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  1. Dear All,

     

    In 2021 I only managed to finish two models. Here they are.

     

    1. Heinkel He 178 V1 - first jet aircraft in History (Special Hobby/MPM 1/72)

    This was a challenging build. It fought me back in every step of the build. In the end it turned out well, but it definitely isn't a beginner's model.

     

    The WIP is here and the RFI is here.

     

    y4mhG7u_CsulX4fDimII8kk_OsOD8y-MINYMG-7z

    IMAG7343

     

    y4myRw4UE2Pe8mBeCV5BCunmCrRQxyIt-MfQwr4S

    IMAG7346

     

    y4mNV3UBwtBte7tAqvE67fKvxewu0pK_xf7LvInx

    IMAG7357

     

    y4mWrLznqadVl7mj6IJskFj5pjgqbxKMtgbhZvU3

    IMAG7358

     

     

    2. USS Greeneville (Hobby Boss 1/350)

     

    This is my first submarine build since returning to modelling. It was a simple build. The real challenge was trying to weather it realistically. It turned out satisfactorily for a first attempt. I have a few more submarines in the stash now.

     

    The WIP is here and the RFI is here.

     

    y4mPTB02IPcqDg8jLTOLSAwvNp-BL2fOJBcueOn0

    IMAG7429

     

    y4mnOmVvVx10Qtpk85sWJiLO3vMXiYF7VSStf6D8

    IMAG7435

     

    y4mXsp4_KBKnugVV-YcsT1GQVVL0Yy51NhrSFrqp

    IMAG7439

     

    y4m2_ezC_z_IzeUwhtnJ5-kuKADqkVDEkXymC6Oo

    IMAG7441

     

    Thanks for looking.

     

    Jaime

     

     

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  2. Hi again,

     

    After a long period away from this build, I've finally made some progress last week in making air-intakes for the jet engines, which was scaring me away from the build.

     

    However, I still must update the build log with work done earlier this year, from January to March.

     

    First, I decided to complete seat with the foot-rests protruding in front of the seat. These were done with 0.13 mm-think plasticard:

    y4mGrDB9TOClZXMVWau-9NkeLaDeYo3norQ2hKmV

    IMAG7154

     

    The foot-rests were painted by paintbrush:

    y4mq88iCmWC__cdF1VxckZp-F4H6YIW77b3xlcow

    IMAG7155

     

    The raised detail on the instrument panel and side panels was highlighted by dry-brushing:

    y4mME7B87kU8lSbqiFnfgoxwM00BrEaAVILjFZSV

    IMAG7156

     

    y4m_lS1HfAALuM3swou3PFT9agEb_6wV4ZqDYIt8

    IMAG7157

     

    The next step was applying a dark wash to the cockpit parts, after gloss-coating these parts. I used Vallejo's greased earth acrylic wash:

    y4mBuXVwzaOvg4llyaWpMQwaovbC32nMLmAWWGSG

    IMAG7159

     

    A detail of the gloss-coated cockpit parts before applying the wash:

    y4mNhv-3KdBByJ9QKJRNCD4XoVp5TBDhvjVegaQq

    IMAG7160

     

    After the wash, a matt coat was applied, resulting in this:

    y4m_iiQKs6_FITjywfYZKrNCvXwxo_6XYO_yiJWV

    IMAG7163

     

    The cockpit walls turned out very dark because I didn't remove the excess wash:

    y4muJXPmoldusKHJEENS1enlUbYMlvirUCMoY_iN

    IMAG7164

     

    I used some spare PE seat belts from a Cobra helicopter for this build, as they look very similar to the seat belts used in this aircraft. The seat belts were painted still in the PE fret:

    y4mP4O7hmEBzqrCfv2KF9va8-mmYYFmK2ynXkAoA

    IMAG7158

     

    I decided to try a recently acquired liquid chrome marker to paint the buckles:

    y4m-A9zobw7RM-HmAxeGCuvQ7RRmmjVjeZQF7lVt

    IMAG7165

     

    Here's the result:

    y4mWOzFt_2prpZJL-FIRM7QLt2X2yjxKUs84siw2

    IMAG7166

     

    The seat belts were cut off the fret:

    y4mDtqbnqL80HhHoi9LqwnxByTZmh9O8HteRBP0y

    IMAG7174

     

    ... applied to the seat:

    y4mn8P7XUXVl_lXQOC97xoBd_U7Xsm8pF8ASRANF

    IMAG7175

     

    The seat was glued to the cockpit base:

    y4mbT6vk8IaRsA86lq7Ep_QhhRpGoXhVQ5ST96Vg

    IMAG7176

     

    The cockpit base was glued to the port fuselage half:

    y4mq8P15i8bZ9nifLsDgdlwr0kMD0Vusw7O9sZhQ

    IMAG7180

     

    The model needs some weight on the nose to avoid becoming a tail seater. I used miliput to glue lead balls in place:

    y4mMRnmkQtKfutzDxp3AgTNfIQrwjOCy22oFumrN

    IMAG7181

     

    I had to close the front of the cockpit base in order to avoid seeing the lead in the nose:

    y4mgLoPkC8DqtegNK7w8MDTyhj4CoUZM7trCuFwU

    IMAG7189

     

    The fuselage halves were glued together:

    y4mZUtZ9-rAE-Y942pdgiez2ieDiwRIXyJjNguCr

    IMAG7190

     

    y4m9WNqHgrsCfyh9qL8jYWvTPUcpcuceTXDlpkdb

    IMAG7194

     

    I applied tiny drops of Aqua Gloss on the instrument faces to simulate the glass covers:

    y4mT76gNVKV-GOFA6Wgdjr3oYz4XWQNRSQKE6Nz8

    IMAG7171

     

    Finally, the instrument panel was glued in place:

    y4mSzx2F1GLN9DyaAMEhoPF1Whab5gEBhZeAijB2

    IMAG7221

     

    Thanks for looking

     

    Cheers

     

    Jaime

     

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  3. 4 hours ago, Bertie Psmith said:

    I still think he's pulling our legs. That's the woodiest wooden base ever. 😉

     

    Has the submarine had a puppy?

     I swear it's a plastic base. The WIP pictures don't lie :)

     

    I believe the "puppy" is some kind of remote controlled mini-sub but I must admit I didn't look for information on it.

     

    Cheers

     

    Jaime

     

  4. 5 hours ago, Adm Lord De Univers said:

    Very helpful Jaime (I've screenshot'd your instructions too - thank you). The effect is quite astonishing and hands down the best stand/base I've seen - you could've told me it was wood and I wouldn't have queried it.

     

    Greeneville is still looking fantastic too!

     

    David

     

    Thanks David! Very kind and much appreciated!

  5. On 18/07/2021 at 23:30, Adm Lord De Univers said:

    can we have some closeups of that base please?

     

    In reply to @Adm Lord De Univers request, here are some pictures of the base, showing the wood-like effect I tried to achieve:

    y4mvDVQ7LqDyZW4M6n1dUT6-hz9ARhb_nh0swxSd

    IMAG7454

     

    y4m8i2csne-f5Q931UqHJxkIWBpNGGihUNtDytoe

    IMAG7455

     

    y4mUfu4jXFm7v2qUWnELHdMEq1VnMRnIolmLnZPY

    IMAG7456

     

    y4m05oPPmjG5_HulZcl1fJ1Zr2Yluh68PARkWM_o

    IMAG7458

     

    y4mRumpZ2-QiKcS2sV0qEYf1tlRrf-L2tv0BsLuT

    IMAG7459

     

    The base was primed with Alclad Black Primer and Microfiller. Next, the holders were painted Gunze Metal Color MC219 Brass, which provides a very good metal effect. After masking the holders, I painted the base with Gunze H84 Mahogany. This was gloss coated with Microgloss and the wood grain effect was done by spreading spots of AMMO MIG-3512 Oilbrusher Dark Brown along the length of the base using a flat brush. To seal both the base and holdera, I applied a good coat of Alclad Gloss Kote.

     

    Hope this is helpful.

     

    Cheers

     

    Jaime

     

     

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  6. 9 hours ago, Adm Lord De Univers said:

    Jaime, this is a great build and I think you've nailed trying to mimic the real life photos in the wip.

    Hi David, thank you very much for your interest and kind words. Much appreciated!

     

    9 hours ago, Adm Lord De Univers said:

    can we have some closeups of that base please?

    I'll certainly post close up photos of the base. I'll do it tomorrow and let you know when the thread is updated.

     

    Cheers

     

    Jaime

  7. Hello,

     

    This is my build of Hobby Boss 1/350 USS Greeneville. It's also my first submarine and maritime build since I returned to the hobby in 2014 (I'm mainly an aircraft guy).

     

    It is a simple kit to build and comes with a few PE parts to improve the propellers. Most effort was spent trying to get a (hopefully) realistic weathering. This was obtained by a combination of different tones of gray on the black areas of the model, pre-shading, grey wash and staining along the waterline. The WIP thread can be found here.

     

    Here are the pictures of the finished model. All comments are very much welcome.

     

    y4mPTB02IPcqDg8jLTOLSAwvNp-BL2fOJBcueOn0

    IMAG7429

     

    y4mcs5QOPNWHVIB4if87kJB2hMCC-pXefxII6BKY

    IMAG7430

     

    y4meVCiuq3cOMmUXyMhU202rTbLC3oozLDj0aOq_

    IMAG7431

     

    y4mnaL000fEcOFLCkWhqkw2ZL6Rs0pTqoGuNWECs

    IMAG7432

     

    y4mWrZlqPJvueaUnmjiguKCBVlUNKMd9UvMkftH8

    IMAG7433

     

    y4m-AUe4M78oul7cTgRMcE_hGZ7-yA3kjHX8h13P

    IMAG7434

     

    y4mnOmVvVx10Qtpk85sWJiLO3vMXiYF7VSStf6D8

    IMAG7435

     

    y4mIrK-8OCFMONvD_eOxNZ5wNAvmUvsHMYlYOmo4

    IMAG7436

     

    y4m6mwTokIOIpGPX2rhRJnpmOjdnUC3HavXxgjqI

    IMAG7437

     

    y4m4qOyBznaGgHU7wVuBGURFk4TsVZP5FPoCNqxQ

    IMAG7438

     

    y4mXsp4_KBKnugVV-YcsT1GQVVL0Yy51NhrSFrqp

    IMAG7439

     

    y4mtM26vAVCJatRpuE-8JV5r-CFY2kht7_MeW1D1

    IMAG7440

     

    y4m2_ezC_z_IzeUwhtnJ5-kuKADqkVDEkXymC6Oo

    IMAG7441

     

    y4mk4e6W7gcVBwmsCxXbSGIxDJAsRcXj4fvHf7pJ

    IMAG7442

     

    y4mg4dg_f3xzEEOl0J32Wwg_rq403IIRLsB2alXY

    IMAG7443

     

    y4mxEyvM-Tzfv-wOkZ5YcuOyqHOL3we4V6amQ1bR

    IMAG7444

     

    y4m9KftMf3ROCHxSZl_FLs7EwFI8Wxn_sOhBjGq4

    IMAG7445

     

    y4mjg1fFlWO2QepecZk5yeE2UoFYhcr_l1FzVvv9

    IMAG7446

     

    Cheers

     

    Jaime

     

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  8. 7 minutes ago, Richard E said:

    Tha's a very realistic finish JR.

     

     

    Unfortunately the links to the images are broken but Pierre's @Kagou RFI thread gives a good descripton of the tools and techniques he used to weather his submarine models and @Roger Newsome also applied a very realistic finish to his Alpha Class build.

     

     

    Thank you very much Richard, and thanks for the links. I'll take that into account for my next subs. I have the Zvezda 1/350 Kursk in the stash for a future build.

     

    Cheers

     

    Jaime

     

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  9. Hello again,

     

    Continuing with the build, I took some time to think about how best to weather the model. I opted to keep it subtle and decided to create some tonal variation on the dark top half of the hull. For that, I applied a pre-shading layer using white, along the lines of water flow when the sub is floating on the surface:

    y4mBi4ZJh0_a2KFOo0-fklSRSCej9e47SBJB9Da3

    IMAG7395

     

    This was followed by thin layers of NATO Black:

    y4m8DDZvlsh1JH3CRcuCQ1czun54WhdrGE4EzjQd

    IMAG7396

     

    After removing the masking, I got this:

    y4mrLf1F4EWLr5yVhRaDEeyh0xqDJ3l2pTz1e25R

    IMAG7397

     

    y4mSakzbUF4B6uCXWeJRWih5X6yRSvg2q_kBLGNy

    IMAG7398

     

    A microgloss coat was applied in preparation for the decals. Here's the setup for decaling:

    y4mJ4y-UBkPGajSobWPujlWlCKxRM1Y3jy9otPSP

    IMAG7400

     

    There are few decals to apply, only the ID number on the sail and the water line scales on the bow and rudder:

    y4mCKMhs0zTFBdEN7t8RBkyL9vVcwRqamhIieQEk

    IMAG7401

     

    I also decided to try and replicate a would finish for the base of the stand. First, I gloss coated the base and, next, I applied spots of dark brown oil, which were spread with a flat brush to simulate the wood grain.

     

    Here's the mahogany-painted and microgloss-coated base:

    y4mOQzMJe7LbPp7-blZO5xqwOYP5OYABmP8kmIo1

    IMAG7402

     

    After spreading the dark brown oil:

    y4mC8K5OciCvYI4LCcDtunsF116mg5OqoRxTCkoy

    IMAG7414

     

    y4m7xi4H7-APDTXYDm_aHctGRrzBsSGEioAPnaoL

    IMAG7415

     

    I still wanted to weather the model a bit more, in order to reproduce the weathering below from the waterline, as seen in this picture:

    800px-USS_Greeneville_(SSN_772)_-_dry_do

     

    My first approach was to use a grey wash by Vallejo. Here's the set-up (the model had another microgloss coat to seal the decals):

    y4mbsiJFH6F0FgXQgAV_q_H7EY_Jg7IsDxZ3nsKn

    IMAG7416

     

    Before applying the wash, I applied masking tape along the waterline:

    y4mg_Ma2iAUmNASNIhFHxWRAZ9ruZxgV9d70s-Ch

    IMAG7417

     

    The tape was loosely held to the hull, in order to allow the wash to spread unevenly below the waterline.

    y4mXHwgfXOrmyq8Z29M_Fsst8_QvrUkeeh7RKWvd

    IMAG7418

     

    The wash was applied vertically from the walkway to the waterline. The excess was removed with damp cotton buds shortly after. It worked but the wash tone was too dark and didn't stand out from the top hull's tone. In order to produce a better result, I decided to apply highly diluted Sky with a sponge over the matt wash. I didn't remask along the waterline.

     

    Here's the tool:

    y4mNntUDYt8f1Dk2ROksSRRSmOHNYtp1m3E4yH9E

    IMAG7421

     

    The resulting weathering:

    y4muOzRXr_kPGsHJWIIZ45zBnpeYOdmhah37AvPy

    IMAG7422

     

    A flat coat (Alclad) was applied to the model, mini-sub and small parts.

     

    Next, I glued the propeller of the mini-sub:

    y4mrcHw8VlqsXhGHQR3RwQ8vySX14nNUEVLMzFno

    IMAG7423

     

    The same for the main model:

    y4m-ixgXgOvxdSrTLGLesD72xWcwtsNLTNYO2T0X

    IMAG7425

     

    The pointy thingies where glued in place on top of the sail:

    y4mVQFbihunGbJT5xfMpxNhQxr0lKFgAVi93Uwru

    IMAG7425

     

    Finally, the mini-sub was piggy-backed on the submarine:

    y4mUMbrOyndhISJuecf8F87xSShpl2tsrj0rwOJJ

    IMAG7426

     

    The completed model on the stand:

    y4mjFbeMamxATTGwHC42ipaQJx3KilLecNMGhcx0

    IMAG7427

     

    I'll post better pictures latter in the RFI area.

     

    Thanks for looking.

     

    Jaime

     

     

    NOTE: the RFI photos can be found here.

     

     

     

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  10. Hello again,

     

    This kit is simple assembly-wise and there aren't significant fit problems. The horizontal seam between the two hull-halves was almost completely eliminated with sanding and polishing sticks. I had to use bits of thin plasticard sheet to fill in a few gaps I myself created when carving out the slots for the fins. The only gap due the kit parts was in the join between one of the tail planes and the hull:

    y4mKVVaR62VOYzekbi4eRSLRCI-tkMpRP7Th26vO

    IMAG7359

     

    y4mt0BkkJKTQJkKeDsshzPr7PbxZnNqYRcy6IgQZ

    IMAG7362

     

    The narrower gaps and seams were taken care of with PPP:

    y4mviQlkSMS0Ldxcf4BL1yXduVLOD8auQjFe1x2b

    IMAG7363

     

    The few PE parts were, then, dealt with. There's one for the propellers of the piggy-backed sub. Here is a comparison with the plastic version:

    y4m4bhM6j14eDYlmIYS4aabcNsW79ZO0AQ_DGPhAIMAG7360

    IMAG7360

     

    There are PE parts for the hatch on the sail:

    y4mipGxO-kc5inUEaJEpbOoQ0ma9ZR2JxzcgIdAZ

    IMAG7364

     

    And there's a pair of PE parts for the sub propellers. I guess they should be glued together for increased strength. So, I cut one off the frame and CA-glued it to the other:

    y4m9jn625ETvITVHWeDgH-CGrLTDEYuMS2gII9GH

    IMAG7365

     

    Here's the end result:

    y4mlV-HzuRCMgN08wRzPCefngpqePzVvlKbtby1X

    IMAG7366

     

    The smaller parts were cleaned of moulding marks and glued to toothpicks for painting:

    y4mzklSpJ3Yxl1QDZ-wNpmibqxK3Z9jdzig6oyR0

    IMAG7367

     

    The sub and the smaller parts were all primed with Alclad's Black Primer and Microfiller:

    y4mzqXWiCnFIvLgeEraUAxsq9nkVq97xxhdch1ap

    IMAG7374

     

    PPP was used again to tackle small seams along the hull joins. This wasn't very successful and in the end these seams were made to vanish with thin layers of primer:

    y4mdOijCy0_X5fE3J6kOB1t_g5laZFZwK_Ks1N2Z

    IMAG7376

     

    y4m6-DUr3qQ0C4BiBtUt1DvTf9oRai7eKY5HEnaL

    IMAG7382

     

    The propellers were painted brass:

    y4mpiyEsycFc2m0YX5wjrVTS-HfMMWAnQ2yk3uPN

    IMAG7383

     

    The same for the holders of the stand:

    y4mjh_L8RndyIS8qMTuBGfA7U3DUKHh17syXxrMT

    IMAG7384

     

    Next, I used Gunze's Rousset to paint the hull:

    y4m05SdzUjTNXciVwoubmirsSNNRk9vHVx32at_9

    IMAG7385

     

    The hull was masked using a combination of masking tape and kitchen cling-film:

    y4mookTjZHlJNRGF8IBd6ogorPp2am4JYP3PTHDZ

    IMAG7386

     

    The rest of the sub should be black but a real sub is never like that. I used several pictures of the real thing for inspiration for the choice of colours. This was especially interesting for showing several tones of grey on the hull, walkways and sail:

    uss-greeneville.jpg

     

    I chose RLM66 for the lighter grey tones on the sail, Gunze's ocean grey for the walkways and Tamiya's NATO Black for the hull. I initially chose Gunze's Tire Black for the darker greys of the sail but it proved too dark for my likings and was painted NATO Black as well.

     

    Here's the application of the RLM66 grey on the sail and ocean grey on the walkways:

    y4ma7_gwev3pEv9QQADXA5F5-QFeZYXURBN7rqV3

     

    IMAG7391

     

    Next, I masked these areas before applying the NATO Black to the hull:

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    IMAG7392

     

    y4mrDf6IFZfmC_PASwTcpaQp0MUX3fDMNykEZ05z

    IMAG7393

     

    The Tire Black intended for the sail proved to be too dark but I used it to cover the oversprays of rousset and greys before proceeding:

    y4mxgWGZdv7jbBmImMZDN9RItqnY99Jrtc310i3W

    IMAG7394

     

    That's all for now. Thanks for looking.

     

    Jaime

     

     

     

     

     

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  11. Dear All,

     

    While building my He 178 V1, which fought me every step of the build, I decided to build something really simple to have some breaks from the fight. I opted for a submarine.

     

    So, here is the build thread of my first modern submarine: the Hobby Boss 1/350 USS Greeneville.

     

    For starters, here are the mandatory pictures of the box art and box contents:

    y4mnrAofVr8jhsuPX1cr_UbNnONtSQuZ-nP0v6-7

    IMAG7236

     

    Apart from the hull halves and stand, there are only two sprues:

    y4myZ7VDkCowrBwaJz-7MgQDz19JyUhr4ab35LPB

    IMAG7237

     

    There's also a small PE fret:

    y4mhSzv7vp4zhMyIgWNNe8RK9yjDJJl2Osn8d5vo

    IMAG7238

     

    Finally, a small decal sheet. However, according to the painting and decal instructions, decals 1, 6 and 7 are not used.

    y4mFIIEA4uJZ-Qk_0Slm33-lUVdIJbzvyKb_gGgu

    IMAG7399

     

    The build started with the sail and the horizontal tailplanes:

    y4mmjPRo-RFSm4fLwqDPr6uhj-y50YabDUO5Kgy2

    IMAG7267

     

    It was necessary to carve out indents for the foreplane. I overdid it, as only the curved indents were needed:

    y4mKlCw_zopZpxPORelENbVeYP0t44Qceq9cdJ8a

    IMAG7268

     

    The foreplane was glued in place:

    y4m7HNmYnTDQHqYYHJcQ-dfafl_WrX0pS6gvxUC3

    IMAG7269

     

    Indents were also carved out for the horizontal tailplanes:

    y4mHFSxtIweo4pTd47rAqL_dh8fhAA5lZOlLpOy1

    IMAG7270

     

    The small submarine that piggybacked on the bigger sub was glued together:

    y4mPDAckiFiyitCgm-oyyDTuS14N-4b_r5YrUEql

    IMAG7271

     

    A few holes had to be drilled out on the top hull half. These holes are for installing the pads on which the small submarine is installed:

    y4mHxwZXnzneVvz8c9f8jIUIYAHX3mDec8ppFQTx

    IMAG7272

     

    The hull halves were glued together:

    y4mssJRVxUdMRspVSIK0KPH5kUhFosXc6TRdGhPP

    IMAG7273

     

    There are a few spots demanding attention. For instance, this rectangular depression near the horizontal fin of the small sub needs a piece of plasticard:

    y4mBhdmKyMsSxi4dbYxFkkjLJomUGPhsx_iaWMs3

    IMAG7274

     

    The areas around the foreplane also need attention, due to the excessive carving out:

    y4mDQSStsxj2mzQLPePwHzTZ1ip_PAHafJbbjRfw

    IMAG7291

     

    y4mOWoR73pe7dfXs4KFiM-vMCZtU5UnSsAnGa-eC

    IMAG7292

     

    The sail was glued in place:

    y4msYJxIDjanmjfhYlnm9Si3HUrafcmUW8nEL_JG

    IMAG7302

     

    The pads for the small sub were then installed, as well as the mooring bollards :

    y4mRYDhYfGv10SKwU8lj1HSFfgN4cZPvtwmRRAoN

    IMAG7303

     

    y4mFJaUPeOj_zbyhXVcXYWL_WeIUcU1rr9WjjvX8

    IMAG7305

     

    Finally, the tailplanes were glued in place:

    y4mKudNUP-v6QFnKI_nlw0TLLXN7FbfjH4WFAxrm

    IMAG7310

     

    That's all for now. Thanks for looking.

     

    Jaime

     

     

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  12. On 10/01/2021 at 16:06, Tailspin Turtle said:

    Strictly speaking, those red and yellow “handles” on the sides of the ejection seat were there to keep the pilot’s legs from flailing when he came out of the cockpit into the free stream air. The pilot was supposed to put his feet into something like pans on the front edge of the bottom of the seat and pull those handles into a vertical position (the early seats required a separate action to arm the seat and accomplish some preliminary functions before the face curtain was pulled). The “handles” should therefore be angled forward out of the way of the side consoles normally. Also see https://images.app.goo.gl/haFZu7FhKGgn2JwJ8 

     

    Note that the illustration is misleading in that the seat would normally have a seat cushion/survival kit in the bucket and a back-pack parachute in it (these were standard GFE and often left out of the aircraft manufacturer’s illustrations).

     

    Thank you for the explanation. I wasn't aware of these details and followed the pictures of the cockpit which I inserted in my first post of this thread. In the museum aircraft, the handles are positioned vertically and so did I in my scratch building. I'm afraid the fuselage was already closed when I read your explanation, and there was no way to modify the position of the handles (I still have to post those pictures, though).

     

    Cheers

     

    Jaime

     

     

  13. 5 hours ago, billn53 said:

    Looking at your very fine final result, one would never suspect the serious challenges that this kit placed in your way. Well done!

     

    4 hours ago, Giampiero Piva said:

    Very nice ! Congrats.

     

    3 hours ago, roginoz said:

    Built this model a while back and, having seen your excellent rendition, think I'll strip mine down 'n' start again.

     

    I think I lost the love half way through the build and, having seen your result, I know I can do better. Doubt it will be better than yours, though !

    Rog

     

    57 minutes ago, Terry1954 said:

    I watched all the remedial work you had to do, and now see this excellent result. Well done indeed on a fine example of an important step in aviation history.

     

    Terry

     

    32 minutes ago, Duncan B said:

    Having attempted this kit myself I know how much work you must have done to get it over the finish line in such a good shape, well done.

     

    Duncan B

     

    Thank you very much for the very kind comments!

     

    Cheers

     

    Jaime

     

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  14. Hello,

     

    This is my rendition of Special Hobby's reboxing of MPM's Heinkel He 178 V1. This was the first jet aircraft to fly in the History of Aviation, in August 1939, a few days before the beginning of WWII.

     

    This kit is a short-run affair and presented all kinds of challenges. In fact, it fought me back in every step of the build. Anyway, I learned a few tricks but it isn't a "quick build", as I expected from the small number of parts. The WIP can be found here.

     

    Some notable points of the build:

     

    • The kit comes with a small PE fret with the instrument panel and a few other external details but no seat belts
    • I added seat belts from Eduard's WWII Luftwaffe Fighter seat belt PE set
    • Panel lines had to be completely rescribed, as they weren't aligned when joining the two halves of the fuselage
    • Metallic colours are Alclad's Aluminium, Polished Aluminium and Burnt Iron
    • I used a black base technique (Alclad's Black Primer) and pre-shading with Gunze's Acrylic Sky
    • The main colour is Gunze's Acrylic RLM02
    • Weathering was kept light: I used a dark brown acrylic wash and removed most of it (Vallejo's Greased Earth)
    • Panel lines were enhanced using the same wash

     

    Here are the final pictures.

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    Thanks for looking.

     

    Jaime

     

     

     

     

     

     

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