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  1. John Wolstenholme

    1/18th F-14B Tomcat conversion

    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.
  2. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    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.
  3. John Wolstenholme

    1/18th F-14B Tomcat conversion

    I don’t know what B.M. thinks, but 10 days later that’s a BIG transformation. It sure looks good to me. John.
  4. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    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.
  5. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    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.
  6. John Wolstenholme

    1/18th F-14B Tomcat conversion

    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. "
  7. John Wolstenholme

    1/48 Accurate Miniatures A-36 Apache ''Piggy III''

    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.
  8. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Just don’t hit the retract switch.
  9. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    John, it surprises me how well things turn out sometimes. The plastic MGLs offering is poorly designed with a potential weakness at the oleo for a heavy model. Whilst the cast metal leg is substantial, it is more difficult to work with/detail than plastic. Therefore, I decided to combine the two.
  10. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Hey Joel, as has been said the truth is out there. Every cloud has a silver lining with less MGB ’detail’ to remove, but followed by rain being x2. Don’t want to think how long I spent on this, but at least they are now ‘split’ for detailing and the lower fuselage thickness reduced a la NGB. More opportunity for a mishap with longer lengths to be thinned. Little info available on MGBs, so some creative thinking will be required. Could close the main doors, but prefer them open.
  11. John Wolstenholme

    1/18th F-14B Tomcat conversion

    G'day Steve. Don't recollect, or remember seeing, what paint type you use. Enamels, acrylics or other? In other words do you have the option of paint (say enamel), acrylic barrier ( say Future), then corrosion control (say enamels) ? We'll wait as long as it takes. John.
  12. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    It's strange someone would spend the time to achieve a great looking model, but overlook such detail. A dry run with the completed (for painting that is) NGB etc. and it all fits, just.
  13. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    On ‎9‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 4:50 AM, Mstor said: Hi Mstor. I’m fortunate to be in a secure unit where there is a great deal of latitude. A trial fit of the NG bay with the lower fuz shows an area for improvement. Whilst the thickness is disguised lengthwise by the bay sides, the front and rear ends highlight it. Whilst scale thickness is impossible, it looks much better with some careful work and a lip for the door to close on.
  14. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Hi Joe, how goes it with the 7s and 14s? Some finicky detail just for you John. The digression on other areas proved to be a good idea. Prior to this I had zero ideas for the NGB door uplocks. Upon returning to this task an idea finally formulated in the brain, with the usual sawdust fallout. Requiring (lucky)13 bits finally got something looking like the uplocks. Once I uncross my eyes, onto something a little more relaxing, like finishing the NGB. Hey my favourite, more conduit.
  15. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Thanks as always to those of you taking the time to comment. Having spent hours getting the grilles finished, I decided to protect them against inadvertent fingers during handling still to come. Thinned the exhaust nozzles to look more realistic, but it is not as dramatic as the photo indicates. I didn’t notice I placed the top piece upside down for the photo, which is also now thinned so could not redo. Need to get back to the NGB, just got distracted with ideas elsewhere.
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