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Beautiful work, looks a nice kit and you are making an epic job of it. :thumbsup:

Thanks, Airgunner, greatly appreciated! :)

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I've had the pleasure of following this build on Youtube... :D

(Hi Martin - Darth here! Hope all is well!)

Hello Mr. Photek, fancy meeting you here! How are you! ;)

I just joined this forum on Tuesday 21st April, but when you check my profile it states that I've been a member since January 27th?? I think the Britmodeller.com calendar is messed up!

Cheers :)

Martin

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Very nice! Like where this is going, excellent work!

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Superb work & thank you for your very detailed updates. This thread will serve as a very handy reference for when I get around to doing mine.

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Well I've just spent some time catching up with this build and I have to say you are doing a phenomenal job. Absolutely brilliant on all levels. Very inspirational modelling! :worthy::worthy::worthy:

Kind regards,

Stix

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What a great thread! Thanks for posting this, it's been most enjoyable :popcorn::goodjob:

You're welcome homer! Thanks for taking a look and for your kind comment, much appreciated! :)

Cheers,

Martin

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superb work, the paint looks fantastic .

Thanks again, Batcode, and thanks for following along with these updates, greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Martin :)

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Very nice! Like where this is going, excellent work!

Thanks again, Phil, for following this build and your comments, greatly appreciated! :)

Cheers,

Martin

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Superb work & thank you for your very detailed updates. This thread will serve as a very handy reference for when I get around to doing mine.

Thanks Chacer, much appreciated, and, you're welcome for the detailed updates, I'm flattered that you'll take reference from them and happy that the effort used creating these updates is serving a purpose other than Styrene "Porn" images! :)

Cheers,

Martin

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Well I've just spent some time catching up with this build and I have to say you are doing a phenomenal job. Absolutely brilliant on all levels. Very inspirational modelling! :worthy::worthy::worthy:

Kind regards,

Stix

Thanks for taking a look Stix and for your very kind comment, much appreciated! :)

Have a great weekend!

Martin :)

A very skilful build, good stuff!

Thanks, James, greatly appreciated! :)

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Martin

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Revell 1/32 Arado AR196A-3 Seaplane "Build Update #5":

Hello Guys,

The weekend is here, so I have a little time to post my latest update for the Revell Arado AR196-A3:

First, I started off by adding water to activate the previously airbrushed Hairspray so that I could add chipping to the plane, the engine cowlings, the propeller and the floats:


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I then sealed the chipping with a gloss clear coat prior to decaling:


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When that had dried, it was time to apply the decals, and in doing so, they went on great with no silvering:


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I started with the port-side wing:


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Followed by the Starboard-side wing:


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I then moved onto the Port-side fuselage and added my own aeromaster after-market "Swaztika" decal to the rudder:


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It was now time for the starboard side fuselage and rudder to be decaled:


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And, finally, the floats were decaled:


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After allowing time for the decals to set, I then sealed them in with a gloss clear coat prior to beginning weathering:


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Before beginning the weathering though, I fitted/glued the engine cowling assembly onto the front of the fuselage:


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I started my weathering with a pin-wash to the underside of the plane, to highlight the recessed panel lines. I used black oil paint mixed with a little yellow to make it dark brown and added mineral spirits to get a thin watery consistency to enable it to flow along the panel lines by way of capillary action:


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When the underside was completed, I continued onto the top-side of the plane, then finished with the two floats:


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I then taped along the sides of both floats and mixed a dark brown with a hint of green oil wash to create a water-line and staining on the sides of the floats:


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I then moved onto creating my smoke, soot, burn stains from the two exhausts beneath the fuselage. I went a little heavy because I want this plane to look like a well used war-horse:


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I then created a rusty/brown shade of oil wash and applied some oil, fuel and wear streaks and staining on various areas of the aircraft, including between panel lines to simulate accumulated dirt:


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I allowed the oils to dry over-night, then I sealed them all in with another Gloss Clear coat so that I can apply another filter wash and some more highlights on top of what has already been done:


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When the clear coat was dry, I checked over the sub-assemblies to see what I needed to touch-up and decide what else I wanted to do to it, then dry-fitted the sub-assemblies together to see how she's looking so far and for your viewing pleasure icon_e_wink.gif


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Well, that's it for this update, to get to completion, I still have another filter to do, some highlighting, mask, paint and assemble the canopies, assemble the whole plane, add rigging to the support struts and a aerial antenna cable then fit all of the small fiddly parts like the light lenses, the pitot tube, counterbalance weights beneath the ailerons, and of course the final matt/flat clear coat.

I will also be building a diorama throughout the year to put this model into.

Thanks in advance for your continued support, encouragement and comments for this build, they are greatly appreciated! icon_e_smile.gificon_thumright.gif


Until the next update...

Cheers!

Martin icon_e_smile.gif

Edited by UKguyInUSA

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Martin, it has been a pleasure to watch you at work and an inspiration too. Your finish on this has rendered it an eye watering beautiful piece of art. You have a good eye and a deft touch. Wonderful work fella.

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Fantastic WIP with very useful step by step information, I'll be bookmarking this for when I build mine.

I don't think there will be any surprises in the final reveal, it's going to be great.

I've really enjoyed watching this come together.

All the best

John

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Great WIP, lots of good ideas to experiment with. It's looking rather special now :)

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I did the same kit in the very same markings couple years ago (does time fly?) and I think that it's hard to go wrong with it.

My only gripe is that we both forgot (or chose) to put some rivets on the surface. It would add a bit.

Josip

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Hi Martin, that is stunning!

Viv

Thanks, Viv, greatly appreciated, and thanks for taking a look! :)

Cheers,

Martin

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Martin, it has been a pleasure to watch you at work and an inspiration too. Your finish on this has rendered it an eye watering beautiful piece of art. You have a good eye and a deft touch. Wonderful work fella.

Thanks for taking a look Grayson, and for your very kind comment, greatly appreciated! :)

Cheers,

Martin

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Fantastic WIP with very useful step by step information, I'll be bookmarking this for when I build mine.

I don't think there will be any surprises in the final reveal, it's going to be great.

I've really enjoyed watching this come together.

All the best

John

Thanks John, greatly appreciated! Enjoy building yours when you do....you won't be disappointed with the kit, it's an absolute gem! Great German engineering, far superior to the Revell USA kits, which are none to be desired.

Cheers,

Martin :)

Great WIP, lots of good ideas to experiment with. It's looking rather special now :)

Thanks Woody, greatly appreciated! Thanks for looking!

Cheers,

Martin :)

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Revell 1/32 Arado AR196A-3 Seaplane "Build Update #6":

Hello Guys,

Well, It's been over a month since I started this build on March 17th and I've finally completed the first part of this planned project...the Revell 1/32 Arado AR196A-3 Seaplane! Yippeeeeee!!! My second part will be to put this into a diorama, of which I have yet to design, plan and acquire the products, materials and equipment necessary for me to accomplish my first ever diorama. I wouldn't normally bother with a diorama, but, I thought to myself..."You've never done a diorama and you have plenty of time to do one, so go for it, take the challenge"!

Anyway, enough waffling, the following images show what other steps I did on this model since my last "Build Update #5" to get it ready for final assembly, then onto the "Final Reveal".

First, I mixed a olive drab/green filter with oil paints and mineral spirits, using black, green and yellow oils, until I got a shade I liked. I then brushed it all over the plane to give it another tonal variation and wiped away some of it when it had dried, using cotton buds / Q-Tips;


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I then created another filter that had a slimy greeny/brown tone to it, to apply on top of what I had previously applied on the floats, to create a water staining effect where the floats would be beneath the water-line:


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When I was happy with how everything looked, I then sealed it all in with a flat/matte clear coat. As always, I used Model Masters Flat Clear Coat:


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When that was dry, it was time for the final assembly of all the sub-assemblies, along with all of the rigging, the aerial and antenna cable and the fiddly small parts such as light lenses, pitot tube, aileron counter-balance weights, door handles, rear machine gun and bombs.

First, the portside support strut and bomb were glued into place, followed by the starboard side wing bomb;


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It was now time to assemble the floats and struts to the underside of the plane, along with making some rigging to fix between them. I therefore used the stretched sprue method by heating and stretching out sprue with a lighted candle, stretching the sprue until I got a thickness/diameter I was happy with;


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When all the rigging was in place, I glued and taped the plane to the floats to hold everything in place until set:


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I then moved onto fitting the folded back Portside wing by gluing it into place, then using some of the stretched sprue, I cut a length to use as the tie-cable between the wing and the side of the fuselage:


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This was followed by fitting the upper wing fixing bracket that attaches the upper wing to the side of the fuselage beneath the cockpit:


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The rigging and tie cables were then painted a steel color to finish them off;


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Next, I wanted to scratch build a couple of steel tie-ropes/cables that go either side of the cockpit and fitted into the side of the fuselage. I used fuse wire and cut two equal lengths and twisted them together to simulate steel cable, then hooked over the ends and super-glued them into their respective locations. They were painted with a steel color before gluing them into their locations. The two black parts are the molded versions that I was replacing:


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It was now time to mask the canopy, which consisted of 13 separate framed panels and each one having two sides for the inside and outside of the aircraft. Therefore, 26 windows to mask!


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When that was done, I airbrushed a black base coat onto both sides;


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When the base coat was dried, I airbrushed a light-olive drab onto the inside frames:


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And when that had dried, I airbrushed the outside frames with RLM 73 Dunkelgrun;


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And, finally, when that paint had dried, I airbrushed a coat of Model Master Flat Clear Coat on to seal the paint:


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I allowed that to dry for 30 minutes before I removed the masking tape so I could check to see how the frames look, and, I thought that it had turned out okay;


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Next, I removed all of the engine bay doors and cowlings that were temporarily held in place with putty while the aircraft was painted and weathered, so that now, I could fit them into their open positions to display the engine compartments;


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Before I fitted the canopy sections into place, I painted and fitted the gun-sight onto the top of the instrument panel:


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After this had set, the canopy sections were put into place, the aerial was fitted and I made and fitted antenna wires using 0.010" thick EZ-Line. I then fitted the light lenses, pitot tube and counterbalance weights beneath the wings.

The "Final Reveal" photos will follow shortly in my "Final Reveal" posting coming shortly.....


Thanks for taking a look and following along with this build so far, and thanks for the comments along the way, much appreciated! icon_e_smile.gif

Cheers,

Martin

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