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  1. Grant

    1/72 Fujimi Phantom FGR2 "Alcock & Brown"

    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
  2. Grant

    1/72 Fujimi Phantom FGR2 "Alcock & Brown"

    Thanks all. Glad you like the Vimy.
  3. Grant

    British Airways L-1011 Tristar

    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?
  4. 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
  5. Grant

    1/48th Macchi M5 by Blue Max

    ☺️ 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 . 😉
  6. Grant

    Growler at Prestwick

    Showing my age - I was expecting a Shackelton! Nice piccie though.
  7. 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.
  8. Grant

    1/48th Macchi M5 by Blue Max

    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
  9. Grant

    Colourset improvements

    Excellent graphics and nice sets. I can feel my wallet starting to open...
  10. Grant

    Telford. Who's going?

    I'll be there with Splash and L&C. Provided I get back from Italy in time...
  11. Grant

    Red Arrow red...?

    Thanks for the info peeps. I was caught by surprise by how orangey H238 was. It has since dried a little redder. Several photos have been found that really do show a lighter brighter red than I had in mind. The Halfords options that have been identified are also quite interesting. We have identified two colour options and are now leaving it up to the guy who organized the build to dictate which one we all use. Thanks again. cheers Grant
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    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.
  13. Grant

    And the winners are

    Here, here!! An excellent range of models produced. Well done everyone.
  14. Grant

    Finished builds

    Just realized I haven't posted the finished piccies in here. Just time to get them in!