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  1. Try smearing some vaseline on your optivisor lens. I think you'll be impressed by the improvement to your skills. Craig.
  2. That cat contains far too much cuteness for any single creature. From the picture, I assume he's about the size of a badger by now? Impressive hole making Mark, though I must confess that I'm not entirely clear on how they are to be deployed. No doubt all will be revealed shortly. I can also attest to the viciousness of the No. 12 blade having once casually wiped an errant scrap of plastic from one and split my thumb wide open doing so. I now regard them with fear and apprehension. Keep up the good work, Craig.
  3. I'm with @opus999 on this. The first version looked pretty good but this is something else. I think you're gone so far overboard that the boat has vanished over the horizon! Good work, keep it up! Craig.
  4. What a shame about the decal Alistair, they really can be a pain. The last couple of ICM kits I’ve bought have contained a leaflet saying they’ll replace any parts eaten by the dog (something highly pertinent in my situation) so they should be happy to send you out another decal sheet. Craig.
  5. Nicely done! It gave you a bit of a fight but you overcame it with style in the end. I think my example will remain at the bottom of the stash for now. Craig.
  6. “Do you expect me to talk?” ”No Mr. Gauld, I expect you to produce another couple of cracking examples of the modeller’s art. Turn on the laser to encourage him. “ Will be following with much interest. Craig.
  7. Hi Mark, I’m sure that, invigorated by your holiday (it was a good one I trust?), you’ll soon have this over the line. Don’t get too hung up on the lost detail, it would probably be invisible from more than a couple of feet anyway. Craig.
  8. Eduard 1/72 F6F-5 Weekend Edition built OOB. Build thread here: Thanks to you all for making this build so enjoyable, and special thanks to @Col. for organising the whole affair! Craig.
  9. Well, I soldiered on adding tiny decal after tiny decal until my eyes seemed permanently crossed. I would estimate around a 95% success rate, a couple of the longer items just wrapped themselves up in a knot and couldn't be salvaged. I did find the process interesting though; because the stencils were so readably, it was nice to know that this particular indentation in the skin was the cover for the main fuel filling point or the battery. Never-the-less, it was a strain and some of the larger items (Eduard occasionally gather two or three stencils into one decal) definitely silvered. That satin varnish had better be good stuff. I painted up the 6 HVAR after spending some time trying to work out what colour they should be, especially the warheads. This appears to be another bone of modelling contention with no satisfactory answer. In the end I combined the suggestions of the Eduard (white body and aluminium warhead) and my Tamiya Corsair's (light grey body, olive drab sharp end) and painted them white with an olive drab warhead. Prove me wrong if you can! (please don't). There were a couple of areas of ANA 623 which needed touching up, which required that I recreated my highly customised mix . I didn't manage it of course and was ready to claim that the strange patch on the left tailplane represented repaired battle damage but...! The satin varnish was applied and proved to be every bit as good as my wildest hopes. The tailplane blended in, the silvering vanished and all and all things were looking good! Throwing caution and parsimony to the winds, I broke out a shiny new #11 blade and carefully cut around the canopy masking. It came off nicely with only a little touching up required, the HVARs and external tank were attached and it was done! With a clear 10 hours to go yet. These group builds are a piece of cake! As I mentioned above, this is my first experience of an Eduard kit but it will not be the last. The kit went together near flawlessly and was one of the most enjoyable builds I can remember. Trouble is, I really want to have a crack at their 1/48th F6F now. Another thing that has really made this build enjoyable is the likes, generous comments, and advice offered by those of you who have dropped by this thread. I really appreciate them all. Especial thanks to @Col. both for running the group build with such aplomb, and for his constant encouragement, even if a lot of that encouragement was aimed towards getting me to buy an excessively large collection of plastic pieces. It's been a blast and I can't wait for the next one! Craig.
  10. Quick update. Here's a view of the underside with all the tiny stencils attached. What do you mean you can't see anything? Go on, zoom in a bit more. Not sure this is adding a lot to the model but it is quite calming nudging tiny scraps of decal into place and the decals themselves are amazing, I can just about read what the stencils say when peering through my strongest optovisor-a-like lens, so I'll probably put the rest of them on. If there's one thing staring at your model through a powerful magnifying device does, it's to demonstrate that you didn't do nearly as good a job of cleaning up the seams and other surface blemishes as you thought you did. Still, I have a child-like believe that a final coat of satin varnish will disguise all ills. Craig.
  11. As it turns out, pretty good. They come off the backing paper easily, stay in one piece, have minimum borders around the actual decal and are opaque enough to avoid the background colour showing through. I am impressed. Note however the piece of paper in the second picture. That's an entire separate sheet of stencils still waiting to be added. Do I have the patience to do this? Do I have the time to do it before the Sunday deadline? All will be revealed soon! Craig.
  12. Thanks Cookie, that was my thinking along with maybe doing some weathering if time permitted (needless to say, it will not). A long long time ago when I was a hulking teenager, my dentist informed me that the bill for my 50-a-day sweetie habit had come due, and that I was going to have to part company with a couple of molars. This was in the wild west era of dentistry where the tooth mechanic would happily knock you out before wielding the pliers if you so desired (and as someone with a morbid fear of dentistry, I wanted as little to do with the entire procedure as possible). Most dentists used the old laughing gas, beloved of comedy films and programmes to induce unconsciousness but my dentist had a more sophisticated setup and had a device that would actually inject you with a measured amount of anaesthetic. I was strapped into the chair, a needle was inserted into a vein and connected to the device by a clear tube. The dentist invited me to start counting back from 10 and fired up the device. Immediately, my eyes began to close but before darkness completely overwhelmed me, I couldn't help but notice a thin jet of liquid spurting from a pinhole in the tube. I recovered consciousness a few minutes later to find that my mouth hurt considerably less than I had expected, and that I was surrounded by glum faces. It transpired that although I had received enough juice to put me under, I hadn't received enough, thanks to the hole in the pipe, for the dentist to be confident that I wouldn't wake up mid-extraction. And because they didn't know just how much I'd had, they couldn't top me up without risking putting me to sleep permanently. The whole affair therefore had to be postponed. My mother, eminently practical and Aberdeen born and bred, decided that since no blood had been spilled, we could catch the bus home (had the extractions taken place, I like to think she would have sprung for a taxi). Once aboard, and still under the influence of the insidious chemicals, my normal shy and retiring nature was replaced by excessive verbosity and desire to share my story with all the other hapless passengers. I therefore reeled from seat to seat engaging my fellow travellers in conversation at the top of my voice, while my mother did her uttermost to convey the impression that we were unrelated. It was an eerie preview of my habitual behaviour when as a student, I discovered the twin delights of beer and lunchtime drinking. It's possible I suppose that one or two of you at this point may be wondering what this has to do with Hellcats or modelling. I shall elucidate. You will recall that I had decided to use @Troy Smith's mix of one part Tamiya Sea Blue to one part Purple (and many thanks to Troy for his post comparing this with the real thing). For maximum accuracy, I used a large bore syringe to transfer large, but carefully measured, amounts of paint from both pots to the mixing jar. This worked fine for the Sea Blue but when it came to the purple, the syringe stuck, then freed itself and with great force shot out a great blob of purple paint. Some went in the jar, some went all over my cutting mat, a lot went over my hands and most catastrophically, some went onto the brand new T-shirt, my wife had just presented me with. Thank goodness for water soluble acrylics. If I'd been using enamels, the forecast could have been very frosty at Chez Dinmont. Inspecting the contents of the mixing jar after I'd cleaned up, it was clear that I had some sort of blue but was it anything like ANA 623? My problem, like my dentist of long ago, was that although some purple had gone it, I had no idea how much so I didn't know how much to add to bring it up to the proper spec. I couldn't start again from scratch because I'd used most of my supplies of the constituent paints to mix up this batch. All I could do is go ahead with what I had, which produced this: and after a respray of its snout and a coat of klear: I've no idea how close this looks to the real item, but it's definitely blue, and looks ok to me. Next up, we will find out how good the Eduard decals are. I'd like to take one more opportunity to display my ignorance to the Britmodeller hive mind though. I know that ANA 23 was supposed to be a gloss finish but in reality, would a F6F that had spent more than 5 minutes on a carrier deck have had more of a gloss, satin or matt finish? Thanks for reading, Craig.
  13. Glad to hear it. I find that my willingness to apply stencils varies inversely with the amount of time I have to finish the build. The Hellcat I’m currently building for the STGB come with an entire extra sheet of stencil data and since it has to be finished in almost exactly 7 days as I write this, I fear very few of them will be applied and I’m equally sure few will notice the omission. Craig.
  14. Those are good looking stripes. It’s going to look great with the decals on! Craig.
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