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  1. Thanks for the heads up @Sturmovik
  2. If you followed my 'Re-Mojo' build of the T-28B you know it was, unsurprisingly, a bit challenging but enjoyable build - after all it was a Roden kit. You also know that life beyond the bench sucked as I lost my job. The P-400 double build is still in progress, but as it is in the painting stage, and the paint schemes are intricate and the kits were not cheap - I will have to attend to them when I have some more energy. So I cruised the part of my stash that is stored at home (a small part) for some fun build. I have a couple P-51's of different models in my stash - most of them good kits (Tamiya, Eduard, Modelsvit) and also this Italeri P-51D/K. I think this could be a good quick build. It is an NMF build, but I think can build it quickly and it will help out in restoring the fun and good spirit I get from my bench time. So here we go: Not too complicated (I hope), nice decals and an appealing subject - who can ask for more? Ran
  3. If you followed my 'Re-Mojo' build of the T-28B you know it was, unsurprisingly, a bit challenging but enjoyable build - after all it was a Roden kit. You also know that life beyond the bench sucked as I lost my job. The P-400 double build is still in progress, but as it is in the painting stage, and the paint schemes are intricate and the kits were not cheap - I will have to attend to them when I have some more energy. So I cruised the part of my stash that is stored at home (a small part) for some fun build. I have a couple P-51's of different models in my stash - most of them good kits (Tamiya, Eduard, Modelsvit) and also this Italeri P-51D/K. I think this could be a good quick build. It is an NMF build, but I think can build it quickly and it will help out in restoring the fun and good spirit I get from my bench time. So here we go: Not too complicated (I hope), nice decals and an appealing subject - who can ask for more? Ran
  4. It's hard to believe almost 6 months have passed since the last update. Part of that was the holiday season we had in April-May and part due to a very ugly period at work, at the end of which I had to leave and look for a new one. That part is still a work in progress. The kit has been sitting almost done - bar a final spray in dull kote, for about 3 months now. Today I finally got to clear the bench, touch up the compressor and shoot that final coat of matt varnish. The final touch up is not that good, but I had to get this kit off the bench and start getting back to sitting and building. The last couple of weeks have been really a bum and I hope to get some bench time and raise my spirits. The build itself provided a lot of firsts, a couple of ups and a couple of downs. I won't bother you all the details, but just summerize the main points: - I had some problems with the primer. Need to sort this one out once and for all. - Painting a whole bird white proved to be VERY challenging. Not sure if I got that one right. - Poised the tail and the front wheel a bit on the side. - Front windscreen painted a couple of times - it was hard to get the exact color right. - Struggled with the side wave black strips. Tried to use a template and ended up masking using the good old eyeball Mk. I. - Used a red marker to paint the red lines along the landing gear doors etc'. - It was hard to decide on the exact shade and make of the Red parts. References are so diverse. Settled for the Tamiya one. - This bird wants to be a tail sitter so bad. Had to put a lot of liquid weight into the front wheel-well. The wheel is feeble - I hope it will last. Some pictures - I will prepare an RFI, and post it, sometime in the future - I promise. DONE. Comments are welcomed as always Ran
  5. Great looking Mossi @mark.au I liked the Nav lights. How did you go about doing the internal farming of the canopy? Ran Edited just now by Ran
  6. Here's a quick update - this one comes really fast - just 10 days after the previous one. As I wrote above - the kit was selected as sort of a relaxation from the intense Mosquito build. Selecting a Roden kit as a relaxation from a flash infested Revell sure sound like not such a sound decision. For some time now I try to build two kits at any given time, so I can make better utilization of time, and paint - so this kits joins the 2 X P-400. When one build is done and I start a new one, I would have started to work on the cockpit of the new kit, maybe some other simple glue-and-sand items and then switch back to the other kit. In such a way I keep the overall order of builds. Well, I did start with some work on the engine but this kit, while far from an easy fit, was fun and here I am, after 10 days with the kit ready for the paint shop!. So here's, and update before I go back to the 2 x P-400 - order must be kept This kit has its quirks and fit issues - so at first I was a bit put down. I also decided to keep AMS to a minimal (can't commit to a full OOB, but I'm trying) Weird engineering that makes you break parts while removing the from the sprue: Weird fit anyone: I though the engine part needs some sanding and removing - WRONG. I stopped after checking references - should be done in the opposite order Keeping AMS to a minimum I decided to just paint the exhaust red-brown and not treat them to the full process I try to use in the last builds. I later on dry brushed with some yellow. I also drilled the exhaust pipes (can't help it) I used Alclad II burned metal, some dry-brushing with silver pencil, the engine front was painted some gray-blue that I use and later all was washed with a wash. The overall part breakdown and most of the engineering are quite good IMHO. The wire harness could be thinner though. Next came the cockpit: Paint scheme was researched a bit - and I opted for a darker shade of gray. I also added a breaker panel and some prominent red emergency pull buttons. The weird engineer hit again with both sticks breaking in the same position when being cut of the spruce. Some cursing and creativity were used following that incident. The IP's decals are a nice touch and adhere nicely Keeping with the 'AMS to min' - I used some tape, paint and silver pen for harness Detail was picked up with paint and a 10g lead weight was added as well: The emergency light at the back of the cockpit was sriller and painted: Packing all together: Some detail was also picked up on the fuselage parts: Flaps, ailerons and rudder were all glues. I opted to cut the ailerons hinges a bit longer as I find it hard to believe that in their original size they can function. The engineering here resembles the stories we tell young engineers about the difference between a nice idea / concept that looks nice on paper and solid design. The flaps on the other hand looks like they could actually work and be position in a down position in a solid way. Extra weigh was also added to this part. The instructions call for 25g - I put 30g and hope its enough and that it won't break the front wheel. The location pins on some parts are just notional - so I added some: Landing light: Closing the fuselage turned out to be more complicated that expected. I started with gluing the cockpit to one side, which is what you'd expected. Had to quickly undo that since some parts of the cockpit block the other part of the fuselage from being put in place and also the cockpit lacks any definitive locking or positioning pins. I turns out the cockpit needs to be added after the fuselage is closed. I engine needs to be flues first, followed by the fuselage, the cockpit, then the lower part and then the wings. Fit is anything from decent to hellish Lower part just put in place (no glue) when fuselage parts cured: Cockpit glued in place but needed some additional support Talk about weird engineering: But finally - its was all done, puttied (here and there) and sanded: This turned our to be a blitz of a build - at least up to this stage. Mostly enjoyable I must say - so it did serve as a MOJO replenishment and AMS was kept to a minimum. Now I have some energy to go back to the 2 X P-400. Comments are welcomed as always Ran
  7. Well @Eric Mc you are TECHNICALLY correct. But it's not a prop either and you can argue that the pilot IS air breathing Ran
  8. Looking at the latest update in this build log, it's hard to believe almost a YEAR has passed. @72modeler came to the rescue after the carpet monster ate one of the MLG wheels. Can't thank you enough @72modeler It's been a heck of a year, with many challenges at work and home, but all these are not the reason it took me a year to sit down for about 15mintues and finish the X-1. Modeling wise, its been a good year, and most of the reasons why I did not get back to the X-1 were rushing into a new build. Since the X-1 halted to wait for its replacement wheel, I added, or on the way to add, all of these to the shelves: Stuka, Rufe, VAL, A-90 Ekranoplan Orlyonok, Tigercat, Mosquito and 2 X P-400. IMHO, not bad for a novice modeler in a challenging year. Back to the X-1. The wheels were unpacked, painted and installed together with the last fielding bits. The MLG pose is not 100% good, and the kit, while not a tail sitter, is somewhat low on the rear side :). This cannot be changed at this stage and will have to do. So, thanks again @72modeler. Here are some photos as a teaser for the RFI. That's it for the X-1. Case closed. Some firsts for this build: 1. Transparent fuselage and painting 'cut away' scheme by masking. 2. Oxygen line in the cockpit 3. Instrument panel wiring in 1/72 4. Canopy rails were painted by hand with a marker. 5. Bright glossy orange paint. Comments are welcomed as always. Ran
  9. The Black Monster is done and off the bench. It was such a MOJO sucking build that I felt overwhelmed when I scanned the stash. I was looking for a build that will go faster and smoother and hopfully better matches my skills so a good outcome can be reached. I hope the Roden T-28B will fit the bill. The model looks nice, part count is good and the subject interesting. This is my first Roden, so I'm not in for a surprise. Some box and sprue images: I will be building the Marines version - I like the colors and do not fancy an all Yellow version. It's gonna be my first experience with an almost all white. Ran
  10. Well - the beast is done and just about time. I completely lost my patient and this is not a good way to finish up a build - and I have a couple of wiffle-ups to show this is true. After the work with the wheel guards I continues with adding the final annoying tiny bits. First came the wheels, break lines and mud guards: Then came the turn of the wheel well doors - with the complementary fix for two broken hinges: For the antenna mast - I prepared a neat trick: All these required of course the help of bear. One of our own home-brew: Navigation lights: I came across this annoyingly wonderful build of the very same kit by Andy Call sign "Crimea River " from Calgary dated July 2013. It's a superb build, I burrowed some of Andy's ideas but also got really pouting as it downed on my that my building skills are much much lower then Andy's and that some one can make a decent and even good build out of the same measurable plastic. If I would have come across this build report earlier I'm sure the overall results would have been much better. Following Andy's build - I used some stretched sprue for the door pull-in lines: Then it was time to do some paint touch ups and some washes: That was it - I was ready to close it up when ..... Alcohol drops that should have NOT be sprayed on the building table found their way to the wrong location. A quick deliberation - No WAY AM I going to re-spray here. Took out the brush and paint tin and did some more touch ups. The antenna wire was done using Easyline, a touch of CA and the wire loop I added to the mast. I kept breaking the smaller parts and should have thought about taking a break as my desire to finish up tonight was getting in the way of doing it right, Kit was sprayed with Klear Kote. First the underside and on the following day the upper side. This was done to avoid the need to touch and manipulate all the tiny parts on the underside of the model - antennas, doors, etc. Then came the time to remove the masks and I was too impatient to wait and do that after the Klear Cote was fully dried - this resulted in puling up some of the decals. Super stupid on my part. Certainly the 2nd decal that was pulled up the 2nd time. So - here is is -a quick look. I will add some more images later this week and hopefully do a full RFP. In the final stages this 3 feet model just became a 6 to 9 feet model - mainly due to my impatient with the build and the low level of MOJO due to the crappy engineering. Time to look back and review: This build had some firsts: - A complicated model by Revell - Scratch building boxes for the cockpit as well as many other small items - Using putty to make seat pad - Scratch building cable plugs for some of the boxes in the cockpit - Re-enforcing the MLG legs with wire. In hindsight - should have used the method Andy used. - Using TNK reatvit for oxigen line - Using STYNYLREZ primer with the RIGHT PSI dialing after proper shaking - major difference - Stretching sprue and using is as thin wires - Adding wire loop to the Antenna mast - Using Model Master Flat Black to cover large areas - this paint has a nice flat touch and look to it and beside being a bit challenging with decals was cool looking. - Using a template to create a wire element (wheel guards) - should have used a small diameter wire though - COMPLETELY loosing my patience and creating a series of wiffle up the ruined several thing on the (almost) completed model. This kit CAN be build into a beautiful model - as can be see in Andy's build log. Nevertheless - a few points if you are like me - not truly up to the challenge in term of your experience and patience: - It's an old Revell kit - expect lots of flash, soft details, weird gate location, lots of sink marks and overall funny plastic. - Engineering of some of the parts it truly bad. Some due to the Mossi structure itself and some just poor. Anyone said MLG? - Main landing gear is a PITA. - Cockpit glazing is a PITA - with these side windows that just do not match. - Engine pods are a major PITA in terms of fit. They require a lot of muscle and putty. - Fuselage lower window has some fit problems complicated by the facts its a clear part. - Bomb bay and racks have lots of parts and small fit problems translate later in the build into big challenges in fitting in the bombs. - Kit need a lot of putty in some areas - and especially with the black paint schemes you should take care to do it properly. I failed at that. - Spinners are our of shape. So - it started as a fun to build kit - I really enjoyed the time spent on detailing the cockpit and the engine. It later on developed into a build skill stretching exercise and then progressed to be a 'just get it done and off the table' experience. The final result is a decent 9 feet kit that left a good taste to do another Mossi - this time a Tamiya That's it for today. Comments are welcomed as always Ran
  11. Another twitch of AMS, as this build draws to its end. The Revell Mosquito lacks the wheels guards. Although I'm tired of this build I just could not ignore that. I came across a short bonus content that came with Airframes and Miniatures #10 - with a neat idea on how to go about creating these. So I copied the outline of the guards (from the HK instruction sheet and from a photo), scaled them up to the right size and printed them on a piece of paper. I then got some Tamiya tape on the paper and cut the tape according to the outline. The tape was then cut and put an a piece of flat Styrene - which was cuted using a scriber and sanded to shape. That piece was glued on a flat piece of Styrene - an here we have a template to curve some wire. Such a big mess for such small detail - a true AMS case. I used 0.6 wire but should have probably used a thinner one. I'm out of patients with this build - did I mentioned that already? All in all - a bit our of scale but resembles the original part. That's it for tonight Ran
  12. SWMBO is on a bike trek so I had a lot of bench time this weekend After fixing the paper masks using some blu-tac I sprayed the green, but did not take any pictures I then masked in preparation for the black paint. Must say that I was low on motivation so I'm not sure the masking is fully symmetric. I decided to use Model Master Flat Black 4768 and was positively surprised. I concluded by adding some Flat White and spraying some panels. The affect was very minimal and can not be seen in the pictures and to be honest is also very very minor on the kit is self as well. I removed the masks, sprayed some Alclad Aqua Gloss and when on decaling Starting for finalize all the small bits I found out I did not paint the bombs. A short research indicated the bombs should be Deep Bronze Green - which translated into some thing like 8 x XF5 + 5 X XF63 satin. Turns our this is the paint for British armor. So - almost there with decals - and being soaked in MicroSol as the black backdrop is a PITA for silvering. I guess I will need one more sitting to do some washes, seal and install all the rest of the bits. Comments are welcomed as always. Ran
  13. It's been a (very) long time since the last proper update. This kit completely sucked my mojo and the first to suffer is this build log. I found it hard to imagine how poor engineering can really kill all joy of building - so thank you Revell for teaching me this !@@#$#@$ Last real updated concluded with the fuselage closed and the flimsy landing gear legs being re-enforced with wire and CA. Next in line were the wings. I like the moving flaps and ailerons. The detail is a bit soft (true for most of this kit) but nice: Dry fit of the engine nuclei hints of many hours of frustration in the near future: The next mini-project was freshening up the exhausts: After some research I decided to thicken the end and paint them. I used think slices of a plasticard tube for that: (here together with the P-400 exhausts that went trough the paint shop together) I decided to detail only one engine and have only one panel open: The Model Master 4850 I'm using as interior paint just shoots poorly: Added the landing gear doors spring mechanism: I spend some time detailing the engine using some lead wire, electrical wire, some plasticard and a bit of sprue (the front oil tank) and some wash. It was fun and not too much of a hassle (compared to this Merlin for example ) Albeit numours dry fits - closing the engine pod on this engine Will prove to be a PITA: The engineering of the landing gear and the engine pod are just horrible. Can have enough foul words to describe the numerous hours spent trying to figure out and execute a build order that will put all these parts in place and in alignment. It was so annoying I genuinely though of shelving a kit - for the first time. It also sucked all joy from this build and I found myself switching to a 'just finish up this sucker' mentality as far as trying to achieve a good results. When I examined my image gallery I also found just a few images of the build from this phase - which indicates a lot of frustration. An example - just impossible fit (and you can also see the nasty long sink mark on top of the inner flap - don't worry it can also be seen on the finished model ) ( I took two long bench session, a lot of glue, CA, curses and a lot of putty - but the engine pods were finally glued and closed. The entire model was masked in preparation for primer, not before I had to arrange for a solution for the spinner axis for the engine pod I closed up (the kit provides a based for the exist only using the engine itself). I decided to deviate from the actual configuration of the airplane I'm building (a 109 sq. 1944 circa) and go without the exhaust shrouds - I just like the exhaust so much) - so these needed to be masked as well. Transparencies were masked using Micromask when needed. The kit's canopy is another example of shitty engineering - the side windows are just impossible to glue on. Primer time !! This time I used Stynylrez - but shoot it properly at 30psi. That made a huge difference: And some pre-shading: And the gray layer - Tamiya XF-82: Masking for the green camouflage was a bit complicated: Still looking for a good method of creating the mask patterns. Ready for the next paint session. Comments are welcomed as always Ran
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