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  1. Hi Justin, My first time back on the forum in over 5 years so I'm glad to see my earlier contributions are still useful to people. Just to say that the BOAC Comet 1A build that was the subject of the thread Abandoned Project linked to came out looking great. RAL 5022 Night Blue (Revell 36154 Night Blue) was indeed a very close match for the pre-Landor blue of BOAC. I took a combined approach of paint and decals in the end so had to match the paint colour to the output of my printer... I painted the blue and yellow stripes (adding decals for win
  2. a piece of very fine ladies tights? (stockings) Get the thinnest you can find and then cut out the square before dry brushing it with metallic colour paint or alternatively if you get black stockings then dry brush it with the silver detailing stuff that looks like womens makup... This stuff:
  3. Hi, been following your build, looks great so far.... If you are going to use alclad then there are a few things to bear in mind (and apologies if you already know this).... Firstly its a sod to mask over and get to stay... I find it tends to lift no matter how low tack you make your masking tape. So if you have to paint the wings and the underside in different colours.... paint the non-alclad bits first and leave the underside Alclad 'til last. That and use a good sealing layer of kleer or some such over it to help stop it sticking to the masking tape so much. Secondly... if you are going
  4. I have a 1/2 built Aircraft in miniature 1:72 scale Bleriot XI.... its a photoetch build and so far its pretty good. www.aim72.co.uk FB
  5. Enjoying this immensely.. Hey Hendie... I'm proposing a total scratch (scrapheap challenge) group build for next year.... fancy having a go? FB
  6. I'm a long standing member of BM and I've been wanting to propose a sort of group build for a long time now, but I don't know how or where to propose one.... Why the "sort of"? Well unlike other group builds where the theme is a single type or an event in history (or even a nation like the French GB I enjoyed last year) my idea is a scratch build challenge.... or more accurately a scrap heap / dustbin challenge! Suggested rules: 1. Any genre, any subject, in any scale 2. No kits or bought resin, metal or PE aftermarket parts originally intended for your subject matter (i.e. if you're scra
  7. Finally got around to taking to some decal paper into work today and printing my custom decals on the works high quality inkjet. Here they are drying after a coat of clear lacquer to seal them: I managed to be a muppet and not check what paper settings I had in the print options so ended up with streaks and smears because the print was on high quality premium glossy so put a lot more ink on than normal. Bugger! Fortunately I had designed the decals to have every one of the Yellowjacks aircraft I can prove they flew and enough for 2 examples of each one (so that's 14 models worth!). My pla
  8. The best version I've seen so far is to use computer ribbon cable cut across the cable at the right length for the ammunition.... the ribbed pattern of the ribbon cable looks like ammunition belts and it is slightly flexible so is easy to position - also being a plastic coating it can be painted. This stuff: I know you can buy it up to 50 wires wide (50way IDC ribbon cable) but other widths might be enough. The only issue is if it will work in the scale you are working in. Worth a look. FB
  9. Hi Bill, thanks. Are you sure? I've not printed them yet so its no disaster so thanks for the heads up! Do you have a source for the serial colour for the original yellowjacks? I know airfix decals on their 1/72 kit are blue but I assumed this was based on the G-MOUR aircraft that's doing displays at the moment which has blue markings (I assumed this was due to its engineering sponsor - who's corporate colour is blue)... but all the other RAF Valley 4FTS gnat aircraft have black serials so I assumed it was an error on airfix's part. Happy to be wrong and I can easily change the colour if yo
  10. A bit more progress today..... Got all the kit decals on that I'm using: (the canopy, nose equipment bay and seats aren't glued in place yet) Just a few more little jobs to do on this before I get to panel washes etc. Some touching up in the cockpit, then a few final parts still to glue on (mainly gear doors), paint the wing tip light glass and then give it all a coat of Kleer to seal it. But first I need some custom decals.... so I spent an hour designing them and getting the scales and fonts right: The Black tail version is Flight Lieutenant Lee Jones's (after whose call sign the y
  11. Hi Les... ah yes I forgot you were down under! I guess Tomps delivery charges might be a tad heavy!
  12. I agree... I make my resin masters using 3D design and 3D printing at the moment and its a great way to produce accurate parts - no longer having to carve and then sand masters then check sand a bit more then re-check size until you get the correct dimensions... however, I don't put all my detailing on the 3D print - panel lines etc. I prefer to work on a first resin cast master: I use the 3D print to get the sizes etc. then make a mould and cast from it, then use this as my ultimate master, engraving panel lines and removing any 3D printing anomalies (layer lines etc), sometimes adding very
  13. Les, I use www.tomps.com for moulding supplies. I'd be interested in other suppliers if you want to share. ;-) FB
  14. Incidentally, whilst the current aircraft wearing the fake serial XR992 (G-MOUR) has very few decals on her I am rather assuming that back when the real yellowjack aircraft flew they the normal set of decals and warning signs. I can't for any reason believe that the aircraft maintenance engineers at No 4. Flying Training School at RAF Valley decided not to bother with them on these aircraft whilst at the same time ensuring all the other gnats they maintained for the training school did get a full set of decals/placards etc. The few images I have of the aircraft from the 60s are grainy and bla
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