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RussellE
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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 11:25 PM UTC
Sensational finish on V555 Damian!

Lapman, that's some sweet progress!

Ok, so, I ended up ordering the colours I needed (RLM 76 and 83) and in the end I went with enamels from the Sovereign Hobbies range of Colour coats... The reason being I decided not to go with acrylic you may ask? Well, after reviewing my stash and reviewing my paint stock it seems that I have all the paint I need to finish every kit I have in the stash


So why change now? Besides! Colourcoats spray very nicely, indeed

On with the pics...

First up, finished off some pre-shading

and application of the RLM76 Lichtblau


More soon-hopefully before the deadline
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 08:08 PM UTC
NIce Progress, Lap man! Great looking paintwork.
eMan
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Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 05:31 PM UTC
More update pics.




Bigrip74
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 04:00 PM UTC
D, that is really good work on your 262.


I will try to see if I can get paint and decals on these (2) a/c before the deadline.

Bob
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 03:08 AM UTC
Damian, Gary, Joe and Russell: Thank You very much!

Damian: Outstanding work on Your Schwalbe! It really looks great. Congratulation on this one .

Oliver
AussieReg
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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 03:52 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Damian,
Congratulations! Fantastic looking Schwalbe! I might have a play with the Tamiya smoke some time, Thank you for the tip.

Gaz



Thanks Gaz, it really was a great kit to build and I had a lot of fun with it.
Thanks also for running another great Campaign, more Schwalbes is always a good thing!

Cheers, D
GazzaS
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Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 07:50 PM UTC
Damian,
Congratulations! Fantastic looking Schwalbe! I might have a play with the Tamiya smoke some time, Thank you for the tip.

Gaz
GazzaS
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Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 07:48 PM UTC
Russell,
I've done that many times! Great to see more progress!

Gaz
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Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 03:57 AM UTC
A bit of a late bench session tonight, this one is completed!








A great kit, highly recommended, any errors are from my 10 thumbs, not the kit!

Cheers, D
AussieReg
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 11:17 PM UTC
I went over the whole airframe with a highly dilute shot of Tamiya Smoke, concentrated a bit on the underside panel lines and a few lines across the top of the wings. It isn't really visible in the images, but it ties the whole scheme together and adds a bit more variation across the surfaces. Another shot of Dullcote after that, then it was crunch time, off with the masking!




The upper nose section was a very neat fit when I test dry fitted everything, I must have pushed it slightly out of alignment as it cured.

Ready now for the finishing touches, wheels, bombs, RATO pods, antennae and canopy.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, August 08, 2020 - 01:45 PM UTC
A couple of thins coats of Dullcote has unified the finish and mostly hidden away the edges of the decal carrier film.




Really nice detail on the undercarriage legs with separate torque links that fit together perfectly.


Locked down and secured for undercarriage assembly.



Cheers, D
AussieReg
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Posted: Thursday, August 06, 2020 - 10:34 PM UTC
Markings and stencils on, seriously some of the best decals I have ever applied. Nice and thin, a quick 10 second dunk in warm water then slide into place. I used a drop of Mr Mark Setter on the surface, then a drop of Mr Mark Softer after it was properly positioned. The carrier film is nice and thin and they conformed beautifully to the surface detail.




Ready now for Dullcote then some light weathering.

Cheers, D
RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, August 06, 2020 - 09:41 PM UTC
nice progress EMan,

Joe, good to hear you're making the move homeward

Well, here I was in the process of pre-shading and suddenly realised I'd forgotten to spray the canopy first, so out with the grey!

GazzaS
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Posted: Thursday, August 06, 2020 - 04:55 PM UTC
Nice progress, Lap Man!
AussieReg
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Posted: Thursday, August 06, 2020 - 02:19 PM UTC
Russ, I use MLT to thin pretty much everything now, acrylics, enamels and lacquers.

eMan, excellent progress, neat looking build so far. Any issues to report? I'm looking forward to moving forward with this one as part of my A-2a U2 dual build.

Joe, great to hear from you, such good news that you are heading home. Hopefully the recovery will continue at a good pace and you will feel up to building once again.

Cheers, D
bomber14
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Posted: Thursday, August 06, 2020 - 09:56 AM UTC
Hi guys. thank you for all your well wishes and concern. i am going home tomorrow from my rehab facility.

i am really impressed with the builds here raj, carlos, oliver you cammo looks great. damian very nice work so far, i like the subtleness of you paint scheme.
wish i could finish mine but right now even though i am missing working at my bench at the same time i don't really feel like it. but i am enjoying seeing all the builds going on here. this has been a very good campaign.
eMan
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Posted: Thursday, August 06, 2020 - 01:42 AM UTC
Progress update.




RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 10:56 PM UTC
It's a bit of a minefield out there with all the different types of Acrylics on offer... what do folks use for thinners? Does any generic acrylic thinner work for any brand of paint? sorry if this is
AussieReg
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 10:45 PM UTC
Russ, if you spray it in light layers and build it up you should be ok. If you go on wet you risk lifting the enamel.

Cheers, D
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 10:39 PM UTC
fantastic work D

Now, it seems in all the excitement, that I don't actually have the correct colours on hand to paint my Schwalbe!

Oh dear, the dilemma!

I've been meaning to slowly transition away from enamels to acrylics and now find myself staring down the barrel of whether or not to spray acrylics over the enamels that have already gone down for pre-shading...

Has anyone else done this?
AussieReg
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 01:30 PM UTC
Main paint work is complete! I used Gunze Aqueous Hobby Color H423 (RLM83) for the Dark Green, again thinned with about 50% MLT. The fuselage was sprayed freehand, the splinter on the wings I used an old business card held loosely in place to get a harder edge.
The difference in sheen level is interesting between the Tamiya and Gunze products.




Next up is decals.

Cheers, D
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 11:26 AM UTC
Gaz, D Thanks guys...

I'm somewhat apprehensive I'll do as half a decent job as the ones done here so far fingers crossed
AussieReg
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 11:06 AM UTC
Nice progress Russ, can't wait to see the paint job!

Cheers, D
GazzaS
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 10:13 AM UTC
Looking good, Russell! I look forward to seeing your mottle.
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 09:22 AM UTC

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Russel,

Really neat build, enjoy the painting.

(I broke the antenna in mine twice, I had to replace it by stretched sprue.)

Carlos.



Thank you Carlos This is always the most exciting, but also the most stressful part of the build... No doubt I'll find some way to break off one of those pointy bits