More stuff.. again!

In the words of an obscure late-20th century poet B.J. Spears: ‘Oops, I did it again!’ That is obviously a joke and obviously she didn’t write that herself. Anyway!

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Tada! The BD-512 spray booth. I wanted to get one anyway and yesterday I visited hobbycar again and well.. here we are!

I really can’t stand strong smells and let’s be honest, this hobby has a few.. I especially hope it will help with the primer!

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The reason I went to the hobbyshop again was actually to get one of these.. and well, once something is in my head I want it so after a demo I decided to just go for it.

I know I buy a lot of stuff, but I spend a lot of time on this hobby and I like to be prepared. I see these things as an investment since I just started this hobby. I’m sure I won’t keep spending the amount of money I spent on all this in the last two months!

Back to the FW-190. I started work on the camo these last two days.

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First I expanded the light blue color that I did on the underside earlier this week so now the tail and side are covered as well.

I did a larger area than required to avoid having to revisit this color.. I hate it when I at some point discover I forgot a small area, especially if mixing colors is involved like with the light blue. Of course today I did discover just that, but the area I missed is small enough to do with a brush.

I keep learning more about my airbrush. In my last blog I joyfully reported I had thinned my mixture so much for the light blue that I had a good result. Well it appears that wasn’t the entire story.. To finish the light blue on the sides of the fuselage I went straight for this thin mixture and it still didn’t work! Then finally after another frustrating half hour I guess I accidentally didn’t screw the air cap back on completely and the thing started working like a charm!

I don’t know if this means I screwed something up when I put the airbrush back together a while back, but today I did more work on the camo and it worked reliably. I don’t think I haven’t been able to use my airbrush reliably for two days in a row so far! Well, today was fine just like yesterday!

Since I didn’t know yet how good using the airbrush would go today I didn’t want to go all out again and planned on doing the rear wings first and see how far I would get with just a bit of very thinly mixed ‘staubgrau’, more englishly known as dust gray.

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Do your masking jobs look like this? There has to be a better way!
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And of course there is, because I bought some flexible masking type a few weeks ago! Requires a lot less angled yellow masking tape.
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I don’t know if it’s visible on this picture but the result of the airbrush isn’t very precise.

I suspect this is either because I screwed loose the air cap or because I still used a very thin mixture of dust gray because of my earlier experience.

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I used up the rest of the staubgrau until the flow staubed, ha.

I free-handed the camouflage so far and I will probably will need a few tries to get it just right, but I am still confident it will give me a better result than masking it off.

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Since airbrushing went so well I did the two bottom engine cowlings as well.

The yellow mixture was way, way too thin! Even though I already knew it didn’t need to be as thin as I have used in the last couple of weeks I went for an even thinner ratio.. don’t know why I did that because it was already somewhat thinned with water because I had just cleaned my mixing cup. Ah well, I did a couple of layers and the result looks fine!

Pretty happy with how this thing is turning out!

Groetjes,

Dan

The fun is back!

I can’t say everything went smoothly today, but having had some time to put things in perspective about some of the mistake I made so far on this kit and I did get that satisfying feeling back with today’s work.

I will hopefully look back at the FW-190 kit in a while and be happy about the things that have I have learned since then.

Like not gluing on fragile parts too soon! Here I placed the fuel tank rack back on because it also goes in the same color.
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It would make sense to do the underside first. I have to mix light blue matt with some white matt and I don’t think I will be able to do everything in one take because the compressor might overheat.

After mixing those colors I first sprayed a line on the Spit-Wreck to see what the exact output was.

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Unfortunately I ran into trouble soon after I started airbrushing. This is a far as I got when I decided to do an ’emergency’ check and cleaning on respectively the compressor and the airbrush.
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I first opened up the compressor because the engine seems to be getting slower right after starting it up and I might have placed things back in the wrong way after I last opened it.

I first opened this thing a few weeks ago after a my first long airbrushing session. I had read in the manual there was a ‘safety mechanism’ that would let the compressor automatically shut down when it got too hot. I had this weird idea that there would be some complex system behind that, so I kept going for more than 45 minutes when the engine sound starting fluctuating and the thing switched off. Ah, I thought. There is the safety mechanism. Unfortunately after letting the thing cool down for half an hour it wouldn’t turn on again.. When pushing the nice red button on top I heard no click like I should and so I opened it up.

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The part I have my finger on had separated from the part just above it.

I screwed the part back on and the button clicked and functioned again. And that’s the entire safety mechanism. Well, it works I guess. But of course it also means I have to take better care in managing the time of my sessions and make sure thing doesn’t overheat. Which is fine, but after opening it again to take these pictures I first made a mistake getting the wires back in the right place in the right place so they got stuck between the covers. I noticed that soon enough and corrected it by moving the PCB in the right place. I got a nice shock in the process as I didn’t unplug, doh!

That was last week, and this afternoon when I noticed things weren’t working I first wanted to check the compressor to see if I placed the engine back correctly. I am no expert, but I had the feeling the engine had a harder time getting the air through because of the slowness, maybe because I had somehow twisted the tubes in the compressor.

Anyway, the engine sounds better again like it should but the problem still wasn’t solved. I already occasionally open the airbrush to clean the needle and I clean the nozzle from the outside. I clean the thing with water after every use and every now and then with paint remover. This afternoon I did the same but for the first time I also removed the nozzle. So I now took the entire thing apart and cleaned everything, literately squeaky clean.

And still it didn’t work!

Since I was ready to throw the mixture away now, before I did I threw in another couple of drops of thinner.. and then it finally worked! It was a bit splashy, but after the first few seconds of spraying it was under control.

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Pretty happy with having done the entire underside!
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The result isn’t as thick everywhere, but that’s fine. This isn’t a 50’s Cadillac.

The compressor was pretty hot by now and I didn’t like the light so that was all today for airbrushing. Anyway, my mixture keeps being too thick and I really have to not be so careful with thinning it.

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I decided to move my table again to hopefully get some better light in the daytime.
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I spent an hour on the B747-8F again.

Having this as a second project is a nice contrast from the FW-190. These two tiny gear bays together took me almost 2 hours! Unfortunately things seem to fit a lot less neatly than the 1/32 stuff I did so far, so I really have to take care with dry fitting. And that in itself is also very difficult, because you sometimes have to keep 5 parts up at the same time!

Groetjes,
Dan

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

 

A layer too far

Short blog because I’m tired and I really have to pick myself up after this..

Unfortunately I didn’t take enough care this afternoon, and I guess in hindsight I picked the wrong moment to try to fix yesterdays mistakes. As far as I’ve been able to tell, most of them are now fixed, but the underside and port side now have some details gone thanks to another ocean of primer applied, and there is some ugly surface because of trying to correct in a hurry.

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I sanded down the scratches first.
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Sh*t result. Uneven, scratches and in some places too thick.

I’m still finishing this thing.. first need to let it dry and find motivation again. I tried to rush it before an appointment this afternoon and I was, again, too tired to think straight. I just have the tendency to just keep going even though I know it’s not necessarily the best thing.

Next time:

  • Take my time
  • Work in daylight
  • Don’t use a dusty dark shed
  • Don’t do it before an appointment so you can’t properly clean a bad result.

I’m not thinking about buying a new kit this time.. I not only have plenty of them lying around now but I also want to try other stuff on this one, like the camo and weathering.

But chances are that some day when I feel more confident I will have to re-buy the A8 or the F8 to get it right!!

-Dan

Update:

Scratches are gone, sanded it down to the bare minimum to get rid of the uneven parts and very lightly applied primer again. The detail is still gone, by I used my heavy duty knife to give an indication of where some of the lines are. Of course I had to take my attempt to far so I might have to do this again, but it is what it is.

If I can get the proper stuff (some of that Label Writer tape?) I can hopefully get some of the details back..

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I did this last part in the man-cave just like I thought I wouldn’t do anymore.. but I think a very controlled environment is essential to do this, and the outside/dirty shed route with the poor lighting might not work for me.

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!

One of those days

When I woke up I had this wild plan to take the Zero and see how far I could get with it in one day. That’s my life at the moment: when I still have energy I have great plans, but after breakfast I realize it isn’t going to happen. Which is fine in itself as there has been a long time I didn’t have that sort of inspiration at all.

Yesterday I did some experimentation with the Spitfire piece as I had planned, but I probably shouldn’t have touched the FW-190 once it became clear I wasn’t thinking at 100% capacity..

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I love seeing that big pile of boxes!
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I am OK with my end of the decal placing which went fine, but the jury is still out on the end result. I used Revell Decal Soft and of course the rivet detail coming through is excellent. I did my best to remove the bubbles that appeared after a while but as you can see the result is just not 100% perfect. Could it be because I didn’t clean the part after letting the clear gloss dry?

The most important picture of my wash experiments is way too dark unfortunately:

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Still you can probably see that while cleaning the wash off, I actually rubbed off the paint!! To be honest I probably used way too much thinner and applied way, way too much pressure. I hope that’s the only reason and not some reaction by the wash itself.

One of my experiments was trying something with an enamel color which I still had lying around. Seeing the mess I made with it I quickly decided this is absolutely not the way I want to take this hobby. I think probably one of the reasons I am back doing this is how much more accessible things became with acrylic paint and the strong smell and hard work to clean up from a couple of minutes work is just not a fun prospect.. besides:

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This is just the Lavado wash I have also used for the engine, but I waited a bit longer and then very lightly removed it with a cotton pad with a tiny bit of thinner on it. So yeah, that’s basically your standard practice with thinners isn’t it? Apply and gently rub it off after 20 minutes.. that’s the winner.

Still glad I tried this stuff on this piece instead of wrecking 4 or 5 sets. I still might do that, but I have a little more experience now!

Speaking of wrecking..

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Idiot.. why on earth did I think it was a good idea to glue on the fragile fuel tank rack? Apparently this is a Dutch proverb: a donkey never hits his head on the same stone twice. Well, it wasn’t the landing gear that broke off so I guess it’s just the same group of stones!
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While I tried to sand some of the side panel sticking out I broke off the front engine cowling. It wasn’t glued on properly anyway and it looks much better now so I guess I’ve actually didn’t break anything here.

Finally I also applied some filler to the upper part of the wings, and sanded the front a bit more. I am not sure about the filler because I might have destroyed a bit of detail. I am not too  downhearted by this.. typical second kit mistake I would say. I bombed it the first time, and now I did a better job but it’s still not perfect. That’s learning and I accept that.

 

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!