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  1. reini


    There is a learning curve - but once you learn it, it's real hard to go back And for all the problems you might (will) have - solution to those in 90% of the cases is to clean the airbrush I know I'm too lazy to do that sometimes but keeping it clean is essential. As for the rest 10% of the problems - wrong paint thickness and/or air pressure. I hope you can do atleast some modelling despite your move!
  2. reini


    Holes for the lights needed to be drilled out for some reason. Then the clear parts were installed and I painted them with clear paint on the other side, creating these nice coloured lights. Then onto the cockpit. I picked out the panels and some other details with black. Then some drybrushing, with couple different greys, concentrating on the edges and details. Then picked out the details with a fine brush - like all the buttons and such. Some minor chipping also applied with dark grey and little bit shading on the recesses with Tamiya Panel liner. And this is how it looks now. It's done - but of course it's missing all the most detailed stuff like the ejection seat and instrument panel. There are also some PE parts for the canopy railing and such but I think I will add all those at a later stage. Summer GB wouldn't be the same without some BBQ, right @Marlin ? I made some south korean style bulgogi beef. Served with rice & kimchi and wrapped in pak choi.
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    Noo! You gotta have a Zipper for the Century Fighters GB! I made a start. Not much but I can say it's started. Cockpit has it's base colour. I'm still deciding whether I will actually use some of the PE parts, I think the plastic cockpit has some great details that should really pop out after some paint. I will probably use the PE instrument panel but probably not the side consoles. Fuselage also got some bits painted and glued on. Cockpit side walls has some colour, wheel well and engine are attached and primed/painted.
  4. NMF and SEA - best 'schemes' there are, both are fine And let's not forget air defense gray
  5. reini


    Certainly, that is one of the options. Pretty cool looking at that
  6. EDUARD Eikó 1/48 - F-104J Starfighter F-104J was a version of the F-104G specifically built for interceptor role for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. F-104J was armed with cannon and up to four sidewinders but lacked any strike capability. A total of 210 were built, most of them under license by Mitsubishi. A dual-control trainer version F-104Dj was also produced. The kit is Eduard 1/48 special edition box set which comes with some extra goodies. Also multiple paint schemes to choose from. Plastic parts are from Hasegawa - which should be a good kit apart from some excessive riveting. Not sure whether I will let that bother me. Hasegawa kit is fair bit older than the rather new Kinetic Starfighter but we will see how it holds up against it. I have built the Kinetic kit before but not Hasegawa. Some of the extra stuff that comes with the kit. Paint masks, resin ejection seat, PE cherry blossom and PE parts for the cockpit. Ejection seat is rather nice - even more so after some paint and PE harnesses. Some aftermarket stuff I got. Not sure whether the 'remove before flight' tags are correct for the Japanese machine but if not I will just leave them out. I also have some extra PE parts and resin pitot tube to spice things up. The kit not only comes with brilliant full color instruction booklet but with a reference book also. While I could do any of the paintjobs that come with the kit, these two catch my eye the most. High quality photos in the reference book. Pretty handy! This truly is pretty inspiring kit and I can't wait to do one of those Air Combat Meet -paintjobs on a Starfighter
  7. @Marlin Thanks for the warning! Looking real tasty and F-16 is looking good too
  8. @vppelt68 We will attend the show - but as spectators. But we are planning to keep the store open during that weekend too, we will sort out the details later. So, welcome
  9. @vppelt68 I like your new avatar, nice to see someone support Satakunta ICM's Do-17 looks pretty sweet - we will see if I'm able to resist temptation...
  10. I know - but they were out of stock the last time we ordered But good to know it's a good kit
  11. Good thing about this GB is that there are only good options to choose from But maybe F-104 is slightly better choice than the rest What kit have you planned to do? ------------------------------- The last batch of AM stuff arrived for this GB. Well, I say last but I'm most likely lying - I'm still missing atleast a pitot tube for the F-101B. They should make a law that model kits would be required to include Master pitot tube in the boxes as standard I'm so excited that I might build couple Century fighters even before this GB starts
  12. That came out looking great What kind of stand do you have planned for it?
  13. It seems impossible to catch the real colours on photo - these still show the greens brighter than they are. Oh well, we will see once I take the final photos how they turn up and if I can get a decent photo out of it. But for now, I lightly sanded the surface and added some paint patches on some of the more used areas that might have been repainted. Looks a bit messy still but makes more sense after additional weathering and panel line washes. We are ready for decals! And quite big decals they are First ones I did in the tail I cut out the film in the middle, just leaving the black lines but they were near impossible to align neatly and not to break into million pieces. Much nicer to put down with the big carrier film but quite easy to trap air bubbles under it. Decals themselves work ok, I don't have bad thing to say about them but next time I will paint line decals such as this, no question about it. I'm also working on yet another KUTA build which will probably finish before the C-130 - the Italeri 1/72 Carrier Deck Section. I've done the main paintjob and decals, once dried there will be plenty of weathering to be done.
  14. Dark green is done, ready to take out the masking tape.... I bet you wanna see the tape coming off? - - Well, here it is: Looks pretty nice, eh? - - - Just kidding, here it is It looks VERY vivid under the desktop light I mind you. I mean it's a bit on the bright side but it's not THAT vivid. I'll try to take a pic under natural light tomorrow to see if I can get bit more realistic photo out of it. But the colours aside, the masking job was succesful I only need to do couple little touch ups. Now I will let it dry for a day or two and mask couple smaller metallic areas to finish the paintjob.
  15. It's a big hunk of junk! I rarely buy ready made canopy masks but I made an exception this time. Due to the shape of the windows it would have been quite easy to cut them out - but there's quite many windows so I guess I just wanted an easy way out... Gray basecolour done and I've post-shaded it with darker grey and patches of light grey here and there. I added another opaque layer of the base colour after this to bring it all together. Grey done and masked over. A lot of work I wouldn't have needed to done as the amount of grey on the upper side is quite little but I guess I got little carried away... And I guess with light enough layers the shading will add some slight variation to the greens too. I know! It looks extra bright! But it's bit out of context as the amount of the lighter green is not that much in the final product plus my camera settings were bit wonky. I changed the colour as @JeroenS suggested, but in reality it really is not THAT bright and and... it will be toned down with the weathering and what else? I dunno, I just hope it all works out in the end! I went with pretty heavy shading with this build as it seems, I guess it's fun to try out different things. I just hope it doesn't look too cartoony in the end but hey, I guess there's nothing wrong with that either. Same recipe as with the grey - base colour, shading with darker green and patches of lighter green here and there. Final layer of base colour again to bring it all together. I'm kinda curious how it all looks in the end as now it looks like ... maybe bit too much. But I'm pretty confident that weathering will make it all work out. Props I painted black first and then masked the silver bit in the middle. This is not mentioned in the instructions BTW, they are just all black, but looking at the photos the middle part is dull silver. I'm glad they are not all black as they look kinda snazzy this way
  16. Yeah, and as it ages it tends to shift more towards green.
  17. Looks great, looks even better when finished I like all the ground equipment too. Have you planned somekind of display base for it?
  18. Thanks Thanks! I had few problems with them but once I switched to rubber wire it started to come together. Granted, the connection points are not the most tidy but I guess the overall look came out OK
  19. Thanks! I like the scheme too, it's pretty cool. Thank you! Thanks
  20. Thanks! I tried to make it look like it's been in use.
  21. reini

    Reini's 2021

    Thanks Thank you. I like doing the US Navy/Marines planes. I think I have found my preferred way of doing the USN Sea Blue finish.
  22. I love putting Gnat next to other planes, it makes everything else look huuuge! I mean even WW2 fighters... ------------------------------------- Engine parts had a coat of metal, mostly the bits that go inside. Here's the bits ready for assembly. And oh boy. There is nothing wrong with how Zvezda has made these engines - and every even half experienced modeller would have had no trouble at all with the build. They would have paid attention to the instruction manual for the parts numbers for example. But it seems I'm not that smart. I just took a quick look and decided that the nacelles are all the same. Now some of you might have already noticed that there are two different kinds of nacelle halfs (and their counterparts), difference is in the top corner where they sit into the wing. Now I know that there isn't too many combinations that you can actually make with these parts but I glued these engines FOUR TIMES, thinking I have done it right this time. I hadn't, I cracked open the seams, glued them again. Done. NOT. WRONG. _Four times_. Uhh. I couldn't even be mad at the kit as it was 100% user error. Boy, I haven't felt that stupid since... well.. for days But I think I finally got them right. And I think I got them cleaned out decent so my harsh modelling methods don't show too much. It all works out to be quite impressive looking wing. Fuselage seam tidied up and rescribed the lost details. Noseweight added! It needed 25g so I had to slip some to the nose wheel well too. I have to get some heavier weights... These guys are happy that their plane is secured, not gonna be a tail sitter. After checking out the reference photo the tanks inside the cockpit were bright and yellow and not black as suggested in the instructions. So I had to pry open the windows and repaint them. I'm usually not too worried about small details such as that but those things are in quite visible place and I thought it would be nice little touch of colour anyways. And now I can sleep at night knowing it's corrected.
  23. Yeah, me too. My first rigging ever. But with rubber wire and CA glue it's not too hard, just quite slow and bit tedious. But my work isn't really the tidiest, it takes a lot more skill to make a proper neat job. Thanks a lot, it was rewarding to make Thanks! Haha, thanks Thanks, had fun doing all the extra details to this. It became quite difficult to handle in the end! Haha, yeah it's 1:72 Thank you Thanks a lot Glad you like it Thanks Took a lot of time and effort yes but I'm happy that it's done. Thanks! Thank you Smooth from a right distance, don't look too close! Thanks Weathering is always the fun part. Thanks It has already taken it's spot in my cabinet. Thank you very much Glad you like it
  24. I'll give you a hint - its not the Hun, Deuce, Zipper, Thud or The Six
  25. @trickyrich ... oh master, look what I have acquired during my raiding and pillaging of hobby stores! Seven after market items for this build, that must be good, yes? I know, there are some decals which hardly counts... but there's plenty of resin too!
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