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Torbjörn Hanö

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  1. Thanks. I've searched the internet but can't find the answer to what the cylinder is for. Some additive to the gasoline, but I don't know what exactly. My best guess is a gelling agent to turn the gasoline into napalm. Thanks! /Torbjörn
  2. Thanks! Thanks! /Torbjörn
  3. Thanks! A lot of different layers of oils and washes and pigment. /Torbjörn Thanks! Yeah, wouldn't want to stand face to face with one of them. /Torbjörn
  4. A quick build (after a long haul with a Tomcat). Builds very well, a sheer joy to build ... and gives you the opportunity to go all in on the weathering. Built OOB, with just a few pipes added. I really recommend this little gem. /Torbjörn
  5. Thanks! Sometimes I find weathering a bit tedious, but it's a fun challenge to create som variation to a gray area. /Torbjörn
  6. Thanks Djordje! /Torbjörn
  7. Thanks! I agree about the instructions, not very clear. /Torbjörn
  8. Yes, all done with oils, except panel lines, I used watercolours for them (Payne's gray). On the bottom surfaces I used ochre. /Torbjörn Yeah, don't we!
  9. And when I was almost finished, Tamiya released a new version of the kit, a carrier launch set. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/tamiya-61122-grumman-f-14a-tomcat-late-model--1364285 Should I build another one? The Iranian scheme is interesting. /Torbjörn
  10. Yeah, the wings ... The decals were on befor I realised it. The markings ... Well, only real aficionados will see it. I did them a late night, my attention was probably elsewhere. /Torbjörn
  11. Yeah, you spotted the wings, well done. Stupid mistake, but I realised it after the decals already were on, so no chance to correct it. I'll fix the missing piece, thank you!
  12. What missing piece? /Torbjörn
  13. Ah, I didn't know that. Thank you! I'll replace one of them, since I painted and weathered thenother ones as well. My first jet since I was a teenager, so not as up to speed on these machines as I am on WWII aircraft.
  14. Yeah, so I am one step ahead!
  15. Finished! I enjoyed every moment of this build. Will get my hands on Tamiya's Phantom soon. If you want to see the different stages of painting, you can find it here: All but one of the pix are close ups, since the model i huge even in 1/48. I made one huge mistake, let's see if anyone spots it. And it's ready for pickup, Axel! Stay safe, take your shots and keep glueing plastic! /Torbjörn
  16. And then some oils ... I like Ammos Oilbrushers, they are really easy to use. First a little oil paint, then some dliuting/blending with a moistened brush. I try to blend the paint along the edges of the different panels. I then use a broader brush, moistened as well, and do strokes in the direction of the airflow. Here's the result so far. I think the surface still is a bit too uniform, so I used small dots of white oil paint, and then blended it in with a more than moist brush. I will have to redo some panel lines, using the same watercolour as before, since the diluted oil paint gets in the recesses. That's all for now! Torbjörn
  17. Can you use a sprue cutter to separate them from the herd, sorry, the sprue, or do you have to chop them off?
  18. I cut out the decals and used them as templates. The rear I only used to mark where the "triangle's" rear end should be. Hope that helps. /Torbjörn
  19. A bit further on the way. All the decals (except for the ordnance) are on, and a wash for the panel lines etc as well. Nowadays I use watercolour for washes, with a little hint of washing-up liquid to get rid of the surface tension. It really works well; doesn't smell, and you can take your time removing the excess paint. I use a broad, flat brush, slightly moistened with water, to wipe it off, sometimes using good quality paper towels as well. I keep the brush tilted at a very low angle, this helps the paint stay in the recesses. It really makes the panel lines and rivets stand out, but not too much. That's a matter of personal taste, of course. For the grey and white I used Payne's gray, a personal favourite when it comes to water colours; great for clouds and shadows. But, I digress ... Some other parts of the result of the wash. On the black areas I also used Payne's gray, but lightnened up with a touch of Chinese White. On the gray areas you can see the result of the underlaying mottling from the priming. The finish turns out a little patchy and not so uniform, just the effect I am after. Next up is sealing it all with a thin layer of satin varnish as a preparation for some oil paint rendering. See ya! /Torbjörn
  20. I totally agree! The challenge for me is to improve my techniques and to get better all the time. But also to take on new subjects. And a really good kit challenges you to make the best out of it. You can't blame the kit if it doesn't turn out well. Cheers!
  21. My first jet since I was around 16. Wonderful kit, this Tamiya Tomcat. I like challenges, but sometimes I do like to build a kit that goes together without snags, and where you don't need a plastic to putty-ratio of 1:1. Others have built their cockpits and displayed them, and done a better job than I can. Therefor I focus in this build thread on the external painting. Feel free to suggest solutions or tricks. The following techniques aren't new, but I like the result so far. I primed with Ultimate Primers glossy black (I love the way it performs! Never let's me down), then sprinkled it with salt when the primer had cured. That was followed by spraying a speckled/marbled pattern, quite randomly, with Tamiya XF-57, XF-59 both on the upper surfaces (that will end up light grey), and lower (which will be white) with some XF-49 on the upper and XF-55 on the lower surfaces. With the salt removed it looked like this. I then sprayed it with Vallejo 71.001 on the lower surfaces and XF-19 on top. I tried Tamiya white first on the lower surfaces, but it didn't behave the way I wanted. Either it was too opaque to get the effect of the preshading I had done, or it became too "runny", resulting in spidering and pooling. Hence Vallejo, which performed brilliantly. This is the result, and it's almost exactly as I had hoped for. I managed to stop in time, and did it in two sessions, so I wouldn't overdo it. Patience is the trick! Now I'm gonna seal it with some Aqua gloss from Alclad, then put on the decals (there are about a zillion of them!), followed by some washes. Stay tuned, and stay healthy. /Torbjörn
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