Daniel Welcome everyone, grab a seat
This is one of my favorite aircraft photos, always wanted to recreate this in 1:48.
Well, keeping up with the original look (&the expectations) is definitely going to be a challenge - but one I'm looking forward to
18. August 2019, 09:50
Jos Jansen Difficult scheme, but very interesting!
Daniel Thanks Micheal, Stephan and Clifford!
The cockpits are finished and the driver as well, quite satisfied with the result Now the marriage of the fuselage can start and with it the main part of the build
Daniel Thankyou mates! I am currently throwing her together, not that complicated, just some minor corrections needed. Pics will follow!
2. November 2019, 21:50
Maciej Bellos One thing that needs to be taken into account: NSAWC Vipers are A/B machines, thus the base of the fin is different than the one on C/D Vipers. The Hasegawa kit you are using doesn't have this kind of fin in the sprues.
2. November 2019, 22:32
Jos Jansen So far a great job on that pit...well done
2. November 2019, 23:26
Daniel Thank you Jos, and thanks Maciej for the reminder! I have to admit I was about to forget it, concentrated on the end taper and ignored the long front...(aaand please overlook the wrong gun vents, the kit part was missing somehow...)
After glueing the wings I looked at it the next day and felt the sudden urge to modify-it was looking too slick Should have done the surgery before glueing, I reopend all the gaps with my violent sawing, well but thats how it goes My plan now is to build her after takeoff with half retracted gear
Daniel Ok, some updates on the Viper! At east a bit of progress - got no time for plastic planes since I am currently learning the Hornet in DCS But I glued all the main parts, installed the base of the resin engine and drilled holes for the pitot and aoa probes. Now I am watching landing gear test videos on ytube to understand how this stuff folds up... which will be the next surgery
Slavo Hazucha Hello Daniel - I´ve been kept from the Hobby for some time, now marveling at all the things that happened in the meantime... Nice pit and Red-Star helmet there + the brass around the M-61 business-end is also quite a looker Keeping my eyes open for more
2. December 2019, 10:47
Daniel Sergei, Clifford, Stephan and Slavo, thanks for the kind words! can't wait to see how painting will turn out myself
@Slavo: great to see you alive and kickin mate! I am currently more viewer than builder here myself, still hope to finish her this year somehow...
5. December 2019, 13:16
Jos Jansen Daniel, I haven't even started with my Blizzard viper yet ... I'm currently working on my Indo Viper and I'm working on a RAF FGR.2 PHANTOM ...
5. December 2019, 17:09
Daniel I had some time to prime! which is the first color as well, or at least the base for all the re-sprayed grays...
15. December 2019, 18:01
Konrad Limmer Looking very nice Daniel! Looking forward to your further progress !
Daniel Thank you very much Konrad and Clifford!
Had a first test with the liquid mask today and it worked out as I hoped - love it when a plan comes together
16. December 2019, 20:58
Slavo Hazucha Liquid masking looking pretty decent - nice play of the different greys which one did you use?
I'm really looking forward to the blues now
16. December 2019, 21:07
Daniel yeah, me too theres a lot that can go wrong in this experiment...esp. since this is on my trusty vallejo "primer" (dont judge me ) which I heard is prone to peel sometimes...made all possible preparations to prevent this, but I will wait with masking until this is dried absolutely rock hard -although I would really like to start right now
greys are many mixes of the vallejo light ghost grey with more or less drops of black
Daniel Thx! Got the first blue down which is a special mix as the called out Colors dont include this faded blue. Think I came pretty close though the photo definately doesnt do it justice. I decided to freehand the touch-ups after all, since it seems doable with lacquers (the Greys were acrylic, not so suitable for this.)
Nathan Dempsey I agree, I think the value is looking very nice so far. Can't wait for more
19. December 2019, 22:36
Daniel alright, after many, many layers of blue I am calling airbrush work done! Was fun, though the voice in my head was screaming "youre overdoing it" all the time Looks different then anything Ive ever painted, but kinda close to the original, I hope. Next is decal work (which will be very quick) and some liiittle bit more weathering after that
Erik No Looks great! How did you realize the dark blue stains on the panellines? Looks like it was airbrushed, but so fine? Oo
22. December 2019, 09:45
Daniel Thank you Clifford and Erik! Yes, it took some experiments with right air pressure and paint thickness, but it worked out well with the airbrush. The needle tip was like directly above the surface during that, with veeery little paint coming through. Only possible with lacquers btw, acrylics would dry on the needle and mess it all up.
22. December 2019, 11:15
Erik No A master with the airbrush. Thanks for explaining!
22. December 2019, 15:27
Slavo Hazucha Hey Daniel, I re-checked your camo-making process, it´s really impressive & true to the photos, well done mate again! A few Q´s:
Did you use AK colors all over from primer to top tones?
How did the J´s works masks behave? I got these too for my splinter-duo - did you "disarm" them a bit before they went on the surface or were they benign enough to be trusted not to take any paint with them just outright?
Thx & looking forward to seeing this unique job finished!
22. December 2019, 16:13
Daniel Thx! Your sharp eye is correct as always hans, the masks are not 100%, quickly realized that during masking. But the general direction is correct, which was enough for me. Wasnt so keen on cutting my own
I disarmed them quite heavily, they are pretty tacky from the sheet + was fearing for my vallejo primer...
I mixed the vallejo black and l.ghost grey primer for the grey colors visible, the rest in bleu is AK - with some Gunze transparent green for a more vibrant turquoise. Ive been using the ak real colors only shortly, but so far, they really turned to my first choice in colors, good stuff!
22. December 2019, 19:13
Daniel Merry Christmas folks! found some time in between to get some important model building done: Decals are down and a big thankyou to hans for finding+providing those! Though they are a joy to work with they made their grey parts much to bright, they should be dark ghost grey...but ok, they still look good.
Engine is still WIP but nearly finished by now, stunning detail by aires there
And then the stand is built and ready to go, have to think of something fancy to add there maybe
Daniel Last "teaser pic" here because she s finished! Perfect timing for the planned new year GB rollout right? Hope to take some pictures 2morrow if the sun decides to show up, until then - many many thanks for watching and commenting here guys, been a pleasure to have you on board and to be on board this GB
30. December 2019, 22:06
Jos Jansen Absolutely the winner...if it had been a competition .