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14 minutes ago, Chuuurles said:

You never once referred to modelling pastels but for some reason in my head, thats what i needed.. 

I presume they should work very well...   I have not tried them, or even seen them personally, so I can't add anything else.    

 

I have two sets of pastels I bought, some cheap chalk earth colours, and some I got in the supermarket that look a bit better quality, but have not experimented with as yet. 

 

My experience is what I have linked in various threads, and it's not extensive.

   Applying them with lighter fuel is just something I experimented with, and found worked.   My best wonder what will happen is still getting Vallejo dark grey to curdle and separate in a light grey and black pigments, which made for a very simple way of making track bed gravel.... 

 

Part of the reason for some of the detail in my posts is very often modelling products are something else sold for a premium in little packets labelled 'modellers' ... and if you know what those products are, you can find them cheaper...

 

Hence some time in the past some lateral thinking modellers realised that acrylic floor polish was a self levelling acrylic varnish.....   but instead of being charged £3 for 50 ml,(as modelling product)   you'd get 500 ml for £1.50....  as it was for floors....

 

I did find the safety data sheet of Tamiya Extra Thin posted,   I could make 2 litres of the stuff for about £20 ...if I needed 2 litres of TET!  

 

Some cheap stuff is just that...cheap stuff,  but I just  bought a packet of brushes from The Works (a UK chain which sells stationary and art supplies, toys and cheap books ..occasionally kits...)  pack of 10 so for £3,  and this has got me several flat brushes,  which are what you need to paint acrylics successfully, and good for varnishing,  and a bunch of others,  cheap enough for me to abuse doing oil washes... 

A set of flat brushes fro humbrol is about £8 for 4, and has sizes I don't want. 

 

 

Note, applying pigments with lighter fuel will ruin a decent brush,  so cheapies are worth having in.   I don't know what kind of discount stores you have in Canada, but in the UK I get various items from the,, like multipack of 3g tubes of superglue, (my main superglue) but other bits and pieces turn up... and it it is poor,  your not much out of pocket.

Cheap toys are worth looking for paint mules for example,   I got some built armour kits from a school jumble sale that have been handy for testing out techniques on... 

 

I got  pack of bamboo food skewers, which are very handy for a variety of uses.....  Always worth looking in these places with modelling scavenger frame of mind....   the tools section has things that are not much use as proper tools, but cheap flat screwdrivers are handy for mixing and applying filler (cheap SG and talc...) and for stirring paints,  I have some small cheap pliers that can be handy for various jobs, my files I got lucky with, they seem  be decent quality, and they cost £1 for 10  about 20 years ago when where I live used to have cheap bits and pieces place....  

 

Not that I'm a cheapskate or anything :whistle:

 

 

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On 5/3/2022 at 8:32 PM, Dunny said:

Chuuurles,

 

Hopefully as inspiration here's a link to a 408 (Goose) Sqn RCAF Lancaster B Mk.II I completed last year - sorry for the thread creep but I thought it was relevant!

 

Cheers,

 

Roger

 

 


Nice build, I served in 408. I just attended the 81st anniversary weekend last week. It was great to connect with previous squadron mates. The squadron itself has a mini-museum in it, it is so nice to see so much of the history preserved and cared for. There are a lot of framed photographs of the original aircraft of your build there.

 

Chuck the Duck is preserved too, dating back to WWII. He still attends every mess dinner and is escorted by the youngest officer in the squadron.

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Great Spitfire build!

 

I encourage you to get back to your grandfathers tribute build when you complete this excellent build.

 

I’m finally completing a Hornet build I started in 1999. In 99 I was posted to the first of two Hornet squadrons I served in. I’m finally finishing that kit in the markings of a color jet that I submitted to have painted.

 

 

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8 hours ago, Scooby said:

Great Spitfire build!

 

I encourage you to get back to your grandfathers tribute build when you complete this excellent build.

 

I’m finally completing a Hornet build I started in 1999. In 99 I was posted to the first of two Hornet squadrons I served in. I’m finally finishing that kit in the markings of a color jet that I submitted to have painted.

 

 


Thats very cool about you’re build, I love Hornets and will follow along if you have a WHIP. 
 

Thank you for the compliments!  So… are saying I should start the Border models kit? B/c I think I will leave the Airfix one I started as a mule. The cockpit is comically bad, compared to what I can achieve now. 

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On 6/23/2022 at 11:25 AM, Troy Smith said:

I presume they should work very well...   I have not tried them, or even seen them personally, so I can't add anything else.    

 

I have two sets of pastels I bought, some cheap chalk earth colours, and some I got in the supermarket that look a bit better quality, but have not experimented with as yet. 

 

My experience is what I have linked in various threads, and it's not extensive.

   Applying them with lighter fuel is just something I experimented with, and found worked.   My best wonder what will happen is still getting Vallejo dark grey to curdle and separate in a light grey and black pigments, which made for a very simple way of making track bed gravel.... 

 

Part of the reason for some of the detail in my posts is very often modelling products are something else sold for a premium in little packets labelled 'modellers' ... and if you know what those products are, you can find them cheaper...

 

Hence some time in the past some lateral thinking modellers realised that acrylic floor polish was a self levelling acrylic varnish.....   but instead of being charged £3 for 50 ml,(as modelling product)   you'd get 500 ml for £1.50....  as it was for floors....

 

I did find the safety data sheet of Tamiya Extra Thin posted,   I could make 2 litres of the stuff for about £20 ...if I needed 2 litres of TET!  

 

Some cheap stuff is just that...cheap stuff,  but I just  bought a packet of brushes from The Works (a UK chain which sells stationary and art supplies, toys and cheap books ..occasionally kits...)  pack of 10 so for £3,  and this has got me several flat brushes,  which are what you need to paint acrylics successfully, and good for varnishing,  and a bunch of others,  cheap enough for me to abuse doing oil washes... 

A set of flat brushes fro humbrol is about £8 for 4, and has sizes I don't want. 

 

 

Note, applying pigments with lighter fuel will ruin a decent brush,  so cheapies are worth having in.   I don't know what kind of discount stores you have in Canada, but in the UK I get various items from the,, like multipack of 3g tubes of superglue, (my main superglue) but other bits and pieces turn up... and it it is poor,  your not much out of pocket.

Cheap toys are worth looking for paint mules for example,   I got some built armour kits from a school jumble sale that have been handy for testing out techniques on... 

 

I got  pack of bamboo food skewers, which are very handy for a variety of uses.....  Always worth looking in these places with modelling scavenger frame of mind....   the tools section has things that are not much use as proper tools, but cheap flat screwdrivers are handy for mixing and applying filler (cheap SG and talc...) and for stirring paints,  I have some small cheap pliers that can be handy for various jobs, my files I got lucky with, they seem  be decent quality, and they cost £1 for 10  about 20 years ago when where I live used to have cheap bits and pieces place....  

 

Not that I'm a cheapskate or anything :whistle:

 

 

Thanks Troy. The lighter fluid technique sounds interesting and I cannot wait to play around with with it. I applied the Tamiya white pastel to the exhausts and it seemed to go on ok, adds a nice little extra detail. 
 

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Have been procrastinating hard on glueing up the main landing gear for two weeks. Decided to just do it today. I also painted some port and starboard lights (doesn’t show up in picture) and the red underbelly light. She has mostly been marinating these last few weeks, but I guess it’s basically done now..

 

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RFI soon. Thanks for all the help and support. 

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Eyyy, it's back! I admire your self control being so close to the finish line. Looking forward to the RFI. Still so crisp I dunno how you do it!

 Straight on to the massive lanc or going with something else?

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22 hours ago, Ngantek said:

Eyyy, it's back! I admire your self control being so close to the finish line. Looking forward to the RFI. Still so crisp I dunno how you do it!

 Straight on to the massive lanc or going with something else?

Thanks to you and @AliGauld
 

regarding what to build next wwyd, 1/32 Spit or Lanc ?? 
 

Side note, found the wife struggling with an inflatable pool, badger and white tac to the rescue 🙃

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Picked up a base for the Spitfire 

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It was an impulse purchase, which has complicated my life. Anyways, fun times learning a new element of the hobby ( if this doesnt belong here pls delete) , No idea if this is accurate at all (wooden planks for dispersals ?) but i thought it looked neat and I might frame it. 

 

Here it is out of the box and then through the painting process. 

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 With a coat of MSF 1500.

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Then i spent a few hours spraying different wood colours, messing with the tint's and trying to add highlights to low and high spots...

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 This morning i sprayed a dark earth/mud colour for where I will apply static grass.

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Oh, I also picked up this UNIT yesterday. Hesitate to post it after reading the thread about spoiled hobbying (me=lots of the gear and no idea) but I am mostly a mechanical person and this thing is sooo nice. I broke my cheap badger compressor, so it was time for an upgrade. Nice having a tank, no weird pulsing. 

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I have no idea how I have missed this thread until now but it took a good chunk of my "kid is asleep, now I have free time!" time. Super job on all this, it's been great to see all the information and lessons learned. Also, what's your local hobby shop? Wheels and Wings? Sunward? Also if you're taking suggestions for your next build...you can never go wrong with a Lancaster!

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10 hours ago, Jeff G said:

I have no idea how I have missed this thread until now but it took a good chunk of my "kid is asleep, now I have free time!" time. Super job on all this, it's been great to see all the information and lessons learned. Also, what's your local hobby shop? Wheels and Wings? Sunward? Also if you're taking suggestions for your next build...you can never go wrong with a Lancaster!

Ah thank you and glad u enjoyed the WIP! My local shop is Panther Hobbies, Sunward is a similar distance and a nice backup option, I have not made it to Wheels n Wings yet but its on the list. 

 

On another note, i just found a sculpture supply shop around the corner from my shop, its fully stocked with Iwata products and is where i picked up the compressor.  

 

The Lancaster is calling me, just worried I cannot do her justice yet.  

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21 hours ago, Chuuurles said:

Picked up a base for the Spitfire 

Neat base, but not like anything I have seen on British BoB airfield...  this is likely meant to be for a Eastern Front/Russian forward strip. ....

 

if you have a printer, and like playing with photos,  ther is a site, Geograph, that has photos of all of the UK,  I spent some time hunting for backdrop images,  and there are masses on here

for example, I put castle Camps into search (used a satellite airfield for RAF Debden in 1940)

this one https://m.geograph.org.uk/photo/3480710

 

if you look for more sizes here https://www.geograph.org.uk/more.php?id=3480710   you can get high res images,  print out over a few sheets, trim the foreground,  a bit of grass matting, and a neat back drop

I just stuck 'airfield' into search

this is neatly neutral, and a good British summer backdrop 

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6479922

 

or

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2443364

 

you get the idea.   I've not around to getting some printed out,  you have seen  my 'hi-tech' background of faded card table and out of focus park/trees....  

Just a suggestion

HTH

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1 hour ago, Troy Smith said:

Neat base, but not like anything I have seen on British BoB airfield...  this is likely meant to be for a Eastern Front/Russian forward strip. ....

 

if you have a printer, and like playing with photos,  ther is a site, Geograph, that has photos of all of the UK,  I spent some time hunting for backdrop images,  and there are masses on here

for example, I put castle Camps into search (used a satellite airfield for RAF Debden in 1940)

this one https://m.geograph.org.uk/photo/3480710

 

if you look for more sizes here https://www.geograph.org.uk/more.php?id=3480710   you can get high res images,  print out over a few sheets, trim the foreground,  a bit of grass matting, and a neat back drop

I just stuck 'airfield' into search

this is neatly neutral, and a good British summer backdrop 

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6479922

 

or

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2443364

 

you get the idea.   I've not around to getting some printed out,  you have seen  my 'hi-tech' background of faded card table and out of focus park/trees....  

Just a suggestion

HTH

 

Was just adding the static grass as you wrote this, thanks for the info! My fear was correct haha. Anyways its very fun to work on so I guess ill just save it for a future build. I think I might try your idea next, with some static grass and a printed background. 

 

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On 5/28/2022 at 4:33 PM, Procopius said:

Huh, can't delete the tags. Anyway, I recommend (and use) Alclad Aqua Gloss, which is acrylic, and works very well for me.

+1!  I always hand brush the aqua gloss on and it self levels beautifully!  I've posted some RFIs of glossy birds that were done using the hand brush AG method ( CF-104, and my latest the Norwegian F-86F off the top of my head)

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Typical.. I find a good thread like this at the end.  Well, it was a good read to catch up!  You've done a beautiful job on this so far.  If this kit is anything like the 1/72 Eduard kit, then it was probably a joy to work on (although I don't remember needing any filler for the 1/72 wing roots... I could be wrong though, it was a while ago).

 

Gotta say I'm jealous of the LHS.  My town of ~120,000 people has one real hobby store with about 10 aircraft models... :(

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Thanks for the kind words Opus! It probably did not need filler @ the wing root but I am really learning as I go here. Overall the kit went together extremely well in comparison to the Airfix 1/72 Lanc i abandoned..

 

And on that note my Uncle just sent me these pictures! They show a map that my Grandfather used to plot his 33 sorties. I need to get over there ASAP and take a bunch of closeup photo's so I can really study this little piece of history! 

 

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