VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland

Post by Babanango » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:04 pm

This really is quite the monster, and I can relate to wondering if there will be space for it. It's going to look brilliant in yellow.

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland

Post by Arghir Alin » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:42 am

VickersVandal wrote:All closed up. This is a big ship!

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And now, as it is almost midnight, I am going to get some shuteye!
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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland

Post by VickersVandal » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:22 am

Yeah nah.

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland

Post by Xenol1997 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:17 pm

Looking good! Some great detailing in the cockpit.

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland

Post by VickersVandal » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:00 pm

Thanks, Xen :-)

Once the canopy and porthole windows are on, pretty much all of it will be invisible anyway I'm sure :mrgreen:


I have barely been home since Christmas time but now I'm back I'm chugging along again. The underside of the hull and floats have been painted and I masked off and painted the black anti-glare panel in front of the cockpit that is depicted in the illustrations.

The yellow spray I used is too glossy and the whole thing looks far too shiny and clean. I have started to dirty it up a little using weathering pastels, starting with a light mud colour. It adds weathering, accentuates the panel lines and dulls the whole paintjob down to a more realistic level (as well as correcting the yellow colour to be closer to RAF trainer yellow). I am trying to keep it subtle and not go overboard. The photos below show the fuselage without weathering, then with.

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Post by kylie_koyote » Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:38 pm

Wow that’s fantastic!
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Post by VickersVandal » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:59 pm

Thanks, KK :-)

The whole aircraft has been weathered the same way (no small task... :shock: ) and the decals applied. Props are painted too and we're on the home stretch. My phone camera isn't sensitive enough to show the weathering since, as mentioned, I kept it subtle.

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I had planned to do the canopy framing using thin strips of decal film sprayed with the yellow used for the body but unfortunately the paint chips off the film when I try to cut it into strips :x

The canopy is now done, and I probably need about two weeks of corrective work on my neck as a result....

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland

Post by Foolscap » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:53 pm

That looks fiddly...wishing you, and your neck muscles, well.
It’s looking great:-)
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Post by VickersVandal » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:32 pm

I am an idiot! :roll:
That large section in the top of the canopy is supposed to be painted, not masked off!
The canopy and turrets came up well, though now I need to re-mask and spray the canopy to get that part right. Fortunately the masking is extremely simple but I'm worried that it could pull off the paint that I have so carefully put on so far... :evil: :evil: :evil:

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I was struck, though, by how good the whole thing looks from below with the contrast between the black underside and the yellow.

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland

Post by VickersVandal » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:25 pm

Finished!

Here are some preliminary pictures while the port holes on the starboard side dry. I will get organised to take some better shots soon.

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by Frecks » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:34 pm

That is absolutely brilliant VV. So much detail and a lovely finish to the paintwork.

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Post by kylie_koyote » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:40 am

That's fantastic! I'm very impressed.
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Post by Wanderer » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:40 pm

Yes, a most attractive bird. Simple colour schemes are often the most effective at scale.

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by VickersVandal » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:05 am

Thanks everyone :-)

I'me definitely happy with how it turned out. I'm glad I kept the panel highlighting and exhaust staining subtle - it would have been very easy to go overboard.

Here are some better pictures.

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by VickersVandal » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:28 am

And juuuuuust squeezing onto the shelf, it joins the Auster, Proctor, Wellington and Tarpon:

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I had to remove the shelf above entirely to get it into the cabinet, then put it back once the model was positioned - you can see that the tail actually sticks up above shelf level at the back.

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by Frecks » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:44 am

It is certainly rather large :-) . The photos are superb and show it off to its best advantage. I think you are going to need more shelf space before you build any more :lol:

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by kylie_koyote » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:45 am

Wow! VV, you've outdone yourself this time! It's marvelous.
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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by VickersVandal » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:42 am

Thanks Frecks, KK.

There's still a lot of space for WW1 and interwar models but it is admittedly getting a little tight on the Air Police shelf....though I reckon I can still squeeze a couple more in :mrgreen:
I've actually rearranged it now so the Sunderland has swapped places with the Wellington.

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by Frecks » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:45 am

I love the little cars on the shelves as well. Which of the cars in the books do they represent?

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by Foolscap » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:45 pm

Your painstaking work really paid off, the model is wonderful:-)
I love the whole display.
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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by 266 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:55 am

Beautiful to behold...

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by VickersVandal » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:04 am

Thanks foolscap, 266 :-)
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I love the little cars on the shelves as well. Which of the cars in the books do they represent?
They are all Oxford diecast 1/72 models. Next to Stella's white Falcon there is a Bentley "blower" 3.5L which would surely have to be what Johns had in mind for Biggles' Bentley in the interwar books. Ive been waiting for over a devade for someone to make that in 1/72 and finally Oxford did - I bought it not long ago. On the Air Police shelf is a 1951 Wolsely 6/80 police car, which Gaskin (and possibly Biggles' team) would have no doubt used. The rest are whatever 1920s-40s Oxfords I could find that seemed to fit in with the general vibe, including a 1930s taxi.

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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by VickersVandal » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:09 am

I just realised the Bentley isn't in the photo - I must have forgotten to return it after rearranging to fit the Sundy.

Anyway, it's this one:
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Re: VV's Air Police Sunderland **Finished**

Post by Frecks » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:40 am

I love that model VV. Oxford seem to have brought out a lot of new models recently. Mr. Frecks loves them although they do not have the right scale for his diorama - he seems to have bought quite a few anyway. I think he might be starting another collection :?

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