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1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

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Peter

I have nothing to say .. as there just aren't any words.

Keep 'em coming

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Peter

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Peter,

 

You sir are by definition a "Master Model Maker" not a model builder. Awesome skills and knowledge of metal working exhibited!

 

Hat's off,

Barry

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Peter,

 

You sir are by definition a "Master Model Maker" not a model builder. Awesome skills and knowledge of metal working exhibited!

 

Hat's off,

Barry

Seconded!!!

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There should be a separate show for this amazing piece of work.

 

Let's call it Airscale Fest.

 

We can come in fancy dress.  :beer4:

I'm in!  I can dust off my old tux (haven't worn it since the nuptials 7+ years back now), and we can smoke cigars, and sip sherry with our little fingers held out.  And I assume Peter will be there, buzzing around the room, making zoom-zoom airplane noises to really set the mood!  :D

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evening folks :)

 

thank you so much for all your kindness and inspiring words, it really helps keep me focused knowing I need to perform my best with you guys tagging along:

 

 

When is the manufacture of the elevators on the agenda?

 

Hi Cees - well, I have been kind of putting them off as the solartex covering is not the easiest thing to do, so probably last - I am sure I will get into it and in fact I pulled out the kit ones to see if I could use them and they are great in shape but wierdly bigger in span than all the plans I have so maybe on a Seafire FR47 they were bigger...?

 

 

Something worries me, when this construction finishes? What will all your fans do?  :hmmm:

 

 

ha! thanks, not sure about fans, but I will move onto something else, not sure what yet, but it needs to be prop, metal skinned, NMF and probably stay with 1/18 scale so suggestions welcome :)

 

with my bit of painting on the cockpit canopy not being a disatster, I started thinking about painting some of the markings on the airframe. I am getting artwork done for numbers / logos etc, but the cheatlines I need to paint..

 

..I took a profile pic of Race#80 and overlaid it on the Cooke plans to make sure the stripe is level with the datum and to get a sense of proportion..

 

..I also marked key 'waypoints' on the drawing so I can find my bearings on the model..

 

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..then I scaled the photo to the model which will be rally helpful when it comes to sizing the artwork for the logos etc - it also allowed me to mark out what goes where..

 

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..I thought I would start with the central red lightning flash, so I set this out in tape so I could align the masking around it..

 

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..after a fair amount of time and also using scaled guides for the rounded areas at the nose, I had the model ready to paint...

 

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..same process as with the canopy, etch primer follwed by humbrol enamel..

 

..I am quite pleased with how it turned out, and it is odd seeing colour on the airframe...

 

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..then it was onto the pinstripe in blue - this had me worried as it's not an easy thing to get equal and parallel spacing - the best I could do was to create a cutter that was 2 blades stuck together to cut lots of fine strips of tamiya tape and lay them down from the red line outwards, then I get the spacing equal and can remove one of the strips where the actual line will be..

 

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..it gets pretty complicated at the tail around the race number as there are blanks and two lines merge into one - again a scale printout helped work out whats going on..

 

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..and after pretty much a day, one side is masked & ready to go - just need to repeat it for the other so thats it for today as I am all taped out...

 

TTFN
Peter

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