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  1. Latest off the bench is the Revell 1/72 Saab JAS39-D Gripen, built OOB. The last few months have been very quiet on the modelling bench, with family, work and uni all fighting for my time. I have been chipping away at this kit for the past few months whenever I could spare a bit of time, with all my other projects on hold for the moment. I probably could have spent a few more hours on fixing seams and weathering, but I felt that I needed to just get something off the bench to maintain the mojo. Thanks for looking.
  2. Thanks all, I ended up ordering the following: Aluminium White Aluminium Dark Aluminium Polished Aluminium Duraluminium Jet Exhaust Looking forward to giving them a test run on my next kit
  3. I am looking at getting a small number of metallic colours for aircraft modelling in the AK Extreme range, 4 or 5 at the most. These will be used on a range of builds, from WWII to modern jets. What would be considered the "must have" colours to cover the widest range of applications? i.e. aircraft skins, exhausts, etc? Having never used these paints (or similar metallic products e.g. Alclad II), any other tips and tricks would also be appreciated!
  4. Thanks Ray - it wasn't going to worry me until you mentioned it. What's the saying... ignorance is bliss? I think I'll leave it tapered for now, but already I'm thinking about how to fix it That's some good information regarding the model numbers, I was curious why the decal sheet had the Sikorsky model number. Originally it was going to be a purely OOB build, but I'm leaning more and more to scratching some minor interior stuff as well as the boom. I have no experience scratch-building, so this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a shot.
  5. My contribution to the GB will be the Hasegawa 1/72 UH-60A Black Hawk. The build will be OOB, with Hawkeye Decals to represent one of the Black Hawks used by the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit. I've so far stuck with fixed wing aircraft, so I think it will be a nice change of place to give a whirly-bird a shot.
  6. Latest off the bench is the RS Models 1/72 Dornier Do 17P "Ostfront" kit. This is a limited run, multimedia kit with resin and photo-etch components. This was my first real limited run kit, and I struggled a bit but learnt a lot. The instructions were extremely vague, and the kit had no positive locating tabs or similar for internal or external components. I quite often referred to the Airfix instructions on scalemates just to get an appreciation of how the aircraft is supposed to look. During painting, I decided to try a different technique - no pre- or post-shad
  7. I have nothing suitable in the stash, but have been eyeing off the Tasman Models boxing of the DH 89 Dragon Rapide. Sign me up, and I'll go spending!
  8. Fresh off the bench is the KP Models 1/72 Spitfire Mk. Vc. Built completely OOB except for the EZ-line wire, painted with Mr Hobby Aqueous. It's been too long since I actually finished a model, so rushed the finish. It has a bit of a lean due to haste (poorly seated landing gear) but otherwise I'm calling it done. Weathering is not my strong point, but starting to experiment more with oils. The roundels were slightly off register, which wasn't evident until the decal was off the backing paper and onto the model. Glad it's finally off the bench, an
  9. I haven't made a whirlybird yet, but have a few in my stash I've been wanting to attack. Please add me to the GB, I'll contribute with a 1/72 Black Hawk in RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit livery. Thanks!
  10. Latest off the bench is the Hasegawa 1/72 F/A-18F Super Hornet. I built this kit using an Eduard detail set and RAAF decals from Ronin, as well as some bombs from the Hasegawa 1/72 U.S. Bombs and Rocket Launcher kit. This was my first time using an extensive PE detail set, which included cockpit, canopy and external details. I particularly struggled with the external details and canopy PE. If anyone has some tips for handling PE during the build process, please let me know. Whilst I think the results look good, I think my next few kits will be purely OOB for a breathe
  11. The detail is amazing for 1/72! Stunning! Please share your secrets
  12. Latest off the bench is the Eduard 1/72 F6F-3 Hellcat (Weekend Edition). I used this build as a palate-cleanser after fighting with an Italeri kit for my previous build. I wanted a nice, simple build where I could focus on the finish rather than copious amounts of filler and sanding etc. Fit was very good, only slight sanding required to remove seam lines. I tried black-basing to see what effect this technique has under darker colours, but found it difficult to get much tonal variation. I originally finished it as a clean model, but wasn't entirely happy
  13. Greetings all, This is the latest off my bench - the Italeri 1/72 FW-189 A-2, and my first showing on Britmodeller, so hopefully this works! Perhaps it was poor design, or poor workmanship on my part, but I ended up with 3-5 mm gaps between the fuselage and the wings, top and bottom. This required A LOT of putty, and a lot of sanding to make it relatively smooth. At the end of the day, I operated on my usual "close enough is good enough" and cracked on. The landing gear components didn't together well either, requiring some last minute adjustments. They're a bit crooked
  14. Thanks for your kind thoughts. I'm in Canberra at the moment, so whilst it's very smokey we are thankfully not in the thick of things. I hope your relatives are safe.
  15. lewis25049


    Hi all, I started building models relatively recently (mid-2017) at age 30. My focus is on 1/72 aircraft, though I have dabbled in other scales. I currently live in Australia with my partner and 4.5 mth old son. I've lurked these forums since I started, and have found so many excellent reviews, tips and hints, WIPs and complete works of art on this site. Here are a couple of my latest builds: Hasegawa 1/72 F-16D Fighting Falcon: https://imgur.com/gallery/YORnxFs Antares 1/72 Curtiss Seahawk: https://imgur.com/gallery/QA9IYGG Looking forward t
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