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    Fvdm got a reaction from corsairlada in Trumpeter Swordfish 1:32   
    Finally this model is ready. Here the pics without any comment.









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    Fvdm reacted to Battlebirds in 1/32 HS Buccaneer   
    Thanks guys.

    I've made some more progress.





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    Fvdm reacted to Battlebirds in 1/32 HS Buccaneer   
    Okay, here you go


    The Dakota.


    Anyway, back to the Buccaneer. Some more progress has been made






    The 1/48 Airfix kit helps to see if I'm on par with the general shape.

    Nose fold detail.

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    Fvdm reacted to sandbagger in Sopwith 'Swallow 1:32 scale   
    Hi all,
    A couple more details.
    The inspection window in the upper surface of the wing, for the aileron pulley and cable.
    Also seen is the wing centre joint and head padding on the trailing edge of the wing centre section. 
    Finally the wheels (not weathered yet),

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    Fvdm got a reaction from Daniel Leduc in Trumpeter Swordfish 1:32   
    Finally this model is ready. Here the pics without any comment.









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    Fvdm reacted to airscale in 1/18 P51C Mustang "Lopes Hope the 3rd"   
    evening all
    Hi Torben - unlikely for Telford, it certainly won't be finished by then but will be pretty close, so I will probably bring it next year Looking forward to catching up again and thanks again for doing the font for the masks for the 'Lopes Hope' nose art - though I doubt it will see any paint this side of Christmas
    another step forward and in some ways another escape from the devil of modelling- transparencies... they are my nemesis and I am literally on the verge of a cardiac arrest every time I go near them on the model..
    ..not many WIP pics, but here is the original...

    ..I started by putting down a false cowling panel so all the panels around the cockpit will butt up against it and I will get a clean sequence of joins.. then added the strip that goes around the rear of the windshield where it meets the canopy windows..
    ..once that was down I added the top framing which was made up from strips of tape on the model and then made up in litho.. the strip was attatched with CA, but all the rest with contact adhesive very, very carefully

    ..the bottom of the frames around the armoured glass is really hard to get right, and I haven't but it is the best I can do - I started with some ali/tin sort of soft metal sheet I have and teased it into position before marking it out...

    ..and then no more WIP pics until I had all the panels down -sorry about that





    ..so I am relieved it is done and will now tape it up to protect it while I sort out the cowling panels..

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    Fvdm reacted to ericg in RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy Lots of resin!   
    Well done gents, thanks for the laugh!
    Onto some more modelling. The figure of Sean was next up. I have never really done a figure before and have always wanted to learn. A few books and a tutorial from my good mate Simmo saw me through. I did scrub the paint off and start again 5 times before I was happy enough with this result. The macro photography, strong light and magnification on the screen are not particularly flattering, but he looks really good at normal viewing distance.



    I then finished the master of the trailer. The chassis parts were completed, using Meng bolts to add detail to the rails.

    I made one leaf spring suspension assembly, using thin strips of plastic card and aluminium foil.

    All of the trailers master components together.

    I spent some time boxing up all of the components ready to mould them using Pinkysil. Visible is my vacuum chamber which I use to de-gas the silicone.

    I haven't done many two part moulds before , so I felt the trailer deck was going to be a great way to expand my skills in that area.
    Ready to pour the first half. I have formed the pour hole and air hole from modelling clay. The pour hole is the conical shape and is designed to act as a reservoir for resin that will allow for it to fill the mould once the air bubbles are shrunk in the pressure pot.

    The second half, once the modelling clay that formed the base of the first half has been stripped away. I have used a very thin coat of petroleum jelly on the pink silicone to allow the second half not to stick to it.

    The first resin pour of the trailer deck.

    All of the components of the trailer in resin.

    The assembled resin trailer. Tricky little thing that has been the most time consuming part of the build! The Ubolts and other fitting were made from brass rod.


    I used some Uschi plywood decal for the trailer deck. (Thanks Simmo!)

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    Fvdm reacted to Renegade in 1/32 Italeri Mirage IIIE   
    Hey Guys,
    It's been a while since my last post. With all the resin copies done, I did a quick test fit the parts of  on the Italeri IIIE kit. The fuselage was simply held together by masking tape and some spots of superglue, no filler either. This because I have other variants I want to make using this kit.








    The kit decals are not accurate, so I'm having the correct ones printed

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    Fvdm reacted to Vynce804 in 1/24 Airfix Hellcat   
    Hi All,
    Of all the models I have painted this is by far the most difficult. And it’s only one colour!
    There are many versions of GSB to choose from from different manufacturers and each is a little different.  And in the end I decided on the Tamiya mix  of xf17, xf8, xf2 in a 5:3:2 ratiowhich to my eye comes close.  The difficulty is getting any depth into the finish.  I like to post shade my paint and with lighter colours it’s easy as  the contrast between your base colour and your post shade is not as great as it is with a dark colour such as this blue.  I think I’m getting there after lots of trial and error. Ive left the paint with a touch more contrast that I would  ideally like but think that will reduce with washes filters and oils but I can at least see light at the end of the tunnel!

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    Fvdm reacted to Fanes in Revell Spitfire FRIXc MK716 - pink recon   
    Time for some colour!
    While I'm waiting for the F.24 camera I turned my attention to the cockpit. I started it off with a grey Alclad primer.

    Followed by a a satin black coat (Tamiya X-18) and aluminium for the rear cockpit.

    After a sufficient drying time I laid down a random base of Mr.Color C364 grey-green.

    With some careful belnding I ended up with a finish which is quite alive - at least to my eye. Enjoy:

    Right now I'm collecting all my references for painting all those tiny details. More pictures soon to follow!
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    Fvdm reacted to Madmax in Mi-24 in Angola   
    Thanks Kev and Brian! Marcel, I am very fortunate indeed, and Nick has (jokingly I think) spoken about a CNC machine more than once now - can you imagine... 
    Here is a little update on the process I have been using to get a weathered finish. Please feel free to comment about the process as I'm sure there are better ways of getting to the end product. Firstly, I dabbed masking fluid onto the upper surfaces with a torn sponge. I then spray a very diluted mixture of white, desert yellow and bit of clear as a "binding agent". This is to create some texture that looks like sun/rain damage.
    Since the gloss from the decal layer is still mostly in place, I now do panel line washes as it is still easy to wipe away the excess.

    Then a layer of matt of your own preference. Must be acrylic if you want to do the next two steps...

    After applying a layer of mig's odourless enamel thinner on manageable panel areas at a time, I painted on "rainmarks streaking effect" and worked it onto the surface as per Miguel's tutorial video's. 

    Then finally, a bit of oil paint streaking and grime according to taste. I tend to under-do this and will possibly still add some more later.

    After spraying micro flat on the rotors, I found that the hubs became too dull. In an experiment, I rubbed some of the mig Gun Metal pigment onto the hub with an earbud, and then gave it a bit of a polish. Much better in my opinion, and I then used it on all sorts of bits that need a shine. Useful stuff!


    Now for the final assembly and exhaust staining...
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    Fvdm got a reaction from Jan_G in OS2U Kingfisher 1:32 Finished!   
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    Fvdm got a reaction from Jan_G in OS2U Kingfisher 1:32 Finished!   
    Here are the pics of the finished Kingfisher. A really enjoyable build.









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    Fvdm got a reaction from Model_Monkey in Trumpeter Swordfish 1:32   
    Finally this model is ready. Here the pics without any comment.









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    Fvdm reacted to Gazzas in OS2U Kingfisher 1:32 Finished!   
    That's a great build!
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    Fvdm reacted to Phantom2 in OS2U Kingfisher 1:32 Finished!   
    A really nice build, well done! 
    Stefan E
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    Fvdm reacted to dennismcc in OS2U Kingfisher 1:32 Finished!   
    That looks great to me, nice one
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    Fvdm got a reaction from Gazzas in OS2U Kingfisher 1:32 Finished!   
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    Fvdm reacted to kkarlsen in Aeromarine 75/Curtiss F-5-L (Highball Express)   
    So,  the Aeromarine build has reached a major milestone...
    Maybe it doesn't look of much but I guarantee you it has been one of those moments, where I wasn't sure if all the work has
    been worth it and the parts would all fit together and line up correctly.

    Getting the engine mounts and the scratched struts to fit together with the upper wing.

    The instrument panel is in place...

    The radiators for the Liberty engines.

    Still the oil tanks aren't in place. A lot of pipes is also needed, but it's getting there...
    Cheers: Kent
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    Fvdm reacted to Bruce_Crosby in Mistel Combo   
    Hi Guys,
    A busy day at the spray booth, trying to sort out the lifted paint on the Me-262 Flying Bomb part of the Mistel.  Here's the damage on one side, about the same on the other side.
    Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
    I masked up the fuselage already painted, laying up with Aizu Micron Masking Tape back filled with odds and ends from yesterday's session, then applied a mix of MMP's Grey Primer in thin layers, building it up with the judicious use of a hair dryer to harden each layer.
    Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
    After some minor sanding and smoothing with Micro Mesh pads I applied the base colour of RLM76 again, smooth as a baby's posterior.
    Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
    Then on with a scribble and mottle of MMP RLM 82, lightened with a touch of White.
    Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
    Then a few squirts of RLM66 over the blue and green.  Yes, it's not a "real" external colour but as this is a fictitious item that never flew and the war stopped in 1945 not 1946, I can more or less dictate my own conditions!
    Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
    And the result of a few hours work.
    Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
    Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
    Untitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr
    Tomorrow I hope to mask and paint some panels on the port engine, specifically the rear end will be black, the intake ring might be bare metal and the panel behind it might get the same cammo as the nose.  Then again, it might not.  Could be Primer or plain old aluminium.  Plus the markings might get cut on the Silhouette and sprayed, depends how the day goes.
    Hope somebody likes it.
    Bruce Crosby
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    Fvdm reacted to sandbagger in Sopwith 'Swallow 1:32 scale   
    Hi all,
    The undercarriage assembly has been fitted.
    Also added are the panel fasteners to the rear of the undercarriage, a drain pipe and the cross bracing anchors in the fuselage under shield,

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    Fvdm got a reaction from kkarlsen in Fokker Dr. 1 'Dreidekker' - Stripped   
    Fantastic build!
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    Fvdm reacted to kkarlsen in Fokker Dr. 1 'Dreidekker' - Stripped   
    And some closeup detail pictures...












    Enjoy! Kent
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    Fvdm reacted to kkarlsen in Fokker Dr. 1 'Dreidekker' - Stripped   
    Pictures of the finished build of the Fokker Dr. 1 'Skeletal'. I have always wanted to build something completely from scratch. 
    This wasn't a 100% scratch, as I used some parts from the Roden kit, cowling and rudder from Aviattic. Photoetch from Tom's modelworks, RB Productions and Part of Poland.
    It isn't perfect, but it was a great learning experience and got me a step closer to the ultimate goal of building an all scratched model.










    Hope you like the result...
    Cheers: Kent
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    Fvdm reacted to MikeMaben in OS2U Kingfisher 1:32 Finished!   
    That does look nice , I must say 
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