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  1. Somehow, I missed this thread and have really enjoyed reading it. I love your artistic style and attention to detail, Antonio. Beautiful work.
  2. Lovely build. Beautiful airbrush work and finish. To me, the icing on the cake is not just the addition of the nicely painted figures, but the way you've posed them - especially the 'rear seater' looking over his shoulder - such a small 'tweak' that adds so much.
  3. Hi Chuck, I think you should take comfort in building subjects that naturally appeal to you, rather than worrying why you don't build particular subjects. Having said that, I think most people in this day age realise that peoples' attitudes change over time. Personally, I don't think it's fair to judge people's mind-sets in different eras because we're not subjected to the social, political and personal pressures other generations were. Your 'average' axis soldier, sailor and airman probably felt compelled to support their government during the war because opposing it probably meant incarceration or death. I think Ryan aptly put it by saying, "I build the machine, not the governments that used them." I totally agree with him. Build what interests you and don't get caught up in the 'political correctness' dilemma. Just my 2 cents worth...
  4. Kirby, Put down that hammer - you nailed it! Beautiful work. Cheers, Wayne
  5. Hi Miloslav, Given the number of exotic models you produce, I assume you are retired and you are a highly artistic insomniac with a healthy modelling budget? i know you won't agree but, it's obvious to us! Awesome work - as usual. Cheers, Wayne
  6. I used these for the first time, last week on my P-47D build. I had done a little bit of research on YouTube and one fellow recommended using Microset in lieu of HGW's recommended Mr Mark Softer. I applied Microset to an MRP painted surface with a satin sheen to it (Gunship green straight out of the bottle, no gloss coat). Everything seemed to work as expected. The following morning, a good 10 hours later, I carefully peeled the carrier film away from the transfer and noticed how nicely the transfer had set. Beautiful, or so I thought. A couple of days later, I used a very soft paint brush to dust the part prior to applying a clear coat over it. To my complete surprise, two of the transfers almost lept off the painted surface as the brush swept over them. Because there was no carrier film, I wasn't able to detect the adhesion problem by sight alone - the transfers looked like they had properly settled into the surface of the part. Not knowing if Microsol would be too powerful and damage the transfer, I looked on my shelf for an alternative. There, sitting straight in front of me, was a bottle of Mr Mark Softer I had forgotten I had. Doh! I carefully applied it over each of the transfers and later tested one of the transfer's adhesion with the tip of a toothpick. I stopped poking and prodding it when it became apparent that the setting solution had worked. Bottom line is this, I love these transfers. Just my 2 cents worth...
  7. Hi Will, The beauty of the Tamiya 1/32 scale Spitfires makes it rather difficult to appreciate the qualities of some of the older kits. Personally, I rate the Hasegawa 'hybrid' Mk I and the original Revell offering higher than Revell's most recent rendition. At the end of the day, whatever model you choose (within reason), I'm sure you will produce a model you're proud of because of your love of the aircraft and your modelling skills. The Hasegawa kit has quite a lot of aftermarket accessories supporting it so, perhaps that should be the one you choose. For what it's worth, that's the path I'll be taking when I build my Mk I.
  8. Love it! Absolutely beautiful! I've admired many of your builds but this one, to me, is a stand-out. I think your weathering and finish are a little more restrained than usual, which is why I really, really like this one. Awesome work!
  9. Very nice work, Les. I like the way you have weathered your model - looks really convincing, especially how you've dirtied up the airframe around the canopy but not the canopy framing, itself. The pilot figure also looks great. I'm not familiar with that kit and whether or not it comes with a pilot. Is it a kit pilot or an aftermarket one like Master Details jet pilot? Oh, by the way, you have disappointed me in one small way - you haven't included enough photos!
  10. Thanks for posting your build, Bryan. You've pointed out some issues and tips that haven't been covered in other posts so many people will benefit from your post. I think you're being a bit harsh on yourself about your scratch made seat belts - I think they look good. I'm also a big fan of thinning kit parts, which elevates the model to a higher level and doesn't cost anything other than time and effort. You've really improved the appearance of the kit in this respect. I like Academy's approach to this kit and I think it's smart from a business perspective (which is why they exist, after all). They've focussed on good engineering and fit, as well as lovely exterior detail. Obviously they've reduced the cost of manufacture and the RRP by omitting a lot of internal parts and detail - extras most buyers probably aren't interested in. I think Academy has pitched this at two distinct markets to optimise their sales. The first market is the lucrative 'high volume sales' market of those who don't buy very expensive kits but want attractive, detailed subjects that are relatively simple and enjoyable to build. The second market is the discerning modeller who uses the kit as a base for a project incorporating aftermarket accessories. I think they've covered both bases really well. I really hope Academy profit nicely from this kit, so they can develop and sell an AH-1G version of this classic helicopter. Just my two cents worth...
  11. Hi Lee, You are in a very similar situation to me in that I haven't built a model since 2001. Like you, I've just started a build that I'm going to post in the 'in-progress' section of this site soon and, also like you, I'm not spending lots of money on after-market accessories. I agree with Tim Hepplestone; it's really nice to see you enhancing the kit parts rather than simply spending your hard-earned on a plethora of after-market accessories. Don't get me wrong, I love the accessories that are available 'out there' but, sometimes, it's just nice to see someone enhancing the kit parts and achieving a really nice result. I can't wait to see more of your work. Cheers, Wayne
  12. Bryan, You've done an amazing job on the exhaust. I can't believe it's all Tamiya - not wishing to denigrate the brand! I've just bought a KASL exhaust for a future project and now I'm wondering why I bothered - even though it is a beautifully cast facsimile of the P&W exhaust. Funny enough, you don't see many Tamiya 1/32 F-16's built with the P&W exhaust.
  13. Love your work, Bryan. The F-16 is my favourite fast-jet and I really like the way you're detailing many of the kit parts, rather than simply shoe-horning aftermarket resin accessories into it. Have to ask you - is that the KASL exhaust you're using or have you tweaked the kit parts? Also really good to see Mike Reed chime in - I'm also a big fan of his F-16 projects on Zone-Five.
  14. I agree with everyone else. That's a lovely model and the parachute just adds to it in a really nice and effective way. BTW, did you tweak the True Details parachute with etch or is that the way it came?
  15. Firstly, let me say I know very little about Luftwaffe camouflage so I'm in no position to challenge anything postulated on this forum about this subject matter. Having said that, Wouter has commented on the camouflage of the first Bf-109 depicted in that series of images. He has indicated to an area immediately rearward of the cockpit that appears to show two different coloured paints. To my eye, that appears to be the shadow of the canopy's armoured glass on the fuselage. I'm not saying this is a single tone scheme, I'm simply saying that that particular area of the airframe appears to be affected by shadow. Just my 2 cents.... Cheers, Guys.
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