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shortCummins

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  1. shortCummins

    1:48 Spitfire Mk.IX - Rolf Arne Berg

    thanks for the tip John, that sounds like good advice rgds John(shortCummins) Now that the fuselage has been nailed together its time to add the “stand” fixture*. *if you want to read a decent “how to” follow this link for Gary Wickham’s feature… https://www.scalespot.com/reference/stands/stand.htm The evergreen square tube was just a bit too small to allow the brass square to fit so I cut two sections… …and glued them back together using the brass as a template. I marked the position for the “hole” that will receive the stand. Then the scary bit drilling holes in a perfectly good model. I then used a knife to make a square(ish) hole. which I tidied up to allow the evergreen square to fit. The evergreen square was then glued in place, I’m hoping that the aircraft will be slightly pointing up and to the right. The square was cut flush and sanded to shape. Next the gaps were filled with squadron green putty. Next I’ll be preparing for paint. until next time as always, any suggestions, recommendations or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    1:48 Spitfire Mk.IX - Rolf Arne Berg

    The pilot in his seat, arms will be attached later. Port and starboard fuselage joined. Wings assembled and fitted to the fuselage. the only part of the kit that needs serious(?) filling. Engine cowling and exhausts fitted. another slight gap that’ll need some attention I’ve painted the exhaust with vallejo metal color 77.723 exhaust manifold, I wanted to try this colour, I’m fully expecting to have to paint them again as they’ll get over-sprayed with either primer or camo but I do quite like the colour. Wing tips and ailerons. I’ve left off the rudder as I’m going to paint it with the Norwegian flag and I think it’ll be easier to mask ‘off the aircraft’ There are still a couple of things to add to the cockpit, gun sight and harness, before I can add the canopy, once I’ve done that I’ll be adding the fixing for the ‘in-flight’ stand. until next time as always, any suggestions, recommendations or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  3. shortCummins

    1:48 Spitfire Mk.IX - Rolf Arne Berg

    ha ha, believe it or not this is only my 2nd figure he came out far better than I thought he would rgds John(shortCummins)
  4. shortCummins

    1:48 Spitfire Mk.IX - Rolf Arne Berg

    The pilot is a JP productions RAF pilot, I’ve not used anything of theirs before and I must say that I’ve really impressed with what I’ve seen so far. For ease of painting I left the figure on the pouring block and gave it a coat of UMP/Stynylrez black primer. Tamiya XF-15 - face Tamiya XF-55 - seatbelt harness vallejo 71.065 steel - harness buckles Alkan BS:450 - flying helmet & gloves Alkan RLM:04 - life jacket Alkan 5-N Navy blue - uniform Alkan Black-Grey - shoes & oxygen mask He was then given a coat or two of aqua gloss and then I used Tamiya panel line dark brown to simulate grime and shadows. Once I had cleaned up the panel liner I dry-brushed Rolf Arne’s uniform with Alkan FS:35164 The torso and legs were then joined, I’ll attach the arms once he’s in his seat. …and gave hime a coat of vallejo matt acrylic varnish. Next I’ll be sitting Rolf Arne in his seat and joining the fuselage and adding the wings. until next time as always, any suggestions, recommendations or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    1:48 Spitfire Mk.IX - Rolf Arne Berg

    Once the primer had fully cured, I left it overnight, I then gave everything a coat of Alkan BS:283 aircraft grey/green. Next some of the controls were picked out with Alkan black and/or vallejo 71.065 steel and the oxygen tanks were painted Hobby Color H324 light grey and attached to the fuselage side. The instrument panel was dry-brushed to bring out the dials. The seat was painted with a mix 70%-30% Tamiya XF-64 red brown, XF-7 red. Everything was given a coat or two of aqua gloss and then I used Tamiya panel line dark brown to simulate grime and shadows. Next I’ll be painting Rolf Arne. until next time as always, any suggestions, recommendations or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  6. shortCummins

    1:48 Spitfire Mk.IX - Rolf Arne Berg

    Thanks for the tip Nils, I had a copy of Bjørnar Norås' drawings so i'll follow them as you've suggested. In fairness to Montex I think they've made their mask set from Eduards "Royal Kit", here is Eduard's version... interestingly, the Montex mask is for a Hasegawa kit not the Eduard version? so maybe both Eduard and Montex were working from incorrect assumptions? for reference here's Bjørnar Norås' drawing
  7. shortCummins

    1:48 Spitfire Mk.IX - Rolf Arne Berg

    as he was Norwegian he wasn't part of the commonwealth
  8. shortCummins

    1:48 Spitfire Mk.IX - Rolf Arne Berg

    As this will be a “closed cockpit” with a pilot so very little detail will be seen, consequently I’ll not be adding extra detail to the cockpit. I made as many subassemblies as practical and then as usual I gave everything a coat of my favourite primer UMP/Stynylrez black. I’ve removed part of the top of the cockpit to allow for the closed canopy I’ve glued the cockpit door in place as the cockpit will be closed both the port and starboard fuselage sides will have other controls, oxygen tanks etc. added after the ‘base’ colour the instrument panel will be dry-brushed to bring out the detail Next I’ll be painting the cockpit colour and some detail painting. until next time as always, any suggestions, recommendations or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    1:48 Spitfire Mk.IX - Rolf Arne Berg

    Wing Commander Rolf Arne Berg. W/Cdr Rolf Arne Berg was not only the CO of No. 132 Norwegian wing, but also one of the most highly regarded officers among his peers. His career was closely tied with No. 331 Squadron, with which he served from the very beginning in July 1941. His personal tally counted 6 (according to some sources 5.5) enemy aircraft destroyed. As part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force, the No. 132 Norwegian wing participated in the Normandy Landings and moved to Caen, France in August 1944. From September onwards, the Norwegian squadrons participated in the liberation of Holland and took part in the crossing of the Rhine. Beside his commanding duties, Berg took very active part in operations; some said that he flew more sorties than anyone else in the entire 2nd TAF. As Wing Commander, Berg was entitled to carry personal markings on his aircraft. Indeed, his own initials were used instead of the regular squadron codes, but Berg went beyond the regulations. Added Norwegian national markings on the wings and rudder and matching three-colour bands at the spinner together with standard RAF fuselage roundel and lower fuselage D-Day stripes made for a very colourful aircraft. Interestingly, it is almost certain that Berg never got any official approval for replacing the RAF roundels on the wings. Berg’s PV181 was built by Vickers Armstrong at Castle Bromwich and was delivered to 33 Maintenance Unit on 5 September 1944. It was officially taken on strength by No. 66 Squadron on 5 October 1944. However, PV181 was never used operationally by that unit as was selected as Berg’s personal aircraft On Saturday, 3rd February 1945, Berg’s operational tour was completed and he was about to leave the unit, his briefcases packed. He decided to fly one more mission that day. It turned out to be his last. Hit by Flak while attacking a Luftwaffe airfield at Eelde, Berg’s Spitfire was reported to have lost a wing and then went straight down without any form of control. It crashed into a farm house without exploding. W/Cdr Berg was killed in his aircraft. (extract from spitfiresite.com)
  10. I wanted to portray a “different” Spitfire, during my research I came across a scheme flown by Wing Commander Rolf Arne Berg. I’ll be using an Eduard “weekend” kit as the base for this kit Along with the Montex mask set K48083* for the aircraft roundels and identification markings *this set is for the Hasegawa Spitfire however I’ll adjust them if necessary The spinner will have three-colour bands (aka the Norwegian flag) which will be from the Eduard Mk.IX “Royal Class” that Tony Oliver very kindly sent me. I’m going to display the aircraft “in-flight” so I needed a pilot… I’ll be using the PJ Productions resin “WWII RAF pilot seated” who immediately got christened “Rolf” Since returning to the hobby I’ve only made one pilot, for a Tamiya F-16, so it’ll be interesting to see how he turns out. For the “in-flight” stand I’ll be using an idea I found on the internet by Gary Wickham… https://www.scalespot.com/reference/stands/stand.htm Gary’s option describes mainly 1:72 aircraft however as the Spitfire is a small(ish) 1:48 kit I’m sure that his method will work. First off I’ll be starting on the cockpit. until next time as always, any suggestions, recommendations or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Eduard's Little Whale

    I think he means this...
  12. shortCummins

    BanDai X-Wing

    After a coat of aqua-gloss Tamiya black & brown panel line colours were added and the excess removed. Oil paints, black, dark brown, light brown and white were used to weather the fuselage and rear panel After the pin-wash and weathering. Next I’ll removed the canopy masks, adding R2 and the laser cannons. Ready for Inspection… https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235045154-bandai-172-x-wing/ until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  13. Here’s my version of BanDai’s 1:72 Star Wars X-Wing BanDai 1:72 kit no. 0191406 Primed with UMP/Stynylrez primer Paint Tamiya, Mr Hobby, vallejo & Alkan Weathered with Tamiya panel line & oil paints …and with some Photoshop magic… You can read my build log here… https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235044777-bandai-x-wing/ until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  14. shortCummins

    BanDai X-Wing

    Now that I’ve weathered the s-foils I can assemble the fuselage and “wings” (s-foils). One thing that caught me out, entirely my fault for not ‘pre-assembling’ the s-foils. If i had I would have noticed that they were to fit a specific way, I’d assumed, I know makes an a*s of u & me, that they’d fit either way however the fittings that allow the s-foils to move has notches for the correct fit. Naturally, I got these wrong, the markings I’d painted would now be the wrong way, i.e. top on the bottom. It was easily remedied, I trimmed one of the ‘square’ tabs to fit where the round one should go, and everything works as it should. You’ll also notice that the fittings are unpainted, they won’t be seen once fully assembled, and that shows the difference between the painted/weathered and ‘raw’ plastic, I’ve never seen that before and it made me realise how much we, as modellers, change the look of something. Should have been obvious I know but I’d basically tried to make my paint scheme close to the original plastic, but ‘more used’ and these photos show how stark the ‘before & after’ is. The fittings allow the s-foils to be moved into ‘attack’ position. The s-foils fitted to the lower half of the fuselage The top of the fuselage is a tight fit. The rear of the fuselage, before pin-wash and weathering. Next I’ll be adding the pin-wash and weathering. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  15. shortCummins

    BanDai X-Wing

    So before I assemble the s-foils and fuselage I think it’ll be easier to weather the ‘insides’ of the s-foils before joining them making it more difficult to get at. Firstly I gave everything a coat of aqua-gloss to protect the paint from the Tamiya panel line accent color black, the excess was cleaned with a cotton bud(q-tip) wetted with some odourless thinner. On the engines I used Tamiya panel line accent dark brown I wanted to give the leading edges of the s-foils a slightly more worn look so I added some sponge chipping with Tamiya XF-24 dark grey then I gave every thing a coat of matt varnish, masking the engines and exhaust to remain shiny. On the inner panels I used some oil colours to add grime Up next I’ll be assembling the s-foils and fuselage and then carrying on with the weathering. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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