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Deanflyer last won the day on December 22 2017

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About Deanflyer

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    Spitfire listed under 'Types Flown'...
  • Birthday 03/30/1967

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  1. Deanflyer

    Eagle Transporter

    Nah. Lighting is not my thing. It was me you were chatting to at Cosford when you said I was cheating by using the weathering decals, by the way... I've got a lot of the subassemblies together now, and got a wash on the front and rear walkways. I'd also weathered the gubbins that sits just outboard of these, but the wash showed up how badly the two halves were joined, so I've washed it off and am going to clean them up and repaint them before I go much further. Pictures when I get round to it. Cheers, Dean
  2. Deanflyer

    Me 262

    To be honest Greg, I can't remember how it compares to the painting guide, as it's in the bin now. It didn't come out as I wanted, that's all I know. Cheers, Dean
  3. Deanflyer

    Me 262

    Thanks Greg...I used Gunze H417 for the RLM76 light blue, H421 for the RLM81 brown/violet and H422 for the RLM82 light green. That's my view, too...it's just too regular. Mind you, I've seen a lot worse on the real thing during my research: but it's not the look I was going for at all... Thanks Joachim, I'm moving away from stark panel lines these days. I only washed the areas around the control surfaces and several removable panels, and I didn't do any weathering as these planes weren't in service for that long. Dean
  4. Deanflyer

    Me 262

    Hi all, I feel a bit ambivalent towards this build. I was expecting it to be an easy one, as the Tamiya kit is excellent and I was looking forward to the mottling. But, through my own ham-fistedness a lot of little things went wrong and it became a trial. Not least of which was the problem that I just couldn't get the paint mix and pressure right to do the mottling as I wanted it. I had to settle for a bad job in the end, and then found out my airbrush needle was slightly bent! A replacement needle, and everything works fine now, but it's too late for this build. Even the photography is a bit lacklustre...I took some lovely photos in the sunshine yesterday, only for the memory card to be completely wiped before I could download them. Time to move on... Here's the walk around: Here's the crawl around: ...and the fly around: Here's to the next one... Dean
  5. Hello all, Like many of us of a certain age, I grew up watching Space 1999 in the 70's. Looking back at it now, it's pretty cheesy, but the classic design of the utilitarian Eagle Transporter endures. I was smitten as a kid, and had the Dinky Eagle, in lurid green paint, and restored one a couple of years ago. I also got hold of the old Airfix 1/72 kit a few years ago, but when the 1/48 scale MPC Eagle kit was announced, I just had to have one. I was saving it for my retirement, so now's the time! Here's the box: ..and for those interested, here's the sprues: That's what the sprues look like when you spend three consecutive evenings cutting off and cleaning up 308 parts, many of which are round rods with a mould seam up both sides. I'm not sure how visible those seams will be on the finished article, but better safe than sorry. I separated the parts into plastic containers so I wouldn't get them mixed up: Comparing the beak to the 9" long Dinky toy I restored gave me my first impression of how big it'll be - referring to it as the 22" Eagle is all very well, but it's only when you get the bits in your hands that you start to wonder where on earth (or moon) you're going to put it afterwards: I hd a glueing frenzy last night, and many of the subassemblies are ready to have their seams dealt with...more when that happens... Cheers, Dean
  6. Deanflyer

    Hawk Trainer

    They were from Heritage Aviation, no longer available, I'm told... It was Tamiya X-22 thinner with Mr Color Levelling Thinner. It gives a great gloss, but you can't even touch it for days... Thanks for the comments everybody, it's appreciated. Cheers, Dean
  7. Deanflyer

    Hawk Trainer

    Hi all, If you've been following my WIP thread on this, you'll know the trials and tribulations I've gone through to get this finished. The cockpit walls had to be detailed, the flaps lowered and scratchbuilt, a new windscreen home made after the original disintegrated, problems getting the gloss coat to set, decals which wrinkled and refused to respond to MicroSol...you name it. Anyway, here it is after 67 hours work, in the best trainer scheme the Hawk ever wore in my opinion. Excuse the photography, natural light has been hard to come by today... Now, what's next..? Cheers, Dean
  8. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Well, the decals are on the airframe. They mainly comprised stencils really, as there wasn't much in the way of markings apart from the roundels and the serials. The topside wing roundels caused a problem, as two sharp little vortex generators protrude through these, and I was hoping it would settle down with MicroSol, but for once it refused to work it's magic. The right roundel was so badly creased and wrinkled that I had to sand it smooth and add another roundel over the top...hopefully, MicroSol is settling that as I type. Here's how it looks at the moment: Just some decals for the gear doors and the cockpit canopy to go, a bit of detail painting here and there, and I can get onto final assembly. More when it happens, Dean
  9. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    I was aware of the Archer rivets and was toying with getting some when the HGW ones failed, but I couldn't find anywhere that sold them. I didn't want to delay the build any further, so pressed on without them. Cheers, Dean
  10. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Look at the photo of my flaps - there are six supports for the intermediate flap which will extend into the wing and attach to the inner upper surface. The three hinges below the wings will do the rest. Cheers, Dean
  11. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    I know, Bob...you told me on Tuesday. And I said too late... Cheers, Dean
  12. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Now for the bit I really enjoy...painting. As the top half of the fuselage was going to be white, I did that first with Mr Surfacer White Primer. Then I sprayed the inner wings with Light Aircraft Grey, and then masked both of these areas off to add the red. The red went on very thinly, and took a lot of coats to get it uniform. Got there in the end though: Then I added my home made windscreen, faired it in, and added the anti glare panel: Then it was an experimental coat of Tamiya X-22 Clear thinned with Mr Color Levelling Thinner, which a couple of my friends had recommended: It went on nice and smooth, but I think I went a little too thick as it's taking days to harden. I'll know better next time. You're now up to date...more as it happens, Dean
  13. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    SandyBay: I think you misunderstood me - the kit part was too narrow, and it was while forcing it wider to fit the fuselage that the damage occurred. The vac formed one was naturally a bit wider, but also a lot more flexible, and these two facts combined to make it a decent fit. The 4th picture in my previous post is my home made replacement. The undercarriage was painted Tamiya XF-19 Sky Grey with a coat of clear gloss over it. The next in my line of failures was the raised rivets around the rear fuselage. I'd bought some positive rivets by HGW especially for this build, and was keen to try them out. The rivets have to be cut into strips, soaked in water, slid into place and allowed to dry overnight. Then you peel off the carrier film and leave the rivets behind. I studied the rivet patterns on reference photos, and due to the way the decals are applied you can't have two lines of rivets crossing, or you'll be applying rivets over the carrier film of the others. I spent two hours applying mainly the vertical rivets one evening, and then peeled the carrier film off next morning: Sadly, some of the rivets peeled off with the carrier, but this was the least of my problems; rubbing a finger along the dots, you can't feel them at all. I was a bit concerned that they wouldn't show up under the paint, so I decided to put a thin coat of Mr Surfacer over them to see. Before: After: Gone! Complete waste of time and effort. If you want a row of silver dots on top of your paintwork anywhere, these are for you, but if you're going to even think about painting over them, forget it. Paint next, Dean
  14. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Thanks for that input - I was beginning to think nobody was interested! The wheel wells have only been lightly weathered, but it's too late to do anything about the colour now... Back to the fray... The fuselage around the front cockpit bulkhead is already a poor design on this kit, but despite having filed chunks off the bulkhead to get the fuselage halves to fit, it's still way too wide for the front edge of the windscreen to fit. This was the first release of the kit with the short shots remember, and it's possible that the windscreen might have been taken out of the mould too soon and contracted in on itself. I found that by applying heavy pressure to the front of the windscreen, I could get it to splay out enough to fit, but the force was considerable and I wouldn't be able to hold it there for long. So...windscreen almost in position, thin bead of super glue in the gap, force into position and hold while a drop of accelerator is applied, hold as long as possible while it goes off, release gently. Phew, seems to have worked. But hang on, what's that fogging in the corner of the clear part perilously close to the masking? Better peel the masking back and have a look underneath...ess ach one tee! Not only had the glue and accelerator wicked under the masking and fogged the windscreen, but the heat of curing had effectively delaminated the plastic too! Result - one totally ruined windscreen. Right, solution - vacform a replacement using the destroyed one as a buck. Layers of superglue were used to strengthen the inside, and filler was used to smooth the outside. After several layers of filing and primer, this was the result: Then I gathered together my home made vacforming gubbins I used for my Spitfire T9 build, and got this first pull: Cut free, trimmed, and dipped in Klear it's virtually indistinguishable from the original part - except that it fits! Life saved. Then, while all that was going on, I gave the rest of the airframe a squirt of Mr Surfacer 1200 to highlight areas of concern, and there were only a few. Next step - paint. More when I feel up to it, Dean
  15. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Hello all, Laid low with the lurgy at the moment, so I thought I'd get round to updating you on my latest build...the Revell 1/32 Hawk: Note the Argos stock label on it - like many of us probably, I hot footed it down to the local Argos when these first came out as I believe they were one of the only places stocking it. Then it's sat in the stash ever since. That was 2010! About time I made one... I'd also splashed out on the Xtradecal stencil sheet, and their squadron markings sheet, as I didn't want to build a Red Arrows jet: I've always had a fancy for the late seventies RAF trainer scheme, ever since it first appeared in the Airfix catalogue when I was a kid, so I'll be doing this scheme: One difference - the nose ID number 164 will be in white, not black, as I prefer it that way. Luckily I found a photo of this airframe with the number in white, so it will still be accurate. The cockpit is reasonably well detailed, and the instrument decals do their job well enough, settling down well over the raised bezels: The only place the cockpit falls down is on the sidewalls, which are devoid of ANY detail whatsoever. All of this had to be added from scratch: Adding a couple of resin seats completes the ensemble: I'd ordered the early style headboxes on the seats, as you can't get much earlier in the Hawk's career than this! Then it was on to the notorious short-shot undercarriage. I added various bits and pieces to replace the missing compression struts, and also added brake lines and tie wraps: I filed flats onto the tyres, and painted everything up. The wheel centre caps have still to be added here, and according to some references the main wheel rims were painted yellow so I'm still deciding whether to do that with mine: The wheel wells were well detailed OOB, so I just used a wash to highlight things: One notable problem with the kit is that there is no facility to have the flaps dropped, which is how Hawks are ALWAYS parked. I sliced off the flaps from the wings, scratch built them to an aerofoil section, and added the intermediate strip and supports using the mk1 eyeball and much poring over of reference photos. I'm hoping it'll work out ok: Before the fuselage halves could be joined, there was the little matter of all the glaring ports in the fuselage which would open onto the bare plastic interior. There are about five of them, which all had to be dealt with using a short length of tube glued to the inside of the fuselage to give depth, and then blanked off. So, ready to close the fuselage - oops, no, the forward cockpit bulkhead is a completely different shape to the interior of the fuselage at that point! It left a gap of about an eighth of an inch between the halves, which no amount of filler would solve. I had to file off quite a bit of the bulkhead sides to get the fuselage to close: The rest of the seams weren't too bad, apart from the ones on the inside of the intakes - which due to the engineering of the kit means they CAN'T be assembled before adding them to the airframe, and makes sanding inside them that much more difficult... More when I've sorted out the photos, Dean