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Hobby Boss Easy Assembly 1/48 P-51-D, ''Yellow Nose'' - Work in progress

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  • Member since
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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:47 PM

Hi gents,

It turns out that probably two factors contributed to this - the first being using different brands of paint and clear, and the second being that I have only waited three days for Vallejo metallics to dry where in fact, from what I've been told, I should've waited at least seven.

How much each factor contributed, that I am not sure of though.

Well, lesson learned! That's why I chose the Easy Assembly kit for my first NMF. :)

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, February 19, 2021 4:22 PM

Oy. That's a neat effect, if you were looking for it. Unfortunately you weren't.

Just a note, but I haven't had a weird reaction with Vallejo matte or gloss over the Metal Series yet. I've also tried Dupli-color clear.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Nikola on Friday, February 19, 2021 4:00 PM

Well gents,

 

Something somewhere went terribly wrong... 

 

I sprayed a clear coat, Mr. Color GX UV Cut Gloss Super Clear, over the well dried Vallejo metallics and some sort of reaction happened resulting in what appears to be cracking/waves/rippling of the color.

Does anyone have a clue as to what might have happened?

 

I am starting to really get frustrated with Vellejo as I have this sort of problems only with their stuff.

Am I doing something essentially wrong by mixing them with other products?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Best,

Nikola  

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Buckeye2 on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:07 AM

Looking good!  I like the way the marbling worked.

Mike

 

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 3:28 AM

M. Brindos

Nice thinking with swapping the locator pins I stead of cutting the scissors off. That's ingenious.

 

Cutting the scissors would've been way too much work for this kind of a model. :)

If I didn't have an option of rotating the pins I would've just left them as they were. 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, February 15, 2021 4:23 PM

Nice thinking with swapping the locator pins I stead of cutting the scissors off. That's ingenious.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, February 15, 2021 1:01 PM

A little surgery to correct HB's mistake and bring the torque scissors to the back where they belong. :)

 

I shouldn't be doing this Hobby Boss!!!

 

Best,

Nikola

 

Before surgery:

 

The cut:

 

The result - the patient survived and the doc is happy:

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:46 AM

Hi gents,

 

She's all metalized! 

 

Vellejo Metal Colors - Aluminium for the most part - fuselage, ailerons, flaps, vertical stabiliser, rudder, mg housing panels...; White Aluminium for the filled and painted parts of the wings; Duraluminium for the panels at the exhaust.

 

These metallics are very difficult to photograph! :)

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:02 PM

M. Brindos

I've been using the Vallejo Metal Series and I have had the same issue with a slight grainy effect. I suspect it's a pressure problem. Low and slow is how I'll try it next, but so far I haven't lost too much of the sheen after a clear cote with Vallejo clear. But then, I'm still learning how best to use the gloss. I've mastered the flat.

 

 

Hi Mike, 

Thanks for the reply! Appreciated. 

I will try a gloss primer next time. I used Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 thinking that it's gloss without actually checking. It turns out that it is somewhat satin...

Also, I will try and thin the paint down a bit and spray light coats, letting them dry in between, as a felow modeler suggested. 

I am generally thinking of ditching Vellejo for spraying and using them only for brushwork. They do behave better with a flow improver, but since there are other great options out there... 

 

Best, 

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, February 8, 2021 8:55 PM

I've been using the Vallejo Metal Series and I have had the same issue with a slight grainy effect. I suspect it's a pressure problem. Low and slow is how I'll try it next, but so far I haven't lost too much of the sheen after a clear cote with Vallejo clear. But then, I'm still learning how best to use the gloss. I've mastered the flat.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, February 8, 2021 4:29 PM

Hi gents,

 

Well, the marbling technique worked like a charm. I got exactly what I expected. Very happy about that. I think that Nato Black is a good choice for marbling over pure black as anything lighter that that would give too much contrast.

 

One thing which I am not happy about though is how Vallejo Metal Color behaves. It also clogs the airbrush a lot (although I haven't used their flow improver which I probably should have) and it is somehow too grainy.

It might be something to do with the primer underneath or my poor technique as an NMF beginner. :) As we all know metallics are very sensitive to sanding and buffing, but I have one thing in mind that might fix that although I am not sure that it will work. We'll see when this is dry completely.

 

Anybody else had similar experience with Vallejo metallic? Any other suggestions for improving the finish?

 

And yes, it is true what they say, this stuff shows every single imperfection!!!

 

Anyway, here is the result.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:03 PM

B-17 Guy
What is supposed to be the point of the marbleized texture?
 

Hi B-17 Guy,

Like Shipwreck said, keep watching and you will see that it will create variance in reflection properties of the aluminium top coat. It should anyway. :) 

 

Best, 

Nikola

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Sunday, February 7, 2021 2:58 PM

Shipwreck
Nikola, I Saw your Uschi Trinity Splatter Template; and I had to have one! I have spent hours trying to achieve that effect. The best Could do is $20 shipped from the Ukrain.
 

Hi Shipwreck, 

This is the first time I am using it. I've used salt technique until now. I will also try freehand marbling at some point. We'll see how this turns out once the topcoat is on.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Shipwreck on Sunday, February 7, 2021 12:52 PM

B-17 Guy

What is supposed to be the point of the marbleized texture?

 

 
B17 Guy, keep watching and you will see!

On the Bench:

Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

Trumpeter 1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

Monogram M48A2 Patton Tank

Revell 1/48 B-1B Lancer Prep & Reasearch

 

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Posted by Shipwreck on Sunday, February 7, 2021 12:48 PM
Nikola, I Saw your Uschi Trinity Splatter Template; and I had to have one! I have spent hours trying to achieve that effect. The best Could do is $20 shipped from the Ukrain.

On the Bench:

Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

Trumpeter 1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

Monogram M48A2 Patton Tank

Revell 1/48 B-1B Lancer Prep & Reasearch

 

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Posted by B-17 Guy on Sunday, February 7, 2021 12:32 PM
What is supposed to be the point of the marbleized texture?
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Posted by Nikola on Sunday, February 7, 2021 4:13 AM

Hi guys,

 

Finished priming with Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 and marbled using Uschi Triniti Splatter template with Tamiya Nato Black.

 

Next step is the moment of truth - the metal coat. We'll see how that goes.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:27 AM

M. Brindos

I do have one suggestion for filling cracks, seams, sinks marks, or panel lines for scribing; melted sprue.

 

Thanks Mike! Excellent suggestion. I'll give it a try.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:05 AM

I do have one suggestion for filling cracks, seams, sinks marks, or panel lines for scribing; melted sprue.

I've been using it more since I started my Corsair and I've come to seriously appreciate the fact that I can scribe it like fresh plastic. 

It sometimes takes a while to set and that depends on how thick you apply it.

 It's a simple solution of extra sprue and either Tamiya Extra Thin cement or at one place I worked at, acetone. I have some melted in an extra bottle of Tamiya Extra Thin. For a few years now I've simply used stretched sprue to fill small lines and just melted it in place with glue, but having enough if it ready as filler is becoming most convenient.

 Give that try. The results are quite satisfying without so much putty.

Oh, and I've got an HB P-47 that's of similar simplicity. A touch of scratch building works wonders. 

Nice work so far.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 3:20 AM

Hi guys,

 

One of the biggest lies in BJJ sparring is saying ''let's roll light''. It never ends that way.

Same here. This is supposed to be a very quick build but I just couldn't let some details not get addressed.

I had to fill in the side seams between the front fixed canopy and the fuselage as HB has for some reason left about 0.5mm of unnecessary plastic above the proper seam line.

 

Also had to rescribe some panel lines including the one running along the center of the cowling top side, as HB does not show them in the completed aircraft drawing in the painting instructions.

The seam is obviously there in the photos of the real thing.

 

I hate rescribing over filler putty as I can not yet achieve a perfectly strait line. I also went too deep in some spots and I hope that extra primer and paint fill fix those areas. Does anyone have a suggestion regarding this issue?

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Best,

Nikola 

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:37 PM

Thanks, Nikola. I actually did find decals for Carr's airplane. I'll be ordering them very soon.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:37 AM

fotofrank

Nikola, this "Yellow Nose" Mustang, is it Bruce Carr's airplane, Angels' Playmate? I'm curious because I've been looking for 1/48 scale decals of his airplane for a long time. I knew Col. Carr and I've wanted to build a model of his Mustang as a tribute.

 

Hi Fotofrank,

Unfortunately no. One option is for Betty Lee III flown by 2nd Lt William Kemp and the other for Lt Col Glenn Eagleston's plane.

Best, 

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:10 AM

Nikola, this "Yellow Nose" Mustang, is it Bruce Carr's airplane, Angels' Playmate? I'm curious because I've been looking for 1/48 scale decals of his airplane for a long time. I knew Col. Carr and I've wanted to build a model of his Mustang as a tribute.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:53 AM

fox

Lookin good!

Jim 

Stay Safe.

 

 

Thanks Jim! Appreciated.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:51 AM

gregbale

Two more 'fixes' needed, if they bother you.

 

Thanks for the tips!

I don't think that I will bother with all that, except maybe the scissors. Sleep

Again, this is more of a painting excercise. :)

I'll see.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:08 AM

Nikola
I just realized that HB made one major f'up with the landing gear - the torque scissors are at the front! Pic below. I'll see how it can be fixed... Or just leave them as they are.

Forgot to mention that. I just (carefully) clipped mine off with a nail trimmer, and glued them on on the proper side.

Two more 'fixes' needed, if they bother you.

HB didn't mold any trace of the prominent cooling exhaust vent on the underside of the fuselage, just forward of the tailwheel. It's highly noticeable in photographs. I added mine with a folded piece of pie-tin aluminum, but there's no great harm if you simply wish to ignore it, or just scribe an outline as though it's 'shut tight.'

The other missing item is another minor one -- no holes under the wings behind the MGs, for the ejection of cartridges. I must confess, I didn't notice this one until my NMF had been carefully applied...so I just cut little black decal rectangles, and 'faked' it. Big Smile If you should wish to drill or file them out, any Mustang drawing will show the location.

The good news is that HB did a nice job with the perforated breather plates on either side of the nose...which is the first time I can recall having seen a manufacturer do this, even in larger scales!

Cheers

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:41 AM

Hi gents,

 

I just realized that HB made one major f'up with the landing gear - the torque scissors are at the front! Pic below.

I'll see how it can be fixed... Or just leave them as they are.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

Nikola Topalov,

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    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:06 AM

JohnnyK

Nice build so far.

I really like the Hobby Boss Easy Assemble kits. Their P-38 was really easy to build. 

 

Hi Johnny, 

Thanks!

Good to hear about your experience with their P-38. I have one in the stash and thought it to be my next quick build.

Best, 

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:00 AM

gregbale

That was a common feature on several more modern fighter designs of the war. The Mustang's vertical stabilizer had an incidence of 1° left built in to help offset the torque from the powerful Merlin engine.

 

Ah, gotcha! Thanks for the info! Makes sense. I did doubt that it was a mistake but didn't know the real reason.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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