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Olivier de St Raph

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About Olivier de St Raph

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  • Birthday 04/06/1963

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    St Raphaël, France
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    Model making, football, cinema, music

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  1. I used to worry a bit about this delicate step of painting on the nose, with the squares. As for the invasion stripes, when I removed the masking tapes, I had defects and, here too, I used the Vallejo acrylics for corrections, what doesn't mean the result is perfect. As the paintwork on the original aircrafts wasn't too, I consider this step as over. For the red, a mix of Carmine Red 908 and Leather 940 was used. For the Yellow, no mixing but the Flat Yellow 963. I want to thank Juan Manuel for his good hints that were very helpful in general and for that step in particular. Next step: the Medium Sea Grey on the underbody, after the masking of this checker pattern and of the invasion stripes.
  2. I have a question about the color that should be applied on the air scoop. The Eagle decals suggest this area should be all yellow, while the Tamiya ones suggest we should have the squares on this area too. Trying to find an answer on our docs, I saw that the restored Frenesi has the squares (like Tamiya suggests). But the period pic of the Passion Wagon SEEMS on the contrary to suggest this area was all red (without certainty). On the restored Frenesi, squares on the air scoop: On the period pic of the Passion Wagon, it seems that the color is red on the whole air scoop: Now, maybe all 357th FG had not the same painting in that area. Justin said above with right that the paintwork wasn't done in ideal conditions... Anyway, the masking job in that air scoop area is not easy to manage for painting. But I think the painting option is still better than the decal one...
  3. As I don't intend to use the Eagle decals for the squares on the nose, and in order to avoid errors with the squarres, I made a photo of the Eagle picture, and I made the enlargement below: Left side: Right side (the same enlargement simply returned): I will cut small squares using the Eagle decals. The Juan Manuel tutorial on the DVD is of great help for that job.
  4. Thanks a lot, Hannes for your kind encouragements! Well, I admit I can't understand the madness around that marriage. Of course, I respect every opinion and the English Royal family, and I admit I can myself become a fan for my heart football team, but when I hear that 3 billions persons have seen that ceremony on TV, or when I see the french info channels (especially BFM-TV) focused only on that matter from 3 days, it leaves me stunned... Cheers Olivier P.S: now, one of these fascinated people could say: who are these guys, who may spend hundred hours to build a 20 cm replica of a WWII aircraft, or a 30 cm one of an old race car that everybody has forgotten, and who want to give us lessons?
  5. Olivier de St Raph

    Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    So neat, so nice... Hats off, dear Hannes!
  6. Glad to see you came-back to your workbench, Squibby. Your canopy looks very nice, your cockpit and gunsight too. I hope you will find the time necessary to go on up to the end of your excellent build. Olivier
  7. Thanks Justin for that useful (and convenient for me ) info, and also for your kind words. But considering the scale 1/48, these imperfections must not be too important. From this point of view, my involuntary small imperfections should give a quite convincing result. Olivier
  8. In case I could not use under the right conditions the AMUR flaps, I have ordered 2 more Rosie the Riveter items. I had used up to now the 0,60 mm one (bought recently, for this kit), but the measures I made on the AMUR flaps (distance between rivets) showed that I would need a 0,75 mm one and maybe a 0,50 mm one. I should get them soon, from UMM (Unique Master Model), American site on which I had bought the 0,60 mm... I could see that double versions exists, allowing to create a double line of rivets. But if you want to buy the several versions (single, double... and even triple!) with a range of distances, it will begin to cost you a lot of money... I think for the 1/48 scale, the range I have will allow to get convincing results.
  9. Thanks a lot Håkan! (I followed your hint ). Thanks too Crimea River, glad to see you came out of hiding!
  10. I said above I wouldn't use the AMUR flaps, because they don't fit well with the Tamiya kit. Though, I have applied the Vallejo black and then washed the surface with alcohol, in order to enhance the rivets lines, with the intention to use these flaps as a reference. Well, considering the very neat result, it would be a pity not to use them. I can't pretend getting such an amazing flap by modifying the Tamiya part. So, I will do my best in order to adapt them... We shall see. N.B: 1) Consider that the real lenght of these flaps do not exceed 60 mm... 2) more, this photo doesn't really do completely justice to these very nice parts, because they don't show well the stressed surface, but I confirm that, here too, it would be a very tedious work to get such a surface from the Tamiya part (I know what I'm talking about ) Return to my progress: I have removed the masks used for the invasion stripes. I had small imperfections, difficult to avoid with all the details and small reliefs, that I have corrected using the Vallejo Black (950) and White (951) acrylics and the great Winsor and Newton n°2 Series 7 paintbrush. The Vallejo are great, if they are correctly thinned (with water), you nearly don't see any paintbrush mark (and probably not at all after the weathering job to follow). But now that I see these photos, it appears that some small defects are still present (especially on the first one), that I will correct, of course:
  11. Olivier de St Raph

    Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Waooh ! What a beautiful radiator case, Hannes! You are a real artist! Cheers Olivier
  12. Hi John, pity, I had not a very good time with the football, as things went wrong for my heart team... Yes, I agree with you, I think Eduard suggested the silver to get a kind of mirrored effect (not very convincing...). As I said above, I kept a portion of the PE13 part, cutting it with care to represent the frame. Before the soccer game, I have begun the masking and painting job of the invasion stripes on the fuselage, with the white. And this morning, I went on with the black, after drying during the night:
  13. Thanks a lot Hakan (sorry, my keyboard doesn’t allow me to put the round over the « a »)
  14. This evening, no model making for me, I will be following and supporting my heart team for the final of the Europa League against a great team : the Atletico Madrid, that will be the favorite. Allez l’O.M !!!