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  1. Guessing you maybe Basingstoke ish? Did you catch the two F15s heading NE about 1500 on Tuesday, pretty low and getting a shift on?
  2. Hi Phil, Great photos, thank you, will bear these in mind for the next, F-15 I build, and there will be another, maybe not the Tamiya, but I will do another. Wings built, rescribed and rivitted... I also added the lights near the wingroot, Tamiya just have them as panel lines, but I chopped some clear sprue in there and will polish them up once the glue has set for a couple of days. I am only building the plane clean with only fuel tanks, so needed to make the launch rails for the tank pylons.... a bit of square section Evergreen.. and a couple of bits of etch frame. Should look ok under paint and with the tanks added.. Just waiting now for some bits and pieces to dry then I'll be back at it.... Steve
  3. Another slow news day in Eagleland, but managed to sort the seams on the front of the fuselage once the gloop had hardened.. After a busy few days at work, I’m going onto nights so should get a good few hours at the Chicago tomorrow so I’ll try and push this on a bit... Steve
  4. Hold with tweezers, and I use a lighter to warm the etch just enough to melt the plastic then cool on contact. Takes some practice but works well for me...
  5. Could you warm the grille slightly and then drop it in the depression, I've done this before and as it cools it leaves and nice sharp edge and is reasonably easy to pop back out?
  6. Hi Phil, that's good info, I double checked the packaging and if definitely says ACES II on the box. As I don't build jets very often, one seat looks like another to me, but I'll bank the knowledge. I'll not lose much sleep as this is going to be a relaxation build for my daughter more than anything. Hi Doc, I love the stuff, and the jars are very useful to keep white spirit in as I find them hard to knock over..... Not much done today as the gloop on the fuselage is still a bit soft, but I did get the undercart built and painted, and also made a start on the fuel tanks.. More soon...
  7. Following a trip to Kings Lynn for my nieces wedding where we saw plenty of F-15s from Lakenheath, my daughter brought me the venerable Tamiya kit for a Fathers Day present. Now, I really don't build jets, especially grey, boring American ones, but she asked the other day if I'd made a start. I said it was next on the pile so thought I better get on with it. I'd already checked the box, and the cockpit details were sparse and the seat rubbish so I invested in the Eduard interior set to liven the cockpit up, an Aires ACES II ejection seat (both really cheap), and some Aires exhaust nozzles as the kit ones are particularly poor. The actual kit itself is typical early nineties Tamiya, great fit in some places, hopeless in other. It also features both raise and engraved panel lines, so all the raised ones will be rescribed. At this point I must say a massive THANK YOU to member Nocoolname who very kindly gave me the long out of print Caracal Decals from the Lakenheath Eagles set. Without further ado, onto the build, starting with the cockpit and seat.. Nozzles, before and after painting and weathering. They are very fiddly with 16 tiny actuators on each... Everything installed and fuselage joined. The exhausts were a perfect fit, even though they are designed for the GWH kits but the IP needed a little trimming but it doesn't notice once its installed. Nose seam is very poor, so filled with sprue gloop.... Whilst waiting for that, I rescribed and add rivet detail to the tail.... More soon...
  8. That looks really nice, just in the last throes of building one myself, and found it to be a lovely kit to put together as long as you give it the due care and attention these new Airfix kits ask for.
  9. Being on the flight path between Middle Wallop, Odiham and Bramley, I see the odd one everyday, and Chinooks all the time, but was getting at least one an hour from 0600 to about 2000. Maybe see a Merlin once a week but seen several both days, not moaning I love it, but it is unusual.
  10. Lots of Chinook, Apache and Merlin action over the last 2 days, with the odd Wildcat thrown in. Exercise on Salisbury Plain maybe?
  11. In as well. Going to be good this, with stuff to learn as well.
  12. Very small update, after 2 hours of eye watering decalling, all the stencils are on... So thats it, it's now had a clear coat so will leave that to go off and on to weathering tomorrow... Steve
  13. Time for another update, finally got some painting done..!! Started with a nice patchy coat of RLM71. I have used Xtracolour enamels for the first time as they didn't have the Luftwaffe colours I wanted in Acrylics. They are also gloss finish so will eliminate the need for a clear coat before decals... Then a couple of hours masking the splinter... Before lying down the RLM70... As you can see, it was probably was a bit too warm when I did the spraying and I got a slightly pebbly finish. Because it is a gloss finish, it looks worse than it is, so before decalling It will need a light colour sand and then a clear coat after all. So here she is unwrapped but not sanded.... After a light sanding to smooth the surface. This also has the added bonus of being able to add a bit of wear and tear and weathering. All done with 12000 grit Micromesh. So, finally time to start decals. I started with all the large ones so I could get them settled before attempting the millions of stencils the Luftwaffe like wasting paint on.. So, that's it for now, they have all been doused in Microset and Sol to snuggle them down. Tomorrow I'll start on the tiny stencils that come with the kit then get a sealing cost on ready for a wash and weathering... More soon, thanks for looking Steve
  14. Another small update between bouts of impossibly warm weather, got some bits and pieces done. First up, cockpit glazing got a coat of RLM02 sealed in with black. A coat of primer then went down to check for any imperfections.. Whilst that was curing, I set about sorting some of the smaller assemblies, starting with the undercarriage... Other odds and sods done.. Gear doors painted and washed... Then cleaned up... A quick pre-shade.. Then the first coat of RLM65.... That's it for now, more soon hopefully.... Steve
  15. This hot weather is killing my bench time, far to hot to spend anytime in the shed. However, did get some thing done last night. First up, the instrument panels were painted and the kit decal used. I also added a bit of twisted wire to connect the two so I could add a bit more detail. Cockpit closed in. This took place over three separate sessions, it is a really good fit but needed a tiny bit of fettling to get perfect. Next time up I may assemble the whole thing first then fit it to the fuselage to see if I can save a bit of time. So, if you look carefully at that phone you will see my first balls up. I closed it up before I added the ip Fortunately there is just enough room through the hatch on the cockpit roof to wiggle it in. Just glad I noticed before I put the front gunners glazing on.... Also got a few other bits done, props built and upper gunners position started... So that's it for now, supposed to be a bit cooler today so I may try and start to lay some paint. More soon Steve
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