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Everything posted by Ratch

  1. The nose wheel undercarriage has been fitted on the P-38.
  2. 'Bout time I exposed myself back in '97
  3. A Group Build in name only, no shared experience, just another notch on the Completion scoreboard.
  4. Well, it's definitely not a tail sitter, James. I completed the wing assembly then blacked out all vents, intakes etc prior to the main paintwork. I have started masking the canopy. It is moulded in a very soft, pliable plastic. It would be improved with a vac-form canopy, but I don’t have one (if there is one available for this model).
  5. Thanks guys I only managed to get 5g of Deluxe Liquid Gravity into the nose, so will see about adding more weight when I assemble the booms. The undercarriage needed a little fettling to fit, or maybe I’ve made a mistake. I found that a 5g tyre weight fitted inside the engine nacelles and added one to each boom assembly. The main wing assembly is nicely engineered, and the tail wing only fits one way between the booms. I took care to support the wings while the glue set to get the dihedral. It looks like the nose weight will do the job.
  6. I'll post my collection of wargaming figures here, starting with a mixture of Italeri and Airfix Union Cavalry
  7. I finished off the cavalry.
  8. I reckon a good place to start is to airbrush the internal surfaces. My dropper bottle of Vallejo Model Air is almost empty, and I wasn’t happy with the thinned down coverage. I went over with some suitable Vallejo Model Color brushed on. Looking at the instructions, it seems that the armour plate behind the pilot’s seat is missing. I crudely cut one from plastic card, and of course, having done this, the kit part turned up. It appears I will need to add as much weight as possible in the nose and engine nacelles to prevent tail-sitting.
  9. 30-40 years ago, I didn't prime and painted with enamels. I didn't varnish either. Flaking was always a problem back then. It's always been in the back of my mind to go over the old figures, a few I've done, there are still many to do.
  10. The paint is flaking off many of my old figures. I have some re-painting to do
  11. Have you spoken to your local scrap metal dealer about the nose weight required
  12. Painting has been completed and they were washed with Dipping Formula. I airbrushed them with matt varnish mixed with a drop of Klear. They were then mounted on 30 thou plastic card bases using G-S Cement. I have mixed them up with some previously finished Airfix Union Cavalry figures. The bases will be painted and scattered.
  13. I don’t recall where I bought this, but at £3.50 it was a very reasonable price. Scalemates has this as originating from Dragon in 1992, it is somewhat newer than the Airfix, Matchbox, and Revell kits I’ve previously built of this subject. Tally Ho! decals to represent P-38J-10 LO s/n 42-67717, E*LC “My Dad” flown by Captain James “Slick” Morris of the 20th Fighter Group, 77th Fighter Squadron, March 1944 References: 20th Fighter Group page 33 OSPREY COMBAT AIRCRAFT – 19 P-38 Lightning Aces of the ETO/MTO page 52
  14. After the Anglo-Maratha War of 1803, James Skinner was dismissed from service by Daulat Rao Sindhia and was recruited by Lord Lake, who asked him to raise a regiment of ‘Irregular Cavalry’. On February 23, 1803, the regiment was raised at Hansi, Hatyana in the service of the East India Company. The initial contingent consisted of 800 men of Perron’s Horse, all of whom were old Muslims comrades of James Skinner. Skinner was one of a certain group of officers who had become British leaders of irregular cavalry that preserved the traditions of cavalry of the Mughal empire, which had a political purpose because it absorbed pockets of cavalrymen who might otherwise become disaffected plunderers. A second regiment of Indian Cavalry was raised by Colonel James Skinner in 1814, which became the Third Skinner’s Horse.
  15. I've finished this one off today. I used G-S Hypo Cement to glue the reins to the bit and then added the left arm to hold the reins. Then touched up the paintwork where necessary. I washed the figure with Dipping Formula, then realised I hadn’t painted the piping down the back of the arms. This was rectified and then I airbrushed with matt varnish and a little Klear to complete.
  16. The Jaguar Mark X (Mark ten) was made from 1961 and succeeded the Mark IX as the British manufacturer Jaguar's top-of-the-range saloon car and was primarily aimed at the United States market. re succeeded the Mark IX as the company's top saloon model and was primarily aimed at the United States market. Renamed the Jaguar 420G, it was introduced at the London Motor Show in 1966 and produced until 1970. It was fitted out with a luxurious leather interior and walnut dashboard.
  17. No @Vince1159 I have far too many for display cases This one is being built for the A&NVMSIG table at SMW and will be boxed, ready to travel,
  18. Fitting moved on to the brightwork. I had no problems with the solid parts, but the clear runner is rather worn and with my eyesight I had problems identifying a couple of them. Indeed, initially I put the front indicator light lenses on the rear before I realised my mistake, but quickly rectified it. The inner surfaces of the indicators were painted with transparent orange and red paints before they were fixed with PVA. The only transfers give options for the vehicle registration plates; RLL 675 is provided, along with JAG 420; I chose the latter. With their application the build was completed. Not the best execution of a car build, I've never managed to get an acceptable finish on road vehicles, but I've learned some things that I hope to use when I build the other 420 in my stash. For size comparison, here she is between a 1/25 Corvette and the 1/43 E-Type.
  19. I painted the scabbard, sword and lance grips, and the carbine trigger. The bridle bits were cemented to the corners of the horse’s mouth, and I cemented the pouch to his waist and the carbine to the saddle. I attached the pennant to the lance, and then fixed his right arm to hold the lance in the stirrup holder. I then made up the sword and fixed it to the saddle.
  20. Thanks for confirming that @perdu I was leaning toward blue
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