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 Post subject: Nick Y portfolio
PostPosted: Sun 19 Oct 2014 19:14 pm 
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Hi everyone.
I'm Nick and relatively new to regular model builds.
I started regular builds in August this year (2014) but had built several Airfix kits in my younger days.
The main reason I started building this year is because I needed distractions due to health reasons (which I won't bore you with).

I'm not a professional builder and basically do the kits for fun and distraction.
You may notice that I don't put decals on my kits as 1) I can never get them on correctly 2) they are too fiddly and time consuming and 3) I like my kits to have the factory fresh/used and maybe decommissioned look.

All of my kits will be OOB and no additional parts used.

Hope to post some completed pics soon and also will post in the appropriate places of builds in progress and also completed kits.

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
PostPosted: Sun 19 Oct 2014 19:20 pm 
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Welcome Nick, i am looking forward to seeing some of your builds.
We are all at differing skill levels so just post as you build.

(Even factory aircraft had serial numbers in place )

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
PostPosted: Sun 19 Oct 2014 19:24 pm 
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Lincolnlanc wrote:
(Even factory aircraft had serial numbers in place )

Oops. None of my builds will have them on until I get better at placing the decals on.
Hopefully no one will mind

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct 2014 23:56 pm 
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BAe Sea Harrier FA2 gift set (A50017)

Well, here goes.
This was my first build this year. My sister bought it for me Christmas 2012 and I never decided to build it until the end of August (28/08/14).
The quality isn't that great as it was my first build for over 15 years (and it shows).
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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
PostPosted: Tue 21 Oct 2014 06:55 am 
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Hi Don, thanks for the tips. In my next order I will get some varnish to try the technique. I'll also see if I can get a scalpel to cut the decals out as I don't have any proper tools at the moment.
I'll tell you something though, my painting skill has improved now and my models actually look nice (even without decals).
Friends on Facebook and Twitter have commented on them positively and said that the more I build and post the pictures, the better they get.

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Westland Sea King Mk42 - part of the RNLI gift set (A98668)

So, this was my second build this year and I think I did an ok job of it. The only real issue I had was getting the winch to sit right. It didn't and I ended up gluing the winch housing to the door frame instead of having it attached above the door with those flimsy little pins. The rotor marking stripes are hand painted.
I love the real version of this aircraft and the work that it does as a search and rescue craft

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
PostPosted: Thu 23 Oct 2014 20:17 pm 
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Airfix RNLI gift set (A98668) - Severn Class Lifeboat (A07280)

My 3rd build since the end of August was the Severn Class Lifeboat as part of the RNLI gift set.
Due to hazy instructions on this kit, I ended up producing a waterline variant instead of a full hulled model.
A nice kit to build but had several tricky stages and some ill-fitting parts (cabin roof).
I had to fill some parts using glue and paint (rear cabin roof section where it meets the bulkhead and also front cabin window area due to glue melted plastic).
I did attempt to repaint after this photo but made it worse.

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
PostPosted: Thu 23 Oct 2014 21:10 pm 
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Nice builds.

I see you're starting off with some serious builds! I have a Lynx helicopter but im attempting a few easier builds first and building up to it! Keep up the good work!

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
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Thanks. I built the Lynx AH-7 (1:48) last month (part of the helicopter support kit) and there were a few little fiddly bits but it's a great kit and the first 1:48 kit I attempted.

I look forward to seeing some of your builds :)

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
PostPosted: Thu 23 Oct 2014 21:43 pm 
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How was it? Ive got that kit and am just finishing the WMIK Landrover but found it fairly tricky so thought id do a few more simpler ones to develop my skills before attempting the lynx!

Yeah, Im going to set up a portfolio. with the grand total of the 2 builds ive done so far!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
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I didn't get the one with the Landy, just the Lynx and soldiers.
It was an OK build. Only real problem I had was with rotor blade fitting (those tiny little sleeves that sit at the start of the blades).
No other real trouble with building and it looks nice when done (mine is currently without decals as I'm waiting for decal fix to arrive with my next order).
It was my fifth build this year (Since August/September).

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
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Lovely start to your Portfolio thread Nick, well done.

In the absence of gloss varnish or decal fix you can use floor polish. Yes, I know, I thought ' you must be joking, cover my newly built creation with floor polish' when I first heard it but it works. How I use it is:

3 coats of Pledge Multi Surface Wax to gloss the surface (it dries in about half an hour so it's easy to get 3 coats on in quick succession).
On with the decals.
1 coat of Pledge Multi Surface Wax to seal in the decals.
A varnish finish of your choice (matt, satin or gloss).

You may have seen people referring to 'Klear'. Johnson's used to call Pledge Multi Surface Wax Johnson's Klear but changed the formula slightly so changed the name. It does the same job. I only apply it in thin coats as I found if I put it on too thickly sometimes it pooled and gave a yellow effect in areas. Sometimes I find I need another coat to get it really glossy. The brushes just rinse out in water. You can get it from any supermarket and it's cheaper than traditional modelling gloss applications.

http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/sainsbur ... 750ml.html

Because of the yellow effect I also have a bottle of Humbrol Clear. I tried this out on a kit I'd done that was mainly white (the yellowing effect had really shown up on a previous white finish although I stress it was done to me applying too thick a coats). This stuff does the business although they did have some issues with a white residue forming as it dried when used in lower temperatures (ie left to dry overnight in winter when the heating's gone off) so I only use it in spring, summer, autumn or winter if the heating will still be on as it dries. They have a nice little tutorial video that goes with the product description.

http://www.airfix.com/humbrol/coatings- ... ottle.html

I hope this is of some assistance to you.

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
PostPosted: Fri 24 Oct 2014 23:09 pm 
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Nice start Nick! :nod: Best thing about this hobby are the number of people who'll help out with useful tips, just keep learning, I know I do every day :D :thumb:

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 Post subject: Re: Nick Y portfolio
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Thanks for all your replies re varnish etc. I'll probably just break and buy a Humbrol one or maybe just leave them as they are and maybe natural weathering will take place.

I will be getting decalfix in my next order (anytime this coming week) so I can apply decals to them.

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German U-Boat Type VIIC (A55113)
My next build was a rather tricky little blighter being a 1:400 scale sub and was literally built in 30 minutes. I bought it for a change through the last chance to buy section on the Airfix website (I see it's still available). I managed it though so here it is
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Nice. :thumb:

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Triumph TR4A (A50092)
Here's my first attempt at a car build. I'm actually ok with the way it turned out.
Took a while to build the suspension etc and to actually get the frame to fit correctly but, nonetheless, I managed to complete it. I decided to go with the soft-top version of the car and paint it the standard airfix colours contained in the box. I did forget to paint the window frames though, oops.

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Westland Lynx AH-7 (A09101) - British Forces Helicopter support (A50122)

So, here's my Lynx helicopter from the Operation Herrick Afghanistan model kit. I have omitted the soldiers in this image.
I found this kit nice to build but I did have to adapt the rotors slightly as I couldn't get the little sleeve things to connect to the blade connectors so I had to leave them off.
There were a few other fiddly little bits and some pieces did break so I had to piece them back together.

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North American Mustang IV - A55107

This is my 14th build since the end of August and I thought I'd show this next instead of in order of build.
Here is my take on the North American Mustang IV (P51) OOB and this time it actually has the decals on.
I did have to paint on one of the yellow stripes on the wing edge and also had to hand paint the registration markings due to decals breaking up but I'm proud of it.

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