Andy Ball Indeed I do Munkyslut, I drain it, but there's still some condensation in it, are you able to give any advice?, I am in the process - when I can - of looking on YouT for airbrush troubleshooting, I'm deep-cleaning the H&S too.
16. October, 09:48
Łukasz Gliński Glad to see you're alive Damp is coming everywhere, not only in the UK
Looking forward to reading some comparison observations between Revell and Airfix.
16. October, 10:32
Andy Ball Haha Ł, very much so...no COVID here, yet. Feel I have a whole project to re-equip my studio with insulation and heat....and may change the compressor too. I guess you'll have more extreme weather where you are than us damp-Englanders!
16. October, 10:52
Łukasz Gliński Not so much actually, at least in my corner of the country
I guess the extreme damp counts as extreme weather, doesn't it?
16. October, 11:00
Gary Kitchen @Lukasz extreme damp feels like a particularly under-stated British bit of extreme weather. Not for us the hurricane, cyclones, Twisters, blizzards and monsoons that other parts of the world justifiably label as extreme
17. October, 07:48
Gary Kitchen Saying that I heard that rainfall to date in October ( the wettest on record) was enough to fill Loch Ness! Not sure if that has been scientifically verified though.
17. October, 07:52
Łukasz Gliński @Gary: has the estimation included the Nessie? Sorry for OT, Mr.A
17. October, 08:24
Guillaume Blanchet My 2 cents on the water in the compressor issue. Mine dosent have a purge valve so I try to keep it in a dry place. Usually Inside the house close to a heating source. I also let it purge itself when strating it up fo9r a few minutes. But if there is too much humidity in the air the water will accumulate again in the compressor. At that point, I usually purge it again when necessary for 2 minute and always spray away from the model to check if there is water before directing the paint stream toward my model.
Andy Ball Masking off and undercoating the wing leading edges and finishing the canopy masking and painting today- @Guy: many thanks for checking in!
6. September, 14:28
Andy Ball Determined to have this finished by the 15th, Battle of Britain day, (I know, it's a Mk.Vb...but it's a Spit)
13. September, 19:21
Guy Rump This Spit is really looking great Andy, I hope you meet your target of completion by tomorrow..
14. September, 20:35
Andy Ball Working those washes Guy...it'll be nearly complete.....
14. September, 21:15
Andy Ball So here in the UK it's the 80th anniversary of the turn of the tide for the Battle of Britain. Essentially my country's been dining out on this magnificent achievement for this length of time! So what better way to announce said anniversary?....a Spitfire Vb !!!!(that never fought- in case you were going to comment!)
15. September, 15:30
Roland Gunslinger Nicely done
You don't have to be brave to use oil paint It is really very simple. I've only been using them for a few weeks / months either. The advantage is that you can still make corrections for a long time because they take longer to dry. You can also simply wipe everything off again.
15. September, 17:44
Andy Ball @Roland:thanks!!....re. oils: I've used them before and managed to wear off the paint underneath when using the turpentine: so my technique needs adapting. I have a tube of burnt umber to play around on the 2 Lancasters I'm putting together- I'll try them on the internals first.
Andy Ball @Erik: The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) still has its functioning, flying, Lancaster, based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Additionally there's another Lancaster that taxis, but doesn't fly. Of course, our Canadian cousins have theirs- flying, based in Ontario I believe.
Jay Dubya While there is no obvious Australian connection to this bit of tragic history, aside from being a training place, I'll be stopping by occasionally to have a sneaky peak from down under.
BTW: I too went to Hendon & Hennants, on a day off from a business trip, in 2018. I loved how Hendon was used for the bogus US General scene in the Dirty Dozen!
20. September, 06:37
Andy Ball @Jay: yes, I thought in one of the crews there was an Aussie....but only Kiwi's and Canadians with our boys whom perished. My cousin's airfield at Bottesford had the Aussie crews I believe (Manchesters and Lancs). Anyways, many thanks for popping by.
Gary Kitchen Andy- a fabulous reference for me. I think this airfix kit blows the trumpeter one away for internal fittings (needless to say your build was fab) I think the exterior of the trumpeter looks like a match for the geodesic/stretched skin look. Also happier with my red dope now Ive seen yours which was tonally darker but I wasn't too far off.
8. September, 05:58
Andy Ball @Gary: thanks for popping by. I'm really impressed with yours and Trumpeter's kit- I guess the next MkIII in town?, I'm not sure the red-brick dope went everywhere, (note pilot's station area), and I think you've started the tedious interior aluminium cross hatching too?, that should make it really "pop"
Andy Ball OK, so these are from my 1983 build of the Hasegawa MiG-25. I rescued some of the finer details with the addition of a Master pitot (which subsequently got damaged and had to have a scratch built series of vanes added), plus some static dischargers from guitar strings, and new decals. I then accidentally sprayed flat base over some of it, thinking it was flat varnish...so some salvage surgery was then done. I'm happier with it now, and show it here for no other reason than it's one of my earlier builds in the days of Humbrol enamels and brushes!
Guy Rump I must have missed this Andy, what a beautiful aircraft, we (UK) really mucked up cancelling this project. Great model btw!
3. September, 09:44
Andy Ball @Guy: thanks for looking- this one was built a few years back, rebuilt as slightly damaged and rescued from a previous life I had....I remember it to be a real challenge (fit issues), but ultimately commands a presence on any modeller's shelf!, (plus it's good to see the one at Cosford too).
Guy Rump The weathering and rigging on the Tomahawk is excellent Andy, love it. I think some lessons on how to rig are required for me.
23. August, 10:43
Łukasz Gliński It's the one I'd love to get one day too. Looks really battered
23. August, 19:30
Andy Ball Thanks Guy: again another kit that drops together. I know Airfix's is good- but I reckon this one blows it away, especially with CMK additions. I'm now using Ushi rigging which is more to scale but if you need to be dexterous as essentially it's nylon yarn, very thin, flexible and tricky to attach!, but worth it!
23. August, 19:34
Andy Ball @Łukasz: cheers and thanks for popping by....they didn't 'arf abuse 'em in the desert!
Andy Ball Hmmm @Choppa Nutta: you maybe right?, I'm not as meticulous as some regarding references- but I take Brett Green's endorsement that Tamiya's G6 is the best in town in 72nd, alongside the out-of-production Fine Molds one. Perhaps this will come to light elsewhere?
4. August, 22:22
Choppa Nutta I've just had a quick rummage through Eduard's offerings as they tend to be the most accurate and a number of their G6 models have the same rudder as yours but the Bf 109G-6/AS has the newer rudder like most G10's but some G10's have the older rudder too... seems I was a bit wrong then
4. August, 22:44
Andy Ball @ James C, yeh you can't be human if you don't feel for what those two warriors went through on that day
5. August, 12:02
Andy Ball @Choppa Nutta: glad we've resolved that!
5. August, 12:02
Choppa Nutta Haha, indeed !!
always nice to have dispelled a misconception
Anyhow, always nice to build something with a good back story to it and it is a testament to the bravery and humanity of those brave warriors
5. August, 14:08
Slavo Hazucha Well you had to sort it for the 109, on the B-17 it's way easier - any questionable or version-uncertain parts may just be "shot off"... Imagine the coolness/boss factor on a show with someone tellong you that a part is wrong & you just break it off
I've heard the story, but not that specific video... In the war, they were proud of victories & aircraft kill numbers, years after the most valuable action to cling to is the one time not pulling the trigger...
5. August, 15:47
Andy Ball @Slavo: yes, I would have a huge latitude of artistic licence on Brown's B-17....and I could play some sort of styrene-god too!
What does strike you when listening to Stigler (and I guess all warriors) is the 'natural' approach of de-humanising the target..it's a piece of metal- I have to take it down.
It makes me wonder what the US ground attack guys would have thought when obliterating the Iraqis on the highway out of Kuwait City in GW1...was it almost like a computer-game turkey shoot for them?...what if they'd seen the faces in the dark?
War IS Hell.
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Royal Auxiliary Air Force (1924-present) 501 (City of Gloucester) Sqn. SD-A | V7234(Sgt. Antoni Glowacki) | World War 2»Battle of Britain - RAF Gravesend, Kent August 1940 | Dark Green, Dark Earth, Sky
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
11. May, 20:21
Andy Ball There's more I *could* do and *should* do: but I declare her complete.
Andy Ball Thanks a Guy, it's been sitting on the bench in near-complete state for a while. I can recommend it, (apart from oversized wing tanks).
5. January, 09:22
Peter Mollenhauer Nice Fury, Andy! I've got the foreign Service kit, intend to build a Cuban example. Thanks for the hint with the tanks.
28. July, 07:36
Andy Ball @Peter, thank-you. It's a great kit apart from the inaccuracy, perhaps better than Trumpeter's. I didn't trim the canopy down to the correct profile either- because I'd not had much experience of working with vacuform.
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"
30. June, 17:02
Andy Ball added a scratch built refuel probe, t make it a little more complete. Finished!
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!
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.