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Piero last won the day on November 6 2018

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  1. Thank you my friends!!! After the G.91R and the F-86E now I started working on something completely different... a RAF F-4J(UK) CIAO! Piero
  2. Hello, This is my Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk.4 in the AMI “Aeronautica Militare Italiana” markings of the 4° Squadron “Aerobrigata” based at Pratica di Mare (Rome) around 1960. HISTORY Originally produced by North American, the italian Sabre were produced by Canadair and sold to the Royal Air Force. When the Hawker Hunter arrived in the RAF, around 180 Sabre, designed F-86E(M), where transferred to the AMI. Within the AMI the Sabre was the first ever jet with swept wings and was used only in the air defence role. THE KIT The Sabre kit in 1/32nd was originally produced from Kinetic and reboxed by Italeri. I don’t have the Hasegawa kit, but many modellers say that the Kinetic Sabre is a “copy” of the Hasegawa’s one with recessed panel lines… Overall details are good, there is a nicve stressed skin effetc all around the fuselage and wings. Panel lines are a little bit too deep. As extra parts I’ve used Eduard PE sets for interior and exterior and a resin ejection seat from Avionix. I’ve added some details as hydraulic pipes to the undecarriage bays and legs. Paints are acrylics by Gunze and Tamiya range. Squadron markings, serial numbers and stencils are from Tauro Models decal sheets. A couple od RBF tags were added to finish the model. And now the pictures! CIAO! Piero
  3. Hello & Happy New Year! the model is completed and you can see some pics of the model at the following link in the RFI section. CIAO! Piero
  4. Hello & Happy New Year! here my last model completed in the 2018. The following is the link to the WIP Now some pics of the model. CIAO! Piero
  5. Hello my friends, last WIP for my Gigetto. Details of the cockpit are completed. I'm happy with the level od details. The M.B. Mk.6 is from the kit but I redone the black-yellow ejection handles and the blue leg straps. Tamiya and Vallejo paint ahs been used with a fine brush. Here the seat fitted inside the cockpit... note also the red long pitot tube at the end of the right wing. The canopy is made of clear resin. I've added a lot of details inside, as the de-fog system, lights and cables, rear-mirror, and optical camera sights. Ok, with the canopy and the speed-break fitted, my FIAT G.91R 1/B is finished! I'll take some new pics of the completed model during the weekend and I'll post it in the RFI forum section. CIAO! Piero
  6. Hello, work is going on. First of all, the yellow band on tail has been painted using Gunze H-329. Then, the metal undercarriages and resin wheels are on. Some dry fitting is a must to have a good alignment. All the undercarriage doors received some details and hinged points. The lowered resin flaps were attached at this point. Now the underwing pylons and fuel tanks has been glued on. Also here some dry fitting is required to align in parallel the tanks with the fuselage. CIAO! Piero
  7. Thank you my friends! Dark Green is Tamiya XF-61 Dark Grey is a mix 50-50 of Tamiya XF-24 and XF-82. Aluminum is Tamiya XF-16. Clear Gloss is Tamiya X-22 and Clear Matt is Gunze H-20. CIAO! Piero
  8. Hello, back to my Gigetto. After finishing to apply all the stencils, a good layer of clear matt was sprayed on. Here the result. Now it's time to work on the undercarriage legs. CIAO! Piero
  9. Hello my friends, thank you for your kindly comments on my Gigetto! Now, most of the decals are on. They came from a limited-run decal sheet for the italian Gigetto. Still missing to put on some black stencils. CIAO! Piero
  10. after a hot & long summer break I'm back to my model desk. It's time to start the painting phase... my favourite phase. First of all, the canopy and cockpit were masked with tape and paper, then a good layer of a solid grey has been airbrushed as primer: although there are a number of specific products around for this job, I still prefer to use a cheap and reliable acrylic plain color mixed with some clear gloss. Nice landing gears eh?... After 12 hours I checked if there was any fault of filler... luckily everything seems ok... so I sprayed an almost black colour along the panel lines. Grigio Mare Scuro (Dark Sea Grey) and Verde Scuro (Dark Green) camouflage paints were airbrushed using blue-tak rolls. Black was sprayed for the tail fin band and circular antenna on the top of fuselage. The anti glare area in front of the windshield was spayed black too but then I discovered that actually on the AMI G.91R it was Dark Green, so I resprayed in this color. Some post-shading is already done too. Alluminio (Flat Aluminum) was airbrushed on the under surfaces. Black antenna panels were sprayed too. At this time I had to respray in Zinch Chormate Green the undercarriage bays too. Now a good clear gloss layer is a must in preparation for the washing and decal phases. A dark wash was applied. CIAO! Piero
  11. ... Time to check the filling & scribing job. The IP cover with the collimator is fitted. I added a map's bag on the left side. Despite the kit includes PE vortex generators, these parts has been replaced by me using thin plasticard strips and added to both side of fuselage's rear section. PE wing fences has been added to the mid-chord of the wings. Small details as reinforcement plates, heat discharge, drain pipes and anti-collision bacon has been added around the fuselage. A light dark wash was applied to highlight panel lines and any eventual imperfection of the work. ....
  12. Cockpit tube and instrument panel are finished. The collimator, as other small details as switchs and throttle, will be added later after the main parts will be fitted inside the fuselage. Some specific parts for the Italian G.91 R/1 are the panels that cover the guns and the one at the back of the camera's nose cone. These resin parts are easy to work with but a little attention needs to be carried on to fit the panels with the fuselage without losing all the the small details around. Some details has been added inside the exhaust tube. Now the internal parts are ready to be fitted inside the fuselage. A lot of dry fitting is a must here... especially for the cockpit and jet intake areas. Here is the fuselage glued with a lot of CA acting also as putty.  A resin part that really disapponted me was the nose... the part doesn't match with the front section of the fuselage. Again, a good session of sanding and the nose profile is flushed with the fuselage. A big step forward was made joining the wings to the fuselage. And as you can see there was a needs of a good amount of putty here and there... especially to fill the micro-bubbles-holes... argh! ...
  13. Hello Guys, here is my new project started last spring time, a FIAT G.91 R/1 in charge with the A.M.I. (Aeronautica Militare Italiana) from the '60s to the '90s. The model is a limited edition resin kit by DAYGLO MODELS. As usual I need a good references source to look at. The books are my main source for the Gigetto. Starting with the main internal parts as cockpit tube and undercarriage bays. Here some tools used to remove the parts from the resin blocks cast.  The task doesn't required too much effort because the resin is very well casted and easy to work with. The interior parts are primed with flat black...  Then Interior Green has been sprayed on the undercarriage bay and speed brake vanes. Medium Grey has been sprayed on the cockpit tube and instrument panel. Next, I worked on the wing pylons and external fuel tanks. Very nice parts... At this stage I've finished the main undercarriage bays, painted with Tamiya XF58 for the Interior Green. Some tubes and pipes were added too and painted with Vallejo. ...
  14. Hello, as requested by some of you, here is the WIP of my big Harrier GR.3 in 1/24th scale. The Airfix Harrier kit is old… almost like me… with basic details compared to the big scale but good in size and shapes overall. To detail the plastic parts I’ve used the Flightpath detail set (PE + resin +metal parts) and added some others parts from scratch. A good documentation is always mandatory… the web is a great source… but I still like the old paper books too. Here is a selection of books. Ok, let’s go to the building stage… starting from the exterior surface. The plastic parts are full of deep and big holes to represent rows of rivets. I don’t like it. So, I’ve used liquid plastic putty to fill the holes and a wet fine sand paper to smooth the surfaces. Pass to the cockpit. The IP plastic part is not too bad… some details were added here and there to better represent the dials and switches. Decals were used too. The cockpit tube and sidewalls are assembled and detailed with plasticard, tape and wires. Same job was done to the front undercarriage bay. The Martin Baker Mk.9 ejection seat is based on the bare plastic part… add details here is a must. Other areas that required details are the small reaction valves and vents like these… fine metal mesh from spares is a good solution. I didn’t want to detail the Pegasus engine because it would end up inside the fuselage and you would not see anything. So it’s time to close the fuselage with everything inside. You can see many details were added all aorund the fulselage using plasticard. Also the row of PE vortex generators were added to on top of each wing. The cover of the instrument panel is based on the plastic part of the kit with some details added on. The windscreen was detailed with PE parts from the Flightpath detail set. Moving on the external stores, first I’ve scratchbuilded a CBLS to be attached under the belly pylon, based on the HE 1000lb kit's bomb and some plasticard and then painted in RAF Dark Green. Next are the fuel tanks and the Matra SNEB rocket pods. First of all a layer of primer with black pre-shading, then a spray of RAF Dark Green. To finish the parts a shading and fading was added too. Same for the pylons. Tailplane and vertical fin with details from plasticard and Flightpath's PE. Ok, everything is ready for the camouflage. Gunze's acrylic paints H331/H75 for RAF Dark Sea Grey and H330/H73 for Dark Green RAF. But first, a layer of Tamiya’s Zinc Chromate is applied all over. When the paint is dried a black pre-shading was added along all the panel lines. RAF Dark Sea Grey is almost done… Fin flash and yellow combat number were painted too. Then RAF Dark Green camouflage pattern was airbrushed. I’ve painted the RAF roundels on my Harrier. A good washing was applied along the panel lines using diluited Humbrel’s enamels. A soft paper tissue was used to removed the excees of wash… here the result. Apply decals required a big effort… as to obtain a good finish effect mixing clear paints, due the size of the model. All five wheels touch the ground... but what a pain!!! Working on the 4 vectoring nozzles... Here the canopy with details added and ready for painting. The big metal pitot tube was done by a friend of mine. It took me a year to do this Harrier. I’m very happy with the final risult and I enjoyed it to build. CIAO! Piero
  15. Hi Alain, this is the Nesher in-progress with the resin nose fitted... not so much putty... CIAO! Piero
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