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80 Years of Airfix GB

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Posted by Theuns on Sunday, December 29, 2019 6:17 AM

I have never had problems masking alclad finishes, I use taiya tape and it works well.

 

This Kate is now done except for needing to matt clearcoat the wheels. 

I tried preshading the pannels for the alclad but I am not sure if I actually like the effect or not. Granred it does break up the mono tone look but it may look "wrong" to me.

As for weathering, I didnt go mad , just enough to look used.

 airfix 1/72 Kate by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 airfix 1/72 Kate by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 airfix 1/72 Kate by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 airfix 1/72 Kate by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 airfix 1/72 Kate by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Bish thanx for another cool GB

 

Theuns

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 29, 2019 5:32 AM

Ernest, thats looking great, nice work on the finish.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 29, 2019 5:30 AM

Thats looking lovely Chad, can't wait to get it on the front page.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 28, 2019 7:40 PM

Thanks Buddy! I had no idea metallic finishes were so high maintenance. Surprise

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, December 28, 2019 7:34 PM

The Lightning is looking good Chad!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, December 28, 2019 6:22 PM

jeaton01

There is an existing unending FAA build, it's just dormant:I don't know where the scurvy dogs are, everytime we get to port they disappear until the money runs out.  Maybe their pay should be cut (again)!

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/167518.aspx

 

I absolutely loved that GB. It's just not the same now.

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 28, 2019 2:05 PM

With 2 days of stencil decals behind me, I'm just about to cross the finishline on this one. Some panel washes and post shading and I think I'll be done.  Here's are some things I've learned from my first metallic finish:

• Metallics are as delicate as fine China! 

• You MUST have an ultra smooth surface as the metallic shows EVERY flaw!

• They don't hold up well to masking!

• Lastly... I'll absolutely try this again! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Friday, December 27, 2019 12:10 AM

Thanks lewbud!  The leading edges are hellblau, hard to tell in the first photo.  I think the flash from my cell phone camera washed out the blue.  I actually used Vallejo Model Air RLM 76 Lichtblau instead of their RLM 65...I felt their 65 was too blue for 1/72.

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, December 26, 2019 7:13 PM

Bish,

Thanks. I was hoping that was the case. Now I just need to figure out how to duplicate the mottling. It looks like they used RLM 71 for the mottling.  I found the Spitfire that came with the Dogfight Double, but it probably won't make the deadline. I know that you'll be broken hearted to hear that, but I have a feeling you'll be okay.Big Smile

Ernest,

Are the leading edges white or hellblau? That's a fine looking 109!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by bufflehead on Thursday, December 26, 2019 3:35 PM

lostagain - wow, can't recall ever having any problems like you had with the Boomerang.  Maybe you can still slap it together and use it for painting experimentation?

So I'm out of town, but the gloss coat on the Emil was dry enough for it to go with me!  I had some spare time at the hotel so I applied most of the decals, omitting some of the teeny tiny markings that can't be seen without magnification!  My apologies for the makeshift studio backdrop and lighting.  

I figured it was best to complete at least ONE of these before the GB officially ends next week!

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, December 26, 2019 2:13 PM

tempestjohnny
I would definitely be in for an FAA build
 

I have the army GB next year and am planning a Falklands war one in 21/22 and an 8th Air Force in 22. I might well do an FAA build in the later part of 22.

I am not a fan of never ending GB's, they tend to just die a death while at the same time putting people off from running anything similar. But i think it will have been long enough for a fresh go at it.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, December 26, 2019 2:10 PM

lewbud

John,

I am a member of that crew, but after the Captain jumped ship several years back it just wasn't the same.

I have a question for the Luftwaffe guys. When the mottling was applied to the fuselages of the BoB era 109's, did they repaint the markings and stencils, or just the major markings such as the cross and number or squadron designation?

 

Its hard to tell from photo's. But i don't think every stencil would be re-painted or carefully gone around. But the important ones like first aid location and fuel and oil signs would be kept.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, December 26, 2019 1:15 PM

John,

I am a member of that crew, but after the Captain jumped ship several years back it just wasn't the same.

I have a question for the Luftwaffe guys. When the mottling was applied to the fuselages of the BoB era 109's, did they repaint the markings and stencils, or just the major markings such as the cross and number or squadron designation?

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Thursday, December 26, 2019 7:14 AM

Seconding Admiral Jeaton's mention of the FAA GB - I have been in the brig - sorry, on the build list there myself and it was a fun atmosphere...

"well that just made the...buy it and hide from the wife list" - nice one TJ

Ernest, really good looking work on your trio there, coming along very well.

I had another entry for this GB, but it didn't go well....

It is the CAC Boomerang, 1/72 Scale

First issue was the short shot on the tail, but I was sure I could work with that

Then I realised later that a few bit were warped

So I softened the fuselage in boiling water before straightening it up. Which sort of worked... Except then the fuselage was two millimetres shorter and the noise pointing down. More boiling water, more manipulation did not make it any better.

SO this particular build is over very soon after it started.

Bish, again thanks for this GB. I will see you in the British Army GB next year

 

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Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 9:42 PM

In between MANY other work projects at home I got 30min of model time this week and put on the Kate's glasing and undercart. I also did a little chipping on the tail paint.

 

I hope to sneak it in just before "final call" lol

 

Theuns

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 8:01 PM

There is an existing unending FAA build, it's just dormant:I don't know where the scurvy dogs are, everytime we get to port they disappear until the money runs out.  Maybe their pay should be cut (again)!

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/167518.aspx

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 7:30 PM
I would definitely be in for an FAA build

 

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 4:35 PM

Mopar Madness

Good luck with those stencils Buddy!

 

Bloody things took me the best part of a week to apply. I am glad the Bucc doesn't have as many.

 

 

 

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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    June 2008
Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 4:33 PM

Chad,

About those stencils it's a Phantom, duh!Big Smile

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 4:10 PM

Good luck with those stencils Buddy!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 4:08 PM

Thanks Frank!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 3:12 PM

Really likeing the look of those Ernest, great painting.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 3:11 PM

Nice, i really liked that Phantom. I am sure you willlove the decals Big Smile. I already have the follow up FGR.2 and am waiting for the RAF version of the FG.1.

I am not running an FAA build though, but that might not be a bad idea for the future seeing as i have done an RAF GB and the have the Army one coming up.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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    June 2008
Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 3:02 PM

While not for this build, look at what my Secret Santa sent me.

Looks like I have my entry for your FAA build Bish.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 7:42 AM

Mopar, if indeed you pursue a WB-29 build, I recommemd one of the Academy B-29 kits. A likely candidate would be the Academy Enola Gay kit because it has the turret blank-outs. Obviously the WB-29 carried no armament.

This guy makes the "doghouse" that is in place of the upper rear turret: https://www.lonestarmodels.com/

It appears that he only does business intermittently though. If you don't get any results from Lone Star let me know and I'll send you the one I have, gratis.

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

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, December 23, 2019 5:58 PM

I saw one with a red tail and red wing tips and white fuselage that looked really spectacular.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, December 23, 2019 5:50 PM

Mopar, Google WB-29. There's lots of pictures of the airplanes. The markings are simple. Just USAF markings and the star and bar. Some had red tails and wing tips. What you can find too, is a Hurricane Hunters logo that you can use as the basis for nose art.

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

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, December 23, 2019 5:44 PM

Holy mackerel Ernest! That is some stellar paint on those birds and that mottled camouflage is spectacular. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you too!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
    July 2006
  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Monday, December 23, 2019 5:31 PM

Before its too late.....Happy Holidays All!!  

I've been super busy with the holidays, but I managed to get a little more work done on my Airfix Trio:

Not much progress on the BF-109.  Touched up some boo-boos and fixed the width of the white wing tips:

The P-51 has most of the paint work done, I might add some more panel color variations...might not.  Not shown....most of the smaller parts are also painted.

And the FW-109 finally has paint on!  I hope I have time today to gloss coat all so that when I get back from travel I can start decaling.

I hope everyone has a wonderful time during the holidays!

 

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, December 23, 2019 1:53 PM

Frank - Did you say at one point you did find some decals for a 1/72 WB-29? I would like to make one someday but I can't find any aftermarket decals.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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