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Tamiya 1/48 Razorback WIP - Completed 6/29!

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Tamiya 1/48 Razorback WIP - Completed 6/29!
Posted by bstarr3 on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:09 AM

Having just finished my B-25, and being on staycation this week, I'm jumping right into a new kit, which I've heard great things about. 

Cockpit:

Mixed up some dull dark green with MM interior green and black.  Raw umber oil wash, drybrushing with Testors enamel silver, IP decal came with the kit. I've never used one before; very impressed with how well it laid down. Headrest done with oils for patina and blending of colors. 

Sprayed wheel bays with chromate yellow (mixed up from insignia yellow and black) and also hit them with a brown oil wash. 

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Posted by rooster513 on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:29 AM

Great start! Pit came out really nice.

-Andy

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 12:29 PM

So this is the Razorback you've been waiting for. Nice start, indeed!

Although it wasn't the first time i used an IP decal, the decal for my Airfix P-40 fit like a dream. The decal in my Hein also fit like a glove. They are getting so much better at making those now, its almost a shame to not use them lol.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by iampiper13 on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 5:56 PM

I likey! I'll have to look for this kit.  Very nice looking pit!

 WIP 1/48 Revell B17G Flying Fortress

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 7:02 PM

Nice start on the cockpit!  Will be following.

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Monogram 1/48 Black Widow 1974 boxing with AM Goodies

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 7:38 PM
Perhaps the best 1/48 kit ever made. You'll love it. I'm actually considering liquidating my entire 1/48 stash........except for my Tamiya Jugs. That's an excellent start Tosh. What scheme you going with?

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by bstarr3 on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 8:47 PM

thanks all. Lawdog, I'm currently using your technique to wire up the ignition harness. I don't have any stock styrene to make the little tabs around the ring, so I'm going to try just connecting the wires directly with some gel CA. 

Im doing the paint scheme from the front of the box with red rudder and cowling

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 8:51 PM

I've got the Tamiya Bubbletop version sitting at my bench waiting for me to finish. A joy to build. The only AM parts I'm adding are the machine gun barrels. I didn't care for the kit's version.

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Posted by Chemteacher on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 9:42 PM

Pit looks awesome. I will be watching your progress. Great kit. 

On the bench: Revell P-51D

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Posted by docidle on Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:46 AM

The pit and wheel wells look great! I picked this kit up recently after seeing Lawdog's build. Looking forward to seeing more B.

Steve 

 

 

 

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Posted by bstarr3 on Thursday, June 15, 2017 9:11 AM

After assembling engine, cockpit, and fuselage halves, all I can say is that I'm in love with this kit! The detail is great the fit is so good it feels like it could go together without glue! Are all of Tamiya's 48th kits this good? WhAt else can I buy that has this amazing fit and engineering?

 

Engine all detailed up a la Lawdog. Still have to add the engine placard decal.

Fuselage together, firewall and engine attached:

Beautiful join

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:18 AM

Great work on this, really nice job on that engine.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, June 15, 2017 11:02 AM

You are doing really doing this kit some justice. I'm liking what you're doing so far! :)

Tamiya's recent releases have all seem to have hit the bullseye. I've got the Ki61-Id Hien and I barely had to take a sanding stick to the seams it fits so well. Wonderfully detailed and precision parts make it a perfect ten! Add that one to your list.  :)

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Aggieman on Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:03 PM

Check out their F-4U Corsair series. I have built two of their Corsairs and two of their Thunderbolts, and these are among the best kits I have ever had the pleasure to build.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:29 PM

Looks great. You can't go wrong with the 56th FG. Indeed most of Tamiya's recent releases, within the last 15 years or so, have been fantastic. This one, released around 2004, was fairly groundbreaking. I just have a particular affection for the Jug. They saved my grandfather's a@@ when he was in the belly of a B-17.

 

One caveat, You may want to source decals elsewhere. That's the one area where Tamiya falls short. Very thick and unforgiving. .

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by ugamodels on Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:30 PM

If you are ever in Seattle there is a Boeing museum where they have a Pratt-Whitney R2800 double radial engine and a recording of one starting up. A don't miss exhibit! 

Oddly, the Smithsonian Air and Space exhibit on the evolution of airplane engines doesn’t have one, even though I think it is the most important aircraft engine of WWII for the Pacific and Western theaters. 

I type on a tablet. Please excuse the terseness and the autocorrect. Not to mention the erors. 

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Posted by bstarr3 on Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:12 AM

updates! Got the belly painted: 

And marble coat for my black basing on top: 

Other details. Used Vallejo metal color aluminum on the props in anticipation for some chipping. Also used this color on interior flap surfaces and for landing gear and gun barrels. Sprays really nice right out of the bottle. 

Also added some cast metal textures to bombs and drop tanks with Mr surfacer 500

Soon on to weathering and detailing! This kit has been a delight to work with

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Posted by iampiper13 on Monday, June 19, 2017 12:31 PM

Looks great!! What color is the underbelly?

 WIP 1/48 Revell B17G Flying Fortress

In Stack all 1/48: Revell B25J Mitchell, Monogram B26

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Posted by bstarr3 on Monday, June 19, 2017 1:01 PM

Colors are model color neutral grey and model air dark olive drab. Fading on panels done with mm acryl olive drab, which is a lot lighter, mixed with a little of the Vallejo. Top and bottom both done with black basing technique for tonal variation without aggressive panel lines. Doing decals now. This kit has over 110 decals, including lots of tiny stencil markings. Then on to oil weathering. Here's a quick shot with a coat of future on for dealing.

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Posted by bstarr3 on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 9:59 AM

posted this in the references section, but found this over at britmodeller. Multiple full series of reference books scanned in their entirety.

 

http://www.boxartden.com/gallery/index.php/Profiles

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Posted by bstarr3 on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:07 AM

slow progress of late. I had to find out for myself, but I agree with consensus, Tamiya decals suck! 3/4 national insignias tore during application, and the squadron markings as you can see were something of a total loss. I'm going to try paint masks for markings next time around I think. Anyway, here it is with decals applied and armament loaded. Weathering left to do and applying the antenna Aerials. 

 

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Posted by bstarr3 on Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:48 AM

Some finished photos, including my first attempt at figure painting. After screwing up the eyes, I realized that a couple drops of dark od looks like aviator glasses from scale distance.

Thanks for tips and encouragement along the way. 

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Posted by Aggieman on Thursday, June 29, 2017 12:00 PM

Nice work!  Looks worn and tired but ready for another bout with some 190s.

Your first attempt at a figure looks loads better than any 48th scale figure I have ever tried to paint.  I did a diorama of a Tamiya Me 262 with a bunch of American troops inspecting her, and my figures all looked like something out of Dawn of the Dead.

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, June 29, 2017 12:50 PM

Your first attempt at figure painting is superb!  And you build is outstanding.  High quality craftsmanship!

Toshi

 

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Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Monogram 1/48 Black Widow 1974 boxing with AM Goodies

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Posted by BrandonD on Thursday, June 29, 2017 6:14 PM

Really nice! Love the Jugs.

-BD-

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Posted by 7474 on Thursday, June 29, 2017 7:43 PM

You did a really nice job on the jug, can't wait to start on mine

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Posted by StephenL on Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:06 PM
Nice work. Can't have to many Jug's!!

200 kits was my limit...

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Posted by bstarr3 on Friday, June 30, 2017 11:36 AM

Thanks, all.  It was a really fun kit to work with.  Beautiful engineering makes it hard to make a bad model!  

Next up, my kid wants me to put the Airfix 1/72 Battle of Britain set hanging from his ceiling.  Making a 72nd scale 109 is definitely a new sort of challenge!  Stay tuned for a WIP

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, June 30, 2017 1:17 PM

Wonderful work on the Jug, for sure! The pilot is only 2/3rd complete though lol. Blocking - check. Wash - check. Details - pending. Lol

All that pilot needs at this point is for you to either dry brush some higjlights on him, or go in with a 10/0 brush and some thinned paints to bring his detail level back up. You're simply missing a step and its easier than you think.

If you take a bit of that heavy shadow out of his eyes you can give him some eyes with a sharp graphite pencil. Just put some dots in there. Done. :)

I'll post an example in a minute! :)

Okay this what im talking about. This was done with a dried up Micron artists pen dipped in paint, but its the same principle as using a graphite pencil. Just "dot" the eyes and draw some eyebrows on. Simple as can be.

Give that a try. ;)

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, June 30, 2017 1:27 PM

bstarr3

Thanks, all.  It was a really fun kit to work with.  Beautiful engineering makes it hard to make a bad model!  

Next up, my kid wants me to put the Airfix 1/72 Battle of Britain set hanging from his ceiling.  Making a 72nd scale 109 is definitely a new sort of challenge!  Stay tuned for a WIP

 

I will be keeping my eye out for that! :) I've got that 109 on my bench too.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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