Monday, 19 March 2018

Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang

I've begun to start getting this on the home stretch and today I sprayed the canopy and windscreen interiors, the wheel wells and gear bay doors. Once the windscreen is in place I can then start spraying the whole model;

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Takom 1/35 Leopard C2 finished

I've finally finished this one that was started in July 2017, a Canadian Leopard C2;

Weathering has been kept to a minimum as the photographs I have been using show them to be fairly clean.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Minart T-55A early Mod 1965

As you may recall I built the Miniart T-55 for The Modelling News recently so here's the link to the build review as if you have the kit (or any other Miniart T-55's) you may find it useful;

The Modelling News

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Takom 1/35 Leopard C2

This has been on the bench for long enough so it's time to get it done;

This will NOT be heavily weathered as from the photo's that I'm basing it on Canadian Leopards (apart from being on exercise) seemed to be relatively clean. I did want to do an actual vehicle but the marking option in the Takom kit is for an 'OPFOR' vehicle and apparently spurious plus the decals were crap anyway.
Using the reference photos from the dvd 'Canadian Leopard C1 & C2 Project which is available here Canadian Leopard C1 & C2 Project I'll finish the model as a lightly weathered vehicle.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang

With the T-55 built I came back to the P-51 as it's another I want off the bench as the queue of stuff I want to build is getting longer.
I've managed to glue all the control surfaces on and although the fit of the tail wings looked OK on top, underneath the joints were pretty horrendous with large gaps to fill so these, along with the joints around the nose were filled with Mr Surfacer 1000 and left to set before lightly sanding and finally polishing with a ladies nail buffer (these things are invaluable for model making);

Panel lines were restored by using electrical tape as a guide then re-scribed, liquid glue was then brushed over them to clean out the swarf. I used to use Dymo tape for this but it doesn't seem to stick as well plus it's much thinner these days so the electrical tape makes a decent substitute. 
So far it's not a bad kit and the build is nearing completion but I'm still surprised about the fit of some parts, it will be interesting to see how the new Airfix Sea Fury shapes up in this regard.

Miniart T-55A early Mod 1965

I finally finished the build. YAY! For more information about how it went together please keep an eye out for the full build review here;

The Modelling News

Here's a teaser pic for you because I'm so nice :o)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Miniart 1/35 T-55

It's been a pretty quiet month modelling-wise as I've had to do some DIY due to a new fire being fitted in the front room plus the Miniart T-55 has been taking up all of my spare time, along with doing five kit reviews for Model Military Int'l magazine.
The build of the T-55 is virtually finished, all I have to do is fit the tracks, photograph it, do the write-up then you can all read about it on The Modelling News at some point. You can find the in-box review here;

So here it is at the moment, once the build is done it will go to the back of the queue for painting as I need to shift a couple of other projects along such as the E-75 tank destroyer and the Takom Leopard C2;

Although the links have four sprue connections they weren't that bad to remove from the sprue due to the soft plastic, however care needs to be taken cleaning them up as it is very easy to bend the ends of them.