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  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, January 17, 2019 1:23 AM

Let me jump in here with a Blenheim update.

I've been working slowly on the Blenheim due to some other builds that moved ahead for everything. With being said, I was able to work on the seams left over from the canopy/nose attachment. I need to attach the masks and get on the painting. 

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/72 Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV
1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon Twin Seater
1/72 Revell MiG 29 UB Fulcrum
1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

Yes, it's a lot!

In Que

1/72 Airfix Dakota Mk. IV

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, January 14, 2019 8:40 AM

Bish Zvezda and Theuns, thanks for the positive comments. 

Zvezda looks like regardless of the issues you have it under control.  

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, January 14, 2019 8:40 AM

plasticjunkie the THUD turned out great! Appreciate the extra details on the build too, especially the landing light tip for the nose gear. Will have to find a few of those for myself.

The dot filtering looks suttle. I have trouble with that myself, can you tell me what colors you chose to combine?

In the pattern: 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build, and a 1/32 BaaBaa Black Sheep Corsair for a tribute build!

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Monday, January 14, 2019 6:16 AM

The last couple of days, I had been struggling with the SB-2.

I had a couple of alignment and fit issues with the fuselage halves and especially with the engine cowlings. These were augmented in difficulty by the very soft plastic, which allows plastic deformations after glue and pressure.

Eventually I managed to assemble fuselage and port cowling, leaving some substantial gaps (and glue fingerprints) on some areas.

The small clear parts in the nose and fuselage needed substantial cutting to fit and I decided to construct them with clear fix later on.

I know this looks like a (very) ugly duck for the moment, I have the ambition and hope of making a decent bomber out of it.

 

 

 

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  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Monday, January 14, 2019 5:42 AM

Plasticjunkie: Many thumbs upYes! The painting and weathering are both magnificent and I also believe the dot technique weathered the camo colors in a very realistic way.

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Posted by Theuns on Monday, January 14, 2019 4:26 AM

That Thud came out very well indeed. Like the weathering ,nicely done

 

Thanx for taking part

 

Theuns

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, January 14, 2019 4:17 AM

Love the look of that PJ. Great looking build and really nice base as well. I'll get you addedto the front page.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, January 14, 2019 1:05 AM

I finally completed my little Thud and Hanoi Special is ready to go "Downtown". I took  pictures of the dot weathering steps but somehow got them deleted by mistake from my camera so here are the completed views:

The dot filter helped in adding tonal changes to the paint making it look weathered.

I made my own blue formation lights using metal clothing pins and painting the heads in clear blue located under the rudder 

  

and up front. Notice the double Mig 17 kill marks.

  

Cluster bombs on the outboard stations

and 750 pounders on the CL pylon.

The molded landing lights were drilled out and replaced with gemstones from Hobby Lobby. 

The base is pine, stained and the tarmac is made from thin cardboard squares glued with Elmers then painted in varius grey Craft paints. The joint lines were left a tad wide then filled in with an old siringe with black artist oil paint. 

Thanks for letting me participate and please choose any of the pictures for the completed gallery.  

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Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 10:20 PM

Indeed sone nice building yes.

 

Theuns

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 9:41 AM

Thats some nice detail in there, good work on that IP.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

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  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 9:22 AM

A little progress with the SB.

Instr. Panel is just a blank piece of plastic, also no other cockpit interior detail is provided by ICM, apart from seats, control stick and rudder pedals.

With the help of the reference books and a photo found in the net, an IP was designed in photoshop, resized properly and printed on paper (I had no decal film). Then the paper IP was glued on the blank plastic panel (after painting).

Also some interior detail was added with cut stripes and bits of styrene.

Canopies will be placed closed, so I just wanted the interior to look a bit busier than the from-the-box version.

Images found in the net

Blank control panel and a bit of detail added.

cockpit assembled

Printed I. Panel

Painting was done with Tamiya's RLM-02 gray.

Pilot's seat harness comes from an Eduard Luftwafe bombers PE set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 7:29 AM

Thank you Theuns, nice to join up, even a bit late.

This is a very nice plane with interesting history.

The kit is also quite nice with good surface detail and I like the fact that it seems rather challenging.

Upon opening the box, I see very soft plastic, lots of flash, big seam lines everywhere, etc.

All parts need careful cleaning/trimming. 

The following book references will be used where required.

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Posted by Theuns on Saturday, January 05, 2019 10:32 PM

Zvesda welcome 

 

Theuns

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, January 05, 2019 8:16 PM

That's intresting how they split the intake from the fuse.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/72 Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV
1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon Twin Seater
1/72 Revell MiG 29 UB Fulcrum
1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

Yes, it's a lot!

In Que

1/72 Airfix Dakota Mk. IV

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    February, 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Saturday, January 05, 2019 7:15 PM

I have a couple of progress pics.  Since it turns out the kit was missing some interior and landing gear parts we are going with an in flight build.  I cut a hole and mounted a brass tube that will accept the acrylic rod later.

On Ed's bench, ???

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 05, 2019 12:23 PM

Thats looks different Zvezda. Not heard of that either.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

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    January, 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, January 05, 2019 10:53 AM

Zvezda1980

Theuns, Bish

I would like to join the bomber stream with this old Soviet warrior - Tupolev SB-2 by ICM (1:72).

It has been waiting in the stash for some attention some years now.

 

 

 

that looks cool I’ve never seen one of those!

In the pattern: 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build, and a 1/32 BaaBaa Black Sheep Corsair for a tribute build!

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  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Saturday, January 05, 2019 10:47 AM

Theuns, Bish

I would like to join the bomber stream with this old Soviet warrior - Tupolev SB-2 by ICM (1:72).

It has been waiting in the stash for some attention some years now.

 

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  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 9:10 PM

I assembled the cockpit area but nee to touch the paint some. I also glued the rear fuse to the wings. Tomorrow I'll start assembly of the nose. This might be a good kit to get some masks for.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/72 Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV
1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon Twin Seater
1/72 Revell MiG 29 UB Fulcrum
1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

Yes, it's a lot!

In Que

1/72 Airfix Dakota Mk. IV

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    July, 2014
  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 4:58 PM

Bish, you will have already seen this in your GB.

I finally got organized and sat down to start the Blenheim. After washing the parts I sprayed everything NATO Black and then RAF interior green for the interior and metal for the engines and gear struts. I also started on the fuse. Airfix split the fuse into 4 pieces, kinda like a modern twin engine jet. Not sure why they did that so I'm a little intrested on how the seam is going to fit.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/72 Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV
1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon Twin Seater
1/72 Revell MiG 29 UB Fulcrum
1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

Yes, it's a lot!

In Que

1/72 Airfix Dakota Mk. IV

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 1:34 PM

Thanks guys.

PJ, ye, i guess its one of those things that can be hit and miss. As i mentioned, the results i saw on a 1/32nd Ju 88 were amazing and he used tamiya paints. But no, its not for me, i am just glad it was only on the underside.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

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    November, 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 12:02 PM

Gt

Fujimi has some very nice details in their models. I built the old Cutlass and it’s a little jewel .

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 11:59 AM

Outstanding job as usual Bish. Regardless of the issues you had you still pulled it off. The base helps in the presentation.Beer 

Salt chipping can be a bit tricky. I used it on a 1/48 George and the results were great. The salt ate into the Tamiya dark green paint at the chip edges creating some lighter tonal changes which actually helped in getting that worn look the the later war Jap aircraft had. I wasn’t expecting that reaction but in this case it looked good.

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 10:16 AM

Nice job Bish!

Theuns, Yes the Fujimi kits have fine resesed panel lines.  The intake is also engineered very well also.

On Ed's bench, ???

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, December 31, 2018 2:05 AM

Thanks Theuns, and that Lanc sounds interesting, just hope you don't have any issues with decals, but if it is a new tool, hopefully they have sorted those out.

It will be the hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A-2. I will be doing a couple of other builds first, one for the Airfix GB and one for the Eye in the Sky, then i will get to the 188.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Sunday, December 30, 2018 10:57 PM

No worries Steve....jump on in any time LOL

I will add the Blemen for you.

 

Bish that look very nice ndeed, I think the effect and paintwork looks the part mate.  I will stand by for your other build :-)

 

I have a mate for whom I will be building a 1/48 Tamiya Lanc, nit sure if it will be before the end date but it seems like a nice kit if it is the new tool one.

 

Theuns

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 30, 2018 9:32 AM

Time to wrap up the Blenheim. I just pushed ahead with this and 2 other builds that i wanted to get done before the end of the year. But i also had some issues painting the underside of this one, so once i sytarted painting i didn't take any more pics as i was just getting frustrated with it.

But first the pre painting pics i do have.

And after this the problems started. One of the guys at our model club used salt for chipping on an all black Ju 88 nightfighter and the results were stunning. He has an article online which i followed but it just didn't work for me. After removing the salt was i left with loads of tiny flecks which i had to almost scrub off removing a lot of the paint in the process. A zsecond attempt proved slightly more successful. But then once i put the thin coat of pain on over it i had lots of tiny spots coming through the paint. My best gues sis that because i paint in the shed and at this time of year its cold and damp, the salt has absorbed water and left residue behind and no matter how many layers of paint i add it come through. So instead of a very lightly weathered new looking aircraft that i wanted the result is a very weather beaten un pleasent patchy look. Its not as bad as it was, but certainly not what i wanted, so i won't be trying it again. Especillay on the 2 German aircraft i will be building soon which both have black undesides and this was largely a trial for.

So once i cleaned it up as best i could, i finihsed it off with AM decals and light flory wash. I had wanted another groundcrewman, but once again i have been hit with a lack of figures. I may add one later if i can get hold of any.

Thanks Theuns for the GB, i know its not been easy for you with all the connections issues you have had. I will be adding a second build soon.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

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  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, December 28, 2018 11:38 PM

Sorry Theuns, I didn't want to jump in between your conversation with 68 but I'd like to add the 1/72 Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV. I received it for Christmas and will be starting it on the 1st. RAF markings of course...duh!

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/72 Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV
1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon Twin Seater
1/72 Revell MiG 29 UB Fulcrum
1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

Yes, it's a lot!

In Que

1/72 Airfix Dakota Mk. IV

  • Member since
    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Friday, December 28, 2018 10:25 PM

Very cool ,I have always liked the look of the A-7...looks like a Bulldog ;-)

Does it have reccessed detail?

 

Theuns

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