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  1. Grant

    Red Arrow red...?

    Hoping the interweb can sort out a problem for me... Our club is building 9 Hawks for a friends son and, to try and get them all looking roughly the same shade of red, we were/are going to paint them with a white undercoat and use the kit recommended H238. So I went out and bought a brand new tin of enamal 238 - BUT it looks orange compared with the (small) tub of acrylic 238 supplied with the kit! What to do? Is it just me and my eyes! What is the accepted red to use for Red Arrows Hawks? Any and all help greatly appreciated. cheers Grant NB. The kit is the 1/72 starter kit with the Union Jack fin.
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    And the winners are

    Here, here!! An excellent range of models produced. Well done everyone.
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    Finished builds

    Just realized I haven't posted the finished piccies in here. Just time to get them in!
  4. Thanks, it turned out well and looks suitably dynamic. So much so that someone at the Avon show saw it and then went on a bought a VC10 and Tornados to have a go themselves. I am looking forward to hearing how that went!!
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    Pegasus Hobbies Spinosaurus 1/24 Diorama

    That has toned down the colours really nicely. Maybe a light grey wash for sun bleached, top areas, or maybe dusted areas like feet and tail? Good idea to sleep on it though!
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    Cosford airfield and runway

    Right click - save. Ta Muchly.
  7. Yep, that'll do nicely. Glad to see the cowling went on - even if you are now missing a few engine bits!
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    1/72nd Airfix Supermarine Swift FR5

    Thanks Miggers. I had come across that thread. The images on it are of the factory buildings, and I have emailed the site, via their contacts page, but have heard nothing back yet. Given the model is for an ex apprentice, the 'blue print' base is growing on me, and I think I might stick with it. Cheers Grant
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    1/72nd Airfix Supermarine Swift FR5

    The trouble with that is that it the place is not an active airfield anymore. What I really need is a mid '50s shot.
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    Pegasus Hobbies T-Rex and Triceratops Dinosaurs

    Awesome. That looks sooooo good.
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    1/72nd Airfix Supermarine Swift FR5

    And done! The decals caused a scare to begin with. They are quite thick and have a matt finish. And the smallest amount of water that trickles off them will leave a white milky residue if allowed to dry!!!!! And trying to wash it off seems to make it worse – I have never seen decals like them. Luckily, sealing in with gloss varnish does cover up the marks and the decals look OK. Scary way to get the result though – I thought I was going to have to repaint and use aftermarket decals… The masking tape came out of the intakes OK, and the canopy masking had done its job well. The final part was the pitot – I used brass tube and rod to replace the poor kit part. Enough, waffle, here is the finished model. I have been unable to get hold of an aerial photo of South Marston, so I have used a negative print of outlines of the Swift printed onto card and stuck to the base. With the magnets holding nicely, by simply twisting the support rod, you can go from straight and level (above) to a banked turn or a zoom climb. Thanks for watching. Grant
  12. That rigging looks really good. Good luck with the engine cowl!!
  13. Grant

    Airfix 1:72 H.P. Jet Provost T.4

    A nice looking model. What's the story with the overpainted(?) CFS legend?
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    1/72nd Airfix Supermarine Swift FR5

    And so, into the paint shop. The undersides get masked off where I just need blue (Humbrol 230 PR Blue) and the top surface gets sprayed overall camo grey (Mr. Color 331 Dark Sea Grey). The top side then gets the Blu-Tac sausage treatment and the areas to remain grey (hopefully just the grey areas) get filled in with masking tape. Then finally the camo green (Mr. Color 330 Dark Green) is sprayed on. 2 hours masking effort for about 2minutes paint spraying! Then comes the reveal…This time no paint bleed anywhere! I seem to finally be getting the hang of this modelling lark. However, in that last picture you can just make out that the vinyl tape used around the leading edge has left a sticky residue. Not good. Most came off ok with some careful rubbing with steel wool (the shavings from which all collected around the magnets!). However, one bit was particularly thick and started discolouring. In the end I had to bite the bullet and rub a couple of panels down, after masking around them, and paint them again. All tidied up now and ready for some gloss varnish before the decals – and ALL those stencils – go on.
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    1/72nd Airfix Supermarine Swift FR5

    With canopy now masked, tissue stuffed down the intakes, liquid latex over the camera windows and a bamboo skewer up the jet pipe it is all ready for the paint shop. A few minor tweaks to seams were required, but why is it always the most visible one that causes the most problems!!?? Finally got it sorted and got the PRU blue undersides painted. Here I am using the Tamiya vinyl tape for the first time. It is great for those curvy leading edges. I can see this stuff getting used more often. Cheers Grant