Richards Kinetic 1/48 F-18D

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Excellent work Richard :smiling3:.
 

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Thanks Wouter, Scottie, Joe and Ralph for the kind comments. I just need to get this done and get back to dios. :smiling6:

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Thanks Wouter, Scottie, Joe and Ralph for the kind comments. I just need to get this done and get back to dios. :smiling6:

Cheers,
Richard
HI Richard ive really enjoyed your hornet build so far (an I only wish I could paint mine when I do them ) like you have done an it seems a shame :sad: to me anyway that you are goin back to dios as it was nice to see another wingy person on the forum :thumb2:
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HI Richard ive really enjoyed your hornet build so far (an I only wish I could paint mine when I do them ) like you have done an it seems a shame :sad: to me anyway that you are goin back to dios as it was nice to see another wingy person on the forum :thumb2:
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Christopher, no worries as I like planes and have a few lined up. It's just that I'm a diorama guy and miss making them. Haven't done any major work this year except exploring a desert one early in the year. I have quite a number of WIP's of planes in my album if you'd like to check it out.

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Here's some updates. I decided to give the panel lines a dark wash as I was told they were rather fine and didn't want the chance that the decals would obliterate them. If the decals sit well then I can still add the wash and weather them again.

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Hi Richard
Overall effect is spot on. Subtle as it should be. Panel lines show nicely. As you say if the decals settle well it will be easy to line those areas.
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Lovely paintwork Richard, thanks for the tip of using white in lower the black pre-shade:thumb2:.

The subtle weathering is spot on too, looking very much a newish carrier plane:smiling4:.
 

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Thank you guys,

Jim, I'm going to try a section first to see if the decals settle down well. Can't go wrong if its Cartograf.
Fernando, always willing to share any tips I have learned myself.
Greg, still more aging to go but first I will have to get through this....

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:tired: I absolutely hate decalling and jets are just full of it.

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Richard
 

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Looking superb now richard , those decals are going to be a test though!! Cheers tony
 

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Thanks Tony, while digesting the destruction sheet and putting the numbers to the decal sheet I finished off the other parts like the pylons and Fuel tanks...

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Two of the fuel tanks will recieve the tiger stripes.

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Richard
 

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Richard, just had a read through, lovely work as always. You certainly have skill when it comes to panel lines and the painting .
 

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Thanks for dropping in John, I know you're not a jet fan too but all the same it's nice to have you along. Years of being a graphic artist helps with the painting and airbrushing. Just like riding a bicycle, you don't forget and apply the skills to a different format.

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Looking forward to seeing all those decals in place Richard :smiling3:.
 

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Looking forward to seeing all those decals in place Richard :smiling3:.
Ralph, I have cut out and separated the decal sections as per the destruction sheet. Just finding a quiet time to start decaling.

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Hi,
Commenced on the decalling...so far the butt area is complete...

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No frills just immerse the pre cut sheet in luke warm water (in our climate its just plain tap water) leave the decals on the sheet and place on a paper napkin, slide off whatever you need to apply either onto the area or pick it up with forceps depending on how small it is. Arrange the decal using a brush soaked in with water, wicker away any excess water then apply Mr Mark Softener, let that settle for a while and then with a cutip roll away the excess fluids and any bubbles trapped. Let it settle further until it dries. The decals will hug the surface. Any bubbles remaining is pricked with a sharp blade and more MMS added.

You will see some white clouding which is the MMS reacting to Future...no need to panic as a coat of Future later will eraze the cloudiness and leveling the decal film. The matt varnish is coated if preferred lightly for a satin finish.

Cheers,
Richard
 
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