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About Mikeew

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    Glutton for punishment
  • Birthday 01/06/1976

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    East Sussex, UK.
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    Aviation, music, cars, real ales.
  1. Here is my Large Superbug. Trumpeter 1:32 F/A-18E, there's over 700 parts in this beast :( I scratch built the IFR housing and canopy mirrors/handles. Otherwise its box stock with Fightertown decals. C &C welcomed
  2. Hi All, I'm after some photos showing what's inside the recess where the IFR probe pops on the starboard side just in front of the canopy on the F/A-18E SuperBug. Please help! Mike
  3. A rare foray into Sc-Fi for me! Finemolds 1/48 Rebel Alliance Snowspeeder, Incom modified T-47 Airspeeder. Weekend build, was an absolute breeze, almost snap-tite fit all round. The details are superb and a weathering dream. Overall paint Gunze H338 FS36495 Light Grey over a pre-shading of Tamiya XF-63 Weathering was... Panel wash using Paynes Grey oil paint with Humbrol thinners. Tamiya XF-25 Light Sea Grey Gunze H77 Tire Black Photos taken in the back garden as the diorama potential was too good to miss!
  4. Its taken me the best part of three months, but finally I have the F-22 Raptor finished. I added a lot of etched details from Eduard including weapons bays and pre-painted cockpit sets. The exterior set was almost next to useless as the panels that were to be fitted to the airframe looked way over sacele and stood to proud of the airframe surface and, if you look at the real aircraft, its very smooth overall - not too many raised panels lines at all! I used what was reasonably sensible from all the sets I had at my disposal. The etched crew ladder is a masterpiece and just needed VERY carefu
  5. Thanks! The exhaust staining is indeed airbrushed on, using Tamiya acrylics. Colours used were Sky Grey, German Grey, Buff and Smoke.
  6. Thanks Gary. She'll be in a future edition of SAMI (Scale Aviation Modeller Int'l)
  7. Fiished this up this evening. Here are some snaps taken under workbench lighting, I'll get better shots in daylight when I can. Spada decals, Eduard seatstraps and napalm tanks from spares box. Xtracrylix and Tamiya paints with Alclad for chipped effect. Any questions?, feel free to ask/comment! Battered Bearcat(with chips!) I'm pleased with it, hope you all like it too!
  8. Thanks guys. Moritz, she'll have OOB markings for USN air reserve based at US Naval station Akron Ohia, 1951. More progress... Almost ready for primer and paint now. The fit of the gun bay doors left a little to be desired, but (hopefully) they'll be fine I'm sure, nothing some filler didn't sort out. Same applies to the fit of the inner and outer halves of the wings, hmmm... tricky fella. I reckon they should have moulded them open with a recess inside to cut them for folding if you so desire. The Hellcat I am building next will have wings folded I think. The (very flimsy) tail wheel a
  9. Hi All, Not being to hot on the current US gray jets, I have some questions. The colours needed for the new Revell 1/72 F-22 Raptor are quoted in the instructions as : FS36375 Light Ghost Gray FS36251 Navy Aggressor Gray FS36176 Dark Grey This info I gleaned from the FSM painting/weathering special published July 2007. However, these are from a table of colours for "US Military colours 1955-2001" Being the Raptor is so new, are these colour quotes 1)relevant 2) correct? Also could anyone recommend a paint manufacturer for these colours? (acrylics) Is there anywhere on the internet
  10. Mikeew

    Bearcat help!

    many thanks guys, I'll add it then, seems a shame to leave it out as its nicely moulded.
  11. Mikeew

    Bearcat help!

    Hi all, Help and clarification please!!! Did all Bearcats have the head rest support fitted? In Trumpeters instructions, they say that part D9 is not for use? but every pcture i can find of the F8F-1 has this fitted? I'm no expert but I think its part of the armoured headrest? Its that big piece immediately aft of the headrest... Any help or insight gratefully received!! thanks, Mike
  12. The guns aren't that detailed at all, so I'll opt to keep it clean with gunbay doors closed and just fit them in for some rigidity when the wings go together On the undersides of the wings are bullet case ejector ports, or rather there should be. They are moulded in the correct positions inside the wings as recesses, but need drilling and filing out. To see where they go i held the wing up to the modelling lamp and it becomes clear.. I marked through the gunbays with the drill and then drilled out holes before slicing out the excess plastic and cleaning up the holes with a sharp scalpel
  13. Thanks guys, I have more for ya... I have the exhausts fixed in and painted. I used Tamiya NATO Brown which is a pretty good match for burnt pipes - ish. They will need drilling out of course. All the interior subassemblies are in too, starting at the rear portion; the tail wheel assembly in, very neat way of assembling it i'd say... Next is the radio pack, whilst its basic, none of it can be seen once the fuselage is closed up so I didn't bother adding any more to it. The locations for it are positive nonethless! In front of the radio pack is the cockpit itself, which fits in a tre
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