Saturday, September 17, 2011

I must be mad!!

I have decided to get back into modelling after a few months of concentrating on my other three main hobbies, playing the concertina, jigsaw puzzles and sewing tapestries (!).

Mind you I am not sure that I have done this right knowing the problems I have had in the past.

I am going for the new Eduard limited edition of the Hawker Tempest Mk V - mainly because there are marking for both Rollie Beaumont and Pierre Clostermann. Beaumont was one of my childhood heroes.

However, the kit is a typical Eduard special - a resin cockpit, lots of etched, a mask and no alignment pins. As I normally avoid resin and etched like the plague, this is going to be fun. I didn't do a bad job on the 1/48th Airacobra from Eduard so I am hoping that this one will go as well. The camo is hard edges so that is a bonus.

With regard to the hard edged camo, you can see in the picture a new idea from Tamiya. This is Tamiya masking tape on a sheet (with a printed grid). I can print out the camo design by rescaling the instructions in Photoshop and cutting the sheet out. It will be interesting.

There was a second project - we got stuck with an Eastern Express 1/72nd Mig 21 kit which looked like an interesting build until I opened it. The instructions are minimal, the painting instructions are non-existent and the decal sheet codes don't even correspond to the aircraft shown in the instructions or on the box! We shall see - grin

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