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UWAGA! 1/72 PZL P.11c from Arma Hobby
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Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 08:33 AM UTC
Almost there take II ! There are always those little bits and pieces to fix that have been missed earlier in the build, the most obvious being some rigging on the landing gear and some extra hardware that goes with the antenna wires.




Rear view mirror size XL added...



Magnus
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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 09:55 PM UTC
Joel! If you find some new uses for the erasers, please share them !

Phil! I used Hataka's dedicated thinner for their "orange line" paints, I think that both Gunze's ("Flattening thinner") and Tamiya's ("Yellow cap") laquer thinners will work fine. And you'll only need it for thinning since airbrush cleaning can be done with alcohol, both safer and cheaper.



Magnus
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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 09:23 PM UTC
Hi Magnus,I am curious about what thinner you used for the Hataka paints as I have a couple of Polish aircraft to do. Thanks Phil
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Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 02:40 AM UTC

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Joel! A box of plastic erasers is probably the cheapest most useful thing I have ever bought for my hobby ! Cut it into jigs, sanding blocks of whatever shape you desire, supports, paint stands and now an anvil for rolling PE! And if you ever make a spelling mistake, you can even use them for what they were intended for from the beginning !


Almost there, should be finished within next week I hope!



Magnus



Magnus,

Going to get a few today.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 05:40 PM UTC
Joel! A box of plastic erasers is probably the cheapest most useful thing I have ever bought for my hobby ! Cut it into jigs, sanding blocks of whatever shape you desire, supports, paint stands and now an anvil for rolling PE! And if you ever make a spelling mistake, you can even use them for what they were intended for from the beginning !


Almost there, should be finished within next week I hope!



Magnus
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Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 06:43 AM UTC

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Joel! Since I hadn't glosscoated the wheels I had almost decided to cheat on the wheel decals, I'm glad I didn't ! And it wasn't that complicated to brush a thin layer of Andrea acrylic clear on the tire wall, it dried in about three minutes and then it was decal time... I have to stop being lazy!

I might have shown this before but my photo setup can be seen below, I'm using a photo tent (three years in a row voted "most hated thing in the house" by my wife since I leave it unfolded wherever I forget it: kitchen table, living room table, once even on our bed ) with a curved background held up by clothes pins in both ends, and a flash with a diffuser that I aim upwards/backwards to get a good light spread.

My EOS5D Mk III camera has three preset positions on the program wheel, one of these is programmed to f/20, 1/50 s, ISO 100, flash compensation +2 (for the diffuser and the fact that the flash is aimed away from the target) and white balance for flashlight. Lens is an ordinary 24-105 "holiday zoom" with stabiliser, I don't use any fixed focal length but full model photos are usually taken somewhere in the middle of the focal range while backing off a bit, still ensuring that the flash will hit the inside of the tent though.

I've used setups with lamps before but that's a bit more work to set up since I have no room for a permanent photo studio so this turned out to be the golden compromise. And if you ask Ulrika, that tent is usually ready for action within seconds since it is standing unfolded somewhere in the house anyway !



Thomas! The PZL gull wings certainly are cool, the Iskra isn't bad either! Check out the PZL-130 Orlik, I would love one for myself. And don't forget the gliders, I've flown both the Jantar, the Junior and the Puchacz !

Some small-size meditation the other night...


Wind screen masked, masks provided in the kit (thanks!)!


Machine guns, rolled from photo etch. I was a bit worried over this but it turned out simple, I used a suitable Albion tube and a piece of eraser to roll it against another eraser and suddenly I had a beautifully formed piece of metal!



Magnus



Magnus,
I'm super impressed with how your rolled those barrels. the one time I tried it, I completely ruined all of them.

Nice photo setup. A single bounce flash works great in an enclosed space like that. My 3 light setup is my work bench cleaned off, my desklamp for overhead and back fill, and two side tensor lamps (one of which I use for modeling as well). I just started using Micro fiber towels that I tape to the wall and let it drape over the side of the table. I'm still looking for a min of 24 inches x 24 inches in a nice blue. So far I haven't come close. I shoot with Canon's competitor: D7100 Nikon and either a 18-70mm lens or my 105mm macro lens.


Joel
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Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 05:29 AM UTC
Joel! Since I hadn't glosscoated the wheels I had almost decided to cheat on the wheel decals, I'm glad I didn't ! And it wasn't that complicated to brush a thin layer of Andrea acrylic clear on the tire wall, it dried in about three minutes and then it was decal time... I have to stop being lazy!

I might have shown this before but my photo setup can be seen below, I'm using a photo tent (three years in a row voted "most hated thing in the house" by my wife since I leave it unfolded wherever I forget it: kitchen table, living room table, once even on our bed ) with a curved background held up by clothes pins in both ends, and a flash with a diffuser that I aim upwards/backwards to get a good light spread.

My EOS5D Mk III camera has three preset positions on the program wheel, one of these is programmed to f/20, 1/50 s, ISO 100, flash compensation +2 (for the diffuser and the fact that the flash is aimed away from the target) and white balance for flashlight. Lens is an ordinary 24-105 "holiday zoom" with stabiliser, I don't use any fixed focal length but full model photos are usually taken somewhere in the middle of the focal range while backing off a bit, still ensuring that the flash will hit the inside of the tent though.

I've used setups with lamps before but that's a bit more work to set up since I have no room for a permanent photo studio so this turned out to be the golden compromise. And if you ask Ulrika, that tent is usually ready for action within seconds since it is standing unfolded somewhere in the house anyway !



Thomas! The PZL gull wings certainly are cool, the Iskra isn't bad either! Check out the PZL-130 Orlik, I would love one for myself. And don't forget the gliders, I've flown both the Jantar, the Junior and the Puchacz !

Some small-size meditation the other night...


Wind screen masked, masks provided in the kit (thanks!)!


Machine guns, rolled from photo etch. I was a bit worried over this but it turned out simple, I used a suitable Albion tube and a piece of eraser to roll it against another eraser and suddenly I had a beautifully formed piece of metal!



Magnus
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 06:27 AM UTC
This really turns out pretty nice, Magnus!

Decals, detailing and paint job looking spot on so far. Though I'm not much impressed by any polish engeneering and constructions I love the "Pulawski-Wings".

Th mas
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 02:12 AM UTC
Magnus,
Love the lettering decals on the wheels. Not an easy thing to accomplish in 1/72 scale.

for model photography, I've gone to a 3 light setup: two at about 45 degrees to the model and one overhead, softer light to help with the shadow issues. Never use a on camera flash. Other then grab shots during construction, I use a tripod, stop down as much as I can to increase the already to narrow depth of field, so my exposures run close to 1/2 second or more. For a lens I generally use a 105mm macro lens or my 18-70 zoomed out to almost 70mm (sometimes needing a 12mm extension tube). That gets me further away from the subject, and generally softens the overall image.


Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 08:18 AM UTC
Lars! Pick one up, it's a sweet kit and the engineering is first rate, just check out the struts below!

Joel! It is difficult to photograph a model so that it looks the same way in the photos as it is seen in reality, to start with the camera gets a lot "closer" in some way. The wash is a brownish shade that is a favourite of mine for enhancing detail.

Oliver! I still don't do 48!


Struts finally in place.


Engineering is fantastic, they just fell in place, I have secured them with white glue since they aren't structural in any way. Note that they are all slightly different, take care not to mix them up in the process!


Detail painting around cockpit, leather coaming and pilot neck rest painted.



And one final nice touch: tire labels! Thanks Wojtek!



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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 03:44 AM UTC
Hi Magnus,
Your PZL comes along very nice. It looks like You were building a 1/48 kit.

Oliver
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Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2018 - 01:02 AM UTC
Magnus,
The Black wash in those prominent recessed lines really do standout, which is a concern to me. That's why I was so glad to read that in real life it's much less. It's easy to understand how the lighting for photography can create that effect of strong highlights, as well as strong shadows.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 06:38 PM UTC
This looks very good. I like to build 1/72 but the result is so smallish. Watching this build I can see mee picking up this model for my stash and use it as a mojo raiser. The result looks very good!
Gr TC
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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 05:14 PM UTC
Finally the decal work is finished!




After a coat of MRP Semi-Gloss...


...it was time for a wash to pop out some detail both on the upper surfaces...


...and on the lower ones...

Lots of contrast in the photos, it doesn't look that dominant in real life.



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Posted: Monday, October 01, 2018 - 11:04 PM UTC
Torsten! Decals are Cartograf, at least in the "Expert"-boxings. A friend of mine has the "Junior"-boxing and in that one there are decals from Techmod. Cartograf are the gold standard when it comes to decals and well worth the extra money!

Regarding the paints, these are from the Hataka "orange line" meaning that they are laquer acrylics. If you don't mind working with laquer thinner they are a good choice, they performed very well in the airbrush and dried into a nice surface. They also seem to harden solidly, they weren't affected by my rather liberal use of decal setting solutions!

I wouldn't hesitate using them again, especially if Hataka has a good set of colours that I can't get out-of-the-bottle from my current (rather substantial) stock of Gunze and MRP-bottles!



Magnus
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Posted: Monday, October 01, 2018 - 07:27 AM UTC
Fantastic progress on that little bird, Magnus! Your paint job looks again flawless and as Joel already mentioned, the decals look like they're painted on. What brand are they?

As you use Hataka paints on this build I would like to know how satisfied you are with the handling of them. I've heard good and bad things about Hataka. At the expo in Basel last weekend I saw sets of Hataka paints for the Swedish Air Force and the Finnish Army and wanted to buy them but I didn't do it. I'm still not sure how they "behave" when masking them. You know what I mean - swedish/finnish splinter camo ....

Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 01:06 AM UTC
Magnus,
Like I said, the decals look like they were painted on.
Joel
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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 06:14 PM UTC
Joel! It does take a bit of work (decal solution ) and patience (multiple applications ) to get the decals to sink into the surface structure, almost there though!

Terri! Thanks! Trying to keep the project going!





A few more applications of Micro Sol and then it is time to seal the decals!



Magnus
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 01:44 PM UTC
Very nice so far Magnus Loo king forward on the next up-date





Terri
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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 01:40 AM UTC
Magnus,
Your decaling came out flawless. Looks like they were painted on.

I'd say your wife is one very smart Lady for sure.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 06:03 AM UTC
Joel! Ulrika (my wife) has already figured this one out: it is absolutely pointless giving me advice because I never listen (or read) ! I gave it a glosscoat anyway...

I am usually a fan of your method, polishing the paintwork, but in this case the surface has a corrugated structure ensuring that I would go through the rather thin paintjob into the plastic if I was to try polishing.


Cartograf decals performing flawlessly. I probably should have cut masks for the numbers since they are geometrically very simple but decided to go old-school full decals on this one!



Magnus
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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 09:07 AM UTC
Magnus,
The paint scheme looks fantastic. As for gloss coating prior to decaling, I've stopped using that method. What I do now is a wet light rubbing out of the paint using Tamiya 3,000 sponge. the surface just becomes silky smooth, and that's all you need. I did all the various body panels on the Lotus Type 72E that way, without any issues.

BTW, my next update hopefully will be this weekend.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 08:27 AM UTC
Phumbles! Thanks for your kind comments, that Lanc can't be mine though since it sits here staring at me, still mostly unbuilt! "Shrimpman" has finished a very nice one for the bombers campaign, could be his that you have seen!


Masking the stripes! Note that the stripe on the fin should be just on the starbord side.


A bit of green!


And then some unmasking! Quite snappy I think!

I've yet to decide if I need a clearcoat before decalling. All those life-and-death decisions we need to handle...



Magnus
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:30 PM UTC
Hi Magnus
I have the Azur kit with similar markings, going to to pull it out and compare the sprues. Also a bit late but your Bf 110 G4 and Lancaster BII both turned out fantastic.
Phil.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:18 AM UTC
Magnus,
Looking real good. I keep on forgetting it's 1/72 scale. The picture with the PZL on a stick really puts it into perspective for me. In that context, those panels lines look a lot better.

Joel