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About Graham77

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  1. I’ll join the party if I may, either 737 or 777 depending on how the long list of kits on the go is looking and how much space there is on the bench!
  2. Possibly the final update before the build comes to an end.. First up the engine is now mounted and all the decals are now on (the slivering battle still continues) Below as it’ll hopefully be posed when complete I still need to fit the undercarriage doors but this will be easier after I have given it another gloss coat and done some panel line detailing and weathering before a final satin coat. Then there are the kids vehicles to go and I also have a card 1/72 Hangar to pose all of this outside..... If I’m lucky you may get a shot of the panel lines and weathering I’ll see what I get time to do see you all soon Graham and the team.
  3. The race is on with just a few days to go! I don’t think the diorama will be done but hopefully the Lancaster will. Very little added to the thread but plenty to the aircraft. First up the engine under maintenance has started construction. All the glazing is masked and ready for some painting as is the rest of the Lanc. First up a random splattering of black and then some dark earth Next up some blu tack worms and masking tape (other worms are available) and the the green and finally the black. Finally a few coats of gloss (not quite enough as the slivering shows) and the start of decalling. If I can get the rest of the decals and the engine mount built tonight this may have a chance of making the gallery Then we’ll get back to the rest of the bits. Thanks for looking Graham ps any top tips on sorting out slivering greatly appreciated, so far I’ve covered it in pin pricks and more micro sol which is helping. I sprayed Vallejo Airbrush paint and a few coats of Alclad gloss, I think it needed a few more or a slightly heavier final coat. This is my first proper go at spraying as opposed to brush painting after years of threatening to do it......gutted I didn’t swap sooner.
  4. We are back with some progress. Lots more paint has been applied by the little ones and I have started playing with an airbrush (after years of it sat idol in the garage as there wasn’t time to just have a play with it and learn how to use it) A few few more afternoons and we’ll have the tractor, bomb trolleys and some bombs ready. Then finish the bowser and a vehicle to pull it. my eldest has made a start with some help (and being allowed to watch Star Wars) At the end of the night Unusually he really enjoyed filing off all the flash on this old kit, next up here a dusting of primer so he can start painting the inside of the cabs before adding the bodywork! Finally the Lanc. It now has all 4 nacelles on and the resin backing plate for the Merlin. The engine itself is also slowly being put together and once I’ve masked all the glass it’ll be ready for a prime and some paint (fortunately most of the windows seem to be either blanks or painted over (phew......and after a little research also controversial) Hopefully the the next update will have some better pictures and some good progress...until then we are off to work out how to build the Titanic from Lego bricks. Hope all of you are well Best wishes from all of us!
  5. Congratulations! Do not under any circumstances waste either, time with your new arrival and family or time from sleeping (oh how I remember sleep well) the link to scalemates has done the trick! Airfix used to do birds etc surely there is a market for unicorns Vppelt68, I should have looked closer, I found that page but missed the instructions tab, you are a star...tomorrow we shall build some more!
  6. Ha ha, I think mine would like a unicorn in there aswell (and a dwarf and barbarian!). Mine are 10 (next week) and the early contributors are 5. It is a lot of fun although you have to just accept stuff will be broken and keep smiling (and repairing). now I have a request, I’ve mislaid the recovery vehicle instructions....anyone know where you can download or view electronic copies? I have turned the house upside down and can only think I’ve put them in a box with some other parts I was going to use them with...that involves visiting the attic which I’ll have to do later. Anyway by asking on here I half expect to find them now sitting on my desk. See you all soon Graham
  7. Started pairing them up with the aircraft and the weapon trolleys I’m pleasantly surprised, next up some varnish and wash then we are nearly finished. Thanks for looking.
  8. Now Dad’s catching up with the Lancaster, tail, wings and 3 engine pods are attached. Clearly Red Dwarf and Red wine are my preference over Screwball Scramble! Now to sort out the final engine pod and the seams and any damage before working out what else to attach before painting and a night of masking to protect the windows and holes. (It is not my favourite job) More soon Graham and the Team
  9. Some more days have passed and I’ve had the team hard at work...briefly, but you have to take advantage of the enthusiasm when it occurs. I have three mini modellers and between them they are going to make most of the vehicles and bombs used in the build. For starters are our twins Eli and Ashton attacking an oil bowser and the tractor and bomb trailer. They have done awesome as it’s a lot fiddlier than I thought and they have listened really well and not yet broken anything...(we also successfully beat the carpet monster looking for a trolley wheel. Checking out the bits. Proficient cutters and filers Mornings work complete, ready for some primer (so they can paint properly) and back to proper business...beating screwball scramble! Finally I have it back from spraying the smelly primer so they can start painting. They got that technique from me (note screwball scramble is never far from reach) Next up some more progress on the Lancaster and our other son will hopefully be making a start on the recovery vehicle and crane Stay Home, build models, stay safe and help the NHS from all of us Best Wishes
  10. The wheels are now on and the end is near! Next up, tidy up the paint, varnish, weather with some wear and tear and final varnish and add to the Harrier! Thanks for looking Graham
  11. Evening all here is our family entry for the Lancaster build. I was planning on doing it myself but seeing as we are now all in Lockdown seemed like a good idea to get the kids involved aswell and hopefully have a Lancaster Diorama on the shelf to show what we did together during these months. First up the kits The plan from here is that the children will help with the Lanc when they want to and they will also get a vehicle or two to do themselves. Once we have got them done we’ll then put them all together on a base to make a little scene. Worst case is they don’t like it and I get loads to build best case I just get a Lanc and very quickly a lot of vehicles . Most importantly if the fun stops, we’ll find something else to do! Interiors and the fuselage halves trial fitted, interior needs some weathering and then its ready to close up. There isn’t a whole lot to see through the windows so we’ll spend more time on the vehicles and exterior. Let’s see what happens over the weekend and I’ll report back on Monday! Stay indoors, stay safe and see you next week Best wishes Graham
  12. I’ve been working on these since the start of the build and finally got round to posting, building has been really slow so these kinda got the mojo going again just in time for the lockdown! They are to go with a Harrier Diorama I’ve been working on for years(slowly) and finally have the Harrier 95% done, but that’s another build) First up the kit and the parts. The kit comes with two tugs, bars and ladders and a selection of personnel. Next up the build up of the body. Body complete with the wheels Then there were two and ready for priming Wheels filled and ready for paint Painted bodies ready for the wheels and some weathering So that’s where it currently sits hopefully over the weekend I’ll get the wheels painted and attached ready to weather the two vehicles and then add the tow bars and other trailers ready for the diorama. Thanks for looking Graham
  13. I’ll have a go, my little ones are getting into building aswell so we may do one each and start attacking the stash!
  14. Writing down jobs really works! After I posted I got the jet out and put it all together. And the other side. Now it just needs some more weathering and touch up painting and it’ll be ready to take its place in the middle of a little scene I’d like to make of it during the missile trials back in the summer of 99! With any luck I’ll get the painting finished in time for the end of this and maybe some of the tractors and trolleys to give you an idea of what the next 5 years hold for this project
  15. It’s only taken me 5 years to get round to painting them. Ended up going on a business trip with a bit of free time in a hotel and just took them and a pot of black paint, glass of wine and a good movie! Now I just need to get them attached and see how it all looks!
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