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Jon Bryon

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  1. So the decals are now on: I need to do some touch up with the light gull grey around the hump. This was very difficult to mask accurately. The hump is airbrushed with Mr Color 34. It has to merge with the printed tail decal - the blue on that is all printed. The paint match is excellent. Unfortunately, the hump then needs to be lined with a black decal. I did not get the masking quite right at the front of the hump and the blue bleeds out on the wrong side of the black border. I'm nervous about attempting to correct this, but will probably try later today. The national insignia over the wing and on the starboard nose have been applied over a big puddle of Mr Mark Setter and then had a good quantity of Daco Red decal solvent dumped on top of them. Beyond positioning *they have not been touched* - no cotton bud to press them in place, no solution/water wicked away, etc. They have been poked and prodded a bit with a brush laden with each solution. This was all done directly over the paint (no clear coat). I think they have performed remarkably well. They are not perfect, but more has been asked of them than could reasonably be expected since the surface detail they are covering is *very* prominent. The settling into the regular panel line detail is exceptional. With some touch up and further decal solvent applied, I am confident they will look okay. Some touch up and then a gloss coat before the oil pin wash will be next. Thanks for looking. Jon
  2. I continue to buy and read magazines. The value to me is not in whether they have long-term use - I throw 90% of them away as soon as they've been read - but the pleasure I derive in reading them when they arrive. I think the blanket comment above on the lack of impartiality of magazine contributors is unfair and demonstrably false. The most recent issue of Airfix Model World includes an obviously critical build of the Clearprop 1/72 Gloster jet by Mike Grant. It's not written with any histrionics but the shortcomings of the kit are made clear. That's not too say *some* editors and *some* contributors are insufficiently critical in my view. My current view of the magazines covering aircraft is: Scale Aircraft Modeller - has a newish editor which has meant a rise in the quality of the builds featured but a drop in writing standard (Gary Hatcher knew how to *write*). Typos continue to be annoying, but not enough to stop me reading it, although the editor lets too many clauses stand as sentences which is irritating to read. Still has a good amount of text to read and features articles with a wide breadth of coverage - e.g. most recent issue with Jon K-T's article on vac-forming canopies. I shall be renewing my subscription to this magazine. Airfix Model World - has probably been my favourite magazine recently due to high production and editorial standards (compared to the competition). Mainly covers aircraft, but is suitably catholic in its coverage of other subjects. I let my subscription lapse recently and then immediately regretted it and bought the last issue off the shelf, even though there was no model in my scale or subject range of interest to me. Model Airplane International - poor quality paper, annoying editorial style (huge overuse of gerunds) but, worst of all, is very thin on content and what content there is is usually repeated. How many Spitfires/Mustangs/Fw190s/Furies/etc. does a magazine need to feature? The impression is that this magazine will build and review everything and anything by Eduard. MAI has also been guilty of reprinting articles wholesale, which I resent as I've already paid for it and read it once. In the past the editor has let the content be driven (at least partially) by spats on the internet. On the plus side, the standard of modelling is usually quite good and the comment by Jonathan Mock always worth a read. I let my subscription lapse a couple of months ago and don't regret it. Scale Aviation Modelling International - in terms of grammar and spelling, so badly edited it's embarrassing. I occasionally buy it when I need something to read and I'm out and about, but the articles are generally too short or the modelling quality too low to be of much interest. Haven't subscribed for years and don't intend to start. Model Aircraft Monthly - nice subjects and often nice models, but the text is so short it's often useless, and suffers from the same editorial mess as SAMI. Never subscribed and can't see that changing. Military Illustrated Modeller - bimonthly aviation edition has nice models and great production. I subscribed electronically for a long time. However, cost is very high and the content rather thin for subjects and scales I am interested in, so I've let it lapse. I really like Brett Green as an editor and think this is a good magazine. Meng AIR Modeller - fantastic modelling with very high production values, but usually too expensive for me to consider buying and, strangely perhaps, not enough content to maintain my interest for long. Fine Scale Modeler - used to buy this a lot 10-20 years ago, but just doesn't have much content to justify a purchase these days. Jon
  3. I am struggling to see this replacement fence on the real thing: What am I missing? EDIT: Silly me: it's for the underneath of the wing... I'll leave this here in case anyone else is as dense as me. Jon
  4. Main scheme is now done. Some touch up with the light gull grey will be required tonight and I think I'll attempt the decals tomorrow...directly on the paint The blue is a bit too light and electric compared to the real thing, but unfortunately the colour is set by the tail decal provided in the kit. It's too complex to mask and spray, so I'm hamstrung by what's been printed by Cartograf. It will be fun attempting to merge the painted hump and the tail decals... Thanks for looking, Jon
  5. Being in isolation (extended by a week today!) has its advantages. I've made good progress on the A-4L, although there is some touch up to do. I wish I'd put the Mr Color 315 Light Gull Grey over a white primer as it's very fragile directly on the plastic. I hope it survives. Tomorrow I need to do the blue trim (hump, wing tips, rudder ribs) and the black anti-glare panel and nose, and then the main scheme should be finished. Quite boring photos I'm afraid, but definitely progress. Thanks for looking. Jon
  6. MLT works with the Hataka lacquer acrylics (the orange line), not the regular acrylics. It also works with other lacquer paints (e.g. Akan - again, the lacquer version) and MRP. Jon
  7. Sadly you'll have to wait a fair bit longer. The TA-4J has got to this stage and is now going into storage while I focus on the A-4L: The A-4L has had the white applied. It's a base coat of Mr Finishing Surfacer 1500 White covered with a variable coat of Mr Color 316 White. You can't see it in the photo, but the 316 is a bit warmer than the primer. Tomorrow I should get the white finished, fix a moulding flaw in the rear fuselage, and make a start on the Light Gull Grey on top. This aircraft had a soft demarcation between the white and the grey so there won't be much masking required - just the rudder and ailerons. Thanks for looking. Jon
  8. Pushing on with the A-4L, and since it shares quite a lot of white paint with the TA-4J, I've got that ready too for some Mr Finishing Surfacer 1500 White. You might notice the intakes have yet to be attached. I intend to fit them much later in order to get good coverage behind the splitter plate on the TA-4J and to ensure a good internal demarcation between the red and the white. They will require so paint touch up after they've been attached, but I that will be easy enough to sort out. Thanks for looking. Jon
  9. The main issue is that the trace tool cannot tell the difference between the paint demarcations, the panel lines and the markings (like the national insignia). These all needed to be removed manually, which took forever. Jon
  10. I had a copy of that photo, but at much lower resolution (and one of the other side as well). I wish I'd had the one you posted - you can see a few more details on it that I could have incorporated. Thanks - glad it's of some value! Yep, it did! In a couple of years I intend to do a USN F-5E in a tiger stripe scheme and will use a different masking method that will hopefully be quicker. I spent a long time deciding if that was a change worth making and now it's finished, I'm glad I did it. Many thanks for everyone's kind comments Jon
  11. The first of these is finished! Some photos over in Ready For Inspection for the aggressor A-4E: A full build article on my website: https://jonbryon.com/hasegawa-1-48-douglas-a-4e-skyhawk/ Work will start soon on getting the A-4L done next. Thanks for looking Jon
  12. I'm making four Hasegawa 1/48 Skyhawks concurrently (WIP thread is here) and this is the first to be finished. It's the Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E in aggressor markings from Fights On decals. The only major change I made to the kit was to fill in the leading edge slat bays so there is a smooth transition to the wing. There's no aftermarket other than the decals, and the paint is all Mr Color. A full write up can be found here. Comments welcome, and thanks for looking. Jon
  13. The finish line is now in sight. Pin wash has been applied using oil paints, decals are on (by Fights [sic] On), and the model has been sprayed in a 50/50 mix of Gunze GX100 Gloss and GX113 Matt. My main issue so far is that this model has been a microfibre magnet and under magnification this is all too obvious :( If there was one thing I wish I could do to improve my models it would be to get some sort of sterile environment for airbrushing. A little weathering with oils next (only a little!) then all the other bits can be added and it should be done by the end of the week. Thanks for looking Jon
  14. That depends. This is what they look like. I imagine they are inevitably over-scale. Jon
  15. Thank you These are actually the 6th-9th Hasegawa A-4s I've built. I originally made the F and C together, then the B, K and M together, so thought I'd go for broke and finish the remaining four in my stash. I think I've had enough of Skyhawks now, although if Hasegawa ever did release the A-4A, I'm not sure I'd be able to resist! Jon
  16. Yep, I have one. Can't provide photos, but looks about what I would expect for this genre of kit. Seems similar enough to an AMP product. Jon
  17. Well after painting them almost every day for two weeks, the light grey tiger stripes are done. I've also fixed all the areas that lifted with the masking tape. I used Post-It labelling tape to help with this as I wanted something very low-tack to prevent any more lifting. It's been quite exhausting getting this far, and it is far from perfect, but it will do. Next will be a gloss coat I think, and then decals. Thanks for looking Jon
  18. This why painting this thing is taking so long. That masking is for 5-6 stripes, which will be airbrushed, the masking then removed, and the process repeated for the next 1-6 stripes, depending on the location. There are a lot of stripes... I'm hoping all the stripes will be done by the end of next week. Thanks for looking Jon
  19. Well this is taking ages! I'm approaching halfway through painting the main scheme; each stripe is taking about an average of 15 minutes to mask. Lessons learned so far: 1. Never handle my model prior to painting without wearing gloves. I believe this is why the Mr Color has lifted down to the Mr Surfacer primer around the mid fuselage. 2. The Silhouette cutter hasn't really done a great job with the curves; the cut is rather too angular. I've ordered a gyro cutter to see if I can do a better job by hand. 3. Drawing and cutting the mask is a massively inefficient way of doing this. For the tiger-stripe F-5E I have planned in a couple of years' time I will simply try scaling the markings diagram and cutting masks from that with Tamiya tape. Not only do I have to do the other side, but then make all the corrections due to the paint failure. Progress is slow and it's looking depressingly poor...
  20. Sadly things are not progressing well. For the first time in ages, Mr Color has failed on me and lifted in patches. Since the Mr Surfacer primer is still good, I believe this is because I handled the primed model for a while without gloves. I have found in the past that Mr Color is *extremely* sensitive to my skin oils. Nothing for it but to press on and deal with fixing this once all the stripes are done. I fear the problem will repeat itself in other areas... Thanks for looking Jon
  21. Yeah, I think that's right. Jon
  22. You can make a regular F from it as I think the intakes were only modified on up-engined A-4Fs used very late in fleet service and as aggressors. Jon
  23. Brief update now that painting the stripes has started. It's taken an entire morning to apply my pre-made mask and spray the stripes on one wing. Given that this is the easy bit (apart from the vortex generators), doing the entire airframe is going to take absolutely ages... Mask as cut on my Silhouette cutter: Mask applied and some of the stripes sprayed. I am approaching this a section at a time: Some of the mask removed. There will be touch-ups... Thanks for looking. Jon
  24. Kingkit have a few, mostly M models. I don't know for sure, but I would imagine the Blue Angels F boxing has all the parts for any E/F model except those fitted with the Super Fox intakes. https://www.kingkit.co.uk/shop.php?search=kitfinder&search_term=skyhawk&brand=140&cat=26&scale=1^48 It's also worth bearing in mind that if you can find the Pro-Modeler Blue Angels A-4 kit, that was also Hasegawa plastic. I've built 5 Hasegawa A-4s and I'm currently working on another 4 simultaneously. They are not without their faults, but they are nice kits. The A-4B is particularly good-looking IMO. Jon
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