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Chief Cohiba

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  1. Interesting, wasn't aware of that - the model, not the helicopter that is. Will definitely watch once you do a WIP. Interesting scale, though. I have one WIP ongoing and a few upcoming in 1/144. I think there is a tutorial how to post pictures in the main section of the forum, briefly I think you can't post the directly from you desktop, but need a hosting or photo site that provides you with a URL, like most photo sites do. I use picr, but it's only in german.
  2. What does concern me is that I see some break in this build on the horizon, as I'm still waiting for the Karaya resin parts - these are said to arrive at Feb. 17.! As I want to mount the resin top I have to have it present when I want to close the fuselage, so... I think of ordering some Uschi parts, among them the metallic pigments @billn53 mentioned, which might take some time as well. Talking pigments; did you apply them before the decals or after, for additional weathering effect?
  3. I used the same, including the brass bezels. These were just a tad too big for this dashboard layout, hence the bit quick and dirty look.But I agree these are not visible enough to justify too much scratchbuilding. Anyway, I managed to lay a few layers of Alclad on the wings, and here's the result. I sprayed a layer of semi matt aluminium across the base shades - see above - and the result was a bit wee. So I added a strip of golden titanium at the wing roots, which I saw somewhere on a WNW build and I thought looked good. I'm quite fine with this, though it might not 100% correct. Then I wanted to put some additional stripes of lighter shade, hence I masked and sprayed some ALCLAD white aluminium. These are the almost black stripes you can see - you might have guessed, it didn't turn exactly how I planned it. First I thought I totally overdid it, but then I found a picture of I think another later Junkers tin surface and it did appear quite heavily striped, so I think I keep it. As I said, this is a bit of a testmule here, so I'm fine with some deviations of the initial plan.
  4. Welcome, Mil 24 - seems we share some interests. Good things start with "H", like Hook, Harke, Homer, Hind! Looking forward to your builds, and all the best from Vienna.
  5. I've added some random pieces of styrene, mainly something that could look a bit of a cartridge chute (but doesn't have an exit hole), and a piece at the bottom one could interpret as something tank-ish. Not much, but guess will leave it like that. Not much can be seen anyway. What's more important that the dryfitting looks good, even with the additional pieces installed. Yay!
  6. I used them here as well, and one can clearly see that they are too big for this dashboard at least, and mounting the bezels wasn't possible as well. I have the Oeffag Albatros decals from Quinta studio and will use them on one of mine, and of course they look terrific. I really look forward to work with them. I guess it won't be that extra work to make a sheet with only some of those - would be a rather simple job, I guess, at least compared with some of his other decals.
  7. That is maybe my main source of inspiration, as not that much is available online (and hasn't been part of the WNW docu). I'm wondering how Mr. Jackson managed to gather all this information. Well, maybe he did have a time of travelling around, talking with old Junkers, Sopwith, DFW contemporary witnesses, and collecting old photos. Well, living the dream! I can't use that much, as the Roden kit has a bit of a different layout (but would definitely rather trust the WNW kit) and lazy me doesn't want to go scratchbuilding the WNW kit in 1/48. But what I did learn from , that for the fuselage only one piece of tin was used, so has to be considered in the shading.
  8. Looking at this, one really would like to wipe his hands clean from engine grease, grab a camp chair, open a bottle of red wine, some cheese and rest from working on the Deux Chevaux. I can almost hear the bees humming and smell the gasoline. I think that's the most atmospheric build I've seen for ages!
  9. Thanks. It was the mere minimum I had to do here - but just the naked plastic isn't, well, it simply is not an option. I'm thinking of suggesting to Alexandre from Quinta Studios to do some generic WWI dials and gauges. A few more parts installed... Must be the angle of the camera, as the seat turned out to be only slightly sloped, I think/hope it will not really be apparent once the fuselage is closed...
  10. That's what we love here at Britmodellers; madness obsession dedication based on knowledge! My own experience with the Lightning is only based on the Matchbox kits from my youth, when shirts where loud and trousers wide, and this was an epitome of British modern aviation to me. Got my inspiration fired up to do one again, the new Airfix molds look tempting.
  11. As this is meant to be a Mojo build for me (a term I just learned over at @(ex)Sgtrafman 's relaxed and beautiful Chipmunk build, I take my time with this. So I only managed to glue together the front pieces of the cockpit. Fit is good, in general, but a few parts have a rather significant offset, so I had to tweak them a bit to fall into place. But so far it's a rather stable joint and with a few part makes a nice little engine and cockpit section. I feel I will slide in a bit more styrene parts, maybe for a tank or cartridge slide, just to add some life it. Not to gain accuracy, what this build is definitely NOT about...
  12. ...I think you just invented the term "Mojo-Build" for something I guess we all been in and (hopefully) passed through with builds like this... All the best for the Chipmunk and, of course, the new job!
  13. And some first attempts in preshading with the basecoat. Here's the parts, unpainted, just a few leftover random stains from a dirty workbench... Masked... and painted; One part is missing, which is the top piece for which I bought a resin part from Karaya. Parts provided with the kit have parallel lines, while the original had convergent lines. Tbh, not that big of an issue, but as I bought the set for the exhaust, which had an already open end (something i usually mess up,) I thought I could use this as well. Let's see how long this will take.
  14. The seat. If anyone ever could tell me how to bend this f...oobar seat, I'd get wise, i guess. I used 89 - 90°C degree water, and it already started to neck (is that the correct term?) before it nearly got to be somewhat soft enough to be bend. So it broke. Pooh-pooh (or whatever would be the correct term to transscribe my rather heavy swear into this rather child-freindly forum). Snarf. Anyway; scraped it and got me some leftover PE wicker seat wannabe to mount. Here it is: Good enough for this /&%)/&% pile of styrene, I'd say.
  15. Oh - the Miskatonic expeditions Ford Trimotor! I read your WiP way back then, but following another aspect - I was researching which plane Lovecraft (most likely) meant the expedition used by Peabody-Dyer. I play in Team Wal, as far as this one is concerned. But this is a larger discussion I don't want to open here for now. But, consequently the model I want to apply my - hopefully new and soon working- technique is Amodels 1/72 Wal, which I want to modify to fit the purpose of the Miskatonic expedition. I love to add some little Lovecraft easter eggs in my builds. Fthagn! But for now; back to the Junkers!
  16. What does look quite good is the engine; two options are provided, for the BMW and the Daimler engine. This is, I think, the daimler one: That's fine enough if you want to keep it ootb or is a good base for super detailing it (which I won't here).
  17. While pondering about the finish, I'm still stuck at the interior, which is rather basic. I already painted it in some dark grey and will probably add some more drybrushing, and some parts will be added, but this will not be an overly crowded cockpit. Fine with me, let's keep it easy. Two things, tough; first - the dashboard has no dials, decals, whatever, and I think there has to be something done about that. I'm a bit of a dashboard fetishist. Second; the seat consist of two parts, where as the back has to be bend in shape. Spoiler alert; it did break. Alternative needs to be found. But here's for the dashboard: I have some WWI dials and gauges, which I randomly spread across it. It's not perfect, but adds a little life and will be covered in the cockpit, so it's fine with me.
  18. Honestly, that looks terrific. What powder did you use here? And how did you fix it? That's nothing I did before, but looks very promising. I think of experiment with some structure in the base coat, and/or maybe different aeras with various Alclad colours, i.e. Semi Matt Aluminium, White Aluminium, like that.
  19. Oh, may I, may I - I can't resist; here's one from a recent group build: Isn't that what a He 115 in Winter camo is all about?
  20. The last one I received - and currently working on - is Rodens Junkers DI. And, I just got the confirmation that my Takom Q-Klasse Zeppelin is ready to be shipped - but does that qualify as an airplane?
  21. Well, why should one finish a model, when he can start something new? This made clear, here's something I came along rather by chance recently, but couldn't help almost instantly starting it. It's the Junkers DI, from Roden, 1/48. In case you aren't aware of this little plane - as I was when I ordered it, to fill a shopping basket just before a inventory discount expired - this is Junkers proposal for a fighter plane, by the end of WWI. The Albatros aces like Udet didn't like it, one can't say it's overly elegant or fast looking, it arrived to the western theatre to late to proof it's battle worthiness or gained any other medal of any kind. Later it once was called the best fighter for all weather situations. And; it was the world's first single wing all metal fighter plane in the world (the first all metal plane was the Junkers J.I, but it was rather a ground attack aircraft in more conventional 1½ wing configuration). So, this one was well a head in certain aspects of some other more modern airplanes. Anyway, I wasn't aware of that model at all. So, why did I bother and start building it initially? Two reasons for that; once being stuck with some other builds in the more complex process of mounting upper wings and rigging, I found the idea of a single wing plane, with only a few parts and no rigging quite appealing. And second I wanted to try out some techniques on full metal painting techniques, which I found this could work for as a test mule. So, this will be an unpainted version, were is almost not pictures available for. Which is fine for me - if it's looking good in the end, it's fine for me. No call for historical accuracy. If you enjoy this little WWI extravaganca, be welcome to join this hopefully rather short build.
  22. Agree if you compare a Spitfire with a Beechraft Baron, to stay with it. But if you look at some odd, new releases, like Takoms Missouri or Yamato turrets, or the more odd topics from companies like Special Hobby, with their gliders and other weird topics. These can't sell in high numbers either. And yes, I'm aware that these latter are short run kits. But there are no short run kits, either, no resin models, nothing. And, I guess these could probably be pretty easy turned into either molds or resin or maybe 3-D printed, as a lot of these are available as 3D models for simulators and such. You see, this topic haunts me for a while now.
  23. And the Camel stands on it's own feet - or is it hooves? Anyway, I did test is, it holds it's weight, but here it is still pictured on the jig: Also the construction with the tail skid seems to hold: It slipped on rather easily and, with a drop if CA, sits tight and strong. The small strut was made with a small piece of string and also glued in with CA.
  24. I was always - and still am - wondering why private or business planes are such a neglected topic in our modelling world. There are a few Cessna 150/170 around, some Piper Cups and Minicraft has one or two more, but that's it. I don't now how many Spitfires or Messerschmitts are out there, in all versions and quality - from reboxing of 60ies molds to modern, perfectly enineered highquality tooled kits. And now think of a proper 1/48 (or even 1/32) family of Cessna 172, or maybe a Beechcraft Baron, with fine, modern molds, a Garmin upgrade from Quinta Studios, and a full force Eduard upgrade set with Photo Etch, Resin engines and weighted wheels. And now think about decal options. Must sell more than the 143th incarnation of a BF109P12/-14. As in real life I could think that a whole family of planes could be made with realtively few changing parts, e.g. the Learjet family with longer bodies? Or think of the aftermarket suppliers, offering say a medical or "command post" resin interior? Or even just a bit better than basic Cessnas or Piper. Doesn't have to be WnW, Trumpeter quality would do for me. But it seems to be a desert out there for small civil planes. or is it just me?
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