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Gaia1984

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  1. Hi everybody, I just wanted to share with you some of the preliminary work I am doing on a Battle of Normandy diorama on 1/48 scale. This project started as just a single tank from a very old Academy kit I found from when I was young, which had remained forgiven for many years. Then I developed the idea of the diorama of a tank travelling somewhere near the frontline and encountering by surprise some enemy troops nearby in the horizon across a hedgerow. The troops were jumping off the tank and starting to take positions on top of the hedgerow and the tank with the turret already aiming starting to rotate its hull. As this project started with just a single tank built I started a topic in AFV section of the forum but I did want to share here as well for those people who may not check the other channel. I will post a link below to the other topic for easy access. Please if you have any comment / suggestion do not doubt to share it. All the best, Alex LINK:
  2. Hi everybody! I am bringing you quite a lot of updates regarding this project! :) Very exited about this! :) I have almost finished the paining of the tank. I will have to do some work in the rear part of the tank and paint a few details. As you will see in the pictures I have changed the position of the turret (although I have not fixed it properly yet) and I will have to do some painting in the newly exposed regions that were previously covered by the turret in the old position. I may also have to cut the barrel lock in the fornt and have it in horizontal position instead of vertical. The reason for the change in the position of the turret is because I want to place this model in a Battle of Normady diorama, a bocagge style type of scene. About the painting, I have done this using a Badger sotar 20/20, this is my first time for painting a model with an airbrush and I am quite happy with the results. I have also added some more detail with the brush (rust, chipping, battle damage). I have also got the Tamiya 1/48 Panzergrenadiers set for the diroama. I have been painting some of the figure during the past weeks. They are not finished yet but they are at the point I am happy to show them. I will be finishing the undercoating of the uniforms in brown and I will be adding the pea dot camouflage pattern after it. As for the diorama concept, you will see that there is a bocagge road setting. The idea is that these guys were travelling somewhere when they spotted some enemies in the distance over the hedgerows. The troops which were supposed to be travelling on top of the tank are in the process of taking positions and the tank is aiming under the cover of the hedgerow. For making the base, I have used a square wood base, which then I have covered with a layer of cork. This will be the dirt road surface, I used a large file to create the ditches on the margin of the road. I have also done the hedgerow structure using layers of cardboard. I will cover the hedgerow and the "soil" section on the other side of the road with DAS clay to give it some texture and cover it with some grains of sand, small pebbles, etc. I will also add some trees along the side of the road and on top of the hedgerow, for this I will be using some old dry heather branches. I did some spring clean up of the garden and I managed to collect some moss that came off, I collect this to simulate the dense hedges from the bocagge. I will also use some of it for the folliage of the trees. There is still a lot of work to do but I can feel that the end is coming a bit closer! :) I would like to bring this diorama to a show once it is ready. Any way I will stop writing and give you some pictures. It would be great to hear your thoughts and please if you have any comment/suggestion, I would be great to hear it/them. All the best, Alex
  3. Hi everybody, It has been a long long time since I have post anything in this thread or in the other I have opened. It is amazing how quickly time flies! Most of my models have been sitting on boxes waiting for me to sit down with them and finish them off. A lot has passed since my last post but I am coming back to the hobby and I am trying to invest some time in the models I have already started before beginning new project. Anyhow, hands to businessm! I have been preshading the Panther tank, using primarily Vallejo model air paints. I would like to try the B&W technique as described by Jose Luis Lopez. I will add a few more shadows to the darker regions. I also need to add the armour skirts to the tank and the machine gun to the commander's cupola. I was thinking of using the stripped tricolour pattern for this model. I don't seem able to use Google Photos with the "Insert other media" button so I will just copy the links if you have any suggestion on how to post pictures stored in Google Photo please let me know. https://photos.app.goo.gl/d9Luq9aK37nQn7kH6 https://photos.app.goo.gl/RCXXnNT6j3huXFoEA https://photos.app.goo.gl/yexQBGW4Qmr3E16v5 https://photos.app.goo.gl/3gVQAJeLcWmCuHrm6 All the best, Alex
  4. Hi everyone, It has been a long time since the last update. I have been working on the panel lines, there are almost ready to go. I have been working on independent pieces so I decided to join the main two pieces of the fuselage when the wings were ready. Now I gotta tell you, this thing has bolts! It has been tedious getting them done with either the riveter or with a steel glass scribber. I am now joining the lines and rivets from both part of the fuselage. I have also been working in the cockpit section, I have done from scratch all the instruments on the dashboard using: Milliput, plastic card and lead wires. It was easy to get the bulky stuff done although there are almost no pics of the Mig-27 cockpit, and specially almost nothing of the dashboard section so the cable work was totally at discretion of my imagination. Also as you can see I have been painting the avionics in the panel I opened in the nose. I decided not to open more panels as it is already taking its sweet time to be built. 1) I think next steps will be to finish off to join panel lines, rivets etc etc from both sides of the hull. 2) The machine gun has a couple of guards on both sides of the nozzle. I will be scratch building those 3) Working on the landing gear. The is plenty of work to do here! 4) I really wanna do something with the engine exhaust. It looks as dull as it gets, although not sure exactly what or how to do it. 5) Start doing some painting on the beast! Anyway guys as always comments / suggestions are always welcomed! All the best, Alex
  5. Hi everyone, Just a quick update on the Flogger. I keep on scribing and riveting the whole thing. I have been having troubles riveting some parts with my riveter tool (the trumpeter one) as the wheel does not reach some places. Any suggestions on this? I also have to figure out how I am going to detail the engine as it looks too flat at the moment, any model/thread for inspiration? I also want to thank Dave for letting me use his canopy as I manage to loose mine! THANKS SO MUCH! Cockpit is already mounted, I still have to scratch-build the electronics on the dashboard Front wheel bay has been primed in light grey and will do the painting soon I have also mounted and started to paint the avionics on the side. I will add some minor cable work once finished. The green stuff on the panel is the cushioning on the avionics, it was made and sculptured with Milliput. On with the panelling and riveting I have also carved out the gun bay so it does not look it is sitting on the top of the hull. As I expanded the front wheel bay to its correct shape, I had to shorten the gun as it was too long for the current dimensions... I will add the lateral guards of the gun once I finish with the hull. Also as you can see I have painted the main wheel bays. Primed in light grey and painted on the top with GW Boltgun metal. Will start to do the landing gear soon and will apply some washes to the bays. Another thing I will have to make from scratch in this lateral holder (see the ref pic) as the piece provided by Hasegawa is just literally a handle... REF PIC: Hope you enjoy it. As always if you have any comments/ suggestions please do not hesitate to post! All the best
  6. Ohhh calamity!! It seems I have miss-placed the canopy!!! I will keep with it and hopefully it will appear at some point! I have sent an email to AMERANG to see if the can supply a spare but no answer back so far.... Upper section of the fuselage is done, cockpit assembled and will start with the lower section of the fuselage.
  7. Great Job! Looking forward to see it through!
  8. Hi everybody, I am just bringing you a quick update. I keep on working in the paneling and riveting; most of the upper hull has been re-scribed I may open some of the avionics bays on the top of the hull by the cabin. upper part of the wings and ailerons have been scribbed and riveted. I still have to finish the tail and will move to do the lower side of the hull. I want to do some scratch build of the flaps, does someone has a reference link to a thread where someone has done some scratch-build work on similar flaps? As always thanks for following and comments are always welcomed! Cheers, Alex Lower side of the wings (before and after) Upper side of the wings (before and after) upper general view Aileron detail Wing detail Tail detail upper hull detail
  9. Looking great! Awesome ref pics for a later build on my own! All the best, Alex
  10. The panelling in this plane is a nightmare!!! And I haven't even started with rivets!
  11. Tom, I was thinking on a nice shade of pink or violet maybe! ;p I still haven't decided on the paint scheme, I'll have to do some research glad you like it!
  12. Hi everybody! It has been a long time since I could dedicate some time to the build. Anyhow I was doing some research and trying to get some more detailed pics of the Mig-27, which is proving difficult... I decided to scratch build the air-brakes and I have done the wheel bays. I am thinking whether to scratch build the parachute hub and definitely want to do something with the engine exhaust as it looks flat as a table, I am working on something regarding this but I am not sure if it will work out at the end... we will just have to try and see. I will also start to do the paneling, I got a pretty good idea now on how it goes. So far I have sand down the raised panel lines and do some preliminary drawing with pencil on where are they going to go. I have also started to paint the cockpit but I will have to do some last minute fittings to get it done. I will also start soon to prepare the avionics from the nose. This should be relatively straight forward. Here are some pics: (Hope you enjoy them) AND as always comments are always welcomed! Upper Air brakes: I had to saw through the fusselage piece to get the sockets done. The internal structure of the bay is done with plastic card. Upper and lower air brakes: Air brake: I will have to do from scratch the hydraulics of the fin. Main wheel bays: I will add the cable work and the piping once painted. Paneling: Cockpit:
  13. Hi Harvy, I know about that TV screen but that one goes over the top of the front of the sights. That's why I left that top right corner without a detail on it, so I can mount it later on, once the cockpit is finished. Thanks for the link!
  14. P.S. Forgot to include a detail pic of the stick head I sculpted with green stuff
  15. Hi everyone! It's cockpit timeeeeeeee! I have been working on it the past days and it is now 90% finished. I may add some more buttons and some cable work. Still have to correct small issues with fitting and add another plate at the back of the seat so it reaches the fuselage frame. As I said this kit has no cockpit whatsoever so everything had to be built from scratch. The base of the stick has some fabric around it, hence the smoking paper. Just realized that one of the arm rests of the seat has fallen off This are some pics I took earlier in the week before doing some extra detailing: The aiming sights will be built from scratch once the cockpit is painted and mounted. Also regarding the avionics, I will have to sand down that section as the plastic looks too thick. Just a last detail of another section I had to file for cockpit fitting: Anyway hope you enjoy it! As always comments / suggestions are always welcomed! Best regards, Alex
  16. Hi Giorgio! I have already noticed plenty of inaccuracies and I am just focusing on the first section of the jet! I am not going to be super-crazy with accuracy, don't want this to be an everlasting build. Gonna finish the cockpit, nose, landing gear bays and some avionics. The rest I think it will be OOB. I just need to gain a bit of momentum to encourage myself to go back on the F-16. I am glad you like it! Cheers, Alex Hi Tom! Also glad you are following! Please let know if you want to see something more in detail and I will make a post of it. Yesterday I was doing some fitting of the scratch-built cockpit, there is plenty to remove and modify so it fits in a realistic way. Cheers, Alex
  17. Thanks! Hope you will also like the next updates. Cockpit almost done, working on the walls of the cabin at the moment. ^^ Hi John, yes I have seen other old Hasegawas. I also got a Mig-25 Foxbat in the stash and it also seems to be out of shape. I will do some work on it in the future when I finish both the Mig-27 and the F-16. Cheers, Alex
  18. Hi everyone! Finally got to sit around and get some pics! As I said I have been working on the frontal wheel bay and finishing the nose. Next step will be the cockpit and maybe some avionics. Something that has surprised me it is the lack of reference pictures out there. There are not many (especially when compared with other modern aircraft)... Anyway hope you like it! As you can see the original piece does not even have a space for the wheels to fit into the bay! Here are some reference pics: And here it is the fit in the fuselage This piece will be the bottom of the cockpit which I will also have to adapt as the wheel space has taken a significant part of the cockpit area. Also I had a quick look to the landing gear and I will to adapt some parts. Other small things I have been doing: Reference pic: And last but not least! All the best, Alex
  19. Front Wheel bay almost done! Doing cable work and riveting at the moment! Pics coming soon!
  20. Hi everyone! I decided to start something new on the side and get off the F-16 I am building for a while because I am getting a bit burnt out with it to be honest. I decided to start something fresher and I thought simpler.... naive I am!! So I decided to start with the Hasegawa Mig-27 Flogger D in the 1/72: This particular release is from 2003 although I am suspecting it comes from an old old kit as a quick search in Scalemates suggests. Also the combination of raised and depressed panel lines suggests. Furthermore there some significant flash in the kit pointing to a worn out mold. So these are the sprues out of the box: Plus a clear sprue with the 2 piece canopy, which can be mounted either close or open and a couple of clear part for signaling lights on the side of the main fuselage. Some details of a few parts: Flash: Now off we go! First things first I did the research in the following websites if you wanna have a look around (best walkarounds I could find): http://scalemodels.ru/news/4987-Walkaround-mig-27-kokpit-tekhnicheskijj-muzejj-toljatti-rossija-MiG-27-Flogger-cockpit-Tolyatti.html http://scalemodels.ru/news/3565-Walkaround-mig-27k-iz-gosudarstvennogo-muzeja-aviacii-zhuljany-kiev.html http://scalemodels.ru/news/3566-Walkaround-mig-23bm-mig-27-Flogger-D-zhuljany-kiev.html http://scalemodels.ru/news/3082-mig-27k-v-muzee-aviacionnojj-tekhniki-v-borovojj.html http://scalemodels.ru/news/1737-Walkaround-mig-27-irkutsk-MiG-27-Flogger-D-Irkutsk.html ( THIS IS MY MAIN REFERENCE) http://scalemodels.ru/news/1373-Walkaround-mig-27-saratov-MiG-27-Flogger-Saratov.html I am not sure if I am missing something but first thing to strike me was the nose. Completely wrong shape, at least for the Flogger D model, which should be as follow: (http://scalemodels.ru/modules/photo/viewcat.php?id=24979&cid=567&min=60&orderby=dateA&show=12) Photo credit True that there are differences between the mig-27 models: But all those nice targeting systems on the nose (Kaira-1 system) completely non existing on the Hasegawa kit! So I set myself to fix this offend! Original nose: A bit of standard Milliput and water to shape the Kaira-1 system main structure: Sanding and reshapping will follow to lower the profile of the structure, also painted the sockets black and cut open the frontal element of the Kaira-1 using a photo-etched mini saw: Now time for the optics! Clear sprue which has been reshaped thinner and polished: Cut the tip for the frontal element of the lens (see reference picture above): A smear of CA and it is fixed! Now the second optical element at the front: This is just a clear styrene sheet cut and glued into place # Next will be covering all elements with the armoured glass windows which will be more clear styrene sheet and nose it is ready to go! I have also been working on the frontal wheel bay which again kit version is FAAAAAAAAAAAAR from reality! I will prepare another post just focusing on that one After that comes the cockpit which in the kit is mysteriously missing! As always comments / suggestions are more than welcome! Hope you like this Cheers, Alex P.S. if you wanna check my F-16 build this is the link http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965428-172-heller-f-16-ab-old-issue-first-model-fighter/
  21. Yes I have seen what you are saying here. The grey shading seems to be different in almost every panel (at least in the ref pics I have seen) also notice the very reddish-brown coloration in the exhausts. It is definitely something interesting in the technical view of painting, getting all those shades of grey and be cohesive and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. I think I will go down to the more worn out painting approach, with distinction in the black-to-grey scale in the different panels. Also I have quickly check the armament bay of the Academy set (the one I have) and it seems that it will require and entire rebuild of it using plastic card. Also got some fine brass mesh for the frontal air intakes. Looking forward to start with it. Do you know if the plane has a gritty surface or is it more "polished"? From the pics looks a bit gritty. All the best, Alex
  22. Hi guys, Just bringing a quick update on what I have been doing lately. As I said on previous posts I have been focusing on the ordenance. Here are the AGM-65 Mavericks: As you can see the original piece was very simple. I added the segments and the bolts scribbing them manually and a couple of hatches using masking tape. Also added the holders of the fins of the last segment using plastic card. For the lenses I used an old clear sprue which I cut and polished using sanding paper (P400, P1200, P2500 and P4000). I made a mistake when I assemble them before cutting the back for doing the propulsion system. Now I have to figure out a way of doing it as it is, I will probably will make something out of Miliput and plastic card. I got a bit burned out with theses guys. I will do the GBU-10s Paveway II next. They seem to need less effort to finish them off, also they are just 2. I have also detailed the pylons: I couldn't find any good picture of the AGM-65 trio holder. I will probably add some minor details to these using plastic card and masking tape but nothing major. Anyway, thanks for following! As always comments and suggestions are welcomed! P.S. I tried the Perfect Plastic Putty for the rivets on the wings but with no luck! :_( So I will go back to CA glue and sanding :_( :_( Also I will correct the bad panel lines from the missiles with CA All the best, Alex
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