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    -military aircrafts...and modeling them!
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  1. hi everybody. i'm coming back not exately to business, which i never left, but to showing it off after a very busy period together with a p.c. fatal crash. so, i have just shown the storch i made while on a technical pause from the tu-95 project. first out, i must say that i never afforded a masking challenge like in this build. it looks odd for an all-metal a/c but the bulges and the radomes, as well as the props and the wings called for multiple, complex, masking. in the end there was more tape and paper than model! the revell 1/144 kit is big, really huge to handle, and it's a...revell of germany kit. poor on many sides, first of all in parts fit. lots of filling and cutting and sanding...which i hate. the technical break was due to the fact that although i supposed to have stocked up with enough russian paints, well, no none in the bunch seemed to me to match the landing gear blue-gray i saw in the web pictures. i think on britmodeler it was, i heard of a model master 2123 "russian underside blue" , and watching the pics, i was immediately convinced that this was the right color. but i had to chase it on e-bay and wait for it to be delivered... really, let me tell you: so far as i know and i have researched, there's no paint matching so well as the m.m. 2123. point is that it has been discontinued, it's an enamel, and there's no equivalent as an acrylic paint. nevertheless, if you're looking for the right color of the tu-95 gear, this is it. so i pinched my nose and used the nasty enamel. indeed in this project i had to resort to enamels and lacquers, as for the wheel green i had to use the mrp lacquer paint. both very good to shoot, but being used to water-based acrylics, stinky and a nightmare to clean airbrush and all... back to the model itself, i left props with their hairy leading edge stripe, and the undercarriage painted and ready aside and concentrated on the fuselage and wings. the fit of the turboprops nacelles leave a lot to be desired, and i worried that it would end up in a mess of plastic, cement and putty. nevertheless, with the job finished i must say that they look decent. i wondered a lot how to paint the wings leading edges, and i eventually choose the easier way: lifecolor gloss gun metal all along, and that was all. i don't say of the masking of the radomes etc., and other details. let me just say that it was a long and patientful job. so, here is the B-52 counterpart. a big beast, in her way fascinating, definitely the breed of a different technology and mindset. no way: the stratofortress speaks aloud a reassuring: america! if you want to have a look please follow this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Z0OkeoDloSTvZp8u2 thanks for watching. best ciaos, bobo.
  2. Bobo1953

    Tupolev TU-95 Bear D

    hi everybody. i'm coming back not exately to business, which i never left, but to showing it off after a very busy period together with a p.c. fatal crash. so, i have just shown the storch i made while on a technical pause from the tu-95 project. first out, i must say that i never afforded a masking challenge like in this build. it looks odd for an all-metal a/c but the bulges and the radomes, as well as the props and the wings called for multiple, complex, masking. in the end there was more tape and paper than model! the revell 1/144 kit is big, really huge to handle, and it's a...revell of germany kit. poor on many sides, first of all in parts fit. lots of filling and cutting and sanding...which i hate. the technical break was due to the fact that although i supposed to have stocked up with enough russian paints, well, no none in the bunch seemed to me to match the landing gear blue-gray i saw in the web pictures. i think on britmodeler it was, i heard of a model master 2123 "russian underside blue" , and watching the pics, i was immediately convinced that this was the right color. but i had to chase it on e-bay and wait for it to be delivered... really, let me tell you: so far as i know and i have researched, there's no paint matching so well as the m.m. 2123. point is that it has been discontinued, it's an enamel, and there's no equivalent as an acrylic paint. nevertheless, if you're looking for the right color of the tu-95 gear, this is it. so i pinched my nose and used the nasty enamel. indeed in this project i had to resort to enamels and lacquers, as for the wheel green i had to use the mrp lacquer paint. both very good to shoot, but being used to water-based acrylics, stinky and a nightmare to clean airbrush and all... back to the model itself, i left props with their hairy leading edge stripe, and the undercarriage painted and ready aside and concentrated on the fuselage and wings. the fit of the turboprops nacelles leave a lot to be desired, and i worried that it would end up in a mess of plastic, cement and putty. nevertheless, with the job finished i must say that they look decent. i wondered a lot how to paint the wings leading edges, and i eventually choose the easier way: lifecolor gloss gun metal all along, and that was all. i don't say of the masking of the radomes etc., and other details. let me just say that it was a long and patientful job. so, here is the B-52 counterpart. a big beast, in her way fascinating, definitely the breed of a different technology and mindset. no way: the stratofortress speaks aloud a reassuring: america! if you want to have a look please follow this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Z0OkeoDloSTvZp8u2 thanks for watching. best ciaos, bobo.
  3. hi everybody. it's been quite a long time since the last time i posted on arc. i'm back to you with the german utility a/c of ww ii i have been building while waiting for the colors for tha TU-95 Bear h i had on my workbench to be delivered. i actually wasn't a week-end modeling as the academy kit is nicely complex and the camo livery i coosed was a bit of a problem. this is -one of- rommel's transports, and i had to get the decals on e-bay from a heller kit. they had rather yellowed and, to my surprise, the light-therapy was eventually successful before i had to scan the sheet and find someone to restore it. i stuck in the full sunshine we had this winter - it was early in march- the decals directly exposed -no window- to sunlight...and it worked! i had made other attempts at this procedure earlier but to no avail, probably because i exposed the decals behind the double-paned windows. another note on decals is about the propeller logo, which i have found in a very nice set of german prop logotypes by kora decals i recommend to all prop lovers. in the photo album they appear onlyin the last pics as tey arrived later. al as for the camo pattern, after some web-searching, i used rlm 78 undersides, and rlm 80 olive green over rlm 79 sand yellow; i hoped to put to good use the new hair-size airbrush but it didn't work, so i took up my old rapidograph with a 0.3 point, thinned the paint adequately, and draw the wormy pattern by hand. as the paint was so thin, i had to do many passages on the same lines, which ended up in a bit of a shaded trait and thin color, but as compared with pictures online it looks acceptable. i took a lot of fun scratchbuilding the radio sets from plasticard and a 5,0 mm. square rod. i was really satisfied with the outcome but though i tried to show it off in the pics, the smalll size and the position through the clears are not favorable. all in all, a quite nice build with decently acceptable glitches, mostly with the canopy parts fit. then the paint for the Bear h arrived, but that's another story. thanks for having a look if you wish: https://photos.app.goo.gl/EFbtdkqhQ9iLQjQx1 best ciaos, bobo.
  4. Bobo1953

    Fiesler 156 Storch Academy 1/72

    hi everybody. it's been quite a long time since the last time i posted on arc. i'm back to you with the german utility a/c of ww ii i have been building while waiting for the colors for tha TU-95 Bear h i had on my workbench to be delivered. i actually wasn't a week-end modeling as the academy kit is nicely complex and the camo livery i coosed was a bit of a problem. this is -one of- rommel's transports, and i had to get the decals on e-bay from a heller kit. they had rather yellowed and, to my surprise, the light-therapy was eventually successful before i had to scan the sheet and find someone to restore it. i stuck in the full sunshine we had this winter - it was early in march- the decals directly exposed -no window- to sunlight...and it worked! i had made other attempts at this procedure earlier but to no avail, probably because i exposed the decals behind the double-paned windows. another note on decals is about the propeller logo, which i have found in a very nice set of german prop logotypes by kora decals i recommend to all prop lovers. in the photo album they appear onlyin the last pics as tey arrived later. al as for the camo pattern, after some web-searching, i used rlm 78 undersides, and rlm 80 olive green over rlm 79 sand yellow; i hoped to put to good use the new hair-size airbrush but it didn't work, so i took up my old rapidograph with a 0.3 point, thinned the paint adequately, and draw the wormy pattern by hand. as the paint was so thin, i had to do many passages on the same lines, which ended up in a bit of a shaded trait and thin color, but as compared with pictures online it looks acceptable. i took a lot of fun scratchbuilding the radio sets from plasticard and a 5,0 mm. square rod. i was really satisfied with the outcome but though i tried to show it off in the pics, the smalll size and the position through the clears are not favorable. all in all, a quite nice build with decently acceptable glitches, mostly with the canopy parts fit. then the paint for the Bear h arrived, but that's another story. thanks for having a look if you wish: https://photos.app.goo.gl/EFbtdkqhQ9iLQjQx1 best ciaos, bobo.
  5. Bobo1953

    TBM odd little bulges

    southwestforests you be blessed!...great, really neatly on to the target, WHAM! what can i say more than express my deep gratitude for your help, a help so much to the point? then: THANK YOU!!! best ciaos. bobo.
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    TBM odd little bulges

    hi everybody. i am in the process of finishing this enthusing but arduous 1/48 accurate miniatures TBM. as the build did reallly challenge me a lot, i want to go to the extremes with "accuracy". there are three small bulges some 1,9 cm inboard of the wingtips and a third on the fuselage just back of the ball turret. they patently look like lights of some sort, but though hard i searched the web, i wasn't able to find a single picture where they were represented with a certain level of reliability. in some pics and light conditions the one on the left wing looks like being red, but there are the wingtip navigation lights already for that. they are not replicated on the bottom of wings... and what about the rear fuselage one? is there any joung sailor who can give me a hint? thanks in advance for any input. best ciaos...and happy modeling! bobo.
  7. Bobo1953

    Obsession with FS 36170: Who Got It Right?

    a truely fine and great job richardL. i believe that you gained the thanks and reverence of all of the arc members. btw, this part of your research supports my own philosophy to use matt paints and then coat the model with satin or, if a glossy look is indispensable, a semi-gloss clear finish. this is my credo for 1/144 up to 1/48 scales; i don't build in 1/32...because i have no place enough...and at any rate, although fascinating for the degree of detailing you can get to, dunno, but such big models cease somehow to be in the innocent and "impressionistic" realm of modeling to enter the rigorous one of museums. this is just my personal opinion, of course, but the big scales lack, loose, that naivety and (relative) improvisative freedom of the smaller ones. again, congrats for your hell of a contribution and the time you dedicated to all of us. best ciaos...and happy modeling! bobo.
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    Obsession with FS 36170: Who Got It Right?

    yep, rex, for my modeling budget, really out of reach... ciao. bobo.
  9. Bobo1953

    Obsession with FS 36170: Who Got It Right?

    thanks richardL, although this is bad news: if i were to buy all the chips i do and will need, i'd have to be a millionaire! ok. pity that. it was nice to think that i had found eventually a way to the F.S. chips...which are not cheap...(pardon the pun). again, thank you, and...happy modeling! ciao. bobo.
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    Obsession with FS 36170: Who Got It Right?

    hi. sorry if i go a bit out of subject. i went to the "individual color chip" link richardL attached to his second post, but i'm rather perplexed: do i take it right that the cost for each 3x5 chip is u.s.$ 35?!!! can someone confirm this to me or, preferably, disconfirm? thanks. best ciaos and happy modeling! bobo.
  11. Bobo1953

    Newbie presentation

    hi robert the flying dutchman, and welcome to our obsessive-compulsive community! here is the place where almost every question on planes and their modeling finds an answer, but this you know already as you have been a follower since the last couple of years. best wishes for your new house and counry! hope to hear from you soon with your phantoms stories and pictures of your models... best ciaos, bobo.
  12. Bobo1953

    Academy 1/48th F-16C decal issues

    my pleasure, swash. well, if they float away from the paper support within 30'', i'm afraid that there's something wrong with the whole lot. the sheet may be defective; for instance they can have received a too little quantity of glue in the process of the production. at this point i'm not sure that the microscale liquid decal film treatment could avoid this early separation from the paper, but: either you ask academy a replcement sheet, or you work with what you have. in the second case, as you will have to mess up with each and every decal (!) the liquid film treatment colud make sense in that it would strenghten the decals and protect them somewhat from all the stress of rubbing and curling and handling etc. i really wouldn't like to be in your shoes, my pal! i wish you all the best of luck for the job you're confronted with... ah, a last suggestion: instead of solvaset and similars, use your own saliva, yeah, spit, to have your decals set. then, when dry, you can use microsol to have them adhere to irregularities, panel lines and rivets etc... wholeheartedly, happy modeling! ciao. bobo.
  13. Bobo1953

    Academy 1/48th F-16C decal issues

    hi. first out i don't know solvaset; it's not available in my country. though, i know what it is. now. did you use solvaset by default or you tried to tame the reluctant decal with it after it curled up? actually i never had such problems especially with academy decals, bit i throw an hypotesis, i.e. that solvaset reacted somehow with the decal and softened it too much. then it curled. now the decal has no more glue left to stick to the i.p. i suggest that you dip the decal into a cup of water and leave there floating free to see what happens. if it straightens up a bit, then there's a new tamiya decal glue you can get. then pick up the decal on an adequate brush, then apply the tamiya product on the plastic i.p. and eventually try to lay down the decal on it letting it slip from the brush. a more complicated but perhaps necessary action could be -after bathing it- to lay the decal back on its paper support, let it dry and airbrush it with several coats of microscale liquid decal film. it will preserve from cracking and will toughten it making it more rigid. allow to cure -they say 15 ', but i'd wait at least 45'- trim the decal film as much as you dare to, then dip it again in water and if it gives signs of life i.e. begins to move somehow on the paper, apply tamiya decal glue and slip the decal on the i.p.. i'd add: if liquid film works, shoot the whole decal sheet with it! hope it helps. best ciaos, and happy modeling! bobo.
  14. Bobo1953

    F4D-1 Skyray

    hi dekon. i have had the same problem with the vietnam era skyraider gear doors rims some time ago. in the end it wound up as that it depends on the period, but if you check it "by the book" you will find out that the t.o. for red on "pinching" areas was issued by the navy in a some year i should go and check myself as i can't remember for sure. BUT from the t.o. to reality it might have passsed even years. i mean that some squadrons adopted the red almost immediately while some others took their time. you can even find -e.g. for the a-4- in the same sqadron some aircraft painted and others unpainted. so, it's just a bit up to you. if you like how it looks, paint it red; otherwise leave it f.s. 36440 as all upper fixed surfaces. upon your input i made myself -i have too a tamiya f-d 4 who's waiting in my stash- a little web search, but the only red painted slats' steps i found were in a model kit made by someone who iked it that way. so, put yourself in the shoes of a squadron leader or better of a crew chief and just do as you feel. anyway, i repeat, that most of the color pics don't show red at any rate. hope this helps. best ciaos and happy modeling! bobo.
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    Stencils for russian weapons

    hi everybody, and as it's only slightly used, happy new year!!! i want to spread the news about something that happened rather unexpectedly. i was looking for 1/72 decal stencils for the otherwise bare icm (i don't know of dragon) soviet/russian aircraft weapons, and i fell on a google image full of stencils. out of curiosity, and with a whiff of hope i opened the page and it was the review of the begemot's decal sheet for the su-27 #72-030. perhaps i am just, litteral as we say in italian: "discovering hot water". but, just in case... well, included are full stencils for the following weapons: R-73 m, l R-27 t, et, er Kh59, m Kh29 t, l Kh58 m Kh31 p Kh41 and so many others that i realize now it's much better to post the pdf file:...heck! no way. then copy/paste this link: http://www.begemotdecals.ru/doc/72-030 Su-27 stencil (2).pdf and klick it...will travel! and...not only missiles, but also racks and rails have stencils: a gold mine. price is us$ 9,40 + airmail to europe (believe u.s.a. should be the same) us$ 5,50 my set has been dispatched by begemot yesterday... my best wishes and happy modeling. best ciaos, bobo.
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