Three by one nightfighters

Up and running in in the shop again.  Decided to build three single-seat all black night fighters from Hasegawa.

The main objective here is to practice different methods of chipping the camouflage paint.  I intend to try the hairspray, salt, and masking solutions and see which one works great.

All kits are being built out of the box and will use the kit decals.

I’ve got the bases of most of them done, time to mask the canopies and attach in preparation for priming.

USS Reasoner in tiny scale

Just completed an AFV Knox Class Frigate.  I’ve had this around for years and it is a bit special as I completed my 3rd class Midshipman cruise on her in the summer of 1974.

The kit uses the Flagship model PE set.  It worked pretty well but I had a lot of trouble learning how to attach the railings.  I even purchased the “How To” CD from Flagship – it didn’t really help despite being touted as “everything you ever wanted to know about photo-etch”.  It told me a lot about how to make photo-etch and how to bend but nothing on helping me with glues and how to attach complicated parts.  Not recommended.

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I needed to scratch build the BPMDS (Sea Sparrow) launch on the aft deck in place of the CWIS gun and cut up the decals to represent 1063 as I knew her.

The kit had a few area on the hull that needed attention due to sink holes.  But generally the fit was good and the kit and photo-etch structures went together well.

Here’s the final result.  A final learning is that I used pastels to gently weather the kit like I do on aircraft kits but found on haze gray that the colors get darker with a coat of Dullcoat.

Double (double) Century series

After completing the CF-104 (last summer – many moons have passed) I was inspired to add yet another couple of two seat century series; an F-100F and F-105G, both in Wild Weasel configurations.  Both of these kits gave me the chance to use some old Floquil ‘Nam camouflage paints I have been storing for just this moment.  I’ve had them for 15 plus years!

The Trumpeter F-100F is a wonderful kit, the first Trumpeter kit I have built.

I used the Aires F-100F set for the cockpit and was pretty pleased with the result.  This set wasn’t quite a fiddly as the Backbox F-105G and contained some nice photo etch.  As you can see the pit looks pretty good inside the fuselage shell.

      

Next up was the venerable Monogram F-105G.  I left the panel lines raised on this one, different from the F-105D I had built earlier in which I rescribed the panels.  The cockpit set was very nicely detailed but was a bit fiddly to add all of the parts.  No photo etch with this set.

  

Both aircraft were painted with the ‘Nam colors previously described –  freehand.  I am surprised I waited so long to do a ‘Nam camo as these were a staple in my earlier modeling years.  The FLoquil paints were fabulous.  I sure am sorry Testors pulled the plug on them.

F-100F armament comes from two of the Hasegawa sets, and the Monogram kit had it’s own.

A nice couple of 1/48 two seat Century Series to add to my collection.  I now have single-seat F-100 through F-106 and two-seat F-100F, CF-104D, F-105G, and F-110 (Phantom) with an F-106B waiting in the on-deck circle!

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I started my next round of century series.  I can’t seem to get away from modeling them in 1/48 scale.  This one step away from the previous run in that it is a two seater, it is NOT a Monogram kit, and it is not in US markings.  Here is a previous view from an earlier post, all Monogram, all single seat 1/48 scale.

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For this one I picked a Canadian CF-104D two-seater my bride gave me for a present a few years back.  Many years ago (50ish) I built (more like slapped together) this amazing chrome plated F-104 from Hawk.  It still rests in my mind as one of the turning points in my interest in military aviation; I am still in awe of this aircraft today.

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I built this kit in US markings but always thought the red and silver with the old maple leaf markings were something I wanted.  And so here we are.

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The kit wasn’t what I would consider up to Hasegawa’s quality.  There were a number of ejection marks not only on landing gear stuff but also on things like the separate rudder and flaps that needed to be sanded.  While fit was pretty good there were a few places that required a bit more effort that I am used to for a shake ‘n bake kit.  No grumbling, just alerting you to the fact you’ll have to do some modeling.

On the other had, the engineering is well thought out and there are separate trees for the dual seat version.

I used the Combat Series TF-104G cockpit.  I’m not sure if it is accurate for the Canadian version but I am in the who cares age of modeling; as long as it looks good and fits those details don’t bother me much.

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Next up are going to be a Trumpeter F-100F and a Monogram F-105G.  Both done in Nam markings.  I am surprised that none of my completed shelf stock have any of these markings since I was heavy into modeling during that time as a teen.

Here are a couple of parting shots from the build.

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Happy modeling!

 

 

Catching up

I haven’t blogged here for almost a year.  How time flies. I wanted to blog about all of my kit creations but just haven’t sat down to do the typing.  Too many life activities I guess.

This blog will get me caught up.  A quick snap of all of the project over the last year.

Last summer was the summer of Messerschmidt.  In addition to the previous posts I finished three Bf-109s in 1/32 scale; a Matchbox -E, a Revell -F, and a Revell -G.  These were the high detail kits of my youth.  They were from another era; the Revell kits have working gear, control surfaces, canopy, and a removable engine cowling.   I marked them all from the same decal sheet.  The sheet was great in that all of the Balkenkrutz were stencils; hand painted on.

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I then went on to build a 1/48 ProModeler F-86D Sabre Dog.  Nice kit and included a tug.  So I added a 1950’s power cart to the mix.

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Then added a P-70, part of my black two engine aircraft collection.  You would be surprised how many black two engine aircraft can be modeled in 1/48 scale.  Here’s a short list..

A/B-26C Monogram
B-57B Classic Airframes
Bf 110D Nachtjäger Cyberhobby
J1N1-5 Tamiya
Ju88C-6 Monogram
Mosquito Tamiya
P-38M Academy
P-61 Monogram
P-70 AMT
SR-71 Testors
Beaufighter Mk. VI Tamiya
F3D-2 Encore
Ventura Revell

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Next into 1/72 German night fighters; a DML Do-335B-6, a Eduard Bf-110G-4, and a Hasegawa Me-262B.

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The last of catch up is a Tamiya Fw-190A-3.  A very well engineered kit with a simple number of parts.

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That should get me all caught up.  Stay tuned for the next build report as I just finished a Hasegawa CF-104D in 1/48 scale.

 

Messing around with Messerschmidtts

In my last post I was working on putting squiggles on a 1/72 Bf-110.  Even though the true camo calls for some very tight olive squiggles on sand I  decided to play around with Blu-tack and create some myself.  It was very hard to roll this stuff out fine enough to duplicate the real camo so I decided to go for more of a relaxed look.  I think the very tight squiggles in 1/72 would probably need to be done with an olive colored wide pen.  Need to experiment more at some point but for now I am just trying to move the kit the along.

Here it is with a couple of coats of Future.  I’m waiting for the Future to cure then decals.

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In the meantime I’ve started my next big build of Messerschmidts.  I mean big it is.  I’m normally not a 1/32 scale guy but I’ve had these kits hanging around for awhile and I’m ready to build them;

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Starting with the engines of each, the Matchbox 109E kit has about 25 parts associated with the engine.  The parts come in all assorted colors of of multiple trees but once it is paited you’ll never see it.

The other two have exactly the same parts for the engine although different colors, probably 30 years apart, and strangely on different sprues.  Also note the relative size of the Matchbox 109E engine compared to the Revell 109F/G engines.

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Sadly while looking through the old Revell 190G kit I noticed that it does not contain a propeller or spinner.  Looks like I got the old eBay stiff a ways back and just now am catching on.  But adversity presents challenges.  I think I am going to have to figure out how to resin cast the prop and vacu-form the spinner.  Time will tell the the “G” is propless.

 

Messerschmitt squiggles

I’ve been working on the third Eduard Bf-110 I’ve built this summer and I am working on the desert scheme.  The decals for this kit from Owl show a very fine sets of squiggles; olive over sand.  Other than getting an olive colored pen and drawing them on I’m not sure I get them as fine as the pictures in 1/72 but I am trying something new.

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My newly discovered fondness for the blue poster tack has led me into rolling this into fine strings and using this to mask the squiggles.  After painting the kit Olive I am rolling this and adding it to the kit.  Once I get it all done I will clean it up a bit with some tweezers and spray sand.

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The main issue I have is that it is about 85 in the garage tonight and it make the blue stuff really tacky so it sticks to everything but the model.  But it’s starting to look good.