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Tudor Gh

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About Tudor Gh

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  • Birthday 06/24/1989

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    BC, Canada
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    WW2 history, particularly Luftwaffe
  1. Alright, so this entire past week had me busy with filling and sanding the plane. It is now officially ready for airbrushing. The aluminum coat will follow up today, to reveal any final surface imperfections and other qualities. The engine middle cowling has been sanded from the inside, to give a realistic effect of a panel that is not perfectly closed and sealed. Wing roots, upper gun cowling, as well as the under-wing panels were sanded, in order to remove seams and such. The fitting between the nose cowling and the front wing roots was troublesome, but I managed to overcome with with my trusty sand-paper . Also included are some pictures of another hobby that sometimes distracts me from working on models (must be the age, lack pf patience and the "love" for sanding plastic ). I try to improve at that game almost as much as I seek to improve my model-making skills. That battle was not in my favour, but I managed to win it with proper positioning, despite being overwhelmed. Starcraft is a serious game, guys.. Tudor
  2. Here are some pictures. The lighting doesn't do justice, but the detail is there Next step: joining the fuselage Tudor
  3. Alright! Here are my first progress pictures!! The kit was already started by Martin, so I'm just doing the easy parts: - filling and sanding - painting - decals More pics to follow!! Tudor
  4. Salutations, gentlemen! I come with some good news! I finished school this very last December, and managed to earn a long-awaited vacation after 4.5 years in Engineering school. I took this opportunity to finish the pending project of renovating the D-9. Since my last update, I managed to break both landing gear legs (too much handling led to the plastic failing at the joints). The model was put aside indefinitely, until a few weeks ago. The final refurbishing steps included closing the landing gear legs and covers, adding the wheels inside, to make sure that the closed landing gear position looked as accurate as possible. I filled in the little gaps between the landing gear covers and wings. I painted all luftwaffe crosses, re-touched the camo scheme a bit here and there, added some more scratches. I also managed to re-apply the JV44 emblem decal. Finally, I added a steel spring to the antenna wire, which I made from scratch (fine wire split from electrical wire). All in all, I believe I managed to salvage the plane from all the misfortunes I passed it through. Its aerodynamics surely make it look different in my cabinet now Here are the pictures of the finished bird! Hope you enjoyed, Tudor
  5. Here are some pictures of some of the progress I managed to accomplish over the last couple of weeks. As mentioned above, the rudder pedal parts have been omitted, as they broke. The fuselage interior was airbrushed with a mixture of RLM 79, 04 and 23, in different shades and different layers, respectively. The wood grain effect was simulated by using a brown crayon (borrowed from my sister ). I know this technique is rather primitive, but I am pleased with the result. Furthermore, after fitting the fuselage halves together, I noticed that barely any of the interior can be seen, anyway. The chair was probably my favorite part to paint. It can be somewhat noticed in the picture below, I have managed to replicate the leather effect by first airbrushing a brown base layer, and then dry-brushing with lighter shades of brown, in random directions. Next, the gas tank was painted and weathered, to account for oil streaks and other sources of "dirtyness". As mentioned in my previous post, the Y-shaped tubes broke as well. I couldn't really live with another incomplete assembly, especially since the oil tank assembly can be seen from the outside, through the open engine section of the fuselage. So I took two copper wires and carefully straightened/bent them as close to the real piece as possible. The last picture is the windshield, which was painted with ALCLAD Aluminum. Right now, I'm working on the engine. I have painted and stripped the paint the job about twice now, but I think I got it right the third time. The complex shape of the engine is going to be a challenge, but I hope to overcome it. More pictures will follow soon. Tudor
  6. Progress has been really slow, and I've been meaning to post about this a while ago. I've reached a period in time when I have no desire to build, paint, and do all that scratch-building magic that used to happen months ago. I have managed to break several pieces now: the tubes that hold the chair in the wooden frames, the vertical Y-shaped tubes that run up the oil tank, and the Y-shapped support for the rudder pedal. These happened during the process of cutting the pieces off the sprues. Also,I could not, for the life of me, bend the PE vertical seatbelts (the ones that come down from the shoulders) to the chair's shape. So I threw them out the window. I painted the engine with some MM Steel Metalizer, but for some reason, the paint kept sticking to my fingers a week after being airbrushed. I ended up cleaning the entire engine block, and stripping the paint job I spent hours on. I can safely say I will not finish this model by the time of IPMS Vancouver, and maybe not even by the time of this GB's deadline. I frankly cannot stand building an incomplete model, but I've reached a point where I'd rather just finish this, since I paid $60. Oh, and the rigging might give me a heart attack soon. Lesson learned: I'm never building WW1 planes again. That being said, I managed to paint the interior, and some pictures will be posted soon. School has started, and other activities have taken my free time away, including spending time with long-seen friends, and submerging into the abyss of never-ending assignments and projects. Also, since my other hobby basically evolves around Starcraft II, I have been been looking for improvement in that area. I know computer games tend to divide audiences, but I love the culture and community inspired by that game. Tudor
  7. Hi J, I was asking myself the very same question as I was writing that post. I cannot recall the name of the product, but I picked it up in the LHS for 6 bucks. Martinnfb has the same product, since we found it together on the shelves. I'm positive he knows the name of it. Right, Martin? Tudor
  8. Here are the pictures of the real King Tiger I was trying to replicate
  9. It was definitely factory zimmerit. Dragon did an awesome job as it, I believe. Trust me, I would not have THAT kind of patience to apply zimmerit on myown Tudor
  10. Hello everyone, I have managed to finally wrap up another project, this time being a 1/35 King Tiger from Dragon. I just finished dirtying it up even more than before, and my beloved sister helped take some pictures of this tank (she's the photography master in our family ). I figured it was time to share it with the wonderful LSP Community. The kit was built out of box, with a few additions, as you can see. The upper armor, along with the turret, was covered with a layer of Testors' Plastic Cement, after which a thick, short-haired brush was used to hit the said surface and thus recreate the grainy texture of steel. The base coat was Alclad II Steel, followed by a deviation of RLM 79, and the brown stripes were a combination of several paints I had in stock (I just kind of eye-balled that colour ). The paint was then scratched with a tooth-pick, or a needle in other places, to reveal the steel layer beneath it. The tracks were painted with the same Alclad Steel, then dry brushed with varying shades of brown, ranging from light tan, all the way to mud brown. The same was done for the wheels. The exhausts were weathered with oil streaks, as well (I tried to keep this subtle, not over-killed). The zimmerit was also chipped and/or removed in places, where one would expect soldier to trample with their boots . The armor plates were also heavily scratched. The kit decals were used, and with enough Mr. Mark Softer, they conformed very nicely to the zimmerit surface. Lastly, but not least, foliage was added in as many places as possible (I tried not to overdo it), to give the tank a more unique look. A brush dipped in various shades of brown acrylic wash was also sprinkled against the tank, to reveal dirt and mud splats. The tank represents a machine part of the 3rd Company of s.Pz.Abt. 506, operating near Elst, Holland, in September of 1944. As mentioned above, this is my second armor kit ever built, so please let me know where it needs improvement. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, Tudor
  11. Just as in your case, with the Mig 29 progress, the Albatros has to wait a bit, until I finish the D-9 renovation, which I can say it's about 85% done. Tudor
  12. Hello all, This is the first group build I am taking part in, and I'm really excited to take this opportunity. I'm building Wingnuts' Albatros straight Out-of-Box. The paint scheme will be the same as the box-art one. More details will follow as progress ensues! Tudor
  13. I need to calculate how much damage school tuition will do to my piggy bank, and then we'll see Tudor
  14. Am I the only one who can't see the pictures? Tudor
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