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  1. Yes, I found that one as well. Not up on British aircraft, but the colorization might be off. Guessing the fuselage codes and spinner were not white. Probably ??Sky?? normally seen on British aircraft.
  2. Yes, I am guilty of such shenanigans............yet again. But I can actually see them bleeding through the outside of the model. Slight color change and were actually ever so slightly raised. Thanks Bob, I will check out those instructions. You know, I've looked at Scalemates before, many ah times. But never scrolled past the Timeline. So much more stuff below.
  3. In between things drying on the Hellcat for GB, I've been working on the Typhoon. Finally decided what aircraft I will be doing. MN518, R-D flown by W/C Davidson of the 143 Wing. Always looking for unique schemes. While their is nothing unique about the scheme, his scoreboard is interesting. 2 Italian kills while in Greece, 2 Japanese kills while in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) and 2 German Kills. His story is a little interesting too. While flying another Typhoon, he had engine trouble and was forced to land in B├ęthune (France, south of Dunkirk). Where he was picked up by
  4. Working on the Hasegawa Hawker Typhoon Mk IB w/ Tear Drop canopy. The instructions say you will not use the bomb rack so they never get addressed in the instructions. What's the location for them? Looking at some pics and drawings it looks like it's about where the inner rocket rail would be. Any thoughts? Thanks as always! Instructions: Aircraft to be represented:
  5. Decals started, but then we come to what seems to be my Kryptonite in the modeling world.............stars n bars. As of late they seem to fight me. The upper wing one actually is doing well, but where did that brown smudge come from? What the? The fuselage one, cross your fingers! Despite pushing air out with the brush and rolling with a cotton bud, those panels lines just love air. Light slice and some more Micro sol, let's see what happens. I'm doubtful! Rather use masks, but apparently I am to stupid to use them. And the stencils are just horrendous, well the white one
  6. Found the decals! Put them in a safe spot that wasn't part of my normal routine. What a gomer!
  7. Here's how she sits at the moment. If anyone has suggestions (for the future) on masking edges like on the fuselage where it meets the wing. Had a hard time doing that, to the point I see I got a little touch up to do right where the wing meets the fuselage. No problem, thanks for the thought though. Sent a message to Eduards support link, we'll see what happens. I honestly don't remember ever seeing them. Oh well, we'll see how it goes and go from there. Fortunately not rushed for time.
  8. I'VE LOST MY DECAL SHEET!!!! Well that is just grand, just realized I have lost my decal sheet. Not sure where it went. Maybe got mixed in with the recent mix of boxes and what not from the Mustang STGB builds and those have been long burned. Unless my kit didn't come with it. Now what to do? Eduard does show a Wet Transfer set on their site, but $27 US.......which seems crazy. Montex makes a Mask/Decal set for this airplane. Trying their support link on their page for Lost or Damaged items. See what happens there first. On a nice note... I did get the
  9. Wonder, if because it was so thin that it built up in the cap and the got to point and spattered? Hmmm I have the other style cap too (kinda like 4 blunt spikes). Could also try without the cap since I am doing such fine lines. I think it all started with old Mr Color that I tried to make work.
  10. I think it's a paint issue. Super thin, accentuating the panel lines. Light coats over and over to build it up. This was an all of a sudden big blast of liquid, with the uhu tack still on so then it left marks where it ran and pooled. Had to sand those down and touch up. Which, for me, where you sand you never get a good edge to blend smoothly. Always a ridge left. I don't know if the tip was drying and then something released letting paint go or if I was moving around to much and it spilled over the top? I've had it where I got to spazzy with my hand movements and it slosh
  11. Ahhh, I love when things spiral outta control. Airbrush started doing some weird random splatter thing while doing some weathering and now every step I take just takes me farther down in the dumps. 1 step forward, 6 steps back. So flipping close! Knew it was to good to be true..........this kit was coming together like butter. Why do I even bother?
  12. Nicely done! Trying to get my -3 outta the paint shop, but having some hiccups with my airbrush and I am not sure why. It's always something. But again, yours looks nice! Hope to be following soon with mine. PS: You front cowl piece looks like it fits way better than mine.
  13. Got a question for all you Spitfire Junkies. Basically since hours have be cut in half with this whole Covid ordeal, I am going to skip getting a new kit and build something I have here already. So I have this kit...... Since it was the standard Vb prior to adding parts, it looks like I can do a Vb if I wanted, which I have a few decals for. Can I get to a Vc from this kit without to much hassle? I have this sheet I'd like to #3 on, but it's a Vc. Thanks in advance! Happy Modeling!
  14. Hours cut in half, but I am the only IT person and 1 of 4 administrators for the company. Also have to support our one employee who is essential to essential companies. I can't hangout at the bar with my buds either (saving a ton of money though). I know preaching to the choir. So, yup, lots of modeling time being had..... Finished the P-51B and A-36A that were suppose to be for the STGB. My F6F-3 is almost done with painting (other than some fiddly bits and one not). This might be my fastest build ever. Playing with lots of new airbrush techniques......just wish
  15. Progress as of yesterday. Got the underside painted with Tamiya White. Was going to use Mr Color white, but I don't know if it has gone bad or what..........but I couldn't get a good spray out of it. Either it was too thick or I got it to thin. Had a hard time finding the sweet spot for spraying. Mr Color was separated when I opened it, but I mixed it thoroughly only to have issues. After that Tamiya White, I went back with highly thinned Tamiya Neutral gray and lightly sprayed the panel lines, etc. Then wen back and touched up some white after that. Need to work on the thinning ratio
  16. Wow, that was a crazy landing gear assembly......but I am sure there are way worse ones out there. I think I am permanently cross-eyed now.
  17. That's my same assessment too. I eliminated the alignment pins as well. I then sanded the inner lip of the the front cowl piece to eliminate any chance of it bottoming out. Not gone, just not as deep. If the front piece was a little proud in places I tried to sand it down to avoid a lip. The back cowl portion I just left as I don't have a good easy way to reproduce the rivets/screw heads (whatever they are). I don't have a separate color on the front of the cowl, so maybe that will help too. Yours is lookin awesome so far! Just getting ready to tackle the paint on mine.
  18. Working on a F6F-3 myself. How did that front cowl piece fit? I think it was less than stellar. But with all the different cowl options, it's not surprising. The edges don't all line up. If you sand, then you lose rivet details.
  19. Been a busy couple days. This is my first Eduard kit and I was a little concerned with how the wings attached..........and I was surprised. Pretty easy if ask me..........just some minor tweaks as the glue setup. Got one little clear piece to put in the port wing and she is ready. Even took the time to redo the fuel tank by adding the spine on. Will work on the filler cap tomorrow.
  20. Thank you! Although I really don't like OD Mustangs, they are kinda boring looking compared to the Natural Metal counter parts............but it does make me want to build another one of the many AM kits I have in the stash. That first pic of mine really makes the urge pop up again.
  21. Thanks for the kind words. Don't look to close to the open canopy.........it's a little rough. Wasn't sure what to do with the upper side. At this point I am just glad to be done. Learned some new things..........good and bad. Wow, the link thing was easy. THANKS!
  22. Now that both the P-51B and Apache A-36 are off the bench, it's time to start the Hellcat. In between the final details drying on the Stangs, I got the cockpit all done on the Hellcat. Not sure this pretty white background will stay up or not, but I figured I'd snap pics while it's setup. Right now my photo setup is in my wood shop. It has the best lighting and most space. Custom mixed Tamiya paints for the Interior Green. Eduard did such a nice job on the Instrument Panel, it's a shame they didn't do much on the side panels. Oh well, not much seen when button up.
  23. Here is my second late attempt for the P-51 STGB that recently ended. The Accurate Miniatures 1/48 A-36, which is actually isn't too bad of a kit. Blemishes not as bad on this one, but their are a few easy ones to see. Just glad to be done.......but now to get better as we progress on future builds. Build Thread Kit: 1/48 Accurate Miniatures A-36A Aftermarket: Ultracast Seat, Quickboost Gun Barrels, True Details Wheels, Moskit Metal Exhausts Decals: SuperScale Paints: Various Tamiya's Weathering: Various washes from AK and Mig, some stains
  24. Thank you Peter! Well, are we not our own worst critiques? Their is one glaring issue on the starboard wing that isn't shown. It's like the paint dried and crack, right along the white on the wing root side. One decal issue on the underside star and bar that's hard to see. Horrible issues getting the masks off, leading to touch-ups rather than redoing. Quite a few other little blemishes and what not. Need to work on a cleaner (sans blemishes) finish. Probably being to harsh on myself.
  25. Calling her done! I didn't make it in time to post with all the other superb builds in the P-51 STGB that recently finished. It's been many years since I finished a model, but every once and a while I'll get the bug to build a model, get part way through and never finish. Lots of issues along the way to the point that many times I thought of just being done, selling everything and never touching a model again. Which is odd, cause I quite like the building process.............right up until it's time to paint and then usually they come to a screeching halt. I lost about 2.5 weeks on this b
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