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Ray S

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  1. Thanks @Rabbit Leader for those comments. I have let the Appliance White set for a couple of days, so it was time to mask the fuselage for the green: I rubbed a cocktail stick along the edge of the tape, then gave the lower fuselage a coat of brushed Humbrol enamel matt varnish to hopefully seal any areas which were not paint-tight. I had also been doing an experiment with one of the spare tailplanes. I had sprayed that white to see if the Halfords spray caused problems over Tamiya spray primer (it didn't). This aircraft has a pair of gold cheat-lines with a very fine green line between them, like this: I could not work out how to get that thin line. Masking is not my best skill, but eventually I had a brainwave (I know, two in one build, what is the world coming too?). My idea is to paint the green right up to the white demarcation, mask off the whole of the gold area but then pop a thin strip of 0.4mm Aizu tape down to keep a thin green stripe. Would it work? I used the spare tailplane as a test bed. I also thought I would try Gold and Brass to see which was better. I used Acrylics for this, and three quick coats showed it should work okay: The Gold looks the way to go. I was a little concerned that the green would show through the metallic colours, but it does not seem to have done. I was very pleasantly surprised at how well the tape stopped the paint bleeding through, even though it was so thin. I will be using Humbrol 101 Mid Green enamel for the main colour, but it does seem to be a bit thin and does not cover well by brush, so it may be a day or two. Anyway, that is it for now, thanks for looking, Ray
  2. Oh good, what a combination! A Twin Otter, some glorious markings, and a father/son team! I have to thank the father/son team for my modelling as far as I am concerned. My Dad bought (or was it Santa?) my first models, and he was always there helping me out on the second model onwards for quite a few of my builds. The first one though, he did not get a chance to help me out. We lived in Aden at the time, and it was normal for adults to have a siesta in the afternoon, which was just when I wanted to build the model I had been given by Santa the evening before. I was 6 or 7, so I twisted the parts of the Revell Fokker Friendship off the surplus plastic, and stuck it together with sellotape, because I did not know about glue! That Wellington is superb. Good luck both of you, Ray
  3. @Heather Kay, thanks for the explanation. I have always found it difficult to keep track of marking changes, so an explanation like yours is very much appreciated. This subject would really fit in well with your 40's theme, and I will look out for your build when you do it! @JWM, thank you for those links, the profile is especially helpful. All the best everyone, and thanks again, Ray
  4. Thanks for that Heather, that makes sense, and makes it easier for me! Ray
  5. Despite the tribulations, you are doing a wonderful job on this. I particularly like the way you have got the engine nacelles done, both with the filling and the corrections! As for the windscreen, is yours too small? I found mine only touched the fuselage at the sides, not at the top and bottom (probably because I sanded top and bottom to get rid of some flash!). I found that fitting the w/s to the nose first then pushing it into the top was the way. The ledges on the sides then stopped it falling in. Forgive me if this is not the answer to your issue! As Pat said, if it is getting too much, pop it to one side and hopefully when the markings do arrive, things will be clearer. It is a lovely kit to do, but can be frustrating too. All the best whatever you choose to do, Ray
  6. I spotted that too! I wonder if that would be duplicated on the top wing too, I seem to recall that being the case with some other types. Ray
  7. @bentwaters81tfw, that is fantastic, thank you very much indeed for that image. All the best, Ray
  8. Hello all. I am just starting the Airfix 1/144 HP42 kit, and want to do it in a non-silver finish in view of the fact that this kit has no transfers, and I have the new reissue, which does so that will be my silver one. I have seen previously that these aircraft had a dark earth/dark green/yellow camo pattern when they were pressed into RAF service in early WWII. I have had a look online but have found very few images of camouflaged ones. Do any of you know of any decent images which can help me solve the camo pattern, whether they were shadow-shaded, and roundel sizes? I only found these images in these links: http://shipbucket.com/vehicles/5753 (drawing only, and only one side), and then: https://www.key.aero/article/handley-page-hp42-built-headwind where the image is right at the bottom of the page. One person also built the Contrail vacform as a camo scheme, but there was only a very small image with that. I will be quite happy to do something 'representative' but would like to get at least the shape of the camo right. Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to give. If not, don't worry and thanks for reading this. All the best, Ray
  9. That was a great re-build and it goes to show that even with an old 'discard', something wonderful can reappear. Cheers, Ray
  10. Yesterday evening I had a thought (it is true, I really did!) and wondered if spraying Halford's Appliance White over Tamiya Light Grey Primer would cause issues. I was sure it would not, but for the life of me I could not remember if I had done that on any previous builds. So I sorted out one of the spare tailplanes and sprayed that with the primer, and this morning gave it a covering or two of the Appliance White just to make sure. Thankfully, no reaction occurred. The question is, will I remember this in the future? After that little test, I gave the Twin Otter a couple of coats of the primer to unify the surface, and am now letting it dry off before adding the white tomorrow. Here it is with the test part: I am quite happy with the result, although it will win no competitions. The surface where I added the filler is better than either of my other completed builds of this subject, so that is a win. More soon with luck, then I can start adding some colour! Ray
  11. This is one of those I never built so I will check in from time to time. I like the white tail scheme on the box. Ray
  12. An excellent result on this. I have read that it is a bit of a 'challenge' to build, and I have one in my stash that keeps looking at me. Great work! Ray
  13. Hello all. I added another colour to the green swatch this morning after I had properly looked at my paint collection. Humbrol 101 Mid Green, and after a couple of coats it looks like that will be the colour which is closest to the transfer's shade of green. I am glad about that because it is a matt colour, and I find I can brush-paint them better than the gloss enamels. On the gluing side of things, I added the undercarriage legs and promptly found that I got the main leg fairings slightly off-centre; it looks terrible from front-on but not too bad from the sides. I have told you because you are my friends and won't laugh, will you? I had to get some new CA Gel as my old tube had locked the lid. I could not find my usual brand and bought some Bostick CA Gel instead. I had quite different setting times! I lost count of the number of times I picked the tailplanes up off the floor after trying to glue them on, Gorilla Glue CA Gel would have done it first time from my previous experience. Lesson learned. Anyway, here is the Twin Otter as it is at the moment, ready for priming tomorrow I will be adding the blobs which represent the exhausts after it is painted. I read in at least one review that the vertical tail was way too thin and that causes issues for the lamp on the top of it. I am wondering on my next one whether a sliver of card down the fin front would help solve that or cause further issues further down the line. Hmm. That is it for now, thanks for looking. Ray
  14. That is a fabulous build, and you have done it proud! Thanks too for the tips about how you got rid of the gloopy-glue on those transfers because I have had that happen with some Modeldecal transfers for EE Lightnings, now I know how to deal with them. Once again, what a great build! Ray
  15. That is one impressive wingspan on this aircraft. It is very good work on the joins, much better than I managed in the 1980's. Ray
  16. Good luck with the build and I loved the intro! Just off to see what other ships might be available in Revell's boxes Ray
  17. Thanks @John for the comment. I have not got around to using them yet, but I thought I would show you the difference between the Matchbox (light) and Aerocraft tailplanes (dark) They are pretty much the same, but the raised lines where the tailplane stubs fit on a floatplane have been removed, and the general look of the Aerocraft parts is much better. There are sink/flow marks on the Matchbox ones, which are non-existant on the Aerocraft. I found when test-fitting them the Aerocraft ones fit much more snuggly. On thing I have done today is fit the other wing, using a different jig this time (still no Lego!) - Then I masked the cockpit windows, and filled the small gaps around the Aerocraft engine fronts. These fitted a treat, but my poor sanding of the kit engine nacelles caused the gaps. I think I still need to do a little cleaning up of the putty, but in general I am quite happy with how it is turning out. I then got back to my paint swatches. The paints have had a couple of brushed coats, and the four 'Emerald' colours look like this: The nearest is the Humbrol Acrylic, but I think I will probably go with the Humbrol Enamel when the time comes. I cannot figure out what is going on with the Revell Acrylic (2nd left), it is way too blue, although the Revell Enamel (2nd right)looks pretty close. That is it for now, thanks for the looks, likes and comments! Ray
  18. Cheers Chris! This morning I popped some Krystal Klear around the windscreen to fill the plentiful gaps, then later added some putty along the fuselage seams as just sanding had not worked I used Revell Plasto filler, and it created plenty of dust when I sanded it later on. The seams are much less visible now. I have added the first wing. Sadly, I have no Lego or jigs, so I used Mk1 eyeball to ensure the wing was at the (almost) correct dihedral. The strut still fits, even if it is just dry-fitted at the moment. I have some awkward masking to do later, so the struts are staying off until that is done. I am letting that set for now, and will do the other wing tomorrow. I started my paint swatches too, and will progress with that tomorrow as well. One emerald green looks very blue! I wonder if I stirred it enough... That is it for now, thanks for looking. Ray
  19. This Meteor is going very well! The gap filler is spot on and you have done a wonderful job with it. Great work! Ray
  20. Yep, lovely additional details, and very well worth doing. I look forward to seeing more. Ray
  21. Oh wow, that is one of the best results for this kit I have seen, you have done wonders with the joints, especially around the cockpit. Fabulous! It is looking good in colour now. Cheers, Ray
  22. Those are great. Matchbox certainly knew how to give good value for money. I like both types of payload for the transporter. Cheers, Ray
  23. @Rabbit Leader, thanks for the comment! The interior got fitted last night. I was struggling to get the fuselage to close up since I lowered the passenger cabin floor, but removing it from the cockpit bulkhead and fitting both sections individually cured the problem. It turned out that the front bulkhead was being pulled backwards a little and not settling into the starboard side guides. Once that was in, a quick bit of checking allowed the luggage compartment floor to fit, and it was time to take the final photograph of the interior before it all vanished! I do not usually do detail if it cannot be seen, but opening the door has helped a bit, and the subject has to be one close to my heart, and the Twotter certainly is that. All the Nepali Twin Otters I have been in (6) have had no door sealing off the pilots, nor was there on the Maldivian Air Taxi I will be doing when this is done. This morning it was time to close the fuselage, and it all went okay but the seams will need a bit of tidying up: I let that set for a few hours and then tried adding the front cockpit windscreen. Yesterday, during a trial fit, it went like a dream. Today, it seemed to be more awkward, but eventually it went in and did not vanish into the interior. Phew. The only places where this glazing fitted was at the sides, it did not seem to touch plastic anywhere else. Tomorrow it will get a little help from some Glu'N'Glaze to help fill the gaps, then I can get sanding/filling/sanding. Oh joy! (smiley face, honest!). As usual, I am just loving building a Twin Otter. Thanks for looking, Ray PS, I must also start doing some paint tests to see which green matches the transfers. I think Emerald or Leaf Green are most likely, but I will find out soon.
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