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Nice work so far Matt. If you like painting you'll love building the cockpit section of this model. I'm almost done that part now on my OAW build and the airbrush and detail brushes have really had quite a work out. One thing to watch for that I picked up on while dry fitting is to enlarge the openings at the top of the forward gun mounts. As moulded, the pins on the guns that fit on to those mounts don't fit in to the apertures very well and that'll make fitting the MGs later a little interesting, especially lining them up with the ammunition feed chutes.

 

I'll be following with interest.

 

Cheers,

Wolf

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Great choice and great painting

 

 

 

Thanks very much. There is still lots and lots of painting and weathering that will go into this one, so that it will hopefully look like the pictures I have.

 

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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Nice work so far Matt. If you like painting you'll love building the cockpit section of this model. I'm almost done that part now on my OAW build and the airbrush and detail brushes have really had quite a work out. One thing to watch for that I picked up on while dry fitting is to enlarge the openings at the top of the forward gun mounts. As moulded, the pins on the guns that fit on to those mounts don't fit in to the apertures very well and that'll make fitting the MGs later a little interesting, especially lining them up with the ammunition feed chutes.

 

I'll be following with interest.

 

Cheers,

Wolf

 

 

Thank you very much for the tip. I will look into that. You should post your build on here so we can all see it. If it's as amazing as your Spitfire, it will be a show stopper. I will hopefully be spending lots of time with the detail brushes to make sure the cockpit all looks right, because you really can see everything inside of there.

 

 

Thank you for stopping in. I hope that I don't disappoint with this build.

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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I got a bit more work done on the Fokker. I am getting more work done on the interior, but in all honestly, I'm maybe about 25% of the way done with the cockpit work.

 

The decals were applied over a coat of Gunze Sail, although you really can't tell. I still need to do the stitching around the rear bulkhead and firewall, and start weathering the components. The decals look great, but a bit too clean for a battle veteran.

 

 

 

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I also decaled the instrument panel, and started assembling some of the floor components. I still need to paint the fuel tank, and then I can add a bunch more parts to the sidewalls and floor.

 

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I also worked on the seat. I painted the cushions with Vallejo Brown Leather, and then drybrushed it with Vallejo German Yellow Ochre. I also picked out the buttons in the cushion with Model Master Gold enamel. Hopefully with the HGW seat belts, the seat will be finished up and look nice.

 

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Thanks for reading in everyone. I hope that you're all enjoying this build. This kit really is amazing, I can't wait to keep working on it.

 

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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Guest Peterpools

Matt

Super work on the front office . Seems like yesterday, I was there myself.

Keep 'em coming

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Matt

Super work on the front office . Seems like yesterday, I was there myself.

Keep 'em coming

 

 

Thank you very much Peter! I have seen how your build has progressed, and I'm really enjoying it. I'm going to use it to help out with my build. I've been trying to read as many different builds as I can to find any potential issues I will have to work out.

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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Guest Peterpools

Hi Matt

Thanks to you and Ron, I'm back working on the Fokker and made some nice progress the past few days. Getting close to rigging and attaching the upper wing. :rolleyes:

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Hi Matt

Thanks to you and Ron, I'm back working on the Fokker and made some nice progress the past few days. Getting close to rigging and attaching the upper wing. :rolleyes:

 

 

That's great that you've started working on it again Peter. Your build was coming along great, hope you can get some good progress done soon.

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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I got a ton of work done today, so I thought you all might like to see how it looks.

 

 

First thing I did was to paint the fuel tank, which sadly is completely invisible on the finished plane. But at least I know it's there. I first gave it a coat of Model Master Gold in order to represent the brass color. Once that was dry, I went back over it with Tamiya XF-61 Dark Green. Once it had a chance to dry, I scuffed it up with a Squadron Tri-Grit sanding stick. I used the black end of the tri-grit to scuff and weather the paint. I think it came out great, but you'll sadly never see it once it's installed in the fuselage.

 

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I also got some weathering done on the inside. I knew that the plane wouldn't get too beaten up, but I know that it would still get dirty. So I mixed up some Burnt Umber oil paint, and put in on the various pieces and recesses. On the lozenge sides, I splattered the paint off of the brush, to look like the weathering I've seen in these cockpits. And I really made sure to tone down the back bulkhead, since the decal just looked too bright for my taste.

 

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This evening, after everything dried, I was able to get the cockpit frames all put together. I got all of the control lines and various rigging done with .15mm EZ-Line, my first usage of the stuff. Now I don't know why I waited so long, this stuff is so easy to use. I got the control lines all done, and run through the rear bulkhead before I assembled everything together. Putting the frames all together was very easy to do, Wingnuts really makes alignment and construction so simple. Most of the parts just press-fit together, and then I could run glue into the joint. I will add the seat belts once the fuselage is together, so I can drape them up over the side of the fuselage.

 

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The last you'll see of the fuel tank, but I think it came out looking great.

 

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And my not too beautiful, but very sufficient way of securing the control wires behind the back bulkhead. I guess I could have run them all of the way through the fuselage, but that would be a lot of wires laying all over the place in the back end of the fuselage.

 

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I also remembered to wood-grain the top of the fuselage. It isn't mentioned very clearly in the instructions, but it's very noticeable if not done. So I made sure to do that before I could put the fuselage.

 

 


That's all for now. I hope that everyone is enjoying how this build is going, and are enjoying reading my progress. I hope to be back soon with some work done. Any and all comments and critiques are of course welcomed and encouraged. I know there's a thread going on about this, so I want to make it very clear that I am okay with critiques in my builds. It's the only way to learn and improve.

 

 

 


Matt :party0023:

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Very nice work Matt. It seems to me that your painting is improving pretty much with every model. I can't offer you anything more constructive than that I'm afraid!

 

Kev

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Guest Peterpools

Matt

Some incredible progress on your Fokker and I totally agree the fuel tank and a lot of the interior work will be hidden forever. I went just the opposite, did a Alclad finish, on the tank, worried about fingerprints and in the end, just the fuel caps can be seen. Nice work on the interior and the weathering all blends together so well.

Looking real good. Keep 'em coming

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Matt.. She's coming along beautifully! I can only echo what Kevin has said.. You're painting looks great. I like the weathering over the lozenge as well. You keep up this pace and you'll be knocking out two a month!

 

Cheers,

Jerry

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Very nice work Matt. It seems to me that your painting is improving pretty much with every model. I can't offer you anything more constructive than that I'm afraid!

 

Kev

 

 

Thank you very much Kevin. That is nice of you to say. The exterior painting and lozenge work is where the challenge will really lie though, so we'll have to wait and see if my skills have improved. But I have been using Mr. Color lacquer lately, and I'm really liking the paint for detail painting work.

 

 

Thank you for reading in

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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