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Updated: May 18, 2020
10. May, 14:18 Share
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Treehugger Thanks for the feedback! Though I can see at 4:20 that one of the F-14's nose gear aren't fully compressed, seems the shiny metal isn't visible when viewed directly sideway, but can be seen from the front apparently. I can see a little bit of shiny metal. Anyway, I get to use some metal on the rear landing gear, and then I guess a little bit on the nose gear.
17. May, 10:05
Treehugger A project by Bernhard Schrock gave me an idea for the nav lights. I could simplly use a round piece of clear plastic, and then.. add a shaped piece of masking tape to shape the light. :D
17. May, 18:07
Spanjaard aires cockpits looks simply amazing... but they tend to be a hell to fit... my experience with them? they look great, but you need sanding, sanding and more sanding..... and the more
19. May, 20:55
Clifford Keesler Putting the Aries cockpit in my Lighting was a nightmare. I like Neo Mega cockpits, they almost drop right in.
19. May, 21:13
Spanjaard @Clifford, is the detail as good as Aires ones?
19. May, 22:32
Treehugger In my limited experience, preparing the resin parts is fairly trivial but one must be careful. One really have to use the right tools, like a thin saw intended for such purpose (I think the saw I have is for sawing resin figures' feet off the molded base or something).

A challenge, and some tedious work with resin canopies, seems to be this work that goes into cutting away the excess plastic on the model, such that you get to replace the plastic with resin detailing. Little by little, is my advice, and optionally glue styrene back on if you end up with gaps, and try again.

I think I will paint the major resin parts separately, and then use superglue to fit them all together before installing into the main kit part. Obviously, dry fitting is important to avoid making a mistake.

I just remembered, I had to sand some of the larger Aires parts thinner, to fit inside the largest resin cockpit part. I believe it is common that resin tend to shrink a little, so maybe difficult to always make all resin parts fit with themselves.
20. May, 14:35
Clifford Keesler @ Spanjaard, I think they are. They just don't do quite as many as Aries, but the ones they do are nice and usually about 1/2 the price or less than Aries. I used one on my Viggen, and I have several for my SU-27's both single and twin seat. As well as for my Jaguar's Mirage F-1's and 2000's.
21. May, 02:11
Spanjaard thanks a lot Clifford, i wonder how it would fit my Tarangus...
21. May, 10:34

May 18, 2020

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1:35 D-30 122mm (SKIF 215)
 
D-30 122mm Soviet howitzer
SKIF 1:35
215
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18. May, 09:27 Share
Treehugger This kit even has some photo etch in it, which is a nice surprise.
18. May, 09:27
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1:35 85mm D-44 Divisional Gun (Trumpeter 02339)
Soviet
85mm D-44 Divisional Gun
Trumpeter 1:35
02339
2012 | New tool
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18. May, 09:26 Share

May 17, 2020

Treehugger
Anyone familiar with this Academy F-15 kit? Not happy with their F-14 in 1:48, so hoping this F-15 later on might be ok. I already have a vacuum canopy for the Academy F-15C in 1:48.
F-15 C/D Eagle (Academy 12257, 1:48)

1:48 F-15 C/D Eagle (Academy 12257)
 
17. May, 10:00 Share
Alan G Never had any good experiences with Academy. Especially their decals. I hope this one is better for you.
17. May, 11:05
Vjekoslav Ranec 3.6 Roentgen - Not Great Not Terrible. Go for GWH or Hasegawa.
17. May, 11:33
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17. May, 09:09 Share
Treehugger
@scalemates

I feel a little bad for posting several updates during a day, because it pushes the entires for finished models further down that what good is I think.

Perhaps an idea to allow the viewer to decide if he/she can both: look at only finished projects only, and also a mix of finished projects and work-in-progress updates? Or is maybe that feature already a thing?
17. May, 08:51 Share
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17. May, 07:46 Share
Treehugger So I learned just now, that I have to actually click a couple of buttons to become listed, via a button found on the group build page linked above.
17. May, 07:47

May 16, 2020

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1:35 155mm for SPG AS-90 barrel (RB Model 35B51)
 
155mm for SPG AS-90 barrel Trumpeter
RB Model 1:35
35B51
200x
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1:35 AUF1 155mm L/39 - Meng - (RB Model 35B129)
 
AUF1 155mm L/39 - Meng -
RB Model 1:35
35B129
2014 | New tool
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1:48 Gripen (Kitty Hawk KH80117)
Jas-39A/C
Gripen
Kitty Hawk 1:48
KH80117
2013 | New tool
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16. May, 11:09 Share

May 15, 2020

Treehugger
Sigh, a local online toy store that sells scale model kits specifically, have some 50% higher price on Tamiya's second kit version of the new F-14 kit when comparing it to the first version. Surreal prices on some of the things.

And some $66 (equivalent) for a 1:144 AC-130 Hercules kit from Minicraft is just stupid.
15. May, 19:26 Share
Treehugger I added the required album title, but I am not listed as having joined the group build. Was I supposed to do anything else?
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May 10, 2020

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Q: Using photo etch parts, is there a trick to make the brass look burnt, without painting the metal parts?

I know you have corrosive liquid, but I don't think that gives the desired result if just rusting the brass.
10. May, 16:12 Share
Treehugger
I am unable to add a background image to a newly started project.

Any ideas why? Is this common for more than me today? File should be small and being a .jpg type of image.

Update: After having created an album, I am getting an error when uploading the same image to the album.
10. May, 14:17 Share
Roland Gunslinger Just tested it: Same issue. Tested with .jpg .

Error: "Couldn't copy the file!".
10. May, 14:29
Treehugger Thanks for the feedback! :)
10. May, 14:43
Roland Gunslinger You are welcome!
Now, i also can not upload pics to an album: "upload failed".

PS: Sry, have just read scalemates is working on a solution...
10. May, 15:15
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1:48 F-14A Tomcat cockpit set (Aires 4523)
 
F-14A Tomcat cockpit set for Academy
Aires 1:48
4523
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1:48 F-14A Tomcat (Academy 01659)1:48 AIM-54A Phoenix (Eduard 648097)4+
 
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May 2, 2020

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I think I picked the wrong day to quit waiting for somebody to make a new 1:48 scale Hind :D
1:48 Soviet Attack Helicopter Mi-24V/VP (Zvezda 4823)
 
Soviet Attack Helicopter Mi-24V/VP
Zvezda 1:48
4823
2020 | New tool
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20. December 2019, 06:45 Share
Treehugger Finally this kit appear to be out on sale. :)
2. May, 13:36
Treehugger
Q: Does anyone have a suggestion for a new mold and nicely detailed car model kit? I guess 1:24 scale or somesuch.

I could try some older model, but I am a little tired of fixing older models. :) Trucks would be nice as well, but I haven't found many truck model kits of trucks that I like. :| Seems like they are mostly semi trailers, which I don't like. I like trucks to have 10 wheels or more and not being semi trailer trucks. :)
2. May, 12:01 Share
Martin Oostrom 10 wheels might be a challenge....
Volvo F16 Reefer Truck (Italeri 3893, 1:24)
Büssing 8000 S 13 (Revell 07555, 1:24)
Both are '90's moldings though

1:24 Volvo F16 Reefer Truck (Italeri 3893)1:24 Büssing 8000 S 13 (Revell 07555)
 
2. May, 13:27

April 27, 2020

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1:35 S-300V 9S32 Grill Pan Tracking Radar (Trumpeter 09522)
 
S-300V 9S32 Grill Pan Tracking Radar
Trumpeter 1:35
09522
2019 | Changed parts
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1:35 1S91 SURN Kub Radar (Trumpeter 09571)
Russian
1S91 SURN Kub Radar
Trumpeter 1:35
09571
2019 | New tool
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April 25, 2020

Treehugger
Sweet! :D I am interested in this.
1:48 de Havilland Tiger Moth (Airfix A04104)
 
de Havilland Tiger Moth
Airfix 1:48
A04104
2020 | New tool
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25. April, 07:26 Share
wilky Pity they didn't include R.A.A.F. decals
25. April, 07:34

April 23, 2020

Treehugger
Has anybody tried this product? It is a metal chrome polishing powder.
No Metal Polishing Powder - Chrome Type (Uschi van der Rosten 4008)
 
Metal Polishing Powder - Chrome Type 25ml
Uschi van der Rosten
4008
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23. April, 09:06 Share
Olivier Not me
23. April, 12:48
Treehugger Well, shit, that is news. :) But, what do you think of it? I guess I am wondering just now nicely this goes down (or not). I guess the appeal might be if this could be a substitute to chrome paint, but perhaps that is wishing for too much.
23. April, 15:16
Günther Decock Hi tree bugger. I use the same brand, but the metal variant instead of chrome. It works quite well. I put some of the stuff on my finger or paper towel. Then you polish it out.
23. April, 15:28
Treehugger
Looking into the box now, it looks like a nicely molded and nicely detailed kit. :) Option for all missile doors open, or closed (separate big part).
1:350 Type 092 Xia Class SSBN (HobbyBoss 83511)
PLAN
Type 092 Xia Class SSBN
HobbyBoss 1:350
83511
2017 | New tool
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Black Baron Following
26. March, 17:16
Treehugger Heh, somehow I find the covid-19 stuff fascinating, I have several models prepared for airbrushing on primer paint. :) Hopefully I will get my ass going on this, and start priming this next.

This kit is ok, but isn't entirely clean, so although I could just glue things together, I want to try clean up the detailing. Mostly ok, but need a little bit of work imo. For example, the starboard plane by the props, isn't symmetrical with the left side one, easy fix.
26. March, 20:06
Treehugger I listened to a documentary on youtube about this particular submarine (went to the north pole) while finishing the work on the tail this evening.
6. April, 18:19
David Taylor definitely see its type 21 ancestry
16. April, 07:20
Treehugger I wish there had been a kit of this sub in 1:144 scale. I have really come to like the looks of it. :)
16. April, 08:16
David Taylor be interesting if you build a 21 and put them side by side
16. April, 16:05
Treehugger What 21 sub did you have in mind? I know there is the German Type XXI sub, but is that the one you meant?
17. April, 12:20
David Taylor Yes.A lot of design cues were taken off the type 21 by both western and warsaw pact designers.
17. April, 14:44
17. April, 18:12
Black Baron PE looking good and nice work on the rudders
18. April, 13:37
Jim J Looking good. Great sub.
19. April, 03:14
Patrick Hagelstein Looking good Treehugger!
21. April, 22:43
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1:350 Le Triomphant SSBN (HobbyBoss 83519)
French Navy
Le Triomphant SSBN
HobbyBoss 1:350
83519
2011 | New tool
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1:350 Nuclear-powered Submarine SSN-593 "Thresher (MikroMir 350-005)
American
Nuclear-powered Submarine SSN-593 "Thresher
MikroMir 1:350
350-005
2016 | New tool
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April 21, 2020

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1:48 IMAM (Romeo) Ro.44 (Special Hobby SH48140)
 
IMAM (Romeo) Ro.44 “Italian Float Fighter”
Special Hobby 1:48
SH48140
2015 | New tool
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1:35 Russian AT-S Tractor (Trumpeter 09514)
 
Russian AT-S Tractor
Trumpeter 1:35
09514
2016 | New tool
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21. February, 13:55 Share
Łukasz Gliński I have to watch this
21. February, 18:46
Clifford Keesler I have this one on my wishlist, so will watch with interest.
21. February, 19:59
Treehugger Anyone wanting to do a more accurate build, have to be very careful with the "holes" on the sides. I think the openings are placed too high on the side, such that, the bottom part of each hole should perhaps lie flush with the deck, such that water can just fall off the deck through the openings. I made the holes a little larger so that they are flush with the deck at the bottom side, but, that is just enough to make the PE fit the new opening. There is another detail to watch out for. The PE itself, on the inside of the railings, will create an edge, which shouldn't be there, as I suspect the PE placement has to match the hole, such that water can roll off the deck unhindered. My guess anyway. So I ended up making the holes a little too large, but good enough for me.

I will buy a glassfiber pen next week, so that I can gently scratch off the excessive amounts of superglue around the photo etch parts. :)
21. February, 21:44
Treehugger I want to quickly point out that, cleaning up superglue with a glassfiber pen, isn't as easy as I thought. Half the issue is actually seeing with my own eyes if I have finished ceaning up or not. Also, the pen is an abrasive and will dig into the plastic eventually it seems.
28. February, 18:18
Bozzer Good tip, Treehugger. I'll keep that in mind, for future reference.
28. February, 23:54
Christian Bruer That looks like a ship and a clean and sharp start on it. Count me in!
1. March, 19:31
Treehugger Photo 6: I was worried I had messed things up by using too much superglue, but I see now that having added a layer of primer paint, it looks like now, it is easier to clean up the excess cyanoacrylate glue, using this glass fiber pen. Ideally I should have been more careful gluing on each piece of PE by using masking tape, but too late to change that now I guess.
21. April, 10:07

April 20, 2020

Treehugger
It seems to me that maybe MikroMir's plastic sprues, are fun to stretch when held over a candle light. Stretches forever it seems. :) No idea if the plastic is having some other quality to it, or me being a little lucky. I ended up with this near 40 cm long "antenna wire". :D
20. April, 08:09 Share
Wim van der Luijt Probably has more plasticizer in it......
20. April, 20:17

April 19, 2020

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Q: Is there any way to clean off long time dried Humbrol enamel paint from some piece of plastic?
19. April, 18:15 Share
Daniel I've heard of brake fluid, never tried it myself though
19. April, 18:46
Alan G Brake fluid, oven cleaner. YT has loads of vids for it
19. April, 20:02
Augie One word.. Detol. Fill bowl, submerge kit and leave.. will just slide off the model, trust me used it on the Ford Bronco.
19. April, 23:10
Treehugger
There is an opportunity for me to buy the M198 artillery in 1:16 scale, but.. I sort of don't like the looks of this artillery model. I wish there was one for the newer M777 artillery.
19. April, 18:02 Share
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April 15, 2020

Treehugger and Jos Jansen are now mates.
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April 14, 2020

Treehugger
I think I just learned, that if you have a piece of PE leftover, you can scratch a line across it, and then 'snap' the part in two, instead of trying to cut the PE. :) Apparently this works. But best to clamp the area agains the cut line, to avoid bending the whole thing.
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April 10, 2020

Treehugger
Tip: If you need to use superglue (cyanoacrylate) to glue a small piece of photo etch, maybe handing off some surface or whatever, you can first place a tiny ball of "blutack" or equivalent, and then just jam one side of the PE part into the "bluetack", then glue the part that is in the open. That way, the PE part is held in place, and you can easily see if the PE part is at the correct spot and angled properly.

Correction: I tried this just now. Works ok, but make sure one doesn't get "bluetack" under the photo etch. And make sure you clean the "blutetack" off afterwards.
10. April, 10:57 Share

March 20, 2020

Treehugger
Suddenly the idea of buying kits isn't interesting anymore for the foreseeable future. Local currency currently devalued to about 70% of what it was, compared to Euro and USD.

Or, now things would be 30% more expensive for me. Not that I need to buy stuff atm though.
20. March, 13:33 Share
Łukasz Gliński Similar story down here :(
20. March, 15:24
Treehugger
Tip: For gluing on photo etch, it might be much easier for sake of accuracy, simply adding a piece of masking tape to hold the PE part in place, especially larger parts.

As one may expect, the full or reduced adhesiveness of the masking tape could perhaps be problematic in itself, if ripping or risk bending a more fragile piece of photoetch.
20. March, 13:47 Share
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1:350 SSN-571 Nautilus (MikroMir 350-009)
 
SSN-571 Nautilus American Nuclear-powered Submarine
MikroMir 1:350
350-009
2016 | New tool
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1:350 SSN-571 Nautilus (MikroMir 350-009)
 
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March 17, 2020

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Interesting. I like how smaller models don't take up too much space, so no 1:48 B-52 for me. But.. how accurate is it?
1:144 Boeing B-52 (Academy 12622)
 
Boeing B-52
Academy 1:144
12622
2020* | New tool
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Markus Antonius 1/144 scale large Aircraft still need plenty of space. Time will tell how accurate this mold will be.
10. January, 11:42
Dutch Judging from their recent B-1B release, I hope accurate and extremely precise in molding and assembly. I am really looking forward to this kit. R/ Dutch
17. March, 16:34

March 16, 2020

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Q: Any tips for finding stuff to use as 'nose weight' that isn't an afermarket product AND isn't toxic lead?
16. March, 16:31 Share
Ralf Schoenen Hello Treehugger
Have a Look on EBay and Amazon for Steel balls.
You can get them in different Diameters.They also available
at Airsoft Shops.
Cheers
16. March, 18:25

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March 12, 2020

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March 10, 2020

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1:144 Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (Revell 03945)
 
Grumman E-2C Hawkeye
Revell 1:144
03945 (80-3945)
2016 | Changed decals
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1:144 Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (Revell 03945)
 
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Finally a 1:48 scale model. Was there ever one from other kit makers? Although I don't fancy stealth jets, I really hope this isn't going to be some $100 kit. I wouldn' t think so, but a lot of new 1:48 kits from other brands seems so expensive imo.
1:48 Su-57 (Zvezda 4824)
 
Su-57
Zvezda 1:48
4824
2020* | New tool
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Derek Huggett It's a T-50 by another name! :)
14. December 2019, 09:39
Anthony D'Agostino Not sure if you guys are seeing the price, but one stores shows this kits at nearly $200! To me, for a kit like this, unless it has motors that they forgot to mention, there is no way I would pay that much for it, not even close.
9. March, 10:48
Treehugger Some stores have laughably high prices, so that one store I see can't possibly be close to some expected retail price.
9. March, 11:02
Slavo Hazucha I definitely expect this to land in the 50-€ range...
9. March, 12:01
BigJay Considering it's zvezda i think it will be quite cheap, their pe-8 kits go for arround 20€ and are huge
9. March, 12:05
Anthony D'Agostino I have absolutely zero experience with this company, does anyone know their level of detail, quality of the plastic and accuracy of the scale? I keep reading that their other kits are cheap, or preferable, inexpensive is a kinder word. Unless they really are cheap, bad fit, lots of marks on visible surfaces, lousy decals, things like that, which make a build go from pleasant to a hair pulling, fingernail biting nightmare. The saying "you get what you pay for" usually holds true in about 90% of the consumer market. I like inexpensive, as long as the quality still remains high.
9. March, 21:34
Nathan Dempsey I've only built some of Zvezda's 1:144 kits, but they go together nice. In fact I already have approval from the wife to buy this kit whatever price it comes out. She knows I want it that bad :) The Sea Vixen and Cessna O-2 are also on this pre-approved list.
10. March, 01:04
Anthony D'Agostino Nice, always good to have the bosses approval! I have tried a different tactic on mine, so far, I think it's working too. Instead of being in charge of the budget this month, I gave her free reign to do it herself. Within three days, she said "I finally understand why you are always stressed", and the guilt of having the control, means she is much more willing to spend on me, than herself, because she feels greedy????

Two kits and three tool packs later, and I am all smiles without the stress! Until next month, when I have to control the budget again☹️.....
10. March, 10:31

March 9, 2020

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1:350 Type 031 Golf Class (HobbyBoss 83514)
PLA Navy
Type 031 Golf Class
HobbyBoss 1:350
83514
2020* | New tool
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1:144 JASDF C-2 Transport Aircraft (Aoshima 055083)
 
JASDF C-2 Transport Aircraft
Aoshima 1:144
055083 (03)
2020 | New tool
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9. March, 15:08 Share
Treehugger
I just learned something like this existing. A japanese transport jet. :)
1:144 JASDF C-2 Transport Aircraft (Aoshima 055083)
 
JASDF C-2 Transport Aircraft
Aoshima 1:144
055083 (03)
2020 | New tool
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March 8, 2020

Treehugger
Seems that, this kit has a really weird tail hook solution, because it looks like there is a part missing. Manual accounts for all parts, but this one part is supposed to cover a large hole, which is perhaps the only noticeable flaw with this kit. Really weird.

Instead of gluing on the arrestor hook, I will snip off some plastic, and paint it, and snap it onto its location, instead of gluing it on together with this other part.
1:144 Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (Revell 03945)
 
Grumman E-2C Hawkeye
Revell 1:144
03945 (80-3945)
2016 | Changed decals
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8. March, 08:31 Share
Frank J From what I can see in the instructions, the tail hook you install in step 15 consists of two parts (22 and 23) that are attached to eachother in step 9, covering the hole completely. I built an earlier boxing of this kit a few years ago and didn't encounter this issue.
8. March, 09:26
Treehugger This is what it looks like. Not very intuitive. :) The engine also are hollow, so all a little simplistic.

Basically, one can't just place this one part in place, you have to make sure you glue one end, somehow, else the part just falls into the hollow model. :)

https://ibb.co/VvZBk13 (image upload)

Btw, I used sprue goo inside the engine openings, where there isn't much plastic, which also helps hide the seams. I am happy with the result:

https://ibb.co/m9zMxnh (image upload)
8. March, 11:13

March 5, 2020

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1:48 Grumman F-14D Super Tomcat (AMK AvantGarde Model Kits 88007)
 
Grumman F-14D Super Tomcat
AMK AvantGarde Model Kits 1:48
88007
2019 | New tool
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1:350 HMS Resolution (MikroMir 350-026)
 
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1:350 HMS Resolution (MikroMir 350-026)
 
HMS Resolution British nuclear-powered submarine
MikroMir 1:350
350-026
2016 | New tool
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1:350 HMS Resolution (MikroMir 350-026)
 
HMS Resolution British nuclear-powered submarine
MikroMir 1:350
350-026
2016 | New tool
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March 3, 2020

Treehugger
Q: How do I view my private messages? I can't find any button for this.
3. March, 15:24 Share
OttovonLindberg Click their name (go to their profile), click "actions" at the top of the screen, and then send a pm
3. March, 15:35
Treehugger I already got some pm's, but how I view those?
3. March, 15:39
OttovonLindberg Click the bell icon in the upper left
3. March, 15:50
Treehugger Thank you. Though imo this was tedious and confusing, but after I clicked the notifications button and also the "see all notifications" at the bottom, I was able to quickly find my pm of interest in this much shorter list.
3. March, 16:19
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1:48 Ka-52 Hokum B "Alligator" (Kitty Hawk KH80123)
 
Ka-52 Hokum B "Alligator"
Kitty Hawk 1:48
KH80123
2020* | New tool
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March 2, 2020

Treehugger added a new photoalbum.
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Roland Gunslinger Very nice bird/build
2. March, 12:38
Paul Juliano Nicely done!!
2. March, 12:42
Dave Flitton A shame about the props, but the rest of the build looks great
2. March, 12:47
Treehugger Thanks :) I want to point out that I never relied on masking the side windows the way one would expect. What I did was to add primer and paint just around the small window openings on the two hull parts on the sides, then gluing on the small windows, then adding a rough mask, then gluing the parts together. I nearly worked but I wasn't careful enough and had some issues with overspray with grey on grey leaving a subtle edge of sorts, but in theory, it would have worked imo. Ideally I should have avoided letting any paint get near the side window areas so as to avoid spraying on top of the rough masking tape covering the windows. The gloss coats just went over the side windows. I did not dare covering the big canopy piece with gloss coat. Any speck of dust or particles and it would look bad imo. On the flip side, adding a gloss coat over masking tape, seems to have the stuff build up against the masking tape edges, which sucks. I should try being more careful not spraying any more paint around masking than strictly needed.
2. March, 13:03
Nathan Dempsey Even with your build issues, the finish came out well. I have this kit, but I want to build it in different markings than provided in the box. I suppose I'll get around to it some day.
2. March, 14:15
Dave Flitton YES! Different markings would be great!
2. March, 16:39
Treehugger
Suggestions for other builders:
1) Consider doing something with the stabilizers/elevators, which connects to the tail, but actually has this flat surface. This flat surface is molded onto the tail, which doesn't look the best, it should be connected to the stabilizers/elevators.
2) Decal sheet has some obvious errors. Also the yellow prop warning on the hull is supposed to be angled to be parallel with the tilted engines for anyone in doubt.
3) I used a nose weight of 30g iirc, at the nose and around the cabin area at the front, the manual suggests 40g. Note: I had the loading ramp closed.
4) Try make sure you get all the four engines tilted properly, so don't sand off too much plastic here and there.
5) The decal sheet have dark grey "A400M" decals on it. It would be important to make the paint lighter than the darker decals. I couldn't figure out if the decals were too light in color or not compared to photos.
1:144 Airbus A400M "Atlas" (Revell 04859)
 
Airbus A400M "Atlas"
Revell 1:144
04859 (80-4859)
2014 | New tool
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1. March, 21:03 Share
Dave Flitton Interesting information, thanks
1. March, 23:00
Treehugger Also, I found out that, one can't glue on the wheels, if you already glued on all the other parts for the landing gear and also all the aircraft hull parts.

What would work, is gluing on the wheels + the next big part and put those two things into the landing gear bay.

Once can ofc glue it all together, but that would make painting the wheels tricky, unless you want to put masking tape all over each wheel, which seems tedious.
2. March, 09:54
Florian H. thx for the info :)
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1:144 Airbus A400M "Atlas" (Revell 04859)
 
2. March, 11:14 Share

March 1, 2020

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1. March, 21:16 Share
Treehugger
I am pleasantly surprised by MIG wash product. What surprised me, is the enamel comes off by very gently rubbing it off, after it being applied on top of a nice gloss coat. I expected to have to use a moist cotton bud, but that doesn't seem to be necessary. :)

https://ibb.co/BZzFBrY (image uploade)

I made sure to avoid using neither plain black, nor dark grey, so I mixed light grey and dark grey for this model. Sadly, there is too much going on with the model paint layer wise, so I don't get a 100% result because of how my panel lines aren't deep enough in places.
1. March, 13:35 Share

February 29, 2020

Treehugger
And now..
..a jetliner kit, without any landing gear on the sprues.
1:144 Airbus A320 Neo (Revell 03942)
 
Airbus A320 Neo
Revell 1:144
03942
2019 | New tool
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29. February, 21:49 Share

February 28, 2020

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1:144 Airbus A400M "Atlas" (Revell 04859)
 
Airbus A400M "Atlas"
Revell 1:144
04859 (80-4859)
2014 | New tool
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28. February, 15:18 Share
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1:144 Airbus A400M "Atlas" (Revell 04859)
 
Airbus A400M "Atlas"
Revell 1:144
04859 (80-4859)
2014 | New tool
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28. February, 15:18 Share
Treehugger
What now Revell kit?

Heh, I have this piece of 'A400M' decal, that won't come entirely off the decal sheet. The whole thing is stuck on the paper, where the left part of the M starts. :O

https://ibb.co/zfrMy1s (Image upload)

Update: Aah, the last part came off eventually, but I had to tug at it. What was wrong? Could maybe a greasy finger tip have tainted the decal sheet, such that the decal don't soak up water well enough?
28. February, 11:10 Share
Treehugger
What now Revell kit?

Heh, I have this piece of 'A400M' decal, that won't come entirely off the decal sheet. The whole thing is stuck on the paper, where the left part of the "M" is. :O
28. February, 10:57 Share

February 27, 2020

Treehugger
For the first time in years, I am fiddling with a decal sheet. :O Mucho frustration applying decals and even though I have all the tools for this type of work, I am out of practice. :| Also, no way I am doing all the decals in one sitting. This is going to take forever.

So I have a Humbrol Gloss coat on this model, and as water drops comes onto the gloss coat, the gloss coat go much lighter, as if reacting with the gloss coat. This will dry up and look ok eventually. Tiny patches of paper towel works nicely for sucking up excess water, without disturbing the placement of the decals, sucking up water by capillary reaction.

Apparently it is a good idea to make sure the decals are floating well off the decal paper, or risk having some kind of adhesive that doesn't help when trying to place the decals onto a model. The larger the decal the worse it gets it seems.

I don't remember decals sheets taking this freaking long to loosen the decal. With this A400M Revell kit, it seems it takes forever for the decal to loosen up. I suspect that having warm water might help, but I can't keep refilling the bowl with warm water, and I have to rely on room temperature warm water.

Oh, Revell why must you place large intricate decals in the middle of the damn decal sheet, making it more difficult to cut out?
27. February, 09:55 Share
Martin Oostrom Warm water surely helps.
Of the deals are that sticky, placing some decal softener on the intended spot helps as well
27. February, 14:21
Wim van der Luijt I use something this to keep the water warm....very low tech and it works
[img1]
 
27. February, 14:26
Treehugger Haha, interesting. A candle holder with a tray.
27. February, 17:26
Wim van der Luijt well...if it can keep a teapot or food warm, it wil work for your decals...there are also usb mug warmers btw, but I have no clue as to how warm these get...I stick to the low tech option
[img1]
 
27. February, 18:14
Treehugger
Tip: If using the typical cleaning pot for your airbrush, I personally like having a ball of paper tissue inside the pot, to avoid the pot collecting fluids that discolor the glass. That way, you can easily keep the pot looking clean, and no fluids to deal with.
27. February, 17:27 Share

February 26, 2020

Treehugger
Having restarted my hobby recently from a 2 year pause or something like that, I keep being humbled by what challenges there are to managing to keep things clean, flush and undamaged. :)

https://ibb.co/g7ykprF (image upload)

I finally learned recently to properly thin my paints for airbrushing and also gaining a lot of confidence in applying a gloss coat (Humbrol Clear in my case).

I started that model above as a simple build and focus on the airbrushing. I did a lot of work on seams, but I am yet again humbled by what it takes to get a really good result. :| Especially critical to get a nice result around the canopy piece, because that area tend to stand out.

Photo shows model with two layers of gloss coat, drying, before decaling. I swear, I could see a looong slight sink mark on top of the entire wing area when painting and adding gloss coat. After adding satin varnish, I doubt that will be visible, I did nothing to fix this issue.
25. February, 15:55 Share
Bozzer Mate, I always check for sink lines in my primer stage. Sometimes, for large areas, I run a straight edge over the entire model. As for Humbrol, I only use their enamels now. Tamiya are very airbrush friendly, but with modern technology, most paints are pretty much airbrushable now. When it comes to clear coat, I have to recommend Winsor and Newton. You'll get them in any decent art store. Yellow tub, Galleria, I think it's branded as? It lasts for ages and they have gloss, satin and Matt. Good luck buddy and keep searching for new ideas for masking etc. Remember, it's a hobby, so enjoy it and don't let anything spoil it
26. February, 00:40
Treehugger After a couple of layers of gloss coat and a day or two drying time, I am observing cracks in the surfaces in places. I suspect that my thicker layers of primer and inadequate drying time is to blame for this.
26. February, 18:12
Bozzer That's possible buddy. Also, it could be a reaction to primer and paint? I'm not a scientific type of guy, but I hear of these things, from time to time. I think I prefer your explanation though. I try to leave things, for as long as possible. I do know enamel takes a considerable amount of time to dry. The cracks that you describe, could possibly be from the clear coat not allowing the top coat to breathe, thus making it's final way through, regardless of the subject? With multiple coats, the drying time is delayed.
26. February, 19:49
Treehugger I noticed such cracks on a sub model a few years ago, in which I had some 6+ layers of gloss coat. Still, I only had cracks in a limited area. Back then I assumed I had too many gloss coat layers, that also wasn't allowed to dry properly between adding new layers. I was impatient and just wanted to try get a piano laquer finish. :) I did not take care to sand the primer and paint properly, so, no wonder I needed more and more layers of gloss coat because of how thin a layer of Humbrol Clear is.
26. February, 21:33

February 25, 2020

Treehugger
I had such fun this evening, airbrushing on Humbrol Clear on a model that was already fairly smooth. Airbrushed on with ca 8 psi, close up. :)

I had an old bottle, but holding that bottle up to the light, I could see contaminants from me being reckless goofing around too much with the bottle, so I decided to use a new bottle which had no apparent contaminants, nor any fibers in it.

The first time I tried to use Humbrol Clear a few years ago (hobby was on hold until very recently), I had models that weren't smooth after priming and coloring, and so, this super thin layer of gloss coat can't realistically level real dents in the paint, unless you add alot of layers, but then things will start to get runny and pool in corners, and take forever to dry iirc. This time, I had a good result from a single sitting of airbrushing, meaning, maybe two layers of gloss coat.

Some dust got stuck on the gloss coat, I hope I can sand that off once the gloss coat is dry, and just add a little more gloss coat over it again. I forgot to close the door and clean the floor of dust in advance.

..I have a growing desire to touch and fondle my newly gloss coated model. :| I suppose I ought to wait three days at least.
24. February, 17:43 Share
Bozzer Mate, I feel your pain. I have a similar problem, only mine is hair. I have 4 cats and they are long and short haired. No matter what I do, there's always a bloody hair that turns up, when I come to clear coat! I'm hoping that the new custom made spray booth, I have planned, will end my misery. Failing that, I'm out of ideas? Because my stuff is all 1:25, I try to do a pre-inspection, before shooting the clear, but the mystery hair always turns up somewhere. I don't allow the cats in my man cave, but the hair still finds a way to sneak in. On a side note, cat whiskers make great antenna.
25. February, 01:27
Treehugger Maybe it could help to clean the floor, and other large horizontal surfaces, and then close the door and let the ventilator work for a while before you start airbrushing.

There was some sun shining into my room yesterday, and as I teared a piece of paper from this lint free roll of paper, I could see fibers in the air from handling the paper tissue roll.
25. February, 08:44
Treehugger Update: After some 14 hours or so, having applied maybe two layers in one sitting, the model feels dry enough to be handled without leaving fingerprints, but I'll leave it for another 12 hours just to be sure.

In my experience, from this one older model, if airbrushing on primer and colors and lots of gloss coats within a short period of time alltogether, cracking appeared. I did have some 6+ layers of gloss coat on that other model. :) Not sure what was cracking, presumably the underlaying paint, or, perhaps the first layer of gloss coat, I don't know for sure.
25. February, 09:20

February 24, 2020

Treehugger
If I ever buy this, I guess I would try fill it with some weighty material, so that the weight matches the real grenade, just for fun. :) Maybe difficult if warhead was made of tungsten or something perhaps.

I guess I would also sand any edges sharper, to make things look more like milled or maybe pressed metal, or, at least for the brass casing.
1:1 8.8cm Pzgr.39 (APCBC) L/56 (Pig Model 1-001)
 
8.8cm Pzgr.39 (APCBC) L/56
Pig Model 1:1
1-001
2020 | New tool
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24. February, 22:07 Share
Munkyslut Bloody hell thats so cool 8)
24. February, 22:21
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1:1 8.8cm Pzgr.39 (APCBC) L/56 (Pig Model 1-001)
 
8.8cm Pzgr.39 (APCBC) L/56
Pig Model 1:1
1-001
2020 | New tool
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24. February, 22:06 Share
Treehugger
Using wound guitar strings for some kind of cable. Anybody tried that?

So the thinnest guitar strings are solid metal, but the thicker ones have a winding to them.
24. February, 19:25 Share
Boomer686 Would they not coil up into big loops?
24. February, 19:30
Wim van der Luijt I've seen them being used as oxygen hose in cockpits. Not very flexible (at least the strings of my basses aren't)
24. February, 21:14
Daniel Used them as wim said, a pain to bend indeed ;)
24. February, 21:27
Treehugger
I think I've discovered a "new way" of masking things..
..toilet paper + bits of masking tape. :) I had previously used paper, but using toilet paper seems easier and quicker to work with.

https://ibb.co/4P7hphb (image upload)

I have since added a couple of more bits of tape, to avoid overspray creeping in under the bits of toilet paper.
24. February, 08:15 Share
Wim van der Luijt Post it notes are great too
24. February, 21:21
Treehugger
Tip: Instead of airbrushing a tiny part on a painted model to fix some overspray or what not, it is very helpful and easy using a tiny Tamiya 87048 brush to add some tiny amounts of paint to fix some uneven paintwork.
24. February, 12:23 Share
24. February, 12:25
Treehugger Heh, I also learned that, if you know you will be adding a gloss coat, one can remove overspray by sanding it away.. So easy. :) Assuming ofc, you don't sand through the first color layer and into the layer of primer paint. I like using a 2500 grit sanding stick for getting a fine surface.

Warning, in my experience, when sanding away paint with a 2500 sanding stick, the paint MUST be cleaned off with a say microfiber cloth, else the dust tend to remain and look bad when adding more paint.

AND, also.. the very fine paint particles is bad for you. So, imo best to sit outside and sand, and try no sniff the paint particles that comes off when gently sanding the surfaces smooth. That way one doesn't contaminate your inside surroundings. :|
24. February, 13:56
Tom Good point Treehugger, just been doing some sanding and was going to go over with a very soft toothbrush, will use a soft cloth.
24. February, 14:01

February 23, 2020

Treehugger
I had some fun airbrushing this evening. Vallejo Flow Improver is supposed to only be added in minimal amount, however I had success adding a lot, but only when cutting down on thinner. I also airbrushed around 20 psi, and it worked nicely once I figured out when the paint was thin enough.

https://ibb.co/whgwP0Q

I intend to finish airbrush on some light gray and a little silver, and a black nose, and then carefully airbrush on Humbrol Clear, or, I will maybe try out Pledge, but I haven't airbrushed Pledge before so maybe a bad idea to not having tested that out. Yes, I'll just use Humbrol Clear, which I am somewhat familiar with, airbrushed on with ca 8 psi, close up, wet-in-wet, and in patches.

This isn't a magnum opus, but I built this kit and used it for paint practice, but trying my best. I do realize that, for the future, I must try to remember to always test spray the paint mix on some scrap part, every damn single time, to figure out when the paint is thin enough.

Working with only Vallejo Model Color, the thicker paint, using a sift isn't as easy as when using Vallejo Model Air paint which is more watery. It seems that, if I just finish with drops of flow improver, I get all the paint through the sift into my tiny 10 ml mixing jar.
23. February, 17:35 Share

February 22, 2020

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1:350 Tula (Zvezda 9062)
Russian Nuclear Ballistic Submarine
Tula (Project 667BDRM Delfin - NATO Delta IV Class)
Zvezda 1:350
9062
2020 | New tool
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22. February, 15:13 Share
Treehugger
New tool? Interesting. For that price, it better be good. :)
1:350 Bismarck (Trumpeter 05358)
 
Bismarck
Trumpeter 1:350
05358
2020 | New tool
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22. February, 12:02 Share
Kermits pants My thoughts precisely, better be all singing etc
22. February, 13:04
Sven Schönyan i could take a look at a testshot at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. It looks pretty good!

modellmarine.de/index.php?op..3Aausstellungen&Itemid=1

Here you can find some impressions.
22. February, 14:01
Treehugger Looks like Trumpeter also has some new? cruisers in 1:350, which is nice.

I wish the Bismarck kit at least had a brass nameplate. Adding metal paint to the plastic nameplate seems like somewhat of a hassle when it is super easy with a brass nameplate.

Also, thanks for linking to the photos. :)
22. February, 14:59
Treehugger Oh, look at that Delta IV sub in 1:350 scale from Zvezda (9062).
22. February, 15:04

February 21, 2020

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20. September 2018, 13:18 Share
Clifford Keesler I like it sir, well done.
21. February, 20:12
Treehugger Thank you. I was very happy with my masking work and the overall paintwork, even if there isn't any weathering on it. I think I forgot to scrape the prop blades thinner. I always like doing that. Ofc, there is always the risk of them snapping off if not being gentle enough.
21. February, 21:39
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Updated: February 21, 2020
21. February, 13:42 Share
Bart Goesaert Looking good, it's a pretty large one in this scale... certainly compared to WWII subs...
21. February, 13:46
Treehugger Yes. It measures a little under 50 cm length wise. This model fits inside my cabinet. :)

I think the most imporant goal here is to make the seams and the shape of the hull as flush as possible to get that solid look when finishing painting.

It might be an idea to detail the hull, but I honestly haven't thought that far. Not sure how I can even add tiling to the hull surface.

What I can do, is making the hull skin look stressed, I think that is something I can do. Edit: On second thought, I guess if this ship has tiles on it, there woudln't be any stressed hull to be seen.
21. February, 13:57
Bart Goesaert Adding the tiles can be done by simply scribing (luckily these are added in the Hobby Boss kit, but these are very pronounced) On the ship you can distinguish some variations in color ([img1]) , to make the hull looking stressed, take a look here to avoid a lot of scraping, but I don't think it is a necessity:

shipmodels.info/mws_forum/vi..cdcd9e9&start=40#p742983
 
21. February, 14:06
Treehugger Ah, yes, painting a patterns seems like a good idea. As long as there is this contrasting effect showing indivisual tile, I think doing that will look good. I am thinking airbrush on black, then maske off and airbrush on some lighter color, then remove masking and carefully airbrushing a thin layer of black again.
21. February, 14:19
Bart Goesaert thinking more about nato-black, RLM 66, dark grey, rubber black... you know the fifty shades of dark grey.. then you can still do a panel wash with black to make things pop a bit...
21. February, 14:51
Treehugger Good idea with black wash over nato black, as black wash on a black surface probably isn't very interesting. :)
21. February, 15:23
Clifford Keesler That is going to be a monster. Watching. I got the Kilo all done except for adding the screw. I will try and get some pictures soon.
21. February, 20:04
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1:350 5"/38 Single Gun (Open Mount) (Veteran Models VTW35001)
 
5"/38 Single Gun (Open Mount)
Veteran Models 1:350
VTW35001
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1:350 5"/38 Single Gun (Open Mount) (Veteran Models VTW35001)
 
5"/38 Single Gun (Open Mount)
Veteran Models 1:350
VTW35001
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1:350 "Akula" (MikroMir 350-016)
 
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1:350 "Akula" (MikroMir 350-016)
 
"Akula" Typhoon-Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
MikroMir 1:350
350-016
2014 | New tool
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21. February, 13:19 Share

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