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  1. I'm a real glutton for punishment so along with the two builds I've just started on my workbench I have the 1968 Tamiya 1/100 scale A-4E Skyhawk to do. Yes I know it's a bit of a parody with it's overly long nose, wing dihedral and some odd detail but it's a replacement for one I did in 1970 (badly). My question to everyone here is can you help me with a side on view of the USN aircraft (411AG BuNo.149986 the first decal option) whilst serving off Vietnam with VA-86 on USS Independence CVA-62 in 1964-65? I have a few pics of VA-86 A-4E's, even one of "411AG BuNo.149986" but it's from almost directly aft and I'm not able to make out the markings, I'm trying to sort just what her tail codes were. 411's squadron mates have the standard "last four" of their BuNo. on the vertical stabiliser but it seems that Tamiya way back then in 1968 provided the last 5, so '49986' and it just doesn't fit where it should be placed. Any help or opinion on what I should do or were I might be able to look for further pics would be greatly appreciated. Regards all, Neil.
  2. This will be the third time I've tried to answer the above posts. They just don't seem to want to work???? Thank you Steve I'm glad you enjoyed the build and the finished product. That 1/32 scale scratch of the V-18 is a great attempt. I'd probably use the original Revell 1/32 kit as it's cheaper than current offerings. I'm not sure of embarking on another V-18 though as small details become way bigger in 1/32 and I don't think there is enough detailed photo info to really do the model justice. Thank you for the comments Parras and F-32, glad you liked my build.

    Hasegawa Jaguar GR1A, 1/72

    Good looking Jag, well done.

    Mustang discovered.....

    Very nice, I hope my original 1958 (?) Airfix P-51 comes out like that.

    Bf 110 G4 Eduard 1/72

    Very well done.

    Kaman SH2-F Seasprite

    Nice looking Sea Sprite.

    Airfix Dakota C4, 1/72

    Very nicely finished.
  8. Thanks for the kind comment Kapam There are actually a few new tool Airfix P-51's under way. just waiting for a 1958 Airfix P-51 and a 1972 Airfix P-51 to turn up then I'll line 'em up with their UGLY Revell namesakes
  9. Thanks to all who've "liked" my build, I'm very surprised. Thanks for the kudos Kitchen it's one of my fave versions of the '190, after the 'D' and Ta 152 that is. Kitchen I'm not sure what you mean by your comments, "considering the scale", the model has been detailed for a normal scale viewing distance of 20 to 30 feet. Getting details appropriate for your particular build right in any scale is a "struggle". When a build is finished whether it's 1/24th, 1/32nd, 1/72nd or smaller it should look as 1:1 as appropriate and possible. I'm pleased I could help Dogsbody, I actually got the germ of an idea when I read a particular build article for a new tool Airfix Wellington, I think General Melchert on this forum used the Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey for his collector rings, but I needed a tonal quality that sorta matched the feel of the B and W images of the real V-18, so I started with XF-79 and added XF-56. Almost forgot I also had a bit of XF-72, can't remember why.
  10. Thanks for that AD-4N (Skyraider?), greatly appreciated I don't think 'plans' came into it, maybe some very poor drawings from a certain series of books maybe. These references were also used for horrors like the first 1/72 scale Airfix Fw 190D
  11. Thank you for the comments gents Dogsbody the exhausts were started with airbrushed Humbrol H.1 Undercoat, followed by a mix of Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey (30% approx) and Tamiya XF-79 Linoleum Deck Brown (70% approx) airbrushed on. The engine panel behind the exhaust segment is XF-56 Metallic Grey. A coat of Mr.Topcoat Gloss Varnish from a rattlecan was then applied. When thoroughly dry some diluted Tamiya X-23 Clear Blue was drybrushed around the locations I thought would "blue" due to heat, then a pin wash of Tamiya Panel line colours mixed to produce a dark grey was used on all the bands and added detail to lightly hi-light them. Right at the end of the build I used some diluted Vallejo Matt Black to pick out the exhaust openings and when dried some black pastel chalk was used over the same area. The whole lot was given a coat of Mr.Topcoat Semi Gloss varnish to seal it all in and finally with dry brushed Mr.Topcoat Matt Varnish in some areas to vary the hue. I post links at the end of my pics post to my ATF Workbench although this is a more detailed explanation than in my ATF Workbench. Cheers all Neil
  12. Thank you all for the great reactions to my build it's greatly appreciated Thanks for the 'bravo' Djos, couldn't agree with you more, the V-18 has been a favorite of mine for a very long time so you can imagine my glee when I found this kit in 'my scale' no less at a second hand dealer that used to be here in Sydney. Then I got the kit home, had a look inside and had second thoughts. The kit disappeared into the stash until 2015 Cheers all Neil
  13. Thanks for the great compliment Fightersweep, much appreciated I was building this as a sorta frustration breaker during my Fw 190V-18's build saga I built my first H-619 CY-G in 1970, the second replacement in 1976, I think I built one for a school chum about the same time and now these two, never again I hope If you've got the old Revell 1/72 H-612 Me109E or the H-615 Focke Wulf 190A then you've got your work cut out for you Regards and cheers Neil