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  1. Cheers Seb, yes I used the Traffic Grey. It does look a little light to my eye too, not least because I lightened it further for shading, but it's close enough for me. There are a couple of exhaust options, I went with the instructions as I couldn't see any obvious differences and wouldn't know any better anyway!
  2. Morning all, My third completion of the year, Trumpeter's MiG-31. I finished this model back in March shortly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and thought it prudent to hold it back given the timing and sensitivities around the war. Hopefully I've not jumped the gun even now in that respect... The kit itself is pretty nice, although it became a bit of a slog, with lots of mistakes along the way, including snapping one of the fins off during decalling.... The decals themselves were largely useless, so I ended up purchasing a Begemot sheet to use in their place, otherwise what you see is
  3. Morning all, Latest off the bench is this Growler. Originally intended for an F/A-18 group build elsewhere, I ran out of steam long before the deadline, but am happy to finally get it over the line. It's the Hasegawa kit with a load of extras thrown at it: Eduard zoom set in the cockpit, Pavla seats, Wolfpack wings for the drooped flaps and Twobobs decals for the VAQ-209 markings. I had hoped to go with the Darth Vader CAG jet, but annoyingly the decals were out of register for that scheme, so I opted for a low viz line jet instead. At least Vader is still present on the fins... Painted u
  4. Morning all, My modelling mojo has taken a bit of a hit over the last couple of months for various reasons, but I wanted to get back on the horse with something nice and simple, and it doesn't get much more simple than Special Hobby's lovely little Heinkel He162. A tidy little kit with good fit and details throughout. Finished OOB with the exception of some replacements Swastikas on the fins simply to avoid using the two part decals provided, painted using Hataka Orange Line lacquers , Alclad for the metal areas and the odd bit of Tamiya for details. A great little mojo restorer
  5. Evening all, Latest off the bench is this P-38J courtesy of Academy. A nice little kit that went together well enough, I sourced decals from a Kits World sheet having been dubious of the quality of Academy's own, otherwise it's OOB. Finished using a combination of Hataka Orange Line, Mr Color and Alclad paints- I used this model to experiment with one or two new weathering techniques, most notably hair spray chipping. In retrospect it's probably the wrong approach to replicate the worn down wing roots, and as such the effect looks overdone, but a lesson learned I suppose. There are one or
  6. Afternoon all, Getting off to a quick start in 2022 with my first completion of the year, Tamiya's lovely little Mustang. Not much to say that hasn't already been said, though I did add some Eduard belts and used Eagle Cal decals in place of the kit ones. Finished using Alclad and Tamiya paints, with Hataka Orange Line used on the details. I liked the clean look so much I decided to leave it as is, so no weathering. Tamiya 1/72 North American P-51D Mustang by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Tamiya 1/72 North American P-51D Mustang by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr
  7. Evening all, Rounding off a couple of busy days celebrating Christmas with what is (probably) my final completion of the year, the lovely little Airfix Spitfre Vc. Built completely OOB, except for the addition of some Eduard belts, with no issues whatsoever. Finished using Mr Color for Azure Blue and Mid Stone (I wasn't convinced by the rendition of my usual choice of Hataka's Orange Line for those two colours) with Hataka used elsewhere. Not much else to say other than it was a stress free build to round the year off with, maybe... Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Vc by Shaun
  8. Evening all, My build rate has slowed up considerably in recent weeks, but projects have been ticking over in the background, with this MiG-29SMT from Zvezda crossing the finish line this evening. A lovely kit with largely great fit and good details, as well as a ridiculous amount of weapons to choose from. Built completely OOB, the main camouflage colours are by MRP (not sure about the accuracy of the darkest green...) while the details and metallics are courtesy of Hataka Orange Line and Alclad respectively. Zvezda 1/72 MiG-29SMT Fulcrum by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Zv
  9. Thanks very much guys, much appreciated
  10. Morning all, My modelling time has slowed a bit after a busy month getting out and about photographing real aircraft, but I've been slowly tinkering away in the background and have finished my latest build this morning, ICM's awesome 1/72 MiG-25. Despite the fairly complex assembly, the model comes together beautifully with relatively little filling and sanding required. Built completely OOB, I used MRP Traffic Grey for the main colour, while the details and metallic areas were painted using my more usual Hataka Orange Line and Alclad lacquers respectively. Overall, a fabulous kit of this
  11. Evening all, My latest completion is the superb little 1/72 Razorback Jug by Tamiya. I added some Eduard belts while the decals for the 78 FG came courtesy of Barrcudacals; I always wanted to model 'Snafu' after her short stay with TFC, but have never been able to find the decals for her, but this is close enough. Painted with my usual combination of Hataka and Alclad lacquers, plus a bit of Tamiya here and there. I made a few schoolboy errors along the way which take the shine off the finished model, but it's nice to have it in the display case nonetheless. Tamiya 1/72 Republic P-47
  12. Good stuff, I can rest easy in that case!
  13. Thanks all, much appreciated I'm sticking to jets that were based at Lakenheath, which I don't believe is the case with those two? Thanks Duncan, very humbled by that. I always try and strike a balance between realism and artistic license when modulating my paintwork, usually leaning towards the latter for added interest, but am very pleased with the effect here. In fact I actually find it easier on grey, monochromatic schemes where the effects can be more noticeable
  14. Evening all, Fresh off the bench and wrapping up my 48FW Theme build is the stunning GWH 1/72 F-15C Eagle. Perhaps even nicer then their F-15E I started this project with, the fit and detail is incredible, with just a touch of filling and sanding required here and there. Decals were mostly courtesy of Caracal with a few of the kit decals used here and there. I also added Eduard Brassin AIM-120Cs, omitting the fins for training rounds, and a 3D printed ACMI pod by Transport Wings, to replicate a typical training loadout as carried by this jet when I visited Lakenheath last Autumn. Painted
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