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  1. Progress; Fins are finally on and came out better than I though they would. I've started with some detail painting and some panel lines but more to come. Just want to get the last of the decals on then it's just the little stuff Still a fun build and I should get her done soon. Thanks for looking in. Dan
  2. So we are still a go! Thanks for all the kind comments, I hope you are having fun because I'm still smiling! Progress: Spent a bit more time bashing a little base to hopefully partially hide the rocket on a stick look. Should have gone bigger or smaller but this is where I'm at. I've started to put the main assemblies together using 5-minute epoxy as it's clear and gives me some time to adjust bits before it grabs. I'm very glad I pined the three rocket pods with very thin stiff brass wire as they went on without a fuss. I think they are straight, true and evenly spaced.... The atomic core fins will be a bit of a chore to get straight and even but I think if I just keep my nerve and don't rush I'll be okay. Lots more little stuff I want to do but I feel it's starting to look okay. Pics of progress so far. Thanks for looking in. Dan
  3. Well I'm glad that's done Those blue decals are a pain but after having several break up into pieces and some just not wanting to play nice I think I got them down okay. I have started the rest of the decaling and adding little nonsense bits to make it look a bit busy. Don't look too close as they are from a 1/48 scale bf-109 sheet and so are all in german ;). I have almost finished the fins. I scribed a line 2mm from the end of each as I'm painting the yellow tips because I just can't handle many more decals. I'm having a lot more fun how and I hope to get the fins on soon. That said I'm not looking forward to alining all those fins 90 degrees to the body of the bottom stage. Pics. Thanks for looking in. Dan
  4. I was lucky enough to be given an Aoshima Thunderbird 3 for my birthday this year. I have finally gotten time to clear the bench and start having a go at it. The kit is relatively simple and goes together pretty well but the surface finish is very slick and shiny and I have spent a fair bit of time block sanding everything down. While sanding I noted a fair few wavy bits in the surface and the white engine pod caps need a lot of work to get them to smoothly to the main pods. Nothing major and I doubt I'll need any putty at all just lots of sanding and checking fit and then more sanding. I have drilled out some of the retros and added a few grubbins here and there. I'm not too fussed if I cannot get it totally screen accurate but I do want to look the part. Those centre section fins will be a challenge as I'm just finishing the block sanding on them, tedious but I think it will look better in the end. I note that they need a painted yellow stripe too! I'm almost to the primer stage and I have yet to work out the finished colour as I have a few orange - red or red - orange shades to choice from. Right now I'm concentrating on getting the bird prepped and primed ( it's just pinned together right now) as I would like to work on it as subassemblies for painting and decaling. Here's where I'm up to so far. Lots of fun and I just love that ship. I like this kit so much I'm going to track down a TB2 for good measure A little progress. This little kit is kicking my behind.... But some progress being made none the less. Not intiely happy with my work on this one but I do so like the subject I'm going to push through and finish her even if it's not my best. Paint on the engines.. Rough I know but I'm not too good at the shiny stuff. Docking collar; Rough as well but I think I can tweak it a bit. Now the bit that is really doing my head in. The long, thin blue "U" shaped decals that go around all the fins on the centre section. I just knew that I had no hope of getting them all straight, plumb to the centre line and evenly spaced around the circumference without some guides or help. The kit only has a series of small square holes that the ends of the fins hook into. I added a scribed line at what I thought to be the bottom of the 'u' and some very small styrene strips which will set under each fin. I took ages to try and get all the strips straight, plumb and evenly spaced. They are okay and with a lot of cursing and patience I'm laying each decal in place and hoping they don't look kack. This has been hours of work and I just hope I don;t stuff it up. There are no spares on the decal sheet and I find the decals brittle and unresponsive to any of the softeners I've tried on them. So far one decal is pretty lame and the others are okay. If I survive putting on the rest The model should at least look okay. I'm certainly not rushing , just one or two a night to keep from screwing up. I still have to paint the yellow stripes on all the fins but I'll worry about that latter. Thanks for looking in. Dan
  5. Contest, smontest your A-10 is a freakin' lovely model built with wit and love. Thanks for all your efforts. They have brightened and inspired my day. Much kudos to you Sir!!! Dan
  6. Thanks Chuck for a wonderful, informative and inspirational build. So many great techniques and ideas to explore. I took plunge yesterday and built a pipe insulation plane holder and it works a treat! While I'm not going to attempt a Tamiya Mustang I have an old Airfix 1/24 Mustang on the go to which I'm going to apply some of your paint treatments to. Great post, thanks for taking all the time and trouble to explain and photograph your WIP. Dan
  7. Progress; More tiny bits o stuff. Got to fire up the lathe for the O2 bottle. Such fun. Dan
  8. Progress; MG15 painted. Started working on the cockpit. Spurious floor detail and some wiring to the radios. Seat got its sides hacked off the thin 0.5 mm extensions and then capped with some thin styrene side plates. New seat pad from epoxy putty. Awaiting Eduard belts.( Anyone know where the shoulder belts attached to? Rollover bar? Expended ammo bag was just a slab sided styrene box and I wanted to make it look more like canvas over a metal frame. Broke out the Dremel and after a bit got this. A bit more texture and I think it will paint up okay. Mark--Thanks for the feedback. Dan
  9. Progress?; Started work on the cockpit. Mg15 need some work and I know that the MG17 barrel is wrong but boy does it look nice;) I'll get some paint on her tonight. Hopefully I'll have a bit more tomorrow. Though I did stop into the shops this morning and get the 1/24 scale Fw-190a... Can't help myself. :) Dan
  10. Progress; Made a misstook. Should have put the four holes on the bottom of the exhaust shroud... Got a bit muddled. Received a Legends resin pilot and brass MG barrels in the post today so I've got more goodies to play with. Thanks for stopping in. Michel C--Glad you like her. As for paints I'm a bit of a magpie. I love paints and have heaps of different ranges. The basic block is in Lifecolor UA407 Panzer Uniform a lovely dark neutral grey. Over that are washes of Reaper violet shadow and deep blue shadow and P3 Armour wash. Drybrushing is in Vallejo Model Air gray primer and Games Workshop Graveyard Earth. Followed up with a hit of pastels in three colours of the Tamiya weathering set F (Titanium, Light gun metal sand copper.) Topped off with a squirt of Testors Dull Coat from a can. Still needs some more washes in oily colours and another hit of pastels but a good start. All the other colours get much the same. Base coat, shadow and highlight with a wash or two and some pastels. Must be close to thirty different paints so far but I just grab what I think will work. Trying out the new formula Games workshop colours right now.( they might just be okay but I'm going to try and get as many of the old ones as I can especially chain mail!) All the better paints; Lifecolor, Vallerjo, Reaper, and Games Workshop thin beautifully and brush paint nicely so that it's a joy to work with them. Lots of thin coats and trying to keep it all subtle( and I'm not very good at subtle). Oh and I forgot the basics...A nice thin coat of Mr.Surfacer 500 thinned with Tamiya lacquer thinners gives the paint something to bite into. HTH Dan
  11. Progress; mareku-- Thank you. I very much enjoy painting. Much more to add to this engine. I've cut off the engine bearers to attach them directly to the engine and then pin them to the fire wall. I think that's the only way to keep from destroying the engine while I build the fuselage. Dan
  12. Progress; Always happy slinging paint :) Had a bit of an AMS attack and added a thin lip of rolled solder to the radiator and then added an upper lip of styrene with some styrene bolts.... At last the radiator is in primer and I can paint it. Mareku-- Thanks! I hope you like her in paint. Thanks for dropping in for a look. Dan
  13. Progress; Torn the radiator apart and did some mods. Used Radus etched radiator matrix and it works great. Pity I used too fine a screen on the front because you can hardly see it but it looks great at the back. Lots more to add and I'm beginning to add some paint. I stumbled on to something that helped me out with all these little parts. I like to use those tiny photo etched bolt and screw details but they are the devil to hold onto long enough to add them to the model. I'm sure somebody has tried this before but I got to thinking that if I coated the end of a toothpick with liquid masking and let it dry it would still be tacky enough to pick up the part and let me touch it into a blob of superglue then place it on the model. I was surprised that it worked quite well. I find that the superglue doesn't like the masking fluid and if I hold the part for a few seconds then give it a little twist the part stays put. I do find that I have to recoat the toothpick after a few parts but that only takes a second. I'm sure this isn't new but I hadn't seen it before. Give it a try it's made my life a touch easier. Dan
  14. After finishing up an 1/24 scale Airfix Hurricane I got the bug to tackle the Stuka as well. Because Airfix allows you to remove all the nose cowlings I though I'd do a bit extra to the engine. Here's where I'm at so far. I haven't too many references that show good details of the engine but doing what I can. Airfix have done quite a nice job on the kit parts and the moulds have held up pretty well considering the age of this kit. Almost ready to break out the paint pots and weathering. Thanks for looking and as always correction welcome. Dan
  15. A beautiful model, beautifully painted and beautifully photographed. Thank you for all the time and effort you spent detailing with clear photographs and explanations just how you built this stunning model. Great art is one thing, the ability to share how great art is made is quite another. Kudos Sir, kudos. Dan
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