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    CANicoll reacted to Madmax in A6M2b Zero - shades of grey   
    Thanks Tom, Mike and crobinsonh! 
     
     
    Tim, in Rugby (and I'm sure in American Football) this is called a hospital pass!  As you were typing I imagine you were chuckling to yourself thinking "I bet he'll try it"... 
    Well, I'm now thinking about it  Thing is, the carrier film on the decals I made is more like a transparent pancake than a film, and I will have to wait for the Covid-curfew to lift to get hold of properly made decals. Hmm, what to do, what to do?
     
     
    You too Chris!
     
     
    Thanks as always for your fantastic inputs Ryan. 
     
    Your "Tweak List" has been a constant companion to the Tamiya instructions, and I came to the same conclusions regarding the HGW transfers by cross referring to the Tamiya decals. Luckily you clearly pointed out that decal 135 (Tamiya) is totally spurious, and in the next sentence you mention the yellow square jacking point. I didn't know the dimensions then, so this is what I surmised.
     

     
    I'm surprised at how big it actually was.
     
    I was curious to see if the engine actually fitted into the mounting points, since I somehow forgot to check before starting the painting process. A risky approach! Having added a whole lot of things to the back of the engine, I suspected some trouble. It didn't fit at first, but fortunately a bit of trimming here and there was all that was required. Not as bad as in Tom Cleaver's  review where he resorted to removing the accessories and engine mounts in order to get the cowlings on. I hope I don't still have to!
     

     

     
    Back to the Hōkoku drawing board 
     
    Sean
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    CANicoll got a reaction from Trak-Tor in Building the Revell P-51D is now Available!   
    I'm still in catch-up mode but for your book to sway someone's opinion so strongly is a HUGE testament to the hard work your authors, in the case Jan, and you put into what you create and publish.   
     
    Love this part of his review:  My conclusion is, that if someone from Revell’s team is reading this: Hey guys, you should put this book as a link with a QR code on your boxes. Enough of the mediocre builds that you show on the small pictures on the side! You ruin the perception of your models. And I am serious. This should be on Revell’s box. It is the perfect reference. Because if it can convince me that Revell’s worth the money, while already in possession of Tamiya’s 32nd scale P-51, well… 
    Verdict: It is the perfect reference for building the Revell P-51D-5NA.
     
    It is work like your books (I did buy the Revell one as soon as you published it) that I think help keep the hobby alive.  The tips and lessons learned passed on are just so useful to adding a lot of satisfaction to one's builds.  I don't follow all of the tips, but the ones I do I REALLY like.
     
    Congrats and great work Kev!
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    CANicoll got a reaction from dodgem37 in Duchess Arlene Tamiya P-51D   
    Making a bit of progress, got the landing gear wheel well together but my compressor pressure regulator failed today so won't be spraying anything until I get a replacement.
     
    Apologize for the poor lighting on the photography.  Just don't have that set up yet.
     
    Found two more cockpit decals that I missed, however one will end up behind the seat so not doing that one.  I did put on the one for the map case.  I don't think I have ever seen that sign in a cockpitThe Barracuda sidewalls are really detailed and look terrific paired with the Barracuda cockpit stencils:

     
    Also got the gun sight together, first time I've put all of this into the K-14 sight.  This is also the Eduard resin and PE sight.  The reflector glass is actually cut from the clear acetate sheet from the Barracuda instrument panel sheet.  There is plenty of clear sheet left and there is a black border around the sheet that makes measuring and cutting much easier.  Can't see that black line here though as I used it at the base. And actually, in the right light, the ''glass" really does reflect the image below it!



    I have seen pictures that show 'No Handhold' on top of the gun sight sunshade so will look to see if I have a decal that will fit.  This is the first time I've used the PE adjustment chain on the left side of the sight - bottom picture.
     
    Working on the elevators and wings tomorrow. I think I'm going to use the AMUR Reaver resin flaps.
     
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MikeMaben in Duchess Arlene Tamiya P-51D   
    Making a bit of progress, got the landing gear wheel well together but my compressor pressure regulator failed today so won't be spraying anything until I get a replacement.
     
    Apologize for the poor lighting on the photography.  Just don't have that set up yet.
     
    Found two more cockpit decals that I missed, however one will end up behind the seat so not doing that one.  I did put on the one for the map case.  I don't think I have ever seen that sign in a cockpitThe Barracuda sidewalls are really detailed and look terrific paired with the Barracuda cockpit stencils:

     
    Also got the gun sight together, first time I've put all of this into the K-14 sight.  This is also the Eduard resin and PE sight.  The reflector glass is actually cut from the clear acetate sheet from the Barracuda instrument panel sheet.  There is plenty of clear sheet left and there is a black border around the sheet that makes measuring and cutting much easier.  Can't see that black line here though as I used it at the base. And actually, in the right light, the ''glass" really does reflect the image below it!



    I have seen pictures that show 'No Handhold' on top of the gun sight sunshade so will look to see if I have a decal that will fit.  This is the first time I've used the PE adjustment chain on the left side of the sight - bottom picture.
     
    Working on the elevators and wings tomorrow. I think I'm going to use the AMUR Reaver resin flaps.
     
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from Biggles87 in Duchess Arlene Tamiya P-51D   
    Making a bit of progress, got the landing gear wheel well together but my compressor pressure regulator failed today so won't be spraying anything until I get a replacement.
     
    Apologize for the poor lighting on the photography.  Just don't have that set up yet.
     
    Found two more cockpit decals that I missed, however one will end up behind the seat so not doing that one.  I did put on the one for the map case.  I don't think I have ever seen that sign in a cockpitThe Barracuda sidewalls are really detailed and look terrific paired with the Barracuda cockpit stencils:

     
    Also got the gun sight together, first time I've put all of this into the K-14 sight.  This is also the Eduard resin and PE sight.  The reflector glass is actually cut from the clear acetate sheet from the Barracuda instrument panel sheet.  There is plenty of clear sheet left and there is a black border around the sheet that makes measuring and cutting much easier.  Can't see that black line here though as I used it at the base. And actually, in the right light, the ''glass" really does reflect the image below it!



    I have seen pictures that show 'No Handhold' on top of the gun sight sunshade so will look to see if I have a decal that will fit.  This is the first time I've used the PE adjustment chain on the left side of the sight - bottom picture.
     
    Working on the elevators and wings tomorrow. I think I'm going to use the AMUR Reaver resin flaps.
     
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from Fanes in Duchess Arlene Tamiya P-51D   
    Making a bit of progress, got the landing gear wheel well together but my compressor pressure regulator failed today so won't be spraying anything until I get a replacement.
     
    Apologize for the poor lighting on the photography.  Just don't have that set up yet.
     
    Found two more cockpit decals that I missed, however one will end up behind the seat so not doing that one.  I did put on the one for the map case.  I don't think I have ever seen that sign in a cockpitThe Barracuda sidewalls are really detailed and look terrific paired with the Barracuda cockpit stencils:

     
    Also got the gun sight together, first time I've put all of this into the K-14 sight.  This is also the Eduard resin and PE sight.  The reflector glass is actually cut from the clear acetate sheet from the Barracuda instrument panel sheet.  There is plenty of clear sheet left and there is a black border around the sheet that makes measuring and cutting much easier.  Can't see that black line here though as I used it at the base. And actually, in the right light, the ''glass" really does reflect the image below it!



    I have seen pictures that show 'No Handhold' on top of the gun sight sunshade so will look to see if I have a decal that will fit.  This is the first time I've used the PE adjustment chain on the left side of the sight - bottom picture.
     
    Working on the elevators and wings tomorrow. I think I'm going to use the AMUR Reaver resin flaps.
     
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from mpk in I was curious so went peeping !   
    Maru, peeping?  Tsk tsk there my friend!!  Hope you are well.
     
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from Madmax in A6M2b Zero - shades of grey   
    Hey Sean, amazing work and attention to detail, very cool!  Love the work but also agree with Tim that the hand-painted effect is really cool too.  That three part mask really did the trick and looks amazing - keep it up!
     
    I have had the same problem with Vallejo Model Air paints too - they just are not very accurate when it comes to replicating the color they are supposed to.  Frustrating.

    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from Landrotten Highlander in Duchess Arlene Tamiya P-51D   
    Making a bit of progress, got the landing gear wheel well together but my compressor pressure regulator failed today so won't be spraying anything until I get a replacement.
     
    Apologize for the poor lighting on the photography.  Just don't have that set up yet.
     
    Found two more cockpit decals that I missed, however one will end up behind the seat so not doing that one.  I did put on the one for the map case.  I don't think I have ever seen that sign in a cockpitThe Barracuda sidewalls are really detailed and look terrific paired with the Barracuda cockpit stencils:

     
    Also got the gun sight together, first time I've put all of this into the K-14 sight.  This is also the Eduard resin and PE sight.  The reflector glass is actually cut from the clear acetate sheet from the Barracuda instrument panel sheet.  There is plenty of clear sheet left and there is a black border around the sheet that makes measuring and cutting much easier.  Can't see that black line here though as I used it at the base. And actually, in the right light, the ''glass" really does reflect the image below it!



    I have seen pictures that show 'No Handhold' on top of the gun sight sunshade so will look to see if I have a decal that will fit.  This is the first time I've used the PE adjustment chain on the left side of the sight - bottom picture.
     
    Working on the elevators and wings tomorrow. I think I'm going to use the AMUR Reaver resin flaps.
     
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from BiggTim in A6M2b Zero - shades of grey   
    Hey Sean, amazing work and attention to detail, very cool!  Love the work but also agree with Tim that the hand-painted effect is really cool too.  That three part mask really did the trick and looks amazing - keep it up!
     
    I have had the same problem with Vallejo Model Air paints too - they just are not very accurate when it comes to replicating the color they are supposed to.  Frustrating.

    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from Madmax in Duchess Arlene Tamiya P-51D   
    Making a bit of progress, got the landing gear wheel well together but my compressor pressure regulator failed today so won't be spraying anything until I get a replacement.
     
    Apologize for the poor lighting on the photography.  Just don't have that set up yet.
     
    Found two more cockpit decals that I missed, however one will end up behind the seat so not doing that one.  I did put on the one for the map case.  I don't think I have ever seen that sign in a cockpitThe Barracuda sidewalls are really detailed and look terrific paired with the Barracuda cockpit stencils:

     
    Also got the gun sight together, first time I've put all of this into the K-14 sight.  This is also the Eduard resin and PE sight.  The reflector glass is actually cut from the clear acetate sheet from the Barracuda instrument panel sheet.  There is plenty of clear sheet left and there is a black border around the sheet that makes measuring and cutting much easier.  Can't see that black line here though as I used it at the base. And actually, in the right light, the ''glass" really does reflect the image below it!



    I have seen pictures that show 'No Handhold' on top of the gun sight sunshade so will look to see if I have a decal that will fit.  This is the first time I've used the PE adjustment chain on the left side of the sight - bottom picture.
     
    Working on the elevators and wings tomorrow. I think I'm going to use the AMUR Reaver resin flaps.
     
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from Antonio Argudo in Duchess Arlene Tamiya P-51D   
    Making a bit of progress, got the landing gear wheel well together but my compressor pressure regulator failed today so won't be spraying anything until I get a replacement.
     
    Apologize for the poor lighting on the photography.  Just don't have that set up yet.
     
    Found two more cockpit decals that I missed, however one will end up behind the seat so not doing that one.  I did put on the one for the map case.  I don't think I have ever seen that sign in a cockpitThe Barracuda sidewalls are really detailed and look terrific paired with the Barracuda cockpit stencils:

     
    Also got the gun sight together, first time I've put all of this into the K-14 sight.  This is also the Eduard resin and PE sight.  The reflector glass is actually cut from the clear acetate sheet from the Barracuda instrument panel sheet.  There is plenty of clear sheet left and there is a black border around the sheet that makes measuring and cutting much easier.  Can't see that black line here though as I used it at the base. And actually, in the right light, the ''glass" really does reflect the image below it!



    I have seen pictures that show 'No Handhold' on top of the gun sight sunshade so will look to see if I have a decal that will fit.  This is the first time I've used the PE adjustment chain on the left side of the sight - bottom picture.
     
    Working on the elevators and wings tomorrow. I think I'm going to use the AMUR Reaver resin flaps.
     
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
    Chris
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    CANicoll reacted to john glazbrook in need some advice   
    hi everybody I need some advice on paint and paint choice, I have just taken delivery of a 1/24 trumpeter ju87 B the paint codes  mr hobby paints They advise in the instructions I find are a bit confusing, they recommend using mr hobby paint, but I want to use humbrol acrylic paint. this is my first plastic model build since I was a young boy (many years ago).
      so to start I will be painting the model in the splinter scheme ( T6   R ) 6002 dark green/black green/light blue/ R.L.M yellow + tyre black and matt black +steel + R.L.M 02 GREY, I will be airbrushing the paint on so what recommendations can you give as far as thinning the paint and a good supplier.
     
    regards to you all
    john (newbie)
     
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    CANicoll reacted to LSP_Kevin in Building the Revell P-51D is now Available!   
    Thanks for the great feedback, Chris!
     
    Kev
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    CANicoll got a reaction from Jan_G in Building the Revell P-51D is now Available!   
    I'm still in catch-up mode but for your book to sway someone's opinion so strongly is a HUGE testament to the hard work your authors, in the case Jan, and you put into what you create and publish.   
     
    Love this part of his review:  My conclusion is, that if someone from Revell’s team is reading this: Hey guys, you should put this book as a link with a QR code on your boxes. Enough of the mediocre builds that you show on the small pictures on the side! You ruin the perception of your models. And I am serious. This should be on Revell’s box. It is the perfect reference. Because if it can convince me that Revell’s worth the money, while already in possession of Tamiya’s 32nd scale P-51, well… 
    Verdict: It is the perfect reference for building the Revell P-51D-5NA.
     
    It is work like your books (I did buy the Revell one as soon as you published it) that I think help keep the hobby alive.  The tips and lessons learned passed on are just so useful to adding a lot of satisfaction to one's builds.  I don't follow all of the tips, but the ones I do I REALLY like.
     
    Congrats and great work Kev!
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    CANicoll reacted to LSP_Kevin in Building the Revell P-51D is now Available!   
    Wow, that was quick!
     
    Kev
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    CANicoll reacted to BiggTim in A6M2b Zero - shades of grey   
    I have to admit that I sort of like the way the stenciled one looks over the sharp perfection of the decals. As talented as you are, it seems like you could touch up the sprayed symbols with a small brush and have a much more authentic look than the decals. More like the original hand painted feel. Just my opinion, though. This is amazing work!!
     
    Tim
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    CANicoll reacted to A6M in A6M2b Zero - shades of grey   
    My apologies, I should have included this image of the colour coding of the different lines. And the mention of "woven aluminum conduits" should more properly refer to "braided aluminum conduits". Ryan
     
     
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    CANicoll reacted to Hans in A6M2b Zero - shades of grey   
    This tread should be turned into a booklet; "How to paint your Zero"..
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    CANicoll reacted to A6M in A6M2b Zero - shades of grey   
    Sean, thanks for your Tamiya paint mix. I'm going to mix some up and add it to my list of suggested paints.
     
    My understanding is that the red hinomaru was painted directly onto the underlying olive gray paint. Bear in mind that as paint deteriorates an overcoating of one layer will protect the layer beneath, leaving a “shadow” of the first layer as the single layered paint erodes away. Look at A on the image below. The red hinomaru has disappeared but the underlying olive-gray paint, now oxidized to white, has remained protected. But the adjacent unprotected olive-gray paint has largely disappeared, revealing the red primer underneath. Photos B and C shows a similar erosion of the red hinomaru paint, but here the white surround, seemingly brush painted, has largely remained in place.

     

    The lines in the wheel well were left unpainted but were also colour coded with bands of paints to indicate their usage. Air lines, such as those leading to the pitot tube, were banded with blue. Oil lines were indicated with yellow and gas lines were colour coded with red. Electrical lines in exposed locations such as the wheel well were enclosed in aluminum tubing or woven aluminum conduits. However, the bare aluminum lines could subsequently be partially over-sprayed with aotake. In the image below it can be seen that from the “top” side the lines are bare aluminum. However, the “bottom” side of the lines have some aotake present. Note too the rubber flex pipe on part of the brake line.

     

    The answer probably is that aotake was repeatedly applied during the course of construction. A good example of this is visible on this inner wheel well cover that I also posted earlier. As component parts were added it has been given addition layers of aotake. For the modeler then, any painting of aotake should probably vary in its density and darkness.    


     


     
    Ryan
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    CANicoll reacted to airscale in A6M2b Zero - shades of grey   
    absolutely brilliant & fascinating thread - this will be the go-to reference when I one day do a Zero
     
    thanks for doing so much more than just building it
     
    Peter
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    CANicoll reacted to Madmax in A6M2b Zero - shades of grey   
    It's all about scale isn't it Woody? Like trying to punch out 1:48 instrument decals... 
     
    Thanks to Ryan's paint input, I got down to finding what worked for me in Tamiya "acrylic" paint, since it is tough and readily available over here. I liked the idea of using XF-76 Grey Green (IJN) as a base since it is after all what Tamiya's researchers thought was the right colour. It isn't, but with a bit of help comes quite close. Ryan tried a mix with XF-49 Khaki, and I took a look at that - too brown to my eye. Then I looked at other options for a mix, and liked the warm tone of XF-60 Dark Yellow. At a mix of 2 parts 76 to 1 part 60 and half a part of white I found what I was looking for. Simple. The grey for the fabric covered surfaces is 1 part 76 to one part white - even more simple. Here with tungsten and natural light for comparison... 
     

     

     
    Normally I would do the wheel wells first, but this seemed a better solution for the zero.
     
     
     
    This is the colour of the aircraft primer, which I only used on the spinner hoping to do some light chipping. Doesn't seem to work with Alclad by the way!
     

     
    And this is what the greys look like more or less - difficult to capture the real colours on camera. Looking at the second picture, a question for the experts: Would the electrical cables and pitot air lines in the wheel well be overpainted in Aotake? If not, what colours would they be?
     

     

     
    I was also wondering about the red paint. Would it be painted straight onto the grey, or under-painted to make the red brighter?
     

     

     
    Finally got down to the Hōkoku, and realised that Ryan had provided the perfect picture to make a tracing from!
     

     
    In doing the tracing, I discovered an interesting thing about the lettering. It would appear that it is painted on by brush, and therefore by hand - like a signwriter would do! I had pictured stencils and spray paint, but the way it has faded shows the brushstrokes as well as what I think were taped lines to get the edges straight. The characters are not totally uniform or symmetrical either. I have tried to straighten it all up a bit to make it easier to cut a stencil and or produce a decal. Methinks it is going to be rather tricky to do!
     
     
     

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    CANicoll reacted to A6M in A6M2b Zero - shades of grey   
    After 10 or so cm of snow on Wednesday the weather has cleared and I could do another colour comparison in direct sunlight. The rear tail cone I used for the 2019 comparison has since been returned, so I used a small paint sample from A6M3 22 c/n 3753 (manufactured early June 1943). In direct sunlight the closest match is Model Air Beige 023 Hemp. Be careful as Model Air has a almost similar named paint which is way too dark. And although it says FS 34201 on the bottle it is not a good match for that shade either.
     
    Ryan
     

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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A   
    See, there is the difference between you and me: I also see something and buy it thinking 'I bet I can use that in the future on xyz build I'll eventually do'. Then completely forget about it.   I have a small drawer FULL of bits and bobs of leftover parts and things I bought that I thought were interesting.  The Telford show is absolutely deadly for those of us with that terminal condition called 'gottahaveit-itis'.
     
    I still buy those things, but now when I get home I stick them in the box of the intended build.  That helps!!
     
    Be safe!
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    CANicoll got a reaction from Wolf Buddee in Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A   
    See, there is the difference between you and me: I also see something and buy it thinking 'I bet I can use that in the future on xyz build I'll eventually do'. Then completely forget about it.   I have a small drawer FULL of bits and bobs of leftover parts and things I bought that I thought were interesting.  The Telford show is absolutely deadly for those of us with that terminal condition called 'gottahaveit-itis'.
     
    I still buy those things, but now when I get home I stick them in the box of the intended build.  That helps!!
     
    Be safe!
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