Pins and needles WO WO WO

Coming week I’ll be doing some work on all the smaller parts, since I broke my airbrush needle today.. I have managed to get the underside sprayed in light gray which I didn’t take a picture of since it is barely visible even with the naked eye.

I also did the upside in a gray  all-over, so I could apply the green camo.


However when I started doing that today, it was clear that the ‘progressive action’ 0.35mm needle is not fine enough for the camo job. Besides that, I noticed the airbrush needed a cleaning too because the flow wasn’t great, and while cleaning it fell on the floor.. right on the tip, which obviously is bent now!

I ordered new stuff from Ultimate Modeling Products. Obviously a new 0.35mm needle, along with a 0.2mm needle and conversion kit for the finer details. Since I will be spending much on shipping I also purchased a metal airbrush cap, some more airbrush cleaner (I really love the stuff!) and a ‘photo-etch placer’. The last item could be a bit of trash, but for not even 3 quid who cares?

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So it looks like I won’t be able to continue work on the camo the coming week, but there is plenty of small stuff that needs to be prepped for primer. Depending on the amount of damage on the current needle I might even be able to apply primer.

Groetjes,
Dan

Winter is coming

And winter is the best time for building! I’ve been thinking about it for a few days and today was a nice rainy day for it!

Since my last blog, I’ve been on vacation and started a new job which took some time and especially energy. Because of that, it’s been a while since I used liquid mask on the canopy..

IMG_20191019_142231.jpgI’ve applied this more than a month ago, and I am not sure if that will have an effect on the clear parts.. thankfully while looking for my rotating painting stand I came across a box full of left-overs from my first attempt at this kit, and so I have some spare clear parts should that be required! The bad news would be the masking set would have been a waste, so obviously I hope the original part will be fine when I remove the masking tape.

Since it has been a few weeks when I last used it, I decided to first give my airbrush some love and once again turn some things around on my desk.

IMG_20191019_114737.jpgAt the end of the day (literally) I can say I haven’t even used it today, but hopefully I’ll have energy the coming days.

I have to admit masking off the underside was a bit challenging.. I’ve been messing around with masking tape the last weeks, but wasn’t happy with the result and ripped it all off. I finally settled with using the gear bay door to mask the bay off, which is sort of its job anyway..

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Time will tell how good a job this has done. Presumably not a perfect job, but I’ll look at the damage when the time comes.

For primer, I decided to take the quick and dirty option and use Tamiya Surface Primer straight from the can.. I’ll be completely honest here: I just can’t be bothered right now to de-can it.

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I actually have some bad experience with applying it straight from the can, but I hope that experience will keep me from making the same mistakes.

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I applied it in two light layers, seperatly on the above and underside.
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A bit of a weird result after applying the first layer: a lot of dust particals seemed to have appeared from nowhere and have been only applied on the right wing. I used a dishcloth and some UMP airbrush cleaner to clean up before applying the last layer. The UMP airbrush cleaner is not too aggresive, and it did a nice job.

I applied the last layer about an hour ago, and the can is now empty.. which is the end of applying primer straight from the can. I have enough alternatives from UMP: black, gloss black and white. Probably more than I can go through the next years!

Next steps

This build is progressing nicely although very slowly obviously. The next steps presumably are:

-Sand the body and get the imperfections out.
-Airbrush the body in the livery I want. I’ve decided on the standard No. 416 Royal Canadian Air Force which is included in the kit.
-Prime and paint all the remaining parts.
-Decide if I want to fit bombs.

Plenty of work still to be done!

See you,
Dan

Mask on

This won’t be my best blog as I still need to get some flow to finish this kit. I already have some plans when the Spitfire kit is finally done. I don’t really enjoy the fact this feels like a ‘must-finish’ project, but I don’t want to start up yet another kit. I want to clean up the things I still have on the bench before starting something new.

-First of all, this Revell Spitfire Mk. XIc needs to get finished.
-After that, I have the Mazda MX-5/Roadster to finish. Oh yes that’s right, I went through a little car phase last summer:

Ofcourse I didn’t learn my lesson after the Cargolux 747-8F two years ago. I had to buy another subject that didn’t really have my genuine interest.. losing my interest once again when I was halfway through.

To complete that list:
-I started a Tamiya Pz.III some time ago, although I only got to step 2 on that if I remember correctly.
-I have an ICM I-16, and in the meantime I also bought the Revell version of that kit so I can see how the engine actually should be assembled since I messed it up.

Wow.. I remember in one of my first blog I expressed the intention to not get bogged down with multiple open kits.. looks like I ended up doing exactly that.

One thing at a time though! There is no reason why I wouldn’t be able to finish all these kits, but I really need to find my way again. I don’t want to make it sound like working on a model has become a chore because that’s not true, and when I find that flow I still find it to be one of the best ways to spend my time. This is an activity that gives you the oppertunity to find flow, more than watching tv or playing a computergame will do.

Back to the Spit, I bought a couple of things:

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The thing I needed most was a masking set for the canopy. Looking at this picture I see there I didn’t do a perfect job at masking it off, so I’ll have to see if I can correct that.

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I also bought some resin parts! Haven’t worked with the stuff yet, so I have some reading and viewing to do to see how this works.. Would be a waste to ruin this stuff.

I have two more things on order right now:

For future kits, I want to buy a Big Ed kit so I can really go to town in customization! My last attempt at PE was with the A6M5 but it didn’t out too well. It was incredibly fiddly, and I hope my second attempt will go down better if I can use the right tools to work with it. Again, I hope that also will be a matter of preparing with the right reading and viewing.

The masking set I bought doesn’t actually completely mask off the canopy.. it shows in the instructions that liquid mask is needed to completely cover all of it. Another thing I haven’t used so far, but shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.

See you,
Dan

Bogged down

One week has passed since re-opening, and I have nothing model-y to show for it!

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It’s not like I’ve been staring at this kit wondering what to do.. masking off the gear bays and cockpit is all I have to do. But not only am I not sure how to exactly do that while avoiding it being a numbingly tedious task, I have also been busy with other stuff!

Something I still enjoy doing very much is flying online in IL-2 Sturmovik, with my squadmates of the virtual 1.JaVA or ‘Eerste Jachtvliegtuig Afdeeling’ which can be loosely translated to ‘First Fighterplane Squadron’. The 1.JaVA was an actual squadron, although there isn’t much information about it online that I can find unfortunatly. I do know these guys flew the Fokker D.XXI which is definitly on my wishlist as 1/32 kit!

92_7.jpgUnfortunatly this beautiful plane is not in the IL-2 game! We still have a ton of fun flying online though, and it’s not like the game has a lack of amazing planes as it is.
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Another plane I have on my modelbuilding wishlist, although I definitly have to go through the stack I have currently or it will just keep growing.

Another huge thing I did this week was flying along on a soarplane! This has been a long time wish of mine, and yesterday I impulsively went for it while visiting a so called ‘Fly-in’ in Oostmalle.

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I will definitly be doing this again! In fact, I have serious plans to take lessons and end up licensed to I can fly on my own.. but that’s way in the future ofcourse.

Oh, another cool thing while waiting until we were allowed to take off, this happened:

 

Not a punishment to have to wait on an airstrip when a P-51 is taking off!

So, this blog hasn’t been about scale models all that much, but I’ve been enjoying myself anyway!

A last thing about scale modeling: I’ll probably try to find some canopy masking stuff for this kit.. or do the old tedious job myself anyway because I doubt it will be around for a 30 euro kit.

Groetjes,
Dan

And I’m back.. I guess?

Well, yeah. Ofcourse I’m back because I just paid good money to renew my account!

In the last 13 months I haven’t done nearly enough building to justify splashing the cash at a scalemodeling blog again. But when I tried some more building recently I came to the realization that I actually need this part of the hobby.. I guess it’s that moment to recap the things you did, and plan for things to come. I considered setting up a YouTube channel, but that is just not my thing. So, here we are again for part II of http://www.dutchscalemodels.com!

And yes, I realize I can get all I need with a free blog plan. It’s just that I couldn’t stand taking a step back in quality. I like the way this blog looks, and I want to keep that look!

About some actual building: at the time of ending this blog last year in May I was working on a 1/32 Mitsubishi A6M5, and I finished it somewhere summer 2018.

IMG_20180715_163818IMG_20180701_212234IMG_20180705_092059__01There’s some good stuff, there’s some bad stuff.. Looking at this pictures I see a few things I don’t like, but that’s part of the building and learning experience I guess. Overall I am quite happy with the result especially on the weathering. I even had myself a ‘happy accident’ as Bob Ross would call it:

IMG_20180715_163614.jpgI cleaned up a bit too aggressively after a dirt wash, and some of the top coat of paint came off.. whoops, but I think it actually looks quite nice. It gives a sort of old-rusty-ship vibe to the model that might not be completely appropriate for a plane that is supposed to depict a plane in use. But as long as it gets the weathered look across, it’s fine by me!

That about sums up all the builds I have finished since then, bringing my total up to an amazing 2 models since rebooting my modeling and blogging ambitions! 2 models, 2 years and if all things go as planned I might be able to make it 3 out of 3!

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This is the kit I re-bought after messing it up initially! It’s a 30 euro kit that doesn’t have a lot of detail. Obviously I haven’t put out the numbers to be pedantic about low level kits (and for that price, who can complain too much about detail anyway?) but I’ve already decided I want a certain quality level for any new kits I will be buying. That means I will probably step away from Revell, and 30 euro kits..

Don’t get me wrong, because again: for the price it really is good enough. But I have seen enough kits by now to know there is some much better detail out there.

Next time I’ll probably blog about some of the other kits I have started on, the ones I threw out and the ones I bought. And by that time I will have hopefully primed the Spitfire, because as you can see in the picture it is about that time for this particulair kit..

See you,
Dan

 

Goodbye

Just a short one this time.. because it is time to say goodbye to this blog.

I will keep making models, but I have to be honest: ever since I started my work reintegration this blog has become more and more of a chore. Now I have been working for a few months and I am feeling probably happy as ever, and I have so much stuff do to that blogging isn’t really on my mind. So there we go!

I started this thing last year when I was still at home and it has been so great to me.. especially the people that supported me during my FW-190 A8 build have been so great! Thanks everyone who has given me feedback and support over the last year!

See you!
Dan

Exhausted

I got off to a good start after the last blog and it didn’t take long to have the engine assembled.. however while attaching the exhaust I already started to have my worries about this step in the instruction manual.

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It’s clear which part needs to go where, but the exact point the exhaust will need to point to isn’t at all. There was an attempt however.
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So far so good..
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I applied black primer, and I dry brushed it with some steel color.. it looked nice, but while dry brushing the first trouble started.img_20180415_1721493164730401381286011.jpg
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Since I was having trouble with getting the exhausts back in place, I decided to first place the engine and then try to re-attach the pieces. This would allow me to see where the exhaust ends would have to be.

With hindsight this was optimistic.. obviously I was having a trouble with attaching the exhaust parts before I placed the engine, so I didn’t expect things to magically click into place once it would be seated. My plan was to somehow attach the exhaust ends to the panel sides and not worrying about the fiddly attachments to the engine. This is easier said than then as it turns out..

I think the big mistake I made was using the good old TAT to attach these parts to the engine.. I use the stuff most of the time, but Revell Contact does not melt the plastic, and would have given me the chance to re-attach them when I made a mistake.

What I am left with now is a few exhaust parts with melted ends. Since I can forget about attaching them to the engine I don’t mind about that too much, and I just want to focus on letting the ends stick out of the panel holes in a good looking way.

There is a chance I might give this model a rest right now and pick the Cargolux B747 back up. But when I do decide to continue I will have to try again to attach the exhaust ends at the panel holes.  It is the only way I can think of to pull this off..