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tonyot

1/72nd Revell Halifax, Free French, Elvington 1945

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Good job on the nose glazing, working on transparencies is one of those things that I really hate ! I can see how Revell may have thought that such a ridge would have made assembly easier, but I still believe that there are other ways to avoid problems like the one you've had

Slightly OT, I strongly believe that manufacturers should start offering clear parts that include a sizeable chunk of non-clear areas, so to bring the junction lines in spots where it's easier to correct any mistake or simply to sand the junction without any risk for those areas that must remain clear. Some have already done something similar, I hope this approach catches on

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This build is rattling along at a great rate of knots! It looks great, the interior detailing looks fantastic to me, just hope some of it's visible when it's finished!

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Cheers Fella`s and I totally agree with what you say Giorgio,..... Revell have made the same gaff with their B-17 kits too,..... the clear nose cones are abysmal!

 

Anyway,..... here is the model after its coat of rattle can black,...... the Halfords proved to be too rough on the 2nd coat so I sanded the model and applied a coat of Tamiya rattle can black instead;

 

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The model is now ready for its brush painted upper surface colours,

 

Cheers

          Tony

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Hiya Folks,

                I`m still plodding on with this one,......the kit propellers are incorrect and too paddle bladed,... based I believe on the wooden replica blades of the otherwise excellent Halifax restored in Cananda,.... so I had a go at re sculpting one blade by sanding it;

 

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But then decided that life was too short and instead dug out a set of Aeroclub white metal propellers,..... which can be seen here along with a white metal Coastal Craft Vickers K Gun for the nose and also a H2S blister from the Matchbox Halifax which was found in the spares box that is the correct shape and better than the Revell kit part;

 

 

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I`ve also decided to use a set of wheels from an old Airfix Halifax kit which are larger than the small kit wheels;

 

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And here it is the model itself with the upper surfaces masked off and two coats of Pactra acrylic Dark Earth applied,..... it is a little thick and patchy looking for my liking and next time I may thin it when using it. 

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So the Dark Green next.

 

I have received the excellent book "Les Francais dans le Bomber Command" and the photos and artwork in it are brilliant,....(I cannot speak for the text as my schoolboy French is long forgotten),...... and there is lots of nose art that I have never seen,.... I just don`t think that my painting is up to replicating any of it and nothing similar can be found in the spares box! 

 

I cannot find photos of NP763, H7-N from the Xtradecal sheet,.....so cannot confirm the nose art from the sheet,.... I have found another H7-N serialled MZ490,..... with Free French Cross of Lorraine insignia on the nose,... so I will probably be going for this aircraft. I did really want to replicate LL553, H7-Q `La Victoire' with Joan de Arch artwork on the nose,.... but painting this is probably beyond me!

 

Cheers

           Tony 

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Tony, do you have a good picture of the nose art on H7-Q ? Maybe it could be a candidate for a custom decal job

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2 hours ago, Giorgio N said:

Tony, do you have a good picture of the nose art on H7-Q ? Maybe it could be a candidate for a custom decal job

Here is a photo of the nose art;

French crew of Halifax III La Marseillaise

 

 

And this option appears on the decal sheet for the Fonderie 1/48th Halifax kit;

 

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There are some excellent colour artwork drawings in a book that I have,...... but I cannot afford custom decals!

 

Cheers

         Tony

 

Edit,.... here is the artwork from the book;

 

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Tony,

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20 hours ago, Giorgio N said:

Hhhmm.... I may have an idea ! PM inbound !

I`m intrigued!!! 

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1 hour ago, tonyot said:

I`m intrigued!!! 

 

Tony, tried to PM you but I received a message saying you can't receive, wonder if your inbox is full ?

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3 hours ago, Giorgio N said:

 

Tony, tried to PM you but I received a message saying you can't receive, wonder if your inbox is full ?

Hiya Giorgio,.... I had a feeling that might happen,..... I cleared some messages from my inbox yesterday so it might be worth re trying,.... sorry!

Cheers

           Tony

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Just found your build thread Tony, great work on the rattle can black, looks superb.

 

Colin

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Hiya Folks,

               Well I`ve now finished the painting,.... bar the yellow tips to the props and the exhaust rings,....;

 

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I`ve applied the gloss varnish tonight and left it to dry,....... the decals will be next,

 

Cheers

          Tony

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1 hour ago, stevej60 said:

Looking great Tony !

Cheers mate.

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2 hours ago, Giorgio N said:

That was very fast Tony ! Hope the decals will come as quick as possible... 😁

Haha,..... hey no rush my friend,...... I just appreciate your help!

 

Speaking of decals,..... I got some applied today,...... although the red unit markings on the rudders fell to pieces in the water,...... splintering,...... but hopefully I have managed to recover enough to be able to overpaint them and complete the job.  I also suspect that the blue for the fuselage roundels and fin stripes may be too bright?

 

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Cheers

          Tony

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Nice save with the fin decals Tony. Maybe we can get you a job as Englands next goalie...

 

Colin

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That camo looks really cleanly painted.

Shame about the fin/rudder decal but surely not beyond hand painting ?

 

I do believe the French aircraft had a lightly blue central on the roundel, pretty sure it is similar on the Elvington 'Halibag'

 

Ian

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Shame about those decals for the fin Tony, seems Xtradecal are really trying your patience lately!

She really is looking great though, top work.

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Very disappointing when decals shatter in that way, more so when they come from well known companies that don't sell cheap stuff.. hope you can salvage the tail red pattern in some way

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On 7/19/2018 at 9:16 AM, Giorgio N said:

Very disappointing when decals shatter in that way, more so when they come from well known companies that don't sell cheap stuff.. hope you can salvage the tail red pattern in some way

Hiya Giorgio,

                    I was wondering how you have got on with the decal artwork for the French Halifax my friend. If you have not got around to doing much then not to worry,.... I have found a photo of the real Halifax from the Xtradecal sheet which confirms their nose art,.... so I will be happy to press on with this option,..... the 1/48th FM Halifax kit has decals for the one with the great artwork that I sent to you,..so I might just build this aircraft in the larger scale? 

 

My family and I are visiting Italy again next week, we are going to Sorrento,... for a nice relaxing break with visits to Capri and Pompeii planned. 

 

I did try to message you, but like me your message folder must be full! 

 

All the best my friend,

Cheers

          Tony  

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Hi Tony, my mistake, things have progressed but not as fast as I'd have wanted, I've been swamped with other things and had little time for modelling.

Will get back to you soon though !

 

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6 minutes ago, Giorgio N said:

Hi Tony, my mistake, things have progressed but not as fast as I'd have wanted, I've been swamped with other things and had little time for modelling.

Will get back to you soon though !

 

Hiya Giorgio,.... I thought that you might be a busy fella,..... which is why I`m honestly happy to save you the further effort. I`d be quite happy to go ahead with the Xtradecal sheet now that I have a photo of the real aircraft and I`d rather you spend what little time you have on your own modelling rather than wasting it on me! 

All the best

                   Tony 

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