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  1. Hi All It's been a while since my last update so here goes....... Decals applied and rudder attached; the decals settled down nicely with an application of Microsol. I messed up one of the rudder crescents so had to take another from the sheet And a view of the underside....... And to complete the set, now the side view..... The decals were all sealed with a coat of Tamiya clear gloss and so the next step was a bit of weathering. I started with the underside oil staining using watercolours; finding period photo's of the underside proved a bit harder than I thought it would be but
  2. OK, managed to grab a bit of time in front of the modelling bench. Paper masks made and applied. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, the Tigerhead decals didn't come with any painting or decal placement guides so I had to rely on their website for a PDF version. This was not an issue apart from the camouflage scheme appeared to be different on each drawings they gave. As I believe these Turkish aircraft were ex RAF machines it seemed more appropriate to paint it following the Airfix instructions for the 112 Sqn that the kit decals are based on so that is what I did. Dark earth applied
  3. Hi A small amount of progress over the weekend. I didn't get as much time as I'd hoped so only managed to get the Middle Stone first layer applied. Like the underside, this had some lightened paint over sprayed to break up the solid colour. I now just need to make and apply my paper masks and I will be ready to apply the Dark Earth final camo colour and then we will see how it all turns out....... Thanks for looking and see you all very soon. Regards Tim.
  4. Hi All More progress to report! As my normal favourite choice of paints (Tamiya/Gunze) do not have a ready mix of RAF Azure blue (I know Gunze do in their lacquer range but did not want to place an order for a single pot of paint) I painted the underside using the Humbrol Acrylic paints as supplied in the starter set. The paint itself is very thick so it was heavily thinned using Tamiya thinners with a drop of Windsor and Newton flow improver for good measure; it flowed well through the airbrush at 15-18psi and gave a fine finish and good colour coverage which I was pleased with. However
  5. Hi Cliff Like yourself, I'd never used brass tube to replace gun barrels etc and I was concerned about crushing the tube but I was really surprised just how easy it was to do. All I did was put the tube on the cutting mat and roll it along with the blade of my modelling knife whilst applying light pressure and it cut straight through with a nice edge to it. Best regards Tim.
  6. Hi All More progress....... Airfix want you to add the propeller at an early stage in the build before adding the top cowling; given my previous experiences with other kits, this would certainly lead to disaster! The other problem for me would be getting a nice fit on the top cowling and then masking the spinner off whilst doing the painting so I decided to do a bit of an alteration to the front end. Firstly, I attached the cowling and made sure I got a good fit. Having left that overnight, I needed to find a drill bit and a punch in the same size from my punch and die set to create the
  7. Hi Col The seatbelts were easy to use once they had been removed from the backing sheet. To remove them, Eduard suggests using pointed tweezers to get hold of each strap but I found that the tweezers I have were not great so I lifted the edge of the straps using a sharp blade and grabbed them from there. There is a warning to use white glue and not CA so I presume that would have adverse effects. Regards Tim.
  8. Hi Ok, so now I know I'm building a Tomahawk and not a Kittyhawk I've made some actual progress....... I very much doubt that the wing gun barrels would survive the build and as I was planning to replace them with some brass tubing anyway; I decided to cut them off. Cockpit painted and a small amount of weathering done. The wings halves were also assembled: Fuselage together. The bulkhead behind the seat had a noticeable seam running through it that would still be visible when the headrest was fitted so it was filled and repainted: Wings on and underside glued, about to run s
  9. Ahh, that would appear to present an issue then! OK, no problem I will choose one of the other options, like this one: Would that be ok? Regards Tim.
  10. Hi For my second entry, I chose the 1:72 Revell P-47D Thunderbolt. The box shot: The sprue shot: The decals I will be using: I will be adding Eduard Super Fabric seatbelts to this model with the other set going into the P-40B I'm doing. I also purchased the Model Masters barrels as the moulded in the wing kit ones don't look great, whilst I think the MM are great I also think that in 1:72 I could have got away with just using some Albion Alloys tubing cut to length instead...... Opening the sprue bag, it appears that the kit is a bit of a flash monster so there will be a few are
  11. Hi About time I started a build thread....... I'm normally a 1:48 scale builder but given how I have failed to finish the models in other group builds I thought I might have a better chance with a 1:72 scale model. I was looking through Hannants for a suitable model for this group build and they had the new Airfix P-40B Tomahawk IIb in the starter kit on offer at £ 3.99 so I thought I would use that for my entry for Turkey. Here's the kit: And the sprue shot: The decals I will be using: I will be doing the top aircraft 710, surprisingly there are no placement instructions supplied
  12. Well thank you!! I came across this group build a bit late so thought all the good countries had already gone but there are plenty of countries still not represented. I googled "list of air forces" and a Wikipedia entry came up with all the nations and each entry has a list of the aircraft represented so if accurate (and why would it not be as its Wikipedia!) , here's the current list of what I believe to be left: Algeria Armenia Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Barbados Belarus Belize Benin Bhutan Bosnia and Herzegovina Brunei Burundi Cape Verdi Central African Republic Congo Cy
  13. Hi All Can I join in with Turkey and Nicaragua? Many thanks in advance. Best regards Tim.
  14. Hi All Well some slow but steady progress........... White Cowling ring all painted. Cowling ring masked and cowl flaps painted, trying to find the correct colour was a bit of an issue; the information I found seemed to be different the more I looked at it. One builder used Dark Gull Grey which seemed too dark, another used Light Gull Grey which looked too light so in the end I used a mix of Light Gull Grey and Neutral Grey which seems about right in day light and when not lightened by the camera flash. I started to paint the main colour based on what others had done, I like Gunze
  15. Hi All Well time is marching on the end date is looming large! I haven't had a great deal of time at my modelling bench over the past few weeks but I have at least managed to get something done. All the seams were smoothed and polished, the gap in the wing joint was filled using Mr Surfacer and lost panel lines were re-instated. I was happy with all the joints so the whole thing was then primered with Mr surface 1200 to give a good base for the top coat. This was then given a going over with a rough cloth to remove imperfections. Hopefully, I should get a chance to start the top
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