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About Bob_C

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  1. Evening all, Here is my latest finished effort. It’s the Eduard 1:72 Mig 21 MFN of the Czech Air Force respelendent in its Tiger markings celebrating 45 years of Caslav Air Base in 2002. Its the first Eduard Mig that I have made and it does live up to its reputation of being an excellent kit. The fit is superb, panel line engraving is wonderful, etc, etc, you’ve heard it all before but it is a pleasure to build – well almost. I found the level of detail to be a bit overwhelming, you have to be so careful when handling not to damage any of the tiny parts. Although this is a Weekend boxing it does come with a small PE fret with some of the parts being frankly microscopic. The more I try to work with PE the less I enjoy it! The Tiger marking decals went on with no great issues although looking at the end result I could have settled some of them a bit better over the numerous aerials and intakes. Its painted using Mr Hobby Aqueous acrylics and finished with a coat of AK matt varnish. Saying that I would definitely recommend it – but get yourself a good magnifying glass, a sharp pair of tweezers and a steady hand. [/url]IMG_20200701_134028395 [/url]IMG_20200701_134011661 [/url]IMG_20200701_133950303 [/url]IMG_20200701_133936508 [/url]IMG_20200701_134247642 [/url]IMG_20200701_133922726
  2. Hi folks, here is my latest completed effort. It is the very nice little 1:72 Hurricane Mk1 from Airfix. I thought I would do something a little different and give it an inflight pose, just after take off with the landing gear retracting. It’s airbrushed with Gunze and Tamiya acrylics and I used the kit decals. The inflight prop is made from thin clear acetate sheet sprayed black and yellow to suit – not totally convinced but it looks OK from certain angles! I do like this way of displaying a model as it adds a dynamic dimension to the subject – a bit of interest. Jets look quite good too – I’ve done a Vampire T11 and a Eurofighter Typhoon in a similar take off pose. I hope you like it. [/url]IMG_20200602_195418104 [/url]IMG_20200602_195718729 [/url]IMG_20200602_195658846 [/url]IMG_20200602_195645244 [/url]IMG_20200602_195555918 [/url]IMG_20200602_195533551 Cheers, Bob
  3. Thanks for the photo Joachim, yes, that really does confirm the mainwheel camber! Cheers, Bob
  4. Great job on the Etendard - a fine looking trio.
  5. Lovely job. Nice rigging - what did you use? And the prop looks very convincing.
  6. Well done. Excellent rigging for a first attempt.
  7. It’s been a while since I last posted anything new so here is one I recently completed while in ‘lock down’. It’s the Revell/Monogram 1:48 Bf110/G2 the plastic dating from 1994. I’ve had this kit hanging around for quite a while now but being 1:48 and having little display space left I have been putting it off. Well, I thought I’d build it and find a home for it later. I’m glad I did as it was a very enjoyable build. The fit is excellent, the level of detail to me at least is good, surface detail is nicely engraved but does vary a bit - disappearing in some places under a single coat of paint. (I know a lot is written about deep panel lines (Airfix come in for some criticism) but personally I prefer them a bit heavier. The new Airfix1:72 kits for instance have what is probably overscale panel lines but with a nice wash/shading do give a great looking result. Probably not accurate but I think the visual effect is better.) Anyway, upper surfaces and mottle effect is done with Gunze acrylics – excellent paint. The undersides I tried to use a new pot of Humbrol 247 (RLM76) – Couldn’t get it to spray at all - constantly blocking the nozzle. So I mixed my own with a cocktail of Tamiya blues and greys. Not ideal but OK. One strange feature of the finished kit is the amount of camber on the main wheels – it looks a bit too much to me but I’m sure its accurate. All in all a recommended kit. Enjoy the photos. Cheers, Bob
  8. Just seen the finished article in the gallery. Excellent model and a great display base. Superb job ! Bob.
  9. Here is the finished article. The kit was pretty good for its age. The only real problem areas I had were the canopy, which was a bit thick, (my ham fistedness didn't really help) and the fit of the langing gear. Otherwise all pretty good. The decals had suffered over time. A couple broke up and the white of the stars and stripes lost there opaqueness (opacity?) and allowed the red underneath to show through as a slight pinkish tinge. Oh, and they didn't like setting solution either. I'm reasonably happy with the fishing line rigging as a first attempt - should be better next time. Still don't know which method I prefer and I must get to the bottom of the vagaries of CA glue. Thanks for your comments and there are a few more pics in the finished models thread. Bob
  10. Well done, the A-40 is a beauty. Bob
  11. Good spot ! I hadn't noticed the radiator pipes were shown on the painting guide. (didn't even realise the fuel pipes existed!) If they are in the profipack would they be resin? Why not include them as injected ? Don't get it. Anyway, could your paint issue be due to a slightly greasy surface. Bob
  12. Looking good Steve, Just another thing that may be useful. On the upper wing there is a radiator panel with a sliding shutter arrangement. I looked at this a few times during my build wondering how it worked, but carried on assuming it just did. But this bugged me a bit. Yesterday I visited the RAF Museum at Hendon here in London where thay have a beautiful replica Albatross. This aircraft also uses the wing mounted radiator. It then became clear - the radiator plumbing is missing from the Eduard kit ! Of course the radiator should have a feed and return pipe (just like a car) but these are not modelled. As you can imagine these are quite large, about 2" dia and quite prominant. (we're not talking a small hydraulic line here) If I'm correct, and the radiator is not fed by another means, then I feel this is quit an ommision by Eduard. Sorry i've no pics but a quick Google will show what I mean. You might like to add these to your build, I think its a bit late for mine! Maybe someone with a bit more knowledge can shed more light on this. Thanks, Bob.
  13. I've now got some painting done and rigging added to the upper wing. Bob
  14. Quick update on progress. Main assemblies together and most of the very prominant rivets sanded back a bit. I've also drilled all of the holes needed for the rigging. I'm planning on trying fishing line this time so blind holes have been drilled in the underside of the upper wing and through holes in the lower wing. Once attached the excess line will be trimmed and the lower wing underside tidied up. Thats the plan anyway! Rigging that goes through the fuselage I haven't figured out yet..... Cheers
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