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About Bill.B

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  1. Thanks for the kind words and heads up on the crow bar Joachim, I shall amend the colour tomorrow!
  2. Thanks Chris, much appreciated and I very much approve of your Avatar!
  3. Having built an amount of axis tanks and aircraft over the past years I thought it time to try my hand at an allied aeroplane for fear of favouritism . This is the 1/48 Eduard Profi kit of a Mk.VIII Spitfire and my first attempt at one of their kits and I have to say they are top quality with crisp detailing and almost perfect fit of parts along with many decal options, not to mention the photo etch parts. Suffice to say this won’t be the last Eduard kit I’ll be building! Anyway, this is built out of the box using Ultimate Primer, Tamiya paints, Humbrol lacquers, oil paint wash and weathering powder. Low resolution photos are courtesy of an ancient iPhone so apologies for that and I really must invest in a proper camera. As ever, any constructive criticism very welcome.
  4. Very nicely made and it looks bigger than 1/72!
  5. Very nicely made model and I especially like the weathering.
  6. Nice job, and like SAT69 says, the exhaust stacks are very nicely done.
  7. The canopy was quite a challenge as both inside and outside require masking off, therefore this is a task I’ll not be repeating in a hurry! Anyway, thank you all for the kind words.
  8. Thanks for the kind words, the ceramics are simply thick blobs of Tamiya XF-10 flat brown. I’ve also used painted thin CA glue in the past but find it can sometimes react with the Uschi thread causing distortion so I simply use paint now.
  9. Having only built aircraft to 1/72 scale I thought it time to test myself on a larger scale. Having enjoyed the build of Airfix’s 1/72 Stuka I thought I’d have a bash at their 1/48 87R B2 version. The kit is well moulded with some nice detail and goes together well. There are various build options to choose from which is nice, but I wasn’t keen on the standard European scheme that’s suggested so after a bit of digging on t’internet I found that the aircraft chosen by Airfix also served in North Africa so a set of ROPos decals were purchased along with Eduard’s PE set for the kit. Paint is Tamiya acrylics, lacquers are Humbrol and the aerial wire is Uschi van der Rosten thread. For the weathering effect I pre-shaded with dark grey and white followed by four different shades of RLM 79 sandgelb which gives an uneven effect on what would otherwise be a really monotone scheme. The lower surface is simply the usual RLM 78 hellblau, again with some pre-shading. No washes were used on the model but I did use oils to give further effects. It’s never going to be a show winner but I think it’s probably the best aircraft kit I’ve done to date so I’m happy, which is what the hobby is all about, making us happy. As ever, all constructive criticism welcome.
  10. Nice job of a classic! But by gum it takes me back just too many years.
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