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About Bruce_Crosby

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  • Birthday 10/04/1950

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    Swindon, UK
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    Late WWII fighters, big engines, big props. Modelling, playing with airbrushes, more modelling.

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  1. I'm with Jennings on this one, AutoCAD to dxf files. And I'm another Wacom user, have been for 20 years plus. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  2. Hi Guys, I went to DC years ago with my now ex-wife to see her cousin, whose husband was the JAG for the USAF at the time. Fantastic office in the Pentagon! We went to the Smithsonian and U-H, both very good and both definitely worth a full day each. We also went to the Marines Museum at Quantico which is excellent, typical USMC efficiency. At the time I was making armour and a US Modeller actually picked me up in Alexandria (in his HUGE truck) and took me to the Armour Museum at Aberdeen. I also went to Grandad’s Hobby Shop, now closed, and picked up a load of American modelling tools that I pre-ordered, still using them more than a decade later. Take the best camera you can, lots of memory too. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  3. RAF units had a team of trained painters who worked to official letter and number sizes and locations as laid down in the relevant Air Publication. Width of stroke, curve radii, etc, were all written down as a fraction of height. There were local variations, Squadron level changes at the discretion of the CO. Roundel locations and airframe serial numbers were normally fixed - they were factory applied as was the initial cammo scheme. I have drawn up basic RAF codes in AutoCAD and they can be imported into Silhouette as a DXF. They are drawn so the border of each letter/number is set at half the letter spacing so they can be cut then butted together at exactly the right spacing. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  4. Hi Guys, Painting the cockpit floor. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Test fit of the bomb bay rear section. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Another test fit, somewhat short of hands! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr More bits painted. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr That's all, folks! Regards, Bruce Crosby
  5. HI Guys, Having seen this model in the flesh, I can attest to the work Iain has put into this model, the photos do not do it justice. It is stunning. I think Wunwinglow will agree with me, it left both of us gob smacked! Regards, Bruce Crosby
  6. Hi Guys, Still with the Mossies! Radiator fronts in place. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Lower wing parts in place. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Screwed and glued. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr It's a big beastie! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And the wing tops on! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  7. Had mine for weeks here in the UK. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  8. Hi Guys, Some photos of yesterday's work on the two Mosquito builds. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  9. Quote: "How did you get such neatly painted plumbing lines in the wheel wells?" I cheated! In fact, all painting is a cheat, manipulating light to fool the viewer. 99% of the paint used is Mission Models. I painted the Interior Green with an airbrush then let it go off hard for a couple of days. Acrylics need time to cure, surface dry is no use at all for weathering, you want it rock hard. Then I used a fine brush to paint the silver lines and yes, the paint did go everywhere. It's a given with brush painting metallics so you just do the best you can! Once the silver had dried I applied more green to hide the bits of silver splodged all over the place, getting as close to the edge of the "pipes" as possible. Then it's just a matter of using black washes to delineate the pipes. No masking at all, all done free hand. The majority of the washes were Mission Models MMP-047 Black cut with water and their Thinners so I could fade it out easily, then at the very end I used a bit of Tamiya's Black Panel Line Accent right in the corner formed between the base and the bottom of the "pipe" to make it pop out. It sounds like it took forever but it was actually quite quick. I used a hair dryer to fix the acrylics, put on Bonnie Raitt on the Echo and hummed along as I painted. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  10. Hi Guys, A quick update, this is from last night when it took forever to get photos to upload. All paint is Mission Models, it's rapidly become my favourite paint. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  11. Hi Guys, Finally got the photos uploaded from my iPhone to Flickr, so here goes: Wheel well Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Getting the colour right on the bomb bay fuel tanks: left is the second attempt. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Bomb bay and gear bays. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Masking up the tanks, a mix of Aizu Micron and MT. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Getting there! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Test fitting: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr More to come. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  12. Hi Guys, I've started on the two Tamiya Mossies at last. Yahu IP Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Cleaning up the black boxes.... Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr ...to take some Eduard bits and pieces. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr A bit of colour. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr More to come when the photos get uploaded to Flikr. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  13. Hi Guys, Here's the result of a three year build! OK, I'm telling a lie: started three years ago, sat on the SOD then resurrected late 2018. The interior is painted with GSi Creos Mr Color, all the exterior with Mission Models Paints. Plus Flory Grime Wash, which I think worked well against the natural metal finish, not as stark as Black. I used Mission's metallic paints, all over their Grey primer. I just don't like the Black base, Alclad (or similar) faux metal look. Bashed too much metal in the RAF to hate that sort of finish. I mixed and matched the metallics, trying to shade as near as I could to the references. I found a drop of Mission's Chrome could really brighten up an area, either mixed with another metallic or misted over a selected area. Lots of quick and dirty masking, lots of tears, frustration, problems and then the flip side: problems solved, lots of laughs at my own ineptitude and a heck of a lot of fun and enjoyment. That is, after all, the point of modelling in the first place. The Frank is depicted as a captured aircraft as tested at Clark Field in The Philippines, complete with US radio fit (blade aerial) the guns in place but the gun sight removed as per the reference photos. All external markings are home made - Stars'n'Bars drawn in AutoCAD and cut in Oramask 810 on the Silhouette, the lettering on the tail below S17 are my first attempt at printing decals, certainly won't be the last! This is my third NMF, all based on photos of real aircraft. My Mustang C and D models depicted Test Aircraft from the Texas and California Plants, so this model continues the themes of NMF and testing. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  14. Hi Guys, More pics of final assembly: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Note the US blade type aerial mast behind the canopy. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr A totally shameless plug for Mission Models paints. They really suit my method of painting, which as you've probably gathered by now, is Chaos with Colour! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Hope you like it. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  15. Hi Guys, A final round up of construction and painting photos of the Frank. I had a real hard look at every photo I could find of S17 and came to the conclusion that a US radio had been fitted during testing and the aerial mast and wiring had been changed for one from P-51D or similar late US fighter. It's the blade type which actually has the cable inside the mast, so no external aerial wires. I robbed one from the Revell kit that I'm trying to chop back to a B/C featured elsewhere on these pages. Profimodeller brass guns with MMP Grey Primer Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Profimodeller guns painted with MMP Cold Rolled Steel and a wash of Black in the recesses. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Gun in place. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Landing gear doors and a leg with added lead wire brake hose. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Tail wheel Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Main gear leg: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr More test fitting: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Gear on: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And the flaps: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr More to come! Regards, Bruce Crosby
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