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  1. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Totally agree regarding the cowlings and appreciate your honesty, they were the part that I thought looked to new as well. I will give them another "wash" to blend them more. I think the photos may exaggerate their whiteness a bit as well. I had so many issues with the paint on this that my original plan went out the window and was replaced by one of simple survival! To put it dramatically. I had pre-shaded initially but the MM paint peeled and I changed my entire painting approach. Big learning curve with best aged effects and how to achieve them... Thanks again.
  2. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Thanks Rob. I thought about the prop for quite a while and looked at a lot of reference images. the props on Navy spads didn't appear to get as worn as their ground based cousins. The attached image shows the lack of wear on an otherwise weathered and used looking spad. It may of course varied from plane to plane, and I could probably/should have aged the prop down a bit more. Where else do you think looks to new as there are a couple of places I think the same.
  3. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Complete, or as complete as I'm taking it for now. The kit itself was excellent, I don't recall having any issues with parts going together. The Eduard PE cockpit adds some nice extra detail that you can almost still see with the wings folded. (I had to fold the wings as I wouldn't have anywhere big enough to park it otherwise!). Radio antennae is a section of 11 gauge guitar string. Wing support struts were scratch built using brass tubing. These seem to be present on parked up spads with a full load on the pylons but are not included in the kit for some strange reason. The weathering was really just a composite of many reference pictures. They were dirty, but not always dirty. I could probably have taken it further... Tamiya weathering palettes used for the majority of weathering along with some AK interactive stuff. The entire plane was given a wash of Flory clay wash which works well in helping create that tired weather worn look I was attempting. Anyway, big learning curve on this. My first proper big build to this level. On to the RNZAF A4-K Skyhawk.
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    Light doesn't show it to well. Looked dirty. but maybe not enough as you say!
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    Moving forward! Almost complete, few minor things to finish (antenna wire and wing anti stat wire) and its done. May also have a play with the exhaust as well... still not happy with that.
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    The Skyraider is almost complete. Made an attempt at the "infamous" engine smoke down the fuselage. I took a while to decide on the best technique, read posts on other skyraider builds and then decided to combine a few. I stared by putting a layer of gloss on the area to be weathered the did the initial pattern with Tamiya flat black, diluted and sprayed at a low pressure. I then sanded back to detail more and achieve the look I was after... kind of. Then various Tamiya weathering palette colours were used to add some more detail... I'm sort of happy with it and sort of not, but looking at archive images of skyraiders there seems no perfect look to the pattern... so it is what it is! Now to finish the wings, get them attached in the folded position and attach some ordinance!
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    Yeah he was a great guy, really accommodating with my son who is a bit of a warbirds nut! I just wish they had put the Skyhawk on display the other way round so you can see the front from the mezzanine. Great little aircraft though. Looking forward to starting the build and attempting to replicate it as closely as possible. One major drawback to the Trumpeter kit I ordered is it has the straight refueling probe... have seen after market bent one made by AMS but not in current production and not even ebay has any! Might be an experimental scratch build...
  8. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Progress.. finally! Starting to look like an aircraft. Some weathering done over a gloss coat using a dark brown clay wash. Left side decals applied. Considering the setbacks experienced im more than happy. I think I may be winning!
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    This will be the next project once the skyraider is complete. NZ6209 "09" A4-K Skyhawk of the RNZAF. I did a photo job for the regional paper when the plane was moved to the Warbirds display at Ardmore airport and my son who was 5 at the time is in the picture with a former pilot of the skyhawk. Best part is that the reference material is only a 25min drive away. I went and grabbed some reference shots today in anticipation of starting the project. Some really interesting details that you only see looking at a real aircraft in person, such as the weld marks on the external wing mounted fuel tanks. These are repairs to indentations caused by the ejected shell casings... will think of a way to add that detail to the model...
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    Thanks for that. All back on track now. Took quite a while to get the remaining paint removed. The green detailing paint is done, its a bit dark but will weather it back, cockpit is complete with the yankee seat installed. Have added some extra wiring to the ejection system just to make things a bit more interesting. Really just working on the weathering now, sanding back some paint to get a more faded look and spraying some lighter grey on. Also sprayed some slightly darker grey as well. Will do a lot more of the weathering with acrylics once I have a layer or two of gloss down. Considering the "issue" I had I'm happy enough with how its progressing. Want to get it complete so I can start the next project. An A4-K RNZAF Skyhawk, NZ6209.
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    Almost back on track. Takes a while to strip all the old paint off!
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    Bit of a disaster... fixable thankfully. Paint issues... it started to peel off. Masked a section with tamiya tape and the MM paint peeled away... hmmm. Frustrating... Anybody else ever had this issue? Have never had it with Tamiya acrylics... May be a result of not properly cleaning the plastic before painting... I did prime but was acrylic not the tamiya primer I have used in the past. Am busy stripping the remainder of the old paint with a mix of an acrylic car paint stripper (pretty strong stuff) and ISA. About 10 parts IPA to 1 of the stripper. Seems to be working well and no damage to the plastic. A lot of re-scribing work to do! I may paint this one with enamel now to avoid this occurring again...
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    Im kind of working off this image as a guide... My finished model will have more mess arounf the exhaust though. It looks as though this SPAD has had a recent wipe down. But the general beaten up and weathered work horse look is what I'm going for.
  14. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Haha, Skyraider is indeed misleading. I think the appeal for me is that is was kind of a tractor, rugged and functional, elegant in an ugly ducking way. A filthy oil spewing workhorse that defied the jet age. Its been interesting researching the different look of the plane as it seems it varied from aircraft to aircraft, ie: were the wheel wells white or green? So many variations. So I guess it doesn't really matter what they are! Same with the cannons... muzzle suppressor or no muzzle suppressor...