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  1. I am ever looking for conversion projects in order to redeem boring and drab doom machines into colorful, joyful, useful and uplifting models. Many times the suitable kit happens to be a very old and outdated one. Perfect examples of those endeavors are -among many I posted here- the two Westland Everest planes: That, coincidentally, were re-issued by the same company that boxed the Proctor: Air Lines. This for what I can tell was originally a Frog mold, and it also more recently came out as a NOVO boxing (which already gives you the clue that you are communicating with the spirits of the departed kits...). On the pro side: you can get them for an affordable price, they are abundant as most modelers moved on the better and newer releases (and for good reasons), and if you botch one you just trash it mercilessly and forget about it, no stress ruining a good kit here. So, I got this old and humble kit and started to look for nice civil liveries, of which I found a lot. But soon I discovered that many of my potential subjects actually belonged to other variants of the type, and would require some modifications. Since a reasonable improvement and detailing of the kit already would consume certain time, and not wanting to get into a building quagmire, I discarded the subjects that belonged to other marks of the Proctor and centered on a few candidates that were more or less a direct adaptation of these machines into civil use. The parts were liberated from the ever-present flash, cleaned up, and slightly refined. My boxing -bought 334,677th hand- was missing a side window, no big deal. This area needs to be opened up, so one hole and two razor cuts do the trick: Vent drilled: Another small intake drilled: All locating pins were removed since invariably they actually dis-located the parts they were supposed to seamlessly align, and stabs and wing halves were shaved a bit, since they sinned of fatulence (yes, correct word, no typo, it describes a known kit malady that makes kit parts -especially flying surfaces- look excessively fat).
  2. Hi Stuart I am afraid this one (and the Anson, and the Aero Commander, all at decaling stage) will be in stasis for a while. Duty calls, and I will not be able to work on the model, not even in the HP42, for a time. Some of the decals are on the mail coming my way from Arctic Decals, some are still in production stage, and for the Junkers I already have done the images, but may do the decals myself (mostly regular black lettering) or airbrush the regs, but if the former I still have to buy a printer since mine kaputed. In any case, I have to upload another in-progress build (if only dysfunctional, glitchy and super-slow Flickr would work, for a change) and then to hiatus. Cheers
  3. Gorgeous model!!! Thanks for posting it, a beaut!
  4. Red masked to apply the aluminium color (model and parts), pants also masked: Color applied and model and parts unmasked:
  5. Hi Richard This is a very old build, as stated in the header, I wasn't documenting much at that time, and looking at the two or three images that I took while building I could not expunge any useful information. Not sure what happened with the side decals, but most likely the windows may have not aligned, in which case I think I would have let the decal set, cut off the windows in their real position (this decal was an all-carrier thing, not "hollowed" windows) and then paint the black spots where the decal will show otherwise the edges of silver underneath. The images' exif traced the build to 2006, 13 years ago. I have no idea what I did or how. I sincerely don't recall a pip, other than the decals will adhere like limpets after a short time. I suggest that you look at photos of the machine you intend to build and compare them to the version intended in the kit boxing, taking down notes of differences, that's how I work. I do not trust plans or drawings, having been many times mislead by them, in spite of the good intentions of their makers. Sorry I can't be of more use, as said, a very old build. Cheers
  6. Beautifully going! Your care is showing and the finished model is going to look fantastic. Cheers
  7. I bet it is a bit like living in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea? Do you have sorcerers there?
  8. We will both be expelled from BM for introducing foreign languages ! (the do accept Martian, though)
  9. Hi there French Blue is a good option, the color is called "celeste" in Spanish, which is a word associated to coelus, coeli, sky. (think "celestial"). That is, the color of the day sky. I used Humbrol gloss 48, another good option. I was born in Argentina and in my life there I have seen any possible variation of "celeste" in flags, cockades, and the like, so don't over-concern too much about that. I seriously doubt that Manuel Belgrano, the local school textbook hero who "created" the flag, had a Pantone chart at hand in the XIX century Cheers
  10. The solution seems to be working well, stay on course. Huge amount of work, though, it will pay off. Cheers
  11. Ah! if fellow modelers would read the posts... (I am guilty of the same sin, by the way) Yes, I tracked this livery for many years, until I got written witness confirmation of the red on top (the photos I managed to get were pretty clear regarding that, but you know how recalcitrant certain fellow modelers can be when you present an unorthodox, not authorized/sanctified/sanctioned version of events. Until now, nobody, ever, depicted or described these snow-bound machines in their correct color, which was used only for a certain period on at least three other airframes that covered those southern gelid routes. The livery proved extremely useful, since "Ibaté", the plane I decided to model, had a panne on snow and thanks to the special scheme was located by a search plane promptly. A full account will be presented when the model is completed in the corresponding section.
  12. The red color is airbrushed: Also on the smaller parts that need it: The red color in turn will be masked and aluminium paint airbrushed underside the model, on fuselage and fin, under flaps and ailerons, and on 2/3 of the central Cowl and 1/2 the side cowls.
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