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  1. Thanks all, much appreciated Stencil hog indeed! Took a few evenings to get them all on, a proper labour of love.... Yes, in hindsight they could have done with being toned down a touch...
  2. Morning all, My third completion of the year, Trumpeter's MiG-31. I finished this model back in March shortly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and thought it prudent to hold it back given the timing and sensitivities around the war. Hopefully I've not jumped the gun even now in that respect... The kit itself is pretty nice, although it became a bit of a slog, with lots of mistakes along the way, including snapping one of the fins off during decalling.... The decals themselves were largely useless, so I ended up purchasing a Begemot sheet to use in their place, otherwise what you see is how it comes from the box. Finished using MRP for the main grey with the details picked out in Hataka Orange Line and Alclad as usual. Trumpeter 1/72 MiG-31 Foxhound by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter 1/72 MiG-31 Foxhound by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter 1/72 MiG-31 Foxhound by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter 1/72 MiG-31 Foxhound by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter 1/72 MiG-31 Foxhound by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  3. Thank you all, much appreciated as always
  4. Morning all, Latest off the bench is this Growler. Originally intended for the F/A-18 STGB, I ran out of steam long before the deadline, but am happy to finally get it over the line. It's the Hasegawa kit with a load of extras thrown at it: Eduard zoom set in the cockpit, Pavla seats, Wolfpack wings for the drooped flaps and Twobobs decals for the VAQ-209 markings. I had hoped to go with the Darth Vader CAG jet, but annoyingly the decals were out of register for that scheme, so I opted for a low viz line jet instead. At least Vader is still present on the fins... Painted using Mr Color with Hataka Orange Line and Alcad for the details. From searching through images of these jets, they're kept pretty clean compared to other Super Hornets, so I kept the weathering fairly light, but wanted to add some shading and fading to the paintwork for interest. Some images I found showed these jets carrying dirty fuel tanks, so I weathered these up a bit more using a new technique that I've far from mastered.... Hataka Flat varnish to finish Hasegawa 1/72 Boeing EA-18G Growler by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hasegawa 1/72 Boeing EA-18G Growler by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hasegawa 1/72 Boeing EA-18G Growler by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hasegawa 1/72 Boeing EA-18G Growler by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hasegawa 1/72 Boeing EA-18G Growler by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed as always Cheers, Shaun
  5. More progress and she's painted. Reluctantly I decided against the CAG scheme as I just couldn't live with the green being out of registers, so it'll end up as one of the alternative jets. Vader will still appears on the fins though, just not so spectacularly. Mr Hobby was used for the main colours, with the details picked out using Hataka and Alclad. Most pictures I've seen of VAQ-209 jets show them to be pretty clean, especially compared to embarked jets, but I wanted to add some interest with some post shading, so there's a bit of artistic license at play here. Not that you can really see it in the pics! It's been a bit of a slog at times but I've really broken the back of this build now, shouldn't take too long to finish from here on in. Cheers, Shaun
  6. Thanks all, much appreciated. As this is as close as I'm ever likely to get to shooting air to air, it should be no surprise this weekend is probably my favourite aviation event of the year I understand it's due to an expansion of the Junglie role- the aircraft will spend more time at sea and therefore grey is a more appropriate colour. Whilst I prefer the green as a colour, from a photographic perspective the grey is much easier to shoot!
  7. Morning all, Here's a handful of images from a long awaited weekend shooting helicopters on Dartmoor. As ever, a pair of Junglie Merlins were on hand to support the Ten Tors Challenge, with a bonus visit from the Coastguard on the Saturday. Although frustrating at times, this weekend never fails to produce some fantastic photographic opportunities. AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 07/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Leonardo AW189 | G-MCX | HM Coastguard | Dartmoor | 07/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, hopefully they were of interest Cheers, Shaun
  8. Thanks again chaps More shutter speed thatn aperture. I always shoot props (and helicopters) in TV mode so I can control the shutter speed and get the desired prop/rotor blur. In this case I dropped it down to 1/100 second to not only increase the prop blur but to blur the background and give a sense of speed. In truth it's tricky to achieve a perfectly sharp airframe at both nose and tail unless the aircraft is perfectly side on, but I mostly got away with it here...
  9. Thanks chaps Woops! Typo amended... I didn't hang around for the Wren or the Eds on this occasion,it was already dark enough by the time the Anson landed!
  10. Morning all, Thought I'd share a few images from the season opener from Old Warden last weekend. A decent enough line up, it was the Seafire that stole the show; my absolute favourite warbird, I've been waiting a long time to see her back in the air, and she didn't disappoint! A beautfiful display. The weather was dull and grey all day, which isn't great for photography, so many of these are slow shutter images in front of the trees to at least try and inject a bit of colour and interest into the shots... Hawker Sea Hurricane Ib | Z7015/G-BKTH | Shuttleworth Collection | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Consolidated PBV-1A Canso | 433915/G-PBYA | Plane Sailing | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Avro Lancaster BI | PA474 | Royal Air Force | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Avro Lancaster BI | PA474 | Royal Air Force | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr De Havilland DH 88 Comet | G-ACSS | Shuttleworth Collection | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Percial Mew Gull | G-AEXF | Shuttleworth Collection | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Seafire XVII | SX336/G-KASX | Navy Wings | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hawker Sea Hurricane Ib | Z7015/G-BKTH | Shuttleworth Collection | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Seafire XVII | SX336/G-KASX | Navy Wings | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Seafire XVII | SX336/G-KASX | Navy Wings | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Seafire XVII | SX336/G-KASX | Navy Wings | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Spartan 7W Exectutive | NC17615 | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Seafire XVII | SX336/G-KASX | Navy Wings | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Gloster Gladiator I | K7985/G-AMRK | Shuttleworth Collection | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire LF Vc | AR501/G-AWII | Shuttleworth Collection | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire LF Vc | AR501/G-AWII | Shuttleworth Collection | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Ryan STM | N7779 | Arnaldo Leon | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Ryan STM | N7779 | Arnaldo Leon | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Avro XIX Anson | TX176/G-AHKX | Shuttleworth Collection | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Avro XIX Anson | TX176/G-AHKX | Shuttleworth Collection | Old Warden | 01/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Not the most inspiring set but hopefully they were of interest, Thanks for looking, Shaun
  11. Thanks for the kind feedback all, much appreciated
  12. Cheers Steve With the Heinkel finished and some mojo restored, I've been able to get back to this one. She's now ready for priming More soon... Shaun
  13. No worries, you're welcome. There are plenty of shots on my Flickr of BLUE 71 too, just none of the detail shots. But feel free to look through, they may be of further use to you
  14. Morning all, My modelling mojo has taken a bit of a hit over the last couple of months for various reasons, but I wanted to get back on the horse with something nice and simple, and it doesn't get much more simple than Special Hobby's lovely little Heinkel He162. A tidy little kit with good fit and details throughout. Finished OOB with the exception of some replacements Swastikas on the fins simply to avoid using the two part decals provided, painted using Hataka Orange Line lacquers , Alclad for the metal areas and the odd bit of Tamiya for details. A great little mojo restorer Special Hobby 1/72 Heinkel He162 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Heinkel He162 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Heinkel He162 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Heinkel He162 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Heinkel He162 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  15. Assuming the Ukrainian single and two seaters are painted the same colours in these areas I might be able to help... Intakes are medium to dark grey to me eye, certainly not tan Sukhoi Su-27P1M Flanker 58 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr The wheel wells are trickier to determine, but I reckon they look more of a blue/grey here HTH Shaun
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