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  1. Oh good! Thanks Kev. I have been kicking myself because I told a customer in Hobbyco to use windex. Phew. What on earth did that kid do????
  2. As many will know, my lovely HPC plus and Custom Micron were put out out of action by a child spraying Windex through them. They corroded accordingly. I contacted the Airbrush MegaStore in Adelaide and asked if they could help. (They are always magnificent!) I was given the phone number for Iwata Australia. I duly contacted them and spoke to a gentleman named Chris. Chris asked me to send my brushes directly to him. And so I did. Poor Chris had a devil of a time getting all the junk out of both brushes. So corroded were they, Chris had to scrape the grub out. My beautiful Iwatas!!!! I need not have worried. Chris completed them in less than a week. They were sent yesterday from Adelaide and arrived this morning, just as I was about to use one of my other airbrushes. I highly recommend Iwata Australia. Aussie and New Zealand modellers can purchase an Iwata airbrush knowing not only are they getting a fine product, but also the best service I have ever had over the 55 years of my life. I am elated. This experience that began as a negative, has been transformed and become a positive. Thanks Chris for this wonderful service and transaction. First class 100%.
  3. I have the Schiffer JG54 book. Your model brings my book to life. I was geeking out on it ladt night.
  4. May I ask why your friend with leukemia? I am sorry you are having such issues.
  5. That's a real beaut mate! Well done. I always love a JG54 subject.
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    Hasegawa Ki-84.

    It's okay. I ordered another kit from Japan. It should arrive in a week. I will spend some time with Tony. Ha! I know what has happened! It is Mardi-gra month in Sydney. Frank has gone and left me and I'm stuck with Tony!!!
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    Hasegawa Ki-84.

    Thanks guys. My day has become a full clean and assortment of my models due to my not finding the propellor. I have done zero modelling. I am becoming concerned. Was it in something I threw away???? Surely not. It is 1.54 p.m. and I have been searching since 10 a.m.
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    Hasegawa Ki-84.

    Last night's weathering over a few hours. I went to my local art supplies shop and bought additional pencils, pastels, charcoal etc. I began weathering around 9 p.m. and stopped around 1.30 a.m. a lot of that time was experimenting with my new supplies. Great fun. I would try something then another thing etc etc. At moment of writing it looks like this. My morning has been spent cleaning my work area and searching for the propellor. Will begin again now.
  9. mpk

    Bad news.

    Thanks Astro. Will do, and thanks. Cheers Mike. I'm gonna be alright. On the first day when I heard I was taken aback, but then it became normal.
  10. mpk

    Hasegawa Ki-84.

    Belly weathering begun. Blending begu
  11. mpk

    Hasegawa Ki-84.

    I have the model ready for the final blend later this evening. I am aware how stark it appears now, but this is part of my "plan". I have begun weathering the belly. Wish me luck.
  12. Thanks Brian. I began on the Frank belly tonight. I will get to the Tony on Sunday.
  13. I begin with basic IJA green and IJA green grey and stainless steel. I apply it over a black base. From there I use regular pastels, artist oil pastels pencils, artist pastel pencils, as in AK, and wax artist pastels. The original colour is long gone. I apply basic coats, seal and sand. I did this tonight night for 4 hours. Progress is very slow. I find it really calming. And I spend ages looking at photos, and searching for photos. Last night I did this with the Frank for hours. I copied the scratches from photos from a mix of planes. This is the 1st time I have done this. It is just an experiment. I am doing both differently to see what happens. Fingers crossed!
  14. Thanks Tom. What do you think of the colour blending? I am making this up as I go along. Clueless as ever.
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    Hasegawa Ki-84.

    Thank you all very much. There is still work to be done. I am now at a cocktail bar drinking free mocktails. They refuse my money. For some strange reason people like me? I think they're bonkers. I will have dinner, then home to model. Play drums all day tomorrow. Sunday all day modelling. Luckiest man alive!
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    Hasegawa Ki-84.

    I am experimenting using only pencils and pastel chalk for weathering, no washes have been applied. All marks and scratches are copied directly from photos of in service Franks. The exhaust is too dark but I will tone it down after I finish playing drums.
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    Bad news.

    Marus my dear friend, here is my answer. I worked long and patiently doing this. I have been practicing weathering with only pastels and Prisma and AK pencels. 5 hours doing this. Not finished. The exhaust needs work. Also I will likely get the drug from the trial. I am not going anywhere. Cancer is but a temporary set back. Even 2 cancers.
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