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Aircraft Modeling / Re: MKM L-39 1/144
« on: March 14, 2014, 09:09:14 PM »
Very nice paint work! :-ok You are making fast work of this one :-salut

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Bf-109E Night Fighter
« on: March 13, 2014, 05:34:35 PM »
My canopy masks arrived, so hopefully this weekend I will be able to start the painting process :-ok :-ok

Aircraft Modeling / Re: MKM L-39 1/144
« on: March 13, 2014, 05:31:19 PM »
Looks like a nice little kit  :-ok

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Jumo Powered Bf-109s In 1/48
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:38:42 PM »
Nice collection, and very interesting as well  :-salut :-ok

Aircraft Modeling / Re: MiG 21F-13 by Trumpeter
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:37:08 PM »
Very interesting build, I will be following for sure!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Bf-109E Night Fighter
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:28:12 PM »
Thank you Scott :-flo It is a bit different for sure, though I am surprised you have not covered it yet in your builds of -109's :)) One thing though if you are interested in doing one, get the Owl conversion, it is only about $13.00 - $15.00 from a couple of US sellers on ebay. It seems the direction finder is more accurate / better detailed than the Hasegawa one offered in their special boxing of this version, and the decals included look nicer than the Hasegawa ones as well as being thinner and better color accuracy, at least in my opinion. I learned the hard way, got the Hasegawa kit, and then turned around and ordered the Owl decals. If I were to do it again, I would just get the Owl conversion set from the start and put it on the kit of my choice.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Bf-109E Night Fighter
« on: March 12, 2014, 08:12:57 AM »
Thank you No.1 :-salut I think the night fighter is a unique version and will be something different.

Aircraft Modeling / Bf-109E Night Fighter
« on: March 12, 2014, 08:01:40 AM »
This is my current project, a Bf-109E night fighter using the Tamyia 1/48 scale kit, Owl decals, and the direction finder bubble from the Hasegawa kit of this aircraft. The kit I got in a trade and came with an Eduard etch set, so I used that as well to dress up the cockpit.

The cockpit side walls with the Eduard details added. I made the wires as an experiment to try a technique I had heard about. They are made from epoxy putty rolled out into a thin "worm" and then put into place while still workable. It can be moved around with a damp brush and when the epoxy putty hardens it sticks in place. I think it worked well and am happy with the results for the first try at it. I added some chips and weathering to the side walls as well. The pre-painted Eduard etch did not match the RLM-02 I was using, so much of it was added before the interior was painted. I carefully masked over the data plate on the oxygen generator so  as not to paint over it.

The instrument panel, this was all made up from the Eduard parts. I added a drop of Micro Scale Krystal Kleer to the ends of the levers to give them more of a three dimensional knob than just the flat etch.

The seat had the multi-part belts added, I also had to drill and cut the opening in the seat back for the shoulder belts to fit through. I added some weathering pigments to the floor to simulate dust and dirt carried in on the pilots shoes.

The completed cockpit ready to go into the fuselage.

The rudder needed some modifications; a tab was added to compensate for the direction finder bubble on the fuselage bottom and extra tail lights added. For the tail lights I cut a slot and glued in a piece .020 Evergreen rod and blended it in with Tamyia surface. The tab was cut from a piece of styrene using a template supplied with the decals.

The cowl guns were drilled out.

And mostly together. I have since added the horizontal stabilizers and front and rear wind screens. I am waiting for a set of Eduard canopy masks that should arrive later today so I can mask the canopy. I probably will not get to that until the weekend though. Then it will be ready for paint :-ok

Warplane Art / Re: Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:04:22 PM »
Beautiful, you have such talent  :-obey

Warplane Art / Re: F-111
« on: March 11, 2014, 08:59:52 AM »
Yes, if the parts fit and work it is good  :-ok :-ok  :))

Warplane Art / Re: F-111
« on: March 11, 2014, 08:26:53 AM »
Love the tiger tail FB-111A. From the 509th BW Pease AFB. A bit of urban legend about this. There was a chain of local auto parts stores here in New Hampshire, Robbins Auto Parts, my father worked for them many years in the Dover store. Anyway, they had a store in Portsmouth, a few miles from Pease and supposedly the paint department there mixed the paint for that tail, several gallons of Dupont School Bus Yellow so the tail could be painted before the jet went to Tiger Meet. Is it true???? I don't know, but that is the story I had been told.

Thank you Ernie! I must say I LOVE to use pastels. They give an excellent finish to the kits...

Yes, it shows!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: MiG-21R
« on: March 09, 2014, 02:54:37 PM »
Very nice, do not often see  models of Cuban Mig's :-ok Really interesting camouflage scheme.

 Excellent work Daniel! :-ok :-ok I really like the effect you achieved with the pastels, it looks really good :-obey

Aircraft Modeling / Re: SAAB J-29 Tunnan
« on: September 28, 2013, 04:05:30 PM »
Looks good! :-ok Super fast build too :-salut

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