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  1. Hi guys, I use the lockdown period in France to diminish my stack of unfinished kits, this is the last completed: it is the Seafury kit from Airfix in the foreign service boxing. I used a resin cowling resin wheels from Barracudacast. The first step was riveting the kit, which I would not do it again, since photos of Seafuries show a very smooth skin . The cockpit was built from the kit parts, since very little remains visible anyway, but I spend some time with the wheel wells, to replicate the intricate plumbing and wiring. I used fly tying lead wire to reproduce the various tubes.To reproduce the Hawker yellow, I mixed Gunze H74 Sky with Tamiya XF4 yellow green. I used the kit decals to depict a RCN Seafury with a low demarcation line between EDSG and Sky. Ironically the first Seafury I built more than twenty years ago was the Hobbycraft kit, that I also finished in RCN markings. One can see the tremendous improvement of the Airfix kit over Hobbycraft. I used Gunze Sky H74 and a mix of Tamiya paints that I found on the web long long time ago, it was attributed to Roy Sutherland. After struggling with various brands of gloss varnish to obtain the glossy finish I wanted, I finally decided to use the tried and true Klear, applied with a flat brush, which I think turned out well. Have a nice weekend, Christian.
  2. Hi Guys, due to the lockdown in France, I had to look at the bottom of my stash to find something exotic to build. I had bought the Roden kit of the Rolls-Royce armored car many years ago, but I was always frightened by the number of parts and low quality of the molding of some pieces. I usually build 1/48 scale aicraft, so this was quite a big change for me. I found a build by Andy Moore on this forum of the Meng rendition, which I tried to follow regarding the colors. Since I did not have access to AK real colors because of lockdown, I used custom mixes with Tamiya and Gunze acrylics. I used Mig Ammo premixed washes for the weathering. The small base is done with a sheet of foam board, covered with sand colored tile grout. The rocks and stones are two different grades of cat litter. Just for fun I added a milestone which is most probably incorrect for the place and period, but since this was meant as a relaxing build, I thought I could be forgiven. I hope you will like it, best regards to all, Christian.
  3. Congratulations , this is a fantastic build ! I like very much the bleached out effect on the wings. What brand of paint did you use ? best, Christian.
  4. another superb build, as usual, with flawless painting, congratulations ! I have the Eduard kit in my stash, now it will be hard to resist starting it, Christian
  5. thanks guys for the comments, I plead guilty for the various errors, which I would have avoided if I had taken the time to ask on the forum ! (I am often too impatient). Here is a pic of BR 112 showing the IFF aerial , Spitfire31 is right , the attachment point on my model is much too high. This can be repaired I think. To answer to Massimo, my reasoning was that the access door interior should not age as quickly as the airframe, but maybe a wash there would be appropriate, have a nice day, Christian.
  6. Hi guys, I recently finished the Spitfire VC by Special Hobby, in the boxing devoted to Malta Spitfires. I have read several complaints on the net about this kit, but for my limited Spitfire expertise, it was ok. The only thing I realized a bit too late was that the UC legs are a bit too long (at least compared with Eduard Spits). I started by riveting the kit I choose the markings of BR 112 coded X, one can easily find pics of this plane lying on a beach in Sicily. To represent the famous 'Malta blue', I painted the kit in the Dark Earth, Mid Stone and Azure Blue desert scheme, using Gunze for the upper surfaces and a Tamiya mix for the Azure Blue. On top of that I applied a thin and rather transparent coat of a mix of Gunze H 337 and H 42, leaving the Desert camo slightly visible. There is a patch on the top of the fuselage and also the tail unit who seem not to have been overpainted. The weathering was done with oil washes, India ink pens, and pigments. I hope you will like it, Christian.
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    I recently bought this model https://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B00OZO16K0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1, I am very happy with it, Christian.
  8. thanks to all for the kind words, I am glad you like these two builds, the recent Eduard releases are very nice kits for reasonable prices. I stand corrected for the RLM 76, it is H 417 of course, this was a typo. The streaks on the underside are done in several steps. First an oil wash is applied with a fine brush to panel lines (I use Mig Ammo products, but home made oil washes are just as good). It is good to use several different colors at this step. Then I airbrush very diluted coats of earth tones, like Tamiya XF-52 flat earth, XF -57 buff or XF-79 Deck brown. This goes in recesses or whereever dust and dirt is likely to accumulate. On panel lines I also airbrush thin coats of Tamiya Smoke, or Prince August Game inks, diluted in Gunze flat varnish. To do small streaks, I use Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens (size B). The streaks can be erased or blended with water, using a small flat brush. Finally the chipping is done with a small block of foam, dipped in Prince August paint. You have to remove most of the paint by dabbing the foam on some paper towel, until very little remains ( a bit like when you do a drybrush). Then lightly dab the foam (held in interlocking tweezers) where you want paint chips to appear. The key is to do this slowly, in several steps. There is no need to hurry, since (at least for me), this is one of the most satisfactory moments of modelling ! have a nice day, Christian.
  9. Hi all, here are some pics of two 1/48 scale Eduard kits I completed lately. Originally I got my hands on the Reichsverteidigung special boxing, which allows to build one FW 190 A8-R2 and one Bf 109 G14, with plenty of nice marking options. After building one FW 190, I really wanted to make another with the extra glass armor plates on the side of the canopy, so I purchased an extra Overtree kit. The build went very easily (much easier than the earlier FW190 A8 release, which was tricky to assemble). As usual I painted the kits with Gunze Aqueous Hobby colors. I used H 317 and H 68 for the RLM 76 and RLM 74. To add variety I used the recommended H 69 for the Grauviolet RLM 75 on one kit and H 305 on the other. The H 305 has a less violet and more gray shade. The weathering was done with oil washes, acrylic ink pencils, pigments, and chipping done with foam. have a nice day, Christian.
  10. Hi Martin, I have used Mig masking putty, don't know if its the same as the AK one. One has to press it quite firmly on the model to make it stick, but I found it easier to use than blutac, does not leave any oily residue. HTH, Christian.
  11. hi all, its a surprise to see this old post resurrected from the dead ! The links to the pics are broken but you can see them (and many others) on my Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/people/146235187@N03/ have a nice weekend, Christian.
  12. this is a truly amazing build, very nice painting and crisp canopy frames ! The exhaust stains on the wings are fantastic, and the story behind it is very moving, congratulations !!! Christian.
  13. thanks guys for the kind words, I am glad that you liked it, have a nice day, Christian.
  14. Hi, here is my last completed build. Originally I wanted to rebuild the small vignette below: which fell from its shelf. Being unable to found the windscreen on the floor, I decided to buy another kit on Ebay and to simply do a bit of repair on the vignette. However after finding this picture on the web I had to do better. Below are some pictures on the finished diorama: To keep the display size small, I decided to reduce the depth of the bunker by blanking of the back with balsa sheet painted black. The old Ohka kit was cut off at the nose and inserted inside the bunker. The base was done with insulation foam board, as the bunker structure. Everything was covered with a mix of brown acrylic paint, fine sand, earth and tile grout. The planking is done with coffee stirrers. The vegetation is done with a mix of hemp fibers, commercial fibers, and various plants that I find during our hiking with my wife, like small moss etc. They are kept in glycerin for a few days, then dried and glued to the base with PVA glue, then painted with an airbrush. The pine trees were done with a wood dowel covered with sawdust, then painted with oil paints. The branches are done with asparagus leaves, bought in a florist shop. I hope you will like it, have a nice weekend, Christian.
  15. hi, that's a stunning build, congratulations . Airbrushing pigments turns out very nice, I never tried this. How did you thin them ? Was the airbrush easy to clean afterwards ? best, Christian.
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