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#1 Ricky

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:09 PM

I thought I'd start a topic on this, as a few of us in here are (or have been) modellers.

All these models are 1/72

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Bereznyak-Isaev BI. The kit was beyond basic (brittle plastic, no instructions, no decals)

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Airfix Blenhiem I tarted up as a present for a friend (their Grandad was the gunner in the plane I modelled)

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Airfix Spitfire. This was a present for my Grandad, a scene taken from a photo of RAF Drem, where he was stationed at some point in WW2

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Hellcat - the nose art is hand-painted!
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:09 PM

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Kfir - converted from a Heller Mirage III kit

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LaGG-3. Another present, this time for a friend who was simply a bit obsessed by Russian LaGG fighters.


That's all the plane kit photos I have online :)
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:27 PM

But here's what I usually paint. GW acrylics, sable brushes (nothing else comes close!) My lad want's me to weather the spaceship thingie, so I might post some more 'phots of that when I'm done.

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I didn't base these guys, can you tell?

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Deleted the originals on line. Ooops!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:08 AM

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I've dabbled in 40K too...

Is that a Thunderhawk?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:23 PM

:o I knew that...lol!

Got time for a wee dit?

I had/have a copy of the original Rogue Trader, the first W40K rule book. But it never got played, our group were too busy with our RPGs, mainly Traveller and Aftermath.
I got talking to my dad about it a few years back. He loved us geeking it up on a Friday night! His pals were terrified about what their teens were up to on a weekend. Quite rightly, as it turned out. Irvine, the town we stayed in at the time, was awash in Buckfast and kitchen knives most weekends. Casualty were kept busy...
About the same time we had that conversation, I noticed my eldest was having fun with a W40K video game. Light bulb moment! We 'just happened' to pass by the local GW shop a few days later. :D
This wasn't plan A, or even B or C, me and the wife had been trying to get our lad interested in after school activities for a while. But he didn't show any interest in Judo or Rugby, I can't stand football and the local chess club seemed a bit lame. The enthusiastic chaos of the local hobby shop was just the ticket!
The hobby is superb. Really! He gets an outlet for his creative side, socialises with kids from all over the Glasgow area, has a solid grasp of economics- it's no cheap!- travels in and out of the city by himself; it's really opened out his horizons. Plus, of course, I get to slap some paint on his 'wee guys' when we have him busy revising and studying for exams.
Dad was right. Now it's my pals who're fretting about where their kids are. Wee Kenny even sent his lad, just three years older than mine, into the Army. He reckoned the boy'd be safer in uniform! In a Guards regiment?! Says it all, really.

'Course, it's a bit infectious. I've been digging out my old stuff. Remember this guy?

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That's his original paint, probably Airfix enamel, from about '83. Got me thinking, though. So I found some of his mates and tried my hand. Not quite Golden Demon, but I'm happy enough with the result. I can't remember when I painted the bare headed fella, but the marines are all fresh.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:05 PM

In close up:

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They were probably worth something unpainted! Ah, well...

I read a lot. Not as much as Icky, but I get through a couple of books a month. I've been genning up on the 40K back story. I quite like the Raven Guard? So I've found myself picking up the odd model and having a go at covering them in acrylics. I should have something worth photographing fairly soon. Would you be interested? I'll probably stick them up on Britmodeller anyway, so it'll be easy enough to put one or two on here as well.

Back on topic- bet you thought I'd forgotten, eh?

My photographic talent knows no start! I didn't realise the built in light meter in my camera could be foxed by light getting in through the viewfinder! Doh!
So while I was fretting about not having a macro or studio lights, my real problem was not masking off the eyepiece. Ah, well, you live and learn.
After playing about with my editor I managed to salvage this:

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Consider it 'work in progress'. The roundels need re-done in pastel- easy fix.
I haven't weathered anything much beyond some light chipping around the wing access panels and those cordite marks Edgar hates!
It's my first attempt at pre-shading, but that didn't really pan out. The airbrush I'm using- Badger 200- isn't up to lines fine enough for a 1/72nd model. I could have brush painted the panel lines, but the kit's really for practising airbrush technique.
I'll be keeping it, mistakes and all, for future reference. I'll let you know how I get on.

Are you building anything at the mo', Ricky? I get the impression you're interested in slightly quirky subjects- nose art, conversions, 40K figurines... I like that! I'd appreciate seeing more of your work.

If I ever get the Spit looking the way I want I plan to start on a wee diorama. Nothing too elaborate, just a couple of Swordfish on deck. It'll be a useful exercise. There's a wee bit of conversion required- stringing the stringbags. I'll need to scratch build a bit of flight deck (whichever bit looks easiest!) and I might have to build a light box to photograph it. Proper Blue Peter stuff! Should keep me happy over the summer...
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#7 Ricky

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:17 AM

Marvellous! feel free to go off on more tangents ;)

On a related note, a friend recently found (and gave to me) a big bag full of the really old school Space Marines and orcs. I'll photo a few and put them up if/when I remember

Are you building anything at the mo', Ricky? I get the impression you're interested in slightly quirky subjects- nose art, conversions, 40K figurines... I like that! I'd appreciate seeing more of your work.


I tend to try to fiddle a bit with my models - I'm almost bored by just making them out of the box. At the moment I am attempting to detail the 1/72 Airfix Universal Carrier. My Grandad (on my Mum's side) drove one when he was in the Black Watch - I discovered this when we went to the Muckleburgh Collection and my Mum got rather excited when she saw the Universal Carrier there.

The model is roughly the size of a matchbox, and among other things I'm adding all the control cables etc to the floor of the cab - I can only do a bit at a time otherwise I go cross-eyed!

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:36 AM

I'm not up to conversion work any more than I am heavy weathering- yet! But I'm starting to learn...

Wifey's a bit bemused. Her ruffty-tufty biker husband is really a model geek? How's that work? :confused:
Classic example last weekend. Most of my brushes are older than the kids. I wanted a new detail brush, so we stopped off at a craft shop. Get inside and she's "here we are, these are the best ones" looking at some tacky, splayed out tipped, synthetic horrors. :rolleyes: 'Best' being 'v.cheap'!
The girl at the checkout obviously thinks along the same likes: "er, you know this one costs £7?" (with a half apologetic, half horrified look on her grid!) I guess I don't look like the arty type? ;)

Oh, almost forgot! Spaceship is a 'Stormraven', which is, apparently, a smally Thunderhawk variant. If you want a full size Thunderhawk you need to talk to Forge World, who'll lighten your wallet by about 400 sheets :eek: for a resin kit.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:43 PM

I can feel the bug biting again, Ricky! :D
I'm still messing around with that Spit. When (if) I'm happy I might get the desert double kit Airfix are doing; the 109 trop and Spit V. Do you know if they're new castings? The Italeri wasn't great- it's missing a lot of detail, the parts don't align particularly well, no pilot...and since I got it to practice airbrush technique on I'm a bit loath to spend time or money improving it.

Anyway, I was never that great with 'planes. This is what I've been spending my time on for a couple of weeks now:

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I've had a word with my I/c recognition (eldest son), the tank is a Rhino. Or at least, it used to be! The commandos are Raven Guard scouts; as young members of their fraternity their skin is loosing it's pigmentation already. In a few years it'll be almost white.
Can you guess what I'll be building next? (Insert big grin here, I'm out of smilies again.)

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 08:06 PM

:) ,

I like your Universal Carrier Ricky. Something I forgot to mention in my long burst about the Catalina Festival this coming weekend is that they also have old military vehicles including a Universal Carrier that seems to show up most years if not every year. Here we call them Bren Carriers as they were mostly armed with a Bren gun. There are also usually a couple of Australian Pattern Chev 4x4 trucks which we call Chev Bliitztwagons and sometimes a beautifully restored 1940 Chev utility. there are usually also old Harley Davidson motor cycles in olive drab paint and more often than not a Chev 4 door convertable car that was once an Australian Army staff car during WW2.

 

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Ross.






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