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  1. Fresh off the bench is the Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk.VIII. This was one of Eduard's ProfiPACK kits, which includes a PE set and canopy mask. Kit was built OOB except for a few bits of PE gobbled up by the carpet monster. There were a few niggles during the build, but nothing a bit of putty and patience doesn't fix. I can definitely see why this kit is so highly praised - the end result definitely looks the part. Some off the decals were slightly offset, leaving an unsightly white edge around a section of each roundel. This was carefully touched up by hand with some dark blue. I hadn't been entirely pleased with the results of my previous builds, so I really tried to slow down and focus on each step as I went along. Rushing the weathering stage is the usual culprit, but here I've tried to add some chipping and oil rendering to give it a more weathered appearance. Overall I'm quite pleased with the result, and I hope the photo's give it justice. Critique and feedback welcome as always.
  2. Fresh off the bench is the Hasegawa 1/72 UH-60A Black Hawk. This was built as an Australian Army Black Hawk in operation by the RAAF's Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU). Kit was built OOB with Hawkeye Decals for the ARDU livery. This model is not entirely accurate, as Australia apparently operates the S-70A-9 export version Black Hawk, which is more akin to a UH-60L. I'm a 'close enough is good enough' kind of model maker, and it looks like an Australian Black Hawk to me. Those that care can pretend it's a UH-60A on loan to Australia for user trials. This was my first time doing a helicopter, and won't be the last. I tried to add some tonal variation to the camouflage using pastels at the end of the build rather than during the painting phase. It mostly disappeared under the final protective dull coat, and is not noticeable at all in the photos. I'll stick to doing variation as part of the painting from now on. The Hawkeye decals included a full range of stencils, and really added some life to the sparse panels of the Hasegawa kit. Rotorblades were drooped using near-boiling water and bent to shape. I'm not a photographer, but I've tried to touch up my dodgy phone pictures with a bit of basic Photoshop as they were originally very dark. As always, CC welcome. Thanks!
  3. Fresh off the bench is the ICM 1/72 Pfalz E.IV It was a decent little kit, but there were definitely some fit issues. Most of those were overcome with copious amounts of super glue. The fuselage and wing tape is actually black electrical tape! Doesn't look too nice in the photos, but looks pretty good from arms length. The borders on the tail were done with a black sharpie, with mixed results. Rigging was done with 0.047mm elastic thread. Painted in acrylics, with oils used for wooden components. This is my 2nd WWI fighter, and was very easy to rig. Overall, a fun little kit to keep the mojo going. Thanks for viewing.
  4. Two for the price of one! Fresh off the bench are both kits from the Eduard 1/72 Hellcat Mk.I and Mk.II Dual Combo. The Eduard boxing comes with plenty of cockpit PE and a masking set, which worked fantastically. Both models were built OOB. I rushed the weathering just to get them finished. I really need to learn to slow down for this final phase, but the longer they stay on the bench the bigger the backlog gets. CC welcome. Thanks,
  5. Fresh off the bench is the Sword 1/72 F3H-2 Demon. This is my first completion for 2021, but I started it late 2020. This is a short-run kit, with resin seat and exhaust and some PE parts all included in the box. Installing the PE wing fences required hacking into the leading edge of both wings with a razor saw. The fit of the kit is a bit tight, with minimal locating tabs and just small nubs for the wings. The main landing gear is delicately butt welded with super glue, and I was surprised it has handled the weight of the model so far. The cockpit is built up first, with the fuselage halves then joined around this section. I did not align the cockpit very well in this process, which required some forceful manhandling to straighten it up, which left some significant gaps between the fuselage halves. This was treated with melted sprue and sanded back to remove (most) seamlines. The decals were excellent, and conformed well with the panel lines. I was going to do add an external tank and weapons load, but lost focus and just wanted to get it finished. Overall, despite being a slow and sometimes frustrating build, I quite enjoyed the process and am happy with the end results. Thanks for viewing, feedback/criticism always appreciated!
  6. With a couple of hours at the bench today, the cockpits have been completed. There's a fair bit of coloured PE involved, with 25 pieces for each cockpit. This includes individual levers, which at 1/72 scale they are almost microscopic. Thankfully I only lost 1 in the process. Tonight I'll hopefully have the fuselage halves buttoned up for both kits. Thanks for looking, these were the best macro shots I could manage with the camera on my phone.
  7. Tonight I got the airbrush out and base colour both cockpits with interior green over a black primer, as well as the fuselage halves, sidewalls and control panels. Still to follow: Detail painting Weathering Oil Wash Interior photoetch Final assembly and dull coat Hopefully start to chip away at the above over the next few nights.
  8. It's very rare that a new kit gets built straight away. I tend to buy 2 or 3 at a time, predominantly online. Once they arrive, I have a look at the contents and think "that will be cool to build one day...". The kits then get closed up and disappear into the ever expanding stash. I've currently been working on some intensive projects which have been a bit of a time-sink, so it's felt as though I've somewhat stagnated with my attempts to cull the backlog and was starting to lose my 'mojo'. So, yesterday, I did something I haven't done since I started the hobby 4 years ago: I went to the LHS, picked out a cool looking kit, and immediately started building. The kit: Eduard 1/72 Hellcat Mk. I / Mk. II Dual Combo As the name implies, the kit contains two complete models, including masks and photoetch for both. There are markings for 7 different aircraft. As stated, this kit has jumped to the front of the build queue, but will be progressed as a palate cleanser for when I need a break from the larger projects. As a result, they will both be built purely OOB. The kit provides parts to build a single example of a Mk.I and a Mk.II. I'll be building both at the same time, and have already chosen the below schemes: Hellcat Mk.I JV131, 800 Sqn. FAA, HMS Emperor, June 1944 Hellcat Mk.II JZ796, 808 Sqn. FAA, SubLt Oscar Lorenzo, HMS Khedive and HMS Trincomalee, Ceylon 1945 Besides a cursory attempt at a few progress shots during the current Heller GB, this will be my first proper WIP. Feel free to provide comment and critique along the way. I have already started to assemble both cockpits in preparation for painting. Once I get some colour down, I'll post another update. Cheers
  9. Latest off the bench is the Tasman Models 1/72 DH.89A Dragon Rapide/Dominie in RAAF livery of a dark earth / foliage green / sky blue camouflage scheme. This kit is a rebox of the 1979 Heller kit, and was built as part of the Heller GB. I would have liked to have done more weathering / painting to really highlight the ribbed wings and fuselage, however a few dramas with the build put a stop to those ideas. To be honest, it ended up a bit of a grind to get this one over the line. Hopefully you find the end result somewhat presentable. Rigged with 0.047 mm rubber thread, and the antenna wire with 0.15 mm EZ-Line. This was my second biplane in a row, both of which included rigging. Time to build some nice, simple monoplanes for a break. Thanks for looking. Build Log: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235083122-raaf-dh89a-dragon-rapide-dominie-tasman-reboxing-finished/
  10. Presented here is the Tasman Models reboxing of the Heller 1/72 DH.89A Dragon Rapide in RAAF service. Feel free to provide comment or critique in the build log: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235083122-raaf-dh89a-dragon-rapide-dominie-tasman-reboxing-finished/ Thanks!
  11. And finished, making it 10 for the year! Thanks for joining me on the ride, I'll add these photos to the Gallery too!
  12. Rigging - one wing done, one to go! It's not perfect, but it's getting done. Using 0.047mm rubber thread.
  13. This kit decided to throw up a couple of additional obstacles today: When tidying up the top wing, both fuselage roundel decals got unintentionally caught up in a piece of tape. I've touched up one but the other is a complete goner, but there is a spare on the decal sheet. I'll attach it at the end. Installing the struts, one snapped due to the tight fit. Glued it back together and trimmed it a bit to get it to fight. Top wing popped off, conveniently after I'd done all the repainting etc, and the fuselage halves started to crack open. I've mended it as best as I can be bothered, with touch up paint to follow. That said, all the struts are now fitted. There's plenty more I'd have liked to have done to the kit, but I'm starting to reach the end of the "enjoyment" part and it seems to be a fight to get the final pieces done. I'm going to put it away for a day or two and work on something else, and come back fresh to start the rigging. I'm still targeting to complete this by years end to make it a nice, even 10 completions for 2020. Obligatory happy snaps below:
  14. Minor setback last night. I was planning on applying 0.5mm tape over each of the ribs in the wings, and highlighting them with Tamiya Smoke. I've seen the technique used on WWI biplanes to good effect and wanted to give it a shot here. Unfortunately, I wasn't counting on such delicate decals. One of the roundels tore whilst repositioning the tape, so the idea was quickly scrubbed. I touched up the roundel, and attached to the top wing to the fuselage. Photo's below show the damage (after I started touching up the white) and the fixed version. Today I'll address the minor gaps between the fuselage and top wing using Mr Surfacer 500, respray the touched up areas and start to install all the struts etc. Almost ready to start rigging! Torn decal (with white applied):
  15. Ticked a few items off the painting check-list over the last couple of days: Gloss coat Decals Semi-gloss coat to protect decals Oil filters to add some weathering / visual interest Another semi-gloss coat to fix the oils Experiment with post-shading using Tamiya Smoke to better highlight / simulate the ribbed wings and fuselage I should have taken more care with the decals, as there is a bit of silvering evident in the photographs. It isn't very evident in more natural light, and I didn't notice it until the semi-gloss coat was applied. I took a number of before and after shots of the oil dot filtering process. The lighting is a fair bit different between the sets of photos, but I think they sufficiently show the intended effect of the oil dot filter weathering. Hopefully I'll get the last two check-list items done over the weekend. Enjoy the pictures. Decals applied: Clean top view: Oils applied: Clean bottom view: Oils applied:
  16. As promised - some colour! The first image shows my preferred method of masking camouflage in this scale. I use bits of paper cut to the shape of the camouflage tacked down near the edges. This creates a very subtle feathering of the edges between colours, which I think looks appropriate for the scale. The instructions of this particular kit are actually drawn to 1:72 scale, which meant I could just roughly trace the pattern and cut accordingly. I'm hoping to finish this build before the end of the year, but there's a few more stages to go before I can fix the top wing and continue installing struts and rigging etc. My current paint plan over the next week or so includes: Gloss coat Decals Semi-gloss coat to protect decals Oil filters to add some weathering / visual interest Another semi-gloss coat to fix the oils Experiment with post-shading using Tamiya Smoke to better highlight / simulate the ribbed wings and fuselage I don't have a paint mule, and I like to use each build to try something new or expand on a technique, so I'll provide a before and after comparison of the post-shading for feedback. Thanks for looking!
  17. After a bit more tidy up and prep, I've finally got some primer on the model. There's a crack in the nose that will need a bit of work, but once that's done I think she is ready for paint. Since the last update I've : - prepped all the struts and other small bits - filled the existing rigging holes and punched much smaller holes in the correct locations. I used a compass point for this. This will allow me to rig the parallel pairs of cables between the interplane struts a bit more accurately. - primed the model and small parts. One thing I forgot to mention last time is that I decided to drop the elevators on the tail. These are deflected when on the ground so I decided to simply separate them and adjust the angle. Next update will have colour!
  18. This build was put on hold for a short period whilst I finished a 1/72 Sopwith Camel that had been languishing on the shelf of doom. This GB was meant to be my first attempt at rigging, but I jumped the gun and went to town on the Sopwith Camel. Results are in the RFI if interested. That said, progress has still been made on the DH.89: - Wings glued and fitted, seams attacked. - Wheels painted, and nacelles fitted. These still require tidy-up prior to primer. - Canopy masked and fitted. Unfortunately I couldn't get a satisfactory fit with the vacuform component, so went with the kit piece. The top wing has just been placed in situ for the photograph, but the fit looks pretty good and should be pretty straight forward. I'm looking forward to getting some primer on the model to make it look a bit more uniform and identify any missed seams. First I have to prep all the struts etc for primer, and pre-drill some rigging holes in the wings/tail (I'll fill in the existing ones as they are a bit large). Hopefully I can get the airbrush out on the weekend and get some paint on the model. It's slowly starting to look like an aircraft! Thanks.
  19. Wow, now I feel silly. My method involved a dob of glue, holding the rigging line in the glue with tweezers while it dried and wishing I had an extra hand for the Zap Kicker that's currently sitting on my desk! I'll definitely give that method a shot next time. I used a product called Manwa Rubber Rigging - this particular one was for 1/72 aircraft or 1/700 ships according to the packaging.
  20. Not your glasses, but rather my poor photography skills! Thanks for the kind comments regardless. Edit: Fixed the photos - turns out one of my lamps was off! Thanks again
  21. Latest off the bench is my first WWI fighter, the Roden 1/72 Sopwith F.1 Camel. This aircraft is my first biplane, as well as my first attempt at full rigging. I used 0.047 mm rubber thread for the rigging. The rigging is clearer in the photos than on the actual model - I think maybe next time I would try ~0.06 or 0.07 mm rigging for better visibility. I originally drilled small holes to sit the glue/thread, but these just became drops of CA glue on the surface after repeated attempts, particularly for the rigging between wings. The rigging took me two long (4+ hr) sessions, and was a definite exercise in patience. The kit also had a small windshield on plastic sheet to cut out and add, but I only remembered once the top wing was fitted and half the rigging was done - I'm too scared to try and add it now! Building a biplane was definitely a whole different experience, particularly one on such a small scale. Fitting the top wing without a jig was a battle, and the aircraft has a bit of a lean, but I will definitely be adding a few more WWI biplanes to the stash. I've already started on a 1/72 Lancaster just to give my eyes a bit of a rest. Thanks for looking. CC welcome. Edit: Better photos
  22. Quick update for the little bit more work done over the last few days. Managed to get all the detail painting done, primarily the seat legs, cockpit interior and pilot's seat. I also scratch built some seat belts out of tape with small styrene buckles. I don't know whether it's accurate for this aircraft, but I think it looks alright. I dirtied up the interior a bit with some oil paints after applying a dull coat, just to give it a bit more of a used look. This was done using a dot filter technique. Finally, managed to get the fuselage halves together. Both fuselage halves had an outwards bow, meaning when the tail was together, the forward halves were ~10mm apart. I glued the halves in sections, starting with the rear. The forward fuselage had a bit of a gap, so I used super glue and CA accelerator to fill/join this area while I held it as close together as I could. It'll stay taped up overnight to ensure the glue sets properly. The RAAF aircraft has the familiar dark earth / foliage green / sky blue camouflage scheme. My plan is to add the lower wing only, keeping the top wing separate for painting. I can then add the top wing once fully painted, and touch up any areas around joins that need filling/sanding etc. The kit also provides a vacuformed canopy in addition to the usual kit parts. I've never worked with vacuformed components, so if there are any critical tips/techniques please let me know. Next up: Addressing seams and adding wings! Dirtied up interior: Kitted out cabin, including scratch seat-belts/buckles for the pilot. Buttoned up:
  23. Got a bit of bench-time over the last few days, so did a little bit of prep and painting. Mostly just did some interior work, with the windows masked (internal and external) and the base colours applied. The instructions simply called for interior green for the cockpit / cabin. A number of civilian DH.89's were pressed into RAAF service at the outbreak of WWII, so I decided to improve the cabin interior slightly with a two-tone white/grey cabin with blue seats. The seat legs are still to be painted, as well as the detail painting in the cabin/cockpit. I often use aircraft interiors to practice techniques since it will mostly be hidden, so will do some weathering with oils and pastels. The next update should be a bit bigger, with the interiors complete and the fuselage halves joined (hopefully!). Thanks.
  24. My submission for this GB is going to be the Tasman Models reboxing of the Heller 1/72 DH.89A Dragon Rapide. This upgrade box provides decals for 5 schemes, a white metal instrument panel, vacuformed canopy and some wire for rigging. I will be building this as the RAAF version. There are also detailed instructions for those wishing to improve the model accuracy through scratch-building, as well as a double-sided sheet with over 40 reference photos. Super-detailing is not my within my repertoire, so this model will be primarily OOB. I intend to do full rigging, either with the supplied wire or some EZ-Line, which will be a first for me. Parts have been washed and prepped, just need to find some bench-time later this week to get started! Box contents below. Shiny white plastic: Additional upgrade parts and kit clear components: Example of reference photos:
  25. @JOCKNEY Thanks for the reminder! I'll get cracking on a build in the next few days, using the Tasman Models re-boxing of the Dragon Rapide.
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