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  1. The plane looks great and that has to be one of the most realistic sea bases i've ever seen!
  2. Great artistry - I'm always in awe in those who can do such delicate airbrush work.
  3. Looks great Tony! Must be quite a lot of work restoring planes - having the cleanup and then rebuild/repaint - hope the interior didn't get messed up in the damp. Cheers Michael
  4. Hi Steve, yes Australian colours can be hard to get information on outside Australia. Red Roo still produces a small booklet on them and Ian Baker did produce a number of paint chips a number of years back but these would be just about impossible to find now. Hu 149 is a FS34092 equivalent which is one of the colours usually quoted as a close match for Foliage Green and I have used it on a number of kits. Foliage Green though isn't "exactly" the same as the FS number, in fact there have been a number of paint chips for Foliage Green (maybe different manufacturers or paint condition
  5. I finally got around to building one of the Polish PZL fighters I've been looking to do for ages. I've found Polish aircraft really interesting ever since I built the Revell PZ11 when I was still in primary school. Unfortunately I never got around to follow it up though I've bought and sold generations of PZ11's (Heller, Special Hobby), PZ23's and PZ37's. The PZ7 was meant to be a quick trial to try out some paints to use for future Polish Air Force builds. I read that the Hataka paints were a good match and the Red Line Acrylics were available at a local mail order shop so I thought I'd
  6. For me, another CAC Boomerang, this time a CA-13. It looks pretty much the same as the CA-19 I posted on Aussie Modeller a few months back, the only noticeable difference is the lack of provision for the fuselage camera. Its pretty much built with the same mods as the previous one - Red Roo enhancement set, Yahu instrument panel, Pavla vac canopy (sliding section only) and some odd additions noted in the previous build. For anyone interested in the build updates - refer to this topic on Aussie Modeller: http://forum.aussiemodeller.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=16434&
  7. Hi, The only source I know of for Colourcoats in Australia is Creative Models - they do post anywhere in Australia https://www.creativemodels.com.au/ I heard that Aeroworks in Adelaide has some old stock of Xtracolor and I expect they would post these in Australia as well. Best to phone them to see what is available. cheers Michael
  8. Hi Colin, Very nice build - Looks like you had to add the same stuff I did - pitot tube, mass balances. One thing of note - The starboard front quarter window in a F-2 (and F-4) is not clear. It is a solid panel with a ventilation intake, like the G model. The port side is clear. I've got lots of photos of this now that I know what to look for (i.e. the 109 Schiffer book by Prien and Roedike). I think the photos in this thread show this: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/85649-messerschmitt-bf-109-f2-of-9jg54-yellow-7-flown-by-alfred-dollefel
  9. Hi Zegeye, I'm building the same kit right now. Are you across the need to add some interior blanking covers for the rear quarter windows? An idea of what is needed is shown by the Red Roo enhancement set: https://www.redroomodels.com/product/red-roo-boomerang-enhancement-set-1-72/ Their are other items in it which you could modify from plastic card - i.e the wheel covers. The other items (hedgehog exhaust, treaded wheels) are already in this SH boxing Cheers Michael
  10. Hi Colin, Yellow is a difficult colour for coverage. A trick I was given by another modeller was to undercoat in a tan colour. I usually use whatever one I have handy, usually radome tan. This usually sprays pretty easily with good coverage. After that a single coat of yellow usually will be sufficient. I also bought myself an electric paint mixer (I think mine is a trumpeter) to make sure pigments are really mixed especially for colours like yellow. In this particular model though I used a different technique. I sprayed an undercoat of matt yellow (I think it was Model
  11. Hi Colin, Saw this a bit late, however there is a build here that hasn't got a painted frame on the Zvezda kit I found out a heap of details when building the Fine Molds me 109G-2 and 109F-4. This clarified the framing of the main canopy (i.e. no middle frame in F models. It also highlighted that the small quarter window on an F only exists on the port side unlike the E models. Cheers Michael
  12. HI Mark, I've had to fill the seam in the upper cowling about half a dozen times on the Eduard Spitfires. I always use Superglue (in my case it's a high quality brand available here called Bob Smith and it's the medium gap filling variant). I usually sand back soon after it has been applied - i.e. later in the day or the next day so the super glue isn't as "hard". I've got a number of Spitfires in the "Ready for Inspection" area where you can see the results. Good luck with your build, I'm planning on starting one of these once I get the current builds off the bench.
  13. Hi Dave, Those 2 photos are printed in Clive Caldwell Air Ace by Kristen Alexander, a good read about Caldwell. The originals were supplied by Clive's wife. Peter probably has copies of those and many more sourced independently. Cheers Michael
  14. Another nice Spitfire Tony. The Sword still has some advantages over the Airfix - options for the wing bulges, some nice etch in some boxings and maybe finer detail for some parts. Did you cut down the undercarriage legs? I built mine a long time ago and since then noticed most other Spitfires sit lower (e.g. Airfix Mk I, Eduard Mk VIII). After building the Airfix and KP kits I planned to do a review and either cut down the Sword undercarriage legs or replace them with spares from Eduard. Cheers Michael
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