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  1. Kit - Tamiya Paint - All acrylics Decals - Kit & Aeromaster 48-149 Extras - Squadron vac-form rear canopy. Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat VGF-29 USS Santee Operation Torch, November 1942 Just over three weeks from opening the box until finish, not after a pat-on-the-head, it's simply that sometimes (often ?), it's just great to build a 'good' kit without the drama, bad language and high parts count. And I thoroughly enjoyed it ! So I'm not going into any detail about the process, there's so many folks who can do that far better than I can - some of them here on this very website - Suffice to say, the only additions are seat harnesses from masking tape and a Squadron vac-form (rear) canopy. What you see here is 98% from the box, including the decals. I carefully measured, sprayed and masked the yellow 'Torch' circle around the fuselage before any other painting was done. I used lightened Tamiya XF-18 & XF-19 as the main tones - there's a load of pre & post-shading that combined to give the final finish, followed by varying panel line washes & stains with oils, and some streaking and general dirtying with enamel washes. Not too much else to say, I took time away halfway through another more involved project 'just because...' and I'll go back to that build somewhat fresher and 'rejuvenated'. Feel free to make any comments, ask any questions or pass on any criticisms. All the best from Middle Earth. Ian.
  2. Out of the Box Models is crowdfunding a 1/72 3D-printed Yak-9T project; see here if interested: https://outoftheboxmodels.com/collections/crowdfunding-projects/products/crowdfunding-1-72-scale-yakovlev-yak-9t The goal is 20 preorders before the project goes ahead. John
  3. Source: https://ootbmodels.myshopify.com/products/copy-of-windecker-ye-5a-eagle V.P.
  4. Source: https://ootbmodels.myshopify.com/products/copy-of-yak-9d V.P.
  5. I've kind of ambled into this build, and got rather hooked on the thing, and it's been a great motivation to work up my scratch-building by way of trying to make some improvements on the 1970 tooling. A coupled of years ago I tackled the Revell Red Arrows Hawk in 1.32 and had an excellent time dealing with the plastic at this scale. I'm not a stickler for any particular scale.... some people see it as some kind of "doctrine" thing. I like a good "handy-sized" project, and a Corsair in 1.32 is in the same zone as, say, my Curtiss C46 in 1.72! Now, obviously the modern way to go for a F4U-1A at this size is to get the Tamiya product. Maybe one day I will when I'm rich and famous. I'm using a couple of builds on line of the Tamiya kit as significant reference material, and if I can get SOME of the details and corrections added to this old box of fun, then that's the mission accomplished! And I'm already £100 in pocket... 😁 So, no after-Market products - it's a bit like buying somebody else's skills because you can't be bothered.... The plan so far, is with the flaps down, wings out, control surfaces moved, and I quite fancy a well-used, dusty, coral Island based workhorse. So there's a long way to go! I'll take you back to the start and gradually bring you up to speed with where I've got to so far, which isn't that far! Might be a bit stopstart as this is a sort of holiday break from doing a bunch of Lockheed's Twins, but that's OK because the F4U has a P&W R2800 Double Wasp fitted, which is quite a tidy beast - - And the PV1 Ventura has TWO THEM!!! Now that's the kinda plane I'M talkin' about 🤩 So this is all research for what I'm supposed to be doing 🤓 You're welcome along, of course.....
  6. Kit manufacture: Airfix Kit N°: A02067 Scale: 1/72 Type: Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Extras used: A masking set for the camouflage from AML Paints and colours used: AK Black Primer & Microfiller; MRP-111 Cockpit Grey-Green; Tamiya Paints XF-1 Flat Black, XF-2 Flat White, XF-52 Flat Earth, XF-81 Dark Green (RAF); Vallejo Metal Colour 77.703 Dark Aluminium; Abteilung Oils; Tamiya Weathering Powders Other info: This was built for the #RAF100inscale group build ran on facebook at British Aviation In Scale, the full build can be see here on the forum Overall this was a very enjoyable build, still far from perfect there are some very apparent mistakes but I’m pretty happy with the result. I would highly recommend this kit, there are some known issues surrounding fit of the wings and the fuselage and also the thick trailing edge and the fabric effect behind the gun gun access panels which should be metallic. But in the scale I think this is the best Hurricane you can buy. Here are the final reveal photos: 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 10 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 01 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 02 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 03 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 04 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 05 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 06 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 07 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 08 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 09 by Neal, on Flickr Thanks for looking and as always please do not hesitate with feedback it won’t be taken badly! Neal forum
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