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  1. Thanks John. I had to get something finished, and as for the passengers ?... ...let's just say that they're still sitting waiting patiently for the Air Zimbabwe flight under construction in "Work in Progress". mike
  2. Thanks Keith. I'm sure it won't be finished by September and having shifted my attention to the other KUTA build, I've spent most of the weekend remembering why I shelved it in the first place Anyway, back to the 737. I took a bit more care in removing the remainder of the window masks, and then touched up around the window frames with all four colours, The forward section of the cheatline has had the yellow base colour added, and to my surprise, it lined up on the nose cone with the yellow base coming in from the port cheatline! Heading in the right direction, slowly but surely. mike
  3. Bit by bit, I'm losing my plot ! I removed some of the window masks through impatience. Some of the window edges are a tiny bit ragged, so I need to think about how I'm going to deal with them. In the meantime, I'm trying to work out how to get the cheatline and tail markings to join up. mike
  4. Many thanks Doc72. Inspiration was taken from a photo of 3-A-305 about to land on the carrier deck (The photo is near the bottom of Page 3 on this great reference site for Scooters : airfix-1-72-douglas-a4b-4p ) Many thanks Keith, but methinks you're being far too generous! It helped that someone wasn't able to finish their entry in time !... (If I don't see a Sea Harrier at the KUTA competition in September, I'll be disappointed. ) Many thanks Wulfman - much appreciated. Many thanks Winenut - much appreciated. mike
  5. I'm afraid I've been AWOL for some time Matt, so it's good to have a catch up with your builds. Loving the fact that your "baby steps" in decal design have reached adulthood in a blink of an eye I'm sure that I'm not the only one who is looking forward to seeing all of your builds completed. mike
  6. - My eyes !!!!!!! ...have turned into little crosses mike (watching with interest, but now with dark glasses on )
  7. Argentine Skyhawk 3-A-305 returns to ARA Veinticinco de Mayo following a reconnaissance mission over the South Atlantic in 1982. The 1/72 Airfix Douglas A-4B/Q Skyhawk kit finished in the markings of the 3o Escuadrilla Aeronaval de Caza y Ataque. I added a replacement pilot, a couple of aerials, dropped the flaps and the tail hook, but otherwise it's out of the box. Mounted on a base from Coastal kits with an arrestor cable made from 0.4mm brass wire - Job done! The real aircraft was lost in an accident over BACE on 22 May 1986, but the pilot managed to eject safely. Thanks for looking. mike
  8. You're right! Get it out and combine it with their new Scheuch Schlepper . (Gaspatch were obviously waiting for me to finish the Me163B before they released the recovery vehicle ) Thanks Keith. You've got 8 days left to the competition and I've got faith in you. (Lucky for us that Ken finished his Neptune in Dutch colours, but the way he's been knockin' models out recently, he could probably have finished another squadron in the same time. The man is a machine, I tell you ! )
  9. It's been some time since I posted anything in RFI, as I kind of lost the plot with model-building. Gaspatch to the rescue with their 1/48 Me163B. Really enjoyed the experience. I went a bit overboard with the fuselage mottle, but that serves me right for taking too much time off Thanks for looking mike
  10. Been watching from the sidelines with interest as I've had the 1/32 Hunter in the loft for more years than I care to remember. One day.... mike
  11. ...well I'm back after an extended hibernation. After the original splash of Gloss Appliance White, I noticed some minor issues in the window strip / fuselage joins. Bad enough for me to move the 737 into the hangar before shutting the doors. Slow forward nearly a year, and a club KUTA competition scheduled for August made me have another think. No choice but to sand everything back to basics, fill in the blemishes, re-mask the windows and slap on some more Gloss Appliance White. Better than the original attempt: Time to have a go at adding some colour using the vinyl masks that I made. From left to right, add the colour mask to the tail before adding the offset surround, followed by removal of the original colour mask: Same with the curved bits on the forward fuselage... ...before slapping on the yellow undercoat : After successive masking sessions for each colour, I've managed to get the basics done: I'll park it to one side now for the time being, while I plan my next move. I think the stripes connecting the tail to the fuselage cheatline could be a bit tricky. mike
  12. Crikey - thanks for the heads-up Pete ! I reckon I could have ended up sitting on the sidelines in the second half
  13. Eastern Express kit finished off in the markings of Aerocaribbean - a Cuban Airline that was formed in 1982, and eventually ended its days in 2015 by being merged into Cubana. I did buy a set of 8a decs for the model, but they seemed a bit too short for the kit, and when I compared them to photos of the real aircraft, there didn't seem to be enough definition between the fuselage colours. Only one thing to do - make my own : The kit wasn't the easiest to build and I had a lot of trouble with the propellers and the outboard engines - not nice. Standard walkaround shots : Time to fire up the Ivchenkos and head back to Havanna - Adios mike
  14. Cracking build Dave of another airline giant that is no longer with us. Glad to say that in spite of the original copyright issues, Brussels Airlines eventually got their man !
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