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#61 TimHepplestone

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:13 PM

Looking like a stunner. Glancing at my shelves I can see quite a few FICE seams.....


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:33 PM

 Is that some subtle shading I see coming through on the horizontal stabilizer and the fuselage itself?  

 

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Chris - there may be a little variation in the depth of paint, but no intentional shadings on the tail surfaces. I'm still trying to determine how I want to make this one look as real as I can, given that I'm assuming this is a total painting over of an already-painted airframe. There'd be no shading visible around the ribs but at the very least, likely some dirt would have collected around the edges of the rib tape which will be represented with a wash.  


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 11:50 PM

Turns out I can't live with that spine seam - upon closer inspection it was raised not recessed. Maybe the putty I used hadn't fully cured when I hit it with the hair dryer? Scraped/sanded down and will be repainted!

 

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Tail also done with Pheon's "alternate" Gotha logos. WNW logo on the right for comparison which is the standard logo, although photos do exist of this green logo as well, smaller and with a castle on it.  The rudder was painted with MRP white with a hint of blue added. This is my new "Gotha white-blue mix" that will also go as the underside of the top wing. Decals applied, and a border masked around once the decals had set. and the full rudder overpainted in Marking Blue. These green Gotha decals are printed without white backing and need the Gotha base color to complete it - I rather like how they look :)

 

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:28 AM

Ugh!  That seam.  Hate it when it happens.  Love the logo, though.  That's one of the nicer touches about some German WWI aircraft.

 

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 03:01 AM

tap tap tap... is this thing on? Finally I get to brush the dust off this thread after a month with no time to really work on the monster until today!

 

I decided to do the engine cowls fully closed up, and you'll notice in the photo below that only the rear of the engines are stained/weathered. Conveniently not much can be seen through the opening at the back, and even less through the top once the exhausts are attached, so the dirtied-up areas are sufficient.  Figured while I was at it today that I'd try the black basing preshade that folks seem to be swearing by also.

The one gloss black cowl panel is prepped for aviattic painted night bomber lozenge.

 

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 03:13 AM

One of the REXX exhaust, mid-prep. Each one had a large discoloration on top which is part of the process used to make these hollow metal beauties, but it made them look too uneven to my eyes. To tone that down, I lightly sprayed each with alclad exhaust manifold (directly onto the part without a primer). Looks much better and I'll add a bit of additional paint or powders to it to finish the look. 

 

With an exhaust assembly so large, I'd say it's reasonable to take a few visible dents, so a-denting I went. This was simply tapping repeatedly with the heavy back end of a 2mm hobby chisel. Loving this look!

 

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 06:25 AM

That exhaust looks great, Mike!

 

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 12:34 PM

Mike:  Good to see you back on the bench and great idea on the exhaust - looks terrific and not overdone. 

 

I hear you on the open/closed cowlings.  As nice as it is to show off good work, sometimes its just a PITA too.

 

I'm interested to see how your black-basing technique works out.  :popcorn:   I've seen Wolf do it but for some reason I've gravitated to white-basing instead, for a faded effect.  

 

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 01:27 PM

 Mike,

Holy cow this thread sure makes me wish I had held on to my Gotha! Very impressive works my friend and I'm looking forward to the next update.

Highest Regards,

Gregory Jouette


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Posted 31 March 2018 - 09:40 PM

It’s been way too long, but we’re back! I had a bit of time during the week to fix and repaint the top fuselage. Top deck and port side chevrons went on this afternoon. Little bit of touch up painting needed but nothing that can’t be easily fixed. Ahh, love it.

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:49 AM

i LOVE IT too. It's looking uber nice Mike!

that herringbone scheme is really different from the stuff you usually see on Gothas and you're going a swell job at it!

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 05:18 PM

As Karim said, very impressive work Mike.

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 06:06 PM

Very impressive, and that exhaust looks like it came of the real thing
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Posted 02 April 2018 - 03:24 PM

Looking great, can't wait to see this finished.


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Posted 02 April 2018 - 11:32 PM

Thanks guys!

 

Quick progress update - my "replacement" engine panel decal is setting (Aviattic 4-color painted loz) and placed in position, it already looks like the exact look I was going for. Once the decal is fully dry I'll clean up the edges and add oil staining and chipping over the fasteners, louvers, and around the edges.  

 

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