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  1. This has been sitting in an unfinished state for many years since I messed up the paint on the body. I chose yellow for the body and picked up a can of Humbrol enamel spray from the model shop when I bought the kit. Unfortunately it went on so thick that it looked like I'd used household gloss paint. At least I can check out paint stripping on the sprue before attacking the main body. In the past I've tried sanding back and respraying but it probably needs stripping back to the plastic. There is also a crack in the windscreen pillar, I hope I can glue and fill it so that you can't see the join (the photo hides it pretty well). I like the clear plastic undertray that allows some of the suspension and engine detail to be seen. Pity about the glue and finger print. Maybe a bit of sanding will save things, I might just try and use some satin black to paint over the marks while leaving at least half the tray clear. Onto the more positive stuff; I'm really pleased with the front and rear screens, the frames were probably painted in Tamiya X11 or Humbrol Silver. The rest of the build is pretty much complete. It looks like most of the other parts are painted, if I can just get the body done to an acceptable standard then it should be an easy job to finish as the kit seems to go together really nicely (typical Tamiya quality).
  2. Hello, My next thread will be StuG III Ausf.B. I have chosen Tamiya kit for this one and since I have few leftovers from Dragon's Panzer III family kits I've built before, I use them wherever I can. I have few Aber upgrade sets also to use and aftermarket decals, as I'm going to one of the StuG Abt. 185 vehicles. I'm not very happy with the Tamiya kit, but there are not many options when building Ausf.B. Bolts are rounded and need to be replaced, weld seams are often missing and need to be reproduced, fit is loose and need a lot of filler. But main problem with this kit is that upper hull, when removing the molded fenders, appears to be 1mm wider than lower hull. I really don't know what to do with that yet. Here is the front driver's plate compared to hull: But Aber's etched sets seems to be awesome and offers a lot of fun. Here's the assembled ammo storage cabinet. And yep, the lid is movable: Tracks are from MasterClub this time and oh are they awesome. Compared to Friuls, these need very little cleaning and go together with little resin pins. Til' next time, Kristjan
  3. Help ... Im running an experiment trying to mix up a Dark earth I'm satisfied with ? Most are to tan to my eye so im looking to add a bit more brown. I have Mr.Color Dark earth bottle #22 and I have Tamiya XF-60 Dark yellow. I have always read that you can mix Gunze and Tamiya as they are both Lacquer acrylics. So I mixed three bottle caps with varying amounts of each when i did i got a snotty goo ? So i dipped my brush into Tamiya Lacquer thinner and the colors turned snow white and even more gloopy ? Yet when i cleaned my brush in the Tamiya Lacquer thinner it came out clean as a whistle looking almost new ? Im so confused anyone have any clue why the weird reaction in one place (bottlecaps) but no reaction in thinner jar ? Dennis
  4. After taking a look at these two links: I've decided to contribute to the late Luftawaffe club with my own version of Rudolf Sinner's Me 262. I'll paint it in RLM 70/71/76. The kit is the excellent Tamiya model, which has decals for four versions.
  5. So, it's been quite a while since I posted anything..........life and stuff gets in the way. But got some bench time in my shed over the past few weeks and managed to knock this out. No major issues with this, typical Tamiya fit, very little filler needed. Tried for a 'beaten' look as I have seen many others portrayed in this fashion............not sure how successful I have been, but looks "OK" to my eyes. Tried with a small piece of sponge, not brave enough to try the hairspray way (never tried it and was happy with my build and didn't want to mess it up with a poor attempt with hairspray as never tried before). Comments / critique / suggestions warmly welcomed as they will only help me to progress in this hobby. Enjoy:
  6. I finished a Tamiya 1/35 halftrack recently. Please tell me where to improve it.
  7. Kit - Tamiya Paint - (Interior & load-out) Humbrol & Xtracolour enamels. (Exterior) Tamiya acrylics mixed-by-eye. Decals - Superscale & Afterburner Extras - Eduard 'Zoom' interior set, Tamiya 'Detail Up' pitot, Hasegawa AIM-9 & Instrument Pod. General Dynamics / Lockheed Martin F-16C-50 Fighting Falcon Assigned to Brg Gen. Donald J. Hoffman 52nd Fighter Wing Spangdahlem 2002/03 Until recently I'd not built an F-16 in any scale for over twenty years, now there's two !!. Not quite a 'shake'n bake' as some thought and attention to the construction sequence is definitely needed. That said all fits very well as we've come to expect... well except the decals - mine shattered into atom-sized pieces as soon as they hit the water, but I was only ever going to use the stencils for the drop tanks. I found some spare in the stash so just got on with it. Eduard Zoom set was a delight to fit and makes a shed-load of difference in my opinion. Faded and battered paint is not typical for a 'Wing King' but I've chosen to show this aircraft soon after it's operational deployment to Iraq & Afghanistan, not sure about the historical provenance but I really like the way it looks - hope folks here do too. If anyone is interested, the WiP is here: Next I'll be finishing an IL2, then... who knows.... Feel free to hurl abuse, comment or ask a question. Best from NZ. Ian.
  8. Hi all. This is my first attempt at 1/35 armour. I brush painted it using Mig Ammo King Tiger paint set. I had planned to try airbrushing but had numerous problems so stuck with the hairy stick. Detail has been added using the Eduard Etch set. Weathering was kept to a minimum with just a light dust wash applied to the road wheels & sprockets & some black panel line wash to enhance the details. C&cs always welcomed. It's the only way I will learn!
  9. Well, here are some of the guilty parties that have stalled my Zero build, posted elsewhere in this forum. I decided to get cracking with two P-51D and I have actually done quite a lot of "good" on these two models. In addition, there is a P-47D Razorback, but that one will be posted another time! The P-51D Tamiya was a bit "disappointing", as I was looking forward (for once) to a shake and bake model. It nonetheless gave me quite a bit of fit problems, but it must be me!!! Had to scratch a seat too, but then, everybody ends up changing that contraption designed for some creature from another planet. I am going for the box art decoration: not original, but I like it! The Academy kit has a beautiful interior, but needs in my eyes a lot of work on the outside, as everything that is supposed to be recessed is raised... Quite silly really. But I like building this model, no matter its shortcomings. I decided to open the radiator flap, as the original one looks unrealistic and cluncky! I am not sure what the final result will look like, but it cannot be worse! The last jobs on the wings will be making some wingtips lights and rescribe all the aileron tabs I destroyed through over-enthusiastic sanding... All in all, two fun models to build, especially as I have never built a P-51 in my life... Shame on me! Any comment, tips, criticism are welcome!!! Cheers JR
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