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MarkSH last won the day on January 17

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About MarkSH

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  • Birthday 05/29/1963

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    Painting, Modelling, Golf

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  1. Evening everyone, spent a little time getting Miss America looking more decent! But first she needs a pilot I guess that'll be....Captain America: And in the office with the cool fighter pilot shades: I haven't expended a great deal of effort on the cockpit although I have added the rear seat, for me Miss America is all about the outfit....I mean the paintwork of course But the Cap's helmet is quite prominent so worth a bit of effort. And this is how I intend to mount..Miss....America......this post isn't going the way I envisaged! The canopy is only placed in position for effect and I'll put a twist in the brass so I can get her at a better angle....of bank! Time to sign off I think. Cheers, Mark.
  2. Hello all, I would like to enter with a Airfix 1/72 Chinook. Cheers, Mark
  3. Absolutely not a problem, glad you like it.
  4. Thanks @Dave_R in all likelihood I would have missed that completely. Just have to decide on what material it would have been webbing or heavy leather. Cheers, Mark.
  5. Thanks @GREG DESTEC, Yeah, I too have the Haynes manual and came to the same conclusion, the Haynes publication is a little vague however and also, if I'm being honest not a very satisfactory solution from the rear seaters perspective.
  6. Afternoon all, Side walls painted and fitted: Others have noted the numerous ejection pin marks on this kit so I won't rail on about them, other than that I have no complaints the fit is very good, infact too good a layer of paint is enough to cause issues of fitment. The instrument panel assembly similarly has been painted, decaled and some gloss dropped in the dial faces. I was a little confused by the IP colour callouts The instructions call for Hu111 which doesn't appear on the Humbrol paint chart but a quick 'google' showed it to be RLM grey which is Hu240 so I assumed it to be a typo and stuck with Tamiya XF-22: The whole cockpit has been dark washed and light dry brushed anyway so I am a little less than concerned about precise colours and God forbid I should start yet another RLM colour debate. I do have a query about the Strap / Back support? supplied for the Gunner/Radio Operator was this fixed or adjustable for different seat positions? it is a prominent feature and I would like to include a suggestion of it. Additionally I guess it was heavy duty leather? Cheers, Mark.
  7. Evening all, With the completion of my efforts for the Film, Fictional and Speculative GB I have allowed myself a start on the Stuka: Only the cockpit assembly but its a start. Cheers, Mark.
  8. Hello all, This is the sister build to my Dodge Charger for the Film, Fictional and Speculative Group Build in the shape of the Ford Mustang GT Fastback belonging to the hero of the film Bullitt: Cheers, Mark.
  9. Hello all, This is a recently completed build for the Film, Fictional and Speculative Group Build, Revell's 1/25 Dodge Charge RT built as the baddie's car from one of my favourite movies Bullitt. It's also my first genuine attempt at scale auto paintwork. The wheels and hubs are a compromise solution (bodge) as the correct combination wasn't in the kit, the paint finish is achieved with Humbrol rattle can Gloss black with Tamiya rattle can clear coat. The white wall tyres were done by priming the tyre in white and masking off a ring and spraying the rest with Tamiya rubber black. The only thing I've added is the radio aerial. The chrome trim was an absolute killer but was done with a Molotow liquid chrome marker. WIP: Cheers, Mark.
  10. Hello all, Recently completed for the Film, Fictional and Speculative Group Build. Here is my Bandai 1/48ish S.H.A.D.O Interceptor from Gerry Anderson's UFO. Completed with a mix of home produced and printed decals plus spare stencilling from a Eurofighter Typhoon kit. The larger red stripes have been airbrushed and the panel lines added with a pencil. Cheers, Mark.
  11. Revell 1/25 Ford Mustang GT Fastback from the movie Bullitt: Cheers, Mark.
  12. Revell 1/25 Dodge Charge RT from the movie Bullitt: Cheers, Mark.
  13. Hello all, I found it difficult to pin down a specific model that defined the feeling of ‘building as a kid’ but for me and I suspect many others it is the overall experience and brands that hold more in the way of memories, for me that brand is Airfix. I can remember building kits on the dining table (covered with plenty of newspaper of course) at my Grandparents house during the long summer holidays and being fiercely loyal to the brand, especially when my cousin was building a Revell kit, using some strange liquid cement and casting disparaging remarks about my favourite manufacturer. It was great fun but only a limited amount of time was allowed to sniff the different types of glue before being instructed; ”come on you lot outside and get some fresh air!” My Grandad was the tool shop foreman at Smiths Industries (GE) in Cheltenham and was a keen model maker himself, though not of plastic kits. He made up a set of tools for me all in a slide top wooden instrument box which smelled of machine shop oil and lubricant, I’ve still got it along with his modelling books, much treasured. Later, the little toolbox contained some of my drawing instruments as I went to learn technical illustration at college. For my brother and I, model building was for many years the all-consuming passion, pouring over the Airfix catalogue, marvelling at the artwork, planning purchases and writing out Christmas lists, entering models in the ATC squadron competition. In addition, it was a godsend to our parents as they knew that to keep us quiet during the regular Saturday torture of being dragged around town, the promise of doughnuts and a model from ‘Woolies’ would be the reward. The reward was, more often than not, constructed, painted, decaled and hung from respective ceilings (not the doughnuts) long before the football results teleprinter had finished and it was time for tea and Doctor Who. Of course, my younger brother’s efforts included completely fictitious colour schemes which for the most part were dangerously Hi-Viz, especially for a combat zone, I mean Matt, really a black and yellow striped Lancaster?! It took me a while to decide on the subject of this Group Build and as I said in my initial post to the GB proposal, there were plenty of options, all Airfix, the Beaufighter with bullet holes along the fuselage made with a drawing pin, The 1/12 Figures built for my Gran, the M3 Halftrack with real mud on the tracks and of course the P-61 Black Widow which was the first to pop into my mind, however I have finally settled on the Airfix Series 5 1/72 Heinkel He.177 ‘Greif’ which first appeared in the Airfix catalogue in 1968. I am not sure exactly when I built it, but I would imagine that it was between 1974 and 1976. Not only was it the first German aircraft I can remember building, it was also a departure in terms of size, it sticks in my mind because it was so much bigger than anything I had built before. I can remember that a certain amount of re-jigging of the ceiling holding pattern was required to accommodate the Germanic behemoth upon its completion. I can also recall the frustration with the clear parts, an aspect of the hobby that persists to this day! Airfix’s ‘Greif’ is not a stellar kit, is definitely a kit of its age and to be sure has been long surpassed by Revell’s rendition but for me, that’s not the point of the GB or indeed our hobby in general, you make of it what you will, including a striped Lancaster if that’s your want. The Heinkel He. 177 box art by Roy Cross. Cheers, Mark.
  14. Yes, a great idea and so much choice without having to add to the stash. I'm in.
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