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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Eduard Bf109G-4/Trop - ready for inspection   
    Fanes,
     
    Looks awesome and I would highly recommend a magnifying light or optivisor to help see the little details and especially the painting.
     
    I'll second Brian's recommendation of Model Master Flat clear although I use the acrylic version.  Same with the Vallejo matte clear - goes on easily and dries incredibly quickly.  Not as big a fan of the Vallejo Gloss clear, however.

    Due to the fumes issue I've not moved over to the MRP paints yet.

    Good luck and keep up the excellent work!  GREAT kit to start with.  I have the Eduard 109 F-4 Profipack and the G-6 Weekend edition in my closet.

    Chris
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    CANicoll reacted to seiran01 in The funny thing about 3d printing at home...   
    I do love that painting, I have it saved on my phone
     
    Dave, the wing takes up the entire print area - not be design, but by pure luck there is just a few mm of room once the supports have been added!. Wing is a 45-hour print at 20 microns, luckily the nose was able to squeeze onto the print with the 2nd wing.
     
    Thanks guys. Anyone want to guess what the next project will be?
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    CANicoll reacted to MikeMaben in The funny thing about 3d printing at home...   
    Boxart ...
     

     

     
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    CANicoll reacted to seiran01 in The funny thing about 3d printing at home...   
    ... is that before long you have a 1/32 scale Ki-98!
     
    A friend and I have designed this from scratch with the hope of making it into a full kit.  No plans to sell it but just to see if we can do it. The tail booms are printing right now, and then the detail stuff can start getting developed once we know the airframe part breakdown is good. 
     
    Guys, words can’t describe how excited I am to have this plane in large scale!
     

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    CANicoll reacted to seiran01 in The funny thing about 3d printing at home...   
    Hmm, you know, I hadn’t thought of taking it to the Nats, I may be able to do that! 
     
    Failing all else you’ll see my radome, air scoop, exhausts and bomb bay fuel tank on Ernie’s RCAF Lancaster. He better have that damn thing finished by then  
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    CANicoll reacted to seiran01 in The funny thing about 3d printing at home...   
    Thanks guys,
     
    yes, learning CAD is the only way to know you’re going to get the subject you want at the scale you want, if you either hate scratchbuilding or don’t want to wait in the hope someone will make it.
     
    You learn many things along the way such as best practices for laying out the parts for printing. Case in point is the horizontal stabilizer that we pulled off the printer last night. It’s so long for the width/depth that the last inch and a half experienced a lot of “z wobble” that is more noticeable the closer you get to the tip. For those not familiar with the term, z wobble refers to the misalignment of print layers due to not having enough support structure or sometimes part of the printer assembly that needs to have screws tightened. Kind of amusing really to see in person, as the rest of the print is flawless. 
     

     

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    CANicoll reacted to Ryan in Anyone built the new WNW Gotha G1 or UWD?   
    The pup is a nice kit, here are some shots of mine.
     
    Pup by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr
     
    Pup by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr
     
    Ryan
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Getting tanked for the New Year   
    Wolf, so nearly 1000 (960) pieces JUST to the treads?  OMG.  How long did that take you to put together?  Granted, they look amazing, but holy cow!  Been looking at those treads with envy and trepidation.
     
    I do have two major armor kits: a Meng Panther and a Zveda armored 'something' which was a Christmas Party gift exchange item from one of our members who picked it (and a nice 'accessory' bottle of Vodka to go with it!) up in Russia and brought it back with him.
     
    One of these days...
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Getting tanked for the New Year   
    Wolf,
     
    Really striking job on the Tiger and it is very cool to see you doing a different subject.  I wonder if any made it to the field 'half painted' such as in your pictures - turret and wheels but not the body?  That would be a visually interesting tank!
     
    Did the kit decals shatter or some AM ones you are using?  I've been frustrated with the old WWI planes decals shattering but had not heard of a Tiger's decals doing the same thing.  I figured you'd go freehand instead. :-)
     
    Looking forward to the next installment!

    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Getting close to the finish line finally.  Have the D mostly completed - have not yet glued the wing onto the fuselage yet, and the clear canopy keeps separating from the canopy base but I think the resin wheels (Painted Black Grey with dark brown mud in between the treads) are a nice touch.
    Here is the D on the Bases by Bill custom base made for the 1/32 Mustang I'm working (slowly) on, the B/C should come tomorrow.
     

    Showing the wing is not glued to the fuselage yet.

     
    Elevators are the same color as the fuselage but seem to be a shade off.

     
    Yellow wing bands are painted on.  A bit of a wash on the flap and aileron lines.

     
    Beautiful base done by Bases by Bill for me.


     
    Thanks for looking!
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Thanks Gaz!  There are some things I could have done better, but mostly just looking to use the Alclad and MRP Paints on before I do the Tamiya 1/32 Duchess Arlene which I'm hoping to bring to Nationals - we'll see if I can get there.  Hope you are doing well!  Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    OK, have not completely dropped off the face of the earth!!  Been busy with work and life but trying to get these two across the finish line so I can concentrate on the Tamiya 1/32 Duchess Arlene.
     
    Pretty much finished with the decaling - did not go crazy with the stencils, esp in this scale.  What I thought was interesting is how the Academy decals appear on the plane, as opposed to the Tamiya decals.  The Academy have a lot of carrier film and it appears as something like a halo around the decal - NOT attractive.  Glad this is a test!! See the information plate below:
     

     
    Used some Flory's Dark wash on the B/C Mustang (and Flory's Black on the D).

     

     
    I'm behind masking the clear parts for the B/C (no masks).  Has any one used the Molotow masking markers?

     
    I used the masking pen to draw a camo pattern onto the nose of my paint mule, over painted it to see how well it would work.  Ignore the rubbed off part on top, I got impatient.  Sorry, should have taken a picture before over-painting.  The pen is incredibly easy to use.



    The line is actually pretty clean. Tried using a cotton bud to rub off but that didnt really work.  Fingernail is too rough, but rubbing with a finger worked pretty well actually.  I'll try this again.
     
    Interesting how the yellow bands evolved over time from closer to the wingtips (and wider) into narrower bands inside the guns.

     
    You can see the difference in the information plate (and I'm REALLY hoping the decal is not this messed up!!!) but even looking at the other decals, you can see that there is not the halo around them like on the Academy plane.  But also, notice how different the red is on the spinner.  I don't think I used the same base color.  I'm learning ALL sorts of lessons using the MRP paints!

     
    Resin tires and wheels are now painted (and drying) so that is next, then the gear doors.  Landing light is a nice touch with the Tamiya kit.

     
    Thanks for looking, and of course comments welcomed!
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Next update.  Doing some detail painting and some of the decaling as well.
    Trying to do mostly paint instead of decals but didn't really want to take the time to do this nose band...Eventually the decal settled down better than appears here.

     
    Cut the decal out for the D and used it to create a tape mask:

     


     
    The red is Vallejo Model Air which darkens compared to applying over a white base.
    The Tamiya decals are taking some work to get down into the panel lines (oh, and the wing root join is not glued on yet.  Just fitted) but still working with the MicroSol.

     
    Really liking the Alclad however, and the MRP paints I'm using.  Just need to sell my car so I can afford a full set!
     
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Back from the world's largest mobile trade show (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona and contracted the creeping crud. YUCK.  Hope to make some progress this week and will keep you posted.  Sorry for the delay - work does sometime (often) interferes with the hobby!
     
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Made a bit more progress but have also started the 1/32 Tamiya Duchess Arlene so splitting time between the three.  Hoping to wrap up the 1/72s this week but not sure if I will have time before a big conference at the end of the month.  We will see!
     
    Facinating the difference between the Academy and the Tamiya kits in all sorts of ways: sprue attachments, size and degree of details, fit.  VERY interesting to have them side by side during build.
     
    I try and do a bunch of painting at one time so this round was Mr Color Yellow and Black (trim tab), Vallejo Metal Color (for the P-51D frame not pictured), Vallejo Black Gray for an overspray on the 1/32 fuselage tank to make it more of a rubber color, Vallejo Black (NOT the primer shown below) + clear matt for flat black nose panel and cockpit bits on the 1/32 Mustang, Vallejo White Primer, and Model Master Acryl Interior Green (1/32 Mustang again).  Whew!
     
    Masking for the black rudder trip and the nose panel - I seem to have horrible luck with overspray, hence the full coverage. I've seen OD and black nose panels so went with the flat black. 

     
    I've seen OD and black nose panels so went with the flat black. 

     
    Mr Color gloss black trim tab on the rudder:

     
    Wing is just dry fitted at the moment.

     

     
    Underneath, sprayed some white Vallejo primer over the red landing gear covers to prevent the red from bleeding through. Both planes for comparison.
     

     
    Tamiya left, Academy right.  Much more detail on the Tamiya kit.


     

     
    That's it for now!  Thanks for looking and comments are welcomed.
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Making some progress with the Red Tails, and here is where I'm comparing the MRP to the Vallejo paints.  Originally thought that they were two different colors, but actually they are pretty close.  BIG difference is that the MRP is glossy (Right) and the Vallejo is very flat/matte (Left) as shown here:

     
    Also notice the difference between Tamiya (left) and Academy (right) when it comes to sprue attachment points...
    Here are the fuselages.  Working on getting the elevators attached but have to so some touch-up and respraying on the Academy elevators.

     
    Some Duraluminum around the exhausts.
    More to come!
    Chris
     
     
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Making a bit of progress.  Been trying to wrap up my Revell P-61 and I think I may just give up on it.  I have so much weight in the nose cone it won't stay on   and the seams are a mess everywhere.  May try and dig out the liquid gravity and just use the clear peg in the kit, we'll see.
     
    In the mean time, having a blast with the Alclad and a little bit of spraying MRP as well.  OMG, where has this been all my life?  Other than needing a perfect undercoat - it sprays, as Brian and everyone says, beautifully and sooo thin.  I'm using the P-51 B/C as kind of a test mule and trying to do better with the D as I am just getting started on the Tamiya 1/32 Duchess Arlene (I'll connect to that build thread when I get it started).
     
    Got the base coats down finally on the B/C:

     
    Underside is a mix of Vallejo Aluminum on the outer wings and Alclad Duraluminum and Aluminum.


     
    I'm planning on picking a few panels out (esp the exhaust area) since the Alclad seems to mask beautifully.  Oversprayed most of the fuselage and inner wings with the Alclad.  The red is MRP.
     
    The D got its base coat of Alclad Aluminum.  I forgot to put my respirator on till I got to the D, but I guess that means my spray booth does a nice job extracting fumes!  Its the clean up that seems to smell everything up.  Looks like I may need to respray under the cockpit area.

     
    Red Tail should be going onto the D tomorrow - might have to use the Vallejo Red for that.
     
    Thanks!
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Making progress and learning how to spray the MRP and Alclad paints.   Also now NOT to contaminate the entire rest of my place with the fumes.  Holy cow.  The respirator is a must, but works amazingly well.  I need to pick up a supply of pipettes and some of the lacquer thinner, cleaner but I've also learned that the Mr Color Leveler REALLY cleans out the airbrush.  WOW.  I thought I was keeping my Iwata really clean but running some of that through the airbrush and it is REALLY clean now.  I could not believe what it washed out.   
     
    Ok, here is what I've done lately with the MRP and the Alclad paints.  Mostly a learning exercise.
     
    Here is the masking for the yellow wing stripes, which interestingly enough are in vastly different locations on the B/C and the D models.  This is the wing for the B/C.  The D stripes are inboard of the guns while the B/C stripes are much further out.  Gotta love Dilbert calendars for wide area masking.

     
    Here is the masking for the B/C Red Tail, which is also very different from the B/C to the D aircraft.

    And the nose anti-glare panel and the wingtips (red). I used the flexible Tamiya tape (white) for the shape then backed it with regular yellow Tamiya tape.  Was not overly careful about ensuring everything was perfectly symmetrical:

     
    And the 'Insignia Red' MRP paint.  I still think it looks more orange to me.  For my purposes here, wanting a faded, worn look, this is not too bad.


     
    And the underside, getting Duraluminum to set off the central panels.

    And Olive Drab on the nose (MRP there)

     
    Here is the desired metal effect on the D wings, Duraluminum on the center section, Aluminum on the rest of the bottom wing, Wing tops are Dull Aluminum including the tips (for now).  Flaps and ailerons are white aluminum (all Alclad).  Wheel wells are too dark, will probably lighten them up a bit.

     
    Stay tuned!
    Chris
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Wolf,  I definitely agree and have the full set of Airscale's instruments in 1/32  which I picked up in Telford last year and the year before.  I had not used the Yahu IP before and for $4 I figured why not.  In 1/72 you have to REALLY look to see the IP 
     
    I'm not a big fan of the pre-painted IPs esp in the larger scales but some do look amazing for display (such as Eduard's P-39 IP in 1/48). 
     
    For competition, I much prefer to see an IP that was built, painted and detailed by the modeler.  Pretty soon I expect we will see 'pre-painted' cockpits from Eduard and some others. 
     
    CN
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Bit more of an update - here are the pictures from the Academy B/C with the Yahu IP (which is gorgeous). I did have to cut quite a bit from the kit IP back in order to get it to fit but that was pretty easy actually.
     
    Have not fully attached the wings just yet so the wing root gap still has to be addressed.
     

     
    Lots of work on the back fuselage seam.  Engine cowling needs a lot of work too.

     
    More to come!
    Chris
     
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Oh, and I do a LOT of painting with the sharpened tip of a wooden toothpick.  That's the trick!  On the cockpit pic, you see those white dots inside the tail?  Practice dots, I have them all over the place.  
     
     
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    Glasses and a really nice magnifying mirror works magic! 
    That is why I do a lot ON the sprue and then pray when I take it off. 
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    CANicoll got a reaction from MARU5137 in Mustang Red Tails - 1/72 Duchess Arlene B/C and D   
    So somehow I've gotten into the habit that when I'm about to embark on a LSP build, I first build the subject in 1/48 or 1/72 scale as a test run.  I don't know when or how or why I picked this up, but on the other hand, these builds go a LOT faster so I get a sense of accomplishment as well.  Maybe that is it?   Am about through with the Revell 1/48 P-61 Black Widow and that kit has so many fit and issue problems I didn't even want to bother doing a WIP thread here.  Lesson learned.
     
    At the Chattanooga ModelCon I picked up for ridiculous prices the 1/72 Academy Mustang B/C Red Tail and the 1/72 Tamiya Mustang D Duchess Arlene kits.  Kind of like T-Shirts.  If I see them for $5 I buy them because you can't go wrong for $5 right?  I do plan on trying out the MRP paints I've ordered with these kits.  If I screw one of these up with the paint I'm out $6 and the paint and a bit of time.  No biggie.
     

    with the jeep! (Internet Picture, not my build)

    and the Tamiya Kit which will be a mini of my 1/32 Duchess Arlene (without the antenna wire...):

     
    What amazes me is how different the two kits are.  I probably should be showing you some sort of comparison of the cockpits, etc but the B/C is already closed up when I thought about taking pictures.  Oops.  I can already see how the wing and fuselage join lines are much smoother and tighter on the Tamiya kit than the Academy - no surprise, right?  Apparently the canopy masking sets for both kits is OOP so I'm on my own with the tape.
     
    Everything always starts with the cockpit, right?  Here is the Tamiya IP.  I actually bought a Yalu IP for the B/C (it was $4!! see the above comment about $5 T-Shirts) and will try and get some pics of that up too but this IP is all paint and drybrushing.  In 1/72 which is smaller than the nail on my little finger.  Primed the landing gear doors in gloss black and shot them with Vallejo aluminum already even though the landing gear doors will be painted Red.  The wheels are aluminum and also have a black wash in the indents.


     
    I MAY put a pilot into the seat, still thinking about that.  I did tone down the sliver weathering and the black mark on the seat back.



     
    The wheel wells turned out darker than expected, but I'm not really doing a competition build.  I may work on lightening them up a bit.

     
    Ok, that's it for now!  Thanks for looking.  
    Chris
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    CANicoll reacted to DeanKB in Luftwaffe cockpit sets.   
    Watch a steady stream come onto EBay at stupid prices...
     
    Good luck with semi-retirement.
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    CANicoll reacted to seiran01 in Big Bomb   
    I’ll see your Lancaster and raise you a B-29 with one Grand Slam on the centerline with modified forward and rear bay doors, or two grand slams mounted under the wings! 
     
    http://www.nevingtonwarmuseum.com/boeing-b29-grand-slam.html
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