Time for another quick update on the Vampire, the main colour is going on nicely, for this I am using a mix of Vallejo Green Black with a couple of extra drops of black to darken a little more. Its going on quite nice so another light coat or two and I should be done and ready to paint the red pinstripes and the tail panels.


TIE Pilot and Solar Panels


Unlike my aircraft builds I feel the need to use the included pilots on these Star Wars kits, the TIE Pilot is adequately represented in this kit, it’s not a great figure but at this scale and with how much of him will be visible he doesn’t exactly need to be.

The colour call out for the solar panels is matt black, and I am sure this is what the fantastic studio models were painted, however when I put a coat of this on I found the detail on the panels themselves of each cell tended to fade away compared to a gloss finish, but then this got me thinking too… and thinking’s never good!

When you see the on screen TIE Fighters the panels have a blue hue to them, this, much like the grey shade debate is often put down to a “blue bleed” from the special effects screens. Then I remembered a recent trip to the National Museum of Scotland where I had seen solar panels up close and they’re not black, the ones I was looking at either had metallic blue or bronze almost like flakes in the make up of the panel. I know realism doesn’t really come in to it with Sci-Fi but I decided this was enough to ignore the colour call out here and try something a little different, so here I go probably offending all those hardcore Star Wars fans/builders out there.


I knew the intakes were going to be an issue with this kit when I purchased it and right enough they’re an issue! I was going to remedy the issue with Styrene sheet as usual however I had thought about attempting a fix like this previously using several coats of Mr Surfacer but didn’t have the time to see it through, so this time I thought I would take the time to give it a go and see how it turns out, so on goes the first coat!


Decal Time

This really is a lovely little kit of a fantastic looking aircraft, looks fast even when at a standstill.

I forgot to take an image during primer and paint, but to be honest the Tamiya fine primer and Vallejo Faded PRU Blue was uneventful in a good way!


1/72 Airfix Spitfire PRXIX with Resin Camera

A new project begins! So I have been pottering about the bench and started a couple of kits but my heart just wasn’t really in them, a combination of not really being interested in the subject matter and difficulties with the builds meant they stalled. So after my visit to the Scottish Nationals I figured I would just throw myself back into it, I was looking through the stash for something that would be a simple enough task but would still produce a good looking model at the end and I settled on the Airfix 1/72 Spitfire PRXIX. 
I had a couple of resin cameras in the stash that would fit this kit too which I had picked up for about a pound from an online clearance sale so I figure I may as well use one on this build. 

I have decided to go with the Swedish markings for this build, I have a couple of these kits in the stash after picking them up at £2.99 a kit and I am glad I did buy in multiple on this occasion, the kit looks great from what I can see, no flash, nicely engraved detail, although the panel lines may be a little deep its only a small thing that could easily be rectified and for the first time in a long time I find myself looking forward to getting on with the build! 


Is there anything more frustrating than working with etch?

Ok so I am continuing to detail the model with the etch set and I thought I would show you the size of some of these parts. Now I have never really done much with etch before, in fact this is my first build using a full aftermarket etch fret so maybe I will get better with experience, but seriously look at the size of some of these parts and I have to attach them end on to the model without getting CA adhesive everywhere! Thank god Eduard provide a lot of spares for these small parts as there’s currently more in my carpet than glued to this model!


UH-1D Update!

I may or may not have realized that my UH-1D build is due for completion this Sunday in order to meet the group build deadline I am building it for! So here’s an update as to where it stands.

As you can see I corrected the vents from Horizontal to vertical slats and added photo etch mesh for the ones at the rear. I have now got the fuselage all buttoned up, primed and pre-shaded. I have also took the tail planes off and attached them to the correct sides beings as how they’re on the wrong way round in the photos 😉

Next up masking the 3 colour camo and getting some paint on so I can get the decals on her Saturday afternoon!




Ok as I mentioned in an earlier post I have picked up the Italeri Jaguar again in between working on the Cobra so I thought I would give a couple of quick shots of where I have got to with it. I lost a couple of antenna and once I had put the Dark Gull Grey down it became I had lost a few panel lines so I have given one or two a rescribe.

I will go back at her later with the Dark Gull Grey to cover the panel lines and then get busy with the masking for the green.


Wings That Whirl!

Hi everyone, well I have to admit working to get my F-5A finished just lately has really got my modeler mojo back and fresh from taking part in my first ever Group Build I have signed up for another on Britmodeller.

I really enjoyed being able to see everyones builds unfold and how each person handled various issues that arose during the course of their builds. It was also great to be able to talk to people who were fantastically knowledgeable on both the hobby and the subject matter in hand.

For my first foray in to the world of rotory winged aircraft I have decided to build this AZ Models 1/72 TH-1G Training Cobra kit that I picked up for much cheapness from Hannants the other day. I had a quick look at the sprues etc and it seems a nice kit. The instructions seem a little confusing at first glance but compared to the Tiger Hobbies instructions that come with the F-5A I have just completed they are positively encyclopeadic.

The kit comes with two main sprues of buff coloured plastic, parts seem nicely moulded and are free from flash. Theres a small resin part which replaces the gun assembley for the trainer variants and a small fret of Photo Etched parts, which will be another first for me, as I have never worked with PE before.

Everythings sitting in my spray booth at the moment just waiting for me to make a start!


Laying Down Some Paint!

Finally starting to look like an aircraft. Got the first paint down on her last night, I have used Revell Aqua’s Aluminium for this. I was going to pick out some panels with a different shade of metallic but I’m not sure if I should bother as the blue diamonds ships always seem to be spotless in the images I have seen.