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

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Hi Guys, Some more progress on the Frank. I couldn't make my mind up about the colour of the spinner and tried red first, looked beautiful but not right. So its been repainted in a few shades of metal, once again all Mission Models. The reference photos show the guns in place for load and trim I suppose, but the gun sight isn't fitted, so that's how I'll finish the model eventually. The Prop in red: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And all metal: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr The canopy popped in place for now: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Trying the engine and prop: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Still lots to do! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  5. Hi Jeff, That’s actually a standard Zoukei-Mura base, straight out of the packet! Pre-painted, just open the packet and drop a model onto the base. Easy! Regards, Bruce Crosby
  6. Hi Guys, This morning's work on the Frank has ben applying Flory Weathering Wash over the model, section by section. I've used grime all over the airframe with Grey on the nose anti-dazzle paint. I think Black would have been too stark and I found the Grey blended into the metallics too much. Here's the starboard wing top slathered with wash: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Now with the wash removed with a damp wad of kitchen paper: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr The port tailplane: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Underwing detail: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr The other side: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Now the fuselage! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr The fuselage cleaned and the grey on the anti-dazzle panelling: 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
  7. Hi Ray, MM does a bottle of Polyurethane Additive. Most paint already has it in the mix but Mission Models has you add the amount you want. It makes a real difference to the finish, it comes out really smooth but still flat. Hardly ever get any tip drying. Just check out their web site, have a read of the mix instructions. It soon becomes second nature. None of that rubbish about adding Thinners until you get the consistency of milk. Use the formula I suggested above, maybe add another drop of thinner if you’re using a real fine nozzle. You end up with consistent, dependable, reuseable mixes. They scale up in direct proportions. Just don’t add Poly to their primers, just Thinners. Also be aware the wet colour in the bottle won’t be what you get on the model. As the paint dries, it changes shade as the poly levels it out and the carrier flashes off. It’s partucularly noticeable on the late Luftwaffe colours. I usually mix and spray then go have a cup of coffee while the paint cures a bit. You come back to a different, level, no runs colour. Plus it’s rock hard with the poly. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  8. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing these figures come to life as Rob is a club member at Wiltshire Scale Modellers. There’s actually a few of us here! Regards, Bruce Crosby
  9. Hi Guys, An edit went wrong so here's the remedials: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr I think it's starting to come together now. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  10. Hi Guys, After a short break I dragged my backside onto the Frank again. I drew up masks in AutoCAD and cut them on the silhouette using Oramask 810 as the medium. Some paint got ripped while unmasking, about par for the course. Here goes: Masking the port fuselage: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Port wing with the outer mask in place and blue paint applied with Infinity 0.15. The paint is Mission Models. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Blue on the fuselage: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Some white on something or other! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Port wing marking painted and unmasked. Notice the chipped paint. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr And the underside. Nothing serious really. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Port fuselage with some runs and ghosting. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Worse on the other side! Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Now to start on remedial work: Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
  11. Hi Ray, It's the mix recommended by Mission Models with a base of 10 drops paint, 3 drops thinner and 2 drops of Poly, scaled up as required. I've been using Mission's paint for 2 years now and absolutely rate it. The Poly levels the paint, I never have any tip drying on the airbrush and you can spray that mix thru an Infinity 0.15 all day long. I used the same mix on my recent Me 262 from Revell and its consistently good. Regards, Bruce Crosby
  12. This is Special Hobby's 1/32 scale V-1. A lovely little kit, the usual lo-run moulding features, a bit of etch and a good decal sheet. All paint by Mission Models with a final wash of Flory Black Weathering fluid. Very fast and easy to build and paint. The rear end of the fuselage and engine was assembled and painted in one factory, the explosive section in another and the nose guidance system at a third, all painted where manufactured. Like most munitions, they would only come together as a complete unit prior to launch, being assembled and adjusted in the local bomb dump. Hence the mottle cammo on the back end, the linear colour demarcation on the explosive section and a freehand wavy colour separation on the nose. Some areas were treated to a very thin wash of Mission Models Tyre Black to change the RLM83 and 76 on some sections to emphasise the disparate part manufacturing.
  13. The photo looks like a Kai-Hei version built by the Army Aircraft Arsenal. Short nose with 37mm gun. It will be in one of the releases by Zoukei-Mura. The info is just a bit further down in one of the postings, showing the versions that can be made from the current and future kit releases. regards, Bruce Crosby
  14. Just another quick update: thinning the seat backs as the kit ones are way too thick. I got some grief for this on the FW-190 Facebook pages. Gerry Crandall says the seat back is armoured, it's actually 8mm thick. When I ran the Vernier over the Hasagawa seat, it's as near as dammit 1mm whereas it should be 0.25mm. Now my thinning works out between 0.34 and 0.4mm, still too thick in scale but visually a heck of a lot better. The painted seats in the centre are for the current batch of seven D series, the grey ones on the left are for the Hasegawa A series in the pile, the three blue on the right are for PCM early A series and their Ta-152 C kits. There are a couple more PCM kits somewhere! And three Zoukei-Mura H versions of the Ta-152 as well. The second photo is my thinning kit. The two main tools are the scrapers, one is from the Zoukei-Mura Pro-Zetsu range, the other is the Trumpeter copy. The trumpeter one isn't bad, just the Z-M one is so very, very good, Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards,, Bruce Crosby
  15. Sorry Guys, I hadn't uploaded some photos and the last one, with the SWPA test, isn't the final result. I managed to screw up the print setting on the first run of decals and they were too small. so here's the decals at the right size. Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr Regards, Bruce Crosby
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