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  1. Hi all Last year I managed 30 completions (not all started in 2013) - mostly driven by the Auckland IPMS Club holding the NZ IPMS Nationals in September - so lots of incentive to finish what I had started. This year I completed one model (under duress...) - a tricky resin build of a theoretical Russian flying sub - the LPL Flying Submarine: But my greatest achievement in 2014, in fact in my life so far, and the reason I got bugger all else done, was the arrival of my 1:1 Scale, fully functional, WIP - Madison Grace. Born Aug 1st at 9am weighing a healthy 3.65kg. The result of 15 years of various fertility treatments, surgeries, poking and prodding - and the end to my modelling as I know it so I've been told. But given the choice, I know what I'd have... Here she is at 7 hours old: And here she is on Dec 27th aged 5 1/2 months trying out her new high chair. Yeah yeah I know you all want to look at planes, but hey.... Cheers all from NZ Rob
  2. Hi all Another year of somewhat sporadic modelling - managed to complete quite a few builds started and finished in the same year plus a few that were languishing in boxes waiting for inspiration to finish. That inspiration came leading up to September when IPMS Auckland (here in NZ) held the IPMS Nationals - gave me the shove I needed to finish a bunch of stuff to add to the mass display of models the club put on as well as the competition models. Plus a friendly wager with a fellow club member lead me to try for 30 completions in the year (this included finishing half-built kits from previous years - a finish was a finish!) - haven't quite made 30, but still have 5-6 kits that I may be able to finish between now and Dec 31st.... You can see more of the NZ IPMS Nationals here at the IPMS Auckland club website gallery page: http://ipmsauckland.hobbyvista.com/galleries_2013.html So, the kits I managed to complete this year, in no particular order: Hobby Boss 1/48 Yak-38 Forger Tamiya 1/20 Tyrrell P34 1977 Monaco GP Roden 1/48 Gloster Gladiator - box warmer from way back - had been waiting on rigging.... Dragon 1/48 Messerschmitt Me-163 Eduard 1/48 Yak-3 Hasegawa 1/48 P-40E - had been sitting in a box for 3-4 years waiting aerials and canopy.... Hasegawa 1/24 Lancia 037 - another box warmer - waiting on window framing.... Hasegawa 1/24 Ferrari TR250 Testarossa - wheels replaced with KA Models wire and aluminium wheels... Airfix 1/48 Seafire F.XVII Airfix 1/48 Spitfire PR XIX Hasegawa 1/48 F-104S - box warmer... Tamiya 1/48 Messerschmitt Me-262 Clear version - lots of fun except for the constant battle with dust.... Academy 1/48 Bearcat - another box warmer from many years ago... broken undercarriage had put me off... Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk - box warmer - lost the ejector seat and misplaced the canopy... found and replaced this year Dragon 1/48 Me-262 and Tamiya 1/48 Type 82 Beetle Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf-108 in Hungarian markings - box warmer from some years ago - can't recall what held me up on this but finished in Sept... Hasegawa 1/48 Ki-44 Shoki Hasegawa 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf-109C Hobbycraft 1/48 De Havilland Vampire Mk 1 - held up years ago when reading reviews about awful shape - but in the end sod it, finished... have an Alley Cat one on the go so will be an interesting comparison.... Tamiya 1/48 Buffalo B339 - another box warmer - cause I'm lazy probably... Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Typhoon Mk1 'Cardoor' - yup, box warmer, paint disaster after I clear coated the acrylic finish with a lacquer clear coat - all the paint ran so it needed stripping and re-painting..... eventually.... Tamiya 1/48 He-219 Uhu - held up due to lack of space.... Ebbro 1/20 Lotus 72E - sublime kit.... So I still have a week or more to finish the last few bits and pieces such as: Ebbro 1/20 Lotus 49 - lovely kit - just needing a few more things in Alclad and gloss coat... Kinetic 1/48 Alpha Jet - nice kit, odd fit here and there, awful instructions and awful end opening box. Kinetic, no! Wolfpack Designs 1/48 T-38 Talon - great kit but I hate painting white! Cheers Rob ***** UPDATE ******* Just after midnight - Jan 1st 2014 - here in NZ and I've managed to complete a few of the tail enders as part of my 2013 builds. Now I can have a rest. Oh wait, the wife wants a new kitchen..... Tamiya 1/24 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Tamiya/Ebbro 1/24 citroen 2CV Fourgonette Kinetic 1/48 Alphajet Ebbro 1/20 Lotus 49 finished Revell 1/24 BMW 507 Coupe WolfPack Designs Northrop T-38 Talon finished Cheers from NZ Rob
  3. Hi all Almost matched my output for last year - well probably did but can't quite recall some of the completions from earlier in the year and possibly they were spillovers from 2011 so not sure if they count, and also have a few more to photograph.... Anyway, my completions for the year: 1/48 Hobbyboss FJ-4B Fury 1/48 Hasegawa A-4K RNZAF Skyhawk (completed first week of January...) 1/48 Tamiya Messerschmitt Bf-109 1/48 Fine Moulds Savoia S.21F Porco Rosso 1/48 GWH Focke-Wulf Fw-189 1/48 Hasegawa Hawker Typhoon Mk 1B 1/48 Hasegawa FGR2 Phantom 1/48 Tamiya Focke-Wulf Ta-183 and Kettenkraftrad 1/48 Fine Moulds Curtiss R3C-0 Porco Rosso 1/24 Tamiya Alfa Romeo 155 Ti 1/24 Tamiya Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Team Bosch 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk 1 1/48 Hasegawa Mitsubishi T2 1/48 Hasegawa F-8 Crusader 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Razorback 1/48 Alley Cat Tucano 1/48 Hasegawa Arado Ar-234 1/48 Trumpeter Westland Wyvern 1/48 Eduard FAA Hellcat 1/48 Hasegawa A-4E Skyhawk 1/48 Hasegawa Nakajima B5N Kate 1/48 Tamiya Nakajima J1N1 Gekko 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair 1/20 Tamiya Williams Fw-13B 1/9 Tamiya Moto Guzzi V10 1/20 Tamiya Wolf Wr1 1/48 Grand Phoenix McDonnell F3H-2N Demon Still a few on the go but unlikely to be completed prior to the New Year - lots of sleeping and eating to do between now and then! Cheers from NZ
  4. Hi all Mixed bag of kits started in 2010/finished in 2011, started 2011/finished 2011 and a few started 2011 or before/but didn't quite make it... Here's a few started in 2010 and finished this year: Hasegawa 1/48 F-104C Tamiya 1/48 Storch Zveda 1/48 La-5 Hasegawa 1/72 He111P Hasegawa 1/48 He-129 Hasegawa P-39 Aircobra 'Air Cutie' Hasegawa 1/48 J35 Draken Tamiya 1/48 F-4F Wildcat converted to FAA Martlet Mk III Wingnut Wings 1/32 Se5a Eduard 1/48 FAA Hellcat Classic Airframes 1/48 BP Defiant Falcon 1/48 Supermarine Swift (perhaps not technically finished as I'm adding FOD guards to it...) ProModeller 1/48 F-86D Classic Airframes 1/48 Gloster Meteor NF11 Hasegawa 1/48 Lockheed TF-104 Hasegawa 1/48 A-4P Argentine Falklands Hasegawa 1/72 B-26C Marauder Hasegawa 1/48 TA-4J RNZAF Skyhawk Wingnut Wings 1/32 Sopwith Pup Started 2011 / Finished 2011 Special Hobby 1/48 Mc-200 Seatta Accurate Miniatures TBM-1 Avenger converted to FAA Tarpon Hasegawa 1/48 Hurricane Mk IID Wingnut Wings 1/32 Pfalz D.XII Tamiya 1/48 P-51D in RNZAF Auckland Squadron markings: Hasegawa 1/48 Mc-205 Airfix 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk XII AFV 1/48 F-5E Tamiya 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk I I've started so I'll finish..... but didn't quite make it.... Esci 1/48 Tigercat Hasegawa 1/48 A-4K RNZAF Kahu upgrade - waiting on clear coat... Plus a few other bits that I've photographed but can't post due to image limits - most waiting on clear coats and de-masking - weather here in NZ is rubbish at the moment - wet and humid so not conducive to airbrushing in my shed - so here on New Years eve I'm not gonna get the last 4-5 kits finished.... Plus a few from the shelf of doom that I've pulled finger on close to being finished, and a couple started in the last few days that obviously won't make the end of year cut.. Cheers and thanks for looking... Rob
  5. Hi Graham - excellent build and nice pics - can you tell me your method for spraying the Citadel paints (i.e. what thinner, ratio, etc?) - I've had a number of attempts spraying Citadel metallics with no luck - any advice would be much appreciated. Cheers Rob
  6. Hi all Well I've had a very slow month of modelling - been concentrating on house renovations so more woodwork than plasticwork lately. I'm going to call this one done - or at least 99% done - couple of touch-ups to do, some minor weathering around the guns, exhaust, fuel tanks and a final spray of clear to seal it all - but knowing the rate at which I work and get bored with subjects, move on and come back to them, it may be some months before I get everything wrapped up. So here is the scooter as she stands: Close up (ish) of the Red Roo refueling buddy tank (used on A-4 and A-7 - excellent casting and instructions from Red Roo). And one or two more: Not entirely sure I'm happy with the demarc lines on the wing tanks - I'll have a think about that - if it doesn't bug me too much they'll stay as is - and as they are now glued in place I think they will stay as is.... perhaps a bit of fuel weathering and some scratches on the underside..... Apologies for the pics - the model looks better in the flesh! Honest! My point-and-shoot digital camera has no control over depth of field and I was relying on light in between passing rain clouds... So now I need to complete the other two birds from the RNZAF as seen above - A-4E/F from the mid-70's in it's SEA livery and a A-4K post-upgrade. I still have plans for another single seater in the all green livery just before the strike wing was disbanded and another TA-4 I plan to do in the SEA livery - and then I think I'll be scootered out. Cheers from NZ Rob
  7. Hi all Inspired by builds on the Aeroscale forum and my own builds of Wingnut Wings SE5a and Sopwith Pup (posted here: http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=...945&page=1) I dragged out an old build started a few years ago of Eduards 1/48 Camel. I started off by trying a few new techniques (for me) beautifully illustrated by Juan Villalba in an issue of Military in Scale seen a few years ago (I'll get the issue details in my next post). Unfortunately my build isn't up to Juan's league but I'm happy with it so far - just want to press on and get it finished. I haven't quite got my head around the way in which he over-accentuates the detail making it stand out so vibrantly - might have to try again on another build. The macro setting of the camera makes all the dust stand out more than anything else - fortunately it looks ok from a distance... I've just re-sprayed the lower surfaces in Gunze Sail Colour (for the Clear Doped Linen) and shaded the ribs. Next up is some masking and shading of the rib detail - hopefully I'll get this done in the next week and try and figure out how to get the struts on... If you've built a Wingnut kit then you'll know what a doddle they are to build, especially when connecting the struts. The Eduard units are very flimsy and I'm not confident it's going to go well.... And then there is the rigging.. Thanks for looking Cheers Rob
  8. Just a wee update - a few pics of the scooter with the RedRoo buddy tank installed. The tank is all resin and you are supplied with a small template to make the fins at the front - I made these from aluminium cut from a soft drink can. Just need to spray the brown/green SEA scheme on the wing tanks and add a few of the dangly bits. Then a final clear coat, polish the screen and canopy and it's done... I hope to get this done in the next week and then can call it complete.... Cheers Rob
  9. Hi everyone Well I can't believe that it's been 5 months almost since I updated this - just goes to show what a slacker I am. Actually I've been renovating the house and coming down to the finishing details so that consumes most of my spare time. And coming into summer here in NZ it's hard to justify a day stuck in the model room when the sun is shining and the lawns are beckoning.... Anyhoo, this is where I'm at with the scooter. I have to thank John D for allowing me to pinch some numbers (the 255 on the nose) from his spare Gekko decal sheet - the sheet I had just didn't have enough 5's on it to complete the code. I've also sourced a buddy refueling tank from Red Roo Models in Australia - a nice wee kit - all I had to add was the prop fins on the nose (made from aluminium drink can and cut to size - plans supplied by Red Roo). My own scratch-built tank wasn't far off but i wasn't able to find decent pics of the whole tank so on receiving the resin part from Red Roo I can now scratch the rest to use on another kit - perhaps the A-7 I have languishing in a box somewhere. I have also have to paint the drop tanks in the SEA paint scheme as per the pics in the first page... So I now have to add details like the guns, assorted aerials, mirrors and handles to the canopy and the canopy support.... Then to add the seats (True Details resin replacements) - but having painted them (and they look worse here with the macro on the camera than in the flesh) they don't fit in the cockpit - I'll have to shave off the detail on either side to get them to fit. I've washed the kit with Promodeller Dark Wash which came out ok-ish. Not entirely happy with it as it stained some of the lighter paint - nevermind.... from pics I've seen it looks like they were in quite clean condition in this transition scheme so I didn't want to dirty it too much. The flash has washed the colour out a bit anyway. So, in the next week or so a coat of satin varnish, add the dangly bits and then back in the box for storage.... Cheers from NZ Rob
  10. Hi all As mentioned above, I've been very slack in progress on the TA-4J. My wife seems to think lining the half of our house that I've gutted is more important.... go figure.... Anyway, I have been pottering around with kits that have been sitting around 90% complete, just needing the odd piece finished - pitots, windscreens, etc - things that can be done in the evening on the dining room table. So here's a few pics (apologies for some of them - I have a very simple digital camera and can't get the depth of field sorted...): First, 1/48 Hasegawa Junkers Ju-87D-4 - Torpedo Flieger 1/48 Tamiya Me262 (Clear) and Dragon Me262 A departure in scale for me: 1/72 Hasegawa B-26B/C Marauder (an easy fun build - prompted me to grab a B-25 and Mossie also in 1/72): 1/48 Eduard P-400 (I have a couple of Hasegawa versions in the stash as well so will be an interesting comparison): An Italeri Tornado - a very difficult build that I've pottered with on and off for years - sanding, scribing, etc - and the decals, don't talk to me about the kit decals.... mutter mutter.... they just about caused the kit to become airborne..... 1/48 Tamiya Storch - another beautifully engineered kit from the House of T that was a pleasure to build... just a few details to complete... 1/48 Hasegawa TF-104 in Italian markings from Sky Models. It will be finished with scratch-modified wing tanks I had left over from another F-104 kit as well as wing-tip tanks: And finally, I also build cars (and ships, and sci-fi, and figures....), mainly Italian and mainly Ferraris. Here is the 1/24th Hasegawa Ferrari 250 Testarossa with KA Models etched wire wheels (which are stunning...): Cheers from NZ Rob
  11. Hi guys Well I've been a complete Slackbladder on the old modelling front in the last few weeks. I'm renovating my old 1920's bungalow at the moment and frantically trying to get at least the insulation installed in the walls and ceilings as it's cold... well as cold as a winter in sunny Auckland can be - I'm sure we hit single figures the other day.... And I have to confess I have been working on other things that haven't required me to work in the old cold shed - I do all my airbrushing in a shed with no power - so when it's cold and wet and not ideal for airbrushing I prefer the comfort of the dining table - but am limited to gluing, hand painting and a little bit of sanding. Then I try to go nuts for a day or two and spray as much as possible but that then tends to be once a month .... Anyhoo, I wasn't happy with my intakes so sanded them back and resprayed them red. I've masked and sprayed the light grey and now have to tidy up the dark grey. I've applied a few decals near the rear fuselage to see how they go but can't progress forward until I finish cleaning up the paint work. One thing I have realised is that I don't have enough numerals in the Gekko sheet to chop and change to get the correct aircraft number for the scheme so I may have to leave that off until Richard of Gekko Graphics produces his TA-4 sheets or unless I can find some among the spares that are suitable. I'll post some pics on the weekend... Cheers from NZ Rob
  12. Hi Talon Yup you're right. On previous A-4 builds (single seaters) I've managed most times to get the intakes to fit after painting with no further work - sometimes have use a bit of clear filler (like Micro Crystal Clear) to fill any minor gaps but they usually turn out quite well - see the pic of the RNZAF A-4 earlier in my post (the red looks better in the flesh - the pic shows a difference in shade between the intake and the DANGER flash). However this time around I stuffed up and have had to sand the intakes to blend into the fuselage. Haven't got around to shooting paint on it yet to patch up the sanding - hope to get that done this weekend. I'm renovating my house so the powers that be determine that has priority most of the time..... Cheers from NZ Rob
  13. Hi all Just a short update today as I'm renovating the house (which apparently has priority... go figure...). I repainted the LAG so it's bluer but the pic is pretty bad - the light washes out the colour of both the LAG and the Aircraft Grey - it is darker on the kit - and with some decals, a wash or two, it will all look darker.... Anyway I'm happy with it as it's a compromise between the closest colour reference I could find (being Tamiya XF-23) and pictures on the net, specifically this shot: Just like my pic, the angle of the pic, the light at the time, etc all make the LAG look different..... Anyway here she is at the moment. Next tasks are to add the intakes and other minor parts, mask and spray the white panel on the underside just behind the nose cone, complete the tanks, etc. I've already applied a couple of gloss coats in prep for decals so may get some of those on over the week... Cheers from NZ Rob
  14. Hi Calum Yes my apologies - it was a colour mix from Richard Chafer.... I just couldn't get the mix right though. And yes the LAG should be bluer - I'm happy with the Aircraft Grey shade but not the LAG - thought it might look better as it dried but it looks too washed out (not as bad as the pic which is the lighting...) but still washed out. I'll probably redo it but it will be next weekend unfortunately... Cheers from NZ Rob
  15. Hi all Well I had some mixed results over the weekend with paint - first I shot the model with primer, followed by some pre-shading. I don't always pre-shade, but felt it would look good under the lighter camo colour. Pics of these airframes show that they are kept reasonably clean - however I prefer a little 'dirt' on my kits just to get away from the 'toy' look. I then mixed the Light Admiralty Grey as the base colour (Tamiya XF-23:1 and Tamiya XF-2:8 as per Calums suggestions). This was followed by the Aircraft Grey using the following mix: Tamiya XF-19:2, Tamiya XF-20:2 and Tamiya XF-2:1 - however I just felt it wasn't right - either my eye is off or I cocked up the colour mix. I also found some more pics on the net and realised that I had gotten the camo pattern wrong on the left-hand side of the airframe and around the nose. Here's the first attempts: All the camo painted and on the bits and pieces. The airframe showing the revised camo pattern: So I decided to re-paint - of course I had mixed the LAG by eye and had to re-mix, consequently repainted most of the airframe.... I then re-shot the Aircraft Grey using Tamiya XF-66. I had some problems with my airbrush during the respray and couldn't get the soft-demarc line just right, so out came the LAG again (and I had saved some this time...) and after some rigorous cleaning of the airbrush, reduced pressure on the compressor and very thin paint, I cleaned up the demarc lines. Still not entirely happy with it as the cleanup dried with a lighter tone than the base.... grrr! And of course I lost all the benefit of the pre-shading.... Anyhoo, I masked and shot some Gunze 327 Red on the leading edge slats and inner flaps and here is the result so far. I'll leave it for a few days before shooting some flat white on the panel underneath the nose and some clear gloss overall. Cheers from NZ Rob
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