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  1. Steady progress is being made on the build with the cammo now masked up and the dark green added to the wings and tail surfaces. Once the wing halves had been joined and allowed to dry, a semi gloss clear was brushed on . The clear darkens the finish a bit. Once dry, a bit of weathering with oils took place. The fuselage needed a bit of filler on a couple of dodgy seams and has had a coat or two of the base Humbrol 30. Once that is dry I'll start masking up for the dark green and add that. The canopy needed a bit of shaving on the edges to fit properly. That's been done and the canopy has had its framing added as well. I didn't mask it as the frame is quite proud of the glazing and is an easy job freehand. I'll own up to a bit of cocktail stick line straightening. I've also fettled the wing to fuselage joint surfaces to give the best fit I can get to try to minimise any filling there. I should get more done over the weekend.
  2. I tried a new to me product on the Corvette this morning, Flocking fibres. Jet black and about 1mm long, scattered over diluted white glue in all the carpet areas of the cars interior tub. Just about impossible to photograph, the stuff eats light. It looks good but pretty much disappears once the body is in place. It does give a very dense black. This comes under the heading 'It can't be seen, but I know it's there' I believe I also ordered some red flock for the other Corvette but it's more a wine colour and won't suit the blue car at all. I bought some other colours as well, they will get used on a few other builds once I get the hang of using the stuff. I think used as a light colour 'carpet' or in a convertible would be the best use of the product. At least it could be seen then.
  3. I'm blaming you for the pouring rain currently going on here Pat. Good job I got the clear coating done yesterday. No doubt it's bright and sunny at your end today.
  4. An early start this morning got a very thin second coat of Humbrol 65 on the undersides of the wings. A couple of hours later things were dry enough to try the decals. They went on without any problems at all. A bit of Sol and Set were added out of habit but neither were really necessary. This means the build is properly on now, and construction can start later today. A bit of dry fitting shows a very good fit to the various parts so things are looking good for the build. The Sol and Set in the picture have been stood in a plastic container and some clear resin poured in to hold them. It would take a very determined effort to knock them over now. The bottles as they were fell over at the slightest breeze or any contact, and the stuff is too expensive for that!
  5. No slight intended Adrian, you have duplicated the field applied cammo as it was. Any criticism would have to be for the overworked erk who did the paintjob on the real thing. Even then, the varied shades work well in it's intended use. I'm looking forward to seeing the plane on its desert base. The cammo will come into its own at that point.
  6. A bit late in the day to be starting yet more builds, but I have a bit of previous yer Honour. An Airfix SM79 got started and finished in the last knockings of the Airfix GB and I'm hoping to repeat that performance here. The build has come about thanks to a Model Club member bringing along a bit of stash clearance at the club night yesterday. I homed in on a pair of Matchbox kits. The same guy provided the kits that turned into my Wellington and Me410 builds. Thanks Andy. I doubt I'll get the Privateer done, but I'm optimistic with the Dornier. The kits have been stored in a shed for years. Once the mouse droppings and dead flies have been removed and the parts rinsed off things looked a whole lot better. My thinking is to get the great big underwing crosses on the model ASAP as if they don't work, the build stalls there. The sheet is filthy with a layer of dirt that might clear off. It all looks good other than that. A damp wipe over of part of the sheet saw clear colour show for the first time in many years. With that in mind I've given the parts a first coat of Humbrol enamel in the colours called out on the instruction sheet. Humbrol 30 and 91 for the greens, 65 for the blue. The same as the Me410 in fact. A Luftwaffe colour expert would be horrified, but I'm building this one just a level or two above the bare plastic Marauder that went together so smoothly recently. If it comes together, I'll have another Hobby Store window type build and I'll be plenty happy with that. Another coat of blue in the morning, then it's decal time around lunchtime. If the big crosses work OK, the rest should be fine as well. I don't want to clearcoat them as it would lock in any dirt I can't remove. With luck the dirt will float off when I wet the decals. Fingers crossed...
  7. More progress on the candy Corvette over the last day or two. Not the clearest picture in the world, but there's a beam axle with disc brakes in front of the car in this shot. The rear tires have been fitted on basic plastic stub axles, centred in the cuttaway rear arches. Fitting the beam curbside style, just glued where it needs to be, dials in the ride height as I want it although plastic stubs would have given the same effect. The discs are just about visible through the front spokes if you look closely enough. The weather at the moment is pretty much ideal for painting, being warm and sunny. I've taken advantage of that and fired a few coats of clear over the gold bodyshell. It's taking the rays as I type. The colour really pops in sunlight. Next up will be glazing and chrome trims all round, plus a bit of engine excess poking through the hood. A Monogram six pak Dodge with custom engine parts looks like it's going to be the donner for the bits needed here. More later.
  8. A fine looking model. The paintwork came out very well indeed. The sharpness and fidelity of the cockpit area contrast perfectly and show that the almost slapdash cammo is quite deliberate.
  9. The building is up, but not completed. That real world out there keeps getting in the way of dreams. I'm still plugging away at the big shed , even if it is currently a store for all kinds of other stuff. Summers here though and outside work is back on the agenda, and I'm cautiously optimistic regarding the model shed at this point. I'll let you know how things have panned out later in the year.
  10. I'm like a kid the week before Xmas here! I'll be leaning more towards the Monogram end of things, with car kits centre stage. Expect a few Muscle cars, with a sprinkling of Hot Rods. A Plymouth Superbird will definitely make an appearance. A Boss 429 Mustang that didn't get started in the Mustang GB would be nice to do as well. Monograms 1.48 scale sixties release planes should also get a look in. The GB hasn't started yet, and already I'm overextended. No change there then. Tony.
  11. You could always shoot for a third build? I'll get me flying jacket...
  12. That's a very smart looking Beaufighter. I like the overload underneath, just the same as I did with the Airfix version way back when.
  13. Very nice indeed. The story is told with the first glace. Matchbox AFV kits seem to lend themselves to small set pieces like this.
  14. Here's a Matchbox Marauder, built with only a tube of glue to complete it, just as a cash strapped youngster might have done back in the seventies. Bare bones Matchbox plastic, in nearly right colours, and kit decals. The decals behaved perfectly after all these years. A fun build.
  15. There's only a couple of weeks left before the Matchbox Group Build winds up, best get a move on if you fancy a build or two.... I've been in multi coloured plastic heaven since the first day of the GB, and the build rate has been very satisfying so far. There should be one or two more before the close of play.
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