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Pride of the Luftwaffe GB

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  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 5:39 PM

Great job Doug!  I love the weathering, looks like a well-used bird.

I can't wait to see what you put together Lost

On my bench: Dragon 1/48 Ju 88P-1

  • Member since
    January, 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 7:11 AM

Hi everybody and thumps up for all the great kits of this GB, up to now. I know I'm a bit late but I would like to join in with Eduard's FW-190 A-8 (Weekend Edition) in 1:48. I have this in the stash for a long time and it's begging to be mistreated properly.

Markings will be for a JG.27 bird, rushed to France in June 1944, in order to fight the Normandy landings (with bombs, rockets, etc)

 

 

Cheers, Kostas

 

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 3:01 PM

I finally completed Hinrich Bar's A-8, Red 13. The kit (Academy) went together well but I had a hard time with the decals. After destroying a couple because I used thin glue instead of setting solution by mistake, I found some replacements. The decals kept coming off and were difficult to keep on until I could get a flat coat on everything. One of the landing gear broke off and I reinstalled it using a piece of wire as a pin but was still having a very difficult time getting it to dry correctly. I finally finished everything without breaking anything else long enough to take some pictures. The decals have some silvering but considering everything else this has gone through, that's minor.

Steve

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    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 8:52 PM

Glad to have you aboard Kostas!

Steve, despite the problems you ran into that 190 came out really nice! Thanks for a great addition to the GB!

-Andy

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    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 9:23 PM

Steve, your 190 looks really good to me!  Painting and weathering are excellent! 

So real life has kept me from the bench for a while, but I finally got some time to work on the 109.  Not used to working with 1/72 scale.  Got the cockpit mostly done.  Just a little touch up here and there.  This kit comes with decal seat belts, and I like them.  Decal for the IP as well.

 IMG_0860 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

 IMG_0859 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

Should be able to close up the fuselage pretty soon.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 9:04 AM

Wow Steve, that looks amazing. That is a great looking AC and nice fix on the decals. I really need to build a 190. Well done.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/72 Meng F-102A Case XX

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   Shelf of doom for now.....

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

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    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 10:26 AM

Very nice start Dwayne!

-Andy

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    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 1:21 PM

Looks great Steve! Looking at it I'd never be able to tell you had so many problems.

Dwayne, nice work on that cockpit!  The IP decal looks pretty good to me.

Life has gotten in the way and I haven't had much time to get paint on my 109.

On my bench: Dragon 1/48 Ju 88P-1

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    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 8:35 PM

Excellent looking 190 Steve, as always. Nice start too Dwayne.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

  • Member since
    January, 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Friday, August 10, 2018 8:54 AM

Steve your butcher bird looks excellent. Very nice painting and finishing. You showed grace under pressure with all those troubles.

  • Member since
    January, 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Friday, August 10, 2018 9:35 AM

Construction started yesterday, with a carefull study of the instruction manual and examination of the sprues. This thing looks complicated Confused. Lots of internal parts, that seem to affect & determine the overall fit & tolerances of the next phases. My intention is all provided hatches and cowlings to be closed.

First all holes required for bomb and rocket loads, as well as the wing cannons were drilled, as per instructions.

Then I started with the wing spar and wheel wells area. Parts were glued in place and max effort was made to have everything in the correct position, plump & vertical. Then the assembly joints were  reinforced with CA glue (on the non-visible edges), so they can take some inevitable stresses in the future.

 

Firewall and nose gun section were also partially assembled, again with extra care to achieve the correct verticalities

 

One incurable modelling handicap of mine is that I always - but Always - break protruding gun barrels.  So this time, the inner wing cannons were cut, at the point of barrel diameter change. The part inside the fuselage (visible from the wheel wells) was drilled axially and will be glued in place first, before the wings are 'closed'.

The cut point of the remaining barrel was shaped as a cone so that it will be easily guided into the drilled hole of it's 'mate', after all assembly, masking, painting, etc are completed.

I test fitted and it seems to work.

Next step will be the cockpit.

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Saturday, August 11, 2018 8:56 AM

Nice start on the kit.  Excellent solution to the breaking gun barrel issue.  I think lots of us will agree that protruding parts on kits get knocked off way too often.  

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Saturday, August 11, 2018 11:25 AM

Nice start Zvezda, that's a good idea on the gun! I'm just finishing up is kit and will warn you that the the fit of the wing root gun covers are pretty bad when building it closed up. I glued them in place on the wing before putting the wing and fuselage together.

-Andy

  • Member since
    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, August 13, 2018 10:53 PM

Well gents and ladies, I'm late but I'm here. Better late than dead I always say. I have the bench cleaned off and now to see if I can knock the Ta-152 out by the deadline.

Here's what we are working with. A HB Ta-152C-1/R-14 with a squiggly line camo upper and lower. This should be fun.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/72 Meng F-102A Case XX

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   Shelf of doom for now.....

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, August 16, 2018 6:03 PM

Great start Zvezda!  I have that kit in the stash and I've read it can be really tricky so I'll be watching to see how you tackle it.

Wow, I can't believe it's been a month since I posted any progress on my 109...too much real life getting in the way.  

I finished painting, and overall I'm pretty happy with it.  This is my first attempt at mottling and I made a few mistakes, but most of them will be covered up by decals and weathering.  Any comments/critiques are welcome.

On my bench: Dragon 1/48 Ju 88P-1

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    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:17 PM

That paint work came out really well silentbob! 

Brandon, really looking forward to seeing that come together!

-Andy

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:11 PM

Hey silentbob, I think the mottling came out really well, especially considering it was your first shot.  

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    January, 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Friday, August 17, 2018 8:36 AM

- Andy -

thanks for the - dead on the spot - advice, it could have saved the day, but...

I decided to fast track the build and did not follow the GB for a week, thus I got my education the hard way... Bang Head.

A summary of the last days work:

Cockpit was assembled, a cushion for the seat was made out of acrylic putty and a set of PE harness was added (also by Eduard). Main parts were painted with Gunze RLM66 and a black wash was lightly applied. The cockpit was installed inside the fuselage halves, and fuselage with lower wings were test fitted.

Gun compartment and upper control panel with gunsight were then installed.

the fit up was not easy, I had to test a lot, apply various degrees of stress and secure with CA.

After test fitting, some surfaces of the wings internal structure/spar were trimmed (marked blue with a marker)

Then upper wings were installed and glued

From then on, it was gaps, plasticard shims and putty...

The cowling, nose guns and engine were also rather troublesome. I totally failed to install and align properly the exhaust tubes as per instructions (and it looked so clever and easy on paper) and eventually I left them out (don't tell Eduard). After much effort everything was put in place and I went berserk sanding with various grades of dry/wet sandpaper.

The result is regarded as not quite good and I am definitely doing something wrongHuh?.

Finally wheel wells were painted with Gunze RLM 02 (I hope I got the color right at least)

That was enough for one post. I will be back after a 2 week vacation, to proceed with the build and to make a more clear-minded and explicit error and lessons-learnt report for my FW-190 'Bernie's Weekend Edition'.

Cheers to everyone

Kostas

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Monday, August 20, 2018 9:32 PM

Hey Kostas, that kit seems to be fighting you every step of the way.  You seem to be conquering it, though.

Some progress on my 1/72 109.  Not as much as I had hoped, but the fuselage is together, the wings and cowling are on, and so are the horizontal stabilizers.  Figured that was a good time to prime.

 IMG_0866 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

 IMG_0868 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

and a fuzzy photo of the pit in the fuselage.

 IMG_0865 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

Hope to get some paint on it soon.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 8:06 AM

Steve, thanks for your full disclosure on the issues you had with Red 13, makes me feel better to know that someone of your skill has the same sorts of self-inflicted problems that I do! If you hadn’t told us it would be impossible to tell from the result, it looks great.
Dwayne, nice work with the 109 cockpit. I hadn’t seen the decal seat belts before. It’s come together well, looking forward to the paint job…
Zvezda, off to a good start there. Smart work on the barrels that end up pinging off at the last moment. What is that you using to get the firewall and nose gun section square?
The cockpit is looking good in there. Looked like a lot of work getting the wings fitting properly, but the finished result looks great. Enjoy the holiday!
Silent Bob, nice work on the mottle there.
There is not many pieces to the tamiya 190, the cockpit came together quickly. The harness is a Japanese paper set.
After that, I started filling in seam lines

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 9:50 AM

Since the Ta-152 never really saw combat and was a super late entry into the war I am building this one clean with minimal weathering. The cockpit on this one is fairly simple, not much to fuss with and it went together well. This kit is well made and I am making progress fairly rapidly. I will bring up more pic soon, but here is where the cockpit ended up.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/72 Meng F-102A Case XX

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   Shelf of doom for now.....

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

  • Member since
    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:33 AM

Dwayne - That little 109 is looking really good! Looking forward to seeing paint go on it.

lost - The cockpit looks great. Those seatbelts are a nice touch.

Brandon - Nice work on the pit! Is that a decal on the IP? Looks really good.

-Andy

  • Member since
    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 12:51 PM

Looking good Brandon!  Seeing yours makes me want to build another one! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 4:13 PM
Looking good guys! Lost, did they fill in the panel lines in 190s like they did on 262s?

On my bench: Dragon 1/48 Ju 88P-1

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    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Thursday, August 23, 2018 8:16 AM

Very nice work there Brandon, moving along quickly!

Silent Bob, I can't say for most 190s, but it is right for the one I am doing...

 

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 1:15 PM

Thanks Lost, I hadn't heard of that on 190s, but my knowledge is pretty limited.

Decals are on and so is the panel line wash.  The decals were great, I love Aeromaster.  A little bit of Micro Sol and they settled into the panel lines.  The wash is a thin mix of black and burnt umber acrylic paints.

On my bench: Dragon 1/48 Ju 88P-1

  • Member since
    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Thursday, August 23, 2018 8:47 PM

Your 109 is looking really good Bob. I use the same mix for most of my aircraft washes.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Friday, August 24, 2018 9:15 AM

BK and LA:  Those are some great looking pits!

Bob:  Nice progress!  That 109 is looking great!

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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    September, 2003
  • From: Northern hemisphere - most of the time-
Posted by blkhwkmatt on Friday, August 24, 2018 11:56 AM

I would love to jump in on this one!   It will either be a 1/48 190D or 1/48 109G.  I'll solidify this when I get home from work.  I have been looking in from time to time and there are some great looking kits being completed on this one.

Thanks.

<Matt

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur!!! - Anything said in Latin sounds profound!

 

 

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    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Friday, August 24, 2018 8:36 PM

That looks really great silentbob!

Matt, you are welcome any time! Just let me know which one when you decide and I'll get you added.

-Andy

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