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Grey Beema

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  1. I think the FAA operated a couple of Dominies so you can add the build to this thread..
  2. Lovely work, great painting. This reminds me a bit of the large Waterloo model that used to be on display in Dover castle but larger in scale and better in quality. It would be great to research the names of the soldiers and associate those names with figures in you model. I think there was a website where you could look up the names - something to do with Waterloo 250..
  3. Great work on the Annie. I think I would go with Tony’s suggestion of fine wet & dry on the Gladiator Wing, try to polish it smooth..
  4. There is a site you should refer to:- https://dingeraviation.net//skuaroc/modelling_the_blackburn_skua.htm As a a heads up, there should be no floor or seat in the TAGs compartment. Seat was a strap suspended across the space, harness that a strap to the lower structure of the aircraft, foot rests I think came from the rear bulkhead. Also there was no floor under the fuel tanks, they rested on the roof of the bomb recess which btw should not have rounded corners. Of course I found this out after having completed mine in 1/48. Good luck..
  5. I converted the MkIV to an early MkXIII with the smaller nose using a Blackbird Models conversion set.. There was no universal nose in the box..
  6. Great job you've done there. Lovely Hurricane.
  7. Thank you for your kind comments. For the weathering I plan it from the start of painting. The aircraft was sprayed all over with aluminium from Halfords and left for at least 24 hrs ( probably until next session next weekend). Next overall coat was to represent chromate yellow primer, again overall (I used a Tamiya paint here - again leave to harden. TSS was next using Xtracrylics paints which are quite soft so they get a coat of Klear and left for a few days. Markings, coat of Klear. I then do a light mist of medium or light grey from a height to tone down the colours (inc Roundels). Then for the worn areas it’s a case of fine emery paper and wet & dry and abraded away paint in high traffic areas, going down to the Primer (zinc chromate) and Aluminium. I then used a small piece of foam to ‘dry dab’ the colour representing hand prints and stains, in line with the first photo. I made good any areas where I went too far using Hataka TSS Colours (slightly different shade). Airbrushed the exhaust to finish. Overall satin varnish, then Matt in the stained areas... Quite straight forward but plan ahead. If you think you need more - stop and walk away. Don’t be scared to wash off paint you have put on.. Hope that helps..
  8. Thanks for all of your kind comments. It is really appreciated..
  9. Built as part of the Grumman Hellcat Single Type Group Build but fitting in with my overall build theme of aircraft of FAA Aces, I though you might want to have a quick look at these.. The kit used was the 1/48 Eduard MkI / MkII Combo boxing. The models were painted using Xtracrylics for the base camouflage. Anti corrosion treatment / new paint was using Hataka Acrylics (slight difference in colours). Tamiya / Life colour for weathering. Box / Xtradecal generic marking sets for the markings.. The two aircraft I chose to build were:- Hellcat MkI FN411/5°E 1839 NAS HMS Indomitable Oct 1944, Operation Millet. Flown by Sub Lieutenant Edward “Tug” Wilson. Wilson’s family heralded from Co. Meath and emigrated to South Africa between the wars. Tug Wilson volunteered for the South African Naval forced and served as a member of the Fleet Air Arm On 19.10.44 (1010) SLt Wilson destroyed 2 x Ki-43 ‘Oscar’ 3m S of Car Nicobar flying Hellcat I FN411/5*E “In the meantime the enemy made an appearance over the fleet, but were met by our Hellcats and Vics’s Corsairs. The Corsairs shot down four and the Hellcats three, all Oscars. Tug Wilson destroyed two and (John) Smithwick one. They were flying with Bing (John Hawkins) and Claude (Lt RC Westfield), who was just about to press the ‘tit’ when Tug nipped in before him and shot it down. Bing got on a Jap, but his electrics failed so his guns failed to fire”. SLt R McKenzie Hellcat I FN411/5*E This is the effect I was after This is how it turned out Hellcat MkII JW867/W116 1844 NAS HMS Indomitable May 1945 Operation Iceberg Oolong, flown by Sub Lieutenant William “Bill” Atkinson. On 21st May The one success had been when Hellcats from Indomitable on a CAP, had been vectored out to investigate a radar plot at about 30,000 feet, 36 miles from the fleet. They found a Myrt shadowing the task force and after a brief fight it was shot down. 21.05.45 Nakajima C6N ‘Myrt’ Shared destroyed Grumman Hellcat II JW867/W116 Here is (I think) the real aircraft in April when the CO had an encounter with the barrier. This is my interpretation one month later. Couple of slides from my Aces pack (where I keep pictures of my models) Hope you enjoyed them Thanks for stopping by..
  10. Here’s a starter for 10 https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/series-books/men-at-arms/armies-of-the-east-india-company-1750-1850
  11. I’m in. You gotta love a Spitfire and Seafire build. I’ve built two of the Airfix Spitfires both as BoB aircraft flown by FAA pilots and four SH Seafires (MkII & 3 x MkIII) but never a MkXV (though I have 2 x MkXVII and a Mk47 in the stash) so interested on how this one goes. Drill and pin the Airfix U/C, make up some tabs to align the SH Fuselage (and watch out for the ghost seam on the cowling), oh and enjoy. That’s my advice for what it’s worth..
  12. My understanding is that Wildcat MkV & MkVI we’re in equivalent colours. Have a look here, I know it’s about Corsairs but covers equivalent colours..
  13. Fantastic finish there @Alan P. One to be really proud of. Well deserving of pride of place in the cabinet. I haven’t got the space, I haven’t got the space........
  14. I think @iang @Lee Howard @Graham Boak Might be the best guys to help. I have had very little success ploughing the digitised National Archives for record books from individual Squadrons. Especially 806 who’s ORB would be useful to me from Mid 1940 to Mid 1941..
  15. My entries into this Group Build are Hellcats flown by two Fleet Air Arm Aces; Sub Lieutenant Edward Wilson SANF(V) & Sub Lieutenant William Atkinson RCN Grumman Hellcat MkI FN411 / 5°E. 1844 NAS HMS Indomitable October 1944. Edward Taylor (Tug) Wilson SANF (V). 3 Confirmed Aerial Victories, 3 shared Destroyed. “In the meantime the enemy made an appearance over the fleet, but were met by our Hellcats and Vics’s Corsairs. The Corsairs shot down four and the Hellcats three, all Oscars. Tug Wilson destroyed two and (John) Smithwick one. They were flying with Bing (John Hawkins) and Claude (Lt RC Westfield), who was just about to press the ‘tit’ when Tug nipped in before him and shot it down. Bing got on a Jap, but his electrics failed so his guns failed to fire”. SLt R McKenzie 19.10.44 (1010) 2 x Ki-43 ‘Oscar’ Destroyed 3m S of Car Nicobar. Hellcat I FN411/5*E Grumman Hellcat MkII JW867 / W116. 1844 NAS HMS Indomitable, May 1944. William “Bill” Henry Isaac Atkinson RCN 4 Confirmed Aerial Victories, 3 shared destroyed, 1 probably destroyed “21st May The one success had been when Hellcats from Indomitable on a CAP, had been vectored out to investigate a radar plot at about 30,000 feet, 36 miles from the fleet. They found a Myrt shadowing the task force and after a brief fight it was shot down.” 21.05.45 Nakajima C6N ‘Myrt’ Shared destroyed Grumman Hellcat II JW867/W116 Thanks to everyone You is in this GB there has been some very informed chat going on and some superb modelling. Thanks @Col. for running the GB. Thanks for looking in, now to ponder what to build next, Fulmars, Corsairs or Wildcats?
  16. Concentrated effort to get these finished yesterday. Completing the paintwork and weathering, fitting lights, whip aerials where appropriate. Mixing the finish, some satin, some matt (I still might adjust that a bit). I took a few Picts but I’ll try some more in better lighting today for the gallery.. Grumman Hellcat MkI FN411 / 5°E. 1844 NAS HMS Indomitable October 1944. Edward Taylor (Tug) Wilson SANF (V). 3 Confirmed Aerial Victories, 3 shared Destroyed. “In the meantime the enemy made an appearance over the fleet, but were met by our Hellcats and Vics’s Corsairs. The Corsairs shot down four and the Hellcats three, all Oscars. Tug Wilson destroyed two and (John) Smithwick one. They were flying with Bing (John Hawkins) and Claude (Lt RC Westfield), who was just about to press the ‘tit’ when Tug nipped in before him and shot it down. Bing got on a Jap, but his electrics failed so his guns failed to fire”. SLt R McKenzie 19.10.44 (1010) 2 x Ki-43 ‘Oscar’ Destroyed 3m S of Car Nicobar. Hellcat I FN411/5*E Grumman Hellcat MkII JW867 / W116. 1844 NAS HMS Indomitable, May 1944. William “Bill” Henry Isaac Atkinson RCN 4 Confirmed Aerial Victories, 3 shared destroyed, 1 probably destroyed “21st May The one success had been when Hellcats from Indomitable on a CAP, had been vectored out to investigate a radar plot at about 30,000 feet, 36 miles from the fleet. They found a Myrt shadowing the task force and after a brief fight it was shot down.” 21.05.45 Nakajima C6N ‘Myrt’ Shared destroyed Grumman Hellcat II JW867/W116 A BIG thank you to @Col. for your work on this GB. Thank you to all who have been building as part of this Group..I thoroughly enjoyed it. Next for me is a little break then maybe a Fulmar or a Corsair, or maybe a Wildcat.... Thanks for looking in...
  17. I can’t even visualise this colour. I know it’s not accurate but is there are RGB value so I can put it on my computer screen and compare it to FAA Sky?
  18. I can’t get Colourcoats either Gord and I live a lot closer. Can’t get them from Uk, Netherlands won’t ship them here either, Germany & Denmark didn’t have them. I usually use Xtracrylics and looked at Hataka as an alternative that I can source from Europe but they are lighter than Xtracrylics. Neither range has Sky equivalent in their range either... So I’m looking for a mix too...
  19. Since I bought that book I have long meant to go back and add the comment. Thank you for that @Troy Smith. BTW SLt Douglas Smith?
  20. I understand though it couldn’t chase down a He111, and was far outpaced by S.79s and Ju88s although they did have some success. As has been said - right place, right time..
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