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TimT

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  1. You make it look easy! Great to see; I'm working on one now - from Valom, but with AZ canopies. Obviously a long campaign ahead.
  2. Thanks for your supportive comments, everyone. Much appreciated! A while ago, I did a WIP thread here on Tamiya's P-38, which allowed me to experiment with a lot of the approaches I used on the Ventura. I've also got a lot of ideas and inspiration from the builds I see here. I don't really have a streamlined process - just lots of trial and error, pushing things too far then pulling them back again. The nice thing about Mission Model paints is that they are quite transparent when thinned, which allowed me to build successive layers of grime throughout the painting process. I also spent too much time staring at photos of Venturas, wondering how I could imply the kind of wear and tear that inspired this build. Cheers!
  3. This is my version of the great Revell Lockheed PV-1 Ventura, the plane that replaced the Hudson. Apparently much reviled by the RAF (unmaneuverable and under-armed) , it was put to wide use by the USAAF (amongst others). This is BuNo 48891, flown by Lt. ‘Butch’ Mason, based in Attu, Alaska, 1944; part of numerous bombing sorties in the Pacific, the plane was finally lost at sea in 1945. Revell’s kit is a fantastic build - large parts that fit together cleanly, unfussy engineering and a decent degree of detail. It was nearly all OOB, with just the addition of an Airfix pilot and a Tamiya navigator as no figures were included. Even though it was not designed for an in-flight option, the gear bay doors fit perfectly anyway - although the tail wheel doors needed a little surgery. Once built, it’s a large canvas. With broad, nearly monochrome areas, it invites some invention in the paint work to provide some variety. These planes were flown to the point of exhaustion, and that was my aim - to convey a well-worn machine near the end of it’s functional life. I used a lot of Mission Model paints, which build in transparent layers pretty well. Masking in different ways (liquid masks, salt, tape, etc.) broke up the surfaces and the weathering across them - a really addictive process. Thanks for looking!
  4. Great to see a wheels-up, in-flight version of this. Nicely done; it's fun to see some creativity and risk-taking at work.
  5. Martin, it was a mix of browns and black, and layered rather than pre-shaded. The Mission Model paints went on well only when really diluted, which helped me build layers gradually. Thanks for the feedback!
  6. From 'an unknown unit' is the only reference I could find. The decals (of iffy quality) are from Iliad - again, the only other source I could find.
  7. That's very kind, Mike - thanks! And I completely agree. Mid-stone, Dark Earth and Azur Blue are a handsome combo.
  8. That's a fine paint job - a lovely evocation of sea and sun-worn livery. Hard to believe it's 1/72
  9. He's from the Tamiya P-38, and is an excellent little figure. Thanks for the feedback!
  10. Thanks for your comments, everyone. Much appreciated!
  11. This is AK431, a workhorse from the North Africa campaign, based in Fayid, Egypt in 1943. With its battered, leaky exterior, this P-40 looks like the survivor of a tough environment. The Airfix Tomahawk is a nice kit - easy to build with a nicely detailed interior. I added a Master gunsight and replaced the pilot with the one I didn’t use from the Tamiya P-38, a well sculpted figure that deserved to be reassigned. Apart from an unfortunate Me-109 I mauled as a 10-year-old, this is the first desert scheme I’ve attempted in the second phase of my modeling career. Another first was attempting some riveting, as well as using Mission Model paints, which layer nicely when thinned down considerably. Forgive my amateur Photoshop experiment with getting this thing to fly. Well, under the circumstances, you’ve got to keep yourself entertained. Thanks for looking.
  12. That's a really pretty build. I'm working on the Airfix one right now, and you set a high standard.
  13. Great to see a Hudson - and a handsome one too. Nice clean job on this kit; you can't tell how challenging it is from your results. I tried it a couple of years ago and it was a real test, but the reward was worth it.
  14. I echo what everyone else said - that's very, very good. Great combination of solid paintwork applied with skill and wear-n-tear applied with real precision.
  15. Extraordinary! That's a subtle and complex paint job. Very dynamic all around!
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