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SaminCam

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  1. I've used the trumpeter riveting tool for 1/72 Bf109 and He-111 with reasonable success by not attaching the front cover part so you can see what you are doing. I pencilled on lines and by pushing away and down with quite a lot of force I was able to get decent indents and quite straight lines in the airfix plastic. After two models the rivet wheel is visibly worn but the indents it produces are still ok, however, the plastic axle which holds the wheel is wearing away so the tool has become virtually unusable. Overall I wasn't very impressed and I've just ordered a Rosie the Riveter. Hopefully this will last longer and I think the smaller wheel should be easier to use as well.
  2. Yep, this is great John, crisp nmf and spot on weathering. Love that tone of blue too! What's next?!?
  3. Thanks everyone! It really is a lovely little kit. @Hook, yep I modified the tip using plastic card and sandpaper, there's a bit more detail on this towards the start of the WiP.
  4. Thanks everyone, much appreciated! @Latinbear the thought of a whatif RAF grey and green F-35 with proper roundels and wing hardpoints loaded up is extremely enticing, I'll add that to my list of "scratches to itch"! @Kitchen Modeller good point, your wish is my command - I've posted some larger pics.
  5. Definitely just cruising along! I was wondering about surgery but couldn't see anyway of modifying him as a don't have any spare arms!
  6. Thanks @Thom216 and @Courageous! I'm not sure this build is going to be super accurate as from here on I'm pretty much going to build it out of the box (I'm not going to move windows around, etc), any thoughts on things I absolutely have to fix would be greatly welcomed though! Either way I still need to read up on the various different types as I don't know much about the Lancaster yet. I'm also hoping the yellowed, 40 year old transfers will be up to the job, but we shall see... I've pretty much finished painting the interior, based again on The Spadgent's build - it's not the best job I've ever done (I messed around with some different weathering techniques) but not much is going to be visible anyway and I'm quite pleased with the figures. I'm going to try printing off a little map to go on the navigators table, give it all a final flat coat and call it done.
  7. Evening all! I've had an enjoyable afternoon getting started on the cockpit of the Lanc and listening to England win their last game of cricket of the summer - I'd have taken 2-2 and a world cup win at the start of the summer! I'm going to model the Lancaster in flight with pilots but after some um-ing and ah-ing decided the cockpit was a bit too bare so I got the plasticard out. I've tried to busy things up and have taken much inspiration from @The Spadgent's incredible build here: I've also co-opted a spitfire pilot from the spares box who will take up the navigators(?) position and he's starting to get painted up. Next up will be some paint in the cockpit, thanks for dropping by!
  8. Well done Sam, turned out great, really nice photos too. How did you go about the paint scheme in the end?
  9. I'm calling these two done! RFI is here for the Harrier: and here for the F35: Thanks to everyone who has commented along the way and to those who have dropped in to see how things are going. It's taken around 6 months to get these two done and Dizzy (see pg2) is a small dog rather than a puppy now! Next project is a 1980 Airfix Lancaster, I'm looking forward to doing a model with propellers again!
  10. Hello! Here's the second of my "jump jets" posted today, the 1/72 Hasegawa F-35B. This one was built out of the box and the only major modification was to add some more detail to the pilots seat and downwards pointing nozzle. The kit went together very easily and most of the build time was spent on the paint job. This consisted of an Alclad Aluminium basecoat underneath my own Haveglass grey, mixed together from xf54, x32 and xf85 - this gives an interesting sheen which changes tone depending on the lighting and the angle you look at it. I then spent an age masking the ram panels before spraying another mix of grey. I tested out the ram panel decals in the box on the inside of the tail fins but they are just to contrast-y for my liking to be used all over. I'm really glad to get this one over the finish line and pretty pleased with the final result, even if there are a few things I need to work out for future builds - tinting the canopy was a disaster and I gave up in the end and like the Harrier I got some decal silvering probably because the gloss coat over the paint needed to be smoother..... WIP here: Enjoy! Different light, different effect:
  11. Hello all! This is the first of two "jump jets" I've been building for the last six months or so, the 1/72 Airfix Harrier GR.3. The kit goes together well and the only modification was to use the eduard etch set for the cockpit (which you can't see much of anyway!). It's airbrushed with Tamiya acrylics and weathered using white, brown and black artists oil paints. The decals seemed quite thick and took a lot of persuasion to settle down, especially the roundels just behind the intakes. Some of them have also silvered a bit but I guess that's on me for not getting a smooth enough gloss coat down after the paints (always something to improve on!). Overall I'm really happy with how it has turned out. Thanks to everyone who provided encouragement along the way in the WIP:
  12. Looks great John, you're nailing the weathering with oils, especially on this and the recent prize winning(!) A-wing. Pretty hard to know how you would improve on these, any thoughts on other techniques you'd like to have a go at?
  13. Hello! I've been thinking for a while that my next project has to be a 1/72 Lancaster and I've been reading up on the various pros and cons of the new tool Airfix v. Revell v. Hasegawa , etc, etc. Well, a few weeks ago my dad (who loves a sunday morning car boot sale) turned up with this venerable old beast which he'd picked up for a tenner and wondered if I wanted it... With some trepidation I peered into the slightly battered box and lo and behold everything was still bagged and untouched. On closer inspection I was amazed to see that this 40 year old kit looks crisp! There's no flash and the raised panel lines and rivets look pretty good. There's not much internal detail and the wheel bays, bomb bays, etc are bare so I think it's going to get made wheels up with pilots in place. The decals are all present and correct but a little yellowed, maybe they'll be alright though? I've very nearly finished my twin build of F35 and Harrier and promised myself I'd get them over the line before the Lanc is started, hmmm, I bet a few of us have thought that in the past... I've not really started but I couldn't resist painting up the pilots - the moulding on them looks great, better imo than recent new tool airfix pilots I've seen. I found a few tips on painting 1/72 pilots but I thought I'd explain how I've gone about it here. First I cleaned off the mould lines with a sharp knife and gave them a rinse with soapy water. I then airbrushed a base coat of xf78 wood deck tan mixed with a touch of white. Next I carefully brush painted the boots, trousers, jackets, life vests and helmets with black, xf54 dark sea grey, brown and yellow. I had a bit of a hunt around for photos of Lancaster pilots and there seemed to be some who wore RAF blue and others with leather jackets - in the end I decided the individuals probably made their own choice so did one of each. I added a few touches of detail with goggles, straps, wool cuffs and face masks and then sprayed a layer of Vallejo flat coat which got me to here: To finish them off I used oil paints, thinned with white spirit, as a wash. I think this has gone well on the clothes but doesn't look quite so good on the faces. How do others paint 1/72 figure faces - what are the tricks?!? The final step was then to add some highlights to the jackets and trousers and this is the finished pair: They should look good in the cockpit of a wheels-up Lancaster! I enjoyed painting these two so much I wondered if you could find the rest of the crew as an after market set, I've had a quick look but can anyone point me in the right direction? That's it for now, I am going to get the other two models finished before doing any more, promise!
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