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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Monday, 28 March 2016

Whitley est arrive...

... or something like that.

My wife originally ordered one of the new Airfix Whitleys for a Christmas present, but, as you know, the shop keeper had to fight Airfix/Humbrol every inch of the way for them to agree to send him one, for money.  Strange, perhaps Airfix/Humbrol is actually controlled by a modeller who just can't bear to part with the kits, no matter how large his stash grows.  However, one has arrived in time for my birthday (which approaches fast), so I will, at last, get my incompetent, kit-bashing mitts on one of Coventry's finest.

Speaking of these - incompetent mitts - I have just finished one of AZ Model's  MeBf109s. That noble manufacturer appears to be happily kitting its way through the entire Bf109 series. What attracted me to their boxing of the Bf109G-6AS was the choice of three night fighter scheme, including an all-black one. Now, we are all familiar with the difficulties of an all-black finish, and you will see that I am now even more familiar with those difficulties:



I had intended to make the black look faded, reasoning that matt black is a finish that does, indeed, fade quickly.


I achieved a sort of faded look by dint of a finishing disaster - the final coats of matt varnish unaccountably decided to leave a streaky finish.  I had no idea as how to counteract that, so, trying to make the best of a bad job, I left it, telling myself that it was 'fading'.


Still, being both long and short sighted, aged, and addled, it doesn't look too bad at the back of the shelf.

Sigh.

9 comments:

  1. Very pleased that the Whitley has arrived, will you have to wait until your birthday before snipping and sticking or will you have to be satisfied with rattling and sighing ?

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    1. Yes, I'm pleased too! No, it's all according to the book in my house, so I'll have to wait until the weekend - only three more sleeps to go!

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  2. A nice job, given all its tribulations Stephen.

    Get on with that Whitley would you!

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    1. I would if my wife hadn't hidden the thing. And she's a Scottish Highlander, so I don't really want to cross her...

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  3. well done Stephen, finished that AZ kit before I did. I think I will use a Halfords aerosol for my model - Volvo Grey makes a good 'black'I find, I usually use it for props and tyres...

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    1. Cheers. I used Tamiya 'NATO Black' (tip from one of the magazines), and it came out very nice. I then spoilt it with the varnish (Humbrol acrylic) disaster. I hope to avoid that in the future. I'm quite taken by the AZ Bf109 series, I'll probably buy a few for the stash.

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  4. Many happy returns enjoy the day and the Whitley.

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    1. Thanks Chris! And just look at the Whitley....aaaahh...

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