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  • CeBro
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Sep 2009
    • 2146

    Of course not Peter!

    The paint was still wet when I took the pics. The green was rolled into the wet dark earth to look like it was sprayed on. It really looks like it too. I was very pleased about it. Both colours are semi-gloss. All I could get without having to apply for a bank-loan. It's a relatively small area to paint. The camouflage is ready now apart from touching up here and there. The demarcation line of the black sides nee to go up a bit higher, that will be done soon. After the bomb symbols and nose art everything will be sealed in clear floor polish to give more protection and also to give it a nice sheen but not too glossy.

    By the way, late ware bombers did have a glossy paint finish as trails proved that matt black really stood out in search lights.

    Cees

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    • PanzerJohn
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2008
      • 767

      What's the next project?.

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      • hindenburg
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Aug 2007
        • 1402

        SUPERB !!!!!!!
        `Information is the currency of democracy`. Thomas Jefferson

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        • mantog
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Mar 2006
          • 419

          Truly something to be proud of!

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          • Rocketeer
            trying harder
            • Jan 2005
            • 5243

            beautiful!! Now you can build the rest lol!
            Tony Dyer
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            • Dr Strangelove
              Doktor Merkwrdigliebe
              • May 2008
              • 1384

              Originally posted by Rocketeer View Post
              beautiful!! Now you can build the rest lol!
              lol,thinking the same why stop there,stunning work
              Sometimes it's better to be a bumblebee than it is to be Professor Heinkel.

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              • Wyvernfan
                wyvernfan@gmail.com
                • Oct 2007
                • 5891

                Brilliant work Cees, and real dedication!
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                • Biggles of 266
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2011
                  • 102

                  Originally posted by CeBro View Post
                  Of course not Peter!

                  Both colours are semi-gloss. All I could get without having to apply for a bank-loan.
                  Cees
                  Cees,
                  Have you come across paint made by Spectra, and is sold in RC aircraft model shops for doing big models. They do all the proper matt camoulflage colours and it is really cheap.

                  A tin each of brown and green and black will do the whole job, and for under a tenner.
                  You can also get it in spray for doing the fade between the two colours. It is enamel, and is fuel proof.

                  Being enamel, it takes a while to dry.

                  I know because I have done a complete aeroplane and the finish is superb and is now three years old and not cracking.

                  Hope you are not offended, your job looks A1
                  Guy

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                    Cees

                    May I add my congratulations, too.

                    I shall probably be in the Netherlands for a week or so in November. I'll have to come and find you....!!

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                    • Jack Ruskin
                      Key Troll-aux magnet
                      • Nov 2006
                      • 1396

                      And me... very well done Cees


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                      Oh no not ~another~ separate thread about Newark (the unfriendly museum) !

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                      • Peter
                        Moderator
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 12508

                        Thanks Cees, sounds like it will really look stunning once the markings etc are complete well done!
                        Cheers,Peter
                        "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"

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                        • Sonderman
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Mar 2004
                          • 271

                          Originally posted by PanzerJohn View Post
                          What's the next project?.
                          Fokker T.V
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                          • pagen01
                            St Mawganphile
                            • Aug 2007
                            • 10711

                            Absolutely incredible work Cees, real dedication to the type.
                            Don't forget the Hampden and Heyford need resurecting!
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                            • Skybert
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Jan 2000
                              • 112

                              Dag Cees,

                              Two and half years since you started the thread Cees, and you are done.
                              Let me join all others in congratulating you and Lex on such a masterpiece of craftsmanship.

                              I have thorougly enjoyed looking at your posts in the past years, and you somewhere said you hoped it would inspire others. You certainly inspired me, not the build something alike, since I neither have the time, patience nor the tooling or the skills.

                              But it did inspire me to read and learn more about the Halifax, about Bomber Command, about the sacrifices of that doomed youth, that brought us freedom some seventy years ago. And judging to the Maltese scrapyard Hastings finds, more Halifax interest is sure to come in future.

                              ...but..I did build something!

                              I collected odd instruments and bits over the years at some flea markets and would always bring one piece for my dad as well. He liked that so much, that he went on to do the same and giving me some.
                              Last year he suddenly died, much too young, and my mum brought me all those precious gifts in a box, not knowing what to do with it.

                              Rather than stowing it in a box, I have built my own fantasy cockpit out of them. It bears no resemblance to anything factual, (why would you have three compasses/directionfinders on a panel?? well because i have 3 ) It has his old rs232 springloaded type control collumn fitted as well, back from his days of flying monochrome flightsimulator 1.0.
                              I have no idea what types of aircraft they come from, just that the gunsight frame is from a starfighter.

                              It's fitted out in a cardboard panel strenghtened with wood, ducttape and spraypainted all black, as a fond memory of dad.

                              It was fun to do, and basically it's all your fault Cees!

                              Looking forward to see that Fokker TV come to life, or you might just as well build the rest of that Halifax, you have the difficult part behind you! And Lex doesnt have anything better to do anyway

                              groeten

                              Bert
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                              • CeBro
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Sep 2009
                                • 2146

                                Hi Bert

                                Thanks for your message, in that case I have succeeded in inspiring at least someone!

                                Keep it up, perhaps you will have a massive brainwave and start something more substantial.

                                Thanks for all the kind messages chaps, this project has been a great deal of fun with me, Lex and Bram, just a small team working to create something.

                                Speaking like Bert, Andy Saunders is one of those who got me into the whole aircraft archaelogy bit..

                                Andy, if you are in Holland next month let's meet and I will show you around the museum and the cockpit.

                                But the cockpit isn't finished yet mind you.

                                Cheers

                                Cees

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                                • Versuch
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Sep 2010
                                  • 533

                                  Superb job Cees,I can only imagine the effort,time and money!
                                  Well done.
                                  Regards Mike

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                                  • CeBro
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Sep 2009
                                    • 2146

                                    Hi Mike,

                                    Money is not important (oh well) with such a project, it's the fun doing it that counts.

                                    Cees

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                                    • nuuumannn
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Oct 2011
                                      • 275

                                      Hello Cees,

                                      Outstanding skills you have with metal work! I am in awe of your skin bashing abilities. Good luck and Godspeed with your ventures; the cockpit looks a real treat and you and your team deserve recognistion for this.

                                      nuuumannn
                                      My websites; Warbirds Walkaround: http://warbirdswalkaround.wixsite.com/warbirds Mr Watson's Flying Machines: http://rockingwings.tripod.com/

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                                      • CeBro
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Sep 2009
                                        • 2146

                                        Thanks Nuuumann,

                                        I will pass on your congratulations to Lex, as he is the sheetmetalman. I am only his assistent regarding the metalwork.

                                        Cees

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                                        • nuuumannn
                                          Rank 5 Registered User
                                          • Oct 2011
                                          • 275

                                          Originally posted by CeBro View Post
                                          I will pass on your congratulations to Lex, as he is the sheetmetalman. I am only his assistent regarding the metalwork.
                                          Nevertheless, I'm congratulating you both; take a bow!
                                          My websites; Warbirds Walkaround: http://warbirdswalkaround.wixsite.com/warbirds Mr Watson's Flying Machines: http://rockingwings.tripod.com/

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