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  1. Motty

    1/24 Airfix Typhoon engine questions.

    G'day Noel, Oh, I doubt I'll be starting this beauty any time soon. I was just contemplating my options (again) having had the kit out as part of a display for our local club. We may both have to wait for another brave soul to step up first. Cheers, Motty.
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    1/24 Airfix Typhoon engine questions.

    G'day Noel, Thanks for your thoughts. It's a heck of a lot of effort to go to though, before there's even a chance to see if the idea will work. Cheers, Motty.
  3. G'day All, A question for those who have built Airfix's masterpiece, the 1/24 Typhoon kit. Do you think it would be possible to fit the cowlings over the complete engine (i.e. fully built engine for display) by thinning out the plastic of the cowlings in the areas where they interfere with the engine? I really can't decide which way I would like to build the kit. I love the complete shape of the Tiffie and would like to build it all closed up, but I also would love to build and display that wonderful engine detail as well. I've been toying with the idea of thinning out the cowlings and using small magnets to hold them in place so that I could have my cake and eat it to but, unfortunately, it would mean having to build the kit with the full engine detail (including building the magnets into the structure during the build), before I could get to a stage where I could see if the idea was practical or not. So, for those of you who have some experience with this beast, what do you think? Could the cowlings be thinned out enough in the areas where the detail gets in the way? (I'm not worried about any sort of realistic detail on the inside of the cowlings. I'd be fine with various divots etc where it was necessary). Thanks for any thoughts and advice. Cheers, Motty.
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    ROKAF F-16s at Kunsan.

    Thanks very much. Glad you enjoyed it. Cheers, Motty.
  5. G'day All, For anyone who may be interested (and hasn't already seen it on social media), my latest article on our web site at www.aviationspottersonline.com covers the F-16s of the ROKAF's 111th FS. A rare and amazing experience. http://aviationspottersonline.com/korean-tigers-the-rokafs-111th-fs/ Cheers, Motty.
  6. Does anyone know the expected availability of the Xtradecals sheets? I'm awaiting the arrival of the kit at Hannants to place an order, but I'd love to get two of those sheets to go with it if possible. Cheers, Motty.
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    A new web site for AvGeeks. :)

    G'day All, If anyone is interested, our latest article covers the very rare opportunity to see both of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society's (HARS) Caribou out and about at a small grass airfield at Luskintyre last weekend, including some air to air shots of the trip. http://aviationspottersonline.com/a-rare-pair-caribou-air-to-air/ Click the link at the bottom of the article if you want to see the full gallery of images from the day. I hope you like it. Cheers, Motty.
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    A new web site for AvGeeks. :)

    For anyone that might be interested, I've just posted my latest article on the 8th FW at Kunsan. http://aviationspottersonline.com/base-visit-8fw-the-wolfpack-kunsan-south-korea/ I hope you like it. Cheers, Motty.
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    A new web site for AvGeeks. :)

    G'day Everyone, I'd like to let you know about a venture that a small group of us have embarked upon that may interest some of you. We have created "Aviation Spotters Online", where we hope to bring you great photographic coverage of places and events around Australia and overseas, as well as news and photographic gear reviews amongst other things. Unfortunately, until I can see if there is a way to share images from the site (we do have image protection in the site software) I'm afraid I can only show you the links and hope that you'll have the time to come and check us out. The main site is at; http://aviationspottersonline.com/ and, for those of you on facebook, we have a page there at; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aviation-Spotters-Online/424754487704863 Some examples of what you can find on there include; Mark's incredible air to air shots with the US Navy, courtesy of 33Sqn RAAF, during Talisman Sabre, http://aviationspottersonline.com/top-end-top-ups/ What it's like to land on one of the US Navy's huge aircraft Carriers http://aviationspottersonline.com/landing-on-uss-george-washington-cvn-73/ Extremely rare air to air images of Ross Pay's Mustang, http://aviationspottersonline.com/anzac-day-cac-p-51/ Leigh Atkinson describes his adventures chasing the amazing Avro Vulcan around England recently, http://aviationspottersonline.com/vulcan-hunting/ and, for those who may be interested, I've done some artiucles on; The ROKAFs participation in Buddy Wing 15-4 at Kunsan, in South Korea, http://aviationspottersonline.com/buddy-wing-15-4-kunsan-s-korea/ The South Dakota's deployment to Kunsan as part of the Theater Security Package, http://aviationspottersonline.com/theater-security-package-the-lobos-at-kunsan/# The recent Hunter Valley Air Show, http://aviationspottersonline.com/2015-hunter-valley-airshow/ and the Gunnedah Air Show from a few months ago http://aviationspottersonline.com/2015-hunter-valley-airshow/ plus plenty more. I hope you'll stop by and have a look and leave some comments if you're so-inclined and, if you're on facebook, please come and say hello on there too. Thanks very much. Cheers, Motty.
  10. As you asked for any constructive criticism to help with future builds, the only negative comment I would offer is that the panel line shading and rivet wash seem too uniform. It looks a bit like a grid has been laid over the rest of the paint work. I would suggest using a lighter tone and a bit of variation for the rivet highlighting and less uniformity for the panel line shading. Some lines like you've done (usually well used maintenance panels), some more subtle, and some not at all. Other than that, it is a very well done and truly stunning looking model. Absolutely incredible. I'd be absolutely chuffed (and quite surprised) if I could get mine looking like that. Cheers, Motty.
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    Casey Jones Cannonball Express - Kit

    Here's one of the 4-4-0 kits. http://www.ebay.com/itm/AHM-Virginia-Truckee-Reno-4-4-0-Loco-Tender-Kit-Unpowered-/181716254364?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a4f21fe9c Cheers, Motty.
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    Casey Jones Cannonball Express - Kit

    What a co-incidence. I've recently discovered this range of kits too. This is the model kit version that you sound like you're looking for. http://www.trainmaster.ch/Z-691.htm Here's one on ebay at the moment. Don't worry too much about the price as this seems pretty high compared to others I have noticed in the past couple of weeks. I think it may be because it includes the separate motorising kit which is apparently quite rare. The usual kit in un-motorised. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rivarossi-7201-7201M-Casey-Jones-Cannon-Ball-Express-Loco-Tender-from-1968-/261834842890?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cf692a30a From what I have gathered, these kits are actually true 1/48 scale which is awesome to me as I usually model 1/48 aircraft, so it sort of maintains a theme. The reason that I found out about these kits is that I discovered (and promptly bought) one of these; http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rivarossi-Indiana-Harbor-Belt-0-8-0-Locomotive-Tender-kit-train-railroad-model-/331538178696?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d31372288 I received it last week and if the Casey Jones kit is anything like the 0-8-0 kit, then it is an excellent kit with great detail, even by today's standards. Comments that I saw on railroad forums suggested that the detail was up there with brass locos as well. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be many other kits in the range. I've found this German 0-6-0 kit; http://germanrail.fr.yuku.com/topic/5919/O-gauge-Rivarossi-locomotives#.VUCnxyHzphH and a couple of civil war 4-4-0 kits I think. It's a shame as I'd love to do more locomotive models like these. Cheers, Motty.
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    1/48 Kfir C-2 - Kinetic

    Looks great. I'd love to do mine in a scheme like that too. Which markings did you use? Cheers, Motty.
  14. Thanks for the kind words everyone. Here's hoping I can keep up the progress. Cheers, Motty.
  15. G'day All, Well this is embarrassing. I knew it had been a long time since I'd done anything but I didn't realise it was nearly two years! Crikey! Oh well, in the interests of still trying to "follow this through", I thought I'd update this thread anyway for anyone who may still be interested (or even remember it ). First up; while the kits had been languishing on my bench, there was a bit of a disaster. I keep my aftermarket decals in several, large, ring-binder folders on a shelf above my desk, and one day when I checked in on the modelling room, I noticed one of them laying on the chair (not where I'd left it). Sure enough, a quick look around revealed that the F-4 kit had taken some battle damage. Both of the outer wing joins had broken open, the leading edge of the left wing had split and I'd lost the left leading edge slat and some of the mounting rods; This was a little disheartening to say the least, but it could have been far worse, considering the size and weight of the folder. After finding all the bits (which took a while) I eventually repaired the damage and carried on a few months later. The next thing which had been bugging me was the lack of rivet detail on the F-4s's tailplanes. This is a fairly distinct feature and would stand out under a metalic finish. I eventually struck up the courage to give it a go, and took the opportunity to remove the triangular strengthening plates (which are not present on Navy F-4s) at the same time. I used a Trumpeter riveting wheel for the job and was quite happy with the results (I was after the "effect" rather than absolute accuracy). Another few months passed before I found the interest to begin the next, major step; painting! Typically, as I was doing this I thought of more things I should fix, namely the lack of detail on the Sidewinder launch rails. I used the relevant parts from the old, Airwaves etched set that I had also used for a couple of cockpit details (note that I'd already undercoated the parts when I thought of this). I also started preparing the Aires burner cans and exhausts that I will be fitting. These required a bit of trimming and sanding to fit together but nothing major. The worst part was that I needed to remove some of the area where the bottom half of the Hasegawa fuselage joins together, above the lower wing, to allow the resin bits to fit. This meant trying to snap off chunks of plastic, inside the fuselage, through the exhaust openings. A little nerve wracking. I also plodded along with assembling the undercarriage of both kits (I'm using the hi-grade, white-metal gear for the F-4) Then, finally, at the beginning of this year, some real progress. Painting! After undercoating both kits with Mr Base White 1000, the respective blues were applied to each. But, sure enough, even this didn't go smoothly. These kits are the first time that I have used Mr Color lacquer paints (I normally use Xtracolour and Humbrol) and, whilst I expected a learning curve, the biggest lesson I learned was that they need to be thinned a lot more than I'm used to. I actually ended up going through a whole bottle of blue and still not quite finishing the Skyhawk. Thanks to some help from a friend of mine (thanks again Andrew) I managed to get another bottle and carry on (thinning a lot more this time). It also seems that, although I thought the bulk, automotive lacquer thinners I was using already had a leveling (or retarding) agent in it, the paint still benefited from some dedicated Mr Retarder. The Blue for the F-4 is a mix of a metallic and dark blue. Although I couldn't tell for sure from photos, Hasegawa has specified a metallic blue for both editions of this kit so I went with that. No sooner had I finally got some colour onto the kits than they disappeared again under a flurry of masking, so that I could paint the wheel wells, doors and undercarriage on both kits gloss white, the black walkways on the A-4 and some red edging and metal areas on the F-4. (I didn't want any overspray. And so, finally, here's what they look like at the moment, after the coverings have been removed. I am quite happy with the new (to me) Gunze paints. I think that, once I lean the finer points of using them, they will be great. They go on very thin, dry fast and the finish seems very tough (even the metallic colours, which look great too). So there you have it. Finally, some significant progress after almost two years! I wont even pretend that any future updates will be any better but thank you to those who have dropped in again after such a long delay for a look-see. Cheers, Motty.