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Torpon
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Spain / España
Joined: February 28, 2012
KitMaker: 39 posts
AeroScale: 38 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 09:18 PM UTC
@John, really interesting build, looking forward to see more. (I wish I could give my wife an plastic model as a gift!)

Some progress in my tiny Mig 15bis, main paint job done and metallic varnish applied. Decals next.

Vallejo Metal color really looks the part over glossy black but I find it really unforgiving. A small overspray and it looks really dull.

john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
KitMaker: 125 posts
AeroScale: 114 posts
Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 04:40 AM UTC
Hi Everyone!

Lots of good builds going on here! Carlos, that is one small plane!

So, have you ever thought you've done something, and proceed along like you did it? Well, as it turns out, I decided to join this build on June 1st. While the paint was drying on the C-47, and feeling the need for something that would be a less challenging build, and make a nice gift for the wife, I began Tamiya's P-47D "Bubbletop".

The before picture:




I intend to do this as a P-47D-28-RE of the 313 FG, 50th FS. This means a fin fillet, that the kit doesn't have. As luck would have it, amongst my squadron of P-47's I have Tamiya's P-47M which has the fillet. The M variant that I'll be doing doesn't have the fillet, so problem solved. This should be pretty much out of the box, haven't decided if the canopy will be open or not, depends on how I do on the cockpit.

Either way, it'll be NMF, and will sport nose art with my lovely wife's name, rather hard to find nose art with "Rosie" in it! Anyway, I will be keeping a log on this (a first for me), keeping track of all the stuff used, and especially the real time taken. I've always been curious, so time to see.

I did spend three hours mixing, and painting the interior colors, using Tamiya paints, and plan to use them through out, except for the NMF which will Alclad II.




Colors used to date are: XF-5 Flat Green for interior cockpit, XF-4 Yellow Green for Wheel wells, XF-16 Flat Al for cowling interior, X-10 Gunmetal for engine, XF-69 NATO black for instruments and radio. All were mixed 1:4 with Mr. Leveler thinner, and airbrushed at about 12 psi, using my Badger Anthem.

The writing detail may be overkill, let me know. I don't think I'll include the time to write this up as part of the build time (too much time!). Total time so far, including research: 4 hours 5 minutes.

This promises to be quite a bit of fun for me!

Enjoy!
Torpon
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Spain / España
Joined: February 28, 2012
KitMaker: 39 posts
AeroScale: 38 posts
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:39 PM UTC
Hi,

A small update on the small mig-15.

I have done the basic interior (grey paint+1 decal+wash+drybrushing), finished the main assembly (~5 parts!) and prime the model with glossy black primer.

I will have to work more on the finish, the primer looks a bit rough and there are a few seams to be filled and sanded. (I thought I have done that but the glossy black doesn't hide any imperfection.)

Anyway, here we go:



Those are all the parts of the model!

Carlos
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
KitMaker: 741 posts
AeroScale: 232 posts
Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 09:02 AM UTC
Carlos, interesting project. I will follow this one!

Cheers!
Gabriel
Torpon
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Spain / España
Joined: February 28, 2012
KitMaker: 39 posts
AeroScale: 38 posts
Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 06:46 AM UTC
Hi everyone,

Greetings!

Great builds so far.

I have been always terrified of NMF. I try to avoid them.

I show the opportunity of using this campaign as as excuse to test the Vallejo Metal Color line. I have read that they are not perfect but they are acrylics and I airbrush in my Kitchen.

The main problem is that I wanted an easy build with a dual kit to fully embrace experimentation and I overdid it and I choose a very small plane in 1/144. I can barely see it!

My entry will be an Eduard 1/144 Mig-15bis. I will go for the Cuban variant.



(I will start slowly while I finish my entry for the Vietnam Campaign.)

Carlos.
eMan
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Hong Kong S.A.R. / 繁體
Joined: August 08, 2002
KitMaker: 931 posts
AeroScale: 252 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2018 - 05:45 PM UTC
Started to build my entry, Miku Model 1/48 SNECMA C.450 Coléoptère



PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
Joined: October 01, 2016
KitMaker: 153 posts
AeroScale: 88 posts
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 10:37 PM UTC
Really nice dark metallic shine on the Tunnan.

Sabre's got primary layer of metal finish.

Grey primer with thin layer of silver paint:


Followed by one application of True Metal aluminium:


I'll try to make the NM finish more varied next.
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
KitMaker: 741 posts
AeroScale: 232 posts
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 06:28 PM UTC
Iain, looking good and interesting technique! I may give it a try. I have the same problem with Alclads: the shades are very close to each other - you barely can see any difference. The one that stands out as darker is polished aluminium. Airframe aluminium, aluminium and chrome are about twins

KUTGW!
Cheers!
Gabriel
Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
Joined: May 05, 2006
KitMaker: 774 posts
AeroScale: 169 posts
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 01:21 PM UTC
My tunnan has got some skin

Primed with a mix of dark grey and gloss black




had to clean up a bit of the leakage with some isopropyl and a cotton swab.

Then top coat of Alclad aluminium. Tried Dark aluminium in the wheel wells, but not a lot of difference that I can see between the two...






md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
KitMaker: 3,968 posts
AeroScale: 2,644 posts
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 09:14 AM UTC
Not my horse in this race, but it's on topic. Airfix 1/144 Boeing Model 314 Clipper. Testers auto lacquer silver over Tamiya white primer.

Was able to shoot straight from the bottle at ~20psi. Worked reasonably well. Gotta clean up some boo boos but it's looking good.
EHAM0624
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: January 27, 2014
KitMaker: 176 posts
AeroScale: 72 posts
Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 03:02 PM UTC

I started also on an F-86 but than the D version



nice looking model but it needs a bit off putty in certain places



more to follow
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 10:27 AM UTC
Got the Clipper assembled and primed. Think I'm going to try a Testors aluminum lacquer next.


Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
KitMaker: 741 posts
AeroScale: 232 posts
Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 09:14 PM UTC
Pasi, good job on that Sabre! And your painting aim looks gorgeous... let see how you're going to manage that

KUTGW!
Gabriel
PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
Joined: October 01, 2016
KitMaker: 153 posts
AeroScale: 88 posts
Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 12:14 PM UTC
This ready for painting:



I did spend extra effort on sanding seams, and I'll see after primer whether there's any more cleaning to do. I'm planning to use True Color wax based metal paints and I'm aiming to quite oxidized look that's evident on the plane when it was in in Korea
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
KitMaker: 741 posts
AeroScale: 232 posts
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 08:54 PM UTC
Thanks, Linus! I'll be watching. If I re-join the campaign, I will use Alclad Aluminim Airframe as well.

Cheers!
KUTGW!

Gabriel
LinusB
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Western Australia, Australia
Joined: March 21, 2016
KitMaker: 247 posts
AeroScale: 105 posts
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 04:22 AM UTC

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Linus Just glue it! mantra works after all. Nice progress! What is your choice of metallic color?

Keep it up, guys! Nice campaign so far

Cheers!
Gabriel



I am planning on using Alclad Aluminium.

Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
KitMaker: 741 posts
AeroScale: 232 posts
Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 07:28 PM UTC
Iain Nice detail in that cockpit.

Damian: Looking good, bud!

Linus Just glue it! mantra works after all. Nice progress! What is your choice of metallic color?

Keep it up, guys! Nice campaign so far

Cheers!
Gabriel
LinusB
#462
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Western Australia, Australia
Joined: March 21, 2016
KitMaker: 247 posts
AeroScale: 105 posts
Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 04:30 PM UTC
Learning so much from these builds.

My P51-D unprimed then primed.



Sleepwalker71
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Singapore / 新加坡
Joined: August 30, 2012
KitMaker: 141 posts
AeroScale: 8 posts
Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 03:03 PM UTC
I have started work on my Ki-61. The cockpit is almost done and right now it's waiting for final weathering, then I will close the fuselage. I'm going through the drawing showing riveting details, still considering if to add them.

Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
Joined: May 05, 2006
KitMaker: 774 posts
AeroScale: 169 posts
Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - 02:17 PM UTC
Cockpit of the Tunnan is done. Instruction call for grey and black, but all the photos I could find show shades of green so that is what I did.





And got the fuselage closed up with as much lead weight in the front as I could fit.
Lakota
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New Mexico, United States
Joined: November 17, 2008
KitMaker: 794 posts
AeroScale: 205 posts
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018 - 06:27 PM UTC
Howdy Y'all
I did some work on my Mig-15 this weekend and ran into more problems. I decided to glue the canopy closed and paint it black. I sanded on the canopy a little to see if I could replicate the scratched up look but gave up. The canopy has some fit problems if you glue it closed. I think I'll set this aside and work on another campaign.

Take care,
Don "Lakota"
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
KitMaker: 741 posts
AeroScale: 232 posts
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 05:50 PM UTC
Thanks, Don! Well, I'm eager to do it again! I will follow your build. All best wishes for your family!

Cheers!
Gabriel
Lakota
#123
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New Mexico, United States
Joined: November 17, 2008
KitMaker: 794 posts
AeroScale: 205 posts
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 05:20 AM UTC
Gabriel,
Don't be so hard on yourself, you've finished a model
I've learned from your build, thanks. I put the Mig aside for a couple of weeks, got some family time I need to take care of. No complaints, I love my family.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
KitMaker: 741 posts
AeroScale: 232 posts
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:22 PM UTC
Hi, guys.

Last update

I applied washes and some subtle oil weathering, and there she is:













Can anyone believe that are just a few years gap between these two aircraft?


Conclusion to my build: I liked pretty much working with Eduard profipack and I loved Cartograf decals. I didn't really like my paint job because the metallic flake is too big in Rust-oleum paints and the clear coat adds a magnifying effect. I liked it in 1/48 scale; it looks quite bad in 1/72. Otherwise, the finish is great. All in all, I think for a "first", I did OK. And because I am quite dissapointed with my finish, I bought some Alclad paints and another MiG - Academy MiG 21 in 1/72 (yes, the old barren one) to use it as test bed before messing some nice Special Hobby Yak as I intended to. So, if the time is in my side, I'll rejoin this campaign with my MiG-21. I keep following the thread and meanwhile I'm moving to another group build.
It was a very instructive campaign for me. Thank you, guys!
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
KitMaker: 741 posts
AeroScale: 232 posts
Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 01:40 AM UTC
Hello, guys!

UPDATE:

I masked and painted the walk lines:


I wasn't quite happy with what I've got and re-touched them:


And... NO! She's not a tail-sitter! (I was nervous about that, being my first "tricycle" aircraft):



Pin-wash follows!

Cheers!
Gabriel