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  1. Heya, I have taken a bit of a break from modelling, I'm quite busy with lots of other things at the moment. I may still start the kit at a later date, perhaps too late for this GB. I wish you all success with your builds!
  2. Thanks everybody for your nice comments! They were fun to build and I'm happy how they turned out (even though there is always room for improvement!)
  3. Here is my Fine Molds Curtiss R3C in 1/72 scale from the animated movie Porco Rosso, the perfect companion to my earlier Savoia-Marchetti S.21. It is not very big: Build thread here: And both planes together: Nice kits and definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of the movie.
  4. Nearly there now, I glued everything together, then applied the decals and the more internal rigging wires (from steel guitar string) and finally gave the whole thing a coat of matt varnish: All that is left to do is add some further rigging wires that are more on the outside. I left those for last because they could easily be damaged by handling. Oh yes, the prop is still loose too. Will be fixed. The stand is a bit too small to display both planes at the same time, they are practically flying into each other. I will use it to just
  5. Yes, I do have it but for some reason I used the ordinary Tamiya tape here. Note to self: think before masking
  6. Thanks guys for all your nice comments! This is a nice little model (and little it is, it literally fits in the palm of my hand) and I'm enjoying the build. Today I sprayed the blue topcoat. As always, my masking was less than perfect. The wing bands came out ok, they are basically flat, but the fuselage band had some overspray near the spine. With multiple curves that is a difficult area to mask. Also the floats, these are compund curves that beat my masking tape, but the damage is on the underside and if I don't show a picture here, nobody is going to see it Even so,
  7. I think your mask looks fine, and if there is any overspray you can tidy that up with a cocktail stick. You could give it another coat of interior green but I don't think you'd see much difference when all is completed. For fiddly work like cockpit masking I use one of those magnifying lamps. A brilliant piece of kit that I couldn't do without these days.
  8. I masked the wings and floats for the yellow and gave them a first coat of dark blue. I also gave the fuselage band another coat of white for better coverage, and then glued on the machine guns, the top wing, the empennage and the chin radiator: The fit of the parts is very good, I may use a bit of filler on the radiator sides but otherwise no problems. Tonight I'll mask the fuselage band and varnish the edges to (hopefully) prevent bleeding. Tomorrow I should then be able to spray the overall dark blue and give the wings and floats a second co
  9. Just to warm up a little I worked my way through some of my Heller stash.... For the GB I will stick with my plan to build the Pinta. I just ordered aftermarket blocks.
  10. I think that Donald (no, not that Donald) came out ok:
  11. First steps have been taken, for starters I primed everything with Stynylrez grey. I found the Fine Molds plastic of the S.21 kit very 'slippery' so hopefully this will help the top coats come on better. Next I sprayed white over the fuselage band and the areas to be painted yellow, and I sprayed the struts Intermediate Blue. Once that was dry I assembled the floats. There are plastic 'weights' included to be glued inside the floats, I presume to prevent tail-sitting. Next I applied a coat of yellow on the undersides of the floats, the rudder and the wing bands. I have
  12. Hi Mikey, I'm not all that much into Startrek (blasphemy!!) but perhaps I can give you a few small tips: for flashing lights you might want to check out the model railway scene, there are vendors who sell such things for use in railway crossings and the like. The other thing I would recommend is that you paint the inside of the model black if you go with lighting, because otherwise it will be somewhat translucent which will spoil the effect. To be absolutely sure I would give it two coats.
  13. Having completed (and very much enjoyed) my 1/72 model of the Savoia-Marchetti S.21 flying boat from the animated film Porco Rosso, I ordered the companion kit of the Curtiss R3C, also by Fine Molds. This is the plane flown by Porco's adversary, the brash American Donald Curtiss. It is an 'unauthorised' version (according to the instructions) of the well known racing floatplane from the 1920's - 'unauthorised' presumably referring to the twin machine guns mounted on the fuselage sides. Apart from those, and the addition of a beefy chin radiator, the plane looks quite faithf
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