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  1. Hi David, I love your model and, also, your photography. Awesome effort all round. Kind regards, Wayne
  2. Hi Tolga, Your build has brought back many memories for me. This particular aircraft was once stored in the workshop I started my apprenticeship in. I was gobsmacked when I first saw it and I spent many, many hours studying it. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I also spent some time sitting in the cockpit with the canopy closed, immersing myself in the experience, so to speak. Amazingly, in 1983, her fuel tanks still had a sizeable amount of liquid in them. I assume there was some sort of inhibiting agent in them. Interestingly, the guys who were involved in the partial restoration of this aircraft discovered a 50 Cal bullet wedged firmly in one of the wing spars - but that's another story. The real aircraft now sits in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and is presented in its original WWII finish, albeit, with some post-war markings carefully wet-sanded away to reveal the original German paint scheme. Your model is a beautiful rendition of this amazing aircraft. Kind regards, Wayne
  3. Hi Paolo, This aircraft is one of my all-time favourites from WWII and your build is probably the best one I've ever seen of this particular kit (in all its releases). Your modelling skills are clearly evident and you should be proud of your efforts. I have this kit (Matchbox) in my stash and if mine ends up being half as good as yours, I will be happy. Kind regards, Wayne
  4. Hi Tolga, I think Hasegawa make the second best Spitfire in 1/32 scale. In my opinion, their original (and subsequent) kits capture the shape of the aircraft better than Revell and Hobby Boss. Your builds inspired me to build one and I am up to the final painting stage. I noticed that the fit of the main landing gear to the wing is not as positive as I would like - mine is a little bit loose. What glue do you use to attach the main gear legs to the wing and do you have any tips or advice in that regard? Oh, by the way, lovely model (as always). Cheers, Wayne Melbourne, Australia
  5. Hi Patrick, Wow, that's some of the most convincing paint wear and weathering I've seen. Do you mind sharing your method with us, please? Awesome work! Cheers, Wayne
  6. Hi Daniel, Now that Kevin's posted your model on this website, I can enjoy the photos without the Photobucket advertising. Yep, that's a beautiful model - lovely work.
  7. Hi Daniel, What a beautiful model! Unfortunately, I can't appreciate your model as much as I would like because of the 'Photobucket' advertising plastered all over the images. Is there any other location I can view your model?
  8. Somehow, I missed this thread and have really enjoyed reading it. I love your artistic style and attention to detail, Antonio. Beautiful work.
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. Kirby, Put down that hammer - you nailed it! Beautiful work. Cheers, Wayne
  12. 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
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
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