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I found it with the MILLIVERSE Decal set for Singaporean Skyhawks, which covers the full range from the early beginnings to the very late birds. One of the best and most comprehensive decal sets I have seen so far! Unfortunately it is not available any more….
I decided on a prototype from Singapore Technologies Aerospace for the A-4 SU with the F 404 engine. It had bright orange patches and an AOA measuring device on the inflight boom. Otherwise a built straight from the box!
Panel lines partly filled then ‘riveted’. The U-shaped aerial was moved to behind the astrodome and Gee aerial fitted as per the RAF style. Xtradecal decals to represent the aircraft of 46 Squadron normally based at Oakington in 1948. These aircraft were not polished aluminium but painted silver. I think I used AK Interactive Xtreme White Aluminium and then a matt varnish.
Hope you like her?
Cost: £5 from a second-hand trader
Materials: injection moulded plastic
Additional materials used:
Paints: Xtracolor Dark Sea Grey, NATO Green, Aluminium, Humbrol Matt Black 33, Revell 9 Anthracite, Revell 2 Matt Varnish, Winsor and Newton oil paints and pastels.
Neomega: ACES II ejection seats
As a more successful contemporary of Britain’s TSR.2, I have always admired the Mirage IV and wanted to depict it in its camouflaged heyday, around the 1980s and 1990s. The aircraft were in service for around 40 years so finishes changed. The kit provides markings for a camouflaged variant circa 1985 and then provides alternative code letters and serials for different individual aircraft.
The model assembled easily over a couple of evenings. Some sanding and filling was required at the wing roots, on the fuselage spine and at the rear underside where the housing for the jet pipes joins the fuselage, but nothing serious. I closed the airbrakes which fitted perfectly. I left off smaller parts such as antennae and wheels and then used a coat of automotive grey primer to highlight any imperfections. I then sprayed the cockpits with Tamiya NATO black, drybrushed with grey and then I picked out switches with acrylic red, yellow and white. The cockpits were masked and the undersides sprayed in Xtracolor Aluminium. The upper surfaces and canopy clear areas were sprayed with Xtracolor Dark Sea Grey and then masked with rolls of Blu-Tac, with the inner areas masked with Tamiya tape, and Xtracolor NATO Green sprayed to give a camouflage effect, with lightened areas sprayed over to give a weathered appearance. I sprayed the Stand-off missile while but could find no details of marking or stencilling, so eventually left it off.
I used mainly the kit decals, which bedded down perfectly without silvering and providing excellent opacity, and Carpena decals for the roundels. Weathering was provided by a quick overspray of Tamiya Smoke, plus a wash of oil paints around the control surfaces. I added ejection seats from a Neomega set (probably ACES II slightly modified) and then added final details such as wheels (Tyres painted with my trusty Revell 9 anthracite), canopies and antennae.
Overall, I very much enjoyed this project and will now search for the Heller 1:48 kit, for which a number of aftermarket detailing sets are available.
Scale: 1:32 | Paint: Gunze, Tamiya | Extras: Yellow Wings Decals
I backdated this kit to make it accurate for the Battle of the Coral Sea
Opinions seem to be divided on Trumpeter kits. Yes they are simple, certainly not the most highly detailed, and some say perhaps not the most accurate (who am I to judge that?) BUT they just keep coming up with the most unusual British subjects … Wyvern, Wellington, Seahawk, Sea Fury, Spiteful, Seafang, Attacker, Vampire, Whirlwind and now the Hornet. What next? Well, the box contains some of the parts for a Sea Hornet so that much is clear anyway.
As I have come to expect from Trumpeter, the parts count is quite low and the instructions very clear. But the quality of the moulding and the fit of the parts is up there with Tamiya to my mind. Absolutely minimal clean-up of joints is required and it virtually fell together!
In keeping with the speed of the build, I decided for once to forgo any priming and went straight for the silver finish using Revell Aqua Colours. The decals were a surprise … they looked quite thick and glossy on the paper, but that was deceptive. I lost the instrument panel decal altogether, completely folded in on itself. Never mind though, as the instrument panel is moulded in a way that lent itself quite well to hand painting. So, forewarned by the time I got to the main decals, I found them amongst the best I have ever used as far as “disappearing into the paintwork” is concerned.
I’ve got another of these stashed away (a shame there’s little choice of colour schemes for Hornets, as far as I’m aware), and I’ll certainly be buying a Sea Hornet (or two) when it appears!
This project is an experiment in using prop blur products on a Tamiya 1:48th scale Mosquito FB MkVI In Coastal Command colours.
Best regards, Ian R.
I chose this PR scheme, mainly to create a slightly ‘different’ Mosquito model.
I’m pretty sure at the time I used Xtracolor gloss enamel paint for the main PRU Blue scheme. Some fine details added like the hydraulic lines on the undercarriage units and small cockpit adds.
Ian tell the story of this project on the card he thoughtfully provided when displaying his model at a recent model show and I’ve included that at the end of the gallery of photos that go with this entry.
The Airfoil 1:48 scale kit is excellent and when well made and finished in a ‘different’ scheme like this one, it’s just a perfect scale modelling subject.
Great job Ian, well done!
I call this one The Peshwari Nine; Wingnut Wings DH9 in Pheon Afghan decals. Weathered to death. Just waiting for a ground crewman under the wing.
Hope you like it? Dave Pogson
Here is the Airfix 1:48th Sea Vixen – straight from the box.
It’s a shame there was so little variation in the finishes provided out of the box. There are so many colourful alternatives out there! I have the Model Alliance decal set and a couple more kits waiting in the stash for a rainy day. Wings down next time I think.
I just love the weathering and attention to detail that gives his model such realism and life – just love it and I expect you will too.
As I write these words… (8 April 2016)
We are lucky enough to have received a great sample of the amazing Do 335 Phil 1:32 kit from Volks Zoukei-Mura and you can see a full in-box review here.
Soon after that we will be following up with our own full in-depth build that you can follow in Build Now and then, when it’s complete, you’ll see the whole build in the Zoukei-Mura section of Finished Now.
Being aware of the usual glitches in the Trumpeter and HobbyBoss kits I searched for a picture of the real bird and found it in Naval Fighters Number 46 “Fleet Whales” on page 17.
…AND it proved that the kit instructions are wrong in two areas – first there are no rear guns and second there is no radome on top of the fin. On the positive side there is a fully equipped training room in the former bomb bay.
I love this elegant bird.
A different finish for the already started project was needed. Easy in this case, as the former owner of these birds was Kuwait and the Kuwait Air force has a very interesting history considering the Gulf war in 1991. That made me remember my 20 year old Superscale decal set 48-399 (Free Kuwaiti Aircraft)! It took considerable research to figure out the correct camouflage scheme and positions of national insignia but I hope I got it right. Do not trust the Superscale instructions in this set! No Insignia on the wings, only some sporadic stuff on the fuselage. Otherwise some minimal conversion and antenna additions have to be done following the comprehensive instructions in the Caracal Decal set. Hope you like It.
My next A-4 project is the A-4SU prototype following the fantastic decal set from Milliverse of Singaporean A-4´s.
This is a Tamiya US Navy Skyraider in VA25 squadron markings, built from the 1:48 scale Tamiya A-1H kit.
The only additions to the kit, apart from the decals, were etched seat belts. Like most Tamiya kits, this was an easy build that goes together well with no filler required. I built and painted the model in sections, as I normally do, with fuselage, main wing and horizontal stabiliser, making up the main components. I used Aeromaster acrylic matt Light Gull Grey, and Tamiya matt White, to paint the components individually. These were then polished with 8000 Micro-Mesh, to give a sheen to which the decals would later be applied. Before applying those, I weathered each section with black artist gouache. This is a water soluble substance, so it’s simple to remove any excess from the polished surface of the painted model, by rubbing lightly over the surface with a damp tissue. This will leave the gouache in the panel lines and other areas I wanted to appear weathered. If too much is removed, it is simple just to dab on a bit more, perhaps to panel lines, which may need touching up. When I was happy with the result, I gave all the sections a final polish with Micro-Mesh, to ensure a smooth finish for the decals to stick on.
The decals are from Aeromaster set 48-530. Anyone who has used these decals will know they are of excellent quality; the set lived up to their reputation adhering well to the prepared surface. I normally apply a coat of acrylic varnish over the entire model, to give the same finish on the model and the decals. This time, I was happy with the appearance, so I left it unvarnished.