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  1. Decals complete! In the end, it only had 9, and that's after quite a while looking all over the photos to try and find evidence of more. 4 roundels, 2 fin-flashes, 2 tail numbers and that little arrow at the wing root is it. I assumed there's only an arrow on one side, as it might be a "step here" kind of a marking and there's only 1 door. Speaking of the door, I popped it off (the spots of PVA I used to tack it in place took more effort to break than I expected). The toilet is now visible again! Hopefully the rest of the interior will look a little less dark once the turret and port-holes are unmasked. You'll never be able to see into the radio operator's compartment, but at least it should look less like a black hole. Next up will be to fix the glue spots in the door frame, then some satin varnish to make it less shiny. From there on, it's just painting and attaching details. Not far to go now!
  2. Decal work is about to commence. Before that, though, here are a few things I've discovered while searching for more reference photos (found 3, posted at the start of the thread). 1. There's definitely no roundels on the underside of the wings. 2. There's a small arrow-shaped stencil on the port side of the fuselage near the wing root. Neither the decals from the High Planes conversion nor the Print Scale ones include this. I managed to find a good enough spare on a sheet from an Italeri F-5. 3. T9540 was flown with seemingly every other stencil not applied. That's a shame as I was hoping to use the Airfix stencils to add a bit more detail. Oh well, plain roundels, tail number and fin flash it is (plus the black arrow from the point above). 4. The below image is an illustration rather than a photo. It seems to confirm that the spinners should be black and not a camouflage colour. 5. L4448 (the aircraft used to trial fit the Twin Wasps) has a very similar paint scheme but it's not quite identical! There's a difference in how the silver/camouflage demarcation line meets the wing on the engine nacelles. See below: L4448, demarcation line meets wing aft of the trailing edge, so upper surface colours extend slightly below the wing T9540, demarcation line ends at the leading edge Right time to put a few stickers on this thing.
  3. Normally I use weathering to make my models look less toy-like, but I knew I couldn't really make this one dirty if it's going to be factory fresh. This ended up being the best alternative I could think of and it's worked better than I hoped. Popped indeed! As can be seen, I've added the landing gear legs. They'll need a bit of something done to them to highlight the detail. It's a well-greased area with moving parts, so I might be able to justify a wash to myself. I'll also pick out any sliding sections in silver. Should be ready for decals shortly! Also, I just realised that the last time I talked about the colours I said I had planned to use RAF Dark Earth and Dark Green. This was based on other pictures of early production Beauforts where the contrast between colours is clearer. A helpful chap at the RAAF* summarised this for me. It seem pretty clear that from T9541 onwards, the Beuforts intended for the RAF had RAAF Light Green and Light Earth upper surfaces (ironicly, these almost perfectly match RAF Dark Green and Dark Earth) and Sky Type S undersides. The pictures of T9540, though, clearly show a sliver underside and much less contrast between the 2 upper surface colours. The indication, then, is that T9540 (perhaps due to its prototype nature) wasn't painted the same as the rest of the aircraft. RAAF Dark Earth and Dark Green seem to match the contrast in the photos, and I also noted that the red in the wing roundels has a similar darkness to the brown paint. Obviously, there's the huge caveat about interpreting colours from black and white photos here. In the end, neither the aircrafts builder (work) or operator (RAAF) have a definitive record of how it was painted, so I chose to go ahead with what seemed most likely. We may never know for certain what the real answer is. *Squadron Leader Geoff Thomas, Senior Research Officer, Office of Air Force History. The RAAF museum forwarded my query to him and I got a wealth of knowledge in response! If you happen to read this thread, thank you!!!
  4. The cammo is on! I started with the green, painted freehand to avoid having to match a sharp edge with the brown. I didn't want to cover up too much of the previous panel work though, so I tried to just barely go beyond where the final green areas will be. Then came the brown. I also added the wingtip lights at this time, and did a bit more green and brown around them to cover up a bit of glue squeeze-out. The clear pieces had their backs drilled out and painted to represent the bulbs. Now, on to the silver undersides!
  5. In a minor update, I got the second "patch" coat done. I chose a medium-light grey, and did it in a splotchy pattern. I'm curious to see how this looks. Worst case, if this all looks awful, I'll just hit it with some more black, then go back to painting it like I've done plenty of other models before. Sometimes it's nice to be able to experiment, whilst knowing you can un-do it if necessary!
  6. It's Beaufort shaped! I took the opportunity to test out my choice of RAAF paints on a Jindivik. It's serving as a bit of a paint mule until I find out what happened to the decals for it (I'm sure they're around somewhere). The Foliage Green is Mr. Hobby H-302. The Earth Brown is 10 parts Vallejo 71.323 BS Dark Earth and 1 part 71.105 Brown RLM 25 (which is actually a dark red). The phone camera doesn't quite do them justice, it looks great in real life. And now things get interesting. I'm going to mostly black-base the model but decided to put some bright colour on a few panels. Here's the start of that process. I'll probably do another round in another colour (possibly a grey or a blue) and then start the Foliage Green. Unfortunately, I got a bit of over-spray, but I don't think that will be a problem once the green goes down over the top. Until next time, I guess it's Happy Halloween from the Department of Aircraft Production?
  7. OK, been a while since I posted here! The High-Planes conversion showed up in the post some time ago, and unfortunately the fit wasn't fantastic so I've spent a long time getting it to cooperate. Anyway, here's the progress. The landing gear bay was painted and weathered quite successfully. This is the size of gap that I encountered between the wing and the high-planes nacelle. It could slide back about a millimetre and that gave a somewhat better fit, but it also covered up an attachment point for the landing gear. After the first round of putty, I got to here: After further work though, I got it smooth. I won't bore you with 4 more rounds of putty, sand, repeat. The engines in the High Planes kit are well detailed and I had a fun afternoon putting them together and painting them. Now, on to some major assembly and paint!
  8. Nice! It's been a while since I last popped in to the South Australian Aviation Museum. I should plan another trip there, when the border is open again.
  9. Thats looking very life-like. I've never done any figure modelling and find it amazing to see what can be done with paintbrushes, different shades of colour and patience!
  10. Thanks for your kind comments everyone! I'm glad you like it.
  11. No one will know if you sneakily go do those bits after the blitzbuild is over. There are a couple of snall paint defects on my build that I don't think I can leave alone now that I've spotted them.
  12. The pink primer appears to have worked well!
  13. Here are a couple of pictures that didn't make it into the gallery. The resin exhaust was worth every cent! @Romeo Alpha Yankee I managed to get the windows working! They were near impossible to sand smooth due to being recesses, but a brush-painted blob of gloss clear varnish did the job well enough. This is probably the best result I've ever achieved on a jet aircraft, despite the short time frame (big caveat, I don't build a lot of jets ). I'm really looking forward to building the 2-seater to mount alongside it.
  14. Looks like I'm first! A timezone 10 hours ahead of the UK does help with that Here's my ARDU Mirage IIIO with camera nose. It's the 1/72 kit from HPM Hobbies, the more recent release with shallower panel lines. It was a long stint at the workbench (19.5 hours!), but its definitely made me feel better about how many kits I still have sitting in my stash. If I can get this done in a day, I can get a lot more done too!
  15. Fantastic result on your hornet! Those retro paint schemes really look good on modern jets, don't they?
  16. Ah, I remember building this kit as a kid. Remember that P-40 that was found in Africa a few years ago? And how the restoration was butchered? My model looked just like the restoration
  17. I got it done! The white paint cured fine, just took 10 minutes of patience . Good think the biggest fingerprint was in an area that got painted orange! I did a sort-of pre-shading technique for the orange that I think turned out great. This then lead to one of the most satisfying un-masking sessions of my entire modelling life The decals went on without too much fuss, but I noted that there were a couple that aren't duplicated for the other ARDU Fanta-Can. There are some similar ones though, so I'm sure I'll make it work when I build it. The final steps were: Paint small details Semi-gloss clear coat Unmask canopy and cameras Attach drop tanks and engine nozzle Mount on stand for photo! I had plans, much earlier in the day, to celebrate completion by popping the drink can, but at 4:08AM that seems like a bad idea. I need some sleep! Photos from a proper camera will be in the gallery tomorrow. Goodnight everyone, enjoy your models. As always, it's been a pleasure building with you. Beggsy.....out......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  18. OK, I'm over my shock, and I think mine is curing fine, just not game to put masking tape on it....yet..... Good thing I've kept busy helping @emily with her build instead. I'll make sure she puts a clock in her next photo Here's the white Mirage: It's not obvious in this photo, but I mottled the white a bit before going over the whole thing, similar to if I was putting a more opaque colour over black. IT looks pretty good! When this is done (hopefully before 9AM tomorrow), I'll get some photos with my proper camera that will hopefully show this effect better. If it's still tacky in an hour or so, consider this post the end of my first session under the Jason Todd option rules (but I'll keep trying for Bruce Wayne if I can).
  19. Current progress shall be expressed as a meme.
  20. Half time and it's ready for all over gloss white.
  21. Putty clean up is done, sanding complete and canopy attached. Time for some dinner and then paint
  22. It's looking fast! Plenty of sanding needed for this putty though. I'm really happy with how the exhaust pipe turned out!
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