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Hurricane Mk1 Serial Unknown, 85 Squadron, France, May 1940


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Wow! A few hours off and I need a catchup!

Jon I'm using Evostik Rapid, just because it was the easiest to buy, but it's working for me.

And yes, "a quick whiz with a fine stick" gets a one point as does "i'm sure the heavy weapons would be out constantly."! :D

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And so we come to the serious business of the day. Wings on!

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Obligatory bleb:

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Squeeze!

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And some fiddly bits:

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Dry run and evidence the Hurricane has claws!

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Fair to say the chaps look unimpressed.

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Uniform colour is better now, no?

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Quite the opposite in my opinion Jon! They look great. That zoomed in, my figures would look rather Picasso-esque.

One tip I received when painting my Mustang pilots was to just dab some dark wash (like used for panel lines) on their faces, and I have to say it really created a more 'natural' looking result.

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Don't the close ups make my brushwork look horrid! Time to find my decent sables and a magnifying lens! Ah well, a job for tomorrow maybe.

I think they look pretty good, about a wash away from excellence.

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Too kind sirs, a wash of German Grey is in their future but I wanted to let today's efforts harden overnight first. It may be enough, as you say.

Edited to add a plural after being ninja'd by PC. Not a sentence I ever expected to type!

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I thought it was a bit odd the packet came with two identical figures, now, having checked Al Gunthwaite's site I see that it should be three different figures, so I've copped a ringer.

Would be it be cheeky if I pm'd him do you reckon? They are such lovely figures, full of character, it seems a shame to have twins!

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I thought it was a bit odd the packet came with two identical figures, now, having checked Al Gunthwaite's site I see that it should be three different figures, so I've copped a ringer.

Would be it be cheeky if I pm'd him do you reckon? They are such lovely figures, full of character, it seems a shame to have twins!

I'd do it. No harm in asking, he's not likely to come to your house and beat you up.

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Blast! I accidentally edited and saved the picture of the three lads and it's killed the link. Too late to sort out another copy tonight, I'll fix it tomorrow. Sorry folks.

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Morning! I love the pic of the lads and their shadows! :)

"fiddly bits" look great (ouch to the plaster!)

"Uniform colour is better now" - Yes! I'll leave it to Stew to suggest figure washing methods (fnaar fnaar!) - no point preempting the guru! :) Cookie's suggestion of a dark wash worked for me - I just poked them in the eye with a cocktail stick dipper in thinned brown paint (H29 probably).

I second PC's suggestion to PM Al Gunthwaite - can't do any harm.

Looking good Jon!

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Might get a bit more done later. It looks like the cockpit hood might fit in the open position with only a little fettling to the wooden bit behind the pilot's head. Has anyone tried? Presumably I need to take a little off each side - is it as easy as that?

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Never tried on this kit but managed it on an old airfix mk I. Needed to shave a fair bit off if a recall.

Sorry I missed your updates... I feel a little behind now (but I'll stop as that's just rude)

Figure look great colour wise dab with a cock tail stick and wash sound best.

Looks like you have done a lovely job on the wings jon they will clean up perfect! Hope mine go as well!

As for dropping a pm for the figures, capital idea Mr P, you did ask him for twins did you? An easy to rectify mistake I'm sure

Look forward to you next update

Rob

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I think Cookie's having a go too, so that makes three of us! Surely that's enough for Airfix to release a new tool!

A little progress tonight, mainly filling odd wee seams and so on, still need to smooth the main forward fuselage seam as well. Elevators fitted, with a suggestion of the droop they seem to acquire at rest. Rudder actuators fitted, unlike last time! For strength, I drilled right through the rear fuselage and then bent the wire rearwards, making a U shape, which I then superglued to the mouldings on the rudder.

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The lads still don't look impressed, but they've had a wash...

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Rudder actuators fitted, unlike last time! For strength, I drilled right through the rear fuselage and then bent the wire rearwards, making a U shape, which I then superglued to the mouldings on the rudder.

And don't think I'm not impressed.

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