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1/32 Revell Junkers JU88 A-1 - Work in Progress

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1/32 Revell Junkers JU88 A-1 - Work in Progress
Posted by panzer948 on Friday, October 30, 2015 3:56 PM

After reading and getting inspired by so many others WIP threads, I thought I would start one myself after picking up the hobby again from about a 30 year hiatus.  Earlier this year I bought the 1/32 Revell Junkers JU88 A-1.  I haven't done a plane (or any model) since the mid 1980s and never one like this in 1/32nd scale. I knew it would challenge me right away since I decided to get some of the Eduard aftermarket PE kits for the interior and exterior as well as the CMK Resin seats.  This is my first attempt at messing with PE stuff so I quickly discovered I needed some new tools too.  I have to admit, I didn't use every part that was available.

  

Back in the day, I never pre-shaded anything so I wanted to go ahead and use some of the latest techniques.  I started the cockpit first.  I think it looks great as is, but the Eduard parts really bring out that extra detail.   I followed the instructions and assembled most of the parts but kept some as subassemblies to ease painting the overall base and details. As indicated above, the seats I used are CMK (Part No. CMQ32105) After I preshaded everything Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black I added my Tamiya Base Coat.  I really liked the look of the pre-shading.  I will post some more soon of the cockpit with details added.

 

Closeup of the CMK Resin seats. They have excellent detail but I know they will take some detail painting.

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, October 30, 2015 4:00 PM
Going to be watching this, I've got the same kit in the stash and only recently built my first 32nd. Looks like you have made a great start.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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Posted by aks_801 on Friday, October 30, 2015 4:33 PM

Definitely going to be watching this.  I'm also just now getting back in (although the hiatus hasn't been as long as your's) and want to see more about these new-ish techniques like pre-shading.

Enjoy, and rock it!

alan in Houston, TX

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Posted by panzer948 on Friday, October 30, 2015 7:03 PM

After getting the base coat all set, I started to paint the individual parts that require other colors.  I used Model Master Enamels for the metallic objects like ammo cans (gun metal) and seat belt buckles (aluminum). I mixed some artist oils with MM rust to come up with the various brown shades for the leather seats and wood flooring.  Tamiya was used for the other colors such as the various grays of the interior and colored knobs. I even pulled out my 35 year old Tamiya Clear Blue for the pedals.

At this point I added most of the Eduard PE controls, radios, lettering, etc. I didn’t trust the self-adhesive glue so used Gorilla gel super glue. I was very impressed with this Eduard set as it really made the pit pop with detail.

 

I used MM Acrylic Gloss Clear with my airbrush to give the pit a seal and a better coating for weathering using enamel and oil based washes.  However, I had a hard time controlling the flow. I think it is because I didn’t use it with MM acrylic thinner.  Next time I will invest in the correct thinner or maybe try something like Pledge Floor Multi-Surface Finish (I finally picked up a bottle but too late to try on the interior).

Now time for the fun.  Been a few years since I did washes and dry brushing but I recall enjoying it. I wasn't sure if the methodology would come back right away but after a little trial and error I quickly got my old routine back.  I used a lighter shade of the base interior (by mixing with Tamiya white) for an overall dry brush and mixed Windsor Newton artist oils with mineral spirits to create a dark reddish brown tone for an overall wash. I then mixed other brown oil colors for the seats and wood for a different wash shades. 

Finally, I used MM aluminum to dry brush areas to show some wear.

 

 

Now time to get this fuselage together and get these subassemblies in one piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by wing_nut on Friday, October 30, 2015 7:08 PM
I don't want to dredge up any bad memorizes by I love your pit and want to marry it. Boy howdy that's nice.

Marc  

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, October 30, 2015 7:18 PM

Dam dude. That....................is just kick "A". Great detail all the way. For being gone for so long you sure are picking up the pieces and going for broke here pal.Yes

                   

 

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, October 31, 2015 1:41 AM

Ye, what they just said, thats sweet.

And your right not to trust the PE parts to stick on there own. I think most of us who use them ad our own glue.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, October 31, 2015 6:24 AM
Wow. Looks like you've been doing this for 30 years not first time in 30 years. Really nice pit.John

 

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, October 31, 2015 6:40 AM

Are you sure you've been away from this hobby for 30 years or is it 30 days?  You did an exceptional job!  Stunning!

Toshi

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Posted by GazzaS on Saturday, October 31, 2015 8:21 PM

That is one fantastically detailed pit!

 

Bravo,

 

 

Gary

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Posted by JOE RIX on Saturday, October 31, 2015 10:38 PM

I have to say that I am comletely awe struck. Absolutely gorgeous cockpit. I am quite impressed with the fact that not only did you apply some already existing skills but, that you seem to have picked some new one's without a hitch. Looking forward to more. By the way, welcome back to the hobby.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, October 31, 2015 10:40 PM

I don't know if I believe you. That office is amazing and shows a lot of experience. A LOT OF EXPERIENCE.

What have you been away doing for the last 30 years? Working for ILM??

I am seriously impressed here.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, November 2, 2015 8:51 AM

WOW ! your office is amazingly detailed and superbly done .  I'm taking notes.  So why did you stop being a pro modeler....lol

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by panzer948 on Monday, November 2, 2015 10:39 AM

Wow, thanks for all the comments.  I am not sure I deserve them though.  I have to admit, I am rather anal (as probably most of us are in this hobby.... lol) and did go back a few times for retouching here and there.  I just hope I can do a good job on the exterior.  This will be my first time doing a multi-color camo scheme with my airbrush and I am not sure I am getting my pressures and techniques quite right (in other words, the monoscheme pre shade and gray interior cockpit was much easier).  I am still using my old Badger 200 from 1985 too... lol.  But if it gives me fits I may upgrade before finishing this build. 

I did do a ton of reading on the forums, YouTube, and even bought a new book to go with my aging Shep Paine books before jumping back and doing certain steps along the way.  Part of me is sad that the local hobby shops have all but gone but I have to admit, the internet has really given the hobby a big boost in terms of how to content, multiple techniques, and (best of all) like-minded support. 

I have added the fuselage halves and working on the wings now.  I will take more pics before putting the clear parts over the cockpit.  I can already see I may have a fit issue so that will be a good challenge to overcome.

Thanks again for all the support.

 

 

On the bench: Revell 1/32nd Junkers JU-88 A1

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Posted by Buckeye on Monday, November 2, 2015 11:20 AM

You are off to an awesome start there!Yes  Will be following along, I've looked at this kit myself.  It's going to be a big one.Smile

 

Mike

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Posted by panzer948 on Monday, November 30, 2015 1:17 PM

Hi folks, just a quick update on my progress to date.  My work schedule and family obligations usually means I get a chance to work on this starting around 10PM at night so progress is a little slow. But getting there.

Most of the major structures have been attached. Wings went together great with no serious gaps. I did add a little bit of putty and associated sanding along the fuselage’s middle lower exterior panel beneath the wing roots. Because of the sanding I will have to rescribe some nearby panel lines.

I have painted some of the exterior details and the guns, which will allow me to finally attach the clear canopy parts this week.  Last week I was able to get the canopy polished, coated with future, and finally masked using Eduard masks.  Wow, that took a bit of time (did it over two nights) but I can only imagine how long that would take to cut out manually using foil or tape.  I highly recommend them.  I had to reattach them several times to get them where I wanted and had not problems with them getting stretched or out of shape.

After adding all that PE I believe it made the already detailed and packed Revell interior a little tigher ins some parts.  This likely impacted the front nose piece where I have too much of a gap showing along the sides (top and bottom are good).   I haven't tried the rear canopy areas yet but dry fitting indicates they match up well.

Below are some pics of the guns (minus the reticles) and recently attached reci (pilot sight).  I painted the guns Model Master Metallic paints (gun metal with dry brushed silver). The pilot sight uses the Eduard PE interior parts set, including the clear arcylic part.  This wasn't as hard to mount as I thought it would be...  Altough it didn't show up in this photo, the gauges received a drop of testors clear canopy glue to simulate glass. Worked out great.  I did encounter an error when trying to mount the pilot gauge assembly into the cockpit area.  I had adverntly mounted the gauge backing plate to far forward (basically flush with top edge) which would not allow it to fit in the canopy. Thus, I had to pry it off and remount it further back. This shot is before I realized my mistake.

 

The photo below shows the landing gear strut ready for painting.  I used the Eduard PE exterior set for additional details such as the brake lines and some extra bolts.Before mounting the exhaust in the cowlings I decided to paint them first (will later mask them off).  I used an old trick I learned from Shep Paine for armor mufflers and mixed some baking soda with dark brown Testors enamels; then dry brushed them with lighter rushed shades. This gave it some texture to simulate rust.  I have since changed the tail wheel color from the recommended olive green like color indicated by the manual to a light gray shade. This was based on research of an actual JU88 A1 going thru reconstruction:

http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=21808

 

I hope to get most of this done over the holidays!  I would like to add it to a diorama that shows both a concrete tarmac and grass.  Still looking at ideas.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, November 30, 2015 1:20 PM
That looks really nice. For tarmac in this scale I would suggest maybe some sanding cloth. I can't say what grit as I have no tried it yet, but I think a finer one would give the right texture.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 30, 2015 3:04 PM

How have I managed to miss this one? WOW!!! That is some stunning work. You got mad skills !!

BK

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1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

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1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

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1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, November 30, 2015 7:32 PM
Super cool! I'm not sure how I missed this one until now.

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Posted by The Migrant on Monday, November 30, 2015 8:14 PM

Beautiful work! Yes

Mike G

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, December 4, 2015 8:12 PM
Incredible pit! Now if we could get an A-1 in 1/48th scale.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BlackTulip109 on Friday, December 4, 2015 11:24 PM

I love 1/32 scale WW2 aircraft and have one of these in the stash. For now I am building 1/72 and 1/48 with my son and really liking it!!

BUT

He has the yearning to try his hand at a 1/32nd kit.

I have a bunch of Hasegawa 1/32 Hellcats I picked uo years ago at a swap meet as well as a few Revell 1/32 History Maker ME-110's I'll have him experiment with those before I let him go near the expensive stuff

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Posted by panzer948 on Sunday, January 17, 2016 9:45 AM

Build still coming along nicely.  I am just about ready to add the camo.  Been a long process to just get the seems filled and sanded the way I wanted. Went back and fourth adding Tamiya Fine Primer on three different occasions to get it to an acceptable level.  My biggest problems were around some of the seems on the top of the plan and the bombay doors (altough the latter will mostly be hidden by the Dio base).  But the biggest challenge of them all was aroound the nose and some of the lower glass. I couldn't simply putty those areas in with white putty since then it would be seen as not matching the interior paint. Thus, I figured my water based Perfect Putty could be mixed with tamiya acrylics to "tone" it to match the interior cockpit.  Worked pertty well.  Thus all gaps around the clear plastic fuesalage were filled this way.  Filler with gray color.  Some is Mr Surfacer 500 too. We will see how it looks when I remove the masking tape.

I do have a question about dio bases.  What are people using to seal off the material used to build up the groundwork.  Say I want to use balsa foam, styrofoam or foam coare to build up a slight hill/ditch around the aircraft parking area.  What do you spray or spread across this to seal it from water based paints. I was even thinking of adding a small drainage ditch with clear acrylic as water.  Any thoughts?

 

 

 

On the bench: Revell 1/32nd Junkers JU-88 A1

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, January 17, 2016 10:44 AM

Some nice progress, she is looking good.

In regards to your base question. Are you planning on adding anything on top of the foam or what ever you decide to use or just use that as your ground work.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 17, 2016 11:16 AM

panzer948
my water based Perfect Putty could be mixed with tamiya acrylics to "tone" it to match the interior cockpit

What a great idea. I'll have to give that a try. And, the kit is coming along nicely. Looking forward to the paint.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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Posted by panzer948 on Sunday, January 17, 2016 2:33 PM

del.

 

Sorry was a double post. Used my cell phone to post this while wathching my Panthers pull off another win!

On the bench: Revell 1/32nd Junkers JU-88 A1

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Posted by panzer948 on Sunday, January 17, 2016 2:38 PM

Thanks. I am adding several water based materials such as celluclay, acrylic paint and may have a drainage ditch using clear acrylic or something else to simulate water. I had read you need to seal your buildup materials such as foam core, Styrofoam, Balsa core, etc. from water based materials.

On the bench: Revell 1/32nd Junkers JU-88 A1

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Posted by panzer948 on Sunday, January 17, 2016 2:41 PM

BrandonK

 

 
panzer948
my water based Perfect Putty could be mixed with tamiya acrylics to "tone" it to match the interior cockpit

 

What a great idea. I'll have to give that a try. And, the kit is coming along nicely. Looking forward to the paint.

BK

 

yes was very happy how easily the Tamiya paint mixed with the perfect putty. Added just a touch of water  too. Those were some significant gaps i had to fill. Took a few layers too. Hopefully    it will look very close when I pull off the masking tape.

 

 

On the bench: Revell 1/32nd Junkers JU-88 A1

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, January 17, 2016 2:47 PM

I normally coat my surface with paper maches and then celluclay. I have never had issues with the water in the paper mache effecting the styrofoam.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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Posted by patrick206 on Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:38 PM

Man, oh man, oh man, Panzer

Looks like you opened the box and poured a brand new, king size can of whoopass inside. What a fine job you're making of this, I'll be watching your progress with great interest.

And about your airbrush, if the 200 is good enough for Aaron Skinner, (FSM Editor,) it's good enough for any of us. My 200 is the most often used in my inventory, love that old workhorse, tough as a hammer.

Thank you for the post and photos.

Patrick

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