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MarkSH last won the day on October 6 2018

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  1. Hi @petetasker, and thanks for your comments. With regard to Alclad II Aqua Gloss, from what I gathered from comments made in the build thread, I was just too timid with my application, the trick with Aqua Gloss, apparently, is to apply it almost until it is about to develop runs. All in all though it was easy to spray and clean up so I will persevere. Cheers, Mark.
  2. Afternoon all, Here is my entry for the 'Specialist' Group Build, Italeri's 1/72 SR-71 Blackbird, pretty much out of the box all bar a brass/resin pitot set and the addition of some astronauts left over from a recent Airfix Lunar Module build. The paint has been weathered using oil paints. The decals aren't that bad and conformed well with set/sol the silvering is purely down to me getting the gloss coat badly wrong with my first use of Alclad II Aqua Gloss. It is not a stellar kit with some loose and ill defined fitting of the major airframe assemblies plus some well documented shape issues mainly around the nose/cheek chine profile. However, that being said I enjoyed the build and am now glad I took the opportunity to add one of my favourite looking aircraft to my collection. Cheers, Mark.
  3. Italeri 1/72 Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird: Cheers, Mark.
  4. Evening all, I'm calling time on the Blackbird now, I am lagging way behind on a couple of other GB's so time to move on. I'm happy that I now have a representation of such an iconic and still stunning looking aircraft in my collection, however its not a great kit with well documented shape issues so that in conjunction with my ham-fisted efforts with the gloss coat and the silvering on the decals and once again solvent bloom on the clear parts has left me feeling a little.....well...Meh! Anyway, Italeri 1/72, out of the box bar the pilots and pitot set, weathered with oil paints and various shades Tamiya weathering master. Some slightly less rubbish pictures for the gallery will have to wait for the weekend and some decent lighting but here are a couple of shots of the weathered article: Many thanks to the hosts for the GB and the opportunity to finally get around to building one of my favourites.....but I'm definitely keeping my eye on the progress of the new 1/48 kit!! Cheers, Mark.
  5. Hi all, Just spent a little time preparing and testing out the display stand for the Blackbird: A cheapo MDF plinth and some 10x3 mm Aluminium strip from eBay and there you go. I actually think I'll leave the kit on the stand for the remainder of the build. I just need to cover the plinth and arm and it'll make the weathering process easier with less handling required. Cheers, Mark.
  6. Evening all, I have finished applying the decals to the Blackbird, and despite not being overly confident about the decal sheet I am very happy to report that bar some expected silvering on the black surface they behaved impeccably: Lots of glaring white and red decals on and around camera ports and vents on the underside, hopefully a matt/satin coat and an oil paint filter and weathering will help to 'knock' them back a bit. Not so bad on the top side, but again hopefully the post application seal and weathering will blend them in and make them look less fresh. I was a little concerned about how they would behave over the numerous corrugations on the airframe, but with a generous application of Sol/Set they settled down nicely. It should be noted that I am not at all happy with my gloss coat, if you can call it that, It was my first outing with Alclad II Aqua Gloss and it may well be my last also. Cheers, Mark.
  7. Sounds good, maybe the Special Hobby Gloster E28/39 and/or the Tamiya Bell X1 I've been looking for excuses to dig both out of the stash.
  8. Looking really nice, the damaged Zimmerit really works well and as usual the paint finish is immaculate.
  9. MarkSH

    P-38J Lightning

    Evening all, A very delayed start to this GB, apologies: I have managed to get the cockpit painted and fitted, I have used an Eduard 'zoom' PE set to add some detail and its worked fine for the cockpit...... …...however I have just tried to fit the grilles to the nacelle air scoops and the Eduard PE is woefully inadequate so I have replaced it with some mesh of my own: A bit coarse for the scale and possibly slightly out of a truly representative position, but at least it fills the intake fully unlike the Eduard efforts, some paint should make it a little less prominent to the eye. ...and the rear. Its a start. Cheers, Mark.
  10. Here is my Airfix 1/72 Folland Gnat T1. As provide by Airfix + some seat belts and a new pitot...…. ….and a glaring error! Many thanks to the host and co-hosts Cheers, Mark.
  11. Morning all, I am finished with the Gnat. Not a bad little kit overall but a bit fiddly, probably just too small for my great sausage fingers! Basically as provided by Airfix with the addition of some seat belts and a new pitot from some brass tubing. Gallery pic shortly. Cheers, Mark.
  12. The error is still bugging me too! I must have got mixed up with the orientation of the views in the instructions and fitted the undercarriage bay cover completely the wrong way round meaning the main gear is angled wrongly, the scoop intake is on the wrong side and facing the wrong way. The worrying thing is the part fits perfectly both ways! and I didn't even notice. What with the error and the solvent mark on the left hand side of the wind shield, I just have to make sure I only look at it from the port top quarter.
  13. I will build the Jeep combo at some point but for this GB I'm intending to build the Sherman to sit in the LCM.
  14. Evening all, I'm still plodding on with the Blackbird, and she is now back in black. I pre-shaded using pure black and covered that with my own mix of a dark blue/grey and then highlighted the upper most surfaces with an even lighter blue: The underside is the same all bar the lightest shade. Cheers, Mark.
  15. Evening all, Well I very nearly consigned this to the shelf of shame and even considered the bin for a moment all due to a ridiculous and fundamental mistake in the basic construction that I only noticed during the decaling. Can you see the error in the picture of the underside? (see above). The only positive is that the error is on the bottom so at least I won't have to look at it, but I'll know its there! Anyway I eventually decided to continue with the decaling and here is where it stands at the moment: Cheers, Mark.
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