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  1. Well I really thought that I would have this one wrapped up by now, so that I could begin my Sturmovik on skis with the phrase 'Winter is coming...' However a nearly month without laying a finger on plastic has put me way behind schedule so in reality I don't think this will be finished until next year. So I carried on with the cockpit, starting with the PE seatbelts supplied with the kits, they're fiddly little devils, and how anyone does this sort of thing in 1/48, let alone 1/72 is beyond me. Complete with the ever-present danger of the lurking dog hair. Made a seat back cushion of Miliput and put everything together with a bit of dark dirt wash: And then stuck everything together: The original half-formed plan was to put a load of detailing in to the space between the firewall and the back of the engine, and make some panels out of a Coke can which would be left open. But after having it untouched on the bench for nearly a month, I sort of lost heart for doing that and now just want to push on with things, so closed up it will be. I was then exiled to Southsea for a night, so took the ordnance and some basic tools with me and got the stores all made up and ready for paint. Not sure about the veracity of the loadout, but I think it'll look pretty fearsome, I really like these things all loaded for bear. I really, really wanted to use the loo, but I'll save that for another time. Made a start on getting the fuselage together, I initially thought that all those bulkheads were a bit over engineered, but it turns out that they do lend a fair bit of strength and rigidity to the whole thing. Since then I've made a bit more progress, got the fuselage joined and the wings glued together, I'll take some snaps and do another post a bit later, but in the meantime, thanks for looking. Regards, Peter
  2. That all seems pretty definitive, and pretty much as I suspected. Many thanks indeed. Regards, Peter
  3. Morning, I'm working my way through Trumpeter's 1/32 A-1J Skyraider and I'm a bit uncertain about the colour of the wheelwells. I'm going with the kit option of 501 Baby of VA-145 whilst on USS Intrepid, and the painting guide shows the wheelwells and the insides of the landing gear covers as being interior green. I'm just a bit uncertain about this as I had automatically thought they would be white, which seems to be confirmed by having a quick scout about online. I thought that the general rule of thumb was: US + Navy + Vietnam + landing gear and wheelwells = white. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated before I start chucking paint around. TIA, Peter
  4. Evening, I tried to start this thread a while ago, but managed to mess up the pictures, let's hope it all goes a bit better this time. So after the Tamiya Spitfire I fancied something a little simpler so went for the venerable Hasegawa FW190-A5, which went together very nicely indeed: So after that I needed some inspiration regarding the next victim to be sacrificed on the alter of my ineptitude... I had some time, after all, Susan was away in 'Nam*... Well that was a pointer and it narrowed the choice down to an F100D - but I bought the Thunderbirds version and want to do a 'Nam aircraft, but need some pylons etc, which in theory I could get from the leftovers when I've built the F105D, but I've got the Hobbycraft boxing and the transfers are broken and there's no colour guide. That left just one option, so having confirmed the policy with my SpAd Frankie, I made a start. *Yeah, about that... no, she's not been running missions out of Da Nang, although she was in 'Nam... that is to say Chelt'nam... yes, she was at the literary festival. That's right, it's two Spads together... Having gone through the usual pre-choice process of fondling plastic and looking at instructions, I headed full bore for the toilet bomber... I mean seriously, they give you a proper loo to build (parts 13 and 15)! It was only after I'd made the decision to build, that I realised that the markings for the bog-bomber were not included in this version, sad times indeed. I'll still be going for a Navy aircraft, partly to escape having to do another SEA USAF scheme, and also because the oil leaks and weathering shows up so well on the white and grey. So on we go... as usual, it starts with the really exciting stuff... yup, a stack of control surfaces. Don't worry, I won't bore you with a picture of that. So how about the engine? Plenty of bits: Which build up pretty nicely. I thought I'd try to add some wires and pipes, so had a quick scout online to look at some pics... now that is one huge hunk of metal, and the oft cited fact that this aircraft could carry the same ordnance load as a B-17 is astounding. A combination of Vallejo Dull Aluminium and various shades of black, rust and weathering. I kind of think that I can assemble and paint the main airframe before attaching the engine, I think this will negate the necessity for masking it as I might have a couple of panels open which could prove a bit of a hassle. So on with the cockpit then... And some pretty spurious colouring on the buttons, particularly when one looks at the real thing and sees that they are all black, oh well, it'll show up well... Next up the IP. Now for the last few years I've had a real problem with Trumpeter's IPs. One is provided with a plain flat back panel, a great transfer of the dials to set against it, and then a solid transparent part which is in effect the whole IP. Now I've never managed to figure this out, I've tried to paint around the dials; disastrous. I've tried to drill out the dials to show the transfer of the dials; really disastrous. I've tried to put the transfer over the transparent part... best not mentioned at all. But this time I had an inspiration... I dropped Maskol into the recessed dials and painted the whole thing black. Managed to lift out the Maskol and then clean up the clear bits with a toothpick... the results? Well you can be the judge, but I don't think it came out too badly at all: Well that's about all for now. I've got a stack of work on for the next week, but then Susan's away for Singapore for a week and then Delhi for a week, so that should be a fortnight of pure plastic fun, without having to watch any dancing/singing/jungle etc. So hopefully more to follow soon. Thanks for looking, Peter
  5. A spooky Vampire... Must be nearly time to read The Shepherd again...
  6. Hi, I've got the ones for the F-5 Shenyang version, don't know if they'll be any good but will be happy to scan and email them for you. I'll be back tonight so will be able to do it tomorrow morning. Let me know. Regards, Peter
  7. This afternoon, out in the fields by Vicarage Wood, Penn; a staffel of red kites at about 50 ft, a couple of hundred feet above them, a trio of WWI fighters, I'm guessing an S.E.5, a Fokker triplane, and A. N. Other. And a few thousand feet above them, a BA 380 climbing out of LHR. Would have made a fantastic photo. But the dog and I enjoyed it anyway.
  8. An incredible build and a staggeringly tragic story, thanks for sharing.
  9. A pair of Spitfires stooging around all afternoon in the sunshine over Southsea. A lovely sight and sound, although pretty distracting... I mean in I know that in theory I don't need do nip outside every time I hear them coming around again...
  10. Evening, Here's my latest effort, Tamiya's sublime Spitfire in its Mk VIII variant. A fantastic kit, which I thoroughly enjoyed except for a masking foul up and a few issues with the transfers. The WIP can be found here if you want to see things in all the gory detail: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235001675-132-spitfire-viii/page-2#entry2431151 So on with the pics and many thanks for looking, Regards, Peter Well thanks for looking, all thoughts an comments are more than welcome. Regards, Peter
  11. Evening folks, Thanks for the comments, commiserations and pointers, and now I'm calling it done. It was good to have an enforced break for a couple of weeks, as I as was pretty cheesed off with myself after the mask and transfer debacle. So I was back to it this week, the weathering was done with a thin coats of Vallejo dark grey wash for the exhaust and smoke stains, and then quite a heavy dose of pastels pretty much all over to try for the duty look. Oil and fuel stains were a mix of green and grey washes, mostly applied with a cocktail stick. The last few sticky out bits were put in place and then I took a few pics. As you can see, I ducked out of trying to fix the masking mistake for now, and have opted to just hide it instead... So that's another one done, at some point I'll fix it up in to a little vignette with a 'tarp over the port wing, but for now it's on the shelf above my desk where I can see the engine, which I'm pretty happy with to be honest! And Jonners; many, many thanks for the comments and advice, I think it's the KUTA I needed to finally make me gloss before transfers, I've sort of been dodging it, but now it's time to bite the bullet and make the effort. So thanks for looking, and thanks for all the comments, it's all very much appreciated! I'm in France at the end of August, so the next victim will be a Hasegawa FW190-A based en Francais in 1943. Hopefully I'll be able to get that finished in a couple of weeks as it's Berlin again in September and I really think I should be doing the HKM Mossie in night colours around that time. Many thanks for looking, Regards, Peter
  12. As the others say, they are fantastic, I find them so much easier to use than Alclad and the colour range is great, with good tonal variation for different panels and areas. I used the Dull Aluminium as the main shade on a Mig-17 and it reproduced that flat dull grey finish really well. Regards, Peter
  13. So it was all going pretty well... almost too well... In the words of that hallowed sage and poet of the outback, KBW, 'Everything that could go, could go wrong...' It's like those war films where the grizzled old timer shifts his cigar stub from one side of his mouth to the other and mutters 'I don't like it, it's too quiet.' So in the last update you can see that there is a gun cover missing: Of course this is no biggie, I mean it was sure to turn up pretty soon, I mean it must be on the bench somewhere, it probably just fell out and I must have put it in a little pot or tub somewhere to keep it safe... Yeah... about that... So after having stripped the bench and been through the bin - yes, the proper big grey smelly outside bin - there was no sign of it. Working under the well known premise of 'as soon as I order a replacement it'll turn up' I placed a call to The Hobby Company Limited in Milton Keynes for a replacement sprue, this was at about 14.22 on Friday. The original never surfaced but by midday of Saturday the replacement had arrived and the offending panel had already received a light undercoat. Outstanding service from the vendor. So that's one problem overcome, I mean what else could go wrong? Well quite a lot as it turns out. In my last post above I mention that I'd ordered a set of national insignia masks, this was because having attempted, and failed, to make my own, I tried the kit decals, and was not impressed: And that's after a lot of Microsol. Also, with the US insignia on a weathered aircraft I prefer to have the ability to fade the blue and dirty up the white a bit. I ordered the P51 Mustang set from Pmask for about six quid, and on first sight they are a right bargain, There are four of the 30 inch stars with white bars and four of the white stars with no bars, plus the same in 35 inch markings as well as two 40 inch stars with no bars. That's enough for four airframes at least, and given that I've got a Dauntless and a Mustang and a Corsair in the stash then I'd say I was on to a winner. So on I went, the underside came out OK, the fuselage ones were fine enough, I muddied down the white a bit and lightened the blue, then went over them with a bit of micromesh when they were dry to blend them in a bit more... so far so good... And then, on the upper wing, in full view of the crowd, this happened: (warning, the following image contains scenes of a distressing nature) I don't know if it was a sneeze from the airbush or twitchy finger on the trigger but the result was the same: Awful. Even Susan was distressed when I showed her. Stripping it or overpainting didn't seem to be an option, so my preferred solution will be to turn the whole thing in to a little vignette, with the engine cowlings off, and a tarpaulin draped over that part of the wing, that'll work right??... The internet has told me to make a 'tarp out of tissue and diluted PVA glue, I've had a bit of an experiment and am quietly confident. I did toy with the idea of a diorama involving a couple of chaps up ladders arguing over whose fault it was that the painting had gone wrong, but decided that as I've not tried to paint a figure in thirty years, that simpler options would be better. After that trauma I decided to use the kit transfers for the squadron codes, and they just will not settle, despite numerous applications of Microsol throughout the day. So that's where we are for now, I'll slap on some more Microsol in the morning when things are fully dried out and we'll see what happens. On a more positive note, I think I've managed to not go too overboard on the chipping: And also, when I told Susan about my idea to use a tarpaulin to cover the mess and have the cowlings off and leaning up against a bench or some oil drums, look what she brought back from her shopping trip this morning: What a gal! Sorry this one's been a bit depressing, but thanks for looking, I've got social duties pretty much all this week and then I'm in Jordan next week so the finishing touches will have to wait. More to follow as soon as I can, Regards, Peter
  14. Thanks chaps, much appreciated. I tried it with 120gsm paper John, but couldn't see through it to get a reference on the wing of where I was drawing the lines... It took me absolutely ages, still shuddering at the memory.
  15. A Catalina (I think), heading Northwest over Penn, Bucks.
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