Fourty-nine

That’s the number of kits I have on the model shelves.

I needed to condense the models on the shelves so that I could get more on them.  They were also sharing the space with a lot of cat fur and dust so I decided to take the slew of them down, clean them and the shelves, and put them back on the shelves.

I took these photos of the lot parked on the dining room table, cleaned waiting for clean shelves.  I was happy didn’t need to toss any of them.

I built these over about 12 years.  I have one in here that is about 25 years old and a complete set of Monogram 1/48 Century Series fighters.

Messerschmitt night fighter twins are done

The summer of Messerschmitt rolls on.  Got the nightfighter twins done.

Both kits were inspired by an Owl Decal sheet; one all black and one apparently an all black oversprayed randomly by RLM76.  The oversprayed model took a bit of thought on how to execute the overspray but turned out great and looks a lot like the decal diagram.  It looks like many different colors but the subtle thickness of the RLM 76 makes it look multi-color.

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Th RLM 76 overspray was an Eduard Profipack and it has a lot of nice detail.  Other than the fit of the wings to fuselage, which took a bit of fitting, the kit went together flawlessly.

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The other kit was a monogram kit I have kept for near as I can figure 48 years.  Back when I was a middle schooler earning kit money mowing lawns I’m sure I picked this up on one of our summer excursions to Chicago from Rockford.  Not sure if it was Al’s Hobbies or one closer to Des Plaines but it was carried by my folks for many years until they gave me all of my unbuilt kits one year in a box.  I had wanted back then to build it into a night fighter and here you go.  Sometimes those hobby plans take a bit longer to materialize!

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The kit was added to extensively.  I am building a third Bf-110 right now with an Eduard Big Sin sets, which includes a resin cockpit, so that kit donated the cockpit to this kit.  It also has resin wheels that I molded and copied off the Eduard kit, and a vacu formed canopy.  With all the modern stuff I haven’t had to do a vacu form technique for a while.

The canopy from the kit was too narrow and too thick.   So I cut it in two, added a middle spacer to spread the canopy out a bit, sanded the whole thing smooth, vacuformed it on the trustly Mattel vacu-form machine, then added frames using thin cut scotch tape and then carefully painted by hand.  I think it looks pretty good and you can see the inside of the cockpit without me opening it up. It may not be entirely accurate but it looks pretty good after a dip in Future.

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I have to go finish the Bf-110 stepchild -going to make it to be a western desert aircraft, a long ways away from it’s nightfighter brothers!

Messerschmitt parts

Now that the Bf-110s are in a stable form it’s time for that part of modelling that to me takes the longest; the parts. Parts that need to be found, cleaned up, put together, sanded, organized by color, and painted.  And what a mass of parts these builds have.

The Monogram Bf-110 parts are pretty simple but the Eduard kit has quite a set of very delicate and numerous detail.  The state of 1/72 kits has changed a lot in 45 years.

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I should be ready to put some of it together tomorrow with one last shot of weathering.  We’ve had another heat wave and it’s been pretty hot in the garage.

I also have the cockpit ready underway for the next Eduard 1/72 Bf-110.  I’m using the resin from the Eduard Big Sin set for this kit which will include not only the cockpit but engine and armament.  I’ll paint that one, again with Owl decals, in a desert scheme.

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Messerschmitts decalled and started weathering

A quick update on the Bf-110s;

They have decals and I have started weathering.

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For weathering both have a blue and green oil dot filters applied.  It didn’t look that well on the black but highlighted the RML76 on the gray 110 well.

I tried a light gray wash on the Black one and then streaked it with white oil paint.  I still need to do a bit more airbrush streaking with various black/gray shades.

On a side note, I counted my shades of gray and only have 19.  I’m not sure what that guy with 50 shades is modeling.

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The RLM 76 oversprayed kit was given a pin wash of dark gray then subtly filter washed with burnt sienna to give it a slightly “dirty” shade.  I will need to do more weathering in the next few days while I finish landing gear and other parts that need to be added.

Decals are from OWL (72013); same sheet for both kits.  The sheet also contains complete markings for a Bf-110G4 and I’m tempted to get the Eduard overtree for that kit and build it with my Hasegawa Me-262B to finish off the summer of Messerschmitts.

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Kingfisher has wet feet

Managed to get the clear resin water into the Kingfisher diorama.  I decided to use the clear resin I bought at the craft store with a touch of acrylic paint to tint it.  It doesn’t take much paint to tint the resin.

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I spent most of the day adding about 2 oz. of resin at a shot to the diorama, letting it spread out on it’s own.  It has about 8 oz. of resin added.

The model is being displayed of a Kingfisher on the beach at low tide.  I still need to scratch build a boarding ramp.

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I also got the “second coats” of paint on the Bf-110s.  Tomorrow I will give them some future so that I can decal them.

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Hot time in the old town

Working in my garage over the last couple of days has been toasty, even going out about 9:30.  This shot was taken at 11:00pm in the garage; uncharacteristically warm in Oregon for this time of year.

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The Bf-110s have started down the painting process.  One will be all black and the other will have an overspray of what seems to be RLM 76 and RLM 75 over it’s black.  The decal sheet mentions that this aircraft had a field color application later in the war as the night fighter groups experimented with camouflage.

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Can you tell which one is the Eduard and which is the Monogram?

The Kingfisher diorama is also starting to take shape.  I have the sand on and some random plant life and we are ready for water over the weekend.  Not sure if I am going to use acrylic gel or clear casting resin.  Will think about that tomorrow.

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Bf-110 1/72 canopy saga

Spent most of Friday night looking for the Eduard canopy mask set that came with my Profipak Bf-110.  But sadly, I wasn’t able to find it after looking in all the right places.  I’m sure I set it aside for later and now is then, but alas…

So tonight I started down the joyful path of using parafilm and carefully covering the canopy sections and with a very sharp scalpel blade cutting the sections to be painted out.  I have never been able to do this well as in 1/72 scale the eyes, even with the 2.50 glasses, still struggles to get the lines even and straight.  But it is my penance for loosing the masks.

I still have two other bf-110 canopies to go.  I realized that the Monogram canopy is not wide enough, probably because I stuffed an Eduard cockpit into the Monogram kit so time to pull out one of those tricks from yesteryear before perfect kits; I split the canopy and and added a strip of sheet styrene in the middle to widen it.  I had already test fired the Mattel Vacuform (covered in a previous blog) so once sanded smooth I’ll make another thin canopy for the Monogram kit so I can open it up.  I will probably use another old trick; painted cut thin scotch tape for the canopy frames.

Here’s some shot  of the Monogram canopy under rework.

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I also put my Celluclay into the diorama for the Kingfisher.  Let it dry and add sand, plants, and color tomorrow, then Kingfisher and water.  I have it bolted down to the bench to the board doesn’t warp with the wet clay.

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Monogram Kingfisher done (waiting for water)

Finally pushed through the Kingfisher.  Once you get the model basically done it amazes me how much other stuff still needs to get added, painted, attached, etc. until the kits considered done.  And I always forget something (still need to paint the nav light – okay it’s not done!).  Here are some shots.

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The model is in it’s future resting place after I add sand and water to the inside of the diorama box.  But I think I’ll put it aside for a few days and get back to the summer of Messerschmitt.  One Eduard and one Monogram kit are just about ready for painting.  After having to fill and sand the Monogram kit I realized I was going to have to rescribe the fuselage, didn’t quite get away.  I think I can still leave the wings with original raised lines.  I want to see how the two kits compare when completed.

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Kingfisher and the Messerschmitts

Painting of the Kingfisher continues.  Not much work done over the weekend as it was the yard work holiday but we’ve got two out of three colors on the Kingfisher.

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While I am waiting for these to dry I thought I’d get started on the Bf-110’s.  I want to build two nightfighter versions with a different scheme off of an Owl Decal sheet I picked up.  My initial plan was to use the Eduard Big Sin set I purchased to go with the Eduard Bf-110E Profipack.  This set has a ton of detail and I was wondering what I had gotten these old eyes into, as I normally don’t do 1/72 scale.

Game plan was to use the Big Sin in the Eduard kit and convert the Eduard cockpit into the sparse Monogram Bf-110 kit.  I’ve had this Monogram kit since the 60’s to put a nightfighter camo on it and I thought I’d build both of these kits at once.  Here are both fuselages together.

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Here are the Eduard sets.  The cockpit detail and the small size of the parts is amazing!

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Upon further investigation the etched detail with the Profipack was far superior to the fret in the Bf-110 Big Sin cockpit set and I’ve decided to build the Eduard Profipack out of the box with the neat etch they give you with that kit.  I’ve ordered another Eduard Weekend edition of the Bf-110 (on sale at Squadron for 11.97) and will us the Big Sin set on it and use it’s cockpit in the Monogram set.  I’ll build the Weekend edition using all of the Big Sin parts including engine and nose gun bay.  I have another Owl sets of decals for a tricky North Africa camo that will be the topic of a later post.

Here the Profipack cockpit underway.

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