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About Marco1965

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  1. Some more advances, slower after vacations, but here we go. a)Finished painting and assembling the secondary armament, AAs and torpedo tubes. I really like the turrets to be able to rotate, and the kit does not provide that option. Thus I extended and enlarged the pins that go into the deck using Evergreen plastic rod, fitting notches that will keep them in place after inserting and turning them into position. I followed original pictures as camouflage references, as Trumpeter instructions are totally generic regarding turret patterns. b ) I removed the stern and bow molded chains, and rescribed the decks. The stern anchor chain was not used in standard operations, so I will not replace it. c ) Some additional details needed on this rear wall, evidently the white structure (I don't know what it was, but it was notorious) was missing in the kit, I scratchbuilt it. The windows are located in the wrong position, but I realized this too late (and they are so tiny...) d ) Drilled the chimney openings, but I didn't like the emptiness that could be seen down through the holes. I issued chimney tubes from straws, painted black and glued with superglue. Enough to give a good impression. Glued in place the PE "L" shaped supports. e ) Glued the mid and front deck, some issues there as the hull sides are pretty tight, nothing that a couple rubber bands can't fix. f ) Looking at the stern, there was something missing from the kit, and it was that massive metal "lip" that protects the stern eagle from damage of the ropes coming out of the deck through the stern end. The metal "lip" was a massive piece of cast iron, protruding I guess like 0.5 meters on top of the eagle head, like a roof, and having been black, it is kind of noticeable. I scratchbuilt it, and modified the base of the stern flagstaff for a more realistic appearance (the flag staff is gone, no use during combat). Aaand this is for now. Marco
  2. Zvezda 1/350 HMS Dreadnought

    Incredible, not only the ship itself but I envy you skills on simulating water! Marco
  3. I am learning so much on this thread! Incredible job! Marco
  4. Further advances (after holidays, kind of slowly...). The main and secondary armament turrets have been painted, and some shadowing/weathering added to the 150mm & 105mm turrets and torpedo launchers. Starting with the hull, and before anything else, I had to correct a mistake in the kit, the stern anchor recess. As most of you might already know, Trumpeter molded the stern anchor recess wrong, oriented to the back around 45°, while it should be at around 45° to the FRONT. I have seen several recommendations on how to correct this issue, but I decided to cut the whole recess as not to damage it, glue it in the correct position and fill the mess with super glue and Tamiya putty. It turned out good and I call it done (with minor scratches showing up when I applied the Mr. Surfacer, nothing that a good sanding can't get rid of). Anchor recess as provided in the kit: Moment of truth...: Reconstruction of the area: Result after sanding and appying Mr. Surfacer to check small defects: Marco
  5. Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 1/72 Eduard

    Crisp detail, nice work with the wire antennae, appropriate to the scale. Excellent. Marco
  6. The F-14 Tomcat came into my life with "The Final Countdown", and I felt quite sad to see it go a decade ago. Therefore I decided, as a little tribute, to assemble one of the last combat cruise Tomcats. Hasegawa issued the F-14D Last Combat Cruise in 1/72, that includes two conmemorative schemes of VF-213: AJ 213 and AJ201. I decided to represent AJ201 as I wanted to have a Tomcat that was closer to combat scheme, not with the shiny blue all over it. The kit is quite accurate for a D, I used resin seats though as the seats provided lack detail, then you have to sand off some antennae around the wing roots not typical of a D, and the decals had some mistakes on them (as letters missing from some stencils...). I had some issues with the decal sheet as they were quite old, too. But maybe the most demanding part is getting rid of dozens and dozens of ejection pin marks. But well, that said, the kit is very nice. Kit provides only an AN/AAQ14 targeting pod, you have to buy some additional Hasegawa weapons sets if you want the 500pd GBUs typically used in the last missions over Iraq in 2005, or the lonely Sidewinder hanging from the left rail. Most of the assembly is OOB, painted as per instructions excepting the dark area around the cockpit, which was Dark Sea Blue (not insignia blue) and left the canopy frame in Light Ghost Gray. Hope that you like it. Marco
  7. I haven't assembled a warship since my youth, and I will not tell that this was looooooong time ago. But the Admiral Graf Spee and all the story and myths surrounding the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939 has always attracted me, so I decided to leave my airplane models to rest for a while, and assemble the Trumpeter 1/350 Graf Spee. I got the Eduard PE set as well and Master Models metal cannon barrels for the main and secondary cannons, and for the 105mm AA, really beautiful. I want to represent the ship as it would have been right before the battle, with the Dark Gray camo. I haven't decided yet if I will assemble the Ar196 non-operational (w/o engine, wings folded, as it was in the morning of the battle after it's second engine broke down the day before, or maybe complete it with the disguised markings as it was couple days before the battle, will see). Apart from the stern anchor recess being in the wrong direction, I haven'r really found any issue with the kit. There are some really big rivets on the main cannon towers and secondary cannons, but you can fis this easily with careful sanding (would have loved to get the correct boat types for 1939, but ok, nothing is perfect). I have started assembling as per instructions the armament, cranes and boats. Substituted already all the plastic cannons for the metal ones, a big improvement, only thing is that the metal ones are very prone to scratches while manipulating them. Some scratchbuilding as required, but the kit is excellent, really enjoying this change! The rear opening of the secondary armament turrets required correction of the shape, it comes a a square opening and should have rounded upper corners. Eduard PE doors were sanded narrower as well. With the metal cannons replacing the plastic ones, the turrets look impressive! (it is a pitty that you have to paint them, HA!) Marco
  8. P-40 AVG 1/72

    Oh I forgot to mention, Fin, that according to references, there were P-40 using Dark Earth as well, but I decided that the Light Earth would look more realistic according to scale (and it was Airfix recommendation, anyway). Marco
  9. P-40 AVG 1/72

    Hi Fin, I followed the recommendation from Airfix: Light Earth (Humbrol 119 which I used), Dark Green (FS 34079, I used Mr Color 309), and for the undersides Camouflage Grey (FS36622, I used Model Master). Fat black for preshading, and artist oil colors, water colors and pastels for weathering. The wheel well color is an aleatory mix of Olive Drab with Tan if I remember well, just to make canvas appear kind of worn out, with some water color weathering. Marco
  10. P-40 AVG 1/72

    This was a short project to relax for a while! I finished the 1/72 Airfix Curtiss Hawk 81-A-2 as a P-40B AVG machine, basically out of the box. I only added break lines, PE iron sights, simulated the canvas interior of the wheel wells and opened the cockpit. Nice that the kit provides the correct pitot tube. I had some fitting issues around the cowl, but nothing really serious. I used the kit decals, correcting only the colors ans corners of the sharkmouth. I issued the camo patron on Tamiya masking tape from the excellent Osprey AVG publication. Hard camo edges make this task easier. The pilot figure comes from the Hasegawa WWII pilots set. Hope that you like it. Marco
  11. Lets see if I can bring back the images: <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/45536804@N03/24047945497/in/dateposted-public/" title="20171207 Zero y P-40 2"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4556/24047945497_7aaa07b7b7.jpg" width="500" height="338" alt="20171207 Zero y P-40 2"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  12. Thank you for your comments. This is weird, I see now only half of the image that I uploaded yesterday. Wouldn’t know what’s happening. Marco
  13. December the 7th. With 1/72 Tamiya's Zero and Airfix P-40 available (plus Starfighter "Pearl Harbor Defenders" decals), I decided to assemble the most known fighter types during the attack (still waiting for a suitable P-36 in this scale), and as they are quite small, thought that they would look better if shown together on a single base. Tamiya's A6M-2b was assembled out of the box, using the kit decals and paint instructions. It represents E11-137, Liut. Masao Sato, Carrier Division 5 Air Superiority Force, 2nd Strike Unit, aircraft carrier Zuikaku. The Airfix P-40 (I used the Curtiss Hawk 81-A2 kit, same thing) got the benefit of a small PE fret, and represents Liut. George Welch's fighter, 47th PS, 15th PG, buzz number 160, as far as information is available. Bot kits received some additional detail like brake lines and the correction of the wheel wells with simulated canvas in the case of the P-40. A map of Pearl Harbor was painted on a wooden base, a simulatedJapaneseaircraft carrier deck was built for the Zero and a dirt strip for the P-40. both pilot figures came from the Hasegawa WWII Pilots kits, and I guess that tuxedo pants and shoes color for Liut. Welch is ok. Marco
  14. Salvador Corsair soccer War camo quesiton

    Undersides were Light Gray. Back a little bit in time, in 1968 the operational salvadoran Corsairs (FAS 202, 204, 215, 219 and 220) were camouflaged in three tone wraparound scheme. During the war, ground troops / AAs wouldn't make the difference between a salvadoran camo Corsair, or a Honduran Dark Sea Blue Corsair, they all looked like a dark menacing thing approaching them. Thus, one salvadoran Corsair was shot down by friendly fire. Some time after that, nobody knows exactly how many days or weeks, the yellow bands were added on/under wings, fuselage and cowl. Underbellies were still camo. And then, some months later (again, who knows) the undersides were painted in a local mix of Light Gray, covering the two tiny roundels that were carried under the wings. Whatever shade you see on the Light Gray undersides, is the results of heavyi weagthering and 4 years under tropical sun and rain (Corsairs were usually kept outside hangars, and as their operational use declined strongly after the war (FAS shifted to Mustangs/Cavalier Mustang II), nobody really cared. Marco
  15. That is an excellent representation of the July 1969 war salvadoran Corsairs, congratulations! Marco