Bf-109 ready for the shelf

Number two is done for the year.  I created a simple display base for it, since I didn’t know what to do with the cowling.  Here are some shots;

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The grasses on the side were an experiment to see what they looked like and add some change to the boring single color.  I used model railroad ballast for the desert floor.  After I ran the leftover piece of MDF through the router to give the edge a curve I anchored the grass, put glue around that area and added fake grass, then once that had set more glue and just poured on the ballast.  Pretty simple but adds so much to a finished model (I’ve noted that many of the kits at the local contest that win seem to have display bases attached)

Continued tonight to work on the ProModeler F-84 cockpit.  The kit comes with some nice photo etch for seat straps but gosh they are fiddly and these four straps have used up over one hour of modeling time.


Bf-109 done

Completed the Bf-109 today with canopy photo etch and attach and the antenna.  Looks pretty good!

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So what did I do new or learn from this kit;

  • first time installing an inline engine.  I used a Verlinden set that was missing etch so I had to make up some parts
  • made my own exhausts from flattened copper tubing.  They came out pretty good if not exactly accurate
  • first time painting thin lines with the airbrush.  I enjoyed the Luftwaffe camo, they’re fun
  • dot filters turned out too much green but doesn’t look too bad completed
  • I broke off the flaps and slats on a number of occasions, I’ll add these last next time

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Over the weekend I think I’ll cobble up a display base for it.  Desert sand shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Next two kits that are on deck.  I’ve actually already started the cockpit of the F-84.  the F-21 was a Christmas gift from the lovely bride!!  (Only 336 days until the next Christmas hobbies)

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Weather done, Bf-109 almost finsihed

Last night I put on an oil filter wash.  If you haven’t done this before it produces some very nice color variation on top of your camo.

Start with a coat of future (done in previous posts).  Then put small dots of oil paint color all over the model.  I basically bought a small really cheap starter oil paint sets at a craft store and I have a life time supply of these colors.  I keep experimenting with different colors; on this model I used blue, green, yellow, and white.  As you’ll see in the photos latter it gave the model a real green tint to parts of it.  These colors work well on olive drab but I might try something a bit different next time I use Luftwaffe colors.

Once the dots are on, take a soft brush dipped in mineral spirits and spread the dots out in their area of the model.  As you spread them out you will keep dipping your brush in the spirits and cleaning it off on a paper towel so that you are removing most of the paint.  The idea here is to put a small thin coat of color on a small area of the camouflage and as you move around the model with different colors it will produce subtle color variation in your camo.

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I then take a paper towel dipped in spirits and wipe down most of the aircraft pulling up as much paint as I can and, by wiping in the direction of the airflow, giving the filter a sense of direction.

Tonight, after the filter had dried for a day, I then used aluminium pain, added some chipping, and then used a number of various brown and gray pastels to basically grub up the aircraft.  After a coat of Testors Dullcoat to lock it all in I have now added most of the other bits.  Tomorrow night I’ll open and complete the canopy and add the antenna and I’ve got a 109 in my collection

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I have also included a side by side of the Hasegawa with an old Monogram 109 I messed around with a few years back.


Years ago the Monogram 109 was the first model I ever put a camouflage on.  I was in 7th grad, bought it with lawn mowing money at a local Ben Franklin, and followed the directions called to paint the bottom of the model gray (green upper surface being the color of the plastic).  I was hooked and still trying new things on plastic.

Thanks for looking!

Weathering time

Time to start weathering the Bf-109.  Not quite sure exactly what I’m going to do yet but as I always do, start with a sludge wash on burnt umber.

Make a wash of burnt umber oil paint and odorless mineral spirits, apply liberally, and after I let it sit (while I airbrushed the F-84 cockpit) wipe it away with a clean cloth in the direction of airflow.  Seems pretty simple…

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The two issues I had were the one part that never made it to future coating had the paint wiped away at the same time and I broke off one of the slats holding it by the wing.


I think next up is going to be some oil dot weathering then I need to figure out a way to “bleach” the upper surfaces since the real thing was parked in the desert sun most of the time.

Stay tuned..

Bf-109 now with decals/F-84 started

The Bf-109e Trop has decals.  I’ve airbrushed a couple of costs of future and tomorrow will start weathering.  Planning on using washes, filters, pastels, and some fine airbrushing to get it a well worn desert look.  Here the 109 is shiny for the last time…


Next two on the list are the ProModeler F-84 and the Kinetic F-21.  The F-84 because it is in on of the classes of models I want to build (50s jets) and has the same nose art theme (Night Take Off) as the P-61 I just completed.  The F-21 Kfir was a great gift from the Lovely Bride for Christmas and I’ve had a thing for this type as the first kit I built 20 years ago as I came out of my modeling sabbatical was the Testors 1/72 F-21, which I still have on the shelf.

The ProModeler kit is nice out of the box.  Clean scribed lines, okay detail (the detail is a bit better in the Tamiya kit), and very few parts.  It should be a breeze to assemble out of the box and I’m not going to know what to do with my rescribing tools (remember – I am a rescribe-aholic).  Here are some shots;

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Decals are nice plus set of photoetch for a ladder and harness hardware

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ProModeler instructions have pictures of the actual aircraft.  As you can see there are some nice panel lines and a bonus standing pilot in the kit.  I’m looking forward to moving this one along.

P-61 is complete – first kit of 2015


Actually this should have been the last kit of 2014.  I’ve been working on this kit since August of last year with a long period over the late summer and early fall where it sat idle.

I bought this kit on eBay many moons ago and I found a couple of parts missing.  I’m not saying the seller lost them as this kit has been rattling around in my stash in a rough box without plastic bags for years.  But I had to fabricate one of the small flaps from scratch.

On this kit I used or tried the following (* = first time);

  • *All black camo (I think I painted a P-38 all black in my youth)
  • *Using salt to create paint chipping
  • *Loan Star Models resin cockpit
  • True details wheels
  • *Scalecoat and True-color paints
  • Rescribed the whole thing (resribeaholic)
  • *Kitsworld decals

I can’t believe how big this thing is on my shelf, and putting it next to the Bf-109e I am building really shows it’s size.  It would barely fit in my paint booth.

I wanted to have a Black Widow since I first saw one as a kid.  Great modeling experience – I am satisfied with the result.

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P-61 up on it’s legs

Greetings!  Getting close to finishing a model this year – early!

The P-61 is decaled, up on it’s legs, and the props are on.  Looking like a P-61!

I used a set of True Detail wheels and they look pretty good.  I got to use my drill press to make sure the holes were straight for the axles.

I also used Kitsworld decals, the “Night Takeoff” is only on this sheet and I have a F-84 to build next with the same “Night Takeoff” pin-up.  My only issue is the decals come with nose art and serial numbers only.  Of course the decals that came with this kit of yesteryear cracked up the minute they released from the paper.  It would have been nice to have a whole set of insignia on the sheet for the cost.  Since the national insignia is non-standard small for this aircraft I wound up using a set from a 1/72 F6F in the spares box.

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Using salt for the paint chipping didn’t come out too bad, although next time I think I will be a bit more conscious about where I put it.  I got the random effect I was looking for and the props look great but is seemed like a bit too much.  And maybe I’ll use a shinier silver paint as the aluminium I used looks almost white in some spots.

Next up, exhaust stains then an overall coat of Testors Dullcoat, then put the rest of the parts on and it’s off to decal the Bf-109e I am building concurrently.

Bf-109e Trop is painted (mostly)

Concurrently with the P-61 I have been building a Hasegawa Bf-109e Trop to try out an unusual camouflage.  This is going to be the start of my desert themed 1/48 scale kits.

Paint is on, I have a little bit of touchup to do then this too will be ready for decals.  I think I am going to try decals without Future on this.


For the Dark Green (RLM 71) I found a bottle of ancient Floquil model pints and it was thin enough to airbrush without thinner.  Ah, the days!

This is turning out to be a nice kit and the first aircraft I have built in ages that wasn’t a Monogram 1/48 scale kit that I rescribed the panel lines.  There might be help for me yet!


P-61 covered in future and ready for decals

A couple of coats of Future are upon the black beauty and I will start decaling tomorrow.  I bought a set of Kit’s World Decals to try, going for the “Night Take-off” pin-up on the nose.  The Kit’s World Decals did not come with any national insignia or stencils so we are going to see how well these old Monogram decals do.

After decaling and another shot of future we are going to apply some filter washes (I want to see how well they work on black) and then the standard burnt umber weather wash.  After that a couple of exhaust streaks and we should be ready to put the remaining parts on and take off the canopy mask.  Looking forward to getting this huge kit done.



P-61 ready for finishing

The black is on and it turned out pretty good.  The first few salt chips that came off made the chips look more white rather than silver and that had me worried but once I got it all off I’m pretty pleased with a first attempt at salt chipping.  The thing I was most worried about, it would look overdone, didn’t happen.

The process I used to paint it were;

  • I used the Tru-color black as my base coat (see previous post).  It seemed the blackest
  • Sprayed random patches of Scalecoat engine black.  This color was slightly less black and added some differentiation
  • Highlighted the panel lines with Scalecoat loco black (darkest black)
  • Sprayed random swipes of Floquil grimy black along the airflow to breakup the black and provide weathering

Next I am going to future, decal, and touch up some of the non-black areas that may have been oversprayed.

Here are some shots;