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  1. Here we go, fun build of the Italeri rebox of the 1992 Hobbycraft kit, using decals from Kevin (thanks!!). Built for one of my club members who is doing a lot of WWI events. Billy Bishop was the leading Canadian ace of WWI, a pilot of remarkable skill, and usually went hunting solo. Not much was done on these undersides, but the topsides are weathered to knock down the shine. I need to learn how to do props better. Getting there! Seat is actually painted paper towel. The pattern seemed to fit pretty well. Close up view of the top wing weathering Tail before weathering: And after:
  2. http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Joe_Zappa/IMG_0151_zpsdtbb0qq7.jpeg Since I have only a very small space to work in, and the fact that some friends have gotten my into playing Wings of Glory (combat wargame using 1/144 scale aircraft models).... I decided it was time to order one of my favorites from Shapeways. The model should be here by the end of the week, along with a pair of RAF Fe2b models. This will be a fun foray into 3d printed models - I ordered them in the White Flexible material and not the Ultra detail for a couple of reasons. 1) Since they will used and handled as gaming models, and 2) lower cost. I know going in, that the white flex material will be a bit more challenging to smooth, prime and finish, but from what I have read, not terribly so. We shall see. I plan to finish the Felixstowe in one of the many "Dazzle" schemes, and add a small amount of detailing to increase its' visual appeal on the table. BTW, the finish / scheme on this model will likely be totally fictitious as I want to experiment with several things in the process. This will be just fine for the intended purpose. So...I will post more on this when it arrives and I dive into the project. Joe
  3. I'm working on a WWI Roden Fokker Dr I with the olive streaked camouflage. I've exceeded the picture limit for a message so apologies for having to cut some photos. This is my first try at this, and instead of using oils, I'm using acrylic water colors over a base of Model Master Acryl, which is over a primer base of Vallejo white primer. Here is the palette: The fan brush didn't work for me so I substituted a 1/4 flat brush. The Burnt Umber really dominated the Olive so when using to try and get a darker olive, use sparingly... I ended up using the middle and right blobs of paint mostly and upper right is the flat brush. Using the #2 pointy brush I applied alternating lines of the middle green and the darker green: The advantage of oils is they don't dry as fast, but with these watercolors, a wet/damp brush works well. BUT this was the first try: WAAYYY too much burnt umber.... Ok, lesson learned... Better, but not yet what I wanted. Also I'm using the edge of the flat brush not the wide side, to blend. MUCH better control and thinner lines. So wiping all off and trying again... Now we are getting somewhere. I really need to learn how to shoot a video of this, but I use the edge of a slightly damp square brush and just go back and forth along the lines to blend them in. You will need to clean the brush often, but if the brush is too wet, then you will simply wipe the paint off. So Slightly Damp is the mantra. If the paint dries on you, then use a slightly wetter brush. Here I started on the wings: And blended: Left side: And the set: Middle set of wings are the base color. Middle left wing is still wet, but it dries to a very nice flat finish. Now I have since looked at this and thought the stripes were too distinct, so I did a light over spray with the base color (in this case, it is actually RAF interior green). Here is the my paint mule, left side over sprayed, right side with no over spray. And the Fokker wings, with the axle wing over painted with the base color: I'm sure I left a lot of steps out, so please feel free to ask and I'll answer best as I can. Chris
  4. More building to support the WWI anniversary. Beginning to love these 1/72 kits as they are quick builds and I like the wide range of colors to play with. I am a LITTLE over the top on the colors but hey, why not! I'm already pretty well started but here is the update. Fuselage decals tomorrow I hope. These are fun kits. Chris
  5. Ran across this short video on YouTube.....it really is a very nice SPAD replica in the markings of Francesco Baracca......😊 Joe66
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