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Bill.B

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  1. It’s been a while since I made my last tank, (a T34/85 as I recall) so I thought I’d have a break from aircraft and scratch a long standing Tiger itch I’ve had. This is the Dragon Models version of an early DAK Tiger 1 and goes together really easily. It’s built out the box with the included PE, but I couldn’t resist adding a set of Friul metal tracks to add a bit of weight to the model and give a fairly authentic sag to the assembly. Paints are Tamiya acrylics, Windsor & Newton lacquers, and various washes, oils and powders have been utilised to dirty up the tank and tracks. Weathering AFV’s definitely isn’t my strong point, but it’s fun trying new methods and ideas which may, or may not be of use at a later date, and I really must try making dioramas at some point. Anyway, here it is…
  2. Thanks, and yes, they’re the flat packed photo etch guns supplied in the kit.
  3. I’ve just realised I forgot to cut and paste the finer details so please put it down to the onset of senility. Anyway, the paints are Tamiya acrylics and Alclad metals with Windsor & Newton varnish. Various pastel powders and oils were used for subtle weathering and stretched sprue used for the rigging wires. To achieve a different tone of colour between the cowling and airframe I tried a new technique to me. The cowl was firstly airbrushed in gloss black followed by Alclad Duralumin. This was then over painted with light coats of the red until I achieved a satisfactory difference to the airframe colour. I figured that the original would have had a similar effect between the canvas and metal cowl, but without period colour documentation it’s merely a bit of artistic license on my behalf so may not be accurate at all! Finally thanks for the comments so far and the likes.
  4. I thought I’d try something different for a change so I dug out the Eduard 1/48 Fokker DR.1 from deep within the stash and got stuck in. However I did ponder over which scheme to do, but in the end decided to be boring and go with one of the Barons red schemes as it’s relatively easy to achieve. Anyway, here it is, warts and all so feel free to tell me where I can improve.
  5. Thanks for all the kind comments.
  6. This is the latest Spitfire offering from Tamiya and is probably their best aircraft kit to date IMHO. The kit goes together very easily (as might be expected) and has some nice details, but considering that a pilot is included there isn’t an option to display the model ‘wheels up’. Unfortunately some careful cutting and fettling is required as frustratingly the wheel bays aren’t deep enough to accommodate the wheels ‘up’. Because of this the wheels need to be reduced to nearly half their thickness before the undercarriage doors will sit flush. The chrome metal stand is made by Geminijets and it’s only required to drill a suitable sized hole in the wing thus enabling the Spit to be safely mounted. Paints are Tamiya acrylics, various oils and final Matt varnish are Newton & Windsor, and the 3 aerial wires are Uschi van der Rosten thread. Overall I’m pretty pleased with the final result, but I’ve since realised that maybe the oleos needed extending slightly as they are probably moulded in a ‘weight on wheels’ guise.
  7. It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, but I’ve finally finished the Eduard Profi 1/72 Zlin 37A Čmelák I’ve been building of late. This particular registered aircraft was noted for smuggling a family from East to West Germany before the wall came down and they were placed into the cramped hopper compartment behind the cockpit for the journey. The conditions just don’t bear thinking about! The kit is really easy to build and well detailed for such a small scale, however, the instructions are incorrect on a couple of instances with regard to the decals. The ‘Z-37A’ decal should be applied under the cockpit door both sides and not omitted, and the registration on the top starboard wing should be omitted as the full sized didn’t have it. Added to this the whole of the fin and rudder should be painted red, not partially painted as per instructions, but other than this I think everything else is correct. If you want something different from the norm I can thoroughly recommend this model, especially the Profi version as there are many different photo etch selections to choose from which will enhance the model.
  8. Thanks for the very positive reply’s everyone!
  9. I can’t even get an airbrush finish as good as that, very well done!
  10. That’s a cracking model and very nicely weathered too.
  11. I realise this type of project is nothing new, but it’s something I’ve fancied doing for a while and has been a refreshing change and a welcome break from the usual kit bashing. The kit was an impulse purchase from Aldi whilst doing the weekly shopping and at less than a fiver for a starter kit I thought it rude to pass up on such a bargain. Anyway, after a minor amount of flash was trimmed off the sprue the airframe was airbrushed using the little paint pots supplied which were diluted with Tamiya X-20A thinners. Everything was then lacquered with Humbrol Gloss prior to applying the decals after which it was given a coat of Humbrol Matt to seal everything in. The deep picture frame was purchased from ‘The Range’ and the back sides of the sprues drilled to accept a few small screws inserted from behind the picture frame back plate to hold everything in place. I must say I found the build(?) very satisfying and am already thinking of making an Me.109E-3 to accompany the Spit.
  12. Very well detailed and finished at that scale. I’m currently building a Grob Astir at the same scale so I know just how much effort you’ve put into such a diminutive model.
  13. A very nice build, but as far as I can see from your photos the inboard lower flaps and upper wing spoilers are in the correct position and don’t impinge on the ailerons.
  14. You’ve done a terrific job of that especially given how tiny the model is.
  15. Nice job, and you’ve just inspired me to build a Harrier myself...and possibly a Buccaneer too.
  16. Another Airfix kit has found its way onto my building board, but this time in the guise of their re-tooled 1/48 Mk.22/24 Spitfire. The kit builds very nicely without any major issues, but the canopy could have done with being bought up to date as it’s far too thick and on my example it was crazed all over. Not wanting to spend money on extras it was simply built out of the box with the addition of just a couple of scratch built parts, ie. the aerial under the starboard wing, seat belts and rudder trim tab actuator. Exhausts , pitot probe and cannons were drilled out and the three lights under the fuselage were painted with Tamiya clear colours and backed with aluminium foil to make them more prominent. The scheme I chose was that of 607 Sqdn.’s entry into the Cooper Air race of 1948 and because of this the weathering was kept very light as the aircraft would most likely have been specially cleaned for the event. Paints are Tamiya acrylics with Humbrol lacquers and a small amount of pastels and oils added for the weathering. Constructive criticism always welcome chaps.
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