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  1. Well I got quite a bit more done last night then I thought and the engine is done except for grease stains and smoke and rust on the exhausts. Nearly had a disaster that turned into a good lesson learned. Normally I like to make my own washes because quite frankly, I find the commercial washes way too dark for my taste. Plus, I can turn the color of the wash if I make it myself. Normally, I'll make washes with oils, but due to wanting to put and oil based grease stain on I made my black was with thinned Vallejo air with some retarder. Normally it works like a charm but in this case it started to attack the aluminum paint I had used (Vallejo Metal Color). I love their new metallics but I should have known this might happen because these paints are crazy thin and require no thinning. In any case the wash started eating at the aluminum finish but fortunately I was able to finish the wash with no damage done. Side note if like acrylics and haven't tried the new Vallejo Metallic Color line you should, they are pretty amazing. I added extensions to the hydraulic lines on the left side of the engines to make them look complete and realistic. Hydraulic lines were added to the front of the engine as well. I also added a data plate to the back of the supercharger gear case that was not included in the kit. ZM's concept note book came in handy with the engine especially. Their pictures are so helpful compared to what can be fond on this airplane online. A bit of touch up to the glue mark on the ammo can and some grease/oil stains and this engine will be done. On to the fuselage...... Oh one side note the "71" on the engine mounts refers specifically to the Ta-152 held in the National Air & Space Museum. For all my effort I could find no reference to the build number of the particular aircraft I am building so I decided to use a known sequence. While its not accurate, if this is the biggest "mistake" I make on this build, I can certainly live with it. Sometimes their is just a lack of information when your subjects are obscure.
  2. Well cowls removable, I tend not to do dioramas or anything like that so normally I'll leave the cowls attached unless I want to show the engine. Someday I'd like to do a plane with the cowls cut and realistically propped open though. Thanks for the compliments
  3. The 229 was the first kit I built when I got back into plastic models. I made one mistake that ruined it....I forgot to paint the interior of the landing gear wells. But it was a wonderful kit to build, the fit was perfect to the point where a paint layer could prevent certain parts from fitting. Zm’s new stuff is really good
  4. Well its finally time I post my first build thread here. Started this a little while back and the build is going pretty well. I can say that ZM's quality has gone up massively since they got started 10 years ago. This kit is one of their first and while the detail is really remarkable , the fit of some of the parts, especially the engine is not great. I guess building Tamiya and Wingnut wings can spoil you. I'm planning the scheme based of Fritz Auffhammer's Red test model aircraft. Its a pretty striking scheme that I've always wanted to do. Cockpit has come out really good in my opinion, probably one of my best yet. This was tricky because the instrument panel and firewall didn't fit right so getting everything straight and aligned was not easy. As you can tell the weathering is very minimal save for some light dirt. My reason is this aircraft being a factory early production and test bird likely would have had maybe 100 hrs or so on it by the end of the war. So except for some muddy boots I don't think the cockpit saw much wear and tear. The engine had a pretty significant gap where the oil pan was attached. Perfect use for loctite UV adhesive. a couple of layers and some test fitting sealed up the gap almost flawlessly. the gap was right at the front of the engine under the main gear housing. All filled in. Supercharger is also done though I still need to paint that little oil filler cap. Time to finish up the engine and add a bit of weathering to it. Hope you guys enjoy the build
  5. That’s incredible. Thanks for posting it
  6. No pictures but I was blown away seeing this in person. Gonna be fantastic when it’s 100% complete
  7. Yes!!!!!!!! Couldn’t have picked a better subject and only a matter of time despite the rumors. I’m in!
  8. Lets hope they don't manage to ruin it like so many movies these days. Looks pretty good from the trailer though. Fingers crossed
  9. I wish I could go. Busy time of year for me mixed with the trip from no would be more than a day for sure. Not to mention camping under the wing of an airplane doesn’t exactly excite me haha. I only hope I get to see it one day though
  10. Absolutely beautiful build and your weathering is so subtle and realistic
  11. What a gorgeous bent wing. And a pleasure of a kit to put together on tamiya’s part
  12. Ok well then I stand corrected. And for sure a lot of companies overdo their riveting just because it’s so hard to duplicate that at scale I’d imagine.
  13. I have to believe that that P40 had an absolutely museum grade restoration (Paul Allen would have accepted nothing less) I have to think that during the process they filled the areas around the flush rivets with a bondo like material then sanded the whole surface to get the smoothest possible finish. As others have said I doubt that the aircraft would have actually gone to war with that smooth of a surface unless it was done by the individual crews. For some context here’s a couple pictures of my Mooney which are renowned for their use of flush riveting. About two thirds of the wing leading edges and tail are flush riveted with the back portion being normal button heads. My paint is straight onto the metal after old paint was stripped and light sanding, no fillers. As you guys have said rivets both flush and exposed on jets, light aircraft etc really aren’t noticeable from more then a few feet away. I think modern military jets are the only exception because the matte gray paint really holds dirt and grime and accentuates the rivets. Its certainly above my skill level to duplicate this at scale that’s for sure!
  14. I keep debating wether I should pick one up. Then I look at my stash and realize I should settle for getting the new Sopwith pup and be happy. Too many big kits on the self
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