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  • Member since
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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, March 08, 2019 10:01 PM

Sweet looking Lanc Yes

I added weathering to the BV and I'm almost done, Just some exhause stains, hand paint the greenhouse and attach the gear.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, March 08, 2019 10:03 PM

Svenne Duva

Woops sorry forgott my question...

The instructions are asking for Coal Black in the cockpit.

IP, sidewalls, floor, controls, structural elements.

Everything.

That is going to be pretty dark...

Is this correct?

Would appreciate your insight here :)

Svenne

 

 

Svenne, British cockpits went to black as the primary colors shortly after WWII. That color call out is correct. 

And yes, Mr Camm was an aircraft design genius, superstar, great, whatever term you’d prefer to use. Up there with Kelly Johnson of Lockheed and Ed Heineman (sp?) of Douglas. Decades of successful excellent designs from each one.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, March 08, 2019 10:18 PM

Nice work on that Lancaster.

John

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 09, 2019 2:24 PM

Cary, lovely job on the Lanc, she has come out really well. Thank you for shareing it with us and feel free to add the Fortress at any time.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Fw 200C-8

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 09, 2019 2:26 PM

Nice collection you got going there Svenne. Which aircraft are you asking the cockpit question about. As far as i know it was only the night bombers that had black pits, day fighters had the green interiours.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Fw 200C-8

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 09, 2019 2:27 PM

Steve, liking the white wash on that, looking nice.

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

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, March 09, 2019 6:36 PM

Steve, your making great time on that 141!

Chad

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Posted by Svenne Duva on Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:16 PM

Hi Bish,

next up is the Sea Fury. Stick conirme that the interior should be black.

Weekend went to Terminator though.

sic transit gloria mundi

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Sunday, March 10, 2019 6:33 PM

British cockpit colours, as summarized by the late Edgar Brookes:

Green remained in day (only) fighters up to, and including, the Spitfire 22/24; fighters that were also intended for night use, like the 40-series Seafires, Sea Fury, Meteors and Vampires, went over to black from the start, but nightfighter Mosquitoes did not. Being (basically) a conversion of the Vampire/Venom fuselage, the DeH 108 was likely to have been black.

To confuse matters, slightly (!!!) Typhoons, Tempests and Seafire 17s could be half-and-half (top black,) with late Typhoons all-black, and, for some reason, occasional Spitfire 21s & 19s were black.

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234942383-british-cockpit-colours-history-from-wwii-till-today/

 

regards,

Jack

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, March 11, 2019 12:08 AM

Well, in my first post I said I was going to keep this one simple.  I failed.

After some study I realized after assembling the basic airplane that the cabin window arrangement on the Airfix kit is different from the civil DH-125-1A, in that on the one I flew there were five on each side but the kit has six on the left and four on the right.  The aft windows on both sides were too far aft.  No problem on the left side as I can just paint over that one, but on the right side the aft one had to go and two more needed to be added toward the front.  I made masks for all the windows and the cockpit windows as well and that made it easy to locate where the windows should be.  Rather than try to use clear epoxy I gouged out oversize holes and filled them with clear acrylic cut from an old drafting triangle and superglued them in, leaving them proud of the surface.  Then I filed and sanded them down flush with the surface and polished them.  The landing light transparencies were also installed, which took a while as the fit was not good.  More filing, sanding, and polishing ensued. In general fits were off enough to require work with Epoxyscupt in a lot of places.  The windscreen was a bit shorter that the opening for it on both sides and that was dealt with Epoxysculpt.  The control surfaces were meant to move but the associated fits were not too good and also fragile.

I think I am about ready for paint.  I'm leaving the nacelles off until most of the painting is done, remember all that striping?  It's all over the nacelles.

 

 

John

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Posted by MrStecks on Monday, March 11, 2019 5:26 PM

Tales of the Omnibus - Chapter 1  (cont.)

Hey guys, sorry I went AWOL for a couple of weeks.  Been having to deal with life issues, and only got back to the Omnibus on Sunday.  So I'm finally able to show some progress.

Finally managed to get some paint down on most of the lower section parts.

 

And then started laying in the new windows, using 0.25mm acetate.

 

Then I glued in the scratch-built interior window sill parts.

 

I like the fact that when you look in from the outside you can see the inside sills.  That's really the effect I was going for, to replace the god-awful OOB option... just the big slab of clear plastic.  The notches along the top are to accomodate molded cross members in the ceiling.

 

The left side wall with new interior mocked up with the benches.

 

Sigh... not looking forward to the work I'll have to do to remove the ejector pin marks on the cast wheels.  Ugh...

 

I'll try to get caught up on everyone else's builds, and to make more progress on the Omnibus.

Cheers,
Mark

 


On the bench:  Revel 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

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Posted by Bish on Monday, March 11, 2019 5:51 PM

Some nice work there John. You seem to be getting to grips with it.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Fw 200C-8

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Posted by Bish on Monday, March 11, 2019 5:52 PM

Mark, some more relly nice work on those windows. Its deffinetly paying off. But those wheels do look like a tricky challenge.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Fw 200C-8

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Posted by cwalker3 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:27 AM

Thank you, Bish. This was my first GB, so I’m not sure how to add the badge. How do I do that?

Cary

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:47 AM

You add the badge the same way as the other pics. But you have to go to settings, top right in the box with the quicklinks. Add it into the Signaturebox as you would a pic in your post.

And congrats on your first GB.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Fw 200C-8

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Posted by rooster513 on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:09 AM

Love that whitewash Steve!

Well I've made "progress" on my P40. After a major fail at trying to spray the mission models paint white for the insignia I ended up repainting the entire topside OD. After that I used a tip I saw on Youtube where you take a piece of sponge dipped in very thin paint and dap it on the model to give some random weathering effects. I did this with both a dark brown and khaki drab mixture. I like how it came out and it will be reigned in some with another thin coat of OD over it.

 

 

-Andy

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Posted by cwalker3 on Friday, March 15, 2019 4:33 AM

Bish

You add the badge the same way as the other pics. But you have to go to settings, top right in the box with the quicklinks. Add it into the Signaturebox as you would a pic in your post.

And congrats on your first GB.

 

Thanks Bish. I'll wear the badge proudly.

Cary

Cary

 

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:52 PM

Life has kept me away from the bench but I have been watching the builds and everything looks awesome! The stuka, Lancaster etc came out fantastic. 

I was able to pre shade and also got the grey and white done. It has rested long enough I am trying to get the red and silver done this weekend. This one is "in flight" so i need to come up with a concept for my base design. I am thinking maybe something with the VF1 logo to accent my mini helmets. Either way I will be back soon with finished paint job soon.

Jack

 

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, March 16, 2019 4:48 PM

OK, the BV-141 is done. It's not a bad little kit although the plastic is thick with little detail except for the rivets. The seams were a pleasent surprize. Like I said earler the decals were falling apart and didn't take to Micro Set so I went with a whitewash camo as plan B. The canopy is hand painted.

Bish, use whichever pic you want. I'll be building another later, possably the Dakota Mk. IV.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:24 AM

You have done a good job on that Steve, she has come out well and nice to see one of these oddities built up.

Cheers for shareing with us and i look forward to what ever you do next.

 

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Fw 200C-8

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:26 AM

Nice paint work on the Tomcat jack.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Fw 200C-8

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:27 AM

Andy, thats a really nice effect on the OD. Nice tip.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Fw 200C-8

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Posted by jgeratic on Monday, March 18, 2019 9:44 AM

Steve, outstanding job on the BV-141!Yes

Excellent finish with the white wash, and I think that choice of scheme further drives home the fact of just how odd a shape this bird is.

regards,

Jack

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, March 18, 2019 10:33 AM

Thank you Bish and Jack

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Posted by MrStecks on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:26 AM

Steve, the BV-141 looks amazing.  The winter camo is awesome, and all that glass work looks wonderful.  Honestly, that greenhouse is the only reason I've never wanted to build one of these.  Maybe some day I'll work up the courage.  lol

Cheers,
Mark


On the bench:  Revel 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

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Posted by MrStecks on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:29 AM

rooster513

Love that whitewash Steve!

Well I've made "progress" on my P40. After a major fail at trying to spray the mission models paint white for the insignia I ended up repainting the entire topside OD. After that I used a tip I saw on Youtube where you take a piece of sponge dipped in very thin paint and dap it on the model to give some random weathering effects. I did this with both a dark brown and khaki drab mixture. I like how it came out and it will be reigned in some with another thin coat of OD over it.

 

Cool effect with the sponge Andy, I'll have to experiment with that technique.  Plane is looking good.

Cheers,
Mark


On the bench:  Revel 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

In the queue: Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1A Corsair

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  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by MrStecks on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:41 AM

Tales of the Omnibus - Chapter 1  (cont.)

Still plodding on with the Omnibus.  I'm feeling a bit better after finishing the windows, getting some color down, and starting assembly of the lower section.

Yay, Color!

 

Did some weathering to the floor, and added the one interior decal on the forward wall.

 

Glued in the forward wall and driver's bench.

 

During times that I have waited for paint to dry or glue to set, I started working ahead on the figures.  This guy is the first one.  Spent a lot of time just cleaning him up, removing mold lines and doing a lot of sanding.  I'll hit him with primer next.

That's it for now.
Cheers,
Mark

 

 


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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:08 PM

Hi,

When this Group Build was first announced I had a couple ideas for some kits that I wanted to build, but it looks like I never actually signed up to do any of them.  Just today though, I got a copy of the old Airfix 1/32 scale Humber Staff Car and thought it might be a good kit for this build.  As such, if possible, I'd like to sign up to build it.  I am almost done with a couple French Tanks that I have been working on, and only have a few small things left on my Race into Space Build (which I have unfortuately been dragging out for a while).  So hopefully I may be able to start this Airfix kit this weekend.

Pat

Humber

PS.  I'm not fully sure yet though if I will do it straight out of the box, or if I might want to make some mods.

1st Group Build

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  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by MrStecks on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:28 PM

PFJN

Hi,

When this Group Build was first announced I had a couple ideas for some kits that I wanted to build, but it looks like I never actually signed up to do any of them.  Just today though, I got a copy of the old Airfix 1/32 scale Humber Staff Car and thought it might be a good kit for this build.  As such, if possible, I'd like to sign up to build it.  I am almost done with a couple French Tanks that I have been working on, and only have a few small things left on my Race into Space Build (which I have unfortuately been dragging out for a while).  So hopefully I may be able to start this Airfix kit this weekend.

Pat

Humber

PS.  I'm not fully sure yet though if I will do it straight out of the box, or if I might want to make some mods.

Well Pat, if it's anything like the 1/32 Omnibus I'm working on you will have to make some serious mods just to get the thing together.  Big Smile   I hope your kit will be less of a struggle than mine.  Looking forward to seeing it.

Cheers,
Mark


On the bench:  Revel 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

In the queue: Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1A Corsair

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  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by MrStecks on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:58 PM

Tales of the Omnibus - Chapter 1  (cont.)

Well, the saga continues.  A couple nights ago I laid down some paint on the benches that will be in the lower seating area.  I noticed the plastic had a strange texture to it, a bumpiness that I think was an attempt to make it look like leather but was way out of scale.  I decided to see how it would look with paint.  The answer?  It looked like crap. 

Stupidly (which is an adverb I employ a lot when describing my builds), I painted all four benches instead of just testing with one.  I thought they looked weird but decided to give them a day to cure, hoping I would then like them.  I did not.

 

So tonight I decided to scrape off all the paint and at the same time, scrape/sand off that stupid texture.  I used a big chissel blade to scrape them all down, then followed up with sanding.

 

Once I had them bare and smooth, I mixed up a different paint for them.  Previously I just used a leather brown.  But I saw a video of a restored Omnibus and their benches were more of a dark red with a bit of magenta.  I went with a mix of Tamiya X-7 (Red),  X-3 (Royal Blue), and X-2 (White) - at a ratio of 20:2:1 respectively.
Here are the new benches.

 

I am super happy with how they look.  I love this color.  I did the wood trim around the bottom with a base coat of XF-78 (Deck Tan), then used watercolor pencils to create the wood grain look.
Okay, that's the success story for this update...

...here's the next bummer to complain about:
One thing this kit has in spades is molding errors.  Here we have the left-side of the engine compartment and you can see the overlapping blobs of plastic that are bleeding across the raised detail of the number plate.  Argh...  then there is a moonscape of bumps below the number plate. 

 

The same issues occur on the right-side part as well.

 

My biggest gripe with this kit is the fact that nearly every single part requires work to fix issues like this, along with lots of flash.  Ugh....  it's tiresome.


But the little victories like building the inside window sills, and fixing the benches so they don't look like dog poop, definitely keep me going with a mostly happy heart.
I guess that's the scale modeling life.  Smile

Cheers,
Mark


On the bench:  Revel 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

In the queue: Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1A Corsair

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