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  1. My first GSX-R 750 was the 'F' variant, very early type, with the shorter swingarm (about 25mm shorter), two piece seat, slightly different fairing lower that sloped backwards on it's front edge instead of curving forwards like yours, perforated heat shield on the exhaust can, but similar colour scheme to yours. It was my first 'big' bike, prior to that I had owned Yamaha LC 350's and such (Blue and White, naturally) ……. Hasegawa have issued the 750 kit with what looks like the Japanese spec colour scheme (home market I guess, and all that) which looks very much like the scheme used on the UK spec 1100 series we had here. Shouldn't be too much of a problem to spray the Hasegawa kit to represent the UK spec early 750's though. About 5 years ago I did grab one of the Fujimi 1/12 Yoshimura GSX-R 750 race bike kits, in the Grey/Red scheme, the intention was to modify it into the 1986 SERT Suzuki GSX-R 750 endurance bike in the Blue and White scheme. Actually started building it, but other things got in the way and never got around to finishing it, which was a shame because I bought lots of photo-etch, resin, machined aluminium bits for it from Hobby Design and Top Studio and such. One day maybe! Fujimi box cover: 1986 SERT Suzuki GSX-R 750 endurance bike: I want to order at least a couple of the new Hasegawa 750 kits, have genuinely wanted to build an early road version of the bike for such a long time, now I can! . Wouldn't mind doing an In Progress build of it too on here at some point; back in 2008 I did an In progress build for the World Motorsport Group Build, here on BM, of the 1/12 Tamiya Suzuki RGV XR89 race bike, which was a very enjoyable build. Linky below: Who knows, one day I may even get around to building the 1/10 Nichimo Yamaha 350 LC kit that I have had in the stash for many years, in Blue and White of course, ahem …. (the same colour scheme that my LC was, surprise, surprise, bit of a running theme here I think …. !! ).
  2. Apologies if this has been mentioned before, but I have only just noticed this, we FINALLY have an early road-version Suzuki GSX-R 750 in kit form, a 1 /12 Hasegawa model. Have so wanted a model of one of these for who-knows how long, now we have one. Have owned a few types of real GSX-R's over the years (very fond memories of them too!!) and can NOW model my very first one from all those years back …… https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10635934 Happy days!
  3. Thanks again for the comments. As I mentioned previously, the Red stripe is now on both sides of the nose, so I will finally start the discrete weathering and highlighting of panel lines etc …. at last! Here's a quick front view, still without props, exhausts, entry door etc. Generally, more often than not, I tend to use Paynes Grey Oil Paint, thinned with White Spirit (or Turpentine) to a accentuate and add a 'weathered' effect to panel lines and such. The previous coats of paint that the model has been sprayed in MUST be absolutely dry and fully cured though, otherwise they will be removed by the thinned oil paint and make an almighty mess!! Pic below of my usual 'Weapons Of Choice' for the highlighting/weathering of panel lines, in this case the brand of Oil Paint is by Winsor & Newton (never had any issues with their paints). As an example, the pic below shows the kind of effect that I intend to achieve with the thinned Paynes Grey applied to panel lines and such, on my 1/144 'Led Zeppelin' Boeing 720 model. The panel lines have been enhanced but not overly so, and not too heavily or dark, but still has a kind of 'used' look to it.
  4. Bit of a thread resurrection …. The decals on the Channel Airways sheets have worked out fine, excellent decals they are too, highly recommend them, and very happy with how things are going with the Heron model, very nearly finished and the In Progress thread is here: Next question is, would anybody know the email address in order to contact Nick? I have looked on the Classic Airlines site but there does not appear to be an email to contact him on. I wanted to contact him regarding a project I intend to do, and if he would consider a kind of one-off decal project for me. Just wanted to ask him if would be able to do it for me, and the cost too of course. Thanks for any help.
  5. It has certainly crossed my mind once or twice, I must say!
  6. Very nice! One of my favourite all time cars.
  7. It may also be worthwhile modifying the intakes. I had sprayed mine and also applied the decals and very, VERY nearly missed the shape of the intakes! In the kit they are very 'square' in shape from the head-on view, but in truth they have rounded external and internal corners, and will need changing from the kit shapes. The pic below shows mine all sprayed up, but shows that I just noticed the intake shapes in time, before final assembly. The starboard intake on the model is shown being modified, with some of the paint sanded away during re-shaping. Also, to save me having to re-scribe the tiny 'piano hinge' pivots on the auxiliary intake doors on the sides of the main intakes, I had some decals printed, which made life a little easier. They are on these small sheets below, printed with the 41 Sq emblem.
  8. Excellent stuff, always nice to see a Jaguar being built, have been following this! I have browsed the pics, and hope you don't mind if I make a couple of suggestions, (I may of missed the relevant pics, so apologies if I have highlighted something that you have already added). This pic below which I took at RAF Coltishall shows the underside, and it shows the two cannon bulges on the underside of the access doors (one on each door) just in front of the undercarriage bays. Not sure if they have been added to your model? The GR1/3 and also the T2/4 all had both of these bulges on the access doors, even though, incidentally, the T2/4's only had one cannon, on the port side. The pic below actually shows a T4. This shows the cannon bulges added to the underside of my Airfix 1/48 T4.
  9. Finally managed to apply the remaining Red pinstripe on the nose sides, and pleased that I have managed to seal all the decals with a couple of light coats of Zero Paints 2-Pack Clearcoat (2K Urethane) applied directly onto the Humbrol Enamel used earlier, the 2K Clear does not harm enamels. Had hoped to apply, or at the very least, start, the discrete weathering over the airframe exterior, but unfortunately other things got in the way. Maybe get around to it sometime this week. The best laid plans, etc, etc ……
  10. Thanks again, everyone. Hope to get a coat of Gloss Clear over the decals this weekend, all going well.
  11. That's 99% of the decals on, left the Red pinstripe off the nose for the moment because that is a handy, temporary, holding point and it would probably get damaged or rubbed off if it was applied too soon. The fuselage 'G-AXFH' was made using a decal lettering sheet, and the 'Channel Airways' wording above the windows was taken from a Classic-Airlines decal sheet, CA144-095 Viscount 800, and is pretty much bang-on to size. The tiny 'Channel Airways' wording on the fin/rudder is from another Classic-Airlines sheet, CA144-108 HS 748, and although the words on that had a Black surround, as they should have, the words themselves were transparent so I had to apply a section of White decal strip first, and then laid the tiny 'Channel Airways' wording on top. Again, the size is pretty much spot on and I am very happy with how all of the airline wording has turned out. The three emergency exit decal hatches on the fuselage roof were taken straight from the standard Airfix sheet. I will give everything a few days to thoroughly dry out, then seal the decals on with a coat of Clear Gloss, and once that is fully dry the subtle, discrete weathering can be applied, to give a faintly used look to it.
  12. Feels like I am getting somewhere at last, fuselage pinstriping now in the process of being applied. The clear decal sheet that had been sprayed with Alclad Pale Gold, earlier in this thread, has had a few lengths of it sliced into 2mm widths and applied above the windows and along the fuselage to the tail. The thin Red stripe that goes from nose to tail, and below the windows, is also in the process of being applied, and this is cut from a basic Red parallel stripe decal sheet, and I think they are approx 0.75mm wide. To make life a little easier, both the Gold and Red stripes were cut into lengths of around 30mm or so, and applied in that way. To try and apply the stripes in the full lengths that they eventually will be on the fuselage sides, would of been asking for trouble and very awkward to apply ...... The red fuselage stripe is almost finished, just the front curved section to sort out (accurate smooth curve being the really awkward bit!). A thin White stripe, again from a standard parellel line decal sheet, about 0.75mm wide, is being laid centrally over the previously applied Gold stripe, so creating the double Gold lines above the windows. Again, this White stripe was cut into approx 30mm lengths to aid application.
  13. I have managed to gather a fair few pics and such over the past months, and there is also a good Walkaround of the Heron here on BM too, so I should have enough reference pics and such, hopefully. Thanks for offering though, I appreciate it anyway.
  14. Fin and rudder are now in Pale Gold, and the wing and tailplane leading edges are in Black. Peeled off the window masks and I am quite chuffed with how they now look, I'm happy with that! . The Orange curtains are just visible in each window, as I intended, and the wheels and u/c legs are painted too, and gave all four exhausts a 'mucky rust' kind of look. All four props are now finished aswell, the leading edge of each blade, from the blade root at the hub to approx half way along it's length, was masked and painted Black (took ages to mask up, even though they were only tiny pieces of masking tape!) and some small generic decals placed on the front of each blade face. Decals for the airframe markings and lettering will be added next, and some subtle, restrained weathering too, just to give a hint of a 'used' look about it, as most of these aircraft had that kind of visual aspect to them.
  15. Fin and rudder masked up, ready for the Alclad ALC 108 Pale Gold to be sprayed on. That should be the bulk of the main colours applied, mostly detail painting from here on, after I have left these main colours a few days, to harden off some more.
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