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..you got to be startin something, I say you wanna be startin somethin, you got to be startin somethin..

I guess the Michael Jackson lyrics are pretty apt to what's going on here at the moment.

With a 48th scale Lightning F6, 24th scale Hawker Typhoon and a Type IXC42 U boat on the go at the moment, along with a Phantom FGR2 and B26 Marauder oil paintings, it would be poor discipline to be

even contemplating starting anything else until these are finished off?

Then again,  if you manage to get a break from work and something takes your fancy in your bit of spare time, then what harm could it do just to 'start dabbling a bit' just to find the 'lie of the land' with a project?

I'm obviously a serial starter and will have to get serious and finish one of the other projects soon, but life's too short and I just fancied tinkering a bit.

I would probably advise against pulling up a chair, as I'll be nipping in and out of this and the other projects and I fear this will be a long haul.

 

Anyway, I'd been looking at this kit and thinking that it might look good (to me anyway) with the pilot sat in it, if only I could make him look 'up to scratch' enough to be included (as against the belts just sitting in the seat

of an empty cockpit).

Some dabbling later and I'm starting to get a of a sort of plan going and the head's starting to look like a 'head' I hope.

Bodywork to come later.

 

Kit part with visor (made from Eurofighter Typhoon 48th scale spare external tank), oxygen regulator, mask and milliput life vest added so far.

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Nick Greenall (who has been a tremendous help with research and a complete inspiration with his build) suggested he might look better with the head turned slightly (if I could saw it off still).

That done, I remodelled the right arm and hand to replicate a signal in a scene in a video I'd come across, but realised that I'd have to paint his head before it becomes permanently fixed

to his body as there isn't much clearance between the head and hand. 

I made a peg for the head to sit on.

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Here the head is just balanced in the body for effect to see where we're going.

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Obviously a long way to go with the body and all (he will be wearing an immersion suit) and check out those unsightly seams (!), but it's a start.

Hopefully more to come.

Cheers Bob.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wow the head is phenomenal,  crikey this will be a heck of an excellent build.  Great start.   I will pop in when I can.  I have just cut the front fuselage off mine in readiness for the Sea Harrier nose but intend to do as slow build with other builds on the go.

Chris 

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That's rather good that is! Looking forward to the progress as it happens now.

 

Mark.

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Must be the best face painting I have ever seen.  Phenomenal!

 

AW

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Thanks all for the generous confidence building comments. It can only go downhill from here then.

Whilst I wasn't really happy with the kit visor and moulded on straps, mask and oxygen hose details, I thought the face actually looked ok so went with that.

I think it helps if you've got the pilot wearing a mask (cheating a bit?).

I watched a couple of youtube face painting tips videos and used oil paints.

I'd never attempted to paint the 'whites' of the eyes until I saw it done in a video. The technique shown was to use vertical strokes down across the eye initially.

I wanted him looking sideways so just added the white (more of a slightly buffy cream) to one side and iris colour to the other.

You're left with a couple of 'splodges' of colour over the eyes at that stage, but you can then start to very carefully narrow the splodges down, using a mix of flesh tones and red/browns

going into the recesses, leaving just the smallest 'eye sized' bits of colour coming out of the shadows. Mine didn't look right until I'd added some flesh colour to the bottom eyelids.

The figures section guys will have all this nailed of course - I'm just dabbling. 

One thing I will do is to just add the smallest amount of gloss varnish on the eyes as well.

Seat is going to be interesting, as will getting the straps and buckles looking right.

 

Looking forward to seeing how your Sea Harrier goes, Chris. I've re-shaped the LRMTS 'snoopy' nose for my GR3 and have started addressing the rivets and have cut out the auxiliary air intakes

(as the engine's supposed to be still running on mine). Long haul ahead. Cheers Bob.

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4 hours ago, bobsyouruncle said:

Looking forward to seeing how your Sea Harrier goes, Chris. I've re-shaped the LRMTS 'snoopy' nose for my GR3 and have started addressing the rivets and have cut out the auxiliary air intakes

(as the engine's supposed to be still running on mine). Long haul ahead. Cheers Bob.

Hi Bob

Thanks for the tips above.  Mine will be a long term thing and an infill type project.   Can I ask what you are using for the rivets.  I was thinking about an automotive filler primer to spray on then rub back but would be interested to hear what you are planning. 

Chris 

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‘Gorden bennet ‘ That’s a brilliant paint job on the face and head, I’m following this to the bitter end no matter how long it takes!

 

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Can’t wait to see more progress if that head is anything to go by, the pilot alone would be a great finished model! We don’t see too many of these kits built on here either :)

 

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