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shortCummins

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About shortCummins

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    mainly WWII aircraft

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  1. Airfix have done a nice job with the wheels giving them a nicely weighted appearance. After the two halves of each wheel were glued the tire tread was cut into the join using a razor saw. The wheels were given a coat of Xtreme Metal AK479 aluminium Then a coat of Alkan “new rubber” black/grey Landing gear was painted with AK479 aluminium and then highlighted with Tamiya black panel liner. The wheel-well “masks” were removed… …and then given a coat of aqua gloss in preparation for some panel liner. I should really have done the “weathering” to the landing-gear bay before assembling the wing, next time I’ll remember!? Next I’ll be bolting on the landing gear. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  2. Thanks Roger, feel free but it wasn't my idea, I can't remember where I saw it, it was some time ago, but I thought I'd give it a try as I was doing a two colour camo' and thought even I can't make too much of a mess of it? I'm sure there are 100's of modellers who are saying "but that's the obvious way of doing it!?" As I use acrylics there was quite a "ridge" between the letter/roundel and camo', perhaps if I were using enamels or lacquer then the "ridge" wouldn't be so pronounced? I'm going to try adding the markings after the camo', the "normal" way?, but spraying the camo' colours before the letter(s) or insignia as I'm convinced that using the "base" colour(s) as a "dam" is the way forward. rgds John(shortCummins)
  3. 502 Abteilung oils were used to depict the exhaust stains. Dots of ABT006 burnt umber were applied and then streaked with a saw shaped weathering brush. I left the ABT006 for an hour or so to dry and then applied some dots of ABT001 white and streaked them with a thin brush. Next I’ll be working on the landing gear. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  4. ha ha, I've got no sense.... of smell either, as a yoof I worked in an "ammonia rich environment" and it killed most of my smell and taste. Funnily enough I can still smell unpleasant things and some "nice" smells have changed, my wife's favourite perfume is Channel No.5, to me it now smells like damp mud, I can't smell any of her other perfumes!? ...and because it happened so long ago I can't even blame it on old age rgds John
  5. For the underside/Sky “S” oils weathering I used 502 ABT006 burnt umber, ABT092 ocher and ABT260 oxide patina. These were dotted over various panels… …and then “streaked” rather than stippled. The streaks were then softened and blended by a large(ish) brush moistened with odourless thinner. Fuselage sides had ABT007 raw umber applied. EDSG was treated with ABT001 white which was also softened and blended with a moistened brush. Next I’ll be working on the exhaust staining. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  6. thanks John, I think that pastels mimic mud, dust and dirt really well however I'm assuming that being based on a 'carrier there'd be little mud and more grease and oil so that's why I've chosen to use only oils in this instance. rgds John(shortCummins) PS I like what you've done with your Mk.VIII
  7. Light “chipping” was added by way of a sponge and Tamiya XF-16 flat aluminium along the leading edge of the wing and lower part of the walkway. These are a bit “bright” at the moment but should “tone-down” as further weathering is applied, fingers crossed. I’m reasonably certain that the wing roots wouldn’t accumulate much mud, being based on an aircraft carrier, however I’m sure dust, grease and oil would be ground into the walkways and wing roots. So in order to suggest “wear” to the walkways, 502 Abteilung oil ABT001 white was spotted along each walkway… …these were then stippled, with a brush moistened with odourless thinner, in order to blend them against the black base. Once the odourless thinner had dried, to further suggest dirt and wear other 502 coloured oils, ABT002 sepia, ABT007 raw umber and ABT110 black were applied and blended in the same manner. These are all “dark” colours and will hopefully give the impression of accumulated “muck”. Next I’ll be carrying on with some more “oils”. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  8. thanks Marklo, painted markings take longer than decals however I think they look better, most decals are too "bright" for me but then I do prefer slightly grubby aircraft rgds John(shortCummins)
  9. Before applying the matt coat I first masked the “metal” exhaust plates. I’d decided that the “ridge” I’d created when masking the roundels needed lightly sanding however once I’d done this there was a “halo” of white around the outer blue ring. So I replaced the Montex mask and used Mr Masking Sol to cover the white and red and then gave the outer ring a quick blast of EDSG. I’m reasonably sure that I’ve coved a stencil or two but they were so small and difficult to see anyway I don’t think I’ll miss them? Vallejo Matt Acrylic was used to suck all of the shine out of the paint, masks removed… Next I’ll be starting the weathering proper. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  10. looking very nice so far. I've not used any of the Flory washes however I have used the UMP versions, don't know/care which (if any) are better but I do know they "stick" far more to non-gloss surfaces. I "normally" only use "dry" Q-Tips or kitchen towel to remove the dried wash(s) from gloss surfaces, I tend to use aqua gloss rather than Klear so I don't know if that makes a difference? using them on a "flat" surface makes them far more difficult to remove. love a sharks mouth Spit rgds John(shortCummins)
  11. if you end up with weathered teeth you'll frighten the children
  12. thanks Pete the "do the insignia" before the camo' has worked far better than I'd hoped, maybe the secret is spraying the adjoining to act as a "dam" I'll have to experiment rgds John(shortCummins)
  13. I do like a Beaufighter, I'll pull up a seat if I may rgds John(shortCummins)
  14. The whole airframe was given a coat of aqua gloss and then I applied Tamiya gray panel line accent color on the EDSG… …the excess was then cleaned off with some Q-tips after 15 minutes or so. Sky “S” was treated with Tamiya dark brown panel liner. …also cleaned after 10 minutes or so. Landing gear panels were also treated with Tamiya dark brown. I’m going to leave this overnight so that the panel liner fully dries and any “tide marks” will be fully visible and I’ll be able to clean them off, I hadn’t notice some on the rudder until I looked at the photos. Then I’ll be applying a coat of matt in preparation for some oil paints. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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