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 Post subject: Shep20's Portfolio
PostPosted: Thu 20 Apr 2017 15:04 pm 
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I built my first Airfix models when I was 9-10 when I was impatient and easily distracted and they were very much 'glue glue glue, paint pant paint!' finished in a few hours. I picked the hobby up again just over a year ago with the intention of building some 'proper' models and now I think I'm hooked. My skills are slowly improving with my subjects being almost exclusively 1/72 WW2 aircraft. I am always attracted by an eye catching paint scheme and/or a less common nationality. All of my models are brush painted and as a poor student I am on the lookout for budget alternatives to expensive modelling products.

I hope you all enjoy my work. :)

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Airfix 1/72 Curtiss P-40B Warhawk (from Dogfight Doubles set A50127)
Flown by 2nd Lt. George Welch, 47th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, Wheeler Field, Oahu, Hawaii, December 7th, 1941
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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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Airfix 1/72 Mitsubishi A6M2B-21 "Zero" (from Dogfight Doubles set A50127)
Flown by Lieutenant Saburo Shindo, Carrier Division , Air Superiority Command, 2nd Strike Unit, carrier Akagi, Pearl Harbour, December 7th 1941
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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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The zero and the P-40B were the first builds after my modelling hiatus.

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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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Very nice comeback and great to see some weathering. :clap: There is nothing wrong with a paintbrush, there are some very able brush painters around (I can't make it work without airbrushing first!). I like your values too, there is nothing wrong with forking out on aftermarket parts and fancy paints but I like bits of stretched sprue and those little pots of paint you get with the giftsets!

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Next was another dogfight doubles set, this time the Bristol Beaufighter and the Fw190
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Thanks, weathering was a bit of an epiphany for me last year, my 10 yr old self was easily pleased so I did't even think of it back then.

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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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After the dogfight doubles sets I was looking for my next subject and a trip to the nearest Hobbycraft yielded an Airfix 1/72 Junkers Ju88A-4 (A03007).
Now my first few models when I was younger had all been older toolings with only raised surface detail so I was amazed at the level of detail especially the recessed panel lines in the two sets that I had completed since the comeback. This had led me to the naive assumption that this level of detail had become standard for all kits in the almost 10 year intermission. Suffice to say this kit shattered that illusion. Despite the ancient tooling I finished up with a model I am pretty happy with, I went for the french captured aircraft scheme as it had invasion stripes which caught my eye along with the dappled camo which I thought would be a good challenge for my developing skills.
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I was very happy with the dappling effect that I achieved with acrylics, water and a brush.

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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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Great builds Shep, the mottling on the 88 looks :thumb:

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Time to branch out into non Airfix models and Italy was calling me, some of the Regia Aeronautica paint schemes were fantastic! I found a 'vintage' Italaeri Fiat BR20 'Cicogna' (No.103) on amazon :D The paint is from my imagination somewhat.
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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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This was also the first model I built wheels down, never used to have the patience to do the fiddly landing gear bits.

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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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Back to Airfix next with their fantastic 1/72 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat (A02070)
Flown by Captain Marian E. Carl, VMF-223, US Marine Corps, Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, 1942
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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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My Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 (A02067)
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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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My latest completed build is a Revell 1/72 Republic P-47M Thunderbolt (03984)
The paint scheme was what got me, I know it is probably supposed to be a matt finish but when I had finished the weathering and it was all shiny I just couldn't bring myself to dull it down. :)
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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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Nice start to your Portfolio, but please don't pad out posts with blank lines, its not necessary :naughty:

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Cracking builds there Shep. I particularly like the Beaufighter and the Zero, both looking suitably used and worn. :thumb:


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 Post subject: Re: Shep20's Portfolio
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I'm very much like you, hearing the call of modeling aircraft kits again after a long hiatus (20+ years for me!) Loving the builds you have done, commend you on the use of brush (I'm a long time wargamer and painted many, many things with brushes!) and since I am time poor, have cracked on with using an airbrush to complete my paintjobs these days! Keep up the great work!

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Fantastic builds Shep.
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Well tidy models,like them a lot.

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What an excellent and skilled start to your portfolio :clapping: :clapping:
Nothing wrong with your brushwork, just excellent, congrats on a fine crop of builds keep up the great work!!! :thumb:
Love the Wildcat, can't understand why they still think there was blue in any part of P-47Ds painted in the "cloud" camo :shrug:

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