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  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, June 08, 2019 3:36 PM

That’s a fine build, and finishing such a complex kit inside 2 months is no mean feat!  Look forward to your Lancaster build.

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, June 08, 2019 4:48 PM

Fine looking model!!

Much better (different ballpark) from "average Joe" builder Big Smile.

Average Joe doesn't usually have the forethought, patience, and skills that allow a result such as you've posted.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, June 08, 2019 5:08 PM

Thanks for taking the time to share some of your techniques, tips, and tricks, James.

Very much appreciated.

In hindsight, I'm pretty sure I would have attacked the splinter pattern bass-akwards, never considering your common-sense, easier approach. And that's just one of my observations.

 

-Greg

  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Saturday, June 08, 2019 7:40 PM

If I can do it, anyone can! that's how i look at my builds.

Start off with an image in your mind after looking through the kit of just how you want the finished thing to look and then ask yourself this..

"How the hell do I get there?"

then ask yourself again...

"No! What's the EASIEST way of doing this?"

Always easier to spray a dark colour over a light one. Harder the other way around! saying that, there is more than one way to do a splinter pattern such as I have done.

For instance. If I had chosen to switch it around and use the dark green as the lines I would have done the light coat all over and then stuck with 2.5 or 3mm tape and marked the lines, making the light colour blocks smaller and irregular straight line shapes. I would then mask the light colours and remove the tape where the dark lines would be then paint.

Do you want me to do a photo demonstration using a spoon?

James

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, June 08, 2019 8:07 PM

On the splinter routine, I think I get it. Thanks for the demo offer, and please do feel free to do so if you wish.

On looking at the easiest way to accomplish something, hold the phone. I was trained as an engineer, by decree more than degree. It is the expection that I overcomplicate all designs and/or processes to the point that they are impossible to accomplish. Big Smile

Seriously, I'm a perfectionist and I overcomplicate everything. I completely get what you are saying and I want to be able to do that so bad I can taste it. But at my age, chances of a major thinking change are slim.

-Greg

  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Monday, June 10, 2019 4:15 AM

Never stop trying, Greg. It does take time to dial back the engineer in you but the saying old dogs and new tricks springs to mind. Sometimes what might seem over complicated thought wise turns out to be the simple way!

I am glad that members can see that techniques I use and show can be of use to them. This is, to me the whole point of sharing out builds and how we go throug our processes. It can only make our hobby better!

  • Member since
    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, June 10, 2019 9:46 AM

That is an amazing piece of work. Splendid details throughout. She is truly an amazing build. Well done.

BK

On the bench: 1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4   

On Deck:

1/48 Pro-Modeller SB2C-4 Helldiver

1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, June 10, 2019 10:25 AM

Oh Boy!! 

 I will be following this build.I like weird looking Wingy Thingies !

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, June 10, 2019 10:32 AM

Can I say WOW !!

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, June 10, 2019 10:40 AM

I was:

 On your windshield .I had the same thing happen to my B-29 . I carefully removed the offending piece and popped it in the freezer .Scraped the frozen paint off with a Cuticle pusher ( wood ) and used a little dot of future and Badda Boom, Badda Bing ! Clear again!

  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Monday, June 10, 2019 12:13 PM

It turned out to be glue And I have no idea how it got there.

Fortunatly in this kit both opened and closed canopies are provided so I was able to take a razor saw very carefully to the closed canopy and seperate the windshield and decided to paint it black instead of the camo colour scheme. Seems to have worked just fine!

Thanks to all for your comments

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 14, 2019 11:30 AM

Oh wow she turned out fantastic!!! 

Glad to hear you were able to get the canopy issue cleaned up. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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