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  1. Thanks mate! I'll shot a lighting test when I do one
  2. Hello once again everyone. It's been few months since this was last updated and sorry to say, I haven't done as much as you might hope I had, but I have finished off the top section - well, mostly. I still have the SMD's to add for the trench spot lighting but in regards to detailing, that's all done So here is the top section shown as finished. I added some of the bits that sort of frame some of the lines to balance it out. You'll catch my drift if you look at the last picture in the previous update and look to the left of the ship and you can see some chips that run down the mid-section in a line toward the front. They have been replicated on the other side to make it right. That was a lot of explaining for something so trivial, so I shall move on and let the pics do the talking: Its pretty much the same on the other side. I might yet bulk some of the rear section out some more but I need to see how the side walls go on first. I do need to sort out that section at the very back of the ship - looking at these reminded me about it The bottom hull has also been started. I made the very foolish mistake of gluing the nose to the body in a hurry to install the hangar bay. This in hindsight was very silly. I has also located glue marks and other blemishes on there and I am not happy about it. I do not know when or how they got there but I also realised I forgot to grind down the old hangar surrounds and it has created a gap where there shouldn't be and now I have to fix and live with my decision to install when I did. Still, none of this is unfix-able and I will fix it as much as I can accordingly. I just wish I hadn't created this unnecessary work for myself is all Well, that's all I have for now, but I will be back again soon enough. As always, thanks for stopping in and having a look Si
  3. Fantastic paint job! I really like the pattern and colour choice - it works very well with this. Looks quite menacing with those guns bristling everywhere. Great work Mac!
  4. Yeah, a splinter scheme in those colours would be very cool. I was going ro exactly that on my Viggen but using NATO black, flat black and sky grey. However, I got frustrated with the masking decals not lining up and God awful and clear as mud instructions not being of any help, so I shelved it. The V is built but not painted.
  5. Mostly self recast 1/700 Pit-road ship parts, styrene strip and anything that could be useful. I save old kit parts for just such a project. Things like aircraft landing gear parts are quite handy as are tank parts. An AA gun can be cut up many different ways and be used very effectively
  6. Hi Kevin No, I don't have any references for this stuff. Its all out of my head. Basically I'm a firm believer in modelling what I want 😁 - I go with what I think looks cool! Once you get a feel for it, the rest sort of just falls into place
  7. Hi everyone I've been a bit quite on the forums lately and that's because I've been spending more time building and less time writing. I had to take a break from the relentless detailing of the Star Destroyer (which I will go back to because I want to see it done), and so for the past month or so, I have been away quietly building my 48th scale 199 Eagle. I've long loved the design of this ship and have dreamed of having a kit of this as a boy when I saw it in an old Airfix catalogue but just never bought one until a couple of years back when I saw one of these going relatively cheaply instead I clearly grabbed one. Naturally, me being me, I also was never going to paint it like the show. Then I saw The Admiral's build (http://resinilluminati.com/showthread.php?t=17378 ) and it's inspiration from him that got me going on mine. So I naturally borrowed/stole his cockpit idea and subsequently made my own poorer copy. However, it reinforced my previous desire for a non standard white Eagle, so I came up with the most obvious option: paint it in black! Everything looks good in black right?! Painted in Tamiya NATO Black, flat black and German grey and something else to. The engine stuff is all painted in bare metal just because I thought it would look cool. That general concept is prevalent throughout this whole build really I'm going to blow my own horn here and state that I am super happy with how this came out. Yes - after taking the photos I realised that there are some paint issues to fix that have alluded me prior to now but they are easily fixed and TBH, I'm not going to take another series of shots to show them fixed. It's been hard enough to get enough light to take even these pictures. Love Melbourne weather! At any rate, you'll get the idea from the following pics and this is my rudimentary cockpit which I shamelessly stole from Bill. Thanks again mate!! I can't paint faces to save myself, so I sprayed shaped pieces of masking tape silver followed by clear red and a mist of clear orange. It looks much better to me The screens behind them are decals which I cut up and stuck onto the back wall with a hole behind it where fiber optic stubs had been inserted into the side panels - all lit by a single SMD each side. The red cockpit glow is a standard but sanded 5mm LED. It looks good against the black. Well, that was a fun build in so far as that I didn't have to make details for anything. Like I said, I'm super happy with this. I think it looks seriously cool, but that's just me Anyways, thanks for stopping by and having a look. Si
  8. Yeah I like that! Nicely weathered. Not over done. Fantastic job
  9. Nice Viper! I also enjoyed building mine many years ago. I turned mine into a twin tailed version and painted it in black. The weathering is pretty darned good to! Great work Mac
  10. Nice paint work on the cockpit. Something I need to improve on for sure. Looking forward to more of your SW ships
  11. Oooh, I like this! Great finish on a unique subject. Fantastic stuff!!
  12. Looks great in chrome. You could even add some clear red ( or blue, green, or what ever takes your fancy) panel markings for extra pop. I like the effect of the solar panels. It looks awesome!
  13. Wow! I love that paint scheme !!!!! Well done on a great looking build
  14. thanks guys. Yes, the painting certainly did test my patience but it was fun all the same. I'll take a shot with something recognisable when I do the shots for the Konigsberg as it too is 1/700. At some point soon, I'm going to buy the Fly Hawk 1/700 Scharnhorst deluxe kit for myself as well to complete my favorites collection. Brad, the version of WOWS I play is Legends which is on XB-1. Sadly, it only goes to Tier 7 and doesn't have things like Aircraft Carriers or the new subs. A lot of the lines form the PC are not on XB1 either. The Russian line has only just been introduced and even then, the BBS are early access only. There are some ships on XB1 which aren't on the PC version, and AFAIK, the Richelieu is one of them. I would prefer to have the Jean Bart but I missed that campaign when they first came out. I also missed out on the Atlanta originally but got a hold of the recently released "Black" version. Don't know why though as when you see one, you and everyone else's first thought is it kill it straight away. Atlanta's and Destroyers seem to be instantly public enemy #1
  15. thanks guys Brad, I wish they'd release the Italian ships on Legends as well, but alas, no dice. They released the Yamato for a month as a teaser which I was lucky enough to get to play and it was insane. I'm more a cruiser player than a Battleship as I love my torps. The Germans have the best AP rounds and with the combination of OK rounds and torps on the Scharnhorst, it's my dream boat. I just wish it had higher caliber guns. The Flyhawk PE is relatively straight forward, but the instructions in places is a little ..... vague, to say the least. It looks good and would look better in the hands of someone with more PE skills than me
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