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On 7/27/2018 at 10:03 AM, One-Two said:

Unfortunately, I was unable to find this Lifecolor UA515 in my local hobby shops and since the other colors I'll be using (for topside) are from Gunze Mr.Hobby, I decided to use for the underside also a Mr. Hobby paint - and the one closest to RaduB recommendation that I could find was Mr.Hobby H314.

It looks that is has more of that duck-egg shade in it, when comparing with the LifecolorUA515 - but hey, nothing is definitive or sure about this issue.

 

Thanks for looking and cheers,

I bought Hataka C293 FS25550 for my IAR.

 

 

Edited by JBZ

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It's too late now for this one, but thanks JBZ for the tip...Hataka is better represented in my local hobby shops so I will most probably use your suggestion in the future.

 

In the meantime, I continued with the upper camouflage colors. This type of camouflage it is a first for me so it took a while to find the right way of masking.

In the end, I used a combination of blu-tack and masking tape.

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I started with the RAF Dark Earth (Mr.Hobby), using the same technique like on the underside.

First, a marble coat:

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Not the best one but this is a first for me also:)

Then some very diluted blending coats of the same RAF Dark Earth:

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And this is how it looks now.

Now I'm preparing for RAF Dark Green, hope to be back soon.

Cheers,

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In the meantime I'm trying to match the colors on the rudder with the ones from Radu's decal sheet.

I'll be using the roundels since the markings will be pre-war.

With the red I think I'm ok.

With the yellow, I intend to spray same clear orange over the flat yellow and thus I will match the color.

With the blue I tried first some Insignia blue...but it was far too dark...then I sprayed over some highly diluted French Blue (MM, gloss).

Now it's far better than before, but I'm not happy yet.

Maybe I could just let it as it is, although it seems to me that the blue from the decals is lighter then the one from the rudder.

The problem is that I don't have any other light blue color...hmmm...

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Cheers,

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21 hours ago, mahavelona said:

Any progress on this gorgeous build? I'd love to see it with the decals on!

Hi mahavelona.

Unfortunately, I put this project on hold sine I run out of steam with it.

I guess that this is what is happening when a project is taking too long to complete.

The only progress is that I also sprayed the second upper camouflage color, namely RAF dark green.

This is how it looks now, the only difference is that the mask are off.

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Anyway, there is no way that I'm abandoning this one.

I'm working now on two Fw 190's and my plan is that immediately after I finish them, to go back to the IAR 80.

So hopefully I'll be back soon with this one.

 

Thank you for your interest and all the best,

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It looks great so far! We all do this with projects which take so long, I often feel I want a bit of a change, to get some excitement back up for a new subject!

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Ok...back on business with this project.

Hope that I'll find the time to finish it.

I managed to spray all the main colors of the camouflage. This type of cammo is a first for me, so it was some kind of learning experience.

However, now it's ready for the decals, under a protective clear gloss.

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Unfortunately, I managed to break off the tail skid while masking & painting...now I have to figure out a way to repair it...

 

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Gorgeous paintwork :thumbsup:

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Decals ready.

I used the dedicated decal sheet from RaduB...very good decals, no problem whatsoever.

I also repaired the tail skid, since it broke off at least two times since it was installed.

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Next I focused on the front engine area, which was not finished yet.

After previous work on this area and some substantial modifications, the engine looked like this:

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So inside the cowling we can see the typical IAR K14 engine pushrods (the IAR K14 was a licensed French Rhone&Gnome engine) and some spark plugs wiring. Standard stuff for any radial.

However, the IAR 80 had a pretty complicated internal reinforcement structure installed inside of the engine cowling, designed to sustain and stiffen the entire cowling assembly.

There were some metal rods installed inside, connecting the main panels of the cowling to the engine itself. These are not at all represented in this kit but since they are quite visible if looking from the front, I decided to try replicate them.

Due to limited access constraints, I installed only the most visible of them, made from albion alloys 0.33 metal rod cut to dimensions, super-glued in place and painted dark green, same color as the cowling interior.

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Then I installed also the big cylindrical engine cover, thus finishing the front area of the plane:

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As already said, the cowling reinforcement system was in reality more complicated than that, but I guess this is enough for me.  

 

Thanks for looking Guys and Happy New Year for all of you!

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