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  1. Hi all and since I didn't make the end of the Maritime GB on the forum, am moving the build over here. A couple of pages of Vacform virgin shenanigans from the GB here. And here's the latest state of play... RarePlane VacForm_Super King Air_wip15R by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cheers, Dermot
  2. Hi, A little mojo project I have had on the go for a few months. Inspired by my ability to paint white that I discovered with my Valiant I decided to have a crack at this attractive scheme. A lovely kit to build and am looking forward to the AEW.2 I have planned for the Maritime Group Build. Built completely out of the box, using Humbrol Medium Sea Grey 165 aerosol, Halfords Appliance white over Citadel Corax white as a primer. Eduard masks were used and the soot staining was achieved using eye shadow and a flitch brush which worked very well. The kit is so well engineered that I painted the wings off the airplane and a little Tamiya extra thin over the wing spars held them in place once completed with no filling or sticking required around the wing to fuselage joint, this made masking a doddle! Enjoy.
  3. Greetings everybody! I've been visiting the site regularly for the past year, gathering inspiration from some of the amazing models here, but finally I got around to actually signing up! So a few words of introduction: I'm 35 years old and like many others I started the hobby as a child at around 7 years old I think. My first kit was the Airfix 1/600 Belfast. Later I started collecting aircraft, but as a teenager the hobby lost it's grip and was replaced with wargames miniatures instead. I've been collecting and painting these on/off ever since, but a few years ago I came across the Tamiya 1/350 scale Missouri as a bargain in a second hand store. I'd always wanted one of those large ship kits, and wanted to try my hand at something different than wargames stuff, so I decided to have a go at ship modelling again and quickly got addicted! Looking forward to the continued inspiration from so many talented modellers. Hopefully I will be able to contribute with something too
  4. And now for something completely different............ I usually post mostly vehicles on the forums (with added lighting, etc) but I decided to go for something different this time. My eldest daughter kept pestering about doing this pirate ship and so, for a quiet life, I went with it. I've done a couple of galleon builds before but I was suprised at the size of this beast and the complexity of the rigging. Always up for a challenge I looked at how the rear 3 lamps could be lit and maybe also the insides. Rather than go for bright lighting I am going to go for a dull flickering effect so as to give the effect of cold drafty lower decks. Well, less chat and on to the build........ Firstly, the Big Box.......Compared to my size 10 boot at the bottom. Work station ready with the tea supply. A lot of kit and surprised at Revell supplying actual plastic sails. They look quite good actually. Starting with the decks and end panels. Not going for a weathered look with this one Picking out the fittings details Canons built. There's a lot. Assembled, painted and awaiting action.
  5. AKAN Maritime Colours AKAN I’ve been trying these paints out now for the last couple of months so thought it was about time I wrote up the review. I won’t reiterate what Mike has already said about AKAN paints HERE but will try to convey how I got on with them. Ville at HPnS kindly sent out their entire maritime range for me to try out, but since I was building a modern Russian ship at the time I have only used the required colours, but I’m sure the experience I had would have been the same no matter which colour I used. My normal media is enamel so this was going to be pretty much a new experience for me as I had only ever used acrylics on one other model, and that was an AFV. On my first attempt at using the AKAN paints I found them to be rather cloggy and spattered rather than sprayed when using 0.2mm needle in an Iwata airbrush. Once cleaned up and a 0.4mm needle fitted I decided not to be so scientific with the amount of Ultimate Thinners I used and went more by eye, having read Mike’s review, to create the consistency of skimmed milk, as he put it. This worked much better and I was able to get a consistent fine layer of paint over the model. With this success, I refitted the 0.2mm needle and tried a finer spray. With the paint really thinned out I didn’t get any clogging or splattering, yet the coverage was still good, so it goes to show than when it comes to using thinners with AKAN paints, more is more. It was just a shame that the kit defeated me for the time being, but when I get it out again I will add some pictures of the paintwork here. Detail painting using a brush proved to be a delight. The paint going on well and drying to the same tone as the sprayed paint, which I’ve found is not always the case when using enamels. The colours currently in their range include:- Russian/USSR Navy 73107 Grey No.34 73108 Grey No.29 73109 Grey No.32 73110 Grey No.31 73111 Grey No.30 73112 Grey No. 23 73113 Grey No.35 73114 Green 73115 Brown 73116 Red 73117 Coal Varnish German WWII 71095 RAL 3011 Braurot 71096 RAL 7015 Schiefergrau 71097 RAL 7038 Achatgrau 71098 RAL 7035 Lichtgrau 71099 RAL 8012 Rotbraun 71100 Dunklegrau 51 71101 Hellgrau 50 71102 Dunklegrau 71103 Schifflobenfarbe British WWII 70048 APC507A Dark Grey 70049 APC50B Grey 70050 APC507C Light Grey 70051 B15 Grey Blue 70052 G45 Grey 70053 RN White US WWII 72066 5-0 Ocean Grey 72067 5-N Navy Blue 72068 20B Revised Deck Blue 72069 Flight Deck Stain 21 Conclusion I had heard the hype about AKAN paints, but it’s nice to find that it wasn’t all hype when you actually get to use them. Yes, it has been a bit of a learning curve for me, but that’s what modelling is all about, learning and hopefully improving. When the next ship lands on the modelling desk I will certainly be giving these paints another try and I look forward to seeing AKAN add to the maritime range. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Ville at
  6. Hi everyone Yet another of my 'lit' models. This time the Titanic. I had great fun building this one as there was plenty of head scratching when it came to getting the light to shine throughout the ship. By the time I had finished, the kit must have weighed half of its original weight. I used fibre optics for the mast lights but they didn't seem to come out too well in pictures (and my photography skills are way, way behind my modeling skills) and the navigation lights may be too bright for a ship from that era but that's something which can be remedied another time. Though it is not as good as others on here, the most important thing is that it was fun and enjoyable to build. Kevin
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