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  1. Well done Craig for running an interesting and motivating group build. I enjoyed taking part and building a subject I had not tackled before. Cheers Richard
  2. Very nice work, Fabio. I really like what you have done. The front aerials and the mirrors are an impressive finishing touch.
  3. She's really looking the part, Nigel. What an attractive colour scheme! I agree with Craig (MM), the PrintScale decals aren't the best - I personally wouldn't buy them again. I would like to do another early Canadian machine but in the blue, white & red scheme. There is that version on the PrintScale sheet but I would rather use a sheet from Belcher Bits,
  4. She looks very smart, Jabba - I like the open doors and the folded blades too.
  5. Here's my entry - Fujimi's 1/72nd KV-107 built as an early CH-113. Decals from the PrintScale sheet 72-149. Yellow was Mr.Color C329 FS 13538 Golden Yellow. IMG_3924 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr IMG_3926 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr IMG_3923 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr IMG_3922 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr
  6. Thanks Moa for the pointers. Even if it's an old build, You made a very nice job of the modelling and the photography. Cheers Richard
  7. Well, I finally got to the end point. Here are a few pics of the finishing stages and the final reveal. Having done the shiny yellow, the next step was to do a Flory Wash - Dark Dirt is my favourite. I really like this product as it has no impact on a gloss surface. You just need to slap it on. Looking a bit rough here... IMG_3915 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr After letting it dry, a quick wipe down with a moist piece of kitchen towel and some cotton buds makes it look a lot more presentable. I then toned down the shine with a light spray of Alclad Semi-Matt Varnish. The gloss finish would look great on a 1/32nd model but would be too much for 1/72nd IMO. The photos I found in GoogleLand also showed a variety of Labrador finishes - from gloss to matt. IMG_3916[1] by Richard Coombe, on Flickr Next stage was all the fiddly bits: removing the masking, tidying up the canopy frames, fitting the undercarriage, installing Madonna's conical bra, adding the blades. It's always surprising how long the last little bits take. Anyway, I got it done - literally an hour before our Friday model club meeting (IPMS Mercia). Here she is: IMG_3918 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr As it was a nice day today, I took the opportunity to take a few photos in natural light: IMG_3924 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr IMG_3926 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr IMG_3923 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr IMG_3922 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr Cheers Richard
  8. Fingers crossed! Doing the finishing touches now - trying to get the angle right on the "Madonna conical bra" bit is proving a tad frustrating!! . I will white glue them and see what you think.
  9. Lovely build, Moa. I managed to buy the Thunderbirds printing of this decal sheet and have moved the kit up my To Build list. I note your comments about the length of the struts - that's useful to know. You mentioned some mods required for the engines and props - did you scratch these or use items borrowed from other kits? What approach did you use for the side decals? On the Thunderbirds, there is a continuous strip of black with no provision for the windows. How did you tackle this on your model? Regards Richard C
  10. I was a bit worried, Cliff, about how to get the stripes to flow over the bumps. In the end I decided to cut the decal up to the bump and allow it to dry. I then laid a small piece of the striping over the bump and did my best to blend the small piece back in with the main piece. It's not 100% perfect if you look really close up but good enough at normal viewing distance. I think it would be nigh on impossible to do it in one straight run.
  11. A lovely result and a very smart scheme. Great job!
  12. Anyway, with the frustration of the underside seam out the way, I cracked on with the red and the black. I was taking no chances with overspray! IMG_3911 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr Not looking too bad - thankfully no seepage of paint under the masking tape. IMG_3912 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr I then realised I had masked off the black area incorrectly. I misinterpreted the drawing on the decal sheet - I should have checked my photos on the laptop, Or gone to Specsavers??!! Nonetheless, a mistake that was easily corrected. IMG_3913 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr This allowed me to crack on with the decals. The long stripe was a pain to apply, not helped by the fragility of the decals. IMG_3914 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr My goal this weekend was to get the decals on. It's looking very bright and shiny at the moment so next job is a panel wash and a coat of matt/satin varnish to tone it down, Cheers Richard
  13. You are right there, WImbledon99, about applying yellow. It has all the covering power of a naughty negligée and is as unforgiving as silver! Even after doing a further coat, a hint of a seam was still there, almost as a shadow. In the end I resorted to Micromesh which seemed to help. At some point with a model I think "Good enough is good enough" and it's on the underside anyway... IMG_3907 by Richard Coombe, on Flickr
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