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  1. Just finished my latest Harrier (after a bit of a hiatus) using the Model Alliance RN anniversary decal sheet. It’s a great scheme and one that adds a nice bit of color to a typically grey subject. I went to town a bit using the L’Arsenal Paveway IVs, Aires GR.7 cockpit set, Pavla Nosewheel Bay, Armory weighted wheels, Metallic Details nozzles and outrigger wheels, Phase Hangar cockpit det cord and Flying Leathernecks Soft Intake Covers. Plus a bunch of scratch built RBF covers. Painted with Mr. Color Medium Sea Grey overall. Canopy is Dark Sea Grey. The L'Arsenal Paveway's a
  2. My latest 3 harriers representing 800 Squadron (Royal Navy) Sea Harrier FRS.1 XZ499 (Fujimi), 1(F) Squadron (Royal Air Force) Harrier GR.3 XZ997/31 (Hasegawa) and & GR.3 XV789/32 (Fujimi) on the deck of HMS Hermes in May 1982. Each is a different manufacturer and surprisingly the differences between the two GR.3’s is quite noticeable – especially the length of the nose. The inspiration for the layout is a picture I looked at from in the Imperial War Museum archives (https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205190563) showing these aircraft (along with many others) cr
  3. That video is awesome. Someone tell me these aren't the greatest aviators around!
  4. A few pictures of my rendition of “Airstrike Over West Falkland” starring the 1/72 Hasegawa Sea Harrier FRS.1 and a 1/144 Mark 1 Models Mirage IIICJ as I continue on my Harrier kick! I am attempting to get some forced scaling perspective in a smaller area by using the different scales. The scene represents Lt. Thomas, RN flying Sea Harrier ZA190 (801 NAS, HMS Invincible) on 21 May 1982 and bringing down Dagger C-403 flown by Capitan Donadille of the Argentine air force (FAA). According to "Falklands - The Air War", Donadille safely ejected while his Dagger crashed virtually intact near Gree
  5. I'm on a bit of Harrier kick at the moment - this is the very old Tamiya Sea Harrier completed as 800 NAS ZA176 in June 1982 heading out for a CAP mission in the Falklands War. Overall there's a number of errors with the kit - some of which I chose to correct and others I did not. In the end it sure does look like a SHAR despite the shortcomings. The model is displayed in flight with Coastal Kits blur effect display base mounted on an acrylic rod - the base does convey a nice "speed" effect. Decals are from Aeromaster and a few of the pink ones from the new Kinetic kit which I i
  6. Those vinyl flying leathernecks cords look like the bomb! Thanks!
  7. Anyone have a good process for applying decals to canopies (like the detonation cord for harriers). I have not figured out a way that doesn't either tear the decal or cloud the canopy... Thanks!
  8. This is my go-to die punch: http://umm-usa.com/onlinestore/product_info.php?cPath=21_145&products_id=1869 Very easy to use - they offer loads of other shpaes and sizes too.
  9. There's a great app - iModelKit (the full version is here but there is a free version as well: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/imodelkit-full/id465661238) that allows for you to use your phone camera to identify colors and match to commercially available paints or to mix various paints to get a match.
  10. http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal16/15801-15900/gal15865-SG-38-Fodor/00.shtm This is a thing of beauty! Lovely wodd effects and rigging.
  11. Looking for the following Falklands decal sets (or surviving portions left over from a build!) Xtradecal No. X72073 Xtradecal No. X48058 Happy to pay.
  12. I actually started this kit years ago and finally decided to put a pin in it and get it done. A pretty basic kit - certainly lacks the precision (and locating pins!) of newer kits. I re-did the control panel to something more realistic and thought that I had managed to squeeze enough weight into the nose and under the forward deck to get it to sit on the wheels vs the tail. Alas when the horizontal stabilizers went on the center of gravity shifted too far to the rear. With that I decided I would glue the glider onto the base to get it to sit right. Painting was with Mr Color pa
  13. Thanks guys. Love the livery and thanks to Caracal for making it possible.
  14. Just finished Airfix's BAe Hawk with Caracal decals. A pretty straight forward build and overall a nice kit. There's fair bit of work in the cockpit to upgrade from the boxed version to the actual aircraft. Added CMK wheels, Wolfpack MB Mk 10 ejection seats and a Master Model pitot tube. The real star is the Caracal decals which definitely allow for a unique plane! I did manage to screw up the right side W*VR by placing it too low. The decal came off while I was clumsily handling the model and I raced against time in relocating before it disintegrated!
  15. I used anchor chain from Cornwall Model Boats in the UK on a Corvette build. They have a number of sizes available https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=chain anchor&PN=c65411.html#SID=148 https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=chain anchor&PN=Billing-boats-fittings-F327-Brass-Anchor-Chain-1.6mm-BF327.html#SID=254
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