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About MattBlack33

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    15ml Enamel tinlet
  • Birthday 05/29/1983

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    Primarily aircraft: modern Russian jets, RAF jets 1950 - present, US Vietnam era, dioramas.

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  1. Great work, it's coming together beautifully.
  2. Hi Tim, I did wait until it was dry. I wouldn't say it was fully cured, but dry to touch.
  3. A nice bit of progress today. Primed up with Halford's enamel primer. It's the first time I've used this particular brand but it seems to have done the trick so I shall be using it again in the future. Following a good ol' priming I did a bit of panel line highlighting with Humbrol 129 rather than black. My plan was to go over the panel lines, then use Humbrol 28 in the centre of the panels to blend in the darker colour. Then, to bring the whole process together, go over the whole lot with a relatively light layer of Humbrol 28. Panel lines Greyed panel lines Before (Port) vs
  4. Nice work! I'm at the light green stage with mine and trying to decide whether to use Blu-tac, tape or freehand the camo scheme. What would you recommend?
  5. Loving the number of Thuds being built for this GB. Good to see you back at it Dag, it's coming along really nicely.
  6. Just to show I'm actually doing something on this build, this is where I'm up to: You can see in the radome area how gappy this kit has been for me! There's a bit more tidying up to do, some more filling and PE etc. to do before the primer goes on. It's definitely worth the work though, it's a beautiful aircraft once it's all put together.
  7. Big like!! Bringing back so many memories, although I remember painting the M117s by hand I'm sure you'll be fine, the black will be much easier to re-paint, I was more worried about the dorsal wing roots and how much of the camo scheme you might lose.
  8. Looking good, Dave. I'm really enjoying seeing this one come together. Just a thought, but I remember the wings needing quite a bit of work filling and sanding wise. If it were me, I'd attach the wings first as it might get a bit hairy/frustrating later and could end up being more work in the long run
  9. It still wants to rearrange your pictures *and* upload them to a Google server. It's really easy to turn these options off though if you don't fancy signing your snaps over to Google...
  10. It's Picasa from Google. It's a fairly basic photo editing programme, but you can be quite creative with it. I've used the "retouch" tool to merge the edge of the tarmac of the diorama into the background and to hide the join, I also altered the shadow and highlight intensity. Finally I added the "Cinemascope" filter. I'm still messing about with it to be honest so thank you for letting me use your images! Here's a more 70s version:
  11. Thanks, I've given it a quick go. Let me know what you think of them
  12. Thanks for the kind words, guys. There's not much to report on this at the moment, I've been on with other things (including "real life"). One of the big changes is that I've removed the sandpaper concrete slabs and I am in the process of replacing them with plasticard equivalents. This is what the chap looks like stripped back, and with pre-weathering outer green coat. And a couple pre-strip to whet the appetite: What it might look like with the lights fully working...that canopy needs a wipe!!
  13. Ah, the skies over York are quieter than they used to be. Used to get a lot of Linton on Ouse trainers (Tucano and Jet Provost) over us. I also remember seeing a lot of F15s at one time, once so low you could almost read the pilot's nameplate! That background looks more convincing than the photoshopped one, really great work! Do you mind if I have a play with the images see what I can do?
  14. This thread is absolute gold! Thank you all for sharing your stories, and not to mention what's shaping up to be a great build. If you're looking for a co-author then I'd be (seriously) interested!
  15. Yeah that'd be perfect! Certainly is useful living close to an RAF base for added authenticity. Are you enlarging the pictures yourself or are you going to get them printed out?
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