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  1. Thank you! It's Airfix's BP Defiant Mk.1... build video here: https://youtu.be/Rvz65sHJm2Y
  2. Thanks Michael - I did a little build slideshow on my YouTube channel which shows the paint types and sequence used better than I can type it out: (https://youtu.be/1VSjDotV87A)
  3. Hi Curt, it's very hard to find a full plan with rivet details but given most of the fuselage is fabric covered rearwards of the cockpit, I used the wing plans (which also shows front cowling rivet lines) here:
  4. Fascinating and an amazing collection of 85 Sqn shots that I'd never seen before - thank you! Will know better if I ever try to recreate this one
  5. Thanks GRK, I'm sure you'll enjoy it as it's a lovely kit... The shading was done with a flat coat of base colour followed by heavy post-shading with black, followed by a lightened base colour highlight of all panels. Also did an oil panel line wash and gentle oil weathering after decals. The youtube vid link in the original post provides some photo stills in sequence if you're interested in the process
  6. Nearing the end of a Battle of Britain fighters collection in 1/48, I picked up Airfix’s new tool Hurricane but could only get hold of the Tropical version. The kit allows you to build a Mk.1 but needed custom decals so bought an Xtradecals sheet. I chose VY-R from 85 Squadron as seen during the early phases of the Battle of Britain. Xtradecals had the scheme wrong and upon doing some research, the underside Sky colour should extend up the engine cowling further than usual, as well as up the wing leading edges. After consulting the internet greybeards and doing some colour sampling myself in greyscale, it appears the spinner should be red with white stripes rather than black with light green. In any case, I made both but the red is the correct one IMHO. The IWM photo is slightly later in August 1940 when the squadron codes and main roundel had been made thicker whereas the ones used were on 85 Sqn aircraft until early July. The new tool Airfix Hurri is a lovely kit in most respects and goes together well enough, it’s just a shame about having to add the rivets myself. If Eduard can do it so well and cheaply, why can’t Airfix and Tamiya? Video build here: --www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VSjDotV87A--
  7. This is probably the most popular kit released recently and I've finally got around to finishing my build. Went for aftermarket decals because the two markings offered from the box are pretty dull to my eyes. Skidoo was a P-38H, meaning it was in the later darker OD compared to the F/G series but otherwise differed only in internal systems and having bomb-capable hardpoints. I used XF-3 to lighten the highlight coat over standard Tamiya OD, then used yellow and white oil paints post-decals to add additional fading. This was a fabulous kit to build - absolutely flawless engineering on a really challenging shape from Tamiya here. Just incredible how it goes together. Was also an interesting experiment with weathering an Olive Drab scheme as I haven't done one before and making such a monotone upper surface look interesting on something as big as a 1/48th scale P-38 was a bit daunting. Anyway, hope you like the result! 4 Cheers for your time! Justin
  8. Thanks folks - real pleased you like her! It's certainly an unusual scheme...
  9. A 1/48 scale Tamiya kit build of Major George Bostwick’s extremely colourful P-47M ‘Hotrod’ Thunderbolt as it was in mid-1945 after shooting down a Messerschmitt Me-262A jet. To celebrate this feat, it was marked with the addition of a black cowling band to the already colourful 56th Fighter Group dark blue and light blue scheme. Spent rather longer on the weathering and chipping than usual for this build as without it, this scheme tended to look rather too ‘cartoony’ for my taste. Pleased with the end result though
  10. That's a fantastic HAS scene bar side! With the outdoor light the shelter itself, pan and frames look completely convincing (and I've spent time in a few RAF HAS sites with work over the years). Great work!
  11. Hi bar side! Dioramas tend to be armour or other vehicles rather than aircraft. Last one I did was this one last summer: I'm colourblind so find accurate miniatures tricky to do especially with modern camouflage like MTP...
  12. Thanks Wulfman - really kind of you to say and means a lot!
  13. This build was cursed. That is all. Problems were mostly caused by my own clumsiness, not the GWH kit, which in terms of fit and surface detail is fantastic. Dropped the model, breaking a stabiliser and meaning I had to redo the first camo colour during the large-scale masking work… then a gear leg snapped and I had to drill the stumps out and brass rod repair job the thing, the AK colours I used for the first time on this kit didn’t react well to Mr Leveling Thinner, separating during spraying so that each cup sprayed different shades which meant my usual shading technique was impossible. The GWH Decals are almost completely useless due to being extremely thick and with a matt finish that makes them almost impossible to blend into paintwork, even with Agama Hypersol. As a result, I bought some aftermarket decals and made this colourful (for an F-15C anyway) US Air Force 1st Fighter Wing bird stationed at Langley AFB in 2004. This particular aircraft was the the personal mount of (then) Commander Frank Gorenc, who went on to become a four star general and commanded US Air Forces Europe and Africa. When spraying a layer of varnish to protect the decals, however, the real disaster occurred. I refilled the airbrush cup and forgot to put the lid back on, meaning that I splashed a large dollop of Mr Super Clear III on the left wing, which immediately dissolved the existing varnish, decals and paint layers. Much cursing and fixing required before I could get back to weathering. Even once nearly done the resin engine replacements kept falling off due to miniscule glueing area, the canopy was dirty and fogged inside when masks came off so I had to cut/lever it off to fix, and the pylons were a job and a half to get settled in place. All in all much more work than it needed to be but I think the result is ok.
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