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    Fvdm reacted to shark64 in MH 60 Academy SeaHawk. 1/35 scale.   
    First color main color.


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    Fvdm reacted to Vynce804 in 1/24 Airfix Hellcat   
    Hi All,
    This will be my last WIP post for this build as bar a few last minor things it’s almost done.  I’ll post some pictures of the completed model on ‘ready for inspection ‘ hopefully over the weekend.  Thanks for following along and all the kind and encouraging comments.  Cheers. Matt

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    Fvdm reacted to airscale in 1/18 P51C Mustang "Lopes Hope the 3rd"   
    thank you folks - you are too kind
    carrying on with the wing fillets - the borders are laid out with tape to rub soft metal into to get the shapes in 3D after translating the plan profiles..

    ..taped down & burnishing..

    ..the forwardmost fillet is one piece and very difficult - there was nothing for it but to have a go at bashing some ali into shape - itv soon kinked and creased and took a lot of work to get even half right...

    ..you can see here how the material just wouldn't do what was needed and split in one place - no matter I thought I could let in a piece here - this had any inner creases filed down to give it the best chance of truly flattening out when fixed..

    ..still working it..

    ..and finished & with fixings.. it's not perfect, but good enough for me..

    ..same on the other side..

    ..the PE arrived for the front vents so I could do this panel too - another tricky one..
    ..first step was to add the vent structure and then make the front seam of the panel meet the nose intake casting... the rest of the panel lines could be dealt with with overlaps being removed..

    ..with both panels & the vents added..,. the fasteners are added, but not yet all the riveting..



    ..and the nose is pretty much coming together..




    ..still lots to do despite it looking quite complete...

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









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









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    Fvdm got a reaction from Out2gtcha in F-104D Starfighter - 57-1315 - AFFTC Edwards AFB, 1960   
    Great work. I'm glad all is working out well with the lights. 
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    Fvdm reacted to Out2gtcha in F-104D Starfighter - 57-1315 - AFFTC Edwards AFB, 1960   
    Thanks all! Thanks for the comments, encouragement and ideas too.
    I know I've been slacking here as of late, but work has been killer, and with all the question marks surrounding how to proceed with the most difficult part of the build (how to best light up the IPs and cockpit with as little room as I have) its been dragging the significant MoJo I had for this build down....................BUT that mojo is back!
    I finally conceded that I would have to make a few small sacrifices in the overall look of the IPs lit up to make everything work.  Heres what I ended up doing:
    - Used 3 individual MLEDs for each cockpit; one that controls the lower part of the IP and lights up the radar scope and the 5 or 6 small instruments on the right side of the lower part, one that lights up all 15 or so of the upper instruments, and the 3rd MLED is used for lighting up the two side consoles.
    - I  built a tiny light box for the upper IP with the 15 instruments or so in it
    - The lower part of each IP I used some fiber optic cable into some brass tubing, sealed with UV gel glue, then covered in MS black primer
    - The side console spot lights are smaller fiber optic runs powered by a single MLED glued outside of the cockpit.
    My first initial runs were a success, although I didnt have an clear instrument sheets in this test yet, and with it being dark, the glare took some sharpness away from the photo, but a success none the less!

    My fear was that if I used any of the MLEDs directly, the light would be way WAY too bright for cockpit lights, so my hope was that by using some fiber runs, I could tone the overall brightness down, and I think it worked.
    I started off by doing the observers pit first, since it had the most room constraints. I had to move the observers lower IP back a bit to make room for the eventual camera, but I think it will still look ok.
    You can see the fiber optic cables running to the lower part covered in MS black primer to cut out any light bleed:



    And powered up with the fiber optics.......................just as Id hoped, the fiber toned down the brightness to a much more realistic level for a military aircraft cockpit:

    Not perfect by any means, but still good, and will look good once all the junk goes in the pit, it may even be hard to see it all.
    I then built up the observers upper IP light box, putting a bit of clear fiber optics behind each instrument, and polishing the ends facing the MLED on the inside of the box. The box was then lined with polished foil to reflect the light back into the fiber tubes, and sealed up with UV gel glue and painted with MS black primer to again seal any light bleeding.
    Once again, far far from perfect, but I think it still looks pretty cool (even better in person than in pics IMHO):


    It was onto the side console flexible spot lights. I made these from some fiber optic cable with a tiny piece of aluminum tubing on the end, and painted again with MS black primer:

    I used some brass tubing and glued it on the bottom of the pit, to light both side consoles:




    Temporarily installed in the rear pit with our observer/camera man to see how things looked......just as Id hoped, the brightness was indeed toned down also to a much more realistic look. I think this will also show up well once all the junk is together in the pit too................might be easier to see the lights in those conditions. Either way, it was what I was going for in a more subtle subdued light for the consoles:



    I also got a good start on doing the front cockpit setup too. A start on what the lower IP looks like before covering in black primer. The UV activated gel worked a real treat, and held everything together just as I wanted and filled gaps nicely without distorting the light coming into the instruments. Although with the front, I found it was better to coat the fiber optic cable with a chrome paint first, then black primer to seal the light in:


    This is pretty much what the IPs look like before the addition of the AirScale Mylar clear instrument sheet, and the Eduard PE:

    So my experimentation has finally paid off, and while not perfect by any means, its about what I was hoping for, as sometimes concessions have to be made to make things work in the ultimately tight quarters presented in the F-104Ds crapped cockpits.
    Im on a roll here with the pit, and I usually like to keep the roll going when Im on one, so Im hoping tonight I can finish up the lower and upper parts of the pilots IP, then I can "see the light at the end of the tunnel" so-to-speak on finishing up the pit. Once I finish that I can move onto getting the rest of the airframe lit up, which I dont believe will be nearly as hard as trying to figure out the IPs in the cockpits.
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    Fvdm reacted to airscale in 1/18 P51C Mustang "Lopes Hope the 3rd"   
    hi folks
    Thanks Mark - yes, the panels are trimmed to about a couple of mm from the overlap so it's quite easy to get rid of what is needed, in fact the only problem sometimes is that the panel seam practically disappears.. though that can also work in your favour...
    Thanks Kag - another book - hmm, that depends on whether Kev is willing to put himself through it all again - in the case of the Spitfire book, that meant filtering all 10,000 images I had (original high res ones) to find the ones I used in my posts - that, and then all the editing and additional stuff the genius that is our Kev adds.. I suspect it's a 'you only want to do that once' experience
    having finished the upper cowl panels, it was time to move below, the first one to set down was marked out with 3mm tamiya tape to allow another masking tape template to be made of just the straight rear edge...

    ..once that was done the panel was burnished down to the front defining edge and cut out - her it is once it has been fixed down and some of the fasteners added..

    ..then the remaining fasteners & rivets and a hatch was added..

    ..I was going to do the panel forward of this one which has the distinctive small air intake panels with lots of holes, but found the PE ones I had made are not scaled correctly as they are too big so PPD are running me up another set - as such I did the panel behind it instead and will complete it when the PE arrives..

    ..while waiting for the PE I decided to prepare & paint the wings so I can work on all the wing fillet panels - these had already been etch primed months ago so were cleaned up and sprayed with alclad white aluminium...  I was a bit worried about the fragility of the alclad paint, but after a gentle wire wolling to get rid of the dusty finish, it seems to be ok with some tape tests I have done - I have had it in the past where tape just pulls up or damages the finish..


    ..with that done, the rearmost fillet was planned - it looks like this and is not only a signature shape, but full of compound curves... thankfully it's in two parts - upper & lower and the seam can be seen - it's actually a weld, but I haven't figured out how to represent it..

    ..using drawings I made the upper shape and worked this into shape across the fillet to get the three dimensional shape..

    ..and eventually both upper & lower were added to the model...



    ...the fillet right at the front on the leading edge looks really difficult so back when I have worked that out
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    Fvdm got a reaction from Durangokid in Marine F-4J Phantom - Decal time!   
    That looks amazing!
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    Fvdm got a reaction from R Palimaka 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 corsairlada 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 and variants.   
    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 - cockpit painting   
    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 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 Gazzas in OS2U Kingfisher 1:32 Finished!   
    That's a great build!
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