the easiest way to add weight to the tiny gap in the nose cavity. So work began on the cosmetic surgery to the tail of the kit. I carefully followed the instructions provided with the resin and using my plastic saw cut away the existing tail pipes. I then donned my mask, went outside and began sanding the resin to fit as snuggly as possible. It took a while but eventually it was a good enough fit. As the resin adds extra weight to the rear of the aircraft (and the kit is already a tail sitter), the instructions with the resin aak you to add another 15gms to the 30 already needed. So I pilled up the wheel weights and stuck them in place. Then I glued the air intakes in place, slotted the new tailpipes in and glued the halves together. Leaving them overnight for the glue to set.
  3. I agree, I built an old kit a couple of years ago, and once painted the transformation was great. I rigged the last one I built (my first biplane) so I plan to have another try here. Thanks, Michelle
  4. My next build is Revell's 1:72 Nieuport 28 C-1. This is a vintage kit I picked up at Abingdon airshow a couple of years ago. This kit was the choice of my son who has recently been paying War Thunder on his xbox, flying various biplanes. Its been a while since I have built a biplane, and I had forgotten how small and minimal they are. The box is a little battered, and has pictures of the various schemes available to build. There are minimal instructions, a small decal sheet that shows its age, and 2 small brown sprues. These have varying amounts of flash on them, as you may expect from an older kit. I plan to build it straight from the box, using Vallejo acrylics in place of the suggested Revell. I am going to finish the build in the colour scheme of the 213th Aero Squadron training aircraft. There are not any decals for the red stripes doen the fuselage (thankfully), so I aim to mask and airbrush them on. The kit has has a wash, and I have given some parts a blast of primer, ready to get started!
  5. Ready for inspection is my Monogram 1:72 Twin Mustang F-82G. It is built straight from the box, using Vallejo acrylics. Being an old kit it had plenty of flash, raised panel lines, and needed some coaxing to get it to fit together. However, with lots of patience and plenty of filler and sanding the problems were overcome. I have really enjoyed the challenges this build has thrown at me and hope I have done it justice. Thanks for looking.
  6. With the props on, and pitot tubes and antenna attached the only thing left to do was varnish the build. I decided to keep the metal finish parts with a slightly glossier finish, and gave the red and olive drab a blast of satin. As always I made sure I thinned the satin down well as it is very thick, but it settled well and completed the build well. With that done the build is complete. It has posed its challenges, flash and poor fit being the worst of it all but that is to be expected with an older kit. However, I am pretty happy with the finished build and have enjoyed the challenges it threw at me. Thanks for joining me on my journey, I will post some more photos in the ready for inspection forum.
  7. Advice needed chaps, are my props the correct way round?
  8. Since my last post I have been busy attaching the decals to the build. Using Micro set, and a cotton bud, the decals came off the backing and settled surprisingly well. They really bring the build to life. I have also been painting the props. As I said before, the blades are already attached to the spinner, so it is tricky to mask. I opted for liquid mask, so I could get around the blades and keep the spinner nice and red. Luckily it worked well. Just need to tidy up the wheels and we are nearly there.
  9. I have been progressing with the build slowly. Airbrushing the cockpit interior, cabin floor, instruments, seats and air intakes. Once dry, I began to add some details to the pilot and copilot's seats. I know practically none of the interior is visible when finished, but I wanted to liven them up a bit. I looked back at some photos I took in the interior of the cockpit of the nose section, of XM569 at the Jet age museum Gloucester, for a little inspiration. The air intakes had a lot of flash on the edges and several raised ejection marks. So I sanded these down and once smooth, primed and gave them a top coat of Vallejo White. I will fit them together once dry, fill any gaps, and blast some more white down the tubes. I have also built both wing sections, and the tail. All of which have flash in abundance, this is where patients and sanding skill come into action.
  10. I have just purchased the correct tailpipes, thanks for the tip about Freightdog models, its a nice site . I do indeed intend to depict 558 in the white coat she left the factory in, I have made the kit before in camo (straight from the box with the addition of tonnes of filler). Having just finished a Victor in anti-flash white, I thought having the same V Bomber theme on this Vulcan would look ace. Thanks, Michelle
  11. Glutton for punishment I am, just love the Vulcan though so its worth the torment! Thanks, Michelle
  12. Thankfully not as many as the Victor!!!
  13. Ha ha, I like to be kept busy! Cheers, Michelle
  14. Following on from my 1:72 Airfix Handley Page Victor, my next build is Airfix's 1:72 Avro Vulcan B Mk2. This is XH558, and the Vulcan to the sky gift set. Truth be told I have built this kit before, it was my first ever build and started me on my fantastic journey of model aircraft building. The Vulcan is my favourite aircraft of all time, hence the reason I was given the kit as a gift the first time. Because I have past experience with this kit (albeit novice at the time), I can remember how ill fitting the wings are, how much flash there is and all its many other challenges..... But I can't wait to start. This won't be a straight from the box build, as I intend to finish her in the anti-flash paintwork she left the factory in (my previous Vulcan is in full XH558 camo). To complete the paintwork I have purchased a set of decals suitable for the Cold War paint scheme. Aside from the scheme, the only changes I shall be making are the use of Vallejo acrylics in place of the suggested Humbrol. This is just personal preference and I find them much smoother to airbrush. So lets look inside the box. There is a very limited set of instructions, the original paint scheme diagram, and a tiny decal sheet. 4 grey sprues, with varying amounts of flash and raised panel lines. And one small clear sprue. Thats about ot for now, I have given the huge sprues a wash and sprayed a coat of Vallejo primer on the limited interior pieces. Looking forward to starting once the primer is dry.
  15. Ready for inspection is my Airfix 1:72 Handley Page Victor. This is a straight from the box build, using Vallejo acrylics in place of the suggested Humbrol. The kit is fantastic to build, fits together smoothly, and has a lovely amount of detailing. This has to be one of my favourite builds. Thanks for looking.
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