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About GrahamB

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    WW1 ships, WW1 aircraft, 2nd-line Luftwaffe types

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  1. Gorgeous. Fantastic rigging and rope-work. I love seeing these real plank-on-frame models.
  2. Well done Michal - a great model and some really good tips on some of your techniques An under-rated subject and I've a 1/350 Castle Class to build at some point as well. Like you, I'm really "into" RN Atlantic escorts and their camouflage schemes. Cheers, GrahamB
  3. Amazing, what a fantastic model. Detail is superb and I like the rigging and rope-work - what did you use for this? Cheers. GrahamB
  4. Awesome work on this HMS Hood. I 've had a look through some of the build log too and there are some great techniques. The 3-D printing for helm-indicators is amazing - making these is something I've shied away from, especially in 1/700. Cheers, GrahamB
  5. Hi, thanks for great feedback. As for the weathering, this is largely based on photos, especially the one below. The model's appearance might be somewhat anachronistic, being at a stage slightly earlier than that in the photo - here HMS Douglas is with Oerlikons in the waist positions. Cheers, GrahamB
  6. Ta guys. The spider has gone on a well-deserved rest cure.
  7. Hello, another interesting build, this time the 1/350 AJM resin kit of HMS Douglas - a WW1 destroyer leader (Scott Class) that served in WW2 as an escort. It is shown here in 1942-43 after a refit but before the midships 2pdrs (pom-poms) were replaced by 20mm Oerlikons. At first I was not too happy with the kit as the smaller parts had a strange corrugated surface and some were fairly shapeless - definitely not on a par with Combrig. However, as I went along I got to really like the look, especially after the paint job. This might be somewhat of a guess by me as the Western Approaches sch
  8. Some years ago, I completed a Combrig HMS Monmouth kit and was intending to follow this up with the also unfortunate HMS Good Hope. A change of plan happened when I saw the image of HMS King Alfred in 1917-18 dazzle camouflage when she was used as an Atlantic convoy escort. I contacted the IWM Collections and purchased the photography/digitising of the Admiralty’s camouflage Order HMS 32 for this ship (then not available on-line). My local photoshop did a fantastic job of combining the port and starboard images and printed them at extremely high resolution on top-quality paper. All the tiny bl
  9. Thanks guys. I'll have a practice with the whites I got (including a Vallejo type). I've a few Scalecolor acrylics that have hardly been used (no white though).
  10. Hi, I just thought the figure modelling crew might be the best to answer this query. I'm soon going to be painting some fine white camouflage detailing on a 1/700 ship model - streaks and lines over a dark grey base - and wondered if anyone has experience of a good (opaque) white paint that covers well with a fine brush with little need for multiple strokes or coats? Vallejo might be OK - but I need to practise. Any suggestions welcomed. Cheers, GrahamB
  11. Ian, your FAA camouflage book is excellent and your research on the use of duck egg blue/green term is almost certainly definitive. It remains a puzzle as to why the blue aspect was introduced but this was part of the conundrum I was trying to sort out for myself and why it didn't match with my perception of the MAP chip as reproduced in the Millman PDF and Real Colours book. I am perturbed by the comments by Jamie about me, and receiving another lecture about research, "being on to something" etc. Also, Millman in the Real Colours book states categorically that the ingredients/co
  12. Well, I consider myself thoroughly chastised and lectured-up after reading the replies. Main points for me to go away and digest are: Sky was only the one thing, eye-witnesses from the period are not to be believed (e.g. the excellent Michael Bowyer), many people on this forum cannot perceive subtleties in language (re the chicken egg thing particularly!), and they underestimate people's intelligence and experience (re all the various lectures, off the main point of my post). Trying to make connections/joining the dots was a simple motive for me to ask about the MAP Sky chip. Let's leave it
  13. Hi Graham, where does it say that I am definite about this? The whole point of the post is to enquire about the source of the MAP colour Sky as is usually depicted. Millman, Lucas, Huntley, Bowyer and others have all said that the composition/colour changed over its life. I wouldn't say duck egg blue/green is vague - and these terms do not mean anything (to me) when I see the MAP colour - sickly yellowish grey (one of my chickens lays beautiful duck-egg blue/green eggs - nothing like MAP Sky). In some period colour photos, especially of later FAA aircraft the Sky looks almost off-white, b
  14. Without wanting to start a whole new long topic about RAF Sky I'm just wanting clarification of the MAP/BS381 colour. I have not seen in any of the various articles about Sky, even in Nick Millman's PDF issue, the origin/date of this chip (reproduced in the RAF Colours book and the more recent Real Colours....). If it is the same as the post war BS381 colour does this mean that the Sky represented is a late war iteration? It certainly does not suggest to me duck egg blue/duck egg blue-green/light sea green etc of the Titanine Camotint and early WW2 period Sky- more like a sickly yellowish grey
  15. Good stuff Frank. The more you do, the better you get at things like painting (try more muted colours), delicate washes (don't overdo it on subjects like Titanic though), and the dreaded rigging. Stretchy thread (Ezyline and equivalents) is best in many ways but there are pitfalls. Have a look at the http://www.modelwarships.com site for excellent techniques and information on ship models. Don't give up.
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