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  1. I do remember something like this in the UK - would have been late 1970s or very early 1980s. I think they were 1/144 and the ones I remember included a little gelatine capsule of polystyrene cement. I can't remember the brand though, sorry. As I remember they were sold in little local 'corner shops' rather than bigger stores.
  2. Yes, that was my experience too. I re-made the hooks with fuse wire, making the bits that go into the wing a bit longer, and drilled the location holes deeper to give a more positive location. They're fine as long as you don't look too closely! The little lights on the spine were a pain - I managed to get them in place by very slightly enlarging the holes so that they dropped in easily, and picking them up on the end of a small blu-tack sausage, with a toothpick in the other hand to dislodge the light into the hole. It was still very nerve-wracking though, and I was terrified of losing those bits!
  3. Dunno - I may try and finish off a Corsair I've got half built, and continue the USN theme
  4. Grumman Hellcat F6F-3, as flown by Lt. Richard Stambook, USS Princeton, October 1944 Eduard 1/48 kit, standard edition with coloured PE, largely OOB but with some scratch-built detailing on the engine. All main colours are Colourcoats enamels. Build thread is here: Fabulous GB, thanks to everyone participating, and @Col. for general encouragement and keeping us all in line!
  5. Very, very nice. I really like the worn, used look you've achieved. Nice pics too - love the prop blur!
  6. Just a very quick update - I've applied the first round of salt weathering, using a very dilute white enamel sprayed over the salt. It's not quite the effect I was looking for - it's come out a bit spotty, which I think is due to me not getting the model's surface wet enough before sprinkling the salt. This means that the salt grains stick to the surface, but are remaining proud with a very small attachment point, and so allowing the paint to collect under the edges of the grains. I think with a wetter surface more of the grain will dissolve, giving a softer, less localised masking effect. I'll live with this though - I quite like the subtle fading that the dilute white spray creates, and the blotchiness, although not quite what I wanted, does still give it a worn look. It's all a learning process! I'm going to do a second application with a dilute black spray, and will try with a wetter salt application.
  7. I'm now thinking this is looking a bit too grubby on the undersurfaces now. i might try and clean it up a bit!
  8. I've read about the 'dot filter' technique, where you apply random tiny dots of variously-coloured oil paints over the model's surface, and brush them out with a flat brush moistened with solvent, to give lightly streaked tonal variation. I thought this Hellcat would be a good chance to try out some new weathering methods, so - here we go. I got some cheap oil paints from The Works, and starting on the underside, started dotting. It became apparent very quickly once I started streaking (with the brush, that is) that less is very definitely more with this method. As soon as you mix more and three or four colours, you just get brown, and if there are too many dots, you get a horrible streaky brown mess: The good thing about oil paints is that they have a long working time, so you can keep moistening the brush with thinner (I used turpentine) and gradually remove paint until you get the effect you want. This is almost there: And as you get close to the end point, you can leave the brush dryer and the streaks will blend into each other a bit more. On the upper surfaces I used fewer dots, and fewer colours - yellow, green white and light blue; this was much easier to work with: Overall, I think it looks OK, certainly not bad for a first attempt: I'll leave this to dry for a couple of days. Next I'm going to try salt weathering as a further effect layer - I've tried this out on an old spare model, but this will be the first time using it for real.
  9. Thanks for the encouragement! I've now started the 'dirtying up' process. Panel line wash with a mix of black and raw umber oil paints, thinned with turpentine. I've run it into the panel lines, allowed it to dry slightly, then wiped away the excess with a cotton bud very slightly moistened with turps, and a dexterously-applied (!) finger, to try and create a slightly grubby, streaked look with streaking in the direction of the airflow, as well as highlighting (or is it lowlighting?) the surface detail. The effect is much more obvious on the underside, but I think that's as it should be. I'll let it dry and give it a coat of acrylic floor shine, then I'm going to try out the 'dot filter' technique to try and create a bit of tonal variation.
  10. Decalling done, and the big stars'n'bars squished down as well as they're going to be. They had some stubborn bubbles but I have pretty much solved that by repeated use of setting solution (Daco Strong), pricking the worst ones then pressing with a cotton bud - always a bit scary as there's a risk of damaging the decal, but I think I've got away with it! I've now attached the engine and cowling, and suddenly it's really looking like a Hellcat. Still quite a way to go as I haven't started on the weathering yet. I'm slightly dubious as to whether I'll finish in time, given other commitments between now and the end date, but I'll give it a good shot.
  11. Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, but... Where does the aerial wire attach on the starboard fuselage side of the Hellcat? There's a little nipple thing moulded on - is that it? There's a stencil decal that goes there which refers to the pitot static line.
  12. Thanks, John. The decals are very nice, but have taken several applications of setting solution to get them to conform to the compound curves at the front of the cowling. I still have to mask up and paint the white vanes within the red intake.
  13. Decalling in progress. The big stars are taking a while to settle down, but I'm sure with repeated setting solution they'll get there OK eventually. I agonised for ages about how best to mask up the cowling to spray the red for the intake. In the end I've just brush painted it, which I think will be fine. Still needs a bit of touching up at the corners and edges. I've used Humbrol 153 Insignia Red which is not a bad match for the red of the decals. I hate doing the stencil decals so am doing those in short bursts!
  14. Got my compressor back up and running after a bit of delay waiting for Machine Mart to deliver a replacement pressure switch, and have finished off the basic paint job. Demarcations are a bit harder than I was shooting for, but I think I'll live with them as it'll all look a bit softer after some weathering. Colours are White Ensign enamels (now Sovereign Hobbies, but I've had these pots sitting around for a while!), and I'm quite pleased with the look of it so far - the blues are a bit greyer than I've sometimes seen, but I find that quite convincing.
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