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About Jasonb13

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  1. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    Got the gloss coat done today, and realised before I did it that I could now attach the horizontal stabilisers and the canards. So here it is, before the gloss coat, looking a lot more like a Fullback!
  2. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    Thanks 128fiddler, though now I'm curious as to what you'd said originally! Anyhow, I got some touch-ups done, and apart from the metallic 'disc' behind the canopy (which, for some unknown reason, I keep struggling with, and keep getting an uneven finish on!) it's all ready for the gloss coat, hopefully tomorrow if things go well. Here's how it looks with all the tape off:
  3. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    After a bit of thought, and some research online, I decided to try the metallic finish on the engines first. I don't use Alclad, at least not yet, but I wanted to try AK True Metal, which is a wax based paint that can be buffed after application. So firstly, I masked off the area: Then I got a little bit of the True Metal 'Iron' paint, and thinned it with some White Spirits in a little cup, and then brushed it on. It can be brushed neat, but I hoped for a smoother finer finish, with less brush strokes, if I used it thinned. I then left it to dry for about 45 mins, and here's how it looked: Pretty happy for that, so then I gave buffing it a go. Just used some kitchen roll and went at it, a little worried at first of removing the paint, but I soon realised that it wasn't going to rub off as it was dry enough. So I rubbed it for a while, and got it to this stage: I have to admit, I'm quite happy with it. It's not Alclad level, but it's pretty good for me, better than just 'aluminium' paint, and while the pic doesn't show it very well, there's a nice sheen off it too. I need to do a couple of touch-ups, but the airframe is pretty much ready for a gloss coat now, and I'm hoping the gloss coat (and future panel washes etc.) will agree with the True Metal!
  4. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    Thanks lads! I typed this post up last night, and I could have sworn I posted it, but maybe not! So here it goes again... Managed to get some time at the bench, so I masked off the airframe to reduce the risk of overspray before doing the top colour. Where would we be without Tamiya tape? And then I sprayed the top colour, 'Eggplant' Dark Grey. I was using Mr. Paint for the first time, which I'd heard good things about, and they weren't wrong. It went on like a dream, straight from the bottle, no thinners required, and in about an hour of spraying, I didn't once have to stop due to any issues (tip-dry spitting etc.) and this is on a cheap Chinese brush. It was easily the best spraying session I've ever done, and I'm immediately in love with this paint! Of course, there's always a downside, and in this case, apart from the strong smell off the paint (but that's what face masks are for) the downside was it's very hard to do black basing is the top coat is very dark grey! So I did my best, and there is some tonal variation, but I don't really mind, I'm just happy after a decent session with the airbrush. Here's how it looks now: Next up is the black anti-glare on the front of the canopy, and then some other little colour detail on the fuselage, before taking the tape all off. All going well, as I have a couple of evenings at the bench this week, I should have the airframe glossed and drying by Friday evening, with decals then next on the list. So, with a bit of luck, I might just get this finished by the deadline! Thanks...
  5. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    Well, after a couple of weeks away from the bench, I got the undersides painted this evening, and here's how it looks now: To be honest, I had airbrush problems the whole evening, lots of tip dry and spattering etc. etc. so it wasn't an enjoyable experience, and my black basing went out the window a little bit too. I don't have a lot of mojo either, so that didn't give me much patience with the process! But, it's painted, and there is some subtle modulation with the light blue, especially on the wings, though it's easier to see in real life. Next up is painting the inside of the wheel wells, the grey on the front corner of the horizontal stabilisers, and the steel on the rear of the engine nacelles, before masking it all off and spraying the upper colour. I bought Mr. Paint 'Eggplant' Dark Grey for that, so hopefully it'll turn out good. Of course, it will all go well, and faster, if I can find my mojo!
  6. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    Quick update... The exhausts are now done. It's not a great picture, I couldn't get the insides of the exhausts, but it gives you an idea. Next is spraying the light blue colour on the underside of the airframe, but I'm not sure when that will be, as I need a couple of hours at the bench for that.
  7. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    One of the advantages of Black Basing, every aircraft looks cool in black... Also got the horizontal stabilisers, canards and pylons etc. primed in black as well. Next step on the airframe is painting the light blue underside, but there's a chance I won't get that done for a week or two, as I'm busy a lot for the next while. I'm also working on the exhausts. might get them finished and a pic of them up. Though I don't use Alclad, so they're not going to look too impressive. I'm also very conscious of the time, only about 6 weeks left, so I hope I get to the finish in time!
  8. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    Thanks a lot CurrantBunbury. I tend to prefer building out of the Box, as I don't have the skills for scratch building! Got the canopy on, most of the trenches are taken care off, and I've used white primer to paint the nose and tail fins etc. Gonna mask them off, and then the black primer on the whole airframe will be next...
  9. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    Another little bit done... I think I can get away with leaving the horizontal stabilisers and canards off until after painting, but there's still a lot of filling/sanding to do. Just look at the trenches under the wings, running alongside the wheel wells! Still have to get to the canopy as well...
  10. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    Actually, scratch that question. I found a pic that I'm fairly certain is of the intake of a Su-34, and it shows the underside colour going quite the way in. Considering there's no detail in the intakes of this kit, not even a compressor fan, I'm just going to paint the inside of it black and then put the underside colour in a good way, it'll do the job...
  11. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    So, a quick question, does anyone know what colour paint should be inside the intakes? I don't mean the entrance of the intake, which will be the same colour as the underside, I mean further in. I'm struggling to find pictures that don't have Intake covers on them. Thanks...
  12. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    Another little bit done, the start of a lot of filling and sanding I reckon! Got the undercarriage tidied up a bit too and all done. Hoping to get the wings on next/tails on next, and also mask the canopy.
  13. ***Finished*** HB su47

    Love this aircraft, and it's big too! I did a 1:144 one and that was big! Seems like you're having some bad luck with it, hope it start behaving itself soon!
  14. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    A couple more pics! Firstly, the cockpit in now in place, here it is in the upper fuselage: And then I did a dry-fit of the airframe to check the CoG, and it shows how big this is in 1:72. Remember, it's on an A3 cutting mat: Such a beautiful aircraft I think, and I love the flattened nose, it reminds me of the Blackbird. Thankfully, that long nose and the wheels being so far back in the airframe means it's nose heavy, even with the stinger, so no weight is needed. I've started gluing the fuselage halves together now...
  15. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback

    Cockpit is done and ready to be glued in to the fuselage. It's not great, but it'll do for 1:72, especially as the canopy won't be open. The seatbelts are just Tamiya tape: Once the cockpit is glued in and dry, I can look at gluing the top and bottom fuselage halves together. Hoping to get a couple of evenings at this over the next week, so some progress should be made!