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Title: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 30, 2015, 12:01:20 pm
 Ok, this will be my first blog or something of the type... Where should i start?
 Maybe i should let you guys know a bit more about me...
 Rui Reis is the name but when i first started riding bmx bikes when i was 12, everyone started calling me Zen because of the book about zen meditation i used to read while waiting for the heat to go away so i could ride.... and also, for "meditating" before i went for a trick i'd never done before and for just going "zennnn" when i was pedaling towards the ramps...  :lol:
 Anyway, i've always lived in the Algarve, the sunny south of Portugal, Portimão, to be more exact. A typical tourism destination because of all the beaches and temperatures we get around here. One could call it Portugal's California.  ;D
 I come from a poor home, money was never abundant but mom and dad always sorted things out for me and my brother. My bro was one of the most influential figures in my life because he got into music at a young age and became a drummer so the bug caught me. From rock'n'roll to heavy metal, going through punk rock and alternative bands, since i was six, my brother showed me a lot of great stuff, i still have my favorite 4 vinyl records, Kill'em all, Master of puppets, Ride the lightning and And justice for all... :wub:
 I got into modeling at about the same age and while i was assembling stuff i'd listen to those... a lot! That's also one of the things that helped me to learn English, i would read the lyrics, sing along and then if i didn't understand some word, my bro would explain and that's why i became a vocalist... but i guess that watching a lot of English/American movies and tv shows with sub-titles made the most part for that, my first English teacher on the 5th grade thought i wasn't Portuguese cause when she first asked me my name i answered in perfect English and then wrote it down... ;D
 I only managed to "sort of" build a few models back then, i remember i had the Hasegawa EA-6B Prowler and an ESCI Montana ANG F-16. Didn't finish them, but sometime after those i got the Italeri F-4S and F-14A+ just before i started riding bikes... That's when i forgot about modeling and, a few years later, while cleaning my room, my mom threw all of them into the garbage bin.. when i noticed they were missing from the shelves, she said i was too old for that stuff...  :banghead:
 So i completely put modeling aside as i was too busy with school, bmx and also, canoeing(i was competing in K-1, single seat Kayak but that only lasted a year or so)...
 And after all these years, at the age of 34, i broke my arm at work and, while watching Top Gun again for the 1000th time, i decided it would be a good recovery therapy for my wrist so i bought 5 kits and some glue. :party:
 Now, with that out of the way, next entries will be modeling related, i have a few things on my mind and more on the bench at the moment.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 03, 2015, 04:08:09 pm
 Ok, this post will be mostly about modeling... It was a good thing that i read that Portugal topic by Geoff on the alternative history sub-forum, as it gave me some motivation to start building the models i want to have in my version(s) of things... 
 
 My idea is to build the aircraft that i've always wanted to see in Portuguese service since WWII. This is probably going to take me 10 years or more but i'm in no rush, i've been building up my stack... ;D Although i still have to buy a few to be able to take it from the beginning, spitfire, hurricane, me-109...
The big problem for me is that Portuguese air force decals are hard to find as only a few companies make them and i think that most of them are out of production at the moment, and on top of that, variety isn't much! :banghead: I will probably have to learn how to design and make my own decals as i have nobody who can help me with that... If there's anyone out there reading this, that knows how to make them and is willing to help, i'll pay good money!

 Meanwhile, i'll be working on a few i've had on the go for a while now but always seem to suspend work because of work... :blink: i'm responsible for the maintenance of the outdoor areas (mostly the roads, villas, gardens and pool) at an art and wine estate here in the south of Portugal were we've been having our typical summer temperatures going between 25 to 35ºc... i can tell you it's murder under the sun while cutting hedges and lawns... i've been totally wrecked after work, but, as crazy as it may seem, i really love my job! It can be artistic and creative and as i love nature, i have the kind of office i like!  :mellow:
 We also have farm animals, cats, dogs, wildcats, foxes, warthogs, snakes, spiders and scorpions!! Kind of a small zoo mixed with vineyards and lots'a good wine!  :drink:
And to be honest, i also have a great boss, one of the nicest people i've ever met, and he's a millionaire...  :blink:
BTW, for anyone interested in a cool place to spend their vacation here in the Algarve, this is the spot:

https://www.google.pt/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CC0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.quintadosvales.eu%2F&ei=XPWWVfj4E8n5Utn5gbgL&usg=AFQjCNGtwJnJWiS5TElutCyRxqYuwzUDkg&sig2=LnQAEqg6n5FanMON9nWBOQ

Ok, back to modeling, these are the few on the go at the moment:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_09021.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_09021.jpg.html)

- F-16W is awaiting a scribing tool for the panel lines on the wings and some more PSR on the wingroots and tailplanes, the intake and vertical fin fairings are totally shaped and sanded smooth, recently added ventral strakes, still no idea for markings or scheme.

- F-15C that i'm recovering from my stalled/failed builds to turn into an F-15C Silent Eagle,  will probably get a new canopy and definitely a new paint job, markings to be decided.

- Mustang is awaiting suitable PoAF markings for my alternative history scenario and it may be a while 'till i get'em... :banghead:

- Eurofighter needs paint and weapons, markings to be decided.

- Harrier Gr.9 is waiting for resin gun pods, the kit doesn't have them and as i wanna do a close air support bird, i think it should have at least one gun pod.

- Me-262 is a recovery job i'm trying to do on a kit i gave to a friend's son but he wasn't able to finish it and asked me to do it, i should've remembered what i'd read about the kit, it was too hard for a 10 year old kid who's never done anything like this, even for me. But with lots of patience, i've managed to get it back together after it was almost totally taken apart, i'm using the kit's canopy but it'll be painted black. Filled gaps and it's just lacking some sanding on a few spots, before attempting to re-scribe lost panel lines and rivets, still don't know if it will be finished as a real world or whif.

And so, having a building speed about the same as Gondor's, known as Slower Than A Glacier Moves, which i'll call STAGM for short ;D, who knows how long it will be 'till i finish one... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on July 04, 2015, 06:52:01 am
Neat collection on the go  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on July 04, 2015, 07:25:14 am
Thanks for the life back-story ! You guys have a gorgeous motorcycle track ( well, race track, but I love to watch the WSBK race on it ). My mom threw all my models out when I was younger as well. Pity that.....

The collection of models looks awesome ! Looking forward to seeing them come along.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 04, 2015, 08:30:10 am
 Thanks, guys! :thumbsup:

 Captain, i'm ashamed to say, i haven't been there except for the Rock1 Music fest held there a few years ago.. :banghead: but i'm aware of the reputation of the track itself. I used to watch all the Moto GP races on tv when i was younger but bmx started to take up most of my time, i gradually lost track of it all but my favorite times go back to Mick Doohan and Kevin Schwantz... :rolleyes: About mom throwing the models away, i ended up forgiving her by dinner time when she cooked my favorite meal and dessert... :wub:
 
Well, i do have more unfinished builds but these are the ones on top priority at the moment because they're whifs. I'm really not interested in building real world stuff right now...
 Last night i managed to remove and "save" the F-15's canopy, dipping it in Ultra-Pro, an equivalent of Future that is available in supermarkets in Portugal.
It´s now almost as new so that's a bonus, the pilot had is big donkey sanded off as he was sitting to high and having problems looking through the HUD... ;D
 Also managed to find some sprue bits that have a very nice shape to be used as bases for the canted fins. I've been googling around for detailed pics or diagrams of the SE's fins but it seems they were never built, i could only find CGI and artist drawings, so i'm scratch-building my own larger fairings.
 I've also removed the weapons pylons and center line drop tank so it will be flying in stealth mode.
On the acquisition front news, i can say i'm going a bit crazy... :blink: I recently got a personal loan from my bank so i can buy a new car and some other things, but i've also included a modeling budget in the loan amount... Since then, i've been in contact with Yukio Kanesawa From LoneStar Resin Parts and i've ordered 2 sets of DSI intake conversions and 1 of each F-16XL, single and twin seater! :party: These are in my all time favorites top list so i had to do it... :wacko:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Gondor on July 04, 2015, 03:46:21 pm

And so, having a building speed about the same as Gondor's, known as Slower Than A Glacier Moves, which i'll call STAGM for short ;D, who knows how long it will be 'till i finish one... :rolleyes:


I'm infamous! Not sure if that's a good thing or not or if its applicable now seeing that I have finished three models so far this year  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 04, 2015, 05:20:29 pm
Well, you're probably keeping up with the melting speed, which can be seen as both a good and a bad thing, isn't it? :rolleyes:
 I'm still going for my 2nd, which in fact, could be sooner than i expected. Arrived from work today with my mind set on getting some work done on something and ended up doing a lot more than i expected... not much but did the final sanding on the Me-262, the last bits of putty and CA glue used on gaps are now smooth and re-scribed were i could. It's just so that my friend's kid gets it finished, he really loves aircraft. But that's not all, in whif builds, the F-15CSE has had its fin fairings shaped and glued in place and then the fins went on with, what to my eyes seems close to the 15º angle of the proposed setup for the real bird, although i think that they're sitting a bit forward of the original position. I'm opening a WIP for this one on the current projects section so further updates will be posted there.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 11, 2015, 11:42:15 am
 How's it, Folks? Pretty hot around here... beaches are busy and traffic is slow...  :rolleyes:
 So, as i recently got the loan credited to my account and went on a shopping rampage, at least for my normal spending habits...  :wacko:
 In reality, the conditions were gathered as everything else in life is taken care of and has been going well. As i needed a lot of stuff besides a car, why not make it time to have a better equipped working bench... or maybe i should get one of those first?  :lol:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_09381.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_09381.jpg.html)

In the pic above are already delivered items.
 From Portuguese shop BIGCAT Models, were a set of 4 tweezers, drils 0,5mm to 2mm, mini razor saw, panel line engraver, sandpaper, Dragon tri-grit sanding sticks and Micro set. In this order were also included two kits, Revell's 1/72 Alpha Jet and Meng models 1/72 G-91R, and 4 corresponding Santa Cruz FoAP decal sheets.
Also bought a "portable" vise at a local LIDL, which is very useful for all kinds of chores, it has a rubber lining on the clamp and on the base, but that one forms a suction area when you turn the handle on the side, it sticks to the table like an angry octopus! :lol: I believe it's solid enough for almost any modeling related hacksaw work. Loctite CA, 3M masking tape and cutting mat came from the local Staples store, the mat is A4 size but enough for the occasional bench/kitchen table. I do have plans to buy a desk that fits the space reserved in the hut. :ph34r:
Also received 5 other FoAP decal sheets for various aircraft, 4 Colorado sheets from Kitmania Portuguese shop and an older sheet from a Portuguese company "Atelier 43" which, i believe, is closed by now, it's almost impossible to find anything about it on the web.
From my LHS, another 8 Tamiya paints, including the SEA scheme FS equivalents, Vallejo airbrush thinner and their equivalent product to Micro set/sol and finally, a 1/72 Airfix F-86F.
 The Alpha Jet, G-91 and F-86 are the variants used by the PoAF so, in a few years these will be built as real world models.
Different story for the Hasegawa AV-8B Harrier II, bought on the bay from YourmateUK, from whom i bought another kit just yesterday, a 1/72 Academy F-16CG/CJ mainly for the weapons, landing gear and canopy but i'm sure the rest of the kit will be useful some day... ;D
Other whif related orders have been placed, including Pavla 30mm resin gun pods for the Harrier Gr.9 i'm building in Portuguese service, a Matchbox Alpha Jet for, probably a one seater, combat capable variant, a bunch of upgrades including photo-etch for the Hasegawa Harrier, an F-16 canopy from Rob Taurus  and Orion F-16 fuselage reinforcement plates for a real world PoAF F-16AM block15 i wanna build in the future, but i've read these are out of production so might as well get'em now.
And finally, the first 1/48 model i'm buying cause i really wanna build it, the Kinetic F-16E Desert Falcon...:wub: I say the first because i already bought a P-40 and a Spitfire in 1/48 on an ebay Monogram joblot because it had the only 1/72 F-16XL selling at the moment. As few of you may have noticed from my posts around here, i'm a Viper fan...  :bow: to the Mighty Viper!!  :drink:
But this will probably also end up in a whif scheme/markings/nationality. Maybe finish it in Have Glass type scheme with PoAF Lo vis markings... http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee65/Scorchi0/HaveGlass2_zps91ef3b8d.jpg
Some may find it boring but i just think it's the sexiest thing... :wub:
Still, after all the stuff bought, there's still so much stuff i can think of but i'm getting down to the last euros of the amount reserved for this madness and won't be buying anything modeling related for at least the next 6 months... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 11, 2015, 03:05:11 pm
And now for a modeling related post...
I've been catching up with my country's history, reading a lot and now that i've got a bunch of FoAP decal sheets with the suitable markings for WWII time period Portuguese aircraft, i decided it's the time to let it loose!
This is going to kick start my idea for one alternative history course, where the Portuguese dictator Salazar stood by the Allies and joined them in the war in 1941, as Churchill invoked the Anglo-Portuguese alliance for use of the bases, airfields and harbors in Azores islands. After changing his mind and ending all relations to Nazis by conceding the use of the island's military bases to the Allies, being against Hitler's anti-Semitic ideals, Salazar decides that Portugal should be involved and help the Allies in the war. Further details to be added when the model is finished.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on July 12, 2015, 07:22:16 am
Interesting idea Zen, looking forward to what comes from it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 12, 2015, 04:35:21 pm
Interesting idea Zen, looking forward to what comes from it  :thumbsup:

Thank you! :thumbsup: I've been at it today and made a little progress on the first aircraft of my alternative history's PoAF. I'll be posting some pics soon.
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Old Wombat on July 12, 2015, 06:28:34 pm
And now for a modeling related post...
I've been catching up with my country's history, reading a lot and now that i've got a bunch of FoAP decal sheets with the suitable markings for WWII time period Portuguese aircraft, i decided it's the time to let it loose!
This is going to kick start my idea for one alternative history course, where the Portuguese dictator Salazar stood by the Allies and joined them in the war in 1941, as Churchill invoked the Anglo-Portuguese alliance for use of the bases, airfields and harbors in Azores islands. After changing his mind and ending all relations to Nazis by conceding the use of the island's military bases to the Allies, being against Hitler's anti-Semitic ideals, Salazar decides that Portugal should be involved and help the Allies in the war. Further details to be added when the model is finished.

 :cheers:

Wonder if this wouldn't have tipped the scales in favour of Spain joining the Axis fold? :blink:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on July 13, 2015, 06:14:08 am
And now for a modeling related post...
I've been catching up with my country's history, reading a lot and now that i've got a bunch of FoAP decal sheets with the suitable markings for WWII time period Portuguese aircraft, i decided it's the time to let it loose!
This is going to kick start my idea for one alternative history course, where the Portuguese dictator Salazar stood by the Allies and joined them in the war in 1941, as Churchill invoked the Anglo-Portuguese alliance for use of the bases, airfields and harbors in Azores islands. After changing his mind and ending all relations to Nazis by conceding the use of the island's military bases to the Allies, being against Hitler's anti-Semitic ideals, Salazar decides that Portugal should be involved and help the Allies in the war. Further details to be added when the model is finished.

 :cheers:


Wonder if this wouldn't have tipped the scales in favour of Spain joining the Axis fold? :blink:

I don't think so. Franco was more concerned with consolidating his control in Spain. External conflicts so soon after such a divisive Civil War are probably not conducive to that. I think a reinforced Blue Division is as far as he would have gone
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 13, 2015, 04:53:09 pm
Well, i read that Salazar did have a few meetings with Franco to get him to not join the the Nazi side in the beginning of the war. Churchill later wrote Salazar thanking him for his efforts to prevent the war extending into the peninsula. Franco was also held back because of the reasons Narses2 mentioned as his generals advised him not to. Later during the war, there was the Iberian pact signed, saying that Portugal and Spain would fight together any invading army.
Franco wouldn't go to war easily but that is one of the possibilities i'm considering, one path, Franco joins the Axis and Salazar goes with the Allies, another would be Salazar going with Hitler too... :wacko:

On the plastic front, i've finished one! :party:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 13, 2015, 05:58:46 pm
Just a teaser... ;D I'll be posting more of it with the backstory in the current and finished projects section later on.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_09901.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_09901.jpg.html)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 26, 2015, 04:39:26 pm
 And so, the Mustang, my 6th model is finished as possible, more here: http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40938.0.html
 The title of the post has Part 1 in it because it's one of the scenarios i'm creating for my alternative history, that will extend into the 21st century. I've bought a lot of stuff just for the builds i intend to include in various scenarios but i had to start somewhere, so i thought it was a good idea to finish something and get on with exploring the course of events for the backstory.

Moving on, i need to decide if the next to finish will follow the course of events from the Mustang's scenario... also, i still want to write the whole of the plot since the day the PoAF joins the battle... but looking at the stalled builds pile, i do have 1 Bf-109F-4, 1 Fw-190A-8 and a P-47D bubble canopy, and a D Razorback still boxed in the stash...
Portugal had P-47s after the war, but i was thinking that, in the Mustang's scenario, this fits in as one of the fighters Portuguese pilots flew in combat... and i've never seen a P-47 with Portuguese markings and D-Day invasion stripes... :rolleyes:
 The other 2 would obviously fit in a very different scenario, can you imagine Salazar becoming a Nazi? It is known that in reality, he really didn't like Hitler and his Anti-Semitic ideals but what if it was the other way around? He did have business deals with the Reich with the export of Wolfram and also allowed some U-boats to dock at some of the Azores islands to replenish their supplies, so what if this went further? Could Spain also drag Portugal into the Nazi side because of their treaty? Oh well, so many unexplored possibilities...  :wacko:

 On a different front, i already have a tube of Dragon's white putty for a few weeks now, but i still haven't been able to use it and get the final putty sessions done on the F-16W, it's just too hot in the house for modeling... nothing done since the final coats of gloss varnish were applied to the Mustang, exactly because of the heat and being totally destroyed from work, but i need to get something done soon...
 I could concentrate on the F-15CSE as there's not much to be done, just some sanding on the fin fairings and on to the paint shop... but you know, that could take some time... :banghead:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on July 26, 2015, 05:06:31 pm
I like the idea of the P-47 in Portuguese markings with D-day stripes. perhaps the razorback could be sent to their units to bolster their numbers, as they were successful and needed in that day after the invasion ?

The 2 Germans can be victims of the PoAF  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 26, 2015, 05:26:57 pm
That would do... but that also means another box out of the stash onto the bench... It is a great model, It's the Tamiya P-47D razorback and it would follow the story very well! :thumbsup: As would the Bubble top, it's the Revell kit, also a great kit but i rushed things as with most of my earlier builds, the prop's already painted, not much of a problem, just have to mask it for the fuselage paint job, although it does make it harder to mask and paint the engine cowling.
 It's also built in flight so i guess it would look good on a double stand with the Mustang.
 But thanks for the suggestion, Captain! I appreciate it! :thumbsup: It will be taken into serious consideration when i get a bit more time to sit at the bench.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 01, 2015, 07:07:07 pm
 Ok, pulled out the Revell P-47D-30 from the stalled builds pile, i really don't feel up to the task of the Tamiya kit just yet... :banghead: my skills haven't improved very much since my first builds and i just don't want to ruin an excellent kit... at least, not yet, i'll ruin that one later. ;D
 The P-47 has been almost totally built for some time, prop glued and painted matte black, an other one built in a rush before i made the decision to hold all construction work and wait 'til i got an airbrush to finish them, and after all, this will probably be the first i'll paint with the airbrush... except for the prop...  It fits the period on which i've placed the Mustang, and although the PoAF did operate the D-30 but only in 1952, when the newly appointed, old generals of the new PoAF, thought the jet wasn't going to make piston engines obsolete.
 In my scenario, the Razorback Jug would've been flown by Portuguese pilots of the 1st Squadron in their first 6 months of war, then, when another Portuguese Fighter squadron is created to reinforce them, the 1st get the Mustangs and the new 2nd Squadron gets the Bubbletop Jugs, as the new pilots had no real combat experience, they were more likely to survive and come back home if they suffered combat damage.
 I know that some American Squadrons changed from Mustangs to Jugs and others preferred to keep flying them instead of changing to Mustangs, so, i don't think it would be too unrealistic to have this duo for the only two operating Portuguese Squadrons, even if there were enough Mustangs for everyone.
 Still a lot to do on this model, first, glue a few bits and fill a couple of seams. For the scheme, i'll have to decide if it will be pre or post D-Day.

 :cheers:
 
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on August 02, 2015, 01:59:12 am
Looking forward to this. I have plans for a Brazilian P-51 in Italy during 1945. Perhaps a Portuguese/Brazilian wing - common language ?  :thumbsup:

As for the Tamiya P-47 ? It's such a good kit and just falls together with hardly any help from the builder  ;D Just enjoy it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 02, 2015, 09:18:42 am
 That sounds like a great idea! :thumbsup: I did see a WWII Brazilian Jug yesterday while googling and found the roundel interesting as it was the US type white bar/roundel with the Brazilian Air Force roundel instead of the star. Better yet, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e4/GAC_P-47s_of_Brazil.jpg I think it could easily be done with Portuguese roundels.. but i can't imagine how one would mix the two of them... half of each, vertical split, half cross, half star... ;D
 Well, i don't know if the Tamiya Bubbletop Jugs suffer from the same problem as the Revell kits, but at least on my kit, the canopy doesn't fit, the windshield fits nicely but the canopy itself was probably molded for open display only as i've found that in order to close the thing, one has to sand and carve a bit of plastic of the fuselage around the pilot so the canopy frame sits flush with fuselage as it should, if you don't, neither the sides or rear of the canopy fit with the fuselage, leaving a millimeter wide gap between canopy and fuselage... :banghead: I have seen Revell kits built with closed canopy and even the framing seems different from mine on the rear. Haven't read about any issues regarding canopy fit in reviews but i know that my canopy has a rounded profile at the rear and the ones i've seen on pics of the real bird, all are pointy. Anyway, it's going to be closed no matter what so i'll have to make it fit. I'll probably use putty or CA glue to build up the pointy bit missing from the plastic canopy. The rest of the bits missing were glued and all seams were filled with CA glue.
 With so many new kits coming into my stash almost daily in the past two weeks, i've also been very tempted to start another model but i can't stray from my objective of finishing the stalled builds pile to gain more experience in building and airbrush painting  before moving on to knew kits... the Harrier GR.9 was an attack on that objective and, although i already have the 30mm gun pods, it still sits on top of the pile... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on August 03, 2015, 06:33:28 am
Re the Brazilian Mustang. I was just thinking of having a Brazilian squadron serving within the Portuguese Wing.

As for the Revell canopy. On a fair few of the more recent Revell WWII kits the canopy seems to go early during the production run ? I had 2 of their Me 262's and on the first the canopy was  :thumbsup: on the one I got a couple of years latter it was  :banghead:

The Tamiya P-47 canopy fitted like a dream on my build
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 10, 2015, 06:07:10 pm
Re the Brazilian Mustang. I was just thinking of having a Brazilian squadron serving within the Portuguese Wing.

As for the Revell canopy. On a fair few of the more recent Revell WWII kits the canopy seems to go early during the production run ? I had 2 of their Me 262's and on the first the canopy was  :thumbsup: on the one I got a couple of years latter it was  :banghead:

The Tamiya P-47 canopy fitted like a dream on my build

 Bet they would probably do that if the number of Brazilian pilots wasn't enough to form their own wing.  :thumbsup: About the canopies, i bought an Me-262 and the canopy on that one was bad, the framing was reduced to barely visible lines and was very scratched from not having it's own plastic bag and being inside the same bag with the rest of the kit. :banghead:

 I've been trying to decide if i should try to solve the P-47's canopy issue with the filling method or if i should buy a replacement vac-formed canopy to see if it fits better... hard part might be finding a proper one for this kit.
 Anyway, lot's of stuff coming in so i have to re-organize my stash... storage space full... already ten or more boxes crowding the bench and this week, a few more should be delivered, including my first to be built 1/48 kits. I don't have a big display room so i normally would only buy 1/72, but as i've said before, i'm an obsessed Viper fan :bow: so i have to build a bigger one... or two...   ;D
 Chosen kits were, Tamiya's F-16CJ Block 50 and Kinetic's F-16E Desert Falcon. Maybe try the mix of the two to have the better Tamiya kit as base and the Kinetic to provide the bits needed for the Desert Falcon.
 Another first for me this month, a Minicraft 1/144 B-1A. :party: Bought with a scale-o-rama whif plan in mind... maybe also with a certain dose of kit bashing involved...  :wacko:
But before all this, i have to actually have to keep finishing the SB pile off... :rolleyes:

Here's how the Jug looks for now...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_10631.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_10631.jpg.html)

Here you can see the gaps...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_10601.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_10601.jpg.html)

This issue might even throw this one back on to the pile for some time, so i might have to move on to another one until it's all sorted out...
Hasta la Pasta! :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Rick Lowe on August 10, 2015, 09:20:41 pm
It could be tweaked, if you were to carefully sand the bottom edge of the rear part, to get it to conform.
It might not end up to be precisely the correct profile, but if that doesn't bother you, could be an easy way to fix it.

I'd wrap sandpaper around the rear spine where the canopy goes and gently slide the canopy back and forth.

For What It's Worth, HTH

Cheers
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Dizzyfugu on August 10, 2015, 11:38:06 pm
Or fill the gaps with white carpenter glue. Not perfect, but does the job well.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on August 11, 2015, 02:28:34 am
You do know CA glue will fog canopies don't you?

Apologies if you do and feel offended by the question but better to risk offence than assume* you know and then find out you don't the hard way.


* for as we know, Assumption is the mother of all f**k up.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on August 11, 2015, 05:51:09 am
I've got a little bottle of Testor's PVA type glue, that has a long thin nozzle that is perfect for these kinds of situations. Just a wee dab here and there and let capillary action do the rest, and then it is paintable when dry. Not the perfect solution, but the easiest !

 :cheers:

PS-Finish the Jug...looks awesome so far ! Another gorgeous aeroplane we really don't see enough of.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 11, 2015, 04:51:31 pm
Hey guys, first, thank you all for your suggestions and ideas, much appreciated!  :cheers:

It could be tweaked, if you were to carefully sand the bottom edge of the rear part, to get it to conform.
It might not end up to be precisely the correct profile, but if that doesn't bother you, could be an easy way to fix it.

I'd wrap sandpaper around the rear spine where the canopy goes and gently slide the canopy back and forth.

For What It's Worth, HTH

Cheers

Thanks for the suggestion, Rick. :thumbsup: As it is, the windshield fits perfectly, the front part of the canopy sits at the right place but the rear is just too short and narrow on the inside, right about the pilot's seat. That's where it creates the gaps you see in the pic. But looking at it again, i guess the canopy could be lowered about half a millimeter without creating a noticeable step to the windscreen and it would at least decrease the gaps...

Or fill the gaps with white carpenter glue. Not perfect, but does the job well.

I don't have any and never used it on plastic modeling but will get some to try out, even if it's on another build.  :thumbsup:

You do know CA glue will fog canopies don't you?

Apologies if you do and feel offended by the question but better to risk offence than assume* you know and then find out you don't the hard way.


* for as we know, Assumption is the mother of all f**k up.


No need to apologize when you're trying to help, i thank you!  :thumbsup:
Yep, i already know, and learned the hard way... :lol: Did it on my first 3 builds, including my F-15CSE, which i've managed to save with the use of acrylic floor varnish. A few months ago, a very good Portuguese modeler called Vitor Costa, shared on a Facebook group, his way of applying CA without it fogging up transparencies, he says he uses it on all clear parts and works like a charm. He just puts a few drops on a non-absorbent surface, (he used a cd as example), lets it release the gases that cause the fogging for a minute or two and then applies it with a bit of sprue or a toothpick. That simple! I've never tried it, but have read of people who did and also worked for them so i might give it a try sometime soon.

I've got a little bottle of Testor's PVA type glue, that has a long thin nozzle that is perfect for these kinds of situations. Just a wee dab here and there and let capillary action do the rest, and then it is paintable when dry. Not the perfect solution, but the easiest !

 :cheers:

PS-Finish the Jug...looks awesome so far ! Another gorgeous aeroplane we really don't see enough of.

 :cheers:

Captain, i will finish it, i've given up on the idea of buying another canopy, at least for now. I'm gonna try to sand a bit more of the pilot's seat and surrounding area, should at least decrease the gaps a bit, we'll see after that. Anyway, i'll see if i can get that Testor's glue too, might be useful if the sanding goes wrong. :thumbsup:

I've also decided that after the Jug's canopy issue is solved, i'm gonna try and get a few of the SB pile on to the bench at the same time, the Eurofighter only needs the pylons in place, the F-15CSE only needs minor sanding on the fin roots, the Me-262 also minor sanding on a tiny gap. That done, only cockpit and pilot touch-up painting, masking up canopies, putting them in place and on to the paint shop with the 4!
Starting today, i'm gonna try to finish these within a month, if i can achieve that, it'll be quite a step forwards in clearing the pile and moving on to new builds. Only 8 to go after that... ;D

Hasta la pasta, brodas!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 12, 2015, 04:27:46 pm
Decided to try a bit of each solution for the Jug's canopy, sanded a bit more of the fuselage to conform it to the curvature of the canopy's framing and the result is actually much better than i thought it would be. It only left the gap at the rear of the framing. I've masked the canopy and proceeded to put a few drops of CA on the rear framing and then left it to dry, hung on the vertical, by a bit of masking tape to the side of the bench, to let gravity work while it dries... when dry it will be sanded into the pointy shape it should have.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 14, 2015, 03:07:56 pm
Ahah!! I've managed to do what i wanted with the CA glue, the framing of the P-47's canopy was extended and sanded into shape and now, with a bit of sanding done on the fuselage too, it fits almost perfectly, it's as good as i can ever get it to be so tomorrow is paint day!! :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 17, 2015, 06:03:03 pm
Ok, update on the bench after the weekend... Forgot that i still had to sand and polish the interior of the Jug's canopy cause it suffered a few scratches from the blade used to cut off some dry CA excess but it wasn't as easy as i thought it would be, it's still a bit foggy at the rear on the inside, even after the clear varnish bath... Oh well, i would never be able to get it perfect anyway so this will be just another flaw but it is a bit frustrating after all the work it gave me... :banghead:
Moving on, i actually did some painting but it was on the Eurofighter, i've put a pilot and canopy on, and airbrushed the whole thing. Also primed the Me-262 for the final colors, this will be RW as it will be given back to it's owner after finished.
On the F-15CSE, i'm thinking of changing the intakes a bit, maybe try to match the angle of the intake's upper surfaces to the wing's sweep angle. Still in consideration, though.

More soon...

Hasta la pasta :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on August 18, 2015, 06:40:39 am
If sanding canopies I use toothpaste as one of the final stages. Brings them up well
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 18, 2015, 09:00:46 am
If sanding canopies I use toothpaste as one of the final stages. Brings them up well

Thanks! Just tried it out and after the varnish bath, it looks much better! Guess it works as a polishing compound, right? The varnish is drying up but the result is already visible.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on August 19, 2015, 07:00:00 am
Yup it works as a very fine polishing compound. After you've used it then do your future dip  :thumbsup:

It's an old, old trick from the days before we had all the tools and "compounds" that are now available. I first read of it in a Alan Hall article in the 60's
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Rick Lowe on August 19, 2015, 12:23:48 pm
Apparently if you use the toothpaste trick with an old, soft piece of denim as the polishing rag, it's even better.

FWIW

Cheers
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on August 20, 2015, 06:56:15 am
Good tips. F.I.L. needs to clean up his headlights, maybe he can try the denim trick !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 20, 2015, 02:35:11 pm
Apparently if you use the toothpaste trick with an old, soft piece of denim as the polishing rag, it's even better.

FWIW

Cheers

Well, i might just get to try it on this one, i'd already masked the canopy before i read this, but i admit i could be better...  :rolleyes:
thanks anyway! I used a piece of an old t-shirt for polishing and was happy with the results but i think i'll have a go with the old denim to see for myself, thanks!  :thumbsup:

The masking of the windshield and canopy weren't as hard as i thought, the framing is well defined so it's easy to run the blade along, leaving a clean cut on the tape. Being easy to mask is what's making me wanna go back and re-polish the canopy, probably worth it as it wasn't a perfect job in the first place... :banghead:

Also been drawing up some sketches of my future builds, F-19, stealth and carrier capable F-16s, the possible fighter to come out of my recently added to the stash 1/144 B-1A. This is first kit i buy of this scale, with a fighter conversion/scaleorama in mind, but it can easily turn into a B-1R in it's original scale. If it's to become a 1/72 model, i'll have to decide if it will be a twin or single seat variant. From the sketches, i'm leaning toward the 1/72 model, with an F-15E or F-18D cockpit. Another alternative is to make it an attack or a fighter aircraft. A lot of choices to be made but still a lot of models to finish before i get anywhere near to starting this, it's saved in the future projects folder.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on August 21, 2015, 05:43:49 am
Interesting : Naval F-16 ? Scale-o-rama B-1 ? And the F-19 !

 :thumbsup: :tornado: :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 21, 2015, 06:15:06 am
Interesting : Naval F-16 ? Scale-o-rama B-1 ? And the F-19 !

 :thumbsup: :tornado: :cheers:

 :thumbsup: And i forgot to mention the Mig-37 Ferret which i've already started working on... a year ago! :banghead:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 31, 2015, 01:00:11 pm
Ok, update on the acquisitions front, finally, after over a month held in customs, i get the first of the 1/48 F-16s i've bought, the Kinetic kit. The Tamiya kit is probably never coming and the seller is going to refund my money so i've already ordered another one from another seller, the other one was the last item in stock. In fact, the second was even cheaper than the one lost. :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_10991.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_10991.jpg.html)

Just brought it into the hut for parts inspection, i've read in a review that a sprue was missing from a factory-sealed box, sprue R containing the unique E variant fin fairing. Fortunately, mine came with all the sprues and bits, and it's a decent sized box full of plastic!!
I'm totally in love with this kit, and while i've read some hard knocking comments on it, but i think those were probably made by JMNs... ;D
 I mean, all kits have flaws, and yes, it would be nice to have 100% accurate and perfect fitting kits to build but i also think that would take out some of the building skills part of it all, leaving things more concentrated in model painting and weathering instead... But what do i know, i'm just a noob... :lol:
This kit has more weapons than the fighter can carry, very nice detail all around, excellent kit! Shape issues have been reported by some but others say it's just fine when compared to equivalent kits from other brands and scale drawings and plans of the Viper. Since this is the only 1/48 E variant kit out there, i would have to get it as the, now unobtainable, Hasegawa kit was limited edition... Anyway, most reviews say this one is better so no loss there.
The fact that i'm such a big fan of the Viper, is what made me wanna build a bigger, more detailed kit and 1/48 is big enough for me... at least for now...
I also want to make it a Whif cause i don't really see the need to have another RW UAE F-16E model in the world, it's been done, and far better than what i can achieve at the moment so i'm whiffing this sucker up!! :wacko:
I've also ordered another big one, the Kittyhawk F-35C...  :wub: Being the only F-35 variant that i really like, and being 20€ cheaper than the other cheapest kit i found on the web, this was just asking to be bought on my Portuguese hobby store of choice, Bigcat modelismo. There are a few other 1/48 kits on my mind, probably also an F-16I Sufa, Raptor, YF-23, Super Hornet, Mig-29-19, SU-35S and T-50 PAK FA... BTW, the F-16XL is obviously a must get for me, so kinetic 1/48 F-16XL it will be!! ;D

Well, as the summer is quickly coming to an end, that means more time and will to do some modeling. I've managed to match last year's production rate of 2 so far, so if i don't slack around i might even finish more than one before the year ends. With 5 models on the bench at the moment, 2 are in primary paint stages and the other 3 just need a bit of work to be ready for the airbrush. Not seen on the pic is the Airfix F-86E that's just missing the canopy and paint. Actually, all the 11 models in my SBP are at that stage so they shouldn't be too hard finish, right? Best part, probably all of them will be What-If!  :drink:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_10651.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_10651.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on August 31, 2015, 01:23:09 pm
Good stuff !

As far as the F-35 goes, I'm a C guy as well. I would have bought that kit myself, but my LHS only had the a and the VTOL one. I wante s C would look great in RCAF colours.

 :tornado:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 31, 2015, 02:10:31 pm
Good stuff !

As far as the F-35 goes, I'm a C guy as well. I would have bought that kit myself, but my LHS only had the a and the VTOL one. I wante s C would look great in RCAF colours.

 :tornado:

Oh yeah, bigger wings, right? Our fellow Kit probably also prefers this one over the other 2 variants, don't you think? ;D That is, if he does like the F-35 at all... :unsure:
And i do like the Canadian roundel, would look great, specially in the lo-viz schemes. :thumbsup:
Well, just 5 minutes ago i've managed to score a Kinetic 1/48 Sufa on auction for 10£ less than every other one on the bay, or on any site, for that matter. It was really hard to find one, as on most of the shops it's sold out... And, as almost all of my stash, this will be Whif, i just don't have any real interest in building RW, but that doesn't mean i don't appreciate and admire those too.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 31, 2015, 03:33:35 pm

Oh yeah, bigger wings, right? Our fellow Kit probably also prefers this one over the other 2 variants, don't you think? ;D That is, if he does like the F-35 at all... :unsure:


Hehehe, Actually I like the B version best, but that's because it couldn't do it's VTOL bit without me having installed the MONSTER friction welder that built the lift fan for its engine. They're all made at Rolls-Royce's Compressor factory in Nottingham and I put the welder in there in 2002 or so.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on August 31, 2015, 03:54:16 pm
Nice one Kit !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 31, 2015, 03:58:27 pm

Oh yeah, bigger wings, right? Our fellow Kit probably also prefers this one over the other 2 variants, don't you think? ;D That is, if he does like the F-35 at all... :unsure:


Hehehe, Actually I like the B version best, but that's because it couldn't do it's VTOL bit without me having installed the MONSTER friction welder that built the lift fan for its engine. They're all made at Rolls-Royce's Compressor factory in Nottingham and I put the welder in there in 2002 or so.

 :o Then i guess you would like to see the B version with bigger wings right?  ;D
I've got an Italeri X-35B but the plans i have for that are something similar to the BAe JSF proposal, i really like that design and found a build thread somewhere on the web, of someone using that kit as a base. The wings will come out a bit bigger though... Guess if i wanna build a B, i'll buy the Fujimi kit.
The A variant kits will probably get wingtip rails and A2A missiles, one with AMRAAMs and other with 9Xs. It does make the wing look bigger, just as it does with the F-16. I think it'll make it look a bit better. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 01, 2015, 10:58:02 am

Oh yeah, bigger wings, right? Our fellow Kit probably also prefers this one over the other 2 variants, don't you think? ;D That is, if he does like the F-35 at all... :unsure:


Hehehe, Actually I like the B version best, but that's because it couldn't do it's VTOL bit without me having installed the MONSTER friction welder that built the lift fan for its engine. They're all made at Rolls-Royce's Compressor factory in Nottingham and I put the welder in there in 2002 or so.

 :o Then i guess you would like to see the B version with bigger wings right?  ;D

<snip>


You bet!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on September 01, 2015, 11:12:15 am
The wingtip rails make the wing look bigger ? Or the smaller missiles ?

I like the look of the JSF with conventional loads  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 01, 2015, 07:44:59 pm
The wingtip rails make the wing look bigger ? Or the smaller missiles ?

I like the look of the JSF with conventional loads  :thumbsup:

Well, look at an F-16 with no wingtip rails and missiles, or better, the F-5 and the T-38. The missiles and rails don't provide lift but do extend the wing's size, it's probably more a bit more than a foot but, added on each wing and to the whole wingspan, it does fill the eye a bit more, doesn't it?
I really only want to put winders and amraams on the A version as that's the one i see more likely to be fitted with the wingtip rails. I think the B wouldn't really need more A2A weapons as to me, it's supposed to be more of a CAS or attack mission oriented aircraft. The C wing looks good enough for me as it is, normal outboard pylon under the wing looks good there.
I have plans to build an A version with C control surfaces, with and without wingtip rails but, on a C wing, i would need to cut the wingtip a little bit, for more area to support the rail so, i'm hoping some other company will soon release a cheaper 1/72 C kit, i've read that Kittyhawk were planning to down-scale their molds and were going to put out the whole F-35 family in 2015, read it here, http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234953374-kitty-hawk-now-does-172-scale-with-3-f-35s-simple-as-abc/
Box art for all 3 variants, they're even listed on Scalemates, but the Kitty Hawk site has nothing about 1/72 models... Still, even if they do, probably will be around the same price tag as the Orange kit, so it would be nice to see one from Italeri or Revell. Those would probably be more available here and would surely be cheaper, average to good quality kits... :rolleyes:
Now, all this talk of F-35s is making me wanna build one... real bad!! You know what, i've a Hasegawa F-35A to be delivered next week, that brings a very nice stand and no option for open weapon bays... might very well be the first test of the wingtip rails and some ordnance under the wings... See what you've done, Captain? ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on September 02, 2015, 05:18:44 am
Good point re: the F-5 wingtip !

And lol....you can blame me but I'm gonna blame you  :thumbsup: If they don't have a table selling models today I'm going to hit my LHS tomorrow and grab whatever 72nd scale one I see....just because  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 02, 2015, 05:56:38 am
I know, we can both getaway with it by blaming the F-35's designers... ;D Should've made them all with bigger wings... and option for wingtip rails!!! :wacko:
About the F-5, i'm thinking of F-16/18 or similar wings and stabs on it... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 05:54:15 am
That F-5 variant would be interesting. Especially doing somat like that on the F-20.

And for sure part of what I like about the F-35 was seeing them in person, that shape. Although I am still bitter about being setained for over an hour and having all of my photos deleted  :blink:

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 03, 2015, 08:00:32 am
Deleted all your pics? Was that at an airshow? Why do they let people go near the aircraft without warning that no pics are allowed?
The F-5 idea came about when thinking of twin tail and other stuff to change, back before i cut the back end of my F-5PM, more than a year ago. F-16,-18, for bigger but similar wings and, if swept back, A-7's, Hunter or F-100 would do the trick.
 Last night looking at the SBP, i remembered i bought a Tamiya/Italeri Super Hornet for a wing change and didn't know what to use, then i realized i've had the wings way before i had the Hornet kit, now it's one less on the pile and a bunch of new spares in the box. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 08:09:27 am
I was outside the base and seemed to have caused alarm...they take security pretty serious ! Have a look at page 9 here :

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40300.120.html
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 03, 2015, 12:42:37 pm
The USAF tried the 'No Pics' stunt for the first visit of the B-2 to Fairford some years back.

They parked it on the west end of the airfield surrounded by 2-3 layers of fierce looking USAF guards all carrying M-16s in a threatening manner, and large notices saying 'Photography of this aircraft is not permitted'. But the barriers were only 25 yards from the aircraft so anyone with even a 50 mm lens could get good pics and with a 500 mm lens you could look right into the intakes!

If they didn't want it photographed they should have left it at Whiteman AFB!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 01:10:35 pm
Agreed. They did that at London way back when, with the F-117. I had a brush cut at the time, and was half corked, and as they were wheeling it by I was pointing to a Bronco behind it and said to my buddy something about them using that in Desert Storm. One of the armed guards misheard me and said " you flew that in Desert Storm ? " and next thing I know my buddy and I are walking down the flightline, behind the barricades, escorting the 117 ! It was crazy, and scary. We ended up running for it and disappearing into the crowd.

 :rolleyes: :mellow: ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Rick Lowe on September 03, 2015, 01:55:09 pm
Agreed. They did that at London way back when, with the F-117. I had a brush cut at the time, and was half corked, and as they were wheeling it by I was pointing to a Bronco behind it and said to my buddy something about them using that in Desert Storm. One of the armed guards misheard me and said " you flew that in Desert Storm ? " and next thing I know my buddy and I are walking down the flightline, behind the barricades, escorting the 117 ! It was crazy, and scary. We ended up running for it and disappearing into the crowd.

 :rolleyes: :mellow: ;D

LOL! Cool story.  ;)
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 03, 2015, 04:26:37 pm
 :lol: that F-117 story is funny, thanks for sharing that bit!  :thumbsup: Not the part on the F-35s though, there are hundreds of pics of the aircraft spread through the web, what could your pics reveal that others don't? I don't get it... I agree with kit, if they don't want people to see it, why show it? :rolleyes:

I've never been at an airshow, only the PoAF's museum, dind't get to see any jets in flying condition, let alone a stealth fighter... They did have a squadron of prop propelled training aircraft outside, ready to take off, but i don't remember which one...
It was when i was with my band recording our latest album and was outside the studio smoking, when 6 F-16s fly overhead in a delta formation, which reminded me that, a few days earlier, i'd bought a kit online of some guy from a city near the studio's location and i thought i could save the postage costs and get it from the seller directly, if he hadn't sent it to my house by the time he read the email. He gets back to me the same day, saying i can stop by his work, the Air Force museum which is right next to airbase B.A. Nº1 and PoAF's pilot training academy... I didn't even know i was anywhere near an airbase!  :banghead:
So i got there and asked for Staff Sargent Moreira , which shows up a few minutes later, while i was looking at some stuff selling at the museum's souvenir shop, with an Airfix 1/72 F6F Hellcat on his hand, and afterwards, proceeded to guide me through a tour of the museum, let me sit in an Alpha Jet's front seat and in a Spitfire Mk.IXc that they bought to show the colors of our old Spits(none of our Mk.Vs was preserved). Also saw a TA-7C, a T-33 in restoration and an F-86F waiting for it's turn. There aren't many airshows in Portugal and i doubt i would see a Stealth jet at Anniversary festivities held every year. The display teams and all the flying is good and provide great entertainment with their routines, but it's only once a year... :banghead:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 07:21:21 pm
Anywhere to hear your music ?

 :wub:

Still a pretty good tour they gave you ! Lucky. Love it when that stuff happens.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 04, 2015, 02:08:25 am
Yup, the tour was great, worst part was that it happened when i had a really old nokia phone which had a camera but it was so bad that i didn't even bother to take any pics... :banghead: Guess i'll just have to go back there and do it all over again... ;D
About the band, you can watch the videos and stuff on the tube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-K7t1TPO9UmjupIn4Bwx5Q, that's our channel.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 10, 2015, 07:59:13 am
Well, haven't been doing much on my whifs because somehow, i was convinced by a forum member to join a GB in the Portuguese forum where i normally post my RW builds...  :unsure: I guess that if i was going to build a RW model in a Portuguese Armed Forces GB, it would have to another F-16... :rolleyes:
To be honest, it was a good choice, i'm trying a bunch of stuff that haven't tried before, like trying to add some detail to landing gear bays, improving the kit's details in the intake, gun port and nozzle. I'm using the Italeri 1/72 F-16C/D Night Falcon again, this specimen is even worse than the first i built as the F-16 ADCUP http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39813.msg663070.html#msg663070
Those of you who know that kit, know that it's an old kit with some issues, biggest being the front landing gear bay is molded short of the join with the intake lip part. This leaves a big gap between the two, which is visible if you have the gear down. There's no intake ducting so i'm building it, cut out the plastic walls on top and bottom parts, filled with putty and sanded to shape. Will help with the gear bay, which i will cover with some evergreen plastic and blend in with putty. Opened the hole in the cannon port with a 1,25mm drill, covered the old vents with putty and opened the two used on the more recent gun ports. Might also have to inscribe the gun bay panel lines as they're not represented... :banghead:
I'm also gonna use evergreen strips to try to build the "ribs" on the open nozzle that comes with the kit, just waiting for them to be delivered.
It is distracting me from the whif builds but i wanna evolve my skills and this was started with that in mind. On most of my stalled builds pile, i couldn't do most of the stuff i'm doing on this build so i hope i can do that and still manage to do some work on my SBP

 :cheers:.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 03, 2015, 06:23:19 pm
Long time no update here... not much modeling done in the past weeks because of work, family and band... the most recent stuff is RW but i'm going to show you guys what i've done to the Italeri kit so far, it has been a very educative build so far as things haven't been all that bad.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_11911.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_11911.jpg.html)
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_12691.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_12691.jpg.html)
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_12561.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_12561.jpg.html)
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_12301.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_12301.jpg.html)
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_12391.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_12391.jpg.html)
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_12451.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_12451.jpg.html)
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_12501.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_12501.jpg.html)
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_12211_1.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_12211_1.jpg.html)

Well, the pics are pretty self-explanatory, i've been using Evergreen styrene and putty for most of these mods, stuff i've seen here and there on the web. I've managed to goof up almost to the point of having to start a new kit, used too much putty in the first layer inside the bottom part of the intake and it melted and shrank the plastic... :banghead: :banghead:
Anyway, i kept on going and decided that after it's dry on the inside, the outside would be covered with putty too, sanded back to shape and scribed... won't need weight in the nose, that's for sure... ;D
The AIFF antennas on the last photo were taken out after that pic, built new ones (3rd pic) cause those didn't look right... new ones still have to be sanded/cut to right size and shape, but i've already airbrushed the intake and landing gear and bays... managed to kill my membrane compressor doing that...  :blink: :banghead:
Closed cockpit is the only option so i won't try any fancy stuff there, won't be very visible anyway, a pilot will sit in there forever... :wacko:
ADF tail is a mix of the kits tail and an extra FBminis conversion set i had that had a few bubbles on the fin so i used the base, it's all that's different anyway...
Up til now, i'm satisfied with these first attempts at upgrading a kit, and i think it will look better than if it was a normal OOB build. I also believe these new experiences will be very useful for future whifs, especially kit bashed... :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on October 04, 2015, 01:36:47 am
Some nice work going on
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 04, 2015, 03:31:39 am
Some nice work going on
Thank you!  :thumbsup:

It's been a fun build so far, except for the fact that i now have to buy a new compressor in order to get all the stuff on the bench finished... :banghead:
I know i've been slacking out on my whifs but, time has been short...
This morning i won an auction with 2 1/72 Hobbyboss kits for 13€ :thumbsup:, a Focke-Wulf 190 and a P-38, it's from a UK seller, in about 10 days or so, i'll finally have all i need for the Battle of Britain GB, the Mosquito kit i'm using as donor of the Merlin engines is in Customs right now, 3 or 4 days it'll be here.
Let's just see if i´m able to finish it in time... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 21, 2015, 05:48:44 pm
OK, i have been thinking of joining the BoB GB with a different idea of the original one i had, which was to put merlin engines on the P-38, but i don't have donors for merlin engines and i couldn't find cheap kits to donate.  :banghead:
Let's just say a few pre-production P-38s were rushed to Britain as there was a shortage of combat able aircraft and the Brits would take anything to help counter the Luftwaffe. Those were used as they were received, there was no time to fit merlins and make it work flawlessly. Don't think it would've been the most successful fighter of the battle but it could probably be of good use against bombers and even Bf 110s, don't you think? Anyway, that's my story.  ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 01, 2015, 05:07:57 pm
Well, after a long wait for the kits i wanted to enter the BoB GB, i lost a bit of the motivation... Too much on the go for my spare time and also, having to hold all work to wait for a new compressor has taken it's toll on the modeling mojo...  :blink:
With time quickly running out, i've started yet another F-16 in the Portuguese forum's GB... :banghead: For this one, i'm using a 1/72 Revell F-16 MLU with markings for the PoAF's 301st FS Jaguars in the 2011 Tigermeet.
Mostly it's just to see how i handle a better kit after the old Italeri is finished. It's an easier build and a better detailed kit so if i can make the Italeri look good, say, at a distance of 5 feet, the Revell should look reasonable from just a couple of feet away... ;D

On the whif front, a few days ago, i managed to glue some small bits on the F-16W and also started sanding down the F-15 for a new paint scheme.
Today, while painting a few parts for the Italeri F-16, i thinned down too much flat aluminum inside the airbrush's cup to use on the nozzle and in order not to waste the excess paint, i thought i'd do some whif work...   :rolleyes: Thunderbolt of the Portuguese Army Air Corps 1st FS in WWII, soon to take it's place in my alternative history... I may also go back in the timeline to include a Portuguese Voluntary Squadron in the BoB GB flying Spits and Hurricanes... :wacko:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_13791.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_13791.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on November 02, 2015, 10:05:29 am
Lovely. Great work over there ! Love the details on the F-16, that will really show in the final product.

 :bow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 02, 2015, 04:31:32 pm
Lovely. Great work over there ! Love the details on the F-16, that will really show in the final product.

 :bow:

Thank you, Captain!  :thumbsup: Let's see how it's going to end, still a lot of work to do.
It got a coat of Tamiya's spray can primer today and after that, it's first coat of paint on the underside. I'll post a pic or two when it's done. I can't wait to get this one finished cause i've already started work on the Revell kit, which i believe will come out better as it's a higher quality mold. The exhaust nozzle got the same treatment as the one on the Italeri kit and the cool Model Maker Decals are surely going to help in the end, this is the bird i'm building:
 https://aminhapaixao.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/f16a-15106.jpg :wub:
After this RW saga in the Portuguese Armed Forces GB is finished, i'll be 100% committed to finishing the rest of my stalled builds and they'll all be Whif... all 7 of them!! :wacko:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 14, 2015, 05:16:21 pm
Hey guys, not much to report here, only that i'm still working on my 2 real world F-16s... The Italeri kit has been painted and is now waiting for the decals, the revell kit is still in cockpit stage and not much on the Whif front, only a bit of test painting on the Revell Me-262 and the Airfix Eurofighter.
All i can say is, i'm very happy with my new compressor!! It works great and now i'm really enjoying painting with the airbrush, it's a great tool. :bow:
Tomorrow morning, the RW Italeri F-16 is getting final paint licks on the intake, landing gear and bays, navigation lights and antennas. If i don't waste too much time with that, gloss varnish and decals in the afternoon.
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_14291.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_14291.jpg.html)
The Me-262 will have a whif paint job and decals, will be a captured bird after WWII in USAF markings, scheme will be inspired on this:
http://img.wp.scn.ru/camms/ar/455/pics/2_50.jpg
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_14301.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_14301.jpg.html)
And the Eurofighter, not sure what markings to use on this one... Maybe PoAF... Or RCAF, HAF... :unsure: Ideas are welcome...
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_14281.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_14281.jpg.html)
I know that some of you might say, only gray tones, boring... This has been done with the F-16's leftovers, just to avoid wasting paint, but i have to admit, i like the boring, all gray schemes... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on November 15, 2015, 01:15:44 am
Progress  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on November 15, 2015, 01:31:45 am
I like grey on model cars.
It's under used and looks great with a splash of colour like deep red, powder pink or primrose yellow.

Eurofighter looks good.  Would look even better IMO with emerald green racing stripes over one wing... ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 15, 2015, 02:35:49 am

Eurofighter looks good.  Would look even better IMO with emerald green racing stripes over one wing... ;D


....and a large race number on the fin too?  ;)
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on November 15, 2015, 02:55:01 am
No Kit.  That would be silly.
 :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 15, 2015, 06:57:33 am
Eheheh you guys crack me up... :thumbsup:
The Eurofighter won't be a racer but Zenrat's idea of the green stripes did bring up the idea for a PoAF commemorative scheme. I can see the green stripes on one wing and red on the other... :rolleyes:
Still, i'm leaning more towards HAF markings, i think white and blue roundels would look good on it and, although i do plan to build a Eurofighter in PoAF markings, it will probably be done on a new kit, maybe a Revell or Hasegawa.
Still a lot of stuff to do before i get to that, gloss varnish on the F-16 is being applied in a few minutes and decals after it's dry.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 22, 2015, 05:08:57 pm
After a big mess up on my RW GB F-16, i needed to get my mind off that for a while. I did get a coat of Future on it before applying AK's enamel panel liner wash and guess what? The gloss varnish coat was too thin and some of the wash penetrated through to the paint and stained it. The top side was easy to clean off as the layer of varnish was thicker, but the whole underside of the airplane looks like it just went through a ball of fire... :banghead:
So i put it aside to work on the ordnance and also, my whif builds.
Today i got the canopies of 4 models masked up.
The F-16W, the Harrier GR.9, the F-15CSE and also, the canopy from a Hobbyboss F-18D, which is another one of my stalled builds pile.
So to sum up all of my WIP info, the F-15, Me-262, P-47 and the Eurofighter all have the first/base color on, awaiting 2nd colors and the rest of the works.
The F-16W, F-18 and Harrier are waiting for primer coat... these are the closest to being finished, and then, there's a Bf-109F-4, a FW-190A-8, a Mig-17 and a 19, an SU-27D and an F-86E that i haven't mentioned before, but most of those are/will be parts donors or paint job test birds... :wacko:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: The Chaos on November 22, 2015, 10:53:41 pm
Looks good.
Is this the Hasegawa Me ?
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 23, 2015, 05:29:25 am
Looks good.
Is this the Hasegawa Me ?

Thanks! :thumbsup: It's the Revell 1/72 Me-262 A-1, the one with the awful fitting canopy, this one has been re-built, it's being finished to go back to it's owner, who couldn't finish it.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 26, 2015, 09:30:22 am
Hi guys, long time no post... I've been lost in the real world...  ;D
The 2 Portuguese F-16s are almost finished, just waiting for a matte varnish coat, which is supposed to be applied tomorrow. This is how they look at the moment, i'll leave the link here to the finished builds when there are more and better pics.
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_16321.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_16321.jpg.html)
I don't think i'll build another RW model in some time, not really my interest so after these are finished, i'm going back to my first whif and the rest of the SBP, including the next of my alternative history's builds, the Portuguese P-47D in WWII, after D-Day. :wacko:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 29, 2015, 01:26:32 pm
Ok, i'm done, no more real world for me! :wacko:
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_16921.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_16921.jpg.html)
Not that it's really worth it but, if anyone wants to have a closer look, here's the link to the build thread with more pics: http://forum.modelismo-na.net/viewtopic.php?f=233&t=25405&start=60

So, that said, what am i doing next? Guess what, another F-16!!! :wacko: :wub: Besides finishing the rest of my SBP, i'm starting a Kinetic 1/72 F-16D Block52+ just cause i want a twin seat Viper! This will be Whif, probably one of the Peace Atlantis III F-16s that the PoAF gets from the renovation of the Lajes air base deal... :wacko:
TBH, i suspect that as long as i keep on modeling, there will always be an F-16 in progress on my bench, that's why i call my condition Acute Falconnitis... :wacko: ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 05, 2016, 04:00:31 pm
Well, after the RW builds, the F-16W has been progressing everyday. Today i've finished painting the nozzle and gave it a good coat of gloss varnish, so now it's time to choose markings for it... I've also been thinking about the backstory which can help to make the decision.  
And as i'm almost finishing one, i'm starting another kit... In my recently completed 2 years of modeling, i've built 3 F-16s and i'm finishing the 4th, none of them have the CFTs, so it's time to finally use one of the 2 sets of Freightdog resin CFTs and one of the 4 Revell F-16s left  in my stash.
Will be a Whiff, this time just a simple markings and scheme but work has begun...
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_17041_1.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_17041_1.jpg.html)
As can be seen, Spiderman likes it!!  ;D
He doesn't know much about aircraft as he's more into webs and stuff, but he firmly states that the only spider that could inflict more damage than the F-16 is the Black Widow species...  ;D

 :cheers:

EDIT: Not that it matters very much but, in the previous post i said i was starting a twin-seat viper but the Kinetic kit i was supposed to use has been bought with other plans in mind and i was almost forgetting that. As most of my F-16 stash is single-seat, it won't change my plans, just hops over a few other planned builds. ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 28, 2016, 08:02:52 pm
Well, after my real world F-16 Saga, i thought i'd put those types of builds aside for some time, but somehow i was convinced by some members of the Portuguese modeling forum where i post, to be the moderator for a GB of Shark mouth decorated aircraft.  :blink:
I guess it's nothing bad as everyone was receptive to the idea of opening the rules to any kind of transport or vehicles that sports a shark's mouth when completed, be it real world or what if. :thumbsup:
So, in order to join in the GB, first i'm building my first 1/48 model, a Monogram P-40B Tigershark which will be RW, but i'm still choosing a whiff to participate in that too... :wacko:
So i can say that i haven't been able to hold off new builds before i finished all my stalled builds as i planned, but no problem, i've been steadily increasing my production rate so i'm not scared, only 8 on the go at the mo... ;D

The delayed bunch - all waiting for final masking and colors...
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_17801.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_17801.jpg.html)

The new-comers on the bench...
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_17791.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_17791.jpg.html)

Meanwhile the P-40 had a bit more work done on it...
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_17821.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_17821.jpg.html)

And i also dragged out the Hobbyboss F-18D to fit the crew, WSO is particularly psyched about it... ;D
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_17831.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_17831.jpg.html)

So that's it at the moment, with an Airfix Harrier Gr.9, that's the 8 models i'm treating as a priority at the moment, i can say i've got my hands full! :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 02, 2016, 03:10:59 pm
Work's been hard in the last couple of days but today i managed to get some modeling done. Cut 15 1.5mmx1.8cm Evergreen strips and glued them inside the nozzle to give it a bit of detail, followed by masking, which was also done to the intake. XF-2 for the inside and XF-66 was just for the intake's lip although i ended up spraying the whole thing... :wacko:  
For the nozzle it was XF-10 for the petals and the XF-2 on the inside. Now, both will be gloss-coated and masked again for assembly and final colors on the fuselage.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_17911.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_17911.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 16, 2016, 06:19:48 pm
Well, i haven't had much time for modeling lately but i just couldn't resist... The Kinetic Sufa will become the F-16CP's brother, the F-16IP... ;D
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_18101.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_18101.jpg.html)
And on the old Monogram 1/48 P-40B, i've been trying hard not to sand off all those beautiful rivets...
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_18041.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_18041.jpg.html)
The gun cowlings will give me extra PSR... :banghead:

Hasta la pasta, brodas! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 17, 2016, 05:56:32 am
When i opened the Kinetic Sufa's plastic bags, one of the intake position lights was missing from the sprue. It was not inside the plastic bag or the box, so i sent an email to Kinetic's services, but as their site seems so abandoned, i thought i'd never get a response, but surprise, surprise!!
Woke up today with an email from Elsie at Kinetic asking for my address to send me the whole A sprue which includes most of the Sufa specific bits!! Guess i'll have some goodies for the CP too! :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 19, 2016, 02:33:14 pm
Oh yeah, got the confirmation from Elsie that the sprue was posted today so i expect to have it here in a couple of weeks.
To celebrate, did a bit more on the F-16IP...
I´m starting to get used to this procedure, 15 0,25mm thick Evergreen strips, 1,5mm width by 2cm lenght, and, IMHO, the result looks much better than the bare nozzle... Spidey likes it too! ;D
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_18161.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_18161.jpg.html)

Glued a few more bits with Spidey's approval...
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_18181.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_18181.jpg.html)

I'm enjoying this build, another pair of Vipers in a short time period... just how i like it! ;D
The Kinetic kit has been good so far, fit of the CFTs was very good, just some pressure during a few seconds and the Tamiya extra thin glue did the job perfectly. Same goes for the avionics spine and fin.

Let's see if this couple doesn't get in the way of the Tunnan... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 20, 2016, 09:37:34 pm
Well, i just can't resist the Vipers...  :rolleyes:
Dabbed some paint on the CP's cockpit and the IP's tub.
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_18241.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_18241.jpg.html)
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_18201.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_18201.jpg.html)
The Kinetic tub has an edge on the inside supposed to hold the seat at the 30º angle but the seats are a millimeter too narrow and won't sit on that edge, resting on the floor of the tub. I'll try to fix this using styrene strips glued to the bottom of the seats for it to sit properly.
Also ended up doing a bit of sanding and painting on the Hobbyboss F-18D, the same XF-69 Nato black was applied to the top cockpit area.
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_18221.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_18221.jpg.html)
This was built around 2 years ago and before i knew about the use of putty in modeling, so a few gaps and steps were left on a few seams. I've filled those for a final PSR session before primer and colors.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: McColm on February 24, 2016, 04:44:27 am
Great work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 24, 2016, 06:02:06 am
Great work  :thumbsup:

Thank you!  :thumbsup:

Haven't done much in the last couple of days but last night i got the Cold War GB's Tunnan's canopy masked, so tonight i should be able to glue the pylons and give it some paint.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 27, 2016, 09:44:03 am
Ok, so the F-16IP had it's cockpit painted, not my best effort in detail painting and photography but for what it's worth... :rolleyes:
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_18331.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_18331.jpg.html)

Painted the top of the cockpit with XF-69 and inside walls with the 66, then put the tub inside the top fuselage to glue it to the bottom half.
This is how both Vipers stand while Spidey chills... ;D
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_18371.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_18371.jpg.html)

Well, my initial plans for the weekend of driving up to the PoAF's Beja BA11 airbase for some plane spotting, were blown by the bad weather and other affairs as always... :banghead:
I've also been concentrating on the Tunnan for the Cold War GB. Still to decide what colors to use but the scheme itself is chosen... maybe tomorrow will end up being the relaxing day i'm hoping to have to get some more modeling done... :rolleyes:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 13, 2016, 05:22:33 pm
After finishing the Saab Tunnan, it's time to continue work on the rest of the SBP, so today i spent the afternoon watching airplane documentaries and masking stuff... :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19011.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19011.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 15, 2016, 03:38:19 pm
Primed the P-40 today with the XF-12, although not a primer paint, i found it holds on very well...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19031.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19031.jpg.html)

And as reward for being such a good guinea-pig for my first airbrush tests, the Typhoon is back on the bench, had some X-11 sprayed on and after i took the pic, gave it a good coat of gloss varnish and it's now ready for decals...  :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19071.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19071.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 19, 2016, 01:21:02 pm
So, after some3 hours of decaling, a good coat of gloss varnish and another one almost ready to leave the bench! :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 20, 2016, 11:13:42 am
After all the decals, i switched to another build. I'd scratched the LERX fences a long time ago but the F-18D was relegated to the SBP waiting for a more decent finish than i could give it at the time. As it's getting near painting stages, it was time to put those on so i glued the 2 fences on top of 0,25mm Evergreen sheet strips and cut the fences bases to shape. I glad with how it came out and i think it adds a bit of interest to the looks so i'm glad i did it. The Hobbyboss kit is pretty crude in some areas, neither the fences, which should've been provided, from what i've seen on the real aircraft intended to represent with the O.O.B. decal sheet. It is supposed to be an easy kit so, can't complaint too much as it was also very cheap. I'll also have to build some antennas as none came with the kit.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19231.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19231.jpg.html)

Now i'm gonna spray some matte varnish on the Eurofighter... :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 20, 2016, 12:54:02 pm
Now i'm gonna spray some matte varnish on the Eurofighter... :thumbsup:

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Which is now dry... :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19261.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19261.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19281.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19281.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19321.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19321.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19331.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19331.jpg.html)

The decals are most of the missing detail in the molds so i think that they help the end product a lot.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19341.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19341.jpg.html)

I'll have the back story and a few more pics when the missiles are finished. :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 21, 2016, 05:58:49 pm
Wasn't feeling like painting today so i did some small work, got scrap styrene and cut a few antennas for the F-18D...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19461.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19461.jpg.html)

The GPS antenna for the F-16CP...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19431.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19431.jpg.html)

And the forward looking sensors for the DP.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19351.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19351.jpg.html)

I've opted to downgrade the twin seater version from I to D because i wanna keep the rest of the specific SUFA bits for another build, and to have both the single-seat and twin-seat with the same systems and sensors to keep version commonality... :rolleyes:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 22, 2016, 03:00:10 pm
Felt like painting today... :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19511.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19511.jpg.html)

These are what's left to finish for the Eurofighter. Now i wanna build another one, but a better kit, gotta look through some reviews of the Revell and Hasegawa kits to make a decision on which one to buy.

A few days ago, while chatting to my best mate from school years, he asked if i still had any old drawings from those days. I dug through the piles of stuff i have kept from school, as i was in the Design area from the 10th grade on, i still have a lot of sketches and geometry exercises from those years... As i remembered, i really was a Whif designer in my youth!! ;D
Only found one, from around 1992 or 93, unfinished but in reasonable condition to show, most of the others are small sketches drawn during some boring Portuguese or English class... ;D Obviously, i fancied delta-winged aircraft back then...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19171.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19171.jpg.html)

Looking at it now, looks a bit like a batplane... :wacko:
Gotta start drawing again to see if i can come up with some interesting modern designs. :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on March 23, 2016, 07:04:57 am
Drawings neat  :thumbsup: My drawings from schooldays all have propellers  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 23, 2016, 05:40:09 pm
Drawings neat  :thumbsup: My drawings from schooldays all have propellers  :rolleyes:

Thanks! :thumbsup: Do you still have any of yours? It was such a memory reviving moment when i found mine... :rolleyes:
I think i only drew Spitfires, it's always been my favorite prop fighter, but no surviving drawings. My mate is finishing a FW-190 which is looking very good, when it's finished i'll post it here.

Well, modeling wise, today i got the XF-58 Olive drab on the inside of the landing flaps and wheel bays on my RW P-40B of the AVG Flying Tigers.
(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19521.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19521.jpg.html)
This is goig to be my first camo job with the airbrush and i'm really looking forward to see how it comes out...  :rolleyes:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on March 24, 2016, 06:52:37 am
Drawings neat  :thumbsup: My drawings from schooldays all have propellers  :rolleyes:

Thanks! :thumbsup: Do you still have any of yours?

None of the drawings of aircraft that I know of but then it is 50 odd years ago  :blink: What I did find was my old note books where I'd mapped out my "What if" countries (before I'd even heard the phrase) for my wargamming campaigns. Not just the maps but the topography and industrial geography of each nation as well. I obviously paid attention in class  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 24, 2016, 03:22:01 pm
None of the drawings of aircraft that I know of but then it is 50 odd years ago  :blink: What I did find was my old note books where I'd mapped out my "What if" countries (before I'd even heard the phrase) for my wargamming campaigns. Not just the maps but the topography and industrial geography of each nation as well. I obviously paid attention in class  ;D

I imagine it would be quite a feat to have kept your drawings for so long, i had tens of them and only the one i showed survived these past 20some years... Without a doubt, "What-if" is a personality trait, creative minds always have a different view... My mate was never into making up his own designs, he mostly drew what he saw on books and magazines. 90% of his sketches were of the Mirage 2000, the other 10% were Mig-25s... :rolleyes:
I never got into wargaming but it must be fun, i know a lot of people who were/are into it, but i spent most of my free time riding my bmx or training on my K1 in the river till i was 14, after that it was just bmx, sex, drugs and rock'n roll... ;D
Well, off to the bench to mask and paint the Eurofighter's missiles and the P-40's landing gear.

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 27, 2016, 02:45:50 pm
After finishing another whif, the PoAF Typhoon, i now have to give my RW P-40 some time, so today i got the XF-19 on the underside...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19731.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19731.jpg.html)

And sorted out some weapons for the F-18D and F-15CSE...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19751.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19751.jpg.html)

I'm still choosing if i want a AN/AAQ-14 or a 3rd drop tank in the Hornet's center line station, but the rest is chosen, 4 Mk.20 Rockeye, 2 AIM-7C Sparrow and 2 AIM-9L on the Wingtips.
For the final loadout of the CSE, not sure if i want only AIM-120s on the pylons or also have a pair of AIM-9Xs.  If they carried any exterior load, while using the Conformal Weapons Bays, my guess is that it would be 120s? Would it carry 1 or 2 pairs of 9X on the CWBs stations? :rolleyes:
I can also load this one with all external load and keep the CFT idea for greater range... ;D
This is just half of the ordnance i have to finish, there's also the F-16CP/DP's full load, although that's already chosen.
And already i'm thinking of starting something new... :wacko:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 03, 2016, 04:54:48 pm
Ok, time for a little update... ;D
As i wanna properly learn some weathering techniques, i need to practice a lot more, so i dug out the Airfix F-86E from the stalled builds pile to serve as one of the next test subjects for that, and after the colors and gloss coat, some AK Grey/Blue camo panel line wash.
Started on the P-40, XF-1 for pre-shading and covered it with the wrong color, XF-52... :rolleyes:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19761.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19761.jpg.html)

Ended up covering most of the initial mess...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19791.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19791.jpg.html)

It will get another coat of brown later on to cover it up more evenly before the green goes on.
Next up were the whifs, the F-18D, another mess, which ended up almost completely covered in XF-24...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19841.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19841.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19881.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19881.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19891.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19891.jpg.html)

And then, the rest of the XF-24 left in the cup went on the Airfix F-86E, which already had previously been pre-shaded with very thinned XF-1...
IMHO, this one came out a bit better although the pic doesn't show much...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19901.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19901.jpg.html)

Still a long way to go from what i want to do but i'm enjoying the learning process, airbrushing is fun! ;D

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 07, 2016, 04:18:32 pm
Time for another small update...

Sometime ago, i was offered help by our own PR19_Kit (to whom i am very grateful :bow: :thumbsup:), regarding some PoAF lo-viz markings and we were in "negotiations" regarding such markings and him printing them for me, but it coincided with the first unfortunate health issue of Mrs PR19, and i wouldn't dare to bother him, or anyone else going through such a moment... specially about something like decals.
So, i spent some euros and got all i needed to make my own decals, and after a few months of not having the patience to spend time at the computer setting up images, i'm finally getting down to business... I was having a few problems resizing images but tonight i got around that and successfully printed in normal paper, the PoAF lo-viz roundel, tail band and fin flash in 1/72!  :drink:
On Paint.NET, i made up a tail band and the rim around the Christ's cross for the roundel and the fin flash was found online. this was the first test with the 2 smaller roundels, fin flash and tail band being 1/72, the larger roundel is 1/48 and the larger tail band was supposed to also be 1/48 but was too skinny.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19921.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19921.jpg.html)

 There's also a ton of other stuff i wanna print like numbers, data, squadron markings, but this was what i wanted to have for a long time, now i just have to successfully make and use the darned decals! Of course, there's still a lot to do in color matching and some of my own designs i wanna try, so there's still a lot of computer work ahead, but it shouldn't be a problem as i'm starting to get used to editing images.
No news on the plastic front to report as my RW job has got me worn out pretty much everyday this week so i'm just doing computer work... ;D

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on April 08, 2016, 06:31:17 am
Some nice progress going on  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 08, 2016, 12:08:19 pm
Some nice progress going on  :thumbsup:

Thank you!  :thumbsup: Just got home and got the decal sheets in my hand ready to print! I'll be back later to show how it went.

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 08, 2016, 04:32:25 pm
Well, ended up not having the time i needed to be able to print the decals and apply the decal film but did get a few minutes to start designing a proper decal sheet. Got all the stuff printed last night into one file and added a bird... ;D
The roundels used are not the correct ones, only remembered that after i finished the editing. Also forgot that i have to separate the designs which are to be printed on white from the ones to be printed on clear sheets so this work was just to learn how to design a decal sheet.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19931.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19931.jpg.html)

So, that's it for now, maybe tomorrow i can finally get down to printing... :rolleyes:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 11, 2016, 03:32:48 pm
First prints done, 1st (Top) came out blurred and immediately knew why, forgot to change the printer's settings for this kind of paper... :banghead:
2nd (Bottom) came out almost perfect, only a few black dots missing from one of the black falcons.
After about 20 minutes of drying time, got both sheets sprayed with several coats of Microscale liquid decal film and waited for another 20/30 minutes, but as i was getting too anxious to know if the print would hold up, i applied one small decal from the blurred sheet on my F-16PM ADCUP, which has been promoted to test subject...  ;D

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19961.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19961.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_19981.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_19981.jpg.html)

Although i printed these on white decal paper, it was on purpose because i bought the cheapest sheet i could find just for the tests. After about 10 or 15 seconds in water, it came off the backing paper really easy and stuck to the model very well. Still, easy to move around into the right position when i dabbed a bit of Micro Set, to which it reacted fine, no curling or blurring the print. The pic doesn't show it very well but what surprised me was that the decal was thin and didn't crack or brake. I then removed it from the model after i knew the test was successful.

All i can say is, i'm glad i finally did this, there are many more decals on the way! :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on April 12, 2016, 02:45:09 am
Looks good.
I wouldn't rush things though.  Maybe i'm too carefull but I give my ink 24 hours to dry before I seal my decals and then give the sealer 24 hours before I apply them.

What make paper are you using?
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 12, 2016, 07:52:57 am
Looks good.
I wouldn't rush things though.  Maybe i'm too carefull but I give my ink 24 hours to dry before I seal my decals and then give the sealer 24 hours before I apply them.

What make paper are you using?


Thanks!  :thumbsup: Well, i don't think it is from a known brand, it was the cheapest i could find on the bay. I bought it from Craftsnaccessories, from the UK but searching the bay again revealed they aren't sold anymore... :unsure: But i also bought a couple of Expert's Choice clear and white sheets, to be used after the tests are complete.
I know, i should be more patient, i was just so curious that i couldn't wait... :rolleyes: But no problem, it was hard to get the decal off the model, it settled down really well, even before the Micro Set was applied. The print had no problems, didn't smudge the ink.  :thumbsup:
I've read some tutorial on which the modeler said that you don't need to wait too long, just enough for the ink to dry, and as my house is pretty warm most of the time (around 25/27º Celsius), they were dry in a matter of a few minutes, i just waited the half hour to make sure. It was a good thing that the 1st print came out blurred, it was handy to check if the ink was really dry without fear of messing up the good ones. I do have a tendency to use the airbrush to dry the paint when painting models, and i did the same after each coat of decal film was applied, guess it helps a bit, right?
Now, i think this sloppy test was very helpful, if the Expert's Choice sheets are better than this "generic" brand, everything should go smoothly, but i will take your advice on waiting longer between every step, cause i really want to get this right.
These lo-viz markings have opened up an even wider choice of subject for PoAF Whifs...  :drink:
I'm enjoying a day off work today for working the whole weekend, so i'm now compiling a few more images that have to be printed on white paper, and i'll show those later on.

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on April 13, 2016, 02:39:56 am
If it works for you then go with it.
There is no "right way", just different paths to the same result.
You will prossibly find that when trimming right up to the ink on white paper that the water gets under the sealer and washes some of the ink off.
Happens to me anyway.  I touch up with paint and a very small brush.

Having tried Testors and Bare Metal Foil brands I now use  Papillo  (http://www.papilio.com) decal paper from the US.

Printing your own decals opens up a vast new world of whiffs.  I only wish I had an ALPS printer so I could print white.

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 13, 2016, 01:16:23 pm
If it works for you then go with it.
There is no "right way", just different paths to the same result.
You will prossibly find that when trimming right up to the ink on white paper that the water gets under the sealer and washes some of the ink off.
Happens to me anyway.  I touch up with paint and a very small brush.

Having tried Testors and Bare Metal Foil brands I now use  Papillo  (http://www.papilio.com) decal paper from the US.

Printing your own decals opens up a vast new world of whiffs.  I only wish I had an ALPS printer so I could print white.



Yup, i totally agree with you, all roads lead to Rome... and thanks for the warning on the white sheets, although it didn't happen to the one i used, it's always good to know. :thumbsup: Those Papilio sheets look good, maybe i'll buy some next time. I read quite a few good reviews on the Expert's choice sheets so i went with those, if the name means anything, should be good... ;D
One thing i don't get, why aren't ALPS printers a more popular product? Is ALPS the only maker of this kind of printer? I checked their web-site and could only find refurbished printers on sale. The cheapest was 450$ +shipping, probably that's why they're not so popular... :rolleyes:
Anyway, while going through images i'd saved in my hard drive, i came to the conclusion that i'll be printing almost everything in clear sheets, there's not much white in the decals i wanna print right now.
This means i have to get back to the bench, there're 4 models in final painting stages, just minor masking and detail painting in order to move on to decals...
I am curious to see how the Hornet will come out, the grey is very dark so i'm having a hard time to choose if i should leave it like it is and just paint the rest of the details or if i should give it another color...
Masking's being done on the P-47 to paint the anti-glare panel, and also on the F-15CSE to paint the nozzles...

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on April 14, 2016, 12:31:53 am
Are Alps printers still being made ? Something in the back of my head says "no", but then it's been wrong many times before  :blink:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 14, 2016, 01:23:16 am
Are Alps printers still being made ? Something in the back of my head says "no", but then it's been wrong many times before  :blink:

I don't think so. I looked into it a few years back and there was another company making a look-alike, but they sank without trace. I believe someone is still making the inks/tapes thingies, but that's about all.

It's about time someone came up some new technology on that front, there's more applications than we home decal printers that could use it I'm sure.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 14, 2016, 04:26:57 am
Well, i did find info on their site regarding acessories and repairs, there's a company that will continue to repair and refurbish the printers at least till 2030. But still, the ones i saw on sale were so expensive... Also read somewhere that you can only run those with windows xp... Couldn't agree more with Kit's words, a modern up-to-date Micro Dry printer would be very welcome by a lot of people, not just modelers. Crazy as it is, i have been considering buying an ALPS MD-1300... There are many Portuguese aircraft of which the markings were never issued in decal form, so i could even try to make a few short run series of sheets by Dogfighter Decals... :wacko:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Gondor on April 14, 2016, 04:44:55 am
Well, i did find info on their site regarding acessories and repairs, there's a company that will continue to repair and refurbish the printers at least till 2030. But still, the ones i saw on sale were so expensive... Also read somewhere that you can only run those with windows xp... Couldn't agree more with Kit's words, a modern up-to-date Micro Dry printer would be very welcome by a lot of people, not just modelers. Crazy as it is, i have been considering buying an ALPS MD-1300... There are many Portuguese aircraft of which the markings were never issued in decal form, so i could even try to make a few short run series of sheets by Dogfighter Decals... :wacko:

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If your going to do a short run production of decal sheets its better to get them printed professionally rather than to do them at home.

Gondor
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 14, 2016, 05:45:38 am
If your going to do a short run production of decal sheets its better to get them printed professionally rather than to do them at home.

Gondor

Guess i would only do it at home if they came out good, wouldn't wanna be selling crap to anyone. The ALPS printers are specific for this type of printing so i think the quality should be good enough to ask a symbolic amount of money for any sheet. The company www.alps-printer.com also offers decal printing services, that's another option, just a matter of knowing how it works. Anyway, this is all "whif" cause i'm not sure if i'll be able to make the investment anytime soon, or if i really want to do it at all. Just an idea...

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 15, 2016, 05:18:54 pm
Ok, had some time to spray some paint and this time it was the Jug's turn, a decal sheet for PoAF's P-47s which had been ordered some time ago arrived at my parent's house last week and i only managed to go pick them up today so it's about time i get to finish my half-whif... ;D Portugal had the planes, but i'm gonna give this one a bit of a twist to the scheme and markings to see if anyone notices it back on the Portuguese forum... :wacko:
Most of you who use Tamiya acrylics probably already knew this but, today i found that the X-11 Silver can be a bit polished with a dry kitchen paper tissue. I was trying to wipe of some glue residue from the masking and i noticed that after the glue was gone, that area wasn't as grainy as the rest, so did the same to rest of the model and, IMHO, the result is much better. After that, antennas went on and then i brush painted the canopy's framing. All that's left is some minor paint on a few details and on to varnish and decals.
The F-18D's nozzles also got some attention as to get the painting finished in that area, another one that just needs detail painting, and on to varnish and decals it goes... :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20071.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20071.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 16, 2016, 01:26:58 pm
Today i gave my attention to the Revell Me-262 that i was supposed to finish for my best mate's kid. A few days ago i went to his house and the kid asked for the model but i saw his disappointment when i told him it was still to be finished... :banghead:
It is also a good one to get me testing out stuff i haven't tried before, being one of the two i dug out of the SB pile, the other was one of the very first models i built since i got back into modeling, the Italeri 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX.
Now, the 262 is not a whif but also, it's not intended on being 100% real, i masked it almost like i saw on pics and profiles found on the web but the colors aren't correct... not that the kid's gonna know, but i wonder if the finished model will get him a bit more interested in this hobby. :unsure:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20121.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20121.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20171.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20171.jpg.html)

Not a whif but, i guess if i put No.1426 markings on it, i can say it was flying with the Rafwaffe out of Farnborough... :wacko:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20181.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20181.jpg.html)

Don't know how most folks prefer to paint this scheme but i think that it will be easier for me this way, so let's see how the under side and mottled areas come out... :rolleyes:

The Spit's camo, also not intended to be a real scheme, was free hand airbrushed...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20131.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20131.jpg.html)

i can say that this was another successful experiment, the camo lines on the 262 are clean and no overspray on unwanted areas, the Spit gave me the idea that a free hand camo is not as hard as i imagined but, obviously, i still have a lot to practice and, if this was model to be finished, i'd probably mask off some areas in order to make it a proper scheme. All in all, i'm happy with today's test results, next test will be masking with blue-tac, in my case, UHU's Patafix, and with Tamiya tape, on curved/uneven edged camo schemes like the Flying Tigers's P-40... :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on April 17, 2016, 01:36:09 am
Both look fine to me, 262 is especially neat in that scheme
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 17, 2016, 04:25:36 am
Both look fine to me, 262 is especially neat in that scheme

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 28, 2016, 03:11:23 pm
Well, not much whiffing on my bench lately, but i've been doing some stuff that has come out ok, so far... :rolleyes:
Revell's P-47 got it's prop painted(sitting on it's wing waiting for glue to dry cause i dropped it while unmasking and snapped off one of the prop blades) and is ready for a gloss coat and decals, now it's a matter of choosing to go RW or Whif...
RW Flying Tigers P-40B masked and painted the camo, next is the light grey underside.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20361.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20361.jpg.html)

The masking for the camo on the P-40 was my first attempt at a masked and airbrushed, hard-edged camo scheme, i'm quite satisfied with the results so far, makes me wanna try a SEA scheme and i know just what's screaming for one from the bottom of the stalled builds pile, and i can assure you it will be a whif...  :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on April 29, 2016, 06:35:39 am
P40 looks good
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 29, 2016, 01:50:00 pm
P40 looks good

Thanks! :thumbsup:
I am enjoying this build a bit more now, the scheme got me a bit more into it but i admit the masking can be boring if you're using 6mm masking tape to make curved edges on 1/48 models... :banghead:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20301.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20301.jpg.html)

Well, i guess it was good practice for 1/72 models, right? ;D
I don't have any liquid masking solutions and only had Tamiya's 6mm and a cheap 20mm tape which leaves glue residue on the surface of the models, and i was afraid to use uhu's Patafix cause it also leaves a bit behind and it can get tricky to remove completely. A fellow modeler on the UAMF forum suggested i try silly putty, which is less tacky than Blu-tac, Patafix and the likes, probably will buy some to try it out.

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on April 30, 2016, 05:30:00 am
Silly putty will give you a soft edge I'm told. I hand paint freehand so can't comment from experience.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 30, 2016, 03:22:51 pm
Silly putty will give you a soft edge I'm told. I hand paint freehand so can't comment from experience.

Yes, i think i'll keep using tape for hard-edged camo jobs. Anyway, i'm gonna try using Patafix on the Me-262 to mask the top of the fuselage before i try to paint the underside and mottled areas.
Today i sprayed the P-40's underside with Tamiya's XF-19, and the P-47 got a good coat of gloss varnish so it's ready for the decals. :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 01, 2016, 06:04:52 pm
So, got the P-47's decals on today and no work done on the P-40,so it sits as it was yesterday...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20451.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20451.jpg.html)

The Santa Cruz Decals PoAF decals gave me problems again, another 3 roundels wasted today, just ripped apart when sliding of the backing paper... after about 2 minutes in warm water... :banghead:  After that, it was the Vallejo Medium Decal Softener, which made them wrinkle up... After going over the roundels with a dry piece of cotton to smooth them out, i still had to run a round toothpick in the panel lines for the decals to conforme a bit better. Then i ruined the black US mission markings and had to use the French's white mission markings, fortunately, also provided in the kit's sheet. The "In the Mood" lady came from Italeri's F-16C/D Night Falcon sheet. The backstory is set so, after about 110 decals, this is how the Jug looks...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20511.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20511.jpg.html)

Final licks of glue and paint go on tomorrow, if i have enough time, a coat of gloss and then i'll try to do some slight weathering.

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 06, 2016, 07:29:58 pm
So, the Jug is finished... http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,42194.0.html#new
Time to finish the Flying Tiger, pilot, guns and exhaust are painted, a coat of gloss varnish and decals are next...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20591.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20591.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on May 07, 2016, 04:44:07 am
Nice work on the pilot my friend  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 08, 2016, 06:57:36 pm
Thanks ,Chris! :thumbsup:
The Monogram pilot is very well molded, great detail, but i am used to 1/72 pilots so this, being 1/48, was easier.. although it is far from perfect, obviously, i do like the way the mustache came out... ;D

Well, today the F-16CP/DP bros got some white... Intakes, wheels, landing gear components, LG bays and respective doors...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20741.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20741.jpg.html)

The F-18D got XF-19 sky grey on the radome and a gloss coat so it's ready for a wash and decals.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20761.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20761.jpg.html)

The P-40 got it's sharksmouth and some other decals...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20791.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20791.jpg.html)

More soon...

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 09, 2016, 03:48:54 pm
Lately i've been trying to pick up the pace as i've a bunch of great kits waiting in my stash, i'm anxious to start a special few like the Monogram 1/72 F-16XL, the 1/72 Revell YF-23.
Although i also want to start the twin-seat F-16W... Probably will be called TW... or WT? :lol:
So, for the time being, i'm directing 90% of my attention to the P-40 and it's been progressing everyday. Today i assembled the wheels , which were already painted, and finished the rest of the decals.
After that, i just dry tested the landing gear in place to get a glimpse of the beast's stance... 8-)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20871.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20871.jpg.html)

Also assembled the F-16DP's intake, which needed a little bit of convincing to stay together... Visible in the pic are the gaps on the inside, not sure if i'll try to fix that, it's a PITA to do on 1/72 intakes... :roll:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20911.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20911.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 10, 2016, 12:31:32 am
How about a loop of .25mm card, or paper inserted into the intake? Put the seam at the top and you'll never see it, make the sleeve 15mm or so long and that takes care of that.

Just a thought.

Cheers
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 10, 2016, 09:08:32 am
How about a loop of .25mm card, or paper inserted into the intake? Put the seam at the top and you'll never see it, make the sleeve 15mm or so long and that takes care of that.

Just a thought.

Cheers

Hey, Rick, thanks for the idea!  :thumbsup: It is a good one but i've already fixed the problem. I was intrigued by that seam cause when i dry-tested the intake duct, it didn't have any gap at all so, all i could do was take it apart and assemble it again. I found that it was my mistake when putting it together the first time, now there's no gap at all cause it's correctly assembled. No wonder it needed the clamp to hold it together... :rolleyes:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_20921.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_20921.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 10, 2016, 10:06:40 pm
Yup, that'll get you every time!  :lol:

(Been There, Done That too many times to admit to...) :banghead:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 11, 2016, 04:46:49 am
Yup, that'll get you every time!  :lol:

(Been There, Done That too many times to admit to...) :banghead:

Yup, me too. ;D In this case, i wasn't really paying attention when assembled it the first time, i was watching the Wings episode about the Skyraider at the same time. :rolleyes:
 The Kinetic kit is good, fits well and the detail is also good, the panel lines might be a bit too wide and deep for some but, IMHO, this kit is great value for money.

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 27, 2016, 05:20:12 pm
Well, as i'm patiently awaiting the In The Navy GB to begin, went down to Stapples and bought some White Spirit to clean off the AK enamel panel liner wash. The one i have is the Grey/Blue camo wash so i applied it on the F-18D which already had the gloss coat on.
Left it to dry for half an hour and then wiped it off with a moistened tissue and with a cotton swab, and it came out easily... maybe a bit too easily but i still wanna look at it during the day and do it again if needed. Masked the Aim-7 Sparrow missile fins for the grey.
Also went out to my LHS and bought a few Tamiya paint jars and matte coat, and also Humbrol's Rust and Dark Earth weathering powders to use on the Flying Tigers P-40. Lots of new stuff to learn! :thumbsup:
Also, i was getting a bit bored and instead of just progressing one of the bench, i ended up deciding a scheme and markings for the F-86E, so i masked the canopy and touched up the pilot and cockpit for the rest of the scheme. Will be a whif and will have a mouth... ;D

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_21411.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_21411.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 28, 2016, 08:56:50 pm
Lots of work and not much time for modeling, but the F-18D is going to be a barbarian...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_21651.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_21651.jpg.html)

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And the P-40 got some dirt, smoke, minor paint-chipping and it's just missing some dark earth on the underside and a matte coat to close things up with the Flying Tiger. :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_21611.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_21611.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 29, 2016, 06:17:18 am
And it's done, 5th real world build of 13 finished models. Whifs are still the majority and will remain so as i have no plans for any other real world builds in the foreseeable future.
I'll just leave a few pics of the finished thing and on to finish the decals on the F-18D which is almost ready to come out of the bench too... :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_21741.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_21741.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_21761.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_21761.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_21771.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_21771.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_21751.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_21751.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_21721.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_21721.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on May 29, 2016, 07:50:21 am
Come out well
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 29, 2016, 06:31:41 pm
Come out well

Thanks, Chris!  :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 30, 2016, 03:51:17 pm
Well, now that the P-40's finished, time to move on with my whif builds. Today got a bunch of missiles masked and airbrushed with XF-19 sky grey and also sprayed some XF-2 flat white on the Mk.20 rockeyes, Kinetic F-16D's intake part and the Harrier Gr.9's intakes.
After that, a few good coats of gloss varnish on the F-18D to seal all the decals, which were finished last night.
Also assembled the intakes on both the F-16D and the Gr.9.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_21831.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_21831.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 31, 2016, 11:20:28 am
Reading Snowtrooper's reply on the GR.9 in PoAF service thread, it coincided very much with the idea for the Portuguese Navy Aviation whifs i have in mind, and it reminded me of the kits i bought with that in mind. The Monogram F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat and a few others...
That may be too much for me and the time available so i will have to rethink the carrier capable F-16XL... Anyway, has to be decided tonight... :banghead:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 04, 2016, 04:52:38 am
Ok, after a lot of consideration, i've deleted the F-16NXL Sea Viper thread i'd started for the In The Navy GB because i can't seem to get around some issues... i just can't see this bird in carrier use, even if the Hornet got cancelled... So, for the GB, i've decided to go ahead with one of the kits that i bought with a Portuguese carrier fleet in mind, the Revell's F8F Bearcat.
The F-16XL will be built as an in-service, land-based bird, so i'll have to figure out a suitable backstory for that.
Sorry if i'm disappointing anyone with the XL but if it's not feeling right, i won't build it... :banghead:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on June 04, 2016, 05:13:04 am
I've built that Revell Bearcat a couple of times (is it ex Monogram ?) and it's a nice build
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 04, 2016, 05:26:38 am
I've built that Revell Bearcat a couple of times (is it ex Monogram ?) and it's a nice build

Chris, as you can see, i've changed my mind about the In the Navy GB, i'm sorry for bothering you with the change and now giving up on the idea of the F-16NXL. I've deleted the thread in the GB and also unlocked the original thread in the current/finished projects as it will be built.
I believe the Revell kit is a Monogram original mold, at least that's what i've read about it so far, sure looks like a nice kit, and if it's as good as the 1/48 P-40B i've just finished, then it sure is a nice build! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on June 05, 2016, 06:25:41 am
I gotta start keeping up with the blogs ! Some great work going on here. The P-40 sure did come out ! Looks like a miniature version of the real thing and ready for battle !

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 05, 2016, 03:31:24 pm
I gotta start keeping up with the blogs ! Some great work going on here. The P-40 sure did come out ! Looks like a miniature version of the real thing and ready for battle !

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Thank you, Captain! :bow:
I am very satisfied with how it came out, good build to learn new stuff. And i can say it's my best attempt at a real world and weathered build. But that's enough of that for at least the rest of the year... :wacko:
Today i did some more work on the XL, not much as the day was dedicated to family lunch and a late afternoon composing session with my mates, the bass and guitar player at our studio. :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 30, 2016, 04:23:30 pm
Well, the F-16XL is almost finished, just a coat of matte varnish and weapons assembly. Should have time to do it tomorrow.
That means it's time to pull out another victim from the stash and also get back to the stalled builds.
I've decided to go ahead with another Monogram mold(my third this year), the 1/72 F8F Bearcat for the "In The Navy" GB, should have time to finish it before the deadline, while being able to advance a bit on the other 6 models i've got on the bench at the moment.

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 03, 2016, 03:47:59 pm
So, after another finished model, i normally take a few days to get back to work on the rest of the stalled builds, but today i decided i should do some masking on the Revell Me-262 for the underside and to try some mottling... maybe even some squiggling... ;D
Gonna need some inspiration from Matrixone's work on this one... :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_23901.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_23901.jpg.html)

And because all the 6 models i've got on the bench ATM are in painting stages, and i always like to have something to do in different stages of the building process, i can't wait any longer... :wub:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_23911.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_23911.jpg.html)

Bearcat is for the In The Navy GB, a post-WWII Portuguese navy carrier fighter... For the YF-23, i've got no clue of which markings to use, no backstory idea, nada!! I don't want it to be another USAF F-23 whif, but i can't see another feasible option... Unless i give it to The Navy...?! :wacko:

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: kerick on July 03, 2016, 05:24:23 pm
I want to build a recon version with lengthened fuselage behind the cockpit. USAF or British scheme. Just my $0.02 worth. That kit is hard to find.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 04, 2016, 01:29:54 am
I just saw a pic of a twin seat F-23 from a model show, i'll try to find the link. A recce version would be a first, at least for me, it would, never seen one built like that. Go ahead! :thumbsup:

This was a really hard to find kit indeed, took me over an entire year looking through the bay and everywhere else, for that matter... After that year, finally found a Tamiya and this Revell boxing of the Italeri molds. I've also managed to buy a DML kit, which has got engraved panel lines, which on the Italeri are raised. Took me a while and weren't cheap... :rolleyes:

Link to Conventry show pics, pics by Dazz from the UAMF forum. The F-23 is pic #40... :wub:
http://smspicblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 04, 2016, 01:32:24 am
Here's one of that 2-seater F-23 that I took, it was on the stand right opposite the SIG, and very nicely done too.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/8811/6xrd6o.jpg)

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 04, 2016, 01:39:57 am
Yup, that's the one, thanks for the pic, Kit! :thumbsup: BTW, were you standing next to Darryl when you took the pics? Looks like the same pic he got... ;D
There's also a pic of a beautiful B-35.

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 04, 2016, 01:47:51 am
Dunno, I can't remember when I took it, but it was pretty early on in the day, before it got too manic in that hangar.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 04, 2016, 07:09:00 am
I've never been to a modeling show/contest... i'd sure like to go visit one of those big shows over in the UK, maybe meet a few of you guys... have been thinking of entering a show here in Portugal, around November. The event's organizer told me on Facebook that he likes the F-16XL and that i could enter my whif builds in the fiction models section. Besides, he said they'll also have a special display stand for PoAF models so i can also put there. :thumbsup:
Would be fun to go there, the only other modeler i know personally is my LHS' owner... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 04, 2016, 01:35:35 pm
Ok, here are the results of my first WWII german camo.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_23941.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_23941.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_23971.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_23971.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_23991.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_23991.jpg.html)

After a good coat of gloss varnish...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24011.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24011.jpg.html)

I sprayed a mix of Tamiya's XF-2 flat white and XF-19 sky grey on the underside trying to get the dark grey to act as pre-shading for the panel lines and then started working my way up to the sides of the fuselage, tail and engine nacelles.
When i thought it was enough, i removed the fuselage mask and found that the pata-fix mask came out too hard-edged, and the transition from camo to mottling was too evident, so i started spraying free-hand over the hard edge to try to blend everything in a bit better. As can be seen, didn't come out very well, i overdid it in a few spots and there are too many white dots instead of grey or green dots, as in the real thing. MAybe next time, i still have an unfinished Airfix FW-190A-8 that can be the next guinea pig.
This one will be finished with the kits decals so it's only a slight scheme color whif but i still wanna try some more weathering and i still have to do something i forgot to do earlier, mask the canopy framing and paint the rest of it black cause it lost it's transparency long ago.

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: McColm on July 04, 2016, 01:39:15 pm
I love the finish!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 04, 2016, 05:08:11 pm
Thank you, McColm! Glad you like it, i'm quite surprised i didn't ruin the whole thing with the free-hand airbrushing.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on July 05, 2016, 02:25:31 am
262 looks good.

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 05, 2016, 06:05:19 am
Thank you!  :thumbsup: Although it didn't come out perfect, it did give my modeling mojo a good boost for my next models!
Thinking about the Harrier GR9 now... Changed my mind again, and definitely will make it a Portuguese Marines' bird! :thumbsup:
I'll have to print some decals for that but i believe that, like my Portuguese Navy F-18D, this will be a first, i've never seen such a whif. And then it will also be taken back to the 1950s, when i chose what to build as the first aircraft they flew... :wacko:
Sad to say but most Portuguese modelers don't care about whifs. Don't know if it's exaggerated pride that won't let them think of building something we've never had, or if it's shame of our armed forces. If it's shame, it should be for the crap politicians, not the armed forces, who have done a lot with very little throughout the years.  :banghead:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on July 07, 2016, 07:30:51 am
262 looks good  :thumbsup:

As for the model show in Portugal ? I say go. It really does open your mind to meet like minded people and see others work in the flesh so to speak  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 07, 2016, 10:44:49 am
Thanks, chris!  :thumbsup:
Got the main decals, smaller ones to go.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24031.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24031.jpg.html)

Yeah, i think i'll go, it should be fun. Would really like to meet a few of the modelers from the Portuguese forum and see their work, as you say, in the flesh. :thumbsup:
But on a bad note, while dusting off my models last night, i dropped my most precious build, the F-16W... :angry:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24041.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24041.jpg.html)

I was even thinking of taking this to the show but it seems the modeling god had other plans, guess he wants me to build it with the gear down... can't go against the modeling god's will, can i? :rolleyes:
So i've put this one into thought process again, i've got the landing gear, 2D TV nozzle and the tails, but i have to scratch-build the wings, landing gear bays, doors, and intake. I do have two sets of dsi intakes from Lonestar resin parts but i wanna save those for later builds. Base kit will be Revell again, another F-16A MLU box.
Now i won't loose so much time with putty like i did on the wings or the intake, i'll start with styrene from the beginning. It should be much easier now, knowing all the steps and mistakes i made on the first one, i think i can do a much better job now.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on July 07, 2016, 06:21:35 pm
Ouch.

You can't really hide that can you?

I got the HP Henfield out of it's box yesterday and knocked a Lewis Gun off - not really comparable in terms of damage though.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 08, 2016, 01:00:20 am
Ouch.

You can't really hide that can you?

I got the HP Henfield out of it's box yesterday and knocked a Lewis Gun off - not really comparable in terms of damage though.


Oh but i imagine how you felt... a brand new kit... :banghead:

I am considering fixing it properly, putty, sand and paint some stripes on the wing root. But i also want to have one with the full detail, i wimped out on the gear bays for the first so i'll give it my best on the second go. :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: matrixone on July 10, 2016, 02:04:00 pm
Very nice job on the Me 262, see, those Luftwaffe paint schemes are not really that bad. :smiley:

Matrixone
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 10, 2016, 06:28:48 pm
Very nice job on the Me 262, see, those Luftwaffe paint schemes are not really that bad. :smiley:

Matrixone

Thank you very much! :bow:
And i also have to thank you because following your WIP thread has been very helpful. :thumbsup:
It is a fun scheme to do. At first, i was happy with the camo as it was and thought of finishing it with no mottling, i was very scared to start spraying free-handed and end up ruining the whole thing. Fortunately, it came out ok.
Now the Me-262 awaits a coat of gloss varnish, followed by a wash, paint chipping, smoke and dirt.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 15, 2016, 03:57:02 pm
So, after another week of working hard under the sun here in the south of Portugal, i've been getting home really wasted and with no time or will left for the bench. Managed to wash the Me-262's panel lines and nothing else...
But still, i've been thinking about the rest of the stuff on the bench and if this weekend i have some time to spare, i should be able to get back to work on the F-15CSE, for which i've already chosen the markings and final weapons load. I just have to give everything a gloss coat and get on with the decals.
Next in line is the F-86E, which needs a few paint touch-ups and gloss coat to also move on to decal stage. This one will only be a minor whif, in PoAF service, just a different variant and paint scheme than the one used by all PoAF F-86Fs.
Then there's the pair i've dug out of the stash recently, the YF-23 and F8F Bearcat... I'd like to build the Bearcat for the In The Navy GB but i just don't think i'll have the time needed on the bench during the coming weeks... :banghead:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on July 15, 2016, 04:36:21 pm
Is that 262 ever looking good. Looking forward to seeing the other jets, and hopefully you can make time for the Bearcat as well !

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 16, 2016, 12:36:38 am
Thank you, Captain!  :thumbsup: The bearcat is one of my favorite prop planes and i'd like to do a good job on this kit. I've even bought the Airwaves cockpit photo-etch set to use on it... which, if i build now, will be my first PE set ever. The only other PE parts i've used were on the F-16W's nozzle from the aires F-22 Raptor nozzle set, and it was just one big bit, no microscopic stuff like for the cockpit. It will be amazing if i get to finish it without loosing or breaking some of the bits. ;D
Well, time to go to work till 1p.m., then lunch with the family and after that, maybe a couple of hours free for modeling! :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 17, 2016, 12:28:43 pm
Well, as always, the weekend was mostly spent outdoors so i only had an hour to paint the canopy and spray some matte varnish on the 262...
I'm calling it ready for delivery to it's rightful owner.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24101.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24101.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24091.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24091.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24111.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24111.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24121.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24121.jpg.html)

I can say i'm happy with the way the paint job turned out on this model, i'm feeling much more comfortable with my airbrushing skills now.
Guess i'll have to buy another one of these kits, after this, i'd really like to build a new one.
Moving on, my mind is now free to deal with the last 2 models of the ones i've built during my first months back in the hobby, in 2013. These are also the last 2 "in-flight" mode, from now on, i think i'll build most of my models with the gear down.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24141.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24141.jpg.html)

I'm glad i decided to hold these builds back then as i was starting to loose interest in modeling because i wasn't happy with the results i was getting. These builds served their purpose very well, as i wanted to learn new stuff and try out more colors and mixes, and i did it without ruining any of the great models i've been buying since my comeback.
Now, let's see if time will let me finish these 2 in time to enter the In The Navy GB with the Bearcat. :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on July 18, 2016, 06:11:53 am
262 looks very good
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 19, 2016, 03:03:52 pm
262 looks very good

Thank you!  :thumbsup: I'll definitely have to buy another one of these kits... and a proper canopy for it. :banghead:

Today i got back to work on the F-15CSE, painted a few bits and gave it a gloss coat for the decals. I've got an idea of the markings but i don't have the tail markings i'd need to do it... i'll have to consider the options, which are:

1- Print the tail markings i need
2- Use markings from another squadron cause nobody's gonna give a damn...
3- Use markings from another squadron cause i don't give a damn...

The "i don't give a damn" part is just cause this is supposed to be just a relaxing bit, to clear another one of my old builds, before moving on to more serious builds, so i don't wanna loose too much time with it. ;D

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24171.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24171.jpg.html)

I also gave the Airfix F-86E a few touch-ups, needs to be masked for the rest of the scheme... And, as always, i'd mixed a bit more paint than i needed to do it, so i dug out the Italeri SU-27 that was already sentenced to be chopped up as a parts donor to, once again, serve as a guinea-pig for my airbrushing tests.
Free-handed camo test to train my trigger finger... ;D

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24201.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24201.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24181.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24181.jpg.html)

I was trying something like the UAE F-16E's camouflage... i think it's a good way to use the left-over paint, at least i don't just throw it away, right? :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 25, 2016, 04:59:38 pm
So, the F-15CSE is finished, next up, the Airfix F-86E, as said before, it will be a PoAF bird but being an E version, it's something they never had, so it's a complete whif... :wacko:
The scheme will be different from the ones used on PoAF Sabres, so, the next step is masking.

Zen
 :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: The Chaos on July 29, 2016, 12:06:49 am
Good work on the 262  :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 29, 2016, 05:46:35 am
Good work on the 262  :mellow:

Thanks, mate! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 04, 2016, 06:16:07 pm
Ok, the Sabre has been painted...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24611.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24611.jpg.html)

Did the normal PoAF Sabre blue bits in X-4, but also painted the anti-glare panel, along with the canopy with XF-69 nato black, influenced by the Yugoslav NMF Sabres.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24591.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24591.jpg.html)

I still have to paint the NMF panels of the gun ports and exhaust area, after that, a good gloss coat before decals.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on August 06, 2016, 05:20:25 am
Looks great ! What an awesome trio of aeroplanes you're working on right now.

 :bow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 07, 2016, 12:45:32 am
Thank you very much, Captain!   :drink:
No progress in the last couple of days, too tired from and busy with real life events... :banghead:
Maybe today after lunch...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 07, 2016, 05:23:06 pm
I shouldn't have gone near the bench today... First, i scratched the fuselage and wings in several places so i had to begin the session with correcting that, which obviously ruined most of the pre-shading that i'd done and was very happy with how it came out after the XF-24 layer...
After that, masking the exhaust and gun ports, sweaty hands were beginning to take their toll and almost ruined it again, but decided to get of my *ss and go get a pair of medical gloves. Still, i was a bit scared of chipping the paint again so i didn't press the masking tape well enough and this was the result...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24651.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24651.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24661.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24661.jpg.html)

Can i ruin a paint job or what? :banghead:

The only thing that i see as a bit ironic, the hardest bit of masking with two colors, XF-10 Gun metal and XF-11 Silver, the exhaust area, came out ok... :rolleyes:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24641.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24641.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24631.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24631.jpg.html)

This was a very frustrating session... Now i have to redo the anti-glare panel and touch up a few blue and grey bits...  Still, the fact that temperatures rose up to 36ºC at the time during which i was down in the Zencave, could help to explain the sweaty hands and the masking tape might have suffered from that too... :banghead:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on August 08, 2016, 04:39:09 am
We all have good days where every thing we touch fits perfectly and our hands are steady enough to paint 1/144 stencilling freehand but somedays the mojo just isn't there.  The trick is learning to spot those days before one destroys too much and then having the sense to walk away until later.



Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on August 08, 2016, 06:33:16 am
The trick is learning to spot those days before one destroys too much and then having the sense to walk away until later.

Something I still haven't really mastered, but I will
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 08, 2016, 04:20:57 pm
We all have good days where every thing we touch fits perfectly and our hands are steady enough to paint 1/144 stencilling freehand but somedays the mojo just isn't there.  The trick is learning to spot those days before one destroys too much and then having the sense to walk away until later.

The trick is learning to spot those days before one destroys too much and then having the sense to walk away until later.

Something I still haven't really mastered, but I will

You're obviously right, guys, guess i'll have to try to learn that too... In retrospect, i probably should've walked away when the tape just didn't want to stick properly for more than a few seconds... another reason was the heat, because the paint was drying up at the tip of the airbrush's nozzle and when it came out, sometimes it would be in big blobs that were blown underneath the tape and through the panel lines. Today things went much smoother as i came down to the cave much later and the temperature was around 27ºC with the fan on max power. The paint didn't dry up on the nozzle and even with the tape still refusing to stick, it came out better.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24671.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24671.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24681.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24681.jpg.html)

Still needs a few bits of XF-24 but i will have to use it again on other spots of the fuselage so it will be done later...  it'll get there. Guess i'll have to do all my airbrushing after 8pm, at least, till the heat goes away...  :banghead:
I've also been thinking that, the pre-shading's gone, so why not try post-shading the panel lines? :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 10, 2016, 05:29:38 pm
Well, finally did it, it's ready for a gloss coat and decals. :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24691.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24691.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24731.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24731.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 13, 2016, 03:46:11 pm
Finished the decals on the F-86 and gave it a good gloss coat.  Also assembled the drop tanks and pylons, and scratch-built a new pitot tube as i couldn't find the kit's original part... :banghead:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_24741.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_24741.jpg.html)

Hoping that tomorrow i'll have time to paint the pitot, finish the drop tanks and pylons, give it a final matte coat and get some pics.
Now i'm realizing that there are only 3 unfinished models left on my bench... I'm still thinking about the Italeri Flanker, though... i like how the camo came out but i was thinking of using it as a parts donor because i messed up the build(this was either my 3rd or 4th build coming back to the hobby), and i can see some good use for it's wings and stabs... :wacko:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 14, 2016, 04:53:54 pm
Well, the Sabre's done, that's another one off the bench... :drink:

http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,42604.0.html

Now, i was thinking of finishing the Italeri Su-27 inspired on Clave's PoAF Su-27 on here: http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,26859.495.html
but i have the Zvezda kit in the stash, which will surely be a much better build than this one could ever be.
In reality, there are still a few unfinished builds from my comeback months in 2013...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_25021.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_25021.jpg.html)

The Italeri Su-27, Bf-109 and Spitfire IXc, Airfix Zero and FW-190, and ZTS Mig-17 and -19... and on the left corner we have my first model, the Revell F-14D Super Tomcat, ruined beyond a presentable condition with thick layers of paint, badly scratched canopy and abundant use of CA glue... some parts can be salvaged for some ideas, though... And that's what this lot will be for, tests and donations, i'm done with finishing old builds! DONE! :party:

I wanted to join the In The Navy GB but it's too late now, with the stuff i wanna do, i won't have time to finish what i wanted to build, so, on my bench, as off today are, all whifs, the 2 F-16s for the PoAF and the Harrier GR.9 for the Portuguese Marines! :wacko:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_25031.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_25031.jpg.html)

Work restarts tomorrow...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 30, 2016, 03:13:42 pm
So, no modelling for me since last week, had a busy weekend and after 2 years, i decided to start riding my BMX again.  :party:
No real reason why i stopped, just had to take a break, after 20 some years of riding whenever the weather and the injuries allowed, but it's so good to be back at it. And the look on the kids' faces when they find out i'm as old as their parents... ;D
I've lately been watching more bmx videos and that's been building up inside so, i had to let it loose again.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_25411.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_25411.jpg.html)

But i won't give up modelling, no sir. Tonight i've been tidying up the Bearcat's seams... :mellow:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on August 31, 2016, 04:37:46 am
Great to see you back on two wheels ! Have fun !

 :wub:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2016, 06:30:51 am
No such thing as BMX bikes when I was a nipper  :wacko: Most of us had a decent bike and then one we used around the estate that we'd built ourselves from scrap parts and trips to the cycle shop. Decent one was used for out on the main roads, to school etc, whilst the home made one was used as a cross country bike. All been formalised now ; no fun  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on August 31, 2016, 09:09:17 am
Back in my day lol

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1927752_1087008421702_5782_n.jpg?oh=ee33e99fb4bf781fdc6ca85bfe47eb2b&oe=5843A0B3)
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 01, 2016, 08:11:11 am
Great to see you back on two wheels ! Have fun !

 :wub:

Thanks, Captain! :thumbsup:

Your pic shows the essence of the thing, having fun riding a bike! :thumbsup: Sure brings back memories for me too and that's exactly how i feel when i'm riding, just a kid... ;D

No such thing as BMX bikes when I was a nipper  :wacko: Most of us had a decent bike and then one we used around the estate that we'd built ourselves from scrap parts and trips to the cycle shop. Decent one was used for out on the main roads, to school etc, whilst the home made one was used as a cross country bike. All been formalised now ; no fun  ;D

But i bet that, at least, you had a few races with your mates. ;D  :thumbsup: That's what me and my mates used to do before we found out that you could jump and do tricks on BMX bikes, then the madness and bloodshed began...  :wacko:

Ok, on to modelling now, i've been really lazy for the past few days, a lot of work and life to take up the time, but the Bearcat is slowly progressing.
Last night i started work on the wheels bays, something that, with earlier planning, i would've done before joining the wing halves... anyway, something can still be done.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on September 01, 2016, 08:13:49 am
Yup we used to have road and cross country races when I was a kid. Very, very hilly where I live so we were all pretty fit  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 09, 2016, 02:26:45 pm
Yup we used to have road and cross country races when I was a kid. Very, very hilly where I live so we were all pretty fit  ;D

Riding bikes is good for your health... unless you wanna try "stunts", that is...  :angel: ;D

Well, i've finally had some time at the bench and sprayed some Tamiya X-3 Royal blue on the Bearcat for the In The Navy GB and also got some paint on the F-16CP/DP pair.
A mix of Tamiya's XF-50 Field blue and X-13 metallic blue in a 60/40 ratio and this is what you get...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_25661.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_25661.jpg.html)

This will be another simple scheme so next is a dark grey on the radome, wingtip rails and some other small details.
I've been wanting to get these two on the go again since i got the decals i needed for what i want to do with them so they might get a good dose of work done during the weekend, although my priority is finishing the Bearcat for the GB.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on September 10, 2016, 07:26:58 am
Those are looking nice ! I love how much the F-16 has grown over the years.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 11, 2016, 07:46:05 am
Thanks, Captain! :thumbsup:
I really like how the color came out, it's different from most colors on F-16s. Next F-16 i build, i think i'll try either a desert camo like the Moroccan or Israeli schemes or the Europe one scheme, like the CAS Vipers had.
These two will now wait for a few days until i finish the Bearcat.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: kerick on September 11, 2016, 08:38:31 am
So, no modelling for me since last week, had a busy weekend and after 2 years, i decided to start riding my BMX again.  :party:
No real reason why i stopped, just had to take a break, after 20 some years of riding whenever the weather and the injuries allowed, but it's so good to be back at it. And the look on the kids' faces when they find out i'm as old as their parents... ;D
I've lately been watching more bmx videos and that's been building up inside so, i had to let it loose again.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_25411.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_25411.jpg.html)

But i won't give up modelling, no sir. Tonight i've been tidying up the Bearcat's seams... :mellow:

 :cheers:

I do suggest moving the ramp away from the light pole and trash can.......An ounce of prevention is worth a week in the hospital!!!!!!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 13, 2016, 04:45:51 pm
I do suggest moving the ramp away from the light pole and trash can.......An ounce of prevention is worth a week in the hospital!!!!!!

Well, if we were that scared of ending up in the Hospital, we wouldn't be doing the stuff we do... :wacko: but reality is, the pole isn't in the "normal" crash area, it's really hard for anyone to end up there, but it can happen.
Besides, it's a public park in a city 40 km away from my city, and i can't move ramps alone... The best thing there would be padding the pole with lots of sponge and tape but the locals don't even care about holes on the ramps so i don't think that's happening.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 19, 2016, 04:49:30 pm
Today i got the radomes and missile rails painted with some XF-82, but while unmasking, i found that the intakes on both F-16s were a bit messed up... Again, not my best masking game but i've already corrected most of the mess. Tomorrow hopefully i'll have time for the last touch-ups and give them both a good gloss coat for decals. :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_26111.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_26111.jpg.html)

So, after a few GB entries this year, i was thinking of taking a break but the Old Kit GB is just right for one of my next planned builds for my alternative PoAF since WWII. They had the T-33 trainers and they should've had the P/F-80... :wacko:
Also, i've been thinking about starting the twin seat version of the F-16W for a long time but my quest to finish all the stalled builds pile just kept me too busy, but after the F-16 pair is done, there's only the Harrier left to finish so, i'm getting it started.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 26, 2016, 04:30:47 am
Like Staind's song says, "It's been a while"... :rolleyes: I'm now enjoying the rest of my 2015's vacation days, still have to schedule 2016's 22... :mellow:
Well, during this while, i've started and finished my entry for the old kit GB, and now after a few days on the bench, the F-16 pair is almost done, today i plan to get the remaining painting to be done and put on a gloss coat and decals on the ordnance.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_27111.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_27111.jpg.html)

After all the decals were done and gloss coated, gave both of them a wash with AK's panel liner and then started assembly of the landing gears.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_27091.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_27091.jpg.html)

I'm really pleased with how these two are turning out, can't wait to get them finished. :wub:
I think i'm holding back on buying kits for a while, i'm really running short of storage space for the stash so that means i have to build more.
Probably the best thing to do right now, i've already got most of my holy grail kits, only the Aoshima 1/48 Blue Thunder and a 1/32 Tamiya F-16 left to buy... :wub:
With last month's additions, i'm officially over the 100 kits mark, 104 to be precise...  :o Never thought i'd buy so many...  :rolleyes:
And after 20 days in the Portuguese Customs warehouse  in Lisbon, i'm still waiting for the package of the Lonestar F-16DSI intakes to be released, even after sending them all the documents of the transaction... And they'll probably charge me for the import because the order's total was 45€, 4 more than the 41€ limit for tax-free imports... :banghead:
I've been thinking of buying a very useful tool for modelling, the Oyumaru molding plastic. I'd already bought Magic Sculp two-part epoxy sometime ago, so it's time to start using it. There's a lot of stuff i'd like to try molding with this, from what i've seen on videos, it should be perfect to make a lot of small parts i want to duplicate. I'll report back with results as soon as i get some.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on October 27, 2016, 06:09:08 am
They are looking good
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 27, 2016, 06:22:39 pm
They are looking good

Thank you, sir!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 09, 2016, 05:56:30 pm
And they're finished! :party:


(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_27241.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_27241.jpg.html)

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_27401.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_27401.jpg.html)

Tomorrow i'll open a new topic in the current/finished section with more pics of each model and the backstory.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on November 10, 2016, 12:40:13 am
Like the load out
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 10, 2016, 06:43:30 pm
Like the load out

Thanks, Chris! :thumbsup: Today i was just too tired to translate the text and put up a thread. I'll probably do it during the weekend. I also wanted to see if i can get some outdoor pics of them.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 10, 2016, 07:26:21 pm
Daaaaang!! Smooth, dude. I like them very much. I love F 16s..  I want more pics!!!!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 11, 2016, 03:10:01 pm
Daaaaang!! Smooth, dude. I like them very much. I love F 16s..  I want more pics!!!!

Thanks, bro! :thumbsup:
Here you go! http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,43007.0.html

 :drink:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 12, 2016, 09:44:22 am
Ok, here's what's next... :wub:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_27581.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_27581.jpg.html)

Still have to give it some thought, what countries, schemes, markings, etc., but there's no turning back now!

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 12, 2016, 10:02:30 am
Fascinating!!  :o :lol: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 21, 2016, 12:47:16 pm
So, no modelling done during the past week, i've lost a bit of mojo because my compressor is almost unusable... i knew this compressor would't last long with the use it was getting... the engine itself is leaking air so it's constantly running and i have to turn it off whenever i have to do something else besides spraying during the painting sessions.
Anyway, if all goes according to my plans, i'm going to get a good compressor, probably a Werther Sil-Air 15D. I think it will suit my needs for a long time, but it is expensive, somewhere around 400€... :o I've spent 150€ on the compressor i have now, and it lasted just over a year, so now, i refuse to spend the same amount only to spend more money next year, so i'm going to buy something good.
To me, it's worth the price, runs as silent as a fridge, which will allow me to listen to music without headphones while painting,a 4L tank for quite a bit of spraying time without the engine running, which is no problem cause you can barely hear it and it has more pressure than i will ever need. :thumbsup:
I think it'll be worth it cause i've become very fond of painting with the airbrush, so i wanna have good tools to work with, it will get used a lot for sure! :thumbsup:
I'm also still trying to decide what to do with the YF-23 and the F-16I... For the F-16, there are a lot of ideas, it's a matter of choosing one, but for the YF-23, i'm a bit lost... Guess i should just finish the Airfix Harrier and maybe by then i'll have an idea of what to do.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 21, 2016, 12:52:13 pm
Sounds like a worthy investment. You're going to feel all luxurious and opulent. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 21, 2016, 01:38:02 pm
Sounds like a worthy investment. You're going to feel all luxurious and opulent. :D :D :D

I probably will... :wacko: Now it's becoming something i want really bad, there's stuff to paint and i'm starting to feel like a kid waiting for xmas presents... :rolleyes: But i do have to wait for the end of the month so, just a couple of weeks to go. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 29, 2016, 02:53:20 pm
Well, big change of plans re the compressor purchase, my car needs some attention so i don't have to spend twice as much in 6 months, so the modelling budget was cut short for the festive season... :rolleyes: I will buy the Sil-air but i'll have to wait a couple of months as there are other priorities to look after.
In the meantime, i've ordered one that will be kept as a backup when i get the Sil-air, today i spoke to the owner of my LHS and ordered the AS-189 compressor with a 3L tank which is much better than the one i have now.
I'll make a start on the F-16 and YF-23's interiors with the hairy stick and they should be ready for primer by the time the new compressor is here.
The work i've been doing lately is fun but can get a bit dangerous... :mellow:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/146773011@N04/30955022880/in/album-72157675885240070/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/146773011@N04/30501427824/in/album-72157675885240070/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/146773011@N04/31287284616/in/album-72157675885240070/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/146773011@N04/31208576841/in/album-72157675885240070/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/146773011@N04/31179472192/in/album-72157675885240070/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/146773011@N04/30955058490/in/album-72157675885240070/

I'm also changing image hosting site, for some stupid reason i can't upload pics on my Photobucket... :banghead:
Obviously, i still have to learn how to post the images here... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 29, 2016, 04:27:59 pm
Better you than me! Get me on anything above a step ladder and I lose it. Severe fear of heights.  Also, some of the nuttiest people I've ever seen were tree trimmers. LOL 

I think there's a a pattern in some of the more involved trades I've been involved with; being floor covering and mowing the grass... it's hard to get much closer to the ground than that.   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: kerick on November 29, 2016, 04:50:11 pm
Keep your feet under you when using that chain saw! Last thing you want to do is to trip and/or fall while holding one of those!
Got to keep those fingers in place for model building! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 30, 2016, 11:11:58 am
Better you than me! Get me on anything above a step ladder and I lose it. Severe fear of heights.  Also, some of the nuttiest people I've ever seen were tree trimmers. LOL 

I think there's a a pattern in some of the more involved trades I've been involved with; being floor covering and mowing the grass... it's hard to get much closer to the ground than that.   ;D ;D

 :laugh:
Thank you, i take the nutty bit as a compliment... :wacko: :thumbsup:
Fortunately, i don't have a problem with heights, all the bmx years took care of that. I've been working in landscaping and outdoors spaces maintenance for around 17 years now, with a few brief ventures in the middle as a furniture carpenter and a few other professions, just don't ask me about the Hostel receptionist thing, too many drunk and high kids...  :wacko: :drink:
I also like to do normal ground level gardening, but this is much more fun, it's a bit like rock-climbing, which is a lot of fun.
The guys in my gardening crew are 2, 19/21 year old kids who've been working with me for only 4 months now, they have no experience with this kind of work and there's been very little time for me to properly teach them how to, so these tasks are up to me, which i enjoy much more than desk work.
Anyway, this has been a good how-to session for them as they've been watching and learning, and the chainsaw and climbing basics have been achieved by both so next time i'm sending them up the ladder to practice at a lower height.
BTW, this tree and 2 more like it, are being cut down to 1,70m height and the stumps are to become statue bases, my boss says it's too much rubbish from the leaves. The rest of the trees in that area are just being pruned and cleaned up.

Keep your feet under you when using that chain saw! Last thing you want to do is to trip and/or fall while holding one of those!
Got to keep those fingers in place for model building! :thumbsup:

Yup, will do, mate! :thumbsup:
Two of my rules with most tools - Only use when firmly secured and/or balanced and always cut and swing away from any and all body parts!   ;)
All this type of work has to be done safely, using a chainsaw is dangerous enough on the ground, so 10m up on a tree branch can be a bit more of a challenge.

Regarding modelling, i've finally decided what to do with the F-16, and it will involve new wings stolen from another fighter. The YF-23 has also been outlined, although i still have to decide if i should go ahead with some of the ideas, and what they will require to get done, but overall, this is very positive as my new compressor should be here soon and i feel the Mojo coming alive again. :wacko:
I've also managed to sort out the Photobucket issue, and in a few days i'm buying a real camera, my iphone 3GS has suffered enough and it's showing, i can't get anything in focus for a decent pic.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: kerick on November 30, 2016, 11:34:44 am
My old phone just won't focus that last little bit anymore. Screen is acting crazy too so maybe it's time for a new one.

I would love to get my hands on one of those 1/72 YF-23 kits. I want to build a photo recon version with an extended forward fuselage.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 30, 2016, 11:41:43 am
Good to know about your peons getting their feet wet.  :D  I hear boss on the leaves... I've always had tons of them fall on my property which is a decent sized lot for being in the city. Less now, because we lost 4-5 legacy pecan trees to the two hottest years on record around here (2011 and 2012....weeks and weeks with temps far above 100 every .. single...day... ).  Had to have people come cut down the trees because the city was getting pissy about it. 

Also good on the phone and compressor.. I know you wanted that fancy one (compressor) but hey.. new wares is new wares!!  I sympathize on priorities, though. I've hit a wall with my business. I thought more people would have me coming to get rid of leaves but the email inbox and phone are full of cobwebs. I've mowed like 3 lawns over the last 5 weeks.  Yikes!  I can't wait for Spring so I can start buying model stuff again.  I have quite a bit of new work from new customers but nothing starts until around April.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 30, 2016, 04:46:37 pm
My old phone just won't focus that last little bit anymore. Screen is acting crazy too so maybe it's time for a new one.

I would love to get my hands on one of those 1/72 YF-23 kits. I want to build a photo recon version with an extended forward fuselage.

I know what you mean, it took me quite a while looking around for a good deal on these YF-23 kits, people take advantage of it being OOP, but i can see why the molds were discontinued. There are lots of sink marks on the control surfaces and even a molding defect on the top of the fuselage, right behind the canopy. I have the Dragon, Tamiya, Testors and Revell kits, the last 3 are the same Italeri molds, and the oldest is the Revell from 1992. For some reason, it's the worst kit, it looks as if Tamiya and Testors tried to clean up or fix the molds as the defects are nowhere to be found on their kits, which came out after the Revell. :unsure:
That recon version would be a different idea from all the other YF-23 builds i've seen, i'll keep an eye out for a good deal for you as i already have plans for all the kits i've bought.
The one i'm starting now will be a what-if, imagine that PAV-1 got a few mods after the USAF chose the YF-23 in the ATF competition. The prototypes would be used for implementation of the changes needed for production models.
The F-16 will be a mix of the U with the W... :wacko:

Good to know about your peons getting their feet wet.  :D  I hear boss on the leaves... I've always had tons of them fall on my property which is a decent sized lot for being in the city. Less now, because we lost 4-5 legacy pecan trees to the two hottest years on record around here (2011 and 2012....weeks and weeks with temps far above 100 every .. single...day... ).  Had to have people come cut down the trees because the city was getting pissy about it. 

Also good on the phone and compressor.. I know you wanted that fancy one (compressor) but hey.. new wares is new wares!!  I sympathize on priorities, though. I've hit a wall with my business. I thought more people would have me coming to get rid of leaves but the email inbox and phone are full of cobwebs. I've mowed like 3 lawns over the last 5 weeks.  Yikes!  I can't wait for Spring so I can start buying model stuff again.  I have quite a bit of new work from new customers but nothing starts until around April.

Sorry to hear about the lack of work, no doubt that winter stops most gardeners from working and making a living, which sucks.
Re the compressor, i just couldn't spend 400€ on the hobby right now, when my car needs some new parts and a good checkup, and there are a bunch of other priorities starting with the household and family. But it's just been put on hold for a few months, i will buy one of those silent compressors  as soon as the bank account settles back to normality after the spending... er, festive season. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 30, 2016, 05:48:55 pm
Tis the season for being broke as a joke. LOL

Oh well, you won't have that funny guilty feeling going on if you handle "business" first then wait on the sweet wares.  Peace of mind is worth it.  I know a couple times I jumped on some ebay stuff instead of putting money into my truck or ...lawn stuff... or whatever... then I'd feel guilty about it like a kid skipping work to play video games. lol  That feeling SUUUUUUUCKS. 
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: kerick on November 30, 2016, 06:40:33 pm
Tis the season for being broke as a joke. LOL

Oh well, you won't have that funny guilty feeling going on if you handle "business" first then wait on the sweet wares.  Peace of mind is worth it.  I know a couple times I jumped on some ebay stuff instead of putting money into my truck or ...lawn stuff... or whatever... then I'd feel guilty about it like a kid skipping work to play video games. lol  That feeling SUUUUUUUCKS.

I take it you live in an area without snow? All the landscapers around here will switch to snow plowing soon.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 30, 2016, 08:12:34 pm
Tis the season for being broke as a joke. LOL

Oh well, you won't have that funny guilty feeling going on if you handle "business" first then wait on the sweet wares.  Peace of mind is worth it.  I know a couple times I jumped on some ebay stuff instead of putting money into my truck or ...lawn stuff... or whatever... then I'd feel guilty about it like a kid skipping work to play video games. lol  That feeling SUUUUUUUCKS.

I take it you live in an area without snow? All the landscapers around here will switch to snow plowing soon.

You got it. SW Oklahoma. It does snow to the point where something like that is needed but it's never more than 4-5 times (days) a season if that. Could well be one or two or none.  I do have one arrangement with someone to take care of it all season long but so far no one else will bite on that OR the leaf stuff.  I might get some "emergency" calls ,though, so that's good, but yeah it just doesn't happen enough to make into something solid.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on December 01, 2016, 12:08:02 am
I'm scared of my chainsaw.  Which I reckon is probably a good thing as it means I take extreme care when I use it.

...Regarding modelling, i've finally decided what to do with the F-16, and it will involve new wings stolen from another fighter...

I vote wings from a Spitfire?  One with four cannons obviously.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 01, 2016, 06:22:19 am
I'm scared of my chainsaw.  Which I reckon is probably a good thing as it means I take extreme care when I use it.

That's the way to do it, always be aware of the danger. No fooling around with this type of tools. :thumbsup:

...Regarding modelling, i've finally decided what to do with the F-16, and it will involve new wings stolen from another fighter...

I vote wings from a Spitfire?  One with four cannons obviously.  ;D

I'm leaning more toward Corsair's wings... with the four cannons, obviously! ;D :thumbsup:
Seriously now, it'll be my first time cutting up a brand new kit for parts donation, one of the oldest members of my stash, the Revell box of the Italeri F-22 Raptor. I've had this in mind for a very long time since i saw a profile that's been shared a few times on here of the Block 70 F-16IN by lantinian, although mine will have it's differences. The YF-23 is also getting some wing surgery but that will be a different story... :wacko:

 :cheers:

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 03, 2016, 03:59:10 am
Ok, after more than 2weeks with no physical modelling done, i've finally took the F-16 project to plastic. Had to build up the courage to cut off the Raptor's wings cause i didn't wanna ruin the rest of the fuselage, but it's done, i've got wings for the Viper, and the rest of the kit can be stored for future projects! :thumbsup:
I've also been testing out the new wing design for the YF-23, all done with paper templates attached with tape just to get an idea of how things look with each different layout.
This means i'm on the go again, i've been a bit bummed since my compressor started having problems, right when i was about to start the scheme on the Portuguese marines' Harrier. :banghead:
I should have the compressor i ordered at my LHS delivered next week so that one too will get picked up again so i'll be printing decals soon.
On other modelling related news, today i'm getting a camera, nothing fancy, just a cheap point-and-shoot, probably a Canon Ixus175. It should be enough for my needs as i don't intend on becoming a photographer, just a bit of upgrade for my modelling pics, and i believe that  this camera is enough. Maybe someday i feel the need to have a DSLR, but not for now.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 17, 2016, 06:51:24 pm
Not much going on around here, just some plastic cutting up for testing purposes...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_0030.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_0030.jpg.html)

I'm just waiting for the season to end to be able to have some quality time for modeling... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 18, 2016, 10:00:22 am
He's a mad man!!!  Dismembering all these planes and such.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 18, 2016, 05:13:47 pm
He's a mad man!!!  Dismembering all these planes and such.  ;D


 ;D C'mon, it's for a good cause! And so far, only one kit and an old credit card have been armed in this process... and the kit is not a rare or extinct species so it's not a big offense! :wacko:

And i'm going to have a bit more time for modelling than i expected cause i had 3 songs with unfinished lyrics to get ready for a gig on January 14th... that just wouldn't be possible so those 3 have been put on hold and older songs were chosen to fill the gap. :thumbsup:

Still no compressor... which is starting to be a bit annoying cause the owner of the shop said it would take 3-5 days and it's almost been a month...
If i'd ordered it from a shop in the north of the country, it surely would've been here for a couple of weeks now...  :banghead: I try to support my LHS but every time i order something there, it takes ages to arrive and always at a higher price than i could get it somewhere else... it's just not working anymore... :-\ I'm gonna stop by tomorrow to speak to the owner about the compressor, if it's still a long wait, i'll have to cancel that order and buy one from the other shop. Bet it'll be here in 2 days max after i place the order online.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 18, 2016, 05:51:39 pm
He's a mad man!!!  Dismembering all these planes and such.  ;D


 ;D C'mon, it's for a good cause! And so far, only one kit and an old credit card have been armed in this process... and the kit is not a rare or extinct species so it's not a big offense! :wacko:

And i'm going to have a bit more time for modelling than i expected cause i had 3 songs with unfinished lyrics to get ready for a gig on January 14th... that just wouldn't be possible so those 3 have been put on hold and older songs were chosen to fill the gap. :thumbsup:

Still no compressor... which is starting to be a bit annoying cause the owner of the shop said it would take 3-5 days and it's almost been a month...
If i'd ordered it from a shop in the north of the country, it surely would've been here for a couple of weeks now...  :banghead: I try to support my LHS but every time i order something there, it takes ages to arrive and always at a higher price than i could get it somewhere else... it's just not working anymore... :-\ I'm gonna stop by tomorrow to speak to the owner about the compressor, if it's still a long wait, i'll have to cancel that order and buy one from the other shop. Bet it'll be here in 2 days max after i place the order online.

 :cheers:


Sweet about more hobby time! That's killer though, you write and perform music and stuff? Rock band and all 'at or whatever?  Nice, dude! What type of music do you do?

Good points about the smaller guys shops and stuff... I sometimes have the same conflict of supporting the local small guys, or just going for the more efficient route. It's no wonder the planet is being consumed by Wal Marts, Costcos, and Hobby Lobbys. 

I can see the frustration.. It's much easier to "wait" when you have a full schedule and tons of things to do but when free time develops it's a different story.  Somewhat different situation but same problem: I made an arrangement with a fella to buy one of my mowers. He was supposed to have me paid off by April 1st, 2016. Excuses after excuses and I let it slide about 8 months (original agreement was solidified in February).  Well, November hits and I'm broke so I got PISSED and demanded my money. I got it, but there was a big kerflfuffle first. Point being... well.. I already said the point: It's easy to let things slide until when you really WANT or need it then the ridiculous wait suddenly becomes much more problematic.

No worries on the mamed kits.. . .  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 20, 2016, 01:46:02 pm
;D C'mon, it's for a good cause! And so far, only one kit and an old credit card have been armed in this process...

 :rolleyes: i meant harmed... but you got the point... ;D

About the band, it was almost breaking up earlier this year, i'm not even sure if the name of the band is still the same because i left a few months ago but now the rest of the guys asked me to come back and try some new stuff. What we played was a bit of a mix, some will call it rock, others surely call it crap. There's a mix in our songs but the base is mostly rock'n'roll, with some funk, ska, a little bit of 90's punk rock and there's a few other genres too.
You can hear and see most of the stuff here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-K7t1TPO9UmjupIn4Bwx5Q
I write the lyrics, compose the voice lines, drum beats, synths for songs and sing. The song composition was something on which the whole band participated in, so there's a bit of everyone's ideas in every song. Tell me what you think of it. :thumbsup:

Now, i'm a bit upset about the compressor situation, i've spoken to the owner of the shop and he said he ordered it from the import company which sells them nationwide, more than 2 weeks ago, paid for it but still it hasn't arrived yet... :unsure: not sure what to think of this, seems like either he forgot to order it or the import company forgot him and he didn't call to see what's wrong... :banghead: Not happy with this, at all, but i'll wait another week... :angry:

That said, i've got a lot to do that doesn't involve paint, so might as well do it and stop whining about the compressor, right? Right, let's get something done...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 20, 2016, 02:18:13 pm
Yes, go get something done.   ;D   You're like me... sometimes when there's a certain part of the project I WANT to do it makes the rest of it lose a bit of luster.  I know the other stuff needs to be done but I wanted to do the other instead!!    :wacko: :o ;D

"... some will call it rock, others surely call it crap."

(http://i.imgur.com/AGthMzV.jpg)


What do I think of the music? It think it rocks!! Not only did I not turn it off after 10 seconds but I enjoyed the entire thing!  That's my speed... checking out some of the rest, too.  I totally dig it! You and the rest are quite talented... Y'all could do damn well in the States with this stuff I guarantee it. The differing styles bodes well, too, people really like that stuff, I know I do. If everything you did sounded the same it wouldn't be nearly as appealing.  I point to Opeth as a band that has elements from so many different places in their stuff and that's one main draw. 
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 21, 2016, 11:33:57 am
Thanks, Brad! Glad to know you like the tunes! We're still going, ended up finishing 2 of the 3 lyrics i had pending last night so new songs coming up soon! :thumbsup: Now, i should probably be ashamed of not knowing Opeth, but i'll check it out later, tonight's rehearsal night, gotta hurry!

And to get me even more cheered up, the owner of my LHS called me today to tell me my presents have arrived!! :party:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_0032.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_0032.jpg.html)

Now there's no excuse for slacking around... The compressor is ready, already tested it and was so surprised when i turned it on, the Aeolian Pixie is much louder than this one, and you get a 3 liter tank with a better engine... of course, it cost almost twice as much but i can even listen to music with this running! :thumbsup: Now i just hope it lasts twice as long as the other one did... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:


Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 21, 2016, 01:08:17 pm
Glorious.   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 09, 2017, 05:46:59 pm
Well, the bench hasn't been as active as i wanted it to be but i've been doing some work on the Harrier, got about 60% of the decals on, only ones left to go are the smaller ones, of which i'll probably leave out quite a few. :angel:
Had to print on clear sheet for the first time to see if i could really print the stuff i needed and i managed to get it to work, although not perfect, i'm happy with the results.
Next prints will be done in a more careful manner because on this print, i probably didn't give the microscale decal film or maybe even the print itself, enough time to dry. And i almost screwed up big time when i applied too much decal softener and gave one of the decals a heavier stroke with the brush, it almost took off one the letters of a word but i realized what would happen just in time to prevent serious damage. I should be done with the decals tomorrow and then i'm finally starting on the landing gear and ordnance.
No other news for the other 2 projects on my bench as time for modelling has been very little  in the past weeks, let's see if after next Saturday's gig, i can have a bit more time to sit down and get some real work done.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 09, 2017, 05:49:39 pm
You're on the down hill slide on the jump jet, that's good, I want some pics.  :D  lol
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 10, 2017, 05:39:01 am
You're on the down hill slide on the jump jet, that's good, I want some pics.  :D  lol

Yeah, you can say that, and although 50 some small decals always put me off a bit but in the end i always prefer to have them on, although some are barely visible, i think it adds to the overall look. After those, another good gloss coat, followed by a wash with AK's panel liner and more gloss on top of that...
Sorry, there's still a bit to go but time is short so i'll wait to take pics when it's finished. Just have to finish my lunch and go to work, a lot to do this afternoon, Palm tree anti-weevil treatment day, another one of my exclusive tasks, injections and a good bath of an insecticide cocktail does the job but it's something i hate doing, it's such a poison going into the trees and some of it always get sprayed out into the atmosphere, but i have no other way of keeping the trees alive and my job depends on that... :banghead:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 10, 2017, 06:20:19 am
Sounds interesting.. back in '09 the landscape company I worked for had a bunch of trees they planted out on the military base that were killed off completely by those weevils or some sort of wood beetle crap..

I know what you mean on them transfers!! I always start with the big ones first so the layout stays correct but I always get down to the teeny tiny ones and wind up leaving a bunch off... It's not that I couldn't do them, I just get lazy and want to be done with it. Sort of like some of the tiny dangly bits... sometimes they just don't go on.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 10, 2017, 06:41:19 pm
It is interesting but i'm always concerned and very careful about handling all the chemicals used in the process, i'm even more scared of those products than i am working 15m up on a tree with a rope and a chainsaw.
Well, i think that i'm starting to get the flow with the application of the decals/transfers... they are indeed transfers, i wonder why most call them decals? :unsure:
I've adopted the method of cutting and soaking up the pairs that go on the same spot on opposite sides, makes it much faster, so much so, i'm done with the decals on the fuselage, only ones left are on the pylons and weapons, which are next to go. :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 11, 2017, 06:41:55 am
That's how I do it, too, on the transfers. Speeds things up especially on stubborn ones that seem to want to stay on the backing paper for a longer time than normal.  Transfers v. decals?? I dunno! Maybe it's because the overall process could be called decalling? "Time to decal the plane with some transfers."  Hell, I dunno.   ;D ;D ;D   As far as I'm concerned they're almost interchangeable... they're both! It's a decal transfer or a transfer decal.   :o ;D

Those chemicals... man, I know what you mean. In my experience I'm more worried about what I might get the stuff on... It's not so much "Man I'd rather not be breathing this" as much as "God, I hope I didn't just assassinate those ornamentals because of overspray!"   Heights and chainsaw.. well.... you already know how I feel about heights! Pure terrifying.  :o
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on January 11, 2017, 06:52:21 am

 they are indeed transfers, i wonder why most call them decals?


I still insist on calling them transfers and indeed am quite well known for it in the U.K.  :angel:

I think decals is the American word and has gradually become general usage. Not sure why, although the word transfers has/is used for various products which are definitely not intended for modelling. I can remember transfer "tattoos" as a kid, so maybe it's a more precise word ?
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 11, 2017, 06:56:03 am
Iron-on transfers......   the kind you use an iron to move an image from a backing paper to a T-shirt are some. Other than decals for kits, that's what I think of next when I hear "transfer.'

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 11, 2017, 12:37:13 pm
That's how I do it, too, on the transfers. Speeds things up especially on stubborn ones that seem to want to stay on the backing paper for a longer time than normal.  Transfers v. decals?? I dunno! Maybe it's because the overall process could be called decalling? "Time to decal the plane with some transfers."  Hell, I dunno.   ;D ;D ;D   As far as I'm concerned they're almost interchangeable... they're both! It's a decal transfer or a transfer decal.   :o ;D

Those chemicals... man, I know what you mean. In my experience I'm more worried about what I might get the stuff on... It's not so much "Man I'd rather not be breathing this" as much as "God, I hope I didn't just assassinate those ornamentals because of overspray!"   Heights and chainsaw.. well.... you already know how I feel about heights! Pure terrifying.  :o

You should consider masking the plant you don't want to overspray... ;D
I've dipped more than the just 2 decals at once to save time and put them in a dry tray to let the water work without making the decals come off and mix up. This way it's almost non stop, just picking up the next decal which is ready and waiting.
Re the decals, now i'm very confused... ;D

I still insist on calling them transfers and indeed am quite well known for it in the U.K.  :angel:

I think decals is the American word and has gradually become general usage. Not sure why, although the word transfers has/is used for various products which are definitely not intended for modelling. I can remember transfer "tattoos" as a kid, so maybe it's a more precise word ?

I'm know that you call them transfers, that's why i said most...  ;D
I really don't care about the word used for the small things as long as i understand what it refers to. ;D But it makes sense, probably just started showing up more and more on magazines so most people started using the "correct" term used by pros, but who cares, right? :thumbsup:

Still regarding decals and the Harrier, finished transferring the remaining few on to the external tanks and landing gear doors.
Also assembled the Sniper and DJRP pods, rocket pods and Paveway IV bombs, also cut the landing gear off the sprues so all these are ready for paint.
Now, off to google some pics of each weapon for color reference...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 11, 2017, 01:09:41 pm
Hey I'm going to try that setting the decals on the tray doing mutliple at a time. That way they aren't all swimming around in the water.  Good tip right there!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 11, 2017, 01:38:42 pm
Hey I'm going to try that setting the decals on the tray doing mutliple at a time. That way they aren't all swimming around in the water.  Good tip right there!

i just cut the pairs, trios, quartets, or bigger ones, prepare 10 numbers and move on from that. Dip in water and pull them out just after a few seconds, leaving just the water that comes on the decal to soak up the backing paper and release the decal, it won't move out of place until you move it with a toothpick or whatever you do it with. If it dries up, one drop of water and it's good to go. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Librarian on January 11, 2017, 01:54:11 pm
It's how you pronounce them too.

Deckles (rhymes with Freckles) or Deeekals. I'm with the former. Used to call them stickers as a kid...somewhere in time and space I switched, probably when I started using aftermarket products like Super/Microscale etc.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 11, 2017, 05:01:36 pm
Hey I'm going to try that setting the decals on the tray doing mutliple at a time. That way they aren't all swimming around in the water.  Good tip right there!

i just cut the pairs, trios, quartets, or bigger ones, prepare 10 numbers and move on from that. Dip in water and pull them out just after a few seconds, leaving just the water that comes on the decal to soak up the backing paper and release the decal, it won't move out of place until you move it with a toothpick or whatever you do it with. If it dries up, one drop of water and it's good to go. :thumbsup:

Ha!  Fantastic... I think I was always afraid of messing them up if I got them all wet and let them sit around too long... this is going to be nice and save time for sure.  This should be good because perhaps with the time saved I won't get "burned out" on doing the deckles by time I get to the tiny ones and therefore won't omit them.  I have attention and ADD problems so stuff like this helps a lot.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on January 11, 2017, 07:17:39 pm
Decals.

That F-35 box art has made me want to buy that kit ever since I first saw it. And I might even have it buried downstairs  :banghead:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on January 12, 2017, 02:13:48 am
When I started building again I said dee-cals initially and then deckles following ridicule from someone who became a good friend (and who went far too soon).

But transfers when I was a kid because thats what my dad called them.

Never stickers.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on January 12, 2017, 06:12:26 am
Never stickers, if I do use the D word then it's deeeecals
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 12, 2017, 12:26:52 pm
Ha!  Fantastic... I think I was always afraid of messing them up if I got them all wet and let them sit around too long... this is going to be nice and save time for sure.  This should be good because perhaps with the time saved I won't get "burned out" on doing the deckles by time I get to the tiny ones and therefore won't omit them.  I have attention and ADD problems so stuff like this helps a lot.

Don't forget that some decals can lose the glue that comes from the backing paper and after dry, they come off easily, so play it safe and use some decal setting solution. I normally skip the setting solution and apply Vallejo medium decal softener after the first 10 decals are in place so i don't forget any of them.

It's how you pronounce them too.

Deckles (rhymes with Freckles) or Deeekals. I'm with the former. Used to call them stickers as a kid...somewhere in time and space I switched, probably when I started using aftermarket products like Super/Microscale etc.

When I started building again I said dee-cals initially and then deckles following ridicule from someone who became a good friend (and who went far too soon).

But transfers when I was a kid because thats what my dad called them.

Never stickers.

Never stickers, if I do use the D word then it's deeeecals

No, never called them stickers... I think it's always been the "deecals" for me but i only use the written word, i never speak about modelling to anyone else besides the owner of my LHS, who's also Portuguese... but i guess i'd probably verbalize it as "deecals"...

Decals.

That F-35 box art has made me want to buy that kit ever since I first saw it. And I might even have it buried downstairs  :banghead:

Captain, it is a good looking box... and the kit is not bad at all, IMHO. It's the 2nd in my stash and i've been itching to build one but i wanna finish the Harrier before concentrating on anything else. I already have the Sufa and the Black Widow in line to be built after the Harrier is done.

Speaking of Harriers, one of the nose landing gear doors has disappeared from the box where i had it with the rest of the small parts... spent over one hour looking for it and it's nowhere to be found... have no clue of where it could be... or how i lost it in the first place!  :banghead:
Lucky thing is that the Airfix kit has both a set of closed doors and the open set i was using, so i'll use the closed set which, in fact, is the set i should've painted cause the nose LG doors are closed during taxy, takeoff and landing, and i want my Harrier in short take off configuration.
Rehearsal night, gotta go!

:cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Old Wombat on January 13, 2017, 06:47:13 am
So, what do you call 'em in Portugese? :unsure:


I used to call them transfers, then, while I was out of the modelling scene, the vocabulary changed & they were decals when I came back.

My pronounciation's neither deckles (deklz) nor deekals (de-kalz), it's de'kalz. :-\
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 13, 2017, 02:08:18 pm
So, what do you call 'em in Portugese? :unsure:


I used to call them transfers, then, while I was out of the modelling scene, the vocabulary changed & they were decals when I came back.

My pronounciation's neither deckles (deklz) nor deekals (de-kalz), it's de'kalz. :-\

I've written the word in a previous post but i should've clarified in that last post that i'd probably verbalize it as "deecals" if i was speaking to someone in English. ;)
The way you write "de'kalz", seems to me like it's the closest to the Portuguese word, decalques(plural). We read the letter "a" like in the word "car" or the name Karl, and there's no "ee" sound in the word... for English speaking folks, i think it sounds something like "D'kalkj"... hum... now, that's a cool name for a fighter... I wonder if it could be a Hebrew word?  ;D

Right now, i'm beat from work, just laying on the sofa, lazy as can be... tomorrow's gig day, soundchecks start at 2pm so that means i'll have the morning free for some modelling and will get some work done on the last bits of the Harrier.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on January 14, 2017, 03:45:14 am
. for English speaking folks, i think it sounds something like "D'kalkj"... hum... now, that's a cool name for a fighter... I wonder if it could be a Hebrew word?  ;D


 :cheers:

Sounds like a new enemy for Dr Who to face to me  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 14, 2017, 05:29:17 am
. for English speaking folks, i think it sounds something like "D'kalkj"... hum... now, that's a cool name for a fighter... I wonder if it could be a Hebrew word?  ;D


 :cheers:

Sounds like a new enemy for Dr Who to face to me  ;D

I guess it sounds strange enough for that... ;D

Well, today i finally got the Harrier's ordnance and landing gear sprayed with the base colors, details will be brush painted later, maybe tomorrow as i'm not planning on getting too wild after tonight's gig. :angel:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 26, 2017, 11:29:07 am
Well, i've been trying to choose what to build next, now that my bench is empty...  :o Although i've already cut off the wings of a Revell/Italeri F-22 to fit on Hasegawa's F-16I, the initial idea i had for this, is just not getting me excited enough to really get on with the build itself...
And the YF-23 is in a similar state, i've done some testing to see what i want the wings to look like and i'm not satisfied yet... And i'm still trying to decide if i should change something on this build as i have another 3 kits of this fighter in the stash and i've never even built a normal one OOB, which, i would like to do... I went through the same dilema with the F-16XL, although i've got enough kits in the stash, i just wanted to have a normal one first as it's one of my favorite planes ever... not sure yet but i'll probably end up doing the same with this one, build it OOB and leave the mods for a future build.
That said, i'm also considering some real world builds for this year, probably an Alpha jet and A-7P of the PoAF.
Modelling shows are another issue that i want to address in 2017, i didn't have the chance to go to any last year as life always got in the way and held me back so, this year i wanna get my revenge, i've been saving my holidays to have enough time, so i'm confident that i'll finally be able to do it.
But one thing is good, i always enjoy going through the stash, all those boxes get me feeling like a little kid choosing a toy in a store... ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on January 27, 2017, 03:05:23 am
Going through my stash frustrates me as I want to build them all, now.

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 29, 2017, 09:13:32 am
Going through my stash frustrates me as I want to build them all, now.

 ;D I know the feeling... i had a similar feeling when i was buying the kits i really want to build, although the wallet didn't agree, i wanted all off them at once, just to be sure i could just go down to the cave and build any of them, whenever i wanted to... :angel: that's when i realized that i already had more than i could handle for the next 10 years... :banghead:

So, i decided to keep on going with the 2 projects i had previously chosen and brought to the bench. Work had been started on the F-16 and some of the major cut and fit tests were done with the F-22's wings and the LERX area, so last night i opened up the second donor kit, an Italeri F-35A, and now i have a LOAN nozzle, and twin tails for the Viper... Also did some more cutting, this time on the horizontal stabs, to get a new shape...

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_0105.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_0105.jpg.html)

Now, i've been using the UMP sanders for the first time and i'm hooked! Wet or dry, they're vey good indeed, although i've only used 2 of the 4 supplied in the goodie bag i won on one of the youtube live shows, there's a good range for most modelling needs in just these 4 sanders. They're cheap enough to give them a try, if you're not as lucky as i was...  :thumbsup:

And so i'm getting to spend the afternoon at the bench and further progress is being made right now on the F-16, so probably i'll have more to show later on today. Working on the tails and listening to Alien Ant Farm's Anthology... :mellow:

 :cheers:

PS: If you don't know about the International Scale modeler live shows on Youtube, look it up, Tuesday live builds, and Friday night with free prize draws.
Great bunch of folks who are very receptive to all kinds of models. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 29, 2017, 02:18:51 pm
Well, said i'd do so more work and i did, and started work on the intake area with the Lonestar Resin Parts F-16DSI conversion set, and i have to say, fit is very good. I only glued the bump to the bottom fuselage and the intake exterior structure just snaps into place. :thumbsup:

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_0108.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_0108.jpg.html)

I'll leave that without glue until the inside is painted and masked... Re pics of the Harrier, no time or will to do it today... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 30, 2017, 06:21:41 pm
Finally took some pics of the Harrier, and although the pics are better with my new camera, i definitely need more light, i'll just put one here as the rest will be in the build thread when i write the backstory, probably tomorrow.

(http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah318/rui_reis2/IMG_0142.jpg) (http://s1383.photobucket.com/user/rui_reis2/media/IMG_0142.jpg.html)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 30, 2017, 07:18:15 pm
 :wub:


Man, I was about to thrash you if you didn't give us any pics soon...   Now, I'm definitely going to thrash you for not posting more!!    ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 31, 2017, 04:31:35 am
:wub:


Man, I was about to thrash you if you didn't give us any pics soon...   Now, I'm definitely going to thrash you for not posting more!!    ;D ;D ;D

Hey, gimme a break, will ya? I had to go all the way back to 1910 to get a backstory for this baby... ;D
I'll try to have it finished tonight, last night was rehearsal night so i had no time for the research needed, but this story will be the scenario behind all of my Portuguese Marines and Navy builds from now on.
If Portugal already had a strong Navy and a modern naval industry by the end of WWII, they most certainly would've had some carriers even before the war started.
Although it takes time, i like the research part of it all, always a chance to learn something new. :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on January 31, 2017, 06:21:16 am
Harrier looks good  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 01, 2017, 07:55:00 am
:wub:


Man, I was about to thrash you if you didn't give us any pics soon...   Now, I'm definitely going to thrash you for not posting more!!    ;D ;D ;D

Hey, gimme a break, will ya? I had to go all the way back to 1910 to get a backstory for this baby... ;D
I'll try to have it finished tonight, last night was rehearsal night so i had no time for the research needed, but this story will be the scenario behind all of my Portuguese Marines and Navy builds from now on.
If Portugal already had a strong Navy and a modern naval industry by the end of WWII, they most certainly would've had some carriers even before the war started.
Although it takes time, i like the research part of it all, always a chance to learn something new. :thumbsup:

 :cheers:

I hear that!! That's a lot of the fun, really! Here recently especially, I've set out to look up a quick something or other so I can get back to my build... then I keep finding more interesting stuff so I just wind up reading and looking at pics for a couple hours instead. It's part of the hobby. 

Yesterday, for instance, I came across a story about an airman stationed in Mildenhall I think it was?? That in 1969 stole a C-130 after a bender, flew over the channel then proceeded to call his wife or girlfriend back in the states until he crashed the thing or..  "something." Conspiracy theories range from he might have been shot down by an F-100 or even a French aircraft, all the way to "this story is a cover, he was actually defecting to Soviet Russia with a mess of important equipment aboard so he was shot down." 

Anyway...  sounds good on the story work and the carriers bit sounds fascinating.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 01, 2017, 02:23:18 pm
Anyway...  sounds good on the story work and the carriers bit sounds fascinating.

Pics and backstory of the Harrier in the build thread: http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,40499.msg756474.html#new
Hope i don't disappoint you, i kept the story short for this one... i'll write the bit about the origin of the Portuguese carriers with an F6F Hellcat build... :wacko:

Reading is a big part of it, indeed. I've been reading so much more since i got back into modelling then when i was in school... :rolleyes:
I like it, you get to know a lot more about a bunch of different subjects because of one model. That story about the guy stealing the Herc is very interesting, gotta look it up. :thumbsup:

Now, no more old builds on the bench, of the current 2, the F-16, which is to be a F/A-16W Block 70, has been progressing but no work done since the last update on the intake.
The YF-23 hasn't been touched yet, but i've decided what will be done to it, but further updates and pics on these 2 builds will be done in their respective WIP threads in the current/finished project section.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 01, 2017, 03:03:20 pm
Sly devil, you!   ;) ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 11, 2017, 06:21:57 pm
Well, in the month that's passed since my last update here, i haven't done any work at all on both the YF-23 and the F/A-16W, time's been short and i've only been able to work on my Soviet GB build, the Flatliner, but today i came down to the cave for some stash reorganizing.
After i took them all out of their cardboard boxes, i've counted 119 kits in my stash, bought since September 2013, til the last entry in December 2016...
I've got enough stuff to build for a few decades... but there's always that other kit i'd like to buy... :banghead:
Anyway, i have to admit i'm proud of my stash... :wub:

(http://i.imgur.com/Mdm4Gv3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/cuBLRVX.jpg)

That's my stash, which intend to build to the very last kit! ;D
BTW, this is how the bench looks right now...

(http://i.imgur.com/khCzVdD.jpg)

Let's see, the kits are still in the room near the bench, i think that's where they'll stay for a while, gets me motivated to build more, so today i even managed to spray some paint after all the kits were back inside cardboard boxes.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 11, 2017, 11:54:13 pm

That's my stash, which intend to build to the very last kit! ;D


Everybody says that at one stage or another, but it'll never happen as stashes tend to increase in size faster than we can build.

They grow even faster than we Whiffers build, and we can use 3-4 kits to make each model. (maybe 5-10 in Dizzy's case.....  ;D)
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 12, 2017, 04:00:10 am

That's my stash, which intend to build to the very last kit! ;D


Everybody says that at one stage or another, but it'll never happen as stashes tend to increase in size faster than we can build.

They grow even faster than we Whiffers build, and we can use 3-4 kits to make each model. (maybe 5-10 in Dizzy's case.....  ;D)

So true... i still wanna buy a few more... Freedom Models 1/48 F-20, Trumpeter 1/72 Su-33D and Mig-29 SMT... And then, there's the only kit i'd like to buy in 1/32 and that's the Tamiya F-16CJ Block 50... :wub: Those are just the ones that come to mind right away but then there's a few other kits... ;D
I guess that it will take some time because my modelling budget as been very reduced in the last couple of months so i don't think i'm buying anything anytime soon... :rolleyes:
But as you can see, i've got enough to keep me busy for the next 20 years... ;D
Today it's family lunch and the afternoon is all for modelling so i should have some progress to show later on.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: McColm on March 14, 2017, 05:52:24 am
That's true, even with a reduced stash I still have enough whiffs to build.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on March 14, 2017, 07:26:53 am
Nice stash for sure ! But you're going to have trouble getting them off the settee for a build, they do look comfortable !

 :wacko:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 14, 2017, 11:36:09 am
It is indeed, Captain! :thumbsup: I can say i'm a lucky one, and the thing that makes me even more proud of it, is the fact that i managed to buy at least one kit of each of my "holy grail" kits. Although there are many more i'd like to have and eventually build someday, i can say i've got most of my favorite aircraft in this collection.
As for comfort, that was a short stay on the shed's couch, now they're all back in the boxes, quietly waiting for their turn...  ;)
Just got down to the shed, compressor's on and a gloss coat will be sprayed...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 15, 2017, 02:38:48 pm
Well, slight change of plans with the GB build, snapped the front gear leg when gluing everything in place... :banghead: managed to glued it back successfully but i'm waiting for it to dry properly before touching it again. At least, all the gear doors are on, paint job touch-ups done, just lacking the matte coat to call it finished... oh, and remove all the canopy masks, and then we'll see if it's really finished... :rolleyes:
Watching the "Web of secrecy - YF-23 Black Widow" documentary, just for inspiration on what to do with my build... watched it a dozen times before but it's always a cool doc to watch.  ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 15, 2017, 04:06:08 pm
Stash is glorious!! I have to say, I've accumulated about that many or possibly more in just the last 8 months. I need an intervention.. I have to keep the ebay tab closed... sheesh... I'm already out of room! I don't plan on stop buying kits, though, I just need to slow down!  It's hard to pass up kit lots where sometimes kits can be only a buck or two. I figure if I can find a home for all my 1/48 stuff I'll be moving in the right direction...

This documentary you speak of... I wonder if it is on Youtube. . . ..

Best of luck on the canopy unveiling, I'm sure it'll be great! looking forward to the end result.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 16, 2017, 01:38:12 am
Stash is glorious!! I have to say, I've accumulated about that many or possibly more in just the last 8 months. I need an intervention.. I have to keep the ebay tab closed... sheesh... I'm already out of room! I don't plan on stop buying kits, though, I just need to slow down!  It's hard to pass up kit lots where sometimes kits can be only a buck or two. I figure if I can find a home for all my 1/48 stuff I'll be moving in the right direction...

This documentary you speak of... I wonder if it is on Youtube. . . ..

Best of luck on the canopy unveiling, I'm sure it'll be great! looking forward to the end result.

Here, best quality on this one. :thumbsup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYLiMYGBE2Q&t=1271s
Now, it seems like we suffer from the same problem as almost everyone around here... but over 100 kits in 8 months? :o You're possessed... ;D But you're lucky, it's very hard to find job lots or buy stuff that cheap around here... but i believe i spent my money wisely, i read a lot of reviews on each kit to find out which were the best in the scale, looked around for reasonable prices and managed to find most of the stuff. Some took a while to find, the last one, the Revell 1/72 Hawker Hunter was one i'd been looking for since 2014 but all of the kits i saw were too expensive for a 1/72 small jet, till the day i found mine in auction with just one bidder, ended at 15 euros with shipping. :thumbsup:
Only job lot i bought so far was from Canada, 3 Monogram kits, 1/48 Spitfire MKIX, 1/48 P-40B Tigershark and the reason why i bought it, my first 1/72 F-16XL kit... :wub: Not expensive though, 35 euros with tracked shipping included. :thumbsup:
 I'm scared that i messed up canopy because of bad masking but we'll find that out today...
Well, it's raining here today, maybe i'll take the day off, still have 17 days of 2016's vacations to enjoy so probably today will be a good modelling day. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 18, 2017, 02:09:55 pm
Yes.... it's an addiction with me... I can't help but snag this stuff up. I've taken to staying away from ebay and so far so good but when my contract money gets here next month.... here comes more kits I guarantee it!!! I have plans in the works to make storing them better but I've been moving slowwwww on that. Going to make a big computer desk my HQ for modeling then cram 90% or more of my kit stash under a bed.

Good looking out on the documentary. I like the have stuff like that going while I work on kits... sets the mood and all that.


Now let's see the canopy!   ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 18, 2017, 05:35:24 pm
All done now, not much i could do on the canopy... :rolleyes: And i'm back to work on the F/A Viper! :thumbsup:
I like to have some aviation documentary or modelling related video playing while i'm at the bench but sometimes i like to have loud music playing...  :wacko:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 22, 2017, 12:57:20 pm
Ok, long time no post here... been having a hard time to go into the cave and actually do some work on the Black Widow...
Besides time, the other issue is that it's been so hot there that i barely have the will to go there during the day, although i do have a large fan in there...
Anyway, i've been thinking that only one build on the go is not enough so i'm getting the urge to open up a new kit, just have to figure out what i wanna do next... :rolleyes:
Looking at the boxes right now... RW or whif... the YF-23's gonna be whif, so maybe a RW build would make for a nice change of pace...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on June 23, 2017, 06:16:12 am
I quite often find a straight from the box, real world build can be quite relaxing. Especially if I've got a few models on the go
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 23, 2017, 03:15:11 pm
It is something that i always tend to put aside as i quickly lose interest in RW builds because the're so many whifs i'd also like to do but my mojo's been a bit on the down side... i've been working hard in the heat and it takes it's toll on the will to go down into the cave. I did get the rest of the panel lines scribed on the YF-23 a few days ago, just haven't sanded the raised lines to move on with the rest of the work.
The scribing didn't come out perfect but i think it's good enough for a simple first try. I learned a bit about it and don't think i ruined the kit so, moving on.
Motivated by the great builds recently posted by Comrade Harps and Axu, other whif projects that come back to mind are the alternative aircraft for the PoAF, in those scenarios, which i've also had in mind for some time. I'd like to build something on the Axis aligned Portuguese AF, Portuguese Navy in the Pacific, PoAF equipped with more American fighters, the cold war era, explore the Communist side of things, too... Also with more French, Swedish and other British aircraft which the PoAF never flew...
So much to do but so little time... :banghead:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 23, 2017, 04:09:20 pm
Just gotta hang on til winter!  :wacko: :rolleyes: :mellow: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on June 23, 2017, 09:10:58 pm
...So much to do but so little time... :banghead:

Nah, you've got the rest of your life.  Plenty of time.

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 24, 2017, 12:36:15 pm
Just gotta hang on til winter!  :wacko: :rolleyes: :mellow: :thumbsup:
...So much to do but so little time... :banghead:

Nah, you've got the rest of your life.  Plenty of time.

Both are correct, my friends. Brad, you know how it is, and how it's been with this heat wave... :banghead:
Fred, my dad always told me that, "In life, there's time for everything..." and that's how i like to see it, and i should still have quite a few years ahead so, plenty of time for everything. :thumbsup:
Well, to start the mojo back up, today i got the raised panel lines on the YF-23 sanded away and i'm back on track with this. Gonna get some more work done tonight.

:cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 25, 2017, 02:57:39 am
Good, good!!  Time to kick that mule! 

Yeah unfurtunately I do... I've taken to getting up earlier and earlier to deal with it. I'm now waking up at 3AM so I can leave out the door at 5... to try to beat the heat. Still having problems.. I always wind up out until about noon or 1PM. PLENTY hot by then but it could be worse.

A lot of days even when I'm feeling optimistic about it... I get home and can't even find the energy to work on my kits. My set up here is less than Ideal so find myself having to get up out of my seat a lot and dig through things and have to go all the way up and down stairs outside and inside and sometimes I just don't want to do all that milarkey. I've had plans in the works for months to revamp my work space and get it all organized and everything within reaching distance but uhh....   yeah not going to happen any time soon now, I'm afraid!

Godspeed on the YF-23..  it's going to look great!  Lookin' like a flyin ninja star!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 07, 2017, 04:07:33 pm
Good, good!!  Time to kick that mule! 

Yeah unfurtunately I do... I've taken to getting up earlier and earlier to deal with it. I'm now waking up at 3AM so I can leave out the door at 5... to try to beat the heat. Still having problems.. I always wind up out until about noon or 1PM. PLENTY hot by then but it could be worse.

A lot of days even when I'm feeling optimistic about it... I get home and can't even find the energy to work on my kits. My set up here is less than Ideal so find myself having to get up out of my seat a lot and dig through things and have to go all the way up and down stairs outside and inside and sometimes I just don't want to do all that milarkey. I've had plans in the works for months to revamp my work space and get it all organized and everything within reaching distance but uhh....   yeah not going to happen any time soon now, I'm afraid!

Godspeed on the YF-23..  it's going to look great!  Lookin' like a flyin ninja star!

Bro, sorry for the late reply on this one... Yup, the heat just drains all energy down when you have to do work like we do, only those who've done it for a living know how hard it is to get a rhythm going so you can finish stuff in time when it's so hot... But you know, i prefer doing this than working in an office, store or warehouse. If i'm not modelling or recording songs in the studio, i'd much rather work outdoors, rain or shine. :thumbsup:

On the modelling front, i've made some progress today on the flyin ninja star ;D and finally have the parts needed for my idea! And besides that, i also dug out of the stash one of the 2 Italeri F-35 kits, which will also be whif! :thumbsup:
And as if it weren't enough for the spare time i have at this time of the year, i've also decided to recover both WWII german fighters that were in my shelves of doom so, 4 models on the bench as of tonight! :wacko:
I'll probably have some time to work on something this weekend so more news soon to come...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 07, 2017, 05:24:56 pm
WELL WELL WELL!!! Feeling mighty bold are we? Wit' all 'ese kits 'n projects 'n 'all'at!   ;D  4 at a whack. I'm loving the stuff coming off the shelf of doom. It kinda makes me sad a bit when projects stall out. Been trying to do the same myself. 2 stalled with one "new" project on the bench.

I know what you mean about working outside. Despite the nutty extremes that can happen with the weather...  I'll take it. Indoors stuff either A: Is tolerable, somewhat fun, and won't drive one insane.. or... B: Pays well but is likely to be monotonous and/or repetitive. I can't have either aspect of the latter, despite pay. I've done the prior before, and enjoyed it for the most part, but those don't pay the bills. There are exceptions of course... but yeah, for the most part, I find these things to be true.

Go on and get started with the F-35.... can't wait for the arguments to start on that one. (kidding, I ain't trying to start no riots  ;D)  Let's just say opinions on the F-35 range from one extreme to the other as I'm sure you know!    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  Personally, when I first saw it, I was like, "whoa, it's a Baby Raptor!" I mean... to the untrained eye, they have similar shapes and all. 
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Rick Lowe on July 07, 2017, 06:03:26 pm
Although that particular 'Baby Raptor' hit a few branches on the way down out of the Ugly Tree...
But not as many as Boing's X-32...


Is it me, or is it getting hot in here? ;D
Ooh, looky - someone's lit the pilot light...   :rolleyes:

"Puttin' out Fires with Gasoline...."
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 08, 2017, 07:27:12 am
WELL WELL WELL!!! Feeling mighty bold are we? Wit' all 'ese kits 'n projects 'n 'all'at!   ;D  4 at a whack. I'm loving the stuff coming off the shelf of doom. It kinda makes me sad a bit when projects stall out. Been trying to do the same myself. 2 stalled with one "new" project on the bench.

I know what you mean about working outside. Despite the nutty extremes that can happen with the weather...  I'll take it. Indoors stuff either A: Is tolerable, somewhat fun, and won't drive one insane.. or... B: Pays well but is likely to be monotonous and/or repetitive. I can't have either aspect of the latter, despite pay. I've done the prior before, and enjoyed it for the most part, but those don't pay the bills. There are exceptions of course... but yeah, for the most part, I find these things to be true.

Go on and get started with the F-35.... can't wait for the arguments to start on that one. (kidding, I ain't trying to start no riots  ;D)  Let's just say opinions on the F-35 range from one extreme to the other as I'm sure you know!    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  Personally, when I first saw it, I was like, "whoa, it's a Baby Raptor!" I mean... to the untrained eye, they have similar shapes and all. 

Although that particular 'Baby Raptor' hit a few branches on the way down out of the Ugly Tree...
But not as many as Boing's X-32...


Is it me, or is it getting hot in here? ;D
Ooh, looky - someone's lit the pilot light...   :rolleyes:

"Puttin' out Fires with Gasoline...."

Well, i guess i'm in over my head but what the heck, i've had 20 unfinished models before so 4 is not a big deal... ;D And they've been on my mind for quite a while now, might as well just get on with it, right? :rolleyes:
Re outdoors work, i can cope with the weather extremes pretty well, when it's cold and wet, it's good to work cause you warm up, and when it's hot and dry, you can get a tan while at work :mellow: but obviously, keeping yourself hydrated is a must, even if you drink warm water.

Rick, great song by a great musician! :bow: You're ok with me, bro, i LMAO with your comment! :thumbsup:
The F-35... i really like it despite all the controversy, i believe it's a very advanced fighter and that in time it will become all that was expected of it. And it's so much better looking than the X-32 was, that is an ugly thing... let's just say i think the X-32 is as good looking as a dog's chocolate starfish!! :wacko: ;D
The F-14/15/16/18 didn't come into service as the machines they became with more time and money... Truth is that new concepts always need time to iron out the problems that always come up in machines that are to do what has never been done before. It's funny that a lot of people said bad things about the F-22 and now it's the best... now it's on the F-35 but i think they forget that these were the first of their kind, with such advanced capabilities... The Russian PAK-FA and Chinese J-20/31 came after the American fighters, and i'm not so sure if they have the same capabilities as the Raptor and Lightning II... Besides, these are in service and their Eastern and Oriental rivals have just come out of prototype stages... I think Americans should value their fighters a bit more, they're breaking new ground and you just can't do that in the current days without spending a lot of money.
Anyway, i like it and i was glad i could buy kits of my favorite version, the F-35C, in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales.
i have plans to build one of the A variant as a future Portuguese fighter, which will replace the PoAF's F-16AM fleet in 2025... ;D
So, i have today's afternoon for myself so modelling is on the list of things to do.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Rick Lowe on July 08, 2017, 02:17:41 pm
Glad you liked it, it was more a joke than a serious comment - I mean, I don't like the planes, but I'm not that opinionated that I'll get into an argument about them.

Just stirring the pot and watching the fun...  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 08, 2017, 03:03:17 pm
Glad you liked it, it was more a joke than a serious comment - I mean, I don't like the planes, but I'm not that opinionated that I'll get into an argument about them.

Just stirring the pot and watching the fun...  ;D

:thumbsup: Although i like the plane's design, i'm with you on that, i'm also not the type of guy to get into arguments over this type of subject, it's the same with music for me, everyone is free to like whatever they like. If i like something, there's not much anyone else can do about it and i'm not going to try to change someone's taste of something like an aircraft's design, but i do admit i sometimes enjoy reading some discussions about this type of thing, when someone stirs things up, it can get pretty hilarious.  ;D
The issue of it being a good plane or not, i have my own opinion about that and i'm not afraid to state it like i did in my previous post, but as i'm nowhere near to being someone "in the know", i'll leave the serious arguments for the keyboard pilots and experts. ;)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 09, 2017, 07:58:07 am
Darn it... changing my plans re the Airfix Fw-190... i can't find the clear parts sprue anywhere!!! :banghead: My guess is that i lost it a long time ago cause i can't remember where i put it... maybe it's inside some other box but i don't have the habit of storing parts in other kits' boxes...
Already sent an email to Airfix costumer support to see if i can get just that sprue from them... :unsure:
That means that i have one less model to work on till i get an answer from Airfix, so i'll work on the other 3 i've got on the bench at the moment...
Today i've already removed the Italeri's Bf-109 canopy, without further damage, cleaned it up the best i could and painted the seat, which i'd left unpainted when i built the kit back in 2014. :rolleyes:
Now it's time to mask the canopy and paint it, scratching up a WWII pilot(or just a similar shape ;D) to put inside the cockpit cause this was built "in-flight", as were all of the 18 models built back then.
The YF-23 and the F-35 will be getting some attention later in the afternoon...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 09, 2017, 12:04:27 pm
Although that particular 'Baby Raptor' hit a few branches on the way down out of the Ugly Tree...
But not as many as Boing's X-32...


Is it me, or is it getting hot in here? ;D
Ooh, looky - someone's lit the pilot light...   :rolleyes:

"Puttin' out Fires with Gasoline...."

Yeah that things looks like some sort of angular beached whale. It's funny... if you type in "Boeing x 32" into google, other than the lone phrase itself, the very first search prediction suggestion is "Boeing X 32 ugly".   ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 09, 2017, 12:15:11 pm

Well, i guess i'm in over my head but what the heck, i've had 20 unfinished models before so 4 is not a big deal... ;D And they've been on my mind for quite a while now, might as well just get on with it, right? :rolleyes:
  20??!  Good Lord!  ;D  And yeah... best time to strike is when you're motivated!! That's how I look at it. I'm like that... I'm not always motivated to work on the defunct projects but when I DO get the mojo for them I try not to ever waste it, even if I have an exciting "current" project to work on.

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The F-35... i really like it despite all the controversy....
I thoroughly enjoy watching all the internet pissing contests over this airplane. Some people get downright HEATED over it all!  ;D   (PILOT LIGHT?! )   I've never really formed an opinion either way, myself. I like it more now than when I used to...   like I mentioned earlier.. when I first saw one I thought it was just a baby raptor so... like... I didnt care much for that idea. I figured it was like a hamstrung Raptor that was being made because it would be cheaper. Of course, now I know a lot more about it and I know it's a different system so it's grown on me over the years but it still resides in that grey area of "take it or leave it." I don't hate it, I don't love it.... I'm not bothered by it but I wouldn't put it my top 10 of fighters, etc etc..  pretty neutral on the thing. Normally after years of witnessing an internet pissing match I generally take sides one way or the other but I've Switzerlanded this bad boy.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 09, 2017, 02:39:41 pm
  20??!  Good Lord!  ;D  And yeah... best time to strike is when you're motivated!! That's how I look at it. I'm like that... I'm not always motivated to work on the defunct projects but when I DO get the mojo for them I try not to ever waste it, even if I have an exciting "current" project to work on.

That's what i'm trying to do, mostly because i don't like leaving something unfinished, same with my songs, even if they're 10+ years old... Of those 20, the Bf-109 and the Fw-190 were built when i had no idea of what i really wanted to do with my modelling so they were built in a rush, just to have the shapes of the planes i like but as time went by and i learned a bit more, left them aside cause they are badly built and i wanted to move on to new models on which i could do a better job. There's still 3 of them that i've been reconsidering, the Airfix Zero and 2 ZTS Plastyk Migs, the 17 and 19.
They'll never be nice models but i wanna finish them anyway, just to get them off the Shelves of Doom...  :rolleyes:

I thoroughly enjoy watching all the internet pissing contests over this airplane. Some people get downright HEATED over it all!  ;D   (PILOT LIGHT?! )   I've never really formed an opinion either way, myself. I like it more now than when I used to...   like I mentioned earlier.. when I first saw one I thought it was just a baby raptor so... like... I didnt care much for that idea. I figured it was like a hamstrung Raptor that was being made because it would be cheaper. Of course, now I know a lot more about it and I know it's a different system so it's grown on me over the years but it still resides in that grey area of "take it or leave it." I don't hate it, I don't love it.... I'm not bothered by it but I wouldn't put it my top 10 of fighters, etc etc..  pretty neutral on the thing. Normally after years of witnessing an internet pissing match I generally take sides one way or the other but I've Switzerlanded this bad boy.  ;D

Switzerlanded... Excellent!! ;D
It's a source of hate for a lot of people and the internet arguments can get so ridiculous and hilarious... i can understand that the price the people are paying is very high indeed, and by that, it generates so much controversy when there's a problem found on it... but just look back at the US aircraft development history and you can find a lot of similarities with many of the fighters that when they became tested and proven in combat, became the public/enthusiasts' favorite thing.
Re the looks of the thing, it could be prettier but i like it anyway, but as i've said before, the C variant is my favorite because of it's bigger wings, i think they make it a more balanced design, the A/B wing is a bit small for my taste. At first, i also looked at it as a baby raptor and as i've always liked the raptor's design, i liked it from the beginning, specially when comparing it to the "angular beached whale"...  ;D But to each, it's own...

So, i got the canopy of the Bf-109 masked and painted, scratched and painted up something barely resembling a pilot figure to put inside the cockpit, i couldn't have an in-flight bird with no pilot at the commands... ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/QD2zHdN.jpg)

And to give you a better idea of how the whole thing is now...

(http://i.imgur.com/1qRyZaQ.jpg)

I sprayed it freehand last year, while practicing my airbrush skills, and also, because i didn't wanna waste thinned paint from other projects... I started looking at it again a couple of months ago and thought of how i could fit it in my alternative history for the PoAF. As it looks like the camo that Portuguese Spits and Canes had, i'm going to finish it as one of 3 Bf-109 F-4 delivered by the Luftwaffe for evaluation by the Aeronáutica Militar, the predecessor of the PoAF, at the end of 1941... Portugal had a few German aircraft in reality, this could've easily happened too... Although this is just a minor detour of the scenarios i've had in mind for a long time... :wacko:

I've had a few different scenarios in mind, inside my Portuguese armed forces' alternative history, on which, one will see the Portuguese joining the Axis because of the Allied invasion of the Azores archipelago in the summer of 1942. This would've happened because of good business relations that the Portuguese dictator Salazar had with Hitler, and from ignoring Churchill's call for help, breaking the Windsor treaty. That's where the Airfix Bf-109 E-4 and Hobbyboss Fw-190 that are still in the stash, will come into scene...

The other scenario will have the Portuguese involved in the war just after the fall of France in 1940, where Salazar will respond to Churchill's call for help, and Portugal would join the Allies from then on. That will include a couple of slight whifs, where Portuguese pilots would fight in the Battle of Britain, flying the Spitfire and Hurricane, which in reality, the Portuguese received in 1942/43.
This scenario will also include other planes like the Typhoon, Defiant, Tempest, etc., and also, American planes, of which, i've already built the Mustang and Thunderbolt, which are D variants.

Well, after the canopy is glued on, it's just minor detail painting and the 109 will be ready for a gloss coat, then decals so it's not that far from being finished, which should happen during the next few days.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 09, 2017, 04:30:06 pm
Lil Homie looks good to me!

I agree the bigger wings on the C Lightning II really helped matters. More elegant and less uhh..... chubby and compact looking? 

I like the sound of the Portuguese joining up with Hitler. I kind of like to see the world burn . . .  in my mind I've always considered y'all to be the good guys and stuff so it's more interesting that way. So that gets my vote.  :wacko:

So just how long have you been building?? I get the impression you got started recently like within the last few years or, like myself, got started again in adulthood after stopping for awhile? It was one year ago just a couple weeks or so back since I got started again after stopping for 20 years. Basically zero skill after that long. lol  Not to mention when I quit I was 15 so wasn't skilled anyway.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on July 09, 2017, 04:49:35 pm
...Re the looks of the thing, it could be prettier but i like it anyway...

They are all designed by computers these days.  There is no human sat at a drawing board with a pencil and a french curve putting their own design flair* into the overall shape of the aircraft.

*or not, in the case of Blackburn.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 09, 2017, 05:09:04 pm
Lil Homie looks good to me!

I agree the bigger wings on the C Lightning II really helped matters. More elegant and less uhh..... chubby and compact looking? 

I like the sound of the Portuguese joining up with Hitler. I kind of like to see the world burn . . .  in my mind I've always considered y'all to be the good guys and stuff so it's more interesting that way. So that gets my vote.  :wacko:

So just how long have you been building?? I get the impression you got started recently like within the last few years or, like myself, got started again in adulthood after stopping for awhile? It was one year ago just a couple weeks or so back since I got started again after stopping for 20 years. Basically zero skill after that long. lol  Not to mention when I quit I was 15 so wasn't skilled anyway.

Thanks, it's ok for a pilot with no arms... ;D
Re the F-35C, i'm almost 100% with our fellow Kit on this issue, bigger wings can make almost any aircraft look better. ;D :thumbsup:

They are all designed by computers these days.  There is no human sat at a drawing board with a pencil and a french curve putting their own design flair* into the overall shape of the aircraft.

*or not, in the case of Blackburn.


Yup, totally right... but i do like the Firebrand and can even call the Buccaneer interesting... ;D

The Portuguese in the Axis idea came from the fact that Salazar was also a fascist dictator so, not very far from Hitler, although he didn't like Hitler because of his anti-Semitic ideals. You can say that most Portuguese are good folks but don't forget who started the slave business back in the maritime discoveries epoch... i've always thought of that as my people's darkest days, not proud of that at all.
I built(more like, destroyed) about 4 or 5 models(not really sure) between my 8 years of age till i was around 12 or 13 so, no skill at all... I didn't even paint anything... canoeing, bmx and drawing took over from then on, then i got back into modelling in the end of 2013, when i was recovering from the first 2 surgeries on my broken wrist.
After watching "Top Gun" for the 1000th time, i started missing aircraft in my life again so, the next day i went out to my local LHS and bought a Revell 1/72 F-14D Tomcat and that was it, hooked ever since.
Just a couple of days later, i went back to the store and bought another 3 models, the 1/72 F4U-4 Corsair, the Bf-109 and a Spitfire Mk.IXC, all from Italeri... And now, the 109 made it's comeback!! :thumbsup:
Somehow this poorly built and painted 109 is getting all my attention now, and after dinner i've managed to paint the exhausts, guns, pitot and wheels so, i'm calling ready for a gloss coat. Although i'm going to finish it, i'm not wasting much time trying to make it the best i can, it's just to get it out of the way to keep on going but still, i think it'll end up looking cool with Luftwaffe inspired Portuguese markings so, more on this tomorrow.

(http://i.imgur.com/qbFKgtQ.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 10, 2017, 02:39:31 am

Re the F-35C, i'm almost 100% with our fellow Kit on this issue, bigger wings can make almost any aircraft look better. ;D :thumbsup:


Now you're starting to think the right way.  :thumbsup: ;D


Yup, totally right... but i do like the Firebrand and can even call the Buccaneer interesting... ;D


I notice the lack of the Beverley in that short list...........  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 10, 2017, 07:52:29 am
Now you're starting to think the right way.  :thumbsup: ;D

...I notice the lack of the Beverley in that short list...........  ;D ;)

Thanks to your words, oh Large Wingspan Master!  ;D :thumbsup:
Well, re the Beverley, i had to be enlightened by Google of what was the Beverley... and wow... what a flying whale! ;D ;)
I'd never looked into Blackburn aircraft very much but the Firebrand sure looks good, too bad is wasn't a very good performer.

So, as i worked on Saturday morning, today i took the afternoon off and i'm down in the cave, ready for some modelling! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 10, 2017, 12:08:55 pm

Well, re the Beverley, i had to be enlightened by Google of what was the Beverley... and wow... what a flying whale! ;D ;)


Yes indeed, the Beverley has been likened to a 'block of flats with wings' in the past.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 10, 2017, 12:52:54 pm
And rightly so! ;D
Ok, decal night ahead of me, the 109 has been glossed and it's dry, so ready to become part of the  Aeronáutica Militar Portuguesa. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 10, 2017, 05:01:46 pm
And it's almost done, just the data stencils to go...

(http://i.imgur.com/nQZdQQe.jpg)

While i was going through several documentaries about the 109, i found out i was making the mistake of calling it an F-4 when it's really the F-2... i've always liked to see guns sticking out of the wings on most WWII aircraft so i assembled this kit with all of the guns available but on the 109, the guns on the wings were discontinued on the F-4 variant so, this is in reality an F-2... just comes to show how little i know about WWII planes... :rolleyes: ;D

:cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 11, 2017, 10:21:00 am
Well, just received a response from Airfix saying that the clear parts sprue for their 1/72 Fw 190 are not available at the moment so no help from them... Guess that model will be used for something else like parts donation or something... unless i find that damn sprue in the near future! :banghead:
No modelling today as i just got home and gotta hurry to go have dinner with my parents, and after that, rehearsal with the band, got a good gig coming up so gotta get my vocal cords back in shape for a 50/60 minute concert. :thumbsup:
Tomorrow i'm taking the day off work because a friend needs some help and i've still got a few vacation days from 2016 to enjoy so, as real life matters will be dealt with during the morning, i've got the afternoon all for myself...  will try to finish the 109, get something done on the YF-23 and also try to make a start on the Italeri F-35... if nothing changes my plans, that is... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on July 12, 2017, 05:55:10 am
Re the 190 canopy. The 1/72 Eduard kit I have has 3 different options for the sliding part of the canopy but only 1 windscreen  :banghead:

If one of those will help you though let me know

Chris
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 12, 2017, 12:54:11 pm
Re the 190 canopy. The 1/72 Eduard kit I have has 3 different options for the sliding part of the canopy but only 1 windscreen  :banghead:

If one of those will help you though let me know

Chris

Thank you, Chris :thumbsup: but i'd need both the windscreen and sliding part... I think it was during that kit's build that i realized i should stop all the builds and actually start improving my skills a bit cause i wanted to get better results so, i stopped it before i attached the clear parts, engine and prop.
But guess i can try something to fit some other

Well, only got to sit at the bench right now, after a very hot day... gonna finish the decals on the 109.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 15, 2017, 03:52:13 pm
Dude, even if you just sat there and did nothing, period, it would be a win in my book. lmao 

 ;D ;D ;D


Just being out of that heat. .. . 
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 15, 2017, 04:04:01 pm
And it's almost done, just the data stencils to go...

(http://i.imgur.com/nQZdQQe.jpg)

While i was going through several documentaries about the 109, i found out i was making the mistake of calling it an F-4 when it's really the F-2... i've always liked to see guns sticking out of the wings on most WWII aircraft so i assembled this kit with all of the guns available but on the 109, the guns on the wings were discontinued on the F-4 variant so, this is in reality an F-2... just comes to show how little i know about WWII planes... :rolleyes: ;D

:cheers:
Looks ^%^&$^*$^* awesome. I really like 109s and I never imagined one done up like that. Never seen one done up like that.

F-4 .... F-2....    F everybody.  Before about a year ago you would have surprised me if you told me there were more than one variant.....  now I seem to be aware that there are 10 trillion of the things. "Bf-109 G6 Trop"... "BF-109 MKultra Fastback Mark 3 Malarkey"  "ME-109K -11-FG-Smoke a Kipper"   "ME-109 Q 11,000 Anti PR Three Seat Trainer"  "ME-109 V Mark 1999 Overpriced Popcorn and Sticky Seats Night Fighter"  blah blah. I can't keep track of it much beyond the letter designations...  "G"  "F"  "K"  and what have you and I wouldn't know what to say if someone asked to to describe a BF-109b.  Is there such a thing?!  I have no idea... I mainly hear of Gustavs and the like. I have no clue how you keep up with the Fighting Falcon stuff.....    I never heard of a "block" before maybe 7 months ago....  About all I knew was an F-16A had one seat and the F-16B had two.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 15, 2017, 04:16:58 pm

I wouldn't know what to say if someone asked to to describe a BF-109b.  Is there such a thing?! 


No sooner the word.............  ;D

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/7303/tBled6.jpg)

Mind you, it is a Bf-109B-2.  ;)
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 15, 2017, 05:32:41 pm

I wouldn't know what to say if someone asked to to describe a BF-109b.  Is there such a thing?! 


No sooner the word.............  ;D

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/7303/tBled6.jpg)



Mind you, it is a Bf-109B-2.  ;)

It's glorious!  And OF COURSE it's a -2!  ;D ;D ;D 

Probably were another 2.3 million variants of the "B".  ;D 

I've had more fun than should be allowed researching all this stuff but I'm still amazed at finding more....   For instance, the other day I stumbled across something called a "199 Fisk" that is yet another of the millions of variants of this thing.  :o ;D 

I used to think that pretty much the only difference was paint jobs. ..    :rolleyes: ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 15, 2017, 06:00:17 pm
Dude, even if you just sat there and did nothing, period, it would be a win in my book. lmao 

 ;D ;D ;D


Just being out of that heat. .. .

 ;D  :thumbsup: :drink:
Damn right, the heat's been killer... this past week has been the hottest yet, up to 35ºC everyday and a lot of work being done, left barely any will to come sit at the bench...

Yup, the 109 had so many experimental and production versions, although it just has small differences in most. It's a beautiful plane and i still have to buy a G-10 or 14,if there is such a kit out there. I've been thinking of buying more 1/48 kits of WWII planes, i like the size of the P-40 i've built, there are some sweet kits in 1/48 and it'd be cool to have my favorite planes in that scale.

Re the F-16, i've read a lot about the Viper, it became my favorite jet when i first found out about it in the 80's and when i started getting back my interest in aircraft, i already knew that Portugal had F-16s in our air force and that gave me even more reason to know more about it.
I've watched so many documentaries and read so many pages of info about it but still, i'm nowhere close to an expert in the subject, i've never even touched or been near one, for that matter... :o :banghead:
But i normally do a more in depth research on each plane when i'm building it, that is one of the things i enjoy because aviation has been one of my passions since i was a kid, along with music and BMX. It's always fun to learn more about it.

Modelling wise, i've finished the 109. Finished the last few decals and gave it a gloss coat before the matte XF-86.
Didn't want to waste too much time on it and the result shows but i don't care. I call it a mercy finish because probably it would never be finished if it wasn't for a quick whif like this and it's one less on the shelves of doom. :thumbsup:
Still, i think the idea of a Portuguese Bf-109 looks cool, maybe the Airfix 109 E-4 i've got in the stash will end up in a similar way.
The camo on this one is more of a Spitfire/Hurricane camo and that's what will be different because the PoAF normally doesn't change the original scheme of their aircraft, they just use the most suitable scheme for intend mission of said aircraft, provided by the aircraft maker.
Now, it's back to jets... ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 17, 2017, 03:23:22 am
Definitely some G-10 kits out there! I have at least three myself in both 1/72 and 1/48. Hobby Craft makes one in 1/48 that comes with Croatian markings... the roundels look just like the German WWII ones but in the shape of a maple leaf. As far as 1/72... I know Revell makes some G-10s. I have one in a normal boxing and one in a "pro modeler" boxing. No clue on the 14s though if you were talking about not being sure about just that one.

 :lol: :thumbsup:

"Mercy finish."  I like that. I'm in the midst of TWO of those right at this moment. One might turn out decent, not sure about the other... but... they will be finished at least!!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 19, 2017, 01:58:13 pm
Ya, gotta look for some good WWII kits in 1/48, a Spitfire 22 or 24, P-51D and a few others... :rolleyes:
Well, no more mercy finishes for a while now, i wanna get the Black Widow done! Next step is to make up engine fan to close up the air inlet ducting, might actually get something done tonight, if i don't fall asleep on the bench... :o

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 19, 2017, 02:24:27 pm
Ya, gotta look for some good WWII kits in 1/48, a Spitfire 22 or 24, P-51D and a few others... :rolleyes:
Well, no more mercy finishes for a while now, i wanna get the Black Widow done! Next step is to make up engine fan to close up the air inlet ducting, might actually get something done tonight, if i don't fall asleep on the bench... :o

 :cheers:

You can do it! Maybe try some herbal supplement.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 19, 2017, 04:24:06 pm
Ya, gotta look for some good WWII kits in 1/48, a Spitfire 22 or 24, P-51D and a few others... :rolleyes:
Well, no more mercy finishes for a while now, i wanna get the Black Widow done! Next step is to make up engine fan to close up the air inlet ducting, might actually get something done tonight, if i don't fall asleep on the bench... :o

 :cheers:

You can do it! Maybe try some herbal supplement.  ;D ;D ;D

Well, didn't fall asleep, the herbs worked good... ;D
Did some work on the Black Widow's intakes, still a bit sketchy but i think it can look ok. Pics tomorrow. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 19, 2017, 05:43:30 pm
Ya, gotta look for some good WWII kits in 1/48, a Spitfire 22 or 24, P-51D and a few others... :rolleyes:
Well, no more mercy finishes for a while now, i wanna get the Black Widow done! Next step is to make up engine fan to close up the air inlet ducting, might actually get something done tonight, if i don't fall asleep on the bench... :o

 :cheers:

You can do it! Maybe try some herbal supplement.  ;D ;D ;D

Well, didn't fall asleep, the herbs worked good... ;D
Did some work on the Black Widow's intakes, still a bit sketchy but i think it can look ok. Pics tomorrow. :thumbsup:
;D ;D

You tease! 

I bet it looks great. Your skills are top notch in my book.   :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 20, 2017, 03:11:02 pm
You're too generous, bro. I'm not a good modeller, sometimes i just get lucky and don't mess things up till i call them finished. :bow:
And you'll see that my skills aren't that good on the Black Widow...  :rolleyes: Got the main work on the intakes done, pics on the WIP thread on the aircraft section.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 21, 2017, 04:21:12 pm
Wow... i'm STOKED!!! I was just watching the ISM live show on Youtube and i won a prize on the live draw... a Harder&Steenbeck airbrush... can't wait to try it out!  :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: kerick on July 21, 2017, 04:38:30 pm
Congrates you lucky dog!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 21, 2017, 05:40:10 pm
Congrates you lucky dog!

Thanks, i was very lucky indeed, a great prize! It's the Evolution CRplus, 0,2mm nozzle, with a special edition 5 ml cup. :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 21, 2017, 07:41:51 pm
 :o :o

That's the coolest thing I've heard all week!  Glorious reapings, for sure. Sounds like some choice wares.

It's going to be fun when you try it out the first time!!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 13, 2017, 04:14:16 pm
So, i still haven't solved my keyboard problem yet but i have been working... :wacko:

(http://i.imgur.com/PdFnriM.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 14, 2017, 01:52:50 am
Nice! Looking like a plane there.  ;D

And is it just ME or are these a touch hard to find for a decent price? I've been looking around and not finding much going on for a price I can live with.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 14, 2017, 05:37:51 am
 :thumbsup: This is the Italeri kit but i think you're better off buying the Academy kit, its better and around the same price, if not cheaper.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 14, 2017, 05:46:16 am
:thumbsup: This is the Italeri kit but i think you're better off buying the Academy kit, its better and around the same price, if not cheaper.

Ah yes, great tip! I'll bear that in mind. I don't need no sky-turds on my hands.    :thumbsup:

I'm actually getting a little stoked to find one. Then I'd have it and a Raptor then I just need to find a Black Widow (II) then I'll have me a modern set going on.


EDIT: I wonder what the Tamiya one is like. . . . .    :unsure:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Old Wombat on August 14, 2017, 06:55:41 am
I've always found Tamiya kits to be a good balance between accuracy & ease of build, except the armour kits that are designed to be motorised but even they, if precise dimensions aren't your thing/necessary, generally look the part.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 14, 2017, 10:02:52 am
Italeri's is not that bad, just a bit less refined than Academy's kit. Tamiya only had the Italeri mold of the prototype X-35, also have it in my stash. ;) Then the Academy kit, the Orange models' 1/72 and Kittyhawk's 1/48 F-35C and one more of these more recent Italeri kits. ;D
This is the old X-35 kit: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/104892-italeri-1209-lockeed-x-35-jsf
Reviews further down the page.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 14, 2017, 10:32:14 am

This is the old X-35 kit: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/104892-italeri-1209-lockeed-x-35-jsf
Reviews further down the page.

 :cheers:

I've got one of those, and I really should build it as I installed the machine that made the lift fans on all of them, and the F-35s too. [big head mode off]  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on August 14, 2017, 10:50:19 pm

EDIT: I wonder what the Tamiya one is like. . . . .    :unsure:

Point to be aware of mate. In Japan Tamiya rebox a lot of Italeri stuff. Apologies if I'm teaching granny to suck eggs
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 15, 2017, 06:40:09 am
I think I'll stick with the Academy then!! Can't go wrong there and they aren't too expensive, either.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 15, 2017, 09:02:39 am
One thing i don't understand is why the Hasegawa kit is so expensive, it does have the best surface detail and decals for the RAM tape, and also a very nice stand but has no weapons bays or external weapons/pylons.
Maybe a temporary mold to wait for feedback on the panel lines/RAM issue? Their 1/48 F-22 got a lot of bad reviews for having raised detail... :unsure:
Well, all this talk about modern jets has really got me into "Stealth" mode so i dug up this baby out of the stash... :wacko:

(http://i.imgur.com/vAmPZGb.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 15, 2017, 09:08:25 am
Yeah!!   :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

 :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 15, 2017, 01:38:58 pm
Got some work done...

(http://i.imgur.com/15zVwT6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kI7X07a.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 15, 2017, 03:51:50 pm
Another detail done, after this section is done, the rest of the build should be pretty easy.

(http://i.imgur.com/R9yQfNp.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on August 16, 2017, 02:20:27 am
One thing i don't understand is why the Hasegawa kit is so expensive...

Because theirs all are.  Even the ones using ancient ill fitting moulds like the Dart & Dagger.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 16, 2017, 03:15:18 am

One thing i don't understand is why the Hasegawa kit is so expensive...


Because they're greedy.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 16, 2017, 04:03:13 am
Greedy, but smart. They know modelers are like Pokemon fans and Trekkers, etc.

Like... star trek.... they can make 10 "editions" of the same exact thing with only slightly different "extras."  Like, DVD sets or something. They'll make 8 versions of the same movie but one version will have a stupid cardboard cut out Enterprise.... one version will have 10 extra minutes of footage of Captain Kirk falling down stairs and eating pie. One version the lettering of the words on the front will be Gold Colored....but it's all the same movie... Then, they'll charge double what they normally would, and us Trekkers will buy all 8 copies for sake of "completion."  Well, Hasegawa will sell the same exact kit with 30 different box art and sets of transfers and next thing ya know, we have 39 "Su 27"s in the stash. 

Problem being, an old "Su 27" of the run of the mill variety will sell for $15 then all of a sudden they make a new sheet of transfers and the price rockets up by 4 fold.

Oh well.. I still love 'em.   :o ;D    But, best believe I am NOT paying $60 for a Blue and Yellow F-16. And..... these just seem to be my observances. I could be off base here but uhh.....  I spend a lot of time window shopping kits on the ol' internet here.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on August 16, 2017, 06:09:34 am
Is the Hasegawa price issue, and it is an issue, especially on the older kits, purely a specific market problem or is it global ? I know I got a boxing of their 1/72 Beaufighter I hadn't seen before in Hawaii a few years ago and it was at least a third cheaper than the then standard U.K. price.

Just interested to know if it's only specific markets being ripped off ? It could be a Customs Tariff issue I suppose ? Need to have a look
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Old Wombat on August 16, 2017, 06:22:42 am
As far as I can tell Hasegawa seem to be more pricey across the board in Aus, too, as does Dragon in the armour world.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on August 16, 2017, 06:48:56 am
I don't build 1/35 armour but I do find a lot of the prices mind boggling. Mind you they seem to have literally 100's of parts just for the running gear  :o
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 16, 2017, 10:50:41 am
 :o  ack  link and length tracks, ackk  :o

can you tell im not too keen on them
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 16, 2017, 11:39:08 am
:o  ack  link and length tracks, ackk  :o

can you tell im not too keen on them

 ;D

Can't comment about prices of anything but aircraft related products... all i know is that Hasegawa's prices are simply too high for me on most items.
I had to hunt down a few Hase kits, mostly because they were the best option in 1/72 and/or were oop when i got back into modelling.
Hasegawa's F11F, F-14D, F-16E/I/ADF, and the ASF-X Shinden II, are some of the most precious in my stash... :wub:
Now, i have to warn you guys, don't buy Italeri's 1/72 F-35, unless it's for chopping up or parts donation!
I suspect it won't be long until it's discontinued cause although it's a recent kit, the molds are already showing problems, detail is inconsistent, very soft on some areas and sharp on others and some raised panel lines on the engine and nose area are almost gone, bottom fuselage is worse ... :angry:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 16, 2017, 04:40:45 pm
OHH! You got the Shinden II you @$^$% . lmao   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 17, 2017, 06:18:51 pm
I know i'm a lucky skinny little b...  ;D but that's one of the expensive kits, although i understand why, on this case.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 18, 2017, 03:17:25 am
Yeah!! I've had my eyes peeled for one for a long while. Can't get one cheaper than $50 then I have to wait eons for it to get here from the Land of the Rising Sun. These are one of those kits that people get ahold of and don't let loose.  :wacko:


EDIT:  OH BOY. Going to get myself in trouble here. I found one and it has "make an offer" on it so I made an offer and we'll see if they accept it.  :banghead: :banghead:

Oh well, I paid all my bills first at least.  :unsure: ;D


EDIT:  That was fast, they took my offer of $35.17 with free shipping.  :wub:   And.... there goes my spare money for the month.  ;D ;D ;D  Oh well, can't beat the price and it will be here in about 3 days!

You've corrupted my mind!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Old Wombat on August 18, 2017, 04:19:00 am
You've corrupted my mind!

No we didn't! :o :o


It was already corrupted, we just fed the disease! :wacko: :wacko:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 18, 2017, 10:04:48 am
I can live with that!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: ChernayaAkula on August 18, 2017, 11:23:49 am
One thing i don't understand is why the Hasegawa kit is so expensive...

Because theirs all are.  Even the ones using ancient ill fitting moulds like the Dart & Dagger.

Because they're greedy.

Dear *insert-deity-of-choice-or-don't*, let this stupid thing die already.  :banghead: It's not Hasegawa giving you a screwing, it's their importers. Hasegawa's MSRP is printed on their boxes in Japanese Yen, which, when converted to your local currency, doesn't seem outrageous at all (bar a few exceptions). In some cases, MSRPs have stayed the same for a decade or two. Meaning you get to pay 1990s' price tags with your 2017's paychecks. They've effectively gotten cheaper!
Hasegawa's Starfighters cost half of what Italeri wants for their Esci reboxes. Much outrage? No! When Airfix resurrects an old-timey kit at contemporary prices, it's met with much "oohing", "ahhing" and "glad to see it's available again"-s, yet when Hasegawa does the very same, everybody loses their minds! Just.... why?

And apparently it's too hard a concept to grasp that Hasegawa are not running a charity. Of course they charge 2017's prices! They've got 2017's prices to pay for wages and materials. And, lastly, they've got to compete with other manufacturers in 2017's markets.
Nobody complains that Airfix' new Phantom will cost 24 GBP, yet people complain that Hasegawa's Phantoms are too expensive.

Also: It's not Hasegawa's fault that importing stuffs yourself is a royal mess for the Great British Public - Evening All!   

Greedy, but smart. They know modelers are like Pokemon fans and Trekkers, etc. <...> Well, Hasegawa will sell the same exact kit with 30 different box art and sets of transfers and next thing ya know, we have 39 "Su 27"s in the stash.  <...>

Nooo!  :banghead: The constant reboxes are a feature, not a bug. With most manufacturers, you've got the Model T problem. Any Revell customer can have their F/A-18F in any colour scheme they want. As longs as it's the frickin' Jolly Rogers.  :banghead: With Hasegawa, you can get almost any Hornet squadron. For some people, Hasegawa's reboxes are the only way to get certain colour schemes.
And with decals being the most expensive part of a rebox, of course they're more expensive than the standard boxing.
Also, Hasegawa doesn't make you buy 39 Flankers. If you want to buy 39 Flankers in 30 different schemes, Hasegawa is there for you. If you want to build 39 Flanker in 30 different schemes, Revell will also sell you 39 Flankers, but you will have to find decals on your own. And aftermarket decals aren't cheap for a reason: limited quantity runs. Notice a trend here?

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 18, 2017, 12:02:57 pm
Fair points all, and yeah, I do see your point, it's not so much Hase but the people who re-sale. I can grok that. It's like these people that buy a limited edition gaming console thing for $150 then turn around and try to sell it for $400. Not Nintendo's fault.

Oh, and definitely not a bug! Like I've mentioned before, I love my Hase kits and I'll be buying many many more.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:  The variety of stuff is exactly why. I just don't think a mere sheet of transfers should cost someone $30, $40, $50, etc.  Sure, new transfers cost money to make but how much does creating a new tool cost? Skipping over that expense counts for something but that "savings" conveniently flies out the window for some reason.

I stand corrected though, it's the the people doing the re-selling that demand the nutty prices.  Case in point a couple months back when I bought the brand new Shin Kazama F-20.  Tokyo Hobby sold me one and shipped it across the planet for about $25 total while every other place I looked at had them going for WAY more than that.  That tells you all you need to know right there... In fact, I remarked at the time that I should have bought all of them and sold them at about a 100% mark up (like these shady importers).

But hey, I don't need any convincing.. I was up this morning buying Hase kits before the sun came up.  :o :rolleyes: ;D ;D ;D ;D   
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on August 18, 2017, 06:11:48 pm
...And with decals being the most expensive part of a rebox, of course they're more expensive than the standard boxing...

So lets have more companies (like AZ) knocking them out with no decals at a cheaper rate.  Perfect for whiffers and those who will always use aftermarket decals for whatever reason.

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: ChernayaAkula on August 18, 2017, 09:59:43 pm
<...> I just don't think a mere sheet of transfers should cost someone $30, $40, $50, etc.  Sure, new transfers cost money to make but how much does creating a new tool cost? Skipping over that expense counts for something but that "savings" conveniently flies out the window for some reason. <...>

You won't have top pay 50, 40 or even 30 bucks for just a sheet. You also get the base kit. Combine a base kit with an aftermarket decal sheet (assuming there is one!) and you're usually above what Hasegawa charges you. Unless you're robbed by some middleman, that is. :-\
There are no "savings". The tooling costs X, up front, whether you get a single kit out of it or ten thousand. For a 1/72 jet like the Hunter, a Revell rep told us X is about 60k EUR (IIRC). Get 100 kits out of the mould, you're looking at 600 EUR of tooling costs per kit. Get 100k out of it, you're looking at 0.6 EUR a kit. Plastic prices are all but negligible in this case, a couple of cents per kit at most. Hasegawa doesn't run a charity. Additional runs simply mean the cost per item comes down for them. It's the same for any good on the market. You wouldn't go to your car dealer to get a reimbursement because they managed to sell twice as many cars as they thought they would, would you?

So lets have more companies (like AZ) knocking them out with no decals at a cheaper rate.  Perfect for whiffers and those who will always use aftermarket decals for whatever reason.

1. Nobody who has to order a large amount of modelling goods cares for us whiffers. We're a small niche in what's basically a niche market anyway. Xtradecal's What-If TSR.2 sheets don't count. Because... TSR.2. Everybody's crazy for them.  ;D
2. A kit without decals to use aftermarket decals on is only useful if there actually ARE aftermarket decals. For much of what Hasegawa does, there simply AREN'T.
Aftermarket decal companies won't touch these subjects because a) printing decals is expensive and b) the market is decidedly limited. You've got to pay up front for your print run and there's no guarantee you'll see it back quickly, if at all.
AZ Model is not Hasegawa. AZ lives for the niche. Hasegawa is more Airfix in that regard, meaning they sell in their home markets to casual buyers in department stores. Which is also why Hasegawa can run the risk of putting a kit with limited appeal on the market. And if there are aftermarket decals for something Hasegawa also releases, chances are Hasegawa's main clientèle doesn't even know of them. That's also why Revell can get away with dumping a really old Canberra on the German market. :banghead: Most of their customers are casual buyers. They don't know there's a much nicer alternative from Airfix. 
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 19, 2017, 03:04:36 am

 They don't know there's a much nicer alternative from Airfix.


Well there was anyway, not any more sad to say.  :banghead:

It took me ages to find a 'matched pair' PR9 and B(I)8 recently, and then only thanks to Richard from the Coventry club.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on August 20, 2017, 01:26:44 am
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Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 20, 2017, 05:53:07 pm
 :o Guys, no need to argue... some think Hase's prices a bit too high and others disagree but prices won't change.
IMHO, even though i find their prices steep, i also think that a lot of them really are the best/only options available so, in the end, i guess quality and choice end up justifying prices.
We all know that if you're not in Japan, prices will always be higher and will vary depending on where you're buying and on how greedy are the middlemen distributing them but, it's always up to us to decide if it's worth what's being asked for it, isn't it so?
To each his own...

Changing the subject, i haven't done any modelling at all for a few days, the heat's got me jumping around into pools... :wacko:

(http://i.imgur.com/XzaGAcu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vcJC0jj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aZGik4Y.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 21, 2017, 03:09:41 am
NOW, there's a way to beat the heat!!!!!!  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 21, 2017, 05:02:07 am
NOW, there's a way to beat the heat!!!!!!  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:

You can say that again! Had a lot of fun. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 21, 2017, 11:10:33 am
Awesome! Good to hear after all the stressful malarkey and heat at work!! 

Man you have balls of steel. I wouldn't even ramp off a 2X4 stacked on a cinder block.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 21, 2017, 05:24:39 pm
Awesome! Good to hear after all the stressful malarkey and heat at work!! 

Man you have balls of steel. I wouldn't even ramp off a 2X4 stacked on a cinder block.

Thanks, bro! :thumbsup:
Re balls of steel, i wish i had them, specially when my feet slipped off the pedals on landings... :o ;D
I believe anyone can do it if they start at a young age so i think you'd be as crazy as the rest of us if you'd done it since your teens like i did. :thumbsup:
Jumping is something i love to do, the feeling is just pure freedom, i don't do it more often as i used to cause i have too many responsibilities and i cant risk being seriously hurt anymore...  but that's life, i guess... :banghead:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 21, 2017, 05:39:14 pm
It's hell getting old.  :rolleyes: ;D  But... you are smart enough to realize when to dial it back.

One time I was riding my bike and.... we had a piece of wood stacked on a block.  ;D ;D ;D   Speaking of foot slipping off pedal.... I can relate.... ! .. I hit the stupid ramp and pretty much flew off the bike.... my foot came off the left pedal. I recovered, though..... so.. my brother tells me it looks like I just did some BADASS stunt, like when you fly through the air and kick the bike to one side then get back on it...    meanwhile all I can think is I'm not doing this any more.  ;D   I didn't plan all that! It may have looked cool but scared the crap out of me.. I don't want no more of that action.  :unsure: ;D

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 25, 2017, 04:41:45 pm
It's hell getting old.  :rolleyes: ;D  But... you are smart enough to realize when to dial it back.

One time I was riding my bike and.... we had a piece of wood stacked on a block.  ;D ;D ;D   Speaking of foot slipping off pedal.... I can relate.... ! .. I hit the stupid ramp and pretty much flew off the bike.... my foot came off the left pedal. I recovered, though..... so.. my brother tells me it looks like I just did some BADASS stunt, like when you fly through the air and kick the bike to one side then get back on it...    meanwhile all I can think is I'm not doing this any more.  ;D   I didn't plan all that! It may have looked cool but scared the crap out of me.. I don't want no more of that action.  :unsure: ;D



 ;D The first scare is always eye-opening to the danger.

Well, finally got something done, finished the F-35's nozzle and glued the stabs and tails in place.

 (http://i.imgur.com/R5Hz47H.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 25, 2017, 05:01:51 pm
NOW we're talking. It's starting to look like a proper aeroplane!!! 

Coincidentally, I saw some documentary or report thing on youtube a couple hours ago about the F-35.... man... this thing ripped the whole idea and program all to hell. It was NOT favorable to the Lightning II.  It was a legit report type thing.. not some youtube nutter or anything like that...but man, they didn't give a solid minute to the "opposition."  The entire thing was 100% comprised of detractors and naysayers. While there may be truth in there, it's hard to take, as a whole, a piece of reporting that doesn't give equal, or ANY, time to the other half of the debate. Next time I fire up the youtube I'll try to find it again and let you know what it's called. Curious what you might think about it.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 26, 2017, 06:56:04 pm
What's the name? Is it the Fith Estate? There are a few early ones that were really putting it down... :banghead:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 27, 2017, 03:31:10 am
I'll check it out today. Not sure if it even had the proper name associated with it. I see a lot of documentaries on there with a name other than what it was released as.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 27, 2017, 09:37:46 am
What's the name? Is it the Fith Estate? There are a few early ones that were really putting it down... :banghead:

Yup. That's the one!! I don't recal hearing a single positive thing out of that one.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 27, 2017, 11:42:42 am
Well, fact is it's over budget and late but i believe it will end up being the machine it's supposed to be.
I like the design anyway so even if its not that great, i'll still like it. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 27, 2017, 11:47:40 am
An over budget gov't program... what else is new!!!!   ;D ;D ;D

I was just a bit taken aback by the report. I mean....  they didn't really try to get the other side of the story. One sided affair.

Just thought it interesting..  Now on with the show!!! Still looking for one of my own... still no luck but the hunt is half the fun.  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 27, 2017, 12:05:55 pm
There will always be someone who hates it... I don't think that the US armed forces like to let any secrets out, good and bad, disinformation never hurts. If your opponent underestimates you, you'll have something up your sleeve to hit him with, right? But what do i know?  :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 27, 2017, 02:42:09 pm
Well, just finished closing up the F-35's weapons bays. After some dry fit tests, i glued both doors together before gluing them in place.
Pretty happy with the fit of the doors, there are no gaps visible.
All this one needs is canopy and main gear masking for paint stages, i should get the PSR done on the YF-23 so it would go into the paint shop with the F-35...

  :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 01, 2017, 08:55:41 am
Things have been pretty slow around my bench as lately i've had more rehearsals with the band to get ready for a gig tomorrow. Should pick up the pace again on Sunday, if i'm not too wasted from the party after the gig itself... :angel:
I have done one little thing though, started the Revell 1/72 F-22 Raptor so, with a YF-23, F-35 and the F-22 started on the bench, i can say i'm officially in a one man modern jet only GB... :o
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 02, 2017, 03:33:47 am
Right on! Definitely looking forward to the details on the F-22. I have that one, as well.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 08, 2017, 02:47:00 pm
Was supposed to go to my LHS today but got distracted with canopy tinting tests. Tried spraying thinned Tamiya X-19 smoke but, although the color was good, the finish was dull and it killed the transparency... i later remembered that some gloss varnish could help so that's what i'll be mixing it with tomorrow...
Also tested the UMP sanders for canopy polishing and i can't praise them enough, the YF-23's canopy is now as good as new, free of the scratches caused by years of unprotected storage... all done in 2/3 minutes. :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 08, 2017, 04:30:48 pm
I love it when a plan comes together!!

Regale me of these UMP sanders? What are they.. high grit polishing thingies or something?

Also... still very interested in any tinting tests you do...  Short of applying legit, actual window tint film, (which, by the way, has anyone tried?!  Seems so obvious, but uhhh... I have never seen it mentioned anywhere) I'm clueless and would love to know as some of my modern crap and even some older stuff like a Viking had and would be nice with tint.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on September 09, 2017, 04:43:11 am
Hasegawa do tinted film for clear parts.  I've seen blue & mirror.
I've got the mirror and have been unable to get it onto a 1/25 car windscreen without trapping air or dust beneath it.
https://hlj.com/product/HSGTF928
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 09, 2017, 05:54:52 am
Hasegawa do tinted film for clear parts.  I've seen blue & mirror.
I've got the mirror and have been unable to get it onto a 1/25 car windscreen without trapping air or dust beneath it.
https://hlj.com/product/HSGTF928


Had no clue... thanks! :thumbsup:
But although it looks good for some parts, i'm almost certain it's hard to do a good job on 1/72 aircraft canopies... i'll try my luck with paint first.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 09, 2017, 06:07:25 am
I love it when a plan comes together!!

Regale me of these UMP sanders? What are they.. high grit polishing thingies or something?

Also... still very interested in any tinting tests you do...  Short of applying legit, actual window tint film, (which, by the way, has anyone tried?!  Seems so obvious, but uhhh... I have never seen it mentioned anywhere) I'm clueless and would love to know as some of my modern crap and even some older stuff like a Viking had and would be nice with tint.

UMP is Paul Bretland's and Tim Ivatts's brand of modelling products, they're the same guys from International Scale Modeller.

https://www.umpretail.com/

https://intscalemodeller.com/index.php

https://www.facebook.com/groups/InternationalScaleModellers/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqONCNvLzlU

So, i'm now in my cave, ready for work... :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 09, 2017, 11:39:22 am
First test with a mix of Tamiya XF-19 smoke and X-26 clear orange, 50/50 ratio, all thinned with X-20A.

(https://i.imgur.com/gYhVr38.jpg)

As it came out too yellow, wiped it clean with alcohol and tried the mix of smoke with 10% of X-27 clear red instead of the orange and it came out like this. I was happy with the tone, IMHO, it's close enough to the color of the F-35's canopy. The finish was dull and opaque at first, then i gave it a quick hand brushed clear coat to see if shine and transparency could be restored(you can still see the small bubbles left by the brush)...  :thumbsup:

(https://i.imgur.com/tPAu7Av.jpg)

Tests went well, i took a chance with the F-35 canopy...

(https://i.imgur.com/CUwp8ka.jpg)

Didn't come out perfect but it's easy to clean and redo so, i now know i can do it so i just have to be more careful with the layers applied and dust... :rolleyes:

Not much progress on the builds but i'm learning something new so it's positive.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on September 10, 2017, 05:07:58 am
Looks good.
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 10, 2017, 07:42:17 am
Looks good.
 :thumbsup:

Thanks! :thumbsup: I'm going to redo it, heavy layers left a bit of a grainy surface on the color and gloss coats so it's not as clear as could be. No worries cause i mixed more color than i needed and kept the extra. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 10, 2017, 06:47:36 pm
Ended up painting the seat and pilot of the F-35, pilot is from a Revell F-16 with a modified helmet, still needs some details but i think it's looking good.

(https://i.imgur.com/1QhXtQV.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Jzduj1G.jpg)

With the canopy on, which is still a bit dull and needs a proper tinting job ...

(https://i.imgur.com/1MJEMj9.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 12, 2017, 04:52:43 pm
Yeah, not shab at all on the tint and even the "too much" yellow is "decent." 

Homie looks good up in his office.  :lol:

Found me an Academy F-35 that some ol' boy wants $30 for but has a "make an offer" thing on it. I'll throw a larger looking lower number at him and see what sticks. I'm getting close to having my own Lightning II.   :mellow:

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 12, 2017, 05:08:43 pm
Yeah, not shab at all on the tint and even the "too much" yellow is "decent." 

Homie looks good up in his office.  :lol:

Found me an Academy F-35 that some ol' boy wants $30 for but has a "make an offer" thing on it. I'll throw a larger looking lower number at him and see what sticks. I'm getting close to having my own Lightning II.   :mellow:



 :thumbsup:

Did some work on the F-22...

(https://i.imgur.com/6GtwG9v.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 14, 2017, 03:43:09 pm
Painted a bunch of the Raptor's parts, the landing gear, bay doors, intakes and cockpit top so, it's time to close everything inside the fuselage halves.
I'm gonna get it ready to go into the paint shop with the YF-23 and F-35 so the trio gets finished at about the same time.
Already making plans for the next projects to be started and they include the second version of the single seat F-16W.
Gonna try to build it gear down so that means i'll have to cut up an F-18 Hornet for the landing gear and it's bays. Also thinking about different vertical stabs to loose a bit more of the original Viper's roots.
There are a couple more in mind but not decided yet.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 14, 2017, 05:55:11 pm
Sounds like a master plan coming together!! 

Sometimes I like to think I'll finish things up around the same time but can never seem to do it. If you can pull off a hat-trick reveal wit' three projects finished all pretty much at the same time you'll get mad respect.  :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 15, 2017, 02:46:23 am
Sounds like a master plan coming together!! 

Sometimes I like to think I'll finish things up around the same time but can never seem to do it. If you can pull off a hat-trick reveal wit' three projects finished all pretty much at the same time you'll get mad respect.  :mellow:

I'm in no rush but i still want to finish all 3 before the year's end and it would be great to finish all 3 at the same time, just depends on me. :thumbsup:
The F-35 will probably be the hardest because of the paint job and all the masking involved... :rolleyes:
And that brings up the colors and schemes issue, still have to choose the Raptor's colors and nationality and that's it, i had my mind made up for the other two since the beginning.
Raptor's fuse will be glued up right after this... :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 15, 2017, 05:13:06 pm
Well, after a birthday evening modelling session, the Raptor completes the trio.  :mellow:

(https://i.imgur.com/4KhDFSV.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on September 16, 2017, 01:21:58 am
Birthday?

Happy happy.  Congratulations etc.
How many is it youngster?
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 16, 2017, 02:26:53 am
Birthday?

Happy happy.  Congratulations etc.
How many is it youngster?

Thank you, my friend!  :drink: I'm still a pup at 38... ;D well, not feeling very fresh this morning because of last nights extra drinks and herbs consumed while watching the ISM live show and working on the Raptor... :mellow:
Still, i'm now at the bench, ready to work on the trio. :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 16, 2017, 03:26:36 am
Happy Birthday, geezer!! Your Geritol and Hoveround are in the post!!!   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 16, 2017, 04:47:30 pm
Happy Birthday, geezer!! Your Geritol and Hoveround are in the post!!!   ;D ;D

 ;D

Thank you! :thumbsup: A Hoveround would be interesting to try out on some ramps... :wacko:

Modelling wise, didn't have time to get much done, only got the weapon bays doors glued in place on the F-22. I have to plan the next stages well to minimize difficulties in masking and painting.
The F-22's intakes and bay doors also need some filler and sanding so it's now at the same stage as the YF-23 and F-35 and, that means it's all going according to plan. :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 16, 2017, 04:49:54 pm
Happy Birthday, geezer!! Your Geritol and Hoveround are in the post!!!   ;D ;D

 ;D

Thank you! :thumbsup: A Hoveround would be interesting to try out on some ramps... :wacko:
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


LMAO.........  the mental image that conjured up is glorious...   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on September 17, 2017, 09:04:05 am
Many happy returns  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 17, 2017, 09:45:41 am
Many happy returns  :thumbsup:

Thank you, Chris!   :drink:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 23, 2017, 04:23:46 pm
Small update on the current builds... Pilots of all 3 jets were given last paint touches and are now in their respective cockpits. The YF-23 pilot came from a Revell U.S./NATO pilots set, F-35 pilot was a Revell F-16 pilot with the F-35's helmet added and, the F-22 pilot is came from the spares bag, a Hasegawa F-16 pilot that got his old head chopped off and "Frankensteined" another Revell F-16 pilot's head on it and transformed the helmet into the F-35's helmet, just like i'd done to the F-35 pilot.
Hasegawa's pilots are a bit fatter than Revell's so i had the Hase pilot lose his fat rear end via sanding stick so he could fit in the Raptor's cockpit... :wacko:

On the YF-23, finally started sanding down the putty, managed to get the weapon bay doors smooth but that was only one of the easy bits... the inside of the intakes should be a bit more challenging but i believe it won't be so bad, i've practiced the technique well enough on my putty-sculpted F-16DSI intake...  ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 30, 2017, 06:34:00 am
Went into the cave today but didn't work on models, instead i reorganized my stash, to free up some needed space. Things went well and managed to pack all the kits into the right boxes and ended up with an empty one...
But somehow, i also ended up with the 1/72 ICM Mig-29 9-13 and Academy F-16CJ  kits on my bench...  :angel: that makes it a total of 5...   :rolleyes:
Anyway, i'm coming close to a week of vacation and that, coupled with no scheduled gigs with the band for the next few months mean i should have time for some modelling real soon.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 30, 2017, 10:50:15 am
Man them kits have a mind of their own these days, ay?!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 01, 2017, 04:00:11 am
Man them kits have a mind of their own these days, ay?!  ;D ;D ;D

Sure do, i just looked away for a second and before i knew it, both had escaped the sorting/boxing section... Got to put up a fence around the bench next time i do this... :rolleyes: :wacko:
That said, i have the Mig-29 in front of me right now and all i can say is that there's putty on the way... :banghead:
There are sink marks on the right wing's LERX and on all 4 parts that make up the intakes... And they're quite deep, specially the ones on the back of the intakes' interior ejector pin marks... :banghead: Oh well, guess work on this one starts with heavy clean up and putty application...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on October 01, 2017, 04:17:40 am

Anyway, i'm coming close to a week of vacation and that, coupled with no scheduled gigs with the band for the next few months mean i should have time for some modelling real soon.

 :cheers:

Enjoy the vacation mate  :thumbsup: What type of music is the band into ?
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 01, 2017, 04:59:59 am
Thanks, Chris!  :thumbsup: Will do, i sure need the rest after the summer we had... i almost had my brain boiling with the heat. And temperatures are still going up to 30ºC... :banghead:
As for the band, we have lots of influences but the base of our sound is mostly rock'n'roll, blended in with some funky, ska, reggae, 90's punk rock and some other stuff... you can check out some of the band's videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-K7t1TPO9UmjupIn4Bwx5Q?pbjreload=10

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on October 01, 2017, 05:07:48 am
Interesting mix. I'll look at that latter  :thumbsup:

I was an original Ska/Reggae boy in the UK back in the late 60's. Still got a lot of the vinyl.  Also a Motown fan and lucky enough to see the UK tour, again in the late 60's ?, which had almost the entire Motown "label" at the time appearing on stage  :bow:

Not much beats life music in my view, regardless of what your own particular favourite style is.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 01, 2017, 06:33:48 am

As for the band, we have lots of influences but the base of our sound is mostly rock'n'roll, blended in with some funky, ska, reggae, 90's punk rock and some other stuff... you can check out some of the band's videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-K7t1TPO9UmjupIn4Bwx5Q?pbjreload=10


The vid was a trifle gruesome for my taste but the track was great, even though I didn't understand a word.  :thumbsup:

Which one's you?  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 01, 2017, 03:12:55 pm
Interesting mix. I'll look at that latter  :thumbsup:

I was an original Ska/Reggae boy in the UK back in the late 60's. Still got a lot of the vinyl.  Also a Motown fan and lucky enough to see the UK tour, again in the late 60's ?, which had almost the entire Motown "label" at the time appearing on stage  :bow:

Not much beats life music in my view, regardless of what your own particular favourite style is.

Yup, i agree, it's where one really gets the real music and attitude of a band. It's such a good feeling when we finish a song and the audience shows they liked it. The live shows are something we put a lot of effort into cause it takes so much to get things ready but we just love to see a smile on peoples faces. :thumbsup:
I like a lot of Motown's artists but Stevie Wonder is my favorite, IMHO, that man is a true musical genius.
I used to listen to a few ska bands from the 90's but these guys are simply... ;D  :bow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOJSM46nWwo&index=2&list=PL3QZdT22H57iVZrqu3zsuwra6Xvf3pYcQ
Ever heard of Chickenpox?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51NYRwrRvk0&pbjreload=10
Liberator and The Mighty Mighty Boss Tones were also good stuff. :thumbsup:

 
The vid was a trifle gruesome for my taste but the track was great, even though I didn't understand a word.  :thumbsup:

Which one's you?  ;D

 ;D Glad you like it, kit!  :bow: :cheers:
You watched the "Mea culpa" video, right? I admit, the scenes with the heart and blood are a bit on the dark side but, it was something that made sense with the song's lyrics so, dark it had to be... :rolleyes:
Try one of these, they're sang in English: The one within - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA_YY1kEh_c
                                                            Without lies - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_HIs4czUHw
These were the first 2 videos we've recorded as singles of our first album, "Decision and consequence", which only had English lyrics, and "Mea Culpa" was the first single of the second album, "Alternativa", which is "alternative" in English. Funny how so many words are almost the same in different languages, isn't it? :thumbsup:
I'm the skinny little runt pretending he knows how to sing... :rolleyes: ;D
Note that this was all done and paid for by ourselves, no labels or any other outsiders telling us what to do or how to do it, it's all our work and money.

Well, modelling wise, i have the setup ready for the major PSR sessions ahead, an old credit card, a thin paintbrush handle, a bit of Blutack or Patafix and sandpaper, all i need for good sanding tools. :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on October 02, 2017, 02:26:17 am
If you want Ska you can't go past the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_rvtJWB6xE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVyJkKKfRFs
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 02, 2017, 01:29:15 pm
If you want Ska you can't go past the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_rvtJWB6xE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVyJkKKfRFs


Very good indeed! They sure need big stages. ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Rheged on October 02, 2017, 02:11:51 pm
If you want a real ska oddity, search for an Orcadian group called Three Peace Sweet.   They are the only people I've ever heard produce a ska bagpipe track!!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 04, 2017, 02:18:23 am
If you want a real ska oddity, search for an Orcadian group called Three Peace Sweet.   They are the only people I've ever heard produce a ska bagpipe track!!

I had a look on Youtube but i could only find a Folk band with that name. Haven't tried on spotify or somewhere else, do you know where i can listen to it?
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 05, 2017, 06:14:52 pm
Finally got something done, PSR is at 80% on the Raptor and around 50% on the YF-23. I'm doing all the easy spots with the UMP sanders first and then i'll use sandpaper wrapped around the credit card for the sharper angles like the outside of the tails, and around a paintbrush handle for the YF-23's intakes. I'm planning to finish PSR on all 3 builds this weekend so i can begin painting ASAP...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 08, 2017, 03:15:17 pm
Well,weekend objective wasn't fully achieved... although today i got most of the PSR finished on the YF-23, i'll have to go for the 2nd round on the elevators, got a few bubbles to fill and smooth down.
I knew it was going to be very hard to get the intakes smooth but i think they're starting to look the part, i just didn't have the patience to finish them today.
PSR on the Raptor is completely finished, just have to rescribe a few panel lines and it's good for paint, as is the F-35.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 08, 2017, 03:28:20 pm
Just had an idea... KAI TA-50, PoAF, SEA wraparound scheme... even cooler would be the FA-50... now i really have to buy a kit or two... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 08, 2017, 07:13:45 pm
Just had an idea... KAI TA-50, PoAF, SEA wraparound scheme... even cooler would be the FA-50... now i really have to buy a kit or two... :rolleyes:

Hell yeah!  :cheers: :drink:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 09, 2017, 08:39:24 am
Would be an excellent replacement for the Alpha jets, painted in the same SEA wraparound camo... And at the same time, Portugal would also buy a few of the single seat F/A-50 variant... I think it will look great with an F-16's canopy... And twin tails! :wacko:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 20, 2017, 04:49:05 pm
Well, i'm officially on vacation for a week and half!! :party:

To celebrate, i got some work done tonight...

(https://i.imgur.com/TvEelGv.jpg)

The F-35's canopy is another part in Italeri's kit which has it's issues... the framing was molded on the outside instead of the inside as is on the real thing...  decided it has to be painted on the inside so masked it up accordingly.
PSR on the YF-23 continues as the Tamiya putty refuses to cooperate and i keep getting little holes on the sanded surfaces... gave the horizontal stabs the 3rd putty application for the last 2 holes in there...

Also began work on the Academy F-16 and i can say that it's looks like it's going to be a fun build, although i've already found a detail or two which are a bit prone to look less than good. The gun housing/muzzle panel is separate from the fuselage and doesn't fit very well, it's a flat panel, when it should be slightly curved to match the fuselage... it's not very noticeable but could have a better fit.
The kit has very good surface detail, i'd say superior to Revell's and Hasegawa's equivalent kits, and IMHO, almost as good as the Tamiya kit, although the latter is a bit more refined in some aspects.
Tomorrow, i'm looking at a free morning and probably even the afternoon so i will get some more work done.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 20, 2017, 09:43:23 pm
WELCOME to Vacation.  ;D


You deserve it and about time, too, as it cools down.

Glad there is a Viper in the works.  :wacko:

You going to "erase" the exterior frame work on the bogus canopy? Glorious masking work, by the way!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 21, 2017, 02:29:55 am
WELCOME to Vacation.  ;D


You deserve it and about time, too, as it cools down.

Glad there is a Viper in the works.  :wacko:

You going to "erase" the exterior frame work on the bogus canopy? Glorious masking work, by the way!

Thank you, brother! :drink:
It is getting cooler, finally!! I surely need it cause on the 2nd of November i go back to work and i've got work waiting for me, for starters there's a 8/9 meter tall Palm tree to bring down and cut up, and after that i go into sprinkler system and lawn replacement work again.
This time it will be done on the most important area of the estate where i work at, and that will be hard work. Will be easier than last year's job cause it won't envolve chainsaws on top of such tall trees and i've got 2 Brazilian guys to help with the digging and clearing out the rubbish.

I thought of sanding off the framing but that was after i tinted it... :banghead: But i'm still considering it, though... if i do it, i'll lose the outside tint coat but maybe the coat on the inside is enough to have the desired effect. Anyway, if i do it, i'll do after i've sprayed the simulated interior framing with Tamiya XF-1.
It's now 10.30 am here in Portugal, i'm now in my cave, sitting at the bench, ready for the 3rd R of S'ing the P out of the YF-23... :rolleyes: ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on October 21, 2017, 03:25:56 am
Glorious masking work, by the way!

Absolutely, I'm impressed with anyone who can mask the inside  :bow: I struggle with the outside  :banghead:

Enjoy your holiday
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 21, 2017, 04:06:21 am
Thank you, Chris! :thumbsup: Let's just hope i didn't end up scratching the inside of the canopy with the tweezers, that would simply ruin all the work done on it so far... :o but anyway, the YF-23's elevators are now finished, now i have to glue the tails back on cause i just could't deal with doing all the PSR with them in place.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on October 21, 2017, 04:10:01 am
IMO life is too short to paint the inside of canopy framing.
But to each his or her own.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 21, 2017, 04:26:33 am
IMO life is too short to paint the inside of canopy framing.
But to each his or her own.


 ;D It isn't that much work, it's just a simple strip on the inside and the technique used is pretty much the same i use on the outside, which is to use tweezers to place the bits of tape in the right place. It was the first time i did it and before this, i wasn't too keen on the idea, but it was as easy as on the outside. Just used smaller bits of tape instead of trying to cover it all in one go, the tape wouldn't conform to the curvature following a straight line and would leave areas were it wouldn't settle down enough to work well but, you can be sure this won't be a perfect job... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 21, 2017, 01:17:43 pm
WELCOME to Vacation.  ;D


You deserve it and about time, too, as it cools down.

Glad there is a Viper in the works.  :wacko:

You going to "erase" the exterior frame work on the bogus canopy? Glorious masking work, by the way!

 i've got 2 Brazilian guys to help with the digging and clearing out the rubbish.


 :cheers:

Daaaaaamn, that's a lot of guys!!!  :o ;D    NYUK NYUK NYUK NYUK!!!!!


EDIT: Oh, and yeah, I bet it will look just fine once painted.. I wouldn't run the risk of sanding it either with the thin TINT and all. (Good God, I wonder about my typing some times)

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 21, 2017, 04:25:44 pm
Well, one has a shorter leg...  ;) but he's a good worker and does more than most guys with no handicap that i've had helping me in the past.

Regarding the interior canopy masking, i'm only doing it like this because i'm not doing it on the outside, although i've decided to leave the framing as is, won't waste more time with it, maybe i'll try to do it when i build the other Italeri F-35 in the stash... which won't be anytime soon after this one.

Got the YF-23's tails glued back in place and i just have to glue the HUD in place, retouch the IP cover's paint and glue the windshield on. Now, from what i've seen from the dry fit of the windshield, there will be a small amount of putty needed to make it flush with the fuselage... :rolleyes:
After that is taken care of, there's only the lower nozzle paddles to install and maybe add a few details around them to make them look more integrated with the fuselage, not just stuck to it.

I've also been considering finishing one of the builds i have going in flight mode, i just have to chose which one... I only have another good F-22 kit, the Fujimi which is a very well detailed kit so would make more sense to me, to build that one wheels down, canopy open, etc..
The Hasegawa F-35 kit has a great stand and, unlike the Academy and Orange Hobby kits, it doesn't have option for open weapons bays so that will be the wisest choice for an in flight display.
The YF-23... i still have 2 of the same Italeri mold and a Dragon kit so it could be done on another occasion with a bigger stand than the one i have available now... Looks like i might end up going with the Raptor in flight mode...

The Academy Viper was started with it's plan already defined, it's going to be built mostly OOB with aftermarket CFTs from CMK products. Will be another PoAF whif, much like the other i've built in the past just with slightly different colors so i imagine it won't be of much interest for many folks here. Some of you know i just love F-16s... i want to build a bunch of them so this is just to have another one with a different loadout and color... And it will also be the first Block 50/General Electrics powered Viper in the display, meaning it has all the subtle differences from all the other small mouth intake Block 15/42/52s i've built so far...

No real plan and no work done so far on the ICM Mig-29... Have no clue of what to do to it... Another PoAF whif scenario? If Portugal had turned Communist in the 1975 coup d'état attempt, maybe we'd have had help from the Soviet Union throughout the years... :wacko:

Enough for today, tomorrow there's work to be done...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 22, 2017, 04:21:28 am
Is a Brazillian more than a billion though?  ;D

PoAF MiG 29 sounds good.  Interested in this ICM kit, been looking for a good, accurate Mig 29 for over a year now.

And I ALWAYS want to see more Vipers!!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 22, 2017, 05:46:21 am
Is a Brazillian more than a billion though?  ;D

 :rolleyes: ;D

PoAF MiG 29 sounds good.  Interested in this ICM kit, been looking for a good, accurate Mig 29 for over a year now.

And I ALWAYS want to see more Vipers!!

Depends on the variant you wanna build, AFAIK, ICM only makes the 9-13. I think the ICM kits are accurate enough and of a good mold, might not be as good as the new Trumpeter Mig/Sukhoi kits but i think it's very good for the price asked in most places.
Full air to air missile load, drop tanks, nice panel line engraving and surface detail. The Swifts' boxing is the cheapest and the sprues are the same as in the Russian/Ukrainian markings box.
It's around the same price as the Italeri Mig-29A(9-12, first variant), and you also have the Zvezda kits, cheaper than Trumpeter's kits but are also good kits. IIRC, Zvezda makes all Mig-29 variants, the A/9-12, S/9-13, SMT/9-19.
I suggest you read some reviews and make your choice after that cause it will always depend on how much you wanna spend or on the deal you can find.

Ok, compressor is on, airbrush connected and paint jar is being shaken... :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 22, 2017, 07:11:44 am
Get after it!!!!!!!  :lol: :lol:  :mellow:

I do believe the version I wish to make is the 9-12...   the livery I'm going to put on it is the special one they painted on for the last flight of the GDR Fulcrums.

(https://i.imgur.com/avGT7b3.jpg)  :wub:

So far I've been eyeing the Italeri one (the good one).
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 22, 2017, 09:23:30 am
Yup, that's the 9-12, and the Italeri kit is fine for it's price. I remember it was one of the kits i drooled over at the LHS back when i was a kid... then i bought it and destroyed it with Loctite super glue... :banghead:
I haven't seen the 9-12 by ICM, don't think they have one, and beware, the Russian/Ukranian box is of a different tooling, which is supposedly much worse than the kit inside the Swifts box. Check out this build: http://www.arcair.com/Gal9/8701-8800/gal8786-MiG-29-Green/00.shtm

Anyway, i've tested my H&S Evolution and all i can say is that it's sweet! Sprays beautifully with very smooth trigger action... and it's easy to take apart, clean and put together so it's more than approved!! :thumbsup:
So glad i was lucky enough to win this. Still, i'll be using the other 2 cheap airbrushes(0,2mm and 0,3mm) until they start giving me problems, i don't want to have to shell out more than 100 euros for a good airbrush and the H&S will be used whenever i feel the need for a more refined paint job, which will be easier to achieve with the smoother trigger it has. It will only become my regular AB if i buy something better and that's not happening anytime soon...

Now, painted the interior of the F-35's canopy, for the F-22 i've painted an Airfix clear stand from the old F4D Skyray kit and, also painted the rear cockpit cover that goes behind the ejection seat of the YF-23, on which, i used up the rest of the XF-1 matte black on pre-shading the control surfaces on the wings and tails.
Now i'll proceed with work on that and the F-35, the F-22 is a bit behind schedule because of the panel lines left to engrave, mostly just to make the weapons bays doors visible... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on October 23, 2017, 03:59:30 am
Italeri MiG 29 was reboxed by Tamiya.  Just so you know.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 23, 2017, 07:20:05 am
Italeri MiG 29 was reboxed by Tamiya.  Just so you know.

Yup, sure was, and they're normally cheaper than Italeri boxes on ebay. :thumbsup:
I know that a lot of the 1/72 warbird series by Tamiya are reboxed Italeri kits. Besides the two i'm building now(YF-23 and F-35), i've got the Mirage 2000, and the X-35. I've also built the Italeri 1/72 F-16C/D Night Falcon, F4U-4B and SU-27 Flanker D, which were also reboxed by Tamiya, but they've had their own mold of the F4U since the early 2000s, and the beautiful F-16CJ since 2014. :wub:
There are some that are Tamiya's own tooling but AFAIK, i haven't seen Tamiya kits being reboxed by Italeri... Maybe cause Tamiya kits are normally better and more expensive than Italeri's. I think they marketed these kits in Japan before they had their own kits of those aircraft, making it cheaper for the Japanese market... and they're prolly gonna keep reboxing the ones they're not planning to make in the near future..
I still wanna get more of Tamiya's WWII birds, it's a great bunch of kits. I have the P-47D Razorback, missing the Bubbletop version. Also have the Mosquito but also wanna get the P-51D, the F4U-1A, and also a few Japanese fighters. One WWII fighter that i wish they'd make is the P-38... L version to be more specific... if the academy kit is good, i can only imagine what a Tamiya kit would be like... :rolleyes:

Regarding my builds... i've taken the mask of the F-35's canopy and it looks good, the masking worked perfectly but as the framing is molded on the outside, it almost looks like it's also painted on the outside... Now it's just simple masking on the outside and painting can begin.
All the YF-23's lost panel lines were rescribed and i only need to finish the cockpit to close the canopy, and that's what i'm doing now... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 26, 2017, 02:44:55 pm
So, this afternoon i got some work done on the YF-23, gave it a second coat of XF-24 dark grey and gloss coated it for what i've decided to do. It won't have the original one color scheme, i'm adding XF-69 nato black to the mix. A couple of days ago i googled YF-23 schemes and i was particularly interested in the layout of a skin for some pc simulator, that reminded of US Navy F-4, Tomcats and Hornet schemes so that's what i'm taking inspiration from.
I'm just waiting for the gloss coat to dry up before masking it up for the rest of the scheme. It still won't be colorful but i think it's more interesting.
The markings will be the original ATF ones just with a different serial number, can't wait to see what this is gonna look like when it's done...

All other builds are now on hold until the YF-23 is finished. :police:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 26, 2017, 03:21:18 pm
So, this afternoon i got some work done on the YF-23, gave it a second coat of XF-24 dark grey and gloss coated it for what i've decided to do. It won't have the original one color scheme, i'm adding XF-69 nato black to the mix. A couple of days ago i googled YF-23 schemes and i was particularly interested in the layout of a skin for some pc simulator, that reminded of US Navy F-4, Tomcats and Hornet schemes so that's what i'm taking inspiration from.
I'm just waiting for the gloss coat to dry up before masking it up for the rest of the scheme. It still won't be colorful but i think it's more interesting.
The markings will be the original ATF ones just with a different serial number, can't wait to see what this is gonna look like when it's done...

All other builds are now on hold until the YF-23 is finished. :police:
That sounds interesting! A scheme I can get behind.  ;D ;D  :wacko:

Sometimes color is overrated. My next build won't have any.  ;D  All white. Nice and boring and............. EASY.    ;D  After the psychedelic trip I just got back from I'm looking forward to it.  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 27, 2017, 03:08:00 am
That's also one of the reasons making me just chill re paint schemes on the YF-23, my 2 previous builds were kind of a color overdose for me, the Israeli F/A-16W and the Gnat of the PoAF airshow display team... too much color for me for such a short period of time, gotta get my grey fix...
The F-22 and -35 will give me enough work to do with masking so i'm gonna keep the YF-23 simple.
Starting the masking job now... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 09, 2017, 01:18:01 pm
After a very busy week, finally had some time to do some modelling, just finished masking the F-35's canopy, the Raptor still needs a few panel lines rescribed. It's a quick job but will be done later as i'm leaving for band rehearsal in a few minutes. Both of them need their main gear legs and nose gear bays masked and i'm hoping to get both models ready for paint tomorrow so i can paint the during the weekend.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 09, 2017, 01:45:59 pm
Yeah buddy!! Break a leg or....    sprain an ankle?? Whatever proper nomenclature for practice.  ;D ;D ;D   Or is all that just for theater?  Ah the hell with it!


Glad you got some modelling done. I think we're on the same wavelength again because other than a couple of very minor, and less than half an hour ordeals, I haven't done squat in a bout a week, either, until today.  :lol:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 09, 2017, 05:13:24 pm
Yeah buddy!! Break a leg or....    sprain an ankle?? Whatever proper nomenclature for practice.  ;D ;D ;D   Or is all that just for theater?  Ah the hell with it!


Glad you got some modelling done. I think we're on the same wavelength again because other than a couple of very minor, and less than half an hour ordeals, I haven't done squat in a bout a week, either, until today.  :lol:

Good to know you're also back at it, gotta get that shiny bird finished! :thumbsup: 
Yup, this past week i just didn't have time to do any modelling but got other stuff done and now i'm a bit more relaxed.
Re the F-22, i just remembered that the Revell kit i'm building is missing the radome lines, and it's quite a complicated saw-like line to scribe on top and bottom of the radome... not sure how i'm going to tackle this, but i'm considering 2 options: 1- just mask and paint the radome shape, or try to engrave the radome line... I'll have to decide tomorrow cause i really want to get some paint on it during the weekend.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 09, 2017, 05:18:54 pm
Oh hell, man, that sounds like one of them conundrums that would drive me crazy.

"Proper me"  (Angel on shoulder) says scribe dem linez.

"Lazy me" (Devil on shoulder) says paint that on.

What you need is them arts 'n craftin scissors that cut that exact pattern so you can cut your masking tape with it.   ;D ;D ;D    (not sure they make a pair with the proper size, spacing, etc, though, but sure would be handy!!)

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 09, 2017, 05:33:49 pm
Oh hell, man, that sounds like one of them conundrums that would drive me crazy.

"Proper me"  (Angel on shoulder) says scribe dem linez.

"Lazy me" (Devil on shoulder) says paint that on.

What you need is them arts 'n craftin scissors that cut that exact pattern so you can cut your masking tape with it.   ;D ;D ;D    (not sure they make a pair with the proper size, spacing, etc, though, but sure would be handy!!)


;D Sure would! I'll try to mark down the line with a 0.5mm pencil as a guide. If i can get it looking good, i guess i'l bite the bullet and scribe it on. If the line comes out crooked, it'll be another dose of PSR to get it all fixed and then i'll just paint it on. Although this kit is a bit better than the Italeri kit, it's just not as good as the Academy or the Fujimi kit that i have one in the stash. ;)
Speaking of Academy, the F-16CG/CJ kit i've already started, will be another one of my whif PoAF birds. Another Have glass V type of finish, simple and dull, just the way i like'em...  ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 09, 2017, 05:38:46 pm
 ;D ;D ;D

Ain't no camo-corrupt spells or multi-colored potions and high charisma stats going to thwart the grey-warrior!  ;D ;D ;D


 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 09, 2017, 05:47:54 pm
Hah, my goal of having the most monotone monochromatic...  :banghead: display of all times is stronger than any spells or potions, demanded by the modelling gods, it is! :wacko:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 09, 2017, 06:12:37 pm
"Monotone".    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


Methinks your subconscious playing tricks on you, what, with rehearsal and all.  lmao    ;D ;D ;) ;) :wacko:   Your hobbies are beginning to merge, bruh!  :o :o ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 09, 2017, 11:21:14 pm

What you need is them arts 'n craftin scissors that cut that exact pattern so you can cut your masking tape with it.   ;D ;D ;D    (not sure they make a pair with the proper size, spacing, etc, though, but sure would be handy!!)


Ahah, yes. My Mum used to have a pair of them. IIRC they're called pinking shears over here.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on November 10, 2017, 12:23:27 am
If I got caught using my mums pinking shears (or her sewing scissors) then boy was I in trouble.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 10, 2017, 11:27:37 am
"Monotone".    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


Methinks your subconscious playing tricks on you, what, with rehearsal and all.  lmao    ;D ;D ;) ;) :wacko:   Your hobbies are beginning to merge, bruh!  :o :o ;D

You may be right, you know? While i'm modelling, sometimes i get some of the stuff i'm working on playing on the background so i can record in my mind and compose any unfinished songs... :rolleyes:
Those scissors would be useful if they had the correct zig-zag pattern, that radome has so many different angles... :banghead:

If I got caught using my mums pinking shears (or her sewing scissors) then boy was I in trouble.


 ;D

Well, have the whole night for modelling so i should get something done...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 13, 2017, 04:42:58 pm
Well, as usual, the weekend did not go as expected and i ended up doing other stuff around the house. Only got to do a bit of modelling on Friday night...

Work was done on the F-35's missiles, the aim-9x and the whiffy aim-120E, which retained the -120D's range and speed but was fitted with upgraded electronics and also had a thrust vector control system with jet vanes directing the engine's exhaust flow for higher maneuverability, just like the -9X... :wacko:

(https://i.imgur.com/VP2tEhB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/vSX2Ti1.jpg)

Also masked up the main and nose gear bays of the F-35 so, after a primer coat, i'll first paint the nozzle, mask it up, then proceed with painting the rest of the model.
The F-22 is almost ready for primer and colors. I was a bit doubtful about displaying this one in flight but, after i saw the good fit of the nose gear doors, i made up my mind and removed the main gear struts, which had to be assembled and glued in place before the fuselage halves were sealed up.

(https://i.imgur.com/8tmYsn6.jpg)

Main gear doors also went on perfectly, no gaps or steps, all flush with minor effort to put in place. Like any other kit, this one has it's flaws, although, not too many. Other aspects of the kit, like the gear doors, IMHO, make up for the minor flaws.
It just needs the radome line and a few panel lines engraved and a minor sanding and then polishing of all sanded areas, before primer is sprayed on.
The nozzles in the pic were just dry-fitted for testing purposes, they'll be painted before being glued in place and masked up

(https://i.imgur.com/Sh86whN.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 17, 2017, 05:21:13 am
Primed and undercoated the F-35 last night. Black undercoat as base for the mix of XF-56 metallic gray and some other color that still hasn't been chosen. It will be pretty much an attempt at getting the standard F-35 colors so no surprise here.

(https://i.imgur.com/F83lcte.jpg)

Tonight i wanna try to mix the main color and get it sprayed so i can advance to masking the RAM tape during the weekend.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 18, 2017, 02:25:51 pm
Well, had a morning airbrush session but the result wasn't successful because i got lazy and didn't mix colors and tried to achieve the F-35's color with XF-56 straight out of the bottle and obviously, didn't work.
After lunch i had to help my brother with some old furniture renovation work, meaning sanding and paint wood... got home after that and mixed 60% of XF-63 German gray, with 20% XF-16 matte aluminium and 20% X-11 Silver and the result was, IMO, much closer to real thing, but still a bit off.
I like how this came out and sincerely, i'm not about to waste time stripping all the paint off and trying again, even if it's not exactly how i wanted it to come out, i can try again on some other build so, no big deal. The pic is bad and doesn't show the slight metallic sheen it has, although it will show a bit better after the gloss coat, which, i'm hoping, will make it smoother.

(https://i.imgur.com/B03HV1L.jpg?1)

Now, i think it's safer if i give it a good gloss coat, tomorrow i'll use Tamiya's X-22 for the first time, but not before i test it on one of my shelf of doom builds. I want to do it before i begin masking to paint the nozzle and then the RAM tape to prevent chipping and scratching.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 19, 2017, 05:24:49 am
Been properly testing out the X-22 with my airbrush and i can say i like it very much, as much as i like the XF-86 matte coat, needs a bit of thinning but goes on very smooth and it's totally controllable sprayed out of an airbrush. I use the ZTS plastyk 1/72 Mig-17PF which has been in the shelf of doom serving as a guinea pig for my airbrush practice sessions.
I'd recently given it a free hand winter type camo and as i didn't do anything else on it, it's a good test subject for this occasion.
Although the pic is crap, i think you can see enough. The paint job on the model was a bit rough so i wont get a very flat, glossy surface but this was only the first light coat applied.

(https://i.imgur.com/U45quDn.jpg)

As is said, it's easy to spray on, controllable enough to prevent runs but i guess that may depend on a number of factors. Didn't get "orange peel", and it seems to get glossier as it dries up, which happens almost as quick as any other Tamiya acrylic product i've used before.
I'm happy with the result and i can see that if i wanted a shinier look, it would be a simple matter of spraying another coat or two and it would really shine then.
That said, i've already applied a first light coat on the F-35 and will give it another one after lunch. :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 19, 2017, 05:39:28 am
Paint work on the Lighthing (heheh) II is interesting indeed. You'll have to do us a solid and try to get pics out in the sunlight on that one after you get all the gloss on, I think it'll bring out the metal-ey aspects although I can see the effect even inside.

MiG looks suitably acid-trippy.   ;D

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 19, 2017, 05:48:10 am
I'll try to get some pics out in the sun after the gloss coat is finished. I agree, i think the gloss might bring out the metallic sheen a bit but we'll see when it's done.
The mig does have a certain something about it now that it has a resemblance of a scheme... might even have to finish it in some whiffy way... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 19, 2017, 06:22:28 am
WEEEEELL... you almost have this going on. . ... 

(https://i.imgur.com/PZxJmDW.jpg)  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:


I'm actually doing a P-47 (milk)JUG Thunderbolt in Holestein camo at some point next year.  :o
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 19, 2017, 07:20:06 am
 ;D excellent comparison, it is close, indeed. :mellow:
Took a few more pics of the YF-23 under sunlight, the pics i took when i finished it were too dark cause the sky was cloudy, these are a bit better.
I'll post them in the respective thread in a bit... Might even convince someone to nominate it for the whiffies... :angel: ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 19, 2017, 08:03:00 am
Was it not already?!  The nozzle work alone is worth consideration not to mention the rest!!   :mellow: :mellow:

We'll get that problem solved.  :wacko:

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 19, 2017, 08:46:38 am
Was it not already?!  The nozzle work alone is worth consideration not to mention the rest!!   :mellow: :mellow:

We'll get that problem solved.  :wacko:

 ;D Thank you!  :drink: I wouldn't nominate it myself so... :angel: ;D

Re the F-35, that mix of colors is really sucking up the X-22 like a sponge, but i've found it's normal with Tamiya's metallic matte colors, take a few more coats of gloss varnish than normal XF colors. It's the same with the floor polish i normally use as gloss coat so, no difference there so far.
Getting ready for the third coat... :rolleyes:

(https://i.imgur.com/A4h7aEi.jpg)

 :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 19, 2017, 12:15:55 pm
Well, decided to skip the third gloss coat for now, doesn't really need to be as smooth as possible right now, it's strong enough for masking and the rest of the work that needs to be done so it'll get some more clear gloss on it before decalling.
The metallic sheen is there but i'm thinking of trying other paint brands for this type of finish so i'll have to take a look around.
Anyway, the clear coats are dry and it's ready for me to begin masking for the RAM tape color... not happening tonight cause i have band rehearsal...
:banghead: in a good way...  :mellow:
 
(https://i.imgur.com/LRnMH6j.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yXarUj2.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 22, 2017, 05:02:00 pm
The most tedious part of this build will definitely be the masking, but i think that if i do a good job of it, the end result will be rewarding.
Still a lot to do, though...

(https://i.imgur.com/ESb0WGP.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 23, 2017, 05:23:48 am
Looks good so far. And.... better you than me!  ;D ;D ;D :o ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 23, 2017, 09:59:52 am
Sure... laugh it up, fuzzball... ;D Knowing you like the F-35, i know my turn to laugh will come sooner or later and you know what they say...  ;D
Well, i don't find it such a bad task, i try to look at it a bit like stencil art. My band's studio is at an art community called LAC, an old jail building turned into the Creative Arts Laboratory. We have all kinds of artists there, and i've seen them work on the process from scratch all the way to paint stage, and the base of their work are masks indeed. To me, masking is just a part of it all, so i end up enjoying it. :rolleyes:

Getting ready to do a few more bits as i write this... and it just started raining pretty hard, finally!! :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 23, 2017, 07:08:50 pm
Keep it up, Solo, wind up a candy bar!  :wacko:

 ;D

A Jailhouse you say, turned into an art studio? Sitting on my hands in the heaviest way to not make political commentary about the state of our for-profit prison system...   *AHEM*

You know... when I mask for a paint job.. you know, to make the lines and demarcations and stuff?? I rather like that.. especially when it's a livery or scheme of my own making. A canopy or something similar??  NO WAY, man.  :o ;D

Sho' right when I get my first 35 kit it's going to be a blast...and... and ordeal; but to the chagrin of many here I plan to make it real-world. But that's just the first one....  Doing the same to my Raptor. I'm going to make it OOB real-world, too.... all that grey and everything that goes with it..  :wub:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 27, 2017, 04:57:20 pm
Sho' right when I get my first 35 kit it's going to be a blast...and... and ordeal; but to the chagrin of many here I plan to make it real-world. But that's just the first one....  Doing the same to my Raptor. I'm going to make it OOB real-world, too.... all that grey and everything that goes with it..  :wub:

Not sure if i'll ever build a real world F-35 or -22... maybe close but not 100% real world, unless Portugal buys buys them in the (very distant)future... but then again, probably won't get to see it happen...  ;D

What i did decide today was, to throw the Academy F-16 back into the stash and dig this baby out... another one of my holy grails!! :wub:

(https://i.imgur.com/TeioKDZ.jpg)

There's more than meets the eye in the pic... and the little white box will make sure this build stays true to the plan... :wacko:

Re the F-35 and -22, haven't done anything in the past few days... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 27, 2017, 05:35:42 pm
Whoa!!  That is one hell of a kit!  Never seen that one before.  :lol: Definitely ain't seen the lil box.  ;D

I shall be watching in anticipation . . .
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 28, 2017, 12:26:00 am
Whoa!!  That is one hell of a kit!  Never seen that one before.  :lol: Definitely ain't seen the lil box.  ;D

I shall be watching in anticipation . . .

You've never seen it before?!? :o It's the best F-16 variant produced so far. Aesa radar, GE engine with 32.000 pounds of thrust and a bunch of other stuff no one else has. But i understand why you've never seen the kit, Hasegawa limited edition only released once in 2011 and discontinued in the same year so, it's extremely rare these days... i wanted it so bad but in 2014, most shops were out of stock and i was almost too late... :rolleyes:
No other company ever made this Viper variant in 1/72, only Kinetic but in 1/48.
And you have seen the DSI intake before, i used on of them in the Israeli F/A-16W, it's the intake tested on the F-16 for the F-35's intake design.

(https://i.imgur.com/ro6pQSX.jpg)

That kit took me a long time to find and it flew over a couple of oceans to get to me all the way from Australia. :mellow:
I've been itching to build one of the two i bought for a while now, now the time has come!! The other kit has already been robbed of it's F-16E specific bits and those were stashed inside one of the Tamiya F-16CJ kits for a real "Tamigawa" build... ;D
Now, there are a few more bits inside the kit's box that don't belong there but i guess you're just gonna have to wait and see what's coming up... :wacko:
All i can say is that it will have bigger wings but i'm not sure if they'll be big enough to make Kit like the Viper, or as he calls it, "the spikey thing". :o ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 28, 2017, 08:26:23 am
 ;D ;D ;D

Cool... I'm totally on board and glad to hear about these wings.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 28, 2017, 08:48:40 am

All i can say is that it will have bigger wings but i'm not sure if they'll be big enough to make Kit like the Viper, or as he calls it, "the spikey thing". :o ;D


Way to go!  :thumbsup: But I'm not sure if I'd EVER like a 'spikey thing'.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 28, 2017, 01:03:14 pm
;D ;D ;D

Cool... I'm totally on board and glad to hear about these wings.  ;D

Ever heard of the Agile Falcon proposal? Back in 1984, General Dynamics wanted to have the original performance and agility of the F-16A in the F-16C, by giving it a new wing and upgraded engine. This was not accepted then but the design was used for the Mitsubishi F-2A, with addition of a few modifications.
While i believe most people would use the F-2A kit for an "Agile Falcon" inspired version, i'm using an F-16 cause i hate the 3 part canopy... The F-2A has that reinforced canopy because of bird strikes at low level flight, more likely to happen on it's anti-shipping role, but i simply hate the way it looks... and the extended fuselage combined with a wider LERX that, IMHO, makes the front fuselage look too wide compared to the rear section... and the nose also has an accentuated droop that i can't stand! :banghead:
So, i've spilled the beans on this now, time to get to work!  :mellow:
I've also got some aftermarket goodies for it including Aires resin wheel bays, S.A.C. white metal "Heavy" landing gear, Dream Model PE set for the cockpit and i even have a PE set for the GE F-110 engine nozzle but, i'm not using that on this build cause it's getting a P&W F135 engine and nozzle combo, which will be stolen from the other Italeri F-35 kit i've got in the stash.  :angel:



All i can say is that it will have bigger wings but i'm not sure if they'll be big enough to make Kit like the Viper, or as he calls it, "the spikey thing". :o ;D


Way to go!  :thumbsup: But I'm not sure if I'd EVER like a 'spikey thing'.  ;D

 ;D  :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 02, 2017, 05:39:08 pm
Ok, i've been slowly masking up the F-35 and the time consumed so far, somes up to around 45 minutes. Trying to set a dead line for this one before the year's end but i'm not really sure i can pull it off, too much going on these days besides work. Family, friends and band require most of my free time during this time of year so, probably it will only be finished in January 2018... :rolleyes:

(https://i.imgur.com/L4g5eDH.jpg)

Good thing i gave it such a strong coating of X-22, the paint has been holding on... let's see if i don't jinx it by writing that... I've done most of the topside exterior panel lines and been using my scalpel blade to mask the interior lines like a canopy, just laying the tape over the detail and cutting off the excess running the blade along the raised surfaces. when it all comes off, then i'll see if all this was worth it... :rolleyes:

And here's a pic i took of the F-16E/DSI/F-2A mash up, all patafixed together... :wub:

(https://i.imgur.com/zB7Xq09.jpg)

This is what i've been wanting to do for a longtime but i was a bit unsure because of the F-16E kit being so rare... i went ahead and opened up the box anyway cause if i ever want to build a real world F-16E, i've got another one in the stash so, might as well build one right now. :thumbsup:

Now, another big thing for me, tomorrow i'm going to visit a modelling show for the first time!!  :party:
Beja model show is being held 150+/- KM from my city, so it's close enough for a quick drive over there tomorrow. Thought of entering a few models in the show but i work on Saturdays so i couldn't be there to set it all up before the show began. No worries, i'll just go and check out the scene, look and take pics and maybe even consider making a video, kind of like the one i shared a few days ago of Telford 2017.  :wacko:
Spending some money is not on my list of things to do... there's not much on my wishlist right now... :o
Anyway, i'll report back tomorrow night when i get home, for you guys to see what's going on in the southern Portuguese modelling scene.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 02, 2017, 06:42:06 pm
Choice lookin' work on the masking! You peel all that off and there's going to be a multitude of glorious detail. Well... unless your knifing skills are like mine then you have squiggly lines and gashes.  :rolleyes: ;D

The kitbash looks $%&$& cool, man. Hell yeah don't sweat burning that E. Like you said, you have that other in the stash so it just makes perfect sense!

Do NOT forget to tote the ol' camera / cameraphone with you to the show. I KNOW, I KNOW. You already said you were going to take it, but I remind because sometimes in the morning before work I leave mine sitting on the kitchen table.  ;D ;D ;D   In fact, dump all the pictures already on it into a "backup" file on your lappy so that it's nice an empty!  ;D
 In fact, I need to do this now to mine after the 80,000 pictures I took the other day. It gets to the point that going through/waiting on them all to load up every time I upload something is a pain. Video sounds good, too. I hope you have the time for that!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 03, 2017, 05:43:28 am
Just been at the site, great stuff, although i haven't taken any pics or bought anything, i'm on tight budget as it is now so i'm gonna regret spending money now for sure. There's lots of great stuff at great prices but i'd rather spend some more euros later on than being broke before i get paid again. Having lunch right now and after that i'm going back with my camera ready and try to get as many pics as possible.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Old Wombat on December 03, 2017, 07:41:21 am
... i'm going back with my camera ready and try to get as many pics as possible.

:thumbsup: We'll be waiting! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 03, 2017, 01:48:48 pm
Well, back home and what can i say... i really enjoyed the show, so many good models of very high standards, good vibes from everyone in a very well organized event... i'd never seen so much stuff... it's not a huge event, but some Spanish modellers and shops were there...
But why do i get the feeling that what-ifs are still not welcome at Portuguese shows? Not trying to bash on anyone but i think if there's one model that qualifies has a whif, that's very close to the total number of them present at the show... :banghead:
They had it all,  lots of military vehicles, a few scifi models, lots of planes and figures, a few bikes, lots of cars of various sorts, dioramas, a few choppers, subs and ships... A couple of satellites, too... oh, and a single civil airliner... but not a single what-if... at least, that i could identify as being such...  :-\
That said, is it worth it to post the pics here? :unsure: Quite a few, 140 pics to be precise :o , and as i said, mostly real world stuff so you guys let me know if i should share them or not.

This is the area of the model show from one of the corners, most of the tanks and ships are behind me, aircraft on the right, cars, bikes and dios in the central tables and scifi and junior class tables on the left. Table full of prizes in front of me, on the other end of the room.

(https://i.imgur.com/n6UIVWO.jpg)

If you guys want me to post pics of the models, please let me know and i'll upload the best of them in a new thread. :thumbsup:

I had to leave before the award ceremony was over because i've caught a bad flu on Friday/Saturday... :banghead: Didn't want to disrupt the ceremony with my deep cough... :o

So, this has given me a good mojo boost, although i resisted the urge to spend money and bring new goodies home. As this show is held every two years so, if all goes well, in two years i'll be representing what-if modelling at the 2019 show... and i will try to take more than one or two models, gotta represent our branch of modelling with a good number in the middle of so many real world ones. :wacko:
Back to the bench, the F-35's masking saga continues...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Old Wombat on December 03, 2017, 11:34:39 pm
I post it all from the SAPMA Expo*, a well built model is a well built model.


* - Actually, I post a few images & a link ... Much easier! ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 04, 2017, 02:57:00 am
I post it all from the SAPMA Expo*, a well built model is a well built model.


* - Actually, I post a few images & a link ... Much easier! ;D

well, that's what i'll probably do, 140 pics are just too many to upload here.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 04, 2017, 03:39:17 am
As usual, I concur wit' me esteemed Wombat.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 04, 2017, 08:40:43 am
Ok, here ya go, a whole bunch'a'models for y'all to admire, 150... ;D

https://imgur.com/a/5PuiA

Now, done with the pic uploads sharing and back to trying to get rid of this damn flu so i can work tomorrow... so, i'll just work on my models today... :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 04, 2017, 10:50:50 am
Many thanks!!!! Something to look at while I eat lunch.  ;D   :laugh:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 04, 2017, 12:42:56 pm
It's pleasing that plastic modelling is alive and well in Portugal. Some superb items there, that Rolls Royce looked magnificent.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 04, 2017, 01:02:26 pm
I loved all the actual Portugal builds. The F-86!!!  :wub:   

The Talon dio though... was too school for cool (yeah, yeah) if you ax me. I really like models done in that weird yellow looking crap. Dunno if that is some thin protective peel away layer stuff or some type of "paint" or what but it looks really neat in scale.  :laugh:  One of my favorite planes on top of it all!

Canadair plane dio was awesome, too, and a very pretty airplane!

Minion was funny.

737 was glorious.

 :mellow:

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 04, 2017, 03:01:29 pm
 :thumbsup: Good stuff, isn't it? Lots of inspiration, although not much of whifs there, at least that i can identify as such.
There were a few builds that really impressed me, i like the T-38 but somehow the F-8 Crusader stuck on my mind since i saw it. Even more than all the Vipers present at the show.
I believe that yellow paint is some sort of primer, i've seen PoAF F-16 flying in those colors after the MLU upgrades were installed.
There were a few work-in-progress models, the big black citroen being one of them.
I went in right after i got there, took a good look around once, then came out for lunch and when i went back with my camera, i was simply drooling over the tables, looking at every detail i could pick up of every model... then the memory card said it was full... and i couldn't delete what i had there as i hadn't made a copy on my pc... oh well, lesson learned for the next one. :thumbsup:
Didn't get to photograph the diorama section, but there were also quite a few of those, and all equally amazing, very small scales with amazing detail.
I'm glad i went there, loved the experience and i'm already making plans for the next show on the schedule.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 04, 2017, 03:37:22 pm
Sounds like it was a blast!! Man I wish something like that would come around here. Dallas, or OKC maybe but either one involves hundreds of miles of round tripping.  :rolleyes:  Planning now a full year in advance is a good move on your part and now you have all the relevant intell needed to make it a smoother op next time. PLUS all the whif you gon' tote up in there, AY!!!  ;D

I was wondering about the Citroen... "was he going for the exploded diagram look?!" Sure as heck looks good!!

Yellow-ey primer stuff, eh? I remember one time seeing, I THINK it was, a B-1A or B-1B model that was all done up in it. It looked way cool. One day I'd like to try to make one like that but uhhh..... a few other things need to happen first.

EDIT: A really colorful box arrived today, safe and sound!  :wub: :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 04, 2017, 11:13:15 pm
Great stuff, glad it's there! :thumbsup: Haven't tracked it in a few days but i imagined it should be pretty close to delivery. What do you think of those 2? The F-16 decals are in the Mig-17's box. Enjoy, my friend!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on December 05, 2017, 12:28:05 am
Good pics.
Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 05, 2017, 02:48:49 am
Good pics.
Thanks for sharing.


You're welcome, brother. :thumbsup:
I just wish i hadn't forgotten to transfer all the pics i had in the camera's memory card into my laptop... Wasn't able to get all of it. And i'd also changed some of the camera's settings so i was having a hard time adjusting the focus and exposure on some pics.
Besides modelling mojo, this experience also gave me a bit more interest in photography and it's made me realize that i wanna step up my photography skills.
I know what my main problem is and that is a very limited knowledge of the basis of it all. A cheap camera and not enough/improper lighting are the other issues but at the moment, budget is also very limited. By Christmas the bank accouny should allow for some sort of moveable, dimmable desk lamp, which should very well cover my needs, together with the other portable lamp i already have.


 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 05, 2017, 07:26:17 am
Great stuff, glad it's there! :thumbsup: Haven't tracked it in a few days but i imagined it should be pretty close to delivery. What do you think of those 2? The F-16 decals are in the Mig-17's box. Enjoy, my friend!  :cheers:
MANY THANKS!

My box headed your way is going out TOMORROW. I didn't get it done yesterday because mama(she just so happened to be going to the post office with aunty so I asked her to grab them for me so I could save part of a trip/time)  snagged only half the forms I needed then I wound up disassembling it all and re-boxing. Turns out I stand to save a fair amount of postage by decreasing box size by half.  ;D  Anyway, it's all back together now and heck, I think I did a better job packing it this way, too. Seems more secure. But anyhow, I just need to go to the post office tomorrrow and it'll be away.

FUNNY THAT. I have a weird habit of collecting up mail and not opening it for a few days or even up to a week at a time so I haven't had a look yet. I'll get back with you on that.   ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 05, 2017, 09:32:02 am
What!?! You a get a box full of goodies and you don't open it at once??? :o Not me, can stand it, i'd shoot myself from the curiosity... and there's always what Fred mentioned a few days ago on some other thread, IIRC, always inspect the items to see if it's what you paid for. If you happen to open up a box full of broken items which were supposed to be new, someone has to be responsible so it's always better to do it ASAP.
Call me what you will, but i always check the boxes and any other item i get through the mail.
With that said, now i´d like a pic of both Mig brothers, out of the box, together to make sure they've been let out to get some fresh air and take a leak, it's against plastic's rights to keep them in a recently delivered sealed box... :wacko:

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 05, 2017, 09:40:29 am
 ;D ;D ;D


"Watch this space.. . "   Being the stash thread.  ;D  Won't be long and I'll be opening my mail.

Here's one for you.... I have a piece of mail that was rec'd Aug 07 that I still haven't opened. . . .  :wacko:

EDIT: Oh, and I have one little box of something I ordered. Some kit... I got like 4-5 days ago and still not opened.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on December 05, 2017, 11:36:57 am
Some really good stuff there, cheers  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 05, 2017, 11:49:49 am
;D ;D ;D


"Watch this space.. . "   Being the stash thread.  ;D  Won't be long and I'll be opening my mail.

Here's one for you.... I have a piece of mail that was rec'd Aug 07 that I still haven't opened. . . .  :wacko:

EDIT: Oh, and I have one little box of something I ordered. Some kit... I got like 4-5 days ago and still not opened.  :rolleyes:

Oh, the agony those kits must be going through... ;D

Re shipping boxes size,i i sent the kits in the box that the Mig-21 was sent in. It's the exact size for the kit's box so i just put the smaller Mig-17 on top and covered it with bubble wrap. It's always better to have a box close to the actual kit's box size to keep shipping costs down. If i'd sent you a box just 5 cm bigger and the price would almost double.
I'm looking forward to opening the box of that big boy, i just cant resist, i have to hold it in my hands, welcome a new stash member, show it around the bench so it won't be scared when brought out to light to be built, reassure it that it will be built in the near future(that's normally the lie), and find a suitable space for it to reside in while it waits for its turn... ;D

Some really good stuff there, cheers  :thumbsup:

Glad you like them, Chris. There was a lot of good work in all types of models.:thumbsup:

Re my builds, i've been making small progress on the F-35 each day, just taking it easy cause it does get a bit boring after 10 minutes... Anyway, haven't had much more than that for modelling. Still, i'll try to finish the top side of the fuselage tonight...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 05, 2017, 01:22:07 pm
Oh hell, I should have opened them earlier fo sho!  ;D   I'm stoked about this stuff and blown away by the MiG kits. I have no idea which one is better in the "meta" in the model building world but as far as for my likes and needs the 17 gets the "my favorite" award. Blue camo.... Chinese....  then, spare transfers for TWO African nations, one that I'd never heard of. Coincidences has it that I want to build a Somalian F-22 to so now that project is green lit.  ;D   I think it's funny mixing things that don't belong. One of the worlds most expensive ever hi-tech jet fighter for one of the world's most haphazard, poor, and generally janky countries.  :angel:  So yeah that worked out good. Thanks!

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on December 05, 2017, 01:58:46 pm
As a wise man once said.  If you can't drop kick your parcel down a flight of stairs without damaging anything then you haven't wrapped it properly.

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 05, 2017, 02:05:59 pm
Back in elementary school I won one of them "competitions" where you try to safe guard an egg and the teacher drops it from the second floor.  ;D

Gotta walk the the line between cramming too much stuff in the box without it becoming too flimsy without it. Too much and there's no give and too little there's no padding.  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:    I hope I got it right this time. Last time I sent something one of the glass drinking glasses was busted.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 05, 2017, 05:28:48 pm
As a wise man once said.  If you can't drop kick your parcel down a flight of stairs without damaging anything then you haven't wrapped it properly.




Back in elementary school I won one of them "competitions" where you try to safe guard an egg and the teacher drops it from the second floor.  ;D

Gotta walk the the line between cramming too much stuff in the box without it becoming too flimsy without it. Too much and there's no give and too little there's no padding.  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:    I hope I got it right this time. Last time I sent something one of the glass drinking glasses was busted.

 ;D No glass there this time so it should be ok. :thumbsup:

Well, didn't finish the top side but did make some progress...

(https://i.imgur.com/x5yLLwH.jpg)

I think it looks ok, hopefully it'll come out as expected. But there's still a lot to go... I've been thinking of doing this in 2 stages because some lines will be very hard to mask, specifically the lines on the sides of the intakes and bottom of the wings. The tape has to be cut in very sharp edges and these won't stick well on the edges if it's in small bits so i'll need to see if i have to spray the top first and then mask and spray the bottom and sides.

The Raptor has been sidelined for a bit while i concentrate on finishing the F-35's paint job. It still needs some rescribing and an EOTS system like the F-35's. I've finally decided what to go for with it, almost real world, something like an upgraded F-22. Imagine the Raptors being upgraded with F-35 type cockpit and avionics. Simple but that's what it's going to be.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on December 06, 2017, 02:14:48 am
I look at that photo and i'm thinking "i'd draw that on and paint it by hand with a brush".
I hate masking.
Good on you for persevering.  It's going to look great.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Old Wombat on December 06, 2017, 02:47:20 am
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 06, 2017, 03:28:41 am
Thanks for the support, guys. :thumbsup:
Fred, i came very close to chosing that method but i suck at using a paint brush so i thought it'd be safer for me to mask it. I just hope i'm being careful enough with the blade tip.
Depending on the results, i might try it on a future F-35 build.
 Like i said, i also get bored of doing it, that's why i'm taking my time.
Band rehearsal tonight so probably i won't have much time to sit at the bench.
:cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 06, 2017, 04:35:27 am
That looks glorious. I would have done hurled all my model stuff out the window by this point.  :lol:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 06, 2017, 05:40:06 am
Like Axl sang: "All you need is patience, yeeeeaaaah..." ;D I've got loads of that, just roll one up, let the music play and chill out while i do it... :mellow:

On a side note, i've been talking to some of my region's hidden and dispersed modellers and we've decided to round up the whole bunch so we can start some sort of regional club. The Algarve is small enough for us to create a regional club that would act much like a local club. If there are enough people interested in the idea, we'll take the next steps towards making it official, but we'll see how united Algarve's modellers are.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 06, 2017, 01:43:22 pm
Well, due to my sick state, i didn't go to the rehearsal cause i simply wasn't worth it, nothing i could do there when they have to learn new songs so, i should probably be able to finish the topside of the F-35 tonight. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 06, 2017, 02:02:01 pm
Ain't it grand when a plan falls apart/comes together.  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on December 07, 2017, 01:39:54 am
Good luck forming a club.  Lot of work there.

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 07, 2017, 03:36:20 am
Ain't it grand when a plan falls apart/comes together.  :laugh: :laugh:

Yup, it was good cause i wouldn't be singing but coughing...
Didn't finish what i wanted to but progress has been done anyway. :thumbsup:

Thanks, Fred.  :thumbsup:
I know what it's like cause when i was 14 years old, i was one of the founding members of my city's bmx club and that is even more complicated than a modelling club cause it involves the Portuguese Cycling Federation and complicated insurance deals. We held several international bmx competitions and even the 1998 BMX Freestyle world championships so you can see that i'm used to this kind of work. There's a lot of paperwork to be done if we make it official and try to get some sort of help or funding from the government. But i'm not alone, there are a couple of older modellers that wanna help out as they were the ones who had the idea a few years ago. It didn't work out then cause there weren't enough modellers in the region at the time. They're happy to see new modellers getting involved so they're willing to try it again. The idea is still in a very early stage of study, first is finding out how many and where are we, then find out what kind of club we want it to be, how it would work and who is available and willing to work for it to become a reality. I know i'm up for it, that's why i've already started contacting people and gathering info on a few matters and i've made a suggesttion of having a meeting with the more interested guys and get this show on the road and the guys liked it so, i guess it's good for a start. I'll let you guys know as things develop. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 08, 2017, 05:09:55 am
That sounds so cool. Best of luck... and.... there's a way to possibly get the gov't fund some modelling activities?! I wonder if we have anything similar here in America. "Something something advancement of the arts something something".. .. (SSAASS)   :unsure:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 09, 2017, 12:34:14 am
Thanks, bro. :thumbsup:
Yeah, if the association/club is of cultural or sporting activities, the government can fund it, but there's a lot of paperwork and meetings to go through before that happens. If we do get to that, then we're set to turn this club into something really fun. :mellow:

Well, speaking of fun, had a good session last night but still haven't finished masking the top of the F-35, although i'm on the last bits of tape right now...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 09, 2017, 12:48:33 am
The Government sponsor model clubs in Portugal?  :o

I think I may emigrate!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 09, 2017, 07:21:11 pm
The Government sponsor model clubs in Portugal?  :o

I think I may emigrate!  :thumbsup:

 ;D

Well, if the number of modellers interested in becoming part of it, the club can become a reality and if that happens, there's a good chance we can get funding from the state but there has to be a well organized activity plan along with an estimate of how much we'll need to be able to set up a club house and how much are we going to spend in one year's activities. That has to be delivered before the city's next year's budget is delivered to the nacional parliament at the end of each year. But there's still a lot to be done before all that so we'll se as time progresses.

Re the F-35, the top is completely masked, and i will paint the top first and then i'll mask and paint the underside after that is done. Don't ask me why but i feel that it will be easier to do it like that...

(https://i.imgur.com/TwTFppz.jpg)

Tomorrow morning, paint goes on, i'll probably use XF-66 which, i think will be a good match for the metallic tone of the fuselage's main color.
Will also paint some of the Hasegawa F-16's bits so i can assemble the cockpit and close the fuselage halves and move on with the build.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on December 09, 2017, 09:25:19 pm
Jeepers!  That's a lot of tape.
Painting and unmasking the top before masking and painting the bottom means you minimise the time the tape is left on the top.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 09, 2017, 11:50:44 pm
Goodness, what Fred said about the tape!  :o

Just looking at that may put me off ever doing an F-35 in any current scheme. I think I'll wait for the F-35F in the grey green camo..........  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 10, 2017, 01:42:39 am
 ;D Come on, guys, it may look scary but it isn't that complicated. First i did the outer edges with straight strips, the inner edges followed and then it was just a matter of filling in the remaining uncovered spots. The hardest part is cutting and placing the small bits of tape on the inner edges. I've cut small triangles with a matching angle and used my thin tweezers to place and press them on the model's surface. It works better than using the blade to cut the bits with the tape in place, less dangerous for the base color and it comes out better. I had to redo a couple of bits i did like that cause the edges simply weren't good enough.
It is a time consuming task, think it took around 12 hours to do this but, if i look at the time it took me to sand down the putty on the F-16W, this is nothing. I'm used to using up a lot of tape, i found it almost as hard as the PoAF Gnat i built for the one week GB, it only used less tape cause the plane is half the size of the F-35. ;D
Now, the compressor is filled up, ready to start spraying the XF-66, then we'll see if it was worth it.
Later, brothers... :mellow:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 10, 2017, 07:35:36 am
So, i decided to go with XF-53 instead of the 66 i mentioned last night, it was way too light so, after that it came time to see if it was really worth it...
I think it was!!  :party:

(https://i.imgur.com/X9T2U8H.jpg)

Here you can see the lines came out sharp, just a few touch-ups needed where i was a bit too brute with the blade, helped by faded detail of the mold... :angry:

(https://i.imgur.com/RCJRkkB.jpg)

But i'm very happy with how it's looking, although it's not an accurate paint job, i like the colors and i'm very happy with this one so far. :thumbsup:

Next, mask the underside, of which i've already masked and painted the easiest bits this morning, along with the topside.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 10, 2017, 08:34:53 am
 :o :o


Looks great! I'll be masking stuff later today myself. Like.. straight lines though.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 10, 2017, 12:02:46 pm
:o :o


Looks great! I'll be masking stuff later today myself. Like.. straight lines though.  ;D

Thanks, brother! :thumbsup:
Well, i decided to bite the bullet and get my brushes out, took the 0/2 and painted all that was left to paint of RAM tape lines and i have to admit, it's not perfect but i thought it would look much worse...

(https://i.imgur.com/rPPcPwI.jpg)

All that's left to paint are the lines on the underside of the wings, which i'm going to mask in a bit, and also paint and glue on the missile pylons.
Maybe i can even finish painting the few details left after that...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 10, 2017, 03:10:49 pm
Well, i decide to leave the underside wing RAM tape lines out of it, there's no detail there and it won't be seen anyway so i skipping them.... :angel:
Painted some small details on the fuselage, glued the pylons on and removed all gear bays masking to glue on the nose gear in there.

(https://i.imgur.com/T1R86Yj.jpg)

The colors are different from the real thing but i like, makes them less noticeable and i prefer them that way, just to create some interest with the minor color variation on a very boring scheme.
Ended up not working on anything else today but it's good cause i made good progress on this one today, i might even be able to finis it before the year's end.  :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 10, 2017, 04:28:10 pm
Well, i decide to leave the underside wing RAM tape lines out of it, there's no detail there and it won't be seen anyway so i skipping them.... :angel:


 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Yeah buddy. Makes perfect sense here in whif-world.  :laugh:

Lookin' like a million bucks, dude! By year's end? NAH, I bet you get it done right in time for Christmas.  :lol:

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 11, 2017, 05:17:11 pm

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Yeah buddy. Makes perfect sense here in whif-world.  :laugh:

Lookin' like a million bucks, dude! By year's end? NAH, I bet you get it done right in time for Christmas.  :lol:



Thanks, bro. :thumbsup:
I'll probably be able to do that, i knew that painting would be the turning point for this build. It would either work well like it did, or it would need another paint job after the masks came off.
I've had a hard day at at work today, the storm that hit my area last night knocked down a bunch of trees and on top of that, i rained hard while i was cutting one of the trees down and i got home soaked and freezing so, i touched up a couple of areas where i'd chipped the paint while masking, also glued the torque link on the nose gear leg and painted the wheels tonight.

(https://i.imgur.com/vyHozGF.jpg)

Tomorrow i'll try to give the model another Tamiya X-22 gloss coat. I'm converted, the stuff is great, the paint has been holding up pretty good, even held up the blade running over the masking tape with almost zero chips or scrapes, and also, no faded areas like i had on previous models from holding it in my hands after painting and gloss coating with the floor varnish stuff, this is way more durable.
If i can get that done right after i get home from work, i'll have a decalling session for the night. :thumbsup:
My backstory for the F-35 will be in a near future, around 2025, much like the F-16ADF, this F-35 will be an air superiority dedicated version, which would be developed for the Israelis, who have always had a strong dogfighting doctrine for it's pilots, and found the F-35I was not a good dogfighter in WVR combat so, they requested a more capable air superiority variant with a more powerful engine, 2D TVC flat nozzle, and also, the option to have additional wingtip stations for more air-to-air missiles in the non-stealth configuration. This variant would later be available to most NATO countries... :wacko:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 23, 2017, 10:44:13 am
So, after almost 2 weeks, i got all the decals on the F-35! :mellow:
Now, there's a couple of small details i was forgetting, that are not included in the kit, the air date probes. Guess i'll have to scratchbuild them as there are none in the spares bag... Missile painting is next and then, a gloss coat everything before panel line wash goes on.
I'm hoping to get this finished before the end of the year but the season does not give me much time to sit down at the bench...  :rolleyes:
Wishes of safe and merry festivities to all from the south of Portugal. :drink:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 23, 2017, 10:49:55 am
I suppose I can wait a few more days.  :rolleyes:



 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 23, 2017, 04:04:19 pm
Might not take that long, ended up having the night off and already built a couple of air data probes, glued them on and am now about to paint them so i can clear coat the whole model again for a wash. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 23, 2017, 04:33:11 pm
Gllllllllllllllorious!!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Anyway.. glad you've found some free time to craft!!

You ever have to put nose weight into your Vipers? I haven't built one in a quarter century and it was on a stand sans gear so I didn't even worry about it. Not that would have mattered, I wouldn't have had the forethought anyway but since it didn't tail sit or otherwise thanks to the stand I have no idea.  ;D   
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 24, 2017, 12:38:11 am
Gllllllllllllllorious!!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Anyway.. glad you've found some free time to craft!!

You ever have to put nose weight into your Vipers? I haven't built one in a quarter century and it was on a stand sans gear so I didn't even worry about it. Not that would have mattered, I wouldn't have had the forethought anyway but since it didn't tail sit or otherwise thanks to the stand I have no idea.  ;D

What kit are you building? Fujimi, is it? I've never built that kit but i believe it's very similar to the Italeri kit. I've built 3x Revell, 1x Hasegawa, 1x Monogram(XL), 1x Kinetic and 2x Italeri Vipers and none needed weight in the nose... That said, i think it's always better to test it yourself but i think you're safe to go without it. :thumbsup:
Early morning session, will try to get a few small details done and maybe even go ahead with the panel line wash.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 25, 2017, 12:32:45 am
Well, after a nice and relaxed evening with the family, i came down to the shed to do some work on the F-35, which is almost ready. All i've got left to do is finish the missiles, have to put decals on and give them a gloss coat, assemble the nose landing gear and bay doors in place and give the whole thing a matte coat. Will be doing that now so it's going to be the first time i've ever finished a model on Christmas day... well, maybe except for the few occasions when i was a kid and got a kit for Christmas, which took only 30 minutes to "assemble"... :angel: :wacko:
Anyway, will be finishing this and maybe if i have time before everyone wakes up, even get some work done on the F-16E... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 25, 2017, 05:01:40 am
Gllllllllllllllorious!!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Anyway.. glad you've found some free time to craft!!

You ever have to put nose weight into your Vipers? I haven't built one in a quarter century and it was on a stand sans gear so I didn't even worry about it. Not that would have mattered, I wouldn't have had the forethought anyway but since it didn't tail sit or otherwise thanks to the stand I have no idea.  ;D

What kit are you building? Fujimi, is it? I've never built that kit but i believe it's very similar to the Italeri kit. I've built 3x Revell, 1x Hasegawa, 1x Monogram(XL), 1x Kinetic and 2x Italeri Vipers and none needed weight in the nose... That said, i think it's always better to test it yourself but i think you're safe to go without it. :thumbsup:
Early morning session, will try to get a few small details done and maybe even go ahead with the panel line wash.

 :cheers:

Wilco. I'm not going to bother on future builds (which there are a ton planned) but I played it safe this time and threw some lead in there. If anything, the wind will have less chance to blow it away when I take pics!
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 25, 2017, 10:00:38 am
Wilco. I'm not going to bother on future builds (which there are a ton planned) but I played it safe this time and threw some lead in there. If anything, the wind will have less chance to blow it away when I take pics!

Better safe than sorry. ;)

So, i'm now on final assembly of the F-35, before giving it a matte coat and calling it done... Just have to hang missiles on pylons and attach the nose gear, wheels and bay doors in place so, maybe i can even get it finished tonight...  :thumbsup:
Was going through the stash a bit ago and after reading a post about a Portuguese modeller admitting he's becoming addicted to the Viper... i had to let him know the name of the disease, which is acute falconittis... As he posted a pic of 4 Revell F-16 MLU kits and a Mastercraft F-16C, showing that the disease is quickly spreading and taking over his life and stash storage space, i showed him this pic... :angel:

Hi, my name is Rui and i have a problem with Falcons... ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/krhckrm.jpg)

And there are 8 missing there, the ones i've built so far.  :wacko: :wacko:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 25, 2017, 11:18:15 am
Goodness, there's at least four XLs you have there, the only 16 I really like.  :o :o
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 25, 2017, 12:03:31 pm
The Struggle is real!  ;D ;D ;D


Glorious collection!  :lol:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 26, 2017, 02:58:16 am
Yup, quite a bunch, isn't it? :wacko:
Some will be real world builds but most are to be whif or parts donors for other projects. One of the 1/72 F-16E kits has already been started but i put on the pile for posterity... :rolleyes:
The XL kits were a priority and are in my Holy grail section of the stash... but i love all my Vipers! :wub:

F-35 is almost done, just have to glue on the left main gear bay door, give it coat of XF-86 matte coat and remove masks.
I'll probably finish it tonight... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on December 26, 2017, 03:03:07 am
Must admit I'm not a great Viper fan, although it's quite elegant, but the XL is another matter  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 27, 2017, 04:00:38 pm
Must admit I'm not a great Viper fan, although it's quite elegant, but the XL is another matter  :thumbsup:

The XL is gorgeous indeed. :thumbsup:

Well, the F-35 is finished! :mellow: Can't be bothered to take pics today, will do it tomorrow. Next, finishing the Raptor and begin work on the F-16E's cockpit PE parts.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 27, 2017, 04:24:40 pm
Cool!!  Just in time, too.  That's funny... I'm on eBay this very moment looking for one of them Lightning IIs.   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 28, 2017, 04:22:08 am
Cool!!  Just in time, too.  That's funny... I'm on eBay this very moment looking for one of them Lightning IIs.   ;D ;D ;D

Go with the Academy kit, much better. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 01, 2018, 02:04:07 am
So, we're now in 2018... Happy new year, everyone!  :drink:

Having finished the F-35 just a few days ago, it's time to have the bench reorganized for the 2 projects that were put on hold and get back at it!
The Raptor is next, been waiting for too long so, it's time has come. Gotta finish rescribing the panel lines lost during PSR and just add a couple of details before painting. It will follow on the F-35's idea of a new version or refurbished older airframes. If you put the F-35's software and EOTS sensor on the Raptor... Then you'd really have the F/A-22, right? Well, that's my excuse, anyway... :wacko:

Then, there's the F-16E... It's ready to go, all cockpit parts are painted so i can start on the PE bits for the interior...

Now, i've been thinking of pulling something else out of the stash... will have a look today, nothing better than beginning a new year with a new kit. :mellow: ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 01, 2018, 01:30:06 pm
So, going through the stash, i found a couple of Revell kits which have left me divided... a Tornado ECR and the F-4F PhantomII...
I remember building(i.e:destroying) the Italeri F-4S back when i was a kid and i have fun memories of that kit but i've never built a Tornado... then, if i choose the Tonka, should i build the Revell ECR, or the Hasegawa F.3? :rolleyes: After some thought, i realized that the Revell kit is cheaper and easier to find so, Revell it will be... but it is a SEAD variant so i'll be deviating from my interceptor/air superiority fighters but i do like the Tonka in any of it's variants so, can't go wrong with any of them... now, will it be real world or another whif? The Revell kit has a very cool German Tigermeet scheme and by coincidence, today on a Portuguese modelling group on facebook, a commemorative scheme GB has been suggested... it's been, at least, over 2 years since i've built a real world model...  :o ;D anyway, i'll leave the decisions for tomorrow, wanna dedicate my full attention to the Raptor tonight, will try to rescribe some lines...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 01, 2018, 01:53:04 pm
Tigermeet.  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:      ;D

Can't wait to get a load of these PE parts!  ^  I have some here and there in kits and a bunch I bought for my Tomcat. I've heard hints and tips online, one of which is to snag a jewelers pencil to pick them up with. I'm going to try it. Some of the PE parts I noticed in my set are things like levers!  :o :o   Long story short, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 02, 2018, 06:54:18 am
PE parts can be frustrating, the first set i've used was on the Monogram Bearcat and i can't recommend those sets. Whoever took measurements for the parts got it way wrong, the finished tub would fit inside the fuselage without creating a big gap between both halves, the PE seat wouldn't even fit inside the tub itself...i ended up only using the IP and side panels and a couple of other bits on the exterior. Nothing like the Eduard cockpit sets, excellent stuff, i used the set for the Hasegawa Sufa and loved it.
I chose to use a Dream model set for the hasegawa F-16E mixed with some leftovers from the Sufa set, the DM sets aren't self adhesive and don't have as many details as the Eduard sets normally have.
I've got some picker pencils that i've won in a UMP goodie bag on a live show a few months ago, haven't used them yet so this is perfect to try them out. :thumbsup:
So, re the Tornado, haven't made up my mind yet... :rolleyes:

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on January 03, 2018, 01:01:17 am
PE parts can be frustrating, the first set i've used was on the Monogram Bearcat and i can't recommend those sets. Whoever took measurements for the parts got it way wrong, the finished tub would fit inside the fuselage

I've had similar problems with resin cockpit tubs. Got a few when I got back into the hobby, most by very reputable companies, and none of them fitted without a serious amount of work  :banghead: So I gave up with them. It was as though the designer hadn't allowed for the thickness of the resin ???  :unsure:

Anyway virtually the only after market cockpit stuff I use now are Eduard seat belts, occasionally, and Yahu instrument panels which are thoroughly recommended  :bow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on January 03, 2018, 01:26:14 am
IMO most 1/72 PE is more hassle than its worth.  The exception being control panels (provided they fit) and seatbelts.  Seatbelts can look amazing - so much better than strips of tape but only if the clear parts are either open or clear enough to see through.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on January 03, 2018, 01:27:51 am
The exception being control panels (provided they fit) and seatbelts. 
If you haven't already look at the Yahu ones Fred. Superb and no assembly  :thumbsup: All the ones I've used have been really good fits.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on January 03, 2018, 02:01:24 am
I'll have a look Chris.  Are there the pre-painted ones?  Being bone idle they appeal to me.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 03, 2018, 02:26:30 am
I have to agree, PE instrument panels and belts are the parts i consider worth the work. But even some IPs can be a pain, the F-16's isn't flat, it has a raised area in the middle and last night, trying to glue it in place, it flew off into the unknown after it was in place and i dropped it... Didn't even waste time looking for what is a 3mm wide/tall black cube... :rolleyes:
I used the flat bit with the MFDs, cut out the area where the lost part would go and fit it to the plastic IP. Also glue the side panels and it's looking ok.
I've never used a resin cockpit or wheel bays but i've read about having to do a lot of work to fit them in properly... But if one is going for an open canopy, i think the detail is probably worth it, assuming that the painting is also good, that is.
Those Yahu panels are pre painted, Fred. They look very good indeed.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 03, 2018, 05:27:57 pm
OK, last night's little bit of work...

(https://i.imgur.com/i5je8vw.jpg)

Still a couple of bits to go and others will be put on later in the build, right before the canopy is masked and patafixed to the fuselage before painting begins. I've had a couple of details ruined on the F/A-16W's pit because i still had a lot to do on the fuselage after i glued them on so, i snapped them off, while working on the rest of the model without the canopy in place to protect those small bits... lesson learned, will plan builds better to prevent this from happening again.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 04, 2018, 02:07:42 am
Kickass!! I think PE is glorious. Of course I haven't WORKED with it yet.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on January 04, 2018, 02:21:45 am
Nice cockpit  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on January 04, 2018, 02:25:32 am
I'll have a look Chris.  Are there the pre-painted ones?  Being bone idle they appeal to me.

They are indeed mate. pre-painted and pre-assembled. Simply replace the kit's existing panel. Good price as well, at least here in the U.K.

Here's the link to what Hannant's have in stock. I've just linked to the 1/72 ones. https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=362606&code=&product_type_id=&scale_id=956&keyword_search=&setPerPage=25&currency_id= (https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=362606&code=&product_type_id=&scale_id=956&keyword_search=&setPerPage=25&currency_id=)

If you wanted any, and can't source in Aus',  I could get them in my next order and post them on to you thus avoiding the minimum spend ?

Chris
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 04, 2018, 03:01:31 am
Thanks, guys. This set does improve that cockpit quite a bit.
It would probably look better if i hadn't lost that middle raised bit, it was also represented and pre painted. Anyway, will work on the rest of the bits today, i think it's great stuff to add, can be hard to do right but i think it's worth it... And i actually think it's fun... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 04, 2018, 04:36:53 am
I've gone a bit off PE panels since trying to do the one on a Sword T2.

Just the front panel had no less than SEVENTEEN parts!  :o :banghead:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 04, 2018, 06:11:16 am
I've gone a bit off PE panels since trying to do the one on a Sword T2.

Just the front panel had no less than SEVENTEEN parts!  :o :banghead:

Wow... that's a lot for just one panel... i'm sure it would've put me off, too... But not all are that complicated and there's always the option of using only the most important parts.
I like the extra detail, even in places where it can hardly be seen... it is satisfying to know i've done it, especially if i'm happy with the result so it doesn't matter that others don't get to see it. :rolleyes:
I also like the detail in resin parts, already used a few and those are also good options, even if they require extra work. I'd like to try some resin cockpits and landing gear bays in the future, but i'll have to up my game with the paint brush for a good result... ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on January 05, 2018, 01:49:09 am
I'll have a look Chris.  Are there the pre-painted ones?  Being bone idle they appeal to me.

They are indeed mate. pre-painted and pre-assembled. Simply replace the kit's existing panel. Good price as well, at least here in the U.K.

Here's the link to what Hannant's have in stock. I've just linked to the 1/72 ones. https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=362606&code=&product_type_id=&scale_id=956&keyword_search=&setPerPage=25&currency_id= (https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=362606&code=&product_type_id=&scale_id=956&keyword_search=&setPerPage=25&currency_id=)

If you wanted any, and can't source in Aus',  I could get them in my next order and post them on to you thus avoiding the minimum spend ?

Chris

Thanks Chris.  My favourite local on line hobby shop lists them.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on January 05, 2018, 06:09:36 am
I've gone a bit off PE panels since trying to do the one on a Sword T2.

Just the front panel had no less than SEVENTEEN parts!  :o :banghead:

That's the beauty of YAHU Kit, one piece  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on January 05, 2018, 06:10:10 am


Thanks Chris.  My favourite local on line hobby shop lists them.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 06, 2018, 12:38:48 pm
Ok, cockpit tub of the F-16E has been finished, glued on the upper fuselage, painted the top side and IP cover with XF-69 nato black. Also cut off the wingtip rails of the F-2A's wings cause they're getting LAU-129 launchers from an Hasegawa set. The nozzle has been stolen off the second Italeri kit and one of the Hase nozzles has been cut to the right size to fit the diameter of the F-35's nozzle, just like i did on the F/A-16W.

(https://i.imgur.com/V0kjrbc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/zQ45uNZ.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 14, 2018, 05:54:34 am
Well, back at it, after a couple of weeks of being more focused on the band's rehearsals for a gig we had last night, which was one hell of a party. :drink:
My brother is now back on the drums, he'd been in the band before but had to take a few years off to take care of his family but now, things have settled down, my two beautiful nieces are older and there's enough time for these things.
New songs are coming up and things are looking up for the band again.

Modelling related news, F-22 had the the last panel lines rescribed and i just have to choose if it'll be an F-22 or F/A-22 with the EOTS on the underside of the nose...
The F-16's landing gear bits, gear bays, intake and nozzle were sprayed yesterday with XF-2 so, today i'm having a chill afternoon at home and some more work will be done on it.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 14, 2018, 07:45:46 am
WB!!!! 

Time to get down to some serious business, eh?  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 14, 2018, 07:48:57 am
Yup, all that real life stuff is just pointless, now it's all taken care of, i can do something productive...  :mellow: ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 14, 2018, 08:10:13 am
Exactly how I feel about it!!!  :wacko: Every day the weather is pure garbage I get all worked up because I know all I'm going to do is work on builds. "It's not cheating, if you have a good excuse!!!!" 

I'm glad you're back because i'm excited about the F-22 but I'm really wanting to see that F-16E done.  :-X The others would have us lined up in front of a firing squad but I'd be happy with an all F-16 GB.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :party:

Complete coincidence that I'm working on those two myself. It's almost like we planned our own mini-GB but uhh.. completely by accident.  :o ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 14, 2018, 08:42:17 am
Hadn't thought of that but you're right, call it a buddy build. :drink:

Gonna be working on the F-16E now, got all the bits ready to be assembled in front me as i write... :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 14, 2018, 11:03:14 am
Work done so far, nozzle and fuselage assembly, followed by the DSI lump...

(https://i.imgur.com/gu5rl7K.jpg)

The interior face of the engine was the kit's part, and while googling for pics of the F135 engine, i've found that the part provided in the Hasegawa F-16 kits is more like the F-14 Tomcat's TF30 engines, nothing like the F-16's P&W F100 or GE's F110 aft end.
That was already painted and just had to finish the interior of the nozzle part itself, with a black section on the inside.

The lump was just a matter of spreading some UHU thin CA and placing the part as if it came off one of the kit's sprues. Again, perfect fit, and i mean PERFECT! No gaps, not even a single hair of a gap, perfect fit on the kit, zero work. :bow: :bow:
So glad i've bought these sets, sure beats sculpting one out of putty or even styrene.
So now, the intake exterior part has to be masked and the nozzle exterior has to be painted and masked, then both will be glued in place.
Not sure if it'll happen tonight, though... :rolleyes:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 14, 2018, 03:09:18 pm
Ok, so i wanted to make this nozzle look more like General Electrics' LOAN nozzle, which was the nozzle studied by GE for the JSF engine, tested on the F-16, just like the DSI intake. Next step is to mask the turkey feathers to spray a dark grey on the edges, then add a couple of other details. When that's done, next is a gloss coat, then a wash, then gloss and finally, mask before i glue it on the nozzle...  :rolleyes:

(https://i.imgur.com/qBs69hp.jpg)

The AVEN was only a thrust vectoring control nozzle and the LOAN was that mixed with stealth characteristics, like on the F-35's LON.
Now, my thing with TVC nozzles on my latest builds is not because i believe that it's something essential in a good fighter, i actually think it's a bit overrated. In real dogfights, it might not be such a great idea to dance around losing speed/energy, making yourself a sitting duck but still, i also believe that anything is possible in a WVR battle so, i think it still is a good thing to have the level of agility TVC provides, if the situation requires it and is a pilot's only way of escaping death in battle. Better safe than sorry right?
Then again, i also believe that large control surfaces and sufficient engine thrust can be almost as effective during post stall speed maneuvering so, that would probably be a better choice when designing and building a new fighter, especially when thinking of future maintenance costs.
Maybe that's one of the reason why the F-35 didn't get LOAN nozzles... :unsure:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 15, 2018, 05:25:31 pm
Got some more work done on the nozzle today, added a couple of stripes to add some interest to it, glued on the F-16E specific tail vents.
The intake has been glued in place, too but, the main modification on this build has been started, the different wings have to be blended into the fuselage just like the original ones are. Shouldn't be too hard, it will be similar to how i did on the Israeli F/A-16W so, no big issues there.
Besides that, it's all pretty much straight forward build. :thumbsup:

Work is coming along well with the F-16 but i've been putting off the decision on what to do to the F-22 because, even though i'd like to try to scratchbuild the EOTS lens from clear sheet styrene, not sure it'll be any good to use on the model. I've done one out of a bit of sprue but it just didn't come out much of a representation of the real deal so, i'll just let it sit around a bit more... who knows, maybe i muster up the patience to try it out of clear styrene and it comes out half decent...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 25, 2018, 02:21:09 pm
Been doing slow but steady work on the F-16...

(https://i.imgur.com/zilPvo2.jpg)

No other work has been done, lots of other things to take care of...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 07, 2018, 04:29:04 pm
Well, after a few weeks of a lot of real world affairs to attend to, i don't have much to show but i have been slowly working on the F-16E's wing transplant and it's almost done, just a last sanding session on the wingroots and a few panel lines will be rescribed after that is done. As you can see, the intake has also been glued on, and like with the "lump" bit, no issues, just applied glue on the edges and kit surfaces and attached it in place, no gaps or fit issues of any sort. :thumbsup:

(https://i.imgur.com/dnl5L4t.jpg)

I've recently made a bit of liquid sprue putty with some styrene bits dropped in a bottle of TET, which contained around 2 or 3ml of glue left in there.
Cut up some old sprue into it, left it overnight and the next day i had a fairly thick, light grey mix that i've been using for small gaps and i have to say, it's a very good filler for small gaps. I find it very good for this type of work, but the two other putty types i've tried before, Tamiya grey and Dragon white putty, are obviously better for heavier work.

(https://i.imgur.com/A8Nr28I.jpg)

I guess most of you already knew about this type of homemade filler, i've read about it somewhere, a long time ago and i remembered it when i cracked open a new jar of glue and realized that i could use the dirty bit of glue left in the old jar to finally try it out and, i'm very glad i did, will be keeping a jar of this mix in the future. :thumbsup:

Still no progress on the Raptor, maybe during the next weekend...

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Rick Lowe on February 07, 2018, 11:51:18 pm
The great thing with that gloopy mix is that you can keep adding the component parts as you use it up, and there's really no 'right or wrong' mix ratio.
And any mix you're not happy with can simply be addressed by adding the other part.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on February 08, 2018, 01:33:16 am
AKA Sprue Goo.

Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 08, 2018, 01:56:58 am
AKA Sprue Goo.

Perfect name indeed. ;D :thumbsup:

The great thing with that gloopy mix is that you can keep adding the component parts as you use it up, and there's really no 'right or wrong' mix ratio.
And any mix you're not happy with can simply be addressed by adding the other part.

Indeed, there's no right or wrong ratio, it's just a matter of mixing it till you get the desired thickness. I'd call it an almost perfect "finishing" filler, it's made of styrene so it sands exactly like the kit's plastic, barely shrinks, super easy to clean with a cotton bud or your finger after applying, and doesn't dry up with air bubbles in it that, when sanded, leave a bunch of holes and make you go back for a second(or third) round of PSR... I was thinking of buying the famous Perfect Plastic Putty for this kind of use but i may have found my cheaper alternative for that. I can get TET for less than 5€ at my LHS at any time, they always have it in stock, and the styrene stash is a shoebox full of sprues from the kits i've built. The cheapest PPP bottle i've found selling in Portuguese shops or on ebay is around 13/15€ each so, i won't be buying it anytime soon, this has been working just fine. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 08, 2018, 02:23:16 am
Well, well, well, look what the cat dragged in!!  ;D ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 08, 2018, 07:06:35 am
Well, well, well, look what the cat dragged in!!  ;D ;D :thumbsup:

 ;D i've been very busy with some family and band issues but i've been checking in regularly to see what y'all been up to... :wacko:
I think i'll be able to do something on both the Raptor and the F-16 tonight, rehearsal nights have been rearranged so i'll be having a bit more time during week nights.
I've also just decided what's being done on the Raptor, i'm gonna try to make the EOTS out of clear sheet styrene. I'll cut out and glue each section in pairs to get the same shape on both sides. I'll use the Testors clear parts glue to hold it together but, if the first method proves to be too hard to get a good result, i may try something else cause it's becoming a strange feeling to just build anything OOB... :unsure:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 09, 2018, 11:57:51 am
Had the whole afternoon off work due to rain so, besides working on the F-16, i did some research and now i need to make a confession... :o

I've been remembering one of my main objectives in modelling and that was to build a bunch of real world replicas and, with what if models it was to have all of my favorite planes with PoAF markings... I know that this may sound too patriotic but i do love my country and on top of that, i really like the PoAF's markings... I now have quite a few PoAF whifs in my display and i feel like i've only just begun, out of 23 whifs, 17 are PoAF.

Re the scheme for both of these, being the boring modeller that i am, a boring scheme is in order so it's metallic dark gunship gray for both. The reason will be included in the back story and, is that the grey tones would have to be different from the USAF Raptor's scheme so Portuguese went with a solid F-35 type finish, using the metallic gunship gray used on their modern F-16's... :wacko:

I know that this is boring for most of you guys but it's something i want to do and i won't hold it back any longer. Not saying that there won't be other builds with colorful schemes and markings of some air force other than of the few i've done so far, but i already have an F-4F that will wear a SEA camo, like the F-4E had. The PoAF wanted to buy the F-4E during the 60s but they'd be happy to have the F instead... :angel: ;D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Old Wombat on February 10, 2018, 03:27:08 am
Patriotism is a GOOD thing! :thumbsup:

Most of my builds are Royal Australian Marines, & that service doesn't even exist! ;)

What colour you paint your builds is the same as how you build your builds; entirely up to you! ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on February 10, 2018, 03:37:20 am
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and you government when it deserves it.
Mark Twain

The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.
Thomas Paine

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
Samuel Johnson


Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 10, 2018, 03:39:28 am
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and you government when it deserves it.
Mark Twain

The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.
Thomas Paine

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
Samuel Johnson




Bump to not bury this, but what I have to say is about colors:

Can't win either way..... it's either "boring" or "looks like cat vomit."  ;D ;D ;D   I think some of what makes some schemes boring are that we are used to them that way. I'm pretty happy with my boring P-51D in Air Superiority two tone grey because that's the whole point.  ;D   Hell, colors can be boring sometimes, too, if it's just one or two and not many markings. Some builds have boring paint but exciting markings and stuff... U.S. Navy for instance back in the 60's therebouts.. two tone grey but they had so much STUFF they threw on there with it, esp. CAG birds that it made them stand out. 

PoAF F-14 should be coming up soon.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: zenrat on February 10, 2018, 04:32:04 am
Grey is under-rated.
When I use grey on a model car, usually with another colour like primrose yellow or pink people say things like "ooh that looks nice.  I don't think of using grey but its not actually that boring is it?"

But boring is what is normal and everyday.  The Red Arrows probably go to work, look at all the red planes and think "wish I had a grey one to fly today".
I have long maintained that even a seemingly exciting job like racing steam locomotives, piloting mobile suits or oiling underwear models would get boring and there would be days when you didn't want to go to work.  Those days would be fewer and further between than if you were an accountant or postman but they would come.
I taken part in motorcycle (OK, moped) racing and there was an awful lot of standing around doing nothing and very little actual racing.
Mind you, there is a school of thought that cultivating boredom makes the days go by slower and so extends your life (possibly from a Terry Pratchett book?).

I'm rambling.  Must be time for bed.
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: Captain Canada on February 10, 2018, 05:13:57 am
Nice looking build. She sure is foxy with that new intake.

 :wub:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 10, 2018, 08:51:58 am
Patriotism is a GOOD thing! :thumbsup:

Most of my builds are Royal Australian Marines, & that service doesn't even exist! ;)

What colour you paint your builds is the same as how you build your builds; entirely up to you! ;D

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and you government when it deserves it.
Mark Twain

The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.
Thomas Paine

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
Samuel Johnson

 :thumbsup: Indeed, i think that patriotism is a good thing as long as one remembers that this is one world for all... Only after that should come national and cultural pride.
And i agree with all 3 quotes. Unfortunately, we do have to defend our countries from governments, which is where you find the kind of patriots Samuel Johnson was referring to.

Wombat, ideas like your RAM and Fred's Zenrat industries and PDRV(saying that really fast sounds like PJ Harvey... :rolleyes: ;D), are what i find beautiful in the freedom of whiffing. I didn't create a service branch but i've given the Portuguese Marines something they never thought of having in reality, an air corps and Harriers! And the Portuguese Navy has already been given Hornets, Bearcats... They'd need aircraft carriers but i haven't built or even bought one yet... but i'd like to... :rolleyes:

Can't win either way..... it's either "boring" or "looks like cat vomit."  ;D ;D ;D   I think some of what makes some schemes boring are that we are used to them that way. I'm pretty happy with my boring P-51D in Air Superiority two tone grey because that's the whole point.  ;D   Hell, colors can be boring sometimes, too, if it's just one or two and not many markings. Some builds have boring paint but exciting markings and stuff... U.S. Navy for instance back in the 60's therebouts.. two tone grey but they had so much STUFF they threw on there with it, esp. CAG birds that it made them stand out. 

PoAF F-14 should be coming up soon.

There's an Hasegawa Tomcat in the stash which was bought with the Portuguese in mind but not the AF, it's for the Navy and it's carriers... :wacko:
I've always said i'm more into darker tonalities but i also think everything has a time, place and a reason so i like a good bright/light color mix once in a while... ;D :thumbsup:
And i agree with what you say about markings, some simple color schemes simply look good on something that's busy with data stenciling, numbers, emblems and insignias. The US navy birds of the 60s are a very good example of that, indeed.
There's also the fact that both the Raptor and Viper are modern jets and you know how the fighter camo scheme trends have been going with most recent birds. Besides, i like these schemes and colors so that's how i should do it... and i sometimes forget that i've got 120 kits in the stash so, why no need to stress about these issues, plenty to try on. :thumbsup:

I love the look of the recent Vipers, the stealth birds like the F-22/35, J-20/31... I've been thinking of schemes for a show bird with a black/dark blue/dark gray/yellow, black/red/gray/white Viper... A military bird would be matte black but a show bird should be glossy...

Grey is under-rated.
When I use grey on a model car, usually with another colour like primrose yellow or pink people say things like "ooh that looks nice.  I don't think of using grey but its not actually that boring is it?"

But boring is what is normal and everyday.  The Red Arrows probably go to work, look at all the red planes and think "wish I had a grey one to fly today".
I have long maintained that even a seemingly exciting job like racing steam locomotives, piloting mobile suits or oiling underwear models would get boring and there would be days when you didn't want to go to work.  Those days would be fewer and further between than if you were an accountant or postman but they would come.
I taken part in motorcycle (OK, moped) racing and there was an awful lot of standing around doing nothing and very little actual racing.
Mind you, there is a school of thought that cultivating boredom makes the days go by slower and so extends your life (possibly from a Terry Pratchett book?).

I'm rambling.  Must be time for bed.


Rest up, mate. Sounds like you could use it...  ;D :thumbsup:
But you have a point there, it's boring cause it's seen often but i can't deny what i prefer, i'm the kind of guy who doesn't mind wearing black jeans and shirt everyday... :rolleyes:

And to show that not everyday is a gray day, today i finally decided what i wanna build next and dug it out of the stash.

(https://i.imgur.com/8KnV2LJ.jpg)

Obviously, i'm not going to use the kit's decal sheet, after the Raptor and F-16, this will be the next in my PoAF's whif inventory... :mellow:
So, after i've made up my mind regarding the aircraft schemes and patriotism issues, i've also mixed up some paint to see if it won't be such a normal scheme... The compressor tank is filled so i'm taking the Raptor into the paint shop right now. Later, y'all...:mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 10, 2018, 02:07:35 pm
Decided to go with something a bit different from the Gunship gray... :thumbsup:

(https://i.imgur.com/dNu89dX.jpg)

The tails still need another coat to get full coverage but i'd already cleaned everything up when i noticed it so i'll  let everything dry up overnight and spray it tomorrow morning.
If all goes well, i should be able to start masking to paint the rest of the details.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 10, 2018, 03:52:40 pm
I've been reading a bit about Phantoms and the kit i have needs some modifications to do what i want but, i think it'll be easy to do.
The Revell kit helps a bit cause it already has the slatted wingtips but it only has unslatted horizontal stabs.
I think i can do the conversion, the tails seem simple enough to do with some thin styrene strips, and there are only a few simple bumps and antennas to add so, it's a go for the PoAF's Phantom.
I will have to spend some money and buy a data stencil decal sheet, already spotted one that fits the bill perfectly so i'll have everything i need to finish this one. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 11, 2018, 01:55:26 am
F-22's tails had a second coat of the color mix, which was done with a ratio of 30 % X-10 gun metal, 60% X-3 royal blue and 10%of XF-24 gunship gray.
This mix came out very much how i imagined, i'm very happy with the result, which was attempted in my previous PoAF F-16s, on which i didn't use the right base color for what i wanted.
I was happy with the result but not exactly what i wanted but now i used the X-3 royal blue as base color for the mix and it's a much better start point. :thumbsup:
It's funny that when i first looked at the pics, it looked a lot like the previous attempt but, when i compare the two side by side, it's totally different. I'll get pics of them side by side for comparison when it's finished.

(https://i.imgur.com/I4cLDo7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/j24Ziih.jpg)

Today i'll try to mask the rest of the details and try to start spraying the nozzles.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 11, 2018, 08:35:56 am
That's what I'm talking about!! I like it. You get to have your cake and eat it too this way!  The side by sides will be awesome, I really loved the shade you have going on the Vipers... first time I'd ever seen anything quite like it.            ..... I really ought to start trying stuff like this. I'm lazy and just use the paint right out of the bottle. I've only recently started experimenting with mixing them. That said, a strange though crept into my mind a couple weeks ago concerning mixing up my silver metallic acrylic paint (which does a surprisingly good job of looking metal-ey!) with some color to see what kind of end result I could get.

It's starting to look like, even with your break time, you're going to be done before I am. That's good!!  You get to hop on all the grenades.  ;D ;D ;D

^^^
I might have to snag them "Phantom Pharewell" transfers from you some day, I'm a sucker for them type of things.  ;D
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 11, 2018, 01:11:59 pm
That's what I'm talking about!! I like it. You get to have your cake and eat it too this way!  The side by sides will be awesome, I really loved the shade you have going on the Vipers... first time I'd ever seen anything quite like it.            ..... I really ought to start trying stuff like this. I'm lazy and just use the paint right out of the bottle. I've only recently started experimenting with mixing them. That said, a strange though crept into my mind a couple weeks ago concerning mixing up my silver metallic acrylic paint (which does a surprisingly good job of looking metal-ey!) with some color to see what kind of end result I could get.

It's starting to look like, even with your break time, you're going to be done before I am. That's good!!  You get to hop on all the grenades.  ;D ;D ;D

^^^
I might have to snag them "Phantom Pharewell" transfers from you some day, I'm a sucker for them type of things.  ;D

A quick tip, use an empty paint bottle or something similar for the mix so you can keep some after you're done and label it so you know what went into it. :thumbsup:
Go for it, i guess that sometimes mixing is the only way to get what you want, it's just a matter of trial and error.

You can have the decals, i don't have any plans for them. :thumbsup:

Re the F-22, didn't get to mask it up as there was a change of the plans i'd made for the day, as per usual...  :rolleyes:
Will try to do something tonight...
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 11, 2018, 05:42:19 pm
Well, i still haven't masked the Raptor but i did do something, finished rescribing the last panel lines and rivets erased during the sanding process on the F-16's wing transplant area! :thumbsup:
I'm now able to proceed with the rest of the build, got a bunch of small bits and the CFTs to glue on so this won't take very long.

Besides having next Tuesday off work, i still have to finish last year's vacation days so i'll probably be taking the whole week off. If so, i'll have enough time to finish both the F-16 and the F-22... :mellow:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 11, 2018, 06:11:44 pm
That's what I'm talking about!! I like it. You get to have your cake and eat it too this way!  The side by sides will be awesome, I really loved the shade you have going on the Vipers... first time I'd ever seen anything quite like it.            ..... I really ought to start trying stuff like this. I'm lazy and just use the paint right out of the bottle. I've only recently started experimenting with mixing them. That said, a strange though crept into my mind a couple weeks ago concerning mixing up my silver metallic acrylic paint (which does a surprisingly good job of looking metal-ey!) with some color to see what kind of end result I could get.

It's starting to look like, even with your break time, you're going to be done before I am. That's good!!  You get to hop on all the grenades.  ;D ;D ;D

^^^
I might have to snag them "Phantom Pharewell" transfers from you some day, I'm a sucker for them type of things.  ;D

A quick tip, use an empty paint bottle or something similar for the mix so you can keep some after you're done and label it so you know what went into it. :thumbsup:
Go for it, i guess that sometimes mixing is the only way to get what you want, it's just a matter of trial and error.

You can have the decals, i don't have any plans for them. :thumbsup:

Re the F-22, didn't get to mask it up as there was a change of the plans i'd made for the day, as per usual...  :rolleyes:
Will try to do something tonight...

Wilco on all accounts!   :mellow: 

I mixed up some paint once in an old prescription bottle and still have it. Problem is, I couldn't replicate it if I needed to.... and can't for the life of me remember what plane I used it on! Seems so obvious now that a bit of notes.. right on the bottle label would have been helpful. I'll be sure to do that next time.

Vacation days?!  Hop on that.  :thumbsup:  Time for shenanigans and building some models.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 12, 2018, 06:30:55 am
Wilco on all accounts!   :mellow: 

I mixed up some paint once in an old prescription bottle and still have it. Problem is, I couldn't replicate it if I needed to.... and can't for the life of me remember what plane I used it on! Seems so obvious now that a bit of notes.. right on the bottle label would have been helpful. I'll be sure to do that next time.

Vacation days?!  Hop on that.  :thumbsup:  Time for shenanigans and building some models.  :laugh:

I've had the problem of having done a mix that i later wanted to replicate and couldn't be sure of what colors i'd used before so from then on, i started mixing more than i need so that there's some paint left to touch up any spots i may scrape or chip before the model is finished.
Labeling the bottles saves time cause instead of having to look up what colors and mix ratio i used, it's right there on the bottle so it's just a matter of having the colors in stock and mixing more.


Nice looking build. She sure is foxy with that new intake.

 :wub:

Somehow missed your comment, Captain... :unsure: Thank you, Captain! That intake really looks good on the Viper, doesn't it? :thumbsup: I've bought a total of 6 of them and this is the second one i've used so far so, 4 to go on modern Viper builds to come.  :mellow:

Speaking of Vipers, i haven't finished this one but i'm already thinking of the next one, which will be a new version of the air superiority F-16W. Will be a bit different from the first one i've built but the layout will be the same.
Wings will have the same trapezoidal design but will be a bit smaller in total area(Sorry, Kit! ;) ), the twin tails won't be as tall and will be put in the same place as i did on the twin seat F/A-16W, and the horizontal stabs will also be a bit different in shape.
Unlike the F/A, this one will be the same as the first F-16W, an air defense/superiority fighter. Going with the old motto again... "Not a pound for air to ground!"  :wacko:
For comparison of the Twin Viper family built so far... :wub:

(https://i.imgur.com/fUvpB2w.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ro6pQSX.jpg)

And i'm glad to say, i'm taking the week off work! Yes, time for shenanigans for sure as i plan on riding my bike a bit during this week...
Besides that, i have to do a bunch of other real life tasks but, i will have plenty of time for myself and modelling, i'm working on the Viper right now, adding all the sensors, scoops, vents and antennas to the fuselage, should be able to finish construction today. :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: NARSES2 on February 13, 2018, 02:23:22 am
I do like those twin Vipers  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 13, 2018, 08:07:54 pm
I do like those twin Vipers  :thumbsup:

Can't wait to build another one! :drink:

The Viper i've got on the bench is very near the painting stages, glued the CFT's, nozzle and tail in place, then i got all the small bits glued on the fuselage and intake. Had to go steal a pair of intake position lights from a Revell kit, didn't like Hasegawa's representation of these bits.
Now, the only area that needs attention now is the nose so that will be done next and then i'll mask the canopy, gear bays and intake. The intake should've been masked before assembly, now it'll be a real PITA to mask properly... i only have myself to blame for that but it'll get done. :rolleyes:

(https://i.imgur.com/SqAAWFk.jpg)

More tomorrow. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 13, 2018, 08:17:45 pm
Talkin' bout!!!

It looks like F-16 HULKAMANIA and stuff...  it's like it's the beefiest, most "solid" badass Viper variant.  ;D ;D


All the giblets you glued on this round help, too. Lookin like the business.  :mellow:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 14, 2018, 09:16:56 am
Talkin' bout!!!

It looks like F-16 HULKAMANIA and stuff...  it's like it's the beefiest, most "solid" badass Viper variant.  ;D ;D


All the giblets you glued on this round help, too. Lookin like the business.  :mellow:

Glad you like the beastie, brother. :thumbsup:
All the humps, lumps, bumps and giblets make it look vey busy indeed, i love adding these smaller details, always a fun part of the build for me.
Been working on the pitot/nose tip area because the Hasegawa kit is showing it's age, and this is one of the spots where it shows best, the pitot is very simplified and the hole on the fuselage is also a bit worn out, creating a big difference in profile from the nose to the pitot tube, just looks too blunt so i put the part in place and cover the area with the magnificent substance known as Sprue Goo... ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/v91YPSD.jpg)

I know that the F-16E does not have the normal pitot tube on the nose tip, it has a much smaller one on the side of nose, just under the left side AoA probe, but i wanted to keep the normal one as i did not scribe the F-16E's radome line.
The RACR AESA radar doesn't seem to have problems with the pitot tube, neither does the F-2A so i wanna have the normal radome/pitot assembly.
I was also forgetting that i have to finish the cockpit before i mask the canopy and attach it. Also decided to use the rest of the giblets available in the sprues, which weren't to be used on the OOB E variant. :wacko:
Title: Re: Moments of Zen
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 08, 2018, 12:53:50 pm
Well, i'm back at the bench... been very busy and with lots of other things on my mind to take care of so i took a break...
 not that i didn't have time to do some modelling but i just wasn't feeling like it and just pulled back till i got the urge to get back at it,
 and that happened today.
I wanna get the F-22 and F-16E finished and move on to the PoAF F-4 PhantomII in the colonial wars.
So, i got the F-16's canopy and intake masked up so, the rear part of the canopy was glued in place and it's now ready for primer.

(https://i.imgur.com/8N74RQS.jpg)

The F-22 is still waiting for masking to paint the edges of the control surfaces and radome and, there's rain in the forecast for tomorrow... :wacko: