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  1. Hope it's not considered cheating to chuck up pics of the painting stage of a build and state it's a work in progress! I started this ages ago when the kit was first released but as with many of my builds something else bigger and shinier came along and it's been sat on the bench for a few months now. Cue a couple of days off, all my chores done, and kids at school, it seemed a good opportunity to roll out the airbrush and see if I could push this on a bit. I think it may have been the thought of masking those invasion stripes that stalled this, no decals for this! I work solely with Tamiya paints for airbrushing these days as they spray absolutely beautifully in conjunction with there own thinners. Matt White, no problem, covers superbly. I couldn't help myself from unpeeling the middle sections of masking to see how it looked, there would be tears and tantrums if after completing all the painting the lines were not quite straight! After recovering the stripes it was on to the lower surfaces, I used a mix of Tamiya XF21 Sky, XF20 Medium grey, and XF80 Royal light grey in a ratio of 4:11:2. I stumbled across a great phone app called iModelKit which has a superb set of paint charts and a paint matching calculator and its indispensable. A couple of hours to mask up the lower surfaces and a mix of XF24 Dark grey and XF2 White (16:2) and on with the upper surfaces. I misjudged how much paint to mix for the uppers but always try and paint in symmetrical sections, and blocks of panels just in case I do run short, this helped as any slight variations in mix aren't as obvious. I lightened the base coat slightly and went back over random panels to break up a potentially bland finish. Here's how it looks just now. Coats of Klear next and decals! Comments and criticism all gratefully accepted, Rgds, Eng
  2. I have just completed a build of a completely...well almost unknown and unusual, Luftwaffe bomber that I thought I'd like to share. I have placed a link to the full story of what I have found of this amazing aircraft plus some further photos of my beast. I have to admit that it may not be 100% accurate as there are no details available on the He-177Z A6/R3’s that I have been able to find. Opps forgot these photos; Heinkel He-177Z A6/R5 This is the start of the brief story of this unusual and amazing bomber, as it full story was just a bit too big for this thread. I hope you enjoy, it was an amazing and rewarding build. "Of all the Heinkel bombers produced during the Second World War the least documented and most unusual was the little known He-177Z* “Zwilling” project, born out of time where desperate measures were being looked at to help stem the growing flow for Allied conveys coming across the Atlantic. From which produced Ernest Heinkel an ultra long range aircraft of unrivalled abilities. Which if delays, shortages in strategic materials and political interference had not occurred, may have had a dramatic effect in the supply of materials to the UK? *occasionally referred to in some text as the He-377, recovered documentation shows this designation was never used for this aircraft and was reserved for a project that never left the drawing board" And yes that is a Rheinmetall BK 5 auto cannon in the starboard nose, that actual fitment of guided weapons cannot be confirmed but they included: Henschel Hs-293's Henschel Hs-295's Henschel GT-1200A LT 950 T Glider Torpedo Ruhrstahl X-4 Air to Air missiles (though fitment of these was/is debated)
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