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Dave J

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  1. Over the last few days... I have had a pile of things come in.... Emhar's Male Tank for the upcoming Great War GB.. Panzershop's Mk.IV Male Tank upgrade set.. Hasegawa P-47D Revells 1/32 Bf109K (Like I really need another 109!!) A pile of AK interactive stuff White Sprits, Thinners, Pigment Fixture, Mud Weathering Set, Engine and Metal set, North Africa Pigments, North Africa Dust effects, North Africa Wash... and this!
  2. I wasnt happy with how it looked. I just ordered a bunch of Balas so will be making a base for this one and others soon as it arrives.
  3. I am calling this one done now for now! I'm impressed with what Takom have done, and the kit falls together! I reckon this could easily be a weekend build project if you were looking for one! Clean up wasn't too bad thanks to where Takom placed the sprue attachment points, and a sharp sprue cutter makes it hassle-free. Mission Model Dunkelgelb, Rubber, Gun Metal and Transparent dust paints were used, which is now my favourite paint brand as its so easy to use without all the smells from solvent-based paints. Ak Interactive pigments were used on the tracks, exhaust and sand build up/weathering. I dumped the idea of it blowing a track as it didn't look right, I ended up connecting the track back up. Only thing I want to revisit is the Imperial Star on the front, as it should be a little be darker.
  4. Another year has ticked over, and I managed to build five kits in 2018. That has been my best for many years, well actually since 2013! I made seven back that year. There are a few kits on my pile that I would love to tackle this, I would like to try to get 6-7 done. Last time I decided to do this in 2014, and I built nothing! So with ongoing back issues hopefully under control now and having my Mojo returned. So these are the kits that I want to get done this year, in no particular order... 1. Meng Jagdpather 2. Rye Field Models Panther G 3. Trumpeter P-40B 4. Hasegawa P-40N (Currently on the Shelf of Doom) 5. ? 6. ? So have you guys done this before and planned what you want to build for the year?
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    Happy Birthday Mikester...

    Happy B'day Mikey!
  6. When I was in Telford last year, Jim gave me a couple of armour kits to build for LSM. One of them was Takom's 1/16 IJA Type 94 Tankette. This will be pretty much OOB as there seems to be no AM for this kit as of yet. I was thinking of building it as the Australian capture Tankette that I saw at Canberra's War Memorial storage facility last year, but it turns out that is a late variant with the larger idler wheel. Looks to be a cool kit, if you haven't seen it yet, check out Jim's review here -
  7. Had some spare time over the last few days and I started weathering the Tankette. I'm using Ammo & AK weathering washes and effects. I still need to add some chips and paint a couple of little details like the Star on the front and rear taillamp. Tracks were painted with MMP Burnt Iron, and AK Track wash. I have decided to try my hand a making a small base for it. I am going to go with an abandoned Tankette after blowing a track in battle and. I'm also looking at adding a figure it too, there is a nice looking figure of USMC soldier charging from Alpine. But there doesn't seem to be much out there. Well, this is where I am currently, I am waiting on a couple of jars of pigments to arrive for me to continue...
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    Off topic.. a 1/1 Mosquito NZ restoration

    Personally, I would love to see a Wellington! But not till after a Sterling!
  9. Small update... All the base colours are on now. I have decided to go with the overall sand colour scheme, with the rising sun flag on the sides of the tank. All the colour callouts are from the Ammo paint range which I am not a huge fan of, so I converted them over to Mission Models Paints. The colour Ammo suggest is a shade of Dunkelgelb, so I have used MMP-011 as my base colour. Tools and barrel also painted using Mission paints. So that is where I am at the moment, I will start some weathering later tonight if I can get downstairs for a bit.
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    RR Spey powered RAF Phantom conversion

    Interesting your tackling this with the HK Models kit announced...
  11. I am sure most of you are in the same position... Trying to finish those last projects for 2018! I just managed to knock this one off a few moments ago that I started back in March. As per normal.. Family life, work and another round of back surgery have keep me busy. Having some free time today, I picked this one up an managed to finish it was it was pretty much weathering that I had to complete. It's my 4th Tank I have ever built. Tamiya's 1/35 Jagdpanzer IV /70 Lang. Built from the box, but I did use Kaizen tracks. Painted using Mission Models Paints, Camo was painted free hand. and weathered using AK Interactive Washes and Pigments.
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    Brush, paint bottle organizer?

    I just got some acrylic makeup holders. Come in different styles and sizes, and cheap! I got a bunch of vertical nail polish racks too for all my paint. I will take a photo when I head down stairs next time.
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    Tamiya 1/32 A6M2b to a A6M3 model 22

    Go on you know you want to!
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    Off topic.. a 1/1 Mosquito NZ restoration

    I can say that Wingnut Wings will not tackle a Mosquito as there is a perfectly good kit out there from Tamiya & HK Models.
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    Tamiya 1/32 A6M2b to a A6M3 model 22

    Ha! I saw this thread and my reply was going to be that you need to check out Anthony's thread over on LSP as he is doing the same... But he bet me too it! He just needs to finish the damn thing!
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    HPH C-47

    Don't go off the HPH site, There is an importer for HPH in the US already mentioned by Ernie.
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    HPH C-47

    I picked one up at Telford last year. Saved me a bucket load in shipping!
  18. Cheers, I only used the Pigments on the exhaust. All the mud was made with Plaster and AK Mud Washes.
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    Mitsubishi A6M2 correct cockpit color?

    Yes you're correct. There are two shades depending if its a Mitsubishi or Nakajima built. Have you checked out J-Aircraft website? There is tons of info there - http://www.j-aircraft.com/
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    Do-335 B-2 V13 (RP+UP)

    I am looking at hitting it next, once I have the Tankette completed.
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    Do-335 B-2 V13 (RP+UP)

    Here is my build for the GB.. Do-335 B-2 V13 (RP+UP) Not sure what Aftermarket I am going to add just yet... But I will be adding the following for sure - Brassin Wheels Brassin Exhuasts HGW Harness
  22. Had some more time at the bench today, decided to power on with the Tankette since there wasn't much to do to get to paint. I made up some belts from some small fuse wire and tape for the jack. I just attached it over the PE belts. I thinned down some Tamiya Putty with Tamiya Lacquer Thinners and used an old paint to dab it all over the exhaust to give it some texture. I decided to include another detail by damaging the rubber on the wheels. I started by taking a file and filing away the sharp edges to give it a more curved worn look, and then cut away some small chunks. I thought I might overdone it but looking at some images on the internet, I think it will be fine. After all this was done, I moved onto the turret and drilled out all the cooling holes on the machine jacket. Something that I thought was cool and smart from Takom was that they included rivet heads on the sprue runner to add to the turret where they couldn't add the detail due to limitations from injected molding. And with that, it's all done and ready for paint! So fit wise, everything fits like a glove and there wasn't need for any filler what so ever. I think you could easily build this within 4-6 hours as there is minimal cleanup, thanks to where sprue attachment points are located on the parts. You have a set of God Hand or Dspae like cutters you will breeze through clean up.
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    Takom 1/35 V2 Rocket

    This is going to be another great one!
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    1/32 Fly Hurricane Mk.IIc

    I will be following this! As I have an Mk.I that I want to build as BOB Hurricane.
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    New Years Modelling Resolutions

    Well, I already have broken one of mine! I taped replacement CMK Cockpit for the Trumpeter P-40B together and put then put back into the box... The shallowness of the CMK pit still sticks out to me, when I have the time and energy will pick it up again and look at extending it.