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Curt B

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  1. @Britflyr: Beautiful build, sir! I was wondering if you would be willing to share your information source for the rivet locations on the Hurricane. I am working on a 1/48 Airfix Hurricane Mk. 1 now, and I"m too far along on that one to backlit rivets, but i have another one that I want to build as a Battle of Britain Hurricane, and I would love to include the rivet detail on that one. CAN YOU HELP ME, PLEASE?
  2. Hi All, I know this thread is way old (though people are still posting to it), and I tried to go through as much of it as I could, but didn't find the answer I'm looking for. I am working on the 1/48 Airfix Hurricane Mk. 1 Tropical, and I'm at the pint of painting. I'm doing the Dark Earth and Middlestone scheme that was in the instructions, but I have a second one of these that I"m going to build without the Tropical additions, and will be doing a Battle of Britain Hurricane; I already have the decals for that. What I'm unhappy about, nd need help with is details of the rivets. I'd gotten so spoiled with the latest Tamiya and Eduard airplanes, that include EVERYTHING in their moldings, I frankly didn't even look, and I didn't notice that the rivets weren't present until painting was alreadyy in progress. I know, i know...how stupid/ignorant can one be? Regardless, I'm going to finish this one up, sand rivets, but does anyone know of a site, or have themselves, detailed drawings of where the rivets, particularly on the wings, belong? I see that some folks have done archer rivets, which I WASY beyond my capabilities, and I have every imaginable ponce wheel for creating indented rivets that anyone could need. I just need to know, in detail, where the reverts belong!!! I've searched and found nothing that specific. I'd be indebted to anyone who could provide the details of rivet locations so I can make my next, BoB, Hurricane, as accurate a possible, I've really enjoyed the Airfix model, just frustrated about the lack of those important details!
  3. Wow...I HOPE Eduard keeps the Mk II coming! I've already completed a Mk. V Series 2, have another Mk. V Series 2 kit, and Mk. V Series 1, both in their individual boxes, AND a Mk. V Royal Class kit (both Series 1 and 2 in the same box). So, I've got 2 each of the Mk. V Series 1 and Series 2, one each in their own box, then one more each in the Royal Class boxing, PLUS the Mk. V Series 2 that I finished not too long ago. I LOVED the kit, and the plane!!! I don't know as much about the Mk. 2 airplane, but I love the look of the radial engine on the front of what looks to be, in essence, a Mk. V airframe. just with the radial engine on the front. I'm certain that Eduard will make a close to perfect Mk. 2, and I WILL be first in line for the new kit, if/when they come out!! The Tempest Mk. V, Series 2 was a fabulous build, no problems at all! I want to build more variations thereof!
  4. Thank you, guys, for your very nice comments!
  5. Good point! I'm in the mindset of warplanes, and I really did overdo the wear (just like the gun exhaust). Things to consider, things to learn. Thanks for the comment!
  6. Ah, I see. Thanks for the point...good future reference!
  7. Thank you to everyone who replied, and thank you for the compliments paid, truly! Let me answer some of the points made so far. I did indeed add some brown stains at the gun exhausts. I retrospect, I should have just left them alone (no stains). I know that very few planes had such staining, even those that fired their guns often during the war, and this particular livery was for an aircraft that was post-WWII, thus, the plane's guns were probably never fired in anger., subsequent to the paint job Hence, the area should be pristine. Stupid thing to have done. Regarding the point about modulating color... I actually did try to do this, and perhaps the photos don't show what I did, although I admit the effects are really subtle. Since this is only my third plane, I am just beginning to work on some techniques. I began with a grey primer, overall. Then, though the technique is fast becoming archaic, I did some preshading of the panel lines with black. Then, I highlighted the interior of most of the panels with white. So I had the widest range possible, from black to white, under the color coats. Then I painted the colors using MRP paint, which is about as thin a layer as you can get. I tried hard to let much of the white/grey/black preshading come through, but I didn't want it to look overly 'present'. The effect is there, but I can see the photos don't present it well. I do have a number of other techniques that I plan to employ going forward on other builds. I have at least two more Tempests to go... and the general color scheme will be similar, Ocean Grey/Dark Green, so I will experiment! I plan next to do a Series 1 with the photo etch dropped flaps and full invasion stripes (wings and fuselage), and then another Series 2, with a different paint scheme...not sure which one yet, but probably far more weathered and dirty than this one. I REALLY like this plane! I truly appreciate the comments. In fact, I need them, to improve. more quickly than otherwise. I can certainly critique myself, and I always do, but external views are always valuable. Working now on the Tamiya P-38F/G...it's going to be 'Miss Virginia', and I'm going to be trying some new techniques with that one!
  8. Thanks. I agree, beautiful and brutish/heavy duty looking at once.
  9. Hey All, This is my third aircraft since getting back into the hobby, though I've done many tanks. I've been, frankly, afraid of planes, as the care needed to address seams and re-scribing when sanding off details has been beyond my capabilities. I think it still is, but I'm trying to learn. I'm far more of an 'assembler' than a 'modeler', but I'm trying. I really like the Eduard planes, and this is the third of three thus far (the Spitfire VIII, and FW-190A-4 were the first two). Feel free to comment and bash as appropriate...I won't get better without critique. By the way, I already know for at least half a dozen significant errors/mistakes/poor execution on this one, but I'd appreciate any thoughts. Thanks, and Happy New Year!
  10. I have not tried this myself with Tamiya Flat Aluminum, but you might try using either Tamiya Lacquer Thinner or Gunze Leveling Thinner, the latter is what many folks consider magical when used. I use Leveling Thinner with my Gunze Lacquer colors and those come out fantastic. I've read posts by many people that say that Tamiya, as good as it is with their acrylic thinner, sprays even better with lacquer thinner.
  11. Hi there! First off, regarding the wheel well color, the Eduard instructions say the wells are supposed to be green. I know, as I am building a Tempest myself, and I've made my wheels wells green also. Maybe not too late to change. Secondly, to salmo G, you built and painted a BEAUTIFUL Tempest! I was impressed with the builds and paint jobs that were done on both the Series 1 and 2 Tempests in the Modeling News, but yours is every bit as fabulous! I am in the process of building a Series 2, and I could only hope to end up with an airplane that is even close to as nice as yours. I'm at the painting stage, and have primed and pre-shaded the panel lines. I was going to do one with the invasion stripes as yours is, but I think I've decided to make my Series 2 without the stripes, and get a Series 1 and do that stripes on that one. Kudos on your build...the weathering is fantastic!
  12. I ended up ordering the Fundekal sheet Spitfires Part 2, which has a bunch of pre-WWII Spitfires with black and white undersides. I'm thrilled to have found this decal sheet and associated instructions. Thanks so very much to Roll-Royce, who pointed me in this direction early on in this thread!
  13. @ Troy and franky: Thanks for your comments and the amount of work you did digging up all that info for me. I am usually a meticulous dry-fitter, so that aspect is fully covered Regarding decals, I should be getting my new Silhouette Cameo 4 machine today, and plan to use it to create masks. I would think that creating masks for Brit roundels, of whatever size, would be easy to do, even for a newbie to the Silhouette. Of course, having decals to use as a guide to create the masks would be, I’m guessing, easier than using just numbers. A very genuine thank you, to you guys, and everyone who helped by responding to my request!!
  14. Corsair, yes, sir, that is exactly the part I was referring to.
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