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About BlackMike Models

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  • Birthday 29/11/1962

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    Brechin, Angus. Bonnie Scotland
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    Aberdeen Modellers Society
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  1. BlackMike Models

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

    -3 is all masked up again ready for the next round of primer, a thin coat of Mr Surfacer this time. ...and after It’ll need flatting off again with a cotton cloth or polishing stick if there are any stubborn notes of dust. I’m pleased to report no obvious step in the paint around the nose area where it had pealed before. Next report should have some colour being splashed around. Duncan B
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    While waiting I have sprayed the interior of the F4F-4 bronze green. I’ll post a photo once I have completed the cockpit. Duncan B
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    Focke Wulf 190 A4

    That looks excellent, a lot of good work has gone into that. Duncan B
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    This mornings progress so far. I have completed masking the roundels and I did remember to detack the vinyl masks beforehand, I have painted the black outlines to the nose, fuselage and upper wing ID bands. I have still to mask and paint the lower wing outlines. I’m planning on shooting another thin primer coat over everything once the ID bands are completed and masked off. I am hopeful that the nose section where the white paint lifted will not show any step where I will have had to patch it, fingers crossed. Next up is to mask off the walkways and complete the ID bands then mask them once the paint has had time to harden (I’m taking lots of time between layers to try to avoid marking the paint). Duncan B
  5. BlackMike Models

    Revell 1:72 Eurofighter Typhoon (03952)

    This is the newer tooling from Revel isn't it? Those markings are very impressive. Very nicely done. Duncan B
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    I didn't detack them but did go easy when lifting them. I didn't realise the masks would be that sticky, live and learn. I always detack masking tape so I should have thought to do the same with the masks. Duncan B
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    The damage is mostly outside of the Neutrality Star so will be getting another dose of a primer coat anyway. I’m more worried about what happens when I take the star masks off and, of course, I’ll have to mask off the blue too. Duncan B
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    Actually I was very calm (for once!) here’s the sticky side of the mask. I’ve brushed on some blue, not great but it’ll have to do. Duncan B
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    Houston we have a problem! I thought I’d take the outer mask off now, after all it’s now redundant. The first one I took off lifted the white paint from the leading edge of the wing (thankfully on the underside). Ok no panic but a bit of a worry. The rest of the wing masks came off without a problem but one of the fuselage ones not only lifted the white but took some of the primer and the blue too. Now there is a worry! I have removed all the loose paint and put the mask back. Hopefully I can respray the blue without a problem. I am now concerned as to what will happen when I remove the stars at the end of the paint job, these masks have a real good grip on the paint. Duncan B
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    We need to know! I predict another US Navy build in my near future Insignia blue blown onto the -3. I will leave them overnight before putting the vinyl masks in place. I hope I don’t have to do any remedial work to the markings afterwards as positioning them is a nightmare. I suppose I could have left the blue until afterwards but there is no guarantee I’d get them back in exactly the same position so better to do it this way. (And the circular masks tend to stretch too so end up as ovoids.) Duncan B
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    Brewster Buffalo Taivaan Helmi over Finland

    A very informative review, thanks for that. Duncan B
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    The Tamiya kit does date from the '70's IIRC. I'll soon find out as I have just ordered a pile of 1/48 Tamiya kits which just happened to include a couple of Buffalos and Wildcats I have access to Special Hobby as well so can always go down that route later. I posted a photo of this F4F-3 on Bert Kinzey's Detail in Scale FB page today and he pointed out that those tiny little bulges in front of the wing that I lost then had to make out of plastic at the great cost of fingertip skin shouldn't be fitted to the early F4F-3, doh! Best I go and remove them before I get the primer out again. He did say that the sole surviving F4F-3, which lives in a museum, does have them but it's not a proper -3. It's a 'cut and shut' (as a lot of museum machines are) so not 100% accurate. Duncan B
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    Happy Birthday Betty Windsor's Airline

    Air rifle, I gave up my shotguns a few years ago when my old shooting buddy went to the Hide in the sky. Duncan B
  14. BlackMike Models

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

    Meatballs for lunch? Duncan B
  15. BlackMike Models

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

    It looks like a straight choice between the Special Hobby (Classic Airframes mould) or the Tamiya kits for the Buffalo. The SH kit is an earlier version (239) than the Tamiya (339) which, I think, equates to F2A-1 and F2A-2 or 3? Today’s plan is to continue painting the F4F-3 (anybody else struggling to understand the crazy system the USN used to identify their aircraft with?) now that the paint masks I’m going to use for the Neutrality Stars have turned up. Duncan B
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