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Migrant's Tintin Mosquito
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Looks good so far!

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Getting there slowly: 4 hours of masking, 10 minutes of spraying...

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There were a couple of small touch-ups required once all the masking came off but nothing too onerous. Gloss coat next when everything is fully dry.

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That camouflage had come out very nicely indeed!

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Smooooooth

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Nice.

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Thanks guys :) After a couple of gloss coats I was looking forward to put the Blue Rider decals on. They provide two identical sheets, but unfortunately forgot to include the fuselage and tail serials, although they're clearly shown on the instructions.

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I tried applying one of the wing roundels first. It took about 10 minutes to separate from the backing sheet, and when I finally placed it on the wing it was clearly much too big, as well as the white underlay being out of register. Also, I didn't like the arabic script numerals: compared to Hergé's illustrations the decal artwork is much too chunky and regular. All in all, a complete waste of money IMO, so I've had to create them myself. Here's a comparison with the kit's script and my version, with the additional serials:

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Unfortunately my ALPS printer is broken so I have no way of printing white, which meant I had to mask and paint the white underlays for the new decals to go on.

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After some measuring and comparing with the book drawings (and admittedly Hergé's Mosquito illustrations differ slightly from frame to frame) these are my estimations of the correct sized roundels compared with the Blue Rider sheet:

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Wow, that's pretty bad. I have a couple of blue rider Tintin decal sheets. They looked good at first glance but this is quite disappointing.

Good job on the decal redesign.

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This became a bit of a struggle towards the end so I'm glad it's finished. I've made a stand for it but not yet mounted the Mossie on it, but here are a couple of pics of it before I do.

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Wow! That photo with the Mossie posed in the story frame is superb!!!. The whole build has been fascinating, especially how you overcame the decals issue, but that one that brings the page to life....I love it!

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That is a great looking Mosquito, and the pic in the story :shock: really brings it to life.

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Excellent build and the final shot in the comic frame is awesome!

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My brain just melted... :shock: :shock:

Wow. I tell you what, sir...wow.

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