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  1. Your weathering on this is superb. Love the staining around the cowling and the overall colours used. Well done
  2. Great work on the Frank. Nice colour choice on the came and great to see another of the new Arma kits built. Cant wait to get my hands on one
  3. Thanks once again for the comments guys, really appreciate it! I have a couple on the go at the moment (an MPM Kikka & a Sword "Randy") but might have to start another one shortly with a NMF & do a build log once again. Many thanks Toryu. With such a small amount of photo's it's hard to be conclusive to what the final finish would have been. Here are the other 2 I used plus a 3rd I used for the aerial wire (still machines from the 5th though) I also liked this colour profile for the demarcation line With all the pictures above I think I was as accurate as I could be with the angles I had. Plus I was able to confirm the wing roots were not Black brown & the trim tab on the rudder was white. I also think the nosecap was a darker steel colour rather than brown. The panel lines I don't mind to much. From a normal viewing distance they dont stand out to much at all but close up I can see what you mean
  4. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment, really appreciate it and glad you like the model! Thankyou very much. No I don't seal my metal paints at all because of exactly what you said, it affects the shine. The only downside is having to be careful how you hold the model as it can rub off of the high spots or sharper edges (like wing leading and trailing edges). Lacquer paints are very durable though and can stand up to quite a bit of weathering
  5. I managed to complete this one a couple of weeks ago but just realised I never post it up as complete on here This aircraft is quite a controversial one because of it's paint scheme. The aircraft in question was flown by the 5th Sentai out of Kiyoshu Airfield and belonged to Maj Yoshiaki Yamashita. It was stripped of it's factory night paint scheme on the upper surfaces but retained the paint on it's underside, control surfaces and the engine cowls & faring's. This was done to try and raise the performance of high altitude interception of B-29's but was not approve by higher command. There are a only 3 photo's of the machine that I know of but the main one you will mostly see is this one (Credit to the owner of the original photo) In the Hasagawa boxing of the Kai Tei of the 5th flight regiment this paint scheme is supplied but they show the upper wings being brown, the rudder as red as well as the nosecap. After speaking to Nick Millman we both agree that this was not the case. I have painted the model in the best interpretation we could come up with. The model is painted using SMS paints, the metallic's being a mix of Super Silver & Stainless Steel with Steel being applied on the darker upper areas. The underside is a custom colour to make the Japanese night black brown colour. All markings were painted on accept for the tail insignia & text as well as the odd stencil here and there. Weathering was done with Tamiya panel liner & some pigments. I was also lucky enough to take home Gold in the 1/72 Out of Box category with this one at the recent local model show which I was pretty happy about Hope you like it!
  6. Thanks for all the kind words guys! Really appreciate it. The SMS metallic are very easy to use. I mainly use the Super silver and tone it down with washes etc but the stainless steel is just a great look. The base underneath is gloss black which I was very happy with. Once dry I used a thin panel liner wash then just pigments over the top for wear. The interesting effect comes when you apply stainless steel over the top of Super silver, brings out the gold tones in the colour which is what I doing at the moment on my current build I have also given up on the Eduard version though maybe one day I will get it
  7. Thanks for the kind words guys! The idea I had for the base is very similar to creating rolled steel texture on armour. The thin putty isnt to bad of a surface to start with but the light sand is what knocks off the ridges to create the smooth surface. Once the primer hits is it the surface texture is almost exactly what I wanted for concrete
  8. The Ki-115 was an aircraft that was designed purely for suicide attacks & was to be flown by unskilled pilots. Nakajima started designed for the aircraft in January 1945. It was to be built with non strategic materials & would utilise a variety of engines, though in practice all machines were built with the Ha-115. A semi concealed bomb was to be carried on the underside of the aircraft and the landing gear would be jettisoned after takeoff. First flights were made as early as March, 1945 & a number of problems were found such as issues with visibility, the unsprung gear caused vibration & take off was difficult. Though problems were fixed it never saw combat & never received an allied code name because of this. 104 machine were built before the end of the war with one left in existence today. The Special Hobby kit was quite surprising as you get quite a bit for your money & the detail was pretty good. The panel lines were finely engraved plus you got a small sheet of etch & some resin parts such as the engine, exhaust stubs, intake & the bomb. The best part is I found this one locally second hand from another modeller for $10 The boxing covers 3 different paint schemes which were the 3 stages of paint completion at the Ota factory (NMF, NMF with dark green around insignia & Dark green over grey green). My heart straight away went to the first stage of completion, which is overall NMF with just the insignia painted. Some quick research found a series of pics from inside the factory around September 1945 So I got straight into the build, with minimal pictures taken during construction because I wasn't sure if this was one that would work out or not. A quick test fit showed with a little adjustment things were lining up pretty good which was promising. Unfortunately no cockpit shots either, not that you can see much, but the pit was overall wood so brown tones with some interior green on the side walls. With that finished the rest went together pretty quick with no real issued other than the wing underside join to the body. The joint itself was fine but I found I had to sand away some material to round the insert to match the fuselage. The majority of the smaller round or tubular parts were replaced with brass tube in matching diameters, except for the main gear which was just cleaned up & used. I even remade the rear shock absorber on the tail skid by wrapping some copper wire around brass tube. The canopy was dipped in Future for clarity & masks were used on the tiny canopy for painting. The hardest part were the exhaust stacks, which had to be trimmed and glued onto the edge of the cowl otherwise they would not have sat properly. The overall colour is SMS Stainless steel as I wanted the darker, shinier tone to match the pictures. The empennage & Ailerons are SMS Super silver to represent painted fabric as seen on the last existing example of the aircraft. The wingtips & landing gear are SMS Steel & the anti glare strip is SMS anti glare. All insignia were cut using my Cricut cutter then painted on. Though I modified the included propeller to have an enclosed spinner I decided to leave it off as I prefer the aircraft with it removed & wanted to display as it was found in the Ota factory. The weathering was done with a small amount of Tamiya panel liner & weathering pigments. Now I did say I wanted it to look as it did back in the Ota factory, so that would require a factory floor! I used a piece of styrene for the base, covering the surface with Tamiya grey putty thinned with extra thin cement & stippled on with a short brush. When dry some groves were cut with a scribe & once again stippled with the same mix, then lightly sanded once dry. The base was primed in black before various grey tones were marbled on & a flat coated applied. Finally Tamiya panel liner was used to highlight the groves, scratches & dents as well as producing oil stains. Not to bad for a first attempt at anything like this though maybe a little to blue grey. Now I just got to work out what I am going to stick the base to! Very happy with this build and how it turned out & would happily build this kit again if I ever found another.
  9. Nice job on all the kits. Your Ki-100 & Ka-Go are really nice, great colour choice and detailing
  10. I assume this is the Tamiya Kit. I have this one in the stash but I have built the Tamiya 1/72 and I agree it's awesome. Your finish is very nice & love natural metal finished Tony's with home defence bands. Very well done
  11. Thanks Troy. Great tip on the prop blades and I hope prop modellers take note as that is 100% correct. I did actually do this on my blades though the pics don't show it. I love the silver that I use on my kits but it only reflects when light is directly on it, otherwise it blends with paint around it quite well. Here is a pic from the build process after I had painted the blades. I could have weathered them a touch more but didn't want to take them over the edge. Haha, good point. The attacker version of the Dinah didn't achieve the same sort of performance as the recon version, though just as pretty in my eyes anyways. Thanks for very kind words guys. It was a labour of lover this one.
  12. I could but I did secure another kit last night I have been very keen to get my hands on, the Hasegawa 1/48 Ki-45 Kai Tei Here is the link to the topic in the RFI section for the Ki-46:
  13. Just finished my first build of 2022, Tamiya's fantastic 1/48 Mitsubishi Ki-46-III Otsu Hei 'Dinah' Aircraft "24" belonged to the 16th Dokuritsu Chutai, based at Kiyosu in the summer of 1945. The Chutai was incorporated into homeland defence as the B-29 raids intensified & was equipped with this heavy armed Boku Sentoki (Air defence fighter). The aircraft were armed with twin 20mmm cannons in the nose and an upward firing 37mm cannon mounted in the central fuselage. The units emblem on the tail is the Kikusui (floating chrysanthemum) The Tamiya kit is a dream to build with no fit problems at all. Added was the Eduard PE set for the interior as well as their canopy masks. Also used were the Quickboost exhausts & their upgraded 20mm & 37mm guns. Brake lines were added with copper wire & the aerial wire is MIG rigging. The majority of the paint used throughout are SMS, mixing some custom colours where required, in particular the topside green to achieve the right tone. Pigments were used for the exhaust & walkway stains. All markings were painted on accept for the unit marking on the tail which is the Tamiya decal. The build thread can be found here : Here are the pictures of the finished kit :
  14. Thanks, glad you have enjoyed the build. I totally agree, It's coming to a close I am don't want it to end either! Really appreciate your comments Mark. I also really enjoy your builds and the Avenger is looking awesome. Glad I have helped with some ideas for the future and looking forward to seeing what you do with them. Soo..... This is going to be the final update on this one as I just finished the build. I have been working on the panel wash the last few nights and left it 24 hours to make sure I was happy. I went for a very light panel wash around the main airframe. Photo's of the Dinah never show it too dirty and as a fast recon aircraft it should be slick. The custom mix was made from Tamiya Panel liner light grey, black & brown, applied lightly and cleaned off with white spirit From here the process was only really a couple of hours work. The final assembly was done first, leaving the guns & pitot tube to the very end of course. Once the cowl's were finally fitted I was able to create the exhaust stains. Though I have tried air brushing I have never really like the results. For me pigments are the way to go and my usual go to is the Tamiya weathering master sets. For this aircraft only soot was used for the staining as it looked the best to me, though I apply the pigment powder with a cut off stubby brush then blend it with a larger, softer brush. Once happy some smaller oil/fuel leaks were applied with AK oil stains & weathering pencils. For the dust & dirt along the port wing various pigment colours like European earth, light dust, sand & light earth were used, again stippled on with my stubby brush & blended with the bigger brush. Once the nav lights were painted it was time to attach the guns & pitot tube thought some small details missing on the rear canopy. On a photo of the aircraft it shows a small rail above the rear canopy frame & a circular port with a small length of tube sticking out on the rear Perspex portion. I found I had a small disc left over on the PE sheet so this was applied with white glue before a small length of brass rod was cut for both the port & canopy. Once painted the aerial cable was strung out between the tail & cannon with a small return back to the rear canopy. And with that it was complete. I will post it up in the RFI section now but until I add the link here is a small teaser
  15. After being able to get some time Friday night, Saturday morning & today the end for the Dinah is in sight, though there is still a little way to go yet! So Friday night was just spent masking (bout 2 1/2 hours!). Earlier in the build I cut the Hinomaru's & the '24' on the tail on my little Cricut Joy so the time was spent placing these plus masking the surrounding areas from overspray. I also masked the yellow ID bands on the wind leading edges with Tamiya tape. I noticed I forgot to mask & paint the small yellow id plates near the base of the props so I also cut these rectangles on the vinyl cutter & placed them on the assembled props, masking the rest with tape & liquid mask. Fast forward to Saturday morning & I was able to get straight into painting, starting with the SMS white for the Hinomaru outer bands & then '24'. Then a touch of SMS red was added into the mix to make a pink primer for the yellow sections. After cleaning the cup, SMS Trainer yellow was used on the ID bands & the props. The Hinomaru outer bands masks were addeed & SMS Red with a drop of SMS Black was used to paint the center of the meatballs. I very much prefer masking & painting the markings after the camo as I don't get a step in the paint if I happen to go to thick with my layers plus I can chip the markings so the camo layer can come through. Anyhow here is what I am left with after the mask has been removed (in about 5 min!) The other part I unmasked was the landing light on the leading edge. Truth be told I forgot about this part and actually cut this into the wing after I put the first base coat of black on. I cut the opening to large and had to add in some styrene, sand and blend the clear part before I could mask and base coat. Glad to see it came out great. So this was all left to dry overnight and today I started again. First order of business to apply the one & only decal, the unit marking on the tail. I used some advise from Mike & Dave of the Plastic Model Mojo for Tamiya decals. I first put the decal in hot water, the put down some Mr Mark setter which the decal was put straight on to, then a second coat once the first coat was dry. After drying I applied 5 coats of Mr. Mark Softer once each previous layer was dry, running a sharp blade down the runned joint between layer 4 & 5. The result was a very clean and smooth decal with the underlying detail coming through nicely. Here it is after a couple of coats of SMS Flat clear once it was dry (plus I have a small touchup to do on the top left corner of the rudder) The rest of today was spent completing touch-up's and finishing parts that needed some adjustment. A quick summary of the work: - Fix the inboard ID bands as the chipping was to large (my mistake here, used a brush rather than sponge as the first chipping had come loose) - Fix the inboard cowl flaps on port side engine (glue had got on the painted surface by mistake, again it was me) - Paint small window in upper mid fuselage as it's not supposed to be left clear (I should read instructions more) - Paint pitot tube (happy with the kit part at this stage) - Install the wheels + tail wheel - Install brake lines on the main gear - Remove canopy masks and hope like hell there is no dust in there! And after all that here is what she looks like I have tested it out with all the rest of the bit in place and I am very happy. So from here I have to put on a panel wash, exhaust and general stains and some mud/dust before final assembly. Finish line not far away!
  16. What you tested cut on is the silver stuff? You can get a clear stencil vinyl (has a faint grid printed on it as well) which is what I use myself, not as tacky and haven't had to much of an issue with it at all. Something like this: https://www.spotlightstores.com/craft-hobbies/paper-craft/cricut-stencil-material/BP80421935-clear
  17. Nice work Mark, your Avenger is looking really great! Cutting your own stencils is the way to go. I use a little Cricut Joy, which is great but it does have it's limitations so I will be interested to see how you go with the Silhouette. Because of the difficulties of finding Oramask in Oz I tend to use either sheets of paper masking tape (same stuff Tamiya tape is made of, bought from BNA) or Cricut makes a stencil vinyl which I use quite a bit & seems to work. Might give you some option's while waiting for the Oramask
  18. Well I can't quite believe it, 2 days in a row at the bench! As painting is my most favorite part of the whole process & because I got the underside done yesterday, the topside was just begging to be done. So with 3 or so hours to spare this afternoon I sat down to mask & paint the top. The custom colour was made just like the cowls, with Mr Leveling thinner, SMS Olive Drab & SMS RAAF Dark Earth. The first layer went down in a marbled pattern, then lightly oversprayed till happy with the coverage. Next I added a touch of SMS British light sand to the mix, spraying in some light highlight spots to various panels. Once happy I lightened the colour some more with British light sand and made some streaking & sprayed out the control surfaces. At this stage I washed out the cup, put in stright Olive drab and blended the lot. Then added quite a lot of RAAF Dark earth so the colour was more brown than green & picked out some fuel caps, shadow areas, wing roots etc. Then I added some drops of black to grey out some of the same areas for tone and variation. Finally I washed the cup out once again, added pure Olive drab & blended once again. Every mix also had SMS Flat clear added to it to control the sheen. Pretty happy with the results so far Sooo... the other ting I tested out was control surface masks. These help create a 3d illusion of the fabric on the control surface & add a bit of depth. The trick with these is to stick them onto the surface once you have the base colour down, then apply a thin black to the center of the exposed panels, remove the mask and overspray the control surface with the base colour. I am happy with them but not sure if I blended them in to far this time around. Finally I had to once again test fit the engines to check the colour balance & because I was keen to see it together Remeber the enigines have already had a wash applied so are a touch darker than the body which is yet to receive one. So from here, I need to mask off and paint the yellow identification bars on the leading edge. I also cut masks last night for the majority of the markings so they are ready to go plus I have a couple of very minor touch up's to complete, may add some more chipping then once all of that is done the panel wash will go down. Still plenty to do but over the main painting now
  19. Nice work there. Couldnt begin to imagine working in that small a scale.
  20. Nice work on this kit. As the others have said the weathering is excellent. I also much prefer the restrained chipping on the Japanese aircraft, unless your following a photo of a certain machine. Well done
  21. Thanks for all the kind words guys, appriciate the time to post a comment! So I did manage to get a little done today while I was working from home, which was awesome. I did manage to get the canopy on over the weekend, again using the watered down Mig Ulitmate glue which worked a treat! I used Eduard masks on the canopy which just made life so much easier. Anyhow onto today. First thing's first, paint the whole thing black. Using a mix of Mr leveling thinner & SMS Black I was able to shoot the whole aircraft which showed up a couple of little blemishes that were sanded out and re painted. The result is pretty sexy if I do say so myself I love this shot! Once dry I shot a touch of SMS Super Silver for chipping, only required in the places I wanted to chip through Then pre shaded the underside as it's my first colour to go on. I am in 2 minds as to if it was really worth it. After shooting the final colour I find I get all my tones from the post shading rather than anything coming through from the pre shading. Anyhow I wanted to bring our the green in the grey green so I used SMS Olive Drab, SMS Dark Earth & SMS British light sand for the control surfaces Onto the final colour. So I start was SMS Grey Green in a marbled pattern, slowly building each surface. Once happy with the coverage I picked out the control surfaces & various panel lines with the same colour but with added SMS British light Sand for some warmth. Then I go back and pick out some shadows, panel lines & fine streaking with what's left of the above mix but with some added SMS Medium Sea Grey. As a little tip, I actually mix in some SMS flat clear from the start, keeps all sheens consistant. Pretty happy with the colour tones Should look good with some Dark grey panel wash I think. I also have a trick to use on the control surfaces before I hit the topside, just need to get them ready & test out my plan. Hopefully they will work Until next time
  22. Many thanks for for kind words. Though I have been guilty of it in the past, I don't rush the process at all. Much better to test fit, adjust & test fit again to make sure it goes together the best way possible The twin's are just pain sexy and I am glad this one has sparked an interest. Provided all things go well I was planning to bring this one along to WASMEx plus I have a couple of others I up my sleeve So I did manage to get a great day of painting & experimenting in with the Dinah once again. The main focus was getting the small bits finished as much as possible, getting the body finished and hopefully the canopy on & ready for a base coat. I managed the first part of the plan & the second half is almost there, just not quite ready yet. Onto business, so one of the main parts of today was working on the cowlings as I wanted the powerplants assembled. First job was to clean the seams & basecoat, which I actually did yesterday but missed a seam on the top of the cowlings. They are moulded in one piece but have a very slight seam on the top and bottom. The bottom I got the first time around as it's were the sprue joins but didnt see the top until the base painting was done. Out with the sander again and it was eliminated with some quick work. A layer of SMS jet black went down before a coat of SMS super silver. I had to take a pic before it dissapeared! Then some masking fluid was used to create my chipping effect. I didnt want to go overboard as the pics of the real aircraft aren't that worn but a little goes a long way. Once dry I picked out the panel lines with some black through the airbush, then onto my custom IJA late war green, using SMS Olive Drab & SMS RAAF dark earth (ratio was eyeballed as I want some variation to the main body colour when I get there). Once it was marbelled down I then progressively lightened the colour with SMS British light sand, with a final over spray though a mask with stright Olive drab to finish. After than was dry a light black/brown mix of panel liner was used for some wear. As you can see I have also removed the making fluid too reveal the silver basecoat. You might also spot what I did to the inside of the cowl ready for the engine. It was sprayed silver, then panel liner was flicked over a toothpick to creats some splatter & dirt. It will never be seen again but I know it's there The Quickboost exhausts were also cut, prepped and painted. Geez they are such an improvement over the kit exhaust's. Hard to see in the pic but they were based in black before SMS Steel was sprayed first, then a brown trackwash was used for the burnt colour, finally the tips were blended with a Q-tip dampened with white spirit before a light black soot was added with pigments. Then the egines were installed And finally the exhausts were test fitted. Nothing but the engines are glued at this stage, the majority are just fitted together The main wheels were also finished, a grey panel liner was applied to the tread & weathering pencils were used for aging (dirt yet to be applied). The Quickboost main guns were also completed. Once again and awesome upgrade from the kit parts. A simple paint in SMS steel before pure black panel liner is applied plus the green colour was used on the upward firing cannon. Finally I couldn't help myself and test fitted the cowls, exhauts & props. I am pretty happy with the colour choice here. Prop's are still a little light but I will bring the colour down with some panel liner wash. The eagle eyed might also spot the IP shroud, IP & gunsight has also been installed in preperation for the canopy to be fitted. I was going to model it all opened but after test fitting earlier I am etxremely happy with the lines with it all closed up so I will leave it closed. I have also installed the small rear cabin windows & found, just like the main canopy, the fit to be extremely tight. I decided to try a tip I heard on one of the model podcasts I listen to. After installing the glass panel I used watered down MIG ultimate white glue to wick around the panel which seems to work well. Clean up was then dead easy with a damp Q tip & water, job done. Hopefully canopy on shortly, then onto canopy masking, & body spraying!
  23. Got some bench time in yesterday and was able to plod along on the Dinah. I did manage to get the aircraft together last weekend & left the model to dry for the week, doing my best to avoid ghost seams. I have to say the engineering in this kit is stellar with no filler required so far. Yesterday I did manage to get the primer sanded back & smoothed out across the aircraft. Definately starting to look like something! I also managed to get the smaller parts painted up while I have been waiting such as the props, the landing gear doors & wheels All parts we first painted SMS Jet black before a light coat of SMS Super silver which was left to dry a week before any colours were used on top. For the props I then applied a black/brown panel liner mix to the hub before it was masked with liquid mask. I also used the same product to mask the very fine paint chip's, applied with some foam. The propeller colour was mixed using SMS German red brown primer & RAAF Brown using my Mk1 eyeball for the ratio. Once painted the yellow tip marking were masked & painted with SMS trainer yellow. Once happy I was then able to remove the liquid mask with a rubber brush & toothpick to reveal the chips. Still need to apply some panel liner for age but pretty happy so far For both the landing gear doors & wheels used the same process as above before the top colour was applied. The gear doors are in SMS grey green (which will be used for the underside later on) & the wheels are Vallejo Tire black. Both parts still need weathering but are well under way Hoping for some bench time tomorrow as it's a public holiday & I get the day off
  24. So not a huge amount of progress in this heat! Still I wanted to keep this moving so I was able to spend some time at the bench over the weekend. I managed to get the main gear legs & wheel wells painted, though stupid me forgot to take some pics before I masked and covered them. I wouldn't usually install the gear at this stage but the way they install into the wings leaves little choice. Once fixed in place the wings went together well & were left to dry for 24 hours before the seams were sanded on the wings & fuselage. I love using SMS Black primer to check my work. It has talc in it so it will go down a little grainy as you can see but once fully dry I will be able to sand it very smooth plus it will fill slight imperfections so perfect for this kinda work. I also managed to get the engines detailed. Built straight from the box they were were painted silver, washed with black Tamiya panel liner & details picked out with acrylics. Once assembled a final wash was applied to blend it all. Will probably weather a touch more though you wont really seem them in the narrow Dinah cowls. With any luck the weather will cool down so I can get cracking on this kit. Once the primer has been sanded the wings will be installed and left to dry Thanks for looking!
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