H-19 in Antarctic Markings

Completed another Antarctic helicopter using the great decals from Max Decals.  The first kit can be reviewed here;

Huey is Done

This kit is from the Italeri 1/72 Sikorsky H-19B Chickasaw using the Eduard photo-etch set.  The Eduard set is nice and provides a ton of parts for the interior and exterior however very little of the interior will be seen.  (But it was still fun to build!)

Interior cockpit followed the normal photo-etched seat belts and instrument panel plus some other fiddly bits.  As you will see in completed photos this really added a nice look to the cockpit since it sits up really high and is visible.  The cabin etch provided a complete left wall and ceiling, plus the stuff to model the passenger netting.  It all looked pretty good until I closed it up; very little can be seen – but I know it’s there.

Because of the cabin etch a little bit of work was needed to get the whole thing to close up.  Once done and the tail boom attached we discover we have a putty queen on our hands.  Not a lot of work but had to be done.

After she went together and was sanded up a shot of primer and a coat of Floquil International Orange.  I still have a few bottles of that great old stuff around.  Covers like a dream!

After dried, a couple of coats of future and the decals went on great and settled down with a bit of Solvaset.  When I did the Huey in the previous Antarctic build I painted it with an International Orange Acrylic and didn’t think I needed future/Solvaset and had some silvering in the decals.  These looked perfect after a coat of Testors Dullcoat.

I have one more Antarctic copter to do from this decal set, the Italeri H-34.  I put it in the todo pile but I need an Fw-190 fix; maybe after that.  It will make it a trio of Antarctic copters.  These Max Decals are recommended!

 

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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.

 

ProModeler F4U-5N in final stages

Gosh it’s been awhile since I posted.  I’ve been working steadily on the F4U, sometimes only 30 minutes at a shot but I am making progress (and on the Kingfisher too!).

After painting it black I put a couple of coats of Future on the kit in preparation for decals.  I usually hand brush the Future since I haven’t had good results with the airbrush.  Maybe someday I’ll get that process down but the hand brushing seems to work, I just have to make sure I work the bubbles out of the coat.  Time for  the decals..

 

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After putting on the decals it was time to grub it up a bit.  This time I worked in three filter washes.  First was my usual wash of raw umber thinned down and coated over most of the aircraft.  I’m not sure what effect it has on an all black aircraft as it wasn’t as apparent as it usually is.

Next I applied a couple of shade of blue and did a dot wash.  This is where you take a dot of oil paint (just the touch of a toothpick) and then use a brush filled with thinner to spread it around in just one are of the model.  The idea is to break up the monotone color.  I just used blue this time to kind of blue up the black paint.

Finally I have been pondering how to get a faded look for an aircraft that spent a lot of time sitting in the sun.  I used my oil filter wash by putting some streaks of white oil pint on the kit and then gradually spreading it out and removing some with a thinner soaked brush.  The idea was to streak wash the kit so it not only faded but had the effect of weather running down the sides.  The photo look like I did too much but as you will see when I finish with pastels and overcoat the effect is more subtle.

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The it was time for pastels.  Various shades of grey from a dark charcoal to a light great were applied randomly around the frame.  I also used a few shades of brown along where pilots and mechanics would walk, as well as around the lower part of the aircraft subject to ground dirt.

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Last a coat of Testors Dullcoat, which does a good job of darkening and dampening down the effects of the weathering a bit.

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And here she is waiting for the final attachment of sub assemblies.

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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.

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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…

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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.