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CT Modeller

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CT Modeller last won the day on October 29 2019

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  1. That is the best A-4 I've seen. Excellent work. Like all the detail in and around the canopy - it really adds to the realism.
  2. Thing is, that's a late aircraft. Earlier ones seem to have more natural metal than grey paint.
  3. Hi there. I have some photos of various VC10 models that I would be happy to send but I struggled to find the right e-mail address from your website, so if you can give me the e-mail address I will forward the pictures. Chris
  4. I agree with Turbofan. I've just finished an Airfix DC10 in Finnair livery and had the same problem with wing finishing. I went for Dark Gull Grey centre section with Light Aircraft Grey in the area near the fuselage. The rest is natural aluminium, which of course varies from shiny and polished when new, to matt metallic grey when well used. I used these two photos as a guide as I couldn't find any pictures of Finnair aircraft where I could see the wing upper surface: Even with the second photo its very difficult to tell what's natural metal and what's painted light grey, but I guess the important thing is to give a bit of variety to overall surface so it looks realistic.
  5. That's brilliant. I'm not a Spitfire expert but that looks every inch like it should. Excellent modelling
  6. I agree - they are jarring to look at. If you just look at the nose area from just behind the air intakes forward they look cool though!
  7. I bought my varnish direct from Mr Paints here: https://www.mrpaint.sk/
  8. Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II 421st Fighter Squadron ‘Black Widows’, 388th Fighter Wing Hill AFB, Utah, present day Like many other people, I regarded the F-35 as being too ugly to model. But things change! I was tempted to buy a 1/72 Academy kit at a reasonable price (£20 I think it was) at Yeovilton Air Day this year, and it just went in the stash. Meanwhile out of interest I did a bit of research on what shade of grey to use, etc, and at the same time a friend of mine sent some photos of a 421st FS aircraft at an airshow in Greece. One of the major things that removed my barrier to building one of these was the fact that production aircraft no longer have those RAM panels painted in a lighter grey, so none of that awkward masking, though there are still some subtle shades of grey on various panels. I also then discovered Mr Paints acrylic lacquer airbrush paints, and found that they do FS 36170 ‘Camouflage Grey’ and ‘Have Glass’ special matt varnish to give that metallic sparkle, so the fire was lit and off I went to build one of these: A pleasurable wander through Wolfpack Decals resulted in me buying sheet 72-125 which includes a 421st F-35A (it also includes a VFA-147 F-35C which got me looking forward to a 1/72 F-35C kit which surely can’t be too far away). Building this model made me realise how different the F-35 is from any other modern jet (except perhaps the F-22) with those weapon bays, facetted construction, sensors everywhere, lack of HUD, strange paint, etc and it was a great pleasure in the end to build it.
  9. Like the idea of that S.1 from the new Airfix kit. I would be careful about the yellow interiors though. I've also seen photos where the undercarriage legs etc look a yellow shade, but I was also working at Brough from 1969 to 1974 and only ever saw the standard glossy light grey/blue colour (Airfix suggest using Light Compass Ghost Grey which looks a really good match). I know that's a bit late for S.1s but I've seen nothing to suggest the interior colours were changed.
  10. Hawker Siddeley Kestrel FGA.1 Tripartite Evaluation Squadron, West Raynham, 1964 This is another one that was finished many years ago but has recently seen the light of day again. It was based on the original Airfix 1/72 Harrier GR.1 kit with parts from a Heritage Resin conversion. I didn’t actually use any resin but the white metal nozzles were needed. The Tripartite decals were also from this source. Canopy and cockpit interior were from scratch – I think the seat was a spare from the Skybirds 86 Scimitar kit given to me by Mike Eacock many years ago. Nowadays I don’t think I would have been quite so out there with the metal finish, but anyway here it is:
  11. Now that is something special - very well done. I've built a couple of Matchbox Buccaneers so I know what your starting point was, and you've absolutely transformed that kit into a gem of a model. From one Buccaneer man to another, if you haven't already bought the new Airfix kit go and get one now! It's just so good - looks exactly right.
  12. Very unusual and very nice Paul. Didn't Aeroclub do one of these years ago?
  13. Ah RAF Newton. Did my first ever flight there - Chipmunk of course. I was in the ATC squadron at Holbeach at the time. No Meteors by then though. Must have been 1963 or 4
  14. The dayglo was good old Humbrol Fire Orange, applied over firstly white, then a coat of matt orange before the dayglo.
  15. Thanks Ian. You are right about the nose gear and wheels. I had a look at the Revell 737 800 kit to get an idea of replacement wheel size, but I thought they looked too small - should have gone with that though. The overall nose shape just doesn’t look Boeing for some reason. It looks strangely like a TU154 in profile! Something to do with the slope of the windscreen I think. Anyway the next one will need a bit more work. As for what’s up next - I’m tempted to say Tridents again but that’s such a long term project that something else is bound to turn up first in the airliner world. But before that, on with that new Airfix Buccaneer.
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