My Haunebu II has just been lying in its box for a couple of weeks whilst I was waiting for Squadron to support me, but I've now given up despite several attempts to get someone to come back to me again after the "nothing we can do" answer. I was so fed up with the whole story that I was going to throw the whole kit in the trash but I decided to soldier on and make the best of the situation - despite the lack of support!
I finished the assembly and started making a custom PCB for the electronics (lights that is) but due to lack of "creativeness" on my part I don't know if I'll finish the electronics, but I got everything together and started painting it at least.
The plan was to make a splinter camo on both the lower, and upper, hull. Sadly the lower hull yet again cracked after I'd painted it and was about to start masking it so now it's been repaired for the 5:th time and I can forget splinter camo on the bottom simply because there's no chance it'll hold together when removing the masking tape, let alone whilst handling it during paint. The upper hull is though is great shape so I masked it and sprayed the splinter camo with dark gray and dark green. It turned out ok despite me not exactly being too creative whilst doing it, but I've decided to finish it and so I shall!
I've not yet decided how to weather it because I'm really "just another German tank guy" and I don't really know where to begin with an aircraft - or spaceship as this really is?! I did make sure to spray all the paint somewhat translucent in order to represent some sort of wear after flying at ludicrous speed in space, and I think I've got a descent base to weather. The weathering I have in my head right now is a bit "smeared" rather than just streaky so I should grab some old-school oil paints really, but I haven't got any at the moment so we'll see how I deal with this. Perhaps streaking grime and then blast away with compressed air? As I said, I'm "just another German tank guy"
I'm however glad I didn't throw the kit away because then I'd lost. Not just the $115 I spent on the model but also the "battle" with Squadron. Now it's (hopefully) going to be finished - with its issues - and left for everyone to see. It's a shame they didn't help me like every manufacturer should've because it's an awesome kit if correct, but such is life. Tamiya, Takom, Trumpeter or anyone else of the big manufacturers would've said "we're sorry, here are replacement parts" if asked and that's how you do it. Lesson learned!
I hope the kit turns out ok-ish in the end despite me having to leave the bottom hull in light blue instead of camo, but it's now going to be displayed in "parked" mode so most of the bottom hull isn't going to show anyway - but I will know and that's annoying enough.
I'm telling you so you are aware of this before you decide to buy, or not, this kit. If it's broken you're on your own.
26. September 2017 at 12:10:17