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AIMS 1/32 Mistel S3C update..... hi everyone - just a little done as in lots of pain sadly. I scratch built the two 'Octopus' gear door operating hydraulics and also the tail rod. The details are as per the Mistel 1 actually and it should be a little more simplified than I have done it but I am not going to change it now as it took hours off my life haha. I got my test shot gear bay doors together - the detail and the thickness are fantastic but in reality the concept does not work both economically - as the PE sheet would be A-4 size and cost the customer a fortune at a time when the kits are not even available - and mathematically as when you curve parts with the same dimension cut-outs - those cut-outs no longer match - especially when there are three layers. So if I ever put this into production it will be just 1x 0.2 inner layer and a half etched outer layer - at least then there is a hope of getting it all on a reasonably sized sheet for the few people in the world interested lol
Thanks and best wishes, John
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AIMS 1/32 Mistel 3 update....Hi everyone, started painting the fuselage/wings. As with a number of other G-6's, G-10's and even a finished G-7 fuselage you have a massive tonal difference between parts with the lighter shade being used also to break up the darker shade along the fuselage and leading edge of the wings. It is really academic whether the darker shade is an undocumented green shade of RLM 76 or old stock of documented chemically unbalanced 65 - I do not really care as I am more concerned simply with trying to replicate the contrast. I always thought, and have always illustrated on decal sheet instructions that the clouds must be a bright RLM 67 Weiss, never stopping to think that it was washed out 76 and the area behind it was darker than normal. Well anyway I have started and am enjoying it. The next step will be to mask off the washed out 76 subcontracted parts and then spray the greener shade. I hope you like the contrast and if you are familiar with the two photos of Ju 88 G-10 W.Nr. 460065 then perhaps you will more appreciate what I am trying to do. Thanks for looking and taking an interest

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Excellent explanation of your thoughts on the course we can see on these 88's John and you are off to a great start! Very much enjoying your updates on you S3C and giving me the itch to get back to my 188 conversion once my little Bf 108 is completed which won't take to much now!

 

Regards. Andy 

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AIMS 1/32 Mistel 3 update.... hi guys, started to get the green tint on. The Mr Paint green RLM 76 is super thin making it a very bad choice of mine to have used a black primer underneath as I am using litres of the paint to get it covered - does not look like a new build airframe at all sadly. Anyway the shade is a fraction weaker than what I really wanted and so I might blend it all in with some Tamiya 'Smoke' and that might help the over-all appearance. Enjoy

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With just two exceptions all the G-6 - onwards photos I have where you can clearly see a difference the legs and tail wheel are in 66 - Few G-1 can be found with much darker legs and tail wheel - the vast majority being in RLM 02 which was the norm before the G-6. The same switch also was made to the interior of the gear bay doors. The 188 and 388 all seam to have RLM 02 so it must have been a night fighter thing? My clearest photos of G-6s and g-10s with RLM 66 legs are in my books. Here is an example posted on FB

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AIMS 1/32 Mistel 3 update...hi everyone. Putting the washed out RLM 76 clouds on the fuselage took a bit of planning - I wanted to match the photos of Ju 88 G-10 W.Nr. 460065 as best as possible and so used a pencil to first mark where I wanted them and in doing so confirmed my suspicion that the Balkenkreuz is further forward than on any of the other G-10 Mistel 3s. Also thanks to the amazing book Captured Eagles that I got the other day you can see from the photos of the Ju 88 G-7 W.Nr. 240145 - that the clouds were painted on before the wings / wing spats were added so that meant some difficult masking off so that they appear behind the kits spats. Once the washed out 76 was applied to the sides and wing leading edges I started the RLM 75. The wing was masked off and then latter when the flap RLM 75 was dry the landing flap was masked off so that I could get a mis-match of patterns very clearly seen on sister ship 460066. The Mr Paint RLM 75 is very dark just like real fresh 75 as seen in the photos of these new-build G-10s / Mistel 3s. Another major step completed.

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AIMS 1/32 Mistel 3 update....hi everyone - decal stage complete yippee!!!!! Very few decals due to no unit codes and simplified stencil system but regardless it is a stage when my heart is in my mouth during the application and bedding down of the decals - not my favorite part of modelling by any means, thanks for looking

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