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  1. Cockpit done! A bit of matt varnish needed to talk the shine off the red handle to the right of the pilot's seat since I have only just remembered to install and paint it. Not sure what the handle is for, hopefully someone can enlighten me?
  2. Quick dry fit to check that things are more or less in the right place. [
  3. To find a gauge that looked reasonable, I ended up cutting a bit of brass picture wire holding up a mirror, then unravelling it and using a single strand. I think it has worked out rather well.
  4. This pretty much finishes off the cockpit, I got stuck in the cycle of endless tweaking and decided enough is enough no-one is going to see these once installed other then the very top and I have got to the point where I am happy enough to leave it here.
  5. Too much work gets in the way of doing more interesting things so slow progress. Started working on the QuickBoost seats this morning and rapidly run up against the problem of how do I get those pull handles (for want to the real term) out of the resin encasing them without breaking them. After loosing the first as it pinged off into the distance when I cut resin and forgot to use some retaining force, I gave up and reached out for some fine wire to recreate them in what I hope will end up as being rather more realistic than the perfect circles that the supplied bits give.
  6. Quite right, it is the knowledge that something is not quite how you want it that ends up wasting so much time which could be spent on the bit's that people do see.
  7. I have reached the end of my patience with tiny little bits, flying left and right then playing hide and seek and winning! So this is as as far as I can go (a few levers missing in action), onto the seats next before this can be finished off. Although I say that and look at the images and see all the flaws .....
  8. Whilst some filler dries on the wings, a bit of a play with the self adhesive photo etch. Easier to put on that I expected but very easily chipped at the edges, some touching up required at an appropriate point. Must remind myself not to enlarge the image, all the flaws leap out
  9. Thanks guys, finally found that Light Admiralty Grey is available in the Lifecolor range (UA633) so just waiting for that to arrive. However, this weekend I need to pull my finger out and get back to moving this forwards.
  10. Lovely model, makes me want to add a Sea Vampire to my shelf.
  11. Yes, the challenge now is to make it look suitably grubby! Does anyone know what colour the surface of the wing fold is painted in, light sea grey ?
  12. Lovely job there! I love the Buccaneers shape and having heard of the trials of the old Arifix kit, I am awaiting the long promised Tanmodel 1/48 but great to see such a nice job done.
  13. I have been watching yours for a while as inspiration so I am looking forward to it being completed ! Hopefully Friday if the weather is good, will head over to the Midland Air Museum at Coventry to have a look at theirs.
  14. Next step some filling and sanding of the wing surfaces as Airfix have kindly left some raised areas as well some dimplesĀ·
  15. She is going to be with her wings folded and I didnt like the Airfix details so have enrolled the assistance of the Wolfpack WP48128 kit. Verses a real one, thanks to the FAA Museum.
  16. The postman has just delivered some goodies, only the Eduard 1/48 de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW. 2 Ladder left to arrive.
  17. A quick dry fit and a side to side illustrates quite how big the Vixen is.
  18. Having been a Navy brat and spent some time in myself, I have always been fascinated by their aircraft but strangely always have built RAF models. However this is about to stop and Fleet Air Arm all the way now, starting with the wonderful Sea Vixen which has always been a favourite of mine, probably because my father was on carriers. I vaguely remember going onboard HMS Eagle when she returned from the far east in 1972 and seeing these mighty beasts has left a lasting impression. So the fun begins !
  19. I have seen discussion on a similar approach from the UK sending 3 x International Postage Coupons which the Post Office have stopped doing sadly.
  20. I have just a few minor items to do to finish my Hasegawa RAF Harrier GR Mk.7 and have hit a problem all of my own making. My fat fingers have managed to crack the forward canopy, Amerang have checked that they do not have any spares for this model and have directed me towards the Hasegawa Japan website for their replacement parts service. However, my lack of Japanese language skills backed up by Google Translate allowed me to locate where they talk about the service, but it doesnt really help too much in knowing how to access it from the UK. So Two questions: 1) Has anyone got any recent experience with the service ? (The Googling I have done has come up with old info or not relevant for this country). 2) Is there anyone out there who might have this part and be amenable to doing a deal ? This is my second build since coming back to the craft and full of little issues (bad join in front of cockpit, radome colour wrong to name just a couple). First attempt at a pin wash which I am not overly unhappy with but each model pushing it just a bit more. Next up is an Airfix Sea Vixen, hopefully followed by the mythical Tanmodel 1/48 Buccaneer. Harrier2 by Guy_UK, on Flickr
  21. Hello, the usual story modelling when younger followed by a long break and some wooden ship modelling I find myself returning to the desire to get my aircraft builds to a better level that I have previously managed. My shelf includes a Hasegawa 1/48 Harrier GR Mk7, Tamiya 1/48 Dambuster/Grand Slam Lancaster and a Airfix 1/72 Hawk which will be my returning 'trainer' with some photo etched / resin parts to be playing with. What got me here was the talk of the Tanmodel 1/48 Buccaneer which will definitely be on my purchase list and only tackled once I have produced reasonable results with the others. This will only be in Pusser issued colours, no crabfat decoration to mar a beautiful aircraft Cheers Guy
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