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swbailey

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    US Coast Guard aviation, Small Air Forces, Anniversary & Special Paint Schemes, Colorful airliners, spaceflight, and American Civil War ironclads.

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  1. swbailey

    1/72 AMtech Ju-88H-4

    Haven't done a lot of work on the Fuhrungsmachine since I was concentrating on finishing my Fw-190D-11. However, I did start doing a little work this weekend. Put the canopy on the Ju-88 and masked it with Bare Metal foil. With a canopy that has so many panels, it can be a bit tedious... After masking I shot some RLM 66 Schwarzgrau to replicate the interior color of the canopy frames. Had enough extra paint, I sprayed it as a primer over my seams. They looked pretty good! Only a tiny bit of clean up to do on them and I'll be ready to prime and paint the model after minimal rescribing of a few deleted panel lines.
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    Completed Builds

    ProModeler 1/48 Focke Wulf Fw-190D-11. Complete (with the exception of some exhaust stains which will be added shortly).
  4. swbailey

    1/48 Pro-Modeler Fw-190D-11

    Well, I am calling this one done. I added in the seatbelts, antennas, gun barrels and pitot tube and added some paint chips around the worked on areas. The seatbelts came from a vendor on eBay who sells printed belts on paper. I cut them out very carefully and close to the printed edges, then dip them in a mix of white glue and water. They are fragile, but once placed on the model, as they dry the hold their shape and stay stuck pretty well. If I want to remove them, all I have to do is to get them wet. Antenna wire is clear Stren fishing line. I will be doing some exhaust staining, but I discovered that when I went to add this to the model, my old pastels had been destroyed in Hurricane Harvey... so it's off to the art supply store. Overall, a fun build and my first World War II Luftwaffe aircraft in decades.
  5. swbailey

    1/48 Pro-Modeler Fw-190D-11

    Getting closer. After the decals were all on, I gave the model one more gloss coat then did some panel line washes using Tamiya black wash. After that, a coating of Testors Dull-coat before removing the Bare-Metal foil masks on the canopy and windscreen. Got the wheels and tires on and was very careful to get the alignment right because there are so many ways you can mess that up on an Fw-190... Still have to do some paint touch up, add the pitot tube, antennas, gun barrels, gear position indicators and the seat belts. After that, a touch of weathering and it should be done. Hopefully this weekend.
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    1/48 Pro-Modeler Fw-190D-11

    Els- It actually wasn't that bad... The kit instructions had great diagrams showing the stripes in relation to the panel lines, so it was a good guide. I did use a small ruler as well to get the spacing correct. I started with the two belly stripes and worked outward, waiting for one set of stripes to set up before moving to the next stripe. I used Solvaset on them, so they snuggled into place pretty quickly. I only goofed up one line and got it a little cockeyed and had to remove it. Luckily, there were a set of stripes on the decal sheet for which there was no corresponding number on the instructions, so I used that to replace the one I buggered up.
  7. swbailey

    Trumpeter 1/48 C-47

    Oh, don't you know it. I feel luck that I get a few hours on the weekends. Looking forward to seeing this one done, as I saw the Turf & Sport Special at Dover a couple of years ago and it's a good looking bird!
  8. swbailey

    1/72 AMtech Ju-88H-4

    Thanks! One of the appeals of this model was how neat the super-stretched Ju-88 looked.
  9. swbailey

    1/72 AMtech Ju-88H-4

    Still a bit of work to go. The Fw-190 is just sitting in place for effect. I have dipped the canopies in Future acrylic floor wax for nice sharp clear canopy glass and will be attaching them next. The gunner's seat in the Ju-88 sits a little high and I had to sand a little off the top of the headrest to ensure the canopy will fit. Once all the sanding is done on both aircraft, they'll get primer and the fun of looking for flaws will begin!
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    1/72 AMtech Ju-88H-4

    In between working on the decals for my FW-190D-11, I did some work on the Ju-88H-4 Fuhrungsmachine. Got a lot of the kit together and did work with putty and sanding. The parts of the fuselage had the most work to be done, as the three sections don't all seem to have the same cross-section and there is a little bit of sculpting where they join. There are also a bunch of sink marks in the surface above the locator pins and sockets as you can see from the pictures. The wing, horizontal stabilizer and vertical stabilizer fit are incredible and need no putty! I was very impressed by the fit in those areas. On the other hand, as other reviewers have noted, the engine to nacelle fit on the Ju-88 is terrible. I had to sand down all the locating tabs and glue the engines directly to the nacelle. I then inserted sheet styrene shims on the upper side of the joint to get the engines to hang at the proper angle. Ugh! Putty filled in the extra gaps that were left behind.
  11. swbailey

    1/48 Pro-Modeler Fw-190D-11

    I also added the landing gear, exhausts, belly tank and many of the other fiddly-bits. Next, the bird will get one more coating of Future floor wax as a gloss, then some washes and a flat coat. Another week's worth of work and she should be done.
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    1/48 Pro-Modeler Fw-190D-11

    Another weekend's work brings me closer to finished. Got all the white stripes on the underside which was a bit of a challenge. While the decals were of very good quality and very opaque, they are a bit thick. I hit them with Solvaset to make them suck down onto the surface and it still wasn't quite what I expected. The other thing about the decals is that they seemed to be for a different Fw-190D kit... some of the stripes were a little long, others were short. When it was all said and done, there was one set of decal stripes (#69) which had no place on the model according to the instructions. So, those stripes were used to fix up the areas that were short. Still, a little touch up will be required.
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    1/72 AMtech Ju-88H-4

    Got a bit more done on the Ju-88H Fuhrungsmachine. Assembled the main fuselage on the Ju-88 with its interesting mix of AMT parts and the new parts that are supplied in the kit. The AMT parts are all molded in light gray and are the usual soft AMT plastic, while the AMTech parts particular to that variant are in a darker, much harder plastic, closer to what you would find in a Hasegawa kit. Unfortunately, there are a lot of sink marks in the fuselage, where the thickness of the interior structure causes the plastic to sink in a bit. So... I've been busy with the Tamiya putty. The other thing I failed to do was to put the wing cross-tab in while I was assembling the fuselage halves. The instructions use photos to show the assembly process, and on my copy the printing was so light that the AMT part that went in there barely shows in the photo and I missed it. I went back and took some Evergreen white styrene and made the cross piece to support the wings when they get glued on. As several reviewers who've built the kit have noted, the fit of the engines to the nacelles is quite poor. I ground down the flanges in the nacelles and glued the engines on flush to the mating point on the wings. As you can see with the starboard wing, that still leaves a fair spot to be filled. I've also been working on the cockpit, adding painted details where possible just to liven things up. I still have to paint the molded on seat belts, and the control yolk did a flying jump into the jaws of the carpet monster, so I am still looking for that. But, I will find it before the cockpit is done. Finally, I've assembled the greater part of the Academy Fw-190A-8 kit for the parasite fighter. Little bits of filler are needed here and there, but overall the fit is good. It's a somewhat simplified kit and the cockpit is too deep but I really didn't want to spend a whole lot on the kit, so I'm okay with that. I've sanded off all of the detail related to the outer wing machine guns, as the slipper fuel tanks will be covering that area of the wings.
  14. swbailey

    1/48 Pro-Modeler Fw-190D-11

    Laid down a heavy gloss coat on the model using Future sprayed through the airbrush and after a couple days of drying I've started to add the decals. Kit decals are very good and appear to be the work of Cartograph. It says they are made in Italy although the sheet doesn't show the Cartograph name. Still the quality shines through. Just to make sure everything is settling in nicely and conforming to the curves, I used Solvaset on the undersides. Upper side decals are over simple enough curves that I used Micro-Set and Micro-Sol. So far, so good.
  15. Excellent results!
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