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    nmayhew got a reaction from mywifehatesmodels in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    I have finally set up another image hosting account (imgur - not convinced, but we'll see).
     
    a tricky build to get the cowling done but everything did fit
     
    all paints MRP
    0.2mm H&S Evolution
    blackbasing and then mottling was a new one for me
    little bit of HST on wing roots and propellers
    kit wheels after binning North Star (beautiful but hubs slightly loose inside tyres) and Eduard (pitted resin - early Eduard resin junk, but they are much better now)
    weathered with oils but not much needed after the paint
     
    hope you like it
     

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    nmayhew reacted to NGBZ in Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk.VIII   
    Wings are on! I was going to depict flaps down but decided that they required too much work and I didn't have access to the Eduard PE set which would be ideal. Besides, I understand that flaps weren't usually left down as they were prone to damage as they hung quite low. Gun camera port needs tidying up when cement sets, but needed something to fill the hole....
     

     
    Gary
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    nmayhew reacted to NGBZ in Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk.VIII   
    Thanks Michael. Frustrating, but nothing that can't be overcome....
     
    So, The Ferranti Gyro Sight Mk.II with control box and dimmer switch with .010 lead wire for the cabling. Gunsight is inverted here to prove that I did put a cable in there as it'll never ever be seen once fitted to the cockpit so there is definative proof it's there ok 
     

     
    A lick of paint later....
     

     
    The shade is the original PE part from the kit. The 'glass' is acetate sheet cut to size. 
     

     
    The two circular projectors on the top were first painted with a chrome pen and then a couple of blobs of Tamiya Smoke were applied to act as lenses. There are decals supplied for the control settings but no data placard on the side so this was hand painted with silver paint and a very fine brush.
    Also, I've seen some images with 'NO HOLD" stenclled on top of the shade so decided to replicate this. I had nothing suitable to hand, so cut individual letters from a spare decal sheet. No idea if it's correct for this year of plane or if it's the correct size, but looks cool 
     

     
    Will start tackling the throttle assembly tomorrow as my eyes are starting to ache 
     
    Gary
     
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    nmayhew reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-14 Hartmann Double Chevron   
    Thanks Troy!
     
    Some of the last cockpit bits have been put into place in advance of the clear parts including the rod that goes across the rear sill (I had to trim both ends so that the canopy sits flush), the UV lights and the Revi gun sight.
     






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    nmayhew reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-14 Hartmann Double Chevron   
    Yes, I believe there is a panel line there and I'm debating whether or not to scribe new one since I had to fill the existing one due to the width of the Barracuda oil cooler.  The new panel line would essentially run down where my rivet line is.  Scribing is challenging enough without having to run one over a set of holes.
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    nmayhew reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-14 Hartmann Double Chevron   
    The clear parts have been dipped in Future, which does a good job of (a) hiding any micro scratches and scuffs and (b) protecting against any potential frosting caused by CA and Tamiya Extra Thin cement.  After I finish attaching all of the cockpit details including the Revi 16B gun sight, I'll glue the clear parts into place in the closed position.


     
    The Barracuda spinner, which I used on my last build, has some nice hub detail molded within the openings.  After the recess is painted black, I've picked out the detail in metallic grey.

     
    The spinner is sprayed gloss white as a base for the white spiral.  The mask is custom cut using the Silhouette Portrait and is based on a EagleCal spiral decal I have from a previous build.  This is actually the second try.  The first coat of white revealed a slight casting imperfection on the surface of the spinner that I couldn't ignore so I wiped off the paint and smoothed the spinner out.

     
    The spinner is then sprayed gloss black.

     
    I'm so excited to see the results, I usually remove masks minutes after spraying.  Which is usually not a problem with quick-drying acrylic paints but it would be safer to pull the masks after the paint has had time to cure.

     
    This time my impatience probably caused some rough edges on the spiral that I'm not going to address since this will be covered in a white overspray.  I am assuming that Hartmann's machine HAD a spinner spiral before the white winter camo was applied.

     
    The blending in of the Barracuda oil cooler intake has been completed.  The initial fill using Milliput was topped off with some Mr Surfacer 1000.


     
    The area was coated with a primer.  I've just started using Mr Primer Surfacer 1000 as a primer, thinned with Tamiya Lacquer Thinner.  It seems to be a little smoother and provide more consistent coverage than the Mr Surfacer 1200 that I was using previously.


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    nmayhew reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-14 Hartmann Double Chevron   
    What?  No one likes the retro pic?  Too personal?   Ok... back to business...
     
    I fiddled with the resin prop yesterday.  I used a piece of aluminum tube to serve as the prop shaft.

     
    The Barracuda jig that helps line up the prop blades to spinner also comes with a guide to center the hole in the back of the prop.  The hole came out a little messy but it is centered.

     
    The prop assembly is a friction fit so that I can remove it for shipping.


     
    The blades still need to be removed from their casting blocks and cleaned up.

     
    Jumping over to the wings, I noticed a nice manufacturing touch... Hasegawa thoughtfully prints the part number on the back of the radiator faces.  Saves me the trouble of scratching them on myself.

     
    The wheels wells were primed using Mr Primer Surfacer 1000.  The packaging states that it can be used on metal surfaces.

     
    I then sprayed the wheel wells RLM 02 Grey over a black base just to try and get some tonal depth.

     
    I added a small drainage pipe to the front edge of the oil cooler intake.  The intake has been riveted.

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    nmayhew reacted to dodgem37 in Hasegawa Kawanishi N1K2-J Shidenkai   
    Good show.
     

    Boy-o-boy, does this bring back memories:
     

    Scratched for the Rex in my signature.
     
    Sincerely,
    Mark
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    nmayhew reacted to dennismcc in Hasegawa Kawanishi N1K2-J Shidenkai   
    Hi Thunnus, hope that I'm not too confusing with my updates as I'm not the greatest writer, but it is nice to know that I may be helping a fellow modeller.
    I noticed the hatch in the instructions and on closer inspection of the Aero Detail book it is described as a life raft storage hatch which is opened from the cockpit.
    Profiles in the book show it and it is visible on photos of preserved aircraft and also wartime photos though annoyingly most wartime photos only show the port side of the aircraft. However Hasegawa must have got the information from somewhere but  I'm ignoring the instructions on this one.
     
    Cheers
     
    Dennis
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    nmayhew reacted to dennismcc in Hasegawa Kawanishi N1K2-J Shidenkai   
    So on we go, time to put all those painted parts together, and they went together really well.





    And here we are, Hasegawa certainly did not mess about when it came to making sure that the fuselage was solid, those bulkheads are very strong.

     
    Cheers
     
    Dennis
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    nmayhew got a reaction from AlbertD in Mister surfacer grades, which is which?   
    i am among the many that regard the 1500 grade as the best primer around
     
    i have used rattle can and got a finish like no other, but not great for little nooks and crannies etc, and also works out expensive
    I have still chosen to use it just now on the clear plastic cowling piece of my Trumpeter Jug
     
    in the smaller 40ml jars just dilute anything from 1 to 1 up to 1 to 3 and beyond with Mr Levelling Thinner (where MLT is the 3) and you can get a finish approaching that of the rattle can but probably more nimble
     
    i mix mine up and keep it in a jar ready as i have little appetite to keep farting around with thinners
     
    overall MRP black and grey primers are very good, but Mr Surfacer 1500 just tops them in my view
     
    acrylic primers don't come even close because of their lack of chemical 'bite'
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    nmayhew got a reaction from mywifehatesmodels in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    here's what it's meant to be!
     

     
    and a few more pics
     
    forgot to say markings are all masks from TopNotch with exception of geschwader marking (Eagle Strike decal), and fuel triangle (DML decal)
     

     

     

     
    cheers
     
    Nick
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    nmayhew reacted to AlbertD in Mister surfacer grades, which is which?   
    I use the thicker stuff as a filler for scratch size blemishes. The thing I like about it is that it sands well. It can be built up over already applied dry coats and sanded back to fill. I love the 1200 thinned with about 50/50 leveling thinner for primer. 
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    nmayhew reacted to Bob MDC in Mister surfacer grades, which is which?   
    GSI Creos aka Mr Hobby do the full range of fillers/surface primers,
    Mr Putty and Mr Putty R for big jobs 
    Mr Dissolved Putty a great gap filler
    Mr Surfacer 500, 1000, 1200 small work and priming as also in rattle cans
    Mr Finishing Surfacer 1000, 1500 also in rattle can a various colours great for priming 
    Mr Finishing Surfacer 1500 grey in a can is my go to primer for all the masters we get in and it can really sort out lines on 3D stuff with a bit of practice.
    All of the above shrink so pulling in to the defect so a couple of coats may be required  but if you have a bit of thinner on your applicator it smooths it of really well.
     
    And the main feature of all the Mr S products you can wipe them off with Mr Color Thinners or Isopropyl Alcohol so no sanding, but the thicker ones will need a bit more work but if you vary the rubbing cloth it will help with some "elbow grease"
     
     
    MDC were the company that brought Mr S into the UK but I have no comercial links with the product now.
    It's just a great product that's why I sold it . 
     
    If anybody needs any help with the stuff please get in touch.
     
    Bob
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    nmayhew got a reaction from Uncarina in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    I have finally set up another image hosting account (imgur - not convinced, but we'll see).
     
    a tricky build to get the cowling done but everything did fit
     
    all paints MRP
    0.2mm H&S Evolution
    blackbasing and then mottling was a new one for me
    little bit of HST on wing roots and propellers
    kit wheels after binning North Star (beautiful but hubs slightly loose inside tyres) and Eduard (pitted resin - early Eduard resin junk, but they are much better now)
    weathered with oils but not much needed after the paint
     
    hope you like it
     

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    nmayhew got a reaction from Uncarina in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    here's what it's meant to be!
     

     
    and a few more pics
     
    forgot to say markings are all masks from TopNotch with exception of geschwader marking (Eagle Strike decal), and fuel triangle (DML decal)
     

     

     

     
    cheers
     
    Nick
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    nmayhew got a reaction from mozart in New Hurricane wheels from Barracuda ...   
    All we need now is a decent 1/32 kit to go with the wheels
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    nmayhew got a reaction from Wolf Buddee in Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A   
    super sweet as always Wolf!
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    nmayhew got a reaction from Isar 30/07 in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    here's what it's meant to be!
     

     
    and a few more pics
     
    forgot to say markings are all masks from TopNotch with exception of geschwader marking (Eagle Strike decal), and fuel triangle (DML decal)
     

     

     

     
    cheers
     
    Nick
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    nmayhew got a reaction from CATCplSlade in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    I have finally set up another image hosting account (imgur - not convinced, but we'll see).
     
    a tricky build to get the cowling done but everything did fit
     
    all paints MRP
    0.2mm H&S Evolution
    blackbasing and then mottling was a new one for me
    little bit of HST on wing roots and propellers
    kit wheels after binning North Star (beautiful but hubs slightly loose inside tyres) and Eduard (pitted resin - early Eduard resin junk, but they are much better now)
    weathered with oils but not much needed after the paint
     
    hope you like it
     

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    nmayhew got a reaction from Landrotten Highlander in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    I have finally set up another image hosting account (imgur - not convinced, but we'll see).
     
    a tricky build to get the cowling done but everything did fit
     
    all paints MRP
    0.2mm H&S Evolution
    blackbasing and then mottling was a new one for me
    little bit of HST on wing roots and propellers
    kit wheels after binning North Star (beautiful but hubs slightly loose inside tyres) and Eduard (pitted resin - early Eduard resin junk, but they are much better now)
    weathered with oils but not much needed after the paint
     
    hope you like it
     

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    nmayhew got a reaction from MikeMaben in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    here's what it's meant to be!
     

     
    and a few more pics
     
    forgot to say markings are all masks from TopNotch with exception of geschwader marking (Eagle Strike decal), and fuel triangle (DML decal)
     

     

     

     
    cheers
     
    Nick
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    nmayhew got a reaction from Landrotten Highlander in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    here's what it's meant to be!
     

     
    and a few more pics
     
    forgot to say markings are all masks from TopNotch with exception of geschwader marking (Eagle Strike decal), and fuel triangle (DML decal)
     

     

     

     
    cheers
     
    Nick
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    nmayhew got a reaction from dodgem37 in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    I have finally set up another image hosting account (imgur - not convinced, but we'll see).
     
    a tricky build to get the cowling done but everything did fit
     
    all paints MRP
    0.2mm H&S Evolution
    blackbasing and then mottling was a new one for me
    little bit of HST on wing roots and propellers
    kit wheels after binning North Star (beautiful but hubs slightly loose inside tyres) and Eduard (pitted resin - early Eduard resin junk, but they are much better now)
    weathered with oils but not much needed after the paint
     
    hope you like it
     

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    nmayhew got a reaction from Old Dog in Me109 E-4 Trop JG27 Black 8 (DML)   
    I have finally set up another image hosting account (imgur - not convinced, but we'll see).
     
    a tricky build to get the cowling done but everything did fit
     
    all paints MRP
    0.2mm H&S Evolution
    blackbasing and then mottling was a new one for me
    little bit of HST on wing roots and propellers
    kit wheels after binning North Star (beautiful but hubs slightly loose inside tyres) and Eduard (pitted resin - early Eduard resin junk, but they are much better now)
    weathered with oils but not much needed after the paint
     
    hope you like it
     

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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