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  1. Okay...been a LONG time since I have posted anything related to the assembly of styrene. Several WIPs, but the interest fades....been putzing with the 1/24 109...removing some paint....but now that soccer is done for awhile, and winter has reared it's Snowy Maned Head, it's easier to escape to the basement. So I gave myself the dilemma, "Finish a WIP, then treat yourself to a new one, or vise versa?" Well, after himming and hawing, the latter won out. So I have chosen the above mentioned bird. Because I am me....will be OOB, but hey, it comes with some PE. Looking over the directions, I have my first issue right out of the gate....cockpit color. In the key for paint colors, there is "cockpit color (Mitsubishi)" and "cockpit color (Nakajima)". So wander out to the world wide web, over to Cyber-modeler, where I found their 'pit color reference. this reference chart shows only 3 brands that make this "cockpit color (Nakajima)", and 2 of them I have never heard of, much less seen. Now I'm not the type of person to go obtain a bottle/can of this for the 1 - 3 Nakajima planes that I may end up building. So right off, I need to tap into the wealth of knowledge here.....is there a more common color/Brand that would be a suitable substitute for this color? (I'm sure I'm late to the party as usual, but here's the site of the color chart. https://www.cybermodeler.com/color/cockpit.shtml) I thank you in advance for the assistance I will receive. Obligatory opening shot. Oh, and it doesn't help my having fun with this with Photobucket being painfully slow, and it forces me to move one photo at a time from my camera. Cheers Everyone! Dave
  2. Hello Again all. Seeing this new group build posted inspired me this morning to go through the stash and look at all of the started projects that I have, and honestly try to remember why I put them on the "Shelf of Doom". There are way too many abandoned projects in my "hangar"....... This Hasegawa Frank was started somewhere in 2012/ 2013, and was relegated to the unfinished pile for reasons I can no longer remember. Looking over the kit and it's contents, I had gotten fairly well along with it, having the main airframe built and all of the seams filled with CA. It looks like I will need to rescribe some lost detail, and fill a few sink marks I have not noticed before. I was building it out of the box, as a break from some other heavy projects I had on the go. I was close to breaking out the airbrush, but did not get the last 10% of the prep work done. Here is a photo of what I pulled out of the box this morning..... It looks like I have some seam work to take care of on the nose, some rescribing of panel lines around the seams, a few ejector pin marks on the gear, and finish fitting the flaps in the retracted postion. Looking forward to diving in later today. Onward- THOR
  3. Please forgive the puns. I'm a Luftwaffe guy and we seldom get such opportunities. So this subject is unusual for me. I intended it for a group build with my local IPMS chapter but that deadline came and went six months ago. Yes I am a speedy builder...not. Haven't built a Japanese subject in 30 years but I am used to disagreements about color (RLM what?) so I'm feeling reasonably comfortable. Here goes. ​My subject: Thierry Dekker's profile w/ some additions that I think are warranted: Mr. Dekker's profile is very nice but shows some license. I'm going to try to be a little more faithful to the photograph. So I'll be attempting a heavily weathered bare metal with a tighter but less proficiently sprayed mottle. I'm being a little lazy on this one; not going to do much in the way of scratch improvements. Rather I'm just throwing the available Photo Etch (Eduard Big Sin) and resin (Aires and Quickboost) at it. I always start with the front office. My research suggest that internal colors vary depending upon production period; early = aotaki, mid = dark blue grey, late = bare metal. I've gone with mid production but got a little too much green IMHO...oh well who can argue. The Aires cockpit set did not blow my skirt up. Usually they are large enough that you have to do a lot of carving to get them to fit, but not so here. The set is too small IMHO. I ended up cutting off many of the details and grafting them onto the kit parts. In most cases the resin detail wasn't any better than the styrene. I kept the resin sidewalls however as they were significantly better. The Eduard photo etch seat is a jewel and I can't say enough about Radu Brinzan's micro fiber belts. Paint is Tamiya with Vallejo for details. All the levers and knobs have been removed and replaced with my own. Since the radio can't really be seen, I just bent up the Eduard photo etch. It was easier to set in place than the Aires but since you can't see it the better representation of the resin was wasted. I used the Eduard pre-painted panel which I was reasonably pleased with. The weathered surfaces on the side walls were 'scuffed up' with a 'cool grey' Prismacolor pencil. Then the entire structure was pinwashed with Vallejo black wash and dry brushed with neutral grey. The fuselage can get closed up now and I can move on to some riveting and subtle surface distressing. While I was waiting for Radu to send my belts, I got some other sub assemblies done. The Big Sin set had a lot of photo etch to doll these up but the only parts I found useful were for the doors. The brake lines are lead free fly tying wire with True Detail fittings. Then on to the power egg. Again the Big Sin photo etch was IMHO useless. I did my own wiring harness and some additional minor details, the ones that can be seen anyway. As with the rest of the airplane, the structural rivets have been added and I've used Alclad as the base for the heavily oxidized aluminum. So there's my progress to date. The riveting and distressing will take a while so I won't have much more to post until that's well on it's way. Hope you enjoy and please don't hesitate to point this old Luftwaffe modeler in the right direction when needed. Alles Bestens. b
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