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JasonC

1/48 Pathfinder - Tamiya Mosquito B.IX

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50 minutes ago, gingerbob said:

My official working area is also my computer desk, and since one of my cats treats the area between me and the keyboard as a "staging area" before he settles on my lap (where he is now), that helps keep a portion of the desk "clear"!  Either end does tend to get rather cluttered, though, and I don't get frustrated enough to tidy up nearly often enough.  Which reminds me...

Thankfully my cat seems to appreciate that the desk itself is off limits. Which is impressive since every other horizontal surface in the house apparently isn't. Lap of course is fair game.

 

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I was working away most of last week, but managed to pack enough painting material to make some progress on the pilot (or Nav!) figure. 

 

This is where he was after the airbrushed highlighting stage.

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Starting to lay down the base colours with very thin coats. These are mostly a mix of Vallejo and GW paints.

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Slowly adding more layers of colour. 

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Around the back...

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Here's where he is at the moment. I've started picking out the shadows and highlights by brush, and done a little blending.

He's still a bit pasty faced - haven't touched the flesh tones yet.

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Starting to mask off the edges of the metal panels for a spot of chipping. In the first instance I'll just be using a lighter version of the base colour, rather than anything too drastic like bare metal.

 

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The crew figure looks great Jason, your preshading has worked a charm. Impressive knowledge of your subject, to be specifically chipping the metal panels.

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5 hours ago, Cookenbacher said:

The crew figure looks great Jason, your preshading has worked a charm. Impressive knowledge of your subject, to be specifically chipping the metal panels.

Thanks Cookie. Can’t be going off and chipping wooden panels, not with this crowd. You’d never live it down. 😉

 

Besides, Tamiya helpfully sprinkle some recessed rivets on the metal bits!

 

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Great looking model Jason and a lovely job on the figure to boot. Looking forward to the weathering.

 

Andy

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6 hours ago, Crimea River said:

Great looking model Jason and a lovely job on the figure to boot. Looking forward to the weathering.

 

Andy

Thanks Andy. Your FB.VI has been an inspiration!

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Spent the evening doing more on the figure. Added a little more shading, darkened the boots a bit, and starting on the fleshtones.

 

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More on the face, and the eyes. Aaaaaaannnnd breathe again. 😬

 

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More or less done on the figure I think. I tried to paint up the goggles to give a glassy effect. Just the basing left to do.

 

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And onwards with the weathering. In brief:

 

- Panel lining with the Tamiya accent product (for the Medium Grey).

- Ditto with black/brown oil paint and thinners (for the Dark Green and Ocean Grey.

- Chipping with a sponge and various acrylic paints (not Silver!).

- Leading edge chips with water colour pencils. (Maybe a bit more of this once the matt coat is on).

- Light oil streaking with an AK enamel product.

 

Trying not to overdo it, although the Merlin installation in the Mossie seems to have been prone to some fairly heavy staining on occasion!

 

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Looks brilliant Jason, lovely subtle weathering. Been watching your thread since the first post and loving seeing this come together. I'm building the very basic Airfix NF.XXX at the moment but very tempted towards trying a future two stage mossie using the Tamiya kit with your nacelles. Keep up the good work, Stu

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2 hours ago, stoohoo said:

Looks brilliant Jason, lovely subtle weathering. Been watching your thread since the first post and loving seeing this come together. I'm building the very basic Airfix NF.XXX at the moment but very tempted towards trying a future two stage mossie using the Tamiya kit with your nacelles. Keep up the good work, Stu

Thanks Stu. It's taken a while, but it's starting to feel like we're on the home straight now. 

 

J.

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Flitting back and forth a little, so now it's back to those target indicators. I've refined them a little to better resemble the few photos that are out there.

 

As far as I can gather they had a 1/2" red band, 8" from the nose (to indicate explosive contents) and possibly another to indicate the colour of the marker. Plus stencilling, which I have no clue how I'll tackle yet,

 

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That’s really looking rather good Jason. I shall attempt to incorporate some of those weathering techniques on my next Mosquito.
 

Sean

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Painting up the target indicators.

 

Underpainting for the stripes and stencilling. Decided not to make use of the green in the end.

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Masking up.

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Sprayed black (actually dark grey) and beaten up a little with sponge chipping. Then masks off!

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With a small brush and black paint, paint out anything that doesn't look like '250 LB'

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A little more stencilling.

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The (almost) completed pair. Not perfect but hopefully should look okay under the wings.

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That's a great result Jason, nice mix of masking and free hand for the complex. bomb markings.

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11 hours ago, Cookenbacher said:

That's a great result Jason, nice mix of masking and free hand for the complex. bomb markings.

 

Thanks. It's only an approximation, as can be seen from the image below. But hopefully the overall effect is close enough.

 

Oddly enough, no one makes a set of stencil decals for obscure WW2 British ordnance!

 

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Nice work on those bombs Jason. The pilot figure looks the part too. 

 

I also wish I could train our cat like yours to keep off the modelling desk!

 

James

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Undercart ready to go. These are Ultracast resin wheels drilled through to accept some aluminium rod. Otherwise the default assembly process requires sandwiching the wheels in between the two halves of the leg assembly, which in turn makes it much harder to gap fill and paint the legs.

 

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And finally standing on her own three feet,

 

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10 hours ago, woody37 said:

Superb work on them bombs Jason :)

 

Thanks Woody. I wanted something Pathfinder specific that would really represent the type of ops that the squadron carried out. Shapeways has done alright out of me on this build!

 

J.

 

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23 hours ago, James G said:

Looks great, fine work

Thanks James. 🙂

 

It feels like we're into the 'endless procession of small jobs' phase of the build.

 

Downward identification lights, courtesy of Little Cars / Modelling Tools.

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Some mud splatter behind the tail wheel, though it looks a little washed out in this photo.

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That’s all looking really fantastic, your aircrew figure looks excellent.

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On 22/02/2020 at 19:51, phildagreek said:

That’s all looking really fantastic, your aircrew figure looks excellent.

Thanks Phil!

 

One of the final details, the Oboe antenna to be mounted under the fuselage just aft of the bomb bay. This is the antenna for the later 10cm wavelength Mk.II Oboe system (the earlier Mk.I Oboe system operated at 1.5m wavelength and the antenna was entirely inside the rear fuselage). The antenna itself was a slotted waveguide (basically a hollow square tube) covered by a clear(ish) fairing. This one was designed in a simple 3D programme (as with the TI's) and printed by Shapeways.

 

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