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The group build to end all group builds - THE GREAT WAR

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  • From: Smithers, BC, Canada
Posted by ruddratt on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:43 PM

I can tell ya one thing Marc - it took me quite some time to decide on just ONE scheme because they all look amazing. My wife - well, she's very partial to anything red, and as such I had a pretty good idea as to which one she'd choose. Wink

Waikong, Eduard is really on to something with these dual kits - a sweet amount of value for the buck.

Should be getting some paint on it by thursday. For the streaking, I'm going to vary a bit from my E.V by using a base coat of RLM 65 instead of deck tan (the 65 will also be used for the underside blue), and also cut my olive green oil mix with a touch of violet to give it a slightly browner hue.

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by waikong on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:19 AM

Mike, can't wait to see it with more build up and some paint. The dual combo is nice with the extra PE.

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

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Posted by wing_nut on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:40 AM

Your wife was able to make her decision easily but all those schemes look sweet. 

Marc  

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Posted by ruddratt on Monday, February 20, 2012 8:30 PM

Marc, the one I'm doing now is the "A" scheme on the instruction sheet, and with this being the dual combo kit, the second build will be the "B" scheme (my wife chose that one - she loved all the 'pretty colors') Wink

http://www.eduard.com/store/Eduard/Plastic-kits/Profipack/Aircraft/1-48/Fokker-Dr-I-DUAL-COMBO-1-48.html

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by wing_nut on Monday, February 20, 2012 6:33 PM

What scheme are you doing?

Marc  

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Posted by ruddratt on Monday, February 20, 2012 9:44 AM

Thanks Marc!

The fuselage seams have been cleaned up, as well as each of the three wings, the struts, the main gear, and the tail assembly. A dry fit after a little tweaking of each shows these will all now fit flawlessly. This is important, because each of those components will have to be painted and decaled separately before the final assembly due to the complexity of the paint scheme. The main gear was modified to lower the stance a bit - she was sitting way too high as is.

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by wing_nut on Sunday, February 19, 2012 10:57 AM

Smeagol, that chassis sure looks like it could be clunking over some trenches in 1917.

 

Mike, you are well on your way to earning that 3rd bullet hole.  Looks real nice.

Marc  

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Posted by ruddratt on Sunday, February 19, 2012 4:26 AM

Smeagol, I'm glad you showed it here. Looks good to me! I can see the inspiration and the resemblance to the WWI armor. Nice work!

Got a bit to show on the DR.I. This is the 'pit where it stands. Soon (maybe tonight) I'll be buttoning it up. It's done pretty much OOB with only a few added details,like the control cables and bracing wires. Everything fit into it like a dream. This has got to be one of the best engineered Eduard kits I've worked on.

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by smeagol the vile on Saturday, February 18, 2012 11:07 PM

I know this isn't a WWI thing, its a scifi thing, but I took inspiration from the WWI English tanks and their insignias for this so I decided to show you, its not finished, but its close.

 

 

 

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Posted by wing_nut on Friday, February 17, 2012 8:25 AM

I have been keeping a much lower profile of late.  Only spent about an hour at the bench once in the last 6 weeks.

Mike you are correct but this seems like this Gb will have a fair amount of ebb and flow.  The roster has been undated with the link to your Hanriot.   Looking forward to the wip pics.

Marc  

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Posted by ruddratt on Thursday, February 16, 2012 9:18 PM

Hmmmmmm, been pretty quiet around here lately. Been getting some work done on the DR.I, and with any luck should have enough done on the 'pit to warrant a few WIP pics to post either later tonight or sometime tomorrow. This is a nicely detailed little kit, and the 6 marking options are really colorful, yet diverse.

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by Heavens Eagle on Sunday, February 12, 2012 2:05 PM

ROTFLMAO!  Mike!

Not sure "exactly" when I will be starting the Seimens.  Am trying to finish up another build before starting something new.  Been putting rivet marks onto it for the last week and have most of that done. Then more assembly, detail work, and paint.  It is coming along well, but keep getting distracted by other "interesting" things.  Bang Head   So many things to do and not even enough time.

Oh and 

Rolling 

On 

The

Floor

Laughing

My

A  (ummm yeah!)

Off

Big Smile

 

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Posted by ruddratt on Sunday, February 12, 2012 3:32 AM

Ernest, here's a great reference for when you plan on building that D.VII. I found it invaluable when I build mine.

http://www.wwi-models.org/Photos/Ger/Fok_DVII/other/index.html

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by ruddratt on Sunday, February 12, 2012 3:11 AM

Thanks Paul! I did have a few anxious moments there.

Those guns really are sweet, ain't they? The guns that were included with my DR.I were among the the nicest I've seen from Eduard, so for a while there I was torn as to which one's to use, but the AM one's eventually won out.I'll save the Eduard one's for another project.

...and man am I pumped to see how you do on that Roden kit! When do you figure on getting started? (I'm a pushy old fart, ain't I?)

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by Heavens Eagle on Saturday, February 11, 2012 10:56 PM

Glad you are doing better Mike!

Yes those machine gun upgrades are nice.  Sprue Brothers carries them too, the Spandau as well as the Parabellum though it looks as if they are out of them at the moment.  They also carry the 1/32 ones as well.

Am really planning on starting on a 1/32 Roden Seimens Shuckert here soon, will probably get some Spandau upgrades for the guns on it.

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Posted by ruddratt on Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:05 PM

Hey Ernest, even if Marc doesn't forgive ya (and I'm sure he will), I do! Those are some great pick-ups, and I can't wait to see what you do with 'em! I've built 'em both, and they go together real nice. Some rivet counters have issues with some of the outlines of the D.VII, but it builds into a nice replica and the bottom line is it LOOKS like a D.VII, so the heck with 'em! If you want to do a D.VII other than the markings with the kit, give me a shout - I've got a few sheets kicking around that may be of interest to you. Not sure if the D.VII comes with the cooling jackets for the guns, but if it does, like most Dragon kits they will need some major annealing to roll 'em round. There are also lots of aftermarket sets if you need 'em for the guns, but the one's Marc told me about are real sweet! I picked up two sets for my DR.I's.......

http://www.ultracast.ca/products/Master/48%20Scale/MAM-48-035/default.htm

Those show picks......WOW!!! That's some great work on display (but I like your tank better!)! Thanks for posting those! Yes

...and thanks fellas for the well-wishes. The shoulder is doing a lot better - still very sore, but nothing like yesterday. Man, that was scary! Am hoping to break plastic on a DR.I tonight.

 

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by bufflehead on Saturday, February 11, 2012 5:52 PM

Guys, I got busted by Marc!! I set aside the Pfalz because I needed to complete an A13 British tank for the Blitzkrieg in the West GB and Marc saw my recent build photos!  OOOPS!!  Embarrassed  sorry......

To make it up to everyone on this GB I'm posting pics of some the Great War builds from today's Hobby Expo 2012 in Petaluma, Ca.  I was there for 3 hrs this morning and just got home.   Most of these are WWI aircraft, but a 1:72 Mk.I tank made it to the show!

A little guy:

A VERY nice Albatross!

and a close-up:

Braille scale armor!

So while I was there I came across this kit for only $10!

And this one for the same price!!

Both 1:48 and both nicer kits than the Glencoe with more detail and PE included!  Yippee!! 

Marc, I'm going to build both for this GB so am I forgiven?Angel

 

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Posted by bufflehead on Saturday, February 11, 2012 12:19 AM

OHHH NOOOO!  Black Eye Man I hope the injury is not serious Mike!  We hate to hear bad things happening to our forum buddies! Boo Hoo  Take care of that shoulder and don't worry about the DR.I....we'll still be here when you're all better! 

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Posted by Heavens Eagle on Friday, February 10, 2012 7:06 PM

MIKE!

Do take care on that stuff! Hope the shoulder gets better on its own.  Moved to Memphis from Tulsa a few years ago.  Tulsa gets a fair amount of ice storms and some snow storms.  I know how to deal with those no problemo.  The folks in Memphis see one snowflake and go into panic mode.  (since they can't hardly drive on dry sunny pavement it is probably a good thing)

Us older (farts) I mean folks don't heal as fast as when we were younger. Dead

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Posted by ruddratt on Friday, February 10, 2012 6:28 PM

Steve, thanks for the comments. Glad you like it! Yes Funny how you mention the background colors - after seeing Ernest's pics of his Whippet and many others, have seriously been considering changing my background colors to the blue backdrop.

On a side note, being my day off today I had planned on getting started on my DR.I, but got sidetracked when I went outside to clear a path in the snow for the dog and underestimated the thick layer of ice underneath. Lost my footing and went down HARD on my right shoulder. Came darn close to separating it. In fact, when my wife helped me off with my coat (I couldn't do it on my own), I felt a 'pop' - the pain was so intense I almost blacked out. Figuring maybe it's just badly bruised, but if the pain has not diminished by tomorrow, a trip to the local hospital may be in order.

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by DUSTER on Friday, February 10, 2012 4:12 PM

Mike, Great job on the Hanriot.

Thanks too for your photo questions, 'cause the answers were enlightening and very clear for us of the Kodak Brownie era.

 

As a small aside, when you next do a photo shoot , consider the idea of a more contrasting background color.

As an example, a middle blue such as Bafflehead's shots above.  That color usually will allow the contrast of the the model and background to be clearer.  The use of other colors can be an advantage in bringing out the model depending on its overall color scheme - dark model= lighter background- light model = darker background -retaliative to each other.

Regardless, a clear image in focus, as your last shots show, will always be the best to show your work, its just a practice sort of thing,

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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Posted by ruddratt on Friday, February 10, 2012 3:58 AM

I tried the applicator, both sides, and was not as happy as I was with the results from using a shader (looks like a wide flat brush, very soft, but with a rounded tip that comes in lots of different widths). Plus, I found the shader easier to control, and was able to put the shading just where I wanted it and even vary the widths without having to change applicators. The nice, feathered demarcation was a bonus.

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by bufflehead on Thursday, February 9, 2012 10:16 PM

I am SUCH a bufflehead!! Dunce There was something about your description of the Tamiya weathering powders that seemed familiar so I rummaged around in one my drawers and, sure enough,  it turns out I have a set!!   Never used it though, still unopened from when I bought it probably 5 yrs ago!   The one I have has SAND/LIGHT SAND/MUD colors and it does have the applicator with the sponge tip on one end and a soft brush on the other.  BTW why do you not recommend using the applicator?  

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Posted by ruddratt on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 10:36 PM

Ernie, many thanks for the comments buddy!  Believe me, after seeing the work you did on that Whippet, I am eagerly awaiting some progress on that Pfalz (it's gonna be a stunner I'm sure!). If you're looking to add some extra details and beef it up a bit, go to Wingnut Wings site and have a look at the instruction sheet for their 1/32 Pfalz - it's a great reference!

I read about those Tamiya weathering powders here on FSM and figured I'd give 'em a try. They are awesome! They come in a compact case, each consisting of 3 different shades, with an applicator (which I would not recommend using) - not sure how many sets there are total - maybe 10? What I love about them is they are almost impossible to overdo - the effect is so subtle, and no flat coat is really needed to seal 'em in, but if you decide to, the effect is not diminished at all, unlike standard pastels. Pretty cool stuff ! The washes come in jars similar to, but a fair bit larger than their liquid cement containers, and three colors are available - black, brown, and gray. They are enamel washes and flow beautifully, and can also be mixed in smaller containers to vary the colors if you like. They are a blessing to someone like me who at times has some issues in controlling my wash consistencies.

 

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by bufflehead on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 8:31 PM

Jack - The photos of your figure really show the difference between the original photos and the edited versions!  Digital cameras can do some weird things to color/contrast/brightness/saturation, etc.....that's why digital photo editing software is very popular!  I'm glad the tips helped out!

Mike - Wow!  I don't think I can even come close with my Pfalz D.III !  That's a beautiful looking aircraft!  The painting, shading and fading are outstanding!  So what are these Tamiya weathering powders and washes you mentioned?  Are they hard to use?

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Posted by ruddratt on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 7:20 PM

Many thanks for chiming in fellas. Glad you like it! It was a blast to build, and an honor to share it with you.

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by waikong on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 11:54 AM

Mike, thumbs up!  I especially like the shading for the wing spars.

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

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Posted by wing_nut on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 8:28 AM

Superb.  A fine addition to the completed list.

 

Marc  

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Posted by jgeratic on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 11:57 AM

Mike - very nice build. I particularly admire the tonal shades on the buff, and the translucent look of the green on the underside of the upper wing. Toast

regards,

Jack

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Posted by TD4438 on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 10:29 AM

That is one beautiful bird,rud!Well done.Toast

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