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Old Man

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  1. Those have an excellent look, Sir. The 'uniform variation' gives it an extra flair.
  2. HELP!!!! What have I done? Contrail 1/48 Vildebeest!!!

    Great plane to have a model of, Sir! Break a leg!
  3. Pretty much a duffer at this, but I always liked the show. So with that caveat, here is a bit of advice. Don't use flesh for a base color. Use a spray white, matte or primer (rattle-can will do fine). Paint dark areas first, using some flesh-tone darkened with a mauve or violet or a rust brown. Use very thinned paints, and let things accumulate in the deeper recesses. Then paint with a basic flesh color, again very thinned. The first pass should be over the whole area, but then go over a time or two avoiding the recesses. Then paint highlights with your basic flesh color lightened with white or a pale yellow. Then give the whole thing a couple of wash-coats with a basic flesh color, perhaps a bit more orange or buff than the straight flesh tone you have used. You may find you want to repeat this a time or two, the dark, basic, highlight, overall wash routine. Keep the coats thin. I believe the Vallejo paints will be tougher if you add a bit of Future (Clear) to them. This will require a subsequent matte coat, of course. The original TV Batman would never have five o'clock shadow....
  4. Good color there, Sir. makes me think of this....
  5. Thank you, Sir. I am looking forward to the uniform. I am using my aircraft bottle acrylics for this, rather than the tube acrylics I used on the RND fellow. I will have a standard basic color --- a bottle of 'dark yellow' (dunkelgelb) seems to match the khaki color on the box header perfectly. That will help the inevitable touchings-up.... Much appreciated, Sir, thank you. When I get to doing the legs I will be mixing up flesh-tones again, and will revisit the face and eyes. I am inclined to agree with what you say. I am not certain where the overage is. It seems to me that eye comes a little too near the nose, and possibly needs to be tightened up a hair (literally) at the bottom. But just now I feel at the point where if I did more fiddling, I would be doing more harm than good. Dark undercoat interests me. I use acrylics, thinned pretty heavily, and I worry that it would take too many coats, and interfere with highlights. On the RND figure, I did start with a fairly substantial black wash, that pooled in the shadow spots, while leaving the high points white. I like white as an undercoat for flesh, it seems to sort of shine through the thin color layers.
  6. Taking another run at a figure. [/IMG] Here is what I have so far. I have tried for a tanned/sunburnt color on the skin, as this unit was in Palestine before going to Peshewar for operations against Afridi tribes in the 'Red Shirt' episode. A medium orange, a green-tinted buff , raw umber, and white were the basic palette, with small amounts of ultra-marine blue and black as well. All over Tamiya Fine White primer. I intend to move on to the the uniform and gear next. I like to think I have managed some improvement in doing a face. I only had to strip the head once this time. Paint got too thick, and eyes were too big. Stripped the right eye (figure's right) and re-did it, after the face was painted (it was a bit lower than seemed right). I had one bit of adventure with this. I don't spray much, and step out onto the porch when I do (or down to the basement in winter). I had the head attached before priming, and I managed to drop the figure on the porch. The head came off and scooted into a crack between the porch decking and the rear wall. A rather bad moment. I was able to spot it with a flash-light, and retrieve it with a long tweezers, fortunately....
  7. That spray and wash worked nicely, Sir. Is the tank already done, or will that be next?
  8. Those faces are going to look good in a diorama with the tank, Sir. Nice work.
  9. While I obviously am not going to get these complete in time, this is still a live project. I have gotten a good bit of the fuselage surface detail done, and will be on the lower wing ribbing tonight. I ave a companion thread up in the WIP forum, here:
  10. Thank you, Sir. It is an odd item, I don't think I've ever done something with less by way of reference material. Thank you,Sir. I like the wheels myself, and intend to set up for making more standard size ones by the same method of Great War and Golden Age subjects. Rest of the weekend I expect to be working on my pair of Flycatchers. I am by no means out of the woods with 'El Sonora', but after the undercarriage, most of what's left is at least fairly normal modelling....
  11. Have been working away on this, though there have been some distractions (some of them posted up here recently). When last seen, things were just painted wings First, I painted the motor, and constructed the cradle on which it rests atop the lower wing, and contrived a radiator. The motor was painted silver, then gone over with various rust-red and orange washes to give it a copper tone. The radiator is basically a rectangle of thick sheet, wit edges and top added from bits of rod and strip. It was painted as was the motor, but with yellow tining on the frame, for brass. Here is the cradle and motor on the wing. After painting the wood and metal tube elements of the cradle, I made the central girder portion of the undercarriage. I was guided by the scaled Putnam drawings of an early Curtiss, but angles and eye dictated final adjustments in length and such. To give a sense of proportion, I tacked on a pilot figure for these next pictures, roughly where a pilot would sit, and I also slipped in the front spoke wheel (it is held in by the 'spring' of the converging structural members). The central structural piece was over-long for handling, and trimmed back later. Here things are painted, and the radiator is resting approximately where it will go. After this came the tricky bit, which I will confess I put off a while, till last night things just seemed right --- putting on the rear wheels. The difficulty should be obvious, getting those slanting bits with the fork ends to be the right angle and length so the the entire item would sit level when the wheels were on. All this had tobe done by eye, as I have no trust-worthy drawing. The little rod leading down on the starboard 'fork' is a visual aid -- it is cut to the length I decided was right (7.5mm down from the rear win spar) for the center of the wheels, and the 'forks' set by eye to match it. A lot of fiddling ensued, among other things I had to take these off to attach the wheels within the forks, and put them back on without benefit of the sighting rod. The forks are simply bent rod, and had to be pressed by tweezers onto the wheel axle ends. Then the various bracings where attached. The vertical forks were assembled on the model, one length of rod with a bent end for each side, and the little cross-piece put once the verticals were assembled. Here is a front view at this stage. Next was putting in the final rear supports, and the 'fork' coming up to the nose wheel from the central element. The sit strikes me as satisfactory. Next step will be doing the engine plumbing, and the seating arrangements..
  12. Thank you, Sir. I am glad you like it. Thank you, Sir. It is a pretty thing. Thank you, Sir. A plate would be a nice touch, I may print one up. But I tend to recycle bases for taking pictures and home display.
  13. One of the main drivers, too, was government support through airmail contracts. If you don't mind the reference, here is a bit of the background, in presenting an earlier build...
  14. Thank you, Sir. It is brush painted. I think the present Testor's acrylic Dark Earth comes out pretty well. Thank you, Sir. I agree that last picture is pretty fuzzy, but it was the best of the over-head shots, and I do like the whole pattern of the camouflage being on view. I' m still experimenting with using the light-box wife bought me. Old things in the air are fun to see. It's been about twenty years, I expect, since I last saw it aloft, but Goodyear used to fly a large blimp, and it was quite a sight.
  15. Thank you, Sir. I see you are an aficionado of America's greatest lawn-dart.... Thank you, Sir. I like the scheme myself, but getting all that yellow was a pain, especially with the original 'weekend build' deadline. It took at last four coats (in all the excitement I quite forgot...) over white primer, and it could probably have used another coat or two still, maybe with a tiny touch of red added in the last, even so.