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  1. I've always said self commendation is no recommendation. I'm happy to laugh and joke when at shows about my our stuff but there are much better modellers out there. It took years before I started entering competitions with my models, but these days I generally walk away with at least one 1st, but I still don't rate my stuff that high especially when I see some of the works of people on here for example. Yes I'm very happy with the outcome of this kit, Initially I wasn't going to share it outside of my own space but as more and more people have seen it they've either shared it or told me to share it in other places so I have. Yesterday I got contacted by the Australian disty for HobbyBoss who want to use my photos, so the ball would appear to still be rolling on this
  2. I like this, makes me want to start mine.
  3. Thanks all, just a post on how I do my metal finish, not a lot different to a million other ways but, I'd like to think it's my way. Step 1 - You airbrush the Alclad Bright Silver Candy Base over the section you want to paint. The Alclad paint is rock solid and was dry to the touch within half an hour. Step 2 - Mask off random panels, I used Post it Notes as they are very low tack and give a razor sharp edge. I then mix Dark Aluminium or any other of the silver based paints from Alclad with the Alclad base and lightly spray the masked off panels. Other panels I've used the metal powders from Uschi van der Rosten and again masked off the panel and using a cotton bud gentle wipe the powder across the the panel. Once it's got a good coat get a clean cotton bud and polish it back to the finish you want. Step 3 - Spray the model with a gloss clear of your choice, I used Mr Hobby Clear in a rattle can and also Aqua Gloss Clear from Alclad, it really depended on how lazy I felt it doesn't matter as the Panel Line wash doesn't seem to affect the gloss coat. Step 4 - Literally slap some Panel Line wash (I used a 50/50 mix of 1616 Orange Brown & 1617 Blue Black) slap it on all of the panel lines, rivet lines etc and leave it to dry. Step 5 - After you've left the Panel wash for half an hour or so (it can be longer, I left one section over night) start to remove it with a dry cotton bud wiping in the direction of airflow over the panel. It's important that it's a dry cotton but and not one with white spirit, thinners etc on. Wiping it dry deposits a patina on the surrounding panel while clearing the excess off. Keep swapping out the cotton buds for clean ones until you're happy with the effect. Step 6 - very lightly mist the base coat back over the centres of the panel. I then sprayed the whole thing with a Matt coat using Testors Dullcote, (this evened out the finish) and depending on whether you want a aged aluminium finish or a high gloss finish you can apply either a full on gloss or as I used a semi gloss on the leading edges and high points that are more likely to get abraded by airflow. It's on Facebook as it let me do a little slideshow of some of the in progress work. For those of you who use Farcebook
  4. The markings on the rear stabilisers are painted using masks from DN-Models, the rest of the markings i.e. the wings and fuse are the kit decals, I was unsure if I could match the blue in the Stars n Bars so went with the decals and a good slathering of Mr Markset solution.
  5. Thanks folks, didn't expect such a warm welcome so yeah I'll definitely be posting more stuff here. I've got the HK B-17 and the B-25 on the rack of shame so I feel your pain Gewehr The ball turret isn't positional but with a bit of modification it can be, I replaced the rather thin rod that holds it with a brass insert, then used a piece of brass tubing to sleeve it so its got a friction fit, it will drop out if I'm not careful lol Not sure what to build next, I've got the HK Lanc, 3 more HK B-25's and a shite load of other stuff if you've registered on Scalemates you should be able to see what I've got here https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=10901&p=stash Thanks again Gary
  6. It was an absolute doosey to build it literally fell together, most of the kit was almost push fit, it went together that well. I was able to build the whole cockpit area and all the interior as dry fit then take it apart and paint it. I'm definitely going to be getting at least one more of these and the D, the D I'll do as a Mk. III in RAF use, either as Coastal Command or 205 Group.
  7. I'm a coward when it comes to sharing my stuff, I model mostly for the art ,accuracy plays 2nd place and I see too many trolls on the various forums who will spend more time belittling a kit for it's shortcomings than they do actually building it, this puts me off posting outside of my comfort zone. I have people tell me my stuff is good but to be honest I still lack confidence, this is my 1st push and you'll probably see it posted over Facebook a lot. At least I've got my 5 minutes of fame, it's all downhill from here I've posted the build log on Facebook and a couple forums, someone said I should post over here as well. So I went to what I thought was LSP only to realise after I'd post that I'd posted on the other Large Scale site, I'm member of both and Chrome just logged me in, so if you see the same post over there it's not because I'm a posting whore lol
  8. Hey folks, I'm normally a lurker here, I don't tend to post outside of my regular sites just read other peoples stuff. But I've been told I should post this over here so here I am, cap in hand showing you my finished bird. It's out the box and yes I'm fully aware of all the shortcomings of the kit, Davis Wing, Turrets yardy yar etc etc I've put Master Model Barrels on it and some RB belts, not that you can see them, but other than that she's El Naturel Finished in Alclad, Gunze and Ushchi metal powders, weathered with Mig products. Thanks for looking and be gentle......... Gary
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