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5 hours ago, pfrances said:

Crazy beautiful

 

I would love to find a Horton in my scale but the only thing I've found in 1:32 is a very, VERY expensive Japanese kit.

I found the Zoki mura 1/32nd Horton online for £70.....guess i was lucky, but OMG its worth every penny.

Hoping its my next build.

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Some models I completed years ago.  All 1/72 scale from Hasegawa, Airfix, and Aoshima. I have some more kits waiting for me to get back into the hobby, when time and space permits.

 

 

 

 

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Almost done.

But it wouldn't be me if something did not happen. During applying / removing the wash I let the Horten fall to the ground.... twice... resulting in breaking the right wing off and the right engine coming off inside. Fixed the mess the best I could but it is still visible. Yep... I am the king of retards 😓

 

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15 minutes ago, STN said:

Almost done.

But it wouldn't be me if something did not happen. During applying / removing the wash I let the Horten fall to the ground.... twice... resulting in breaking the right wing off and the right engine coming off inside. Fixed the mess the best I could but it is still visible. Yep... I am the king of retards 😓

 

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You're not alone. In the final stages of weathering my 109-G10, after months of careful work, I dropped it. Like you, twice. Busted the gear and all the thin delicate antennas off the bottom......twice.

 

The Horton looks fantastic.

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Yeah one of the bizarre features of the plane. Never understood what is behind the design of the giant wheel. Does it have something to do with the weight distribution/centre of gravity?

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22 hours ago, pfrances said:

Awesome! I've always loved the giant balloon tire up front.

 

I was just thinking how beautiful and graceful it looked and then that front tyre came into view and it was ehhhhh... no.  

One only to be seen in the sky...

 

STN, maybe to get the right incidence on the ground? Lack of elevator control to rotate maybe. Totally guessing here :)

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Wiki.

The aircraft utilized retractable tricycle landing gear, with the nose gear on the first two prototypes sourced from a He 177's tailwheel system, with the third prototype using an He 177A main gear wheelrim and tire on its custom-designed nose gear strut work and wheel fork.

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Actually, the kit is very precise considered the fact, it is all resin. The few problems and need to use filler are solely due to my clumsiness this time.

I am definitely getting one or two more from this manufacturer. Gotta save some money though, they are a bit pricy.

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Done. I can only recommend this kit and the company. Very precise kit, easy to build. I managed to screw up a few things as usually, but this is solely due to my clumsiness.

I wanted to build the World Speed Record version, but noticed too late (after painting) that the world record version does not have the radiator below the cockpit. So instead I found a picture of some unspecified version that sort of matches.

 

Macchi MC 72 M.M. 179

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1:72 SBS model

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My brother surprised me with these two kits under the tree this Christmas. Needless to say, I'm super excited to build them. They may just just the queue of four other kits waiting to be completed.

 

Mmmm ..... Porko Rosso 

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Been enjoying some Flying Circus lately, so I put a bit more time into my on again/off again scratchbuild of the Pfalz D.IIIa.  Adding some inlets and outlets, plus the circular inspection panels and locations for the cabane struts.

 

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 IL-2 cockpit progress made over the holidays. 1:32 Hobbyboss kit.

 

I had never seen a dashboard like this before as it is made of clear plastic. I'm told it's not uncommon but was new to me. Instructions said to stick the decal on the outside front cafe as usual but I opted to hand paint the front and apply the decal "backwards" on the back side. That gave me rather nice looking gauge lenses.

 

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The rest is stil just painted with based colours. waiting on some more clear coat so I can apply washes.

 

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Made a simple jig to hold the Pfalz fuselage with the thrust-line aligned with the upper edge of the sheet.  An identical rectangle was superimposed over my digital drawings so I could plot the position of any detail and easily transfer it to the model. It also allows the shapes to be confirmed and tweaked as necessary.  Pretty happy with the shape now.

 

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Also masked up the wings the same way as the Sparrowhawk a few pages back. 

 

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A coat of primer...

 

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Then unmask and polish the ribs back to blend them in.

 

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Then do it again.  Ugh!  :dry:

 

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Lots of subtle cleanup to do, but nearly there with the main assemblies.

 

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Finally finished the figure.

 

From original artwork, to 1/4 scale action figure conversion.

With Major sculpting headaches.

1st time sculpting in this huge scale.

Sword and belt buckle detail is etched brass parts.

 

Nice practice for next big figure.

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Thanks for the Encouragement.

 

I used Aves epoxysculpt, it has a working time when mixed of around 2 hours then cures as an epoxy normally dose.

 

You can also use a wetted finger or any tool to get a smooth finish, meaning minimal sanding needed.

 

The character is an old D n D role playing character from years back called "Tsu", a Half Elf Rouge thief type.

 

The artwork was drawn by a very good friend of mine the coloring was done with photoshop by myself a long long time ago and has taken a long while to finally do a figure sculpt.

 

I am not too displeased with the outcome considering its my first attempt sculpting in this scale.

 

But for sure the sculpting epoxy was way easier to use than I anticipated and for some of your models Feathered would probably be a godsend for making parts like seats and alike.

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Sculpting figures for table top war games manufacturers  and other model accessories manufacturers has been a big part of my professional employment for many years, though always at the "miniature" end of model making; typically under 40mm tall (1/43 rd scale down to 1/300th scale) though the smallest I have so far created as a one off (rather than for reproduction and sale as castings) was 1/800th scale where I ended up carving human hair for the finer details

 

I wouldn't be without epoxy putty and would put in a shout for three brands, Kneadatite, Milliput and Pro-sculpt. All have epoxy as the active hardening agent but all use different inert fillers giving them different working properties, but in sharing the same active ingredient all can be blended with one another to achieve what ever working property I need to suit the style and detail of figure required by my clients.

 

However, like you mentioning that this was a first attempt at this scale, I too today have been working on a commission that's a big stretch from my usual work; a 200mm tall (1/9th scale) sculpt of a character form a 70's comic; that being Major Eazy.  If it turns out OK I may have to post a picture or two here.

 

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Fantastic work everyone , it wont let me like anymore of your posts today lol,  iv`e not been well that`s why i have not been around for a while its nothing serious its my leg , i`m into mountain biking and i tore a load of muscles in my left leg but the meds i had to take for it was making me ill so yeah, but im nearly back to normal now ,i cant heal as fast as i used to due to me being an old git 🤣 & i have finished the grant , just need to take some pics. Again great work everyone.

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