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About shortCummins

  • Birthday 11/01/1958

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    mainly WWII aircraft

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  1. good idea protecting the tail antenna, I've already managed to break off one of the machine guns on mine, I knew I would, at mines a 1:48, at 1:72 my fat fingers would be breaking stuff off left, right and centre! rgds John(shortCummins)
  2. thanks Roberto I hope that showing my mistakes will give others some idea of how to achieve better results, or at least what not to waste your time on rgds John(shortCummins)
  3. that Archer seam looks promising rgds John(shirtCummins)
  4. So following my first experiment on concave and convex skin distortions I cleaned the “mule” wing and tried again. However this time I made the panels nearer the size of the airframe panels and I painted them in the way I intend to paint the “real” thing. 1) scrape concave panels 2) sand 3) stynylrez black primer 4) mask for concave panels 5) spray extra primer (at least two coats) 6) sand bevels 7) top coat This is the result. That’s more like what I was after, this test the concave areas are a little too deep and I’ll need to spend more time “blending” the convex panels but I’m getting there. Following @Thom216’s tip about bleed-through I removed the sharpie line. I then scraped and sanded the convex panels and gave them a black Stynylrez primer coat. Next I’ll be masking for the convex panels. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  5. she's looking very nice, thanks for the "size references" she is going to be big isn't she, will she fir in a display cabinet? rgds John(shortCummins)
  6. excellent result there Cookie and at 1:72 consider my hat well and truly doffed. rgds John(shortCummins)
  7. Earlier this year?, might have been last year I built Das Werk’s excellent 1:32 Ju-EF-126, I can’t recommend this kit highly enough. Anyhow Das Werk moulded in “oil canning” effects to the airframe which I’d not seen before and I really liked the look. A little later I found Jamie's Hellcat build… …where he detailed how to make a stressed skin effect, I’m unashamedly going to attempt Jamie’s method for the “bulges” along the upper wing and forward of the cockpit. I’m going to try a different method for the fuselage rear of the cockpit in as much as I want the “skin” to be concave rather than convex. To achieve this I’m going to use a No15 scalpel blade to scrape away the smooth skin to give a slightly concave appearance. Before attacking my model I had a practice on a spare Thunderbolt wing. Here’s a couple of concave panels, before and after primer. I masked some panels for Jamie’s effect. I then brush painted* a couple of coats of Mr Surfacer 1000, removed the masks and then lightly sanded to get this effect. *I’ll spray the “real” airframe. Mask removed and gently sanded… … before both effects sprayed with aluminium (nearest paint to hand) So I’ve learned a couple of things from this exercise. These "test" panels are far larger than anything on the aircraft, I really should have tried to make them more or less the same as the "final" panels. The panels need more than a light sanding to achieve the bevelled effect and the concave areas need smoothing more otherwise they don’t look quite right. It’s going to take a long time to mask the panels. Aluminium probably isn’t the best colour to use as a test? Next I’ll be refining these effects before applying them to the model. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  8. that PE is very fiddly isn't it, looking good rgds John(shortCummins)
  9. Update16 by John Cummins, on Flickr Build LOG - 16 rivets Like @Cookenbacher, I was first inspired by @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies to attempt to add some stressed skin, which I will try shortly, however before setting about the stressed skin I wanted to add some extra rivets. To achieve this I visited my favourite “blueprints” website airwar.ru/other/draw to see if I could find out the placement of the rivets, and I was lucky enough to find this… …that I could use as a reference. I loaded the image into photoshop and resized it to match the fuselage to 124% and copied the start and end points onto some masking tape and then transferred these onto the airframe. …and extended where necessary Normally I wouldn’t pre-mark the rivet lines however as I want to add an “oil-can” effect later it makes sense to use them as guides at this point. Then I used my “Rosie the Riveter” tool to add the rivets. I used the sharpie lines as a rough guide only and free-handed the rivet lines (too lazy to use guide tape) however I did use some Dymo type tape as masking where rivets ran up to non-riveted panels. Difficult to photograph and something that takes a while however I think it makes a difference even if only subtly. Next I’ll be looking at the oilcan/stressed skin effects. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  10. excellent detailing on the rear wheel well rgds John(shortCummins)
  11. I really like the look of your wings, nicely faded rgds John(shortCummins)
  12. what problem are you having Cookie, not being able to take the paint off easily or it comes off too easily? if its not coming off then Corsairfoxfouruncle's suggestion will help if its coming off too easily then try using less water and only work on an area for a very short period I hope this helps a little? rgds John(shortCummins)
  13. very nice Patrice it looks as if you've got the exhaust stain spot on, something I struggle with rgds John(shortCummins)
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