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RNZAF GB - Vampire T.55

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4 years 2 weeks ago #1 by IAN
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Kit, decals & reference pic. Start-up pics soon.










Stay tuned folks, don't think this one will take too long !!

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4 years 2 weeks ago #2 by Tiger
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Watching here :)
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4 years 2 weeks ago #3 by IAN
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...and off we go !!





Already made some progress, but I'll wait until Monday to take some photo's - busy weekend for me.

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4 years 2 weeks ago - 4 years 2 weeks ago #4 by Powder
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IAN wrote: ...and off we go !!

Already made some progress, but I'll wait until Monday to take some photo's - busy weekend for me.

Ian.


Yeah, opening that box is a big step :P
OK now - deep breath - and lets try cutting that bag open. :)
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4 years 1 week ago #5 by IAN
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Progress:





Pit is very nicely detailed - sprayed an 'off-black' that I usually use for tyres etc.







Unusual assembly sequence, but then the Vampire is an unusual shape !! - lots of weight in the nose held in-place with Blu-Tack. No fit issues whatsoever so far. Enjoying this as much as the Defiant from a couple of months back... already decided to buy & build another as the decal sheet (which is still on its' way), has about eight options !!

More tomorrow.

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4 years 1 week ago #6 by Glenn
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Cool we should have done a vampire group build,started mine on the weekend:P

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4 years 1 week ago #7 by Xtr3meNZer
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Really making me want to get one also lol.... but have enough to build lol..

Looking good so far on the interior...
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4 years 1 week ago #8 by IAN
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Construction finished (except the gear & doors). It'll be staying like this for a couple of weeks until I order some Eduard masks from Hannants in December.









Yep some filling was needed, but I think that says more about my lack of finesse in the construction than as a criticism of the kit.

What a wee beauty, already decided to get another !!

AFN

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4 years 1 week ago #9 by Xtr3meNZer
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Yeah I'll be getting one in the near future as well :) Suits my 1/72 RNZAF models I seem to have lol.

Looking forward to seeing the next step with your skills :)
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3 years 11 months ago - 3 years 11 months ago #10 by IAN
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So finally the decals and canopy masks have arrived from 'the old country' and I can get on with this wee project now.

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3 years 11 months ago #11 by IAN
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Base coat on (Tamiya acrylic NATO black).






Will leave this for a day or so then rub-it-back with 4000 & 6000 Micro Mesh cloths, then spray a couple of coats of 'aluminium' - stay tuned, won't be too long until the next update.

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3 years 11 months ago #12 by Tiger
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Nice work Ian, looking good

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3 years 11 months ago #13 by IAN
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...and now it's silver !!







...and I have a new cutting mat to take photos upon.

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3 years 11 months ago #14 by Xtr3meNZer
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Nice new cutting mat as well :) great.

Silver is looking good man :) What brand paint we looking at there?
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3 years 11 months ago #15 by IAN
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Xtr3meNZer wrote: What brand paint we looking at there?


Xtracolour 'High Speed Silver' (enamel) I've used it before on my F-100D, really nice 'painted aluminium' finish, one of my favourites.



Next I'll mix my own fluorescent/dayglo red for the tail as I don't have the 'exact' colour for that in the paint stash.

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3 years 11 months ago #16 by Viperbuilder
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That is really nice burnt metalisng on your F-100 Ian. I'm impressed.

On the bench:
Airfix 1-48 Tiger Moth
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3 years 11 months ago #17 by yak
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very cool both of them

Rob

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3 years 11 months ago #18 by IAN
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Thank you, Steve, you may remember this one from Cambridge a couple of years back, I'm hoping to finish my Trumpeter 1:48 kit in the same 'finish' but different markings for the 'Conflict in Vietnam' GB in a couple of months time.

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3 years 11 months ago #19 by Viperbuilder
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Come to think of it I do too Ian. Nice build too.

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3 years 11 months ago #20 by IAN
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Undercoated and red'd !!













Next, a coat of Johnsons Klear, then stickers.

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3 years 11 months ago #21 by Tiger
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Looking pretty sharp Ian.
Your silver on the F 100 looks awesome, same effect to go on the Vampire ??

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3 years 11 months ago - 3 years 11 months ago #22 by IAN
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No matey, Vampires were painted top to toe with lacquer, no metal nor wood showing. Truth is other than a light panel wash there'll be no weathering on this build.

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3 years 11 months ago #23 by F1xena
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What did you mix for your day-glo Ian? It looks good...Ive had some attempts at it without much luck (although a totally different subject and slightly different colour!)



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3 years 11 months ago #24 by IAN
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F1xena wrote: What did you mix for your day-glo Ian? It looks good...Ive had some attempts at it without much luck (although a totally different subject and slightly different colour!)

Tania


Hey Tania
I used three parts Xtracolour 'Leuchtorange' from their RAL palate, mixed with one part Humbrol #19 red (on this build I'm using all enamels), I sprayed this over an 'off white' base coat. You cannot buy Xtracolour paints over the counter here in NZ, you'll have to order them directly from Hannants in the UK, and even then I think there are minimum numbers on overseas orders.

HTH

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3 years 11 months ago #25 by F1xena
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Thanks for that Ian. I've got a couple of old tins of a Humbrol colour called "Blaze" but it is quite "orangey".
All part of the search for the illusive and much debated "Marlboro red":whistle:
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3 years 11 months ago #26 by Powder
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F1xena wrote: All part of the search for the illusive and much debated "Marlboro red":whistle:


I thought Zero Paints had got that one sorted. Have you come across them in your travels?
www.zero-paints.com/Mclaren_MP4_Marlboro...ml--product--67.html

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3 years 11 months ago #27 by Gary
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Anyone else have Deja vu? :)
Zero Paints and their stockists i.e. Hiroboy won't ship their paints to NZ.
It's why I started this thread www.kiwimodeller.com/index.php/forum/30-...er-paints-for-models



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3 years 11 months ago #28 by IAN
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Stickers started yesterday evening, and completed this morning whilst the 'Little Stormtroopers' were watching TV. Sprayed a light coat of Humbrol 'Satin Cote' (sic) just after lunch and now it looks like this.










Leaving it until tomorrow afternoon, hopefully then it will be dry enough to handle and I can get it finished and photographed. Thanks for taking the time to look and/or comment through this short build. As ever please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments or criticism.

AFN

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3 years 11 months ago - 3 years 11 months ago #29 by Powder
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Gary wrote: Anyone else have Deja vu? :)
Zero Paints and their stockists i.e. Hiroboy won't ship their paints to NZ.


My reply was to Tania - who doesn't need to rely on any postal service for her modelling supplies - which is why I asked if she'd come across them in her travels. ;)

Vampire is look good Ian. :)
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3 years 11 months ago #30 by F1xena
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I haven't come across Zero (or Gravity) paints. I have to be very careful about what I pack in my bags as the dangerous goods regulations are quite strict. People have been threatened with job loss for seemingly quite trivial things carried in crew bags.

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