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#1 skid solo

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:04 PM

Not my finest hour methinks but it is what it is.

No issues with the kit (Tamiya) but I was very unhappy with the Humbrol 'Metal Cote' rattle can paint. It's much duller than the can suggests, barely buffs at all and laid down with a 'ripple' effect which you can see in the cockpit photos.

The day after I started the major decals, my Alclad Airframe Alluminium paint arrived..... go figure!!! :Drogar-Kriz(LBG):

I would have liked to go with the full underwing invasion stripe version, only bozzo here fitted the bomb pods before starting on the decals. Applying the decals afterwards would have been a nightmare so I went with the other version instead.

Just realised I haven't yet fitted the rear view mirror!!! :Drogar-Scared(LBG):

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:24 PM

Looks good from where I'm sitting, Al

But only two pics?

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:12 PM

i think it looks great but ive always liked the jug anyway :armata_PDT_37:

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:02 PM

I want to build one of those... would love to see a Tamiya 1/32 version...
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:24 PM

Thanks guys.

Paul........... I see five photos buddie!!! :Drogar-Laugh(LBG):

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:19 PM

Looks good in the photos Al, I'll be building a plane next me thinks.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:40 AM

Thanks Pete.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:11 AM

I want to build one of those... would love to see a Tamiya 1/32 version...


The Trumpeter 1/32 version is a very nice kit.

Al, nice work and a learning curve. Guess you have to build another one and try the Alclad :) Try with some different shades to get panel variation.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:04 PM

Thanks Ole.

I'm not one for building 'variations' on already built kist but I will try Alclad next time, now that I have it.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:57 PM

Another fine build. The decals appear as though they were painted by hand(as in excellent work).

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#11 skid solo

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:23 AM

Thanks Nippon.

The decals appear as though they were painted by hand(as in excellent work).


Micosol and a hair dryer are your best friends with decals. :Drogar-Love(LBG):

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:57 PM

Thanks Nippon.



Micosol and a hair dryer are your best friends with decals. :Drogar-Love(LBG):


Interesting point, will file that away for future use.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:37 AM

Just realised I haven't yet fitted the rear view mirror!!! :Drogar-Scared(LBG):


it was the first thing I noticed Al.......Seriously, I didn't know it had one. As Ole said, It is a learning curve.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 10:52 AM

Seriously, I didn't know it had one


Sure it has Chris. It's colour co-ordinated with the body, electricaly heated, electricaly folding, electicaly adjustable and has built in direction indicators!!!! :Drogar-Laugh(LBG):

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:03 AM

It might look better in Alclad but you can't really complain with the results. You pulled off a sweet looking build Al.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 09:19 AM

Thanks Denis.

The kit itself is a nice kit, it's was just frustrating to have waited so long for the Alclad paint, only to have it arrive the day after I applied the decals,!!! :Drogar-Kriz(LBG):

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:12 AM

That looks really good to me too :okok:
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:04 PM

I'm not one for building 'variations' on already built kist but I will try Alclad next time, now that I have it.



plenty of other aircraft came in natural metal....try a P51 or F86 or some other post WW2 american jet

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