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ICM I-16 Type 24: COMPLETED 3/12/2020

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What happens with the wife is out of town for the weekend? All sorts of bench time, that's what.

 

I have been steadily plugging away, and should be ready for paint in the very near future. I elected to paint and attach the cowling after the fuselage is completed, to aid in masking and installation of the exhausts. I tried Vallejo airbrush acrylics for the first time, I am was pretty impressed! Looking forward to using them more in the future, and getting more comfortable with them. I had a hard time finding a Model Master enamel for Russian topside green, but the Vallejo color was spot on.

 

49511576852_16699d1957_k.jpg84842391_622034611960723_3208063974218137600_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

That's all for this morning! Looking forward to plugging on it more throughout the day. It's dumping snow outside, so its a perfect day to snuggle up to the work bench and get cozy.

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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Moving right along!

 

I have a few rough spots of the fuselage paint to smooth out, and I am still working on getting a nice smooth transition between the fuselage and the upper fuselage insert. Slow and steady, right?

 

49592578182_28b87a9094_k.jpg87668968_527102214579588_2060932630987145216_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

49591833348_c93218a0ef_k.jpg87529547_866903240400560_2966052041786392576_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

I am using Vallego acrylics, and they are lovely. They go on much thicker than enamels, which takes some getting used to, but I am enjoying the color density and saturation. They are nice, lovely colors and I am looking forward to trying some more of them on some other projects.

 

More to come! The finish line is in sight.

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

 

 

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Another small update today...

 

I finally got the fuselage steps squared away, and the paint blended it. It was time to start on the markings.

 

I had finally decided that I wanted a Russian aircraft in my display cabinet, and what better opportunity to add one with some script on the side (which seemed pretty popular during WWII). One of the kit options seemed like just the ticket. White 11, with script on the sides that reads (after some grateful direction from the interwebs) "Death to the Fascists!" and "For Stalin!". These markings were presented as decals, but I was nervous about such large scripts developing silvering between the letters. Montex makes a mask set for this kit, and while I had never used Montex masks before, this was my change to give them a shot. I was duly impressed!

 

49610082488_31bb3a95c7_k.jpg88434812_1273980126134341_7635383874310111232_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

49610854557_4e3a7cf28d_k.jpg88056692_2572805802830673_9213178503208370176_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

 

I was going to use the kit markings for the red stars, but I think I will continue with the masks and spray those on as well. Might as well!

 

I should get some more bench time this week, and I just might have this little guy completed by next week sometime. Not too much else to do now!

 

As always, comments and critiques are most welcome. Thanks for tuning in!

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

 

 

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A fine job, you are really doing it justice, I do have a thing for VVS subjects and this kit is really getting me interested, I like the large slogans on the side of the aircraft and used Montex masks on my MiG-3 which included a fuselage slogan.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

 

 

 

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I decided, what the heck, let's go ahead and use the Montex masks to do the rest of the air frame! I felt like taking on the challenge of the black-outlined red stars that are part of this aircraft. Things sure came out great!

 

49619132176_fc357b2b74_k.jpg88163896_2270895526536981_6136888695476715520_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

49618614393_30afa476c8_k.jpg88189307_632130877641136_8006424501283717120_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

Then, as I was removing the masks on the bottom, disaster (minor) struck:

 

49618614328_920776b4f5_k.jpg88261083_200413544510091_5705149769609904128_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

It's here that I learned a very, very important lesson about airbrushing acrylics: You gotta do a primer. While I have been able to, for the better part of several decades, to get away with not priming underneath enamels, acrylics aren't the same bag. I'll do that next time for sure!

 

Fortunately, the fix is pretty easy. I have brush-painted a few layers of the same paint on, and it filled in the gaps nicely. I will give it a nice sanding to level it out, and then airbrush a thin layer to blend everything in. Piece of cake, and only a minor setback.

 

More to come! I have started constructing the landing gear, and will work on some more of the fiddly bits in the next few days (hopefully). I think it'll take about a week or so to call this one done!

 

As always, comments and critiques are always welcome.

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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The finish line is oh-so near...

 

Well boys and girls, just about done with this one. Just want to do a little bit more weathering and some paint chipping where appropriate, but the next photos of this little gem of a kit will be in Ready For Inspection in the next few days.

 

49645183216_8cb2cf6f27_k.jpg89104358_522494921803268_5499361874820464640_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

49645183256_d3e4d1a4a3_k.jpg89089957_1042706692796078_7061614975579586560_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

Thanks for tuning in along the way! This is the fastest I have completed a model kit in probably 15 years, and I usually only complete maybe one or two a year. This is a big accomplishment for me!

 

What should I build next...

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

 

 

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