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Alain Gadbois

Hex Soviet tarmac sections from Fusion Models

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Hello Alain,

 

I live very close to former soviet MiG-25 and Su-24 air base in Welzow, east Germany. If you need any detail pictures of Pag-14, just let me know ;-)

 

Yes, that would be greatly appreciated! Detail photos of the surface textures of the sections can be of a lot of help to me, when making masters.

 

I wonder, do they still have hardened shelters with doors in place? These would be great for dioramas, in multiple scales.

 

Thank you for the kind offer!

 

Alain

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Hi all!

The artwork is coming along nicely for the hex tarmac box set. I hope it will be ready as planned next week!

 

In the meantime, here is a little tutorial showing how I painted my demonstration set.

 

First, after a good clean-up with dishwasher liquid, a coat of Tamiya TS-16. It is a light warm grey with a nice new concrete look.

 

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Next, I scraped a bit of dry pastel on the surface, using brown, black and sand colors. Mostly brown is used here to reproduce the brownish color of the Soviet tarmac sections.

 

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With my finger the powder is rubbed in all over the surface. I use nitrile gloves to do this. 

 

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The next step is not so obvious in photos, as it is subtle, yet important. I used a slightly humid paper towel to blend the powder in the tarmac section. This fixes the pastel dust in place, and the section will start to look like a real concrete part. You can ad more pastel dust and repeat until you get the desired effect.

 

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At this point I add the tar joint on the sides. I used liquid tempera applied with a Q-tip. Check your references, as the joints can be very wide!

 

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Oil drips are added here. I suggest some restraint here, and concentrate this effect only where the fuselage is situated.

 

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This is the result, compared to the basic painted part.

 

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Thank you for watching, hope this helps!

 

Alain

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Hey Alain,

 

Don't know how come I mised that one......... :doh:

Exelent job, are you gonna have those at Torcan next May...?

 

Anyway I'm in for two set, will contact you shortly.

 

Regards,

Dan.

 

Salut Daniel,

 

Thank you for the 2 sets, I will wait for your message! No promises for Torcan yet, unfortunately...

 

 

NICE!!  Any plans to do them in 1/48??

 

Actually, this 1/48 set already exists, as a complete display base, and  also a PAG-14 base in 1/72:

 

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I received the cover sheet this weekend for the new 1/32 Hex set, and I am planning the shipping for the present orders to be this coming Friday or Monday!

 

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Thank you all!

Alain

 

PS: I will announce new stuff in 1/32 later this week!

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They look very good but surely they are concrete rather than tarmac?  Concrete sections seem more robust for a tactical airfield to me.  The painting certainly suggests concrete but the pack labelling says otherwise.

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I am sure it is supposed to be concrete. The hexagon shape is to provide expansion joints in all directions. You would never have joints like that in asphalt; I don't know how they would even do it!

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I suspect Alain is using the word tarmac in a generic sense, to mean something like aircraft dispersal surface - much like the way the Brits use Hoover as a generic term for all vacuum cleaners.

 

Kev

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