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  1. I managed to pick up a bf109e-4 from Bill's hobbies yesterday in Coleraine for 6.99. Hope to start soon but will have to clear the bench of projects at the moment, such as a big build diorama with 3 tanks, one plane and about 20 odd figures...so will defo need the four months dead line. But looking forwards to this and interested to learn how to do the cloud camo/make the camo look air brushed with a hairy stick! Without this GB I wouldn't have even picked up this but really glad it honed me into it! Not totally sure of the composition as of yet, if I'll do as on the ground with wheels down and a bit of conversion..uhmm butchering as I call it! Or if it will be in dog fight.
  2. Hi Guys, Hope you are all keeping well. Well Damn Lidl! They recently had Mk1 Hurricane (A68216), Mk1a Spitfire (A68206) & BF109-E3 (A68205) Airfix kits for €7.99 each. I thought 'that will be a bit of cheap fun' for this once prolific model maker (returning after 35+ years away) and I can create a little BoB shelf in my little display cabinet. Now it has all got out of hand and is costing a small fortune! Of course I have to have all the aircraft to be fair so have had to buy Boulton Paul Defiant Mk1, Dornier 172-2, Ju87B-1, Ju88 A-1, Bf 110C/D (Eduard Kit which is impressive), all the paints, flat brushes, detail brushes etc. etc. Packages are even arriving from Poland since Airfix can seem to supply nothing to me here in Ireland and their website wasted 2 hours of my time! (Brexit Panic maybe?) Super-hobbys in Poland are seriously impressive and efficient having a huge range all in stock. Of course I still need to obtain a HE111 H2-3. I can't find one in day bombing colours from the earlier part of the Battle and may need to find and back build one if I can get the decals etc. (Any help here appreciated). It will be a long time until I get to the He111. I have started with the Fabric Wing Hurricane to re-learn, hone new skills. A lot has changed since I have been away! Weathering, detailing etc. I want the BoB aircraft to look fairly worn/constantly used since these were desperate times and the only thing on ground crews minds was keeping aircraft in the air rather than touching up paint and aesthetics. The Hurricane is taking longer than I thought. I looked in the Spitfire kit and the pilot is a terrible looking individual. An escaped Orc from Lord of the Rings with hands and legs an Ogre would be proud of (see Avatar pic)! I won't even go into depth about the horrendous flashing on the sprue's but has any got a 1:72 scale jig-saw I can borrow to cut out the landing gear on the Spitty? The Spitfire pilot cannot go into any model of mine so the Hurricane pilot is being saved for the Spitfire. This means the Hurricane has become an 'open cockpit' model meaning cutting back fuselage to let the Canopy be in the open position. It has also meant scratch building gun sight, Sutton Harness straps etc. I've also been detailing. Drilling out exhausts, gun ports, building clear starboard and port wing lights etc. That's why the build is taking longer. I will get faster as I go on (I now know how to make RAF 1:72 Sutton Harness straps and have a few spares made! lol). I can put up progress in the appropriate forum if anyone is interested and no doubt you guys might have useful info & tips for me. One thing I am struggling with is the horrible Humbrol Clear for the supposed glass like canopies! Despite pre-cleaning the Clear pulls away and leaves unsightly looking areas. It does nothing like the Humbrol Youtube video! I would like to see theirs when dry! I have de-greased with detergent, metholated spirits, lighter fluid. Tried 1 dip, 2 dips, brush coats. Makes no difference! Is there a better gloss out there that will achieve that 'glass like' finish'? Thx in advance, Lindsey
  3. My next project is complete, the unsung hero of Britain (and the answer to your initiation question), Italeri's 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (Battle of Britain Edition). This kit was okay, the detail was adequate, a simpler build compared to what i've done lately but every now and then we need an easier kit.
  4. Hi all, I’ve been on a bit of a 1/48 ww2 fighter run where I’m trying to complete all my favourites. This one is Tamiya’s Mk.1 Hurricane where I chose to depict P2831 ‘LE.K’ flown by R.J. “Dickie” Cork of 242 Squadron based at RAF Duxford, August 1940. I chose this squadron since it was known as the ‘Canadian’ squadron. Everything is out of box except the Xtra decals. Thanks for looking.
  5. Hi there, Been lurking around for a while reading these and they looked like fun so I took the plunge, joined up and now you may all share in my modelling misfortunes... This would be model number 9 since I came back into the hobby, used to smash these things together in simpler times with copious amounts of superglue and humbrol enamels. This time around I'm doing things properly (or so I'm lead to believe). The target of my latest endeavors, the highly reviewed 1:72 Airfix mk1 hurricane, supposedly quite a simple and easy build...which I've done my best to over-complicate over the last few weeks... The story so far... I thought I'd get fancy and try scratch building an instrument panel and the provided IP decal looked like something out of Star Trek... So I took a photocopy of the decal sheet as a guide and pasted it over some flimsy 0.13mm sheet styrene. I then took my micro drills and started punching holes through where the dials were. Cleaning up the holes was a bit of a mission but it was finally done. To make it a bit more 3D I added some (giant) toggle switches with 30gauge copper wire, scribed some lines (carefully) and added some little relief detail with thicker styrene sheet. When painted up and detailed I stuck it onto a sheet of clear acetate to simulate the glass. The IP decal was then applied to the kit part and the scratch built face was stuck over the top. I think it turned out quite well in the end, it's a pity it'll be largely hidden away when done, but another little technique to file away in the success box I then finished off a few more of the internal bits, I used XF-71 for the cockpit green and Vallejo Metal colour aluminum over a gloss black base for the seat and IP part framing. I picked out the sidewall and rear bulkhead tubing etc with Vallejo Model air metallic aluminum which is far more forgiving over a matt base than the metal colour Annoyingly enough though the Airfix plastic (for this kit at least) comes in a weird pebbly finish which is quite visible under both metallic paints. Not ideal...but damned if I'm capable of micromeshing those little bits smooth. For some reason the plane had no gunsight so figuring that the Battle of France Hurricanes had reflector sights I decided to build one.. somehow. Luckily I found a similar looking sight on a spare IP from my previously finished Eduard hellcat kit. I added the reflector glass from acetate sheet and drilled a small hole painted it silver and added a bubble of jewelers epoxy (like normal epoxy but seems to dry clearer) to form the bulb / glass in the base Cockpit partially assembled, I've put in a little seat adjustment lever from some stiffer wire and some prepainted Eduard seatbelts, I've used the American style ones a few times but the Sutton harness is a new level of fiddly... still I think they came out ok in the end. That'll do for this post, I'm well progressed on this so there is a bit of catchup to go. Cheers for viewing,
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