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  1. Thank you. It didn’t take too long and I’m really chuffed with how it looks at the moment.
  2. A small update on the BF109 F-4 build. I’ve been working away for three weeks so it feels great to finally get back to the bench. I began with mottling some XF2 for the pre shading. I sprayed at 15psi with a .2 needle and thinned it slightly more that what I usually do and it went well in my opinion. Next I mottled RLM 78 (Mr Hobby H418) before laying down a couple of light coats. This was all in order to add contract in tone and shade to the paint work. This was my first time using any Mr Hobby products and the levelling thinner and I really recommend it. It felt so easy to have control of the paint through the brush. With the RLM 78 down and cured, it was time to mask the aircraft up. I contemplated free handing the RLM 79 but decided against it in the end. The masking took some considerable time but it was well worth it. Initially I wanted to get some putty to make the border softer but I was impatient and wanted to get on with the model! Then finally it was time to mottle the RLM 79 (H66) before another couple of light coats. The image doesn’t do the pre shading any justice but I’m really chuffed with how it’s looking so far. Thanks for following along. Tom
  3. Time for an update; progress has been relatively slow for this kit as I’m extremely busy at work. However I have moved forward. The remaining PE was straight forward and gave me no dramas. I like the look of the flaps as well. The Messerschmitt BF109 is a really good looking aircraft in my opinion. The canopy needed the smallest amount of shaving to fit nice and snug. In this image they’re not glued in place as I then needed to mask them with the set provided. The build was pretty much complete at this point, ready for priming. I wanted to try Mr Finishing Surfacer black primer on this build, but it was sold out in my local hobby shop. Instead I used what I had which was Vallejo Surface Primer. It didn’t go on too great if im honest. Never mind, it’s primed and ready now. I also made myself an aircraft stand from some wood and foam which is a cheap alternative to a proper stand (which I still intend to buy) for painting. The next stage will be some XF2 mottling before the main colours. Thanks for reading. Tom
  4. This looks stunning! I’m going to have a read of the WIP now. Wonderful build!
  5. Thank you guys. I will be painting it scheme D which is an RLM 79 sand colour!
  6. Hello everyone, I wanted to share my build progress of the Eduard ProfiPACK 1/48 BF109F4. The model comes in a lovely box, with two large sprue’s, two smaller ones and a clear parts sprue. There is a little bit of flash but nothing that cannot be cleaned up. I was drawn to this kit because of the supplied canopy masks and complimentary photo etch. The instructions are really well produced in a glossy booklet. Overall the kit screams quality. I began with the cockpit and added the relevant PE. This was then primed with Vallejo black surface primer. Afterwards I gave it a coat of XF63 German Gray, then added a drop of XF2 White to the XF63 to highlight certain areas. Once those coats were cured, I dry brushed silver chips into the footwell and on the seat. The highlights look quite strong, but that is only through the lens of the camera. It is nice a subtle to the eye. At one point I lost the fuel hose which I subsequently found when I went to use the extra thin cement! Once the paints had dried, I clear coated the cockpit and side walls, added a panel line wash and painted in some small extra details. The cockpit has gone together quite nicely. The PE seatbelts are a nice touch, as is the control panel. The fuselage went together ok, there was a small gap forward of the cockpit that needed filling. With the wings finally on, she’s starting to resemble a plane. I’m fairly content so far. Thanks for reading if you’ve stuck with the build progress, I’ll post some more in a few weeks. Tom
  7. I particularly like the gradient on the side of the base. Really gives it depth! Great work.
  8. Looks stunning. I love seeing F1 models, especially Ferraris
  9. Great start, I have just begun the BF109F-4 ProfiPACK today and can attest to the PE buckles on the stirrups being arduous!
  10. This looks great. I love the metal gear series! Awesome job.
  11. Thank you mate, hope it gave you a bit of inspiration. I absolutely loved the kit!
  12. Thank you! It really is a fantastic kit and I can’t state enough how nice it looks to see it constructed in-front of me. 99% of it is airbrushed which is why I think the finish looks so good! Thank you!
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