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About mark.au

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  1. Somewhat ironic outcome indeed. Thanks for the kind comments gents.
  2. Hello all; Here's my latest effort. I tried something a bit out of my comfort zone on this and used Bare Metal Foil for the NMF. It was both easier and harder than I imagined it would be, but overall I am pleased with how it turned out, and more importantly I ended up quite enjoying the process. I made enough mistakes for it to take almost two full sheets of foil to cover this one Mustang, but I learned a lot and am looking forward to the next one. The decals came from a twenty year old SuperScale sheet which behaved surprisingly well, though the larger ones had a preponderance to split and all resisted Micro Set/Sol; I resorted to Mr. Mark Setter for the more stubborn ones. As usual, comments and critiques are welcome. Cheers; Mark.
  3. Thanks Joachim, the background is a big part of the hobby fo4 me. Thanks to everyone else too.
  4. I think that’s a very nice model indeed, well done.
  5. A great pair of mustangs. I’ve one on the go right now and would be very happy to have it turn out like yours.
  6. Thanks! Those merge pics are a favourite of mine too. Thanks to all for the comments.
  7. Hello all; This one was a challenge all the way through with paint that wouldn't cure, clear coat that wouldn't cure, bone-headed operator errors, more bone-headed operator errors, and some bad luck (more operator error). That having been said, I'm pleased to have a differently painted Mossie on the shelf that looks reasonable if not viewed not too closely. Critique welcome. Cheers; Mark.
  8. Hi Gordon; I did have a little trouble with the inserts, but patient dry fitting/adjust/repeat and I got them in ok with a little Mr. Surfacer to make a clean seam. The exhausts are kit parts; I did drill them out but otherwise they're stock. Thanks to everyone for the comments. Cheers; Mark.
  9. Hello all; Here's my latest completion. Flown by S/Ldr E. M. Mason on 15th February 1942 on his last sortie. I've taken some artistic license with the aircraft codes, electing to code his aircraft E M rather than using the FZ squadron code No. 94 Squadron was using at that time. As far as I'm aware there aren't any pictures of Mason's aircraft - the squadron having been issued the Kittyhawks only two week prior. I may be right, I may be wrong but I think this marking suitably commemorates his final aircraft. I tried to replicate a hurriedly field applied paint scheme. For reasons of preference, and because it's possible, I painted the underside in Neutral Gray as opposed to light blue. Admittedly it was possibly more likely to have been blue, but there's evidence (photographic mostly - see the main site for explanation) it could have been NG. Besides, I like being a bit different. There's very little weathering as this airframe had only a couple of weeks' use before being lost. Known issues include: the canopy moved around during the photo shoot; the three way connection for the antenna lines isn't very clean; it bugs me that there's the tiniest bend in the gunsight! Otherwise comments and observations are most welcome. Cheers; Mark.
  10. Pics work now. Very nice work, congratulations.
  11. Very nice paintwork indeed, especially on the A-4
  12. mark.au

    45 Squadron, RAF

    Sorry for delay in response, I was otherwise focused for a bit. To be frank, Ed, I explained exactly what I was looking for - it was help on how to navigate/search on the IWM website. As it happens, I'm not looking for anything in particular, just general background on the squadron's experience in 44/45. I'm going to do a piece on my site on the some of the less well known theatres in WW2 and India/Burma certainly fits the bill. I have a Mk.VI Mossie on the bench and a curiosity on what those aircrews' experience was. Thanks Mark
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