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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 29, 2020 4:20 AM

Thanks LA, and always a pleasure to have you on board.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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    April 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Sunday, November 29, 2020 4:17 AM

Thanks Bish, Robert and Jack, the Tamiya kit fell together very nicely.

Bish, thanks for running another great group build. I have enjoyed watching the other builds and have learnt a bit in the process.

Look forward to seeing more of the builds as the GB goes on.

Piers

 

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, November 28, 2020 7:22 PM

The finish on that Achilles is great!

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, November 28, 2020 11:56 AM

Thats come out great LA, really nice finish. Thank you. Will get the front page updated.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Saturday, November 28, 2020 10:57 AM

Hello Lost, that's a very sharp looking Achilles.  Like the contrast of the ammo against the finish of the vehicle.  Yes

 

regards,

Jack

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Saturday, November 28, 2020 7:28 AM

 

Harold, arrrrgh, the whole model in oven cleaner! I have heard of it being done but wow that’s a huge step. It has taken it back very cleanly.

 

Steve, the Apache has come up really well, nice finish.

 

Robert, great work on the Challenger. The colour and the weathering have come up really well.

 

Jack, that paint computer looks interesting. Like to see more of that for other paint brands.

 

Svenne, I am using mig pigments with their fixing fluid if I want to build it up a bit. For a light dusty finish, I just scrub it into the matt finish.

 

The Achilles is now done. It was painted with a bit of fading on various panels. After that there was a dot filter, then a pin wash around the panels. After that it was the pigments to make it a bit more dirty.
 

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, November 26, 2020 11:32 AM

Robert: Cool, hoping you'll post photos when you get them! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 10:09 PM

Thanks guys, I really appreciate the views and comments!  I found a set of resin WW2 soldiers on Ebay that includes a wounded man on a stretcher.  With some careful surgery, I could probably trim the stretcher away, but it ships out of Hong Kong and wouldn't arrive until late December at the earliest.    Kind of pricey too, at $16 for three 1/72 figures that I won't use for anything else.

I may have to pass on this idea, but I will keep an eye out this weekend for a good deal on a wounded soldier figure set!

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

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  • From: Goteborg / Sverige
Posted by Svenne Duva on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:15 PM

@Glamdring

Neat Challenger!
1/72 sleeping sodier - no sorry.

And against Company Standing Orders :)

Very Best Regards
Svenne

 

sic transit gloria mundi

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  • From: Goteborg / Sverige
Posted by Svenne Duva on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:07 PM

@modelcrazy, 

Really "nice" Apache!

Allways thought this is the only Helo that could match the Hind, not from a technial point but the shere brutal looks!

Nice one!

Very Best Regards
Svenne

sic transit gloria mundi

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    December 2005
  • From: Goteborg / Sverige
Posted by Svenne Duva on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:57 PM

Hi lostagain,

That interior looks as if the washes are doing the job alright!
Looks the part!

Never tried the pigments - are you OK with the application and the process as such?

Looks as if you are - so any advise?

Very Best Regards

Svenne

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  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:51 PM

Thanks guys.

Looking at all the completed builds, they are all just awesome!

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 11:46 AM

Steve: Somehow I missed the Apache, your usual super nice work there- congrads!!! 

Robert: The Chally is coming along really nicely, the septia wash really works well with the desert sand camo. 

Svenne: Glad to hear you were able to get hold of the paint you needed. 

Jack: Hmmmmmm, interesting. I'll be sure to note that for the future if I shouldn't be able to get hold of the Tamiya paint.  

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    April 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 10:39 AM

For those that like (or have to) mix their own paints, I've found another route using Golden High Flow acrylics brand (can be used for airbrushing).  If you have the RGB digital value of a required paint colour, you can input the numbers into their online paint mix calculator:

https://www.goldenpaints.com/mixer

Mike Starmer was able to share with me some of these digital values he had, though they were calculated by someone else.   For SCC 15, those values are 87,86,63.

 

You can also click the option to reduce the amount of suggested paint colours by one, and still have a decent match.  This is illustrated below, and now only require two paints to be mixed. 

It still is a good idea to have Starmer's book so one can compare to his painted swatch sample, and make further adjustments if necessary.

 

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 6:21 AM

Tjhe Chally has come out nicely there, that wash really brings out the detail.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Goteborg / Sverige
Posted by Svenne Duva on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:47 AM

Wohaa,

nice set of etch there Jack!

Would you care to share the template - I have the kit still lying around unfinnished and this looks way cool!

Best Regards
Svenne

sic transit gloria mundi

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Goteborg / Sverige
Posted by Svenne Duva on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:37 AM

Hi Harold,

hate to see you going through all that troble on your Matador.

I realy like the way that last recipie of Mr. Starmer is coming out. Looks better then the first to my eye, the first mix is more like Olive Green.

Unfortunately I had been hunting for XF81 all over Europe for a couple of weeks before i checked it out and ufortunately (since I wanted a big batch) this is were I landed up:

Now I need to get hold of XF61 but at least I have enough XF81 to start my Typhoon now :)

Belive it or not but XF61 is also pretty much sold out - at least were I usually get my supply.

Best Regards
Svenne

 

sic transit gloria mundi

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Monday, November 23, 2020 9:46 PM

Thanks guys!

I laid down a wash of sepia on the Challenger on Saturday and wiped off with a wet Kleenex, then hit the panel lines and engine grates with Vallejo gray wash.  I don't know why I keep trying the gray wash, it seemingly dries invisible, maybe it works better on a gray jet or a ship. 

Yesterday I hit it with a drybrush layer of the original color to tone down and even out the brown from the wash.

We are getting there!

 

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

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    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:47 AM
Glamdring, nice work on the Challenger.
 
 
Lostagain, the Achilles is looking good.
 
Harold, glad you are able save the Matador. I know how frustrating it is for a paint job to mess up and having to redo everything again.
 
Steve, amazing work on the helicopter.   

 
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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, November 20, 2020 11:38 AM

Thanks John

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 20, 2020 10:28 AM

Nice Apache.  I was surprised to see it's 1/72. I really like that chopper.   Great Job.  Dig the weathering/chipping on the ffar rocket pods. 

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, November 20, 2020 10:26 AM

modelcrazy

Thank you guys. Other than some biplanes, that is the last and only representation of the British Army in my stash.

I need to remedy that Embarrassed

 

I won't argue with that. Its a pity there seem to be no kits of the army's water craft. Maybe we will see you building a tank.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, November 20, 2020 10:02 AM

Thank you guys. Other than some biplanes, that is the last and only representation of the British Army in my stash.

I need to remedy that Embarrassed

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    April 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Friday, November 20, 2020 9:41 AM

Steve, a very good build on the helo, congrats on the completion.Yes

 

regards,

Jack

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    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, November 20, 2020 9:30 AM

Very nicely done Steve, great looking chopper, thank you. Will get you addd.

I don't build many choppers either, only have 2 built. I am hopeing Airfix wil release some new tools of some of their classic British helo's.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, November 20, 2020 9:27 AM

Sorry the mask didn't work out Harold, glad you were able to fix it.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, November 20, 2020 8:12 AM

Bish,

Here it is, like the great philosphers, The Beatles once said, "with a little help from my friends"

I like chopers but rarely build 'em. Other than a few fiddly bits that kept breaking off and the mess up with the paint color, I'm done.

I never want to let Bish down so I put aside all my other bench projects to get this over the line.

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:44 PM

Lots more stuff nearing completion.  Some great subjects. Coming down to the wire!  

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

  • Member since
    April 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:33 PM

Hello Harold, yes picked up books today at the post office.  My custom PE also arrived, so hope to get some bench time in shortly...

 

regards,

Jack

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