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  • Member since
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  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:32 PM

Dodgy

So , I tried to represent a weathered appearance, (some of these aircraft weathered very heavily). Anyway, for all it's faults, I'm calling it done. My first completed GB, how appropriate it's an Aussie GB.

Thanks for all your work and encouragement Piers, it's been fun and educational. Thanks also to the rest of you for all the tips and support.

Cheers, Ferg.

 

Ferg, I am only speaking for myself, but I think everyone of us can relate to your feelings. Glad it's done, wish you did somethings differently and have a new confidence that the next project will be even better. For me that is what this hobby is really about, learning and improving, having fun and sharing with mates who like to do the same thing.

My wife asked me if I do scale modeling to be alone. I told her I'm not alone, I have many friends who share my interest in modeling. I get up early each morning while she is asleep looking forward to a hot cup of coffee and two-hours of quiet time working on some model. It's a great hobby and I love doing it every day that I can.

Thank you, Ferg, and Cliff for your positive comments about my camouflage painting, I have a lot to learn, but I have overcome my fears of doing camouflage and that is a major step forward for me.

Harold

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 4:24 AM

Thank you Harold and Gamera for your positive comments. It is what it is and moving on. Now it's all about the Kate for the Japanese XI GB and the Corsair for the Absent Friends GB.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 11:05 AM

First-thank you Dodgy, Gam, Ferg, Harold & Piers for the continued encouragement.  You guys set the bar high with your works-continuing to learn by hanging out in GB's like this one.

Secondly-the canopy masks arrived so I'll be woking on that this afternoon-hoping to get the Kitty Hawk put to bed by the end of the weekend...key word here being 'hoping'

Thirdly-Dodgy-Spitfire looks good from where I'm sitting-nice job on the weathering.

Forthly-Harold, you had a request for a larger picture of the flags on the engine covers-and yes, it is four flags:

And for more information about the specific plane:

Interesting to do the research for this specific plane-Squadron Leader Cresswell had an impressive career with the RAAF-well worth a Google search. I think doing the research for a specific plane (or picking a subject and then doing the research) is one of the activities that I truly enjoy about modeling.

Bob

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:23 PM

Thanks Bob for the close-up. That's some cool nose art! 

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

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Thursday, May 12, 2022 8:49 AM

 

Ferg,

Super result on the Spitfire, nice weathering very suitable for a plane flying in the pacific off the rough runways there. Good to know that you have not been scared off the planes by this one.

Bob,
The Kittyhawk looks really good, great camo finish. Frustrating with the ‘U’ but the flags look ace.

Harold,

I didn’t think the paintwork could be improved, looking very sharp.

I like your musings, modelling definitely is a bit of both, on the one hand working solitary on the models – which I find to be quite meditative as I focus on the model and forget about work frustrations, and on the other hand the social side online of seeing what every one else is doing, picking up ideas and tips and being inspired to push ourselves further.

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Saturday, May 28, 2022 6:50 AM

Finally got back to the bench after holidays, Covid and work. After putting on and black basing the canopy, I gave it all a grey primer coat. This showed what a rubbish job I had done filling in the pinholes, so the filler came back out. Plenty more on the underside as well.

There was a bit of filling needed in other places as well, should be dry and ready tomorrow.

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  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Saturday, May 28, 2022 12:40 PM

It's been nearly 2 1/2 weeks since my last progress report. The camouflage painting and decals on the hull of A24-17 are completed and there is a coat of varnish on the hull. Canopy masking and wing assembly is in progress.

The camouflage is RAF Temperate Sea Scheme (TSS) this aircraft was delivered to RAAF service with in January 1942. A24-17 would retain the TSS camouflage during combat operations in the South Pacific until soon after its first major overhaul at Lake Boga, Victoria, Australia in August 1942.

https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/pacific-strategy-1941-1944

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 30, 2022 2:48 PM

Piers: Ack, I hate those awful tiny pinholes. They're such a pain to catch every one.

Harold: Looks great! Always loved the RAF temperate scheme and it looks great on the Cat!

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

 

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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Monday, May 30, 2022 4:26 PM

Piers-I feel your pain-seems that I see more things that need to be fixed after each coat of primer-looking forward to seeing future pics.

Harold-I have to agree with Gamera-The Cat looks great!  Really can't add any more than that.

The P-40 is sitting on the back burner-sprayed a coat of Vallejo Matt Varnish and have to say I was pleased with the results.  I need to finish up another project and then get back to the Kittyhawk-maybe by the end of this weekend?

Cheers

Bob

 

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  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 8:37 PM

bobbaily

Piers-I feel your pain-seems that I see more things that need to be fixed after each coat of primer-looking forward to seeing future pics.

Harold-I have to agree with Gamera-The Cat looks great!  Really can't add any more than that.

The P-40 is sitting on the back burner-sprayed a coat of Vallejo Matt Varnish and have to say I was pleased with the results.  I need to finish up another project and then get back to the Kittyhawk-maybe by the end of this weekend?

Cheers

 

Thank you, Piers, Cliff and Bob, for your positive comments. So far, this Catalina is the best paint job I have done in five years of scale modeling.

Bob, I use Vallejo acrylic varnish too. Recently I found a great article which you may have already seen, but just in case here it is mate. https://acrylicosvallejo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/vallejo-stepbystep-using-vallejo-varnishes-EN.pdf

Harold

 

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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Thursday, June 2, 2022 6:31 PM

Harold-thank you for the link for the Vallejo article-it was very informative and will be helpful for future projects.  With the demise of Testor's Model Master acrylic, I've used Vallejo and am happy with the results but I will start looking on their website for articles like the one you referenced.

Again, thank you.

Bob

 

Bob

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 2, 2022 10:12 PM

Bob: I'm looking forward to more of the P-40. Hope you have some more photos soon.

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

 

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    April 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Friday, June 3, 2022 5:18 AM

Harold, that is a super look on the Catalina fuselage. You have done well getting the flat finish there, I will go through the link you posted too as I always get such varied results when varnishing - matt or gloss.

Not surprised you are really really happy with the finish on the Catalina, great work.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Friday, June 10, 2022 7:38 AM

Finally a bit of white on the Winjeel. I have used Tamiya white primer spray can as it covers so well. After letting it set for a few days I have had a look at it and there are more pinholes around the wing fillets and leading edge that need to be filled. So filler is in and drying overnight before a hopefully final white coat.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 7:58 AM

I got the pinholes filled and a couple of spots sanded down. Then another coat of white primer. Let it set for several days before masking. Three hours of playing with tamiya tape got me to this point:

Then building up the Gunze H14 orange to get good coverage and gloss. Four coats all up got me to here. Reading other builds, some people added a touch of brown to dull it down, others added fluoro orange to jazz it up a bit. Next will be the masking for the painted silver surfaces.

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:15 PM

Piers: So happy to see your victory over those bleeping pin holes. Hate those darn things. Love the Day-Glo orange! She's gonna be a real eye-catcher!!! Heart

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

 

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    April 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:42 AM

Thanks Cliff, I thought I was getting closer, masked up and laid down the aluminium, but I was not happy, so had to sand it back down.

Looking forward to seeing how the other builds are going

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 1:42 PM

Dang! And she was looking sooooooo good, best 'o luck with the repainting.

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

 

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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Friday, June 24, 2022 1:08 PM

Piers-great job on the masking & Day-Glo orange-really stands out.

Bummer about the aluminium-but it's gonna be a stunning build when complete.

My P-40E is sitting at the 85% complete phase-canopy painted but masks not pulled off yet-undercarriage bits painted but not installed.  Probably needs a oil dot wash for a little wear & tear followed by panel line wash-just gotta make my self do it.

Bob

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Saturday, June 25, 2022 5:40 AM

Sounds good Bob, looking forward to seeing it.

I have got the aluminium better the next time round

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Monday, June 27, 2022 7:34 AM

And now the matt black is on and the masking is off. I must have masked the orange too soon as it is marked up where the tape is. Let's see what it is like under a coat of gloss clear when I can get to it on the weekend.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 30, 2022 8:52 PM

Piers: That looks amazing! I hope the gloss coat made the masking vanish, I'd hate to see you have to sand the orange and respray it again. 

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

 

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, July 3, 2022 7:13 AM

Hi fellas, sorry but I have been absent due to some health issues for my wife and troubles with my internet connection.

Harold: Your cat is looking superb!

Piers: The Winjeel looks fantastic. What happened with the silver??

Bob: Definately looking forward to seeing more of your P40.

Cheers

Dodgy/Ferg

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 4, 2022 11:55 AM

It's good to see you back Ferg, I hope your wife is much better!

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

 

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  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Monday, July 4, 2022 12:15 PM

Dodgy

Hi fellas, sorry but I have been absent due to some health issues for my wife and troubles with my internet connection.

Harold: Your cat is looking superb!

Piers: The Winjeel looks fantastic. What happened with the silver??

Bob: Definately looking forward to seeing more of your P40.

Cheers

Dodgy/Ferg

 

Thank you, Ferg. Best wishes mate for your family.

Harold

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  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Monday, July 4, 2022 1:05 PM

Today is Independence Day in America, 4th of July and I believe it's important to remember what that means to our citizens. We celebrate by raising our flag, gathering with friends and family, watching fireworks, cooking hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill, and giving thanks to God.

For those of us who love freedom independence means sacrifice and responsibility. You have heard it said that freedom is not free it will cost you everything you have. Those words are true, many have paid for our freedom with their life.

The picture below is a dedication of our Veteran's memorial performed by the local Scout troop. Most of the adult men and women in the photograph are combat veterans and their wives or husbands.

Harold

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  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Monday, July 4, 2022 2:53 PM

It's been a while since I posted a progress report and as you can see, I have completed the hull camouflage painting, decals, canopies and started on the parasol wing. Most of the wing assembly is done and the primer is dry, so I'm ready to start camouflage painting. The top surface of the wing will be done in the RAF Temperate Sea Scheme (TSS) like the hull, the lower surface including the floats will be the RAF Sky colour.

If you recall this model is meant to represent RAAF PBY Catalina A24-17 at the time it was assigned to 20 Squadron in 1942. It remained in TSS camouflage until early 1943. 20 Squadron had bases in New Guinea, Queensland, and the Northern Territory. The RAAF Catalina's primary purpose was search-and-rescue, mine-laying, anti-submarine and bombing missions against Japanese targets in the Pacific Theater.

A24-17 is believed to be the first Catalina to be repainted in the new RAAF dark blue camouflage. During its first year in service A24-17 saw heavy combat action including being accidentally attacked by a US Navy fighter aircraft. This event is what prompted the RAAF to change the red wing roundel colour to white.

Harold

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 4, 2022 5:27 PM

She looks fantastic Harold! Looking forward to seeing you get the rest of the camo painted. 

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

 

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Monday, July 4, 2022 9:44 PM

Wow Harold, that is one good looking model.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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  • From: Somewhere in England
Posted by darrenshinn on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 3:44 AM

That's a very nice Catalina there, Harold. And thanks for posting the link to the Vallejo varnish instructions - I've had some very odd results previously with their gloss varnish, which now look to be entirely "operator error" (as usual!)

Dodgy - hope Mrs Dodgy is feeling better soon.Also hope that none of you guys down under are caught up in the flooding round Sydney.

 

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