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  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:28 AM

Got the construction on the Mossie finished last weekend, eneded up going together better than i had expected given its age.

The gun troughs underneath were filled in as per the pics i found.

Followed by some painting. Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey on top, Sky undersides. All Xtracolor.

Decals are from a company called Vingtor Decals. This set provides markings for the 6 original Mk VI aircraft operated by BOAC from mid 1943 as well as 3 replacment aircraft recieved in 44. While the first 6 had the Sky undersides, these were re-painted black after several months of operations. The 3 replacments came with black undersides. I have done one of the original 6 in its delivery scheme.

The larger outer strips on the underside did not conform well to the large hinges for the flaps. The decal sheet recomends the Tamiya kit and looking at the one i built last year, i think these would work much better on that kit.

Weathering will be limited to some light exhaust staining as i want to show an aircraft as delivered.

 

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, October 27, 2019 8:53 AM

The Gladiator has come on really well, this is a lovely little kit. By last weekend it was ready for painting.

By Thurs it was primed and painted. All paints are Xtracolor, Ocean Grey and Dark Green on top and Med Sea Grey underneath.

And then the Print Scale decals. I have heard some people have bad experiance with these. But i had no issues. The dcals went down really well and just easy enough to move around. I also did some light fading where the fabric is stretched over the ribs.

Next update should include the finished pics.

 

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, October 26, 2019 1:37 AM

That looks interesting Chad, look forward to seeing that.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, October 25, 2019 4:59 PM

Thank you Bish.  Next up is some surf n' turf!  I would like to build the LCM Mk.III and Sherman combo. Definitely an older tooling but certainly looks nice on the sprue. 

Chad

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, October 25, 2019 1:29 PM

Thanks Dan.

Both of those coming along really well, really like the look of the P-40.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by Bish on Friday, October 25, 2019 1:28 PM

Missed a few posts from the past week, so better catch up.

TJ, nice line up of Mustangs there, thats quite a squadron you have going.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by Bish on Friday, October 25, 2019 1:27 PM

Great job on the Eugen Chad, she came out really well. Thank you. Front page updated. Hopefuly i'll have Belfast ready to join her soon.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, October 25, 2019 10:37 AM

Lol, thank you my friend! 

Chad

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, October 25, 2019 9:50 AM

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:19 PM

The Prinz Eugen is done.  I think the first picture would be most appropriate for the front page. She's painted in her pre-Baltic paint.

Chad

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:55 AM

Look forwrad to that one frank. Will get it on the list.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 4:12 PM

Now that's a pleasant surprise!

Chad

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:00 AM

At Modelpalooza this weekend I scored what I thought was one 1/72 scale MPC F6F Hellcat.

When I got home and opened the box, I discovered not one but two Hellcat kits! Not bad for $5.00. I decided that I would build one kit as an F6F-3K Hellcat drone, similar to one I built in 1/48 scale.

The one I built is #12 way in the background.

Anyway, hopefully I'll be able to finish the build before December 31. More to come.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, October 21, 2019 7:52 PM

Dan, looks like your almost across the finish line with that P-40.

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, October 21, 2019 7:49 PM

Nice medal Frank!

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, October 21, 2019 7:49 PM

That's quite the assembly line you have there TJ!

Chad

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, October 21, 2019 3:27 PM

Finally got some color on these. I'm building 7 but the 5 natural metal kits are all Airfix. 

 

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  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
Posted by DantheMan85 on Monday, October 21, 2019 11:50 AM

Congradulations Frank.

Bufflehead: Nice work on the Fw190 & P-51.

Bish: The Mosquito & Gladiator are coming along great.

Thanks Svenna Duva.

Thanks Mopar Madness.

Here's my quick update,

Decals are on, I did not put all the tiny ones on, the small number of them I did you can't really see them on top of the Olive Drab paint.  Then I sealed them in with Tamiya X-22 Clear.  When that was curied I applied Tamiya panel line to the top, I let it dry for a few minutes when wiped up the excess with Ordorless Mineral Spirits on a cotton swap.

 20 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

The He-111 is coming along fine so are,

 IMG_6788 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

When gluing on the wings, the pilot side would not go in.  No big deal I can fill that in with some styrene.

 IMG_6789 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

On my Work Bench: Zvezda 1/144 Boeing 747-8, Airfix 1/72 He 111 H-6, Tamiya 1/48 Bf 109 E-3

Up Coming: Airfix P-51D Mustang.

           

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, October 21, 2019 9:26 AM

Nice job Frank, good looking metal too.

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, October 21, 2019 9:21 AM

Much to my surprise! My Airfix new-tool P-51 "Angels' Playmate" took a third place Bronze Medal in the aircraft category this weekend at Modelpalooza! Whoda thought?

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Posted by Bish on Friday, October 18, 2019 5:55 AM

Thanks Ernest, i have had the week off work with a chest infection. So with nothing else to do i have had a lot of bench time.

Nice work so far on those two.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by bufflehead on Thursday, October 17, 2019 11:31 PM

Dang Bish, you're moving along quickly with the Gladiator and the Mosquito!

My kids aren't quite as far along.  Cockpits on both are done, fuselages and wings added.  That's it!  

Tomorrow is a travel day and then out of town again all weekend.  Building will continue on Monday!

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:52 AM

Thanks Chad.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:09 PM

Something old and something new. I'm following both of these on the aircraft forum for sure.

Chad

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:57 AM

Thanks Steve, but i can't take any credit. Its all PE.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:56 AM

Alongside that, i have the 1975 boxing of the Mosquito. I did this kit years ago as an all black NF aircraft, but that was lost. So interesting to be building this alongside a new tooled kit.

One really interesting addition in this kit is a small label that we never see here any more.

And while it may have been made here, it was sent to me from across the pond by Eagle 90 a couple of years ago. Unfortunly the decals are a right off. But in my search for replacments i found some decals for aircraft operated by BOAC flying between Scotland and Swedan, so i'll be doing on of those. In additiong, i am useing an Airwaves PE set, pretty basic but its better than what the kit has. I also have some resin wheels and a vac canopy.

The pit soom went together and got painted along with some PE belts out of the spares box.

And the fuselage went together and the wings added. Fit isn't perfect but better than the SM.79.

Should also have the paint on this as well.

 

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:55 AM

Excelent IP Bish.

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:46 AM

Next up i am building 2 72nd aircraft at the same time. I started both and the weekend and progress is going quickly.

First up, the new tooled Gladiator Mk II

I am adding some Eduard PE and a few Quickbost resin set. I'll be building an aircraft from 1401 (Met) flight as part of my Norfolk airfileds project, decals will be Print Scale.

The pit was quickly ready for paint with both resin and PE added.

After primer and paint, i added some light flory washes and some dry brushing. After this i could add the pre coloured PE.

And then the fuselage was put together and the lower wings and undercarrage added.

Don't think it will be to long before i get some paint on.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Tiger I/AMT STAP with Battle Droid

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:35 AM

Look forward to seeing those Ernest, got them both added.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:49 PM

Their Fw190 is a nice little kit!

Chad

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