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1/72 Yak-1b from Arma Hobby
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 03:39 AM UTC
Magnus:

Great finish of Your two Yaks. They look outstanding! I really like the subtle dirt effects. Congratulation!

Oliver
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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2019 - 06:15 PM UTC

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Thanks a lot Russell! I hope you've had a good Christmas, I have certainly had one even if I still suffer from my wife's deal with Santa about "no plastic whatsoever on Christmas" !



Magnus



That's the same deal my wife has with Santa

Even though, I still had a good Christmas too, and there was a great addition to the reference library under the tree
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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 05:20 AM UTC
Damian! Thanks ! And I can thoroughly recommend these if you ever get to visit the world of tiny-scale !

You and I have reached our record productivity the same way: WIPs are a good way to get a head start in a project and it is a special feeling saving something from the shelf of doom!

Regarding workbench psychology: congrats that you have found a method that works! Mine is podcasts (I start listening to something and that means that I stay at the bench until it is finished) and trying to do A LITTLE EVERY DAY so that I don't loose the touch. Sometimes it is as little as 15 minutes but that's enough for masking a canopy or weathering a set of wheels. I have also noted that productivity fuels productivity, with practice everything gets a bit easier and faster each time you do it.



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Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 11:25 AM UTC
I've just read through from start to finish Magnus, what a lovely looking little kit! You have produced a really nice pair for the display shelves and in very quick time, that says a lot for the quality of the kit in terms of fit and finish. Very little to do in the way of parts clean up or rectification, I will definitely keep this range in mind if I ever venture into the 1/72 fighter world!

I am on the final stages of finishing kit number 8 for the year (although several were WIP already), all cars this time around. A very productive year for me. I think the difference was that I forced myself to have a firm plan every time I sat at the bench. In the past I have just sat down and then looked around for a while before starting, having a purpose before I even sit down makes a huge difference.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2019 - 09:38 AM UTC
Thanks a lot Russell! I hope you've had a good Christmas, I have certainly had one even if I still suffer from my wife's deal with Santa about "no plastic whatsoever on Christmas" !



Magnus
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 10:45 PM UTC
2 Yaks for Christmas!

Congratulations on 2 more fine additions to the collection Magnus!

9 builds for you and 7 for Torsten! Wow!
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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - 09:38 AM UTC
Torsten! It's an honour beating you in the productivity race, thanks !

I think I agree with you on the choice of Yak, my inner vision when I started the project was for a grey one, the green one was made just for the reason it was a Normandie-Niemen-machine. But with the fish scales on the nose and the sharkmouth it quickly turned in to a favourite!



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Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - 01:42 AM UTC
That's a really nice double Yak build, Magnus! Both came out beautiful in the end but I would prefer the green/black one if I had to choose between them. Congrats on finishing them before the festive days! So you're 2 builds ahead of me this year.

Merry christmas to you and your family!

Torsten
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2019 - 08:10 AM UTC
As I said earlier: before Christmas. And even with a bit of a margin !


A pair of finished Yaks in time for Christmas!


I have tried to differentiate a bit between them. As a final touch, the green one has been operating in wetter and muddier conditions than the grey one that has lived a much easier life on drier ground.

















Finally, something I always dread and never have been that good at: weathering the wheels! No matter how I try I never get pigments to bite and using the airbrush has its shortcomings with a much too even coverage. This time, Weathering Magazine issue 25 "WHEELS, TRACKS & SURFACES" was of great help, helping me get some method into the process.

Dry and dusty...


...and more on the muddy side.

I'll continue experimenting with this, it was great fun!

With this, finished builds number eight and nine for 2019 have now been added to the collection!



As a final note regarding the kits: these are as close as they get to "perfect" regarding fit and deliver an astonishing amount of detail even if they really are fairly simple kits with a modest parts count. Highly recommended and really fun builds!



Magnus
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2019 - 05:38 AM UTC
Here's the missing picture.

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Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 08:05 AM UTC
Russell! Might even make it before Christmas !


Final assembly almost done! There will be some more weathering but I'll let the landing gear dry thoroughly before going ahead with that.

Edit! Mecenas!! Thanks a lot, link corrected, pic now showing in my post as well !



Magnus
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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 08:50 AM UTC
Come on Magnus! Let's see you finish these 2 before the year's out
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Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 09:22 AM UTC
Friends! Thanks for your comments!

I've been busy with the oil paints last week, breaking up the monochrome paintjobs.



I'll continue with detail painting and final assembly this week.



Magnus
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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 02:52 AM UTC
Magnus,
glad You changed to the mathematics homework . This will come in really quite handy. Hope, I remember it next time painting a spinner.

The weathering shows all those details of the lower surface. Looks really great.

Oliver
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2019 - 11:24 PM UTC
Magnus, that's a really handy formula to know!

Thanks for sharing!
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2019 - 02:03 AM UTC
On to the weathering/general-livening-up-process!

I start with the lower surfaces, on of the few places where there are any detail on the skin of a Yak !


Note that I have actually tried to get them to look at least a slight bit different to each other!



Magnus
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Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 07:03 AM UTC
Oliver! I was going through the chemistry homework with my daughter who is 15 so I had a bit of help with that memory myself...

Russell! If nothing disastrous happens, these will be numbers eight and nine this year ! Truly a World Record for me !


Masking the spinner, paint demarcation is a strip of tape and then I cover the rest in Micro Mask...


...and continuing with our scientific theme, above is how to cut a correctly curved piece of tape for masking a nearly conical object! You will need to slice the circle in order to get it to wrap around the spinner. Try it, it works!



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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2019 - 08:11 AM UTC
Coming along real nice Magnus!

the raised detail on the tires is really impressive!

Another 2 to add to the collection before the year is out?

Brings your tally for this to?
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 09:31 PM UTC
Hello Magnus,
thank You for the memories of my school chemistry .

The Yaks come out very nice. I like the fish scale very much.

And the marks on the tires are really amazing. Great kit. Great build.

Oliver
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 08:18 PM UTC
Russell! Nobody escapes the Ideal Gas Law !

We're getting into December now but they should be finished before Christmas...


Decal work finished on the green aircraft as well...


...complete with a nice shark mouth. Or is it a tiger, it has whiskers? There will be some touch-up to connect the black lines around the lip and some red where the decals didn't overlap.


There is some impressive raised detail on the wheel sides that I managed to scrape out using a toothpick after I had painted the tires black.



Magnus
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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 11:11 PM UTC

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I did the fish-scale effect with a paintbrush and Vallejo paints (Olive Drab over the green, plain black over the "black")...

...and this is how it all ended up! I will try and thin some of the original paint and paint it over to tone down the effect slightly. It is hard to tell from the original photos what it really looked like and even harder to guess why and how it was made!

Magnus



Both coming along nicely Magnus. Chances are the fish scales were applied by brush in the field by some creative irks! Yours look the business!

Continuing to investigate ways to keep the moisture out of the tanks
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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 08:48 AM UTC
Russell! Water in the tank is most probably due to summer in Australia with humid air condensing in the tank when the pressure drops when painting. PxV=RxT


I did the fish-scale effect with a paintbrush and Vallejo paints (Olive Drab over the green, plain black over the "black")...


...and this is how it all ended up! I will try and thin some of the original paint and paint it over to tone down the effect slightly. It is hard to tell from the original photos what it really looked like and even harder to guess why and how it was made!


Keeping the steam up on the grey one!





Magnus
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 10:17 AM UTC
good to see the troubles with the compressor are under control Magnus and you're keeping the fires of the one true scale burning bright!

The Airfix 1/72 Hurricane recently hit my bench for the Sopwith-Hawkers campaign but I'm concerned at the discovery of a fair amount of water lurking in my compressor tank even after I bleed it each and every paint session!
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 06:56 AM UTC
We're up-and-running again!

I found some lab tubing at home that seems to hold up well enough. Going to one of my customer's tomorrow where I know they have real pneumatic tubing, I'll ask nicely if I can get a few decimeters of it !


And immediately taking advantage of the newly renovated compressor, I managed to both finish the camo AND give the grey one a clear coat. Maybe some decals later tonight !

The green one needs a bit of extra work on the camouflage, it has a kind of "fish scale"-effect around the nose and I don't know how to recreate that yet. I'll think about it and will do some experiments later!



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Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 06:57 PM UTC

I masked off the lower surfaces and gave both models a quick base coat of green and grey, both Hataka paints out of the bottle but with a bit of Mr Paint clear added to get a smoother surface.


After leaving the Yaks to dry for a few hours, I did the black (this is actually a 50/50 mix of Hataka Night Black and AMT-12 "Dark Grey") freehand. There are some minor touch-ups to do but on the whole I'm quite happy with the result.


This I'm less happy with... While painting yesterday there was an increasing sound of pressure escaping where it shouldn't, after some investigation this morning I realised that the tube from the tank to the pressure contact has cracked. Bad quality, I only bought the compressor in March of 1996 ! Anyway, I'll see if I can shorten the tube to remove the leak temporarily, then I'll get some 6 mm pneumatic PA-tubing to fix it permanently the coming week!



Magnus