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  1. Thanks both. Ill get a couple of sets and hopefully I can salvage something. Cheers.
  2. All, Elsewhere, I requesed some spare decals for my Airfix Swordfish build. What I also need is some plain smooth silver decals that I can cut into thin strips to correct some decal alignment issues, and also to put a thin silver ring around the engine cowling, just behind the collector ring. I remember on my 1:72 Hasegawa Polikarpov I-16, it had a silver strip decal for this and worked well. Does anyone know of where to get plain colour decals like this? Do they even exist? I could of course airbrush silver on some clear decal paper, but I often think the DIY decal paper is a
  3. Thanks very much Miggers. I think if Walrus's decal strips don't work, it'll be heading for the bin.
  4. Thanks. I just did a comparison with some dividers - they're all over the place, so even if they were pointing in the right direction, they still can never be spot-on. Why do I so often wish to go back in time a couple of modelling hours? Why do I never learn to triple check stuff?
  5. Walrus to the rescue. Again! Much appreciated; I hope I can correct it because I've put a hell of a lot of hours into detailing the cockpits and engine. I did consider painting the stripes, but the issue there I think would be matching the rather bright serial numbers and roundel centres with the red of the chevrons. If I were doing it again, I'd cut the individual stripes out and apply separately. This would also solve another issue that's not apparent until you apply them - they are out of register and some edges have a white border. PM sent, thanks again.
  6. All, I'm currently building the Airfix Swordfish Floatplane. Last night I applied the decals, and only afterwards noticed the issues: Firstly, the red and white chevrons don't seem to align with the fuselage centreline as they should - they point downwards slightly. Secondly, and worse, the spacing between the chevrons is all over the place - some gaps are wide, others narrow. It's obvious at the sides of the gun trough: So the only option I'm left with is to try and get some spare decals and cut strips to apply to correct the issues. Has anyone else had this problem
  7. All, I'm currently building the Airfix Swordfish Floatplane. Last night I applied the decals, and only afterwards noticed the issues: Firstly, the red and white chevrons don't seem to align with the fuselage centreline as they should - they point downwards slightly. Secondly, and worse, the spacing between the chevrons is all over the place - some gaps are wide, others narrow. It's obvious at the sides of the gun trough: So the only option I'm left with is to try and get some spare decals and cut strips to apply to correct the issues. Has anyone else had this problem
  8. As I mentioned, I'd rather do the camo version.
  9. Because, as I said, I don't want to mix colours. It's a pain when the inevitable corrections are required, especially when chances are there are equivalent Vallejo standard colours available. Also, I requested images of completed models if possible, just so I could see what others had done, and how the contrast looks.
  10. My work colleagues bought this for me for my birthday back in June. I last built one in 1985 after seeing the real cars race at the '85 BGP and at a preceding test session. It's been a favourite car ever since. I've not built a metal model for decades, and things have definitely moved on - photo-etch parts, great decals etc. Anyway, this is the result:
  11. Soft-edged masking at that - or freehand airbrushing. Interestingly Tamiya call out their acrylics for most parts, but their lacquer for the green blotches. Presumably for ease of spraying. Yes, cheating a bit, then again many of these models I’ve seen with the decal camo have had the patterns mis-aligned on the airframe, or with the insignia, or both. So it’s not a slam-dunk to get it right.
  12. As I said, I want “scaled” colours that are lighter, especially considering pre-shading. I’m not bothered about absolute accuracy to references.
  13. Thanks all. Yes, the green blotches are decals - four panels are supplied: 2 wings & 2 fuselage sides - and even a bit for the mast. the smoke rings on the Macchi 202 are also decals, but individual rings.
  14. Thanks all. I’ve got that book, but the contrast and lightness of the upper camo colours in the colour plates is far higher than the - apparently - correct paint references I’ve got. That’s the issue.
  15. Here's my recently finished 1:72 Hien. It went together beautifully. It's OOB apart from some cockpit and brake wires, a little lens landing light and elastic thread for the aerial wire. I also drilled out the guns and venturi. I used the Tamiya decals for the camo, which were amazingly easy to apply. Base colour is pre-shaded Vallejo Air Aluminium, some underside panels shaded with Tamiya Smoke. Kawasaki Ki-61-Id "Hien" (Swallow) 2nd Lt. Shunzo Takashima 244th Air Group Chofu, May 1945 And here it is with the other DB601 engined fighte
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