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Serge Tkach

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  1. Andrew, very, very impressive and stunning build!
  2. Serge Tkach

    1:72 AZ Model Supermarine Attacker

    Bill, very impressive build! Thanks for sharing. I have plans to make the same model, but to use Eastern Express/FROG kit.
  3. Thanks a lot, everyone! Your comments and wishes inspire me and give me strength to set about to a new project.
  4. Chris, you should also bear in mind the other engine, cowl panel, propeller and exaust.
  5. Tony, I think, it was poor engine reliability on the first modifications of Shark which ruined its career. But for it, no one knows, Shark could have become more famous than Swordfish.
  6. Adey, thanks a lot! It's so nice to get a comment from a guru and an expert in history of aviation and modellism!
  7. Thanks to all! BristolBlue, I haven't forgotten about Beaufort - on the contrary, I'm making a sample list of modifications needed. I'm going to open a thread in WIP to show how my assembly work goes.
  8. Colleagues, thank you so much for your comments and kind words! Hacker, here are some pictures, that I used:
  9. Hello, dear friends and colleagues! Let me present my yet another model Blackburn Shark Mk.II by Eastern Express. This kit is the repack of the "old school" Frog model. The kit offers wide choice of varieties – with floats, on wheeled chassis, with folded wing or in-flight configuration – and leaves you rather pleasantly impressed. For its time the model seems quite respectable and can be transformed into a perfect replica if you give it a certain effort. As far as I know, this model of Shark aircraft hasn’t got any alternatives nowadays. The main drawbacks are the following: horrible engine which you must change undoubtedly, empty cockpit (though this feature is characteristic for all models of that time) and wrong number of ribs on the wings which can be seen while imitating the sagging of canvas. I managed to deal with the first two problems but the last one was resolved only partially – I didn’t have neither energy nor desire to remake the whole wing. The model has been made out of the box and materials at hand such as plastic sheets, wire of different gauge, fishing line, cotton buds tubes, hand-made sprues. From aftermarket I used only the Вrengun sight for the tail gun. The model was totally rejointed, riveted, remade the engine, added a cockpit interior, detailed the wings and fuselage. Cross-bracings and aerials are made of fishing line, guns – of wire and a drawn cotton buds tube, navigation lights – of drawn colourful party picks. All in all, the building produced positive impression and turned out to be useful experience for me. Colouring – enamel and acrylic paints Revell, Humbrol and Tamiya, lacquers Tamiya. I tried to highlight the sagging of canvas with paints and some graphite chips, so part of ribs and primary wing structures are merely hand-drawn. Accentuation of jointing – Tamiya panel line wash, oil paints. Toning – oil and water-color pencils. So, nothing out of the ordinary. Decals from the kit turned out to be of very high quality in spite of their age. I liked working with them, they are thin, very good to attach and don’t flake while masking. The result is the torpedo bomber 820 Naval Squadron K8471/652 from HMS Courageous air group as in 1937. Pleasant viewing! Thanks for watching!
  10. Serge Tkach

    Seafire 46 1/72

    Very impressive! Great result!
  11. Thanks all for the comments! The model took the first place in the "Out of the box nomination". But the main goal was to show and prove (to myself mainly) that you get a presentable model just by neatly assembling and painting. Of course it's not the most accurate model, but it's an assembled model for sure. Yes, it's a pre-takeoff gear position, you absolutely right!
  12. Terry, sure! The process is rather simple. I draw the panel lines with the airbrush using masks: Stick a stripe of the masking tape (I use Tamiya) to one side from the panel line; Stick another stripe of the masking tape next to the first one leaving a narrow gap between them (which would be a panel line); Blow this gap with the airbrush using the appropriate shade of paint. I use Tamiya acrylic paint - it dries very quickly; Peel off the masks - panel lines are ready! The acrylic paint is very fast to dry so you can stick masking stripes to a some other place and draw a new line. So nothing complicated!
  13. Colleagues, thank you so much for your comments and kind words!
  14. Thanks all for the comments! Roger, I want to say that I had to do with the original kit panel lines. In this kit there are two types of the panel lines: engraved: raised: And in addition to these line types I added the other one - drawn - the lines simply were drawn on the model: Yes, stever219, you are absolutely right!
  15. Hello, colleagues! I'd like to present another model from the FROG/NOVO contest - the british naval fighter McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1. It is the repack of the old FROG model F262 by Industrial Group "Mir" (Minsk). As usual I built this model in "Out of the box" nomination, so no modifications to the original kit were allowed. The only modification allowed to me by the contest administration was the extension of the nose landing gear. This gives the model more "british" look. The model is of poor quality and was difficult to build. According to the rules of the contest I had to stay within the limits of the kit - rised panel lines, geometry inaccuracies and so on. So, the result is before you. It is the naval fighter XT872 005/R, Naval Air Squadron 892, Royal Navy, HMS Ark Royal, 1973. Thanks for looking!
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