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  1. Wow! That is bad. You might be better of scratch building!!
  2. Manganificent! That gives me an idea for my YF-22 kit...
  3. Having spotted my Fe2b, I freeze framed it (to savor the moment) and then realised the red and white smudge on the right of the shot was me!!!! I wondered what that guy with the big camera was doing...
  4. That has come together really well. Love the way the 'tub' as turned out. Good luck with the rigging.
  5. Grant

    Airfix DH-4

    That's a nice faded/dirty look. And a full set of rigging 😎
  6. Hi Bonovox, I do not like too heavily weathered models, especially in 1/72. Plus this is a "special" scheme - so I left it factory fresh. The decals could have gone down a bit better, but as long as you don't look too closely it looks fine. A nice, colourful addition to the display case. Cheers Grant
  7. Thanks all. Glad you like the Vimy.
  8. That's looking really good. The window decals work really well and the work on the slats has paid off. Leaving the wings off until the very end though would scare me - what about if any filler is required?
  9. As it is 2019, this was the year to build this kit! The kit is OK, but it is only designed to stand on its undercarriage so the U/C doors are a poor closed fit, and there are several vent openings that need closing up. Everything else went together quite well and it looks a good shape to me. The decals went on OK with liberal use of Micro Sol and a hairdryer. They are a bit thick and did crack in a few places around those compound curves – don’t look too closely!! I also had a problem with them bubbling up in a couple of places when I applied the varnish (Klear). I have not seen that before, but a pin prick and some more Micro Sol just about sorted it. I did have a few red stripe bits break off and vanish but luckily H220 is a pretty good match. And then, as a tribute to the original Atlantic crossing, I painted the silhouette of a Vimy on the rolling North Atlantic base. And yes, the port tank decal is mis-aligned (Grrrr!!) Cheers Grant
  10. ☺️ It is sat on the bottom (riding quite high in the water) positioned for a photo op with the slip way is just outside the base area . 😉
  11. Showing my age - I was expecting a Shackelton! Nice piccie though.
  12. Hmmm. I seem to remember it had spent some time in a two tone scheme as a paint test bed. I will see what I can dig up at work.
  13. Not posted anything about this build, so I’ll start with a quick look at the kit and then move straight to the finished model. I picked this up at Telford a few years ago, together with the windsock data file. The book proved very useful during the build. The box was full! With different materials in different bags. White metal engine and struts, resin cockpit and plastic for everything else. I used the American squadron markings from a set of Pheon decals, kindly donated by David Hooper. There was a fair bit of flash on the plastic parts, but the plastic was quite soft so the clean up was straight forward. The radiator was poorly molded, so some copper wire was used to re-build the front. From the outset it was clear that this was going to be a fiddly model and I would probably end up painting and decaling it BEFORE sticking it together. The lower wings have such a flimsy attachment, even though I have pinned them, that I used ‘structural’ rigging for them and have put the model on a water base so that the wings are supported. Now that it is all together it actually feels quite sturdy. The hull is finished in Halford’s Appliance White, the rear decking is acrylic, from a Scale75 wood and leather set, and the rest is enamels. I am particularly pleased with the wood effect on the rear decking. The plastic parts have been stuck together with a mixture of liquid glue mixed with sprue shavings, as there were some large gaps that needed filling! Wings and struts have been joined with two-part epoxy and the rigging is super glued. That is enough preamble, here are the shots of the finished model, with a rather shaky one of me holding it just to give the model some scale. Any and all comments welcome. Cheers Grant
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