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About Gekko_1

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    What if? subjects, Science Fiction, History, General Plastic Modelling.

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  1. Gekko_1

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    Time to paint the coroguard paint on the leading edge................... Based on the only really good colour image I have been able to find of this Tomcat I decided to lighten FS. 36375 by 50% white to match the contrast seen in the photo. So I sprayed the colour, no problem, then began to take off the masking. Port fin went fine, then...................................... Oh! Luckily I have a lot of patience. I kept my cool and just accepted my fate. To be fair the decals are roughly 35 years old. I think what happened is that the decal hadn't adhered to the surface properly and pulling up the Tamiya tape was enough force to bring up the whole thing. Anyway, luckily I was able to find a replacement sheet on eBay. So once that arrives I can carefully sand down the surface, repaint, re-gloss, and try again.
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    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    Well, I didn't get the Tomcat finished for the comp, too much left to do. But, the build goes on! Here's some progress of the subassemblies. I discovered the hard way that the decals, now quite old, would come apart once soaked in water. Luckily this only happened to the port side skull and bones decal. I was able to re-assemble it on the fin. After that it was time to apply some Micro Liquid Decal Film to the rest of the decals. Luckily this did the trick. Also did some oil paint rendering on the Pheonix pallet. Wings ready for further weathering. I have to figure out how to do the wing sweep oil and grime marks somehow. Any ideas? Here's the two drop tanks, one in Light Gull Grey, the other FS.36495. And the remaining Pheonix pallets. All of these still need some more oil paint rendering/weathering. Here's the underside of the main body. Intake trunking still not glued in place. A close-up of some of the oil paint rendering/weathering. Cheers Richard.
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    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    Yes, as far as I know, both are basically the same thing.
  4. Gekko_1

    Tracks for Trumpeter E-75?

    I have a dilemma! I can't use the rubber band tracks that come with the Trumpeter E-75 kit because they're rubbish. Master Club do three different metal track link sets for a King Tiger, listed here: https://www.bnamodelworld.com/parts-decals-for-1:35-scale-master-club-mtl-35097 https://www.bnamodelworld.com/parts-decals-for-1:35-scale-master-club-mtl-35093 https://www.bnamodelworld.com/parts-decals-for-1:35-scale-master-club-mtl-35094 Question is, which one, if any, would fit the Trumpeter E-75?? Regards Richard.
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    Su-35 Flanker E 1/48

    Outstanding weathering!
  6. All broken links now fixed.
  7. Cheers! Yes, tedious indeed!
  8. Finally updated all the broken links, thanks to Photobucket! The model is off to competition this weekend. Because of that, I've decided not to bother about the additional sensors or crew, I'm calling this one done. Just have to finish the base. The base. The base/display case is Trumpeter item no. 09807 which fits the AT-ST perfectly. Even with the additional sensors, I have about 2mm to spare! I'll take some proper studio photos after the comp. Richard.
  9. Gekko_1

    Bandai 1/144th Slave 1

    OK, done. Finally restored all those missing images, thanks to Photobucket! Taking the model to a comp this weekend. I'll take some better shots of it after that.
  10. Gekko_1

    Bandai 1/144th Slave 1

    Updating all those Photobucket blocked photos atm. Will take me about an hour?
  11. Gekko_1

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    The Vegemite just dissolves in warm water using a soft brush. Very simple and works perfectly.
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    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    OK...............thanks to Tony's eagle eye I was able to get the FS 36495 onto the glove pylons with the help of Vegemite, of course! Fin tips done........... Panel line washes have begun too. I do mine slightly different to most people. I use drying retarder and Vallejo Model Wash in a combination of two to one. Once the panel line has been brushed with the mix any excess is wiped away with a brush moistened with water. No smelly chemicals and you have a bit of time to manipulate the mix before it dries. I also use this technique to simulate the tattered sea salt look of USN/Marine subjects too. I'll demonstrate this later in the build. To do the red cap area of the drop tank I used Vallejo red ink and using capillary action filled the recess. Works perfectly! Removing the Vegemite from the fan nose revealed the white perfectly protected! YAY for Vegemite! I've got six days to get this Tomcat finished for the local model comp here in South Australia, over the weekend of the 13th and 14th October!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. Gekko_1

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    Thanks, Evert. Yeah, Vegemite would definitely be one of those things that is an acquired taste.
  14. Gekko_1

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    Thanks Tony! Hadn't spotted that one! Will get that done today.