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Big Starfighter: Graffiti Dutch 'Dusty' or...?


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This (big) kit I've had in the stash for years. But the AM I bought for this GB.

Danny Coreman's book I've used for some previous 1/48 builds.

 

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The dutch 'dusty' decal sheet i bought fairly recently, But I'm not sure if i'll go this way yet?

I think the decals look hard edged compared to reference photos so if i do go this way I may create them manualy somehow.

 

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All the kit schemes are great too.

I've always had a love of both the italian and Luftwaffe schemes.... hmmm.

 

Here's the lovely extras:

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it's a big plane in 1/32... the reskit engine set is ace (and big)

 

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I'm looking forward to this! 

 

 

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  • Dansk changed the title to Big Starfighter: Graffiti Dutch 'Dusty' or...?

Definitely one to watch here Paul.

Enough aftermarket to keep our Australian accessory monster satisfied without making the build over complicated.

In terms of schemes I have always liked the older Italian one of green/grey camo with larger national markings and the large with codes on the fuselage, lovely!

 

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1 hour ago, modelling minion said:

Definitely one to watch here Paul.

Enough aftermarket to keep our Australian accessory monster satisfied without making the build over complicated.

In terms of schemes I have always liked the older Italian one of green/grey camo with larger national markings and the large with codes on the fuselage, lovely!

 

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Thanks bud. I'm leaning that way too; but if i can pull off the graffiti scheme it could be something really interesting. I'm not sure.

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2 minutes ago, Dansk said:

Thanks bud. I'm leaning that way too; but if i can pull off the graffiti scheme it could be something really interesting. I'm not sure.

It is a very eye catching scheme but as you say the decals are hard edged rather than having the soft edge of sprayed on paint from a rattle can, and in 1/32 it will be noticeable.

Do the Italian one, you know it makes sense.😉

 

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9 minutes ago, modelling minion said:

It is a very eye catching scheme but as you say the decals are hard edged rather than having the soft edge of sprayed on paint from a rattle can, and in 1/32 it will be noticeable.

Do the Italian one, you know it makes sense.😉

 

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yeah but maybe i could hand airbrush the dusty scheme craig which might look cool and just use the decals for the numerals and national insignia.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Dansk said:

yeah but maybe i could hand airbrush the dusty scheme craig which might look cool and just use the decals for the numerals and national insignia.

 

Now if you could manage that then it would look awesome!

 

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3 hours ago, modelling minion said:

Now if you could manage that then it would look awesome!

 

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What are ypu gonna build craig? 

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12 minutes ago, modelling minion said:

I shall be adding another F-100 to the mix, this time a 1/48 Trumpeter F.

 

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oh i remember you talking about it now. great. looking forward.

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I've been working on the big starfighter for some days now.

 

erasing all the kit cockpit detail ready to recieve it's PE.

 

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then the PE was added bit by bit.

The rudder pedals make a big difference.

 

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you can see bits of etch fitted here.

i scratched the wiring / pipe insulation / vent on the rear bulkhead based on danny coremans book references.

 

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Resin in place too here

 

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all was primed in black.. the handle snapped off so i had to make one with copper wire. it looks ok once painted.

 

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then i tried to match eduard's PE grey, even though its a way off the real grey

 

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then detail painting

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then the rest of the PE and a wash and matt varnish at the end.

The seat i think should have been black not grey but hey ho, it's done now.

 

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Great to see this one up and running Paul.

Very nice work so far too, the etched rudder pedals are a lot better than the kit supplied plastic ones.

The cockpit and seat do look very good, the only thing I'm not keen on are the handles on the bang seat, they just look too flat to me.

 

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9 minutes ago, modelling minion said:

Great to see this one up and running Paul.

Very nice work so far too, the etched rudder pedals are a lot better than the kit supplied plastic ones.

The cockpit and seat do look very good, the only thing I'm not keen on are the handles on the bang seat, they just look too flat to me.

 

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yeah im thinking the same craig. thanks for the honesty. 👍

might pull that off and wrap thin black tape around a yellow wire perhaps.

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Ohoo! That 32nd scale stuff looks like the real thing. If one knows how to handle it. Which you obviously do 👍🏽
 

looking forward to more of this!

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Thanks chaps.

I have definately decided I go for the box italian scheme now. 

this wing but a different number airframe... i like the Yellow accents they have.

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not much to report; been constructing the landing bays among other things.

 

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the kit detail is a touch soft for 1/32

but most of this will be hidden by the semi-closed doors.

 

all parts have mould seams on them, it takes ages to clean everything up all the time.

 

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progressing with killing ejection pins on this intake trunking here

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Lovely choice Paul, will you be building yours in a similarly weathered state? Must be at least 5 shades of dark grey on the upper surfaces, though the green isn't nearly as weathered.

As you say there isn't much point worrying about the interior of the wheel wells  as none of it will be visible later anyway,  makes you wonder why kit manufacturers bother detailing it really.

For a modern tooling I would have expected better with the mould seams and injector marks.

 

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not sure about weathering yet craig.

gotta say im not overly enjoying this kit so far. theres just so much clean up to do all the time.

lots of ejector pin fun.

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and sometimes (quite a lot) theres instructions to drill holes 

one has to use luck to guess where...

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glad i got the montex set to mask all the lights

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although i noticed mine is for aan alternate boxing so the masks for markings show airframe 335 not 331 like the kit decals but thats ok.

 

after sorting the resin engine i can join her up

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gonna use the kit ejection seat handles to replace the flat etch

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I shouldn't worry about those ejector marks on the inside of the gear doors Paul, you won't see them once they're fitted.

She's taking shape very nicely mate and I think you have made the right choice with the ejection seat handles.👍

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not sure about weathering yet

I'll pretend you didn't say that because we are friends.😉

 

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On 6/11/2022 at 4:10 PM, Dansk said:

I have definately decided I go for the box italian scheme now. 

this wing but a different number airframe... i like the Yellow accents they have.

a wise choice, mate :)

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Well there's been a little progress amidst what life's been throwing at me.

 

the kit engine fan i used, it probably wont be seen when its sealed and light starved.

 

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the rest of the engine is resin. it's been painted and weathered.

(there's a ton of resin here - a noseweight might be a good idea.)

 

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weathering continues on the tail feathers

 

on @modelling minion  craig's nudge i dressed the kit handles to replace the flat PE.

 

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and i've ak black based the stuff that'll be bare metal.

 

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Wow  -- the landing gear tub on this thing is larger than some of the MODELS I've built!

 

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😁 Ed

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