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Aircraft Modeling / Siai Marchetti SF260 (Heroes 1/144)
« on: September 06, 2020, 07:38:57 PM »
I did not know "Heroes"... They are producing very nice resin aircraft kits at 1/144. It seems to be the truth: this little Marchetti looks really fine!

I have a good documentation with the book written by Serge Van Heertum & Marc Arys (book is dedicated!  :-love ).

You have to be very attentive to remove carefully the resin carrots; it's really important as the kit is really tiny.

White primer is already airbrushed...

Miscellaneous Subjects / Alpha
« on: September 06, 2020, 07:26:57 PM »
This is a figure created by my friend Dominique Jadoul, a sexy female robot...

Primer done

Aircraft Modeling / Messerschmitt BF 109Z (RetroWings 1/72)
« on: August 23, 2020, 01:58:02 PM »
OK, I can now begin with the RetroWings kit I've received recently...

Aircraft Modeling / Chibi F-104G
« on: July 05, 2020, 02:48:53 PM »
This is a kit from Freedom Models. I cannot post a photo of the box because my friend Dominique Jadoul have it; the box contained an F-104 and a TF-104; we took both one kit...
Decos are for US 104 only; but I will build a Belgian one: one of the "Slivers" demo team
See here how those two pilots were absolutely crazy:

Anyway, to build one of their aircrafts some modifications will be needed.
First; the decals: I will use the DACO 1/144 decal sheet for BAF 104G.
What concerns the kit: For a "Slivers", I need the pylons on the wings end. Those pylon doesn't exist; the external reservoirs are immediately fixed on the wings. So, I have first to reduce the wing plots; then to create the pylons. My idea: to use halves missiles (BAF never had missiles on the lower part of the fuselage) - photos 2 to 4.
Then, not fixing anything under the wings, I need to sand the gaps and, next phase, to fill with putty. Putty will also be needed for the pylons...

Miscellaneous Subjects / Star Wars Rebel pilots 1/72
« on: July 05, 2020, 02:36:46 PM »
Some years ago I painted 5 Star Wars Rebel pilots (acrylic paints). There were awaiting an eventual diorama with a vehicle.
Last week my 8 years old grandson Victor came at home. Looking my stock of material, he discivered the pilots and asked me to give them to him... As I agreed, he said that "with a dio, that would be better papy".
So, having few time to do that, I simulated the ground of Tatooine...
Victor go back to his home very happy ;-)

Ground Forces / "Chibi" Hetzer
« on: April 24, 2020, 07:29:09 PM »
It's my friend Dominique Jadoul that gived me the envy to begin another tank!!!
With RetrokiT, Dominique realize lots of sets that help to ameliorate or modify chibi tanks (but also aircrafts).
This time, he created the hull of an Hetzer to convert a Pz38T...

Photos of the kit and RetrokiT set

Ground Forces / Jagdpanther (late) - Tamiya 1/48
« on: April 16, 2020, 07:09:15 PM »
This kit has a special story...

4 or 5 years ago, when I was practicing martial arts, one of my fellow "warrior" asked me to learn him how to build a model. He was interested by tanks. I proposed him to build that Jagdpanther that I had in my stock. He began the work and I must say was good; but life being what she is, he didn't had the time to continue... So the kit was sleeping on my stash since then.

Yesterday my eyes falled on the box art. I decided to continue the kit. But as I wish to use another camo, today I've first airbrushed white primer on the wheels and the bottom of the chassis, the parts my friend had already painted...

Aircraft Modeling / Kamov Ka-50 (Hobbyboss 1/72)
« on: April 04, 2020, 07:40:47 PM »
My first helicopter since at least 40 years!!! I will make a "what-if"...

Pieces are prepaired for base paint

Aircraft Modeling / Messerschmitt 609 (Huma 1/72)
« on: April 04, 2020, 07:38:01 PM »
This is an old Huma kit. Looks like good old Matchbox at first regard; but lot of fitting problems will come...

Miscellaneous Subjects / Horse: Vaidoso
« on: April 04, 2020, 07:35:53 PM »
Yes, a new horse again... Simple to do this time.
Acrylic base airbrushed; eyes already finished...

Aircraft Modeling / Indi's German biplane
« on: December 28, 2019, 07:20:10 PM »
This is a funny conversion of the Stampe SV4: in the Indiana Jones movies, there is a sequence with a "german biplane" that is, in fact, an SV4-C slightly modified to be hanged to a Zeppelin.
RetrokiT realised a resin conversion set for Indi's plane (including a decal sheet). There is no need for big surgery in fact; just to replace some parts of the SV4 kit by the one in resin.
I've begun setting the "cockpits element" in place... Last photo shows you the resin elements.

Aircraft Modeling / Eduard 1/48 Yak-3 week-end
« on: June 22, 2019, 10:09:35 AM »
Something lighter than what I build actually... Will be built from the box as a recreation but also to test the new range of AK Real Colors: My preferred paints are Gunze ones but actually it becomes difficult to find all the references here in Belgium. So, having seen the new AK Real Colors (also a laquer paint, like Gunze or Tamiya) I want to give it a try. And there are cheaper than the Japanese import products...

Aircraft Modeling / Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
« on: March 24, 2019, 08:01:55 AM »
Well yes, Belgian Mirage again!
I received the kit yesterday from Didier Waelkens (IPMS-Belgium) that asked me to build it and to make an article for KIT (IPMS-Belgium magazine).
Of course, I have to build it in the Belgian version  :-green
So, I'm busy with Mirage 5 on three different scale simultaneously... Funny...

For the Belgian version there will be some extra work to do; I will explain that during the building stages. First detail: the yellow paint on the tail is due to the participation of the aircraft in an ADAC exercise (aerial combat with aircraft of different types) - But the yellow paint was also present on the extremities of the upper surfaces of the wings (see my remarks on the instruction sheet)

The work will begin soon...

Miscellaneous Subjects / Thermae
« on: February 23, 2019, 12:22:20 PM »
Another vignette from El Viejo Dragon: Roman women at thermae.
There is a base in resin and 4 figures; for the vignette I will use only three to give them mor space on the base. The fourth one will be painted and presented separately on an individual base...

Miscellaneous Subjects / Steampunk babe
« on: February 13, 2019, 06:32:57 PM »
I've begun this one recently.
She's painted with acrylic colors as a base before to use oil paints.
The cloth is already painted fushia with oil paint (carmine red + titane white)

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