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1/72 FM-2 Wildcat Arma Hobby double build
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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 10:19 PM UTC
Neat work Magnus, looking good. You don't often see the Wildcats in this scheme, I like it!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 08:01 PM UTC
Friends! Thanks !

Another weekly summary today!


Canopy masks are on and I've prepared the FAA one for masking the yellow fuselage codes later.


Walkways and canopy framing painted...


...and the US Navy machine masked and ready for painting!


I used rolled ParaFilm for the paint demarcations and while it is a bit on the stiff side to handle it sticks well when pressed down and I prefer it to masking putty for the time being!


Paint! Tamiya XF-54 and MrP clear in a 50/50 ratio, thinned using MrP thinner.


I very seldom use Tamiya paints so I have forgotten how incredibly matte they are. Even with 50% of gloss clear they barely turn satin !


Not bad !


I might go back and adjust the camo around the national insignia so that it follows the outline of it better.



Magnus
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Posted: Monday, August 24, 2020 - 06:29 AM UTC
I second the words of Tim and Russell, Magnus. Great work on spraying the insignias! Well done!
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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 11:36 PM UTC
good work on the insignia Magnus!
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 08:48 PM UTC
Just fantastic Magnus, much better looking than decals. Must give it a try sometime
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 07:55 PM UTC
Tim and Russell! I'll continue experimenting, especially on light coloured and monochrome subjects!

Regarding the Hurricane, I've done (and bought ) enough of them for now but a IIa from Malta would probably trigger a few clicks in Arma's web shop. And I'm sure it will turn up in due course, Wojtek is heavily into stuff Hurricane for the time being !

I realised that to get the camo right I had to locate the national insignia on the fuselage beforehand so time for some masks! I've started to build a little library of masks by now so these came from my 2017 Spitfire VIII build and just had to be re-scaled a bit !


I have found the masking film a bit on the stiff side every now and then but even though this one needed to be bent into the concave curve along the fuselage it went very well this time!


Strictly not the fuselage but I did this one anyway while I were at it. And for a bit of practice since it is away from plain sight !


I painted a slightly whiter white (on photos one can see a clear difference between the white of the insignia and the white of the camo) before adding the masks for the stars and the "ears".


And then a mix of Gunze H5 "Blue" darkened with black...


...and finally my favourite part of this, peeling away the masks !



Magnus
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Posted: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 02:10 PM UTC

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A quarter of a century behind everyone else, I finally got around to testing pre-shading...



Magnus, you and me both, brother

meanwhile, progress is good
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Posted: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 09:18 AM UTC
So impressed with the detail of this kit Magnus, your build is coming along nicely. Looking forward to ARMA release of the 1/72 scale Hurricane IIb.
I must admit I do like pre-shading its good fun. Personally I think youre pre-shading is a little too subtle Magnus, but it will be interesting to see how it turns out...
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Posted: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 06:50 AM UTC
Slowly forward...


The recognition lights below the fuselage are cast with the fuselage halves creating a tricky filling and sanding operation. I drilled them out, added plastic stock...


...and sanded them to shape.


A quarter of a century behind everyone else, I finally got around to testing pre-shading...


...the main reason being that the US machine is just white and grey and I felt this could be a good way to achieve a more interesting finish.


And this is how it turned out after painting it "white", a 95/5 mix of pure white and "russian black" from MrP.

I haven't really decided what I think about the result but the method isn' rocket science and the process was rather fun !



Magnus
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Posted: Sunday, August 02, 2020 - 12:00 AM UTC
Continuing the trend of impressive work Magnus!

Those cockpits look great!
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 07:56 PM UTC

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Really like the engine bay Magnus, good amount of detail for anyone wanting to do an engine change diorama



Tim! You're absolutely right! The kit is lovely and it is a fun build but to realise it's full potential it really should be part of a diorama to show off all the detail that will be hidden!



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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 07:30 PM UTC
Really like the engine bay Magnus, good amount of detail for anyone wanting to do an engine change diorama
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 07:13 PM UTC
Damian! Here comes more detail !


Both interiors are now completed...


...only aftermarket used is the Yalu-panel in the cockpit to the left. And to the right you can see those annoying green instrument faces ! The Yalu panel fouled the fit (can be handled but then the mounting surface has to be sanded thinner which of course need some planning and thinking...) a bit when I closed the fuselage later so I don't think it is worth it, next time I'll probably just paint the top panel black and attach the decal over and call it a day with that!


A very dirty firewall, I didn't notice until now! I won't try and clean it though, almost nothing can be seen with the fuselage closed !


Another view before closing the fuselage for good!


And the current state of affairs! Engine covers needed a bit of extra sanding, they aren't difficult to fit but care is needed since the seams have to be perfectly neat.



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Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 06:52 PM UTC
Excellent! Such detail in this scale is great to see.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 06:47 PM UTC
Friends! I'll keep on keeping you entertained with those micro updates then !


There are quite a few decals that go on to the interior, things like circuit breaker panels usually worries me since they go over a profiled surface but it went very well after a drop of Micro Sol softened them down over the contours. Stickers that go over a level surface are seldom a problem, the plates on the engine are beautiful if I only could get them on straight, I see in the photo that they are a bit lopsided .

The only major painting project was the engine, it was fairly fiddly with the photo etch ignition harness. It still need a wash to deepen the shadows a bit but apart from that I think it is fairly finished!

A final note regarding the decals: the instrument panel. I don't know why the main panel is printed the way it is, following the instructions to paint the whole thing green and then just adding the decals you'll get green instrument faces on the center panel (like I did, I can live with it though). The other one will get a Yahu panel, let's see how that one turns out later!



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Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 02:58 PM UTC

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There is a certain kind of aesthetic to all the parts in neat rows I think...¨



Strange but true! I for one enjoy all the little updates. Keep up the good work, Magnus!
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Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 01:12 PM UTC
Great work as always Magnus!
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Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 05:59 AM UTC
Tim! For the modeller so inclined, this would be an excellent starting point! I really fell like I've tacked the majority of the parts to the firewall !

Damian! Those sticks are my main priority so as to not make you disappointed !

Torsten! Yes, it's fiddly but it helps being used to it. If I ever change to 1/32 I can probably never go back !

I feel that I've written this too many times already but this is another not-so-interesting update even if it marks a major breakthrough: primer!


There is a certain kind of aesthetic to all the parts in neat rows I think...¨


And as always nowadays I've been careful protecting the glue surfaces!



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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 07:11 PM UTC
Very fiddly work with all those PE parts, Magnus, especially when I see that it is in 1/72 ....
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 11:36 AM UTC
This is coming together very nicely, the fit and detail look great.

Plus, there's those sticks I was waiting for!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:12 AM UTC
Great work Magnus. Love the undercarriage good inspiration to produce some sort of robot/automaton
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 08:26 PM UTC
Friends! Progress is slow, I blame the summer ! Also, Archer the Dog is here for a few weeks and he really bites into my modelling time (pun intended...).

Anyway, if I can find the time tonight there will be some primer and then it is a matter of a major painting session to do the best of all the nice detail.


It was possible to add quite a few further details to the landing gear and firewall. It is really well designed and with care it both goes together perfectly and it also is remarkably sturdy.


Both firewalls and a pair of props with differet spinners!



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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 10:04 PM UTC
I have received my copy of this model yesterday. I must say it is jewelry class.

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Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 10:35 AM UTC

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Fantastic detail on the engine Magnus



Yes, these details are outstanding. And it is 1/72. Wow! I will follow!

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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 12:42 AM UTC
Fantastic detail on the engine Magnus