Marine Corsair

Finally, another kit completed this year.  That makes 3 this year.  Normally I build 7 – 8 per year but my Boy Scout hours and other things have kept my modeling hours short.

I finished a Tamiya F4U-2 on the heels of the Monogram TBD I documented in a previous post.  This kit had some interesting challenges.

I built this kit once before many moons ago and it went together like a dream.  I decided to use a True Details resin cockpit on this kit and in my mind, it wasn’t that much of an improvement over the kit parts, and the trouble I had putting it in even detracted a bit from the overall completion.

Here are some comparisons between the kit and resin.  Other than the built-in seatbelts in the resin (which are out of scale), I think the Tamiya cockpit had crisper detail.

I also had a wild hair about using hairspray to do the chipping.  This had worked wonderfully on a previous build (see https://dlloseke.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/hasegawa-hurricane-mk-iic-night-hurricane/ ) but I had a couple of problems with this.

First, the original build was a single color aircraft.  To use the hairspray you paint the kit the chipping color (silver here) and then cover it with hairspray.  You then paint a water-based paint (I use Vallejo) and by wetting the paint before it is fully dry use a stiff paintbrush or toothpick to remove the chips (the hairspray “melts” under the top coat and allows the paint to be removed.

With the tricolor of the Corsair, I had to create multiple layers of paint which then were harder to remove.  Spraying the Vallejo too heavy in certain areas caused the hiarspray to melt under the wetness of the paint.  I think I overdid the chipping.

Two other issues; 1) if you are not careful the brush will remove a big chunk of paint all at once – oops, and 2) the Vallejo Sea Blue color did not cover the silver very well in thin coats which gave me more of a dark metallic blue top coat than the weathered flat sea blue I was trying for.

Finally, after decals,  the kit received an oil dot filter coat of paint and then my standard raw umber panel line was to grub it up.  Once dry that was followed by various pastel highlights to finish the weathering.

I enjoyed the Tamiya kit!

Next up, on to the desert!  Maybe I can get a couple more done before the end of the year!

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Boys in Blue

NEXT!  They always told us not to say that to the next customer waiting at the airport as it made it seem like a fast food place.

But anyhow, Huey is finished its time to move on to the next project while the fire is in the belly.  I’ve been waiting to tryout a set of Vallejo US Navy colors my son bought me for Christmas and am opening up the Tamiya Birdcage Corsair and a bagged Monogram TBD-1.

The plan at this point is to build the TBD-1 out of the box.  I still need to purchase a set of decals for it but I see the Starfighter decals are available in places including eBay

The Corsair will be off of the Owl Decals Marine night fighters.  I have fallen in love with Owl Decals and have used them in a number of previous night fighter projects.  You can find those looking through my earlier blogs.

I’ll build it using the True Details cockpit detail set.

This Corsair kit has a bit of history.  Many years ago my wonderful daughter was 3 years old when she figured out how to get into daddy’s model display.  I know she knew how much I liked the models I built and wanted to play with them too.   It took me a few minutes to realize that what I heard was the sound of breaking styrene.  When I break a model I always say “They started out in pieces, we are just helping them return to their natural state”  I just had help this time

She got the Tamiya Fw-190A3, the Hasegawa F-14, and the Tamiya Corsair.  I have now built another Fw-190, this is the Corsair replacement (after 16 years), and the Tomcat is on the to do pile.  Then there will be harmony again in the styrene world.

I spent most of the weekend working around the house and the time I did get to work on the kits was sawing detail pieces out of resin blocks.  I was reminded that when I  was young I could have put the whole kit together in the time it takes me to prep a set of resin and etch for a kit.

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!

Third Bf-110 is underway

I am building the third Bf-110 in a row.  I’m inspired by a fellow blogger who builds multiple kits of the same kind at the same time, recently a bolt load of A-10s.

This is another Eduard, got it cheap on Squadron.  I am using the Eduard Big Sin set for this; it comes with a cockpit, engine, wheels, and open nose armament.  All the casting are great and the fit of the kit is precise and the resin fits perfectly.  I don’t know how many times I’ve wrestled other company’s resin sets into a fuselage.

I finished the last two 110s in night fighter schemes, this one will go into a desert scheme with another OWL deal sheet.  Looking forward to getting to painting but I have been steady on the airbrush building and painting a lot of sub components.  Hopefully ready for camouflage this coming weekend.

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I’m gearing up for the big event in the Summer of Messerschmitt.  After the 110s are done I am going to build 3 1/32 scale Bf-109s; and E, F, and G at the same time.  A couple of these are old and I don’t plan on doing any re-scribing, filling, sanding (well maybe a little), or weathering.  These are going to be out of the box.  I have a set of decals that cover all three from AML.

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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!

Kingfisher weathering and old Bf-110 meets new digs

A quick update on the Kingfisher.  After adding paint chipping by hand I added blue/teal/green filter washes over the upper surfaces.  Filter washes as discussed before start with very small dots of oil paint which is then spread around the surface in a small area with turpentine and excess whisked away with a brush.  It breaks up the painted surface.

Here are a few pictures.  Next step is to do the same with small dots of white to fade the upper surface and add a sun weathered appearance.

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Next I have been spending some time taking a cockpit from and Eduard Bf-110 and converting it into a old Monogram Bf-110.  I was amazed how well it fit.  Here is what the cokpit from 1967 would look like if I built the kit almost 50 years ago…

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And today I have put the Eduard cockpit into the kit and I am amazed at how well it fit.  I haven’t closed up the Monogram kit yet but will do that later this evening!

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After this, complete gluing the wings of the Monogram kit to the fuselage and I’ll have two kits to paint black; one modern, one from yesteryear.

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.

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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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