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  1. Wow. Just beautiful. I love your attention to detail, and the weathering is out of this world!
  2. So I got the decals added and settled, though they didn't show up as well as I had hoped; I probably should have lightened the OD green a bit more. I modelled it as "2 For Hooking," a Chinook used in Afghanistan quite a lot. I also painted and installed the rotors, so there's not much left to do aside from a bit more weathering and dust. I started working on the base as well. I was inspired by numerous photos I've seen online of Chinook pilots hovering with the ramp on an elevated surface to load and unload troops in a hurry, so that's my plan. Hopefully I don't end up embarrassing myself. The base is hardboard with construction foam overtop, then a coating of household drywall mud. This was followed by a ton of PVA glue and various grades of rocks and sand from the model train aisle and my back yard. Here is the final base with a coat of primer over everything: Then a base coat of Tamiya Buff to give that nice light brown colour. Lots more work to do, adding shadows and highlights and some more colour variation. Maybe some shrubs as well.
  3. I managed to get the decals fitted and settled down this weekend, and not much else. They do look nice, though. Just a final bit of assembly to go with the landing gear doors, and figuring out how to make a new canopy. I'm planning to display this one next to my CF-18 that I built for the Canadian group build.
  4. I've always loved the experimental stuff made my Germany in the later years of WW2, and when I found this little beauty in my favourite scale, I had to buy it and build it as soon as possible. It was a decent kit with minimal small detail, as most things are at this size. It still made for an attractive model, though. The kit came with a number of painting and decal options, and I chose one of the "concept" schemes for a planned fighter squadron. Painted up in Tamiya colours, and weathered gently with Abteilung oils. I'm pondering adding a few tiny figures or maybe a fuel truck from my 3D printer, but this is how she looks for now:
  5. Managed to work on this tiny beast this weekend, which was a nice surprise. It's amazing how much I get done when the wife is out of the house. I painted and weathered the interior in the standard light gray, then I glued the fuselage together and filled the seams. Not too difficult with this model, as the seams are in the nice flat surface on top and bottom. Primed and painted the pilots, and they sure look nice in there. After painting the pilots and weathering the cockpit, I sealed up the whole thing and shot it with primer. Looking at reference photos of these helicopters in Afghanistan, they show a lot of variation between individual panels, so I had a bit of fun with my airbrush and some flat white in a bit of pre-shading: And then I sprayed on the top coat of OD green. The lighting for these photos wasn't the best; there's a fair bit of variation between the panels, which was what I was going for. I unmasked the windows and then decided I needed gunners. I found some Humvee gunners with various weapons on Thingiverse, so I just scaled them down to the required scale and printed out two with GPMG mounts. I know that we used a few Miniguns over there, but most of our gunners still had the good old C6. I just cut away the Humvee turret opening and cobbled together some little plastic risers for the gunners to be supported on, and they fit pretty well. If I do this again, I will definitely fit them prior to gluing the fuselage together. This was a challenge. That's as far as I've gotten, so I'll have to leave it for now. Next will be decals and rotor blades, and probably initial work on the base. Cheers!
  6. Got it all primed and painted over the weekend, and it's starting to come together. Of course, I dropped the canopy on the floor and my Great Dane immediately got up and stepped on it, shattering it into many small pieces and scattering them to the winds as I yelled at her to stop. So now I have to come up with a canopy somehow. Got the cockpit painted up. I think I'll try a light wash next time for the tiny little dials. Trying to paint inside a 0.2mm hole isn't the easiest. Now some masking instead of the canopy. (Grumble) And the glorious bright aluminum, or aluminium for my cousins across the waves. We all know what masking looks like, so why bother to show it? Here's the final result after a few different colours on some panels: All glossy and ready for decals. I'm happy to see how it's looking already. I hope the Canadian decals work well.
  7. This is a very old kit, which I bought perhaps 20 years ago and squirreled away under the garage stairs with all the other 1/144 aircraft I intend to build eventually. It was a poor kit, with minimal detail and several fit issues, but I've put some time and effort into it to bring it up to snuff. I wanted to have a tiny CF-104A in the all-metal scheme, so that's what I hope will happen with this one when I'm finished. I found some nice CF decals from Above & Below Graphics in the correct scale, so those will be furnishing this little beast soon. The kit went together fairly easily, but there were a few areas that required some filling and sanding. And I'm no fan of raised panel lines, but I didn't want to spend the time polishing them off and re-scribing them, so we'll see how well they turn out later... A lot of the seams and fit on the bottom surfaces needed filling. It's going to be a static model on a tarmac base, so these surfaces won't ever be seen, but I had to do them anyway or else I wouldn't be able to sleep at night. A little less filling and sanding on the top: The cockpit consisted of an ejection seat, which is more than I can expect in this scale. I attempted to build a proper instrument panel with thin styrene, but I wasn't too pleased with how chunky and basic it looked. So I decided to give 3D modeling a try, and designed this simple instrument panel on Fusion 360. I printed it out, and it seems to look a lot better. Bear in mind that the entire panel you see is 5mm wide by 4mm high. Blurry photo of the panel installed, blended and primed. I also had to build the forward panel casing beneath the windscreen, as that area was flat. Here's a better view. We'll see how she looks with some paint next time. And hopefully my photos improve.
  8. I intended to build this and share it in the Canadian Group Build if I got my CF-18 finished in time, but I just got too busy to start this one once the other entry was done. I originally bought this kit in Slovenia while on leave back in 2002, hence the price tag in Slovenian Tolars. The pilot figures are 3D prints from ReedOak, and the decals are from Above & Below Graphics. The little soldiers you will see eventually were all 3D printed by myself on an Elegoo Mars 2 Pro, from files found on Thingiverse. I decided I wanted to do a more dynamic presentation, based on a few stories I've heard and photos I've seen. Enjoy! Overall, it's a well done kit, with a lot of fine detail for the scale. I had to prime the inside surfaces prior to assembling the fuselage. While waiting for the primer to cure fully, I carefully masked the canopy windows, which went surprisingly quickly. Revell made some nice, deep framing on the clear canopy moulding, so a sharp blade and a light source made for effortless masking and a lot less profanity. Got my ReedOak pilot figures in about a week, and the cost wasn't a whole lot. I think I paid $5 Canadian each for these. They're Blackhawk pilots, but at this scale, if you can pick out the incorrect features between them and actual Canadian Pilots in Afghanistan, I'll buy you a new microscope. Each pilot was about 6mm tall in their seats. Lots of fine detail there. They look comfy in that cockpit! Some views of the test fit: That's all for now. Next I'll be getting into the painting of the pilots and all interior surfaces before gluing the fuselage together and sealing up the cockpit.
  9. Beautiful! I really look forward to the rest of your project.
  10. Thanks for the kind words, everyone! It was my first time using clear resin for water, and I had also never tried small-scale forest before. It didn't turn out precisely as I had hoped, but in some ways it exceeded my expectations. Next Phantom I do will be on a carrier deck, though.
  11. As Leonardo DaVinci is quoted as saying: "Art is never finished, only abandoned." I think our craft definitely falls into works of art, and yours is no exception. You could keep working on it and perfecting it for years, but you have to decide when to call it finished. I think you stopped at the right time. It's terrific, and I love the camouflage pattern on the Tirpitz. You've done a great job! Erik.
  12. I have always admired the F-4 Phantom as one of the first truly multi-role aircraft. And it's simultaneously gorgeous and ugly. Not sure how that works, but it does. Anyways, I built this one up from an ancient Hasegawa kit, and I tried a few new techniques on it and learned a heck of a lot. Unfortunately I couldn't find any decals for the Wild Weasel unit I wanted to represent, so I ended up using the kit decals, which weren't too bad for a 40-year-old kit. Most of us won't know the difference anyways. I also like a fully-loaded aircraft, so the missile load might be a bit on the extreme side, but I like it that way. I decided that I wanted it flying over a scenic base, and then I decided the base needed to be even more scenic, so I tried water effects and some 1/285 scale patrol boats from GHQ. I had a ton of fun with this build, and I hope you all like it.
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