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1/48 Academy RAF Tomahawk IIb, personal mount of P.O. Neville Duke, 112 Sqn.



Paints: Vallejo Air range, Mr Metal stainless and aluminium, Mr Colour burnt iron, AK rubber black.

Weathering products: Flory sand wash, Flory dark sand pigment, Mig dark night pin wash, Prisma-colour oil-based pencils.

Other products: Micro-set and Micro-sol decal solutions, Micro-crystal-clear.

Aftermarket products: ALM cockpit and wheel well detail set, Foxbot stencils.

Build thread:

http://genessis-models.websitetoolbox.com/post/148-academy-tomahawk-iib-9953564?pid=1306545073



What struck me the most about the Academy kit was the level of detail, in that it was conspicuous by its absence.  So much so that it reminded me of many of the 1/72 kits I built as a kid.  For a 1/48 kit, in this present era, I was a little disappointed.  On the other hand, aside from the horrendous problem with marrying the fuselage to the wings, the fit was overall very good, with only minimal filing and sanding needed.

The AML detail kit was also of high quality, though it must be said their instructions were lousy, to the point where I elected to completely forgo the lower fuselage cooling gills.  The p.e. gills were beautifully detailed, but consisted of many parts, which the instructions showed only in one small picture.  And it would have been pure guesswork as to where and how much needed to be cut from the kit’s own underbelly.

On the whole, despite personal circumstances conspiring to rob me of any drive right at the beginning of this build, I can look back with a general feeling of satisfaction.  I still have much to learn, but my skills are gradually improving, and picking up the airbrush no longer raises a chill down my spine.

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And thus my display cabinet welcomes a new resident!
Here’s to the next build!

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Beautiful model!  [thumb]

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Hi, just saw these pictures. I'm impressed by your project.

Hopefully, one day I will be able to finish a model with a comparable result.

But most of all, when I take a look at those magnificent pictures, it gives me the will to go on... 

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Thank you, Alain, you're most kind.  I'm still on a learning curve myself.  Until I rejoined this hobby late last year, the last serious kit build I did was just before I left the RAF, back in 1985.  And it was all very different back then, so I too have had to learn, and in some cases, re-learn a lot of techniques.
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I do really like your weathering effects also as the chipping on the wings where the pilot walks to get into the cockpit. Did you use the hairspray technique ?
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Also took a close look at the mouth and teeth of this enormous shark mouth... I can imagine how delicate you must had to be to apply the decals... They just look as if you painted them directly on the fuselage... I LOVE your model [love][love]
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I do really like your weathering effects also as the chipping on the wings where the pilot walks to get into the cockpit. Did you use the hairspray technique ?


I have heard of this hairspray technique on posts by other modellers, but I'm not familiar with it myself.  I think I may have to look into it.  No, what I did was, after priming, I sprayed whatever areas I wanted to chip with Vallejo aluminium paint then gave them a coat of Klear.  After that had hardened I painted the top coat as normal.  Then, before the paint dried to much I carefully picked at the worn areas with a cocktail stick.  The klear is reasonably tough, so if you don't push too hard with the stick you shouldn't go through to the primer or, worse, the plastic.
I did this to a much greater degree on my Mitsubishi Raiden.  If you check out the build thread you should see what I mean.

http://genessis-models.websitetoolbox.com/post/148-tamiya-mitsubishi-j2m3-raiden-jack-9960997?pid=1307042699

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Hi,

Here is the hairspray technique shown by Michael Rinaldi, 

I think this technique is mostly used by armour modellers, but I'm sure it can be applied for chipping effects on aircrafts all so. 




I'm going to try this technique on my littles trucks, and let you know how I succeed. 



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Here is the hairspray technique shown by Michael Rinaldi, 

I think this technique is mostly used by armour modellers, but I'm sure it can be applied for chipping effects on aircrafts all so. 




I'm going to try this technique on my littles trucks, and let you know how I succeed. 




Thanks for that, I have saved the link in the 'modelling' section of my favourites, and I'll watch it later.

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Amazing work. Looks great.
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Amazing work. Looks great.


Thanks!

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Nice Tomahawk! I love all the variants of the P-40!
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Thanks, Brin!
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