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  1. 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,
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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 rub
  7. 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!
  8. And finished, making it 10 for the year! Thanks for joining me on the ride, I'll add these photos to the Gallery too!
  9. Rigging - one wing done, one to go! It's not perfect, but it's getting done. Using 0.047mm rubber thread.
  10. 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 bot
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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 comp
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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)
  19. 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 halve
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. @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.
  23. Fresh off the bench is the Academy 1/72 P-51B Mustang "Old Crow". Built completely OOB, this kit was a good fit with a decent level of detail. This was my first build with invasion stripes. The kit provides decals for the invasion stripes, but I chose to paint these instead. The white on the decals was rather translucent, which I touched up with white paint in areas over the invasion stripes. I had a lot of difficulty moving the decals once placed. Where they landed, they stayed, but they conformed very well. I simply focused on trying to keep both sides of the
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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