Ben Schumacher Thank you all for your kind comments, I am glad you like it!
Bart, the spaces between the sections were filled with high density PU foam and sheet. There is no resin copy, the skeleton you see on the first pic is still inside the model. I should have made a copy as the model is pretty heavy, but that's too late now.
@Model_Mania, yes, there is indeed a curtain between the front and rear cockpits. In real life, it was almost always open - I closed it to hide that there are no SENSO and TACCO stations inside my model.
Patrick Hagelstein Ben, hiding those SENSO and TACCO stations is really a cheap shortcut! Any scratch built 1/32 scale Viking should at least have that feature... Simply amazing build!
14. February 2019, 14:52
Alec K Ben, can you please talk a bit about the process of skinning the fuselage? Was this done with styrene sheet? Section at a time, vacuformed, how glued to PU foam etc? Thanks much.
14. February 2019, 16:47
Ben Schumacher No vacuforming was involved in skinning the fuselage. Once the spaces between the ribs were filled with PU foam or sheet and sanded into shape, the whole surface was covered with liquid resin which was then sanded. This was followed by body filler, more sanding, primer, even more sanding and a lot of scribing.
Glenn . That's an amazing build well done. Maybe an A-3 Skywarrior or a V-22 Osprey could be your next project in 1/32
15. February 2019, 13:43
Alec K Liquid resin! Teach me, Sensei... again, inspiring build and publication-worthy building skills. Would love to hear more about the liquid resin technique (dipped, brushed, brand etc.) I was trying to not be lazy, but could not find this covered or answered in any of your other albums or gallery articles (if there is something in print, let me/us know).
Bryn Crandell Congratulations. What an amazing build. The carrier deck is fabulous. Did you build that as well? if so where is the build thread for it?
24. October 2019, 11:55
Ben Schumacher Cheers everybody! The Viking go a gold medal in the scratchbuilt category indeed and two special prizes from Gruppo Picchiatello from Italy and Latin Militaire from Chile. The deck was built by my good friend Thomas Matzer; I just had to assemble it, to add my 3D printed padeyes and to paint and weather it. I have some photos which I can post within the next few days.
25. October 2019, 07:42
Treehugger Inspiring work! Nice to see something can be done. Also nice model. I thought this was a wooden model or something, so I didn't see the rest of this until today.
Ben M Holy cow. I did not even know that was possible. One question, if I may, how do you polish your canopies?
25. August, 00:09
Ben Schumacher Thanks folks! Ben, I use several grades of sanding and polishing papers - available from Micro Mesh for example - nail files and different polishing compounds applied by hand and with my Proxxon.
25. August, 09:05
Slavo Hazucha Saw this yesterday in my iPad edition of ModelFan magazine
Perfect job, hard to pick what to admire most - maybe the canopy, if I was forced to pick one at gunpoint... Excellent tour of skills & techniques from start to finish
25. August, 09:11
Ben Schumacher Thank you very much, Slavo - glad you like it and the article.