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AaronKSJ

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  1. I've built a few Hobby Boss kits (1/48: P-38 / P-61 / Wildcat) recently and they've been pretty darn good for the money! Enjoy the build
  2. Yup, I may have an Eduard one winging it's way to me as we speak. I'd been doing so very on not buying it but finally caved on Sunday. Anyhow... I'm planning to do the marking for Louisiana Heatwave, as I've not done a NMF aircraft since I was a teenage with a paint brush and wanted to one before I tackle the B-26 from ICM that Santa should be bringing for me [I also really like hot sauce, so seem like a good choice in scheme] So, my question! The marking supplied with the Eduard kit show it with 3 kills and invasion stripes. Ideally I'm wanting to stay clear from doing any invasion stripes so is it within the realms of reason that I could do the kit without the kill marks and invasion stripes? Looking at americanairmuseum.com I can see some info on Capt. Claude J. Crenshaw but not when he switched over from the P-51B to the D so not sure how the time frame works out. Any thoughts? I'm just not sure when the 8th would have started using the D version, and it this was after the application of the stripes. Aaron
  3. Thank you all for the kind words Got it assembled now and looking very much like an X-Wing. Yay Masked off the canopy and glued into place. Ran a little bit of Mr Hobby dissovleable putty around the join between the two clear parts as there was a gap, and also in a few over places around there nose so the fit between some of the parts will look more like panel lines now... hopefully. Thanks for looking. Aaron
  4. Finished off the pilot last night, pretty please with how he's turned out. Enjoyed painting the helmet visor. Tried something a little fancy... Base coated with silver then given a coat of Tamiya clear yellow. Then added a band along the top with some Tamiya smoke to try and add a more tinted look. (I had intended to use clear orange, but turns out I don;t have any) Cockpit is near enough finished and made a start at marking off the previously painted grey inter panel section. Anybody what to have a guess at whose X-Wing I'm planning on doing? Correct answer wins a Scooby Snack* Aaron * Prize has no monetary value May not be exchanged Only available on participating modelling forums
  5. Got some paint down yesterday. Various shades of grey have been splashed around the cockpit and the inter panels. And a black wash added to the panels. Hoping to get the rest of the cockpit finished off tonight so I can carry on with the assembly. The pilot will take a little longer to tackle but can pop him in later. Thoroughly enjoying this so far. I can see a Tie Interceptor on the horizon... Aaron
  6. Has anyone come across any info regarding the marking options that will available with the WWII boxing? Aaron
  7. Morning All, Have been plodding along with gluing bits together. Finished assembling the attack foils and about to start painting the inner recessed panels. I do have a question about the engine bay bits that are on the inter foil surface... Am I right in thinking these should be painted the same colour as the rest of the ship? Rather than a metallic / engine-y colour? I'll tackle the cockpit and pilot painting at the same time as doing those panels. Then I reckon, mask off the panels before fully building everything else up. Aaron
  8. Morning All, Decided I'd have a bash at getting an X-Wing built for this GB. I picked the kit up from my LMS earlier this year with the intentions of starting this sooner. But hey-ho I'll be building this in between a few other kits. Here's the obligatory sprue shot mixed in the chaos that is the kitchen table. Though I'd re-watch the latest episode of the Mandalorian while I was at it. Here's where I got too I have been pondering about how to paint the inner engines and recessed panels on the strike foils (a.k.a wings) For the recessed panels I'll being doing some sort of grey so they'll not match the rest of the foil. Thinking I might pre paint them all and then mask them off with Tamiya tape. Any thought or suggestions on the above more than welcome! Aaron
  9. Little bit more progress. Painted the white triange on the nose (top and bottom) and given it another coat of Klear. Going to give it a day or two to cure then on with some panel lines. I'm going to risk oil paints and odorless terps. I've seen other people talk of Bandai plastic cracking when exposed to terps, but that was a few years ago. Has anyone come across the issue recently or have Bandai changed their plastic? And yes, I made a start on another Bandai kit! Aaron
  10. I've very tempted to make start on a Bandai X-wing as it would be nice to have something going on in this GB. [I had tried to start a post for my mini A-Wing here, but I manged to post it into the aircraft section and then I gave vague instructions to get it moved and it's ended up as a Science Fiction & RealSpace WIP. And I don't want to annoy any Mods in asking for another move!] 8 weeks you say....
  11. Finished of part of the masking. And then sprayed the main colour. Went for a 3:1 ish mix of Games Workshop ceramic white and bleached bone. The orange markings are overly large compared to the picture I'm using as a reference, but I'm happy enough with them. Gave it a very quick coat of Klear this morning, then remembered the white triangle needs doing on the nose. I'm thinking I might just ignore the very small white triangles on the blue fin strips.... Artist licence and all that. Not 100% sure if it'll be ok to mask over the Klear coat in 12hrs time. Might just leave it for another day and work of the Corsair instead this evening. Aaron
  12. @Steve Coombs Good knowledge! I'm definitely going about this is in a back-to-front way... So I've sprayed on the colours for the markings, then I'll mask them off before spraying the main off white colour. I thought it might be a little easier to mask off the small orange rectangles on the wings in this manner. We'll see The colours were mixed from some Games Workshop paints that I dug out. They are little bit more punchy than I was hoping for. Will try and fade them a bit when weathering and if all else fails and very thin dusting of Tamiya buff might do the trick. Speaking of the off-white colour I'm still undecided about what to use. One option I've thought of is Tamiya flat white with a bit of buff mixed in. Or I should have some Games Workshop bleached bone hiding somewhere. Aaron
  13. thanks @fubar57 that made me chuckle!
  14. Oh. This shouldn't be here. D'oh If a Mod spots this can it be moved the Sci-Fi related group please. And I'll resume my place in the naughty corner. Aaron
  15. I'm just going to sneak this in here if I may.... Haven't done much painting in the past few months, but after finally finishing off a PR Mossie have been getting into the swing of things again. Decided to make a start on this in between tackling a Tamiya Corsair. As you'd expect, there's not many parts But with it being Bandai it's beautifully moulded and engineered. Although there's two in the box, I'll just be doing one of them to start with. Still toying with the paint scheme to go for, but I'm leaning towards something similar to the markings seen in Ralph McQuarries artwork Aaron
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