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G.W.H F-35A Snap Kit - FINISHED


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Hi folks, long time no see... I've started up again back to the old dinos' again... of which more elsewhere, when I've finished my first ever aeroplane build. Mr. PlaStix and I found this in Birmingham and I thought it looked simple enough to be a beginner build - this remains to be seen - but I sometimes like a challenge!

 

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Here goes nothing!

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3 hours ago, depressed lemur said:

And we're off.  Looks to be an interesting build.

Hi, Thanks, hopefully it might be!! 🙂

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1 hour ago, Alan P said:

This'll be a fun build, good luck!

Thanks Alan -We can hope...

1 hour ago, stevej60 said:

Welcome back Mrs S,and a great fun subject too.

Good to be back Steve! Seems okay so far...

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3 hours ago, Mrs PlaStix said:

Here's the bits

I think there's more there than in my Me 163!

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Decided to paint everything that might show when it's complete -Had to stop for cuppa and household duties...

 

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5 minutes ago, Johnson said:

I think there's more there than in my Me 163!

Ah well, still more than I initially thought there might be!! Hope yours goes well! 

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Returned for a bit before having to make lunch - bacon baps & a custard slice - definitely watching my figure (NOT) 

 

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Dry brushed bits with aluminium:

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Have now stopped for tea-- Hot pizza!

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It's coming along quite well. Got bits of painting done;

 

 

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A reasonable start time this morning, considering... 

 

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Got bit more done, hate fiddly bits, but practice makes more practice... really love the little pilot, he/she has a  fun quality, whilst retaining some degree of accuracy. Got first coat on fuselage.  Stopped now  to do other non exciting stuff. 

 

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Very nice, have you named the Pilot?

I always name them if they are in the kit. My Harrier pilot is Flt Lt Victor Nozzle, the Lightning pilot was Flt Lt F.R. Ightning. 

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Right then, after work and lunch (bacon baps & custard slice- anyone see a pattern here?) I got back to working on the pilot and some detailing: 

 

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Meet Captain Kristin "BEO" Wolfe: 

 

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5 pence coin for scale: 

 

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I appreciate that the real life officer might possibly not be too flattered, but I thought it was fun to actually celebrate an actual person. You can blame Hockeyboy76 for making me want to name her!!! 

 

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Then I had to decide how to paint the lighter details on the wing edges. I am probably the most cack handed person on the planet - left handed with no coordination whatsoever. After some discussion with Mr S I came to the conclusion that if I masked off the areas (getting most of tape stuck to me...) I could then dry brush with Light Grey...

 

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I did the other sections in the same way and then had to stop for a while (more :book:

 

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1 hour ago, Valkyrie said:

How cool is the pilot, like this!

Thanks! Really impressed with the detail on her, considering her size and the cartoon quality. 

 

15 minutes ago, Hockeyboy76 said:

Nice work Mrs S. 

Cheers! Glad you inspired me to do a little research, pleased to find real female display pilot. 

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Managed to fit in a bit more work on 'plane general tidying up and then sploshing Johnson's Pledge (Kleer)  all over it twice... all in preparation for the very scary bit - the decals...

 

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now off to do more wonderful work...

 

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Later start this morning - up at usual time, but had lots to do first... 

 

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Decal time - decided to go for the USAF  version as it's more colourful and it's Memorial Day in the USA. As usual kept getting confused over where things went, but so far so good... Have coated bottom in Kleer now to fix the decals. Time for lunch - Mr. S chicken sandwich, me bacon and avocado salad... 

 

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