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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Paint (Delta, F-102, Me-163B, Hawk T1)

I managed to sneak in another painting session the night before the Spring Show. It was a prototypical experience for me: one disaster, one omission, and a few successful paint jobs.

The disaster is still mystifying me a bit. Here is how it developed. As I was building the Ffrom Northrop Delta, there were a couple of seams that needed attention. One wing seam and the tops of the two landing gear spats. Plus a couple of instances of general seam cleanup. So I decided to do something I rarely do: apply a primer coat. As it happened, I just wanted to use a color that was already in the airbrush. I had just finished doing cockpits with Dark Admiralty Grey, so I did an overall coat on the Delta. I figured I would just paint the Alclad over the top once I checked out the seam work (which turned out to be fine).

And here, as they say, my troubles began.  As I sprayed the Alclad, it just absorbed into the Grey primer coat. You could tell there was some metallic sheen in there, but the color coverage basically disappeared. This led to a desire to spray a bit heavier, which led to runs, which led to a catastrophic finish. The only thing that looked correct was the engine cowling. And, no coincidence since I had added that piece after I primered the model, that was the only thing that did not have any other paint on there. I did try to take a photo of it, but my camera was misbehaving and I decided to move on. As I said, I typically don't prime before Alclad. And now I know why! (BTW, the photo below shows the Delta after primer but before I shot the Alclad). 

Other less traumatic paint work included getting the wheel wells for the F-102 in ZC Green, the cockpit interior for another Bae Hawk T1, and a coat for the cockpit of the RAF captured Me-163B Komet. I was planning to do the Trainer Yellow undersides for the Komet as well since this would not interfere with the cockpit, but completely spaced on it. Ah well, something for the next paint session to cope with.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (part 5 of 5)

Here is one final load of photos from the Spring Show. 

If you want to look at the entire album (I shot a couple of hundred models, many more than I can highlight directly on the blog) here is a link to the gallery: Link

Today's list includes an RAF MQ-9 Reaper UAV, Me-262, LVTA1 amphibian, Ki-43, F-105, and Nardi FN-305.

Many thanks for having a look. And congratulations to the IPMS-Seattle team for another excellent show!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (part 4 of 5)

Another batch of photos from the show. These include an Israeli B-17, Bristol Beaufighter, a Mk 1 "female" tank, P-26, Henschel Hs-126, and a SAAB B-17.

Last set tomorrow. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (part 3 of 5)

Another selection of photos from the 2018 version of the IPMS-Seattle Spring Show. This time we have a Heinkel He-70, a big diorama of the Deathstar with a group of 1:72 Star Wars fighters, that spectacular 1:32 XB-70 I was gushing about earlier (not 1:72 but definitely drew some attention!), a 1:72 sub, a rather lonesome Eurofighter - and Italian to boot, and a Revell Lanc. 

More tomorrow! 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

2018 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (part 2 of 5)

Time for another selection of photographs from the Spring Show. This group consists of a brightly colored CF-18 in markings for the 150th Canadian anniversary, a trio of very nice Meng F-102/106s, Macchi MC-72 seaplane racer, AModel Jetstream 31 in Economist magazine markings, a Spitfire (but at least in unusual Egyptian markings), and a USN Sea King.

More tomorrow; maybe some armor/trucks and maritime as well. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (part 1 of 5)

Another Seattle Spring Show is in the books, and I suspect it set another record for attendance and models, though I won't know that until I get the statistics in another few days. But it was definitely crowded from walk-ins and the 1:72 tables were packed as well. 

Now, all of you know that I will be a 1:72 guy until the day I am loaded into my 1:72 scale coffin, but even I have to admit that the most impressive model at the show was a 1:32 version of the XB-70. The thing was bloody huge and very well done. If it started life as a Combat vac, the work is even more impressive. I do hope it was as least in contention for best model, or at least best in category. 

Types chosen in 1:72 were decently diverse this year, though there were the usual high numbers of 109s, 190s, and Spits. Quality, I have to say, was pretty high up there as well. Not many obvious dogs on the tables. In all, I think the Seattle team can be justly proud of another well-run, well-attended model show. 

For the next few days, I'll be running a selection of my favorites each day. This isn't meant to be the "best" in the categories; my choice is always eclectic and follows no easily discernible standards! Below are Anigrand XB-51, Anigrand A-12 Flying Dorito, Special Hobby B-18 Bolo, AModel Beech 1900, Mistel, and Special Hobby Me-264.

If you want to see the entire gallery: 2018 Gallery

Friday, April 20, 2018

Paint (F-102, Hawk, DC-3, Eurofighter, Me-163B)

The paint session went well enough. Our streak with breaking appliances continues – this time it is the garage door opening mechanism – so I had to manually push the thing up to allow for ventilation during the painting. I do wear a respirator, but prefer to have ample fresh air coming in while I’m doing this job.

Pretty much everything I mentioned in the last post got covered. The F-102 got its wheel wells and the inner side of the wheel doors painted. Next comes masking the wells and an overall coat of ADC Gray.

A general Aluminum coat took care of exhausts for DC-3 and the Italian Eurofighter.

The cockpit for the Bae Hawk T1 was painted Admiralty Grey. I also used that for the primer coat on the Ffrom Northrop Delta. Seam work looked good, and I will next paint it overall NMF. I also got the cockpit for the HobbyBoss Me-163B – which will be painted up in captured RAF markings – completed. Next comes masking and attaching the canopy, and eventually putting on the Trainer Yellow undersides.

Overall semi matte coats for another Eurofighter (41 Sqdrn RAF 100th anniversary markings) and the DC-3 (Worldwide Airways “Arctic Rose”) means that these two can now be moved to the completed column. Expect summaries as soon as I can get the photographs taken.

I’ve already gone on to do some construction after this painting session (and of course I do have the two completions that will need to be written up) but the next few days will consist of highlights from the IPMS-Seattle Spring Show on 4-21-2018. I was concerned that the surgery would cause me to miss this year’s version after 23 straight years, but I seem to be doing well enough that I can at least hobble around the display room and get photos of all the 1:72 models.