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  1. Good evening comrades, with the Peashooter now in the display cabinet, it's time for my next build. A complete change of era and theme was needed and so I decided it was time for me to leave the capitalists and imperialists behind and (re) build Airfix's Kamov Ka25 Hormone in 1/72. This is a kit I had built before in the last century as a teenager and I thought I could have a better result if I try again now (as well as getting lost in a trip down memory lane). My intention is to keep it as simple and easy as possible. The kit comes in typical 80s Airfix hard and brittle plastic with raised panel lines and details. So, some rescribing will be required... Mind you, some are actually raid on the actual aircraft as well. Like for example here on the vertical fins: The interior is a bit... basic: But the main rotors (heads/hubs, pitch links, blades etc) are not that bad: The landing gear is kinda OK I guess when you have cleaned all the flash ...but the (optional) floats leave a lot to be desired: Finally the clear parts are clear enough but some have bubbles in them: The decal sheet covers two options: ...but I'm not sure if I'll use it. After all it's like 40 years old. Looks OK though. I'll go for a run-of-the-mill grey example from the late 70s - early 80s. So, lets get to it. I hope you find this to be of interest. As always, thank you for looking and thanks for leaving a comment.
  2. Thanks @ForestFan Thank you @Winenut Can't beat a little blue with some yellow Thank you @Giampiero Piva Thanks @russ c
  3. 1/144? No way! Great result! Well done!
  4. Thank you @Bertie Psmith Thank you @Corsairfoxfouruncle Oh I'm sure yours will come out much better! Someone must have had a sense of humour I guess Thank you @binbrook87 Resin and photoetch aftermarket sure helps Thank you @(ex)Sgtrafman Thank you @Spitfire31 The colours scheme was the main reason I decided to build it
  5. Photos of the finished model now posted on the 'ready for inspection' section: Thanks for your feedback guys!
  6. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present before you the results of much toil over the past few months, as described in excruciating detail here: The resin set by Starfighter decals was used along with other minor improvements I made. The major feature from my perspective is the paint job. I masked and painted the chevrons and cheatline as well as the tail and roll-bar yellow/blue details instead of using the supplied decals. The other thing was my first attempt at using lengths of photo etched metal for bracing. I know there are many problematic areas for which I apologise. But I did learn a lot with this build. Hopefully the next one will have less errors. Here are the pictures: Thanks for looking and... have mercy on me
  7. Hmmm something went wrong here. Last night's post was lost somehow? And now it's here twice? Apologies for this mixup
  8. Good evening everyone. Back with yet another update but I promise this will be the last one Picking up from where I left the last time. with the paint and the corrections complete, a gloss coat was applied to the whole model... Then it was time for the decals... To be fair, the decals performed much better than expected, with just a little help from Mr. Mark Setter and Mr. Mark Softer which might have been unnecessary. Then I weathered the model slightly; Tamiya brown wash, a little bit of aluminum paint for chipping and some oil stains near the engine... Everything was sealed under two coats of satin varnish (Mr. hobby aqueous 102 semi-gloss)... Then the engine was attached... ...without the cowling? Oh you muppet! Off with the engine, fit the cowling first with no glue and then re-attach the engine. A loose cowling will help with the exhaust stacks (seen in the above picture)... (The propeller is there only temporarily) Next comes the dreaded rigging! I decided to use the photo etched 0.2 stainless steel strips for the bracing. The EZ line thread was kept in reserve in case I couldn't work with the photo etch, Started with the landing gear bracing... ...then the wings undersides... and finally the fuselage-to-wing braces... It took me almost a week to do the bracing mainly because the process was taking its toll on my nerves and on my eyes. I could only do a couple during each session. Measure, cut, bend, dry-fit, glue, out again because it didn't stay where it was supposed to etc etc,,, But looking at the result I declare it was worth it! Next I made the rudder control cables and bellcranks out of left over PE and copper wire... And finally the pitot probe, the propeller and the antenna wire were fitted on... And that's that. C'est fini! Next I'll be posting a couple of pictures over at the "ready for inspection" section. Many thanks for following the build. I hope you found it of interest. And as always, thank you for leaving a comment. The next kit is already on the bench. So see you soon
  9. Thanks! Well some strips were very thin indeed. Thank you! Overall although please with the results, there are some things I don't like. But it is part of the learning process and if God forbid I have to do this again, I now know a few things more. You are much too kind! Thank you.
  10. Hello everyone, welcome to yet another edition of the long overdue Peashooter project. Here's what I have been up to so far... With the main assembly now complete (see above) I decided to improve on the non-existing carburettor intakes in front of the cockpit. So, two holes were drilled and Evergreen styrene tubes were cut and placed inside but (most importantly) they were drilled down their centre as well. In the end the result was a bit on the thick side but I'm happy with them over what the kit had instead. Then the (resin) engine firewall was installed... Then the windshield was glued and as painting was drawing closer, masked. Other small bits were prepared as well... After some more sanding, the cockpit was masked using a piece of sponge and Maskol. Then the whole model was cleaned using IPA and cotton pads. No prizes for guessing the next step. Then One Shot White primer was sprayed neat from the bottle... I didn't like the result very much to be honest. The surface was not smooth at all. But as this was the first time I used this product it is more likely the fault was with the user. And then the aforementioned user slowly but surely decided to commit suicide by masking. I'll try to describe the thought process so you can spot the first signs if this malady ever strikes you and hopefully you will avoid going down this rabbit hole. It started with the thought of "white decals for the stripes and cheatlines there is no way of looking white after they are applied over blue paint". "Yes" agreed another voice inside my head "red will also be kinda muted, right?". "Oh and yellow decals will come out looking green! Remember that Blue Angels F-18 you built many many years ago?" said the other voice sending shivers down my spine at the memory of that build and at the realisation it was sooooo many years ago. By that time I was already at the brink. And then came the final push: pictures of the real thing revealed that the tail was in fact yellow with blue leading edges. The kit provided yellow leading edges for a blue overall tail. I wanted to have it the other way round. I must have it the other way round! First thing first, I sprayed some Testors white on the areas that are to remain white (rudder, fuselage stripe etc). Them I stuck Tamiya masking tape on the cutting mat and then I placed photocopies of the decal sheet over them, secured in place with scotch tape. I cut the patterns on the cutting mat and transferred the masking tape on the model. Then came Humbrol's acrylic Insignia red... Then was the easy part where the yellow was sprayed. I used Revell Aqua 36310 delivered in two coats a day apart... Then the crude masking was taken off... Then more cutting and transferring really thin stripes of masking tape on the model using tweezers and some swearing... The thin strip to cover the red part of the cheatline extended all the way back on the fuselage... Guess who cocked it up? (insert more swearing). Anyway, after that slight discrepancy was rectified and the yellow bits masked, I sprayed a thin misty coat of white over the whole kit to take the bite out of the remaining red and yellow in preparation for the blue... Again, I used Revell Aqua in two coats a day apart only this time it was 36150. You could say I was feeling blue all day... And then it was time to take the masking tapes off and inspect the results... As expected some very fine brush work is needed where the red managed to find its way on to the white but all in all I am pleased with the result so far. I hope you find this interesting. Many thanks for looking and thank you for leaving a comment. Until the next time ta ta for now
  11. Tried many times, also used their contact form on their website. I gave up. Looks like three kits are heading towards eBay...
  12. Are thy still operating and do they still buy second hand kits? I've been trying to get in touch them for more than a week now to no avail. E-mails unanswered, getting their answering machine on the phone...
  13. Good evening all, here's another update. Not much I'm afraid; working at break-neck speed is not one of my attributes really. So with all the cockpit pieces now inside the cockpit, it was time to close the two fuselage halves... The two halves and cockpit caused no real problem. For this project I decided to work with sprue goo or sprugue or sproogoo... Then the fuselage was introduced to the wings... As you can see above there wasn't much of a gap but in any case more spruegoo was applied all over... Then the kit's tail wheel was replaced by the one provided by Starfighter decals' resin set... No drama there either. At that point the sanding begun in earnest. I used wet sandpaper starting with 600 grit, then 1200, then 1500 and then 2000.. That wasn't a straightforward process as I would invariably find defects and I would then apply more spruegoo starting the sanding cycle from the beginning. While this sand-fill-repeat was going on I started thinking ahead. What paint should I use? Which shade? I was beginning to get the blues... In the end after much deliberation I decided to go for Revell Aqua 50 as the colour and paint of choice. With that problem sorted I masked the engine cylinders... and sprayed white 'One shot' primer on the wheels and on the engine cover. Then I sprayed the blue on the wheels... masked it and proceeded with Revell's Aqua Anthracite... when that was dry the landing gear was assembled... and (you guessed it) spruegoo was applied and sanded. As it was to be expected after all this sanding some repairs of the panel lines were needed... After that, the horizontal stabilisers and the landing gear were added to the mix and the whole thing started to resemble a P-26 at long last... I hope you enjoyed tonight's installment. Thank you all for looking and thank you for leaving a comment.
  14. Thank you @Bill Davis Yes, without being exceptional they do improve the model a lot.
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