Revell Me-410B-2/U4 w/Aires detail sets


Not sure how or why this one popped out of the stash pile.  I’ve fondled its fine styrene lines a few times from the box and I even had the Aires cockpit set in the aftermarket box.  This is the Revell version (not Promodeler) and is the version with the 50mm cannon; a bomber buster.

I decided to build up the fuselage first, starting with the resin cockpit.  It is a very nice set and replaces an okay cockpit from the kit.  But you can see from the kit detail compared to the Aires detail, it adds a lot (even though most of it you can’t see after you button it up.


The cockpit is made up of a rear gunner section and a forward cockpit including details like seat cushions and a photo-etch set for instruments, seatbelts, and levers.  Here they are all painted up looking pretty good.  The cockpit was painted with Vallejo Model Air, sealed with Future, and weathered with oils and pastels.  Chipping and details were painted with a mix of paints, mostly Testors enamels.

It took a little sanding down of the resin parts to get it to fit and once it was at the right place the cockpit just slid into place.


The method I used was to glue the fuselage together and then push the rear cockpit into the fuselage.  The backend of the top of the cockpit has to go into the fuselage so that the raised feature is aligned with the beginning of the top of the fuselage.  A certain part of the Aires cockpit top needs to go back into the fuselage.  Like this

It took me a while to figure this out.  Once that is done you can glue the front part of the cockpit to the top of the cockpit and it should all fit nicely.  I used the front window of the fuselage to ensure the fuselage would close up properly and the rest of the parts like lower gun covers and cockpit glass would fit.  And you can see here they do.

Next up is completing the cockpit by finishing the cockpit roll bars, rear gun site, masking the canopy, and gluing that into place, then we will start with the wings and the Aires engine set.

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!


Kingfisher update – and the summer of Messerschmitts has begun

It has been over a week since I painted the Kingfisher.  I used the D-Tack blue stuff again on this to create the tri-color soft camo and it seemed to work well.  I may never have to freehand an airbrush job again.

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The kit is coming right along, and I have started weathering and decaling it.  The decals were few; star and bars, hull number, and a few stenciles.  Looks very simple and elegant.

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I have parked this one for a bit while I have been working on the three Bf-110s.  I am building two Eduard 1/72 and one Monogram 1/72.  The Monogram one is a kit I bought in 1967.  I have wanted to paint a Bf-110 in all black night fighter camo since I was in middle school.

The first kit is the Eduard  profipack and had all of the color photo etch and masks.  It’s my first time using pre-painted photo etch.  Colors are a little bright but it’s like the D-tack stuff – never have to paint an instrument panel again, and in 1/72 that can be some intricate work. (Not sure I like the photo etched seatbelts either!)

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The kit went together like a dream.  It’s been a long time since I built a 1/72 scale kit and the new technologies are amazing.  Only problem I had was the the top of the wings didn’t quite come up quite high enough which meant I had to do a little filing and fitting.  I’ll see if that is any different on the last Eduard I build (#3)

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After completing the first kit, I am going to pull the cockpit parts out of the Eduard #3 kit and put them into the Monogram kit.  I did a bit of a test fit using the cockpit from the first Eduard kit to see how it would look in the Monogram kit.  I needed to Dremel away some plastic in the monogram kit but it looks like I have a possibility to make it work (remember the Monogram kit comes with just a pilot and a few odd things inside, but no cockpit.


The third kit, the other Eduard kit, will get treated to the Eduard Bf-110 Big Sin set which included cockpit, engine, forward gun bay, and wheels.  The set (in 1/72 scale) looks wonderful and intricate.  More photos on that in the coming posts.

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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.


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.


F-21 final parts before painting

The F-21 is about ready to start painting.  I should be able to get the primer on tonight.


The kit engineering behind the small stabilators on the intakes was interest.

First, these parts are very thin and Kinetic had to figure out how to get these on the model and provide support.  Enter photoetch

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The stabilators are backed by a photoetch piece above and below.  These were kind of a pain to fold and put on.  I tried to put them on and fold them on a stabilator first, thought was I’d get them on then glue the stabilator onto the kit.  That didn’t work and I wound up pulling it all off and gluing the stabilators on first, then putting the photoetch on.


We will see how this all looks after painting.  Should be a pretty cool paint job with a wrap around.