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05236
Hawaiian Pilot C-3 Freighter
Revell 1:380
05236 2005 New box
6 December, 08:10

November 27, 2022

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88010
Mi-17 Hip Early
AvantGarde Model Kits (AMK) 1:48
88010 2022* New tool
27 November, 16:31

November 11, 2022

Treehugger
This product (PE with transparent plastic parts for lights) does not come with an instruction manual. I guess I'll figure this out on my own.
SKP 133
Lenses and tailights for AAVP 7
SKP model 1:35
SKP 133
11 November, 08:34

October 29, 2022

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82416
Assault Amphibian Vehicle Personnel
AAVP-7A1 RAM/RS w/EAAK
HobbyBoss 1:35
82416 2010 New parts
29 October, 15:53
Treehugger
So.. the kit has workable tracks, but I find the track pins so delicate, they aren't convincingly snapping onto the tracks for all tracks. I have yet to find out how many tracks equate to a loose fit. Kit comes with three bags of 60 track links each, for a total of 180 track links. The build guide states 83 required, presumably on either side, for a total of 166 tracks, leaving 14 tracks as spare tracks. The kit as such looks very nice from the look of things. Wheel nuts looks a little rounded, not hexagonal at all, but hardly something noticeable. Some photo etch in the right places I would think.
29 October, 15:55

September 27, 2022

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wants this item
05815
Mi-8 Hip
Trumpeter 1:48
05815 2022 New tool
27 September, 03:24

September 23, 2022

Treehugger
Heh, I found this on Reddit:

[img1]
 
1 22 September, 07:57
bughunter
That now in color and we reached the end of model building 😉
You know the famous head, printed in 3D and color?
[img1]?1519051972
More here: artstation.com/artwork/Qy5a3
 
22 September, 09:51
gorby
Wow that looks incredibly real!
22 September, 10:11
Spanjaard
Is that head real?
22 September, 10:32
bughunter
That head not, but the printer. But it is not cheap ....
23 September, 20:31

September 20, 2022

Treehugger
Q: What would be the curing time for a chrome pen???

I thought a few hours was enough for adding some masking tape over the chrome, but the Tamiya masking tape seemed to stain the chrome surface. So I wiped off the chrome with paper towel and airbrush cleaning liquid, and re-applied the chrome with the pen. Shiny, though I want to use my masking tape, to add another color over the crome in places.

I painted the tip of the Aim-9L missile chrome, instead of airbrushing on some metal color. Admittedly, the shiny bit is a bit dull on photos, but this will work for now, I can always dull the chrome later. I wrote "tip" I meant the metal part just behind the optic (optic = separate part).
19 September, 19:14
Martin Oostrom
Some say weeks, others say months. Assuming you mean Molotow or something similar.
19 September, 21:17
Treehugger
Hmm. Heh, that would suck. This product is DSPIAE. I just saw now a few min ago, an illustration points out that 12 hours is important.

I can imagine that it might take a good long while for it to become fingerprint proof, presumably more than 12 hours.

I have never owned/used a chrome pen before. Such fun! 🙂 Time will tell, if the pen dries up (said to be stored horizontally), or the chrome liquid become weird over time. I put my pen inside a plastic bag, but I suspect the thin plastic bag isn't entirely air tight over time.
20 September, 03:46
Martin Oostrom
Try decanting the stuff and airbrushing it. Looks great, but stay away forever 😉
20 September, 05:08

September 19, 2022

Treehugger
Today I had the opportunity to start using a chrome pen. I learned that, even though the result looks nice, the choice of pen tip (probably) matter.

I have the broad tip. There was also a thin tip pen iirc. Presumably a board tip pen, puts on more chrome liquid than the fine tip one, is my guess.
19 September, 12:48

September 14, 2022

Treehugger
Finally, no longer a single piece of moulded landing gear for the sides.
MDR48133
Harrier GR Mk.7/9. Landing gears with wheels
UA Metallic Details 1:48
MDR48133 2022 New tool
14 September, 12:55

September 11, 2022

Treehugger
I am fairly happy I got this one. Just make sure you only have the single metal bar placed inside the bottle of primer, so that it doesn't get noisy if you also added a metal ball.

Using this device requires a finger tought around the tiny led light.
11 September, 13:35

September 10, 2022

Treehugger
So I have both versions of the Iwata HP-CS Eclipse airbrush, 0,35 and 0,5 needle/nozzle.

Apparently, and as suspected the paint flow is much better with the larger needle/nozzle. Still I find that the paint goes on differently than the 0,35 needle/nozzle, so still I think the cleanest result would be airbrushing on primer thinly with a 0,35 needle/nozzle. For adding on lots of primer and covering seams the 0,5 setup seems to work nicely.
10 September, 19:18

September 7, 2022

Treehugger
Q: Anyone familiar with using this Uschi product and can share their experiences?
Metallic paste. Some flasks have obvious liquid content, others not it feels when I shake these containers:

[img1]
 
7 September, 09:32

September 4, 2022

Treehugger
I think I found a nice paint mixer. The DSPIAE mixer kit comes with a few metal rods that spins around when a current is added. I used a power brick for this. Eventually, I figured that the on / off button, is the blue light in the photo below. A tough button area around the tiny light. The power brick itself has an automatic on /off function, so I have to press the LED charging status button, to re-activate the power brick if I am not using the mixer.

I realize now a little late that having previously used glass balls as paint mixers, makes the glass balls difficult to extract when there is still paint in the bottle, as glass isn't magnetic. I have to make sure that I don't mix glass balls and metal rods, to stay on the safe side I think. Writing descriptive text on the bottles should tell me what type of mixer object I keep inside each bottle of 60 ml and 200 ml Vallejo primer paint bottles.

I do not know if the smallest 17 ml bottles can fit a metal rod inside, anyway I don't have enough metal rods for every 17 ml bottle of paint.

Mixing one metal rod and one metal ball = works but can be a little noisy for a few seconds.
Mixing in one or two metal balls = doesn't work, or works so weakly, it doesn't look like it can mix anything.

[img1]
 
4 September, 09:52
Treehugger
I should add that you obviously shouldn't add a metal ball, if you already added the metal bar. It just happened to be that I had already added a metal ball into one of my bottles of primer, and I then conciously added the metal bar as well, to try it out. Ideally, you will want, just adding the metal bar alone.
4 September, 14:18

September 2, 2022

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P35-236
Henschel 33D1 for ICM
Part 1:35
P35-236 2011 New tool
2 September, 19:21
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P35-237
Henschel 33D1 - Side Boxes for ICM
Part 1:35
P35-237 2011 New tool
2 September, 19:21

August 31, 2022

Treehugger
Q: Can anyone recommend a tool for applying a tiny, tiny amount of cyanoacrylate?

I am already using a small glue loop, but it is too large. I tried using a tiny pin, but the drop doesn't fall off the pin, and climb the pin instead.
21 August, 09:07
Treehugger
I will try using some sowing needles for this. Grinding the loop part of the needle into some kind of fork, then sand the fork thinner, and try this out. 🙂 Maybe first, heat the needle and stick the pointy part into some plastic that melts and having the plastic becoming a handle.
31 August, 12:13
Treehugger
This looks like it might work. I used only water here though not cyanoacrylate glue:

[img1]
 
31 August, 12:37
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31 August, 12:07
Treehugger
This bag comes with only one plastic container for a needle, though I can fit two needles w. a rubber protector in this single container. I don't dare put any spare nozzles inside the bag ft that means things will rattle around, though, maybe one could add some foam and keep the nozzle parts safe that way somehow. The inner zipped pouch has space for say alcohol swabs. and seems spacious enough generally speaking.
31 August, 12:11
Treehugger
added a new photoalbum.
Revell's 1:700 Colombo Express container ship
41 images
View album, image #41
1:700
In the beginning I probably sanded some of the plastic pins on the sides too short, so I had to buy some 0,75 x 0,75 mm ...
1:700 Colombo Express (Revell 05152)
All comments (40) » 36 2 July, 09:17
Łukasz Gliński
The first sentence sounds too familiar 😄
31 August, 08:08
Bruce Huxtable
Well, by the end of this, you will not only be the railings expert, but will have created a very neat and tidy ship that you can be proud of. I for one, am learning lots from your shared experiences and novel solutions 🙂 Slow but steady wins the race.......
31 August, 09:42

August 24, 2022

Treehugger
Oh, joy I fixed my noisy, noisy, office chair. With five bits of toilet paper.

Problem is the five wheels that snap onto the plastic chassis of the office chair, the metal pins stick into the five plastic slots of the chair, but then there is a slack that somehow allows tension to build up, and then when I got off and back onto the office chair, there would be a terrible crack/creaking noise, so loud.

Anyway, this noise issue was fixed by simply pressing two halves of a single sheet of toilet paper into the cavity, the slot where the wheel's metal pin goes in. The paper prevents slack in the the vertical direction, effectively removing any noise I had before. 🙂
1 24 August, 09:15

August 21, 2022

Treehugger
I think I have found a solution to a mysterious issue I am having with my airbrush. 🙂

I have seen tiny bubbles forming inside the paint cup when using my airbrush, and it seems this build up more and more, making it hard to see how much paint is really left in the airbrush paint cup, because of all the bubbles inside.

'Airbrush asylum' channel on youtube, diagnoses this issue, as having to do with a nozzle that hasn't been tightened enough, and I guess maybe related to the large O-ring around the nozzle on my Iwata HP-CS Eclipse. His tip was to apply bee wax around the threads.
21 August, 05:10
Lochsa River
loose tips and nozzles are a sure way to get bubbles in the cup...
21 August, 05:19
Treehugger
Ah right, I forgot to write that he also pointed out that a split nozzle would cause bubbles in the air cap.
21 August, 05:29

August 20, 2022

Treehugger
I have received the JETMADS 1:32 Viggen resin kit (second 500 batch run) and it looks very nice I think. 🙂 No regrets there. I am in the process of going over the surface with diluted Vallejo putty, to smoothen the 3d printed parts. The larger resin parts looks surprisingly smooth, I think they were based on 3d printed moulds if I am not mistaken.

Although the included 3d printed & resin missiles maybe look fine, I thought the Eduard sidewinder missiles in 1:48 looked so nice, I ordered some Sidewinders and Sparrows in 1:32 for the Viggen project.

I am confident I can make a nice looking metallic skinned Viggen (39 number on tail), also found in the painting guide as an option. I ordered some Uschi metal polisihing powder as well, to be used together with Vallejo glossy black primer and Vallejo metal color paints eventually.

The two big clear parts will require a little sanding. I think the trick is to keep the large clear resin parts still attached to their cast resin base until you are finished sanding and adding a layer of future (which I happen to have in stock).

I'll eventually post album photos, but I have other kits that, sigh, must be finished.

[img1]
 
20 August, 08:12
Michael Kohl
Just my two cents: I would not go for an acrylic primer on a resin surface. I would be afraid that those two will not bond properly. My choice for leveling minor imperfections/printing striae would be Alclad II Primer and Microfiller, for bigger blemishes a solvent based putty like Tamiyas. Good luck. I am looking forward to the build of that one.
20 August, 08:54
Treehugger
I think I'll be fine. Though I will try keep what you wrote in mind. I have already used Vallejo primer on resin and it worked ok, though I guess maybe different types of resin might react differently.

Anyway, I will test the prime on the resin soon enough, because I need to evaluate how the surface looks, if it is smooth enough for not, before doing a big paint job on the whole thing.

I intend to wipe the resin with alcohol, hopefully that won't do anything to the resin.

Another thing on my mind, is the issue of gluing big resin parts together, as sheer force can make cyanoacrylate bonds break more easily. Having said that, I see that this kit has some parts that have nice fitting joints, and other places don't have it iirc. I could add guiding pins, but unsure if I can do that accurately.
20 August, 10:03
Treehugger
and Roland Sachsenhofer are now mates.
20 August, 10:00
Treehugger
Who here uses Tamiya airbrush cleaner, as liquid glue? 🙂

Edit: Agh I got the name wrong, fixed. Airbursh cleaner, not thinner.
19 August, 10:32
Treehugger
Rumor is that the chemical formula is pretty much the same as Extra Thin cement. 🙂 So I ordered a couple of bottles from a local store online, and I guess I will find out soon enough.

Many years ago, I remember a guy in my neighbourhood that said that he used Acetone for liquid glue, and it worked. Ofc, none of this stuff is healthy to breathe in really, unsure why Acetone supposedly is mixed with this other chemical for Tamiya glue/cleaner. I haven't looked at the data sheets myself, but I trust the internet to be correct on this one. Sort of half Acetone and half this other stuff I think.

Fumes can be weird I think. When I burn off excess cyanoacrylate from a metal plate, there seem to be a violent reaction with fumes when I burn it off, I noticed it with my eyes, even if not having my face close, so pretty sure this stuff from the burning fumes is not healthy. I typicaly burn off just tiny tiny amounts from a glue loop. So I've started to go outdoors when I burn off the larger plate that I like to place drops of cyanoacrylate onto while working with superglue.
20 August, 08:16

August 19, 2022

Treehugger
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632141
AIM-9M/L Sidewinder
Eduard 1:32
632141 2020 New tool
19 August, 20:27
Treehugger
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632142
AIM-7M Sparrow
Eduard 1:32
632142 2020 New tool
19 August, 20:26
Treehugger
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87089
Airbrush Cleaner 250ml
Tamiya
87089
19 August, 19:37
Treehugger
Re. Vallejo Metal Color paint bottles gone bad. Anyone tried to rejuvenate the metallic paint?

I added some flow enhancer and a little water and user an electric strirrer to get things smooth, but I haven't tried airbrushing with it. :| These bottles are fairly expensive, and don't seem to hold up as good as the paint in the regular 17ml paint bottles I think.

Also, if you see there's a lot of bubbles in the paint bottle, after shaking it, any trick to get rid of the bubbles? Maybe turning the bottle up side down for a while? :|

I wish I had this machine that had rollers, where all my paint bottles could just lie on it, and rotate 24/7 all year long, to keep the paint moving inside.
19 August, 09:45

August 15, 2022

Treehugger
The package from JET MADS finally has arrived to my country according to tracking data (order no 10853) 🙂

Re. their 1:32 Swedish JA-37 Viggen resin kit.

I did not mind the delay at all. Also, I know what I am was going into, going into a resin build, with afaik 3d printed moulds, so some extra work will be required to work the mouled resin parts, which won't be entirely smooth all over. I intend to ever so slightly dilute Vallejo putty, and try smooth the resin that way, gently sanding over, and hopefully the additional details like rivets won't disappear. I like using a small brush to add both putty and diluted putty on plastic. If diluted too much, the putty no longer is able to fill a cavity.

I thought, if I can manage to nicely smooth the plastic here and there, I can try a metallic look, instead of the green camo look.

I pre-ordered from the second limited run last year around August or something I think it was, so a year later I get to have a look at the kit myself.
15 August, 11:03

August 11, 2022

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K72003
C-17A Globemaster III
Kinetic 1:72
K72003 2023* New tool
11 August, 21:21
Treehugger
This should look good on the shelf I think, just like the 1:144 Airbus 400 prop transport plane.

Oh, wait, this is 1:72. I suspect the wingspan is about the same as the body length, so it might fit nicely on a shelf after all.
K72003
C-17A Globemaster III
Kinetic 1:72
K72003 2023* New tool
11 August, 21:20

August 10, 2022

Treehugger
Oh, wow. I just realized perhaps for the first time ever airbrushing, that adding Vallejo thinner to Vallejo primer, apparently causes tip dry a lot more, than if I don't add thinner. I'll try using Vellejo primer with only a little flow enhancer and not thinner. Unsure about what psi I ought to use. I'll just try this later and not worry about any partiuclar psi setting on my compressor.

I suspect that, having added thinner to my primer, some stuff inside the airbrush in the nozzle start to dry, but I am not sure. It seems, I have an issue with paint flow, being limited, perhaps because something is drying inside the nozzle or something, unsure.
All comments (5) » 10 August, 15:44
Treehugger
I took out the 'needle packing head' (screwing it out) from the inside, and for the first time, I cleaned the needle canal that leads from the paint cup, to the silicone needle packing ring that tightens around the needle inside the airbrush. I saw some gunk in the canal, and also some gunk on the back end of the needle packing head.

I am not happy with my paint flow, and I can't quite tell if it is because I airbrush at 20 psi, or if there was something dirty inside the airbrush blocking the paint flow.

Btw, the paintcup lid, has a hole that has to be open to avoid a vaccum, that one I know was clean from the start.

I bought a new big O-ring that goes around the nozzle (still in the package unopened), I thought the old one looked ok still. Unsure if that might be an issue, or, I wouldn't know what issue might come from having a leaking gasket around the nozzle part of the airbrush.
10 August, 17:36
Spanjaard
well, i do not have an Iwata, but my experience says that bubbles in the cap means something is stopping the correct flow. in other words, the airbrush is probably dirty. if i see that, I stop and clean it again.
of course, some damage in some parts may cause the flow to be interrupted and send bubbles to the cup. but never had it even when the nozzle was really damaged.
I usually cover the exit to sent air back to mix paints and/or clean the airbrush (loaded with thinner). i doubt it will send anything under your skin. air will scape between your fingers rather than entering under your skin, in my opinion. In my case, i never use the airbrush without gloves. i have my gloves on most of the time when i am with working on a model.

10 August, 18:00

August 8, 2022

Treehugger
I made an improvised noise dampener for my air compressor. The exhaust pipe is hidden out of view at the back.

I simply cut the old compressor air hose shorter, drilled numerous holes on one end, and stuck the other into the exhaust opening for the overpressure valve that makes noise whenever the tank is filled to 6.5 bar.

This works ok. 🙂 I will have to clean up on the floor after drilling the holes and after some uses. Probably not a good idea to have bits of PVC lying around. Presumably the rubber material is PVC as pointed out on eBay for a similar type of product.

[img1]
 
1 8 August, 10:59

August 7, 2022

Treehugger
Q: Does anyone know where to buy this Sil Air compressor regulator filter?
This filter separates the oil from water afaik in the moisture trap container.

air-craft.net/acatal..egulator-Filter.html (sold out)

I have never changed my filter, and I suspect I can still use my compressor, though I think I should probably change my filter, it felt a little oily when I inspected the filter and held it with my fingers.
7 August, 08:20
Treehugger
Aha! I found a cheaper option in Germany:
kompressorenshop.de/..ensatfilter-werther/
7 August, 08:25

August 6, 2022

Treehugger
If you ever bought the mysterious looking DSPIAE tools for sanding (with just the metal parts), these other products below are apparently complementary to the metal files. The metal parts are just smooth, and one is supposed to stick some self-adhesive sanding paper onto them, as shown below. Took a while to figure this one out. The thickness of the self-adhesive sanding paper, looks to be about 0.3 mm thick. The metal parts looks to be same thickness 0.3 mm, so say 0.5 mm in total, with sanding paper on just one of the double sided metal shapes.

[img1]
 
1 6 August, 20:27

August 4, 2022

Treehugger
Hrm, I can't easily find affordable compressor oil of the old familiar brand I have been using, none in my own country. So.. I will consider using synthetic hydraulic oil ISO 32, which apparently is recommended, assuming the oil doesn't contain cleaning additives (not to be confused with anti wear additives apparently). So apparently my old bottle of compressor oil is ISO 32 (viscocity).

My compressor has been lightly used, but it is a few years old now. The oil level is below the 50% level, by just a little bit, so I'll try just add a little bit of oil, then wait 30 min to see if the level reaches 50% and not higher.
1 4 August, 12:34

August 3, 2022

Treehugger
AIR LEAK!
In my precious compressor..

Sigh!
Finally, I found out where my leaky compressor was flawed.. Apparently it is the rubber hose inside the nicely braded exterior that has a really big rift in it.

[img1]
 
3 August, 12:36

July 29, 2022

Treehugger
Kit makers, especially Trumpeter, Hobby Boss and Glow2B, stop it with this apparent nonsense with bad geometry in your cad files. This is rubbish!

If you in a 3d model project a circle shape onto a ship's hull, the resulting hole should be circular, never oval like this !!! One might wonder if my uploaded screenshot from a review video is showing just bad perspective, but I don't think so. The screenshot seem imo to just show a bad work on a 3d model.

If you project a circle perfectly sideways onto a ship's hull, you get an oval when the ship's hull is curved. If you project a circle perfectly sidways ontoa ship's hull, and if the ship's hull is perfectly vertical, you get a circle, but you get an oval when the hull is curved. This here is just basic knowlege about basic geometry.

[img1]
 
29 July, 14:00

July 23, 2022

Treehugger
If you like the WW2 Sherman tank, you might like this 1/16 model:
Youtube Video (Andy's Hobby Headquarters)

 
2 23 July, 18:48

July 20, 2022

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AGK-001
Boeing P-8 Poseidon MRA1
Air-Graphics Models 1:72
AGK-001 2022* New parts
20 July, 19:18
Treehugger
I ordered a AZFUNN magnifying heatset. Up to x3 or 3,5 maginfying power I think. Amazon was cheaper than eBay, even for me living in Europe.

I could chose to pay in my own currency instead of USD, but I don't know what the difference is, as I don't know which currency rate is made actual with either option. 🙁 If you know more about how this works online, feel free to chime in and explain what option might be cheaper. I just don't know if the actual currency rate used, will be: yesterdays, today's or tomorrow's (or later).
20 July, 09:07

July 3, 2022

Treehugger
From what I read on their official site on internet, they seem to include a magnetic system for adding weaponry on the model, which seems nice and something of a novely I would think. Also said to be a new molds kit.
K48100
F-16A MLU NATO Viper
Kinetic 1:48
K48100 2022 New tool
All comments (5) » 3 June, 13:27
Johan Perremans
I am glad I haven't used my Dark Falcon decal sheet yet. I hope this new tool turns out much better than the failed attempt...
3 July, 11:35
Treehugger
Btw, an online store, I saw, had this item at set to be in stock in month of October. Though, this item can be pre-ordered as well.
3 July, 16:24

July 2, 2022

Treehugger
Q: Does anybody know if this particular kit comes with or without chromed parts?
3894
Classic Peterbilt 378-119
Italeri 1:24
3894 2015 New parts
All comments (15) » 1 21 April 2021, 17:44
Bozzer
Mate, I'd have to check my kit, to confirm the wheels are generic, first, but if that's the case, then don't worry too much. If I've got them, you can have them? I have lots of Italeri wheels and tyres. And Revell and AMT, for that matter. Give me a few mins and I'll check buddy
2 July, 13:47
Bozzer
Confirmed.
They're the same as the other italeri Pete kits.
If things go wrong, just give me a shout mate. I can definitely help you out with those 10-4
2 July, 13:52
Treehugger
Q: Can I safely use Microsol on clear parts? Anybody know? I guess I could just try find some scrap part and try it out. :|

I would guess so, but I honestly haven't thought about it before now. The idea is to (maybe) use silver colored decal foil, instead of paint, to add silver frames on clear canopy part for a 1:72 B-24. That way I could first add black foil underneath, then add silver on top, and get an "inside" color and also an outside color. Admittedly, canopy frames might not be entirely grid like, but perhaps I could round off the decals to create rounded corners.
2 July, 12:15
Augie
I've used it on transparencies in the past, but I always test it on a spare bit first if any just to be on safe side.
2 July, 13:06
Treehugger
added a new project.
1 2 July, 09:15
Treehugger
Where the hell is my second Tamiya pin vise tool? :|

Switching between two very different drill bits all the time is tedious this way with only one of my pin wise tools around. Heh, I can't find it anywhere, with my luck, I put it in a WIP kit box someplace.
2 July, 08:47

June 21, 2022

Treehugger
Re. Bare Metal Foil products.

Q: I see that they sell a 'black chrome' variant of the metal foil. I am wondering, what would one use black chrome for? Any ideas?
21 June, 07:25

June 20, 2022

Treehugger
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672171
B-24 engines Eduard, Hasegawa
Eduard 1:72
672171 2018 New tool
20 June, 16:01
Treehugger
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CX220
B-24J for Hasegawa
Eduard 1:72
CX220 2008 New tool
20 June, 15:32
Treehugger
owns this item
QB 72 336
B-24 Liberator Propellers w/Tool for Hasegawa
Quickboost 1:72
QB 72 336
20 June, 08:13
Treehugger
Edit: Hrm, I am not convinced that these propeller blades are accurate, oh well, too late now. A reviewer suggest chopping the 'guide', shortening it to get the proper length. Sorry to say that this looks like I just can't trust aftermarket parts to be any better really.

So.. why propellers? And why four? Presumably there is a spare one, that is the only explanation I can come up with here. I am sure there are only three prop blades. A nice thing about these, is that you can perhaps more easily paint the spinner thingy chorme or something, I might want to try out a chrome pen for this, then the painted prop blades are inserted into the spinner after tha painting work.
20 June, 11:24

June 19, 2022

Treehugger
I finally got around to order some spare parts for my Iwata Eclipse HP-CS airbrush. Not that many that sell the parts. Bought it from Maple Airbrush Supplies in Canada. CAD$ is cheaper than USD$ is my impression.

The nozzle's are the most expensive, while the needles are less costly.
19 June, 17:27

June 9, 2022

Treehugger
wants this item
K48100
F-16A MLU NATO Viper
Kinetic 1:48
K48100 2022 New tool
9 June, 20:12

June 8, 2022

Treehugger
I could be wrong, but if you like accuracy, then the safety netting pieces looks wrong to me compared to photos. I am sure one isn't supposed to "extend" the deck with the netting, but the netting is apparently used to catch anyone going off the edge of the carrier deck, not tricking people to step further out towards a final edge. One attempt at a fix could be to flip the netting upside down, still not accurate, but better than what is shown in the PE build guide I think.

Note: It seems like the other PE netting parts for each large elevator (x4) looks correct, but somehow, Eduard didn't pay attention I think for the rest of the deck. For the rest of the deck, the netting is shaped differently.
17029
USS Nimitz CVN-68 for TRUMPETER Kit
Eduard 1:700
17029 2011 New tool
8 June, 11:06

May 28, 2022

Treehugger
Revell!
Why no 1:144 Type IX submarine kit? You have it in 1:72. :|
28 May, 05:24
Treehugger
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05177
German Submarine
Type XXI
Revell 1:144
05177 2022 New parts
28 May, 05:15
Treehugger
Finally this one is in production again after a good long while. Scraping the plastic off the inner side to create the many holes in the hull will be fun.
28 May, 05:15

May 22, 2022

Treehugger
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04531
Russian Destroyer
Admiral Chabanenko Udaloy II
Trumpeter 1:350
04531 2007 New parts
22 May, 17:30
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RSU48-0124
UH-1D Huey - exhaust nozzles for Kitty Hawk kit
UA ResKit 1:48
RSU48-0124 2021 New tool
22 May, 17:30

May 21, 2022

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SPS-072
US Laser Guided Bombs & Anti-Radiation Missiles
Meng Model 1:48
SPS-072 2021 New tool Multi-topic (7)
21 May, 18:12
Treehugger
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MTL35055
Soviet
T-10M Heavy Tank 200 track links, 400 track pins
MasterClub 1:35
MTL35055 2015 New tool
21 May, 13:17
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05902
Chinese Type 33G Submarine
Trumpeter 1:144
05902 2000 New parts
21 May, 13:15
Treehugger
Oh, wow. 1:72 Oerlikon metal barrels. Such details. 🙂
duckduckgo.com/?q=GM..images&ia=images

I just realized that I have a wip Vosper torpedo boat with two Oerlikon guns that I could upgrade with metal parts.
21 May, 06:16

May 19, 2022

Treehugger
Oh, wow. Possibly the best looking box art ever imo. 🙂 Though, a reboxing. :|
12346
Dassault Rafale C `EC 1/7 Provence 2012'
Academy 1:48
12346 2022 New decals
27 April, 05:22
Panzerjäger Hantoeig
I agree, this box art is quite the looker. Found out my local hobby store has these in stock. Probably going to contribute further to my poor financial decisions. 😄
19 May, 01:30
Treehugger
Btw, I just realized that the painter used what is called the "dutch angle" here. A tilted view for some unsettling tension perhaps.

I have this kit as a "must buy" as I've been wanting a 1:48 Rafale for some time.

Odd that the Rafale have a sideways folding canopy, I wonder why.
19 May, 06:20
Panzerjäger Hantoeig
Nice, I managed to snag an example. Was apparently selling like hotcakes for 20 bucks a piece at the local hobby store. Cool note on the technique used in the box art, might be why it looks appealing.
19 May, 11:14
Murad ÖZER
Treehugger re rafale canopy opening sideways, not only that i believe it's also unpowered or rather "man"powered?

as for boxarts and aviation related art in general check this yt channel out

youtube.com/channel/..kACW_3G-C4nCA/videos
19 May, 11:33

May 18, 2022

Treehugger
added a new photoalbum.
Revell's Type VIIc in 1:144 scale
5 images
View album, image #5
1:144
If one looks at drawings of the Type VIIc submarine online, one will see there is supposed to be stuff hidden inside the...
1:144 German Submarine Deutsches U-Boot Type VII C (Revell 05038)1:144 Set for Type VIIc 1:144, for Revell 05038 & 05675 (RC Subs SKU-090)
All comments (8) » 9 5 August 2021, 19:38
Spanjaard
looking interesting 🙂
6 August 2021, 11:37
Treehugger
I made some mistakes and I ordered a new kit off ebay. :|

Now, this time around I am able to create my perforations on the hull with perfect result. 🙂

Don't use a drill bit or scrape the holes open, just scrape the plastic away on the backside!!! Leave the outside as is, to keep the detailed edges intact, with correct proportions.
18 May, 11:29

May 15, 2022

Treehugger
Oh, wow, modern accomodation ladders can look really fancy, 12 tons though:

ehlsolutions.com/our..accomodation-ladder/
15 May, 08:45

May 13, 2022

Treehugger
And now, something else. 🙂

Apparently he has started his own model kit company (Andy's Hobby Headquarters), in cooperation with Takom, for the release of a 1:16 scale M4A3E8 Sherman tank:

Youtube Video

 
2 13 May, 10:48

May 8, 2022

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01082
15U175 TEL of RS-12M1 Topol-M ICBM complex
Trumpeter 1:35
01082 2022 New tool
8 May, 05:36

May 7, 2022

Treehugger
Q: If I wanted to create folded sailing fabric for a sailing ship in 1:200 scale, what kind of thin fabric might be usable, that might look the nicest? Any ideas? I was thinking, silk material, but maybe that is too glossy and might be other things that might work as well perhaps. Note that the sails would be folded, and tucked in along the mast parts or whatever.
7 May, 19:13
John Hughes
I have some old Irish linen which I salvaged from the old drawing stores at work some 30 years ago. It must be about a century old now. They used to soak the linen in a resin and use that for technical drawings, but a good soak in cold water will get the resin out. It's thin, fine woven and strong.
7 May, 19:40
Treehugger
I am reminded of how much fun it is can be to just try impove on the existing detailing on a scale model kit. 🙂 With a little bit of work one can reshape the many holes around the bow with a sharp x-acto knife. I used the inside ribs as a guide, the symmetries aren't 100% accurate it seems comparing to photos but sort of good enough. I can add some metal anchor chain on top for a somewhat more clean paint job later on, separating the two, the ship and the anchor chain.

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27 April, 08:47
Treehugger
An hour more of this and finally I got it done. It is important to get the square shape carved out quickly, to avoid making a larger and larger circular hole. Luckily I could use the inside ribs for a symmetric positioning of these holes.

So I first drilled out a hole, and then gently carve out a square hole with an (a new blade attached) X-acto blade knife.

[img1]
 
7 May, 11:56
Treehugger
Heh, I came to the realization that I had messed up a build, by not thinking things through, having chosen a bad solution for drilling out holes in the plastic, so I ended up ordering a new kit. :| At least, the kit is cheaper now, as it was sold without build guide and decals.

So what happened was that, after drilling out the holes I still had to clean up the cavities, but I sanded off too much plastic and adding (too much) liquid glue also probably rounded off the delicate plastic edges, eventually making the holes too large.

I should instead simply scraped the back side of the plastic, until all the holes became perforated that way. That way, I could have kept the outer holes with their edges intact.

As this was my Type VIIc kit model I've been wanting to build, a kit box that isn't easily found anymore if you don't want the c/41 variant, and having lots of photo etch for this, I thought I would open my wallet for this one and just start again.
7 May, 06:48

May 4, 2022

Treehugger
Airfix ought to retire this model, as this is more like a toy and less like an accurate model, and has rather obvious inaccuracies because of how the toy like assembly apparently required adding plastic on the outside which shouldn't be there and has to be removed, as one expects a circular shape for the cross section of the rocket.

Also, it looks like the kit makers in the day, had in mind, adding 0.5 x 0.5 strip styrene for the reinforcement ribs around the rocket. It looks like, adding this strip styrene is fairly easy.
A11170
Apollo: SATURN V 40th Anniversary 1969-2009
Airfix 1:144
A11170 2009 New parts Multi-topic (2)
4 May, 08:10

May 3, 2022

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05177
German Submarine
Type XXI
Revell 1:144
05177 2022 New parts
3 May, 17:48

April 24, 2022

Treehugger
Re. Airfix' old Saturn V rocket kit. I wonder now, if they had the following modification in mind when they made the molds. I dry fitted two bits of strip styrene onto the odd surface, to create visible ribs. Incidentally Evergreen's H0 8282, 0,56 x 0,56 mm. (Train scale?)

[img1] (image upload link)
 
24 April, 08:56
Treehugger
Checking with Evergreen 120 (0,5 x 0,5mm), this matches even better, leaving a somewhat larger space between the ribs as seen in photos.

[img1] (image upload)
 
24 April, 09:41

April 23, 2022

Treehugger
Hrm, this is kis imo overpriced and obviously so. I would recommend waiting for a new mold with better detailing if you care about details.
A11170
Apollo: SATURN V 40th Anniversary 1969-2009
Airfix 1:144
A11170 2009 New parts Multi-topic (2)
23 April, 07:04

April 20, 2022

Treehugger
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70019
USS Modern Accmmodation Ladder
BigBlueBoy 1:700
70019
20 April, 10:14

April 18, 2022

Treehugger
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A11170
Apollo: SATURN V 40th Anniversary 1969-2009
Airfix 1:144
A11170 2009 New parts Multi-topic (2)
18 April, 10:32

April 13, 2022

Treehugger
I'll just put this here. 🙂 Check it out! A new "3d" printer.

twitter.com/Rainmake..448279003139/photo/1
13 April, 15:02

April 6, 2022

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1001
Long March 5B HLV & Tianhe Core Module
Magic Factory 1:200
1001 2021 New tool
6 April, 09:41

April 3, 2022

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17029
USS Nimitz CVN-68 for TRUMPETER Kit
Eduard 1:700
17029 2011 New tool
3 April, 12:09

March 21, 2022

Treehugger
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1290
S.79 Sparviero
Italeri 1:72
1290 2010 New decals
21 March, 19:27
Treehugger
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1439
MC.202 Folgore Aeronautica Militare
Italeri 1:72
1439 2021 New decals
21 March, 19:26
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05152
Colombo Express Container Ship
Revell 1:700
05152 2017 New box
21 March, 19:25

March 20, 2022

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32022
SAAB J-29F Tunnan
Fly 1:32
32022 2022 New tool
20 March, 12:03
Treehugger
Is this really a "new tool"? The previous version is just a couple of years older.
32022
SAAB J-29F Tunnan
Fly 1:32
32022 2022 New tool
20 March, 12:03

February 13, 2022

Treehugger
What does scale = 65mm mean?
65FS 201
Cannon of 75mm 1897
Blitz 65mm
65FS 201 2021 New tool
13 February, 11:11
Marc Le Bayon
1/28th scales
13 February, 12:00

February 11, 2022

Treehugger
Q: Mr. Hobby and Mr. Color, are simply two different brands right? Or?

They both sell leveling thinner. I did finally find Mr. Hobby Leveling thinner, but thought maybe the names were related.
All comments (7) » 8 February, 19:42
Alec K
Thanks Roland and Murad for that info, good to know that GSI leveling thinner works with their Aqueous line as well 👍
11 February, 20:18
Maciej Bellos
You can add a few drops of levelling thinner when thinning humbrols with Humbrol's thinner and helps a bit with spraying. It's a versatile product.
11 February, 23:22

January 26, 2022

Treehugger
added a new photoalbum.
Dragon's Ohio Class SSGN (or SSBN) in 1:350 scale
10 images
View album, image #10
1:350
I had some difficulty making the hull smooth after adding putty to the panel lines all around the sub. Which explains wh...
1:350 U.S.S. Florida SSGN 728 - Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine (Dragon 1056)
All comments (6) » 14 13 January 2021, 13:31
Treehugger
Ah, thanks.
Ah I think I see what you mean by the four sets of bouy stations on the side of the superstructure on top of the sub.
I have the, what you called ballast tank vents filled in for now with putty. Sometimes I wonder a model would look better if some of the panel lines were filled in. Good thing I am done with the wierd panel lines around the hull, as one expect the hull to be smooth.
26 January, 21:24
John Ballman
Subs have weld lines and they are raised lines, you should see a boat that has gone through overhaul. Lots of hull cuts made to remove major equipment from the ship so they can be overhauled as well. At that scale you wouldn't see those lines very well.
26 January, 22:23

January 6, 2022

Treehugger
Finally my order from Hong Kong arrived to my area. 🙂

Order date: 18. September 2021
Arrival date: 4. January 2022
6 January, 16:29

December 16, 2021

Treehugger
Found another fun short documentary, this about the USAF XB-70 Valkyrie bomber:
It just occurred to me that it could be fun juxtaposing a car or bus of old eras together with "vintage" jets of the same era. 🙂 Some nice closeups of the museum jet.

Youtube Video

 


2 16 December 2021, 09:43
Mark
A great watch. Thanks for posting @Treehugger 👍
16 December 2021, 09:56
Neil
Thanks Treehugger. Just watched. Yep, agreed, nice footage in there 👍 This is such a beautiful/fast/cool aircraft (history has similarities to a TSR2 in places). I'd love to visit the museum and see. Maybe one day I'll build the (huge) Italeri kit in my stash 🙂
16 December 2021, 10:41

December 8, 2021

Treehugger
I found a fun Spitfire documentary, only 15 min long. Mk1 to Mk 24.

Youtube Video

 
8 December 2021, 06:08

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