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Mick Drover

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  1. Thanks Steve. Thanks John. The rivets carry a light coloured wash, a much better way than individually go over them with a paint brush. This model was a lot of fun to weather and being a dark airframe difficult to make appear interesting. There are lot of layered oils and some fiddly applications in areas to achieve the look. I'm very happy with how it turned out. Cheers, Mick Cheers Troffa! :bows to the crowd: Thanks Russ. Thanks David Thanks Roberto.
  2. That's great to hear William. Please do stop by and say hi. If I'm not at the display just ask for me and the fellas can point me out.
  3. Thanks! QMHE (Queensland Model Hobbies Expo) is on next weekend 20/21 August at the Ipswich Events Centre. The Queensland Scale Model Championships are held at the event. The show details are here -> https://qmhe.com/ Stop by the St Edmund's Old Boys Model Club and say hi. The Corsair (an a heap of others) will be on our display. Mick
  4. G'day all. Another finished in time for our annual show next weekend. It's the 1/48th Tamiya F4U-1A as an RNZAF machine with 1 Servicing Until while at Henderson Field at Guadalcanal in 1944. This one is an interesting one as it is a spliced airframe from two crashed aircraft, hence the different schemes fore and aft. A bit of aftermarket was used; Eduard belts, a Yahu instrument panel and markings from Xtradecal. I had to make a new pitot as the sprue it was on was thrown out thinking that it was empty...doh. There's lots pf layer of paint, oils and weathering effect to get it appearing as it did. In the reference photos I've found it appears that the forward half had a lot mor wear and tear than the rear. Certainly a subjective interpretation but there's lots of scope to weather it up. Cheers, Mick.
  5. You're welcome! Technically Academy don't do a B Hornet in 72nd scale. This one is converted from their D kit. The most noticeable changes to convert it to a RAAF machine are the removal of a set of blisters and associated fairing at the top of each fin, the removal of the ECM blisters on the cheeks of the nose and the exclusion of the ECM blister behind the canopy hinge. The launch bar mod is as easy one to do too. In 72 scale that's probably the list of things you'd want to do. You could possibly opt for a set of resin seats but then you'd need to modify the harnesses for a RAAF jet. Cheers, Mick
  6. Cheers, I usually dip my canopies in Future. They come up pretty shiny/
  7. They're a lovely model to build. This is my second Academy Hornet; the first one was a single seater. Do you have a scheme chosen?
  8. Thanks for all those kind comments folks, I'm feeling quite humbled! Cheers and thanks again. Mick
  9. Hi all. It's been a slow year at Casa de Crosby but a second build has crawled it's way over the line. The kit is the quite nice 1/72 Academy F/A-18D converted to an Aussie B. In order to get to the B version that we flew, a few lumps and bumps need to be removed from the plastic as well as a few omissions in the way of the ECM blister behind the canopy and the cheeks of the nose. Aussie machines also had the catapult launch bar replaced with a square piece of steel bar similar in weight to the original launch bar. They did operate without the launch bar for some time however shimmy problems of the nose gear required the installation of the bar to negate this problem. Another item that needs to be addressed for RAAF machines is the tail stiffener on the left side of each of the fins. The Kinetic kit comes with the stiffeners as etch items so I scanned then traced them in Affinity Studio, scaled them down to 1/72 and then cut them in vinyl. A bit of Mr Surfacer of the top and they blend in well. The reinforcing cleats at base on the inside of the fins are also needed however as this kit was a D version they weren't supplied. If you've the A/A+ boxing you'll be in luck as they are included. I made mine from some plastic card cut to appropriate size and shape. The decals are from Ronin Graphics here in Australia. They are very thin and the colour density is excellent but they are quite fragile if not handled correctly. I managed to fold a section of the tiger decals on itself so had to order a second set...doh. Anyone want a 95% complete set of this scheme in 72nd? A colour chip of the orange is also provided with the decals so some paint alchemy, 30 minutes and lots of test spraying and I think I nailed the colour. There are many photos of this jet showing how worn out the grey scheme was at the end of its service life. A good example are the stabs. The left and right side are inter-changeable and this can be seen in the photos with the lighter colour of the underside appearing on the top side indicating they had been swapped out. I could spend hours on the weathering of the airframe but I'm happy with where I've got it to. Perhaps if it was 48th I'd spend a lot more time on it. Enough words, onto the pics. Hope you like! Mick The sticker is courtesy of a local chap in my home town who does a heap of cool retro style ADF stickers. The badge is also the official number of total hours that RAAF Hornets flew during their years of service. Bancroft (the workshop mascot) has lined up for the first ride.
  10. Very nice. I enjoyed my build of that kit, it looks like you have too.
  11. Those results look promising Andy. I agree with your comment about the comparison between Tamiya Laquer and aircraft black boxes
  12. G'day all. I've moved this one into the WIP section as it didn't make the finishing line for the Ground Attack GB. The log from the GB can be found here. There's been plenty of activity in the last few weeks with the colours applied and the decaling commenced. I've also dry fitted the undercarriage to see if there's any fouling of parts before committing to glue at the end of the build. Fuselage roundel is the Tamiya kit item as trying to cut a mask that sat neatly over the conduit on the right side of the fuselage was going to be a lot more fiddly than opting for the decal route. It's come up well though the blue is a touch darker than the upper wing roundel, lets put that down to sun fading on the upper surface... I'm really pleased with how she's turning out. Fingers crossed it'll be finished in the next week. Cheers, Mick
  13. Stickers are on. Fingers crossed it'll be done by the end of the week. Cheers, Mick
  14. G'day all. A Saturday afternoon session. Some masking, some painting, some more masking, some more painting, gloss....ding....ready for decals on the Corsair. Cheers, Mick
  15. Heaps. Do a Goole search using "VAQ-132 CAG jet 166894" These are just a few results you'll get.
  16. Tidy work there Rato. Nice to see a P-47 in different markings.
  17. Thanks Terry. They are a simple build for sure. I've got a Reaper and Predator done and now this one. I like the look of the Armahobby? UAV helicopters too. There's quite a selection of drone/UAV's in the modelling market to build now. You selection sounds interesting, I haven't heard of some of them! Cheers, Mick I agree. It's looks almost too polite to shoot down!
  18. Thanks. You're correct with your guess regarding the fine grit sand paper and thinned paint at low pressure. I use a beaten up old 800 grind soft back sanding pad to wear the paint away. If it's more coarse than that you can leave scratch and swirl marks in the paint when doing it. The air pressure is more by feel, I make sure that it's not too low to prevent spattering and not too hight to prevent spidering. Lots of layers paint makes for an interesting finish. You're correct too regarding the lacquer as the chip to layer with the thin acrylic paint applied above it. I've used chipping fluid before but I find this is a quicker method to achieve a similar look. Plus I can do small areas rather than having to chip back the fluid in one session before it becomes difficult to remove. Once the decals is complete I'll move onto oils for some more patina and wear in the paint. Cheers, Mick
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