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  1. Good evening all, I have managed to gather enough material for a mini update. After recovering from the first shock of that paint damage (see previous episode) I masked around the affected areas and proceeded to spray light coats of the base coat. This time the masking of the of the air intakes was done with thin strips of masking tape and Maskol. When I thought that was enough I re-sprayed some of the post-shading. Then I completed the assembly of the rotors seen here doing a Chinook impersonation... In between steps I applied a light paint/filter (Citadel Sepia) on the inside of the engine exhausts... With that done it was time for an overall gloss varnish application which also came in light to moderate coats. When everything was shiny enough it was time for the decals. All 7 of them! I wanted to use the ones that came with the kit but I then noticed there was a small defect with the blue on one of the flags so I got an after market set to replace them. Before applying them I got rid of the excess carrier film where possible... The operation was completed without problems using Micro Set and Sol. I cut one of the flags by tracing the scalpel along the panel line and re-applied Micro Sol. Next comes more gloss varnish in preparation for the weathering stage. As always, thank you all for looking!
  2. Many thanks @Ade H! Really appreciate it, taking the time to write this and sharing your experience. Yes, I agree with most of what you say but I won't be giving the Vallejo gloss black primer another chance. I have tried a few different primers so far and it's the only one you can actually peel it off the model like it's Maskol or something. Seriously not impressed.
  3. Of course it is! Yes please!
  4. Good evening all, here's yet another update on this build. The plan was that I'd be over by now so I could start building my Matchbox kit for the group build but it looks like I still have a long way to go Anyway, after painting everything black it was time to try my hand at marbling for the first time. It was nothing like you see in the ads, let me tell you. My first attempt was crude at best but I did learn a few things along the way... Not bad from a distance but if take a closer look it looks like graffiti... I learned a lot about paint consistency vs air pressure vs distance vs nozzle dia. A .4 nozzle for example might help keeping the pressure low but it didn't produce the desired effect. The blades were a bit better though. The wheels were then painted rubber black (I kid you not!) And then they were masked using the pre cut masks and Maskol... Using thinned down Vallejo air 71.338 in light coats I slowly built up the base colour starting with the blades: Results as seen above half way through were encouraging (One blade is intentionally painted in a slightly different grey Mr. Hobby Aqueous H307 representing a replacement blade to break the monotony). So then I moved to the main dish. When I had enough layers on and before the preshading was gone completely (or at least that's what I think I've done) I did some post shading with a darker grey (Mr. Hobby Aqueous H307) trying to put to good use the things I learned during the... graffiti phase. I think I'm onto something now: And the external fuel tanks look good too I think: Subtle enough but still visible, right? Anyway, I masked the M/R blade leading edges and air intakes using tamiya tape and Microscale Micro Mask in preparation for the next stage... First came the gloss black and then Vallejo Metal color 77.702 Duraluminum in thin coats... The result was very satisfying. Off with the masks on the blades... And then the air intakes... And that's when disaster struck! That Micro Mask really became one with the paint an when I removed it it peeled off everything including the vallejo primer!!! Oh and I of course broke two of the IFF antennas while trying to unmask the intakes. Not a happy bunny! As I'm trying to calm down I painted the float bags in enamel khaki... And as an exercise in patience I used 0.4mm strips of masking tape to mask the retaining straps to be painted back grey along with the intake and cowling repair job... While again applying thin layers of Vallejo air 71.338 and building up the base colour I'm doing some rotor assembly... This small disaster brought me back by a few days already and dealt a massive blow to my confidence but I think I'll be back on track soon. As always thank you all for looking!
  5. So while I'm waiting for the glue to dry on my Airfix Hormone, I thought I could post a few pictures here and give a rough outline of what I hope to achieve. So this is what I'll be trying to build and hopefully will look something like this: I'll be going for the USN colour scheme shown here using the decals that came with the kit: The various greens are for trying to guess/colour match the green in the decals for painting the wing tips etc. This is what came with the box: I still haven't decided if I'm going to scribe the panel lines (some, all or none at all) but the raised lines will definitely go. The pilot is unusable but I couldn't care less. It will be standing on its landing gear but I'll only be using hard points #3 and #4, the rest will be covered. I'm thinking I'd like to have one wing folded and the other one extended but that will depend on the wing fold rib detail (none provided with the kit). Mandatory ID shot. The kit is not older than me although back then I only knew the toy car range brand. Now this sprue will suffer the most loses/replacements but I will still be using the landing gear struts, IFR prove, hook etc. The air intake duct I haven't decided though to be honest. Poor as they may be by today's standards I absolutely love the newspaper style instructions! Now like @SleeperService I too got the mon-combatible resin cockpit set to try to fit it in A quick check shows it does fit in but I haven't tried squeezing it in *with* the air intake duct installed. If that fails I have the Airwaves set to fall back on together with the also non-compatible exterior detail set which I'm not sure if I'll be using at all... Finally I have a wheels & brakes set and 2 AIM-9Bs left over from another project I might be using (I don't usually hang stuff under my planes). The way I see it, the resin cockpit - intake duct combination is the tricky bit, the rescribing is the time consuming bit and the wing fold rib etc details is for the bonus points so to speak. I hope this proves to be an interesting project for you guys to watch. As always, many thanks for looking!
  6. Hi @Colin @ Freightdog Models never expected someone would actually know this conversion I'll build this but move the posts over to the regular aircraft building section of the forum
  7. Ohhhh Sorry about this, never meant to cross any lines or cause problems. Please forget I ever posted this.
  8. Best of luck with the build! I'll be following your progress closely! I see we have both fallen for a certain aftermarket product there. (Translation: I'll let you progress with your build, spot the problems, find the solution and so maybe I'll just about manage not to ruin everything with mine)
  9. This is probably a very good opportunity to be motivated enough to attempt this. More on this (with pictures) later.
  10. Good evening everyone, so glad the Matchbox group build is finally upon us! So sorry my other build isn't ready yet. I'll be back to begin with this one in a week or two...
  11. Good evening all, I think I now have enough material for another update. This build needs to pick up pace as I want to take part in the glorious Matchbox group build (and I don't think I can manage two kits at the same time any more). Anyway... With the initial application of sprugoo now cured (takes 2 days) the sand-fill-sand saga is well underway. But in between applications I had the time to work with the outside details and small bits starting with the floats: Using videos found on youtube as reference and a couple of photos, I added the spherical pressure bottles and some pipping: and the lot was sent to the paint booth to wait... Then the two main rotor heads/hubs had their mould lines scraped and led wire was added for the lubrication oil lines: Then the external fuel tanks and wheel halves that were glued together in an much earlier and more innocent phase of the build: ...had the mould lines and joints scraped/filed/sanded out. I used the kit fuselage as a jig to assemble the landing gear parts together (3 parts on each side) but I decided not to glue it to the fuselage for now. I think it will be easier to paint and weather the whole thing without the landing gear in place. Remains to be seen if I made the right decision... Then some more led wire was used... With the main seam now more or less under control, the horizontal stabilisers were assembled in place and checked for symmetry: After some more (careful) sprugoo-ing and sanding, the vertical stabilisers were assembled and checked for symmetry (and you can also see the end result of all that sanding): After more sanding etc, the kit was cleaned using IPA... It's gloves on from now on. Then the windows were masked (using pre-cut masks) and a rack was added next to the escape hatch made of soldering wire. On the other side, the hoist cable guard provided by the kit was added and more masking was applied... I also added the fin-like fairing for the IFF just in front of the windshield. The original provided by the kit on the fuselage half was... obliterated during the sanding stage. Then I made the IFF antennae from flattened 0,2mm led wire. 3 for the nose and 3 for the tail end fairing. A tad too big for the scale, I know but that was the smallest I could handle. Handling the kit was made easier with cocktail sticks and coffee stirrers. The kit's pitot tubes and styrene wire antenna masts were also added (the kit had them but one of them was broken while cutting them off their sprue). Also some PE handles were added on the forwarded fuselage and on the escape hatch... Then everything was sent to the paint booth for a coat or two of primer: You can see other small bits in the family picture such as the forward landing gear, the main rotors' pitch links and a Ta152 prop Although I have so far used Vallejo's mat black primer with good results, for some reason I used the gloss flavour this time. And it almost killed the project! That thing was impossible to spray! It started to dry inside the nozzle to a tar-like substance almost immediately! I didn't know what was happening so I fiddled with the air pressure with no results, did a full clean mid-painting only to have the same thing happening again 2-3 minutes into the spraying session. I then did another complete clean and replaced my 0.2 nozzle with a 0.4. Again everything was clogged within minutes! I decided to stop fearing I would make an irreversible damage to the model. Next day, when the primer had cured and I had calmed down, I sanded down the joints where I found problems and any blemishes I could find on the otherwise surprisingly smooth surface... The small bits were in a better state. Still I don't think I'll be using this stuff again. After the new round of sanding was over, I sprayed a thin layer of matt black primer which went on without problems. And that's about it for now. It was a close call but we are back on track. If all goes well I should have another update in a couple of days. As always, thank you all for looking and thanks for leaving a comment! I appreciate it
  12. Thank you @Shorty84 Knowing it will not be visible was a liberating thought
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