Erik Leijdens Looking mighty fine Patrick . Always nice too see a good sharkmouth
28. August, 05:33
Patrick Hagelstein Dank je wel Erik! I have a couple of future P-40 builds (Special Hobby ones) planned for later and wanted to veer away from the obligatory shark mouths........ But...... I could not not build one, so I used some spare Special Hobby decals on this one. I have to admit, it felt relieving to put those on to that big grinning intake.
Patrick Hagelstein Thank you so much Mark and Łukasz! Being Dutch, orange always tickles my imagination. Although a difficult color to spray, it didn't come out that bad. This was just a practice build for an upcoming Eduard kit. Actually the one where the decals came from. More orange to follow!
3. July, 02:05
Mark D Also Dutch, planning to do the Orange Lion F-16 1/48.
3. July, 10:55
Alec K Cool camo indeed. Thanks for the report on the Tamiya lacquer paint
Ergens in mijn to-do stapeltje staat die er ook nog bij.
3. July, 13:52
Patrick Hagelstein You're welcome Alec! The Tamiya lacquer paint range sprays beautiful, it's the bright colors that were acting up, but I guess that's independent of paint manufacturer or type of paint. A modelclub member advised me to spray a yellow or buff base coat before the orange. I'll try that on my next orange project.
3. July, 13:54
Ben M I love these drone F6F's. I recently airbrushed acrylic Tamiya orange over white primer and it came out very well as well.
3. July, 14:07
Patrick Hagelstein Hi Ben! I primed the kit in Mr. Surfacer White, but had to sand out some blemishes and the underlying grey plastic showed through. Idiot me decided to go ahead anyway and those grey patches kept on showing through all the way. Even so, the orange had a very hard time turning orange from the initial orange-pink. Maybe I over thinned the orange. Either way: my learning curved took a steep climb.
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6. January, 15:08
Patrick Hagelstein Welcome Roland! I was rummaging through my parents' attick when I came across this one. I'll bring it back home but don't know yet when to build it. My plan though, is to build it in flight, possibly with a mountain top as base for it.
Patrick Hagelstein Thanks guys! I took this model to yesterday's model club meeting and it made it into the final for Model of the Month, but sadly lost to a Zoukei-Mura F-4D. Now my side projects are finished and I can finally clear my bench for a Tomcat!!!
6. June, 16:44
Jos Jansen ...ah that's a shame Patrick, hopefully next time better mate! OH YEAH...go for it...cat time
Łukasz Gliński Nice, I built this kit couple of years ago, but it doesn't look this good. What happened to the canopy?
6. June, 20:20
Patrick Hagelstein Thanks Jos, David and Łukasz! The canopy proved to be 'unmaskable' ... I had a hard time discerning the canopy framing and wasn't able to get the masking tape on right. I tried painting some spare decal film and to apply that in strips, but it didn't work either. Since the cockpit wasn't that detailed to start with, I decided to cover it up with a tarp. In the desert scene it gives an impression of the harsh environment and I could try out putting a tarp over stuff. Apart from the canopy (and the empty cockpit) I really like this kit! It fits well for an Easy Assembly kit and the panel lines and rivets are correct and very crisp.
Sergej I Taking a seat. Also, Patrick, I would offer you my view - with a GWH kit which looks like a transformer, I would go for a landing pose to make use of all that variations. [img1]
You can do the preflight setup later on an Academy kit, which is also beautiful but without the wing and break variations...
Jos Jansen Oh yeah, Iam definitely in Patrick...It is time to bust the tower...
10. May, 17:20
Patrick Hagelstein Hi Sergej and Jos! Welcome on board! Sergej, I really appreciate you chipping in! If you look into the original build project, I started off with G.W.H.'s F-14D as the F-14A wasn't out then. Now that I switched to the F-14A for this build, I have an F-14D 'spare'. I was going to build it into a VF-213 during OIF on a cat with everything dangling out preparing for another mission. After seeing your idea, I might actually go for that same bird coming in AFTER the mission with the arrestor hook deployed and the landing gear extended as well. So, thanks for your idea! Even though I will not employ it in this specific build, I'll surely look into it when I start the F-14D.
10. May, 19:52
Sergej I Thanks Patrick, was just a thought that I shared. I will be closely watching your build and learn
Patrick Hagelstein Welcome on board guys! Still figuring out how to mount this one. I've seen Will Pattison mounting a QF-4 (go figure! ) on a composite fibre rod, I like to try that too before actually butchering up a Tamiya kit. Youtube Video
OK, there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.... I still want to give it a try: Ham-fingering my way through, I accidentally changed my view to desktop view. How do I get back to mobile view???
8. May, 05:16
wilky Under the menu list on the top right should be a blue button. (mobile version)
Martin von Schreckenstein the corona squadron is growing. nice progress. i wish i had the energy to document my builds like that. I put the canopy on both my social distancing tomcats and then realized i took no pictures of the interior
20. March, 09:13
Slavo Hazucha Patrick, I can now fully appreciate how hard it is to take meaningful pictures of hidden stuff like your No.36! Alignign lightsource, object and camera so that something is visible is an art in itself Looking all good & everyone is ready for more!
20. March, 09:49
Pierre Finally some progress . Watch out with the IP coamings, I'm finding right now that tolerances are very tight not only on the front part but also on the sides of the rear one.
Patrick Hagelstein I see a different Martin appearing. Yep, finally some progress. Taking pictures with my phone late at night isn't the easiest thing to do. Even though those details are hard to photograph, I know they are there. Pierre, what do you mean with those tolerances? I saw you added some coamings too, are those interfering with the clear parts? Seeing your's, I tried to get none of the putty on any mating surfaces.
20. March, 18:37
Pierre The unmodified front coaming practically touches the windshield, so I had to sand back to plastic for the front canopy to sit right. I'm now having to shave off plastic of the canopy insert because the rear coaming sides also come very close so I cannot close it.
Patrick Hagelstein The concept of this build, was to show new modelers and kids what can be achieved with a 'simple' kit and basic tools. The paints and tools I used are pictured in the first picture of the album. Along the way I had to change my Testors Gloss Sea Blue for Tamiya's version, because the Testors spray paint came out in large uncontrollable bursts. Tamiya performed waaaaay better.
Patrick Hagelstein In picture 51 you can see the Flat coat I used after decalling. The decals went on fine without the need of a gloss coat.
9. March, 17:18
OttovonLindberg My decals were extremely thin and the us stars folded over themselves, ruining my build. Did you have this issue? Any suggestions on what to do so this doesn't happen in the future?
17. March, 23:18
Patrick Hagelstein Hi Otto! I remember my decals being thin but a bit on the stiff side. It took some persuading to get them to conform to all rivets and panel lines. If a decal folds up on itself, try to take it off the model using tweezers and dip it in the water again. That way you can handle the decal without too much damage. Be sure to not have the decal soak for too long, as the adhesive is water activated, but can also dissolve completely if left in the water for too long. Hope this helps!
A couple of questions: how long did you put the decals in the water? How did you do the chipping effects? How did you do the black gun streaks?
19. March, 21:43
Patrick Hagelstein The whole idea of this build is to not use any fancy materials, so all the weathering has to come from the materials in the first picture. The Chromate Yellow and Silver was thinned with water and very carefully applied to parts with heavy wear and crew traffic. No special method, just veeeeery careful painting and avoiding to overdo it. I immersed every separate decal for just a couple of seconds letting it sit on a piece of kitchen towel (a prestige object nowadays...) until the decal could be moved. I then transferred it to the model and rolled a slightly dampened Q-tip over it to remove water and air bubbles.
20. March, 05:07
Patrick Hagelstein Oh! The gun streaks were black acrylic paint thinned with water and a drop of Dawn and carefully feathered out in the direction of the air stream.
Patrick Hagelstein I read really good reviews about this Modelsvit kit (and they are true!!!) and wanted to convert it into a Swiss AMIR. Sadly, I found out that the Modelsvit kit comes with the Doppler bulge and I didn't dare sand it off because of all the nice detail. When I saw the Syhart decals I knew what to do! So, I ordered them and they arrived yesterday. The plane was based in Nancy, which happens to be my girlfriend's name too, so I figured I will build this kit for her. It will be sometime this spring/summer though as I have to find time to finish other builds first.
Interesting feature is that this bird is painted in aluminum paint and isn't BNM.