Last step ahead - attach all accessories and of to the photo shoot.
Looks great with all that dirt!
Nice idea to damage/remove some of the skirts so you can see the work you've done on the wheels. 👍
Thank you Guy and WhiteGlint! I think removal of the side skirts is not something seen in the field, except for the removal of rear skirts in later versions to avoid build-up of mud. However I agree, it's the only way to show some of the wheels, that would be invisible otherwise - and it does look more interesting, dare I say.
Thank you Nelson!
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Count me in here!
Looking good so far!
Bad thing with all the lost parts but anyhow keep up the good work!
Wow, amazing work so far... that seat and all that harnessing is the stuff of my nightmares!
48-scale an all different world - provided the model is not an upscaled 72 like some Zvezda kits... 😄
I hope you are enjoying this as much as I did, the seat definitely looks like it! You really worked out all those beautiful details with the wash & paint-job 👍
Excellent work so far. I have Eduard's Bundesfighter version of the F-104 and I am looking forward to getting it on my bench. I feel bad for the pilot of that machine as he has to strap himself into the ejection seat with a cargo net. 😁
Looking very nice.
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Received this one as a gift included in a larger order from black dog. Came in a black box with no box art yet.
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You could use any spare decal sheet you have in your stash and your imagination to finish your egg. Have a look at my alphaj-egg album
Thanks! Your F-16 looks great and I found out from your list that there exists a F-104 egg, will need to obtain one 🙂
"painted" the whole plane with the decal solution, as it has big splotches of different glossiness. Will repaint one last time all over with airframe aluminium and that's how it's going to look. I might go once more over leftover decals to find something to give it a bit of color, but I think it won't be too successful.
I'm calling this one done, because after twice repainting it completely due to the paint reacting with anything that touched the model, it did it at the very end again, when wiping off weathering oils. I will never again use that paint.
There are actually two different makes of F104 egg planes : Mine are from Freedom Model Kits, but there is also a kit from AFV Club. Both have two versions (single seater and twoseater ) in one box.
Thank you, Erik!
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Ha! I had trouble putting the guns in place, looks like it needs further adjustment 🙁
Fixed, by replacing with scratch built ones
Syringe needles are tight! 👍 I remember buying those in the 90´s in med-stores, me a young man then, the vendor looking at me like I´d be running a meth-lab or something, clearly doubting my claims the´re useful for scale modeling... 😄
Looking good, albeit the "one burst leader & wingman kill" look also had it´s merit...😉
Well, putting them there was super easy, barely an inconvenience. And looks better than before.
Camo is done, preparing fuel tanks and rocket launchers, but will weather it first.
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Cockpit lacks any details, so leaves a lot open to scratch building. Decals for the cockpit are disappointing - lots of clear decal along all sides, which needs to be removed as it doesn't fit otherwise. Colors don't fully align so there are lines along the edges.
The instrument panel is the worst part - parts of the decal will be outside of the panel (so best to cut them off) and half of the instrument panel will not be covered. Maybe I should paint it by hand instead, but given how much will be visible, it's not worth it. Not an auspicious start.
The manual is also hard to parse leaving details to interpretation. It also asks for 10g in the nose, but there is very little space. I'll try to put in liquid gravity, but not sure if it will be enough.
Overall, model looks simple, hope the surface details make up for what I've seen so far.
this one is a Mig-21, but in the same camo scheme:
February 15, 2021
Love this Tamiya kit. Keeping it mostly OOB, with a few drilled out lights. Replaced turret bars with wires to give it a more natural look.
If you are looking for a nice looking and easy to put together model, you could do much worse than this one. Most of my models take many weeks, this might be put together in 2 days - did tracks and wheels yesterday in about 2 hours, almost completed the construction in maybe 3 hours today.
Watching this, not least because I have an idea to try something involving a 48-scale tank (and most probably this particular one)
Looks like a really nice kit, not resisting the attempts to get build and thus leaving ample time & opportunity to focus on making it really nice!😉
Thanks! Of course, first pieces are now consumed by the carpet monster, so now I'm stuck on deciding whether to call it battle damage, or to scratch build replacements...
As I finished construction today, the little T-55 received a layer of black primer and various rust tones from MRP. It might currently look like an autumn prop, it's only a temporary stage.
I didn't notice it's 1:48 scale 🙂 good job! 🙂
Thanks Jakub! Struggling with dust on the tracks now, will post more pictures after figuring that out 🙂
Very nice work on the camo - is it all freehand? The colors look spot on, and the way it´s put on also seems very much in line with middle-east field camo application - good job!
Looking forward to the chipping and dusting results - so far it seems we have another runner-up for your best tank finish 👍
The model looks pretty cool as well - all the neat details, surface finishes and nothing really betrays it´s actually not 35-scale.
Added a few pictures of the completed tank. I might dust the machine gun a bit more, otherwise it's done. Inspiration came from this piece:
Never enough dust & stuff on these - good stuff, would not know it´s 48-scale if I did not actually know 🙂 Particularly the tracks & wheels look very convincing, with the weathering & all - really nice job there 👍
Perhaps you could put it next to a 35-scale just to see how much smaller exactly it is?
Thanks, Slavo! This was the only 1:48 tank I had in my stash, so the next one will definitely be 1:35. There are too many in the stash anyway! But as a distraction, I started the KP Mig-19, just posted first pictures. It's not going that well so far, so I'm curious how it will turn out 🙂
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Built together with my daughter over the weekend, she chose the color scheme - it had to be pink.
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Any advice how to buy one of these?
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Most important of all, my wife is impressed the model turned out this way, as she was worried it's just not good enough to finish nicely. And my stress of disappointing her with ruining the gift she gave me many years ago is now also over. It also got ves some extra satisfaction from seeing an acceptable result from all the effort. Maybe not as great as Nathan's, but I'm happy!
I am impressed as well 👍 lovely result and some nice pics! Congrats for a clear victory over the kit Palo!
Hope you gave your wife some hints that this kit is absolutely-- err ---that there are a lot of much better kits out there😉
I still love my vallejos - shake the bottle, drops pure in the cup, 35psi, 0,4 mm nozzle and bang! Hot water - spray - clean. Quick and easy, less sputter and less clogging no need for misty coat and stuff with this setup.
But I agree for low-pressure free-hand patterns or transparent layers I use lacquers.
I like your build better Palo. I wish I would have posed mine with the canopy down now 🙂
Been following this closely and I´m really impressed - the paint-job really catapulted it to the next level 👍
The color seems just right and the weathering perfectly represents a "used but not abused" EF as they are often found in RAF service. Nice one indeed!
+ I had a similar story working with MRP´s - started with a conservative "lets paint the thing somehow" goal, but as I worked out how easy the control is (and the cleaning...), it just pushed me on to experiment & try out new things... 🙂 - & wait until you get into the metal business, that´s where the real fun is hiding!
Thanks! I've been sticking to alclad for metals, the surface they create is fantastic. Lately had some issues though, they would clog the airbrush and it would either spray nothing or a giant blob. Maybe I should give MRP metals a try.
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A simple weekend build. The kit fits together very well, is a joy to build. Would recommend trying to paint the guns separately from the rest.
Cool stuff - I never even held a "Das Werk" model, but words have been good...
Nice topic as well - they really went creative on those muzzle-brakes... Happy times drilling them all out 😄 I only saw something mildly similar on the Flakpanzer Gepard - was this supposed to be recoilless or did they just really needed to teach troops not to block the gunners view by standing anywhere near this contraption..?
Nice results too with the chipping & scratching bits, soon going to be Night-shift time at your desk! 👍😉
I have no idea what the engineers had in mind for this Vierling, probably only 2-3 were ever built. It was the appeal of a nice weekend build and this kit did deliver. I'm now doing a Takom kit and can only appreciate the effort that went into the Vierling - so much nicer!
You should put the Vierling in a Whirbelwind, would be an interesting (historical) what if!
Nice paintjob 👍
Not a bad idea! Will file for future 🙂. Thanks!
"The Wirbelwind II " Zerstorer 45" In hope to increase the Wirbelwind firepower in December of 1944, Ostbau built one prototype armed with quadruple 3 cm Flakvierling 103/28. Due to the chaotic situation in the German war industry, only this single prototype was ever built. According to Walter J. Spielberg, up to five were built by January of 1945 and these were issued to front line troops for use."
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I guess the Soviets just put everything they could think of on the KV chassis... 😄 Is that basically an IS-2 turret there?
Great looking engine - you are not seriously keeping it under the cover?
The cover is there to prevent the engine from turning green 🙂 I'm now experimenting with Vallejo chipping medium and MRPaint. Vallejo says to only combine with acrylics, we shall see. As MRP doesn't provide a good "booklet" of what their colors look like, I tried all shades of green I have to find on that works best. I think I'll go with MRP-102, SEA green.
I did find an online reference to their colors, however the shade they show for MRP-26, 4BO, is nothing like what it looks like on the tank. Thus, I'm spraying it on some spare parts to see what it actually looks like.
Turns out, MRP over Vallejo chipping medium is fine.
Very nice vivid green! 👍
brings back memories on exactly how my 30l Aquarium looked like a couple of years ago, shortly before some final decisions had to be made...😉
Did you put a glossy varnish on it and applied washes and oil paints? How did that turn out?
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How can a model of an agricultural plane with a movie reference to an old Czechoslovak movie make it to the most popular list? Well done marketing, Eduard!
You already need a Kuňkadlo kit!
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I like it 👍
Accelerator is handy thing, but you have to remember two things while using it:
- it's quick and I mean really quick!
- the glue itself becomes gooey for a second and sometimes milky or white, not transparent anymore
Thanks Lukas! Maybe I'll try wood glue first, sounds a bit safer 🙂
This is such an attractive little aircraft and you managed to do it justice. I feel your pain with the panel-liner, it is always my fear to trip and fall on the finishing line. But you managed to rescue it nicely!
Thank you, Thomas! I was despairing while rescribing-sanding-priming-rescribing many times over, I was afraid it all holds together on putty only. But I'm glad oils made it look good in the end. Of course a long way to go until I got something like your MiG-15Uti, but that's why I'm here, to learn!
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