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Friday, November 9, 2018

Paint session (tires, Otter, Mc-202, Fiat CR-25)

Another small and quick paint session. Only 3 paint colors this time.

First was the interior of the Otter from IBG, painted Middle Bronze Green. I’ve already added a couple more parts to the model as construction continues.

Two sets of tires were sprayed after masking the center hub. These were for the T-45 and the Ki-98. I have also painted the Dark Grey of the Trent Meteor wheels and will see if I can find an appropriately-sized mask to paint the wheel hubs.

Cockpits were sprayed for the Fiat CR-25 and the Macchi C-202. I used RAF Grey-green, which to my eye is a pretty close match to the light grey-green that the Italians used. Good enough for a closed cockpit, certainly.

To my horror, I found that I had forgotten to paint the outer wing panels Insignia Red on the T-45, despite the fact that I’ve already placed some of the decals on the fuselage. Luckily I was able to mask it off without having to get tape anywhere near the decals; it’s instant death for tape to interact with decals in place. The photo below shows it all masked up and ready for the next paint day, which is the only photo I have from the session because the other models have already moved on to further construction work.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Matchbox Noorduyn Norseman - Ear Falls Airway

OK, we’re going to make this one quick. This model has been something of a hangar queen, though not quite exiled to the Shelf of Shame, for some time now. A complex paint job and all those fiddly struts, most of which broke at one time or another, caused endless delays. Even worse, when I did decide to finish it up and apply decals, they split into pieces when applied to the model.

The jigsaw puzzle that was the Norseman’s Ear Falls markings job was pretty bad. It’s not like it is a military aircraft, with just roundels and a few code letters that you could source elsewhere. {As an aside, when I built the previous Norseman a few years back and put it in fictional British Army markings, I really didn’t have much problem at all with construction or decals}. But the Leading Edge decal set (which usually perform much better than this) was problematic. And of course those floats and struts were endless sources of misalignment and chaos.

The trim around the engine cowling must have been in 20 pieces by the time I gave it up. Even bits of the side stripe disappeared sometime between decalling and photography. And the alignment of the struts – well, let’s just say we’re declaring victory and moving on.

This is completed aircraft #498 (15 aircraft, 1 ordnance, 5 vehicles for the year 2018), finished in October of 2018.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Paint session (Ki-98, Trent Meteor)

Another short paint session in order to move some of the projects along. The AG-4 got a sealer coat, so it is ready for its completion writeup once the window masks are removed.

The Ki-98 has been through more masking tape than any recent model I can recall. But this session consisted of the final color to be put on the main airframe: Alclad Aluminum on the lower surfaces. I have been having some more problems with bad Alclad batches lately. Mostly it is my own fault. Once I can tell the bottle is from one of the bad batches, I should just throw it away. But I always think I can find a solution to the problem down the line and just move the bad bottle out of the way. Then, of course, I forget it ever was a bad bottle, and the cycle starts again. This time I just chucked it once it didn’t work. There are other bottles like this lurking in my paint stash. I finally found one that covered properly and finished the painting. Next comes landing gear, doors, prop, and decals.

The Trent Meteor was masked up for its camo and a coat of Ocean Grey applied. Things were a bit rough all round, but I decided to just buff it up with a paper towel and call it good. The fuselage painting is now complete, so next comes addition of landing gear and assembling the props. As longtime readers now, I sooooo love superglue, and the prop hubs for this kit have been produced in resin, though the blades themselves are in plastic. Stand by for large doses of obscene language. The Ocean Grey and Dark Green don't provide much of a color contrast.  

I also gave the Blue Angels F11F a coat of gray for its cockpit.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka

Ever since Hasegawa included an Ohka suicide bomb in one of their (Rita?) bomber kits, I’ve thought that it would be interesting to have one of them in the collection. But since I already had that kit – without Ohka – I figured I would wait until something else came along. And it finally did. Brengun, who seem to specialize in small models, produced an Ohka a year or so ago, along with a masking set. So I took the plunge.

The kit isn’t complicated, but the fit could be better (assuming it wasn’t just my usual ham-fistedness at work). An area that needs special attention is the wing to fuselage seam. I constructed my own display structure since I didn’t want to bother with the kit wooden framework, which was produced in resin. Not sure why; there certainly wasn’t any shape there that couldn’t have been handled as well in plastic. But I will avoid superglue usage if I have any other alternative. My fingers have spent enough time joined together.

Decals are from the kit. They depict a suicide bomber from the Okinawa campaign in 1945. Quite a statement on just how willing the Japanese were willing to die to the last man in this war.

This is completed aircraft #497 (14 aircraft, 1 ordnance, 5 vehicles for the year 2018), finished in October of 2018.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Raduga AS-1 Kennel and transport cart

Today’s completion is actually two models which were done at the same time: the Raduga AS-1 Kennel missile and its associated transport cart, both by AModel.

The Kennel is an anti-shipping missile which was used by the Tu-4 and Tu-16. It apparently was in Soviet service from roughly 1955 to 1969.

This is one of AModel’s earlier efforts and it shows. Fit is somewhat miserable, and required a large amount of putty to take care of gaps and seams. I was concerned about trying to put a NMF over all of that when I noticed that one of the options was for a red-painted missile. I also found some photos of this example on Google. Painting a solid color, even red, over lots of repair work definitely beats trying to spray Alclad over it all. A couple of numbers from an Xtradecal set of RAF letters/numbers completed the work.

Another example of the AModel line of large missile ordnance. The next will likely be the AS-3 Kangaroo.

This is completed ordnance #11 and completed vehicle #19 (13 aircraft, 1 ordnance, 5 vehicles for the year 2018), finished in October of 2018.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fujimi/Testors Junkers Ju-87G

Today’s completion is another model that just seemed to be born under a lucky star. Everything went together as expected, there were no stupid impatience gaffes, and painting was a breeze. It helps when the original kit is extremely well-done. This is the Fujimi Ju-87G Stuka, though I believe it was in a Testors boxing.

I’ve had this kit for ages, probably going back to the 90s. I had already completed another Stuka, done in desert markings with the large snake running down the side of the fuselage. That was, I believe, a B. The G, subject of today’s completion, is distinguished mostly by the two underwing Bordkanone 3.7mm cannon pods. About the only one I haven’t done yet is the A, which MPM did a few years back. Maybe it is in my near future?

The Fujimi kit is a pleasure to build. I used an Eduard masking set, thereby avoiding the job of cutting each of the many window panels individually. Proud to be a lazy sob when it comes to cutting masks. I seem to have misplaced my WD-40, which does a fine job of removing the residue left behind from masks and gives the canopy a nice shine. Once it turns up, I'll give this Ju-87 the treatment. 

The markings are nothing special on this particular aircraft. The instruction sheet is no help, as it gives no information (besides a type history). Standard mid-war camo. This type’s primary job was tank-hunting rather than dive-bombing, and by all accounts it handled the new responsibilities well.

It is nice to have a model come together well, and I’m pretty happy with this one.

This is completed aircraft #496 (13 aircraft, 0 ordnance, 5 vehicles for the year 2018), finished in October of 2018.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

ICM Sdkfz 222

My 1:72 vehicle collection continues to grow. This is the 20th in the series, though some of those are transport carts. I seem to have developed something of a love for recon vehicles. I’ve completed a Daimler armored car, the M1117, the Stryker, and this Sdkfz 222, and have started work on the IBG Otter. And there are still quite a few more to do. Not sure why I gravitate to wheeled vehicles rather than the ones with tracks. But transport and recon seem to be my niche at present.

This is the ICM kit. It is really well detailed, though perhaps a bit overly complex as well. Still, if you want more than 10 parts to your 1:72 armored vehicles, this is what you get nowadays. Some impatience is evident on this model, but I think I was able to compensate well enough. I also tried some dark brown acrylic wash on the lower bits in order to bring out the detail and cut the impression of one gigantic brown model. Whether I did enough is open to interpretation. It is an ongoing bit of work.

There are two bits of photoetch: one for the fuselage body and one for the mesh that encloses the gun compartment. Never my favorite medium, but I managed to get through it without a complete breakdown.

There really aren’t any hidden pitfalls on this model other than the complexity. With patience and attention – not always in my arsenal at least – this will come out well.

Now a word about the pictures. These are indeed taken in the new photo tent, and you can see that the light coverage and exposure are better. I did not, however, use the tripod and the aperture setting on my D40. So there are still some depth of field issues. I needed to get some completions documented, and I decided to take better in lieu of best. It too is an ongoing experiment, so once I get the next few postings done I plan to take some time and really see what can be done. 

This is completed vehicle #20 (12 aircraft, 0 ordnance, 5 vehicles for the year 2018), finished in October of 2018.