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  1. Think I am calling this done before I mess anything else up and have to touch it up. This was for the Spitfire/Seafire GB that I wasn't able to finish on time. Built the Vb non Trop version back around 2002/2003. The only two issues I really had were the Trop lower nose section (filled and rescribed) and the wing root. For the wing root I matched everything up, which basically meant working from the tips in. That left a gap that was filled with plasticard and some brushable sprue goo that I made. Had a horrible time getting the underside roundels to conform to the little bits.........los
  2. The kit and all the extra fiddly bits have arrived. Unfortunately I think it all has to wait until next week, holiday weekend and all. Now, do I dare install the Master pitot and what not before painting? I'm guaranteed to break them off at least 100 times during the build.
  3. Did you notice the Flickr link on Page 2? Great photo album with 805 Sqn aircraft in it.
  4. I have the Hobby Boss Late version already but it doesn't have extra bits. It has the cowl with the two inner scoops and extra flaps, no upper outer scoop. It does have the right windscreen for the -3A though. So the cowl on the Early would just need the two chin scoops removed. My other two questions is what harnesses in the seat and what type wheels. Guessing it's not a Sutton's Harness, so then did they have only the lap belt or both? Then what kinda wheels? Diamond, Block or Radial? Hard to tell in all the pictures, I'm leaning towards radial.
  5. Call me crazy, but I think I might join in on this one as well. Right now I am leaning towards one of the Mid Stone/Azure Blue Martlet III's first sent to Greece then used by British. Looks like the jumping off point would be the Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-3 (Early) kit and then modifying the cowl. Have to dig into it some more. One post I saw saying you had to do something with the windscreen. If anyone has any other thoughts on this minor conversion please let me know.
  6. So I was just watching Plasmo on YouTube and he used the GXII stuff before decaling, to seal the decals and to weather over. Is Mr Color an acrylic lacquer then? Which ones do you use? UV Cut or Super Clear?
  7. One thing I seem to be struggling with is clear coats. Not so much for decaling purposes, or sealing decals (but am open to ideas there as well). Mainly for weathering and final clear coats. Prepping for decals or washes I've generally stuck with Tamiya Clear. I seem to be able to handle that one ok. When it comes to oil weathering, I'm not sure on this one. I've tried Tamiya Flat with Mr Leveling Thinner..........but it is never ever flat for me, more like a satin. Last night I tried Vallejo Matt Varnish (100% acrylic resin) which I've used before and don't mind,
  8. Sorry to hijack the thread, but this build has peaked my interest to build one in 1/48 some day soon. Kit is no problem, get the Roden. What rockets do you think they are? Looks similar to the Eduards P8V20-A Brassin set mostly matches it.
  9. Nice lookin! Does that cockpit window decal have a pilots image in it?
  10. Well now dang it! Wish you all would stop giving me future project ideas! That is cool! Now how to do it in 1/48!
  11. Well, I just ordered the kit..............guess I am in on this one. My first HobbyBoss kit, hope it works out ok. Probably gonna need a little help with colors on this one, cockpit wise. Not sure on scheme or what fiddly bits will be added. Thinking PE cockpit set, resin seat and then who knows what. Not sure if I wanna dig into the big Eduard PE set or not. Any recommended decal sets? Just ordered it, so gonna be a few days before I have it, plus need to figure out the fiddly bits part yet.
  12. 24" x 36" self healing cutting mat (double the size of my old one) Eduard P-51D-5 Eduard Hellcat F6F-3
  13. As a kid/teen I don't think their was any influence. It was just building to build. When I started back in as an adult it was heavily influenced by a frequent Blue Noser (Moonbeam McSwine) showing routinely at the local air museum that made me want to build Mustangs. NOW it's usually what catches my eye. Either by another builder, or seeing an old B/W photo on Facebook or Instagram. I've been using the group builds as a way to force me to build. Then once I decide to join a GB I'll go find a subject. Usually I try to find a scheme that you don't see often. Something that i
  14. Update on the Typhoon. It's getting more work done on it than the Spitfire as the underside roundel decals on the Spit are giving me fits. Ready for a clear coat and some more weathering. Other than the pilots kill board, the markings are painted on using masks. Masks are not my thing, but neither are decals as of late. First real product with paint masks. They kinda make me break out into a sweat.........and these are just roundels, not Stars n Bars.
  15. Always in for a real humdinger of a build when Rod shows up! Lookin good so far!
  16. I agree with others.............don't throw the beauty away! Make a diorama base or get the Small Conversions metal landing gear like suggested.
  17. Well kids, I am not going to make this one. I'm close though. Decaling is in process, bottom roundels are fighting me tooth and nail. I've lost count as to how many times I've pricked, sliced, put softener (Mr Softer, MicroSol and Solvaset) on them. They are getting close though. But I will now be outta town for the weekend so no modeling time before the deadline. Look forward to seeing everyone else's when I return.
  18. Very nice! Like the scheme! Chose a blue Malta scheme myself. Get away from the camo'd Spits!
  19. Lately I do to......don't remember having nearly the problems like I do now. And I seem to struggle with multi part Masks too. Can't win it seems.
  20. Since my long hiatus I seem to have nothing but problems with decals no settling, weird bubbles, etc. Part of me wonders if it's paint/clear coat. In the old days it was Model Master Enamels and brushed on Future clear coats. Didn't seem like I had as many issues. Now it's mainly Tamiya, although after using some Mr Color, I might switch to that if I can find stock, it sprays way smoother. So basically these are my steps. 1. Dip decal in warm water for maybe 10 secs and set it aside. 2. Maybe after 30-60 secs I check if it slides. 3. If it doesn't slid
  21. Greeting! Where at in Michigan? Kalamazoo here!
  22. Coming along nice...........just wrapped up the camo painting on mine yesterday. Pretty decent kit over all, fit wise. Except these separate fuselage/upper cockpit pieces. Had to do quite a bit of work to smooth those out.
  23. Like this one.......less noticeable today, but it is still slightly visible. Had to get the right angle to see it better. I don't notice the ones on the wings. Just this one.
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