Watching paint dry

Or actually primer. I didn’t do anything to the body today but do a tiny bit of sanding, which doesn’t seem to make anything better. I did apply primer on some parts though.

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Maybe I should get some new furniture for a nice big piece of styrofoam!

Then I moved on to the B747-8F. I made less progress than I had planned, but those tiny parts really need a lot of time to get right.

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I worked with primer again inside the house, and my girlfriend so far has been very sympathetic (maybe because she saw me sulk over the primer fail) but I really have to find a way to reduce the smell when it’s time for primer.

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Something like this probably.

Started me re-integration into the workplace and as was  expected it is tiring, so I will have less and less time for this hobby. Which obviously is a good thing for me, but perhaps also for way I do things in this hobby.. sometimes I just try to rush things and getting my balanced life back a step at a time will make me think better about what to do when.

-Dan

 

Prime-time

I’m sure those word jokes will get old once I’ve done a few kits!

I applied a layer of primer on the FW-190! And I don’t feel the model is wrecked, but there definitely will be some work coming out of it and I am curious what you guys think about what to do now.

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I got some sticky tack this morning and I was curious to see if there would be any effect on the model after a few hours. So I started off with this test today.
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I did some work on the B747-8F today while waiting for to see if there would be any reaction to the tack. The cockpit is done and the brownish color is sprayed inside the fuselage.

I also did some work on the front gear. I have to say so far I am really happy with my decision to take on a secondary project to keep things interesting! More photo’s coming as soon as there is more interesting stuff to show than 2 tiny parts!

The tack looked fine, both on coated and uncoated surface. Time to get this show on the road! Or, in a box is probably more accurate.

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I love those engine cowlings! Even though they are attached with tack here I am actually happy to know my end result will not be perfect. I don’t necessarily want a warplane to look perfectly neat, so we can make that work!
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Masking is about ready here.
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After cleaning the entire thing I moved it outside.. Time to make a plan!

To be able to move the thing around while spraying I used an old brush with some tack on it (yes, tack has become an instant favorite) and planned on using that and the propeller shaft as a way to control the body without placing any fingerprints on it.

Primetime! Looking like an idiot?

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Check!

Obviously I was a bit too busy with a good result to make photos while applying the primer but what happened while spraying: I got a big blob at some point and had to wipe it off with a tissue.. I then resprayed it and of course the result was visibly uneven.

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Time to watch Game of Thrones while waiting for this to dry a bit!

The results..

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OK that’s a problem.. after I came back I noticed the temporary canopy had shifted.. Hopefully that won’t be too hard to fix.. the area behind the cockpit was already damaged so I had to fix it anyway. The particles you see on the star board side of the body is the result of the blob action I had to take.
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Port side, one of the panels shows scratches.
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Star board side, the panel to the right of this picture still seems a bit too thickly applied. This is were the blob happened.
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I think I hit a shelve in the shed I was working in while turning it around.. this is port side, under the wing.

I definitely need a better place.. after my testing a few days ago I went outside but decided to go back into the shed at the last minute. That is just a bit too dirty and dark to be ideal..

All in all I am not unhappy with the result. But I need to decide what to do with the areas I showed in this blog, so any advice is incredibly appreciated as always!

Dad’s Army

You wouldn’t say it is a topic for a modeling blog but: Yesterday I had a fantastic family BBQ! Not only did I enjoy the company and the food, I also went home with a lot of awesome stuff!

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My dad was ‘cleaning out his closet’ and had a number of kits laying around on which he hadn’t started work. He said he would have to live to be a 110 years old to complete the stuff he still has, so since I recently picked up this hobby again I hit the jackpot here!

The P-38 is definitely my favorite, but I also love the A6M5 and the F-16 which has Dutch decals with it! The F-15 is a complex kit which I can really sink my teeth into, the F-18 is a bit simpler if I remember correctly but hey, it’s an F-18! I don’t know much about the Mirage III, but anything to practice techniques on is fantastic of course! It has some nice camo and what a great place to experiment with pre-shading the cockpit!

I am thinking I will likely start work on the A6M5 as soon as the FW-190 is done as a new WW2 kit. I have to say, this kit is a bit simpler than the FW-190 or even the Spitfire, but it does have the radial engine as a separate component. The simplicity really seems to lie in the flaps, rudders, ailerons etc. which are molded straight on rather than being separate parts. It’s only 22 steps in the instructions I think, and that can be refreshing!

All these models of course need a very good cleaning and I might have to actually order some new decals for some of them because they appear to have had a rough brawl with time. But I love to have a proper stack of kits now and since I know he reads this blog every once in a while: nogmaals bedankt Pa! Ik ga er wat moois van maken.

And another great bit of news I think:

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After letting another layer of Humbrol Clear dry on my experimental part, the thing looks nice and shiny!

It is not a perfect application. Especially on the camo’d area in the rear there has been some build up during spraying. But that is fine for my purposes. What I did differently this time: didn’t thin the stuff at all and applied on layers that had dried over night. I think this looks much better and I will be applying a decal and try some weathering on this thing!

Tiny changes

I still can’t believe how much this blog is offering me. It is not only that I enjoy writing about something I love doing, but the support and help I get is fantastic. Shout out to everyone helping me. Especially atcDave and Brett G continue to help and share their knowledge, but of course I am grateful for all the feedback I get!

About those tiny changes:

  • WW2 is my main interest and so are planes, but I want to do a second build that is a different subject. Considering starting on the Spit this week made me realize I am ready to do something else to keep things interesting. So, my primary build will be a WW2 plane, and my secondary build could be something else entirely.
  • Next Wednesday I will finally be building up my work hours again. Even though I am still tired very quickly (recovering from a burn out) I look forward to things getting back to normal and hopefully my fitness will improve soon enough. Of course this development will mean for modelling and blogging that I will do both a lot less, but I look forward to seeing how modeling works as a way to settle down after an intense day!
  • The last tiny change has to do with my workplace. After working this way for a while it’s natural that things come up that are less than ideal. I was already considering changing my workspace after completing the FW-190, but buying a second kit and possibly the blog of Spencer Pollard of this afternoon made me speed things up a bit. If I want to build more than one kit at a time I need a table that is basically as empty as possible all the time, and the essential stuff within reach.
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Another two shelves emptied for modelling.. and it is still not enough really because I would like to stash those boxes somewhere too! Don’t worry about the Play Dough by the way, I bought it this morning but after reading some horror stories I got rid of it.

So anyway, back to the actual modelling. As atcDave pointed out three layers of primer I did on the warped part that was in my second purchase of the Spitfire kit isn’t really needed or advisable because the details might disappear. As I told him I based myself on a demo by Humbrol, but of course they don’t mind if you throw the entire bottle on your models. That’s another good piece of information for the FW-190, but I want to try some more things before messing about with the real deal.

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In this picture I focused on the rear side of the part because I first planned on doing a small area..
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..But although I keep getting better at judging the required amount of paint and its mixture, this color is a mix between two which left me with more than enough to do the entire thing.
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I present to you: the SpitWulf! And yes, of course I sprayed a smiley face on there. The part kind of looks like Big Mouth Billy Bass on that sprue, doesn’t it?

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Some things to take into account:

  • I painted these colors on top of each other without letting them dry
  • I rushed it so some areas could have used more attention.
  • I didn’t mask anything.
  • As I said it is a pretty small area where I tried to apply the complete side of the FW-190.

It’s not perfect but I am glad I did this so hopefully the real deal will be better!

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I think I ended up applying four layers of gloss coat! I hope this dries up well, because I see quite a lot of staining.

As I understand you will either need to apply gloss to the point it is almost running, or use a very fine sandpaper to fix it up after it is dried up. If anyone has thoughts on that I am very interested! Especially for the secondary kit purchase I did this afternoon I will have to get the gloss coat area right!

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I know.. I know.. civilian airplanes don’t seem to get a lot of love in the community but this is nostalgia for me!

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I remember being amazed at the models my dad had made. One of my favorites was his British Airways 747 (no idea what exact type it was). My dad got rid of it recently because of course it did’t have a lot of detail being a 70’s or 80’s model, but hopefully this model does! Cargolux is a regular visitor to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport which really attracted me to this particular plane.

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The FW-190 still is top priority of course. I drilled the holes from the outside for the fuel tank rack like I said I would and man I am proud to get it exactly right again! I also did some work on the rear, sanding down some seams and re cutting some details.

The top priorities for the coming time:

  • Try a wash and decals on the SpitWulf part once the gloss coat has properly dried up.
  • Maybe do a second layer of olive on the inside engine panels.
  • Move my way up to the front of the FW-190 to fix seams and holes.
  • Properly mask off holes, cockpit, landing gear bay and engine.
  • Find a good method to apply primer all around the model.
  • Apply primer layer!
  • Apply primer on propeller, cap and fuel tank separately?
  • Antenna’s, landing gear and other easily breakable stuff to place on in the end, place them in the Box-Of Future-Parts.
  • Airbrushing the camo?
  • Clear coat
  • Decals
  • Start on the 747-8F when I can!