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Aircraft Modeling / KDA-1 (Q-2A) Firebee (ICM 1/48)
« on: November 19, 2021, 08:06:12 PM »
The Firebee is an American drone dating from 50s/60s. ICM released that strange bird at 1/48th scale. Few parts but very nice

Aircraft Modeling / Blohm Voss BV ae607 (RS Models 1/72)
« on: November 07, 2021, 08:55:28 PM »
The Blohm Voss BV ae607 is a German "paper aircraft" that existed only on drawings... But the look of that aircraft is IMHO stunning; so I've bought the kit some times ago.

Aircraft Modeling / Farewell Mirage 5BD (1/72)
« on: January 27, 2021, 10:14:55 AM »
When the last Mirage 5BD ended her duty in the Belgian Air Force, she received a special livery (silver overall).
Syhart made a decal sheet for that event. Kit is from PJ Production. The kit box gives MK4 seats only; but I've bought PJ MK10 ones.
First step: to remove a panel (needed to adapt the biplace cockpit)

Miscellaneous Subjects / Akula
« on: January 17, 2021, 07:20:20 PM »
OKB Grigorov is editing lots of little submarines at little scales. Few parts; resin & photoetched ones.
The Akula (Nato name it "Typhoon") is at 1/1200 scale and, as you can see, the real one is a BIG one!
Building is easy but of course the little etched parts request lot of attention...

Primer airbrushed.

Aircraft Modeling / Astir CS Jeans
« on: January 17, 2021, 07:00:09 PM »
This kit was assembled by a friend that gived it to me. Some work needed, like some sanding, some minor corrections like the gap between the Retrowings cockpit detail set and the fuselage. The canopy was removed from the (little) sprue by myself, but badly. I have to correct it adding some matter - Will do that with Crystal Clear or a transparent glue for kids. Anyway I've used Tamiya compund and then Klir.

Interresting kit...

Miscellaneous Subjects / Snow White
« on: December 16, 2020, 07:21:20 PM »
I've bought that figure some years ago; now time to paint that sexy young woman with the AK 3D acrylics...

Preparation of the figure revealed some gaps on a delicate location...  :))  :-love - Miliput needed...

Miscellaneous Subjects / Halloween (goblin) pumpkin
« on: November 22, 2020, 05:37:19 PM »
A little bit of fun for Halloween : a Goblin pumpkin !
It was a test for the AK acrilycs 3D. Nice and solid but when they say there is no need to shake the bottle before use, it's true for some ones, but not for all. Well, good colors anyway!

Miscellaneous Subjects / Steampunk : The Aviator (Dieselkits 1/35)
« on: November 04, 2020, 04:28:42 PM »
OK, let's go with that new one! So, it's a kit printed in 3D; first time I'm working with such a kit...
Parts are really nice. The attachment plots used for printing are removed by the manufacturer but you have to finish the work, sanding the residues. That took me two afternoons because there were lot of sanding to do...

I noticed that sanding was not complete on the propeller... Trying to ameliorate the result, I broke a propeller blade! Trying to fix the broken blade, I broke another blade!!!
...OK, cool, be quiet, keep calm... I remembered that I have on my stash an overtree of Eduard Spitfire XVI. The propeller has the same size than the Dieselkit one; so I replaced the 3-blades propeller of the kit by a 4-blade one...

Then it was time to wash the parts; there were lot of sanding dust on them. I put the parts in a water basin with dish soap; rinced them and then put them on a towel and throwed the water away in the lavabo of the kitchen.
...But back to the workbench I realized I've forgot to remove the windshield out of the basin! Of course, the windshield was definitively gone...
I take a Q-tip plastic coverbox and made a new windshiel with that plastic...

After that, my first work was to dig the exhausts with a drill (1,2mm).

The instrument panel doesn't really exist in the kit; just a part without instruments engraved and no decals. So, back to the spare box; I had a Yahu Spitfire IX instrument panel at 1/72 scale; that fits quite perfectly on the kit part!

I will also use 1/48 WWII Luftwaffe seatbelts  :-green

Then I've glued some parts together.

The figurine is named "Lucy the Cowgirl" but having a cousin that is photomodel, I will better name her "Linda" because she posed for a photograph with a cowboy hat  :-love :-love :-love

Hope to continue very soon...

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

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