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Piero

FIAT G.91 R/1 1/32nd DAYGLO MODELS

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Hello Guys,

 

here is my new project started last spring time, a FIAT G.91 R/1 in charge with the A.M.I. (Aeronautica Militare Italiana) from the '60s to the '90s.

 

The model is a limited edition resin kit by DAYGLO MODELS.

 

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As usual I need a good references source to look at. The books are my main source for the Gigetto.

 

 

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Starting with the main internal parts as cockpit tube and undercarriage bays.

 

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Here some tools used to remove the parts from the resin blocks cast.

 

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 The task doesn't required too much effort because the resin is very well casted and easy to work with.

 

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The interior parts are primed with flat black... 

 

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Then Interior Green has been sprayed on the undercarriage bay and speed brake vanes.

Medium Grey has been sprayed on the cockpit tube and instrument panel.

 

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Next, I worked on the wing pylons and external fuel tanks. Very nice parts...

 

 

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At this stage I've finished the main undercarriage bays, painted with Tamiya XF58 for the Interior Green. Some tubes and pipes were added too and painted with Vallejo.

 

 

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Cockpit tube and instrument panel are finished. The collimator, as other small details as switchs and throttle, will be added later after the main parts will be fitted inside the fuselage.

 

 

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Some specific parts for the Italian G.91 R/1 are the panels that cover the guns and the one at the back of the camera's nose cone.

These resin parts are easy to work with but a little attention needs to be carried on to fit the panels with the fuselage without losing all the the small details around.

 

 

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Some details has been added inside the exhaust tube.

 

 

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Now the internal parts are ready to be fitted inside the fuselage.

A lot of dry fitting is a must here... especially for the cockpit and jet intake areas.

 

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Here is the fuselage glued with a lot of CA acting also as putty.

 

 

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 A resin part that really disapponted me was the nose... the part doesn't match with the front section of the fuselage.

 

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Again, a good session of sanding and the nose profile is flushed with the fuselage.

 

 

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A big step forward was made joining the wings to the fuselage.

 

 

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And as you can see there was a needs of a good amount of putty here and there... especially to fill the micro-bubbles-holes... argh!

 

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... Time to check the filling & scribing job.

 

 

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The IP cover with the collimator is fitted. I added a map's bag on the left side. 

 

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Despite the kit includes PE vortex generators, these parts has been replaced by me using thin plasticard strips and added to both side of fuselage's rear section. 

 

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PE wing fences has been added to the mid-chord of the wings.

Small details as reinforcement plates, heat discharge, drain pipes and anti-collision bacon has been added around the fuselage. 

A light dark wash was applied to highlight panel lines and any eventual imperfection of the work.

 

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after a hot & long summer break I'm back to my model desk.

It's time to start the painting phase... my favourite phase.

 

First of all, the canopy and cockpit were masked with tape and paper, then a good layer of a solid grey has been airbrushed as primer: although there are a number of specific products around for this job, I still prefer to use a cheap and reliable acrylic plain color mixed with some clear gloss.

 

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Nice landing gears eh?...

 

After 12 hours I checked if there was any fault of filler... luckily everything seems ok... so I sprayed an almost black colour along the panel lines.

 

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Grigio Mare Scuro (Dark Sea Grey) and Verde Scuro (Dark Green) camouflage paints were airbrushed using blue-tak rolls.

 

 

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Black was sprayed for the tail fin band and circular antenna on the top of fuselage. The anti glare area in front of the windshield was spayed black too but then I discovered that actually on the AMI G.91R it was Dark Green, so I resprayed in this color.

Some post-shading is already done too.

 

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Alluminio (Flat Aluminum) was airbrushed on the under surfaces.

 

 

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Black antenna panels were sprayed too.  At this time I had to respray in Zinch Chormate Green the undercarriage bays too.

 

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Now a good clear gloss layer is a must in preparation for the washing and decal phases.

 

 

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A dark wash was applied.

 

 

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CIAO!

Piero

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Piero,

 

good to see your Gina on this site! Congrats to a very good looking model so far!

Seeing your model I do remember my Gina which waits for further progress!

THIS is motivating me to go on (if I only had enough time to....)!

 

Cheers

 

Reimund

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