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  • Birthday 08/16/1958

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  1. Airfix Fairey Firefly

    Two weeks to go in the group build, I should be able to bring the Firefly in on time. It's all painted and the stickers are next. Here's a shot with some extra light to show the rivets. How I masked the tail demarcations Paint done and airframe futured. Also painted the coaming under the windscreen and the exhaust area. Tamiya Nato black for the coaming and the recess and MM jet exhaust for the stacks. The leading edge of the wing took quite a while to mask with the tanks and masking the 20mm shrouds. one more shot to show the -18°C winter sky.
  2. we're supposed to get 6 to 10 inches over the next couple of days.
  3. Patrouille de France 2017 update

    I'll have to get this sheet to commemorate almost freezing to death waiting to watch them at Gatineau. Note to self: Chuck Taylors are not proper footwear for standing on a concrete ramp for several hours while it's sleeting...
  4. Silver dope on natural metal aircraft

    But some aircraft did use silver lacquer over the metal structure of the aircraft. Any "aluminum" paint would work to replicate this. It's tougher to make aluminum paint look like bare metal than it is to make aluminum paint look like aluminum paint. If you can find some Floquil "Old Silver", that's the best I think, Too bad they don't make it any more, but you still may be able to find some in out of the way corners.
  5. The Marines....

    The F-35s can probably fill the gap pretty well. They certainly don't need EW support themselves and I bet they can provide a modicum of support for their non-stealthy friends.
  6. Chrome parts

    spray oven cleaner works pretty fast. Put the parts in a zip lock and spray the inside. Let it sit for a half hour, rinse, scrub with a tooth brush.
  7. New tool Airfix 1/72 B-17G

    It will probably be January, I don't want to bring it to pizza night...
  8. New tool Airfix 1/72 B-17G

    I just finished the Airfix B-17G, well, maybe a little detail painting to go, I noticed I didn't paint the canvas zipper boots on the chin turret... It went together pretty well, just make sure to scrape any paint or seam lines off joining surfaces or it won't fit together. Highly recommended.
  9. Airfix Fairey Firefly

    The big parts are glued together and there's some paint on the little parts. There's also a coat of Tamiya gray primer on the airframe. The rivets look pretty good. Now that the B-17 and Sea Fury are done I can shift to "make it so" gear on this.
  10. Novo (Frog) Hawker Sea Fury FB.11

    It's done. Finishing touches are the whip antennae donated by the cats, and the pitot tube made using micro brass tubing from Albion Alloys.
  11. The display case...eh (sorry..had to do it!!!)

    Novo (Frog) Hawker Sea Fury - more pics in build log
  12. What's The BEST Way 2 Clean . . .

    Plain old paint thinner from the hardware store is fine for cleaning enamel. Or white spirits as it's called in old Blighty. To actually thin the paint it might be better to use the enamel manufacturer's brand of thinner/reducer. I also use a lot of Mr Color Leveling Thinner. It seems to work well with most brands. It's usually a good idea to thin paint a little even for brush painting. It will help reduce brush marks in the final finish. Several layers of thinned paint allowed to dry thoroughly between coats is much better than one thick gloopy coat. How much to thin you ask? It's kind of up to how it is working, maybe one part thinner to four parts paint to start, it should stick to the model and not run, but the brush strokes should level out in a minute or so. Tips on keeping paint brushes clean, dampen the brush with thinner before you dip it in the paint and avoid dipping the bristles all the way into the paint. Keep paint away from the ferrule (the metal sleeve that holds the bristles) so it doesn't soak up in there. That will make the bristles splay out over time.
  13. Touch ups after decaling

    Masking directly on decals is very risky. I put a piece of paper over the decal image and tape over that to keep the tape from directly touching it. Depending on the circumstance, you may be able do mask with some damp paper and not risk lifting the decal.

    This is a nice gallery, Thank you for posting it!
  15. Novo (Frog) Hawker Sea Fury FB.11

    Stickers are on and seal coat of varnish sprayed on. Alclad Aqua Gloss. I like it. The decals are from a sheet printed by IPMS Canada that I picked up after a show. They worked very well. The "leafs" are a separate transfer so any misregistration is the fault of he who stuck them on the airplane.