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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    Very nice indeed Duncan. I had been missing the updates whilst you were galavanting off to model shows...
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    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    Due to a family connection... I wished to build the I-class destroyer HMS Imperial, pennant number D09, which was built by Hawthorn Leslies in Tyneside in 1936. The I class was a continuation of the Brazilian H making Peter's kit a very good starting point, however there are some differences to be addressed. The easiest problem is that the I-class had 4 of the 4.7in QF Mk.IX single mounts. The Hesperus kit provides 3, lacking Y-turret. Peter kindly supplied my kit with a fourth mount knowing my plans for this kit. Next up, the H-class funnels were unequal height but both had oval cross sections. On the I-class, the aft funnel was taller, approximately equal in height to the forward funnel. The forward funnel was circular in cross section. Armed with a set of plans (again, thank you Peter!) I set about extending the aft funnel and replacing the forward funnel. New 3D printed 4.7in Mk.IX QF guns were sourced from Shapeways but the barrels were as poor as the breach end was brilliant The barrels were thus sawn off and replaced with brass The torpedo mounts were likewise replaced by Shapeways items. They were extremely expensive for what they are, but they look nice The pair of Vickers 0.5in quad machine gun mounts were replaced with Tetra Modelworks items which I had used before on a HMS Hood build as was very happy with them I did as best I could in interpreting the scheme from the single wartime photograph I have ever seen. I had to pay around £20 for this from the Australian War Memorial to get a high resolution version to even find out if the photograph showed anything - the low-resolution version online just showed a smudge where the ship claimed to be So, after a few months' work, here it is. I never really finish model ships - I just stop. I plan to get some better paravanes and fit them to the deck at the stern, and I will definitely get some crew members to stand on watch when they become available from Northstar. For now though, it's safely in my display cabinet
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    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    I use Infini Model lycra rigging line. It's a round filament unlike EZ Line which is a flat tape, and is made in better thicknesses for this scale. I like their second thinnest version for 1/350 - the "40 Denier" which is 0.068mm diameter in real-life units. Shown here attached to the deck and working off the reel which is my preferred technique. This is in the process of adding the first funnel stay - the first rigging job I did It took 3 hours over 2 nights to rig the funnels, boat davits and masts
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    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    It's too late and dark for taking photographs but Imperial is now rigged and close to being finished.
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    That's looking grand Duncan. I hope you're having a good trade show this weekend! Say "hello" to Steve for me 👍
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    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    I think we're on the home straight with this now. I'll start the rigging next - there's a surprising amount of it for a small ship. Then there are a few tiny little bits here and there to be added. Some PE touchups will inevitably be needed...
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    New Royal Navy coloursets

    I can help with that some time if you like. It's pretty simple with a little context around it
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    Revell 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

    Send me your address and I'll send you the Sabre and a decal sheet of 4.2 billion stencils to apply 😂
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    Revell 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

    I'm procrastinating Their return on investment ratio isn't as attractive as many other aspects of model making, I can say that much 😂
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    Revell 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

    Still applying decals. That's now most of the colour on, and it now needs the ground crew's maintenance manual applied piecemeal over every remaining square inch of aircraft.
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    You're getting pretty nifty with this masking malarkey Duncan
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    Revell 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

    The decals aren't working especially well, or perhaps, Microsol isn't working especially well with them. It's taking a lot of care so I'm going very slowly with them. Since the whole airframe is covered in decals, I am consciously taking my time and avoiding situations whereby I forget and try to hold the model by wet/softened decals. The teeth are going to need a bit of remedial work around the intake. Overall it is starting to gather some colour though
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    Revell 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

    I feel like I want to recapture this sometime soon. Much like your yellow wings Duncan, I think some shiny 1950s stuff will brighten my cabinet somewhat. This one appears to have the braking parachute. Off now to find out how to tell which Revellogram 'Dog has the 'chute.
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    Revell 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

    Thank you both. Whilst I can see (plenty) scope for improvement, this is my best NMF so far so I shall content myself with that. As such, I started on the decals. I used an eenie-meenie-miney-mo process and chose the wrong one. The shark teeth have required a lot of care and reapplication of Microsol all afternoon and evening. I think it'll turn out alright though. I hope!
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    Revell 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

    It's all my own negligence on this one. That's two stupid mistakes now. I need to be more careful and attentive!
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