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Everything posted by Shelliecool

  1. So Ced if i decide just to go with Vallejo model air and not venture out into the world to halfords, what should i do about primer? I usually use Vallejo light grey........ How will it go under such a large expanse of white?? Cheers, M
  2. So while I was looking for some pva glue in my cupboard I found this....... What do you guys reckon....... Any use?
  3. I would be using Vallejo model air Ced. Thanks, Michelle
  4. So chaps, thank you for the tip.....? I have a slight problem however. With the current lockdown situation I don't have and can't get hold of any applience white. Anyone attempted airbrushing a white acrylic before? Michelle.
  5. Any tips on getting a nice finish? I am not looking forward to spraying it.
  6. Hi Adam, She is going to be anti flash white, although Im dreading airbrushing such a large build white! Thanks, Michelle
  7. The time had come to join the fuselage halves. After several dry fits I found that most of it went together well, but that the section around the airbrakes and the nose wheel were going to be hard to get together. So I began sanding, firstly the sides of the airbrakes, then the edges of the wheel wells. Finally, it was close enough to work so I went for it, gluing a section at a time to give me the best fit. With gritted teeth it was finally done, taped and clamped together. Later, when it was dry and I removed the tape I noticed a small gap near the airbrakes, which i filled, but other than that all was pretty good. I have since begun sanding the seams, as she is going to be anti flash white I need to nail the seams. I have added a little Mr. Surfacer 1000, and started sanding it back. We are getting there albeit slowly.
  8. I have been working on the Wyvern, in between home schooling, working online and building the Victor (the latter has taken up most of my creative time if I'm honest!). So, with the black stripes down I carefully unmasked the build, preying there was no bleeds onto the rest of the paint work....... And luckily, there wasn't! And I have to say I'm pretty happy with the result! Now onto decals, the nose and undercarriage.
  9. Once the paint was dry, I carefully secured the airbrakes into the tail section of one of the fuselage halves. Then, alongside this I attached the cockpit, and nose wheel section. The instructions suggest adding 25gms to the nose section. Luckily, the space is large enough to fit the 8 5p coins needed, which I secured to the underside of the cockpit floor. My next step is my most worrying, joining the fuselage halves.
  10. I then began to build the air brakes, several of the pieces are very thin so be careful when removing them from the sprue. That said, it goes together easily and within minutes I had it built and the glue drying. Once the glue was set, I placed it in my spray booth and gave it a blast of Vallejo Aluminium. I then began to construct the landing gear, these, as you would expect are quite substantial. They have excellent locating pins however, and slot together well, again meaning little hair pulling! I then placed them on a cocktail stick and gave them a coat of aluminium. They are now drying, along with the brakes.
  11. Progress update: I have begun work on the wings. Firstly attaching the walls/sides of the undercarriage bay, this was all relatively simple. Then I began adding the small divisions in the air intakes, which give the aircraft part of its iconic look. These slot in through the top and require a bit of fiddling around, but again cause no bother. I sanded the seams a little in the intakes, before building the exhaust tubes. Finally I decided to airbrush some colour inside the air intakes now to make my life easier later. I have to say I am really enjoying this kit.
  12. Thank you! I use a Prolene Pro Arte size 00 for the detailing, if it requires a finer touch I use a cocktail stick. Thanks again, Michelle
  13. Today I carefully masked up the build and gave the invasion stripes a coat of black. As usual it sprayed well and I am hoping it hasnt bled. Nearly there with the paintwork.
  14. Today i have added some details to the seats and instruments and begun building the cockpit. It all fits together with relative ease and before long it was complete. Then I airbrushed the parts for the nose wheel well, with Vallejo Aluminium. Once dry I began construction, again all the connection tabs fit perfectly and in minutes it was built. I'm really enjoying the quality of this kit.
  15. I gave the build some highlights, mixing a little white into the grey and azure blue paint. Then once dry, with fingers crossed removed the masking, and I'm pretty happy with the results. I have just sealed the paintwork in, and tomorrow plan to mask her up again for the black stripes.
  16. Work has begun......... I have given the sprues a wash in warm soapy water, and once they were dry, given them a coat of Vallejo acrylic primer. When the primer was dry, I built the pilot and co-pilot seats, and fixed the seat cushions to the rest of the crew seats. Tonight, I have airbrushed the fuselage interior, desk and instruments medium sea grey. Then painted the crew seats interior cockpit green, and the pilots seats black. Finally, I airbrushed the cockpit floor Nato black, hoping to tone it down a little. So far, so good.
  17. I found neither of the turrets fitted together Chris (the clear pieces especially), and as a result tried to make the best of a bad lot. Thanks, Michelle.
  18. My next build is Airfix's 1:72 Handley Page Victor B.Mk.2 (my Christmas Present). Although my favourite aircraft to build are from WW2 era, my passion for real military aircraft comes from the 3 aircraft that made up our fabulous V Bombers. Of the 3 the Vulcan is my ultimate favourite, but the Victor, with its space age, almost alian loom is a close second. I plan to build the kit as it comes out of the box, using Vallejo acrylics in place of the suggested Humbrol. I am building her in the colours of 139 Squadron, Royal Air Force Wittering in the iconic anti flash white. Now down to business, the box is extremely large with beautiful box art. It contains a very detailed instruction booklet, colour and decal chart and a selection of decals. There are 10 very detailed sprues with no flash, and a small clear sprue. I am really looking forward to building this beast and hope i do her justice.
  19. Ready for inspection is my 1:72 Italeri Wellington Mk.IC. I found this one of my toughest builds, ill fitting pieces, poor moulding and a broken clear sprue all led to a long slow process. However, I do think the aircraft looks pretty smart in its coastal command colour scheme. It is a straight from the box build, painted using Vallejo model air acrylics. Thanks for looking.
  20. With the antenna wire attached the build was complete. I have to say it hasn't been one of my favourite builds, mostly because of the quality of the kit, but it has come together and looks ok. I will post a few more pictures in the ready for inspection forum. Thanks for joining me.
  21. With the decals sealed in I began fixing the pre-built undercarriage in place. This was still extremely fiddly, as the struts dont fit properly into the wheel wells (one of many parts on this kit that simply don't fit!). However, with a lot of muttering I finally got them glued into place. Then I fitted the propellers and spinners in place and popped the aircraft in the spray booth for a blast of Vallejo satin varnish. With the varnish drying I only have to add the aerial wires and the build is complete.
  22. With another coat of yellow down and sealed in, I masked up the aircraft to begin airbrushing the Dark sea grey. There isn't an exact Vallejo equivalent, so I opted to use Vallejo Dark sea grey mixed with a few drops of Azure Blue. This sprayed and settled well, and I am pretty pleased with the progress so far. The photo doesn't really show the true colour, it isnt actually this dark.
  23. Since my last post I have carefully applied the decals to the build. There are very few of these, they are however nice quality. I bedded them in with some micro sol, and left them to dry. Once they are dry I will seal them in and add a dirt wash.
  24. Time had come to mask up the invasion stripes, there are not any decals for this (so it needed to be done using a ruler and calculator). After a bit of head scratching and muttering i finally had the black stripes masked, and the yellow ready for some paint. I mixed up some Vallejo yellow and began to spray. It was only a light coat, but it settled well and looked good. Its now drying, ready for another coat.
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