Hi Folks - Not been around much lately but have been following the work going on. Some pretty darn good stuff as usual…. I’m trying to find some work?? not much luck at the moment but now the election in the UK is over I’m hoping things might loosen up a bit now
So if anyone needs some Graphics or knows of anybody needing some done please give me a shout! Need to earn some money to feed my plastic habbit!
As I was saying bit bored with the work/job hunt(er) …….. So I thought I would start my next build. Keeping with my early British Jets theme - next one up for me is the Hunter Mk9 also bought some bits for her!
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Also got some Masks for the paint work….. but then when I get to the glassing I forgot about them and wasted my time cutting them!
You know how it goes - “I thought I had bought some masks for this?” I said out loud. Rummaging around for a bit….. move stuff ….. even attempt to clean the desk area!!!!!
Give up and cut them ………. pick up the piece of paper that is in the upturned box top ……. and surprise ….. I thought I had bought some masks!!!! Well I’ve painted it now so a bit bleed-en late! Doh!!!!!
Anyway been bashing away at this one for about the last month on and off so her it is.
Cut the fans out of the Flightpath Brass - WOW this is thick Brass PE after going through three blades in quick succession. I resorted to some small nail clippers and scissors. Means a lot more cleaning up….. But a dammed sight easier than trying to cut it with the knife.
I left the kit fan part as a backing just sprayed it a dark mix of grey and metaliser.
Pic with the intakes spayed with Aluminium Primer. Polished with a bit of kitchen towel. Then a layer of MM Semi Gloss and a light oil was to finish
Then on to the cockpit. This is my first time using a resin cockpit detail set. Its okay but I like to use decals for the dials rather than the moulded raised details. Just my choice. So to that ends in a fit of madness decided to spend a couple of hours scraping all the raised detail out of the dials, with my smallest micro chisel. Uhhhhhhhhh not a fun job, defiantly hard on the eyes. So got them done and level and smooth - or as smooth as I am going to get them - ready for some Airscale decals.
For the cockpit I used a couple of bits of the PE - Floor and the Foot Pedals. I also used some Airscale’s brass on some of the handles to give the a bit more depth.
Okay won’t bore you with the constructing bits, get to the painting.
First a coat of a mid grey followed with some mixed in Humbrol Semi Gloss black next the colours. A gloss coat followed with oils followed by decals finally sealed these in with a drop of floor polish.
Still thought this was all still a bit too glossy so gave it a very gentle once over with some MM Matt. Then re-glossed the dials
Right what was next - Fuselage …. Oh yeah inspired by Eric and the work he did on his Sabre’s grills thought I would give it a go…… So after much cutting out of the grills and a hole in the bottom for a PE door, plus the hole for the air-break ram… ohhh plus many other holes in it! It did look like it had a sever case of AAA Flack Rash….. Then it was a case of filling these holes back up.
The other side
One of then went a bit wonky so cut it out and re did it.
For the Air-break I did intend to use the Flightpath one but after constructing it decided it looked way out of scale more on the side profile the length is fine but the depth looks way over to me.
All the PE cut out and cleaned up ready
her you can see the PE with the kit part. Nice detail in the PE but just looks way to deep and a bit clunky too me. So I will use the kit part with a very slight sag so you can see into it.
Okay with all the Pit done painted. The Jet pipe done and painted. Plus all the holes filled that needed filling at this stage it was time to seal her up, fit the gunsight and start the glassing. Then you realise somehow you managed to break the arm of the gunsight
So a small bit of plastic later and some shaping with a tiny fine file It was ready to paint again. Okay, just don't look to close
Okay Guy and Gals - started will be back with some more in a minute