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John Wolstenholme

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  1. After weeks of masking, spraying, masking, spraying …… , this brings to an end my 117 build and a 12 year run with WIPs. ‘Blacks’, not just a dust pain when painting, but taking photos. Good modelling. John.
  2. Thanks for your continued support John. shan, not aware of any weapons bay art work post GW1, as I assume was the case with Caracal. Mind you, don’t really need any more ‘art work’ in the WB! Thanks Steve, you put me on the right road for the GBU-27 fusing wires. CO, thanks, going for a good WIP finale. Matthew, I would fail to see any humour in such so called practical jokes. I believe a similar thing was done with ejection seats. Yeah real funny. Next up is hours of masking NG and MG bays, weapons bay and cockpit, so that may not be for a while. Regards John.
  3. As Brian said, fragile and vulnerable. That's why I have card protectors on all 'mesh' areas until final painting. Clear plastic backing, depends on whether you want the right look or safety.
  4. Hi Brian. As the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Build progress continues, albeit slowly: - All P.E. grilles etc fitted. - FLIR and DLIR turrets and screens fitted. - Nose leg and bay painted and installed. - Weapons bay fitted. - Elevons modified for drooped positions. - Cockpit painted and installed. - Canopy frame modified for the ‘beefier’ appearance with added detailing. New canopy screw jacks. Kit parts poor, Aires parts too fragile.
  5. Steve, what can I say. You got back what you put in. Spectacular, splendiferous, superb, ……………………………………. Think this is my favourite photo: Now, if only those Perspex rods could be made to look like burners! Regards John.
  6. Steve, what can I say. You got back what you put in. Spectacular, splendiferous, superb, …………………………………. Think this is my favourite photo: Now, if only those Perspex rods could be made to look like burners! Regards John.
  7. Steve, looks like Photobucket have finally caught up with us. I see all your photos have disappeared, as have all my previous builds using PB. Wrong again, they've all reappeared.
  8. Looking at the main and leg doors, there are some things to be addressed. The Eduard PE for the main doors looks correct as opposed to the prototype/early (?) oval shaped wheel recess. Therefore just a case of matching the doors to the PE! Still some work to be done. The hinges for the leg doors are wrong, they are straight and not attached to the faceted part of the doors.
  9. I don’t know what B.M. thinks, but 10 days later that’s a BIG transformation. It sure looks good to me. John.
  10. Thanks Steve, hope you are making progress with the ‘weathering’. With both MG bays up to the same stage, longer struts were next due to the increased depth of the bays. ‘Hoops’ now removed from the gear legs, which is a job in itself.
  11. Following major plastic surgery, with the anaesthetic for myself, the gear leg/wheel now fits completely within the bay. Proof of concept, now to apply to t’other side. Started work to modify the MGLs to look as if they could rotate, rather than just plugged in.
  12. Steve, not replying as someone in that category. Perhaps Brian of FT Decals or there was another Brian (M?). I previously asked what paint system you’re using. I always use enamels and Future as a barrier. Then using enamels on the gloss Future for weathering, stains etc. I can then completely remove if unhappy, tone down or randomise with paint thinners. But not on a matt surface. Looking at the two photos you posted it looks too uniform. But as I said I am no expert. Regards John Something I just found copied and pasted into a Word doc. The link is no longer, but the name is. "A small possible "correction" to your technique. - Darren Roberts on Aug 29, 2005, 2:26 PM Your work is truly outstanding and I always enjoy seeing what project you've finished up. If I could humbly make a suggestion on your technique, it may make your finished product even more incredible looking. The one mistake people make in weathering Navy aircraft is making the areas around the panel lines darker. In fact, the rattle cans that are used for corrosion control are all Light Ghost Gray. From a discussion I just had with Brian Marbrey, who had just discussed the subject with a corrosion control crew painting the Tomcat at his museum, airplanes have a 28 day painting cycle, in which maintenance is done and corrosion control painting follows. This painting is done with spray cans of Light Ghost Gray. So, instead of spraying a darker color on the panel lines, one should actually spray Light Ghost Gray. Looking at many a weathered Navy plane, the panel line areas are decidedly lighter. A great technique is to finish off your base colors. Spray a dark gray over the panel line areas, almost like you're preshading. Then, with a fine tip on the airbrush, spray over the dark gray with the Light Ghost Gray, just leaving a hint of dark gray peaking through on the edges. This is the most realistic finish I've seen. Then, you can run a thin wash through the panel lines just to give them some oomph. "
  13. More than good I think, it’s all coming together very nicely indeed. The eyes are immediately drawn to the unusual ‘staggered’ yellow band on the port wing, but I see you’ve picked up on this detail from the B&W photos. Is this peculiar to this squadron or pilot do you know? John.
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