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  1. 1 hour ago, Viking said:

    That is a nicely animated little diorama Mike, not your usual fare, where do the passengers sit? 😉






    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". 🤣



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  2. 1 hour ago, keefr22 said:

    Glad to see it back in progress Mike!




    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.





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  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.



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  4. On 6/25/2022 at 10:02 AM, Doc72 said:

    Looks great! The arrestor wire makes it look very dynamic.


    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 )



    On 6/25/2022 at 11:04 AM, keefr22 said:

    What modest Mike fails to mention again is that this was the worthy winner of our latest club competition - amongst some great builds! 


    And as usual, excellent though Mike's pics are, it looks even better 'for real'!


    Top work Mike! 




    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. 🧐)


    22 hours ago, Wulfman said:

    Super Scooter, great build !




    Many thanks Wulfman - much appreciated.


    6 hours ago, Winenut said:

    Very nicely done indeed




    Many thanks Winenut - much appreciated.



  5. 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 3Escuadrilla 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.





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  6. On 6/12/2022 at 5:01 PM, billn53 said:

    Those Gaspatch Komets are true gems! I really need to get mine out of the stash.


    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 😁)


    On 6/12/2022 at 10:40 PM, keefr22 said:

    Really nice work Mike - some very tidy paintwork, especially the mottling... :wink: :)



    Tell me about it, my Falklands comp thing has been ready for paint for about 2 months now and I just can't get motivated....


    Kracking Komet though!




    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 ! 🧐 )

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  7. 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









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  8. ...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.



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  9. 42 minutes ago, Pete in a shed said:

    Thanks very much.  It was the colour that drew me to make this version rather than the older grey one without radar or an SD version from India.

    P.S did you hit the i key instead of the o in the second line .😁

    Crikey - thanks for the heads-up Pete !

    I reckon I could have ended up sitting on the sidelines in the second half 🤣

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  10. DOKf5Ql.jpg



    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





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  11. 13 hours ago, Back in the Saddle said:

    The blue is on:




    I am now working on the undercarriage and propellors, then it will be decals and RFI!


    Wow! Ever thought about taking up gem-cutting as a hobby? I can't believe that we're looking at the same kit in comparison to the "build / carving grinding" phase. 😁


    37 minutes ago, keefr22 said:

    I'm currently 'working on' an Italeri ATR-42 - I think it might be just as bad a kit as this one 




    Oh Dear.....Have you just disqualified yourself from the club competition?  😛



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