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Andy I

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  1. So, as expected, next day delivery in NZ really meant next day shipping and it will arrive at some point in the future, but only 6 days before this arrived... Initially the lines were far too thick but a little thinner and a cotton bub cleaned it up quite nicely (in my humble opinion, having never done this before)
  2. Whilst waiting for the pen to be delivered on to the flaps. I decided not to go down the path of cutting into the wing and installing flap extended. Turns out there is an error in the instructions, the part numbers of the flap actuators are reversed between retracted and extended. The question I now have is whether to install all of these now and have problems later with the decals or wait and fit them later and run the risk of having to fill any gaps once it is all painted? I've fitted the outer most ones as these are clear of the decals
  3. Fine tip pens, great idea. One on order, it says tomorrow but this is New Zealand so I'll believe it when it shows up!
  4. Any advice on the best way to paint the det cord on the canopy gratefully recieved.
  5. The fit on the underside wasn't quite as good. but after several rounds of filler and sanding , it looks a lot better
  6. The fuselage and the cockpit went together reasonably well, a small amount of filler required but I think that was more down to me than the kit. The engine intakes will need some further work. https://cdn01.hobbyphotohost.com/p?i=05f1d787f1b2d13aa12f999f02579c1e
  7. Mine was delivered yesterday too, but to my daughters house in Leeds. It will have to wait a few months until I get back from NZ.
  8. Not the best of photos, limitations of phone camera
  9. The cockpit with a black primer Followed by a light grey base coat and some detailing on the control and instrument panels
  10. The cockpit supplied in the kit is somewhat lacking in detail. I did purchase a resin replacement, but its a while ago and I can't remember where it was from. The detail is a somewhat of an improvement. Although the instructions could be better!
  11. A kit that has been sat on the shelf for a few years. I'll start with the Hawk.
  12. The instructions call out Gun metal for this section but it looks far too dark compared to all the reference photos that i can find. Any thoughts?
  13. I restarted modelling after a very long break a few years ago. I went through a stage of buying kits far quicker than I could build them. This is a kit that I bought a few years ago off EBay. I finally decided to give it a go having got some experience with some more modern examples. So I was more than a little annoyed when I discovered that a previous owner had tried to make a start with the cockpit, made a bit of a hash of it a lost a few parts in the process. Serves me right for not actually checking the contents on receipt and believing the description on EBay!! This is all that remains... So a quick search on Hannants and only 11 days later the following arrive on the other side of the world Still waiting for parts ordered from the US in May!! The plan was to produce a scheme from the first Gulf War, brings back memories of us following what was going on watching a mini portable TV whilst we should have been listening to some lecture at Uni. The picture on the front of the interior details nearly changed by mind having stood close to a taxi runs at Bruntingthorpe but I am sticking with the original plan. Any help and advice would be much appreciated along the way.
  14. Post addition of the darker grey. Not the best of pictures.
  15. I completely agree with you that, at times, it can look over done and unrealistic. I was aiming for subtle variations which, with a few extra coats, I hope I'm getting somewhere. I am experimenting afterall.
  16. Not the best of lighting or photos but she is finally complete!
  17. The colour suggested by the Tamiya instructions is a 50:50 mix of white and sky grey. The about pictures a 3 coats of random lines. in the majority of reference photos that I've managed to find look relatively clean so I'm now debating whether or not to apply another coat before masking for the darker grey cammo pattern. Any thoughts?
  18. I've tried airbrushing the panel lines. a fine line between nothing and too much, plus I'm not sure I'll ever have a steady hand to paint a straight line.
  19. The intent is to airbrush the panel lines, the pencil is just for us old farts to see what we are doing
  20. The panel lines weren’t the easiest to see so I thought it might be a good idea to go over each one in pencil before bringing out the paint. There are a lot of panels on an F-15!
  21. As a relative new comer to Britmodeller I have been seriously impressed by the standard, especially skills with an airbrush. I decided it was time to try out some of the methods and techniques I have seen from looking through the amazing examples on this site. My guinea pig is a Tamiya F-15 Eagle that was part built some time ago and has been doing nothing apart from gathering dust. A quick wash and a coat of primer and we'll see what happens from here. Any tips and guidance gratefully received.
  22. The cockpit roof glass was just sprayed with Tamiya gloss back on the inside.
  23. Just realised that I missed painting some of the areas of black on the top of the cabin, there are decals but I prefer the painted look. This is going to be an interesting masking problem, advice definitely needed - apply a matt varnish to protect the rest of the decals first and then spray black or hope that any masking doesn't damage the decals already applied?
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