Saturday, January 28, 2006

Aires Gunbay


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Originally uploaded by culpitt.
This was the Aires gunbay set. I'm quite pleased with the overall result (dont look at were the mottle's gone wrong) I prefer exterior detailing sets as there doesnt appear to me to be much point in interior ones where you cant see a thing once the canopy is on.

Nightfighter Mottle


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Originally uploaded by culpitt.
A tricky job this one, I'm not entirely pleased with the results. This plane had a very particular camouflage scheme and I've seen it reproduced by other modellers as a series of blobs instead which doesn't look right in my mind. I still got some creep and splatter (paint too thin I think) but I figured that the real plane probably had the same thing. Hey it's my reason and I'm sticking to it!

The nose in close up


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Originally uploaded by culpitt.
Here you can see the ariels. They are very...very easy to break off, Ive had to glue the bottom right one on twice! I'm quite pleased with the paint chipping effect here on the black. I used the new fangled weathering powders to get the dust colouring on the undercarriage.

The finished model


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Originally uploaded by culpitt.
Apologies for the rather sudden leap in the build process here but here is a picture of the finished model.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Wing Construction (apologies for out of focus)


Wing Construction
Originally uploaded by culpitt.
Wing where the aileron surfaces have been removed and the Aires gunbay detailing set has been added. Tricky cut that one, compromises the ingenious Tamiya wing spar arrangement by blocking one of the holes for the spar.

Fuselage so far


Fuselage so far
Originally uploaded by culpitt.
Progress on the fuselage, you can see were I had to repair my rather over zelous cutting around the dinghy moulding, also you can see the cmk resin control surfaces

So far so good

There comes a moment in the building of a model airplane when you have to join together the two fuselage halves. I tend to find that this is the point where, if everything has been going well up until now, things start to go wrong.

Nothing disasterous. I discovered that, when cutting the fuselage to fit the liferaft moulding from the CMK accessories set I bought (more of which anon) I managed to cut away too much fuselage on either side. This made gluing in the moulding very tricky. I followed the panel lines rather than sizing the part against the model and then cutting accordingly. Still no disaster. I can patch the overcut areas with plastic card and then fill to get a smooth finish.

Much surgery to the wings as well. I bought the CMK control surfaces detailing kit from Hannants which requires the removal of the ailerons. Not a major problem, much cutting and scraping. The cut from the upper surfaces is much smaller than the lower surfaces , presumably ( I can't tell from pictures available) the ailerons were asymetric on the real thing.

When positioning the resin rudders I glued them into the tail surfaces without checking the fit with the tailplan which was a mistake. When gluing the tail surfaces to the tailplane the rudders fouled the elevators. Rather than unstick the rudders and re glue a small bit of surgery to the elevators did the trick.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Nose Weight

Very ingenious the cockpit floor and side walls is made from metal, doubling as a nose weight. Saves all that faffing about with lead shot and cyano glue.

Nose Weight
Originally uploaded by culpitt.

Cockpit

Details of the cockpit as it slowly comes together. It all fits beautifully, nice crisp mouldings...not sure about the decal seatbelts, go for eduard I think would be my recommendation. Painted in acrylics, blackwashed in with black oilpaint (technique courtesy of Tamiya model magazine) and then highlighted (a bit over done) with pale grey.

Cockpit
Originally uploaded by culpitt.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Some very tasty work

Just found this on hyperscale, nice work Mr Lutz!

decals


decals
Originally uploaded by culpitt.
A scan of the decals. I've never built a model with trasfer seatbelts before. Should be a first. I generally think that seatbelts are the only bit of superdetailing worth doing to a cockpit as , unless you leave the canopy open, it all gets closed in.
Transfer instrument panel should avoid the frsutrating process of trying to paint the wretched things!

sprue2


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Originally uploaded by culpitt.
All nice and crisp and encouraging. I'm almost reluctant to snip the bits off and get going. The last model I built was in 1/72nd scale (MPM Wellington) so all the bits seem huge.

sprue1


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Originally uploaded by culpitt.
A view of the goodies inside the box

boxart1


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Originally uploaded by culpitt.
The pictures on the side of the Tamiya boxes are always very good a nice representation of what I should be aiming at!

The next project


boxart2
Originally uploaded by culpitt.
Right here goes, my next project is the Heinkel HE 219 in 1/48th scale from Tamiya. Nice artwork on the box eh?

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Ahem.......Hello World

Name: Alan
Preferred type of model: Aircraft
Preferred Era: World War 2
Country of Choice: Germany, although I'm getting more and more interested in UK subjects

I'm hoping that someone somewhere might find this useful if they are building the same model as me, hopefully they won't make the same mistakes (plenty of them) that I do.

...Well that's the theory any way. In practise I'll probably rarely update it and get frustrated with the whole process but well "the journey of a thousand miles" and all that here goes!