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  1. Hey Gazza, so that sounds like a no then to me - the above is fine for small bits, but for full on NMF i guess it's quite limiting in terms of the order in which you have to do things I'll stick to MRP until someone comes up with the miracle paint but thank you anyway kind regards Nick
  2. hi guys, the P-40 is done although i took pics with my ipad - the bets camera i have access to - it was all rather rushed so i didn't have time to use even a white paper background etc anyway, make of them what you will, and thank you to all who have followed or even just occasionally popped in to take a look cheers Nick
  3. hey Rob, I am always happy to receive critique, even if sometimes it just tells me things i know but don't want to hear. i used to tell myself that i preferred aircraft "clean" but in reality it was because i couldn't model them weathered, and was too scared / didn't know how to try, but since watching a few (lot!) of videos on Youtube, and picking up lots of things on SMCG (Facebook) I feel much more willing to try stuff so no problem at all - and you are correct about the fuel stain, it's not "right", and in reality from what decent pics i have seen (and even surmising what i am seeing on actual pics of this airframe), it leaks down and along the wing fillet panel line; on reflection i think i was unsure *exactly* what look i was after, and it turned a bit 'meh' but something to work on for the next aircraft (and my next project will be a Tiger of 502 in Africa - need a break from all this panel line filling and scribing bs!) the colour was a self mix of oils i had in the pallet at the time As an aside, I have given up on most of those AK / Ammo washes although God knows how much money i have spent on them! In the plastic bottles once opened - and even if never opened - their shelf life is just not acceptable You flatter me with the % btw, but I'll take it lol cheers Nick
  4. navigation lights added, as well as the other lights / clear parts the nav lights had their backs ie the bit that is glued to the wing - painted silver, so you don't get a Middlestone coloured light clear paint was then dabbed on and job done and then something i have been waiting for ages to do - remove the canopy masking! whenever doing this i use a cocktail stick cut with an x-acto so that the tip is in a chisel / wedge shape - you can then drive this under the edge of the mask and it won't damage the clear part much safe than a blade or tweezers, and you can actually be quite forceful (another benefit of polishing clear parts rather than dipping in the F word - they are far more durable imho) note no seat or control column - these are about to be glued in - as it was easier to mask off without the seat whose frame sits slightly proud of the cockpit sill; same with headrest as well. anyhoo, nearly there cheers and thanks for looking N
  5. one of the last weathering details i have done is to (try to) simulate the wear and tear on the screw fasteners (or whatever they were) on the engine cowling and gun bays underside in some close up pics it is clear that these heads become worn through to bare metal, so i used AK Xtreme Metals Stainless Steel to paint a few with a 5 / 0 brush i use the AK paint here because it is extremely thin but mainly because if you goof you can generally use a q-tip / cotton bud to wipe it off (see Doogs' Corsair video series for example of him doing this); the paint is not a lacquer like MRP, so the two can operate in tandem with different clean up methods anyway, it's pretty subtle but it is visible in some angles so i think it was worthwhile that's all for now cheers Nick
  6. hey Peter, i've been following this! a BMF P-51 is somewhere in my future builds... re decals over BMF you may wish to consider HGW who do a stencil set for the P-51 HGW P-51 stencils & stars I have used HGW on my P-47 and they perform extremely well apart from the new micro (nano?!) masks from 1ManArmy - and they don't do the P-51 yet - there is nothing out there that's even close...until these Eduard decals apparently, although they may be good by accident rather than by design lol anyway, looking forward to more on this! Nick
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  8. here's a few more pics of the gear in slightly better light (still all iphone camera, sorry) i may leave the brake lines that tyre black / dark grey i think i need to fix the chipping that went a bit wrong on the inside bay door in the pic below next will be another semi matt coat and then a little extra dust type weathering on the insides of the wheel - mainly to cover my glue f*ck up - somehow i managed to smear some glue and strip a small patch of the paint off 🤦‍♂️ tail wheel also attached... i just couldn't nail the canvas boot as i wanted - mainly because i wasn't clear in my mind *what* i wanted, perhaps because to my colourblind eyes the colour is just too close to that of the bay doors maybe? i think i will add some more dust weathering here maybe but overall pleased to get this (critical) stage out of the way cheers for looking N
  9. this was one of the images i had saved down to help me with wing root weathering - you see that this one was pretty grubby! - and it shows at least some staining around the fuel filler cap, although mine is probably a bit overdone
  10. i had plans to do some more weathering but i got a little impatient so decided to do the landing gear... given it's so long since i actually looked at the underside, here is a reminder of where we got to... Hasegawa's engineering here is almost too good - they are a bugger to insert just because the fit is so tight - nothing is glued in this pic all the gear and doors have been patiently waiting for this moment! the gear was glued in place with Tamiya extra thin - it's probably the only thing that would wick its way in there - with a small dab of CA on the two supports at the rear brake lines were then added with 0.4mm wire, threaded through tiny metal eyes which were already drilled into the oleos; there is also a small hole drilled into the gear bay itself so the disappear off somewhere vaguely in the direction they are supposed to the lines were then painted tyre black, but i may come back and do them in regular black, I haven't decided yet always quite pleased to get this stage out of the way - it's the one part of an aircraft build where you can f*ck the whole thing up in an instant, and one of the reasons why i find building armour so much more relaxing (there are no such moments building a box on wheels!). I can almost see the finish flag fluttering in the distance now!
  11. Exhausts - PITA! I ended up clipping the nibs off because they didn’t fit very well Sone light sanding to flatten the end the slow setting CA glue each one, hoping not to drop the bloody things! not very pleased with the fit / sit but that’s as much a function of the size (undersized exhausts / oversized cowling opening?) as anything else i am however pleased with the overall look of the exhausts themselves After gluing, I added some black (oils) to the base of each stack and blended it out starting to look a bit more like a P-40 now!
  12. Darker tones added to simulate the extra dirt and wear that accumulates around the ammunition bay covers, and also grime around the engine panels here is the selection I used First dabs around ammunition bays then added some more - a reminder that with oils you can always just remove all of this without affecting the paint job underneath: mineral spirit over MRP is fine not sure the staining around the fuel filler cap is 100% correct but I’ll add some for visual effect and see what it looks like after and here are the engine panels that I have seen look a bit grubby in some of the pictures… more dark oily colours here rather than just ‘dirt’… and after some blending… Decided to do a bit less this side as the oil filler cap / hatch is port side Wing bays after some blending… fuel cap - not convinced but I’ll probably leave it and overhead view; for some reason I missed adding the dust tones here earlier so I will come back and do that
  13. Thanks all. I am glad it’s enjoyable and of use. In the previous post some of the pics seem to have gone in out of order, even after editing, but suffice to say that after spraying the semi Matt clear, everything gets toned down. [edit: I have gone back and re-arranged some of the pictures so hopefully it makes a bit more sense, and the pics with the clear coat are now shown at the end; sorry about that] back to the approach, i can only say that if I can do this and get these results - which I think look pleasing but are nothing ‘out of this world’ - then anyone can! The biggest thing for me was opening my mind to some new techniques, watching quite a few YouTube videos, and just ‘having a go’. one of the things I picked up from the SMCG Facebook page was being willing to make mistakes because I knew I was happy to try to fix them, rather than the previous fear of screwing up and when I did thinking ‘that was the end’. And fwiw this afternoon I spent a very frustrating time trying to fix the exhaust stubs - it feels like six months since I have actually had to glue anything lol - and duly failed! Will try to post some pics once I have another go Cheers Nick
  14. So with the roundels finally done, i could finally add some of the lighter / dust weathering over the wings, spine of the fuselage and also the tail plane (where ‘stuff’ was often left when on the ground) done with oils in the same manner as the wing root weathering what seems like - and actually was! - months ago… dots of oils dabbed on.. Then worked in with a dry brush at this stage And you quickly get to something like this after some additional work with a *tiny* amount of thinner on this brush… so it looks a bit crazy here but once you do a sealant coat with some MRP semi matt, it all seems to get dialled down and look a bit less over the top Next up is adding some darker dirt / stains around the gun bay panels and engine panels, which I’ll try to post tomorrow cheers Nick
  15. I am away at moment but from quick google it looks like the turret would be a regular one - it was the earlier GR IV and V that had the British 4 gun turrets i don’t know much about these but wondering whether the Border Models Lanc - which has 2 types of rear turret - may help for those looking for this? Also noticed that Profi now make both the Leigh light, nose radar, AND the mini wings and rockets - so it is possible to make one the earlier Libs once you solve the turret issue sorry to distract this thread no back to this Lib - can’t wait to see more!
  16. Do we have confirmation of what the rear turret is on your Lib? just wondering if it’s a FN one or something else non ‘regular B-24’?
  17. We have roundels! usual process… the black and light grey are not essential obviously but I would rather get depth through painting and then see what needs to be added with oils etc afterwards this was all done back to back to back - God bless MRP! I’ll semi- flat coat it once back at the bench which is likely early next week but I finally feel the end is in sight nick
  18. yes this was something i picked up in Will Pattison's series of YouTube vids on his P-40 both his and the above are the later fish tail exhausts rather than the round ones i have but i thought the same sorts of principles would apply the exhaust stain arc is a little different from what i have seen between Allison round exhausts, Allison fish tail and Merlin (fish tail) i am still not decided on what i will do with mine yet - probably add more light grey to tone down the dark brown, i'm not sure i did a little extra blending / fading of the lighter colours so this is where we are now - not a whole lot different when i compare before / after pics tbh i also sprayed final matt (MRP) over the main canopy frame and removed the Montex masks which had been on there for probably 3 months or so - i have no idea! masking inside is a pain and it still bugs me that many of Eduard's (and others') masks are not inside and out - if you get it right it does make a difference to the look a good tool to use when picking the masks off clear parts - or any paint work actually - is a tooth pick shaved to wedge with a scalpel blade quite pleased with the results note no Future on clear parts - just polished that's it for the time being hope to do the roundels later but am off for the weekend to Bath so may not update until after the weekend, we'll see cheers Nick
  19. Exhaust stains today… I have in the PST used MRP smoke and exhaust but thought I would give the inks another whirl after only so-so results on the underside sprayed liquitex inks thinned heavily with x-20a these 2 pics show a mixture of carbon black and burnt umber Then some lighter grey but it just didn’t feel that good so left it for a couple of hours to have a think i sealed the inks with MRP semi matt then worked Abt 502 Faded White and Light Grey around the edges dabbed on almost ‘neat’ then worked in with a flat brush which is dipped in Winsor & Newton Sans Odor but then dabbed almost 100% dry quite pleased with this but I will sleep on it and see what it looks like in the morning it looks a little rough in these pics, but to the naked eye it seems to be a bit more natural / blended anyway, nothing is sealed so the beauty of oils is i can add more, fade some out etc if i am not happy when reviewing tomorrow i also think that the main weathering of the cowling, fuselage sides and finishing the wing root weathering will also help bring everything together at least that is the plan! also added some of these oils to the ends of the exhausts
  20. Interesting project. Wow the quality of that profi aftermarket part is really sh*t! what replacement turrets are those? any pictures of the aircraft you are making? cheers nick
  21. and then the eyes…whole mask transferred this time, then black surround sprayed and replaced, red bits sprayed and replaced, and finally the whites and there we are - finally!!
  22. cheers guys, and Peter I wish you all the best i opened up the masks - which themselves were about the third iteration - last night thinking i would bash out the wing roundels whilst the Wife was at her fitness class only to find they were 'egg shape' (38mm one way - which was what i had asked for - but 42mm the other) now normally there would have been much swearing and cursing, but then i thought to myself this time last week, I was convinced i had less than a year to live, so having to do the sharkmouth first instead of wing roundels really wasn't that great a hardship! 😃 now back to our silly models ... hope to have some progress later today fingers crossed
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