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About AliGauld

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  1. Hi There, A beautiful build of a beautiful subject. I grew up in Dingwall and can vividly remember these wonderful birds low flying up the Cromarty Firth, heading for the range at Tain and regularly flying over us golfing in Strathpeffer. The majority of our AEF with the cadets was done at Lossie, so used to watch these and the Shackletons close up very regularly. The Buccaneer has always been one of my all time favourite planes and yours is a magnificent example. Cheers, Alistair
  2. Thanks very much. What's not to love about Tiger Santa throwing a snowball. Cheers, Alistair
  3. Yes Sorry my fault. The Canopy masking gave me a bit of difficulty and i will try your suggestion next time. I don't know why the white primer is showing up quite so strongly at the edges as I painted the masked frame with the interior colour first. I tried cleaning up with a cocktail stick when it was unmasked but the white seems to be set like concrete. Cheers, Alistair
  4. Thanks for that. I used thin masking tape and filled the inside my mistake was placing the wrong edge of the tape at the wing end. My fault entirely. Still learning hope I always will be.
  5. Many Thanks for your kind comments. I do indeed have a metal ruler but my son has purloined it for his own nefarious purposes . Cheers, Alistair
  6. Hi There, This one was for me and I think I bit off a lot more than I can chew at the moment. Having been reading the marvellous "Red Star Against the Swastika" by Vasily B. Emelianenko and having received this kit whilst finishing the book I just had to give it a go. I had built a kit without locating pins and such earlier- Eduard 1/48 Mach Buster X-1 - I thought how difficult would it be. Painted with UMP White Primer, Vallejo Model air AMT-4 Camo Green, Mig AMT-7 Greyish Blue, Tamiya Nato Black and Neutral Grey. I'm not convinced that the Vallejo Green is any where near the correct shade but the Mig green that I was going to put on just pooled on the surface. The Vallejo amt24 Green may be closer. I will see on the next one. I messed up the white band by making it much too large. Still learning about masking stuff correctly. I spent what seemed like days filling, filing and sanding to try and get this to a reasonable level but got to the stage that I just wanted it finished. Not KP's or the kits fault, all purely down to my inexperience and impatience. I still had fun and learned a lot of lessons to be taken into future builds. Anyway Here are the pics in all their brutality As always, Thanks for looking and any comments, criticism or tips greatly appreciated Cheers, Alistair
  7. Hi There, This was built as a surprise for Innis when he returns from his holiday. It was painted with Tamiya Acrylics and the transfers were Model Alliance Arctic Tigers. The seat belts and bang handle were scratched. The belts are a tad overscale but it's still a learning experience for me. I used some metal foil on part of the exhaust which worked really well. The reason for the Turkish version is the the wee fella is half Turkish and has Turkish versions of a Spitfire, Hurricane and FW-190 in mind. We have the kits and transfers. They will appear when he wants to go for it. This was finished in a bit of a hurry as he was supposed to be back two weeks ago but his Nana ended up in hospital twice so he'll get his surprise when he finally gets back but it's not looking good for East Fortune on Saturday. As always, Thanks for looking and any comments and criticism will be gratefully received. Cheers, Alistair
  8. Hi There Chris, Thanks for your kind comments. I read and reread your thread many times before and during my build and found it extremely helpful, informative and instructive. I was going to paint it using the scheme you advised but, in truth I wasn't used to using the Lifecolor paint and in tests it could go very runny and spidery on me (FX Grams: Bottles Smashing ). Thinning it seems to be a precise art and so I went more with the scheme taht was done by our own General in Airfix Model World. The weathering and lack of on the real thing was something I hadn't considered. Would i do it differently now. Yes but I would be using Colourcoats and would be much more confident their application. Again Thanks so much for your comments. Cheers, Alistair
  9. Many Thanks. I once asked him what had possessed him to volunteer for The Submarine Service and then serve in a tin can. He just looked at me and said "The skipper wanted me". The subject was never broached again. The men who serve in Submarines are indeed a special breed. Thank you
  10. Thanks. They were very brave indeed.
  11. Hi There, Whilst Innis and I were building his Mustang, I was building this as a side project for myself. I didn't mean to get right into it but after taking it in to work on a Sunday evening to drill out the flood holes it got the better of me and the fit of the hull pieces was so good I had to get going with it. It was primed with UMP black primer, shadow coated with Tamiya flat white. The Hull was painted with Lifecolor Dark Admiralty Grey and the deck with Tamiya Nato Black. Weathering with oils and finished with Galeria Satin varnish. It sat for about a week while I summoned the nerve to weather it and I hope it's not overdone, but it looks good to me. A wee bit of back story. My dad was a Submariner during WWII and was quite guarded about the stories he would tell. If it was remembering the good times he was happy to talk but that was usually it. In one unguarded moment he told me about a mission where they were towing an X-Craft out to take it to it's operational area and when they surfaced to transfer the operational crew there was no sign of the X-Craft. A search was mounted but nothing was ever found. This still bothered him. In my meagre research regarding this I have come to the conclusion that the X-Craft would have been X-9 and this would place my Dad on HMS Syrtis as part of Operation Source against The Scharnhorst. This gave me a personal connection to this kit and as such I had to make it. On with the Pics. Thanks for looking,and as always and criticism or comments extremely welcome. Cheers, Alistair
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