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  1. Good afternoon all. This is my finished model of Airfix’s 1/48 Canadair Sabre F.4 which was built OOB. The F.4 was a version of the American F86, licence built in Canada for the Royal Air Force. 428 examples were delivered to the RAF and served between 1953 and 1956 when replaced by the Hawker Hunter. Airfix's habit of putting everything in one bag has been commented on in various forums. I had several pieces off the sprues with a couple of them broken. Having viewed similar builds online, it seems that others have had more problems with this kit than I found. Airfix’s QC seems a bit hit and miss these days. I thought the surface detail is very soft and for some reason the wing detail is better than the fuselage detail. The fit wasn’t great and I had quite a few oversized gaps that required filling. On a more positive note, it’s a nice touch to be able to have the gun bays and air brakes open. Overall, I’m pleased with the result and it looks like a Sabre. The main colours were Tamiya XF-81 Dark Green, XF-54 Dark Sea Grey and Vallejo Model Air 71.109 Faded PRU Blue. Weathering was done with Flory dark dirt and grime washes and Abteilung oils. My 7 year old grandson always follows my progress with each build and his first question when I start a new one is, "is there a human in it". The pilot figure is added for his benefit. Cheers
  2. Some great photos there Wally. Thanks for sharing. I was in Darwin in August 2014, staying at a mate's place not far from the airport. Saw some exotic stuff flying but sadly, no photos.
  3. A terrific job on the DC3(s). I have built two of Airfix’s recent Dakotas and although they turned out OK I had some serious fit issues especially with the MkIV.
  4. Stunning. What a sleek looking Starfighter.
  5. Thanks for your kind comments Berns. The camo was painted free hand which is my usual method. I laid down the lighter grey first then did the darker grey. cheers Steve
  6. Thanks for looking in. I picked this up for $45, a bargain compared with other kits. I also had doubts about what I would find but was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
  7. Afternoon All, This is my latest build, a 1/48 McDonnell Douglas F15C Eagle. An older kit from Tamiya but nonetheless the good quality we are used to. Built OOB and it went together without any significant issues. It was primed with XF-24 Dark Grey and pre-shaded with XF-1 black. The two camo colours are fairly light greys which were probably Dark & Light Ghost Grey. I followed the Tamiya instructions and used XF-66 Light Grey and XF-2 White mixed 1:3 and XF-19 Sky Grey and XF-2 White mixed 1:2 respectively. Tamiya X-32 Titanium Silver was used for the heat shield areas. Not too much weathering. Flory dark dirt wash to highlight panel lines and Abteilung oils. A very enjoyable build and I'm quite pleased with the result. Cheers, Steve
  8. A great job on the new Buccaneer. Hopefully I will get my hands on one.
  9. A stunning pair of Sea Vixens. Very nice work.
  10. A stunning result Ian. There is just something about the original Gannets and yours looks the goods.
  11. A great looking Mirage. Used to see them flying in and out of Nowra in the 70’s.
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