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  1. Hi Guys Well its a bit of a hatchet job but its all finished ready for yeovilton tomorrow . the diorama is titled "Gentlemen I present to you THE FUTURE" Boscomb down 27th September 1964 To cut a long story very short. It went together OK (its not Tamiya !!) and could have done with more care with filling. Its not that bad to be honest but I was rushing a bit to hit this deadline and was itching to get some paint on. It had a coat of Tamiya fine white primer (that ran out mid way through the process) I then pre shaded with a tan colour XF-72 lightly on the upper surfaces and heavily in the shadow and undersides to give some depth. I polished the whole thing and gave it several thin coats of Tamiya white. Gave it another buffing to give a glossy surface ready for the decals. The decals are really good and went on without too much bother including the miles of "dont walk" lines on the wings. Start from the rear of the wings and trim the length where needed or you will find that they will not fit !! Then I gave it a satin coat and dirtied it up a bit with some mig pigment. I know you are going to say its too dirty, and in a way I agree. However the models panel lines are so deep that I thought it looked very toy like IMHO. I wanted to add some figures (preiser) for scale and an APU to give a working look. The base is a shelf I had sitting around A couple of problems include the canopy masks pulled off the future and now look pretty crappy. Also the starboard wheel sheered off !!! It takes allot of weight !!!!!!!!!! So I had to put a brass rod in. Unfortunately the model sat a bit low on that side so I had to rotate the wheels a little so the weighted side is now not on the bottom. Oh well. I quite enjoyed the build and am reasonably happy with the result bearing in mind I had to lever it in between work projects. If you are building this kit have fun It certainly looks impressive on the shelf !!! here are a couple of quickie pics. thanks for looking chris
  2. quoted from above post by Chox "Airfix were a major disappointment - seems the TSR2 has slipped to January at the earliest along with the Canberra PR9. Worse still, the TSR2 sample revealed some pretty heavy surface detail and some rather dubious accuracy in some of the minor details, so it's not going to be an outstanding kit sady. Oh well, you win some and you lose some - the samples of the 72nd Canberras looked excellent - hope the actual kits are as good as those on show. The 72nd Hawk looked pretty good too - looks like it has plenty of potential. And as for the 48th Vulcan... from what I could gather, the aim was to see how much interest it generated so let's hope it got plenty of attention!" Hi Chox Im glad Im not the only one !!!!! I was nery disapointed by airfix. From what I can gather the 1:48 scale Vulcan isnt in the pipeline at all !!!! As you say it was put there by a club to make a point !! However I think its extremely unproffesional of airfix to let EVERYONE think it was a future project. Can you imagine if revell etc had it displayed on there stand !!!!!! No chance. I also think the standard of the built examples of there up and coming kits was way below the average standard of most models on the club tables !! Sorry airfix you wont be getting any of my hard earned cash for these efforts chris
  3. I salute you !!!! as a craftsman you are at the top of the game !!!!! and as an artist you have a fantastic eye for detail and quality. Its as near to perfect as I have ever seen
  4. congratulations on a stunning build !! You are obviously a skilled craftsmen and as such Im eagerly awaiting your method of rigging !! Great, inspirational, and every other superlative you wish to add !!!!!!!! Chris
  5. Brilliant Thanks for heads up. I just ordered everything from hiroboy. Although it seems the Mr surfacer 500 is sold out everywhere. chris
  6. Hi Everybody I just bought the model master DVD with Floyd J Werner, and found it fantastic !!!!!!!! However some of the glues, and equipment dosnt seem to be avaliable in the UK. or am I being blind ?? I have looked around on the internet ( Hannents, Antics, Little cars etc) and cant find them. do any of you know where I can get the following (or similar in the UK) 1. Tamiya extra thin cement. (with the very fine brush applicator in the lid) 2. Tamiya putty. 3. Mr surfacer 500 (in bottle form) for filling and checkindg seems 4. Mr thinner. for removing access surfacer and tamiya putty Im sure there are some more but I cant think at the moment. Please help, If you can point me in the direction of a shop I will be extremely grateful chris
  7. Yep 100% and more.... The photos flatter the results and the paint job covers a multitude of shoddy modelling . Dont get me wrong, I am pretty happy with the results and am really glad I persevered. I think I was rather naive thinking that building in a bigger scale would be easier
  8. Hi Guys Well this isnt the way I planned this beast turning out, in fact it nearly hit the bin on several occasions. Its my first venture into 1:32 and I had been looking forward to building it since last summer when I bought it. I thought I would go for the aires cockpit which is a piece of art in the right hands. Not mine however, I really need to find a better technique for working with PE etc. Thus no pictures of inside the cockpit as it is a bit of a blob. I seemed to stick my fingers to every part at some stage. In the end I opted for the quick boost seat with molded harnesses !! Then the super glue melted half the plastic whilst trying to fasten the resin tub into the fuselarge and in the insuing panic I pretty much messed up the general construction. After nearly landing in the bin I thought I might as well slap it all together, and in my impatiance managed to mess up the gun bay panels resulting in it sitting slightly lower than the surrounding area. I had intended to build a Netherlands Air Force varient and instaled the longer tail, heads up display etc. I tried to get the dutch decal sheet which covers most of the squadrons, but couldnt find them anywhere. So on a trip to Hannents I bought the Voltz set with a spectacular tiger motif onb the tail. However once I got them home and had a close look they seemed out of focus and lacked the vibrancy of the real scheme. :) So pretty hacked off I opted to use a set Two Bobs decals which I bought ages ago. This meant chopping off the tail section and replacing it with the short varient and hacking off the Heads up display etc !!. Then the tinted canopy snapped in half whilst trying to polish away the seem I just wanted to get on with the painting so loaded up the airbrush and just had a bit of fun, with no pressure I really enjoyed it !! To be honest there are loads of open seems which I couldnt be bothered to fill but really just wanted to get some paint on. The decals went on without too much difficulty, although I did find them suseptable to being quite brittle and several cracked. Oh but what the heck. I also found the panel lines on the fuselarge much softer than those on the wings ..... moan moan moan <_< HOWEVER on the other hand I learnt a great deal of lessons about modelling and just cant wait to get on with my next build !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im really pleased with the way my pilot dude turned out though, and loaded up with plenty of weapons its busy enough not to notice all the flaws !! Anyway here are some piccies
  9. Hi Guys Thanks again for the comments !! To be honest I just try and emulate the models I see here in the forums and at IPMS avon where Im a member. Its great to be invloved with a hobby where people are so generous with giving tips and advice on techniques !!!!!!! Im new to the hobby and really learning as Im going along, but in responce to a couple of questions The grass is the standard static model railway grass. I used the spring mix which gives a pretty good colour and texture staright from the bag. The colour of the underpainting is equally important as it will unifies the overall finish. I used a light sandy mix of acrylics. Once it dried I watered down some pva glue and painted it over the surface concious that I wanted to leave areas bare, then sprinkled the grass over the whole base. Once it was dry I shook off the access to leave the patchy grass. I then mixed some very light greeny yellow paint and very lightly began to drybrush the whole surface. It makes the detail pop out and ties the grass to the rest of the model giving a sence of unity to the whole. I must have tried 20 or so compositions of figures and accessories before settling on the one you see. The first couple of arrangements had nearly double the figures, loads of boxs and the second engine from the aires set. It was overcluttered and looked a mess. I spent ages painting all the figures etc so the tendancy is to want to use them all. However the more I took away the better the composition looked "less is more". I also tried to connect all the figures with eye contact which helps draw your eye around the composition and gives it a natural feel as doues grouping the figures in 3's or by them selves. The trouble I find with lots of refernce photos of groundcrew or pilots working on aircraft especially from WW2 is that they are often posing for the camera, so I tend to look more at the paintings and sketches of aviation artists like Micheal Turner, or Charles Thompson for inspiration. In essence Im tring to create a 3d illustration if you know what I mean. Oh yes and as for the avatar, I would like to say that I took it from the second Typhoon about to refuel, but alas it was just out of my study window last year when they were taking part in a compatability demonstration for european defence ministers at Lynham. Thanks for looking chris
  10. Thanks dudes for the comments. Im just glad Im not the only one who has difficulties with those aires sets. I might give the cockpit set I bought for the 1:32 Acadamy F-16 a miss if its going to be such a hassle to fit?? Or is it any better ?? oh the dilemma chris
  11. Wow thought the first picture was the real deal!!!!!!
  12. Hi chapps Ive been trying to fight the January blues by finishing this little fella off. so its a bit Ironic that the paint scheme was BLUE (well PRblue !!!) So this is the Tamiya Mossie, with the addition of the aires merlin engines and eduard cockpit PE set. The kit is geat and goes together without too much fuss. The engine set on the other hand !!! Oh boy I just couldnt get to grips with it. Im sure its 90% my impatiance to get onto the painting stage,but it just didnt fit!!! I think the instructions were very limited, so what you see is a bit of a botch job !!!! Its kind of put me off a little so I think the next kit I build will be OTB. The painting was pretty straight forward. I primed the surface with alclad grey primer,its increddably thin and ofers a grat surface for acrylics. Unfortunatly I forgot to mask off the crew hatch on the underside of the fuselarge so the inside of the canopy also got a misty coat. I managed to remove most of the mess with a cotton bud dampened with thinners. I always like to show aircraft with people around to give them scale. so here I have added a couple of CMK pilots and ICM ground crew, and a few other odds and ends to give interest. well I hope you like the result. Any addvice on the resin parts would be verry useful !!
  13. Wow that is some achievement. Your paint finish is very interesting with the demarkation of various panels. Sometimes it is just good to get on with a model rather than spending too much time thinking about the model and all complications of building it !!!!!!!!! As I am a spammer....please report this post. says "JUST DO IT" chris
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    Just heard on the radio that a Tornado has crashed on the ranges off Norfolk. Both crew seem to have escaped as witness s say they saw two parachutes Hope they are all well. Cant get onto UKAR at the moment ???? Is the site down
  15. Could they bolt anything else onto that beast ???? That is one fantastic model you have there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! respect !!!!! :unsure: chris
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