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Kitchen Modeller

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  1. I not usually a fan of these - 109's in RAF colours etc and vice versa - they always just look wrong even if they are based on historical fact. This however looks excellent. Weathering is done very nicely and beautiful paint work. I'm very happy you decided to finish this one off
  2. Beautiful work so far Andrés - that cockpit looks superb. Very nice work on the figure too - hard to believe you did that with such a small figure. The engines are coming along nicely - it's hard to judge without knowing how much of them will be visible. But certainly the interiors look really good... Looking forward to seeing how this progresses
  3. Lovely stuff Roger - you did a great job on this - love the paint and weathering. Just caught the end of the wip so will go back over that for help doing this kit. Well done
  4. Nice work Roger - that scheme is pretty hard to pull off but yours came out very nicely - nice variation thoughout - looks mean as hell
  5. Nice work - I really like the details you added and the paint came out very nicely. I have the D-13 in the stash and am a little apprehensive about starting it - reading about the problems other have had building these - so it's nice to see that it is possible to get everything to fit!
  6. Thanks Parabat - you're correct of course. I actually tried to recreate the effect that you see there - where the paint becomes slightly discolored over the putty but it's quite subtle and not really visible in the photos. As I said, I was knit picking re. rivet detail - the kit details are crisp and very nice in every sense. Tamiya really upped their game on this one Thanks for all the kind comments guys
  7. Thanks guys It really is - I was surprised as it's quite old at this stage (released 2002) and I thought it was better than their Spitfire from last year - The fit is bang on everywhere and I had zero issues which is strange as I nearly always have issues :)
  8. Hi All - finally got round to finishing this up - this has probably been my longest build yet, done during the lockdown here in NZ. It's a lovely kit and really enjoyed putting it together. It's very well engineered - even for Tamiya and surpassed every kit I've done since returning to the hobby. Can't recommend it enough - if I had to knit pick, some rivet detail on the upperside would have been nice. And I'd recommend some aftermarket decals if tamiya decals have given you trouble in the past. I added an Aires resin engine which was excellent and provides a huge amount of detail - it wasn't too hard integrating it with the model though it took a fair bit of work. It was my first stab at a resin engine so it was a good one to start off with. I also had a PE set from Eduard, however I left most of this on the fret - just using some wiring and the seat belts. The cockpit is quite detailed already, as is the wheel and gun bays. You can choose to display the latter open or closed - I didn't glue the covers in so I can switch them over which is nice. Painted with Mr Color, Tamiya Acrylics and Alclad - weathering with AK and Tamiya enamel washes and further weathering with oil paints. Thanks for looking - The WIP is here if you're interested: Hope you're doing well and staying safe where ever you are John
  9. Hey all - well I finally made it over the line with this one. As I've whinged about before, I've found my time during this lockdown to be extremely limited with a very busy work day and looking after kids - but over the last week, I was able to get the finishing touches sorted out. All the bits went in without too much effort - the wheel structs were mostly done so just added a brake line to the front strut - which turned into a bit of mission - trying to attach a copper wire to a finished bit of plastic was harder than I thought it was going to be, It was such an effort I didn't bother doing the same to the back wheels where they would be hardly visible. The wheels and structs and covers all went together and installed very nicely - another example of great Tamiya engineering. So no issues getting them aligned correctly. The wing tip light were also quite tricky - the transparent lights are very very small so trimming the plastic stubs off them was near impossible - so they went in even if not 100% perfect. They look fine to the naked eye. They also come with the bulb for the light drilled in - so you just need to poke them with some transparent red and green and you get a nice representation. I was able to put the gun bay covers in without gluing them so I have the option to display them up or closed which is nice. Finally the radio antennae was added with Mig rigging line - again this ended up being quite time consuming - I think because the CA glue I was using was old and just lacked the bite the job needed. Managed to get there in the end after inventing some new swear words. So there you have it: The bullet proof plate had a ejection pin mark in the back that needed to be filled - also there was no reference in the instructions to this piece at all but managed to figure out how it fit into the canopy. All in all, I'm quite happy with how she turned out. I kinda had second thoughts on the scheme - thinking an different scheme might have been nicer but I like this one too - still this just gives me an excuse to do another I can't praise the kit enough - it must be one of the nicest I've worked on - even for a tamiya kit - I didn't use the decals and I've heard they are hard to work with but apart from that, it's a real winner. Sorry for the lack of decent photos - I'll get some nicer shots done soon and get them into the RFI section shortly after that. Thanks as always for following along - hope you enjoyed it. All the best - John
  10. Greetings all - on the downhill stretch now. Getting close to the end. But still plenty of opportunities to muck things up which is why I’m trying to take my time. My time is pretty limited so trying to make the time I do have productive. It’s a slow pace to the finish line. But getting there so have some pictures to show. While waiting for the oil paint weathering to dry, I tackled the various bits for the undercarriage. The struts were painted with mr color rlm2 . Then given some highlights with a lighter shade -by adding some white and this was brush painted on to the raised detail. Then some washes were applied with AK enamels. The hydraulics were filled with the molitow liquid chrome pen. The insides of the wheel bay covers were painted the same colour as the wheel bays - mr color silver 8 - with the outsides painted with alclad aircraft aluminum. I’ll dirty these up with some oils later on. After a few days the oil paint on the topside seemed to have cured so put down a flat clear coat using Tamiya xf 86. I removed the gun bay cover - this acted as a good mask and everything looked good. Before going to work on the underside weathering I applied a Flat clear coat to the RLM 65 sections - leaving the semi gloss finish in the aluminum parts. I used mig oil brusher starship grime mixed with oil brusher buff which was thinned and then applied in certain places. I then blended in the hard edges and streaked some parts to create staining. So this was more like a render as opposed to the technique I used on the top side. By getting the blending brush just a touch moist with odorless thinner, I could blend the oil paint without wiping it off completely. I still have a ways to go using this technique but it’s an improvement on my previous efforts. With all of the clear coats on I was able to remove the canopy masking. The masking held up okay - there was some dust in places but I was able to wipe it off easily enough with cotton bud. I also installed the little aerial hoop on the back of the fuselage. I had a pe part for this but this flew into the deep blue yonder as I was about to attach it. I then broke the kit part removing it from the sprue. So I just used a bit of copper wire to replace it. The resin engine was attached with a gel type super glue. It’s nice to get a good idea of how the final model will look - just a few more bits to add and I’ll be just about there. I’ll hopefully get everything wrapped up in the next few days. Thanks for looking in...! Cheers John
  11. Very nicely done - love the weathering and v impressive in this scale
  12. V nice of you to say Pete - It is nice to see cool things on the interweb while having that first cup of coffee Thanks Johnny - I haven't cleaned them yet - that issue never occurred to me. I tend to use very thin paint when using them so the paint build up is quite minimum - but a few wipes with a cloth with thinner would take care of it I'd imagine. Thanks Aerofix!
  13. I'd second that - this is my first time using a resin engine and I think it was a good one to use first time out - the assembly was quite easy - just the wing section was tricky but nothing sanding and filler wouldn't fix. You're welcome - one word of advice is to spray gently though the stencil - as its PE, the paint can drip down onto your subject if you flood the stencil with paint (ask me how I know) You can get card stencils that don't have the same problem. So I've been progressing slowly - my job work has been very busy over this period and everything takes longer to do when working from home - by the time I can get to the bench I'm pretty knackered - but if I can get an hour in here and there and make some progress - this keeps me happy. After putting on a coat of Aquagloss, I could start putting on some stickers - I'm using the decal set from EagleCals - and they're pretty comprehensive - there was quite a few decals to put on - last few models have been pretty minimal so this took me a few nights. The decals themselves are quite nice - thin but strong and they all went on without too much fuss. The only tricky bit was the walkway lines - they come as one big strip so you need to measure them up before cutting them to size - this was a pain but probably easier than trying to put them on as one big snake like decal. So no decal hassles - nicely avoided by not using tamiya decals Once they were all on, the model got another clear coat of Aquagloss - I then sanded around the decals with high grit sanding sponges to level out any hard edges or bumps which would show up under the washes. Once this was dry I could put on the first wash - I went with Tamiya Panel line wash dark brown as I really just wanted highlight some of the panel lines so did a pin wash... This was allowed to dry and wiped clean with cotton buds moistened with Tamiya Enamel thinner - The problem I have with these kinds of washes is that it's quite difficult to get the wash to stay in the places you want it - its too easy to wipe the wash out of the panel lines - especially when they're quite shallow like on this model. So I reverted to the tried and tested method of an oil wash - so a little oil paint, and some oderless thinner and splash that on to the model - dry it with a hair dryer - then wipe it off with a dry paper towel. The underside after applying the wash: And after wiping it clean: This method is pretty foolproof and always seems to work a treat. I left this to dry off for a couple of nights - a clear coat was then applied - this time tamiya semi gloss lacquer - this was done in prep for some oil paint weathering. When I got to do this I ended up using some darker tones than I usually would as the model was quite light in tone - so I wanted to bring in some darker variations. Lighter tones were used as well - bringing in more colors and trying the vary the colours on the fuselage and wings - as well as dirty things up more. Black smoke, Industrial brown, yellow sand, olive drab and pale grey from the Abteilung oil paint range was used. The process for this is putting pure oil paint in very small areas and then blending the color in with a dry blending brush - it takes time to build up the paint - but it's a very relaxing process - and it's one of my favorite parts of the hobby. I'll leave this to dry for a few days - then put a matt coat on it - some more oils might go over this as you can get some very different effects going on a matt surface - but I'll judge it when the time comes. But happy with it so far so might not doing anything further. I'll give the underside the same treatment when this is sorted. So that's it for now - have a great weekend and thanks for dropping by:) John
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