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BlackWidow
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 09:28 PM UTC
Thanks Gary! In the end the Blenheim turned out really fine, except the fitting of the canopy, which is bad. I hope that Airfix fixes that in further releases. You mentioned the finnish markings. I hope that Airfix will give us a Mk.IV in quarterscale in not too far future and that will become a finnish one then for sure. But I can also build another Mk.I in Ilmavoimat dress.

On the other hand, I have here the Do 17 from ICM and when I visited the FiAF Museum in Tikkakoski last summer I guess you can imagine what I found in their souvenir shop ....

Torsten
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 06:08 PM UTC
Somehow I totally missed this one. I have been hammering out ICM's brand new Dornier Do 217N1 which I have converted into and N2/R22. Some great work so far!

Torsten,
The paint on your Blenheim looks great! I would have said to go with the Finnish markings.

Gaz
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 09:06 AM UTC


Cockpit is ready, now I can starting mating the bigger parts
BlackWidow
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 07:56 AM UTC
Thanks Peter! The session today went really well. I bought a new glass of Marabu Matt Varnish and within 1 hour everything was done to my satisfaction. I will leave the model to dry overnight and peel off the masks tomorrow. Will show the result in a few days.

What Matt Varnish do you use for your models? I have tried a few like Revell, Gunze or Vallejo but it seems as if Marabu works best for me, though it has to be thinned with water or something similar. I use 1/3 window cleaner and 2/3 Matt Varnish. It does the job ....
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petbat
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 07:54 AM UTC
Looks great Torsten. Sorry to hear about the Vallejo. I have had the same issue so do not use that anymore.
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 06:58 AM UTC
Thanks Peter! Progress went well on my Blenheim in the past days. This will be my final update before the end of this build. All decals are on. There are not many stecils coming with the kit ....

.... part B34 is a little jig which helps to build the top turret ....

.... no glue to the jig, otherwise you'll experience a surprise ....


.... the finished turret ....

I wanted to finish the build today but when I had sprayed Matt Varnish from Vallejo all over the Blenheim and waited a few minutes to dry I noticed an ugly grey "dust" all over. I tried to correct it with a bit of Bodenglänzer but the dust didn't fade away. So I had no other choice but to gloss the aircraft again. Tomorrow I give it another try with Marabu Matt Varnish. Let's see how it works. I'll let you know.

Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 06:42 PM UTC
[quote]Oh, the good old "Nato Diesel". Haven't build one in years .... Good luck for your build, Peter!
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Thanks Torsten! Your Blenheim looks great already, good luck for the final stages!
BlackWidow
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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 07:16 AM UTC
Oh, the good old "Nato Diesel". Haven't build one in years .... Good luck for your build, Peter!

I'm a bit further with my Blenheim than Peter and have assembled nearly all parts to it. Only the props, the top turret and the antenna are still missing ....


.... and fresh from the workbench this afternoon, everything is highly polished with Bodenglänzer ....

I'll start with the decals tomorrow and hope everything is done by next weekend.

Have fun!
Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:27 AM UTC
Just glued and painted a few...

(of the many ) parts.
Good luck for all of us, see you on New Years Eve
b17-peter
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:24 AM UTC
Hi mates,
highly impressive builds on the way I can see
I started my entry three days ago and completely forgot to post my starting picture
Here it is:

BlackWidow
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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 08:38 AM UTC
Hi folks!
Here comes my weekly update of the Blenheim. Painting Dark Green is done in another 3 evening sessions ....


.... but I noticed a difference in the Dark Earth tone of Vallejo compared to Revell, which I have used on various RAF bird, like the Hurricane, Defiant or Ventura. Here you can see the difference. I made the photo yesterday afternoon under cloudy daylight without artificial light. At left you see Revell 82 DE which is a bit more reddish, at right Vallejo 72323 DE which goes a bit into greenish. I personally think, Revell's DE looks more realistic. What is your opinion?

.... this morning I took the masks off the underside ....

There are a few touch ups to do, especially where paint went under the mask. But that's no big deal. Have already painted wheels, flaps and propellers. So there's still some work to do before this bird can cross the finish line.

Have fun!
Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 08:05 AM UTC
Oh yes, cleaning and painting tank wheels is also a fun job, Peter ....
Here the wheels of my K9 from this summer. And it has only 6 road wheels per side, the Leopard has 7, which makes 28 parts just for the road wheels for both sides ....



Masking the Blenheim was nothing compared to the masking job of my K9 ....

Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 07:41 AM UTC
I cringe at all that masking. That is one part I hate about our hobby. The other is cleaning up tank road wheels...
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Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 07:12 AM UTC
Sorry for the little delay of my weekly update but I attended a nice model show last weekend in Luxemburg, so no work on my Blenheim last week. But now I can show you some progress on it from this week. First of all, my "favourite" work - masking, masking, masking. Took me several evenings ....

.... yesterday I airbrushed Dark Earth 71323 from Vallejo. Here after the first coating ....

.... and after a few more layers it's opaque ....

.... this afternoon I started with Dark Green 71324 ....

I have to go over it again and again to get it also opaque. It's still a way to go but I hope to have finished the camo by the end of next week. There are no model shows for me until March 2020, so I have a bit more time for our great hobby.

Stay tuned!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2019 - 07:07 AM UTC
Torsten and David. Really like what I am seeing guys.

Torsten, I'll take your word on the gap, you are seeing it real life!

David those AM decals do look nice and give it that well used look.
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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2019 - 04:54 AM UTC
ok, so far i have managed to coat the kit in a good dose of tamiya spray can gloss coat and have began to add the after market decals. I still have a few more to add but i need to check my references as to how and where they are situated

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 04:04 AM UTC
ok well here i am after four coats of tamiya acrylic paint, i started off with xf-53 neutral grey as a base/primer coat and then added flat white, to two more shades each one becoming progressively lighter and finally a light coat of flat white to finish at this point.

i will leave it for a few days to fully dry out before coating it with tamiya spray can gloss clear so that i can add the after market decals on as the stickers that come with the kit are way to think for using in my opinion.

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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 08:26 AM UTC
well i have coated the ship in "primer" paint which is actually tamiya neutral grey. i usually use car primer paint but i think it would be to thick to use and my wipe out some of the ships detail so i have opted for the tamiya acrylic paint instead.

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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 12:50 AM UTC
Peter, the gaps only look huge in the close up photos. When you look at the model it's not that big, though still annoying. You know, macro always kills ....

Anyway, here's the weekly update of my Blenheim. The engines are assembled and the cowling ring is painted with Vallejo 71068 Copper, the same paint as on my PZL 37 from last years Bomber Campaign ....


.... they are covered with Parafilm M, which will stay on until the model is finished.
White primer all over ....



.... and fresh from the paint shop this morning it's Revell Aqua No. 8 Black all over the underside. So you see, I will build a RAF bird and not a finnish one, well, not this time ....


.... some more masking to do for next week, then comes Dark Earth.

Have a nice Sunday!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 07:34 AM UTC
Wow, the gap is huge Torsten. Could it be that the top forward section of the fuselage needed to be heated and pulled out? From the pics it is almost like it was twisted inward.
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Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 03:09 AM UTC

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how did you cut the masks for the cockpit windows?


David, as I have mentioned in my posting above, I use the Eduard mask EX626. It's essential for this green house canopy and doesn't cost the world ....
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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:04 AM UTC

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A lot has happened since my last update. I have nearly finished assembling the Blenheim. Fitting varies between good and ugly .... Good is the fitting of the wings to the fuselage. Ugly is the fitting of the green house canopy (see yellow arrows). It consists of only 4 parts, more would be better. First I thought I am too stupid to do it right but a friend of mine had the same problems with his build earlier this year. So I'm not alone .... The fitting of the left side is slidly better than the right side. But I needed pressure and some force to get the parts in this position. I have masked the canopy with Eduard EX626 ....


.... there's an open hatch on top of the canopy which can't be glued to the rest of the canopy before painting otherwise a small part on top of the fuselage right behind the canopy will be left unpainted (see blue arrow). But I want to leave that hatch open anyway ....

.... some more masking to do now before primer (blue arrows). The landing gear is covered with kitchen paper ....

.... and fresh from the paint shop this afternoon. The cockpit grey-green is on. Here you can also see the fitting problems ....

.... I'm already working on the engines, so next update comes soon ....

Have a nice Sunday!
Torsten




how did you cut the masks for the cockpit windows?
BlackWidow
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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 08:54 AM UTC
A lot has happened since my last update. I have nearly finished assembling the Blenheim. Fitting varies between good and ugly .... Good is the fitting of the wings to the fuselage. Ugly is the fitting of the green house canopy (see yellow arrows). It consists of only 4 parts, more would be better. First I thought I am too stupid to do it right but a friend of mine had the same problems with his build earlier this year. So I'm not alone .... The fitting of the left side is slidly better than the right side. But I needed pressure and some force to get the parts in this position. I have masked the canopy with Eduard EX626 ....


.... there's an open hatch on top of the canopy which can't be glued to the rest of the canopy before painting otherwise a small part on top of the fuselage right behind the canopy will be left unpainted (see blue arrow). But I want to leave that hatch open anyway ....

.... some more masking to do now before primer (blue arrows). The landing gear is covered with kitchen paper ....

.... and fresh from the paint shop this afternoon. The cockpit grey-green is on. Here you can also see the fitting problems ....

.... I'm already working on the engines, so next update comes soon ....

Have a nice Sunday!
Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 09:11 AM UTC
Hey guys,
I'd like to hop in with two simplified 1:72 scale kits released this year by First to Fight (FtF) company.

These are:
1) Kit no. 068 Sd.Kfz 232 6-rad;
2) Kit no. 070 Sd.Kfz 232 8-rad (limited series with metal gun & mg).

As I said - kits are simplified, because FtF kits are designated for wargame called "Wrzesień 1939" (September 1939). It also means they're good to practice some armour in 1:72nd... or maybe not practice but to find out if my eyes can stand some non-plane kits in "royal" scale.

Nevertheless here are kits in unspoiled condition:


Quality is kind of okay'ish, but instructions are poor-to non existent. Only very small diagram on back of the box. I really need to use magnifying glass to see them. Plastic is soft and very frangible. The antenna arrays on both vehicles will be a nightmare, but ... challenge accepted - it's a do or melt for these kits

Cheers,
Radek