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    Phantom2 got a reaction from Alain Gadbois in MiG-21 UM "Mongol"   
    Hi All!
     
    Seats and the shelf with all the instruments primed with Alclad Black Microfiller Primer;
     

     
     
    …and then painted with this crazy MiG interior color (WEM Soviet MiG Cockpit color);
     
     

     
     
     
    The cockpit tub partly assembled, painted and washed with a mix of lamp black/umbra and white spirit.
     
     
     

     
     
    Panels and instrument panels attached and some detail painting have begun…
     
     

     
     
     
     

     
     
    A dry fit with the primed seats….
     
     

     
     
    The engine glued to the right fuselage half….
     
     

     
     
    More to come soon!
     
    Stefan
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Phantom2 reacted to Greif8 in PCM MkI Hurricane   
    I completed the decaling today.  I sprayed a nice gloss coat using a 50/50 mix of Tamiya X22 and Tamiya Lacquer thinner.  Unfortunately the decals I wanted to use to show a Hurricane assigned to No. 17 Squadron turned out to be unusable so I ended up marking the plane as a No. 257 Squadron aircraft.  The decals are a mix of the kit decals and the Zotz set that covers aircraft during the Battle of Britain.  I used the HGW wet transfer stencil set for the stenciling.  The kit decals are a bit thick, and you can just see an edge when looking close up, but from more than 6" away they look just fine.  I sealed the decals with another coat of the X22/thinner mix and will start weathering once it cure for a day.
     
    I also completed the pilot figure which turned out fairly decent.  I wanted to give the figure a tired and/or strained look as the simple diorama will show the aircraft and pilot just returned from a sortie.  I think I was able to capture the look I wanted, the challenge will be positioning the figure on the aircraft.  I may end up pinning it to the wing as the pose will not give it a lot stability, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
     
    Enjoy the photos,
    Ernest
     
     
    Nice and glossy!
     
     
    The HGW stencils behaved well (mostly).
     
    The decals laid down well after I used both Micro Sol and a hot wash cloth on the larger ones.  You can make out the slight ridge to the left of the national marking.
     
    This photo highlights the uniform.  I used the layering technique to simulate highlights and shadows.  The direct lighting kills some of the effect, but it looks good under normal or diffused lighting.
     
    The face turned out well, and I think the figure has a tired/strained look that one might have later in the battle after perhaps 2 or 3 sorties in a day.
     
    This shot shows the face directly on.  When the figure is displayed on the aircraft you won't be able to to get this view unless you are looking at the aircraft/figure from slightly below the base.
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II   
    I intended to use the Barracudacast wheel, but they were´t intended for the Revell kit, I went for the Eduard Brassin wheels instead.
     
    Those wheels are intended for this kit and are a perfect fit and the detail are exquisite!
     
     
     

     
     
    Next up, the elevators….
     
    Revell have simplified things for them self and made a ”one-version-fits -all-part”, for the Mk.I,  you have to cut as shown…
     
     
     

     
     
    Wing tips cleaned up and ready to use, but I glued them to the wing parts instead to get better joints.
     
     

     
     
    Tail planes, elevators and rudder assembled and cleaned up….
     
     

     
     
    A quick test fit showed that the new cooler interfered with the fit of the fuselage and the top wing.
     
    I had to cut quite a lot at the wing root….
     
     

     
     
    It took a lot of cutting, scraping and sanding at the rear of the cooler and I had to thin the plastic of the top wing quite a lot.
    Luckily the plastic is rather thick here and it went together nicely in the end.
     
     

     
     
    A final test fit, not perfect, but close enough for me!
     
     

     
     
    The wing glued together, the wing tips lined up and fitted perfectly!
     
     

     
     
     
     
     

     
     
    More to come soon…
     
     
     
    Stefan
     
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II   
    Hi Thierry!
     
    I have already glued the cockpit parts together and I chose to do It without the armor, so I have to live with that.
     
    I have chosen QW o B, August 1940,  is that the same aircraft you will do?
     
    Spitfires are a minefield of versions and options, but I never get bored!
     
    I´ll keep a close eye on your tread!
     
    Thanks for your input!
     
    Cheers!
     
    Stefan
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II   
    Thanks all!
     
    The aircraft I´ll build Is a late Mk.Ia, so no flare rack on the seat, no armor behind the pilot, no crowbar on the door, but with later antenna, a DeHavilland 3-bladed prop and later style canopy.
    Really a mix between versions!
     
    Mike; Nice picture and It sure looks like a Mk.I!
    I´m quite certain that some Mk.I´s got the flarerack retrofitted, but who knows...
     
    I really appreciate your input, many thanks! 
     
    Can´t find the original IP, but the decal sheet looks corrected! 
     
    Cheers 
     
    Stefan 
     
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II   
    Yes, You have to be very careful if you use liquid glue, It´s very easy to melt the plastic!
     
    I cut the BarracudaCast parts from the blocks, sanden and glued in place.
     
     
    Revell`s own parts can´t compare….
     
     

     
    More details glued to the right fuselage half….
     

     
     
    On the left side we get only one part…
     
     

     
     
    All lightening holes were drilled out, a very boring job, but well worth the effort in this scale….
     
    The seat comes from Quickboost, originally destined for a Mk.IX, but the only thing I had to do to backdate it was to remove the cartridge holder.
    The seat itself was almost unchanged during the whole production.
     
    BarracudaCast`s seat was just as good, but came without molded seat belts.
     
    I prefer to pant the belts myself, I have never liked the etched variant very much.
     
    Then I glued the seat to the frame, It looks a bit rough now, but some super glue and paint will fix that.
     

     
    I drilled out the holes on the rearmost frames too,  I have to get more really small drill bits.
     

     
    The forward bulkhead with the blank, homemade Instrumentpanel I made myself.
    Yes, Revell supplies an instrument panel in the kit, but it´s MIRRORED!
     
    Revell even supplies a decal for the IP, mirrored that too, completely useless!
     
    With a  piece of plasticard I made a new, blank IP with the original as a template and threw the original in the garbage bin!
    I will use an Eduard etched panel instead.
     
    The rest of the parts fitted without any problems.
     

     
    The cockpit dry fitted…
     
     

     
     
     
    More to come soon!
     
    Stefan
     
     
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II   
    Thanks guys!
     
     
    I have built lots of short-run kits so I´m quite used to cutting and slicing in the kits I build.
     
    But I understand, It´s not fun cutting up a new kit the first thing you do, but it´s a necessary evil in this case.
     
    In this case the very soft plastic makes it even more scary as It´s very easy to cut away too much.
     
    Cheers! 
     
    Stefan 
     
     
     
     
     
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II   
    Hi all!
     
     
    ”Everyone” knows you´ll always start with the cockpit, but NOPE!  
     
    I´ll start with the wings!
     
    Revell have made several errors and simplified too much, incorrect shapes on the coolers, cheated with the intake/outlet ramps to the large cooler and the wings have metal ailerons, not fabric as it should be.
     
    Barracudacast saves us with this little set;
     
     
     

     
     
    Here you´ll find everything to fix the errors in the wings, new coolers and fabric ailerons.
     
     

     
     
    Here You can see that the wing surface  is flat where it should have a slightly recessed duct.
     
    First I chain-drill along the perimeter with a 1mm drill-bit…
     
     

     
     
    Then It´s some carving and cutting until you get a nice hole…
    The cooler waits in front of the wing….
     
     

     
     
    The plastic are scaringly soft and It´s very easy to remove too much, tread easily!
     
    Barracuda´s parts are a drop-fit, as usual…
     
     

     
     
    I glued the cooler from the inside and used generously with CA, I´ll take no chances getting the parts loose!
     
    A test-fit of the top wing parts showed that I had to remove a little plastic here too.
     
     

     
     
    More to come soon...
     
     
    Stefan 
     
     
     
     
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    Phantom2 reacted to BradG in Training Day Group Build Gallery   
    Kicking off the GB is Alex, with is very colourful Japanese Ki-86a Cypress. Really nice, almost need sunnies for this one!
     
    Link to build thread;
     
     







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    Phantom2 reacted to Alex in Ki-86a Cypress - ICM 1/32 - Complete   
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in MiG-21 UM "Mongol"   
    Hi All!
     
    Seats and the shelf with all the instruments primed with Alclad Black Microfiller Primer;
     

     
     
    …and then painted with this crazy MiG interior color (WEM Soviet MiG Cockpit color);
     
     

     
     
     
    The cockpit tub partly assembled, painted and washed with a mix of lamp black/umbra and white spirit.
     
     
     

     
     
    Panels and instrument panels attached and some detail painting have begun…
     
     

     
     
     
     

     
     
    A dry fit with the primed seats….
     
     

     
     
    The engine glued to the right fuselage half….
     
     

     
     
    More to come soon!
     
    Stefan
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in MiG-21 UM "Mongol"   
    Hi Chris!
     
    Yeah, I know (I SHOULD have known) , I wrote it wrong, don´t know what I was thinking.  
     
    ...but after all It´s much easier to spell "Russian" instead of "Czezh"!   
     
    Thanks for the heads up mate, I have corrected it!
     
    Stefan 
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in MiG-21 UM "Mongol"   
    Thanks to all responders!     
     
    Time for the next episode in my MiG-21 Story….
     
    The engine  is built up and I have painted the fan with Alclad Aluminium…
     
     

     
     
    The landing gear wells glued to the fuselage….
     
     

     
     
    The nose gear done, just some hydraulic lines and paint left to do later….
     
     

     
     
     
     
     

     
     
    The wheel wells painted and washed….
     
     

     
     
    There´s not very much aftermarket stuff for this kit but I found some really nice resin seats from Pavla.
     
     

     
     
    A detail kit from Verlinden….
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
    More to come soon….
     
    Stefan
     
     
     
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in MiG-21 UM "Mongol"   
    Hi All!
     
    I found this kit dirt cheap many moons ago, I couldn´t resist the crazy scheme and started it right away.
     
    But the build stalled after the nose gear bay and cockpit, don´t know why, really.
     
    The Czech Stress-Team was a unit for combat training, very much like the US Top Gun unit and have a similar job, training units in combat and tactics.
     
    I don´t know if they are still active, anybody here knows?
     
     

     
     
    Who can resist this grin?
     
     

     
     
    This is a really early Trumpeter kit and it shows, well molded and quite detailed injected parts, a small and crappy instruction sheet and useless decals.
     
    Later I found out that this is a up-scaled copy of Academy´s MiG-21UM/MF, Academy´s kit is a good one so let´s hope this will be good too.
     
    I started the build by building the nose gear bay, complete with the nose gear leg (metal!) in place.
     
     

     
     
    The nose gear leg is screwed in place, Tamiya-style.
     
     

     
     
     
     
     

     
     
    I will not have the engine on show so I closed up the fuselage and glued the two sections together.
     
     

     
     
    Wings, wheel wells, seats and cockpit fell together quick and easy.
     
     

     
     
    The two fuselage halves filled….
     
     

     
     
    The engine is quite nice, but I´ll paint only what will be seen.
     
     

     
     
    Nice detail;
     
     

     
     
    The engine done….
     
     

     
     
     
     

     
     
    More to come soon!
     
    Stefan
     
     
     
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from MARU5137 in MiG-21 UM "Mongol"   
    Hi all!
     
    This kit is a really old one, I started it more then 10 years ago, built about 10% (cockpit  & engine) and then I lost interest and It´s been floating around since then.
     
    So I´ll give it a go now!
     
     

     
     
    Cheers!
     
    Stefan 
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from BradG in MiG-21 UM "Mongol"   
    Hi All!
     
    Seats and the shelf with all the instruments primed with Alclad Black Microfiller Primer;
     

     
     
    …and then painted with this crazy MiG interior color (WEM Soviet MiG Cockpit color);
     
     

     
     
     
    The cockpit tub partly assembled, painted and washed with a mix of lamp black/umbra and white spirit.
     
     
     

     
     
    Panels and instrument panels attached and some detail painting have begun…
     
     

     
     
     
     

     
     
    A dry fit with the primed seats….
     
     

     
     
    The engine glued to the right fuselage half….
     
     

     
     
    More to come soon!
     
    Stefan
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from mozart in MiG-21 UM "Mongol"   
    Hi All!
     
    Seats and the shelf with all the instruments primed with Alclad Black Microfiller Primer;
     

     
     
    …and then painted with this crazy MiG interior color (WEM Soviet MiG Cockpit color);
     
     

     
     
     
    The cockpit tub partly assembled, painted and washed with a mix of lamp black/umbra and white spirit.
     
     
     

     
     
    Panels and instrument panels attached and some detail painting have begun…
     
     

     
     
     
     

     
     
    A dry fit with the primed seats….
     
     

     
     
    The engine glued to the right fuselage half….
     
     

     
     
    More to come soon!
     
    Stefan
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from LSP_Kevin in MiG-21 UM "Mongol"   
    Hi All!
     
    Seats and the shelf with all the instruments primed with Alclad Black Microfiller Primer;
     

     
     
    …and then painted with this crazy MiG interior color (WEM Soviet MiG Cockpit color);
     
     

     
     
     
    The cockpit tub partly assembled, painted and washed with a mix of lamp black/umbra and white spirit.
     
     
     

     
     
    Panels and instrument panels attached and some detail painting have begun…
     
     

     
     
     
     

     
     
    A dry fit with the primed seats….
     
     

     
     
    The engine glued to the right fuselage half….
     
     

     
     
    More to come soon!
     
    Stefan
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from Landrotten Highlander in MiG-21 UM "Mongol"   
    Hi All!
     
    Seats and the shelf with all the instruments primed with Alclad Black Microfiller Primer;
     

     
     
    …and then painted with this crazy MiG interior color (WEM Soviet MiG Cockpit color);
     
     

     
     
     
    The cockpit tub partly assembled, painted and washed with a mix of lamp black/umbra and white spirit.
     
     
     

     
     
    Panels and instrument panels attached and some detail painting have begun…
     
     

     
     
     
     

     
     
    A dry fit with the primed seats….
     
     

     
     
    The engine glued to the right fuselage half….
     
     

     
     
    More to come soon!
     
    Stefan
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Phantom2 reacted to Greif8 in PCM MkI Hurricane   
    I completed the basic painting today.  I went with the Type A camo pattern, drawing and cutting the pattern template myself; and that is the last time I will do that.  It took a very long time to draw and cut the templates out on frisking tape.  I did my best to replicate the pattern closely but I did not get it 100% accurate, though I think it is close to correct.  I sprayed the colors with MRP paints, which are very nice indeed.  They spit a bit when the airbrush is actuated, but that is not an issue if you are practicing good airbrush technique - with the possible exception of spraying Luftwaffe mottling.  The spitting might be a problem there; but I am sure there is a way to prevent that.  The photos are not the best as I shot them quickly.
     
     
    Overall camo.
     
    A bit out of focus but the picture shows the port side camo.
     
    A close up, MRP paint goes down smoothly.  I saw the small thread while saving the photo, fortunately it was only laying on top of the paint and brushed off.
     
    I used the "black-basing technique on the bottom for the Sky color.  The upper colors were too dark for that; I'll have to see what I can do with some post shading and fading for those.  I like to keep things like "black-basing" subtle, perhaps a bit too subtle given the standard I see today.
     
    Finally, a close of the wheel well area.  Here I attempted to keep the color slightly varied with an eye towards weathering.
     
    Ernest
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from Dukie99 in Su-25 Afghantsi Finished   
    A Very Beautiful build! 
     
     
    Stefan 
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    Phantom2 got a reaction from mpk in Have you ever found a model in your stash you didnt remember?   
    More then once....  
     
    I have even bought a "new" kit and later found another in the stash!  
     
     
    Stefan E 
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    Phantom2 reacted to wunwinglow in Scale Choices   
    1:35 was a stupid idea, period......
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    Phantom2 reacted to BradG in Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Group Build   
    chrish is up next with his very nice Bf 109E-3. Super work as always mate.
     
    Link to build thread;
     






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    Phantom2 reacted to BradG in Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Group Build   
    chrish brings us the big stick of the Luftwaffe with his Heinkel 111H-2. Great work on this big beast. 
     
    Link to build thread;
     
     








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