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Everything posted by lunarhighway

  1. I think i'm almost ready to call this one done, but i might still refine some details. I applied some mat varnish to take away the floor polish gloss and check the shades and highlights i'm still not 100% happy with the eyes so i'll have to see what can be done there still. i had intended to fix the model to a wooden base from the beginning but when trying it i didn't like the result and as i'm doing some plumbing in the house i suddenly noticed pipe connector and it looked just right. Anyway, i'll have to give her a long hard look under good light tomorrow and see what i can still improve.
  2. I tried to refine the eyes today by adding the iris colour the pupil etc. i didn't have much time and the light wasn't ideal so i'm not to happy with her right eye , but desided to leave it for now so everything was dry and i had some time to think about how to fix it. there's a little tuft of red hair peaking from her helmet, and a little more at the back that's fighting me as well
  3. And here is some color followed by some freckles and more shading and highlighting finally this is all i used so far... a fairly limited pallet... all paints thinned with hg parquet polish. this works wonderful but leaves a glossy finish, so i final mat coat will be needed to tone that down, on the other hand when turning the model to face a light source it helps spot where highlights would occur and allow me to be a little brave and add more aggressive lighting it all needs some more refining but i like where this is headed
  4. Hello everyone, I felt i needed another break from aircraft modeling, so i looked for a new figure to paint. since i had so much fun with the first 1/10 bust i figured another pilot bust would look nice. Although it looked a lot simpler i thought this might be a good chance to try and do a better job without worrying to much about elaborate details. I started by priming the model in black valejo pains and than came in with some mig ammo white from the top Because i can never leave anything alone i i lightly sanded the chin and resculpt the pleats on her shirt. i fond a picture that clearly served as the basisi of this model and they look more 3 dimensional. some milliput did the job. I also added some more, wich isn't necessary more accurate but to me felt more like the original... artistic licence shall we say after this i reprimed her, did some more directional shading, and than continued refining the shading by hand... this made it look a little extreme, but i also quite liked the effect and was rather tempted to do a black and white version. however that would only be half the fun. the whole idea was that this would be some kind of preshading, wich worked relatively wall, although adding the color layers toned it all down considerably so a lot of the work had to be redone... not that i mind it's good fun.
  5. as there was a wobble in the left wing roundel due to it distorting from micro sol, i tried overpainting it, but the rings still didn't look concentric and to make matters worse it seems to have shrunk after painting leaving white edges, so... i wasn't going to let it pass, and broke out the sander, fully expecting the decal to yield, but alas... it's quite a tough one. almost looks like it could be weathering no?... Yet there's one sure way to bring down the toughest... Alcohol! and resprayed and awaiting a new decal, witch i thankfully printed extra for exactly such an event And there that little chapter one forgets about when the model is finally done... Happy modelling!
  6. Hello All It took me a while, but the lovely BE2 is finally starting to look like an aeroplane. I've attached the lower wings and tail surfaces and applied the decal markings, these went on with no drama except one deformed due to using micro sol. i must remember only to use set in the future on these home-made decals. I first painted the lovely engine and propeller i added the decals, and yes that is a little revell SPAD i'm also working on. The top wing still sits loose on the center struts. the lower wing bumpers, to the best of my knowledge that's what they are at least, are very delicately moulded by Airfix, but unfortunately have a sprue attachment right in the middle of them and in cleaning this up one of them snapped. i had somewhat anticipated this so i used the remaining item as a pattern to bend some metal wire. i perhaps should have done that right away as this will prove to be much stronger in the later life of this model as well And that's about all for now, next i'll have to look at the struts and the rigging... the dreaded rigging...still haven't got the hang of that... i'm thinking ez-line and CA glue, but i have still to mater applying it
  7. Sill more decal action. I painted most of the major components with some Hataka light tan, and started on the external decals. wood panels: It needs a little fixing here and there but i think the overall effect is a win now i'm actually considering doing the rib shadows on the semi transparent wings as decals to.... to be continued
  8. Here is another small and long overdue update: I finally buttoned up the fuselage after installing my instrument panel, which is a simple sheet of styrene with a home-made decal. in the excitement i totally forgot the forward bulkhead that also contains the rear central struts, so i had to remove hump it has on the back and part the top of the freshly glued fuselage halves again to put it in place. in blown up photographs it looks like the decals are a bit grainy, but in real life they look painted on, so i'm quite happy with that. the bulkhead was coloured with decals to, again as a bit of an experiment, these where the ones coated with ammo matt varnish and they don't respond to setting solutions, but can be melted with extra thing glue front bulkhead with forward struts...i could have easily painted these, but...experimentation:) things didn't go so well for the tail flash i tretched the decal when removing it to soon from the paper and the setting solution (these decals where coated with liquid decal film) ate into the damage. i have some spares so i removed them and will try again later, although i might also just print a "3" and paint the rest, we'll see.
  9. Looks good so far! i have an older boxing of the same kit by revell. so i'll be watching this for inspiration. still it would be nice if someone would put out a new tool kit...
  10. Another tiny update, gave the interior a little more paint and added seatbelts. which in keeping with the apparent theme of this build i first designed in inkscape and than printed on regular paper.
  11. It's clear film, so for the colours to be true, a white undercoat is needed. I applied them over a tan surface and this worked with the overall wood finish. For the roundles I will either need a white decal underlay or spray white. It has limitations but it's easier than masking and painting everything. I'm thinking of ordering some white decal film to see what can be done with it.
  12. Thanks Stuart, i guess that sums up the intention for this model unless you where talking about the modeller, in which you'd be correct as well A new bottle of liquid decal film showed up in the mail today, so after successfully using clear varnish as an alternative (and sadly spilling most of the remainder of the bottle in the process) i now, for the first time, risked running it trough the airbrush... it's fairly thick stuff so i had to up the pressure a bit but otherwise it went on nicely as far as i can tell. Clean-up was a little more difficult, as i don't know what would dissolve this stuff. Water and alcohol left a stringy residue, but some careful cleaning got rid of it ... i wouldn't recommend running this trough as airbrush that's hard to clean. This cheap airbrush is ideal however, the fixed paintcup has a wide opening to the paint chamber which makes cleanup much easier. Other than the rubber o rings failing i had no problem with this... replacement sets exist, but i in stead used some plumbers teflon in stead, bullet proof now. now on to some real progress....
  13. And this is what ik looks like with the decals on They need to settle down a bit. But so far so good
  14. Hi all, After slapping on the decal i looked into what the real aircraft looked like and realised only the top portion was wood and the lower fabric with the typical bracing wires so i cut back the decal. but looking at the sidewall detail on the real thing gave me a new idea, so a rubbed a piece of paper over the fuselage sides to get an imprint of the shape and scanned it, so produce this . for a decal these home made ones are extremely strong but also tough, extra thin seems to work as a setting solution though
  15. I wanted to push along, so since i had created a bit of spare texture i went ahead and sprayed it with flat varnish from Ammo by mig, straight from the bottle and gave it a few coats. I didn't expect it to work, but lo and behold, dipping it in water didn't result in any color bleed and the decal slid off nicely. It was fairly thick, but than i did spray on quite a lot of varnish, but that meant, it could be handeled nicely off the backing sheet, almost like a real sticker. it didn't stick all that well but i think with some micro set it will stay put once dry i guess the result is rather promising.
  16. Thanks Chris! from what i've experienced so far i can recommend this kit. The Chequered version would look rather eye catching indeed. unfirtunately i haven't seen any fancy belgian pain schemes on his plane so it'll be tan all over for this one. I've separated and cleaned up all major components. from what i can tell so far, the kit should go together without any problems. fit is rather good the cockpit area looks ok and the little engine is also looks rather convincing. the ailerons are moulded slightly drooped as per the real thing i suppose which is a nice touch, but the elevators are moulded straight as usual, so i chose to separate them so i can give them the typical drooped look as well. I managed to skip with the saw however and gouge the soft Airfix plastic, so out with the Tamiya putty.
  17. Hi all, With a few days off i was looking for something relaxing to build that wouldn't put up to much of a fight. So i dug the fairly recent Airfix R.A.F be2c out of my stash. Having just sorted out the old printer to produce some custom Christmas cards, i made some Belgian markings for it, based on profiles and pictures. Most Belgian machines where re engined and the pilot and gunner swapped position however they initially served in the configuration that is present in the kit so i wasn't going to look for trouble, although i might pick up another box sometime to try some converting when i feel more adventurous. The markings where designed in Inkscape, a free vector image programme that's quite usefull for this sort of thing and printed with an inkjet printer on clear decal film. While painting wood textures can be great fun, i figured the grains around the cockpit area where going to be very fine in this scale so when looking on line for references it hit me i could just print the wood texture along with the markings as a decal so that's what i did. i'm tempted to try it even on the struts and the prop but we'll see how things go. To get everything the right size i scanned the kit decals so i could use the roundels as a reference. Also the chequered decals (that where very temping) allowed me to get the shape for the wood sections right. i have yet to overcoat the decals with a liquid decal film of sorts but i've seem to have misplaced my bottle of microscale liquid decal film somehow... it worked great in the past but i've never dared to run it trough an airbrush... i might have to look for something in a spray can. the one thing i don't like about Airfix is their instance on using black and white decals for their instrument panels. on one hand they have come a long way in representing very fine surface detail in their kits so i don't see why they wouldn't be capable of representing a simple instrument panel. However a decal can look very convincing in this scale so it would be nice to see a bit more detail and finesse if that's the route they choose. anyway, not looking to make things complicated i googled some pictures of the real thing and added it to the sheet.... we'll see how it turns out on the model. And of course, a festive end of the year and best wishes for 2020!
  18. I mostly used Vallejo paints (regular and air) but also some other acrylics (Ammo Mig, Ak, Revell, Italeri, Hataka). The secret ingredient if you will, was i thinned all paints with HG parquet gloss finish (nr 51), which i think might be similar to future... bit of a gamble when i got this but it's been a very versatile product, it also works as a satin varnish, to dip canopies, and as a wash (although you can't remove it once dry) https://uk.hg.eu/products/parquet/hg-parquet-gloss-finish-protective-coating-pe-polish-product-51-1l (no affiliation, but that's what i used) They have many related products so specificity look for nr 51! you get one liter, but i decanted a little into a vallejo style bottle so i can add a few drops to the mix as needed! the only disadvantage is it leaves a satin to gloss finish, which actually helps to spot where highlights might go, but all for a final flat coat for realism, especially on the face. It looks milky with a hint of yellow, but it dries clear. The main reason is that it has a lower surface tension than water, so it will allow the pained to be thinned down quite a bit and become translucent but still cover the surface and flow nice. and this allows to apply many layers without loosing detail. It also dries quite fast so you don't have to wait hours to apply the next layer, although i usually works on this in short sessions. like this i was able to slowly build up shades and highlights, but also cover both with a single filter to tone them down and tie them together. and like that build everything up, if something looks to dark or to light it can be tweaked in the next coat. i did this quite a bit thanks @Black Knight for explaining the visors... all i know is that it was a pain to glue... had i know some pilots didn't use them i might have been tempted to ditch it, although they add quite a bit of interest to the model. painting wise the interesting thing about the visors is for painting the reflection on the lower part i used regular water so it would pool and create a more tight demarcation.
  19. I finally put the finisching touches to my 1/10 scale young miniatures RAF pilot bust It's my first figure in this scale and i had previously only painted some 1/72 and 1/48 scale figures, and a long time before that some warhammer tabeltop wargame miniatures i'm glad it turned out the way it did. the kit has quite a few parts for what looks like a simple bust, mostely the seat and backrest parts, but also some hoses and a mask. the only parts i replaces where the electric wires for the headphones and mask as these had to be bend but where difficult to mine up and rather than to fight out that battle with superglue i twisted two metal wires together, wich gave the same look as the kit parts but was much easier to work with. the figure was screwed to a wooden base, I will probably hide the visible thread at some point with i find a suitable tube to slide over it..Perhaps i drinking sraw or something. it's been a nice to try something different from building aircraft and i'm looking forward to trying something similar sometime IMG_20191025_103557(1) by Jan Legrand, on Flickr IMG_20191020_190637 by Jan Legrand, on Flickr IMG_20191026_142633 by Jan Legrand, on Flickr IMG_20191026_142635 by Jan Legrand, on Flickr IMG_20191026_142632 by Jan Legrand, on Flickr
  20. Hi all Here is my finished 1/72 scale Hobby Boss gladiator finished in Belgian markings. all markings where painted. the pictures are not the best so i might add some more when i have the chance to make better ones Build thread here:
  21. Another quick update. you can tell it's been a while as our stern looking pilot could do with a shave although his moustache is rather stylish. i've tried to move to the separate pieces, most are basecoated now and i've figured out where everything should go on the model but there is still a lot to do... i have no experience with such large figures so it's mostely trial and error, but i'm surprised how many thing layers of paint you can put on... so if something doesn't look right it's a matter of going over it again. the white straps are still not the way i like but otherwise i think it's going quite well. i've also slapped some matt varnish on the face to as it's was getting pretty glossing due the the floor polish used for thinning
  22. yes, i'd certainly consider getting another one of their subjects. most appear to be based on characters in movies. The bust i'm painting is apparently based on the movie "Dunkirk" regardless the detail is simply great and just paining this a solid colour would already make a nice display piece.
  23. I'm not familiar with that comic, but i can sort of imagine what it might be like. It's certainly a characterful sculpting, almost seeming alive, as his expression seemingly changing as you look at him from different angles. it's hard to photograph the progress... and all the steps so i'll try to give some details in case it might benefit someone.. i've been working some more on the face, layering on glazes... in the flesh, so to speak, his skin tone was a little pale and the shading a little patchy, so i put on some more bight colours, a little red for the cheeks and nose and some sand tones for the shades and than blended all of that together... to be honest, i don't really have a clue what i'm doing but slowly building it up seems to work so far, so we'll keep doing that. up close to the model it might seem done, until a day later under different lighting it might seem to pale or some colours to prominent... i certainly get my money's worth out of this one. I've also turned my attention to the woolly top of the jacket, basically starting with a dark wash like paint and once dry applying more tan and white tones focusing on the high spots. the turtle-neck of his sweater was given a base coat of PRU blue and than the white was build up on top of that, the white parachute straps where done in a similar fashion. the seatbelts where done in green and than a more tan colour build up on them, they are still a little to green, but o do like the overall effect. i've come in with some sand for the shading of the life jacket, and some pure white highlights, i'll glaze over with some yellow again to brighten it up... i try to be as accurate as i can, but i a also hope to make it something attractive and interesting to look at. there's a lot of detail to pick out still and along with the backrest and loose belts there's a while bag of little pieces that will complete the model so i still have my work cut out for me.
  24. It doesn't float, back when i build it we added an extension to the house. at that moment the concrete floor was build and a big puddle had formed from the rain. that looked like a scale lake to my modellers eye. in fact i aded extra weight in the tips of the floats to keep it from tipping back so that doesn't help with buoyancy
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