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About Gekko_1

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

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  1. 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!
  3. All broken links now fixed.
  4. Cheers! Yes, tedious indeed!
  5. 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.
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    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.
  7. Gekko_1

    Bandai 1/144th Slave 1

    Updating all those Photobucket blocked photos atm. Will take me about an hour?
  8. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. Gekko_1

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

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

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    Thanks Tony! Hadn't spotted that one! Will get that done today.
  12. Gekko_1

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    More Vegemite in action................... HUD painting. Here's a small detail that would have been missed if it weren't for those awesome photo finds! (the 36375 Light Ghost Gray on the beginning of the intake trunking. Next, we begin some of the more interesting stuff.................weathering! Richard.
  13. Gekko_1

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    Swing wing mechanism put together. Its pretty straight forward. Lots of bits and pieces to get ready for painting! Richard.
  14. Gekko_1

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    Vegemite removed with warm water and a soft brush. No issues, no problems, worked fine. Here's the intake trunking just sat in place, not glued. Richard.
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    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    I decided to lighten the FS.36495 Light Gray a little more. Revised FS. 36495 - Version 2 A.MIG-209 FS. 36495 Light Gray - 10 drops A.MIG-047 Satin White - 6 drops Vallejo Matt Medium 70.540 - 5 drops. Now I'll let that dry for 24 hours. Richard.