Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Academy 1/35 AH-1W

I found this while trawling through the Hyperscale galleries;


I built it about ten years ago but forgot all about it after it was put in a box then eventually given to a mate of mine. I still have the other decal options somewhere....hmmmmm..... might be time to revisit this one sooner or later.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Hasegawa P-40E after a bit of rework

Regarding the earlier post about the P-40 and how I was'nt happy about the finish, here it is after a going over with various oil paints to try and lighten the base colours;

 So comparing the photo's below it would seem the oil paint HAS made a difference to the tones;
Much better! :o)

Hasegawa 1/48 F-104C finished

Well it's finally done after a lull in the DIY around the house. I hope you like it;

The model depicts a Lockheed Starfighter F-104C 60910 of the 479th TFW (Tactical FighterWing), assigned to 8th TFW at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand 1967. Again if you look close up there's a few niggly points that I've missed but on the whole I quite like the end result. 
I did'nt weather it too much (some might say "what weathering???) but I've taken it as far as I can without buggering it up any more.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Hasegawa 1/48 P-40E

I did this a couple of years ago and at the time I thought the colours looked too dark with the green being exceptionally horrid ( I used Humbrol enamels before they brought production back to the UK).
So with a day off between household DIY duties I'm going to give it a going-over with oil paints to see if I can improve the paint finish as construction-wise it did'nt turn out too bad considering the stupid insert for the cockpit area in the fuselage. Also the sharkmouth looked a LOT better after going over it with Vallejo acrylic. Here's the 'before' shots;

If it all goes to plan I'll post some 'after' shots later this week. If it does'nt you'll be able to find it in the bin :o)

Edit; Well it's not later in the week but here's a sample of what I've done so far;

I've applied yellow, light green and light brown dots of oil paint and blended them in with white spirit on the starboard wing and it's lightened the original paintwork somewhat. At this rate I'll have a half-decent model to put on the club table at the next show. YAY!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

It's showtime!

Well after a couple of months doing stuff around the house I had a day off and went to the Staffordshire Moorlands show at Stoke-on-Trent. This is only a small venue as it's held in a T.A Centre but it's always a good show and many thanks to the IPMS branch who organise it.
I attended as part of the 580 Modellers and here's a selection of pics, mainly of stuff on our table but also of models that caught my eye;