Andy Ball wow!!....thanks all for the suggestions....I will do my best to turn 'lemons into lemonade'
14. July, 15:52
Thomas Kolb Andy, honestly, I don't think it looks half as bad as you describe it. It even might look cool with some dark gray weathering. But I know the feeling, I completely lost the fun of finishing my pink Airbus when the paintwork crashed.
14. July, 18:18
Ben M There is no model where you don't have to overcome a problem or three...
Andy Ball A few more pictures of the SBS engine resin sets.
28. June, 15:47
Thomas Kolb That looks sweet! The resin engines seem like a nice upgrade - are you planning an open-panel maintenance scenario of some kind?
28. June, 16:23
Andy Ball Hi Thomas, no I'm not. I thought about it though, but as I bought SBS's covers - which don't allow you to pose open- I'm going to stick to them as per instruction sheets, but have another real good go at exhaust staining.
Andy Ball Thanks Dave, it did correct a little once most of the assemblies went together, but contributed to a lot of ill-fits in the rear cockpit area. I've got to do some washes and then I'll hang up the brushes.....
Andy Ball Hi all...I have no idea what I have done on here...I seemed to have deleted, (YET AGAIN), my photos associated with this build.
I am finding SCM's user friendliness very taxing!! - so I've updated with some more. Hope you enjoy...it's been a long day!!
10. May, 19:37
Andy Ball Thanks Sergej, Cuajete, and Łucasz, I hoe you'll follow the build on the "other channel"....take 2, I've just started the fuselage and think this is a 48'er...it's huge!
Frederick Meccia My 16 year old son read the book and wants to build the Me-109 and the B-17 are there any kits or decals for this subject. My son attends a military academy and wants to do a project on this topic
23. April, 15:56
Andy Ball @BlackTulip109: if you're thinking 1:72nd- the Tamiya G6 is best, but many others available from manufacturers. The B-17F is probably best served by Hasegawa, Revell or Airfix I think with some modifications. The decals for both are available- check my project inventory for a link. No picture exists of the damaged B-17, but a couple of paintings depict artists impressions. Hope that helps?.
23. April, 16:43
Frederick Meccia Thank you Andy Ball for the help, we will get on it as my son and I are taking advantage of the time off to do modeling projects together and it is incredible family bondint time and a lot of fun.
24. April, 17:15
Andy Ball You go for it!! Father and son modelling time is SO precious!
24. April, 20:42
Frederick Meccia Thank you Andy Ball. As you probably know this hobby has so much to offer in so many different ways. The modeling time together is time so well spent. We will post if we have questions about this project.
28. April, 13:07
Andy Ball a few 'nearly there' shots....someday soon.....
Skywalker Looks like you lost your refueling tube at some point. Nice to see more of your builds.
29. June, 21:49
Andy Ball @Skywalker: yes this was one of the builds pre-divorce that managed to make it!, I've been looking for an after-market alternative- do you know of any?
29. June, 21:59
Skywalker I have looked because I had such a problem with mine breaking, but I never found an after-market solution. I would think your best bet would be to fashion one out of stretched sprue.
29. June, 23:00
Andy Ball Yep, just ordered a NATO fuel 'nipple' and will scratch the rest.
30. June, 15:04
Alexander G. nice was also considering a gallery of all my builds in chronological order, early sins included
30. June, 15:41
Andy Ball yes, I catalogue all my faithful attempts on here...stinkers through to "got it half-right"...I'm simply stunned at how some folks are able to do such tidy work in the 'one true scale'!...hence, just like in my real job, I have to say I "practice"
Hello SCM fraternity!! What's the best way to seal Mr Hobby metallics (I think they're lacquer-based)?...I note that many of Mr. H clear lacquers are out-of-stock, and don't want to inadvertently spray a clear coat that may disrupt the high-sheen pigments of these products. I thank you in anticipation!......
29. May, 11:24
Munkyslut I would have thought the safest would be Future Klear Polish, either sprayed undiluted or brushed.
It's very forgiving & self levels beautifully
Are you after a high gloss finish?
29. May, 11:28
Andy Ball thanks for getting back Monkeyslut!, I'm not too worried about a high-gloss per se, but don't want to create a reaction with the pigments that would, say, alter the sheen dramatically or disrupt them to such an extent that the colours may change [I applied CA glue on a PE part previously painted that had broken off and noted it went almost dark grey, meaning I had to re-paint]
29. May, 11:49
Munkyslut I always worked on the theory that if Future can make clear styrene parts look even clearer it's not gonna harm anything
29. May, 12:36
Andy Ball Thanks all: I think my initial apprehension was alleviated by your collective advice, and the "just do it" approach!
9. June, 22:27
Augie Future works well.. but each to own.. try it on scrap plastic
Andy Ball I'll let you know when it arrives!- bigger than the Tu-128 most likely!
27. May, 12:31
Łukasz Gliński Must be, it took couple more folks on board than the Fiddler
27. May, 12:51
Thomas Kolb So cool! That's one crazy model! One of my friends in Stockholm built that one a few years ago - I think it weighs over 2 kg and is big as a house! I am definitely looking forward to you building it!
29. May, 09:32
Andy Ball It has the presence of one of those airline models that would sit in a travel agents window in the 1980's! Boy, will it be a test of skill....I'm gonna sit on this one for a while, see if anyone else has a crack at it first!
Maciej Bellos Whoa!
I thought that the only ones available were in 1/144 and 1/100.
Back in the 80s I flew in those (LOT Airlines, Athens-Warsaw). Beasts, even bigger when seen through the eyes of an 8 year old. I like the Tu-154 more though!
1. June, 17:53
Andy Ball She sure is big!, in the late 1970's I remember riding my bicycle to Newcastle airport to see a TAROM Tu-154 land, it was quite a rare creature amongst HS Tridents, BAC1-11s and 727s!!
1. June, 21:52
Ben M Alright, another great subject Andy, can't wait to watch it. I have a 1:72 airliner to build myself, possibly after I finish my dirigible. Can only do one "big" kit at a time on my table.
Maciej Bellos About joining in, my Spit has a Pole in it, it is 4 years after BoB in Belgium however.
11. May, 18:33
Andy Ball To qualify: your Polish pilot has had to have flown over the English Channel/la Manche (hence 'Briney'), oh, OK...we'll allow the North Sea too!
11. May, 18:35
Maciej Bellos Well, Aleksander Gabszewicz served in the ranks of No. 607 Squadron RAF and No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron before being transferred to 316 Polish Fighter Squadron and later was the commanding officer. I suppose he qualifies.
Only thing is to retrieve the Spit from the shelf of doom. What is the time frame for our builds?
11. May, 18:47
Łukasz Gliński I have to admit I didn't get the meaning of "Briney"...|
Thanks Maciej for your inputs, I'm more into planes than their pilots
11. May, 20:04
Andy Ball Łukasz , I don't know if Monty Python is understood in Poland, but they did a fantastic sketch about RAF 'banter' or slang if you will: one of the RAF officers mentions "cabbage crates over the briney", ( I guess meaning the Luftwaffe were coming over the sea), to which the other officer states " don't understand your banter, squadron leader. It's hilarious, trust me!
11. May, 20:13
Łukasz Gliński Mkay, I have to admit it's really hard to understand the Monty Python unless you're a native speaker. And the local subtitles (or the infamous Polish lector) sound completely different
But I found a transcript and I can say I moreless get the sketch
Maciej Bellos Following! Built this kit ages ago, without knowing anything about varnishes and decal setting solutions. Most of the decals have yellowed terribly and some even have fallen, the matt surface taking its toll.
21. April, 21:47
Andy Ball Ah Maciej, I've built it a while back- I'll load some photos ASAP- I like Italeri's version, I know others to be better. The Two Bobs' decals were ace. If you want to replace/ repurpose them with the others I have, let me know?
21. April, 21:57
Maciej Bellos They could come in handy, especially if you don't intend to use the decals for the gray Nighthawks. I'll let you know. Thanks!
25. April, 20:38
Andy Ball Hi Maciej, I'm unlikely to build anymore- this was a project for my youngest son, many moons ago...
Andy Ball I'm going all out: trying the Rob Taurus canopy to allow it to slide back (seen in photo). As this is a starter kit, I'm adding stencils too. Finally, Airwaves will complete the canopy's rear-view mirror and the harness straps.
So far build is OK, a little mis-alignment in the fuselage halves (aft of cockpit area), and during the wing-to-fuselage dry-fitting I needed some sanding to get them married together. Great step up in quality and detail from the old Airfix (see re-purposed project) offering of the previous tooling.
14. October 2019, 16:20
Andy Ball I will post better lit photos...despite having a Canon 5D Mk4, I need a better lighting rig!, anyways, we'll have this dispatched for front-line duties soon! Now moving into decals and stencils with Xtradecals and TechMod respectively.
16. October 2019, 13:11
Andy Ball nearly at the end, really pleased with the kit. Glad I went for the vac-canopy too.