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  1. Many thanks all, Hataka RAF Blue Grey was used straight from the pot with no mixing. I did come across the above photo during my research and thought it looked a little too blue... I assumed it was a museum repaint with a non standard colour.
  2. Many thanks. I used Revell Aqua Gloss Orange as a base, then misted over Vallejo Model Air Florescent Red in thin coats
  3. Hi all, Following on from my 1970's carrier builds, I'd like to present my latest offering. Quite a quick build, having been completed over 3 days and a straight forward kit to assemble. The model is Revell's rebox of the Italeri H-19B Chickasaw, very hard to find, other than cockpit masks and a set of resin wheels, it's entirely out of the box which goes onto my next topic... I wanted to build a realistic representation of a Whirlwind HAS.7, but couldn't find a boxing or decal sheet for the variant (other than Whirlybirds resin kits) - therefore it is not especially accurate, the decals for example have been cobbled from the spares box and mainly from past Wessex builds, including the registration. The folding blades were just created from kit parts alone. On the whole a really nice build with some good details and recognisable as a Whirlwind. Many thanks for looking, I look forward to seeing you next time!
  4. Many thanks for your kind words. F-4, Sea Vixen and Wessex HAS.3 all completed previously. The F-4 is the Italeri (ex ESCI) tooling and not my best kit - I had issues with the gloss coat, the decals are also quite oversized! An early Whirldwind is up next..
  5. Many thanks for all the comments. Much appreciated!
  6. Hi all, Following on from my current Royal Navy theme spanning from the 1960's to present day Fleet Air Arm, here's a few of my latest builds from early April and May. First up is Italeri's 1/72 Westland Wessex HAS.3 kit, built as a HAS.1 as best as reasonably possible. The HAS.1 nose intake was created using some Eduard mesh and flipping the HAS.3 intake cover upside down within the nose. It's basic, but creates a more realistic rendition. The kit uses Modeldecals decals from sheet 99 and represents XS887 from HMS Heron flight, Yeovilton. The eagle eyed among you will note that this frame never war the number 266, but sadly this is all I had available at the time of build. Second is the lovely Airfix 1/72 Buccaneer S2.C, built from the box with the except of an Eduard wheel set, Quickboost Air Intake covers and a set of photo etch steps I think from Brengun? Last up is the Trumpeter 1/72 Fairey Gannet AS MK1/4 - not my best kit and despite filling the nose with some serious weight, she is still a tail sitter. I also had a few issues with the decals, general fit of the canopy and some of the weathering stuck to the uncured gloss coat a little too much, but the end result is good enough. None of the builds are 100% accurate, they're also missing some aerials and bits from where the carpet monster came alive during the builds. Anyway, many thanks for looking and onto the next build!
  7. Hi folks, Many thanks for all the responses. I ended up mixing a custom match using Revell and Vallejo. I'll stick a completed build thread up in a week or so when she's done...
  8. Excellent build, I still prefer this kit over the newer Airfix tooling.
  9. Afternoon all, This is a topic which I'm sure has been covered to death, but I am still unsure! Is it my understanding that the early Wessex in RN Search and Rescue guise appears to have worn a dayglo orange, instead of the signal red that became the predominant colour for RN SAR there after? Looking at the below images, (both are not my own and copyright remains with the original photographer), the colour appears to be consistent with Revell Aqua Colour 361/30 Orange, which is the only pot I have that resembles anything close to it. Any information is much appreciated.
  10. A great kit by a great modeller from what I can see. Lovely job.
  11. Lovely build and a great job on tidying those fuselage join seams.
  12. Hi all, Having recently been aboard the RFA Fort Victoria, I am quite keen to model her flight deck in 1/72. Having acquired the flight deck dimensions and converted these into cm, I know the overall size will need to be in the region of 70cm length x 30cm width, so quite a size. Ordinarily I would set about using plastic card for the main decking, which would require several sheets glued together, but I would also like to model part of the stern structure underneath to give the diorama some character. My question is, what would be the best materials to use to construct such a project? I have considered plasticard decking and sides but concerned about the overall strength and cleanliness of the seams The other option would be plywood. This is the vessel in question, image courtesy of Flickr user Andy Amor; Ideally I would like the section highlighted in red as part of the diorama; Any tips appreciated!
  13. Afternoon all, First post in a while but I have been busy squirreling away on a few subjects. I've been deployed outside the country for a few months, so these were mainly built within the confides of what equipment I had available. Therefore, some parts are missing, aerials lost in transit or just simply didn't have the time to complete the finer detail. Up first is Italeri's (ESCI) Fokker 27, built entirely out of the box in Air UK. I had quite a few issues with seams on this bird, which I put down to either poor plastic or improper gluing of the join. The white also didn't lay as smoothly as I'd hoped, but never mind! Next up are two relics from the Falklands, both courtesy of Italeri. The Harrier steps are from Brengun and the flight tags are Airwaves. I am aware the tail rotors are the wrong way around and one side of the main rotor blades are upside down in the folded position, but these have a molded droop in them. The Wessex was bought second hand with part of the hump missing infront of the radome, so this is yet to be added. Finally is the Revell rebox of the CyberHobby Sea Vixen FAW.2 with Pavla resin Ejector seats and Aires resin wheels. I understand it's not the most accurate of models, but the engineering of the kit and option of the wing fold meant it went togeather with minimal fuss. Many thanks for looking. I'll see you on the next build..
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