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Seamus

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    Aircraft, airshows, model making, sport, football, the mighty red devils!

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  1. Great stuff, along with all your other Tomcats, a seriously impressive collection Having just acquired the new Academy kit I've been reading through your excellent threads for research, you make it very difficult not to push it to the top of my to-do pile!
  2. OK, so I couldn't resist making a start on this one before finishing the Stuka.... It's not much of a start in fairness, just a bit of part preparation, starting with the intakes. I gave them a good clamping whilst the glue set to ensure the seams closed as fully as possible in the hope of reducing the amount of filling required. This in turn squashed them a touch, leaving a slight step at the top and bottom between them and the intake rings, so my clever idea resulted in more work sanding the inner faces back to remove the steps... The ring sections are just dryfitted but I think it should be fine, just need to add a touch of filler to the seams and smooth the whole lot out and they'll be ready for paint. One of the things I always wondered when looking at the sprues before I got my own kit was how the wheel wells went together, now I know! It's very clever engineering to build the well structure up around the jet pipes, I'm very impressed! In fact I've even sprayed some burnt iron inside the pipes and glues the two halves together in preparation for getting more colour on soon. The cockpit is also very nice and should look suitably busy with the seat and IPs in place, hopefully Airfix will one day mould the console detail in place of the decals- no issue if you're using etch of course, and to be fair the decals should look fine underneath a closed canopy, but it would add a touch of finesse to what is otherwise a decent interior. Of course, a test fit of the major components was hard to resist. Fit appears to be generally excellent and more clever engineering seems to reduce the number of seams that will need sorting. I'm really liking this kit even at this very early stage. More soon Shaun
  3. Evening all, It's been a very long time since I posted a WIP on here, and even longer since I joined a Group Build, but given my passion for naval types in particular it seemed rude not to join in this one. I've plenty of options in the stash, and I may end up entering more than one build, but looking through the build threads I didn't see a Buccaneer, so I thought I'd put that right for starters. I'll be building the new Airfix 1/72 kit OOB, although I may choose to finish her as a 736 NAS option on an old Model Alliance Sheet I have knocking around. On with the now very familiar box and sprue shot... I have a Stuka on the bench that is nearing completion, so hopefully I'll be able to get cracking with this one sooner rather than later. Cheers, Shaun
  4. As I understand it the undercarriage doors are more often that not open when the aircraft isn't powered up. They will be closed with the engine running to prevent FOD entering the wheel wells. The airbrake however is always extended when the underarriage is lowered. It's my main gripe with the Hasegawa kit, along with the fixed auxiliary doors on the intakes. If you want to accurately depict the AV-8B on the ground then the airbrake at least will need opening up- quickboost do an aftermarket replacement IIRC. Add a pilot to indicate the aircraft is powered up and the other issues go away!
  5. Cheers, this was actually my first time using W&N. I had a few issues intially in that it wasn't drying especially flat, which I put down to thinning too much (roughly 50/50 with Tamiya thinners). I sprayed the final coat neat and it dried much flatter with the slight sheen you can see, which was the finish I was looking for. I suppose another coat would have resulted in a perfectly flat coat. Hope that helps.
  6. Morning all, Here's the latest off the bench, the lovely little Tamiya Spitfire I. This model marks the first part of the resumption of a Battle of Britain project I started five years ago for the 75th anniversary, although this has been finished in the markings 74 Squadron aircraft that forced landed during the Battle of France. Given that battle shares the same anniversary I thought it should be included in the project. The main markings came from an Xtradecal sheet, the only other aftermarket inclusion were Eduard seat belts. Finished using Hataka Orange Line lacquers and Alclad for the exhausts, W&N Galeria Matt varnish for the final coat. 1/72 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire I by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire I by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire I by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire I by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire I by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  7. Thanks very much For the engines, I first laid down a black base before picking out some of the smaller access panels in aluminium. Then I went over the whole area with Steel, before shading with hot metal blue and sepia and pale burnt metal. Alclad was used throughout. It didn't turn out quite as I envisaged in my head, but nevertheless I'm fairly happy with that method. Hope that helps.
  8. Thanks for the kind feedback all, much appreciated
  9. Afternoon all, Fresh off the bench is the superb 1/72 Hasegawa Su-33. Built completely OOB, painted with Hataka Orange Line lacquers and Alclad for the metallic areas. Weathering was kept fairly light with a simple application of MIG Prouction's neutral wash before a final coat of Xtracolor satin varnish. A great kit of one of the best looking modern fighters around. 1/72 Hasegawa Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Hasegawa Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Hasegawa Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Hasegawa Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Hasegawa Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  10. Evening all, Hot off the bench, having spent the last two and a half years on it.... I've finally got around to applying the finishing touches to the superb Bandai A-Wing over the last couple of nights. Displayed as ever on one of my custom laser engraved bases, although I may redo this; not entirely happy with the finish. Please excuse the wonky gun too, it's been corrected but I'm too lazy to set up the photo tent again.... 1/72 Bandai A-Wing Starfighter by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Bandai A-Wing Starfighter by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Bandai A-Wing Starfighter by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Bandai A-Wing Starfighter by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed as ever Cheers, Shaun
  11. Morning all, A pretty small effort from me this year as I try and reignite my enthusiasm for the hobby, with just three completions this year. That is however three more than last year! All in 1/72 as per usual... Tamiya FW 190D-9 Tamiya 1/72 Focke Wulf FW 190 D9 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Tamiya 1/72 Focke Wulf FW 190 D9 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Airfix Jet Provost T3 Airfix 1/72 Jet Provost T3 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Airfix 1/72 Jet Provost T3 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter MiG-29A Fulcrum 1/72 Trumpeter MiG-29A Fulcrum by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Trumpeter MiG-29A Fulcrum by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr I'm hopeful 2020 will be far more productive, the interest certainly seems to be there again. Thanks for looking, happy new year to all Shaun
  12. An enjoyable thread, excellent work on the flaps especially. Picking up what has been mentioned above regarding the interior of the exhaust nozzles, they are indeed an off-white ceramic. I've attached a couple of images that hopefully show this... Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet 168930 US Navy RAF Fairford 09/07/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet 168930 US Navy RAF Fairford 10/07/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Shaun
  13. Thank you. No reason for the loadout other than that was what was in the box!
  14. Evening all, My latest completion hot off the bench, Trumpeter's lovely little MiG-29. A mostly trouble free build, the only real effort required was around the intakes and nose. Finished as a Czech example using Hataka Orange Line lacquers, my first foray away from enamels, I won't be looking back! They were infinitely better to use compared to my usual Xtracolor. The decals have silvered in places which is really annoying and takes the shine off the finished model, but it looks OK from a few feet... 1/72 Trumpeter MiG-29A Fulcrum by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Trumpeter MiG-29A Fulcrum by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Trumpeter MiG-29A Fulcrum by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
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