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Kitchen Modeller

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  1. @SaminCam @Gazontipede Thanks guys - as far as completing the kit - this was the Last job before primer so the build was just about there - I have a pretty good idea of where I went wrong with the cockpit construction - which was my downfall on this build -so I’m actually quite eager to do a better job on the next one - it is a nice kit which is why I want another go at it - as I know it will result in a lovely model. This one will probably become a paint mule - something I can use to test techniques with - I really want to improve my chipping technique so this will be v useful for that. The other main factor in my decision to stop was my ever higher standards - Me, the modeler from a year ago probably would have accepted the flaw and soldiered on - but I’ve built enough models now to know that certain flaws will always bug me. And that will spoil my enjoyment of the model evermore. And at the end of the day, I’m building these things for my own enjoyment- and if I can’t enjoy looking at them, then what’s the point spending time on it - I spent about 20 hours attempting to fix it before deciding that it was never going to work - so I feel i gave it my best shot. As I stated earlier, I’ve been looking forward to doing this one for a long time - so I really want to do it justice- I fell short this time but as long as I’ve learned something it was not a wasted effort. Ive ordered the kit from Hannants so it will be here in 2-3 weeks - I’m planning to start it as soon as it gets here. It’s not the end gentlemen- not even the beginning of the end!!!
  2. Hi folks As you may pick up from the image above, I've got some bad news... I've decided to shelf of doom this project... After making decent progress with this kit, I made some critical errors which despite my best efforts, I'm unable to repair... The issue: Turns out this gap in front of the cockpit came back to haunt me - basically it opened up again - probably forced open by the ill fitting cockpit - no big deal I thought - lots of things I can do to fix it... I filled it with CA glue, sanded it back - then applied some putty - this seemed to fix the problem: The above pic is after a paint test and then the area was re-scribed and polished up. However, the problem came when I went to install the canopy - as you can see, because of all of my sanding, I had completely flattened out the whole area - this area has a definite curve - and as a result the canopy didn't fit properly - correction, it fit fine but didn't look at all right - So I attempted to reinstate the curve by applying more putty and sanding it into shape - I was unable to do this - I just couldn't get the shape right - I then tried using milliput: And tried to sand this into the correct shape: This worked better but still along way from perfect... to try and get the shape 100% correct is just very difficult - If I got it even 80% there, I'd be happy but this is at best 40%. I would have been prepared to over look some issues, maybe somewhere else of the airframe, - but to me, this area is a focal point for the model - and a problem of this magnitude is enough to ruin it for me. I'm very upset about this - this will be the first time I've abandoned a kit since I returned to the hobby - but to fix this issue is just beyond my capabilities at the moment. It's not a problem with the kit - this was entirely my own fault - I'll never go hard on sanding in this area again so at least I learned something. However, I refuse to let this be the end. I've ordered another kit so although this is the end of this kit, it's not the end of this thread! I still want my Johnny Red Hurricane, so I'll just start this again when the new kit arrives. It might be a few weeks but I'll get this bugger done I know where the pit falls of this kit are so having another crack will mean I can avoid them next time round. We'll pick this up again in 2-3 weeks - In the meantime, I've started a another hurricane - the Airfix 1/48 trop so look out for a WIP on that soon Cheers John
  3. Yeah, the tail section is actually quite nice and the join where it attaches to the end of the tail is a really nice fit - but the vertical fin attachment is very tight - so tight that I couldn't get it 100% into the join so I little filler was required. Yes, the trim surface is a single piece and it's actually nice that you get to place it in a down position - no little to complain about here As nice as this kit is, it is definitely testing my "basic modeling skills' - I wouldn't recommend it to a novice - it's probably at a similar level in terms of details and engineering to an eduard kit but maybe not quite as nice to put together - some of it is very good, other parts not so much - but biggest issue IMHO is the vagueness in certain parts of the instructions - Eduard has very good instructions for the most part in comparison. So in all, it definitely warrants the "expert" label on the box.
  4. Nice work on the office - these eduard 1/72 kits are very nice. There some really nice schemes with this kit - my favorite is the Hermann Graf one from the box art - but that rose petal nose art might be tricky with the decals...
  5. I loved that story Ruskin - "The Flying Gun" - it's available to buy as a graphic novel these days... I'd recommend their metalics for sure - I'm not 100% but I think they are lacquers or lacquer based acrylics so I'm not sure how well they would go for brush painting large areas. I use the silver 8 for brush painting highlights and as a base for hairspray chipping - it's v nice stuff. Agreed - I love that Ennis and Burns went into that level of detail - of course Ennis has done alot of WW2 comics - many of them aviation based - so I'd recommend any of his "War Stories" graphic novels - re. the machine guns - since this story is set around the start of the conflict in Russia, I'd imagine that particular upgrade wasn't yet available to the Soviets - though I do remember they fitted those big cannons at some point? Construction is continuing and is coming along - I'd like to say seamlessly but that's wishful thinking Finally managed to get the fuselage closed up - I had to compromise and seal it with some visible gaps in front and behind the cockpit - these were filled with CA glue which also will hopefully hold everything in place as well as filling and reinforcing the joins. Even after some pretty heavy adjustments to the cockpit I couldn't get to fit perfectly - I didn't want to knock the shape out of the back wall any further for fear of causing more difficult to remedy gaps. But once everything dried, it looks okay. So I went ahead and put the airframe together - after gluing, I used my very expensive clamp to hold it in place overnight. So the wings went on without too much trouble - however there were some small gaps and some some steps on the wing join. I filled these with Tamiya White Putty and left it to cure over night - I find this stuff to be very good as long as you leave it to dry for a few hours. After sanding the putty back: Not perfect but we'll see how it looks with some primer on it. Some other areas were sanded down to remove visible seams such as the areas in front of the canopy and behind the cockpit. I attached the tail section - here the fit was good but once again, very very tight - and I was left with a small gap which was filled with Perfect plastic putty. This seemed to work well here - the kit gives you the option of having the trim in the down position, which I did, just to add a little interest - and with this aircraft going to be in a parked position, this made sense. So after the filling and sanding I'm left with something resembling a Hurricane... Still more to do on this front but this is where I'm at - I'll install the radiator and oil cooler intakes next - then mask the canopy which will hopefully put me on the train to primer. Here's more cover art goodness - this time from Ian Kennedy: Till next time chums John
  6. Nice work Roger - what metal paint are you using?
  7. Love it - very nice work - I’ve got this kit and will hopefully be doing it later this year... how did you find the kit?
  8. Nice! I have the same kit so let me know when you have the wip going
  9. Awesome! Thanks Mike - though all you've done is add another build I wanna do lol I scratched it back to the silver underneath Sam - I used a lacquer for the silver so it's pretty hard wearing and the green is acrylic, so wetting it and then gently scratching it seems safe enough - if you do scratch away to the plastic, you can just touch it up afterwards. FW190? What kit?
  10. That build order looks pretty sweet to me Richard - all I would say is hold off from buying any new kits as the package I'm sending you will probably dictate that a little:) And certainly the decal sheet will allow you to build up quite a squadron Tamiya Lacquer silver is fine but I think I prefer the Mr Color Silver 8 truth be told - it's more hard wearing and has a slightly better sheen and colour tone - however the tamiya is still a good paint which I'd recommend if it's readily available. Re the ordnance - It's going to be Johnny's dog fighting fit out so no bombs etc on this one - I'll probably do his typhoon at some point, so that will bear the brunt of ground attack duties Blood red mossie? I remember the one where he painted his hurricane red but don't remember the mossie - the strip ran for 7 years so I doubt I've read it all of course! So much Johnny goodness out there! I have a little progress to show - and have hit a few problems - namely trying to close the fuselage - more on that below. I weathering up the seat and added the seat belts - this was painted with Tamiya Cockpit green, then highlighted by adding some white to the mix - Some of the paint was scratched off with toothpick to create chipping effects - I painted the seat belts with Vallejo model colours with a mix of sand brown and ivory white. The buckles were painted with Mithril silver from Citadel. These were painted while still on the PE fret - then removed and installed with some CA glue. Then the whole thing then got a wash of Tamiya Panal line wash - dark brown - and used a cotton bud to mop up the excess while it was still wet. The cockpit sides got similar treatment - I painted the details with Vallejo German grey - then highlighted with a lighter colour, I attached the lower cockpit piece to the wing section - this just got a wash, again with tamiya panel line wash - I painted the control column handle with german grey. At this point it was time to close up the fuselage - I don't have any photos of this as it turned into a bit of a mission - one of the major flaws with this kit are the instructions - I found them to be very vague and at this stage in the build, this was a problem. It's not at all clear how the seat section fits into the fuselage - even if they showed you how it's supposed to look after installation, it would really help - so there's alot of guesswork involved. Also the fit is very very tight so I had to do a lot of adjustments - I did finally get it to close but there are gaps - not huge ones but far from perfect. I'll have some photos in the next update. If I was doing this again... I wouldn't bother with the PE on the cockpit walls - they will hardly be seen and I suspect they put out the fit of the seat section. I would also install the rear section (where the seat goes) on one of the cockpit sides before painting - as having the coat of paint on there further puts things out. Hindsight is a wonderful thing So that's it for now - I'm hoping the rest of the build won't be quite as painful as this - but I'm looking at that air intake very suspiciously :) I'll leave you with some more beautiful Johnny art from the extremely talented Keith Burns:
  11. Nice work Roger - I like the clean but subtle weathering you achieved here. Well done
  12. Beautiful work Sam - you turned an ugly ducking into a swan Finishing work was first rate.
  13. Thanks Col - hope you enjoy Thanks Timski - my only references will be purely fictional so that does take some restraints away! I was a commando fan too Ruskin - nothing like pure boys adventure stories Sorry to hear that Richard - on the other hand I’m very happy that this build perked things up for you a bit- I’m going to try and get that stuff in the post to you v soon - I want to include a couple of more goodies hence the delay... hopefully it will inspire you get a falcon build going yourself !!!
  14. Thanks @billn53 and @Pete in Lincs for following along Here is some progress so far... My last couple of builds were in 1/48 so it was a bit of a shocker coming back to the smaller scale - everything is so much... smaller!!! - however 1/72 does have its charms - especially when it’s as nice a kit is this... Construction starts with the wheel bay where you need to glue the bay walls together- first bit to glue doesn’t actually fit. So you need to shave off the location pins before gluing - not the best start. But after that, it goes together pretty well. Some pe is included in the kit, including the nicely detailed interior section which was glued in with superglue. The kit instructions would have you glue in the wheel struts at this point - I deferred on this as I know this will cause me problems later - so these will get installed near the end of the build. A quick dry fit of the wing sections: A very nice fit - they fit snugly in place with very little gapage. This makes me happy. Some more pe added to the cockpit this time - I elected to use the pe document holder which was tricky to fold Into shape but managed to get it into place. You need to shave off more plastic if you want to use these pieces - but nothing that can’t be handled with a hobby knife. These then got some paint - I used a base coat of Tamiya semi gloss black followed by the Tamiya lacquer paint - silver. First time using this paint, and I quite like it. I was planning on using mr color silver 8 for this job but have managed to misplace the pot - but this colour worked just as well I think. The other parts for the cockpit were cut from the sprue, cleaned up and were given the same treatment. The instrument panel uses the pe again - I needed to shave off the existing plastic details... the resulting flat surface was painted with semigloss black - then the gauges decal was applied - this was nervously put in place as I wasn’t sure if it was bang on without any references (having scraped them off) however, once I was able to put the pe on top, it all lined up nicely. There’s another decal that’s supposed to go on top of this - that has some labeling and the switches detail - however I think I’ll hand paint these in. I think it already looks pretty good without the risk of plastering another decal on top. The wheel bay and other sections got the same paint treatment too... Do that’s where I’m up to so far... a few more nights to get the cockpit sorted out. There is quite a lot of detail included with all of the pe - so it’s going to be fun dealing with that. Especially since arguably most of it won’t be seen. But still fun to do. I’ll hopefully have some more progress soon- in the meantime, please enjoy this beautiful painting from one of the comic book covers of the Johnny Red reboot... I really like the chipping and weathering visible on the aircraft here - something that I’ll try to reproduce on the model. See you soon chums!
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