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MarkSH last won the day on July 11

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  1. Hi Mark

    On your fantastic NF-104 build what diameter rod did you use as a stand? I am thinking of doing the same as you with a Hasegawa kit.


    regards Toby

  2. Sorry chaps, but all modelling on hold at the moment due to work. This one never really got going despite eagerly looking forward to it! so all back in the box for the foreseeable!! apologies again. Mark.
  3. Evening all, Added a bit of colour to the Ground crew figure, all painfully slow progress I'm afraid: The side cap, gas mask bag and helmet have been added all sculpted from apoxie sculpt except the side cap which showed up the workability issues with the product so I reverted to Chavant clay which is harder when cool and can be carved to shape, however it never really hardens completely but does take paint very well. The strap on the gas mask bag is too thick so I'll have to change that at some point. Cheers, Mark.
  4. Evening all, A few more bits and pieces added to the Ground Crew figure: Some creases and folds have been added to the left leg of the trousers which allowed me to affix the left arm, to which I've also added a watch. I had a go at a shoe which has proved almost as difficult as an ear to make look convincing. The whole lot has been given a liberal coating of Mr. Surfacer 500 which has shown up just how rough the general surface is so I may have to use a little filler to deal with the worst of it, but as it is mainly representing fabric I'm not too concerned. I am mostly happy about the pose but the right leg and how the foot will be arranged is still vexing me. And shock horror...I also managed to do a bit of work on the Hurricane, the actual main subject of the build: Mainly painting but I did manage to get the engine bearer and firewall fitted also. Cheers, Mark.
  5. A little bit more added to the figure this afternoon: Collar, tie and braces... Ear Ear what's all this then; ......ears are difficult! four attempts and only one done!! looks like this bloke is a prop forward in his spare time. Cheers ears! Mark.
  6. Afternoon everyone, Apologies to all, I just checked and its been over a month since I posted anything at all. Work has been and continues to be crazy busy and as stated before; I ain't complaining. Obviously the downside is lack of time and necessary energy to divert to modelling, All in all it is vaguely irritating as I was genuinely looking forward to the Hurricane build and the associated bits and bobs. Anyway I have, over the last couple of nights, got around to some experimenting and fettling on the figure for my little BoB vignette: I have used the face and arms from the Airfix pilot figure. For the arms (blutacked for the photos) the sleeves have been cut, filed and sanded back to represent bare arms and some rolled up shirt sleeve added with Apoxie Sculpt putty. The face has been filled out with putty and the hair roughly suggested also. I intend to have the 'Erk reading a book patiently waiting for the call to action, perhaps from the size of the book you may be able to guess the title of the dio? I have used the same putty to start bulking out the figure around the armature, its a little bit rough at the moment, but the advantage of sculpting with the epoxy putty is that it can be readily sanded once it has cured. Things still to do/add; Feet/shoes, bulk out the shirt, collar and tie, braces, wrist watch and side cap.....oh and some ears. The important thing is that I am really enjoying the process and hopefully it will instill the urge to divert a little more time to the project. Cheers, Mark.
  7. Remember if modelling 'at scale' to take account of wall thicknesses. I had two scales of wheels printed (Shapeways) for a starter trolley (modelled in Rhino3D) and had to make substantial changes so that the print was self supporting at 1/48. The 1/24 scale was less critical for obvious reasons, and I even managed to get the valve stems printed, didn't expect them to work. 1/24........ ...and at 1/48 I can highly recommend Rhino3D especially the later iterations version 6+. Blender is also a very good modeler and can be made to turn out models for printing....its free too! Cheers, Mark.
  8. It would be wrong to not celebrate such an aviation icon, legend.... insert superlative of choice here..... count me in.
  9. Yeah, an extension would be welcome. I did rather rush the masking and paint process today and was probably lucky I only had one paint 'pull' but happy I got away with it!
  10. Afternoon all, Still plugging away at the S Mk. 50, I have done the major spraying and masking today a couple of minor touch-ups and the detail painting left to complete: I decided to tone down the suggested paint scheme on the Airfix instructions, besides the fact that they are calling out the top grey as EDSG which is in conflict with my other references and many of the photos I have seen. At the moment it looks a little washed out but I prefer that to the very intense and saturated colour scheme in the kit. Anyway I think a couple of coats of Klear will define the tones a little better. Still hopeful of finishing but SWAMBO and I are having a week away next week so its going to be close. Cheers, Mark.
  11. Hi Alistair, Personally I have had limited success with PE, and sometimes feel that it isn't always worth the effort, but we'll see. I like the look of the kit and hopefully can make a decent fist of it, got a lot on at the mo, so may be a bit tardy starting however. Good luck with your build, I'll keep an eye on it. Cheers, Mark.
  12. Evening all, Here's another Airfix P-2 into the mix. In keeping with the current BoB GB I'm going to do this out of the box as the 6./Kampfgeschwader 55 "Greif", Villacoublay, France, 1940 machine. Just a small Eduard PE interior set and some masks as extras. Cheers, Mark.
  13. A really excellent result Adrian, one to be proud of the extra work that's gone into this clear to see!
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