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  1. Greetings from Tacoma, about halfway between the two Vancouvers...
  2. Of course, the last few years before the US entered the war were a time of experimentation for the US Army Air Corps. On their annual trips to Army war games, the 1st Pursuit Group experimented with camouflage on their P-35s (and P-36s too). One such war games exercise was in North Carolina in 1940 and is the source of the inspiration for this particular boxing of Special Hobby's kit. For this trip all of the group's P-35s were painted in a dizzying array of camouflage in green, tan, brown, and gray. All the colors were water based temporary paints brushed on by the individual aircrafts' crew chiefs. Mention is made in three books at my disposal; @Dana Bell's "Air Force Colors Vol. I", Squadron's "P-35, Mini Number 1", and the "Official Monogram US Army Air Service & Air Corps Aircraft Color Guide"... IMG_3823 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr I really like the look of these temporarily painted camo jobs, and so i have to pick one... (photo from the "Inch High Guy" blog) IMG_3825 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr Of course, as stated before, I have an irrational aversion to making any model exactly to the box art. Fortunately, there are plenty of these planes pictured in the few pictures of the event. Unfortunately, very few of the tail-numbers are visible in those pictures. The only ones I can make out are those already taken by the box-artist, and those of aircraft without my coveted Sioux insignia. The one in the foreground of this picture is inviting though: IMG_3824 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr It has got the markings of the 94th, and the camouflage is interesting; at least two darker drab colors in wide bands separated by a demarkation line in an even darker shade. Obviously this was the inspiration for this profile: ...of course we know that it is nominally incorrect since it should display a red cowl band (clearly visible in the photo in the book) and that it cannot be aircraft number "9" since it should fall within the range of 70-99. Thats a lot of words basically coming down to the fact that I've got some serous soul searching (and picture searching) to do while I wait for the putty on the wings edges and roots to dry.
  3. Wings are glued and tail planes attached to the P-35... IMG_3821 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr As I wrap up the major assembly now I have to put some thought into the paint job for our little Seversky. Because of its low production numbers and short service life as a first line fighter, there aren't many options. All of them are rather attractive and none of them will be particularly easy. The entire production run of the P-35 (excluding test samples and P-35A models) was allotted to the 1st Pursuit Group and split between that group's HQ, and the 17th, 27th, and 94th pursuit squadrons. All were delivered in bare metal finish with typical 1930s high-visibility insignia. As I want to utilize the "Sioux Chief" head logo of the 94th PS that leaves me with the aircraft that carried plane-in-group numbers of 70-99. The 94th also used red as their squadron color, so the cowl bands and any squadron leader stripes would be red. This is the sole remaining P-35 in 94th PS markings, as it was before its most recent restoration:
  4. Thank you gentlemen. The comments are most welcome and keep me motivated. The engine really wasn't all that hard, the worst part was enduring the wife's consternation at my spending two hours wiring an engine the size of a coat button. I mean its either this, or i work on my "real" projects around the house or in the garage... Here's the current status; the fuselage joins on the Seversky have been fared with thick CA and then a smear of PPP and then sanded smooth. I'm now beginning to fit the wings. Its also the first time we see the two brothers together and starting to look very much alike: IMG_3815 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr
  5. Engine mounted and fuselage closed up... IMG_3810 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr IMG_3811 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr A little bit of cleanup and putty work and we should be in business. Wings are next...
  6. And we have an engine for the P-35! A little thinning of the fuselage and a lot of whittling on the resin engine's casting plug and cast-in bulkhead and it fits right where it is supposed to. I sprayed the engine and the inside of the cowl with black. The cowl will be getting another coat of primer green-yellow and the engine will be getting lots more than that... IMG_3766 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr The little R-1830 then got brushed with Vallejo "Silver" on the jugs and "Faded PRU Blue on the crankcase: IMG_3770 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr Then out came a little bit snipped off the end of a length of marine-grade electrical wire, which I have a lot of since I'm a marine electrician. Marine-grade wire has many more finer copper strands than most other wire and all of the strands are individually tinned giving them a silver color. I love the stuff... IMG_3773 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr Individual strands made up the pushrod covers with a spot of CA at the crankcase and more of a blob at the rocker housing: IMG_3777 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr Then they were all cut off... IMG_3778 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr The rocker covers were then picked out in silver and the pushrod covers in RLM 66 gray. Then I made the ignition harness out of the same wire strands, two lengths per cylinder, and bent around to where the plugs were. The leads were left bare silver. The loom around the crankcase was made from 0.020" styrene rod formed around a paintbrush handle. It was attached with CA and painted "Faded PRU Blue". The whole thing got a quick wash with AK panel liner and... viola! IMG_3790-1 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr
  7. Thanks @Roger Holden I'll keep that in mind about the resin engines in the future. Honestly the actual engine wasn't really too large, the most interference came from the bulkhead/casting-slug on the rear of it. I have it shaped just about right to fit in the fuselage and locate it in the proper place. I should have enough done to qualify for a proper update later tonight.
  8. @Corsairfoxfouruncle don’t worry, I’ve got plenty of ‘20s and ‘30s kits in the stash. I did say I was bad at trying not to be a kit collector, didn’t I?
  9. As to the stencil thing. Here is a good shot of an Fw. 190 captured in Tunisia in 1943... You can see that most of the stencils were carefully masked around when theatre and unit markings were applied, especially apparent is the one in the middle of the white fuselage band. When I was in the Army, every maintenance unit had their own stencil making machines and stencils were supposed to be reapplied anytime they were obliterated. However, it was regularly deferred until there was spare time, usually when aircraft was laying in overhaul or phase or on the line awaiting parts.
  10. Sure, I get all that, but since I'm trying to be a modeler and not just a kit collector (which I am admittedly bad at) I've got to pick my battles. With my current stash, It's unlikely that I'd get to any new purchase any time soon, so I need a bit more than a nudge to get me to commit to a potentially troublesome kit, even if it's the only game in town. Sorry to the OP for hijacking the thread. Looking forward to getting some motivation...
  11. I've been eying this very same boxing as it has been gathering dust at the local hobby shop. The only thing that has kept me from adopting it has been apprehension due to the age of the molds. Hopefully this thread can put those fears to rest. That way I can let it collect dust on my shelf at home!
  12. Howdy from one of the other colonies...
  13. I got home from work this evening to find a wee package on the front porch. Finally, my Twin Wasps have arrived. These Quckboost parts have much better detail than the kit parts, especially on the crankcase. Heres one next to the kit's: IMG_3742 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr And the other inserted into the cowl: IMG_3741 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr As you can see it doesn't fit perfectly. However the diameter of the engine itself is really really close. the bulkhead cast in behind the engine is interfering with some locating tabs and the lumps on the inside of the fuselage opposite of the channels for the cowl flaps. A little whittling on the inner fuselage and the resin engine should have things just right. One thing I noticed about the QB engines is that they don't have the pushrod tubes cast in, but they do have holes around the crankcase where they go. I guess I will be making them out of either styrene rod or stainless steel wire. That is in addition to making ignition leads out of fine wire as well.
  14. Those are the ammo boxes for the waist and nose guns... (photo from walkthrough found here: http://www.vg-photo.com/bombers/b17wt3.html)
  15. @TheyJammedKenny! yes, the compartment to the rear of the cockpit does contain a seat. It was accessible through a Aluminum and Plexiglass hatch on the #2 side of the fuselage: (photo from https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com) I've read that the seat was for a riding mechanic for long distance flights, or a passenger otherwise. I can't imagine it would have been comfortable, due to the small space and lack of windows other than the hatch. The top of the compartment was fared in with aluminum. It seems that later on most American P-35s had the windowed hatch replaced with a solid one, although the P-35s purchased by Sweden seem to have maintained this feature for their entire service life. (photo also from the Inch High Guy blog)
  16. Thanks all for the kind words. I got the decals all applied this morning while I recovered from my post-thanksgiving-coma... IMG_3633 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr In an effort to uphold my reluctance to ever build exactly to the box-art, I decided to make my aircraft the Second Section's Number "3", as seen in the photo of the two Re. 2000 GAs posted earlier (the supplied decals depict Number "5"). To do this I turned the Number "8" supplied for the models alternate overall-green-scheme into a "3". I sprayed on a layer of Mr Super Clear Matt, and once that dried, I got to weathering: IMG_3645 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr IMG_3646 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr IMG_3649 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr My weathering process is pretty straight forward: First, I start with some chipping here and there with a brush and scraps of packaging foam dipped in aluminum paint. This is followed by acrylic washes made from various colors of Vallejo Air paints diluted in water; here I used mostly dark olive brown and dark grey. This is followed by a sparing amount of AK panel liners applied with a fine tipped brush and mostly sopped up again with an ear bud dipped in white spirit. The last step is rubbing on various shades of Tamiya weathering powders to blend everything together, help cover up mistakes and give subtle highlights. With that done, the Reggiane is pretty much complete, save for the last fiddly bits such as the landing gear, canopy, antennae and exhaust. Focus has shifted to the P-35 until it is caught up...
  17. Howdy from the upper left corner of the states!
  18. There are two Cheyannes at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Or at least there were when I took my instructor course there a little less than a decade ago.
  19. All of the Squadron's aircraft carried a white band around the rear of the fuselage, and the color of the cowl denoted the 1st or 2nd section of the unit, Black and Red respectively. Although I have a somewhat irrational aversion to painting things too closely to the box art, I couldn't argue with that striking red nose. So I threw on some masking tape and sprayed on some white and red... IMG_3625 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr IMG_3624 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr ...I also added a little bit of chipping with brush and sponge after my efforts at activating the AK weathering effects failed. With that we are caught up, the Reggiane is waiting for its gloss coat to dry but is otherwise ready for decals: IMG_3628 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr Hopefully the Seversky can catch up this weekend.
  20. I first sprayed the undersides with Grigio Mimetico (Light Gray): IMG_3590 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr And then Giallo Mimetico (Camouflage Yellow), on the top sides: IMG_3593 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr In a step that left the little fighter looking like a giraffe, I applied irregular blotches of Marrone Mimetico (Camouflage Brown): IMG_3595 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr And finally, I freehanded a bunch of wavy lines in Verde Mimetico (Camouflage Green): IMG_3598 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr
  21. As to what way to paint our Italian fighter, I really had two choices: either the overall dark green scheme that the aircraft were delivered in, or one of the camouflage schemes used by the only group to use the Re.2000 GA operationally: the 377a Squadriglia Autonomo in Sicily. The green scheme is attractive, if a little boring, but would be easy on my abilities. But what the heck, I'm a bit of a masochist, so I chose camouflage. But which camouflage? Depending on the picture or profile you look at, the 337a SA painted their aircraft with tan mottles over the factory green, or they used green and brown mottles over a tan base, or they used a variant of the Regia Aeronautica's "Uova al Tegamino" pattern of brown mottles over a tan base and then crisscrossed with an irregular pattern of green lines... img_85-1_0 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr Re.2000-13 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr reggianere2000 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr ...you can really see the aforementioned green lines that create an almost cellular structure on the wings of aircraft No 5 in the last picture. As that would be the most difficult of the options to paint, and the worst for my sanity, that's the one I chose...
  22. I got some modeling time in on over the last few evenings. Still no progress on the Seversky, but the Reggiane has made leaps and bounds... After some priming, and sanding, and fixing of some seams, and more sanding, I shot the whole exterior in flat black: IMG_3575 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr Then, in an effort to provide both some some pre-shading and a base to chip to, I painted all the panels with aluminum: IMG_3577 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr IMG_3576 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr That was followed by a misting with AK Worn Effects in preparation for top coat application. In the end though, this was irrelevant; either I waited too long letting the chipping medium dry before top coating, or I let the top coats dry too long before chipping. Regardless, I was unable to do some proper chipping via this technique.
  23. I really, really want a 1/72 B-23 Dragon. Quite possibly the most beautiful interwar failure: IMG_4246 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr
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