Robbie I got this kit for the Centennial+50 (I was born in Canada back when the Red Ensign flag flew). I have not yet got the nerve up to build it. Only got as far as admiring the sprues and decals. I see you have taken on the one thing that holds me back and that is to remove the seem on the canopy. I actually ordered another clear sprue from Kinetic via Lucky Models in case I F' it up. Also thinking of getting a 2nd set of decals also just to be safe. I have been watching your build. Cheers.
3. July, 21:57
Jens Thanks Robbi, my suggestion for the canopy, get yourself an Eduard MiG 21 (there were also in Canada). Eduard always has 3 versions of canopy that you don't need, you can practice on them because of the decals I have don't worry, Leading Edge offers a very good replacement, or I simply use other Canadian markings, also from Leading Edge, because the Canadian special markings are simply the most interesting ones that can be found on the CF 188 / F18
I don't worry about decals and canopy, I have been looking for the perfect red for a long time and hope to have found it
4. July, 00:27
Slavo Hazucha I´ll take a late seat, really interested to see this paint-scheme done!
Daniel I think you indeed found a spot on red, very nice progress!
13. July, 22:38
Jos Jansen Man Jens, missed this totally...very wel done so far, respect for the red paint very nice and tight!
16. July, 05:23
Jens Thank you colleagues and welcome on board After a long search I got a relatively inexpensive care, a plus for the canopy but also training money when it comes to the clear coat, I destroyed with some decals through the paint, only the simple orange maple and easily replaced by a Model Master Orange and some Tamiya tape, but still tuition in terms of paint the hull quickly had its color without much worry, the small parts and rudders are like dust catchers and so is the vertical tail before the decals bathed in Dowanol a good 15 times and freshly varnished ...., but slowly it comes to the larger decals and the alignment is again something that requires more than just calm and patience
Rui S Interesting paintjob on this BIG bird. Well done
20. October, 20:13
Alec K Well done Jens, and kudos for persevering with a difficult conversion
21. October, 00:49
Jens Thanks Thomas, Rui S and Alec K, it was really my hardest project so far, and it took the most time, I was often about to give up, some days I didn't want to see it, but who has the Ju 188 in scale anyway 1:32, and I honestly say, after a few days I'll think of AIMS again, without the Vacu pulpit Mistletoe 2 and 3 are giants too
21. October, 13:39
David Taylor Hi Jens.Just had a look on Hannants website Revells new 188 has the same camo as yours,they say copying is the best form of flattery well done
arne vd burg Already looking very nice. How is the overall fit of the icm kit?
3. June, 19:54
Jens Hello Arne, the fit of the parts to each other is very good but when assembling the cockpit and engine section you should adjust the lower part without covering the sides. Connection from A14 to F11 and cockpit, with parts C 5,6,7,8 and C 23, 24 you have to fill small gaps
3. June, 21:56
Megan Harris Awesome! How do you achieve the realistic metal effect on the rear end? The heat stains and different shades?
3. June, 22:35
Jens Hello Harris, the metal colors are with Gunze
Mr.Metal Color and Alclad Metal lacquered as base colors, so there are color differences in iron and aluminum, the "burns" are additionally "lacquered" with Alclad tempering colors e.g. with this hot metal sepia https://ds-design.de/alc416-metal-sepia/p-13042.html
Thomas Bischoff Congrats to 200 albums
Comes along nicely and it looks like Decent kit
24. May, 01:09
Jens Thanks Thomas yes, the Academy CH 46 is quite easy to build, but I also like to look at original pictures, the construction plan is a bit incomprehensible and the position of the parts or the necessary holes are not always clear, we are probably too as model builders very spoiled
Treehugger What kind of varnish is there on the metallic paint, if any?
16. May, 12:16
Jens Hello Treehugger There is no extra paint on the finish, only the mixture or layers between Alclad and Gunze Mr. Metal, the dark tones are with steel paint from Mr. Metal, the rivets are washed again with black from the school paint box
16. May, 13:00
Treehugger It looks dirty, but somehow it looks like metal and I like it.
16. May, 15:06
Jens Thanks Treehugger, it was my intention to make it look old and out of order, Su 9 on duty were a bit more neat and if I like it, I'm also happy with the new technology to create patina
16. May, 15:30
Neuling I agree with Treehugger: appealing finish.
Slavo Hazucha Top job Jens! Yet I am clueless - do you work in some time-warping-capsule or how did you manage to go from "some work on the instruments panel" to "finished model" that quickly...? And what a finish, it really is a looker
Were the GWH decals a topic, or did I raise false alarms? Would like to know, there is a GWH kit on my ToDo list...
30. September 2019, 18:54
Jens Thanks for the compliments It is happy and motivated for the next model: -) @ Slavo, I do not have a time capsule, but once I'm sitting then I stick with it. The GWK kit has a very simple blueprint and you have to check many things 3 and 4 times if the position is right, the fit can convince, but I also have a lot to replace with Eduard, the seat of brass is of course a great for themselves. The decals are relatively thick and not 100% faithful to the scheme, but this is in the digital pattern, the Gunze Gunze Mr. Color C 305 FS 36118 is ideal for mending and color accuracy, otherwise Micro Sol creates the bad corners on the model
30. September 2019, 19:45
Daniel Very nice work on this, the base is great as well! I hope the slovaks paint their new vipers the same way
Jens Thank you Mates for the compliments, the GWH MiG 29 is simply a pleasure as a base
6. October 2019, 09:37
arne vd burg Wow nice Mig Jens.I got the same kit in my stash, hope it will turn out as good as yours .
Did u use the decals or a paint mask for the didital camo?
16. May, 10:05
Jens Hello Arne Thanks for the compliment, and I firmly believe that your MiG 29 AS will be much finer than I could ever show The digital samples are all decals from the GWH kit, with a little Micro Sol that was quickly done
Jens A small box with very tightly cast parts in short run quality of the better kind.
The construction plan is confusing, the parts with a lot of burr and without any information about the colors of the details, but everything fits together well
Jens Hello Thomas, there are certainly better kits, especially as far as the construction instructions are concerned, the fit is quite good for a short run model, the PE parts also bring some life into the cockpit, but some things have to be considered for a long time until the construction makes sense
Jens Flap to monkey dead, okay, the IL 28 has a lot of window space, all the entrances remain open, so the inner life is meaningfully upgraded with PE particles, unfortunately, the further fit shows the bad fit of the parts, you should in All construction stages dry fit in advance, not only the parts in the step of the assembly instructions, check 5 steps in advance what fits and where it should end up in the end, the grinding itself is nothing big, but the maintenance flaps and rows of rivets have to be re-engraved , otherwise the hull remains pretty naked and under the metal finish that would be almost a death sentence for the model itself .......
29. April, 17:41
Jens I put my IL 28 aside for the time being, it is enough for me at the moment with sandpaper, the sink points described in the reports at the direct connection points on the wings I still gritted my teeth, but, with the first layer of aluminum polish, there were sink points along the entire length of the wings to show up, top / round connections, that robbed me of all my lust at the moment ....
2. May, 13:31
Augie Looks like I might have to attempt the Hpm one after all
2. May, 15:03
Jens ohhh yes Augie that would be an investment that you would certainly regret less frightening, even if HpH is not free of errors, but still freed from the many hours of grinding dust, even if it is a resin model ...
2. May, 15:39
Nathan Dempsey I plan on doing mine in Nigerian markings and camouflage. Hopefully that will hide all the putty needed.
2. May, 16:36
Jens Hello Nathan, it will be easier but it will not be possible without a spatula, some reworking is required on the vertical tail to the fuselage, the surfaces should be adjusted dry, it is simply not Tamiya and unfortunately with such modern new shapes it is also very much manufactured without expertise (mold making)
Daniel What a beast jens, very very cool just decided I want to build one too, not decided where to put it then
24. April, 06:13
Jens Thanks Daniel yes the size is a real problem, but the model is also really fun to build, just a change from the usual one and the BiG Ed Set also gives you 1000 new options but Zvezda has delivered the 48 Hind , Decals or masks for the tiger pattern are available
Danke Daniel ja die Größe ist ein echtes Problem, aber das Modell macht auch echten Spaß beim Bau, einfach eine Abwechslung zum gewohnten und der BiG Ed Set gibt einem auch 1000 neue Möglichkeiten aber Zvezda hat ja den 48er Hind ausgeliefert, Decals oder Masken für das Tigermuster sind verfügbar
24. April, 06:19
Treehugger Looks very nice I think, but the photos seems maybe overly compressed imo.
24. April, 06:48
Erik Leijdens Impressive Jens, must be quite a beast in this scale!!
24. April, 07:11
Melchior Beauty and beast at the same time. And masterly built!
24. April, 07:14
Jens Thanks for the compliments: -) @ Eric, yes it is a giant, the fuselage alone without rotor is already 50 cm long ...
@Treehugger from image editing, I have no idea, Picterconverter 150 GB and ready, I'm always happy when the light is good so far that nobody complains
24. April, 07:42
Neuling Top work again. A beautiful colour and camouflage scheme.
Jens Hello Slavo, unfortunately I have to disappoint you, the masks from DN are made on Venyl like the first attempts at Eduard the masks themselves are only a 2 D cutting copy of a photo without considering the radii or openings, the adhesive force is right strong so there is a lot of reworking in the paint itself For you as a professional model maker, it is certainly a help, for beginners it is probably horror to work with
Jens Thank you colleagues, the kit is a real pleasure and everything fits like a fist to the eye
22. March, 20:01
Jens Finish, the Ho 229 remains for the diorama, the planking is shown in parts of the work on the hoarding, so still very much work, especially in things I do not like, figures , the hangar has ordered a kit in England .... but figures ... and color .. it may take some time and many models will fill the time between attempts and failures with fun at the workbench again
Jens Thank you Michael when I opened the box for the first time I was sick and panicked, really a completely new experience, but when I started the construction it almost went by itself, a real pleasure
Jens Thanks for the nice words colleagues, I'm happy if the little Draken can convince
@Augie Hasegawa will soon bring a new edition of the colored Draken, I found the scout by chance at my dealer, I had completely different models on my wish list
18. March, 18:42
Slavo Hazucha Cool plane - You can do just as well without excruciating complicated camo patterns! Very nice work & outcome
18. March, 20:35
Jens Thanks Slavo, I think a completely metal finish is more demanding than all the squiggles on camouflage, just the preparation and grinding takes more time than the actual construction itself
Jens Thank you friends for the nice words I'm glad that the Bv 141 can convince and also thanks for the recovery wishes, the fingers seem twice as big as before the drama, but I just try it, without airbrush and plastic my world would have become very small