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World War II: Great Britain
Aircraft of Great Britain in WWII.
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1/72 FM-2 Wildcat Arma Hobby double build
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Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 10:45 AM UTC
numbers 4 and 5, Magnus!? Congratulations are due with the cracking open of a few well earned

Beautiful builds by far!

Now, if I can get my Gladiator finished before the end of the year, that brings me to 5 also... but if you manage to finish another then you'll beat me for sure
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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 06:25 PM UTC
Torsten! Thanks! Glad you like them! I was a bit sceptical to the grey Atlantic scheme beforehand but I think it turned out to become my favourite of the two!

Tim! AK paints are up there among the best I would say, after thinning they spray excellently and they dry hard and very smooth. They do however need to be thinned with "real" thinner, no water or alcohols, making painting a rather smelly affair. I used MrP thinner and also added a bit of MrP clear to them.



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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 05:14 AM UTC
Great duo build Magnus and superb finish at the end. Really like the subtle weathering you achieved. So whats your verdict on the AK paints you used?
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Posted: Friday, October 09, 2020 - 11:21 PM UTC
That's a very neat pair of Wildcats, Magnus! The paint job is really well done. I can't decide which one I like more. Congrats!

I have more or less all quarterscale Wildcats from Hobbyboss in my stash. Looking at yours makes me want to build mine. But for the rest of 2020 I still have other plan(e)s ....

Looking forward to your next build!
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Posted: Monday, October 05, 2020 - 08:27 AM UTC
Russell! These are number four and five for this year, keeping me ahead of schedule to reach my minimum allowed number of builds that is officially set to six !

Friends! Thanks for keeping me company during these builds! Time to close this thread...












Preshading worked great on the light undersurfaces of both models.



















Kits are great, choice of markings are great! Two fun builds that result in two very neat little chubby ship-borne fighters!

With the models joining the collection the only thing there is left is retiring the avatar:


I'll be back soon with a kit that is a lot more scary and rather different !


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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2020 - 06:54 PM UTC
very close now Magnus... How many builds is that for this year?
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Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2020 - 08:20 AM UTC
Friends! Nearing the end of this, I have spent tonight finishing two Quickboost Mk VIII gunsights.


Some rather unwelcome (I am not too fond of the stuff...) photo-etch to allow for using these without the reflector glass in a late-model Hellcat, Corsair, Bearcat or even a Tigercat! In the Wildcat however, it had the glass so no getting away from it...


Painted off-black, dry-brushed using Humbrol 64 grey, reflector glass added using UV-hardening fly fishing glue (wholeheartedly recommended!).

Just need to get them in place in the cockpit but I'll do that tomorrow!



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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 07:13 AM UTC
Been away for 2 weeks, so I just had to catch up with your progress, Magnus. Since my last visit here, your F4 have turned into really great looking little gems. Congrats!
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Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 02:15 PM UTC
Beautiful work Magnus, they look great. At first glance you wouldn't pick up that they are the same aircraft with such differing schemes!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 08:32 AM UTC

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Tim! The best Tour I've seen with action every day. A friend of mine think 1996 was a better year though with the Bjarne Riis - Jan Ulrich duel !



I would agree with that Magnus, although 1987 was pretty exciting when Stephen Roche won it. Its been riveting to watch this year, particularly the time trial and the climb up La Planche des Belles Filles. Really wasn't anticipating Pogacar pulling back that 50 seconds, but he managed to even gain another 50 seconds. Incredible to do that over a 6km distance on a climb.

Your Wildcats are looking great. I'm not a great fan of the Widcat, but you've made me think again about them
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Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 07:39 AM UTC
Tim! The best Tour I've seen with action every day. A friend of mine think 1996 was a better year though with the Bjarne Riis - Jan Ulrich duel !

Russell! A Wildcat crop duster would have been more entertaining than useful!


No loose parts left except for the canopies! Still some more detail painting to do. And the exhaust traces...



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Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 11:03 PM UTC
not much about crop dusting to them, Magnus
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Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 11:24 PM UTC
Looking really good Magnus, they make a great pair. You enjoying the tour de france?
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Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 06:59 PM UTC
Frederick! Masks and decals are a bit mix-and-match on these, I opted for decals for the FAA roundels!

José! Thanks !

Russell! I've had my ups and downs with building more than one at a time. The first part of the process where everything is more or less the same (most of the build, painting cockpits, landing gear, engines - you get it!) has potential for saving some time compared to building the models sequentially but later on there isn't much to gain usually, especially if the paint schemes differ. The major drawback is that if you get stuck with some boring or tricky part of the build, there is twice the amount of that to get through at the same time. Anyway, I bought too many of these by mistake so I better get them built right away, otherwise they probably would get stashed indefinitely !


Engine installation in progress! I removed the cowlings that had been temporarily installed for the painting process. Radials without cowlings always makes me think about crop dusters! Not much left do to, maybe I will be able to finish these this weekend.



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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 12:55 PM UTC
Magnus! I'm always impressed how you can build 2 kits concurrently at the same time...

I find I really struggle with doing that-kind of like trying to drive 2 cars across a desert at the same time

As always, your builds are a masterclass in 1/72 aircraft!
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 09:28 AM UTC
Excellent Magnus!!!!!
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 05:44 AM UTC
Wow, Magnus, these are exceptional. I gotta try masks now.
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 05:33 AM UTC
After a week of general tardiness and messing around with some other models (which I shouldn't...) I'm back to the Wildcats for the weekend!


I've done the stencilling, not too much but I'm not very fond of it so that might be the reason for the slow week...


After a wash, using MiG Productions "Cold Grey Wash" on the American machine and my absolute favourite Ammo "Dark Brown Wash for Green Vehicles" on the British one.



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Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2020 - 07:50 AM UTC
Russell! I might very well do in the future!

I did the big and fun decals tonight, saving the stencilling for tomorrow...





I used the original Arma decals, printed by Techmod, absolutely top notch!



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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2020 - 09:23 AM UTC
Magnus, this is amazing work!

I'm especially impressed with how you made the masks!

What are our chances that you could do a bit of a detailed Step By Step of how you create them, and details of the masking film you use?
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2020 - 08:07 AM UTC
Torsten! Sorry, no hockey! I have been to a few games though and I understand what people see in it, it is 3x20 minutes of pure action no matter if goals are scored or not. Which is more than you can say about a five hour flat-land TDF-stage where everything is decided during the last 10 minutes...

Masking took a while (and was boring, another reason for going slowly...) but was finally done tonight.


Wings were masked using masking film cut over a copy of the planview scaled to the correct size in my printer while the tape on the fuselage was a much more laborious process...


Paint! This one is AK as well, this time it is RC295 once again mixed with MrP clear and thinned with MrP thinner. Works like a charm!


Camo masks removed...


...and best of all: the codes! This exact part of the process is worth all the tape work!


It is NOT the Elbonian Air Force, I have decided to use the roundel decals on this one and left the white primer under circular masks to get a good background for them. As for the fin flash, it will have to make do without...

Tomorrow is most likely decal time !



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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 03:50 AM UTC
Both kittys are coming along nicely, Magnus! I have to try that Atlantic Camo Scheme also one day. Those painted insignias look great. Very well done!

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.... Tour de France has started but I've managed to find a bit of time for some further modelling anyway ...


Hey, you're swedish! No ice hockey?
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 12:11 AM UTC
Damian! I was a bit hesitant in choosing the Atlantic camo for one of them but I find it rather attractive now!

Tim and Richard! I'll use preshading more in the future, especially on single-colour and light subjects!

Tour de France has started but I've managed to find a bit of time for some further modelling anyway ...


Masking continues, for markings on the US one and for the first camo colour (AK RC294 "Dark Slate Grey") for the FAA one.


Lots of tape... I have to hurry with the camo since I'm really curious how the yellow letters will look !


Slate Grey. Rather uninspiring really !


Last of the stars-and-bars painted on and a couple of "3"s. I had it all covered in tape while I did the painting but it was so ugly that I removed the tape before taking the photo. Sorry, I know it is cheating !


That´s it! Next step will be stencilling and a pair of "3"s on the cowling that were too small for cutting as masks.



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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 12:26 AM UTC
Very nice Magnus - your pre shading looks very good indeed!
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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 11:20 PM UTC
Looks really good Magnus, it really improves the look of the model with that slight variation in colour, particularly on a naval aircraft. That is around the ratio of paint to thinner I use. Nicely done Magnus