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  1. So do I, but the roughness either needed to be knocked down with mircromesh or a thicker gloss coat. l found lacquer thinners works so much better and is cheaper so it's win win
  2. Mr Color thinners (all sorts) are my choice. But to be honest I've found cheap lacquer thinners works just as well as Mr Color thinners for Tamiya and Mr Hobby paints. I used to use IPA for Tamiya paints but found it gave a rougher finish to the paint than a lacquer thinner
  3. And yet as Joel says, it's works wonderfully as a standalone acrylic gloss........ IMHO it's the easiest gloss to apply bar none, I used to thin it will levelling thinners but now I get the same results with GP thinners.
  4. Cracking work all of them but the winter finish on the Ju 88 is excelllent
  5. Thanks Devo. I'm hoping to get onto one this year
  6. Nice one Devo. What paints did you use for the main colours?
  7. Posted this else where but thought I'd stick it here as well for those interested in my 2017. Whilst compiling this post I’ve realised this year has resulted in record number of completions. Quite surprising noting I’ve had a few long periods away from the bench, I guess ignoring the family helps First of the bench in 2017 was Kinetic’s 1/48 Sea Harrier FRS-1. Not a bad kit but it does need a bit of work to get a good result. Second was the 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk VIII in the markings of RAAF's lead ace GPCAPT Clive Caldwell, The Eduard Spitfires are probably my favourite 1/48 scale prop kit. This is the third one I've built and all have been enjoyable builds. Up next is the 1/48 Tamiya Panzer IV Ausf, J. I do dabble in 1/48 armour. I like the scale as it goes with most of my aircraft builds and they are generally simple builds. This was built for the NSW Scale Model Show’s “Panzer Tracks” Trophy Next was the 1/48 Eduard Messerschmitt BF-109F4. I built this kit as I could not sell it, plus it annoys a mate whenever I build a “loser plane”. I did like the mish mash scheme on this aircraft. IMHO the Eduard 109 is not quite as easy a build as the Spitfires but they’re not far off. Much of the PE in the profilpack is a waste of time so I think I’ll stick the weekend editions for any future builds. My favourite build of the year was Tamiya superb 1/48 F-14A Tomcat in VF 41 “Black Aces” markings. This is the best engineered kit I’ve ever built to date. I really hope they do the whole family, but you never know with Tamiya…. Highlight of the year was a trip A mate and I did a trip to the US together to visit a few museums and air shows. We also went flying in a B-17 Shortly after we returned I finished a Hasegawa 1/48 Douglas A-4K Skyhawk. I wanted to use one of the coastal kits blurred bases. I’ve chosen a 2 Squadron RNZAF aircraft as I served on that Sqn in 1990’s. Seventh was the Kinetic Mirage IIIO. This was a challenge build for 2017. Bruce , as usual, didn’t finish in time. The kit is same quality as the Sea Harrier FRS-1. It takes a little bit of work but does build up into a nice model. I wasn’t fan of the Mirage before building this but I’ve grown to like the aircraft. There a couple more of the RAAF schemes that take my fancy along with a Argentine one. Eighth was a refurbishment of a kit I first built a long time ago. So whilst I didn’t actually assemble the parts in 2017 it was stripped back repainted and weather and placed on a new base. It is the 1/48 Tamiya KV-1. I used this as test bed for dust techniques Lying of the shelf of doom for a couple of years was this 1 / 4 scale M4A1/M203 rifle. I had been painted but I couldn’t really be bothered putting much additional effort into it so I gave it a quick wash and some dry brushing. I just need to find a way to display it Last for the year was the 1/48 Haseagawa Henschel Hs 129. This is a pretty simple build, the worst bit being painting the spinners. I made masks for the main national markings rather than sue decals. I also spent a bit of time experimenting with bases. So that’s it for my 2017, a bumper year of modelling along with a great trip or 2. Next I’m going to try some 1/32 models so this should reduce the number of completions but should be an interesting challenge to try out the larger scale. Hope everyone has a happy Christmas 2017 and a great 2018 If you’re interested in more photos of the models there pages for each build at My Blog Or if you want to see more aircraft photos from our trip mine are here
  8. Lovely A-4 there. My only suggestion is dulling down the bombs, they look a bit shiny.
  9. Fantastic set of builds there, all are well done. The F-4 WW is my pick. Don't see them in Euro one that often and it looks great in flight.I really like the Tornado as well
  10. great work all over there. Love the Mig in particular. Unusual scheme I've not seen before
  11. You're not alone. The real aircraft bores me to tears but what GWH are doing with the kit means I may buy one to build just because the detail looks amazing.
  12. Lovely work Devo. I'm in awe of of the finish you get with the brush
  13. Sparmax DH 103 . As good as an Iwata but 1/2 the price. I use it for 90% of my airbrushing. I do have a 0.2mm Iwata but its only for super fine work
  14. Nice work Pappy. Like the pose of the pilot checking the AIM-9 head
  15. I'd guess that if they didn't have the CDS on the tail then there would be 2 buckets by the hook. But it would obviously depend on the variant and time frame you're looking at. To be 100% sure you'd need to know the mod number and/or have photos. And If you can't find a definitive answer for the particular BuNo you're interested in, then it's also likely no one can (or will be bothered) prove you wrong.
  16. Thanks. As for the base, its from Coastal kits
  17. My latest buiild. I've written a full build report at my blog for those interested. For those not interested here's some photos
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