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Academy Models, 1/72

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Dave S 408/06/2017 16:13:39
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Thanks - more pics to follow when significant progress is evident; painting the cockpit at present, and gluing more bits together. The trimming-first approach gets the dull stage over with, and your idea about bagging things up makes sense... should 1/48 scale ever be tackled.

Weights: I think I saw you post something along those lines earlier this year. A very good idea and I may yet be nose-down in the garden looking for pellets.

(I never catch any mink, so terrorise soup tins instead - Shot at Dawn...)



Mick Charlesworth08/06/2017 16:45:21
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Nice start Dave on one of my favourite aircraft I'm currently working on a 1/48 version.


Dave S 409/06/2017 22:36:50
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It'd be interesting to see the finished article.

1/48 is a whole different world, I imagine. Many more parts and pressure.

A bit more done tonight. Soon be able to fit the fuselage together, then the real progress begins.

Amusing day. Hmmm.....


Dave S 412/06/2017 16:43:57
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Liquid poly, elastic band, clothes pegs & a hair bobble.

All essential kit.


Dave S 416/06/2017 08:13:16
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Finally done a tricycle undercarriage model with enough weight in the nose.

Wife seemed oddly unimpressed. I guess we're all different.

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Air brakes went on surprisingly easily.

Shown here drying in the correct position.


Dave S 416/06/2017 22:25:54
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Constructed and ready for painting...

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But, OH! What the hell went wrong with the canopy?

A cock-up with the superglue and it's scarred for life.

As well as mis-aligned.

I suppose I'll live with it. And it is 1/72 after all.

Should stick to knights & Romans.

Forge ahead. And learn from one's mistakes.

A rather irritated DS

Dave S 416/06/2017 22:28:17
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It looks slightly worse than it is. There's a gap, front-to-back, which is Academy's fault and unavoidable.

Still made a balls-up, though.



Dave S 419/06/2017 16:23:21
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Well, that went better than expected: one coat applied with the brush and one with the airbrush ... and it's ready for the detailing.

Usually 3 coats are necessary for proper coverage.

Am reading up on weathering and will give it a coat of satin varnish pre-wash this time, to avoid it looking like it's been stored in a coal mine.



Fernando Nijhuis19/06/2017 20:03:02
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Hi Dave,

Good looking progress and nicely done with the nose weightthumbs up, Sabres are real tail sitters.sad

For canopies I always use Revell Contacta Clear, it dries crystal clear, no fogging but takes some time to fully dry-up.

A simple white-glue might do the trick too.dont know

Nice start on the paintwork, the decals will surely give it a lot of colour.teeth 2


Andy Claesens19/06/2017 20:14:43
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Superb progress Dave.thumbs up

Fernando has hit the nail squarely. A good strong white PVA glue will do the job for you too. It can also be run in to any gaps with a toothpick and smoothed with a wet fingertip or cotton bud.. I've found canopy gaps in the past and shimmed them with thin plasticard.

Although I don't tend to do it because I like nice clean lines generally, it is nice to see the slats and airbrakes deployed. Adds a bit of interest.thumbs up

Nice start with the priming. Best of luck with your finish coats.teeth 2


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