Jump to content

As a result of the close-down of the UK by the British Government last night, we have made all the Buy/Sell areas read-only until we open back up again, so please have a look at the announcement linked here.

This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

Suprastar3000

De Havilland Mosquito 1/48 diorama with ground accessories

Recommended Posts

Welcome to my first WIP thread. So, here it goes,...

De Havilland Mosquito from Tamiya with David Brown tug.

Not 100% sure if I'm building FB MkVI of 143 Squadron (Sea grey with yellow spinner) or FB MkVI of 487 Squadron (like the box)

This will be to replace an old model I brush painted years ago,... now in an effort to modernize the collection with airbrushed versions.

Also here, I have a neat little resin David Brown tractor I'll be building today.

This should complement the Mossie very well.

Build6_zps0rw3ahwt.jpg

Build5_zpsz4n0sydc.jpg

Build4_zpshpfagkiz.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The David Brown tractor is getting on nicely, which was relatively painless.

Not done too many resin models so superglue isn't a strong point of mine.

This will be painted RAF blue when complete.

Build3_zpskubmo29r.jpg

Build2_zpsma4g2x5f.jpg

Build1_zpsgpydfpfk.jpg

Edited by Suprastar3000

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its actually a re-make with "improvements." to an existing diorama I have. The original models on the diorama were completed many moons ago. Now, I have recently started airbrushing and want to remake my old efforts. During which time I want to also make improvements and swap the US tractor for an more historically correct british version. The ground crew and accessories will also be re-made. Snow needs reapplying and I want to build the new Mosquito with hatches open where possible. Oh, and ladder down.

Pretty much the only thing I will keep from the old diorama is the austin tilly. The was quite a resent addition anyway.

Heres a picture of the original

DSC00046_zpsu9utnzf7.jpg

Edited by Suprastar3000

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The David Brown tractor is getting on nicely, which was relatively painless.

Not done too many resin models so superglue isn't a strong point of mine.

This will be painted RAF blue when complete.

I'd double check this, ....I know there was a a thread on this.. quick google... ah, yes this one

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234907984-raf-ground-equipment/

The RAF ground equipment from that time should be in Standard Camoflage Colour 2 (SCC 2) a Brown Colour (not aircraft Dark Earth!) which was a Army vehicle colour. All RAF WW2 vehicles and ground eqipment used it as a base colour post 1941 until 1944 when UK Olive Drab (different to US OD) appeared on new vehicles. I assume that any new GE was also painted this colour, but usually the policy was that the Brown was still used until stocks ran out. I don't think RAF GE was "camoflaged" I haven't seen anything to suggest otherwise, but it was just left in the SCC2 base colour, but I could be convinced otherwise with Photo evidence!

I believe that there were still lots of SCC2 painted equipment around in 1948 when the RAF reverted back to Blues.

White Ensign produce SCC2.It is perhaps a little light than it should be, but looks ok as it gives a "scale effect" quite nicely.

Selwyn

Mixes for all these British paints are here

from Mike Starmer, http://www.mafva.net/other%20pages/Starmer%20camo.htm

this lower colour on this Churchill is S.C.C.2

large.jpg

For S.C.C. 15 OD,

Tamiya mix for British SCC 15 Olive Drab

Those of you wishing to paint late war British vehicles may find this latest mix easier to make up than the previous mix, it is slightly lighter and more accurate too. Mix 5 pts XF81 + 1 pt XF58 +1 pt XF71.

HTH

T

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hah hah thanks.

I don't have the luxury of a study or studio,.. so the dinning room table is my only space.

Everything needs to be easily moved when the wife shouts "GET THE DAM TABLE CLEAR".

I can't close the box lids with the glues and paints sitting upright. So, I didn't want to lay the paints and glues down on their sides as the liquids would dry around the top seals making them difficult to open. The answer was to modify the bottom of the boxes, so they sit at 45 degrees. This prevents the paints pooling in the lids and also allows for easy accessibility when sitting at my desk.

Also,.. I can't stand a messy work space,.... I need some order in my life. ;)

Edited by Suprastar3000

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Regrettably I haven't had too much time to spend on this model,.. but over the weekend I quickly put together the engine fairings, wheels and the bomb bay.

The kit is really a delight to put together so can't fault Tamiya.

Fuel tanks painted red with a bit of weathering and a light wash,..... but nothing too fancy until I get the sides together.

Sides are just held together checking for fit, so excuse the panel lines.

newBuild2_zpsgvo3fhbu.jpg

newBuild1_zps7tszlckz.jpg

Wheels painted, but needing weathering and dirt/oil wash.

Need a few different shades of metal and chrome I think too.

I noticed the instructions show a silver colour of the wheels bays, but the internet shows quite a few examples with interior green.

I've gone for this as the contrast with the silver undercarriage looks better IMHO

newBuild3_zps7lrhhadb.jpg

newBuild4_zpsc6ffvx5c.jpg

so there we go,.... not much to show, but a bit of progress is better than none at all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Phil

Made little progress this week.

Seat belts made from tamiya tape as the decals looked too flat. Little of this detail will be seen as I'm planning on covering the top of the cockpit glass with a light dusting of snow.

Fuselage sides are together with cockpit done and weathered.

Also did a dirt wash on the wheels picking out the tyre tread. Again these will be mostly covered in snow.

newBuild1_zpsqni9pszn.jpg

newBuild3_zpstwesejgl.jpg

newBuild4_zpsqq6luhb8.jpg

newBuild2_zpsgpsqmons.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A little further down the production line we go,....



Pre-shaded and base coat down.


Under side looks ok, but I think I'll need some aftershade on the top side.


Oil and grim look pretty good on the wheels,.. so I think I'll finally leave that alone.



Cockpit area is nothing like as detailed as some of the models on this forum, but I'm reasonably happy with the look considering my abilities (or lack of).


The open access door is the main key to the detail as the cockpit glass may have sooo much snow on it, little detail will show through.



The exhaust staining was done today too. Looks more subtle in real life.


That was terrifying to do free-hand with the airbrush,.. for me a newbie at airbrushing,... but turned out ok.



latestBuild1_zpshzjc6btb.jpg



latestBuild5_zpsdjvosocr.jpg



latestBuild2_zpsdipainpd.jpg



latestBuild3_zpselp80gss.jpg



latestBuild4_zpsrftsd3ts.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Exhaust staining looks fine. I subtle wash in the panel lines might also help it pop.

But take a close look at exhaust staining (any Merlin engined aircraft will do), I think it's a mix of dark grey, brown and a bit of light grey from running the engine lean..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cheers for the info.

I'll do the panel lines with a wash after the decals are fitted. Lots to do between then and now though.

Nice idea with the grey tones on the exhaust staining. Maybe I could do that with chalk dust. Don't think I could handle the nerve of using the airbrush again.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Decals on and wash complete.

Just cockpit glass, few small parts and rockets to go on,.. and then weathering.

Gave the model 3 good coats of gloss varnish but the decals still left silvering around the edge.

A bit disappointed with that,.. but I guess it happens from time to time.

Now applied matt varnish that has disguised the silvering a tiny bit.

SunBuild1_zpsx69pawlt.jpg

SunBuild4_zpsp2agvxrz.jpg

SunBuild3_zpslotqaihr.jpg

SunBuild2_zpswg1vhdke.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the original diorama, the light snow covering is very realistic.

Shame about the silvering on the decals, had you thought about cutting around the code letters then trying to soak off the film? Perhaps a heavier coat of snow is called for this time around.

Cheers

John

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Try floating the decals onto wet Johnsons Klear that usually gets rid of the silvering on troublesome decals..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the original diorama, the light snow covering is very realistic.

Shame about the silvering on the decals, had you thought about cutting around the code letters then trying to soak off the film? Perhaps a heavier coat of snow is called for this time around.

Cheers

John

Hi John,

Thanks for the reply on the diorama. I've seen some very realistic snow models on here that I'm aiming to replicate but time will tell if I can get closer to realism on this dio.

Yea, Its a shame about the decals. If I'm brave enough I might try painting inside of the letters over the silvering. Thats the only option I have now the transfers are locked in between clear coat and matt varnish.

In the future I'll try cutting the excess film off.

Edited by Suprastar3000

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Try floating the decals onto wet Johnsons Klear that usually gets rid of the silvering on troublesome decals..

Really. wow. Never heard of the technique before.

I would be scared to get run marks, finger prints and other imperfections in the Klear whilst working on the decal.

Might give that a go on some spare plastic parts when I get a moment. Thanks for the tip.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have a piece of tissue/kitchen roll ready. Twist it into a point and use this to wick away Klear from around the side of the decal..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looking great, Pitty about those decals but you can't really notice it. I built one of these before I became a member on BM, it was a pleasure to build, I used a hairy stick at the time and have always thought about going back and doing an airbrushed one. I think you made up my mind. :)

Keep up the good work.

John.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the tips and advise guys. Much appreciated.

"hairy stick" LOL. That made me chuckle.

Must say, this Mosquito was a joy to build. One of my favourite kits so far,.. so If your considering building another John,.. go for it.

Tonight I'm going to try and attempt to carefully paint OVER the silvered decal edges. Will first try on a inconspicuous area and see if it improves.

Luckily the roundels are fine. The ghosting only happened on the identification letters,.. so painting around those will be difficult but not impossible.

Fingers crossed.

Edited by Suprastar3000

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...