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On 3/1/2021 at 4:18 PM, XQ_Lothar29 said:

Good to all friends of Modeling! Since before Christmas, requests began to arrive to me to make happy parents, former military or airline pilots. After finishing my orders, I was able to dedicate myself to one of a friend.

This is where a Legendary plane comes in, the Fokker Dr.I, of course, my friend asked me to be, above all, Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen's plane.

As we all know, Von Richthofen, his favorite and most used mount was the Albatros D.I, Albatros D.II Albatros D.III and finally the Albatros D.V ..
But if I'm here, it's to show you my last two Jobs.

The first of all of the year 2021
Eduard Profipack 1/48, Fokker Dr.I
It really is a great model, not because of its size, since it really is very small compared to the 1/48 scale of WWII aircraft, even if we compare it, with its counterparts like the Albatros or the Fokker D.VII.

Without further ado, I hope you like the end result, the pity is that I don't have a good camera, I use a cell phone that is already old and does not capture the image with the sharpness that would be appropriate.

Anyway I have always said that photos never do justice to the Art of Static Modeling.

 

 

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I hope you like it and encourage more people to start in this wonderful world of the Art of modeling

 

 

Continuing the thread from before, I repeat myself in a few words.

 

Friends of the Art of Modeling!
I present to you the LaGG-3 Series 4.

 

-In this case it is another Manufacturer from Eastern Europe, who has

me just as in love as all the others.
I could quote them, but I leave it for the End.

 

ICM 1/48 LaGG-3 Type 1-4.
It was hard for me to decide with the camouflage, basically because I

like to replicate aircraft camouflages that the Pilot's Name is known.


In this case, as I am going to do 3 more, since the model has three

different types of decals and ICM in its old mold models, they usually

come out very well in price.
in the end so I opted for the camouflage of:
3d GvIAP (Guard Fighter Regiment) Leningrad Area, Spring 1942.
White 64
Here are photos of the LaGG-3:

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I wanted to get to this point, because for the first time, a beautiful

modeling market has opened, Thanks to Eastern Europe.


Specifically, I have to thank ICM, for replacing the transparent piece

with a new one, without charging me for the piece or shipping costs.

 

 

 

I love very much the task of these companies such as:
ICM
ZVEZDA
Special-Hobby
Eduard
MPM
mirage-Hobby


and I'm sure I forget one of them.

I Love this Lagg camouflage

My compliments !!

 

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2 hours ago, Birdman said:

Progress on the I-16, the fit isn't great I foresee putty in my future:

 

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Ooo, which kit manufacturer is this? I have an ICM 1:32 kit in my queue.... Looking forward to your progress.

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1 hour ago, 40plus said:

Ooo, which kit manufacturer is this? I have an ICM 1:32 kit in my queue.... Looking forward to your progress.

That's ICM as well but the 1/48 type 24

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Goddamit.... I don't know what happened. Looks like the varnish has activated the lower colour layer which is now eating its way through the upper one.

The lower layer is Tamiya X-4 and the upper one Mr. Color 308. Varnish- Mr. Color Superclear III.
Not sure what to do here. Try and give the areas one more coat of gray? Will the subsequent coat of varnish not again have the same effect?

I feel gutted.

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Completed a Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito FB. VI with Aires resin cockpit and figures from ICM and Eduard, in anticipation of the Mossie being added to a few sims some time soon!

And some pictures of the pilot/navigator/dog and also the cockpit detail.

 

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This is the thread where I always run out of reactions.

 

@19RAF_MJDixon what a beautiful Mosquito!

 

My kids are doing their first kit all by themselves. I did the last couple of models with them, but now they were confident doing it all by themselves. I found it is actually more dificult leaving them all alone instaed of helping them. But if you get kicked out of the shop, that helps.

 

It is the new Revell 109F2 in 1/72, an absolutely great kit. If it was a tad more detailed, it could almost be a Tamiya kit. Almost perfect fit, with many parts prceise enough that you can snap them together and they "click" once they match. Sometimes, the fit is a bit tight that when they were generous with colors, then it requires a bit of force to snap them together. That is when they would show up and bring the thing, having you you press untill it "clicks" and off they go again. Regarding the livery, They didn't use the enclosed one, but were inspired by some liveries in this game. The younger one has finished already and went for the white livery and the older went for Jochen Marseilles F4 livery. I made him some decals for that as it is a specific plane and not a generic white one.

 

I'll post when both are finished. But the iPad is tough competition for investing time...

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That Mossie!  So beautiful, and the invasion stripes look fantastic.

 

Made a start on the Supermarine S.5.  Quite incredible to think that this is a 1927 design. Have been working on getting the main assemblies correct.  No easy thing as its a very tricky shape.

 

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3 hours ago, Feathered_IV said:

No easy thing as its a very tricky shape.

It is just jaw dropping how you get these plastic pieces in shape like that. I can somehow (intellectually) reproduce the first three steps, as I did build RC planes from scratch back in the elder days, but the precision how you merge the plan to the last step is just amazing. Unless guided by a bulkhead along the spars I always had such a hard time getting the shape along the fuselage beyond an "artistic interpretation" of the plan. Just wow.

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OK. After 3x respray, I forced myself to a finish. The build was fun and the kit offers unlimited possibilities for DIY stuff :)

Moskalev SAM-13

Soviet experimental fighter

1941

 

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Holidays are convenient in following up the important stuff.

 

First, my dear Märklin Junkers F13, H0 scale. (1/87).

 

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Alas, being a display kit for the last 30 years, oarts are subtyl bent. This especially tragic as the plastic is rather solid. Will beinteresting fitting the fuselage.

 

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At last wings fit together somewhat. the empanage was an ok fit.

 

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Painting time for the kids.

 

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After the younger of the two painted innards, time for some airbrushing. I sprayed the whole outer parts aluminum that I lightened with white. I find colors on real sized aircraft usuall come across a tad lighter than on miniature models.

 

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Now the black parts. Even though I have a new airbrush pistol (man, that was worth the 150 bucks!) I am still very generous in masking.

 

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Worked better than anticipated. (Note to self: don't save on cheap Chinese airbrush!)

 

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I found that there are wooden beams on the wings where the cabin entry is. That again needs slots of tape.

 

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Not straight but good enough for my purpose.

 

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So, that's it. Now the stickers.

 

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Argh... they are all dried up and turned yellow. I have to really cut then next to the fonts. the white ones tend to desintegrate as they are cracked in little parts on the paper.  But at least I managed to put them on.

 

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Choo-choo! My sister's old Märklin has a new train. That landcape is gonna grow if this situation keeps on going...

 

 

Next. The Revell Bf-109F2, 1/72.

 

The kids wanted to build one all by themselves. Fine.

 

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The kit is absolutely great. A new mold, perfect parts, perfect fit. I almost envied them. First step, paint on the sprue. they went along with suggested coloring but then came to me to show liveries as present in IL-2. The younger chose a white livery and the older chose Jochen Marseilles F4 livery.

 

Surprise. So far I never deviated from suggested coloring, ever. But be it.

 

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I suggested to tape the pitot for obvious reasons. This is the youngers model.

 

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Then fitting the fuselage parts...

 

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Some glue and joining the halves.

 

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He made it. It is impressive how solid the parts fit and how straight they end up in place. The parts have hooks to click them into place.

 

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The older sons kit.

 

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It's nice to see that progress each time I drop in. Otherwhise they kicked me out.

 

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I had to help with placing the landing gear. They were a tight but solid fit.

 

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Decals on the first one plus the finish now on. I put on the tiny decals. The decals are really nice and easy to place. Even for first-timers.

 

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Marseille had this badge on the cowling. It needed a white color underneath as I had to prin the decals myself and my laser printer cannot print white. But I had him use a hole-puncher on masking tape and scaled the badge to make it fit. Worked like a charm.

 

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Yellow is a problem on self printed decals if the base is not white. But be it.

 

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Both finished. On both I did the small decals and the satin cote finish, as it is enamel based. But that's it.

 

Still, there's been plenty of consolating the kids if things didn‘t go immediately as planned. But no errors made they couldn't fix.

 

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After having silently admired everyone's skills and craftmansship and most important: spirit, motivation and patience in this thread, i gave myself a kick to do my first model after being a ten year old....i admit, challenge was tough but it was so much fun, all the memories of the childhood days, that came up during the build made me smile...1:72 is hard to see for me but a additional reading glass from the drugstore did it then. I am happy with my very first attempt of a Revell Spitfire Mk II. 🙂

 

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Hello, Great work everyone, good to see more modellers in here, iv`e been away a while.... but iv`e been very busy... :)

Sd Kfz 10 Demag with pak 38, 1/35 Italeri...  More to come ....

 

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Moving along with some weathering, oils and pigments over clear, still a ways to go..just plodding along on this one.

 

 

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1 hour ago, hetstaine said:

Moving along with some weathering, oils and pigments over clear, still a ways to go..just plodding along on this one.

 

 

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That is just astonishing! Wonderful work!

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17 hours ago, Hoots said:

 

That is just astonishing! Wonderful work!

 

Cheers Hoots :) haven't started the underside yet and still some more topside to be done to blend it all a bit nicer and hopefully tie it all together.

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5 hours ago, STN said:

Really interesting subjects You choose lately. Thumbs up. What is going to be the cargo of the Sd.Ah.115?

Cheers m8.. The 38T is on the trailer & the Demag is on the Lorry . Ill post some pictures later ...

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Well that`s this project done.... It`s hard to photograph as its nearly 2 feet long 🙄. And i can fit it in my display cabinet... in two parts lol.. i`m looking at buying another display cabinet now as iv`e 100% filled 2 now. :) Well i`m going to build a plane next as i have been doing armour for 2 years now.

 

 

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I Will be also adding a driver to this ....

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3 hours ago, Buglord said:

Well that`s this project done.... It`s hard to photograph as its nearly 2 feet long 🙄. And i can fit it in my display cabinet... in two parts lol.. i`m looking at buying another display cabinet now as iv`e 100% filled 2 now. :) Well i`m going to build a plane next as i have been doing armour for 2 years now.

 

 

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I Will be also adding a driver to this ....


Running out of both reaction icons and superlatives in this thread. More astonishing work :)

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19 hours ago, Hoots said:


Running out of both reaction icons and superlatives in this thread. More astonishing work :)

 

Yeah, as someone that just got into this, it's a bit intimidating, lol.

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9 minutes ago, JimmySolarium_VR said:

Maintenance ist due, some guns are constantly jamming, this needs to be fixed a.s.a.p.....


Must be great to have a museum diorama in your own home :)

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Was down with a cold for a few days, still not feeling completely fine but at least I can get out of bed. So I started the decals on my Ta 152 C and ... Oh boy. The Hobby Boss decals are utter shyte. They're way too thick and the film needs tons of softener to conform to the surface (even more so with the rivets I placed). Apart from that the maintenance decals are rudimentary at best (no fuel/MW 50 triangles at all) and wrong in places (no step demarcation lines are either missing entirely or too long/short). I  raided the remaining Academy Ta 183 decals for replacements (fuselage Balkenkreuz and number, underwing Balkenkreuz) since they're way better.

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16 hours ago, [Pb]Cybermat47 said:


Must be great to have a museum diorama in your own home :)

 

not to derail the thread or deliberately mis-interpret compliments about other people's work but ...

 

... so much better to have museum projects in museums. I have a few too many museum projects about my home/workshop that would be better out of my way such that the money was in my account such that I could dispatch the work to the clients.

 

The image below is a quick close up of part of one diorama currently taking up space in my workshop.

 

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12 hours ago, csThor said:

Was down with a cold for a few days, still not feeling completely fine but at least I can get out of bed. So I started the decals on my Ta 152 C and ... Oh boy. The Hobby Boss decals are utter shyte. They're way too thick and the film needs tons of softener to conform to the surface (even more so with the rivets I placed). Apart from that the maintenance decals are rudimentary at best (no fuel/MW 50 triangles at all) and wrong in places (no step demarcation lines are either missing entirely or too long/short). I  raided the remaining Academy Ta 183 decals for replacements (fuselage Balkenkreuz and number, underwing Balkenkreuz) since they're way better.

If they are too thick i just bin most of them ( save nose art etc) and go after market for the rest , unless i can use some out of the spares box. I have a lot of spare decals.

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Calling the I-16 done (realized I forgot the guns after uploading the pics to the PC 😬, so still need to do that lol)

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10 hours ago, Buglord said:

If they are too thick i just bin most of them ( save nose art etc) and go after market for the rest , unless i can use some out of the spares box. I have a lot of spare decals.

 

I thought about it, but decided against it. I didn't want to drag this build out until all eternity, because I had some resources left from the Academy Ta 183 so I could plunder that. I'd have loved to add more maintenance markings, mind you, but searching for a good quality set and then shelling out money (more if you include shipping etc)? 

 

In the end it's kind of a "minimalistic look" that befits a very late war "What if" aircraft, me thinks.

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3 hours ago, csThor said:

In the end it's kind of a "minimalistic look" that befits a very late war "What if" aircraft, me thinks.

Still looks great how it comes along. I really like the way you airbrushed it. The tedious work doing the marbeling really paid off. I find this technique to be really difficult to make, as in the end the color variation you achive is more like a purely optical bump map to sheet metal not making a perfect surface between the ribs. It gives the impression of a 3D structure, where the mould does not have it. It is easily overdone. This looks gorgeous.

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13 hours ago, Feathered_IV said:

Making the corrugated radiator panels on the rear fuselage.  My eyes... 😭

 

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I'm always impressed by the level of detail that you are able to implement at such a small scale. Then I remember that it's also scratch built and my mind just can't handle it.

 

Just amazing.

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