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swbailey

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    Dickinson, TX, USA
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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

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

    Added the canopy and after masking, shot the RLM 66 as an under coat. While that was drying, I got to work on other sub-assemblies. Prop is done with Humbrol RLM 70, with Testor's yellow on the spinner. Will be painting the fuel tank when I do the RLM 78 on the fuselage.
  2. swbailey

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

    Thanks for the info! I'll remember that for the next time I tackle one of their old Fw-190/Ta-152 kits. The Perfect Plastic Putty did a good job of filling the gap, but I really would have liked more plastic to plastic bonding going on in that root area. As for the bulge, I had read a review on another site that mentioned this short coming. Brett Green's review on Hyper-scale mentioned that it is fairly subtle, and I am still debating whether or not I want to go that deep into correcting what I was originally planning to be an out-of-the-box build. But then again, that's usually what happens with my OOB builds...
  3. Looking nice! I am watching with interest because I have one of these on my "to do" pile. Looks like a good kit, especially for the price!
  4. swbailey

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

    Got the wings assembled and mounted to the fuselage. This was where I ran into the only disappointment with the kit so far. The wing to fuselage fit is terrible. There is a large gap that needs to be filled. While it was almost a "snap-fit" on the front to back seams, the two upper wing seems were at least a 1/32 to 1/16 inch wide. I did a bunch of filling with Perfect Plastic putty and after a couple coats I filled the gaps and faired the wing into the fuselage without too much damage to the surrounding detail. Maybe will need a touch of re-scribing...
  5. swbailey

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

    Cockpit is done to my satisfaction... various instruments are painted in black, they highlighted with a silver Prismacolor pencil and overcoated with a drop of Future floor wax. Added some Vallejo brown washes, the hit the whole thing with a shot of Testors Dullcoat. Sadly, once it's installed in the fuselage, there's really not much to see. Seat belts will be coming... Waiting until I installed the back decking on the cockpit.
  6. For my second build, I've decided to take on the Pro-Modeler (ex Tri-Master, ex DML) Fw-190D-11. It fits the category and I recently got the kit for free, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I really haven't done any World War II Luftwaffe aircraft in 20 years and haven't done an Fw-190 in almost 45 years. Not that I don't like 'em, just that I got tired of seeing so many Fw-190s and Bf-109s filling up the tables at model contests. Seems that the trend has been moving away from that, and in fact the last model contest I went to, there wasn't one Bf-109 in sight! Got started with the cockpit as is normal... sprayed it with Model Master RLM 66 Dunkelgrau, and sprayed the gear wells with Model Master RLM 02. Since the cockpit fits in from the bottom, I went ahead and started assembling the fuselage and some of he sub assemblies while the cockpit paint was drying.
  7. swbailey

    Completed Builds

    Excellent results! I think the blue looks great, since as you said, it's a very mercurial color dependent on lighting conditions.
  8. The details make the difference. Very impressive work! I'm enjoying watching this come together,
  9. swbailey

    Completed Builds

    Thanks so much!
  10. swbailey

    Planned Builds

    Now that the V-2 missile is done, I wanted to do something a little more challenging; the Pro-Modeler (ex-TriMaster, ex-DML) Focke Wulf FW-190D-11. Will be doing it in the JV-44 airfield protection colors with the red undersides with white stripes. I'm a big fan of astronaut Pete Conrad's philosophy that "If you can't be good, be colorful!" I realized as I dug back in my memory, that it's been 45 years since I built an FW-190 kit, despite the fact I've got a bunch in my stash.
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    Completed Builds

    Pegasus 1/48 V-2 Missile in splinter camouflage. Late summer, 1944.
  12. swbailey

    1/48 V-2 Missile

    I'm calling this one done. It was a pleasurable and fun build. Spent more time on making a plausible looking launch table than I did on the missile. I'm sure I will be building more of these Pegasus kits in different schemes. Being a snap-tite, the kits are certainly cheap enough!
  13. swbailey

    1/48 V-2 Missile

    Got busy and wrapped this one up. I painted the launch table with Tamiya XF-63 German Gray, then applied some washes of black and dry-brushed some light gray to weather out the assembly. For the blast deflector, I airbrushed some thin flat black outward from the center for the soot from previous launches on the launch table. Next I sprayed some Alclad Steel in a tighter spot, and finished up with some Alclad Aluminum to highlight the areas where paint had been burned off the deflector. Then I dry brushed on some rust just for a little corrosion. (I got the idea from the blast deflector on my model rocket launch pads.) For all the electrical cabling, I used various weights of wire from some hair-fine solder to telephone wire and some thick gauge coated wire that I bummed off the aircraft mechanics in our shop, for the liquid oxygen top off line. Just to add another color, I painted all the wiring an RLM 71 Dunkelgrun. Not sure if German cables were that color, but I wanted to avoid a black or gray, as I didn't want it to stand out too much from the rest of the launch table. All the details on the base were made from Evergreen plastic, wire and a couple small boxes of old armor kits I found in the spares bin. Last step for the missile was to mark off the access panels for the guidance electronics and add the two decals with the Werke numbers.
  14. swbailey

    1/48 V-2 Missile

    Got the launch table pretty much finished this weekend and ready for paint. Added the hand cranks made out of Evergreen plastics and been wire from paper clips for the cranks. Also added the cable mast and made up the cable bundle (not shown) that will connect into the rocket. So, with a little scratch-building, the launch table isn't half bad.
  15. swbailey

    1/48 V-2 Missile

    Had some time to work further on the launch table. Using Evergreen styrene rods and tubes as well as some parts out of my spares box, I made the supports for the 5-way plug and the liquid oxygen top off line. I also added the base for the cable cable mast which will support the power cables that plug in about 3/4th the way up the missile. As I've worked on this, I've discovered there are a variety of launch tables used for the V-2 and they are not all the same. The one I am constructing will be a bit of a "mash-up" of several different styles. As the late Dave "Boh" Boczanski called it, "creative gizmology." If it looks busy, it's good.
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