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  1. Managed another small step today. The wing strut structure needs to be painted and hence glued first. It's a tricky alignment so I had to use the fuselage parts. One thing that becomes quite easy when building in small steps is letting thing properly dry before going on Ran
  2. Thanks @PlasticUtopia, losing things to the carpet monster can be very frustrating. Luckily for me, in this build its something that is hard to notice. Ran
  3. The P-400 Double build is done and the kits rest in the model cabinet. I've been thinking about the next build for a while, and picked this one as it seemed easy enough, and could serve as a re-mojo project. When I pulled it from the stash I had second thoughts, as I was not sure if I want another profipack with these darn small PE bits. Turns out this is not the case. Making sure it's not too easy - I came across a post by Doogs at DoogsModels. Doogs is one of my favorite modellers and one of the few I follow. Doogs built a Me-262 with bare-meta, factory scheme. I though the He-280 looks a bit boring and I will try to replicate the scheme Doogs built on thi He-280. Check out his post. The part count and detail level are low, but the quality is Eduard. Ran .
  4. Thank you @Corsairfoxfouruncle
  5. The pair of P-400 are done, the build report is updated and the box if off the bench. Time for a quick session on the B-29. Today it was the time of some green. I'm testing (for the first time) MRP 131 Interior Green. It turned out to be quick nice to shoot. A bit thin, so several layers were needed. I'm going very easy on myself in this build on cleaning sink marks. This kit has more than a few. The tunnel got Model Master OE 1711 Olive Darb: While I searched for some other files, I found a couple of photos I took when my Dad and I set for the first time on this kit. That's it for today. Ran
  6. Done at last ! Spent some time in the last days pushing the P-400 pair through the final stages of adding bits and pieces. Found out I clipped the wrong MLG door - the one I painted dark gray as part of the paint scheme for "the resurrection (B)" and the one I have to put on has the wrong color. AMS dilema once again - should I paint if over or just ignore it and 'who will ever notice?". Guess what happened (again)?? To my defense I can say that the fact that I had a spare decal (double build to the rescue once again) was part of the decision process. I used Tamiya XF-22 RLM Gray, the same as the underside of the left wing. After adding EZ-line antenna cable, removing the masks and gluing what's need to be glues - the pair are DONE. "The Resurrection": "PAT": They are both off to the model cabinet: I spent a long time, any many hours, with these two. Enjoyable most of the time, and a lot of fun learning about the P-39/P-400. This was my 41/42 building project, and it included a couple of 'firsts" 1. First Double Build - a first also in terms of actually buying two kits to build two models 2. First Eduard ProfiPack 3. First very detailed PE fret, including first time rolling up a pe part into a barrel. 4. A complex paint scheme - with panel painting in addition to a camo scheme 5. First time masking a camo scheme with Tamiya mask 6. Several painting mistakes that were corrected with re-painting 7. First time getting the nose weight correctly 8. First time with a BIG stencil sheet. 9. Reinforcing the fuselage sides with plasticard to support better closing of the fuselage Known 'issues' : - I lost the gun sights - Decal silvering on too many of the decals - I over sprayed some light green on parts of the wing - Some little PE parts were lost and never got it to the model itself - Antenna cable too heavy and too crudely attached. That's it for a most enjoyable build. Comments are welcomed as always. Ran
  7. @georgeusa Thanks. For the nose art I have the Kits-world KW172072, 'The Outlaw' & 'Celestial Queen' and I still did not completely rule out using the kits decals. Ran
  8. Another baby step Ran
  9. Thanks @Planebuilder62. I usually do the cockpit internals just for the photos I take before closing the fuselage. But I'll give it a though in hope AMS will not take over again. Ran
  10. Managed to grab some bench time, between the other builds. Used it for a short masking and paint prep session. Cut some 5mm Tamiya tape into 2.2 mm stips, per the instructions, and then used it to mask the tips of the propellers. 4 engine beast means 16 @#$@#$ blades. Started to think how to cut masks for the wheels - when I remembered I have an Eduard mask for this build just in time. Preping for Black and Zinc Chromate: Big kit, small steps. That's it for today. Ran
  11. ..... " I'm currently debating if to take out the airbrush and fix it or just leave it alone. My mind says - just leave it alone, my AMS nervous system - well you can guess. We will have to see. " .... Well, can you guess how did that turn out ?? Clue #1 - Clue #2 - note the tails. Clue #3 - Final clue: AMS got the better of me Ran
  12. Well, When the stencils are done.... you'll find a couple you missed I applied those and then went on to put the 'real' decals. These also went down fine. A quick look on the state of the build now, before it gets to the final stretch of bits and pieces. Not all went well: 1. This: was fixed since the spare box (the other kit's decal sheet in this case) had the perfect replacement. One advantage of a double kit. 2. I found out I painted the blue strip (horizontal stabilizer) of the WRONG kit. It should have gone on the kits planned for paint scheme E and was instead painted on the one getting paint scheme B. I'm currently debating if to take out the airbrush and fix it or just leave it alone. My mind says - just leave it alone, my AMS nervous system - well you can guess. We will have to see. That's it for today. Ran
  13. Time for decals. I decided to start with the stencils. This is the first kit I build with so many stencils - feels like an F-4 Doing two kits is more then double the effort - as these are the SAME freaking stencils all over again. The 2nd kit did went down faster as I developed a method. The decals are GOOD. The only need 5-10 sec in the water and in most cases went down really well. I used this to hold the kit: And also found the PDF version of the instructions very usefull as I could search for the stencil number: I did found the stencil numbers to be annoying as they disintegrated and soiled the decals themselves. I ended up cutting them off before putting each stencil in the water. So, after three sittings this is DONE. Moving on to the nice decals. Ran
  14. Well, the two P-400 are out of the paint booth. Spent some time finishing up the panel line washes. It is time to go back to the build itself and finish up the final details. I decided to prep all the parts that attach to the fuselage before hand so I can decal without things protruding (and breaking off). First order of business, per the instructions, were the PE details of the doors. Pesky PE @#$@#$@. I would like to meet the guy who designed some of these sub-micron parts. Specificaly all these knobs that come as a two-fold part since they are painted. Better to cut in half and hand paint the other side. Then the canon mufflers - a first time for me. Skipped the annealing (shouldn't have) and used a 0.9mm needle as a tool. Then the rest of the items on the FLG: All went well up to the last MLG's. The carpet monster ate the cissors. I promised no AMS but had to scratch it this time. Done for now. I'm trekking this week so decaling will commence sometime next week. Ran
  15. I had a couple of minutes today and pushed on. Started with painting the blue band and spinner. The instructions called for light blue but the paint scheme pictures looked more vibrant. I settled for Tamiya X-14 Sky Blue: Then it was time to start panel highlighting. I used ProModeller Dark Dirt and Flory Light. The Eduard surface detail is so good that minimal wash is needed, and with a pointed brush it was just fun seeing the capilar effect actually working. I covered the bottom side tonight. That's it for today. Ran
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