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Bill Livingston

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  1. Thanks Ray. Not my finest moment but I'm just down to a few finger bandages just on my left hand now... the right hand has had bandages off for a few days.... so all good. In the meantime, I have been on and off modelling a 109G-6A/S which I hope to paint this weekend and then start my Spitfire for this group build. (I will get round to finishing the Hurricane at some point, but that was what I was building when I had my little accident and I wasn't really enjoying it anyway... the Eduard 109 got my mojo back again (and now all I have is a few fingers to deal with, but no nerve dam
  2. Congratulations on a very fine build, Ray. I have been following this Group Build very closely, your Me110 in particular. I will be able to start modelling again this weekend (I had a hospital required accident when I embarrassingly fiction burned both hands on a rope I should really have let go. The drop wouldn't have been a problem, but instinct takes over and when you start to fall, all rational thought goes out of the window and you just grab the rope and hang on!). Anyway, as usual lots for all of us to learn from as usual and I may well pick up a 110 at some point
  3. Several of us have entered more than one model in the gallery... what if we were each to remove all our entries apart our own personal favourite? I think you count the number of members, rather than the number of entries, you may get closer to the 72 maximum... so one entry per member would work... Just a thought...
  4. It’s a really well engineered kit, isn’t it! Looking good... it’s going to look fabulous added to your growing collection of Spitfires
  5. I have been away for a few days as work got in the way again, so I haven't done very much this week. However, this evening I managed to drill out the indicated openings from Troys post and then deal with the navigation and landing lights... (Thank you Troy, again, that was a very useful post). I still have some tidying up and polishing prior to painting, but it was an easy re-stat after a few days of distractions. I drilled a short hole in the navigation light from the rear and then filled the holes with clear red and clear g
  6. I haven't used much of the Vallejo paints. The only one I have airbrushed recently is the Vallejo metal paints and then only in either my Neo or Revolution... and I didn't like it much... very grainy. I use Tamiya and Gunze most of the time, but have just started using Lifecolour as well... (that needs a LOT more thinning) and they all spray beautifully... thinned with either Levelling Thinners or Isopropyl alcohol... (IPA particularly when I am doing really fine work with filters and post shading with less than 20% paint and thinning down a long way...) Seems we are t
  7. You shouldn't have any problem at all spraying acrylics with a 0.2mm needle. I have four Iwata airbrushes which I use for different things... and the 0.2mm set up in the HP-CH is the one I use for most of my airbrushing. If you are getting drying on the tip and clogging, then you need to reduce your air pressure and increase the thinners in your mix. I tend to use around 15psi and with Tamiya or Mr Hobby acrylics. For base colours, use 30%paint and 70% isopropyl alcohol as a starting point and paint really close to the surface... no more than an inch or so..
  8. I agree with everyone else... it looks absolutely stunning. I think thats one of the prettiest of all Spitfires. (I think I am going to build one as well... As I think I said before, I passed it by thinking it was a silver Spitfire... I should have paid more attention when I went through the Eduard kit working out which options I would go for)
  9. Thank you, Stew, Chris and Ozzy... And particular thanks for the pictures and explanation Chris, those will be very helpful. Not been able to do anything this evening... the real world got in the way, but I will pick this up tomorrow.
  10. Me too... Only a couple of weeks or so and it should be here assuming everything goes to plan with distribution. It should be something special... I saw they were doing a Merlin for it too... Now THAT could be interesting... And thank you from me, too. I have only just joined Britmodeller and this group build was so enjoyable. I 'met' a whole host of really helpful and supportive modellers and any improvement I have made over the course of the last couple of months was purely down to the support, encouragement and help I received from so many here on this group build..
  11. Same here... I spent years modelling ships trying to find a good matt varnish and have probably tried everything. Without doubt, Winsor and Newton Matt Varnish is by far the best I have found.
  12. I did that on one of my builds in the Spitfire group build. The pilots were fined if they left their flaps down after landing - or so i have read. I dropped them on my Spitfire as I wanted everything open and down... and the challenge of getting them built and looking good. I also really enjoyed doing the flap indicator on the wing top. I lost mine from the Eduard flap set PE and built one from scratch... (they went in the shredder when I was clearing up my bench. I had stuck them on to a bit of paper so I wouldn't lose them and then forgot!!!) Its probably my favouri
  13. I had a quick go at a rough sanding just before I went off to bed... and then photographed it low and at 3/4 view to show how it works. Seems fine. I will sand it smoother tomorrow after work... that was 400 grit... but I will go up to 2500 to get it clean enough for painting. Still no filler Thats not too bad. A polish and a rescribe and it will be fine. I can also replace the fasteners and drill out the holes properly. Its actually feeling pretty solid now and it looks like its in one piece... I'm going to take off all the fasteners ar
  14. Well, I managed to get the wings fitted... with no gaps along the wing root and everything level... same along the other wing root. I even managed to get the wing trailing edge to line up... The tiniest amount of filler will be needed, and only on the edge of the join, not either the upper or lower surface, but I couldn't adjust it any more... thats as good as I could get it without filler. I will have to try and reduce the trailing edge as it is very thick... but thinning it while the wings were separate wo
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