David Januska @Andy, you can see it on the title image (I think it is number 14). I've placed great amount of small 2g weight between bomb bay and cockpit, closer to cockpit and I fixed it with Uschi Flexible Nose Weight (item 4011). It is that black mass behind cockpit.
Andy Ball great brassin engines too!, hopefully if you're doing the usual olive drab over grey...the airbrush should be reasonable. Perhaps some preshading will weather-up the colours....and most USAAF's were pretty amenable to a spot of English climate and European combat scuffs.
20. November, 12:35
David Januska Thank you mates. And Andy I appreciate your useful tips. Just finished my first preshading , I'll post some pictures during weekend.
20. November, 18:51
David Januska So after several hours of masking I´ve started painting.
David Januska Thank you Alec. I was suprised with the quality of the kit. Someone told me it is horrible, but I haven't encountered any major issues. The built was very pleasing for me. Except painting. It is my weakness.
Cuajete Well done so far, David. Following.
I hope you are well due corona virus.
20. May, 19:25
David Januska @Cuajete, thank you. Yes we are all OK. For us in Prague it was not so bad. The biggest problem was two and half month all the time at home with whole family four ladies . But it is minor thing. There are people with much greater problems.
20. May, 19:38
Cuajete I understand you perfectly, David. I had a similar situation, but I could not touch much plastic in my confinement. It was difficult with the women on the prowl
20. May, 19:58
Alec K We are 6 weeks into lockdown and I am ready to pop a vein. Two and a half months? Ugh. Sorry to vent a little, in total agreement with David, it's a small price to pay considering the alternatives.
Andrea Morris Progressing a treat! The Hasegawa kit looks a little sparse on detail compared to the Tamiya 1/48 I'm currently building? Eight weeks in to lock-down & I'm loving it, I've finished so many shelf-queens
David Januska Thank you mates for your interest. @David M. you are right but for me it is enough for a "Braill" scale enhanced with Eduard PE's. One of the hardest things during this time was to keep remains of discipline. I work in sowtware company so I was able to work from "home office", but sitting in a living room with my laptop on my knees and watching unfinished Betty it was very hard to force myself to continue working :-D.
David Januska Well it was the first try because I was really disappointed with the kit. First of all I sprayed the whole kit with AK Aluminium spray https://ak-interactive.com/product/71702/ then I airbrushed it with the colors, using also AK Real Colors. After everything was dry I scribed it as in real. I started using scalpel but it was too sharp and it seemed not very real. So I tried to use something more wide. I have tool for putty application and it was better. Problem was that in some places I scribed also throug the aluminium layer to the grey coat of the kit so I tried to repair. It is not perfect but for me better than I expected.
David Januska Thank you Olivier. I think it is a little too much used and not so real as I hope. But I've learned much on this project.
8. January, 14:58
Alec K Nice job David. I have heard from others complaining about Sword kits. I have their Arado on my list, so we'll see...
How do you like the Real Colors?
8. January, 18:38
David Januska Thank you Alec, concerning the quality of the kit I think the biggest problem is in engineering and support for build. This was second kit I airbrushed, so I think I am not so competent to judge it I don't know any other colors. But for me it seem they are very good and I like the result. I used Japanese colors from AK and I think they fit perfect. The only problem I've encountered is with my airbrush it seems to me it becomes really quickly stuffy. I think this is my problem with dilution and cleaning.