What's Next on Your Bench?

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Re: What's Next on Your Bench?

Postby SturmTiger » Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:46 am

Once I get the bench cleared up,I'll get the rigging finished post completed pics.A bit of burnout and home improvements got in the way.
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Re: What's Next on Your Bench?

Postby The Toastinator » Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:55 pm

Greetings all. With my youngest now in primary school, I know feel in position to return to scale modelling.

With that in mind, I now have two main projects on the go. Nearest completion is a flight of B-17G's and a finger four of P-47D Thunderbolts for escort. Currently on the go is a Vic of Hurricanes and for their opponents a Schwarm of Bf109E's, for a Battle of France wargame (As an aside, I'm looking forward to Zvezda's Fairey Battles, due shortly), all in 1/144 scale. This is a good one for gaming as 1/300 gives very small planes, 1/72 are far too big and 1/200 are difficult to come by.

The intention long term is to have a reasonably complete Battle of Britain game force (With Bf109, Bf110, He111, Ju88 and Ju87 for the Luftwaffe and Spitfire and Hurricane flights for the RAF) and a European Air War force (Mitchell, Marauder, Fortress, Liberator, Mustang, Thunderbolt, Lightning, Bf109, Fw190 and BF110 and maybe a couple of Me262s). Outside of these types, they're pretty difficult to come by in 1/144 scale. There's a fair selection of Pacific theatre Japanese types and Zvezda are starting to do some Eastern front types, along with some early European types (Like the Blenheim due out in 1/200 which might be workable with 1/144 fighters).

The plus side is that with fighters retailing at £1.99 I can afford to make mistakes and with about a decade out of the modellers chair I'm basically learning from scratch, also as these are intended as gaming rather than display pieces the odd mistake can be hidden a lot more easily than might be forgiven on a 1/72 or 1/48 model.

So, what's changed? Since I last packed up my gear a fair bit seems to have moved on. I've been very impressed so far with decal paper (Very useful if I want appropriately different aircraft, no-one wants to use a flight of clones and I'm thinking of other uses too). Humbrol's Maskol I've been very pleased with too and I'm sure that's only likely to increase once I've got used to it a bit more and can get the best out of it.

No pictures yet. I'd like to try and fine tune things a bit first, and one thing I have learned is that decals don't age at all well.

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Re: What's Next on Your Bench?

Postby SturmTiger » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:45 pm

You should have no problem finding replacement decals if needed.We will be expecting pics,ofcourse.
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Re: What's Next on Your Bench?

Postby Ricky » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:51 pm

SturmTiger wrote:We will be expecting pics, of course.


Seconded!

And great to see you again Simon 8-)
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Re: What's Next on Your Bench?

Postby The Toastinator » Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:53 pm

Thanks to you both, I have got some good replacement decals already plus others for variety, but yeah, there are loads to chose from out there! One problem I've come across in recent days is that using Acrylics in my airbrush has left an terrible almost textured looking finish which I'm not at all happy about. The paint was thinned using proper thinner and mixed well first, but it's not come out at all well. I don't get anything like the same results using enamels, which comes out smooth and texture free. I might have to try to strip it off and start again, it's that bad.


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