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  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Thursday, September 16, 2021 7:23 PM

Steve that Sunderland looks awesome!!

Nick the pre-shading loks great. I have fixed some of my problems and moved on. Will post some photos after the weekend.

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    April 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Friday, September 17, 2021 6:44 AM

Good to hear Dodgy!

I have got some more done on the Hawk. I have worked out my diorama theme too. As you can see from the phot it is what a Hawk looks like under a foot of water....

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, September 17, 2021 9:13 AM

Many thanks gents..

L.A. its ready for paint..

I started on camo working on latest pics.

 

Nick.

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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Friday, September 17, 2021 1:27 PM

falconmod

I may be crazy but I'd like to join with this:  a 1/72 CA-15 Kangroo vacu-form.  not sure where I even picked this one up from.

John

 

got the top and bottom sides of tailplane cut out, now it's sand-forever-time to get them thin enough to glue together.  Doing the same on the wing halves.

 

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 T-38

1/72 EF-111, 1/144 AC-130, 1/72 JL-8

  • Member since
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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 7:26 AM

John. lots of patience with those kits.

latest pics ...

some over spray and touch ups to take care of.

 

Nick.

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    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, September 19, 2021 3:40 AM

Looking sweet Crown. So tommorrow I will post photos, but I have persevered with the Tamiya paints and learnt that with an undercoat they go down fine, provided I spray them. I have also discovered that if I spray a coat of Tamiya gloss, I can use oils, or enamel washes without any problems to the underlying topcoat. I may have to work on my mix though. At the moment I am using 50/50 paint to Tamiya thinners. I would welcome any advice.

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  • From: Somewhere in England
Posted by darrenshinn on Sunday, September 19, 2021 4:57 AM

Hi Dodgy

I typically use a 1:3 ratio of paint to thinner for my Tamiya paints when spraying and a pressure somewhere around 18 psi. For preshading you can usua get away with a 1:8 mix.

They do tend to need some sort of undercoat and I usually use either XF-1 or one of the greys (e.g. XF-66) for that job. Seems to work pretty well even on etch.

I seem to remember it taking me a while to get used to them, but they're now my preferred airbrush paints. It also helps the Mike Starmer's paint charts use them, plus you can reuse the empty bottles for holding mixes.

Hope this helps

Darren

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, September 19, 2021 8:52 AM

Dodgy. many thanks. I agree with Darren, but I thin the paint and test spray 1st on my test mig.

better to mess up here then on your model. I do paint thin and at 18lbs you can always add coats but you cant subtract coats

 

Nick.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, September 19, 2021 6:36 PM

Cool guys! 

Piers: Good to see the Hawk together! 

Falcon John: Nice work. Always heard vac-forms were a pile of work and it looks it.  

Nick: Great job on the Spit! 

 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, September 19, 2021 10:27 PM

Thanks Darren and Crown. One last question if I may, do you folks also thin the clear coats? I thinned my Tamiya flat 50/50 and it's dried more of a satin than matt. I am spraying around 18 to 20 PSI and using an old Jagdpanther

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, September 19, 2021 10:54 PM

Yes, I do thin clears gloss and flat. I apply thin coats also. I like the semi gloss look.

 

Nick.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Monday, September 20, 2021 7:27 AM

John, yes you have got a lot of sanding to get through, and you will end up with a unique subject out of it.

Nick, that is looking good, nice work with the preshading and thin coats.

I will have to take a leaf out of your book and try thinning more. I had been doing 1:1 like Dodgy, but I seem to loose the preshading too easily.

So I have attached the resin details on the wings (flap fairings and missile rails), made some wing fences, attached a couple of antennae and stuck on the white metal pitot tube. Taking bets about how long I can go without knocking and bending the pitot tube...

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, September 20, 2021 11:21 AM

She's coming along great Piers!!! Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:25 AM

Dodgy, did you enjoy the earth tremor today?

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 2:04 PM

Back on the Sunderland. after I attached the keel plate and dorsal turret section and saw some horendious joins. After contemplating this I decided to go with the nuclear option and just use superglue and a file.

With that discusting M0jo sucking exercise out of the way I applied some salve in the form of Tamiya putty to the injuries. Once dry, I'll sand and sand until the offending areas are smooth.

This is looking to be quite the challaging little build. Blimey!

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 2:40 PM

That is some gnarly seam work!  The pilots look appreciative though ;)

Thanks,

John

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:43 PM

Yeah, that's some rough seams! You've got your work cut out for you Steve. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Thursday, September 23, 2021 6:56 AM

Wow Steve, they are worse than the seams on my short run Hawk!

Good luck with that!

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:05 AM

time to step back and grab the bull by the horns.

 

Nick.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, September 23, 2021 10:17 AM

Got 'er done! After sanding with a 320 grit sponge I sprayed the areas with a black primer. Once fully dry I'll tell if an area still needs work. after that I'll wet sand the areas to get an nice smooth finish the rescribe. Luckily the panels were attached like a ship so the patern should be easy to follow.

 

This is exactly what made me put the Kitty Hawk F-35 asside. But I'm not stoppn with this bad boy.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:15 AM

Cool, to see you done Steve! Think I'd have done all that sanding in several sessions- a weekend project.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:23 AM

Masterfully handled Steve!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by darrenshinn on Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:44 AM

Nicely done there, Steve.

Brings back memories of making Airfix's 1/72 Concorde a few years ago. It was donated to me by a neighbour and I suspect had warped a bit over the years he'd had it. Certainly didn't fit well vertically or horizontally :)

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, September 24, 2021 7:08 AM

Splendid 

 

Nick.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, September 24, 2021 10:17 AM

Thanks guys.

I wet sanded with 2000 grit until all the seams were smooth. Next I need to rescribe and move on th the next steps. The canopy may pose an issue in fit as well.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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  • Member since
    April 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Saturday, September 25, 2021 8:15 AM

Great work Steve, that has been quite a bit of sculpting work there - loved the angle grinder!

The hawk got its first coat of primer, needed a bit of work to clean up a few bits and pieces, specially at the front of the canopy.

Once that was cleaned up and I had static wicks added, got the last primercoat on

Only broken one of the wicks so far, and bent the pitot once...

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 8:25 PM

See fellas, I do build models.......

This kit is pretty basic and comes with a closed canopy, so I have not bothered a lot with the inside. Some paint, shading and some rough seat belts. I had some problems with the brush painting due to the 'shakes'.

Steve I was goint to have a whinge about the fit and filling i'm going to have to do, and then I saw your Sunderland. Nough said.

LA, you're not asking me if the earth moved for me are you????Big Smile It was a ripper mate, thought the house was going to fall down!

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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:29 AM

Got a little more work done on the CA-15.  got the elevators glued together and almost got the fuselage sides matched up,   started cutting out the landing gear.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 T-38

1/72 EF-111, 1/144 AC-130, 1/72 JL-8

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:04 PM

Those look amazing guys!!! Bow Down

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:10 PM

Great work Falcon! It's moving right along.

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