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PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr 2011 22:54 pm 
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Hi. After 30+ years away from Plastic Modelling, I have started again  :D My skills (if that is what they could be called!) are obviously pretty rusty but with the help of this forum I am determined to improve and have lots of ideas to try out. But I decided as a personal incentive to post what I make to log progress and here is model #1 - Airfix Spitfire 1a in 1:72 It is the BEST Spit I have ever made!  but it is the ONLY spit I have ever made, so saying best is not saying a lot  :oops: Anyways, considering it is the first model in over 30 years and using very rusty techniques, 35 year old filler and 30 year old Tamiya paint, it has not come out toooo badly (IMO anyway  :lol:  )
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Not too many problems putting her together, until I tried to fit the canopy and found my pilot was too high :?  so only solution I could come up with after scratching head for a while was decapitation (his, not mine) and paint the canopy black - actually looks ok but not ideal  :shrug: The Ariel wire was taut but then pulled the fuselage ariel a little and looks wonky now (and the model fairy stole the fuselage centre red spot  :o  ) Ah well - onwards and upwards, after all, as Yazz sung quite a while ago now .... "The only way is up, baby"  :P
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr 2011 23:06 pm 
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A great job there MTP, especially after a 30 year lay-off. Nice one  :clap:


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Looks good. I suck at canpoy frames so I am always tempted to paint the canopy black and not do the framing at all!


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Looks good MTP.I once heard a story that a spitfire pilot that was on a sortie over france when he was shot and killed.the spitfire carried on flying until he reached Germany and by that point many flies had gone into the cockpit and filled it up till the sun was blocked completely out...when it finally put down the cockpit glass was solid black.

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Looks PDG ( pretty damd good) to me :)

Interested about 30 year old paint and filler. I still have tins of humbrol authentics ( please bring them back humbrol)that are close on 40yrs old and still look useable.

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Good job on your Spitfire Mop  :)


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Thanks for the kind words, guys :) The Filler has gone in the bin and the old paints will be put on the back shelf, to be used where the finish is not too important and need initial coverage (dioramas landscaping, etc). Hopefully be posting another one or two by end of the month with fresh consumables  :D

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Great to see your modelling rebirth.  Looking forward to your next completion.

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i had the same issue with the pilot  i just reshaped his head.

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Super start to your Portfolio.

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Thought I should add my completed models into the Portfolio (totally forgot about this  :oops:  )

So here is my BP Defiant, finished in a kind of unofficial Desert Camo Scheme
ImageDefiant-Klear2 by David, on Flickr

Next we have the Blohm & Voss Bv141, built for the 2011 ATF 5th Anniversary GB.
This is finished as a What-If in terms of finish and is in the German Tropical Camouflage scheme
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I am putting off the Canopy Painting until I get more adapt at that (so probably never!)
EDIT:  Painted Canopy !!! :D

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Masking really helps with the canopies, I've never done it until my recent re-visiting of modelling and I'm very impressed, makes it a rather easy job :)

Liking the Bv141!

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Well done with these, nice camo on both.

Just to add if you don't like the idea of masking canopies then you could see if you could get some clear decal paper and use that.
You would be able to paint the interior colour on the paper first and then paint over it with the canopy frame colour when it has dried.
All you would need to do then would be to slice the paper into strips and  soak them in water as you would decals and then place them over the canopy frames on the model.

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Hi Guys - not really got a general problem with canopy masking - but the Bv141s canopy was like a bridge to far! so went for freehand option and that didn't pan out either.

Titan, oddly enough, I am in the process of doing something similar to your suggestion on an Fw189 canopy using the pre-printed decal separation black lines on kit decals and a liberal amount of microsol to set in place as an experiment - it is taking a fair amount of effort to do, so the conclusion I had so far is whatever approach is taken, it will take time :(

Thanks for your reply and interest :)  Appreciated  :thumb:

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Nice Work David, like the Defiant :thumb:

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Thanks chaps  :)   I think I am improving on each build in some way and pushing myself to try something new as I go along.

This is Build number 2 in fact, but delayed completion due to all the decals just floating off the model the day after I applied them.
So now prepped the surface properly and applied some random decals from a Spitfire Vb - sounds odd, but when I looked through the Lightning edition of "Aviation Classics", it seemed that just about every Lightning had a different variation of Markings and the ones I have chosen to use were used by various Lightnings in a similar style :)

ImageEELightning-Complete by David, on Flickr

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This is Completed Model #5 - The Airfix HP42 'Heracles'

This was my 2nd build for the 2011 ATF 5th Anniversary GB.  I think this is maybe my favourite model so far and am very pleased how it came out

ImageHP42-Complete1Medium by David, on Flickr

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Great work David. Fantatsic improvement too compared to the Spit. You seem to have got the hang of it again very quickly.

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Your Lightning and your HP42 look great.  Improvement?  Why yes indeed!

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