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About shortCummins

  • Birthday 11/01/1958

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    mainly WWII aircraft

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  1. As with all of my previous Spitfire builds, 5 1/2 to date (the 1/2 was an Eduard Mk.VIII that my puppy decided was his new chew toy!) 2 Tamiya Mk Vb's and 3 Eduard, a Mk VIII, Mk IX & a Mk XVI, I started by removing various parts from the main sprue(s) and preparing them for a coat of Stynylrez black primer. Masking was applied to certain areas to help with the future “glue-up”. Some of the sub-assemblies were put together. Both the “lightening holes” and seat harness slot were drilled/opened. …and some additional plumbing added to the front bulkhead. Stynylrez black primer was then applied. Next I’ll be applying the “base” colours for the cockpit. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  2. thanks Chris I really like the Eduard Spitfire's, I wish they'd do something about they way they've engineered the exhausts and the wheel wells could be a little less complicated?, but both the cockpit and exterior detail is very nice, and who doesn't like a Spitfire? rgds John(shortCummins)
  3. thanks Roman I'm always attracted to "different" schemes and you did a really nice job on yours, mine will be slightly different, being overall green rather than green and grey but if it comes out half as nice as yours I'll be very happy. I agree that those arrows are nice, they are so dynamic, they make the aircraft look as if its going full speed even when sat on the ground rgds John(shortCummins)
  4. those are both cracking models rgds John(shortCummins)
  5. After building a couple of Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars figures, I can highly recommend them if your after a quick “mojo restorer”, and having watched a documentary on Prime called “Empty Skies”, about Battle of Britain fighter pilots, I thought I’d get back to a more “normal”, for me anyway, build, yet another 1:48 Spitfire, this time a Mk.IXe. A while ago Roman Schilhart built a suburb 1:72 scale “Soviet” Mk.IXe Spitfire… To my mind this is a very nice yet “different” scheme for a Spitfire and one that I’d like to have in my display cabinet. Roman’s model was 1:72 scale, that size is far too small for my tired old eyes and sausage fingers, so I’ve got hold of a 1:48 Eduard Weekend edition, 84138, to use for my build. AML have a decal sheet that allows for one of seven different “Soviet” schemes. Whilst its not exactly the same scheme as Roman’s I’ve decided to use this scheme… …with a couple of changes. The major difference will be that I’m opting for “clipped wings”, according to the AML sheet, she should have “standard” wings but I want to build a Spitfire with the shorter ‘clipped’ wing so this one will be it. I’m sticking with the white tail, I really like that, and I’ll probably add a Soviet “crest” as shown on Roman’s model as I think it adds to the overall look. This scheme’s lightening bolt is white rather than the red of Roman’s, but I can live with that. The other thing I’m going to do is to “overspray” a "base" green and grey camo’ with the Russian solid green colour. I know that this is probably incorrect as I think this scheme was for “victory parades” and the aircraft would be looking at their best, rather than “used” as mine will be. I’ve built a number of Eduard Spitfires previously, as this kit is a weekend edition, with no PE, I’ve bought a couple of aftermarket pieces to help with the build… Eduard steel seatbelts Barracuda Cast upper cowling. I’ve chosen the Barracuda version rather than the Eduard single piece cowl as the Eduard version, I’ve used for a previous build, is too large! go figure? Next I’ll be making a start on the cockpit, where else? until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  6. very nice build and paint, I like your subtile weathering and the painted orange is really good. if your after some "different" Star Wars subjects give Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Legion a look, they produce some interesting kits rgds John(shortCummins)
  7. very nice, you've given me some ideas to try if/when I have a go at the "non-rebel" version I really like your weathering and the "different" uniform, the additional handlebar wiring and alternative antenna are very cleaver additions, I will be stealing some/most of your ideas rgds John(shortCummins)
  8. thanks James I've not seen any of the Book of Boba Fett so far, funnily enough I'd planned to watch a the first episode tonight when I get home from work rgds John(shortCummins)
  9. Another quick build and paint exercise completed, I really have enjoyed both these speeders and the AT-RT, I’ll be looking at other Fantasy Flight Games Star - Wars Legion offerings in the not too distant. Here are both speeders along with my AT-RT Anyhow I finished both of these speeders, you can see the rest of my ready for inspection photo’s here… until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  10. Here is my version of Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Legion 74-Z speeder bikes. As there are two speeders in the set I decided to paint one as it appeared in “Return on the Jedi” and the other as in “the Mandalorian”. This was the first time that I’ve attempted any kind of “base”, both speeders sit on a transparent peg giving the appearance of them hovering above the ground. Each speeder has a different terrain base, I’ll be looking to do more of these in the future! Here are the photos: “Endor” “Mando” Both speeders together… …and with the AT-RT. To give an idea of the size of these figures here is one next to a Tamiya paint. You can see my build log here… until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  11. Some time ago I’d planned on making a large(ish) airfield base, half grass half concrete, and to enable the grass area I brought a cheap static grass applicator (from eBay). To test the applicator I applied some PVA glue to my “test” block of wood and then “shook” the grass via the applicator… The idea is that the applicator has a couple of AA batteries, you clip a wire from the handle near to where you want the “grass”, press a button and shake the material through the sieve onto a glued surface. The wire makes a “static” circuit and the grass material will “stand up” towards the applicator, it works reasonably well however, the “grass” is very small and gets everywhere! I used a mix of 2 types of grass, Hornby R7177 scatter grass spring meadow and War World Scenics 10mm summer grass, this is the effect on the base. I’d found a small(ish) stick and left it on a radiator for a few days to fully dry out. This was then cut to size and CA glued to the base. Whilst I was looking for the applicator and static grass I came across the readymade “tufts” from warpainter scenics. These have doubled-sided tape enabling them to be pressed onto the base. Both speeders had their riders and blaster canons attached and then they were placed on the bases. Next I’ll be taking photos for the RFI (when the fog clears). until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  12. From by experiment I first applied some PVA glue to the plastic base and added some (unused) cat-litter pressed into the PVA/paint base to represent small rocks… …and then given a coat of Tamiya XF-57 buff. This was left to dry for a couple of hours, the idea was that the “uncovered” PVA/paint areas would have time to “crack”… …well that didn’t work as well as I’d hoped, so I then sprayed a mix of Tamiya XF-57 buff, XF-82 dark ocean grey and Mr Hobby H66 sandy brown as a “base” colour. I lightened the mix with more XF-57 and sprayed a “marble” layer to create different shades across the base. To create different coloured rocks, spraying them made them far too uniform for my liking, I used a rage of vallejo “brown” colours, virtually every one I have, including: 70.819 Iraqi sand, 70.828 woodgrain, 70.940 saddle brown, 70.976 buff, 70.983 flat earth, 71.034 sand brown, 71.036 mahogany, 71.077 wood, 72.763 desert yellow, 72.050 cold grey & 305 light rubber. Each “rock” was painted separately, some had more than one colour applied. The “earth” was then flooded with odourless thinner and then Tamiya brown and light brown panel liner allowed to merge and spread over the base. This was left to dry for an hour or so and then sprayed with aqua flat. And then the edges of the base was painted black. Next I’ll be attempting the “Endor” base. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  13. thanks James its new for me also, I had planned to make an airfield, both grass and concrete, to photograph my models on but as yet I've not gotten around to it rgds John(shortCummins)
  14. The kit provides a couple of bases, as I don’t play the game I’m not sure what the shape or marks indicate, I think their “firing marks” whatever they are? There are solid bases and transparent stands I could just glue the stands to the bases and then place the speeders on the stands and call them done however, it would be nice to make them look more like terrain? Having never done anything like this before so it’s time for some experimentation. For the white speeder I want to make a desert type base, to start this process the stand was glued to the base and then masked to help keep it “clear” during the next process’. Both bases were given a coat of MRP-159 chocolate. MRP-167 was then used for a marble layer. I want to try and make some “cracked earth”, I know that you can buy “crackle paint” however I haven’t got any so I thought I’d try to make my own, time for a couple of experiments. First one I spread some PVA glue quite thickly on a scrap of wood. After 5 minutes or so I sprayed some Tamiya XF-57 over the PVA and left it for an hour or so, then I applied some more PVA to the opposite end… …this was left for approximately 25 minutes until it had gone “tacky”, then I brush painted some Citadel air XV-88. These were left overnight, the idea is that the “paint” will dry before the PVA glue and cause cracks as the PVA dries? As you can see the “Tamiya” has cracked most, the “Citadel” version for some reason didn’t crack at all?, so I’ll be using the Tamiya method for a “desert” base for the white “Mando” speeder. Next I’ll be attempting the “Mando” base. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  15. The dial on the control panel were painted red, and the other switches grey. I noticed that I’d painted part of uniform black that should have been white for the “Endor” scheme so I rectified this. The bedrolls were CA glued to the back of the speeders. Both riders and speeders were then given a flat coat of Alclad klear kote flat. The riders body armour was given a coat of satin varnish, as was the body for the white speeder. Next I’ll be doing something, not sure what yet, with the bases. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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