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Quiet Mike

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  1. Just digging up an old thread rather than starting a new one. Tthanks for the info on here, it has helped me decide what the undersides of this Stranraer would possibly be. RMS Empress of Britain escorted by three Supermarine Stranraers by Mike, on Flickr
  2. Wow, that's a masterclass in model building. Great photography too!
  3. What a masterclass that was, superb skills!
  4. Wow, that is breathtaking! Excellent build and photography
  5. This is a stunning build, I love the subtle weathering
  6. It's good to see the Blenheim in different livery. Excellent build!
  7. That's a lovely little build! I really enjoyed seeing the Shuttleworth one soaring about a few years ago. 1948 EoN primary glider by Mike, on Flickr
  8. There's plenty of far fetched action in Commando Comics too! But as a rule those illustrated by Jose have a more realistic feel to them and elevates them above the pulp. When you add his sublime penwork to the mix it's a winning combination for me. Thanks Jon. Matchbox list that fuselage as 64 Light Grey, so I assume that's a match for Cerrux Grey Don't apologise Adrian, it was sage advice! Scratch building detail no one will see is definitely not something I'd recommend to everyone either. My background as a technical illustrator, low BPM, st
  9. Loving the updates Stew, these are shaping up very nicely. I had the same issues last year finding reference for two bladed props. I came to the same result, but without colour reference I used a dull brown for the leading edge.
  10. Just catching up in this thread. What an amazing build, love the level of detail! I had to double check it was 1/48 and not 1/32 (Which would have still knocked my socks off!)
  11. And in Other News, we are getting on great with our rescue mutt, who was four this week. Happy birthday Skye. Skye by Mike, on Flickr And while I struggle to get motivated to go out on decent bike rides, finding excuses about the weather being to wet, dark, windy or cold far too easily, I've discovered my old Commando comics from the early 80s and I'm really enjoying flicking through them again. I can remember the first one I bought aged 9 1/2, Sky of Flame, and how the artwork really inspired me. (18p, in Bishops Waltham newsagents. The fact I can remember all th
  12. Despite my absence, I have been busy! As scratch building is a new skill to acquire for me, I've been reluctant to post 'along the way' photos, as others with much more skill have illustrated this far better than me. I'd hate to share bad habits on here! And when I say 'busy', I mean spending hours scratching my head looking at reference, and minutes whittling bits of plasticard into approximate shapes and sticking it in. Also the mental process of trying to work out what detail can work in 1/72, and then how to actually make it. Previous builds have been invaluable here, but I've tried t
  13. Thanks Phil, that's very kind of you! I shall take you up on those roundels. Also, I have found another prewar 38/39 photo of a North Sea Fleet Watchdog flight, with two planes in camouflage, and third still in silver. It's in a Supermarine book I have, unfortunately not clear enough to make out the serial numbers, but I'll share it on here when I get a mo. My gut tells me these planes planes would have silver undersides, but I have no proof of that yet. Yes, I'm definitely in agreement about adding external detail, and I have the tools to hand now! I'm actually looking forward to
  14. They are crystal clear too aren't they? You just wonder if the same chap took some shots of the cockpit ... There are good galley views in this pdf as well, but newsprint quality as it's a 1935 Flight article. https://www.seawings.co.uk/images/Articles/Article PDFs/Stranraer - Flight - 1st August 1935.pdf
  15. Well, there is a famous photo of one taken through the nose of an He111? But I don't know if it was attacked or not. I'll try and find it ... Edit Edit - It's a Saro London, not a Stranrear, thanks for the gen @Carl V Edit - it's in this Hughie Green link, taken over the Shetlands but little other detail. https://www.a-e-g.org.uk/supermarine-stranraer.html
  16. Such beautiful lines on these early Nieuports, I look forward to to seeing this one develop!
  17. Looking fantastic Johnny, enjoyed following this whole build but especially these final steps. I have had the same issues with the Dark Grime wash, it definitely needs agitating properly each time I use. (It usually stands for months as I'm such a slow builder)
  18. Quick shout, does anyone have a pair of A1 style roundels for the top wings? They need to be 30mm across. I'm a long way off needing them but thought I'd get in early ... I've checked my meagre stash but drawn a blank.
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