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    Colourset improvements

    We've been getting some useful feedback that whilst customers generally know what the schemes they're planning to use look like, the vast majority (the silent majority?) don't know what the correct terminology is and usually don't know the proper names of the paint colours used. As such, our written format names are missing the mark for most potential customers. As a result, we're investing some time (we have no budget to pay people to do this) drawing illustrations and designing more graphic labelling for our sets. Hopefully these are a little bit more visually appealing and crucially help customers both at model shows and online simply identify the scheme they want to model and have confidence they're getting the right colours to do it. It's when you start an exercise like this that you realise how many drawings are actually required! Gulp! We hope you like them
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    Colourset improvements

    Colourcoats Set RAF V-Bomber and Fighters 1970s. BS381C-241 Dark Green BS381C-638 Dark Sea Grey BS381C-627 Light Aircraft Grey. Royal Air Force RAF V-Bombers: Victor, Vulcan; Fighters: Phantom, Hunter; Light Bombers: Canberra; Transports:Hercules C.1, 1970s into 1980s.. Enamel model paint set.
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    Colourset improvements

    Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats enamel paint set for USAF F-4 Phantom Euro scheme. Whereas the "European One" scheme comprised a similar appearance, F-4s specifically differed in retaining the FS 34079 as the darkest tone, the same paint used in the South East Asia schemes. Features 3 x 14ml tins of enamel paints matched to the originals including: 1 x ACUS19 - Green Olive Drab FS24102 1 x ACUS20 - Forest Green FS34079 1 x ACUS43 - Dark Gunship Gray FS36081
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    Colourset improvements

    Colourcoats Set USAF South East Asia Colourset. Zinc Chromate Yellow Gray FS26622 FS36622 Tan FS22019 FS32019 Green Olive Drab FS24102 FS34102 Forest Green FS24079 FS34079 Post-war Insignia White FS27875 Vietnam enamel model paint. Colourcoats Set Royal Navy 1940 to May 1943 Western Approaches Colourset Royal Navy Western Approaches Peter Scott Light Blue Green 1941 to 1943, destroyer, corvette, sloop, minesweeper and frigates. Enamel model paint. Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats enamel paint set for Royal Navy Western Approaches schemes from May 1943 to 1945 in WW2. Used on destroyer, corvette, sloop classes most famously on North Atlantic convoy escort duty.
  5. I'm in an experimentation / development sort of mood at the moment rather than an "out-perform-myself" sort of mood. So, following on from my recent F-86D Sabre Dog completion which was to try to figure out a way to get a natural metal finish I liked (I'm not done with that yet, btw) I thought I would try something that relates directly to our own paint and what can be done with it (and what cannot). I have read about "hairspray chipping" numerous times but had never tried it nor understood how to do it. A casual attempt without knowing anything else was a total failure. I kept reading that it could only be done with acrylic paints but this included everything from water based vinyl types to acrylic lacquers, so I knew that this apparent requirement had to be based on nothing more than the popular position of acrylic=good, enamel=bad despite acrylic meaning anything under the sun really. Thus, I decided that this old piece of Corsair which featured on the F-86D thread could lend its services again: You find with stuff like hairspray chipping that "everyone" just knows how to do it, but nobody has written down how to do it. Eventually I learned that what is required is water for the scratching-off phase at the end. Armed with this little nugget, I sprayed some hairspray straight from the aerosol can (that part is to be refined in the forthcoming) onto the piece shown above - 4 coats, actually, and whilst that dried I thinned down some Colourcoats enamel - which happened to be a matt dark olive shade I had on the bench next to the airbrush - but it could have been hot pink for all I cared here. Anyway, it works. Hairspray chipping works with a Colourcoats topcoat (the chipping coat) at least over an Alclad base. In the forthcoming I shall establish how (not if) to chip between layers of enamel. Also, there's the more subtle task of actually getting good at it! The test there is, admittedly, a mess, however it served a valuable purpose. Under water, I was able to remove Colourcoats enamel with a cut-down paint brush (but it had some paint dried in it - that's where the scratches came from), and I also tried a kitchen scouring pad which was responsible for most of the exposed silver there. Using a kit from the stash that doesn't need much effort, is quite cheap and as common as dirt (so I don't care if I mess this up), I now aim to incorporate this into a model and, specifically, use the hairspray chipping method exposing bare metal and yellow zinc chromate primer in different areas. If anyone wishes to follow, comment, criticise, suggest better ways, educate, point, laugh, whatever, please join in The victim - a nice enough kit. I have always struggled to get the wing join such that I'm happy with it but overall if it goes well I will enjoy having it and if it's a disaster then no real harm done! I'm not investing much in this, but probably will stretch to seatbelts just incase it ends up looking ok in the end. I'm not spending money on them though - instead I'll use these ones from an Eduard SBD Dauntless fret. I don't like the pre-painted ones Eduard make now - the paint self-strips when the belts are bent to suit, and I don't like the superfabric ones either. I need to find a new source of belts or at least belt buckles - but that's another matter I started by spraying most of the parts with Alclad Duralumin whilst still on the runners. After assembly the wing leading edges etc will probably need another blow over
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    Painting technique experimentation - Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1A Corsair paint mule

    It was a similar holding me back from a few aspirational projects! Since my last post, I have been able to confirm that the hairspray can be decanted from its aerosol can into my airbrush (a Badger Renegade Krome with 0.2mm needle/nozzle) and airbrushed neat with far better control than by aerosol. That is now drying. This is the hairspray I am using: Well it worked again - perhaps a little bit too well! Mistakes and non-ideal outcomes are ok though - that's what this build is all about. I shall experiment with different film thicknesses of hairspray applied. I'm not sure if it's too much hairspray or letting it soak too ling in water that caused this. I think less hairspray will be what I try next though. It takes a bit of rubbing to get the enamel surface to break then it comes away easily. These are the scratching tools I used - the brush is one of those double ended things which come in Airfix starter kits - they're useless for brush painting but the stiff bristles work well for this. I began scratching off the paint as soon as I had cleaned the airbrush, and it was done under cold running water (but I gather any water is fine). The principle is that the paint sits just fine on dry hairspray, but exposure of the hairspray to water dissolves it and it lifts away taking paint above with it.
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    Revell 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

    This has been my first completely OOB build for a long time, and I have quite enjoyed it. The kit itself does steer that largely - I wouldn't enjoy making an OOB model from something with glaring omissions like seatbelts! Build thread here: Not much else needs to be said about this really. It is essentially a glorified paint mule to try out some ideas I had for natural metal finishes before getting to that stage of two somewhat larger and rather expensive models (both in money and my time to get to that stage). That said, I'm content with how it turned out although I will build another test model to refine my ideas a bit. Not everything went well! This one is painted with Alclad II and Colourcoats. The only thing added to the model is self adhesive car wheel balance weights, and I did the tiniest amount of modification to the ejector seat firing handles and corrected the rudder trim tab following advice I received on the forum.
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    Revell 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

    I've been stuck in a rut, I feel, with a gravitation towards WW2 single engine piston types (except for my last two completions which have been piston twins). My dad very recently gave me this F-86D, and I decided to just build it OOB. I wanted one anyway, but hadn't looked in to the origins of this kit. I assumed it was one of Monogram's classics but it's actually quite recent (relatively speaking). The instructions are typically Revell USA The parts placement is a bit vague but I do like that they call out the colours they mean, not just the nearest vaguery in a generic brand owned by the same outfit. The decal sheet looks nice. How they perform remains to be seen of course... The detailing on this kit is nicely pitched. There aren't billions of tiny, pointless pieces but it isn't barren either. The exterior detail is recessed and quite finely done. The only bits I've found worth commenting negatively against are a pair of matching sink marks. These have since been filled. They will be visible but not accessible after assembly. Anyhoo - I set about building! The instructions said to paint the cockpit Dark Gull Gray, so I did. And this is where we're up to. The undercarriage wells are built up and painted green, and the instrument panel has likewise been painted as has the jet pipe. I might get the fuselage closed up tomorrow? Maybe? Not liking to make life easy for myself, I started another long-term stash-dweller too today 🙄
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    Revell 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

    Now completed. RFI here:
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    Colourset improvements

    Colourcoats Set Royal Navy 1944- Standard Scheme A Colourset Royal Navy late second world war British Pacific Fleet G10 Dark Grey decks G45 Light Grey hull with B20 blue grey rectangular panel on hull. Enamel model paint. Colourcoats Set 1936-1941 Home Fleet Colourset Admiralty Pattern 507A and 507B Dark Grey, Home Fleet Shade aka Home Fleet Grey. Dark deck grey non-slip paint. Red oxide Royal Navy anti-fouling red paint. Applicable to all large ships in the Royal Navy Home Fleet from 1936 until circa 1941. Enamel model paint. Colourcoats Set 1936-1941 Foreign Stations Colourset Admiralty Pattern 507C Foreign Stations Grey aka Mediterranean Grey aka Light Grey. Dark Deck Grey. Royal Navy red oxide anti-fouling red hull. Enamel model paint. Colourcoats is the only model paint with 507C at the correct tone - all others are much too light.
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    Colourset improvements

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    Colourset improvements

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    Colourset improvements

    Another finished before breakfast this morning:
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    Mustang iii interior

    I think you're about right there. That's how I painted mine (HB836)
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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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    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

    Last year at Scale Model World at Telford I took one of Peter Hall's H-class destroyers off his hands for a project: The kit is Atlantic Models ATK35058 HMS Hesperus, a Brazilian H with the later design of bridge. Due to a family connection, I wish 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. This is the aft funnel from the H-class in situ: I cut out a piece of modelling board the correct thickness to insert into the funnel, then chopped the aft funnel in two. Unfortunately the steam pipes had to go to enable shaping of the insert. The modelling board was glue in between the two resin parts: The fit of the upper and lower parts of the hull is excellent. I will go as far as to say that Peter's resin kit fits together far better than any injection moulded ship kit from Trumpeter that I have assembled. I have purchased some photographs of HMS Imperial for reference. Whilst well photographed before the war, I know of only a single image taken during the war. I have ordered (for £21) a high resolution copy of this image from the Australian War Memorial: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/133585/ I hope that in high resolution it can offer some clue as to how HMS Imperial was painted in the Mediterranean in 1941. If not, then she shall be painted in 507C in pre-war guise. There is a good reel of footage on Roland Smith's Royal Navy in Colour DVD taken from HMS Ivanhoe which appears to show some of the 3rd Flotilla in all-over Mediterranean Grey (507C) whilst others look to have Home Fleet Grey hulls with Mediterranean Grey upperworks. I cannot make out HMS Imperial's pennant anywhere on the footage, but all of the destroyers in the footage clearly show the 3 bands on the aft funnel to be in red. The neutrality stripes on B-turret are in the usual red, white and blue. I have started work on the deck painting. Those who have been steering me on paint research have also been helping me more recently with deck coatings. What a minefield! The I-class were trialled with 3 comparable latex-based trowel-on deck coatings from 3 different manufacturers. Semtex Ltd was one supplier. The trouble is, that the three products were different colours, one described as "the colour of dry asphalt", one green and one brown. There may have been 9" high bands of contrasting colour around the base of superstructure items the troweled on stuff butted up against. So far, I cannot determine which manufacturer's product was which colour, nor even which groups of 3 I-class ships received the products from each of the 3 suppliers. Whilst I am keen on getting things right, I am also pragmatic and in the interests of actually building this model rather than pontificating until I depart this world, I had to make a decision. There is reasonable evidence to support the bridge and platforms being linoleum covered, which gives us some brown colour, so I chose a grey that looks like the roads around the North East of Scotland, on the rare occasions when they are dry. I have sprayed the main kit parts accordingly. At this point, I realised that the little platform at the back is surplus to requirements, as Imperial carried two pentad 21in torpedo tube mounts. The H-class kit provides a single quintuple torpedo tube mount. I could scratchbuild them, but am exploring alternatives presently.
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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

    0 We're making a special effort (seeing as we are a tiny company with no full time staff and graphic design budgets that could be counted on the fingers of one hand) to make it clearer what to actually do with these new Royal Navy paint colours we've made, particularly since we've contradicted lots of hitherto accepted colour guidance out there. The little 3 colour box sets have proven very popular so far and here are two new ones aimed at specific schemes which saw widespread use prior to and/or during World War Two: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/colourcoats-sea-coloursets/products/1941-home-fleet-colourset https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/colourcoats-sea-coloursets/products/colourcoats-royal-navy-1944-standard-scheme-a-colourset
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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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