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Wonky Donkey

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  1. Enjoying this, matey. You're right that it's a different kinda modelling experience than the "usual" but it's showing off your skills really well! W-D
  2. Cheers Dennis. My original plan for this was to try and do Barry Sheene's Championship winning RGA500 suzuki (last title win in '77). There is a matchbox kit but it's costa-fortunum, verging on the unobtanium these days. I was going down the route of converting Tamiya' s later model RGB500, but I'm not sure if I can get it close enough to pass and I'd have to freestyle the paint scheme... Maybe one day. Mick..
  3. Bandai's 1/72 Incom Corporation T-65 X-wing space superiority fighter (1977): Cheers W-D
  4. True, dat. I have mine together now and I've filed, trimmed, filled and sanded as much as I can be arshed with. It'll do me now. Oh, and I have used my body weight in lead and filled every orifice. Still not enough.... Anyway, this thread is s'posed to be about an x-wing, so where was I? Yes, weathering. I next added some more streaks, leaks and oily grime round the engines using various oil colours. As with other aspects I deliberately went more brash and bright than I normally would (quite enjoyed that....). I also targeted some blaxk/brown paint on areas such as in the recesses round the engines, the rear areas and such. I then began to put the parts together (no glue), hoping the fact I'd all but completed the whole thing in separate parts wouldn't mean they'd look like that when brought together as a whole. In deference to the posts above of the "battle damaged" version from our childhood, I added some minor laser blast damage on the s-foils (wings). Just about managed not to go too far there - maybe a bit... Anyway, some "all done" shots: So that's it. My entry to this most excellent group build (my first), is my first sci-fi build using some new techniques to me. I'm fairly happy with how it turned out, especially having chosen not to use any decals (bar the instruments and luke's helmet). I'll stick a couple of pics in the gallery. Many thanks to the hosts and fellow builders for commenting. Good luck completing your builds W-D
  5. I can see why, Dave... It's been a bit of a pig so far to be frank. Shape's good and there's some neat ideas but it simply doesn't fit... I see some builds on here were more successful so maybe it's me but if so I went very wrong very quickly.... Ho hum. W-D
  6. Grand start. Looking forward to seeing this progress. W-D
  7. That's very nice, that is. Paintwork is super and - cos I'm just wierd - I really, really like the "sit" (or should it be "hang"..?) of the cabling! Chapeau! W-D
  8. Thanks for the encouragement, folks Seems I'm getting into a pattern of a weekly update on this one.... This week, i have mostly been starting an S&M Canberra and not finishing this x-wing! Some progress though. Stage 1 of the weathering is done. A "panel line" wash of darkish grey on every line or raised detail and I did really try to get into every one. Not my usual approach as I prefer something a bit more selective... Anyway, it's a basis for more specific washes and stains next. I matt varnished the whole thing at this point too. I won't do that again now to get some variation in finishes on the surface. It's already taken some of the starkness out of some of the colours which is good. Next a dirtier wash for engines and the bits I think would have got really dirty. Then some smoke or thin black stains, chipping and such before I put it together. Ciao for now. W-D
  9. How do. Right, I've finally finished painting the various panels as well as the metallic parts of the engines and exhausts. I'll not show you every component cos you e better things to do with your time(?), but by way of example: It's still a bit "bright" but weathering stages should help there. The next stage was to get into the cockpit. As I mentioned earlier, I've no idea what colour it's meant to be so went with neutral grey and a fairly heavy, lighter grey dry brush. Thin black wash, and picked out a few random details for interest. The instruments are the only decals I've used. They went on alright but didn't fit where they were supposed to go. It's waiting a matt varnish in the pictures so a bit shiny. Obviously, we need a pilot (also still needing a matt coat). So now to start weathering a bit. I'll use a grey/blue enamel wash on some panel lines/details but with no gloss coat so it stains the paint work a bit. Then I think I'll build the airframe up before a dirtier wash and some streaking and chips. I'll see how it goes. Cheers for now. W-D
  10. Thanks Karl. So far all Tamiya "acrylic" thinned with Isopropyl. The metallics will be Vallejo, just cos that's what I've got in the box. Oh, and the primer was Tamiya too, straight from the can. I've noticed no ill effects. W-D
  11. Amen to that, @kiwitrogg. Mind you, I saw one of Doohan's bikes at the NEC one year (earlier than this one) and it was a right shed. Probably a bitza lashed up for shows, but it did burst my teenage bubble a little. Top work @Kibar W-D
  12. Worth a pretty packet in 1:1 these days... Before my time, but I do like these later gen big two strokes. Looking forward to the build. W-D
  13. If I get fed up of all this jeffing masking Joel, it'll certainly be going in a swamp.. Technically, I think Yoda raised it from the swamp. Failed, young Skywalker did. Mm. W-D
  14. .... Bloody predictive text Anyway, this week (or is it a decade...?) I have mostly been masking random panels.... There's a lot to mask for sometimes just one tiny panel. For example, in addition to the "white", there are 5 colours on this side of the upper fuselage panel with two still to go (soz for the pic quality here): I've added some chipping with maskol. Looks quite stark at the minute but I'm hoping once it's got weathering and varnish on it won't. I decided not to chip each and every panel. Firstly, not every panel would get worn I guess, and second it presumes they're painted. So a couple of the colours - the buff and one of the greys - I've left them "clean" as if they're made of some other unobtainium type material. Just for amusement really. Truthfully, I don't recall the original being quite so colourful. I did flick through some scenes on the film when I really started to doubt things, and to be honest it's hard to tell. Bit more to go yet, but we're getting there. Oh, and here's Senor D2. I painted him rather than use decals as I doubted they'd conform. Hence the lack of straight edges... Ciao the now W-D
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