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Hi all, With a few days off i was looking for something relaxing to build that wouldn't put up to much of a fight. So i dug the fairly recent Airfix R.A.F be2c out of my stash. Having just sorted out the old printer to produce some custom Christmas cards, i made some Belgian markings for it, based on profiles and pictures. Most Belgian machines where re engined and the pilot and gunner swapped position however they initially served in the configuration that is present in the kit so i wasn't going to look for trouble, although i might pick up another box sometime to try some converting when i feel more adventurous. The markings where designed in Inkscape, a free vector image programme that's quite usefull for this sort of thing and printed with an inkjet printer on clear decal film. While painting wood textures can be great fun, i figured the grains around the cockpit area where going to be very fine in this scale so when looking on line for references it hit me i could just print the wood texture along with the markings as a decal so that's what i did. i'm tempted to try it even on the struts and the prop but we'll see how things go. To get everything the right size i scanned the kit decals so i could use the roundels as a reference. Also the chequered decals (that where very temping) allowed me to get the shape for the wood sections right. i have yet to overcoat the decals with a liquid decal film of sorts but i've seem to have misplaced my bottle of microscale liquid decal film somehow... it worked great in the past but i've never dared to run it trough an airbrush... i might have to look for something in a spray can. the one thing i don't like about Airfix is their instance on using black and white decals for their instrument panels. on one hand they have come a long way in representing very fine surface detail in their kits so i don't see why they wouldn't be capable of representing a simple instrument panel. However a decal can look very convincing in this scale so it would be nice to see a bit more detail and finesse if that's the route they choose. anyway, not looking to make things complicated i googled some pictures of the real thing and added it to the sheet.... we'll see how it turns out on the model. And of course, a festive end of the year and best wishes for 2020!