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I found the Airfix Zero to be very fussy around the delicate undercarriage parts. Installed, they are fragile and I do not trust them. But it does look good!
Decaling has commenced.

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It has been ages since I built a Japanese model, and I am not sure how much and what kind of weathering I will apply. Less is more, methinks.

The 1/72 Gnat also gave me trouble with the u/c parts. I did some forced bending to get the model to sit level, even before the wheels are on.

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Looks good!

I'm having similar issues with the NT 262 - It's a bit of a fiddle in places.

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Airfix landing gear can be disappointing sometimes. Take for instance, the otherwise excellent 1:72 P-51 kit. The gear legs on that are not only misshapen, but soft and bendy. They also don't fit particularly well.

Airfix could have had the premier P-51 in the scale, but they blew it with that crrrap gear.

The zero legs at least look better, but I can only imagine your concern.


As for weathering - I agree with your less is more approach. Especially for 72nd scale.

Maybe a light umber wash, highly thinned? Those panels are pretty hefty, and probably don't need accenting, but a bit of tint might look nice. I dunno.


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That looks excellent, David. TBH, I've found all of the Airfix new tool kits that I have built required modelling skills beyond what I would say was beginner level, including the need a fair bit of fettling to get a decent fit - none of them fell together for me.

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The zero is looking good thus far....and I echo the sentiments of the others with regard to the U/C on the P51 and the Zero....

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Softscience wrote:
As for weathering - I agree with your less is more approach. Especially for 72nd scale.
Maybe a light umber wash, highly thinned? Those panels are pretty hefty, and probably don't need accenting, but a bit of tint might look nice. I dunno.

Agreed, Ralph, the panel lines are already noticeable highly obvious. I will aim for just the control surface hinge lines, and some of those are also fine already.

And here I am trying to work out how to mask the top and bottom colours of the VC10.

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I had to do this for my RAF Comet, and I was not entirely successful - a bit of correction was required after the decals went on. It would be nice to get it right this time. Eyeballing it is not good enough. I think I will have to photocopy the TwoSix decals, temporarily fix the copied cheat line to the fuselage and mark out the zig-zag. Fingers crossed.

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That is a classic RAF Transport Command scheme that you are aiming to apply to the VC-10, David but the masking ain't easy by the looks!

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If you trace the decal, use that as a mask for a light spray of a light colour (anything that won't show under the actual colour, then mask a touch above/below depending on which part of the tracing you use....if that makes any sense at all?

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iggie wrote:
If you trace the decal, use that as a mask for a light spray of a light colour (anything that won't show under the actual colour, then mask a touch above/below depending on which part of the tracing you use....if that makes any sense at all?

I think so, Iggie. Sounds like a reasonable option.
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Softscience wrote:
As for weathering - I agree with your less is more approach. Especially for 72nd scale.
Maybe a light umber wash, highly thinned? Those panels are pretty hefty, and probably don't need accenting, but a bit of tint might look nice. I dunno.

Agreed, Ralph, the panel lines are already noticeable highly obvious. I will aim for just the control surface hinge lines, and some of those are also fine already.

And here I am trying to work out how to mask the top and bottom colours of the VC10.

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I had to do this for my RAF Comet, and I was not entirely successful - a bit of correction was required after the decals went on. It would be nice to get it right this time. Eyeballing it is not good enough. I think I will have to photocopy the TwoSix decals, temporarily fix the copied cheat line to the fuselage and mark out the zig-zag. Fingers crossed.

Cheers,

David


That's lovely. I've always had a soft spot for the VC-10 as I used to live near RAF Brize Norton.

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OCD has kicked in again!
I have made a start on the gunsight improvements for the Airfix Zero.

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The carpet monster is already slavering!

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Love the gunsight David, and those panel lines look sublime

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I agree with iggie - that's a very nice bit of work!

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Thirded, that Zero is really shaping up nicely, David. It's good to see someone else torturing their eyesight with tiny additions like that gun sight - as a fellow "I'll just add a bit more detail" sufferer (one who has recently drilled out 1/72nd Spitfire exhausts for instance) I believe it to be very necessary additional work and not at all mad :ha:

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Oh nice. That patina of grime over the zero looks just right.

Great touch with the sight. Will it be visible through the thickish canopy?


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