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SimonD

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Thanks Mike, that confirms it! The Phantom won't be brush painted. I'm too chicken. lol I'll brush paint the Hornet just to see while I'm waiting for ... things, then I'll decide rattle can or AB. Could come down to the wire (timing wise), but that's cool.
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I had a bit of a play today, gave the pilots a coat of RAAF grey, they'll get a touch up tomorrow. Oh, one's not well, more later on that.

Also decided to have a look at the intakes. They looked a little messy to start with but cleaned up ok once I chopped up some sanding sticks to fit.

Before and after shots:





This is the fit before I played a bit, not too bad and they fit a little better now. They dry fit on the plane rather well too so I'm pleased so far.


I am thinking of painting the "end" of the intake black so you don't see the wall of plastic where a hole should be. That is easy enough. May have to grade the colour a bit on the intakes themselves too yet. Tomorrows job I think. Thanks for looking. [smile]

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Got a bit done today, cockpit, some bombs (pinched from the F111 in my stash) got textured with my  ummm. ... Mr Surfacer type stuff. Pretty happy with every thing so far. Kit's going together nicely. Here's some pics:









The RIO's checking his Facebook:


Step 2 done!


Thanks for looking.


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You got those intakes nice and smooth mate, and the cockpit and pilots look great. How on earth you managed to paint the warning stripes on the ejection pull handles I can only imagine !
Fuselage together and you are well on your way now

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Cheers Pete, I'll fit the intakes tomorrow if they go on like the dry fit it shouldn't be a problem.
And yeah I looked around at other builds with their nice ejector handles and of course this kit didn't have any, so knocking them up was the first challenge. Used my pupil brush again to paint them, it's turning out to be a very valuable tool. Thanks for noticing, I was under the pump there for a bit. Lol

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This is coming together very nicely. Keep on the march.
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Thanks again Steve, yeah I'm getting into the nitty gritty with the fuselage, just cleaning it up, bit of putty here, sanding there, it is going together well still, I have made a few silly errors like gluey fingerprints and stuff like that, to be expected I guess. The panel detail is microscopic and disappears as soon as you wave a sanding stick near it, so some serious scribing required to recover that lot.

Still deciding on the method of painting, budget will ultimately decide. Going to cost me $60 for rattle cans, 3 times more than the kit is worth! lol Or I can just suck it up and brush paint it. Still waiting for a matte coat to arrive in-store too. Apparently, on order, and in stock with the suppliers.

And I thought I'd be clever and buy a 1:72 Italeri kit that included RAAF decals to steal for this, but the plane is half the size of the Phantom, so that might've backfired. lol Oh well, in the stash it goes.

Still, it's on track for a finish well before the deadline I think. Only because I have the time to put into it.
Thanks for the interest mate. [smile]

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Nice progress - yeah, I know those fingerprints... no idea where they come from. Must be the cat while I'm sleeping lol
Uff, rattle cans are expensive stuff :-0. Just brush paint, you can do it! But I understand, I'm flirting with the idea of airbrushing to... Don't know yet.

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Yeah Fabian, I'm definitely going down the AB path, just waiting on some funds to ummm be allocated. lol And I probably will brush paint when I get to it, mainly because I really don't have a need for 5 rattle cans after the AB arrives, a big expenditure for one project.

Can you be so kind as to give me the brief run down how you managed such a great finish on yours? I don't need you to divulge all your trade secrets ... just the main ones! lol I really am struggling with the brush on larger surfaces (and I don't have flow enhancers and other goodies for acrylics yet, all in shopping trolleys somewhere).

I doubt I'll be a threat in any way, anyway. lol

Oh, here's some pics, doesn't look like a lot, just the time consuming stuff. Never masked a canopy before, or those, what are they? Sidewinders? And I had to make another ejector grab handle as one went walkies, as they do. lol







Thanks for looking. [smile]

Edit: One last pic for the day, the Sidewinders unmasked, bit of a touch up from the bleeding will sort them out. And canopy on. Glued with PVA, fingers crossed.


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Looking good Simon !
Yeah rattle cans work out mega expensive, a few models worth and you are well on the way to the cost of an airbrush and compressor
Those missiles are Sparrows I think

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Thanks Pete. It's coming together really well now. I have just buffed up the fuselage, attempted a bit of scribing (with my tweezers and a sanding stick as a soft, straight edge. lol) but decided not to go too silly, you can barely see the detail as it is.

Yeah I'm going to bit the bullet. I'll prime it with my auto enamel and ..........geez this is tough, I'll go to the auto shop and see if they have the camo colours, or similar to, in small cans of enamel. They're only 4 or 5 bucks a pop I can cope with that. You get a decent amount too and can mix them, unlike rattlers. That way I can have an enamel seal for decaling and washing etc. I'm also going to try and find a half decent brush in this town. I can buy 50 two dollar sets, but good one's are harder to find. Back to spotlight I think. I did see in the makeup dept when I was stocking up on sanding sticks that makeup application  brushes can be made out of sable hair, so I don't know if anyone here has ever used them in a pinch? Anyway, I think all that's the best way to go, if anyone thinks I'm barking mad, speak up. lol

I've got an airbrush and all the bits sitting in a shopping basket waiting for me to check out, well I have a couple of options after seeing Jas's setup with the workshop compressor. lol (having the option of air tools could come in handy someday.) I have this guy just down the road from me (in Adelaide) http://www.airbrushmegastore.com/, he ships these things worldwide by the looks. Nice to have him close, handy (We're moving back to Adelaide mid next year). So I reckon I'll deal with him when the funds happen. I know from my retail years that having customer back up locally is invaluable sometimes.

I scoured the internet for weapon info Pete, have you seen the list of weapons that can go on a plane??? LOL And I only searched Allied weapons! Anyway, I don't know how you guys know the names of all these things. I did come across this photo somewhere, hope it wasn't here then I'd be double posting. And losing my mind, all at once. lol



More pics on the plane, maybe tomorrow, when it's likely ready to prime. [smile] Cheers for looking, comments welcome.

Edit: It's all good, worked out how I'm going to paint it, after extensive tests with what is at hand. lol And I'm pleased with the results. [smile]


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Simon
That is a great picture, I have not seen it on this forum.
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Oh cool Steve, I wasn't sure where I dug it up from, it's been in my images folder for a couple of weeks (short term memory loss kicking in, I'm sure. lol) Yeah I like the "Mk-28 mod 1 FF Special Bomb", that would be a thermo-nuclear device of some sort as per Wiki. lol
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Bit of update, but an important get. Wings and elevators on so it's starting to take shape, plenty of filling and sanding done, which you can't really see from there. [wink]
But the big get was the RAAF decals! Was trying to get them online but it was difficult to find ones roughly the same size that would've been on the Phantom. I bought a kit the other day with RAAF decals but they're too small, into the stash it goes. Today I go back to the hobby shop to find he's got a 20% sale on all models this week! So we checked out of few more boxes. Luke, the store owner was happy to help me search and opened the box of an Italeri Douglas Dakota 1:72. And there they were. Kit was $35 down to $28. I tried to buy a decal sheet on Ebay for $20. But Ebay didn't trust me. Anyway. I get my decals for $20, and a kit for $8. So two unlikely additions to the stash, and I can go ahead full-steam RAAF on the Phantom now. A little bit ecstatic at the minute. [smile]






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Hi Simon, nice progress! There is not so much what I can tell you about brush painting. As you probably read I'm pretty new to modeling, so I'm doing a lot of learning by doing :-). What I learnd so far is thinning the paint a lot. I use enamel paint by humbrol (easy to get for me) and thin it with paint thinner. No float improver or anything else used. The trick is to be patient and adding layer by layer of paint with plenty of drying time between the layers. This way I got some nice covering without loosing to much of the fine panel lines. And the bigger the brush the more equally the painting. Using "flat" soft brushes, don't know how they are called. Wil post a picture when back from work.
That's about all I can tell you, the rest I have to discover myself first :-). I hope this helps. I'm sure you will do a cracking job on your Phantom and looking forward to your progress. Glad you found the right decals!

Have fun painting, no worries, its gone be all right:-)

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