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  1. I just made soft covers for my Hornet build. I used Kleenex. What I did was pulled apart the Kleenex tissues and then got a paintbrush and some water. I laid each thin tissue over the intake then painted water over it. I just layered it until it had the right look. I then took a little bit of white glue and diluted it and gently painted it over the tissues. I let it dry over night. Then I very gently pulled it off the model kit and trimmed it up to look the par then I put it back on. When I was satisfied with the look I painted another layer of white glue over it and it hardened up nicely. I w
  2. Thanks for all of the comments! I took it to the local hobby shop model contest and took home first! The Hellcat got 'best paint'
  3. Thanks for the comments everyone! I am not all the way done, I still have to install the gunsight.... Should have done that earlier. But I am ready to call it for the most part. I can never leave well enough alone so as I was wrapping up I decided that the decals around the gas caps on the wings did not go down well and there were some wrinkles. So I sanded them down then I ended up taking a lot of paint off. I also noticed that the glue melted part of the wing and I needed to fill that. I also noticed that the flat coat I used on those surfaces left a white sort of residue. All i
  4. The paint scheme on this aircraft seems to be a bit vague. I attempted to do some more research on the internet only to discover that there are apparently violent controversies surrounding the scheme of this particular aircraft. People can get pretty bent out of shape over the colors, stripes, and finish. I realize that there are a few things that I have done that could be more accurate. I didn't have a single photo of the right side of the aircraft so the camo was guess work. I found one later and realized my camo was wrong. Also I did not pain the panels over the guns yellow. The photos I sa
  5. I am getting closer. I got out my new airbrush to do some fine detail work. It works great! Very nice control. But then I looked at some actual photos of the aircraft and I noticed that some of the lines looked pretty hard in places. Almost like the camo was masked off. So I did a little of that too... I have the invasion stripes and camo all done. I used some Vallejo Yellow but that just looked too pale. So I went back over it with some Citadel Yellow I had in my drawer. That stuff actually went through he airbrush quite well! And finally I used some Steel
  6. Cool! I really like this scheme. I want to do a Tamiya 1/32 like this one. Then there will be a BIG brother!
  7. One handed is proficient. Its all coming back to me. I can at least do it in the dark these days!
  8. Thanks Joel! Yep. Everyone is doing great if not a little tired. I am going to use the Eagle Decals set. I agree. The Tamiya markings are just way too thick. I can never get them to lay down well, even with a ton of Solvaset! I am glad that these Vallejo paints are working well. I like Acrylic best. They are a little pricey and I have lots of Alclad laying around too, but I wanted the easiest process possible since I anticipate having to put the airbrush down to chase a kid or change a diaper ;)
  9. Dude! This is some awesome work! Great subject, and great resin work.
  10. I had to take a break from my polystyrene therapy sessions after my wife broke her leg when she was 35 weeks pregnant. It was a bad break and so I had to put everything up and focus on the family. But the baby is here, she is walking on her own again and I have carved out some time for a new project! Since I have a 4 year old and a one month old I thought I would keep it small and simple. So I am going with a simple yet good Tamiya kit. I am using a Yahu P-51 instrument panel and all I can say is wow! Its really good! I am also trying out the
  11. Thanks! I used slightly different techniques between the two but in general what I did was take a darker color and sketch the outside of the exhausts with my airbrush then I lightened the color one or two times and worked inward so the lightest color was in the middle. I tried to be a little uneven and I also tried to respect the panel lines. With the N I also used some 'streaking grime' from mig to simulate those oily leaks that I saw on a lot of the pictures. The key there is to make a streak with a sine brush. Let it dry then take a broad brush and get a little bit of thinner on it and gent
  12. Do you have any guides or tutorials?
  13. Yeah. It was a huge trial and error process. I have used the chipping solution before and couldn't get much off and then I tired it on this build and had big flakes coming off which I didn't want! But I was able to save it in places. I would make a few changes next time but overall it was a positive experience! Thanks for following along and good luck on your build!
  14. Hi Bob - Here is where I got that paint rack. I need another. They are so convenient! https://www.amazon.com/Beauticom-Acrylic-Display-Organizer-Dimension/dp/B00KIHV28Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1486397927&sr=8-4&keywords=acrylic+paint+rack
  15. Ha! Well that is generous. I will give it a try at the next contest with my fingers crossed. Cheers.
  16. I used Vallejo. Not the Air Vallejo. It is actually a very different shade of Blue despite having the same name.
  17. I have finished! I learned a lot on this kit. I will do my chipping differently in the future thanks to the lessons from this kit. I think it is an Improvement over my last Hellcat. But now I have two Big E Helcats ready for display!
  18. If I had to build only one kit for the rest of my life it would probably be the Eduard Hellcat. This is my third or fourth but I will keep building them. I have not built a night attack version however so I decided that was the way to go. I bought the weekend edition and then robbed a few parts from other boxings in the stash. I also got some metal gun barrels and a resin drop tank from Quickboost. But I wanted to use the occasion to try some new weathering techniques. I used a black base with Stynylrez which I have to say is one of the single best things you can ever use o
  19. You did an outstanding job with that rough looking kit! Great build! The weathering looks great.
  20. Pretty outstanding result here! The camo looks great and the wash will set it off nicely! Good job!
  21. I really should have kept up with my progress but after the MiG this little Yak just went so fast! These Accurate Miniatures kits are interesting. There are no more thorough instructions on the face of the earth! The fit is good and the detail is great. The clear pieces are in need of improvement. But the interior went together well. I like the clear instrument panel with the decal dial faces. I then assembled the kit which went together really well. I used Stynalrez black as a primer and I can't say enough good things about this stuff. It is awesome
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